Dear Author Recommends for February
Last month, Shana Abé released the third book in the shapeshifting drÃ¡kon series. At the time of the release, we had not yet read the book. During January, Janine finished Queen of Dragons (The Drakon, Book 3). She loved the characters of the strong-willed hero and heroine and though she wishes the heroine’s past trauma had been explored more, she thinks the writing is just gorgeous and the book well worth reading.
Demon Night by Meljean Brook is a Jane recommendation. Brook excels at the unusual protagonists. This entry in the Guardian series is no different. Charlie is a former opera singer whose voice was lost in a drunken motor vehicle accident. Ethan is a former outlaw, turned holy Guardian, who has spent decades atoning for his sins. Each character finds redemption with the help of the other while fighting off demons, vampires, and underworld characters.
Mark of the Vampire Queen is the second in Joey Hill’s duology featuring a dominant vampire queen and her submissive servant. Hill brings a strong conclusion to the duology and explores the true meaning of dominance and submission. Jacob is as alpha as any dominant and the power play struggle between Jacob and Lyssa, the Queen, is made more poignant by the fragility of the Lyssa’s health and her grasp on her empire.
Bleeding Dusk by Colleen Gleason is a recommended read by our fantasy reviewer, Jia. This third in the Gardella Chronicles displays a maturation of the titular character, Victoria Gardella, as she continues to fight vampires and attempt to sort through her feelings between Max and Sebastian. The review and the book sparked an interesting debate here at Dear Author.
Jan, our occasional manga reviewer, wanted to bring attention to the Tokyopop’s release of an omnibus version of the first three volumes of Kare Kano for $12.99. While Jan don’t really like their omnibus idea because the things are cheaply made and just friggin’ huge to hold, this is a really great deal for anyone interested in checking out the series. Also vol 14 of Tramps Like Us is coming out this month, which is the last vol of that series. Jan’s enjoyed the series quite a bit.
It’s not all paranormal all the time here. Jayne recommends two historicals. The first is An Honorable Rogue by Carol Townend, a Harlequin Historical. An Honorable Rogue features a Breton setting with a working class hero and heroine. Mix in a road romance crossed with a friends-turned-lovers and Jayne’s attention was held.
The second historical is Ariana Franklin’s The Serpent’s Tale. Franklin’s heroine is Adelia Aguilar, a “mistress of the art of death”. She is called by King Henry II to investigate the death of Rosamund Clifford, a death that Henry lays at the feet of his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine. Adelia is reunited with her former lover, and the father of her child, and together they try to solve the mystery. Jayne particularly likes the strong roles the women play in this story.