Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Guest Post & Giveaway - A Breath of Winter by Hailey Edwards

   Top Five Reads of 2013

This year has been tough for me writing and reading wise. There were tight deadlines, family matters, and a big move. It’s been crazy around here. Since I’ve been behind schedule with my writing, I haven’t been reading as much as I normally would. That means I’ve been super picky about which books get my money and my attention. These are the books that recharged me while I was writing A Time of Dying and A Breath of Winter. These are my favorites of 2013 (so far).

  1. Cold Days by Jim Butcher. I am a longtime Dresden Files fan, and this book made the slower pace of the last two worthwhile. I’m so excited for the Skin Games I could pop.
  2. MacRieve by Kresley Cole. I really enjoy the Immortals After Dark series. It’s funny, sexy, and a little crazy. These books always leave me with a smile at the end, and I like that. This book in particular felt more focused on the hero and heroine, with fewer subplots to clutter the romance.
  3. Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones. I have a weakness for UF police procedural series. This one isn’t that exactly, but it’s close enough. The heroine is likeable and funny. The hero is smoking and broken (my personal favorite combination). It’s a well-executed twist on a concept that’s seen some heavy play in UF. I really enjoyed it.
  4. FROST BURNED by Patricia Briggs! I love this series so hard. It just keeps getting better. This book was awesome. If you haven’t tried the Mercy Thompson series yet, but love vamps, weres and folklore what are you waiting for?
  5. Trapped by Kevin Hearne. I have mixed feelings about this series. I enjoy delving into lore and learning about Norse and Celtic mythology, but Atticus often rubs me the wrong way. He’s often compared to Harry Dresden, and I’ll admit I’m enough of a Harry fangirl that could be the root of the issue. But Harry risks his life to save people at great cost to himself, often for no reward other than survival. Atticus risks other people’s lives in the pursuit of what he wants/needs. That’s acceptable IF he shows growth throughout the series. So far that hasn’t happened to my satisfaction. In this book, I began to have a glimmer of hope because Atticus was forced to right some of his wrongs. We’ll see. I may not be one-hundred percent onboard, but I’m still reading, right? That has to say something.

Tell me one of your favorite reads from this year, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win one of my backlist titles in any digital format (excluding Soul Weaver).

A Breath of Winter
Araneae Nation
Book Four
Hailey Edwards

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Date of Publication: December 10, 2013

ISBN: 978-1-61922-135-2

Number of pages: 208
Word Count: 73, 104

Cover Artist: Kanaxa

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There’s no easy cure for a love of epidemic proportions.Araneae Nation, Book 4
Zuri and her mercenary brothers had a simple mission. Transport a captured harbinger to Erania and collect the bounty. But this job turns out to be anything but easy.

Their welcome to the northland is nothing short of frigid. A scuffle with border guards and her prisoner’s attempted escape leave Zuri injured—and she and her brothers stuck in quarantine. Worse, the bounty comes with silken strings attached. Strings held by a scientist with a daring, dangerous plan.

Because Zuri and her prisoner barged in before his fail-safes were in place, Henri had no choice but to lock them all down until he’s sure there’s no risk of spreading plague. He’d planned to study the harbinger, but it’s the mercenary holding the leash who intrigues him the most.

When Henri’s experiment goes awry, they learn they’ve all been pawns in a plan with one goal: bring the Araneae Nation to its knees. Zuri is forced to make a choice that could sign her death warrant—or sacrifice everyone she loves.

Product Warnings

Warning: This book contains a chair-bound heroine who won’t let anyone—least of all a man—push her around. Expect tea-drinking, net-tossing, and knife-wielding. Should you feel compelled to indulge in a bear ride, please keep your hands on the reins and your feet in the stirrups. Author not responsible for possible maulings.  

About the Author:

Born in the Deep South, Hailey is a lifelong resident of Alabama. Her husband works for the local sheriff’s department and her daughter is counting down the days until she’s old enough to audition for American Idol. Their dachshund, Poochie, helps Hailey write by snoozing on his dog bed in her office.

Her desire to explore without leaving the comforts of home fueled her love of reading and writing. Whenever the itch for adventure strikes, Hailey can be found with her nose glued to her Kindle’s screen or squinting at her monitor as she writes her next happily-ever-after.

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