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Review: Blood Rights (House of Comarre, #1) by Kristen Painter

Posted September 28, 2011 By mamakittyreviews

Author: Kristen Painter

Release Date: September 27, 2011 (officially October 1, 2011)
Other Books In Series: Flesh and Blood (November 1, 2011), Bad Blood (December 1, 2011)
Pages: 432
ISBN #: 9780316193092

We have a special presentation, a first for this site. My lovely friend from Mama Kitty Reviews has created a video review of Blood Rights! I think she did a FANTASTIC job with it… here’s what she thought…

I don’t generally post the blurbs from the books, because you can find those in so many places. HOWEVER, since it played such a big part in the interest for this book, I’ll make an exception. Here’s the blurb:

The lacy gold mapped her entire body. A finely-wrought filigree of stars, vines, flowers, butterflies, ancient symbols and words ran from her feet, up her legs, over her narrow waist, spanned her chest and finished down her arms to the tips of her fingers.

Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle’s body bears the telltale marks of a comarré—a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect, which sends her running into the mortal world…and into the arms of Malkolm, an outcast vampire cursed to kill every being from whom he drinks.

Now Chrysabelle and Malkolm must work together to stop a plot to merge the mortal and supernatural worlds. If they fail, a chaos unlike anything anyone has ever seen will threaten to reign.

Ok… so… what do you think of the video review?? Something we should do more of?? I think it was really fun, and I think Mama Kitty did a lovely job. 🙂

Question:: How important are the cover and the blurb to deciding to read a book? Is it more or less important than word of mouth?? More or less important than other reviews? Have you ever read and loved a book with a really BAD cover?? I have an ARC copy of Blood Rights for one random commenter!!!! So… let’s talk book covers and blurbs, and I’ll choose a winner on October 1st!! Please remember to include your first name and email address so I can reach you if you win. Good luck!!

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A “Grimm” Happy Ever After with Shiloh Walker

Posted September 20, 2011 By Jennifer

It’s here… It’s here… Grimm Circle #5, LOCKED IN SILENCE, by Shiloh Walker, released today in ebook format. Here’s a look at what you can expect from the newest addition to the series… (copied with permission from ShilohWalker.com)

At first, Vanya thought she might still be dreaming.

Not a nightmare this time, though.

Or maybe she had died…died and gone to heaven. Or some sort of way station. It made sense.

Because there was somebody not too far away who looked too perfect to be real.

He stood by the window, staring outside, giving her a look at his profile, and what a pretty, pretty profile…carved cheekbones, nice nose, a rather biteable-looking mouth.

His hair was pulled back, leaving her view of that face unobstructed.

She could have happily looked at him for another ten, twenty minutes.

Hell, another ten, twenty hours. Weeks…months. Even years.

But he noticed her attention, and his eyes, the pale, pale blue of a Siberian Husky’s, cut her way.

Vanya tensed, bracing herself for the typical reaction she got from most men. The way they’d looked her over in that appraising sort of way, right up until they saw her scars.

But he only stared into her eyes.

Slowly, her heart pounding in her chest, she sat up.

Her mouth was dry, too dry. Spying an unopened bottle of water on the bedside table, she grabbed it and opened it. Her hand shook uncontrollably as she lifted it, though, splattering it all over her clothes. Blood rushed to her face.

A shadow fell across her and she looked up, her breath freezing in her lungs as she realized he was there.

He…who was he?

Silence…

His hand closed over hers, steadying it and guiding it to her lips.

Gratitude flooded her, even as the blush deepened.

So weak, she couldn’t even manage to a drink on her own.

The water rushed down her parched throat and she drained the bottle in seconds.

“Ahhh…thank you.”

He nodded and backed away, taking the bottle with him and tossing it away.

Studying him, acutely aware of the damp shirt clinging to her, she shifted on the bed. “So…are you…um…”

He gave her his back for a moment, and she fell silent, staring at him as he crouched down, rummaging around for something. When he stood, she saw that he held a laptop and little velvet pouch.

The pouch he held out to her.

The laptop he held in one big hand.

Still feeling as weak as a kitten, Vanya reached for the pouch and watched as he sat on the bed across from hers. Waiting, it seemed.

She opened the pouch and poured what it held into her hand.

Silver.

It heated in her hand, pulsed…throbbed, like it held a life of its own.

She caught the disc it held in her hand, rubbed her thumb over it. Her breath hitched in her chest as the wings etched into the silver glowed.

“Whoa,” she whispered.

Shiloh’s Grimm have been tearing apart conventional fairy tales and putting the pieces back together with a special brand of sexy, kickass attitude. I chuckle every time I see a new write-up for the Grimm series because they have lines like THIS at the end:

 Warning:  This book contains sex-starved demons, lonely angels, demon-angel sandwiches, blood, violence, death and a happy-ever-after.

It’s the “happy-ever-after” part that always makes me smile (although the demon-angel sandwiches sound yummy). Who doesn’t need a littl blood, violence, and death along with their HEAs, lol??

After this last time seeing that disclaimer, I decided to ask the lovely author why having a “happy-ever-after” was so important for her stories. Was it simply because they were loose recreations of classic fairy tales, which tend to have some sort of HEA? Or was there something else? (As you all know, many urban fantasies and other paranormal stories either prolong the intended HEA, or simply don’t have one at all. Sometimes we lose the happy-ever-after in favor of staying true to the author’s vision of the story.)

Here’s what she said:

Why the happy ever after?

My characters talk to me. It’s not necessarily that I hear ‘voices’ so to speak in my head.  Although sometimes I get that, too. But they talk to me…I think their story unfolds kind of like a movie—sometimes it’s silent, sometimes it’s in fast-forward, sometimes it’s slow-motion…and sometimes, it’s just the trailer, but I can see it happening in my head.  That’s how I learn mycharacters, and their stories. Then I have to put the story down on paper.  Or computer screen, whichever.

And their stories are usually rough.  They tend to go through hell.  Usually a lot of it.  I don’t know why, but it just works out that way.  For some reason, the road to happiness with my people is long. And bumpy. And marked with lots and lots of potholes.  Usually I make them get lost afew times along the way, too.

As I said, I usually put them through hell.  Somewhere not quite close to the end, I start to realize that I’m beating them upagain.

It’s right around thatpoint that I see the end up ahead…and how it’s supposed to smooth out.  How it’s supposed to end.  And it always has to end in a certain way.  They have to be together—and they have to be together in a way that I can close the book on their story.

I need to see them happy, together, inside my head before I can end their story…that’s why that happy ever after is important in my stories.

So… now I’m asking all of YOU. How important is the “happy ever after” to you. Can you enjoy a story that doesn’t have one, as long as there’s resolution of the storyline? Do you get upset or disappointed when stories don’t end with the main couple together and happy?

To celebrate LOCKED IN SILENCE’S release today, we’re giving away one ebook copy to one random commenter! Tell us how YOU feel about happy ever afters, and you could win this one from Shilow Walker! Please rememeber to include your first name and email address in your comment so you can be notified if you win. Contest starts NOW and ends tonight at midnight pacific time. Good Luck!!!

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YA SCRAMBLE

Posted September 14, 2011 By Jennifer

Holy Lotsa Prizes, Batman!!! For YA book lovers, for scavenger hunters, for blog hoppers, and for contest enterers, boy do we have a treat for YOU!! Thanks to the brilliant rallying efforts of author Cyndi Tefft, we’re having a YA Scramble! It’s a Young Adult Lit focused blog hop with guest posts and prizes galore. 14 authors/bloggers, individual prizes, and a Massive Grand Prize Of Mega Awesomeness!! Each of the participants have provided a guest post, and will be hosted by another blogsite. For my part… I’m hosting author K A Tucker, and my guest post will be featured on Cyndi Tefft’s website. You’ll have to visit all 14 sites to find what you need to enter the grand prize drawing. I’ll explain more in a minute. For now… some thoughts from Kathleen.

The Magic of Paranormal in YA

By K.A.Tucker

I love fiction. Slapstick comedies, brooding romances, ‘who done it’ murder mysteries, geeky fantasies… I don’t discriminate. If the story is compelling, I will grip that book (or kindle) tightly in my hands and absorb the pages as fast as my brain can process the words.

But, paranormal YA stories hold a special place in my heart. Why? Because something magical happens to me when I experience the world through the eyes of the characters. I’m not talking about the magical elements involved. Yes, the very fact that werewolves, vampires, and succubus are hunting/in love with/playing baseball with the regular human folk is magical. But there’s something more to it.

When I pick up a paranormal YA book, I know that the pages will reveal a world where reality’s boundaries are stretched, where the impossible becomes common, and where basic human desires intermingle with new experiences that I couldn’t possibly have lived through in my own life. Where else can a human girl fall madly in love with a gorgeous vampire guy who must fight his urge to kill her? Where else can demon-hunting warriors form friendships while battling evil? It is in the Paranormal YA world where we see basic human needs of friendship and love escalate to knee-buckling epic proportions. It is in the Paranormal YA world where a character can focus on here-and-now love with ANATHEMA hanging over their heads. In this world, magic exists.

So… what about all of you? What do you find magical about YA lit? What do you find yourself wrapped up in that’s different from any other kind of story? Share a little YA Lit magic in the comments below, and one randomly selected person will win an ebook copy of Kathleen’s book ANATHEMA from Smashwords!

PLUS… did you see a word in all CAPS, and all purple?? You need to write down the 3rd letter of that word. As you hop to the other blogs in the scramble, write down the 3rd letter of those purple words, as well. When you’ve collected all 14 letters, rearrange them to find our secret message, then enter the grand prize drawing using this form –>> http://bit.ly/pPBOaK <<– Wanna see what you could win??

  • List of items in the MASSIVE GRAND PRIZE OF MEGA AWESOMENESS:
    • ARC of The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab (with signed bookmark)
    • Ebook of Solstice by PJ Hoover (with trading cards)
    • Ebook of The Space Between by Alexandra Sokoloff
    • Paperback copy of Perception by Heather Cashman
    • Signed paperback ARC of Anathema by Kathleen Tucker
    • Chronicles of Vladimir Tod Gift Set (Trade Paperback of Eighth Grade Bites, Vlad Journal, Minion Bling Buttons and Vlad Tote)
    • Signed paperback copy of Between by Cyndi Tefft
    • Signed hardcover of Clarity by Kim Harrington
    • ARC of Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
    • Signed ARC of Fury by Elizabeth Miles
    • Signed paperback of Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
    • ARC of Tris & Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison
    • Copy of The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
    • Winner’s choice of 5 ebooks from a list of indie authors
    • Signed paperback of Sleepers by Megg Jensen
    • Ebooks of Soul Quest and The Guardians of Souls by Amy Jones
    • Kindle copy of Winnemucca by Laura Elliott (plus a guest post spot on her blog!)
    • Paperback copy of City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

These are the other blogs participating… they’re all waiting for you with fun guest posts, purple words, and lots more prizes to win!

    1. Kaitlin Simpson: Just Left of Imagination Avenue
    2. P J Hoover: Roots In Myth
    3. Cary Cummings: The Writing Wonderland
    4. Heather Cashman: Better Off Read
    5. K A Tucker Website
    6. Books Make Me Happy (you are here 🙂 )
    7. Cyndi Tefft: Love Stories
    8. Ticket To Anywhere
    9. Frenzy of Noise
    10. Kaleidoscopic Reveries
    11. T R Graves Website
    12. Megg Jensen Website
    13. Amy Jones Webstite
    14. Laura A H Elliot: LaurasMagicDay

Don’t forget to leave your comment below before you hop off… what makes YA lit magical for YOU?? One random commenter will win an ebook copy of ANATHEMA from K A Tucker!! Good Luck, and have fun!!!

**YA Scramble runs for 24 hours, from 12am to 11:59 pm (pacific time) on September 14th. Winners will be announced on the blogs and notified by email following the close of the contest. Please include an email and your first name in your comments.**

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