Wednesday, March 16, 2016

#SpecFic Bookworm News: A Sasquatch Susies Series Review and More

Big Yearning by Christine Rains
Storm Front by Jim Butcher
What a Werewolf Wants by Kristin Miller

Big Yearning by Christine Rains
Suzetta Hughes yearns to find Bigfoot, but her attraction to their forest guide may interfere with her plans in Christine Rains' Big Yearning. A nurse and Sasquatch hunter, Suzetta uses humor to derail any negative situation. I love how she tries her best to abide by girl code and ignore hunky Rayce Webb's advances. The action moves at a good pace and races to the conclusion, and the sexual situations are steamy and passionate. Christine Rains leads us into the mystery of whether or not Bigfoot exists in this sexy romp of a story in Big Yearning.

To purchase Big Yearning by Christine Rains: Amazon | Kobo | Ellora's Cave | Nook | Google Play

Storm Front by Jim Butcher
Magic might not be enough to get Harry Dresden out of trouble in Jim Butcher's Storm Front. Take one private detective, a heavy dose of magic, intriguing murders, and a splash of humor and you have the recipe for this delightful novel. Harry Dresden uses his wizarding skills to solve cases, and his self-deprecating humor, intelligence, and good nature make him a character a reader can relate to. The action moves the book at a good pace, and I found myself smiling and even laughing out loud. I feel like we've scratch the surface of this fantastic world Butcher has created. I'm thrilled to discover we have a lot more books to read in The Dresden Files. Storm Front by Jim Butcher is a must read for those people who enjoy urban fantasy and detective mysteries.

What a Werewolf Wants by Kristin Miller
Josie Cole will be a famous matchmaker if she can pull off her 100th perfect match, but Ryder McManus desires to ruin her plans in Kristin Miller's What a Werewolf Wants. This book worked as a standalone title, although it is the third book in the San Francisco Wolf Pack series. I don't usually buy into the whole fated mates type of romances, but Josie and Ryder seemed so incompatible, despite great sexual chemistry, I was curious at how Miller would get them together in the end. Josie believes in love so strongly that anything seemed possible. Although Ryder is quite pessimistic about romance and love, his desire to help his best friend made me like him. The glimpses into a werewolf's world created wonderful tension and conflict upon the pages. Opposites definitely attract in What a Werewolf Wants by Kristin Miller, and I'm looking forward to reading the other books in the San Francisco Wolf Pack series.

Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop
Blood Passage by Heather Demetrios
The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins
Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige
Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie
Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr
Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor
Holding Court by K.C. Held
Cloaked in Secrecy by T.F. Walsh
Amid Wind and Stone by Nicole Luiken
Atlantis Quest by Gloria Craw
Remnants: Season of Glory by Lisa Tawn Bergren
Released by Jus Accardo
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Conspiracy Boy by Cecily White
Playing the Witch's Game by Zoe Forward
Relic by Gretchen McNeil
Witch of the Cards by Catherine Stine
The Last Girl by Joe Hart
The Queen's Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler

Witch of the Cards
Catherine Stine
Genre: paranormal historical suspense
Publisher: Konjur Road Press
Publication: March 2016
ISBN 13: 978-0-9848282-6-5    
ISBN 13: 978-0-9848282-7-2  
Number of pages: 265
Cover Artist: Mae I Designs

Book Description: Fiera was born a sea witch with no inkling of her power. And now it might be too late. 

Witch of the Cards is historical, supernatural romantic suspense set in 1932 on the Jersey shore. Twenty-two year-old Fiera has recently left the Brooklyn orphanage where she was raised, and works in Manhattan as a nanny. She gets a lucky break when her boss pays for her short vacation in Asbury Park. One evening, Fiera and her new friend Dulcie wander down the boardwalk and into Peter Dune’s Tarot & Séance, where they attend a card reading. 

Fiera has always had an unsettling ability to know things before they happen and sense people’s hidden agendas. She longs to either find out the origin of her powers or else banish them because as is, they make her feel crazy. When, during the reading, her energies somehow bond with Peter Dune’s and form an undeniable ethereal force, a chain of revelations and dangerous events begin to unspool. For one, Fiera finds out she is a witch from a powerful sea clan, but that someone is out to stop her blossoming power forever. And though she is falling in love with Peter, he also has a secret side. He’s no card reader, but a private detective working to expose mediums. Despite this terrible betrayal, Fiera must make the choice to save Peter from a tragic Morro Cruise boat fire, or let him perish with his fellow investigators. Told in alternating viewpoints, we hear Fiera and Peter each struggle against their deep attraction. Secrets, lies, even murder, lace this dark fantasy.

One $30 gift card, one signed paperback of Dorianna (or eBook), one signed paperback of Witch of the Cards (or eBook), one super-swag pack of Catherine’s personally designed greeting cards.
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Read about what inspired me to write "Folds in Life and Death," a short story in the forthcoming IWSG anthology Parallels: Felix Was Here, on Yolanda Renee's blog.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You read some good books this month.
Big congratulations to Catherine.

S.A. Larsenッ said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Congrats to Catherine, again. (I've seen her all over the place today.) And what an amazing list of books readying for release. #sighs I'd love to read them all, but there's just no time. :(

M.J. Fifield said...

I always end up adding books to my TBR list whenever I come out here. Love it! Thanks for the reviews!

Congratulations, Catherine!

Sarah Foster said...

So many books! Thanks for sharing your reviews!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats to Catherine on her book. Loved seeing what you're reading. I think I'll have to check out the Jim Butcher books because I love fantasy and mystery.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Congrats to Catherine!

Free book? I must get my copy.

Catherine Stine said...

Thanks, Cherie and to all the people who sent a kudos to my book launch. Also, thanks to Cherie! And a congrats also to Christine. Her book sounds like a real hoot!!!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I love the cover of Catherine's book.

Sandra Cox said...

Looks like you had some good reads with much more coming up.

Anonymous said...

Congrats to Catherine. Ooh, all those books. :)

Nicola said...

I#ve upped my reading output but I'll never get anywhere near you, Cherie. You are the master of 'Reader'. Thanks for sharing. Some great books out there. Have a lovely week.

Misha Gerrick said...

UR members are really kicking butt at the moment. ^_^

cleemckenzie said...

Congrats again to Catherine on her book, and thanks for all the book titles, Cherie. Always appreciate seeing those.

Anonymous said...

I've been such a slacker. I need to pick up Christine's book because I've enjoyed every other book by her.

Sandra Cox said...

Witch has a wonderful Cover! I love the premise.

Heather R. Holden said...

Great reviews! I really need to check out Big Yearning one of these days. Christine's books never fail to be fantastic!

Just checked out your guest post, too. Loved seeing your inspirations!

Christine Rains said...

Thanks so much for the awesome review! And you have my review right here with one for Jim Butcher. :) Congrats to Catherine! Can't wait to read her newest book.

Sandra Cox said...

Congrats to Christine on a new book and a great review:)

Enjoy your Sunday, Cherie:)

Sandra Cox said...

The Dresden Files sounds like an interesting series.

Libby said...

Congratulations to Catherine! What a cool cover. I'm checking out Flashes of Foxwick now. :) Hope all is well!

Loni Townsend said...

I liked Storm Front! I'm onto his Cinder Spire series as I wait for the next Dresden release.

Grats to Catherine!

Sherry Ellis said...

You've read some good books. It's nice to see Christine's new one reviewed. It sounds terrific!

DMS said...

Love reading your reviews! Glad you read some great books recently. Awesome to see Catherine's book here today What a fabulous freebie for everyone from you. :) Thanks!

New Release Books said...

Congratulations to Catherine. Awesome reviews.

Thanks for the giveaways.

TBM said...

Christine had been a publishing machine lately. I need to catch up. Read Storm Front a few years ago and loved it, but haven't read the rest in the series. More books for my TBR.