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Teaser Tuesdays: River of Eden by Tara Janzen


If it’s Tuesday, then this is a teaser.

Introducing Teaser Tuesdays here at Ye Olde Sweet Rocket. Here’s how it works:

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read/nearest book
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

So if you have a blog, play along by posting your teaser/link to your blog in the comments. If you don’t have a blog, share anyway in the comments!

Now that all that’s out of the way, here’s my teaser, from Tara Janzen’s River of Eden:

Amazon Annie, he’d heard her called before the unfortunate Woolly Monkey Incident, as the case came to be known. Afterward, she’d only been called persona non-grata.

Ho now. If a Woolly Monkey Incident doesn’t pique your interest, you’re either dead or just plain boring. I’m going for boring.

Interested yet? Here’s the book synopsis, courtesy of Goodreads:

In the heart of the rain forest lies a prize Dr. Annie Parrish is willing to risk her life for, an extraordinary orchid known to the Indians as “The Messenger.” With her resources dwindling and time running out, only one man comes cheap enough and is skilled enough to take her deeper into the savage reaches of the Great Green Hell known as the Amazon.

William Sanchez Travers has macaw feathers tied in his hair, a week’s worth of beard, and a shaman’s crystal hanging around his neck, convincing Annie that even the wildest stories she’s heard about him don’t tell the tale. A Harvard-trained botanist, the once world-renowned professor lost his reputation – and some say his mind – when he vanished from his camp on the Rio Cauaburi and disappeared for a year in the forest. Now he’s back, in a seedy waterfront bar with a beer in his hand and a mulatto woman doing the lambada on his lap – and against every ounce of common sense she has, Annie’s about to make him a deal.

The last thing Will needs is a woman whose secrets run as deep and dark as his own. A renegade in her own right, the legendary Amazon Annie is a magnet for trouble – and he’s already got plenty. He’s out to destroy a devil named Corisco Vargas, before the twisted army major can unleash his nightmarish forces on the whole of the Amazon. Trapped between a shaman’s mystical visions and the violence of the real world, their journey quickly becomes one of desperate danger. But which force will rule their fate – justice, vengeance, or a power as potent and seductive as the Amazon itself?

That’s one hell of a synopsis, too!

From what little I’ve read so far, this one’s a dandy. Think Romancing the Stone. Great read.

So what are you reading, babies?


Author: J.E.

Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

6 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesdays: River of Eden by Tara Janzen

  1. Thanks, Miss Ruby – glad you’re enjoying ROE 🙂 shared this post on my facebook page, and here’s my Teaser from Kathleen Woodiwiss, The Wolf and the Dove: It is rumored that in a deep valley near the border with Scotland there is a dark glade wherein stands the statue of an iron wolf, brown with rust and twined with creeping vines, moss greening its legs. It is said than only when war rages in the land does the mighty wolf stir and become a warrior – bold, strong, invincible, and savage.

    • I am indeed enjoying “River of Eden” — I read very few contemporaries, so that’s a rare treat indeed!

      As for “The Wolf and the Dove,” I may have to check that out — is this one of those old-fashioned bodice-rippers ;)?

  2. I’m reading Summer at Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs, really good so far. My teaser sentences are, Olivia Bellamy tried to decide which was worse. Being trapped at the top of a flagpole with no help in site,or having help arrive in the form of a Hell’s Angel.
    Love Tara Janzen’s books too by the way, all on my keeper shelf, (G)

    • I can think of lots worse things than being rescued by a Hell’s Angel — it could have been one of the Mongols! I’m going to have to check out more of Tara Janzen’s books, Jacquie. Any recommendations?

  3. ooo, I love this! I’m recently finished Marquita Valentine’s “Twice Tempted.”

    “Perverted granny invited Zoe to join in on the fun as well.”

    “You say y’all and that makes me want to shag you a little.”

    • @Musing Sallie, I am gobsmacked. Really. Perverted Granny?!? Between this and the character being run up the flagpole, I’m beginning to wonder if there isn’t something in the air today 😉

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