Interview With Shadow From Semblance by Logan Patricks

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Fair warning– Kristin and I are obsessed with gifs lately. If you have one you must share– feel free to post that baby in the comments.

Kristin and I beta read Semblance for Logan Patricks. Beta reading is reading a copy of the novel, usually before it goes to the editor, and giving the author feedback. While beta reading we both commented on the same single sentence, “I turned around to see Shadow standing behind me, dressed in shorts and sandals and short-sleeved, collared shirt with a red and white checkered pattern.”

Kristin said– “In my head I see tablecloth.”

I said — “Um, no.”

Just wanted to give you a little background on the scene below.

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This is how I felt watching Kristin fangirl when Shadow’s car pulled up.

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Below is Kristin’s level of fangirl.

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Gabi– “Kristin! Get your sh#t in check, woman! God, you act like he’s Henry Cavill or something!”

*digs in mommy purse and hands Kristin a brown paper bag to breath in*

Kristin — no response…

Shadow walks in the door and we both catch our breath. He’s wearing dark, worn looking jeans, and a red and white checkered shirt. We glance at one another, and only as best friends can– we know what the other is thinking… Shadow can rock red and white plaid. Also, Oh MY GOD! He’s so much hotter in person.

Shadow– Good evening ladies. I heard from my number one Canadian advisor, Logan Patricks, that you don’t care for red and white plaid.

Kristin — *clears her throat* That’s right.

Shadow– *raises a single eyebrow* Hm. I’m not used to anyone questioning my taste.

Kristin –Maybe you should, ah, remove that offensive shirt.

Gabi– Yeah. Ah, all I can think about is fried chicken at a picnic.

*Kristin gives me the, “you’re a total dork, don’t ruin this” stink-eye and kicks me under the table*

Kristin– I’m really thinking the shirt needs to go.

Shadow smirks, like he planned this. Like… like…

I’m so grateful for every button, and suddenly a picnic in the park is the way to go. When he pulls it over his shoulders and down his incredibly defined arms, I  bite back a groan. Kristin is not so lucky. She whimpers and snaps her pen in half.

Shadow tosses his shirt and sits casually in an armchair across from us. I both love and hate Aria right now.

Shadow– Now that we are all comfortable, shall we begin? I have business to attend to.

Gabi –As a member and the head of The Midnight Society I know there isn’t much you can share. Is there anything you can tell us about the society?

Shadow –Not unless you have a death wish. I don’t have to remind people of what happened to the last ‘outsider’ who learned about our business. If anyone wants to know more, you’ll have to discover it yourself. I don’t want any more innocent blood on my hands.

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Kristin–You were conditioned your whole life to one day be the leader of the Midnight Society. Given the relatively young age when this occurred, what was your biggest obstacle, if any, when transitioning from member to your position of power?

 

Shadow– Before the death of my parents, it had always been the pressure to succeed. Being schooled at the Academy, we were all conditioned to be faster, stronger, and smarter than everyone else. Everyone was working hard, while backstabbing each other in the process, to get to the top of our classes–a reflection of the competitiveness  required to climb the ranks of the Midnight Society. Even when you stood at the top of the mountain, there were no guarantees of how long you’d stay there. There’s someone always waiting to push you over the edge on order to claim your spot. 

After my parent’s death, none of it mattered anymore. Sitting on the Society’s throne has cost me far too much to be worth it.

 

Kristin–Your parents died when you and your sister were very young. Tell us about your relationship you had with Calisto as a child. And how did it change when you lost your parents?

 

Shadow– Calisto’s the only family I had, and as the man of the house, I felt it was my obligation to protect her from the ugliness of this world. It’s funny how a lot of times she ended up being the one taking care of me. She always was smarter than I was. I’ll always love her. She’s my blood. It’s programmed into my DNA.  

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Gabi —Since their death, you have been searching for the murderer. In some ways it seems that you could walk away from the society. At times, like you have a vendetta against the society even though you are their leader. Do you blame The Midnight Society for your parent’s deaths in any way?

 *can’t wait for this answer…

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Shadow — I don’t know who I blame for my parent’s death. Some days, it’s me. On other days, it’s the c0cksucker that put the knife to their throats. And yes, there are days that I blame the Midnight Society. My dad was a king on his throne, and it was foolish to think that there wasn’t someone lurking in the shadows, seeking to take his place. It’s only a matter of time before someone comes after me as well.

 

Kristin– A lot of the traditions in The Midnight Society seem a bit archaic by today’s standards. What, if anything, would you hope to change to make the Midnight Society more relevant in today’s modern world. And what traditions would you not see changed?

 

Shadow — It’s hard to shake the old traditions of the Midnight Society, especially since the first doctrine of the Society was drafted back when swords and sandals were still in fashion. The main tradition I’d like to see changed is the entire “born-into-royalty” bullsh*t. A useless t*t will always be a useless t*t, no matter what their last name is. Lincoln was the first member of the council that broke free of the stigma behind “last names”, using his smarts and wits to earn his place in the Society’s elite circle. We need more people like him. We need new blood.

 

Gabi — If it wasn’t about bloodlines, who would be your choice to lead the society? *cough* Lincoln *cough*

 

Shadow — Abraham. It always should have been Abraham.

 

Kristin –You have a reputation of being a player. But you are reaching the age when you’re expected to settle down. What qualities are you looking for in a partner?

 

Shadow — One that can accept all the messed up f*ckery that’s going inside my head at the moment. I’m also a sucker for a pretty smile and a golden heart.

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Gabi –This may be a touchy subject (given recent events), how is Aria? Have you spoken to her? *evil eye*

 

Shadow — We’re done here.

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To say that we need book #2 our my hands NOW is an understatement. What the hell!! Is up with that answer about Aria!?

I will totally throw a hissy if I don’t get my HEA!!!

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Whoever said money couldn’t buy happiness has never starved a day in their lives.
My name is Aria Valencia, a third year classical music student at the university, and I was down to my last dollar. Some nights, I seriously considered working at the rippers just to make ends meet, but the thought of my dad’s spirit–God rest his soul–scowling at me while I danced up on some drooling degenerate was enough to turn me off the idea completely.

And then one night, chance came knocking on my door under the guise of the Midnight Society, a secret cabal comprised of the most wealthy and influential souls this side of the Universe. Their leader was a man named Shadow, who was equally enigmatic as he was gorgeous and, for some mystifying reason, had his dark brooding eyes focused on me.

Seduced by the promises of fame and fortune in exchange for a seemingly innocent request, I soon found myself drawn into a provocative world filled with both vast riches and unending lies and it didn’t take long for me to realize what being a part of the Midnight Society actually entailed: shiny things, sensual romance, and dead bodies.

Being with Shadow came with a terrible price, one that I wasn’t willing to pay. There’s a dark side to every love story, and this one was mine.

Genre: Dark Romance Mystery and Suspense
Date of Sale: Feb 10, Feb 11, Feb 12
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Cover Reveal and Teaser of Blessed by David Michael

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BLESSED (book #1 in The United Series) by David Michael!!

I’ve been waiting to get my hands on this book for a while!

BLESSED release date: Dec 21st, 2013

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From Goodreads: Her twenty-first birthday was supposed to be the beginning of a new chapter. She had been preparing herself for the moment she would be a real adult for months.

There was no way she could have prepared herself for what happened instead.

As her nightmares became more real with each night and her behavior became less like her own, Ardra fought to stay on the path she had so painstakingly planned for herself with very little success.

When she becomes the owner of a creepily-human dog named Kaiser, she finds herself oddly at peace with the unexpected addition to her household and clings tightly to him when tragedy strikes and shatters her world.

As she fights to put the pieces back together without losing herself in the Darkness that is building inside of her with each terrible step off of her path, a rag-tag band of supporters rally behind her. Each one of them prepared to go to the ends of the earth and back.

She must find a way to defeat the Chaos that has consumed her life or risk losing everyone and everything that she has left. Including her soul.

***TEASER***

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Blessed

David Michael currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with his three best friends, two of which are his cats. He has written several unpublished short stories, and over 200 poems, some of which have been published. He comes from a large family, with three siblings and three step-siblings. He’s a firm believer that there is inspiration in everything, you just have to be willing to see it. He firmly believes that there is nobody more amazing than his mom, Traci.

Stalk David Michael like I do; religiously 😉

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Let The Countdown to Greed by Fisher Amelie Begin!

We’ve talked about Fisher Amelie’s Vain on this site a few times.

Vain is book #1 in The Seven Deadly Series

Here is a post on Vain

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Okay. Let’s take a minute and talk about novels with a strong message. If you’re anything like me, you don’t want said message shoved down your throat. I also don’t care for epiphanies based on another character’s actions/reactions. This rings false to me and ends up having the opposite effect.

We’ve all eye-rolled our way through a few, or twenty.

Not so with Vain. It’s raw, brutally honest, and our girl, Sophie Price SLOWLY becomes a better person. Correction– she becomes the woman she was meant to be. AND NOT because of a guy’s devotion and love and shit. No. Although the swooning in this book had me in tears.

This story is a journey in self-discovery.

And I can’t stress enough that you NEED to read this book. Vain is $2.99 on Kindle Amazon right now.

Moving on…

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Greed is book #2 in The Seven Deadly Series

Nice cover, eh??

That’s Spencer Blackwell. Not sure what the horses are about. But they certainly do add to that 8-pack and any images that may or may not be running wild in my head.

From Goodreads:

“Gather ‘round, love, because I want you. I want what you have, I want what you don’t have, I want more of what I already have. I want. But if you so much as ask for something in return, go ahead and walk away. Know if you want to play in my world, it’s every man for themselves and the weak become mine. Leeches will be obliterated because I make it my job to destroy them. I protect what’s mine and I take what’s yours…because that’s what I do. I want.

My story will not endear me to you and, frankly, I could care less if it does because I’m in this for the money and nothing else. There’s nothing redeeming about me. I’m a corrupt, money hungry, immoral asshole from Los Angeles. I’m every man’s worst nightmare and every girl’s fantasy.

I’m Spencer Blackwell…And this is the story about how I went from the world’s most coveted guy to the guy no one wanted around and why I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.”

Expected release date is Oct. 29th 2013

This is author Fisher Amelie

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Fisher grew up writing. She secretly hid notebooks and notebooks of dribble in a large Tupperware storage container in her closet as a kid. She didn’t put two and two together until after college where it suddenly dawned on her, “Hey, I like writing”. She’s a bit dense. “No, I’m not.” “Yes, you are. Put down that Oreo, your butt can’t take any more.” “You’re rude.” “Yeah, yeah.” Anyway, she likes to write and has finally beaten her self-esteem into submission enough to allow herself to be scrutinized under the ‘other readers’ microscope. “No! No! Not a cover slip! Last time it gave me a ra….” (mumbling)

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Yeah, she looked familiar to me too…

It’ll drive you nuts, so I will go ahead and tell you– she’s not the hottie actress who sucked face with this guy in the movie, The Happening. 😉

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When I first saw her picture I had this itchy feeling– like I needed to hate on her for some reason. Turns out my stabby feelings were misplaced, Fisher looks just like an actress who touched Mark Wahlberg’s chest.

Greed, mark it as “want to read” on Goodread!! 

Buy Vain!!

And no hating on Fisher, I’ve confirmed that she’s suffered the same deprivation as the rest of us and has never seen Mark’s Calvins in person.

* Group Hug *

Paranormal Week; A List of Paranormal Must Reads and a CONTEST

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This week was full of giveaways.

But your free ride has come to an end, my friends…

Are you a fan of Paranormal novels?

Yes?

*snorts*

PROVE IT!

NAME THAT BOOK CONTEST

List your answers in the comments below. Listed by number.

OR, click on this link.

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THIS CONTEST IS INTERNATIONAL, FOLKS!

You don’t have to get them all right to enter. I will give you a hint: ALL quotes and scenes can be found in the books listed below. Not much of a hint, but it’s a start.

PRIZES

Winner will be picked at random.

Any ebook of your choice under $10.00

PLUS ebook copies of

Running Home by Julie Hutchings

Incendiary by Amy Bartol (or an IOU from me for Iniquity, your choice)

I’m super competitive. And I have to say… I’m not sure anyone will be able to get all 9 right. 😉

Let us begin…

1) I kept running my hands through her hair, hoping the motion could reach her in her sleep and would soothe some of her troubles. I knew she liked it when I played with her hair. It seemed like such an insignificant thing, but it was all I had at the moment.

2) What if something happens to him? Then it will happen to me, too. We are linked, ___________ and me. I feel like I need to protect him, if for no other reason than self-preservation.”

3) Our eyes met, and then he looked over my shoulder. “Get Down.” I didn’t need to be told twice. Like a pro, I hit the floor.

4) I looked down at my bracelet, the wide gold band that had adorned my arm practically since birth. It held a charm tight against the skin on the inside of my wrist, where it continually leached power straight into my bloodstream.

5)I glanced up at him, appreciative and amazed.  Those feelings were immediately subdued when I heard his English accent shout over the rumble.

“Maybe it was reacting to your attitude.”

Appalled at his nerve, I felt my jaw hit the inside of my helmet as it fell open. Before I could even draw a breath, he spoke again. “Looks like my work here is done. Good night and be safe.”

6) He crossed the room with another crack and flash until he was breathing the same air as Roman. Low and cruel, he said, “She’s mine.”

7) “This is hardly the time to worry about your international street creds.”

8) “Those little noises you make– I especially like that one,” he says. He kisses the round edge of my shoulder. His teeth graze my skin, and I inhale a small gasp. “I like that one, too,” he growls.

9) — “And now at last I am free, and I can finally tell you, without fear of danger to you, all that I feel in my heart. You are not the last dream of my soul. You are the first dream, the only dream I ever was unable to stop myself from dreaming.”

Good luck! You have 3 days!

Here is a list of Paranormal novels I’ve read and a few I’m looking forward to reading.

Let’s break it down a bit into categories.

Angels, Demons, Fallen, Gods

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 #1) City of Bones

#2) City of Ashes

#3) City of Glass (my favorite of the series)

#4) City of Fallen Angels

#5) City of Lost Souls

#6) City of Heavenly Fire is set to be released on May 27th, 2014

The Infernal Devices also by Cassandra Clare

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#1) Clockwork Angel

#2) Clockwork Prince

#3) Clockwork Princess

Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout 

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#1) Half-Blood

#2) Pure

#3) Deity

#4) Apollyon

#5) Sentinel — Set to be released on Nov. 2nd 2014

The Hush, Hush Saga by Becca Fitzpatrick

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#1) Hush, Hush

#2) Crescendo

#3) Silence

#4) Finale

Premonition Series by Amy Bartol

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#1) Inescapable

#2) Intuition

#3) Indebted

#4) Incendiary

#5) Iniquity No cover or release date yet. This is a link to Goodreads, please show your love and mark it as “to read”.

Guardian Trilogy by Laury Falter

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#1) Fallen

#2) Eternity

#3) Reckoning

The Second Sign Series by Elizabeth Arroyo

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#1) The second Sign

#2) The Second Shadow Release date Sept. 5th (I’ve read this already and LOVED it)

Providence Series by Jamie McGuire

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#1) Providence

#2) Requiem

#3) Eden

Vampires & Werewolves

Caged Series by Amber Lynn Natusch

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1) Caged 2) Haunted 3) Framed 4) Scarred 5) Fractured 5.5) Novella — Tarnished

Black Dagger Brotherhood by J. R. Ward

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Running Home by Julie Hutchings

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Wicked as They Come by Delilah S. Dawson

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1) Wicked as They Come 2) Wicked as She Wants 3) Wicked After Midnight –release date Jan 28th, 2014

Shiver Trilogy (Wolves of Mercy Falls) by Maggie Stiefvater

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Just in case you haven’t read it, Midnight Sun was Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight from Edward Cullen’s POV (yes, inside Edward’s head). She never finished it because someone she trusted leaked it on the internet. She was so upset she never finished it and posted it on her website FOR FREE. Find it here

Blood Like Poison Series by M. Leighton

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1) Blood Like Poison: For Love of a Vampire 2) Destined For a Vampire 3) To Kill an Angel

Aliens !!!

Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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imagesCAVTWBY5 1) Obsidian 2) Onyx 3) Opal 4) Origin 5) Opposition — Will be released summer of 2014. It will be the last book in the series. (NOOOOOOO!!!!!)

I Am Number Four Series Pittacus Lore

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Sound familiar? It may have something to do with this hot dude. That’s John. This book was make into a movie. And let me assure you, the book was way better.

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1) I Am Number Four 2) The Power Of Six 3) The Rise of Nine 4) The Fall of Five <– Just came out and haven’t read this one yet. In my opinion each book in the series is better than the last, Can’t wait!

The Host by Stephanie Meyers

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Magic & Witchcraft!

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

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Residue Series by Laury Falter

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1) Residue 2) Birthright 3) Savior 4) Prophecy  I love this series!

All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness I haven’t read this series yet, but one of my blogging besties, Vilma at Vilma’s Book Blog loves this series. It’s at the top of my TBR !

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Madly Series by M. Leighton

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Oh Crap! Why is Jane eating John’s face??

It’s the apocalypse, folks!

Hollowland by Amanda Hocking!!

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1) Hollowland — RIGHT NOW IT’S FREE ON KINDLE!

2) Hollowmen 

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TBR list!!

Conversion by S.C. Stephens (author of Thoughtless ❤ )

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Awakening by Jeanie Grey (friends have raved!)

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Red Hill by Jamie McGuire OUT Oct. 1st 2013 — Two more weeks, two more weeks, two more weeks <– said like, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.

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Because The Night by Kristen Strassel To be released Nov. 2013!! I’m 25% into an ARC of this book and I am rushing through this blog post to get back to it!! GAH! LOVE LOVE LOVE! Please mark it on Goodreads as “to read” so you don’t forget!

 

 

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Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifies) by Cassandra Clare — Mortal Instruments spin-off set in L.A.

City of Heavenly Fire Mortal Instruments book #6 !!! May 27th 2014 no cover yet

 

Paranormal Week; Villains We Love To Hate

Villains we love to hate?

No, I’m pretty sure I hate them. And the “L” word has no place in this post! I wish these villains a slow, painful death. But why? Damn good writing is your answer.

Villains make trouble for our main characters. They also kill or seriously wound side characters we almost loved, and some we didn’t give two shits about, but dammit… now we do. Because we needed another reason to hate on the villain and create pay-back and/or killing scenarios in our heads.

Getting back to my “it’s the writing” comment. There are a thousand and one different things that make up an excellent villain. For me, to make the villain believable, you need two things; unpredictability, and being able to (most of the time) out smart the main characters I love.

If those two things aren’t there, well, so you’re a dude with a grudge who is not nice. *yawn*

And therefore something else in the story is lost; Stakes. If I don’t believe that the villain is psycho and cunning enough to really, truly cause my peeps harm… then I’m bored. Worse! I nit-pick everything. Suddenly the protagonist is a total dumbass. And the hero is good for nothing more than the kissy-face scenes. And even those don’t do it for me now.

I love me a vicious, calculating, delusional villain. Here are a few of my favorites. And please, if you have a few that aren’t listed here… by all means give them a shout-out in the comments below.

Blake from the Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

What a douche.

Blake is a new kid in town. California surfer, throw-back T-shirt wearing, I-don’t-care-about-my-hair-but-yeah-I-know-it’s-perfect hair, and he’s mysterious.

I liked Blake at first. I thought — Oh yeah! What is Daemon going to do with this guy who has the hots for Katy? Here we go, a delicious love triangle I get to fret over!

And what’s this? He’s… not… normal?… oh God! Ha, ha, ha! Now we are on a new and yummy level! Blake has powers! So– Blake hotness taken up a few notches, Katy’s blind trust, and one pissed off Luxen who refused to make Katy his girl. Oops.

Aside from the love-triangle drama are the “real” problems. Keeping alien secrets, making sure the government agency that controls the Luxen don’t find out Katy was changed when Daemon healed her… and oh, yeah. The enemy alien race is after them all.

Well, crap. It all sucks. To make matters worse, Katy can’t control her new powers.

Powers… that seem… just like Blake’s. And guess who swoops in to save the day? Yep, Blake.

But hold up

Daemon doesn’t trust him. My douche radar is up too…

Then it happens, betrayal on a crushing level. Death, kidnapping, secrets exposed. But Blake has a reason. He too was healed by a Luxen. And once a Luxen heals a human they are tied together. If one dies, so does the other. Blake’s other half is held captive by the agency and tortured as a way to blackmail Blake into doing what they want.

And they want Katy.

Side note: I hate Blake on so many levels that Katy & Daemon’s rationale for NOT killing Blake (his other half will die) doesn’t even fly with me anymore. In my mind, I’ve made it ok, cause maybe, I don’t know, he’s on life support or whatever. It’s possible.

Valentine from The Mortal Instruments Series

This Shadow Hunter takes delusional to a whole new level of, GTFO!! He did what!!?? 

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We meet Valentine in City of Bones. I love what Cassandra Clare did with Valentine… he had been talked about, fretted over, and finally, FINALLY we meet him. By this point I’m so jacked up over him, that when he drops the twist of all twists on Clary and Jace…

*can’t mention his name without a pic. *

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I believed Valentine. He is so sick and evil, he would totally do what HE SAID HAPPENED after Jace was born.

Fast forward…

Many books later and my hatred is like nothing I’ve felt before while reading a book. What he did to Jace by the lake… the look on Jace’s face (VALENTINE RAISED HIM AS HIS OWN!)… Clary laying helplessly by (paralyzed)  & WATCHING! She couldn’t talk! Valentine took her voice too with his demonic spells and runes! SHE COULDN’T EVEN CALL OUT TO JACE!

Oh. My. God.

WORST FRICKIN’ 20 MINUTES SPENT READING… ever. The anticipation was maddening, I was hysterical, and literally made deals with God in my head for it all to work out.

Have any of you seen the movie?? Jace on the motorcycle in leather pants!!! That is all. 🙂

Abaddon from Fallen by Laury Falter

I talked about Maggie in the Badass Chicks post.

I mentioned the Fallen that were after her. Well, meet Abaddon, their leader. Straight -up psycho of the first order!!

Here’s one thing about the fallen in the Guardian Trilogy. The clock starts ticking the second the fallen die on Earth, because they will fall… again. And find you in minutes. *chills*

And his goal for hundreds of years? Maggie. The pleasure Abaddon  takes in torturing Maggie, Eran, and the rest of their angel friends is just, well, it leaves you with a feeling that you don’t know how far it will go. The creep-out factor is at a level that I am certain with every turn of the page Abaddon will show AGAIN and sever wings or string up my precious Eran and watch as demon creatures take bites.

I love Eran! I love his cabin in Heaven by the lake.

I love how nervous he was when “human Maggie” (his wife in former lives) came to the cabin for the first time.

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Abaddon is a sociopath, one with powers. As I stated in the beginning of this post, we need stakes!! AND boy, do you get ’em with this trilogy!

Ryker from Shadow of Wrath (Sins of the 7) by L.W. Patricks

What a f#cking bastard!!

Shadow of Wrath is a dark dystopia, but there are some paranormal elements in it. So, I’m calling it a cross-over. 😉

In this book it is kill or be killed for the children in Ryker’s arena. Like Hunger Games meet the Gladiator.  The crowds bet, Ryker sets up boys for sure death to make sure the odds are in his favor.

In this world Ryker is in charge, and his delusional, psychotic ass actually thinks he’s doing it all for the greater good of every person who works for him, he enslaves, he kills. And let’s not forget the human trafficking.

Oh God, my hate for this guy… I would like to introduce him to my Louisville Slugger!

The one boy who he controls but can never fully get under his thumb, is Dog. Death Match survivor, friend to slave girl Allegra, and one way or another… Dog decides that Ryker will pay.

We come to the villain I couldn’t wait to tear apart before I got the interview questions back. So Kristin, who does reviews for this blog, was more than happy to do Brennus for this post. Then she sent it. It’s long. She cut the word count and it’s still long. 🙂 We cut a deal, she could keep THE WHOLE Brennus-hate session in here if she finally reads Divergent.

Here it is. THANK YOU SO MUCH Kristin!

We are first introduced to Brennus in book two of the Premonition Series, ‘Intuition’.  Evie feels his presence before she even sees him and not in that heart fluttering butterflies in the tummy good way.  No, what she feels is a bone chilling sensation that tells her something isn’t right. When she looks around for the source of this threatening (evil) presence she spots a tall “man” with short, black hair, pale skin and green eyes who is almost angelic looking.  Heart pounding, wings twitching in her back, instincts telling her he’s not human.  Armed with only a letter opener and the knowledge that she’s most likely f#cked, she makes a last ditch effort to escape.  But like all obsessive stalkers, Brennus has other plans; he has her harpooned in a net, slices her Achilles tendon so she can’t run off and punches her into unconsciousness so he can drag her to his underground lair.

And this, my friends, is where s#it gets real.  You’re either swooning or burning with rage over what Brennus does to Evie in the name of love (obsession).

The swooners' Brennus

The swooners’ Brennus

Kristin's Brennus

Kristin’s Brennus

Brennus makes it clear to Evie she will never be leaving and his undead people eating minions are instructed to stop her if she tries to leave.  And the added bonus, she will be by his side, as his queen, for all eternity.  (How nice of him to not give her a choice.) But first she must be turned into a Gancanagh.  If she doesn’t give up her soul willingly, he’ll force it out of her by any means necessary.  Evie, being the badass she is, flat out refuses.  This act of defiance earns her another punch in the face and a nice set of shackles and chains.  (Seriously, THIS is an act of LOVE?)   

Now it’s time for Evie to be shown to her cell with no windows and a dirt floor where she will rest uncomfortably, without food and water, for days.  When water is finally offered to her, Evie refuses to drink it; she’s wise to what Brennus is doing. (Fist pump).  Once Brennus realizes Evie would rather die than spend an eternity with him, as an immortal monster, he replenishes her fluids via an IV and lets her out of her cell.  She’s allowed to bathe, which of course, Brennus must supervise. (like a creeper).  Once she’s clean, she’s relocated to Brennus’ bedroom where he so graciously rips off her underwear and dresses her in skimpy lingerie.

With nothing left of her dignity, Evie is now forced to “show her skills” by fighting one of Brennus’ minions.  However, she is allowed to wear a pair of boxer briefs for this.  Evie begs Brennus not to make her do this.  Brennus chooses Keegan to fight for team Gancanagh.  They are given knives and told to square off.  Keegan slices her up good and vows to cut off her wings.  Brennus watches.  Evie, fearing for her life, slits his throat.  While everyone is distracted by Keegan bleeding out on the floor, Evie makes a run for it but she’s caught before she can get away.

Evie, shaken by the fact that she killed someone, begs Brennus to help her.  Does he offer her comfort?  No.  He bites her and drains her until she’s unconscious.  When she wakes up she learns she will lust for the blood of the Gancanagh who bit her.  This hunger?  Yeah, it’s really, really painful.  Evie, not wanting to be turned, refuses to knock back Brennus’ blood offering, thus choosing death.  Brennus, the humanitarian he is, bites her again.  Although this time, he’s generous enough to leave her conscious so she really feels the pain.  It’s the final push over the edge.  He finally broke her.

“When I bit her, it caused her extreme pain.”

  “Yeah, ya love her—ya sick freak.”

Thank you, Russell.  You took the words right out of my mouth. (exploding fist bump)

And this is just the beginning of Brennus’ efforts to claim Evie.  As his obsession grows, his actions intensify and he will not rest until he has made Evie is his queen.

Dear Brennus…..

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Signed, TEAM REED

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As a proud member of TEAM REED, I must end a Brennus post with something REEDcentric.

What's this?  Could it be a Reed and Evie angel baby.....I'm down with that.

What’s this?
Could it be a Reed and Evie angel baby…..

I’m down with that.

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A Review of ‘The Perfect Game’ By Bestselling Author J. Sterling

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‘The Perfect Game’ By: J. Sterling

He's a game she never intended to play. And she's the game changer he never knew he needed. The Perfect Game tells the story of college juniors, Cassie Andrews & Jack Carter. When Cassie meets rising baseball hopeful Jack, she is determined to steer clear of him and his typical cocky attitude. But Jack has other things on his mind... like getting Cassie to give him the time of day.  They're both damaged, filled with mistrust and guarded before they findone another (and themselves) in this emotional journey about love and forgiveness. Strap yourselves for a ride that will not only break your heart, but put it back together.  Sometimes life gets ugly before it gets beautiful...

He’s a game she never intended to play.
And she’s the game changer he never knew he needed.
The Perfect Game tells the story of college juniors, Cassie Andrews & Jack Carter. When Cassie meets rising baseball hopeful Jack, she is determined to steer clear of him and his typical cocky attitude. But Jack has other things on his mind… like getting Cassie to give him the time of day.
They’re both damaged, filled with mistrust and guarded before they findone another (and themselves) in this emotional journey about love and forgiveness.
Strap yourselves for a ride that will not only break your heart, but put it back together.
Sometimes life gets ugly before it gets beautiful…

“I knew she wasn’t like other girls the moment I saw the disgusted look on her face after I called her “Kitten.” Most girls would have creamed their pants if I called them that. But not Cassie. She looked like she wanted to punch me in the jaw.   And I’ve wanted to kiss her ever since.”

 Kitten, he calls her kitten and she hates it.  Jack Carter his hot and he knows it.  A left-handed pitching sensation with black hair, chocolate brown eyes and a dimpled grin, he can have any girl he wants without even trying, except Cassie.  He has to work for her.  She challenges him to “prove it”; that his words aren’t empty promises and boy does he ever.  Quarters—swoon.

“But no one knew what it was like to be me. I’d finally met a girl who didn’t try to impress me. She didn’t care about what I did as an athlete; she cared about what I did as a person. I was jumping into this thing with both feet. Holding on to Cassie with both arms.”

 After being abandoned by both parents, Jack refused to let people get too close, fearing they’d leave.  He didn’t do relationships or fall in love.  Until Cassie, he was content with casual love ‘em and leave ‘em; don’t sleep with the same girl twice flings.  But Cassie makes him want to be a better person; he wants something real and long- term with her.  Cassie got into his heart and he found for the first time ever, he welcomed and wasn’t afraid of love.  But Jack is his own worst enemy; he believes it’s inevitable that he’ll screw up and his lack of faith in himself results in Cassie waiting for it to happen.

 “I’ll admit I was scared. We’d crossed the line and my heart would never be the same, no matter what happened from here on out. But if I wanted him to believe in us, I had to believe in him.”

 Cassie was disappointed far too many times by empty promises from her father so she learned to rely on actions over words.  As a result, she follows her four rules for dating to keep from getting her heart broken.   She never let herself get close enough to anyone to fall in love.  But when she finally agrees to a date with the infamous Jack Carter, she finds herself opening up to him and falling hard.  Cassie is very likable and easy to relate to in this book.  She did overreact to a situation but I forgave her because she learned from it and matured.  She doesn’t put her life on hold for Jack which, I loved; she knew if she gave up her dreams for Jack she would end up resenting him.  Jack enriches her life, he does not consume it—a great message to all girls out there.

I really loved this book.  There were a few things that made me think, “huh?” but given the characters’ pasts; it totally made sense and worked.  I loved the supporting characters (Jack’s brother Dean and Cassie’s BFF Melissa).  They were often the voice of reason and I loved how they didn’t shy away from calling Jack and Cassie out when they screwed up because that’s how real friends are with each other.  This is a nice, easy read about finding the one you love, losing them and doing whatever it takes to get them back without compromising their integrity.  Love isn’t perfect, sometimes it downright sucks but when you love someone enough to work through the lows, the highs are  more meaningful.

Would I read this book again? YES!

‘The Perfect Game’ is currently $3.99 on Amazon.  Find it here

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“You’re my game changer, you know that?” “Game changer?” I shook my head, unsure of his meaning. “The one girl who changes everything. The one you’d give it all up for.”

Want more Jack and Cassie?  Their story continues on June 25, 2013  in The Game Changer.  Currently $3.99 on Amazon.  Find it here

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To find out more about USA Today Bestselling Author J. Sterling visit:

Interview with Author Elizabeth Arroyo

We are very excited to have Elizabeth Arroyo here

author of The Second Sign!

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Kindle edition on Amazon is $3.99

“Bred to believe in the war between angels and demons, Gabby has come to the conclusion that love is responsible for war, jealousy, and all the other deadly sins she can think of. So when she’s exiled to the middle of nowhere for getting kicked out of her fifth school for fighting, she doesn’t expect to meet Jake. Much less fall in love. 

But Jake is quickly drawn to the eerie beauty of her violet eyes while Gabby is unsettled by their undeniable connection. 

When a demon guardian comes to collect her soul, she refuses to give it up. She’s not a demon. She can’t be. Her father and twin brother are angels. The demon gives Gabby twenty-four hours to decide her allegiance and then starts killing her short list of friends, leaving a message behind: She is the Second Sign.

As Gabby and Jake begin to unravel the mystery behind the Second Sign, she learns Jake may be the key to saving her soul. But it means a sacrifice has to be made that will change their lives forever.”

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*That sacrifice DID change everything and I can’t get book #2, The Second Shadow, in my hands fast enough!*

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The Second Sign was released earlier this year by Sapphire Star Publishing. How much has life changed since becoming a published author?   Life hasn’t changed all that much. I have deadlines now, but everything else remained the same. I still have a day job, spend as much time with family as I can, and have loads of housework.

This book is a dark young adult paranormal romance. Some scenes were so raw and graphic I felt, at times, that I was right there and marveled at the darkness that came out of your brain. Did you debate taking out or taming down some of the horror in The Second Sign?

I marvel at the darkness in my brain too. =)  It’s kinda scary, really.  After writing one of the graphic scenes, I did pull back to evaluate how far, or how dark, I wanted the book to be. I realized that it was going to be dark and those scenes were important to show the nature of demons.  I did tame down some of the scenes, especially the scene at the Crossroads where most of the murders took place.  We wanted to keep it as “dark” and not venture too far into “horror” territory. 

One thing that is hard to pull off in a romance novel is “love at first sight”. Elizabeth, you pulled it off! Jake and Gabby DO have something between them at first sight. However, neither of them can figure out what and it seemed believable and acceptable within the paranormal setting. AND THAT ENDING! WHOA. What is in store for Jake and Gabby in the next book in this series?

Thank you! I was worried about the insta-love between them, but it was an important part for the story. Gabby and Jake are confused about their feelings for each other because it isn’t a “normal” attraction, and they both can feel that. The reader finds out the reason behind their visceral attraction in book two.

The ending…it is so hard for me to write “happily ever after.” Let’s just leave it at that. =)

While book one focuses more on Gabby’s changes, book two focuses on Jake. We see his progression deeper into what he’s become, his purpose, and how he’s connected to Gabby. We also have some great sidekick characters in book two that I fell in love with.  And of course, we have loads of action and mayhem.

You are from Chicago. Me too.

Awesome!

Cubs or Sox fan?

Oh, you are bringing it on. I’m a Southsider. Sox all the way, baby. =)

*** Oh, I’m bringing it all right! 😉 I will admit to owning a Sox World Series champs T-shirt. BUT, it’s my go-to top when cleaning with BLEACH ***

Deep dish or stuffed pizza? Give a shout out to your favorite pizza place.

Deep dish. Connie’s Pizza is my favorite.

What do you think of people who put ketchup on their hot dogs? (It’s ok if YOU do. My daughter is also an offender. I will still buy anything you write)

Oh, no!!!  My daughter is excused too.

How far along is book #2 in this series and will you PLEASE give us a hint?

Book two has a title: THE SECOND SHADOW. I’m so excited! We are currently working on the cover and I’m working on the edits.  It is currently scheduled to be released September 5th.   I haven’t written the blurb yet.

I can say that we meet Jake and Gabby four months after the events in Maine. Gabby is struggling with her change, and Jake is coming to terms with what he did over the summer.  

As the Harbinger, Jake heralds the apocalypse and Hell’s gate begins to dissolve. But he still has free will. All he has to do is let go of his past and learn to accept who or what he is.  

But what will he choose?

**inserts wicked laugh**

What else are you working on right now?

I’m currently pitching a YA supernatural thriller.

Thanks for the interview, Gabi!

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Elizabeth spent most of her younger years as an avid reader with a wild imagination which led her to write her first manuscript at the age of fourteen. Her fascination with the paranormal was influenced by the vivid ghost and demon stories her father told her as a child, scaring the crap out of her. It also led her to ask the “what if” question that propelled her down the path of the fantastical.
But, life got in the way. Elizabeth completed a Bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice at Northeastern Illinois University and works in the community strengthening families. Her love of stories held, and in 2008 she found herself back into her storytelling roots and began writing again. Since then she’s published a short story in SQ Magazine, countless musings on her blog – Chandara Writes, and completed three manuscripts.
In 2012, Elizabeth signed with Sapphire Star Publishing to release her debut novel, THE SECOND SIGN, a Dark YA Paranormal Romance, slated for an early 2013 release.
Elizabeth resides in Chicago with her family, a household of kids, and the bliss of chaos. The good kind.

I’d like to add here that Elizabeth is sweet, funny and an all around awesome person. I devoured The Second Sign and The Second Shadow focusing on Jake? Yay!!

Thank you so much Elizabeth!