Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Happy Release Day JR Ward Lover Mine

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Thoughts on LOVER MINE

In some ways, writing John Matthew’s story, LOVER MINE, was something I wasn’t looking forward to.

Scratch that. I dreaded the idea of writing this book.

For no reason I could think of at the time, staring down the barrel of his outline depressed the hell out of me- and it took me a couple of days to figure out why. The thing was, I loved who he ends up with: Xhex, the symphath assassin with the kickass attitude, always struck me as a perfect foil for him. And I knew his story was going to be heart-wrenching, but totally satisfying when it came to his enemy. And the romance was hot. Plus I was aware of how it was going to set up the next book- and I can’t wait to write about Vishous’s twin sister, Payne.

So what was my problem?

Then it dawned on me… it was kind of a goodbye, in a way.

When I thought about it, I realized that of all the people in the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s universe, John Matthew, the orphan with the shadowy past, was the one I had the most in common with when I started the series: he didn’t know what he was or how the vampire world worked in the beginning, either, and that made two of us. Throughout the early books like LOVER ETERNAL, LOVER AWAKENED and LOVER REVEALED, it was through John’s eyes that the reader (and myself) learned about the Brotherhood and the way vampire society was set up and how the whole transition stuff worked… and so many other things.
For me, John’s book was a full circle back to the very beginning, when in DARK LOVER, his “father” Darius got into a BMW and was blown to smithereens by the Brothers’s enemies, the Lessening Society. In the succeeding books, we’ve been through it all with John- his transition, the mystery of his “parentage,” the shattering losses of his adoptive mother and father, his friendships, his enemy. His one true love.

That’s a lot of history to do justice to in a book- and maybe that was also part of my I-don’t-wanna’s. Yet as I drafted the manuscript, I laughed and I cried and gasped all the way through and that’s usually a really good sign! And what did I like best about the story? Well, to me, John Matthew has always had strong, silent hero written all over him, and with Xhex abducted by his nemesis, Lash, I knew he was going to come out swinging (this was more than true enough as it turned out *wince*.) However, Xhex, being who she is, is not a shrinking violet to sit around and wait around for her knight-in-shining- so naturally she has her own plans for escape. How the two of them are reunited was more than I’d bargained for, but my favorite part of the story- and they are not the only people whose lives change in LOVER MINE.

In the end, although I was sad to start him, I was happy to end John’s book. Because as it turned out, I realized it wasn’t a goodbye or even a see-you-later. If anything, John’s even more involved in the world and we’re going to be seeing a lot more of him and Xhex. After all, one of the things that I love about the series is the way we revisit folks- and John and Xhex’s joint story is so not over. They have a lot of good years and great adventures ahead of them!

I truly hope you enjoy him as much as I did!

Dude I can not wait to get my grubby little hands on LM!

I am off to the Land the call Ohio...

To visit my sister and My BFF JR Ward.. lol
See ya in a week..
Later Taters..

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Review: Ruined by Paula Morris

" Welcome to New Orleans: City of Voodoo and Beauty. Of Hurricanes and Hauntings..."

Amazon Description.. Rebecca couldn't feel more out of place in New Orleans, where she comes to spend the year while her dad is traveling. She's staying in a creepy old house with her aunt. And at the snooty prep school, the filthy-rich girls treat Rebecca like she's invisible. Only gorgeous, unavailable Anton Grey seems to give Rebecca the time of day, but she wonders if he's got a hidden agenda. Then one night, in Lafayette Cemetery, Rebecca makes a friend. Sweet, mysterious Lisette is eager to talk to Rebecca, and to show her the nooks and crannies of the city. There's just one catch: Lisette is a ghost.

A ghost with a deep, dark secret, and a serious score to settle.
As Rebecca learns more from her ghost friend -- and as she slowly learns to trust Anton Grey -- she also uncovers startling truths about her own history. Will Rebecca be able to right the wrongs of the past, or has everything been ruined beyond repair?
My Review...
I was entranced by this book. Ms Morris has a wonderful writing style. You can tell she has a great affection for the South and New Orleans.
While I was reading Ruined I could imagine that I was in New Orleans, wondering amongst the tombs....
Murder, Lies, Betrayal, Secrets, a Young Spirit and a 150 year old Curse.... Ruined has wonderful plot twists and turns, just when you think you have it all figured out... zing.. another twist. I love a book that I don't have figured out in the first quarter of the book (even if at the time I think I do :O)
The book starts out with Rebecca being forced to move to New Orleans while her father's work takes him to China. She will be staying with her colorful "Aunt," her fathers oldest friend, a free spirited taro card reader and her daughter.The private school is far too classist for Rebecca. She just wants to do her time and go home.The town's snooty rich kids are getting away with anything they want. One night Rebecca hears them going into the Lafayette Cemetery across the street. It is locked after dark. Curious, she follows them into the forbidden cemetery where she runs into the first girl that is kind to her, Lisette. But what is this little girl doing in such a place at night.. is she .. could she be... a Ghost?? Rebecca is warned to keep away from the cemetery and the privileged teens.
What ensues is a wonderfully evocative story that I don't want to spoil for you by giving away too many details. :O)
You will get to follow along with Lisette's story of life and death and the strange routine that she had been forced to follow for over 150 years... Rebecca's journey of discovery within post Hurricane Katrina New Orleans a town with history,secrets & traditions.
Ruined is a wonderful mix of past and present... I give Ruined 5 Stars

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Radiant Shadows Happy Release Day Review Rewind

Review Rewind
My Review:
Love, Hate, Anger, Fidelity, Chaos, Order, Friendship, and Betrayal! WOW! Everything is in the balance in Faerie. In this the 4th installment of the Wicked Lovely world. We find that Ani the Daughter of Gabriel leader of the Hunt, in grave danger. Who can she trust who can she save? As with all hounds of the of the Hunt Ani holds family and her court above all... Rabbit her brother, Tish her sister and her father whom she was sent to live with after she was more faery than mortal, she is different than the rest of her pack. Irial former king of the Dark Court, has relinquished his throne to Niall once most trusted adviser of his court. Ani would do anything for her former King.

Sorcha, High Queen the Never Changing Queen. Yet, as of late things are not good in her land. She has only one person on her mind, Seth the faery made by her own hand, newest faery and consort to the Summer Queen Ash. Devlin is torn by his Sister-Mothers, he was their first made faery, and the High Queen's Bloody hand. Bananach War and Chaos are her way of life. She has always wanted more. Now she wants something that will make her the ruler of all Faerie. And free her from her bond with Sorcha.Since he was made by them he has some of both in him.. he fights for his Queen as always. And has only disobeyed one order..... Now Devlin has to fight for what he has always wanted to truly belong.

Along the way we find out a few interesting things that were left up to our imaginations. How will their kind find any sort of balance where there is none??? Read and find out :O)....
I really enjoyed Radiant Shadows and Ms Marr has once again penned a wonderfully complex story spaning the wide spectrum of emotions , in this companion story to Ink Exchange (the 2nd book). I was sucked right back into their world again. I have to say I am very much looking forward to the next installment, because Ohhhhh do I have questions!~!
I loved this book so much that I am giving Radiant Shadows 4 1/2~

Radiant Shadow is a companion book to Ink Exchange.. Reading order for this series is

Wicked Lovely

Ink Exchange *companion book* 2 1/2 sequel to Ink Exchange free e-book Stopping Time (make sure to order both parts)

Fragile Eternity

Radiant Shadows * Ink Exchange companion book

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Happy Tax Day

Thanks so Much to Toni McGee Causey for Tweeting this! And Sam Potts from the New York Times for making it up! Happy Tax Day Everyone!!
I love the Pajama Deductions, If you live in someones closet deduction and the Delayed Childhood penilty... How many do you qualify for....>? Dont forget the Twitter deduction. Click on the Page to view it larger!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Review: The Van Allen Legacy by Melissa de la Cruz

With the stunning revelation surrounding Bliss's true identity comes the growing threat of the sinister Silver Bloods. Once left to live the glamorous life in New York City, the Blue Bloods now find themselves in an epic battle for survival. Not to worry, love is still in the air for the young vampires of the Upper East Side. Or is it? Jack and Schuyler are over. Oliver's brokenhearted. And only the cunning Mimi seems to be happily engaged.

I have just finished the fourth installment of the Blue Blood series, The Van Allen Legacy by Melissa de la Cruz. Over the 4 books I have come to care about the characters in this series. My goodness did Ms de la Cruz mess with them!

The story starts off a year after Revelations left off. Schuyler Van Allen and Oliver Hazard-Perry are on the run from the Conclave after Schuyler has been convicted of killing her Grandfather Lawrence.

There are so many plot twists and turns that my head was spinning.... ohhhhh not him........ ohhhhh not that.... geeeeze..... Nooooo way.... It is truly a compelling suspenseful and complex story. You have to pay attention more in this installment. A lot of the back story is filled in. The book POV rotates between, Schuyler’s, Mimi’s and Bliss’s viewpoints.

Lets not forget that Mimi Force joined forces with Kingsley Martin (*My favorite Character*)as part of his Venator team. They search for Sophia the Watcher. I liked the interaction between Mimi and Kingsley,
also the way the Characters changed and grew as the story progressed.

With the Love triangle :O)? getting more complicated between Jack, Mimi Schuyler, Oliver,and........ ohhh no I am not going to spill da beans...

And Brother... the way this story ends I am sure that there will be some major plot twists and surprises. I can't wait to see what Ms de la Cruz has in store for us next! I feel that this is the strongest plot driven story of the series.

it is really a 4 1/2 :O)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick Cover Reveal!

Nora should have known her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described as anything but angelic), and surviving an attempt on her life, things are not looking up. Patch is starting to pull away and Nora can't figure out if it's for her best interest or if his interest has shifted to her arch-enemy, Marcie Millar. Not to mention that Nora is haunted by images of her father and she becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened to him that night he left for Portland and never came home.
The further Nora delves into the mystery of her father's death, the more she comes to question if her Nephilim bloodline has something to do with it as well as why she seems to be in danger more than the average girl. Since Patch isn't answering her questions and seems to be standing in her way, she has to start finding the answers on her own. Relying too heavily on the fact that she has a guardian angel puts Nora at risk again and again. But can she really count on Patch or is he hiding secrets darker than she can even imagine?

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Contest Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter

Oh My Gooooodness I am Lucky enough to be able to give away 3 copies of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith Read by Scott Holst Unabridged Audiobooks!

Discription: Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother's bedside. She's been stricken with something the old-timers call "Milk Sickness.

""My baby boy..." she whispers before dying.

Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother's fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire.

When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, "henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose..." Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House.

While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010