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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

KMM’s ‘Fever Moon’ has some interesting deets but characters look too old! September 23, 2012

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I wasn’t going to buy Karen Marie Moning’s FEVER MOON because I’m just not a big fan of book series I’ve read being turned into graphic novels. But my friends over at SookieStackhouse.com liked the novel so I thought I’d read it.

I should have trusted my gut. Didn’t care for it. Here’s the book blurb:

In Fever Moon, we meet the most ancient and deadly Unseelie ever created, the Fear Dorcha. For eons, he’s traveled worlds with the Unseelie king, leaving behind him a path of mutilation and destruction. Now he’s hunting Dublin, and no one Mac loves is safe.

Dublin is a war zone. The walls between humans and Fae are down. A third of the world’s population is dead and chaos reigns. Imprisoned over half a million years ago, the Unseelie are free and each one Mac meets is worse than the last. Human weapons don’t stand a chance against them.

With a blood moon hanging low over the city, something dark and sinister begins to hunt the streets of Temple Bar, choosing its victims by targeting those closest to Mac. Armed only with the Spear of Destiny and Jericho Barrons, she must face her most terrifying enemy yet.

The cool thing about the novel is you get the back story on the Fear Dorcha. But that’s it for me. The rest is — as billed — a retelling of some events that occur during SHADOWFEVER. And that’s OK.

But my biggest complaint? The characters are — well — drawn way out of character. Both Mac and Dani look too old. Mac looks like she’s a hard-bitten 30-something. And Dani — who is supposed to be a teen — looks like a 20-something. And I know graphic novels like to sex things up but some of the outfits they put Mac into — they are not Mac. Oh — and big continuity problem in one chapter. Mac sets off going to Chester’s in a green dress — and then we switch to a flashback scene — but when we return to the present Chester’s scene, she’s not wearing the green dress. She’s wearing a red dress. Maybe I missed something but it’s more likely someone missed something in editing this?

As for Barrons? Not a thing like I pictured. He sort of looks Asian at times. I was perfectly happy with his monster appearance though! I thought Inspector Jayne was handsome and I didn’t think of him as good-looking in the novels.

The artwork isn’t bad. It’s just that most of the characters looked too harsh and hard bitten. Even the Fae who are supposed to look shiny and gorgeous look like oafs.

Not sure I’d recommend it. I suppose diehard fans will go out and read it anyway! I did. Maybe you’ll like it. (Of course — these graphic novels are super fast reads. A plus!)

Here’s hoping Dani’s story — ICED — which comes out Oct. 30 — will be a more satisfying read!

KMM posts excerpt from ‘Iced’ June 26, 2012

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From Karen Marie Moning’s Facebook page — an excerpt from ICED. Dani’s story — which includes Christian MacKeltar, Ryodan and the mysterious “Dancer” — is due out Oct. 30.

Ryodan doesn’t like Mac. He never has. She got between him and his best boy-bud. I give him a look. “I’ll tell you a secret, Ryodan. You mess with her, Barrons’ll kill you.” I drag a finger across my neck. “Just like that. You aren’t all that. Barrons’ll stomp your ass, hand’s down.”

He smiles faintly. “I’ll be damned. You have a crush on Barrons.”

“I do not have a crush—“

“You do, too. It’s all over your face. Anybody could see it.”

“Sometimes, boss, you’re just wrong.”

“I’m never wrong. You might as well take out a billboard. ‘Dani O’Malley thinks Jericho Barrons is hot.’ My offer to teach you is still open. Save you from future embarrassment. If I can see it on your face, he can, too. ”

“He never figured it out before,” I grumble then realize I just admitted it. Ryodan has a tricky way of wording things that makes you say things you didn’t mean to say. “Maybe I’ll ask Barrons to teach me,” I mutter and turn away from the stairs, heading for his office. I run smack into his chest. “Dude, move. Trying to get somewhere here.”

“No one but me is ever going to teach you, Dani.”

He touches me before I see it coming, has his hand under my chin, turning my face up. My shiver is instant and uncontrollable.

“That’s non-negotiable. You signed a contract with me that grants exclusivity. You won’t like it if you try to break it.”

Book description of KMM’s ‘Iced’ June 19, 2012

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We’ve been waiting for more info on Karen Marie Moning’s ICED, the  first story in a trilogy that features Dani, Christian MacKeltar, Ryodan and the mysterious “Dancer.” Here’s the book description that was recently posted on Amazon.com:

The year is 1 AWC—After the Wall Crash. The Fae are free and hunting us. It’s a war zone out there, and no two days are alike. I’m Dani O’Malley, the chaos-filled streets of Dublin are my home, and there’s no place I’d rather be.

Dani “Mega” O’Malley plays by her own set of rules—and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the rare humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

Dani’s ex–best friend, MacKayla Lane, wants her dead, the terrifying Unseelie princes have put a price on her head, and Inspector Jayne, the head of the police force, is after her sword and will stop at nothing to get it. What’s more, people are being mysteriously frozen to death all over the city, encased on the spot in sub-zero, icy tableaux.

When Dublin’s most seductive nightclub gets blanketed in hoarfrost, Dani finds herself at the mercy of Ryodan, the club’s ruthless, immortal owner. He needs her quick wit and exceptional skill to figure out what’s freezing Fae and humans dead in their tracks—and Ryodan will do anything to ensure her compliance.

Dodging bullets, fangs, and fists, Dani must strike treacherous bargains and make desperate alliances to save her beloved Dublin—before everything and everyone in it gets iced.

Whoa — way cool. Book  comes out Oct. 30.

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‘Iced’ cover revealed & KMM plans ‘Iced’ bash in New Orleans! April 9, 2012

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Check out the cover for Karen Marie Moning’s next book — ICED — due out Oct. 30! This is the first story in a trilogy that features Dani, Christian MacKeltar, Ryodan and the mysterious “Dancer.” KMM says the book is set in Fever-Dublin and:

Many of the questions I left unanswered in the FEVER series are addressed in this new series.

KMM has also said she plans to write two more books after the trilogy. She’ll return to the core story begun in the FEVER series, and will resume writing about Mac, Barrons, V’lane, Cruce, the Unseelie king, the concubine, the Song of Making.

AND NOW FOR AN ICED PARTY!

It won’t cost you anything but your travel and accommodations, and there is no limit on the number of attendees.  Pack in cars, split your hotel costs, travel cheap and come party with me on Halloween.
When? The ICED signing is on Monday, Oct. 29, but we’ll be in town partying from the 26 – 30.

Where? Where else on Halloween?  NEW ORLEANS!  There are so many Halloween parties in the French Quarter that I can’t think of any other place I’d rather be.

Host Hotel where we’ll all be hanging out? Again, where else? The spectacular Le Pavillon.

They did such a wonderful job with the SHADOWFEVER launch that I’m in no mood to mess with success. We’ve negotiated special room rates for you again but the block is limited.

You must book your rooms at Le Pavillon through the KMM ICED event or you won’t get the special rate. When you call, you have to clearly state you’re coming for the event. When the block runs out, the prices will go up, so if you plan to stay in the hotel where all the events will be happening, book it now.  This is especially true since it’s on Halloween weekend, and hotels fill up in NOLA for the parties.

***Update*** The initial number of rooms blocked for Friday and Saturday night have been booked but you can still book rooms on those nights for a significantly lower price then the general public.

Here is the number to reserve by phone. You must use the code KMM ICED to get the discounted rates: 1 (800) 535-9095

1st teaser from KMM’s next novel — ‘Iced’ January 17, 2012

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Today Karen Marie Moning posted this snippet from ICED — Dani O’Malley’s story — on her Facebook page:

Four nights he’s come to me, murmuring my name, making it an exquisite melody with which not even the divine orchestral choir of all the angels in heaven could compete.

He chimes my name in the language of the Unseelie and it makes my ears ring until my mind is emptied of all thought, until my eyes are incapable of beholding any vision other than him. He is so beautiful that merely looking at him makes me weep and when I brush tears from my cheeks, my hands come away stained red with blood.

He wakes me but doesn’t wake me.

He takes me to a place that is so perfect and serene and free of worry that I want to stay there forever.

My name is Cruce, he says. Not V’lane. I was so weary of wearing his golden shining face. He was never half the Fae I am. I have you in the Dreaming, is it not beautiful? Do you not feel divine here with me? You need not fear me. I am not what I seem.

I’m in danger.

Karen Marie Moning coming to San Diego Comic-Con! January 10, 2012

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The author of the FEVER series is  coming to Comic-Con in San Diego. She won’t  know the date(s) yet until the panel schedule comes out — usually in May or June. KMM also plans to sign books at the Random House booth sometime that week. Maybe she’ll give us some hints about ICED — the first book in a trilogy about Dani O’Malley that is scheduled to be released on Oct. 30. Comic-Con is held in San Diego at the convention center from July 12-15.

Is KMM writing a 6th ‘Fever’ book? October 16, 2011

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Apparently, everyone keeps asking Karen Marie Moning — author of the awesome FEVER series, so she’s answering it again and asking fans to spread the word. In my humble opinion, the reason for this confusion is that she is continuing to write about our fave world and characters, so it’s natural that readers would want/wish hope for more Mac & Barrons books.
According to her website KMM is:

Working on a trilogy that features Dani, Christian MacKeltar, Ryodan, and the mysterious ‘Dancer,’ set primarily in Fever-Dublin. Each installment in the trilogy is a stand-alone mystery, however there are larger plot arcs unfolding in the background. Where Mac was introspective and her story could feel somewhat esoteric, Dani is down and dirty in the streets. Lots of details, lots of action. There’s a different feel to the two series, totally different vantage points. I’m having a blast writing it.

She says the trilogy is not YA. Instead, it straddles the line between YA and adult uneasily. “I don’t pull any punches. It may be controversial in some ways. But whose teen years weren’t? LOL! Many of the questions I left unanswered in the FEVER series are addressed in this new series.”

Now, here’s where Mac & Barrons fans will get extra excited. After KMM finishes the Dani trilogy, she is writing two more books that return — as she says — “to the core story begun in the FEVER series, and will resume writing about Mac, Barrons, V’lane, Cruce, the Unseelie king, the concubine, the Song of Making.”

Sooooooo — there are more books coming — although I haven’t tracked down release dates. (I’m sure they’re floating around the web somewhere.) But you can bet we’ll get more of the Mac & Barrons story because KMM gives us a little warning:

Because I know you guys, I know this is going to make some of you as nervous as it makes you excited. Trust me. I’m making no compromises with the characters or the story. It’s all unfolding exactly as it should, true to itself-which means, it’s a sometimes rocky road. Dark times ahead, guys. But I write it all with genuine love for the characters, the world, and you the reader.

Mac & Barrons on film: Dreamworks options KMM’s Darkfever series August 21, 2011

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Original Darkfever cover.

So start making your casting pitches. Dreamworks just optioned film rights to all of Karen Marie Moning’s DARKFEVER series. Here’s a bit from the article in “Variety” magazine: (It’s not a long article so CLICK HERE to read the whole thing. And yes — the author got details wrong on the release of the last novel in the series, but only her fans will notice that. Details, details, details.)

With “Harry Potter” finished, “The Twilight Saga” coming to a close and “The Hunger Games” getting steady buzz, DreamWorks is looking to launch its own fantasy franchise, as the studio has acquired feature film rights to all five books in Karen Marie Moning’s bestselling “Darkfever” series.

And here is what KMM said on her Facebook page:
Thanks for your congrats on the Dreamworks announcement in Variety Magazine! More to come when I know more 🙂

So — a few caveats. An option doesn’t mean a film will be made, but it’s a first step. Lots of authors get options. Think about Diana Gabaldon and OUTLANDER. (She said on Twitter the other day when I asked if there was any new movie news: “Well, no news I’m allowed to share, let’s put it that way. <g>”

Image from Jericho Z Barrons fan page on Facebook.

We also don’t know if KMM will be involved all that much in any film. Some authors are included — like George R.R. Martin in HBO’s GAME OF THRONES. Others, like Charlaine Harris, are consulted for TRUE BLOOD, but Alan Ball has veered significantly from the book series. Other writers, such as WICKED LOVELY’s Melissa Marr, want nothing to do with the film version of her series. Go figure.

I also have read that some fans are worried that anything on film won’t be as good as the books. True. There is that risk. I love the Sookie Stackhouse books but also am really digging the HBO series. Others are worried that Dreamworks has lumped KMM’s works into the more teeny bopper YA genre by mentioning it in the same breath as TWILIGHT. Does that mean anything they might do won’t be as intense as what’s in the novels? (Boy — that would piss off JZB!) I definitely don’t think it’s a YA teen book.  But let’s see what happens. How far it goes. And hey folks — it’s just a movie. We still have the real JZB and Mac and V’lane in our heads ….

But for your casting pleasure, I’ve included a video to kick off the casting questions. (I think the woman who plays Mac in this is right. And even the guy for V’lane. But Barrons? I think this is her pick — Eric Etebari — but not quite who I see as JZB. Casting thoughts?

Did we really need that point-of-view sex scene from KMM’s Jericho Barrons? July 31, 2011

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First — I’ve been recovering from Comic-Con and my regular day job (all I need to say is debt ceiling), so I’ve been a little too tuckered out to do much of anything. But back to the world of the fae, weres, vampires and other things that go bump in the dark …

Second — this post probably isn’t going to go over well with Jericho Barrons fans but so be it. Some of you might have already read Karen Marie Moning’s JZB’s point-of-view sex scene with Mac. I’m not going to publish it here — mainly because I don’t publish full text from an author or any other source without permission anyway (copyright!) — because it’s rather explicit. There’s not even an excerpt I would post without blushing! But I am curious what you think about it. (Everyone who has read it so far seems to love it.)

I will say that it was interesting, but I didn’t really need it and was disappointed she chose to write this particular scene. Sometimes less is more. But mostly, I feel like it destroyed the fabric of the characters and tension she spent so much time building up in the novels. OK — so an extra sex scene with Barrons is what the fans wanted I guess. But if she were going to do a POV, why this scene? Why not one later in the book? And there are plenty of interesting scenes that would have been very intriguing from JZB’s point of view. In the end, I thought it was simply gratuitous.

So take a read and let me know what you think. The link (complete with her intro to it and all ….) is HERE.  And you can check out the comments on her Facebook page if you simply search under her name and join the page.

A side note: My friends over at sookiestackhouse.com put together some really nice footage from Comic-Con. We had a little bit of a discussion about GAME OF THRONES actor Jason Momoa, who plays Khal Drogo. Wouldn’t he make a pretty cool JZB?

Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo) > Photo by Michelle Moreland

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