Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I Love Musa Books!



Welcome to my stop on the I Love Musa Books Blog Hop! I am so glad you stopped by!

Since coming on board with Musa Publishing last fall, I have had a chance to read some excellent books coming out under their banner. What impresses me most about Musa is the commitment to quality writing that the editors have established. In this brave new world of e-publishing, anybody can put a book out and sell it online. But Musa has set a goal to become the brand that readers can come back to time and again for great fiction in a wide variety of genres---and I've read several books in several genres! So here we go!!!!


First of all, let me recommend to you The Lost Heir of Devonshire by Grace Gibson! In a blog post, Grace admitted that part of her inspiration for her wonderful hero, Robert, Marquis of Denley, was Robert Plant as a young, blonde, sexy jaded rockstar who'd seen it all and done it all. Robert is just that kind of guy, already cynical at a very young age. But when he meets Miss Mary Fanley, his world gets turned upside down in a very wonderful way.

Musa Publishing's Aurora Regency line still publishes those classic Regencies full of wit and memorable characters like Robert and Mary. I adore a good Regency (Georgette Heyer junkie!) and have not been disappointed by any of the books that have come out of this imprint. By all means, go here for great books!!





But maybe romance isn't so much on your list. In that case, let me recommend the Melpomene line and Martin Bodenham's The Geneva Connection. I don't know how many times I talked back to this book! This financial thriller follows the incredible tale of investment banker John Kent as he tries to save his firm from bankruptcy by making one of those deals that indeed was too good to be true. His new partners, he discovers to his shock and horror, are fronting a violent drug cartel. Before he knows it, he is neck deep in all kinds of trouble with no way out he can see.

But John Kent isn't the only man with issues. The CIA intelligence operative who is trying to stop the cartel is also neck deep in trouble of his own. I promise you, I was on the edge of my seat the entire book and finished it feeling like I'd been watching an intense thriller movie---car chases and everything.

I don't know how Martin made the world of investment banking so exciting, but somehow he did! This is a top pick of mine!!


Finally let me give a shout out to a fellow Euterpe imprint YA author, Linda Benson for her book The Girl Who Remembered Horses. This book was described to me as a "beautiful story" and I cannot agree more. I was hooked on Sahara and her tale from the beginning. Linda shows us a post-Apocalyptic world where the few remaining people scavenge the desert wilderness of the ruins of the modern world for anything of value to trade with other clans. But Sahara has dreams of riding horses, dreams that the rest of her people think are nonsense. Horses are wild animal like deer, in their opinion. No one could ride one.

As Sahara tries to reconcile her growing passion for these beautiful and mysterious animals with her growing interest in knowledge of the old days and with her expanding role as a young woman in her community, I found myself cheering and worrying along with her. So many dystopian and post-Apocalyptic books these days are so dark and foboding. This book is full of hope! I loved it and do not hesitate to recommend it to anybody!!!

In brand new release YA Euterpe territory, we also have Dusty Crabtree's book Shadow Eyes. I have heard great things about it. The premise sounds very enticing and I've got to get me a copy now!!

Another YA new release is a book many reviewers are calling seriously "goosebumpy"! It's The Detention Demon  by Samantha Combs which asks the question all kids want to ask: Is my teacher really human or something that crawled up from the bowels of hell? Oh, please, go check this one too!

Also, let me give a shout out to S. G. Rogers and her upcoming Musa novel The Druid: An Asgard Adventure. Here's her teaser for you until the release April 20th!!!

There is mischief afoot in Asgard, but Odin is not there to stop it. A powerful immortal bent on revenge devises a plot that accidentally ensnares a mortal on Earth. It’s a good thing Dani Avery enjoys fantasy and fairy tales because she’s about to find out the truth behind the legends. Norse mythology gets a modern twist in The Druid, the story of an ordinary mortal who meets a hero from the pages of a book–bigger than life and twice as Elvish.

I love everything I've read by S. G. Rogers and can't wait for this one! Plus, she's got an upcoming interview here in a few days, so keep tuned in!!

WIN! WIN! WIN! WIN! WIN!

In fact, to win a FREE copy of my novel The Blacksmith's Daughter , out now at Musa, please follow my blog and leave a comment with your email address that you did so. At the risk of sounding greedy, I would really love it if you also friended me on facebook at www.facebook.com/arley.cole and followed me on Twitter as @arleycole. I swear to follow you back.

Here's a little bit of promo for mine too!

She believes she is only a blacksmith's daughter, but he must discover the truth or risk losing his land---and his life.

Acwellen Lex'Magen rules as liege lord of a small country bounded by forbidding mountains and powerful neighbors. When the neighboring baron, allied with a powerful wizard, attempts to take over his land, first by political, then by covert means, Acwellen finds an ally of his own in Enith Roweson, an unassuming blacksmith who possesses powers he's only known of in legends. As he attempts to unravel both the plots against him----including the nature of the monsters sent to assassinate him----and the mysterious powers Enith is only beginning to understand she has, he also finds himself falling in love with the blacksmith's daughter.

Musa Publishing has something for everyone! So go there now and start reading!

Thanks for dropping by!

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21 comments:

  1. I 'knew' the variety of books Musa was publishing before I subbed to them -- it was part of the reason I was attracted to them as well as the quality -- but I think this hop is truly showing just how diverse the works there are, which is wonderful for readers and writers alike. Glad to be part of this.

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    1. I totally agree!!! You can find everything at Musa---science fiction, young adult, thrillers, historicals, fantasy, and romance of all varities. They are truly a premier destination for somebody looking for a good book, whatever the genre!

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  2. Great blog, Arley. I hope when my book comes out that you will review it for me, because you do an awesome job of it. Oh, and I'd love that book, so email me at vidamaemaynard@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks!!! I would love to review for you!

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  3. I want it. I need it. I love it. I'm talking about winning a copy of your bestselling THE BLACKSMITH'S DAUGHTER, of course! Great book choices, Arley! I played it safe and stayed in my YA genre. You're such a risk taker. Now go iron something.

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    1. You know, I had to stop listing books b/c it was getting so long!! I also loved Marguerite Butler's DEATH BY SCANDAL and Helen Hardt's steamy IVY LEAGUE COWBOY and have gotten hooked on the Wiccan Haus line because of Dominique Eastwick's SHIFTING HEARTS. And right now Stephanie Campbell's DRAGON NIGHT is making have weird dreams. I can't wait to finish it so I can review!! Then I'm off to read LOST IN THE BAYOU, THE TROUBLE WITH NIGHTINGALE, and FOLVILLE'S LAW! Too busy reading to write!

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  4. Didn't have you on twitter. I love this hop! I read 2 of those & am looking forward to yours :)

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    1. I am seriously working on twitterfying my life. There's just so much!! Thanks, June!

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  5. Hey Arley - I'd love to win your book! You know how to get ahold of me ;-) I already follow your blog, know you on fb, and I just found you on Twitter. Twitter is fun, you just get on there and start talking (oh and add your picture, too.) Hope I win The Blacksmith's Daughter!

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  6. I completely agree with you, Sharon and Arley. Wonderful variety at Musa. And it's showcased beautifully here. My TBR pile grows . . .

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  7. I love Regency Romance, and the variety at Musa is great!

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    1. My first Musa read was a Regency because good ones are so hard to find! I love the Aurora line!

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  8. Thanks for the fabulous recommendations, Arley. I really want to read all of them right now. And yours too, of course. We're already connected through the blogs and FB. I have yet to conquer Twitter. Soon, though. :-)

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    1. Me and the twitter thing are feeling each other out! Just jump in there and we'll learn together! I am @arleycole on twitter.

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  9. HI Arley. I've been really glomming onto Musa's Regencies.

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  10. I am really enjoying reading all the recommendations from all the authors Thank you these look really good. :)

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  11. Thanks so much everybody again for coming out and posting comments!! This is the best blog hop! My TBR list is growing by leaps and bounds. Be sure to make every stop!

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  12. Sounds like something my kids would enjoy!

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  13. In a very belated random drawing, I must announce my winner! Sara Daniel, congratulations!!!! Meanwhile, thanks again for participating in the blog hop!! It was loads of fun!!!

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