The Art of Stealing Time (Traveller #2) by Katie MacAlister-a review

THE ART OF STEALING TIME (Traveller #2) by Katie MacAlister-a review

The Art of Stealing Time

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date September 3, 2013

Experts in the art of stealing time, Travellers live on the edge of both mortal and immortal realms. But a few fight their outlaw instincts…

Gwenhwyfar Byron Owens learned everything she knows about potions and spells from her two Wiccan moms, who are forbidden by Otherworld laws from teaching magic to mortals. But when their latest transgression results in the kidnapping of a mortal woman, Gwen figures the only place to hide them all is in Anwyn, the Welsh afterlife…

But Gregory Faa—a member of the Watch—is hot on their heels. A Traveller who has stolen time, he’s eager to prove himself worthy of the Watch, only he has a past with the dark-eyed Welsh beauty he’s been charged with bringing to justice. He’s tempted to just let Gwen disappear into Anwyn, until he realizes that she’s being pursued by a squad of goons and death’s minions.

Gwen is used to taking care of her moms and herself, so she can’t give in to her heart’s demand to trust Gregory, despite the fact that he’s as handsome as the day is long—and the days in Anwyn can last centuries…

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REVIEW: THE ART OF STEALING TIME is the second full length novel in Katie MacAlister’s Traveller series. Travellers are supernatural beings who ‘steal’ time from other supernaturals or humans in an attempt to turn back the clock to change what has happened or prevent a tragedy from occurring. This is Gwen and Gregory’s storyline: Gwen is the daughter of two wiccans (two moms) and Gregory Faa is a traveller but unlike the first storyline, there is very little ‘stealing of time’ and most of the storyline takes place in an alternate dimension.

The focus of this particular story looks at Gregory’s latest assignment with the Watch-a body of supernatural police who seek out the paranormal beings who have purposely outed themselves to humans or in the case of Gregory’s latest charge-have sold magic to humans. But what Gregory will find is that not everyone is who she appears to be.

Gwen knows that her mothers have some issues as it concerns the use of magic. But Gwen also knows that someone is after her mothers and she allows herself to be pulled into their games and otherworldly dimensions. And it is there in Anwyn (or Summerland aka the afterlife) that Gwen and Gregory will encounter a world of knights and warriors, castles and soldiers, princes and magic, games and competitions. It is in Anwyn where most of the storyline takes place and plenty of humor, interaction with the otherworld beings and falling in love with the person who controls your heart.

Once again, Katie MacAlister writes with plenty of humor, one-liners and innuendo that will have you chuckling at the antics of those on the run for their lives or just trying to survive in an alternate dimension. The story is told from two distinct POVs- Gwen and Gregory-as the reader is privy to the thoughts and internal dialogue of two people playing a game of cat and mouse that becomes something much more. The relationship between G&G continues to build and of course, Gregory knows that Gwen is the one, when sparks literally fly whenever they touch skin to skin.

Copy supplied by the Berkley/NAL through Netgalley.

Reviewed by Sandy

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An Interview with Katie MacAlister

An Interview with Katie MacAlister

The Reading Cafe is happy to have the fantastic Katie MacAlister as our guest today.

Katie just released A Tale of Two Vampires in September. Our review of A Tale of Two Vampires is just below this interview.

Katie is here to talk to us about her latest book, as well as telling us a bit about herself.

Let’s meet Katie

 

Hi Katie.  Thank you for taking the time to answer some questions today.  We are always looking forward to reading about the author behind the book.

TRC: What is your writing process?  Do you have a favorite time, or place to work? What is the most difficult process in creating your stories?

Katie: I’m a morning person, so I always write in the morning. Usually I stagger in to the computer around 8 or 9 am, and then immediately proceed to procrastinate for as long as I can get away with it. Having dogs helps with that. Also having people doing things around the house—assistant, house cleaner, handyman dude who is always wandering around fixing things—helps keep me distracted, but inevitably, I have to sit down and write. I write for about four hours,  then move on to other things related to writing, such as promotional work, chatting with readers on Facebook and Twitter, pulling contest entries, making book videos, and on and on.

There’s little about the process that isn’t difficult, because I really want readers to enjoy what I’m doing. So I’m constantly aware that my characters need to be funny, sexy, and easy to relate to. But on the whole, writing the first draft is the hardest part. Once that’s done, I’m a happy little camper in the land of editing—I love to edit. It’s my chance to take the bare bones story and polish it up until it’s full of goodness.

TRC: Can you please tell our readers who are new to your Dark Ones series, the premise of this series?

Katie: My vampires are a bit different than others—they are called Dark Ones, have a female who is their other half (and has the power to redeem the vamp’s soul), and they all have a good sense of humor. Even if sometimes it’s a grumpy sense of humor (I’m looking at you, Adrian).

TRC: The Dark Ones is the 10th book of this series with your new release “Tale of Two Vampires”. How many books do you plan for this series?

Katie: I don’t have an end planned for the series. Every year I step back and consider whether readers are still enjoying the books, and still asking for more. Thus far, the answers are still yes, so I’m still writing them.

TRC: Can you please tell us the premise of Tale of Two Vampires?

Katie: The official blurb says it much better than I can:

Time isn’t always on a vampire’s side…

Iolanthe Tennyson has had a very bad year—due in part to the very bad men in her life. So, she’s accepted her cousin’s invitation to spend the summer in Austria indulging in her photography hobby. There, rumors of a haunted forest draw Iolanthe into the dark woods—and into the eighteenth century…

Nikola Czerny is a cursed man, forced by his half-brothers to live forever as a Dark One. But his miserable existence takes an intriguing turn when a strange, babbling woman is thrown in his path. Iolanthe claims to know Nikola’s daughter—three hundred years in the future. She also knows what fate—in the form of his murderous half-brothers—has in store for him. If only she knew the consequences of changing the past to save one good, impossibly sexy vampire…

TRC: You write in many different genres, such as paranormal (vampires, dragons), contemporary romance, historical romance, and YA.  Do you have a favorite, if so why?

Katie: Really, all of them are favorites. I learned early on that writing something I didn’t love was not only painful to write, it was worse to read. So henceforth, I make sure that I really love the book before I start writing it. And that goes for genres—I love my dragons, but I also love the vamps, the contemps, and so on.  Sometimes I get in the mood to write one over the other—that happened a couple of years ago when I suddenly decided I HAD to write a contemporary—but for the most part, I love all the genres equally.

TRC: Also how are you able to jump between paranormal(vampires & dragons) and historical, as you have been doing? When doing your research, is one genre more difficult then others?

Katie: I love, love, love research, so none of that is difficult. In fact, the more research I have to do, the happier I am (hey, any excuse to buy research books is good with me). As a rule, though, the historicals take more research because they are based on a real time, and I try to keep the anachronisms to a minimum. The paranormals are much more easy to research because I do much of the world building on my own, pausing to dip into various mythologies now and again if I need something special.

TRC: Is there any other genre you are interested in writing, or would you like to return to YA again?

Katie: The YAs where a blast to write, and I don’t think I’d have an issue tapping into my inner-sixteen-year-old again, but right now, my time is better spent writing adult books. That doesn’t mean I won’t go back to YAs someday—I just need the write story to tempt me into it.

TRC: What are you currently working on?

Katie: Right now I’m editing the first book in a new paranormal series. The book is very, very late due to my husband’s death this summer, and my publisher has been wonderful about letting me have extra time to get back into the swing of writing. Once I’m done with the editing on that, I’ll be diving into the sequel. And after that…I’m not sure if I’ll write a vampire book, a dragon book, or something else. That’s just too far ahead for my brain to consider.


LIGHTNING ROUND

Favorite Food: Pizza. No, salt and vinegar chips. Wait…milk chocolate. Orange milk chocolate. Um. Homemade spaghetti. Crap. I can’t pick. There’s so many yummy things!

Favorite Movie: Right now my favorite movie is the Rifftraxed version of a truly horrendous movie called Birdemic. The guys at Rifftrax—they used to be Mystery Science Theater 3000—did a commentary track for Birdemic that literally made me cry I was laughing so hard. And when I watched it with some friends earlier this year, they loved it so much that now we randomly quote lines from it. I highly recommend the Rifftrax version, and will even gladly plug it: http://www.rifftrax.com/rifftrax/birdemic

Favorite TV Show: Chopped. I love cooking competition shows, and Chopped makes me very happy because it stumps chefs with bizarre food combinations.

Favorite Author: Agatha Christie. You can’t go wrong with one of her books.

Last book that you read: The last book I finished was Eton: A Dame’s Story (yeah, I have odd taste). The books I’m reading right now include an 1871 bound volume of the Illustrated London News, Edward and Alexandra, A Short History of England, and the Visual Guide to Lock picking.

Favorite Character from books you have read: I’ve spent ten minutes trying to pin down just one character, and I every time I think I have one, I think of someone else. So I’m just going to go with a couple of my favorites because yes, I am that wishy-washy. In the romance world, one of my favorite characters is Adam from Roberta Gellis’s Fire Song. In the mystery world, I love Detective O’Yee from William Marshall’s Yellowthread Street series. In fantasy, gotta be Barry Hughart’s Number Ten Ox. And in children’s literature—the Lewis Carroll’s White Knight.

TRC: Thank you, Katie for answering our questions. We look forward to continuing to read your books, and to work with you again in the future.

Katie: Thanks so much for having me at The Reading Café! I much appreciate you including me.

If you would like to learn more about Katie, you can visit her at the following links:

Website: http://katiemacalister.com/
Twitter:
Facebook:
Goodreads:

 

Katie has graciously offered to give four members of The Reading Cafe a $25 gift certificate for her favorite shop, Loomingmoon on Etsy. http://www.etsy.com/shop/loomingmoon. 

1.  You must be a member at The Reading Cafe. If you are not a member, please register using the Log-In at the top of the page, or by using one of our social log-ins.

2.  If you are using a social log-in e.g. Twitter, please leave your email address along with your comment.

3.  Please post a comment and say hi to Katie.

4.  Giveaway open to U.S. & Canada Only

5.  Contest runs from October 14th – 17th.


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A Tale of Two Vampires by Katie MacAlister – a Review

A Tale of Two Vampires by Katie MacAlister – a Review

A TALE OF TWO VAMPIRES is the latest installment to Katie MacAlister’s Dark Ones series.  I can often gauge a work of literature by it’s opening sentence.  In this book it is, “Nipple tattoo, madame?”.  SAY WHAT?!?!?  This novel might not be a literary masterpiece, but it is a rollercoaster of giggles, chortles and even some guffaws.  In other words, it is a lighthearted and fun read. 
 
We open with Iolanthe, or Io for short, visiting her cousin Gretl in Austria.  She has had a very bad year, full of “bad men” and she is taking the summer off!  She immediately meets some of our main characters in the story and decides to indulge herself, by taking photographs in the “haunted forest” outside of town.  She confronts a swirly sort of light thingy in the forest and sticks her hand inside and the next thing you know, she is swallowed up in an inky abyss.  I love some of Io’s expressions, she is full of them!  “Holy bizarre-o-rama, Batman” is her first thought as she regains consciousness.  Luckily for Io, the Lord of the Manor discovers her in a clearing.  Given her state of undress, the old stablemaster with him identifies her as “a proper hoor”, or prostitute.  Poor Io!!  She has somehow gone back in time, about three hundred years in fact!  They are baffled by this strange woman and she doesn’t have a clue what is going on!  Nikola is the Lord of the Manor and he is also the father of characters Io meets in present day Austria.  Their introduction is a comedy of errors.  ”Io?  Your name has no consonants”.  “Nicole?  I thought that was a girl’s name”? It takes Io SO long to figure out that she has not landed in a weird religious cult, but that she has gone back in time.  Nikola takes it more in stride, because he is a Dark One, a Moravian Vampire.  He knows that Io is someone special to him, because she is his Beloved.  The woman who can redeem his soul. 
 
Io knows that Nikola is killed by his half brothers in the past, so she wants to prevent that from happening.  Also, she misses toilet paper, underwear and hairdryers, well…basically everything!!  So, Nikola and Io return to the swirly light thingy and presto they are back in the present.  Nikola handles the change better than Io did, because he is a scientist and he is fascinated with everything.  The only problem Nikola seems to have is the zipper that *coughs* got caught on an important body part!  He has his trusty notebook in hand and he documents all of Io’s expressions and new technology that he experiences.  Io is not easy to be around, she only speaks in slang and quirky one liners!  She keeps on promising him a lesson on colloquial chat!  Nikola learns to cherish Io as much as he “cherishes the silk undergarments that made wearing tight breeches extremely comfortable”. One of the funniest scenes in the book is when they try to have shower sex!  It is one of the best written parts of the book, because it shows how awkward the experience really can be!  I love when Nikola says, “The creation of the bikini aside, I must question the sanity of your times, Io”. 
 
Nikola and Io meet his children in the present, but they are not happy to see him, because ”old father” has done some horrible things.  Plus, they had stowaways that came to the future with them!  Killers might have returned with them, or as Io would say, “Holy hairy pickles, Batman, your murderous half brothers are running around the present!”  Nikola’s son and daughter, who were featured in earlier Dark One novels, must learn to forgive their father.  They all need to work together to combat the enemy.  find the stowaways, rescue a kidnapped shapeshifter and kill evil lichens.  Poor Nikola! The future starts to baffle him when he finds out that a Viking ghost wants to marry his daughter and his son is joined with a young woman who can’t touch anything without picking up the object’s memories. BTW, Io is a “time weaver”.  She just doesn’t know what she is doing! This novel is full of such “bizarro” situations!  
 
The Beloved of a Dark One must pass 7 steps to redeem the soul of her man.  Nikola is willing to stay in the future with Io, but Io knows that he needs to return to his own time.  Will Io be able to make this great sacrifice for Nikola and finish their joining?  Give up technology, toilet paper, modern day underwear?  Io returns with Nikola, but brings along her laptop, TP, pink hairdryer and a bag of silk boxers for Nikola!  The question is, will they stay in the past?,…. only Katie MacAlister knows for sure!! 
 
A Tale of Two Vampires was a fast and fun read, just don’t take anything too seriously! This novel is for entertainment purposes only!!  ENJOY!!!

 
Reviewed by Jules

Copy supplied by publisher.

 

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Katie MacAlister – Biography/Bibliography

Katie MacAlister – Biography/Bibliography

Biography
For as long as she can remember, Katie MacAlister has loved reading. Growing up in a family where a weekly visit to the library was a given, Katie spent much of her time with her nose buried in a book. Despite her love for novels, she didn’t think of writing them until she was contracted to write a non-fiction book about software. Since her editor refused to allow her to include either witty dialogue or love scenes in the software book, Katie swiftly resolved to switch to fiction, where she could indulge in world building, tormenting characters, and falling madly in love with all her heroes.
Two years after she started writing novels, Katie sold her first romance, Noble Intentions. More than thirty books later, her novels have been translated into numerous languages, been recorded as audiobooks, received several awards, and are regulars on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. She also writes for the young adult audience as Katie Maxwell.
Katie lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and dogs, and can often be found lurking around online.

Bibliography – Katie MacAlister

The Dark Ones
A GIRL’S GUIDE TO VAMPIRES Dark Ones, Book 1 Love Spell (Oct 2003)

SEX AND THE SINGLE VAMPIRE Dark Ones, Book 2 Leisure Books (May 26, 2009)

SEX, LIES AND VAMPIRES Dark Ones, Book 3Leisure Books (Jan 2005

EVEN VAMPIRES GET THE BLUES Dark Ones, Book 4 Signet (May 2, 2006)

JUST ONE SIP Dark Ones, part of the series Love Spell (Oct 3, 2006)

THE LAST OF THE RED-HOT VAMPIRES Dark Ones, Book 5 Signet (April 3, 2007)

MY BIG FAT SUPERNATURAL HONEYMOON Dark Ones, part of the series St. Martin (Dec 26, 2007)

ZEN AND THE ART OF VAMPIRES Dark Ones, Book 6 Signet (Dec 2, 2008)

CROUCHING VAMPIRE, HIDDEN FANG Dark Ones, Book 7 Signet (May 5, 2009)

CUPID CATS Dark Ones, part of the series Signet (Jul 6, 2010)

IN THE COMPANY OF VAMPIRES Dark Ones, Book 8 Signet (Nov 2, 2010)

CONFESSIONS OF A VAMPIRE’S GIRLFRIEND Dark Ones, part of the series YOUNG ADULT NAL (Nov 2, 2010)

MUCH ADO ABOUT VAMPIRES Dark Ones, Book 9 Signet (Oct. 2011)

A TALE OF TWO VAMPIRES Dark Ones, Book 10 Signet (Sept.. 2012)

THE UNDEAD IN MY BED Dark Ones, part of the series Signet (Oct. 2012)

Steampunk Romance
STEAMED Signet (Feb 2, 2010)

Light Dragons
LOVE IN THE TIME OF DRAGONS Light Dragons, Book 1 Signet (May 4, 2010)

THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF DRAGONS Light Dragons, Book 2 Signet (May 4, 2011)

SPARKS FLY Light Dragons, Book 3 Signet (May 4, 2012)

Silver Dragons
PLAYING WITH FIRE Silver Dragons, Book 1 Signet (May 6, 2008)

UP IN SMOKE Silver Dragons, Book 2 Signet (Oct 7, 2008)

ME AND MY SHADOW Silver Dragons, Book 3 Signet (Nov 3, 2009)

Nobles Series (Historicals)
NOBLE INTENTIONS Nobles Series, Book 1 Leisure Books (Feb 2002)

NOBLE DESTINY Nobles Series, Book 2 Leisure Books (May 2003)

THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY Nobles Series, Book 3 Leisure Books (May 30, 2004)

Contemporary Single Titles
BLOW ME DOWN Signet (Nov 1, 2005)

A HARD DAY’S KNIGHT Signet Eclipse (Jan 4, 2005)

THE CORSET DIARIES Onyx (May 4, 2004)

MEN IN KILTS Onyx (Oct 7, 2003)

HEAT WAVE Love Spell (Jun 2003)

IMPROPER ENGLISH Leisure Books (Mar 2003)

IT’S ALL GREEK TO ME Signet (Dec. 2011)

Paranormal Single Titles
MY ZOMBIE VALENTINE Leisure Books (Dec 29, 2009)

AIN’T MYTH BEHAVING Pocket Star (Sep 25, 2007)

Aisling Grey
YOU SLAY ME Aisling Grey, Book 1 Onyx (Sep 7, 2004)

FIRE ME UP Aisling Grey, Book 2 Signet (May 3, 2005)

LIGHT MY FIRE Aisling Grey, Book 3 Signet (Nov 7, 2006)

HOLY SMOKES Aisling Grey, Book 4 Signet (Nov 6, 2007)

DEATH’S EXCELLENT VACATION Aisling Grey, part of the series Ace (Aug 3, 2010)

Mysteries / writing as Kate Marsh
GHOST OF A CHANCE Signet (Feb 5, 2008)

Young Adult / Writing as Katie Maxwell
CONFESSIONS OF A VAMPIRE’S GIRLFRIEND Dark Ones, part of the series NAL (Nov 2, 2010)
EYELINER OF THE GODS Smooch (Jul 2004)

Emily Series
THE YEAR MY LIFE WENT DOWN THE LOO Emily Series, Book 1 Leisure Books (Sep 2003)

THEY WEAR WHAT UNDER THEIR KILTS Emily Series, Book 2 Leisure Books (Jan 2004)

WHAT’S FRENCH FOR “EW”? Emily Series, Book 3 Smooch (May 2004)

THE TAMING OF THE DRU Emily Series, Book 4 Smooch (Sep 2004

LIFE, LOVE AND THE PURSUIT OF HOTTIES Emily Series, Book 5 Smooch (May 2006)

 

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