Saturday, March 28, 2015

Tour Stop and QnA : FAITH HUNTER!!!




Blurb:
Shapeshifting skinwalker Jane Yellowrock is the best in the business when it comes to slaying vampires. But her latest fanged foe may be above her pay grade…

For centuries, the extremely powerful and ruthless vampire witches of the European Council have wandered the Earth, controlling governments, fostering war, creating political conflict, and often leaving absolute destruction in their wake. One of the strongest of them is set to create some havoc in the city of New Orleans, and it’s definitely personal.

Jane is tasked with tracking him down. With the help of a tech wiz and an ex-Army ranger, her partners in Yellowrock Securities, she’ll have to put everything on the line, and hope it’s enough. Things are about to get real hard in the Big Easy.

  • ISBN-13: 9780451465962


  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group


  • Publication date: 4/7/2015


  • Series: Jane Yellowrock Series, #9

  • Format: Mass Market Paperback, eBook


  • Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22584974-dark-heir

  • About Faith Hunter:
    New York Times Bestselling author Faith Hunter writes fantasy in several subgenres: the urban fantasy Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock, a Cherokee skinwalker; the post-apocalyptic Rogue Mage series and RPG, featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage; and the upcoming SoulWood trilogy featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram, a woman who can siphon off the magic of others and is drawn into solving paranormal crimes. Faith writes mystery and thrillers under the name Gwen Hunter. When she isn’t writing, Faith likes to make jewelry, run whitewater rivers (Class II and III), and RV with her hubby and their rescued dogs.
    Faith is online - 
    Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/234115.Faith_Hunter

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    Thanks to Faith Hunter for answering my questions!!

    1. Thinking about when you started writing the Jane Yellowrock series, was it harder to start the series or harder to finish the series?
    The series has several more books to go. But I admit that ending it is going to be hard. I have a lot of plot points in the air, juggling them. Getting them all into the proper order so I can tie them all together will be difficult. And painful. And I fear bloody… 
    2. I've always been curious about the cover model. Is she strictly a model or someone you know?
    There are two models, one on the books published by Penguin/ROC, and one on the covers I do, and who also appears at DragonCon with me. Amy CorreaBell (https://www.facebook.com/AmyCorreaBell) is the ROC model and my model choses to be Anonymous. :)
    3. You are notorious for having a diversified cast which is something I value and look for elsewhere but can't find. Did it come naturally you? It feels like it did.
    I actually planned for Jane Yellowrock to travel and solve paranormal crimes all over the South, which would have meant new and limited characters with every book. Then she met Leo and … stuff happened and Jane stayed in New Orleans. I never planned it at all. I am usually a control freak with my characters, but Jane has had a mind of her own from the get-go. And Beast? Don’t get me started. She is totally uncontrolled. A mind of her own and in charge of her own destiny. And maybe Jane’s destiny too.
    4. This isn't a question, but I just want to express gratitude. This series has been so completely amazing that I can't even begin guess how it will end or how you are setting up your new series for greatness. Thanks so much.
    Thank you for that! SoulWood is going to be a trilogy, and I love the characters and the plot and everything about it! 

    Dark Heir by Faith Hunter

    Jane Yellowrock, Book 9

    Can Faith Hunter ever do wrong? No.

    The Son of Darkness is loose and leaving bodies behind him. Not only does he injure our Jane but it has lasting effects that need to be dealt with in a multitude of ways.

    I've always felt that Jane was, more and more, turning into a girl, with each passing book. And now that Jane has Bruiser, it's evident and so freaking cute. With the Son of Darkness leaving bodies everywhere, the humans are in a uproar when a disconcerting number of humans ends up dead at the hands of what they think is just a normal vampire. When Jane views the carnage, Leo's and the priestesses requests may not be honored. She's, as usual, put between a rock and hard place and she always finds a way to get herself out of it.

    Do I ever do a traditional book review? No. Here we go.

    Molly makes a return and her return is as you may think. We don't know what's going on with her death magics when she shows up but man does she have a few 'moments' when a certain artifact is in her presence. It got the point where it made me incredibly nervous that she could jeopardize the missions with her 'needs' in regards to the artifact.

    Jane dies.

    Don't fret! Jane has died quite a lot but this ... Had me nervous. Super nervous. You will love every stinking bit of it.

    I love how Jane's mind works and how she thinks things through even though there really is no time to do so.

    The Younger brothers are .................................................. still awesome. I can't. I just can't explain the cuteness of this little family that Jane has with them. It seriously is heart warming every time I see them all together.

    Overall, this book really is action packed. As usual, there's a lot of thinking to be done. Something that happened in earlier books are a factor in this one. You must pay attention to every thing you may think is even a small detail ... Even a really important realization about Skinwalkers.

    Edmund Hartley. Oh I'm SO looking forward to more of him in the future.

    By the way ... I keep telling yall ... Do NOT sleep on Brute. DO NOT! He will save us all one day.

    Jane gets stronger, smarter, and more loving with every book. This series continues to be amazing and Faith Hunter is my goddess.'


    5 Stars
    IR Everwhere

    Sunday, March 22, 2015

    Omega by SM Reine


    War of the Alphas, Book 1

    First, let's put this out there. Our heroine is black. Light skinned, but black. This cover makes it difficult to tell what race the heroine is. I requested it on netgalley because it seemed as though she could have been at least biracial. During my reading, there was a point in the book where she referred to herself as looking like a black orphan annie during a pageant. So definitely a black chick. *fist pump*

    Now that that's out of the way ...

    Deirdre Tombs is a shifter but ... she doesn't know what kind. A huge event called Genesis took place 10 years before. Everyone died. Those who came back, came back as some kind of supernatural. Lots of different kinds of supernaturals were born and then there were the kind like Deirdre who basically can't shift ... Omega. Although, most others who can't shift, know what they are. Deirdre has no clue. On her way home one night, she runs into a moon-sick alpha werewolf who tries to compel her to kill ... Just randomly kill people. She doesn't, because she doesn't have that little switch in her brain that has to obey what an alpha says.

    That draws the attention of the alpha who runs everything, Riely Grisham (probably spelling her name wrong). Anyway, Riely needs Deirdre to infiltrate Stark's (the crazy alpha) pack of misfits. She does, with the help of a guy named Gage, who is like a son to Riely. They get hold of Stark, by way of Niamh, who is a Swanmay (swan shifter ... she also cant shift). They get inside the organization and that's where things get really interesting.

    Every second you're reading, you're on the edge of your seat. Character development is amazing however descriptions could use a lot of work. I was nearly at the end of the book before I found out that Deirdre was black. Before then, she was described as about 125 pounds and wearing her hair in a ponytail, also not too tall and not too short. Most everyone in the book was described with the same lack of care. Maybe it was a conscious decision on the part of the author so that the book wouldn't be seen as Interracial ... which it is.

    I'm thinking I want to contact the author and ask her about that.

    I think you'll fall in love with Gage the way I did and the idea of Gage and Deirdre together. Gage is a shifter that basically goes berserk. When he changes into his animal, he loses it and will just kill whoever is standing around. There comes a point where he realizes that he's so sick of it and just wants his life to end. You find yourself really hurting for him and hoping Deirdre can do something for him, that maybe she's special and has some power to calm people down. *sigh* I won't say more about that.

    Anyway, outside of that, I thought everything was well written, the action was great and everyone had distinct personalities. I loved the plotting and lack of information given because it really made you pay attention to everything. I'm SO looking forward to the rest of the series to come. I may check out SM Reine's other series' if I can find out how diverse they are.

    I will say ... There was a part in the book around 64% where Deirdre had to fight Stark. I found myself almost crying because this man, and the men watching, were taking pride in this man beating up this woman. I don't cry. I'm just not a cryer and I generally don't complain about that kind of thing but it really hurt me. I have to say I didn't like that at all. I would have been okay with her actually being able to get in some swings but this was relentless abuse to teach her a lesson. I want to give this book 5 stars, but I'm actually taking away a full star because of that scene alone. However, it's essential, I think, to Stark's character development, but I would have preferred it didn't happen to the degree it did.



    4 Stars (should be 5 but I just can't)
    IR: Deirdre (Black)