Monday, October 31, 2011

Review: Death Blows by D.D. Barant

Death Blows (Bloodhound Files #2)
by: D.D. Barant
ISBN#9780312942595
$7.99 mass market paperback
St. Martin's Paperbacks
Paranormal Fantasy
Released: April 2010



Jace is somewhat adjusting to life in a parallel universe, one in which humans account for only one percent of the population.  She's still trying to track down the human serial killer so was brought over to find, but she's been kept pretty busy with a surge in crazy weres and vamps.

When she gets called to a scene where a glowing green skeleton is dressed like The Flash, she's pretty sure she's seen it all.  While she recognizes the comic book reference, it shouldn't exist in this realm, since comics were outlawed long before The Flash came into existance.  Turns out in this world, comic books were a gateway for powerful magics, and that magic fell into the wrong hands.  Because of that, comics were outlawed.  But now it seems someone is trying to revive the old ways, and Jace finds herself smack dab in the middle of it all.

In a world where everything is not as it seems, can Jace manage to uncover the truth before it's too late, or will crossing back to her dimension be the least of her concerns?



D.D. Barant has done her homework with this book.  I'll be honest, I have no interest in comic books, so I had a hard time following the history of comics that was laid out in the story.  It was well written, but deep.  Her books are always very involved and detailed, which I love in a book because it makes you think, and it also keeps you from being bored.  The interaction between Jace and her partner Charlie had me chuckling more than once, and I was thrilled to see the secondary characters become more developed in this book.  This is one of those series that's different enough from the others of its genre to keep you coming back for more because you'll never know what she's going to do next.  I'm a big fan of this series and I can't wait to see where she's going to go with it next.

Carla gives this book a

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Keta Diablo Contest Winner!!!

We have randomly drawn a winner for the Keta Diablo Review Contest using Random.org and the winner is:

Diana G

Congratulations Diana!!  I will forward your email address to Keta and she will get you a copy of your book.

~Annette~



Review: Grave Dance by Kalayna Price

Grave Dance (Alex Craft #2)
by: Kalayna Price
ISBN#9780451464095
$7.99 mass market paperback
Roc Books
Paranormal Fantasy
Released: July 2011



When body parts start showing up all over the city, Grave Witch Alex Craft is called in to consult with the police.  After a month of down time from her last fight, she's more than ready to get back to work.  What she finds, however, is something that stumps even her.  The police have found multiple severed feet, but Alex needs a full body in order to raise a shade, so she must rely on good old fashioned detective work to solve this case. 

As she digs deeper, she realizes there's more at play than she realizes, and there are dark forces that will do anything to make sure she doesn't succeed.  Add to that weird powers coming to light from her Fae blood, an MIA faerie lover, and the comforting (but awkward) presence of Death after his declaration of love, and you've got more than even Alex can handle.


I loved the first book , and I really got into this one as well.  I'm glad I re-read the first one right before this one because book 2 takes right off, and the refresher was nice.  The characters take on even more depth, and Alex's strange powers are explained a bit more in here.  Falin makes another appearance, and lucky for him he had a good reason for disappearing or else I really would have been mad at him.  Death is the constant, but although the innuendo between him and Alex is hotter, it's doubtful it could go anywhere.  He is Death, after all.  Still, we all have our favorite characters and I'm rooting for Death.

Carla gives this book a

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Review: Incubus by Angie West

Incubus
by: Angie West
ISBN#9781600886935
$3.99 e-book
Cobblestone Press
Paranormal Romance
Released: 2011
Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/user/AngieWest2011#p/a/u/0/8z8TdNve3So




He came to her in a dream, a sensual lover who fulfilled her fantasies and made her feel cherished.  Too bad it was only for one night.  It would be another five years before he appeared to her again, a specter of her past who rouses feelings in her she was never able to shake.  In a way, she's waited for him all these years without knowing it.

When she finds out who and what he is, can she forsake her old life for a chance at true happiness, or will he forever remain just a dream lover?


This was a quick story about a girl who finds comfort with a boy, then grows up and finds love and acceptance in the arms of a dream lover.  He's an incubus, one who's waited years to have her, and he will not be denied.  It's a great love story about a woman who thinks she's imagining her sexy dream man, only to find out he's real, and what she does about it.  Despite the story's short length, I was satisfied with the ending.  A nice, quick read for anyone who wants a paranormal love story that's very mild, sex-wise.

Carla gives this book a


Review: Angel Town by Lilith Saintcrow

Angel Town (Jill Kismet #6)
by: Lilith Saintcrow
ISBN#9780316074162
$7.99 mass market paperback
Orbit Books
Paranormal Fantasy
Released: November 2011




Bad choices can lead to worse consequences, and nobody knows this better than Jill Kismet.  After a bad choice leads to a deadly confrontation with Perry, she wakes up in her own grave.  Problem is, she doesn't remember how she died, nor who she is.  All she knows is that evil must be stopped, and she's the only one to do it.

Hopefully in doing so it will unlock the buried memories of the past, although some things are best left forgotten.



This is the final book in the Jill Kismet series, and I'm both satisfied and disappointed that it's over.  This book was a little slower paced, mostly in that Jill starts the book dead, then slowly gets her memories back over the course of the book.  Even though the action is less than usual, it doesn't get boring.  This book really ties up any loose ends the first five books may have left, and although I'm bummed it's over, the ending was enough to satisfy me. 

This book did remind me of her Dante Valentine series, mostly because of the bizarre triangle of characters between Jill, Perry, and Saul.  For those of you who aren't familiar, Dante Valentine is Lilith Saintcrow's previous five book series.  All I'll say about that is I like the Jill Kismet series way better.  Anyway, great end to a great series, and I can't wait to see what the author comes up with next.

Carla gives this book a

Friday, October 28, 2011

Review: Heaven's Spite by Lilith Saintcrow

Heaven's Spite (Jill Kismet #5)
by: Lilith Saintcrow
ISBN#9780316074179
$7.99 mass market paperback
Orbit Books
Paranormal Fantasy
Released: November 2010



A new hellbreed is coming to town, and the first thing it plans to do is eliminate Jill as a threat.  Since she doesn't plan on rolling over and letting it kill her, that means she must pull out the big guns to fight this newest threat.  Too bad the big guns include Perry and Belisa, the woman who killed her teacher.  She'd do just about anything to avoid having to work with them, but she has no choice, for if she falls, the city falls with her. 

But with the stakes so high, can she continue to balance on the razor's edge of damnation, or will this case prove too much for even a Hunter's strength of will?


These stories are darkly compelling, showing us the darkness in our own souls in such a way that we recoil in fear, thinking, "that could never be me, I would never make such a choice.  Thing is, Jill's world shows us what people are willing to trade for in order to feel the corruption in their own souls, and it's terrifying to see.  Lilith Saintcrow does an amazing job capturing the dark side of a person's soul, and what happens when evil gets too big of a foothold.  It's a great series, one that sticks with you long after you put the book down.

Carla gives this book a

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Review: Flesh Circus by Lilith Saintcrow

Flesh Circus (Jill Kismet #4)
by: Lilith Saintcrow
ISBN#9780316035453
$7.99 mass market paperback
Orbit Books
Paranormal Fantasy
Released: December 2009



The hellbreeds have their own circus, and this time they've chosen Jill's town to set up in.  As a show of good faith, they offer a hostage to ensure their cooperation.  When that hostage gets attacked and circus performers start showing up dead, Jill has to find out who's doing it and fast, before the hellbreed start destroying her city. 

Too bad she also has to deal with regular people getting possessed, angry voodoo practitioners, and more zombies than she knows what to do with.  Oh, and trying to play Perry against the circus, while at the same time keeping him from backstabbing her.  Literally.

It's a crappy job, but somebody's got to do it.


The idea of a hellbreed circus is both brilliant and frightening.  And when you add hordes of zombies to the mix, it truly becomes a tale of horror and suspense.  Once again the book  keeps you at the edge of your seat from start to finish.  It's a great series and despite the sleepless nights I've gotten from lying in bed replaying certain scenes in my head, I love it.

Carla gives this book a

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Review: Redemption Alley by Lilith Saintcrow

Redemption Alley (Jill Kismet #3)
by: Lilith Saintcrow
ISBN#9780316035460
$7.99 mass market paperback
Orbit Books
Paranormal Fantasy
Released: August 2009




Jill's got a good professional relationship with the cops, so when one of them asks her to look into the suicide of a fellow officer, she agrees.  Little does she realize there's much more to the story than she realizes.  Before she knows it she's sucked into the world of human corruption, with members of the police at the heart of it.  Now she's not sure who she can trust and who's looking to put a bullet in her back.

Lucky for her she's used to it.



I love Jill because she doesn't take crap from anyone, and she keeps the hellbreed in line by sheer force of will and bloodshed.  I'm always amazed at the amount of damage Jill takes and still keeps going.  By all rights she should have died in book 1, yet she keeps coming back.  She's a great character who balances on the knife edge of temptation, and it's through sheer force of will that keeps her from becoming just like the things she hunts.

Carla gives this book a






Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Review: Hunter's Prayer by Lilith Saintcrow

Hunter's Prayer (Jill Kismet #2)
by: Lilith Saintcrow
ISBN#9780316001762
$7.99 mass market paperback
Orbit Books
Paranormal Fantasy
Released: September 2008




When prostitutes start showing up dead, pieces of their bodies cut out and missing, Jill gets called in.  The trail leads her back to Flesh Alley and the haunted memories of her past.  And when Perry, the top Hellbreed in town, starts acting funny, she's got a feeling he's involved up to his eyeballs.  Too bad she can't prove it.  When a nest of prostitute's bodies are found, Jill realizes it's not a who that's killing these girls, but rather a what. 

As Jill tracks the beast responsible, dark forces come into play that could spell the end for Jill if she doesn't take care.  For these players have no qualms about killing a Hunter who gets in their way.

Too bad they don't know Jill very well.


Book 2 grabs you by the arm as soon as you crack the cover open and gleefully drags you through the story to the end without letting go.  It's a non-stop thrill ride of death and corruption, of games where the stakes are life and death, and about one woman who will do anything it takes to hold back the tides of Hell.  Some of the scenes in this book might put the book into the Horror genre, but it's a fine line.  Either way, it's an awesome series, and so unlike the things I've been reading lately that I'm hooked, and hooked solid.

Carla gives this book a

Monday, October 24, 2011

Review: Night Shift by Lilith Saintcrow

Night Shift (Jill Kismet #1)
by: Lilith Saintcrow
ISBN#9780316001786
$6.99 mass market paperback
Orbit Books
Paranormal Fantasy
Released: July 2008




Jill Kismet's a Hunter, which means she's trained to deal with the nasties the regular cops can't handle.  Pulled off the streets as a teen and trained by the best Hunter in the business, Jill can handle almost anything the nightside throws at her.  Hellbreed, Traders, Scurf, Sorrows, she'll happily send them all back to Hell to keep her city safe.

When people start showing up dead, chunks of flesh eaten off, Jill thinks it's a simple rogue were case, but in truth it's much worse than that.  A Hellbreed is helping the rogue were, making the situation twice as deadly.  Since Hellbreed and Weres don't mix, Jill must figure out why the two are working together and fast, before the body count rises.


This is a great start to a great series.  Again, I've re-read books 1-5 so I was fresh for when book 6 hit the shelves.  This is a series unlike anything I've read before.  It's got your demons and magic, sure, but it's a much darker version than most books out there.  Following Jill around makes you realize just how dangerous the Hellbreed really are, and it makes you thankful there are Hunters out there willing to risk their lives to keep us safe.  It's a bloody action packed thriller from start to finish, and although some parts are pretty gruesome, I couldn't put the book down because I had to know what happened next.

For those that like their paranormal with a dark, bloody twist, you've got to give this series a try.

Carla gives this book a

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Review: Land of Falling Stars by Keta Diablo

Land of Falling Stars
by: Keta Diablo
ISBN#9781607777953
$3.99 eBook
Ravenous Romance
Historical Erotica
Released: July 2011







Sophia Whitfield is alone during the Civil War and trying to save her home while waiting for the man she loves and is supposed to marry.  She will protect what she has left anyway she can even if she has to shoot a Yankee.  How was she to know that the man she shot was her and Jesse’s childhood friend Gavin.

Gavin has come to deliver a letter to Sophia and move on with his guilt.  But, when she shoots him and he discovers the hard times that have fallen on her what else can he do for the woman he has always loved but help her.
When an accident leaves Sophia needing help Gavin will do whatever it takes to get her what she needs even if it means taking her to Boston and then walking away when she makes it perfectly clear she does not want him in her life.  Will these two make it past their anger and hurt or will they walk away forever?

Keta Diablo has brought another story that will make you feel as if you are right there living the lives of her characters.  LAND OF FALLING STARS is a love story that will make you laugh, cheer and cry not only does it highlight the story between two people she also brings back the haunting tale of a war that tore a country apart.  Definitely a must read!!! 

Annette gives this book a







Now Keta is in the process of doing blog tours so she has offered one lucky commenter a copy of her book  WHERE THE RAIN IS MADE. A winner will be drawn on October 30th 2011.









 


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Review: Serpent's Kiss by Thea Harrison

Serpent's Kiss
Elder Races #3
by: Thea Harrison
ISBN#9780425244401
$7.99 mass market paperback
Berkley Sensation
Paranormal Romance
Released: October 2011





Rune is a Wyr sentinel and a gryphon, so he's been around for a long time.  Long enough to know owing a favor to the former queen of the vampires wasn't the smartest thing he's done, but since it saved his friend's life he'll accept the consequences.  But when he goes to pay off the debt, he realizes Carling is slowly dying, and she has no idea how to reverse it.  If that wasn't bad enough, she's having episodes where her Power flares and affects the area around her.

Deemed too dangerous to live by those who would love to see her gone forever, she must now rely on Rune's help if she's to find a cure in time.  And since meeting Rune, she's finally found a reason to live again.  And Rune, realizing his own feelings for Carling, couldn't agree more.



Thea Harrison has done her homework on this novel, and it shows.  There are several well thought out theories in here, and I was thrilled to see Vampirism approached on a scientific level.  Both characters are intelligent, well drawn out people who are thrown together in a strange way, but end up being stronger together than apart.  I'm loving this series so far, and am eagerly awaiting the next one.

Carla gives this book a


Review: The Dragon Who Loved Me by G.A. Aiken

The Dragon Who Loved Me
Dragon Kin #5
by: G.A. Aiken
ISBN#9781420108897
$6.99 mass market paperback
Zebra Books
Paranormal Romance
Released: September 2011





The war between the Fire and Lightning dragons against the Steel dragons has been raging for five long years now.  Families have been torn apart and lands ravaged, yet all know the turning point to the war is close at hand.  When Rhona the Fearless is tasked with a dangerous mission, she doesn't hesitate to accept.  What she doesn't count on is having Vigholf the Abhorrent tag along.  For five years she's fought beside the Lightning, and for five years her respect and attraction for him has grown, though she'd rather die than admit it.

As their mission progresses, the stakes are raised, and before they know it the end to the war is within sight.  They only have to stay alive long enough to see it.



This book started out very dark, mostly because they've been at war for five years.  We can see the toll it's taken on all the characters we've grown to love, and our hearts break for them.  Yet hope is offered, and it's up to Rhona and Vigholf to seize it and turn the tides of the war into their favor. 

While each book focuses on a different couple, it also shows everyone else we've met.  The names can get a bit confusing if you don't read the series in one shot, due to the sheer number of people and dragons introduced over the course of the series.  When I read this book, I thought, "This is a saga," and it is.  The series is one continuous story that spans multiple books, and it's so easy to fall in love with the story and the characters.  G.A. Aiken is in my top three favorite authors ever, and for someone who owns hundreds of books, that's saying something.

Carla gives this book a

 

Review: Last Dragon Standing by G.A. Aiken

Last Dragon Standing
Dragon Kin #4
by: G.A. Aiken
ISBN#9781420108880
$6.99 mass market paperback
Zebra Books
Paranormal Romance
Released: September 2010





As the youngest daughter to the dragon queen, Princess Keita has often been overlooked as shallow and useless.  Her reality, though is so much more.  Captured in the Northlands by their king, she's rescued by Ragnar the Cunning, the king's son and leader of the resistance against his father.  She figures he'll use her as a bargaining tool with her mother, but is shocked when he lets her go instead.

Years later, she runs into him again while awaiting public execution for a crime she didn't commit.  Once again he rescues her but this time takes her back to her mother.  Although he's got to be the most annoying dragon on the face of the earth, she can't help but be attracted to his strength, his cunning, and his wicked good looks.  She begins to play a dangerous game with him, never realizing the stakes would be so high-her heart.



I'm not really doing these books justice with the blurbs, mostly because there's so much going on in the story , there's no way I can possibly get it all into two paragraphs.  G.A. Aiken has brilliantly managed to combine humor, love, loss, redemption, and carnage into a novel that I've read twice now and plan to read again.  For me that's rare, because I hardly ever go back and re-read a series.  To read something more than twice is truly a compliment to the author.

Carla gives this book a
 

Review: What a Dragon Should Know by G.A. Aiken

What a Dragon Should Know
Dragon Kin #3
by: G.A. Aiken
ISBN#9781420103755
$6.99 mass market paperback
Zebra Books
Paranormal Romance
Released: September 2009





At the request of the queen, Gwenvael travels deep into the Northern territories in search of The Beast, someone so terrifying their name is only whispered.  He hopes to get information that will save the queen's life.  But once there, Gwenvael is shocked to find the small, plain woman with glasses in front of him is actually The Beast.  Looking back, he shouldn't have laughed at her, but what else was he to do?

Dagmar couldn't beleive the arrogant Southland dragon was laughing at her.  For that, she wouldn't give him the information he needed, no matter how much his smile made her knees weak.  But it's so hard to think about revenge when every look, every caress brings her further and further into the dragon's clutches.



Book 3 keeps the series chugging along at a breakneck speed.  War's brewing, and a new threat has risen up again Annwyl.  The only way to save her is to get the information from The Beast, who happens to be a woman.  I was thrilled at this pairing because we got to see a side to Gwenvael the flirt we've never seen before.  I think Dagmar is a brilliant choice for him, since she's the only one cold and calculating enough to keep him in line.  Loving this series so far, and I want more!

Carla gives this book a

 

Review: About a Dragon by G.A. Aiken

About a Dragon
Dragon Kin #2
by: G.A. Aiken
ISBN#9781420103748
$6.99 mass market paperback
Zebra Books
Paranormal Romance
Released: December 2008





When Nolwenn witch Talaith is dragged from her bed and taken to be hanged and burned, she can't say she's surprised.  Nor is she surprised to find her husband leading the angry mob.  What does shock her is the silver-maned dragon that flies to her rescue and whisks her away to safety.  He's powerful and attractive, both in his dragon and human form.  Problem is, Mr. Arrogant now thinks because he saved her she now belongs to him.

Briec the Mighty expected this human woman he saved to fall at his feet in gratitude, but what he gets instead is an angry female who tells him where to go and how to get there.  Although he's attracted to his little spitfire, he doesn't understand why she won't just shut up and submit to him.

And when Talaith's dark secret is exposed, Briec must decide if he can commit to her for the long haul, or if her baggage is too much to deal with.



Book 2 gets more into the dragons and their family.  This series does a great job showing us the true arrogance of dragons, and I think Briec is the best example of that.  He never expected a human woman to tell him no, and it was fun to see him knocked down a peg.  Talaith isn't scared of him, and she's a great example of what kind of woman is needed to put up with dragons in a relationship.  The witty banter is hilarious and the sex is smokin-hot.  I love this series.

Carla gives this book a
 

Review: Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken

Dragon Actually
Dragon Kin #1
by: G.A. Aiken
ISBN#9781420103731
$6.99 mass market paperback
Zebra Books
Paranormal Romance
Released: September 2008





When Annwyl the Bloody is attacked and gravely wounded, she's saved by the most  unexpected of creatures...a dragon.  But although the dragon could cook and eat her without a thought, he nurses her back to health instead.  With the dragon, Annwyl feels safer than she has in years.

When the dragon learns she's at war with her brother, he offers the help of a knight he knows to train her for battle.  What she doesn't expect are the carnal feelings she has for the knight, nor the guilt that makes her feel like she's somehow betraying the dragon.

Just when she thinks things couldn't get any weirder, she meets the dragon's family.  Talk about dysfunctional.  And when the dragon reveals his secret to her, she knows her life is about to change...forever.



This is my second time reading this series and I absolutley love it.  G.A. Aiken is in my top five romance authors mostly due to the humor she puts in her books.  The dragon and his family have issues that would make a therapist run away screaming in fright.  The character interaction is brilliant, and you instantly fall in love with them. 

Although each book in the series is about a different couple, the word that came to mind while reading book 5 was "Saga."  She hasn't written a series, she's written a sweeping story of dragons and tyrants, of the brave men and woman who hold back the darkness and of love everlasting.  All the characters are part of each story, and in her books you get to follow them through their lives.  There's too much to say about this series so I'll just sum up by saying, Read Them.  Love Them.

Carla gives this book a
 

Friday, October 14, 2011

Review: Sexiest Vampire Alive by Kerrelyn Sparks

Sexiest Vampire Alive
Love at Stake #11
by: Kerrelyn Sparks
ISBN#9780061958052
$7.99 mass market paperback
Avon
Paranormal Romance
Released: September 2011




 
It is up to vampire Gregori Holstein to try and get a video showing that vampires are real declared fake by the government what he didn’t plan on was having to take the president’s daughter out and show her a good time in the vampire world.

All Abby wants to do is find a cure that will heal her mother.  When she discovers that Gregori may have the answers she will do what it takes to gain his help.  Of course she did not plan on finding her attractive escort to make her feel things she has never felt before.

As they both do what they must to find a means to the end of their given task they must also contend with the enemies of Romatech and humans alike.  Gregori must decide how much is he willing to share with Abby and is Abby willing to give up her quest for a cure to keep Gregori?


 
Kerrelyn Sparks next installment in her Love at Stake series has hit this one out of the ball park SEXIST VAMPIRE ALIVE is witty, sensual and just plan fun. This is a series that will never get boring each book brings something new and entertaining.  I personally hope the ride never ends.

Annette gives this book a





Review: Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish by Grace Burrowes


Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish
Windham Sisters #1
by Grace Burrowes
ISBN#9781402261541
$7.99 mass market paperback
Sourcebooks
Historical Romance
Released: September 2011




 
All Lady Sophie wanted was some time to herself before the family Christmas gathering.  What she did not plan on was an infant and a stranger coming into her life.  She is soon to discover that maybe time alone is not what she really wishes for.

Vim is on his way to his family home after being summoned after so many years away.  Being detained by a maiden in distress looks like a good thing, until he soon finds himself falling for Sophie.

While Sophie and Vim soon begin to draw closer together all thanks to a baby and a snow storm it does not take long before Sophie’s identity is discovered when her brothers arrive to take her home.  Now Vim must decide if he lets her go forever or does he deal with his own past and go after her.


 
Grace Burrowes delivers another enjoyable read with LADY SOPHIE’S CHRISTMAS WISH.  A wonderful holiday tale of two people brought together by accident and unable to walk away with their hearts.  Reunite with Sohpie’s brothers from THE HEIR and THE SOLDIER as they will keep you laughing.  I love Ms. Burrowes writing as she brings romance, humor and a look into the regency era.  I look forward to her next book and will add this one to my keeper shelf.

Annette gives this book a
 
 
 
 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Sara Humphreys Interview Contest Winners!!

We have drawn the winners from the Sara Humphreys Interview using random.org and the winners are:

Barbara & Robin D.

Congratulations to our two winners!!  I have sent you both emails so if you can please get me your snail mail within the next 48 hours or I will have to draw another winner.

~Annette~

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Virna DePaul Guest Blog Contest Winner!!!

We have drawn a winner from Virna DePaul's guest blog for a copy of Chosen by Blood using Random.org and the winner is.....

Diana

Congrats Diana!!! 

~Annette~






Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Interview with Paranormal Romance author Sara Humphreys


   Welcome to RomFan Reviews Sara it is a great honor to have you with us today.  I will admit, I could not put Unleashed down! It was a wonderfully well-written book, and it has found a place on my keeper shelf.

   Tell us a little about your upcoming release coming Oct. 1stUnleashed?
 
    SH: Unleashed is the first book in my Amoveo Legend series and features the unique pairing of Malcolm Drew and Samantha Logan. Malcolm is Amoveo and a member of the Golden Eagle clan. The Amoveo are dream-walking, telepathic shape-shifters comprised of ten different animal clans who are in search of their one true soul mate. They have to find their mate by the age of thirty or they begin to lose their abilities and eventually die. They can only have children with their life mate and this caveat makes their race rather fragile because if you kill one Amoveo their mate eventually dies and you eliminate the possibility of any off-spring. They’ve been hunted to the brink of extinction by the Caedo family, who are the one human family who know of their existence.

Malcolm has been searching for his mate for many years and when he finally finds her, he is stunned to discover that she is a hybrid—half human and half Amoveo from the Gray Wolf clan. According to legend, they are only able to mate with another Amoveo, so Samantha’s existence contradicts everything Malcolm’s been told.

 There’s one other problem—Samantha doesn’t know what she is.

Samantha Logan was orphaned as an infant and raised by her human grandmother, Nonie. Her abilities have remained dormant all of her life and although she’s had some very bizarre dreams…she is unaware of her unique heritage. After a very intense dream on her thirtieth birthday, she decides to give up her life in NYC and move back home with Nonie and start over.  Once she meets her mysterious new neighbor Malcolm… all of her powers start to bubble to the surface.

    
Your second book in the Amoveo Series, Untouched, will be coming out in April 2012. What can you tell us about it?
 
SH: You’ll meet the hero and heroine of Untouched when you read Unleashed but I can’t tell you too much because I don’t want to give away any spoilers. Let’s just say that not all of the secrets buried in Amoveo history are revealed in the first book, there are more surprises to come.  Everyone believes that Kerry has a germ phobia which has her avoiding as much human contact as possible but the truth is something far more frightening.  Dante comes with all kinds of baggage which complicates things further. Also, the two of them are rougher around the edges than Samantha and Malcolm, so let’s just say that things get turned up a notch in Untouched.
       
How many books are currently planned in the series?
 
SH: At the moment there are five books planned but I’m very hopeful that the readers will love the series and want to read more.


Prior to becoming a writer you worked in the television industry on A&E and then became a teacher and public speaker. What inspired you to begin writing?
 
SH: I’ve actually gotten back to my roots. When I started college, my goal was to become a writer for film and television but once I was cast in my first play—all bets were off and acting stole my heart.  Fast forward almost twenty years, marriage, and four kids and here I am. I love creating stories and delving into the mind of the different characters in my head. One thing I’ve learned about myself is that creating these stories and building these worlds nourishes my soul. Without a creative outlet, I’d probably go bonkers.
 
Unleashed is your debut how long did it take you to get published? Was Unleashed your first book that you sent out to publishers?
 
SH: Unleashed is a revised/revamped/rewritten/totally-over-hauled version of a book called The Amoveo Legacy. I sent that out in 2008 to just about everyone and was finally picked up by a tiny e-publisher. It’s amazing how far things have come in just a couple of years because when that book came out in 2009, I had to explain to people what an e-book was. Once I was signed by my agent in 2010, I bought back the rights to my series.  After that my agent was able to shop it around and it wasn’t long before she sold it to Deb Werksman at Sourcebooks.  It’s been an amazing journey and it’s only just beginning.

Is there any advice you would give to those who are looking to write their own books?
 
SH: If you’re writing romance then you absolutely should join RWA and go to the national conference every year. When I first started out, I thought that RWA was only for published authors but that’s totally not true! It’s an outstanding organization and has such cool workshops for aspiring authors.  Also, get an agent before you submit to any publishers. Seriously…Get. An. Agent.
How do you juggle your day job, family and writing?
 
SH: Some days better than others. I have an incredibly supportive husband who has cheered me on from the beginning of this odyssey. My four boys, although a tad embarrassed by the genre I write, are my biggest cheerleaders.  I also have a job that allows me some flexibility and both my bosses and co-workers have backed me up and cheered me on along the way. I’m really very lucky. I heard Mary Higgins Clark give a great speech once and she said something that really stuck with me. When it came to juggling work, family and writing she said, “I have a lot of balls in the air and there’s lots of juggling going on. Some of those balls are rubber and some are glass.  We’re not super-women and sometimes we drop the ball. I just try to make sure I only drop the ones that bounce.”

With your busy day I am sure it is difficult to find some “Sara” time, but when you do, what would we find you doing?

SH: Reading a great romance by a fellow author or watching one of my dorky sci-fi movies that I love so much. Probably a StarTrek or Aliens feature. I am a total dork.

      Quicky questions:

·         Outline or just go with the flow?
SH: I go with the flow in the beginning but by the time I get half-way through I outline the rest.
·         Background noise or quiet?
SH: Sadly, my house is very loud. With four boys, two dogs and bird there is always background noise.
·         eReader or good old fashion book?
SH: Both. I still like the feel of a book in my hand but my Nook is very convenient, especially for traveling.
·         How can readers learn more about you and your books?
SH: They can swing by my website http://www.sarahumphreys.com or my blog http://www.amoveoromanceseries.blogspot.com where they’ll find my blog tour schedule and my book tour appearances. I’m hitting 10 cities in 8 weeks throughout October and November, so I hope you’ll come see me if I’m in a city near you. Thanks so much for having me here!

Thank you so much Sara for spending some time with us it was a pleasure having you here and we hope you come back again soon.

UNLEASHED BY SARA HUMPHREYS—IN STORES OCTOBER 2011

What if you suddenly discovered your own powers were beyond anything you’d ever imagined…

Samantha Logan’s childhood home had always been a haven, but everything changed while she was away. She has a gorgeous new neighbor, Malcolm, who introduces her to the amazing world of the dream-walking, shapeshifting Amoveo clans…but what leaves her reeling with disbelief is when he tells her she’s one of them…

And shock turns to terror as Samantha falls prey to the deadly enemy determined to destroy the Amoveo, and the only chance she has to come into her true powers is to trust in Malcolm to show her the way…

Get swept away into Sara Humphreys’s glorious world and breathtaking love story…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sara Humphreys has been attracted to the fantasies of science fiction, paranormal, and romance since her adolescence when she had a mad crush on Captain Kirk. An actress and public speaker, Sara lives with her husband—who is very considerate of her double life—and four amazing boys, in Bronxville, New York, where she is working on the next book in the Amoveo Legacy, Untouched, which will be in stores in April 2012. For more information, please visit http://sarahumphreys.com/.  You can also follow her on Twitter and “like” her on Facebook!

Sara  will be giving away two copies of Unleashed to two lucky people!!  Leave a comment and include your email contest is open to all US and Canada residents.  Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST October 9th.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Guest Blog: Remember Me by Virna DePaul

Remember Me


Lately I’ve been having fun exploring the benefits of my AppleTV and the Netflix function. I’ve watched movies I never would have tried before, most I’d never heard of, including a movie called Hotel Splendide starring Daniel Craig and Toni Collette. It’s a 2000 British independent dark comedy film about a dismal health resort and its trapped inhabitants, including its chefs, played by Craig and Collette. The theme is a cool one (the conflict between obedience to tradition and the uncertainty of freedom) but for me the movie was a little “weird” and “out there.” Visually interesting but at times revolting. Not my cup of tea but definitely memorable.



My response to the movie reminded me of what a friend of mine often says—that she’d rather have people hate her book or love it rather than feel ambivalent or neutral about it. Better to make a statement and leave the reader with a strong, memorable impression, even if it’s a negative one.


The idea of anyone hating my writing makes me nauseas. Yet, I’ve had to come to terms with the possibility. Every writer does. All I can do is create something that matches the vision in my head and hope that it will resonate on some level with another person. Resonance isn’t always positive. Hotel Splendide resonated with me, but not in a positive way. Yet I don’t regret watching it. It was interesting to see someone else’s creative vision, brought to the screen in a no-holds-barred kind of way. Even if I didn’t quite “get it,” I can admire those who created it and appreciate the hard work they put into the effort.


Recently, I read a review about my upcoming book, Chosen By Fate (Book 2 of the Para-Ops series). It was a positive review (woo-hoo!) that started out with calling me “brave,” because I embodied my heroine with some difficult characteristics (like being dead, pissed off, and unable to be touched without feeling pain). I don’t think of myself as a particularly brave author, but I like the challenge of doing things a little differently or exploring topics that aren’t necessarily “easy.” In Chosen By Blood, Book 1 of the Para-Ops series, it was balancing duty/morality with desire. In Chosen By Fate, it’s balancing pain and pleasure, and how much people are willing to dish out or take to get what they want.


The other thing I’ve heard from early reviewers of Chosen By Fate is that most of them cried at certain points of the story. The cool thing is that I didn’t set out to make readers cry. But the fact they have, the fact that they have been deeply affected by the characters and world that I created, makes me feel like I’ve done something right. Something memorable.


And that’s what we all want, right? To make an impression. To be seen. To be remembered. Life may be short, but the impact we make doesn’t have to be.



Virna DePaul is a former criminal prosecutor and now National Bestselling Author for Berkley (paranormal romantic suspense), HQN (single title romantic suspense) and HRS (category romantic suspense). Her upcoming release Chosen By Fate (Para-Ops Novel 2) comes out October 4, 2011. www.virnadepaul.com




Blurb of Chosen By Fate:

There's a fine line between life and death, pleasure and pain....

Five years after the Second Civil War ends, humans and Otherborn— humanlike creatures with superhuman DNA—still struggle for peace. To ensure the continued rights of both, the FBI forms a Para-Ops team with a unique set of skills.

Although he keeps company with a vampire and a were, human Shaman Caleb O’Flare can hold his own. But neither his psychic ability nor his healing powers can help his sexy-as-hell teammate, Wraith—a ghost with no memory of her human existence, one who cannot experience touch without pain.

No wraith has managed to exist past its tenth year, so Wraith’s time is about to run out. She wants only two things before accepting her fate: to learn her human identity and experience one night with Caleb. Willing to risk any amount of pain, Wraith propositions him. But when a sign of impending death appears on his chest, Wraith sacrifices her own needs on the chance that sex with her could kill him.

Caleb doesn’t understand Wraith’s change of heart but refuses to let her push him away. As the team travels to Los Angeles to investigate a series of crimes in the feline community, Caleb sets out to prove to Wraith that pleasure and love are worth any risk, including death.


Virna is going to give away a copy of Chosen by Blood to one lucky person who leaves a comment between now and Sunday, October 9th.  You must leave your email address in the comment box to be eligible.  Contest only valid for anyone living in the United States or Canada.  Good luck!

Thank You Ellora's Cave!!

Carla and I are back from Romanticon 2011 and I would like to thank a couple of people who were absolute Angels. Thank you Val and Susan at Ellora's Cave for your help in accomplishing the giveaway and putting up with our endless questions.

Also, to all the authors and other readers you were all amazing and such great fun to hang out with. And the models you guys ROCK!!!  Angelo you are the best, guess that is why you were named Ellora's Cave 2011 Alpha Caveman.

Finally to Jaid Black (Tina) and the Ellora's Cave staff who put this whole thing together you are all THE BEST!!!

In honor of our great time and to show our appreciation we will be doing a full week of reviews, interviews and whatever else we come up with all dedicated to Ellora's Cave.  So, be watching for our announcement of when the All Ellora's Cave Week will begin posting.

I am looking forward to Romanticon 2012!! 

~Annette~





Ellora's Cave Giveaway Winner!!!

On our last day at Ellora's Cave a winner was drawn for a gift basket that included a $50 Gift Card to Amazon
$50 Gift Card to Bath & Body Works
RomFan Reviews Coffee Mug
A journal for the winner to write their thoughts or ideas in
And a few other little trinkets

The winner was Tina Branelle from ME Congratulations again Tina and we hope you enjoy all your gifts and that you had a wonderful time at Romanticon 2011. 

~Annette~

Review: Chosen by Fate by Virna DePaul

Chosen by Fate
Para-Ops #2
by: Virna DePaul
ISBN#9780425243992
$7.99 mass market paperback
Berkley Sensation
Paranormal Romance
Released: October 2011





 
Wraith has no memory of who she was before she died, and that's never bothered her too much until now.  When a wraith turns ten years old, she ceases to exist.  Rumor has it the knowledge of her former life could be the only thing to save her, so she sets out to find out who she was.  The last thing she needs is annoyingly sexy Caleb along for the ride, but the stubborn man can't seem to take no for an answer. 

A fellow Para-Ops team member, Caleb is a human shaman who's taken it upon himself to keep an eye on Wraith.  He's always been intrigued by the tough-as-nails wraith, and has lusted after her since he met her.  Since any kind of touch brings her pain, however, he's been unable to act on his feelings.  He knows she's attracted to him too, but the countdown to her tenth "birthday" means his feelings must be set aside if they hope to find her true identity before it's too late.



Book 2 continues the Para-Ops series, focusing one two different team members.  The attraction between Wraith and Caleb we saw in the first story comes front and center as we watch the two characters face hurdle after hurdle in their relationship.  Wraith doesn't want to get close to anybody or anything, knowing that she'll cease to exist after her tenth year.  She's got a lot of baggage and a lot of emotional depth as we watch her struggle with her own mortality.  Caleb just wants to help, but how do you help somebody that keeps pushing you away? 

This book flowed beautifully, and I really got sucked into the story.  The characters were well written and I felt for them and the pain they dealt with.  The only problem I had was the ending.  To me, the story was doing so great, but then it just ended.  It seemed too abrupt for me, although it did answer all the questions I had.  Overall, it's a great second book, and I'm sure book 3 will be even better.

Carla gives this book a