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KMM’s Shadowfever delayed until Jan. 18 & what’s with Darroc? June 30, 2010

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We Fever fans are in agony. The fifth and final installment in Karen Marie Moning’s mystical and sexy Fever series has been delayed to Jan. 18, 2011. SHADOWFEVER was set for release on Dec. 7, and fans were already filling message boards and blogs with speculation about what would happen to heroine Mac and the mysterious Jericho Barrons. (See my post “Is Jericho Barrons dead?”) Now we’ve got to wait until Jan. 18 to find out. Still, we all know KMM wants to end the story her way, and she’s done a great job with her other series (HIGHLANDER).  It sounds like SHADOWFEVER will be a pretty hefty book. And, she’s posted the latest teaser — see bottom of post — and I’ve gotta say it’s a doozy. Here’s more about the delay of SHADOWFEVER from KMM’s website.

My typical novel is about 100,000 words, give or take. … 100,000 words is usually a 400 page paperback.  To give you a better frame of reference, The Dark Highlander was approximately 94,000 words. Kiss of the Highlander was about 102,000. I think Bloodfever was my shortest at about 87,000-90,000. Dreamfever was the longest at about 115,000. The good news is that I’m delivering the equivalent of 2 books for me. No–they’re not going to split it into two! It’s just that long. I think it’s going to end up coming in at around 180,000+ when I’m done, which will be soon. I’ll continue to keep you posted but I’m pretty certain that’s a set-in-stone release date.

OK — and now for the teaser. Let me know what think!

My ghosts whisper to each other across me but I can’t hear them. There’s only one way I’ll ever be able to hear them again.

I turn my head for Darroc’s kiss.

As his lips close over mine, the duality inside me threatens to tear me in half, and if it succeeds, I will lose my best chance at accomplishing my mission.

I hurt.

I need punishment for my sins.

I bury my hands in his hair, and channel all those feelings into passion, pour it into my touch, kiss him hard, violently. I turn us both around and slam him up against the wall, kissing him like he’s all that ever existed, kissing him with a full measure of humanity.  It’s a thing a Fae can never feel, no matter the form they wear—humanity. It’s why they crave us in bed.

He staggers for a moment, pulls back and stares down at me.

My eyes are wild. I feel something inside me that terrifies me, and I just hope I can hang on to the edge of this cliff I’m on. I make a sound of impatience, wet my lips and shove at him.

“More,” I demand.

When he kisses me again, the last part of me that could stand myself dies.

RITA finalists in the paranormal romance category! June 27, 2010

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Winners will be announced July 31 in Orlando, Fla. Here’s a look at the finalists for paranormal romance! (To see the other categories, CLICK HERE!)

What Would Jane Austen Do? by Laurie Brown

Untouchable in Deep Kiss of Winter by Kresley Cole

Kiss of a Demon King by Kresley Cole

My Forbidden Desire by Carolyn Jewel

The Fire King by Marjorie M. Liu

For the Earl’s Pleasure by Anne Mallory

Darkness Unknown by Alexis Morgan

Covet by J.R. Ward

Mortal Sins by Eileen Wilks

Who should win? Let us know in the comments section below. Was someone left off the list? Tell us.

Kresley Cole offers up 5 chapters from ‘Demon from the Dark’ June 27, 2010

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The next book in Kresley Cole’s fab Immortals After Dark series comes out Aug. 24. But she’s given us FIVE chapters of DEMON FROM THE DARK on her website HERE. I haven’t read them yet. Trying to decide how much I want to know about demon outcast Malkom Slaine, who was poisoned with vampire blood. He now has to protect a young witch, Carrow Graie, who apparently lives only for the next party or prank until she meets Malkom, who might be worth saving. Somehow they both end up in a “savage” prison. “In order for Malkom and Carrow to survive, he must unleash both the demon and vampire inside him. When Malkom becomes the nightmare his own people feared, will he lose the woman he craves body and soul?” (That’s from the book description.)

A new Lestat film? Maybe, says author Anne Rice June 27, 2010

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Anne Rice thinks Matt Bomer would make a good Louis. (Image courtesy of MattBomerFan.com)

At least that’s what the author of INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE is saying on her Facebook page. And what actors would Anne Rice pick to star in another movie? Not any of the former movie cast or anyone currently in TRUE BLOOD, she says. But she thinks Matt Bomer (currently in the TV series ‘White Collar’) would make a pretty good Louis. Here’s part of her conversation on Facebook, where she has a fan page:

Yes, there are definitely talks going on about a new Lestat film. But it’s too early for me to say for certain what will happen. As soon as I do have news, I’ll post it. I’ll give whatever information I can on whom to contact for actors and actresses interested in being in the film. Right now? We have hopes, dreams, interest, talks. That’s it.

Myself, I think we have many incredible actors right now who could play the roles of my vampires. Matt Bomer is Louis in my mind. But I see many choices for Lestat and Armand and Marius. There will not be a casting problem. We have so many options.

In any future Lestat film, there will be new actors. Anyone associated with the older films will probably not reappear.  … Actors currently in True Blood probably wouldn’t be considered either, as they’re already associated with other vampire material.

I’m loving Matt Bomer, and remain convinced that some day he would be a wonderful Louis de Pointe du Lac in a film. I mean if somebody has to follow Brad Pitt, it should be Matt Bomer.

Check out cover for ‘The Sookie Stackhouse Companion’ June 22, 2010

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Just what every Sookie or True Blood fan is looking for — Charlaine Harris’ official companion guide to her popular Southern Vampire series. It’s due out in February and includes an interview with HBO’s Alan Ball, a novella — Small Town Wedding (about Sam’s brother’s wedding) — and a Q&A with Charlaine.

Charlaine’s publisher wants to include a Q&A  with Charlaine, so fans are invited to send  in questions — you’re limited to three — to  askcharlaine@gmail.com . You’ve only got until June 26 to do this — because I didn’t see this on her website until today! The note on the site also says: “Sending in your questions doesn’t guarantee they’ll be included. Please add your name and a valid email address to each question in case Charlaine selects your entry. All questions should pertain to the Sookie Stackhouse series.”

Latest book video for Alyson Noel’s ‘Immortals’ series June 22, 2010

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For fans of Alyson Noel’s Immortals series, here’s her latest book video. (Happy reading  … DARK FLAME was released today. Anyone finish it yet? Let me know.)

Book pick: ‘Echoes’ from the dead make ‘The Body Finder’ intriguing YA debut novel June 20, 2010

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Violet Ambrose hears dead people. The 16-year-old inherited the ability to sense the “echoes” the dead leave behind — the dead who have been murdered — from her grandmother. When a serial killer comes to town and starts murdering teen-age girls, Violet steps in to track the killer, who retains the imprints of these echoes.

Pretty heavy for a teen, eh? But author Kimberly Derting, in her debut novel THE BODY FINDER, manages to weave the suspenseful and at times disturbing story of a serial killer together with the life of a teen-age girl who is struggling with all of that other awkward stuff like snotty high school seniors, the guy you don’t want to date — and the guy you wish you were dating — to make this YA story a fast and interesting read.

Derting is really telling two stories here, and at first that’s  a bit confusing. There’s the story about Violet being able to hear the echoes from the dead and track the serial killer. But a second storyline focuses on Violet and her best friend, Jay Heaton, who seems to have suddenly gotten more handsome and charismatic over the summer, leaving Violet confused about their relationship. It’s obvious to everyone around them — and those reading the book — that they will wind up together. OK — maybe it’s not so obvious to some of the characters in the book who compete for the teens’ affections.  But it’s  kind of charming if you’re in one of those moods where you want to relive those angst-ridden “does he love me or love me not” days.

The really intriguing part of the story: The echoes Violet hears. The dead who were murdered call out to her. Not just human dead. As a little girl, she’d find small animals that had been killed. Sometimes by her own cat. The echoes dim once the dead have been properly buried and the unnatural death somehow resolved.

Walking through a cemetery, the sounds reach out to her.  She hears the “echo” — sounds of fireworks popping — of Edith Bernhard, who died at age 65. What happened to her? She didn’t die a natural death. A man who died in his early 30s has an echo that smells like strong coffee. He died more than 40 years ago but still calls out.

Even more interesting is that these echoes aren’t just one way. A murderer — or even someone like a police officer who has killed in the line of duty — retains the echo of his/her victim. So Violet can sense a killer based on that imprint. That’s how she tracks down the murdered girls’ hidden bodies and their killer. (Yup — she even senses the imprints on her cat!)

Her family knows about her ability — as does her uncle, who is the chief of police in her hometown. And her buddy Jay — who can be way overprotective and overbearing as guys go — knows, too. But Violet is a teen with her own mind and does her own thing — so she’s not some helpless heroine.

The ending — which I won’t give away — is a little predictable.  The serial killer conclusion is wrapped up in a way that leaves you feeling rushed after the insights that Derting gives us throughout the novel by alternating chapters with the killer’s thoughts and building suspense. But I liked this novel because Derting kept my attention. She didn’t go overboard with descriptions or emotions. And the whole concept of the echoes was compelling. I’m also  curious how this new YA author will develop the echoes idea and characters in the next book of this series, DESIRES OF THE DEAD, due out next March.

DID YOU MISS THIS? SLIDESHOW: 4 YA AUTHORS TALK ABOUT WRITER’S BLOCK, PICKING CHARACTERS’ NAMES

‘Evermore’ author shares Immortals playlist on new website! June 19, 2010

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Can’t wait for the next book in Alyson Noel’s Immortals series to come out? C’mon — it’s just a few more days until Book No. 4 — DARK FLAME is released on June 22!

Here’s the synopsis: In this eagerly awaited continuation of the bestselling Immortals series, Ever struggles to help her best friend Haven transition into life as an immortal—trying to keep her from doing anything that puts them at risk, while attempting to gain control over her enemy Roman, so she can finally obtain the antidote that will allow her and Damen to be together. But when the spell she casts backfires, resulting in a strange, foreign pulse that binds her to Roman instead, Ever turns to Jude and dark magick, desperately attempting to break free of the curse, and ultimately risking everything she knows and loves—including her beloved Damen.

If that won’t help you, check out Alyson’s cool new site. Read excerpts from the books, bio info on Alyson and there’s a ton of fun stuff. Right now I’m listening to the Immortals play list. CLICK HERE to check it out. And what’s your aura? Find out. Plus, Alyson is great at updating her blog so you can get the latest news on her books and events right there. She always has something uplifting to share so if you’re having a bummed out day — she’ll often have something no her blog that makes ya smile!

More ‘True Blood’ spec, Twitter night, cool podcast! June 15, 2010

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The magister, Eric and the Queen.

If you watched the season No. 3 opener, you probably walked away with a ton of questions. TrueBloodNet.com posted a nifty spoiler/speculation Q&A from E!Online. Here’s a short sample of the questions but go check out the whole Q&A HERE.
Q. On True Blood, is Jason Stackhouse going to get a new love interest this season?
A. According to Ryan Kwanten, yes! And it sounds pretty serious. “She may just stick around for a little while” Ryan tells me.

Q. I need to know more about this True Blood sex shocker that is so twisted. Who does it involve?

A. You learned one half of the party here and the other half, who will be revealed in the third episode, has this to say about it: “It was actually the most shocking thing that I’ve ever read in a television script. My jaw dropped on the floor when I read it and thought, ‘Oh my god, I actually have to do that.’ Here’s your script, pray that your parents will be okay when they watch this episode. They may not want to. It was a little uncomfortable, but we got through it and I’m working with the best people from the writers to the producers to the other actors and at the end of the day, I’d rather be on a show that’s provocative and pushes the envelope than one that doesn’t.”

ALSO: From the same site, I came across this Twitter dealie: ‘Blood Bites’ on Wednesday night on Twitter

Now that the wait is over for Season 3 of True Blood, need something to stay rehydrated until the next episode airs? TrueBlood on Twitter is launching and performing their first ever Blood Bites Wednesday Night at 9 PM CDT / 10 PM EDT. This week, the show will be available to watch at the following locations:

* Mixtweet TrueBlood Blood Bites List
* Twitter List

Due to the overwhelming amount of votes for the “Pam / Lafayette: V sales” scene and the “Eric / Queen / Magister: Hell Hath No Fury” scene that were received, TrueBlood on Twitter has opted to perform both scenes for you.

Don’t miss out on this great event that’ll be happening every week at 9 PM CDT!

If you’re watching the old-fashioned way, follow these players:

* @Eric_ofArea5
* @QueenSophieA
*@VampireMagister
* @FangtasiaYvetta
* @Pam_Ravenscroft
* @Lafayette_R

Last but not least: Check out the weekly podcast from Maria and the gang at Last Bite Podcast at www.sookiestackhouse.com. Or CLICK HERE to download. They dish about the show, latest spec, news about the show.

How many naked backsides in ‘True Blood’ season 3 opener? June 13, 2010

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Courtesy of HBO

I knew there would be a lot more nudity in HBO’s season No. 3 of “True Blood” but wow. I think we saw more naked guys in this first episode than all of the other two season put together. And — if we didn’t see their rear, we saw a lot of dudes with no shirts. Fans of the Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse series already know the show is a lot different from the books. And most of us are OK with it because the series is fun. Alan Ball packs a lot into this first episode — titled ‘Bad Blood’ — and you wonder if he’s jammed it so full of storylines that each episode will be whirlwind viewing.  And we barely got introduced to the new characters. But here’s what we do know:

Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) frantically searches for her kidnapped vampire boyfriend Bill — whose proposal she’s decided to accept. She demands that Eric look for him. (Eric seems more concerned that Bill’s sexual stamina may not be “up to snuff” and he makes it clear he want’s what’s Bill’s — Sookie.)

Tara (Rutina Wesley). OK. Someone get me a stun gun. I am so tired of Tara being a whiny victim. I know she’s upset over the death of Eggs, but she’s just a mess and has been throughout most of the other shows. She’s mad at Sookie for helping Eggs remember all of the bad things he did under the maenad Maryann’s influence — like kill people. And Alan Ball drags in her wacky Mom, who obviously has a thing for the minister. Please — no more anger issues for Tara.

Bill has been hauled off by some backwoods freaky guys trying to drain him, but never count a vamp out. He somehow manages to crash the car and escape.

Bill’s “ward” Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll), is trying to figure out what to do with the trucker she drained and dragged home. She helps Sookie track down Bill’s car. And Hoyt brings her flowers …. poor guy.

Jason (Ryan Kwanten) is still a total dweeb. He’s upset that he shot Eggs. But Detective Andy (Chris Bauer) is taking the shooting rap for his new buddy. He tells Jason to act normal — which in his case, means sleeping with a lot of women. But it’s not working for Jason.

Other stuff: Waitress Arlene is pregnant.  Sam finds out he has a younger brother, and the Queen of Louisiana (Evan Rachel wood) arrives at Eric’s bar to order him to “move the product.” Both Eric and Lafayette have gotta sell, sell, sell the blood, blood, blood. But the higher authorities may already be onto them.

I have a dream: And how many folks knew about the Bill/Sam dream sequence? Loved some of the totally dorky lines like: “I hear the water in Arkansas is very… hard,” while walking toward the shower. (But did you know it was a dream sequence?)

Bill finishes up the episode staring down a pack of werewolves.  He cautions: “I should warn you — I fed.”

What did ya think? So let me know what you thought of the first show. Also, make sure to check out the LastBitePodcast. You can access it from www.sookiestackhouse.com.

What’s next? Any speculation for next week?

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