Cherry De C

I talk about SF&F/Romance Books + anything and everything under the sun.

Parallel Seduction

ParallelSeduction_DKnightBook 3 of the Parallel Series by D. Knight

The first two books were very good. And that was why I picked this one up. But…. There are just too many paradoxes that some of the story lines contradict each other. And I’m the kind of reader who likes the story to make sense. Then again there are readers out there who does not mind that very much as long as the story-telling quality is good. Which it is, well, for the last one-quarter of the book anyway. For the first three quarters of the book took me about two months to read. I literally have to force myself to finish reading the book just because I do not like “not-finish-reading-a-book”. But it was hard going. The thing that saves this book from being a total no-reader is the author’s story-telling quality. D.K. can spin a tale even with a very badly plotted paradoxes as this book is. And that is a real talent.

Rating: 1 cherry out of 5


Warrior Jake Tierny travels back in time to stop a traitor in his beloved king’s camp. But when a twist of fate proves the mission unnecessary, Jake is trapped in a time not his own, with friends who cannot learn his true identity. Scott Dillon may be the king’s trusted lieutenant, but he is also a man at war with himself, a human hybrid who refuses to succumb to the Antousian nature he abhors-and that Jake Tierny embodies. FBI linguist Hope Harper refuses to let near-blindness keep her from joining the Refarians in their war to defend mankind. Yet her sizzling attraction to both Scott and Jake, and the strange memories they share, force all three to question the core of their beliefs. As their enemies surround them, Hope knows she must choose one man for all time.

Excerpt taken from the author’s website at : on 16/06/2009.




06/16/2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Elvenbane

The Elvenbane by Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey

Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

My Review:

Five out of five for the story-telling quality. Three out of five for the story per sey. The book did hold my interest but I just felt that it wasn’t as absorbing as the Obsidian Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey. Still made me buy the second book, The Elvenblood. Waiting patiently for it to arrive in the post. And will most likely read more of M. Lackey and A. Norton offerings.


When Serina Daeth, favorite concubine of the Elf-Lord Dyran, conceives a half-blood child by him, she flees his wrath into the desert, where she quickly succumbs. But the child, born in Serina’s dying moments, is rescued by a friendly dragon and raised with her own draconic brood. As the child Shana grows, she develops prodigious sorcerous powers–so strong that it seems she might be the fabled Elvenbane, powerful enough to free the enslaved humans from their elven oppressors. The dragons come to fear her unplumbed power, though, and cast her out. With a renegade elf-lord and his half-blood servant, and the aid of her remaining dragon friends, Shana prepares to challenge the elfish supremacy. Though battle is joined, a sequel is plainly on the way. Thoroughly rooted in genre traditions–with elves, dragons, unicorns, and sorcerers–but some variations make it more enjoyable than the average example: theses elves and unicorns, for instance, are cruel and dangerous, where in most fantasies they are shining examples of superhuman purity. Overall, then, despite shallow characters and a lack of real tension (we never doubt that Shana and friends will succeed), an entertaining adventure.

Halfblood Chronicles in chronological order:
Elvenbane by Mercedes Lackey, Andre Norton
Elvenblood by Mercedes Lackey, Andre Norton
Elvenborn by Mercedes Lackey, Andre Norton
Elvenbred by Mercedes Lackey, Andre Norton

Excerpt and above info were taken from the author’s website at : on 15/06/2009. Cherry

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06/15/2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Celtic Nation weekend

Whew… just got back from the camping trip from the Celtic Nation Show. Which turned out to be not much of a show because of the rain!

And this is the fantastic view from the campsite. Celtic Nation has a website at: The website probably hasn’t been updated for like the last three years or so though, so the info there was true about three years ago. But the vicinity of the location is more or less the same.

And this is Mike’s zephyr. Sounds like a dragon to me! As in the dragon Zaphira in Eragon by Paolini…. 🙂 And no, Mike’s zyphyr is not a dragon, it’s a Kawasaki motorbike. He built it himself.


06/07/2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Magic Strikes

MagicStrikes_IAndrewsI read the book through in about 2-3 hours and I am not a fast reader (ordinarily). The book is that good that it keeps the reader turning pages and wanting to know whats next. I had also been eagerly awaiting the release of this book which had raised my expectations, still Ilona Andrews has not failed to deliver! A truly enjoyable series!!

Gist: Fantasy, changeling story with romantic element. Futuristic with magic. Protagonist is a kick-ass chick with a masterpiece “story-telling quality” + wonderful humor between the pages.

Third book of Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniels series:
Book 1 is Magic Bites
Book 2 is Magic Burns

Verdict: A must read!!

Excerpt quoted from Ilona Andrews‘ site:

Drafted into working for the Order of Merciful Aid, mercenary Kate Daniels has more paranormal problems than she knows what to do with these days. And in Atlanta, where magic comes and goes like the tide, that’s saying a lot.

But when Kate’s werewolf friend Derek is discovered nearly dead, she must confront her greatest challenge yet. As her investigation leads her to the Midnight Games – an invitation only, no holds barred, ultimate preternatural fighting tournament – she and Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, uncover a dark plot that may forever alter the face of Atlanta’s shapeshifting community…

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05/05/2009 Posted by | book review | Leave a comment

Ravenous Romance – Alphabetical listing


Keta Diablo – erotica, romance author

Let yourself be sizzled!
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05/03/2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Turn Coat by Jim Butcher Contest

Bitten by Books is giving away copies of Jim Butcher’s Turn Coat (hardback) in celebration of it’s publication on the 29th of April, 2009.

So if you like Dresden Files or if you are a SF&F fan, head on to the Bitten By Books‘s blog for a chance to get a free copy of Turn Coat!!! Contest ends tomorrow.


05/02/2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Free Downloads

Here is a page with free ebooks galore: Including the Sherrilyn Kenyon short story, Fear the Darkness!!


05/02/2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Contest Alerts

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05/02/2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ginormous Vegas II Celebration Contest!

Grand Prize: $100 GC to
Runner Up: $25 GC to B&N and a box of surprise paperbacks and other goodies (like chocolate, bath goodies, ect). This is going to be a NICE prize!
Runner Up: $25 GC to B&N and a box of surprise paperbacks and other goodies. (same as above)

Plus chances to win books (almost) every day for a month!

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04/19/2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Land Of Falling Stars

Land of Falling Stars Receives Big NOD from The Book Wenches

Reviewed by: Teagan

Rating: 4.5

The war is coming to an end, and all that Sophia Whitfield has ever known is gone. Her family is all dead, her home is falling apart, all the slaves have left but two. Her childhood friends went off and fought for different sides: Jesse, her betrothed, for the South and Gavin, her savior, for the North. Little does she knows that the Yank she just shot is Gavin, and he holds a secret that he must tell her. Gavin has always loved Sophia, from the time he saved her from drowning and even now with her bullet hole in his chest. When he found out she was betrothed to Jesse from infancy, he had to hold his feelings in check and not let her know of his love. Now Jesse is gone, and though Gavin is a broken man from what has happened in the war, he has come home to tell Sophia the news. Unfortunately, their desire that burns so hot for each other brings them together, and he hasn’t been able to tell her. Conflict upon conflict conspires to keep them apart, but can they find happiness even through it all?

A story that has the ups and downs of a roller coaster and keeps the reader hanging on with bated breath, Land of Falling Stars is captivating. I thrive on conflict in a story, and there is what I would term “superior” conflict here. My heart was contracting with the highs and lows of the emotions in the story. Never a dull moment. Gavin is particularly enticing; he is strong yet compassionate, and I couldn’t get enough of him. Sophia, on the other hand, tends to be childish and annoying at times. Thankfully, her personality is the perfect foil for Gavin’s and works well with the story line. The author has a great knack for weaving words together to bring a vivid picture to the reader’s mind. Ms. Diablo tells a wonderful story. —Teagan

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Publisher: Ravenous Romance
Release Date: December 2008 ISBN: 978-1-60777-076-3
Length: Novel
Format: Electronic
Genre: Historical
Sensuality Level: 3.5

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03/23/2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment