J to tha M Review: The Transplanted Tales Series

Rounding Out our Kate SeRine Week Celebration

J and I were going to do a chat review of Kate’s Transplanted Tales series, but our best laid plans did not come to fruition for a couple of reasons. I’ve been lunatic busy and distracted this week, and J abandoned me for the Bobby Long concert in Atlanta this weekend, which, in all honestly is one of the only acceptable excuses for skipping out on your partner in crime, damn her. Second, we realized we’ve already posted all the things we adore about the Transplanted Tales and are bordering on being gushy, which gets close to that fluffcoud line. Since I’m left alone in the wheelhouse this weekend…well, you all know who floats the cotton candy boat around here (hint – it ain’t me). In that light, I made the executive decision to give you all the rundown on the novels that have captured our fangirl love and trust that you’ve picked up enough in the J to tha M chats here and here this past week to get that we’d definitely give the books in the series 5 monkeys right down the line.

I first heard about RED on a blog somewhere when the story first came out and was intrigued enough to put it on my want to read list. A few months later, a note from Kate’s critique partner, Cecy Robson, came across my local Greater Seattle RWA chapter loop that RED was free for the day. I mention this just to show that those free days really can work ;)  I immediately downloaded, and when scrolling through my Kindle carousel for what to read next, saw the fun cover and opened the book.

What do you get when you cross an egomaniacal fairy godmother, an arrogant genie, and a couple of wandering plagiarists whose idea of cultural preservation is stealing the stories of unsuspecting villagers and passing them off as their own?

If I were tossing back a few shots of Goose with the guys at Ever Afters, I might chuckle at such an intriguing setup for what has all the promise of a hilarious punch line–except the punch line of this little beauty isn’t funny at all. ‘Cause what you get, my friend, is a pissing contest of epic proportions.

After I read those first lines from RED, I knew we were going to be friends. Me and the book that is, and I wasn’t disappointed. Haven’t been, as a matter of fact, even three books later. Most of you know how much I enjoy clever twisties in the stories I read, and the Transplanted tales have that in abundance. I could go on and on how Kate has woven the classic fairytales and literary characters together in a way that makes you not only totally buy into her version, but wish there really were Tales from the land of Make Believe living in the Here and Now. If you enjoy a clever weaving of familiar stories and characters turned on their, um, tales, and incorporated into an original and extremely fun new world, give Kate SeRine’s Transplanted tales series a try. Then come back and tell us what you think!

Thanks – M

Transplanted Tales by Kate SeRine

About the Books:

Red by Kate SeRine

RED

“My name is Tess Little. But everyone calls me Red.”

Once upon a time, a spell went awry, stranding Make Believe characters in the ordinary world. Since then, Tess “Red” Little—a/k/a Little Red Riding Hood—has worked as an Enforcer for the Chicago branch of the Fairytale Management Authority. But, consider yourself warned—she’s not just some waif with a basket of goodies. All grown up and with nothing to lose, a gun and combat boots is more her style. And Red’s new assignment threatens to be short on happily ever afters…

Someone is murdering transplanted Tales in gruesome fashion. The list of fictional characters capable of such grisly acts is short and includes more than one of Red’s old flames. And if that wasn’t bad enough, there’s another complication, in the form of sexy, enigmatic Nate Grimm, the FMA’s lead detective and part-time Reaper. Used to following her own rules and living life on the edge, Red has managed to avoid taking on a partner until now. But Nate’s dark side makes him perfect for a case like this. That is, if she can trust him. Because if there’s one thing Red knows for sure, it’s that believing in the wrong person can have big, bad consequences…

The Better To See You by Kate SeRine

The Better to See You

Once upon a time, a spell went awry and Make Believe characters were cast into the ordinary world. And the results aren’t always happily ever after…

Everyone thinks fairy godmothers can do no wrong. But if not for a certain spell mis-cast by Lavender Seelie, Cinderella’s former fairy godmother, the Tales would not be stuck in the Here and Now. Fortunately for Lavender, she’s about to get a second chance at a happy ending…

The Refuge, a sanctuary for wayward Tales, seems like the perfect place for Lavender to start a new life—especially when she discovers an unexpected ally in Seth, the brooding werewolf who’s been typecast as a villain ever since his run in with Little Red Riding Hood. But when humans from nearby towns start turning up dead, their bodies mutilated with archaic Tale symbols, Lavender wonders if Seth’s deep sensuality has blinded her to the truth. And that distraction could put innocent lives in danger. Including her own…

Along Came a Spider by Kate SeRine

Along Came a Spider

Along came a spider…

When Trish Muffet is attacked at a grisly crime scene, the last person she expects to come to her rescue is Nicky “Little Boy” Blue. But since walking away from everything two years before, Nicky’s been doling out vigilante justice as “The Spider,” taking on the vicious predators of the night in hopes it’ll lead him to his ultimate target – Vlad Dracula. And he needs Trish’s help.

Although Nicky’s renegade style goes against everything Trish stands for, she’ll do what she must to bring Dracula down. With danger stalking her, Trish knows the only person she can count on is the one man who has the power to leave her breathless. There’s no way she’s letting this spider frighten her away…

About the Author:

Kate SeRine (pronounced “serene”) faithfully watched weekend monster movie marathons while growing up, each week hoping that maybe this time the creature du jour would get the girl. But every week she was disappointed. So when she began writing her own stories, Kate vowed that her characters would always have a happily ever after. And, thus, her love for paranormal romance was born.

Kate is a member of Romance Writers of America and of Indiana RWA and has been a finalist in the Fire and Ice Contest (2010), the Finally a Bride Contest (2010), and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence (2013), and is the recipient of The Emily (2012) and the National Readers Choice Award (2013). She is represented by Nicole Resciniti with the Seymour Agency.

Kate lives in a smallish, quintessentially Midwestern town with her husband and two sons, who share her love of storytelling. She never tires of creating new worlds to share and is even now working on her next project.

Find Kate on her website, blog, Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook

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Book Review: The Future of Our Past

Guest Review by Wenisa Conedy

the future of our past by kahlen aymesRyan and Julia. You want to root for their success. You want to go for them to be together and have their happily ever after.
Best friends in college, they both have deeper feelings for each other but they were afraid of ruining the friendship so they never said anything. But now that college is over, Julia is off to the west coast to try her luck in Los Angeles. Ryan is heading to Boston to be a medical student at Harvard. The impending Separation has made them realize they need to be honest with each other as each person feels pain at just the thought of being a part and not seeing each other for many months.
The Future of Our Past is first of a trilogy and shows how Ryan and Julia open up to each other about how they feel, their plans for the future, their budding romance and how they deal with the separation. For me, book one’s story development is a tad slow. There are a few chapters I thought were added for fluff rather than plot or story development. A few characters and situations were introduced that could have added a bit of conflict to the story but didn’t.
I applaud that the author didn’t make Julia a simpering wallflower who would cave to the demands of Ryan. She is independent yet caring. She takes care for Ryan, but doesn’t sacrifice her ambitions because he demands something else. She is emotional yet strong. Ryan would do well to take a page out of her book and trust in her decisions.
I would have liked to see more of how they both mature from where they were in college. I was hoping that there would  be some  character growth and maturity, more plot development – laying a solid base for book two and three. Sadly book one did not have that.
I am, however, intrigued and invested to find out how this ends for Julia and Ryan — enough that I am not giving up on this trilogy and plan to purchase book 2 shortly.
book review the future of our past kahlen aymes

About the Book

Julia Abbot and Ryan Matthews have been inseparable best friends since the moment they met. Each of them fight an internal battle unwilling to risk their incredible friendship but unable to quell their deep longing for the other. On the verge of his departure to medical school and to her new job on the opposite coast, Ryan and Julia are forced to face the undeniable truth of their deeper feelings.

About the Author

Kahlen is an award-winning author of sizzling hot, deeply moving contemporary romance. Her stories are filled with intense love, passion, angst and emotion that breathes life into her characters and leaves her readers captivated. She lives near Omaha, Nebraska with her daughter, Olivia and their three dogs. Creative by nature, she enjoys the arts, music and theater… But the love of her life is writing!

Represented by Elizabeth Winick-Rubinstein of McIntosh & Otis Literary Agency, the first two books in her series; The Remembrance Trilogy are available now. Follow her on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter, or visit her website.

About the Reviewer

Daughter, wife, friend and aunt –  thats me in a nutshell. There are a handful of important things in my life: My husband, my family my friends, my pup and my books. I  am a  life-long lover of books who discovered reading  at age 5 and grew up in a such a humid environment that I locked myself in the only cool room in the house to read – the bathroom. Reading takes me to realms and worlds where I can spend long hours meeting unforgettable characters (Hello Fifty), savoring, living and experiencing  their exciting, glamorous, dangerous, adventurous, angst filled or humor riddled lives from the safety of my favorite armchair. I love discovering new books and stories and recommending them to my friends and family.


Book Review: The Future of Our Past

Guest Review by Wenisa Conedy

the future of our past by kahlen aymesRyan and Julia. You want to root for their success. You want to go for them to be together and have their happily ever after.
Best friends in college, they both have deeper feelings for each other but they were afraid of ruining the friendship so they never said anything. But now that college is over, Julia is off to the west coast to try her luck in Los Angeles. Ryan is heading to Boston to be a medical student at Harvard. The impending Separation has made them realize they need to be honest with each other as each person feels pain at just the thought of being a part and not seeing each other for many months.
The Future of Our Past is first of a trilogy and shows how Ryan and Julia open up to each other about how they feel, their plans for the future, their budding romance and how they deal with the separation. For me, book one’s story development is a tad slow. There are a few chapters I thought were added for fluff rather than plot or story development. A few characters and situations were introduced that could have added a bit of conflict to the story but didn’t.
I applaud that the author didn’t make Julia a simpering wallflower who would cave to the demands of Ryan. She is independent yet caring. She takes care for Ryan, but doesn’t sacrifice her ambitions because he demands something else. She is emotional yet strong. Ryan would do well to take a page out of her book and trust in her decisions.
I would have liked to see more of how they both mature from where they were in college. I was hoping that there would  be some  character growth and maturity, more plot development – laying a solid base for book two and three. Sadly book one did not have that.
I am, however, intrigued and invested to find out how this ends for Julia and Ryan — enough that I am not giving up on this trilogy and plan to purchase book 2 shortly.
book review the future of our past kahlen aymes

About the Book

Julia Abbot and Ryan Matthews have been inseparable best friends since the moment they met. Each of them fight an internal battle unwilling to risk their incredible friendship but unable to quell their deep longing for the other. On the verge of his departure to medical school and to her new job on the opposite coast, Ryan and Julia are forced to face the undeniable truth of their deeper feelings.

About the Author

Kahlen is an award-winning author of sizzling hot, deeply moving contemporary romance. Her stories are filled with intense love, passion, angst and emotion that breathes life into her characters and leaves her readers captivated. She lives near Omaha, Nebraska with her daughter, Olivia and their three dogs. Creative by nature, she enjoys the arts, music and theater… But the love of her life is writing!

Represented by Elizabeth Winick-Rubinstein of McIntosh & Otis Literary Agency, the first two books in her series; The Remembrance Trilogy are available now. Follow her on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter, or visit her website.

About the Reviewer

Daughter, wife, friend and aunt –  thats me in a nutshell. There are a handful of important things in my life: My husband, my family my friends, my pup and my books. I  am a  life-long lover of books who discovered reading  at age 5 and grew up in a such a humid environment that I locked myself in the only cool room in the house to read – the bathroom. Reading takes me to realms and worlds where I can spend long hours meeting unforgettable characters (Hello Fifty), savoring, living and experiencing  their exciting, glamorous, dangerous, adventurous, angst filled or humor riddled lives from the safety of my favorite armchair. I love discovering new books and stories and recommending them to my friends and family.