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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger Award





    Oh my goodness! My awesome friend and author Jessica Subject has nominated me for the Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger Award. It is an award for those who are like Katherine "Kitty" Katt in that they are cool, fun and/or cutting edge. I would have never thought I was awesome enough for this, but Jessica thinks so, so i will take her word for it LOL! I am sooooo happy to be nominated and here are 5 other bloggers that I think are cool. I wish I could nominate all the ones I follow, but so you know I think you all are cool. Thank you so much again Jessica, you know I think you are awesome. Also thanks to Gini Koch for hosting this


I nominate:

1) The ParaNormal Romance Party

2) Fiction Fool

3) Were Vamps Romance

4) Talk Supe

5) Nocturnal Book Reviews


Mission details are here:
http://www.ginikoch.com/winstuff.htm
 

And some Daft Punk to sign you off :)




Tuesday, September 27, 2011

KLB Virtual Journey: Review & Giveaway of Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard





Welcome to the 9th stop on the KLB Virtual Book Tour of Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard. I was emailed by these wonderful ladies a couple of weeks raving about this book like nobody's business. So I definitely had to see what all the hoopla was about. They weren't lying, this book was incredible. Just read my review to see how incredible I thought it was and I am spreading the love, so I am giving away an ebook copy of this book courtesy of Omnific Publishing.

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Author: Sylvain Reynard
Format: PDF
Pages: 514
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Release Date: April 19, 2011
Genre: Contemporary Romance














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Synopsis from Omnific Publishing


Professor Gabriel Emerson, a specialist in Dante and the art of seduction, believes he has already earned his exile to the lower circles of Hell. Since redemption is impossible, there is no reason to refrain from indulging in a life of pleasurable sin, using his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm as a means to gratify his every whim. But when he meets Julia Mitchell, a brilliant, lovely, and innocent grad student with the achingly familiar eyes of an angel, all of his cynical convictions are challenged. Her mysterious allure and the havoc she wreaks on his self-satisfied existence cause him to lash out at her, while her quiet beauty and innate goodness consistently undermine his control, tempting him beyond measure.

Despite surviving a traumatic childhood, nothing has shaken Julia’s faith that redemption is possible for everyone—everyone but her. Her unworthiness torments her, since the only man she will ever love has managed to forget her very existence, failing to even recognize her when they reconnect. Too naive to see that Gabriel’s hostility is a mask for his increasing obsession with her, Julia forces him to come to grips with his past while she continues to unwittingly torment his senses. His fascination grows into a dangerous preoccupation, for Julia is forbidden fruit . . .

Will Gabriel survive the inferno, or will he succumb to the flames?



     Wow, just wow! I am sad to admit that I have never heard of this book until a few weeks ago. But I blame the fact that I have been hunting for UF and PNR books, not much Contemporary (although this book walks along the line of PNR, you’ll know when you read it). I regret that I didn’t discover this sooner. It was BRILLIANT! Now like many others, I too am a fan of Dante’s Inferno (haven’t read since high school, but still), so I had a feeling I would enjoy this. I just didn’t know how much. This is not only one of the best debut books this year, but Reynard is one of the best new authors this year. 

     Gabriel’s Inferno is about a man, a professor, named Gabriel Emerson. He is a Dante specialist. He is great at his job, but he is aggressive and callous, so he isn’t the most pleasant professor to have. So when Julia Mitchell first takes Professor Emerson’s class at the University of Toronto, he quickly picks her out of the crowd of graduate students and rips her new one. But when Julia has to meet Emerson after class for an even bigger lashing, she hears him on the phone and that one phone call changed everything. That one phone call starts a revelation for both Gabriel and Julia. 

    I like my little synopsis, but honestly it doesn’t do this book justice. The way Reynard slowly revealed things to us was just incredible. It was paced beautifully.  We go from seeing two complete strangers to seeing that these two have a past and that past is connected. We learn that they knew each other and due to some outstanding events, lost each other. But while trying to find each other, they both continue to push each other away because they shouldn’t be together. They have demons and scars so deep that hold them back and trust me when you learn some in particular, you will be in a state of tears. 

    I really loved the characters. Julia is intelligent and beautiful and despite her past, she holds her head up high and stays optimistic. But she is very timid and fragile. But we learn that is due to the fact that everyone she knew has kicked her down or thrown her aside. Her mother was a crazy drunk who cared more for her one night stands than her. Her father never seemed to make time for her. A man who she thought she loved used, abused and betrayed her. She found love through her adopted family specifically their adopted son, who is Gabriel. Even through being separated for years and thinking she will never see him again, she has always loved him because she knew he loved her.

    Gabriel was to die for. He is the human version of Jericho Barrons. He puts on a mask for everyone so no one sees who he really is, which is a very tortured man. This book grabbed my attention from page 1, but learning his history was a heartbreaking experience that Reynard slowly released to us. I love when he finally bares his soul to Julia (even though he thought he didn’t have one) and that final piece of darkness just lifts from him. Man this book made me emotional and anyone that knows me knows I am not that kind of chick.

    Julia and Gabriel were perfect. She gave him hope and made him forgive himself for all he has done. She has shown him that he isn’t unlovable. He has shown her that she isn’t worthless. That she is tough and capable. The more you read it, the more you see how well they balance each other out. The romance between them was so intense it had me rooting for them even when it looked like they were doomed.

    Why is it so hard to write about something so good? I am having the toughest time right now. This book was that good!  As I said before, I always seem to go for books with chicks with swords, but I am sooooo happy I gave this a chance. Gabriel’s Inferno is an exquisitely written book. Reynard definitely knows her literature and it shone brightly in this book. This is a complex and intelligent love story that I recommend to anyone who loves a story about forbidden and lost love, personal demons, tragic pasts and redemption.


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Giveaway Time





Courtesy of Omnific Publishing, they are offering an ebook copy of Gabriel's Inferno to one lucky winner. All you have to do is be a follower of KLB Virtual Events and please leave a comment saying you are a follower along with your email address.


*Winner will be chosen by random.org
*Contest ends October 3rd
*Must be 18 years or older


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Monday, September 26, 2011

Trailer Evaluation: One For the Money (2012)



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     Wow, it has been a a while since I have done one of these. Nonetheless, everyone knows I am not the biggest Katherine Heigl fan. So when I heard she was going to play one of the most popular female characters, Stephanie Plum, let's say I wasn't thrilled. So I just found out that there is a trailer for One For the Money, book 1 in the Stephanie Plum series. I just found out about it (thanks Cimmaron). I must admit, it doesn't look bad. Even the trailer follows parts of the book well.

     But what do you guys think? Do you think it is well cast? After seeing it all together, seems they did a good job which was my initial complaint. I can already tell Mazur will cause a storm (WOOHOO!) I guess my only issue is still Heigl. Hope this follows the romance correctly and not along with her usual movies. Oh God please none of that!

Interview and Giveaway with Lori Brighton!

I am so glad to have with me here today author Lori Brighton. Brighton has taken the time out of her crazy schedule to have an interview here on my site and she is also giving away two, count them TWO prize packages away. So that means two lucky people will be getting books from this amazing author. So if you are a fan of some pretty sexy paranormal and historical romances, please join us and give a big warm welcome to Lori Brighton!





OBVB: Hello Lori Brighton. Welcome to Offbeat Vagabond. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

LB: Thanks so much for having me! Let’s see… I’m from the Northern U.S. but have lived in the south for a couple years now. I went to school for Anthropology and worked as a museum curator. About ten years ago I decided to try my hand at writing!


OBVB: When did you realize you wanted to become a writer?

LB: There was a brief stint in writing while in second grade, a story about a superhero Koala Bear. But I didn’t actually try to write any fiction until later in life. I wasn’t one of those natural born writers. I definitely had to work at it. But I have always had a huge imagination. I might not have written them down, but I always had story ideas in my head. I really got into reading romance in my teens and twenties. It was while in my upper twenties that I decided to try and write my own romance.

OBVB: I know that it has taken years before your first book was accepted. How did you react when you first got published? Did you celebrate?

LB: I did go to dinner, but honestly, when I got the call, I was more terrified. After I hung up with the N.Y. editor, I was sort of numb. It was all too much emotion and I was kind of left with, “now what the heck do I do?!” You know how it is, sometimes when you’ve been hoping for something for so many years and your dream actually comes true, you’re more in shock than excited.

OBVB: Do you have any favorite authors? Anyone who inspired you?

LB: I started with The Chronicles of Narnia. I loved the fantasy and paranormal aspect of those books when I was young. Then I found Anne of Green Gables and adored the sweet romance between Anne and Gilbert; still do. My first foray into romance was with Julie Garwood historicals. She’s still my all-time favorite. They’re filled with such romance and emotion, that I desperately wanted to write one of my own.

OBVB: Do you have a routine of any kind for when you write or do you just do it whenever?

LB: No real routine, but I should! I’d probably get more done. I always have my laptop on, so I’m always working on and off throughout the day. If I’m being good, I’ll go up to my office where it’s nice and quiet. Unfortunately, I’m often found sitting on the couch with the T.V. on.


OBVB: You write paranormal, contemporary, historical romance and YA, right? Is there one genre you find easier than others? Any kind that is your favorite?

LB: I love all genres! Historical used to be harder for me because of the research. But I’ve come to know the Victorian era pretty well by now so I’d say the genres are about even at this point. What’s hard is when I’m working on two books at once and one is a contemporary and one a historical! I’ll make simple mistakes, like just recently I released a short story in an anthology and I called the heroine Ms. James. “Ms.” is the modern way of saying “Miss.” I happened to also be working on a contemporary at the time, and accidently slipped eras. Fortunately someone else noticed it!  

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OBVB: Now there is a new anthology out, Entangled, that you and a bunch of other great authors are contributing to. All proceeds go to Breast Cancer Research. Can you give us more information on that? How did the idea for Authors4The Cure come about?

LB: I believe my friend and author Edie Ramer (a cancer survivor) was responsible for getting the group together. She asked if I’d like to join and I was only happy to contribute a short story. It’s the best thing about self-publishing, you can devote your time to charity. It’s a bunch of great paranormal romance short stories. Right now it’s only 2.99.

OBVB: When you aren’t writing, what do you do in your spare time?

LB: I read a lot of nonfiction and I love T.V.! I watch a lot, I’ll admit it. But I also love to travel and hike. Upon occasion, you’ll find me drawing and painting.

OBVB: I love your book covers. They are just sexy. Did you have any say in the process? Any favorites?

LB: With my two N.Y. books, I had no say at all. In fact they got the hair color wrong on my first book. Because they couldn’t change the cover, I had to go through the book and change their hair color!

But for my self-published books, yes, I get all the say! And it’s great! For my ya, The Mind Readers, I was fortunate enough to have my cousin design it for me. My anthology, Love Letters, was designed by author and cover artist, Harris Channing. Kim Killion at Hot Damn Designs did the covers for The Ghost Hunter, A Night of Secrets, To Seduce an Earl and my newest (that will be out in Dec.), The Demon Hunter. I love them all! Nothing is more exciting than getting your cover.

OBVB: You have written all sorts of romance books. Is there another genre you want to tackle that you haven’t tried yet?

LB: I’ll definitely be working on more paranormal, historical and YA. But I also have some contemporary ideas, more women’s fiction or contemporary romance that I’d like to eventually try. I don’t think I could pick just one genre.


OBVB: Your most recent book, To Seduce an Earl, came out at the end of July, can you tell us a bit about it?

LB: Sure! It’s really one of my favorites, very emotional read. But as with all of my books but for the ya, it’s for 18 and older. Here’s the blurb:

Grace Brisbane will do whatever it takes to save her dying mother, but with a stepbrother intent on gambling and drinking, their funds have run dry. What’s a girl to do when she’s left poor and destitute? Seduce an Earl, of course. Handsome and rich, the Earl of Rodrick is the perfect target. Unfortunately, Rodrick despises innocent virgins. There’s only one place where Grace can learn the secrets of seduction… Lavender Hills. The moment Grace spots Alex, the man who will teach her the ways of intimacy, she knows she must guard her heart. Alex is charming and gorgeous and completely inappropriate.

As a young man, Alex Weston is blackmailed into working at Lavender Hills in order to save his family from London ’s prisons. There could be worse ways to spend his days and nights. Still, seduction has become a chore and thoughts of freedom keep him up at night. Until he receives a new client, the sweet Grace Brisbane. He should be thinking only of his growing need to escape, instead he’s captivated by the lovely Grace. The more time they spend together, the more he realizes that their brief meetings aren’t enough. For while marriage between a lady and a whore could never happen, Alex knows in his heart that he is willing to accept nothing less.


OBVB:  Are you currently working on anything new?

LB: I’m working on book 2 in the Hunter Series. It will be called, The Demon Hunter, to be released in December. I’m also working on book 2 of The Mind Readers Series. And I’m working on another contemporary paranormal book. I have so many ideas, the problem is getting them all done.


OBVB: Lastly, do you have any advice for us aspiring writers? Anything for us fans?

LB: I know it’s cliché, but you can’t give up. It took me 7 years to get published. I’ve heard of it taking 10, even 20 for some people. If you really want it, you can’t give up. You also have to have thick skin. Everyone and their mother will be judging your work. If you have low self-esteem, it can seriously damage you. If someone doesn’t like your writing, don’t take it personal. It just might not be their type. And last, keep an open mind and don’t judge other writers! I never, ever thought I’d be self-publishing and now I love it!

As for advice for readers… the best thing you can do if you like a book is tell your friends. If a writer’s sales aren’t good, its most likely that book 2 won’t be coming out. And if you enjoy a book, leave a review, even a simple one, on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. When I’m deciding to buy a book, I read reviews all the time, so they do help an author so very much!

OBVB: Thank you so much for visiting OBVB. Hope to do this again soon.

LB: Thank you so much for having me!


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 Giveaway Time!


Brighton has been nice enough to give away 2 packages to TWO winners. The packages include:

*Ebook copies of The Mind Readers, To Seduce An Earl, A Night of Secrets, and The Ghost Hunter

*A signed paperback copy of Wild Desire


*To enter, please leave a comment or question for Brighton with your email address*

*Winner will be chosen randomly by random.org
*Contest open internationally
*Contest ends October 3rd
*All books are mature except The Mind Readers

Winner of the Dreamland Giveaway!

And the winner is...

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Book Review: Three Days to Dead (Dreg City #1) by Kelly Meding

Author: Kelly Meding
Series: Dreg City
Number in Series: 1
Format: Audiobook
Time: 11 hrs. and 25 mins.
Narrator: Xe Sands
Release Date: November 24, 2009 (audiobook: May 30, 2011)
Publisher: Tantor Media
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance










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They’ll never see her coming. . . .

When Evangeline Stone wakes up naked and bruised on a cold slab at the morgue—in a stranger’s body, with no memory of who she is and how she got there—her troubles are only just beginning. Before that night she and the two other members of her Triad were the city’s star bounty hunters, mercilessly cleansing the city of the murderous creatures living in the shadows, from vampires to shape-shifters to trolls. Then something terrible happened that not only cost all three of them their lives but also convinced the city’s other Hunters that Evy was a traitor—and she can’t even remember what it was.

Now she’s a fugitive, piecing together her memory, trying to deal some serious justice—and discovering that she has only three days to solve her own murder before the reincarnation spell wears off. Because in three days Evy will die again—but this time there’s no second chance. . .



     Evangeline (Evy) is dead; well she thought she was dead. She wakes up in a morgue, but thing is, she isn’t herself. Evy now resides in the body of a woman named Chalice who also just died. Evy can’t remember anything prior to her death, but she knows that it was something awful and that she must be quick in finding the who and the why. It was magic that brought her back, but that magic can only last so long; exactly three days.

     Oh my goodness! This is one of the most exciting things I have read this year. Why didn’t I catch this sooner? From the first page we are given so much mystery and suspense. I loved that Meding wrote it this way because I felt like I was in Evy/Chalice’s shoes. We learn everything she learns piece by piece. I was really invested in this story. The plot was just incredible. I loved how it came to together. Evy has been set up, everyone thinks she is a traitor; she is racing against time to figure out why she was chosen and what has happened to her. Every chapter was just one big explosion after the other (some, literally).

     Evy was a great heroine, definitely one of my favorites really. She was strong, thought on her own two feet and took everything on full force. Instead of whining about her problems, she does whatever it takes to find what she needs to find, no matter how ugly the result may be. We know Evy is a Hunter, she kills the things that go bump in the night. It is her job to keep the human world ignorant and safe. But since she is in a new body, she struggles with little moments of thinking like Chalice and the fact that Chalice was not a fighter. I love how all this is happening, but Evy never loses herself. 

     I am also a very big Wyatt fan. I did want to smack him at one specific scene in this book (when you read it, I think you will know), but his actions proved different. He sacrificed so much to get Evy back (I mean, a lot) and despite what he said his reason was, in my book that makes up for his dumb confession.  One character that surprised me was Alex. He was Chalice’s best friend and the one that found her after she killed herself. Evy goes to the apartment to try and figure out her next step after she rises from the dead and Alex, of course, is shocked at first. But he helps Evy even after she tells him that she isn’t who she looks like, that the world he knows is a lot bigger than he thought. Alex knows the dangers, but he sticks by Evy’s side and the friendship that takes place between was so amazing and unexpected.

    This book was just incredible. Meding’s worldbuilding was impeccable and her characters were brilliant. I love the emotional aspect of this book. I found myself pausing the audiobook just to catch my breath. Xe Sands, the narrator, did such a great job bringing those emotions out. Seriously, this book got intense at times. I highly recommend this book to everyone. I think if you are a Mercy Thompson fan like me, you will LOVE this. Oh I would love to see Evy and Mercy in a fight. Who would win? That would be interesting.


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*This book belongs to the following challenge*
BCC's Horror & Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Book Review: Lord of Rage (Royal House of Shadows #2) by Jill Monroe

Author: Jill Monroe
Series: Royal House of Shadows
Number in Series: 1
Format: PDF (Netgalley)
Release Date: September 20, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Fantasy













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Princess Breena had been dreaming of her warrior lover when she was ripped from her Elden castle and thrown into a strange, dangerous realm. Lost and alone, she prayed for survival and vengeance for her stolen kingdom. She found both in a woodland cottage…in a dark bear of a man.


The golden-haired beauty had eaten his food and slept in his bed when Osborn found her. Though he wanted to awaken his virgin princess to carnal pleasures, Breena wanted more—including his warrior skills. Skills the once-legendary mercenary had long buried. Now Osborn had a choice—risk his life or deny his princess her fairy-tale ending.



   Lord of Rage is part 2 in the four-part author collaboration of the Royal House of Shadows series. It was written by Jill Monroe and this is my first experience with Monroe.  I have heard of her, but never read anything from her. But from this book, I truly believe I should read more from her. She doesn’t write a lot of PNR but after reading this, she really should. Lord of Rage is a great installment to this great, growing series.

  Lord of Rage is about a princess named Breena from Elden who is from a family with very special powers, except hers. All she can do is enter dreams. But one recurring dream involves a sexy warrior that she can’t stay away from. But the day comes when her castle is under attack by the Blood Sorcerer and she was lucky enough to escape before she too was either slaved or killed. She is running for her life for days until she ends up in an “empty” cabin with food and a bed. But things get a little crowded when that home happens to belong to three brothers, one of which is the warrior she has been dreaming of that she didn’t believe was real.

  The warrior, Osborn, is not just any warrior, but a berserker. In fact, he and his younger brothers are the last of their kind after his entire village was slaughtered years ago. He looks after his brothers and keeps them safe and wishes to take out his anger on the kingdom that has annihilated his home; Elden, or so he thinks. When he sees Breena and sees she is in fact real, he believes she is there to use him as a mercenary and he is sick of being used as a mercenary.

   I enjoyed the characters. I loved that Breena was this princess pampered and trapped and luxury and with Osborn, we see that she is stubborn and a fighter. I loved Osborn. He was tough as nails and scary. I loved that as much as his head told him not to trust her, she is nothing but trouble, he trusts his heart instead. A little cheesy coming from me, but no less true.  I loved Osborn’s little brothers Bernt and Torben. I know Breena’s and Nicholas’s remaining two siblings, Dayn and Micah, will have their stories told in the rest of the series. But I would love to see something with Bernt and Torben. Seeing how they didn’t have much of a childhood since it was taken from them and how they are only now being taught to be warriors because of Breena’s persuading Osborn, I want to see how they will turn out. 

    Now I know you guys know that book 1, Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter, was good, but not a favorite for me. I must say, I liked this one better. There was a focus and I didn’t feel like I was left out. I had a real connection with the story and the characters. This book was full of revelations and change. The characters were so stuck in their ways, but by meeting each other, they all learned that what they knew and what they were used is what held them back. 

     I would recommend this to PNR fans or just any fans of romance. It did take this book a little while until it got some interaction with one of the more main villains, but it we did, I was so happy. This book was great from beginning to end. You will get hooked very quickly with this story and its characters. Lord of Rage is a great sequel and I can’t wait to get my hands on Lord of the Wolfyn (book 3) by Jessica Andersen. Thank you so much Netgalley for these so far. Nonetheless, check this out, you’ll be happy you did.



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Friday, September 16, 2011

Book Review: Where Demons Fear to Tread (The Company of Angels #1) by Stephanie Chong

Author: Stephanie Chong
Series: The Company of Angels
Number in Series: 1
Format: ePub (Netgalley)
Release Date: August 23, 2011
Publisher: Mira
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy












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Synopsis from Goodreads

Fledging guardian angel and yoga teacher Serena St. Clair dares enter Devil's Paradise nightclub on a mission—to retrieve the wayward Hollywood "It Boy" she's assigned to protect. But she's ambushed by the club's owner, arch demon Julian Ascher. The most powerful demonic entity in Los Angeles, Julian is handsome as sin, a master of temptation who loves nothing more than corrupting pleasure–seeking humans. He won't release the lost soul Serena is supposed to guard. Unless she accepts his dangerous wager…


After the disastrous way his human life ended, Julian vowed that no woman would get the better of him again. Yet this sexy–sweet angel, smelling of fresh ocean air and happiness, triggers centuries–old feelings. Now, their high–stakes game of seduction, where angels fall from grace and where demons fear to tread, will lead them either to an eternity in hell.or a deliciously hot heaven.



     Where Demons Fear to Tread is about a newly made angel named Serena. Her first angelic mission is to save the soul of a man named Nick. Nick is a movie star. He is gorgeous and popular. He also has a drug problem and likes to sleep with prostitutes. So to watch over him, Serena visits a club named Devil’s Paradise to help him. But things take a turn when the owner of the club, a very powerful and sexy archdemon named Julian, tempts Serena. She knows she will fall if she sleeps with a demon, but there just may be a way around that.

    Stephanie Chong is a brand new author with this brand new series and honestly, I was impressed. I like the idea she brought up in this book; if angels can fall, can demons rise? That question was answered with a well written love story. The story was crazy and emotional, but that doesn’t go without saying, it had a few bumps.

    If you are looking for an amazing love story, you will find it here. But I had a problem or two with the love story. First, it took me awhile to warm up to the characters. Serena was this sweet little angel, but within three minutes of meeting and kissing Julian, she was ready to sleep with him in his office. I understand that he is the master seducer and all, but jeez woman, have some dignity. Gladly it didn’t get that far because her common sense did kick in, but still. Second, I really enjoyed Julian, he played demon very well, but he had some self-pity moments that made me want to kill him in this book. I mean, I love the idea of a demon with a heart and battling with himself really added to the story, but it sometimes got in the way and made him do stupid things. Stop with the self-loathing and fight for the woman you want.

    Some other little things I had issues with. I would have liked some more action. Not much of an issue I suppose since this is pretty much a straightforward PNR with a little UF. But this book talks about the battle between angels and demons, but we only get one scene with that and it didn’t last long. I also would have liked a more in depth view of the characters, especially Serena. We know a couple of things about her, about how she became an angel and things about her father, but I needed a little more background. Also would have like more story on Nick, the man Serena has to save. What was his last straw? When did he start doing drugs? We don’t get those little insights. I like we get more history from Julian and how even though he has done some bad things, he still holds on to his humanity, mostly. Another issue was the prologue. We get some build up there and it took so long for us to see where it went, but then fell flat. Again, wanted some sort of conflict. We do get some after this particular scene that made me really like Julian.

    Now even though I have some complaints, that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy this. Like I said, the love story was amazing. I didn’t like the way it started; Julian basically took Serena hostage, but where it ended was amazing. I love how things grow between them, how much they have in common. I enjoyed our main villain Corbin who was the devil’s go-to guy. Just wish we had more of him. Wasn’t such a fan of Lucianna. She was an idiot. She blames Julian for her problems, but after we hear the story, everything was her fault. So I don’t understand why she hates him so much. Then again, she wasn’t stable, at all. I also thought Nick was a good character and thought how sweet it was with his feelings for Serena, but it didn’t end the way I wanted. Well, it didn’t end. Definitely can’t wait to see more with that.

     Overall, this was a great read. It definitely had some rollercoasters going on that drove me crazy, in a good way. I liked the characters, specifically Julian. I think if Damon from The Vampire Diaries had a demon counterpart, it would be Julian. Yeah, he was that kind of fun, likeable bad guy. I truly recommend this book to PNR fans. It is sexy and pretty naughty. I love a good temptation story and boy did this hit the mark. This is a great story full of love and redemption.


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*This book belongs to the following challenge*
BCC's Horror & Urban Fantasy Reading Challege 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Giveaway & Trailer: Dreamland (Riley Bloom #3) by Alyson Noel

Thanks to the great people at Zeitghost Media and Macmillan, they have given us the new trailer for Alyson Noel's Dreamland, book 3 in the Riley Bloom series. I have heard great things about this series, just put in my request at the library for Radiance (book 1). They have also been nice enough to provide a copy of Dreamland to one winner. So check below for the awesome trailer, links, and giveaway information.

 


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Dreamland blurb provided by Zeitghost Media


"Riley's finding that the afterlife can be a lonely place when all you do is focus on work. So she goes to the place where dreams happen, hoping to find a way to contact her sister, Ever. She meets the director, who tells her about the two ways to send dreams. As a Dream Jumper, a person can jump into a dreamer's dream, share a message, and participate. As a Dreamweaver, an entire dream can be created in a studio and sent to the dreamer. But Dreamweaving was outlawed decades ago, and the studio was boarded up. Thinking it's her only way to reach out to her sister, Riley goes in search of the old studio. There she finds a ghost boy, who's been creating and sending nightmares to people for years. In order to stop him and reach out to Ever, Riley is going to have to confront and overcome her own fears."

Alyson Noël continues the bestselling story of Riley Bloom as she learns how dreams are made and tries to make contact with her sister, Ever.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Book Review: Three To Get Deadly (Stephanie Plum #3) by Janet Evanovich

Author: Janet Evanovich
Series: Stephanie Plum
Number in Series: 3
Format: Audiobook
Time: 2 hrs. and 51 mins.
Narrator: Lori Petty
Release Date: February 14, 1997 (audiobook: July 1, 2004)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Genre: Mystery/Crime/Thriller/Humor




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Synopsis from Indie Bound

A “saintly” old candy store owner is on the lam---and bounty hunter extraordinaire Stephanie Plum is on the case. As the body count rises, Stephanie finds herself dealing with dead drug dealers and slippery fugitives on the chase of her life. And with the help of eccentric friends and family, Steph must see to it that this case doesn’t end up being her last. . . .



     Stephanie Plum has only been a bounty hunter for 5 months, but she has already earned herself a reputation as trouble magnet. But the pressure is really on for her now since she has to arrest the town’s saint, Moses (Uncle Mo). He has been Trenton’s Candy Man, owns his own shop that sells candy and ice cream to the kids and it is even known as a safe place for them to hang out. But what is supposed to be a simple bust on minor charge (carrying concealed) soon becomes explosive for Plum when Uncle Mo is beginning to look less and less like the town saint. But that doesn’t stop Uncle Mo’s supporters from showing Plum how much they don’t want Mo gone and this puts Plum in even more danger than she thought.

     Oh, how much I love this series. Again, I so regret how long it took for me to start it. I am not sure I would classify this as Chick Lit or not, but it is something I think both men and women will find entertaining. Plum is still Plum, always in the wrong place at the right time (you read that right). I love how her strange hunches send her to the correct places, even though what occurs isn’t the best of situations, it helps. I love how crazy things get. Everything seems so normal and BAM, Plum is surrounded by dead bodies, drug dealers, bullets, and a rocket launcher. Yes, a rocket launcher! 

      I got the abridged version again, but in this one there wasn’t much of Grandma Mazur which is greatly disappointing, but we do get more Lula. I really loved her. Adding more of her made up for not having a lot of Mazur (still wanted her though). She becomes Plum’s unwanted sidekick, but she was loads of fun. I couldn’t stop cracking up at the amount of things she would say to and about the criminals they needed to bust. One of my favorite scenes was when they had to catch some kid working at the mall. The fight between him and Plum/Lula was hilarious. Seeing two chicks having mustard squirted on them and trying to take down a guy in a chicken suit is just priceless. 

      We also meet some of Lula’s interesting friends who might be crazier than she is, but made this even funnier to listen to. And of course, there is Joe Morelli, but he is acting surprisingly weird around Plum. He has been after her since the beginning, but now he is acting like they are just buddies. This leads to some sexy and once again very frustrating scenes. Why Evanovich do you continue to tease us? As much as I enjoy Morelli, I am most curious about the character Ranger though. Something quite sexy about him, he definitely screams alpha and I want more. We are definitely going to see more of him.

     Don’t have much more to say without spoiling things. This book was great. This series is yet to disappoint. I can’t possibly put it down. If you haven’t started it, you must. No way can you get bored with this series. Going on ridiculous chases with some of the most unusual characters ever, plus the loads of laughs, this is a definite hit.


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Guest Post & Giveaway with Jessica E. Subject

I am so pleased to welcome author and my good friend Jessica E. Subject. Jessica has written an amazing post for us today about going from book blogger to author. She has also been nice enough to give away her amazing book Celestial Seduction (check out my review HERE ) and some awesome swag. So please give a warm welcome to Jessica.



Thank you so much, Diana for inviting me to guest post on your blog!
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Over a year ago, with some convincing from my web savvy cousin, I joined Facebook and shortly after, Twitter. I had already been writing for over a year, but knew nothing about the publishing industry. I followed and friended as many authors as I could find, traditionally, self-, and e-published.

I learned a lot and continue to do so every day. Many of the posts I read emphasized that all authors should have their own website. So, even though I had nothing published, I started my first blog (with help from my sister-in-law). 

Thinking I had a lot of things to say about the stories I’d written and the things I’d learned, I figured blogging would be easy. Honestly, I couldn’t think of much that others would really care about. Instead, I started writing quick book reviews about the books I’d read. I started getting more hits and even requests from authors to review their books. I thought I’d hit the jackpot. I mean, people were giving me FREE BOOKS!! Then I became involved in book blog tours.

I continued to write and learn as well, joining a critique group and finding some online critique partners as well. And then I learned about Six Sentence Sunday, a fabulous venue for published and aspiring authors to showcase their writing.

Through this resource, I connected with many fabulous authors, bought and enjoyed books I may not have read otherwise and learned about Decadent Publishing’s 1 Night Stand series.

On the day I drew the names of the winners for my one-year Blogoversary draw, I also received a contract in my inbox for Celestial Seduction, the short novella I submitted to Decadent with hopes of it being a part of their 1NS series.

Since then, my blogging habits have changed, as well as the layout of my blog. I have less time for author interviews and book reviews (although I still post some), opting instead for guest blogs and book features. And for some reason, I have even more giveaways than before, some my own and others offered by my blog guests.

It’s been quite a ride, and I realize the journey is different for everyone. I’m glad I went this route before being published though, as the friendships I’ve made are invaluable and the lessons I’ve learned, imperative.

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Giveaway:



I’m offering an ebook copy of Celestial Seduction (see blurb below) as well as book swag to one randomly chosen person who leaves a comment relating to the post. Contest is international. Please leave your email in the body of the message so that I may contact you if you win. Contest ends at midnight EST on September 18th, 2011.


Celestial Seduction blurb:
At the end of his obligated commitment to the Space Service, Frey Berger decides to stay on Earth to further experience human emotions rather than return to Ginnun where his intended has already mated with another. Looking for real love and someone to accept him for what he is, Frey enlists in Madame Evangeline’s popular dating service. Although he does not understand the concept of a one-night stand, he hopes to find his perfect mate.

Carrie Cooper’s husband divorced her for someone who could provide him with children, leaving her with little self-confidence and no desire to let a man hurt her again. Her best friend convinces her to join a dating service, claiming Carrie needs to get laid, while not winding up with a broken heart since her date requires no commitment after the night is over.

Although several misunderstandings nearly derail them before the date has even begun, Carrie and Frey end up becoming closer than they ever believed possible. Still, Frey will need to convince Carrie that her perfect mate isn’t human at all, and that one night can lead to a forever love.

Now Available From:
§  Decadent Publishing (in multiple ebook formats)
§  And many other ebook publishers

Watch for Beneath the Starry Sky coming soon from Decadent Publishing as part of their 1 Night Stand series.

Bio: Jessica Subject went from fearing the possibility of aliens to reading and writing about them. Combining her love of both science fiction and romance, she creates happily-ever-afters for the entire universe. She lives in Southwestern Ontario, Canada with her husband, two children and their seven year-old rabbit.

You can find Jessica Subject here:


Thank you again Diana for inviting me to your blog! I wish you all the best on your own journey!