Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Anne Rice

Yesterday I posted a review of a book by Anne Rice. A lot of you surprised me by saying that you haven't read her books or had only read one or two. The reason I was surprised is that she is what introduced me into reading the genre. I was a huge fan of paranormals in the movies and tv (as long as it wasn't too scary), but rarely read them if at all. Of course I knew many people out there hadn't read her books. I mean now the market is filled with paranormals of all kinds to try. However, at one time that was not true. I knew there were good paranormal books out there, but they were hard to find. Most were labeled under horror and I didn't go near horror. So, I relied on my friends to tell me what was out there. They knew what a chicken I was at that time. :) So often when an Anne Rice paranormal wasn't out there and there was no other suggestions, I read fantasy. 

Specifically speaking for Anne Rice, I know that her books tend to be hit or miss with most people. It is with me. One favorite book for me by her is Ramses the Damned. It was how I was introduced to her. It was an adult book (I was still very young... *giggles*) but it wasn't her vamp books. I actually refused to read those for another year. I was too much of a wimp and didn't like the horror genre. My imagination takes off and THAT is what usually scares the beegebus out of me. However, finally I caved since I enjoyed Ramses so much and I devoured her vamp books as I had money to buy them (I knew I'd be reading them again and the library has such a LONG waiting list for her books). 

Now really what is this all about? Well, I got to thinking about all the big authors I have yet to read... especially in the genre most of us paranormal book bloggers talk about. One for me is Stephen King. Yes, I know. Don't faint. ;) I can handle horror books much better than I was younger, but still don't actually like to be scared. Everyone I talked to that has tried to get me to read his books has said that he is a visual writer. Usually that is enough to get me to try a book, but in this case with me being such a chicken... it made me not really want to try him. Like I said... it's my imagination that usually gets to me. What I think about after I read or watch a scary movie. Add more visuals to that, and I'm still a chicken when it comes to this genre. :D

So here is my question to you... are their any authors that you have yet to try? Why haven't you taken that extra step to read something by that author (other than having a huge review tbr)? I'm curious as to what (or who) everyone out there hasn't tried yet. Any author you'd hope people have read at least one book of?

PS... those who aren't interested in her paranormals, but would still like to try Anne Rice, can I suggest The Feast of All Saints? It is my fave non-paranormal book of hers. It is more of a historical fiction type of book.

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice

The time is the present.

The place, the rugged coast of northern California. A bluff high above the Pacific. A grand mansion full of beauty and tantalizing history set against a towering redwood forest.

A young reporter on assignment from the San Francisco Observer. . . an older woman, welcoming him into her magnificent, historic family home that he has been sent to write about and that she must sell with some urgency . . . A chance encounter between two unlikely people . . . an idyllic night—shattered by horrific unimaginable violence. . .The young man inexplicably attacked—bitten—by a beast he cannot see in the rural darkness . . . A violent episode that sets in motion a terrifying yet seductive transformation as the young man, caught between ecstasy and horror, between embracing who he is evolving into and fearing who—what—he will become, soon experiences the thrill of the wolf gift.

As he resists the paradoxical pleasure and enthrallment of his wolfen savagery and delights in the power and (surprising) capacity for good, he is caught up in a strange and dangerous rescue and is desperately hunted as “the Man Wolf,” by authorities, the media and scientists (evidence of DNA threaten to reveal his dual existence). . . As a new and profound love enfolds him, questions emerge that propel him deeper into his mysterious new world: questions of why and how he has been given this gift; of its true nature and the curious but satisfying pull towards goodness; of the profound realization that there are others like him who may be watching—guardian creatures who have existed throughout time and may possess ancient secrets and alchemical knowledge and throughout it all, the search for salvation for a soul tormented by a new realm of temptations, and the fraught, exhilarating journey, still to come, of being and becoming, fully, both wolf and man.
Like some of us who read paranormals, if we weren't introduced to the genre by Anne Rice, we certainly were weaned on her tales. So, I was excited to see that she was returning to her paranormal roots with The Wolf Gift.

Within this book we also get the philosophical Anne Rice we have come to know in the Vampire Chronicles. However, to me it was not subtlety done as it had been done before, but quite overtly within the inner dialog and perspective we share with Ruben, the main character. For some reason this didn't make me connect with the character and his adventure. In fact, it kept me at arms length from him. And although the overt philosophy was a question of what is good and evil or even morality (as we had seen within the vampire books), the emotion underneath is profound loneliness. To me, that was Ruben's true story. That is what he was seeking to alleviate.

The book does tend to run slow, but it does not stop moving. The writing is Anne Rice. Very visual and you can see every place that Ruben runs. When he meets others of his kind, the loneliness is alleviated and I feel that is where the philosophy really takes off. Again, as with her Vampire Chronicles, we get to meet the creator, the one who could hold all our answers to who we are and why we are here. Unfortunately like every seeker, we find that our answers will never be fully satisfied. For example:
..."We always come back to that~ that both the brutal world and the spiritual world are sources of truth, that the truth resides in the viscera of all those who struggle as well as in the souls of those who would transcend the struggle."
So, yes, as you see, Anne must still be looking for those ever elusive answers to it all and only finding some truths and yet more questions to be answered. And yet, I do have to say her journey has changed a bit and almost seemed more eastern in nature than the western philosophy we found previously.

I give this book 3 stars. If you are an Anne Rice fan, do pick this one up. I think you will enjoy finding her philosophy back within these new monsters she creates in this book.
I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher for my honest review. No compensation was given.
This is Anne talking about The Wolf Gift
Extra enticement: Joe Manganiello who introduced Anne Rice (wish I was there!)
Google Excerpt:

*edit: changed most to some... ;D*

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Senior year is over, and Lucy has the perfect way to celebrate: tonight, she's going to find Shadow, the mysterious graffiti artist whose work appears all over the city. He's out there somewhere—spraying color, spraying birds and blue sky on the night—and Lucy knows a guy who paints like Shadow is someone she could fall for. Really fall for. Instead, Lucy's stuck at a party with Ed, the guy she's managed to avoid since the most awkward date of her life. But when Ed tells her he knows where to find Shadow, they're suddenly on an all-night search around the city. And what Lucy can't see is the one thing that's right before her eyes.

I don't read very much YA contemporary books. I keep seeing books in this genre that require much drama and not much substance. Now, I know that isn't all that is there in this particular genre, but I've seen enough of it to make me not crave these types of books. However, some of the aussie bloggers I've been reading gave such glowing reviews of this book I knew I had to read it and jumped at the chance when I learned it was going to be published in the US. I must tell you now, I was not disappointed.

The story lines of Shadow, Lucy, Poet, Jazz, Dylan and Daisy captured me. It's mostly about kids bumbling around making mistakes and growing from those mistakes. Learning who they are and what they really want. Things that adults rarely do within a lifetime. Now even though this held my interest it was not because of what was going on and the small adventures they have during one fateful night. What held me at rapt attention was the writing within this book. The writing was visual. It was lyrical. It was magic. Yes, all high praise, but you rarely come across a book that is written this way. When I do, I take notice.

I give this book 5 stars. It is one I know I'll be reading again. I personally loved the visual language Cath Crowley used to tell this story. If you are looking for a contemporary YA, do try this one. You might be surprised of the writing within.
I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher and no compensation for my review was given.
The vid is in Italian. I guess they didn't make one in english yet. :)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Meme tagged!

Yes, Animewookie from My Gallery of Worlds has tagged me in a meme and since I had a space available and I was procrastinating from something I should have been doing *snicker* I thought it might be fun to do!

1. Answer the eleven questions that were asked of you by the person who tagged you
2. Make up eleven new questions and tag eleven new people to do the meme! 
3. Let them know you tagged them!

My questions:
1. If you could describe your life in a color, what would it be and why?
I'd say midnight blue because it is mysterious. Oh wait... that is what I wish it could be... other than beige. Too boring. LOL

2. Do you have any pets? If so, what are they, their name/s and why do they fit your personality?
I have 2 dogs currently. One is a total goof and is the doberman. My alaskan malamute loves to be the audience to the doberman's goofyness. She also likes ruling the doberman. Although that sounds appealing... I think I'm probably more like my dobe. LOL

3. Where did you fit in in high school...jock, band geek, popular crowd...etc?
Seriously? I don't know. I had a lot of different friends. Many didn't even know I was friends with others. It wasn't anything strange or dramatic... it was just that they didn't have things in common with the other and so didn't hang out. I pretty much would hang with anyone and had fun.

4.How do you react in an emergency...fight or flight, go get help, the calm one???
Depends on the situation. Usually fight or calm.

5. If they were making a movie of your life, who would you chose to play you... why?
Angelina Jolie. Why? Who wouldn't want to look like that even in fantasy? LOL

6. Why is your best friend your best friend, what makes them so special?
She was someone I could talk to about things I couldn't normally with anyone else. I hope she felt the same. I miss her and I consider her a true angel now. :)

7. If money was no object, and you were going to buy yourself soothing completely frivolous, what would it be, and why?
No object? A vacation!

7. Three words that describe your personality?
Passionate, Goofy, and Strange... and loving that this is #7 twice. ;D

8. Who was your favorite teacher and how did they influence you?
Oh I had several. Most were in grade school. Usually it was just the encouragement in learning on your own and being creative with it.

9. What do you consider true strength?
Well, it has nothing to do with exercise weights. I say if you grunt when you pick it up... put it down!

10. What is your favorite game? (video, board, card...any kind)
Don't have a fave at the moment, but I loved Plants Vs. Zombies for a while. :)

11.What season do you love the most, why?
Depends. I love all the seasons for different reasons. Yes, even the dead of winter has it's promise when it is silent and calm.

Now I saw Blodeuedd do this one and didn't tag anyone. I think I'll do the same since schedules are so tight and many don't do awards (which this is like). So, I'm not tagging anyone but would LOVE to see how you answer the following (please let me know if you do it so I can see it):

1. If you had written a book of your life, what would be the title.
2. In the vein of a 6 word story... tell me about yourself.
3. Who would be your top choices in your book boyfriend harem?
4. Which character in a book would you like to be?
5. Which character in a book are you most like?
6. Do you have pets? Tell us about them?
7. Would you like to have a mythological pet? What would it be?
8. If you had a superpower, what would it be?
9. If you could dump a heroine in a book and take her place, what book and who would that be?
10. What is at the top of your bucket list?
11. What do you want most in your life right at this moment?

Have fun! You can even answer a few in the comments if you wish. :)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Firelight by Kristen Callihan

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.
This is essentially a story about two tortured souls. Both find themselves having big secrets about who they are for survival purposes. When they find each other, they are also forced to hide those same parts from the other. Neither seems to be able to trust that someone would accept the whole of themselves. I mean if they can't accept their own self wholly, how can they ask another to do the same?

There is also a mystery involved. One that has Lord Archer fully within it's grasp. However, Miranda is no shrinking violet, and to tell her to stay out of it is really an invitation for help. So despite a few bungling attempts at trying to get to the truth the answers remain elusive. Both are equally matched and even though the mystery and the intrigue was not well paced, it still gave a good background for the love that starts to develop between Archer and Miranda. In fact, that path to true love between the two characters makes this book worth reading.

For example, how Miranda felt about Archer even though she never saw his face:
"...In truth, she could not dissect Archer into parts. She saw him as a whole. She thought of Archer not in pictures but with feeling. Archer was warmth, laughter, kindness, and excitement."
And how Archer felt about Miranda:
"...no one has made me feel the way you do, as if every day is an adventure. You make me laugh. And I never laugh. I go around smiling like a witless fool. So yes, I kept it from you, because I am so desperately in love with you that the knowledge that you might love me too was irresistible. And I was afraid it would turn to dust should I take off that mask."
These feelings came out of getting to know each other. Seeing past the lust into the soul of the person they wanted to get to know. And despite the secrets, each got to know each other in a way no one had ever had before. The passion was there, but the time they allowed it to take in developing a friendship first make that passion burn brighter when they finally admitted their love. Yes, the romance is well written. You can take that from a cynic. ;)

I give this adult book 4 stars. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good romance despite the mystery and the events surrounding them were unevenly paced. It still did not distract the love connection the two main characters developed within the story. 

Saturday, February 18, 2012


The winner of the print copy of:
Maria Q.

For everyone else... don't forget to get your copy. The ebook is only $2.99 at Amazon and B&N. Read it so you can see all my potential book boyfriends and know they are all MINE. *ahem* sorry.. 

Also, remember that you can still participate in several giveaways with this book and win a Kindle Fire!
All deets are here and my blog post is here for the secret word.
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Friday, February 17, 2012

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

A Great and Terrible Beauty meets Cassandra Clare in this spellbinding fantasy

Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they're witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word . . . especially after she finds her mother's diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family's destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren't safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other.

I really enjoyed this alternative historical PNR. Yes, I invented a new genre just for this book. ;) The world in which this book resides is very different. One, I have to admit, I didn't quite buy. Racism is not a part of the world and the village is full of ethnic diversity. However, being sexist and homophobia is rampant. I just don't buy that one hate is eradicated while others exist. It just doesn't work that way. However, despite that, I have to admit this world built on contradiction also fascinated me. Oh yea.. I can see plenty of contradictions exist in a world where few have power over many. True, that does happen, and that is why this world still fascinated me. 

The main character, Cate, was a strong child. I have to admit that I didn't always like Cate. I loved her spirit and the fact that she doesn't want to live in any sort of cage. I also admired the way she took responsibility for her sister's safety. However, there were times when she would act childish and throw tantrums. Granted they were inner tantrums but childish nonetheless. I would also have to stop and think that she is only 16. She isn't an adult but had to take on adult responsibilities. So, quite honestly even though I didn't always like her attitude, I also thought it appropriate as well. 

The one character I did love was the youngest sister, Tess. We don't get a whole lot of her, but I really loved how she could read people and how big her heart was. She would be a little sis I would protect fiercely as well. She was also precocious. I can't wait to read more about her in the coming books. 

As for the romance. Well, there is a bit of a love triangle and honestly both boys were perfect for her in different ways. There was a clear winner from the beginning but I have to say, I wanted to know more about Paul and who he really was. It just seemed that possible depths to his character was missing. Perhaps those will come out more as the series goes on.

Now I do have a warning. The ending. I was NOT happy with this ending (and no I'm not even going to hint about what happens). I read it late at night and NOW I have to sleep? I wanted to kick some character arse. I wanted to throw the book out the window. I wanted my HEA. I also was left with so many questions I wanted to cry. However, after saying that... I want that next book! I want to know what will happen! Will someone please ask Jessica to put me out of my misery and tell me? ;)

I give this book 3 stars. All I have left to say is gimmie the next book and make it an HEA.. PWEESE! ;)
I received this book though the Library Thing Early Reviewer program and no compensation for my review was given.
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Thursday, February 16, 2012

A Devil Named Desire by Terri Garey (The Devil's Bargain #2)

Forbidden fruit is always the sweetest...

...and no one knows that better than Sammy Divine, High Prince of Darkness. Once an angel, now cast down, Sammy's out to prove he's not the only angel who can be led into temptation...

Hope Henderson's sister has disappeared without a trace, and Hope will do anything to find her--even make a deal with the Devil. An ancient text holds the key to unspeakable power, and it's the Archangel Gabriel's job to make sure it stays hidden, even if he has to become human to do it. Lives, love and the fate of the world hang in the balance, as Hope and Gabriel learn that when passion's involved, it may be impossible to withstand a devil named desire.
The first book in this series is Devil Without a Cause. That was the first book in which I met Sammy the Devil but this series is the offshoot of another, Nicki Styx. I haven't read those yet, but I promise you I will! So, as you can see, you do not have to have read the original series to enjoy this one... and Sammy in particular. *wink* You also don't have to read the first one to know what is going on in this book, but I do suggest it. You will understand where Sammy is coming from so much easier that way. Plus, if you click on the title of the first you will see that the cover is as yummy as this one so you will be wanting both. ;)

Now that is settled, I have to say I enjoyed this book. In this one, Sammy is determined to teach his only friend and brother, Gabriel, a thing or two about temptation. Of course this is the devil and no matter how selfish his plans may be, it has unintended consequences. Some that even inspire a bit of guilt with in Sam. Also, Sam is taking care of... or trying to take care of, his new found son and is learning a few lessons himself. I have to admit, that was my favorite part of this whole book. 

The other part of the book is about Gabriel and Hope. Both find themselves in a position they never would have fathomed. Both needing to trust in the other to find their way though the mess. Both of them willing to see it through. Oh and do I even need to mention that Gabe is hot? I mean really would you expect an angel to be otherwise??? ;)

I give this book 4 stars. I really am enjoying this series. If you want to play a bit with the devil, Sammy Devine is your man... er... demon. ;)
I received this ebook from NetGalley and Harlequin and no compensation for my review was given.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Thread of Death by Jennifer Estep: Elemental Assassin #5.5

 (mini review for a mini book!)
Gin Blanco, aka the assassin the Spider, might have finally killed her nemesis, Mab Monroe, but that doesn't mean that it's smooth sailing. Gin goes to Mab's funeral to say her goodbyes and runs into some of Ashland's most notorious underworld power players, including Jonah McAllister and Phillip Kincaid. McAllister wants her dead, and Kincaid has his own murky motives when it comes to the Spider, and Gin once again finds herself fighting for her life. Only this time, she might wind up in the cemetery right next to Mab.

(Minor spoilage in first paragraph if you haven't read Spider's Revenge #4)

This is a short novella that fits right after Spider's Revenge and right before her upcoming book, By a Thread. It deals with her feelings about Mab's death and her role in it. It also deals with her recuperation and the aftermath of several of the city's underworld rulers. There is non-stop action and an opening that you know leads you right up to the next book. Seriously, this is a great in between novella. One that gets you a little more information as to what is going on in our heroine's head as well as... surprise surprise... Jonah McAllister and Phillip Kincaid. I really enjoyed that.

Only complaint? Not enough Owen. But then again, it isn't his book... I'm just a greedy wench and want more Owen. :D Seriously, if you love this series, you need to pick up this novella to go with it. It's currently $1.99 where you buy your ebooks. 

PS... If you are curious about the next book By a Thread, I'll have the review coming up in March and a blog post by Jennifer Estep on March 5th. There will also be a giveaway involved. Just sayin'... ;D

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Barking Mad Tour

Barking Mad is a comedy murder-mystery set in England during the 1920s. An homage to both P.G. Wodehouse and Agatha Christie, the novel features idle playboy Reginald Spiffington and his unflappable manservant Pelham. The section excerpted below occurs midway through chapter three, approximately forty pages in. Reggie has been asked by old friend Moony Huffsworthy to come down for the weekend to Huffsworthy Hall to play matchmaker between Moony and Arabella Biscuit, daughter of the offensive and terrifying Sir Lionel Biscuit. But Reggie is more interested in the beautiful author Mimsy Borogove. After setting up a night-time picnic with Mimsy, Reggie has been attacked by what appears to be a large wolf. Only the timely intervention of Pelham, umbrella swinging, has saved Reggie from death. Here, Reggie has been carried back up to the room by Pelham, who has tended to Reggie’s wounds.

After the arm had been swabbed and wrapped, I sat moodily in my bed, ensconced amongst a sea of pillows and blankets and provided with a scotch and soda. The night had not turned out in exactly the way I had planned. The main alterations, as I saw it, were Mimsy Borogove not showing up at all for our planned assignation, and having been attacked by a bloody great wolf.

“Perhaps it was a large dog, Pelham?”

“It was most definitely a wolf, sir.”

“Mastiff, perhaps?”

“I am afraid not, sir.”

“How can you be so irritatingly sure? I could have sworn there were no wolves in England. Didn’t my old schoolmaster teach me that in one of my lucid moments during lessons at a tender young age? Hunted to extinction, what?”

“I believe that is the accepted wisdom, sir.”

“Then I’m dashed if I know, Pelham. I am, you could accurately say, confounded.”

“Your confusion is understandable, sir.”

“Perhaps, Pelham, you could enlighten me? Has the animal been imported from Russia? An escapee from a local zoo, I shouldn’t wonder? What are your thoughts, Pelham?” For Pelham, as you may have deduced by now, is a fellow who has an inordinate number of thoughts. The man is nearly constantly thinking. The very concept tires me out, but you’d have to get up pretty early to catch my man Pelham not exercising the old bean. And when something as perplexing as having a picnic preempted by an extinct predator occurs, Pelham’s just the brain you want in your corner.

“I can’t say for certain, sir.”

“You mean you have no idea? It is a disturbing conundrum.”

“I mean, sir, that the idea which presents itself to me is one which I am loath to share.”

I was taken aback. “What do you mean, Pelham? Since when have you not shared ideas with me? There are times, some of them fresh in my memory, when you shared ideas to the point that I fell quite asleep. Share your idea with me.”

Pelham sat. This was in itself unusual, and I began to wonder what the deuce was going on. I put it to Pelham in this way: “What the deuce is going on, Pelham?”

“I am afraid, sir, that my information may require a willing suspension of disbelief on your part.”

“A willingness to what did you say?”

“An inclination to listen without judgment until I have told all I have to tell.”

“Alright, Pelham, old boy. I have to say, you’ve become highly atypical this evening.”

“Yes, sir. My apologies, sir.”

“Oh, no apologies necessary, Pelham. The whole evening has been the least typical I could have imagined. Tell on, my good man, I am not going anywhere.”

“I believe you were attacked by something that was in fact a wolf, but which may in fact be something else as well.”

“I’m not sure I’m following you. My disbelief is suspended to the ceiling—it’s not that, you see—but it’s a wolf and yet something else as well. Some sort of wolf-dog hybrid, perhaps?”

“No, sir. I believe,” and here he paused like an actor in a radio drama, “that you were attacked by a werewolf.”

“I say, Pelham, are you feeling alright?”

“Yes, sir. I am most well. I am being completely serious when I say––”

“Because when you said ‘werewolf’ just then I had a clear thought. ‘Reggie,’ said my thought, ‘Pelham’s going round the pipe.’ I don’t often have thoughts, Pelham, and I find it neighborly to agree with them when they do occur.”

“If you would be so kind, sir, as to let me finish.”

“Certainly, Pelham. Rant away, my good lunatic.”

“Thank you, sir. Before I worked for you, I was employed by a man named Coverdale. Mr. Coverdale was a member of an organization that spent its time dabbling in the dark arts.”

“What, like macramé?”

“No, sir. Though Mr. Coverdale was not unfamiliar with the craft of macramé, I do not mean that. I mean that these men, and women, attempted to influence people and events through the use of magic.”

“Ah, I see. Houdini, what?”

“More on the order of Aleister Crowley, sir.”

“Oh, I see. I say, Pelham, that’s a bit sinister, isn’t it?”

“Yes, sir. It was owing to the, as you say, sinister nature of Mr. Coverdale’s magical endeavors that I eventually left his employ. I am much more comfortable working for someone like yourself, sir.”

“Thank you, Pelham.”

“Not at all, sir. While I was still serving as butler to Mr. Coverdale, I became privy to information about the world we live in that can be considered disturbing. I learned of these things occasionally directly from my employer, but more often from the servants of other members of his order.”

“What was the name of that order, Pelham?”

“The Order of the Jaunty Pomegranate, a name drawn from Greek myth, I believe. It was through the testimony of these other servants, mostly from one in particular, that I came to know the truth of certain peasant superstitions which seem to most of the world the stuff of Hollywood terror films.”

“You mean, like werewolves? Reynolds’ Wagner, Parisian alleyways, all that?”

“I’m not conversant with the reference, sir, but I do mean, among other things, werewolves—people who become wolves when the moon is full.”

“And you think that the beast that attacked me was one of those.”

“Yes, sir.”

“And upon what criteria do you make such a classification, Pelham? The thing was no doubt wearing a double-breasted waistcoat and a pocket-watch?”

“I cannot find humor in the situation, sir. I base my conjecture, and I will admit that it is only conjecture, on three pieces of evidence. One is the size of the creature that attacked you. It was much larger than any naturally occurring wolf of which I am aware. Certainly larger than the wolves in London Zoo. Secondly, the fullness of the moon. And finally, the fact that, as you’ve said, there are no wolves in the wild in England.”

“I see. Do you know, this is the most I’ve ever heard you reveal about your past, Pelham? And I wish you hadn’t.”

“I am sorry, sir. But I felt it important to convey my suspicions to you in light of what has happened.”

“In light of…? I’m afraid once again I am at a loss, Pelham.”

“I beg your pardon, sir. I should have been more explicit. You have been bitten by a werewolf. If the stories are to be believed, you will become a wolf tomorrow evening.”

Where to get Barking Mad - goodreads, Amazon, Typecast Publishing

Barking Mad Description:
The year is 1931. The scene is werewolfishly classic English fare. And tonight the moon hangs as full as a royal pie plate in this inaugural Reginald Spiffington mystery when the none too obsequious playboy, Reggie, sets out for a delectably long weekend at Huffsworthy Hall to assist his dear friend, Moony, in his failing endeavor to take the hand of his lady-love and to partake in the culinary talents of the genius chef running the kitchen. With no one reason more important than the next, he ll be off straight after breakfast. Reggie s itinerary for the weekend turns abruptly less toothsome when he decides to solve the unexpected murder of another of the Hall s guests, a guest whose luggage is secretly packed full of nefarious plans. Soon, all Huffsworthy s inhabitants are potential suspects, including Reggie s saucy, quick-witted love-interest, Mimsy Borogrove. Aided by his invaluable valet, Pelham, and armed only with his knowledge of detective novels and a newly acquired set of keener, canine senses, Reggie sets out to find the killer before another meal falls to ruin
About Jamieson Ridenhour - website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads
Jamieson Ridenhour is the author of Barking Mad: A Reginald Spiffington Mystery, available from Typecast Publishing in June of 2011. He is the editor of the Valancourt edition of Sheridan Le Fanus 1872 lesbian vampire novella Carmilla, as well as creator of the award-winning short fairy-tale horror film Cornerboys.

The South Carolina native now lives in Bismarck, ND, where he writes poetry about movie monsters and murder-mysteries with werewolves in them. He also plays wicked lead guitar with Bismarck-based rock and roll band Blind Mice, lectures on vampires and Charles Dickens (though not at the same time), and generally frolics on the plains. He lives with his wife Gwyn and their two children Ian and Eva.
Contest Info: Jamie is offering a giveaway for all entries gathered during the Tour. A signed copy of Barking Mad, 4 unique signed character cards and a DVD.
Open US/Canada. See full contest rules here.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Short Q and A with Tiffany Allee: Author of Banshee Charmer

Today I had a few questions for Tiffany Allee, the author of Banshee Charmer

Me: In the vein of the 6 word story, summarize Banshee Charmer.

Tiffany: First of all, thank you so much for having me here! Second, I've never tried a six word story, so my apologies in advance, haha.

A scream. A dream. Wicked team.

Me: How did you decide to combine a murder mystery with paranormal aspects?

Tiffany: Don't get me wrong, I love Law and Order and its ilk. But for me, they were always missing the romance aspect that I like to see in what I read and watch. I also love all things paranormal, so I decided to mix my three great genre loves into a story. That little story eventually morphed into Banshee Charmer.

Me: What inspired your paranormal world?

Tiffany: I think everything I've read and watched since I was a kid may have influenced Banshee Charmer to a certain extent. I'm sure that bits and pieces will remind readers of other worlds, but hopefully it has its own unique Flavor.

Me: Where did you come up with Aidan? Is he based on a real person?
*waggles eyebrows* ;)

Tiffany: Hah! Well if anything, he's a combination of people and characters. He sort of came out of my brain as a fully functioning person (although I'll admit he was a bit of a mystery to me at first too).

Me: Favorite books or Authors?

Tiffany: Stacia Kane's Downside series is my current favorite it's very gritty but absolutely the most emotional ride I've ever taken with a series of books.

Thanks so much for coming on the blog and answering my few strange questions! I'm saddened to hear that Aiden isn't in the flesh (heh). However, I still am adding him to my book man harem! ;D

When she’s sent to a crime scene and finds her second dead woman in as many weeks, half-banshee detective Kiera “Mac” McLoughlin is convinced a serial killer is on the loose. Incubi are extinct, her boss insists. But what else can kill a woman in the throes of pleasure? When her partner is murdered after using witchcraft to locate the killer and Mac is thrown off the case, her frustration turns to desperation.

Certain the killer is an incubus, Mac works behind her department’s back to chase down slim, sometimes perilous leads. While the killer eludes her, she does discover handsome Aidan Byrne, an investigative counterpart from the enigmatic Otherworlder Enforcement Agency. Mac typically runs her investigations fast and hard, but with Aidan at her side, she’s running this one “hot” as well. But Aidan knows more than he’s letting on—something that could shatter their blazing romance and add Mac to the killer’s growing body count
The book is currently available in ebook for $2.99 at Amazon and B&N.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Banshee Charmer by Tiffany Allee

When she’s sent to a crime scene and finds her second dead woman in as many weeks, half-banshee detective Kiera “Mac” McLoughlin is convinced a serial killer is on the loose. Incubi are extinct, her boss insists. But what else can kill a woman in the throes of pleasure? When her partner is murdered after using witchcraft to locate the killer and Mac is thrown off the case, her frustration turns to desperation.

Certain the killer is an incubus, Mac works behind her department’s back to chase down slim, sometimes perilous leads. While the killer eludes her, she does discover handsome Aidan Byrne, an investigative counterpart from the enigmatic Otherworlder Enforcement Agency. Mac typically runs her investigations fast and hard, but with Aidan at her side, she’s running this one “hot” as well. But Aidan knows more than he’s letting on—something that could shatter their blazing romance and add Mac to the killer’s growing body count
Incubi? Okay, that had me curious. I mean there are a lot of succubus type of stories, but not often do we get an incubus. So, yes, I had to try this series. Plus, I admit I do like the paranormal cop angle. Makes it more like a UF/PNR book. I usually enjoy those.

Mac is someone I liked. A bit snarky at times and didn't take crap from anyone. She's had to deal with prejudice of being an "other" especially being a half-banshee. She runs into a baffling case and one that seems to lead to nowhere. She is joined by someone who claims to be from an elite group of otherworld investigators. Hopefully with his help, she'll solve the case. Or will he just get in the way?

I have to admit although I did enjoy this paranormal, I did find it predictable. I knew things way before Mac so no big twists or turns happened for me. The mystery tries to steal the limelight, but it seems as though the relationship (or really the bedding) of Mac and Aidan was more spotlighted. Not that it was necessarily a bad thing, but I would have liked the mystery to take center stage and make the relationship enhance the tension.

I give this book 3 stars and I do recommend it to anyone who likes a short fun adult novella. I am curious as to how Mac and Aidan will hopefully expand their relationship in both a professional and personal way. I think there is potential there.
I received this ARC from the publisher and no compensation for my review was given.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Unfinished Song books #3 and #4 by Tara Maya: Review by AimeeKay

Love is not stronger than Death. Except in faery tales... 
Welcome to Faearth. The world is still young, fairytales are real, and humans are trapped between the immortal fae and the minions of Death. The war between the fae and the Deathsworn will tear apart two lovers and determine who will rule the world…the humans, their ancient rivals, the Aelfae…or Death. 
About SACRIFICE, the third book in The Unfinished Song series 
As war looms on the horizon, Kavio continues to teach Dindi forbidden magics. Dindi’s cohort of fellow Initiates secretly select her to be the target of a vicious prank; an enemy of Kavio has targets her for an even viler crime. Meanwhile, Brena seeks allies hidden among the enemy, which puts her on a collision course with her former captive and husband, Rthan, who is sent to stop her by any means necessary. As powerful magic spins out of control, the fae themselves are in peril, and what started as a tribal war could become the cataclysm that wipes humans from Faearth. For, in Faearth, there is a price to be paid for breaking taboos, and it can only be atoned for with a terrible sacrifice.

First let me say thank you to Melissa for letting me read these!!! She started me on this series with the first two books and I have to say they have been quite enjoyable to read! Book three, Sacrifice, picks up right after the peace envoy and the shunned they have saved from Bluewaters Clan have arrived back at the Golden Bear tribe lands. (Unlike its predecessor which picked up exactly where it had left off in the first book) It wasn't so far removed from the previous novel time wise so I really didn't feel lost or anything. Again as in the previous two books we see the story through multiple sets of eyes, Dindi, Rthan, Brena, Kavio, to name a few. I really enjoyed this as it gave the reader (ME) a chance to get into more than just the main characters head. It also helped to show why there was so much misunderstanding between certain characters. Although sometimes it made me want to reach into the book and just shake Dindi or Kavio and scream at them to just say what they're thinking, because it would have made things easier for both of them.

Dindi is still being trained in secret by Kavio. He has given her hope though, that if she keeps dancing and learning the Tamas that maybe she will gain some magic. She is still basically an outcast from her people. They still think she is a misfit and useless. It gets so bad that the other initiates decide she will be "duck" of that year. Being the "Duck" means that basically they all band together and torture and pick on her relentlessly. They actually consider it good luck if the "Duck" takes his or her own life instead of dealing with them anymore. The elders turn a blind eye to it because it is an initiation rite that has taken place for generations.

Rthan and Brena still find themselves separated by their clans hatred for each other. But now Rthan knows exactly who in her clan killed his wife and child, so the revenge he wanted so badly in the first book seems as if it is almost in sight for him. Especially since the man who did it is now the war chief of Brena's tribe.

Gwenika, Dindi's only friend, has finally stopped making herself sick with her own chroma,and has even started to step out from her mother and sister's shadows and become a healer. Unfortunately Gwenika makes more than one foolish decision that leads to her betraying Dindi completely and outing her actions to the entire tribe.

This story drew me back into Maya's Faearth completely. I was a bit worried about that since I read books one and two back in June of last year and sometimes I find it hard to get back into a series. Maya, however, didn't disappoint. I found I still actually care about her characters. I did spent most of the book waiting for Dindi to finally get the recognition she deserved. The ending broke my heart. There are suppose to be 12 books all together in this series. This is only book three so I knew while I was reading two things, one it was gonna be a cliffie and two that obviously not everything would be resolved in a neat little package at the end of the story.

Well first, I was right about the cliffie. Although it is a bit of a steeper drop off then the second book, it is not a complete cut as with the the first. Second, while there were some happy endings for some of the characters and huge questions were answered regarding Dindi and the Corn Maiden, as well as a few other points in the book coming to a close, not everything was neatly ended. In fact most of the answers about Dindi lead to more questions, which will I assume lead perfectly into book 4. (which fortunately I have in my greedy little hands to begin reading as soon as I finish writing this part of the review!!) I think on the whole though that those who have read the first two books will definitely get some satisfaction out of this one.

I think that it is a bit darker than the first two. Especially in some of the scenes with the Corn Maidens memories. But nothing so bad as to deter me from wanting to read more.

The only main problem I had with this book was during the war scenes. ***Spoiler alert-not a major one, but still kinda spoilish*** The view point switched back and forth between a few of the characters, as it had in the rest of the book. The problem was that when it switched to another characters point of view it just seemed off. There are sections where one character sees another in battle, and then when it switches to that characters point of view it seems they are doing something completely different. I also kind of wondered how during the entire battle and afterwards Kavio seems to have forgotten completely about Dindi. I understand he is fighting a battle and his best hope of protecting her is to end it as quickly as possible so he can get to her. But even after the battle is over he seems to have completely forgotten about her. The timeline at this point also becomes a bit confusing. Dindi was suppose to dance for three days and it seems as if the battle has only taken one, maybe two if you count the cleaning up that was done afterwards. It's seemed to be implied that Kavio simply lost track of time in the battle and that it lasted longer than he remembered. But then how come it seemed to last a shorter time for the rest of the characters as well?***end spoiler*** That honestly was my biggest issue with the book, but I am so enthralled with Maya's world that she has created and the people she has populated it with that I can't help but let it slide.

So warning you might get confused at the war scenes. Just a heads up as you go into reading the book. Maybe if you expect it you won't get that annoyed with it and can just enjoy the rest of the story. Also maybe if you expect it going in, you can maybe find a part that I might not have gotten? That makes the whole timeline make more sense? If so please feel free to tell me. I would rather feel stupid for having missed something, then have something take away from any of my enjoyment of the book.

I'm off to read the next book! (Yay for me and yay for Melissa who was nice enough to get her hands on it for me!)

Dindi knows her life is forfeit if she cannot solve the faery riddle of the Unfinished Song. But to do that, she must first unravel the mystery of why the Aelfae hexed her whole lineage long ago.

Meanwhile, Kemla and Tamio connive together against her. Desperate to prevent Dindi from dancing in the upcoming competition, and Kemla convinces Tamio to seduce Dindi. If at first they don't succeed, they aren't above hexcraft to get their way...
And then there is the Man in Black. Devastatingly handsome, darkly powerful...and determined to kill her. If at first he doesn't succeed, he isn't above starting a war to get his way.
Ok, I'm back! . Book four picks up after Dindi has returned to The Lost Swan tribe from her initiation at Yellow Bear. While she has been made a Tavaedi thanks to her dancing in the fairy circle and NOT being killed by the fairys, everyone still assumes she has no chromas (magic for those not familiar with the series) and she is still treated as basically nothing better than a slave. The White Lady aka: Vessia aka: The Corn Maiden. is on the move. She has heard of her son Kavio's agreement with her nephew Zumo to hold a Vooma. A Dance contest amongst the top female dancers in Faearth. The best will be named the Vaedi and she will choose who will rule The Rainbow Labyrinth.

This series is getting better and better. Maya is doing an amazing job of taking the characters introduced in Dindi's visions in the previous books and bringing them into Dindi's present. Plus she brought in quite a few new interesting characters, such as Umbral, a deathsworn warrior, and Amdra, the daughter of Vumo and Nangi the thought eater. Or the new star of Dindi's visions, Mayara, an orphaned Aelfae who might just hold the key to solving the fairy's riddle.

I really liked the fact that Dindi finally seems to be coming into her own. While she is still ridiculed by the members of her tribe, she is more sure of herself. While others don't see or sense her magic, she is able to use it and at least can see it herself. Honestly I didn't know if I could make it through the book if Dindi didn't at least get some sort of good coming her way. In the first three books she is beaten down constantly, and while I liked them, I kept waiting for things to start going in her favor. I also liked how Maya expanded into even more of Faearth. We get to meet the Raptor Riders of Orange Canyon, as well as the people of the Green Woods tribehold. Plus I got to find out more about the Deathsworn. 

I was drawn into the story. I have to admit though that I knew where the story was going. Boy was I surprised, and not just at the end. The real reason Tamio falls in love with Dindi, where Kavio has been. I thought I knew the answers to both, but when the big reveal game...Well one I kinda suspected, but the other...OMG, I was soooo off. But it makes me eager to see were the 5th book will take Dindi in Faearth on her quest to hold up her end of the bargain with the fairys. Of course it is another cliffie....definitely a bit more severe than book 3. ***Spoiler alert*** But she softened it a bit with a final vision of Mayara. It actually made me tear up it was so sweet. ***end spoiler***

So far this was one of the more satisfying books in the series. FINALLY a whole lot of questions about how Dindi's chromas were hidden and where they came from in the first place were cleared up

The only thing I really had questions about, had nothing to do with the story itself. I was actually curious about the cover of the 4th book. It's beautiful, no doubt about that, but it is sooo different from the other 3 books. It just threw me for a minute.

If you've read the other 3 definitely pick this one up. If you haven't...Where have you been??? I admit the whole cliffie ending of the first book was definitely a buzz kill, but as long as you have the second book handy you'll be fine. The third and fourth books continue the cliffie mania, but not as severely as that first one, and considering its a 12 book saga, I kinda figure the cliffies will just keep on coming. The twists and turns however in the story just keep getting better and better, I don't know how the author plans to keep it up for 12 books without it starting to drag at some point, but I gladly will keep reading to see how she does it. Thanks again to Melissa for being cool enough to let me review these books for her blog! :)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


The winner for:
Victoria Z
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Remember you can still enter on that post for the vampy swag! Just make sure she knows you are in the US!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Interview with Matthias from Demons at Deadnight with Giveaway!

Oh since many of you know that I love those Hex boys from Demons at Deadnight (review linked) and made them a special room in my harem (which is untouchable by me UNTIL their 21st b-day *waggles eyebrows*). Well, I noticed that several of you gravitated toward Matthias. So, I decided to try to shed some light on this mysterious individual. Surprisingly, he said YES to an interview so I jumped right on it (now, now... he's still a youngin'... *mumbles* dirty minded peeps..).

Melissa: Thanks for agreeing to the interview. Okay, *clears throat* I guess I'll start with an easy question. If you could pick a power what would it be?

Matthias: I’d prefer no power at all. But if I could choose, I’d like the power to heal others. Or time travel.

Melissa: Really? That is so sweet! I'd really like....

*Slamming doors outside gives way to arguing.*

Matthias: *Scrutinizes Melissa suspiciously.* You expecting company?

Melissa: *gives wide eyed innocent look* No. Um... lets just keep going with the interview, shall we? Um... What do you like about your power and what do you dislike?

Matthias: In my line of work it gives me the upper hand when it comes to stealth and attack. I don’t like that it can be dangerous to innocents. Every power can be hazardous when misused or misunderstood. Aurora is a classic example of that—

*Front door opens.*
*Melissa looks confused*

Blake: Hey dude!

Matthias: *Groans.*

Logan: *Pulls uselessly on Blake’s arm.* He’s going to kill us.

Matthias: *Lights flicker.* Too easy, mate. Torture is a much more viable option.

Melissa: *looks suddenly confused at the flickering lights*

Blake: Jayden said you were doing an interview, we came to make sure you didn’t give us a bad rep. *Takes Melissa’s hand and bows to kiss her knuckles.* Good day, Mi’lady.

Melissa: *blushes and then reminds herself he's too young* *squirms in chair*

Matthias: *Shoves Blake away.* I don’t give us a bad rep.

Logan: Aurora thought we were kidnapping killers.

Matthias: Did I ask for your input?

Melissa: *sighs* Hey guys? Let's get back to the interview. Matthias, how do you feel about Aurora?

Blake: She’s the sexiest thing to walk the Earth. Well, second sexiest. *Winks at Melissa.*

Melissa: *eyebrows raise*

Logan: *Rolls eyes.*

Matthias: *Frowns* Aurora should move to a remote island where she’s never seen, heard, or spoken of ever again. Somewhere she can’t cause any more damage.

Blake: Whoa, it’s sad how in love with her you are—

Melissa: *mouth turns into an "O"*

Matthias: What?!

Melissa: *snaps mouth shut*

Blake: —since Aurora’s in love with me.

Logan: *Shakes head.* You’re not even listening to the conversation, are you?

Melissa: Okay, lets get back to the interview, shall we? Um, about Aurora... this may kill you to say, but what is her best attribute? Her worst?

Blake: Her best—

Logan: *Smacks Blake.*

Melissa: *snickers*

Matthias: I’ll admit *strangling noise* an admirable quality is that she’ll do anything for her family. And your second question? Her ability to muck-up everything. Especially our team. We worked fine before. Now we have people breaking rules, lying, naming missions, questioning my authority. This list goes on. But the worst is her thinking she’s part of our team. She’s an absolute loon. And a bloody thief!

Logan: Ayden said she borrowed—

Blake: *Snorts laughter* Yeah, if borrowed means steal right from under your nose. Man, that was smooth.

Matthias: That wasn’t smooth! She’s messed with all your brains. She’s reckless. Stubborn as hell too. Even if she’ll die, she’ll stick to whatever idiotic plan she came up with.

Logan: *Nods*

Blake: I like to think she’s just delightfully determined.

Matthias: You also like to think you’re intelligent.

Melissa: *rubs neck from the back and forth convo* *AHEM* What is your greatest wish? Do you think it is possible?

Matthias: For Aurora to disappear, forever. And with my dad as sheriff, anything is possible.

Melissa: *eyes widen*

Blake: Come on, dude. Gotta be honest.

*Room darkens.*

Matthias: *Clenches fists.* Sorry. I didn’t mean to be dismissive. The truth is I don’t want Aurora gone because her family would miss her and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. Just gone from my life would be nice. *Clears throat.* And while I mean no disrespect, I’m not prepared to share my greatest wish. Although I will tell you that it’s impossible.

Melissa: *sighs* *taps pencil on notebook thinking of the next question*

Blake: *Wiggles eyebrows at Melissa.* Want to know my greatest wish?

Matthias: She doesn’t. No one does.

Melissa: Not until you are 21...

Blake: That you’ll give me your number. *Grins.* And its possibility depends entirely upon you, my dazzling beauty.

Logan: She asked for Matthias. Not you. You’re just lucky she’s nice enough to let you stay.

Blake: She’s just playing hard to get. And Melissa, if you want to bring a friend on our date, Logan can come too.

Logan: *Squeaks.* No, no. Uh. *Blushes. Clears throat.* Can’t make it. Got a…thing.

Melissa: *laughs* Matthias, I have seen many girls swoon over your future picture. So… tell me… what would you like in a girl? What makes you take notice?

Matthias: What picture?

Melissa: Um....

Blake: I told Logan not to send those nude photos of you.

Logan: What?!

Melissa: *giggles*

Matthias: *Shakes head* You’re idiots. *Takes deep breath. Faces Melissa.* Confidence, quiet confidence makes me take notice. Not shy, just not an ear-basher. Intelligent, driven, independent, and she has to like the classics.

Blake: Since when are you into cars?

Matthias: Wuthering Heights, Othello, Macbeth, The Odyssey.

Blake: Ever heard of those models, Logan? I haven’t.

Matthias: *Hangs head.*

Logan: Think Shakespeare. You’ve got to start paying attention in English.

Melissa: Don't worry Blake, classic cars are the best. Think of a Charger. *hands picture* Now, maybe we can get back to the interview. Matthias, anything that surprises you about yourself?

Blake: You mean other than he hasn’t dumped Aurora’s body in the lake yet?

Matthias: Don’t be stupid. There’d be no body to find.

Logan: *Mutters.* Kidnapping killers…

Matthias: Shut it, mate. I’ve already admitted I don’t really want her dead. But fantasy is good for the soul.

Blake: I’ve got a fantasy involving whipped cream—

Melissa: *mumbles* Well, that car picture didn't last long...

Matthias: Enough!

Logan: You don’t even like whipped cream.

Matthias: I’m surprised I haven’t murdered these morons.

Blake: Dude, we’re family.

Matthias: *Freezes.*

Blake: Like brothers.

Matthias: *Looks stricken.* Crikey.

Melissa: *looks awed*

Logan: I think he looks surprised. Which may answer your question, Miss Melissa.

Blake: Group hug!

Matthias: *Raises warning fist.* Eyes on, hands off.

Blake: That’s alright, you and Logan weren’t even part of the group.

Melissa: *looks flustered*

Matthias: *Stands between Blake and Melissa.* Like I said.

Melissa: *tries to change the subject quickly* One last question: Who is Bubbles and why did you help her out? *grins*

Matthias: *Turns to Melissa, keeping a wary eye on Blake.* Bubbles is Selena’s best friend. Selena’s five and despite the hindrance of having Aurora as her sister, she’s alright.

Blake: Oh, come on. You adore Selena.

Melissa: ...and you are adorable with her...

Matthias: Point is she and Bubbles shouldn’t suffer for Aurora’s incompetence.

Logan: That’s not fair because technically Bubbles’ problems were our fault—

Matthias: If you like Aurora so much, go annoy her!

Blake: *Points to Melissa.* Why would we leave a goddess like—

Matthias and Logan: Shut up, Blake!

Matthias: Thank you for your time Melissa. Please ignore any communication from Blake that might get past me. It’s for your own safety. And sanity. If we’re done, I’d be more than happy to escort these idiots out of here.

Blake: *Getting forced out the door by Matthias.* Did I mention I was eighteen?!

Melissa: *snorts*

Logan: She said you had to be twenty-one.

Blake: *Gripping the door frame.* I’m twenty-one!

*Wind rushes through the room. Blake ducks out as door slams shut.*

Melissa: Well, that was an interview, wasn't it? *sighs* So, how long do I have to wait for all of them to be 21??? *shakes thought from head*

Well, that was Matthias... and Blake with Logan. *grins* I hope you enjoyed my little chat with the boys. However, remember, they are all off limits to everyone here... and only off limits for a few more years for me. :D So... would you like to know about some giveaways as you got to know more about the boys? Well... if you have been following the tour, lets do that first, shall we? Besides, I like the tour banner (it makes my eye feel so much better gazing upon it):
Demons at Deadnight Blog Tour Banner with Hex Boys
Just click on the banner to go to the tour page. It has all tour stops listed (with another giveaway there) so you won't miss out!
*looks at badge and repeats to self: Must be 21... must be 21....*
The banner takes you right to the tour page if you have missed any of it. What is being given away as a grand prize??? Oh this is too cool:
Yep! A Kindle Fire!!
Here are the deets:

To enter to win the Kindle Fire you need to know the secret phrase given out one word at a time by each blog tour host. Put the words together in sequential order and you'll eventually have the secret phrase!

Right now you can Tweet and Follow on the AEKIRK Blog Tour Page to get points but starting March 9 (at the end of the tour) you can enter the complete phrase on the AEKIRK Blog Tour Page and earn BIG entry points! Your Kindle Fire will also include your choice of a DEMONS AT DEADNIGHT Skin. Either from the cover, or a Hex Boy group shot or individual "Team" skin of your favorite Hex Hunk! 

PS: the All boys are listed on the page above in this blog. I couldn't pick just one so they got their own page.

And the word you will need to enter is....

Oh, but there is more! *squee*
I have the honor of giving away a print copy of Demons at Deadnight to one lucky international winner!

For seventeen-year-old Aurora Lahey, survival is a lifestyle.

Aurora has the crappiest superpower on the planet. And it’s just unleashed a hit squad from hell. Demons are on the hunt, salivating to carve her carcass into confetti.

The Hex Boys—mysterious, hunky, and notorious for their trails of destruction—have the answers Aurora needs to survive. But their overload of deadly secrets and suspicious motives makes trusting them a potentially fatal move.

The battle to save her family, herself, and stop demonic domination may cost Aurora everything worth living for, and force her to reveal her own dark secrets. But no worries. She needs the Hex Boys to pull this off, and, chances are, teaming up with these guys will get her killed anyway.

Can't wait? It's available at Amazon and B&N! The ebook is only $2.99!!

All you have to do to win a print book is fill out the rafflecopter form below:
(if you have any problems with the form, e-mail me or let me know in the comments)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Ay! My Eye!

I just wanted to let you know that I may be a bit MIA for a couple of days. I tried to keep up, but I can't so I'm giving myself a bit of a break. I'll be visiting blogs again real soon and getting my reviews down in no time. I just didn't want anyone to think I forgot about you.

What happened:
I scratched my cornea (well, I'm guessing) and I am wearing a eye patch to see if it will clear it up so I don't have to go to the doc. I've been seeing the world through one eye and being on the web is giving me a headache. So, I'm missing my bloggy reads and my book reads, both which is making me sad. At least I got the blog updated. :D

Those that I owe a review... will get to it ASAP. Everything scheduled will go on as planned. Emails may be late, but I'll get to them ASAP as well. Will monitor the blog, but can't read for very long so no worries there. 

Well, I've actually spent too much time on the thing and I'm off to buy a parrot. Maybe a monkey... I'm just wondering if I should go for a small pirate hat or the full feathered version. Decisions, decisions... 

Edit: I'm dual eyed (yay for depth perception!) and going to the doctor tomorrow. :P I'm still taking that break so I don't strain the eyes though. *whines~ but I wanna read!* Thanks for all the well wishes even though it's not serious at all. 

Hm... since I didn't have a chance to get my parrot, what am I going to do with 100 lbs of bird seed and a wooden leg? I know! Crafting time! ;)