Books Bought & Received - 8/30/09

Mercy Thompson Homecoming by Patricia Briggs
Graphic Novel

I pre-ordered this from and I guess what? I've already read it. Loved it!! I'm going to write up a review soon. Oh, and I'd like to note that on, a lot of a misguided individuals are giving this graphic novel a 1 and 2 star ratings because when they order it, they thought they were getting a full-length book.

Book Burb from

Mercy Thompson is a walker, a magical being with the power to transform into a coyote. She lives on the fine line dividing the everyday world from a darker dimension, observing the supernatural community while standing apart.

When Mercy travels to the Tri-Cities of Washington for a job interview, she quickly finds herself smack-dab in the middle of a gang war between rival packs of werewolves. And as if fangs and fur weren’t bad enough, Mercy must deal with the scariest creature of all: her mother, who is convinced that Mercy is making a mess of her life and determined to set her daughter on the right course.

The Darkest Whisper by Gena Showalter
Book 4, Lords of the Underworld Series

I pre-ordered this from

Book Blurb from

Bound by the demon of Doubt, Sabin unintentionally destroys even the most confident of lovers. So the immortal warrior spends his time on the battlefield instead of the bedroom, victory his only concern…until he meets Gwendolyn the Timid. One taste of the beautiful redhead, and he craves more.

Gwen, an immortal herself, always thought she'd fall for a kind human who wouldn't rouse her darker side. But when Sabin frees her from prison, battling their enemies for the claim to Pandora's box turns out to be nothing compared to the battle Sabin and Gwen will wage against love….

Night's Cold Kiss by Tracey O'Hara
A Dark Brethren Novel

Bought this today at Barnes & Noble.

Book Burb from Barnes & Noble

For centuries war raged between the humans and Aeternus vampires—until courageous efforts on both sides forged a fragile peace.

But the rogue Necrodreniacs will never be controlled—addicted as they are to the death-high . . . and bloody chaos.

Since witnessing the murder of her mother, Antoinette Petrescu has burned with fiery hatred for the vampire race—even for Christian Laroque, the noble, dangerously handsome Aeternus who rescued her. Now an elite Venator, Antoinette must reluctantly accept Christian's help to achieve her vengeance—even as he plots to use the beautiful, unsuspecting warrior as bait to draw out the bloodthirsty dreniacs.

The Den of Shadows Quartet by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

I bought this at Barnes & Nobles today because Michelle at Michelle's Book Blog brought this omnibus to my attention and plus the fact that Anna at Anna's Book Blog mentioned that this series is one of her favorite rereads.

Book Burb from Barnes & Nobles

In the Forests of the Night
Three hundred years ago Risika had a family—a brother and a father who loved her. Three hundred years ago she was human. Now she is a vampire, a powerful one. And her past has come back to torment her.

Demon in My View
Jessica isn’t your average high school student—she’s an acclaimed published author of vampire fiction. Now two new students at her high school strongly remind her of her favorite characters. But those characters only live in her imagination—right?

Shattered Mirror
Christopher Raneva and Sarah Vida may look like a normal high school couple, but he’s actually a vampire who’s sworn off human blood and she’s an incredibly powerful, vampire-hunting witch. As if that weren’t enough to prevent their love, his past and her future collide when they get tangled up with Nikolas, one of the most reviled vampires ever.

Midnight Predator
Once a happy teenager, Turquoise Draka is now a vampire hunter. Her current assigment is to assassinate Jeshikah, one of the cruelest vampires in history. But to do that, she’ll have to enter Midnight, a fabled vampire realm, as a human slave. . . .

Blood Vice by Keith Melton
The Nightfall Syndicate, Book 1

I happily accepted this one for review since it was a book on my wishlist. It is currently available in ebook format but will be published in print this coming December.

Book Burb from Samhain Publishing

Business has never been better for hit man Karl Vance. Boston is awash in mafia blood, and Vance has a certain fondness for blood. He’s a master vampire—one of the most powerful of his kind. Having sworn to never again feed on the blood of innocents, Karl preys instead on Boston’s criminal underworld. Which makes him a valuable asset to those who deal in death.

Maria Ricardi intends to use that asset to its full extent in order to gain power within her patriarchal crime family. Vance thinks he’s been hired to keep track of the family’s princess, but she’s got a plan to get her hands dirty and earn the respect she deserves. And she’s not above using their instant attraction to get what she wants.

That driving ambition draws the attention of a rival clan’s newest and most dangerous “consultant.” Alejandro Delgado, Vance’s centuries-old nemesis. Delgado zeroes in on the one chink in Vance’s armor—his fondness for the headstrong Maria.

When she becomes enslaved by Delgado’s unnatural kiss, only one thing is certain. Vance has to decide which he wants more. To settle the score—or rescue her soul.

Warning: Intense, graphic mafia-related violence, profanity, gangster slang, assassinations, fang punctures, explicit vampire sex, betrayal, greed, murder, gangland warfare, pervasive supernatural mayhem, large-scale explosions, and extremely expensive Italian suits.

Most Awesome Awards!

I've been collecting these awesome blog awards and it's about time I give a formal acknowledgment of them. I've also created a spot on my sidebar to display them.

Thank you to everyone for all of the wonderful blog awards you have given me. One of the reasons I've been hording these pretties is I have the hardest time giving them back out. I want to give them to everyone who stops by and the bloggers I go visit. It's kinda like when you get asked that dreaded question "What's your favorite book?" Most of us can't pick just one and when you start thinking about it, a ton of books come to mind.

If you haven't already, go check out these wonderful blogs. Each one of these blogs are an adventure in books and much more.

The Kreativ Blogger Award

Thank you Amy C. at Romance Book Wyrm, Colette at A Buckeye Girl Reads, K.C. at Smokinhotbooks , Keri Bo Beari at Books with Swords, Tricia at My Reading Addition and Beth at Beth's Book Review Blog

The Kreativ rules state that:
Once you receive this award you are to list seven of your favorite things.

  1. My sweet little guy Chip. He's the definition of a woman's best friend. He is the most awesome dog I've ever had the honor of having as a friend.

  2. My Tempur-Pedic bed! I swear you don't know what you are missing sleeping on one of these beds. I never wake up with a backache or shoulder ache because it contours to your body. One word: Heavenly. I'm always joking with my hubby that if he ever decides to leave, he can have everything but the bed, my books and my dog. Well, um, I'm half joking. *grins*

  3. Precious, my laptop. She keeps me in touch with what's going on, let me connect with all of you out there in the cyber world, find new books and authors, pay the bills (especially the secret credit card to buy books) and the list just goes on. Couldn't see living without Precious.

  4. While I'm not a big TV watcher, I do relish going to the movies. It's one of my favorite things to do on the weekends. Enjoy watching Sci-fi, comedy, horror, fantasy, action, romance, you name it. I have a wide range of taste when it comes to movies.

  5. Pre-Ordering books and getting them early! Nothing beats getting an anticipated book before its expected.

  6. The smell of peach cobbler or banana nut bread baking in the oven. The smell is to die-for because you know how good it's going to taste just by that sweet, delicious smell. Baking is another one of my hobbies, I have fun finding new recipes to try. I've probably tried about 20 different recipes for chocolate chip cookies alone.

  7. Last but by no means least, BOOKS! Love books in Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal Romance well pretty much any book that has a paranormal or fantasy aspect to it. Me loves 'em!

Excellent Award

Thank you Anna at Anna's Book Blog and Michelle at Michelle's Book Blog!

The Humane Award

Thank You Mishel at mis(h)takes and Leontine at Leontine's Book Realm!

"The Humane Award is to honor certain bloggers that are kindhearted individuals. They regularly take part in my blog and always leave the sweetest comments. If it wasn't for them, my site would just be an ordinary book review blog. Their blogs are also amazing and are tastefully done on a daily basis. This award is to thank them for their growing friendships through the blog world."

Let's Be Friends Award

Thank you Colette at A Buckeye Girl Reads!

"Blogs that receive the Let’s Be Friends Award are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers."

One Lovely Blog Award

Thank you Hilda at Tricia at My Reading Addition, The Dip Files and Christine at The happily ever after...

The Heartfelt Award

Thank you Leontine at Leontine's Book Realm!

"Do you reach for a cup of cocoa or tea when you’re relaxing, seeking comfort, sharing a plate of cookies with family & friends? You know that feeling you get when you drink a yummy cup of cocoa, tea ~ or a hot toddy? That is what the Heartfelt award is all about feeling warm inside. I wanted to create something to express that toasty feeling."

Hilda at The Dip Files and Colette at A Buckeye Girl Reads

This "B-I-N-G-O" BEAUTIFUL BLOG AWARD means that this blog is...

B: Beautiful

I: Informative

N: Neighborly

G: Gorgeous

O: Outstanding

Curious, Do You Reread?

I've seen the subject of rereading on the blogosphere a couple of times and it's habit I've been curious about in others. I see comments by others all the time about rereading before a book in a series comes out, rereading just for the fun of it or comfort rereads. You see, I don't reread. I've never really had a strong desire to reread. I've always accounted that to I'm always ready to discover something new, craving new adventures plus I get bored with the known. I want to be surprised and excited about what is about to happen because I don't know it. I don't watch reruns on TV either, unless it's been years but even then after my memory is jogged and I remember, I end up drifting away from the TV. This drives my husband mad.

Lately my to-be-read pile has grown tremendously, so the thought of rereading would be very daunting for me. But even before I had a TBR pile (hard to believe that one wouldn't having a TBR pile, huh?), it never occurred to me to reread a book when I couldn't find or have anything to read. On the other hand, I will say there is one set of books that I've thought about rereading and that's the Black Jewels Trilogy but I haven't yet. It's just been a thought so far.

You want to know something else? I have keeper shelves. Now, what kind of sense does that make? None, what so ever!

I guess I'm sort of an anomaly in the reading world because I do LOVE to read. I feel like something missing if I'm not reading a book and there isn't one in my purse or backpack, on hand in case I get a free moment. So, I'm curious, how many of you reread? I'm betting that a lot of you are rereaders. What drives you to reread?

Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles Giveaway - Winners!

Congratulations to the following book peeps!

Tez Miller (Tez Says) - said: "I like the Retribution cover best - Anna's hair isn't strangely vertical hair ;-) (Okay, it wasn't vertical on the Legacy cover, but the others... ;-) )" - Wins a copy of Retribution!

Mandi (Smexy Books - paranormal romance and urban fantasy reviews) - said: "I would like to win The Becoming because I have not read this series, but I think I like book 5 cover the best:)" - Wins a copy of The Becoming!

pattepoilue (One Book Away From Heaven ) - said "I love these covers, because each new book cover gives us a more and more precise view of Anna. At first she's just a shadow and in the last book Retribution we can see her face clearly. I've always thought that was because Anna was growing up as a vampire and got more confident with her identity. Of course i might be a bit into extrapolation lol Love these books

Still my favorite book cover would be Retribution ,i love the colors, the pose, i can't wait to read it!" - Wins a copy of Retribution!

Michelle G (Michelle's Book Blog) - said "I like the first cover the best - the Becoming, because of the crossbow. The cover is what drew me to pick up the first book. I've read the first 3 in the series and enjoyed them.

I would love the 4th book - Legacy." - Wins a copy of Legacy!

And all the winners get book cover magnets from Jeanne C. Stein!!

Thank you everyone for coming by and entering the contest! I hope to see all of you around in these parts again.

Winners - I have sent you an email, if you didn't receive it please send me an email with your mailing information from the 'Contact Me' link at the top of my blog.

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New Releases, Author News & More - 8/25/09

If you haven't enter my contest: Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles - Choice Giveaway and you want to, there is still time. Jeanne C. Stein has offered to give away two books in addition to the two I'm giving away and book cover magnets to all four winners! This contest ends at 10 PM CST today. ~ Contest Closed.

New Releases Today:Author News:
  • Alyssa Day, Anya Bast and Yasmine Galenorn have formed a new blog, Between Fire and Ice: Women Who Write In The Shadows. Swing by and check it out, Alyssa Day is currently running a contest for Atlantis Rising, Book 1 in her Warriors of Poseidon Series.
  • Kelly Meding announced that the first chapter of her upcoming debut novel Three Days to Dead is now online at Barnes & Noble. Three Days to Dead releases on November 24, 2009.
  • Marjorie M. Liu posted a preview of Wolverine #77, the first five pages.
  • Jessa Slade posted about the 2009 On The Far Side contest for writers: "Hosted by the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal special interest chapter of the Romance Writers of America, OTFS carters to the wildest side of romance: Vampires, dragons, shapeshifters, demons (yay!), faeries, witches, aliens…"
  • Richelle Mead put an excerpt up on her website for Thorn Queen, Book 2 in the Dark Swan Series.
Giveaways Around the Virtual World:

As always, I hope you find a new a book or an author that you've not heard of before listed here. Good Luck! The ongoing contest list is on my blog's sidebar.

Books Bought & Received - 8/23/09

I haven't had very much time to read this past week, much to my dismay but I have been skipping around in The Eternal Kiss when I can. So far, most of the stories I've read are pretty enjoyable, a couple I didn't care to much for. I still have several more to get through before I can form a opinion of the anthology as a whole.

Today, we'll be traveling to help take some stuff for my son to UNT for the fall semester, and I don't have to do any of the driving, so I'm going to throw myself into Retribution.

Retribution by Jeanne C. Stein
Book 5, Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles
Release Date: August 25, 2009

Can you believe this, Borders had one copy of Retribution on it's shelves on Friday night!! I was going to cancel my pre-order to Amazon and order this from B&N since they were shipping early a week ago but I decided to wait because I knew I couldn't read it this past week. But when I seen this at Borders I couldn't resist. Temptation at it's finest.

Book Burb from

With her partner out of town, her family abroad, and her mentor estranged, newly-turned vampire Anna Strong is keeping a low profile.

But now young vampires are turning up dead, completely drained of their life force. And though Anna wants to say no when Williams, her former teacher and now leader of a supernatural enforcement squad, asks for her help, she can't. But soon, she'll wish she did.

Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs
Book 2, Alpha and Omega Series
Release Date: August 25, 2009

While picking up some last minutes items for my son's dorm at Walmart I found Hunting Ground. I was very surprise to say the least about finding this book there this past Saturday.

Book Blurb from

Mated to werewolf Charles Cornick, the son -and enforcer -of the leader of the North American werewolves, Anna Latham now knows how dangerous being a werewolf is, especially when a werewolf opposes Charles and his father is struck down. Charles's reputation makes him the prime suspect, and the penalty for the crime is execution. Now Anna and Charles must combine their talents to hunt down the real killer -or Charles will take the fall.

Staked by J.F. Lewis
Book 1, Void City Series

I won this lovely book and Norse Code in the August Contest from Anna at Anna's Book Blog. Thank you Anna!!

Book Burb from


Eric's got issues. He has short-term and long-term memory problems; he can't remember who he ate for dinner yesterday, much less how he became a vampire in the first place. His best friend, Roger, is souring on the strip club he and Eric own together. And his girlfriend, Tabitha, keeps pressuring him to turn her so she can join him in undeath. It's almost enough to put a Vlad off his appetite. Almost.

Eric tries to solve one problem, only to create another: he turns Tabitha into a vampire, but finds that once he does, his desire for her fades -- and her younger sister, Rachel, sure is cute. And when he kills a werewolf in self-defense, things really get out of hand. Now a pack of born-again lycanthropes is out for holy retribution, while Tabitha and Rachel have their own agendas -- which may or may not include helping Eric stay in one piece.

All Eric wants to do is run his strip club, drink a little blood, and be left alone. Instead, he must survive car crashes, enchanted bullets, sunlight, sex magic, and werewolves on ice -- not to mention his own nasty temper and forgetfulness.

Because being undead isn't easy, but it sure beats the alternative.

Norse Code by Greg van Eekhout

This looks to be a stand alone. I couldn't find any information on whether this book was part of a series or not.

Book Burb from

Is this Ragnarok, or just California?

The NorseCODE genome project was designed to identify descendants of Odin. What it found was Kathy Castillo, a murdered MBA student brought back from the dead to serve as a valkyrie in the Norse god’s army. Given a sword and a new name, Mist’s job is to recruit soldiers for the war between the gods at the end of the world—and to kill those who refuse to fight.

But as the twilight of the gods descends, Mist makes other plans.

Journeying across a chaotic American landscape already degenerating into violence and madness, Mist hopes to find her way to Helheim, the land of the dead, to rescue her murdered sister from death’s clutches. To do so, she’ll need the help of Hermod, a Norse god bumming around Los Angeles with troubles of his own. Together they find themselves drafted into a higher cause, trying to do what fate long ago deemed could not be done: save the world of man. For even if myths aren’t made to be broken, it can’t hurt to go down fighting…can it?

Demon Dreamer by Vivi Anna

I won this novella over at Lauren Dane's blog during her Laid Bare with Flair Contest. Isn't the cover just gorgeous?

Book Burb from Samhain Publishing

Submission is the only path to his salvation…

A Captive Souls story.

Born a seer, Kiara Brodie has always been feared for her power to see others’ fantasies. She’s fine with that—it keeps the men of her Irish Gypsy caravan at bay. She wants more than this transient life. A letter from her estranged father, summoning her to Louisiana, could be her long-awaited chance to put down roots.

She finds two half-sisters she never knew she had, and an old mansion haunted by a darkly sexy demon who inhabits her dreams. At night he whispers to her of carnal delight, enticing her on a journey of extreme pleasure—and pain.

Malvo knows just what to do with the curious woman who wandered into his lair behind the library bookcase—lock the door behind her and make her a lustful proposition she can’t refuse. He seeks to temporarily ease his lonely torment, but Kiara’s willing and wanton response opens his eyes to the possibility that she is his path to his own salvation.

If only she is willing to remain captive to his every sinful desire—forever…

Warning: Contains every sinful fantasy you have ever secretly entertained—including some of the deadly ones. Being bad was never oh, so good!

New Cover: German Edition of Lady of Light and Shadows by C.L. Wilson

C.L. Wilson post the German cover edition of Lady of Light and Shadows (available in Germany on Nov 28, 2009) on her blog. I like it, a lot, especially the masquerade mask.

German Cover of Lady of Light and Shadows

US Cover of Lady of Light and Shadows

SF/F/H Reviewer Linkup Meme, 2nd Edition - Compiled By John Ottinger

John Ottinger over at Grasping for the Wind compiled this super list of speculative fiction review blogs/sites. Thank you John!

If your not on this list and would like to be, head over and add yourself here.


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7 Foot Shelves
The Accidental Bard
A Boy Goes on a Journey
A Dribble Of Ink
Adventures in Reading
A Fantasy Reader
The Agony Column
A Hoyden's Look at Literature
All Booked Up
Alexia's Books and Such...
Andromeda Spaceways
The Antick Musings of G.B.H. Hornswoggler, Gent.
Ask Daphne
ask nicola
Audiobook DJ
Australia Specfic In Focus
Author 2 Author


Barbara Martin
Babbling about Books
Bees (and Books) on the Knob
Best SF
Bewildering Stories
Bibliophile Stalker
Big Dumb Object
The Billion Light-Year Bookshelf
Bitten by Books
The Black Library Blog
Blog, Jvstin Style
Blood of the Muse
The Book Bind
Booksies Blog
The Book Smugglers
The Book Swede
Book View Cafe [Authors Group Blog]
Breeni Books


Cheaper Ironies [pro columnist]
Charlotte's Library
Circlet 2.0
Cheryl's Musings
Club Jade
Cranking Plot
Critical Mass
The Crotchety Old Fan


Daily Dose - Fantasy and Romance
Damien G. Walter
Danger Gal
It's Dark in the Dark
Dark Parables
Dark Wolf Fantasy Reviews
Darque Reviews
Dave Brendon's Fantasy and Sci-Fi Weblog
Dead Book Darling
Dear Author
The Deckled Edge
The Doctor is In...
Dragons, Heroes and Wizards
Drey's Library
The Discriminating Fangirl
Dusk Before the Dawn


Enter the Octopus
Errant Dreams Reviews
Eve's Alexandria


Falcata Times
Fan News Denmark [in English]
Fantastic Reviews
Fantastic Reviews Blog
Fantasy Book Banner
Fantasy Book Critic
Fantasy Book Reviews and News
Fantasy Cafe
Fantasy Debut
Fantasy Dreamer's Ramblings
Fantasy Magazine
Fantasy and Sci-fi Lovin' News and Reviews
Feminist SF - The Blog!
Fiction is so Overrated
The Fix
The Foghorn Review
Follow that Raven
Forbidden Planet
Frances Writes
Free SF Reader
From a Sci-Fi Standpoint
From the Heart of Europe
Fruitless Recursion
Fundamentally Alien
The Future Fire


The Galaxy Express
Game Couch
The Gamer Rat
Garbled Signals
Genre Reviews
Got Schephs
Graeme's Fantasy Book Review
Grasping for the Wind
The Green Man Review
Gripping Books


Hero Complex
Highlander's Book Reviews
The Hub Magazine
Hyperpat's Hyper Day


I Hope I Didn't Just Give Away The Ending
Ink and Keys
Ink and Paper
The Internet Review of Science Fiction


Jenn's Bookshelf
Jumpdrives and Cantrips


Keeping the Door
King of the Nerds


Lair of the Undead Rat
Largehearted Boy
Layers of Thought
League of Reluctant Adults
The Lensman's Children
Library Dad
Libri Touches
Literary Escapism
Literaturely Speaking
ludis inventio
Lundblog: Beautiful


Mad Hatter's Bookshelf and Book Review
Mari's Midnight Garden
Mark Freeman's Journal
Marooned: Science Fiction Books on Mars
Michele Lee's Book Love
Missions Unknown [Author and Artist Blog Devoted to SF/F/H in San Antonio]
The Mistress of Ancient Revelry
MIT Science Fiction Society
Monster Librarian
More Words, Deeper Hole
Mostly Harmless Books
Multi-Genre Fan
Musings from the Weirdside
My Favourite Books


Neth Space
The New Book Review
Not Free SF Reader


OF Blog of the Fallen
The Old Bat's Belfry
Only The Best SciFi/Fantasy
The Ostentatious Ogre
Outside of a Dog


Pat's Fantasy Hotlist
Patricia's Vampire Notes
The Persistence of Vision
Piaw's Blog
Pizza's Book Discussion
Post-Weird Thoughts
Publisher's Weekly



Random Acts of Mediocrity
Ray Gun Revival
Realms of Speculative Fiction
Reading the Leaves
Review From Here
Reviewer X
Revolution SF
The Road Not Taken
Rob's Blog o' Stuff
Robots and Vamps


Sandstorm Reviews
Satisfying the Need to Read
Science Fiction and Fantasy Ethics
Science Fiction Times
Sci-Fi Blog
Sci-Fi Fan Letter
The Sci-Fi Gene
Sci-Fi Songs [Musical Reviews]
SciFi Squad
Scifi UK Reviews
Sci Fi Wire
Self-Publishing Review
The Sequential Rat
Severian's Fantastic Worlds
SF Diplomat
SF Gospel
SF Revu
SF Safari
SF Signal
SF Site
SFF World's Book Reviews
Silver Reviews
Simply Vamptastic
Slice of SciFi
Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
Solar Flare
Speculative Fiction
Speculative Fiction Junkie
Speculative Horizons
The Specusphere
Spiral Galaxy Reviews
Spontaneous Derivation
Sporadic Book Reviews
Stainless Steel Droppings
Starting Fresh
Stella Matutina
Stuff as Dreams are Made on...
The Sudden Curve
The Sword Review


Tangent Online
Tehani Wessely
Temple Library Reviews
Tez Says
things mean a lot [also a publisher]
True Science Fiction


Ubiquitous Absence
Urban Fantasy Land


Vast and Cool and Unsympathetic
Variety SF


Walker of Worlds
Wands and Worlds
The Wertzone
With Intent to Commit Horror
The Wizard of Duke Street
WJ Fantasy Reviews
The Word Nest
The World in a Satin Bag



Young Adult Science Fiction



Cititor SF [with English Translation]



Foundation of Krantas
The SF Commonwealth Office in Taiwan [with some English essays]
Yenchin's Lair




Fernando Trevisan
Human 2.0
Life and Times of a Talkative Bookworm
Ponto De Convergencia


Fantasy Seiten
Fantasy Buch
Fantasy/SciFi Blog
Welt der fantasy
Bibliotheka Phantastika
SF Basar
Phantastick News
Phantastick Couch
Fantasy News
Fantasy Faszination
Fantasy Guide
Zwergen Reich
Fiction Fantasy


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Big Texas Thank You for the BBAW Nominations!

Book Blogger Appreciation WeekWhen I saw the first email coming through, my heart literally felt like it was going to pound out of my chest, I was so surprise because it never occurred to me that I would get a nomination, much less four of them. I love hanging out with the book blogging community, everyone is so welcoming and just truly awesome folks. I'm sending you all a big Texas Thank You for nominating my blog for BBAW!

Congratulations to all the nominees of BBAW! You all deserve it for the time and hard work you put into your blogs.

If you haven't yet head over to The Book Blogger Appreiation Week (BBAW) website, check out what it's all about and you'll also find it's a great place to find new blogs and meet new friends.

My BBAW Nominations:
  • Most Concise
  • Best New Blog
  • Best Reviews
  • Best Speculative Fiction Blog (i.e. Fantasy/Horror/Sci-Fi/Spec-Fic)

Side Note: This weekend and next week will be hit and miss for me on blogging. My son is leaving for college and wow! There is so much to be done. I just wanted to toss this out there so no one thinks I've disappeared. It's also part of the reason why I've been scattered these last few weeks.

My baby is leaving home for the first time! I promised myself that I will not cry when we drive him up to UNT. I.Will.Be.A.Big.Girl!

ARC Review: The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber

The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber
Book 1, Strangely Beautiful series
August 25, 2009
Genre: Gothic Victorian Fantasy
Pages: 320
Read Excerpts
Author: Website | Twitter

Book Blurb from the author's website:
What fortune awaited sweet, timid Percy Parker at Athens Academy? Considering how few of Queen Victoria’s Londoners knew of it, the great Romanesque fortress was dreadfully imposing, and little could Percy guess what lay inside. She had never met the powerful and mysterious Professor Alexi Rychman, knew nothing of the growing shadow, the Ripper and other supernatural terrors against which his coterie stood guard. She knew simply that she was different, haunted, with her snow-white hair, pearlescent skin and uncanny gifts. But this arched stone doorway offered a portal to a new life, an education far from the convent—and an invitation to an intimate yet dangerous dance at the threshold of life and death…
My Ramblings:

Percy Parker is quiet, timid young lady with a romantic heart and a sweet disposition, always trying to hide her snow white hair and skin with scarfs and her eyes with dark glasses because she feels her ghostly appearance disgust and scare people. She's lead a lonely life being raised in a convent because she was orphaned as babe. Percy is giving an opportunity to attend Athens Academy, even though she is 18, very much past the age a woman in this time period would likely continue her education. At Athens Academy she meets the darkly handsome and brooding Professor Alexi Rychman and knows for the first time the stirring of attraction.

Twenty years ago when Alexi Rychman was just on the brink of manhood, he was chosen to be the leader The Guard by a mystically woman, that he thinks of as a goddess. The Guard are six chosen ones tasked with protecting the living from the evil, ghostly dead wandering earth. Each member of the guard possess their own special ability to help fight off the ghostly evils. But lately, even all together, their powers aren't enough against the dark forces that seem to be growing. It was prophesied when The Guard was formed that a seventh member would join them in their battle against evil, help keep the balance between this world and the world beyond. Now, they are desperate to find the prophesied seventh member. But they were only given a few obscure clues as to who this seventh member may be.

It's has been awhile since I've read a gothic fantasy and I don't remember being this entertained reading a book in this genre as much as I was reading Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker. I enjoyed how Ms. Hieber prose could make me feel the anticipation of that first touch and the thrill of that first kiss. I was transported to a Victorian London, during the terrible reign of Jack the Ripper. I could hear the clip-clop of the horse hooves echoing down the street, see the ghosts along the streets and feel the eeriness that always seem to accompany the evenings in London. Since I've read this book, I've even caught myself thinking in Victorian speak, it had that much of an impact on me.

It was truly a pleasure reading Ms. Hieber's tender love story with her version of Greek mythology mixed with the paranormal. The plot was well rounded and the ending gives you a nice closure but I have a few questions lingering that I hope will be answered in the next book. Your not going to find anything too terribly dark or forbidding in this book, though the evil ones were evil enough to fulfill their part in the setting of this book. It was a wonderful journey reading this book and I'm looking forward to next book in this series. Yes, I would definitely recommend this book.

If your still not sure about reading this book, I suggest that you head over to Leanna Renee Hieber's website and read the prologue and excerpts. I was hooked from reading just the prologue and I'm betting you will be too.

The Strangely Beautiful series:

  1. The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker - 8/25/2009
  2. Title TBD - May 2010

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Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles - Choice Giveaway - UPDATED

~*~*~*~*~*~* This giveaway is now closed ~*~*~*~*~*~*

The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles is one of my favorite series. Don't you just love the covers on these books? I do, I think they are some the best covers to be found. Yep, Jeanne C. Stein is on my auto-buy list with this series. I roared through this series in less than a week, I loved the action and fast pace set in these books. Anna Strong is one of my beloved kick-ass heroines that I love to read about. So with the new release of Retribution coming up, I would like to share the series with two lucky commenters, possibly get you hooked as well or just further your addiction:

UPDATE!!: Jeanne C. Stein has offered to giveaway additional two books and for all the winners, book cover magnets!!! Now there will be 4 winners total!!!
Two commenters will win Retribution, release date August 25th.
Two commenters will win their pick from the first 4 books in this series.

The Becoming
Book 1
The Becoming
Blood Drive
Book 2
Blood Drive
The Watcher
Book 3
The Watcher
Book 4
Book 5

The Giveaway:
  • Tell me in the comments which book cover you like best and which book you would like to win.
  • If your email is NOT part of your blogger account please leave it in the comments.
  • Open to everyone! Winners in the US will get their book from and those outside the US will get their book from The Book Depository. Two of the winners will get their books from Jeanne C. Stein. Everyone will receive book cover magnets.
  • Giveaway ends on Tuesday, August 25th at 10PM CST.

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