Another Kind of Eden

I was super excited to get my hands on an ARC of Another Kind of Eden by James Lee Burke (the latest installment of the Holland family saga). It didn’t disappoint!

In this installment, set in the 1960’s Aaron Holland Broussard heads west trying to outrun his demons from Vietnam, get his writing career off the ground, and in Denver he begins working on a farm where he meets Joanne- the girl who may just be his soulmate. Only Joanne is mixed up with a professor who is mixed up with some shady cult-type people who don’t want to let her go and focus on in Aaron. Now Aaron must fight for both of their lives.

Mr. Burke was my introduction into adult reading/literature when I was 11-12 years old and read Black Cherry Blues (still my favorite book of his!). I’ve since read everything he’s written. He was even kind enough to email with me and assist when I used A Tin Roof Blowdown as a basis for a literature project in college.

I’ve learned over the years of reading his novels (we won’t discuss how many years that’s been😉) that his writing is dependable. It’s consistently great! The characters are always well developed, the plot always moves along at a decent pace (sometimes slower than others, but there’s always “that moment” and it picks up), the stories are character driven, and you feel something. The Robicheaux novels will always have my heart, but the Holland family is fantastic!

Clete here (yes, he’s named after THAT Clete- my husband thought of that. He’s also a huge fan!) thinks that you should pick it up and give it a try when it releases August 17!

*This can be read as a stand-alone, but as always, is better if read as part of the series so as not to miss small details.

My Contrary Mary

The Lady Janies are back, y’all!! This time they’ve brought us the story of Mary Queen of Scots…if she were a shapeshifter…who turned into a mouse. Her beloved betrothed King Francis is the only one who knows her secret, but he’ll keep her confidence. That is until he meets his end. When Mary is placed on the throne how long will her secret remain a secret? What will happen if her secret becomes known?

I was so excited to get the galley for this book! I wanted it in whatever way that I could get it, and it happened to be the voice galley, which meant that the narration wasn’t amazing but that that’s no fault of the authors.


As expected, the book was delightful! I adored the “Janes” books, but I was so looking forward to the first “Mary” book, as I love Mary Queen of Scots. They didn’t disappoint! Told in shifting POVs, the Janies give us the trademark wit and humor that we’ve come to expect from them. The third person narrators are really where it’s at in this book, though, because they have all the tea! It’s like getting the juicy gossip from your best girlfriends at wine-down Wednesday. I’ll definitely be buying the hardcover to read over and over again, just like they’re previous books, and I can’t wait for more.

This book releases on June 22, 2021.

The Russian Cage (Gunnie Rose, Book 3)

This is the third book in the Gunnie Rose series, and it continues to be a quality series. Russian Cage picks up where A Longer Fall left off. Lizbeth received a coded message from her sister that her estranged love, Prince Eli, has been taken captive by the Holy Russian Empire. Instead of working with a crew as she usually does, Lizbeth must go this job alone. She will depend on the help of her sister, Felicia, to rescue Eli and we learn a bit more about her along the way.

As you guys know, I’ve been a Charlaine Harris fan for quite a while. While I credit the Southern Vampire series with my introduction to her work, my favorite writing of hers has not been in that most popular series. My favorite is her Midnight, TX trilogy. I re-read it almost every year. I must say, though, this series is coming up hot on its tail! Harris is a master at building new and exciting worlds, and the characters in this series just continue to grow and gain more depth. There was one plot hole in this particular installment, but that can be forgiven, of course. I won’t point it out, in case you miss it! You could read this as a stand-alone, but you will really benefit from reading the books in order. I can’t wait to get more stories of Lizbeth Rose’s life!

This book releases on February 23, but you can pre-order it now!

Many thanks to the publisher for the advanced copy.

Rachel Caine

This is not the post that I wanted to be making today…

One of my favorite authors has lost her battle with cancer. Rachel Caine passed away today.

I first came to know Rachel Caine’s writing through her Weather Warden series many years ago. I continued on reading her work through the Great Library series, Stillhouse Lake series, and her book Prince of Shadows. (Oddly, as a vampire genre reader, I didn’t read Morganville Vampires, arguably her most famous-ha!) Her writing never disappointed me. My favorite will always be the series that introduced me to her, though, the Weather Wardens.

What I didn’t expect, though, was how incredibly kind she would be when I met her. I was finally able to fulfill a dream of mine and attend RT in 2015. I met so many authors that I fangirled over and admired while I was there. Many were nice (some just tolerated us) but Rachel was different. I was so nervous when I went to speak with her. She was so famous by then, but no one was there when I went to her table. She must have talked to me for 15-20 minutes and was surprised that I brought Heat Stroke of all books for her to sign. We talked about Weather Wardens, books she had coming out, other series that we loved, what I do for a living. She was just so kind. I will never forget meeting her and I will cherish that copy of Heat Stroke for the rest of my life.

To her beloved family and friends: I am so sorry for the immense loss that you are feeling. I send my love to you and you will be in my thoughts for the days and weeks to come. Thank you for sharing her with us.

Rachel and I at RT 2015

I’m back!!!!

Hi everyone!!!

I finally graduated!!!

I’m so sorry that the stress from school and my job took me away from the blog for so long. I’ll start grad school in 2021, but I’ll worry about that then.

For now, I’m back just in time for Halloween reads!!! I’m going to theme my Halloween reads on Vampires this year…

What are you guys reading?! I want to know!!!

Stay tuned for reviews and updates!!

Always,

– T

Blood War Chronicles: Volume One Release

Hi all!

Checking in to let you all know that Quincy J Allen release Blood War Chronicles: Volume 1 today!!

This volume encompasses books one and two of the six-volume series. You all know how much I have loved this series!

He’s currently listing Blood Ties free on Amazon, so you can try it out risk free! If you like it, pick up Volume One! There will be two more volumes to follow. I hope you all love Jake an the gang as much as I do!

Here is the link to Quincy’s site with even more book info: http://www.quincyallen.com/blood-war-chronicles-volume-one/

Here are my previous reviews of the two included volumes:

https://thenovelgirlreads.com/2015/10/31/blood-ties-blood-war-chronicles-book-1/

https://thenovelgirlreads.com/2016/06/22/blood-curse-blood-war-cronicles-book-2/

Go! Buy! Read!!

Vince Release!!!

It’s release day for the second book in Lisa Carlisle’s Anchor Me series, Vince!!

She has a rule. He has two problems.

But can one night lead to forever?

Emma – I’ve sworn never to date another man in the military. It’s non-negotiable. Not only was I burned, but my mom, too.

Except the hot Marine I spent one-night with just popped back into my life as the EOD tech I’m working with on an assignment.

Awkward.

Especially since Vince in real life is even more irresistible than the sexy stranger at the wedding. Too bad it won’t work. It can’t.

But maybe my fling with a Marine can turn into friends with benefits situation this second time around.

Vince – Before my holiday break home in Newport, I’ll be spending time with Emma–the hot caterer I had one amazing night with at my brother’s wedding.

She’s full of contradictions. And I can’t resist a puzzle. Or a beautiful woman I have chemistry with. I won’t be here for long, so we can’t enjoy ourselves for a little while?

Only two problems:

  • I’m only around for the holidays.
  • She wants nothing to do with the military.

When someone breaks into her apartment, my interest in her grows. I need to ensure she’s safe.

Can I protect Emma while shielding both of our hearts? Or will we end up casualties in the explosion?

Check it out here: https://readerlinks.com/l/1259542

A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes release!!!

Look what I just picked up!!! (Later than probably everyone else…Thanks work!!) isn’t it pretty??!!

I’m so excited to dive in! Warning: I may be a bit getting a review posted. I’m reading a couple of ARCs at the same time (I have Liam’s book from Aimee Brown, y’all!) and I still have school full-time, but I’ll get it read and a review out for y’all ASAP! In the meantime, let me know what you think!!

Always,

-T

Catching up!

Hi everyone!

 

It’s been a while (aside from a review here and there). I hope that you’re all doing well! Things are still super busy here, but I have missed being able to talk books with you all so much! I’m going to try to get back to posting at least semi-regularly for now.

So, let’s catch up on the latest!! There are a couple of things that are coming up in the next few weeks/months that I’m super excited about, and a couple that have been announced but, sadly, no dates yet (so that I can pine away looking at my planner).

Let’s dive in!!

First, the long-awaited prequel to The Hunger Games, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes releases on May 19!!I have been anxiously waiting for this day since Suzanne Collins announced that it was coming. As I said before, this is a prequel to The Hunger Games, so we’ll get to see what happened to make Panem the Panem that we came to know.

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Next Up: Twilight news!! I never thought that I would be announcing that!! The book that we never thought was coming is coming out in August, y’all! If any of you are Twilight fans, you’ll remember the disappointment at the announcement that Midnight Sun would not be completed and released as the first chapters of it were leaked online. Many years later, we are being given the book from Edward’s perspective that we (yes we, I’m a fan, too- hate me!) have been wanting! It’s set to release on August 4.

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Now, onto the fun news with no set dates:

AMC has acquired the rights to all 18 books in Queen Anne’s The Vampire Chronicles and The Lives of the Mayfair Witches and plan to develop a television series. Y’all, I freaked when this dropped yesterday!! It’s no secret that The Lives of the Mayfair Witches is one of my all-time favorite series. I mean, I have the Mayfair Emerald tattooed on my back! Anne and Christopher Rice will be executive producing the series, so hopefully AMC will do them justice. I can’t wait to see what becomes of this!

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Finally, also announced recently (I only say it yesterday), Uncle Rick will be writing an Irish Mythology series…eventually! In a blog post, Rick Riordan let fans know that he is finishing up a Masters in Gaelic Literature at University College Cork in order to ensure that the details and the mythology in his books are accurate. So, fear not my demi-god brothers and sisters, there is plenty more RR to look forward to!

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That’s all that I have for now! I’m glad to be back with you, at least part-time. What do you guys think about all of this news??!! Is there anything else coming up that you’re excited about? Let me know!!

Always,

-T