Book Review: The Dark Souls Series by Anne Hope‏

SoulBound300Synopsis: Soul Bound

The one man she wants is the one man destined to destroy her.

Sooner or later we all end up dead. Jace Cutler doesn’t have the luxury of staying that way. After receiving a fatal stab wound, he awakens in a hospital room in Portland, Oregon, with no memory and a big hole where his soul used to be. Worst of all is the glow. Everyone is surrounded by a strange white aura he hungers to possess, none more compelling than the one enveloping Dr. Lia Benson.

Lia has always been ruled by reason, refusing to put stock in such nebulous things as destiny. Until Jace dies in her arms, then miraculously comes back to life.  Whenever he’s near, her soul responds and her body burns. And she’s consumed by odd dreams she’s convinced are Jace’s lost memories.When Lia is kidnapped, Jace tracks her and discovers a shocking explanation for  who—and what—he is. Something no longer human, a dark legacy that until now has lain dormant within him. Something that could destroy the one woman he’d sacrifice everything to protect.

Warning: Contains bone-melting sexual tension, scary battle scenes, heartrending emotion guaranteed to keep you turning the pages well into the night, and a positively divine hero who may just steal your soul.

Synopsis: Soul DeepSoulDeep300

Save her life…or save mankind. His choice could cost him his soul.

For nearly two centuries, Marcus has been the Watchers’ most faithful soldier.

Sworn to protect humanity, driven by an unrelenting compulsion to atone for past sins, he has rarely found a compelling reason to question his mission, let alone defy his leader. His partner, Regan, is his exact opposite, an enigma he longs to solve. A free spirit and reckless to a fault, Regan acts first and thinks later. Her smart mouth and tender heart have fascinated Marcus for decades, but the Watchers’ strict vow of celibacy has forced him to ignore the sizzling attraction between them. Until now. When Regan goes rogue to protect a very special little boy, Marcus is forced to make an impossible choice—commit an act of treason or watch the woman he secretly loves die.

Hunted by enemies and allies alike, Regan and Marcus run for their lives, fighting to thwart an age-old prophecy and guard a boy whose destiny may very well be to destroy the world…or save it.

SoulThief300Synopsis: Soul Thief

Born to hunt and destroy…until the light of one soul reawakens his own.

Adrian knows he once possessed a soul, but it abandoned him the day he was murdered. The day he was reborn as a Rogue, shunned by humans and hunted by his own kind. By night he feeds the darkness inside him by finding and snuffing out corrupt souls, perfectly content to live as an outcast—until a random act of violence unites him with a woman who makes him feel.

Angelica Paxton believes everyone deserves a second chance. Even her rescuer, a mysterious stranger with hypnotic powers, an unsettling ability to invade her dreams, and a shocking secret. Much as her body wants to succumb to Adrian’s seductive charms, she can’t. Not without breaking his newly awakened heart. Adrian swears to protect Angie from his kind, even if staying by her side means volunteering at the center where she works to reform the very souls he has vowed to crush. Even if it means abandoning the shadows for the light. Even if that light exposes the darkest threat he’s ever faced. One from which he is powerless to save her…

Synopsis: Soul ChaseSoulChase300

A man she’d die for, a world she was born to defend… Only one can survive.

For twenty-five years, Adrian has mourned the loss of his soul mate, Angie. He’s content to live as an outcast…until a series of abductions forces him out of seclusion and into the arms of the very woman he loved and lost. Angie’s reincarnation, Emma.

Emma is on the run, hunted by soulless creatures whose one goal is to possess her soul. They have taken everything: her home, her identity, her mother. Left with no other choice, she must trust her fate to Adrian, the enigmatic stranger who comes to her rescue. An immortal being whose illicit touch makes her blood burn and awakens an inexplicable desire in her heart.

Emma follows Adrian to his isolated community in Arizona, where she is assailed by visions of a past life. As passion ignites and her enemies close in, Emma is drawn into a world where nothing is what it seems and where love could prove the greatest weakness of all.

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About the Author: 

6fdee03ae7a045d1e2703210.L._V192253973_SX200_Anne Hope is the author of emotionally intense romances with a twist—a twist of humor, a twist of suspense, a twist of magic. All her stories, however, have a common thread. Whether they make you laugh or cry or push you to the edge of your seat, they all feature the redeeming power of love and the heart’s incredible ability to heal.

Anne’s passion for writing began at the age of eight. After penning countless stories about enchanted houses, alien girls with supernatural powers, and children constantly getting lost in the woods, she decided to try her hand at romance.

She lives in Montreal, Canada, with her husband, her two inexhaustible kids, a lazy cat and a rambunctious Australian Kelpie.

My Review:

So, you’d think reading 4 books for a review would be a mammoth task…it really wasn’t. The Soul Series was so enjoyable, I was actually looking for the next one before I knew what I was doing! Paranormal romance as a genre is saturated with authors and series, and its such a pleasure to find a great one amongst the crowd.

The characters were all so real-feeling, which is a great hook for anything with supernatural elements. There was also definitive themes running through the series too – which to me, sets a book apart from the rest of the dross that can litter this genre.

From a writer’s perspective, I felt that the pace and plots were both smooth and fast and that the author didn’t shy away from any hard-hitting story lines or try to sugar coat anything.  All too often books can patronize the reader by skipping over the deeper material – Anne Hope doesn’t do this at all, and it’s one of the many attributes of a talented author.

The front covers don’t give a lot away about the books themselves, and perhaps could lead them to be overlooked by readers when there are such colourful and exciting covers out there – this would be a massive shame, but people do judge books by their covers.

Overall I’d give the series a big 5 out of 5 stars – it’s so great to find a captivating series, just make sure you have enough free time on your hands!

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Book Review: No Refuge by Annie Nicholas

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Hunted to near extinction by an alien race called the Ko, my people have run from Earth and drifted so far among the stars we can’t remember the way back. We live everywhere, but call nowhere home. The Ko want us erased from existence and memory. They don’t even want our DNA in the space dust. Humans disguise themselves as other alien species and hide in plain sight. It’s the only way we can survive.

I believe in the myth of Earth. I’ve even discovered a bona fide book written in the dead language of my people. My man, Brody, dreams of a secret human colony. He’s searched for years, hunting any rumor we’ve run across, and finally he’s made contact. Usually, he’s the one grounding me to station and keeping my head out of the atmosphere. Time for me to return the favor…that is, if I can ditch the Ko who’ve discovered me, thanks to my incessant artifact-hunting. If we don’t make our rendezvous, and the Ko don’t kill me, Brody just might…

About the Author: annie

Annie Nicholas writes paranormal romance with a twist. She has courted vampires, hunted with shifters, and slain a dragon’s ego all with the might of her pen. Riding the wind of her imagination, she travels beyond the restraints of reality and shares them with anyone wanting to read her stories. Mother, daughter, and wife are some of the other hats she wears while hiking through the hills and dales of her adopted state of Vermont.

Annie writes for Samhain Publishing, Carina Press, and Lyrical Press.

Website: www.annienicholas.com

Blog:  www.annienicholas.blogspot.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Annie-Nicholas#!/pages/Annie-Nicholas/162716537103705

Twitter: https://twitter.com/annienicholas

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My Review:

I’ve always had a healthy respect for sci-fi, the amount of effort that goes into building alien worlds, characters and customs is immense. I’ve not read much sci-fi though, although sat through a fair amount of TV and film. All that said, I find it pretty easy to spot a good book in this genre, and Annie has done it again! Reading a story that happens in a world that’s epically removed from our own (this includes sci-fi and high fantasy) can be difficult, so I can almost instantly tell how comfortable I am when reading a book in this genre. If I’m having to make notes (mental or long hand) about the details, then I’m really not going to enjoy it, it turns into a kind of long piece of homework. No Refuge was not like this at all; although it is very much sci-fi, it makes you feel comfortable, introduces the info you need as and when you need it, and gives you characters that you really feel for.

From a writer’s perspective, it was written incredibly well, and the plot moved at a fast pace that drew me in quickly and didn’t let me go till the end. The idea that humans are now an endangered species, hunted to the brink of extinction to the edges of the galaxy, was both tragic and kind of ironic considering our blase attitude to what we are doing to certain species on Earth. everything for a good story was present here: plot, theme, characters and originality.

The front cover is okay, but kind of lets the epic-ness of the book down a little. I’m a firm believer in how much front covers can sell a book, and feel that this could do with a bit f sprucing to really do the book the justice.

Overall, I’d give No Refuge 5 out 5 stars – if you’re missing Star Trek and Firefly and want a dash of romance, then look no further.

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Book Review: Living Dead Girl by Nessie Strange

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Jen MacLellan has hit a dead end…

Jen knows tattooed, blue-haired Jack Norris is trouble the minute he opens his front door. And being a mortician in the avante garde East Side of Providence, Jen has seen a lot. Jack has recruited Jen’s teenage brother Drew to play drums for his less-than-respectable punk band, and Jen has no choice but to follow their gigs to keep her little brother out of trouble. But when Drew goes missing, she finds herself in the awkward position of asking for Jack’s help. Shocked that he agrees, Jen decides she may have misjudged him. Worse, she might even like him.

But when Jen is brutally attacked, she awakens in the hospital where a Sid Vicious look-alike greets her with the news: she’s dead, and he’s the reaper assigned to take her away. Yeah, not so much. Refusing to leave, Jen’s spirit watches helplessly as her loved ones suffer, powerless to ease her family’s grief or prevent the police from accusing Jack of her murder. Desperate to help them, Jen convinces the reaper to bring her back. But reanimating corpses isn’t as easy as it looks, and neither is finding a killer before it’s too late…

About the Author: ness

Nessie is a Massachusetts native and mother of two who has dabbled in everything from abstract painting to freelance sports reporting. She also loves a good story, whether it’s reading or writing one. Active membership in a writer’s critique group has helped erase the memory of two horribly written practice novels. LIVING DEAD GIRL is her first real novel.

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My Review:

Okay, so the storyline of this book sounded amazing, but I must admit I was kind of let down by the characters. Also, forgetting one scene in the book, it reads more like a YA than a NA or adult novel. And perhaps repackaging it that way might help with the sales and reviews. Teens love to read above their age group, so Jen would be the kind of protagonist they’d like. As an adult reader, I found the main relationship too sweet and the mystery part of the book, not much of a mystery to solve. The reaper/zombie part was interesting but not used to its full potential, which was a touch frustrating.

From a writer’s perspective, the relationships in the book seemed to occur outside of the paranormal aspect. In truth, if you had taken away the murder it would have read like a contemporary teen novel (which isn’t a bad thing) I just find that having a supernatural edge and not completely slicing down your characters with it, is a little pointless as an author. It also definitely need a bit more action too; it seemed to take a while to get anything juicy in there.

The front cover is very nice, again would easily appeal to a tweeny audience – so it wouldn’t actually take much to do a quick re-edit on the spice-ish scenes and re-release it under the YA banner.

Overall I’d give Living Dead Girl, 3 out of 5 stars. Not my cup of tea, but I still enjoyed reading it.

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Book Spotlight: Fangs and Furs Box Set

Fur and FangsSynopsis:

Things don’t shift any better than this. One cutting edge read after another, of Fur & Fangs brings you six steamy paranormal reads from five best-selling authors.

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FANG CHRONICLES: MANDY’S STORY

By D’Elen McClain

Every beastkind knows you don’t mess with a Kodiak bear—everyone that is except Mandy, the wolf-pack Alpha’s sister. When Mandy hears whispers that the bad attitude bear, Honey, has chosen a mate, she takes matters into her own hands because her wolf decided months before that Honey was hers.

Website/Blog- www.fangchronicles.com

BIG BAD BEAST

By Skhye Moncrief

Each wants the other, but neither can stand to be in the same room together…And each has secretly lusted for the other like a dark explosive sin. Stand back and watch the fireworks light up the Minnesota Territory’s post-apocalyptic sky because the BIG BAD BEAST can’t help but to huff and to puff and to blow Josie’s house in…

Website- http://skhyemoncrief.com

FERAL FASCINATIONS

By Skhye Moncrief

Their blood lust flares hotter than a solar storm…She seduced an earthling to create their were-assassin blood bond. Shanghaied to fight a war between vampires and werewolves, his gut shouts escape. But humanity needs a hero. Colliding in a universe of psychic mind-reading games, each realizes trusting the other is as dangerous as buying into their FERAL FASCINATIONS.

Website- http://skhyemoncrief.com

THE GEORGIAN EMBRACE

By Sky Purington

When Devin, a mysterious stranger claiming to be from the future, appears on her Georgian’s worksite everything changes for eighteenth century Isabel. Even as smoldering, unavoidable desire ignites between them they must struggle to stay one step ahead of the time-warping house caught in Calum’s Curse. Better yet, the rival werewolf determined to finish the legacy it began.

Website- http://www.skypurington.com

CARNAL THIRST

By Celeste Anwar

When Danior found the woman being drained of life by one of his clan, for some unfathomable reason, he knew he could not allow her to die. Against the ruling of the council, Danior secrets her away, taking her through the change from human into vampire and forever changing life as she knows it. But the move ensures they will be outcasts–hunted to the death by his people.

Website- http://www.romancewiki.com/Celeste_Anwar

THE PROTECTORS DAMON

By Teresa Gabelman

The Vampire Council Warriors have been ordered to train social workers how to protect themselves against vampire attacks. VC Warrior Damon DeMaster’s and social worker Nicole Callahan clash at their first meeting. Even as sparks fly and tensions mount, Nicole and Damon depend on each other to protect the children of both races against the new drug hitting the streets, Crimson Rush.

Website www.teresagabelman.com

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Book Review: Touched by Lightning Love’s Defenders Series Book 1 Danica Avet

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When empath Gyda St. Germaine is rescued from a sex-trafficking ring, she vows vengeance on her tormentors. Aided by two distinct personalities who bolster her powers, she becomes a vigilante, hungry for revenge. Her path of retribution tosses her into the arms of an Order of Themis Siphon and her world is turned upside down. Fighting her past takes a backseat to her all-consuming desire for the man whose honor and sense of justice go against everything she believes.

The moment electricity manipulator Brit Harper stumbled across a feral woman with a bloody knife, his life changed. Black and white becomes gray as the scales of justice tip. Fascinated by her strength and the darkness in her eyes, he vows to teach her the true meaning of justice, and help her explore the passion sizzling between them. But when the evil haunting Gyda’s dreams returns in the flesh, he’ll have to choose between his beliefs and the woman he loves.

Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/U22LHnllx8A       Ellora’s Cave

About the Author: avet10

Danica Avet was born and raised in the wilds of South Louisiana (that would be somewhere around Houma) where mosquitoes are big enough to carry off small children and there are only two seasons: hot and hotter. With a BA in History, she figured there were enough fry cooks in the world and decided to try her hand at writing.

Danica is the lucky pet of a compulsively needy dog and two cats. The pitter-patter of little feet has been known to make her break out into a cold sweat.

Writing is how she gives the voices in her head a way out. When she isn’t writing, working or contemplating the complexities of the universe, she spends time gathering inspiration from her insane family, reads far more than any sane person would want to, and watches hot burly men chase an oblong ball all over a field.

Website: www.danicaavet.com

Blog: www.danicaavet.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/danica.avet

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/4702737.Danica_Avet

Twitter: @DanicaAvet

My Review:

I really appreciate a good paranormal romance that doesn’t rely on the relationship to be interesting. Touched by Lightning had the most amazing facet to it, where one of the main characters has a multiple personality due to the severe abuse she has suffered. It really pulled in a more realistic aspect into the whole thing and made the romance so much more interesting.

 From a writer’s perspective, the usual spicy scenes you tend to expect in Ellora’s Cave books, were quite a way into the story and were justifiable so. I applaud the author for trying something different and entering a world that isn’t sugary sweet, and where the relationship is the ultimate plot of the book. My only criticism is that I’d have started the book from 16’s appearance rather than the character’s back story – really bring the reader into the action right from the beginning.

The front cover is a typical paranormal romance image and its nice to see both characters represented rather than just the ab sporting alpha male lead.

Overall, I’d give Touched by Lightning 5 out of 5 stars – such an dark and interesting take on the genre. A must read.

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Book Review: A Late Summer Bloom by Cherrie Mack

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A young witch, destined to be queen. A traveler destined to love her and an evil warlock desperate to claim her.

When Julien Beaumont meets Giselle Jareau, the naïve, young witch is nothing more than a nuisance. A mere inconvenience. But the inkblot on his arm disagrees. As their relationship develops, his tattoo begins to fill in. Could it be fate or something more sinister?

On an old, decrepit sugar plantation, in the heart of the Louisiana Bayou, the defender of the covens and the queen to the royals engage in a battle of wits. And as Giselle falls in love, Julien tries desperately to change the course of their destiny.

About the Author:

Cherrie Mack grew up in Flushing Queens NY, the youngest child of six. The city’s diversity gave her a great appreciation for many different cultures and lifestyles. After love finally claimed the girl from the city and dragged her to the suburban madness of Long Island, she settled into a quiet life with her new husband. Two children and one mini-van later, the family found themselves moving towards the sunny skies of Florida where they currently reside. With her focus still very much on her family, Cherrie squeezes in time to write. The publication of her debut novel, Ache of Desire has given her the confidence to allow her to spend more time writing.CherrieMack_profile_pic1

One year and four books later, Cherrie has continued to flourish. With multiple series in the works, there’s no slowing down for this up and coming author.

A member of Romance Writers of America, Cherrie is slowly spreading her wings as a romance author. Look for her books at all digital bookstores such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Bookstrand, ITunes, Nook and many more.

Blog: http://cherriemack.wordpress.com/

Website: http://www.cherriemack.com

Author facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/CherrieMack

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My Review:

A Late Summer Bloom is a pleasant read that flows with a smooth plot and delivers on the promise of the synopsis. I must admit, that I read an abnormal amount of paranormal romance so my standards are pretty high. There has to be a believable relationship, a reason for spicy scenes and a plot that keeps you gripped. This ticked a couple of those boxes, but did leave me wanting…

From a writer’s perspective, I know why I was left wanting – there was a lot of ‘show don’t tell’ in there and a liberal sprinkling of info dumps; especially in the beginning. I kind of felt that I was being force fed the history of the characters, rather then being drip-fed their backgrounds and situations. This really is just my own personal opinion, and is born from the fact that I’m a writer myself, so I do read with a slightly more critical eye than most.

The front cover is romantic but doesn’t really represent the magic of the witches – which is what sets the book apart from others in its genre. I truly believe that a novel’s USP (Unique Selling Point) has to be on the front cover. Readers often pick books based on covers (shallow, but true) So, I think that to help on a marketing/ selling front there should have been some magical imagery on there.

Overall, I’d give A Late Summer Bloom 3 out of 5 stars. A nice easy going paranormal romance.

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Interview with Anna Abner

Anna Abner author picTell us about your publishing journey…

First, thanks for the chance to chat!
I have been writing stories for as long as I can remember and in my twenties I attempted to publish the traditional route. I got a lot of positive feedback, but I felt like a contract was never going to happen. I finally decided to take control of my own career. I self-published, and though it has been much more work than I originally anticipated, I wouldn’t change a thing.

What do you love about being an author?

My characters. They become a part of me. I love them, hate them, cry for them, laugh with them. They come to life in my imagination, and that’s the best part of storytelling, for me.

If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?

I am obsessed with Katniss Everdeen right now, so I’m going to say her. We would chat about her life post-games, and I would kindly tell her how much good she did for the districts. I would make her a warm, comforting bowl of potato soup.

If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?Elixir1800x2700 (1)

I picture Maya as Selena Gomez or Lucy Hale, two gorgeous young actresses. And I imagine Ben as Daniel Sharman. Tough, but vulnerable at the same time. He’s really good at that on Teen Wolf.

Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?

A good mix of both, actually! I like a vampire hero, but I adore one who is a little dangerous and out of control. JR Ward does a really good job of mixing sex and violence in her vampire novels.

If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?

That’s such a hard question because I’m addicted to modern technology and I hate wearing corsets. But I guess it would be an ancient civilization like Greece or Egypt or Rome. So long as I could come home after a couple days, of course.

What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?

“Don’t sweat the small stuff” is a good one. I have the tendency to get distracted by all the little things going wrong instead of focusing on the big picture.

If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

A witch, for sure. I love writing witches because I secretly want to be one. I’d love to be able to cast spells and get things done faster.

Where do you write best?

I don’t have a home office right now, so believe it or not, I write best wherever my laptop is sitting. Sometimes it’s at the kitchen table. Sometimes it’s in the lobby of a music store while my daughter takes violin lessons. I’ve learned to write wherever and whenever I can.

What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?

I just finished reading Divergent by Veronica Roth and I thought it was very good. I’m looking forward to starting the next book in Roth’s series and seeing the film adaptation in March.

If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?

After paranormal, historical romances are my favorite to read. I would love to write a regency or a medieval romance someday.

Where can fans find you online?

Facebook (link: https://www.facebook.com/annaabnerauthor)

Blog (link: http://www.annaabner.com)

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Twitter (link: @AnnaAbner)

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Interview with Danube Adele

get-attachment (7)Tell us about your publishing journey…

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love to write. My mother was definitely an influence from an early age. She loved to read and write, and encouraged me to do so as well. She was my first editor. I can still remember when she’d read my pages and show me how to tighten up my sentences. Fast forward several years, and I enjoyed writing in college, graduating with a BA in Theater, my emphasis being playwriting/screenwriting. But that doesn’t pay the bills, right? Fast forward yet again, and you’ll find me married to the most wonderful man, and with a set of amazing, adorable identical twin boys who have reached the very capable age of 9 and are doing more for themselves, which suddenly leaves me with time on my hands. I decide to start writing again. QUICKSILVER DREAMS began as a fun experiment to see if I could write in the first person, but then the “what if” questions started pouring through my head and I found myself with a full-length novel that I was absolutely in love with. When I decided to get serious, I joined RWA, began attending meetings and conferences, and really bit the bullet by pitching to editors and agents. As a “let’s break the ice”, I sent my script to Carina Press in October of 2012, and by spring of 2013, I was contacted by Angela James. It was absolutely exciting.

What do you love about being an author?

Seeing my stories come to life, and not just remain trapped in my own head, has been absolutely satisfying. These characters talked at me, harassed me, sort of demanded their space, and I finally made myself get serious. Writing is a solo sport that requires a lot of time, patience and quiet. Over a nearly two year period, I tinkered on QUICKSILVER DREAMS and asked my wonderful critique partner over and over again to read pages for me. I made myself keep writing to the end of it, with great encouragement from my husband. My usual m.o. was to keep starting something new, never finishing what I last started. It was a bad habit.

If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?

I think Walt Whitman would have been a kick in the pants to hang out with. He was a pioneer, one of the most significant American poets. Even the great transcendentalist, Ralph Waldo Emerson, loved his work. To pick his brain would have been fantastic. We would need simple food, not messy, because we wouldn’t want to be distracted from the great conversation we would be having. Our faire: simple meats, cheese, baguette, fruit and wine while sitting in an informal, sort of lounging, comfortable living room setting.

If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads? 8222494

I think Liam Hemsworth and Jennifer Lawrence would be great as Ryder and Taylor. They are the right ages, have great chemistry on screen, are really sexy, and also have the ability to be really intense.

Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?

From the start, I’ve loved sexy vampires. The first vampire-y book I read was Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice. I read most of Anne Rice’s series and have since loved reading a variety of awesome vampire characters, including Lothaire and the Wroth brothers from Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark.

If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?

I would love to have been a flapper! What a great, liberating time for women. They were cutting their hair, shortening their dresses, and wearing make-up for the first time. I can just imagine how naughty they must have felt, but brimming with excitement as well. Then, there was the dancing. Whahoo! Kicking up their heels and showing their legs off, truly taking charge of their own sexuality for the first time.

What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?

I have so many stories I started but never finished when I was in my 20’s. I would be all excited about writing something, never fully plot it out, and eventually lose interest in it only to start another story with a different idea. Someone needed to tell me to sit my butt down and finish. My husband is truly my hero in this department. As I wrote QUICKSILVER DREAMS, I had to spend a lot of time away from the family, alone, writing. Several times, over the course of the project, I walked away with frustration, but my husband told me that I absolutely needed to finish in order to make the time I’d taken away from them be meaningful. It worked.

If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

I would love to be one of Kresley Cole’s Valkyrie because they are powerful, warrior-like creatures with few weaknesses, but at the same time, beautiful and sexy. I love the combo.

Where do you write best?

I love sitting in the front room of my house, an old 1924 bungalow-style craftsman in a very cool college town, because it has windows everywhere and has a great view of the mountains. My laptop rests on my lap, my feet get kicked up on the coffee table, and I make sure that all gadgetry is within grasp, you know, my ipad, iphone and house phone, because getting up from the comfortable divot I’ve created on the sofa is just a bother.

What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?

I read Twice as Hot by Gena Showalter and loved it. It’s the sequel to Playing with Fire which was about a young woman who stumbles unknowingly into some superpowers and a really hot guy. The main character is young and quippy, full of energy and attitude. The story continued with the same characters in the sequel, and they were again, having to save the world from other bad guys who had super powers. It was fun. It was a page turner. My goal for my work is to create that feeling of enjoyment.

If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?

I am contemplating a sci-fi romance for the not too distant future. The idea of pushing into the future, really looking at what our current technology might lead to, see the potential for truly amazing inventions, and creating an action-packed, suspenseful story is keeping me looking ahead to what I will be writing once I’ve completed my Dreamwalker series. I don’t want to give too much away because this one is going to get written! (-;

Where can fans find you online?

www.facebook.com/Writer.D.Adele

www.twitter.com/DanubeAdele

www.danubeadele.wordpress.com

www.google.com/+DanubeAdele

www.goodreads.com/author/show/7340150.Danube_Adele

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Book Review: Vampire Most Wanted by Lynsay Sands

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Take a road trip with the undead . . . in this latest in the argeneau series by New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands

For Basha Argeneau, anything is better than facing her estranged family. Even hiding out in sweltering southern California. But when a sexy immortal in black shows up determined to bring her back to the clan, she’ll do anything to keep far, far away from the past she can’t outrun.

Marcus Notte isn’t here to play games—especially not with someone as crazy as the infamous blonde. Asked by Lucian Argeneau to bring her back for questioning, Marcus is determined to carry out Lucian’s request—no matter how the seductive little mind-reading vamp feels about it.

Basha doesn’t mind fighting fire with fire, especially with a hot immortal involved. But if he wants to take her away, he’ll have to catch her first . . .

About the Author:author

Lynsay Sands is the nationally bestselling author of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series, as well as numerous historicals and anthologies. She’s been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to be able to make a career out of it. Her hope is that readers can get away from their everyday stress through her stories, and if there’s occasional uncontrollable fits of laughter, that’s just a big bonus. For more information.

www.lynsaysands.net

 https://twitter.com/LynsaySands

 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lynsay-Sands/125138040836322

 http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17059.Lynsay_Sands

My Review:

So, when I agreed to review this book, I didn’t notice that it was book 20 in the series! Holy crap, 20 books! Well, fortunately you don’t need to read them all, or in order, to appreciate this one. I adored the idea of a vampire working as a fortune teller in a travelling carnival and found the family politics involved (that had obviously spanned the previous books) to be intruiging.

The book, although strictly a paranormal romance, was actually quite dark in its themes and included a strong emphasis on abuse, which isn’t for everyone. To be honest though, I thought the whole thing was actually done very well, and for me, it was a pleasant change from the usual sickly sweet romance. Vampires are not as ‘in’ as they used to be, but it was good to see them portrayed as intricate and dark characters – rather than moody angst filled heart throbs.

From a writer’s perspective I found the third person head swapping hard to follow (this is just me, I always find this) however with this one there were no chapter breaks between, so was more 3rd person omnipotent than limited. My biggest gripe though is that this book included the ‘soul mate’ side plot which I do find frustrating generally. I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again, but having characters who are meant to be together is unrealistic and cheapens the plot. I know, vampires aren’t real (that we know of!) but when it comes to the paranormal having real aspects of life helps to strengthen the overal world building, and have your two main characters in love so quickly without much effort, does make me roll my eyes.

The front cover is okay, but it doesn’t include the carnival or really expresses the essence of the book. I realise that there is a branding theme at work here, but a ferris wheel in the background a slightly more playful background colour could have made all the difference.

Overall, I’d give Vampire Most Wanted 4 out of 5 stars, a dark romance you shouldn’t miss.

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Book Review: Darkness of Light The Dia Chronicles Book One by Tammy Farrell

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The world has long forgotten them, but their descendants live on, not wholly mortal or god, but something in between…

At the dawn of the sixth century, in the aftermath of her mother’s brutal execution, Mara Black is forced to flee the only life she has ever known.

Mara can tell she’s different, but isn’t sure why. After she encounters two mysterious strangers, she discovers her secret is but a drop in an ocean of many. She is a Dia, a descendant of ancient gods, and her mother sacrificed herself to protect Mara from their past.

Summoned by an uncle she didn’t know existed, Mara thinks she’s found the family she’s always wanted, and Corbin, a love she never thought possible. But not everything is as it seems. Her uncle has other motives for protecting her, and her mentor, Malcolm, becomes so jealous, he’ll do anything to get what he wants.

When tragedy strikes, and the true darkness among them comes to light, Mara discovers that sometimes love can give you everything, and obsession can take it all away. With her powers gone, and destiny calling, she has to look deep within to find the courage to save herself. Mara, along with Corbin and her newfound family, must fight to get back what was taken, or die trying.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18628472-the-darkness-of-light

About the Author: author

Tammy Farrell grew up in Orangeville, Ontario Canada where she discovered her love of writing, and all things related to Edgar Allan Poe. She now lives with her husband and four fur babies in Greenville, South Carolina, where she teaches pre-GED English and attempts to learn French when she isn’t busy writing.

 www.TammyFarrell.com

@Tamzwrite

My Review:

It’s always nice to find a talented new author and Tammy certainly fits the bill. Darkness of Light was a literal page-turner (well for me a page clicker on my Kindle!) it read so well and flowed with such a surprisingly steady story line that I didn’t notice that I’d read well beyond my normal bedtime! I loved the fact that it had everything that I wanted in a book: Fantasy, Love, Paranormal, Myth & History.

The only criticism that I would have is that the title is so similar (if not the same) to other books on the market and unfortunately this won’t help it marketing and sales wise. I myself have reviewed a book recently with the same title. Surely it could have been called something else?

From a writer’s perspective, the characters were engaging and the story line engrossing. There were many opportunities in the book for the author to really go to town on certain scenes and character interactions, but she kept to the steady ‘just enough’ recipe that left me feeling stated but not overloaded. I’m assuming that there will be a book 2, as there is definitely scope to have another installment – which, as all us authors know, series are where the notoriety is.

The front cover is pretty and actually has the main character on there – so bravo! I can’t even begin to cite the amount of covers that don’t include the heroine when it’s aimed at a female audience. From a sales perspective the front cover is incredibly important and this will help the book as it’s pitted against all those others in this genre.

Overall I give The Darkness of Light 4 out of 5 stars. Brilliantly written and imaginative, you need to pick this book up.

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