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new fantasy series, Second Sight by HK SavageSecond Sight by HK Savage

Many familiar with Savage’s work in YA will be delighted to see this adult new fantasy series called The Admiral’s Elite that begins with Second Sight. In it we meet Becca, a very introverted but gifted girl who has decided that rather than deal with the reactions to her “second sight” she will lose herself in the world of being an ordinary base security soldier in the military. She finds the anonymity comforting.

But her world is turned upside down one night when out on her regular run. This time she runs across something she cannot just walk away from and soon she is caught up in a world she never imagined. The one good thing in that world is Michael Rossi, a vampire in the special ops that Becca finds herself a part of. For Admiral Black has decided she will be in his band of elite soldiers, whether she wants to or not.

Their growing attraction, Michael’s realization that rather than a liability Becca may be their saving grace and the immense evil that emerges to threaten everything will pull you in. The characters, as usual with Savage’s writing, are well drawn and compelling. There are twists on the twists in this mystery within the fantasy story that will make your head spin. Luckily for all of us, Savage decided to dip her very talented toe into the world of adult fantasy, and this new fantasy series is a great end result.

You can download your own Kindle version of Second Sight today and start enjoying this beginning of what promises to be a great new fantasy series soon.

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Nov
08

Author Highlight: Carrie Vaughn

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Carrie Vaughn BooksCarrie Vaughn is the bestselling author of the Kitty Norville books, an urban fantasy series about a werewolf who moonlights as a radio talk show host. She is also a contributor to Wild Cards, a science fiction anthology series.

The Kitty series is centered around Kitty Norville, the host of a popular syndicated radio call-in show about werewolves and other supernatural creatures. What the listeners don’t know, however, is that Kitty is actually a real-life werewolf. While Vaughn herself has never worked as a DJ (or been a werewolf), she says she loves music, and often discusses it on her blog.

The Kitty novels are categorized as urban fantasies, but they have become increasingly popular with romance readers. Several of the books, including Kitty and the Silver Bullet, and Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand, have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller’s List.

Born in 1973, Vaughn grew up as a self-described ” Air Force Brat.” After graduating as a valedictorian from her high school, she received her BA from Occidental College (where she graduated at “the same time as Ben Affleck, but I never met him, much to my anguish.”) She holds a Masters Degree in English Literature.
Vaughn says her upbringing got her started down the road toward becoming a writer of fantasy and science fiction:

“Both of my parents must be credited with my current career path,” she says in her bio. “My mother gave me Heinlein’s Red Planet when I was eight. Shortly thereafter my father sat me down to watch 2001. My brain just hasn’t been the same.”

In her books, Vaughn often incorporates themes that touch on social issues. Perhaps the most striking example is Kitty Goes to War. The novel tells the story of a group of war veterans (in this case, werewolf veterans) who have returned home from the conflict in Afghanistan. Kitty tries to help the werewolf veterans cope with an illness that is making them dangerous to society.

Vaughn attended Denver’s MileHiCon (http://www.milehicon.org/), a science fiction literary convention, the weekend of October 22. MileHiCon is her “home town con,” Vaughn says, and she’s been attending it since 1998. While there she served on panels and held readings and book signings.

When she’s not attending conferences or indulging in her favorite pastime of traveling around the globe, Vaughn lives in Colorado with her miniature American Eskimo dog, Lily.

Kitty Norville Series
Kitty Goes to War, Tor Books, June 29, 2010
Kitty’s House of Horrors, Grand Central Publishing, January 1, 2010
Kitty Raises Hell, Grand Central Publishing, March 1, 2009
Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand, Grand Central Publishing, February 1, 2009
Kitty and the Silver Bullet, Grand Central Publishing, January 1, 2008
Kitty Takes a Holiday, Warner Books/Hachette Book Group, April 1, 2007
Kitty Goes to Washington, Warner Books, July 1, 2006
Kitty and The Midnight Hour, Warner Books, November 1, 2005

Young Adult Novels
Voices of Dragons, Harper Teen, March 16, 2010

Wild Cards anthologies
“Just Cause,” Busted Flush, Tor Books, December 9, 2008
“Chosen Ones,” Inside Straight, Tor Books, January 22, 2008

also:

Discord’s Apple, Tor Books, July 6, 2010

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Oct
02

Stripped by Marcia Colette

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Stripped by Marcia Colette

Title: Stripped
Author: Marcia Colette
Release Date: June 1, 2010
Pages: 304
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Someone wants their perfect weapon back, only she’s not coming quietly.

Alexa Wells wants her life back. She’s just not sure what that life was. The memories inside her head—a stripper’s—aren’t hers, and before she humiliates herself onstage one more time, she sets out to collect the scattered pieces of her mind. The trail leads to Boston, charges of identity theft and murder, and the real bombshell: a forgotten werewolf lover who insists she’s a werewolf hybrid.

Matt York doesn’t care that she looks at him like he’s been smoking crack between court cases. Now that he has her back he’s not about to let her go it alone, even if she can easily kick ass and take names all by herself. Amnesia only scratches the surface of her problems, and like it or not, she’s stuck with him.

She’s also stuck with Robert Gamboldt, a venture capitalist who’s not above murdering his way to the top. He’s not about to lose his prize possession without playing dirty. It’s a simple enough offer. Be his personal assassin, or go to jail.

With options like that, it’s enough to make a hybrid go full-blood.

Warning: Delicious sexual tension with a werewolf who’ll wait as long as it takes for his hybrid werewolf mate to come around.

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Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs

Title: Silver Borne
Author: Patricia Briggs
Release Date: March 30, 2010
Pages: 352
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Best Book Quote: “I could have kept arguing with him – I usually like arguing with Adam. But there were things I liked better. I leaned forward and kissed him.”

Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs is another great installment in the story of Mercy Thompson, coyote shapeshifter. At this point in the series she’s bonded to Adam, the Alpha of the local werewolf pack. Mercy is an ace mechanic who works in a garage, fixing cars while trying to understand all the nuances of her relationship with Adam. A coyote mated to a wolf comes with its own unique set of problems – least of which is the fact that his pack isn’t welcoming her with open arms because they think their Alpha should be mated to a true werewolf.

Mercy lives in a trailer with Samuel, a family member from a different pack. He’s a very old werewolf (but still incredibly hot) who seems to be succumbing to a problem that plagues a lot of old werewolves: he’s losing his humanity. When Mercy comes home on day to find Samuel in wolf form and realizes he’s not switching back, she fears the worst because most lone wolves don’t survive for long – they are usually killed by their pack. However, Mercy is determined that this will not happen to her friend and sets out to find a solution to his problem. But this makes significant problems for her because Adam is not about to let a lone wolf near his mate. How can she protect Samuel but not lie to Adam at the same time? Quite the dilemma . . .

Patricia Briggs once again delivers a great story with complex characters and captivating story lines. Samuel and his battle with his inner wolf keeps you engaged as you truly hope it does not negatively impact the relationship between Adam and Mercy. Keeping these two together is of paramount importance. Along with a parallel story where Mercy tries to help out a young fae bookstore owner, the author gives you plenty of action to keep you captivated throughout the book. Be sure to pick up Silver Borne if you are looking for a fast-paced, fantastical and interesting story to read. check prices

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Kitty's House of HorrorsA supernatural reality show, how cool would that be? The more Carrie Vaughn writes, the more I keep wishing that her stories were real because I want these stories to be true, they are so fascinating. With her latest novel, Kitty’s House of Horrors, Carrie Vaughn has made the series more ‘real’ than ever. Kitty has agreed to participate in a TV reality show that features different members of the supernatural community that have come ‘out’. If the supernatural community truly existed, I can see it happening just the way she describes it in her book. There are the crazies who want to kill supernaturals, the groupies who want to become supernaturals, and the average person who just wants to know more. I can also picture someone like Kitty, who is just trying to help educate the public – in addition to giving her great publicity for her radio show.

The cast of characters for this unique show are mostly friends or acquaintances of Kitty’s which makes her stay in the remote mountain cabin – the setting for the reality show – more bearable. Her husband Ben is not going with her, he is busy trying to get their friend and mentor, Cormac, out of jail. Her telepathic friend Tina is there as well as Jeffrey from a previous book and two new vampires she has never met. Odysseus Grant, the mysterious magician from Las Vegas, is included in the reality show’s cast. The vampires have brought along a snack in the form of an absolutely gorgeous guy and, to top it all off, the show’s creators have added Conrad the skeptic to the bunch because he believes that supernatural beings are fake and he is there to prove it.

It would seem that simply the idea of a supernatural reality show would be enough for a great read but, to make it even better, the reality show itself is a cover for a menacing scheme that I did not see coming at all. Vaughn has a gift for creating situations through which you can truly empathize with supernatural beings. I really like the series because I relate to the supernaturals and care about the characters. When Kitty and the other guests at the cabin find out something is not right about their situation, they handle it just like a regular group of people would handle it, keeping me thoroughly engrossed the entire time trying to figure out what was going on.

As with all of the books in the Kitty Norville series, I highly recommend this latest installment, it’s been the most fun for me out of the entire series. The author knows how to write a good mystery because I had to stop myself from reading the end several times – I just had to know what was the ‘real’ story about the events on the set of the reality show. And, because I could not wait to find out how it ended, I think you will have a hard time waiting too.

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Wolfsbane and MistletoeHarris and Kelner bring a whole new meaning to Christmas this year. The usual jovial cheer of the holiday season is marked with a dark omen, that of werewolves to be exact, in the latest anthology. The authors provide a creative mix of horror and humor, and there are also some characters you might recognize. It consists of 15 short stories:

Gift Wrap by Charlaine Harris
In this story Sookie Stackhouse expects to spend some quiet alone time during Christmas when she discovers a wounded werewolf in the woods. This is a cozy, light story that combines a lovable and well-known character, Sookie, with a mischevious and sexy werewolf.

The Haire of the Beast by Donna Andrews
In this book a witch researches what it will take to make her brother a werewolf. She also makes some special brownie treats for her ex-boyfriend. Confusion and fun ensues in this hilarious holiday story.

Lucy, at Christmastime by Simon R. Green
Simon Green writes a short story that complements his popular Nightside series; a werewolf having drinks at a Nightside bar during the holiday season reminisces about his past, including his past love.

The Night Things Changed by Dana Cameron
Supernatural creatures are usually good-hearted in this short story. However, in a twist of fate, one turns out to be a killer. A female vampire and her werewolf brother investigate the matter.

The Werewolf Before Christmas by Kat Richardson
In this story we meet Matthias, a werewolf whose appetite gets him in trouble at the North Pole. Santa has designed the perfect punishment for him; can Mathias set his pride aside and complete his assigned task?

Fresh Meat by Alan Gordon
This story proves how dogs are great partners, especially when tracking down bad guys; a dog and a female werewolf partner up to defeat evil during the holiday season.

Il est Ne by Carrie Vaughn
Our lovable and smart female werewolf Kitty Norville teams up with another werewolf to investigate a mystery. Who knew she’d end up involved in a mess just by going to The Waffle House?

The Perfect Gift by Dana Stabenow
I love it when stories don’t give everything away at once. In this story we meet two cops who may (or may not be) quite human. We get to guess the true nature of each character while also reading a pretty good mystery story.

Christmas Past by Keri Arthur
This classic Christmas love is in the air story centers around two cops (a werewolf and a psychic) who rekindle their past love while trying to solve a case.

SA by Joe Konrath
Konrath weaves an outrageously funny tale here that involves shape shifters in unimaginable shapes and sizes.

The Star of David by Patricia Briggs
A daughter seeks out her father’s help, although he’s responsible for her mother’s death several years prior. This dramatic piece is touching and poignant.

You’d Better Not Pyout by Nancy Pickard
This is an hilarious story about two misplaced ex-Soviet vampires in Florida. They just found out that Santa Claus is a vampire and that Christmas is a scam that simply grants him access to homes and an endless blood supply. They seek to join him, but somehow end up across the Atlantic Ocean. Yes, this story includes many lively twists and turns.

Rogue Elements by Karen Chance
Karen Chance writes a police mystery set in the supernatural realm of Las Vegas which involves identity denial and werewolf politics.

Milk and Cookies by Rob Thurman
Rob Thurman, responsible for the wonderful Cal Leandros books, writes about young werewolves’ true fantasies. Just what do they want for Christmas?

Keeping Watch Over His Flock by Toni L. P. Kelner
Jake, a shapeshifter, experiences newfound fame after he rescues a girl that had gone missing. However to do this, he ends up shifting into something you’d never imagine!

Wolfsbane and Mistletoe is now ON SALE at Amazon!

Kitty Raises HellI just read Kitty Raises Hell and the name says it all. I picked it up because the title caught my eye – not knowing that it was the sixth in a series by Carrie Vaughn featuring “Kitty”. My usual policy is to never buy a book midway through a series but I am so glad I did this time, now I know that I have five books left to read and enjoy.

The story is about werewolves in a world where supernatural creatures have “come out”. Sound familiar? Not to worry, Kitty is the most famous werewolf around and as a supernatural radio host and alpha of the Denver pack, her story keeps a well used theme interesting. In this installment, a popular ghost hunting radio show wants to use Kitty in their latest production. But Kitty has brought back trouble from her recent trip to Las Vegas and the ghost hunters find out how dangerous the supernatural can really be. In Vegas, she was happily married to Ben, her lawyer boyfriend, but while in Vegas she also made an enemy of a strange cult and they want her dead. Their leader was killed and, of course, Kitty was involved.

The cult’s revenge has followed Kitty back to Denver in the form of a genie or Djinn that is destroying people she cares about. Ben, her new husband and fellow werewolf, is at a loss how to help her and she turns to Rick, the head of the vampires in Denver, to find some answers. To her chagrin, it seems no one has the answer to her problem with the genie until a mysterious ancient vampire shows up; offering his services with just one little string attached – her loyalty. Kitty is at an impasse and, as pack leader, everyone is looking for her to guidance. Terrible things are starting to happen and she is going to have to come up with the solution or possibly lose everyone she loves, not to mention her own life.

This was a very entertaining story and I am really looking forward to reading Carrie Vaughn’s other books. I especially liked the author’s original telling of a werewolf tale; her ideas are fresh and I was able to understand what was going on in the book even though I had not read the first five books in the series. Have you ever stopped at a restaurant you’ve never heard of – you were just too tired to keep driving – and then you ended up having a great meal? And, now, every time you see that restaurant, you want to stop and repeat that experience? Well, I compare that to finding this series of books. I happened upon it, it was a very good surprise, and I plan to read them all, and leave very satisfied.

Now, repeat after me: I will get Kitty Raises Hell, I will get Kitty Raises Hell, I will get . . .

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