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Teaser Tuesday: Copper Beach, part 2

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. 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 & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR

Lists if they like your teasers!

I think this is a new series.

Still reading this. Been a busy week, me not being finished yet with Copper Beach is not a reflection on the book.

My Teasers:

Coppersmiths are all real smart, and Sam is probably the smartest of the bunch. If he had killed that woman, there would have nothing at all to link her death to him. He sure as hell wouldn’t have left her body in his own lab. She would have flat-out disappeared. No problem making that happen here in the islands. Lot of deep water around these parts.

Copper Beach by Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick/Jayne Castle

General · reading

Harmony Series: Marriage of Convenience

I have read all of the novels Harmony novels (nearly all. got one left) by Jayne Castle and I am still a bit confused.

At some point a Curtain (a portal) opened on Earth to other worlds. One of these worlds is Harmony. People went there and colonized it. They brought their pets and gadgets and what not. Than the Curtain closed, trapping everyone on Harmony and leaving them with no way to get supplies. Their very survival was in question.

At this point, from what I understand, the colonists made two types of marriages: convent and convenient.

Convent Marriages are nearly unbreakable. At least not without sever legal and financial consequences. I am guessing there are social consequences, too. Marriages of Convenience are, well, convenient. Easy come, easy go. Unless you have children, in which case you end up automatically in a Convent Marriage.

Me, I don’t get it. Even the characters call Marriages of Convenience a short-term affair, only respectable. Which seems kind of silly to me.

Why not just move in? It’s before you decide you want to spend forever and ever with your SO. It’s while you are deciding your SO is the one you are meant to be with forever and ever.

Why even bother with a short-term marriage? (Also does short-term marriage feel like an oxymoron to anyone else?)

Creating a world with two different types of marriages seems excessively complicated to me. I don’t understand why she did it at all. What is the point? Really, I don’t get it.

fantasy · flash friday · Short Story · Writing

Friday Flash: Freedom

The image prompt came from Poise and Pen, a site filled with lots and lots of pretty inspiring pictures. Also this theme is different and I am bolding the flash instead of putting in quotes like usual.

I am not quite happy with this flash. The ending needs something, I think. Just not sure what. But here it is:

She clutched her pet’s bright red feathers to her throat. A few feathers drifted to the white stone floor, like metaphorical blood.

Shane stood across the room, smirking, tattered black pants hanging from his legs. Shifting did that to clothes. She normally enjoyed the aftermath of a shift, but not today. Oh, no, not today.

“You have no right.”

“Don’t I, darling?” He smiled, flashing perfect white teeth. “Our contract is over. I am free. I am not your plaything any longer.”

“Your alpha offered you to me for another two years.”

“He’s dead and my brother isn’t going to renew it.” Tray was the best brother anyone could want, especially since he was their father’s bastard boy and decades older.

She scowled at him, but lifted the ornate box on the side table and slipped all the feathers she held inside. “If you leave, I will stuff your skin with your own feathers. Yes and your brother, too. You will make a beautiful duvet.”

“Good luck with that, darling.”

* * *

Shane paused outside his mistress’s palace. Former mistress. His back ached still from the last whipping and from breaking the iron bonds. He rubbed his throat. For the first time in years, he touched bare skin. It was rough and scarred now by the heavy iron slave collar. He took a deep breath and luxuriated in a lungful of free air.

“Shane, lad?”

He turned slightly and joy soared through him. His brother’s hair had more silver, but his smile was big and welcoming. Then Shane was hugging his brother, laughing and pounding him on the back. Pain shivered up his back when his brother squeezed him too hard and Shane stepped back a little.

“Are you well? Can you shift?”

His brother’s fingers were gentle on his back and for a long moment Shane just stared. The same black eyes and long lashes. The hair was a little more feathery in the back, a little stiffer in the front, and he knew, the first sign his brother was spending too much time in his shifted form.

Half a dozen guards surrounded them both. Soldiers he’d grown up with, but he couldn’t look at them now. Not yet. Couldn’t bear to see the pity or disgust in their eyes.

Shane shook his head. “No . . . I -” He didn’t want to say he had to break his cuffs and collar himself. Tray would get too angry. “I shifted twice already.” He wasn’t the alpha, able to shift four times a day without tiring. “You didn’t have to come yourself. You freed me. That’s enough and she’s dangerous -”

“Shh.” Tray wiped tears from his cheeks and pulled him close. Shane blinked Tray’s shoulder; he hadn’t realized he was crying. “Don’t worry. No more tears, you hear, lad? Bring the carriage around. Come on now, lad, come on. In you go. There’s a good lad.”

Tray helped him into a red carriage; several shifted men were harnessed in the front and Shane knew they would be traveling through the air.

Book Review · fantasy · reading

Book Review: Banshee Charmer by Tiffany Allee

From Entangled Publishing:

When she’s sent to a crime scene and finds her second dead woman in as many weeks, half-banshee detective Kiera “Mac” McLoughlin is convinced a serial killer is on the loose. Incubi are extinct, her boss insists. But what else can kill a woman in the throes of pleasure? When her partner is murdered after using witchcraft to locate the killer and Mac is thrown off the case, her frustration turns to desperation.

Certain the killer is an incubus, Mac works behind her department’s back to chase down slim, sometimes perilous leads. While the killer eludes her, she does discover handsome Aidan Byrne, an investigative counterpart from the enigmatic Otherworlder Enforcement Agency. Mac typically runs her investigations fast and hard, but with Aidan at her side, she’s running this one “hot” as well. But Aidan knows more than he’s letting on—something that could shatter their blazing romance and add Mac to the killer’s growing body count…

I finished Banshee Charmer by Tiffany Allee this week. I asked for it because the main character is a banshee and really, how many times do you use a banshee MC? Or even a half-banshee.

Banshee Charmer is the first in a new Otherworlder Enforcement Agency series. I enjoyed it. It’s a short, quick read. It moves fast.

The part I liked best was when Mac uses her scream on the bad guy. 😉 Too bad she isn’t a full banshee; that guy deserves to die.

Screaming isn’t that useful when it comes to detective work. She needs to do it the way non-magical cops do it: with her brains and guts. I enjoyed reading all that.

It is always clear that, Aidan, the male lead and romantic interest isn’t telling her everything. It turns out he was lying to her from the beginning. She forgives him for that, accepts him at the end and the book ends there. I don’t quite understand how she can do that.

Maybe that’s because Banshee Charmer is so short. I am not sure how many pages (I have a kindle ARC from net galley) but I think maybe half the size of a normal sized novel.

Also, lots of times it felt like she was telling us (me, the reader!) very interesting things about the other characters, but I wasn’t feeling it when the those characters showed up on page. Maybe this was also a result of the short length; not enough space to show everything I would like to be shown in the characters.

Other than that I would have to say this is a very interesting world (banshees and selkies and incubus and so much more). I like the main character and I think there is a lot potential for future stories.

fantasy · General · reading · Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesday: Copper Beach

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. 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 & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I think this is a new series.

My Teasers:

It figured that she had chosen a career path that was fated to go the way of the buggy-whip manufacturing, Abby thought. But she hadn’t been able to help herself. The old books filled with ancient paranormal secrets called to her senses. And those wrapped in psi-encryption were irresistible.

Copper Beach by Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick/Jayne Castle

Short Story · Writing

Succinctly Yours: Fight!

Succinctly Yours is a weekly meme by grandma. Of this meme she says:

How low can you go?

Use the photo as inspiration for a story of 140 characters OR 140 words. It doesn’t have to be exactly 140, just not more. This one is 139 characters.

The horse bared his teeth. I snarled back. The horse screamed.

I leaped forward, only to find myself caught up in the master’s large arms.

Book Review · General · reading

Book Review: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

I’ve known the Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde story for a long time. But I’ve never read the story and I did so for the first time for National Novel Reading Month.

There were a few surprises. The first one was that the POV character is a lawyer, not Jekyll or Hyde. In fact, the first mention of Hyde is in conversation with someone who saw him beating up a child.

This someone just watched. I found his matter of factness odd. As if events like that are normal. He did comment on how horrifying it was, and yes, captured Hyde. But I think that’s because Hyde exudes evilness. If someone less obviously evil had been beating up some kid, I am thinking he would have passed on by without comment.

There is a time in the middle of book when Hyde makes a mistake (he kills someone very very important!) and Hyde is forced to flee. The lawyer visits Dr. Jekyll; Dr. Jekyll tells him Hyde is no longer a concern. I am pretty sure the lawyer suspects Dr. Jekyll of something, but does nothing. He wants to protect his client’s reputation. Dr. Jekyll goes out and about, lives an exemplary life.

Meanwhile, a friend of the lawyer’s dies and leaves a letter only to be opened upon Dr. Jekyll’s death. (I imagine this condition is to protect the reputation of all involved.)

Than Dr. Jekyll’s butler calls the lawyer; they break into the house. They discover Mr. Hyde’s dying body, a vial of poison in his hand, dressed in Dr. Jekyll’s clothes.

All the letters that weren’t supposed to be opened until someone was dead are opened and read, and the truth discovered: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde exist in the same body and are probably the same person through some odd scientific process.

I wasn’t expecting this particular discovery to be made through a couple of letters. I was expecting something else. I don’t know what, something else.

One thing Dr. Jekyll mentions in his letter is that he has always indulged in some bad sins and that Hyde just takes those sins to extremes. It makes me ask, what kind of sins? He never says, but did Dr. Jekyll get off on milder forms of the things Hyde does: beating up and killing people? Maybe he was never as good a person as on the TV shows I remember the story from.

Not really sure, but if he did, maybe he deserved what he got.