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

April 1

Be Still My Vampire Heart (Kerrelyn Sparks)
Into The Darkness (Delilah Devlin)
Kitty Takes a Holiday (Carrie Vaughn)
The Darkangel (Meredith Pierce)

April 3

Claimed by Shadow (Karen Chance)
Dead Girls Dance: The Morganville Vampires, Book II (Rachel Caine)
The Last of the Red Hot Vampires (Katie MacAlister)

Are you ready, vampire romance book lovers? I sure hope so because VRB.com's second book giveaway is for Nora Roberts' bestselling, widely acclaimed Circle Trilogy (Morrigan's Cross, Dance of the Gods and Valley of Silence)!

Morrigan's Cross by Nora RobertsDance of the Gods by Nora RobertsValley of Silence by Nora Roberts 

To be eligible for the drawing, simply leave a comment to this post, naming your favorite vampire romance couple of all time. Be sure and tell us what book or books the characters are from and why you like them! If you want, even let us know what you thought of the book!

Anyone who responds to this post 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 April 17 and the lucky reader announced soon after, here at VRB.com and also notified by e-mail.

Thanks in advance for participating and good luck!

** Past winners must wait 90 days (from their latest giveaway win) to be eligible for another giveaway.

Immortal Desires offers vampire romance fans a fresh approach to the genre. Crymsyn R. Hart gracefully weaves the lifestyles of “real” vampires into the passion of the vampire romance novel.

Dearest Reader, beware: Immortal Desires is not for the faint of heart. Certain aspects of the edgy and riveting plot may breech the comfort zone of the tenderhearted. The characters make mistakes and pay uncomfortable consequences. The bloodletting in this book does not always involve fangs and a richly decorated bedroom.

These are all points that make Immortal Desires a great vampire romance novel.

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My Demon's Kiss by Lucy BlueAs I’ve mentioned before, I absolutely love book series. I’m not sure why, but I do. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Lucy Blue’s Bound in Darkness trilogy this last week. But, hey, who doesn’t like a jaunt back to medieval times with all those hunky and chivalrous knights, fair and brave maids … and a vampire or two or three or four thrown into the mix?

In My Demon’s Kiss, The Devil’s Knight and Dark Angel, Ms. Blue tells a riveting tale that begins in the Urals and ends in the Scottish Highlands.

It follows first the chivalrous-knight-turned-vampire Simon and his dwarf wizard sidekick Orlando on a quest to find a mystical chalice (think Holy Grail-like) that might just bring Simon salvation from his curse, but most certainly finds him on the Lady Isabel’s doorstep at Castle Charmot.

The Devil's Knight by Lucy BlueIn the second volume, the Normand crusader Tristan, whom Simon accidentally turned in My Demon’s Kiss, seeks revenge against the renegade warrior noblewoman Siohban and her misguided brother, Sean, after the pair take Tristan’s home, slaughter his men and keep his young daughter.

The trilogy wraps up with the tale of Roxanna and Gareth, a vampire princess and a noble English knight with Scottish roots and a mysterious birthmark that labels him for a great destiny.

Each story is connected with the all couples eventually joining the quest to find the magical cup that will hopefully free the cursed. The only hitch is a very nasty villain — the ancient Lucan Kivar, father of all vampires — wants it, too, and will stop at nothing to get it. He is truly creepy and chillingly evil, sitting in direct counter to the brave and righteous band of heroes hoping to beat him at his own game.

Dark Angel by Lucy Blue Ms. Blue’s heroes and heroines are all wonderfully drawn, as are the settings, and she tells a vivid tale. The only weak point for me was the use of rather modern dialog. It’s not off-putting, but there were a few times I thought “Would they have really said that back then?”

All in all, I found this trilogy a wonderful read and a fantastic tale with plenty of tasteful intimate romps and enough mystery to keep you guessing and wondering how it’s all going to end.

Have you read My Demon’s Kiss, The Devil’s Knight and/or Dark Angel? If so, please feel free to post a comment and tell us what you think.

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Wickedly funny and delightfully sensual.

Wicked Nights by Nina BangsThat’s how I’d characterize Wicked Nights and Wicked Pleasure, the first two books in Nina Bangs’ Castle of Dark Dreams trilogy about three special brothers. The third tale, Wicked Fantasy, is due out in May and I can hardly wait to sink my, er, teeth into that one.

Ms. Bangs packs a lot of humorous punch into the pages of both Wicked Nights and Wicked Pleasure, and spices up the mix with, of course, romance, sex and interesting plots. The cast is made up of vampires, demons, an immortal warrior, a wizard, cosmic troublemakers, and of course, those hapless (but not hopeless) humans who find themselves suddenly drawn into the paranormal realm.

Wicked Pleasure by Nina BangsThe three special brothers — Eric, Brynn and Conall McNair — are part of the Castle of Dark Dreams, the main attraction of Live the Fantasy, the adult theme park where the trio uses their unique supernatural talents to help the clientele live out their fantasies, and who are destined to have their own fantasies come true, even those they’d never before considered.

In Wicked Nights, “Eric the Evil” finds himself unexpectedly involved with a late-night radio talk show host who’s come to town to debunk the vivid accounts by some of her callers about the Castle. And in Wicked Pleasure, Brynn, a cursed 500-year-old demon of pleasure, suddenly finds himself attracted to, of all things, a demon hunter with a sentient and excitable demon detector!

“Eric the Evil” is, of course, hardly evil but he is a dark and powerfully sensual alpha male vampire who meets his match in the outspoken Donna Nolan. While Brynn finds a balm for his a tortured soul in the sensitive and reluctant demon hunter Kim Vaughn.

Wicked Fantasy by Nina BangsThe cosmic troublemakers (two who like to parade around in the form of cats … not surprising considering feline arrogance and troublesomeness) and the lovely little detector are a great source of laughs, but one never forgets they should not be underestimated. Untold powers lurk beneath all that fur, and one particular troublemaker I suspect will play a larger role in the third book, considering her affinity for the immortal warrior Conall. The castle’s haughty wizard reminds one of Tolkien’s Gandalf though I doubt you’d catch him slumming with Hobbits in the Shire. Still he has his own special charm.

Ms. Bangs brings a biting humor to this deftly written cast of characters and spins a great sensual and witty yarn in both Wicked Nights and Wicked Pleasure. I can’t wait for Wicked Fantasy … though maybe she could arrange a visit to the Castle itself! Now that would be the perfect way to cap off this review!

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Thank you all for participating in the book giveaway for the two titles from The Calling series by Caridad Pineiro-Scordato!

I put everyone's name in a hat this morning and recruited my sister to blindly draw a name from the hat while she was still half-asleep … and the winner is:

Lea Hernandez

Congratulations, Lea! And again, thank you all for participating. I plan to have another giveaway up very soon, hopefully before the end of the week!

Tempting Evil by Keri ArthurTempting Evil is Keri Arthur’s third entry in the Riley Jenson Guardian series and sees Riley drawn deeper into the Guardian fold, going undercover to find and bring down the evil mastermind behind a series of gruesome and perverse crossbreeding and genetic experiments, seeking justice for both herself and others.

For those who don’t know, the Guardians are rather like no-holds-barred law enforcement officers. They work for the Directorate of Non-Human Races and handle the threat of gone-bad werewolves, vampires, shapeshifters and the like — threats that the human police force simply cannot handle and probably don’t want to handle.

Tempting Evil, like Full Moon Rising and Kissing Sin, is highly action oriented, though there seemed to be less of the between-the-sheets variety in this edition, at least of the celebratory variety that Riley enjoys so much. Note to those with delicate sensibilities: There’s some non-consensual and for-queen-and-country sex but it’s thankfully neither protracted nor described in great detail.

Suspense and mystery also abound in the pages of Tempting Evil, while the connection between Riley and the ancient vampire Quinn continues to grow, adding their special spiciness to the story.

I have to confess, there’s just something magical between these two characters and I’ll be highly disappointed if our randy little half-were doesn’t settle down with the darkly sexy vampire. They just work, despite their respective misgivings at times and their seeming incompatibility regarding their individual views on sex and monogamy. For those who haven’t read the books yet, let’s just say that werewolves see sex as a celebration of life and the issue of multiple partners isn’t, well, an issue unless they’re “mated,” whereas vamps are more of a one-gal, one-guy kinda species.

In spite of or perhaps because of Riley and Quinn’s differing views, I can’t help but root for them. I suspect that what they each need is found in the other, and no one else. The sex between Riley and her various other partners is usually more than adequately titillating, but with Quinn, it’s blow-the-roof-off intimacy. They connect, and in more ways than one. I look forward to finding out how Ms. Arthur handles their dance around each other in the series’ next edition, Dangerous Games, which is due out later this month.

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Lover Revealed by J.R. WardJ.R. Ward is soooooo damned good. Me? I’m bad. Very bad.

Despite the voice of reason in the back of my head saying “You have to work tomorrow,” I went by the store on the way home yesterday on the off chance Ms. Ward’s latest Black Dagger Brotherhood title, Lover Revealed, was out on the shelves a few days early. It was. I bought it. And as a result, I didn’t get to bed until way after my bedtime. I mean WAY after my bedtime.

In all seriousness, there’s not a vampire romance book series I could recommend more than Ms. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. It is so powerful and each successive volume is better than the previous.

In Lover Revealed, Ms. Ward tells Butch O’Neal’s story. As with all the Brothers and their entourage, there’s more to Butch than his gruff and tough exterior. The former cop, who in Dark Lover ends up befriending the Brotherhood in their battle against the Omega and the Lessers (those are the bad guys), is put through the paces physically, emotionally, mentally … and romantically as he finally hooks up with the lovely vampire aristocrat Marissa.

Ward’s descriptions are so vivid. She has a glorious way with words, frequently turning what could be a mundane observation into a real zinger. She had several lines that made me laugh out loud. As always, the action is crisp, and the sex spicy, loving and incredibly erotic … damned erotic … I-need-a-cold-shower erotic.

Plot twists and turns abound in Lover Revealed as Ms. Ward continues setting the stage for an epic showdown and readying her warriors for what is coming. One by one, she is bringing personal happiness to each of the Brothers, making them whole and equipping them with the unbreakable inner strength they will need in the final battle between good and evil. These fanged warriors will give their all when the time comes and nothing will stop them. They will fight for honor and to protect their race, but I think in the end it will be love that wins the day. Which is exactly how it should be.

If you’ve not read Ms. Ward’s books (Dark Lover, Lover Eternal, Lover Awakened, Lover Revealed), I urge you to give them a try. They are some of the most compelling contemporary books I’ve ever read. In any genre. Period.

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Keri Arthur has graciously answered a series of questions for VampireRomanceBooks.com to introduce herself and her writing to vampire romance book readers. Keri's third addition to the Riley Jenson Guardian series, Tempting Evil, hit shelves late last month and the fourth, Dangerous Games, is due out later this month! Keri, we at VRB.com 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 Keri Arthur.

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