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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

City of Lost Souls - A Question of Power

By the Angel, we needed a little boost after the holidays and Cassie just tweeted this:

The embargo period is up, so I can start posting the special content from City of Lost Souls! First up, today, “A Question of Power” which was in the Target edition of city of Lost Souls and contains Alec and Camille talking about – what else - Magnus.

A Question of Power

     “Tell me more,” Alec said, pacing up and down the concrete floor of the abandoned subway station at City Hall. “I need to know.”

     Camille looked at the boy in front of her. She was lounging on the scarlet divan she had furnished the small space with; it had a soft velvet nap, though was worn in places. Not the finest furnishing she had ever known; and a transit station below Manhattan hardly matched up to her studio in Paris, her townhouse in Amsterdam, or the great manor house by the river near St Petersburg that she recalled now only as a dim memory. “Know more about what?” she demanded, though she knew perfectly well the answer.

     “About Magnus,” said Alec. He held a witchlight stone in his hand, carelessly, as if he had forgotten it was there. So typical of the Nephilim, who took for granted their angel-granted powers and the magic that ran in their blood. The stone cast its light upward, showing clearly the planes and angles of Alec’s face. “He won’t speak to me about his past, and I can’t stand it. I can’t stand not knowing.”

     She looked at the boy. He was pale as milk, his blue eyes startling against so much white skin and the darkness of his hair and eyelashes. He was long-legged, slender as a willow branch, but strong: a very pretty boy, even to her, who looked at human beings and saw mortality and rot.

    “You may have to stand it,” she said, trying to keep the boredom out of her voice. “If Magnus has not shared his secrets with you yet, he may choose never to do so. So you have have him and his secrets, or not have him at all.”
I never thought I'd say this, but -- Camille, you are right and OMGSTOP Alec. Stop asking those questions. Now this isn't the entire snippet; for that you'll have to head over to Cassie's tumblr and wait until you read the ending. Alec, Alec, Alec, this Mundie Moms is frustrated with you. Really frustrated. UGH.

Twitter Tuesday - Downton Abbey Inspired Reads

This tweet today made me click over to Simon and Schuster link right away. We that Mundie Moms adore "Downton Abbey" and have watched it faithfully since the first episode. Matthew and Mary's wedding from last Sunday's episode was the topic of conversation between a lot of us yesterday. Wasn't it just perfect? So in keeping with the theme of Downton, we are thrilled to add these reads to our TBR. 

Summerset Abbey: A Bloom in Winter by T. J. Brown looks good. Here's the synopsis: The highly anticipated second installment in the Summerset Abbey series, which picks up just after the climatic conclusion of book one.

After Prudence’s desperate marriage and move to Devonshire, sisters Rowena and Victoria fear they have lost their beloved friend forever. Guilt-ridden and remorseful, Rowena seeks comfort from a daring flyboy and embraces the most dangerous activity the world has ever seen, and Victoria defies her family and her illness to make her own dream occupation as a botanist come true. As England and the world step closer to conflict, the two young women flout their family, their upbringing, and their heritage to seize a modern future of their own making.

I just started Cinders and Sapphires by Leila Rasheed and oooh, it's good from the very beginning. Here's its' synopsis: One house, two worlds...

Rose Cliffe has never met a young lady like her new mistress. Clever, rich, and beautiful, Ada Averley treats Rose as an equal. And Rose could use a friend. Especially now that she, at barely sixteen, has risen to the position of ladies’ maid. Rose knows she should be grateful to have a place at a house like Somerton. Still, she can’t help but wonder what her life might have been had she been born a lady, like Ada.

For the first time in a decade, the Averleys have returned to Somerton, their majestic ancestral estate. But terrible scandal has followed Ada’s beloved father all the way from India. Now Ada finds herself torn between her own happiness and her family’s honor. Only she has the power to restore the Averley name—but it would mean giving up her one true love . . . someone she could never persuade her father to accept.

Sumptuous and enticing, the first novel in the At Somerton series introduces two worlds, utterly different yet entangled, where ruthless ambition, forbidden attraction, and unspoken dreams are hidden behind dutiful smiles and glittering jewels. All those secrets are waiting . . . at Somerton. 

This book has been recommended to me by so many friends that I finally gave in and bought it. More of an Austen-esque read but has the intrigue of Downton. Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson's synopsis: Marianne Daventry will do anything to escape the boredom of Bath and the amorous attentions of an unwanted suitor. So when an invitation arrives from her twin sister, Cecily, to join her at a sprawling country estate, she jumps at the chance. Thinking she’ll be able to relax and enjoy her beloved English countryside while her sister snags the handsome heir of Edenbrooke, Marianne finds that even the best laid plans can go awry.

From a terrifying run-in with a highwayman to a seemingly harmless flirtation, Marianne finds herself embroiled in an unexpected adventure filled with enough romance and intrigue to keep her mind racing. Will she be able to rein in her traitorous heart, or will a mysterious stranger sweep her off her feet? Fate had something other than a relaxing summer in mind when it sent Marianne to Edenbrooke.

Do the words "drama in a sweeping English country estate" make you pick a book up? These days my answer is oh, yeah.

Cover Reveal: The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

I'm excited to be working with author Laura Howard to reveal the cover for her upcoming New Adult release, The Forgotten Ones. Laura's debut will be out on May 15th of this year. Check out this beautiful cover!!

Book Description:

Allison O'Malley just graduated from college. Her life's plan is to get a job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She doesn't have room for friends or even Ethan, who clearly wants more.

When Allison's long-lost father shows up, he claims he can bring her mother back from the dark place her mind has sent her. He reveals legends of a race of people long forgotten, the Tuatha de Danaan, along with the truth about why he abandoned her mother

By: Laura Howard
To Be Released on: May 15th, 2013
Genre: NA Paranormal Fantasy Romance
Age: New Adult 
Cover Designer: Stephanie Mooney 

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