Shield’s Lady by Jayne Ann Krentz

Science Fiction Romance/Futuristic

I got Jayne Ann Krentz’s newsletter and saw where Shield’s Lady was offered as an ebook for 1.99.  I had read the other two Lost Colony books Sweet Starfire and Crystal Flame.  I even have a combined hardcopy of the two books but had never read Shield’s Lady so I purchased and read.  All three were written in the 1980’s so are early example’s of Krentz’s futuristic writing.  For me they are not as good as the St. Helen’s books and those are not as good as the Harmony/Ghost Hunter books.  That said they are worth reading and do let you see Krentz’s progression as a writer.

Shield’s Lady was the last of the Lost Colony series and for me it is the best.  In this colony there were two colony ships and they crashed on separate continents on the planet Windarra.  Both groups thought that everyone on the other ship perished.  They have just recently rediscovered each other.  Both groups have developed in very different manners. 

Sariana Dayne is from the eastern continent where lives are very structured and in Sariana’s mind much more civilized.  She has moved to the western continent and although she does not realize it at first she fits much better on the western continent where life if full of surprises. 

Gryph Chassyn is a Shield. Shields are surrounded by mystery and legends.  There are not Shields on the eastern continent so this is Sariana’s first contact with a Shield.  Sariana does not believe in legends.  Shields have special powers that help protect the people of the planet.  One thing that is unique about them is the fact they have to find their Shield Mate to every have children and then they only have male children.  Sariana is Gryph’s Shield Mate.  Not that she believes that.  When the two end up working together sparks fly. 

The set up here is great.  There is a lot of tension between Gryph and Sariana.  She refuses to believe the part about Shield Mates.   Gryph never askes, he orders.  Sariana never follows orders.  A prisma cutter has been stolen and Sariana needs Gryph to find it.  What develops is much more than a theft.  The theft is part of a dangerous plot that only Gryph and Sariana can stop.

Shield’s Lady was a quick fun read.  If you like Jayne Ann Krentz’s futuristic stories pick this on up and find out about one of the Lost Colonies.

Purple Papaya LLC reissued Shield’s Lady by Jayne Ann Krentz as an ebook in June , 2012.

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Waiting on Wednesday, October 17, 2012

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.


I am waiting on Kris Longknife:  Furious by Mike Shepard due out October 30, 2012.  Furious is the latest (#10) in the Kris Longknife series and I have it on pre-order from Amazon.  

 

Goodreads doesn’t have anything about the book so this is from Amazon:

 

Having used unorthodox methods to save a world—and every sentient being on it—Lieutenant Commander Kris Longknife is wanted across the galaxy for crimes against humanity. For her own safety, she’s been assigned to a backwater planet where her Fast Patrol Squadron 127 enforces immigration control and smuggler interdiction.
 
But Kris is a Longknife, and nothing can stop her from getting back to the center of things—not when all hell is breaking loose. Now she’s on the run, hunted by both military and civilian authorities—and since the civilian authorities happen to be her immediate family, Kris soon finds herself homeless, broke, and on trial for her life on an alien world…

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Musing Mondays (Oct.15)

This week’s musing — courtesy of http://cmashlovestoread.com — asks…Do you have a system as to which books to read from your “requested review pile?  What is it?  What about when there are too many to read in a certain time frame? {apologies to those who don’t review}

 

I wish I did have a system.  I often do not even know what order I got a book.  I do try to review by the publication date but sometimes I forget I have a book and it never gets reviewed.  I am trying to be better and not accept or request as many books so that does not happen.


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Three Card Monte, The Martian Alliance Book Two by Gini Koch

Science Fiction/Space Opera

In Three Card Monte the crew of the Hummingbird is back.  When we saw them last they had just completed a “complicated con for the Andromeda Royal Family.”  Now they are drawn into another con and Roy, Dee Dee, Dr. Wufren, Doven, Kyle, Bullfrog, Ciarissa and Willy are all back in action.

It seems that Monte the Leech has sold part interest in his Palace casino on Roulette  and opened a new casino on Polliworld taking on another partner.  It is the partners that have captured the crew’s interest.  He has sold to the Diamante Families and to the Polliworld Underground.   Both groups are dangerous.  It doesn’t make sense so the crew decides to visit and find out what is going on.  From the moment they land on Polliworld they are drawn into an intricate plot and con.  Look for lots of action and surprises.

My big complaint about the first Martian Alliance story was that it was just too short.  Three Card Monte is still a short read but this time the story is a little longer and there is more information about the crew.  Dee Dee is still the main character.  Her ability to shape-shift does place her in the center of anything that happens.  The plot was exciting and kept me reading.  Look for some of the same surprises that were in the first story.

I really like this group of characters and I hope that there will be new stories about the Hummingbird and her crew.  The world building has great possibilities for additional tales.

Musa Publishing released Three Card Monte by Gini Koch in 2012.

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Stacking the Shelves October 13, 2012

Welcome to my Stacking The Shelves post!  Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews so follow the link and check out what other stacked on their shelves this week.  

Stacking The Shelves is all about the books I am adding to my shelves each week letting me share with you my excitement for my newest books.

 

From Netgalley:

 

Simper Fidelis by Ruth Downie

Moonlight and Mechanicals by Cindy Spencer Pape

Courting Trouble by Jenny Schwartz

Nexus by Ramez Namm

Spinneret by Timothy Zhan

and All the Stars by Andrea Hosth 

 

From Amazon (Some Free and some not): 

 

Blade Song by J. C. Daniels

Rocketship Patrol by J.I. Greco

How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back by Sophie Barnes

Metal Mark by Ella Drake

Ridiculous by D.L. Carter

Forge by T.K. Anthony

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Book Beginnings on Friday October 12, 2012

 

Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader. Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include  include the title and author so others know what you’re reading.

 

My Book Beginning this week is from Intervention (How Humanity from the future has changed its own past) by Alan Butler.

 

Growing up as I did in the 1960’s and 1970’s, I was introduced to a raft of information that had become extremely popular at that time.  The genre was heralded by the arrival of an author called Erich von Daniken.”  From the first two sentences of the Introduction

 

“A couple of hours’ journey northeast of Beirut, in Lebanon is the beautiful Bekka Valley.” The first sentence of Chapter One.

 

 I was immediately intrigued by the concept and requested and received the book from Netgalley.  Here is the what I read about the book.

Description

From Alan Butler, the bestselling author of Who Built the Moon? and Civilization One, comes a persuasive new theory about humankind’s origins, evolution and historical turning-points being planned and directly affected by humans from the future.

Many key events in the history of humankind show evidence of having been intended by human beings from the future, who took specific actions that would steer the world in a particular direction. Time travellers – some of them anonymous, some celebrated in history – have made alterations to our planetary and global environment (the creation of the Moon, the extinction of the dinosaurs) that were necessary to allow us to exist and to develop as an intelligent species. They have also left us markers that show what steps we need to take to progress further. All these interventions were placed retroactively within the ‘timeline’ for future generations, not for those immediately affected.

 

Key interventions include:

 

The creation of the Moon  If the Moon did not exist, nor would we. The author demonstrates that the Moon was built to make it possible for the Earth to become an incubator of life. The megalithic yard  Neolithic peoples created a sophisticated, fully integrated system of measurements based on the actual size and mass of the Earth – a ‘marker’ for future scientific developments, surfacing again, apparently out of the blue, in 18th-century Washington, DC.

 

But the most spectacular revelation lies in our future. By looking at the mathematics underlying many of the inventions, we discover, with unexpected precision, when our first contact with our future selves will happen. This will occur within the lifetime of most readers of this extraordinary book. 

 

 

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Silent Revenge by Laura Landon

Historical Romance

Silent Revenge was one of my picks from Amazon Vine in September.  When the book came I saw that Montlake Romance, the Amazon publishing company, was releasing it on October 16, 2012.  I have had hit and miss results with books they have published so I approached this one with caution.  All in all I found that I liked the story.  It was a quick and enjoyable read.

The premise is an old one.  Colin, The Earl of Northcote is broke and needs money to keep his estates.  Lady Jessica Stanton just found out that her stepbrother is alive and when she turn 25 in 6 days he will take everything she has unless she marries.  Of course Colin and Jessica marry and then the stepbrother tries to get rid of both.

Silent Revenge is a much told story but with a twist.  Lady Jessica has two secrets that have been shared with only a few trusted friends.  One she is deaf, something she has managed to keep from the ton.  She can read lips and rarely appears in public.  The other secret, she designs the dresses everyone wants to wear.

Colin, on the other hand is suspected of murdering his father and fleeing the country 3 years ago.  He has his own secrets and his own reasons for marrying Jessica.  Money is one but there is another that is more important to him than the money.

I liked both Colin and Jessica.  I did think the romance on Colin’s side was a little rushed.  Another thing I noticed was the lack of pages and pages of sex.  It was there but not in great detail.  For me that was plus as I usually end up skimming those scenes until I get back to the meat of the story.

Silent Revenge is not Laura Landons’s first book.  When I checked her web site I found that she has published at least four other romance novels.  She is an author to keep an eye out for.

Montlake Romance published Silent Revenge by Laura Landon in 2012. 

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Waiting on Wednesday (WOW) October 10, 2012

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

I am waiting on Semper Fidelas, A Novel of the Roman Empire by Ruth Downie.  This is the next book in the Medicus mystery series.  I just found it on Netgalley and put in a request.  It will not be released until January so maybe I will not have to wait until then to read it.  If you like mysteries set in the time period check out this series.  You can read the first three and not have that much of a wait for book four.

 

Here is the description from Netgalley:

 

Inspired by true events, the newest novel in the bestselling Medicus series returns to the ranks of the army, featuring the arrival of the heralded and mysterious Emperor Hadrian. 

  Back at his post as a doctor in the Twentieth legion in Roman-occupied Britain, Ruso uncovers a new danger even closer to home than the neighboring barbarians.  

 As mysterious injuries, and even deaths, begin to appear in the medical ledgers, it’s clear that all is not well amongst the native recruits to Britannia’s imperial army. Is the much-decorated Centurion Geminus preying on his weaker soldiers? And could this be related to the appearance of Emperor Hadrian? 

 Bound by his sense of duty and ill-advised curiosity, Ruso begins to ask questions nobody wants to hear. Meanwhile his barbarian wife, Tilla, is finding out some of the answers—and marked as a security risk by the very officers Ruso is interrogating.  

 With Hadrian’s visit looming large, the fates of the legion, Tilla, and Ruso himself hang in the balance. 

 Ruth Downie is the author of the New York Times bestselling Medicus, as well as Terra Incognita, Persona Non Grata, and Caveat Emptor. She is married with two sons and lives in Devon, England.

 

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Teaser Tuesday October 9, 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.

My Teaser this week is fromLady Louisa’s Christmas Knight by Grace Burrowes.  This is book 6 in Windham series and book 3 in the Windham Daughters series.   I love the series and this book has been as good as all of the others.  My teaser is from the page 2 and shows the tone of the book.


“His second, more sanguine source of comfort, was the Lady Ophelia, whose acquaintance Carrington had made shortly after mustering out.  She, of the kind eyes and patient silences, has provided him much wise counsel and companionship, and that she consistently had litters of at least ten piglets both spring and autumn could only endear her to him further.”

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Musing Mondays October 8, 2012

This week’s musing — courtesy of http://ladywithbooks.wordpress.com– asks…

Do you have a favorite series? Do you have a favorite book out of that series?

 I have several favorites.  My favorite mystery series is the Sebastian St. Cry series by C. S. Harris.  My favorite in that series is Where Shadows Dance.   My favorite Science Fiction/Space Opera series is the Liaden series by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller.  Favorite book in that series is I DareMy favorite Historical Romance series right now is the Windham series by Grace Burrowes.  My favorite book in that series is Lady Sophie’s Christmas WishThe romance favorites change as old series end and new series are published.

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