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I WONDER… Wednesday – Give Me My UF/PNR!!

Posted May 28, 2014 By Jennifer

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Hello, my lovies 🙂 And welcome to a mid-week feature, called “I Wonder…”. Basically, this is my chance to chat with you all about something I’ve been pondering. Every week’s topic will be book/publishing/author related in some way. I’m looking for feedback on these posts… so I’d love to hear your thoughts. (It’s lonely over here in my little corner of cyberspace!!)

It’s laaaaate on Wednesday, but it IS still Wednesday… so here goes…

I’ve heard the comment made a few times recently that “urban fantasy and paranormal romance are on their way out” as a genre. I’ve heard this from authors who have started exploring new genres in new work. I’ve heard “publishers aren’t buying new paranormals, unless they’re from an existing franchise”. I’ve heard it in the twitterverse, and more recently, at the RT Booklovers Convention. Some of the books I love, and ones that I WILL love when they’re released, are ALREADY in danger of low print runs, and print on demand only status.

THIS MAKES ME HAVE ALL THE SADS!!!

UF/PNR is about 90% of what I read. They’re the staple of my TBR and rec lists. They’re what make me have a happy face. I need my witches and dragons and vamps and weres!! Yes, I do enjoy some contemporary stories. But they’re usually by specific authors, and they’re usually read BETWEEN my paranormals, to help me clear out of one world before I start into another.  And if an author I love write BOTH paranormal AND contemp, well, that’s even better :-). HOWEVER… there is no replacing paranormals as my go-to genre for me.

I can’t be the only one who’s heard this… and I can’t be the only one who’s having palpitations because of it. What could POSSIBLY be causing publishers to veer from the genre?? I KNOW there are readers for the stories out there. I KNOW there are authors who want to share their magic with us. So what gives?? Is this a publishing cycle thing? Bloggers who review UF/PNR, will you start reviewing other genres, or will you hit the older stuff you may have missed?

I’d LOVE to hear from readers, authors, and industry peeps about whether these “UF/PNR is dying” murmers are true… and what the heck someone like me is supposed to do about it if they are. (This is NOT the way I intended to find time to get through my towering TBR pile!! I need NEW STUFF!!)

***One additional note… I run a CONVENTION that focuses ONLY on UF/PNR!!! I can just imagine all of us sitting at the bar of the Hilton in Daytona, crying over our various libations, wondering where all the new storytellers are!***

 

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Q&A & Giveaway with Felicity Heaton

Posted May 27, 2014 By Jennifer

Hello all!! Today we’re helping celebrate the release of HUNGER,  the 8th book in the Vampire Realm series by Felicity Heaton!! Check out our Q&A , then below to find out how to win YOUR CHOICE of an ebook in the series!!

felicityheaton1) 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 do write to music, and often I have a playlist for each book I write, plus my general one for different moods/types of scenes… like action / fight scenes, and romantic or solemn ones. For those types of scenes, I tend to listen to classical music as I find it more inspiring and find it draws the right emotions out of me that I can then pour into the book to bring it to life.

When I’m not listening to classical music, I tend to lean towards the alternative rock side of music. I love bands like Three Days Grace, Lifehouse, Nickelback, Red, Seether, 7 Days Away, OneRepublic, Thirty Seconds to Mars, 3 Doors Down, Daughtry, The Fray, Green River Ordinance and many many more. I find these bands really speak to me and there’s always a song or two from them that really suits the book I’m writing.

2) Where do you write? In an office, at the dining room table, at a local coffee shop? 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 write mostly in my office. I can work in cafes but I only tend to hit them when I’m up against a deadline and there are too many distractions at home. I also write in my garden when the weather is nice. It’s lovely when I get to write out there. Very peaceful and soothing. I always work alone on stories and I’m not part of any group. They’re few and far between in the UK and most of them don’t really deal with paranormal romance.

3) What was your first vision of your main character? Was it a scene? A “look”? An attitude?

Normally, it’s the moment they stroll into my head and into my heart, and I figure out what I’m going to do with them. After that, the scenes begin coming. But it’s always a meeting first. They’ll just pop up and tell me they want their story written, and I don’t tend to turn them away.

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

I loved the year I dressed up as Yuki from Vampire Knight, which is a Japanese manga / anime. Favourite future costume will be when I have an excuse, and maybe the figure, to wear an Assassin’s Creed costume.

5) What was harder to write, the first line or the last line? Why?

The last line. I always find placing the first words on the first page daunting, but it’s the end words that really need to shine. I want to get them perfect.

6) What’s the strangest thing you came across while doing research for this book?

Nothing really. Because I write paranormal romance, I don’t tend to have to do any research for my books. I’ve been to the places I talk about in the book – Paris and Amsterdam – but didn’t come across anything out of the ordinary there.

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

I would probably spend it with Vail, from my Eternal Mates series. I’m actually working on his book right now, Tempted by a Rogue Prince, and I would love to spend a day showing him all the good things this world has to offer to counter all the bad he has been through in his life.

8) What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to learn to do, but haven’t yet?

Windsurf. Although, I really don’t like open sea so it seems odd to want to windsurf. I would probably do it on a lagoon, where I know I’m safe from the beasties of the depths. I’ve also always wanted to hang glide, which is even more silly because I don’t like flying!

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?

They already added the word that I always loved but was never considered a real word. Ginormous. A wonderful mixture of gigantic and enormous. If I had to remove a word, it would probably be one of those strange usages made up by celebrities and young people, where they take a word and give it a new definition. I’m not for that. New words are one thing, twisting the definition of a word is another.

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?

I think most of my readers know everything about me. I’m very much an open book. I tend to put it all out there for them to know. I don’t really have many stories either. I’m not the type to do crazy outlandish things that make for great tales. Sometimes I wish that I was. In terms of things about me though, I’m sure they know them all by now. I’m an archer, a PlayStation fiend, a geek, a programmer, a cinnamon addict, a cat lover, an adorer of all things Japanese, and more. They could probably tell you the more! Sometimes, I think they know me better than I know myself, and I’m cool with that.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. Congratulations on all your successes, and good luck with all you have planned for the future!

 

About Felicity Heaton:

Felicity Heaton is a New York Times, USA Today and international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons!
If you’re a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.
If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling Vampire Erotic Theatre series. Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at the new Eternal Mates series.
 
If you want to know more about Felicity, or want to get in touch, you can find her at the following places:
Website  Blog  Facebook  Twitter  Goodreads  Mailing List
 

hunger-felicityheatonBetrayed by one of her own and turned into a vampire, hunter Eve is consumed by her hunger for vengeance and has spent five years surviving hell, driven to take the life of the man she once loved. But just as she is about to close in on the hunter-turned-vampire, an event is set in motion that threatens to see him slip beyond her grasp forever—the leader of her bloodline has sent an escort to bring her to the family’s mansion. To a nest of the very creatures she once hunted and loathes.

A vampire assassin hardened by centuries of service, Tor is a man of discipline and loyalty, never straying from his mission or the rules set out for him, and has purged all his weaknesses, including his emotions.

But the moment he meets the broken, fiery female he is to escort to Oslo, something dangerous awakens in him, something possessive and powerful, and when he is pulled into a deadly game of cat and mouse with the man who betrayed her, Tor discovers he will do anything to protect the woman slowly claiming his heart and give her the vengeance she desires—even break all the rules.

Can Eve embrace her new vampire nature in order to have her revenge and find a reason to live again in Tor? Can Tor and Eve stop the man who betrayed her and the deaths of thousands of innocents? Or will he succeed in creating a new army of hybrid vampires who will rise up against the purebloods?

NOTE: This book can be read out of order with the rest of the series and acts as a standalone vampire romance novel

SOOOOOO… That sound AWESOME, doesn’t it!!!! Anyone want to win a copy??? Haven’t started the series yet, and want to win book 1?? That can be arranged 🙂 Click the link below to enter to win YOUR CHOICE of one ebook in Felicity’s Vampire Realm series. Contest ends at midnight, eastern, on Friday, May 30th. GOOD LUCK!!!

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WordsAndMusicMonday

Hello, my lovelies 🙂

Last week/weekend I was fortunate enough to be able to attend one of the biggest reader/author conventions out there. The RT Booklovers Convention (hosted by RT [Romantic Times] Book Reviews Magazine) was held in New Orleans, and WOW was it a crazy bowl full of awesome!! The parties, the fabulous authors, the great panels, the SWAG!!!! (Check below for a way to win some of it!!) As a reader, it was a fantastic experience. Yes, there were longer-than-pleasant lines, which sometimes led to missing panels/events… that part was less than fun. And by now, most have heard about the booksigning issues. But I can honestly say that the majority of my time was spent hanging out with awesome people, doing fun things, and having a great time. Below are just a few of my favorite pics… click on any of them to go to my FB album to see the rest. 🙂

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So… where’s the music, you ask?? I almost FORGOT THE MUSIC!!!! (I forgot to ask authors while I was AT the convention, but thanks to the magic of the Twitterverse… we have theme songs!!!)

Below is a listing of theme songs for their latest release, from some of the wonderful authors I got to hang with at the convention.

Lea Nolan: HIS BILLION DOLLAR BABYRealize by Colbie Callait

Willow James: ENTHRALLEDSecret by Maroon 5

A R Kahler: THE FINAL ACTFigure 8 by Ellie Goulding

Jess Haines: ENSLAVED BY THE OTHERS Roads by Portishead

Karina Cooper: ENGRAVEDOne More Chance by The Zydepunks

Carrie Ann Ryan: TANGLED INNOCENCE – I See Fire by Ed Sheeran

Mark Henry: BALUSTRADEGooey by Glass Animals

P J Schnyder: SURVIVE TO DAWNAwake and Alive by Skillet

Amy Lane: BLACKBIRD KNITTING IN A BUNNY’S LAIRBlackbird by The Beatles

Amber Belldene: BLOOD REUNITEDI Want To Be Sedated – The Ramones

Aria Kane: LUCKY BREAKStep Away by Corey Gray

 Tigris Eden: BONDED IN SHADOWSSong of the Morning by Sparlha Swa

Lisa Kessler: NIGHT CHILDI Will Love You by Fisher

Delilah S Dawson: SERVANTS OF THE STORMGod’s Children by The Gutter Twins

HOLY AWESOME SONGS, BATMAN!!! I hope each of you clicks through all of those songs (the book titles and the song titles are separate links)… there are some really great choices in there, and they give a fantastic idea about the feel of the books they represent. On that note…

WANT TO WIN A RT BOOKLOVERS CONVENTION BAG FULL OF SWAG AND BOOKS???

Comment below with which songs listed above made you add it’s book to your TBR list.  You can mention as many as you like, but you’ll only be entered to win once. Contest will run through Saturday night, May 31st. Winner will be contacted on Sunday, June 1st via email. I can’t wait to see which songs/stories you mention!! Good Luck everyone!!!

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House of the Rising BT

*** We’re part of the blog tour for HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN!! After the review… check out the Rafflecopter contest and enter to win goodies from Kristen!!! ***

 

Painter_HouseRisingSun-TP-2Title: House of the Rising Sun, Crescent City series, Book 1
Author: Kristen Painter
Release Date: May 14, 2014
Pages: 403
ISBN #: 03162820
FTC Disclaimer: Book was received from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.

I met Kristen Painter at an author’s convention and we really hit it off. Seeing her at various conventions and spending more time with her, I really wanted to read her books to determine if her books were anything like her. I was not disappointed!! Kristen’s personality continues to draw me into conversations with her and I found that this book drew me in from the beginning and carried me through to the end.

Kristen’s book comes with a host of characters with a lot of different personalities. And they were GOOD in the roles they played. I was rooting for the good guys and wanting to knock out the bad guys. I found myself getting so involved in the overall roles of the characters that I felt that I was right there in the book trying to solve the mystery myself. The number of the characters only served to enhance my journey through this book. I found them to be essential to tie together the events of the overall story.

Augustine is the primary male character in book 1 of Painter’s Crescent City series. He is a bad guy turned good and fighting to remain that way. As he struggles to respond to the different events in his life, I found it very easy to see how the events of his past influenced his reactions and help guide him through the events occurring in his present. I found this character to be very believable and very likeable.

Harlow, the primary female character of this book, was a slightly different story. Hiding from her own history, I found her to be rough around the edges in the beginning. Yes, I was leaning towards not liking her initially because she needed some attitude adjustments and an infusion of the “trust” gene. I was drawn to her because I KNEW in my gut at some point she would change my initial reaction to her. She did not disappoint me. After reading the book in its entirety, I found that I would not change her. Her life was a struggle and I got to experience many different emotions as she figured it all out.

Overall, I LOVED this book. I gave it a 5-star rating. It pulled me in from the beginning and kept me awake plenty of nights. I would not have changed a thing. So involved in the mystery of the book, the end arrived before I realized I was close to completing it. And as a final point, although there are sparks that ignite between the two main characters, a romance novel this is not. I believe the romance aspect of this book is something that will begin to develop throughout the remaining books of this series. I am anxiously awaiting the release of book 2.  

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