Monday, January 31, 2011

Winners Announced For The Stacey Kennedy Giveaway

YAY!! There were TWO winners who get their own e-copy of The Willow by Stacey Kennedy...

Sondrae (confirmed)
Kate (waiting confirmation)

Thanks everyone who entered !!


Free eBooks Anyone?

What perfect timing! I was just saying to my BFF yesterday that it seemed like forever since there was some free romance books at Amazon. For a while there, you couldn't turn around without having a book offered and then there was nothing. So WOOHOO this morning I woke up to find THREE new books that looked pretty interesting. Check them out and hopefully one if not all will catch your eye!


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Look What I Found - More Of Curran's POV

I will forever be grateful to amazing authors who go that little bit extra for their fans by giving us insights to our favorite characters. I absolutely adore Curran and have loved the POV stories written for him and WOOHOO two more were recently posted. HUGE thanks to Ginger, a member of HP Mallory's book club for posting about one because it lead me to a second one!!! Wanna see them???


Someone Just Told Me About Fictionwise.Com

I must have been living underneath a rock or something because I had NO idea this amazing site existed. I'm always looking for free or cheap books to read and I about died when a member of the book club I'm a part of mentioned that there was a site where you could go and get great ebooks. So I checked it out and although I have to admit I wish it was a little more organized when it comes to looking through the romance selections, I liked what I saw. BUT this is what I liked more and what I really wanted to share with everyone... did you know that at the moment is you use the coupon probowl2011 you can get your purchases for 50% off?? Yes that's right... 50% off. I'm not sure how long it'll last for so I suggest you check it out quickly and see if there's anything that catches your eye. I picked up more of Eve Langlais's books for just over $2 a book!! Can't beat a deal like that can you? They offer a variety of genres and I saw some popular books on there as well. So have fun and try not to go bankrupt LOL

To go to fictionwise.com, click HERE

Friday, January 28, 2011

Early Review - Pale Demon by Kim Harrison

Pale Demon
Kim Harrison / Urban Fantasy
Book 9 in the Hollow series
Harpercollins / February 2011
Rating: Completely Seduced

Condemned to death for black magic and shunned, Rachel Morgan has three days to somehow get to the annual witches convention in San Francisco and clear her name. If she fails, the only way she can escape death is to live in the demonic ever after . . . for ever after.  Banned from the flight lists, Rachel teams up with elven tycoon Trent Kalamack, headed for the West Coast for his own mysterious business. But Rachel isn’t the only passenger along for the ride. Can a witch, an elf, a living vampire, and a pixy in one car survive for over 2,300 miles? And that’s not counting the assassin on their tail. A fearsome demon walks the sunlight, freed after centuries of torment to slay the innocent and devour souls. But his ultimate prey is Rachel Morgan. While the powerful witch with nerves of steel will do whatever it takes to stay alive, even embracing her own demonic nature may not be enough to save her.


To read my gushfest review, click HERE

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Nice Dose Of Smoulder From An Unexpected Place

Ok I'll admit, it doesn't seem to take much to get me excited lately and reaching for something to cool myself off with. I blame the hormones I'm taking but it honestly feels like I've spent most of the past month in a constant state of being extremely overheated. Shadowfever sure as heck didn't help - my gosh Barrons just turns me inside out with his intensity *looks around for something to fan myself with* and last night *throws the fan on the desk and reaches for my iced water* I read Stacey Kennedy's Whispers of Evil and thought I'd combust. So I made myself a rule - no more steam (yeah right) until my poor body can recover and no more lusting after book characters (ok you can stop laughing now) I woke up this morning firm in my new resolve and lasted all of... *looks at my watch* an hour!! I swear I stayed away from all the yummy books calling me from my book shelves and Kindle but I swear I'm being stalked!! I was googling around on the Internet and came across some teasers for the upcoming City Of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare. Safe choice, right? WRONG!! I came across the last teaser offered and almost fell off my chair. Here it is -


"The alley and the music all fell away, and there was nothing but her and the rain and Jace, his hands on her. . . He made a noise of surprise, low in his throat, and dug his fingers into the thin fabric of her tights. Not unexpectedly, they ripped, and his wet fingers were suddenly on the bare skin of her legs. Not to be outdone, Clary slid her hands under the hem of his soaked shirt, and let her fingers explore what was underneath: the tight, hot skin over his ribs, the ridges of his abdomen, the scars on his back. This was uncharted territory for her, but it seemed to be driving him crazy: he was moaning softly against her mouth, kissing her harder and harder, as if it would never be enough, not quite enough —"

*scoops ice out of drink and dabs forehead* Wow, right? Totally unexpected  and I have to say I'm looking even more forward to reading the book now. Can you imagine standing with Jace, your bodies pressed tightly together inch by blessed inch, lips locked as you share a passionate moment, hands roaming as they touch everywhere.... IN THE RAIN!! *rolls eyes at self*  I swear I need rehab or something. Anyone want to join  me? *reads the teaser again* Ah dang. Screw it!! *tips the iced water over her head* I'm a goner LOL

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

V'Lane Feels Left Out - KMM Talks About This Sexy Fae Too.

I got to thinking... V'lane was pretty hot himself and with the rivalry between him an Barrons, I can't help but thinking all this attention I've given Barrons yesterday might be annoying our gorgeous Seelie *cough* Prince. As tempting as it is to piss him off further - my hope is that he feels he needs to come teach me an important lesson in person *thought to self  "might be a good idea to spend the next few days naked to save time"* I also saw that KMM had a few words about Mr Sex on a Stick himself...  Ok I'm going to hide this next part with the warning it's a HUGE spoiler. You might want to wait until after you've read Shadowfever... in fact I'd strongly encourage it.


Book Review - Linked by Hope Welsh

Linked
Hope Welsh / ParaRomance
RomOnLine / January 2011
Rating - Totally Smitten

Lana doesn't want anything to do with anything paranormal. She gets no choice in the matter when her dead mother shouts at her to "RUN!" during a dream--only to awaken to someone inside her home. Lana runs directly into the arms of Cole. But Cole has secrets of his own. It'll take them both to solve the ancient long-forgotten prophecy meaning. Time is running out...and evil is watching.

To read my review, click HERE

Waiting On Wednesday - It's Been Awhile

This is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

More Barrons Insight From KMM's Fever Chat

So I got to have a better look at the Fever chat that happened over the weekend and I first wanted to send a HUGE shout out and thank you to Hanging With Bells for taking notes and sharing them on her own site. I was scrolling through and I have to say nothing beats being able to read a book and process it with the author, All those extra insights into why the author wrote things a certain way can really help bring a deeper meaning. Take for example her talking about not giving a name to what Barrons is. She did add some extra insight though so if you're a Jerichoholic like me,,, every little syllable about this delicious man helps ease the cravings so without further ado, I give the time over to KMM...


"Barrons is hard, cold, brutally efficient killing machine, brilliant, cunning and utterly focused on what he wants at all times. He rarely smiles and if he does, it’s a brief softening, a faint uplifting of the corners of his mouth—never a full smile. Since he met Mac, it’s happened on several occasions. Once, in Faefever, he laughed out loud. JZB is not a man for expressions of happiness. At best he radiates self-satisfied calm, a big cat at rest. Harsh, forbidding, controlled, a man of intense discipline, he emotes anger, mockery, challenge, irony, raw sexuality, animalistic fury, but no tenderness. He’s a hard man. There are no cracks in his walls but the one Mac can slip through—and he hates that but he accepts it because it is the truth and to pretend otherwise would be an exercise in futility. Whether he likes it or not, she gets under his skin and makes his dick harder than any other woman ever has. He wastes no time examining the whys of it or resisting her effect on him. He focuses the energy like a laser, slicing and dicing, rearranging reality to suit what he wants the best way he can get it. Since the moment he met Mac and accepted that he wanted her, he has been ruthlessly altering her, making her ultimately suitable for him. The only question in his mind is: will she survive what he’s doing to her? "

*sigh* I don't know about you but Barrons would have to be one of my most FAVE lust crushes ever and this just raised him up a couple of notches!! Feel free to share your thoughts and feelings about Jericho in the comments section. What is is about him that has you forgetting your name and flinging your panties at him? LOL Happy reading!

Karen M Moning Shares Why She Wrote Barrons As She Did

I don't know about you but one of my most ANTICIPATED book questions EVER has been what the heck is Jericho Barrons. I remember spending the Sunday before ALL day on Facebook tossing back and forth theories because we're all so invested and enamoured and heavily lustful of him. So I was excited going into Shadowfever and wasn't "too" surprised by it but I did have that moment of "Ok I know what he is but what kind... is there a name to it?" The thought past and I got lost in the magic and brilliance of the story and was totally happy with how it all played out. I'm not sure about you but I got my happy ending - a domesticated Barrons ... well..... as domesticated as you can get him with out him staring you down before ripping your throat out LOL. But it wasn't long before I started hearing that others had those same initial thoughts. I'm part of an AMAZING book club on Facebook (for those of you who'd like to join it's called HP Mallory's Online Book Club and we're gearing up to start a new series) and one of the members had caught the Fever chat KMM had over at Hanging With Bells! (go HERE to see it all) Anyway, *takes a deep breath* KMM shared this which I thought was perfect and I loved that she did it....read on..

"When every other novel I was picking up in the bookstore announced: Vampire/Werewolf/Demon hero on the cover, and was marketing it on the basis of that paranormal creature’s mythic resonance, I wanted to write a story with a male center-stage character that defied labels, and wouldn’t permit one. I wanted to make the reader choose to take him or leave him without the convenience of a pre-packaged tortured-hero caricature to slap over his outline, and no easy answers about whether he was good or bad. I wanted to write a paranormal creature and never tell the reader what he was, because I believed they would ultimately see him more clearly in his everyday behavior, than through the distorted lens of someone else’s legend. Barrons says, “Judge me by my actions” and makes the reader do the same. At the end of the series, I wanted the reader to answer the question: Who/what is Barrons? the same way Mac does: Who cares? He’s Barrons. In the vein of showing, not telling, I wanted my characters to love each other—but never tell each other that. I chose instead to show it in their actions, in the choices they made. Words are easy; lies as simple as parting your lips and breathing. "

It is such human nature for us to have everything nicely cut out and clear, wrapped up tidily in a bow so we can put it into a labelled box. Totally understandable. But this is Barrons we're talking about and I have to say the man defines himself. I love the idea that whenever Barrons told Mac to judge him by his actions, he was also talking to me as a reader. He knows how much he drives us crazy, how much we wished he would whisper his secrets to us so we could know who he is. So we don't know what species? So what - let's judge him by his actions ... he has taken me on an incredible journey and set the bar high when it comes to my obsession with alpha male characters. He has made me feel an amazing amount of emotion ranging from confusion, joy, frustrations, tenderness, grief and all out blood searing LUST. He's had me raving about him to everyone who'll listen causing me to develop new friendships, spreading the Fever to others who've also fallen in love with him. That's only a few things that my reading Barrons has done and will I let not knowing his species overshadow that? I'm with KMM and Mac in saying loudly "Who cares!" Barrons is who he is and thank goodness for that. We wouldn't have it any other way. Let him keep his secrets and face it, Barrons doesn't belong in a box. He'd hate it and things in boxes get stored away in dark, cobwebbed closets to be forgotten. And if I'm hearing the "word on the street" right, as bunches of readers are trying to become Pri-ya - he'll need to be on hand (and body) to help cure us.. I mean them all. Oh to be locked away with that man with nothing but our bodies and raw unconstrained passion  LOL


I HEART BARRONS 4EVA !!


Monday, January 24, 2011

Teaser Tuesday #21

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading and here's how you play..
Grab your current read and open to a random page. Share a couple of “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) Share the title and author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teaser.

Release Giveaway - First And Last by Stacey Kennedy

YAY Everyone, today is the release for the final book in Stacey paranormal romance series The Magical Sword series called First and Last. For those of you who've followed this AMAZING author from the beginning of the story are going to be blown away completely as Stacey takes the intensity and passion between Nexi and Kyden and makes it explosive! This is the story you've all be waiting for. This is the PERFECT story and way to end a beloved series. I spoke a little with Stacey today... well we kinda squealed a little from being so excited and after we finished rocking it out Snoopy style, Stacey was able to share this with us ....

" Today, Nexi and Kyden's stories wraps up as the the final book in The Magical Sword series, FIRST AND LAST is released. I can honestly say that Nexi was one of the funniest heroines I’ve ever written and I will miss being inside of her head. And Kyden...well I will miss lusting over him. Luckily, I’ve just complete the spin-off series, The Enchanted Sight, which brings Nexi and Kyden back as a secondary characters, so I don’t have to let them go completely. Trust me when I say, if I wasn't bringing them back somehow...I'd be in tears right now.

If you like series...danger, love, supernatural creatures and men that make you swoon, The Magical Sword, might be right up your alley."

So what is the book of the hour???

You've GOT To See This - Magic Slays JOKE Trailer

I don't know about you but I love all things Kate and Curran. For those of you who don't know who they are - they're the main characters of a kick butt urban fantasy series  by Ilona Andrews titled the Kate Daniel series. Here's the blurb ...

The world has suffered a magic apocalypse. We pushed the technological progress too far, and now magic returned with a vengeance. It comes in waves, without warning, and vanishes as suddenly as it appears. When magic is up, planes drop out of the sky, cars stall, electricity dies. When magic is down, guns work and spells fail.

It’s a volatile, screwed-up world. Magic feeds on technology, gnawing down on skyscrappers until most of them topple and fall, leaving only skeletal husks behind. Monsters prowl the ruined streets, werebears and werehyenas stalk their prey; and the Masters of the Dead, necromancers driven by their thirst of knowledge and wealth, pilot blood-crazed vampires with their minds.

In this world lives Kate Daniels. Kate likes her sword a little too much and has a hard time controlling her mouth. The magic in her blood makes her a target, and she spent most of her life hiding in plain sight.  But sometimes even trained killers make friends and fall in love, and when the universe tries to kick them in the face, they kick back.

For those of you who are already addicted - with Magic Slays set to be released within the next 4 or so months, I was GIDDY when someone shared this HILARIOUS parody trailer that the author HERSELF created. The second I saw it I knew I had to share it with you all so ENJOY!!





Sunday, January 23, 2011

Book Review - Snowballs In Hell by Eve Langlais

Snowballs In Hell
Eve Langlais / Erotic Para Romance
Book 2 after Lucifer's Daughter
Amira Press / January 2011
Rating: Completely Seduced

My brother, the antichrist, has it so much easier than me.
Hi, I’m Muriel, misbegotten daughter of Satan, and once again my life is in turmoil. The cowled one who tortured me left a curse on my mind, one that makes me afraid. Completely unacceptable, but in order to remove it, I have to do something even worse—betray my beloved by bringing another man into our bed. As if having to participate in a threesome isn’t traumatizing enough, Hell has frozen over, and as much as I think Hades looks pretty in a blanket of white, the repercussions are severe. It’s a good thing this princess of Hell has two lovers determined to charge my magic in pleasurable ways. I'll admit, it's not easy having nympho magic, but I’m prepared to suck it up—and swallow—for the sake of saving the world.

 
For my review, click HERE

In My Mailbox #18


Mailbox is a neat meme hosted by The Story Siren where we can celebrate some of the great books and treats we've received over the week. It doesn't matter if they were bought, sent through the mail or borrowed. It's a great opportunity to join in on the fun and share some of your "treasures" with everyone!!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Nothing Beats The Smell Of Free Ebooks In The Morning


It's been a while since I've shared some free ebook finds so I thought what better way to kick star the weekend than to do a post. Some of these are fairly new to this week and some have been available for a while and I thought it would be a great reminder. Have a look to see if there's anything that interests you :)


Friday, January 21, 2011

OMGSH - Books From Kelley Armstrong Otherworld Series!!

Ok I am MEGA giddy.. well as giddy as I can be with the little energy I have left (reading Shadowfever sucked it all up - book gave new meaning to INTENSE) I was casually clicking through my recommendations on Amazon and came across two books unfamilar books by Kelley Armstrong . I LOVE her books but the two I found in print form were SOOOOOO expensive that I kind of tuned them out. Guess what - I looked closer and they're on Kindle!! They're not free (hahaha I couldn't be THAT lucky) but they're definitely affordable and as part of the Otherworld series - must reads!! Here's the details if you're interested....


Book Review - First And Last by Stacey Kennedy

First And Last
Stacey Kennedy / Paranormal Rom.
Book 4 in the Magical Sword series
Liquid Silver Books / January 2011
Rating: OMGSH

One woman, one bond, one final battle … can even Nexi Jones defeat the deepest darkness of evil?

Meet Nexi Jones—Witch, Guardian and now, Lady of the Underworld. Embracing her new role, Nexi begins the task of changing a world led by darkness. But not everyone is happy to see her rise to power. Before long, a resistance within the Underworld is forming. As the darkness begins to close in around her, Nexi’s magical abilities flourish in response—forcing Nexi to dig down deeper into her past to discover this source and why she was gifted with such incredible strength. With her Guardian, Kyden by her side, Nexi will meet her greatest challenge yet as she begins to discover that fate might have been a bitch, but she was a bitch with a plan.

To read my review, click HERE

Thursday, January 20, 2011

My Reaction To Shadowfever



Giddy, giddy excited of the COUNTLESS
twists and turns that you never see coming. Just when you
think you know.. YOU DON'T



I am so EXHAUSTED!!

This book was intense from cover to cover, filled with emotions on
an EPIC level, it'll take weeks, nay MONTHS to recover!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

And The FEVERED Giveaway Winner Is...


Thank you so much to everyone who supported my FEVERfest and entered the giveaway to win the series. If I could, I would have given everyone copies because it's one of those EPIC series that have you still raving years after reading it. Unfortunately there could be only one and I'm so excited that it was...


Charlie from Bitsy Bling Books

Congratulations Charlie!! I can't wait to see what you think of the series :)


Early Review: The Countess by Lynsay Sands

The Countess
Lynsay Sands / Historical Romance
Book One in the Madison Sisters series
Avon / February 2011
Written for The Romance Reviews
Rating: Totally Smitten

The fairy tale courtship did not turn into a happily ever after…

Not until her husband dropped dead, that is. He had been horrible enough to Christiana during their short marriage, and she was not going to allow the traditional period of mourning to ruin her sisters’ debuts as well. So Christiana decides to put him on ice and go on as if nothing’s happened. Until the real earl appears. Richard Fairgrave had every intention of confronting his villainous twin who robbed him of his name and title…only to discover that he’d died. Quietly assuming his identity, Richard must now deal with a maddening desire for his ravishing inherited “wife”—certainly a gold digger and possibly a murderess. And Christiana must deal with an unwanted new “husband”…and they both must figure out what to do before the ice melts!

To read my review click HERE

Monday, January 17, 2011

Dreamfever Excerpt And Favorite Quotes

Dreamfever Prologue


Mac: 11:18 a.m., November 1


Death. Pestilence. Famine. They surround me, my lovers, the terrifying Unseelie Princes.

Who’d’ve thought destruction could be so beautiful? Seductive. Consuming.

My fourth lover—War? He ministers to me tenderly. Ironic for the bringer of Chaos, creator of Calamity, maker of Madness—if that is who he is. I cannot see his face, no matter how I try. Why does he hide?

He caresses my skin with hands of fire. I char, my skin blisters, bones fuse from sexual heat no human can endure. Lust consumes me. I arch my back and beg for more with parched tongue, cracked lips. As he fills my body, he quenches my thirst with drink. Liquid spills over my tongue, drips down my throat. I convulse. He moves inside me. I catch a glimpse of skin, muscle, a flash of tattoo. Still no face. He terrifies me, this one who keeps himself concealed.

Musings From Three Moning Maniacs


This review is written by 3 passionate reviewers who ‘caught the fever'
 and have no compulsion to search for Tylenol. Please join TRR reviewers, Belinda, Michelle R and Rho, as they share their thoughts on the second to the last book in Karen Marie Moning's Fever Series.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Shadowfever Teaser #6

Few have ever seen the Seelie, save the rare mortal stolen away and kept at the Fae court, and, of course, Barrons who once spent a great deal of time there, sleeping with a princess, before killing her and pissing off V’lane for all eternity.

I’ve seen thousands of Unseelie but until now, even I—sidhe-seer extraordinaire—have seen only a single Seelie.

I’d begun to wonder why.

In the dark hours of the night, I’d wondered if maybe he was the only one left, if he was hiding something, if perhaps he wasn’t Seelie at all, despite evidence supporting his claim.

Seeing him as he is now, all my doubts evaporate.

Here are the Seelie.

Shadowfever Teaser #5

I heard Cruce hated the king, wanted his concubine, and cursed the Silvers to keep the king away from her, that he planned to take the king’s woman, and all the worlds inside the Silvers for himself,” I said.

V’lane shook his head, golden hair shimmering in the sun. “It was not so simple. Things rarely are. To use a human word, Cruce loved the king, first and above all. The creator of the Unseelie is a being of unbearable perfection. If he is indeed Fae, he is from the most ancient, most pure line that ever existed. Some say he is The Father of All. Some say he had outlived hundreds of queens before the time of the queen he slew. Many of the forms he can take are beyond even Fae ability to absorb. He has been described as having enormous black wings that can enfold the entire Unseelie Court.”

Shadowfever Teaser #4

You killed my sister!” The dark lake in my head begins to boil. I hear rustles behind me, leathery wet sounds and I whirl. The freaks that killed my sister are taking advantage of the distraction and trying to leave.

Not a chance in hell. This is what I’ve been living for. This moment. My revenge. First the ones that killed her. Then the one who delivered her to them.

I lunge for them, screaming my sister’s name.

I slice and rip and tear.

I begin with my spear and end with my bare hands.

Shadowfever Teaser #3

My ghosts whisper to each other across me but I can’t hear them. There’s only one way I’ll ever be able to hear them again.

I turn my head for Darroc’s kiss.

As his lips close over mine, the duality inside me threatens to tear me in half, and if it succeeds, I will lose my best chance at accomplishing my mission.

I hurt.

I need punishment for my sins.

Shadowfever Teaser #2

Her pace quickens and she races down the corridor, passing soundlessly over obsidian floors, laughing with joy.

I know that sound. I love that sound. It means her lover is near.

He is coming. She feels his approach.

He is so powerful! It's what first drew her to him. She’d never encountered anyone like him.

She was awed that he chose her. She is awed every day that he continues choosing her.

Shadowfever Teaser #1

It's funny the things people say when someone dies.

He/she is in a better place. How the fuck do you know that?

Life goes on.

That's supposed to comfort me? I'm excrutiatingly aware that life goes on. It hurts every damned second. How lovely to know it's going to continue like this. Thank you for reminding me.

Time heals.

No, it doesn't. At best, time is the great leveler, sweeping us all into coffins. We find ways to distract ourselves from the pain. Time is neither scalpel nor bandage. It is indifferent. Scar tissue is not a good thing. It is merely the wound's other face.

I live with the specter of Alina every day. Now I will live with this ghost, too. Walk between them, one on my right, one on my left. They will talk to me incessantly. I'll never escape, bridged between my greatest failures."

I want more....now....!

*Released by KMM*

Saturday, January 15, 2011

In My Mailbox #17

Mailbox is a neat meme hosted by The Story Siren where we can celebrate some of the great books and treats we've received over the week. It doesn't matter if they were bought, sent through the mail or borrowed. It's a great opportunity to join in on the fun and share some of your "treasures" with everyone!!

Faefever Excerpt and Favorite Quotes

Faefever Prologue

I’d die for him.

No, wait a minute...that’s not where this is supposed to begin.

I know that. But left to my own devices, I’d prefer to skim over the events of the next few weeks, and whisk you through those days with glossed-over details that cast me in a more flattering light.

Nobody looks good in their darkest hour. But it’s those hours that make us what we are. We stand strong, or we cower. We emerge victorious, tempered by our trials, or fractured by a permanent, damning fault line.

Book Blogger HOP #18 / FEVERfest Recap

January 14 - 17

Hosted by Jen at Crazy-For-Books

In the spirit of the Twitter Friday Follow, the Book Blogger Hop is a place just for book bloggers and readers to connect and share our love of the written word! This weekly BOOK PARTY is an awesome opportunity for book bloggers to connect with other book lovers, make new friends, support each other, and generally just share our love of books! It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs to read!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Juicy Tidbit - Up Close And Personal With Barrons

I was goofing around on the author's website and came across this gem and as a lover of all things Barrons knew I had to share it with you all just in case you hadn't seen it!! Make sure you visit KMM's site to see what other goodies she has....


Jericho Barrons Interview


It’s me, KMM, and I’m at Barrons Books & Baubles where I’ll be interviewing Jericho Barrons today.

I choose my seat with care, sitting on the Chesterfield sofa Mac usually occupies. It tickles me to sit where she usually sits. There’s a bottle of pink polish on the table next to me, and two fashion magazines. The gas fireplaces are on. I feel as if Mac might have just left, when the truth is she hasn’t been here for quite a while. Barrons moves a chair close to me and sits so near our knees almost touch. If I move, they will. I battle the urge to move. Before I begin the interview, I glance around my bookstore with pleasure. I see the parts of it that aren’t fully realized, the opaqueness in certain areas that I’ve not committed to the page in comprehensive detail. It occurs to me that perhaps I should finish painting the mural five floors up, maybe add a few chairs. Barrons makes a sound of impatience. I know that sound well. I open my laptop and begin.

Jericho Barrons - Just What The Heck Is He???

Let's talk about Jericho Barrons. Now here's a man that just the mere mention of his name, has you weak at the knees, sighing heavily and scratching "I HEART Barrons" into every available surface. He's the source of heated fantasies, lustful longings and women everywhere would give anything to hear him utter their names. He is deliciously, wickedly, sensually, undeniably mouthwatering with an arrogance and darkness that makes him an EPIC character. Power drips off him by the bucket load with a confidence that totally backs up that swagger of his. Problem is .. that's pretty much all we know about this sexy mystery and what he is. Facts about Barrons are very slim throughout the books... Oh loads of people know WHAT he is but they're not saying because he has them all scared. Us poor readers must scrounge around for clues and subtle hints, piecing together whatever we can find with the hope that we'll finally be able to pull Mac aside and whisper "OMGSH, I figured it out. Barrons is a..." I recently re read all the books as a way to prepare for Shadowfever and kept a piece of paper/pen beside me so I could write down any Barrons theories - big, small and ludicrous and here's what I came up with. Feel free to agree, disagree, scoff or share your own theories !!

**Warning: I'm not being careful with spoilers here.
If you keep reading it's because you've read the books
or you're okay with it. Don't shoot me if I share
something that you haven't read yet LOL**


Thursday, January 13, 2011

"FEVERED" Dreaming Of Books Giveaway HOP

It's that time again for another fun giveaway hop and this one is hosted by Martha's Bookshelf and I Am A Read, Not A Writer. The theme is "Dreaming of Books" and what perfect timing with the release of the fifth and FINAL book of the Fever series, Shadowfever right around the corner - I've been tossing and turning with FEVERISH dreams of Jericho Barrons, V'lane and Mac every night.  What's a girl to do? Here's what I came up with ...


Bloodfever Excerpt and Favorite Quotes

Bloodfever Prologue

All of us have our little problems and insecurities. I’m no different. Back in high school when

I used to feel insecure about something, I would console myself with two thoughts: I’m pretty, and my parents love me. Between those two, I could survive anything.

Since then I’ve come to understand how little the former matters, and how bitterly the latter can be tested. What’s left then? Nothing about our appearance or who loves or hates us. Nothing about our brainpower—which, like beauty, is an unearned gift of genetics—nor even anything about what we say.

It’s our actions that define us. What we choose. What we resist. What we’re willing to die for.

My name is MacKayla Lane. I think. Some say my last name is really O’Connor. That’s another of my insecurities right now: who I am. Although, at the moment, I’m in no hurry to find out. What I am is disturbing enough.

Book Review: Bloodfever by Karen M. Moning

Bloodfever
Karen M. Moning / Urban Fantasy
Book Two in the Fever series

I used to think my sister and I were just two nice southern girls who'd get married in a few years and settle down to a quiet life. Then I discovered that Alina and I descend, not from good wholesome southern stock, but from an ancient Celtic bloodline of powerful sidhe-seers, people who can see the Fae. Not only can I see the terrifying otherworldly race, but I can sense the sacred Fae relics that hold the deadliest of their magic. When my sister was found dead in a trash-filled alley in Dublin, I came over to get answers. Now all I want is revenge. And after everything I've learned about myself, I know I have the power to get it... MacKayla Lane's ordinary life underwent a complete makeover when she landed on Ireland's shores and was plunged into a world of deadly sorcery and ancient secrets. In her fight to stay alive, Mac must find the Sinsar Dubh-a million-year-old book of the blackest magic imaginable, which holds the key to power over both the worlds of the Fae and of Man. Pursued by Fae assassins, surrounded by mysterious figures she knows she cannot trust, Mac finds herself torn between two deadly and irresistible men: V'lane, the insatiable Fae who can turn sensual arousal into an obsession for any woman, and the ever-inscrutable Jericho Barrons, a man as alluring as he is mysterious. For centuries the shadowy realm of the Fae has coexisted with that of humans. Now the walls between the two are coming down, and Mac is the only thing that stands between them....

To read my review, click HERE

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Introduction To OOPS 101

Objects of Power, or OOPS as Mac likes to call them are Fae relics that have great power and in the wrong hands can be deadly. Everyone wants to get their hands on them because they make the owner a key player in the series.

KMM graciously included a glossary in the back of Dreamfever (well that's where I got it from) that has snippets of info from Mac's journal so to keep us up to speed, I've included the descriptions of what those OOPs are.

Courtesy of Mac's Journal

One of the things I love most about the series is the incredible detail and information the author provides her readers so we can totally immerse ourselves in the books. There is always so much going on with the plot and characters so for me it's always been vital that I remember all those important details so I don't have to stop and flip back through pages trying to refresh my memory. With that in mind, I thought it might be helpful if I shared some so we can be ready for Shadowfever. Happy reviewing!!


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Dark Fever Excerpt and Favorite Quotes

Darkfever Prologue


My philosophy is pretty simple—any day nobody’s trying to kill me is a good day in my book.

I haven’t had many good days lately.

Not since the walls between Man and Faery came down.

But then, there’s not a sidhe-seer alive who’s had a good day since then.

Before The Compact was struck between Man and Fae (around 4000 B.C. for those of you who aren’t up on your Fae history), the Unseelie Hunters hunted us down like animals and killed us. But The Compact forbade the Fae to spill human blood, so for the next six thousand years, give or take a few centuries, those with True Vision—people like me who can’t be fooled by Fae glamour or magic—were taken captive and imprisoned in Faery until they died. Real big difference there: dying or being stuck in Faery until you die. Unlike some people I know, I’m not fascinated by them. Dealing with the Fae is like dealing with any addiction—you give in, they’ll own you; you resist, they never will.

Book Review: Darkfever by Karen M. Moning

Darkfever
Karen M. Moning / Urban Fantasy
Book One in the Fever series

MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens. When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae. As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane–an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book–because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands

To read my review, click HERE

Karen M. Moning - The Woman Behind The Series

The woman's a GENIUS and deserves her own national holiday. Enough said *grins* Oh and my imagination thanks you for Barrons!! LOL

As found on her official website:

 Karen Marie Moning was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, one of four children. She graduated from Purdue University with a BA in Society and Law. After a decade of working with insurance litigation and arbitration, she quit her job to pursue her dream of a writing career. Four manuscripts and countless part-time jobs later, Beyond the Highland Mist was published by Bantam Dell and nominated for two prestigious RITA awards. Author of the beloved HIGHLANDER series and the thrilling new FEVER series, featuring MacKayla Lane, a sidhe seer. Her novels have appeared on The New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly bestsellers lists, and have received many industry awards, including the RITA.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Teaser Tuesday #20 ... FEVER Style

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading and here's how you play..

Grab your current read and open to a random page. Share a couple of “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) Share the title and author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teaser.

The Who's Who In The Fever Series

One of the things I love most about the Fever series is the INCREDIBLE characters you read about. They each have their own distinct personalities and come with a wide variety of strengths and weaknesses. They're written so well, they lift off the page and feel completely real. Whether you love them, hate them or love to hate them, they mess with your heart and its difficult not to forge strong connections with them. They make the story and so here's brief descriptions of the main players in the series. Feel free to add anything I've missed or comment on what you love about them!!


MacKayla Lane

The heroine of the story, Mac is the one who narrates the story. A carefree 22 year, her world turned upside with the murder of her beloved sister Alina and grief stricken and armed with a frantic answering machine message from her sister, Mac goes to Dublin, Ireland to bring the killer to justice. Once there however, she uncovers truth after shocking truth. She's a powerful sidhe-seer - someone who can see the Fae and they are taking over the city and because of her gifts, she has the ability to help stop it. She needs to get the Sinsar Dubh, the Dark book and must team up with people she never knows if she can completely trust. Mac has incredible heart and goes through Hell and as she changes from "Rainbow" Mac to "Savage" Mac you just can't help but love her!

Shadowfever - The Wait Is Almost Over

There are cliffhangers and then there's CLIFFHANGERS!! KMM left her readers frantic for answers at the end of Dreamfever and the wait for them has been nothing short of excruiating. I've never quite read a series like this where the more questions are left unanswered, the more addicted I become, hanging on every blessed word. Nothing and no one is as it seems and the carpet is constantly being pulled out from under you each time you think you know what's happening. Theories abound and no matter how many times you read the books you get sucked in and discover something new to add to the intrigue.  So now the wait for answers is almost over - Shadowfever is about to release and for those that haven't seen the blurb or who like me, get giddy reading it ... here it is.


Shadowfever
Karen M. Moning / Urban Fantasy
Book Five in the Fever series
624 GLORIOUS pages

MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever. Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years. What follows is a shocking chain of events with devastating consequences, and now Mac struggles to cope with grief while continuing her mission to acquire and control the Sinsar Dubh — a book of dark, forbidden magic scribed by the mythical Unseelie King, containing the power to create and destroy worlds. In an epic battle between humans and Fae, the hunter becomes the hunted when the Sinsar Dubh turns on Mac and begins mowing a deadly path through those she loves. Who can she turn to? Who can she trust? Who is the woman haunting her dreams? More important, who is Mac and what is the destiny she glimpses in the black and crimson designs of an ancient tarot card? From the luxury of the Lord Master’s penthouse to the sordid depths of an Unseelie nightclub, from the erotic bed of her lover to the terrifying bed of the Unseelie King, Mac’s journey will force her to face the truth of her exile, and to make a choice that will either save the world... or destroy it


Arggghhh ... more questions !!!!

January 18th can't come fast enough!!

The Fever Series At A Glance



For those new to the series, here's a brief synopsis -


"MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.

When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae….

As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane–an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book–because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands…. "


*I found this summary at Sookieverse*
*The amazing artwork was done by Eireen*

My Blog Has Caught The FEVER

Prepare to feel the heat
Prepare to catch the FEVER

It's almost here guys, the moment when we'll finally get the answers to all our questions. With Shadowfever set to be released in EIGHT more days it seemed pretty fitting to dedicate my blog to this amazing, addicting, scorching Urban Fantasy series. What started out as an idea to share my reviews of the books has morphed into a real FEVERfest celebration with reviews, quotes, interesting posts filled with book tidbits to help prepare you for January 18th. I'll be sharing my thoughts as well as some great information I found on the author's website or from the books. So come by each day, read some great post and feel free to leave comments. Just as a heads up - mark it on your calendar to be here the 14th - 17th for a giveaway to end all giveaways *wink*


Happy reading everyone and remember -

STICK TO THE LIGHTS!!