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Taliesin (Pendragon Cycle Series #1) Stephen R. Lawhead Taliesin (Pendragon Cycle Series #1) by Stephen R. Lawhead. $.99.

From Jacket Copy:

It was a time of legend, when the last shadows of the mighty Roman conqueror faded from the captured Isle of Britain. While across a vast sea, bloody war shattered a peace that had flourished for two thousand years in the doomed kingdom of Atlantis.

Taliesin is the remarkable adventure of Charis, the Atlantean princess who escaped the terrible devastation of her homeland, and of the fabled seer and druid prince Taliesin, singer at the dawn of the age. It is the story of an incomparable love that joined two worlds amid the fires of chaos, and spawned the miracles of Merlin…and Arthur the king.

The foundling Taliesin’s special qualities changed the lives of those around him and brought great fortune to his small Celtic settlement in war and peace. Then he met an exiled princess of Atlantis, and in the course of triumph and tradegy they were blessed with a son who would change the destiny of Britain, a boy called Merlin.

One of the reviews said that this is a “Christian friendly, mystical realism” fantasy set in pre-Arthurian times. This reviewer says that the prose is quite beautiful but turning the “most legendary Druid Bard who ever lived (maybe?) … into the World’s First Evangelical Christian was very painful to witness.”  I can’t say this would bother me if the story worked. 

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Lady in Waiting (Warner Forever) by Kathryn Caskie Lady in Waiting by Kathryn Caskie. $2.99.

From Jacket Copy:

Good heavens-I’ve gotten myself into a scrape! Mere weeks ago, I was simply Jenny Penny, a lady’s maid, a lord’s illegitimate daughter, and a lover of fine frocks. But my credit at the shops of Bath has been cut off, and I am forced to sell my homemade facial cream at night, without my employers’ knowledge. Who knew it would become the sensation of the ton? That society ladies would apply it to a most intimate part of their body? Or that rumor would spread that “tingle cream” was created by a highborn woman named Lady Eros?

If that were not enough, my mistresses-the matchmaking Featherton sisters-have made me their new project. By passing me off as Lady Genevieve, they mean to see me wed to Callum Campbell, Lord Argyll. I cannot fault their taste. His sable-dark eyes and his devastatingly wicked smile thrill me.

Now I am Lady Genevieve by day and Lady Eros by night. And I blush to think of what will happen when Callum and society discover that, in truth, I am neither.

The reviewers are pretty harsh on the subject of Jenny Penny who apparently has a shopping addiction. The book is told only from Jenny’s point of view and I think the lack of male POV disappointed many readers. Others liked the humor but warned that if you like a semblance of historical accuracy, this isn’t likely a book for you.

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Fanged and Fabulous by Michelle RowenFanged & Fabulous (Immortality Bites) by Michelle Rowen. $2.99.

From Jacket Copy:

My name is Sarah Dearly, and I’ve got major problems. Last month, I was turned into a vampire by the world’s worst blind date. Then I may have, totally by accident, started a war between the mostly peaceful bloodsuckers and a bunch of sociopathic vamp hunters who have nicknamed me the Slayer of Slayers. Now I’m being used as bait to draw out the hunters’ bad-ass leader, while my gorgeous 600-year-old boyfriend Thierry seems to be blowing me off, and my sizzle-hot, fanged friend Quinn is trying to turn my self-defense lessons into make-out sessions. So you know what? I’m done. I’ve had it. There comes a time when a vamp has to just suck it up and go after what she wants. And as soon as I figure out what that is, that’s exactly what I’ll do…

I read and reviewed this back in 2007. “It’s cute, harmless fun. The hero is a bit – um, moody – and um, uninteresting. There are inconsistencies and contrivances and Sarah acts a little too dumb and trusting at times, but she’s got a good heart. The dialogue made me laugh out loud more than once and I read it in one sitting and didn’t want to put the book down. ”

I didn’t follow the series and I’m not sure what happened to it. The grade of B- might have been overly positive.

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Feyland: The Dark Realm by Anthea LawsonFeyland: The Dark Realm by Anthea Sharp. $0.99.

From Jacket Copy:  

WHEN A GAME…

Feyland is the most immersive computer game ever designed, and Jennet Carter is the first to play the prototype. But she doesn’t suspect the virtual world is close enough to touch — or that she’ll be battling for her life against the Dark Queen of the faeries.

TURNS REAL…

Tam Linn is the perfect hero — in-game. Too bad the rest of his life is seriously flawed. The last thing he needs is rich-girl Jennet prying into his secrets, insisting he’s the only one who can help her.

WINNING IS EVERYTHING…

Together, Jennet and Tam enter the Dark Realm of Feyland, only to discover that the entire human world is in danger. Pushed to the limit of their abilities, they must defeat the Dark Queen… before it’s too late.

When John reviewed for DA, he gave it a B-. “Feyland sets up each character with a strong character arc, but the arc is small.  Plot takes precedence over character, and the focus only gets stronger as the novel goes on.  The slower pace allowed the romance to develop at a respectable pace and avoid insta-love, yet the characters never get the time to show the reader exactly whythe romance develops.”

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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

7 Comments

  1. amandine
    Oct 07, 2012 @ 12:23:22

    Feyland: The Dark Realm by Anthea Lawson. $99. <–am guessing that's 99c

  2. Katie
    Oct 07, 2012 @ 13:09:23

    I really loved Taliesin as a teen. Couldn’t get into the rest of the series, though. I grew up in a Christian home, so I didn’t think much of the Christian element either way, but I do seem to remember it being rather strong.

    Anyway, thanks! I lent my physical copy to my mom years ago and never got it back.

  3. MaryK
    Oct 07, 2012 @ 14:29:22

    How long does it take Harlequin books to get to Fictionwise? There are several July Treasury books Ive been waiting to get.

  4. Anthea Lawson
    Oct 07, 2012 @ 17:08:42

    Thanks for the mention, Jane!
    Some of the Feyland links aren’t working perfectly, as my YA urban fantasy series is published under the pen name Anthea Sharp (not Anthea Lawson, as my historical romances are).

    Edited and fixed.

  5. Brian
    Oct 07, 2012 @ 17:53:16

    @MaryK:
    Fictionwise stopped adding Harlequin books in April 2012 and haven’t added any titles that require DRM since May of 2012. While the still seem to have all the titles they had added up to that point they appear to only deal with Multiformat titles now for new content (which means no Harlequin stuff).

  6. MaryK
    Oct 07, 2012 @ 18:26:43

    @Brian: Well, that’s disappointing! So much for the lovely coupons. :(

  7. SonomaLass
    Oct 07, 2012 @ 22:54:58

    I used to read any and every Arthurian series that came along, but the Lawhead was one I didn’t care for much. I gave up a couple of books in, just not finding his take on the story compelling.

    I think I bought Feyland for my son when John reviewed it, but at this price I’ll get another copy for myself.

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