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February 29, 2012

Gush and Gripe #2

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It's been another awesome month both in the fictional and real world for me. So let me start by Gushing over Cheree Alsop (Shadows, Galdoni, Silver Series) and Heather Hildenbrand (The Specials, Across the Galaxy, Dirty Blood). These ladies are phenomenal and such nice people to work with. I hope they will remember us once they've hit it big time because we sure will.

Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer winning Academy Awards for their supporting roles in The Help and Beginners respectively, was such an authentic moment. When I saw the Globes where they won that category too for their roles, it was so touching how much they've been humbled by the recognition. I'm especially happy for Mr. Plummer because for someone who's been acting for most of his life, to win an Oscar at 82 must mean more to him than anyone else in that room. It's the completion of his life's work and you can really tell the joy he felt on his acceptance speeches.

On the flip side, if you've been following our Facebook page you'd have an idea about what I'll Gripe about. TWILIGHT.

First of all I don't have anything per se about the series, like most people who read we are all critics in our own way. As for Stephenie Meyer's 401k aka Twilight, I love Jacob Black and his pack of wolves she got those magnificent beings down to a pat. The Volturri are a terrifying coven to go up against and Carlisle and Esme are such darlings. I never liked Bella and Edward. The former has no regard for her father the entire time she was in Forks, would run off and do whatever she wants not taking into consideration what her father and friends would feel. Edward is an enabler and should know better living for more than a century. 

I love reading YA and I find it a slight in behalf of upcoming or current YA authors who's works are compared to Twilight. Plot-wise Meyer's story is not all that, Bella's attitude is not something I'd want my kids to mimic in real life. If it's success they want, they should aspire to reach J.K. Rowling heights.

Why can't a book just be a book or if they want to compare it with something, why not with a proven classic? It's too early to say that Twilight will reach classic status like Austen, Stoker, Hemingway or Fitzgerald, whose writing and brilliance are taught in schools across the world and is set as an example for future writers to exemplify. Or compare it with something that it's similar with.

So why is Twilight the benchmark? And if these critics and editors aim to make a lateral comparison then at least compare it with a book who has similar characters and not with a story that doesn't have any trace of Vampires or Werewolves in it to begin with.

So drop the comparison, dear Editors and publishers and just say it like it is because most likely, the succeeding YA series will be nothing like Twilight, it will be BETTER.

So before I have a conniption, I'll end my bit here and ponder on what Bram Stoker would say about vampires that sparkle in the sun.

Braine


February 27, 2012

Writer Wrangler: Cheree Alsop

Cheree Alsop

author of

and YA Werewolf series

more info here
and she's here today for a chat.

I noticed your music playlists are leaning towards rock, does that have an influence on your books in terms of the theme and characterization?
Music is my muse. I find that rock music in particular calls to me because of the broad range of emotion it can evoke. Before I write a book, I create a playlist that describes the variety of emotions I want to capture through my writing. Heartache, pain, love, betrayal, joy, and fear among so many other feelings are echoed in the music I listen to when I drive, cook, work out, or relax, and I find that the best parts of my stories come to me while I listen to music.

I might listen to a song a hundred times while I work on one particular scene in a book, and if I read it again and feel the same emotion, I know I’ve captured what I wanted to for that part of the story. My books aren’t light and fluffy; the characters go through real trials and feel the agony of loss, of pain, and the joy of triumph. If it wasn’t for the music I listen to, I feel that parts of the stories would be missing the depth that makes them stand out.
What/who were your influences as far as your writing is concerned?
My favorite books are The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas, Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith, The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. It’s a broad range of styles and themes, but what I cherish the most from each of these authors is the way they write a character so believably you feel that by the end of the story you know them and could meet them on the street.

I love watching a characters develop and grow through the trials in their stories. I also love the detail of the world the characters live in, and the ability to see it differently through each of their eyes. I love to read, and I feel I learn something from each author. Everyone has a different style and way of capturing their world, and I love to get immersed in those worlds. It’s something I hope readers can relate to in my stories as well, the ability to escape into a different world we might otherwise not have the chance to experience.
There seems to be an underlying theme in both Galdoni and Shadows and that is captivity, can you tell us more about that?
I feel that each of us experience captivity in one way or another. We may not live in chains or fight for our lives against cannibalistic creatures, but we face bonds through the circumstances of our lives, whether we feel stuck and can’t find a way free, or we can’t find a way to surmount the trials we face. I feel that each of us can relate to Nexa or Kale because we each face our own type of captivity that we are fighting overcome.
On Shadows, how did the idea of Duskies and Sathen came about, and such interesting names I might add?
In Shadows, Duskies are the cast-off children from two separate races. The Luminos, children of the light, are powerful during the day but helpless at night. The Nathos, children of darkness, gain their power after the sun has gone down. The Duskies aren’t as strong as the other races, but they also don’t lose their power, so they are feared and treated as slaves because the other races fear that they could overpower them. Sathen are creatures who devour everything in sight, including each other. Because the Sathen are massing together, the Luminos and Nathos are forced to rely on each other and the Duskies for protection. I came up with the name Duskie because they don’t lose their strength at dusk and dawn, the hours when both the Nathos and Luminos need protection. The Duskies are treated as inferior, but they are feared because the Nathos and Luminos know how much they need them. The Sathen are a seething horde of red-scaled, serrated-toothed, razor-clawed creatures that mass together, especially in the desert, and prey upon any unable to defend themselves. The origin of the Sathen and more details into the lives of Nathos and Luminos are tied into the next book, Mist.
I have been so fascinated by the world you created in Shadows, do you have pictures of this world that you can share?
When I began writing, all I saw in my mind were these people of light and people of darkness who didn't trust each other, but had to work together because of the Sathen. The Duskies got stuck in the middle, and, well, you saw what happened!
original Shadows cover
I am the world's worst artist. I draw pictures on my daughter's lunch bag in the mornings for school and I think all of her friends laugh at them. I asked her if she wants me to stop, but then she said that her friends trade her brownies and stuff so they can keep them. How embarrassing! I would love to draw the world of Shadows, but black and white stick figures would probably leave people even more confused than before.
I really wanted to do a cover for Shadows the way I did for the Silver Series and Galdoni, but I couldn't find anything that captured the world. A girl who read a rough copy did the drawing for me, but I've had a bit of a struggle with the cover art. I don't know if anything could really capture that world like I have it in my mind!
I'm so glad that you liked the story, that you could see the caves and the kingdoms. I'm also really glad that you liked Nexa and Axon's relationship (sorry about missing out on the whole Mother-in-law drama! That would have been a great idea....)
Cheree: Monster-in-law novella?! lol
How many books do you plan to write for the Shadow series?
The Shadow Series will be at least five books long. I’m halfway through the second book, Mist, and I’m excited to begin working on the third.
Can you tell us a little bit what the next book in the Shadow series will be? Release date?
I am 148 pages into the next book in the Shadow Series which I've named Mist. I'll be releasing the next book in my werewolf series (book 4, Violet) the end of this month/early next month, and then I'm hoping to release Mist the end of March. It's been quite the ride, but I love the world of Shadows and I predict there are going to be at least five books in the series, and possibly a branch off depending on how things work out.

What are you up to now?
I love to write, and my goal is to release a book every month or two. I have four more books in The Silver Series, my werewolf series, waiting to be released. I have the second book of Galdoni waiting in my mind to be written, and there’s also a book about Shifters called Stolen that’s almost ready to be published and will herald a new series of its own.


Thanks Cheree for letting me pick your brain. So wonderful working with you, I feel like we really bonded over this amateur enterprise.

Our blog is open to you and your world anytime and I'm looking forward to Mist. 

All of Cheree's books are available in Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Smashwords. 

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Girl Crush Mondays: Sookie Stackhouse

Sookie Stackhouse

Barmaid by day, telepath for hire at night.
Part fairy which makes her blood tasty to Vampires.

Caught in complicated love entanglements with Werewolves and Vampires.
Dated a Weretiger named Quinn.
Has gone through many life threatening situations.
Bill sounds really cool when he says her name..."Sookeh!"


Currently "married" to Eric Northman. 
She's a good Southern girl with great family values.
She's strong, independent and can stand on her own. 
She stood up against Renee and Debbie Pelt. 
I mean that b**** fight made us so proud of her.



Favorite Quotes

“Did we have sex?" he asked directly.

For about two minutes, this might actually be fun. "Eric," I said, "we had sex in every position I could imagine, and some I couldn’t. We had sex in every room in my house, and we had sex outdoors. You told me it was the best you’d ever had." (At the time he couldn’t recall all the sex he’d ever had. But he’d paid me a compliment.) "Too bad you can’t remember it," I concluded with a modest smile.

Eric looked like I’d hit him in the forehead with a mallet. For all of thirty seconds his reaction was completely gratifying.”

- Dead as a Doornail


“Eric was holding my hands, and I was digging my nails into him like we were doing something else. He won't mind, I though, as I realized I'd drawn blood. And sure enough, he didn't. "Let go," he advised me, and I loosened my grip on his hands. "No, not of me," he said smiling. "You can hold on to me as long as you want.”

- Club Dead


“Oh, God, puppy dog eyes. From a six-foot-five ancient Viking vampire.”

- Dead to the World




*gif from True Blood Wikia; collage from Favim

February 25, 2012

Review: When Copper Suns Fall by KaSonndra Leigh

Series: Lost Immortals 1
Format: Digital (won from Library Thing)
Excerpt
Release Date: September 11, 2012
Purchase: 
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It has been fifty-five years since the angels of the Apocalyptic War attempted to wipe out humanity. Now a new nation has been built where alchemy is forbidden, and angels fear for their lives as they hide among the mortals.

The city’s leaders share one view on the ancestors of angels: shoot first, no questions.

When her twin brother falls into a strange coma, sixteen-year-old Chela Prizeon vows to discover her role among these exiles, the royal angels known as the Lost Immortals.

Chela’s only hope lies with the mysterious, but infuriating leader of a rebel group. But can she trust this boy, someone who can control her dreams and her heart.

Escape into a world filled with celestial creatures, fascinating villainy, high-stake choices, and forbidden romance.
This is where I cry VIVA LA INDIE! and to heck with the haters!

When Copper Suns Fall is a dystopian angel story set in 2067 in the land once called America, 50 years after the Tidal Years. In this time setting, people are aware that at one point Angels (Tainteds) and Caduceans, slayers and masters of alchemy, existed. But because of the devastation they left after The Great War, magic and any association with Caduceans and Tainteds are punishable, forbidden and their descendants are contained and medicated.

I was 30% into the book when I realized that I've been on it for just an hour. This is a good indication that I was liking what I was reading and the imagery is creating a good brain buzz. I had a rush of thoughts after reading that left me clueless on where and how to start my review because I got so scrambled with KLeigh's debut.

KLeigh's novel is more action/adventure than a romantic-forbidden love story. In the middle of the story is Chela Prizeon, a teenage girl who is in the cusp of her destiny. Chela has Angel blood and soon enough she found herself a sought after commodity by the Tainteds and Caduceans. Chela is a rebel of sorts, a brave and cunning girl who went through a series of betrayal, loss and the stirrings of first love. She has a brother, Micah, who in a coma but she refused to believe that it was caused by a virus and this is what started Chela's epic story. In her quest to find a cure, she uncovers a secret that most people thought doesn't exist anymore. Yup the Tainteds are back!

Here's why I got caught up, the conflict-resolution of the the story is compelling. No wonder humans don't want anything to do with these Caduceans and Tainteds because their motives are self-serving with no regard for human collateral damage. In Chela's quest to find justice and save her brother she finds herself in the same situation he was in and as the story unfolds, someone who she trust was the one who betrayed her and kick started this awful situation.

KLeigh's Angels are spectacular! They are hardly feathered but more like those warrior angels from the movie Legion (2009). This is not a Nephilim story either, KLeigh created a world of her own, she owns Corunum the same way Suzanne Collins owns Panem (Hunger Games). That's how vivid and detailed the story is.

One can tell that this was a well thought out and carefully written story because KLeigh created her own language, the story free flowing and the characters are as magnificent and layered as their Copper wings. Faris, Seth and the rest of the gang are not what you initially thought they'd be. They are not your stereotypical heroes and villains, rather they sort of straddle both lines. IMHO, this is a rarity in Indie debut novels. Usually only the lead is layered and the supporting characters are as bland as a gray, cloudy sky.

If you are fond of Angel stories, Dystopia or both then this is a must-read for you.




February 24, 2012

The Woman in Black Movie Review

Initially my sister wanted to drag me to The Vow but I'm not sure if I were hormones or  I was just trying to boycott this bubble gum holiday called Valentine's but thankfully I ended up watching The Woman in Black.
Let me get this out of the way and say that this movie is not like an MNight (6th Sense) film or something like that. Don't expect "clever" or an unexpected twist akin to The Others. It's just a straight up scary, old school, gothic, ghost movie. Arthur Kipps' (Daniel Radcliff)  is more of an instrument in helping a malevolent ghost find peace than the alpha and omega of the story.
Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe), a widowed lawyer whose grief has put his career in jeopardy, is sent to a remote village to sort out the affairs of a recently deceased eccentric. But upon his arrival, it soon becomes clear that everyone in the town is keeping a deadly secret. Although the townspeople try to keep Kipps from learning their tragic history, he soon discovers that the house belonging to his client is haunted by the ghost of a woman who is determined to find someone and something she lost… and no one, not even the children, are safe
from her vengeance.
So the movie opens with these kids playing with their dolls and suddenly they all stood up and jumped right out of the window followed by a woman screaming "My babies!". I don't know about you but kids and horror movies doesn't sit well with me. I mean The Omen and Rosemary's Baby?! There's something deadly about all that innocence when you place them in scary movies.

Then the godforsaken Eel Marsh House. When the tide is high the house is isolated from civilization. Nothing can get in our out of that House! Once inside the house it doesn't disappoint, it's dank, musty and it's decorated in a menagerie of hunting trophies, stuffed animal heads and antlers for chandeliers. Spiderwebs and dust everywhere, heavy drapery, antique motorized toys and porcelain dolls with those creepy glass eyes that seem to follow you around. It has everything you'd expect to find in a haunted house.

There were a lot of frightening and startling scenes in the movie. The score was brilliant and really helped drive home the scare factor the movie was aiming for. The dark and gothic feel of the entire movie would give you a clue that things are just about to get worse for the characters.
However it was a little bit hard for Daniel Radcliff to show some range in this movie. His character per se is static, it was not developed mainly because the movie began in the middle of the story itself. The village has gone through horrific child loss and Radcliff's visit set in motion another series of child-harvest by The Woman In Black. So everybody was pinning it on him and he's determined to get to the root of the problem.
I must admit the first 30 minutes was a little slow but afterwards I was starting to get goosebumps. At the same time I kept thinking to myself is this a real ghost movie or some scooby doo crap where one of the supporting characters end up being a serial killer. Well I'm very happy to report that it IS a ghost movie but don't expect too much as far as the story is concerned, just focus on getting scared.
The ending is bittersweet, I won't give anything away but until now I'm still not sure if The Woman in Black emerged as the victor or if she did Arthur Kipps a favor. You have to find that out for yourself.

So yeah, I was happy that I picked Radcliff over Tatum.

Shadows Review

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Maybe it's just me and my limited art expertise but looking at the original cover (the one on the giveaway teaser announcement), I didn't really think much about about the story behind it. I thought it was one of those wannabe novels, jumping on some bandwagon or something.
And again, much to my chagrin, I get another hard lesson on not judging a book by its cover.

Because Shadows was BRILLIANT!

Shadows is a YA science fiction novel about the Luminos and Nathos, their cast-off relations, the Duskies and the savage Sathens. Like most epic stories, the story starts in the cusp of a big change and an impending war.

And that's when we are introduced to Nexa. A Duskie living in the Firen Caves, her face is divided into light and dark like two halves of Luminos and Nathos put together, with magnificent swirls twirling her skin. Duskies are treated like second-class citizens and have proved to be untrustworthy because they haven't pledge alliance by the two races that cast them off. Nexa was a captive in the Caves until the valiant Luminos Prince Axon rescued her. The attraction was immediate and even if I'm no longer a teen, there is a quiet passion that runs between these two that made me giddy with excitement.
Nexa, you are beautiful, and different and amazing. Never, ever be ashamed of how you look, and never let anyone tell you that you are inferior.
If you were Nexa, wouldn't you feel like you're the most beautiful in the world after a PRINCE tells you that?! And this is just the beginning, their courtship is every teen's dream and will be approved by any parent. It's chaste, enduring and they are devoted to each other plus there's that hint of a forbidden love. Although I was hoping, and I told Cheree about this, that there was more drama on this part, a Prince falling in love with a Duskie, the politics, implications and the like. I would've loved to see Prince Axon fight for Nexa.

But then again, Nexa proved herself worthy of Axon's love as apparently she's the one prophesied long ago
that a Duskie with royal blood will lead the races to defeat the Sathen, and that [s]he'll be stronger than both the Nathos and the Luminos at their full strength
Don't you just love old and wizened people making predictions of epic proportions?

Like Galdoni, Nexa's story is about learning self-worth and self-love. Going up against the caste system and asserting one's worth. Embracing their uniqueness and turning it into their greatest strength instead of a paralyzing weakness.

Shadows is a fantastic fairy tale and I guarantee that this is NOT a bandwagon tale.

P.S. We are giving away copies of this book, click HERE for more details!

February 23, 2012

Galdoni Review

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I wasn't born. I was created in some test tube by sterile, cold-hearted lab technicians determined to make the perfect gladiator for money-hungry politicians. - Kale Matthews
The cover and synopsis reminded me of a gladiator version of X-Men's Arcangel so when CAlsop requested for a review I was quick to say YES!.

This is a dystopian novel and though Kale Matthews has wings, he is far from being an Angel. He is soulles, a creation made by politicians as weapons for destruction. While kids learn to play nice in the sandbox, the Galdoni are trained to kill and show no mercy to anybody. Later on they were just used for entertainment, they remain anonymous apart from their clinical names like AR527 and TI620. People bet and watch them fight to death in the Arena and are treated less than animals.
Remember audience, the Galdoni were bred for one thing and one thing only, to fight and to kill. As in all Arena battles, this fight is to the death.
The Galdoni are persecuted like criminals because they are different and people are scared of them. Some of them have tried to escape this cruel fate but they are hunted and brought back to "play" in the Arena. Now Kale Matthews is set up to be an epic hero, he went up against the system and fought for his and the Galdoni's freedom from oppression and made everyone else believe that they are individuals worthy of something and not just political playthings. They are valuable enough to warrant respect and be treated in a humane way and not just living, breathing toys for entertainment. I like his journey towards his self-realization, the way he faced his doubts and eventually realized his value and found his humanity.

Dystopia is a genre that I have yet to explore because for some reason I find it a challenge wrapping my imagination around post apocalyptic stuff. Good thing this wasn't too futuristic for my taste as there are still familiar elements like the order of society, teenagers acting stupid and the first blush of love so the setting is not a far cry from present day. The cruelty and stigma of being a Galdoni is heartbreaking, my heart really went out to all the Galdoni towards the end, how their childhood was juxtaposed with "normal" and activists fighting for their rights on their behalf.

I only wish that the supporting characters, especially Brielle, were more developed, as the story progress they just remained somewhat static. Nontheless, I was easily drawn to Kale's story and his mini oration towards the end was everything I hoped it would be.

P.S. If you're interested, you can join our current giveaway for Galdoni HERE



Cheree Alsop Indie Book Giveaway



I truly enjoyed these two books and Cheree has been really nice giving us free copies of her books.

This is open internationally.

These are digital copies and are not physical books.

FIVE pairs of Cheree's books are up for grabs so you get more chances of winning.

Winners will be announced on February 28 and will be given Smashwords coupons via email.

Please read the disclaimer and giveaway instructions properly.

If you can't see the rafflecopter form, click the READ MORE link for it to show up.


February 21, 2012

Covenant with the Vampire

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A sensual, terrifying, incredibly accomplished first novel, this fascinating prequel to the classic and most popular horror novel of all time, Dracula, focuses on Dracula's great-nephew, who inherits the job of managing his great-uncle's estate...and his appetite. Written in diary form as Dracula is, this compulsively readable book has revelations that will shock and delight readers of the original. More erotic than Anne Rice, Kalogridis is a major new voice in vampire fiction. The first chilling tale in an exciting new trilogy is a rich and terrifying historical novel set fifty years before the opening of Bram Stoker's Dracula. At the castle of Prince Vlad Tsepesh, also known as Dracula, Vald's great-nephew Arkady is honored to care for his beloved though strange great-uncle...until he beings to realize what is expected of him in his new role. It seems that either he provides his great-uncle with unsuspecting victims to satisfy his needs, or Vlad will kill those Arkady loves. He is trapped into becoming party to murder and sadistic torture. And it is in his blood. When Arkady learns that his newborn son is being groomed one day to follow in his footsteps, he knows that he must fight Dracula, even if it means death


I love JKalogridis' historical fiction books especially since most of them are set in renaissance Italy, playing privy to the lives, power and intrigue of the Borgias, D'Estes, Sforza et al. So I was really excited when I chanced upon her Vampire book, a tale about Vlad the Impaler aka Dracula, and his descendants. 

Covenant with the Vampire is a tale about Strigoi and Moroi, a decade before RMead wrote about them in Vampire Academy. The setting of the tale is in Gothic Romania and the feel and imagery is reminiscent of the movie Dracula c. 1992. The plot is based on historical events and Bram Stoker's classic tale, the conflict well thought of and should meld seamlessly with Dracula's legend.

And that's all it was, an attempt. I really, really, REALLY wanted to like this book but I found it such a chore to read. If you take a look at the excerpt, the format is in diary form, alternating between Arkady, his wife, Mary and his sister, Zsuzsanna. So it's more of a narrative, detailing their observations, thoughts and experiences in detail than anything which I found that tiresome. I found myself skimming the pages furiously and gleaning through the dialogue just to speed up the story. 

I felt sorry for the entire thing because I really love JKalogridis' historical fiction novels. I found those informative and absolutely enjoyable and this did the opposite for me. Sadly I think it's one of those stories that didn't translate through the pages successfully. 

A Beautiful Evil


Book two of Kelly Keaton's Gods and Monsters series is here!

A power she can’t deny. A destiny she’s determined to fight.

When Ari first arrived in the dilapidated city of New 2, all she wanted was to figure out who she was. But what she discovered was beyond her worst nightmare. Ari can already sense the evil growing inside her—a power the goddess Athena will stop at nothing to possess.

Desperate to hold on to her humanity and protect her loved ones, Ari must fight back. But Athena’s playing mind games, not just with Ari but with those she cares about most. And Athena has a very special plan for the brooding and sexy Sebastian.
Ari is determined to defeat Athena, but time is running out. With no other options, Ari must unleash the very thing she’s afraid of: herself.*
*(from Goodreads)

February 20, 2012

Girl Crush Mondays: Sherrilyn Kenyon


Sherrilyn Kenyon

This lady is a consistent bestselling author with more than 25 million copies of her books sold worldwide. 

My first introduction to Sherrilyn Kenyon was with her juvenile series, Chronicles of Nick. I burned through Nick Gaultier's stories in mere hours and I knew that I have to get me some more of Kenyon. 

Which led me to the sexy world of Dark-Hunters. You see, I'm still in the infant stages of Urban Fantasy as my usual book cocktail involves chick lit, historical fiction and a touch of supe once in a while. It's only after committing to this little project with Cimmaron that I really took the plunge and   got into Urban Fantasy and all it's sub and mixed genres.



And that has been one of the best commitments I ever made because Dark-Hunters totally changed my perception of vampires and all that. All of them are sexy and tortured, I can't pick a favorite! And the most amazing part is, even the villains get their own story, seriously Dark-Hunters is a gift that keeps on giving. As I moved on with the series, the line between good and evil gets more and more blurred and right now, I'm not sure if I would align myself with the Hunters or the Apollites. 

Until now, men, women and teens have fallen in love with her characters. RPG pages and twitter accounts are made all in the name of her Hunters. Our very own friend, Aaron Speca, is an avid Kenyon fan and is a member of Sanctuary, a Facebook page dedicated for Dark-Hunter RPG. 

But what I like best about SKenyon is, like J.R. Ward and KMM, she does male POV very well. And though she's a female writer, her men are not emasculated by her voice. So every Dark-Hunter book is filled with serious action, spontaneous fits of emotion and combustible passion.

Some Fun Facts:

She likes Naruto
She collects swords
Chronicles of Nick and Dark-Hunters is being developed for the screen and are now in manga too!
Lords of Avalon novels are being adapted by Marvel comics
She has novels printed under Kinley MacGregor.
She has an upcoming series called Nevermore. The first book Alpha is scheduled for release on 2013 and the second one Omega is TBA.
Her brother Warchild is the official Dark-Hunter music composer.

Here's SKenyon talking about this in last year's Comic-Con. Chronicles will be a movie, DH a TV Series and Were-Hunters adapted into anime! Woot! Woot!

Can. Not. Wait.

February 18, 2012

Cheree Alsop Books

 Go to http://www.chereealsop.com/ for more information

Galdoni

“This is the Arena, and here we live to die.” These are the words carved into a holding cell where genetically-altered gladiators, the winged humans called Galdoni, are trained to fight. Kale, rescued by three high school students and nursed back from the brink of death, is given the chance to experience life as a human. When he is captured, he has to use what he learned in the world outside the Academy in order to free the other Galdoni and return to the human girl he loves. 

Shadows

Duskies are born in a dangerous world as servants of the lords of light and shadow, but when creatures known as the Sathen threaten all the races, a Duskie named Nexa finds herself caught in the middle of a perilous journey to save her people and unite the races as one. Facing dangerous odds, prejudice, and violence, Nexa finds strength in those around her and, ultimately, love.


Courtesy of Cheree Alsop we are doing a fantastic giveaway of these YA books starting next week,
February 23-28.


FIVE copies each of these wonderful books will be up for grabs.


These are just recently released titles in Amazon but I can assure you that you will swept away by Kale and Nexa's story and I'm pretty sure you've never read a tale similar to theirs. 


Hope to see you again next week!

February 15, 2012

Guest Blogger: AwesomeSauce Book Club



Hi we are the Amber’s (yes there are 2 of us named Amber) from AwesomeSauce Book Club and we are really excited to here on Talk Supe today.This is our first ever Guest Post so I hope you enjoy it, or at least find some sexy new books to read. And since its February and the month of Love we are going to be discussing two things-

1. In your opinion, what is the best sexiest series?
2. If someone tells you that you can bring to life any hero you like,
who will it be and why?


This is our first ever Guest Post so we hope you enjoy it!

In your opinion, what is the best sexiest series?
Oh this is a hard one. Lets just say we are book porn-aholics. First let us tell you some amazing authors who will be sure to steam up the pages, Eve Langlais, Stacey Kennedy, Keri Arthur and Rosalie Lario are the first 4 to come in mind. But as for our favorite sexiest series, let us think.... You know what we just can not pick one series, we really really can't! So here are a few of our favorites….

Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost-Bones is always such a generous lover. Him and Cat are almost always steaming up the pages.

Riley Jenson series by Keri Arthur- Riley is a wolf and in this world wolves get moon heat so about a week before the full moon she needs lots and lots of sexin’. So of coarse these books have lots.

All Eve Langlais- Eve’s books seriously are always HOT! Whether its just a couple or two guys and a girl there is always lots of getting it on going on in her books. If you like your smut, Eve Langlais books are a must!

Stacey Kennedy books- She has series that are just all about 1 Night Stands which means an entire Novella filled with sex. Or you can read her Paranormal Romance books and you will get lots of steamy scenes. She is also a MUST if you are like me and love those sexy books.

Demons of Infernum and The Fallen Warrior Series by Rosalie Lario- Roslaie makes some of the sexiest Demons and Fallen Angels. Seriously her Fallen Angels with their black wings or her Demon brothers are just HOT HOT HOT! Each book is based off a new couple so you are always in for a treat.

All these books have lots of steamy scenes and that is just what we like.


If someone tells you that you can bring to life any hero you like, who will it be and why?

Amber I:
Well if we are playing fantasy land when I bring this hero back I am not married and I am totally calling dibs on him, so everyone back off.lol. My hero might surprise some, actually it won’t surprise anyone that knows me... Its IAN from Night Huntress series. I am in love with him. He is just a sarcastic ass and is so funny. He is also sexy as hell!! Every time I read about him I am in love. I love his english accent all his little jokes. I love when he says things like “poppet” and “sod” Even though people are always saying he is a ruthless sod, he is always very loyal to his friends and I think that shows us what kinda guy he really is. The reason why I would bring him to life, so I could look at him, listen to him talk and well a few other R Rated things that I probably should not say out loud.lol

Here is a quote from Ian that I would LOVE to hear..lol

“That’s right, you nasty little vixen, bite me harder." Ian urged.”

Amber R:
Doriannnnn! From the Dark Swan series by Richelle Mead. Dorian is gorgeous, sarcastic, he’s got a kind heart that he sometimes keeps hidden. I can relate to him. I love his easy going nature but the fact that he can be fierce about things too. I just love his personality. I would bring him to life because I would make him love me and we could live happily ever after.

Thanks again ladies for having us!


Thank you Ambers for guesting with us.

AwesomeSauce is one of the blogs we stalk, they review a wide array of books from Urban Fantasy to romance and just plain sexy.

Aside from this, AwesomeSauce are also generous and are fond of doing awesome giveaways and they do it on a monthly basis, with fillers here and there once in a while.

We strongly encourage you to try your luck on their giveaways.

February 14, 2012

You Need Kissing Badly

Such utter surrender!
Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler Gone With The Wind 1939

The blog post title is a quote borrowed from Rhett Butler and it actually goes like this: 
"No, I don't think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That's what's wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how."
Aside from novels, films are the next thing that has the power to elicit strong emotions from us because the visuals and the dimensions provided by movies is exact. The tone, images and effects leaves no room for "tweaking" unlike in books where the interpretation differs from reader to reader. 

Now if you'd rather celebrate Valentine's in the comfort of your own home, here are the movies that made  our hearts aflutter and had us giggling like teenage girls. 

Southern summers are indifferent to the trials of young love. Armed with warnings and doubts, Noah and Allie gave a remarkably convincing portrayal of a boy and a girl traveling down a very long road with no regard for the consequences. - Duke
Braine: This is probably our generation's Casa Blanca. Ryan Gosling and Rachel Mcadams brought Noah and Allie to life convincingly. It's funny how they said they "can't stand each other" while filming because it never showed in their scenes, only to fall in love afterwards in real life. We are still rooting for these two to end up together and live happily ever after much like the characters they played.

Cimmaron: I don't think I've met a girl who doesn't like this movie. As great as it was to see them in love they were brilliant when fighting. Rachel and Ryan Forever!

Young Noah: "I want all of you, for ever, you and me, every day."

Come what may! I will love you until my dying day!
Braine: A tragic and burlesque forbidden love.
Cimmaron: Ewan MacGregor singing. Swoon.

Love can touch us one time, And last for a lifetime, And never let go till we're gone
Braine: Who didn't sink and swoon with Leo Di Caprio? My room was wallpapered by Leo's cheap posters for about a year. Everyone wanted to be Rose and "fly" with him!

Cimmaron: I admit I was 17 when this film was released and I watched it about 5 times in the movie theater. I could not get enough of Leo as Jack, especially at the end. Remember when he's and Rose are in the water and he tells her she'll do all these fantastic things in her life while his face is covered with icicles? Everytime I see that scene I cry. Doesn't fail. 



Braine: Every hopeless romantic's dream.



Braine: Historical Romance + Rupert Friend.

Cimmaron: When I say I LOVE this movie, it's an understatement. Love doesn't even describe how I feel about this movie. I think I watched it about 25 times in a span of 2 months. That's how I was freakishly obsessed with Young Victoria. Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend, get outta here with all your adorableness. The scene when Victoria and Albert dance the Waltz was magical and whenever Albert called Victoria wife, OMG! I squee'd so loud. This movie is chalk full of the most romantic lines than I melt like better when ever I watch it. Victoria and Albert forever!


Cimmaron: A nice little twist to the classic Cinderella story, what I loved about this film is that Cinderella is quite a little heroine. Yes, she's the poor lithe girl who's been deduced to become a servant for her cruel stepmother but Barrymore's Cinderella has a little more hutzpah than Cinderella's in the past. The huge ball is a turning point and I loved that Leonardo da Vinci was the man to put some sense in Prince Charming's head. Loved that brilliant man. 

"I know that a life without love is no life at all."

I Want Your Bad Romance


We have all been swept away by our reads at one point. Fictional characters getting us excited to get some alone time so we can step inside the proverbial Wardrobe and be transported to our alternate universe.

So today, Valentine's Day, we will revisit some of those stories that made our hearts skip a beat and made us lose some sleep.


Braine: Not your typical love story but the enduring love that Florentino Ariza had for Fermina Daza mixed with tragedy and youth's foibles is both inspiring and heartbreaking. GGMarquez writes from a smitten man's perspective and tells the tale of how he fell inlove, got jilted, coped and managed to fan the flame for his first love and childhood sweetheart for 50 years.


Braine: Even before this classic Sparks novel was adapted, it had the same power that brought us to tears, made us giddy and had us falling in love with Noah. We envied Allie because we all wanted to be her. We rooted for them and cursed Mr. and Mrs. Nelson for meddling. Even in death they did not part. 

Cimmaron: I remember having to read this for a college English class. It was actually the first time I was introduced to Nicholas Sparks before all the movies came out. I remember thinking why the heck did my professor want me to read this tear jerker? It had a very profound effect on me and showed me that war, caustic individuals and even devastating illness cannot break the bonds of true love. Ugh! Just thinking about this novel still chokes me up. 


Braine: The book that made me fall in love with historical fiction. An older, tall, dark and handsome Duke falling in love with a beautiful, precocious hellcat debutante. The courtship and seduction between Whitney Stone and the Duke of Claymore is a classic. If you are into historical romance fiction, you better add this to your collection.


Braine: Priya Mac and a vulnerable Barrons, red sheets and an all out sex therapy. And the Mother of all, "You're leaving me, rainbow girl" SQUEE!!!
'Nuff said.

Cimmaron: OMG! This book is LOVE. How much I envied Mac during those months Barron's was bringing her back to sanity. I mean I would have volunteered for a few more rounds of the Jericho Barron's rehab. F*** like Braine said, You're leaving me Rainbow Girl. I swear I might have fainted after Barron's said that. 


Braine: What's not to love? 

Cimmaron: I just wish that each of the brother had 2 novels dedicated to them instead of just one. I'd love for this series to continue forever with all the original brothers. Is it possible to overdose on a book series. The BDB have done some serious damage to my sanity. 

February 13, 2012

Wolf Gift

The time is the present.

The place, the rugged coast of Northern California. A bluff high above the Pacific. A grand mansion full of beauty and tantalizing history set against a towering redwood forest.

A young reporter on assignment from the San Francisco Observer . . . An older woman welcoming him into her magnificent family home that he has been sent to write about and that she must sell with some urgency . . . A chance encounter between two unlikely people . . . An idyllic night—shattered by horrific unimaginable violence, the young man inexplicably attacked—bitten—by a beast he cannot see in the rural darkness . . . A violent episode that sets in motion a terrifying yet seductive transformation, as the young man, caught between ecstasy and horror, between embracing who he is evolving into and fearing what he will become, soon experiences the thrill of the wolf gift.

As he resists the paradoxical pleasure and enthrallment of his wolfen savagery and delights in the power and (surprising) capacity for good, he is caught up in a strange and dangerous rescue and is desperately hunted as “the Man Wolf” by authorities, the media, and scientists (evidence of DNA threatens to reveal his dual existence) . . . As a new and profound love enfolds him, questions emerge that propel him deeper into his mysterious new world: questions of why and how he has been given this gift; of its true nature and the curious but satisfying pull towards goodness; of the profound realization that there may be others like him who are watching—guardian creatures who have existed throughout time who possess ancient secrets and alchemical knowledge. And throughout it all, the search for salvation for a soul tormented by a new realm of temptations, and the fraught, exhilarating journey, still to come, of being and becoming, fully, both wolf and man.

Girl Crush Mondays: Karen Marie Moning



Karen Marie Moning

An Ohio native, a die hard Linkin Park fan and arguably one of the best Urban Fantasy and Romance author of our time. It doesn't hurt that she's also easy on the eyes. I firmly believe that Mackayla Lane is her alter ego.

Karen is a gifted storyteller and unlike some of her contemporaries, her specialty are her men. From those tall, dark and handsome Highlanders to Jericho Barrons and her Tuatha de, Karen knows and writes them well. She caters to every woman's fantasy and her male POV, especially on those smexi scenes, are nothing short of brilliant. Whether it's JZB, V'lane, Drustan or Dageus one is left being the character's proverbial b!tch after you close each book.


circa 2002
So much so that fans from all over the world got warped into her world and not only got invested in her versions of Scotland and Ireland but made Karen's world a reality for them. When news of the Fever series being adapted, everyone had an opinion on who would play the parts of KMM's characters and were very much passionate about the whole thing. 

That is a testament to Karen's writing, making her world so real and accessible to everyone who got their hands on her work. Everyone feels that they are experts and would sometimes come across as someone more knowledgeable than the creator herself.


But the reason why we really love Karen is because despite her fame, she still manages to be accessible to her fans. She'd share bits and pieces of her personal life, personally comment on her Facebook page, ask our opinion on most things. She would even address petty issues and lately would often mediate between Team Momoa and Team Gandy and other picks on who to play the enigmatic Jericho Barrons (we're Team Gandy of course!). She even managed to spin it around to make the rivalry light and fun by conducting a fantasy cast to appease her very passionate and opinionated Moning Maniacs. 

Karen also draw support from us and would rarely censure our opinion and other actions to express our strong emotions for her creation. She would encourage fan work and would acknowledge and applaud their creativity. She's even hosting her own Fever con to show appreciation for her us!

But the best news of all is that the Fever world is far from over. Iced is coming out late this year as well as two other books. A graphic novel is on the way on top of the screen adaptations. 


Moning Maniacs indeed!

February 10, 2012

Shadow Kiss a Vampire Academy Novel

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NOOOOOO!!!! @RichelleMead Shadow Kiss

That's what I tweeted after I finished this book.

I know most of you can relate to my reaction because a couple of VA fans have already expressed their amusement and sympathy with me.

Here's why I like this book and why I think it's not like any other YA series.

Number One: The female leads, Rose and Lissa, are both kick ass heroines. Their weaknesses lie on their strengths and their friendship and personalities complement each other. Light and Dark, Yin and Yang. Rose is unpredictable and such a hellcat I'm kept guessing what she'll do next and Lissa is a diplomat but a closet rebel, even without compulsion, she's stirring the Moroi.

Number Two: The "voices" of the characters are so distinct that on the dialogue, I can hear them clearly in my head and their personalities shines through. Even the supporting characters doesn't fade in the background.

Number Three: It doesn't pretend to be chaste, it deals with the reality that teenagers have sex, break the rules, smoke, drink, are promiscuous, clique-y and a bunch of other dark and ugly stuff that some YA reads choose to ignore. RMead just doesn't detail the intimate stuff.

Number Four: It's full of angst, death, loss and betrayal but the characters don't whine, sulk or let the trauma get the best of them.

I hate (love) how this book ended. It's one of the best cliffhangers I've ever encountered. Please don't give me spoilers but I hope that Dimitri and Rose pulls through.

February 9, 2012

Frostbite a Vampire Academy Novel

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It's official, I just enrolled myself in the Academy.

I wish I had more Dimitri time but I guess he's trying to do his best to stay away from Rose and RMead is helping him stay away... or trying to punish us readers for encouraging a borderline case of inappropriate relationships. But really, it's just a technicality right?

I love how Rose's relationship and her reunion with her mother went. The events following the premise set was logical. I felt Rose's resentment, annoyance, and her struggle to get approval from her mother. Although now I'm curious who her father is? Ok, wait! Don't tell me because I know I might be one of the last book blogger who haven't read Vampire Academy yet. So bask in my ignorance and relish how I gush and gripe on my future reviews.

Anwyay, these Strigoi are cold heartless sons of beezus! But I also think that the threat that they pose is good because it certainly shook down the hierarchy that is the Moroi. How many foot soldiers does one have to lose before you realize the enemy has you on check mate?

On Vampire Academy, I was so annoyed at Mia but on this one my heart went to her. Sure life wasn't that good but that doesn't give you the right to be a pain once it gets better. Events in Forstbite gave her a wake up call but now I wonder, who will be Rose's main antagonist now that Mia is sort of indebted to her?

One way to find out... Shadow Kiss.

February 7, 2012

Vampire Academy

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HA!

Now I have a better understanding on why this series is taking the world by storm, my motives are different though, BEN BARNES. My curiosity got piqued when fans keep on associating Dimitri Belikov with Ben Barnes. So I decided to jump the bandwagon and pick up the series to know what the fuss is about.

Rosemarie Hathaway is my kind of heroine: impulsive, loyal, and can seriously kick your ass if you rub her the wrong way, consequences be damned. She's the type who'd rather apologize than ask for permission. Her friendship with Vasilisa Dragomir is also outstanding, their personalities complement each other and their relationship goes beyond the usual Moroi-Dhampir type. Plus I like that they squabble like normal bestfriends do, there are no underlings in their relationship and they are each other's strength and weakness. Neither are underdogs in this relationship unless you base it on their "status" and both will defend the other to death.

Dimitri Belikov aka Ben Barnes. Aloof. Magnetic. Mysterious. Dark. Noble.

At first I was skeptical about the fan worship this character has been getting but towards the end of the book I had my BAM! moment. It all clicked together. He is the Jericho Barrons of the YA world. He will creep up on you and the next thing you know, he has permeated your reality and you're invested on his love-hate relationship with Rose.

Cimmaron, you HAVE to pick up this series so we can gush about Dimitri Belikov together!

February 6, 2012

Underworld:Awakening Movie Review


Honestly after our giveaway fiasco, I got derailed and I told Cimmaron I'm not excited to catch the movie. Well guess what, I ended up eating my words and saw the movie on its first weekend. So this review is obviously a couple of weeks too late.

There are two parts of the movie, the story and the action.

The story in itself is a cliffhanger which explains why some people didn't like the film. In the book world, this movie is what you call the "filler volume". Selene throughout the movie was trying to chase her daughter and searching for Michael while stopping nasty engineered Lycans in between. The exciting part is Selene and Michael has a daughter who has a British accent despite the fact that she grew up in a lab surrounded by Americans (just nitpicking here lol) and shares a special bond with her parents. She can share visions with both Selene and Michael. Michael is MIA throughout the movie and I'd like to hope and think that there will be a fifth one. By then I'm praying that Scott Speedman will be available to reprise his role.

 David (Underworld) & Mr. Pamuk (Downton Abbey)
Theo James
Now for the action. Selene is a vampire the The Black Dagger Brotherhood will be proud to call their own. For one she knows her guns. Two, she most definitely looks good in that catsuit and those hardcore shitkickers. I COVET her shitkickers! I imagine Xhex is something like her and Nalla growing up like Selene don't you think?

I'm a fan of Werewolves but for a change I found myself rooting for Vampires this time around. The Lycans in this movie are almost invincible and they're not canine but more like rabid bears! Kate Beckinsale was just superb as Selene, she IS Selene period. Her stunts are fantastic but I feel like she was more "active" in the previous movies compared to this. I felt bad for Michael Ealy's character and towards the end I was hoping they'd turn him. That David played by Theo James got my knickers in a bunch and I wish his character was more developed (for now I'd settle for Downton Abbey's S1 E3).

Nonetheless, I hope Kate's beloved hubby, Len Wiseman, writes the screenplay for the fifth one SOON!