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Thursday, May 31, 2012

CATS-ilicious Thursdays

A love story…Every day at the same time she waits for him, 
he comes, and they go for a walk


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Covers of the World: For a Few Demons More by Kim Harrison

Today in Covers of the World we have For a Few Demons More. For a Few Demons More is the fifth book in The Hollows series by Kim Harrison.

  
1. From Left to right: English US first edition, English US second edition and English UK edition.

  
2. From Left to right: Dutch edition, German edition and Italian edition.

  
3. From Left to right: Russian edition, Spanish edition and French edition.

The Hollows series is one of my all time favorite series and For a Few Demons More is also one the books that has made me cry the most. If you haven't read this book and this series I don't know what you are waiting for? These books are not stand alones, they should be read in order. 
From these covers my favorites are the English first edition and French edition. I like these covers because they depict perfectly what this book is about. My least favorite are the Russian edition and the English UK edition. These covers doesn't have anything to do with the story or anything related to this series. 
What do you think of these covers? 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Movie Trailer: Skyfall

Skyfall is the twenty-third James Bond film and the third installment with Daniel Craig in the leading role as James Bond. 

From iMDB: "Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost."

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Review: Lethal Rider by Larissa Ione


Title: Lethal Rider
Author: Larissa Ione
Series: Lords of Deliverance, book 3
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“They're here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.  
Born of a match between good and evil, four siblings stand between hell's minions and everything they want to destroy. They are the Lords of Deliverance, and they have the power to ward off Doomsday...or let it ride... 
LETHAL RIDER  
Thanatos, the most deadly Horseman of the Apocalypse, has endured thousands of years of celibacy to prevent the end of days. But just one night with the wickedly sexy Aegis Guardian, Regan Cooper, shatters centuries of resolve. Yet their passion comes with a price. And Thanatos must face a truth more terrifying than an apocalypse-he's about to become a father.  
Demon-slayer Regan Cooper never imagined herself the maternal type, but with the fate of the world hanging in the balance she had no choice but to seduce Thanatos and bear his child. Now, as the final battle draws closer and his rage at being betrayed is overshadowed by an undeniable passion for the mother of his child, Thanatos has a life-shattering realization: To save the world, he must sacrifice the only thing he's ever wanted-a family.” 
Lethal Rider is the third book in the Lords of Deliverance series by Larissa Ione.

Lethal Rider starts eight months after the events in Immortal Rider. With the help of hellhound venom Ares and Limos have kept Thanatos frozen; they are trying to protect the world and protect Thanatos from himself after almost obliterating his Island as a reaction when he learned about Regan’s betrayal.
Eight months have passed and with the help of Hades Thanatos is able to escape the tender care of his siblings. As soon as he recovers and is able to move his first and foremost mission is revenge from Regan, he wants to make her pay for what he did to him and make him do.
Following a hunch Thanatos founds the secret Aegis headquarters where Regan is living, without a second thought he kidnaps her and brings her to his home. In the months he was kept paralyzed he thought of all the ways he was going to make Regan suffer and in other treacherous moments he remembered what she had done to him and wished for more of it.  But now with Regan in his house he is not sure of what he wants to do with her. And when he realizes she is carrying his child all his plans of revenge and pain goes through the drain. If there was something Thanatos had dreamed of having his whole life was to have a family and now that he could have it the whole universe is plotting against him and what he considers his.

After reading Immortal Rider I wanted Regan to suffer and pay for what she did to Thanatos. For that same reason I was a bit afraid of reading a book in which I already dislike the heroine. How I was going to like a book when I wanted the heroine to suffer a slow and painful death? I’m not usually this bloodthirsty but I liked Thanatos too much and Regan was a (insert derogatory adjective of your choice)... or so I thought. In cases like this it is where an author (a good one) can do magic with her (his) words and in just a couple of pages can change your whole perspective of a character, and that’s exactly what Mrs. Ione did in Lethal Rider. After couple of pages I was not only liking Regan but I was being sympathetic to her situation, I realized she was as much a victim as Thanatos ever was.
After learning about her life and how she had being used as pawn by the Aegis for many years I could only but understand her; her predicament made the motives behind her actions somehow understandable, leaving me with nothing left to do but to cheer for her and wish for her happiness.

Thanatos, oh my sweet Thanatos, he is a broken hero with a soft heart and a strong commitment to his love ones. He has suffered in silence for thousands of years, wishing everyday for some light to shine in his dark life. With Death calling him from every corner of the world it’s almost a miracle he is still sane and believing in the good of people. In Lethal Rider he not only has to fight against his own brother (or what is left of him) but he has to find in his heart the gift of forgiveness.

One of the things I really liked about Thanatos and Regan relationship was that they didn’t jump their bones as soon as they were together; their attraction was indisputable but they took their time to forgive and accept each other before taking any further steps, this also added to the sweet building tension between them.
Another thing I really like in Lethal Rider is how Mrs. Ione intermingles the characters from the Demonica series with the characters of this series. This gives an insider’s look at their lives and what is new with them. 

The world Mrs. Ione created in this series in not only very elaborated but also rich in mythology, with complex characters and with a plot filled with so many twist and turns, betrayals and deceptions that you won’t know who or what to believe, one that will keep you on the edge of your chair wishing for super powers to read faster but at the same time wanting the book to last longer. And if that wasn’t enough Mrs. Ione gives us an end that will leave us in awe and in dire need of the next installment of this series, Rogue Rider. The good news is that we won’t have to wait for long; Rogue Rider will be release on November 20th, 2012.

If you like paranormal romance you need to read this book and this series. Lethal Rider is not a stand-alone, these books should be read in order.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Stars


Other books in the series
Eternal Rider
Lethal Rider
Rogue Rider (Nov. 20th, 2012)

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Covers of the World: Ill Wind by Rachel Caine

Today in Covers of the World we have the first book in the Weather Warden series by Rachel Caine, Ill Wind

 
1. From left to right: English US edition and German edition.

 
2. From left to right: English UK first edition and English UK second edition.

 
3. From left to right: French edition and Czech edition. 

Ill Wind has only eleven editions, many of which use the same cover as the English US edition. 
From these covers the ones I like the most are the English US edition and the English UK second edition. The US edition is a great depiction of the book and the UK second edition is a pretty cover. I like my covers to have a relation with the content of the book, for that reason the cover I like the least is the Czech cover, Joanne Baldwin is not an octopus or medusa or anything similar. 
What do you think of these covers?

Monday, May 21, 2012

Taking a Short Break...


For personal reasons I'm taking next two days off. I'll see you back on Wednesday. 

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Movie Trailer: Ted

Ted is the upcoming comedy film, written, directed and produced by Seth MacFarlane.  MacFarlane is the creator of Family Guy, American Dad and co-creator of The Cleveland Show).
"Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane brings his boundary-pushing brand of humor to the big screen for the first time as writer, director and voice star of Ted. 
In the live action/CG-animated comedy, he tells the story of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), a grown man who must deal with the cherished teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood wish...and has refused to leave his side ever since."
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Friday, May 18, 2012

Review: Tricked by Kevin Hearne


Title: Tricked
Author: Kevin Hearne
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles, book 4
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Del Rey
Format: E-book
“Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert.  

But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shapeshifters called skinwalkers. Just when the Druid thinks he’s got a handle on all the duplicity, betrayal comes from an unlikely source. If Atticus survives this time, he vows he won’t be fooled again. Famous last words.”
Tricked is the fourth book in The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne.

If you are a follower of this blog or know me a little you'll know that I love The Iron Druid Chronicles. Last year The Iron Druid Chronicles made my top five series.
The day Tricked was released I was reading it and if I’m being honest with great expectations, that’s what happens when an author spoiled us with excellent writing, you are always expecting the same quality and with Tricked once again Mr. Hearne delivers.

Atticus is one of my favorite main characters in a book/series, I think the mix between otherworldly and normal young man make him a very endearing character. He also possesses the perfect balance between strength and vulnerability a hero like him should have.

This series also has one of my favorite sidekicks in a book/series. Oberon is an Irish wolfhound and Atticus perfect companion of many years. Thanks to Atticus' magic he is able to communicate with Oberon, their conversations are adorable and funny as hell. I wish I could have an Oberon.
“… The essence of Druidry is training the mind to both handle contradictory input and construct contradictory output.” 
< That would make a politician, not a Druid >
What? Oh. Well- 
< Hound 4, Druid 1. >

< Hey, Atticus, you watching this? > he asked. 
Yes. You’d better let him win, Oberon. If you pull him down, he’ll lose face with his crew. 
< Oh. Good thing you said something, because I was about to yank him off his feet and then hump his leg, proclaiming him to be my bitch. >

I could talk and talk about how great this book is but I don’t want to bore you. Let’s just say that there is not a bad character in this book. The story is a non-stop action packed, full of intrigues, deceptions and betrayals; with its many twist and turns it will keep you guessing page after page about what is coming next. The story is also very rich in mythology. We learn about many pantheons and their different gods and goddesses. 
There is not romance in this book but there is an attraction that will have you wishing and begging Mr. Hearne for more, please Mr. Hearne more, please, pretty please.

Kevin Hearne’s writing is fluid, spotless and fun, one that will trap you within the first sentence and won’t let you go until you reach the last word and even there it will leave you wanting and praying for more, you may even find yourself lighting black candles to the Morrigan and asking her to send more inspiration to Mr. Hearne.

As I said before I could continue with my praises for this book and this series without stop, but I think the best I can do is to tell you to read it. If you haven’t read previous books (why? why? why?) you should read them (now) in order. Kevin Hearne and his Iron Druid Chronicles books have a special place in my heart and in my for-ever-love-series-shelf. I’m sure after you read these books they will have a special place in yours too.
I’m looking forward to December for the release of the next installment of this series Trapped.

My Verdict: 5 Paws


Other books in the series
Hexed
Hammered
Tricked
Trapped (Dec. 2012)
Hunted (2013)

Other reviews Goodreads

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Covers of the World: Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost

Today in Covers of the World we have the second book in the Night Huntress World by Jeaniene Frost, Eternal Kiss of Darkness

1. From left to right: English edition US/UK and English Audiobook edition.

2. From left to right: French edition and German edition.

 
3. From left to right: Italian edition and Turkish edition.

The only cover I like from this group is the German cover but at the same time I have a big problem with it. Eternal Kiss of Darkness is Mencheres' book that means I'm expecting its cover to have a male model, it doesn't matter if he is the main focus or not, but I want to see a male model in the cover. From the covers with a male model the one I like the most (less bad) is the Turkish cover.
The covers I like the least are the English edition and French edition. I don't like the color of the English edition nor its male model and the French cover is like a quick photoshop job, I really don't like it. 
One thing that caught my attention with this book is that there is not Spanish edition. After some researching I got to the conclusion that only very few of Jeaniene Frost books have been translated to Spanish. I find this very curious, Spanish is the third more spoken language on the world, I was sure I will find a Spanish cover. Do any of you know the reason for this? 
What do you think of these covers? 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Early Review: Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep


Title: Dark Frost
Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Mythos Academy, book 3
Genre: YA Fiction
Publisher: Kensington (May 29th, 2012)
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“I’ve seen so many freaky things since I started attending Mythos Academy last fall. I know I’m supposed to be a fearless warrior, but most of the time, I feel like I’m just waiting for the next Bad, Bad Thing to happen. Like someone trying to kill me—again.  
Everyone at Mythos Academy knows me as Gwen Frost, the Gypsy girl who uses her psychometry magic to find lost objects—and who just may be dating Logan Quinn, the hottest guy in school. But I’m also the girl the Reapers of Chaos want dead in the worst way. The Reapers are the baddest of the bad, the people who murdered my mom. So why do they have it in for me?  
It turns out my mom hid a powerful artifact called the Helheim Dagger before she died. Now, the Reapers will do anything to get it back. They think I know where the dagger is hidden, but this is one thing I can’t use my magic to find. All I do know is that the Reapers are coming for me—and I’m in for the fight of my life.” 
Dark Frost is the third book in the Mythos Academy series by Jennifer Estep.

Dark Frost starts couple of weeks after events in second book, Kiss of Frost. Gwen and friends are ready to go back to school after the Holiday break. The day before school starts they visit a museum exposition for a school assignment. Gwen, Daphne, Carlson and Logan are catching up when Reapers who are looking for the Helheim Dagger attack the museum. The confrontation leaves couple of dead students and many others injured. Some of the students in the death toll are students we knew from previous books.
Gwen has been looking everywhere for the Helheim Dagger; she has checked every single item left by her mom for clues to where she could have hid it to no avail. She knows as Nike’s Champion she needs to find the dagger before the Reapers do it and use it to release Loki from his prison.
As with previous books her life is in danger, this time around is thanks to couple of encounters with Loki’s Champion. And if that wasn’t enough to have Gwen occupied, this time around she is also having problems with Daphne and doesn’t know where she is standing with Logan.

The Gwen we met in Touch of Frost is not the same Gwen she is today, she has come a long way. She is not a loner anymore and she is finding her place in the Academy. She is still not warrior material but she compensates with her bravery. Everyday she’s learning new things about her power and is coming to terms to what she can do. Despite being Nike’s Champion she has doubts about her worth and feels sometimes inadequate in her position. She struggles not only with external factors but also with her inner demons. Even though I like her I wanted to shake her for a big part of the book. She did things alone she shouldn’t have done but somehow I understood her need to prove herself.

Logan is the same Logan as in previous books, it’s obvious he’s very into Gwen but for him to be able to be with her he needs to be honest about his past, something that is not easy for him to do. Still, he was there for Gwen almost every time she needed him. Fans of Logan with love him and will want to slap him to later love him again.

Daphne comes into her power in this book, it’s hard for her to get to terms with it because it’s something she wasn’t expecting and everything that is going on in the academy just make things more complicated for her. She was another one I wanted to shake more than once, but at the end she was ok and was the friend Gwen needed.

Other characters we love from previous books are also present in this one, like Carlson, Oliver, Kenzie, Morgan, Gwen’s grandmother Geraldine, professor Metis and Nickamedes. In this installment Gwen and Nickamedes have the talk we been waiting for. We learn the why of his behavior towards her, and even though it was something I was suspecting it was nice to confirm it.
A character from Kiss of Frost made a surprise appearance, I like her a lot and I’m glad somehow we will have a part of her in future books to come.
I was guessing who was the villain for the very beginning but Mrs. Estep threw some curve balls that made me doubt myself; I like when an author does that.

I really like Dark Frost. The problems I had with previous books in this series do almost not exist in this one, Mrs. Estep did a better job around this time, every time she wanted you to catch up with previous events in the story she gave the basic information without being too repetitive. *yay*

Dark Frost is an action packed page-turner with a rich world building and lots of interesting mythological facts.
I recommend this book and this series in general to all YA fiction lovers or anyone who likes mythological folktales.
The end of Dark Frost is not a cliffhanger but still is one that will leave you eagerly waiting for next book of this series Crimson Frost.

My Verdict: 4 Stars


Other books in the series
Touch of Frost
Kiss of Frost
Dark Frost (May 29th 2012)
Crimson Frost (2013)

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Movie Trailer: G.I. Joe: Retaliation

G.I. Joe: Retaliation is the upcoming sci-fi action film sequel to G.I. Joe: Rise of the CobraG.I. Joe: Retaliation is starring by Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis and Channing Tatum.

From iMDB: "The G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence."

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Review: Bared to You by Sylvia Day


Title: Bared to You
Author: Sylvia Day
Series: Crossfire, book 1
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Publisher: Self-Published
Source: Review copy from author
Format: E-book

“Our journey began in fire...

Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness—beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I'd never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily...

Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other's most private wounds... and desires.

The bonds of his love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn't tear us apart...”
Bared to You is the first book in the Crossfire series by Sylvia Day.

While reading this book I could see why they are comparing it to Fifty Shades of Grey, there are some similarities but that’s it. Bared to You is a great book on its own, the writing, characterization and plot development are “fifty” times better than Fifty Shades of Grey.

Eva Trammel has just moved to New York City with her best friend Cary and is starting a new job in an advertising company. On her first days on the city she meets Gideon Cross, the famous young billionaire owner of many businesses including the building where her new job is located.
At a young age Eva was abused, after many years of therapy she has learned to recognize the men she should keep her distance from. Gideon raises all her red flags but their attraction is not something she can control. Keeping her distance from him is easier said than done.
Gideon Cross has worked all his life to have what he has and nothing can stop him for having what he wants, including Eva. The only problem is Eva is more than what he was expecting, he can’t get enough of her but he doesn’t know how to have a normal relationship.

Bared to You is a book of flawed and broken characters, not only our hero and heroine are survivors of abuse but some of the secondary characters are as well.
We learned about Eva and her best friend Cary’s pasts, they met in a support group for abuse people. They know each other better than anybody else knows them and for years they have tried to be there for each other, sometimes failing in the intend.

The abuse regarding Gideon is not clearly specified, he suffers from terrible nightmares and we may guess what is behind them, but we don’t know nothing in detail, only the assumption we can make of the situation.
Gideon and Eva’s attraction is off the charts; they can’t keep their distance from each other even when they are sometimes hurting themselves. And the scenes when they are together are hot, steamy, sexy, hot, did I say hot? Yes, very, very hot!

The end was a little bit abrupt, one that left me wanting next book of this series Deeper in You. I really want to learn what happened to Gideon to make him the man he is today, I also want to see what’s going to happen with them because I can’t see a future as a couple for them the way they are going, at least not in a sane, healthy and stable relationship.

I have to be honest with you, this review has been one of the hardest for me to write because this story hit too close to home. Bared to You was my life twelve years ago, it was almost as if I was reading my book. I haven't been abused but I had just left a relationship that affected me a lot when I got involved with a Gideon type of man. There was one scene in particular almost at the end of the book that happened to me almost exactly as it was written, it made me cried like a baby remembering those days and the feeling of helplessness of wanting to help the person you love but not knowing how. I'm not with that person anymore, after a year and some months I couldn't take more of his jealousy, possessiveness and overall the ghosts of his past.

If you are a fan of contemporary erotic romance this book is for you. Bared to You was my first book by Sylvia Day but I can guarantee you it won’t be my last.  

My Verdict: 4 Paws


Other books in the series
Bared to You
Deeper in You (October 2012)

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Review & Author Interview: Blooded by Amanda Carlson



Title: Blooded: A Jessica McClain Novella
Author: Amanda Carlson
Series: Jessica McClain,
book 0.5
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Orbit
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“Jessica McClain was born the only female in an all male race. The only problem is-she's no wolf. Called a curse, a witch and the Daughter of Evil by the superstitious wolves, Jessica decides to fight for her freedom, at age nineteen, the only way she can-in the ring.

When she's brutally attacked right after her fight, is it enough to finally earn her freedom off Compound, or will she be forced to endure the hatred even longer…”
Blooded is the prequel novella and introduction to the new Jessica McClain series by Amanda Carlson.

Since the moment she was born Jessica McClain’s life has been in danger, she has been called evil, a freak, a witch and many more not so nice things, all this thanks to a myth known as the Cain’s myth in which it’s said that a woman born in the Pack will be the end of their race. Her only sin is being a human female born of a werewolf. Werewolves don’t possess the DNA that creates females, that means Jessica is a genetic anomaly.
Jessica is now nineteen and tired of been afraid for her life. Her father, Callum McClain is the Alpha of the Pack, he has done everything in his power to protect her, so has her twin brother Tyler, but everyday that passes the werewolves are becoming more restless and her life in the Compound is almost unbearable; the discontent in the Pack has reached a point where Jessica is forced to break Pack rules and challenges Mitch. Mitch is an alpha-born werewolf and one of her haters. Jessica thinks she will be able to best him using her wits and slashing tongue but during the fight she realizes she may have miscalculated the outcome, defeating Mitch is harder than she thought. As soon as her father learns about the fight he stops it. Callum is in a very difficult position, he doesn’t want to lose her and at the same time he doesn’t know what else to do to protect her. Jessica begs him to let her leave the Compound and enlist in the police academy where she has already been accepted, but Callum denies her request, he is afraid her life will also be endangered outside of the Compound not only from werewolves but from other supernatural races.
When Jessica is once again attacked in the Compound Callum realizes he has to reconsider his decision.

I’m going to start this review with my first thought after I read the last word in this book. That thought was: I want more! Yes, with exclamation point and everything, that’s the way my brain works.
I was surprised at Mrs. Carlson dexterity with words, Blooded is not longer than 50 pages and in those she was not only able to describe this new world rule by male werewolves and other supernatural beings (vampires, witches and demons) but also she made clear Jessica’s disadvantaged and perilous position in it. Furthermore in those few pages I was able to connect with the characters, all that in 50 pages or less!!

Jessica is a strong willed heroine, she is smart, witty and competent; she knows her handicaps and her assets and how to use them in her favor. It was easy to like her, understand her and cheer for her.
Callum loves his daughter and wants to keep her safe but even being the Alpha of the Pack is not enough; his grief at being unable to protect her was palpable and almost broke my heart.
Other characters I really liked and wish to learn more about are Jessica’s brother Tyler, their almost adoptive brother Nick and their friend Danny.

Blooded is a very-well-written-action-packed-page-turner-impossible-to-put-down novella with great fight sequences, an interesting world and alluring characters.
Blooded is a delicious appetizer that will leave you craving for more. If you like werewolves you are going to love it, if you like urban fantasy you are going to love it, if you… ok, you get the idea. I’m eagerly looking forward to September 1st to the release of the first full-length Jessica McClain novel, Full Blooded.

My Verdict: 5 Paws

Other books in the series
Blooded: A Jessica McClain Novella
Full Blooded (Sept. 1st, 2012)
Hot Blooded (March 5th, 2013)
Cold Blooded (August 2013)

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Today I have a special treat for all of you. Mrs. Carlson kindly accepted my invitation to answer some questions about her new Jessica McClain series, writing, and more.

1.   How do you choose the name of your characters? The names and personalities of my characters jump into my brain without my permission for the most part. For this series, it started with Jessica making her first shift, just like a scene out of a movie. I knew what she looked like, the beginnings of her personality and her name. From there the book was started. I'm a "pantser" by nature -- meaning I fly by the seat of my pants, so when I'm writing a scene and a character pops up, I know exactly who it is and they usually have a name, face and personality. Occasionally a very secondary character feels like the wrong name or I have to struggle to find the sir name, but usually they are spot on. It's a huge bummer when the character comes with a name and it's too close to one I already have! That' happens all the time in real life, but in books they have to stand out. You can't have Larry and Harry, LOL.

2.    How did you choose to write Urban Fantasy? I think Urban Fantasy chose me. I started writing fiction years ago with romance and nothing really clicked. From there I went to humor and wrote non-fiction essays about my kids. It wasn't until I started writing urban fantasy did my passions for fiction give a defiant shove. I absolutely love writing fantasy -- inventing a world and all its parameters is wonderful. It's such a treat. I can't imagine writing anything else. I'm hooked for life!

3.    What is the hardest part of writing for you? Those middle in between scenes are the worst for me. Getting my character from point A to point B and making it interesting. I adore action, so you will see a lot of it in the series, it's those mundane scenes which still have to have life that give me the hardest time.

4.    What is the most rewarding part of writing for you? When a scene takes off on it's own and I don't know what happens next. Characters usually pop up and surprise me. That is the best. I think that's why I write. It's a constant rush of energy and excitement. A certain scene can change the entire arc of the story. I also love that depending on the day and time I sit at my desk, the story could be something else.

5.    How many books are planned for the Jessica McClain series? Right now I'm contracted for three, but have a rough story arc for at least three more. I'd also love to write some spinoff books with characters (I'm hoping!) you fall in love with. I love this world and I'm so excited to show Jessica and her family to the world.


5-QPQ (Quick Personal Questions)

1.     What do you drink while you are writing (coffee, tea, soda, vodka, absinthe, peyote, ayahuasca…)? Coffee. And lots of it. I can't write if I've had alcohol. I've come home from early evenings out and tried to sit at my desk. LOL, it's not pretty.

2.    What is your favorite food? French fries.

3.    What book are you reading now or read last? I have very little read time, but I'm reading Amanda Bonilla's Shaedes of Gray now and loving it!

4.   Do you buy a book by the cover? No. I did years ago, but I've learned -- the cover tempts, but it's what's on the inside that matters most.

5.    What is your dream place to visit? I cannot wait to go to Bora Bora some day! I want to stay in on of those rooms on stilts with the ocean all around me.

Thanks for hosting me today! I had a fantastic time. Can't wait to come back when FULL BLOODED releases in September.

Thanks to you for taking the time to answer my questions. And did you say Full Blooded? Yes, yes, yes please. Is it September yet?


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