Thursday, August 1, 2013
Julie Kenner - Protectors/Superhero Series
Book 0.5: The Cat's Fancy
Maggie is a cat. Literally. And she has fallen in love with her owner. He’s engaged to marry a female but Maggie’s cat senses tell her it’s all wrong. Old Tom gives her one week to get her man to fall in love with her and tell her so. And she only has the nights to convince him….as a woman that is. The daytime she’s still his beloved pet, Maggie the cat.
Nick Goodman has taken care of his sister Deena since their parents died. Sometime in the past eight years he’d become someone different. He worked for a law firm that did what could to get what they wanted. He no longer had fun and he was marrying for a partnership, not love. When a beautiful naked woman shows up on his doorstep it changes all the plans he had and has him rethinking his life.
The Protectors/Superhero Series begins with Aphrodite’s Kiss. In the first book Nick and Maggie are mentioned often as Deena Goodman is friends with the main character, Zoe. If you enjoy reading series I think you’ll enjoy the next book more after knowing Maggie’s story.
Book 1: Aphrodite's Kiss
Zoe Smith, the quiet librarian at the school is more than she seems to be, much more. She is a half-ling. It’s her twenty-fifth birthday soon and she is hoping to become a Protector, then her special skills will be used to protect the mortals. When a hunky mortal crosses her path, she struggles against the attraction. There hasn’t been one case where the Protector and mortal have had a successful relationship, her own parents included.
George Bailey Taylor went from being a cop to a private investigator. They praised him as a hero, but wanted to put him behind the desk after he was shot. He wasn’t the type of man to be stuck at a desk job. When he meets Zoe, he sees her as the perfect woman. Quiet and in need of someone like him to protect her. Taylor has no clue that woman could bench press his car if she chose to do so.
A story full of unique characters, like Zoe’s half-brother Hale and his pet ferret, Elmer. Deena and Hoop and good old cousin, Mordi. The author really brings Elmer to life, poor little guy can only be understood by Hale, a real problem when he has something important to say and no one else can understand him.
A previous book, The Cat’s Fancy, is where Hoop and Deena meet. Things happened in that book and are referred to in Aphrodite’s Kiss, so you may want to start with it. There are six books in this series: Book 2: Aphrodite’s Passion, Book 3: Aphrodite’s Secret, Book 4: Aphrodite’s Flame, Book 5 & 6 are Anthologies: These Books Were Made For Stomping & A Mother’s Way.
Book 1.5: Aphrodite's Embarce
Originally: Seeking Single Superhero
Jennifer Martin does not want to date a Protector. She works as a liaison for them and knows what egotistical jerks they can be. Her mother on the the other hand believes her daughter needs a Protector and puts an ad in their newsletter for her daughter. After all a mother knows what’s best for her own daughter, right?
Starbuck is not your usual Protector. He doesn’t have that body with the biceps that shout out he’s strong and nothing else about his physical appearance matches up either. And that’s why he is used to go undercover. In this case he needs to find a mole and looking like a computer type geek fits the role. He’s not sure if it’s good or bad that the girl he wants don’t like Protectors and thinks he’s safe, because eventually the truth will come out.
After book one, Aphrodite's Kiss, Hieronymous is not giving up his goal of ruling the mortal world. His son may have failed but he's found another way. A mole in the MLO. His mission is sure to continue in the next book in this series, Aphrodite’s Passion. Where Hale will meet his match.
Originally published in A Mother’s Way Anthology: Seeking Single Superhero
A Mother’s Way Anthology
Mother: May I by Lynsay Sands – 1353 London, England
Lord Jonathon of Fairley’s mother has been throwing her friends daughters at him for five years, since her husband and older son died. She needed to get creative and act innocent….a plan is formed and moves forward. First King Edward informs Jonathan he must marry in two weeks. Then she gets her daughters friend, Alice of Houghton, to help him find the perfect wife. As long as Jonathan doesn’t suspect her of meddling….this plan might just work.
The Breeding Season by Lisa Cach – 1750 Bath, England
What better help for shy Charles Highcroft to be pushed into being social then Evelina Johnson. Their mothers decided their son and daughter needed to help each other. Evelina was getting a bit of a reputation with the men she’d been kissing and poor Charles was more than content with his horses. After all, it was much easier to be around animals than people. And as simple as Charles chose to dress, Evelina preferred the highest fashions. Can this mismatched couple really help each other? With meddling mothers….anything is possible. I loved the way the author brought the characters to life, especially Charles who really grabbed this readers heart with his shyness.
Seeking Single Superhero by Julie Kenner -Today
Protectors/Superheros Series Novella – Book 1.5
Jennifer Martin does not want to date a Protector. She works as a liaison for them and knows what egotistical jerks they can be. Her mother on the other hand believes her daughter needs a Protector and puts an ad in their newsletter for her daughter. After all a mother knows what’s best for her own daughter, right?
Starbuck is not your usual Protector. He doesn’t have that body with the biceps that shout out he’s strong and nothing else about his physical appearance matches up either. And that’s why he is used to go undercover. In this case, he needs to find a mole and looking like a computer type geek fits the role. He’s not sure if it’s good or bad that the girl he wants don’t like Protectors and thinks he’s safe, because eventually the truth will come out.
The Day Her Heart Stood Still by Susan Grant – Tomorrow
Andie Del Sarto had it all. She was a pilot and an astronaut and it was soon to be announced that she was one of the six chosen to go Mars. And yet something was missing. While visiting her parents in Roswell she let a small part of her mom’s weirdness take over and she wished upon a star for the man of her dreams. Who knew her dream could come true. Now can she let go of herself enough to latch on to her dream and accept the unpredictable?
**Sensual content and mild language
Book 2: Aphrodite's Passion
Hale has some issues with mortals. As a famous romance cover model he enjoys their attentions and he’ll protect them, but that’s as far as it goes. Well, until his sister Zoe went and married one. Now Taylor and his friends are mortals that Hale…..well he likes them…..against his will of course. So when he is assigned to find Aphrodite’s Girdle and has to get close to a mortal he figures he’ll do what he does best. He’ll seduce her, get the belt and be on his way. That was his plan anyways.
Tracy Tannin is far from famous like her grandmother was. In fact, she finds herself rather plain. When she finds an unfashionable belt her grandma left her, she starts wearing it for confidence and it seems to work. Suddenly men are giving her attention and asking her out. And mugging her. Her life takes a sudden turn and at least the handsome Hale is there to help her.
One of Hale’s superpowers is animalinguist, he can talk to animals. His constant companion is Elmer the ferret. The author does a remarkable job of bringing Elmer to life and he often steals the show with his thoughts and comments. This is actually the fourth story with some of the same characters. If you enjoy series you’ll want to start with The Cat’s Fancy, Aphrodite’s Kiss and Aphrodite’s Embrace. The next book in the series is Aphrodite’s Secret.
Book 3: Aphrodite's Secret
Jason Murphy is a Protector with bad timing. When his girlfriend gave him what should have been good news, he decided to take care of some other business before celebrating. Who knew he’d be held captive for six long years. By the time he was allowed back into the real world he had lost almost seven years of his life. He had vengeance on his mind.
Lane Kent had been alone for a long time. She did have her foster brother Taylor who watched over her and Davy, her son. And now she had a whole group of friends and secrets. Taylor’s wife Zoe and her brother Hale are Protectors and now she finds out the man who left her so long ago is also one. Even though Jason wants to be part of her life once again she just can’t do it. Being raised in foster homes all her life all she wants for her son is a stable home. And she found just the guy who can give them that. And it’s not Jason Murphy.
One of Jason’s unique gifts is talking with those of the fin family. And why not when he is most comfortable in the water himself. I enjoy the way the author brings back the previous characters and their unique personalities into each book, including Elmer the ferret. The fourth book in the series, which is actually the sixth story, is Aphrodite’s Flame. Mordi finally gets his story told.
Book 4: Aphrodite's Flame
EVEN BAD BOYS
Since his father was the world's most super villain, Mordi was used to being bad. He'd helped his sire in countless plots, and only recently freed himself from the man's evil influence. But now his father was turning over a new leaf, joining the good guys, just as Mordi met the woman of his dreams. How lucky was that?
FALL IN LOVE
Bad boys!? Isole wasn't used to them. At least not in this way. Usually, she'd freeze 'em cold, but this time it was hard enough just keeping her cool. For years she'd been a Protector, a superheroine, but a dark presence was trying to sway her allegiance. Worse, the best thing in her life since her first propulsion cloak was Mordi: a dark-haired hunk whose sweet green eyes belied a past and a pedigree of evil. He was gorgeous, and someone she could love. He made her burn with desire, and nothing she did could put out the flames.
Mordichai Black didn’t have much going his way. His Outcast Protector father hated mortals and Mordi was a Halfling. His mortal mother considered him a freak and sent him to his loveless evil father. Mordi was caught up in a world of wanting to be a good Protector and yet yearning his father’s affection. Finally he realized that only one of those things would be possible for him.
Isole Frost had to face the fact that other Protectors believed that she didn’t earn her status as a Protector or her new promotion, but that it had been handed to her as the niece of the High Elder. On top of all that she now has a high profile case of an Outcast she needs to test to see if he really is a good guy now and can be reinstated to the Council. And then there’s the handsome guy working with her who’s dangerous to her in more than one way.
Mordi is one of those characters who’s been in most all of the books. You can see where the war between good and evil is fought within him and that he’s just a lost little boy. You rooted for him to do the right thing, but his desire for Dearest Daddy’s love was just too strong. It made this story all the more exciting. As with the previous books the author brings in the other characters. It’s been my favorite kind of series as they had roles in their own books as well as the other stories. The final story is in the Anthology: These Boots Were Made for Stomping – A Step in the Right Direction.
Book 4.5: These Boots Were Made For Stomping
A Step in the Right Direction...Soon to be released as Aphrodite's Delight
SOMETIMES IT'S ALL ABOUT THE SHOES
Whether facing the forces of evil or simply battling a bad hair day, fantastic footwear is key.
Yes, there are the right shoes for the right situation, and not every moment calls for Manolos. Sometimes a woman's gotta be fierce as well as feminine, fiery as well as fragile. And when the legwork required is a roundhouse, when a girl's mantra has to become "I am woman, hear me roar," those are the times it's good to know there's magic in the world...because in super-powered pumps, the shrinking-est Violet or the nervous-est Nellie can do anything. Every step in magic shoes is sure to be a big one.
After a single trip to Hiheelia.com, our heroines are safe. Their hearts are not.
Nikko has been called out as a Protector after five years of quiet living. He had skills the Council needed and he was ready for action once again. Even if he was under probation. Could he help it that when he needed to help a mortal he was noticed by someone who wrote comics and made him famous under the character name of Silver Streak? No, not his fault at all.
Lydia Carmichael needed to get some backbone. Her friend Amy had the solution. A pair of shoes from Hiheelia, an online shoe store. Amazingly the boots she gets really do let her be the stomper rather than the stompee. She even impresses the man of her dreams who seems to be a real life superhero.
Kung Fu Shoes! by Jade Lee
Michaela Becker was a rich girl in an inner city school trying to make a difference. Kind of hard when everyone calls you by the nickname, Micki Mouse. Worse yet it was the truth. She believed in winning the kids with kindness. Which is why she was shocked when she suddenly was throwing roundhouse kicks and being a real Kung Fu fighter. The only thing different had been her new Mary Jane shoes with the Chinese symbols for love and kindness.
Joe DeLuce was a cop until a strung out teenager shot him in the knee. These days he was a school cop. If he couldn’t be on the streets then he’d stay close to the kids using the drugs to find the source. What he didn’t expect was Little Miss Rich Girl to end up being quite different from the image he had of her. And he liked what he saw.
**Sexual content and language
Karma Kitty Goes to Comic Con by Marianne Mancusi
Hailey Hills had been in love with Collin Robinson. Actually, she probably still was in love with him. Hailey and her artist Thomas were at the Comic Con to sign for their popular comic, Karma Kitty. And for the first time in five years, she sees Collin. The problem in their relationship had been that strange things happened to Hailey at the worse times and Collin never could believe that she really had to help a ghost or was abducted by aliens. Just when she thought a second chance was possible….her new boots did more than cover her feet.
**Sexual Content and language