What’s coming up on Bloody Good Books

I have a few reviews to write; namely The Watch Witch (Fairwick Chronicles #2) as well as The Indigo Spell, Etiquette & Espionage and a few others.

I’ve also got a review coming up for Buyer Beware, which I didn’t realize was the second book in the Style & Error Mystery series. I really don’t like reading books out of order, or starting a TV show in the middle. I think it comes from when I was in film school but I have an almost compulsive need to experience art/culture/media in the order it was created. I feel like I’m not getting the full experience or not giving the author (or director) a fair shot if I just start in the middle.

Thankfully, the first book in the series (Designer Dirty Laundry) is available on Kobo for $2.97. There’s also a related short story for 95¢. So I picked both of them up and I’ve started reading Designer Dirty Laundry. It’s a long weekend here in Canada so I’ll get lots of reading done and hopefully bring you several reviews.

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Review: The Demon Lover (Fairwick Chronicles #1) by Juliet Dark

Release Date: Dec. 27, 2011

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Goodreads Summary:

Since accepting a teaching position at remote Fairwick College in upstate New York, Callie McFay has experienced the same disturbingly erotic dream every night: A mist enters her bedroom, then takes the shape of a virile, seductive stranger who proceeds to ravish her in the most toe-curling, wholly satisfying ways possible. Perhaps these dreams are the result of her having written the bestselling book The Sex Lives of Demon Lovers. Callie’s lifelong passion is the intersection of lurid fairy tales and Gothic literature—which is why she’s found herself at Fairwick’s renowned folklore department, living in a once-stately Victorian house that, at first sight, seemed to call her name.

But Callie soon realizes that her dreams are alarmingly real. She has a demon lover—an incubus—and he will seduce her, pleasure her, and eventually suck the very life from her.

Beverage: Tough Cookie (Tassimo skinny double latte with sugar free chocolate chip cookie dough and chocolate syrup).

Music: Dia Frampton – Red

The Short Of It: A delightful combination of academia, magical lore and romance. Think Deborah Harkness’ A Discovery Of Witches mixed with Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels. Highly recommended.

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REVIEW: Devil’s Due (Red Letter Days #2) by Rachel Caine

Release Date: Feb. 1, 2013 (UK Market)

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Goodreads Summary:

The psychic world will never be the same again…

Lucia Garza is trapped in a supernatural power struggle. To save a friend she agreed to work for sinister psychic organisation The Cross Society. But after a death threat that almost succeeds, she’s starting to think they want her out of the way. Forever.

Worse, as Lucia uncovers the society’s most dangerous secrets, she discovers that she’s being used as a pawn between two warring paranormal factions. Caught in a battle no-one can win, Lucia’s only choice could be to go against long told prophecy to destroy both the Cross Society and its sworn enemies. But what are the consequences of defying destiny?

Beverage: Terry’s Taster (Tassimo skinny decaf latte with sugar free orange and chocolate syrup).

Music: Martha Wainwright – I Know You’re Married

This review contains major plot spoilers.

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TOO MANY BOOKS!

I have 2 scheduled book reviews on tap, but tomorrow is Publishers’ Conspire Day. I swear to Billith, there are so many books coming out that I want to read tomorrow, I don’t know what I’m going to do. Well, eventually, I’m going to read all of them, obviously, but it’s seriously a lot of books. This is not even counting the ones I don’t want to read.

These ones I do want to read (I’ve bolded my highest priorities – I’m pasting these in off my Goodreads New Releases list):

REVIEW: Devil’s Bargain (Red Letter Days #1) by Rachel Caine

Release Date: 2005 (US Market); 2012 (UK Market).
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Goodreads Summary:

Jasmine “Jazz” Callender is on the downhill slide to ruin. Once a decorated homicide detective, she’s lost it all: her former partner’s been convicted of murder, she’s been cashiered out, and she’s drinking away what little self-respect she’s got left.

But Jazz has a talent for trouble, and somebody knows it. When a mysterious, sexy stranger comes looking for her with a fateful red envelope in his hand, she’s about to make the deal of her life…for good or bad.

The deal requires her to enter into a partnership with a stranger and investigate cases that arrive in special red envelopes…which is odd enough, but gets weirder as she and her new partner Lucia realize that they may be working for someone with supernatural abilities.

And maybe they’re not on the side of the angels anymore.

Beverage: A Salty Frenchman (Tassimo skinny decaf latte with sugar free French vanilla and salted caramel syrup).

Music: fun. Some Nights

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Getting ready for Etiquette & Espionage

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Gail Carriger’s first installment in her new YA series hits bookshelves and eReaders on Feb. 5th.

While I freely admit I am not as excited about this series as I am about her upcoming Parasol Protectorate Abroad series, I am still eagerly anticipating it.

I’ve pre-ordered my eBook from Kobo (thank you for finally getting pre-orders!) and the audiobook from Audible. I don’t like buying hardcovers, so I will get my print copy when it comes out in paperback. I do this with all my very favourite authors/series – get the book in 3 formats so I can support them as much as possible as well as maximizing my own reading enjoyment. Paperbacks are also really handy to have if you want to introduce your friends to a new series. My Sookie Stackhouse and Parasol Protectorate paperbacks, for example, are well loved from being passed around.

If you cannot afford to purchase the book/audiobook, request it at your local library. A lot of libraries are now hooked into eBook and eAudiobook sharing systems that make it easier for them to make bestsellers and popular books available in more formats. Just keep your eye on your ‘due’ date because after that, you won’t be able to access the files.

For more information about the book, you can head directly to the source: Gail Carriger’s post on 10 Questions About Etiquette & Espionage ~ Answered should give you everything you need to know, including how to obtain an autographed copy. If your question isn’t answered, don’t hesitate to leave Gail a calling card. She’s very fast with her response times (although she might be a bit slower now with the book launch so close).