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Top 100 SMOKIN HOT MEN

In Eye Candy on August 31, 2009 at 1:45 pm

We were discussing actors that could play certain characters for books gone to the movies. Well when I went searching for Vayl (Jennifer Rardin’s Hero in Jaz Park books) I came across this hot little baby.

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Link one. Must have a towel ready to wipe up drool.

Link two. a bigger and better link one. It includes all 100 hottest men alive.

My favorites: #62 Ian Somerhalder
#36 Jonathan Rhys Meyers, #27 Channing Tatum, #26 Christian Bale, #18Wentworth Miller #16. Daniel Craig #8. Chris Evans #2. John Barrowman

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Cynthia Eden's Midnight's Master

In Cynthia Eden, Paranormal Romance on August 30, 2009 at 1:11 pm

midnightsmasterMidnight’s Master


Book Three in the Midnight Trilogy
ISBN: 0758234260
Release Date: June 30, 2009

In a world of shadows, desire conquers all…

In this sexy, gripping novel, Cynthia Eden draws readers deeper into the realm of the Others—vampires, shifters, and sinfully attractive demons whose powers are matched only by their dark hungers…

Tall, dark, and formidable, Niol Lapen is the last demon on earth most people would ask for a favor, yet the sexy little reporter who wanders into his club dares to do exactly that. Holly Storm already knows too much about his kind, and Niol has no wish to help her get in deeper over her head. But working alongside her may be the only way to stop a killer, even as it ignites a primal desire unlike anything he’s known.

Holly has seen firsthand what Niol is capable of, but that doesn’t frighten her nearly as much as her body’s instinctive reaction to him, or the wild, fierce passion that would tempt her to follow him through hell itself. Something evil and relentless is prowling the streets of Atlanta. And as Holly’s search leads her into danger that even Niol could never have predicted, she’ll uncover a secret that could rip her world apart…

Excerpt

Book List:

2010 (Tentative)

eternalhungerEternal Hunter

Release Date: January 2010
Publisher: Kensington Brava
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel

2009

hotteraftermidnightHotter After Midnight (mass market re-release)

Release Date: December 2009
Publisher: Kensington Brava
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel

beyonnight“In The Dark” in Belong To The Night

Release Date: September 2009
Publisher: Kensington Brava
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novella

Midnight’s Master

Release Date: June 30, 2009
Publisher: Kensington Brava
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel
ISBN: 0758234260

immortaldangerImmortal Danger

Release Date: March 31, 2009
Publisher: Kensington Brava
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel
ISBN: 0758226063

2008

midnightsinsMidnight Sins

Releaste Date: November 25, 2008
Publisher: Kensington Brava
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel
ISBN: 0758226047

Website information:
http://www.cynthiaeden.com/

Naughty Chicks Monthly Picks

In Anthology, Naughty Chicks Monthly Picks, Paranormal Romance, Sci Fi/ Fantasy on August 28, 2009 at 8:00 am

destinesDestined for an Early Grave got rave reviews from Literary Escapism, Bitten By Books and everyone else I talked to. It is Jeanine Frost’s fourth installment of the Vampire Huntress series. And she Rocked it!

Her deadly dreams leave her in grave danger…

Since half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her undead lover Bones met six years ago, they’ve fought against the rogue undead, battled a vengeful Master vampire, and pledged their devotion with a blood bond. Now it’s time for a vacation. But their hopes for a perfect Paris holiday are dashed when Cat awakes one night in terror. She’s having visions of a vampire named Gregor who’s more powerful than Bones and has ties to her past that even Cat herself didn’t know about.

Gregor believes Cat is his and he won’t stop until he has her. As the battle begins between the vamp who haunts her nightmares and the one who holds her heart, only Cat can break Gregor’s hold over her. She’ll need all the power she can summon in order to bring down the baddest bloodsucker she’s ever faced . . . even if getting that power will result in an early grave.

obsessionPamela Palmer released Obsession Untamed with month the second of the Feral Warriors. I really like this book despite my fear of dying children. I am looking forward to her third book out soon.

FBI agent Delaney Randall, who suffers nightmares about murders from the killer’s perspective, fears she is going to be the next victim before she is approached by Feral Warrior Tighe, who needs her help to stop the killings.

faefeverFaefever was released in paperback, much to my delight, in anticipation to Dreamfever, K.M. Moning’s, hardback release of the fourth book in her fae series. I almost killed the UPS guy when he didn’t show up on time with these books. So for me it was a much needed drug for my KMM addiction. Now we have to wait another year to find out what happened. Just makes you wanna cry doesn’t it.

redemptionRedemption Alleywas another auto-buy for me. I fell in love with Lilith Saintcrow’s  characters from the Dante’s series. I find that Jill Kismet is even less refined than the all the other heroines of Saintcrow’s. But you gotta love or hate her. Most the time I love her. This last book for me was just not enough. It was missing something and I hope she does something about him in her next book.

Assigned to investigate a suicide case, exorcist Jill Kismet finds herself tangled in a web of corruption, drugs, and murder and targeted by murderous former allies, a situation that forces her to tap the resources of her hellbreed enemies.

aobtd2009Another One Bites the Dust and so was Biting the Bullet btb2009they were released in mass paperback this past month, Yay! I am sorry but I think trade paperbacks are a little expensive. [I rather buy a full price paperback for an eBook than a trade back. It really pisses me off that I have to pay for a bigger book. They are less comfortable to read with and its not economical from my stand point. I know authors really (or they do sometime do, but I am not sure) had little or no choice in how their books are produced/marketed and sold but to me its seems like extortion sometimes.*sigh*But I digress.] I LOve LOve LOVE Jennifer Rardin’sbooks. If I could just speed dial her and have her read to me at bedtime everynight, I don’t think life could get any better. Well yeah it could but not from one of my favorite authors. I am borderline fanatic stalker-ish here, I need to be careful before I find myself without my kindle and a lawsuit. Yes and Bite Marks
Comes out in October BUY IT. bitemarks
Here’s the blurb:

Tormented by voices in her head after biting a domyter, Jaz is ordered to perform her next mission flawlessly or face unemployment, a situation for which she must prevent her latest target from destroying humanity by transporting gnome larvae into deep space. By the best-selling author of Biting the Bullet.

nightsedgeNight’s Edge, Anthology, I got it have not read it but I have skimmed it and it looks positively delicious.

Dancers in the Dark by New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris
Dancer Layla Rue Le May’s childhood prepared her to handle just about anything, including her aloof partner, Sean McClendon, a three-hundred-year-old redheaded vampire. Even so, when she somehow acquires a stalker, Layla Rue is surprised to find that Sean is the only one she can trust….

Her Best Enemy by USA TODAY bestselling author Maggie Shayne

Kiley Brigham refuses to believe there’s a ghost in her house, but when an unseen hand leaves a bloody message on her bathroom mirror, she’s forced to turn to local psychic Jack McCain. As the two work to uncover a long-buried secret, Kiley finds that she’s haunted not by spirits, but by thoughts of Jack….

Someone Else’s Shadow by Locus Award–winning author Barbara Hambly

Maddie Laveau worries about her young roommate, Tessa, when she stays late to practice ballet in the old Glendower Building…and when Tessa goes missing, Maddie enlists mysterious tenant Phil Anderson to help. But is Phil the white knight she needs, or the predator she fears?

darkhungerDark Hunger a Demonborn Novel by Rita Herron, Got it have not read it yet, looks promising. New author for me. Blurb:

HE’S EVERYTHING SHE FEARS…
Reporter Annabelle Armstrong will go to any lengths to deliver a story, even track down Quinton Valtrez, a man she believes is a cold hearted assassin. Yet the truth about the darkly sensual Quinton is even more shocking…and the overwhelming desire he ignites is one she vows to resist.
SHE’S EVERYTHING HE CRAVES
Quinton has fought his demonic powers since he was a child. Now using his gifts for the good of national security, he can’t let himself be distracted by the beautiful, determined Annabelle. But his need for her is sudden, fierce–and could soon cost Annabelle her life. For a wicked enemy is out for vengeance, a demon who wants to draw Quinton into a life of pure evil and is willing to use Annabelle as bait. To save her, Quinton must achieve the near impossible: tame the sinister force that is both his inheritance and his curse before it claims him forever.

darloverbjBrenda Joyce’s Dark Lover (The Masters of Time), I am finally getting the fact that men are wussies. I like my man to be stand up and funny. I don’t need an emotional wreck. But fortunately for Brenda it worked because that book thrived on sexual tension like nobodies business. I was pretty ready to rape my poor unsuspecting husband after finishing that book in one siting.

Hiding the truth about his tortured decades of imprisonment by demons, immortal warrior Ian Maclean prepares to sell a page he has stolen from the Book of Power in spite of slayer Samantha Rose’s determined efforts to reclaim the page. By the best-selling author of Dark Embrace.

bengalsheartLora Leigh released Bengal’s Heart. Leigh knows how to write sex. She cranks out like a million books a year in print and ebooks. That woman is a robot. A robot I like. Keepem’ comin Lora.

Reporter Cassa Hawkins, an advocate for the part-human, part-animal Breed race, falls for seductive Bengal Cabal St. Laurents, with whom she teams up when the Breeds are wrongfully incriminated in a series of violent murders.

darkwarriorunbrokenDark Warrior Unbroken by Alexis Morgan is very good. I picked it up because the cover was hot. Then I read it and found a new surprising author. Then I picked up all her other books, new. That is now much I like her.

Enter the secret world of the Talions — fierce, passionate warriors fighting for their very existence — in Alexis Morgan’s sizzling new paranormal series.

He’s on a mission for justice.
Sandor Kearn is the Talion Enforcer tasked with policing his people, the Kyth. His latest assignment is the new killer stalking the streets of Seattle. But while Sandor is hunting the Kyth renegade, someone else is hunting him.

She’s on a quest for the truth.
When Lena Wilson’s mentor died investigating an arson case and the police ran out of leads, she vowed to find justice herself. Lena — who doesn’t know she is part Kyth — has the ability to see fragmented flashbacks of the crimes she’s investigating through her sense of touch. And when she meets Sandor, she feels suspicion — and desire — like she’s never known.

t’s only a matter of time before they touch….
With dark forces closing in, Sandor must keep Lena from digging deeper and exposing the existence of the Kyth. The only way is to convince her of his innocence. But how can he, when he can’t keep his hands off her?

badmoonBad Moon Risingby the infamous Sherrilyn Kenyon was also released this month. I have read it and I am still writing the review. I have to admit, it had me jumping all over the place but I was so dark hunter starved I think I would have taken anything.

A stunning and suspenseful new landscape emerges in the thrilling Dark-Hunter world—a world where nothing will ever be the same again. . .

Fang Kattalakis isn’t just a wolf. He is the brother of two of the most powerful members of the Omegrion: the ruling council that enforces the laws of the Were-Hunters. And when war erupts among the lycanthropes, sides must be chosen. Enemies are forced into shaky alliances. And when the woman Fang loves is accused of betraying her people, her only hope is that Fang believes in her. Yet in order to save her, Fang must break the law of his people and the faith of his brothers. That breech could very well spell the end of both their races and change their world forever.

The war is on and time is running out…

uncleanspiritsI picked up Unclean Spirits: Book One of the Black Sun’s Daughter by MLN Hanover, I am not sure on this one. Its still in my TBR Pile. I will see this Labor day weekend and report back to you.
Blurb:

In a world where magic walks and demons ride, you can’t always play by the rules.
Jayné Heller thinks of herself as a realist, until she discovers reality isn’t quite what she thought it was. When her uncle Eric is murdered, Jayné travels to Denver to settle his estate, only to learn that it’s all hers — and vaster than she ever imagined. And along with properties across the world and an inexhaustible fortune, Eric left her a legacy of a different kind: his unfinished business with a cabal of wizards known as the Invisible College.

Led by the ruthless Randolph Coin, the Invisible College harnesses demon spirits for their own ends of power and domination. Jayné finds it difficult to believe magic and demons can even exist, let alone be responsible for the death of her uncle. But Coin sees Eric’s heir as a threat to be eliminated by any means — magical or mundane — so Jayné had better start believing in something to save her own life.

Aided in her mission by a group of unlikely companions — Aubrey, Eric’s devastatingly attractive assistant; Ex, a former Jesuit with a lethal agenda; Midian, a two-hundred-year-old man who claims to be under a curse from Randolph Coin himself; and Chogyi Jake, a self-styled Buddhist with mystical abilities — Jayné finds that her new reality is not only unexpected, but often unexplainable. And if she hopes to survive, she’ll have to learn the new rules fast — or break them completely….

mansweaponWhen a Man Loves a Weaponby Toni McGee Causey. I have to say I really like the way she doesn’t make me have to think about saving the environment or try to change the entire world. I love that its a story and it good and its my escape. Did I mention funny too. Blurb:

Living single in her trailer was great for a time. But now Bobbie Faye’s officially engaged to, and has purchased a home with, the hottest FBI agent on the beat: Trevor Cormier. Even though she still has no idea what he really does on the job, Bobbie Faye has never been happier…until Trevor gets called away on an urgent assignment and leaves her in the care of body-guard slash babysitter Riley.

As it turns out, Bobbie Faye could use a little extra security. The man she helped put in behind bars, the murderous Sean MacGreggor, has escaped from prison…and is dead-set on revenge. With still no word from Trevor—who was only supposed to be gone for three days—Bobbie Faye finds herself reluctantly turning to her detective ex-boyfriend Cam for help. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to protect Bobbie Faye…so long as Trevor stays out of the picture. For good.

belovedvampLast But not least is my friend Joey W. Hill. She released a book called Beloved Vampire. Now those of you who have never seen a picture of Joey, don’t know she looks like a little 5 foot 4 elementary school teacher. But she writes the sexiest and erotic stuff I have read in a long time. I absolutely love her stuff too. I really really try not to be stalker-ish around her. I almost did the other night during out book night on her yahoo groups when she answered questions. I was like “OMG SHE”S HERE LIVE” I had to walk away from the laptop.

Yah I may be a reviewer but I am also a fan.

5 Minutes with Jennifer Rardin

In 5 Minutes, Jennifer Rardin, Urban Fantasy on August 27, 2009 at 8:38 pm

“5 Minutes with…” is a section of the blog that is a a set of questions that are pretty much the same give or take a few. That are meant for us to get to know our favorite authors a little bit more. Some are funny, some have nothing to do with their books; while others hopefully get to the “nitty-gritty” of what the author is thinking. And as with all of our 5 minutes we have a contest to honor our writers. Stay tuned at the end to find out how to enter. Now let’s give a Naughty Chick welcome to Jennifer Rardin.

5 Minutes With Jennifer Rardin

Rayna: What project are you currently working on? (C’mon, give us a hint!)

Jennifer:Right now I’m just finishing a YA novel called “Shadowstruck.”  I can’t really get into detail because my agent hasn’t even seen it yet, but generally speaking it’s a fantastic vision of what happens to kids when their parents don’t give a crap.

Rayna: Place you most want to visit.

Jennifer: I’m seriously considering the center of the Earth.  I know Will Ferrell didn’t do so great during his little jaunt down the Big Falls (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0457400/) but I, for one, know when not to piss off a T-Rex.

Rayna: Will electronic readers ever take the place of the humble paperback?

Jennifer: When I see how cell phones have become so indispensable to people, it seems to me that electronic readers are the next logical step—that they would become a part of this single digital tool everyone will carry that’ll include a phone, computer, etc.  But until that’s affordable (and at this rate I wonder if manufacturers want it to be) paperbacks are safe.  Also, reading is a somewhat sensual experience.  It’s about the smell and feel of the pages in addition to story.  So I am I absolutely, unequivocally saying…maybe.

Rayna: If you could be one of your characters – Who would you be?  And why?

Jennifer:I’d be Evie.  I think her stable marriage and happy family life rock.

Rayna: Who or what influences you when you write?

Jennifer:It could be anything.   A headline.  A photograph.  An experience at the grocery store.  The other day we were at our first drag race, and some old bat yelled at the beer seller.  You think I won’t remember that when it comes time to bring some bitchiness into a character?  Mmmm-hmmm…

Rayna: When you have writer’s block how do you break free?

Jennifer:If I’m not sure where to go next, even though the outline has pointed the way, I’ll go back and edit what I wrote the day or two before.  That usually gets me rolling.  If I still haven’t made good progress after a day or two that’s a sign that the story is moving in the wrong direction and I need to rethink the plot.

Rayna: Who is your perfect hero?  And why?

A person with lots of flaws who soldiers on anyway.  Because I have great respect for characters (and people) who don’t let their imperfections stop them from doing the right thing.

Rayna: What do you do for inspiration?

Jennifer:Sometimes I’ll take a walk or work in the garden.  But most of my best ideas occur to me in the shower.  I’m beginning to think something about letting yourself totally relax frees the most creative part of your brain.

Rayna: Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven’t yet?

Jennifer:I’m pondering the idea of writing a romance, but it would have to be radically different from what’s already out there.

Rayna: What kind of research do you do for your books?  Do you enjoy the research process?

Jennifer:I do a ton of reading about the location I’ve chosen for Jaz and Vayl’s assignment, both over the Internet and through travel books.  A lot of times I’ll read travel blogs, which are really helpful because people’s personal experiences will include details travel writers leave out.  I also have to research specific areas within those locations so, for instance, I wrote a scene in book seven, “Bitten in Two,” which took place in the Djemaa el Fna which is pretty much the town square and central marketplace of Marrakesh.  So I had to look at hundreds of pictures and read tons of accounts of the area in order to get a good feel for it before I could describe my characters walking around as if they felt comfortable there.
I do enjoy the process because I love learning about new places and figuring out how the details of a culture can work themselves into my stories without slowing them down.

Rayna: What is your favorite movie of all time?  The one where you can watch it and still get affected at the same spots each and every time?

Jennifer:Another day I might answer differently, but today I’d have to put “Willow” at the top of the pile.  It’s got everything.  The underdog you cheer for every step of the way.  Amazing creatures that delight the senses.  A dashing hero.  Magic.  Romance.  Sigh.  (Guess what I’ll be watching tonight!)

Rayna: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 5 things would you have with you? *mind you, you do have a srong hunky man to help you with things* *grins*

Jennifer: (That’s good to know, because I wouldn’t strand myself anywhere without my strong, hunky hubby!)
1.  A waterproof trunk full of writing supplies, since that’s the one thing I’d probably go crazy without.
2.  Sunblock (I fry easily!)
3. Plenty of soap/shampoo and a razor (I can get through almost anything as long as I’m clean)
4. A trunk full of hubby’s favorite books (Why should I be the only one entertained?)
5. Fully stocked toolbox (hubby could probably build us a condo as long as he had a hammer and a saw!)

Rayna: What is your favorite way to relax after a hard day working and writing?

Jennifer:I love to watch movies.  Old, new, so bad you want to throw stuff at the TV.  Doesn’t really matter—I’m there.

Rayna: What is the one era you would love to go visit and why?

Jennifer:I think I’d like to visit 19th century America, because I’ve always wanted to meet Abraham Lincoln.

Rayna: Out of all your books, do you have a favorite one?  If not, then which one is closest to your heart?

Jennifer:True-to-form, my favorite is the one I’m writing right now.  I think it’s the best I’ve done so far, and it’s been the most fun to write.  As I mentioned, it takes place in Morocco, so the research has been fascinating.  I’ve created some great new characters for this novel, and I love the way each member of the crew grows throughout the story.

Rayna: What character out of all your books is the closest to your personality?

Jennifer:Evie is the most like I was when I was a young mother, and Grannie May is the most like I am now.

Rayna: Have you ever been nervous over reader reaction when a new book comes out?

Jennifer:I’m always nervous.  In fact right now I’m nervous about Bite Marks, which comes out October 29.  If I wasn’t, I don’t think I’d be a very good writer.

Rayna: How much does reader response mean to you over your books?

Jennifer:It means everything.  Naturally I understand that I can’t please everyone. But I’m writing these books for readers.  And if I blow it, I’ve failed them.  That doesn’t mean I’m going to manipulate plot or character at their request.  Only that I feel it’s my job to do my very best every time I sit down at the keyboard, because readers invest a lot of time and money into my books.  So they deserve the best.

Rayna: What do you hope readers get from your books after they read them?

Jennifer:I hope they get a lift, a laugh, a nice break from a hard day.  And if, somewhere along the way, something I wrote strikes a deeper chord, that would be great too.

Rayna: If you could make a movie of any one of your books which one would you choose and who would you cast at the h/h?

Jennifer:Are you kidding?  We need to go the Bond route and make movies out of all of them!  It’ll be a freaking Jaz empire!  We’ll have Jaz lunchboxes and Jaz action figures and…um, am I getting carried away here?  I just think the books would make such terrific movies if the right people got behind them and put some money into directing, acting, and CG.
As for who I would cast—I never seem to get this one right.  Shall we open it up to our audience?  Who would you guys like to see play Jaz and Vayl?

Rayna: What is the weirdest thing a reviewer has ever said about one of your books?What is the nicest thing a reviewer has ever said about one of your books?

Jennifer:I stopped reading reviews about three weeks after my first book came out.  The first review made me furious because, although it was glowing, it gave away the surprise ending of Once Bitten, Twice Shy The other two were also great, but I somehow found ways to see them negatively.  And then I didn’t write for days after.  So I realized that I’m just one of those people who can’t deal with reviews of any kind.  I appreciate their value.  I love it that people are willing to review my books.  I just can’t, personally, handle reading them.  So my agent and publicist do that while I concentrate on writing.  It’s weird.  But it works.

Booklist:
Once Bitten, Twice Shy (Jaz Parks)
Another One Bites the Dust (Jaz Parks, Book 2)
Biting the Bullet (Jaz Parks, Book 3)
Bitten to Death (Jaz Parks, Book 4)
One More Bite (Jaz Parks, Book 5)
Bite Marks( Jaz Parks 6 )

Websites:
www.jenniferrardin.com

What we are giving away, a copy of Biting the Bullet. Or a pre-ordered copy of Bite Marks. Winners Preference.

Now there are three ways to enter in to the contest and there is NO purchase necessary to enter the contest:
1. To buy one of Another One Bites the Bites the Dust at our Amazon bookstore. Good for 10 entries.
OR
2. Comment. If you comment you get 2 entries. If you don’t then you get none.
OR
3. Add us to your Facebook or Twitter and retweet and/or repost will be eligible for the drawing.
DONT FORGET TO LET US KNOW YOU DID. In twitter when you retweet keep our name in.

As with all our 5 Minute spots they run for a week this contest will end September 3, 2009 at 11:59 EST. A winner will be picked then and emailed accordingly. Good Luck!

Beloved Vampire by Joey W. Hill

In Erotica, Joey W. Hill, Paranormal Romance, Vampires on August 26, 2009 at 7:20 pm

belovedvamp
Beloved Vampire

By Joey W. Hill
ISBN:9780425227954
Trade Paperback
Released Aug 4, 2009

Escaping the depraved servitude of a vampire master she killed, Jessica has found her way, with three nomadic guides, to the sun-baked desolation of the Sahara—only to slowly perish. Then she hears the tale of Farida, an enigmatic beauty lost as well to the Sahara three centuries ago, whose ancient desire for the legendary vampire Lord Mason is stirring the same desires in Jessica. But the more Jessica’s fatal curiosity reveals of Farida, the closer she gets to Lord Mason’s irresistible and forbidden secret.

I absolutely loved this book. I really did. It’s highly sensual and OMG, the sexual tension will make you do so very many bad things to the person with whom you sleep with. I read a lot of Joey’s books and I love how they just flow from sex to action scenes then to the erotic looks across the room. Maybe it’s just the way your imagination puts you there, its like high octane sexual frustration in print.

Thanks Joey. Send me another one need to feed this addiction too.

Website:

www.storywitch.com

Covet by J. R. Ward

In Demons, JR Ward, Paranormal Romance on August 26, 2009 at 12:01 am

covetCovet by J.R. Ward
ISBN: 9780451228215
Mass Paperback
Release Date 9/29/2009

Redemption isn’t a word Jim Heron knows much about—his specialty is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative. But everything changes when he becomes a fallen angel and is charge with saving the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins. And failure is not an option. Vin DiPietro long ago sold his soul to his business, and he’s good with that—until fate intervenes in the form of a tough- talking, Harley-riding, self-professed savior. But then he meets a woman who will make him question his destiny, his sanity, and his heart—and he has to work with a fallen angel to win her over and redeem his own soul.

I have read MS Ward’s Brothers series and loved the first four, was dismayed at the turn of events in the fifth book and turned off by the sixth. I know this author can write riveting stories and I loved what she did in the Dead After Dark Anthology and the Black Dagger Brotherhood Insiders guide. I thought that with those last two she had turned the page so to speak and was back to writing at her best which was why I was keen to read this book. I personally found this book to be disjointed and I couldn’t connect to it. Not because it wasn’t connected to the Brothers but in my honest opinion there was no flow. It was choppy and jumpy. It’s nothing like the brothers. Not that I had expected it to be and I gave up on them after Phury’s book. Ms Ward seems to have different threads she wanted to knit together but as anyone who has ever knitted knows, one dropped stitch and it all unravels which is what to me has happened in this case.

The hype surrounding this book being about angels should actually be more about demons as they were the main branch of paranormal that was being dealt with, only through a quasi angels eyes. It was hard to get into the story and when I put it down (which I did a couple of times) I had no urge to pick it back up. I had to make myself. I felt no connection to the characters and I couldn’t seem to invest time in them.

Also, I don’t know if this book is supposed to be classed as paranormal or urban fantasy as it doesn’t seem to fit in either skin. If it is intentioned to be an Urban fantasy like S J Day’s Eve of Darkness it falls short. I couldn’t follow the plot lines and the ARC for the series to me seems forced and lacklustial. A comparison to a book with a similar theme is SJ Days Eve series. These are classed as urban fantasy with a story ARC which is believable and far reaching. I had to read S J days books straight through. There was none of that urgency with Covet. When you read authors like Keri Arthur and SJ Day for Urban fantasy and Sherrilyn Kenyon and LA Banks for paranormals you being to have expectations. Whether its covering the same genre from different perspectives or knocking your socks off with a whole different take on the genre I want the WOW factor and this just didn’t have it. It had the thud factor.

Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill

In Chloe Neill, Paranormal Romance on August 24, 2009 at 12:00 am

somegirlSome Girls Bite– A Chicagoland Vampires Novel
By Chloe Neill
ISBN: 9780451226259

First in a brand new series about a Chicago graduate student’s introduction into a society of vampires.

Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn’t exactly glamorous, but it was Merit’s. She was doing fine until a rogue vampire attacked her. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsuckers’ and this one decided the best way to save her life was to make her the walking undead.

Turns out her savior was the master vampire of Cadogan House. Now she’s traded sweating over her thesis for learning to fit in at a Hyde Park mansion full of vamps loyal to Ethan Lord ‚ the Manor‚ Sullivan. Of course, as a tall, green-eyed, four-hundred- year-old vampire, he has centuries‚’ worth of charm, but unfortunately he expects her gratitude and servitude. But an inconvenient sunlight allergy and Ethan’s attitude are the least of her concerns. Someone’s still out to get her. Her initiation into Chicago’s nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war and there will be blood.

Now going off my last couple of reviews, you’d think I had it in for the paranormal/urban fantasy genre. Not so. I think there is an oversaturation of the same ole same ole and I’m over it. Imagine my surprise to pick up this book and not want to put it down. Merit is almost an anti heroine and I LOVE HER!!! I bought this book on a whim and boy am I glad I did.

Ms Neill has a whole new fresh approach to the genre that I for one found oh so very refreshing. These are the sort of vampires I want to read about. The vamp’s are humorous (well the ones that don’t take themselves seriously are lol). They are realistic and Merit struggles to hold onto her own innate beliefs while trying to assimilate into the new vampire culture she has inadvertently fallen into. She is a kick ass kind of girl rather than a sit back and watch it happen spectator.

I loved the pace of the book and the length. It was engaging, entertaining and it flowed from one chapter to the next rather than the jumping around we have seen in other books of this ilk. I went to the hairdressers and you know what, when my hair was done I was like “BUT I HAVEN”T FINISHED MY BOOK YET”. Not to say that my hair takes that long or the book is that short or that I am a speed reader but the last thing I wanted to do was have to stop reading so I could drive home to finish reading. I wanted it ALL NOW. Perhaps one of the stand outs of this book is that sure there was a bit of sexual tension between some of the protagonists however it was a secondary item. If that It was like the music you put on in the background when you want to relax. You know it’s there, you can hear it but it doesn’t detract from what you are doing.

Read Chapter One from Chloe’s website
I’m now off to read the ARC of Friday Night Bites, second in the Chicagoland Vampire series.

Websites:

Chloe Neill Author Site

Wait Until Twilight by Sang Pak

In General on August 21, 2009 at 3:45 pm

This book is not my usual book to read. It dark but not dark in any romantic way what so ever. It’s dark in a humanistic way that makes me feel that maybe some of the choices I have made were to follow the masses and were not in my best interest. I felt this book was well written and I liked it and a good literary level. But to be honest I mostly read to escape the shitty world I am in not to revisit it again in my imagination. I don’t want to contemplate the duality of man or the complexities of the relationship between the dead mother of Samuel and the deformed triplets or the whacked-out mom or even her poop-head son that got her pregnant. I want gratuitous sex, death by vampire/werewolf bite or something like it.

Please don’t take it as i didn’t like it I like it but its just not normally my cup of tea. Once and a while, I enjoy reading books like Sang’s. He did a great job and it good.
9780061732959

Wait Until Twilight
by Sang Pak
ISBN:9780061732959

A hauntingly strange and powerfully affecting debut novel that heralds the arrival of a unique and captivating literary voice, Sang Pak’s Wait Until Twilight is a coming-of-age story that explores the complex darkness infecting a damaged psyche in a small Southern town.

Not long after his own mother’s death, sixteen-year-old Samuel discovers a set of deformed triplets hidden behind closed doors in his sleepy Georgia community. The babies—whose shut-in mother believes they were immaculately conceived and whose menacing brother is a constant threat—take control of Samuel’s every waking and sleeping thought. His only escape, he realizes, will be to save the monster children. But to do so, he must rein in his darkest impulses as he undergoes a profound transformation from motherless boy to self-defined man—because sometimes the most terrible monsters are those that live inside us all.

Nocked Over By Sam Cheever

In Erotica, Sam Cheever on August 21, 2009 at 3:23 pm

9781419919688Daphne Charissa isn’t a chubby little guy with wings and a quiver of arrows. But she does belong to the Cupid race—a race of devastatingly beautiful creatures who excel at helping others find love, while remaining loveless themselves throughout their long lives.

When Daphne falls in love with Bion Chronos, she launches the two of them into a direct confrontation with the Furies as they fight to protect their own love and win release from the curse of lovelessness for the whole Cupid race. The problem is, the Furies have no intention of letting them win, and the lovers can’t seem to keep their hands off each other long enough to form a coherent plan.

It’s gonna be an interesting battle.

Sams books are intelligent, witty and most of all naughty in all the right places. You can find her books at Ellora’s Cave and Cerridwen.com To find out more about Sam and her work, please pay her a visit at any one of the following online hot spots: http://www.samcheever.com, http://www.myspace.com/samcheever or http://tweenyouandme.blogspot.com. She always loves to chat with readers.

Website: www.samcheever.com

5 Minutes with Sam Cheever

In 5 Minutes, Erotica, Sam Cheever on August 21, 2009 at 12:19 pm

“5 Minutes with…” is a section of the blog that is a a set of questions that are pretty much the same give or take a few. That are meant for us to get to know our favorite authors a little bit more. Some are funny, some have nothing to do with their books; while others hopefully get to the “nitty-gritty” of what the author is thinking.

5 Minutes with Sam Cheever:

Rayna: What project are you currently working on?  (C’mon give us a hint!)

Sam: I actually just finished the first book in a new fantasy series that is based on Monads, warrior spirits who guard and protect creatures from the magical realm. My Monads are conscripted by the gods on Olympus and work side-by-side with guardian angels, who protect the human realm. It was a very fun book to write…I introduced my first harpy in the book…harpies are kewl!…and I look forward to finding the perfect home for it so I can write more Monad stories! Book 1, The Monad Chronicles – Guardian is being evaluated by a publisher right now.
I’m also working on Book 3 of my Honeybun Hunks series. Book 2, Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of a Honeybun is with my editor and will hopefully be released before the end of the year. And I expect to submit Book 2 of my Cupid series, tentatively entitled, Nocked Asunder, in early September. And, for something completely different, I’m working on finishing up a Cougar story for Aspen Mountain Press. Busy, busy!

Rayna: Will electronic readers ever take the place of the humble paperback?

Sam: Not a chance. Too many of us love holding an actual book in our hands. But people are definitely starting to understand how wonderful ebooks and ereaders are and I believe they’ll continue to grow in popularity.  The best reasons to read your books on an ereader? You aren’t limited by space on your bookshelves…and you don’t have to dust them!

Rayna: Who or what influences you when you write?

Sam: I’m sure my writing style is the product of all the thousands of books I’ve read over the decades. I like to think my humor is from the Janet Evanovich school, and my fantasy stories have been compared to writings by Laurell K Hamilton and Kim Harrison. I would never say I write like these talented authors…I definitely have my own style…but I know I’ve been influenced by their work as I’ve developed my voice over the years.

Rayna: When you have writer’s block how do you break free?

Sam: I take my dogs for a walk and let my mind rest for a while. That almost always works. The other thing I do is that I always have 2 or 3 WIPs going at a time, generally of different genres. That way if I get stuck on one, I move to a different story for a while, until inspiration hits again.

FYI, if anyone is interested, I have 9 dogs and live on a hobby farm. I made a short video with all my dogs in it, entitled, Spending Time With Wally, which I posted on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/samcheever  It’s about 5 minutes long and it’ll make you giggle (check out Wally driving his sister Cayla up to the mailbox in the Utility vehicle).

Rayna:Who is your perfect hero?  And why?

Sam: Although it sounds like a dichotomy, the “perfect” hero needs to be flawed. That’s what makes them interesting. True perfection is ho hum. We applaud our police, fire fighters, and soldiers not because they’re saints, but because they aren’t. If they’re basically like us, with human weaknesses and fears, and still they do the really hard stuff that most of us are afraid to do…that makes them incredibly special. That makes them heroes in my book.

Rayna: What do you do for inspiration?

Sam: Life inspires me. Great stories are all around us. All we need to do is pay attention. It’s a pretty cool deal really!

Rayna: Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven’t yet?

Sam: Yes, a young adult fantasy. I actually did write one years ago and I’d like to submit it to a publisher some day, but I need to do some rewriting on it and I just don’t have time right now. A few months ago I actually started a fun YA fantasy but I had to set it aside to meet some deadlines. I hope to have time to get back to that story once I deliver a couple of my current WIPs to the editors who are waiting for them.

Rayna: What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?

Sam: As little as possible! I hate it. It cuts into my writing time. For my romantic suspense stories I obviously have to do some research so that they ring true. But, for me, research is antithetical to the creative process. I think that’s the reason I enjoy writing my fantasies so much. I can just make stuff up as I go along. It’s pure heaven! #:0)

Rayna: What is your favorite movie of all time? The one where you can watch it and still get affected at the same spots each and every time?

Sam: I love the Harry Potter movies. Probably the first one the best. The whole Harry Potter “thing” is perfection to me. Great story, great characters, fantastic premise, pure magic on both printed page and big screen. The woman is a genius!

Rayna: What is your favorite way to relax after a hard day working and writing?

Sam: I watch an episode of my current favorite TV series on DVD, sans commercials. I’m all out of Bones episodes until Season 4 comes out, so I’m currently watching Angel. David B is yum!

Rayna: Out of all your books, do you have a favorite one? If not, then which one is closest to your heart?

Sam: I would have to say that ‘Tween Heaven and Hell is closest to my heart. I worked really hard to create that story and it has been very popular with readers and reviewers alike. It won the Dream Realm award for fantasy in 2007 and, last year, a CAPA! Since it was my first “published” book that’s very surprising to me and definitely gratifying.

Rayna: What character out of all your books is the closest to your personality?

Sam: Actually, Astra Q Phelps from my Dancin’ With the Devil series is me, on magical steroids. She’s snarky and afflicted with short woman syndrome just like I am, hehehe, and she does all the stuff I’d like to do if I didn’t have real life boundaries holding me back. 

Rayna: Have you ever been nervous over reader reaction when a new book come out?

Sam: Every dang time!! It’s nerve wracking waiting for that first response on a book. Always! I’ve been surprised a couple of times, expecting that people will like a book that really doesn’t strike a chord…or expecting that a book will get a lukewarm reaction, only to be surprised by its popularity. So I never know how a book will be accepted. It’s a terrifying thing!

Rayna: How much does reader response mean to you over your books?

Sam: Reader response is everything to me. I cringe and bite my nails when someone says something negative about one of my books. I think of my books as mind candy.  I know many writers want to believe their writing is epic and life changing.  Not me.  I’m looking for my readers to release a few endorphins through excitement and laughter.  Real life is complex and difficult.  Endorphins make us feel good.  Most of us, when we pick up a book, just want to be entertained.  But having said that, I don’t want you to think I view my books as unimportant.  I don’t think there’s anything more important than making someone feel good.  I view that as one of my most important missions in life.  And I’d like to think I have a gift for it.

Rayna: What do you hope readers get from your books after they read them?

Sam: I once received a response to ‘Tween Heaven and Hell that pretty much encapsulates it. The reader got so caught up in the story she didn’t want to stop and take care of her kids and her husband. She said she found herself feeling my characters’ pain, laughing with them and at them, and even yelling at them when they did something stupid. That’s the kind of reaction I want my writing to engender. In my humble opinion, good fiction should require you to climb into a roller coaster car and strap yourself in. It should draw you happily into its pages and not release you until you read the last powerful word. And when you move on with your life afterwards, you should still think about the story and the characters and wish you could jump into another story with them…sooner rather than later. 

That’s the reaction I want from readers. I don’t always get it…but I’m always gonna try!

Rayna: If you could make a movie of any one of your books which one would you choose and who would you cast as the h/h

Sam: Ooohhh, I think my Dancin’ With the Devil series would make really great movies. I have no idea who could play the roles. Astra needs to be young, she’s 23 in the books, small and feisty. All my favorite actresses are older and taller. Dialle is dark and sensual, the consummate bad boy, I think there are several actors who have the looks to be Dialle, but I’m not sure about the talent. #:0) Do you get the sense I’d be a problem on the set of the movie? Har!

Rayna: What is the weirdest thing a reviewer has ever said about one of your books?

Sam: That’s easy. My fun, new erotic fantasy, Nocked Over is…an EROTIC fantasy. It was given a poor review by someone who thought it had too much SEX in it. Alrighty then. #:0)

Rayna: Can you ever have too much sex in an erotica? Um NO!

Rayna: What is the nicest thing a reviewer has ever said about one of your books?

Sam: A reviewer once said that I could “plot suspense with the best of them”. I don’t know what anybody could say to improve on that. I take that as very high praise indeed.

 

There is a giveaway of a august13 002heart-shape flash drive and Sam’s Latest eBook from Ellora’s Cave. I thought it would make an excellent prize for a nice person. This heart shaped flash/jump drive is so cute. So comment and maybe win.
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1. To buy one of this authors books on Amazon or Ellora’s Cave website forward me the receipt. Good for 10 entries.
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I want to thank Sam for talking with me. Sams books are intelligent, witty and most of all naughty in all the right places. You can find her books at Ellora’s Cave and Cerridwen.com To find out more about Sam and her work, please pay her a visit at any one of the following online hot spots: http://www.samcheever.com, http://www.myspace.com/samcheever or http://tweenyouandme.blogspot.com. She always loves to chat with readers.

Website: www.samcheever.com