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Heart of Stone (Gargoyles Series) Christine WarrenHeart of Stone
by Christine Warren. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

From bestselling author Christine Warren comes a thrilling new series about

a young woman caught between a rock and a hard place—between gargoyles and demons…

Ella Harrow is trying to carve out a normal life for herself. Well, as normal as an art geek with psychic abilities can hope for. As museum docent and gift-shop manager, Ella is able to keep her distance from people—and her powers in check—while surrounding herself with the artifacts she loves. But how on earth is she supposed to act normal when a thousand-year-old statue on the museum’s terrace suddenly comes to life?

HEART OF STONE

Not your ordinary gargoyle, Kees has been asleep for eons, waiting for a portent of evil to wake him from his slumber. Kees isn’t a vision; he’s a bat-winged guardian created to protect the world from the seven demons of the Dark. Somehow, Ella triggered his reawakening. Maybe the demons have been unleashed? Maybe his heart is finally ready to be chiseled open? The fate of the world isn’t carved in stone… yet.

I think Warren has quietly become a favorite PNR author of mine. I’ve read most of what she’s written although not this book. I have the ARC of the second book and it’s queued up on my to read list. The characters have generally appeared sensible to me and the world building just robust enough to feel genuine. It’s not the heaviest PNR and you won’t find a bunch of surprises but it’s still a pleasant read.

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Interview with the Vampire by Anne RiceInterview with the Vampire by Anne Rice. $ 2.99 AMZN | Google

From the Jacket Copy:

The time is now.

We are in a small room with the vampire, face to face, as he speaks—as he pours out the hypnotic, shocking, moving, and erotically charged confessions of his first two hundred years as one of the living dead. . .

He speaks quietly, plainly, even gently . . . carrying us back to the night when he departed human existence as heir—young, romantic, cultivated—to a great Louisiana plantation, and was inducted by the radiant and sinister Lestat into the other, the “endless,” life . . . learning first to sustain himself on the blood of cocks and rats caught in the raffish streets of New Orleans, then on the blood of human beings . . . to the years when, moving away from his final human ties under the tutelage of the hated yet necessary Lestat, he gradually embraces the habits, hungers, feelings of vampirism: the detachment, the hardened will, the “superior” sensual pleasures.

He carries us back to the crucial moment in a dark New Orleans street when he finds the exquisite lost young child Claudia, wanting not to hurt but to comfort her, struggling against the last residue of human feeling within him . . .

We see how Claudia in turn is made a vampire—all her passion and intelligence trapped forever in the body of a small child—and how they arrive at their passionate and dangerous alliance, their French Quarter life of opulence: delicate Grecian statues, Chinese vases, crystal chandeliers, a butler, a maid, a stone nymph in the hidden garden court . . . night curving into night with their vampire senses heightened to the beauty of the world, thirsting for the beauty of death—a constant stream of vulnerablestrangers awaiting them below . . .

We see them joined against the envious, dangerous Lestat, embarking on a perilous search across Europe for others like themselves, desperate to discover the world they belong to, the ways of survival, to know what they are and why, where they came from, what their future can be . . .

We follow them across Austria and Transylvania, encountering their kind in forms beyond their wildest imagining . . . to Paris, where footsteps behind them, in exact rhythm with their own, steer them to the doors of the Théâtre des Vampires—the beautiful, lewd, and febrile mime theatre whose posters of penny-dreadful vampires at once mask and reveal the horror within . . . to their meeting with the eerily magnetic Armand, who brings them, at last, into intimacy with a whole brilliant and decadent society of vampires, an intimacy that becomes sudden terror when they are compelled to confront what they have feared and fled . . .

In its unceasing flow of spellbinding storytelling, of danger and flight, of loyalty and treachery, Interview with the Vampire bears witness of a literary imagination of the first order.

I know Anne Rice is the leader of the anti review author brigade. Reading her facebook page at times is an exercise of futile frustration. But who can deny her iconic stories that fueled thousands of others? Her imagination transported, shocked, and terrified me. I still remember her works even though its been decades since I’ve read her.

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Winds of Salem by Melissa de la CruzWinds of Salem by Melissa de la Cruz. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

he basis for the hit Lifetime TV series, Witches of East End!

Freya Beauchamp is trapped in 1692, in Salem of all places, with no recollection of her past. A powerful enemy spell has sent her spiraling away so that she is separated by centuries from her mother, Joanna, and sister, Ingrid. This is not good news for a twenty-first-century witch. Not to mention the immediate threat she faces from the wealthy and influential Putnam family. When little Annie Putnam is one of the first to make accusations of witchcraft, her landowner father jumps at the opportunity to consolidate his power and expand his holdings in Puritan Salem Town. If Freya is caught using magic, she will be forced to relive the witch trials, and this time, her immortality will be in question.

Meanwhile, twenty-first-century North Hampton has its own snares. Joanna and Norm consult the Oracle for advice, and Freddie and his pixie allies search for a missing totem that could reopen the passages of time and help bring his sister home. When Ingrid bumps into an old flame, she finds that her new love for Detective Matt Noble is in doubt. Moving between past and present, with dizzying plot twists and page-turning suspense, Winds of Salem is sure to bewitch fans old and new.

Alas, I didn’t even realize there was a hit Lifetime series called Witches of East End.

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Against The Wall by Dee J. Adams.Against The Wall by Dee J. Adams. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Tanner Bryant wants revenge. After spending seven long years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, he’s determined to even the score with the man who put him there. The only thing in his way is a slip of a girl in a big ass bind.

Jess St. John needs eight million dollars or her kidnapped family will die. Caught in a war between the mob and her boss, a corrupt film producer, she will stop at nothing to get the job done.

In a race against the clock, and a deal with the devil, Jess forms an unwilling partnership with Tanner to help find and free her family before it’s too late. In return, she’ll look the other way when her boss goes permanently missing. It soon becomes apparent that Tanner has more honor than he wants to admit and Jess finds herself falling for the gentle man beneath the rough exterior. But love and revenge run a close race and when push comes to shove, Tanner has to decide which one is more important.

I read “Dangerously Close” by Adams a year or so ago and while I didn’t mind the voice, I felt the meat of the conflicts were glossed over. I’d give the author another try though, particularly at 99c.

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

5 Comments

  1. Lisa J
    Jul 28, 2014 @ 14:03:06

    I enjoyed Heart of Stone by Christine Warren book. She is one of my favorite PNR writers, too.

  2. Kristin
    Jul 28, 2014 @ 15:29:59

    I actually really like the tv show Witches of East End. S1 is on Netflix right now. The books sound pretty different from the series. But I may still check them out.

  3. Angela
    Jul 28, 2014 @ 17:02:20

    I’m probably the lone dissenter, but I strongly disliked Heart of Stone – which was super disappointing because I was hoping for some great gargoyle PNR. But the heroine who laments and wishes for someone to save her, and then attacks the one who does drove me batty – especially when she could have saved herself. And she feels bad for slapping her attacker! WHAT? That’s all right in the beginning – I quit soon thereafter (14%).

    And a friend just convinced me to try out the TV show Witches of East End – the first season is on Netflix apparently. LOL

  4. Michele Mills
    Jul 28, 2014 @ 17:21:41

    Interview with the Vampire, and The Vampire Lestat, still to this day, are two of the best books I’ve ever read.

  5. Tory Michaels
    Jul 29, 2014 @ 05:05:43

    I really REALLY liked Heart of Stone, interviewing Ms. Warren on my site. I’m always watching for good gargoyle books these days (scoping out the competition and all that), and am quite champing at the bit for the second book. So glad to see others like her too!

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