Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays 1/31/12...His Purrfect Mate By Laurann Dohner


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


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Title: His Purrfect Mate (Mating Heat Series #2)
Author: Laurann Dohner
Teaser:


" We haven't even gone on a date but we know there can't be a future for us. You're a werewolf and I'm part cat. The two don't mix." 
"I would have to disagree with that statement. There's something strong between us, a pull we shouldn't deny."   - Chapter 8, location 1861 on Kindle


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I LOVE all of Laurann Dohner's novels!! I highly recommend her books! I do want to warn that her novels are Adult series. There are graphic love scenes but each only add to the amazing storylines she has created!!


PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

~Interview, Book Review, Giveaway~ Party time with author Kristen Callihan!!



I am soo happy to have on the blog today, someone I literally loved their book so much I had to know more about them!! Can you believe how happy I was when I found out that she was able to do an interview for little old me!! LOL Well I was keeping my fingers crossed, knowing that authors tend to be really busy when their release date draws near, especially a DEBUT!! My prayers were answered LOL, so help me welcome an AMAZINGLY NEW AUTHOR.... KRISTEN CALLIHAN!!! 


I am soo happy you could do this interview for all of us!! Can you tell us a little about yourself Kristen!

Hmm…let’s see, I was born and raised in Maryland. I’m half Norwegian, half Irish-American. I’m a book lover, and read about 100 pages per hour, so I devour books like bon-bons. I like to cook, but hate baking –too much pressure! And if you put a bowl of French fries in front of me, I will not be able to keep from eating them. :)

Your debut novel Firelight, will be the first in your Darkest London Series. Can you tell us a little about it??

Sure. Firelight is a Victorian Gothic retelling of Beauty and The Beast with a Jack the Ripper style murder mystery surrounding it –just to keep our intrepid heroes on their toes. That’s the framework for the plot. At it’s heart, however, it’s a love story, one about learning to trust, not what you’re eyes see, but your heart, and your instincts.

How did you come up with the idea to combine 19th Century London with the Paranormal??

Well I knew I was going to write a paranormal. It was unavoidable when I realized that Miranda was a pyrokinetic. 19th century London was such an atmospheric place. This was the time of Jack the Ripper, Sherlock Holmes, thick, rolling fogs, and black carriages rattling over cobblestone lanes. If you’re going to have a dark lord, shrouded in mystery and myth, it couldn’t work in present day. To me, it was the perfect setting.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Casting Call Sundays Event!!!

Hi there everyone!!! Just a quick update on whats happening around here!

I finished my latest ARC copy!!

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

They will burn for eternity . . . Lord Benjamin Archer is no ordinary man. Doomed to hide his disfigured face behind masks, Archer knows it's selfish to take Miranda as his bride. Yet he can't help being drawn to the flame-haired beauty whose touch sparks a passion he hasn't felt in a lifetime. When Archer is accused of a series of gruesome murders, he gives in to the beastly nature he has fought so hard to hide from the world. But the curse that haunts him cannot be denied. Now, to save his soul, Miranda will enter a world of dark magic and darker intrigue. For only she can see the man hiding behind the mask





I have to so it was AMAZING!!! I loved it!! I am happy to announce that I will be interviewing the author Kristen Callihan and giving away one print copy. It will be release Jan. 31st! That post will go live this Tuesday!!


I also have a couple of blog tours I will be hosting and I will be participating in another Blog Hop for Valentines DAy!!


Now why does the title say Casting Call Sundays?? Well I'm starting this new weekly event over on our Facebook Fan Page! Fans will vote starting Friday& Saturday on which PNR book/Series they want to dedicate Sunday to. On Sunday fans and myself will post pictures who they think or see as playing the characters in a movie/TV show!! Thats why I need everyone to vote!! Its going to be lots of fun!!




Friday, January 20, 2012

~Review~ Revealing Eden (Save The Pearls #1) by Victoria Foyt


Rating:

Revealing Eden (Save The Pearls #1) [YA]
By: Victoria Foyt
Publisher: Bookmasters
Released: Jan. 10, 2012
Pages: 307

Blurb:
Eden Newman must mate before her 18th birthday in six months or she'll be left outside to die in a burning world. But who will pick up her mate-option when she's cursed with white skin and a tragically low mate-rate of 15%? In a post-apocalyptic, totalitarian, underground world where class and beauty are defined by resistance to an overheated environment, Eden's coloring brands her as a member of the lowest class, a weak and ugly Pearl. If only she can mate with a dark-skinned Coal from the ruling class, she'll be safe. Just maybe one Coal sees the Real Eden and will be her salvation her co-worker Jamal has begun secretly dating her. But when Eden unwittingly compromises her father's secret biological experiment, she finds herself in the eye of a storm and thrown into the last area of rainforest, a strange and dangerous land. Eden must fight to save her father, who may be humanity's last hope, while standing up to a powerful beast-man she believes is her enemy, despite her overwhelming attraction. Eden must change to survive but only if she can redefine her ideas of beauty and of love, along with a little help from her "adopted aunt" Emily Dickinson.

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Review:
1st line in the book---> Eden jumped at the sound of approaching steps.

A Fast Paced, Intriguing, Thrill ride that doesn't let you go!!! Set in a dystopian world, Eden is one of the few fair skinned humans that survived the apocalypse. “Pearls” they are called and are the least desirable in a society where dark skins hold beauty and power.

Eden is pale, fair skinned and alone in a world that looks down on her. She is almost to her 18th Birthday and if she doesn't receive a proposition for a mating, she will be cast out of the cave tunnels where society now lives in. Outside the sun burns the earth at high temperatures that would kill Eden within less than a week. She works in her father's lab, that is overseen and owned by a “Coal” (dark-skinned person) named Ronsom Bramford. The most desired person, who any lucky woman would be happy to marry. Who Eden absolutely despises. Eden's father has been working on an important experiment that only them three know all of its knowledge. Its a way for humans to evolve and survive in the harsh environment without fearing the sun's deadly rays. The experiment takes a turn for the worst, transforming Ronsom into a beast. From there they must flee and together venture out into the world in order to survive.

I really enjoyed this book!! I had to keep reading because everything was moving really quickly and you are thrown into the action from the very beginning. Ronsom is a great character! I love tortured heros, and he is no exception. He is such a mystery throughout the book! You keep wanting to know more about him, but are only giving small bits of information as you read. The only problem I had was that the love connection between Ronsom and Eden wasn't fully explained. I mean one minute she can't stand him and then the next she desires him. She really can't decide what she wants. There were times where she would be in life/death situations and she would be thinking about how sexy the Beastly Ronsom was. Which to me doesn't seem logical. I would be more worried with trying to live. At times I felt she was thinking more for herself and her needs, than trying to make the best out of the situation. There are some steamy scenes so I think this is more of a 16+ YA novel, but I had no problems with them.

I am looking forward to see where the author will take this series. The world she has created is very fascinating and we are left with a major cliffhanger. There were many twists and revelations in this book and I can't wait to read more!!!


**Review copy was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley**

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Party Time with author Laura Bradley Rede!!! ~Interview & Giveaway~

Today is a Federal Holiday!! What better way to celebrate than having an Interview & Giveaway as a treat!! I had the pleasure of interviewing author Laura Bradley Rede on her new novel Darkride! I personally loved it!!
Welcome and thank you for doing this interview! As always I love to know a little about the authors, so can you please tell us a little about yourself?  

I grew up as the oldest of nine kids in a little town in Maine. Now I live in Minneapolis with my partner and our three kids. I’m a major animal lover (we have a great dane, a blind dachshund and a little flock of city chickens) and a huge fan of all things paranormal. I always say that I take care of lively children and write about deadly creatures.

For those who have not had the pleasure of reading your book Darkride, can you tell us a little about it?

It’s a YA paranormal romance from the points of view of three very different people: a teenage monster hunter who has been turned into a werewolf, a vampire prince who is trying to regain his immortality, and a sixteen year old girl who doesn’t believe in werewolves or vampires – or true love – until she experiences it for herself.

In your book, the main Characters so through so much pain and struggle and this is only the beginnings!!Can we expect Cicely to have a happy ending??

I am a big believer in happy endings – or, if not neatly tied-up and happy, at least hopeful! Cicely may go through some hard stuff but I know she will be stronger for it and I know that in the end she will get her birthday wish.

~Review~ Darkride by Laura Bradley Rede


Rating

Darkride 
By; Laura Bradley Rede
YA Paranormal Romance

Blurb:
Ander McNair used to be the favorite son of a great monster-hunting family – until he was bitten by a werewolf and the hunter became the hunted. Now anything that makes his pulse race, even a kiss from his girlfriend Cicely, is enough to turn him into a monster. When he finally gets a chance to earn his cure by killing a vampire prince, he finds he has to choose between his own past and the future of the girl he loves. Can a guy who’s not even human learn what it means to be a man?

Luke Marianez used to be an immortal vampire prince – until the witch he loved betrayed him and cursed him with the ability to die. Now he lives in the world of vampire blood bars, where the waitresses are the drinks, and dreams about killing the last of the witch’s line so he can live forever. But revenge doesn’t just mean breaking the curse. He wants to break the girl’s heart, too. Can Luke seduce Cicely without falling in love himself?

Cicely Watson doesn’t believe in werewolves or vampires. She’s not even sure she believes in true love. But she’s about to discover what every werewolf knows:

People change.

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Review:
1st line in the book---> The boy is a mystery to me.



There is no lie in the title of this book! Darkride keeps you guessing from the moment you read page one. Author Laura Bradley Rede does a great job of keeping you hooked till the very end.



This story is Dark & Intense filled with teenage Angst, Love and value of friendships. There is a major love triangle between Luke the vampire, Ander the werewolf & Cicely the human, but this is no Twilight romance. That's as close as it come when comparing, instead Cicely is mature enough to know what she feels and fights to keep her boys and friends safe from the evil that comes after her.



I really enjoyed the characters!! They each keep surprising you throughout the book. Of course I love both Luke and Ander because they are so different and in their own way win over the reader. I will say that for me the story hooked me in the beginning but it took a while to finally get to the part where the action kicked in. There were times where I would get annoyed with Cicely in the beginning because she would give up real easily, or make assumptions but I had to remember that she's a loner and a teenager...it wasn't until halfway through the book where she becomes the strong heroine and I cheered!! LOL



OMG!!! The side-characters were I think my favorite! They are wonderful and you get to know them and their history. Just when I was getting slightly tired of all the love triangle drama, they brought a breath of fresh air to the plot. I was totally blind sided when there was a shocking revelation near the end of the book!! I really couldn't believe it at first, I don't want to spoil anything so I will just say it left me heartbroken...



Overall I really loved this book! We are left with a climax, hanging on to every last word. I can't wait to see what comes next.

Fave Quote:
Yes, I am addicted to the girl. I am finally immortal again but I feel more vulnerable than ever, as if I carry my heart outside my chest. I would die for her, if dying were still an option. But since I cannot give my life, I must live it, and I will not live it anywhere but with her.


                                             Purchase Links: 
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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

~Review~ Lothaire by Kresley Cole


 Blurb:
ALL FEAR THE ENEMY OF OLD

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

A DEADLY FORCE DWELLS WITHIN HER

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

CENTURIES OF COLD INDIFFERENCE SHATTERED

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

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REVIEW:
1st line in the book--> “What fresh humiliation does this day bring?”



In Kresely Cole's latest installment in her Immortals After Dark series, we are finally given the story behind one of the most powerful, mysterious and dangerous beings. Just like when Acheron was released, Lothaire the Enemy of Old has finally been revealed! We never quite knew where he came from, what he was up to or who was the female that would be destined for such an evil being.



I will make this a Non-Spolier review since It just released!! I have to say that although it isn't my #1 favorite, it has reached my top three for the series! For anyone who hasn't read the series, I am happy to say that it can be read as a stand alone. The book focuses more on the couple and their struggles rather than all the other events that are happening in the series. KC does a very good job of explaining what is going on for new readers while not making it feel repetitive for fans!



I LOVED IT!!! We have always known so little about Lothaire. Only knowing that he is feared by all. Males either want to destroy him or run from him, while even the Females who despise vampires, can't resist his strikingly good looks. The one thing everyone knows he covets is power. So who could have blooded him? Allowing him to finally recognize his fated female?? Enter Elizabeth Pierce. The last person Lothaire could have imagined would be his Bride... a human. A weak, fragile human... the fates are surely laughing at him, but there is another being that is trapped within Elizabeth. With a plot to seize the Horde crown...a human Bride must be a mistake.



Like I said, I loved how the story pulled away from the events happening in the series and focused more on the couple. The only thing I could say that at times the story would drag, my excitement would slow down, but it would pick up again! I can say its one emotional thrill ride. Just when you might start to get mad at Lothaire, you end up loving him more. Elizabeth is an awesome heroine, and the perfect match for Lothaire. Just as an FYI... Lothaire hasn't bedded a single female in over a millennium. So when he finally finds the Female who brings his body back to life, he takes FULL advantage. There are some hot, Hot, HAWT love scenes that leave you melting!! LOL I can't wait to see who will KC write about next!!! I have my list... which character(s) do you anxiously want to read about next?!?!?

FAVE Quotes:

Yes you. An ignorant, mortal Kmart checkout girl.” He took the sharpest knife from his place setting, absently turning it between his left thumb and forefinger. “Kmart? I should’ve been so lucky. Those jobs were hard to come by. I worked at my uncle’s outfitter shop.” “Then you’re even worse. You’re an outfitter checkout girl with aspirations for Kmart.”



Oh, that’s right, she’s a goddess. And you’re a vampire. I suppose pookas are real, too. And shapeshifters?” Then her eyes widened. “Is Mothman real?”...“Everything you’ve ever dreamed is real,” Lothaire said. “Every creature thought to be myth. We call our world the Lore. And for the record, Mothman’s a fu*kwit.”



Elizabeth Daciano is my woman.” Thad had swallowed. “And she sure is a nice one, Mr. Lothaire.” “Keep your mouth to yourself today, boy, or your spine will decorate our mantel. . . .”



ENJOY THE TRAILER & YUMMY LOTHAIRE MODEL!



Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Wanted Wednesdays... Vigolf The Abhorrent

I've been wanting to start this for a while, there are so many great characters that I thought it would be great to make mini bios of them. So to start off Wanted Wednesdays....check out who is the first!!!


NAME: Vigolf The Abhorrent

Species: Lightning Dragon

Eye: Silver Grey

Hair: Dark Purple, Shoulder length. Used to be longer but was cut by the by the Crazed Queen  Annwyl...by mistake. She was aiming for his neck. 

Weapon of Choice: War Hammer

Last Seen: The Dragon Who Loved Me by G.A. Aiken

Quotes:

I have absolute control of my hammer, thank you very much. But once it's moving, it's not always easy for me to stop, my lady.” he grinned, feeling cheeky. “I can say that about all my hammers, in fact.”

That deer wasn’t for her. It was for me. I’m hungry.”
Again?” Rhona gawked up at him. “How can you be hungry again? You’ve done nothing but eat all day. Now that I think about it, I’ve never seen a dragon eat while flying.”
Then clearly you’re not putting in enough effort.”


Well,” he muttered, “that was fun.”

I’m sorry,” she said again.

No need to apologize. But I’m surprised you didn’t keep your promise.”

Promise? What promise?”

The one to your cousin to give it a feel.” He glanced down at himself, gave her a wicked grin. “So you can see how huge it is.”

What are you talk . . .” She shook her head and laughed. “Gods, you’re pathetic.”

I’m merely trying to help you keep your promises to your kin.”


Oh Vigolf... sexy, fun, and just a bit cocky!



My Review for The Dragon Who Loved Me HERE
Link to AMAZON


What should the reward be if he's caught???









Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Winners.. so far!!!

There are still five giveaways going on our blog!!! Be sure to check those out!! Here are the winners of the first three giveaways from the Countdown to NYE Bash!!


Leia Shaw's $10 Amazon GC Giveaway!

Caroline Hanson's Love is Darkness Ebooks (5)

Michele Drier's SNAP: The World Unfolds ebook

I have sent emails to all winners! Please respond to the email within 48 Hrs to claim your prize!! Happy Readings!!


SNAP: The World Unfolds by Michele Drier ~Review~

Blurb:
SNAP, a multinational celeb TV show and magazine, is the holy grail for Maxie Gwenoch. When she snags the job as managing editor, she's looking for fame, fortune and Jimmy Choos. What she finds is a media empire owned by Baron Kandesky and his family. A family of vampires. They're European, urbane, wealthy and mesmerizing. And when she meets Jean-Louis, vampire and co-worker, she's a goner.

The Kandesky vampire family rose in Hungary centuries ago. They gave up violence and killing to make a killing on the world's commodities markets and with that beginning they built SNAP, an international celebrity multimedia empire. Now cultured...and having found food substitutes for killing...they’ve cornered the world market for celebrity and gossip journalism.

They haven't fully left the past behind. Their Hungarian neighbors and rival vampire clan, the Huszars are starting to ramp up attacks, maybe looking to start a war to take over all the Kandeskys have built.

Maxie believes she's found her ultimate career. She doesn't realize that she's found a family feud like none other, a centuries-old rivalry between vampire families, with her as the linchpin. Bells ring with Jean-Louis, but she doesn’t realize they’re alarm sirens until she learns that Jean-Louis is second in command of the Kandeskys...but by then it's too late.


REVIEW:
1st line in the book--> “It was blood.”

In SNAP: The World Unfolds , Michelle Drier combines the world of High fashion and Hollywood with the paranormal world. Think Vampires Wears Prada ;). It was interesting to see how the author combined these two worlds.

Maxmillia Gwenoch, aka Maxie, is the new managing editor of SNAP. She has been in the magazine business for years and has finally landed her dream job. SNAP is the name of a conglomeration of print magazine (with editions in five languages), blog, and television publications dedicated to celebrities. Maxie knows she has finally reached the top, and loves the perks that come with it. Beautiful people surround her but she always keeps in mind the advice that her Mother gave her... to never get involved with someone prettier the she.

Enter Jean-Louis, the art director. He's frightfully handsome, and interested in Maxie. From the moment the moment they first meet they click. Both professionally and personally. As she considers to follow her feelings and get closer to Jean-Louis, there are strange thing that keep occurring at SNAP since Maxie first arrived. Later learning of a vampire family feud that she not only a part of but a target.

The storyline was great. I really enjoyed Maxie's character and Jean-Louis is a great partner for her. The novel doesn't pick until almost half-way through the book. Fashonista lovers will love the beginning as there is lots of detail of regarding the inter-workings of Maxies's job and the places she visits. I do think the only flaw with Maxie's character is that she didn't question or become doubtful when she realized vampires existed. I guess having a sexy vampire tell you is hard to deny ;)

Overall I did like this book. I'm interested to see what book 2 will bring. I love Jean-Louis, but who doesn't like sexy vampire men?? Well this one has an artistic eye and can be extremely deadly, of course he is 2nd in command of the family. There are werewolves, demons, & feral pigs that all contribute to an up coming war. I will keep my eyes open for SNAP: New Talent in 2012.

Fave Quotes:

Once inside, Jean-Louis slid the dividing window up and turned to me. “Now you're beginning to see why the Baron wanted me with you and why I told you about us. You've probably noticed that all the SNAP drivers and security staff look a lot alike.” “Look alike? They're clones! Don't tell me that the Baron has perfected some kind of medical procedure?”  

He came over and wrapped him arms around me, stroking my head as I lay against his shoulder. “This means war, I’m afraid.” He put a finger under my chin, tipped my head back and looked at me with those deep, ageless, beautiful, hypnotizing eyes. “Are you with us?” I could not leave now. “I am.”

Snap: The World Unfolds

Michele Drier





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