All’s Fair in Blogs and More! 2012 Blogger Book Fair, Day 3

It’s day 3 of the BIG virtual book fair (click the red square), and I have MORE awesome paranormal fantasy books from Crescent Moon Press. Today is Lynn Rush day. Be sure to comment, because she’s giving away free eBook copies of her books to lucky commenters.

Bound by the blood contract his human mother signed four centuries ago, half-demon, David Sadler, must obey his demonic Master’s order to capture fifteen-year-old Jessica Hanks. But as he learns more about her, he realizes she may be the key to freedom from his dark enslavement.The only obstacle—Jessica’s distractingly beautiful Guardian, Rebeka Abbott. He must not give in to their steamy chemistry, or he will lose his humanity. But fresh off a quarter millennia of sensory deprivation as punishment for not retrieving his last target, he may not be able to resist temptation long enough to save what’s left of his human soul.

Wasteland is Book 1 of the Wasteland Series, by Lynn Rush

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Russell Leonard is a centuries-old Guardian who’s lost faith in his purpose. So when he’s charged with procuring the first female Guardian in over two centuries, he can only hope it’s the red-headed beauty who’s been haunting his dreams for months. And if it is, he intends to claim her as his. But when he finds his dream woman, Annabelle is mute and bears no Guardian’s Mark. He soon realizes she’s been tainted by an ancient evil. Russell must somehow release the secrets trapped within this delicate, mute beauty, to help her tap into the only weapon powerful enough to silence a millennia-old demon—her voice.

Awaited is Book 2 of the Wasteland Series, by Lynn Rush

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For a slave, hope is a dangerous thing.

Margaret Rousseau dreams of freedom from a life of servitude. When a mysterious woman saunters into the servants’ tavern promising the impossible, Margaret dares to hope she could win the heart of the one man she has secretly coveted since she first wore a corset…

The Prince.

Margaret desperately grasps for the opportunity to change her bleak destiny by placing faith in a woman who is not as forthcoming as she seems. Blinded to the stranger’s dark motives, Margaret surrenders herself to gain her heart’s desires.

But her choice may bring forth a darkness that could destroy all she holds dear.

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Thursday & Fridays’s Books:

Constance Phillips “Fairyproof”
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Louann Carroll’s “Shadow of Time”
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Also by Louann Carroll: Gemini Rising

Diane M. Haynes “Rift Healer”
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Sasha Summers “Medusa, A Love Story”
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Sasha Summers’ “Hollywood Ever After”
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Book Review: Desperate Choices, by Hildie McQueen

Desperate Choices, by Hildie McQueen
Crescent Moon Press, April 2012

When an Immortal demon slayer saves Rachel Andrews from certain death, her life changes forever. An unbreakable bond with the handsome Protector, drags her into a world she never believed existed and has no desire to be part of.

The actions of one night drastically alter the course of his long existence. Torn between his feelings for Rachel and his life’s calling, Roderick Cronan comes face to face with the fact that he is losing both.

Rachel Andrews’ mother warned her not to pick up hitchhikers. Also, there are such things as demons. Both occur to Rachel as she’s pulled bodily between the front seats of her car into the back. Not strong enough to fend off the monster sucking on her jugular, Rachel regrets not having stopped into talk to her mother. But just as she’s losing consciousness, the demon becomes a puff of blue smoke. Hovering above Rachel was a man she believed to be the Angel of Death.

When Rachel wakes up once more, she’s lying in a four-poster bed. She gets a second look at her angel. He’s naked, frustrated at having misplaced his shorts, and when his towel slips, she gets an eyeful. She blurts out her appreciation, alerting him to fact that she’s awake. He then explains to her that she was attacked by a demon, which he killed, and she’s been out for three days because she lost so much blood.

In Hildie McQueen’s Atlanta, there are Protectors and demons. Three castes of the latter, in fact, walking around looking very human and most up to no good. Roderick Cronan, like his Protector brothers-in-arms, was born human, but he suffered a change in his early twenties that subjected him to nightmares and a brutal growth spurt. As a result, he is a walking Greek statue–Spartan, in his case—beautiful, massive, and ageless. The Protectors are permitted marriage only by arrangement by the leader of their order, “The Roman” named Julian, and they are usually unable to father children. (And “usually” is important here.)

These men exist to stand between mankind and the threat of evil. Period.

Roderick is also a medical doctor; saving Rachel’s life is a no brainer for him. He is short on time and resources, so when she needs a blood transfusion, he doesn’t think twice about using his own. That’s when things get complicated for Rachel, Roderick, and Julian.

Desperate Choices is a charming and sexy lead-in to Hildie McQueen’s full-length novel Desperate Betrayal. The novella doesn’t waste much time on the demon scene in Atlanta, but instead focuses on Roderick’s relationships with Rachel, his roommate Cynden Fraser, and his boss, Julian. I felt that McQueen did a particularly good job with Julian, a tough-love type who is way more father than friend to the men who serve him. Julian knows when to keep his head, when to blow his cool, and never changes his mind once a decision is made because he doesn’t abide weakness. Roderick’s roommate, Cynden, is similarly rounded out as a Scot whose lost his brogue after centuries away from the Highlands. He’s in only a few scenes, but he’s got a lot of personality.

With three enigmatic male characters in this novella, it might seem difficult for a female to grab the spotlight, but Rachel’s a solid character and she holds her own.

Desperate Choices is Book 0.5 of The Protectors series. It is stand-alone; it doesn’t have to be read before Desperate Betrayal, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt as Rachel and Julian appear in both. It’s also a clean, smooth read that I was able to polish off while my husband watched Ferris Bueller. I would call The Protectors a paranormal romance series to watch closely. I would recommend it to fans of Lynn Rush’s Wasteland series, Jean Murray’s Soul Reborn, and to SyFy’s Lost Girl audience.

Rating: ★★★★★

Little Moons from Crescent Moon Press

Little Moons is a brand new series of novellas from Crescent Moon Press. These stories are from CMP’s already contracted authors, set in the worlds they have already created. They may feature characters you know. Or maybe they’re telling a story belonging to a side character, or maybe even a new character all together. But with these talented authors, whatever the stories are, they’re bound to be exciting.

Little Moons will start being released sometime today on Kindle for $0.99. (Dates mentioned below.)

  • Vicarious (Prequel to Stealing Breath), by Joanne Brothwell
  • Prelude to Darkness (Prequel to Wasteland), by Lynn Rush (May 7th)
  • Desperate Choices (Related to Desperate Betrayal), by Hildie McQueen (TBA)