Bisexual Protagonists Party: Part Four

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Time for some more great bisexual MCs! There’s only one more post coming up next week (timed to coincide with Shadow Moon’s release, YAY!), and since it will be a little different from these recommendations, I wanted to round up the showcase of indie bi books by featuring three quite different novels, if all belonging under the urban fantasy umbrella.

I enjoyed all three so, so much, and you know what the best part is? All are just the first in series!

Magic Waking by Eva Chase

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Die, reincarnate, repeat. It’s been a long fifteen hundred years…

Reborn wizard Emma Hale has three goals in life, or rather lives: Track down the present incarnation of the legendary King Arthur, fend off the shadow creatures that hound him for as long as she can, and break the spell that binds their souls in this morbid cycle.

If only she had a better idea how she’d cast that spell in the first place. And if only Arthur’s current host wasn’t so cocky yet distractingly good-looking. Because Emma is falling even harder for the man she can’t have.

When a fae mercenary with power to rival Emma’s puts her king in his sights, Emma burns through all her tricks just to stay one step ahead. Now her only chance is to find some way to destroy the mercenary before he and his army of dark forces destroy Arthur.

No human Emma’s ever known has managed to kill a fae. But if she can’t, and quickly, this death might be their last.

Personal commentary: A King Arthur retelling like no other, I was spellbound by the bond between two souls that overcomes time, death, and, the most brilliant thing of all, genders. This comes so close to my own view on love and relationships that it made me an instant fan. But even without it, the story itself is a fast-paced delight I’m sure everyone who appreciates a good retelling with adore.

The House of Gray and Graves C.M. Stunich

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“Welcome to the house of Gray and Graves where we never lie still and death is only the beginning …”

I am Georgette Marie French, daughter of Annette Rosemary Cummings and Anthony Starling French. I’m twenty-six years old, never married, always dating. I have no children; I don’t want any, and oh yeah, I’m undead though I’m not charming like a vampire or mysterious like a ghost, I’m just a zombie. And possibly the Queen of an entire court of human souls and madmen.

George has never been lucky in life, so when she drowns in a swimming pool and is raised as the first and only zombie to ever have its soul intact, she isn’t surprised to find out that a group of religious fanatics who have the ability to sense the undead are after her. The only thing keeping her sane are the glamours that allow her to pass as human. When the donor of the fae blood needed to sustain them is killed, George must cross the Veil into Faerie where the chances of making it back alive – or even undead – are slim.

Welcome to a place of lost souls; welcome to Faerie.

Personal commentary: Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever read a book from a zombie’s perspective! Unique, flawed, and entertaining, George is a protagonist I wouldn’t mind hanging out with. That, coupled with the author’s own twist on the Fae, this was one of those books I kept falling in love with with every new page.

Chameleon Assassin by BR Kingsolver

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Libby is a mutant, one of the top burglars and assassins in the world. For a price, she caters to executives’ secret desires. Eliminate your corporate rival? Deliver a priceless art masterpiece or necklace? Hack into another corporation’s network? Libby’s your girl.

Climate change met nuclear war, and humanity lost. The corporations stepped in, stripping governments of power. Civilization didn’t end, but it became less civilized. There are few rules as corporations jockey for position and control of assets and markets.

In the year 2200, the world has barely recovered the level of technology that existed before the ice melted and the subsequent wars. Corporate elites live in their walled estates and skyscraper apartments while the majority of humanity supplies their luxuries. On the bottom level, the mutants, the poor, and the criminals scramble every day just to survive.

Personal commentary: A tall(!!!) female protagonists who’s as intelligent as she’s (deliciously) straightforward and a well-crafted dystopian world equals an instant add to my list. If you’re looking for a kickass assassin who, despite being a mutant, feels incredibly down-to-earth, then you definitely won’t regret picking up a copy.

Pre-order box set, get both Drowned novellas for FREE!

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As a little thank you for everybody who has pre-ordered the Black Werewolves box set (or will at any time until release day – November 1st), I decided to gift FREE copies of my erotic paranormal romance novellas Drowned.

They’re set in the same world as the Black Werewolves, but the storyline is completely different, so you don’t have to read one in order to understand the other. However, reading both series does expand the reader’s view of the world they take place in.

Just fill out this form after you pre-order, enter all the requested information, and I’ll send you both Drowned novellas for FREE!*

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*Please be patient if it takes a few hours. I’m a one-woman-band, and have to spend time with my husband and dogs, sleep, eat, and exercise at some point 🙂

March Book Recommendations

I am so glad to have had all these exciting books lined up on my “March bookshelf”…

Scroll down to find out more.

Alexis Hall: Iron & Velvet

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Lesbian vampire. Lesbian P.I.  And a brilliant sense of humor. I don’t recall the last time I had this much fun reading a book! It actually made me laugh out loud several times, and then forced me to explain to my husband why I was giggling like a mad lady, tucked under the covers with my nose buried between the book’s pages.

Alexis Hall joins the clichés of the genre with a strong narrative, holding your complete, undivided attention from page one to the very end. If you’re looking for some hard-core urban fantasy, this may not be for you. However, if you’re open to some experimentation with the genre (and a few very well placed jabs at it at the same time), Alexis Hall just might be the perfect author.

 

C. S. Pacat: Prince’s Gambit, Kings Rising

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The first book was promising, but the second and third have blown me away. Pacat’s world evolves, her characters grow, and in the midst of schemes and dishonor emerges one of the greatest love stories I have ever read!

I was never a big romance fan (although I do love reading romance incorporated into other genres), but these books, these books have left my heart bloodied and, in the end, completely, utterly melted.

There is only one way to truly express the ride that has been the Captive Prince trilogy: Feels. So many feels.

P.S. I shamelessly proclaim my intention to re-read all three books the first chance I get!

 

Karen Marie Moning: Darkfever, Bloodfever, Faefever, Dreamfever, Shadowfever

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I admit, I binge-read all five books. And they truly were binge-worthy.

Although I’m not too keen on novels ending with a cliffhanger (I’m a firm believer that each book in a series should have its own arc that ends with at least a partial resolution), I loved these ones enough to not give them a hard time about it.

Wonderful world building, a well-plotted story, and characters that you can’t help falling in love with (finally, somebody who shares my obsession for O.P.I. pink nail polishes!) are only a few general points that make the Fever series so appealing. But in truth, it’s the  clever remarks and exchanges, the subtle and not-so-subtle shifts in the atmosphere… It’s the little things that will make you huddle in bed and read until your eyelids become the evil hoods that force you to squint at the pages…

I took a break after the fifth book, but I already have #6 on my bedstand and ready!

 

A thank you for my pawed support team

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Since THE DARK ONES will be released next month, I believe a little note of thank you is in order.

LeeRoy helped me work on the novel from Day 1! Always lounging by my side (or in my lap) as I sat behind the computer; not to mention the numerous kisses in-between. Thank you for all the love and support, honey!

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Merkaba wasn’t here when the whole journey with The Dark Ones kicked-off, but he joined in when the editing process began and has been by my side ever since. The little one gave fantastic support by constantly sleeping in my lap. Oh, and by trying to chew on my fingers if they weren’t giving him enough attention.

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Seriously, writing with these two dudes by my side is always such a treat! And not to mention: we are already happily working on the next novel in the Black Werewolves series.

Love,

G.