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Old 09-08-2010, 02:03 AM   #1
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Lovers and Beloveds: Victorianesque epic fantasy, free 4/16-17

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Fantasy Book Critic 2010 Top 6 Indie Fantasy Book: "A+...If you are a fan of Jacqueline Carey I would definitely urge you to try this one." -- Liviu Suciu

4.6 stars at Amazon over 26 reviews, 4.11 stars over 90 reviews at Goodreads



LOVERS AND BELOVEDS
An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom Book One


When eighteen-year-old Prince Temmin comes of age and joins his father's court, he's unprepared for its politics, assassins and sexual intrigues--and even more so, the King's immortal advisor Teacher, the holder of the royal family's hidden magic. Teacher becomes Temmin's tutor, his lessons contained in a magic book. Through it, Temmin experiences everything each story's characters do, and he's forced to confront serious mistakes in the kingdom's--and his own--past.

His present is no easier. He's falling for beautiful twins--brother and sister--who are the human hosts of the gods of love and desire called the Lovers. Being with them is more than sex; it's a religious calling. But an ancient prophecy says if Temmin heeds Their call it may spell the end of the monarchy, and the King fights him every step of the way.

Temmin must choose: Serve the Lovers and lose his father--and possibly the kingdom--or obey the King and risk the wrath of the Gods.

Set in a Victorianesque world of magic, sexuality, political intrigue and military conquest, Lovers and Beloveds is the first book in the series An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom. Book two, Son in Sorrow, is now out in ebook.

This book is DRM-free!

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"A+... The huge strength of the novel is the writing style which is excellent. ... [V]ery strong Kushiel Legacy vibes...If you are a fan of Jacqueline Carey I would definitely urge you to try this one." -- Liviu Suciu, Fantasy Book Critic Blog

"Everything I adore in high fantasy--lush worldbuilding, political intrigue, and compelling characters--combined with something I rarely find in high fantasy--intelligent, well-written, relevant sex. MeiLin Miranda's a damn fine writer and definitely one I'll be keeping my eye on in the future!" -- M.K. Hobson, author of The Native Star

"[C]aptivating - almost like an anthropological study of sex, identity, gender, relationships, power, fetish, etc. Unlike your normal smut novel or porn piece, the sex is heart-breakingly realistic, full of warts and rough edges. ... Overall Rating: 4.5 stars. Thought-provoking, well-written, emotionally powerful." -- Maria T. Violante, Write, Read, Review blog

"If George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series captures the gritty realism of medieval history, Lovers and Beloveds reveals the intimate and personal dynamics of power in aristocracies. It weaves together a rich multi-layered story that explores how sex and power shape history and individual destiny--sharing a perspective that's beyond the 'men, swords, and thrones' (capital H) history that's often seen in fantasy. ... This is an intelligent, insightful, and beautiful fantasy novel. I highly recommend Lovers and Beloveds." -- Frida Fantastic Indie Speculative Fiction Reviews blog

"If you are a fan of well-written fantasy stories with a strong sexual element, then this book comes strongly recommended." -- Grace Krispy, Mother Lode Book Reviews

"5 stars!" -- Sift Book Reviews blog

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Old 09-10-2010, 04:04 AM   #2
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A book so loved, its fans helped make it happen!
Fans of the original first draft together paid $2500 to get it professionally edited and produced, with nothing expected in return but this story.
Being one of those fans, I realize I may be biased, but this is definitely one of the best books I've read this year. So, yeah, I highly recommend it.

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Author's note: I don't know whether to call this erotica or not; I'm told it's got too much story for erotica, and too much erotica for story. I'll let you decide.
There's sex in it, and it's treated honestly, explicitly, and often - but not always - erotically. And yes, it's too much story around the sex to call it erotica, and too much erotica to call it mainstream fantasy. I'd compare it to Laura K. Hamilton's works, except that, from what I've heard and seen of the Anita Blake novels, Lovers and Beloveds is way, way better at the having an actual, engaging plot aspect than those.

We used to jokingly call it "fantasy with the good bits left in". :-D

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Old 09-17-2010, 12:32 AM   #3
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Thanks, G!

I'll also add that Smashwords has about a quarter of the book available as a preview as well.

Edit: Forgot--here's an unbiased (that is to say, non-fan-already) review:

http://haikujaguar.livejournal.com/8...?view=16840218

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Old 11-23-2010, 03:18 AM   #4
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I just finished reading and reviewing this story. I agree-- too much story to be erotica, and too much sex to be run-of-the-mill fantasy. A very well-written story!
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Old 11-26-2010, 01:01 AM   #5
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The author has provided me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I've written a review here: http://fridafantastic.wordpress.com/...-miranda-2010/

Highly recommended! Also, a free ebook coupon is is available--so get clicking!

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Jacqueline Carey, court intrigue, “story in a story” narrative structures, plenty of fetish fuel goodness

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court intrigue, scenery porn, three way sex, virgin power

Scenery porn means that the descriptions of *everything* is very sensual. That's definitely good
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"Scenery porn." Ha! I'll remember that one. Thanks for the great review, Frida!
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You're welcome! I tag all my blog posts with trope names from TVtropes.com. I'm a massive geek. Heh, here's the entry for scenery porn http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SceneryPorn if anyone's curious or keen on adding Lovers and Beloveds in the Literature section XD

My reviews have gotten hits from people searching for tropes + some keyword, so I think it's neat even if they sound silly.
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I've had this on my wish list for the longest time. Great review Ms Fantastic.
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