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September New Book Releases I'm Dying to Read!

Amazing releases in September, right, peeps? I am reading Magic Binds at the moment, but I'm looking forward to the rest of these reads. What about you?

Dreaming of Books #23

This feature/meme is very much like On The Smugglers Radar from The Book Smugglers , and we will use it when we really want to bring to your attention some of the very cool book releases we're looking forward to. You are welcome to borrow this feature if you want.
Well, this is my second post this year. Find the previous one here.

When a samurai is brutally murdered in a Kyoto teahouse, master ninja Hiro Hattori has just three days to find the killer before the dead man’s vengeful son kills both the beautiful geisha accused of the crime and Father Mateo, the Jesuit priest that Hiro has pledged his own life to protect. The investigation plunges Hiro and Father Mateo into the dangerous waters of Kyoto’s floating world, where they quickly learn that everyone from an elusive teahouse owner to the dead man’s dishonored brother has a motive to keep the samurai’s death a mystery.
There are ninjas and Jesuit priests, and it's in Japan. I think my want and need of this book is self-explanatory!

Destined to become Queen of Scotland.

Bound by blood to the Celtic gods.

Scotland, 1026--Gruoch, descendant of the line of MacAlpin, should have been born into a life of ease. But fate is fickle. Her father's untimely death, rumored to have been plotted by King Malcolm, leaves her future uncertain and stained by the prophecy that she will avenge her family line.

Escaping to one of the last strongholds of the old Celtic gods, Gruoch becomes an adept in arcane craft. Her encounters with the otherworld, however, suggest that magic runs stronger in Scotland than she ever imagined.

Haunted by dreams of a raven-haired man she's never met, Gruoch soon feels her fate is not her own. She is duty-bound to wed a powerful lord, if not the Prince himself; however, she's not sure she can stop her heart when she meets Banquo, a gallant highlander and druid.

Fans of Outlander and Mists of Avalon will relish this sweeping Scottish Historical Fantasy that tells the tale of Gruoch, a woman struggling to escape her fate without blood on her hands.
Melanie Karsak can write, I know that, and this sounds very intriguing. What do you think? 

In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, the fashionable people put on cute shoes, go to parties in warehouses, drink on rooftops at sunset, and tell themselves they’ve arrived. A whole lot of Brooklyn is like that now—but not Vassa’s working-class neighborhood.

In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling out again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters—and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission.

But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighborhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair. . . .

Inspired by the Russian folktale Vassilissa the Beautiful and Sarah Porter’s years of experience teaching creative writing to New York City students.
Release date: Sept 20th, 2016
It's based on a Russian fairytale, and I'm a sucker for those, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for this one. The latest book I read based on the same fairytale was Spells of Blood and Kin and it was very enjoyable. 


Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.
 Release date: Sept 20th, 2016.

Sadly I was refused this book for review, which means I'll be reading it at some distant point in the future, but it sounds right up my alley. The latest I read with a similar storyline which was exquisite A Study in Scarlet Women, but there are other glorious reads in similar style. The Anatomy of Death by Felicity Young or Ripper by Amy Carol Reeves, for example.

Being a superheroine is hard. Working for one is even harder.

Evie Tanaka is the put-upon personal assistant to Aveda Jupiter, her childhood best friend and San Francisco's most beloved superheroine. She's great at her job—blending into the background, handling her boss's epic diva tantrums, and getting demon blood out of leather pants.

Unfortunately, she's not nearly as together when it comes to running her own life, standing up for herself, or raising her tempestuous teenage sister, Bea.

But everything changes when Evie's forced to pose as her glamorous boss for one night, and her darkest comes out: she has powers, too. Now it's up to her to contend with murderous cupcakes, nosy gossip bloggers, and supernatural karaoke battles—all while juggling unexpected romance and Aveda's increasingly outrageous demands. And when a larger threat emerges, Evie must finally take charge and become a superheroine in her own right... or see her city fall to a full-on demonic invasion.
Holy sh*t, I want to read this badly! I'm a sucker for superhero books, and this sounds like one hell of a ride... For similar books, look at Vicious by V.E. Schwab, After The Golden Age by Carrie Vaughn and The She-Hulk Diaries by Marta Acosta.


A Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for.

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The two have grown up side by side, but are in no way sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life for Sidonia, and she would do so gladly. She would also take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe.

When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia’s father is participating in a rebellion, he summons Sidonia to the Galactic court. She is to serve as a hostage. Now, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her. Nemesis travels to the court disguised as Sidonia—a killing machine masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced senators’ children. It’s a nest of vipers with threats on every side, but Nemesis must keep her true abilities a secret or risk everything.

As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns there is something more to her than just deadly force. She finds a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans. Amidst all the danger, action, and intrigue, her humanity just might be the thing that saves her life—and the empire.
Release date: Nov 1st, 2016.

Does this synopsis sound amazing or what? Please don't be as bad as Daughters of Ruin! I know S.J. Kincaid is a great author, so it shouldn't be in theory. *grins*

In 1814, the Congress of Vienna has just begun. Diplomats battle over a new map of Europe, actors vie for a chance at glory, and aristocrats and royals from across the continent come together to celebrate the downfall of Napoleon…among them Lady Caroline Wyndham, a wealthy English widow. But Caroline has a secret: she was born Karolina Vogl, daughter of a radical Viennese printer. When her father was arrested by the secret police, Caroline’s childhood was stolen from her by dark alchemy.

Under a new name and nationality, she returns to Vienna determined to save her father even if she has to resort to the same alchemy that nearly broke her before. But she isn’t expecting to meet her father’s old apprentice, Michael Steinhüller, now a charming con man in the middle of his riskiest scheme ever.

The sinister forces that shattered Caroline’s childhood still rule Vienna behind a glittering façade of balls and salons, Michael’s plan is fraught with danger, and both of their disguises are more fragile than they realize. What price will they pay to the darkness if either of them is to survive?
Release date: Nov 1st 2016.
I only read Stephanie Burgess once before, but I found her writing deeply atmospheric and gorgeous, so I'm in. What about you? 

The extraordinary new novel by Becky Chambers, author of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, called by Ann Leckie 'great fun!'

Lovelace was once merely a ship's artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has no memory of what came before. As Lovelace learns to negotiate the universe and discover who she is, she makes friends with Pepper, an excitable engineer, who's determined to help her learn and grow.

Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that no matter how vast space is, two people can fill it together.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet introduced readers to the incredible world of Rosemary Harper, a young woman with a restless soul and secrets to keep. When she joined the crew of the Wayfarer, an intergalactic ship, she got more than she bargained for - and learned to live with, and love, her rag-tag collection of crewmates.

A Closed and Common Orbit is the stand-alone sequel to Becky Chambers' beloved debut novel The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and is perfect for fans of Firefly, Joss Whedon, Mass Effect and Star Wars.

Release date: Oct 20th 2016.

I found the first book in series The Long Way to A Small, Angry Planet absolutely phenomenal on audio, so of course I'll be listening to this one as well. It's not sci-fi as you know it, it's more about human interactions and loneliness, our best and worst traits surrounded by space. She is an incredibly talented author.

Hope this added to your TBR, peeps... Did anything catch your attention? Let me know!

Sci-Fi Time Travel YA Audiobook Review: Return Once More by Trisha Leigh

Return Once More by Trisha Leigh (The Historians #1)

audiocopy thanks to Audible Studios

Synopsis from Goodreads
If you could learn the identity of your one true love—even though you will never meet— would you?

Years have passed since refugees from a ruined earth took to space, eventually settling a new system of planets. Science has not only made the leaps necessary to allow time travel, but the process engineered a strange side effect—predicting your one true love.

If you could save your one true love from an untimely death, would you be able to resist?

Sixteen-year-old Kaia Vespasian is an apprentice to the Historians—a group charged with using time travel to document the triumphs and failures of the past—and she can’t resist a peek at her long-dead soul mate in Ancient Egypt. Before she knows it, she’s broken every rule in the book, and the consequences of getting caught could destroy more than just her new romance.

Or would you have the strength to watch him die?

But when Kaia notices a fellow classmate snooping around in a time where he doesn’t belong, she suspects he has a secret of his own—and the conspiracy she uncovers could threaten the entire universe. If her experience has taught her anything, to changing history means facing the consequences. The Historians trained her to observe and record the past, but Kaia never guessed she might have to protect it— in a race across time to save her only chance at a future.

Audible US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK


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 What a fantastic story, you guys! Get it in any format, it's worth it, and it's especially lovely on audio. This is exactly the type of YA I adore - fast-paced, serious, merciless and with no-nonsense attitude. I got teary-eyed a couple of times because of the love story, and believe me, - it was tragic...

Friday Mini Reviews #77: J.D. Robb, Nalini Singh & Becky Chambers

Eternity in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death #24.5)


Synopsis from Goodreads
When club-hopping bad girl Tiara Kent is found dead in her plush Manhattan apartment, the killing has all the earmarks of a vampire attack. The ever-practical Lieutenant Eve Dallas has to deal with superstitious cops carrying garlic and stakes, as well as the ever-hysterical press. None of the wealthy young victim's friends seem to know much about the Dark Prince she has been secretly seeing. The chase to stop him before he kills again will lead Eve and her team into areas of the city that not even the most intrepid cop wants to visit, and into the very heart of darkness.
Audible US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository
Oh, this was so much fun! is the Dark prince a vampire or not? What does Roarke believe in? It was a very cute, short story, and I did enjoy paranormal references. It made me think of Buffy. *grins* Recommended.
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Ха! Посмеялась я с этой повести. Вампир ли Тёмный Принц или он просто притворяется? Во что верит Роарк, который беспокоится о безопасности своей жены? Эта была хорошая, свеженькая и прикольная повесть с паранормальными оттенками, что заставили меня вспомнить Баффи. *смеясь* Рекомендую. 

Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh (Psy-Changeling #5)

borrowed on audio

Synopsis from Goodreads

Separated from her son and forced to create a neural implant that will mean the effective enslavement of her psychically gifted race, Ashaya Aleine is the perfect Psy--cool, calm, emotionless...at least on the surface. Inside, she's fighting a desperate battle to save her son and escape the vicious cold of the PsyNet. Yet when escape comes, it leads not to safety, but to the lethal danger of a sniper's embrace.

DarkRiver sniper Dorian Christensen lost his sister to a Psy killer. Though he lacks the changeling ability to shift into animal form, his leopard lives within. And that leopard's rage at the brutal loss is a clawing darkness that hungers for vengeance. Falling for a Psy has never been on Dorian's agenda. But charged with protecting Ashaya and her son, he discovers that passion has a way of changing the rules...
Audio US/UK | Amazon US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository
Okay, Ashaya is a much better character than the previous book's heroine, and there was more plot and technical details here. I also enjoyed her connection to the psychotic twin and the ending. It was a pretty good read for this series if you discount the formula which makes men uber alpha and uber masculine and where all the girls are supposed to be extremely feminine. Ashaya's son was pretty awesome as well.
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Окей, Ашайя оказалась гораздо лучше как характер, чем героиня предыдущей книги, и здесь было больше сюжета и технических деталей. Мне также были интересны связь между Ашайей и её психопаткой сестрой, и её очень классный сын. Так что, если отбросить саму формулу серии, что представляет мужиков убер альфами и супер мачо, а женщин хрупкими и очень женственными, то оказалось совсем неплохо.

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

bought on audio

Synopsis from Goodreads

Somewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a lifetime. To the galaxy at large, humanity is a minor species, and one patched-up construction vessel is a mere speck on the starchart. This is an everyday sort of ship, just trying to get from here to there.

But all voyages leave their mark, and even the most ordinary of people have stories worth telling. A young Martian woman, hoping the vastness of space will put some distance between herself and the life she‘s left behind. An alien pilot, navigating life without her own kind. A pacifist captain, awaiting the return of a loved one at war.

Set against a backdrop of curious cultures and distant worlds, this episodic tale weaves together the adventures of nine eclectic characters, each on a journey of their own.
 Audible US/UK | Amazon US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository
I absolutely loved this book! So imaginative and lovely. This sci-fi unusually for the genre has human/non-human interaction at the forefront of the plot, and the characters are absolutely gorgeous. The actual journey revolves around the inside dramas of the crew, which was fantastic. Definitely recommended eve to sci-fi newbies. I LOVED IT.
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Ну вот очень, очень мне эта книга понравилась! Душевно написано и с большим вкусом. И главное, что сюжет сосредоточен на человеческих (не-человеческих) отношениях внутри команды корабля. Поэтоу и диалоги и персонажи просто шикарнейшие. У каждого своя история и своя трагедия. Очень рекомендую. Подойдет новичкам жанра.

From Blogger to Author: How to Write a Decent Guest Post

Hey folks!

Any blogger or author knows that a guest post is a labor of love and a tricky one at that. Both parties want to make it interesting, both don't want to work too hard at it, especially if they are in the middle of promotion or busy time in their life in general.

I know how frustrating it can be and I'd like to share what I usually want to see in guest posts as a host. Please, feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments. Or ignore it completely *grinning*

1. Keep it short, keep it simple.
Create bullet points with topics you want to talk about first and then expand them to 1-2 paragraphs each. 1 page in total is great! Don't make it longer than two.

2. No infodumping.
You are promoting your novel, so talk about why you chose the topic and what kind of research you needed to do, with an interesting trivia which you've used in your novel thrown in between. You don't need to share everything you found. The reader's eyes will glaze over and they will skip the rest of the post.

3. Keep it conversational.
Engage the reader, talk about what made your main character unique and exciting, share what made you fall in love with them.

4. Give promo info at the end of the post.
Your author bio, how to find you and a synopsis of your book should be given to the reader at the end. If you want to do a giveaway, ask readers a question relevant to your book (for example: what was the last book with the same topic they read and enjoyed?) to create an association.

5. Break the monotony of text with pictures.
Simply, it's easier on the eye and we are visual creatures on the whole, who engage and remember more that way. Make sure the images are safe to use (look for Creative Commons license, for example).

This is it! A very simple formula.

Let me know if it was of any use, ladies and gents, and please, feel free to share.

Fantasy Romance Early Review: To The Sky Kingdom by Tang Qi

To The Sky Kingdom by Tang Qi

Egalley thanks to Amazon Crossing

Synopsis from Goodreads
When the immortal Bai Qian finally meets her intended husband, the heir to the Sky Throne, she considers herself in luck—until an old enemy returns to threaten everything she holds dear.…

When a mortal woman enters the immortal world to be with her true love, she sparks a jealousy that ends in tragedy.…

And when a war god depletes his spiritual energy, his devoted student sustains his body with her own heart’s blood until the god’s scattered soul reassembles.…

Spanning a thousand years of tangled lives, To the Sky Kingdom is a story of epic battles, passion, evil, and magic. In its journey across worlds and time, it delves into the powerful forces that drive mortals and gods alike toward revenge, loyalty—and love.

Release date: Aug 23rd, 2016.

 Amazon US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository


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 God, this book was exquisite! Not for everyone, but I'm reading and watching a lot about Chinese mythology and culture these days, and the more you do the more you understand the nuances.

Erotic Romance RELEASE DAY Review: His Royal Favorite by Lilah Pace

His Royal Favorite by Lilah Pace (His Royal Secret #2)

18+ only
Egalley thanks to Intermix

Synopsis from Goodreads
The conclusion of Lilah Pace’s racy, romantic male/male duology following His Royal Secret...

James, Prince of Wales, is making history. He's decided to come out to his subjects—and the world. However, telling the truth means exposing his relationship with lone-wolf reporter Benjamin Dahan. Although Ben never wanted commitment, the unexpected depth of his feelings leads him to join James in the media's harsh spotlight.

When the news story explodes across the globe, Ben can endure the mockery and dirty jokes. But after his tragic past is cruelly revealed, his life begins to implode. Can even his love for James be worth this?

James has it no easier. His revelation divides the country and sparks turmoil within the royal family. He must struggle to defend not only himself and Ben, but also his younger sister, who hovers on the brink of a breakdown that could endanger her life.

Is Ben strong enough to survive the onslaught and stand by James' side? And will James have to make a choice between Ben and the crown?

Release date: August 16th, 2016.

 Amazon kindle US/UK


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This is a fantastic duology, peeps! Sweet, full of passion and heartbreak, impossible decisions and hope despite all odds. I loved it.

The Postman Knock #159

I haven't posted in a month. I know, I know, busy times, people staying with us, pups growing, and an exciting meet up in Lisbon! Delhia from Between Dreams and Reality spent a nice evening with us. It was fab!

Puppies are almost two months old. We gave 2 away and kept two girls, Snowdrop and Lilac. Obviously they are adorbs.

Anyway, I'm still not reading as fast. Here is what I READ since last post a month and a half ago:

TO THE SKY KINGDOM was thoroughly enjoyable. I've been reading and watching a lot of Asian books and movies lately and I really loved this book. It's all about predestined love and star crossed lovers but with amazing kickass skills. DIRTY ANGELS was an unexpected 5 star for me, as I usually can't stand dark romance. STARSHINE and THE STAFF AND THE BLADE were yummy. A PROMISE OF FIRE would appeal to any Kate Daniels' fan, and I loved HIS ROYAL SECRET and HIS ROYAL FAVORITE from Lilah Pace.
I said to my book club that at my turn to choose the book in November I'll get them to read an erotic romance *grinning* Now I need to choose something not too shocking to ease them into it... Any suggestions? They were all very excited *wink*
How have you been?
hugs and tchau xxx

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