TBR Thursday: Midnight Hunter by Brianna Hale

36689834He’s hunting me, and there’s nowhere to run.

East Berlin, 1963. I thought I understood the consequences of trying to flee to the West. Death. Imprisonment without trial. Instead I’m being hunted by the most dangerous man in the city, secret police officer Reinhardt Volker.

Now I’m his prize, no longer a traitorous factory girl but his elegant and pampered secretary. He wants to possess me, body, soul – and heart. I’ll do anything to get away from him, but first that means getting closer.

I want to feel only hatred for my captor but beneath his uniform I discover a man with a past as scarred as Berlin’s.

And if I don’t escape him soon it will be too late.

Price Change Pending: Lovers and Liars: Immortal Wars Series

Price Change Coming Soon

Hi cuties! This is just a reminder that I’ll be changing the prices for Court of the Phantom Queen and Apollo’s Priestess soon! Court of the Phantom Queen is currently reduced to 99c for the month of December, and Apollo’s Priestess jumps up to full price ($2.99) at the end of the weekend. Don’t miss out!

Court of the Phantom Queen

Apollo’s Priestess

Meet the Characters: Lor (Apollo’s Priestess)

Meet Lor, the intrepid heroine from the upcoming Lovers and Liars: Immortal Wars novella Apollo’s Priestess. Lor grew up as the daughter of a village priest. Her entire life revolved around maintaining the temple, tending to the animals, and observing the ancient rites necessary to please her patron god. Unfortunately, once she became the priestess of her village after her father’s death, things went from bad to worse. Lor was kidnapped and illegally sold into slavery by a band of marauders, men taking advantage of the religious strife in ancient Rome and using the dissent as an excuse to rob and plunder what they had hoped was a wealthy pagan temple.

The only real treasure inside, however, was Lor herself.

Before her kidnapping, Lor was naive, sweet, and obedient. After her kidnapping, however, her faith has been pushed the limits. She proves time and time again to be strong-willed, cunning, and intelligent enough to survive two long years at the hands of brutal masters. Her trust in people, in the gods, has been shaken, and it will take a great deal of patience and empathy from her future partner to penetrate her new icy exterior.

As a priestess of Apollo, Lor is extremely adept with a bow — as Apollo is the god of archery — and can construct her own weaponry and arrows. She had a knack for languages, speaking Latin and various Greek dialects fluently before her kidnapping, and after acquiring Dacian, Illyrian, and Thracian. She can also vaguely understand some of the barbarian Gaulish and Germanic languages, but she needs more practice.

More than anything, Lor longs for safety, security, and love again. She wants to feel like a person, not a thing, and awaits the day when her nightmare as an illegal slave will be over.

All she knows is that she no longer prays to the gods — and may never pray again.

TBR Thursday: The Virgin’s Lover by Philippa Gregory

862772Elizabeth I has acceded to the throne of England, a position she has waited and schemed for all her life. She is surrounded by advisers, all convinced that a young woman cannot form political judgements. Elizabeth feels that she can rely on just one man: her oldest friend, Robert Dudley. It is soon plain that he is more than merely a friend.

In a house in the countryside waits a very different woman, Amy Robsart–Robert’s wife. She has no taste for life at court and longs for the day when her husband will return home. She has loved him since she was a girl, but now they are adults she hardly sees him.

Meanwhile, the pressure grows for Elizabeth to marry, for it is unthinkable that a queen should rule on her own. Elizabeth’s preference is clear, but he is unavailable. But what if the unthinkable were to happen!

Philippa Gregory blends passion, personalities and politics in this stunning novel of the Tudor court and a country divided.

TBR Thursday: The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

Uhhhhhh yes to ALL OF THIS! *drools*

16248223“One evening, my father asked me if I would like to become a ghost bride…”

Though ruled by British overlords, the Chinese of colonial Malaya still cling to ancient customs. And in the sleepy port town of Malacca, ghosts and superstitions abound.

Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives an unusual proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim family. They want her to become a ghost bride for the family’s only son, who recently died under mysterious circumstances. Rarely practiced, a traditional ghost marriage is used to placate a restless spirit. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a home for the rest of her days, but at a terrible price.

After an ominous visit to the opulent Lim mansion, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be suitor, but also by her desire for the Lim’s handsome new heir, Tian Bai. Night after night, she is drawn into the shadowy parallel world of the Chinese afterlife, with its ghost cities, paper funeral offerings, vengeful spirits and monstrous bureaucracy—including the mysterious Er Lang, a charming but unpredictable guardian spirit. Li Lan must uncover the Lim family’s darkest secrets—and the truth about her own family—before she is trapped in this ghostly world forever.

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TBR Thursday: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Soooo I, like many, have devoured the TV series and fallen in love with the characters. I have the book sitting on my Kindle, but good GRIEF is it ever long. With my brain as testy as it is, this would take forever to read. Still, it’s high up on my TBR, because yaaaaaas.

10964The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

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