Thursday, December 16, 2010

Review & Giveaway: Lovers & Beloveds by MeiLin Miranda

Lovers and Beloveds: An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom
Smashwords Edition
211 Pages
Published: 9/7/2010

About the Author:
(Taken from last page in ebook)

MeiLin Miranda writes the fantasy novel series "An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom," and the free online serial "Scryer's Gulch: Magic in the Wild, Wild West."  She is on Ravelry as MeiLin, where she issues knitting patterns based on her books.  You can also find her at, where she indulges her perfume addiction, and at, where she is beginning her fountain pen addiction.  MeiLin lives in Portland, OR with her husband, two daughters, two cats and a floppy dog.

There are no pictures of MeiLin on the internet that I could find, so I chose a picture of a carved plum jade rose.  Why, you ask?  Because her pseudonym, 'MeiLin,' means 'plum jade.'  And, as Paul Harvey was wont to say ... "Now you know the rest of the story."

(Taken from Smashwords)

Haunted by his mistakes, naive Prince Temmin must confront the intimate history of his ancestors and decide between the direct, pragmatic path to power offered by the King, and the more spiritual path of the Lovers' Temple. With the help of his family's immortal advisor Teacher, Temmin must make his choice. One will lead to ultimate glory for Tremont, the other to its end, but which one is which?

My Review:

This book surprised me.  I didn't expect to be drawn into an erotic fantastical story like this one, but I was.  When it ended, I wanted to know more ... What happened during Temmin's two years and two days as a Supplicant?  What was the result of Teacher finally knowing that 'it was time?'  What happened to Mattie and the guy that helped her when she twisted her ankle?  There's so many questions that I have that I want to read the second book in the series (hint hint MeiLin!!!).  =)

Reading Lovers and Beloveds brought to mind all of the mythology stories I've read over the  years.  This story has the same type of vibe to it.  There were gods the mortals worshipped, presented gifts and sacrifices to and the gods sometimes possessed the bodies of mortals.

There were definitely some erotic situations in this story.  If you like that sort of thing, which I do on occasion, then this book is for you ... Just make sure you have your sweetie around for when you're finished reading for the night!  =)


The author has graciously agreed to giveaway five ebook copies.  If you would like your chance to win a copy of this fantastic book, just fill out the form below.  Since it will be an ebook, this giveaway is international.  The contest will be open until December 22nd at which time the winners will be chosen and notified via email.  Winners will have 48 hours to respond before another winner will be chosen in their place.

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