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January 22, 2017

#Steampunk Sundays: Romancing The Inventor by @GailCarriger #romance #LGBT

Series: Supernatural Society 1
Format: mobi
Release Date: November 1, 2016 
Publisher: Gail Carriger
Source: Gift
Recommended By: Lee of Rally The Readers
Genre: Steampunk | Romance | F/F

Imogene Hale is a lowly parlourmaid with a soul-crushing secret. Seeking solace, she takes work at a local hive, only to fall desperately in love with the amazing lady inventor the vampires are keeping in the potting shed. Genevieve Lefoux is heartsick, lonely, and French. With culture, class, and the lady herself set against the match, can Imogene and her duster overcome all odds and win Genevieve's heart, or will the vampires suck both of them dry?

This is a stand-alone LBGTQ sweet romance set in Gail Carriger's Parasolverse, full of class prejudice, elusive equations, and paranormal creatures taking tea.

Delicate Sensibilities? This story contains women pleasing women and ladies who know what they want and pursue it, sometimes in exquisite detail.

Supernatural Society novellas can be read in any order.

The first in Gail Carriger's self-published novella series, The Supernatural Society, ROMANCING THE INVENTOR is sultry and bold while maintaining the same flirty and cleverness of her famed bestselling series, The Parasol Protectorate.

January 21, 2017

Bought, Borrowed & Bagged [227]: Hello 2017!

BB&B (Bought, Borrowed and Bagged) is a weekly meme, inspired my The Story Siren and Pop Culture Junkie, where we share with you the books that we have bought, borrowed or bagged (won or gifted) plus a recap of the previous week's reviews, upcoming reviews, ongoing events and book movie or television news. 

BB&B is an homage Barron's Books & Baubles from Karen Marie Moning's smash hit series, Fever. 

January 17, 2017

Loved It: Undead and Done by MaryJanice Davidson

Series: Undead 15
Format: Hardback
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Publisher
Genre: Urban Fantasy | Chick-Lit

Vampire Queen Betsy Taylor continues her rule in Hell in the scorchingly funny finale to the Undead series from New York Times bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson.

It had been a well-kept secret for centuries, but now the existence of vampires is all over the news, thanks to Betsy Taylor’s half-sister (and frustrated former Antichrist), Laura. Life for the undead will never be the same, and it’s up to Betsy to do some damage control. But her interview on the local news doesn’t exactly put out the fire. It more or less pours kerosene on it.

With all the added attention on supernatural beings, the werewolves are more than a little agitated (never a good thing) and demand that Betsy gets her interview skills, and her family, in order. And while things go from bad to worse in the world, Hell continues to be hell—especially when Betsy’s new parole program gets about as complicated as you’d expect.

With a PR team launching a vampire-friendly campaign, the Devil at large and out to make trouble, and mermaids on hand to see who falls—and how hard—the end isn’t just near. It’s here. And if anyone knows how to go out with a bang, it’s the Queen of Hell.

My first book read for 2017 and it’s a bittersweet farewell. The last book in the Undead/Queen Betsy series, UNDEAD AND DONE ended in true Betsy fashion: outrageous yet surprisingly genius. Now MaryJanice Davidson did say that this is NOT the last time we’re going to see Queen Betsy & Co. as her other series belong in the same universe (yay!) so that had me freaking out a little less. I try to take comfort in the little things. *new mantra*

January 13, 2017

Listened & Loved: The Leviathan Chronicles by Christof Laputka

Narrator: Radio Drama feat. 60 Voice Actors
Launched: September 9, 2010
Episodes: 38 (600 pages Podiobook)
Length: 30 mins.-1 hr.
Genre: Sci-Fi

The Leviathan Chronicles tracks Macallan Orsel, a young genetic scientist in present-day New York City who discovers that immortality is not a fool's fantasy, but rather a reality for several factions of powerful immortals living among us. Across centuries and continents, they have battled for supremacy--and Macallan must suddenly grapple with a mysterious and lethal virus, a covert government organization aware of the immortals--and her own family's connection to both. In order to save herself and the immortals, Macallan must learn to use a key hidden within her own DNA. But a deadly secret has been kept deep in the bottom of the ocean for over a thousand years that could threaten not just the immortals, but all of mankind.

Sci-Fi is a struggle bus for me reading-wise. Though there are exceptions, often times I can't wrap my head around discussions and explanations of advanced technologies incorporating scientific laws to make the feats believable to an extent and so on and so forth. Basically, I need some kind of prop, preferably visual, to completely appreciate the science part of the fantasy.