This holiday season, join two of today’s most popular paranormal authors for a special look into their worlds, where creatures are always stirring and no one sleeps through the night.... The Bite Before Christmas
The Gift by Lynsay Sands: Teddy Brunswick knows about the immortals among us. He’s worked with them, called them friend - but he never counted on being snowed in with one over Christmas. Katricia Argeneau is a tasty little bundle and she seems to feel the same way about him. Problem is, he’s not sure she feels quite the same way. After all, the snowstorm has derailed her blood delivery, which leaves him the only available meal on the menu....
Home for the Holidays by Jeaniene Frost: Cat and Bones are looking forward to a normal holiday - at least as “normal” as it gets for the combustible vampire couple and their otherworldly friends and family. But their yuletide plans are shattered when a stranger shows up and reveals long-buried family secrets that threaten to take a bite out of their holiday cheer... and lives.
©2011 Lynsay Sands and Jeaniene Frost (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers
why did Jeanine Frost associate herself with Lynsay Sands? I bought the book because I love listening to tales about Cat and Bones - and love Tavia Gilberts narration. Lynsay Sands story was totally uninteresting - the narration even worse.
Lynsay Sands story could have been told in one chapter. I bought the book because I love Jeaniene Frost's stories.
Paula - long, drawn out, boring
Tavia - as good as it gets
do not print Lynsay's story
I still would have bought the book because Jeaniene Frost's part was good - you can just skip the other part.
I am not familiar with Ms. Sands' or Ms. Christensen's work. I have to say this short was a good introduction to each.
I am very familiar with both Ms. Frost's and Ms. Gilbert's work and must confess that I am a bit of a fan gurl to the squee level with each.
Both of these shorts are mini parts of of long-running series involving worlds that each of the authors have been building for years, yet I did not feel that either would be diminished if listened to by those unfamiliar with their writing/worlds.
There were no glaring info dumps and enough knowledge was woven into the stories for one to get a sense of the relationships and personalities.
Each story didn't seem liked edited out chapters of larger works, as some short stories within a long-established world often do.
Ms. Christensen was quite good. Her "speaking" voice is very pleasant, and the character portrayals were excellent. There were minimal character voices needed, a male and female protag and a couple of very small/short secondary characters so it is hard to know the range of how many "male" and "female" characters she has at her disposal, but the ones displayed were excellent. The male protag is an older male, and Ms. Christensen did a nice job of conveying his age upon his first "spoken" words. It took me a way I wasn't expecting, but I needed to know this character is an older male. The female protag was equally well done, conveying personality and "age" spot on.
Not having read any of Ms. Sands' work, I can't tell if her world building was consistent in this short. The writing was tight and well edited.
Ms. Gilbert, what can I say. I love her narration on the Frost books, so much so I am afraid to listen to her multitude of other works for fear I would be waiting for Cat and Bones to show up. But my, what a fabulous job she does with the characters and "feel" of Cat and Bones and all their strong supporting characters. In the Frost books there are always different accents, different languages thrown in. While I have no idea what ancient Eqyptian sounds like, I would put money on it sounding as Ms. Gilbert permforms it. There are always a large number of characters in Ms. Frost's Cat and Bones books and I never have any problem discerning who is speaking.
Ms. Frost's world building is consistent. I have yet to detect a rewriting of history, as it were, to make a story work. The characters are consistent in their behavior, both in the story and in the interaction within the family of characters. I have read so many of her books that Cat and Bones and Ian and all the others feel like family and I enjoy seeing what is going on in their lives. But Ms. Gilbert's voice is so intrinsic to my Frost experience I find I can't read the books, they must be narrated by Ms. Gilbert. I honestly don't think that is a "good" thing, but she adds so much to my enjoyment of the series I am okay with it.
Jeaniens Frost's story are lovely and sweet. somehow can't bring myself to finish the Lysay Sands's story.
Cat and Bones of course, it is really nice to read through the night huntress series to see the development of their love relationship, not just happily ever after, somehow make it all felt more connected, realistic and grounded ( ye i know this is in the world of vampires. ) i have to say i am so sick of fair tale love story now,
have to say i am not very fond of performance of Ms Christensen.
love Cat performed by Tavia Gilbert.
Lysay Sands's story nearly bored me to death.
Jeaniens Frost's story made me both laugh and cry.
extreme comparisons of good and bad novels.
I enjoy my audio books since I can listen to them while I do other things whereas reading I'm sitting and only reading and nothing gets done. I enjoy both forms of the book though but will admit I have only actually read the book once since I can do other things (like driving) while I listen to them!
What I liked best was finding a new author to follow and a new series to fall in love with! I have listened to and read all of Lynsay Sands' books along with all of my other favorite vampire authors... all of whom I'm sitting and waiting on new books to come out.... so I was having trouble finding something to listen to/read while I wait. This book filled my plate for a while and gave me another series to sink my teeth into! I was totally not expecting that to come from this book as none of the other compilation books have done that before!! So, while both stories in the book are great and I enjoyed them both, finding a new author I love is the best thing of all!
Both readers are great! They handle the foreign accents much better than I do when I read the books.
I loved the scene by Lynsay Sands where Teddy thinks he has died and gone to heaven! That was just too funny!
This is the first compilation book that I have actually loved both of the stories from! I have all of the other compilation books for the Argeneau Vampires and this is the only one that I have actually fallen in love with the other authors from! While both stories are continuations in other series, they are both stories that you can actually read/listen to without first reading the rest of the series first. While I may know now what is to come at the end of the Bones and Cat stories, I had no problem listening to the end before I knew the beginning and the whole story!
Words I live by: Charm is a glow within a woman that casts a most becoming light on others~Jason Mason Brown
Frost and Gilbert is an awesome team and of course I love Bones and Cat entire series. Sands short story is good but wasn't a fan of Christensen.
Cat and Bones
Gilbert's many times and I just love how she narrates. Christensen never before and personally not a fan of her voice.
I love Home for the Holidays story!!! Very interesting and liked how it flowed. Cat and Bones always makes me feel that their relationship is real.
Worth a buy.
A great read for any night huntress fan, I only listened to that one cause I have not read Lynsay Sands books yet, but it was a awesome but short story, in true cat and Bones style, if your like me and miss your old friends listen up and we all know Tavia Gilbert, is one of the best narrators out there, she makes it real. Give it a try, you wont be disappointed.
I love paranomal thriller/horror novels. Favorite authors are Molloy Harper, Laurell K Hamilton, Chlorie Neil, Sheryln Kenyon & Steven King
All of Jeaniene's books are alot of fun. I like that her writing is somewhat light hearted.
Believer in what you can't see
I already have tried the audiobooks from Jeaniene Frost/Tavia Gilbert and I really like the series. Lynsay Sands audiobook wasn't as interesting though.
Not really, this story doesn't represent most of the stories of Cat and Bones. It felt like a force theme.
Lynsay Sands' story was all right but not very interesting.
Tava Gilbett is always wonderful to listen to, but this is the first time I listen to Paula Christensen. Paula voice is nice to listen to, but the story didn't do anything for me.
If the story written by Lynsay Sands was not part of this recording.
I enjoy the creativity of Ms. Frost. I would never listen to Sands again
Better story by Sands
Sands wrote a sexual fantasy which was not what was indicated in the preview. The story was flat and had little to keep the interest of the reader. If it had been a book, I would have found few pages worth reading.
I would have cut her whole short story.
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
yes...I started the print one, then caught this on sale and devoured it!!!
In story one Katricia, in story two Cat!!! Katricia was deserving of love, and was clearly ready for it...And Cat is just always awesome!
In story one it was the ending....and in story 2 it was also the ending...both were great,,,and Cat was hilarious on that boat!!!
Same as the Title...
I love Jeaniene Frost, and am going to give Lynsay Sands a try now...great little Christmas tale...loved it a LOT!!!!
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