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[CONTEST WINNERS] Savor Me Slowly – Gena Showalter

It’s Monday 10th November, and 9AM just passed. The powers that be at http://www.random.org/integers/ have selected these 5 people as winners:

3. Jennifer Snyder
10. Brooke
14. Beverly
12. Darby Lohrding
13. Wendy

The winners have been emailed, but if any of them fail to reply to me with their non-PO Box snail-mail US address before Monday 17th November (9AM Melbourne time), I’ll select another winner.

Even if you didn’t win, you can still purchase any (or all) of Gena Showalter’s Alien Huntress books. I highly recommend the two Teen ones: Red Handed and Blacklisted. The already published adult novels are Awaken Me Darkly, Enslave Me Sweetly and Savor Me Slowly. There’ll also be an Alien Huntress novella in the anthology Not That Innocent. And I noticed yesterday that the next full-length novel is up for pre-order: Seduce the Darkness.

October 2008 Reads

If you haven’t already checked out October 2008 Releases and November 2008 Releases, I suggest you do so now.

But onto the six books I read in October:

Enslave Me Sweetly – Gena Showalter “…the world-building, and the different alien races, and futuristic life, are what make this series worth reading.” Buy

The Electric Church – Jeff Somers “…snappy…apt social commentary for contemporary society.” Buy

The Digital Plague – Jeff Somers “Science and technology combine for another intriguing cyber-noir read…interesting concepts and characters…” Buy

The Chosen Sin – Anya Bast “Keep an eye out for the show-stopping, devastatingly heartbreaking scene that alerts this is not just an escapist read…It’s memorable, emotional, and I don’t remember ever having a scene in any book remain with me so long after the book’s over.” Buy

Tripping to Somewhere – Kristopher Reisz “The writing is breezy and pretty…” Buy

Savor Me Slowly – Gena Showalter “…the world-building is outstanding and the Schön case is intriguing…” Buy

[REVIEW] Enslave Me Sweetly – Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter
Enslave Me Sweetly (Alien Huntress, Book 2)
Simon & Schuster Downtown Press (US: 6th June 2006; UK: 16th June 2008; AU: 18th July 2006)

Slavery is still rampant in this second book of Gena Showalter’s futuristic Alien Huntress series.

With their golden hair and skin, the alien Raka race is hot property on the black market – as slaves. Or maybe just to be skinned; it depends on the buyer. Eden Black is an assassin whose mission is to end this trade, and as a Raka herself, she realises she is the best tool for infiltrating the business and exposing it – if she can keep her libido under control.

In an interview, the author said she’d written the first book, Awaken Me Darkly, whilst in a dark mood. This second instalment, however, must have been a happier time for the writer – but makes for a worse reading experience. The first erection is felt on page 35, and most of the book’s first half is spent with Eden and Lucius Adaire faffing about with their petty one-upmanship game whilst of course wanting to shag each other so much that the slavery plot becomes background. Which is a bloody shame, considering the world-building, and the different alien races, and futuristic life, are what make this series worth reading. The characters really pissed me off, but I progressed.

And it’s a good thing I did, because we learn of solar flares, which aliens are using to return to their home planets. When in her role as bait, Eden is abducted (yes, abducted by aliens; the X-Files has a lot to answer for), the setting switches to another planet, bringing a more fascinating aspect to the story. But most of this time is set in her buyer’s home, thus the planet is not properly showcased.

Try, if you can, to tolerate characters most often preferring to shag each other than free slaves, and stick around for the plot.

Cat with Books

(Images from here.) Manny with various books, including:

Gena Showalter’s Awaken Me Darkly, Enslave Me Sweetly & Savor Me Slowly
Liz Maverick’s The Shadow Runners & Wired
Eve Kenin’s Driven & Hidden
Kay Austin’s Time Transit
Michelle Maddox’s Countdown
Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight & The Host
Richelle Mead’s Succubus Blues, Vampire Academy & Succubus on Top