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Book Review: Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1) by Patricia Briggs

Cry Wolf - P BriggsCry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1) by Patricia Briggs

Blurb: Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack…and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she’d learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country is about to recognize her value as a pack member—and as his mate.

Review: To be perfectly honest, I felt like I was missing something throughout most of the book. I have not kept up with the Mercy Thompson series, and felt that was a bit of a draw back on my understanding of the events leading up to this book.

However, Patricia does a fantastic job of drawing you in with the story–even not knowing all of the backstory. Anna is a character you can empathize with and cheer for throughout the story. Charles is an Alpha male you don’t want to slap silly, and you actually hope he can get his crap together and be what Anna needs without trampling all over her. The chemistry between the two MCs is well-written and increases the story.

Overall, I think Patricia Briggs has another great book to add to her list of achievements. She defines each character’s voice without a lot of hullabaloo and gets down and dirty with their backstories in ways that makes it easy to read and understand motivation and character action. She has no wasted words, no empty descriptions, and no extraneous characters. I like to see a bit more snark and sarcasm in my books, but I have no complaints with the amount that was present in the book.

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Book Review: Angel Unbound (Deadly Sins #1) by Andris Bear

Hi readers, I’ve just finished reading this book. It’s part of my efforts to reduce my TBR list. Also on that list are a number of books that have ended up on my DNF (did not finish) pile. The following author has made it onto my Favorite Authors list. I’ll be adding an open list of my favorite authors so you can follow them if you would like.

Angel Unborn: Free Paranormal Romance (Deadly Sins Book 1) by [Bear, Andris]Angel Unborn:  Deadly Sins Book One

Andris Bear

Blurb: Hell has literally come to Earth for one mortal and what’s worse, she is expected to leave behind all hope for a family of her own to stand in defense of humanity against the darkest forces of Hell. But when Satan offers her the normal life she covets, Joey must decide if the price of mankind’s salvation is worth her own damnation.

Strong-willed Joey Benton is the half-mortal child of an angel with heavenly powers. She has no knowledge of her heritage or the power running through her veins until she meets a handsome stranger who forces her to question her life and the world around her. And she quickly becomes a key player in a battle that will define a victory for Heaven or Hell.

Ursus, a sexy Archangel, doesn’t want the responsibility of another charge, especially when Joey is so defiant. Protecting her from Hell might very well be the biggest challenge of his immortal life. But when his feelings for Joey get in the way of his duty, it’s a challenge he refuses to lose.

Angel Unborn is a quick and sexy romp with angels and demons, shaman and incubi. Her internal monologue and conversations with her friends and Ursus were my favorite parts of the book. Joey is a glib, sarcastic, small business owner who really enjoys being a photographer of man-candy calendars. Turns out that Joey is the product of a human and archangel, and worthy of some stellar personal security in the form of Ursus–an archangel with a troubled past.

Running on vague prophecies and information from Devi — an oracle who is a bit of a spazzy-Cathy — Joey and Ursus have to team up in order to tip the balance in the fight between Heaven and Hell. A raucous journey of sarcasm, friendship, sacrifice, and laughter, I definitely recommend Angel Unbound as a book, and Andris Bear as an author.

 

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Hunter’s Bedroom

Ever have those days when nothing seems to go the way you planned? I’ve had a month of them, and I’ve decided that instead of bemoaning the fact of failed plans, I’m going to simply embrace the chaos that has ensued.

The current section I’m working on entails describing Hunter’s house. I’ve been struggling to visualize the inside of Hunter’s house. What does it look like? What’s the major color scheme? Does Hunter care about color schemes? In attempting to describe the interior to readers, I’m stuck on the idea that I somehow need to see it, even in theory, before I can show it to the audience.

In desperation boredom, I took to Pinterest.  Now, I love me some good DIY projects (I just redid all of the kitchen cabinets in my house), and enjoy looking at decor ideas (I lean more traditional and comfy than anything else). But looking for “masculine bedrooms” was something I never thought to explore. There aren’t too many examples that resonated with me, but there was one (from Gentlemans Gazette) that I thought would be a Hunter-perfect fit.

Hunter's Bedroom
https://www.gentlemansgazette.com/masculine-bedroom-decor/

Now, there are a couple of things I would change about this to make it fit in with my mental vision. For example, I would have dark hardwood floors, huge picture windows along two walls, and a small bureau for daily clothing essentials (boxer briefs [because he’s just that kind of guy], socks, and other various sundries.). But this is the vibe I was struggling to see. Now that I have it, I’ve breezed through the remainder of this chapter.

I’m on to the next…Finley gets to meet Hunter’s mom. Yikes!

 

Do you guys do any home decor/renovating projects that begin with Pinterest? Are you a DIYer? What do you think about the basis of Hunter’s bedroom?

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WIP 8.9.18

Since redoing the title (Blood Frost Meeting Midnight) and cover art, not to mention doing some serious proofreading (yeesh!), I’ve decided to start sharing some of the Work in Progress (WIP) of

Fighting Midnight

Ankarrah Chronicles Book Two

The woman who birthed me is going to die by my hand. I want to watch the last flicker of life bleed from her eyes as I stand there holding her dying heart in my hand. She ripped away the two most important people in my life as if they were simple irritants, like swatting gnats flitting around her head on a humid summer day.

The decimated bodies of my adopted parents litter my living room. The parts and pieces of people that held me, comforted me, supported me, and loved me were scattered around my sanctuary like so much trash blown down a windswept alley. Their arms would no longer welcome me, their hands would no longer dry my tears, their mouths would no longer smile in humor.

The sorrow drowns out the rage, leaching the heat from my body as I crumple into a ball. A high-pitched keening rises through the still, blood-soaked room. Backing up against the crimson-streaked wall, I lift my hands to block out the noise. My long dark brown hair falls forward as I rock on my heels. The breath backs up in my lungs, squeezing my chest; there’s no air to be found.

“Finley.” A deep voice booms through the thunder of static and rushing thump-thump of my pulse pounding through my head.

The glowing white-blonde hair of Hunter fills my vision, blocking out the horror in the room around us. Latching onto his gaze with my own, he becomes the anchor that keeps me from splintering apart and blowing away like dandelion fuzz in a summer breeze.

“Baby take a breath.” His hands grab my shoulders.

Feeling my mouth drop open, my lungs expand sucking in a huge lungful of air. It shudders through my chest, and a shaky hiss shimmers through the air on my exhale. Over and over again, he breathes with me, watching me. I can feel my legs once again, the bottom of my pants stiff and cool from the dried blood I’d waded through earlier.

He blinks, his eyelids shuttering his eyes for the briefest of seconds, and I struggle to maintain my hold on the last threads of my sanity. I can feel the darkness clamping down on my throat. The chocolate depths find me once again, keeping me from the slide into crazy-town. His warm hands like furnaces against the ice-cold skin of my arms.

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Current Status

I’ve updated my book (title, cover image, proofreading). I’ll post the links once the updates are live.

In other news, I’ve just started reading the Dark in You (Rated R for language and sex) series by Suzanne Wright. One of the better demons/angels series I’ve read in a while. You can find my review of the series once I’ve finished them (4 books in total, I’m on book 2). Here’s the link for Burn (Book 1) if you’re interested: https://amzn.to/2M3g4lE

Burn by [Wright, Suzanne]