Vampires Are Forever by Lynsay SandsLynsay Sands’ Argeneau vampire series is delightfully charming and witty, with a healthy dose of fun — not to mention clever, smile-inducing titles.

I’ve read a few of them now and each has been a pleasant experience, and the upcoming Vampires Are Forever (2/2008), eighth in the series, is a fitting addition.

Up this time is Thomas Argeneau — cousin to Bastien and his brothers, nephew to the clan matriarch Marguerite, and a composer in secret — and the smart and curvy Inez Urso, VP of Argeneau Enterprises’ London operations and all-around nice girl.

The duo, who have met only briefly once before, suddenly find themselves thrust together when Marguerite goes missing, not long after she’d taken up the occupation of private detective. Their search for the missing PI takes them to some unique places and into dangers unexpected. The close quarters they must share, however, sparks undeniable passion between them and reveals a bond neither ever expected to find.

Thomas and Inez’s romance is sweet and gentle and their desire appropriately heated, despite her fears and timidity. He woos her with a care, gradually coaxing his largely inexperienced lady love into his arms by being, of all things, considerate.

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Dead Perfect by Amanda AshleyAmanda Ashley’s books are delightful, uncomplicated reads. The two I’ve read prior, Dead Sexy and Night’s Touch, certainly were, and so is her upcoming Dead Perfect (2/2008).

In Dead Perfect, the young and lovely Shannah Davis is dying from a mysterious blood ailment, one that her doctors haven’t been able to identify, and she is spending the waning days of her life in a most unusual fashion — following a man she thinks may be a vampire. Tall, dark and handsome, and seen only at night, she’s convinced he’s a member of the undead, and is contemplating whether or not he might just have the power to save her life. A knock on man’s door reveals a somewhat different possibility, however, while his kiss ignites in her a vitality unlike she’s ever before known. The centuries-old Ronan is in a similar predicament as Shannah fills his life with a light and liveliness he’s not known in a very long time, and a hunger nigh unto unbearable — hunger for her scent, her taste, her touch … for her.

I really enjoyed this sweet little love story. It’s romantic and witty with elements of danger and suspense, though they are not the focal point. Ronan’s secret occupation was a little surprise that made me smile, for many reasons, but I won’t write about it here.

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Scions: Resurrections Holiday With A Vampire

Happy New Year, everyone!

Our first book giveaway of 2008 is a nice little grab bag of vampire romance goodies:

  • Holiday With A Vampire by Maureen Child & Caridad Pineiro
  • Scions: Resurrection (Book One in the Scions series) by Patrice Michelle
  • An AUTOGRAPHED cover flat for Sara Reinke’s Dark Thirst

To enter, simply leave a comment to this post and tell us which book or book series you’re resolved to read in the new year.

We’ll be taking entries through January 31, 2008, with the name of a lucky reader to be drawn from the hat on February 1, 2008. The winner will be contacted via e-mail and will be announced here as soon as they have replied to us.

BE SURE AND READ THE OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES, for information on eligibility.

Good luck and thanks so much for participating!

Ladies and gents, our featured author for the month of January in this brand new year of 2008 is none other than Patrice Michelle, author of Silhouette Nocturne’s new Scions series.

Ms. Michelle, whose first book in the Scions series — Scions: Resurrection — has just been released, has kindly answered a series of questions for us here at and we’re pleased to share her answers with you.

Now without further ado, an interview with Patrice Michelle.


The votes are in and Lynn Viehl’s Evermore, the fifth book in the Darkyn series, is the reading group pick for January. So head on down to your local bookstore and grab a copy and get to reading! When you’ve finished, head on over to the forum and join in or start the discussion.

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> Vote for the February 2008 Reading Group Pick

The Bleeding Dusk by Colleen GleasonIt is a rare thing for an author to completely surprise me, but I have to confess that Colleen Gleason has done it with each outing in her Gardella Vampire Chronicles, including the upcoming The Bleeding Dusk (Feb. 5, 2008), which I had the privilege of reading to kick off the New Year.

The Bleeding Dusk, which picks up around a year after events in Rises the Night, with Victoria taking on the mantle of “The Gardella,” is a true delight and adventure that will have you holding your breath in more than a few places, as it takes you on journey fraught with danger, heartbreak, betrayal, anger and passion, all building to a stunning conclusion.

This is a book I would love to describe at length here, but I find myself reluctant to do so for fear, in my post-reading excitement, I will reveal too much and possibly spoil the read for others. The Bleeding Dusk and its predecessors — The Rest Falls Away and Rises The Night — are simply too good for me to risk that happening, and I respect the author and what she’s accomplished with this series too much to chance it. Truly, books of this caliber are rare and reading them is an “experience,” a journey best experienced firsthand over any summarizing I might do — and I seriously doubt any summary I would write would do the book justice.

Ms. Gleason’s writing is brilliant and powerful, without even a whiff of the cliche, and her storytelling skills are as sharp as the points on the stakes her heroine wields. She consistently delivers an intense (and intensely satisfying) read with plot twists and turns aplenty, and revelations and discoveries that will make your heart pound in both fear and exhilaration. And talk about cliffhanger endings… Colleen, I love ya, but you’re killing me here!

Seriously, vampire romance fans, if you like books that have dynamic, flawed and fallible characters that embody boldness, bravery, passion and a sense of duty, that have intricately woven plots and surprises around almost every corner, and a writer who breathes to life a story with startling originality, authenticity and believability, then The Gardella Vampire Chronicles should be on your reading list. This is arguably one of the best written series out there; each book has certainly left me wanting — okay, begging for — more.

Hint-hint, Colleen. I’m ready for the next one!

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