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: Want to know what titles came out in previous months? View all the previous Hot Off The Press posts Hi Guys, Abigail here. There is not conversation snippet with my TBR Pile today. Instead I have a few updates for you. First, you may notice things look a little different today that’s because I’ve finally updated the layout for the Hot Off The Press posts. This new layout is much easier and quicker for us to put… Read more »
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I thought BY THE BLOOD OF HEROES was going to be a simple ‘killing the undead horde of zombies with very large guns’ tale but it ended up being a much larger war story with very serious implications not only for the heroes but for the world if the wrong side won. The zombies, or shamblers as they are called, are used as weapons of war by the Germans against the Allied forces during WWI. Learning about the advancements in the corpse gas technology was very creepy as it went beyond just raising the dead. The experiments (done on both the dead and living) with the corpse gas elevated the horror to a frightening new level that was all too reminiscent of the Holocaust experiments carried out by the Nazis.
We’ve got another debut author visiting the blog today. Shawntelle Madison’s new werewolf urban fantasy debut series debuts tomorrow with COVETED (available on April 24 from Ballantine Books). Shawntelle is sharing the ten sci-fi/fantasy books that that turned her into a genre fan girl, and she’s giving away a copy of COVETED too. See details below. You can read all the previous Top 10 Lists HERE Top Ten Sci-Fi/Fantasy Books That Rocked Shawntelle Madison’s World by Shawntelle Madison In high school I was an avid reader. I read a lot of my mom’s books, but I hadn’t really jumped into… Read more »
MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH felt like a massively lavish and gothic prologue to Edgar Allen Poe’s short story by the same name. In Bethany Griffin’s tale the rich are privileged enough to live in secluded areas and wear masks to protect them from the Weeping Sickness while the poor are left to await the corpse collectors to carry away their loved ones. While the masks are meant to be protection, I got a distinctly creepy vibe at the thought of people wandering the streets with half their faces frozen as if the living are wearing reminders of the death they were trying to avoid every day.
We’re glad to welcome debut author Amanda Carlson today and tell you a little about her new urban fantasy series coming soon from Orbit. FULL BLOODED (Jessica McClain #1) releases in September, but BLOODED: A JESSICA MCCLAIN novella is out now to whet your appetite. Amanda is sharing about something we most definitely have in common here on ATUF: reading too much Urban Fantasy. Any of these sound familiar to you? You can read all the previous Top 10 Lists HERE Top 10 signs you may be reading too much Urban Fantasy by Amanda Carlson 10) When you can’t sleep… Read more »
Amy Carol Reeves’s RIPPER brings a supernatural twist to one of the most famous serial killers to come out of London. A lot of the story takes place in the Whitechapel Hospital and here we see allusions to the murders before they happen in the story with a lot of historical details from the original Ripper cases including victim names, body discovery, and even authentic recounting of the dismemberment. This foreshadowing combined with the fact that one of the real theories is that Ripper was a doctor helped to increase the sense of foreboding and dread I felt while reading. I was suspicious of any doctor in Whitechapel Hospital which ended up being at least half of the secondary characters which wonderfully amped up the suspense and mystery.
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 In lieu of a conversation snippet between Abigail & her TBR Pile, we’re trying out a new widget that allows you to view all the Hot Off the Press titles in a different format with the all important Price! Just click a cover below to view the description, product details, and add the title to your Amazon cart all without ever leaving this page. The standard Hot… Read more »
Today we are welcoming A.C. Arthur who is the author of TEMPTATION RISING (available March 29 from St. Martin’s Press) , the first book in The Shadow Shifters paranormal romance series about sexy jaguar shifters. A.C. Arthur is talking about her fear of cats and why you’ll fall in love with her exotic shifters. Be sure to enter the giveaway below to win your own copy! Enter The Jaguar by A.C. Arthur Sounds strange, doesn’t it? A jaguar shape shifter. But honestly, when I decided to write a paranormal series this was the first and only entity that came… Read more »
We are excited to welcome back Laurie London, author of the much loved Sweetblood series. The latest installment, TEMPTED BY BLOOD (available now from HQN Books) was described in Abigail’s review as, “imaginative and sensual, the Sweetblood paranormal romance series is one I keep going back to.” The covers are what first drew us to this series, but it’s the stories that keep us coming back for more. Speaking of those covers, Laurie is spilling inside details about how they created such a sizzling look for the series. Judging A Book By Its Cover by Laurie London Thanks, Abigail, for… Read more »
Today we are excited to welcome Gina Damico who is introducing her debut YA novel; CROAK (available on March 20th from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) about a teen who is sent to live in Croak, a town populated entirely by Grim Reapers. Julia reviewed CROAK yesterday calling it, “a hysterical parody of YA boarding school genre.” Check out the giveaway below to win a CROAK Prize Pack & let us know your favorite thing about reapers or your favorite reaper book in the comments below. ATUF: What inspired you to write a YA about Grim Reapers? GD: The characters of Lex… Read more »