Author Archives: Carol

A book reviewer and editor at Bitten by Books since 2008, Carol reads extensively in the urban fantasy genre, and also writes the column on genre television, Screen Bites. Serving as the director of the Urban Fantasy track at Dragon Con, Carol also works at Coastal Magic (formerly Olde City, New Blood), and AnachroCon, and for the last three years has been one of the organizers for a small literary festival in the town where she lives. When not reading, writing reviews, or working at conventions, Carol spends as much time as possible with her three amazing grandsons.

The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent

The Heretic's Daughter: A Novel by Kathleen KentThough the travesty of the Salem Witch Trials has received plenty of attention, the horrors of the incarcerations of those accused may not be so widely known. The excellent The Heretic’s Daughtercovers both of those aspects, as well as events leading up to the trials. Told in first-person narration by the ten-year-old Sarah, readers get the chance to experience the proceedings and surrounding incidents through the eyes of a child, albeit a precocious one. Read More »

The Secret Wedding by Jo Beverley

The Secret WeddingThis enjoyable novel in the Secrets trilogy begins with the young soldier Christian Hill attempting an ill-fated rescue of a young woman from the clutches of one of his comrades. Upon arriving at the inn, Christian ends up fighting for his life against the recalcitrant Moore, who refuses to either give up the young lady or surrender himself. The ensuing battle results in the death of Moore. Immediately thereafter, the aunt of the terrified young woman tells Christian that he must marry the fourteen-year-old Dorcas, or he will be indicted for murder. Feeling trapped, Christian agrees, and he and Dorcas marry. After that, both young people go their own ways–Dorcas back home, and Christian overseas with the army. Read More »

So Into You by Sandra Hill

So Into You by Sandra HillWhen this first installment in the Bayou Angels series begins, Angel Sabato decides that the time is right to disclose his true feelings for his longtime friend and colleague, Grace O’Brien. Unfortunately, Grace’s reaction of disbelief and shock are not what Angel hopes for, resulting in his decision to leave Houma, Louisiana (outside of New Orleans) immediately. Two weeks later, the surprising news that Angel married a flight attendant makes its way to Grace. Read More »

Scandal by Heather Lin

ScandalFast-track attorney Jackson Montague plans an evening of his specialty – a love ‘em and leave ’em one-night stand. Arriving at his typical haunt, he meets a beautiful woman, and they engage in furtive mutual gratification just short of intercourse in a dark corner of the bar. Feeling sated and pleased with himself, Jack is taken completely unawares by an attack from the jealous husband of one of his conquests. When some approaching people scare of the attacker, Jack makes his way home and calls the police. Read More »

Packing Heat by Penny McCall

Packing Heat (Berkley Sensation) by Penny McCallAs this enjoyable, fast-paced novel begins, FBI Agent Harmony Swift arrives at Lewisburg Penitentiary to spring convicted felon/computer expert Cole Hackett from prison. Harmony’s mentor and lifelong friend, Richard, has been kidnapped by the Russian mob, and they are demanding money for his release. Since Cole was incarcerated for hacking into the FBI’s computer security system, he is Harmony’s first choice as her assistant in securing Richard’s release. Unfortunately, since the FBI declines to get involved, Harmony goes rogue and breaks Cole out of jail. Read More »

Blood Oranges by Kathleen Tierney

Blood Oranges (A Siobhan Quinn Novel) by Kathleen TierneyMeet (do not call her Siobhan) Quinn, junky monster-hunter with a sharp tongue and priceless observations. The highly-original Blood Oranges begins with Quinn telling the story of her late-night visit to a cemetery to investigate the scene of a grisly murder a few days earlier. Not picking up any “dog” scent, Quinn decides to use the opportunity to shoot up, and shortly thereafter, a huge werewolf shows up. Fortunately, another creature falls out of a tree and pulls the werewolf off of Quinn before it eats her but, unfortunately, not before it sinks a claw into her butt. At that point, Quinn passes out. Read More »

The Kraken King and the Scribbling Spinster by Meljean Brook

The Kraken King Part I: The Kraken King and the Scribbling Spinster (A Novel of the Iron Seas) by Meljean BrookZenobia Fox (an assumed name to conceal her identities as both an author and an heiress who seems to get kidnapped frequently), sets out on a trip with her longtime, friend, Helene, now married to an ambassador. Viewing the journey as an adventure she can use as fodder for her next Lady Lynx story, Zenobia feels secure on the airship, especially given the presence of her bodyguards-in-disguise, Mara and Cooper. Read More »

Sharp by Alex Hughes

Sharp: A Mindspace Investigations Novel by Alex HughesSix weeks after nearly shorting out his brain and his telepathic ability with it on a big case, police department-consultant Adam finds himself trying to hide from his co-workers the fact that his telepathy still remains at less than full strength. To make matter worse, his former homicide detective partner (of sorts), Isabella Cherabino, has been actively avoiding him due to the mind-link Read More »

Night Broken by Patricia Briggs

Night Broken (Mercy Thompson) by Patricia Briggs Night Broken, the exciting eighth installment in the superb Mercy Thompson series, picks up just a few months after the events at the end of book seven, Frost Burned. The pack has been coming to terms with the loss of a beloved member, and getting back into some semblance of a normal routine. One surprise Mercy does not need–a frantic phone call from her husband Adam’s ex-wife, Christy, who seems to have acquired a dangerous stalker after a brief time with him in Reno. Read More »

Screen Bites: Is Blood Thicker Than Water? Family, Friends, and Relationships on Lost Girl and Supernatural

Greetings, Watchers. *This time we will discuss Lost Girl, up through the episode “Waves” that aired on SyFy on 3/17 (the column will always follow the US viewing schedule) and Supernatural up through the “Blade Runners” episode which aired 3/18. New episodes of both shows may air before you see the column and comment, so please do not give any spoilers at all beyond the episodes I am writing about here.* Read More »

Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson) by Patricia Briggs Frost Burned, the terrific seventh installment in the superb Mercy Thompson series, begins with a literal bang as our heroine gets into a car accident while out shopping on Black Friday with her step-daughter, Jesse. The two women try to call Adam, Mercy’s alpha werewolf husband, as well as a number of other members of the pack, but no one answers their phones. Added to that very unusual situation, Mercy receives a cryptic text from Bran, the leader of the Western werewolves. Confused, Mercy and Jesse catch a ride with the tow truck to Mercy’s body shop, and find Gabriel, her Read More »

One Night of Eternity by Karen Wiesner

One Night of Eternity, Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 6 by Karen WiesnerThe sixth story in the Woodcutter’s Grim mini-series concerns Marnie and Gavin Shaussegeny, the werewolf parents of Glynnis, the subject of the previous tale. The two protagonists share a mate bond, which in the Shaussegeny family means that they both can only find true peace and happiness with one another—and when they remain faithful. Read More »

Beauty is the Beast by Karen Wiesner

Beauty is the Beast, Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 7 by Karen Wiesner Beauty is the Beast, the seventh story in the Woodcutter’s Grim mini-series, focuses on Ransom Shaussegeny, the one member of the family who refuses to accept his fate as a werewolf, tirelessly working on a cure to free all of them. On the afternoon of Halloween, Ransom finds himself once again reading the last part of the curse details outlined in his grandfather’s journal, stating that the curse can be broken by beauty and the beast/good and evil falling in love with one another. Read More »

Alliance Forged by Kylie Griffin

Alliance Forged (A Novel of the Light Blade) by Kylie Griffin Alliance Forged, the second installment in the intriguing Light Blade series, picks up a few months after the events at the end of book one. The half-Na’Reish/half-human Na’Chi have been living in their settlement outside of the Light Blade city of Sacred Lake, and when the story opens, a contingent of human rebels attack the village. Thankfully, some scouts spot the invaders early enough to warn the people so they are able to flee in time. However, Kymora, the Temple-Elect priestess who has been living with the Na’Chi, remains behind due to her blindness. Some of the warriors, both the Na’Chi and the Light Blades who have been training with them, are also away from the village, and by the time they get back, most of the livestock has been needlessly slaughtered, some of the homes burned, and worst of all, the rebels have taken Kymora as hostage. Read More »

In the Red by Selah Janel

In the RedJeremiah Kensington dreams of making it big with his guitar—and of consequently getting out of his small Indiana town. Believing himself better than the people he grew up around, Jeremiah’s feelings of superiority really kick in every time someone requests “Freebird” at one of his shows. After a confrontation with some of the locals one evening over the aforementioned song, an older man, R.J., approaches Jeremiah and offers to help him with music representation, a role he has filled for his granddaughter. Read More »

Night Owls by Lauren M. Roy

Night Owls (A Night Owls Novel) by Lauren M. Roy Night Owls, the terrific first installment in what promises to be a spectacular new series, grabs the reader with its first sentence and holds on until the very last. The novel opens with Elly, the protege of the recently-deceased Father Value, on the run from a Creep (a werewolf/shifter type of supernatural creature) after the book she carries. Read More »

Panthan’s Crucible by Meredith Wood

Panthan's Crucible by Meredith WoodThe world that provides the setting for the intriguing Panthan’s Crucible has been under siege for ten years by the mysterious Panthans, a race of vampire-like beings that prey upon humans. In response to this threat, humans created enhanced soldiers, Wodens, who unfortunately have a penchant for sometimes being overzealous. Sixteen-year-old Laura’s friend, Avery, suffers an attack by Wodens because her green eyes lead the soldiers to identify her as Panthan, since that eye color is the one they Read More »

So Enchanting by Connie Brockway

So Enchanting by Connie BrockwayWhen this engaging novel begins, Lord Grey Sheffield, special prosecutor for the Lord Chief Justice, attends a late- nineteenth-century séance conducted by Alphonse Brown. Grey’s job, and purpose in life, the reader discovers, entails the investigation into and exposure of fraudulent confidence dealers, including so-called spiritualists and mediums. Read More »