Saturday, March 31, 2012


The winner of:
Not Now I'm Reading

While you are here, don't forget to check out Dakota Bank's great book/swag package! (International) As well as the Charity Hop giveaway! (US and International prizes)

Friday, March 30, 2012

Hounded Read-A-Long Chpts. 21-end!

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This weeks questions hosted by The Unread Reader!

1. In a moment of anger, Atticus reveals something about himself that he usually keeps very secret, for his own benefit. Has something similar ever happened to you? Have you ever spilled a closely guarded secret in a moment of excitement or anger or absent-mindedness?

Never! I've always been a mermaid, it's just that... oh crap...

2. Atticus tells Mrs. MacDonagh, "the universe is exactly the size that your soul can encompass. Some people live in extremely small worlds, and some live in a world of infinite possibility." Then he asks her what she is going to do with the new information she has discovered. What would you do if you found out that other beings were among us? Would you deny it or embrace it?

First, I love that quote. I'd like to think that I'd embrace it. I'd have questions though... lots of questions. Uh... wait... what are you trying to tell us??? :D

3. So far, Atticus has revealed a few of his powers and has even shared some power by putting bindings on Granuaile. What do you think has been his coolest or most helpful power so far?

I think drawing strength from the earth itself. He heals and is given his powers from that energy. Most useful power and I do believe one of the coolest. I'd so have those tats if I could do that. :)

4. Atticus gets pretty pissed when he finds out that Aenghus Óg is drawing power from the Earth and, in turn, killing it. That's when Atticus decides he must fight the old Fae for committing such a heinous offense. What is something you would fight for, even if it meant you might die trying?

The ones I love. :)

5. What did you think of the final showdown between Atticus and Aenghus Óg? Did it go down the way you expected? Was there anything about their battle that surprised you?

I didn't really expect anything because I didn't know how the gods/fae fought in this world. I was surprised that Laksha wasn't more involved. I also would have liked to know more about her powers in particular. I think I was also surprised that Bridget and Flidas were in on getting him to fight. However, it also made a lot of sense given who and what they were.

6. What was your favorite/least favorite part of Hounded? Who was your favorite/least favorite character?

Least fave characters were, of course, the witches. I didn't really feel that the witches were being coerced but were acting on their own selfish impulses. Not to say that Aenghus was fine with me, but you expected him to be a total jerk. :)

My fave parts were Oberon. I also had a tiny bit of a problem with him as well. He read too human than hound to me, but at the same time, I wouldn't change anything because it was too entertaining. :D

7. What do you think is coming up next for Atticus? Will you continue reading this series, and if so, what do you hope to see happen in the next book?

Hm... I'd like to see more adventures. :) More Oberon *gives sausage*. Love more of the widow. She just rocks. And yes, I do have the next 2 on my tbr so I will be continuing reading this series. :D

This was fun! I'd like to thank all the questioners:
March 02nd: Chapters 1-5 hosted by Geeky Blogger's Book Blog
March 09th: Chapters 6-10 hosted by On a Book Bender
March 16th: Chapters 11-15 hosted by Smash Attack Reads!
March 23rd: Chapters 16-20 hosted by In the Closet With a Bibliophile
March 30th: Chapters 21-25 + epilogue hosted by The Unread Reader
And don't forget! There will still be:
April 06th: Special interview with Kevin Hearne and announcement of winners!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Charity Hopping Around the World Giveaway!

I've been wanting to do a blog hop for a while now but didn't want to get bogged down by too many to set up. However, this one really caught my eye and I knew I wanted to be a part of it.

What I'm giving away 
First book (US only) 2 winners:
(Thanks to Hachette Book Group)

When Alex falls for the charming new boy at school, Cole -- a handsome, funny, sports star who adores her -- she can't believe she's finally found her soul mate . . . someone who truly loves and understands her. 
At first, Alex is blissfully happy. Sure, Cole seems a little jealous of her relationship with her close friend Zack, but what guy would want his girlfriend spending all her time with another boy? As the months pass, though, Alex can no longer ignore Cole's small put-downs, pinches, or increasingly violent threats. 
As Alex struggles to come to terms with the sweet boyfriend she fell in love with and the boyfriend whose "love" she no longer recognizes, she is forced to choose -- between her "true love" and herself.
Domestic violence is an important subject. Little less known is when it happens in the teen years. So, I thought I'd giveaway a book that highlights this problem. My review is HERE.

For help, volunteering or donations for this cause here is the information online:

Second book I'm giving away (International -ebook any format)

Ghosts, vampires, demons, and more! Entangled includes ten suspense-filled paranormal short stories from authors Cynthia Eden, Jennifer Estep, Edie Ramer, Lori Brighton, Michelle Diener, Misty Evans, Nancy Haddock, Liz Kreger, Dale Mayer, and Michelle Miles, plus a Seven Deadly Sins novella by Allison Brennan.

Stacia Kane contributed the foreword. Formatting and cover art were also donated to the project by Lori Devoti and Laura Morrigan.

All proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Another great cause. I picked this one since all funds do go to charity! My review is HERE.  I enjoyed this anthology.

Yep, I've decided to go with just a couple of women's issues for this hop. I do think that even though it is mostly women who are highlighted here, I also think that men benefit from the knowledge gained with these issues. Not only does it help the women in their lives it helps them personally as well. Plus, men also do get breast cancer. I hope you find these issues worthy of a look and I hope you do have fun with this hop. Don't forget to go to the list to see what other goodies you can try for! Good luck! While you are here, don't forget to check out the giveaway by Dakota Banks! Go HERE to enter for that one too!

Giveaway is over! Thanks for participating!

Bitter End by Jennifer Brown

When Alex falls for the charming new boy at school, Cole -- a handsome, funny, sports star who adores her -- she can't believe she's finally found her soul mate . . . someone who truly loves and understands her. 
At first, Alex is blissfully happy. Sure, Cole seems a little jealous of her relationship with her close friend Zack, but what guy would want his girlfriend spending all her time with another boy? As the months pass, though, Alex can no longer ignore Cole's small put-downs, pinches, or increasingly violent threats. 
As Alex struggles to come to terms with the sweet boyfriend she fell in love with and the boyfriend whose "love" she no longer recognizes, she is forced to choose -- between her "true love" and herself.
This is an important book for all teens getting into dating, starting relationships, getting boyfriends and girlfriends. This one is geared more toward girls because the problem of abusive relationships tend to statistically affect girls more than guys. 

The story revolves around Alex who has a broken home where she has been ignored by her father. The hole that creates and the uncertainty of her mother's death paves the way for a relationship that becomes all consuming. Psychologically accurate, the story shows how the abuser is not a cad right away, but seems very charming. It also shows the "honeymoon" phase that often happens shortly after a escalated incident. Even after she was hit, it shows how easily confused Alex becomes. How she blames herself fo the incident. I also found her emotions of not wanting to be the focus of attention of being "that girl that was hit" also accurate especially with teens. Yes, this resonated very accurate to me.

My main criticisms of the book is that I would have liked perhaps a bit more involvement with the family. While it is true that a non-involved father creates a space for someone to easily swoop in and manipulate, it has also happened to girls who have involved parents. I also would have liked to have had more of the "little" abuses thrown into the relationship. We get to see some of that, but only toward the end of the book. These are little criticisms but not essential to the story we have. It still reads true.

I give this book 4 stars. It is a great coming of age book and shows a girl caught up in a situation she doesn't know how to handle. It also shows the strength of character it takes to stand up to someone you "love" and leave. 

Oh and PS... you will love her best friend Zack. He just rocks. :D
I received this book from Hatchette and no compensation for my review was given.

Oh and come back tomorrow for a chance to win one of 2 books to be given away. That one will be US only, but there will also be an ebook (different book) for international peeps.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Author Guest Post Dakota Banks and International Giveaway!

Maliha Crayne, the main character of the Mortal Path series, is on a journey back to humanity. She started out as wife, healer, and mother-to-be in the American colonies in the laste 1600s. She was betrayed by her townsfolk and one woman in particular, a woman who wanted Maliha out of the picture in order to claim Maliha’s husband. Dramatic events turned Maliha into a person who sold her soul to an ancient Sumerian demon, who promised her immortality in exchange for doing his bidding. She became Ageless, with special powers to help her perform the demon’s killing assignments, and she was no longer human. For hundreds of years she used humans for her purposes, whether it was to keep her in good standing with the demon, to accumulate wealth, or for sex. From her viewpoint, things were sweet and there was no reason to change. Life went by decade after decade as she stayed young and beautiful.

Gradually, the woman she had been began to resurface. Her decadent life felt shallow and she found the assassination assignments she was given more and more abhorrent. Finally, she was given an assignment she couldn’t bear to carry out, so she confronted her demon and broke her contract, expecting to die. Instead, she found that the demon’s ruling god had forced a clause into her contract, a way out, a way to reclaim her soul. An unlikely one, but a chance at which she could grasp. She had to save a life for every life she’d taken under the demon’s command. She took the deal and started her long journey on the mortal path, a quest to recover her humanity and redeem her soul. So we have a woman who wants to be human with all of her heart, who longs for normal relationships, friends, a soulmate, a family—to just return to being human.

Okay, stop there.

There’s a TV program on the SyFy channel called “Being Human,” modeled after a popular British drama of the same name. In it, Aidan, a vampire, and Josh, a werewolf are roommates. They are joined by Sally, a ghost who haunts the premises. Sally was engaged to the landlord, who killed her, and she is now stuck in the home. It’s a violent, sexy show, but I can’t complain because the Mortal Path contains both of those elements.

The question is, are these characters sincere in wanting to restrain their paranormal natures, or are they just mouthing the words? Speaking of mouthing the words, here is something Aidan has said: “Nothing else in the world feels better than giving in to your inner monster.” Aidan is a little younger than Maliha, and swore off drinking live blood sometime before the series started on TV. That doesn’t seem to have stopped him from nipping an occasional mouthful, although he has used his powers in a few instances to kill baddies. Currently having an affair with Suren, the 700-year-old daughter of Mother, a supremely powerful vampire, Aidan seems to be responding as Suren tries to lead him back into the normal ways of vampire life. I give him a 2 out of 10 for trying to be human.

Josh, the werewolf, can’t control his monthly full-moon transformations, so all he can do is try to be in a place where he won’t harm anyone when he does transform. A group of vampires forced Josh into a fight with another were, and he won, killing the other werewolf. Josh seemed genuiinely upset by this, to his credit. He transformed his girlfriend into a werewolf because he had been trapped in a room with her when he transformed, and he scratched her. A major setback for Josh! When his girlfriend became pregnant, Josh planned to go to medical school to support his family, some positive points for him. When she loses the baby, he decides to cancel his plans and instead devote himself to finding a cure for lycanthropy. Somehow the viewer never gets much faith that Josh will succeed, and is only fooling himself. I give Josh a 4.5 out 10 rating for trying to be human.

Sally started the series as an insecure ghost who hadn’t come to terms with the facts of her own death. She grows more knowledgable about her powers and figures out that her then-fiancé killed her. Scheming with Aidan, she gets the man to turn himself in to the police for her murder. All seems well, and then Sally takes a weird turn in the story. After missing her chance to move on through her white door, she gradually finds out that she has a dark side in her, a Reaper who harvests the spirits of other ghosts, punching them through the heart and preventing them from achieving their own white doors. She also learns to possess live peoples’ bodies and does it for casual reasons like enjoying sex. I give Sally a .5 out of 10 for trying to be human. ;-)

On average, then, the characters seem to me to be 23% sincere in their quest to be human, mostly because of Josh. I’d say the TV show uses its paranormal characters to show that the title “Being Human” is ironic—they may struggle, but can’t alter their basic natures, at least not much.

What about Maliha?

Since I know Maliha well, I can say that she’s about 95% determined to walk the Mortal Path. Every now and then she thinks how much easier her goals would be to accomplish if she slipped back into the methods used by the Black Ghost, the nickname she had as the demon’s assassin. No worrying about peoples’ feelings. Not caring if there’s collateral damage on her missions. Not having to be concernced about the safety of her friends. There’s a lot of freedom in operating as the Black Ghost, but there isn’t any humanity in it.

If you’ve seen the “Being Human” program, what’s your opinion of it? Is it truly a quest for humanity by Aidan, Josh, and Sally?

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 Newest book in the series:
A demon's assassin for centuries, Maliha Crayne has gone rogue, determined to save a life for every one she's destroyed in order to free herself from an eternity of enslavement, damnation, and excruciating torment. But as the powers that sustained her in the past fade, she is wary of trusting those closest to her-especially her lover, Jake. Should Maliha listen to her heart or the alarms going off in her head? Then her closest friends begin to disappear, one by one. Amid her anger, suspicion, and sorrow, she feels her life spiraling out of control.

Worse still, a beautiful, Renaissance murderess is recruiting Maliha as her new assassin. Maliha is turning into a lethal puppet with an evil Immortal pulling the strings, forced to kill innocents or see her missing friends die horribly. Suddenly trapped in a moral no-man's land, Maliha is damned if she does and damned if she doesn't…and time is rapidly running out.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Deliverance (Mortal Path #3) by Dakota Banks

A demon's assassin for centuries, Maliha Crayne has gone rogue, determined to save a life for every one she's destroyed in order to free herself from an eternity of enslavement, damnation, and excruciating torment. But as the powers that sustained her in the past fade, she is wary of trusting those closest to her-especially her lover, Jake. Should Maliha listen to her heart or the alarms going off in her head? Then her closest friends begin to disappear, one by one. Amid her anger, suspicion, and sorrow, she feels her life spiraling out of control.

Worse still, a beautiful, Renaissance murderess is recruiting Maliha as her new assassin. Maliha is turning into a lethal puppet with an evil Immortal pulling the strings, forced to kill innocents or see her missing friends die horribly. Suddenly trapped in a moral no-man's land, Maliha is damned if she does and damned if she doesn't…and time is rapidly running out.
This is a series that has been very emotional for me. The first two in the series, Dark Time and Sacrifice had me wanting to throw them both in the freezer (Joey, Friends ref). Emotional events that took me by surprise and had me wanting it to turn out differently upset me, but in a good way. In this book, it really is no less emotional, but didn't have me running for the freezer. The emotional elements were less surprising as well but no less entertaining.

In this book, Maliha is fully on her mortal path. Trying to balance the scales to gain her soul back. She is trying to find her new moral values within the path she has taken. She questions herself a lot in this book and even is reprimanded by other's who she values as well as herself. She finds that sometimes it is good to be the assassin and keep her emotions in check to do the impossible. Sometimes it's also good to let those emotions rule as well. It is this balance Maliha struggles with in this book.

The book, as with the others in the series, is fast paced and we are met with horrific villans to conquer. We also find out who is friend or foe with most of the characters in this book. We also are left in the dark with Maliha as to which powerful players have a hidden agenda. It's those players we are concerned about and yet have to trust. A difficult postion to be left in that will continue to the next book in the series.

I give this book 4 stars. It's a great addition to Maliha's journey on the mortal path. It should also appeal to those fans of UF who love a character with growth. This book is published today!!
I received this book from the author for my review and no compensation was given.
Make sure you come back tomorrow. There will be a blog post by Dakota Banks as well as a great giveaway! Yes, the giveaway will be international!!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test #2) by Aimee Carter

Kate Winters has won immortality. But if she wants a life with Henry in the Underworld, she'll have to fight for it.Becoming immortal wasn't supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she's as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he's becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate's coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.Henry's first wife, Persephone.

I really enjoyed book 1 of this adventure. Hades has been one of my favorite characters to have remake stories. There is something about the brooding dark character that seems to have so much possibilities and possible depth. In this story, however, I did find Henry (Hades) a bit lacking in depth. In fact he ticked me off.

Kate was also not the heroine we met in book 1, The Goddess Test. Very unsure of how she fits into Henry's heart was a constant worry. Despite the number of times she tried to engage Henry in a discussion he avoided it and her. She even became clear in exactly what she needed and again, Henry denied her simple knowledge as to how he felt. Nothing in what she was asking was too much and I felt she was actually brave in acknowledging and asking for what she needed. How many adults do that? Henry needed a boot and everyone else telling her to just accept it and not ask for what she needed also needed the boot. I'm glad she did insist and ignored everyone. However, I must admit that even though I felt she was justified in her laments, it did become a bit excessive in the story. I would have liked her to concentrate a lot more on the possible destruction of the world. It would have given her character a lot more inner strength.

I give this book 3 stars. I enjoyed the further introduction of the Greek mythology into this story, but found Kate a bit lacking in strength we saw in the previous book. I also warn you of a cliffie at the end. I  will be reading the next book because have to know how the story ends. I also I haven't given up on having a strong Kate again.
I received this eARC from Harlequin and NetGalley and no compensation for my review was given.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Friday, March 23, 2012

Hounded Read-A-Long Chpts. 16-20

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This weeks questions hosted by In the Closet with a Bibliophile

1. Just after Atticus is shot, Oberon has to "ninja" his way out of the shop and into Hal's Beamer (with the icky air freshener). Have you ever been in a situation where you had to "ninja" your way out and try not to be discovered? If so, what happened?

Not that I can think of or chose to remember. LOL I know if I tried to "ninja" my way in or out of anything I'd trip. *sigh* Yes, I'm coordinated like that. :)

2. Atticus's main goal through a large portion of the book is not only protecting Oberon, but also protecting the sword. You are now living in a paranormal world and you need a weapon! What weapon do you choose and what can it do?

My first choice of weapon would be a smexy were or vampire. Oh wait... weapon.. not eye candy! Hm.. perhaps a sword. However, I don't know how to use said sword, so I'll probably end up cutting off my own fingers. Perhaps my best bet is to find a way to avoid true fighting and run! Hey, no shame in staying alive. :D

3. To recharge and heal after being shot, Atticus sleeps naked, tattoos to the earth, in a patch of grass near the Civic Center in downtown Scottsdale. Where is the weirdest place you have ever slept?

Probably in a van near a field of corn. Sadly, not very interesting at all. There was no room at the inn so to speak so I slept there with my dog. Not very comfortable.

4. We finally find out some very interesting information about Granuaile and I don't know about you, but I certainly wasn't expecting to find that she's sharing her head with someone else. What about you, did you expect anything along those lines? If not, what were you expecting concerning Granuaile?

I knew she knew more than what she was saying. In fact Atticus suspected she was more than human. I didn't suspect her sharing a body, but then I wasn't suspecting much. I was just letting it unfold before me.

5. Laksha is a witch, a truly evil one at that for many of the things she's done in the past. However, she's supposedly seen the error of her ways. Do you think she really has? Would you be willing to trust her? Do you think Atticus is smart to have decided to trust her to help him with the "other" witches?

Has she seen the error of her ways? I think there is good reason for her playing nice right now. No, I would not be too willing to trust her at lest completely. I would trust that her goals are true and in that (as long as they coincide) I would trust her doing her part. Since Atticus's goals are the same (or close to it) he can trust that she will help with the other witches, but always know that there can and most likely is something more "up her sleeve" so to speak.

The Last weeks questions for the end of the book hosted by The Unread Reader!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Untouched (The Amoveo Legend #2) by Sara Humphreys

The Amoveo are shape-shifting animal clans who live secretly among humans and must find their pre-destined soul mate while avoiding the enemy that seeks to destroy them all.  
Beautiful plus-size model Kerry Smithson appears to have it all, but inside she harbors a crippling secret and avoids all physical contact. Until she encounters gorgeous Dante Coltari, an Amoveo shifter. In her, he believes he has finally found his life mate. But how does he convince her...and keep her safe?

HA! Just when you thought I wouldn't do it again... I did it again. I read out of order. I didn't realize that it was #2 but with this book, I wasn't lost and I could connect with the characters easily. I think that has mostly to do with each book presenting a couple within the Amoveo legend. However, I do want to read the first so I'm introduced properly with everyone.

This book is Dante and Kerry's story. Kerry has a gift or as she sees it a curse. She has only been able to get close to a couple of people her entire life. Otherwise she is inundated with feelings and images from anyone she touches. Plus, it hurts her physically. Sam, her best friend is the only one she is willing to touch because it doesn't hurt. She is surprised when it happens again, this time with the smexy Dante.

The story of Dante and Kerry seemed to move a bit too fast for me. I enjoyed their back and forth but the romance seemed a bit rushed because of Kerry being so crippled by her past experiences. However, I still found the two a lot of fun to read. I think that is mainly because Kerry was no shrinking violet.

There is a lot of action and a bit of a mystery as to why and who is trying to come between the two of them. You also know that this vendetta goes beyond just the couple and encompasses all the couples. It involves prejudices because the couples are "mixed". Not exactly in race, but species. Kerry and her best friend Sam are not full-blooded Amoveo, but mixed with human DNA. I kinda liked that twist in the stories.

I give this book 3 1/2 stars. It is a fun PNR and the men are quite smexy. I am looking forward to the next (and the first) installment of the Amoveo Legends.
I was given this eARC from Sourcebooks and NetGalley. No compensation for my review was given.

First book:
Amoveo Legend #1
What if you suddenly discovered your own powers were beyond anything you'd ever imagined...

Samantha Logan's childhood home had always been a haven, but everything changed while she was away. She has a gorgeous new neighbor, Malcolm, who introduces her to the amazing world of the dream-walking, shapeshifting Amoveo clans...but what leaves her reeling with disbelief is when he tells her she's one of them...
And shock turns to terror as Samantha falls prey to the deadly enemy determined to destroy the Amoveo, and the only chance she has to come into her true powers is to trust in Malcolm to show her the way...

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Burned (Void City #4) by J.F. Lewis


Void City's resident badass vampire has a secret to keep, everything to lose, and a plan to win it all. Eric has taken control of the city's supernatural hierarchy, putting all the deals and contracts that allow Void City to function up for renegotiation. When he installs his insane vampire daughter, Greta, as Void City's sheriff of the supernatural, bloody mayhem ensues. To further complicate things, the love of Eric's life is back from the dead, immortally young, at a cost that has put Eric under the thumb of a very powerful demon. The mysterious mouser Talbot, morose mage Magbidion, and all of Eric's thralls are trying to help him keep things under control . . . But with early onset Alzheimer's, vampire hunters, demons, a band of chupacabra, a cursed cousin with a serious grudge, and Rachel as his new "handler" . . . there's just not an app for that.
Yep, I did it again. I read #4 before reading #1. Oh and in this case I really shouldn't have done that. I was lost, never connected to the characters, BUT seriously, I really want to read this series from the beginning. Why? Well...

It has to do with a very powerful vampire that cannot be killed and has Alzheimer's. He is a true immortal by night and a vampire by day (Murphy's law and all that). His daughter is feared and is quite insane. I mean she not only has daddy issues, but mommy ones as well. She sleeps in the trunk of his Mustang with the bones from the car's diet (yes, it's alive!). There is a "mouser" who is a creature that can become human. And in the case of Talbot, well, he can eat huge demons without getting any kind of gastric upset. There are also plenty of powerful mages, demons and unsuspecting cattle... uh I mean humans who all live in Void city. 

Oh and I can't forget the chupacabra. How could I forget them?

Through it all, there is some demon trying to control Eric and a huge plan to put it to rights, but he can't remember exactly what that plan entails. Good thing he has an app for that. Yes, seriously, he has an app for that. 

Now that I have you scratching your heads in this completely insane group of monsters and a strange task, doesn't it sound interesting? Yes, this is a series I will start from book one. Just don't follow my lead and start with this one. You will be lost. AND I do mean lost. However, even if it ends up not making much more sense than it does now, I do think I'll be able to connect to these characters when I follow their adventures from the beginning. I'd be happy with that. :)

No stars for this one. I don't think it would be fair to give them at this point.
I was given this book from Pocket Books and no compensation for my review was given.

Books in the series:

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Interview with Julie Kagawa by Harlequin

A Q&A with 
New York Times Best Selling Author Julie Kagawa
After writing the Iron Fey series for so many years, how difficult was it to immerse yourself in a futuristic world filled with vampires, rabids and an enslaved human race?
It was...very different.  I think the hardest thing for me was the fact that this story does take place in the real world -- a futuristic, vampire-infested world, but the real world nonetheless.  Things had to make sense, for example: how far can a large group walk in a single day if there were no roads, they were going through thick woods, and there were children in the group?  I had to have logical reasons for everything; I couldn't just make something work "because of faery magic," lol.
Just like Meghan Chase in the Iron Fey series, the main character in The Immortal Rules, Allison Sekemoto, is a “take charge and kick butt” kind of girl.  Is this intentional? What woman – real or fictional, alive or deceased – do you look up to or admire?
Yes, Allison comes from a very different world than Meghan Chase.  Meghan's upbringing was pretty normal; Allison grew up among vampires and monsters, where every day was a fight to live, so she couldn't afford to be weak.  While Meghan had to learn to "take charge and kick butt," Allison's first impulse is stab first, talk later.  
As for female role models, the first that comes to mind--when it comes to kicking vampire butt, anyway -- is Buffy Summers.  Thank you, Joss Whedon, for making me love feisty, snarky, heroines who can dust all sorts of nasties but who also look good in a cheerleading outfit. ;)  
You mention in your acknowledgements in The Immortal Rules that at the beginning of your writing career you promised yourself you wouldn’t write a vampire book.  What changed your mind?
Well, there were already so many really good books about our favorite bloodsuckers, so many stories and ideas, I thought I didn't have anything new to add to the masses.  I was actually toying with a post-apocalyptic YA novel when my agent mentioned I might want to try writing a vampire series.  I wasn't intrigued with the idea at first, but then I thought about combining vampires with the post-apocalyptic novel and then rest sort of fell into place.   
Allison claims she hates vampires and believes they are monsters yet when faced with a choice of die or become one, she becomes a vampire.  Would you have made that same decision?  
Me personally?  No.  I'm like Zeke in the belief that there is something better waiting for me beyond this life, and I just have to do my best until it’s time for me to go.  Besides, I love pizza and Mountain Dew too much to give it up.
Who do you think the most complex character is in The Immortal Rules?
Probably Kanin, Allie's sire.  He's a vampire who has made his peace about being a monster, yet chooses to live by his own set of moral rules.  He warns Allison about getting too close to humans, yet he does not kill unless he absolutely has to.  He is tormented about something in his past that he refuses to share with anyone.  He is certainly the most mysterious of all the characters, if not the most complex.
How many books will be in the Blood of Eden series?  When will the next book be coming out?
At the moment, there are three books planned, with the second coming out sometime next spring, after the release of the new Iron Fey series this fall.
Before you starting writing full time you were a professional dog trainer.  Do the professions share any similarities?
Lol, well you have to think on your feet a lot.  And some of the small dogs could be compared to tiny snapping goblins, but writing requires less dodging skills, though perhaps the same amount of creativity and problem solving.
When starting a new series, like Blood of Eden, do you have the entire series mapped out in detail or do you let the story develop book by book?
I have a high point that I write toward in each story; I know this and this has to happen, but getting from point A to point B usually develops as I go along.
And for the speed round:
What book have you read and re-read, and read yet again
Any of the Harry Potter books.
Favorite song to play when writing a fight scene?
My "favorites" change daily.  Right now its "Awake and Alive" by Skillet.
Worst job?
Working a kiosk in the mall during Christmas.  It sold glass figurines, and the maneuvering space around the hundreds of very breakable merchandise was quite small.  I was like a bull in a china shop.
Best vacation spot?
Walt Disney World
Sweets or salty?
One thing most people don’t know about you – and would never guess!
I used to play the flute when I was a kid.  I was really good at it too, but my instructor stopped teaching to have a family, and I never went back to it.
Note from Melissa:
I'm going to have a giveaway of Immortal Rules closer to the time it is published. I am doing this later (April) because they won't ship the book to the winner until the publication date anyway (4/24). It is a hardback copy and I'm sorry international peeps, it will only be US/Can only. Just wanted to give you a heads up on a great giveaway coming your way!

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Monday, March 19, 2012

A Perfect Storm (Men Who Walk on the Edge of Honor #4) by Lori Foster

He never saw her coming…

Spencer Lark already knows too many secrets about Arizona Storm, including the nightmare she survived and her resulting trust issues. But in order to expose a smuggling ring—and continue avenging his own tragic past—the bounty hunter reluctantly agrees to make Arizona a decoy. Yet nothing has equipped him for her hypnotic blend of fragility and bravery, or for the protective instincts she stirs in him.

Arizona wants to reclaim her life, which means acting as bait to lure the enemy into a trap. Sure it's dangerous, especially with a partner as distractingly appealing as Spencer. But as their plan—and their chemistry—shifts into high gear, Arizona may discover there's an even greater risk in surrendering her heart to a hero…
Mmmmm... another smexy man in this series. A series that doesn't really have to be read in order, but trust me... you don't want to miss one of these smexy, caring, alpha, hot (oh insert more smexy pronouns here) men! All of the previous were introduced into my harem (Proof: Dare, Trace, and Jackson) and Spenser Lark also has a spot saved for him.

Now, even though I was happy to be introduced to Spencer, I have to admit, the one I really wanted to meet was Arizona. She was a curiosity to me. She survived such horrific circumstances and yet was strong and still wanted to help as many people as possible. Yes, this is a woman I wanted to know.

We find that both characters have some personal blocks in their past that wasn't allowing them to live a full life. In Spencer's case it was a wife that he dearly loved, but could not save. Now he has met the one woman who refuses to be saved and constantly puts herself in danger to save others. Together they learn to open up to each other. What I loved was not the healing that Arizona had by being with Spencer but the healing that Spencer found with Arizona. It was unexpected to him and that made it just feel more true.

I give this book 4 1/2 stars. I throughly enjoyed both characters and this was a wonderful addition to this series. I recommend all these books for anyone who loves a action filled romance.
I received this eARC from Harlequin and NetGalley. No compensation for my review was given.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Taker by Alma Katsu Giveaway!

Galley books has offered a Giveaway to my bloggy readers! Sorry, international peeps, but it's US only.

Critics and authors were spellbound by Alma Katsu's debut novel, The Taker, her stunning tale of a mysterious young woman, Lanore, and an unwitting Maine doctor who falls into her world, a hidden world that exists outside the boundaries of time. In this magical realm, where the predatory use pleasure to corrupt the innocent, Lanore's incredible devotion to Jonathan, her first, true love, captures the attention of Adair, the dangerous man who rules this world, and ignites within him an all-consuming desire to possess her.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Kony 2012

This is the video that has gone viral. It's about the atrocities in Uganda. If nothing else, it's something better to get upset about than the little things that occur in our own lives.

There has been lots of criticism of this video. Not all of it makes sense, I'm sorry to say. However, there is a couple of well done articles out there. One is from Michael Deibert who writes for the Huffington Post. It was the first one I saw. This post at least tries to bring to light the history of the problem and specifically why he is against it. Also, another well thought out post that isn't exactly against the video nor the message, but does make sense of what so many were criticizing in such a bad way. It's by Musa Okwonga who has family that lives there. So he obviously has a big stake in what goes on in Uganda. His post is HERE.

So, if nothing else, I think it is important to take away the two things that everyone seems to agree on. One that this atrocity should be known and two, that Kony is evil. That is why I decided to post the video. Also do find out and check out what else is going on in Africa. This could be a jumping off point in people caring what happens all over Africa.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Hounded Read-A-Long Chpts. 11-15

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This weeks questions from Smash Attack Reads!

1. I love Leif Helgarson, Viking Vampire, Esq. I have to say that combo makes a pretty cool attorney. If you could have a paranormal/mythical beastie (or combo) covering your tuckus in court, what would you choose and why?

I would definitely take Leif. Beta male in his clan which means he is second in charge. Which also means that no human could EVER make him flinch. Good thing to have around in court and in other areas of law in which they woud try to bully you.

2. The police show up to question Atticus about his Irish Wolfhound, Oberon. If you could own any dog breed, what would it be and why? (P.S. Oberon is going on my list of favorite sidekicks!)

I have actually wanted a Irish Wolfhound. If it wasn't for the short lifespan and the massive hip and elbow problems they have, I would have gotten one by now. There was one in our animal shelter. I almost took him, but couldn't because my house is full. A rescue group got him. 

My dobe is a pressie from my parents. I adore dobes! He's my first. Clowns and they are so sweet. Not for the unexperienced dog owner, however. 

3. Malina Sokolowski and the other Sisters of the Three Auroras coven have my antennae up. What is your opinion of them?

Tricky! Yep... summed it up in one word. :D

4. Brighid, goddess of poetry, fire and the forge, gave Atticus the power of Cold Iron, which can be used to fight off that nasty lilttle hellspawn. If you could wield one magical power, what would it be and why?

Oh that is a hard question. I'm not sure what is all up for grabs. Hm... I like his magical eye. Reveals what is hidden and I like that idea. I also like the idea of camouflage. Oh and the magical hair! Never have a bad hair day. I think I need more time to explore this world to decide. LOL

5. The cops show up at Atticus’ shop to search for poor Oberon, who remains magically hidden throughout the ordeal. What is the one thing you would do if you could remain hidden from sight? I want to hear some good answers for this one!

I don't know. I know... not a good answer. I don't really like being voyeuristic. Plus, knowing me, it wouldn't work anyway. I'd giggle or cough or something to give me away. However, I would probably find out what others were saying behind my back. Sometimes, though... it's so much better to not know for certain and live in ignorance. LOL

Btw, ending this week on chpt 15 was so mean! Just sayin' ;) LOL

Join us in discussion if you can! Next weeks questions hosted by In the Closet with a Bibliophile

Cover Reveal: Wings of Arian by Devri Walls

Wings of Arian
by Devri Walls

Expected Publication: May 2012 by StoneHouse Ink

Kiora thought she had never heard a lie until she was sixteen. But she was wrong. Her entire existence was based on nothing but. She thought that evil did not exist. Lie. That magic was not real. Lie. And that the land of Meros was all there was. One more lie.

With Aleric telling her that evil is knocking on the door and that she is the only one who can stop them she has a choice to make. Refuse, or start the wildest most painful ride of her life.

She reluctantly dips her toe into her new existence of magic and threads, dragons and shapeshifters, and the person who wants to take control of it all: the evil Dralazar.

However, this journey was never meant to be hers alone. She will be accompanied by a Protector. To her disbelief, and utter irritation they name the hotheaded, stubborn, non -magical, (albeit gorgeous) Prince Emane. They will have to trust each other with their lives, but right now Kiora would settle for a non hostile conversation.

And now it comes down to this, If you had never heard a lie, would you know when you heard one? Is knowing good from evil innate? Kiora finds herself having to decide who lives and who dies on those very questions.

Author Bio:

Devri Walls lives in Kuna Idaho with her husband and two kids. She has worked as a music teacher and currently, a preschool teacher. She majored in theater and her love of a story still drives her today. Thankfully, she has finally found an outlet for all the voices in her head. Her first novel, Wings of Arian, will be released on Amazon May of 2012. Find her on Twitter, Facebook or on her blog;

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Win a Free Kindle Fire from the Barrett Company!

The Barrett Company Hollywood Book Publicity Tour + Win FREE Kindle Fire! 

Well known, experienced, professional Hollywood book, TV and movie publicist Charlie Barrett formed The Barrett Company in 1991 as a full service publicity and media relations agency to serve books/authors/publishers, television and motion picture industry clients. The Los Angeles headquartered publicity firm offers 21st century publicity and media relations services to celebrities, authors, actors, directors, screen writers, filmmakers as well as film and television producers.

Charlie’s author clients have include LA author-screenwriter Carla Malden, author of Afterimage, Kindle’s John Locke/Lethal People, Julie Sinatra/Under my Skin, Warren Adler/War of the Roses, David R. Fett MD and Steve Langford/White Sleeper, Deby Eisenberg/Pictures of the Past, Marty Jurow/See’in Stars: A Show Biz Odyssey, actor George Kennedy/Trust Me, Peter Ford/Glenn Ford: A Life and Dr. Ken Nedd/Power Over Stress as well as many, many others.

Since it’s inception, TBC has served as publicists to such companies and celebrities as CBS, Simon & Schuster, ABC, Globe Pequot Press, Harper Collins publishers, Norton publishers, Paramount studios, Oxford University Press, PBS, Warner Brothers, American Movie Classics cable channel (Mad Men), Bravo, Life Time Television, NYU Press, Ben Bella Books, Fox Television Network, Little Brown publishers, Fox News, CNN, self-published author service firms such as Xlibris, Author House and i-Universe as well as numerous celebrities from Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon to Kevin Costner, Tatum O’Neal, Tim Curry, Martin Landau, Robert Stack, Rod Stewart, Gary Conway, Oprah Winfrey (Oprah’s Big Give television series on ABC) and numerous other stars.

Mr. Barrett started up The Barrett Company publicity firm after serving in top PR positions with the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) for more than ten years, where he was in charge of media relations for Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show and Today, among other well-known NBC shows such as Unsolved Mysteries, Fame and numerous highly-rated NBC specials, including The American Film Institute Awards and The American Movie Awards.

When earlier basing in New York City, Mr. Barrett served as a book publicist to many major publishers with publicity campaigns for a number of best-selling authors from large trade book publishers from Scribners to Random House.

Mr. Barrett has also held executive media relations posts with 20th Century Fox Film Corporation in New York and Capitol Records in Hollywood, New York and London, where he helped launch recorded music by The Beatles, The Band and many other music artists including Joe South, Freda Payne, Bobbie Gentry and Glen Campbell.

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About The Barrett Company:

Media expert & advisor Charles Barrett formed The Barrett Company in 1991 as a full service media relations and media marketing/communications agency. The Los Angeles headquartered firm offers 21st century integrated media outreach and media marketing expertise with an emphasis on the entertainment and leisure time industries serving authors/publishers, Hollywood celebrities, motion pictures, and television. Since inception, TBC has served such companies as Simon & Schuster, Globe Pequot Press, Norton Publishers, Warner Brothers Studios, American Movie Classics cable channel, ABC TV, CBS TV, Fox Television, self-published author publishers such as Xlibris, Author House, I-Universe and numerous celebrities from Johnny Carson to Ed McMahon to Kevin Costner to Oprah Winfrey (Oprah’s Big Give television series on ABC).

The Barrett Company also assists attorneys and their clients, managing media coverage in civil and criminal cases from California to New York in both state and federal courts.

Mr. Barrett formed the firm after serving in top public relations positions with the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) for more than ten years, where he was in charge of media relations for The Tonight Show and Today, among other well-known NBC shows such as Unsolved Mysteries, Fame and numerous highly-rated NBC specials, including The American Film Institute Awards and The American Movie Awards.

Mr. Barrett has also held executive media relations posts with 20th Century Fox Film Corporation in New York and Capitol Records in Hollywood, New York and London, where he helped launch recorded music by The Beatles, The Band and many other music artists.

When earlier basing in New York City, Mr. Barrett assisted major publishers with publicity campaigns for a number of New York Times best-selling authors, serving such publishers as Scribner’s, Simon & Schuster, Norton, John Wiley & Sons, Warner Books and Golden Books, among many others.

The Barrett Company serves major publisher and self-published authors with Harper Collins, Little Brown, Penguin Press, i-Universe, Oxford University Press, Viking Press, Xlibris, Random House, Holm Press, Ben Bella Books, Author House, SMU Press, NYU Press, creating and performing a range of publicity services and media outreach for both fiction and non-fiction book releases.

Charles Barrett began his media career as a reporter with The Associated Press in New Haven, CT and later served on the editorial staffs of both The Hollywood Reporter in Los Angeles and Billboard Publications in New York. He has also authored numerous articles for magazines and newspapers on the performing arts and travel as well as appearing as a contributor on major U.S. radio talk shows discussing celebrities, films, television and books. He was voted the Book Publicist of the Year award by the Southern California Book Pub Society recently. Charles is a member of The Publishers Association of Los Angeles, The Academy of TV Arts and Sciences (Emmy Award) and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (The Oscars ®).

The Barrett Company is well known and regarded among the world’s media outlets for its credibility and creativity. Through years of client assignments we have developed remarkable and successful campaigns for our wide range of authors/publishers, Hollywood creatives, companies and celebrities, which have paved the way for us to produce media, consumer and trade events of all descriptions both in the United States and overseas, from Book Expo to NATPE (the renowned annual television program executive conference) to Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, The Frankfurt Book Fair to filmdom’s Show West as well as MIP in France, The Beverly Hills Film Festival and The Cannes International Film Festival.

TBC’s experience, skills and knowledge in various professional disciplines have enabled the company to offer programs we are proud of, including trade and consumer publicity campaigns, Internet publicity campaigns, crisis communications management, new company and celebrity launches, trade show media awareness, marketing communications solutions, and consultancy to in-house publicity firms in publishing, film and television. No assignment is too big or too small. TBC possesses a keen awareness of the workings of the global media – - including but not limited to print, broadcast and digital – - and has demonstrated over the years the ability to create stunning and effective media outreach models for valued clients, be they well established, or start-ups, or beginning careers as authors and celebrities.

Barbara Wall, a specialist in media marketing and media research, serves as Vice President of TBC. She has accomplished extensive assignments, ranging from technology to entertainment to printing/publishing and has working relationships with a wide circle of book media contacts including reviewers at major US newspapers to Internet book reviewers including NY Times, USA TODAY, Midwest Book Review,,, writers at select men and women’s’ magazines and online social media bloggers covering authors and publishers. Ms. Wall formerly served as an executive in two Fortune 500 companies (Xerox, Experian) and has worked with a range of clients including BMG Music Service, The Fox Network, Eddie Bauer, Levi’s, Starbucks, and Jamba Juice. She holds both BA and MBA degrees and formerly taught high school English in Colorado.

A key professional on The Barrett Company team is Vice President John Michaeli, who offers international and domestic public relations/communications expertise with a proven track record of developing, implementing and directing strategic marketing campaigns. Mr. Michaeli is a crisis communications specialist, having served many studios and networks dealing with a range of public issues in both personnel to products areas. Mr. Michaeli has held senior management posts with PR agencies and companies in the entertainment, technology, new media, network TV and public relations industries, including Walt Disney Studios, Fox Family Channel, Warner Brothers, Pax TV and Hanna-Barbera, the renowned animation studio in Hollywood where he served as VP of Marketing.

Representing TBC in New York is publicist and author Ward Morehouse III, who served as media contact at NBC for NBC Nightly News and was also was a Vice President at Jack Raymond & Associates, a top New York public relations firm. Mr. Morehouse has authored several books on the world’s top hotels from The Plaza to The Waldorf Astoria and most recently released his latest book, London’s Grand Hotels. He also created and maintains the New York City web portal

TBC is proud of its association with renowned film marketing professional Jerry Pam. Mr. Pam’s accomplished film marketing career ranges from his days with The Beatles on their hit films, A Hard Day’s Night and Help, to films like Chocolat, Cinema Paridiso, Cider House Rules, the Oscar ® winner Shakespeare in Love and Good Will Hunting, among many, many other pictures. He earlier created remarkable film marketing campaigns for Apocalypse Now, Last Tango in Paris, American Graffiti, The Conversation and Midnight Express. Jerry has represented numerous screen and television personalities, including Michael Caine, Roger Moore, Jaclyn Smith and Robert Stack, in addition to well known authors such as Sidney Sheldon, Jackie Collins, Judith Krantz and Morris West. His corporate clients have ranged from Rolls Royce to Mouton Cadet Wines, and Faberge to General Mills.


The Barrett Company represents author Carla Malden (who co-wrote her father Karl Malden’s biography When Do I Start?) for her forthcoming book Afterimage from Globe Pequot Press. TBC created the media marketing campaign for film producer/agent Marty Jurow (Breakfast At Tiffany’s, The Pink Panther and Terms of Endearment) and his tales of Hollywood’s Golden Age — Marty Jurow Seein’ Stars: A Show Biz Odyssey, a hardbound work published by Southern Methodist University Press. In his book, Mr. Jurow tells riveting vignettes and stories about Jack Lemmon, Karl Malden, Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Audrey Hepburn, Marlon Brando, author Truman Capote, Katharine Hepburn, Elvis Presley and Gary Cooper, among others. Mr. Malden said about the book, “Anyone who wants to know what happened behind the scenes in theatre, film, and TV during the 30s, 40s and 50s must read this book.” Other author clients include Julie Sinatra author of Under My Skin, entrepreneur Gary Fong’s The Accidental Millionaire and Do You Really Need Back Surgery by noted Santa Monica neurosurgeon Dr. Aaron Filler to Before You Say I Do Again by California family law and divorce expert attorney Ben Berkley.

Motion Pictures…

In motion pictures, The Barrett Company’s numerous client accomplishments include media outreach for the Showcase for Oscar ® Nominated Shorts that played to full theatres in Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., as well as publicity for movie openings and key industry awards for top feature films from Warner Brothers, MGM (Tomorrow Never Dies with Pierce Brosnan)), Paramount, Sony, Universal and Columbia Pictures. TBC as also served national theatre chains, feature film distributors and alternative cinema theatres with special regional movie openings and promotions including The Kids Are Alright, September Dawn, It’s Complicated, The Scoundrel’s Wife, Million Dollar Baby, Insomnia, The Aryan Couple, Master of the Game, Never Again, Blair Witch Project, multi film festival winner Smoke Signals and many film festival winners in various award categories.

TBC has served filmmakers at a wide variety of film festivals, including The Cannes Film Festival, The New York Film Festival, The Hollywood Film Festival, The Sundance Film Festival, The Toronto Film Festival, The Sarasota Film Festival, and the San Diego World Film Festival. TBC introduced the world media to the inaugural Beverly Hills Film Festival in 2001 with director/author Henry Bromell (Panic with Donald Sutherland).


Our notable TBC television projects include campaigns for reality-based TV productions such as Oprah Winfrey’s Oprah’s Big Give on ABC and CBS’ The Amazing Race to shows on American Movie Classics (Mad Men) to Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker to NBC’s Unsolved Mysteries to Paramount TV’s Wild Things to Fox TV’s Cops and numerous other productions. We also launched the success of Ed McMahon’s Star Search at Walt Disney World in 1995. Our PR campaigns for various television productions resulted in across-the-board media attention and awareness in a wide range of outlets from USA Today to the New York Times as well as The Wall Street Journal, Daily Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Multi Channel News, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, E! TV, Today, Good Morning America and The Tonight Show just to mention a few.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Winner! AND Infamous by Sherrilyn Kenyon Trailer!

The winner of:

Elemental Assassin Links:

Oh and here is a new book to consider:

The world has fallen in love with Nick Gautier and the Dark-Hunters. Now Nick's saga continues in the next eagerly anticipated volume...

Go to school. Get good grades. Stay out of trouble. That's the mandate for most kids. But Nick Gautier isn't the average teenager. He's a boy with a destiny not even he fully understands. And his first mandate is to stay alive while everyone, even his own father, tries to kill him.

He's learned to annihilate zombies and raise the dead, divination and clairvoyance, so why is learning to drive such a difficulty? But that isn't the primary skill he has to master. Survival is.

And in order to survive, his next lesson makes all the others pale in comparison. He is on the brink of becoming either the greatest hero mankind has ever known.


Website: for more about SHERRILYN KENYON, INFAMOUS, and all of her novels.


Oh and I was passed an award from Carmen of In Pursuit of Writing!
I don't usually pass these on, but I do like to recognize the award and who gave it! Thanks Carmen!