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Published 23/04/2014 by leannecrabtree

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I’ve just spent the last hour or two making a cover for Charlotte & Sebastian’s paperback edition. I’m really hoping it comes out looking good and un-pixelated, which is the only real reason why Cat’s Wolf isn’t available to buy yet. I might still add a quote or something to it but what do we think? Like it?

Charlotte & Sebastian is FINISHED! Woohoo!!

Published 16/04/2014 by leannecrabtree

I finished it yesterday and Natalie Herzer has looked through it for me and pointed out some errors in spelling and the likes and I’ve corrected them. Hopefully it’s good enough as it is, if not I’m sure some nice reader will do the honours of pointing out any errors so I can change it and repost it to Amazon.

It’s still set for release on Sunday, so I’ll be posting it late Saturday night and it should be available for download Saturday night/Sunday morning depending on where you are in the world :)

I just hope you like it!

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Several things

Published 14/04/2014 by leannecrabtree

1) It’s now only six days until the release of Charlotte & Sebastian. 6 days?! I really better work on that last chapter. I think I know how it’s going to go down now, think it’s worked out in my head anyway, just got to get it down on paper.

2) Blood Bound won over all the others books on my shelf. I’ve read a quite a few other books by Rachel Vincent so why not another? Think Delirium by Lauren Oliver will be next.

3) It’s now only 11 days until the Birthday Giveaway on author friend, Natalie Herzer’s blog where you have the chance to win four great books (including Charlotte & Sebastian).  Here’s the link to her blog: http://n-herzer.blogspot.co.uk/

What to read next?

Published 11/04/2014 by leannecrabtree

So. I’m undecided on what paperback to read next, what with my ever growing list of paperbacks and there being several I want to read. So, I wondered if my readers and anyone else who visits my blog had certain favourites out of the books mentioned here. I know it’s an eclectic collection but I’m a romance reader so I read a bit of everything. I also have the Divergent Trilogy and Clockwork Angel.

 

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Leave me a comment with your recommendation and we’ll see who get’s the most votes :D

Trying to finish Charlotte & Sebastian and in need of Proof/Beta reader for it. Anyone?

Published 06/04/2014 by leannecrabtree

So you’ll probably know by now that I never set plans or plots for my stories, I just go with the flow whenever inspiration hits. I can’t quite say that’s I’m hit by it at the minute but considering C&S is set for release in two weeks and I’m working on the most crucial bit of the story: the ending!, I think it’s time I at least tried to work on it.

I’m about a chapter and a half from the ending currently and I’m trying to bring it around so they can kill the bad guy. Sounds fairly easy but we’ll see how it plays out :S. There will be 20 Chapters and I’m about halfway through Chapter 19. It may get an Epilogue just to sort of bring it together.

As mentioned in the title of the post, I’m looking for a beta/proof reader who could possibly read through my story and point out any errors ready for it’s release. If you’d like to know more about my story then click HERE to be taken to it’s Goodreads page. If this sounds like your sort of story, then leave me a comment and I’ll get back to you about it. Thanks!

Book Review – Balanced on the Blade’s Edge

Published 31/03/2014 by leannecrabtree

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Name: Balanced on the Blade’s Edge

Author: Lindsay Buroker

Genre: Steampunk, Romance

Release Date: 30th March 2014

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received this copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Colonel Ridge Zirkander isn’t the model of military professionalism—he has a tendency to say exactly what’s on his mind, and his record has enough demerits to wallpaper the hull of an airship—but as the best fighter pilot in the Iskandian army, he’s used to a little leniency from his superiors. Until he punches the wrong diplomat in the nose and finds himself issued new orders: take command of a remote prison mine in the inhospitable Ice Blades Mountains. Ridge has never been in charge of anything larger than a flier squadron—what’s he supposed to do with a frozen fortress full of murderers and rapists? Not to mention the strange woman who shows up right before he arrives…

Sardelle Terushan wakes from three hundred years in a mage stasis shelter, only to realize that she is the last of the Referatu, the sorcerers who once helped protect Iskandia from conquerors. Their subterranean mountain community was blown up in a treacherous sneak attack by soldiers who feared their power. Everyone Sardelle ever knew is dead, and the sentient soulblade she has been bonded to since her youth is buried in the core of the mountain. Further, what remains of her home has been infested by bloodthirsty miners commanded by the descendants of the very soldiers who destroyed her people.

Sardelle needs help to reach her soulblade—her only link to her past and her last friend in the world. Her only hope is to pretend she’s one of the prisoners while trying to gain the commander’s trust. But lying isn’t her specialty, especially when the world has changed so much in the intervening centuries, and if Colonel Zirkander figures out who she truly is, he’ll be duty-bound to sentence her to the only acceptable punishment for sorcerers: death.

I am a huge fan of the author and have read all of the books in her Emperor’s Edge series and all in her Flash Gold Chronicles to date. I will read anything she write so when I saw her blog post about this book I was instantly thinking, “I need this now!”

Lindsay is a genius at blending action, steampunk and romance into her books and they are easy to read and very addictive. (I read the last four books in The Emperor’s Edge series back to back so I could find out how it all ended.)

This is set in a prison and centres around it’s new head, Ridge Zirkander, after he caused some political problems back in the city with his attitude. To me, he sounds like a laugh. The female lead, Sardelle, has just awoken after 300 years and finds herself within the prison walls. There is a sort of instant attraction between them which Ridge tries to ignore as he doesn’t believe it a good thing to get involved with inmates.

If you’re a fan of the author, this isn’t to be missed. If you’ve never read anything by her the first books in her Emperor’s Edge and Flash Gold Chronicles are free on Amazon.

Book Links

Amazon UK: Balanced on the Blade’s Edge

Amazon US: Balanced on the Blade’s Edge

Next review(s): N/A

Book Review – Deadly Curiosities

Published 28/03/2014 by leannecrabtree

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Name: Deadly Curiosities

Author: Gail Z. Martin

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Release Date: 25th June 2014

Rating: DNF (@60%)

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Cassidy Kincaide owns Trifles & Folly, an antique/curio store and high-end pawn shop in Charleston, South Carolina that is more than what it seems. Dangerous magical and supernatural items sometimes find their way into mortal hands or onto the market, and Cassidy is part of a shadowy Alliance of mortals and mages whose job it is to take those deadly curiosities out of circulation.

Welcome to Trifles & Folly, an antique and curio shop with a dark secret. Proprietor Cassidy Kincaide continues a family tradition begun in 1670—acquiring and neutralizing dangerous supernatural items. It’s the perfect job for Cassidy, whose psychic gift lets her touch an object and know its history. Together with her business partner Sorren, a 500 year-old vampire and former jewel thief, Cassidy makes it her business to get infernal objects off the market. When mundane antiques suddenly become magically malicious, it’s time for Cassidy and Sorren to get rid of these Deadly Curiosities before the bodies start piling up.

The cover grabbed me and the synopsis made me think this could be quite a fun read.

It turned out it took a lot of reading. That’s not to say it was bad or anything, for me it was just okay; nothing special. I just prefer shorter books. And ones with less description. (I’m probably the only one who feels like that!)

And for them to have at least a bit of romance in them. By the half way point I’d given up on anything romantic happening. There wasn’t the slightest whiff of it at all. I like a bit of action in stories but I love it when it ends in some sexual tension between characters and there was nil. I’m a romance reader and I, wrongly, assumed that this would be like every other UF book I’ve read where there would be some romance mixed in the storyline.

Getting past the lack of romance, I liked the abilities of Cassidy and Teag. It was a refreshing change to read about something different. Not that I don’t love my shifters and vampires but every so often it’s nice to get a different take on things and seeing the history of items when you touch them and being able to piece together information on the internet and through books as a Weaver were definitely new to me.

I must confess that the lack of romance in the book put me off and I struggled to become interested in the storyline. I’m not the biggest fan of ghost stories and I’m no history buff so having to read all the back story of the Charleston really put me off.

Being honest, I have to say that this wasn’t my sort of book at all but if you like urban fantasy books with lots of description/back story with the occasional flashbacks and no romance, then this is likely perfect for you.

Book Links:

Amazon UK: Deadly Curiosities

Amazon US: Deadly Curiosities

Next review(s): N/A

Won this via Booklikes

Published 25/03/2014 by leannecrabtree

 

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This came yesterday in the post, an ARC Paperback that I won via Booklikes. I may as well admit that I tried to win a copy via Goodreads but missed out so when I saw it on Booklikes I immediately entered and was lucky enough to win!

About the story:

What happens when you turn eighteen and there are no more tomorrows?
It is the year 2049, and humanity is on the brink of extinction….

Tania Deeley has always been told that she’s a rarity: a human child in a world where most children are sophisticated androids manufactured by Oxted Corporation. When a decline in global fertility ensued, it was the creation of these near-perfect human copies called teknoids that helped to prevent the utter collapse of society.

Though she has always been aware of the existence of teknoids, it is not until her first day at The Lady Maud High School for Girls that Tania realizes that her best friend, Siân, may be one. Returning home from the summer holiday, she is shocked by how much Siân has changed. Is it possible that these changes were engineered by Oxted? And if Siân could be a teknoid, how many others in Tania’s life are not real?

Driven by the need to understand what sets teknoids apart from their human counterparts, Tania begins to seek answers. But time is running out. For everyone knows that on their eighteenth “birthdays,” teknoids must be returned to Oxted—never to be heard from again.

Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17910147-expiration-day

Amazon US: Expiration Day

Amazon UK: Expiration Day

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