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Forget about the ‘Dead Ever After’ spoiler May 5, 2013

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That’s right. Forget it. Who cares if someone in Germany got a hold of DEAD EVER AFTER and spoiled the ending on Amazon.com. (I won’t post it because you can easily google it. And yes — I read the spoiler.)

One scientist even says that spoilers don’t spoil a story. (In full disclosure this report on the scientist was written by my husband — a science writer!)

But I’m mostly ticked off at the number of fans who have been trashing Charlaine Harris — the creator of the  Southern Vampire series and who has given us these wonderful characters. (Just go check out her FB page and see some of the nasty comments. Be warned — you’ll see the spoiler.) They don’t like the ending. Cry me a river. You try writing a series and ending it so that everyone is happy. It’s her story. Let her tell it.

Here’s what Charlaine posted on her Facebook page:

“By now some of you know that a reader in Germany obtained a copy of DEAD EVER AFTER and decided to post the ending online. While this is unfortunate, I wanted to say this to all of you: Even if you *personally* are unhappy with the ending, please don’t spoil it for other readers. DEAD EVER AFTER goes on sale on May 7th; after that date, you are more that welcome to come here and tell me how much you like – or don’t like – the choices I’ve made for Sookie. But from one Sookie fan to another, I’m asking you all to please not spoil the book for other readers. Thank you so much for your continued support.”

We can all cite books and series of books in which we didn’t like how the story unfolded or we were disappointed at the ending.  We talk about it a lot. I blog about books I like and don’t like. But this is different. Folks have been downright rude and threatening.  Maybe you should read the book first to see how the story unfolds before declaring you aren’t going to buy it. Of course, that’s your choice as a reader. But have some respect for this wonderful author.

I find it sad that Charlaine Harris isn’t going to tour with this last book because she’s concerned about her fans’ reaction to the ending. Personally, I don’t blame her. I wouldn’t want to talk to a bunch of ungrateful, whiny readers, either. I certainly wouldn’t mind hearing why she ended the book the way she did, but I don’t think we’ll be getting that interview right away. I think Charlaine Harris will just want to keep out of the spotlight and work on her next creation. In the meantime, I am very excited about the May 7 release and will be reading it as soon as it hits my iPad!

Sneak peek of ‘Dead Ever After’! April 23, 2013

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dead-ever-after-by-charlaine-harris-cover-3_4_r560 Interested in how the last Sookie book — DEAD EVER AFTER — begins? Penguin has released the    prologue. CLICK HERE to read. Hummmmmm — what do you think?

In other Sookie news: Charlaine Harris told SciFiNow that there would be devils in this book: ”

The plot will also feature the Devil. “Well, there’s a Devil, not the Devil,” Harris clarifies, “If I have the fae, some of whom are trying to become Angels, I think by implication it can be assumed that there are Devils, too.” To read the entire article — check out her comments on a HEA — CLICK HERE.

Top reads for 2013 January 6, 2013

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Sorry for the lag between posts. Wish I could say I was out time traveling but it was something more mundane: work! However, I’m back. So here’s a look at my fave reads from last year and what I’m looking forward to reading in 2013. (This is part of a post I did for my friends at www.sookiestackhouse.com. You can read their faves here!) Did I miss any of your faves? Let me know in the comments section. Happy New Year!

MY FAVE 2012 BOOKS:

1. Poison Princess (Book No. 1 in Arcana Chronicles) by Kresley Cole (This is a YA book but it’s a combo of a dystopian world/Tarot card characters and a smoking hot attraction between the heroine and lead male character. Great read.)

2. Iced (Dani O’Malley series No. 1) by Karen Marie Moning (Ending is predictable but I just wanna know more about the Fever world!)

3. Deadlocked (Sookie book No. 12) By Charlaine Harris. (Coming off the disappointing Dead Reckoning, I liked this second-to-last book in the series.)

4. Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr (Promising start to a nifty series set in world of daimons vs. witches)

5. Days of Blood & Starlight (Book No. 2 of Daughter of Smoke and Bone) by Laini Taylor (Fantastic sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone, whose opening line is “Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.”)

BOOKS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO READING IN 2013:

1. Dead Ever After (Last of the Sookie books) by Charlaine Harris

2. Frost Burned (Book No. 7 of the Mercy Thompson series) by Patricia Briggs

3. Dead Silence (Book No. 4 in the Body Finder series) by Kimberly Derting

4. Endless Knight (Book No. 2 in the Arcana Chronicles) by Kresley Cole (tentative title)

5. Burned (Dani O’Malley Book No. 2) By Karen Marie Moning

‘Dead Ever After’ description revealed November 20, 2012

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The description of the final Sookie Stackhouse novel, DEAD EVER AFTER, has been posted at Amazon:

THE FINAL SOOKIE STACKHOUSE NOVEL

There are secrets in the town of Bon Temps, ones that threaten those closest to Sookie — and could destroy her heart….

Sookie Stackhouse  finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated. Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime. But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough…

What do you think ‘Dead Ever After’ cover means?! October 20, 2012

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Here it is. The cover for the last book in the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series. Charlaine Harris revealed the new cover earlier in the week to USA TODAY. The 13th and final book in the series will be published May 7.

When asked why she was ending the series, Harris told USA TODAY:

“I felt that I’d told the story I set out to tell. I thought continuing it, which I could have done, would have been a disservice to readers who have stuck with me this long.”

Thoughts on the cover? I think it is bright. The colors pop more than on any other cover. All of her friends are on it — her shifter friends. She’s looking back at them. For support? To bid farewell? Is that a sunrise or a sunset? I think Sookie is wearing a lot of red — Eric’s fave color. Is she following the bats or saying goodbye to them? Are the bats leading her  somewhere or fly off? And what the heck does a rose, tomato and purple daisy signify? I’ll have to look those up for another post, but if you have any thoughts on this — post below!!

Is there a little more of Sookie after final Charlaine Harris vamp book? July 24, 2012

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Yes. There might be a tiny bit more!

Charlaine Harris says on her Facebook page that she’s done writing the final installment in the Sookie Stackhouse series:

DEAD EVER AFTER is complete. I know I’ll have to do rewrites on a few sections after I read my editor’s notes, but the story is all there. Now to think about Australia and New Zealand!

And in response to the hundreds of comments on her FB page after announcing this she says:

The last book in the Sookie series will be published next May, and there may be some form of coda for avid readers, letting everyone know what the future of key characters will be.

Soooooo — pretty interesting. Let’s see if she gives us that addendum. Or not. I don’t know if I want it. If she doesn’t wrap it up in the book, is it worth knowing? What do you think? Do you want the coda? Or are you willing to let Sookie and the other characters RIP?

Last Sookie Stackhouse book in series comes out May 7, 2013 May 14, 2012

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Charlaine Harris says the final book in the  Sookie Stackhouse  Series — DEAD EVER AFTER — will go on sale on May, 7, 2013. Now we knew the last book would come in May — just not the date. Apparently there was a bit of confusion on her Facebook page where she announced this today because here’s what she posted!

OOPS — Here’s the correct date!

Last book in the Sookie Stackhouse series will be called …. April 15, 2012

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DEAD EVER AFTER.

That’s what Charlaine Harris said at the ROMANTIC TIMES CONVENTION held recently in Chicago.

With just a few weeks left until we get Sookie book No. 12 — DEADLOCKED — it’s kind of weird to already know the name of the 13th and final book in the series. But there’s no stopping Charlaine Harris.  We all want to know if Sookie will get her HEA (Happily Ever After) ending in the final book and now we’ve got this nifty little title to riddle our brains with until it comes out next year.

To read more about what Charlaine and other authors said at the RT convention CLICK HERE.

(And what do you think of the title of book No. 13?!)

Charlaine Harris gives thumbs up to 3rd book in Nathaniel Cade series April 1, 2012

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This is way cool because I think Chris Farnsworth’s Nathaniel Cade series is fun and exciting — but I’m not Charlaine Harris, queen of all things vampire. She recently gave a smashing endorsement to the third installment in the series, RED, WHITE AND BLOOD, due out April 26. Here’s what she said about the book on her blog:

Christopher Farnsworth’s premise – that the presidents of the U.S. have, starting with Andrew Johnson, had a vampire at their beck and call – is simply fun. And in Farnsworth’s strongest book yet in the Nathaniel Cade series, Cade encounters an old enemy he’s killed over and over in various guises . . . none other than the Boogeyman. The ingenious part of the book (using various notorious serial killers and their quotes to confirm the existence of such a creature) is – well, I’m envious. Cade continues to be one of modern literature’s most frightening vampires, and this is an excellent read.

And let’s not forget that Sookie book No. 12 — DEADLOCKED —  is coming out May 1!

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Charlaine Harris posts excerpt from ‘Deadlocked’ December 17, 2011

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Charlaine Harris has posted Chapter 2 from DEADLOCKED — No. 12 in the Sookie series and due out in May. Some of my Sookie friends over at www.sookiestackhouse.com have wondered why she posted Chapter 2 and not Chapter 1. (Did we miss something?) To read the excerpt (think fae, fae, fae), go to Charlaine’s website HERE. Interesting chapter, especially toward the end. Let me know what you think.

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