I went in to this wondering what would happen in Fit to be Tied since Miro and Ian were already together. Don’t get me wrong I wanted to see more of tI went in to this wondering what would happen in Fit to be Tied since Miro and Ian were already together. Don’t get me wrong I wanted to see more of the Marshalls (please tell me there will be many, many more stories involving Miro/Ian and the others and of course Sam) but what would be the big plot? The mystery? The twist? Then I remembered the crazy serial killer who had a hard on for Miro and I eagerly rubbed my hands… there might have been crazed laughter but I’m not telling.
I love that the point of view is from Miro, though I would have liked to see a scene or two from Ian’s POV, especially when he’s out on a mission and missing Miro. I would love to read his headspace, and what he thinks about. I also love that we get to see more of the Marshalls, that is one thing that Mary Calmes excels at. Her characters live in a real world that has other things going on in it besides the romance. It keeps her stories, interesting and adds spice to the characters’ lives.
What I loved about this book was the romance, the mystery and the crazy serial killing doctor (give him back his rib!). It was eerie and dark at times and my god she puts Miro through the wringer physically and mentally. There are excellent twists, turns and a lot of action and violence. It’s exactly what I would want/expect when thinking about a Marshall/cop/etc book.
There was a lot of clothing detailing though one could argue that it is in Miro’s personality to notice and talk about it. I can see why some would get annoyed, but for me it just added to the people wearing the clothes/shoes/coats as well as gave a bit of description as to what the person looked like. I was really really sad at the fall out between Ian and his father, I did not expect it, but really it was probably in the cards for Ian since his dad left.
I won’t go into details about the plot, I really don’t want to ruin it, but the villain is mega creepy and again I would have loved to see what Ian was doing while Miro was being strung up like a piece of meat. Mary’s books are evolving, I like it when she gets darker (Mine is still my all time favorite) and I hope there are many more Marshall books in the future, or at least in that world. ...more
3.5 stars Why you should read it: This was a strange and enjoyable read. I say strange because the narrative and style of writing are very unique. I en3.5 stars Why you should read it: This was a strange and enjoyable read. I say strange because the narrative and style of writing are very unique. I enjoyed the anonymous characters as well as the brilliant setting. I know there are a few retellings out there, but I don’t think you can really compare. If you have time for a slow build, if you’re a fan of detail and prose, this is absolutely the story for you. I think this would be really interesting as an audiobook! Can I recommend Emma Galvin and her smoky voice?
INTERVIEW WITH E.K. JOHNSTON
I loved the anonymity with everyone. How/why did you choose to do that?
E.K.: I never really think of them as anonymous! Each character has a name from every person who loves them (which is why the king only has “the king,” for example). In my head, the narrator calls her sister “my SISTER,” and her sister says “MY sister,” and the difference in their inflection gives a completely distinguishable word. I suppose from a practical standpoint I went with honorifics because Middle Bronze Age names are difficult to extrapolate, but I loved getting to “translate” most of the names into English. It’s the opposite of how we usually name characters (my name, for example, is Greek for “pure,” and no one’s ever called me that).
What are you currently working on?
E.K.: I’m just about to dive into revisions for the Nights companion novel, actually. So I can’t tell you too much about it.
I couldn't decide it was a great read for a rainy English day yet certain things bothered me. The mystery was very easy to figure out (the3.5-4 stars.
I couldn't decide it was a great read for a rainy English day yet certain things bothered me. The mystery was very easy to figure out (the title and picture duh!) I also didn't like that Evie had a boyfriend (ahem ex-boyfriend) in Seattle where they were just waiting to see 'if it worked out' since Evie didn't do long distance relationships. I wish that could have been tied up a bit nicer. I also didn't like how stubborn Evie was at times. I mean she was super relatable but did she really need to go out with that guy who EVERYONE said had 'boundary' issues?? I also didn't like that she fell in love way to fast but then was also dabbling with Preston. I feel like she went to England to discover her mother's quest and experience England, not just to fall in love and like with the nearest guys.
Having said all that I enjoyed reading this book! I know it seems like a contradiction but it was amusing and the pacing flowed really well. I felt like I was there in England and Paris with Evie and the setting definitely added to the book. I also read it in a couple hours because it kept me interested. All in all a great light read with only a few unanswered questions.
Why you should read it: I used to live in Hawaii and really enjoyed the setting and backdrop of the story. There’s a lot of teenage angst, and this isWhy you should read it: I used to live in Hawaii and really enjoyed the setting and backdrop of the story. There’s a lot of teenage angst, and this is a perfect YA for either a warm summer day or while curled up in the rain wanting to travel to the beach (in your head!). I love the relationship between Whitney and Lea. The romance between Will and Lea was … interesting, but overall, it’s a very cute light contemporary, and I will be telling some of my younger friends about Juniors!
INTERVIEW WITH KAUI HART HEMMINGS
Tell us about Lea. It must be hard to be stuck between two worlds.
Kaui: Yes, she is in between in so many ways. She’s a newcomer and yet has roots in Hawaii. She is hapa — mixed race. She is financially comfortable, privileged in many ways, and yet not nearly as wealthy as those who surround her. She is also at the age where you’re in between child and adulthood.
This didn’t read like a “perfect YA with a perfect heroine.” Lea was very awkward, and there were some painful moments. How was writing them?
Kaui: I don’t necessarily need to think back to my own youth to rouse those feelings of awkwardness. These feelings persist into adulthood, so it felt pretty natural to capture those feelings of social uncertainties.
Ha ha, we all have our awkward moments! :D Have you listened to the audio version? You have a great narrator in Jorjeana Marie. Kaui: Yes, I loved her voice, and it’s always such a cool experience to have the words you’ve written spoken aloud. I remember being on set of the Descendants and watching Shailene (Woodley) and George (Clooney) speaking the words I wrote on my little desk in my little room back in 2006, and was absolutely floored.
That has to be a powerful moment! What are you currently working on?
Kaui: An adult novel set in San Francisco called How to Party with an Infant.
Wow, I love that title! Favorite line from Juniors?
3.5 Stars Why you should read it: I feel like I’ve almost grown up on the Dark Saga. Some of my first secretive romance buys (because I was young!) we3.5 Stars Why you should read it: I feel like I’ve almost grown up on the Dark Saga. Some of my first secretive romance buys (because I was young!) were Dark Prince and Dark Desire. I remember thinking, “Wow, these guys are hot and have superpowers and love only one mate!” It was the best thing a young me could have had in my burgeoning romance-genre obsession. We’re 28 books later now, and there’s still that same tingly feeling of secrets, seduction and happiness I get when I pick up a Dark Saga book.
INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTINE FEEHAN
What’s it feel like to have the Dark Saga on it’s 28th novel?
Christine: It’s very gratifying and humbling at the same time to have readers continue to enjoy the world that I have created and that I love spending time in myself.
Tell us about the dark monk, Andre.
Christine: He’s definitely an ancient on the edge, right at the end of his control. He’s surprisingly sweet. He doesn’t argue. He is very sexy and very good at what he does.
Head over to the HEA Blog to read more of Christine's questions look below for the first couple questions with the narrators!
How does it feel to narrate with each other on the last few books of the Dark Saga Series
Phil: Ha! Thanks.
Natalie: You’re welcome. I’m kidding, of course; it has been wonderful. Phil and I have worked together so closely and so often, that we know each other’s thought process, work process …
Phil: And our strengths and weaknesses … We are comfortable enough to be honest about critiques and direction as we narrate. We have a pretty good understanding of the huge and complex world that Ms. Feehan has created for her Carpathian series. We have the technical side down, and can concentrate on making the character interplay fun and natural. That was a huge help with Teagan and Andre’s, ahem, more intimate scenes to have a simpatico bond in the studio.
Natalie: Oh yes! I still blush a little … we both do … but it is wonderful to trust your partner and really take Ms. Feehan’s love scenes to the heights the author wants them to go.
3.5 I enjoyed this, I was so worried at first that the bones she was reverently handling was Tarzans's until we met the missing link people.
I did knoc3.5 I enjoyed this, I was so worried at first that the bones she was reverently handling was Tarzans's until we met the missing link people.
I did knock off a half star because the ending rushed up too fast, all of a sudden we don't know why Tarzan left Jane, we're told all the missing links were killed off probably by disease and then bam a knock on the door. It was too soon and I found myself wanting to see more of Jane and Tarzan's life, what was it like meeting her parents (view spoiler)[ oh yea the dad somehow survived?? we don't even get to see what that reunion was like (hide spoiler)] so yea, it was a good book but the last chapter left much to be desired to me. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Today is release day and I got to talk to two amazing authors! One is Victoria Aveyard and the other Sophie Jordan (both ladies are currently on tourToday is release day and I got to talk to two amazing authors! One is Victoria Aveyard and the other Sophie Jordan (both ladies are currently on tour together) I've already downloaded the audio book of Glass Sword and really enjoyed reading it!
Jessie: Welcome to the HEA blog, Victoria and Sophie! Please tell us about your new releases!
Victoria: I’m on tour for the second book in the Red Queen series, Glass Sword. Obviously it’s a continuation of Red Queen, and the sequel picks up right where the last book left off. As in Red Queen, Mare Barrow is a normal girl struggling with her ability to create and control electricity, not to mention the danger her ability brings her in a world divided into red-blooded humans silver-blooded, superpowered elite. Not only is she attempting to stay alive and ahead of her betrothed-turned-mortal-enemy Maven, but she endeavors to keep her head about water, and not let the tragic events of Red Queen turn her into a monster like him.
Sophie: I’m touring for my new release, a fantasy Young Adult novel titled Reign of Shadows. It’s the first book of a duology. It’s epic and dark and twisted and lush and full of romance (of course — my books have smooch!!).
Really, just everything the cover implies.
It’s been called a Rapunzel retelling … and I guess there’s some truth to that. It was one of my inspirations. But then so was The Walking Dead … and the Riddick Chronicles and Game of Thrones and a long list of historical romances that I’ve been reading and writing for years.
Jessie: Both of these are fantastical and supernatural stories. How was building the worlds?
Victoria: World-building is my favorite pastime, so with me, I’m always about reining myself in. I don’t want to lose too much of the mystery by hammering every detail to death. I did fiddle with lots of maps for Glass Sword, as the second installment sees Mare, Cal and company traveling throughout their country, and that’s always fun for me. Because Mare’s world is a post-apocalyptic, post-rebuilding-of-society, I get to build off an existing structure. Using the ruins and echoes of the world I know to create hers was really interesting.
Jessie: Welcome to HEA, Virginia! Where did the title come from?
Virginia: We wanted something simple, active, compaCover and Title reveal up at HEA!!!
Jessie: Welcome to HEA, Virginia! Where did the title come from?
Virginia: We wanted something simple, active, comparative to The Witch Hunter, and of course reflective of the story. Simple enough, right? Not so. There were a lot of brainstorming sessions with Pam Gruber, my brilliant editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers: a lot of e-mails flying back and forth, a lot of possibilities. At one point she looped in her editorial team and I looped in my literary agency. It was all hands on deck for a few days, and still, nothing seemed quite right. Then, in a lightning moment, Pam landed on it. And as soon as she said it, we were all done. The King Slayer captures the action, the conflict and the danger in the story, and it’s the perfect title for this book.
Jessie: The cover is gorgeous! Did you help design it, or have any input?
Virginia: Marcie Lawrence from the Little, Brown Art Department worked with the talented Mark Swan (Kid-ethic) to create the cover. In The King Slayer, the king of Anglia has adopted a new badge, a corrupted take on the flower of his house and that of his nephew’s, whose throne he usurped. In the text it’s described as a “red rose, strangled by its own green, thorny stem.” Little, Brown and Mark took that image and ran with it, creating this grotesquely beautiful image.
wow........ good but for those with open desires Humorous, sex and the city meets bondage but the desired list had two desires on it that were limits fwow........ good but for those with open desires Humorous, sex and the city meets bondage but the desired list had two desires on it that were limits for me....more
We finally get Hancock’s story! What can readers expect?
Maya: I had to wait TEN books to write a story that has literally burINTERVIEW WITH MAYA BANKS
We finally get Hancock’s story! What can readers expect?
Maya: I had to wait TEN books to write a story that has literally burned a hole in my head for YEARS, lol. The very FIRST story that began the KGI series and that formed the entire basis for the series had been with me MUCH longer than that. I want to say I had the idea somewhere around 2001-2002 back when I was just starting to get the nerve up to actually write as a career and no longer something I only did for MY entertainment.
But as with all good things, I had to wait for the right moment *sigh* and I didn’t get the opportunity to pitch the KGI series to my editor until 2009 and I was SO excited to FINALLY get to be able to tell Ethan and Rachel’s story and let loose all the members of KGI, the brothers, team members and yes, even the “foes.”
Expect a lot of emotion. Angst. Betrayal. But most of all, how the power of love can heal even the deepest, most mortal wounds.
Hancock’s story is special but then I’ve always known he’s a special man and it would take a very stubborn, determined woman to break through the armor that has become as natural as breathing for Hancock to wear, an essential, protective defense mechanism that until now, until Honor, has never crumbled — just as he has — into mere dust, leaving him as vulnerable and unprotected as a newborn baby. And only one woman, with the soul of a warrior and the light and compassion of an angel can possibly ever put him back together again.
What makes this heroine so special? (That she fit Hancock and got our legend?)
*Head over to the HEA Blog to read the rest of Maya's Interview**
INTERVIEW WITH TAD BRANSON
What was your favorite scene in Darkest Before Dawn?
Tad: There are so many terrific scenes in the book and I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say that the first half is filled with so much tension that it feels like an elephant is sitting on your chest. There were some occasions when I got so wrapped up in telling the story that my director had to ask me to slow down the pace. Which is always a good sign, when you can’t wait to get to what happens next.
What was your favorite character to narrate?
Tad: Obviously the hero and heroine of the book, Hancock and Honor, were the ones I spent the most time with and the ones I became most attached to. But I do have to say that I developed a soft spot for a character called “Mojo,” who is pretty much monosyllabic through the whole book, but who is so clearly drawn that you can’t help but love the guy. I think readers and listeners of the audiobook will see why.
Any fun or interesting things happen while narrating Darkest Before Dawn?
Tad: Something kind of amazing happened when the recording was complete. Or I should say “didn’t happen.” I didn’t have to go back in and do any extra recording for “pickups.” (Things I missed or misspoke the first time around.) Usually after the editing process there’s always at least one or two things that need to be cleaned up, and for the first time ever I had none! I’m taking that as a good omen for the book …
Why you should read it: It’s hot. Pure and simple, the Stark trilogy is hot. The covers are gorgeous, the heroes are hard and dominant, and the steamWhy you should read it: It’s hot. Pure and simple, the Stark trilogy is hot. The covers are gorgeous, the heroes are hard and dominant, and the steam rises from those gorgeous covers. This is the end of the Stark series, and yes, you need to read them in order. All the loose ends are tied up. If you haven’t already started this series, I recommend starting with the audiobooks, because Abby Craden rocks and really brings the characters to life.
INTERVIEW WITH J. KENNER (aka Julie Kenner)
Welcome to HEA, Julie! Oh my gosh, your covers are hot! Do you have any say on them?
Julie: Theoretically, yes. Practically, I goggle at them and say things like “wow,” and “I love this”!!
Seriously, Bantam has an incredible team working on my books, and I’m so thrilled that the art department is so amazing, since those covers are the “face” of my stories!
I do love them! What do you think of your audio narration?
Julie: Confession: Other than to listen to voice snippets and review/approve the actress that the producers want, I don’t listen to them.
I am a huge fan of audiobooks — probably 80% of my reading is audio (because I tend to listen when I’m doing stuff where I couldn’t write anyway, like driving or housework or swimming or biking). But I hear my characters in my head, and I can’t have another voice in there or else I’m afraid it would mess with my process. I’ve never listened to any of my audiobooks, but I’m very, very happy that they’ve received such excellent feedback from readers!
I can see how that would be weird listening to someone else say your words. How does it feel to close the series?
Head over to the HEA blog to see the rest of the interview!