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Sunday Spotlight: The Stone Warriors: Kato by D.B. Reynolds

Posted July 2, 2017 by Casee in Features, Giveaways | 7 Comments

Sunday Spotlight is a feature we began in 2016. This year we’re spotlighting our favorite books, old and new. We’ll be  raving about the books we love and being total fangirls. You’ve been warned. 🙂

Sunday Spotlight

I discovered D.B. Reynolds a few months ago and have been devouring her books ever since. The first book I read by D.B. was The Stone Warriors: Damian. I’ve also read her Vampires in America series. One of the parts I liked best about The Stone Warriors: Damian was Damian’s relationship with Nico. They are truly brothers and their bond just pours off the pages. The time that Damian and his fellow warriors have spent in stone is about to come to an end and I can’t wait to see where this series heads to next.

The Stone Warriors: Kato by D.B. Reynolds
Series: The Stone Warriors
Also in this Series: The Stone Warriors: Damian
Genres: Paranormal
Release Date: June 23, 2017
Publisher: ImaJinn Books

It was a time when gods walked the earth, when armies fought not for bits of land, but for the very existence of humanity. On such a battlefield, five formidable warriors stood against an evil greater than any the earth had ever seen. But evil is not an honorable foe. Betrayed by someone they trusted, the warriors were cursed, one by one, tossed into the maelstrom of time, imprisoned in stone, their freedom resting on nearly impossible conditions. Until…

Kato Amadi…born of darkest sorcery, unstoppable on the battlefield, his magic is as deadly as his blade. But not even magic could save him from vicious betrayal. Trapped for millennia in darkness and silence, he is freed at last, only to find himself in the middle of a battle against the very beasts of hell he was created to destroy.

Grace Van Allen is a scholar of ancient languages who toils in the dim recesses of a museum basement with only a beautiful stone warrior to keep her company. But when Grace calls upon her silent warrior to help her translate an obscure new language, she breaks the ancient curse holding him prisoner…and frees three deadly demons to rampage through her city.

Tracking demons is what Kato was born to do, but he’ll need Grace’s help. And when they discover that Kato’s enemy is still alive and still plotting against him, their hunt takes a dangerous turn, one that might just prove fatal for both of them…

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Excerpt

The curse buzzed angrily, a searing heat against his skin. The damn thing didn’t want to release him, but it was bound by the words Sotiris had spoken so long ago. Words designed to keep him locked away forever. But words change their meaning with the passage of time, and the Fates will always play their games.

Long-unused muscle and sinew flexed and burned, as his heart pumped fresh blood to storm through arteries and veins, pulsing thick and strong. It was a welcome agony, but an agony nonetheless. His gaze was drawn to a distraction, the woman. She was lovely. Tall and lithe, with flowing blond hair and eyes that were so pale a blue, they appeared silver if the light struck just right. Her skin was as smooth as that of the wealthy women of his time, the ones who’d been happy to climb into his bed, but had spurned him by the light of day. He was the dumb one, all muscle and no brain. At least that’s what everyone had thought of him.

Or not everyone. There’d been his brothers, fellow warriors who’d fought and laughed by his side. And their leader, Nicodemus. He’d been the one who brought the four of them together, made them a force like the world had never seen. No one had stood before them.

But their very skill and courage had been their downfall, because men always want what they can’t have, the very things that Nico and his warriors had stood to protect. And those same weak and greedy men have ever been drawn to evil leaders who promise the world but deliver only pain.
Grace threw her pencil down with a frustrated noise, drawing Kato’s attention once more. He focused abruptly on what she’d been writing, and fear drove his heart to work harder, to flood his muscles with blood, his nerves with energy. He needed to stop her. She could not be permitted to finish that scroll. To activate the curse it contained would be . . .

His prison split open with a thundering crack that numbed his ears. But he didn’t need his ears. Not for this. His hand clenched on his sword, his fingers stroking the grip like the first touch of a lover, remembering every rough inch of the leather wrap. He staggered as the last bit of stone fell to dust, but his warrior’s body responded instinctively, balancing with ease, his gaze never wavering from the target.

He strode down the long length of the dark room, blade raised high. Grace was on her feet, pale eyes wide with fear, her mouth open in a silent scream of shock, a scream that found its voice as the tip of his black blade came down and pierced the scroll she’d been copying . . . a fraction of a second too late.


YES. Doesn’t it sound amazing? You really need to read this series if you are a paranormal person. And even if you’re not.

The Stone Warriors

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About the Author

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D. B. Reynolds is the RT and EPIC Award-Winning author of the popular Vampires in America series of Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy, and an Emmy-nominated television sound editor. She holds graduate degrees in international relations and history from UCLA, and was headed for a career in academia when, in a moment of clarity, she left behind the politics of the hallowed halls for the better paying politics of Hollywood. In addition to her two Emmy nominations, D.B. was awarded an MPSE (Motion Picture Sound Editors) Golden Reel and multiple MPSE nominations for her work in television sound.

She lives in a flammable canyon near Los Angeles, and when she’s not writing her own books, she can usually be found reading someone else’s. Visit her blog at www.dbreynolds.com for details on all her books, for free stories and more.


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What Are You Reading? (335)

Posted June 30, 2017 by Casee in Features | 10 Comments

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Casee: I got nothing. I haven’t read a single word since last Friday. Technically I’m still reading Archangel’s Viper even though I haven’t picked it up in a week. The Stone Warriors: Kato by D.B. Reynolds released today and I’m hoping that will capture my interest. I’m not hopeful. If Nalini Singh can’t do it, no one can.

Holly: Things have been pretty busy for me this month, so my reading has been really hit or miss. I might go a full week or ten days without reading a book, then finish three in a day. It’s weird. Since we skipped the last few weeks, I’m just going to list out my most recent reads, even though some of them were from longer than a week ago.

I read Archangel’s Viper by Nalini Singh. It was fabulous. I’ve been dying for more about Holly since book one, and Viper didn’t disappointed. So.Good. I finally read Moonshadow by Thea Harrison, then dove right in to Spellbinder, the next book in the series. Both were really fabulous. I’m sorry I waited so long to read them. I read Stay by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy. It was a cute contemporary romance. I’m anxious to read the first book now. I re-read Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews (currently $2.99 for Kindle), then followed up with White Hot and Wildfire, books 2 and 3 in that series. I’m so sad they’re over. I need more!

Aside from that I re-read some favorite Julie Garwood novels; Saving Grace, The Lion’s Lady and Honor’s Splendour were just as great this time around.

Now I’m reading Wired by Garwood. I don’t usually have a lot of success with her contemporary novels, but I’m going to give it try.

Rowena: Last week was such a busy week with graduations and graduation parties to prepare and attend so I wasn’t read a lot of anything. I did manage to finish Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockmann and then read Stay by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy. This week, I read Eye Candy by Jessica Lemmon and Lucky in Love by Kasie West. I also read How to Change a Life by Stacey Ballis and am now reading Ready to Run by Lauren Layne. I’m really happy with the books that I’m reading so no complaints from me this week.

What are you reading this week? Any new favorites or books that drove you crazy? Share!


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Sunday Spotlight: Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis

Posted June 25, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 7 Comments

Sunday Spotlight is a feature we began in 2016. This year we’re spotlighting our favorite books, old and new. We’ll be raving about the books we love and being total fangirls. You’ve been warned. 🙂

Sunday Spotlight

Jill Shalvis has been a go to author of ours here at Book Binge for a while now. If she wrote it, we read it and more often than not, we loved it. She writes great contemporary romances with lots of heart and she knows how to bring the laughs.

Lost and Found Sisters is her latest book and it’s one that I’m really looking forward to reading…especially after reading the excerpt provided below…

Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis
Series: Wildstone #1
Genres: Contemporary, Women’s Fiction
Release Date: June 20, 2017
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes her first women’s fiction novel—an unforgettable story of friendship, love, family, and sisterhood—perfect for fans of Colleen Hoover, Susan Mallery, and Kristan Higgins.

They say life can change in an instant…

After losing her sister in a devastating car accident, chef Quinn Weller is finally getting her life back on track. She appears to have it all: a loving family, a dream job in one of L.A.’s hottest eateries, and a gorgeous boyfriend dying to slip an engagement ring on her finger. So why does she feel so empty, like she’s looking for a missing piece she can’t find?

The answer comes when a lawyer tracks down Quinn and reveals a bombshell secret and a mysterious inheritance that only she can claim. This shocking revelation washes over Quinn like a tidal wave. Her whole life has been a lie.

On impulse, Quinn gives up her job, home, and boyfriend. She heads up the coast to the small hometown of Wildstone, California, which is just a few hours north, but feels worlds apart from Los Angeles. Though she doesn’t quite fit in right away, she can’t help but be drawn to the town’s simple pleasures…and the handsome, dark-haired stranger who offers friendship with no questions asked.

As Quinn settles into Wildstone, she discovers there’s another surprise in store for her. The inheritance isn’t a house or money, but rather something earthshattering, something that will make her question everything she thought she knew about herself, about her family. Now with a world of possibilities opening up to Quinn, she must decide if this new life is the one she was always meant to have—and the one that could finally give her the fulfillment she’s searched so long for.

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Excerpt

To Mick’s relief, he caught Quinn in the parking lot, leaning against her car, her thumbs moving furiously over the screen of her phone. When she saw him, she grimaced.

He lifted his hands and stayed out of her personal space. “Thought you could use a ride back to the B and B,” he said.

“I’m not driving.” She lifted her phone. “I’m trying to get an Uber.”

He smiled. “How’s that going?”

She sighed and slipped her phone into her pocket. “So Wildstone doesn’t have drive-throughs, Thai takeout, or Uber? Seriously?”

“We have other things.”

“Yes,” she said. “Ghosts. Big bugs. Cute dogs. And girlfriends, apparently.”

“Lena’s not my girlfriend,” he said. “She’s Boomer’s. Sort of.” He shook his head. “It’s complicated.”

She didn’t take her eyes off him. “But you’ve slept together.”

He arched a brow.

“I’m sorry,” she said, closing her eyes. “That was rude. There’s a chemistry there, and a familiarity, that’s all. You know what? Don’t listen to me. My tongue’s running the show and I think I’m just jealous at how everyone else seems to take life’s shit in stride and keep going. I haven’t learned that trick and I need to. And how to keep going, that is. Like the Energizer Bunny. Or my electric toothbrush. God.” She pressed her hands to her face. “I really need to stop talking. Make me stop talking!”

He took her hand and tugged her to his truck.

“Wait,” she said, putting a hand to his chest and fisting it in his shirt to hold him to her. “You’re not a murderer or a rapist or anything like that, right?”

He lifted a hand. “Scout’s honor.”

“Were you a Boy Scout?”

Laughing a little at that because he’d been just about the furthest thing from a Boy Scout, he gently pushed her into the passenger seat and leaned in to buckle her seat belt, and suddenly their faces were an inch from each other. He heard her suck in a breath and he did the same.

Talk about chemistry.

“Mick?” she whispered.

“Yeah?”

“Are you feeling something?”

“You could say that,” he murmured. “You?”

She licked her lips and he nearly groaned. “I think so,” she whispered.

“That’s good.”

“Are you going to kiss me?”

He cupped her face, let his thumbs trace her jawbone, his fingers sinking into her silky waves. “No,” he said quietly. “And not because I don’t want to, but because when I do, I want to know you’re ready. That you’ll feel it.”

She sighed. “Guys do whatever they want all the time, no emotions necessary. I want that skill.” Another shaky breath escaped her, and since they were literally an inch apart, they shared air for a single heartbeat during which neither of them moved.

Her gaze dropped to his mouth. “Okay, so I’m definitely feeling things.” She hesitated and then her hands came up to his chest. “Maybe we should test it out to be sure.”

God, she was the sweetest temptation he’d ever met, and he wanted nothing more than to cover her mouth with his. Instead, he brushed his mouth to her cheek.

“Please, Mick,” she whispered, her exhale warming his throat. He loved the “please,” and he wanted to do just that more than anything. But when she tried to turn her head into his, to line up their mouths, he gently tightened his grip, dragging his mouth along her smooth skin instead, making his way to her ear.

“Not yet,” he whispered, letting his lips brush over her earlobe and the sensitive skin beneath it.

She moaned and clutched him. “Why not?”

It took every ounce of control he had to lift his head and meet her gaze. “Because I want to make sure you’re really with me, that you’re feeling everything I’m feeling. That there’ll be no doubt, no regrets.”

“You sure have a lot of requirements.”

He laughed. And she was right, it was all big talk for a guy who didn’t do relationships anymore. Still, he forced himself to step back and shut the passenger door.

As he rounded the hood to the driver’s side, he tried to remind himself of all the reasons she was a bad idea. He lived two hundred miles away and he was hoping to move his mom up by him and never come back here. Not to mention that Quinn lived an equal two hundred miles in the opposite direction and she was in a deeply vulnerable place. No way would he even think about taking advantage of that.

But when he slid behind the wheel and their eyes locked, he realized that while his mind could stand firm, the rest of his body wasn’t on board with the in-control program.

Well alrighty then…this sounds like just my kind of book so I’m definitely in. You?

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About the Author

Jill Shalvis

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New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras with her family and far too many assorted quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental.

Look for Jill’s latest, SWEET LITTLE LIES on shelves and e-readers now, and get all her bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold.

Visit Jill’s website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.


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Weekly Wrap Up: June 12 – June 18, 2017

Posted June 18, 2017 by Rowena in Features, Giveaway Winners, Giveaways | 9 Comments

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, sorry about that. We’ve had blog issues and all kinds of madness going on in the background but I’m back and here’s what you missed on Book Binge…

What We Reviewed


6/12: Holly reviewed Silver Silence by Nalini Singh | 4.5 out of 5
6/13: Rowena reviewed Silver Silence by Nalini Singh | 4.25 out of 5
6/14: Tracy reviewed Iain’s Plaid by Skye Taylor | 4 out of 5
6/14: Casee retro reviewed Beyond the Night by Joss Ware | 4.75 out of 5
6/15: Tracy reviewed Claiming His Highland Bride by Terri Brisbin | 3.5 out of 5
6/15: Tracy reviewed Graffiti in Love by GG Andrew | 4 out of 5
6/16: Tracy reviewed A Suitable Affair by Erica Taylor | 4 out of 5

What We Posted

6/12: Silver Silence Blog Tour: Ten Reasons to Read the Psy/Changeling Series
6/14: REPOST: Book Binge Turns 10: June Giveaway
6/16: What Are You Reading? (334)
6/17: WTF Cover Saturday (213)
618: Sunday Spotlight: Revenge by Lexi Blake

Current Giveaways

Book Binge Turns 10: June Giveaway

Monthly Reads: May 2017

Sunday Spotlight: June 2017

Giveaway Winners

We have some winners to announce this week! Congratulations to the following…

Sunday Spotlight: May 2017

Anita Hui

*****

Monthly Reads: April 2017

*****

Book Binge Turns 10: May Giveaway

Mara

*****

Hope T.

Winners: Please email us at contests @ the book binge . com (no spaces) and let us know where you would like us to send your prize. You have two weeks to get back to us before we choose another winner. Check back on Sundays to see if you’re a winner in one of our giveaways.

That does it for this week’s weekly wrap up. How was your week in books? Hear any book news that you’d like to share? Get any new books you want to share? Review any books we should check out? Please share.


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