I received a message yesterday from the wonderful Gena Showalter telling me that I was the grand prize winner of her recent Ecstasy in Darkness contest. The prize is a Kindle and even though I am a die-hard lover of good old fashioned paper books I can’t tell you how thrilled I was with the news. The more that I read about eReaders and the recent advancements in the technology the more intrigued I am with the idea of giving one a try. I have several friends who own eReaders and they seem to love them. Now, thanks to Gena, I am going to get the opportunity to try one for myself. I know that it will never replace paper books in my heart but anything that expands my reading horizons is a welcome experience so I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on my new Kindle.
A huge “Thank You” to Gena and all of the writers like her who host contests for their readers. Most often the prizes are paid for out of the writer’s own pocket but the chance for fans to interact with their favourite authors and perhaps win a signed book, ARC, swag or other prize is priceless. Winning a contest is always an unexpected high note but when the prize comes from someone who you respect and admire it means so much more to the recipient.
Kudos to the authors who go out of their way to connect with their fans, whether it be via newsletters, interactive websites, contests, book signings or convention appearances. You are more than just a writer to us; you are an actual living, breathing person who we feel connected with and we love you for it. Thank you for enriching our lives!
November 23rd, 2010 at 12:27 pm
A couple more quotes from Gena Showalter’s super hot read, Ecstasy in Darkness…
Her grin returned. “Tsk, tsk, McKell. You should know it’s rude to ignore your host.”
Change the subject. Save yourself, her. “It’s also rude to stab your host.” There. Better. Except, the reminder failed to enrage him. She’d gotten the better of him, which meant she was strong, capable, and that suddenly filled him with … pride.
All that lovely amusement faded. “Here’s another tidbit. It’s also rude to remind your host of the time she stabbed you.”
Currently, Johnny was with the other agent who like to stare at Ava. Jeremy was his name, and his scent was similar to Johnny’s. Perhaps they were brothers. They kept pace beside each other, unaware of the vampire stalking their every move and listening to their every word.
“You gotta leave that girl alone,” Jeremy said.
Ah. He was the smart one.
“You’re my twin, bro. Not my probation officer. I don’t have to do anything.”
“Maybe you didn’t notice the rabid vampire eyeing you like man-corn all night.”
“I noticed,” was the grumbled reply. Johnny rubbed his nose, his swollen jaw. “I think he sucker-punched me, like, ten times.”
November 23rd, 2010 at 08:00 am
From Gena Showalter’s Ecstasy in Darkness…
Good news: even vampires were perverts.
“What?” she demanded again, looking down and seeing something golden — letters, she realized — smeared on her skin, just above her bra. She frowned, sniffed. Butterscotch. Mmm. Her stomach rumbled. “What does it say?”
Noelle just grinned at her.
She tilted her head, trying to decipher all four of those letters. When she did, she gnashed her molars in irritation. And more admiration, damn it, followed by a stupid wave of giddiness.
McKell had taken her lipgloss and spelled the word DIBS.
“And she loves butterscotch. Buy her as much butterscotch as you can find. She’ll want a treat when she wakes up.” …
“Why would I lie about butterscotch?”
November 16th, 2010 at 08:00 am
Zombies seem to be cropping up all over the place lately. Sherrilyn Kenyon featured zombie action in her YA debut Infinity earlier this year and Gena Showalter’s latest release, Ecstasy in Darkness (Alien Huntress series), includes some zombie type action as well. ZomBcon hits Seattle this weekend and zombie walks are shuffling down the streets of cities and towns near you, including my own hometown of Barrie, ON.
The new AMC original series The Walking Dead premieres on Halloween night and has already launched a graphic novel spin-off inspired by the show. Last week I mentioned the new comedy book Ten Little Zombies, and yesterday I wrote about Zombie Felties. Yes, it definitely seems as if the flesh eating Undead are on the rise.
Today I’m bringing your attention to another new zombie book, Breathers, by S.G. Browne. It’s a dark comedy about the life of the average Undead, as seen through their own eyes. Here is a synopsis:
Meet Andy Warner, a recently deceased everyman and newly minted zombie. Resented by his parents, abandoned by his friends, and reviled by a society that no longer considers him human, Andy is having a bit of trouble adjusting to his new existence.
But all that changes when he goes to an Undead Anonymous meeting and finds kindred souls in Rita, an impossibly sexy recent suicide with a taste for the formaldehyde in cosmetic products, and Jerry, a twenty-one-year-old car crash victim with an exposed brain and a penchant for Renaissance pornography.
When the group meets a rogue zombie who teaches them the joys of human flesh, things start to get messy, and Andy embarks on a journey of self-discovery that will take him from his casket, to the SPCA, to a media-driven class-action lawsuit on behalf of the rights of zombies everywhere.
Stumbled across any zombie goodness lately? Share your find with other readers. Vampires aren’t the only Undead people with a cult following!
October 27th, 2010 at 11:22 am
“And I thought you were rough. Those girls are…” Dallas Gutierrez shuddered. “What’s way worse than rough? ‘Cause that’s what they are.”
“What, exactly, are you trying to say?” … “And by the way, I’m not rough.”
“Perfect” ice blue eyes rolled. “You once kneed me in the balls and asked me how they tasted. Just to say hi. You’re rough.”
She had, hadn’t she? Memories were fun.
Thus begins the latest novel in Gena Showalter’s Alien Huntress series, Ecstasy in Darkness, released to stores today. I received an advanced copy of Ecstasy from Pocket and found myself in love with Gena’s writing all over again, right from the very first page. Although this is the first Alien Huntress novel that I read, it certainly won’t be the last. The wit and easy banter of the characters drew me in instantly and I found myself thinking more than once, “I like these people.”
When an author can make you forget that you are reading about imaginary characters and instead leave you with the feeling of having just visited with some of your favourite friends, that’s talent, and Gena Showalter has it in spades.
I have several quotes marked to share with my readers as Dog Ears and found myself laughing all over again as I re-read them. Even taken out of context they are funny and I know that after you read them you won’t be able to wait to get your hands on the book. In the mean time, take a few moments to read my review of Ecstasy. It will have to tie you over until you can get to the nearest book store. Enjoy!
October 26th, 2010 at 7:31 pm
As mentioned last week, it’s a big day for new releases today. Happy Release Day to the following authors and titles:
Anna DeStefano, Secret Legacy, Paperback, Oct 26 2010
Bianca D’Arc, A Darker Shade of Dead, Paperback, Oct 26 2010
Caridad Pineiro, Stronger Than Sin, Sin Book 2, Paperback, Oct 26 2010
C. L. Wilson, Crown of Crystal Flame, Tairen Soul Book 5, Paperback, Oct 26 2010
Crystal Jordan, Primal Heat, Paperback, Oct 26 2010
Gena Showalter, Ecstasy in Darkness, Alien Huntress Book 8, Paperback, Oct 26 2010
J.K. Beck, When Wicked Craves, Shadow Keepers Book 3, Paperback, Oct 26 2010
Jacquelyn Frank, Drink of Me, Paperback, Oct 26 2010
Janet Chapman, A Highlander Christmas, Paperback, Oct 26 2010
Jeaniene Frost, Shayla Black, Sharie Kohler, Haunted by Your Touch, Paperback, Oct 26 2010
Jim Butcher, Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files, Hardcover, Oct 26 2010
Juliana Stone, His Darkest Embrace, Jaguar Warriors Book 2, Paperback, Oct 26 2010
Karen Kelley, The Wolf Prince, Princes of Symtaria, Paperback, Oct 26 2010
Lilith Saintcrow, Heaven’s Spite, Jill Kismet Book 5, Paperback, Oct 26 2010
Melissa De La Cruz, Misguided Angel, Blue Bloods Book 5, Hardcover, Oct 26 2010
PC Cast & Kim Doner, The Fledgling Handbook 101, House of Night, Paperback, Oct 26 2010
Rachel Caine, Ghost Town, Morganville Vampires Book 9, Hardcover, Oct 26 2010
Shayla Black, Entice Me at Twilight, Doomsday Brethren Book 4, Paperback, Oct 26 2010
Shiloh Walker, Tarnished Knight, Grimm’s Circle Book 4, eBook, Oct 26 2010
Susan Grant, Once a Pirate, Reissue, Paperback, Oct 26 2010
Yasmine Galenorn, Harvest Hunting, Sisters of the Moon Book 8, Paperback, Oct 26 2010
October 26th, 2010 at 11:21 am
Yesterday was a great mail day for me. I received the two pretty copies of Eternal Kiss of Darkness that Jeaniene Frost signed (“Life is Short – Bite Hard”) for our Blogmania winners – and I totally wish that I could keep one but I’ll be a good girl and pass them on like I’m supposed to.
I also received Cynthia Eden’s gorgeous I’ll be Slaying You, signed of course, that I won from VampChix. Have you seen the cover of this book? I just wanna lick it (I also can’t wait to read it)!
And lastly, the friendly neighbourhood Purolator man brought me this gem last night -
My copy doesn’t have the fancy bound cover but that’s alright. I can’t wait to read it – I flipped to a random page and the first word that jumped out at me was “panties” so I just know that I’m going to love it!
So, you know what I’ll be reading for the next few days. How about you? What’s on your bedside table or To Be Read list?
September 22nd, 2010 at 3:18 pm