Preview latest Carpathian novel from Christine Feehan August 29, 2010Posted by Diana McCabe in Fun stuff, Releases.
Tags: Carpathians, christine feehan, Dark Peril
I started out reading paranormal romance with Christine Feehan’s Carpathian series. Yeah — they’re very Alpha male, and the stories are all kind of the same. But I’ve kept track of most of her works because I can read her stories quickly and they’re entertaining. Plus, she’s always got like four different series going. (CLICK HERE to read my interview with her last year on her vamps.) Her latest Carpathian novel — DARK PERIL — comes out in a few days (Aug. 31). In the meantime, here’s a look at the book trailer for DARK PERIL. You can also read chapter one of the novel, but you must be a member of her fan site at www.christinefeehan.com. It’s free. You just need to sign up to read her excerpts.
Book pick: ‘Rajmund’ a must read for Vampires in America fans August 26, 2010Posted by Diana McCabe in Reviews/summaries, Vampires.
Tags: D.B. Reynolds, Rajmund, Vampires in America
Here’s another good one from Dot on the latest book in the VAMPIRES IN AMERICA series. “I love this author (D.B. Reynolds)! ” says Dot — PR’s vampire expert. “She keeps me riveted to the books. Only problem, I have to wait a year for the next ones.” And we all can relate to that when it comes to reading a good series. Dot’s book pick follows. CLICK HERE to read her previous reviews on this series.
D.B. Reynolds weaves together a mystery along with sizzling romance in RAJMUND, book No. 3 in the VAMPIRES IN AMERICA series. A young human woman has been kidnapped and vampires are suspected of not only this crime but of the kidnapping of several other women. Rajmund (pronounced Rye-mund or Raj like in Rodger) is called from New York City to Buffalo, NY, by his vampire lord, Krystof, who has a tenuous grasp on his territory. Raj is poised to take over the territory but first he must clear up the mystery of these missing women. A distraction comes in the person of human Sarah Stratton, a professor at a Buffalo university. Sarah has information about the missing women but has secrets of her own to keep hidden. She has been previously introduced to Raj while on a weekend in NYC. Sparks flew then and they continue to fly when they meet again in Buffalo.
RAJMUND, the third installment in D.B.Reynolds Vampires In America, series does not disappoint one little bit. It has all the action and romance of the first two books (RAPHAEL and JABRIL). There are tantalizing surprises as the story unfolds. Raj is a totally hot, sexy, dangerous, alpha vampire. His only discernible fault is calling the heroine “little one.” For those who want their heroines to be of the kick-ass variety, Sarah is not that. Sarah is sometimes annoying in her disregard for her own safety. But Reynolds compensates by having Raj’s second in command, a vampire named Emelie, do more than an adequate job of butt kicking. Once again, this was a Reynolds’ book, I could not put down. I personally enjoy how dangerous Reynolds’ vampires are because they are not to be trifled with one bit. Yum! I do suggest that the series be read in order, if only so you can enjoy the series as it unfolds.
Books No. 4 SOPHIA and No. 5 DUNCAN will be published in 2011. Reynolds has just announced that her contract has been extended to include eight books in her series.
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Who uses a sock in ‘True Blood’ sex scenes — Bill or Eric? August 18, 2010Posted by Diana McCabe in Entertainment, Fun stuff, News, True Blood.
Tags: Bill, Eric, hbo, Rolling Stone, Sookie, true blood
From a series of stories at The Huffington Post:
In the story accompanying the nude and gruesome ‘True Blood’ cover of ‘Rolling Stone,’ the show’s stars talk about how they approach being nude on set.
Alexander Skarsgard goes sockless. “I don’t want a sock around it, that feels ridiculous,” he told the magazine. “If we’re naked in the scene, then I’m naked. I’ve always been that way.”
Stephen Moyer is more modest and opts for a sock but just out of regard for others. “I’ve got nothing to hide,” he said. “I just think it might be embarrassing for the crew.”
His fiancee, Anna Paquin, wears a “patch” on her privates.
OK — I just thought this was funny. But now I have to go out and buy this cover and check out the stories for myself! When I first heard talk of socks, I thought it was about the male cast stuffing them down their pants ….
What’s your fave video of Barrons and Mac? August 11, 2010Posted by Diana McCabe in Fun stuff.
Tags: Jericho Barrons, karen marie moning, Mac
I was in the mood for a Karen Marie Moning story. Digging around my boxes for books (I still have some that still need to be unpacked!) and decided to just look at book trailers people made about the series on YouTube.
Here’s one that’s kind of fun: (Got a fave Barrons and Mac video? Lemme know so I can post!)
Book pick: ‘Jane Bites Back’ inventive and funny August 8, 2010Posted by Diana McCabe in Reviews/summaries.
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What would happen if Jane Austen was turned into a vampire? Michael Thomas Ford wondered and came up with JANE BITES BACK, a contemporary story about a vampire Jane (Austen) Fairfax who owns a bookstore in a sleepy upstate New York town. In the beginning of the story, no one knows that Jane is a vampire. She is content with her bookstore, her store assistant and feeding off of people who never guess what has happened. Her books as Jane Austen are so popular that her biggest complaints are that she doesn’t get royalties and her new novel CONSTANCE can’t find a publisher. All that changes when she does find a publisher, her sire (Lord Byron) finds her and wants her back, and she becomes infatuated with a local hunk.
This is a delight of a novel. Ford is a skilled writer who breathes life into the undead characters. There is humor, pathos, romance and some decidedly undead shenanigans. Not all vampires are as nice as Jane and you will be surprised at who they really are or to be precise, were. There is a sequel in the works JANE GOES BATTY due out Feb. 1, 2011. I will definitely be reading the sequel.
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Looking for some freebie reads this weekend? Check out Pocket Books’ recently launched Pocket After Dark website — CLICK HERE — a free online community that features urban fantasy, paranormal romance and traditional romance books. Of course they want you to buy the books online, but Pocket also offers up some free reads, such as Kresley Cole’s A HUNGER LIKE NO OTHER and Adrian Phoenix’s IN THE BLOOD. (You have 23 days to read Cole’s book and six to read Phoenix’s novel.)
The site also features excerpts from upcoming releases, like PRIMAL INSTINCTS by Susan Sizemore. In another area on the site you can read two chapters from various genres of Pocket’s latest releases. In the paranormal romance that includes titles like BLACK MAGIC by Cherry Adair and CAPTURED BY MOONLIGHT from Nancy Gideon.
The forums, author pages and editors’ blog look pretty new so hopefully they’ll build those out once people start joining.
It’s free to join, although it took me three times to get the login stuff correct! And there is a points system. Not sure how you earn points — activity on site I guess — or what they get you. Did a search and haven’t found an answer. (Nor was any explanation offered in my confirmation email. I just know by logging in I received about 260 points.)
But hey — check out some of the sneak peaks and free reads.