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Wicked Game – Winner


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The random number generator gave me #9, so

Ruth Schaller!!

You’re the lucky winner of a signed copy of Jeri Smith Ready’s WICKED GAME!

CONGRATULATIONS!

Can you send your mailing address to me at sidhevicious[at]shaw[dot]ca so I can forward your info on to Jeri. Please put “Wicked Game Winner” in the subject line of your email, so I can spot you.

To everyone who entered, I thank you for coming by to read the interview and spending some time with me here on my blog. I wish you all could win, and I hope you’ll come back again. J

I would also like to thank the wonderful Jeri Smith Ready for taking the time to do an interview with me and for graciously supplying the contest prize.

Please Note: If I haven’t heard from the winner in one week, I will be drawing for a new winner.  

(Sorry, the text wasn’t this BIG in the word document… really… it wasn’t. LOL I’m going to sleep now)

July 31, 2008 Posted by | Winners | , , | 2 Comments

Winner – Devyn Quinn Book


The Random number generator has spoken and TASHA T, you are the winner of a Devyn Quinn book, Congratulations!! Please email me your mailing address at sidhevicious [at] shaw [dot] ca, and I will send it along to Devon Quinn for you. Also, please let me know which book you’d like: Flesh And The Devil, Sins Of The Flesh, Sins Of The Night, Eros Island or Trio, and put “Devyn Quinn Winner” in the subject line.

I’d like to thank Devon Quinn for incuding Sidhe Vicious Reviews as part of her Blog Tour, it was a pleasure to “host” your works, and for me personally, to discover them! 🙂 I would also like to thank the other ladies who entered. Thanks so much for coming by and I hope you’ll come back again. If I haven’t heard from Tasha in one week, I’ll draw a new winner. Have a great night and Happy Reading to you all.

July 29, 2008 Posted by | Winners | , | 1 Comment

Sins Of The Night – Spotlight & Review


SINS OF THE NIGHT by DEVYN QUINN

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher:Aphrodisia ( Mar 17 2008 )
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758220189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758220189
  • I’ll skip the blurb seeing as how it’s on the preceding post. 🙂 Sins Of The Night is the second book in Devyn Quinn’s Kith and Kynn series, but it definitely can be read as a stand-alone. I am also dying to read the first book now, Sins Of The Flesh. I can not start my review without mentioning the cover of this book. HELLO? Can you say eye-candy ladies?  Does that cover come in a huge poster? Holy smokes, me likes it. Yes indeed. *Swoons*

    Ok, now that I got that out of my system, we’ll get to the other good things. This was a great read, I was up all night reading it! Adrien Roth is a sexy, tortured, decent and conflicted character that swept me off my feet right away. His story captivated me and the romance that develops with Cassie Wilson had me rooting for them all the way. I loved Gizzy and Morgan Saint-Evanston and am hoping to see a book about Morgan in the future. 

    I really enjoyed the world-building and the history behind these characters, the descriptions of how they live and the trials they face. The pacing and plot were great as well as the conflicts and resolution. It’s defintely a steam the mirrors up erotica with the paranormal mixed in there beautifully. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves hot, spicy erotic paranormal romance!

      

    Oh, and there’s one hour left to get your comment in to enter to win one of Devyn’s smokin hot books! Please comment on the Spotlight On Devyn Quinn post below, thanks! 😀

    July 29, 2008 Posted by | Reviews | , , , | 1 Comment

    Devyn Quinn – Spotlight


    ( Please Note: These Books Fall Into The 18 and Over Category )

    Today the Spotlight is on Devyn Quinn who is a Dark Erotica author who writes steamy paranormal tales for the Kensington Aphrodisia line. She’s also written several other books in both print and e-book formats, and you can find out all about her books at her website. Here are some of her amazing works for you to whet your appetites! I believe she’ll be popping by throughout the day to answer your questions or comments and one lucky commenter will win a signed copy of one of her books!!

    FLESH AND THE DEVIL by DEVON QUINN

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Aphrodisia (Mar 27 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075821653X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758216533
  • ( From Website )

    “Vice cop Brenden Wallace has walked on the dark side for too many years. Now, newly divorced, he’s smoking too much and sleeping too little, and the empty darkness in his soul is the blackest part of any night—until he’s assigned to investigate an escort service called Exotic Jewels and meets Líadán Niamh. Lushly beautiful, she is the embodiment of seduction and thrilling control. She arouses Brenden’s most feral desires—fierce, bone-deep needs they explore together, mouth to mouth and skin to skin. But Líadán’s hungry kiss is more dangerous than Brenden could have imagined. Women are turning up dead, and every clue leads Brenden back to Líadán—and a raw, brutal passion that could cost him his life…”

     

    SINS OF THE FLESH by DEVON QUINN

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Aphrodisia (Oct 2 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758220170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758220172
  • ( From Website )

    Kith & Kynn Book 1

    Closing up her small bookstore is the end of a dream for Rachel Marks. But while personal failure is hard enough to handle, making rent is even harder. Before she knows it, Rachel is waitressing at the hottest club in town—and her boss is the mysterious and devastatingly sexy Devon Carnavorn.
    Dark, decadent, and deliriously loud, Mystique is a goth club—in every sense of the word. Sexual frenzy pulses in time with the throbbing music, and before long Rachel’s blood runs hot for Devon. He’s a masterful, creative lover, wakening her to physical pleasures she never imagined—and desires so dark and dangerous, her heart races every time they touch. But there’s a price for each shattering climax, and soon Devon will demand that she pay in full…”
    SINS OF THE NIGHT by DEVON QUINN

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Aphrodisia ( Mar 17 2008 )
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758220189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758220189
  • ( From Website )

    Kith & Kynn Book 2

    Once, Adrien Roth was a Shadow Stalker–a hunter of vampires called the Kynn. Captured, he was forced to pay a devastating price, to become the very thing he despised. Over a century has passed since that time and Adrien’s revenge against the creatures who tainted him is almost complete.Little does he know that his thirst for justice will turn on him.
    Foiling an attempted rape, Adrien is stunned by his attraction to the would-be victim. Cassie Wilson is a vibrant woman, obsessed with living for every moment. Though he knows better, Adrien begins to fall in love with her. But Cassie hides a terrible secret: her cancer is incurable.
    When he and Cassie are captured by his enemies, Adrien is given a choice. Should he choose death for himself, or life for Cassie by making her one of the clan he’s shunned for too long?”
    EMBRACING MIDNIGHT by DEVON QUINN 

    • Paperback: 304 pages
    • Publisher: Aphrodisia ( Nov 25 2008 )
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0758216548
    • ISBN-13: 978-0758216540

    ( From Website ) 

    ” Sex as a weapon? That was something undercover agent Callie Whitten never thought she’d use, until Iollan Drake crossed her path. A brooding outlaw with smoky hair and copper eyes, his exotic accent and heated touch promise a lot of pleasure.

    Dangerous secrets loom as Callie discovers that her not-so-typical investigation into a sex trafficking ring has some perilous twists. One of the Bureau’s most wanted, Drake’s a man with a dark secret—something that could get them both killed once Callie stumbles onto the truth. A truth that not only puts her life in jeopardy but also threatens the security of the free world…

    The A51-ASD, a top-secret division of the Bureau, has proof of aliens among the civilian population. Iollan Drake is a ‘living’ vampire, part of a subculture of humans who have merged with an alien species called the Niviane Idesha. Restructured through a genetic mutation, the vampires are gifted with enhanced speed, incredible stamina and the ability to shift energy, and the government has become increasingly terrified of their growing legion. Those hosting the alien symbiont are treated as outcasts, subjected to terrifying tests and put into quarantine.

    When Drake breaks the shell of secrecy around his people and tells Callie about his secret life, her world is spun terrifyingly sideways: She discovers a nefarious plan involving the creations of yet a third species: alien-human hybrids with all the strengths of the aliens and none of their weaknesses. Events turn more harrowing when Callie discovers she may be pregnant. As one of the few sires able to reproduce, Iollan’s life is in danger, and Callie is in a fight for her own life, and that of her unborn child.

    Forced to rely on each other to stay alive, neither Callie nor Drake can resist the passion sizzling between them. When Drake is captured and almost killed, Callie becomes a rogue warrior bent on protecting her new lover—seeking her revenge on the agency that betrayed them both.”

    Some Covers of Devyn’s Other Books (Anthologies)

       

    I’ve just finished reading Sins of The Night and LOVED it! I’ll have my review up soon. I’ve already bought Flesh And The Devil and have Eros Island. I’ll be ordering the rest as this author is definitely a new favorite.

    Please feel free to ask questions or leave comments, and one lucky commenter will win a signed copy of one of Devyn’s awesome books! This contest is only for one day only, so at midnight tonight, a winner will be picked. 

    July 29, 2008 Posted by | Contest, Spotlight On... | , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

    Rachel Caine – Interview & Contest


     

     

    Sidhe Vicious welcomes Urban Fantasy author Rachel Caine! We’re looking forward to getting to know you and all about your novel Gale Force.

    Your upcoming novel, the seventh in the Weather Warden series will be released on August 5th, 2008 by ROC Fantasy. Can you tell us about it and a bit about the main characters Joanne & David?

    Sure thing! GALE FORCE continues the story of Joanne and David — but the course of true love continues to be a bumpy ride, so fasten your seatbelts!  David has asked Joanne to marry him, but there are all kinds of complications … a militant section of the Wardens organization who wants to stop them and declare war against the Djinn, for one thing.  For another, the Djinn themselves aren’t wild about getting human in-laws, especially for David, who’s a Djinn VIP in his own right.  As attacks against them escalate, it puts a severe cramp in Joanne’s plans to find the perfect wedding dress, and survive the Big Day.  The return of an old, dangerous enemy brings even more trouble, especially when it’s an eerie kind of trouble that the Djinn can’t even sense coming.

    What about Weather Wardens and Djinns inspired you to write about them?

    I’ve always been fascinated by the weather, especially since I moved to Texas.  Tornado season is always an adventure here, and I’ve had them miss my house by narrow margins three times in the past 15 years.  Seemed like a natural thing to me to write about storms that were out to get us, and the people who protect us from them (when they can get their act together, anyway).  The Djinn were a lucky coincidence … I love the whole mythology of the Djinn being creatures of fire, very elemental spirits that both hate and serve humanity.

    Will we be seeing more of Joanne and David in the future?

    You definitely will!  I’m working on Book 8 in the series now, and there will definitely also be a Book 9.  Joanne and David also have “guest appearances” in a new series I’m premiering in January.  The series is called OUTCAST SEASON, and the first book is UNDONE.  It’s the story of a Djinn who’s cut off from her people and forced to live among humans, much to her dismay — and rely on the Wardens for her survival.

    How did you get your start in writing? What, if anything, lit the “spark” to get you started and keep you motivated?

    I started writing when I was 14, and I started the way a lot of people do … I wrote what I now know is fanfic, for a television show!  After that first story, I developed my own characters and began to write my own stories.  I wrote for my friends, primarily, and just for my own entertainment; it never occurred to me you could do it professionally, even though I was a voracious reader!  It always seemed that authors were “special people” — and I’d never be one.  Luckily, one of my friends pushed me into trying to get published, and here I am!

    Who or what was your inspiration for the characters of Joanne and David, if any?

    Joanne started out as a homage to a friend of mine, who was terminally ill; he was so brave and courageous in the face of overwhelming odds, and had such a constantly surprising sense of humor, that I couldn’t not write some of that into the character.  His illness became her Demon Mark, but the personality traits certainly came across.  David — okay, confession time, I admit that I have a soft spot for the actor James Spader, especially circa his STARGATE movie days.  So there’s some of that in there.  And some of Michael Shanks from STARGATE SG-1, too.

    Did you find it harder or easier to write subsequent novels in this series because of already having created this world?

    Only in that I have such a lot of backstory and detail to remember!  When you get into a complicated fantasy series like this, you have to rely on memory a lot, as well as notes; sometimes, inevitably, you’re going to miss something, because as a writer you remember all the drafts and versions, instead of just the final ones.  That’s the toughest thing.

    Do you have any funny writing quirks or habits that you do when you’re in the “zone” writing?

    I need music.  Headphones, preferably.  And I need to make track lists for each book.  I also find that I do my best writing early mornings — like, 5 a.m. early, which SUCKS, but there you go.  So I’m up early, but the good news is that by 1 p.m., I’ve put in a full day of work!

    Have you ever met a Weather Warden, Djinn, vampire, werewolf, demon, or fae?

    I’ve certainly met a fair number of people who freaked me the hell out.  If you go shopping at Wal-Mart in the middle of the night, you’ll meet all kinds of supernatural creatures, I’m convinced of that … zombies, particularly.  Lots of zombies.  Luckily, by that hour, I have no brains to attract them.

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

    I’d most like to have the power to stop time.  That would ROCK.  Although the ability to turn junk into something valuable, like diamonds, that would be nice, too.  And a lot less work than loading the recycle bins.

    Who is your favourite paranormal or urban fantasy fictional character and why? (Not counting your own of course)

    I think I’d have to say Harry Dresden, from Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files books.  Although I certainly love a lot of other series, too — Laura Anne Gilman’s Retriever series, P.N. Elrod’s Jack Fleming series … Gah!  So hard to choose! 

    Who’s your favourite author? TV show? Movie?

    Favorite author will probably always be Roger Zelazny.  TV show is a close tie between Buffy, Angel, and Firefly.  Movie — probably James Cameron’s Aliens.

    If you could choose one fictional character to bring into real life, who would you choose?

    Ooooooooh … the Scarlet Pimpernel.  Please.  Thank you.  Or possible Athos from the Three Musketeers.  :swoon:

    How have the books you’ve read influenced the books you write?

    I tend to love adventure books — stories where the stakes are high, beyond personal issues or personal lives.  And I think that probably comes through in my own work.  It’s hard for me to write a story that *isn’t* world-threatening in some way.  J

    What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever gotten inspiration from?

    The sight of a hearse pulling into the parking lot of a big convention center where a revival was going on.  It sparked an idea for a short story about people who did *actual* revival … of the dead. 

    What do you do when you’re having writer’s block to “shake” it off?

    Sit down and WORK.  There’s no great trick to it, I just make myself get out of bed and go to work, just like people do every day.  And for a while I have to grind out every word, but eventually, the muse kicks in! 

    What can a new reader expect from your book/series?

    I’ve been told that my books are facehuggers — that they’re difficult to put down.  So I guess you can expect an express ride of a story, no stops, no detours!  And sometimes, cliffhangers.  Sorry.

    You write about various types of supernatural creatures, in this series and your Young Adult Morganville Vampires series. Do you do a lot of research or do you prefer to take what you already know and use your imagination for the rest?

    I do tons of research, of all different types.  I have a huge nonfiction library at home, and I’m always reading and researching things that interest me.  The trick is to know the subject, and only use a little bit of what you’ve learned!

    Are any of your characters particularly fun or easy for you to write? Any that are more difficult?

    I find that the Morganville characters are just a total blast, very easy to write.  The Weather Warden series tends to be more difficult, mainly because Joanne argues with me a lot! 

    Do you have any tips for aspiring speculative fiction writers?

    First, make sure you understand the business.  I get the question a lot about how much I paid to publish my book.  The answer is:  nothing!  In traditional publishing (as opposed to e-publishing, print on demand or vanity press) you get paid by the publisher; you don’t pay them.  Make sure you research who you’re dealing with, what their reputation is, and know what you’re getting into.  This is true for agents as well.  You should be paying them a commission from sales, not an up-front fee to represent you.  If you have questions, there are great resources available to answer your questions — try the Writer Beware website, and the Absolute Write Water Cooler. And also:  don’t give up.  That’s key!

    Is there anything else you’d like to share with us at Sidhe Vicious Reviews, and with your readers? 

    I have half a chocolate bar.  Want some?  Um … wait … too late …   🙂   I guess I’d just like to say thank you for this opportunity, and for reading!  Without you guys, us authors are just strange, oddly dressed people typing away in coffee shops, to no avail.  So give yourselves a round of applause!  YOU make all this craziness work!

    Best wishes,

    Rachel

     

    Thank you Rachel! It’s been a real pleasure spending some time with you and getting to know more about your Gale Force and the Weather Warden series. We wish you every success with your Weather Warden series, Morganville Vampire series and your upcoming series Outcast Season. I know that I am looking forward to them all. J You can learn more about Rachel Caine and her awesome books at her website.

     

     Rachel has graciously offered a signed copy of Gale Force to one lucky commenter, so start typing readers! As usual, for extra entries, you can subscribe to my blog, and/or link to this contest at your blog or page somewhere and put the link in your comment here. (For people who are already subscribed to my blog, if commenting, you’ll have two entries.)

     A winner will be chosen on August 15th, so make sure to check back. If I don’t hear from the winner after a week, a new name will be chosen.

    It’s been brought to my attention that some of you subscribe to my blog via GoogleReader or some other Blog Readers. If you have commented and you do use a Blog Reader, please be sure to let me know. Thanks and Good Luck Everyone! 🙂 

    July 26, 2008 Posted by | Contest, Interview | , , | 31 Comments

    Gale Force – Spotlight & Review


     

    Gale Force by Rachel Caine

     

    •   Paperback: 320 pages
    •   Publisher: Roc (MM) ( Aug 5 2008 )
    •   Language: English
    •   ISBN-10: 0451462238
    •   ISBN-13: 978-0451462237
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    ( From Back Cover )

     

    “It’s time Joanne Baldwin had a break.  But is she getting one?  Nooooooo.  Instead, someone’s calling up earthquakes to make her life miserable.  Even David asking her to marry him can’t solve her problems, and in fact, it may be adding to them, because someone has a grudge against mystical mixed marriages … and it’s someone David, and the rest of the Djinn, can’t even sense, much less stop.

    The storm’s coming … and it’s going to be bad.”

     

    Rachel Caine was kind enough to send me an ARC of this book, the 7th in the Weather Warden series. I’ll admit that I haven’t read the first six books in the series, but after having read this one, it’s definitely a priority! I have three of them, but have been waiting to acquire all six before reading them.

     

    Gale Force was an awesome read! Joanna and David are really deep characters and I was totally caught up in the happenings of this amazing world Ms. Caine has created. It’s non-stop action, mystery, danger, and romance all rolled into a paranormal world of characters that I can’t wait to read more about! Weather Wardens and Djinn’s are a wicked mix and what can I say about Joanna except that she really takes a lickin and keeps on ticking, for lack of a better term! She’s a kick-ass heroine and David is powerful and sexy as hell. I want a djinn too!

     

     

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

    The Darkest Pleasure – Spotlight & Review


    The Darkest Pleasure by Gena Showalter

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher:HQN Books ( Jul 1 2008 )
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373773102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373773107
  • (From Back Cover)

    He can bear any pain but the thought of losing her…

    Reyes is a man possessed. Bound by the demon of pain, he is forbidden to know pleasure. Yet he craves a mortal woman, Danika Ford, more than breath and will do anything to claim her—even defy the gods.

    Danika is on the run. For months she’s eluded the Lords of the Underworld, immortal warriors who won’t rest until she and her family have been destroyed. But her dreams are haunted by Reyes, the warrior whose searing touch she can’t forget. Yet a future together could mean death to all they both hold dear.…”

    This is the third book in Gena Showalter’s Lords Of The Underworld series and I would like to go on record as saying that I AM OFFICIALLY HOOKED!! It’s right up there with JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and is on my auto-buy list. Yes indeed. 🙂

    This book follows Reyes and Danika’s story and also keeps all the other characters in this on-going story out where you can fall for them too. I’m totally blown away by the story weaving involved to write a series as amazing as this one. The hunt for the artifacts to find Pandora’s Box is on with enemies aplenty to try and beat the “Lords” to them, and amongst battles, both inner and outer, a touching love story evolves and wraps you up in the telling. Simply put, these stories are stunning and you can’t help but fall in love with the Lords Of The Underworld!

    You can find out more about Gena Showalter and her fabulous books at her WEBSITE

    July 25, 2008 Posted by | Reviews | , , , | 2 Comments

    Uthiel’s Embrace – Spotlight & Review


    Uthiel’s Embrace by Rae Lori

    E-Book  Novella

    BUY HERE

    (From Website)

    “After aiding a town from aggressive pillagers, Prince Nikolas of Lambert stumbles upon a
    land of otherworldy creatures. Torn between his civic responsibility to the surrounding
    townspeople and his parents’ political aspirations for the future court of Lambert, Nikolas
    takes some time out for himself among the forest lands.But he is far from alone.  

    The forest is literally alive with tree fairies, guardian gnomes, and elemental spirits of the
    water called Undines. And one magical Undine, Uthiel, soon shows him that there is more
    beauty and magic within the dark, violent world that he inhabits…more than he could ever
    have imagined…”

     

    This was a lovely story about a noble prince falling for an otherwordly woman and it was like a fairy tale for adults. If you enjoy a quick read with paranormal elements, some danger, romance, hard choices and a HEA, then this novella is for you! I loved the descriptions of the tree fairies, guardian gnomes and elemental spirits.

    Rae Lori has a great selection of books she’s written, and they sound intriguing! See her Book List

    July 23, 2008 Posted by | Reviews | , , , | Leave a comment

    Quick Update


    Sorry I’ve been quiet lately. I had MORE computer grief last Friday. If you’re interested, you can read my post HERE. I also got really sick on Friday and I’m still feeling like a Mac Truck ran me over and dragged me for about a hundred miles through a hail storm. I had to miss my best friend’s Bridal Shower & Bachelorette on Saturday from being ill, so I hope you all, along with her, will forgive me my absence.

    I’m posting reviews for the next couple of days and then my interview and contest with author Rachel Caine! She writes the Morganville Vampires series and the Weather Warden series, of which book 7, Gale Force, is being released on August 5th. I’ll also have my spotlight and review of Gale Force up alongside the interview & contest. 🙂

    Here’s a teaser of the cover for you.

    July 22, 2008 Posted by | Rambling, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

    Winner of A Rush Of Wings


     To APRIL, who was lucky number 16!!! You’ve won the signed copy of A RUSH OF WINGS!!! Please email me your mailing address so I can pass it on to Adrian. My email addy is to the right at the “about me” section or sidhevicious at shaw dot ca. Congratulations April, I’m sure you’ll love the book, I know I did. 🙂

    I’d like to extend a big THANK YOU to everyone who entered. If I don’t hear from the winner in one week, I will draw another name from those who entered by the closing date. You still have a chance to enter to win a signed copy of Jeri Smith Ready’s awesome book, Wicked Game, so scroll on down to enter.

    July 16, 2008 Posted by | Winners | , | 1 Comment