In Blood Stone, the second book in the Blood Knot series, Nial, Sebastian, and Winter are back and are working with Calum Garrett to further their intentions of bringing the vampire race out to the public. Tracy Cooper-Posey is a master at MMF stories and this one is no exception. While I was very excited to see the three characters from Blood Knot return, nothing is lost on the development and bond built between the characters of Calum, Kate, and Roman. Right away I felt connected to the story and had the pleasure of feeling the ups and downs and tug-of-war of emotions the characters fought through. As with every MMF book that I’ve read by Tracy Cooper-Posey, the relationship is so flawlessly interwoven, it never feels like three people, but one entity that simply couldn’t exist without each of the pieces. The sex scenes are seductive and breathtaking but at no time does it take over the other aspects of the story.
Blood Stone was filled with a perfect balance of sex, seduction, emotional struggles, and suspense that will leave any urban fantasy, erotic, or paranormal romance reader completely satisfied and begging for more.

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From Amazon.com

Nial orders Calum Garrett to get close to Hollywood producer Kate Lindenstream. Garrett reluctantly complies for he has held himself apart from humans for centuries. Kate doesn’t fall into Garrett’s arms, either. She already has someone for that. Roman Xerus – whom Kate knows as Adrian — and Garrett go way back to the sixteenth century Scottish highlands, but they parted bitterly two hundred years ago.
With Roman’s support, Kate battles Garrett in wills and business as he methodically forces himself into her life. However, on the closed-in movie set in the Californian desert, Garrett’s calm, orderly world crumbles for Garrett is drawn to Kate. He has begins to experience real, human feelings.
Kate doesn’t cooperate in the chess game Nial orchestrates, despite being unaware of the strategies swirling around her film set. Demanding and expecting only the best for her movie, Kate’s agenda forces Roman and Garrett to work together to protect her and keep the humans around her ignorant of the Pro Libertatus, the anonymous and all-powerful vampire group who nearly killed Nial, Sebastian and Winter, and shield Kate from the excesses of the League for Humanity. But could Roman really be with the Pro Libertatus?
There’s hidden intentions everywhere, and centuries of repressed feelings, along with at least two different groups that mean them harm. Then there’s the rumours that Kate has found the mythical Blood Stone, the key to unlocking vampire history and lifting their curse. Who is Kate, really? Because once Garrett begins to notice, things about Kate don’t quite add up, either…

I’m very excited to welcome Tracy Cooper-Posey to VRB as our featured Guest Blog today and to help celebrate the release of the second book in the Blood Knot series, Blood Stone! As a huge fan of Tracy’s I’m always happy to have her here and I know many of you always look forward to her guest blogs and of course getting a peak at her latest books! Tracy has written a great blog post for us and is also offering a lucky winner a copy of her book Bannockburn Binding. So without further ado, here’s Tracy!

 

 

Who Says Vampire Romance Books are Dying?

 

Today’s the day!  Woohoo!

Blood Stone is released today.  And it’s a double whammy, because Blood Knot, the first book in the series (which is also called the Blood Stone series), drops to $0.00 for the next three days, so you get twice the fun for your $2.99.

I don’t know about you, but I keep hearing these rumblings about vampire stories and vampire romances dying out. 

Back when I was still thought getting a New York book deal was a good idea, and was submitting manuscripts to agents and the odd editor, I was getting feedback even then telling me they were overstocked on vampire novels, or that they weren’t acquiring vampire novels anymore – pass

I had one of the biggest agents in New York, and this is a name that everyone mentions in the top three of all agents…he and I were doing the opening steps of the author/agent courtship ritual, which meant I was at least two steps beyond the auto-bounce letter most authors get.  I’d got a personalized letter from him praising my credentials and writing, and requesting anything other than a vampire romance from me, as soon as I could manage it.  The relationship failed to kindle after I submitted my new idea to him.  I guess it was too new as no one else out there had done anything like it. 

In hindsight, I was so lucky I wasn’t sewn up into that relationship, because three months later, I indie-published Blood Knot, the book he rejected in favour of something other than a vampire romance.

But that was the tail-end of 2009, and I published Blood Knot in March, 2010.  That means that even as long ago as 2009 New York publishers and agents have been talking about the vampire romance market as being glutted, or even dying, wilting, or disappearing.

Except that numbers don’t lie.  Let me tell you a little story.

It’s the New York editors and agents who decided about fifteen years ago that the historical romance market was dead as a doornail, too, and stopped releasing historical romances.  Dozens, if not hundreds, of historical romance authors were either out of business or suddenly had to develop new genres and find entire new readerships in those genres, or starve.

Five years after that, epublishers came along, and they had no problems publishing historical romances, and they sold just fine. 

Julia Templeton and I released two historical novels in 1993 under the pen name Anastasia Black.  Those two books sold steadily and well for nine years, and I would even say they sold marvellously well in their paper edition, once it was released.  I am also making allowances and adjusting for the lack of acceptance for ebooks in 1993, the lack of distribution into brick and mortar stores for epublisher paperback editions, etc.  If the paper editions of epublisher books had the same distribution as New York paperbacks, I suspect that Julie and I would be looking at very similar sales figures as the New York authors.

There are other historical romance novels out there that do as well, if not better, than ours.

I get constant email from readers begging me to write more historical romances.

There’s Facebook fan pages, Yahoo Groups, blogs and sites devoted purely to historical romances.

How can the historical romance market be declared dead, or even moribund?  Whenever a New York publisher does release the odd historical romance it gets snapped up with cries of joy, and bounces up into the best seller list almost instantly.  And I have even more proof – in a minute.

You can see why I was sceptical when I started hearing that the vampire romance market was dying.   I wanted proof.

One of the major advantages of indie publishing is instant sales feedback.  I can watch my sales figures change from minute to minute.  The average legacy author can only judge the effect of her marketing and the decisions she has made about which genre to write and how well her book is doing when she gets her monthly, or quarterly or sometimes six monthly royalty statement.  This delay in cause-and-effect is so large it is useless in providing any real feedback on the effectiveness of anything she had done, because she doesn’t know which element has had the effect on her sales, or even if she has had any personal effect on the sales at all.

I am 100% responsible for every copy I sell, so I can track the sale of every copy and be reasonably certain what I have done to help the reader decide to buy the book, or not.  So when I was told that vampire romance novels were dying, I self-published. 

And watched my sales soar. 

I happened to publish a non-vampire romantic suspense novel within a month of Blood Knot.  And since then, I’ve published seven other titles.  Blood Stone brings the count up to nine indie titles.  Blood Knot is my personal #1 best seller.  All my vampire romances outsell everything else, by a factor of five to one.

What expert said vampire romances were dying?

Here’s even more comfort that your favourite romance read isn’t going to disappear anytime soon.  As a blog owner and advertiser I have access to Google Adwords and their very handy keywords search tool, so I did a bit of research and that was very interesting indeed.

I wanted to find out what sort of interest there was in vampires.  The more vampires and the term “vampires” were searched for, the higher the interest, and therefore, the longer vampires and vampire fiction would be around, yes?

Want to guess how many times “vampires” are searched for each month?

Thirty point four million times. 

I’ll put that into figures.

More than 30,400,000 times a month. 

And that’s just “vampires”.  There is a long, long, long list of sub-terms and related terms that includes the word “vampires” in it.  “Vampire romance” is searched for over 33,000 times a month.    Here’s a list:

Vampire                    30,400,000 time a month

Vampire Romance   33,100 times a month

Vampire Books        165,000 times a month

Vampire Diaries       13,600,000 times a month

Vampire Series         301,000 times a month

This is incredibly good news for vampire fiction lovers.  If readers are looking for vampire fiction in these numbers, then the demand for vampire fiction isn’t about to dry up anytime soon.  There’s room in the sandbox for more and more novels and authors and readers can feast their fill.

Just in case you’re wondering, I did run comparison figures.

Here’s the full array, including Vampires, in search rank order:

 

Historical Romance……49,500 times a month

Vampire Romance……33,100 times a month

Paranormal Romance……33,100 times a month

Urban Fantasy……22,200 times a month

Romance Suspense……5,400 times a month

Contemporary Romance……8,100 times a month

Urban Fantasy Romance……1,000 time a month

MM Romance……260 times a month

MMF Romance……170 times a month

 

The evolution of indie publishing has taught authors that they have more control then they thought. 

These figures should tell readers – you — that you have more power and influence over the market than you have been led to believe.  Historical Romance – the “dead” market — is right at the top of the list.  Vampire romances, that the legacy publishers are starting to try to tell everyone is dying, is right up there with it. 

Isn’t that great news? 

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Blood Stone is my 44th title and my ninth indie book.

Nial orders Calum Garrett to get close to Hollywood producer Kate Lindenstream.  Garrett reluctantly complies for he has held himself apart from humans for centuries.  Kate doesn’t fall into Garrett’s arms, either.  She already has someone for that.  Roman Xerus — whom Kate knows as Adrian — and Garrett go way back to the sixteenth century Scottish highlands, but they parted bitterly two hundred years ago.

With Roman’s support, Kate battles Garrett in wills and business as he methodically forces himself into her life. However, on the closed-in movie set in the Californian desert, Garrett’s calm, orderly world crumbles for Garrett is drawn to Kate.  He has begins to experience real, human feelings.  

Kate doesn’t cooperate in the chess game Nial orchestrates, despite being unaware of the strategies swirling around her film set.  Demanding and expecting only the best for her movie, Kate’s agenda forces Roman and Garrett to work together to protect her and keep the humans around her ignorant of the Pro Libertatus, the anonymous and all-powerful vampire group who nearly killed Nial, Sebastian and Winter, and shield Kate from the excesses of the League for Humanity.  But could Roman really be with the Pro Libertatus?

There’s hidden intentions everywhere, and centuries of repressed feelings, along with at least two different groups that mean them harm.  Then there’s the rumours that Kate has found the mythical Blood Stone, the key to unlocking vampire history and lifting their curse.   Who is Kate, really?  Because once Garrett begins to notice, things about Kate don’t quite add up, either…

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An Excerpt From: BLOOD STONE
Copyright © TRACY COOPER-POSEY, 2012
All Rights Reserved.

 

He stepped up into the trailer.

It was quiet inside. Kate was the only one in there, and she was on the phone, listening intently. She was sitting behind a perfectly normal desk littered with files, and a big laptop computer with its screen propped open. A cordless phone was jammed against her ear and her fingers were pressed against her other temple.

When she saw him, she waved him in, her frown not budging.

Roman moved another pace in and waited, the hairs on the back of his neck rising. Something was indeed wrong.

The trailer was unlike any normal trailer, on the inside. No big surprise there. It had been virtually gutted, except that, at the back of the trailer, through a door, Roman spotted what looked like a perfectly normal bed. Kate’s home away from home when she was filming on location. Hence, the water line. There was probably a bathroom back there, too.

The rest of the trailer had been turned into a business office, with two desks. One large one that Kate was sitting behind and a smaller one with a full sized desktop computer and printer set up. For the assistant, he assumed. The desks were cherry wood and glowed with care.

Along the walls were cabinets and shelves, cupboards and other built-in furniture that housed normal office equipment. It was an efficient, tidy arrangement. Economical, too. This way, Kate avoided the horrendous office space rentals that every other executive in L.A. got stuck with.

There were two very comfortable chairs in front of Kate’s desk and she waved at Roman again, this time with more force, insisting he sit in one.

Roman shrugged and sat. It put him directly in front of her. Her eyes met his and her brows lifted by the tiniest fraction before her gaze flickered away, drawn back by the speaker on the phone. The crease between her brows deepened.

He wasn’t the problem, then. It was the jerk on the phone.

A tiny trickle of relief touched him and he was able to study Kate with a neutral gaze, absorbing once more her natural features.

She wore makeup well, and knew how to use it, for she had started out as a model at a very early age, then moved into films as a B-grade actress, before landing one unforgettable role in a major production. That had been her entry into directing and production. That had given her the connections she needed. She had used all the money she had raised, plus all the influence she could leverage to fund her first low budget movie, and nothing had stopped her since.

She had long ago ceased trading on her looks, and Roman suspected that sometimes she even forgot she was considered a stunning blonde beauty. And she was all that.

He’d known who she was and what she looked like before he’d met her, but he hadn’t been prepared for the impact of her appearance in person. She was shorter and more fragile than he had expected, although she was still tall for a woman. But her eyes were as stunning in person as they were on the screen and in photos. No one had to touch them up. They had impact. More so now she was a power player in the industry, because she didn’t bother too often with feminine charm. She stared directly, with no quarter given, and her gaze with like a laser, direct and deadly. The jolt of her stare had been forceful, that first night.

But it was the way her mind worked that intrigued him the most. Roman hadn’t been braced for that one at all. She thought cleanly and clearly and with no quarter given for fools and those who were in the wrong. It was refreshing, especially coming from a Hollywood player and a woman.

Kate was winding up her call at last. It wasn’t a happy conclusion, for her frown hadn’t shift. “So, get back to me if anything changes,” she said at last, and paused. “Thank you.” She switched the phone off, dropped it on the desk, pressed her fingers to her temples and looked at him. “I missed our meeting, didn’t I?”

“I get the feeling you didn’t blow me off for anything minor.”

“Is that why you came here? To see if I had stood you up?” Her frowned deepened. “I would have told you, if that was the case. Some excuse. I wouldn’t have left you just sitting there.”

“I know. That’s why I came here.”

Kate stopped rubbing her temples and looked at him properly. “You’re checking up on me?”

Roman picked his words carefully. “I figured something major had happened if you forgot to even phone. I thought I’d see if you needed…help.”

Kate gave a laugh. It was probably supposed to be a dry one, but it twisted and there was a panicky sound to the end of it, and she pressed her lips together, her fingers over them for a moment. “Help?” she repeated. “I’d take help from Lucifer himself if I knew how to contact him, and if I thought he could possibly help. But I don’t think even he could get me out of this, Adrian.” She pressed her lips tightly together again and took a deep breath.

“What’s happened?” Roman asked.

Kate sighed. “What hasn’t happened? But I could sum it up in two words.”

“Calum Garrett.”

She sat back. “How did you…?”

“I passed his lawyer fellow as I was coming in.”

“MacDonald.” Her mouth curled down in disgust.

“What has Garrett done?” Roman asked curiously.

Kate stood up. “I need coffee. I’ve been up since…early. Want one?”

He shook his head. “I’ve had too many already today, thanks.”

“It’s French Roast,” she coaxed, moving over to the sideboard where a mini espresso machine sat gleaming.

“Maybe the smell will talk me into it,” Roman lied. “You go ahead. And tell me what Garrett did.”

She held up the coffee scoop. “One. There is nothing directly connecting Garrett to any of this. He’s as devious as original sin, the fucking bastard. But he’s made sure I know it’s him every time, because that MacDonald character has delivered the coup de grace each time. The first time I wanted to skewer him with his own ancestral broadsword. The second time, I was ready to strangle him with my own bare hands. Now, it’s just fucking humiliating.”

 

BLOOD STONE is the second book in the Blood Stone series

BLOOD STONE is the sequel to BLOOD KNOT.

It is a Plus-sized Novel.

WARNING:  This book contains two hot, sexy alpha heroes, frequent, explicit and frank sex scenes and sexual language.
It includes heart-stopping sexual scenes between the aforementioned sexy heroes, menage scenes, anal sex and the use of sex toys.  Don’t proceed beyond this point if hot love scenes offend you.
No vampires were harmed in the making of this novel.

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Blood Stone is the second book in my best selling vampire romance series.  It will be on sale on September 14, if not a bit before then. 

The good news?  The first book in the series, Blood Knot, is my #1 best seller, was the Winner of the Coffee Time Reviewer’s Recommended Award, was listed as one of Goodread’s “Most Drool-worthy Covers“, nominated for Erotic Vampire Book of the Year by The Romance Reviews, and received a CAPA Nomination for Best Paranormal Book of the Year by The Romance Studio, December, 2011, among many glowing and rave reviews.  If you’re curious about Blood Knot, you can read more here:  http://bit.ly/g9pSw5

The really good news?  On the 14th, when Blood Stone is released, Blood Knot drops down to $0.00 for three days of free downloading at Amazon.

Bookmark Blood Knot on Amazon now

And bookmark Blood Stone on my website, so you can jump to the Amazon link the day it goes live:  http://bit.ly/TrCuWv

If you want a reminder on the 14th to go get your free book, sign up to my blog’s RSS feed, or to the email feed, or to my newsletter.

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Tracy Cooper-Posey writes romantic suspense, hot erotic paranormal and urban fantasy romances. She has published over 40 novels since 1999, been nominated for 5 CAPAs including Favourite Author, and won the Emma Darcy Award. 

She turned to indie publishing in 2011. Her indie titles have been nominated three times for Book Of The Year.   She has been a national magazine editor and for a decade she taught romance writing at Grant MacEwan University. 

She is addicted to Irish Breakfast tea and chocolate, sometimes taken together.  In her spare time she enjoys sewing, history, Sherlock Holmes, science fiction and ignoring her treadmill. An Australian, she lives in Edmonton, Canada with her husband, a professional wrestler, where she moved in 1996 after meeting him on-line.  

You can find her site at http://www.TracyCooperPosey.com.

If you are getting a little tired of reading the typical Paranormal romance book where girl-meets-Vampire and they instantly fall for each other with no rhyme or reason, then Tegan’s Blood may be the little bit of fresh air that you need.  It is a refreshing read with a strong character that sticks to her guns and doesn’t allow anyone to push her around, not even a very sexy Vampire named Ethan. Ethan, and all other vampires around her, is instantly attracted to Tegan and she can’t trust that Ethan doesn’t just want her for her blood. There are other worries as well; she has to deal with Witches, Dhamphir’s (half human/ half vampire) and Vampire Slayers, all of whom are very interested in her and all of them could take her life if they find out what she really is.

Throughout the story, Tegan is thrown into a world of unknown chaos and war. She is forced to make one difficult decision after another.  Without knowing who to trust, she has to rely strictly on instinct to protect herself and to keep her blood secret.  You can almost see that the author, herself, was unsure of what path to choose for her character as she walks a fine line between all opposing sides.

I really appreciated that the author made Tegan seem so realistic. However, the writing style is a little robotic and doesn’t flow as well as I would like.  The romance in the story isn’t really there for me, but I think that it is almost done on purpose. You do get a good idea where the main relationship may head in a future book and you do get a good look into her life with other characters as well.

All in all I think that Tegan’s Blood, although it took a little getting used to, was worth it.  I am looking forward to the second book in the Ultimate Power Series.

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From Amazon.com

Her heart is broken and bleeding. But her blood is going to get her into trouble.

Tegan wonders if it is possible to die of a broken heart. For over two months she has grieved and not left the confines of her apartment in Tribane city. Following her friend Nicky’s advice, she is now going to step outside and start her life over again.

On her very first night outdoors, Tegan joins her friends at the Crimson club where she draws the attention of the mysterious owner, Ethan Cristescu. She is not entirely sure why this beautiful man is so interested in her, but she has a feeling there is something not quite right about him.

As she falls deeper into Ethan’s world, Tegan makes some shocking discoveries about who she really is, and finally uncovers the true face of her home city. Tribane is inhabited by vampires, dhamphirs, slayers, witches and warlocks. The problem is, they all want Tegan for her very special blood.

She doesn’t want to hide again, but she also doesn’t want these creatures to capture her. Tegan has a difficult decision to make. Should she run away or stand and fight?

If you have been looking around for a novel and are in need of some good old fashioned Romance, Reacquainted may just be the book for you to sink your fangs into. The story is full of unexpected twists and great comic relief.  The two main characters are a natural fit for each other and are very believable.
 
From the first page I was trying to figure everything out and continued to do so throughout the entire book! I will warn you that the author Lindsay Weigel is a little tricky, you may find yourself doing a double take as you are left with the feeling that she has slapped you awake in the end! I mean that in the best of ways.
 
 As I have stated I call this old fashioned romance mostly because the steam factor is a little low, however it is made up for with the love that the two main characters (Laurie and Eric) share for each other. My only complaint is that there isn’t really any action that I feel could have been useful. All around I really enjoyed this story and hope she continues writing about Laurie and Eric in the future.  Perhaps if I cross my fingers she will even add a few steamy scenes!
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Single and known for never finishing a romance novel, Laurie Wilcox is a creature of habit whose work consists of picking up after customers and helping them choose skimpy, yet still legal, outfits. In Fall River, Massachusetts, life is mundane to say the least—that is, until a handsome stranger walks into her store and changes her life forever. While the stranger pays for his purchase, his hand grazes Laurie’s. Suddenly, she is fed an image of a man with fangs who is about to bite. As he smiles and leaves, Laurie experiences a weird, almost déjà-vu feeling. But when the stranger returns and invites Laurie and her co-worker to a dance club, Laurie is disturbed. Something about Alexander Young is making her feel uneasy, but despite her worries, she finally agrees, opening herself up to new experiences and a potential romance. But when a part of Laurie’s life is put into question—as well as the people in it—she must decide whether friendship, life, and most importantly, love is worth all the sweet deception.

My Familiar Stranger was a really fun read for me; it had parallel dimensions, knights, vampires, and elves.  Elora is sent to another dimension after witnessing the slaughter of her family.  After a really bad trip, she finds herself severely injured and in the hands of an order of knights whose job it is to keep humans safe from the vampire population.

This novel has so many memorable characters.  Elora is beautiful and strong, she also has a lot of heart.  Storm is gorgeous, thoughtful, and a born leader. Baka is a very old vampire; he is tired of life and misses his family.  He wants a real life and turns himself over to help the order in their quest to hunt vampires.  My favorite character was Ram, although he had to grow on me in the beginning.  He is an elf, who is energetic, outspoken, and a hopeless flirt.  He had me laughing out loud more than once!

I wasn’t sure about the book in the beginning, as it moved a little slow for me, but when it picked up I was glued to the pages.  There was blooming romance, plenty of action, and a group of characters I was excited to follow.  I was enthralled with the well-written storyline, and was disappointed when the book came to the end.  The Order of the Black Swan is definitely a series I want to continue!

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From Amazon.com

Minutes ahead of inevitable assassination, Elora Laiken is forcibly transported to an alternate dimension similar, but not identical, to her own. She is stranded. Alone. Far from home. A stranger in a “strangish” land.

Of course a girl could suffer worse problems than having gorgeous suitors. Perhaps more importantly, in the midst of an epidemic of vampire related abductions, can she stay alive long enough to choose between an honor debt, true love, or the breathlessness of single-minded passion?

My Familiar Stranger is a full length, stand alone, Paranormal/Fantasy Romance novel that also sets up the foundation for the Black Swan series. It is loved by fans of paranormal romance, fantasy romance, and urban fantasy.

Erotica quotient: 18+. Some steamy scenes. No menage. No BDSM.

Dark Secrets is the fourth book in the Cursed In Darkness series.  In this installment of the series, Layla and her friends are being hunted, and she is determined to save herself and the others before it is too late.

In this installment of the series we learn a lot about Layla, and I was really surprised by the twists in her character.  I cannot deny the creativity of Hancock when it comes to the characters she has created.  She also introduced a few new and unique characters in this book.

As far as the storyline, I probably enjoyed this book the most of all so far.  I still have a few issues though. The biggest issue is that I would like it to read a little more smoothly.  There were a couple of places in the book that lost me when the scene transitioned. Also, the flow of the writing is still a little rough. I don’t know if it is because we are mainly reading Layla’s point of view in the present tense or if it is Layla’s manner of speaking.

Just like the other books in the series, Hancock is very descriptive in writing the scenes of the book, especially the action sequences. Having read the series from the start, I am really starting to see Hancock grow as a writer.  There are just a few details that need to be worked out.  Like the previous installments, we are left with a huge cliffhanger.  I am really interested in seeing Layla and Shade’s next adventure.

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From Amazon.com

The hunter has made himself known, and now everyone is gone. Layla and a few others are now being hunted and have become hunters themselves. They must travel through an underground cave in order to get to those they love and Layla is not stopping for anything.

There are other creatures in the cave which they encounter, and some they wish not to even see, and with no success.

Their lives, and those who have been taken, are on the line, and the farther they walk through the cave, the more they are faced with danger, the more Layla struggles to keep her deep dark secrets just that—a secret.

It is not that simple, however. And as the secrets unfold, the hunter closes in.

Will it be too late for Layla to save the others?

Vampires Are Forever was an enjoyable short story.  What I liked most was that it wasn’t at all a typical vampire story.

The story takes place in 1929, and the author does a wonderful job transporting us back through time.  This isn’t a book that it filled with detail, but de Vissage was able to convey what the times were like.  He really grasped the life in a small community through his words.  It was a joy reading about a time when seeing a motor car was exciting, and superstition was taken seriously.

The characters were likeable.  Karel Novotny is a newcomer to the community,  a handsome and wealthy foreigner who is very mysterious.  Once again the author did a great job of showing how an outsider is treated in a close knit community.  Karel meets a beautiful teacher, Brigid Flannery, while she is home for a visit and romance blooms.

I would definitely like to read more from Tony-Paul de Vissage in the future , but I really wish the story would have been taken further with added detail, because the premise was really good.   If you are in the mood to curl up with a short book, and glance back into times gone by, pick this one up!

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From Amazon.com

A hundred years before, the villagers of Balleywalegh drove the vampire preying on their womenfolk from their midst…and that should’ve been the end of it. But now, it’s 1929, and the monster’s back. Or is he? Someone’s definitely occupying the abandoned manor house again. Karel Novotny has the same name as the former Undead resident but he’s much, much younger, and more up-to-date. He even drives a Stutz Bearcat! With his movie idol good-looks, he’s enthralled the local lasses, especially Seamus Flannery’s daughter Brigid. Seamus isn’t much for believing in vampires or any other creature of the night but he’s a little worried about the pale young man’s attention to his daughter. And when Brigid becomes suddenly and unexplainably ill, he has to make a decision.
Is Karel Novotny the monster returned or not, and if so, what will the good men of Balleywalegh do this time?

Paranormal Pleasures: 10 Tales of Supernatural Seduction is everything the title indicates.  These hot short stories are full of scrumptious vampires, witches, and demons.
Rhoads has created a host of sexy and sinful characters in these tales, and I thoroughly enjoyed them all. In A Last Goodbye, Marissa, a witch with her newly discovered powers, has one last tryst with her well -endowed human boyfriend.  In Overkill, Rhoads adds a touch of humor. Vanessa is insanely jealous over her vampire boyfriend’s feeding habits.  Let’s just say that sexy Simon has grown quite used to the stake!  This is just a small sample of what this book has to offer.
Although these are short stories, they are well written and not at all lacking in descriptiveness.   I thought the book was fun  as well as provocative.  Any fan of paranormal erotica is really going to enjoy this book.  These stories are  so wickedly sexy. If you are looking to curl up with some seductive short stories give this one a try!

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From Amazon.com

Ten tantalizing, erotic tales of vampires, witches and demons grace the pages of this short story collection by Roxanne Rhoads.

Step into the darkness and let these tales tempt and tease to satisfy your paranormal cravings.

Eight of Roxanne Rhoads’ previous publications, now newly edited, appear in this short story collection along with two brand new, never before published tales of supernatural love and lust.

When Copper Suns Fall is a book about good versus evil and how those lines can blur.  The book takes place in the future in what used to be America. Angels live among mortals undetected and are in a struggle for power with one another.  In my view, the mortals are trying to create a perfect society, but are failing miserably.

Leigh did a wonderful job with the book’s setting.  It was like getting lost in an alternate world.  The country that was once America has been radically changed by radiation from nuclear bombs and severe hurricanes have changed the landscape.  The author was really in depth with describing the way the new society works, and its shortcomings.  She also gave the reader glimpses of beauty in a world that all in all was bleak and desolate.

The book’s main character is a fifteen year old girl named Chela, who is special in  ways she never imagined.  Although the characters are young, they have a maturity beyond their years out of necessity. I really liked Chela’s character; she is strong, selfless, and loyal to those she loves.

There were times that the book really drew me in, and I couldn’t wait to see what happened next; but there also were some instances where so much was happening that I lost track.  I found this to be one of those reads that you had to pay close attention or you would lose track of what all was going on.  That being said, Leigh has written a tale with many twists. Parts of the story are very emotional, full of love and conflict and then suddenly, you find yourself thrown into heart-stopping action.

This novel is going to be a draw for the young adult reader.  When Copper Suns Fall is book one of the Lost Immortals series, and in the way this book ended, we know there is much more in store for young Chela.

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From Amazon.com

In fifteen-year-old Chela Prizeon’s city, alchemy is forbidden and angels hide among the mortal. With a deadly virus ravaging the globe, Chela’s nightmarish memories compels her to experience a past riddled with gloom, and now her brother is infected. Chela’s only hope is the Caduceans, slayers sworn to protect the last seven Light Keepers and the ancient memories they share. A group led by the sometimes elusive, sometimes infuriating boy who intrigues Chela. But can she trust this boy with the mysterious past, someone who can influence her memories? With the Caduceans aid, Chela races to defeat her rivals, to unearth dark family secrets, desperate to find a cure…only to discover the glutovirus is far more than a simple disease. In this haunting debut, KaSonndra Leigh offers an escape into a world filled with celestial creatures, fascinating villainy, high-stake choices, and a secret romance, When Copper Suns Fall, is a fresh and original urban fantasy—with a dystopian twist—that will take readers on an unforgettable adventure.

The Wolf Gift is the latest novel by Anne Rice. Reuben Golding is a reporter doing an article about the Nideck house.  He is quickly enamored with Marchent, the home’s owner. She is beautiful, sophisticated, and older.  After a beautiful evening, there is an attack that changes Reuben forever.

I really loved the character of Reuben Golding from the start.  When we first meet him he is young and beautiful, but he felt like an old soul. He has a beautiful way with words, and a certain innocence that shows he has not been jaded.  He is having success as a journalist but feels inferior to his surgeon mother and lawyer girlfriend.  He truly has the heart of a poet and he feels a little out of place in the world.

Rice has put a different spin on the werewolf.  In most modern shifter books that I have read the affected turns into a true animal.  The wolf man in this story reminds me of the old werewolf movies; where they grow hair and paws but essentially keep the human form.  I liked how even in the wolf man form he was conscious of his doings.

If you are familiar with Rice’s work you know that she is very descriptive in her writing. In my opinion, sometimes this made the book move really slow in some places.  Unlike a lot of the books I have read by Rice, this one had a more modern feel to it.  Since this is the first book of a new series the ending has been left open with some questions yet to be answered.  Essentially, I think this first book was a good start.

 

**copy provided by Netgalley**

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From Amazon.com

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.

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