A big welcome to Adrian Phoenix who is here counting down the Top 10 TV shows on her DVR and celebrating the release of On Midnight Wings, The Maker’s Song #5 (published on September 24, 2013 by Pocket). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below. Adrian Phoenix’s Top 10 Top 10 Shows on My DVR I enjoy watching good TV, love checking out new shows, and with DVR technology, it’s sooooo easy to record, well, everything. The other day, I was looking at my recorded programming and realized I would never have the time to watch each show, not if I planned to write… Read more »
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A big welcome to Anton Strout who is here to telling us about Writing Genre, or Being Original (But Not TOO Original)! and celebrating the release of STONECAST, Spellmason Chronicles #2 (published on September 24, 2013 by Ace). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below. Writing Genre, or Be Original (But Not TOO Original)! by Anton Strout Attempting to write genre is a tricky business. You’d think having written four books in the Simon Canderous paranormal detective series and now working on the third in The Spellmason Chronicles would have made writing urban fantasy a little easier by now, but really… Read more »
ALL THINGS URBAN FANTASY WEEKLY SUMMARY: MONDAY: Hot Off the Press with 89 Urban Fantasy and Speculative Fiction Titles Releasing in October! TUESDAY: Enter our giveaway to win THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS by Gena Showalter! WEDNESDAY: Check out our Cover Art Coverage of 11 new covers! Interested in joining in the commenting fun? Fill out our guest commentator form here. Plus, read our review of TEMPT THE STARS, book six in the Cassie Palmer series. THURSDAY: See Jennifer Armentrout’s Top Ten paranormal movies and TV shows, and win an ebook of her new book, UNCHAINED. FRIDAY: Read our reviews of RESIST (Breathe #2) and FOUR… Read more »
An action packed romp through the Cassandra Palmer universe, TEMPT THE STARS doesn’t give the reader a second to get their breath from one scene to the next. With multiple fight scenes, jumps through time and dimensions, and new characters to meet, TEMPT THE STARS will satisfy a reader who is already in love with the series, but I wouldn’t suggest a first timer start here.
Here’s a round up of what we had for you this week!
Taking place in a world that is so at odds with my normal paranormal romance reading, BOUND BY NIGHT was an exciting start to a new series that I can’t wait to continue. In BOUND BY NIGHT, though vampires have the expected blood drinking and super strength traits, they are also servants (basically slaves) to the humans, who try to domesticize them. Full of Native American-esque mythology, and a unique spin on the vampire’s place in the world, the first book in the MoonBound Clan Vampire series is definitely a keeper.
A big welcome to Emma Jane Holloway who is here to telling us about The Sherlock Factor and celebrating the release of A Study in Silks, The Baskerville Affair (published on September 24, 2013 by Del Rey Spectra). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below. The Sherlock Factor by Emma Jane Holloway In case you hadn’t noticed, Sherlock Holmes is back in style. Robert Downey Jr. is reinventing him in movies and there are successful TV revivals coming out of both Britain and the U.S. There are also Holmesian and near-Holmesian versions in the bookstores as well, often with a steampunk… Read more »
ALL THINGS URBAN FANTASY WEEKLY SUMMARY: In case you were wondering, you still have until the end of the day Tuesday to apply to join the ATUF team! Click here to apply. Monday Guest Blog & Giveaway: Victoria Lamb talked about how to become a witch finder in England in 1554 along with a chance to win a copy of her new book, WITCHSTRUCK. Tuesday Release Day Review: DELIA’S SHADOW by Jaime Lee Moyer Release Day Review: ONCE WE WERE (The Hybrid Chronicles #2) by Kat Zhang Wednesday Cover Art Coverage: Want to join in the commenting fun? Fill out… Read more »
CHARMING is one of those books I have some mixed feelings about. Starting out with an action packed vampire fight scene almost immediately is something that certainly grabs a reader’s attention, and the humor and good pacing of the rest of the action kept me involved, but I had issues with the narration and the main character. The fact that I managed to look past those two things and finish (and enjoy!) the book does show, however, that good writing and plotting will almost always win even if the rest of the book isn’t perfect.
THE CLOCKWORK SCARAB had a lot of potential – the niece and sister of famous literary characters! steampunk! Egyptian mythology! – and while it lived up to some of my expectations, I was slightly disappointed with parts of it as well. The very first thing I’ll mention is that the book description is a bit misleading- Mina and Evaline didn’t know each other before the book started, so they were barely rivals (even if they did dislike each other after meeting), and they definitely weren’t fending off advances from three gentlemen (because I would barely call their conversations advances) and they are both definitely already in the family business (even if Evaline hasn’t managed to kill a vampire yet). It does get right the bit about the mystery, though.