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Book Review: Relinquished Hood

I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of Relinquished Hood in exchange for a review. I’d read the first one and loved it so very much, so when Kendrai Meeks offered me the second, I naturally jumped on that opportunity.

The Blurb

A werewolf and a hood bound by loss, trying not to kill each other. A vampire haunted by his shameful legacy. A mysterious stranger who’s more than he seems. How many monsters and secrets lurk in the halls of the WWL Corporation?

Geri Kline’s attempted estrangement from all things supernatural has her turning her back on her wolfslayer legacy, and worrying about more human things, like how to dress for the first day of your summer internship? Which shoes go best with silver daggers and crossbows? And how do you spy on your vampire bosses without getting caught?

She’s always heard that politics make strange bedfellows. Turns out, corporate espionage makes worse roommates. True, having a werewolf living with her might be the best security system ever, but half of the time, the danger they face is from each other. Both she and Tobias suffer from instincts that could drive them to ruin. Forcing themselves to work together and figure out what the corporate vampires at WWL are doing mixed up in a series of werewolf deaths may end in tragedy. Or worse still, friendship.

The Cover

The Review

This book takes up almost immediately (although not quite) after the first book ends. It’s Geri’s summer-time adventure in Chicago, working with Karmarov the vampire scientist, hosting her reluctant-ish werewolf friend Tobias, and flirting like mad with the sexy slayer Caleb. (Protip: be careful when searching for “sexy slayer” or you’ll end up seeing images of Buffy Summers you weren’t expecting.)

The storyline was intricate and involved without being overwhelming. I had no idea until the end that *mumble spoilers mumble* was *mumble* and that *mumble* was on their side all along! (More or less on Geri’s side…)

The growing friendship between Tobias and Geri is so well-crafted and never loses sight of the fact that he is grieving his mate and his brother, but also still alive, and intricately bound to Geri.

The part that was hardest for me was Geri’s relationship with her mother. I’m so confused about what’s going on with them. On the one hand, I hate mommy dearest with a passion, but on the other? I know she’s working some angle, and I probably still hate her, but maybe not? I don’t know and I hate it!

The plot of the vampire genetic research is so well woven with Geri’s continuing journey towards self-actualization and recociling her place in the world as both a woman and a hood.

I developed so many feels – SO MANY FEELS – about Geri’s path, and if I wasn’t afraid that sharing them with Ms. Meeks would result in me not getting an ARC of book 3, I’d share them all.

I’m even more impressed with the world-building and craftsmanship of this book than the previous, and appreciate the humor sprinkled throughout. A book that elicit the wide range of emotions I felt while reading this one is a rarity.

The Quote(s)

SO MANY FUNNY THINGS! There was more than once that I laughed out loud on the bus.

“Well, then, Geri Kline, the next time I have a package, I’ll expect to see it in your hands.”

I look at a vampire the same way I look at a politician: down, until given a reason to do otherwise.

…Amy wrapped me up in a hug. Maybe she was a supernatural, some sort of preternatural hugging monster heretofore unclassified in the hood annals.

Ugh…I feel you, Geri.

The Verdict

The first book was a fascinating journey into a modern Red Riding Hood. This book continued down that path. I love the mythology that Ms. Meeks has woven into her story – not only the Red Riding Hood fairy tale, but the tale of The Seven Ravens, and the histories of vampires, slayers, and werewolves.

Do yourself a favor and grab this book immediately.

4.5 unreserved stars!

I’m looking at this book the way the wolf looks at Red Hot Riding Hood.

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Gotta Have Goals (October 2017)

At the beginning of September, I set 19 goals for myself, and I thought it’d do more towards accountability if I actually shared how that went. (Plus, then, NEW GOALS!)

September Report

  1. Pick my son up from his very last day of preschool ever. Take a picture. Don’t cry. (9/1) – SUCCESS! I didn’t even cry
  2. Finish all my last pre-editor edits on The Ruby Blade and get that sucker to my editor. (9/2) – SUCCESS! I totally cried here, though
  3. Drink champagne. (9/2) – SUCCESS! (No tears)
  4. Make an apple pie with the Bean, because he wants to make one for the beer guy’s parents who are visiting. (9/3) – SUCCESS! Kinda, we made a crisp instead
  5. Drop my boy off at his first day of Kindergarten. Take pictures. Don’t cry. (9/5) – SUCCESS! More or less. I maybe got some dust in my eyes. It was really smoky from the fires.
  6. Edit a book for a new client (early Sept) – SUCCESS! (And it is SO GOOD!)
  7. Get my skin checked to make sure there’s no suspicious activity (9/11) – SUCCESS! All is well with my soul skin
  8. Meet with new personal trainer and get new workout schedule set up (9/12) – half SUCCESS! I met with the trainer, but have not yet gotten the schedule set up. 
  9. Write 45K words on Eleanor #4 (sekrit goal is 60K – which is 15K/week and my current average, but see all busy-ness) – big ol’ fail…I’m waaaay behind on my ambitious goal, not to mention the sekrit goal, but still on track to finish by 11/30.
  10. Write 2 chapters on my Raj novella – oops. Totally did not do this. 
  11. Survive the beer guy’s 2.5 week trip to Belgium (I mean, obviously, I’ll survive, but, you know…) – SUCCESS! I ate and slept and only broke the house a tiny bit! 
  12. Keep on top of my day job stuff – SUCCESS!
  13. Write outlines for the first three books in my new series coming out about this time next year and conspire with my cover artist – SUCCESS! I have a long synopsis for the first book and shorter ones for books 2 & 3, have started conspiring with my cover artist, and am working on a marketing plan.
  14. Turn around my article edits SUPAH FAST – SUCCESS! 
  15. Write 4 chapters on SUPER SEKRIT PROJECT – oops. Totally forgot about this.
  16. Actually sleep? I guess? – SUCCESS! I averaged more than 6.5 hours/night in September. 
  17. Start meditating in the mornings again, which means – oops. nope.
  18. Start getting up at 5:30 am again, which means – hahaha. nope. (I am getting up regularly at 6 now, though)
  19. In bed & asleep by 10:45 on school nights – SUCCESS! 
  20. I really want a 20th goal, but couldn’t think of one…

Honestly not bad at all. So much successing. The places where I didn’t completely succeed, though, were all things for which I had not external motivator. Writing my own words with no editor deadline (see sekrit project, Eleanor #4, Raj’s chapters), meditation, getting up earlier, getting the workout schedule down with the new trainer (although, to be fair, I’m waiting for her to get back to me at this point).

I’m not going to set 20 goals in October, but I have five big ones. I’m not going to include things that I know I’ll get done, like finishing up the book I’m currently editing or “have a good time in Mexico.” Instead, these are actual things that I have to work at.

  1. I signed up for a thanksgiving 5K. My goal – to finish it without hating myself, whatever that means for me that day.
  2. I need to be mostly done with Eleanor book 4 by the end of the month.
  3. Stay on top of book marketing and don’t back out because of “hard” or “fear.”
  4. Find a way to forgive everyone who made me angry cry today due to the colossal fuck-up that happened with my Bean’s after-school care situation. Note: this might be the hardest. Note 2: I think everything’s figured out. It was only two hours of Wednesday panic on my part.
  5. Continue to eat 3x/day and get to bed by 11 on work nights. Work on popping out of bed a little faster in the morning. Meditate (with the bean). Moisturize. Self-care.

 

 

Three Things Thursday: Book Contest Edition

Hi! It’s October, which is the best month of the year. A few years ago, I did a All Hallow’s Read giveaway every year in which I sent one (or two) lucky readers a free scary book. I haven’t done that for a few years, but this year, I’m gonna do a book giveaway – but with a small twist. I’m going to make you enter to win copies of my books instead. SO THERE!

There is one way to be entered, but two additional (it is three things Thursday, after all) ways to boost your chances.

  1. Like my Facebook page. You can comment on this or any related post on my facebook page to confirm that you want an entry (previous page likers are encouraged to participate, and can just mention that you want to be entered).
  2. Share this post on Facebook and encourage your friends and family to like me. Well, they don’t have to like me, I can be awkward and difficult at times. They just need to like my page. Please chime in and comment that you’ve shared so I don’t miss it.
  3. Tell me (on the blog or on FB) either (a) what you’re going to be for Halloween this year or, alternatively, (b) what your #1 all-time favorite costume ever was. Bonus for pictures.

So, you may ask, what kind of prize would make it all worth it? Honestly, I’m not sure. I don’t have a lot of cash money to be sharing with the masses, but I can guarantee that the #1 winner will get some exciting snail mail consisting of all three paperbacks autographed and the #2 winner will get voucher codes for all three ebooks.

So, like my page! Share this post! Show me your costumes!

Eleanor Morgan
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Writerly Wednesday: Book Updates

As of *checks watch* about five days ago, I am no longer participating in the Kindle Unlimited program. The reasons for this are myriad and have been covered by other authors in so many other forums. The short version is – Amazon’s Kindle Select payment options have dropped every month since I enrolled (save August, which saw a slight bump back up) and I’m just not getting enough page reads to make the exclusivity worth it for me.

So – The Cardinal Gate and The Waning Moon are available at so many other places now! (I’m hoping to get The Ruby Blade up for pre-order on all those other places, but it’s taking awhile to yank that one from the Kindle Select, so right now, you can only pre-order via Amazon Kindle.)

So – to celebrate my books going wide, The Ruby Blade’s upcoming release, and the fact that it’s October, i.e. the best month of the year, The Cardinal Gate and The Waning Moon are on sale for the entire month for only $0.99 each. Right around 11/2, the prices will be going back up to their regular prices of $2.99 and $3.99 respectively.

So – now’s your chance to snag those ebooks for only $0.99 each! DO EET! DO EET FOR THE CHILDREN! (Just kidding, please do not read these books to your children. There is some Strong Language and Violence and Sexual Content) that makes these super not appropriate for the children.)

Click here to see all the exciting places you can purchase this fine book.

Surprisingly, this book links to all the places you can buy THIS fine book.

 

Happy reading!

Three Things Thursday: Ruby Blade

  1. In case you missed it, The Ruby Blade cover reveal and preorder announcement went up last night! You can pop over to Goodreads and mark it as “to read” and then head to Amazon to preorder your copy!
  2. The book is currently with editor extraordinaire getting once last look-see, and then I’ll be sending out ARCs, having it proofread, and then sending it to my formatter to work her magic.

    There’s probably a wand involved somewhere, too.

     

  3. If you read The Cardinal Gate or The Waning Moon, I’d be beyond delighted if you could head over to Amazon to leave a review for either or both of them. Getting to 50 reviews lets the books get picked up by Amazon’s algorithms, which results in more people seeing my book, and presumably buying my book, which makes it easier for me to keep writing books. (This is also presumably some kind of eldritch magic.)

    Amazon employees at work