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Third Grave Dead Ahead Winner!

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 with No comments

Jan 31, 2012

We have a WINNER!

Congratulations Sebrina Cassity
you are our WINNER!


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What Inspires Romantic Suspense Giveaway with Author Sue Swift!

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 with 2 comments

Jan 30, 2012

What Inspires Romantic Suspense Giveaway
with Author Sue Swift!
(Rafflecopter Form Below)
Super talented  Sue Swift will gift one
 lucky commentator on the blog.

Read why Sue Swift thinks Romantic Suspense is the Greatest.


~ The Greatest Genre: What Inspires Romantic Suspense? ~
By Sue Swift

Romantic suspense is the greatest genre ever. Why?

No other genre supplies as many thrills and chills, ups and downs. Romance is great, but
romantic suspense adds an edge of danger to the flame of love.

But how does this come about? How do you, romantic suspense writer, ply your craft? Where
do you get your ideas?

I hear this question often and usually answer flippantly, “From Sears. They sell them by the
dozen in the basement, between the exercise machines and the barbecues.”

More realistically, ideas can pop in from anywhere. I travel a lot, and the cool places I’ve been
often inspire my books. When I was touring Alaska, I started writing a manuscript that became
Seducing the Hermit, erotic romance written by my alter ego, Suz deMello. A long-ago trip to
Florence in 1978 informed several scenes in Fashion Victim, a romantic suspense novel.

The romance part of romantic suspense is often inspired by people we meet. A woman I knew
in Alaska told me she’d moved there to find a man, because the proportion of men to women is
twenty to one—a fine harbinger for romance.

The suspense part—well, that’s something else. I tend to write romantic suspense from the
victim’s point of view. I ask myself, “How would it feel if I was being stalked? What would I do?
What would happen?” The answer is in Fashion Victim, in which my heroine, a couturier, is
harassed by very determined tormentors.

Sherry Baby was born from the question, “How would two ordinary people respond to being
trapped by a serial killer?” Set aboard a yacht cruising the Bermuda Triangle, Sherry Baby
explores what would happen in that situation.

Romantic suspense touches our hearts, grips our gut and takes us on thrill rides…unlike
anything else.

Who is Susan Swift?
Sue is one of the many talented authors who belong to the Romance Writers of America’s
Kiss of Death chapter. At Kiss of Death we believe that every great romance should include
suspense. Whether a spy thriller in Regency times, a paranormal romance with a revenge-
seeking zombie, or a traditional serial killer after the heroine, romance relies on suspense,
leading the reader through the trials of the heroine and hero to see if they will get their happily
ever after ending. If you can call your writing suspenseful, then the Kiss of Death has something
for you! Find out more and join at http://www.rwamysterysuspense.org and follow us on Twitter
at @RWAKissofDeath.

A best-selling, award-winning author Sue has written over a dozen novels, plus several short
stories and non-fiction articles. She writes in numerous subgenres including paranormal,
historical and contemporary comedy. She earned a second degree black belt in kenpo karate
and used to play amateur ice hockey in a rec league. A former trial attorney, her hobbies are
yoga and world travel; she has lived and worked in places as diverse as Luoyang, China and
London, England. She's working as an editor in northern California and writing her sixteenth
manuscript. Her current blog is at http://www.fearlessfastpacedfiction.com and her website is
http://www.sue-swift.com.


Sherry Baby
By Susan Swift

Love blooms during the cruise from hell…

Gen X meets Agatha Christie on the high seas of the Bermuda Triangle when Sherry Case, gofer for the battling bigwigs in the family-owned firm Genesplice, arranges for a team-building cruise aboard the yacht Swashbuckler. However, the mismatched group of passengers feuds even before the yacht has left the harbor.

A rogue wave, faltering navigational instruments and a trio of sharks continue to challenge Sherry and her new lover, the yacht's Captain Freeman. But Free and Sherry aren't fazed until a passenger turns up dead in her locked cabin. The vicious murder throws the ship, its crew and passengers into panic. Who could the killer be? Suspects and motives abound.

Ordinary twenty-somethings thrown into an extraordinary situation, Sherry and Free must solve the mystery, defeat the myriad dangers of the triangle, and reach land before the villain can kill them.

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Review: Deliver Me From Darkness by Tes Hilaire

Posted on Jan 28, 2012 with 1 comment

Jan 28, 2012

A Novel of the Paladin Warriors
Roland once was a Paladin, a warrior gifted with special powers to protect mankind in its earliest days. For hundreds of years he fought alongside his kinsmen against underworld fiends until the unthinkable happened: he was turned by a vampire. Forsaken by his brothers and fighting new violent instincts, Roland believes his soul lost. But then his best friend Logan delivers a young woman for protection. She turns out to be a Lost Paladin -- and the only female Paladin left alive. She’s also Roland’s bond-mate.

Karissa Donovan knows the difference between good and evil, and the sexy-as-hell vampire holding her prisoner is certainly not good. Sure, he might not have sucked her dry—yet, but that doesn’t mean she trusts him. But circumstances force Karissa to put her life in Roland’s hands. With each new danger they face, and each subsequent sacrifice he makes for her, she realizes that the question was never a matter of her trusting him, but of convincing him to trust in the integrity of a soul that he’d never truly lost.

I gave this book a 3
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Deliver Me From Darkness unveils a new vampire sphere! Tes Hilaire brings to life a new battle between good and evil, one in which only the pure will endure.  Interesting new characters await readers as the story unfolds.   Roland is a true alpha male, whose goodness and love will change everything. Karissa is the long awaited prophecy that the Paladins have waited for.  I enjoyed this book, I wish Karissa had been a stronger character, she had incredible powers that seemed unused until the very end. I wanted Roland to court Karissa for a bit longer before she threw herself at him, however there wasn't enough time.  I became fascinated by Gabriella, a secondary character, that screams for her own story. I hope that Tes continues to delve into this dark new world, with book 2.

www.teshilaire.com
Tes Hilaire is a Daphne Award-winning author!

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Review: Charmfall by Chloe Neill

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 with No comments

Jan 27, 2012

Protecting Chicago from the dark side of life can be an exhausting job, especially when you're in high school. So when the girls of St. Sophia's start gearing up for Sneak, their fall formal, Lily decides to take a break from fighting to get ready for the event. But when a Reaper unexpectedly crashes the party prep and Lily's firespell fails, she realizes that she has a much bigger problem than a full social calendar...
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     We're back at St. Sophia's with 15 year old Lily and the Adept(magical) fighting crew of Enclave Three. These magically inclined kids wage an ongoing war against the Reapers of Chicago who steal life essence to extend their magical tendencies. When a magic blackout hits the city and steals ALL magic, Lily and her best friend Scout start an investigation to discover who did this and how. During the hunt for clues Lily meets with Reaper Sebastian Born, making Lily's boyfriend so jealous that he walks away from Lily without hearing why she met with Sebastian. Now Lily is trying to help decorate for the upcoming Sneak annual dance for St. Sophia's and stop whatever evil has blocked all magic. What's a 15 year old girl supposed to do? I like Lily and how she deals with such large life changing happenings and still tries to be a young girl...sometimes confused, sometimes wise.
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A "Cinfully Wonderful" Reviewby Cindy McCune
Guest Reviewer and Collaborator
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~ Trailer Thursday ~ #48

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 with No comments

Jan 26, 2012


This Week's Book Trailers...

~ Diabolical~
by Cynthia Leitich Smith
The book trailer...
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~ Incarnate ~
by Jodi Meadows

The book trailer...
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~ Pink Smog ~
Becoming A Weetzie Bat
by Francesca Lia Block

The book trailer...
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This Week's Author Interview...
~ Lisa Lutz ~
~ Linda Howard ~

This Week's Movie Trailers...
~ Resident Evil Retribution ~

~ Jeff, Who Lives At Home ~

This Week's E.T.C...
~ Entertainment, Technology, and Culture ~

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Kiss of Death Tour Stops By Readaholics

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~ The Greatest Genre: What Inspires Romantic Suspense? ~
By Sue Swift

Romantic suspense is the greatest genre ever. Why?

No other genre supplies as many thrills and chills, ups and downs. Romance is great, but
romantic suspense adds an edge of danger to the flame of love.

But how does this come about? How do you, romantic suspense writer, ply your craft? Where
do you get your ideas?

I hear this question often and usually answer flippantly, “From Sears. They sell them by the
dozen in the basement, between the exercise machines and the barbecues.”

More realistically, ideas can pop in from anywhere. I travel a lot, and the cool places I’ve been
often inspire my books. When I was touring Alaska, I started writing a manuscript that became
Seducing the Hermit, erotic romance written by my alter ego, Suz deMello. A long-ago trip to
Florence in 1978 informed several scenes in Fashion Victim, a romantic suspense novel.

The romance part of romantic suspense is often inspired by people we meet. A woman I knew
in Alaska told me she’d moved there to find a man, because the proportion of men to women is
twenty to one—a fine harbinger for romance.

The suspense part—well, that’s something else. I tend to write romantic suspense from the
victim’s point of view. I ask myself, “How would it feel if I was being stalked? What would I do?
What would happen?” The answer is in Fashion Victim, in which my heroine, a couturier, is
harassed by very determined tormentors.

Sherry Baby was born from the question, “How would two ordinary people respond to being
trapped by a serial killer?” Set aboard a yacht cruising the Bermuda Triangle, Sherry Baby
explores what would happen in that situation.

Romantic suspense touches our hearts, grips our gut and takes us on thrill rides…unlike
anything else.

Who is Susan Swift?
Sue is one of the many talented authors who belong to the Romance Writers of America’s
Kiss of Death chapter. At Kiss of Death we believe that every great romance should include
suspense. Whether a spy thriller in Regency times, a paranormal romance with a revenge-
seeking zombie, or a traditional serial killer after the heroine, romance relies on suspense,
leading the reader through the trials of the heroine and hero to see if they will get their happily
ever after ending. If you can call your writing suspenseful, then the Kiss of Death has something
for you! Find out more and join at http://www.rwamysterysuspense.org and follow us on Twitter
at @RWAKissofDeath.

A best-selling, award-winning author Sue has written over a dozen novels, plus several short
stories and non-fiction articles. She writes in numerous subgenres including paranormal,
historical and contemporary comedy. She earned a second degree black belt in kenpo karate
and used to play amateur ice hockey in a rec league. A former trial attorney, her hobbies are
yoga and world travel; she has lived and worked in places as diverse as Luoyang, China and
London, England. She's working as an editor in northern California and writing her sixteenth
manuscript. Her current blog is at http://www.fearlessfastpacedfiction.com and her website is
http://www.sue-swift.com.


Sherry Baby
By Susan Swift

Love blooms during the cruise from hell…

Gen X meets Agatha Christie on the high seas of the Bermuda Triangle when Sherry Case, gofer for the battling bigwigs in the family-owned firm Genesplice, arranges for a team-building cruise aboard the yacht Swashbuckler. However, the mismatched group of passengers feuds even before the yacht has left the harbor.

A rogue wave, faltering navigational instruments and a trio of sharks continue to challenge Sherry and her new lover, the yacht's Captain Freeman. But Free and Sherry aren't fazed until a passenger turns up dead in her locked cabin. The vicious murder throws the ship, its crew and passengers into panic. Who could the killer be? Suspects and motives abound.

Ordinary twenty-somethings thrown into an extraordinary situation, Sherry and Free must solve the mystery, defeat the myriad dangers of the triangle, and reach land before the villain can kill them.

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Review: The Night Is Mine by M.L. Buchman

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 with No comments

Jan 25, 2012


First in a thrilling military romantic suspense series based on the real-life elite helicopter pilots who transport Navy SEALs and Delta Force teams in and out of combat and covert missions.
(SOAR are the heroes of Black Hawk Down.)

Buchman’s heroine flys the most dangerous military ops and tries to find the one man who can be a hero in her own life. Ace-pilot Captain Emily Beale goes undercover as bodyguard to the First Lady, with her rugged commander, Major Mark Henderson, who is determined to cover her back. Can she learn to keep her desire at bay before her covert mission implodes?

I gave this book a 3

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The Night is Mine by M. L. Buchman is collective throttle into an interesting suspense! Buchman's descriptions are an "All Access Pass" for what lies in the cockpit.  I thoroughly enjoyed all the attention to detail, it felt as if I were sitting in the pilot's seat.  I just adore a good military suspense, Emily played her part well, yet I was left without the more serious tones I 'm used to in a romantic suspense.  I enjoyed the story until the rules of engagement changed and Emily became the First Lady's chef.  I fear it left me feeling as if I had been cheated of what could have been a truly excellent story if Emily hadn't left her post.  Taking the story all the way to the White House completely changed the experience of the journey. Emily's father being the Director of the FBI and the President a childhood friend seemed too far fetched.  Mark's stolen moments with the First Lady, just didn't ring true to me.  It is in my opinion that the conduct that compromised the chain of command between Mark and Emily also swayed my opinion of book.  I wish there had been a more realistic romantic relationship between characters.  I enjoyed the Night Stalkers brotherhood, I believe it is a strong concept that will unite further stories in the series.   I hope to read more from Buchman in the future, his writing is rich in detail and gives the reader a wonderful view.

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Imprint: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pub Date: February 01, 2012

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"Where There's a Will, There's a Fae" ~ Lost Girl Recap

Posted on Jan 24, 2012 with 3 comments

Jan 24, 2012

Season 1 ; Episode 2

Bo agrees to help a will-o'-the wisp and search out the one responsible for stealing his treasure. He promises to tell her about her family if she finds the thief. As Bo searches for the culprit, we learn of more interesting species of the Fae. As she searches for the truth, she meets new allies.

Here's my take:
     Opening scene brings us Kenzi and Bo in a hardware store shopping. Kenzi is in all her glory with her oh, so lovely, "bed head" blond hair. Bo tells Kenzi about her up bringing before she ran away from home. We learn that she grew up in a small town in the Midwest, attending church socials and car shows, but most interesting of all she had Prom Queen ambitions. As they shop for wares, a hot man catches Bo's eye, and she can't seem to stop herself from wanting to become acquainted and quench her hunger. Thank goodness for Kenzi, who is there to keep Bo in line and focused on their shopping.

     We then find ourselves watching as a man searches a fog drenched forest. Green flames erupt all around him, more interesting is that he seems to be searching for someone, telling them to show themselves. (Call me crazy, but it would seem he's been here before) He comes across a small shack and let's himself in, he then finds a chest full of gold and gems.
      Bo and Kenzi are decorating their humble abode, and Bo is giving Kenzi the 411 of keeping out of trouble and not stealing. Kenzi as always, wants the know the definition of "trouble".  Lo and behold we have a strange man appear along with his green fire, startling Bo and Kenzi.   Plunger weilding Bo and brass knuckles Kenzi want answers and they're not afraid of using force. We learn that the man is a will-o'-the-wisp, who likes to be called, Will.  He's a Light Woodland Fae who lives in the forest on the outskirts of town. He tells of his treasure being stolen and how he wants Bo to help him find it. He has information Bo wants, to further his cause.
     Swing on over to the police station and we find Dyson and Hale chatting it up.  Hale is giving Dyson his play by play of his date, the night before, in detail.  Once again Hale refers to his singing capabilities, and how he was able to use them. (Yep, he's a siren). As Dyson comes around the corner he spies Bo talking to a police officer, but as soon as the two lock eyes, everything else becomes nonexistent.  Bo asks Dyson for his help tracking down the owner of the gun. After some threats and coy looks Dyson finally caves and agrees to help her out.  
     Dyson then decides that Bo needs to learn a little bit more about the Fae and takes her to a Fae bar.  As soon as they walk in, Bo is giving off major seduction waves, and has everyone looking her way.  Dyson introduces Trick, an elder in the Fae world, who just happens to be a bartender at The Dell.  We learn that The Dell is neutral ground for both Light and Dark Fae, it is a sanctuary from all persecution. Trick takes Bo into his office to have a little chat.  Bo learns that both of her real parents must have been Fae, due to the fact that only when both parents are Fae can there be a Fae child born. Trick goes on to explain that Bo must sign in because she is undeclared and all undeclared Fae must sign in to keep track of them.  Bo learns she may have been abandoned in order to save her life as a child, but it still doesn't stop her from feeling abandoned.  
     Hale comes back with info on the gun's owner and where he can be found. Bo hightails it out of the bar and leaves Dyson discussing her with Trick.  Dyson is worried that Bo is going to get herself killed, but Trick's not worried about Bo, he thinks he knows who she is.  
     Bo and Kenzi head over to the trailer owned by the man that stole Will's treasure, but they find that the  place is booby trapped. After almost getting her hand shot off, Bo along with Kenzi search the trailer for leads.  Out of no where, shotgun toting, trailer park Barbie, walks in armed and ready to shoot.  Bo, sees this as wonderful opportunity to grab a snack before they leave. Yet, as Bo nibbles, she gets carried away and starts to make a meal out of Barbie.  Kenzi tries to pull Bo away before she kills the woman, only find herself facing an angered and hungry succubus.  To Bo's horror, she soon realizes she got carried away and apologizes before they flee the scene.
  While Kenzi heads back to the house to babysit Will, Bo goes jewelry shopping. Bo gets tired of playing nice and shows the jeweler just what she's capable of, she wants answers and want them, now.  The jeweler tells her where she can find the thief who sold him some of the jewels.
     Mean while, Dyson and Hale are at the scene of Bo's snack and Hale is worried about what how many bodies they are going to have to make disappear. Dyson defends Bo, stating that she more than likely was defending herself, but Hale doesn't buy it.  
      As Bo and Kenzi stake out the thief's new digs, Bo decides to dress up and play maid to gain access to his room.  Boy, is she in for a surprise!  Snap!  The thief is waiting for her and has a gun!  That's right Micheal knew Will would send someone to retrieve the treasure, but what's even more interesting is that Will, the wood dude, just happens to be Micheal's, FATHER!  Micheal tells Bo the story of how his mother's one night stand lead to his birth.  It seems that Micheal is willing to give back the jewels if Will meets with him, he wants to talk and ask him some questions. Meanwhile outside the motel room door some guy is taking his head off and pulling out a sword!  Kenzi is watching from the car, and leaps into action. The headless swordsman fights Bo in the motel room, while Micheal escapes.  In flies Kenzi to save the day, with mop no less.  
     The girls then head over to The Dell, where they find Dyson at the bar.  No humans are allowed into bar, unless the Fae that brings them, takes responsibility for them.  So, Bo claims Kenzi as hers in front of all.  They waste no time bringing Dyson up to date on the dead body they have in the car. He explains that it's a Dullahan, the mercenaries of the Fae world. Dyson is worried about Bo, she wants him to help her find Lauren's number so she can control her libido, but  Dyson tells her that he can help her.  Bo tells him thanks but no thanks. (Damn, I really want those two to hook up!)
    Kenzie and Bo head back to the their place and ask Will why he sent the Dullahan on to Micheal, he denies having anything to do with it.  Bo surprises Will with the knowledge that Micheal is his son. Will is flabbergasted but remembers Micheal's mother. (Kenzi emphasizes the situation with crud hand gestures, hilarious!) Will is overjoyed with the news of him being a "Daddy".
    Later on, Bo goes to visit Lauren for information on how to control her desires, Lauren is a bit hesitant to help her. (Subtle attraction vibes are happening with these two.) Lauren tells Bo of something she created for another incubus she treated that might help her.  As Lauren injects Bo, she ask her to join the Light Fae, but Bo tells her they would have to follow a few of her rules, first.
     Bo then goes to meets Micheal at the storage facility and tells him that Will does want to see him.  She calls Will and tells him to meet up with them.  Bo wants to make sure he brought the treasure, so Michael shows her.  As Bo is checking out the goods, Micheal pulls a gun on her and tells her that he is going to tell the world about Will and make him pay for what he did to his mother.  Bo tries to make him see reason, but Micheal wants no part of it.  He locks her up in the storage unit, just as Kenzi and Will walk ingo the facility.  They have no idea what lies in wait for them.  Bo tries to call out to them to let them know trouble is at hand. The confrontation between father and son is your usual why, how come, and why, scenario at the end of a pointed gun.  Wouldn't you know, another Dulluhan shows up and guess who ordered them to kill Micheal? Yep, Daddy did, before he knew Micheal was his son. Kenzi and Will have to hurry and get Bo out of the storage unit so she can go "succubus" on his ass.  As Bo fights it, Kenzi comes to the rescue once again ,yet  this time throws the Dullahan's head into fire, killing it instantly.  Bo is bleeding to death, her powers of healing not coming online due to the shot Lauren gave her.  Will tells her his accounts of the night he saw her in the forest as a babe as promised, but Bo continues to bleed out form the wound on her neck.  When he's done telling  his tale and dissaperars, Bo asks Kenzi to find Dyson.
    Dyson wants to make sure Bo knows what she's in for when she asks him for help.  Bo tells him its the only way she can heal. Boy are you in for a treat!  Succubus and Wolfman get their groove on and it sizzles.


Kenzi is turning out to be my favorite character! Below are just a few of her best lines!


Kenzi's Best Lines of the Night

  • "We don't kill where we shop"
  • "Are you sure that's not a Chaz of the Chunky? Or Bob of the Butterball?
  • "What , skippin and jumpin, all the day?"
  • "Sir have a seat, have a seat, that smell doesn't bother me at all"
  • "For a Sprite, you take up a lot of real estate."
  • "Beautiful, now we have the pot calling the kettle creepy"
Fae Terminology
succubus:  is a female demon appearing in dreams who takes the form of a human woman in order to seduce men, usually through sexual intercourse.
will-o'-the-wisp: also known as a ignis fatuus, is a ghostly light seen by travellers at night, especially over bogs, swamps or marshes. It resembles a flickering lamp and is said to recede if approached, drawing travellers from the safe paths.

Gemini: a race of twin males or women in the Fae
Light Fae: Good Fae
Dark Fae: Evil Fae 
Dullahan:  is a type of unseelie fairie 




Music from this episode: 

  • I'll Bring the Sun by Jason Collett  (This is the song playing at the beginning of the the episode with the girls at the hardware store.)

  • Two In The Bush/Davey's Gravy by Cavendish Music / The Music People
  • Draggin' The Days by The Mahones
  • Vector by Metro Electro
  • Outward Bound by Cavendish Music / The Music People
  • Trophy by Bat for Lashes (Superb song for all the ahhs and ohhs going on during Bo and Dyson's playtime)
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Review: The Rogue Pirates's Bride by Shana Galen

Posted on Jan 23, 2012 with No comments

Jan 23, 2012

Rogue Pirates Bride
Book 3 
The Sons of the Revolution Series

Revenge should be sweet, but it may cost him everything...

The Marquis de Valère escaped certain death in the French Revolution and is now an infamous privateer. Out to avenge the death of his mentor, Bastien discovers himself astonishingly out of his depth when confronted with a beautiful, daring young woman who is out for his blood...

Forgiveness is unthinkable, but it may be her only hope...

British Admiral's daughter Raeven Russell believes Bastien responsible for her fiancé's death. But once the fiery beauty crosses swords with Bastien, she's not so sure she really wants him to change his wicked ways...

I gave this book a 4
      
The Rogue Pirate's Bride by Shana Galen is an adventure at sea!  Galen has captured the essence of the open waters with her vibrant descriptions aboard the Shadow. The hunt for vengeance moves full sail, and Raeven will land right in the middle of the battle. Bastien's passion for Raeven will ignite en route as a battle lies in wait in fog filled waters.  A traitor's actions will show Bastien what treasure he truly has on board his vessel. Will one man's dreams come to pass in the arms of a seaworthy beauty?  This sword clashing, cannon booming read is a winner, make sure to book passage on this terrific romance.

This is the third book in 
The Sons of the Revolution series 
by Shana Galen,
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Review: Lothaire by Kresley Cole

Posted on Jan 21, 2012 with No comments

Jan 21, 2012

Book 12
Immortals After Dark Series
ALL FEAR THE ENEMY OF OLD
Driven by his insatiable need for revenge, Lothaire, the Lore’s most ruthless vampire, plots to seize the Horde’s crown. But bloodlust and torture have left him on the brink of madness— until he finds Elizabeth Peirce, the key to his victory. He captures the unique young mortal, intending to offer up her very soul in exchange for power, yet Elizabeth soothes his tormented mind and awakens within him emotions Lothaire believed he could no longer experience.

A DEADLY FORCE DWELLS WITHIN HER
Growing up in desperate poverty, Ellie Peirce yearned for a better life, never imagining she’d be convicted of murder—or that an evil immortal would abduct her from death row. But Lothaire is no savior, as he himself plans to sacrifice Ellie in one month’s time. And yet the vampire seems to ache for her touch, showering her with wealth and sexual pleasure. In a bid to save her soul, Ellie surrenders her body to the wicked vampire, while vowing to protect her heart.

CENTURIES OF COLD INDIFFERENCE SHATTERED
Elizabeth tempts Lothaire beyond reason, as only his fated mate could. As the month draws to a close, he must choose between a millenniaold blood vendetta and his irresistible prisoner. Will Lothaire succumb to the miseries of his past . . . or risk everything for a future with her?

I gave this book a Perfect 5!
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Kresley Cole serves up a slice of Appalachian pie in one of the most seductive and superbly written books in the Immortals After Dark series. A masterful chess match that has been brewing and has lead us to one of Lore’s most powerful players and his Endgame. Everything we know and have learned has brought us to this deadly vampire’s story. Centuries of pain and betrayal have molded the most feared and hated creature of Lore. We will learn his secrets and he will learn the meaning of happiness in the arms of a young woman torn from the heart of the Appalachians Mountains. Lothaire and Ellie’s story will be as unpredictable as Nïx the Ever-Knowing’s visions. You will never know what is about to happen until it happens and then be blind sighted by what finally occurs. White Queen allows Black King to see the truth in the most elaborate story to date within the series. Only when Lothaire is in check, will we be able to see the game unfold before our eyes. The Enemy of Old will be the one to call checkmate. Cole shows us once again that she is one of the preeminent masters of the paranormal realm.

I was overjoyed with this book, never a dull moment, I was continuously blind sighted and was left wanting to know what was going to happen to Kristoff! By far Cole’s most X-rated and tasty book! Lothaire will be the book to beat in 2012!

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~Trailer Thursday ~ #47

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 with No comments

Jan 19, 2012

This Week's Book Trailers...



~  Darker After Midnight ~
by Lara Adrian
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~  The Alchemy of Forever ~
by Avery Williams
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~  Grave Refrain: A Love/Ghost Story ~
by Sarah M. Glover


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~ Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurences Novel ~ 
by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris


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Review: Firelight by Kristen Callihan

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 with No comments

Jan 18, 2012

Book 1
Darkest London Series
London, 1881
Once the flames are ignited . . .
Miranda Ellis is a woman tormented. Plagued since birth by a strange and powerful gift, she has spent her entire life struggling to control her exceptional abilities. Yet one innocent but irreversible mistake has left her family's fortune decimated and forced her to wed London's most nefarious nobleman.

They will burn for eternity . . .
Lord Benjamin Archer is no ordinary man. Doomed to hide his disfigured face behind masks, Archer knows it's selfish to take Miranda as his bride. Yet he can't help being drawn to the flame-haired beauty whose touch sparks a passion he hasn't felt in a lifetime. When Archer is accused of a series of gruesome murders, he gives in to the beastly nature he has fought so hard to hide from the world. But the curse that haunts him cannot be denied. Now, to save his soul, Miranda will enter a world of dark magic and darker intrigue. For only she can see the man hiding behind the mask.
I gave this book a 4
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   Sensational! Firelight by Kristen Callihan is masked in a consuming world of  fantasy, paranormal and romance!The search for cures will lead to the curse of eternal life. Readers will be swept back in time to the heart of London in the 1800’s, when an encounter under moonlight will change one man forever. As you read the story the fact that it is set during the 1800’s in London seems to become just a thought as the story unfolds and tears you away. Archer will charm you and his yearning for Miranda will enchant you. Firelight will carry you until the very end in a wave of intrigue. You will join Miranda as she walks an unlit path, daring to love the unknown. Phenomenal story seeped in mystery to the very end and then some. Firelight will surprise you with its provocative and tantalizing displays of secrets shrouded behind one man. I thought I’d never learn what Archer looked like under the mask, readers will have to wait right up to the very end for answers.
   Archer drove me mad every time he turned away from Miranda’s embrace. I found myself constantly arguing with him. Miranda on the other hand was a delight! She is all that is brave and self assured, a woman with very special talents, I just couldn’t get enough of her. I was left with a melee of questions after reading the story. Lovers of historical romances will enjoy this book, yet lovers of the paranormal will be delighted to with this mysterious tale. More than likely Kristen will unearth more answers in book 2 of the Darkest London series, Moonglow . Although I have just found a prequel to Firelight, called Ember, that I plan to read right away, it may clear up a few of my questions. By the way, there just may be a werewolf in London, so make sure to keep Moonglow on your radar.

Make sure and visit Author Kristen Callihan's website!

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Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Imprint: Forever
Pub Date: February 01, 2012

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Bitchin Lost Girl Recap

Posted on Jan 17, 2012 with 1 comment

Jan 17, 2012

Black background with slender sans-serif words "LOST GIRL" amid curving wisps of white fog resembling long hair and the more solid curve of a female form laying on its side.
Here's my run down of last nights premiere of Lost Girl:

We meet Bo Jones bar tending and observing a young girl as she pick pockets a man at the bar.   A short while later she saves the same young girl from an attempted rape in an elevator.  We get a first hand look at what she is capable of, as she sucks the life out of the him.   After she finishes killing the assailant, Bo takes care of the drugged girl.  While Bo packs up in order to avoid any fallout due to her actions,  Kenzi wakes and finds herself in a strange place and only a recording of what occurred, on her cell phone, to tell the tale. To make a long story short Kenzi is fascinated by Bo and wants to know more.  Bo explains that she has no notion of what she is, only that she has the ability to kill those she kisses. (Some "maj" hero worship going on here!)

While Bo and Kenzi are chatting it up, we meet the cops at the scene of the Bo's killing.   They know right away that it isn't your run of the mill killing and huddle to talk possibilities.  So, these two cops aren't what you call normal, they know humans aren't the only inhabitants of the world, most likely making them of the non human variety. After some honest to goodness detective work the two find a video of Bo exiting the building with Kenzi and go in search of her.
Soon after the two cops track Bo down and she soon finds herself under the influence of some strange magic and cuffed, leaving Kenzi to watch as the van speeds away.  Howerver, Kenzi pulls out her trusty video phone and starts taking snap shots of the disappearing van.  Bo is then lead to a meeting of unknown persons.  She soon finds out that they are called Fae.  They begin to bombard her with questions, such as to which clan she belongs to.  Bo is clueless, she has no idea what the hell they are talking about.
My clan?  Yeah, o.k.,  right.  Apparently Bo has been hidden since she was a child, raised by humans and has no answers for them.  Bo is sent to be examined by  Lauren, the Light Fae's doctor.  Some crazy girl on girl attraction comes into play and Bo is told she wears "commando" well.  Bo learns that she is a succubus and wants to know more.  She is also told that she can be taught to control her powers. We learn the species of one of the cops, Dyson, it seems he is a werewolf.  The jury is still out on his partner, Hale. (I believe he is a siren) .

It just so happens that Light and Dark want a piece of Bo, she will have to pass the test.
The Dark Fae are being represented by one cold piece of work, Ebony Florette Marquis, the Morrigan. She wants Bo dead and gone.  Then you have the Light Fae's man, Ash, not to sure what I think of him.  They are very interesting characters, indeed. 

A fight to the death will determind which side of the sandbox Bo plays on. Right before the fight begins Bo gets some pointers from Dyson,on how to win the fight.  She tries her moves on the wolfman, they play sweet succubus and wolf tongue tango, too bad it wasn't the right time. Bo is surprised to find that she can't control him like she does others. ( I can only hope they step up their game in the future.)   As the fight ensues and Bo finds her fighting legs, the Light and Dark Fae watch from the sidelines.  Bo just happens to kick forked tongued dude's ass and decapitates its quite nicely.
Then a freak walks in and tries to make Bo decide sides while he manipulates her.  Before Bo can be brain washed by creepy bald freak in monk's clothing, Kensi comes to the rescue. It would seem that Kenzi just happens to speak Russian and has some useful mob connections, that help her locate Bo.  As Bo confronts the Fae she tells them that she chooses the humans over the Fae. She decides to play Switzerland and wants no part of choosing sides.

Eventually Dyson takes Bo and Kenzi back to where he abducted her, setting her free. The episode ends with Bo and Kenzi laughing and walking away as the go home.

My Opinion:

Is it just me or haven't I read this book?  Ha ha!  Over all I thought it was great.  Some of the lines were cheesy , at times forced.  Loved the lead, Anna Silk, and her sidekick, Ksenia Solo, they played their parts well.  I need my fight scenes and thought they were choreographed fairly well, but there's always room for improvement. My fave of the night was the severing of the Achilles tendons during the fight scene with forked tongued dude.  The Dyson and Bo chemistry is all kinds of yummy and I want more.  I can't wait to find out what the other characters are and their powers.  If you are a fan of fantasy or urban fantasy you will enjoy Lost Girl.


Can't wait to see what freakiness next week brings and what goes down with the wolf. The clips looked wonderful!



Songs played on the premiere of Lost Girl:



It Could Be Love by Camouflage Nights


 Breezing Along by Valentino Music / The Music People

 Sweet Cream by Parry Music / The Music People


Murphy's Magic by Cavendish Music / The Music People

I Know What I Am by Band of Skulls

Swinging from the Chains of Love by Blackie & The Rodeo Kings
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Review: Flashfire by Deborah Cooke

Posted on Jan 15, 2012 with 2 comments

Jan 15, 2012

    Flying low on the radar is what master illusionist, Lorenzo, does with his dragon shifting ability, also known as the PYR. Though flamboyant with his magic show, Lorenzo has planned one last illusion that will take him from PYR senses and their enemies alike. He thinks he has every eye dotted and tee crossed. When his firestorm comes upon him, a time for him to procreate with his destined mate, Lorenzo is not prepared for the beautiful Cassie Redmond. Though he sates his firestorm, Lorenzo cannot seem to stay away from Cassie. Slayers and PYR alike descend upon the Las Vegas site for Lorenzo's last big hurrah...will he and Cassie find a chance for a HEA? Or will they be destined to fail with all the outside influences coming at them from many different and unexpected directions?
     I am soooo in love with Deborah Cooke's PYR tales. Zoe Sorensson's books set in the YA genre are riveting, as she is the next and only female PYR. If you want to fly with dragons and fall in love with warrior PYR...Jump on the wagon with those of us who love this wonderful series...Looking forward to "Ember's Kiss" coming in Oct. 2012.
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by Cindy McCune
Guest Reviewer and Collaborator at Readaholics Anonymous


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~ Lost Girl Premiere ~

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Supernatural TV is about to be kicked up a notch! 
 Just when you thought there were enough paranormal shows to fill your week, here comes Lost Girl. 
 
Paranormal addicts will be able to get their succubus fix on while watching Lost Girl. 
 Lost Girl opens the door to the world of Fae and how closely humans and the Fae coexist. 
There are very powerful forces of Light and Dark at war and humans are caught in the middle.
Lost Girl is about a young woman trying to find her origins, called Bo. Bo has been raised by humans and yearns for answers.  You know the drill; Who am I?, Where did I come from? Do I have family? She just happens to kill her boyfriend, draining him of his life essence, at the beginning of the the season.   For those who aren't familiar with succubi,they are defined as female demons who appear in dreams in order to seduce men, more than likely during sexual intercourse.  The male counterpart is the incubus. As the events start to unfold, Bo will have to confront who she is and choose sides in an ever changing world. Most importantly she will have to learn how to control her powers.   Lost Girl shows great promise, this world of Fae and all its mythological creatures set in the real world.  The show will have all sorts of tasty bits, for instance, shifters.  Lovers of the paranormal genre will be following this one.
Lost Girl will air on the SyFy Channel, Monday, January 16 at @ 10/9 C..
Lost Girl has already been up and running in Canada, it is the creative creation of Prodigy Pictures. Bo, the succubus, is played by Anna Silk.

* Note:  If you are a GetGlue fan make sure to check in! I'll be there, watching the premiere, too!
Let me know what you think of the show after it airs. Have a great week!
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Review: Dreaming of the Wolf by Terry Spear

Posted on Jan 14, 2012 with No comments

Jan 14, 2012

Book 8
A FIERCE HUNTER...

Alicia Greiston is a no-nonsense bounty hunter determined to bring a ring of mobsters to justice. Her dogged pursuit of the crime family has forced her to avoid relationships— any man would only become a target for retribution. Luckily, Jake Silver is more than a man, and his instincts are telling him to stop at nothing to protect her.

AN ANIMAL PASSION...

However, the mob isn't entirely human either, and soon Alicia must flee for her life. When Alicia and Jake's passion begins to spill over into their dreams, Jake learns he will have to do more than defend her— he'll have to show his mate the way of the wolf.

I gave this a 4
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 Dreaming of the Wolf by Terry Spear serves up delicious alpha male on a silver platter! An incredible suspenseful journey lays in wait in this shifter romance.  Alicia is determined to extract her revenge and Jake has decided to be her protector. I could not get enough of Jake, he has it all going on and then some.  Jake and Alicia are amorous in ways that only two who are meant to be together can be. Spear gives us an impassioned read and a wonderfully crafted story. I look forward to reading more in the Wolf series!

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Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
Source code:  A/P

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Review: Heart of the Wolf by Terry Spear

Posted on Jan 13, 2012 with 2 comments

Jan 13, 2012

Book 1

While searching for clues of a lupus garou who is killing women in the rainyPortland suburbs, Bella Wilder becomes the hunted. She had run away from the gray pack who had taken her in when she was she young. And she will do so again before the brutish pack leader can have her.

Devlyn Greystoke has a mission—return Bella to the gray pack for safekeeping before she exposes their kind and gets herself killed. But little red wolves are in short supply and high demand and Bella’s determined to be the bait to flush out the killer. Keeping her out of danger is only half the trouble Devlyn encounters as his compulsion to make her his mate grows and she fights being his, fearful the pack leader will kill him.

Volan Smith, the gray alpha leader, claimed Bella when she was young. Now that he has located her, he wants Bella back. And he will stop at nothing to have her.

I gave this book a 3

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Heart of the Wolf by Terry Spear is a suspenseful read! It has a mystery that needs to be solved and who better than a wolf to sniff out a killer.  It had a wonderful story line, rich in detail.  It intrigued me from the start, who was this serial killer of red heads? Bella and Devlyn work well together and have steamy chemistry and history. Call me blood thirsty, but I wanted more fight scenes. Heart of the wolf is a good paranormal, romantic suspense, all rolled up in a wolf story!
 
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Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca

Source Code:  R
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~ Trailer Thursday ~ #46

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 with 3 comments

Jan 12, 2012



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