Thursday, March 31, 2011

Follow Friday & Blog hop (3)

 



Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee's View





Book Blogger Hop


Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy-For-Books

This week's question is:

"Since today is April Fool's Day in the USA, what is the best prank you have ever played on someone OR that someone has played on you?"

One year there was this event planned and some of my friends had me thinking it was cancelled but it was a prank and we got to the event and it was great and my friends had a surprise for me, so I had to forgive them...(I would have done that anyway;-)


Last chance...Will you take it? (Contest)

It's the last day to enter my contest with author Adrian Phoenix. So if you want the chance to win one of her books, winners choice and have not signed up yet, enter away...

The giveaway is open internationally.

Giveaway with Adrian Phoenix

The books you can choose between if you win are:

A Rush of Wings (The Maker’s song book 1)
In the Blood (The Maker’s song book 2)
Beneath the Skin (The Maker’s song book 3)
Etched in Bone (The Maker’s song book 4)
Black Dust Mambo (Hoodoo series book 1)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

"Waiting On" Wednesday (6) Drink Deep and Magic Slays

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


My picks this week are:

Drink Deep by Chloe Neill
(Chicagoland Vampires #5)
Expected publication: November 2011

I don't want this one, I need this one! After reading Hard Bitten, this one cannot come fast enough.



Clouds are brewing over Cadogan House, and recently turned vampire Merit can't tell if this is the darkness before the dawn or the calm before the storm. With the city itself in turmoil over paranormals and the state threatening to pass a paranormal registration act, times haven't been this precarious for vampires since they came out of the closet. If only they could lay low for a bit, and let the mortals calm down.

That's when the waters of Lake Michigan suddenly turn pitch black-and things really start getting ugly.

Chicago's mayor insists it's nothing to worry about, but Merit knows only the darkest magic could have woven a spell powerful enough to change the very fabric of nature. She'll have to turn to friends old and new to find out who's behind this, and stop them before it's too late for vampires and humans alike.



Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews
(Kate Daniels #5)
Expected publication: May 31st 2011

Why oh why hasn't this been released yet? Only two more months to go;-)




Kate Daniels has quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but starting her own business isn't easy when the Order starts disparaging her good name. And being the mate of the Beast Lord doesn't bring in the customers, either. So when Atlanta's premier Master of the Dead asks for help with a vampire, Kate jumps at the chance. Unfortunately, this is one case where Kate should have looked before she leapt.

What are you waiting for this week?
Leave your links and I will check them out.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (6)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!
Read more about Teaser Tuesdays HERE

Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “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 & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This weeks teaser:

Unfortunately for him, we'd come too far for me to be intimidated by a snarky phrase or nasty look. I'd gone out and faced danger for him and the House, and I wasn't about to shrink away because he didn't like the consequences.
P. 136 ARC Hard Bitten by Chloe Neill


Fast Forward (6) plus contest reminder



I'd just finished rereading the first three books in the Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill and I'm now going to start on book four Hard Bitten, this series is so great!
I hope to write and post my reviews of the books this week.



My contest with Adrian Phoenix is still open. Win one of her books winners choice.
It's open internationally and deadline 3/31, stop by and enter.
Win with Adrian Phoenix




What are you reading this week?

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Review: Rage by Jackie Morse Kessler



Book two in The Horseman of the Apocalypse: The Rider's Quartet

Publication: April 8th 2011

About

Missy didn’t mean to cut so deep. But after the party where she was humiliated in front of practically everyone in school, who could blame her for wanting some comfort? Sure, most people don’t find comfort in the touch of a razor blade, but Missy always was . . . different.
 
That’s why she was chosen to become one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: War. Now Missy wields a new kind of blade—a big, brutal sword that can cut down anyone and anything in her path. But it’s with this weapon in her hand that Missy learns something that could help her triumph over her own pain: control.
 
A unique approach to the topic of self-mutilation, Rage is the story of a young woman who discovers her own power and refuses to be defeated by the world.

Source: Goodreads


Review

This book continues The Rider's Quartet series and the story takes on just as serious a tropic as the first book in this series.
This story is about a girl’s fight for control over her life and about finding and accepting who she is.

This time we follow Missy who is a cutter, every mental pain she feels she makes physical with help of a racer blade, that way she feels she can contain her pain better.

I have a very good friend who hurt herself too and I really tried to understand her problems but you can never fully understand how someone else feels inside.
After reading this book I feel like I'd gotten a glimpse of what is happening inside someone who has this kind of problem.
My friend got help and today she's living a normal life.

Through the book Missy is chosen to become War and she finds out how much rage there are in the world and in how many forms rage can show itself.
She has to learn how to control her new powers to help people and to do that she has to have control over herself.

The ending is very surprising and I like how it's not a she-lived-happily-ever-after fairytale ending, it made the book feel more realistic. It really shows that there's no easy way to deal with a problem like this but it is possible to get better.

I’m excited to read the next book in this series and I’m very interested in seeing how Jackie Kessler will portray Pestilence.

I give Rage 4 out of 5.

[Thank you Elise from Bookish Delights for sending me an ARC of this book]

Other books in this series:
1# Hunger
3# Loss (2012)
4# Breath (2013)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Review: Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler


Book one in The Horseman of the Apocalypse: The Rider's Quartet


About Hunger

“Thou art the Black Rider. Go thee out unto the world.”

Lisabeth Lewis has a black steed, a set of scales, and a new job: she’s been appointed Famine. How will an anorexic seventeen-year-old girl from the suburbs fare as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?

Traveling the world on her steed gives Lisa freedom from her troubles at home: her constant battle with hunger, and her struggle to hide it from the people who care about her. But being Famine forces her to go places where hunger is a painful part of everyday life, and to face the horrifying effects of her phenomenal power. Can Lisa find a way to harness that power — and the courage to battle her own inner demons?


Source: Goodreads

Review

This is a chilling look into the life of a girl with an eating disorder.

We follow Lisa who is anorectic and we watch her struggle with life, her problems and how she has to learn the balance of knowing herself.

The way the eating disorder is described is very realistic and her "friend" Tammie who is bulimic and who helps Lisa to stay in her downward spiral did that you as a reader really felt with her and some places in the book I would have to stop and take a deep breath before I continued reading.

I like how the book managed to blend so serious a tropic with fantasy it really worked and the way she became Famine and learned how much the world needed her was great. She really got a new perspective on food and that insight she had to use in her own life in her battle, with her food issues.

In all the seriousness there was still time for humour in the book, that made the story a little lighter some places and I think that it made the book more balanced.

Hunger was really well written it had an original plot and it was a very interesting book.

I give Hunger 4 out of 5.

Next books in the series:
2# Rage (April 8th 2011)
3# Loss (2012)
4# Breath (2013)

Review: This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost


Book five in the Night Huntress series




About This Side of the Grave

Danger waits on both sides of the grave.


Half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her vampire husband Bones have fought for their lives, as well as for their relationship. But just when they've triumphed over the latest battle, Cat's new and unexpected abilities threaten to upset a long-standing balance . . .
 
With the mysterious disappearance of vampires, rumors abound that a species war is brewing. A zealot is inciting tensions between the vampires and ghouls, and if these two powerful groups clash, innocent mortals could become collateral damage. Now Cat and Bones are forced to seek help from a dangerous "ally"—the ghoul queen of New Orleans herself. But the price of her assistance may prove more treacherous than even the threat of a supernatural war . . .
to say nothing of the repercussions Cat never imagined.


Source: Goodreads

Review

I feel like I have waited forever for this book to be released and now I finally get to read it.
I love Cat and Bones and I can't get enough of them and I really looked forward to this next adventure.
I really need to give Jeaniene Frost some points she has managed to create a fantastic world and characters I don't think I ever can get tired of.

I like how Cat has matured and how she really think about the consequences to her actions instead of just jumping into the fire, but I still miss the old Cat who was reckless and thought jumping into the fire was the only way to save the people she cared about.

The book had a great plot; it takes on some of the problems which started in Destined for an Early Grave.
We have seen Marie in some of the previous books but she has a bigger role to play in this one and I think in the next one too, it's very intriguing how she manipulates people into doing what she wants and I'm very interested to see what her plan is.

It's a book full of a lot of action, romance and humour and I don't think I can put a finger on anything I didn't like in this book. As with all the other Night Huntress books this one was full of great quotable lines.
A fantastic read.

Now the wait for One Grave at a Time begins...

I give This Side of the Grave 5 out of 5.


Other books in this series:
1# Halfway to the Grave
2# One Foot in the Grave
3# At Grave's End
4# Destined for an Early Grave

6# One Grave at a Time (August 30th 2011)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Cover art (9)



I'm a big fan of Jeaniene Frost's books and I love the stories and characters.
The covers has always been great but I think this is my favourite cover of them all, I like the new model on the cover and that Cat finally has her hair down (it looks good;-)
Great Halloween theme with the colours and the cat.

(Night Huntress book  #6)

Expected publication: August 30th 2011

Do you like/dislike the cover?

"Waiting On" Wednesday (5) The Gathering and Bite Club

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


My picks this week are:

The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
(Darkness Rising #1)
Expected publication: April 12th 2011




Strange things are happening in Maya's tiny Vancouver Island town. First, her friend Serena, the captain of the swim team, drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. Then, one year later, mountain lions are spotted rather frequently around Maya's home—and her reactions to them are somewhat . . . unexpected. Her best friend, Daniel, has also been experiencing unexplainable premonitions about certain people and situations.
 
It doesn't help that the new bad boy in town, Rafe, has a dangerous secret, and he's interested in one special part of Maya's anatomy—her paw-print birthmark.


Bite Club by Rachel Caine
(The Morganville Vampires #10)
Expected publication: May 3rd 2011




After discovering that vampires populate her town, college student Claire Danvers knows that the undead just want to live their lives. But someone else wants them to get ready to rumble.

There's a new extreme sport getting picked up on the Internet: bare- knuckle fights pitting captured vampires against each other-or humans. Tracking the remote signal leads Claire- accompanied by her friends and frenemies-to discover that what started as an online brawl will soon threaten everyone in Morganville...



What are you waiting for this week?
Leave your links and I will check them out.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

In My Mailbox (6)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme created and hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren for bloggers to show all of the great books or book related things that you have gotten over the past week!  It can be books bought, gotten from the library, received for review ect.
Go HERE to read more about IMM.

Won
Spy Glass by Maria V. Snyder
Thank you Bitten by Books for your great site!




Borrowed
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
(I'm very excited to start this series!)




Brought
Embers by Laura Bickle
(Yah finally I can start this series, Sparks has been sitting on my shelf for far to long).




What did you get in your mailbox this week?

Saturday, March 19, 2011

On My Wishlist (5)

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday.
It's a place where you can list all the books you desperately want but haven't actually bought yet.
They can be old, new or forthcoming.
Read more about it HERE.

My wishlist:
 
I have heard a lot of great things about these two series and I really want to read them so now they are here on my wishlist.
 
 
Pleasure Unbound
Larissa Ione
(Demonica #1)
Published June 20th 2008
 
 
 
 
In a place where ecstasy can cost you your life . . . She's a demon-slayer who hungers for sensual pleasure-but fears it will always be denied her. Until Tayla Mancuso lands in a hospital run by demons in disguise, and the head doctor, Eidolon, makes her body burn with unslakable desire. But to prove her ultimate loyalty to her peers, she must betray the surgeon who saved her life.
 
Two lovers will dare to risk all.
Eidolon cannot resist this fiery, dangerous woman who fills him with both rage and passion. Not only is she his avowed enemy, but she could very well be the hunter who has been preying upon his people. Torn between his need for the truth and his quest to find his perfect mate before a horrific transformation claims him forever, Eidolon will dare the unthinkable-and let Tayla possess him, body and soul...



Unholy Ghosts
Stacia Kane
(Downside Ghosts #1)
Published May 25th 2010




THE DEPARTED HAVE ARRIVED.

The world is not the way it was. The dead have risen, and the living are under attack. The powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased. Enter Chess Putnam, a fully tattooed witch and freewheeling ghost hunter. She’s got a real talent for banishing the wicked dead. But Chess is keeping a dark secret: She owes a lot of money to a murderous drug lord named Bump, who wants immediate payback in the form of a dangerous job that involves black magic, human sacrifice, a nefarious demonic creature, and enough wicked energy to wipe out a city of souls. Toss in lust for a rival gang leader and a dangerous attraction to Bump’s ruthless enforcer, and Chess begins to wonder if the rush is really worth it. Hell, yeah


Friday, March 18, 2011

Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare


Book one in the The Infernal Devices series


About Clockwork Angel

Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.


Source: Goodreads

Review

Another great, mysterious and action packed steam punk story from Cassandra Clare a great first book in a new series.

This series takes place in the same world as the Mortal Instruments series, Clockwork Angel is a prequel and this story happens years before the events in city of Bones.

Tessa was annoying to me at first but her very interesting ability and her strength to fight for what she loves had me warming up to her and the plotline.
The two boys Will and Jem are characters I really like and I don't know who’s my favourite, they are very different and both of them very mysterious and I found myself wanting to know more about them and getting to know them better.

All the side characters worked very well for me I enjoyed how well all of them contributed to the story in different ways and I like how Cassandra Clare has a special talent for giving even the bad guys something that you find intriguing.

This isn't a really quick read, the book is slow at first with a lot of descriptions but that really makes it great visual you imagine yourself standing in the street of London, England, at the time of the reign of Queen Victoria.
It picks up speed about 2/3 into the book and my head was almost spinning with all the things that happened.
I'm very excited for the next book.

I give Clockwork Angel 4 out of 5.

Next in the series:
2# Clockwork Prince (Expected publication: December 6th 2011)
3# Clockwork Princess (Expected publication: November/December 2012)

Review: The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong


Book one in the Darkest Powers Trilogy


About The Summoning

After years of frequent moves following her mother’s death, Chloe Saunders’s life is finally settling down. She is attending art school, pursuing her dreams of becoming a director, making friends, meeting boys. Her biggest concern is that she’s not developing as fast as her friends are. But when puberty does hit, it brings more than hormone surges. Chloe starts seeing ghosts–everywhere, demanding her attention. After she suffers a breakdown, her devoted aunt Lauren gets her into a highly recommended group home.

At first, Lyle House seems a pretty okay place, except for Chloe’s small problem of fearing she might be facing a lifetime of mental illness. But as she gradually gets to know the other kids at the home–charming Simon and his ominous, unsmiling brother Derek, obnoxious Tori, and Rae, who has a “thing” for fire–Chloe begins to realize that there is something that binds them all together, and it isn’t your usual “problem kid” behaviour. And together they discover that Lyle House is not your usual group home either…


Source: Goodreads

Review

I'd considered starting this series for awhile but I just didn't get around to it before now.
I finally read book one The Summoning and I'm really happy that I did. It's a good book.

As it often is with a first book in a series there's a lot of background information and I felt that the first 2/3 of the book moved very slow, but the last 1/3 was great, really tense and with a lot of suspense.

In the beginning of the book I felt like the langueid was a little to young for me and I was afraid that I couldn’t get into the story when the main character Chloe Saunder acted in a way I had a hard time following but it approved through the book and the characters grow on me over time and I ended up liking the story and the characters.

I feel like this book left a lot of unanswered questions, I know that's what series do but I don't feel like I got enough from this book.

The book ends with a big cliff hanger and I'm very interested to know what happens in the next book.

I give The Summoning 3 out of 5.

Next in the series:
2# The Awakening
3# The Reckoning

Thursday, March 17, 2011

100+ Fantastic Followers!

 



I made it! 100 followers’ wow that's a big milestone for me.
When I started this blog a little over a month and a half ago I never thought that people would be interested in what I had to say.

You have all been so sweet and supportive and I really feel welcome in the book blogging community and it sometimes feels like being a part of one big family.

I can't thank you enough for being here and making my life a little better each day, it's so wonderful to log on and find a comment from someone.

I have found so many fantastic blogs, great authors, awesome books and more because of you.
It has been a great experience for me and I look forward to all the great people and blogs I'm sure I will meet/find in the future.

Thank you!

Cover art (8)




This cover looks great and I really look forward to this anthology some of my favourite authors have a story in this book.
I like how the colours are used on this cover. The title and the mist around the girl makes this book look very mysterious.

List of stories and authors:
Giovanni’s Farewell by Claudia Gray
Scenic Route by Carrie Ryan
IV League by Margaret Stohl
Red Run by Kami Garcia
Things About Love by Jackson Pearce
Niederwald by Rachel Vincent
--- by Melissa Marr
Facing Facts by Kelley Armstrong
Let’s Get This Undead Show on the Road by Sarah Rees Brennan
Bridge by Jeri Smith-Ready
Skin Contact by Kimberly Derting
Leaving by Ally Condie
At the Late Night, Double Feature, Picture Show by Jessica Verday
Gargouille by Mary E. Pearson
The Third Kind by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Automatic by Rachel Caine

The release date is September 20, 2011





New cover from Nalini Singh, Lord of the Abyss this is book 4 in the Royal House of Shadows series.
I like purple in a cover great colour and the model....need I say more;-)

Expected publication: December 2012

About Lord of the Abyss
Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden. To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with vengeance. Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out.…

As the dark Lord who condemns souls to damnation in the Abyss, Micah is nothing but a feared monster wrapped in impenetrable black armor. He has no idea he is the last heir of Elden, its last hope. Only one woman knows—the daughter of his enemy.

Liliana is nothing like her father, the Blood Sorcerer who'd cursed Micah. She sees past Micah’s armor to the prince inside. A prince whose sinful touch she craves. But first she has to brave his dark, dangerous lair and help him remember. Because they only have till midnight to save Elden.


What do you think about these covers?
Do you look forward to these?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

"Waiting On" Wednesday (4) Lover Unleashed and City of Fallen Angels

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


My picks this week are:

Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward
(Black Dagger Brotherhood #9)
Expected publication: March 29th 2011



Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, warrior cloth as her brother: A fighter by nature, and a maverick when it comes to the traditional role of Chosen females, there is no place for her on the Far Side… and no role for her on the front lines of the war, either.

When she suffers a paralyzing injury, human surgeon Dr. Manuel Manello is called in to treat her as only he can- and he soon gets sucked into her dangerous, secret world. Although he never before believed in things that go bump in the night- like vampires- he finds himself more than willing to be seduced by the powerful female who marks both his body and his soul.

As the two find so much more than an erotic connection, the human and vampire worlds collide … just as a centuries old score catches up with Payne and puts both her love and her life in deadly jeopardy.



City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
(The Mortal Instruments #4)
Expected publication: April 5th 2011



City of Fallen Angels is the fourth book in the bestselling series The Mortal Instruments.

“City of Fallen Angels takes place two months after the events of City of Glass. In it, a mysterious someone’s killing the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle and displaying their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to provoke hostility between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, leaving tensions running high in the city and disrupting Clary’s plan to lead as normal a life as she can — training to be a Shadowhunter, and pursuing her relationship with Jace. As Jace and Clary delve into the issue of the murdered Shadowhunters, they discover a mystery that has deeply personal consequences for them — consequences that may strengthen their relationship, or rip it apart forever. Meanwhile, internecine warfare among vampires is tearing the Downworld community apart, and only Simon — the Daylighter who everyone wants on their side — can decide the outcome; too bad he wants nothing to do with Downworld politics. Love, blood, betrayal and revenge: the stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.



What are you waiting for this week?
Leave your links and I will check them out:-)

Interview and giveaway with author Adrian Phoenix

Today it's an honor to have the amazing author Adrian Phoenix stopping by for an interview.
It’s my very first interview and I’m very excited.
It's so great to have you here today!




Book four in her Maker's Song series "Etched in Bone" was released on February 22, 2011
One lucky commenter will have a chance to win one of Adrian's books winners’ choice.
Details are listed at the end of the post.
  


Mysteriousbooks: Where is your favorite spot to read?

Adrian: Right now, I only have time to read when I go to bed, but normally I like to curl up in a corner of the sofa with my cats snoozing beside me. But I’ll read anywhere I can. I love books.

Mysteriousbooks: Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?

Adrian: Still writing, of course, but hopefully a familiar name on the bestseller lists. LOL. Writing, traveling, connecting with friends and fans. I’d love to visit Denmark.

Mysteriousbooks: What do you like best writing in the morning or in the evening?

Adrian: Both times work well for me, actually. I love writing in the mornings when fading dream images still feel my mind and my subconscious is more in control. In the afternoons, I can mull over what I’ve written and see if any unexpected twists or sudden insights ignite—which I then promptly go back and add.

Mysteriousbooks: What is your favorite part of a book to write?

Adrian: That would be the entire first draft, when the story is pouring out in a white-hot rush through your fingertips and onto the screen/page brimming with life and passion and excitement.


Mysteriousbooks: If you meet a zombie what's the first thing you will do?

Adrian: Ah, great question! And since I don’t carry a gun with me, there’s only one action I would take: Run. Flee. Of course, that works only if they are slow-moving, shuffling zombies, it they are sprinters, I might be in trouble. Hmmm. I wonder if a person can get a concealed weapon license for a handgun/shotgun in case of zombie attack?

Mysteriousbooks: Why do you think that urban fantasy has become so popular in books and movies?

Adrian: I think people love the paranormal and the supernatural, the idea that other things exist beyond ourselves. I know I do. I also think it’s a chance to imagine what you would do in a world where vampires, fallen angels, were-creatures, ghosts, and other preternatural beings are a part of the norm (some good, some not so much), a chance even to see ourselves through the eyes of those who aren’t.

Mysteriousbooks: Can you describe The Maker's Song series in 1-3 sentences?

Adrian: No. LOL. Okay, okay, I’ll be a sport and try. Dante and Heather’s story—a complex tapestry of betrayal, violence, government conspiracies, love and loss, redemption and sacrifice, a fast-paced, breath-stealing tale of vampires, mortals, and fallen angels and unstoppable destiny. Wow. Okay. One long sentence, but . . .


Mysteriousbooks: Mention three words about Etched In Bone?

Adrian: Dante’s destiny unfolds . . .

Mysteriousbooks: If you had to choose one thing you like the most from the cover of Etched In Bone, what would it be?

Adrian: Even though it’s nice to have Dante on the cover, my favorite part is Heather’s active stance with the gun lifted in both hands. Lover and protector.

Mysteriousbooks: What is your favorite thing when you have a new book released?

Adrian: Having a copy of the finished book in my hand. I love that. Plus, knowing that readers will soon be holding copies in their hands (book or e-reader) and plunging once more into a world with characters I hope they enjoy and love.

Thanks so much for having me on Mysteriousbooks, Mette! It’s been a pleasure meeting you and your readers.

You can read a chapter from the book that started it all. Here’s a link to a sample chapter of A Rush of Wings.

With Book Four, Etched in Bone, Dante faces his destiny and searches for a way to accept it on his own terms. To make his life, his own, at long last, and with Heather at his side. The former FBI agent is more than his partner and lover, she is also his anchor, his beacon, guiding him back from the edge of madness when his shattered past rises up and swallows him. But in Heather’s human family awaits an unexpected enemy. One who could force Dante to choose his darkest destiny—as the Great Destroyer.





Here’s a link to the first two chapters of Etched in Bone.

Etched in Bone is also a featured read for March on BN.com’s Paranormal and Urban Fantasy Book Club – which I’m very excited about.



I’ve also included a link to the first chapter of Black Dust Mambo, the first book in my Hoodoo series which takes place in the Louisiana bayous. The second book, Black Heart Loa will be out July 2011.




Thanks so much for having me! It’s been a blast. You can also find me at:
Website
My blog
Facebook
Facebook Fan Page
Twitter
MySpace
Goodreads
Dante's Club Hell Forum
Dante's Club Hell Yahoo Group
Pocket After Dark


Giveaway

Thank you so much Adrian for stopping by!
One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a signed copy of one of Adrian's books, winner's choice between:

A Rush of Wings (The Maker’s song book 1)
In the Blood (The Maker’s song book 2)
Beneath the Skin (The Maker’s song book 3)
Etched in Bone (The Maker’s song book 4)
Black Dust Mambo (Hoodoo series book 1)

To enter, just leave a comment or question for Adrian and include the book you would like to win (remember you email address so I can contact you if you win).

Extra entries:
+1 entry for becoming a follower of this blog or if you’re already a follower just tell me in your comment.
+2 entries for tweeting about this contest, sharing it on facebook, linking via your sidebar etc…(links please).
+3 entries for making a blog post about this contest. (links please).

  • Giveaway is open internationally.
  • Giveaway ends Thursday, March 31st at 11:59 PM EST.
  • The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.
  • I will sent an email to the winner and the winner will have 72 hours to get back to me or I will have to choose another winner.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (5)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!
Read more about Teaser Tuesdays HERE

Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “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 & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This weeks teasers:

"He didn't have to call me here. I'm honor-bound to fight - for the House and for him - and I will."
P. 311 "Some Girls Bite" by Chloe Neill.




He looked straight at her and in the depths of those green irises she saw an unspoken comfirmation: he knew.
P. 210 "The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance" story: Grace of Small Magics by Ilona Andrews.


Monday, March 14, 2011

Fast Forward (5)



This week I'm going to get a visit from Adrian Phoenix the author of the Maker's Song series on wednesday, It's my first interview and I hope you will stop by and say hi.

I also hope to get my reviews up of Hunger and Rage by Jackie Morse Kessler.

I started a reread of the Chicagoland Vampires so I'm ready to review Hard Bitten, I love this series!

What are you going to read this week?

Saturday, March 12, 2011

In My Mailbox (5)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme created and hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren for bloggers to show all of the great books or book related things that you have gotten over the past week!  It can be books bought, gotten from the library, received for review ect.
Go HERE to read more about IMM.


Won







Hard Bitten ARC, thank you so much Chloe Neill for writing such amazing books I love that it's signed and I can't wait to read it!

Hellforged by Nancy Holzner
Thank you so much Rob (RK Charron) from Fictionall I'm so excited to read this one and I need to get my fingers on book one soon.


Brought

Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill
Friday Night Bites by Chloe Neill
(Now I can reread all of them and review them on my blog)

Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler
(I hope to get a review up of this one soon)

Firelight by Sophie Jordan
(I have heard a lot of great things about this series and I look forward to read this book)








What did you get in your mailbox this week?

On My Wishlist (4)

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday.
It's a place where you can list all the books you desperately want but haven't actually bought yet.
They can be old, new or forthcoming.
Read more about it HERE.

My wishlist:

Blood Song 
Cat Adams
(Blood Singer #1)
Published June 8th 2010

I love the covers on these books they are fantastic and I heard much about this series so it's diffinately on my wishlist.



Bodyguard Celia Graves has definitely accepted her share of weird assignments, both human and supernatural. But her newest job takes the cake. Guarding a Prince from terrorists and religious fundamentalists is hard enough, but it seems like the entire supernatural world is after this guy too. When she is betrayed by those she is employed to help, and everything goes horribly wrong, Celia wakes to find herself transformed.

Neither human nor vampire, Celia has become an Abomination—something that should not exist—and now both human and supernatural alike want her dead. With the help of a few loyal friends—a sexy mage, a powerful werewolf, and a psychic cop—Celia does her best to stay alive. On the run from her enemies, Celia must try to discover who is behind her transformation…before it’s too late.


Siren Song
Cat Adams
(Blood Singer #2)
Published September 28th 2010


 


Nothing if not resilient, Celia Graves is slowly adjusting to being a half-human, half-vampire Abomination. But her troubles are far from over. Her best friend’s murder is still unsolved, the cops are convinced she should be in jail, and her old lover, the magician Bruno DeLuca, has resurfaced in her life, saying he has something important to tell her.
The vampire attack that transformed Celia kicked her latent Siren abilities into high gear, and now she’s been summoned to the Sirens’ island to justify her existence—and possibly fight for her life—in front of the Siren Queen. Celia isn’t sure she’ll survive to make the trip. The demon she defeated in Blood Song hasn’t exactly gone quietly—he’s left Celia suffering from a powerful curse.


Demon Song
Cat Adams
(Blood Singer #3)
Published March 1st 2011




Bodyguard Celia Graves has definitely accepted her share of weird assignments, both human and supernatural. But her newest job takes the cake. Guarding a Prince from terrorists and religious fundamentalists is hard enough, but it seems like the entire supernatural world is after this guy too. When she is betrayed by those she is employed to help, and everything goes horribly wrong, Celia wakes to find herself transformed.

Neither human nor vampire, Celia has become an Abomination—something that should not exist—and now both human and supernatural alike want her dead. With the help of a few loyal friends—a sexy mage, a powerful werewolf, and a psychic cop—Celia does her best to stay alive. On the run from her enemies, Celia must try to discover who is behind her transformation…before it’s too late.
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