I’m still here!! :)

by Maryse on October 23, 2014 · 2 comments

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Just a quick update… I AM still here (just popping in and out over the last week), ’cause I’m moving!!! My new house, has built in bookcases and everything!!! *squeeeee!!* AND! I have a new blogging room, so I’m playing in that as we speak.

So yes… my reading’s taking a tiny hit, but I’m still here, still reading and I’ll be right back to my one-click frenzy in just a day. ‘Cause tomorrow is Friday and that’s my favorite!!! :D

Pictures coming soon… I can’t wait to put my signed books on my shelves!

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Paranormal romance/urban fantasy lovers!! This one is now complete, and has great reviews!

Cindy: Hi maryse. Just finished the mageri series by danika dark. Love, love, loved it!!! One of the few series that as Doon as I was done I immediately reread it. Great characters, plot line, angst, love interests, hot guys, shifters,vamps and morem

MichelleS: Since you and I have similar taste in Urban Fantasy – did you ever read The Mageri series? or Irin Chronicles? LOVED both.

About book #1:

Zoë Merrick lived an ordinary life until the night she was brutally attacked. She narrowly escapes death, rescued by Adam Razor, an ex-soldier who offers her friendship and a place to stay. But something else is different. Zoë is unable to control an unexplainable energy coursing through her body.

Justus De Gradi is a man who can teach her that control. She meets him by chance – a man who’s handsome, arrogant, and not entirely human. He reveals that she’s a Mage – an immortal made of light, not magic. Zoë must now make a choice: Rebuild her life in the human world with the man who saved her, or live with Justus and learn how to use her extraordinary gifts. Justus has sworn an oath to protect her life, but can he guard her from the one man who has a right to claim it?

Zoë learns the price of freedom…and the value of loyalty.

     

 

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Fun looking new YA (NA?) series and from the blurb, it sounds like it’ll have the “Princess Diaries” feel which I loved. Er… the movie. I didn’t… umm… read the books. ;) But all that to say, this looks like fun for those that are looking for more!

About book #1:

Samantha Rousseau is used to getting her hands dirty. Working on a master’s degree in wildlife biology while helping take care of her sick father, she has no time for celebrity gossip, designer clothes, or lazy vacations. So when a duchess from the small country of Lilaria invites her to dinner, Samantha assumes it’s to discuss a donation for the program. The truth will change the course of her life in ways she never dreamed . . .

As crown prince of Lilaria, Alex D’Lynsal has had his share of scandalous headlines, but the latest pictures in the press have sent him packing to America and forced him to swear off women. That is, until he meets Samantha Rousseau. She’s stubborn, feisty, and incredibly sexy. Not to mention heiress to an estate in his country, which makes her everyone’s front-page news. While Sam tries to navigate her new world of politics and wealth, she will also have to dodge her growing feelings for Alex. Giving in to them means more than just falling in love; it would mean accepting the weight of an entire country on her shoulders.

  

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Some highly anticipated releases on today’s list (like that one over there, to the left). ;) We love us some tattooed bad boys, don’t we? Plenty of those below.

Plus some dark reads, some billionaires, sports stars and fighters, military heroes, and single dads. And single moms, too! Oh and a few of the paranormal releases today are HUGE!!! Jennifer L. Armentrout, Darynda Jones and Maggie Stiefvater. Yeah… this is a great release day! And don’t even get me started on the pre-orders at the bottom of this list. There are TWO that I’ll be reading at the same time coming out in just a couple of days, I just know it. Sociopath (eeeeep!!!) and Here With Me (*sob*) <— The angst!!!!! And then Last Light (which is next week)…

Oh and… please don’t let me forget to start the Darynda Jones – Charley Davidson Series. I hear it is AWESOME and has that slow burn, and is hilarious and everything I’m going to love in a series, and I keep forgetting but it’s like… HUGE on my TBR list.

Also, if you missed it yesterday, don’t forget to check out yesterday’s “Monday Book Releases (eleven exciting-looking early birds!) list. It appears there’s lots to love on that list, too.

A few that look (to me) like they could be fun… Rowdy (of course, ’cause I think it’ll have that unrequited love thing… he used to love her sister), Insidious (her husband controls her, but she’s the one playing a game…), After (I hear this was a super-popular fanfic of “Harry Styles”) but it just got published by one of the big publishers, A Fighter’s Choice (bad boy fighter with issues that notices his neighbor…),  Heart on Fire (she has a one night stand… ends up having a baby. Six years later, her firefighter neighbor starts falling for her… but she’s got secrets… hrmmm.. I can’t help I wonder if HE was her one night stand…)!! *waggles eyebrows* Maybe they did it in the dark? LOL!! KING OF ME (completes the trilogy and I hear he’s very Barrons-like, which I LOVE. Total alpha-jerk!!!) and His <— ’cause it sounds like a dark read. She follows him home… *eeeeep!!!*

So here they are. This list is LONG!!! So many books being released, these days it’s crazy!

*sigh* Has anyone seen my book-Dom around lately? I’m thinking he needs to keep me in line. :P My one-clicker just went nuts.

P.S. Let me know if I’m missing any or if you loved any (from this list or elsewhere).

BARGAINS (NOTE: bargain priced when I added them, but prices can change on Amazon, so make sure to check before you finalize your order).

  • Unspoken by Brenda Rothert <— recent release from a few days ago that I missed… but bargain priced and has great reviews so far!! “Palmer Sinclair was on the edge of happily ever after when she broke off her engagement to Brady Grant. The end of their relationship marked the beginning of a painful solitary journey for her…” (then they end up having to work on a project together!)
  • Sizzle by Sarah O’Rourke <— Caroline suggests this one! “Sizzle by Sarah O’Rourke is on sale on Amazon for $0.99. Great sexy funny read.”
  • For His Pleasure (Ten Book BDSM Boxed Set) by Kelly Favor <— WHOA!!!! Ten books bundled for only 0.99 cents. I remember how huge these serial installments were a year or so ago…
  • Station Eleven: A novel by Emily St. John Mandel <— not really bargain priced, and “new-to-me” (recently released) but OMG that blurb! For anyone looking for a quick genre change, I think this might be the one! “A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur’s chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out the window as cars clog the highways, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates around them…
  • Stolen Course (Wrecked and Ruined Book 2) by Aly Martinez <— look what Amy found us!!! She says: “Stolen Course by Aly Martinez is on sale today for $.99.” and I *squeeed* ’cause I love this series! (Here’s my review of book #1 Changing Course and book #2: Stolen Course).
  • Thompson Sisters Boxed Set Volume 2: Rachel’s Peril (Girl of Lies, Girl of Rage, Girl of Vengeance) by Charles Sheehan-Miles <— Amy found us this deal too! “And the Thompson Sisters Boxed Set Volume 2: Rachel’s Peril (Girl of Lies, Girl of Rage, Girl of Vengeance) by Charles Sheehan-Miles is on sale for only $2.99!
  • Frenched by Melanie Harlow <— and Jackie found us this much-loved romance for only 0.99 cents today. This one is still on my TBR list and I hear it’s just plain awesome.
      

PARANORMAL

                   

CONTEMPORARY

                                                            

PRE-ORDERS

  • Sociopath: A Dark Romance by Lime Craven <— THIS DARK READ looks soooooooo good!! Releasing October 23rd 2014, and that is making me way too excited!
  • Beholden (The Belonging Duet #2) by Corinne Michaels <— expected release date tomorrow!!!
  • Here With Me (The Archer Brothers Book 1) by Heidi McLaughlin <— releasing October 24th 2014!! <—- OHHH the angst sounds delicious!!! “Ryley knows the risks of being married to the military. But when the unthinkable happens, and her future husband is killed in action, Ryley can barely survive… until Evan’s twin brother, Nate, helps her pick up the pieces…” AND THEN!!!! AND THEN!!! “After serving on a special mission with the military for six years, Evan Archer returns home to find the unthinkable – the love of his life, Ryley Clarke – engaged to his brother, Nate. With Nate on deployment, Evan needs to figure out what happened in his absence, and more importantly, how to win Ryley back from the man he once considered his best friend, but now thinks of as his rival.” <—- eek WHOA!!!!!!! NO. WAY!!!!!!
  • Exposed by Fate (a Serve novel) (Entangled Brazen) by Tessa Bailey - expected release date October 27th 2014
  • Made: A Sempre Novel by J.M. Darhower - expected release date October 27th 2014
  • Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice  - expected release date October 28th 2014
  • All Broke Down: A Rusk University Novel by Cora Carmack <— expected release date October 28th 2014
  • Archangel’s Shadows (Guild Hunter) by Nalini Singh <— expected release date October 28th 2014
  • Dark Duet: Platinum Edition (The Dark Duet Book 4) by CJ Roberts – expected release date October 28th 2014 <—– Eeeep! I MUST have this! “For the first time ever ALL the BESTSELLING BOOKS in the DARK DUET series are available in one complete set. The Platinum Edition also includes: 1) The NEW 30,000 word novella DETERMINED TO OBEY, featuring secondary characters Kid, Felipe, and Celia. 2) Eight scorching-hot fan-written Dark Duet short stories hand-selected by the author. 3) CJ’s favorite interviews & Reviews
  • Last Light (The Night Owl Trilogy) by M. Pierce <— #1 is one of my favorite books ever (the start of our “stuffed manatee” obsession in fact). Here is my review for Night Owl, and now #2 will be out SO SOON!!!!! THIS MONTH!!! *squeeeeeeee* - expected release date October 28th 2014
  • Play with Me (Novella) by Lisa Renee Jones - expected release date October 28th 2014
  • Yours for Christmas (Fool’s Gold series) by Susan Mallery <— expected release date October 28th 2014
  • Baby, It’s Cold Outside by Jennifer Probst, Emma Chase, Kristen Proby, Melody Anne, Kate Meader - expected release date October 28th 2014
  • Damaging Me (Savor Us Book 2) by Emily Snow <— expected release date October 31st 2014
  • Cursed: Brides of the Kindred 13 by Evangeline Anderson - expected release date October 31st 2014
  • Pull (Part Two of Push) by Claire Wallis <— ON PRE-ORDER on Amazon (and releasing soon!! November 6th 2014)!! *squeeeeee!!!* OMG I just LOVED book #1 with it’s dark romance, and all of it’s delicious twisty-turny stuff. And then that ending!?? *gasp* *whoooooo!!!* Finally relief is on it’s way! YAY ME!!! ’Cause I LOVEDDDDD PUSH (<— my review)!!!
  • HOME: Social Media #6 by J.A. Huss <— expected release date November 5th 2014
  • Revival: A Novel by Stephen King <— expected release date November 11th 2014

                  

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A few highly anticipated Sunday/Monday surprises have shown up on Amazon, so I thought I’d post them here. :D Two of ‘em are follow ups to books I LOVED like CRAZY, one of ‘em is the conclusion to a series I’m dying to start (some say “Barrons-like feel to him) <— *squeeee* and a few just look plain ol’ awesome!

Considering their predecessors are just SO popular amongst our reading crew, I couldn’t wait until tomorrow to let y’all know, so this is an “earlybird release special”. ;)

JUST RELEASED!!

And a couple of SUPER-SURPRISES!
  • Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan <— Oldie but goodie SUPER-SALE ALERT! THIS ONE is one of my absolute FAVORITE gritty, angst, raw biker books, and it’s only $0.99 cents today!!! :D I could NOT believe my eyes when I read fit, and loved every moment (and loved hating many of those moments, too). The pining and the slow burn, and the need to pitch my Kindle across the room… it’s ALL THERE!! I 4.5 starred it way back when, and I’m still 100% on that rating. Maybe even 5 stars. Here’s my review. One of the BEST biker series out there and I love EVERY book I’ve so far: Undeniable Series Reading Order)
  • Pull (Part Two of Push) by Claire Wallis <— ON PRE-ORDER on Amazon!! *squeeeeee!!!* OMG I just LOVED book #1 with it’s dark romance, and all of it’s delicious twisty-turny stuff. And then that ending!?? *gasp* *whoooooo!!!* Finally relief is on it’s way! YAY ME!!! ’Cause I LOVEDDDDD PUSH (<— my review)!!!

           

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Harder: A Novel (Caroline & West Book 2)
This was a great sequel to the book that had me absolutely on edge this week, in love and in emotional angst! Book #1 (Deeper) set my heart on fire, and gave me a perpetual stomach ache, and had all of that realism that I crave in “new adult” novels, but alas… it left me in a heartache lurch.

And Harder (this book!) twisted that knife in my gut just a little harder. A little longer. And for a good portion of the story. ;)

Aimee: Thing I loved most about this book is how genuine Caroline and West felt as people. I fell into “being” each of them within seconds of the shift in POV. Too real!

Julie: I’m almost done with book 2, Maryse 5 stars for me just like book 1!! LOVED!!

Bobbi: Good luck with #2. Just sayin  Super interested in your perspective on one particular part.

Julie: Bobbi I know EXACTLY what part you’re talking about and I wanted to see what Maryse thought too!! <— side note from Maryse… GRRRRRR THAT PART!!!! YESSSSS. I was so curious as to what you guys were referencing and yeah… ROAR!

Tracie: I’m reading Deeper right now and I can’t get over how good the writing is. I’m so hooked

MichelleS: LOVED IT!!!! Book one and Book two

BEWARE!!! Stop reading this review if you haven’t yet read Deeper. I won’t spoil anything exactly, but… you know. Things might be said, or evaluated that you shouldn’t know yet. ;)

I can’t tell you much of what it’s about, other than it’s a continuation of their angsty love story. It picks up a few months after #1 left off, and both main characters are still struggling with personal issues, life plans, loyalties, and the monkey-wrench that their unexpected romance threw into the whole shebang.

Except this book’s focus is mostly on West’s life, his personal trials and his attempt at reigning it all in… but at what sacrifice? His own. And Caroline’s.

“You shouldn’t have come.”

I’ve already thought the same thing, but it hurts to hear him say it.

*sigh* West, West, West… such a bad boy and yet such a good guy. But boy can he inflict an enormous amount of pain. On her, and on himself.

…he’s hurting badly, and his hardness is the only defense he’s got.

That “OH NO HE DIDN’T!!!!” Kindle-throwing kind of pain. A serial self-sabotager, his self-worth is next to nothing (and when we get to “live” in his old life with him for awhile, you’ll see why). If you ask him? What he wants is irrelevant in comparison to what he feels he “needs” to do.

But even though Caroline’s heartache is solid, she’s a fighter through and through. The things she has learned in the last year, and has to overcome this year, have just made her that much stronger. More determined. More resolved.

He’s so much harder than he used to be. All this armor between him and the world. I want him to know that I see it there. I know what it is, and if he wants to take it off with me, he can.

I love him.

And while her resolve does crumble at times (remember that Kindle-throwing pain I was talking about?)…

I’m sinking, and I don’t have to talk to him.

I don’t have to do anything.

…well… let’s just say that their subsequent growth and journey is well worth every page turn.

And sure, while it didn’t make me ache as hard as book #1, I found it to be a solid follow up! More story, more growth, more background, more crazy… and best of all, more love. But boy do we all have to work for it. ;)

Does he feel that, too? He must.

It’s right there between us, that knowledge, that love song our bodies never stopped singing.

WOW!!!! Yep. Right?!! :D

These books were brilliantly written. Brimming in emotion, steeped in reality, and gracefully explored. I grew along with them.

4 stars!

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Book #1′s blurb totally gave me a jolt when it first came out. From the blurb, she has some sort of physical issue… and a stranger wants to protect her… “our nightly visits are always cloaked in darkness. I don’t know his face and he will never know mine. I was born into this world unwanted. I will leave this world unmasked.”

Donna: I loved this series…you will too

Lisa: This was so good

About book #1:

I was born into this world unwanted. I spent the first hours of my life unloved. I spent the first eighteen years of my life with the parents who tried to shelter me from the harsh reality of my existence. But you can’t un-write a sad story if the ending is literally written all over your face.

So I moved out and now I hide. I have a night job that pays the bills. Every night, I put on my mask and walk to work. Then one night, I hear and see something that will change my purpose in life… forever: a murder that will bring him to me. He says he wants to protect me. And, through a series of events I can’t fully make sense of, I find myself believing him.

But our nightly visits are always cloaked in darkness. I don’t know his face and he will never know mine.

I was born into this world unwanted. I will leave this world unmasked.

  

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<— WOW!! That’s quite a premise, and it sounds verrrrry steamy. ;) And Melody recommends it!

“This was soooooo GOOD! Waiting for the 3rd book”

About book #1:

I have no idea why she auctioned off her virginity for a cool mill. Regardless, I’m now the proud new owner of a perfectly intact hymen. A lot of good that will do me. I have certain tastes, certain sexual proclivities. My c*@k is a bit more discriminatory than most. And training a virgin takes finesse and patience – both of which I lack.

Sophie Evans has been backed into a corner. With her sister’s life hanging in the balance, the only choice is to claw her way out, even if that means selling her virginity to the highest bidder at an exclusive erotic club. When Colton Drake takes her home, she quickly learns nothing is as it seems with this beautifully troubled man. Being with him poses challenges she never expected, and pushes her to want things she never anticipated.

  

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