I must share my other Alternate History Paranormal mystery romance author with you – Kim Harrison. If LKH’s steamy sex is a little to0 graphic for your reading leisure, then check out Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan series. Below is my abstract/review I posted on ShvOOng a while back. I’ve re-read this series almost as much as I have the Anita Blake series and this series came out 10 years later. Truly, a good read.
The world is a different place since the Turn. Who would have thought that a genetically engineered tomato could forever change the world when it took on a deadly passenger in the form of the T4 Angel virus? A virus that wiped out most of humanity – enough that those formally thought of as Fairy tale creatures took advantage and came forth for the world to see. Rachel Morgan is a witch – not a Warlock that can’t stir her own spells but an earth witch. A spunky, sexy, tall, athletic, frizzy red-haired witch who has reached her maximum tolerance of crappy assignments from the I.S., Inderland Security, a task force set up to police those the humans can not and are not capable of handling.
The novel, Dead Witch Walking, by Kim Harrison, starts off with Rachel’s impetuous decision to quit the I.S – something that most never do and those few who do – don’t survive. Her last tag for the I.S. is a Leprechaun that failed to properly report a pot of gold. While scouting out her tag, Rachel runs into an old work associate – Ivy Tamwood, of the living vampire Tamwoods. A vampire born and not created, living caught between two worlds, Ivy struggles everyday with her innate urges that come from being formed with the vampire virus percolating since birth.
Rachel hitches a ride with Ivy, their tags and Jenks, Rachel’s pixy back up. Rachel shares her desire to leave the I.S. which leads to the startling revelation that her old co-worker, Ivy, and her current pixy backup, Jenks, want to leave the I.S with Rachel. So begins the new life for Rachel, Ivy and Jenks – Ivy manages to buy out her contract with her entire living and undead savings, Jenks being a pixy means no one will miss him and Rachel…well Rachel was lucky enough to incur the wrath of the I.S. since they couldn’t go after a Tamwood for breaking their contract, Rachel was the I.S.’s next target and now no one will deal with a Dead Witch Walking.
A spelled paycheck, the lost of her apartment in the Hollows and small spells that detonate when no ones around to see it are just a few of the things that Rachel faces shortly after her bid for freedom. Miraculously she lands on her feet, moving into her new office – a church. Now she is living on Hollow ground that will protect her from the undead vampires, weres and she will be living with Ivy so she has the added protection of the Tamwoods family name. The kitchen and garden are more than a witch with a price on her head could hope for plus the garden lends a home to Jenks and his family of 54 children. Don’t underestimate the power of a pixy and the humor of the muttered commentary Jenks shares. The phrases are so unique that laughter is inevitable.
Only, the attacks on her life won’t stop until Rachel finds a way to pay off her contract and she focuses all her efforts on bringing down the untouchable Trent Kalamack, species unknown. Ivy, Rache and Jenks set up office and home in their church and Rachel uses the old spell books to find a way to bring down Trent. The adventure is only beginning as Rachel discovers so much more about herself, her powers, the true bonds of friendship, surviving against all odds and what true evil Trent Kalamack is hiding. With stellar dialogue, imagery and the ability to alter history so smoothly you fall under the spell of the Hollows, Kim Harrison takes you on a journey of action, sorcery, mystery and adventure. Grab your guide to dating a Vampire, make sure you’re on hollow ground and curl up with some good old pizza if you dare….Rachel Morgan’s fight to survive awaits you in Kim Harrison’s, Dead Witch Walking.
The first book in the Rachel Morgan series can be purchased by clicking on the Amazon.com image below:
Here is another review on ShvOOng. Enjoy!
Anyone who has lost a child or had one never come home can instantly feel Eve Duncan’s burning desire to find her Bonnie. As the seventh book of the Eve Duncan series by Iris Johansen, Quicksand, draws the reader into Eve’s search. Ever since Bonnie had gone missing and the truth was revealed that the killer who original claimed Bonnie’s life had lied, Eve has been following every clue, lead and hint to find her Bonnie and bring her home.
As part of this search, Eve became a Forensic Sculptor and tries to bring other lost children and people home to their families. After a recent facial recreation, Eve was given 3 names of possible kidnappers for Bonnie. Long time companion, Joe Logan, has been working to hunt down these possible suspects and that is where this adventure begins. Follow Eve, Joe, Miguel and Montolovo as they trail a deadly predator in the hopes of finding Bonnie. Powerfully written, the reader moves along with Eve as she tries to hold onto her relationship with Joe without letting go of her search for Bonnie.
Pursuing old avenues that left Eve jaded and filled with mistrust, Megan Blair is brought in to assist in the search for the latest victim, a small boy. For all those out there who doubt and are filled with disbelief, it is easy to share the feelings of shattered hopes, constant disappointments and utter disdain for the money and publicity driven charlatan psychics that preyed upon Eve during her weakest moments. Eve soon discovers that maybe, just maybe there might be more out there than either she or Joe can comprehend. That maybe she isn’t coping with her lost by hallucinating nightly conversations with her Bonnie. Eve might just have to accept that she is open to outside possibilities and sensitive enough that her Bonnie can visit her and that ghosts really do exist.
Emotionally charged, page turning excitement pulls the reader alongside the characters on this fast pace chase, leaving the reader rooting for good to prevail, evil to get what’s coming to it and most of all, for Bonnie to come home. Curl up, leave the night-lite on, dive in and prepare to hunt down a vile predator in Iris Johansen’s, Quicksand.
Quicksand can be purchased by clicking on the Amazon.com image below:
So, nothing like getting started on my new blogs. I recently read a new book by Katie MacAlister, Steamed: a Steampunk Romance. This is a new adventure for Katie. I’ve read her Dragon and Vampire series and a couple of her avant garde standalones and find her humor worth the read. Not only that, she takes our everyday world and puts a unique spin on it. She is a true Paranormal Romance author.
I have to admit – I am very new to steampunk. I know its popularity is picking up and kudos to Katie for jumping into that genre. So when I picked up this book I was slightly skeptical on whether or not it would hold my interest. The novel starts out with a quirky male character, Jack Fletcher, who through a couple of events that got blown out of proportion is a local hunky hero – despite Jack’s many efforts to explain how things really went down. Shortly after meeting Jack, we’re introduced to his sister and that’s where the adventure begins.
*pause* I have many friends who would cut off their ears or more likely my tongue should I divulge spoilers to something they haven’t read or seen yet and they most definitely plan to. So when I do these reviews, I’m going to blog on the content, enjoyability and style of writing but do my best not to ruin the story for you. Heck, its like reading the last page of a book beforehand. At that point, I usually don’t want to read the book. I won’t do that to you . *Okay, back to the book review*
Now the adventure has begun and we get to meet Octavia Pye, the Aerocorps captain on her maiden voyage. Octavia has more secrets than a Rubics cube puzzle. This sexy woman with fiery red hair has the unique position of power and she knows it. She’s in charge of a ragtag small crew that has their own quirks. The crew provides moments of mayhem and humor that move the story along.
When Jack and his sister are discovered as stowaway’s on Octavia’s ship, Octavia finds herself challenged with many detours and keeping her secrets becomes almost an impossibility. Top that off with a rather rampant attraction to her male stowaway who happens to have a rather odd fascination with goggles and anything steampunk, her best laid plans are falling apart.
I hope you noted the romance part of the Paranormal Romance because this author has some very not ‘G’ rated scenes. Heck, they don’t even make the ‘R’ ratings at some points but if your eyes and mind can handle the images don’t let these racy sex scenes hold you back from picking up this novel. One of the things I like about Katie MacAlister is that she has a unique sense of humor when it comes to her sex scenes that leave you with dueling emotions of blushing and wanting to laugh at the same time. Octavia and Jack do not leave us wanting for the raunchy humor.
The imagery Katie uses to describe this new world for us puts the reader right there on the ship. The boyish wonder that Jack exudes helps to make the unbelievable just a slightly bit believable. I enjoyed the way Katie weaved the romance in with the adventure and the sparks between these characters really do fly – all pun intended ;-).
I hope I’ve done Steamed justice and that a few of you out there will pick up this book and give it a try. I know I plan to come back and read more if Katie turns this new novel into a series. It’s not my normal cup of tea but with the possibilities and adventure as well as the humor, its enough to bring me back for more.
Here is a link to the authors website: http://www.katiemacalister.com/bookssteam.php#steamed
Please check out her Aisling series, her Dark One series as well as her Silver Dragon series. The demon talking dog , Jim , in the Aisling series provides laugh out loud reading moments. Happy reading all!
Purchase Steamed right now on Amazon.com by clicking on the image below: