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Finished Meljean Brook's Demon Forged over the weekend as well.  

MB has established an amazingly detailed world within her Guardians series.  And, unlike certain other paranormal romance authors *coughJRWardcough*, she has managed to write five books and several novellas without imploding the constructs of that world or completely undermining her own mythology.  In this fifth book, the larger conflict is still the struggle between good and evil, but with a twist that has developed in recent books:  in addition to protecting humans' free will from the seduction of Lucifer's demons and nosferatu, the Guardians are struggling with the schism among demons:  Lucifer vs. Belial for the throne of hell, with other supernaturals taking sides.  That's a huge oversimplification of a very intricate political conflict.  For much better information, check out the primer here

The heroine and hero of Demon Forged are Irena and Alejandro.  Irena is one of the oldest remaining Guardians, once a Roman slave, and her gift is the ability to shape and control metal.  Alejandro, once a Spanish grande, has the ability to call fire.  Four hundred years ago, Irena made a bargain with a demon to save Alejandro (or Olek, as she thinks of him).  Although she survived the bargain, Irena retreated from their relationship and did not see or speak to Alejandro for two hundred years; for another two hundred years, they've had only a professional relationship...until the events of Demon Forged bring them into prolonged, close contact, forcing them to confront their emotions and communicate with each other.

The external conflict of DF?  Well, it all begins in Rome, where Irena and Alejandro are led (by a vampire acquaintance) to a church in which a fellow Guardian is being held prisoner and tortured by nosferatu.  Although the Rome action is relevant, it's really a prelude for what happens when they return to San Francisco, where the Guardians' Special Investigations office is located.  The SI action kicks off with a prophecy from an enigmatic ally of the Guardians, and Irena & Alejandro are sent to protect a human...why and from whom are not clear at the beginning, but of course it involves demons and other bad guys.

The world building/community and political machinations of the demons are my favorite parts.  All the book is well-written and well-paced, but the personal conflict - a 400 year old fialure to communicate -- frustrated me.  As much as I enjoyed Irena & Alejandro's ultimate reunion and resolution of their conflict, I wondered what would happen when the next big conflict arose -- would they communicate or close off again?

B+ from me.  

The next book, Demon Blood, is sitting on my coffee table, waiting to be picked up.
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For today's SBD: another author beloved by readers but whom I just don't get.

Kresley Cole.

I've read so many awesome things about her Immortals After Dark series, and about her books generally. Cracktastic seems to be the adjective used often.

I picked up a copy of Cole's Pleasure of a Dark Prince. It was sort of different, in that it wasn't limited to just the typical werewolf and vampire, but it seemed kind of convoluted and didn't stand well on its own. What was the big conflict, not just for this book but the series over all? I don't know. How did everyone come to be relocated from Europe to Louisiana? Not clear. What are the underlying rules of the world? Never explained. The hero was the Dark Prince, readers are told. Told told told, not shown. And the book is peopled by a large cast of characters who are not introduced or explained in a very helpful way. Midway through, a couple of characters sounded familiar, so I checked LibraryThing: turns out I tried one of Cole's books earlier. DNF. Oops. If I'd realized, I probably wouldn't have bothered with this one at all.

The nail in the coffin for me? The hero and heroine are doing just about everything possible in bed short of actual penetration...but they both consider it Not Sex. Oral sex is not sex, and apparently digital stimulation to orgasm isn't sex either. [How very Clintonian.] And since they haven't had sex, they (or she, rather, since she's the one who cares) are chaste. WTF?

I'm sorry that's lame and pathetic and is such a narrow view of sexuality that I couldn't go on.

Done. Stick a fork in me.
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Warning: there will be slight spoilers in this review for the last book. I will try not to spoil anything in this new book, though.

Just to get everyone up to speed: Harper Connelly sees dead people. Sort of. When she is close to a dead body, she can see how they died. Which makes visiting places like cemetaries and just about any historic place problematic. How'd she acquire this skill? Accidentally: it is the byproduct of being struck by lightning as a teenager. Harper speaks to dead people for their families, making a living for herself. Her stepbrother, Tolliver, is her manager, companion and bodyguard.

As I mentioned when I reviewed the first book (here), the two of them are scarred by the disasters of their youth: as much as the lightning strike has guided their professional lives, the personal tragedies and disasters of their family -- drug addiction, neglect, abuse, poverty, and a disappeared/presumed dead sibling -- have shaped them and continue to drive them as well. Although the reader never gets Tolliver's POV, his dialogue and behavior seem to mirror Harper's when it comes to their family obligations and baggage.

When I reviewed the second book of the series (here), I mentioned that Harris seemed to be taking the relationship between Harper and Tolliver to a place I did not want to follow. And she did in the third book, An Ice Cold Grave. I did not review that book, as I was ambivalent and rather squicked by it. My LibraryThing notes say, Vaguely squicked by the Harper-Tolliver relationship, despite repeated statements that not related. Family isn't just about blood.

This fourth book picks up not long after the third ended. Harper and Tolliver are in Texarkana, checking out the grave of a wealthy man at the request of his grandchildren. He died alone on the ranch, and the stronger-willed granddaughter just wants to know, to be sure his death was natural. Well, the client gets more than she anticipated. First because she learns that someone threw a snake at him, which exacerbated his heart condition and ultimately led to his death alone out on the ranch. And second, because Harper reveals that a family employee died after giving birth rather than from appendicitis, which leads to questions about the hidden pregnancy and where the child may have gone.

After doing that reading, Harper and Tolliver head toward a suburb of Dallas, where their half sisters live with an aunt and uncle. They are scheduled to visit, and are also announcing their changed relationship. Meanwhile, Tolliver's father has been released from prison and is trying to rebuild his relationship with his kids, whether they welcome him back into their lives or not.

While catching up with their family and taking a break from talking to the dead, Tolliver and Harper become magnet for violence. At the same time, out of the blue, there is a sighting of Cameron, Harper's sister who disappeared more than ten years ago. And the Texarkana family resurfaces with questions about the reading. These all seem to be separate threads, but in the end, they are all tangled up in a single huge knot that Harper and Tolliver have to untangle.

Generally, Harris has a talent for characters who feel real, people with good points and bad, who are neither paragons nor devils. And while the mysteries of this series have not been complex, they were solidly written. Having said that, I found Grave Secret to be a disappointment. It felt phoned in. The Bad Guy was a caricature Eeeeevil Bad Guy all the way through. The connections of the different mysteries were too far fetched, and the resolution felt forced. It felt like Harris realized that it was time to wrap up some storylines, so she scrambled them all together. The ending was rather Scooby Doo-ish, with Bad Guy telling what he did and why and how and when because...well, I'm not sure why. Harper as a character irritated me a bit -- she's been painted as being very cautious and safety-conscious generally, but there were a couple of occasions when her behavior verged on TSTL. And there were a few scenes and/or characters who seemed completely extraneous; I couldn't figure out what they contributed to the book, other than to be page filler.

Now that the overarching mystery that has existed through out the series has been resolved, and some of the family and relationship questions have been settled, I wonder if this is the last Harper Connelly book. I thought so, but someone mentioned (on a MB? Twitter?) that this was going to be a six book series.

Grade from me: C-


Lightning-struck sleuth Harper Connelly and her stepbrother Tolliver take a break from looking for the dead to visit the two little girls they both think of as sisters. But, as always happens when they travel to Texas, memories of their horrible childhood resurface.

To make matters worse, Tolliver learns from his older brother that their father is out of jail and trying to reestablish contact with other family members. Tolliver wants no part of the man- but he may not have a choice in the matter.

Soon, family secrets ensnare them both, as Harper finally discovers what happened to her missing sister, Cameron, so many years before.

And what she finds out will change her world forever.


Excerpt (Chapter 1) is available here.
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As I mentioned yesterday, I downloaded several ebooks based on people I met or chatted with at RWA.  I read one of them today, a Silhouette Nocturne Bite, Savage Dragon by Anna Hackett.

They call him the Savage Dragon: Rordan Sarkany, knight of the Order of the Dragon, charged with tracking and destroying those who let their dragon blood turn them into beasts. In the wilds of Hungary, Rordan hunts one such creature—along with fellow warrior Kira Bethlen.

Both Rordan and his inner dragon desire Kira...and she can't resist Rordan's dangerous allure. But even if she succumbs to their attraction, can she ever forgive him for slaying her beloved brother?

 

This is the first Nocturne Bite that I've read; I can't tell how it compares to others in terms of pacing and content. 

What did I like about this book?  Well, it's got dragons in it.  How could I not like it?  .

What was the downside of this book?  The fact that it is a novella.  It felt like there was a lot of backstory and worldbuilding that just didn't fit within the word count. Based on the info at Hackett's website, it looks like more books and/or stories will be coming, and the backstory may eventually be filled in.  But in this first installment, a lot of the relationship development was skipped; in order to get around it, the hero and heroine have a backstory, physical attraction, and a fated mates thing. 

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I've missed the last couple of TBR Challenges, but was inspired by Beth's SBD about Twilight to pick it up for the challenge this month.  First I had to find my copy of the book -- I bought it back in 2005 when the book was originally published, but never got around to reading it.  So it had only been sitting on a shelf for ~4 years.  Which isn't that bad, comparatively speaking; there are some books on that shelf that were on it, packed to move into this house more than six years ago, and then unpacked right back onto the shelf.


When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn.  With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impententrable.  Up until now, he has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret. 

What Bella doesn't realizes is the closer she gets to him, the more she is putting herself and those around her at risk.  And, it might be too late to turn back...




My thoughts:

Holy crap.  What a monumental Mary Sue.  Stalker boyfriend who is totally telegraphing future abuse, beginning with the isolation and the faux warning away.  And the writing?  Ugh.  100 pages could've been chopped without damaging the story at all -- a lot of sloppy, amateurish writing.  I'm hoping (guessing?) the later books were more polished.  There was a lot of telegraphing and predictable conflict set up in Twilight for future books; even without having been seriously spoiled, I'm guessing that Jacob is going to be a rival; Rosalie is going to be a problem; and so on.
 
Having said that, I totally get why a 15 year old would LOVE Edward and Bella.  It's the total teen fantasy of being suddenly transformed, of having a dangerous boyfriend who would never in a billion years hurt you but instead struggles constantly with his own nature.
 
It's like crack for teens.  And non-teens, I guess.  Rather like the BDB in that sense.  Except I've just weened myself off the BDB and am not interested in getting hooked on something else.  So as a gateway drug, Twilight has failed. 
 
I do like the pic  I saw the other day, of Kiefer Sutherland's sneering vampire, captioned that vampires do not sparkle.  [I saw in on a reader blog, but cannot for the life of me remember which one; otherwise I would give credit.]
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Ah, the first SBD of the year. And today’s post is rather bitchy and full of WTF.

CR passed on her copy of Christine Warren’s One Bite With A Stranger. She enjoyed it . . . she loves vampire novels, even as she labels genre romance as tacky and trashy. WTF? She's not being ironic when she calls romance trashy, and she doesn't "get" that what she's reading is that self-same trash that she derides. Something about the vampires perhaps erases the genre romance taint?

Anyway, I wouldn’t have read this book otherwise, because I’m so over vampires in romance. They’re really only tolerable in urban fantasy. Because hooking up with a long-lived leech just doesn’t really appeal to my sense of the romantic. Done with the bloodsuckers. So probably I shouldn’t have even bothered . . . but it was the only book in my bag this morning, thus it was the commute book.

To say that I hated the book would be to assign more passion and interest than the book merited. Reading it just reminded me of a few romance tropes that really bother me:
  1. Sexual attraction = love (and great sex = love)
  2. Having a “fated mate” means that that the author doesn’t have to actually build a relationship, or have the characters do anything other than screw.
  3. The abandonment of human life for vampire-dom (for lurve) without any consideration of the monumental changes that will be undertaken.
As a physical object: the font was fairly large, and the margins meandered – narrow, then wide, then narrow again.

Nearly half of the 332 pages were spent on love/sex scenes; the first one took 60 pages. Sixty pages! My attention began wandering after the fifth page; sex acts on the page need some emotional content or to be linked to some sort of plot/character development, otherwise it just seems pornish (which is okay, but not what was supposed to be going on here). Lift the sex scenes out, and there isn’t much else going on between the hero and heroine: they saw each other; he got in her head (he’s psychic, of course); they screwed like minks in mating season; he bossed her around; she pouted a little, then buckled. For example, she wondered out loud at one point if two nights of sex made a relationship . . . but then seemed to decide that the answer was yes. Of course, being spineless was par for the course for the heroine, who couldn’t seem to stand up to anyone (friend Ava, ex-boyfriend Gregory, etc.) except by playing avoidance games and leaving voicemail messages.

The plot was miniscule. Maybe there is some sort of overarching plot in the series (I’m guessing there’s a series, based on the bait dangled) in which the paltry activity outside the bedroom makes sense. On its own, it didn’t make much sense.

The vampire mythology was never developed -- maybe it was explained in an earlier or later book? I don’t know, but it seemed sort of standard from what I could gather. There was nothing to distinguish this vampire society from hundreds of others. Uber-wealthy, extremely powerful, living in parallel to human society. Stronger, faster, better hearing/vision, etc. Few weaknesses, if any.

The hero, Dmitri, said that he could only influence her in a way that she was already inclined. Uh, whatever. As I read their first sex scene, I thought her consent was dubious because of the way he pushed into her head. Not good. He felt creepy and controlling through the entire book. It was always him getting his way and imposing his will on Regina. Also, the author threw in the fact that Regina was submissive in the bedroom, although she'd never acted on her desires. The hero's imposition of his will via his psychic powers in combination with her previously unexplored desire to be dominated felt really squicky to me, especially the way he decided unilaterally after one night of sex that the heroine would have to adjust to his lifestyle. (p 110)

Her kinky sex toys and dress up stuff was okay because he’d read her mind and knew her friends had provided them; mind reading made it easier, gave him a better impression of her. (p 111-2) Otherwise, he’d’ve thought she was a kinky, perverted whore? WTF? What does that make him? He enjoyed those props, too, btw. Judgmental, double standard-upholding bastard.
He takes his stress out on her, basically blaming her for his behavior. (p 229)

Another thought: why must the villains always reveal their plans, explaining everything a la Scooby Doo?

Milka as a nickname or endearment -- know what I think of? Skim or 2%, and the brand of milk chocolate.

Also, condomless sex with a total stranger == TSTL.  Fail!  FAIL!  FAIL! 

Maybe if I wasn’t suffering from an earache and feeling totally bored by vampires, I’d feel more charitable about this book. But I doubt it.

D for this book.
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Now that the end of the year is in sight, I’m feeling a bit desperate about the volume of average and bad books I’ve read lately. Other than The Wedding Officer, there have been no great new books for me for the month. (Y: the last man doesn't count because I started the series last month.)

I keep reading, though, in the hope of finding the next great book. )
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 I liked Blood Brothers even though it felt unfinished.  The romance came to a good stopping place but the larger story is still going on.  This kind of thing really bothered me in C.L. Wilson's Lord of the Fading Lands -- why's it okay here?  Two reasons:  first, the break in LotFL was unfinished in terms of larger plot and the romance, which irritated; and second, I have read enough of Madame La Nora's trilogies to trust that she'll get the story where it needs to go.  I had no such reserve of trust for Wilson.

I do have a couple petty quibbles:

Firstly, the mention of Juno, Alaska.  There's Juneau, Alaska and there's Juno Mountain, Alaska.  But no Juno, Alaska that I could find.

B:  At one point, Ann Hawkins is referred to as the daughter of Richard Hawkins, then later her father is named James Hawkins.  Oops.

3:  "Caging" =/= "cadging".  Different meanings, and I think you meant the latter rather than the former.

I wish copy editors or proof readers had caught those. 

But those are outweighed by two cultural touchstones included in the story:  duck pin bowling and the Borg.  Seriously, dude, Balmer (and Pittsburgh) love their duck pin, which is apparently not well known elsewhere.  Shame for all of y'all.  And the Borg?  The best ST: TNG villain -- hell the best ST villain ever.

ETA:  plus, one of the characters gives the best marital advice I've ever read.  "Learn to laugh, otherwise, you'll beat them to death with a hammer first chance."  <snicker>
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I have been less than thrilled with the last several books I read or attempted to read.  Either DNF or C/D grades.

 
I really want the time I spent reading these books back.
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Based on the recommendation of my Non-Romance Reading colleague, I picked up Lara Adrian's two books at the library on Sunday. (I must roll my eyes, because even though she derides genre romance, she's reading it and giving me recommendations. I think the absence of the Fabio cover has confused her. No man titty --> not romance.)  

I really liked the first book; the second was okay. The series reminds me a lot of Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood, but with less name/label-dropping and without the complicated theology -- no Scribe Virgin whose world-place will be altered when the author writes herself into a corner.

But a throw away line in the first book is really bothering me. The hero was looking at Bad Guy's record in their internal database and musing on how he'd been restrained and tortured, and that it was necessary even though torture was wrong. Okay, uh, no. Torture is wrong. Full stop. Nothing makes in necessary. Not in real life and not in fiction. I don't care how heinous that Bad Guy was, or what evil deeds he committed. Good guys don't torture. 
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'Tis Monday.  I didn't have anything to write about...until I finished my commute book on the ride into work this morning.

A copy of Sherri Erwin's To Hell With Love arrived on my doorstep on Friday.  From Amazon.  I don't remember ordering it.  Did I read a review?  An interview?  I don't know.   But The Devil as hero was intriguing...I was trying to figure out how it was going to work, since he obviously is tied to Hell.   Was the heroine going to be a modern day Persephone/Proserpina?
   
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How did I *not* love J.R. Ward’s lastest book, Lover Unbound, let me count the ways. SPOILERS ABOUND -- don't look if you don't want to know. )




Having said all that, Ward is an engrossing storyteller. Even as all these things were irritating me as I read, I wanted to know what was going to happen next.

Weighing that against my general disappointment with LU, it’s not enough. I won’t be buying the next BDB book.

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I've just sent an SOS to The Biochemist and I'll share it here, too.

I'm in need of a really good book to read. The nonfiction selections I'm working on are fine, but there has been a serious slump on the fiction front. Heroines I want to bitch-slap. Heroes who suffer from rectal-cranial inversion. Pr0nish, pointless sex and unbelievable avowals of adoration. Sleuths who can’t find their way out of a paper bag. Too many vampires, werewolves, and Others.

Need a book recommendation for vacation, please.


And a follow up note: C appreciated all of the paranormal/urban fantasy recommendations I gave using your suggestions. She's devoured Carrie Vaughn's series and started on Lilith Saintcrow's.
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I've been giving recommendations (and books) to a friend who doesn't really care for romance but loves paranormals and urban fantasy. She likes Jacqueline Carey and LKH, and has begun Keri Arthur's Riley Jensen series. So far, she's been pleased with the recs I've given her: Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, Patricia Briggs, Marjorie Liu. I've also suggested Naomi Novik's Temeraire books, which she is reading now. I'm sort of paranormaled out, though, so I'm looking for other authors/series to recommend. Some romance is okay, but not too much (as in, no Feehan or J.R. Ward). Ones I've already thought of:

On the list:
L.A. Banks
Lilith Saintcrow
Charlaine Harris

Three that I'm on the fence about:
MaryJanice Davidson (I'm not sure about this one, since she's not into chicklit or the snarky tone so much)
Donna Boyd (the Passion/Promise series died w/o finishing, so do I want to suggest an incomplete series?)
Kim Harrison (I don't read her but I'd heard good things, up until the last release which apparently ended in a not good way)

Other suggestions, please?


FYI -- Bujold's Miles, Mutants and Microbes is available. But be warned, it's not new material but an anthology of previously published works that deal with genetic experiments (the quaddies, the Cetagandans, and the Houses of Jackson Hole). I've got all three works separately already, otherwise I'd buy a copy :)

And I saw a Suzanne Brockmann tpb on the shelf at the bookstore the other day: a reissue of Time Enough for Love and Stand in Groom, two of her early Loveswepts.

And Amazon is screwing with me again. I ordered two books. On Monday, I received a notice that the order was separated and one book It's Not About the Accent, was being shipped. On Tuesday, Force of Nature was shipped; it arrived on Wednesday. According to USPS.com, the postal service has been notified of the package but nothing has happened. Huh? It was ready for shipping on Monday, but hasn't shipped yet? Same shipping rate, same shipper, etc., but one book arrived two days ago and the other is still...sitting in the warehouse waiting to be shipped?
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[livejournal.com profile] lightgetsin and [livejournal.com profile] sahiya have posted another piece of their AU Vorkosigan fic in the [livejournal.com profile] bujold_fic. This piece, Seeds, is from Ekaterin Vorsoisson's POV and is set in the lead up to the Emperor's wedding.

More reading blather. )
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Oh, Demon Moon, how did I love you? Let me count the ways... )

And the recipient of my extra copy of Demon Moon is....
Well, my number was 16. So [livejournal.com profile] jperceval's guess of 25 was closest. But I'm feeling generous and want to share the Demon Moon love, so in addition to mailing my extra copy out, I'm going to use the Amazon gift card I won at Meljean's to send a copy to Keishon, Marianne McA, and [livejournal.com profile] sarahf, who also guessed. Email me (address on my profile page) your preferred mailing address and I'll send copies your way.
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My SBD post took several tries to post. And I can't reply to any of the comments posted in the last day, dammit.

Instead I'll post here: Yay! ::happy dance:: And thank you to Meljean Brook, 'cause I won her contest.

I also won (last week and I forgot to post about it, bad jmc) a contest over at Bam's -- a copy of Annie Dean's ebook, The Average Girl's Guide to Getting Laid. Once I've finished reading it, I'll post a review or maybe just an opinion.

So, since I've been all win-ny lately, I'll share the love. I have a duplicate copy of Meljean Brook's Demon Moon due to order impatience/forgetfulness. Pick a number between 1 and 50 and post it in the comments (along with contact info if you don't have a blog or LJ) in the next 48 hours. The first person to hit the number or get closest gets my spare copy.
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I've started Demon Moon and am really enjoying it. (AAR and Rosario loved it to, btw.) Hoped over to Meljean's blog and found her latest contest, the Demon Moon L.U.R.V.E. Train. Meljean's voice and style on her blog cracks me up (I think I posted a link to her piece on cake a while back); I wonder if she has any comedy stuff percolating for publishing?

I feel vaguely guilty for participating in the contest, since I'm pretty much over vampires for the most part. But I am anyway...



Dear People Magazine,

Every November, you come out with your "Sexiest Man Alive" issue; every spring, you print your list of the "World's Most Beautiful People."

But in 2007 -- for the last two hundred years -- the sexiest man and the most beautiful person has been ... a vampire.

George? Pffft. Brad? Come on! Jude? ...no.

Why isn't it that Colin Ames-Beaumont hasn't graced your cover? Is it simply because his picture cannot be taken? (He's so beautiful a blank cover with just his name on it would make your readers drool.) Because he usually only comes out at night? (How is that different than Johnny Depp?) Because you think he hasn't bared his assets for a Hollywood camera?

Are you afraid of his tainted blood? You shouldn't be: one look will not send you to the Chaos realm, surrounded by flying dragons and the screams of the damned. Only Colin sees that realm when he looks into a mirror -- it will not trouble you. Is it the woman he's falling in love with? Geeks need love, too, People Magazine -- a fact you have long overlooked (but that is another campaign to be won.)

Is it the fear that if you met him in a dark alley, the words "Oh my God you're so beautiful!" would hardly be past your lips before he had you up against the wall for some hot sexing that you wouldn't remember the next day?

No; none of those things are true impediments to being called "the sexiest" or "the most beautiful". I think the problem is that you've been stuck on one pesky little word in the "Sexiest Man" title: Alive.

But there are those of us -- readers and authors, geeks and norms -- who know that Undead can be just as sexy as Living. And we've got hundreds of paranormal romances to prove it.

So I'm beginning my campaign to get a vampire on the cover of your magazine. To no longer be forced to stare longingly at men who can't read my mind. Men who can't use a sword. Men who can't wear satin-lined capes and look good doing it. I'm calling for all readers, living and undead, to fight for vampire equality.

And I'm nominating Colin Ames-Beaumont to the be first representative of the "Sexiest Man Alive (and Undead)" for 2007. What separates him from other vampire romance heroes, you wonder? He's strong, as they are. He sucks blood, as they do. He's got out-of-control sexual appeal, as they do. But there is one thing, People Magazine, that makes Colin stand out from the rest of the vampire heroes.

Colin ... is blond.

But do not take my word for it; judge for yourself. And because he is cursed, unable to see his reflection or to have any pictures taken, the only proof I can offer is in Demon Moon. The book cover cannot do him justice -- you must look inside. Want a peek? The first four chapters are here. Or you can buy it at Amazon (it is available June 5 in stores everywhere).

Sincerely,
Meljean Brook

Living and Undead Readers for Vampire Equality

Join the L.U.R.V.E. Train - Because vampires are beautiful people, too.

(Want to join the L.U.R.V.E. Train? Nominate your own vampire, win books and Amazon gift certificates? Climb aboard here.)
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I'm thinking that the reading slump is over.
  
Why? )

I'm almost finished Keri Arthur's Dangerous Games, the fourth book in her Riley Jensen series.  I read the first book a while back and though it was ~meh~.  Another paranormal series.  Slightly different b/c it's set in Australia, and the heroine is a werewolf-vampire crossbreed.  But still, meh, not another series.  I skipped the next two books.  Probably wouldn't have picked up this one, except the selection was limited.  I'm enjoying it more than the first book.  Not sure if it is because Arthur has progressed as a writer, or if it's just me.  I'm still not sure I'll pick up the next book of the series or read the two intervening books, but this one was good.
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Succubus Blues is perhaps a book that I should have left in the TBR pile, or maybe even on the shelf at the bookstore. Why? Spoilers. )

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