Review: The Three Fates of Ryan Love

The Three Fates of Ryan Love is the second in Erin Quinn’s series about the Beyond. When a mysterious woman shows up outside Ryan’s bar with a warning that he’s about to die in an explosion if he doesn’t flee with her, he ends up running despite his doubts. As the two navigate their attraction for each other and the fate that faces them, they must decide how much to trust each other.

This book has a unique paranormal world filled with demons, goddesses, reapers, seers and more. Despite reading this book prior to reading the first book (The Five Deaths of Roxanne Love) in the series, I was able to fill in the gaps enough to follow the story and understand the world. The attraction between Ryan and Sabelle sizzles and the sex scenes are well-written to move the story forward and not just tantalize.

The story felt a little unbalanced to me. The first half spent a lot more time focused on Ryan and Sabelle’s growing relationship, but I didn’t feel like that much actually happened. There was a lot of soul searching and back story, and I just didn’t feel all that engaged by the looming danger in the story (as I did in the first book, which I went back and read directly after finishing this one). This could have been partly due to not having read the first book and therefore not having as complete a view of the world. The action in the last half of the book kept me riveted, though. I also thought that the “three fates” in this book weren’t as integral to the plot as the “five deaths” were in book one.

Perhaps obviously since I picked up the first book, I enjoyed this book. I give it four cat kisses. And as a bonus, I’d give the first book 4.5 cat kisses. Oh, and I love the titles!

4 cats


An oracle unexpectedly transforms her destiny when she alters the fate of the man she loves in this thrilling second novel from award-winning romance author Erin Quinn’s captivating new series.

Will love be their salvation . . .

When Ryan Love discovers the mysterious Sabelle alone and terrified in his parking lot, he has no idea that helping the beautiful woman will be tempting fate. She says she’s an oracle from the Beyond, which seems crazy. But within moments of meeting her, Ryan’s entire life goes up in flames. He doesn’t know what to believe, but one thing is clear—now both their lives are in danger.

. . . or their downfall?

For years, Sabelle has guided Ryan’s fate. But by breaking the rules to save his life, she sets off a chain reaction with deadly consequences.  Now she’s hunted by her enemy, her future and her heart in Ryan’s hands. In the dangerous race to restore order, Ryan discovers he cannot live without Sabelle, his seductive and devoted prophet. But can he protect her from the dark forces closing in—or will he die trying?

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Erin Quinn writes dark paranormal romance for the thinking reader. Her books have been called “riveting,” “brilliantly plotted” and “beautifully written” and have won, placed or showed in numerous awards. Go to www.erinquinnbooks.com for more information.  Look for The Three Fates of Ryan Love in January 2015 from Pocket Books.

Guest Post: Favorite Pets…by JM Stewart

Today I’m happy to welcome author JM Stewart, who’s talking about one of my favorite topics: pets!


Thanks for having me, Katya!

When pondering the topic for today’s blog, Katya was kind enough to give me a list of topics that are popular with her readers. Since I think I must be the only writer in the world who doesn’t have a favorite word (I know, I know, strange right?)…I thought I’d share my fur babies with you all.

Now, I can’t begin without introducing you to miss Ruby Jewels. She’s been gone probably close to four years now, but I still miss her very much. I think she’s still with us in spirit. Every once in a while, out the corner of my eye, I still think I see her coming up the hallway.

We got her from another family when she was 5. She was a German Shepherd/Husky mix and the family we got her from said if we were looking for a guard dog, she wasn’t it. Boy were they right. She was afraid of everything. lol She loved kids, though. She often got out of the backyard, and you’d find her around the corner hanging out with the neighbor’s kids. Every Halloween, she’d help me greet the kids at the door. She died at the ripe old age of 14, so she lived a good long life.

When Ruby died, she left a big hole. Six months later, we decided we wanted to fill it. So, we scoured the local shelters and came across this girl. This is Misty. She’s a lab/shepherd mix, and what I didn’t know about the breed when I got her was how energy they were. This dog has grasshopper legs. Can jump straight up and look over the 6 foot privacy fence in the backyard. :)

She’s the sweetest thing you’ll ever meet. She greets us like she hasn’t seen us in forever…even if you’ve only been in the shower for 20 minutes. She has a scary sounding bark, has stopped more than a few would-be solicitors in their tracks several feet from the door, but she’s only scary from this side of the door. Open that door and come inside and she’ll high-tail in the opposite direction. :)

And last but not least is Tiger. We got her from a shelter also. She’s a Chihuahua/French Bulldog mix and was all of 2.5 pounds when we got her. Tiger is the queen of this house. She’s very smart, and very stubborn. She does what you want…if it suits her. lol She wants to be wherever you are, preferably in your lap, so she’ll often follow me around the house (yup, including into the bathroom). When she wants you to pet her, she’ll reach out a paw and pull at your hand.

But she’s my hubby’s girl. Her favorite place in the whole world is in his arms (who can blame her?). She insists on snuggle time every day when he gets home from work, and he does anything she tells him to. lol

So those are my babies. Tell me about yours!

About the author:

JM writes passionate, heartfelt contemporary romance. She’s a wife, a mother, a spiritualist, and lover of puppies, and happily addicted to coffee and chocolate. She lives in the rainy Pacific Northwest with her husband and two sons. She’s a hopeless romantic who believes everybody should have their happily-ever-after and has been devouring romance novels for as long as she can remember. Writing them has become her obsession.

Her latest release, Whatever It Takes, from Berkley Intermix, is available at all major online retailers.

You can find out more about JM or her books here: Website /Blog /Twitter /Facebook

Laughter is immeasurable: setting a tone for 2015

“Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful though you have considered all the facts.”

-Wendell Berry

Yes, my blog’s been quiet for awhile, but I’ll be resuming doing reviews later this month and will be spotlighting some guest authors.

2014 was a difficult year for my family. My father-in-law passed away in August after months in the hospital. He was only 61. It made for a difficult summer and holiday season.

I also had some illness of my own. I got a serious bout of food poisoning in December that almost landed me in the hospital and had lingering effects for weeks (hey-at least I lost some weight; not that I’d recommend this as a weight loss method, but I like to find silver linings!). A few weeks after recovering, I got the flu, as did my husband and a good portion of everyone I know here in the Midwestern U.S. I’m finally starting to feel a sense of normalcy returning, although normal is never the same after the loss of a loved one.

I don’t share any of this to elicit sympathy. Through hardship we grow, and in their midst, I also have numerous things to be grateful for. Like I continue to sell books. And my husband got a promotion at work. And my problem kitty is doing so well on Prozac. And I have great friends who have helped through the low points of the past year. I even managed to get some writing done, and hopefully you’ll get to see the fruits of those labors this year.

My wish for everyone is blessings in this year and a measure of peace when facing life’s difficulties. Laughter is immeasurable…

Habits for 2015

Last January I wrote about why I don’t believe in goals. I’m still on board with that sentiment. This year, I’m more focused on habits. I’ve quoted Leo Babauta’s Zen Habits blog more than once, and I’m going to do it again. For 2015, he has laid out a habit to develop each month. Success may or may not be mine, but, regardless, this is a good list to tackle.

  1. January: Meditation
  2. February: Healthy eating
  3. March: Decluttering
  4. April: Exercise
  5. May: Unprocrastination
  6. June: Learning/studying
  7. July: Debt reduction (saving/investing)
  8. August: Quitting a bad habit
  9. September: A good start (waking early, yoga, etc.)
  10. October: Gratitude
  11. November: Creating
  12. December: Letting Go