Blood Rule by Heather Hildenbrand Cover Reveal + Giveaway

Friday, June 28, 2013



Blood Rule

Book 4 in the Dirty Blood series

Coming 8/6/13!


Forty-six. 

That’s how many hybrids survived the Hunter attack in the woods after I revived them with an injection of my blood. That’s how many followed me home to Frederick Falls. And that’s how many were now mentally linked to me through a blood bond.

Two days. Three valium. Fourteen hours of sleep.

That’s what it took to realize I wasn’t losing my mind as a result of the noise in my own head.

Sixteen. 

That’s how many days have passed since I almost killed Alex. That’s how many days I’ve sat by his bedside, waiting for him to wake up. To ease the guilt, to understand his betrayal, to remember the exact shade of brown in his eyes.

Zero.

That’s my chances of skating by with Gordon Steppe and the Hunter Council. They want me for questioning. I’m afraid what’ll happen if I give them answers.



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Review: Mercy Blade by Faith Hunter

Thursday, June 27, 2013
Series: Jane Yellowrock #3
 Publication Date: January 4, 2011
Publisher: Roc
Pages: 305
 Reviewer: Amber R.

Jane is still working for Leo since he extended her contract. But Jane's lack of knowledge about the vamp/supe world is going to get her killed one of these days. Leo, the head of the New Orleans vampires sends Jane to relay a message to some weres that are sniffing around. There are long historical and political lines between the vampires and the werewolves. Nuances that Jane just doesn't understand and no one is looking to enlighten her. Not only that but there are some major players coming to the forefront in this book. Mainly a lot of people from Leo's long and winding past. Jane really needs to brush up on Leo's history for this one.

I'm still a Bruiser fan and I'm going to stay a Bruiser fan. Because let's face it, that man is all kinds of fine. Rick is still on Jane's mind but he's on her mind and nothing else really. After a brief appearance at the beginning of this story he's gone and stay gone through the majority of the book. Now there are some underlying circumstances as to why he isn't coming around. But he hasn't even sent Jane a text message. However, Bruiser is around and he's going no where fast. Bruiser and Jane have more heat in a stupid dance than Jane has ever had with Rick.

Jane is kicking ass and not really taking names. She's out on a mission that's mainly personal because of some major things that happen in this book. Even though she's mainly focusing on one thing, she's easily spun off into other directions. Luckily for Jane they all tie in together. 

I'm absolutely loving this series. I already bought and am delving in to the 4th book.  There is a lot that goes on in this book and I think it's really just too much for Jane. She's feeling guilt over some of the choices she's made and really needing to take a step back and reevaluate. We get left with such a huge cliffhanger in this book, it makes you want to continue right on into the next part of the story. Jane Yellowrock is moving herself right up on my list of favorites. If this is a series you haven't read yet, you're definitely going to need to pick it up.


#AADSAV Author Spotlight with Kristen Painter

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Kristen Painter


Please Introduce yourself to our readers?
 I'm Kristen Painter and I write urban fantasy for Orbit Books. I also have some paranormal romances out with Samhain and some I've indie pubbed.



Can you tell us a little about the world you've created?
The House of Comarre world is set slightly into the future, but it's a future that hasn't changed much do to the "Great War". And because of the breaking of a covenant that kept the existence of othernaturals secret, humans are just coming to realize that vampires, shifters and fae walk among them. My stories tend to focus on the othernaturals more than the humans, though. And there's always a nice dollop of romance in there!

What are you most excited about at AADSAV?
Hanging out with readers, talking about books and seeing old friends!

Any authors you are excited to meet?
Amanda Bonilla! We're FB and Twitter friends, but have never met in real life.

Tell us about your latest release?
 Last Blood is the final book in the series so I don't want to give away too much, so let's just say there's lots of chaos, a high body count but ultimately, a happy ending.

Any restaurants in Savannah you plan on hitting up? (I would love to know, I want some ideas for myself)
 I haven't' gotten that far yet. lol I'm sure as the date approaches, I'll have a few on my list. I'm also game to try just about anything, so who knows!

Are planning on dressing up for any of the balls?
Totally! I'm part of the Vampire Ball, so I'll be in full vampire regalia - fangs, contacts and the whole bit!

Any sites you plan on seeing while in Savannah?
 I do want to get out and see some of the town because I have a story idea I'd love to set there. I feel like it's the kind of place that will really inspire me.



About Kristen: I’m a former college English teacher, but I’ve held a crazy mix of other jobs including maitre’d for Wolfgang Puck, personal trainer, and sales for Christian Dior Bijoux. On the writing side of things, I’m a two-time Golden Heart finalist and have been on the board of three different RWA chapters. What can I say? I like getting involved. I’m not adverse to bossing people around either.
My forays into writing have been as varied as the jobs I’ve held. I’ve written poetry, articles for magazines, short stories, paranormal romances (that include fantasy, contemporary and steampunk genres) and now I’ve found a home with urban fantasy. I love worldbuilding and few genres give you the kind of license urban fantasy does.






I am only on book 2 but I am loving this series. You must check it out. And thanks so much Kristen for stopping by today!

Review: The Trouble With Fate by Leigh Evans

Tuesday, June 25, 2013



Series: Mystwalker #1
Publisher: St. Martin
Release Date: Dec. 2012
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
Reviewed by: Amber I.



A pretty good start to a new series. I overall liked the world and the story. I thought the characters where interesting. I think this series has a lot of potential to be awesome but there where a few things that bugged me.

We know right away that Hedi loves Bridge. She has loved him since she was little even if she doesn't want to. But when he first comes back into her life, he thinks she is a child. And he seems very irritated with her. It just seemed odd that one minute he wanted to get as far away from her as possible then the next he is tearing her clothes off and being all territorial. I know some couples start off bickering but you can see that chemistry, I just didn't see his side of it until the end. Also sometimes I felt a little lost. That maybe some things just weren't explained or that we jumped too much. It just seemed to take me a bit longer to read then normal too. I am not sure why that is but some parts just weren't grabbing me.

But I did enjoy it. I will definitely be reading the next book because I want to see how it goes. I think this series has a great plot and I want to see more of the world especially the wolves. Hedi is really unique too being half Fae and half Were and I want to see if she lets more of her Were out. I like a lot of the unique things the author has done with the Fae world too, Hedi has this unique trinket that is kind of alive, fae tears are like gems, the mystwalking, touching humans burns them so they can't dilute the Fae blood. See lots of neat twists to the Fae world..


The ending leaves us off on a cliffhanger and I will be excited to see what happens next.







Review: Spartan Frost by Jennifer Estep

Monday, June 24, 2013

Series:Mythos Academy 4.5
Publisher: K-Teen
Release Date: June 25, 2013
Reviewed by: Amber R.



This novella releases on tomorrow 6/25 and it's only $1.99. It's definitely a great insight to what's to come in Midnight Frost. you're going to want to check it out.

Spartan Frost is from Logan's POV, just weeks after the Reaper attack on Mythos Academy. As we know from the end of Crimson Frost, Logan betrayed Gwen in the worst way humanly possible. Gwen has forgiven him but can Logan forgive himself? It doesn't seem like it in the weeks following. He has gone off to New York with his father and shows no sign of returning to Mythos. He still hasn't spoken to Gwen and he refuses to do so. Since he's been gone, all he's really done is train.

The training comes in handy when word comes of a Reaper hideout extremely close to where they're at. Of course Logan's dad needs to go investigate but Logan is heading out with him against his dad's wishes. When they get to the ski lodge that has been holding the Reapers, they end up finding more than they bargained for. They end up finding something that could affect Gwen, maybe more than anyone else.

I really thought that this was a good insight to what Logan is going through. It's a great transition piece between Crimson Frost and Midnight Frost. Plus getting into Logan's head after what happened in Crimson Frost is so necessary. Definitely check this teaser out, it's a great story. 


Review: Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

Friday, June 21, 2013


Series: Sookie Stackhouse #12
 Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Ace
Pages: 338
 Reviewer: Amber R.


WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS


Yeahhh, Sookie didn't end up with Eric. Yes, yes, I am.. I'm diving right in with this one. So right off the rip we get a clear picture that Sookie and Eric aren't going to end up together. And then he gives her this cryptic message.. "Oh if anything shitty happens just remember I still love you IN MY WAY." That's basically what he says. So she goes to Fangtasia and Eric and the whole crew is there, Felipe, his new almost vampire bride, everyone. And Eric is like we can't be married anymore. Sookie goes home, Eric shows up and is like "I still want to be with you but only when I'm not with my vampire wife. Be my bitch on the side. You know you want to, baby." Sookie is not on board with this plan and rescinds his invitation and basically is over it. That's IT. That's all that happens. Sookie is pretty apathetic about the whole thing. And is like, "Yeeahh. I'm kinda sad but whatever, I'm going to go outside and tan." That's IT. So we've been building up this relationship for YEARS and BOOM, nothing. I'm so fed up. And honestly, after the last 3 or 4 books, I'm not really that surprised. This series has been on a fast downward spiral and this was just the culmination of all of that.

There's a random villain who is out to kill Sookie for some reason. But it's not just one villain, it's like 2 or 3 groups of people who are out to kill her in this book. It's all very weird and awkward. There isn't a lot of development. So it's like these people are trying to kill her but it's a pretty half assed attempt.

And then there's Sam. I don't even know if I can talk about this. ApparentlySamandSookiebangandit'sweirdandCHexplainsitlikeSEALSEX. It was seal fucking sex. Are you freaking KIDDING ME? So we don't get Eric and instead we get SEAL sex. What the freak?

So, this is pretty crappy ending to a series that I used to love. Oh yeah, I totally thought Sookie was going to be turned into a vampire by Eric but no, nope that definitely didn't happen. She had seal sex instead.


Review: A Bit of Bite by Cynthia Eden

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Publisher:Entangled
Release Date:  2011
Reviewed by: Amber I.


A Bit of Bite was a free read on amazon. I have loved Cynthia's Unbound series that deals with vamps and weres and was looking for a quick read that I knew would have a great story and I totally found that with A Bit of Bite!

So the beginning of Julian and Ava's story takes place off the page. They already had a bit of a relationship before we came around. With that being said things moved a long rather quickly. Ava is a sheriff investigating murders, and Julian is a Werewolf Alpha whose pack is being framed. But when Ava decides to take Julian in for questioning she finds herself being targeted as well. This is when Julian's full alpha comes out and we see just how much he wants Ava for his forever!

Like I said this is a really short read. Took me like an hour. If you are looking for a good werewolf story that is short and sweet here it is and its FREE! I would have loved to have had more but I am happy with what I got. It was a perfect read for me and proves that Cynthia's stories are always amazing, even within 45 pages she managed to pack a full story in.






Author J.D Brown stops by to share 5 Books that Influenced Her Life + Giveaway!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013



5 Books That Have Influenced My Life

Since becoming a published author, I get this question a lot:  “What's your favorite book?”'

And it's impossible for me to answer because I'll read anything from The Iliad to the back of the Coco Puffs cereal box. My “favorite book” changes every week. Whatever book I'm current engrossed in today--that's my favorite.

But of course not everything I read leaves a lasting impression. Some books fade from memory very quickly, while others can stay with you for life.

I think a much better question is:  “Which books have affected you and how?”
To which I answer…

1. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.  I'm not sure why, exactly, but the overall lesson of people not always being what they seem--the ones you think you know end up disappointing you, while the person who surprises you is the last person you'd suspect--has always stuck with me.

2. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. Actually, this could be anything by Card, because after I read Ender's Game, I went out and read a bunch of his other books. His imagination is so out-there. I never know what to except from him or his characters--just that it's always epic and awe-inspiring. Plus he hit his peak at a time when character backstory was still an acceptable part of writing and I love the way he lets us live through his characters. Not many authors can do this as well as Card.

3. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Say what you want about it, good or bad, Twilight is was got me thinking “I can write a book” and actually doing it.

4. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. Because, seriously, when was the last time you went on a YA journey that epic, with that many characters that you loved, all in one series? Clare taught me to make every character as real as possible. That it's okay to let them all fall in love and be complex. 

5. The Daughters of the Moon series by Lynne Ewing. A bit of an older and not-as-popular YA series, Daughters of the Moon was a personal favorite that I read when I was a teenager--and one that I go back to in my mind over and over again. It had a lot of good life lessons for teen girls--and later on for the boys too. I've kept the collection over the years and hope to share it with my own daughter one day in the future.

There are many more titles I could add to this list, and I believe everything I read affects me to one degree or another. But I'll end it here before I ramble too much. Big thanks to Awesomesauce Bookclub for having me today. 




Dark Liaison (An Ema Marx Novel 2)
By J.D. Brown

Release Date: May 31, 2013
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Tagline: Being a Romani-Vampyre with an ancestor who wants you dead isn't normal. Neither is this sequel.
Blurb:  Ema Marx wishes her life would go back to normal, but there's nothing normal about being a Romani-Vampyre with an ancestor who wants you dead. Apollyon is back, wreaking havoc on the lives of everyone she cares about while plotting her demise.

Ema thought she would find a new best friend in her trainer, Bridget, until the exotic vampire vies for Jesu's attention. Jesu can date who he wants, right? Ema has more important things to worry about, like honing her powers. When Apollyon's thugs appear out of the shadows to attack her, Ema knows it's time to take action. But everyone else has other plans in mind.

One thing is for certain, being under house arrest in the German vampyre king's castle was not part of her plan to save the day.
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Dark Heirloom (An Ema Marx Novel 1)
By J.D. Brown

Release Date: March 31, 2012
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Tag Line:  She wasn't bitten. She's not undead. So how did Ema Marx become a vampire?
Blurb:  “You're a vampire” is so not what Ema Marx wants to hear when she wakes from a two-day coma in a cryptic yet exquisite castle in northern Finland. Unfortunately, it explains a lot. Like why she's able to see in the dark and walk through solid objects. What she doesn't understand is why the other vampires expect her to have all the answers. It's their fault she turned into one of them…right?

Jalmari's hatred for his old-man intensifies when he's ordered to bring that troublesome girl to their castle. He has a clan to run, there's no time for babysitting newborn vampires no matter how they were converted to their culture. But when a two-thousand-year-old premonition threatens to take the crown and his life, Jalmari sees no other choice than to take out the catalyst. Ema Marx. Fortunately for Ema, she could also be the clan's only savior.

The race to figure out her vampiric origins is on. And maybe she'll get the hang of the blood-drinking gig along the way…

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Author Bio:  J.D. Brown writes Urban Fantasy for MuseItUp Publishing, as well as a monthly “how-to” newsletter column for PDMI Freelance Publishing. She graduated from The International Academy of Design and Technology with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts and currently lives in Wisconsin with her two Pomeranians. J.D. loves paranormal characters; from vampires and werewolves, demons and angels, to witches and ghost. She is a self-proclaimed expert in vampire and Greek mythology. Her writings are often a combination of suspense and romance. J.D. enjoys helping her fellow writers and interacting with her fans and leads an active life on the web.


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Review: Tarnished by Karina Cooper

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Series: The Saint Croix Chronicle #1
Publisher:Avon
Release Date: June 2012
Source: Library
Reviewed by: Amber I.





Look at me branching out and reading a steampunk book with very little paranormal. Seriously this isn't much of a paranormal book at all and I loved it. I am just so proud of myself. Tarnished was a great read and I am really happy that I decided to give it a try, especially since its not really in my comfort zone.

The world itself is just so intriguing. There's the upper and lower London, one where the wealthy and classy live the other where the smells are so bad you need to wear goggles and respirators. Cherry is another heroine that is very flawed. She is an opium addict. She lives in upper London where she is to be a proper lady but to get her fix she goes to the lower half where she takes jobs as a collector to pay for her habit. She really lives two different lives. But when she becomes a target her lives start to crash.

There are two love interests. I mean its not bad like a real triangle its all still new but of coarse I already picked the one I like. And he of coarse is on the lower London and is pretty much a thug. I really hope to see more of him.

The only kinda paranormal in this was with this magic dust that Cherry is exposed to. I won't tell you exactly what happens there but luckily my favorite guy was there to help her out. ;) Tarnished just totally caught me by surprise. I really only wanted to read it after meeting Karina at RT. I had no idea what is was about but when I read the summary I admit I was hesitant. But I wanted to try something new and gave it a go. I am really glad I did. There is still so much left undiscovered a lot of story lines that I need answers to. Really I think only one thing was solved in this book. While that usually bothers me, I am not so much. I am excited to read more and can't wait to crack open book 2. If you want to give Steampunk a try, I think this is a perfect place to start!













Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Monday, June 17, 2013
Series: Unearthly #1
 Publication Date: January, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 435
 Reviewer: Amber R.




I was in a YA slump and I've found all these amazing YA books over the past couple months. This is a book that I've had on my TBR for such a long time and I am so glad that I finally decided to read this.

Unearthly is a YA novel about Clara, a sixteen year old girl from California. For all intents and purposes she's a normal girl, she lives with her mom and younger brother, she goes to school, she has friends. But Clara isn't normal. She is a quarter angel. Her mom is half angel. And Clara is quickly coming into her powers and learning what being part angel really means. According to her mom all angels are here to fulfill a purpose in life but what that purpose means, consists of really varies per angel. Clara has these visions of a boy standing on the edge of a forest fire. Her mom decides that her purpose is to save this boy. In order to do that they have to move to the state that the boy lives in. Once they get there things are really not what they think.

Clara's mom starts acting really odd and becomes pretty detached and vague about what's going on. Actually she's always been pretty vague about what being part angel really means and whenever Clara tries to ask questions there is always a wall there. Quickly Clara releases that a classmate of hers, Christian, is the boy from her visions. So she tries to get close to him but there are a lot of obstacles in her way. Mainly his girlfriend, Kay. Clara's friend Wendy tries to warn Clara away from Christian, she just thinks that everyone worships him and he's not really what Clara needs. However, Wendy doesn't realize what's going on and Clara isn't allowed to tell her about her angel side. Angela, Clara's other friend is forcing Clara towards Christian but she does know about Clara's angel side because Angela is part angel as well.

There are some really surprising parts to this book. Especially over the summer when Christian has to go away and Clara is stuck in town with Wendy's twin brother, Tucker. There is slight love triangle but not really. Which I was really glad about because love triangles are the worst. I think that there is a lot in this book that goes untold. I'm really hoping that some of these questions get answered in the next book. Clara's mom is definitely hiding something and I think it's something big. Also, I don't think that Clara's friend Angela has her best intentions in mind. I don't know for sure yet but this is another question I hope gets answered.

I would definitely recommend this book. I really thought it was great. I read it in just a day because I needed to know what happened next. I'm already looking forward to reading the next book in this series. There are a lot of things that I think need to be answered and a lot of things that are still up in the air. If you haven't read this yet, definitely do. It's a great YA book, plus I think that the story is really amazing and something unique. 








Amber I. reviewed this way back when so if you want to check it out you can do so here.
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