It was weird and eerie, how little this place had changed. In some way, Kilmer struck me as the town time forgot. There were no restaurant chains, no big stores, not even a single Micky D's. Common sense offered "no money to be made" as the reason, but I wondered if there was more to it. The lack of modern touches seemed unnatural, creepy, rather than comforting. This small town offered the feeling of "I know where you live" instead of the security of recognizing all your neighbors.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane. I’m into the anti-heroine in a big way, so of course I’m super psyched for the fabulously controversial Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane! I absolutely love the idea of an urban fantasy heroine wrestling a dangerous addiction in addition to paranormal baddies. It's this kind of risk-taking that makes urban fantasy the vibrant, healthy genre it is.
I’m feeling super confident about my glom, too, because people freak out more over every installment, and this just-released #5 is apparently cranking things in a total OMG direction.
“WOW. Cheat the Grave was by far my favorite in the Signs of the Zodiac series by far! City of Souls was awesome, but Cheat the Grave goes far beyond that!” ~Jessica of A Great Read.
Psst: right now, the first book of the series, Scent of Shadows, is a free download. More about that here.
Elissande Edgerton is a desperate woman, a virtual prisoner in the home of her tyrannical uncle. Only through marriage can she claim the freedom she craves. But how to catch the perfect man? Lord Vere is used to baiting irresistible traps. As a secret agent for the government, he’s tracked down some of the most devious criminals in London, all the while maintaining his cover as one of Society’s most harmless—and idiotic—bachelors. But nothing can prepare him for the scandal of being ensnared by Elissande.
Forced into a marriage of convenience, Elissande and Vere are each about to discover that they’re not the only one with a hidden agenda. With seduction their only weapon—and a dark secret from the past endangering both their lives—can they learn to trust each other even as they surrender to a passion that won’t be denied?
Moon Sworn by Keri Arthur. Another awesome series and a Crane fave is the Riley Jensen series - dark, sexy, yummy, and thrilling. My pal and hugely discriminating UF and PNR conneisseur Nicola, who is a book ahead of me in it, calls this one her “MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK in more than a year.” Check out her letter to Arthur.
This is the last book about Riley Jenson, paranormal crime investigator who is part-werewolf and part vampire. Will Riley’s dreams come true? Keri? Please??!!
blurb: Shape-shifting werewolf and vampire Riley Jenson is through with death—causing it, solving it, surviving it. Her soul mate, Kye Murphy, is dead—and at Riley’s own hands. Not even the seductive embrace of her vampire lover, Quinn, can fully ease her mind, for she has begun questioning everything that makes her Riley—including her job at the Directorate.
Now, the ritualistically slain bodies of ex-cons have started turning up. Reluctantly, Riley takes the case, but something even worse is waiting in the wings. A vicious enemy from her past is determined to strip Riley of everything that gives her life any meaning: her lover, her brother—and even her own identity. Can Riley survive this ultimate assault? All she knows is, she must fight one last time to find answers, before everything goes dark forever.
Demon Princess: Reign Check by Michelle Rowen. The second book in the fabulous Demon Princess series came out, too! Watch out, fairy king!
“Sassy and smart, engrossing and exhilarating! Rowen’s tale of forbidden love and staying true to one’s self (even if you have horns) will have readers screaming for more.” —Heather Brewer, author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod
Blurb: Enter the world of Nikki Donovan, a demon princess hell-bent on living a normal teenage life! Nikki Donovan has had a lot to deal with since learning she was half human, half demon. But things take a darker turn when Rhys, a gorgeous — but potentially dangerous — faery king enrolls at her high school to investigate Nikki’s potential for fulfilling an apocalyptic prophesy. Nikki knows she’d never turn violent, and she certainly couldn’t destroy the world…could she?
Of course, all Nikki really wants is to be reunited with Michael, a Shadow creature whose status as her personal servant is further complicated by their undeniable attraction to each other. Even though the rules of the Shadowlands strictly forbid their romance, Nikki is determined not to let Michael go. But when she is summoned to the Underworld to appear before a demon council, it will take all her courage — and perhaps a bit of demon-level strength — to get herself out again.
A Bad Day For Sorry by Sophie Littlefield. Can I love this title any more? How about the plot? A small town woman/sewing shop owner who metes out justice on behalf of battered women. And then a mystery catches her up. I met Sophie at RT, and she is friendly and smart, and wow, I am so excited to read her award winning debut. For sure a name to watch!
Since Stella works outside of the law, she’s free to do whatever it takes to get the job done---as long as she keeps her distance from the handsome devil of a local sheriff, Goat Jones. When young mother Chrissy Shaw asks Stella for help with her no-good husband, Roy Dean, it looks like an easy case. Until Roy Dean disappears with Chrissy’s two-year-old son, Tucker. Stella quickly learns that Roy Dean was involved with some very scary men, as she tries to sort out who’s hiding information and who’s merely trying to kill her. It’s going to take a hell of a fight to get the little boy back home to his mama, but if anyone can do it, it’s Stella Hardesty.
Author Sophie Littlefield possesses all the verve and confidence of a seasoned pro. This debut novel rings true at every heart-stopping turn, utterly bewitching us with its gutsy, compassionate voice and boasting some of the most captivating, complex characters in crime fiction today.
Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead was actually released last week, and it shot up to #1 on the USA Today Bestseller chart. Yay! This book is #5 in the famed and fabulous Vampire Academy series. Richelle Rocks!
Blurb: After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri's birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir's—and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can't wait for their real lives beyond the Academy's iron gates to begin.
But Rose's heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he's out there, somewhere. She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her. And this time he won't rest until Rose joins him . . . forever.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Everybody's favorite 4,000-year-old succubus, a. k.a. Jezebel, got something mysterious in the mail! What what what could it be?
I'm not telling. Go see for yourself.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
The second Godfather movie went into the Godfather's childhood, and actually, my mother in law actually edited her own version (in the VHS days!) so that she had a Godfather saga in total chronological order, starting with young Vito Corleone on the rooftops. I think that's totally funny of her, but sort of cool. But how would that change a first-time viewer's experience of the story?
Bitten came out in 2004 or something. It's sort of werewolf Elena's story, and Men trickled in as shorts on Armstrong's site before being compiled into a book in 2009. The shorts are all what happened way before Bitten. A lot of Men centers around Clay, who, I'll just say, is linked to Elena, and the stories about Clay really add a lot of richness to Bitten, but is it richness in hindsight? Would you get more good richness by reading Men first? Or is it best to read them in the order that Kelley Armstrong released them?
A figure sat on the grass, ankles crossed as he leaned against the stone wall. Clayton.The driver squinted, trying to make out the house in the dark, as blind to the brass nameplate as to the man waiting by the gate. The moon had gone behind a cloud and the coach lamps at the end of the drive were unlit."I'll get out here," I said."Uh-uh. No can do, miss. It's not safe. There's something out there."I thought he was referring to Clay. "Something" was an apt description.
The driver's eyes went to the side window and he jumped in his seat. "Jesus!"Clay had left his post at the gate and materialized at my window. He stood there, watching me, a slow grin lighting his eyes. He reached for the door handle. The driver put the car in gear."It's okay," I say with deep regret. "He's with me."
I didn't dare ask Clay what was going on. That would mean engaging him in conversation, which would imply that I wanted to talk to him. With Clay, even the simplest overtures were dangerous. As much as I wanted to know what was happening, I'd have to hear it from Jeremy.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Okay, I had to get that picture of me off the top of my blog. Do you ever have that where you're like, I have to get rid of that post, but you have nothing to say?
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
I was so happy to meet friends I've known forever online, and make some new ones. Here's Mary, Nath, Jill D., and Kristie J.! We all met for lunch the day this was taken, and rendezvoused here and there throughout the convention. I also got to meet Angela of Dark Fairie Tales and Jackie of Literary Escapism. We huddled on some stairs for a while and chilled out and ate party food.
Here are Dakota Cassidy and Mark Henry being a zombie family! Don't buy the scary act: they are two of the funniest and warmest people I ever met. And Dakota won a Reviewers' Choice award for her wonderful Kiss & Hell. Yay Dakota! Another fellow leaguer, Michelle Rowen, won for Tall, Dark & Fangsome.
Me signing a book! Okay, this is one I didn't take. Lisabea, did you send this to me? The signing was SO fun. I got to meet all kinds of new people, and people who'd read Mind Games (xxoo!!) or who'd been waiting for this con to pick up a copy (xxoo) You can't know what all that meant to me! Also, Keri Arthur stopped by and bought one of my books! I signed it for her. With a shaking and fawning hand.
At the fairy ball. Poor Mr. Romance 2009 thinks he's alone...little does he know,
five lovely and evil fairies have snuck up behind him.
Oh, here we are in the elevator where my dress was impugned.
Miss author at her signing. Yay LB Gregg!
The lovely, talented, fun and RT award-winning Kate Davies sat across from me at the signing. She won a Reviewer's choice award for best contemporary for her fabulous book, Lessons Learned, two stories about royals and the Americans they fall in love with. I met so many authors, it would be hard to name them all. People were just so generous with their time, and welcoming me to do stuff, even though I'm a newbie and a stranger, and answering my questions, sharing their potato chips and on and on.
Oh, what is this? A book that I got that I am currently reading that is the BEST BOOK EVER and is also not available until May 25th, but I got this advanced copy in the goody room. OMG! So into it. HIS AT NIGHT by Sherry Thomas. Preorder now. You won't be sorry.
Here is Stacia Kane, author of the fabulous Megan Chase/Demon books reading something saucy to a hotel room of drunk and/or chocolate-fueled authors and others. Richelle Mead in the foreground with the excellent purse. Gah! Spacing on the name of the woman with the camera, dammit, and she was really nice. Update: mysterious and elusive camera woman is Renee George! Thanks for the tip, fellow leaguer STACIA KANE!
Here is Limecello and Ali at the fairy ball. Oh, wait, it's not them at the fairy ball! Limecello would not allow cameras near her, so you'll have to settle for these shots, that may look familiar to some of you. These two were fun.