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Rogue Is Out In Stores


Rogue by Rachel Vincent

Just a quick note to let everyone know that even though the release date isn’t until April 1st, Rogue has been spotted and purchased by many in your favorite book stores already!

Book Description
Ok, so cats don’t always land on their feet… I know that better than most. Since rejoining the Pride, I’ve made big decisions and even bigger mistakes: the kind paid for with innocent lives. As the first and only female enforcer, I have plenty to prove to my father, the Pride and myself. And with murdered toms turning up in our territory, I’m working harder than ever, though I always find the energy for a little after-hours recreation with Marc, my partner both on and off duty.

But not all my mistakes are behind me. We’re beginning to suspect that the dead are connected to a rash of missing human women and that they can all be laid at my feet—two or four, take your pick. And one horrible indiscretion may yet cost me more than I can bear.…

Rogue is the second installment in the Faythe Sanders Were-Cats series of which I am a huge fan. I am really looking forward to devouring it myself, and recommend hopping on the Rachel Vincent book train for a great ride.

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2 Comments.

 

 

Posted by Rachel Vincent:

Thanks, I hope you like it!
Tuesday, April 1st 2008 @ 8:29 PM

Posted by Judi:

I know I will. 🙂 The first book was awesome, so I’m sure this one will be another favorite as well.
Wednesday, April 2nd 2008 @ 1:52 PM

 

March 27, 2008 Posted by | Bought Today, TBR | , , , | Leave a comment

Chosen – Spotlight & Review


Chosen by P.C. & Kristin Cast  Published March ’08 by St.Martin’s Press

Format:Trade Paperback

Published:March 4, 2008

Dimensions:320 Pages

Published By:St. Martin’s Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN – 10:
0312360304
ISBN – 13:9780312360306

(from back cover) “BLOODLUST AND DARK FORCES ARE AT WORK AT THE HOUSE OF NIGHT, and fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird’s adventures at the school take a mysterious form. Those who appear to be friends are turning out to be enemies. And, oddly enough, sworn enemies are also turning into friends.

So begins the the gripping third installment of this “highly addictive series” (Romantic Times Book Reviews), in which Zoey’s mettle will be tested like never before. Her best friend, Stevie Rae, is undead and struggling to maintain a grip on her humanity. Zoey doesn’t have a clue how to help her, but she does know that anything she and Stevie Rae discover must be kept secret from everyone else at the House Of Night, where trust has become a rare commodity.

Speaking of rare, Zoey finds herself in the very rare position of having three boyfriends, a situation with the potential to spell social disaster. Then vampyres start turning up dead. Really dead. But as Zoey and her friends find out, things are not always what they seem…”

I love, love, love the House Of Night series: Marked, Betrayed & Chosen. This third book in the series finds Zoey still reeling from the death, or rather undeath, of her best friend Stevie Rae, and struggling to find a way to help her. On top of that she’s conflicted about her attraction to three very different (young) men, adjusting to her new role as leader of the Dark Daughters, and upset that she can’t turn to her friends for help with the evil High Priestess Neferet who has everyone fooled.

It’s a riveting look at what high school life would be like if we lived in the Cast’s version of Oklahoma with Vampyres in our midst, and one very special young lady’s coming of age the hard way. More please! The next book in the series, Untamed, is scheduled to be released Fall 2008, I can hardly wait!

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4 Comments.

Posted by pccast:

Thanks for the lovely review! So glad you liked CHOSEN. Tomorrow the website is going live, http://www.houseofnightseries.com. Check it out!

Oh, and UNTAMED is much, much darker…just you wait…

Thursday, March 27th 2008 @ 7:09 PM

Posted by Judi:

Now I can hardly wait for Untamed!!! You are most welcome. 🙂
Thursday, March 27th 2008 @ 8:02 PM

Posted by Lynda Hilburn:

I only discovered YA’s a short while ago, and really enjoy this series. I just picked up this book and can’t wait to read it.
Lynda Hilburn
THE VAMPIRE SHRINK
🙂
Friday, April 4th 2008 @ 1:34 PM

Posted by Judi:

Thanks for stopping by Lynda! 🙂
I too just discovered the YA Urban Fantasy genre last year and am enjoying alot of new authors. This series is great!
Friday, April 4th 2008 @ 3:04 PM

 

March 26, 2008 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Buying Frenzy


  • Mood: happy
  • Watching: ok, I’ll admit it, my TV is always on!
  • Location: On my way out.

I went a little crazy yesterday and ordered:

     

And then I went to the store and bought:

     

Yes, I went on a book shopping frenzy, lol. Bad, bad me. Can you see me feeling guilty…NOT!   I’m pretty excited to read them, although I still have to wait for the first four to get here.

I had an idea, I’m wondering if some of you might have a question you’d like me to ask author of A Rush Of Wings, Adrian Phoenix? If you have one, then ask away in a comment or you can email me, and I’ll see what I can do to work it into my up-coming interview with her. 

I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend!

( Moved over from my original blog )  

2 Comments.

 

 

Posted by Amber:

I ordered ‘Staked’ yesterday! It looks good.

I was lucky enough to win an ARC of Happy Hour of the Damned! I am looking forward to see how you like it.

Howling at the Moon & Night Life rock!

House of Cards was good but not as good as Heart of Stone.

I will have to check the other books out…

Sunday, March 30th 2008 @ 8:47 AM

Posted by Judi:

If you want to see the whole list of books I aquired this month, go to http://sidhevicious.livejournal.com/ I just listed all 54 of them, lol. Crazy, I know! 🙂
Sunday, March 30th 2008 @ 10:23 AM

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Biting The Bullet – Spotlight & Review


Biting The Bullet by Jennifer Rardin  February 2008 by Orbit Books

Format:Trade Paperback

Published:February 11, 2008

Dimensions:336 Pages

Published By:Orbit

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN – 10:
0316020583
ISBN – 13:9780316020589

(from back cover) “I’m Lucille Robinson (aka Jaz Parks).

This is a mission unlike anything my vampire boss, Vayl, and I have ever been on. It’s not our usual take-them-out-and-run; it’s an undercover mission that needs the whole gang: a psychic, an interpreter, and a weapons specialist.

We’ve never gone in with such heavy artillery before, but the more the merrier, right? Um… nope. At least not since Vayl and I learned part of our job is to ferret out a mole concealed in our unit.

To add to our problems, we’re being harried by a pack of reavers bent on revenge, and targeted by a Seer who wants to share Vayl’s power – at any cost. This is going to be a blast.”

Jennifer Rardin’s third book in the Jaz Parks series blasts off like a rocket from page one and carries that momentum through-out the whole book! I personally, am partial to the female lead, Jaz Parks, because she’s a wise-cracking, funny-as-hell, firecracker that kicks butt and makes no apologies for it. This CIA assassin duo, Jaz & Vayl, along with their quirky crew, save the world, one adrenaline-packed battle at a time by eliminating some of the nastiest supernatural terrorists of all time.

A whole lot of action, as-well-as supernatural elements, danger and some romantic tension create this power-bomb of a novel. I highly recommend Biting The Bullet, as well as the first two books: Once Bitten, Twice Shy & Another One Bites The Dust.  The fourth book, Bitten To Death is scheduled to be released August 2008. (does a jig) All have a permanent residency on my “Keeper” shelf, they should be on yours too!

(And now I have to go lend the book to my sister, who I got hooked on the series. She’s been bugging me for it since the day I bought it. )

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  2 Comments.

 

 

Posted by Amber:

This one is on my ‘next to be read’ pile. It is a nice series and I am looking forward to reading this 3rd part.
Monday, March 24th 2008 @ 7:03 AM

Posted by Judi:

If you loved the first two, you’ll love this one as well. She’s very consistant with her writing quality – it’s awesome! 🙂
Monday, March 24th 2008 @ 11:50 AM

 

March 22, 2008 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Preview


Mood: Excited
You all know I’m reading Jennifer Rardin’s – Biting The Bullet. I’ll have the full review and spotlight up on it tomorrow, but I have to share this bit with you. I love this passage:

“He looked into my eyes and the room went silent. “I could never have done what you’ve done,” he finally said. “You’re an amazing woman. Thank you.”

I bobbed my head, pressing my lips together so I wouldn’t start blubbering. Because the next step would definitely be snot bubbles. And I so did not want to ruin this moment with snot bubbles. So I did it with work.”

OMG, I’m still giggling over this! I love the way this character (Jaz Parks), is portrayed. I’ll give more details tomorrow, but I had to share this now. Priceless. (Bowing down to Ms. Rardin for creating one of the best new female leads I’ve come across).

Other EXCITING up-coming news is an interview with author Adrian Phoenix! (Doing the happy dance) I absolutely loved her debut urban fantasy novel A Rush Of Wings. An amazing novel from an awesome lady, what could be better than getting to know her through an interview? We also have a really cool surprise cooked up for you all, but I’ll save that announcement for later.

Happy Easter – Happy Ostara – Happy Spring Equinox to you all. =)

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2 Comments.

Posted by Amber:
I don’t have ‘A Rush of Wings’ yet. I don’t think I can actually order it here yet either…I will have to go and have a look…or maybe it is on pre-order.
Monday, March 24th 2008 @ 7:05 AM
Posted by Judi:
Ooohh, I hope you can get it. It’s also an amazing read! I’m really looking forward to the sequel.
Monday, March 24th 2008 @ 11:53 AM

March 21, 2008 Posted by | Rambling | , | Leave a comment

Marked By Moonlight – Spotlight & Review


Marked By Moonlight by Sharie Kohler  January 2008 by Pocket Books

Format:Mass Market Paperbound

Published:December 26, 2007

Dimensions:368 Pages

Published By:Simon & Schuster

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN – 10:
1416542272
ISBN – 13:9781416542278

(from back cover) ” She Doesn’t Know What Bit Her…

Seemingly overnight, Claire Morgan has transformed: the normally mousy school-teacher is now bold, and her behavior is truly wild. Her eyes gleam silver. Suddenly, she’s a self-confident femme fatale with a libido that just won’t quit. After an impulsive makeover, she’s even… dare she say it?… sexy. Is Claire going insane?

Then brutally handsome stranger Gideon March tells her she was bitten by a werewolf, and Claire figures he’s  the insane one. Sure, she was attacked by a nasty dog in a back alley, but this guy stalking her says he’s a member of an underground society of lycan hunters – and his mission is to terminate her immediately.

When Claire finally realizes she really is a lycan, there’s no turning back – because by now Claire and Gideon are bound by a hungry passion. If they can’t break the curse by the next full moon, Claire’s soul will be lost forever and Gideon will be forced to terminate his prey – a woman dangerously close to devouring him, heart and soul.”

Sharie Kohler’s Marked By Moonlight was a really fun read. Claire is a very realistic character put into a rare situation, and her reactions rang true for me. Gideon is all alpha male and sexy, sexy, mmmm – sexy! The romance is HOT, the action is non-stop, and I’m hooked.

I’m looking forward to the next novel in The Moon Chaser Series, Kiss Of A Dark Moon which is scheduled to be released in October 2008.

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March 19, 2008 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , | Leave a comment

Sidhe Vicious Raves for Authors


  • Mood:
  • Watching: the tv again/Deep Space Nine – Trek
  • Currently Reading: if y’all don’t know by now, then you haven’t been reading my blog! LOL

 

To the authors who have been kind enough to stop by my blog and comment or message me:   

Stacia Kane                                                                                             

Kristopher Reisz

Adrian Phoenix

Lisa Shearin

Nina Bangs

Gena Showalter

Talia Gryphon

Jeaniene Frost

Patrice Michelle

Colby Hodge

V.K. Forrest

Jennifer Rardin

Sharie Kohler

P.C. Cast

Jaye Wells

Jeri Smith-Ready

Elaine Corvidae

Pike Stephenson

Heidi Betts

Rachel Vincent

Rae Lindley

Lynda Hilburn

Terri Garey

Samantha Sommersby

Marta Acosta

Jeanne C. Stein

Sandra Schwab

Stella Price

I thank you for your kind words and support. It’s very much appreciated.

Thanks also to The Fantasy Book Critic.

 

Some other exciting news is that I have two interviews in the works for the near future. It’s still a secret, but I might be persuaded to spill…

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Key To Conflict – Spotlight & Review


Key To Conflict by Talia Gryphon  Ace Fantasy June 2007

Format:Mass Market Paperbound

Published:May 29, 2007

Dimensions:336 Pages

Published By:Berkley Mass Market

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN – 10:
0441015034
ISBN – 13:9780441015030

(from back cover)

“Meet Gillian Key. She’s a paramortal psychologist who can treat the mental diseases of nonhumans. And she’s a Marine Special Forces operative who can get physical with them when the situation calls for it…

Gillian’s two worlds collide when she travels to the Carpathian Mountains in Romania to counsel the local master vampire, Count Aleksei Rachlav. His therapy serves as the perfect cover for her special ops mission: to infiltrate local vampire factions who may be allied with Rachlav’s enemy – the legendary Dracula.

As a brewing turf war between those who favor peaceful co-existance with humans and those who see them as food begins to rock the paranormal realm, Gillian finds herself caught in the middle – and at the mercy of her dangerously attractive host. Her professional ethics tell her to keep her distance, but besides being both a healer and a fighter, Gillian Key is also very much a woman…”

Talia Gryphon is a strong new voice on the paranormal romance/urban fantasy genre. I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next in the series: Key To Conspiracy, due to be released April 29, 2008.

Gillian Key is a wonderful character, a gutsy, wise-cracking protagonist that I rooted for right off the get-go,  and I was sucked right into the story from page one! The Vampire brothers Aleksei and Tanis are all alpha and sexy as hell. Key To Conflict is an action/romance/danger packed debut that has me hooked and craving more.

 

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Interview With Stacia Kane – Author of Personal Demons


 

Sidhe Vicious welcomes Urban Fantasy novelist Stacia Kane, author of the up-coming release Personal Demons. We’re looking forward to getting to know you and all about your new novel.

 

Your new Urban Fantasy novel Personal Demons is being released on April 1st by Juno Books. Can you tell us a little about it and the main character Megan Chase?

 Oh, I love Megan. She’s not really a “kick-ass heroine”, but she holds her own. Her strengths and abilities really come from herself; she’s determined and strong-willed but not really accustomed to fighting.

Megan is a counselling psychologist who’s basically let her desire to help people get her roped into doing a horrible therapy call-in radio show. (The show isn’t horrible, lol, but she thinks it is.) It goes against all of her principles to do it, but she figures at least she can really help people.

The station creates a tagline for the show: “Dr. Demon Slayer will help you slay your personal demons!” Which Megan finds cringe-inducing in itself, but when she realizes there really are personal demons and they think she means it when she says she’s going to slay them…adventure, danger, and romance ensue,

 

What about Demons attracted you to write about them rather than other supernatural creatures?

 Oh, I just love them. Demons are the true outlaws, aren’t they? And writing about them gave me a good way to include the Mafia, which I adore.

Anyone who loves (like I do) The Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil” will have a good idea what kind of demons are in the book.

 I really enjoy any kind of supernatural creature–although weres aren’t my favourites (with the exception of Caitlin Kittredge’s Luna Wilder). I write vampires for Ellora’s Cave and love a good vampire. But I had so much fun creating my demons because while there’s a lot of religious mythology about demons, there’s no “everybody knows” about them–I could make them do and be whatever I wanted.

 

What influenced you to make the jump from Romance to Urban Fantasy?

 Actually, Personal Demons is quite a bit of both!

 It wasn’t really a decision I made, actually. The idea for the book just came to me, and I realized as I was writing that while romance was an important part of the story, it wasn’t the entire focus. And that it was fun; it gave me a feeling of freedom. Not that I don’t love romance, both reading and writing. I don’t mean to say or imply that at all. But it was fun to hold back the part of me that wanted to get to the HEA and see what other directions I could take the romantic relationship in.

 

Will we be seeing more of Megan and her world in the future?

 Absolutely! The second book, Demon Inside, is already finished, and I hope to have some news about a third at some point in the near future,

 

What supernatural power or creature would you most like to have or be, and why?

 Hmmm. I’ve always said I’d like to be a vampire, and I have to admit that’s still true. I know some people don’t want to live forever but I’m not one of them. There’s just something very sexy about them and there always has been for me. But being a fire demon like the ones in Personal Demons would be great too–imagine being able to create fire from nothing!

 

Who is your favourite U.F. fictional character and why? ( Not counting Megan, of course.)

 Oh, my. I’m lucky enough to know a few great uf authors personally, so I’m always afraid it just sounds like a plug. But I do adore, for example, Mark Henry’s Amanda Feral; Richelle Mead’s Georgina; Jackie Kessler’s Jezebel; Anton Strout’s Simon Canderous; and Caitlin Kittredge’s Luna Wilder (and, she just sold a new series set in “Black London”. I was lucky enough to read the first in the series and the story and characters in that one absolutely blew me away.) I also love Kelley Armstrong’s Paige and Lilith Saintcrow’s Danny Valentine.

 

How did you get your start in writing? What if anything lit that spark to get you started?

 It sounds so cliche to say I always wanted to be a writer, but I always did. If I’ve started one novel from childhood to my late twenties I’ve started two dozen. But it wasn’t until my first daughter came along that I actually decided to get serious about it. I wrote a medieval romance, a horrible, cliché-filled behemoth called “The Captive Heart”, and was convinced it was brilliant. Ha ha. (Although I still think I wrote two good scenes in that book. Only two, but still.)

 But it taught me that I really could finish a book, that I loved writing, and that it was something I wanted to keep doing. It wasn’t much later that I discovered Ellora’s Cave and was totally entranced–I loved writing sex scenes, and here was a publisher who wanted a LOT of them! And that was basically it for me, until I started branching out a bit. (I got sidetracked for a while by a second pregnancy, but I think taking that time and just studying writing and the industry really helped in the long run.)

 

What was the road to publication like with this, your first U.F. novel, like? Highlights? Pitfalls?

 I think the highlight was the day I got the offer for it–especially when Paula (the Juno Books editor) told me it would be a mass-market paperback. That was exciting.

 Pitfalls? Honestly? The pitfalls come later, when you look back at your old work–as every writer does–and think, “I should have done X instead of Y, I should have made that different, this could have been better.” Don’t get me wrong, I’m very proud of Personal Demons, and extremely excited and gratified by the good reviews it’s been getting so far. But I think it’s impossible for me to look at anything but my current project and not see it as a big collection of flaws.

 

What or who was your inspiration, if any, to come up with the character: Megan Chase?

 Oh, gosh, I really don’t have one. She just sort of came to me; someone who’s very strong but has insecurities and fears like anyone else, who’s rather isolated and always feels at the edges of things. I always try as hard as I can to make my characters real people. They don’t always do the right thing or have the perfect response in any crisis, but they’re smart and know how to use their wits.

 

Do you have any tips for aspiring speculative fiction writers?

 Read a LOT. Write a LOT. Don’t get discouraged if your first tries fail; it’s part of the learning process. Don’t get discouraged if your first ideas are cliché, either. I’ve found the Idea part of my brain works like any muscle; the more I use it, the stronger it gets. One day a real, new, original plot or character or world or whatever will come to you, and you’ll be able to recognize it and do something with it because you’ve been practicing. Nothing is worse than a great idea badly written.

 Oh, and eliminate as many dialogue tags as you can. I hate dialogue tags. They’re necessary, sure, but not nearly as often as we all think when we’re just starting out. (And when you do use them, just say “said”. Nobody needs to whisper, shout, interrupt, interject, cry, scream, or moan their dialogue more than once or twice per book, if that.)

 

Is there anything else that you’d like to share with us at Raves & Rants and your readers?

 Just that I really hope you enjoy the book! I’ll be running another contest when it’s released, so check my livejournal (http://stacia-kane.livejournal.com/) for details.

Thank you Stacia, it’s been a pleasure spending some time with you and discussing your new book! We wish you all the best with Personal Demons.

 

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8 Comments.

 

 

Posted by Pike stephenson:

Great interview! I love hearing from new novelists; it helps to know that I’m not the only one fumbling through the process. I heard about Stacia’s book a short while ago and loved the premise. Can’t wait to read it!
Saturday, March 15th 2008 @ 9:56 AM

Posted by Judi:

Thanks! Stacia was a fun interview for me to do. She’s a lovely person. I read it already and I’m still stoked to buy a hard-copy for myself.
I think we all fumble through the writing process, regardless of how much we’ve written. You are not alone! 😉
PS: I love your avatar
Saturday, March 15th 2008 @ 10:29 AM

Posted by Amber:

I am really looking forward to reading this one. Not easy to get hold of over here though…
Saturday, March 15th 2008 @ 1:57 PM

Posted by Judi:

I hope you can get a copy. I can imagine the difficulties.
Saturday, March 15th 2008 @ 4:33 PM

Posted by Stacia Kane:

Thanks again Sidhe! It was fun for me too, and I’m thrilled you liked the book!
Saturday, March 15th 2008 @ 7:00 PM

Posted by Judi:

You are most welcome Stacia. 🙂 It was my pleasure.
Saturday, March 15th 2008 @ 11:31 PM

Posted by UFR:

Nice interview. I’ll be adding this book to my future reading list.
Monday, March 17th 2008 @ 8:33 AM

Posted by Judi:

Thanks! The book was a good read. 🙂
Monday, March 17th 2008 @ 11:34 AM

 

March 14, 2008 Posted by | Interview | , , , | Leave a comment

Personal Demons – Spotlight & Review


Personal Demons by Stacia Kane   Juno Books April 1, 2008

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Juno Books (April 23 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809572559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809572557
  • (from Stacia’s web site) “When psychological counselor Megan Chase promises listeners to her new call in show she’ll slay their personal demons, they believe her. So do the personal demons.

    Megan doesn’t know that she’s the only human alive without a personal demon on her shoulder. This, coupled with her psychic abilities, makes her a valuable weapon for any demon mob-like family lucky enough to gain her allegiance. It also makes her a serious threat not just to the personal demons, but to a soul-sucking Legion of Hell known as the Accuser. The Accuser already has an old score to settle with Megan and sees this as the perfect time to do it.

    But Megan isn’t without allies as she’s plunged back into a world she forgot existed. A member of a competing demon family sees Megan as his ticket to power, and sets about both protecting and seducing her with devilish intensity.

    Can Megan, her new demon lover, a witch with poor social skills, and three cockney guard demons named Malleus, Maleficarium and Spud defeat not only the Accuser, the personal demons, and the ghosts of Megan’s past, but the reporter who threatens to destroy Megan’s carreer as well?”

    Psychologist and new radio talk show host Megan Chase gets the shock of her life when she discovers that not only do demons exist, but that she can see them and there are scores of them after her to kill her! The innocent slogan for her talk-radio show, promising listeners that Megan can “slay their personal demons” gets taken quite literally by the demon population, and they are bent on taking her out. Enter the uber-sexy Greyson Dante with the three cockney brothers, all demons as well, but there to protect her.

    This book was a marvelous read. It drew me into Megan’s world and took me on a whole new paranormal roller-coaster ride! Not only does Stacia Kane bring to life the big & small, ugly & evil, violent and scary demons, but she also has charismatic, funny, sexy and caring demons that I totally fell in love with.

    Megan Chase could easily be you or I, throw in some psychic abilities, a whole lot of spice, and she’s one of the most captivating female protagonist’s to come along in awhile. I really enjoyed the mix of action, romance, paranormal elements and a cast of great characters.

    I’m hooked and really looking forward to the next novel in this series The Demon Inside, which is scheduled for release in January 2009.

    You can read Chapter 1, or find out more about Stacia Kane at her web site. http://staciakane.com/  You can pre-order Personal Demons by clicking on either the Chapters or Amazon links at the top of this page.

     

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