|Posted by Clarrissa Moon on July 17, 2011 at 9:21 PM||comments (0)|
let’s see…Heck, I’ll start with the next two books in a series. I’ve already reviewed the first book and enjoyed it very much.
Nightwolves on the prowl. #2 in the series by Clarrissa Lee Moon. Now, like always, no spoilers, no teasers as to the plot except for this: Watch out Japan, Cat’s coming and she worse than a barrel full of earthquakes! That being said, the book is written in a raw, vibrant style that takes no compromises, makes no excuses. You either take it on the chin or you walk away. This book has plenty of action, sex, and violence. Moon doesn’t back off, doesn’t apologize for how she writes, which is full bore, balls-to-the wall and damn the torpedoes. This book is not for everyone, not by a damn patch, but it is for those who want to kick life in the crotch and hump it into submission. I would include myself in that category.
Nightwolves Siren’s song: #3 in the series by Clarrissa Lee Moon. Cat’s back and she’s has a target on her back the size of Montana. Once again, we are treated to the type of action that punches you straight in the face and makes you want more and more, etc, etc. Like I said in the above paragraph, it’s raw, it’s uncompromising. But, like I didn’t mention above, it is FUN! I had a blast with this author, entering her strange world of pre-apocalypse events and sexy action. Unlike so many other books I’ve read, I really, really want to read more from this author. Keep ‘em coming, Ms. Moon!
Ok…done now with the reviews, it’s time to head on over to Mark Land, where the grass is always green, the sky is always blue, and Scandanavian chocolate grows on trees. Check out my book, if you will, read the free samples and let me know what you think. I am on pins and needles here, dear reader, and I can’t wait to hear what you think, even if you hate the book, I want to know. So hit me with your best shot and have a wonderful day.
Peace out and….whatever…
|Posted by Clarrissa Moon on July 17, 2011 at 9:18 PM||comments (0)|
Review of Nightwolves Siren’s Song
By Clarrissa Lee Moon
4 out of 5 stars
I really like this cover!!! Like with the first book it would make me pick it up to find out more.
I feel like the flow of this book was better than the first two I didn’t want to put it down. I really like getting to know the characters some more and seeing how they will respond to all the things they are up against.
There are new worlds, allies, and enemies in book three and you really start to feel more connected to the story. It probably has to do with the fact that a lot of the information needed to understand certain things is dealt with in the first two books and now we are focusing mainly on the story. It really helps to understand what is going on and there aren’t as many flow problems due to needed information. I can’t wait to read the prequel because there are things being mentioned in the first three books that I want to know more about.
This one didn’t pick up right away after book, two but not long after, and I still feel like we should be given some insight into what is going on between Cat and her sister Cendra since book two, but we don’t really see her at all. Is she mad at her? Does she blame her?
This one is definitely a cliffhanger, Cat has put everyone she loves before herself once again and even though I love that in her character, she can’t help anyone if she doesn’t make it. I can’t wait to read the next one and find out what happens next!
Overall this was a great book and I am really enjoying this series.
|Posted by Clarrissa Moon on June 16, 2011 at 5:13 AM||comments (0)|
Let me tell you folks something: I’m a pretty fast reader. I mean, Evelyn Wood speed-reading fast when I want to be. Yep, I can turn the page with the best of them (or, in this digital age, push the button like a fiend), but this new book I loaded into the Kindle…well, if it had been paper, I’d have friction burns.
Nightwolves Coalition. Yep, that’s the name. Not the greatest title ever conceived, but great things often are hidden by the most modest of trappings. Ms. Clarrissa Lee Moon was kind enough to send an ARC and I decided that I needed a new indie book to review, so synchronicity worked for me this time.
Nightwolves is the story of Catrina and her involvement in the U.S. Military and the saving of the world. That’s it.
What? You want more? Sheesh, aren’t you demanding! Okay, let’s add some Great Magical Races (you know, werewolves, dragons, and the fanged party boys we call vampires), 2012 Mayan Doomsday prophesies, some nifty science that seems to confirm all those wonderful prophesies, and one of Urban Fantasies coolest female protagonists (the aforementioned Catrina, remember?) and her harem of hunky, but oh-so-dangerous dudes.
I thought so. From the first chapter, On a Wing and a Prayer, she had me speeding through the pages faster than a politician can steal your kid’s piggy bank. Cliches float through my mind….a roller coaster ride…thrilling….fun & exciting…a must-read for all fans of Urban Fantasy, etc, etc.
Damn, I hate cliches, but at least they’re accurate. What it comes down to is that I had blast reading this book, plain and simple and I want to actually PAY (believe me, I’m cheap enough to squeeze a penny until Lincoln screams) for a the second and third installments in this exciting new series by author Moon. In a genre now dominated by female writers and their tough heroines, Moon has crafted something here that stands out from the pack (pun intended, you bet!)
Fine, I’m done gushing now. But in all seriousness, this is a great read and for you e-reader types, it’s cheap at twice the price.
That’s it for me, time to do whatever it is I do. If you’ve found anything, or everything, I’ve written on this blog informative and/or useful, feel free to leave a comment.
Until next time…..
Mark Stone author of Things to do in Denver when un-dead
|Posted by Clarrissa Moon on June 15, 2011 at 8:20 AM||comments (0)|
Nightwolves on the Prowl came a bit early and Nightwolves Siren's Song has been released mega early due to the popularity of the series.
THe "offical" release of NSS is still July 1st but it can be had in most places in ebook format and in paperback at Amazon.com.
Nightwolves Dawn to Dusk- The Semi Prequel is being worked on feverishly to keep the mob banging on my door happy:-)
Celeste Nites Second Trilogy has been put on hold so that all of my attention can be put into Dawn to Dusk. Please read excerpts for a taste of what's to come.
|Posted by Clarrissa Moon on June 15, 2011 at 8:16 AM||comments (0)|
Jun 01, 2011 WildAboutBones rated it · review of another edition
This is an omnibus containing the first 3 eBooks in Moon's Celestial Nites series. It is written like a serial; which is a set of continuing short stories each beginning where the previous left off. Much like the 1940s and 1950s Flash Gordan series of little movie shorts, The Shadow radio shorts (of “Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of men? The Shadow knows!" fame) and much more recently, like Stephen King's originally released The Green Mile as a series of shorts of about about 90 -...moreThis is an omnibus containing the first 3 eBooks in Moon's Celestial Nites series. It is written like a serial; which is a set of continuing short stories each beginning where the previous left off. Much like the 1940s and 1950s Flash Gordan series of little movie shorts, The Shadow radio shorts (of “Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of men? The Shadow knows!" fame) and much more recently, like Stephen King's originally released The Green Mile as a series of shorts of about about 90 - 140 pages every month for six months. Since it is written as a serial, this review is going to treat this as a book with 3 parts.
This erotic paranormal romance features Celeste, a petite vampire, sexy alpha male Jacques, who we find out in the second part is a mage, and his equally sexy brother, Armand, also a mage, who we meet in the second part.
The first part, Claiming Celeste, finds Jacques intrigued with Celeste who comes in the club every night to dance first with a partner or two, then dancing by herself and then goes home alone. He decides he has to have her and implements a plan to seduce her by dancing with her once every night. Very seductive and a 3 on the sensual scale of 1-4.
The second part, Hunting Celeste, has Celeste accidentally seducing Jacques where after she is on the run to NJ. Following her in fear of her safety, Jacques and his brother, Armand, when they find her, seduce her in a limousine in a sexy, hot ménage à trois. And then again in a hotel. They don't understand why she keeps leaving them at the end of the night when they are asleep. I give this a sensual rating of 4 out of 4.
In the third part, Sharing Celeste, she has disappeared again and the brothers are on the hunt for her again. When they find her, Armand, the less dominate brother, takes the lead to find out why she is running and won't stay with them. He talks her into a compromise and then seals the deal with some steamy post negotiation celebrating. Jacques walks in and decides he needs in on the celebration. This part gets a sensual rating of 3 out of 4.
This is a great story. I look forward to the next omnibus of 3 eBooks, to see where the story goes. Give this a lot more story material/substance and this could make a great full length erotic paranormal romance novel.
Don't miss this because you don't like continuing series stories. Fans of the paranormal romance and vampire genres should enjoy this. I certainly did.
|Posted by Clarrissa Moon on June 3, 2011 at 4:27 AM||comments (1)|
3 1/2 ***’ STARS
Book: Nightwolves Siren’s Song
Author: Clarissa Lee Moon
Publisher: CreateSpace (this should be World Castle Publishing now)
Genre: Urban Fantasy (vamps, weres, spirits, and other supernatural beings)
Rating: Mature Alternative Lifestyle
Nightwolves Siren’s Song is the third installment in the Memoirs of the Nightwolves series. In this book, the members of the Nightwolves Coalition continue their missions to close portals that have opened on Earth from worlds that contain violent supernatural beings and to make treaties with the beings of peaceful worlds. These missions have become more difficult because those who wield the dark majicks have now learned how to successfully cloak the portals.
The mercenary/majickal coven leader Catrina “Cat” Garcia has recovered from the wounds, both physical and spiritual, that she suffered during her capture in the previous book. She leads her coven along with the Special Forces teams to detect and neutralize new portals as they open. She is also discovering a new sense of happiness now that she has been united with all of her mates. In fact, her new found happiness causes several members of her coven, her sister Cassie in particular, to question whether or not she’s lost her edge and gone soft.
Cat proves that she’s still able to keep her perspective on their goals, and that her fighting edge and leadership skills have not been dulled by her newfound happiness. However, Cat’s happiness is short-lived as the Nightwolves Coalition face new threats from the evil General Robertson, whom we find out has been placing dark practitioners in key positions in the government, politics, and the military, in order to take over the country, and then the world. In addition, the evil general has been kidnapping supernatural beings in order to perform horrendous experiments on them.
Cat also has to deal with the difficulties of her children. Her eldest son, Christophe, has received the call to go on a quest to find his mate, but he is subsequently kidnapped during the quest. Her middle son, Crimson unknowingly ends up dating a dark witch who turns him into a panther, when she is unable to use him to get to his mother and the other Nightwolves. While trying to protect her youngest son by taking him on a mission that she thinks will be the less dangerous of two possible missions, he ends up becoming the pack leader of a pack of werewolves at the tender age of 17. In addition to all this, she is dealing with her Witch with a capital B birth mother who strives to demean and control Cat every time she visits. The final blow is when Cat is cursed by a Voodoo priestess. She has dealt with all the challenges with strength and courage; however, the curse may be too much for her to overcome as her energy, both physical and spiritual, has been depleted during the many difficult missions they’ve faced in a short amount of time. What will Cat’s fate be? If she is unable to overcome the curse, will the Nightwolves Coalition be able to continue without her?
The prologue of this book is exactly the same as the prologue for the first two books. So, those who have read either book in the series can skip it. This story starts out a little slower than the first two books; however, once the action starts, the pace gets better. No editing issues were noted. Unlike the first books, there are no sex scenes in this story. Although, there are some allusions to plans with her mates after they finish the current missions. So, unfortunately, I didn’t really get to see how Cat handles the logistics of having six mates as I had anticipated I would after reading book two. As usual, Cat speaks frequently about religion, politics, etc. It can sometimes get annoying, perhaps because this story, like the first two, is written in first person. However, I liked the way the author ties in explanations of relatively current events into her talks, for example, the molestation charges brought against Catholic priests, Hurricane Katrina, and the fairly recent Gulf oil spills. She also ties in other myths and legends into her magickal world such as Voodoo, the Druids, and the Crystal Skulls which is also nice. My major disappointment with this story is that it ends in a complete and total cliffhanger. I was utterly unprepared for a cliffhanger, since the first two books didn’t end in cliffhangers.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book, and look forward to reading book four in the series, Nightwolves Dawn to Dusk. I have to know what Cat’s fate will be in regards to the Voodoo curse that has been placed on her. This was a pretty good continuation of the series, but I’d like to see more dialogue and action, with a little less of Cat’s thoughts and constant explanations in future books, unless she’s actually explaining to other characters rather than just giving information to the reader. At this point, if readers enjoyed books one and two, they’ll probably enjoy book three as well. I know I did. This book could stand alone; however, it would be more enjoyable and understandable if the first two books are read prior to reading this one.
Review By Tasheka Gipson
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
|Posted by Clarrissa Moon on April 12, 2011 at 11:34 PM||comments (0)|
4 stars have been awarded to Nightwolves on the Prowl by Paranormal Romance Guild today!!!
This is what they said:
This is Book Two in the Memoirs of the Nightwolves series. In the first book, the Nightwolves Coalition had been formed between the heroine Catrina ‘Cat’ Garcia (along with the rest of her magickal mercenary family) and a Special Forces military unit in order to deal with the problem of other dangerous magickal beings coming to Earth through portals that have been opening more and more frequently as the Great Shift that is predicted to happen in the year 2012 approaches.
This book mostly centers on the Nightwolves Coalition’s investigation into a portal that has opened up in Japan. During the course of the investigation, Cat feels drawn to cross through the portal. She later discovers that she had that feeling because of three cousins who had magickally called their mate to come to them through the portal. This presents a difficulty for Cat as she already has three mates on Earth that she fought long and hard to find on the physical plane. She is loyal to her mates even though she feels an attraction to the three cousins because she knows how much it would hurt her mates for her to betray their trust.
Cat wonders if this will pose a problem in making a peace treaty with the cousins who are leaders of their world. This is particularly important when she discovers that they have a method of keeping portals closed that could help in the defense of Earth, and that there may be a link between the minor shift that is prophesied to occur on their world and the Great Shift prophesied to occur on Earth. She also learns that the world through the portal is under attack by vampires, just as Earth is under attack from a variety of beings that have come through the portal. Cat has the difficult task of defending the nonmagickal humans of Earth while also finding a solution to her new personal issues that doesn’t damage her mission or her relationship with her three mates.
The prologue of this book is exactly the same as the prologue for the first book. So, those who have read the first book in the series can skip it. As with the first book, the action scenes are very good. The editing is even better in this book than it was in the first book. As with the first book, Cat goes on a few religious rants that may bother some readers, but it is understood because the reader is shown that Cat’s perspective as the child of a Goddess encompasses more than a nonmagickal human being’s perspective. The fact that Cat adds three additional mates (for a grand total of six mates) may also bother some readers, but there aren’t many sex scenes, so that may make it more palatable for them. The book seemed to end rather abruptly, but there wasn’t a cliffhanger, it’s just that all the major issues were resolved rather quickly in the last couple of pages.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book, and look forward to reading book three in the series, Nightwolves Siren’s Song. I’m curious to see how the logistics of Cat having six mates will be handled. It may not be what I’m expecting since three of the mates live on a different world. I’m also curious to see what the Nightwolves have to face next in their defense of the Earth (and perhaps other worlds) from the repercussions of the coming Great Shift. Overall, this was a good sequel to book one, Nightwolves Coalition. Anyone who enjoys urban fantasy will probably love this book.
Review By Tasheka Gipson
Member Reviewer for the Paranormal Romance Guild
Another awesome review, but now I am really nervous because Nightwolves Siren's Song DOES end in a cliff hanger and not even a happy one....oh boy...LOL... And Nightwolves Siren's Song is up next to be reviewed as we speak...Ut oh, Ta da da dummmmm
Clarrissa Lee Moon
|Posted by Clarrissa Moon on April 12, 2011 at 11:29 PM||comments (0)|
4 stars have been awarded by Paranormal Romance Guild for Nightwolves Coalition. This is what they said:
The book opens with a prologue, of a journal entry written by the heroine, Catrina ‘Cat’ Garcia. It is here she gives us a rundown of her life up until this point. The story begins telling us of the prophecy of difficult times ahead, due to changes that will occur within the earth in the year 2012.
The story then begins with Cat being forced to use her magickal abilities, risking exposure in order to save her life and the lives of her fellow passengers, when terrorists kill their pilots and attempt to take over their airplane. Unbeknownst to Cat, her inhuman actions on the plane are recorded by the airplane’s hidden cameras, and the video is seen by a Special Forces team Captain, who hides the video from the FAA people. However, he shares it with his commanding officer, General Pierce, who has asked to be informed of any strange events during their missions. In exchange for keeping her magickal abilities concealed, the General requests that Cat agree to help the Special Forces team investigate some peculiar occurrences that have happened recently. Cat agrees with the consensus of her three mates. Gradually, trust is built between Cat’s magickal family and the Special Forces team. Her family warns the team of the magickal portals that will open in 2012, where all manner of ‘mythical’ beings will spill into this universe, some of whom will wish to take over this world, and that many of the weird incidents they’ve witnessed are actually precursors of what’s to come in 2012.
The Nightwolves Coalition, as they eventually christen themselves, work together on several missions, honing their skills as a team in order to thwart the early advances of various magickal beings coming through the portals.
While the prologue is a bit difficult to read due to much information being delivered there, the rest of the story flows fairly well. The author’s writing style is very engaging and the action scenes are gripping with good resolutions. The editing is good with a few errors, but not enough to pull the reader out of the story.
I have a couple caveats for readers: Caveat #1 - This book is not a paranormal romance. You will be disappointed if you go into it thinking that’s what it is. It is urban fantasy with a couple romantic/erotic moments. There is definitely caring shown between Cat and her mates, but the story is not mostly about the development of their relationship, but instead about their work with the Special Forces team against the evil forces that will try to take over after the changes in the Earth that occur in 2012.
Caveat #2 - Some readers might be bothered by Cat’s rants about how the Christians got many things wrong regarding religion. The reason she does this makes sense in the story, since Cat is a supernatural immortal being with a wider viewpoint on life than a human could possibly have, but I just thought I’d let readers know about it. Okay, all done with the warnings.
Throughout the story, we see the heroine ‘Cat’ as a cocky, opinionated, take-no-prisoners, kick-ass, kinda woman, but she also has a vulnerable side that is revealed throughout the story which endears her to me as a reader, even though I was initially a little turned off by her cockiness.
I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading the sequel Nightwolves On the Prowl. Thankfully, this book does not end in a cliffhanger. However, I am excited to see what the next book will bring. I thought it was a nice touch that the author adds a bibliography of real books dealing with the topics that the Special Forces team needs to read in order to learn about the magickal world such as books on astral projection, magickal herbs, crystal healing, and more. Overall, I think Nightwolves Coalition is a good start to an interesting urban fantasy series.
Paranormal Romance Guild Member and Reviewer
Is this not cool? I love it!
Clarrissa Lee Moon
|Posted by Clarrissa Moon on April 12, 2011 at 11:26 PM||comments (0)|
4 and 3/4 stars have been given by Paranormal Romance Guild for my Celeste Nites First Trilogy.
Ms. Moon gives us the first trilogy about Celeste Nite, a vampiress that has an ex-boyfriend stalking her. The author gives us the story in novella form, each full of rich details and steamy erotica, written in sections whereby the reader is allowed into the minds of each main character.
The First Novella is titled Claiming Celeste. Celeste is spending each night dancing alone, afraid to show any interest in a man. Her ex-boyfriend Henry stalks her, wanting her to turn him into a vampire, and has killed each lover she has chosen. Jacques watches her each night and decides he wants her to share his bed. Jacques teases Celeste on the dance floor then leaves her. This intrigues Celeste and after several nights of being teased, she forms a plan to draw out her stalker. One night when she leaves the club, Celeste allows Henry to attack her so she can kill him, but Jacques sees what is happening and rescues Celeste. Upset that her plan has gone awry Celeste grabs Jacques and goes home with him. The night is spent exploring each other in every way possible. Celeste never tells him that she is a vampire.
The Second Novella is titled Hunting Celeste. Jacques wakes up to find Celeste gone and becomes concerned about the man that attacked Celeste the night before. Jacques’ brother Armand joins him to look for Celeste after being told about the stalker. The previous night Armand had been able to watch the lovers, as the bedroom door had been open, and was interested in having Celeste as soon as his brother was finished with her. After searching all day Jacques and Armand find Celeste and take her into their limo against her wishes. What happens during the ride is beyond anything Celeste has experienced before. Jacques decides to ‘punish’ Celeste and lets his brother join in. The ride becomes very steamy and hot for all three.
The Third Novella is Sharing Celeste. After a night of delving into a new world of erotic sex and sharing a woman for the first time, the brothers wake to find they again have to search for Celeste. They are unsuccessful and finally decide to bribe a gang to lead them to Celeste. After arriving at her door, Armand tells Jacques he should be the one to talk to Celeste. Jacques agrees and Celeste is awakened by Armand. He questions why she leaves every morning, doesn't she care for them? Does she have someone else in her life? Celeste assures Armand that she cares for both men, and has no one else in her life. A compromise is reached by both: the nights will be spent with the brothers but during the day she has to leave. They seal their compromise with more hot and very steamy sex. Armand and Jacques still aren’t aware that their lover is a vampire, and Celeste isn’t told about a third brother…or that the brothers have a secret of their own.
Ms. Moon has rich detail in each novella, a way of relating the forming relationships to the reader, that draws the reader in and makes them feel each emotion and touch. There is a lot of description that keeps the reader on edge and turning pages quickly, only to go back and savor each scene.
There are small issues with the stories; one being Armand talks about a scene in the limo. What he states and what actually happens aren‘t quite the same. Secondly, in one Novella Jacques is dominant yet in the last Novella he isn’t quite as dominant and it feels out of character.
I would highly recommend this book to any friend over the age of 18 that has a strong heart and can handle the heat this trilogy emanates.
Review by Laura Wallace
Paranormal Romance Guild Team Member
Awesome or what?
Clarrissa Lee Moon
|Posted by Clarrissa Moon on April 12, 2011 at 11:22 PM||comments (0)|
Celeste Nites has been released last week by World Castle Publications!!! It is in ebook formats and paperback. It has sold many copies already in just the first week!!! I am very proud of the grand start it has made!
Viva La' Celeste Nites!!!