Sunday, January 24, 2021

The Segonian by Dianne Duvall

 









5 Star

On the way to the Lasaran planet the ship Eliana was on was destroyed.  Thrown into space in just a suit she needs to survive until the closest team can get to her.  The problem they're over a month away and she only has 24 hours of air in her suit.  With some work she is able to conserve her air and is rescued.  When she is finally rescued after a brief memory loss she starts to get her feet under her.  She is determined to find her missing friends and take out anyone who stands in her way.

This book starts shortly before the last book ends.  You get information from the perspective of Eliana.  We than skip a head to the interactions with her and Dagon.  I enjoyed the banter between Eliana and everyone else.  It was interesting to see how she saved herself as well as learned how to work with Dagon's people.  She has a similar comradery with Dagon's men as she does with her other immortal guardians.  There were so many good parts to the book that brought on the feels.  At one point in the book I just wanted to be done with the book.  Not because I didn't like it but I just wanted to know what was going to happen with 2 characters.  My one only gripe is that I missed have some of the other immortal guardians in this book...I guess I could just start over with the original series again.

Book 2 Aldebarian Alliance

Author Interview: Dianne Duvall

Favorite Sci-fi Binge-watches 

Hello, all! Thank you for joining us and helping me celebrate the release of THE SEGONIAN, the second stand-alone novel in my exciting new Aldebarian Alliance series. If you like sci-fi romance with strong heroes who love kick-ass heroines, fun secondary characters, and lots of action, passion, humor, and happily-ever-afters, then I think you’ll enjoy Eliana and Dagon’s story.

I have loved science fiction for almost as long as I can remember. After all, what better escape can there be when you need one than to leave the planet entirely and embark upon a journey into outer space? So today I thought I would share with you my Top 5 Favorite Sci-Fi Binge-watches.

1
Alien (franchise) films.

I love, love, love this series of movies. I never grow tired of watching them. I even like the newer ones, particularly Alien Covenant. And watching one, just makes me want to binge-watch them all.

2
Guardians of the Galaxy

What can I say? I really like action mixed with humor (which is why you’ll find both in my books). Throw in sci-fi and likable characters and I will eagerly devour it again and again. I can’t wait to see the next one.

3
The original Twilight Zone series sci-fi episodes

The original Twilight Zone series had a particular knack for putting a new spin on aliens, UFOs, and space exploration. I revisit those episodes often.

4
Thor movies.
I binge-watch the Thor movies for the same reason I enjoy the Guardians of the Galaxy movies: They brilliantly combine sci-fi, action, humor, and even tragedy in stories I love. 

5
X-Files

I always liked this series. I was thrilled when they brought it back. Great stories. Fun characters. Intrigue. Alien conspiracies. Drama. Humor. I love binge-watching it. I even like watching the movies.
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So what are some of YOUR favorite sci-fi binge-watches?



Author Bio:

 

Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians series and The Gifted Ones series. Reviewers have called Dianne's books "fast-paced and humorous" (Publishers Weekly), "utterly addictive" (RT Book Reviews), "extraordinary" (Long and Short Reviews), and "wonderfully imaginative" (The Romance Reviews). Her books have twice been nominated for RT Reviewers' Choice Awards and are routinely deemed Top Picks by RT Book Reviews, The Romance Reviews, and/or Night Owl Reviews. 

Dianne loves all things creative. When she isn't writing, Dianne is active in the independent film industry and has even appeared on-screen, crawling out of a moonlit grave and wielding a machete like some of the vampires she creates in her books.

For the latest news on upcoming releases, contests, and more, please visit DianneDuvall.com or sign up for her Newsletter. You can also find Dianne online . . .

 

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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Night Broken by Patricia Briggs

 











5 Star

When Adam's ex-wife's life is put in danger Mercy has to put up with her in her home.  Christy has a way of making those around her want to defend her which puts Mercy in a tough place.  She doesn't object to helping but she also doesn't want to be put out in her own home.  All the personal drama aside there is a man after her and it will take Mercy and the pack to keep her safe.

I loved this story.  You only really got glimpses of Christy in previous books and this you find out more about Adams marriage.  One of the things that made me laugh out loud was the little ways Mercy puts Christy in her place without actually doing anything overt.  The bad guy was incredibly interesting and I loved seeing how it all ended up working out. This in one of my favorite books in the series. 

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Friday, January 22, 2021

Frost Burn by Patricia Briggs

 











3 Star

While Mercy and Jesse are out black Friday shopping Mercy accidentally hits another car.  While dealing with the car accidents she loses contact with her husband and the rest of the pack.  She will need to keep Jesse safe and find the pack before more people die.

This book was ok.  I had issues with the way the story was laid out.  For me it seemed a bit discombobulated in the way the story was told.  I enjoyed aspects of it like seeing Mercy learn more about the skills she has.  I also loved seeing some old characters step up and help her out.  Overall, it was just ok.

Book 7 Mercy Thompson

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Dirty Deeds by Faith Hunter, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Devon Monk, R.J. Blain

 











Overall Score 3 Star

This is a collection of short stories from existing series.  I've read all of the authors and liked their writing so I was very excited to read this book.  Some of the series the shorts were based off of I haven't read so the shorts didn't make sense.  This is very much a collection that you need to have read the books to understand what is going on in the story.  The one exception was R.J. Blain's story.  I 'm going to give a brief synopsis and then review the books individually.

Sealed with a Twist by Devon Monk

4 Star

Life in Ordinary is anything but ordinary.  Since Delaney Reed took over as Sheriff she hasn't had a day off.  Her fiancĂ© Ryder wants one weekend away with just her.  With the Gods' powers being transferred and some cursed objects being released to the public will Ryder be able to drag Delaney away?  

Other than this book giving away everything from the rest of the series I enjoyed this book immensely.  I liked the characters, and the town, as well as, the storyline.  I did double check to make sure I owned the first book in the series to read as I want to know how we got to this story.  

At Death's Door by Devon Monk

3 Star

Than is asked to watch Delaney's dog and pet Dragon while she takes her weekend away.  What will happen with these three while Delaney is away?

This was really a none story.  It was about the length of a chapter and it literally just describes what happens when Than pet sits for Delaney.  That is literally it.

Wouldn't necessarily call this a separate story from the Sealed with a twist but ok.  It was interesting to see what Death was 

Bound into Darkness by Faith Hunter 

4 Star

Liz is offered a job to track down a missing dog.  She needs back-up and asks Eli for help.  What should have been an easy job turned into something so much more.

I actually enjoyed this one a lot.  I forgot how much I enjoy the writing and this book made me want to go back and read the series it is a part of.  It was also one of the only books that 1. didn't ruin the rest of the series, and 2. could some what stand alone without prior knowledge of the series.  I enjoyed the interaction between Liz and Eli.  The only question I walked away with was how Liz was blood poisoned.  I assume it was explained in a previous book.

The Ties That Bind by Faith Hunter

3 Star

Bedelia severed her relationship with Linc years ago.  When Linc decides to reveal all of the secrets between them will they be able to move on from their past for a happy future?

This was similar to At Death's Door.  It's an interest interlude between Bedelia and Linc.  It explains them getting back together after being torn apart by Bedelia's daughter.  Linc explains what happened between him and the daughter and wanted to start over.  It was interesting to read and I would have probably connected more with it if I had read the previous books that dealt with their relationship.  I remember the daughter and I vaguely remember what was happening with her in the last book I read but not all of the details.

Pixie Job by Diana Pharaoh Francis

Mallory Jade are in Effrayant with Law Stranger for a wedding.  She's not sure if Law is going to stick around and He's not sure she's not going to run off and disappear on him again.  He's trying to keep everyone safe and sound for the wedding between a pixie and a giant.  

DNF - was too confused over what was going on as the first book came out several years ago and I can't remember if I read it.  I love her books so I will be reading that book and will update this when I've read it.

Doggone Mess by R.J. Blain

2 Star

Joyce works a minimum wage job as a single unmated shifter.  Hiding who she is from everyone.  She loves to torment Wayne when he stops by to offer her a deal to move from her apartment so he can tear the building down.  When Joyce is offered a contract to kidnap Wayne and keep him out of the city for 72 hours for $20,000 she jumps at the offer.  What she doesn't expect is chaos to irrupt.  

This book suffers from the recent issues her other books have had.  It has good bones and then it veers into the mundane.  There is yet more shopping...why so much shopping.  When the book feels like it is finally getting good it ends.  No conclusion to the story at all.  We are supposed to wait until Blain gives them their full length story sometime in 2022.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

River Marked by Patricia Briggs

 











5 Star

Mercy and Adam get a surprise wedding after their loved ones feel guilty about being mean.  After the ceremony is over with Mercy and Adam head off for their honeymoon. They end up camping out under the stars.  While there they are pulled in to a deadly fight with a supernatural who is killing people. 

I think this is one of my favorite books in the series.  I loved the betting on the wedding and the guilt the family felt which got Mercy and Adam an amazing wedding.  One of the best things about the book is Mercy finally gets to meet her father...sort of.  It was interesting to see a new monster and how they had to take it out to protect people.  Really good addition to the series.    

Book 6 Mercy Thompson

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Promo: The Segonian by Dianne Duvall

 

We are out-of-this-world excited to be celebrating this release from Dianne Duvall with our readers today by participating in the blog tour! THE SEGONIAN is the second book in Dianne's sci-fi romance series, Aldebarian Alliance. Keep reading to find out more about the title below. Click HERE to reserve your copy of The Segonian today!

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Segonian
Book #2 Aldebarian Alliance
By Dianne Duvall

Releasing date: January 19, 2021

Eliana’s life has never been what one might term ordinary. At least, it hasn’t been for a very long time. As a powerful Immortal Guardian, she spends her nights hunting and slaying psychotic vampires that most of humanity doesn’t even realize exist. Then an opportunity arises that instantly makes her extraordinary existence seem downright boring. The leader of the Immortal Guardians asks her to guard a group of mortals who are embarking upon a voyage across the galaxy to the planet Lasaran. How could she possibly say no?

In no time at all, Eliana is hurtling through space on board a Lasaran battleship and getting to know not one but two alien races. It’s the most exciting adventure of her long life… until the ship is unexpectedly attacked. Amid the chaos and destruction that follow, she valiantly helps everyone she can before an explosion renders her unconscious. When Eliana awakens, she finds herself alone, floating in space, clad only in a spacesuit, with no ship in sight. Alone—that is—except for the warm, deep voice that carries over the comm in her helmet.

Commander Dagon and the crew of the Segonian battleship Ranasura respond to a distress call from their Lasaran allies and join a massive Alliance-wide search-and-rescue mission. He quickly achieves communication with a lone Earthling female and races toward her. Every time they speak, his fascination with her grows and he becomes more desperate to reach her before her oxygen supply runs out. Her strength, bravery, and humor entice him, even more so when she defies all odds and they meet in person.

As he and Eliana embark upon a quest to find her missing friends, a bond swiftly grows between them that deepens with every laugh and smile and tender touch they share. But they are not the only ones searching for Earthling survivors. When Eliana herself becomes the hunted and their enemies begin to close in, can the two of them fight their way to victory, or will their enemies take everything?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians series and The Gifted Ones series. Reviewers have called Dianne's books "fast-paced and humorous" (Publishers Weekly), "utterly addictive" (RT Book Reviews), "extraordinary" (Long and Short Reviews), and "wonderfully imaginative" (The Romance Reviews). Her books have twice been nominated for RT Reviewers' Choice Awards and are routinely deemed Top Picks by RT Book Reviews, The Romance Reviews, and/or Night Owl Reviews.

Dianne loves all things creative. When she isn't writing, Dianne is active in the independent film industry and has even appeared on-screen, crawling out of a moonlit grave and wielding a machete like some of the vampires she creates in her books.

For the latest news on upcoming releases, contests, and more, please visit DianneDuvall.com or sign up for her Newsletter. You can also find Dianne online . . .

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