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Vampire-Thirst_Kindle_1563xAuthor: Ella J Phoenix
Release Date: June 15, 2013
Pages: 263
ISBN #: B00DNE27SS
FTC Disclaimer: Book was received from the author for the purpose of an honest review.

After finishing Ella J. Phoenix’s Dragon Heat, I immediately went for her new novel based on the characters from that book, called Vampire Thirst. I am so glad Ms. Phoenix asked me to review the books for BMMH! Read on and see why…

For centuries, vampires and dragons/draconians have despised each other. Their war ended in the 1800s, but the two species still do not trust each other. So, when the draconian senators get word that a draconian demigoddess, Zoricah, has taken up with the vampire king, Tardieh, they don’t like it one bit.
In Dragon Heat, we learned that a crazed vampire had been kidnapping vampire and draconian females in order to breed them into “superbeings”. Zoricah and her female warriors (panther shifter Yara and Sam, a human who can use her energy as a weapon) couldn’t rescue a senator’s daughter by themselves, so they recruited Tardieh (who owed Zoricah a favor for two centuries) and his three royal guards (Hikuro, a Japanese ninja and the head of the guards; Dyam and Joel, the two right below him).
They defeated the crazed vampire, only to find out that he wasn’t working alone. The teams split up in Vampire Thirst: the vamps to Spain and Zoricah’s clan to England, to search. (Much to the chagrin of the demigoddess, who had fallen head over heels for Tardieh, and he for she.)
Hikuro joins the women with a message from his king, that they might have found the lair of the second creature in a small tourist town in Spain. Zoricah goes to join him, Dyam and Joel, leaving Hikuro with Sam and Yara to gather more information in London/Camden Town.
The story focuses heavily on the mysterious Sam Austen (not her real name, by the by) and her strange predicament: being wholly human (or so her blood tests say) but never aging since she was about twenty years old and Zoricah broke her out of an insane asylum/torture chamber in a London neighborhood. She can use her energy to attack someone, but cannot control her powers properly, because she is afraid she might kill someone innocent…like Hikuro, whom she fears she has fallen madly in love with.
Hikuro loves Sam, but how can he be with her when she keeps pushing him away? His being a vampire doesn’t faze either of them, but if Sam lets loose completely with him, he may not survive. But when things ignite between them, the reader may just be left with their mouths hanging open in shock!
And why is a draconian senator hiring a wolf shifter with deep gambling debts for information? Even worse, why is a different senator hiring the same creature to kill a VERY high profile target?
If you liked Dragon Heat, you will LOVE Vampire Thirst! I couldn’t put it down; in fact, I read all through the night! Sam’s story is great and relatable for “normal” humans who have suffered from anxiety, which disables Sam a few times during this story. If you’ve ever been afraid to love and be loved; afraid to let loose; afraid of trusting someone else with your already fragile heart, you will sigh with pleasure at reading hers and Hikuro’s story.
This novel contains danger, sex, blood and deceit. It is the ultimate horror/romance novel but with twists and turns that will keep you, reader on the edge of your seat.
(Who knows, it may even keep you up all night, too!)
5/5 stars for this one–incredible!

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DragonHeat_300X454Author: Elle J Phoenix
Release Date: April 6, 2012
Pages: 159
ISBN #: 978-1-60088-743-7
FTC Disclaimer: Book was received from the author for the purpose of an honest review.
Working with BMMH has been great. I have had the opportunity to interact with and discover authors whom I may not have known otherwise. Ella J. Phoenix is one of those authors. When I emailed her about reviewing her novel Vampire Thirst, she asked me to read the novel that was released before VT: Dragon Heat.
I am always excited to read new novels, especially if they provide a new look at the vampire community. This is more than vampires: this is a whole new look at the culture of the supernatural. In the beginning, Ms. Phoenix gives the reader a glossary of the different entities/beings what abound in her novel, which I will say was much appreciated!
The novel begins with a scene in Romania in the 1800s, where the vampire prince, Tardieh, is tied up and imprisoned by a draconian higher up (draconians are dragons who live most of the time in their human forms), and tortured by him during the vampire/draconian war. They want Tardieh to reveal secrets that will make the draconians win the war and therefore have ultimate power over other supernatural creatures and humans alike.
As he is losing his vampire-strength due to lack of human blood, he is saved by a beautiful female draconian. She unties him, kills the razbian guard and his tormentor, and flees with him
When they reach the woods, they slow down, though the mysterious female is insistent that they hurry, they are being chased. But Tardieh cannot go further without blood and tries to look for wildlife to sustain him for a short while until he can get back to his castle.
Seeing there is no time, the woman offers herself to him. Draconian blood is a powerful sustainer of vampires. After initial hesitation, he succumbs to his bloodlust and his lust in general (she has to remove most of her top in order to keep it clean of blood), and he drinks.
She then begs him to convince his father to end the war. He says his father won’t do it just because he asks on behalf of a draconian. She slyly says he might in his own way.
After he drinks from her she goes to leave him and he asks her name. “Zoricah,” she says, before going away.
She is his archenemy: the draconian demigoddess.
Upon getting back to his castle, Tardieh sees his people, including his father, the vampire king, massacred and believes it is her doing.
Two hundred years pass. Tardieh is the king of the vampires, living in New York, and has three guards exclusively to his care. When one of them is found passed out with a note for the vampire king to meet someone in the park. He goes, bringing his guards with him for protection.
Zoricah is back, and she needs Tardieh’s help. Vampire and draconian females have been disappearing all over the city. One of them is one of Zoricah’s warriors’s twin sister. She begs for Tardieh’s assistance, as his race is also being jeopardized.
Will Tardieh help this lovely woman? Will they find out how vamps and dracs have been abducted all over town? Did Zoricah really order the hit on all of Tardieh’s people? And what will happen between the leader of the vampires and the demigoddess of the draconians?
I really enjoyed reading this. It is a fast-paced book I couldn’t bring myself to put down once I began it. The story is a new take on the paranormal and on romance in general. All of the characters are individuals and very in-depth. The reader can tell they were created with care.
My only grievance is that I wish it had been longer!
This book can get sexually graphic and violent at times, so I preach caution before reading it, so you know what you are getting into. But, truly, this was a great read and I cannot wait to finish this review and go on to read Vampire Thirst!
Remember the name Ella J. Phoenix–you will want to read what she has coming from her dark mind in the future!
I give this book 4/5 stars, only because there should have been more of it! 🙂
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Cover Reveal / Blog Tour: SEVEN YEARS by Dannika Dark

Posted August 15, 2013 By Jennifer

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I LOVE cover reveals!!! So much excitement, so much pretty 🙂

Dannika Dark (author of the Mageri Series) is a “new to me” author, and I was thrilled to get in on this reveal… just check out the blurb for SEVEN YEARS!!…

Seven years ago, my world ended.

Seven years later, my new life began.

It’s been seven years since Lexi Knight lost her brother in a tragic accident. On the anniversary of his death, her brother’s best friend shows up unexpectedly – a man she hasn’t seen since the funeral. He is no longer the boy Lexi once knew, but a dangerous-looking man with tattoos and dark secrets. He broke her trust and abandoned her family, yet what he reveals makes it impossible to stay angry. Lexi has been secretly infatuated with Austin since childhood, so finding out he’s a Shifter just makes him sexier. Dammit.

Austin Cole has returned to the city where he grew up, and just in time. He’s lived a hard life these past seven years, and the shadows of his past are threatening to destroy Lexi’s family. It’s time that she learned the truth about her brother, but there is a shocking twist that Austin never saw coming. Now he must protect her family when her mother and sister wind up in mortal danger. Will Lexi learn to accept the truth about who he is, and can Austin salvage a relationship from the ruins of their past?

That. Is. Gonna. Be. GOOD!!!

So… wanna see the cover, and read a little bit of the book?? Your wish, is my command 🙂

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Excerpt:

The closer I snuggled up to Austin, the more I craved that cozy familiarity—more than I would have cared to admit. I’d missed him. How do you not miss someone who was a huge chunk of your childhood and young-adult life who disappeared off the face of the earth? Almost every memory I had from kindergarten to age twenty involved Austin Cole.

The next thing I knew, my cheek rested on his bicep and I tucked my body against his like a puzzle piece. Just when I closed my heavy eyelids, he groaned.

Oh God, please don’t let him wake up now.

It was deep and guttural, and he shifted on his right side, facing me.

“You okay?” he murmured.

I didn’t reply. I played dead and pretended I was asleep. It seemed like a good plan to avoid the embarrassment of explaining why I was latched on to him like a man-sucking leech.

A rough, warm hand cupped my cheek and I felt him scoot down a little. Maybe he thought I had fallen asleep, because his thumb brushed over my right eyelid softly.

Five times. I counted.

When his lips lightly touched mine, my brain just shut down. It was a soft, almost nonexistent kiss, but I felt it all the way down to my toes. Then it zinged back up to my hips and damn if I didn’t moan.

Now we were both aware I wasn’t asleep and he was kissing me. But it didn’t stop. His kiss pressed a little bit harder and tingles roared through my body, and my breath was shaky and erratic.

When his tongue touched my lip, I quickly opened my mouth and kissed him back.

Hard.

Deep.

Kissed him like I’d fantasized about doing for the last seven years.

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This is the segment where you learn a little more about who I am, so here’s what I can tell you:  I drink copious amounts of vitamin water placed precariously close to my laptop while writing. These are two healthy habits I have no intention of breaking. I’m a transplant living in the south, but I was born in the 70’s to a military dad who moved us around the world.

When I’m not writing (which is all the time), I’m hunting down Indie music, watching movies, reading, eating Tex-Mex, discovering new ways to humiliate myself bowling, and burning up my laptop battery on the Internet. I have a relaxed, easy-going personality and don’t like drama. I live with a cat who thinks she is a dog, or a goat (she eats plastic, so I’m not sure which).

Throughout my life, I’ve had insomnia. Counting sheep never worked and eventually I would imagine those sheep were the sole source of food after an apocalyptic battle where only thousands survived. I made up stories in a futile attempt to bore myself to sleep. The problem was, I got so wrapped up in my “head stories” that I would continue them through the following nights, changing it up each time to make it more exciting. Eventually, I started writing my ideas down – creating short stories, and then I discovered my love for poetry.

It’s almost embarrassing how many spiral notebooks and stacks of paper I have of poetry and lyrics. 

Another passion: digital art. I design all my book covers, marketing, and series art. I’m a very visual person and pursued photography as an avid hobby for many years. 

I am not a YA author (I feel like I have to state this only because I’ve had a few people ask), but I think it’s wonderful there are so many books available to teens in Urban Fantasy and Paranormal.  

I am finally doing what I have always wanted to do: giving my characters a pulse through writing full time. I focus on adult urban fantasy romance, but I don’t like labels and I enjoy blending genres to break out of the confines of predictability.

But it’s what I love to do.

Danni 

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Words & Music Monday with Jennifer Sights

Posted August 12, 2013 By Jennifer

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jennifersightsbiopicMusic typically plays a pretty big role in my writing process for several reasons, though just how has evolved over the years. I almost always listen to music while I’m writing or editing. The only exception is if I’m home alone and the house is quiet. Then I’ll occasionally work in silence. But that’s rare.

I used to only listen to instrumental music, or songs with lyrics in a foreign language. My favorite were (and still are) Sigur Ros, Explosions in the Sky, Mono, E.S. Posthumus, and Emilie Autumn’s “Unlaced” album. I also love soundtracks, especially Kingdom of Heaven, The Fountain, Assassin’s Creed, and Tron. If I’m writing something scary, it’s Silent Hill or The Mothman Prophecies – those are HARD to listen to! They make me feel so uneasy and creeped out, even in a bright room in the middle of the day, so they’re perfect for scary scenes. Those are about the only thing I listen to when I’m working on my psychological thriller. Finally, I love love love German metal like Oomph!, Eisbrecher, Blutengel, and Rammstein.

Recently I’ve discovered that I can listen to music with lyrics, if it’s metal or industrial. Type O Negative’s “Bloody Kisses” is a perfect example. I also love EBM – I’ve lately been addicted to the web radio station http://loudcity.com/stations/ebm-radio-com, which is interspersed with songs with lyrics, and I can write to that no problem.
I don’t have extensive soundtracks for my novels, but there are a few songs I strongly associate with my Elena Ronen, PI books, so I’d be remiss if I didn’t list them for you here.
Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000037_00033]Finally, I’ve gotten inspiration for a few novels from particular songs. Burning Darkness, the psycholocal thriller I plan to release next March, was inspired by “Perfect Surface” by Sinfinis. A plot point in Deceived (the 3rd Elena Ronen, PI novel, which I haven’t started yet) came from “Midnight Mist” by Oneiroid Psychosis. And Ravaged was inspired by “Fallout” by Alyssa Suede. Spoiler alert though, don’t listen to that one unless you want to chance having a major plot point spoiled. I suggest bookmarking that song and going back to it at the end of September, after you’ve read Ravaged – it comes out September 26.
One last thing – if I’m home alone I like to have solo dance parties when I’m taking a break. It’s a nice change of pace and really helps to get my body moving after a long time sitting. You can join in with my Solo Dance Party playlist on Spotify. Enjoy!
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Blog Tour: Q&A with Kate SeRine

Posted August 9, 2013 By Jennifer

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Hello, my lovelies!!! Today we get to be a stop on the blog tour for Kate SeRine’s third Transplanted Tales Novel, ALONG CAME A SPIDER. If you’re not reading these, you should definitely get them on your TBR list, pronto. Traditional fairy tales, recreated in the best, non-traditional way!! LOVE those kinds of stories!! And apparently LOTS of others do, too… considering RED (Transplanted Tales, #1) won an RWA sponsored National Readers Choice Award a few weeks ago!! CONGRATS to Kate for such a fantastic accomplishment!!

Big thank you to Kate for taking a bit of time to answer some “get to know you” questions for us. (Despite our spam box do-si-do, lol!) Check out some fun facts about her below, and then enter to win an awesome package of books, $, & swag!!!

Kate-SeRineThank you so much for taking a few minutes to answer some questions for us.

Thanks for having me by for a chat! It’s always a pleasure.

1) When you write, do you prefer quiet, or do you listen to music? If you like music playing, what is your preferred genre? Do certain characters have their own personal “soundtrack”?

I need music, no question! I like to listen to pretty much every style of music but tend to gravitate toward hard rock and alt rock as a general rule. That said, if there’s a certain tone I’m going for in my writing, I’ll put on something that helps set the mood. If I’m writing a battle scene, then I guarantee the bass is thumpin’.

2) Where do you write? In an office, at the dining room table, at a local coffeeshop? Do you prefer to write alone or with a group? If you write with a group, do you also read/critique each other’s work?

I tend to write curled up with my laptop in a big comfy chair in our living room. I don’t do well writing with a group of people because I need to be “in the zone”. But I have a great group of writer friends who I can call or email if I need to bounce some ideas around.

3) How do you prepare for release day? Are you calm and focused, or do you get stressed? Do you like to make promotional appearances or stay at home to watch lists and numbers?Along-Came-A-Spider-eBook1

I wish I could say I prepared for a release day, but as they always take place during the week, it’s usually pretty crazy. I still work full-time at a day job, so I’m usually at the office and can’t really monitor what’s going on or enjoy the fun that goes along with releasing a novel. One of these days I’m going to learn to take the day off and just soak it in! LOL I do typically have some sort of blog guest post, review, etc. scheduled for that day, however. And the other writers I know are always there to help me celebrate online.

4) What was your favorite Halloween costume (or other costume party costume)?

Oh, wow… I love Halloween!!! I don’t really dress up much anymore, but probably one of my favorites from when I was a kid was when I dressed up like an alien. I had a huge green blow-up thing on my head and everything. It was great! I’ve always been a nerd that way. 😉

5) If you could go anywhere on vacation (and not interfere with your deadlines), where would you go, and what 3 items (besides food and clothes) would you bring with you?

I’d go to the UK and do a month-long tour. I’ve never been and have always dreamed of going. Aside from food, clothing, and my family, I’d bring my phone (can’t get along without it these days), my iPad (for catching up on my reading), and a journal for recording all my experiences. I’m still old-school in that I do a lot of writing by hand.

6) What song best describes your life? If you can’t think of one, who would you want to write/perform a song just for you?

The circus theme pretty much fits my life… I’m always juggling about ten million things at once! If I was going to have a theme song composed for me, though, I’d probably ask Apocalyptica to do it. LOVE their music!

7) If you could spend a day with one of your characters, who would be it and what would you do all day?

RED-final-ebook7Hmm… That’s a tough one! I’d love to do a “girl’s night” with my heroines – Tess “Red” Little, Lavender Seelie, and Trish Muffet, just hanging out and chatting. They’re definitely gals I’d be friends with.

8) What world record would you love to set for the Guinness Book of World Records? (Remember, they take ALL KINDS of interesting talents into account. Some world records include *fastest 100m sprint, barefoot, on ice = 17.35 secs… *fastest pumpkin carving of a face = 24.03 secs… *longest distance pogo stick jumping = 23.11 miles)

I’ve honestly never thought about that! Once upon a time, I might’ve said fastest diaper changer. When my kids were little, I was a pro! Now? Probably something having to do with multitasking!

9) If you could have one word removed from the English language, from all dictionaries and out of everyone’s vocabulary, what would it be, and why? If you could ADD one word, what would it be?

“Vacay” is the one I’d remove. That one drives me crazy.

I’d add “sucktacular”. Sometimes it just says it all…

10) What is one thing about you that your friends know and you would love your readers to know as well. Or… if you’re in a giving mood… what is one story that your friends LOVE to talk you into telling that you don’t generally volunteer?

My life is full of crazy stories. I’m one of those people that things just happen to, particularly when I’m traveling. My honeymoon was kind of a disaster (really long story), so when my husband and I celebrated our first anniversary, we decided to just go to Chicago for a few days—it’s somewhere close to home and is a city we love. But when we pulled up to the hotel, we found it surrounded by federal agents and had to sit in line to wait our turn for them to come around and inspect our car for bombs, etc. (We found out later that there was a major convention going on there with prominent world leaders and so the hotel had been identified as a potential target for terrorists.) As we’re sitting there waiting, my husband turns to me and says, “You know… I had normal vacations before I married you.”

And it’s true. Poor guy. At least he can say vacationing with me is never boring! 

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I hope this was something different, and that you had fun telling us a little more about yourself. Congratulations on all your successes, and good luck with all you have planned for the future!

Thanks so much! And thanks again for having me by. This was a lot of fun!!

If you’d like to check out the rest of the stops on the ALONG CAME A SPIDER tour, you can click the image at the top of this post. Kate’s doing lots of other Q&A’s and fun guest posts. Now… WHO WANTS TO WIN SOME TRANSPLANTED TALES GOODIES???

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Good Luck everyone!!

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