The Vampire's Kiss by Cynthia EdenThe Vampire’s Kiss by Cynthia Eden presents all the necessary trappings of a vampire romance novel: a lonely Byronic hero living in a dark mansion on a secluded mountain top, a tragic heroine who needs his help, and a villain who takes all the fun out of falling in love. The main characters, William Dark and Savannah Daniels, arrive on the page fully developed and they are quite easy to like. She’s an adorable, kind, and brave young woman; and he’s a tall, dark, and handsome vampire. The villain, Geoffrey de Montfort, is equally well developed. He is the kind of vampire who gives the reader the creeping crawlies. Likewise, the storyline is engaging with either romance or suspense keeping the quick pace of the novel full of action.

Overall The Vampire’s Kiss is a good vampire romance novel. Unfortunately, it falls short of being great with descriptive elements in the novel needing more creative detail. Additionally, while the erotic scenes that are neatly woven into the suspenseful plot are tastefully titillating, the use of the phrase “they were so close that she didn’t know where he began and she ended” is, regrettably, tired and cliché.

On the upside the storyline in The Vampire’s Kiss is well rounded and leaves nothing loose in the end. Likewise, the characters in the novel are believable and leave the reader interested to read more of their stories. Unfortunately, the novel’s lack of descriptive detail and the use of romantic cliché leave the reader bored in certain places of an otherwise captivating vampire romance.

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Full Moon Rising by Keri ArthurIf you like ‘em hot, then Full Moon Rising and Kissing Sin, both by Keri Arthur, are just the books for you.

I’ve been reading the vampire romance genre for a while but this is the first I’ve read where the heroine was half-vamp, half-werewolf. It’s an interesting … and potent … combo. The lovely Riley Jenson will take sex just about anyway it, er, comes.

Surrounding all this hot action, is of course, romance, mystery and lots and lots of action of the whoop-ass variety. Keri weaves an intricate tale that puts Riley and her cohorts through their paces, fending off cloned, crossbred, non-human minions — some that fly, even some that reek of death itself — as they try to blow the lid off a conspiracy that may involve employees of the Directorate of Non-Human Races (Riley’s employer), as well as the military and, of course, an underworld cartel staffed by mad scientists. And she’s not done yet!

Kissing Sin by Keri ArthurFull Moon Rising and Kissing Sin are the first two installments in the Riley Jenson series. The third installment, Tempting Evil, is already on shelves, and the fourth, Dangerous Games, hits shelves in March!

These books are true paranormal romance, complete with vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters and more, but they’re not for the faint of heart or squeamish. There’s loads of bloodletting, butt-kicking and, of course, between-the-sheets (euphemistically speaking) action. Riley’s one hot half-were and the fellas are more than happy to oblige!

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Greetings, all!

Just thought I'd let you know, our Featured Author interview series has lined up three more authors.

Keri Arthur, author of the Riley Jensen series, is slated for March; the fantastic Nina Bangs will follow in April; and the talented Lara Adrian is on tap for May.

If any other authors out there are interested in participating, please let us know!

Here’s a list of known upcoming vampire romance releases for March 2007.

March 1

For a Few Demons More (Kim Harrison)
The Dead Room (Heather Graham)
X-Rated Bloodsuckers (Mario Acevedo)

March 6

Lover Revealed, A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood (J.R. Ward)
Demon’s Delight (MaryJanice Davidson, Emma Holly, Vicky Taylor & Catherine Spangler)
Real Vampires Have Curves (Gerry Bartlett)
Phantom in the Night (Sherrilyn Kenyon)

March 25

Matters of the Blood (Maria Lima)

March 27

Dangerous Games (Keri Arthur)
The Vampire’s Secret (Raven Hart)
The Vampire of Venice Beach (Jennifer Colt)

Possession: Book Two in the Blood Ties Series by Jennifer ArmintroutFor those of you who liked Jennifer Armintrout’s The Turning, you’ll love Possession, the second book in the Blood Ties series.

In The Turning, Carrie is turned into a vampire by Cyrus during a brutal attack in the morgue. Yet, despite the evil that Cyrus radiates, there is something about him that inexplicably attracts her. Nathan is the kinder, gentler vampire who takes Carrie under his wing. Without giving much away, Nathan finds himself needing to give Carrie his blood and in essence, becomes her new sire.

Possession takes the reader further into the life of recently-turned Dr. Carrie Ames. Carrie’s co-sires once epitomized the definitions of good and evil. When Nathan becomes possessed and tales of Cyrus’ death seem to have been greatly exaggerated, these roles are obscured. The Soul-Eater has plans for both men, neither of which are in Carrie’s best interest. Her intact humanity serves Cyrus and Nathan well even as she struggles with her emotions and loyalties toward them. The blood tie to Cyrus thought to have been severed is reawakened and her tie to Nathan fades. But are the blood ties truly what bind her to her sires?

Armintrout adds a lot of emotional and self-introspecting depth to Cyrus that was alluded to in The Turning. I had forgotten how many glimpses of Cyrus’ vulnerability are revealed in the first book but quickly remembered why I find him so enticing.

Armintrout leaves much of Carrie’s future unsettled which provides a great portal to her next book Ashes to Ashes. I look forward to its release in August 2007.

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Dear visitors,

Thanks to the generosity of Caridad Pineiro-Scordato, Vampire Romance Books is having its first book giveaway! Up for grabs are two of Caridad's earlier volumes in The Calling Series, Temptation Calls and Danger Calls. Apparently, these titles are not all that easy to find anymore, so be sure and enter for a chance to win. To be eligible for the drawing, simply leave a comment to this post, telling us who your favorite character is from any of Caridad's vampire romance books. If you've never read any of her books, just name your favorite vampire romance character of all time – don't forget to tell us what books they're from!

Anyone who responds is automatically entered, but entries are limited to one per person. In other words, you can leave multiple entries but there'll be only one instance of your name in the proverbial hat. The giveaway will be open for the next 30 days, with the drawing to be held on March 6 and the winner announced soon after, here at VRB.com and also notified by e-mail. Thanks in advance for participating and good luck!

I had the chance recently to finally sit down and read Colleen Gleason’s The Rest Falls Away and I have to say it is one heck of a book.

I cut my teeth in the romance genre back in my teen years. I bypassed the lighter, contemporary fare that so many of my peers read and headed straight for the lusher historical epics by romance mavens Kathleen Woodiwiss and Johanna Lindsey. I read every one I could get my hands on but eventually moved away from the genre when someone put the Dune chronicles by Frank Herbert in my hands. They, along with many other sci-fi books, fed my need for meaty reads, especially book series. I’ve read other types of books as well – I enjoy non-fiction and am particularly fond of the Scarpetta book series by Patrica Cornwell – but it was many, many years before I returned to reading romance books, and it’s been even longer since I read a historical one.

Enter The Rest Falls Away.

In this, the first volume in the Gardella Vampire Chronicles, Colleen spins a wonderful, suspenseful and sexy tale that left me wanting more. Indeed, I can’t wait for the second installment in this series. (Note to Colleen: I’m not usually one for the bad boys, but Sebastian … what a very hot and naughty fella. The darkness in Max is also rather … stimulating … yes, that’s the right word, stimulating. There’s definitely a story there. )

I devoured each page of The Rest Falls Away and was reminded of how much I had loved reading about different time periods, the way people dressed and behaved, even spoke. It was always like looking through a window into the past, albeit a sometimes fogged one from all that action between those hulky heroes and lovely heroines. The Rest Falls Away gave me the chance to look back again, this time into 19th century London, moving back and forth between high society balls and parties, and midnight raids as part of a secret battle between good and evil. What great fun!

Victoria, our tough, fiery and passionate (damn, that Sebastian knows what buttons to push … and undo … so naughty) heroine wears ballgowns and frets about where to hide the wooden stakes so necessary to her job as a vampire hunter. (Another note to Colleen: This book could almost have been title The Reluctant Debutante or even The Lethal Debutante, *wink*.)

I really enjoyed The Rest Falls Away. I found it an engrossing read with compelling characters and a detailed and intriguing mythology that holds great promise. I am eager to see how things go for Victoria and her vampire slaying compatriots. Something tells me we’ve not heard the last from her archnemesis, the evil vampire queen Lilith. Victoria has, after all, a destiny to fulfill.

So, bring it on, Colleen! I’m ready for more!

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Veteran vampire romance author Caridad Pineiro-Scordato had graciously answered a series of questions for VampireRomanceBooks.com to introduce herself and her writing to vampire romance book readers. Caridad's latest addition to The Calling series, Devotion Calls, hit shelves in early January and she has several other books due out this year, which you can find out about by reading the interview! Caridad, we wish you all the best in your writing. Thank you so much for participating in our author interview feature. Now, ladies (and possibly and gents), an interview with Caridad Pineiro.

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