Blood’s Voice @ Better Read Than Dead

I have been doubly blessed with reviews today and a second 4 stars.  Kristin, from Better Read Than Dead has given a wonderfully involved and detailed review of Blood’s Voice, including a ‘major players’ list of characters.

Aine’s love for her characters shines in Blood’s Voice. She gives you a reason to become invested in their well-being. . .   I was surprised in a most pleasant sort of way. . . a big thanks to Aine for her inclusion of alternate life styles in a very compelling manner.

To see her entire review please visit Better Read Than Dead!

 

Áine

 

Review: Blood’s Voice–4 stars

The wondrous Christina Irelan from Intoxicated By Books has this to say about Blood’s Voice:

I am trying to keep this review spoiler FREE so I can’t really say much more about the story. I will say that I LOVED it though! The author did a great job keeping my interest and making me want to finish the story…

To see her entire review (4 glasses) please visit Intoxicated By Books.

 

Áine

 

Teaser Tuesday (8/16/11)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers:

 


She gnawed the bitten nails on her fingers.  It had been a deadly mistake.  She should never, never have said that.

~p. 141, “Incarceron” by Catherine Fisher
[Paperback – 978-0-14-241852-9]

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Review: Tribute (Children of the Sidhe)

Title: Tribute
Author: J. R. Pearse Nelson
Series: Children of the Sidhe
Publisher: J. R. Pearse Nelson
Release Date: August 8, 2011
Source: Smashwords
Buy the Book: Amazon or Smashwords

Hazel Fintan is the reluctant daughter of the Irish love god, Aengus. As much as she loves the Sidhe lifestyle, with baubles and leisure galore, she’s never cared for her father’s world. So who could expect her to be happy when she’s drawn into a conflict with a legendary race over an impossible tribute?

The tribute may be what brought them together, but Ian MacIlroy knows destiny when it stares him in the face with stunning green eyes and a gorgeous smile. Now he has a new mission. Hazel will be his, at any cost.

My Thoughts

I was not sure what I expected Tribute to be about but I was very pleasantly suppressed many times throughout this short story.  Too often I find short stories (small novella) to be lacking in character development but Ian and Hazel were both believable characters, people you could believe you’d seen at the store or at the mall.

Tribute is an intriguing story that focuses on both Hazel and Ian as well as the eternal conflict between the Sidhe and the Fomorii.  As the story unfold we find Hazel drawn into the ‘Otherworld’ by Ian and the tribute his family is commanded to pay to the vile Fomorii.  It would be easier if Ian could just tell the Fomorii ‘no.’  It would be easier if Hazel didn’t have issues with the Sidhe. 

I don’t want to give too much away but I do want to praise J.R. for her creativity and forethought about such a loved and revered topic as the Sidhe and their enemy, the Fomorii.  There were only two drawbacks I could really find, I hit the end well before I was wishing to relinquish the couple, and that there are a couple of formatting errors.  Sadly, the formatting is probably due to Smashwords ‘grinding’ platform that often misreads page breaks. 

Overall this was a fast moving, hot at times, story that I would gladly recommend to any that love a good fae tale.  I look forward to her next instalment in the Children of the Sidhe series, Vessel.

My Rating

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About the Author

I am an indie author of fantasy and paranormal romance. My novella, Tribute, is available now on Smashwords and Amazon Kindle. I’ll release the sequel in late 2011. While the genre of these novellas is paranormal romance, I don’t limit myself in my reading or my writing to one type of fantasy. I love it all, from the epics to the dark beasties to the mythological, sociological side. I’ve been drawn into the self-publishing revolution to realize my dream of writing fiction for an audience.

Please visit her website for more information, updates, or to contact J. R. Pearse Nelson.

 

Áine

Author Interview (8/12/2011)

The wonderful Idris of Throwing Books again visited with me and this time she interviewed me for her blog.  You can read the entire interview HERE.

 

Just a taste?

 

Q: In Blood’s Voice the readers will have the opportunity to read phrases in Irish! Why Irish? Do you speak Irish?

Anya, the vampire whose point of view Blood’s Voice is told from, is originally from Ireland.  While she does suffer trauma-induced amnesia she still remembers and has taken the time to relearn/lean new languages.  I do not speak much Irish sadly, though I hope to learn.  I can write it a little but thankfully there are others that do speak/read-write Irish that were gracious enough to double check my translations before inclusion in Blood’s Voice.

 

BTT – National Book Week

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Booking Through Thursday is a fun weekly question and answer session, based on books, of course. This week there isn’t a question but a fun bookish activity in honour of National Book Week.

Grab the closest book to you. Go to page 56. Copy the 5th sentence as your status.

I was surprised that she would call so late.

Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

Review of Blood’s Voice

Blood’s Voice received it’s first review today from Throwing Books.  I first want to thank Idris for taking a chance on an Indie Author.  She gave a thorough review.  Here’s some of what she had to day:  

“I recommend this book to all those who love vampire stories with romance, and those who like to learn new languages and cultures… Yes? Why? Well, because the author will delight us with a sweet romance full of phrases and words in Irish. : )”

To check out the full review (4 stars) visit Throwing Books.

Áine

 

Anasazi by Emma Michaels

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My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Anasazi by Emma Michaels
Bokheim Publishing –  August 5, 2011
ISBN: 978-0615510545

Electronic copy of the book provided by author with expectation of a fair review.

Back-Cover

One year ago, something happened to David. Following the only clue he had he headed out into the desert. Now he has asked me to come see him. But when I arrived, he was gone. The people in town claim they have never heard of him and everyone wants me to leave.
But I know he was here and he is in trouble.
He can’t survive out there for long.
Can he?
David. I will find you.

My Thoughts

Emma paints a great sense of the desert and the people she encounters. He research shows as does her creativity. Megan (the “me” from above) is a bit wild but she is also loyal and twisted (in a good way).

The clear story plot made this story easy to follow but it still had meat and depth. There is fighting, which was enjoyable to read and while some might find it confusing, I did not. It definitely meets my suspense and surprise needs for enjoying this type of story

It all starts with texts from a missing David. Her adventures once she arrives in the town he had invited her to visit him in are dangerous and painful for her and her beloved bike. I love how she deals with ‘boys’ that don’t understand the concept of personal space. This was a wild ride and the POV character, Megan, is strong and enjoyable to read. David is beyond stubborn, though in a white knight kind of way.

This book was very enjoyable. It’s paranormal but not of the more common varieties (a nice change even though I like my vampires, meres, fay, and wolves). I have not read the first book in the series, sadly, but I was able to enjoy Anasazi fully even without that. I fully recommend this book to anyone that likes a bit of twist to their suspense/paranormal adventures.

There were a few spots that I think could have been strengthened but it was so enjoyable and engaging that I could easily forgive those. I give Anasazi 4.5 out of 5.

Read and enjoy!

 Avaliable:

WWW Wednesdays (8/10/11)

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next?

 My answers:

What are you currently reading? I am still rereading “Stone of Tears” by Terry Goodkind. Terry’s written a new book, “The Omega Machine” so I’ve decided to reread the entire series before reading the new one (Due out August 16, 2011)

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What did you recently finish reading? I finished reading “Wizard’s First Rule” by Terry Goodkind.  My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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What do you think you’ll read next? After I finish “Blood of the Fold“, I’m still going to be busy with the Sword of Truth series.  There are twelve (count them 12) books in the series so it will take me a week or two to finish.  I read fast but still. Winking smile

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Teaser Tuesdays (8/9/11)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers

Her face was iron again. “Every new moon, he came to me, and I cut something off him, letting his screams try to fill the emptiness in me.

~p. 352, “Stone of Tears” by Terry Goodkind
[paperback – 978-0-8125-4809-9]

 

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

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