Lady of the Dead – Review & a Recipe & a Radio Show #BTR
I am excited to be able to not only post this review but invite all of you to my interview with the author Friday at 6:30PM Friday! For those of you who are unaware, I am the official Bewitching Talk Radio BJ (snort.. blog jokey muwahhahaha.. sorry I could not resist!)
Gretchen S.B. author of Lady of the Dead 12/20 by Bewitching Book Tours | Books Podcasts
So, what has me excited? Ohhh this urban fantasy with a start to one hot romance and a story full of surprises, wonderful characters and an original exciting story! I love series like this and I cannot wait for book two!
Lady of the Dead
Series: Night World
by Gretchen S.B.
on November 1, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
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A Lady of the Dead only comes along once in a century. Gwen knows this makes her valuable but she hates the constant supervision of her Warrior guards. Her increasing power has gifted her some independence until rumors of war spook her guards enough to report to the King Cesar has been King of North America through several wars and rebellions. When one of his generals informs him these new rumors involve the Lady of the Dead he flies to Seattle himself it investigate, posing as his second-in-command. The instant attraction he feels to Gwen becomes increasingly hard to ignore. Will Cesar be able to protect Gwen while battling his lust? Will Gwen stay with her warrior guards or will Cesar's dominating nature push her to switch sides? Hidden alliances surface in Lady of the Dead
I think I found a new author who is going to give Ilona Andrews and Kim Harrison a run for a money! Urban fantasy is one of my favorites fun reads. I can say without a doubt that this book took me more than just by surprise, it knocked me off my feet! By 15% I wrote the author and if she could have heard me, she would have heard me squeal! Yes, I am a dork! But seriously this is just lovely!
I just finished reading this wonderful book. Set in my old stomping grounds and reading about the people, the places and the idiosyncrasies only Northwest paranormals can have 😉 I was completely taken off guard with this gem! I would not call it a paranormal romance because the majority of the book is focused around Gwen (our Lady of the Dead) and her Warriors, the weres, the spirit world, some MP’s (magic practitioners), and this time America happens to be a penal colony for… ummm well, you really need to read the book, I don’t want to give spoilers!
Lady of the Dead is set in a contemporary paranormal world with, as I mentioned above an amazing variety of paranorms. Like many of these types of urban fantasies, the paranormal world has it’s own political set up, laws and self governing system. Gwen, our Lady of the Dead, is a lovely gal and is very special because of her roll with the spirit world. She also has endured herself to the people in the area, and like most typical Pacific NW people, her idea and her guard detail of Warriors has a different take on the political system. What can I say, Pacific NW’erns are a bunch of granola-heads.
If you like a world where magic can happen and the bad guys are not just gun wielding sociopaths but tings that go bump in the night. If you like a bit of love and hot steamy romance with your urban fantasy.. if you like your men to be big strong alpha men who still have faults and a bit of bad boy in them and a willful strong female, this book is for you! vIf you like the above authors, this book is for you!
Now, for my rating? 5 star read for the read, the cover…. meh, am a cover whore, you guys know that so I gotta ding this one a bit. I am giving it a Cabin Goddess rating of 9 out of 10. I loved it! Go get our copy today!
If you are interested in listening to us discussing the book and find out any upcoming news, join me on Friday! If you have any questions, add them to the comments or join us in the chat room!
Oh but since this is a book set in Seattle and Gwen, our Lady of the Dead is a coffee addict too! She starts her day off with at least a half of a pot and runs a store which is friendly to the Night World and all of the other Seattle denizens! One of my favorite coffee blends, other than Allie’s War Coffee is a take on my Chili Hot Chocolate – Ancient Aztec Cure for Homicidal Tendencies recipe.
Strong Enough to Wake the Dead Coffee
- 1 pot of dark as night coffee
- 1 cup of Half in Half (or soy or non-dairy creamer which is how I make it because milk products try to kill me when I use them)
- ⅓-1/2 cup sugar (I use caster sugar)
- ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 squares of dark chocolate chopped
- ⅛-1/4 teaspoon ground chili pepper
- Brew a pot of coffee strong
- In a small sauce pan on medium low heat add the half in half.
- When the milk starts to steam add the chocolate and start stirring with a wooden spoon.
- When chocolate melts start whisking in sugar, cinnamon and chili pepper.
- Pour the coffee cup ⅔ of the way full and fill in the rest with the milk mixture. After mixing spoon a bit on top and do some pretty play with whatever suits your fancy!
I also add slightly whipped half and half with a drizzle of raspberry espresso syrup for color and flair, (for the blood theme ya know?) plus a drizzle of chocolate sauce and then flair it out for more pizzazz and to make it pretty!
I took a break when I got sick and lost my voice and we needed to change the time since the Witching Hour was not easy for many of us to listen too! We changed our time to 6:30PM. But so you all know we archive all our shows! Here are the ones we have had so far!