Heroines and Hellions Box Set: some new reviews

Fairy Wings Book Cover Fairy Wings
Heroines and Hellions
Louisa Klein
urban fantasy
Carter & Bradley Publishing
(2 Jan. 2018)


22 Kickass Heroines.
22 Exclusive Urban Fantasy and Fantasy Novels.
0 Damsels in Distress.

Do you like your leading ladies to save the day...or raze it?

No matter which you prefer, this set is brimming with 20 magical stories (many BRAND NEW) told by some of the leading voices of urban fantasy and fantasy in the industry, including several New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors!

If you want strong female leads who strike back against the captivating worlds of vampires, elementals, fiends, and paranormal monsters, then you're ready to charge into the adventures of HEROINES & HELLIONS, a pure Urban Fantasy/Fantasy collection!

Grab your stake, silver bullets, and your limited edition copy of HEROINES & HELLIONS

Be aware before you start reading that a number of the authors claim that the book was published too early and that a: the story included was not the one promised; or b:it is not finished. the do offer the opportunity to sign up for ending or correct story.

  1. Chains of Iron and Silver

by Margo Bond Collins and Erin Hayes

2 of my favourite fantasy authors creat a story where 2 monster hunters, cursed by a demon (family history), meet up to rescue a Fairy Rince captured by werewolves. ow was he? and the werewolf hunter has a pet werewolf? really? clearly a story yet to be told. So there is lots of killing of werewolves by our hunters. fun anf feisty heroins. 4 stars.

see Mistletoe and Mischief and Sin and Silver for more about these 2 hellions. I’m going to read them…

2. On a Red Horse

Monica Corwin

The 4 horsemen of the Apocalypse – shock horror – are female! and living as humans…

  • and they are intimate with the Norse gods and the  Greek gods and…

– and guess what? they run a coffee shop Duh?

An interesting take on the topic and fun read.

3. Wolves and Daggers by Melanie Karsak

A steampunk novel. I rather like this concept where it is set in the Victorian era, but not, with all the usual paranormal characters/creatures – and a Secret Police wearing Red Capes (not so secret then..). there are several wolf packs living in London but they are not very civilised – only one pack has anyone who can read and write. And the female pack runs a brothel.

So the questions behind this story is why are the packs working together? and what are they doing with all the different scientists they keep kidnapping?

4. No-Body’s Here: Bec Mc Master

5. Demon’s are a Girl’s Best Friend: Heather Marie Adkins

Rather a fun idea – you accidentally are a demon and accidentally have a child and then hide by pretending to human with an obsession with cross-stitch? And don’t tell your daughter what is coming for her? The small fact that her dad was a King in the demon world and that she might have to take his place if he dies?

Oops if you are her daughter. Another nicely written story and I love the cross-stitching mother.

6. Xin: Jade Kerrion

7. Secrets of the King: Gina Watson

8. Frigid: Rene Folsom

9. Dark Crown: Melle Amande

10. Underground Magic: D.D.Meirs

Well this was different, our heroine fights dirty in cages – lots of martial arts here and nasty – very nasty creatures to be fought.

11. Elements: Michelle Hercules

I didn’t like this one quite as much as most of the others. Lots of gods and goddesses and Gaia involved.

12. The Guardians: Elise Marion

Another girl who is half-demon and destined to fight and save the world.

A familiar tale but nicely written and set in New Orleans one of the favourite places for these dark and steamy novels..

13. A Touch of Death: Carly Fall

14. Marked in Shadow’s Keep

15. Jace’s Destiny: Ashley C. Harris

16. Dead Certain: Kim Cleary

17. City Stalker: Maria Monroe

18. Djinn Rising: Christine Walker

19. Fairy wings: Louisa Klein

And London is not what you thought when there is a wizard in charge of hunting down artefacts for the British museum and statues come to life after closing time.

A new author for me, writing a prequel to a series I’ve not encountered. But a nice, somewhat clipped way of writing and a heroine unsure of her powers – but not in this story at least, destined as the world’s saviour for a change.

Love the Mary Poppins bag – just what I want when I travel, o hold luggage and as many pairs of shoes as I want, and all in a bag that weighs next to nothing.

20. Trick of Shadows: Alex Owens

21. Takin’ it Back: Ash krafton

22. Ink: SJ Davis

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Bake but don’t taste?

Knead to Bake Book Cover Knead to Bake
Knead to Know
Liz Schulte
paranormal romance, ghosts, witches and wizards, vampires
Leaping Lizards LLC
(22 Jan. 2016)

Maggie Edwards can’t sleep, eat, or die—but, she can bake. However, just before the Halloween grand opening of her bakery, a pesky reporter witnesses an accident in her kitchen and gets a little too close to the truth. If she can’t convince him to keep quiet, not only will she lose her chance at happiness, but they both could lose their lives.

I have read 3 books in this series with a feisty half-vampire heroine who bakes, but doesn’t eat her cakes…

Book 1 was a short story introduction into the series but I found that the characters actually came from another series but the same author and so this was a back story, but which other series it was wasn’t made clear, and thus I found it initially very confusing…

After I got into the story and found book 2 – Fairytale Amnesia – things became much clearer. What I discovered, was that half-vampires don’t eat blood but black souls, preferably tat of a demon. So this was second job.

Book #3 Psyche Souffle was less satisfying and too short, with the problem solved too quickly and easily.

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Promised wedding?

Magic's Promise Book Cover Magic's Promise
Nocturne Falls Universe
Sela Carsen, Kristen Painter
paranormal romance, ghosts, witches and wizards, vampires
Sugar Skull Books
(26 Sept. 2017)

Runaway bride Katya Dostoyevna escaped to Nocturne Falls ten years ago. She’s lived a quiet life since then, establishing a much-needed animal sanctuary. It’s good work for a shy witch who prefers to talk to animals, both supernatural and mundane.
Scorned groom Danil Leonov has finally tracked down the girl who fled from their arranged marriage. He doesn’t want to marry her any more now than he did then, but she left with something he desperately needs. The fate of the fae world depends on it.
But he’s not the only one after the microchip he developed. And after he and Katya connect, Danil starts to wonder if it’s the tech he really wants, or the woman he didn’t realize he love

Another great adventure in Nocturne Falls.

With a runaway bride, an animal sanctuary and animal conversations – what’s not to like?

Here we also have Russian witches and warlocks from ‘The Rus’ an alternate dimension with a border crossing in Nocturne  Falls. It has unsophisticated technology as the magic that supports it negates it.



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The Games Knights Play

The Ghost and the Graveyard Book Cover The Ghost and the Graveyard
Knight Games #1, Kick the Candle #2, Queen of the Hill #3, Mother May I #4
Genevieve Jack
paranormal romance, ghosts, witches and wizards, vampires
Carpe Luna, Ltd.
(10 Jun. 2014)

Life is full of difficult decisions! Book 1 of 4 in the Knight Games Series Grateful Knight isn’t looking for love when she moves into a rent-free house on the edge of a graveyard. At twenty-two, all she wants is to recover financially so she can move back to the city where she belongs. But sparks fly when the gorgeous cemetery caretaker, Rick, introduces himself and mentions his suspicion that her new house might be haunted. Her attraction to him seems supernatural, and despite her resolve to not get involved, she literally can’t keep her hands off him. When things in Grateful’s house start moving on their own, another man enters her life, Logan, a sexy ghost with a dark secret. He says Rick isn’t what he seems, and indulging her passion for him could cost her soul. One thing’s for sure, magical forces are at work in the tiny town of Red Grove, and they’re converging on Grateful. Life will never be the same once she's forced to choose between the ghost and the graveyard.

An unusual take on the whole witches concept. Now I’ve read about witches that are tied to an area of land, but not ones tied to a graveyard – and one with a portal to hell that opens up in it no less!

So we have a new witch – Grateful Knight – and a house by a graveyard, and an inheritance she didn’t know was any more complicated than that. The 4 book series cover her story and that of her caretaker Rick through a number of trials and tribulations. All of which are quite original. Note that Rick is hunky and very old (vampire) but is linked magically to his witch – ie Grateful.

I really enjoyed this book – which I confess I had had for a while and never got around to reading. I went on to read the remainder of the series plus Logan – see later post – which is a spin -off. The Knight World series are also spin offs from Knight Games as so many interesting characters are introduced in this book and the remainder of the series tat needed their own stories told.

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Haunted Houses….

Mr Peabody’s House Book Cover Mr Peabody’s House
(Werewolves, Vampires and Demons, Oh My Book 2)
Eve Langlais
ghosts, fantasy, witches and wizards
Eve Langlais
9 Nov 2017

A haunted house becomes the focus of a demonic investigation so Brenda teams up with a trio of werewolves to solve the mystery. But when the house eats her, can they find a way to save her?

I met a trio of furballs when my BFF was dealing with a demon issue  and since then, I can’t stop thinking about them.

When the chance to investigate a possessed house appears on my desk—after I filch it from someone else’s—I know it’s fate we team up again.

However, I might have bitten off more than I can chew because suddenly my hunky puppies are demanding I become their permanent chew toy.

Me, mated? Eek, but also yum.
 Did I mention they totally make my body purr?

Before we can indulge in a sweatily-ever-after, though, they’ll need to save me from Mr. Peabody’s house, because I do believe it ate me.

What an imagination this writer has – she continues to amaze me. Here we have shifters, witches, demons and rather unusually possessed houses that eat people!

All good rather naughty fun.

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