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Eigth Hell Island Adventure

The Eighth Hell Book Cover The Eighth Hell
Sisters of the Storm #3
by Guy Estes
Sci Fi & Fantasy
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Pub Date 8 May 2018
Kindle

The most dangerous women in the world dare the most dangerous place in the world.

The Shingora, a place known and dreaded by all, the name driving those who hear it to mutter prayers and make signs for protection. None who have gone to that island ever came back… until now.

The trade guilds sent an expedition there, hoping to find a wellspring of natural resources. Only one man returned, his experience having reduced him to gibbering madness. Now the guilds are sending a new expedition, three hundred strong and armed for war, to learn the fate of the previous one and rescue the survivors… if there are any.

Joining them are the Chosen sisters: Aleena Kurrin, the Battle Queen, gifted by the gods in war, and Baezha Ambrose, the Witch Queen, gifted by the gods in magic. Sworn to recover any survivors, they are joined by a host of new friends and brave an island teeming with bizarre creatures. And on the Shingora, everything kills.

Yet an even darker discovery awaits them in the Shingora’s depths, an unnatural horror far worse than anything the island’s sinister reputation ever hinted at. And while immersed in all the island’s perils, a traitor threatens the company from within. With treacherous enemies at their backs and engulfed by a horde of abominations, the sisters will be tested as they’ve never been tested before… and even those Chosen by the gods have their breaking point.

Though listed as book 3 in a series, this is a stand-alone novel.

A Boys Own Adventure to the centre of the World-of the 8th Hell-or the Island Shingora- from whence no-one ever returns.

The author had bags of fun here creating monsters, or he has seriously bad nightmares and this was his therapy_ to write a story that included the worst. And showed off his knowledge of obscure weaponry too.

Ok- Maybe it’s a Girls Own Adventure as most of the men come off really badly in this story. And the women do very well indeed and are not only Amazons, but also the True Chosen [sisters] of the Gods Allena and Baezha, and who are very heroic.

The nasties didn’t frighten me but it’s probably not a good read for those of a timid disposition.

Unfortunately there were quite a few proofreading errors, but all small and thus didn’t impact too much.

Was it good writing? Well maybe-

Was it well told? Maybe.

Would I recommend it? Depends on reader.

Would I read more? No.

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Hidden Libraries in Time

The Secret Chapter
(The Invisible Library series) #6
Genevieve Cogman
Adventure, Sword and Sorcery, Humour,
Pan
Paperback – 14 Nov 2019

Irene and Kai have to team up with an unlikely band of misfits to pull off an amazing art heist. Or they must risk the wrath of a dangerous villain, in his secret island lair. . .

As Irene tries to manage a fraught Fae–dragon truce and her overbearing parents, she’s given a hot new mission. The world where she grew up is in danger and only one book can save it.

This is held by Mr Nemo, secretive Fae villain and antique dealer, so Irene and Kai travel to his Caribbean retreat to strike a deal. But in return for the book, they must steal a painting from twenty-first-century Vienna. They’ll join a team of dragons, Fae gamblers and thieves, so their greatest challenge may be one another. And some will kill to protect this painting, which hides an extraordinary secret from a past age.

In this bookish adventure, a Librarian spy must fall in with a nefarious group to achieve her goals. Imagine Ocean’s Eleven meets James Bond with a pinch of magic. This is the sixth novel in Genevieve Cogman’s Invisible Library series.

This is one of my more favourite series. Mostly because it is about a library that is very very secret. And  librarians who are spies and liars and Book Thieves! Not to mention that our very feisty Librarian, who can read and speak several languages and is adept at martial arts, is now sleeping with a Dragon!
The Library is interesting as, according to this book, the Library's history was mentioned in one of the Grimm's stories.
So we do have precedent for its existence...
As one of its Librarians you get to read one of a kind fictional Stories. And to visit many Libraries, on many different worlds and to meet dragons and Fai, and to experience many different realities.
Always a 5 star read.

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Ruby not so red and shiny

Ruby Book Cover Ruby
Ladies of the Night #2
By Taylor Lee
women's adventure fiction. erotic
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Ladies of the Night is “USA Today best-selling author Taylor Lee’s provocative new series. The Ladies are covert agents in a secretive, off the grid security organization. Highly trained fighters, they’re as gorgeous as they are dangerous to the evil men they’re hired to bring to justice. The only thing these formidable women are NOT is “ladies.”

Praise for The Ladies of the Night OMNIBUS Collection…

"Taylor Lee never disappoints! These books are sizzling hot and keep you guessing at every turn. The sexiest special operatives ever!J. John
“Spellbinding international thrillers that will have you on the edge of your seat. Pulse pounding action and steamy romance. A cast of unforgettable characters that will capture your heart.” Action Junkie

WARNING: Romance so HOT it singes the pages. HOT, tough, explicit. Not for the faint at heart.

The Ladies of the Night OMNIBUS Collection includes:

“Sapphire”… Book 1: Sapphire is hired to seduce and capture the leader of a lucrative international human trafficking enterprise. The only thing more challenging than the villain to the fiercely independent Sapphire is her commanding partner.

Ruby”…Book 2: Ruby is a diminutive, red-headed vixen. But don’t let her size fool you. The fierce firebrand is as accomplished with a knife and Glock 19 as she is bringing men to their feet with her womanly wiles.

“Topaz”…Book 3: Topaz is a mixed-race Zoe Saldana look-a-like. As mysterious as her heritage, a hideous incident in Topaz’s troubled past gives her a dangerous connection to the international Cartel leader at the top of the DEA’s most wanted list
“Diamond”…Book 4: Diamond founded Ladies of the Night after she was fired by the third off the grid security firm for not being a “team player”. In a deadly mix of murder, lust and politics, Diamond finds herself faced with losing her company or her heart—or both.
Love Kaylea Cross's heart pounding romantic mystery thrillers? Sylvia Day’s and Maya Banks red hot sexy heroes, feisty heroines and high adrenaline action? Fern Michael’s compelling characters? Grab Ladies of the Night and prepare to be addicted.

The 2nd Ladies of the Night operative – actually the first recruited but 2nd book. With red hair, hence the nickname for the group.

And 5 foot 8 inches is not tall for a woman, only slightly above average height – if 5 foot 6 is ideal then…

This story was reading quite well until suddenly, just like the last 5 minutes of every TV cop programme with just a 45 min (ex adverts slot), the villain is unmasked and all is settled . just like that. No real climax .

So 3 stars for the author not knowing how to end the story, and not really dealing with the romance properly. It would have benefitted from being written from Noah’s point of view occasionally as so many stories are told now.

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Needs an Editor and proof-reader

Moonburner Cycle Book Cover Moonburner Cycle
Series
YA, Sword and Sorcery, Fantasy, Action and Adventure
Live Edge Publishing
(1 Nov. 2018)

Moonburner-Book One

Kai is a Moonburner—a female sorceress reviled by her people and normally killed at birth. Except Kai's parents saved her by disguising her as a boy—a ruse they've kept up for almost seventeen years. But when her village is attacked, Kai’s secret is revealed and she’s sentenced to death.

Thankfully, the gods aren’t done with Kai. Despite the odds stacked against her, she escapes her fate, undertaking a harrowing journey to a land where Moonburners are revered and trained as warriors.

But her new home has dangers of its own—the ancient war against the male Sunburners has led the Moonburners down a dark path that could destroy all magic. And Kai, armed only with a secret from her past and a handsome but dangerous ally, may be the only one who can prevent the destruction of her people...

Sunburner-Book Two

Kai, the newly-crowned queen of Miina, finds her reign threatened by a plague of natural disasters that leave death and destruction in their wake. Are the gods truly angry at the peace between the moon and sunburners, or is something more sinister to blame? Kai's throne and her very life may be forfeit unless she can appease the gods' anger and her peoples' superstitions.

Determined to find a solution, Kai and the Sunburner Prince Hiro embark on an extraordinary and dangerous journey to discover the true cause of the plagues. What they find is an ancient enemy determined to plunge their world into eternal darkness — and one desperate chance to save it.

Starburner-Book Three

All Princess Rika wants is to be a moonburner like her mother, but her powers are nowhere to be found. When a fleet of dark ships appears on the horizon, Rika is convinced this is the perfect opportunity to force her magic to manifest. But the ships bring more than Rika bargained for—an invasion of soul-eating monsters intent on consuming all she holds dear.

Overwhelmed and outmatched, Rika finds an unlikely ally in Vikal—a dangerous man enslaved to the monsters that killed his family and ravaged his homeland. Thrown together in a desperate attempt to evade the soul-eaters, they begin to realize they have more in common than they ever thought possible. Alone, their lands and people are doomed to fall to the encroaching darkness. But together, they have a prayer of a chance to save their worlds. And to find something more in the process.

Burning Fate-Prequel Novella

Azura, heir to the throne of Miina, is resigned to her fate. She must marry her mortal enemy in the hopes of ending a centuries-long war. But when a handsome and enticing stranger appears on the horizon, she is swept up in an illicit but undeniable romance.

I do just wish that there was better proof-reading of so many of these books. I could almost forgive if it was self-published but this was Live Edge Publishing (1 Nov. 2018). The glaring one I picked up was gate for gait. Although there were others.

Also Editors, there was, in my opinion, a very large plot inconsistency.

To whit:

  1. The story says that Moonburners can only be born from a Sunburner father and a Moonburner mother. Only females are Moonburners.
  2. We can therefore assume the same for Sunburner boys.
  3. In the Sunburner territory it is stated that all Moonburners have been ‘discovered’ and killed – of all ages.
  4. Therefore there is no requirement for girls born to be tested, as none could possibly be Moonburners.
    1. And thus no Gleaming.
    2. Or being left to die in the desert
    3. And thus no Chiya (very important point later in the story cycle)
    4. And Chiya could never have been imprisoned for procreation
  5. If a Sunburner boy is born then his mother was a Moonburner and she should be killed.
  6. And then no Sunburners – which they did admit had become rarer – but they failed to make the logical leap!
  7. Alternatively, statement 1 (in the book) is false and the rest follows.

It annoys no end when there is such a major logical error in the story.

The storyline also drew a great deal on Japanese and Chinese culture and behaviour even down to what was said to be pretty –  a very Chinese ideal face.

However, I did find the books easy to read – but if I didn’t have them as a collection I would not have continued to read to the end.

The best parts of the stories were the seishen. ‘Animals’ with snark and humour. In other fantasy books these are Japanese ‘foxes’ with long tails. Supernatural. Going to give them a 4 as they quite innovative between all the books.

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What makes Passion: We hear from the author

Passion Punch Book Cover Passion Punch
Key West Escape, #3
Tricia Leedom
Genres: Adult, Adventure, Romance
Firefly Hill Press, LLC
(October 22, 2019)

When April Linus’ best friends find themselves in trouble with the Miami Mafia, the former heiress turns to an even more dangerous criminal for help… her father.

Not an easy decision for the young, single mother who found herself pregnant at nineteen and forced to choose between her trust fund and having a baby. April’s father agrees to loan her the money, if she moves home for a few months so he can get to know his grandchild. Before she can decide what to do, she comes face to face with the last man she ever expected to see again… her father’s former bodyguard who disappeared five years ago after she slept with him.

Black Ops operative Jonas Ostergaard made a nearly fatal mistake the last time he was in Key West. After working his way into Philip Linus’ circle of trust, Jonas let the Arms Dealer’s beautiful, kindhearted daughter distract him from his mission. He was yanked off the job by his superiors, but now he’s back to stop Linus from selling a dangerous new technology on the black market.

Needing to prove himself to save his job, Jonas is determined to keep his distance from April this time. But when he suspects she knows more about her father’s illegal business dealings than she admits, he’s torn between protecting her and uncovering the truth.

Passion ignites when April and Jonas end up on the run dodging arms dealers in the steamy Amazon rainforest, but April wonders what kind of relationship she could have with a man who has more secrets than she does. A man who could disappear at any moment and leave her heart in tatters.

Trapped between loyalty to her father and a new allegiance with the man she’s falling in love with, April realizes none of it will matter if they don’t escape the jungle alive.

  • Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique?

I love action/adventure movies and I love romance novels, but as a reader, it was difficult to find books that blended the two. Everything I’ve ever written has had elements of both adventure and romance. Before I was published, I used to write Historical Romance with elements of adventure. When I went to grad school, I decided to challenge myself to write something contemporary, and I’ve always wanted to write a book inspired by one of my favorite movies “Romancing the Stone.” That’s how The Key West Escape Series came about.

Passion Punch, and The Key West Escape Series, is considered to be Romantic Adventure, which falls under the umbrella of Romantic Suspense. It’s a little different though because Romantic Adventure is lighter and funnier than traditional romantic suspense, but it’s still filled with lots of action and suspenseful elements. I’d like to think of my books as action/adventure movies in book form written for women.

  • Did you need to self-publish on e-books before a publisher took you up?

I have never self-published. I was lucky enough to be signed for a three-book contract when my publisher accepted my first book. Books 2 and 3 weren’t written yet, so I felt a little pressure to deliver something as good as the first book, but I’m really happy with the way the series turned out, and I love my publisher Firefly Hill Press.

  • What is your favourite genre?

I enjoy reading romantic suspense, paranormal, and historical romance.

  • If you could recommend a living author – who would it be?

            I would recommend Diana Gabaldon. I adore her and the Outlander series.

  • Which author had the most influence on your writing? Your writing style? Your writing genre?

JR Ward has had the most influence on my writing style. After a contest judge told me early on in my career that my writing style was ordinary and boring, I realized that maybe she was right. I decided to study some of the authors I admired, and I was draw to Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I loved the rawness of Ward’s style. While I didn’t want to copy her, I realized I could punch up my own voice in similar ways, and that’s how I approached Rum Runner, my first published novel, and the first book in The Key West Escape Series.

  • In your opinion who is the funniest author now writing?

My books are quite funny. I hope you’ll check them out. 🙂

  • Do you have any pets? Yes.
    • If so, what are they?  I have a two-year-old tabby cat. I rescued him from an animal shelter a few months ago.
    • And what are they called?  Finnegan
    • Do they help you write?  Finnegan like to walk across my keyboard and add extra letters to my words, so I guess he’s trying to help.
    • What is the funniest thing they have done while you are writing? He rolled off his cat tower. I was sitting on the couch writing when I caught this out of the corner of my eye. I reached my hand out with ninja-quick reflexes I didn’t know I possessed and caught him just in time to break his fall. He was fine. He’s just really clumsy.
    • Do you want to add a photo of them to this Q&A? [please add a separate file, not embedded into document] I don’t have a good photo of Finnegan yet, because he always looks p*ssed off. I think he hates having his picture taken.
  • If you could be any fictional character, which would you be? And why?

Claire Fraser. Why? Two words: Jamie Fraser. 😉

  • If you could choose to live in another country/town – which would you choose? And why?

I’m in love with Scotland. I’ve been there five times, and I would love to move to Glasgow, in particular. The vibrant city has the perfect blend of old and new. Great people. Great pubs and restaurants. Art and culture. And I love the Glaswegian accent.

  • What would you take on a desert island to read if you could only take 3 books?

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Lover Awakened by JR Ward

A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught

Thank you so much for having me on your blog. I hope you enjoy Passion Punch, (Book 3 of The Key West Escape Series.)

~ Tricia Leedom

Author Bio

TRICIA LEEDOM enjoys traveling to exotic destinations and having torrid love affairs with hot, dangerous men… even if it’s only in her own mind. When she’s not writing romantic adventure novels, she reads voraciously, tweets compulsively, and fangirls over a TV show based on her favorite book series. Tricia earned her BA in Creative Writing from The University of Tampa and her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Her favorite authors include Diana Gabaldon, J.R. Ward, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Karen Robards, and Johanna Lindsey. She lives in Southwest Florida with two very spoiled dogs. Follow Tricia on Twitter and Instagram @tricialeedom

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