Monthly Archives:: January 2012

Top 10 List: James R. Tuck’s Top Ten Male Protagonists in Urban fantasy BLOOD AND BULLETS

Top 10 List: James R. Tuck’s Top Ten Male Protagonists in Urban fantasy BLOOD AND BULLETS

January 31, 2012 Guests 6

Welcome James R. Tuck! He is here to promote BLOOD AND BULLETS (available February 7, 2012 from Kensington). This is the first book of his Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty Hunter series about a tough as nails monster hunter. Abigail’s review will be up soon, but in the meantime, James is counting down ten other male protagonists in urban fantasy worth checking out. Let us know your favorite in the comments. You can read all the previous Top 10 Lists HERE Top Ten Male Protagonists in Urban fantasy by James R. Tuck James R. Tuck here. Some of you may know… Read more »

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Hot Off The Press: 52 New Paranormal Titles Releasing in February

Hot Off The Press: 52 New Paranormal Titles Releasing in February

January 31, 2012 Hot Off The Press 3

It’s the last day of the month which means it’s time to check out what we’re going to be reading next month in: View all the previous Hot Off The Press posts here (Here is the monthly conversation snippet from Abigail and her murderously hostile TBR Pile) My TBR Pile: I dreamed of your death last night. Me: Again? My TBR Pile: Yes, I woke up smiling. Me: That might be the sickest thing you’ve ever said to me. My TBR Pile: Surely not.  There was that time I described in exquisite detail how I would bludgeon you to death… Read more »

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Guest Blog & Giveaway: Syrie James & Ryan M. James favorite books & win FORBIDDEN

Guest Blog & Giveaway: Syrie James & Ryan M. James favorite books & win FORBIDDEN

January 28, 2012 Giveaways, Guests 35

A big welcome to mother-son writing team Syrie James and Ryan M. James, co-authors of FORBIDDEN (available now from HarperTeen) described as, “A spectacular supernatural YA debut full of wit and romance.” Here at ATUF, we love getting book recommendations (they are especially fun from authors we love, & just take a look at Abigail’s review of of Syrie last book, NOCTURE, to get an idea of how big a fan she is).  And Syrie & Ryan come bearing gifts too!  See details below to win your own copy of FORBIDDEN. Syrie and Ryan’s Favorite Books and Recommendations by Syrie… Read more »

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Guest Blog: Virna DePaul on Life After Fiction

Guest Blog: Virna DePaul on Life After Fiction

January 27, 2012 Guests 5

Virna DePaul has stopped by this afternoon to tell us a little bit about how her Para-Ops series has broadened her real life horizons.  We often ask how an author’s “day job” impacts their writing, today Virna gives us a glimpse of how the international action and drama of her characters has spiced up her actual day. Life After Fiction by Virna DePaul It’s probably true that there’s a little bit of me in each of the characters that I write.  It’s definitely true that in becoming a writer, I’ve had to face some fears and dig deep to investigate… Read more »

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Guest Blog & Giveaway: Tiffany Allee on Listening to Your Gut & win BANSHEE CHARMER

Guest Blog & Giveaway: Tiffany Allee on Listening to Your Gut & win BANSHEE CHARMER

January 27, 2012 Giveaways, Guests 22

Welcome Tiffany Alee! Tiffany is here promoting her book BANSHEE CHARMER (available now from Entangled Publishing). This is the first in her From the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency series. Her book features a half-banshee detective Kiera “Mac” McLoughlin who is on the hunt for a seductive incubus serial killer. You can read my full review here, and five of you will win a copy of BANSHEE CHARMER!  See details below. Listening To Your Gut by Tiffany Allee I’m an analytical person by nature. I’ve worked almost entirely in analytical jobs that required stepping back, looking at the numbers… Read more »

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Early Review: The Bitter Seed of Magic by Suzanne McLeod

Early Review: The Bitter Seed of Magic by Suzanne McLeod

January 26, 2012 Review 0 ★★★

This is a difficult book to review, if only because of the conflicting emotions it engenders. On one hand, it is wonderfully complex, with rich mythology and magical theory wrapped around an engaging mystery. On the other hand, THE BITTER SEED OF MAGIC can also be frustratingly complex, to the point where even an”after the action” recap, complete with family trees and a play by play explanation, wasn’t quite enough to untangle the snarl of crisscrossing motives and lies at the end.

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Cover Art Coverage: 14 New Titles!!

Cover Art Coverage: 14 New Titles!!

January 25, 2012 Cover Art Coverage 7

Though I usually can’t stand when a model’s eye color is used as the accent, the Carrie Jones’s ENDURE is the beautiful exception that proves the rule. And though Abigail and I both love a man in a fitted t-shirt, cover model on Sylvia Day’s A HUNGER SO WILD earned two enthusiastic thumbs up.  We didn’t agree on whether the high impact colors in BOUND deserved a thumbs up or a thumbs down, but RENEGADE’s trippy wonderland palette worked for us both.       Tainted Night, Tainted Blood by E. S. Moore (Click to enlarge) Description: N/A No Author… Read more »

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