Friday, July 30, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Zara and Nick are soul mates, meant to be together forever. But that's not quite how things have worked out.
For starters, well, Nick is dead. Supposedly, he's been taken to a mythic place for warriors known as Valhalla, so Zara and her friends might be able to get him back. But it's taking time, and meanwhile a group of evil pixies is devastating Bedford, with more teens going missing every day. An all-out war seems imminent, and the good guys need all the warriors they can find. But how to get to Valhalla?
And even if Zara and her friends discover the way, there's that other small problem: Zara's been pixie kissed. When she finds Nick, will he even want to go with her? Especially since she hasn't just turned. She's Astley's queen.
This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read selection is:
Yours For Eternity
By Hannah Howell, Kaitlin O'Riley & Alexandra Ivy
Releases August 24, 2010
"Highland Blood" by Hannah Howell - When Adeline Dunbar finds an abandoned baby on her doorstep, she sets out to find his clan. Attacked by a group of demon hunters, Adeline tries to flee her rescuer, vampire Lachann MacNachton. But escaping Lachann proves useless - as does denying the primal hunger he stirs deep within her...
"Taken by Darkness" by Alexandra Ivy - The daughter of a witch, Juliet Lawrence has inherited magical powers - powers that could be quite useful to Victor, Marquess DeRosa, London's most powerful vampire. But that's not all Victor desires of Juliet. He wants the unpredictable beauty in his bed - and he is accustomed to getting what he wants...
For a snippet check out Alexandra's Blog Post here about her newest Guardian Of Eternity Series story.
"Immortal Dreams" by Kaitlin O'Riley - Beautiful widow Grace Sutton is haunted by recurring dreams of a past life and a mysterious, handsome stranger. When Grace meets Stuart Phillips, Lord Radcliffe - the vampire who has been searching for her for over a century - her sensual dreams soon come true in the most unforgettable way...
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Released: May 26, 2010
Source of Review: NetGalley
This was a quick, hot erotic short story by Esmerelda Bishop. I enjoyed the pace of the one-night stand that turned into an unwanted bonding experience Sydney was not planning with mission ‘Get Laid’. All she wanted was to be like a guy a think with her vajayjay and not her heart for a night of sex with a random guy she picked up at a Local club, The Panther’s Lair.
What is her lucky but to get picked up by the hot, young owner of the club, Raimond who most likely picks up a girl every night? Sydney does not know Raimond does not mix business with pleasure but he must have her. Raimond has a French accent so when things get hot and heavy he speaks in French which drives Syndey wild but it also keeps things mysterious. Raimond calls her Mon ame soeur which sounds extremely sex however Sydney does not know that from the beginning he is calling her His Soul Mate.
Every story needs trouble and that comes in the form of John, Syndey’s dangerous ex who hit her once and that was all it took for her to leave but he is not letting her go. Raimond will not let what is HIS be hurt. He protects Sydney with his life but will he lose her in the process.
I really enjoyed Sydney trying to evade Raimond after the one night of mind blowing sex and how Raimond out maneuvered her.
Men are only good for one thing.
Sydney Chase may have sworn off relationships-but she still has needs. So she heads to the Panther's Lair in search of sex: no strings, no emotions. The club owner, dark, mysterious Raimond Decoudreau, is exactly what she's looking for-his French accent alone makes her hot. Fortunately, his mouth has other sinful talents, as well...
Could you start things off by telling us a little about Chicagoland Vampires Series?
Sure. In the Chicagoland Vampires series, we meet Merit, a 27 year-old graduate student who's just been turned into a vampire. She learns that she's expected to become a vampire warrioress, and that there's an entire world of magic and supernatural creatures in the city of Chicago.
If you could change places with one character from your book, who would it be and why?
Probably Merit, the heroine. She has the opportunity to prove that she is more than meets the eye, which is a very appealing opportunity. :)
Do you have a favorite scene or line from Twice Bitten?
I do. My favorite line is this one: "Always remember," he whispered to me, "that you are an uncommon soldier, whatever they say. And you are quite a thing to behold."
I LOVE that line. :)
Mallory is Merit’s sorcerer best friend, Lindsay is her vampire best friend. It there a chance Fallon will become Merit’s shifter best friend?
I can't say for sure, as that would be a spoiler, but I do hope to include more Fallon in future novels.
We learn Merit’s first name in Twice Bitten, and I have to say I thought it would be worse. Do we ever find out why she doesn’t go by it?
Merit gives readers clues to why she goes by her last name in both Some Girls Bite and Friday Night Bites. It's not because the name is unattractive, but because of what it symbolizes. And, yes, I hope she'll have a chance to reveal why she goes by Merit in a future book.
I always enjoy reading short stories from my favorite series that come out in Anthologies with a bunch of different authors. If you could write a particular short story about in Chicagoland Vampires whose POV would you write from?
I would probably write from Mallory's perspective, as I think her magic shenanigans would probably be pretty entertaining. Jeff would also make a great POV, as would Lindsey.
Do you have a current project you’re working on or something you plan to begin soon?
I'm working on the edits for HEXBOUND, the second novel in my Dark Elite series, which will be released in January 2011. I'm also writing the fourth book in the Chicagoland Vampires series, which will be released in July 2011.
Thank you so much Chloe for joining me today. I can’t wait until next July for more of Merit. I did really enjoy the end of Twice Bitten so thanks for that.
Chloe has been generous to offer a signed copy of Twice Bitten to a reader. I will announce the lucky winner on Friday July 30, 2010.
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Monday, July 26, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read selection is:
Death’s Excellent Vacation
Fantasy R & R Anthology
Edited By Charlaine Harris & Toni L. P. Kelner
Releases August 3, 2010
New York Times bestselling authors Charlaine Harris, Katie MacAlister, Jeaniene Frost-plus Lilith Saintcrow, Jeff Abbott, and more-send postcards from the edge of the paranormal world to fans who devoured Wolfsbane and Mistletoe and Many Bloody Returns.
With an all-new Sookie Stackhouse story and twelve other original tales, editors Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner bring together a stellar collection of tour guides who offer vacations that are frightening, funny, and touching for the fanged, the furry, the demonic, and the grotesque. Learn why it really can be an endless summer-for immortals.
Sookie Stackhouse short story
'The Perils of Effrijim' featuring the demon Jim from the Dragon books.
“One For the Money” A Cat and Bones Novella which is set after the events of Destined For an Early Grave in the Night Huntress series so #4.5 in the series.
“The Heart is Always Right” deals with a gargolye who wants to visit Fiji.
-A. Lee Martinez’s “The Innsmouth Nook”
-Christoper Golden “Thin Walls”
It starts with a lonely widower in a hotel room, forced to listen to the raucous sex going on in the room next door, and gets unsettling from there.
“The Demon in the Dunes” Charlaine and Toni asked their cadre of contributors to play travel agent for supernatural creatures and send them on fictional vacations. So, I sent my demon down the Jersey Shore!
Here is a snippet on his blog
Her story deals with a group of American leprechauns at a family reunion in Ireland.
“The Boys Go Fishing” is about Superman and the Eight Immortals.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
A family destroyed. A love threatened. An enemy returns.
Grace Divine made the ultimate sacrifice to cure Daniel Kalbi. She was infected with the werewolf curse while trying to save him, and lost her beloved brother in the process. When Grace receives a haunting phone call from Jude, she knows what she must do. She must become a Hound of Heaven.
Desperate to find Jude, Grace befriends Talbot—a newcomer to town who promises her that he can help her be a hero. But as the two grow closer, the wolf grows in Grace, and her relationship with Daniel is put in danger—in more ways than one.
Unaware of the dark path she is walking, Grace begins to give into the wolf inside of her—not realizing that an enemy has returned and a deadly trap is about to be sprung
By Dee Tenorio
Source for Review: NetGalley
Detective Pale Rysen, an Alpha, is determined to secretly rebuild the Wolf packs from the ashes of genocide. When a killer starts picking off young females looking for sanctuary, it's his job to protect them. Forced to work with a hated enemy, he fears his cover will be blown.
Jade-Scarlet's membership in the powerful Order of the Sibile has always been controversial. A half-wolf, Jade's unstable psychic powers are a disappointment to her mercenary handlers. So when the Oracle commands her to work with Pale, Jade must prove herself...even if it means challenging the enigmatic shifter. Yet Pale triggers more than her curiosity. He sends her into Heat, and the intense sexual attraction could mean losing control of her gifts-something she can't allow. As the number of victims rises, so does the danger. A murderous darkness wants them both dead. But even if they stop the killer, how long can they fight each other?
I really loved this one. Dee put the main characters, Pale and Jade, on a journey where they both grew and changed to be who they were meant to be. They battled each other throughout it because they each had it this notion set in their head on what they thought they were and not willingly to explore the possibility that they could be more.
Monday, July 19, 2010
“Women.” A heavy voice sighed from above me. “Who understands them?”
Pray for salvation . . .
Pray for daylight . . .
Murder has pulled Mira out of the shadows and back into the living world . . .
As the fire-wielding enforcer of the nightwalker coven wrestles with the mind-destroying ghosts of her dark past, the slaying of a senator's daughter in Savannah threatens to expose her kind to the brilliant light of day. The dawn of chaos has come. The naturi have broken free of their eternal prison to feed on the defenseless and unbelieving of an unprepared Earth.
Mira and Danaus—vampire and vampire slayer—must unite to prevent the annihilation of their separate races. But for Danaus the challenge is intensified, for he must also fight the bori who covets his soul. And Mira, the nightwalker he must protect—whose power is the Earth's last hope—is rapidly going insane.
Dark Days Series:
#.5 Unbound (Anthology) prequel
#4. Pray for Dawn
#5. Wait for Dusk
- The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 has been set for release on November 18, 2011 and Breaking Dawn - Part 2 is set for 2012.
-The Host By Stephenie Meyer is being made into a movie by Nick Weschler, and Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz.
-Alex Flinn’s Beastly has a new release date to March 11, 2011
-The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead has sold film rights. Her Blog post
-J.K Rowling’s last installment in The Harry Potter Series is being done in 2 parts. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I is being released on November 19, 2010 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II is being released on July 15, 2011.
-Wings by Aprilynne Pike
-Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins
-Uglies By Scott Westerfeld
-I’d Tell You, But Then I have to Kill You By Ally Carter
-Wicked Lovely By Melissa Marr
-Shiver By Maggie Shiefvater
-Beautiful Creatures By Kami Gracia
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Merit must accept the assignment, even though she knows that she’ll probably regret it. And she’s not wrong. Someone is gunning for Gabriel Keene, and Merit soon finds herself in the line of fire. She’ll need all the help she can get to track down the would-be assassin, but everywhere she turns, there are rising tensions between supernaturals—not least between her and a certain green-eyed, centuries old master vampire.
"Catcher snorted. “If we’re not playing naked Twister, we’re wasting our waking hours.”
“Yep,” Mallory said as she tugged him down the sidewalk, “that’s the love of my life. He’s a romantic at heart."
This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read selection is:
Dark and Stormy Knights
Anthology featuring Jim Butcher, Ilona Andrews, Carrie Vaughn, Vicki Pettersson and others.
Releases July 20, 2010 (Very soon yaya!!!)
They’re the last defenders of humanity, the lone wolf bad boys— and girls—who do dark deeds for the right reasons. Modern day knights who are sexy, funny, mad, bad and dangerous to know because they do what most of us only dream about…and get away with it. In this all-star collection, nine of today’s hottest urban fantasy authors bring us original stories of supernatural, modern day knights that will have readers clamoring for more!
-Jim Butcher "Even Hand"
A Harry Dresden Story that takes place between Turn Coat and Changes, told from Gentleman John Marcone's POV.
-Ilona Andrews "A Questionable Client"
Fans of the Kate Daniels will love to find out how Saiman and Kate met in her short story.
A teaser of Ilona’s novella is here: Blog snippet
-Carrie Vaughn "God's Creatures"
See what Cormac is up to when he's not in the Kitty books.
-Vicki Pettersson "Shifting Star;"
-Shannon K. Butcher
-Rachel Caine "Even a Rabbit Will Bite"
Not apart of any of her series.
-Deidre Knight "Beknighted"
-Lilith Saintcrow "Rockwood and Mrs. King"
Monday, July 12, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read selection is:
Firelight (Draki, #1)
By Sophie Jordan
Releases September 21, 2010
With her rare ability to breathe fire, Jacinda is special even among the draki—the descendants of dragons who can shift between human and dragon forms. But when Jacinda’s rebelliousness leads her family to flee into the human world, she struggles to adapt, even as her draki spirit fades. The one thing that revives it is Will, whose family hunts her kind. Jacinda can’t resist getting closer to him, even though she knows she’s risking not only her life but the draki’s most closely guarded secret.
Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #10
Laurell K. Hamilton
I am now halfway throught the Anita Blake series and I really enjoyed this one. Anita learns that alpha werepacks were missing and all the weres came to her for help. She did not realize who important she was until a very inspiring speech were almost every were in the city raised their hand stating at some point Anita has saved their life from torture, death, or slavery. It was nice they finally recognized her bravery.
Now, lets add another boy to the mix, two boys in love with you is just not enough. Micah, is a leopard King that has come to join Anita and they have a strong connection that cannot be stopped. Their beastlies like each other. However, things get rocky with Richard who still cannot accept what and who he is and who and what Anita is. Lots of issues.
Six months of celibacy have made Anita crave the two men in her life like never before. But merging their powers together will give this mortal woman a taste of immortal hunger that she'll never be able to forget...
"You look wonderful", Jason said.
"No compliments, Jason. I'm unconfortable enough in the lingerie".
"Then by all means take it off".
-Jason and Anita
Next, Cerulean Sins
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #9
Laurell K. Hamilton
This was a nice change to the series with Anita getting away from Jean-Claude and Richard so she could be the Vampire Executioner again. Edward calls in his debt from Anita to come down to Santa Fe and help him hunt an unknown monster.
I really enjoyed learning more about Edward/Ted which was terribly confusing but really interesting. Could Edward really become a family man or has hell froze over? This was really interesting and disturbing for Anita and the reader to see because Edward seemed to know exactly who he was before this book. He is learning about how much he cares about Donna, Becca, and Peter.
Anita gets to hunt, find monsters and work with the police again to help with an investigation instead of her messed up love life. I missed this strong, hard women who could stand up to all who underestimated her. We also get a whole new cast of characters from Edward's back-up to the monsters of Santa Fe. A nice change.
"Put any woman in an area run mostly by men and rumors will fly. Unless you make it very clear that you are off limits, there is also a certain competitiveness that sets in. Some men are either trying to run you out of town or get into your pants. They don't seem to know any other way to deal with a woman. If you're not a sexual object, you're a threat."
Next, Narcissus in Chains
Monday, July 5, 2010
I really enjoyed Roxanne's Bullet Catchers series. I always find guys with a protective instinct are so much hotter for it so a series where these big strong men's job is to be so protective that they would take a bullet for their principel is amazing brave.
Lucy, the a former CIA spy leads her group of merry men like a family. I love how they are scared of her even though they are some of the toughest men in the business. She sends them on job she knows will test them to the fullest because they hardest job is to protect with head when you are thinking with your heart. She always seems to know where to send them so they find happiness and it always works to her advantage because she gets a new member for the Bullet Catcher family.
All the stories are different even though they have the same basic principle of being a bodyguard and protecting someone. They all have love connections that are perfect for each personality.
#1 Kill Me Twice (Bullet Catcher: Alex Romero)
#2Thrill Me To Death (Bullet Catcher: Max Roper)
#2.5 “You Can Count On Me” a novella in I’ll Be Home For Christmas (Bullet Catcher: Raquel Durant)
#3Take Me Tonight (Bullet Catcher: Johnny Christiano)
#3.5 “Reason To Believe” a novella in What You Can’t See (Bullet Catcher: Chase Ryker)
#4 First You Run (Bullet Catcher: Adrien Fletcher)
#5Then You Hide (Bullet Catcher: Wade Cordell)
#6 Now You Die (Bullet Catcher: Lucy Sharpe)
#7 Hunt Her Down(Bullet Catcher: Dan Gallagher)
#8 Make Her Pay (Bullet Catcher: Con Xenakis)
What's next for Roxanne is a spin-off series from one of the bullet catchers, Johnny Christiano whose family is a interesting, dangerous bunch. The new series is called The Guardian Angelinos, the first book is due out in November 2010 called Edge of Sight.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Releases August 31, 2010
Source: Review copy provided by Book It Forward ARC Tours for review.
The Shadow Keepers series has real promise if When Blood Calls gives any hints. I really enjoyed the organization that Sara got a promotion to work for. She is a really good at getting justice against the evils of the world but she has just an upgrade to fight evil that gives most mortals nightmares; vampires, werewolves, and other night creatures who play by different rules. Sara's first case is against the very sexy, very dangerous stranger she slept with just two nights ago, Lucius.
Lucius is a very misunderstood bad guy. He doesn't see the world in black and white but in shades of gray and I feel that is more realistic. Sara believes the system works but when the system fails and puts murders back on the street someone should take care of that oversite so it doesn't bother me. Lucius is like an advenging angel. He does the dirty work and doesn't care that people think he is the evil one instead of the other way around. Sara and Lucius is a good feisty pair.
Sara Constantine is one of the country’s most tenacious prosecuting attorneys—and she’s just secured a well-earned promotion. At first she’s thrilled. Then she finds out her new job involves prosecuting vampires and werewolves. And nothing prepares Sara for the shock she receives when she meets the first defendant she’ll be trying to put away: Lucius Dragos, the sexy stranger with whom she recently shared an explosive night of ecstasy.
When Lucius Dragos kisses the beautiful woman sitting next to him at the bar, he’s only hoping to blend into the crowd and avoid the perceptive gaze of the man he’s following…and planning to kill. But what starts as a simple kiss to secure his cover ignites into a fierce hunger that leads to an all-consuming passion. Charged with murder, Luke knows Sara will do whatever it takes to see him locked away—unless he can convince her that he’s not the monster she thinks he is. And that might mean making the greatest sacrifice a vampire can make.
The Shadow Keepers Series
1. When Blood Calls (Releases August 31, 2010)
2. When Pleasure Rules (Releases September 28, 2010)
3. When Wicked Craves (Releases October 26, 2010)
Cyn Balog on Sleepless Tour
Date: July 17, 2010 at 2:00PM SLEEPLESS Launch, Borders Express, Exton, PA
Venue: Borders Express - Exton Square Mall 610-363-5036
Location: 298 Exton Square, Exton, PA
Type: Author Signing, Sleepless Launch
Judi Fennell’s Catch of a Lifetime
Date: July 24, 2010 at 11:30-2:00 PM
Venue: Borders 215-412-2655
Location: 1 Airport Plaza, North Wales, PA 19454
Type: Book Signing of her third book of her Mermaid Trilogy