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Novel Reaction is excited to welcome author Christine D’Abo as part of her blog tour for Quicksilver Soul, the second book in her The Shadow Guild series. Let’s get to know a little more about Christine first,

Multipublished author Christine d’Abo loves exploring the human condition through a romantic lens. She takes her characters on fantastical journeys that change their hearts and expand their minds. A self-professed sci-fi junkie, Christine can often be found chatting about her favorite shows and movies. When she’s not writing, she can be found chasing after her children, dogs or husband. Christine is published with Carina Press, Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing, Cleis Press and Berkley. Please visit her at her blog and come chat with her on Twitter @Christine_dAbo.

Christine was kind enough to answer some questions (even I have to admit they are a little random but this what happens when I write interview questions late at night after a day spent wrestling with my six month old):

Novel Reaction: What made you decide to make Nicola Tesla female?

Christine: With the creation of this series, I wanted to pull my characters from people in our history, but I wanted to give them a twist of my own. I created my own mythology with Jack the Ripper in book one, GILDED HEARTS, and wanted to do something similar with QUICKSILVER SOUL. I’ve always loved the history and rivalry between Tesla and Edison. I thought it would be fun to incorporate that into one of my stories. I had my hero already and wanted to pair him up with a heroine who was both independent and smart. Turning Tesla into a woman became the next logical step.

Novel Reaction: If you could have a super power what would it be?

PRIDE-AND-PREJUDICE-1995_400Christine: I’m terrified of heights, so no flying or super jumping for me. If anything, I’d want to be able to be super-fast, like the Flash! Running around to get all my errands done while making lunches for the kids and writing 10k a day…yeah, being super-fast would be amazing. And I’d love to be able to run a marathon, so that would also help.

Novel Reaction: Favorite or least favorite books-to-movie?

Chrinstine: Guh there are so many!! I’m a sucker for a good period piece and even better if it’s based on a book that I love. Pride and Prejudice (the Colin Firth version), Emma (the A&E version), Jane Eyre (the A&E version) are all re-watches for me. I have to say one that I came too late in the game was North & South by Elizabeth Gaskell. I have to admit to seeing the miniseries before I read the book. The book is great, the miniseries has Richard Armitage. He’s pouty and broody and that smile. Yeah, I’m a HUGE fan of that adaptation.

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Thanks Christine for answering my questions. I was also late in the game to North and South, which was great! (If you haven’t seen it yet I highly recommend it!) 

The Shadow Guild Reading Order:

Gilded Hearts (read my review here)

Quicksilver Soul (read my review here)

DAbo_QuicksilverSoul_EbookNicola Tesla has never needed a man to complete her life. A gifted engineer, she has always had her experiments to keep her company-or she did, before her vile boss stole them. Now she’s working at the Archives in New London, where the memories of the dead are stored. But it isn’t long before Nicola discovers she’s being watched . . . by a most intriguing, sinfully sexy man.

Archivist Emmet Dennison should be busy extracting memories from the dead. Instead he’s been asked to keep an eye on the brazen, strikingly beautiful Nicola Tesla. Soon Emmet and Nicola are shaken by an attraction neither of them wants. Yet when a nefarious man takes them hostage, Nicola and Emmet will need to rely on their attraction, and the growing bond between them, to stop a madman hellbent on destroying New London forever

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gogglesPiper Smith is an Archivist, a person who takes the memories of the dead for information that they hold and store them in the vast Archives under New London. In Gilded Hearts by Christine D’Abo, Piper’s first assignment is more difficult than she ever imagines it would be, not only is she taking the memory of a woman murdered by Jack the Ripper, but the Sergeant working the case is Samuel Hawkins, the only man to ever leave the Archivists training, taking her heart with him.

Sergeant Samuel Hawkins has worked hard to leave the Archives behind him, disagreeing with their methods and the cost to the individual Archivists. When Piper starts working the case with him he will have to balance his feelings for Piper against the differences separating them. But as the clues to whom Jack the Ripper is and why he is on a killing spree start leading back the Archives, is Piper safe from becoming the next victim?

D’Abo’s Steampunk world is intriguing and different. Set after a war with France has caused damaged to England (a nuclear type war), the government has undertaken to store all the memories of important figures, or those connected to crimes, especially violent crimes. But those who extract the memories into their own heads must have those memories wiped or they would go crazy with a set of memories that aren’t their own, after so many wipes they start affecting the memory and personality of that individual. I loved the machines inhabiting Gilded Hearts, they are super fascinating and an interesting mix of contemporary machines and fantasy creations. Piper was a great heroine: strong, loyal yet with a believable need to be loved and to create her own family unit with those around her. Sam was a little harder to like, having run from the Archives, you get flashes of his memories of what happened sprinkled throughout Gilded Hearts but don’t know the whole story until the end. This take on the Jack the Ripper story was interesting but, as a reader, be prepared because the memories of the prostitutes are just that, memories of prostitutes. There is also some use of the “F’ word. D’Abo’s secondary characters are fabulous, a good supporting cast and I have to admit I would love to spend more time with and get the back story of David and his very interesting female butler Aiko. Overall, Gilded Hearts was a great read if a little on the dark side.

You can read an excerpt here.

Shadow Guild Reading Order:

Gilded Hearts

Quicksilver

Rating: Star 4copy

Content: favicon5 NB

Title: Gilded Hearts

Author: Christine D’Abo

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 384

AISN: B00CO7GH22

Publisher: Forever Yours (Grand Central)

Release Date: January 2014

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

mona lisaDr. Eos Rai has spent a lifetime tracking down her mother’s dream, locating the last remaining piece of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa in At Star’s End by Anna Hackett. When the museum Eos works for refuses to acknowledge her research and fund an expedition to locate it, Eos is forced to approach the Phoenix brothers, a group of treasure hunters willing to travel the dangers and distances of the galaxy.

Dathan Phoenix hasn’t had the best luck with intelligent women (the last one left him tasered twitching on the ground) but can’t deny that he finds himself attracted the brilliant standoffish Eos. If Eos is correct about the location of the Mona Lisa, it would be worth trillions, but will she follow through on her part of the bargain and allow him to sell the missing painting?

At Star’s End is a fast-paced sci-fi adventure, with an intriguing heroine, a lost treasure and a hunky treasure hunter. At only 137 pages, the novel felt a little rushed and I feel like it could have been longer but it was an entertaining read despite being so short. The galaxy Hackett has created is intriguing and I love the relationship between the Phoenix brothers and the intelligent computer is highly entertaining. Eos is a great character, interested in all the galaxy around her, she is a nice change from the cynical herione (not that she doesn’t have her cynical moments) but if I was in a intergalactic market I would be intrigued and curious as well. Written in the first person (like most Carina Press novels I have read), At Star’s End allows you to really see what Eos is feeling and thinking. I am eagerly looking forward to the next book in The Phoenix Adventures series.

The Phoenix Adventures Reading Order

At Star’s End

Book 2 TBA

Book 3 TBA

Rating: Star 4copy

Content: favicon5 NB

Title: At Star’s End

Author: Anna Hackett

Format:  eBook

Page Nos.: 137

AISN: B00H08N9YO

Publisher: Carina Press

Release Date: March 31, 2014

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

Livy Kowalski, a honey badger shifter, doesn’t have much patience for anyone, when you are several feet shorter than the predator shifters around you survive by your wits and your unwillingness to quit during a fight. In Bite Me by Shelley Laurenston, Livy is struggling to deal with the untimely death of her father and avoid her crazy cousin who has invaded her apartment. So what is a honey badger to do? Burrow into the honey cabinet of one of the least irritating men Livy knows, Vic Barinov.

Vic Barinov, half tiger half bear is used tracking down criminals in both the human world and the shifter world by himself. But all of a sudden Vic finds himself on one of his toughest cases with a house full of shifters that he doesn’t want there, well, except for Livy, if only she would stop burrowing holes into the floor of his house to get in and just use the front door like everyone else, and stop smelling so distractingly wonderfully of honey.

I have to admit I LOVE Shelley Laurenston’s books (both under her name Shelley Laurenston and her other name G.A. Aiken. You know that any novel that starts off with a note from the author apologizing for the art department’s inability to accurately and believably draw a hybrid tiger-bear for the cover is going to be hilarious. Laurentson’s novels are hilarious, ridiculous, and yet her ability accurately portray the love/annoyance that is family relationships is unparalleled (one of my all time favorite quotes is from The Mane Event “Because isn’t that what the holidays are all about–letting your family make you wish you were an orphan?”). While The Pride series is a shifter world, Laurenston’s portrayal of the prejudices and motivations of the characters that inhabit it is fabulous.  Bite Me, is the ninth book in The Pride series, and while you don’t need to have read any of the previous novels to know what is going on, you are missing out (especially the friendship and history with Toni from Wolf with Benefits) if you haven’t read them. I really got to like both Livy and Vic in Wolf With Benefits but Livy was the more entertaining of the two characters. Her family is hilarious (thieves and con artists, the lot of them) but willing to come to Livy’s aid at the first phone call. I’m almost ashamed to admit I’ve already read Bite Me twice, just because I enjoyed it so much (notice I said almost and I am not going to tell you how many times I have reread all her books, let’s just say it is a lot).

You can read an excerpt here.

The Pride Series:

The Mane Event

The Beast In Him

The Mane Attraction

The Mane Squeeze

Beast Behaving Badly

Big Bad Beast

Bear Meets Girl

Wolf With Benefits

Bite Me

Rating: Star 5copy

Content: favicon5 NB

Title: Bite Me

Author: Shelley Laurenston

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 385

AISN: B00FH1IC4S

Publisher: Kensington Books

Release Date: March 25, 2014

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

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