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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.

[CONTEST] Savor Me Slowly – Gena Showalter

I haven’t done any contests before, because I haven’t been able to afford postage. However, when the good people at Simon & Schuster USA offered free copies of Gena Showalter’s Savor Me Slowly to give away, I snapped up their offer.

Since the publisher will be posting the books, this contest is open only to those in the US. And home/work addresses, please – NO PO boxes. By entering the contest, you give me permission to pass your address onto Simon & Schuster. But other than sending your book if you win, I doubt they’ll be using your address for nefarious purposes 😉

There are five copies up for grabs, and will go to five individual winners. And the best part of the contest is…I’m not making you work for it 😉 No question to answer. None of that “blog about this contest and get an extra entry” faff. (If you want to promote it, do it because YOU want to; not because you may get something out of it.)

This’ll just be a quickie contest, and I’ve decided the closing date will be Monday 10th November, 9AM Melbourne time. To find out what time that will be in your nearest American city, check Time & Date – World Clock.

Thanks to Simon & Schuster USA, and have a lovely day! 🙂

Gena Showalter
Savor Me Slowly (Alien Huntress, Book 3)
Simon & Schuster Pocket Star (US: December 2007)

Mishka Le’Ace was created to be an undercover operative…literally. Her beautiful body has been mechanically augmented to give her superhuman strength – strength she’s going to need. Her latest mission sends her to rescue Alien Investigation and Removal agent Jaxon Tremain from torture and death. With him, she discovers a passion unlike any other. A passion she was forbidden to know…From the moment they meet in a darkened cell, Jaxon craves her touch. But the machine half of Le’Ace forces her to do things she doesn’t always want to do. Even betray him…and ultimately destroy him. Now Jaxon must battle the man controlling Le’Ace, and even Le’Ace herself, to at last claim the woman he’s come to love.

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] Savor Me Slowly – Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter
Savor Me Slowly (Alien Huntress, Book 3)
Simon & Schuster Pocket Star (US & CA: 26th December 2007; UK: 21st April 2008; AU: 11th March 2008)

A beautiful, newly discovered alien race is spreading a virus that turns its victims into cannibals, in the third part of Gena Showalter’s Alien Huntress series.

They’re called the Schön, and both Alien Investigation and Removal and Mishka Le’Ace’s boss want them investigated, captured and killed. As always with this series, the world-building is outstanding and the Schön case is intriguing…but it’s only a subplot. And if you’d read the back cover copy, you wouldn’t know about this storyline at all.

Savor Me Slowly is clearly a futuristic romance – with emphasis on the romance. It’s worth reading for the aliens and investigation, but my word the characters are annoying. I had no issue with A.I.R. agent Jaxon Tremain in Awaken Me Darkly, in which he was a secondary character. But bringing him to the forefront and giving him romance changes his personality – and jeopardises the case he’s investigating. And puts him at odds with his fellow agents, who rightfully tell him to pull his head out of his arse. Of course he doesn’t take their wise advice because God forbid anyone in love to do anything intelligent.

Mishka Le’Ace is part machine, with a metal arm and a chip in her brain that keeps her informed…but also gives her pain if she doesn’t follow her boss’s orders. Clearly she needs liberation and independence – but instead shags Jaxon. Though it kind of makes sense (she just wants to be loved and experience multiple orgasms, oh my!), it will piss off non-romance readers who were hoping for an in-depth exploration of aliens on Earth, their motivations, and how they interact with humans and other alien races.

The Schön only get minor screen time (in which they’re killed), and as for the Delenseans who were torturing Jaxon in the first place…why were they doing so? And why didn’t they reappear later? Because it was to hook readers in with action, but really just to have Jaxon and Le’Ace meet. And are instantly attracted.

I love the world-building this series has to offer, but the characters…leave a lot to be desired. Not with their shagmates, of course. But otherwise.

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