BOM: Winter Kiss, Deborah Cooke

September 27, 2009 at 1:11 pm (Book of the Month Club, Deborah Cooke, General, New Releases) (, , , , , , , )

Publisher: Signet Eclipse
Release Date: Nov 3, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-451-22843-7

The mysterious Dragon’s Blood Elixir gives immortality to Magnus, the Pyr’s greatest enemy, and his minions. The Pyr must destroy this source of power, and outcast Delaney vows to complete the quest himself. Delaney was exiled because of his dangerous impulses, and success in eliminating the Elixir will either redeem him or end his suffering.
But his plans don’t take into account his sudden firestorm—or fiery Ginger Sinclair. The firestorm revitalizes Delaney, restoring him to his old self. And when Ginger learns about Delaney’s mission, she realizes she cannot resist a strong man with a noble agenda.

Deborah Cooke continues on her epic journey of the life struggles of the Pyr, she takes a refreshing turn and delves into the possibility of the superior intelligence of infants. The Buddhists in Asia believe that their beloved Dali Lama is reincarnated over and over again throughout the eons, compiling his knowledge and wisdom. Deborah examines that theory with her own oracle in Winter Kiss. The theory that an infant can pass on knowledge given her from a higher source. Whether she understands what she is passing along isn’t quite as important as getting people to listen to her. As we humans struggle with our divine path, so does Delany, rebuking the signs bestowed upon him. Believing his way is the only resolution to the Pyr’s dilemma. In this, Delany struggles against the gift given to him, to carry out the destiny he believes to be true.

I certainly didn’t struggle against the gifts Deborah bestowed upon me in Winter Kiss. I blazed right through this novel, holding my breath most of the time. Panting a little, I admit, through some very hot romantic scenes. Exhaling as the characters started piecing together the signs to solve their latest enigma. Enjoying as I do, reading a novel that, even in the tiniest ways I can relate to my own life. (and no, I’m not referring back to the sexy parts, wink, wink.) Instead, I reflect on the main characters and their love of farming.  Thomas Jefferson once stated, “…cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens…” God’s little signs pointing the way down my own proper path, I suppose.
∞Penelope Fitzgerald

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KISS OF FATE is available!

February 4, 2009 at 5:23 am (Deborah Cooke, New Releases) (, , , , , , , )

Finally, February is here and Erik’s book is out in the world! I’m so excited about the book – KISS OF FATE is #3 in the Dragonfire series, and features Erik, leader of the Pyr, as the hero du jour. (Click fatethrough for the back cover copy and to read an excerpt.)

My favourite element of this story is the twist – Erik, as those of you who have been reading the series know, has already had his firestorm. That’s why his hair is turning grey at the temples. When I met him – he walked into Sara’s bookstore in KISS OF FIRE and was very bossy – I wondered about that firestorm and what had gone wrong. I didn’t expect him to tell me. He’s that kind of a guy.

But he’s getting a second chance. Destiny had bigger plans for Erik Sorensson – against all expectation, his mate has reincarnated as Eileen Grosvenor, a comparative mythologist.

Worse, Eileen ends up in possession of some weird artifacts, which prove to be the elusive Dragon’s Teeth that Erik and the Pyr are seeking. Worse again, she’s on the trail of a story known as the Dragon Lover of Madeley, a myth that she can’t get out of her mind. She can’t understand why it fascinates her so much.

Of course, you and I can guess that Eileen and Erik hold the key to that story themselves – because it’s a story echoing the truth of their first firestorm and the choices Eileen made in her past life as Louisa.

The second time around, Erik’s firestorm is even more powerful than he recalled. He’s completely intrigued by Eileen, who is like his lost wife yet utterly different. The differences are intriguing – and sexy. Erik, even though unwilling to revisit the past, can’t keep the truth from Eileen, not once he realizes that it can help her to heal from the past.

Add the usual mix of Slayers and mayhem, lots of action and dragon fights, Erik spilling the beans about a bunch of Pyr history, the Wyvern’s first romance and Erik’s overdue confrontation with his estranged son, Sigmund. Phew! It’s a jam-packed book and one that I love to bits.

It also opens the door for Dragonfire #4, but I’ll tell you more about that next time.

I hope you all enjoy Erik’s book, too!

Deborah Cooke
Alive & Knitting blog

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