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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!!)

Hello all 🙂

I just saw a picture on FB that made me laaauuuuggghhh!!!! But it also got me thinking about books I’ve read, and alteranative points of view.

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Sooooo… first… how funny would THAT be??

However, while it may be funny to think about Draco as the narrator for the series, it would have been a VERY different story. And that got me thinking… if some of the books I loved had been written from a different character’s POV, would they have been as good? How would the stories have changed?

My book club is reading Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series right now… so the idea of reading that series from Rick’s POV, instead of Jane’s is *interesting*, but we’d miss SO much. However… from Jane’s POV, Rick has a LOT of secrets, so having access to those would create a whole NEW set of circumstances to drive the story. (We wouldn’t know about Beast, though… at least not for a while, lol. And it looks like there ARE some novellas from Rick’s POV, so I’ll actually get an answer to my question soon!!)

So… I’m wondering… which books would YOU be interested in reading from an alternative character point of view?? And how do you think it would change the storyline??

 

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Vampire Trouble Special Pre-Order Gift!

 

9781402274091-300VAMPIRE TROUBLE….

 

A fledgling vampire ignites a war…

Maya remembers the last moments of her life as a human with haunting clarity, and every man she meets pays the price…until Shane. Finding herself in the middle of a bloody fight between vampires and werewolves, Maya has no choice but to let the devastatingly sexy vampire guard get close to her.

And that’s not all that heats up…

Shane Quesada, a four-century-old vampire sentry, is known for his cold, unemotional precision, but once Maya begins to invade his dreams, his world is changed forever. His job to protect her is swiftly replaced by the all-consuming need to claim her as his own.

 

Send proof of your pre-order of Vampire Trouble by Sara Humphreys (PUBLICATION DATE: July 1 2014) and Sourcebooks will send you a special Dead in the City bookmark and an “I <3 #NYCVamps” button!

 

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Sourcebooks will send these gifts to anyone who shows them their pre-order receipt until June 30th, or supplies run out. Just email your receipt to casablanca@sourcebooks.com.

 

Additionally, everyone who sends us their proof of pre-order will also be entered in a random drawing to win a necklace just like the emerald one Maya wears in Vampire Trouble. These necklaces will be given away as the preorders hit the 250, 750, and 1,000 preorder mark!

 

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And if preorders hit the 2,000 mark, then one lucky entrant will receive a $250 gift card to Barnes & Noble!

 

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Marked By The Vampire
(Purgatory Series, Bk #2)
By Cynthia EdenBlurb:

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Cynthia Eden invites readers to a dark paranormal world… 

Vampires exist. So do werewolves. The creatures that you fear in the darkness? They’re all real. And the baddest of the paranormals…those who love to hurt humans…they’re sent to Purgatory, the only paranormal prison in the U.S.

His job is to stop the monsters.

Deadly forces are at work within Purgatory. The monsters are joining together—and their plans have to be stopped. FBI Agent Shane August, a very powerful vampire with a dark past, is sent into the prison on an undercover assignment. His job is to infiltrate the vampire clan, by any means necessary.

She wants to help the prisoners.

Dr. Olivia Maddox wants to find out just why certain paranormals go bad. What pushes some vampires over the edge? Why do some werewolves turn so savage? If she can understand the monsters, then Olivia thinks she can help them. When she gets permission to enter Purgatory, Olivia believes she is being given the research opportunity of a lifetime.

Olivia doesn’t realize that she’s walking straight into hell.

To survive, they have to rely on each other.

When the prisoners break loose, there is only one person—one vampire—who can protect her, but as Olivia and Shane fight the enemies that surround them, a dark and dangerous passion stirs to life between the doctor and the vamp. Shane realizes that Olivia is a woman carrying secrets—powerful, sinful secrets. Secrets that a man would kill to possess.

And Olivia realizes that—sometimes—you can’t control the beast inside of you. No matter how hard you try. Some passions can push you to the very limits of your control…and the growing lust that she feels for her vampire…it’s sending her racing right into a deadly storm of desire.

Welcome to Purgatory…a place that’s a real hell on earth…




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Excerpt

 

I’ve got a plan,
love. Trust me.” He advanced into the darkness.
            
             Her
nails sank into his skin. “
No. Look,
dammit, I get that it’s too little, too late, but I 
wasn’t exactly high on
choices upstairs.” 

He
frowned down at her. She wasn’t looking at his face in that total darkness, but
instead staring just over his shoulder.   
 
            “Give
me something hereI mean, make me
know that I’m with the good guy.”
 
            Oh,
but he 
couldn’t do that. He’d never been exactly good, not even when he’d been working with the FBI.  If she only knew
the things he’d done, she might just run back up to the wolves. “I work with
Pate.”
 
            “Give
me more. Why are you at Purgatory?
What’s going on?”
 
            He
pulled her closer.  Wanted to take her
mouth again but didn’t. Control. “We
don’t have time for a fucking long discourse here, love. So here are the simple
facts. I’m working undercover—a cover that I blew for you.  And right now, I’m the only thing standing
between you and death, so if you want to die, then by all means…” He let her
go. “Don’t trust me.”
 
            In
the darkness, he saw her wrap her arms around her stomach. “You…you haven’t
killed? Your file was all lies?”
 
            “I’ve killed plenty.” Brutal truth. “And that’s why I’m your best hope of survival.”
 
            She
rocked back on her heels. “Have you killed innocents?”

The woman was so naive. “There
are no innocents in this world.”

 
            Her
body trembled. He could see the small ripple that shook her.
 
            With
his back teeth clenched, he demanded, “Now are you coming with me or do you
want to try your luck with the wolves?”
 
            Her
hand lifted, tried to find him in the dark. He stepped toward her so that she
touched his chest.

 

About the Author
 
USA Today Best-selling author Cynthia Eden has written over twenty-five novels and novellas. She was named as a 2013 RITA® finalist for her paranormal romance, ANGEL IN CHAINS, and, in 2011, Cynthia Eden was a RITA finalist for her romantic suspense, DEADLY FEAR.
Cynthia is a southern girl who loves horror movies, chocolate, and happy endings.  She has always wanted to write (don’t most authors say that?), and particularly enjoys creating stories about monsters–vampires, werewolves, and even the real-life monsters that populate her romantic suspense stories.
 
Cynthia’s foreign sales for her books include translations to Japan, Germany, Thailand, Greece, and Brazil.
(Back in the day…) Cynthia graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Alabama where she studied Sociology (because people interest her) and Communication (because she likes to write about said people).  Cynthia has worked as a college admissions counselor, a teacher, and as an editor. But now, Cynthia is thrilled to be spending her days making up stories.

 

          

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Words & Music Monday with Orren Merton

Posted June 9, 2014 By Jennifer

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Today’s guest post comes from an author who has a strong relationship with music both in his writing process, and elsewhere in his life. We’re so happy to be part of Orren Merton’s blog tour to introduce the first book in his new NA urban fantasy series, The Sedumen Chronicles. FIREBIRD ALEX is out TODAY!!! See cover and blurb below.

 

Words and Music of Firebird Alex
By Orren Merton

orrenbw1As a rock musician as well as a writer, music isn’t just in the background to me; it’s part of my soul, it’s in everything I do. I think in music as much as in words. Music tells me about who my characters really are, about what they’re like, about what’s important to them. So it should come as no surprise, when writing Firebird Alex I used music to not just inspire me, but as a way of talking to my characters.

For the first third of the story, Alexandra Gold, the “Firebird” of the story, is alone with her grief, physically and emotionally isolated. And she spoke to me through songs that spoke to her about that loneliness: “Isolation” by Joy Division, “Lost In Paradise” by Evanescence, and “Paradise” by Ember After.

She also had a secret, one that defined her and her world view: her father was not human, but a demon. This lead to songs like “Girl Anachronism” by The Dresden Dolls, “Blasphemous Rumors” and “Wrong” by Depeche Mode, and “Heaven’s a Lie” by Lacuna Coil.

As she dives into the mystery of her parentage and her entire view of reality is changed, songs like “Labyrinth” by The Cure, “Trip the Darkness” by Lacuna Coil, “Sickness” by Disturbed, and “Lie” by Black Light Burns represented her confused emotions.

Alex’s discovery is only part of the adventure: she also finds herself at the center of a murder spree. She had a companion, the tall and sincere Jake Harman. He begins as her cheerleader and co-conspirator, but of course the relationship deepens over the course of the novel. Songs like “Cars” by Gary Numan and “Breath of Life” by Florence + The Machine represented him, while “Sick of It” by Ember After, “Weatherman” by Dead Sara, and “Brackish” by Kittie spoke to me of the crime.

These weren’t the only songs I listened to while writing Firebird Alex, but I think they are a great example of the kinds of songs I used to dialog with my characters and my story. Perhaps you have some other songs that the novel brought to your mind; I hope you do, and I’d love for you to let me know in the comments!

 

FirebirdAlexAlex knows she’s different; other girls don’t burst into flames when they get angry. After she nearly burned the house down when she was twelve, her mother confessed that her father was a demon. 

Now eighteen and mourning the death of her mother, Alex sinks inside herself until she discovers a dagger that can open a portal into her father’s realm. Although she yearns to meet her father, nothing terrifies her more. When an unknown threat from across the portal menaces her friends and her loved ones, Alex knows she must act.

Alex will do anything to save her friends—even risk appealing to her father. She knows that to face a tormentor from across the portal, she’ll need to learn to fight fire with fire.

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IWonder

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!!)

Hello, all!! In addition to the many things I claim as an “identity” when I introduce myself (daughter, sister, friend, book lover, music lover, etc.), is my “house” affiliation… I’m a Hufflepuff! 🙂

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Most of you reading this will know immediately what I’m referring to… Hogwarts Houses from the Harry Potter book series. What I find interesting, though, are the number of people I’ve met recently who haven’t read the books. This seams VERY strange to me, considering the phenomenon that is the book series, the movie franchise, and the theme park. For dedicated Harry Potter fans like myself, there is also the incredible fandom that surrounds the stories that includes Wizard Wrock, Leaky Con (and other events like it), Pottermore, and the HPA (Harry Potter Alliance).

I fully understand that my geekdom is showing in a huge way right now, but backing away from those extremes, we still have a story that inspired a HUGE number of people to read, and eventually write. I know quite a few people who name J K Rowling among their favorite authors of all time, no matter what type of stories they read or write on a regular basis.

I bring all of this up now because I live in Florida, and this summer the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be expanding and I’M SO FREAKING EXCITED!!! (click the image below to go to a page with the newest videos about the expansion)

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So… in lieu of a “serious” book related question this week… I’m giving you a video of what’s coming to the WWoHP, asking how my readership is sorted. 🙂 So… if you know, comment below with your house. If you don’t know… and are curious… there are many sorting quizzes on the internet (Here’s a quick & easy one, although the best and most definitive is through Pottermore, as it’s designed by Jo, herself.) Have you read the books? Seen the movies? (Yes, I’m going to be one of those people who says READ THE BOOKS, EVEN IF YOU’VE SEEN THE MOVIES… there is SO much from the books missing in the movies.)

Have a little fun with me this week… let me know what house you’ve been sorted into, and whether you think you’ll be visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter this summer!!

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