Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Can't Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday #426: Legacy Witches by Cass Kay

 

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that had been hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlighted upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. I'm now linking up with Can't Wait Wednesday hosted over at Wishful Endings.

From the publisher: Coming from a long line of murderous witches hasn’t exactly been sunshine and rainbows for Vianna Roots. When she inherits the family’s haunted house after her mother dies, she decides flipping the rundown dump is her smartest move—but the ghosts that haunt her have a different plan.

When Vianna finds the ghost of her childhood friend Nancy, she’s drawn into the mystery surrounding her friend’s death. Her meddling attracts the attention of the oldest coven in Salem. In order to get her out of town, they make an offer on the house, but Vianna hesitates. She’s no longer sure she wants to abandon the demon familiar who possesses her home, the transgender outcast witch—who may just be the best friend she never knew she needed—and her high school crush, who now wants her in his life.

Vianna must find a way to solve the case of her murdered friend, stay out of the hands of the most powerful coven in Salem, and face the past she’s so desperately tried to run away from.

Legacy Witches by Cass Kay is expected out October 11th, 2022.

Why am I waiting on this book? It sounds interesting to me that initially she wants to flip the house she inherits, but things get more complicated. The complications are really what sells it. I expect to want her to succeed. I look forward to seeing how she reacts to what Salem throws her way.

What book are you waiting on this week? Share it or a link in the comments so we can check it out and maybe add it to our TBR lists. Thanks for coming by and Happy Reading!

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Teaser Tuesday: Succulent Wild Woman by SARK

 


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purplebooker.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
 Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title and author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

We are richly connected by our stories.

Telling stories through letters, journals, books, by computer, or on the phone are all ways to connect with other creative souls.

Tell more stories! 

Your stories can teach, uplift, remind, give permission, reassure, inspire, give strength, allow humor. (p. 135)

Succulent Wild Woman : Dancing with Your Wonder-Full Self  by SARK was recently published in a 25th anniversary edition by Atria Books. The teasers come from that edition.

Would you keep reading? What's your teaser this week? Share it or a link in the comments. Are you enjoying your book? Let us know! Happy Reading!

Friday, June 24, 2022

Book Review: Secret Identity by Alex Segura

 

From the publisher:

From Anthony Award-winning writer Alex Segura comes Secret Identity, a rollicking literary mystery set in the world of comic books.

It’s 1975 and the comic book industry is struggling, but Carmen Valdez doesn’t care. She’s an assistant at Triumph Comics, which doesn’t have the creative zeal of Marvel nor the buttoned-up efficiency of DC, but it doesn’t matter. Carmen is tantalizingly close to fulfilling her dream of writing a superhero book.

That dream is nearly a reality when one of the Triumph writers enlists her help to create a new character, which they call “The Lethal Lynx,” Triumph's first female hero. But her colleague is acting strangely and asking to keep her involvement a secret. And then he’s found dead, with all of their scripts turned into the publisher without her name. Carmen is desperate to piece together what happened to him, to hang on to her piece of the Lynx, which turns out to be a runaway hit. But that’s complicated by a surprise visitor from her home in Miami, a tenacious cop who is piecing everything together too quickly for Carmen, and the tangled web of secrets and resentments among the passionate eccentrics who write comics for a living.

Alex Segura uses his expertise as a comics creator as well as his unabashed love of noir fiction to create a truly one-of-a-kind novel--hard-edged and bright-eyed, gritty and dangerous, and utterly absorbing.

Secret Identity by Alex Segura was published March 22nd, 2022 by Flatiron Books.

My Thoughts:

Carmen, the main character, is interesting. She moved to New York from Florida and got into the comics industry as an administrative assistant. But, she aspires to more. She proves she is a talented writer, but gets none of the credit for her work. And soon the writer that was working with her is found dead. Carmen can't just accept that and move on. She starts her own investigation alongside the police investigation. And she is persistent. Much of the book is a noir style hunt for who is responsible for her coworker 's death.

It's also an interesting window into the world of comics at the time. It's well done. The pace of the book is good, not too many lulls. And the author wraps up the plot lines in a logical manner. 

I also liked the comic book pages of the Lethal Lynx that were inserted every so often. They helped to illustrate Carmen and what she was experiencing.

I give this book 5 stars. If you enjoy noir with a strong female lead then you will like this book.

I received my copy of the book from the publisher through NetGalley. This did not affect my opinion.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Can't Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday #425: Tales of Capes and Cowls

 


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that had been hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlighted upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. I'm now linking up with Can't Wait Wednesday hosted over at Wishful Endings.

From the publisher:

"Look, up in the sky, it's Ultragod!"

Superheroes have conquered movies, television, video games, and (of course) the comic book. However, there's still a dearth of fantastic superhero literature out there. Tales of Capes and Cowls is a wonderful collection of nine short stories, novelettes, and a novella about the text-based adventures of superheroes.

Inside, you'll find stories about a supervillain recruited to kill Hitler before he wins WW2 using magic, a street level hero out to stop an insane AI, a group of young heroes befriending a powerful wizard, a daring jailbreak, and a 1960s romp with that era's modest heroes! Works by C.T. Phipps (Supervillainy Saga), David Niall Wilson (Hoods), Keith R.E. DeCandido (Super City Cops), Richard Roberts (Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm A Supervillain), and more!

Tales of Capes and Cowls is expected out June 30th, 2022 from Mystique Press.

Why am I waiting on this book? I 've read a few books with superheroes as the main characters, most recently Karma Girl by Jennifer Estep. And I enjoyed reading these types of stories. I think this anthology sounds interesting.  I haven't read any of the authors. So this could be a gateway to finding new books.

What book are you waiting on this week? Share it or a link in the comments so we can check it out and maybe add it to our TBR lists. Thanks for coming by and Happy Reading!


Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Teaser Tuesday: Heroic Hearts ed. by Jim Butcher and Kerrie Hughes

 


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purplebooker.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
 Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title and author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

On heroes from the introduction:

They’re the regular people in irregular circumstances who find themselves considering others first and standing up to do whatever needs to be done. 

Real heroes are created by fate— faced with a challenge that they must rise to overcome , and those who do so become our heroes, our stories, our legends. (2% through on my Kindle)

Heroic Hearts edited by Jim Butcher and Kerrie Hughes was published May 3rd, 2022 by Ace Books.

Would you keep reading? What's your teaser this week? Share it or a link in the comments. Are you enjoying your book? Let us know! Happy Reading!

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Book Review: Razzmatazz by Christopher Moore

 

Razzmatazz by Christopher Moore continues the story of Sammy and the Cheese and their friends from Noir. This time there's a lot going on. Sammy has been asked to look into the murders of drag kings by one notorious one named Jimmy. His friend Moo Shoes and his girlfriend are trying to open a driving school. Moo Shoes' Uncle Ho is trying to get Eddy and Sammy to retrieve a powerful relic he had stolen years before. Stilton (the Cheese) is using her welding skills to build something in secret at the moon man's request. And this group of Sammy and friends is trying to get a local Madame and her girls to a Christmas party at a state hospital. Like I said there's a lot going on including a bit of the old razzmatazz, but Christopher Moore manages to pull it off clearly, cleverly, and tie things together.

I really liked the characters in the book generally speaking, especially Sammy "Two Toes" Tiffin. The characters are definitely original. I liked and rooted for the good guys. And I grudgingly tolerated the bad guys since they're needed to advance the story.

The book moves along at a fast clip. There's always something going on, even if it's just a bit of the razzmatazz. 

I really enjoyed the book. I loved the originality of the characters and plot. I found it hard to put down. It could possibly be read as a standalone, but it's so much better if you've read Noir first. And Christopher Moore even managed to sneak in bits of history and period appropriate language.

All in all, I gave Razzmatazz 5 stars. If you enjoyed the first book, you've got to read this one. It's full of original characters and humor.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. This didn't influence my opinion.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Can't Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday #424: A Haunted History of Invisible Women by Leanna Renee Hieber and Andrea Janes

 


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that had been hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlighted upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. I'm now linking up with Can't Wait Wednesday hosted over at Wishful Endings.

From the publisher:

From the notorious Lizzie Borden to the innumerable, haunted rooms of Sarah Winchester's mysterious mansion, this offbeat, insightful, first-ever book of its kind explores the history behind America’s female ghosts, the stereotypes, myths, and paranormal tales that swirl around them, what their stories reveal about us—and why they haunt us…

Sorrowful widows, vengeful jezebels, innocent maidens, wronged lovers, former slaves, even the occasional axe-murderess—America’s female ghosts differ widely in background, class, and circumstance. Yet one thing unites them: their ability to instill fascination and fear, long after their deaths. Here are the full stories behind some of the best-known among them, as well as the lesser-known—though no less powerful.
 
Tales whispered in darkness often divulge more about the teller than the subject. America’s most famous female ghosts, from from ‘Mrs. Spencer’ who haunted Joan Rivers’ New York apartment to Bridget Bishop, the first person executed during the Salem witchcraft trials, mirror each era’s fears and prejudices. Yet through urban legends and campfire stories, even ghosts like the nameless hard-working women lost in the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire —achieve a measure of power and agency in death, in ways unavailable to them as living women.
 
Riveting for skeptics and believers alike, with humor, curiosity, and expertise, A Haunted History of Invisible Women offers a unique lens on the significant role these ghostly legends play both within the spook-seeking corners of our minds and in the consciousness of a nation.

Afterword by Bram Stoker Award-winning author Linda D. Addison

A Haunted History of Invisible Women: True Stories of America's Ghosts is expected out September 27th, 2022 from Citadel Press.

Why am I waiting on this book? I find ghost stories with a basis in history fascinating. I might find the tales in this book even more interesting since their focus is on ghosts of women in America. And the release date is perfect - just before October.

What book are you waiting on this week? Share it or a link in the comments so we can check it out and maybe add it to our TBR lists. Thanks for coming by and Happy Reading!

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Teaser Tuesday: Demon Hunting with a Southern Sheriff by Lexi George

 


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purplebooker.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
 Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title and author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Placing two fingers beneath her chin, Evan examined her face. "Damn, Red. You look like warmed-over shit in a two-bit pot. "
 
"I thank you, sir. Allow me to return the compliment. I find you vulgar, improper, and rude in the extreme." (16% through on my Kindle)

Demon Hunting with a Southern Sheriff by Lexi George was published April 12th, 2022 by Lyrical Press.

Would you keep reading? What's your teaser this week? Share it or a link in the comments. Are you enjoying your book? Let us know! Happy Reading!

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Can't Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday #423: Tread of Angels by Rebecca Roanhorse

 


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that had been hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlighted upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. I'm now linking up with Can't Wait Wednesday hosted over at Wishful Endings.


From the publisher:

 Celeste, a card sharp with a need for justice, takes on the role of advocatus diaboli, to defend her sister Mariel, accused of murdering a Virtue, a member of the ruling class of this mining town, in a new world of dark fantasy from the New York Times bestselling author of Black Sun, Rebecca Roanhorse.


The year is 1883 and the mining town of Goetia is booming as prospectors from near and far come to mine the powerful new element Divinity from the high mountains of Colorado with the help of the pariahs of society known as the Fallen. The Fallen are the descendants of demonkind living amongst the Virtues, the winners in an ancient war, with the descendants of both sides choosing to live alongside Abaddon’s mountain in this tale of the mythological West from the bestselling mastermind Rebecca Roanhorse.

Tread of Angels by Rebecca Roanhorse is expected out November 15th, 2022 from Gallery Books.

Why am I waiting on this book? I like weird westerns. This looks like a mashup of a western with a fantasy which falls under the weird western umbrella. It looks interesting to me. I haven't read one that sounds like it before. You can read the first chapter here: https://www.bustle.com/entertainment/rebecca-roanhorse-tread-of-angels-cover-excerpt 

What book are you waiting on this week? Share it or a link in the comments so we can check it out and maybe add it to our TBR lists. Thanks for coming by and Happy Reading!


Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Teaser Tuesday: Razzmatazz by Christopher Moore

 



Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purplebooker.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
 Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title and author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


“You could fit three or four guys in there if you packed ’em tight,” Moo said, looking in the trunk. “Milo says he could set up house back there if he wasn’t claustrophobic,” I said. “He says with some modification you could put a jukebox and a pool table in there. Here, grab this guy’s feet.”
(31% through on my Kindle)

Razzmatazz by Christopher Moore was published May 17th, 2022 by William Morrow & Company.

Would you keep reading? What's your teaser this week? Share it or a link in the comments. Are you enjoying your book? Let us know! Happy Reading!

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Can't Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday #422: A Restless Truth by Freya Marske

 


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that had been hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlighted upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. I'm now linking up with Can't Wait Wednesday hosted over at Wishful Endings.

From the publisher: Magic! Murder! Shipboard romance!

Maud Blyth has always longed for adventure. She expected plenty of it when she volunteered to serve as an old lady’s companion on an ocean liner, in order to help her beloved older brother unravel a magical conspiracy that began generations ago.

What she didn’t expect was for the old lady in question to turn up dead on the first day of the voyage. Now she has to deal with a dead body, a disrespectful parrot, and the lovely, dangerously outrageous Violet Debenham, who’s also returning home to England. Violet is everything that Maud has been trained to distrust yet can’t help but desire: a magician, an actress, and a magnet for scandal.

Surrounded by the open sea and a ship full of suspects, Maud and Violet must first drop the masks that they’ve both learned to wear before they can unmask a murderer and somehow get their hands on a magical object worth killing for—without ending up dead in the water themselves.

A Restless Truth by Freya Marske is expected out November 1,2022 from Tordotcom. It's the second book in The Last Binding series. A Marvellous Light was the first book.

Why am I waiting on this book? I haven't read the first book yet, but the second book just makes me want to read the series more. I want to know what happens to Maud and Violet. And I want to know if Maud is able to help her brother. 

What book are you waiting on this week? Share it or a link in the comments so we can check it out and maybe add it to our TBR lists. Thanks for coming by and Happy Reading!




Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Happy Book Birthday - Razzmatazz by Christopher Moore

 




Happy Book Birthday to Razzmatazz by Christopher Moore released today by William Morrow & Company. It's the second book in the Sammy and the Cheese series. It looks to be at least every bit as good as Noir. 

From the publisher: 

Repeat New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore returns to the mean streets of San Francisco in this outrageous follow-up to his madcap novel Noir.

San Francisco, 1947. Bartender Sammy “Two Toes” Tiffin and the rest of the Cookie’s Coffee Irregulars—a ragtag bunch of working mugs last seen in Noir—are on the hustle: they’re trying to open a driving school; shanghai an abusive Swedish stevedore; get Mable, the local madam, and her girls to a Christmas party at the State Hospital without alerting the overzealous head of the S.F.P.D. vice squad; all while Sammy’s girlfriend, Stilton (a.k.a. the Cheese), and her “Wendy the Welder” gal pals are using their wartime shipbuilding skills on a secret project that might be attracting the attention of some government Men in Black. And, oh yeah, someone is murdering the city’s drag kings and club owner Jimmy Vasco is sure she’s next on the list and wants Sammy to find the killer.

Meanwhile, Eddie “Moo Shoes” Shu has been summoned by his Uncle Ho to help save his opium den from Squid Kid Tang, a vicious gangster who is determined to retrieve a priceless relic: an ancient statue of the powerful Rain Dragon that Ho stole from one of the fighting tongs forty years earlier. And if Eddie blows it, he just might call down the wrath of that powerful magical creature on all of Fog City.

Strap yourselves in for a bit of the old razzmatazz, ladies and gentlemen. It’s Christopher Moore time.

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Can't Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday #421: Into the Forest ed. by Lindy Ryan

 


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that had been hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlighted upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. I'm now linking up with Can't Wait Wednesday hosted over at Wishful Endings.



From the publisher:

collection of new and exclusive short stories inspired by the Baba Yaga. Featuring Gwendolyn Kiste, Stephanie M. Wytovich, Mercedes M. Yardley, Monique Snyman, Donna Lynch, Lisa Quigley, and R. J. Joseph, with a foreword by Christina Henry.

Deep in the dark forest, in a cottage that spins on birds' legs behind a fence topped with human skulls, lives the baba yaga. A guardian of the water of life, she lives with her sisters and takes to the skies in a giant mortar and pestle, creating tempests as she goes. Those who come across the baba yaga may find help, or hinderance, or horror. She is wild, she is woman, she is witch—and these are her tales.

Edited by Lindy Ryan, this collection brings together some of today's leading voices of women-in-horror as they pay tribute to the baba yaga, and go Into the Forest.

Into the Forest ed. by Lindy Ryan is expected out November 8th, 2022 from Black Spot Books.

Why am I waiting on this book? I like the idea of the exploration in fiction of the baba yaga. It seems to be her year. Last week I highlighted a book that explores the idea of what if she passed and had American heirs. And there is another on the horizon entitled The Witch and the Tsar by Olesya Salnikova Gilmore due out September 20th, 2022. This book seems like it will explore the baba yaga from different perspectives. And it is female horror writers doing it. I look forward to seeing how they handle the topic.

What book are you waiting on this week? Share it or a link in the comments so we can check it out and maybe add it to our TBR lists. Thanks for coming by and Happy Reading!

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Can't Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday #420: Thistlefoot by GennaRose Nethercott

 


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that had been hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlighted upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. I'm now linking up with Can't Wait Wednesday hosted over at Wishful Endings.

From the publisher:

In the tradition of modern fairytales like American Gods and Spinning Silver comes a sweeping epic rich in Eastern European folklore—a debut novel about the ancestral hauntings that stalk us, and the uncanny power of story.

The Yaga siblings—Bellatine, a young woodworker, and Isaac, a wayfaring street performer and con artist—have been estranged since childhood, separated both by resentment and by wide miles of American highway. But when they learn that they are to receive a mysterious inheritance, the siblings are reunited—only to discover that their bequest isn’t land or money, but something far stranger: a sentient house on chicken legs. 
 
Thistlefoot, as the house is called, has arrived from the Yagas’ ancestral home in Russia—but not alone. A sinister figure known only as the Longshadow Man has tracked it to American shores, bearing with him violent secrets from the past: fiery memories that have hidden in Isaac and Bellatine’s blood for generations. As the Yaga siblings embark with Thistlefoot on a final cross-country tour of their family’s traveling theater show, the Longshadow Man follows in relentless pursuit, seeding destruction in his wake. Ultimately, time, magic, and legacy must collide—erupting in a powerful conflagration to determine who gets to remember the past and craft a new future.  
 
An enchanted adventure illuminated by Jewish myth and adorned with lyrical prose as tantalizing and sweet as briar berries, Thistlefoot is an immersive modern fantasy saga by a bold new talent.

Thistlefoot by GennaRose Nethercott is expected out September 13th, 2022 from Anchor.

Why am I waiting on this book? I like the premise - the Yaga heirs in America and the hut brought here and what troubles follow. They're calling it a modern fantasy which also interests me. I like fairy tales and fantasy set in modern times. Not sure what to make of what seems to be the villain. It really sounds like it has the potential to be a good read.

What book are you waiting on this week? Share it or a link in the comments so we can check it out and maybe add it to our TBR lists. Thanks for coming by and Happy Reading!

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Happy Book Birthday!

 



Instead of my usual Teaser Tuesday, I want to wish a Happy Book Birthday for a couple of books coming out today. Both books are being released by Ace.

The first one is Heroic Hearts ed. by Jim Butcher and Kerrie Hughes.

From the publisher:
An all-star urban fantasy collection featuring short stories from #1 New York Times bestselling authors Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris, Kelley Armstrong, and more . . .

In this short story collection of courage, adventure, and magic, heroes—ordinary people who do the right thing—bravely step forward.
 
But running toward danger might cost them everything. . . . 
 
In #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher’s “Little Things,” the pixie Toot-Toot discovers an invader unbeknownst to the wizard Harry Dresden . . . and in order to defeat it, he’ll have to team up with the dread cat Mister.
 
In #1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs’s “Dating Terrors,” the werewolf Asil finds an online date might just turn into something more—if she can escape the dark magic binding her.
 
In #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris’s “The Return of the Mage,” the Britlingen mercenaries will discover more than they’ve bargained for when they answer the call of a distress beacon on a strange and remote world.
 
And in #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong’s “Comfort Zone,” the necromancer Chloe Saunders and the werewolf Derek Souza are just trying to get through college. But they can’t refuse a ghost pleading for help.
 
ALSO INCLUDES STORIES BY Annie Bellet * Anne Bishop * Jennifer Brozek * Kevin Hearne * Nancy Holder * Kerrie L. Hughes * Chloe Neill * R.R. Virdi 

The second book is a short story collection by Faith Hunter. 

From the publisher:

Collected together for the first time, this volume contains shorter works featuring heroines Jane Yellowrock and Nell Ingram, as well as a host of other characters from the Jane Yellowrock and Soulwood series. Faith Hunter is “an expert at creating worlds filled with intriguing supernatural elements and exciting scenarios”* and her skills are on full display in this collection. From a vampire-filled Halloween evening in New Orleans to the searing tale of how a certain were-leopard first got his spots, this collection has something for everyone, and each story is sure to put the super in supernatural.
 
With eighteen stories in all, Of Claws and Fangs will enrich and entertain—it’s a must-have for Faith Hunter’s readers and all lovers of fantasy.


Happy Reading!