Thursday, May 22, 2014

Book Blast: Goddess Born by Kari Edgren

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Goddess Born 
Pennsylvania, 1730 Selah Kilbrid keeps a dangerous secret: she has the power to heal. A direct descendent of the Celtic goddess Brigid, it’s Selah’s sacred duty to help those in need. But as the last of the Goddess Born living in the New World, she learned from an early age to keep her supernatural abilities hidden. The Quaker community of Hopewell has always been welcoming, but there’s no doubt they would see her hanged if her gift was revealed. When a prominent minister threatens to try her with witchcraft unless she becomes his wife, Selah has only one hope—that her betrothed, a distant cousin from Ireland, arrives as planned. Marrying Samuel would keep her secret safe, preserve her sacred bloodline, and protect her from being charged as a witch. But when news of Samuel’s death reaches the Colonies, Selah is truly on her own. Terrified, she faces an impossible choice—forfeit her powers and marry the loathsome Nathan? Or find an imposter to pose as her husband and preserve her birthright?

2013 RWA Golden Heart© Finalist
2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award semifinalist
  ABNA Publisher Weekly Reviewer
Set in the colony of Pennsylvania in 1730, this riveting novel begins as 18-year-old Selah Kilbrid runs into Quaker minister Nathan Crowley, a man who “labor[ed] under the delusion that [Selah] would soon be his wife” despite the fact that she was betrothed to a man on his way to America from Ireland. Nathan tells Selah that if she refuses him, he will have her “charged as a witch” because of her ability to heal the sick. To avoid Nathan’s plan to marry her the following Sunday, she leaves for Philadelphia to wait for the arrival of her betrothed and marry him before returning home. In Philadelphia, she discovers that her betrothed has died at sea. She then purchases Henry, an indentured servant, and convinces him to pose as her husband and help protect her from Nathan. As the story continues, the reader learns of Selah’s family history and the powers she possesses; Selah is half human, half goddess. It's important that her secret stay safe, because if discovered, she could be killed. The characters are well developed and relatable; the reader empathizes with Selah and her plight. The fast-paced plot is exciting and keeps the reader guessing and in suspense. The end leaves room for a sequel, which, after such a tremendous beginning, would be anxiously awaited. A clear winner!    

 Author Kari Edgren

Kari Edgren Kari Edgren did not dream of becoming a writer. Instead, she dreamed of everything else and was often made to stay inside during kindergarten recess to practice her letters. Despite doting parents and a decent school system, Ms. Edgren managed to make it through elementary school having completed only one book cover to cover – The Box Car Children, which she read approximately forty-seven times. Things improved during high school, but not until she read Gabrielle Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude in college, did she truly understand the power of a book. Ms. Edgren aspires to be a Vulcan, a world-acclaimed opera singer, and two inches taller. She resides in the Pacific NW where she spends a great deal of time torturing her husband and children with strange food and random historical facts. Ms. Edgren hasn’t stopped dreaming, but has finally mastered her letters enough to put the stories on paper. 

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Review & Giveaway: Haunted Moon (Otherworld #13) by Yasmine Galenorn

Haunted Moon (Otherworld #13)

(Taken from Goodreads)
We’re the D’Artigo sisters: savvy half-human, half-Fae ex-operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. My sister Delilah is a two-faced werecat and a Death Maiden. My sister Menolly is a vampire married to a werepuma. And me? I’m Camille, a wicked-good witch with three sexy husbands. I’m a priestess of the Moon Mother, and I’m training under the Queen of Darkness. Unfortunately, playing in the dark means that sometimes you stumble over secrets better left buried…

There’s a new Fae sorcerer in town—Bran, the son of Raven Mother and the Black Unicorn—and I’m the unwilling liaison between him and our new Earthside OIA. With cemeteries being ransacked and spirits being harvested by a sinister, otherworldly force, Aeval sends us to rescue the missing wife of a prominent member of the Fae nobility. Our search leads us to the mysterious Aleksais Psychic Network and, ultimately, to face the Lord of Ghosts where Morio and I must undergo a ritual that will plunge us directly into the world of the dead. 

My Review: This is book 13 in a FANTASTIC series. 
Let me start with the cover. A beautiful brunette woman, hair blowing in the wind, a beautiful fox in the background, the fox and the what looks like a moon is melding together. Another beautiful cover for this series.
The Book: If you have never read one of these books, then you have been missing out on a fun ride. Each book is narrated by one of the three sisters, which makes the series even more interesting because of the different point-of-views and more of the storyline.

This book is narrated by Camille D'Artigo, the oldest of the three sisters. She is a smoking bombshell with three schmexy husbands who lover her unconditionally. Camille is a witch who serves under the Moon Mother. There is a war going on, and the sisters are deeply involved. To keep the FBH's (Full Blooded Humans) safe from the darkness that is trying to come. In this attempt to keep the FBH's unaware, something goes horribly wrong and FBH's find out a dirty little secret and they cannot handle it.
The sisters rush into action for damage control and to figure out the future and how to keep things quiet, if it is at all possible.

Camille has grown so much since the first book, Witchling. She has learned that life isn't as simple as she had hoped it to be as well as learning to let her sisters and family take the lead on tasks and follow their lead. She is learning who she will become under her Moon Mother. She is watching her family grow mentally and physically.All the while fighting the bad guys, staying alive, and finding family time. 

The Author:
(Taken from Goodreads)

Yasmine Galenorn is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling author of the Otherworld (Sisters of the Moon), the Indigo Court and the upcoming Fly By Night urban fantasy series. In the past, she also wrote two mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime (one under the pen name of India Ink) and eight nonfiction metaphysical books.

Yasmine is a caffeine junkie (iced, quad shot, almond milk sugar free no whip lattes), and describes her life as a blend of teacups and tattoos--the former in her china closet, the latter on her skin.

She is a shamanic witch, has been married to Samwise Galenorn since 1993, is the mother of four cats, and they reside in Kirkland WA.

Note: When I add books to my GoodReads shelves that I've read, I ONLY add the books I like. DNF, books I don't like? I don't talk about.


I want one of my readers to experience the wonderful world of the Otherworld Series. Take a read of my review of Witchling, the first book of the series that I wrote several years ago. If you like the review than enter to win a copy for yourself below. 
Witchling (Otherworld #1) 
My review was done on my friends site: Forbidden Reviews.
**Please note that this series is for 18 and over. It has adult content and language.**