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Book pick: ‘Deep Kiss of Winter’ good read for fans of Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter October 25, 2009

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A lot of times, anthologies leave you wanting more because the stories are too short or just not developed. But DEEP KISS OF WINTER is a good read for fans who are keeping track of Kresley Cole’s vampire/Wroth brother storyline. Gena Showalter returns to Alien Huntress series. So if you’re following either of these series, it’s a nice read.deepkiss (Check out the book video at the end!!! Very hot!!!)

In “Untouchable,” Cole gives us the story of the last Wroth brother — Murdoch, a deadly soldier like his brothers but who is only remembered for his conquests of the ladies. But as a vampire — well — he doesn’t have any desire for sex. And he doesn’t want to find his bride like other vamps.  But then he meets Daniela — Ice Queen — who is part  Valkyrie warrior but also half Icere (yeah — as in ice). Since she’s part Icere, she is sensitive to warm temperatures and must  keep cold at all times. If she touches anyone expect those of her own race — it burns her. So makes sex with her hot vampire kind of tough. Long story short — she’s on the outs with the Icere, who are out to kill her and of course she makes Murdoch’s heart beat again. Funny fate. Of course, for those of us who love Cole’s Immortals After Dark series, this is true to form.  Cole’s heroine is vulnerable yet smart and witty. And we get appearances from Nix & company. And Murdoch struggles with his attraction toward Daniela. I love the worlds she creates — the world of the Icere  — and how she infuses each of these stories with the tight-knit sister bonds of the Valkyrie. Of course — fans of Cole’s series know how things will end. But it’s the getting there that makes it fun.

In Gena Showalter’s “Tempt Me Eternally,” she  returns to her Alien Huntress series. The heroine is a shifter — she can take on the form of any being and you wonder who she really is! She works for the AIR, an elite force that protects Earth from alien invaders — under an assumed identity — Macy — because she doesn’t want anyone to know her secret. But then she meets Breean, who is a Rakan, a race that is beautiful and peaceful. He and his men are looking for a place to live after their planet and most of their population were killed by the Schon Queen. OK — I know, this is starting to sound loopy, but Showalter knits it all together in a very hot story. Breean and his men get involved in a fight with AIR and take Macy and her men captive. What you eventually want to know: Are these folks smart enough to join forces against the Schon Queen? And The shifter storyline is pretty interesting. She eventually reveals her true identity and secret to Breean, who falls really hard for her. I hope their storyline isn’t over because I think there’s more to their relationship and battle with the Schon Queen!
Both stories are great reads if you are into the series. I would recommend reading THE WARLORD WANTS FOREVER, a novella that tells the story of Nikolai Wroth and Myst the Coveted, a mad, fey, mythological creature, before reading Cole’s “Untouchable” because there are lots of references and appearances by Nikolai and Wroth. You can get that novella for free HERE.


Read 1st few chapters of Alyson Noel’s SHADOWLAND October 24, 2009

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If you want a sneak peak of the first couple of chapters in the third installment in her Damon/Ever series — SHADOWLANDCLICK HERE to register on Alyson Noel’s cool site. You have to sign up by Monday and must be at least age 13 to subscribe. Alyson says those who are registered will receive an email next week! Yay!! Also, check out her new book video for SHADOWLAND below. It’s pretty cool!! For more news on where Alyson will be when the book is released Nov. 17, check out her blog HERE.

“Queen of Song and Souls” — contest offers goodies galore before Oct. 27 release October 20, 2009

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Hey, here’s a pretty nifty contest from C.L. Wilson who is counting down the days until the release of QUEEN OF SONG AND SOULS, book No. 4 of the Tairen Soul quintet. Each week, she’s been choosing winners to receive an autographed copy of QUEEN. But the book is due out on Oct. 27 so she’s increased the loot you can win!!!

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She’s added  new artwork from  wildlife artist, Heather Carr, and a carved stone pocket tairen!!! (These tairens are cool!) The photos and descriptions are from her Web site. To enter,   CLICK HERE to get to her blog!
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“Steli Chakai” ~ Original Tairen Art Wall Plaque

Heather Carr brings the fierce defender of the Fey’Bahren pride to radiant life in her original oil painting, “Steli Chakai.” This gorgeous work of art depicts the tairen Steli, fierce chakai of the Fey’Bahren pride, standing in the entrance cavern of the tairen’s lair, Fey’Bahren. Subtle pinks, blues, and lavenders grace the underside’s of Steli’s snowy wings.

A digitized rendition of the painting has been reduced and cropped to 4″x6″ and mounted on a black-stained solid wood plaque suitable for wall display. The complete, uncropped painting is available in giclee or original oil-on-canvas from Heather’s Web site, www.darkparadise.org.

Carved Stone Pocket Tairen

Imported from China, carved from Aventurine, Jasper, Sodalite, and Goldstone, pocket tairen guard the pride. (Note: the Sodalite appears black in this photograph but is actually varying shades of blue and white.) The larger editions of the pocket tairen (Sodalite, Green Aventurine, and Jasper) stand approximately 2″ x 1″ x 1.5″. The Goldstone tairen is slightly smaller.

I comb the crystal shops looking for stone tairen. These four I picked up this year from DragonCon. I’ll be giving away three this week and the fourth will be part of a “Grand Prize” basket of goodies to celebrate Release Day!

Alyson Noel will be at OC bookstore to release ‘Shadowland’ on Nov. 17 October 18, 2009

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For all of you Alyson Noel fans out there — especially in Orange County — she’ll be releasing SHADOWLAND, the third book in2shadowland-NewwClosedEye-722460 her IMMORTAL SERIES, on Nov. 17 (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. at:

Barnes and Noble
791 S. Main St., #100
Orange, CA, 92868
(That’s the one across from MainPlace Mall)

Also — she has a chat scheduled with the ReaderGirlz, on Monday (Oct. 19) from  6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern time, so you can chat with her there if you get a chance.



Sookie book: Which short story do you like best in ‘Touch of Dead’? October 11, 2009

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Have you read it yet? Charlaine Harris recently released a series of previously published short stories about Sookie touchStackhouse in A TOUCH OF DEAD. Which short story did you like the best and why? (Leave a comment below. Also — check out my new poll on Diana Gabaldon/Outlander movie HERE!)

(Here are the stories)

ONE WORD ANSWER

FAIRY DUST

DRACULA NIGHT

LUCKY

GIFT WRAP

(It’s nice that Charlaine was able to get these all published in one volume. Previously, the were appeared in different anthologies.)

For a short synopsis of each story — OK and kind of a review — CLICK HERE to read an article about the book from the Tulsa World, which also includes the previously published list.

Book pick: J.R. Ward’s ‘Covet’ serves up hunky muscle, demons, angels, romance October 4, 2009

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Wondering what J.R. Ward was going to do in her next series? Dot in New York says the debut novel in this new series “has it all.” (And some of us did wonder what J.R. Ward would do next after her Black Dagger Brotherhood series took some odd turns.) Thanks again Dot for another great book pick! Here’s what Dot — our expert on vamp books — has to say about COVET:

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All those who don’t know who J.R. Ward is please raise your hands.  That’s what I thought, no hands are up.  In her debut for her new Fallen Angels Series, COVET, she serves up some more hunky muscle, lots of action, demons and angels and a hooker with a heart of gold.  In other words, this book has it all.  It is impossible to give a plot synopsis without spoilers, but here goes my best effort.

Jim Heron, hunky muscle with a past, is a fallen angel whose task it is to save the souls of seven earthlings and thus save the world.  Since only one human is served up to be saved in this book, it looks like we will get at least six more books in the series, each concerned with one of the seven deadly sins.  The human chosen to be saved from demon influence is wealthy tycoon, Vin de Pietro and his is the sin of greed.  He had inadvertently sold his soul to a demon in his youth and now with Jim’s help is fighting to reclaim it.  Where is the romance?  That is where Marie-Therese, hooker at the Iron Mask, comes in.  It is love at first sight for Vin, but he has to get rid of his demon first.  The demon provides lots of action.  Jim’s buddies help him also to fight the demon.  There is a sub-plot involving Marie-Therese that adds to the suspense.  This is a page turner thanks to the wonderful writing style of this accomplished author.  It is different than the Black Dagger Brotherhood, but I will be waiting in line for the next Fallen Angel book.  Oh BTW, in the back of the book is a sneak peek at her next BDB book LOVER MINE, John Matthews story, due out in April 2010.

Download Kresley Cole’s ‘The Warlord Wants Forever’ for free October 4, 2009

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In case you missed this earlier ….. To celebrate the Oct. 13th release of DEEP KISS OF WINTER, , a duology with Gena kresleycoleShowalter, Kresley Cole is giving away The Warlord Wants Forever. This is  the Immortals After Dark series premiere and it’s free!! Myst the Coveted & Nikolai Wroth’s sexy novella is featured in an ebook series sampler that includes the excerpts from each of the Immortals After Dark installments. Also included? A sneak peek at the cover for PLEASURE OF A DARK PRINCE (Feb ’10) — scroll to the end of the download to see it.  CLICK HERE to download the whole sweet deal. Yup — I downloaded and read it because I like the Immortals series. Yes, there are fun, naughty, sexy parts in it and it’s all the better because Myst is sooooo sarcastic.  If you like Kresely Cole’s IAD series, you will love the novella. I do not have one of those nifty Kindles and was traveling this weekend so I PRINTED OUT (ohmygoshthat’ssooldfashioned!) the novella. Hey — it was worth it to me!


ALBACON adding paranormal romance to panels October 3, 2009

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The folks at ALBACON — the annual convention for all things science fiction/fantasy in Albany N.Y., — for the first time is albacon-orgfeaturing some panels on paranomral romance at its event that starts Oct. 9 at the Sovereign Best Western.  A few of the workshops for writers include:
–Vampires and Zombies are hot.  But what comes next?
–The Paranormal Romance explosion and what it means for Fantasy
–Twilight:  The books, the movies, the mystique — why do girls love it?

Check out their programs HERE.

Susan Hanniford Crowley, SFWA, RWA, Nights of Passion blog, says the public is invited to a group book signing on Friday ()ct.9) from 3-5  that features writers Jackie Kessler, Jessica Andersen, Stella Price, Cat Johnson, Toni Andrews, Virginia Reede, C. Margery Kempe, Roberta C.M. DeCaprio, Melissa Mead, K.A.Laity.  And a special treat for vampire literature lovers: Inanna Arthen, author of MORTAL TOUCH:  VAMPIRES OF NEW ENGLAND series.
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CLICK HERE to register or for more info.

Live chat on Sookie, True Blood, vampires Friday night! October 1, 2009

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My pals over at Last Bite Podcast are going for another live show! The first one was a lot of fun, so if you love the Sookie bitelogo-150x150Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris, HBO’s TRUE BLOOD or anything about vampires, you won’t want to miss live show No. 2 on Friday (Oct. 2) at 5:30 Eastern time. (Alas — I will be at work here on the West Coast so won’t be able to listen in or chat!)

To listen in or chat, go to their page on Blog Talk Radio HERE.  When it’s time for the show to start, you can click on the “upcoming show” and it’ll take you to the live chat and show.

Don’t forget to visit their cool Web site about all things Sookie and TRUE BLOOD at sookiestackhouse.com.

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