Cover Shot! Iron Kin by M J Scott

Cover Shot! is a regular feature here at the Café. I love discovering new covers, and when I find them, I like to share. More than anything else, I am consumed with the mystery that each new discovery represents. There is an allure to a beautiful cover. Will the story contained under the pages live up to promise of the gorgeous cover art?

I like the covers for all of the Half-Light City books.  Though the cover model’s pose is a bit awkward, I like her tough as nails expression and the muted colors in the background.

In stores April 2013


Imagine a city divided. Fae and human mages on one side, vampire Blood Lords and shape-shifting Beast Kind on the other. Between these supernatural forces stands a peace treaty that threatens to shatter at the slightest provocation….

I was raised to do the right thing. But to my family that means staying safe behind the walls of human society. To be a respectable metalmage and never put myself at risk. But the treaty is faltering. And if it fails, nothing is safe. To help save the city and everyone I care about, I will use whatever means I can to ensure the negotiations to renew the treaty are successful—even if that means forging an alliance with a man who is the very opposite of the right thing…. Fen is trouble. Wild. He would rather bind himself in iron and drink himself into oblivion than learn to master the visions that come to him. Those visions might just hold the key to peace, and it seems that my power might hold the key to his control—if I can keep it around him….

Feed Your Kindle with Cheap Reads!

Here’s a variety of reads to fill some down-time.  Everything is priced at less than 4 bucks!


The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – 3.99 – I loved this book!

Enter the world of Homer’s ancient Greece with the enhanced e-book edition of The Song of Achilles. This edition lets you further engage with this compelling story through video interviews with Madeline Miller and Gregory Maguire, bestselling author of the Wicked series, clips from the audio book at the start of each chapter, an illustrated map, and a pop-up gallery featuring over 40 images and descriptions of the characters, armor, and ships found in the book.

The legend begins…

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. "The best of all the Greeks"—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece, bound by blood and oath, must lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows. Little do they know that the Fates will test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice.

Built on the groundwork of the Iliad, Madeline Miller’s page-turning, profoundly moving, and blisteringly paced retelling of the epic Trojan War marks the launch of a dazzling career.



Waterfall by Lisa T Bergren  – 1 .99

Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Bentarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives with their parents, famed Etruscan scholars, among the romantic hills. In Book One of the River of Time series, Gabi and Lia are stuck among the rubble of medieval castles in rural Tuscany on yet another hot, boring, and dusty archeological site … until Gabi places her hand atop a handprint in an ancient tomb and finds herself in fourteenth-century Italy. And worse yet, in the middle of a fierce battle between knights of two opposing forces.

And thus she comes to be rescued by the knight-prince Marcello Falassi, who takes her back to his father’s castle—a castle Gabi has seen in ruins in another life. Suddenly Gabi’s summer in Italy is much, much more interesting. But what do you do when your knight in shining armor lives, literally, in a different world?



The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells – 1.99

Moon has spent his life hiding what he is — a shape-shifter able to transform himself into a winged creature of flight. An orphan with only vague memories of his own kind, Moon tries to fit in among the tribes of his river valley, with mixed success. Just as Moon is once again cast out by his adopted tribe, he discovers a shape-shifter like himself… someone who seems to know exactly what he is, who promises that Moon will be welcomed into his community. What this stranger doesn’t tell Moon is that his presence will tip the balance of power… that his extraordinary lineage is crucial to the colony’s survival… and that his people face extinction at the hands of the dreaded Fell! Now Moon must overcome a lifetime of conditioning in order to save and himself… and his newfound kin.



Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers – .99 – This author is hit or miss with me, but for a buck, this is hard to resist.

London, winter of 1862, Adelaide McKee, a former prostitute, arrives on the doorstep of veterinarian John Crawford, a man she met once seven years earlier. Their brief meeting produced a child who, until now, had been presumed dead. McKee has learned that the girl lives—but that her life and soul are in mortal peril from a vampiric ghost. But this is no ordinary spirit; the bloodthirsty wraith is none other than John Polidori, the onetime physician to the mad, bad, and dangerous Romantic poet Lord Byron. Both McKee and Crawford have mysterious histories with creatures like Polidori, and their child is a prize the malevolent spirit covets dearly.

Polidori is also the late uncle and supernatural muse to the poet Christina Rossetti and her brother, the painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti. When she was just fourteen years old, Christina unwittingly brought Polidori’s curse upon her family. But the curse bestowed unexpected blessings as well, inspiring Christina’s poetry and Gabriel’s paintings. But when Polidori resurrects Dante’s dead wife—turning her into a horrifying vampire—and threatens other family members, Christina and Dante agree that they must destroy their monstrous uncle and break the spell, even if it means the end of their creative powers.

Determined to save their daughter, McKee and Crawford join forces with the Rossettis, and soon these wildly mismatched allies are plunged into a supernatural London underworld whose existence goes beyond their wildest imaginings. Ultimately, each of these disparate individuals—the sensitive poet, the tortured painter, the straitlaced animal doctor, the reformed prostitute, and even their Artful Dodger–like young daughter—must choose between the banality and constraints of human life and the unholy immortality that Polidori offers.

Sweeping from the mansions of London’s high society to its grimy slums, the elegant salons of the West End to the pre-Roman catacombs beneath St. Paul’s Cathedral, Hide Me Among the Graves blends the historical and the supernatural in a dazzling, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride—a modern horror story with a Victorian twist.


American Gods by Neil Gaiman – 3.79

After three years in prison, Shadow has done his time. But as the days, then the hours, then the minutes, then the seconds until his release tick away, he can feel a storm building. Two days before he gets out, his wife Laura dies in a mysterious car crash, in apparently adulterous circumstances. Dazed, Shadow travels home, only to encounter the bizarre Mr. Wednesday claiming to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America. Together they embark on a very strange journey across the States, along the way solving the murders which have occurred every winter in one small American town. But they are being pursued by someone with whom Shadow must make his peace… Disturbing, gripping and profoundly strange, Neil Gaiman’s epic new novel sees him on the road to finding the soul of America.

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Contest Update:

The winner of Susanna Fraser’s The Infamous Marriage is Janie!  You will receive an email soon!  Thanks to everyone who commented on Susanna’s interview.

Scheduling Update:

With the holidays fast approaching, I will be spending time with my family, so next week will be a little light.  I will be running some giveaways, so please drop in and enter for your chance to win some free reads!

Reading Challenge Update:

The BLI Holiday Reading Challenge

Book Lovers, Inc is again hosting their Holiday Reading Challenge.  I’ve signed up, though I don’t have a specific reading goal in mind.  If you enjoy holiday themed reads, here’s a good excuse to over indulge!  Sign up if you have time!

Interview with Cecy Robson, Author of Sealed with a Curse

Cecy Robson is visiting the virtual offices today to chat about her new release, Sealed With a Curse.  Check out what she has to say about her new book!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Cecy Robson] How about less?  Dorky, smiley, Thor-obsessed, Spiderman’s secret lover.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Sealed with a Curse?

[Cecy Robson] Celia, Taran, Shayna, and Emme Wird are sisters who received their unique powers as a result of a backfired curse placed on their Latina mother.  Humans have always perceived them as “weird” and they’ve never fit in. They make a decision to move to the Lake Tahoe region, an area densely populated with mystical beings due to the lake’s magical properties.  Unfortunately for the sisters, the area soon becomes plagued with a deadly bloodlust epidemic.  Misha, one of the master vampires in the region, is accused of being responsible for the plague.  He seeks out Celia and her sisters to help him prove his innocence.  Aric, the alpha werewolf in the area, and the one responsible for keeping the human populace safe, doesn’t care if Misha is innocent or not. He and his weres have one mission: kill any and all infected vampires and stop the epidemic. Time is running out for Misha—and for the Wird girls.  In stepping into the mystical limelight, the girls have now become a target.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Cecy Robson] The characters originally came from a dream. Originally they were more special ops type women, who just so happened to have werewolf boyfriends.  Great dream, right?  The more I dove into their characters, the more I realized they didn’t fit the military-type persona.  One girl had the power to predict the future.  I scratched that idea and decided just to give each of them unique powers and made them sisters in order to bond them.  As far as the concept, they needed a goal.  What’s a better goal than stopping psycho-bloodlust infected vampires before they eat you?

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Celia?

[Cecy Robson] Protector. Vulnerable. Heart.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Misha had a theme song, what would it be?

[Cecy Robson] Bad Blood.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Aric won’t leave the house without.

[Cecy Robson] Growling.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Celia’s purse?

[Cecy Robson] Lipstick, weapons, and whoopee cushions.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Cecy Robson] Solitude. My overactive imagination will not be silenced.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Cecy Robson] A comfy chair, my laptop, and silence.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Cecy Robson] BREED by Chase Novak.  One word—Whoa!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Cecy Robson] I fell in love with reading at a very young age. The first novel I remember reading was Island of the Blue Dolphins. I was either in second or third grade when I read it.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Cecy Robson] Reading and spending time with my family.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Cecy Robson] The best way is through my website: but I’m also on Facebook and Twitter everyday.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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