Happy 109th Birthday to Georgette Heyer
Today is the day. Today would be Georgette Heyer’s 109th birthday. “Georgette Heyer’s Gems of August” so far has been a great event with lots if discussion and participation. I want to thank all those who have followed along and especially those that have helped me make it happen. However it is not over yet, we still have half the month left to fill with creative guest posts, thoughtful guest reviews and those great prize pack giveaways from Sourcebooks. Speaking of Sourcebooks-they too are celebrating the birthday of Georgette Heyer with a spectacular E-Book deal that is not to be missed. What a perfect time to stock up on Heyer works especially the ones you’ve been reading about so far this month. So go ahead fill your Kindle, Nook…etc and read some Heyer to celebrate!
Sourcebooks is offering 46 of Heyer’s works plus the amazing Georgette Heyer’s Regency World at only $1.99 an E-Book
(Sourcebooks E-Book offer available August 15- 21st only.)
Welcome to August at Stiletto Storytime. This month I will be dedicating the majority of the posts on my blog to the work of author Georgette Heyer. Heyer is best known as the creator of the “Regency” genre of romance novels but to me she will always be the woman who provided me with “more” after I had devoured every Jane Austen novel in middle school and found to my horror that there would never be another….and so enter Georgette Heyer.
Through the years I have enjoyed many a Heyer novel and introduced her to many friends as well. And so this August as we celebrate what would have been Heyer’s 109th birthday on the 16th, Stiletto Storytime will be celebrating the work of an amazing author. Guest reviews of her many books, guest posts and an amazing Sourcebooks prize pack giveaway will all be included. So share your love of Georgette Heyer, tell us your favorite book, or even discover her for the first time…this month I want more than anything to encourage discussion and celebration of a wonderful writer who often in my opinion gets overlooked. And so without further ado…”Georgette Heyer Gems of August” begins…
Sourcebooks Prize Pack Giveaway
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I don’t usually read a lot of fantasy except the classics and popular works of late. I also don’t usually read any romance which is why The Fire Lord’s Lover took me so much by surprise. It was exactly the type of book I usually would get a few chapters into and then abandon if I picked it up at all. Honestly I usually don’t even begin this type of book. It’s just not my regular niche but for some reason I started this one, one night right before bed and simply could not put it down. This book had me reading until late in the night and then waking wanting to return.
It’s a set up that immediately had me wary….a London taken over by fantastical magic, elven lords, an assassin bride and sex, sex and more sex (this book is for mature readers only)….not really my general cup of tea but somehow Kathryne Kennedy had me hooked. She does a wonderful job of taking a plot and spectacularly real characters that could seem rather fantastical and even stereotypical for the genre and yet she makes it all work. Kennedy is a great writer and that’s the key. Any story in the hands of a true storyteller can work for almost any reader if delivered in the right way. I have seen that again and again with other people but rarely with myself until The Fire Lord’s Lover.
The characters are definitely what drew me into the story initially. Dominic is such an interesting play on fantasy, strength and yet vulnerability that he immediate pulls you in while Cassandra is his perfect match that you find yourself rooting for at every turn. The plot is expertly crafted but I would have to say my only criticism is that the ending seemed abrupt and somewhat too “easy”. I would have liked more lead in and more of a scene. However readers must make that decision for themselves. I now find myself awaiting the next installment of The Elven Lord Series. So while I wait for the second book give the first a try and let me know if you were pulled in as well. There may be magic at play!
The Fire Lord’s Lover by Kathryne Kennedy
“If his powers are discovered, his father will destroy him…
In a magical land ruled by ruthless Elven lords, the Fire Lord’s son Dominic Raikes plays a deadly game to conceal his growing might from his malevolent father-until his arranged bride awakens in him passions he thought he had buried forever…
Unless his fiancée kills him first…
Lady Cassandra has been raised in outward purity and innocence, while secretly being trained as an assassin. Her mission is to bring down the Elven Lord and his champion son. But when she gets to court she discovers that nothing is what it seems, least of all the man she married…
Then Dominic and Cassandra together uncover an unspeakable evil, one that threatens the destruction of the magical realm they would give their souls to save…”