Monday, April 30, 2012

Defy Blog Tour: Promotional Post + Giveaway Deets


Raine Thomas!
Brief Bio

Raine Thomas is the author of a bestselling series of YA fantasy romance novels about the Estilorian plane, including the Daughters of Saraqael trilogy and the upcoming Firstborn trilogy. She is a proud member of Romance Writers of America and is a contributing blogger to The Writer's Voice. When she isn’t planning weddings, writing or glued to social networking sites, she can usually be found on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches with her husband and daughter or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.

And her up-and-coming novel:

Firstborn series #1
The Blurb

Seventeen-year-old Tate is about to make her parents’ dreams come true. Unfortunately for her, their dreams foretell her death.

Eager to explore more of the Estilorian plane and prove her abilities, Tate goes against her parents’ wishes and leaves the area of protection surrounding her home. Her choice puts her on a deadly path…one that leaves her alone, severely injured and battling for her life.

Her possible savior arrives in the form of Zachariah, a male who has removed himself from Estilorian society for more than fifty years. Fighting an unexpected connection to Tate, he must decide whether saving her life is worth destroying his.

As Tate struggles to find a way home, she ends up drawn into a dark Mercesti plot involving multiple murders and a powerful ancient artifact. With the unpredictable Zachariah as her only source for aid, she’ll soon find out if her abilities are strong enough to help her defy her Fate.


The Writing Cave(s) of Raine Thomas

The first of my writing “caves” is my office. It’s the tech loft on the second floor of my home. Complete with two large, flat-panel monitors and the ability to hook my laptop up to the display, I often feel like the commander of a starship when I’m sitting here!

My second favorite writing spot is on my La-Z-Boy sofa. I can recline here with my laptop and not feel so removed from my family. Typically, I sit here while working on all of my author tasks, and reserve the office for when I’m doing my book writing.

 There are several things I like to keep handy while writing: a glass of ice water, my character naming sourcebook, and some form of music. It’s also important that I’m comfortable so that I can focus, so I wear my favorite casual clothes and keep the temperature reasonable. Once these needs are met, I’m off and writing!


~~Giveaway Details~~

Thomas' having a grand prize giveaway for the duration of this tour. You can stand a chance to win

  • Signed paperback of Defy

  • Signed Paperback of Becoming

  • Signed Paperback of Central

  • Signed Paperback of Foretold

  • Custom Defy Hair Decoration valued at $100

  • Swag!

  • Awesome, huh! Haha, the only mandatory requirements are that you follow Thomas on Goodreads, and you tweet this giveaway. Open to US only! Open for 12 days only; Hurry and enter below!

    Review: Black Howl by Christina Henry

    Publication Date: Febuary 28th, 2012
    Finished Date: March 25th, 2012
    Publisher: Ace
    Format: eCopy for Review 
    Series: Madeline Black #3
    My Rating: 3/5

    Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | Author's Website

    Blurb from Goodreads:
    Something is wrong with the souls of Chicago's dead. Ghosts are walking the streets, and Agent of Death Madeline Black's exasperating boss wants her to figure out why. And while work is bad enough, Maddy has a plethora of personal problems too. Now that Gabriel has been assigned as her thrall, their relationship has hit an impasse. At least her sleazy ex-fiance Nathaniel is out of the picture--or so she thinks...

    My Review

    I was hard-pressed to get the ARC of BLACK HOWL after reading book 2, BLACK NIGHT, which was amazingly engrossing, and looking at that cover? It potrays everything that I thought Maddy was - strong, badass and all ready to kick some demon butt. I was going crazy waiting for a reply from Henry's publisher (it took 1 to 2 days, but it was like a small eternity to me at the time), and when I got it, I jumped into it as soon as I could.

    All that said, I'll be honest and say that BLACK HOWL did not meet my expectations. There were parts of it that dragged, were dull or just really monotonous.

    HOWL started off slowly, with our heroine, Madeline "Maddy" Black, doing her first and foremost duty of being an Agent of Death, leading some poor soul who had a heart attack to The Door. However, much like the previous two instalments, her life takes a serious nose-dive straight off the beginning. It started with a visit from the infamously hostile Jude, second-in-command of the local wolf pack. Looks like Wade (alpha of said wolf pack) and the kids were gone, and one of the last things Wade told Jude to do was look for Maddy if something went wrong. Jude's not going to defy his alpha, even if it means visiting one of Lucifer's spawn, whom he hates with a terrible vengeance. Being the compassionate soul that she was, she agrees to help him even when Jude was being all rude and annoying. Now that's actually putting it lightly when all he does is question her, threaten to kill her, insult her, and express his reluctance to cooperate when SHE was the one helping HIM. Seriously, I don't see why Maddy puts up with his shit.

    But anyway, along with J.B, Beezle, and an aloof Gabriel, they set off through a demon portal at the site where Wade and the cubs disappeared and starts to look for clues. Along the way, many curveballs are thrown at them, which I shall not spoiler, including twists in her ever-confusing love life.

    Speaking of love life, everything happened so fast! Gabriel was actually being his mercurial self - one moment aloof, distant and annoying, another hot, passionate, and protective - when something happened that changed him and Maddy forever. And that something happened to be one of Lucifer's scheming plans. It was a real shocker, and one I didn't know how I felt about because it was quite literally thrown into my face. And then when the ending came... Let's just say that I wasn't too happy about it. That's putting it lightly; More like, furious and mortified; It was totally uncalled for! I can't believe Henry could be so cruel! All I can say is, it wasn't a happily ever after, and I'm holding onto my hope that there is something bigger planned for Maddy. Something fantastical and phenomenal that will either eclipse what happened or reverse what transpired, or really, heads will start to roll. The only good thing about the ending was how beautifully it was written. Vivid descriptions which it evoked deep feelings within me and made me cry a little.

    I mentioned that HOWL was slow-paced, and that encompasses many aspects of the book - the action, plot, and romance. Oftentimes, there wasn't much progression, or if there were, there would be an interruption and everything would revert back to square one (referring to a certain making-out scene). Henry tends to describe too much sometimes, about the scenery, the details and whatnot. Like in Amarantha's castle laying in ruins (find out why it's in shambles yerself, lads ;P), the forest, and others. Imagery is important, yeah ok, but anything in overdose is still an overdose. Henry's writing style, though, is quite typical of an Urban-Fantasy author. The same first-person "I" of a snarky heroine.

    The characters were pretty much the same as in the other books - Maddy: Tough, badass, sometimes too kind for her own good; Beezle: Cute, sarcastic, just the way I love him; J.B: Annoying boss, sexy love interest. The only two characters that changed much was Jude and Gabriel. Jude was initially still being an out-of-this-world pain-in-the-butt, but as the story progressed, there were things that were revealed that justified his annoying ways. At the end, I was actually starting to like him. Gabriel...ugh, let's not start about him. He was, I don't know how, even more annoyingly indifferent to Maddy. He keeps trying to distance himself from her in this way that makes me want to reach into the book, strangle him and give him a piece of my mind to "treat the woman nicer!" I know what he's doing is to follow the law, but that doesn't mean I have to like it. Maddy's screwing the law for him, why can't he do the same? But then, there was that shockingly epic thing that happened which I mentioned in Paragraph 5, and he changed drastically. It was kind of unnerving, but it was definitely an improvement to how he was treating Maddy. (Let me enlighten you a little: He was giving in to his passion for her! Finally!)

    Nathaniel was back, and his intentions seemed to be genuine and sincere initially, but Maddy just had to continue bringing up the past. A past where an illusion of Nathaniel had debased her. An event that came to past with Natheniel being powerless to stop. So she shouldn't be such a bitch to him over it since he had no hand in whatever happened.. He is the proud right hand angel of Azazel, after all. He's handsome, powerful, and wealthy, and she practically trampled all over him, which made him change in demeanour quite drastically. I was rooting for him actually, even though he isn't as morally upright as Gabriel, but at least Natheniel had a backbone and had fought for what he wanted, not cower and hide like Gabriel.

    All in all, I was numb when the book ended because seriously, anyone else would too. It was unexpected to say the least, more like a punch-in-the-face jack-in-the-box. I'm holding out on my judgement for this, and I'm expecting something big to salvage the situation. Real big. It was a major cliffhanger, and because of which I do recommend that if you haven't read HOWL, you'd better wait for BLACK LAMENT (which happens to have a very nice cover! Very nice cover, indeed. ;) to be out first before you start on it.

    *eARC courtesy of Ace via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    My Rating

    Sunday, April 29, 2012

    Blog Tour: Excerpt from Dark Mercy by Zoe Winters


    Dark Mercy!
    By Zoe Winters
    The Blurb

    1955, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Angeline has been on the run from her sire, Linus, for centuries. She’s tired, and she’s lonely. High from mescaline-induced blood, she sees a sign—a church that seems to glow in the distance—and she knows. Her future mate is in that building.

    Important Author’s Note:

    Dark Mercy is the beginning of Hadrian and Angeline’s story, not the end. Their HEA will happen later in their own full-length novel. This story is important both for the overall series and for this couple, but it’s not their HEA. Just a mild disclaimer so no one goes in with false expectations for this story.

    About Zoe Winters: Zoe Winters writes quirky and sometimes dark paranormal romance. Her favorite colors are rainbow and clear.

    Zoe's goal as a writer? "I want to write a book that makes you almost pee your pants because you dont want to put it down long enough to go to the bathroom. I want to write a book that you miss meals for. I want to write a book you miss bathing for. I want to grab hold of you and not let go until the very last page, where you crumble to the floor in a blissful heap, ask for a cigarette, and say: "Damn, was it good for you too," then tell 300 of your closest friends about it on Twitter."
    --Cited from Winter's Website


    An Excerpt from Dark Mercy
    Copyright 2012 Zoe Winters

    “A-Angeline. I haven’t seen you here in awhile.” Could he not get that schoolboy stutter out of his voice?

    “I was fighting temptation,” she replied coyly.

    Hadrian cleared his throat. “And did you succeed?”


    She glided closer—or floated. The length of her dress made it impossible to tell which. She stopped mere inches in front of him. He should have taken a step back, should have excused himself, but her strange eyes locked with his. They drew him in, hypnotizing him.

    If he were another type of man, he would have proclaimed she was a witch putting him under a spell, but it was just as much his responsibility as hers for not moving away. It was his fault for not finding a replacement for midnight Mass.  His mind became fuzzy.

    What was I just thinking about?

    Her eyes pulled him in, making the rest of the room swirl around him in a slow blur. If he’d looked down to find them both floating and spinning in the air, he wouldn’t have been surprised. He was dizzy from the delicious scent emanating from her.

    Her voice was a siren’s song when she spoke again. “Forgive me, Father, for I’m about to sin.”

    Angeline’s mouth tasted like hot cinnamon candy as her lips descended on his. Her lip gloss left his mouth tingling. She might burn him alive with a single kiss. She chuckled as she continued her exploration of his mouth, as if he’d stated his thought aloud and she found it amusing.

    Somewhere deep inside him was the place that was screaming that this must not happen, but it sounded like it was shouting from far away down a long, dark hallway, disappearing into a tinny echo. Quickly overtaking that voice was one penetrating thought that refused to release him.

    I want her. I want her. I want her. I want her. The thought happened in rhythm to the beat of his heart.

    Her lips left his mouth and made a burning trail over his cheek and up to the lobe of his ear. “Father Hadrian.” It was a breathy pant that held all the promise of a new universe unfolding.

    He couldn’t remember what she said after that or even if she said something after that. The pounding of his own blood rushing through his ears—and other blood racing south in response to her nearness—had drowned out his ability to think or hear anything else but the lilting magic of her voice calling his name.

    “Father Hadrian… ”

    Her tone had gone from that of an angel to a writhing serpent as she rubbed her sinewy body against him. This was wrong. The thinking part of him clawed to get out. Something was all wrong about this, beyond the breaking of a vow. But he couldn’t form a coherent thought.

    I want her. I want her. I want her.

    “And you shall have me. Forever,” she said.

    Had he spoken out loud? He wasn’t sure.

    “I don’t know what’s wrong with me right now,” he said, as her fingers slid under the Roman collar.

    It startled him. His collar. Where were his vestments? There were more layers of clothing, or there had been a few moments ago. He glanced down to find the vestments somehow on the floor of the sanctuary. He started to pull away.

    “No, Father. Eyes right here on mine. Stay with me.”

    His gaze shifted back to her eyes and his will merged with her again. He didn’t realize his shirt was off until the air from the chilly room hit his bare chest.

    “Oh, what a surprise. You must work out. Don’t be shy, Father Hadrian. It’s a crime you never get to be inside a woman with this body.”


    What I have to say about Dark Mercy:

    Just from the excerpt alone, I'm scorched. Haha, seriously, it has Winters' trademark all over it! If you don't know, Zoe Winters is a pen name for Kitty Thomas, and since I've only read Kitty books, I can see the similarities of her erotica novels in here. I haven't read Dark Mercy yet, but I can tell you, with her books, it's gonna be hot, intense, and downright exhilarating.

    See anything that caught your eye? You can find out more about Winters and her books at these sites:

    Author's Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon | B&N

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    Friday, April 20, 2012

    The Last Girl Blog Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway Deets


    The Last Girl
    By Kitty Thomas
    The Blurb

    Six years ago strangers broke into Juliette’s house; she was home alone and only thirteen. She kept her eyes closed, praying that if she didn’t see anything, she wouldn’t be killed. No one harmed her. In fact, one of the thieves protected her. Now Juliette’s dreams are haunted by him.

    Christian has waited to take her, resisting the urge each night. It always ends badly with human pets. They’re too fragile. The longer he can wait, the better, because the moment he takes her, the clock on her life starts ticking down.

    Then she’ll be gone forever.

    This is a work of fiction, and the author does not endorse or condone any behavior done to another human being without their consent.

    Warning: This book is meant for a mature audience and contains master/slave, group sexual activity, sadomasochism, girl-on-girl, oral and anal play, exhibitionism, blood play, edge play, as well as one other thing I’m not warning you about because it would be a spoiler... but it’s not a big taboo.

    About the Author: Kitty Thomas writes dark literary erotica that explores power. This work is fiction and meant for an adult audience. The author does not endorse or condone any of the behavior carried out by characters in her stories.

    Her work is not “erotic romance”. Often on some level it is about love and/or obsession. Often the couple in some way ends up “together”, but the work should not be expected to follow the conventions of any type of genre romance, erotic or otherwise.

    Inspiration for Kitty’s work comes from many sources including Story of O, Nine and a Half Weeks, and the work of Claudia D. Christian.


    ~~An Excerpt from The Last Girl~~
    copyright 2012 Kitty Thomas

    I feel absurd being a nineteen-year-old virgin, a fossil from another time. Part of me is just glad to do the deed and get the fucking thing over. I feel like I’ve got a white V emblazoned on me, or as if I give off some type of scent. I don’t like the idea that something that should be private feels as if it’s somehow being broadcast.

    I open the door a little bleary-eyed, my hair still mussed from oversleeping.

    “Did I wake you?”

    He’s got this stupid grin on his face. And flowers. I want to smack him. I know this is all because I’ve decided to give in and put out after three months of dating. I feel like I should love him if I’m going to do this.

    I run my hands self-consciously through my hair.

    “You look great,” he says, holding out the flowers.

    No I don’t. I know it. He knows it. He’s just so happy to be getting laid tonight that he’s seeing me through horny-guy glasses. I’m still too sleepy to be annoyed.

    I put the flowers in a glass of water and slip some flip flops on. It’s Southern Florida. Flip flops are a year-round joy here.

    He’s got something romantic planned at the beach. Black cloth goes over my eyes as we get out of the car—a blindfold. I almost panic, but then I realize if I make a fuss, it will invite questions I can never answer. So I smile shakily and allow him to lead me down to the beach. My flip flops are still in the car. I breathe slowly in and out, listening to the waves crash against the shore, inhaling the crisp, salty scent of the sea, feeling the instability of sand collapsing beneath my feet.

    “Don’t move. I’ll be right back. I’ve got to get a couple of things.”

    I try not to be in that dark closet. I try, but I can’t help it. I’m there again, my eyes squeezed tightly shut, silently begging not to be found, not to be killed. A hand is on my arm again, leading me away and I come out of the fog, remembering I’m here with Devon. Everything’s okay.

    “Where are we going?”


    My heart starts to hammer faster in my chest. Then it pounds and vibrates in my head. My entire being is one rapidly thudding heartbeat with no slowdown in sight. Something is wrong here, but I can’t make myself remove the cloth from my eyes.

    You’re being ridiculous. It’s just Devon. He has a surprise.

    I find myself in the passenger seat of a car. It’s not Devon’s car. I just know. Even blindfolded I know. This is the point where I should rip the scrap of fabric off and run. There is no evidence this person has a weapon, and he or she hasn’t spoken to me yet. But before my hands can move to the blindfold, the driver’s side door is shut and the car has started.

    It’s so fast, I assume there must be more than one person involved. Tears gather and absorb into the thick cloth covering my eyes. Terror freezes me, keeping me from taking off the blindfold, from trying to leap out of the car that’s moving too fast now anyway. I’m suddenly thirteen again. The dream is real, and I believe that if I don’t see them, they won’t kill me.

    I’m silent and they are silent. The only sound is the wheels scraping against the rough road and the occasional bump. My tears are coming harder now. Why can’t I fight back? Scream? Beg? Try to escape? Just take the fucking blindfold off! But I can’t do it. I may as well be tied up because I’m so scared I don’t know what to do or what to think.

    A little while passes and the car stops. Again, too fast for me to react, my door is open and someone is helping me out. How many are there?

    I cringe away but find my feet moving in the direction I’m being led. “Don’t hurt me. Please.”

    Then I feel stupid. What if it’s Devon? What if this is part of some stupid frat thing he’s gotten himself into? It would be just like him to combine my deflowering with a secret frat party or something.

    I expect someone to start giggling or say I’m a spaz, but fingers gently grasps my wrist, lifting my hand. I feel the planes of his face as he guides me to see him. I shake my head in disbelief.


    I was good. I didn’t say anything. I didn’t tell anyone anything. This can’t happen. I did what I was supposed to do. But it’s him. It’s my nightmare.

    “I missed you, Juliette.”


    One of my favourite, most palm-sweating part of the book!! :D:D It incited such a deep sense of foreboding and yet anticipation of the best kind. I don't even know how to describe it!


    What I had to say about TLG:
    I loved the vivid descriptions that Thomas wrote. She has this way of writing that can paint a clear scene in my head.

    Christian was a damn fine hero-villain to the story, mostly. He was the dark, mysterious, powerful, ancient, handsome, commanding (maybe a little too commanding sometimes) vampire that I prefer, it was just sometimes he wasn't as brooding and person-of-little-words as was my personal ideal. But still, I still liked the way he was with Julia - caring and tender at times, and domineering and sexy in others.

    I think that all of Thomas' books have their own specialty and unique feature about them. In COMFORT FOOD it was the psychological play that she did on the readers and heroine's mind, in this it was the haunting past that connected her to a vampire obsessed with her. Someone who had so much power over her, and someone who stalked her and knew everything about her for years. Someone who was as much looking out for her as preventing her from being touched by other males.
    ... I'd recommend this to fans of dark erotica and BDSM. (See full review HERE)

    Giveaway Details!

    Kitty is giving away 5 signed copies of COMFORT FOOD (note: Not The Last Girl, but Comfort Food, another dark erotica).

    Here's the details on her website: "When a tour stop is announced, readers who tweet or facebook or blog about that stop (and then use my contact form at the top of the site here to tell me about it), will be given an entry into this contest. You can get three entries for each tour stop (facebook, blog, tweet). At the end of the tour, I will use Random.org to select from all the entries, 5 winners of signed print copies of Comfort Food.

    I will be putting a sidebar image of the Last Girl book tour on my site here along with a link to the tour stops. Anyone who posts this image with the link to tour stops on their own blog will get an additional 3 entries into the contest."

    ALSO, don't forget to subscribe to Kitty's newsletter by sending an email to kittythomas29@gmail.com with the word "subscribe" in the subject line. Kitty runs amazing contests for her followers!


    Thanks for stopping by! Follow the rest of the tour HERE.

    Review: The Last Girl by Kitty Thomas

    Publication Date: Febuary 14th, 2011
    Finished Date: April 19th, 2012
    Publisher: Burlesque Press
    Format: eBook for Review
    My Rating: 3.5/5

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    Blurb from Goodreads:
    Six years ago strangers broke into Juliette’s house; she was home alone and only thirteen. She kept her eyes closed, praying that if she didn’t see anything, she wouldn’t be killed. No one harmed her. In fact, one of the thieves protected her. Now Juliette’s dreams are haunted by him.

    Christian has waited to take her, resisting the urge each night. It always ends badly with human pets. They’re too fragile. The longer he can wait, the better, because the moment he takes her, the clock on her life starts ticking down.

    Then she’ll be gone forever.

    Warning: This book is dark erotica meant for a mature audience only.

    My Review

    What is the first thing that comes to mind when you look at the cover? My first thoughts were: Surreally mysterious and darkly sensual. I'm a girl who likes a dark erotica once in awhile and am entitled to my occassional guilty pleasures, and I think my erotica side was more dominating at the time, so after reading the synopsis, I was hell-bent on getting a copy of THE LAST GIRL. I went straight to Thomas' website, found her contact list and requested a copy. She generously gave one to me, and after that, I signed up for THE LAST GIRL's tour when the sign ups were up.

    THE LAST GIRL holds a certain similarity to COMFORT FOOD, Thomas' very first novella and another dark erotica. Both were deeply disturbing and highly, well, stimulating, but I have to say that THE LAST GIRL captivated me more.

    My Summary (a.k.a. SPOILERS!)
    The story's almost exactly as the synopsis portrays it to be - Julia was thirteen years old when her house was broken into. Her parents were out, and Julia was home alone. She hid in her cupboard and hoped that the burglars would steal what they would and just leave her alone. Unharmed. Unscathed. Unseen. But what she didn't expect was for those very burglars be able to smell and sense her out. The cupboard door opens but she doesn't open her eyes. She pleads for her life, saying that she hadn't seen them, and she wouldn't rat them out if they would just let her live. One of them, a male, spares her. Something about him calms her. And after some time, they left.

    Julia has been living with the same nightmare where the male burglar would somehow come back for her six years after the incident. And of course come back he did.

    Christian has been alive since before the 14th century. He's taken many women as pets, but he ends up killing all of them in the process. Or they end up killing themselves. Either way. He's been abstaining from getting another one, but this one's too hard to resist. Since the time he saw her, eyes shut tight and compliant, he couldn't stop thinking about taking her. But the time is not right yet. He will bid his time until the moment she is ripe and for the reaping to come to make his presence in front of her again.

    He's determined to keep this one alive, but how can he? When he is the lion and she the lamb? When his blood lust keeps trying to take control?

    My Thoughts
    I thought that the romance and plot of the book moved a little too fast that it bordered on impracticality sometimes, but most of the other times, I thought it was good and comfortable. It got confusing sometimes too, but Thomas seemed to have address those few points in the book. For example, Christian was lost in his blood lust once and was killing Julia when all of a sudden, he snapped out of it and says, "I think I love you." And I went, "okayyyy". Julia went on to reminisce about the time when she read Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, feeling cynical about the possibilities of true love developing over only a short time, and that now she finally gets it. Only those who went through the torturous yet wonderful process will understand its magic and complexity. Well, that's one way to solve the problem. Even though it wasn't as much of an explanation, she did tie up all the loose ends in this book, and for that I thought that it was a job well done.

    Also because TLG is a novella, the originally goody-two-shoes Julia had her inhibitions about "public displays" stripped away rather quickly. It happened in this club that catered to patrons with more extreme sexual needs (think BDSM), where hypnotic, erotic electronica plays in the background that soothes away your fears and throbs and "envelopes [her] like a primal scream as [they, meaning Julia and Christian] step into manufactured fog". I've never heard of music that could turn people horny, but I'll keep a lookout for that and give Julia the benefit of the doubt in the mean time. But anyway, the other patrons there are enough to give the sexually-charged atmosphere, so it was pretty, well, lascivious.

    I loved the vivid descriptions that Thomas wrote. She has this way of writing that can paint a clear scene in my head.

    Christian was a damn fine hero-villain to the story, mostly. He was the dark, mysterious, powerful, ancient, handsome, commanding (maybe a little too commanding sometimes) vampire that I prefer, it was just sometimes he wasn't as brooding and person-of-little-words as was my personal ideal. But still, I still liked the way he was with Julia - caring and tender at times, and domineering and sexy in others.

    I think that all of Thomas' books have their own specialty and unique feature about them. In COMFORT FOOD it was the psychological play that she did on the readers and heroine's mind, in this it was the haunting past that connected her to a vampire obsessed with her. Someone who had so much power over her, and someone who stalked her and knew everything about her for years. Someone who was as much looking out for her as preventing her from being touched by other males.

    It did get boring at one part where I almost stopped reading the book, but after that the pace picked up, and I couldn't stop reading it. I'd recommend this to fans of dark erotica and BDSM.

    P.S. One thing I don't like - American slang!! What's 101 mean if it's written in a note? I didn't get it, and I assume it's an American thing. :( Lol.

    Update on P.S: I talked to Kitty some time ago, and she cleared up my confusion regarding the 101 note. Apparently, I was too dense to get it while I was reading TLG. My bad. :P

    My Rating

    Monday, April 9, 2012

    Pure Blog Tour: Character Interview with Alex & Aiden + Giveaway Deets #PureTourJLA


    Jennifer L. Armentrout!
    About Jennifer

    Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you've heard about her state aren't true. When she's not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russel Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories....which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is the author of the COVENANT Series (Spencer Hill Press), the LUX Series (Entangled Publishing), and the upcoming YA contemporary mystery/thrillers DON'T LOOK BACK (Disney/Hyperion Fall 2013) and yet untitled book (Disney/Hyperion tentative Fall 2014). --Cited from Jennifer's Blog

    Author Website | Blog | Goodreads | Twitter

    And the wonderful sequel to Half-Blood and Daimon...

    Covenant series #2
    The Blurb

    There is need. And then there is Fate...

    Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn't exactly awesome--especially when Alexandria's "other half" is everywhere she goes. Seth's in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom--so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do--and sacrifice--for her.

    When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies--lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon... and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn't blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude... or killing her.

    When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone.

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    An Interview with Alex & Aiden

    CYP: Hey, you two! Thanks for coming along for the interview!

    Alex sits first, followed by Aiden who keeps a discreet distance on the couch. She waves. "Hi there!"
    Aiden nods.

    CYP: So, how's everything so far? You two doing great? Going great? *waggles brows*

    Alex's eyes shoot wide, but Aiden only arches a brow. "Training is going well."

    CYP: Haha, OK, for starters, let's do a simple introduction. Alex, what's the Covenant like?

    Alex glances at Aiden before answering. "It's okay. I mean, there isn't much to do other than training and going to class. So nothing too exciting. I'm still on lockdown, so I pretty much only see the walls of my dorm."

    CYP: Hm, not the usual "hub-bub". You must be bored to death. ;P Anyway, what about your powers? I've heard Aiden, you're quite the "hot stuff" around? Hehe. (Excuse the lame-ness)

    "I can control the fire element, if that is what you're referencing." He cocks his head to the side. "Though I don't like to use it unless necessary. It can be a very destructive ability."

    CYP: Destructive or not, it is a rather cool ability. Most Pures have control over air only right? So fire must be a really cool power to have. Alex, when you're training, what do you enjoy doing?

    Alex grins. "I like the more physical stuff. Think takedowns on mats."
    "Why doesn't that surprise me," Aiden murmurs.

    CYP: Well, girls who like action are kickass, so that should be a good thing. Aiden's been your *looks at Alex* Kung Fu teacher for quite some time now, how's he as a teacher? And Aiden, how's Alex for a student? How do you compare her with the others?

    "Aiden is great." She slides him a sly look. "He's patient. Most of the time."
    A small grin appears on Aiden's lips. "I've never taught a student before. I'm not an Instructor, so I really have no one to compare Alex to."
    "That's because there's no one you can compare me to."
    Aiden's smile spreads and one dimple appears. "That is probably the truest thing you have said."

    CYP: *Looks back and forth between interviewees, amused* What were your first impressions of each other? It happened way before Alex left the Covenant three years back right? How did you two meet? Was there any immediate spark or something? (Hey, I'm a romantic :P)

    Alex starts staring at the ceiling, lips pursed.
    "Next question." Aiden says.

    CYP: :( Lol, okaaaaay. I hear that there's a third in this little party. Tell me about Seth. I wanna hear both of your views.

    "Seth is... well, he's Seth," Alex says. "He's kind of different. Most of the time I don't know if he's being serious, joking, or if he's just plan psychotic."
    Aiden stiffens. "I don't want to talk about him."

    CYP: Hmm, do both of you have any most embarrassing memories to share?

    Alex laughs. "Do I have to pick just one? Gods, they are so many."
    Beside her, Aiden laughs. "Most embarrassing moment for me? Probably walking in on my brother doing things he shouldn't be doing."

    CYP: OH damn, that sounds...awkward. But I am intrigued. :P Deacon seems to have a knack for foing some of the most random and unique stuff. Haha, ok now we'll be moving on to the rapid fire questions!

    1. Favourite food?
    Alex's eyes lite up. "Red meat of any kind."
    "Chicken," Aiden answers.

    2. Favourite movie?
    Aiden shakes his head. "I don't get to watch a lot of movies. I think the last one I saw was a James Bond flick."
    "I really liked Talladega Nights. Cracks me up everything I watch it."

    3. Favourite season/weather?
    "Summer," both of them answer.

    (CYP: Aww, cute. :P)

    4. Favourite color?
    "Gray," Alex answers, then blushes as if she hadn't meant to say that.
    Aiden grins, but doesn't answer.

    5. Favourite person in the world? (Please refrain from cheesiness. >:|)

    "Caleb." She rolls her eyes. "Who did you think I'd say?"
    Aiden laughs. "I'd have to say Deacon."

    CYP: Well, you never know...Teenagers nowadays. *Shrugs*

    CYP:  Okok, any parting words?

    "I think I should be able to sleep in on Saturdays," Alex says.
    Aiden chuckles. "Nice try."


    What I have to say about Pure:

    I'm still doing up my review for PURE, but I've read it a few days ago, and I really liked it! I'm rating it a 4/5 stars, and I must say, it really is deserving of every one of them. The stars, I mean. It was GREAT. More action, more tragedies, more romance, more deceptions, more everything! I can't, can't, can't wait for DEITY to be out! Stay tuned for my full review!

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    1) If you've read either Daimon, Half-blood, or Pure, what do you think about the series so far? Which are your favourite scenes?
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    Monday, April 2, 2012

    Cover Reveal + Excerpt: Astarte's Wrath by Trisha Wolfe

    Astarte’s Wrath
    A Kythan Guardians Novella
    Prequel to Destiny’s Fire
    By Trisha Wolfe
    Expected publication: July 2012
    The Blurb

    Two thousand years before Dez Harkly developed her secret powers, Kythan Astarte vowed to free the Kythans from the binds that enslaved them to the Egyptian pharaohs and sorcerers. Discover the prophecy that originated from a very different time, and spans generations to link two very different girls...This is the beginning.

    Set against the backdrop of the Battle of Actium, in the city of Alexandria, Star struggles with her guardian duties as her feelings for the newly named pharaoh of Egypt grow deeper. Not only is Caesarian her duty, he’s the son of Cleopatra, and he’s…human. All of which makes their love forbidden.

    But when a conspiracy linked to Caesar, Caesarian’s own father, creeps its ways into Alexandria, Star must choose between helping her fellow Kythans free themselves of their servitude, or protecting her charge—the last pharaoh—while Egypt burns around her.

    About Trisha: I'm the author of the YA Steampunk/Paranormal Romance DESTINY'S FIRE (Omnific 2012). My published short stories have appeared in YA literary journals, Fantasy magazines, and anthologies. I'’ve written four books in the past two years, and I’m currently working on the sequel to DF and a Sci-fi project.

    I’m the creator of YA Bound, a promotional blog for the Young Adult genre. Also a proud member of YALITCHAT.ORG, SCWW, and The Apocalypsies.

    I'm represented by the fabulously talented Lauren Hammond of ADA Management. And I’m also a business owner, partnered with my partner, my husband. When I’m not busy doing all of the above, I’m a wife. . . and the mother of a gorgeous boy who's the sounding board for my male characters.

    --Cited from Her Website


    An Excerpt from Astarte's Wrath

    Whenever the sky bleeds, covering the once-blue pallet with crimson, and the bright ball of fire burns through billowy puffs of white, staining them and the earth in hues of red-orange and amber…and ash floats on a non-existent breeze, I know the Narcolym Guardians are waging a battle.

                Shuttering my window, I unloose the hemp thread, and a sheer curtain veils the sand-covered horizon from my vision. My fingers trail the cream fabric, the tips tracing the darkening clouds against the light material as my other hand curls into a fist by my thigh, dousing the swirling vortex rising up at the charge in the air.


                Astarte, I correct inwardly, but pinch my lips closed. “Yes, Habi?”

                Habi’s footsteps echo throughout the mud-brick room as he approaches. “It’s time…”


    My Thoughts

    Do I see Ancient Egypt and Rome???? AHHH, MY THING!! Haha, and look at those Ankhs of Life around the title of the book! I'm definitely on the look out for this one in July. Are you? :)

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    Cyp's Abbreviation Dictionary

    DNF = Did Not Finish
    HEA = Happily Ever After
    PNR = Paranormal Romance
    UF = Urban Fantasy
    YA = Young Adult

    Erotica Reference

    BDSM = Bondage/Discipline, Dominant/Submissive, Sadism/Masochism
    f/f = female/female
    m/f = male/female
    m/m = male/male


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