Tags: Guardians of the Night, Jenna Black
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Looking for a series? Dot from New York — a regular contributor to this blog — recommends the GUARDIANS OF THE NIGHT SERIES by Jenna Black. (Thanks for the pick Dot!):
Last year I read SECRETS IN THE SHADOWS (book 2) by Jenna Black and really liked it and promised myself to read more of her GUARDIANS OF THE NIGHT SERIES. Well, I got sidetracked and kind of forgot about that promise to myself until recently when I saw her SHADOWS ON THE SOUL (book 3) at the bookstore and it all came back to me in a rush. I brought it home and plopped into my favorite reading chair and actually only budged once to get a diet Pepsi.
Each book follows either a Guardian or a Killer and their love interest. But what is different about Black’s books is the gritty, seedy, violent nature of the vampires she portrays. These are not your sparkly, huggy vampires, not at all. And, yet, they show redeeming natures. Their redemption is usually triggered by the women who love them. Ah-h-h, saving the bad boys.
I liked that these vampires were not all good or all bad. That they had issues that sometimes tried their soulless immortality. Black keeps the story moving with side plots, action and romance as her vampires fight their thirst for vengeance and succumb to their denied desire for love. The action is brutal and the sex is steamy; satisfying read on all fronts. This is an accomplished author. Her prose illuminates a scene and puts the reader in the midst of the story.
Q&A: Meet the shapeshifter hero of ‘Dark Succession’ April 25, 2010Posted by Diana McCabe in Authors, Fun stuff.
Tags: DARK SUCCESSION, shapeshifter, Teresa D'Amario
Dark Succession by Teresa D’Amario
Available at Freya’s Bower Publishing
Nora Hunt is the daughter of former pack leader Sean Hunt and niece to Kieran Hunt. Emotionally and physically scarred after being held captive for weeks, she’s finally ready to move on with her life. But when she meets Ryland, she discovers not only a world of darkness and pain, but discovers Ryland may not be any better than those who held her captive all those weeks.
When Ryland Keegan steps in as Alpha of his dead brother’s pack, he inherits a pack of savage rogue wolven, as well as a legacy of violence, lies and five women held captive within the pack’s confines.
But when Ryland’s pack members start dying one at a time, he must decide if Nora is the catalyst or the killer. Can he trust his True Mate? Or will he be relegated to a life of leading the dregs of Wolven society?
***The Paranormal Romance blog welcomes back Teresa D’Amario with a fun interview for us now that book No. 2 of her True Mates series — DARK SUCCESSION — is out. Instead of interviewing the author, we talk to the hero of DARK SUCCESSION — Ryland. Also, make sure you read to the bottom of the interview to see how you can win a nifty prize from Teresa and to see where she’ll show up next in the blogosphere! — Diana***
Q: Pretend you’re on Twitter. Describe yourself in 140 characters!
Ryland: The Alpha Male. ‘Nuff said.
Q: Have you always been wolven?
Ryland: *Scowls and leans forward* What are you getting at? You think I can’t lead these wolven right because I’m part human?
Q: No, no, I was just wondering, that’s all. Why so touchy?
Ryland: *Settles back in his chair.* Fine. I don’t want to tell tales or let out secrets, but no, I’m only half wolven. But that doesn’t mean I can’t whip every wolven’s ass in my pack. Just let them challenge me. My parentage is not, nor will it ever be, a topic of discussion. I am the Alpha, and that’s all that matters.
Q: *Taking a calming breath.* I’m sure they won’t. I mean … really. OK, back to the interview. When you first met Nora as a child, what did you think of her?
Ryland: She was a whiny little squirt. But I hate when I see bigger kids picking on the younger ones. She needed help, so I helped her.
Q: When you met her as an adult, what was your impression of her, and why?
Ryland: A Rabbit. *Slap.* Ouch, babe, you know it’s true. Let’s say Nora had a few issues to work out. But she’s kewl now, and well worth being my mate.
Q: It sounds like Nora likes to run as a wolf more than you. Am I wrong? And does this have something to do with living in the compound?
Ryland: We have lived different lives. Nora lived where she had the privilege of living in her own forest, where shifting was accepted and safe. My pack has only a few acres, in the middle of human territory. It’s dangerous to shift. But now that we’re together, I visit her old forest and we run there at least once a week. We even have been working with Kieran to have days for my pack to come and have old fashioned hunts.
Q: What does this line mean to you: “Show me your worth as a wolf, show me your worth as my mate?”
Ryland: *lips curling in a half snarl.* My mate has a sense of humor, thinking she could challenge me in front of my pack. But I showed her. She’s mine. Not a one dared move a muscle.
Q: Any more skeletons in your closet we should know about? Or we will be hearing about?
Ryland: I still haven’t found my mother, so there’s always a chance. That, and my father apparently couldn’t keep his pants on, so there’s always a possibility of someone popping up. Doesn’t matter, though. I’ve got Nora to keep me company. I don’t need anymore family.
Q: What actor do you most resemble (and don’t be shy here, though I know you won’t).
Ryland: I’d have to say the closest is Russel, Crow, in “Gladiator,” but the man needs to grow some hair.
Q: Ever think of riding something other than a Harley? If so what?
Ryland: Yeah, I think about riding Nora all the time. *slap* Ouch. Damn, that woman can hit. *rubbing his shoulder*. No, just a Harley. Born to ride, baby. Born to ride.
Q: Fave werewolf books?
Ryland: They write books about werewolves? Won’t catch me reading them. Now Wolven, that’s another thing. Werewolves are more animal than man, where we’re a nice, even mix. But Nora here likes Nalini Singh’s books, she’s got a story about werewolves, I think.
Q: Finally, boxers or briefs?
Ryland: *Arches a brow and glances at his mate, who shrugs.* Who needs things like that? Just one more piece of cloth to get in the way when I shift.
***Teresa — Any other comments on Ryland? He must have been fun to write. I gotta say — loved how you made Nora such a strong heroine. What’s next for you? And any special contests fans can enter? Where do you show up next in the blogosphere?
Hi Diana, and thanks for having us here at your blog. We always enjoy visiting here. I hope Ryland helped with some of your questions. Yes, he was very fun to write. He’s one of my more interesting and alive characters. It didn’t matter what I threw at him, he seemed to respond in such a real way I almost expected him to knock on my door one day. Nora also went through a dramatic change in this book. To see her grow from the abused young woman in SheWolf, to a fully confident Alpha Female was so much fun.
Everyone can visit me on the web at:
My next stop in the blogosphere is at Fang-Tastic Books! I’ll be one of her few Shapeshifter authors to visit, and I’m so looking forward to it!
Now for contests: I’ll be adding some rules down below – but if anyone has any questions to ask Ryland, go ahead and add them in comments. And if you do, you’ll be entered into my $25.00 gift Amazon gift card contest, winner to be selected on or around 1 May. Also, one lucky winner will receive a copy of SheWolf, book 1 of the True Mates series.
- Every question receives 5 entries into the contest.
- Every general comment receives 1 entry into the contest
- Following me on twitter – receives 10 entries into the contest
- Following @mcdiana (Paranormal romance twitter) on twitter, receives 5 entries into the contest.
- Joins my facebook fan page: receives 10 entries into the contest
- Emails me at email@example.com with proof of purchase for Dark Succession – receives 25 entries into the contest.
Make sure you do all your own math, because I’m really bad at it. So add your question/comment, then add up all your entries. I can’t wait to see your questions!
Author of Fever series gets new book deals April 22, 2010Posted by Diana McCabe in Authors, News.
Tags: FaeFever, FeverCon, karen marie moning, Shadowfever
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Karen Marie Moning, author of the popular Fever books, is working on a graphic novel about the Fever world and will write three spinoffs from the series.
About the spinoffs: William Deal of Static Multimedia writes:
Delacorte Press has signed Karen Marie Moning for three new novels that will spin off from her New York Times bestselling Fever series, it was announced today by Gina Centrello, President and Publisher of the Random House Publishing Group, who acquired US/Canadian rights from Amy Berkower at Writer’s House. Moning’s longtime editor, Shauna Summers, will edit the books. (CLICK HERE to read the rest of his story.)
About the graphic novel: Moning posted this on her Facebook page earlier this week:
It’s official — I’m working on a graphic novel for the Fever world! Here’s a clip from Del Rey’s press release: “Because it is set during Moning’s five-book Fever series, the graphic novel will serve as an entry point into the Fever universe, introducing the sidhe-seers and their ongoing battle to protect humans from the immortal Fae, while giving already “fevered” fans thrilling new glimpses into beloved characters.”
And she posted this on her fan forum:
I’m so psyched because I’ve had a story driving me nuts for a while, in the Fever world that I just couldn’t fit anywhere. When Del Rey approached me and asked if I was interested, I jumped at it. They’ve done a fantastic job with Jim Butcher and Patricia Briggs. Mine will be done similar format, hardcover, full color, wonderful art. I’m looking forward to working with the various artists to bring the Fever characters to graphic novel life! I can’t say much about the storyline, yet….but will keep you guys posted as it moves along….
In other news: Moning releases a few names of special guests who will be at FeverCon in Atlanta on Oct. 1-3. From her blog:
Two of my favorite authors and friends Gena Showalter and Kresley Cole are coming to hang out and have fun, sign books and do a workshop or two! Audio book narrator extraordinaire, Phil Gigante will be there and so will my divine inspiration for JZB—actor, Eric Etebari–and they’ve both agreed to rock out with the BloodRush band!
Moning also writes on her blog: “I’m crazy busy writing the never-ending SHADOWFEVER.” (SHADOWFEVER is the last book in the Fever series and comes out Dec. 7.)
Tags: Gena Showalter, Into the Dark, Lords of the Underworld
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I still can’t believe I’m reading stories about guys who opened Pandora’s box and who are cursed. But that Gena Showalter has made me feel kind of sorry for the doomed Alpha dudes and the women who give ’em grief. After I did a series of interviews with Showalter, author of the LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD series as well as ALIEN HUNTRESS and ATLANTIS, she sent me an advance copy of INTO THE DARK, which contains two Lords of the Underworld stories previously published as ebooks. THE DARKEST FIRE and THE DARKEST PRISON, combined with the Atlantis ebook the AMAZON’S CURSE. She offers up some bonus info on the Lords of the Underworld and other cool stuff at the end. (Release date is April 27.)
I did like most of this book as short stories go.
The Darkest Fire: A Lords of the Underworld prequel. Tells the story of Geryon, guardian of the gates of hell and, Kadence, the Goddess of Oppression. Geryon makes sure that no soul tries to escape hell. Kadence is connected to the wall that keeps these souls in. When demons (Pain, Lies, Doubt, Violence, etc.) start slamming into the wall, creating a crack, it is up to Kadence and Geryon to travel to hell and stop them from doing further damage. If they fail, the demons escape and Kadence, who is bonded to the wall, will die. Another reviewer wrote that this story has a Beauty and the Beast feel to it and I gotta agree. Geryon, cursed by Lucifer, is one ugly beast, but Kadence sees him as a beautiful being.
The Amazon’s Curse: This is the sequel to THE VAMPIRE’S BRIDE, which I’ve not read so I’m jumping into a story that is supposed to start right after The Vampire’s Bride. Zane is a vampire being held against his will as a slave in the Amazon. And — ummm — the women are fighting over him because they all want him as their mate. And then we meet Nola, who has been cursed by the Gods and is invisible. She knows Zane (from Vamp Bride) and tries to help him, but she’s completely invisible. Lots of snarling and smackdowns ensue. But once Nola accepts her love for Zane, watch out. This story seemed a little abrupt to me. Maybe I needed to read the first story. Or maybe there was more to the story?
The Darkest Prison: Your classic Alpha male vs Alpha female love story. Atlas the God of Strength and, Nike, the Goddess of Strength are enemies. Atlas was held in Tartarus during the ruling of the Greek gods and while there he tried to seduce Nike (one of the prison’s guards) to escape. His plan almost worked but Nike heard another female guard talking about Atlas’ attentions. And so Nike — who thought Atlas was the real deal — got royally ticked off. He didn’t escape. Instead, she tattooed her name on his chest so he never forgot “who owned him.” But of course the tables have turned. Now that the Titans have overthrown the Greeks, it is Nike who is being held prisoner by Atlas. But Atlas realizes that his feelings for Nike were more real than he’d previously cared to admit. And so we get a love/hate relationship for the rest of the story that’s fairly predictable but fun!
After the stories there are a ton of goodies. In 20 questions with author Kresley Cole, we find out that Gena wishes she were dating Bowen MacRieve (who doesn’t) and that she really wishes she’d thought of the name Mariketa (the heroine in Kresley Cole’s WICKED DEEDS ON A WINTER’S NIGHT. You also get everything from classified files on the lords to the gossip session by the lords’ women to the question session with the lords. I even got a kick out of the FAQ. If Showalter could cast the characters of her books in a movie who would she pick? She can’t figure out the dudes, but here’s who she picked for the women:
Ashlyn — Jessica Alba
Anya — Charlize Theron
Danika — Sienna Miller
Gwen — Isla Fisher
Bianka — Rachael Bilson
Olivia– Scarlett Johansson
And finally, you’ll get a sneak peak of THE DARKEST PASSION, due out May 25.
INTO THE DARK is more a companion book to Showalter’s series. The stories are fun but not as intense as her full-length novels. But it was light enough that I could read it quickly and get my Lords fix. Plus, there’s a ton of interesting and funny info packed into the back end of the volume.
Miss it? Check out my interview earlier this year with Gena Showalter HERE!
Tags: Diana Gabaldon, Outlander, The Exile
Check out the new book cover for Diana Gabaldon’s THE EXILE, an Outlander graphic novel due out Sept. 21. The story is a retelling of the Jamie/Claire story. See anything wrong with the cover? On her blog, Diana says: “Yes, yes, yes, Claire should indeed be wearing her shoes here [g], and with luck, that will be fixed along with a number of other small things. And the flashes among the rocks are musket-fire.”
Diana’s website says THE EXILE is told mainly from Murtagh’s point of view, but the book blurb on Amazon.com says the story is told from “Jamie Fraser’s point of view, revealing events never seen in the original story and giving readers a whole new insight into the Jamie-Claire relationship.”
In either case, we get a retelling of the OUTLANDER story. Diana wrote the script and the artwork is by Hoang Nguyen. To see initial sketches, go to Diana’s website HERE. Follow the link. Once you are on her site, look for “Excerpts” and then scroll down until you see her links to THE EXILE sketches.
Scotsman.com interview with Diana Gabaldon
Video: Diana Gabaldon on how she started ‘Outlander’ series
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The buzz about ‘Blood Oath’ & the president’s vampire April 14, 2010Posted by Diana McCabe in Authors, Releases, Reviews/summaries.
Tags: Blood Oath, Cade, Chris Farnsworth
“Such incursions by the Dark Side are not confined to the distant past, of course. Christopher Farnsworth’s taut thriller Blood Oath (Putnam, $24.95, forthcoming next month) is an irresistible page-turner that makes one realize that, no matter how tough the War on Terror may be, at least it’s not the War on Horror. Farnsworth summons his talents as a scriptwriter and journalist to spin a complex and unnervingly realistic tale in which vampire Nathaniel Cade, a Secret Service agent sworn to protect the president, is far less of a monster than his human colleagues at the CIA and FBI. The supernatural elements here are dazzlingly clever. With its labyrinthine plot and byzantine layers of government deceit, “Blood Oath” is a 21st-century riff on themes explored in such classics from America’s first Paranoid Age as “The Manchurian Candidate” and “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” Cade is a wonderfully idiosyncratic character: a Christian renegade from the Vampire Nation who attends AA meetings to help him resist the lure of human blood. And as an added bonus, readers finally learn the truth behind the failed assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan and that mysterious 18 1/2 -minute gap in the Watergate tapes.”
Tags: Dennis Danvers, Wilderness, wolves
If it weren’t for Twitter, I wouldn’t have found Dennis Danvers‘ WILDERNESS, a low-key, but fascinating story about a woman who says she turns into a wolf. Someone mentioned the title in a Tweet, and I found it in the bookstore in the science-fiction section with a rather risque cover. Don’t let the cover put you off. WILDERNESS is a thoughtful but sensual story that makes you wonder “what it?”
The novel’s heroine — Alice White — is a loner. She lives by herself. Doesn’t have any friends. She’s got a job as a travel agent — who never travels. And the only intimate contact she allows with other humans is the occasional one-night stand with guys she picks up at the bar.
Alice keeps her distance from other people because she doesn’t want them to know her secret. Once a month at the full moon, she locks herself in her basement and turns into a wolf. She even brings a big bag of dog kibble down before the change so she’ll have something to eat.
Alice hasn’t totally kept her secret. She is seeing a psychiatrist, who is starting to fall in love with her. (And he’s married.) Does her shrink believe her or just think she’s nuts? It doesn’t matter because she meets Erik Summers, a wildlife biologist, who is going through a divorce. Alice and Erik are attracted to each other, but does Alice dare tell him she can turn into a wolf? And when she’s fallen in love with him — even though his ex-wife is trying to win him back — should she still risk her heart by telling him the truth?
The most intriguing parts in the story come when Alice is in her wolf form. She is almost a different character — and not in the scary werewolf way we often read about.
In the end, Danvers, who originally published this story in 1991, but it was just re-released, is reminding his readers about love and commitment. Can you/will you love the person you think you want to be with despite their differences?
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Tags: charlaine harris, Dead and Gone, Dead in the Family, Eric, Sookie
My buddy Maria over at Last Bite podcast Twittered this today, but I didn’t see it until late! The paperback version of DEAD AND GONE came out Tuesday and at the back it includes the full first chapter of DEAD IN THE FAMILY. If you want to wait until the book is released in May 4 — by all means do so. But there’s some pretty interesting stuff in the first chapter about Eric, and it’s been fun to read the discussions on Facebook, Twitter and even the Charlaine Harris message board.
If you want to read the pages, check out what Maria posted HERE. Or, you can buy the paperback version of DEAD AND GONE and read it the old-fashioned way! (Nice way to boost sales of the paperback version. Gotta remember that for the next go around!)
If you have trouble finding the pages — holler. Happy reading!
Tags: Mercy Thompson, Patricia Briggs, Silver Borne
(Patricia Briggs reads from SILVER BORNE in Huntington Beach on Tuesday)
When Patricia Briggs sits down to write her Mercy Thompson books, she doesn’t know how the stories will unfold.
“There are a lot of great outliners out there, but I can’t do it,” Briggs told about 80 fans at a book signing of SILVER BORNE in Huntington Beach on Tuesday night. Instead she takes a character, gives them a problem and sees how it works out. And she does it again and again until she feels her story is right. “It means that I write a lot of pages that I probably throw out.”
That method seems to work well for Briggs, whose fans praised her Tuesday night for fresh story lines, world building and complex and magical characters in the series, whose heroine is a vampire-stalking coyote shape shifter. Briggs writes two books a year but admits the pace can be grueling. She finished SILVER BORNE — book No. 5 in the Mercy Thompson series — right at Christmas. There are times when she gets so tired she can’t read her writing or anything else. “The first draft is always the hardest because I don’t know where it’s going. But revisions are fun. That’s where I see the subplots and characters.”
Briggs spent the first part of the evening reading from SILVER BORNE (see video clip below) and taking questions before signing books. Here’s what she said on other topics:
On the Mercy Thompson books:
Stefan: The vampire is in his ‘not very happy place right now. He’s been betrayed at a very basic level.” He’ll be back though.
The magical walking stick: “It has to show it’s ugly dark side — and it has one.”
Mercy’s family: Look for her mother and sisters to show up more in the next books.
The Walkers: Are aware of Mercy and are watching her. “I don’t know if we like them (the Walkers) yet,” Briggs says. Readers will find out in the next book in the series RIVER MARKED, due in 2011.
On what she’s learned since publishing her first book:
–Be respectful and kind to everyone you meet
–Watch what you say (in the publishing world)
–Read books from a lot of different genres
Laurell K. Hamilton (author of the Anita Blake series). “She made this genre what it is. I picked up GUILTY PLEASURES with that cheesy cover. … I love her books and read them all.” Also, Kelley Armstrong, Kim Harrison, Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher — all very popular authors today, too.
Among the many books she read as a kid, one sticks out: MAINLY IN MOONLIGHT: Ten Stories of Sorcery and the Supernatural by Nicholas Stuart Gray. (Published in 1965) For it’s fairy tale/scary qualities.
What’s she reading now? (What books are in her suitcase!)
—MASTER OF NONE by Sonya Bateman. (It’s about a genie and she really likes it!)
—CHANGES by Jim Butcher (She’ll pick up a copy on her way out.)
––KITTY GOES TO WAR by Carrie Vaughn (Not released yet)
Why does she know so much about coyotes, dogs and wolves?
She studies them. At her home in Washington she’s got 38 acres of vineyards where coyotes build their dens. Some nights she can hear 16 to 18 coyotes howling. She also used to live in Montana and was around many wolf-dog mixes. “Wolves are very smart and only become dangerous when afraid.”
This Barnes & Noble in Huntington Beach always seems to snag really interesting authors. Next up: Jim Butcher and CHANGES, book No. 12 in the Dresden Files. He speaks Saturday (April 10) at 3 p.m. at the bookstore on 7881 Edinger Ave.
Miss this? Will Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson make it to the big screen? CLICK HERE to read.
Shout-outs! A special hello to Cassie, Christina and Van! Great to meet other fans, artists and writers!
Cool pics: CLICK HERE to see Cassie’s very cool and complete slideshow of the event (Thanks Cassie! That is one awesome camera!)
Tags: 50 Cannon, Mercy Thompson, Patricia Briggs
Ask her in about three months.
“I’ll be able to better tell you then,” she told about 80 fans at a book signing for SILVER BORNE on Tuesday night in Huntington Beach. Briggs, the author of the popular Mercy Thompson series — about a vampire-stalking coyote shapeshifter — said she has hired a lawyer who understands Hollywood to help sort things out, but if “it doesn’t go in the next three or four months, they’ll drop the contract.” Briggs said the series has been optioned by 50 Cannon Entertainment, which is run by Mike Newell, who has directed a lot of interesting films, including “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Donnie Brasco” and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” And they’ve given her “an awful lot of control.” But if it doesn’t work out with 50 Cannon, she said she has had several other offers. However, if the series is picked up by someone else, “it will have to go to someone who will let me put my stamp on it.”
MORE PHOTOS/VIDEO: I’ll have more on what she said at the book signing in a separate post tomorrow!