Pick of the Week

Well, there is only a few weeks left in 2017, but there are a still a couple of books to look forward to before the year wraps up. One of them is Amid the Winter Snow, an anthology featuring authors Grace Draven, Thea Harrison, Jeffe Kennedy and Elizabeth Hunter.

amid the winter snowSynopsis…

THE DARKEST MIDNIGHT, by Grace Draven
The mark Jahna Ulfrida was born with has made her a target of the cruel and idle all her life. During the long, crowded festivities of Deyalda, there’s nowhere to escape. Until a handsome stranger promises to teach her to save herself…

THE CHOSEN, by Thea Harrison
In her visions, Lily sees two men fighting for her tiny country’s allegiance: the wolf and the tiger, each deadly, each cunning. One will bring Ys chaos and death, one a gentler path—but she’s destined to love whichever she chooses. The midwinter Masque is upon them, and the wolf is at her door…

THE STORM, by Elizabeth Hunter
When her soul mate died in a massacre of the half-angelic Irin people, Renata thought she’d never feel happiness again. She’s retreated to the snowy Dolomites to remember her hurts—until determined, irrepressible Maxim arrives to insist on joy, too. And before she can throw him out, they discover a secret the Irin have to know…

THE SNOWS OF WINDROVEN, by Jeffe Kennedy
As a blizzard threatens their mountain keep, the new Queen Amelia of the Twelve Kingdoms and her unofficial consort Ash face their own storm. Ash knows a scarred, jumpy ex-convict isn’t the companion his queen needs. But when a surprise attack confines them together in their isolated sanctuary, the feast of midwinter might tempt even Ash into childlike hope…

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Sadly, the only one of these authors I have read is Thea Harrison, but I have the others on my “one day” list. Which of these stories are you most looking forward to? Any favorites?

 

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13 thoughts on “Pick of the Week

  1. dougmeeks says:

    Grace Draven’s “THE DARKEST MIDNIGHT” was the best story of the lot by a narrow margin and more because it was a totally stand-alone story that did not leave me feeling unsatisfied. The fact that I knew someone years ago with a similar condition to Jahna has might have made me a bit biased. The story moved along and seldom left you wanting to scan pages to get to a better place. I am a sucker for stories about weak people finding out they can be strong.

    Thea’s story “The Chosen” was just as good but there was more to tell when this story ended

    The other 2 stories were exceptional BUT if you know nothing of the world of Irin or The 12 Kingdoms, your enjoyment will be slightly muted but those first 2 stories are worth the price by themselves.

  2. Dawn says:

    The second book in the Age of Gold series, To Catch a Prince, by May Sage, finally came out yesterday, so I dove right into that one. I bought the Amid the Winter Snow anthology just for Thea Harrison’s story as well, and will probably read that one next. I’ve never read any of the other authors, simply because I can’t wait until it comes out on its own in March. I’ll probably read the others at some point, just because I have them, and will probably end up with another author (or two) to buy the back list from.

    I also got Eve Langlais’ new Lions Pride book, When a Lioness Growls, that came out this week. There just isn’t a way to get my TBR pile cut down – or if there is, I can’t find it!

  3. library addict says:

    I’m looking forward to the Jeffe Kennedy novella.

    The Twelve Kingdoms and The Uncharted Realms series are very sequential and I don’t think would work as stand-alones (with the exception of Heart’s Blood as I think that novella could be read as a stand-alone).

    This novella is about the same couple featured in The Tears of the Rose, but set after the first few books in the The Uncharted Realms series. Or at least that’s the way it appears from the description, I haven’t had the chance to read it yet.

  4. saidahgilbert says:

    I only read the Jeffe Kennedy story as it was based on a series that I’ve read. I wasn’t sure about Grace Draven. I’ve only read one story by her and it was in a duology with Jeffe Kennedy. I liked that story but I didn’t want to risk it for another. However, an above comment makes me want to try it out. I read Thea Harrison only for her Elder Races stories. It didn’t seem like the story in this anthology was based on that though, so I skipped it. I don’t know who Elizabeth Hunter is and her story doesn’t make me want to find out.

  5. Lidy says:

    I enjoyed the last two Elder Races books (the ones set in Europe), but now I’m curious: is The Chosen tied with them or with the original series? As I ceased reading them after Storm’s Heart, I’m afraid of getting lost and not enjoying the story.

  6. CLAIRE says:

    I know Thea Harrison, Grace Draven and Elizabeth Hunter.
    But I have never read anything by Jeffe Kennedy. Where should I begin ?

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