News Juno Editor/Paula Guran on 01 Feb 2013
SHATTERED CIRCLE by Linda Robertson was published January 2013. Please see the author’s Web site for more information.
News Juno Editor/Paula Guran on 01 Feb 2013
SHATTERED CIRCLE by Linda Robertson was published January 2013. Please see the author’s Web site for more information.
News Juno Editor/Paula Guran on 01 Nov 2011
Reviews of Juno Books Juno Editor/Paula Guran on 15 Oct 2011
Highborn was a deeper, more developed story than a lot of the urban fantasy coming out today. Brynna had a nice fish-out-of-water thing going for her that helped make her hardened demon personality understandable and humorous at times. Her character was the highlight of the novel, but almost equally enjoyable was the way the story always had a surprising wist just as things were starting to settle down. Every time it seemed like the story was wrapping up, something other, completely plausible, thing happened to continue the tale. Obviously, all those unread pages at the end of the book should have been my first clue, but it was so easy to get wrapped up in the story that I wouldn’t even notice I was no where near the end.
I don’t have much interest in reading about demons living in hell and because of this, Highborn’s prologue made me wary of the story to come. Luckily, the prologue was short and gave just enough information for the reader to get an idea of Brynna’s previous life without giving too much of that information up front. As the story progressed, we learned more about Brynna’s experiences, but in bits and pieces as they related to the current plot progression. This did wonders for keeping me fully interested in the modern, Earth-based story.
I never go out of my way to read books about demons, angels, fallen angels or any of the other Heaven/Hell flavors, but I plan on doing just that with the Dark Redemption series. Brynna is a character that I need to follow, need to know more about and need to see how life works out for her. Highborn is a great book. (4 shots)
Uncategorized Juno Editor/Paula Guran on 25 Sep 2011
September 30 is my last day as editor of Juno. Juno remains an active imprint for Pocket. What plans they have for the future of Juno, I am not privy to. That will be between them and co-publisher Wildside Press.
The web site will remain active and I will continue to announce releases (like the upcoming Virtual Virgin by Carole Nelson Douglas) and post reviews of Pocket Juno books and author news on the editorial blog and tweet posts via Twitter. This eddress (firstname.lastname@example.org) will remain active, but the one for submissions (email@example.com) will be dropped. My Facebook account will just be me, and no longer representing Pocket Juno. (So unfriend me if you are only there for Juno. It’s cool!)
I just sent out the last issue of the newsletter. The mailing list will be destroyed. (Subscriptions were specifically for Juno or Pocket Juno News, so it would be unethical to hand the list over to any other entity or use it in any other way.)
I will edit and coordinate Linda Robertson’s Shattered Circle–the sixth in her Circle series, which is due out in December 2012–on a freelance basis.
As most of you know, submissions have been closed since May 2010. Robertson’s fifth (Wicked Circle) and sixth Circle novels were the last I contracted.
I’m very proud of what Pocket Juno’s authors have accomplished. It was a privilege to work with them. We set out to publish great, entertaining contemporary fantasy with female protagonists. And we did. On that basis Pocket Juno has been a huge success.
Yes, I’m saddened that some wonderful series will not be continued. If I hadn’t loved them, I never would have bought them to start with. But publishing is a business and decisions concerning what to publish are made for business reasons, not from emotional attachment.
Juno was my editorial “baby”. First as part of a team that included Sean Wallace and Stephen H. Segal at its inception in 2006 as a small press imprint then as an imprint of Simon & Schuster’s Pocket. It was an often hectic, sometimes frustrating, but usually wonderful and always enlightening experience. I’m very grateful that John Betancourt of Wildside allowed Juno to be born and continued supporting it as co-publisher with Pocket.
Jennifer Heddle who coordinated and supervised Juno (and me) for Pocket was fantastic to work with. Completely coincidently, Jen has recently left Simon & Schuster (and New York) for a dream job editing Star Wars (which she loves) adult books and comics for Lucasfilm in San Francisco. I’m sure Jen will perform brilliantly–as she always has.
Everyone at Pocket, including publisher Louise Burke and Vice President/Deputy Publisher Anthony Ziccardi, has worked very hard on the behalf of Juno. Those I worked with most directly along with Jen — especially Jen’s assistants [first Emilia Pisani and then (and still) Julia Fincher], publicist Erica Feldon, art director Lisa Litwack, and copy writer Eliza Shallcross — were all super professionals and kind people. Special thanks to them all.
Not to get too personal but, frankly, Juno saved my life. That may sound dramatic, but it is also probably true. I started working as its editor at a time in my life when a great deal was falling apart yet I had to remain a solid rock for others. Both financially and psychologically, editing Juno allowed me to keep it together. My path (starting almost exactly seventeen years ago) to a career in publishing is not just atypical, it is unique. The fork into Pocket Juno was near miraculous.
This is not the only departure for me right now, I’m also no longer editing nonfiction for Weird Tales. I’ve bid farewell to WT on its website (www.weirdtalesmagazine.com).
Not to get too philosophical, but if you have any awareness of the publishing industry you know these are very interesting times. I’m a publishing junkie — especially genre publishing — so I’m aware of its history. Change and upheaval is to be expected and it has always been so.
Although sorry to be leaving Juno, I’m also excited about my next direction. I’ve been working on projects with Prime Books for the last year or so. I will be continuing on as Senior Editor there. (Prime was once part of Wildside and its publisher, Sean Wallace, was part of the original Juno team; so the path also comes full circle.) I’ll also have a YA anthology, Brave New Love, published in the UK by Constable-Robinson and in the U.S. by Running Press early next year.
If you want to keep up with what I’m doing, check out the Prime Books site, I’ll soon be blogging there, so sign up for its mailing list, follow us on Twitter and/or its RSS feed. My eddress there is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you all for your interest in Juno. Please don’t forget Pocket Juno still has great books available–with more to come–for your reading pleasure.
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“Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.” — Bertold Brecht (1898 – 1956) German poet, playwright, and theatre director
News Juno Editor/Paula Guran on 21 Sep 2011
Since she tweeted it on Sept 9 and has already made her cross-country move, I guess it’s okay (I kept waiting for the “official word”) to mention Jennifer Heddle has left Simon & Schuster for a terrific new position with Lucasfilm in San Francisco.She’ll be working on their adult Star Wars books and comics. She’s a major SW fan so this is truly her dream job!
And Jen has been a dream for me to work with these last two and a half+ years. As a senior Editor at Simon & Schuster Gallery/Pocket, she had more than enough responsibilities before taking on overseeing the Juno imprint and having to deal with me. She’s a talented, consummate professional and “made things work.” I can’t express how much I’ve appreciated her guidance, abilities, and patience. I’m sure I tested that virtue of patience far more than she ever indicated to me.
But I’m also thrilled she’s now has this wonderful new opportunity and am sure she will have the Force with her!
Reviews of Juno Books Juno Editor/Paula Guran on 21 Sep 2011
Intriguing, fresh, exciting, suspenseful, and captivating all describe Highborn. This story held my imagination and my attention as Brynna fights to save the young nephilim, one born of an angel father and a human mother, as well as her own desire for redemption while evading the clutches of those that would pull her back to Hell. Brynna was one strong, kick-ass heroine. Even the burn of Hellfire could not stop her. Eran was the strong, silent type hero. He fought when he had to, but with a demon as a girlfriend who had more than her share of “super” powers, he did not need to be the Alpha of the relationship to make this story work. In fact, I loved that he was more of a Beta. It worked. If you are looking for something with a lot of romance, sex and violence, you will only get a taste of the first two but be more than fulfilled with the quantity of the last. The storyline was pure adrenaline. It, like Brynna, kicked ass. I am hoping that the next book in the series is just as fantastic, and I have a good feeling that I will not be disappointed.(4.5 tombstones)
I was once again fascinated with the lives of Brynna and Eran as their latest brush with the darkness of Hell consumed my attention from cover to cover. Dangerous, deadly and at time distractingly horrific, their path to finding a way to stop the latest attempt to destroy humanity in the streets of Chicago by yet another demon from Brynna’s past held my attention and kept my mind reeling and my stomach churning with each increasingly intense scene of death and destruction. Brynna and Eran’s continued dance around a relationship was more in the forefront in this book, and I found their path to finding romance very appropriate for their story, although I would love to see them step it up a bit more as they find a way to gaining Brynna’s redemption. (5 tombstones)
Reviews of Juno Books Juno Editor/Paula Guran on 12 Sep 2011
The end of Blood Heat was a doozy: Keira’s power-hungry ex, Gideon, had just crashed Keira and Adam’s royal bash and challenged their right to their lands. With him were two women: Gideon’s pregnant bride — the Seelie queen’s daughter — and Keira’s own mother.
Gideon’s claim is that the land does not recognize Keira and Adam as its rightful rulers. The Texas heat wave introduced in Blood Heat is used as evidence. As Faery magic is traditionally associated with life and fertility, there’s even a chilling possibility that Gideon is right, and that the land would prefer Gideon and his pregnant wife over Keira and her vampire mate. The terms of the challenge dictate that Keira and her entourage must leave Rio Seco and stay elsewhere until the holiday of Lughnasa. But when all hell starts breaking loose, Keira wonders whether they’ve made the right choice in leaving town.
The middle of the book can get a little frustrating to the reader for the same reason it’s frustrating to the characters. They can’t take action yet, and haven’t yet decided on the best action to take. This means a lot of inconclusive discussions about strategy. Lima’s dialogue writing is stronger here than in previous books, though, and the spooky Rose Inn adds intrigue. Keira learns some creepy secrets there and meets several interesting characters, one of whom becomes deeply important later.
Once Keira and her gang start taking action, the book becomes more compelling. I didn’t realize how attached I was to Rio Seco until Keira set foot there again, and Gideon’s dastardly plans could spell the end for the little town. Keira comes into her own as a leader, one person must make a terrible choice, and then it all ties up in an emotional finale.
Blood Sacrifice is a satisfying stopping point for BLOOD LINES. Lima resolves all the loose ends while leaving room to revisit these characters, should she choose to do so. Thanks, Ms. Lima, for an enjoyable series and a fitting ending. (4.5 stars)
Uncategorized Juno Editor/Paula Guran on 03 Sep 2011
This is Nala. She’s a little over five months old (we think) and she’s a new addition to my family. Haven’t had a playful kitten around for some years, the remaining two older cats are not enthralled yet with her presence. She seems to think she is a very fierce, independent huntress and thus was named for the lioness queen in The Lion King. She wants to go outside and be a Big Cat and this week has been darting out the door at every opportunity. Not yet.
Although she can’t get the older cats to romp with her, she does have a buddy in Doc. Doc (one of my grandpups) actually picked her out. She was a rescue cat at the pet store, the last of a litter and getting older and thus less adoptable. Doc was visiting the store and she-who-became-Nala was trying to play with her tail through the Plexiglass. Doc liked her and had her parents call me. Next thing I knew I had a kitten…or maybe I just take care of her for Doc. Doc visited the other evening (everyone else went to the Indians game–16 innings, but they won). Nala and Doc had a good chase about and much sniffing and playing.
News Juno Editor/Paula Guran on 30 Aug 2011
Reviews of Juno Books Juno Editor/Paula Guran on 26 Aug 2011
The third in the Shadow Chasers series is easy for new readers to follow, but they would benefit from starting with the previous books. The Egyptian myths Glass writes about are unique to the paranormal genre and provide an exotic setting. The adventures are fast paced and the plot is compelling from the first chapter. (4/5 stars)
Reviews of Juno Books Juno Editor/Paula Guran on 26 Aug 2011
Those who have invested in this series will be glad to know that Kira finally has solid information about her mysterious mother and her relation to Balm. The relationship between Kira and Khefar is satisfying to read. The powerful (and studly) Khefar believes in Kira and is her touchstone. However, I did have one big problem with this story. Kira has asked Balm over and over about her mother and Balm had denied her. When Balm finally gives her the big clue, what does she do? She waits! She doesn’t open the chest immediately. It is not until page 141 that she finally gets the nerve to open it! Kira received the chest very early in the story and I was really frustrated with Kira for waiting so long…. Except that section, this was a thrilling and exciting read as Kira must battle unbelievable powers to claim her birthright. (4/5 stars)
Reviews of Juno Books Juno Editor/Paula Guran on 26 Aug 2011
…The third Shadow Chasers urban fantasy is a strong entry that series fans will fully relish as more of the Egyptian mythos comes to the light. Loaded with action throughout, Shadow Fall is an intriguing story line as Balm adjusts her dreams for her daughter to the reality of who Kira is. Although newcomers will be lost within the Egyptian mythology as it behooves tyros to read first Shadow Chase and Shadow Blade, Seressia Glass writes a fresh tale.
Reviews of Juno Books Juno Editor/Paula Guran on 19 Aug 2011
Wow when it rains it pours, everything that could go wrong seems to go wrong in book number 5 of the Blood Lines series. BLOOD SACRIFICE picks up right where BLOOD HEAT ended (within seconds really). I was shocked by the ending of BLOOD HEAT and I pretty much stayed shocked throughout the entire reading experience that was BLOOD SACRIFICE.
Disaster after disaster, family loyalty, magic, dark magic, shocking revelations, and some great action are all things that you will experience. I have enjoyed following Keira while she went through her change and finding herself the heir to the Kelly family. I have enjoyed getting to know Adam and watching their connection grow. I LOVE Keira’s brother Tucker he is by far one of my favorite secondary characters of the series. I think all the characters in the book add something great to the story. I’m not sure if Maria is planning a book 6 but every single last tie or side plot is finished or resolved by the end of the book and it leaves the characters free to live happily ever after (If there is any such thing for a vampire and a Kelly). If I had a say though I would definitely say that the series could go on and I would read more.
I gave it 4/5 stars
News Juno Editor/Paula Guran on 17 Aug 2011
SHADOW BLADE by Seressia Glass has won best Urban Fantasy honors in the 2011 Affaire de Coeur reader/writer poll! Congratulations to Seressia!
Reviews of Juno Books Juno Editor/Paula Guran on 03 Aug 2011
Have you ever read a novel and discovered that you were in the middle of a series and immediately had to find the 1st book? This is what happened with me when I read Sparks by Laura Bickle, the 2nd book in the series. I was so in love with the characters that I immediately had to read Embers!
I was attracted to this series because I crave new twists on paranormal stories and the main character’s ability to be a “lantern” seemed interesting. Ghosts are attracted to her like a moth to a flame and she struggles with the moral responsibility of deciding which ghosts to let haunt in peace and which ones she will force on their way. However, I was thrilled to discover that one of the real gems of this story is the tidbits of information I learned about being an arson investigator. Laura really did her research and readers will feel like part of the team when Anya is investigating a scene.
There seems to be a current trend to shove many characters into one novel, even to the point that a family tree is often in the appendix. This drives me crazy. Imagine my surprise when I finished the book and I still felt connected to all the quirky characters introduced in this series. The librarian who refuses to move on until the world stops creating books she wants to read, the security guard studying on the job and even the first ghost that she vanquishes will linger with you, long past the last page.
I truly love this series and it will be a great shame if there are no more books in this compelling series. (5/5 Stars-Reviewer Top Pick)
Reviews of Juno Books Juno Editor/Paula Guran on 02 Aug 2011
RT Book Reviews:
A family feud turns fairly apocalyptic in this high-energy offering by rising star Lima. The fifth in the Bloodlines saga takes a dramatic and game-changing turn as Kelly clan heir Keira Kelly faces a dire and obscurely ritualized challenge. Lima’s impressive storytelling skills have ensured that each new chapter in this riveting saga is better than the last. (4.5 Stars)
News Juno Editor/Paula Guran on 26 Jul 2011
OFFICIAL RELEASE DAY!
Uncategorized Juno Editor/Paula Guran on 18 Jul 2011
There’s a phrase in Latin: annus mirabilis meaning “year of wonders”; annus horribilis is its opposite: “horrible year” or “year of horrors”. I’m not a Latin scholar, but I figure there has to be the equivalent for “month” — so i’ve had a mensis horriblis at least healthwise. I hope I’ve come to the end of it (although I may need a knee X-ray, we’ll see).
Anyway, it’s not that I’m having a terrible summer–a lot of it has been great–but it’s also been full of too many…interesting…personal events for me. I hope your summers are going more pleasantly.
News Juno Editor/Paula Guran on 27 Jun 2011
The publisher Prime Books is currently offering the ebook direct from their site for $6.99 (rather than the $9.99 retail). So, if you like your vampires to pierce your pixels rather than flipping for your fangsters through print pages…here’s your unholy chance!
Reviews of Juno Books Juno Editor/Paula Guran on 27 Jun 2011
From Barbara Vey’s PW Blog (review by “Dawn”) on ROGUE ORACLE:
I found this book to be very interesting. I love the Tarot cards mixed with the FBI profiling. Those are two stimulating subjects and they mixed well with the story line. The secret scheming and underhanded methods of the Delphi Daughters held my attention from chapter one to the end.
My Thoughts: Embers is the first book in the gritty and dark Anya Kalinczyk urban fantasy series, and despite it being Laura Bickle’s debut novel she had me entranced in the story from the very first pages.Anya Kalinczyk is an arson investigator and I was amazed at all the details that Laura Bickle included in the story of the different procedures, clues fire investigators examine. I kept thinking that either Laura Bickle knew what she was writing about due to her own professional experience or if not, then I was in awe of the amount and depth of her research. She kept all the information and explanations interesting and not too complicated for people unfamiliar with this field, yet gave enough knowledge and detail to give a solid base for the reader to understand the workings of fire and arsonists.
I think that until Embers I’ve only read light UF, and though the darkness of Anya’s world was unfamiliar I was spellbound from the start. Despite the gritty, gloomy atmosphere of the story Laura Bickle manages to create a complex and real universe: her characterisation is spot on with layered, threedimensional, larger than lifecharacters who step off the pages; thanks to the detailed descriptions the setting of Detroit appears before the eyes of the reader (even though I have never been there) and the mystery and chase are exciting enough to induce nailbiting and heart-pounding in every reader.
Besides the very interesting character of Anya, I enjoyed that the supporting characters were just as well developed even if they got much less “screen time”. And of course there is Sparky, the fire elemental salamander, loyal friend and protector of Anya. *sighs* Sparky is the most wonderful fictional pet I have ever come across. He is sweet, loyal, fierce, adorable and funny, I couldn’t imagine Embers without him!
And talking about characters I have to stop and mention the two male main characters: Brian and Drake. Brian is the geeky good boy next door. He is warmhearted and shy, while Drake is the irresistible dark and handsome bad boy hero exuding that thrilling vibe of danger and wildness. You couldn’t find two men more different than these two and yet the reader can completely understand how Anya is pulled towards both of them and what is the attraction of each one of them. I can only applaud Laura Bickle for not patronizing the reader by giving a black and white cardboard villain but making such layered characters towards whom the reader can’t help but feel ambivalent.
Laura Bickle has a way with words. Her story flows naturally and she plays the tension throughout the novel as a master conductor directs its orchestra: brilliantly. Besides the constant darkness of the plot, she eases the strain with sparkling humour which makes an appearance when least expected. Anya’s sarcastic dry humour and Sparky’s wonderful cuteness lighten the mood a bit and ensure not to let the story cross over into bleak territory.
The ending was beautiful and poignant. With the final emotional climax I couldn’t help my throat closing up and I felt my heart constrict. It was such a powerful ending that I not only got goosebumps but felt hot and cold at the same time.
Verdict: Laura Bickle’s rich and poetic writing with her detailed descriptions and witty humour will keep you spellbound all through the story. Embers is a wonderfully vivid and emotionally deep urban fantasy novel, and Laura Bickle proves that she is an author not only to watch but to put on your auto-buy list!
Embers most certainly deserves all of the 5 bookies I am giving it!
My Thoughts: I read Dark Oracle a couple of months after I discovered Laura Bickle’s (Alayna Williams’ alter ego) writing style through Embers, so I knew what I was in for: a dark and gritty urban fantasy with metaphorical storytelling, but still Dark Oracle held quite a few surprises for me.First of all even though I was expecting dark and gritty the heroine of Dark Oracle still astonished me: she is a deeply scarred and tortured young woman for whom my heart went out for. She survived such unimaginable horrors that the simple fact that she is still alive (even if living a very limited and recluse life) is proof to her strength and willpower. Tara barely survived a savage attack by a serial killer she was investigating and that near-death experience irrevocably changed her forever. She became insecure and is doubting everything. The meticulous and detailed portrayal of Tara’s emotional state following that trauma makes her suffering tangible and so real that the reader cannot help but grieve for her. I was in awe that despite her own personal demons when someone needs help Tara is there to uncover the truth, that despite all the trauma she went through she is still a strong and determined woman deep inside. She is a wonderful character, one the reader can only look up to and admire. The supporting characters were once again well developed and fleshed out in detail. My favourite (of course) was the hero, Agent Li, whose quiet and powerful support was like an invisible pillar next to Tara, and it is testimony to Alayna Williams’ talent that a character who was only present through its memory/spirit still remained one of the most dominant and palpable presence through the story.I was once again amazed at the depth and wide range of the research Alayna Williams had conducted: she researched dark matter, atom physics, particle science, divination, astronomy and other such extreme fields which not many people have any knowledge about, and then went on to explain the basics so masterfully that even though I had no prior knowledge of any of these fields I wasn’t lost in the midst of all the information, and what is more I positively enjoyed the intellectual challenge it presented!The ending and the culmination of the story was like the quiet after the storm. Peaceful and calm, but knowing it is only for a short while before the clouds gather once again. I can’t wait to revisit Tara and Harry again, to see where their relationship is going and how Tara is coping with her past and accepting her present.Verdict: Dark Oracle is like none of the other novels I have ever read. It is a unique blend of spiritual and scientific world: dark matter and physics are explored in detail alongside divination, prophecies and oracles. But somehow these two completely contradictory areas which couldn’t be more different still form an organic whole, and with Alayna Williams’ metaphorical and emotional writing the result is once again a thrilling, action packed yet emotionally deep urban fantasy novel.
Dark Oracle is simply spellbinding, so in my opinion it deserves 5 bookies.
Reviews of Juno Books Juno Editor/Paula Guran on 15 Jun 2011
Wow. I’m not even sure that I can figure out what I expected from HIGHBORN before I opened up the book, but whatever it was, Yvonne Navarro delivered an awesome read that is still stuck in my head days later. Angels and demons aren’t a new subject for urban fantasy fiction, but Navarro has turned the concept on its ear and shown that even an old idea can be made new and exciting and absorbing with the one-two punch of a great plot plus multi-faceted characters.
Brynna is a far from perfect woman, In fact, she wasn’t even a woman before the start of the story. She escapes the clutches of Hell as a fallen angel to try to earn her redemption. Much of the book showcases Brynna’s ability to heal any wound, and her ruthlessness at eliminating those that she knows to be demons. But what makes Navarro’s writing stand out, is the fact that she gets inside Brynna’s head and shows the reader that her character does feel pain and human emotions. They are something new that Brynna never had to deal with before, and Navarro explores the woman’s confusion and actual gradual change that humanity has wrought unto this demon.
It’s that dichotomy of this kick-ass from hell creature against the outer shell of human woman, along with the task that Brynna takes on – protecting a teenage girl that happens to be a Nephilim on the cusp of fulfilling her heavenly mission- that drives the novel and made, yes made, me devour the book. HIGHBORN is a straight-up, action-packed, fast-paced, urban fantasy that twisted my head into a pretzel with its awesomeness.
4.5/5 for plot
5/5 for characters
4.5/5 for language
My Rating: 14/15 (4.5 stars)
Reviews of Juno Books Juno Editor/Paula Guran on 06 Jun 2011
…Robertson has a fine gift for dialogue, especially in the exchanges between Persephine and Johnny. The complicated, R-rated plot is worth following, but newcomers to the series will want to start with its first installment, Vicious Circle.
Reviews of Juno Books Juno Editor/Paula Guran on 06 Jun 2011
…Maria Lima knows how to take readers on an exhilarating escapade. With twists and turns, ups and downs, there is never a dull moment from cover to cover. The “Blood Lines” series is developing at a wickedly fast pace, never keeping avid followers wanting for long. Blood Heat is the fourth installment, following Matters of the Blood, Blood Bargain and Blood Kin. Readers are guaranteed another installment to follow as well. (4/5 Stars)
Reviews of Juno Books Juno Editor/Paula Guran on 02 Jun 2011
Concrete Savior is a compelling book that brings up moral questions of right and wrong. This is the second book in the Dark Redemption series concerning the fallen angel, Brynna, but can easily be read by itself…This was a fast and involving read…The author definitely brings an edgy, daring plot into this original story. Everyone in this book has human frailties that make their actions never purely black or white…Highly charged and darkly emotional, this is a book that will make you think even as it sucks you into its pulsing intensity. (4 Stars)
News Juno Editor/Paula Guran on 31 May 2011
Reviews of Juno Books Juno Editor/Paula Guran on 27 May 2011
5 STARS – A fantastic beginning to a new series! The author succeeded in making me view Brynna as a powerful being with zero compassion for the finite humans around her. Well, at least in the story’s early stages. I am astounded at how easily I came to believe that Astarte’s existence could be real (in Heaven, Hades, and then on Earth). My attention was caught after reading the very first sentence of the Prologue. My imagination quickly took over. Unable to pull myself away, I read the entire story in a single afternoon. I do not regret doing so in the least. It is as if Yvonne Navarro somehow penned Brynna’s story with adrenaline-ink. An exciting, compelling, and highly addictive tale.
4 STARS – The demon manipulating events in this story is not the same one from the previous title, “Highborn”. If anything, this demon is more devious. After all, saving the life of a mere human should not be something a demon would ever consider doing. Ah, but we have all heard about no good deed going unpunished, and Yvonne Navarro has taken that Murphy’s Law and expounded on it. An intense walk on the dark side that will keep readers up way past their bedtimes. Yvonne Navarro’s new series downright sizzles!
Reviews of Juno Books Juno Editor/Paula Guran on 24 May 2011
The latest Dark Redemption urban fantasy is a terrific tale that contains much more than just Brynna’s efforts for redemption though she is the focus of the Navarro mythos filled with angels, demons, nephilim and humans (some are Quislings). The whodunit is clever and the cast powerful as fans will relish a walk on the dark side of Chicago.
News Juno Editor/Paula Guran on 15 May 2011
Here’s the cover and Amazon.de info for the German-language version of EMBERS by Laura Bickle due out in November.
von Laura Bickle
Anya ist mehr, als sie zu sein scheint. Tagsüber ist sie Ermittlerin für die Feuerwehr, nachts jagt sie Geister. Denn Anya ist ein Medium: Sie kann Geister aufspüren und töten. Als eine Serie von Bränden Detroit verwüstet, geht sie den Fällen nach. Die Feuer scheinen keinen natürlichen Ursprung zu haben ═ Bald wird klar, dass ein mächtiger Feuerdämon die Stadt bedroht.
Persephone Alcmedi ist eine Hexe, die Tarotkarten legt und eine Zeitungskolumne verfasst. Außerdem bietet sie Werwölfen bei Vollmond in ihrem Haus Unterschlupf. Da wird Sephs Freundin, die Werwölfin Lorrie ermordet, und die Hohepriesterin eines Hexenzirkels bietet Seph eine große Summe Geldes, wenn sie den Mörder tötet den mächtigen Vampir Goliath Kline. Seph nimmt den Job an, muss jedoch feststellen, dass sie sich auf ein Spiel mit dem Feuer eingelassen hat. Zum Glück kann sie auf die Hilfe der Werwölfe zählen, vor allem auf den attraktiven Johnny, den Leadsänger der Band Lycanthropia, der ein Auge auf Seph geworfen hat.
(There are three customer reviews, if anyone wants to practice more German translation.)
Nachdem die Hohepriesterin des Hexenzirkels von Cleveland, Ohio, unter rätselhaften Umständen verschwunden ist, soll sich Persephone Alcmedi um ihren Posten bewerben. Nur unter Vorbehalt willigt Seph ein sie fürchtet, dass die anderen Hexen hinter die Geheimnisse kommen könnten, die sie vor ihnen verbirgt: Da wäre zum einen Sephs Verbindung zu dem äußerst mächtigen Vampir Menessos. Kurz darauf wird einer der Anwärter auf den Posten der Hohepriesterin ermordet. Zusammen mit ihrem Geliebten, dem Werwolf Johnny, muss Seph herausfinden, wer hinter dem Mord steckt …
The author bio for both:
Neben ihrer Tätigkeit als Autorin beschäftigt sich Linda Robertson auch mit Malerei und Musik. Sie spielt Piano und E-Gitarre in einer Hard-Rock-Band.
Reviews of Juno Books Juno Editor/Paula Guran on 08 May 2011
Navarro brings a definite religious, bent to urban fantasy in this tale of a fallen angel seeking redemption. The demon Astarte is tired of Hell, and takes human form on Earth, with the name Brynna Malak, She speaks all languages, knows much of ancient history and things beyond human ken — but she has almost no clue about modern-day life, and find herself in Chicago without money, ID, or a place to live. Then a nephelim (half-angel) gets shot right next to her, the latest victim of a serial killer. Brynna has no interest in stopping a murderer, but Police Detective Eran Redmond persists in asking difficult questions. and gradually Brynna begins to care and see that helping others may be part of her reformation. She’s an interesting character, rather childlike and amoral in many ways, neither understanding nor caring about humans at first, despite having done her time as a sex goddess/succubus; her notion of a happy ending is a bit different, as well, helping make this a quirky, but highly entertaining, start to a new series.