Today we are excited to welcome back author Linda Robertson to Book Lovers Inc. whose story Arcane Circle received a rave review from our own HEA Lover. Linda is sharing a very unique review of her book “Fatal Circle” and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Please give Linda a warm Book Lovers welcome and be sure to check the end of her post for her generous giveaway!!
Johnny Newman stomped his motorcycle boots to force the snow off, then pushed open the front door to Persephone Alcmedi’s home. The scrumptious aroma of beef roast met his nose. Ares, the Great Dane, came to greet him. “Hello?” he called.
The sound of pots and pans clanging in the kitchen answered, then Demeter snarled to someone, “If I wanted your cooking advice—which I don’t, then I’d have asked—which I didn’t.”
The 6’2” wærewolf stepped further inside and scratched the pup’s head vigorously. “Hey there, boy. We’ll just stay out of Demeter’s way for a while, huh?” The living room was lit by the dim glow of a dying fire. He shrugged from his biker jacket and started to drop it on the newel post. Seeing the vampire’s suit jacket resting there, he hesitated…he knew who Demeter was loosing her temper on. He dropped his leather atop the suit jacket and went to tend the fire.
He jabbed the fireplace poker in the hearth, moving the embers around so he could add more wood. He replaced the tool and stood straight, hands on his hips, and turned, noticing that Menessos had snuck in and taken a seat on the slip-covered couch. The vamp held a paperback book in each hand and was frowning at them.
“What are you doing?” Johnny asked. Besides annoying cranky old women, that is.
“Judging. I’ve been asked which of these is best.”
Johnny wondered who’d give a rat’s ass what the vamp thought of a book. “Not judging by the cover, I hope.” Johnny sank into the cozy chair and reached down to scratch behind the ears of the pup that had flopped at his feet. The Great Dane’s tail thumped gratefully on the floor.
“Both are equally lovely. She is stunning in those boots. Don’t you agree?” Menessos turned the novels so Johnny could see the images of Persephone.
The pup forgotten, Johnny reached for the novels. Menessos handed them over. “Wow. Yeah. Hot.”
The vampire flicked his wrist to gesture at the paperbacks. “BookLovers Inc. asked for some special input as part of their one-year celebration. Thought I’d give them my honest opinion.”
“You decide yet?” Johnny asked, ogling the image of his girlfriend that adorned the cover.
“I believe I must to go with Fatal Circle.”
“I feature more prominently in it, of course. It’s a stronger part, more revealing. Some, I’ve been told, even wept over my actions.”
John smirked. “Yeah, cause self-aggrandizing is so out of character for you.”
“I resent that.”
“Resent all you want. Deny it and you’re a damn liar.”
Menessos reached out and snatched Fatal Circle away from him. He scanned the back cover copy. “My name is mentioned four times. Yours only half that.”
“Ha. Yours isn’t on the back of Arcane Circle at all.” Johnny smiled broadly. “Maybe you’re dead.”
Menessos looked daggers at him, but he ignored it.
“I think Arcane Circle is the better book,” Johnny said.
“You certainly couldn’t vote for Hallowed Circle could you? A story that exposes you as a cheat would never gain your vote.”
“That was all circumstantial. I’m not a cheat.”
“Riiight.” Menessos winked.
“Of the two of us, you’re the one wetting your wick in every woman you come across.”
“Vivian. Risque. Eva. Xerxadrea in her younger days. Marion. Gloria. Jessica. Darci. Babette. Shannon—”
“Wolf, enough!” Johnny chuckled.
Menessos squinted, leaning hard on the arm of the couch. “How do you even know about Marion, Gloria, Jessica, Darci, Babette and Shannon?”
“I know about Amy-ann, Tiana and Halley, too.”
Johnny flicked his brows. “And Konstance.”
“What do you know about her?” Menessos demanded.
Oooo. Struck a nerve with that one. Johnny shrugged. “People talk.”
“Not my people.”
“Aw, you know how it is, Quarterlord.”
“Indeed, Domn Lup. However, revealing that this is the kind of intelligence the Zvonul has on me is hardly worrisome. Tell me, how is Cammi Harding these days?”
“She doesn’t talk to me anymore.” He winked back. “Got anything else?”
Menessos eased back into the couch. “BookLovers Inc. asked me, not you.”
“Mmmm.” Johnny pulled out his BlackBerry, punched buttons. “That’s funny. See, I got this email from Caro….” He showed the screen to the vamp.
Menessos sighed in aggravation. “So you intend to say Arcane Circle is best, do you?”
Johnny nodded with such merriment the triple little hoops in his ears clinked together. “Yup.” He read from the back cover: “…Johnny’s hiding a dangerous secret: his magic is locked in his mysterious tattoos. He and Seph must find a way to reclaim it—fast—despite those who have no intention of letting Johnny regain his full powers.” He tossed the book at the vamp. “Gets my vote.” He stretched his legs out before him and crossed his ankles as he linked his fingers behind his head in a pose of relaxed calm. A roaring fire. A good dog. The only thing that could make this great evening tip over into fantastic is—
Someone cleared their throat from the doorway. Expecting Seph, Johnny turned. Seeing the snowman figure of Demeter instead of Seph’s lean, sexy shape made his seductive smile instantly fall into a polite one.
“Let’s not gag at a gnat and swallow a camel, boys.”
With a confused expression, Johnny turned to Menessos who was blinking dazedly. The vamp whispered, “Unless I’m mistaken, the translation is that she thinks we’re overreacting.”
“We’re overreacting?” Johnny whispered back. “Us?”
“I can hear you, you buffoons. I meant the pissing contest that you two automatically react with is juvenile,” Demeter snapped.
This time, Menessos faced Johnny with a question in his gaze. “Juvenile?”
Johnny shrugged. “You gotta give her that one.”
“I’m old but my ears still work,” Demeter grumbled as she shuffled to the hearth.
Menessos tapped the arm of the couch and retorted, “Only because you are expert at localizing sound amplification spells near your ears.”
“Cheaper than hearing aid batteries.” She turned her backside to the blaze.
“Such spells,” Menessos continued, reproachfully, “can cause immediate, irascible shifts in your natural disposition when the smacking together of cookware sends stabbing pain through your cranium.”
Demeter snickered. “Unlike you, vampire, I am naturally eighty-four years old. I’m fat and I’m wrinkled. My bones hurt, my muscles ache and I have arthritis. Add to all that the fact that I just gave up a life-long relationship with the Marlboro Man’s best product. Pissed-off and grouchy is my new natural disposition.”
No one could argue with that.
“Besides,” Demeter added in a casual tone, “Susi asked me which one I thought was the best.”
“Susi?” Menessos came to his feet. “Did everyone else get a personal request?”
“Everyone else?” Johnny laughed. “What did yours say, BLI Staff?”
“As a matter of fact….” The vampire sat, crossed his legs and his arms.
Demeter smirked. “Aw, wittle vam-pi-uh gonna pout?”
“Now who’s being juvenile?” Menessos uncrossed his limbs.
“What’s your vote, Demeter?” Johnny asked, laughing.
“The as-yet untitled fifth book.”
“You’ve seen it?” Menessos sat forward.
“Do you ‘feature more prominently’ in it?” Johnny asked her, mocking Menessos’s earlier words.
Demeter shook her head. To the vampire she said, “Yes. I’m beta-reading it.” She faced Johnny. “And no, I’m not a prominent figure.”
“Why then does it get your vote?” Menessos demanded.
“Watching the two of you squirm like worms on a sidewalk just kicks ass.”
Number of pages: 352 pages
Formats available: ebook, Kindle, audiobook
Release Date: December 28th 2010
Even magic can’t solve everything. . . .
After facing down the forces of Fairy in mortal combat, Persephone Alcmedi still must deal with the aftermath. Not only does Seph now possess deadly secrets she must hide from the arcane and mundane world alike, but the dozens of magical creatures who’ve taken up residence behind her cornfield need food and shelter, and there’s still her foster daughter Beverly’s tenth birthday party to plan.
And that’s not all. . . . Seph’s boyfriend Johnny has revealed himself as the wærewolf Domn Lup, and the ruler of the wære world is en route from Romania to make sure Johnny really is the “king” he claims to be. But Johnny’s hiding a dangerous secret: his magic is locked in his mysterious tattoos. He and Seph must find a way for him to reclaim it—fast—despite those who have no intention of letting Johnny gain his full powers. Seph knows that, in the arcane world, strength is always a necessity and power must be constantly proven, but how far is she willing to go to succeed . . . and at what cost?
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