Monday, November 16, 2015

#Blog Tour/Review/Giveaway - Wilde Card by Jenn Stark (Paranormal Romance)

Series: Immortal Vegas # 2
Format: Digital E-Book, 236 pages
Release Date: November 17, 2015
Publisher: Elewyn Publishing
Source: Barclay Publishing
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Digital ISBN: 978-1-9437-6802-8


All that glitters may not be gold.
When an antique gold show comes to Vegas, Tarot-reading magical artifacts hunter Sara Wilde’s job is simple: locate and liberate a set of relics rumored to give their bearers access to an ancient, incredible power. With whispers of a war on magic racing through the Connected community, every psychic, mystic, warlock, and witch descends on Sin City to claim the relics first. But no one wants these talismans more than Sara’s client: the insufferably arrogant, criminally sensual, absolutely untrustworthy Magician.
And what the Magician wants…
Sara’s heist takes a turn for the trickier as the smoky-eyed specter from her past, Detective Brody Rooks, is assigned to investigate a break-in at the gold show, forcing her to confront the one man in Vegas she can’t bluff. Even worse, just as she finally gets her hands on the goods, the game changes anew. The resulting chase leads her across the world to an ancient Egyptian temple filled with secrets, deception… and hints about her own abilities that could change everything. Desperate for answers, Sara is forced to turn to the one person she knows will lie, cheat, manipulate and steal to get whatever he craves. Only now, it seems, the Magician wants her.
Sometimes, when the deck is stacked against you… you’ve got to play the Wilde Card.

Wilde Card is the second installment in Jenn Stark's Immortal Vegas series featuring Tarot card reading relic hunter Sara Wilde. Sara, as we have learned, has the unique ability to use her cards as a compass to find anything. We have also learned that Sara will do anything to protect the innocents called Connecteds from being hunted down and killed by a powerful group known as the Sanctus.

Sara's primary employer is the Arcana Council led by the mysterious, and powerful Magician Armaeus Bertrand. As the story opens, Sara is once again on a mission to locate a valuable and powerful artifact in China. This time it's the Crown of Genghis Khan. Although it's not the main part of the story, it's still provides a major clue that will eventually show up later in the story. I don't believe I am spoiling anything since I am not telling you what the clue is.

The most important part of this story is the arrival of The Rarity to Las Vegas for the first time in recent memory. The Rarity brings in all sorts of investors, collectors, arcane artifact marketers, and various collectors of black market goods. It also brings enemies to town like flocks of seagulls. Sara, who is still dealing with the after effects of Getting Wilde, is also required to be High Priestess Eshe tool, saving the Connected, and facing a huge piece of her past that she still hasn't solved yet.

I love this series and can't wait for the third installment, called Born to be Wilde, coming February 2016. I love Sarah. I love her sarcasm, her wits, her courage, her unknown magical powers that grow leaps and bounds each novel. I love the fact that she stands Guardian for those who can't protect herself against those like Sanctus. I love that she uses the money she makes in searching for artifacts to help more Connecteds. I love that she tries hard not to be anyone's pawn.
I love that this series is based on Arcana Tarot cards like the Musician, The Fool, The Devil, etc. I do hope that we get a chance to meet the missing Arcana members. Loved that there is a DRAGON in this story! A DRAGON. IN. LAS VEGAS! Think on that. I am tempted by the possibilities for Sara. Especially since the ending is rather enlightening. I definitely want to know more about Sara and the Dragon and what happened to her 10 years ago that made her flee her hometown. I want to know if Stark will allow Sara a bit of romance with either Detective Brody, who I like, or Armaeus who seems to be able to push all the right buttons. Best of all, I love fact that Sara is finally home, and can stop running. 

Chapter One

I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t even blink. Six foot two of hard-bodied ex–Special Forces operative was snugged up against my backside, and I was totally falling for him.
For about eight thousand more feet.
My helmet crackled. “You’re doing great.”
“Unghflun.” Worse, we were still spinning. They’d told me the spinning would stop, but it didn’t feel like it was stopping. It felt like we were dying. And of all the ways to die, French-kissing a cliff at a hundred miles per hour had not made my short list. It gave a whole new meaning to the phrase “terminal” velocity.
“Right on target.”
Something shuddered above us, and I shifted from sprawl to nearly vertical in a sudden blur. I squinted up past the man carabinered to me in not nearly enough places, to see that our parachute had deployed.
That would be the “Low Opening” portion of this joyride into the Siberian mountain range surrounding Lake Baikal. The “High Altitude” section had been covered by our plunging six-mile drop from a souped-up jet now well on its way to Beijing.
Getting off this rock without alerting the local military would be its own special kind of crazy, but I was down for that. Pretty much any kind of crazy that got me away from Vegas and the Arcana Council for a few days worked for me.
“Drop point,” echoed in my ear.
Beside us, two other barely discernible shadows rocketed through the predawn gloom. We were aiming for a strip of gravel tucked between two sheer cliffs where, according to my client, X marked the spot for the ultimate Mongolian treasure: the crown of Genghis Khan. Rumored to give its wearer the Khan’s magical mojo for protection, abundance, and crazy long life.
Then again, said crown was apparently resting on the head of a dead guy right now. So there was that.
Another crackle in my helmet. “Bend your knees.”
“If I had a dollar…”
My guide’s laughter carried through our final several hundred feet of descent, and suddenly we were on the ground, a tumble of arms, legs, and high-tech padding. With impressive military precision, mission leader Zander “Call me Zee” James broke up with me without remorse, thrusting me aside. I lurched drunkenly to my knees as he slowed his run then turned to his parachute and punched it into submission.
The other men landed beside us, neatly outrunning their chutes, and I ducked to avoid a fine spray of rocks stirred up by the movement. Zee stripped off his HALO suit, oxygen mask and gear like he was shimmying out of swim trunks, and shoved them into a we-were-never-here-sized nylon bagel for easy transport out. He flapped his hand at me for mine and I shoved them at him in a big ball. “Report?” he snapped.
Zee’s right-hand man squinted down at a device attached to his wrist. “No heat signatures,” he said, aiming the thing at the rock wall. “Wall” was being kind. The cliff face surged up as if an angry god had punched through the earth’s crust, all crags and fissures and sharp edges. “Seismic activity currently stable.”
As if to counter his words, another crackle of falling rocks sounded high above us. “Right.” Zee squinted up. “At dawn, this place’ll light up like the surface of the sun. We don’t want to be here for that. We get in, we get out, we get gone.” His gaze shifted to me. “Ready?”
I nodded, then tugged down the zipper of my tech suit to fetch my own tools of the trade, my trusty pack of Tarot cards.
With the deck as my compass, I could find about anything—for a price. As it happened, a hundred G was a heck of a price. That kind of money translated to at least three more Connecteds hidden away from the dark practitioners who wanted to use them for spare parts. Not enough to save them all, no. But enough to count. I had to believe that.
“Sometime today, princess.”
Double-tasking one set of fingers to offer Zee my opinion of his people management skills, I used the other to pull a scatter of cards out of the deck.

Here we go.

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WILDE CARD by Jenn Stark is an exciting and sexy story about a Tarot-reading magical artifact hunter who is falling under the spell of the mysterious Magician, while trying to avoid a war within the magical community and herself.  Readers will be in for a wild(e) ride with the second installment of the Immortal Vegas series which is a cross between the Adventures of Owl Series by Kristi Charish and Lara Croft Tomb Raider.

Praise for Getting Wilde (Immortal Vegas #1):

Jenn Stark’s Getting Wilde kept me riveted from cover to cover.  Hilarious, sexy, and thrillingly high action with a kick-ass herione and a bone-dissolving hero (AKA my new book boyfriend!).  GET THIS BOOK!” - NY Bestselling Author Darynda Jones

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One Book Two     Review
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  I Smell Sheep    Guest Post

November 17th
T&L Book Reviews    Guest Post + Interview + Spotlight
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November 18th
What the Cat Read    Guest Post
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 Buffy’s Ramblings  Spotlight
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November 19th
Book Loving Pixies    Spotlight
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I Read Selfies   Spotlight

November 20th
Tammy’s Tea Time    Review
Goldilox and the Three Weres   Author Interview + Review
Lisa of Literature  Author Interview
 Sexy Bibliophiles  Review
 Travels n Reads   Review
Other Books in the IMMORTAL VEGAS Series

Book 0.5 is available at Amazon | iTunes | Kobo | Nook

Book 1 is available at Amazon | Kobo | Nook | iTunes

About Jenn Stark:

Jenn Stark is a Golden Heart award-winning author of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. She lives and writes in Ohio. . . and she writes a LOT.   In addition to her work in paranormal, she is also author Jennifer McGowan, whose Maids of Honor series of Young Adult Elizabethan spy romances are published by Simon & Schuster, and author Jennifer Chance, whose Rule Breakers series of New Adult contemporary romances are published by Random House/LoveSwept.

The world of her first paranormal romance, which was previously titled BLACK JACK, has now been reimagined as the setting ONE WILDE NIGHT, GETTING WILDE and WILDE CARD, all to be published in 2015, with BORN TO BE WILDE to follow in early 2016!

Connect with Jenn:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon

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1 comment:

  1. Weee! Definitely reading this soon! I need me some good UF. I hope I don't get blue balls though, the last one was a painful tease!