Teaser Tuesday: The Scottish Witch by Cathy Maxwell

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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 reading a couple of books at the moment, so I pulled a quote from one at random this week. The Scottish Witch is the second book in Cathy Maxwell's Chattan Curse series. In the series, the men in the hero's family are cursed to die as soon as they fall in love. I pulled from the prologue, set in the 17th century, where the curse began.

Teaser:
"Raising the staff, Fenella said, "I curse not just Chattan but his line. He betrayed her for a title. He tossed aside handfasted promises for greed. Now let him see what his duplicity has wrought."
*The Scottish Witch by Cathy Maxwell, e-arc (releases 10/30/12)


Book Description:
The Scottish Witch CoverEvery woman has her dreams

Portia Maclean believes she is beyond love and marriage. Then one moonlit night, while attempting a daring masquerade in a desperate bid to protect her family, she finds herself swept off her feet by a powerful stranger. His very touch makes her long for much more. But what will he do when once he discovers she has betrayed him?

Every man has his demons

Harry Chattan is fighting for his family-their honor and their lives. For two hundred years the Chattan men have been destroyed by love.and now he's come to Scotland on the hunt for a witch who can break the legend's curse. Instead he finds himself bewitched by the tantalizing Portia. Determined to right legendary wrongs, Harry has vowed to fight the demons that torture him.

But will that battle destroy her as well?

Saturday in Review

Saturday, September 15, 2012

It’s update time :)

Below are the newest reviews I’ve written here, on Joyfully Reviewed, and on Romance Junkies. The master list and categorical lists on the right-hand side are updated as well.

Reviews for upcoming releases:
- How to Capture a Countess (The Duchess Diaries, Book 1) by Karen Hawkins (available 9/18/12)
- Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed (Sons of Sin, Book 1) by Anna Campbell (available 9/25/12)

All other new reviews:
- Riveted (The Iron Seas, Book 3) by Meljean Brook
- Delusion in Death (In Death, Book 35) by J.D. Robb

Upcoming reviews:
- The Curse (Belador, Book 3) by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love
- Good Cop, Bad Cop by Jenna Byrnes and Jude Mason
- Hex Appeal anthology
- Love is Murder anthology
- Aloha Kaua by Jenna Byrnes
- A Younger Man (Cabin Fever, Book 3) by Cameron Dane
- Elliot’s War by Kim Dare
- Trust, Love, Submit by Kim Dare
- How to Ravish a Rake (How to Series, Book 3) by Vicky Dreiling
- Soul Weaver by Hailey Edwards
- Some Like It Hot (Rising Star Chef, Book 2) by Louisa Edwards
- Hot Under Pressure (Rising Star Chef, Book 3) by Louisa Edwards
- A Very Personal Trainer by Justine Elyot
- A Beginner’s Guide to Rakes by Suzanne Enoch
- Come Fly With Me (Alaskan Nights, Book 2) by Addison Fox
- Trouble at the Wedding (Abandoned at the Altar, Book 3) by Laura Lee Guhrke
- Dearly, Beloved (Gone With the Respiration, Book 2) by Lia Habel
- Straight Cowboy by Jan Irving
- After the Abduction (Swanlea Spinsters, Book 3) by Sabrina Jeffries
- ‘Twas the Night After Christmas (Hellions of Halstead Hall, Book 6) by Sabrina Jeffries
- If You Give a Girl a Viscount (Impossible Bachelors, Book 4) by Kieran Kramer
- Trouble in Texas (Deep in the Heart of Texas, Book 4) by Katie Lane
- Secret Light by Z.A. Maxfield
- Lyon’s Bride (The Chattan Curse, Book 1) by Cathy Maxwell
- The Scottish Witch (The Chattan Curse, Book 2) by Cathy Maxwell
- Blood Persuasion (Immortal Jane Austen, Book 2) by Janet Mullany
- Keeping Faith by Kris Norris
- Strangers in the Night by Brynn Paulin
- Raw Desire by Kate Pearce
- Alien Sex 102 by Allie Ritch
- Seducing Mr. Knightly (Writing Girls, Book 4) by Maya Rodale
- Meredith’s Awakening (Corporate Affairs, Book 2) by Sierra and V.J. Summers
- Daniel’s Surrender (Corporate Affairs, Book 3) by Sierra and V.J. Summers
- Primal Law (Alpha Pack, Book 1) by J.D. Tyler

Waiting on Wednesday: Scars by Lynley Wayne

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine which spotlights eagerly anticipated upcoming releases!

I really enjoyed Lynley Wayne's debut, a YA short story called Family. Scars is her first full length novel and though (obviously) quite different from Family, I'm really looking forward to it.

Scars Cover Title: Scars
Author: Lynley Wayne
Genre: Male/Male Erotic Contemporary Romance
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: September 14, 2012

Book Description (from Goodreads):

Jace came home from the war scarred in more ways than one. The physical scars he carries are nothing compared to the mental ones. Struggling with PTSD, he has closed himself off from the rest of the world. The last thing he ever thought to do was fall in love...

Nathaniel has lived on the streets since he was thirteen. When he wakes up in a strange apartment after being badly beaten, he has no idea how he got there. Little does he know that his rescuer, the large man with the scars crisscrossing his face, could hold the key to healing the scars they both have.

Teaser Tuesday: Jewels of the Sun by Nora Roberts

Monday, September 3, 2012

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'm currently re-reading an old favorite of mine, Jewels of the Sun by Nora Roberts. The teaser I chose is from when Aidan tells Jude the story of Carrick and Lady Gwen, a faerie prince and the mortal he loved and lost. The story of Carrick, Gwen, and the spell cast upon them runs through the entire Gallaghers of Ardmore trilogy.

Teaser:
"And that it was the words of love--rather than passion, rather than longing, even rather than constancy--she'd needed. But now she was old and bent, and she knew as the faerie prince couldn't, not being mortal, that it was too late. She wept the bitter tears of an old woman and told him that her life was ended. And she said that if he had brought her love rather than jewels, had spoken of love rather than passion, and longing, and constancy, her heart might have won over duty. He had been too proud, she said, and she too blind to see her heart's desire.

"Her words angered him, for he had brought her love, time and again, in the only way he knew. And this time before he walked away from her, he cast a spell. She would wander and she would wait, as he had year after year, alone and lonely, until true hearts met and accepted the gifts he had offered her. Three times to meet, three times to accept before the spell could be broken."
*Jewels of the Sun by Nora Roberts, pages 101-102


Book Description:
Jewels of the Sun CoverDetermining to reevaluate her life, Jude Murray flees America to take refuge in Faerie Hill Cottage, immersing herself in the study of Irish Folk and discovers hope for the future of the magical past...

Finally back home in Ireland after years of traveling, Aidan Gallagher possesses an uncommon understanding of his country's haunting myths. Although he's devoted to managing the family pub, a hint of wildness still glints in his stormy eyes--and in Jude, he sees a woman who can both soothe his heart and stir his blood. And he begins to share the legends of the land with her--while they create a passionate history of their own...
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