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Charlaine Harris posts 1st chapter of “Dead Reckoning” December 26, 2010

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December is a time for excerpts. Now we’ve got chapter 1 of the Sookie book No. 11, DEAD RECKONING, due out May 3. CLICK HERE to read. DEAD RECKONING picks up where DEAD IN THE FAMILY leaves off. Sookie is still living with her fairy cousin, Claude and their Great Uncle Dermot. Don’t know if we’ll get any more previews so enjoy!

Kresley Cole gives readers great excerpt from ‘Dreams of a Dark Warrior’ December 19, 2010

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Kresley Cole releases the latest tale in her Immortals After Dark series on Feb. 15. Finally — in DREAMS OF A DARK WARRIOR we will hear the story of Regin the Radiant! To keep us going until then, Cole gives her readers a very generous excerpt. CLICK HERE to start reading. If you’re like me — and love the IAD series — this will only make you want to read more! But it’s a pretty hefty excerpt, so I was happy to see it! If you want to know how Regin’s story starts out,  here is the product description listed on Amazon.com:

HE VOWED HED COME FOR HER . . .

Murdered before he could wed Regin the Radiant, warlord Aidan the Fierce seeks his beloved through eternity, reborn again and again into new identities, yet with no memory of his past lives.

SHE AWAITS HIS RETURN . . .

When Regin encounters Declan Chase, a brutal Celtic soldier, she recognizes her proud warlord reincarnated. But Declan takes her captive, intending retribution against all immortals—unaware that he belongs to their world.

TO SATE A DESIRE MORE POWERFUL THAN DEATH . . .

Yet every reincarnation comes with a price, for Aidan is doomed to die when he remembers his past. To save herself from Declan’s torments, will Regin rekindle memories of the passion they once shared—even if it means once again losing the only man she could ever love?

Book pick: Devoured by Darkness whets appetite for next book in series December 12, 2010

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Tane is a Charon, a rogue vampire hunter, who this time is tracking a half-human, half-demon creature to bring her before the Commission for elimination. Seems now in the Guardian world, half-breeds are  considered undesirable because some simply can’t control their powers. And that’s Laylah, the Jinn on the run who has a secret that Tane is just dying to figure out before he turns her in.

That’s the main storyline behind DEVOURED BY DARKNESS, book No. 7 in Alexandra Ivy’s Guardian of Eternity series. And with this book, she starts to develop another world and immerse us in the plot to bring back the evil Dark Lord, who will wreck havoc on the planet and demon world.

What I like about Ivy’s books in this series is the saucy and steamy and sometimes goofy dialogue between her characters. And this one has its moments. (Yes — little Levat the gargoyle is back!) But this story gets weighed down a bit with the premise of resurrecting the Dark Lord and who would want to bring him back/who loses if he is alive.  It’s confusing. It takes a bit of wading through it all but you finally figure out that Laylah is protecting a baby (not hers) who some say is a vessel for the Evil Lord and some say isn’t. Of course, she thinks the baby is innocent and goes out of her way to protect her charge. And Tane — who was so menacing and freaking scary in Book 6 and Book 5 of the series — is totally enticed by Laylah. They  battle and then wind up falling for each other etc. He gets caught up in her cause to save the  baby as well. But because of this Dark Lord plot and the introduction of other characters — Laylah’s evil aunt who is a vampire and her sidekick bad-boy mage — the story isn’t as clean or easy to follow as her other books.  Brief scenes with Caleb and Cassandra are not really developed and pop up in odd parts of the story.  So, you lose a bit of the tension between Tane and Laylah and their story, which  Ivy usually captures so well in her other relationships in the series.

That said — it’s always nice when the Anasso Styx shows up. And I can’t wait to see what will happen between hunter Jaelyn and the Sylvermist Ariyal. Talk about a love-hate relationship. Not even sure what that’s about, but it made for a most intriguing ending. And what happened to Laylah’s mother? And this whole Dark Lord baby thing isn’t resolved either. Looks like she’ll tie up those story lines in BOUND BY DARKNESS.

If you’re into this series, you’ll want to pick up this one. It’s not my favorite, but it did get me thinking about the next installment!

Did you miss this?

CLICK HERE to read my interview with Alexandra Ivy (earlier in the year) about her vamps and weres.

 

The Jericho Barrons’ song — the latest clue to Shadowfever! December 5, 2010

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Image from Jericho Z Barrons fan page on Facebook.

OK — so is this probably the last clue we’re getting before the SHADOWFEVER release. Go to Karen Marie Moning’s new website (looks very cool and she has lots of music/ringtones etc. on it now) and click on the audio icon at the top left (it will appear next to the social media icons). A sultry song starts to play and  it’s definitely about Barrons. What does it mean? I’ve translated the lines below. But it’s best to listen to it on her website with the music and the vocals.

What is it about me that keeps you awake at night? Is it that I might be out there — or that I might not?

In your darkest fantasy, hidden from the world in a part of you nothing else can ever fill — I’m there. Stripped of all judgment.

I demand no apology for anything you desire. I can be whatever you need. But, leave yourself behind. You will become whatever I want.

The only chains in here are the ones you bring.

I am your dirty dreams. I am the nature of your beast. I am.

You leave the lights out down here. Is it that you don’t want me to find my way out?

As long as you stay down here, I will never leave.

I am your dirty dreams. I am the nature of your beast. You can be my feast.

I am your dirty dreams. I am the nature of your beast.

I am JZB.

Also, scroll down her main page and check out the fun fact she posted: She’s hidden the title of her next series somewhere in SHADOWFEVER.(Hummm — we’ll all be looking, eh?!)

And CLICK HERE to read a deleted scene from DREAMFEVER!

On another front — I’ve got the airfare booked. The lodging in place. And the SHADOWFEVER books ordered. The little sis and I decided to meet up in New Orleans for KMM’s book bash for the final installment in her Fever series. After picking up our books and getting ’em signed by KMM, we’ll be locked up and speed reading so we can make it to one of her Q&A session on the series the next day. If you’re interested in going you can get details on KMM’s newly redesigned website.

Otherwise, come mid-January, I’ll try and live Tweet from the Q&A session etc. And my buddies over at sookiestackhouse.com might be doing a podcast before the January release about the series and also one after they’ve all had a chance to read the last book. So check out their podcast — really fun if you’re into anything about vamps and paranormal romance. You can download their Last Bite Podcast on iTunes or from their website.

Finally, if you haven’t had a chance to weigh in on the “Is Jericho Barrons Dead?” post, check out some of the great theories from other readers. Feel free to post. I think as we all re-read the series and the release date gets closer — the speculation gets more intense! CLICK HERE to get to that conversation or just search my blog for “Is Jericho Barrons Dead?”

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