ROYAL ENCHANGEMENT by Sharon Ashwood

lgcover_9780373139910Nocturne is Harlequin’s Paranormal Romance line and, sadly, it’s going away in a few months.  Harlequin’s ebook imprint, Carina Press, will continue to put out the goods, however.  I like Paranormal Romance.  The trouble is that subgenre has become extremely repetitive over the past few years.  I mean, c’mon, there’s only so many time I want to vacuum werewolf fur off my carpet.  (Psst, I actually like werewolves.)  So, when I found Royal Enchantment, I was a happy reader.  https://www.harlequin.com/shop/books/9780373139910_royal-enchantment.html

I’m pretty sure it would have fit in nicely with LUNA, the Fantasy line from a few years back.  I really miss LUNA and its greater variety.

King Arthur, Queen Guinevere, and the Knights of the Round Table awaken from stone sleep to battle the evil fae for humanity.  Awesome premise.  Before I go on, I must confess I didn’t find the characterization all that interesting, especially Guinevere.  Sorry.  Maybe she’s too normal, you know, likes to go shopping in the big city.  I’d rather cozy up at a campfire than go shopping.  But, the story itself is strong enough for me to overlook that.

If you’ve been waiting for your knight in shining armor to ride up on a white horse, maybe you’ve missed him.  ‘Cause he was in a Chevy.  The story opens with Arthur and Gawain battling a dragon back into his realm out in the modern countryside.  The overgrown lizard could’ve made toast of them, but just wanted to rough them up a bit before heading back.  After metaphorically licking their wounds, Arthur and Gawain get back to the task of finding and waking the other Knights of Round Table.  Merlin had put them all in stone sleep ages ago and many ended up as statues in museums or private collections.  There’s a war on with the fae and King Arthur really needs their help.

Meanwhile, Merlin’s awakened Queen Guinevere too.  And she just thinks it’s groovy all the freedom and opportunities women have in the 21st century.  Arthur’s glad to have her back, but also apprehensive.  She tends to get herself in needless trouble.  Remember that dude?  Whathisname Lancelot?  Anyway…

So, Arthur and his knights run a medieval theme park as cover.  Pesky reporters show up, someone mistakes a dragon for a flying cow, you know the whole crossing time and realms craziness.

Gwen takes off to talk peace and get info from the goblin king.  Without Arthur’s permission, of course.  Then, there was that troll thing.  The Lady of the Lake imprisons Morgan Le Faye, leaving her evil kind without a ruler.  And I’m wondering if Gwen and Arthur will grow as characters into a true partnership.  Merlin was cool and there’s lots of cool battles, mixing modern with medieval.

Like I said, I do, in fact, like werewolves.  You remember that one book I reviewed a while back, right?

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Well, I found another cool one I’ll review for you next week.  It’s on the shelves right now.  Then, I might get back to zombies.  We’ll see.

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Happy Reading!

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Summertime with Hercules & Xena

70140394Trying to blog regularly, but, goshdarnit, summer is here and it’s so hard to not be distracted by the great out-of-doors.  My youngest child is turning into a fishing fanatic and my only begotten son is getting ready for his first plane trip to visit family.  During downtime, it’s not summer without Hercules the Legendary Journeys  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111999/

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and Xena Warrior Princess  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112230/?ref_=nv_sr_1

 

Not sure why.  It’s just a family tradition, I guess.

Anne of a Thousand Days

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I don’t know about other writers, but there are stories in my head I really do not want to tell for various reasons.  One of them is set in Tudor England.  Part of my problem with it is that time period has been done to death, largely because it was so well recorded.  How can my twist on it ever make an impact?  Did you know Anne Boleyn still has a fan base five hundred years after her death?  Look it up.

Did you know Genevieve Bujold was the first choice to play Captain Janeway on Star Trek Voyager?  Well, I am Trekkie, so I know these things.  Watch Anne of a Thousand Days and you’ll see what a beauty she was in her youth.  Wow.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_of_the_Thousand_Days

In fact, I’m such a fan of Tudor England that I can’t watch any film portrayal of Anne Boleyn than Natalie Dormer in The Tudors.

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No matter how much I love Philippa Gregory’s work.  This is Anne’s sister, Mary, by the way, as portrayed by the amazing actress, Scarlett Johansson.

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Oh, well, I do have a bunch of stories stacked up like pancakes that need my attention before I ever get to An American Elf in Tudor England anyway.

Watch old Historical Fiction films.  Visit museums.  Pop over to the History Channel’s website.  😉

Fantasy Historicals & Time Travel

This Time Travel Romance is by my favorite regular Historical Romance author.

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I couldn’t help but notice that these two gorgeous books were put out by the same publisher.  A mere coincidence?  I think not.

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I really liked her cover for Hypnotic City too.   http://andreaberthot.blogspot.com/

And finally, we have this beauty-

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http://melissamcshanewrites.com