Review of The Iron Duke

The Iron Duke (Iron Seas, #1)The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My first comment is not really on topic, but it really astounds me that the people who make the covers for these books don’t even make an attempt to have them suit the book. This one is hands down one of the worst in terms of matching the theme or events of the story. I just don’t get it at all. Anyway…

This is my first steampunk in a long time and I really did enjoy the story. The nanobots was a cool addition to the more usual steampunk thing. I loved the alternate history aspect and the Mongolian Horde as the “evil empire.” Overall, lots of really good things happening in the book.

Rhys was not my favorite hero ever, not by a long shot. I say this as a wildly outspoken supporter of alpha males everywhere: he was overbearing to the point of being an asshole. Now, his asshole tendencies did fit his character quite well. The problem was you had to get 60% of the way through the book to see why he was that way and for people who don’t like their heroes really obnoxious, I think that’s a tough sell. That said, his behavior was character and world appropriate. I know there are a lot of people who found him a bit too rapey, but I didn’t feel that way. He is very, very alpha and I’ll leave it at that.

Mina was great. She had a nice combination of strength and vulnerability. The perfect amount of damage in a main character. I did think her about face was too abrupt. She went from being scared and mad at Rhys about something he did (which I won’t divulge because it would be a pretty big spoiler) to just about jumping his bones within a couple of pages. I just didn’t buy that.

Anyway, a must read for steampunk fans and I think it would work for most anyone with a Paranormal Romance inclination as well.

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Elements Cover Reveal

Woohoo! I got my finalized cover for Elements back earlier this week from the wonderful Amanda Kelsey at Razzle Dazzle Design. As some of you probably remember from my previous rant, I’ve had a tough time getting this one out the door. From editing through now, I think it’s taken twice as long as Broods did. I’m really pleased with how the cover turned out, though! You ready to see it? You sure? Here it comes! (more…)

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Hoppy Easter Blog Hop

I’m part of The Hoppy Easter Blog Hop. Hop along for a chance to visit hundreds of blogs, with giveaways at each stop. Giveaways are open until April 8th, so hurry if you want to enter! Use the rafflecopter below to enter my giveaway for two copies of Broods of Fenrir.

 

 

 

 

 

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Fickle and Frustrated

Today’s blogpost is brought to you by the letter W, as in WHINE. I’m having such a hard time with everything about this second release. I’m angsting over the blurb, obsessing over the cover, and all around unhappy with everything about it, just now. My poor cover designer must think I’m neurotic. I know my editor is tired of hearing from me. I have no idea why this book is so much more difficult than the first one. Considering all the trouble I’ve had since the beginning of the editing phase, f I were the superstitious type, I’d say that maybe this book wasn’t meant to be. That’s hogwash though.

Anyway, thanks for listening… er reading. I find it helps to vent my frustration to the ether once in a while and I appreciate your indulgence.

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Author Interview with Julianne Snow

Today’s interview comes from an author by the name of Julianne Snow. Her new book, Days with the Undead, is a zombie survival journal. Check out the blurb:

It’s a journal of survival.

Five people set out to escape the Undead who have risen too close to home. Join the emotional and physical struggle as they began on the third day after the awakening of Brooks VanReit, as they are recorded from the point of view of Julie, a former pathologist and part-time survivalist.

Each entry is geared toward helping those who want to help themselves and maybe give a few that don’t a swift kick in the ass. Join our group of survivors on their journey through these Days with the Undead.

And now, on to the interview: (more…)

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