It’s Release Day! (Sort of…) with @LynnRush

ReleaseDaywithSitesThere’s layers to that “sort of” and it’s kind of boring. What’s important is that January Black and the Touch of Frost series are both LIVE, in ebook and PRINT, on Amazon and other fine internet retailers. (Links are posted below.) And we’re celebrating with a giveaway!

Prizes are: #1: $25 e card, #2: Magical Swag Pack from Wendy Russo; #3: Frosty Swag Pack from Lynn Rush.  GIVEAWAY is Open 12/15-12/31/14. You can enter the drawing by clicking on the Rafflecopter link.

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And join us tonight on Facebook for a few hours of guest authors, games, fun, and prizes!

January Black’s Links:

Kindle | Print | Amazon UK | Amazon Canada | Shelve on Goodreads

Touch of Frost Links:

Frostbite:
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Absolute Zero:
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Cryostorm:
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BLACK FRIDAY SALE! 40+ Crescent Moon Press ebooks for $0.99 each!

There is a Huge Black Friday .99 Kindle SALE! Check out some of these great authors below and don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter for your chance to win lots of fun stuff!

The sale runs from Black Friday to New Years, so lots of time to buy LOTS AND LOTS OF FABULOUS BOOKS published by Crescent Moon Press!

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Caden’s Fate, by Kate McKeever

Fairyproof, by Constance Phillips

Resurrecting Harry, by Constance Phillips

Speak of the Devil, by Shawna Romkey

The Devil Made Me Do It, by Shawna Romkey

What Gifts She Carried, by Lindsey Loucks

The Grave Winner, by Lindsey Loucks

Violet Midnight, by Lynn Rush

Violet Dawn, by Lynn Rush

Violet Storm, by Lynn Rush

Wasteland, by Lynn Rush

Awaited, by Lynn Rush

Tainted, by Lynn Rush

Prelude to Darkness, by Lynn Rush

Son of a Mermaid, by Katie O’Sullivan

Blood of a Mermaid, by Katie O’Sullivan

Wanted: One Ghost, by Loni Lynne

Ruined, by Kinley Baker

Denied, by Kinley Baker

Endured, by Kinley Baker

Gemini Rising, by Louann Carroll

A Shadow of Time, by Louann Carroll

Dakota Capitve, by Alythia Brown

Sorrow’s Point, by Danielle DeVor

Sorrow’s Edge, by Danielle DeVor

Red, by Reese Reed

The Memory Witch, by Heather Topham Wood

Not Your Average Fairy Tale, by Chantele Sedgwick

Not Your Average Happy Ending, Chantele Sedgwick

A Stiff Kiss, by Avery Olive

Won’t Let Go, by Avery Olive

Idyllic Avenue, by Chad Ganske

Rift Healer, by Diane M Haynes

Still Hunt, by Diane M Haynes

First Contact, by Kat Green

Citizens of Logan Pond: Life, by Rebecca Belliston

Irons in the Fire, by Penelope Marzec

The Company You Keep, by Penelope Marzec

Kiss of Blarney, by Penelope Marzec

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Addie Bennet! Gimme Back My Blog!

Hello lovely readers. So, I’ve been doing a little bit of back and forth critique work with author Reese Monroe. (And by little bit, I mean that she rips holes in my work, and I rip holes in hers. All out of love. Swear.) Any how, while Reese and I were busy revising manuscripts, the “baby sister” of the Bound by Hades series snuck onto my blog! Ugh. The nerve of the little…. Well, she is cute. And she did bring the Shomrei hero dudes with her. So, I guess I’ll let her post stay.

Wendy

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ADDIE: Hi, everyone. Are you having fun on the tour so far? I know I am. I get to interview the Bound by Hades characters, so what could be better?

Today I have Justin and Theo. My big brother, Slade decided to crash the party last minute–and they say younger siblings are annoying….

SLADE: Hey, watch it, pip-squeak.

ADDIE: I think it’s going to his head that he’s the HERO of Claimed by Light. Yeah, he’s pretty awesome as a big brother and all, but…anyway. Did you see my post on embarrassing things about him? You so need to check that out.

But back to today’s interview. Theo, or should I call you daddy?

THEO: I’ll never tire of hearing that–or being that! Even if I have to chase my son to Egypt every other day.

ADDIE: It’ll be interesting see what happens with him. But what are you going to do with your down time now? I mean, you’ve not had much in … three books!

THEO: Guarding the Gates to Hades is never over. We might have a little reprieve now that we’d made it through this last adventure, so I think I’ll enjoy my wife. And my son. Actually try some of the fun human tourist-like things. I hear it’s a tradition to take your little one to Disney World.

ADDIE: That’d be sooo cute. I can just imagine you taking little Noah down the water slides.

JUSTIN: Right up until Noah opens a splice and vanishes in front of the crowds. **He slaps Theo** Dream on, Daddy.

ADDIE: What are you going to do to relax, Justin?

JUSTIN: I’m sure Yvonne and I can come up with a few things to occupy our time, now that Lucifer–er–now that our latest adventure has calmed down. See REESE, I can keep a secret!!

ADDIE: LOL!!  Reese warned me not to let you give away the plot, too. I was about to jump on you!

THEO: Can’t trust Justin with any type of secret.

JUSTIN: Well, duh, you can hack into my thoughts. Makes it kinda hard. What about you, Slade? What are you going to do?

SLADE: Hit the hot tub–often.

ADDIE: Okay, okay. I think it’s about time for the fast five.

JUSTIN: **claps his hands together** Bring it. Yvonne prepped me for it!

ADDIE: Favorite color right now.

JUSTIN: Pink **he winks**

THEO: Orange **he smacks Justin**

SLADE: Red

ADDIE: Favorite dessert right now.

JUSTIN: Fried Oreos

THEO: Apple Pie

SLADE: Fruitcake

ADDIE: Favorite time of day.

JUSTIN: Dusk

THEO: Dawn

SLADE: Dusk

ADDIE: Romance movie or action?

JUSTIN: Duh…. Action.

THEO: Action

SLADE: Action

ADDIE: E-Reader or Paperback

JUSTIN: Movies

THEO: Paperback

SLADE: What Justin said.

ADDIE: Guys are just plain impossible, aren’t they?

Thanks, everyone for following the blog tour. See you on the next stop! 🙂

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Claimed by Light (Bound by Hades #3)
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Release Date: September 15th, 2014

Forgiveness softens even the hardest of hearts…

College senior Slade Bennet is so close to his degree he can taste it…until his sister becomes tangled with a coven of demons and he must trade his soul to save her. But first he must kill the assigned target: a sexually charged beauty who ignites his protective instinct.

After the devastating loss of her Companion, the last thing Halena Girard can stomach is the emotional connection to a Mate. She lives for only two things: vanquishing demons, and seeking Artifacts rumored to lead to Lucifer’s downfall. That is, until she’s attacked by a…frat boy? Worse, a newly-demonic frat boy wearing the mark of her Mate.

Halena would rather kill Slade than give him her heart. Unfortunately, the only way Slade can find his sister and Halena the Artifacts is to work together. As they face the darkest of evil, Slade’s ability to crush Halena’s carefully erected walls might prove to be the most lethal battle of all.

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lynnReeseOriginally from Minnesota, Reese Monroe currently enjoys living in the sunny Arizona desert with her husband of seventeen years and her loveable Shetland Sheep dog, Maddux. Monroe holds a degree in psychology from Southwest Minnesota State University and a master’s degree from the University of Iowa. When she’s not busy writing her next trilogy, she can be found pounding the pavement, training for her next endurance event.

Connect with Reese on Twitter (@Rush_Monroe), through Facebook (Facebook.com/LynnRushWrites) or her website ReeseMonroe.net.

Book #1 in trilogy: Forged by Fate

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Book #2 in trilogy: Marked by Hades

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What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Lynn Rush, author of the Wasteland and Violet Night Trilogies, is running a fun blog hop with a $250 grand prize. Lynn’s site is the hub. Click on the graphic to get there. Visit the blogs and complete the Rafflecopter tasks for changes to win.

To play along with the theme of “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” I am posting a deleted scene from January Black. It’s one of my favorite scenes, but it was necessarily cut when I rewrote the middle third of the book. (Those who have read the book will understand the significance of the maple leaf. *wink*)

Early on the evening of Matty’s birthday, Iris walked into the courtyard garden to find him lying on the stone floor, his feet propped on the chaise, a book saddled on his chest. He twirled a red maple leaf between his fingers as he stared at Wolfgang, the brightest star of The Maestros constellation and one of the few visible in Aventine. She picked the book from his chest and read the spine: The Sonnets. She flipped it around and read aloud from the page.

“When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes, I all alone beweep my outcast state, and trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries and look upon myself and curse my fate, wishing me like to one more rich in hope, featured like him, like him with friends possessed, desiring this man’s art and that man’s scope, with what I most enjoy contented least.”

She stopped to take a breath. He recited the rest from memory.

“Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising, haply I think on thee, and then my state…”

She sat down at his head, and replacing the book on his chest, she looked down at him, at his tousled hair, his eyes sparkling in the lamplight.

“…like to the lark at break of day arising from sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven’s gate, For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings that then I scorn to change my state with kings.”

“What are you doing on the ground?”

He caressed her cheek with his finger and twirled a gold curl around his finger. “Counting my blessings.”

For the first moment in months, she felt like the chasm between them was all in her mind and had never been there at all.

I hope you enjoyed this special moment between Matty and Iris. Please visit Lynn Rush’s blog to see more Valentines’ themed posts!

Book Review: Tainted (Wasteland #3), by Lynn Rush

tainted-lynn-rushTainted (Wasteland Trilogy #3)
By Lynn Rush

After over four hundred years as a Guardian, Durk Langdon rebuked it all. Walked away from everything when his mate, Jessica, was brutally murdered. Yet he has no recollection of anything since that gruesome day.

Nothing alleviates his longing for Jessica or his disdain for the Guardians until a former brother in arms joins him and his cause. Visions of his lost love start appearing in the most unlikely places, until Durk learns she survived.

But when he sets out to find her, demonic obstacles he never could have imagined tear them apart.

If only he had trusted her…

Tainted brings us into the Wasteland storyline at some point after Durk Langdon abandons his calling. He is running, barefoot and half-naked, down a lonely highway. There’s no one behind him. He doesn’t know what he’s running from, but he knows that if he stops, he’ll die. Meanwhile images of Jessica, his murdered mate, flash through his mind. He hides when a car approaches. It stops and a woman gets out. She knows his name, but he doesn’t know her.

Ms. Rush drops the reader into Durk’s confusion at both the passage of time and reality in the opening scene. There is a sense that time has passed since the end of Awaited (Wasteland #2), but there are few clues as to how much. He remembers being in the mountains, but now he’s in the desert. Starting the story here was a deliberate, and wise, choice by the author because this confusion—not knowing what is real or who can be trusted—continues for half of the story. In fact, I was not certain that Durk was free of the torment that wiped his memory clean until the last two chapters.

Anyone who’s read the first two books of the Wasteland trilogy knows that Ms. Rush juggles her details with the deft hand of a circus clown. All three of her male leads have been flawed, damaged men, but Durk Langdon is all but an empty shell. He was going through the motions of serving the Light before he watched the woman he loves die. Combine his broken heart with lost time and severe torture, and Durk becomes a man who’s hanging onto one fraying thread while wondering why he still bothers.

While I felt that Durk’s part of the story was very well done, I have to admit that his and Jessica’s relationship felt a little thin for me. They are supposed to be intended mates, and Jessica has known this for thirty-five years. Durk has been in love with her for decades. Yet, I found timidity where I expected sexual tension.

It was great to see David and Beka, and Russell and Annabel, again, especially under the dire circumstances they face. And the guest appearance by archangel Michael is rave worthy. All in all, I found Tainted to be a solid finish to the series.

4-stars

Cover Reveal: Violet Midnight, by Lynn Rush


Violet Midnight (Violet Night, #1), by Lynn Rush
Release Date: October 15th, 2012
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press

Let the Hunt begin…

Blending in with her college co-eds proves difficult for vampire Hunter, Emma Martin, considering the mystical tattoo on her wrist glows whenever Vamps are near. And after three months of silence, the glow is back with a vengeance.

Jake Cunningham witnesses Emma, a violet-eyed beauty, using unimaginable powers to fight off a fanged creature. Finally, after two years of searching, he may have found out what he’s become—a Hunter, like Emma.

Thankful for an ally in the fight against the Vamps, Emma finds hope and comfort in Jake’s arms. As she learns more about her new love’s family and its dark heritage, she may be forced not only to hunt them but to sacrifice her life to save Jake’s soul.

What people are already saying about Violet Midnight…

“Buffy had better watch out…Emma Martin is one hunter to watch!” –Cynthia Eden, National Bestselling Author

“Lynn Rush does it again!” –Lynda Hilburn, author of Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist series

Violet Midnight had me at the start and wanting more in the end. Love, danger and excitement plus so much more we love in a paranormal read! I loved it and it’s a for sure read of 2012!” –Paranormal Book Club

Add Violet Midnight to your Goodreads list

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***A portion of all proceeds donated to American Cancer Society***

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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Shadow of Time on Goodreads  | Amazon | B&N
Also by Louann Carroll: Gemini Rising

Diane M. Haynes “Rift Healer”
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Rift Healer on Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Kobo

Sasha Summers “Medusa, A Love Story”
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Medusa on Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Kobo
Sasha Summers’ “Hollywood Ever After”
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Book Review/Trailer: Awaited, by Lynn Rush, with A Bonus Review for Prelude to Darkness

Awaited, by Lynn Rush
Crescent Moon Press, May 1, 2012 (Today!)

The voice is a powerful thing…

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 opens with Guardians Russell and Durk seated on a private jet, en route to a small Colorado town to retrieve a young woman. She is the first female to born in centuries. They would have preferred to drive for the legroom, trunk space for weapons, and the privacy to speak freely, but Jessica, their enigmatic 56-going on-17 leader, insisted they be on that flight. Annoyed but obedient, they comply with her other strange instructions even while wondering what she knows but won’t tell them. They take extra socks. She gives a bag she packed with matches and a foil blanket. She slips in three granola bars. All of it becomes necessary for their survival when the plane crashes in the Rockies, killing everyone on board except them and a female in the cockpit.

And that’s when things get weird.

Russell has been dreaming about this young woman for three-months. She can hear, but she can’t talk. She trusts Russell on sight, but she looks at Durk like he’s made candid comments to eat her. She has Guardian-like powers, but not the Mark that would identify her as their object of their search. And she has an awful secret.

Awaited is book two in Lynn Rush’s Wasteland series, which takes the reader into a bizarre world of immortals that walk among us. Wasteland introduced us to half-demon David Sadler and Guardian queen Bekka, who are mentioned through the sequel. In Awaited, we learn more about Bekka’s former sidekick, Russell Leonard, a jaded warrior who is going through the motions of serving The Light while wondering for what reason they bother. At his very core, he’s a lonely man looking for a purpose. He’s never before thought about love, but since having dreams of a honey-eyed woman, belonging to someone beside Archangel Michael becomes like an open wound. When Annabel quite literally falls into his arms, his pain sparks an obsession to claim her as his bonded mate.

During my reading of Wasteland, I felt the attention to David’s urges a bit excessive. It is almost a third main character of the story, easily overshadowing his mission to deliver a certain teenage girl to his Master. From the beginning of that book, David restrained his urge to outright violate the Guardian queen because doing so would mean losing his soul; he had refused for centuries to give his Master the satisfaction of completely owning him. As Bekka’s attraction to David steadily grew hot enough to sear, his resolve was steeled by a more powerful desire to protect her, firstly from himself.

Russell’s situation is different, but he and David shared one very important aspect…they’re 400-year-old virgins when the right woman enters the scene at the exact right time. (We are talking about people governed by fate, after all.) While reading Awaited, I considered David as I read about Russell, and this time I found their obsession to claim and protect the women they love appropriate.

Wasteland’s relentless pace continues in Awaited as Russell and Durk fight a demon gang and navigate the Colorado Rockies on foot with a human in tow that is both more and less vulnerable than she appears. The series continues with the as-of-yet untitled Wasteland #3, which is Durk’s story after the events of Awaited render him a heartbroken, angry rogue. I recommend this series to fans of Rebecca Hamilton and Jordan K. Rose.

Awaited will available for purchase tomorrow, May 1st.

Rating: ★★★★★


BONUS Review!

Prelude to Darkness (Wasteland 0.5)
Crescent Moon Press, May 7, 2012

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.


Margaret Rousseau is a young, ambitious servant of England’s royal family. While not mentioned in the story, the setting is in the latter half of the 17th century, likely during the restored Stuart years. That’s neither here nor there to the young maid, who thought her deepest desire in the world was to dive into the Queen’s steaming bathtub for a proper soak. She’s wrong, though. She knows she’s wrong when the busy Queen offers the bath to her son, Edward, and he sends her fellow maid Anne Marie away. This leaves poor young Margaret alone with a handsome royal who recently tangled with ruffians and can’t quite reach his own back to scrub off the stench of his travels.

Prelude to Darkness is a parable of sorts, a fairy tale with a tragic ending. It stands alone, but those who read Wasteland prior to Prelude will know the consequences of Margaret’s greed and naïveté. But while David is well within his rights to hold a grudge against the woman who sold his soul to a demon, a reader would be hard pressed to judge her too harshly at the end of her story.

Imagine your neighbor’s teen daughter is given an opportunity to spend some quality time with Robert Pattison. While chatting about whatever, he gets an itch on his back that he can’t reach. While she’s helping him out, he asks if she’s got a boyfriend. Perhaps he’s just making conversation, but it sets the wheels turning in her head. Could he really be interested me? This is the situation in which Margaret finds herself in Prelude’s first chapter. How many young women fall prey to the sparkly charms of young men with far less going for them than Robert? It’s really not hard to see how the young maid’s story goes sideways in a hurry.

Margaret betrays three people in this story. First, her son when she commits to the terms of a demon’s offer. Second, she betrays herself when she signs it. All she truly wants is to be loved, to be cared for as she cares for Queen and her family. She’s had that man in her life for years, and her poor choices punish him as well for loving her unconditionally.

Lynn Rush’s writing is slower paced in this short than in the related Wasteland novels. It is also tighter and more nuanced. Fans of the Wasteland series will want to read Prelude to Darkness to answer the nagging question of how Margaret came to sell her son’s soul. It may also appeal to younger fans of Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Rating: ★★★★★


Driven to write, Lynn Rush often sees her characters by closing her eyes watching their story unfold in her mind. Lynn Rush is a pen name that is a combination of two sources – Lynn, the first name of her mother-in-law, who passed away and Rush – since the author is a former inline speed skater and mountain biker. All of Rush’s books are dedicated to Lynn, her namesake.

Rush holds a degree in psychology from Southwest Minnesota State University and a master’s degree from the University of Iowa. Originally from Minneapolis, Rush currently enjoys living in the Arizona sunshine by road biking nearly 100 miles per week with her husband of 15 years and jogging with her two loveable Shetland Sheep dogs.

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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)

Book Review: Wasteland (Lynn Rush, 2011)

Wasteland, by Lynn Rush
Crescent Moon Press (August 23, 2011)

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 demonic 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.

The thing that attracted me to Wasteland was the cover. The blue glowing within the black is haunting, and the feather floating to the ground is light and beautiful. I had a visceral reaction when I saw it and wanted to read it instantly. I’m not a fan of the typeface, though. I would have preferred a font that reflected the Old World origins of most of the characters, maybe some sort of compromise between blackletter and a roman face. Don’t mind me…I’m a type snob and I know it.

Wasteland opens in a small town in Arizona, at a dance club where locals are getting their drink and flirt on. In the center of this mass of bodies and alcohol is 400-year-old David Sadler, a sort-of bounty hunter who’s spent the last 245 in solitary confinement as punishment for missing his last Mark. He dreams of being free of the contract on his soul, while his demon-half tries every second to claw out of his skin for good.

For that to happen, David would have to give into the temptation he’s so far succeeded in resisting. That’s actually written into the contract his mother signed in blood before he was born. Letting down his guard, giving into a woman’s charms, or losing hold of his demon for even one moment and failing to stop the beast from taking what it wants…it makes no difference. Sex will wipe out what remains of his humanity.

Consider for a moment what 245 years means. The last time David walked among humans, it was 1767. And, the past 200 years of his punishment were spent in sensory deprivation. And now, here he is…2012, in a club where the women wear next to nothing, drink, dance, and flirt with strangers. Master wants the rest of his soul; David’s determined to not let him have it.

Wasteland is initiated as a thriller with frequent battles and relentless pacing. But in this story, there are two games in play. There is the obvious race between demons and guardians both looking for a child messiah, and the tug of war between the same demons and angels for David’s freedom and soul. As for David himself, he is tormented by metaphorical demons more powerful that the literal ones that surround him. Finding himself worthy of the love and trust of the guardians is the biggest one of all.

Wasteland is a good book. I very much enjoyed reading David’s story, particularly one scene where he holds Beka’s head in his hands and begs her to live. I’m looking forward to reading the sequel, Awaited, and when I’m done, I’ll tell you what I think about it.

My rating: ★★★★