2014 RITA Award Finalists for Best Paranormal Romance

The Romance Writers of America have announced the 2014 RITA award finalists. Congratulations to the following authors for being nominated for Best Paranormal Romance:




 March 26th, 2014  at 7:27 pm

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New Releases: October 2013 – Part Three

It’s another quiet week for new paranormal releases, Peeps.  Next week will be better, however. At least we have an Otherworld Assassin tale from Gena Showalter to enjoy until then!


Gena Showalter, Black and Blue, Otherworld Assassin Book 2, Paperback, October 22, 2013

John Connolly, The Creeps, A Samuel Johnson Tale, Hardcover, October 22, 2013

Lauren Kate, Teardrop, Teardrop Trilogy Book 1, Hardcover, October 22, 2013


Gena Showalter, Black and Blue, Otherworld Assassin      John Connolly, The Creeps, A Samuel Johnson Tale      Lauren Kate, Teardrop, Teardrop Trilogy

October 21st, 2013  at 12:40 pm


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Books of Summer 2012 – Part 2

Here is a list of the paranormal books that were released this past June:


Jaye Wells, Blue-Blooded Vamp, Sabina Kane Book 5, Paperback, June 1, 2012

Kathy Love, Devilishly Sexy, Paperback, June 1, 2012

Dakota Cassidy, Accidentally Dead, Again, Accidentally, Paperback, June 5, 2012

Heather Killough-Walden, Messenger’s Angel, Lost Angels, Paperback, June 5, 2012

Keith Melton, Ghost Soldiers, Nightfall Syndicate, Paperback, June 5, 2012

Kristi Cook, Mirage, Hardcover, June 5, 2012

Laurell K. Hamilton, Kiss the Dead, Anita Blake, Hardcover, June 5, 2012

Lauren Dane, Chaos Burning, Bound by Magic, Paperback, June 5, 2012

Lisa Cach, Bewitching the Baron, Paperback, June 5, 2012

Lora Leigh, Stygian’s Honor, Paperback, June 5, 2012

Mary Janice Davidson, Undead and Unstable, Undead/Queen Betsy, Hardcover, June 5, 2012

MJ Scott, Blood Kin, Half-Light City, Paperback, June 5, 2012

PN Elrod ed., Hex Appeal, Paperback, June 5, 2012

Tara Hudson, Arise, Hereafter, Hardcover, June 5, 2012

J.T. Geissinger, Shadow’s Edge, Night Prowler, Paperback, June 12, 2012

Lauren Kate, Rapture, Fallen Book 4, Hardcover, June 12, 2012

Melissa de la Cruz, Serpent’s Kiss, Witches of East End Book 2, Hardcover, June 12, 2012

Richelle Mead, The Golden Lily, Bloodlines Book 2, Hardcover, June 12, 2012

Susannah Sandlin, Redemption, Penton Legacy, Paperback, June 12, 2012

Vicki Pettersson, The Taken, Celestial Blues Book 1, Paperback, June 12, 2012

Vivian Arend, Wolf Line, Granite Lake Wolves Book 5, eBook, June 12, 2012

Alma Katsu, The Reckoning, Taker Trilogy Book 2, Hardcover, June 19, 2012

Alyxandra Harvey, Blood Moon, Paperback, June 19, 2012

Heather Brewer, Soulbound, Legacy of Tril Book 1, Hardcover, June 19, 2012

Michele Hauf, Kendra Leigh Castle, Lisa Childs, Vacation With a Vampire, Paperback, June 19, 2012

Richelle Mead, The Golden Lily, Blood Lines Book 2, Hardcover, June 19, 2012

Cynthia Eden, Angel Betrayed, Paperback, June 26, 2012

Cynthia Garner, Secret of the Wolf, Warriors of the Rift, Paperback, June 26, 2012

Donna Grant, Midnight’s Lover, Dark Warrior, Paperback, June 26, 2012

Gena Showalter, Wicked Nights, Angels of the Dark Book 1, Paperback, June 26, 2012

Hailey Edwards, Eversworn, eBook, June 26, 2012

Ilona Andrews, Magic Dreams, eBook, June 26, 2012

Jeaniene Frost, Once Burned, Night Prince Book 1, Paperback, June 26, 2012

JK Beck, When Darkness Hungers, Shadow Keepers, Paperback, June 26, 2012

Jocelynn Drake, Angel Wings, Paperback, June 26, 2012

Kasey Mackenzie, Blackhearted Betrayal, Shades of Fury, Paperback, June 26, 2012

Kelly Meding, Changeling, Paperback, June 26, 2012

Keri Authur, Darkness Devours, Dark Angels Book 3, Paperback, June 26, 2012

Nicole Peeler, Tempest’s Fury, Paperback, June 26, 2012

Rachel Vincent, Before I Wake, Soul Screamers, Paperback, June 26, 2012

Stacia Kane, Chasing Magic, Downside Ghosts Book 5, Paperback, June 26, 2012

Thomas Ligotti, Noctuary, Hardcover, June 30, 2012


September 28th, 2012 at 8:30 am

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Today’s Events

Richelle Mead Signing – KY

Wednesday, June 13
7:00 pm
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
161 Lexington Green Circle
Lexington, KY
(859) 273-2911

Laurell K. Hamilton Signing – GA
Wednesday, June 13
7:00 pm
Barnes & Noble
2900 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
Pre-signed copies of Kiss the Dead will be available for purchase at the event. Laurell will answer questions from the audience and after will greet readers and take photos.

Lauren Kate Signing – GA
Wednesday, June 13
7:00 pm
Barnes & Noble
Mansell Crossings Shopping Center
7660 Northpoint Parkway, Ste 200
Alpharetta, GA 30022


June 13th, 2012 at 10:52 am

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Lauren Kate Tour

Lauren Kate will be touring next month and you can catch her at the following locations:


Tuesday, June 12th
Books, Inc.
7:30 p.m.
9700 Collins Avenue
Bal Harbour, FL 33154

Wednesday, June 13th
Barnes & Noble
7:00 p.m.
Mansell Crossings Shopping Center
7660 Northpoint Parkway Ste 200
Alpharetta, GA 30022

Thursday, June 14th
Books & Co.
7:00 p.m.
4453 Walnut St
Beavercreek, OH 45440

Friday, June 15th
Barnes & Noble
Old Orchard Shopping Center
55 Old Orchard Ctr
Skokie, IL 60077

Saturday, June 16th
2:00 p.m.
123 West Jefferson Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540-5310

Monday, June 18th
Barnes & Noble
6:00 p.m.
1430 Plaza Place
Southlake, TX 76092

Thursday, June 21st
7:00 p.m.
603 North Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78703


May 17th, 2012 at 7:58 pm

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New Releases: Week of January 22, 2012

This week is all about angels and demons when it comes to new releases and judging by content there seems to be a very fine line between the two entities…

Please join me in wishing the following authors and titles a very Happy Release Day:


Kailin Gow, Sight, Wicked Woods Book 5, eBook, January 23, 2012

Natasha Hoar, The Stubborn Dead, eBook, January 23, 2012

Veronica Scott, Priestess of the Nile, eBook, January 23, 2012

Anya Bast, The Twisted Kiss, Doomsyear Book 1, eBook, January 24, 2012

Brodi Ashton, Everneath, Hardcover, January 24, 2012

Cynthia Leitich Smith, Diabolical, Tantalize Book 4, Hardcover, January 24, 2012

Jeff Sampson, Havoc, Deviants, Hardcover, January 24, 2012

L.A. Weatherly, Angel Fire, Hardcover, January 24, 2012

Lara Adrian, Darker After Midnight, Midnight Breed Book 10, Hardcover, January 24, 2012

Lauren Kate, Fallen in Love, Fallen, Hardcover, January 24, 2012

Pamela Palmer, A Warrior’s Desire, The Esri, Paperback, January 24, 2012

Rachel Lee, Claimed by a Vampire, Paperback, January 24, 2012

Sophie Littlefield, Horizon, Aftertime Book 3, Paperback, January 24, 2012

Syrie James, Ryan M. James, Forbidden, Paperback, January 24, 2012

Yvonne Woon, Life Eternal, Dead Beautiful Book 2, Hardcover, January 24, 2012

Deena Remiel, Relic, Brethren, eBook, January 27, 2012


Lara Adrian, Darker After Midnight, Midnight Breed Anya Bast, The Twisted Kiss, Doomsyear Sophie Littlefield, Horizon, Aftertime Brodi Ashton, EverneathYvonne Woon, Life Eternal, Dead Beautiful Deena Remiel, Relic, BrethrenCynthia Leitich Smith, Diabolical, Tantalize

January 24th, 2012 at 8:30 am

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New Releases: Week of June 12, 2011

It was a quieter week for new releases this week but there were a few titles to hit the book stores worth noting. Please join me in wishing the following authors & titles a very Happy Release Week:


Daniele Lanzarotta, Wide Awake, Academy of the Fallen Book 1, Paperback, June 13, 2011

Lauren Kate, Passion, Fallen Book 3, Hardcover, June 14, 2011

Joss Whedon et al, Last Gleaming, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Vol 8, Paperback, June 14, 2011

Myra McEntire, Hourglass, Hourglass Book 1, Hardcover, June 14, 2011

Lisa Goldstein, The Uncertain Places, Paperback, June 15, 2011

Susan Goldsmith, Abithica, Paperback, June 15, 2011


Susan Goldsmith, AbithicaMyra McEntire, HourglassJoss Whedon, Last Gleaming, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Daniele Lanzarotta, Wide Awake, Academy of the FallenLauren Kate, Passion, Fallen


June 17th, 2011  at 11:46 am

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Winners of the 2010 Goodreads Choice Awards

The winners of the 2010 Goodreads Choice Awards have been announced.  Readers voted on their favourite books of the year and according to the site “more than 157,000 votes were cast for 460 nominees and thousands of write-in candidates”.  Congratulations to the winning authors!


Favourite BookMocking Jay, Suzanne Collins
Best FictionRoom, Emma Donoghue
Best Mystery/ThrillerThe Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Stieg Larsson
Best FantasyTowers of Midnight, Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
Best Paranormal FantasyDead in the Family, Charlaine Harris
Best Science FictionFeed, Mira Grant
Best Romance - Lover Mine, JR Ward
Best Historical Fiction - Fall of Giants, Ken Follett
Best Graphic Novel/ComicTwilight, Stephenie Meyer, Young Kim
Best PoetryCome on All You Ghosts, Matthew Zapruder
Best NonfictionThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
Best History/Biography - The Tudors, GJ Meyer
Best Memoir/AutobiographyUnbearable Lightness, Portia de Rossi
Best HumorBite Me, Christopher Moore
Best Young Adult FictionBefore I Fall, Lauren Oliver
Best Young Adult FantasyMocking Jay, Suzanne Collins
Best Middle Grade/Children’s Book - Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jeff Kinney
Best Picture BookIt’s a Book, Lane Smith
Best Debut AuthorThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
Best Goodreads Author - Spirit Bound, Richelle Mead
Favourite Heroine - Katniss, Mocking Jay, Suzanne Collins
Favourite HeroPetta Mellark, Mocking Jay, Suzanne Collins
Best Cover ArtTorment, Lauren Kate


*Titles in Bold indicate books or authors that have been featured or discussed on ParanormalBites or those that may be of particular interest to our readers.  Click on the links to see all of the books nominated in that particular category – a good number of them contain authors/books that have also been discussed or featured here as well.

January 12th, 2011  at 8:56 pm

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Books to Look Forward To

Here are a few new books/series to look forward to in 2011…


Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright:

The residents of the sleepy village of Daggorhorn have long kept the local werewolf at bay with a monthly sacrifice. But now the Wolf has told Valerie—the only villager who can hear his voice—that she must surrender herself to him or everyone she loves will die.

In Red Riding Hood, a novel that 22-year-old Sarah Blakley-Cartwright has written based on a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson, the plot of the traditional fairy tale has thickened substantially. On sale January 25, this Little, Brown/Poppy book ties into the Warner Brothers film that is set for March release. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke of Twilight fame (who contributes an introduction to the novel), the movie stars Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, and Julie Christie.

Rather than strictly adapting Johnson’s screenplay, Blakley-Cartwright sought to flesh out the characters in her novel. “I hope I was able to add to the story,” she reflects. “The first quarter or so of my novel is not in the movie, in fact. At the start of the film, a character dies, and Catherine thought it was important to give readers a sense of who she is. This isn’t just a fairy tale, but a coming-of-age story that is a parable about power and abuse of it. It was very important to me that I capture the political dimension of the script as well as the social dynamics it established.”

Red Riding Hood, which has a 100,000-copy first printing and has been sold to publishers in 13 territories, will be published simultaneously in trade paperback and as an enhanced e-book. Components of the latter include a video discussion among Hardwicke, Johnson, and Blakley-Cartwright; an audio of Hardwicke reading her introduction; blueprints and photos of the set; sketches of the costume designs; and storyboards from the film.

Readers will also have access to what Stein calls “an extra bonus”: a final chapter to Red Riding Hood that will be available free online (at www.redridinghoodbook.com) after the film’s release. “The story is a whodunit, with lots of wonderful red herrings, and with every chapter readers are led to think someone else is the werewolf,” she says. “The novel has a great ending as it is, but there’s an extra surprise in the online bonus chapter.” (All content by Sally Lodge, Publishers Weekly.)


Passion by Lauren Kate:

“When I started writing Passion, I knew the series was bursting into some very exciting uncharted territory. This chase backwards through time, with each chapter set in a different country and a different century across five thousand years is undoubtedly the most romantic, most intense, most…passionate book I’ve ever written–and I think you’ll agree it has the cover to match. I love the dramatic bursts of color, the intensity and desolation of the backdrop, and of course, the dress. It’s also the perfect book to show just a hint of Luce’s face.” ~ Lauren Kate.  On bookshelves June 14th.


Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz:

After tackling vampires and hell hounds, Melissa de la Cruz is ready to get witchy. The author of the popular YA series Blue Bloods is releasing the first book in a new series, this time for adults, called Witches of East End. Centering around the magically inclined Beauchamp family, the series will take place in the same universe as de la Cruz’s previous books, and readers can expect some of her bloodsucking characters to make an appearance. “It’ll be more than a cameo,” de la Cruz told EW. “They are a little more integral to the plot than just coming by and saying, ‘Hi!’ They actually become suspects in the book’s mystery.” Witches of East End hits stores June 21st. (Keith Staskiewicz, Entertainment Weekly)

Red Riding Hood Lauren Kate, Passion Melissa de la Cruz, Witches of East End

January 10th, 2011  at 4:33 pm

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Teen Lit (YA) is NOT Children’s Lit

I wanted to give my readers an example of why I think that it is ridiculous for teen literature to fall under the children’s literature publishing umbrella (see previous post).  The following is the “Bestsellers Children’s Fiction” list for October 11th 2010:


1. TormentLauren Kate; Age Range – YA; Topic – fallen angels, demons, reincarnation and deception; “equal parts romance and thriller”

2. The Red PyramidRick Riordan; Age Range – 9 to 11; Topic – estranged siblings struggling to cope with their mother’s death battle ancient Egyptian gods after their father accidentally awakens them

3. Clockwork AngelCassandra Clare; Age Range – YA; Topic – a teen girl finds love amongst vampires, demons, shape shifters and more but is torn between saving her brother and saving the world

4. FalloutEllen Hopkins; Age Range – YA; Topic – teen siblings trying to survive abuse found in foster homes, a drug addict mother, rapist father, and their own addictions

5. The Book ThiefMarkus Zusak; Age Range – YA; Topic – a young girl learns how to read and hone her book thieving skills during the holocaust

6. The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen from the FutureDav Pilkey; Age Range – 7 to 10; Topic – the adventures of two young cave boys

7. Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not So Popular Party Girl – Rachel Renee Russell; Age Range – 12 and up; Topic – middle grade romance and rivalry

8. RadianceAlyson Noël; Age Range – Conflicting – Listed both as YA and as 9 to 12; Topic – deceased middle grader becomes a Soul Catcher tasked with helping other souls to move on

9. RecklessCornelia Funke; Age Range – YA; Topic – dark magic; “few child characters, and veiled sexual innuendo and violence make this edgier fare”, “blood and violence, betrayal”

10. LingerMaggie Stiefvater; Age Range – YA; Topic – the relationships of two young human women and the male werewolves that they love; “spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love – the light and the dark”

11. FallenLauren Kate; Age Range – YA; Topic – unrequited love at reform school; “dangerously exciting and darkly romantic … the ultimate love story”

12. Monster HighLisi Harrison; Age Range – YA; Topic – “a fresh twist on high school, romance, and the horrors of trying to fit in”

13. HaloAlexandra Adornetto; Age Range – YA; Topic – a 17 year old angel falls for a mortal boy

14. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianSherman Alexie; Age Range – YA; Topic – “the struggle to survive between the grinding plates of the Indian and white worlds”

15. ShiverMaggie Stiefvater; Age Range – YA; Topic – “a lyrical tale of alienated werewolves and first love”


The above information is from Publishers Weekly and BarnesandNoble.com.  Of the 15 books on this list only 3 are clearly written for children, while a 4th book is under contention.  That means that the remaining 11 or 12 books are not intended for children at all but are written for a teen audience.

There are several paranormal related books on this list, which I am fine with (obviously considering the overriding topic of this blog), but in my opinion as a parent and former elementary school teacher, the romantic relationships, substance abuse, sexual innuendo, and violence that occur in the majority of books on this list (and in a great number of other YA titles) does not belong in the children’s publishing category or in the same immediate retail space.  Certainly as a retailer I would distinguish YA literature from children’s literature and merchandise and market them as separate entities.

Clockwork Angel Dork Diaries Fallout Halo

Three of these things belong together
Three of these things are kind of the same
Can you guess which one of these doesn’t belong here?
Now it’s time to play our game (time to play our game).”

Fallen Linger Kung-Fu Cavemen Reckless

October 22nd, 2010  at 8:00 am

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New Releases: Week of September 26, 2010

Holy book list, Batman!  As I mentioned last week, there more new paranormals releasing this week than you can shake a stick at.  Happy Release Day to the following authors and titles:


A. J. Menden – Sorceress, Interrupted, Paperback, Sept 28, 2010

Allison Hobbs – The Sorceress, Paperback, Sept 28, 2010

Amanda Ashley – Everlasting Desire, Paperback, Sept 28, 2010

C. L. Wilson – King of Sword and Sky, Tairen Soul Book 3, Paperback, Sept 28, 2010

C. L. Wilson – Lady of Light and Shadows, Tairen Soul Book 2, Paperback, Sept 28, 2010

C. L. Wilson – Lord of the Fading Lands, Tairen Soul Book 1, Paperback, Sept 28, 2010

C. L. Wilson – Queen of Song and Souls, Tairen Soul Book 4, Paperback, Sept 28, 2010

Carolyn Crane – Double Cross, Paperback, Sept 28, 2010

Christine Feehan – Dark Slayer, Dark Series Book 20, Paperback, Sept 28, 2010

Christopher Golden – Angel Souls and Devil Hearts, Paperback, Sept 28, 2010

Edward Lee – Lucifer’s Lottery, Paperback, Sept 28, 2010

Erica Hayes – Poison Kissed, Shadowfae Chronicles Book 3, Paperback, Sept 28, 2010

Gwyn Cready – Aching for Always, Paperback, Sept 28, 2010

Heidi Betts – The Bite Before Christmas, Paperback, Sept 28, 2010

Ilona Andrews – Bayou Moon, The Edge Book 2, Paperback, Sept 28, 2010

J.K. Beck – When Pleasure Rules, The Shadow Keepers Book 2, Paperback, Sept 28, 2010

Janet Mullany – Jane and the Damned, Paperback, Sept 28, 2010

Julie Kenner – Aphrodite’s Flame, Protector Book 4, Paperback, Sept 28, 2010

Julie Kenner – Aphrodite’s Kiss, Protector Book 1, Paperback, Sept 28, 2010

Julie Kenner – Aphrodite’s Passion, Protector Book 2, Paperback, Sept 28, 2010

Julie Kenner – Aphrodite’s Secret, Protector Book 3, Paperback, Sept 28, 2010

Kelley Armstrong – Industrial Magic, Otherworld Book 4, Paperback, Sept 28, 2010

Keri Arthur – Kissing Sin, Riley Jenson Guardian Book 2, Paperback, Sept 28, 2010

Kerrelyn Sparks – Eat Prey Love, Love at Stake Book 9, Paperback, Sept 28, 2010

LA Banks – Left For Undead, Crimson Moon Book 6, Paperback, Sept 28, 2010

Lara Adrian – Taken by Midnight, Midnight Breed Book 8, Paperback, Sept 28, 2010

Lauren Kate – Torment, Fallen Book 2, Hardcover, Sept 28, 2010

Lori Handeland – Dark Moon, Night Creature Book 3, ($4.99 Value Promotion) Paperback, Sept 28, 2010

Lori Handeland – Thunder Moon, Night Creature Book 8, ($4.99 Value Promo) Paperback, Sept 28, 2010

Marta Acosta – Haunted Honeymoon, Paperback, Sept 28, 2010

MaryJanice Davidson – Me, Myself and Why?, Hardcover, Sept 28, 2010

Terry Pratchett – I Shall Wear Midnight, Hardcover, Sept 28, 2010

Angela Cameron – Jonas, Blood & Sex Book 2, Paperback, Oct 1, 2010

Maggie Shayne – Twilight Hunger, Wings in the Night Book 7, Paperback Re-Issue, Oct 1, 2010

JK Beck, When Pleasure RulesLA Banks, Left for UndeadLara Adrian, Taken by MidnightLauren Kate, TormentKerrelyn Sparks, Eat Prey LoveIlona Andrews, Bayou MoonMaggie Shayne, Twilight Hunger

September 28th, 2010  at 12:08 pm

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