12.31.2009

Deadtown Review

Welcome to Deadtown, the quarantined city of paranormals who have almost no rights and are treated like animals. Werewolves are sent off on a three day retreat during the full moon, vampires are only allowed one pint of blood, shifters can only shift three times a month, and zombies must have a permit to go into most establishments.

When the plague happened in Boston, many residents died, only to come back as zombies. Now they are restricted to living in Deadtown and are not permitted to leave there. Victory (Vicky) Vaughn is a shifter and a demon slayer. She’s been trained since she was a kid on how to slay demons. After her father was killed by a Hellion, Vicky has been determined to put an end to his murderous ways.

Vicky’s boyfriend Alexander Kane is a werewolf lawyer and is never around to spend time with her. He wants her to use one of her shifts to go on his retreat with him as a werewolf. No matter how many times she tries to explain to him that she isn’t a werewolf and would feel like a fake and doesn’t want to do that, he just doesn’t get it.

But when Vicky takes on a job slaying demons for someone Kane despises, the arguments really heat up between them. When a sexy norm cop named Daniel starts paying Vicky some attention, she revels in it and doesn’t think twice about seeing him also.

When not training her apprentice, a zombie teenager, Vicky is training to slay the ultimate demon. The Hellion is back and he’s coming for her and Vicky will be ready this time. Will Vicky be able to put an end to The Hellion once and for all?

Deadtown is the first book in a new urban fantasy series by Nancy Holzner. Every paranormal entity that you could imagine is in this book; vampires, zombies, shifters and werewolves all in the same town. Most urban fantasy and paranormal books romanticize paranormals and have them live amongst humans and they are accepted and treated as equals.

But in Deadtown, the paranormals can’t even leave the town without being in fear for their lives. The police barge into their homes and treat them like monsters even though they abide by their laws. With an election under way, Vicky may lose even more rights if the wrong man wins.

There is great characterization in this novel with each person fully fleshed out. The zombies are like regular people, the vampires are self absorbed, the werewolf is a workaholic, and the shifter is a kind hearted demon slayer out to save the town. There’s plenty of action, suspense and humor in Deadtown that will keep you reading long into the night. I am thrilled with this first book and can not wait to return to Deadtown for more adventures with Victory Vaughn.

12.20.2009

I Married a Demon Review

Jennifer Randall works as a Protector for The Society protecting mortals from Otherworlders. But sometimes her radar for detecting Otherworlders isn’t always right. After numerous tragic mistakes, Jennifer’s boss sends her on a mandatory vacation for her to get her mind straight. Constantly thinking mortals are demons, ghouls, gargoyles or other creatures when they’re not and then attacking them is just not acceptable when working for The Society for the Protection of Mortals and Control of Supernatural Beings.

While on vacation Jennifer meets an extremely sexy man named Blake Barrington and quickly rushes off to marry him. She’s fallen in lust and love with him so quickly that she might have blinders on about who he really is. Despite the obvious signs, Jennifer ignores her instincts that her husband could possibly be a demon. Afterall, she has been wrong so many times, who knows if she can trust her senses anymore.

But when other people confirm her suspicion, Jennifer is in big trouble. Her job is to protect mortals from people like her husband. Protectors who work for The Society can’t marry demons! But without knowing for sure if Blake is a demon or not, she starts to investigate him a little closer to uncover the truth.

In the meantime, Jennifer is on a mission for The Society to find The Bracelet of Invincibility. It was somehow stolen and they need it back before it lands in the wrong hands. With the help of a smart-alecky, cowboy imaged, sidekick/electronic device - named Partner, Jennifer must get her hands on The Bracelet before the demons get it. Will Jennifer end up battling her own husband to protect the mortals or will her instincts once again tell her she was wrong and he is not a demon?

I MARRIED A DEMON is a hilarious, action packed, paranormal romance that I found impossible to put down. Jennifer is a sarcastic, self deprecating, kind of person that had me laughing so hard from the minute I was introduced to her. The story is told in first person point of view (my favorite point of view) and this gives the reader a close intimate place in Jennifer’s head and what she’s going through.

At the beginning of the book there was very little dialogue, a lot of erotica, and then the story seemed to turn Sci - Fi with Jennifer visiting The Society. I loved the author’s writing but I was starting to worry that this book was all over the place and almost stopped reading it. But I kept going and I am so glad I did. The story really found its place and flowed a lot better once Jennifer got going on her mission.

Partner’s character was written so well and was one of my favorite parts of the book. If you could picture a telephone with a screen saver of a cowboy that is animated according to what is going on, that is Partner. He’s Jennifer’s sidekick and a device The Society gave her to help her out. He acts like a real person and is always saying the funniest things and arguing with Jennifer.

All of the Otherworlders were a delight; every character brought something to this story. I would compare the humor, storyline, and characters to the style of Angie Fox and Dakota Cassidy. So if you adore books by those authors, I would definitely recommend I Married a Demon by Beverly Rae.

I was very sad to finish this book as I have been enjoying a little each day and miss it now that I am done. Overall, I Married a Demon is a wonderful, laugh out loud, suspenseful story that I absolutely adored and I think you will too!

12.15.2009

Quickie Contest!!


Since I never heard back from the person who won a copy of Happy Hour at Casa Dracula, I am going to have a quickie contest for a new winner. ONLY the people who posted on the original post when Marta Acosta guest blogged are eligible.


So if you are one of those people and are the first person to post here in the comments with the words ''I was here, pick me!'' AND email me (through the link in my profile) with your name and address right away, you will win the book. Ready, Set, GO!


EDITED: This contest is now over. Linda Henderson is the winner!

12.14.2009

Divorced, Desperate and Deceived Review

Kathy Callahan wants a second chance at finding true love but she hasn’t had the best of luck lately. She’s had her eye on her plumber Stan Bradley for the last two years but despite all her attempts at seduction, nothing has worked on him.

Kathy’s best friends Sue and Lacy have both found love again after also being divorced. They’re both married to cops, pregnant, and over the moon in love. Kathy is the last one in her group of friends aka The Divorced, Desperate and Delicious club, to still be single and she isn’t happy about that.

When Kathy decides to finally ask Stan out, she picks the worst time to finally have the courage. Stan is a federal agent in the Witness Protection Program and his real name isn’t even Stan. There’s a mob of bad guys who would like nothing more then to silence him and Kathy is in real danger by being anywhere near Stan.

Before she even has the chance to get to know Stan better or even properly chat, things get crazy and they’re both on the run! With the cops assuming Stan kidnapped Kathy, things get hectic really fast. Will Kathy and Stan find romance while shacking up together on the run or will all of his secrets and lies cause her to not trust him?

Divorced, Desperate and Deceived is the third and final book in the series featuring women who are divorced and looking for love again. There are plenty of hilarious scenes as always in this series and the suspense is exciting. I loved the chemistry between Kathy and Luke aka Stan and was rooting for them to get their happily ever after. It was nice to have the main characters from the previous two books back and to see how their lives are now. Overall, Divorced, Desperate and Deceived is a fun thrill ride of adventure and I can’t wait to read the next Christie Craig book!

Reviewed for Night Owl Romance



Torn Review

Lily Carlyle thought she was working for the light, the good guys, heaven, God, whatever you want to call it. But after completing her mission, her half demon- half angel friend Deacon Camphire informs her she has been lied to.

Lily has been manipulated and used as a tool to open the Ninth Gate even more, not close it and keep demons out like she originally thought. Without knowing how to properly handle this situation, Lily continues to work for Clarence pretending she is still ignorant of his true intentions. Besides she has bigger problems right now. Lily’s sister Rose is possessed by her rapist, Lucas Johnson.

Lucas refuses to leave Rose’s body and the only way to get rid of him besides asking nicely is to kill Rose. Of course Lily can’t do that so this leaves her with a sister who is only herself half of the time. But  his possession is taking a toll on her and something has to be done before her sister ceases to exist.

Without any other options, Lily agrees to give Lucas what he wants, The Oris Clef. But Clarence has Lily on a mission to collect all three parts to give to him, not Lucas. What will happen when Clarence finds out that Lily is not working for his side anymore?

Torn is the second book in the Blood Lily Chronicles which is an adult urban fantasy series. The first book, Tainted, ended with an exciting cliff hanger that had me very anxious to get my hands on the next installment. When we last left Lily she had discovered the truth about who she was working for and her sister was possessed. Lily is no longer gullible and easy to manipulate. She is furious about the entire situation and is determined to take her life back. Her character is extremely strong and doesn’t need the help of a man but she will take help when it is offered.

The writing in this series is superb and has quickly become my favorite new series. I literally drool just thinking about these books. There is so much suspense, action, mystery, and excitement in Torn that I can’t imagine anyone disliking it.  If you haven’t read this series yet, you really need to. The romance is sexy and the story is tightly plotted to the point where you will not be able to guess what will happen next.

I had a very hard time putting Torn down to go to sleep, it's just THAT good! These books must be read in order or you will spoil it for yourself. Overall, Torn is an outstanding, fabulous, urban fantasy novel that DEMANDS to be read. Look out for the third book, Turned, due out in January. Run out and get this series!! I am telling you it's amazing!!



12.11.2009

Winner of Happy Hour at Casa Dracula!

The winner of a copy of Happy Hour at Casa Dracula (book 1) by Marta Acosta is

angeleyesak

Please email me through the link in my profile with your name and address and I will forward it on to Marta to get your prize out to you. Congrats! Thanks everyone for posting and thank you Marta for guest blogging!

Edited: Angeleyesak I emailed you at the address you left in your comment on here but I never heard back from you. Please write me so you can claim your prize. If I don't hear back from you by 5:00 pm Eastern time on the 15th I am going to have to pick another winner.

12.01.2009

Guest Author Marta Acosta


Please welcome paranormal romance author Marta Acosta! Marta is the author of the Casa Dracula series which currently consists of three books with the fourth book Nancy's Theory of Style due out in 2010. She also has a YA book in the works and runs the fabulous paranormal news site Vampire Wire. Today Marta is here to talk about what holiday movies would be like if there were vampires in them.


Guest Blog by Marta Acosta

Someone recently asked me about my favorite holiday movie, and I realized that, although I don’t see myself as a holiday movie fan, I actually have a lot of favorites. All involve mishaps, most have romantic entanglements, and many feature angels. There wasn’t a vampire in the bunch.

Which begs the question, why aren’t there vampire holiday movies?

Because it would be a mistake.


“The Vampire Christmas Story”

All Ralphie wants for Christmas is a bb gun. But his parents insist that he’ll shoot his eye out. When his father’s prize leg-lamp breaks the front window, vampires swarm in for their holiday feast. Ralphie’s parents run to give him his present, but, alas, the steel pellets cannot harm the ravaging fiends. Ralphie realizes all too late that he should have specified silver pellets.


“The Vampire Miracle on 34th Street”


When Santa shows up drunk at a toy department, the new store manager quickly hires a man claiming to be Kris Kringle to replace him. The man seems to have amazing powers of persuasion, but she refuses to believe that he is the real Santa Claus. However, his influence over her sweet daughter convinces her to reject her skepticism. Sadly, she was right not to trust the man, who unleashes his horrific vampire appetite on throngs of helpless children waiting to tell him their gift list.


“The Bishop’s Vampire Wife”

A reserved bishop has lost his way, getting more caught up with fundraising for a new church than with the true meaning of Christmas. A mysterious and gorgeous man appears and says that he’s come to help the bishop. He spends most of his time charming people and macking on the bishop’s bored and neglected wife.


The stranger plays a song on the harp for a rich widow. “How did you know that old song?” she asks. “It was a big hit when I was still among the living,” he answers. She donates a fortune for a new church, and the hot stranger turns the bishop’s wife into his new vampire bride. Theological discussions and mayhem ensue.

The only one of the holiday movies that might work as a vampire story is “Elf” because the elf comes to save his father’s publishing business and then writes a bestselling novel. Bestsellers and blood-suckers? They go together like eggnog and rum.

Have yourself a very scary Christmas!


 Edited: Sorry I had the question wrong. Everyone who entered prior is still entered.

What holiday movie do you think should NOT be made with a vampire theme?

Leave a comment answering this question for your chance to win a copy of the first book in the Casa Dracula Series, Happy Hour at Casa Dracula! This contest will run until December 9th at 6 pm ET. Good luck everyone!

US ONLY PLEASE
Thank you Marta for Guest Blogging. It's a pleasure to have you here today!

Winner of Divorced, Desperate and Deceived


The winner of a copy of Divorced, Desperate and Deceived by Christie Craig is...

Linda Henderson


Congrats!  Please email me through the link in my profile with your name and address and I will forward on your info to Christie. Thanks again to everyone for posting and thank you Christie Craig for taking the time to talk with readers!

Magic in the Shadows Review


Allie Beckstrom works as a Hound using her powers to identify people who abuse magic. Life has been hard for her as every time she uses magic, it uses her back. She’s suffered illness, memory loss, and tattoo like markings on her body from casting magic. For every spell there is a price to pay.

But things are way more complicated now since Allie’s deceased father has somehow entered her mind. While fighting bad guys, it’s his voice guiding her to do spells she’s never even heard of before. The only bad part of having her father constantly in her head, besides how annoying it is, is that people who were after him while he was alive, might come after her now to kill him once and for all if they find out he is still sort of alive inside of Allie.

Allie’s magic is stronger then ever and completely out of control. With no formal training, she is at a loss on how to properly defend herself and how to control all the magic inside of her. Allie’s boyfriend Zayvion decides to take her to meet a woman named Maeve who will properly train her on how to cast magic.

But Allie still has a ton of responsibilities to handle when not training. She has her fellow Hounds to look after, a position as CEO of her father’s business to decide upon, a relationship that she can barely remember, and the crappy problem of constantly being attacked by all kinds of people and creatures who abuse magic.

On top of that she has to decide if she wants to work for Detective Stotts as a Hound for the police department. The same Detective Stotts who is sort of a bad luck charm since every time a Hound works for him they end up dead. Then there’s Nola who’s in town and trying to get custody of Cody and Zayvion knows stuff about the situation but he’s so secretive because it’s official Authority business and all. Things are getting crazy for Allie, how will she hold it all together and figure out a way to control her magic use?

Magic in the Shadows is the third book in the Allie Beckstrom series which picks up right where the last book left off. When we last left Allie, she had discovered her father was inside of her and we didn’t know how this happened or why. We still don’t really know how or why but Allie is learning to deal with the situation and trying to make the best of it. Things are different now though since Allie is being watched very closely by The Authority and her magic use is being questioned. Everything is becoming quite intense for her and the action really picks up in this installment.

Even though Allie’s memory loss put her kind of back to square one with Zayvion, their chemistry and connection heats up a bit in this book. We find out more about Zayvion and what he does for The Authority. Allie is becoming stronger but magic is still hurting her and she suffers because of this. Some interesting theories are revealed which may explain a lot about Allie.

The writing moves at a fast pace with plenty of exciting action sequences to keep readers riveted. Magic is a prominent theme in this book and I love that. This series just gets better and better with each new book and I can’t wait to see what happens next with Allie and Zayvion. Look out for the fourth book, Magic on the Storm due out May 2010.


Reviewed for Night Owl Romance

11.23.2009

Guest Author Christie Craig


Please welcome romance author Christie Craig! Christie's newest book, Divorced, Desperate and Deceived was just released today! This is the third and final book in her series featuring three friends looking for love. Christie's books are a mixture of romance, mystery with a healthy dose of humor that always cracks me up. She is here today to talk about five things you didn't know about her.  Welcome Christie!



Five Things You Don’t Know About Christie Craig


1) The thing I mostly dreamed about being as a child was adopted.


Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t abused, or mistreated. I was just a misfit—the girl sandwiched between two brothers. I didn’t make farting sounds with my arm pits, I didn’t ask people to pull my finger, and I didn’t make weekly trips to the emergency room to get stitches. I’d catch Alabama toads and pretend they were princes; my brothers would catch them to blow them up with firecrackers. While I had my head in the clouds daydreaming, everyone else scratched their heads trying to figure out what was wrong with me.

2) The weirdest food I’ve ever eaten was toad soup in a dirt-floor restaurant.

Believe it or not, my brothers were not behind this. I was in China with my hubby and we were being treated to a fancy buffet. Hubby, a semi-germ freak, wouldn’t eat anything, so being polite I felt obligated to eat. They put just a spoonful of the unknown variety of soup in my bowl for me to taste, when I nodded my approval they dipped a huge serving into my dish and the drowned toad, cooked whole, head propped up on the lip of my bowl and its legs dangling over each side of my dish. I politely bypassed the soup to eat the fried snake. Hey…at least it didn’t look like a snake.

3) My favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon is with a fishing pole in my hand.


Yup, I’m a closet fisherman. Very few people know that I love to fish. But I have to tell you there’s something about sitting beside a body of water with a pole clutched in my hand that brings on story plotting. I’ve gotten so many book and scene ideas while waiting for my bobber to bob. The whole dead guy in the Porta-Potty scene in Divorced, Desperate and Deceived, well, I was sitting on a boat reeling in a fish when that idea hit. How I got from catching an ugly fish, to a corpse reading a bird magazine in the Porta-Potty is even beyond me, but I’ll betcha I was dying to pee at the time. Now, this isn’t to say that I don’t take the sport of fishing seriously. Hubby says I fish hard, because I demand silence because it will scare the fish away. Also, I’m never one to set my pole down. I mean, what if I got a bite, I want to have that pole in my hands. This is battle and no way am I’m going to let the fish win. This said, I don’t like to touch the fish, so I need hubby to take it off my hook. And then I have him toss the fish back in the water, setting it free. Oh, I love to eat fish, but not the ones I catch. I have a rule, if I have to look anything in the eyes, I can’t eat it—which was the big problem with that frog in China. That thing was looking right at me.

4) The three things I suck at mostly are wrapping gifts, sewing, and spelling/spotting typos.



Not only do I suck at wrapping gifts, I hate wrapping gifts. Don’t get me wrong, I love giving, I just hate wrapping. I swear, no matter how hard I try to make them look “department-store” pretty, when I’m done with them you’d assume a man wrapped the dang thing. Seriously, I’m wrapping impaired. I think whoever came up with gift bags should win a Nobel Prize. Now sewing? Oh gosh, I’d rather clean someone’s toenails than have to use a sewing machine. Even a needle and thread has a negative effect on me. I pay the dry cleaners to hem and sew on buttons. Spelling? Yup, I know I’m a writer and people assume that writers should be able to spell. But not this dyslexic writer. Spell check and I are best friends. Of course it often lets me down. My two biggest typo/spelling errors were: (pre-published) in a scene where my hero in DD&Delicious had been beat up, thrown over a bridge and shot in the shoulder and was hiding out behind a shed and I had him “look down at his bloody shirt.” But in an unpubbed contest, I accidentally left out the letter “r” in the word “shirt.” The contest judge made the comment: “So he has internal issues, too?” The second typing faux pas was in a blog where I wrote that I was going “public” with a confession. Well, I mistyped and left out the “L” in the word public and honestly, it was not a “pubic” type of confession.

 5) The worse thing I ever did to my husband (according to him) was get an emergency hysterectomy six weeks after I demanded he get a vasectomy.



I swear, he was furious. You’d have thought I personally went after his Mr. Johnson and the boys with a pair of wire cutters. He acted as if I’d decided to have this procedure just for fun and to somehow lessen the significance of his little snip-snip. I mean, if I could have gone back in and unsnipped him I would have. Amazingly, it took him longer to recover from his quick out-patient procedure than it did for my “full-blown, gut her open and yank out body parts” surgery.



So there you have it, five things you didn’t know about yours truly. And today I’m giving away a copy of Divorced, Desperate and Deceived to one lucky commenter. What I’d like to hear is either, what you dreamed about being as a child, what’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten, what’s your favorite Sunday afternoon pastime, what you suck at, or what’s the  worst thing you’ve ever done to your hubby or boyfriend. Come on, let’s share and laugh a little.

This contest begins today November 24th and will end December 1st at 10:00 pm (eastern time) with the winner revealed December 2nd. Sorry, US residents only please.

And since this is my release month, I’m holding contests, and guest blogging all over the place. Pop over to my own blog spot: http://killerfictionwriters.blogspot.com/ and you’ll find a blog and contest there, plus links and information about where else you can find other contests and blogs.

Oh, and thank you so much Rachael for having me today.

~CC



Winners of Magic in the Shadows

The winners of a signed copy of Magic in the Shadows by Devon Monk are throuthehaze and Bethie!

Congrats! Please email me through the link in my profile with your name and address and I will forward it on to Devon Monk. Thanks again to everyone for coming by! Thank you Devon Monk for guest blogging!

Tomorow Christie Craig will be here guest blogging and giving away her new book so remember to stop by!

11.20.2009

Shadowland Review

After making a devastating decision at the end of Blue Moon, Ever is living with the consequences. Her DNA is now poison to Damen and she can no longer have any physical contact with him or he will die. Determined to get her hands on the antidote, Ever dives deeper into magic then ever before searching for answers. She refuses to accept the possibility that Damen and herself will never be together and even runs to Roman trying to convince him to hand over the cure.

Damen has decided the reason for all of these unfortunate events is because of karma and fate. He feels that if he changes his ways, karma will work in his favor. He decides to get rid of the fancy items that he manifests because he thinks he has taken advantage of the universe in some way. So the BMW, the fancy clothes, the mansion, all of it will soon be gone. But will Ever still love him when all of the things that attracted him to her in the first place cease to exist? Will their love overcome all obstacles even the ‘’no-touching or you will die’’ problem Roman has given them? 

Shadowland is the third book in a young adult paranormal series called The Immortals. This series must be read in order and I advise to avoid reading anything online about it because it will spoil it for you. There’s just no way to talk about these books without spoiling the previous one in the series.  

When Blue Moon ended, readers were left with a killer cliff hanger that had them in suspense waiting for this new installment to find out what happens next. I was a little annoyed about the use of a force field to get around their no touching or die problem. It seemed like an easy way out and I kept hoping the force field would accidentally drop.  

To have such a great cliff hanger and then to find a temporary fix to the problem, just left me disappointed. If Damen wasn’t touching Ever through a force field, then he’d use his mind to convey the touch. I disliked the temporary solution to their problem, wanting them to be starved for affection and maybe even cheating on each other rather then fixing it so easily. 

I also have a problem with the whole concept of reincarnation in this book. It’s not very believable at all and I think that is a big problem. If you don’t believe in the fantasy, you won’t be able to enjoy it. The concept of Ever and Damen knowing each other for centuries with her in other bodies, is just so out there and too unbelievable for me to grasp. 

Although the writing was easy to read and the story moved along at a fast pace, I found the lack of anything really happening, tiresome. The last 100 pages were suspenseful and exciting but the rest of the book really didn’t really have anything of substance to keep me interested. I kept going back to thinking about the first book Evermore and how much it captivated me that I read it all in one day. This book took me about three days to read and that same magical quality just wasn’t there for me. 

Overall, Shadowland may appeal more to a younger audience this time around than adults who are looking for more substance to their stories. I did enjoy the last 100 pages but that wasn’t enough to convert my feelings on the whole book in general. I will still give the next book a chance because I am curious as to where the story is going and would like to feel the same enchantment again that I felt for the first book, Evermore. Look out for the fourth installment, Dark Flame in the summer of 2010.

11.18.2009

Guest Author Devon Monk

Please welcome my guest for this week, urban fantasy author Devon Monk. Devon is the author of the Allie Beckstrom series which currently consists of three books with the fourth book out May 4, 2010. The third book in the series, Magic in the Shadows was recently released and is available in bookstores now. Devon is here today to talk about her two main characters and how a short story became a series.


I’m very excited to be a guest blogger today! Thank you so much for having me!

When MAGIC TO THE BONE first hit the shelves, I received a lot of questions about it. Two questions that took my by surprise were: “Are you Allie?”and “Who is Zavyion Jones?” No one had ever asked me who any of my other characters in my published short stories were, so it took me by surprise that people would wonder where Allie and Zayvion came from.

First, a quick history of how Zayvion and Allie came into my life. I’d been asked to write a short story for an anthology. At the time I was writing a lot of fantasy and science fiction short stories and doing a pretty good job selling them to magazines and anthologies. I’d heard about this urban fantasy and paranormal romance wave that was hitting the publishing world, and while it intrigued me, I hadn’t really thought about writing in that genre. When the anthology invite came along, I decided to give urban fantasy a try.

Allie Beckstrom stepped forward for the job. She is a little bit of all the women I’ve known. Vulnerable, strong, willing to handle whatever challenge comes her way, even if she doesn’t know if she will survive in one piece. Allie is tough, and deals with pain and loss on a daily basis. Allie is headstrong, and knows who she is and what she wants. Allie is funny, and has a deep heart. She understands loving someone takes the most strength of all.

This story was all about Allie. I had no plans of adding a second, equally strong character to the plot. So there I had Allie, walking down the street dealing with some pretty bad magical stuff. Someone had just put a magical hit on a little boy, and he was dying from it. It was up to Allie to find out who was behind the magic. I knew there needed to be someone who would help her out, someone who would also get in her way.

And up strolled Zayvion Jones. Tall, mixed-race hottie, with a calm demeanor that hid anger, power, passion. When Zayvion hit the scene, the story between he and Allie exploded, becoming much more than a short story could hold. Still, I wrote the short story, and gave Allie and Zayvion as much as I could in a very small amount of words. The editor loved it.

And rejected it. I owe that editor a huge debt of gratitude. If he had said yes and published the short story, I probably wouldn’t have written the novel and I certainly wouldn’t have taken Allie and Zay’s story through six books, and hopefully, more.

Who is Zayvion Jones? I really don’t know. He came unexpectedly into the story and changed everything I had planned for Allie. Mysterious, powerful, loyal to a fault, he is a man who knows saving the world falls squarely on his shoulders, and will not buckle under that expectation. He’s funny, smart, and very, very private. He is no stranger to pain and sorrow, which makes love, the chance of it, the reality of it, something he’ll fight for, no matter the cost.

Writing the Allie Beckstrom series has been full of the unexpected for me. From a short story rejection came a novel. From two characters trying to find love, came a series. From the idea that magic costs anyone who uses it pain, came the question of who and what is worth hurting for. And as I’ve gone along, more unexpected characters have strolled onto the scene to change Allie’s life, to challenge her, make her laugh, make her cry. The third book in the series, MAGIC IN THE SHADOWS, introduces two new characters, Stone and Shame, who I absolutely love, and MAGIC ON THE STORM is full of unexpected twists and turns. Now that I’m writing book five in the series, I can’t wait to see what happens next!


So tell me, have you ever had something bad turn into something good? Has the unexpected ever opened up new doors and new experiences for you? Tell me about it in the comments, and I will send out two signed copies of MAGIC IN THE SHADOWS to two lucky winners.

This contest starts today November 17th and will run until 10:00 pm Eastern time on November 23rd with the winners revealed that night.

PS: I am still waiting for one of the winners from the Jennifer Rardin contest to contact me.  Stephanie if you see this, please email me by the 19th to claim your prize!

PPS. Today is the 20th so I am drawing a new winner for the Jennifer Rardin book since Stephanie never contacted me. Alexia561 you are the new winner for Bite Marks!

11.16.2009

Black at Heart Review

Supervisory Special Agent Wyatt Blackstone works for the FBI for the Cyber Action Team which is a group of agents who solve internet related murders. After losing one of his co-workers, Wyatt has tried to move on with a new case but it does anything but take his mind off of Lily.

At every crime scene he finds items that lead him to suspect Lily of the murders, but that’s impossible since she’s supposed to be dead. Who is killing these suspected predators and if it’s not Lily why are they setting her up to take the fall?

Black at Heart is the third installment in the Black CATs Series featuring agents from the Cyber Action Team. The story picks up where the last one left off, with the death of a beloved character. There are plenty of surprises in store for readers from unexpected romance, thrilling suspense, and lots of action and mystery.

I enjoyed the previous two books in this series and knew I was in for a treat when I read this was Wyatt’s story. Wyatt definitely stood out in the previous book as a character who demands to be heard, a strong determined man with a dark mysterious past. We learn all about Wyatt in Black at Heart and his character is one of the most interesting that I’ve read in a while.

The story opens up with a huge surprise but to even talk about this would spoil the story. So I will just say that if you’ve read the other two books in this series, you want to read Black at Heart to find out what happens next. I strongly recommend reading this series in order as I did for full enjoyment.

Overall, Black at Heart kept my interest from the first sentence and hooked me until I read the last page. I’m not sure when the next book in this series will be out since there’s no mention of it in the back of the book or on the author’s site. I hope it’s soon because I adored the first three books and Leslie Parrish is a great new addition to the romantic suspense genre!

Reviewed for Night Owl Romance

Hunting Memories Review

Eleisha Clevon has turned her life around ever since she met a mortal named Wade. Wade taught Eleisha and her friend Phillip how to survive as vampires without having to kill to feed by using telepathy. Now instead of killing, they drink only from the wrist and then alter memories so the mortal thinks they cut themselves and passed out. This way they can survive but without leaving a trace of dead bodies wherever they feed.

Unfortunately, not every vampire is able to use telepathy and Julian Ashton is one of them. Julian is the vampire who turned Eleisha and he is terrified of the old vampire rules of using telepathy instead of killing the victim will be enforced again. He can not feed without killing, he doesn’t have the ability to use telepathy and he is scared by anyone who can use it. Reduced to his paranoia of being hunted down by Eleisha and his fears of telepathy, Julian decides to be the hunter.

Julian is determined to hunt down every known vampire who uses telepathy and to kill them. One by one all of the vampires are being killed and Eleisha is starting to feel very lonely. When she receives a letter from a woman named Rose claiming she is one of them and there are others like her out there, the two women start communicating by letters. Eventually this leads Eleisha to wanting to meet Rose but Phillip fears that this is a trap and she is working for Julian.

Together Wade, Eleisha, and Phillip embark on a journey to meet Rose and find the other vampires to take them home with them and to keep them safe. But is this plan only making it easier on Julian to swiftly kill everyone once Eleisha finds them? Will Rose turn out to be on Julian’s side or was she honestly only looking for more companionship in the form of her own kind? Will this trip end in deaths or will Eleisha defeat Julian once and for all?

Hunting Memories is the second book in the Vampires Memories Series featuring vampires who are always being hunted down by one of their own kind. The flashback into the vampires’ lives using telepathy is fascinating and gives the reader a clear picture of the character’s life without taking away from the storyline. The atmosphere of Hunting Memories is a constant fear for the characters. They’re being hunted down by a rogue vampire who has acquired himself a slave in the form of a ghost who can find the vampires wherever they run to.

Phillip’s character has no fear except of being alone. His character is strong and will not be intimidated by Julian no matter what antics he uses to try to kill the group of vampires. I found his love for Eleisha intriguing as they aren’t in a relationship but he clings to her as if he could not live without her. Together Wade, Phillip and Eleisha make an interesting trio that I could definitely see becoming a love triangle with Eleisha stuck in the middle trying to make a decision.

I strongly recommend reading this series in order starting with the first book Blood Memories. What I love about this series is that it isn’t anything like other paranormals or urban fantasy books that are out there today. It has an old fashioned feel to it, in a good way. The vampires talk about needing to feed, the process of feeding, and the hunt for it. They talk about what it’s like to live for two hundred years and what it was like being turned into a vampire. Hunting Memories is not like other fantasy novel that I’ve read and that’s what makes it special to me. Overall, I would highly recommend this series to readers who want to be swept away with a wonderful book.

Reviewed for Night Owl Romance

Winners of Bite Marks



The winners of the Jennifer Rardin contest for a copy of her new book Bite Marks are:

Stacy - Claimed Prize
BrigidsBlest -Claimed Prize
Stephanie -never claimed prize..new winner decided

Alexia561 is the new winner

Ladies please email me through the link in my profile with your full name and address. Congrats!

Normally I try to contact the winners but two of the winners have no contact information in their profiles. So therefore I will need to make a cut off date to claim prizes. You have until November 19th to claim your prizes and if not claimed by then two other winners will be drawn.

Thank you Jennifer Rardin for being my guest and thanks to everyone for all of the wonderful book suggestions!

11.10.2009

Guest Author Jennifer Rardin

Please welcome my guest for this week, urban fantasy author Jennifer Rardin! She is the author of the Jaz Parks Series which consists of six books with more coming. Jennifer’s latest book Bite Marks (book 6) was just released and is available now at bookstores. Today she will be talking about her series and new beginnings.





New Beginnings


I’ve just begun writing a new book, the eighth in the Jaz Parks series. It has no title yet, though I have thought of one that seems catchy if nobody else is using it (or one that sounds eerily close to it) already. But it does have a general plot. Something to build on as I putter around the house for the next week thinking about the characters I need to bring into the story, how they should relate to one another, deal with the conflict, grow. It all sounds so dusty and highbrow.

Not really.

It’s pretty darn exciting.

I can still remember putting together the outline for Bite Marks, the sixth book in the series, which just released October 29th. Figuring out the threat that my heroes, Jaz and Vayl, would be facing and what continent they’d be fighting it on felt a little bit like planning a real military campaign! When I decided the action would take place in Australia, I nearly broke my computer mouse clicking through potential sites for their ultimate confrontation. More than one afternoon sped past as I read up on aboriginal folklore, the grazing habits of gray kangaroos, and the exact purpose of the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex, NASA’s Australian link to the universe.

But I only have so much patience for research. Then I gotta begin. But where? Good stories, experts tell us, start in the middle of the action. So Bite Marks begins after Jaz has landed in Canberra, Australia with her trusty malamute, Jack, in tow. It’s daytime, so we know her boss, Vayl, must still be slumbering (or whatever it is that vampires do when the sun comes up). And then, the situation deteriorates rapidly. Which, for seasoned Jaz fans, comes as no surprise. But for those of you who are new to the story, read on . . . .

I like that beginning for a book. But I think I can actually top it for my next story. At least, I’m ready to try!

In the meantime you can tell me—what novel have you read that sucked you in instantly with a stellar first chapter?



Contest

Jennifer Rardin's publisher Orbit is giving away two copies of Bite Marks to two lucky commenters. Please be advised these copies won't be signed since they're coming direct from the publisher to the winners. Also, I have an extra new copy of Bite Marks, so there will be a total of THREE winners for this contest. US only please.

How to Enter
Leave a meaningful comment answering Jennifer's question. Please do not leave your email address in the comments section as it's not a good idea for privacy concerns. This contest will run from Tuesday November 10th until 10:00 pm eastern time on Monday November 16th. Winners will be announced on Tuesday November 17th.

Bonus
Gain an extra 10 entries for every friend that you send here to enter the contest. Please make sure they say in their post that you sent them here.

2K Quiz Answers and Winner!

Thanks to everyone who came by to participate in the 2K Quiz! Here are the answers to which Kelly each question applys to.

KM = Kelly Meding and KG = Kelly Gay

1. I have driven from the East Coast to the West Coast, and back again. - KM

2. Give me a glass of strawberry milk over chocolate any day. - KG

3. I own a cat named after a popular, former-vengeance demon from "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer." - KM

4. My niece is named after a precious stone. - KM

5. My possessed vehicle once caught fire, after which I drove the beast home. - KG

6. My absolute favorite novel is about anthropomorphized rabbits. - KM

7. Yes, I admit it. I have a Xena Warrior Princess action figure on my desk. -KG

8. For three and a half months, I interned at John Wells Productions in Burbank, CA. - KM

9. I’m known to have some crazy dreams. Ex.: The Jonas Bros v. Zombies in Kelly's Thunderdome, competing for a delicious piece of buttered bread. There might be a book in there somewhere… - KG

10. My debut urban fantasy novel is nowhere near the first manuscript I’ve written, but it is the first urban fantasy I’ve written. -KG


Now for the winner of Three Days to Dead by Kelly Meding, The Better Part of Darkness by Kelly Gay and two surprise books from both authors......

The winner is.... Demon Hunter! Congrats!

Demon Hunter: Please email me through the link in my profile with your name and address. I will forward on your info to the authors and as soon as they receive their author copies, they will send your prizes out to you!


Thanks everyone for playing and please come by again as there will be a new author every week this month with some wonderful books being given away.


Thank you Kelly Meding and Kelly Gay for doing the 2K Quiz here on my blog!

11.09.2009

Last day to enter 2K Quiz!

Today is the last day to enter the 2K Quiz to win 4 books plus an entry for a $100 Amazon Giftcard.  You have until 10:00 pm Eastern time tonight to enter. Tomorrow the answers to the quiz will be revealed! Also the winner of the 4 books will be announced AND Jennifer Rardin will be here guest blogging and doing a giveaway! So don't forget to stop by tomorrow for more fun! Scroll down to the post under this one to enter the 2K Quiz!

11.03.2009

Debut authors Kelly Meding and Kelly Gay's 2K Quiz Contest!



2K Quiz


As part of our twenty-three day, "Same Name, Same Date, Same Genre – Two Awesome Debuts!" promotional extravaganza, the lovely Rachael has agreed to host this little quiz for us. It's time to test your knowledge and your guessing skills. And yes, there will be prizes!

Written below, in no particular order, are ten statements. Five statements apply to Kelly Gay (The Better Part of Darkness), and five statements apply to Kelly Meding (Three Days to Dead). It's your job to determine which is which. See what you think you know. All entries will be collected and a random drawing made to determine the prize winner.



To enter: In the comments section, please state which numbered statements you believe match up with each Kelly. For example, "Kelly Gay - #A, C, F, I, J. Kelly Meding - #B, D, E, G, H." All commenters will be entered into the drawing, whether your guesses are right or wrong. Once the contest closes, we'll post the correct answers and you can see how well you did.

The prizes: Both Kelly's are offering up signed copies of their novels, The Better Part of Darkness and Three Days to Dead, as well as an additional surprise novel of their choice. So the winner will receive FOUR books total. CAVEAT: The signed copies of our debut novels will be sent when each author receives their Authors Copies from their publisher, which should arrive before official release (it is just not guaranteed).

Bonus: As part of our ongoing promotion, all entries into this contest will be collected and added to the GRAND PRIZE Drawing (as outlined previously on our blogs), to be announced November 24. So by participating in this Quiz, you are eligible not only for the 2K Quiz Prizes listed above, you also gain an entry in the Grand Prize Drawing.

The winner of the 2K Quiz receives not only the Prizes listed above, but also an additional entry into the Grand Prize Drawing (two entries total).

The contest will run Tuesday, November 3 through Monday, November 9. The 2K Quiz winner will be announced Tuesday, November 10.


Ready?

Set….

GO!



1. I have driven from the East Coast to the West Coast, and back again.

2. Give me a glass of strawberry milk over chocolate any day.

3. I own a cat named after a popular, former-vengeance demon from "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer."

4. My niece is named after a precious stone.

5. My possessed vehicle once caught fire, after which I drove the beast home.

6. My absolute favorite novel is about anthropomorphized rabbits.

7. Yes, I admit it. I have a Xena Warrior Princess action figure on my desk.

8. For three and a half months, I interned at John Wells Productions in Burbank, CA.

9. I’m known to have some crazy dreams. Ex.: The Jonas Bros v. Zombies in Kelly's Thunderdome, competing for a delicious piece of buttered bread. There might be a book in there somewhere…

10. My debut urban fantasy novel is nowhere near the first manuscript I’ve written, but it is the first urban fantasy I’ve written.

10.30.2009

Elvis and the Grateful Dead Review

Tupelo, Mississippi is best known for being the hometown of Elvis Presley so it’s only fitting that they hold the annual Elvis Festival in the King’s honor. Callie is helping out by being the official Elvis hair stylist while her cousin Lovie is taking care of the catering.

Everyone who loves Elvis is there, impersonators and all. But when some of the impersonators start dropping dead out of nowhere, all eyes are on the caterer, Lovie. Callie is determined to clear her cousin’s good name no matter what it takes.

Helping out with the investigation is her basset hound dog Elvis, who believes he is The King reincarnated as a dog. Will Callie and Lovie be able to find the true murderer before all the Elvis impersonators turn up dead or will they become the next victims when they get to close to solving the case?

ELVIS AND THE GRATEFUL DEAD is the second book in the Southern Cousins Mystery Series featuring two amateur sleuths that are cousins and a dog who thinks he’s Elvis. The story is told in first person point of view by Callie and also by Elvis in alternating chapters. Without having read the first book in this series, I had no idea what I was in for.

At first, the abundance of Elvis details were too much for me and kind of annoying. I mean you have an Elvis festival, Elvis impersonators, the main character is styling Elvis’ hair, a dog who thinks he’s Elvis, etc. So after 90 pages I put this book down and gave it a rest for a little while.

When I picked this book back up, I had left off at a great part of the story. There were murders to solve and I became very interested in the outcome. There were less cutesy Elvis tidbits and more mystery for the second half of the book and that’s what I liked. I was laughing hysterically over everything Callie and Lovie got themselves into.

The story reads with true southern charm so well that I could actually hear their accents in my head. So overall, even though the first half of the book didn't grab me, the second half did. If you’re looking for laughs galore and a charming mystery that will make you smile, ELVIS AND THE GRATEFUL DEAD is the way to go. Just make sure you love the King and be prepared for a lot of crazy antics!

Reviewed for FF

Fangs, Fur & Fey Contest!


Awesome contest going on at Fangs, Fur & Fey for their 3 Year Blogging Anniversary!! Look what they're giving away:

Grand Prize - One (1) lucky winner will receive a Kindle Reader, retailing for $259.00

Other prizes - Twenty-two (22) lucky winners will receive a gift card in the amount of $20.00 from one of these five book retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, Books-A-Million, or Powell's - winner's choice which.

Contest starts today, October 30th, and will close on Friday, November 13th, at 11:59 pm Eastern time.

To enter the contest all you have to do is email them your name and address. Go to their site at this link for more info on how to enter.   

The Demon In Me by Michelle Rowen - Cover and Summary!


Michelle Rowen has unveiled the cover of the first book in her Living In Eden Series, The Demon In Me.  Along with the cover and back cover summary is also an excerpt of Chapter 2! Go to her blog at this link to check out the excerpt. 



THE DEMON IN ME

May 2010 – Berkley Sensation

Hell hath no fury…

Fate has led Eden Riley to become a “psychic consultant” to the police, even though her abilities are unreliable at best. Those paranormal powers are about to get her into a jam she couldn’t have predicted. After her hunky police detective partner guns down a serial killer in front of her, Eden realizes that she’s quite literally no longer alone. A voice in her head introduces himself as Darrak. He’s a demon. But not in a bad way!

…like a woman possessed.

Darrak lost his original body 300 years ago thanks to a witch’s curse. This is the first time he’s ever been able to speak directly to a host, plus there’s a bonus. Eden’s psychic energy helps him to take form during daylight hours. He wants to use this chance to find a way to break his curse — finally. Otherwise, Eden’s going to have to learn to live with this sexy demon…like it or not.

And she thinks she might like it.


Available for Pre-Order on Amazon now!

10.29.2009

Scandal Sheet Review

Tina Bender writes lies for a living. Sometimes it’s the truth, sometimes it’s embellished, but always it’s gossip. She writes as a gossip columnist for the LA Informer and is constantly getting tips from her insiders about the latest antics celebrities are getting into. Sure not a lot of celebrities appreciate her column and might down right hate her for ruining their reputations, but no one has ever threatened Tina’s life before, until now.

When Tina receives a strange message telling her to stop writing about them in the newspaper, she is left baffled. The voice is disguised with a computer program so they could be male or female, young or old. Without knowing who is threatening her, she decides to continue writing her usual gossip to see which column ignites more threats.

Tina’s boss Felix hires a body guard named Calvin Dean to protect Tina from her mystery enemy. But that doesn’t work for Tina as she likes to break the rules and do whatever she pleases. It’s kind of hard to go about your day with a body guard constantly on your tail. But Calvin is pretty good looking and he can be a fun sidekick while investigating. Will sparks fly between Calvin and Tina or will his constant hovering over her drive her insane?

SCANDAL SHEET is the first book in the Hollywood Headlines Series by Gemma Halliday, author of the High Heels mystery series. There are a lot of similarities between SCANDAL SHEET and the High Heel mysteries so readers who were disappointed to see the series end have a new one to jump onto now.

I loved the name dropping of celebrities scattered throughout the book and was laughing out loud many times while reading this fun mystery. The scene involving the ride It’s a Small World at Disneyland was VERY reminiscent of my experience on it and I was hysterical with remembering how annoying that ride really is.

I enjoyed the mixture of mystery, romance and humor and Halliday definitely succeeds in writing an exciting page turner that makes you laugh and bite your nails at the same time. I immediately warmed up to the characters and couldn’t put this book down at all. My only pet peeve is that the cover looks like a historical romance novel and totally doesn’t fit what the story is about at all.

SCANDAL SHEET is a great start to a new series that I will definitely be following as Halliday writes the kind of books that just make you smile and put you in a great mood. They’re just so enjoyable and I would without a doubt recommend this book to romance and mystery readers alike.

Reviewed for FF

Correction on Guest Author Date


The correct date for Kelly Meding and Kelly Gay's visit to Enchanted by Books is Tuesday November 3rd not November 2nd. Please make a note of this.  I edited the previous post so all the dates are correct now.

10.28.2009

Hot Spell Review

Amanda LaGrange is very sensitive about her psychic abilities and takes offense to her childhood nickname of Amanda the Strange. So when she first met Jacob Caine, fellow paranormal investigator for PARA, she immediately formed a strong dislike for him when he called her by her hated nickname.

Now two years later, they have survived working with each other without talking anymore then needed for their jobs. But when their boss Patrick teams them up together to investigate a haunted house, Amanda’s patience will truly be tested.

Jacob has been infatuated with Amanda since first meeting her but he knows he doesn’t have a chance in Hell. After all, she has a boyfriend and is getting ready to leave PARA behind for a ‘’normal’’ job. But when the two of them are thrown together in a locked room over night because of an enchanted clock, their true feelings come to light.

Before they know it they are behaving like two lovers that can’t stay away from each other! Amanda insists that the clock is the reason for everything and is determined to find a way to lift the curse so she can move on with her life, without Jacob. But every time she tries to forget about him, he shows up. Are Amanda and Jacob destined to be together or is this the work of an enchanted clock?

Hot Spell is the first Harlequin Blaze book written by paranormal romance/YA author Michelle Rowen. I don’t normally read Blaze books but when I heard Michelle Rowen had written one, I knew I had to read it. This story has a touch of the paranormal which I don’t think is a regular thing in Blaze books but was a very pleasant surprise for me.

The chemistry between Jacob and Amanda was scorching and I loved their love/hate relationship. I adore love triangles so that was a major plus also. Overall, I couldn't put this book down and stayed up late reading it because I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. Hot Spell is entertaining, sexy, romantic and a fun light read that I highly recommend to romance readers.

10.26.2009

Guest Author Schedule for November!

I have an outstanding lineup for November of authors who will be guest blogging here at Enchanted by Books and doing giveaways. Please mark your calendars because you don't want to miss this!




November 3rd
Debut Urban Fantasy authors Kelly Meding and Kelly Gay

November 10th
Urban Fantasy author Jennifer Rardin

November 17th
Urban Fantasy author Devon Monk

November 24th
Romance author Christie Craig

10.25.2009

Winner of Michelle Rowen contest

The winner of the contest with Michelle Rowen for one of her 2009 releases is:

Moonsanity!

Congrats! Please email me through my blogger profile with your name, address and which one of the following books you would like:
Stakes & Stilettos, Tall, Dark & Fangsome, Demon Princess: Reign or Shine, or Hot Spell!

I will forward on the info to Michelle Rowen and she will get your book right out to you! Thanks to everyone for coming by and commenting on the author guest blogs!