Mandy Roth was kind enough to let me gush about her writing. Wait a minute… Well, anyway, she donated a copy of Talons: King of Prey, available now at Samhain Publishing. Wouldn’t you like to read it? I’m giving away a copy this week to one lucky, and I mean lucky member of my Yahoo group. All you have to do to enter if you are part of that group is tell me anything you’ve read of Mandy’s, or what you’d like to read of hers. But you have to be a member :o)
In any case, here’s what I thought! Mandy has my penchant for good one liners, but she comes up with better ones. This novella is chock full of them, as well as a sexy winged king who is incredibly lovable for no reason I could really figure out. What I mean is that it takes a lot of talent to create a compelling, gorgeous, sexy (oh, and she put in one of my all-time favorite type scenes…shudder) hero who you should think is arrogant but is actually so incredibly charming you fall in love along with the heroine. Kabril is our guy. He has to save his world, and lucky for Rayna, he has to swoop through a portal to Earth and find the nasty, smelly, icky Earthling the Oracle has predestined for him. She’s really not smelly, it’s just that he’s not a big fan of the planet. And he’s really not into the whole idea (“Nothing called ‘wooing’ could be good.”) Well, he changes his mind rapidly once he sees Rayna, who conveniently has a thing for avian nature. So the whole winged immortal thing may not turn her off too much. It won’t turn you off, either, I promise.
Mandy packs everything you need into a novella-length fairy story–love, sex, a world we’d all like to try on for size (even with its warring), some intrigue, some excitement, a solid secondary character, and oh, did I mention sex? Two wingtips way up–this is great stuff. You won’t be scratching your head over the deep significance of the story, but you’ll end up smiling as if you ate a nice, gooey fudge sundae. I can’t wait to get my print copy of the entire Talons anthology.
Don’t forget, a copy to one member of my loop! Contest ends Friday.