BOOKS AND BLOGGING PHILOSOPHY

Philosophy is defined as a theory underlying or regarding a sphere of activity or thought. Well, my theory is if I can add at least 10 new books to my Wishlist and move at least 5 older Wishlist selections to my TBR list every month, then life is a ice cream sundae. And if I can find those 10 books from at least 5 new blogs each month then that's the cherry on top.

NEW VISITORS AND OLD- WELCOME!

NEW VISITORS AND OLD- WELCOME!
Well, I've made it almost 5 years now, so for better or worse, I continue on. I tend to blog in spurts as the urge to be creative erupts. As I don't have an artistic bone in my body, you will see very few changes in the layouts. Hey, I'm a reader not an artist like so many of the awesome bloggers I follow. I know you don't always have the time but if you stopped and looked, take a half a minute and say your piece. Recommend a book that you have enjoyed or hated for that matter. Thank you to all who visit.
Oh, and I moved my Google Friend Connect info and share this buttons to the top, as without our friends, who are we?


Monday, January 31, 2011

Author Stephanie Rowe Interview and Book Contest 1/31 at BittenByBooks

Join me and all the smart readers at BittenByBooks.com on 1/31with author Stephanie Rowe for an Interview, chat and contest. This event starts at 12:00 pm Central and runs all day and into the evening. 


Stephanie will also be talking about her newest book Kiss at Your Own Risk.


"Trinity Harpswell is a cursed Black Widow-death and mayhem are all part of the job description. If she can manage to go just one more week without accidentally killing someone, she'll break this killer curse and put her Black Widow days behind her. When sexy Blaine Underhill III shows up at her door and asks for her help rescuing his friend from the clutches of Death's evil grandma, Trinity gets pulled into a daring high stakes adventure. As Blaine and Trinity join forces to take down a series of underworld assassins, they may just learn that love is the deadliest game of all."



CONTEST INFO: Open to Readers in the US/Canada. Contest ends 2/1/11 at 11:59 pm  CST. Books provided courtesy of the publisher Sourcebooks Casablanca.
Prizes: Five copies of Kiss at Your Own Risk.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

SNOWY DAY CONTEST REMINDER

CONTEST ENDS  1/31/11 AT MIDNIGHT EST SO STOP BY COMMENT AND ENTER CONTEST FOR $10 GC

I don’t think there’s anything  better than curling up on the couch with a good mystery or crime drama when it’s cold outside. I’ll grab me a fuzzy blanket, a pillow and curl up on the end of the couch closest to the woodstove and camp out for hours on a good snowy day (or heck any other time I can). As they are calling for snow in the morning, I’m sitting here planning my day tomorrow and laying out a few possibilities. It dawned on me that NOW would be an excellent time to do a giveaway. 

For details on how to win a $10 GC click here.//

The Land of Painted Caves- Tick-Tick-Tick- Almost Time for Release!



I read the first book in this series in 1980, that's been 31 years ago. While the wait for the final book in the series has been the longest for any series I follow, it has given me the time to reread the series several times. I had planned on rereading the whole series before the release of the final book but time has gotten away from me so I'll read and enjoy the final book and then reread the whole series this summer while out at the pool.

Jean Auel, author of The Clan of the Cave Bear and the upcoming The Land of Painted Caves, answers Ten Terrifying Questions at http://blog.booktopia.com.au/

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Author Nico Rosso Guest Blog and $25.00 Amazon Gift Card Contest at BittenByBooks!SVP Here!


Author Nico Rosso Guest Blog and $25.00 Amazon Gift Card Contest 1/26 – 


Join  author Nico Rosso for a Guest Blog, chat and contest at BittenByBooks. This event starts at 12:00 pm Central and runs all day and into the evening. 
Nico will also be talking about his newest book Taken To The Limit

“Welcome to the Limit War.” E.R. Doctor Korina Antonakis thinks she has mastered the chaos of her work and life. In a flash of light, everything changes. A man appears, a soldier from another world. Sergeant Morrow is a Nightfighter, an elite soldier who always battles alone. But he needs an ally on Earth, a doctor. In the dark of night, he opens Korina’s eyes to The Limit War. And Earth is on the front lines. More amazing than the interstellar war, is the soldier before her. He is strong and stoic, a veteran, but beneath the armor, Korina finds the heart of a man. And in Korina, Sergeant Morrow finds the soul of a warrior to match his own. Their lives had started light-years apart, but the attraction between them pulls like destiny. Their desire is real, but the enemy needs to be driven from Earth. Can Korina and Sergeant Morrow’s passion survive in the Limit War?”
CONTEST INFO: Open to Readers WORLDWIDE.
Prize: A $25.00 Electronic Amazon Gift Card

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Two Great Authors and Two Great Giveaways Tuesday at BittenByBooks!

Come by BittenByBooks today and check out these wonderful authors and their new releases. Take the time to enter their contests as I can tell you, they are fabulous. I have added to my library both by winning books and Gift Cards (which turned into more books) and most recently, I won a new 3G Wi-Fi Kindle thanks to the generous  authors and folks at BittenByBooks.com.


Author Allison Pang Release Party and 8GB iPod Touch Contest 



The man of her dreams might be the cause of her nightmares. 
Six months ago, Abby Sinclair was struggling to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Now, she has an enchanted iPod, a miniature unicorn living in her underwear drawer, and a magical marketplace to manage. But despite her growing knowledge of the OtherWorld, Abby isn't at all prepared for Brystion, the dark, mysterious, and sexy-as- sin incubus searching for his sister, convinced Abby has the key to the succubus's whereabouts. Abby has enough problems without having this seductive shape-shifter literally invade her dreams to get information. But when her Faery boss and some of her friends vanish, as well, Abby and Brystion must form an uneasy alliance. As she is sucked deeper and deeper into this perilous world of faeries, angels, and daemons, Abby realizes her life is in as much danger as her heart - and there's no one she can trust to save her.


CONTEST INFO: Open to Readers in the US. If you live outside of the US and have a trusted friend who can accept and ship the prize to  you, feel free to enter. The contest portion of the event runs until 11:59 pm Central on 1/28/11.


” After centuries of secret conflict, humans and parahumans have reached an uneasy truce. But unspeakable evil now threatens the tenuous peace.
Teenaged shapeshifters are being slaughtered by a sadistic serial killer who rips their still-beating hearts from their paralyzed bodies. A task force forms to halt the madness, including the vampiric Aeternus Antoinette Petrescu, as well as Kitt Jordan and Raven Matokwe, members of enemy Animalian tribes . . . and forbidden lovers.
A centuries-old blood feud has divided their shapeshifting peoples, and if their passion is discovered it will doom them both. But past hostilities must be put aside, for the killer they seek is but the first sign of the all-consuming nightmare of The Dark Brethren.”
CONTEST INFO: Open to Readers WORLDWIDE. The contest portion of the event runs until 11:59 pm Central on 1/26/11.
Prize 1: A $50.00 Electronic Amazon Gift Card
Prize 2: Signed Dark Brethren Books

Cowboy and The Vampire: A Very Unusual Romance or A Darkly Romantic Mysteryby Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall

“The Cowboy and Vampire” is  back from the dead. Ah, life after death is sweet.


Hays and McFall took note of the vampire resurrection. So did their publisher. 

"We looked into the rights for the book, and they decided to reprint it under a different imprint," he said. 

"The Cowboy and the Vampire" is back from Midnight Ink, with a new cover. The old cover had a cowboy boot and some blood. The new cover has a sexy babe who looks like she wandered off the "Twilight" set in search of something to eat. 

"I thought the old one was more artistic," Hays said. "This was their decision." 

Hays and McFall are promoting their book in new ways -- Facebook didn't exist in 1999 and author websites weren't common -- and are planning a sequel. The vampire craze seems to have peaked, but you can never tell.

"It's pretty exciting to be back from the dead," Hays said. 

 By Jeff Baker, The Oregonian
To read the rest of the article click here.

Title: Cowboy and The Vampire: A Very Unusual Romance

Author: Clark Hays, Kathleen McFall
Genre: Paranormal Western
Rating: * * * *
Publishers Date: 5/1/1999
Paperback: 408 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
ISBN: 1567184510
FTC Disclosure: PaperBackSwap








Title: The Cowboy and the Vampire: A Darkly Romantic Mystery

Author: Clark Hays, Kathleen McFall
Genre: Paranormal Western
Rating: * * * *
Publishers Date: Reissue 10/8/10
Paperback: 408 pages
Publisher: Midnight Ink

ISBN: 0738721611


Are you thirstin' for a Bloodscootin' and Blood-tinglin' Romance in an Apocalyptic, Comedic, Vampire Thriller?
Reporter Lizzie Vaughn doesn't know it but she has 2000 years of royal vampire blood coursing through her veins. Tucker, her cowboy boyfriend of six months, doesn't realize that his life and hers are about to take as many twists and turns as a bucking bronco ride.
All that megalomaniac Vampire leader Julius wants is for his horde of maniacal followers to vanquish every living being on the planet, so he can reign over Darkness for all eternity-with Lizzie at his side. There are just a few problems he has to iron out first...
Julius' fatally seductive Vampire consort, Elita, is furious. She wants to be the only woman in Julius' undead life. His archenemy Lazarus, once the most powerful Vampire on the planet, is undoubtedly plotting against Julius and his diabolical scheme. But Lazarus has been living a quiet life, eating HoHos and reading tabloids. Has he lost his taste for bloodshed?

Lizzie herself is being difficult-she doesn't want to be Queen of the Vampires, or as she calls them, "blood-sucking, crazy freaks." Finally, there's Tucker, who is coming for his woman with his dog, his gun, and a couple of ragtag cowhands.

Who will be left when the sun rises?

(this was my original review of the book which I read several years back)
Well, the title says it all. It's definitely a different kind of romance. I just love it when the writer gives you a totally unconceived version of how vampires came to be. You will love it and Lizzie's cowboy, his family, and friends. Enough humor to keep the story from dragging on too long and enough biblical fact to make you go hummm. Definitely worth your time to read. Just wish there was  another book to look forward to with Lizzie, Tucker and of course wonder dog Rex. 

Monday, January 24, 2011

Two Great Authors and Two Great Giveaways Today at BittenByBooks!

Come by BittenByBooks today and check out these wonderful authors and their new releases. Take the time to enter their contests as I can tell you, they are fabulous. I have added to my library both by winning books and Gift Cards (which turned into more books) and most recently, I won a new 3G Wi-Fi Kindle thanks to the authors and BittenByBooks.com.
But you'll hear more about that in a later post as I still can't put into words how wonderfully magnificent that is! 


Author E. J. Stevens Interview and Contest LIVE Here!

CONTEST INFO: Open to Readers in the US/International. The contest portion of the event runs until 11:59 pm Central on 1/25.
Prizes: US readers may win a Spirit Guide series prize
pack including a She Smells the Dead tote bag stuffed with goodies
including a signed copy of She Smells the Dead and a signed copy of
Spirit Storm (releasing in January 2011), bookmarks, postcards, and a
She Smells the Dead “I smell dead people” t-shirt (size XL).
International readers may win their choice of a copy of She Smells the
Dead and a copy of Spirit Storm mailed from The Book Depository or
eBook pdf copies of She Smells the Dead and Spirit Storm.
Spirits of the Dead are coming...

Yuki is about to face an army of lost souls on Samhain, the night of Halloween, when the spirits of the dead roam free. Yuki will need all the help she can get from her friends, but will Calvin be there for her when she needs him the most?


Author Diana Pharaoh Francis Interview and Amazon Gift Card Contest LIVE Here!


CONTEST INFO: Open to Readers WORLDWIDE. The contest portion of the event runs until 11:59 pm Central on 1/25.
Prize 1: A $50.00 Electronic Amazon Gift Card
Prize 2: A $25.00 Electronic Amazon Gift Card
THERE ARE GOOD GUYS. THERE ARE BAD GUYS. AND THEN THERE’S MAX.
Max knows what trusting the wrong person can cost you. Her former friend Giselle, a powerful witch, enslaved Max years ago, turning her into a Shadowblade—a deadly warrior compelled to fight for Giselle. But there’s more at stake now than Max’s thirst for revenge. The Guardians, overseers of the magical world, have declared war on humanity and on any witches not standing with them. Max and Giselle have come to an uneasy truce in order to protect what’s left of Horngate, their coven’s home. Max would do anything for Horngate—even give herself over to a mysterious otherworldly creature in the nearby mountains in exchange for his help. But first, she intends to save the mortal family she left behind. And Alexander, the Shadowblade warrior who could be her closest ally or her deadliest enemy, is going with her.
On a road trip into the unknown, Max and Alexander face wild magic, desperate enemies, and battles that bruise both body and soul. But the greatest challenge will come from unexpected revelations that test everything Max believes about who she is—and where her loyalties lie. . . .

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Aprilynne Pike- Wings 4 1/2 *

Title: Wings
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Rating: * * * * 1/2
Publishers Date: 5/05/09
Hardback: 294 pages
Publisher: Harper Teen
ISBN: 0061668036
FTC Disclosure: PaperBackSwap

An extraordinary faerie tale of magic and mystery, romance and danger, described by Stephenie Meyer as 'a remarkable debut'. Laurel is an ordinary fifteen-year-old high school girl. But something incredible is happening to her. She is changing. Now Laurel is about to discover that a deep and powerful magic holds the key to her destiny.

I really wasn’t planning on reading Wings today, but only because I didn’t have the second book in the series yet. And if you’ve read any of my other book reviews you know I generally wait till I’ve got 3 or 4 of the books in a series before I start it. However, I made the mistake of glancing at the first couple of pages. First thing I knew about an hour had past and I was well beyond the point where I could stop. I had heard this book compared to “Twilight” and Meyer had a nice little blurb on the cover, “A Remarkable Debut”.  Boy was everyone right on the money. This book was so refreshing and though I heard it mentioned that it started slow, I didn’t think so. I can see why others have compared it to “Twilight” as it left me with a feeling of total satisfaction when I finished it (gleefully knowing that there were to be 4 books in this series). While I’d have loved it to have been the length of “Twilight”, I have the satisfaction of knowing that book 2, “Spells”, is on its way to me as we speak and “Illusions” is due out May of 2011. Pike’s modern mythology of faeries was fascinating and a joy to watch unfold. I do hope we find out more about the faeries history as the next book unfolds but again the characters, the world building and the action within the story was an awesome thing to behold.

Laurel
1. Wings (2009)
2. Spells (2010)
3. Illiusions (2011)

O M Grey--Avalon Revisited 4* * * *


Title: Avalon Revisited
Author: O M Grey
Genre: Paranormal Romance Steampunk
Rating: * * * *
Publishers Date: 4/22/10
Trade: 250 pages
Publisher: Blue Moose Press
ISBN: 0981994954
FTC Disclosure: PaperBackSwap

Arthur has made his existence as a vampire bearable for over three hundred years by immersing himself in blood and debauchery. Aboard an airship gala, he meets Avalon, an aspiring vampire slayer who sparks fire into Arthur's shriveled heart. Together they try to solve the mystery of several horrendous murders. Cultures clash and pressures rise in this sexy Steampunk Romance.

This was a book I wasn't real sure how to classify-Paranormal Romance?, Historical Fiction?, Steampunk?, Mystery?, Suspense?- but it didn't really matter as it was a jewel. It's the first O M Grey book I'd read and I immediately set out to get more as this was a totally fascinating read. 
 It was told from Arthur's (Henry VII's brother) point of view. He's living (dead) the good life 300+ years later in Victorian England when he meets a woman that reminds him of his first love Catherine. Well she's not really interested in him until she runs into him several times while searching for the vampire that has murdered several women that he's had sex with. As Arthur knows he didn't kill them, well maybe one of them, he decides to help her discover the killer. The suspense and mystery, along with the hot sexy scenes made this book hard to put down and a very fast read for me.
I love books from this era and Grey did a fabulous job describing the clothes, the parties and the houses of this time. I'm hoping this will be a series as the ending really set it up for another book. This was the first Steampunk I've read and definitely will not be the last.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Januuary Sparkles with Love and Generosity!

I just have to holler out to some of the great bloggers and authors who have given so many books and gift certificates away over the holiday season. In the past three days, I have been raking them in.
Thanks to the following for making the cold snowy month of January sparkle with love and generosity. 


The Spirit Eater
 From the BBB Prize Goddess at
http://bittenbybooks.com
The Review Site With Bite! 


With the pressure on after his success in Gaol, Eli Monpress, professional thief and degenerate, decides it's time to lie low for a bit. Taking up residence in a tiny seaside village, Eli and his companions seize the chance for some fun and relaxation.
Nico, however, is finding it a bit hard. Plagued by a demon's voice in her head and feeling powerless, she only sees herself as a burden. Everyone's holiday comes to an untimely close, though, when Pele arrives to beg Eli's help for finding her missing father.
But there are larger plans afoot than even Eli can see, and the real danger, and the solution, may lie with one of his own and her forgotten past.
If only Nico could remember whose side she's on.

The Duchess of Sin



From Ashley at
 http://ashleysbookshelf.blogspot.com
 I'm not a professional, just blog about 
what I am reading at the moment!

Blonde and beautiful Lady Anna Blacknall is in the mood for mischief. Entering Dublin's most notorious den of vice, she finds herself in the arms of a mysterious, emerald-eyed Irishman. And although he is masked, his tender kiss is hauntingly familiar.
Conlan McTeer, Duke of Adair, has come to Dublin to fight for a free Ireland. But he's suddenly reunited with the young Englishwoman who had once claimed his heart, and his passion turns from politics to pleasure. When their sizzling encounter brings danger to Anna's door, she must decide where her loyalties lie-and quickly. For someone will do whatever it takes to destroy Conlan . . . and anyone he dares to love.

A Royal Likeness


From Kristen at
http://alwayswithabook.blogspot.com/
and Author Christine Trent at
http://christinetrent.com/

As heiress to the famous Laurent Fashion Dolls business, Marguerite Ashby's future seems secure. But France still seethes with violence in the wake of the Revolution. And when Marguerite's husband is killed during a riot, the young widow travels to Edinburgh and becomes apprentice to her old friend, Marie Tussaud, who has established a wax exhibition. When Prime Minister William Pitt commissions a wax figure of Admiral Nelson, Marguerite becomes immersed in a dangerous adventure - and earns the admiration of two very different men. And as Britain battles to overthrow Napoleon, Marguerite will find her loyalties under fire from all sides. With a masterful eye for details, Christine Trent brings one of history's most fascinating eras to life in of a story of desire, ambition, treachery, and courage.

The Shadow Project By Herbie Brennan- Free Read


The Shadow Project
By Herbie Brennan





Danny Lipman is a thief . . . until one night he robs the wrong house. He inadvertently breaks into the headquarters of the Shadow Project, a secret government organization where teenage spies are trained to leave their bodies, using astral projection to travel around the world on deadly missions.
Danny is captured, but the Project leaders quickly realize he has a special gift. And when a key operative—the director's daughter, Opal—goes missing, he is offered a choice: join the Shadow Project or go to jail.
Danny joins and is quickly sent to investigate the Project's current target: a worldwide terrorist organization known as the Sword of Wrath. But as he gets deeper in, he discovers both the Project and the Sword of Wrath are far more than they seem. Danny and his fellow operatives are caught up in an ancient supernatural conflict and will have to learn how to survive in a world without boundaries of space or time, where the wrong choice could be their last.

Thanks to Harper/Teen you can read this free, just click here


James Rollins-Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow--FREE READ


Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow
By James Rollins


When a mysterious envelope arrives for Jake Ransom, he and his older sister, Kady, are plunged into a gripping chain of events. An artifact found by their parents—on the expedition from which they never returned—leads Jake and Kady to a strange world inhabited by a peculiar mix of long-lost civilizations, a world that may hold the key to their parents' disappearance.
But even as they enter the gate to this extraordinary place, savage grackyls soar across the sky, diving to attack. Jake's new friends, the pretty Mayan girl Marika and the Roman Pindor, say the grackyls were created by an evil alchemist—the Skull King. And as Jake struggles to find a way home, it becomes obvious that what the Skull King wants most is Jake and Kady—dead or alive.

Want to read this free. Thanks to Harper/Teen you can. Click here for free read.

The Dark Days of Supernatural brought to you by Harper/Teen

Once in a Full Moon
Beware of a kiss under a fool moon.
 It will change your life forever.


Unearthly
Choose between destiny and love.





Afterlife
Find out if love really can survive anything.


Angelfire
Prepare for battle…become a warrior 
for the fate of humankind’s souls.





Desires of the Dead
The missing dead call out to Violet. 
They want to be found.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Lynn Viehl- Dreamveil 4 1/2*


Title: Dreamveil
Author: Lynn Viehl
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Rating: * * * *1/2
Publishers Date: 6/1/10
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Onyx
ISBN: 0451412885
FTC Disclosure: I purchased

Rowan Dietrich grew up on the streets. Now she's out to start anew, find a job-and keep her identity as a Kyndred secret, as well as her ability to "dreamveil" herself into the object of others' desires.

But Rowan isn't using her gift when world-class chef Jean-Marc Dansant is stricken by her beauty and strength. And when dark secrets from her past threaten her new life and love, Rowan realizes she can't run forever...

Lynn Viehl is one of only about a half dozen authors who are on my auto buy list without ever reading review one. While at first I didn’t think I would like the other half of the Darkyn series, Kyndred, as much as the first half of the series, this book totally convinced me it was a winner. While the Kyndred doesn’t have the rich historical focus that made me fall in love with this series back in 2005, this book has so many twists and turns that it has blown me away. I’ll think I have a thing or two figured out and Viehl’s storyline takes a whole other turn that makes me smile and shake my head with satisfaction. The mystery and suspense is worthy of several Patterson books I’ve read and definitely more entertaining. This is NOT a series that can be read out of order and why would you want to? The characters in this series have been superb and I loved the setting of this book in a French restaurant.  I started this book late in the afternoon and did not lay it down until I finished the last word in it. I just picked up the next book “Frostfire” and am planning an all night read tomorrow night.

I list both series here because they go together as far as I'm concerned. You can't enjoy one without the other.
Darkyn
1. If Angels Burn (2005)
2. Private Demon (2005)
3. Dark Need (2006)
4. Night Lost (2007)
5. Evermore (2008)
6. Twilight Fall (2008)
7. Stay the Night (2009)
Kyndred
1. Shadowlight (2009)
2. Dreamveil (2010)
3. Frostfire (2011)

The Follower Love Giveaway Hop Feb 8th - Feb 13th





The Follower Love Giveaway Hop will take place from February 8th to February 13th with winners being announced on Valentines Day.


It is being sponsored by I'm a Reader, Not a Writer.

The hop will run from 12:01 AM on February 8th to 11:59 PM on February 13th.  


 It will be open to US and Canada, as of now.  I will probably give away Amazon Gift cards as these are the simplest and the best as far as I'm concerned.  So mark your calendars as February is just around the corner. 

Bernita Harris- Dark and Disorderly 4 * * * *

Title: Dark and Disorderly
Author: Bernita Harris
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Rating: * * * *
Publishers Date: 6/28/10
Kindle: 414 KB
Publisher: Carina Press
ISBN: B003NX7BSU
FTC Disclosure: Net Galley

"I was standing there naked when my dead husband walked into my bathroom..."
Lillie St. Claire is a Talent, one of the rare few who can permanently dispatch the spirits of the dead that walk the earth. Her skills are in demand in a haunted country, where a plague of ghosts is becoming a civic nuisance.

Those skills bring her into conflict with frightened citizens who view Talents as near-demons. Her husband comes to see her as a Freak; so when Nathan dies after a car crash, she is relieved to be free of his increasingly vicious presence. Lillie expects to be haunted by Nathan's ghost, but not to become Suspect #1 for her husband's murder and reanimation.

But what's most surprising of all is the growing attraction between her and psi-crime detective John Thresher. He thinks that Lillie killed Nathan--and Nathan must agree, because his zombie is seeking revenge. Now she and Thresher must work together to solve her husband's murder--before his corpse kills her...

I finally gave in and got a Kindle at Christmas and one of the first things I did was download all the Net Galley books that the generous publishers had given me to read. I had only read a few as I totally hated to read on my PC. But it was a whole different ballgame reading on the Kindle. The fact that the first book I read on the Kindle, Dark and Disorderly, was purely coincidental. And boy am I glad it was first, because it was fabulous.  I loved the trip that Harris took us on and look forward to more books in this series. Please, please say it’s going to be a series.  

First of all the opening sentence, “I was standing there naked when my dead husband walked into my bathroom..." now tell me how can that not hook you?
Harris’s characters Lillie and Thresher caused sparks every time they ran into one another. I just loved the spunky spit fire Talent. Her job (talent) was to dispatch ghosts in this alternate world where everyone knew about ghosts, zombies and other such creatures.
Despite the fact that someone or something seemed intent on doing away with her, she was going to do her job. This was a fun read that once I got about a third of the way through, was unable to lay down till I had finished it and solved the mystery. There was a lot of action and excitement that kept me clutching the book (er Kindle). Oh, and the scene where Lillie is hunting a missing girl and the little ditty “Ding dong dell” just made me want to gather the child up, much as Lillie did before I burst into tears. I loved the world that Harris created and hope we will see more of Lillie and Thresher. The only jarring thing I found was some of the “big” words where simpler would have been better. But hey, I got to use the nice feature on my Kindle that immediately told me the meaning
of any words that were in doubt whereas I’d probably not have bothered to double check the meaning if it meant looking it up in Websters. I’ve heard other reviewers compare this book to Harrison’s and Armstrong’s and while I agree, I honestly think it was a whole different take on the paranormal that was outstanding on its own.




Thursday, January 20, 2011

Lynsay Sands -Born to Bite * * * *

Title: Born to Bite
Author: Lynsay Sands
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Rating: * * * *
Publishers Date: 8/31/10
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 0061474320
FTC Disclosure: I purchased
Legend has it that Armand Argeneau is a killer in the bedroom . . . 
But with all three of his late wives meeting unfortunate and untimely ends, is this sexy immortal a lover or a murderer? That's what Eshe d'Aureus intends to find out. As an enforcer, it's her job to bring rogue vampires to justice, even if the rogue in question makes her blood race red hot.

Armand knew she was trouble the moment Eshe roared into town on her motorcycle, clad in tight black leather. She claims she's hiding from dangerous fiends, though he suspects something more. But after three wives who've all had trouble remaining, well, undead, Armand is reluctant to open his heart again. Then strange accidents start to happen, each deadlier than the last, and Armand realizes he may not have much time to prove he's a lover, not a slayer.
While this had some of the humor of the earlier books, it still wasn't as enjoyable as the first few in the series. It was a definite improvement over the Rogue Hunter books in the series though. And it was nice to see some of the earlier characters that I had fallen in love with, like Lucien and Bricker, who always made me laugh.
I thoroughly enjoyed Armand's life mate Eshe from the moment she roared in on the back of her motorcycle. She was wild and a spitfire in the earlier Hunter book but less so around Armand. This book was a bit more action packed and less romantic than what I normally expect from Sands but it was nice to finally discover what had happened to Armand's former wives. The normal romantic tension and humor seemed lacking but this may have been because both were vampires and there was none of the "Yes, I am a vampire-see my teeth" convincing that normally takes place when one of them was human. In spite of some of the shortcomings, I still thoroughly enjoyed the latest visit with the Argeneau family and expect to get started on "Hungry For You" shortly. 



Argeneau Family
1. A Quick Bite (2005)
2. Love Bites (2004)
3. Single White Vampire (2003)
4. Tall, Dark and Hungry (2004)
5. A Bite to Remember (2006)
6. Bite Me If You Can (2007)
7. The Accidental Vampire (2008)
8. Vampires Are Forever (2008)
9. Vampire, Interrupted (2008)
10. The Rogue Hunter (2008)
11. The Immortal Hunter (2009)
12. The Renegade Hunter (2009)
13. Born to Bite (2010)
14. Hungry For You (2010)
15. The Reluctant Vampire (2011)