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Guest Blogger – Sharon Ashwood & Contest

Today we have a special treat. Sharon Ashwood the author of Ravenous, an up-coming Urban Fantasy release, is here to guest blog! She’s written an awesome post about where authors find their characters, so without further delay, I’ll let Sharon take the page. 🙂


Dark Hero Product Testing


Where do authors get their characters from?


Always a good question. When I needed to choose my hero for RAVENOUS, I perused the Author Supplies Emporium catalogue very carefully. What should he be like?  I flipped through the Romantic Tycoons, the Sexy Cops, and the Hard Hat Hunks. I wanted just the right guy for my book:  definitely an alpha hero, but not one of the overly pushy types. He’d have to be heavy-duty enough to like smushing villains, because I had a lot of action planned. There was no getting away with the affordable but flimsy Comic Lite products.


Picking the right model took time. My favourite heroes may be a little twisted as well as dark, but there’s always some line they won’t cross, and it’s that restraint that divides these edgier heroes from the villains. Still, a little envelope-pushing keeps things interesting. For me, the best kind of dark hero has to earn his way into the light, and the price he pays for his happy ever after is high. This kind of hero doesn’t stumble into love and flop down on the couch. He has to earn it, and it takes a strong heroine to stand up to him.


When I found the model I wanted, I placed my order, being careful to select the “sense of humour,” “fully operational brain,” and “redeemable soul” options.


I was so happy when my order arrived!  Unlike most true life heroes, mine came with instructions:


Hello, and welcome to your new Dark Hero, Vampire Edition 3.2!  Warranty provisions require that you follow these instructions for safety and for optimal customer satisfaction:


1.  This unit may be damaged if left for long periods in direct sunlight.

2.  This Hero unit may be cleaned using products designed for dark wash.  Do not bleach. Dry flat. Cool iron only.

3.  Your Dark Hero, Vampire Edition is intended for nighttime use only. Recharge daily.

4.  Use of the unit during the “brood” cycle is not recommended.

5.  If unit begins to watch Underworld repeatedly, remind him that he wears leather way better than Kate Beckinsale. This should reset unit to “arrogant” mode.

6.  It is not recommended that unit operate heavy equipment during full moon.

7.  This unit is not designed for domestic use. For daily household tasks, we recommend the Dark Hero, Djinn Slave 4.0

5.  If you wish to disassemble unit, use stake provided.


By way of product review, the Dark Hero, V.E. 3.2 worked a treat. I have to admit, though, I’m curious about the 3.3 upgraded “green” model. The solar rechargeable batteries might present some issues.




LOL. I LOVE this post! Sharon’s got a wicked funny sense of humor. And now, lucky readers, we have a contest to WIN a signed copy of Ms. Ashwood’s Ravenous! In the comments, tell me about what characteristics your favorite heros have. For extra entries, subscribe to my blog or blog about this contest and leave me the link in the comments.

I’ll use the random number generator on February 11th to pick the winner, so start commenting, blogging and subscribing! I’ll make every attempt to contact the winner & the winner’s name will be posted on my blog on Feb 11th. If I don’t hear back from the winner in 4 days, I’ll draw another winner. Good Luck Everyone! 🙂


January 31, 2009 Posted by | Contest, Guest Blogger | , , , | 42 Comments

Ravenous – Spotlight & Review


Ravenous by Sharon Ashwood

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (MM) ( Feb 3 2009 )
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451226178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451226174
  • (From Website)

    One kiss is all it takes to lose your soul…

    Holly Carver is a small-time witch who busts ghosts for tuition money, but ends up wrangling a demon when a haunted house job goes bad.

    Her Undead business associate, Alessandro Caravelli, suspects the demon is somebody’s not-so-secret weapon. The supernatural community is at war, and Holly’s unpredictable magic holds the key to hell’s doorway. Soon Holly is on everyone’s “must have” list, and not in a good way.

    Alessandro wants her for more than magic. A lover with six centuries of experience, the vampire is walking seduction, but he’s also a predator. Every moment he spends guarding Holly, every second he spends falling under her witch’s spell, he becomes more and more of a threat himself. As Holly’s sharp-tongued grandma warns her: vampires are like a box of rich chocolate—they seem so tempting, but over-indulgence is a killer…”

    Sharon Ashwood’s Ravenous grabbed me from the first page and kept me reading till the wee hours of the night/morning. Holly Carver is an interesting, believable and likable protagonist. I really got caught up in her world and wanted her to persevere and come through a winner! Alessandro is really sexy, suave and strong. A perfect match for Holly. Their story is one that was frought with danger, passion, fear, magic, an amazing, spooky paranormal world with so many intriguing characters and a lot of character growth.

    A very impressive debut for Canadian author Sharon Ashwood! I’m really hoping that there will be more books in this world. You can find out more about Sharon and her awesome book at her WEBSITEFebruary 3rd is the release date, so be sure to pre-order it from your favorite bookstore, or haul yourself down to the old brick and mortar to get yourself a copy on Feb 3rd, you won’t regret it!


    January 31, 2009 Posted by | Reviews, Spotlight, Upcoming Releases | , , , , | 2 Comments

    Sidhe’s News & Updates

    Just a quick post to let you know that I am in the process of writing up some reviews. I’ll also be putting up a quick list of January Releases, (my wishlist), February Releases, (again, my wishlist, lol), and some news and tid-bits I’ve come across. Actually, here’s a couple of new covers I’ve come across to drool over.



    Book 6 of Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampire Series, Carpe Corpus. The release date is June 2, 2009. I can’t wait!

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: S I G N E T ( Jun 2 2009 )
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451227190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451227195




    J.F. Lewis’s, ReVamped, the sequel to his amazing Urban Fantasy debut, Staked, will be hitting the shelves on March 10th, 2009!

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket ( Mar 10 2009 )
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439102287
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439102282





    Strange Angels, which is Lilith Saintcrow’s foray into the Young Adult market, I believe her first, has me wishing for May 19th, 2009!

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill ( May 19 2009 )
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595142517
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595142511




    Richelle Mead’s follow up to Storm Born in the Dark Swan Novels, is Thorn Queen. It’s a bit of a wait until August 2009, but I loved the first book and am looking forward to this one!


  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (August 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420100971
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420100976


    So there we have some awesome covers of books to look forward to and add to your wishlist or pre-order. I’ve also recently up-dated my wishlist on the side-bar, as-well-as my Books Recieved pages. Next up is the Blogroll and the never ending TBR and Keeper Shelf updates. I have a ton of reviews to get posted too. 🙂

    January 29, 2009 Posted by | New Covers - Release Dates, Sidhe's News & Updates, Upcoming Releases | , | 2 Comments

    Phenomenal Girl 5 – Spotlight & Review


     Phenomenal Girl 5 by A.J. Menden


  • Mass Market Paperback: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Dorchester / Special Series ( Oct 7 2008 )
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0505527863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0505527868
  •  (from back cover)

     “Lainey Livingston has just been made a member of the Elite Hands of Justice, the world’s premiere cadre of superheroes.  Her work with the Red Knights and the Power Squad was impressive; her apprehension stats are above normal, and her great strength and ability to fly are equally remarkable.  But no one gets a free pass to active duty, and Lainey’s next test is going to be her hardest.  She’s to train with the Reincarnist.
    Robert Elliot, the Reincarnist.  A magician who has lived multiple lifetimes, he’s the smartest man in the world—and Lainey’s last obstacle.  He was personally responsible for seeing Pushstar wash out. But his eyes are the softest, kindest that Lainey has ever seen, and he’s just the sort to knock her for a loop.  Lesson #1: Romantic entanglements among crime fighters are super exploitable, and falling in love with a man who “can’t die” is like waving a red flag at a bull.  Especially not when the most fiendish plot ever is about to break over Megalopolis like a wave of fire.”

    I’ve been a fan of the SHOMI line from Dorcester since it first came out and this addition to their line was a definite WIN.  A.J. Mendon’s debut novel was a really awesome read! It was a totally new, (at least to me), twist on action romance and I flat out loved it. Super Heroe’s with flaws and evil villans, romance with an unusal twist and great world-building kept me turning the pages to find out what happens. For anyone who’s a fan of comics, superheroes and a fantastic take on the “world” they live in and the “lives” they lead – this is a must read!

    I really don’t know what else to say without giving away spoilers, except that this book is Made Of Awesome! I’m really hoping that Ms. Mendon will be writing more books based in Megalopolis. You can find out more about A.J. Mendon at her WEBSITE.


    January 21, 2009 Posted by | Reviews, Spotlight | , , , , , | 4 Comments

    Scions: Revelation – Spotlight & Review


    Scions: Revelation by Patrice Michelle

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Silhouette ( Dec 1 2008 )
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037361800X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373618002
  • (from back cover)

    “Caine Grennard is a werewolf, living among humans and lacking purpose—until the night he meets a woman with an exotic, irresistible scent. A woman who might be his deadliest enemy.

    When her aunt is kidnapped, Emma Gray swears she’ll do anything to get the older woman back. Even if it means trusting the mysterious—and sexy—stranger named Caine.

    But more is at stake than one woman’s life: Emma’s past holds the last key to unlocking a prophecy Caine’s clan is depending on. The fates of both their clans rest on Caine and Emma trusting the impossible, electric connection between them, even in the midst of betrayal.… “

    Book three in Patrice Michelle’s enticing Scions series concludes the prophecy in a rich, sensual and satisfying manner. I really enjoyed Caine and Emma’s journey, to finding each other and the parts they played in fulfilling the prophecy. Caine is pure alpha material: sexy, strong, passionate and stubborn. Emma is his perfect match and I loved every second of following these two through thick and thin!

    Patrice Michelle has created a “world” that’s been a treat to escape into and I’m really hoping that she’ll write some more stories here. The first two books in the series, Scions: Resurrection and Scions: Insurrection are both awesome reads as well! My review of Scions: Insurrection can be read HERE, and my interview with Patrice Michelle can be read HERE. You can read these books as stand alone’s and you’ll have no problems following, as each is an incredible romance, but my personal recommendation is to read all three as you’ll get so much more from them.   You can find out more about Patrice and the awesome books she’s written and what she’s working on at her BLOG.


    January 21, 2009 Posted by | Reviews, Spotlight | , , , , , | 2 Comments


    I have been blessed enough to be nominated for several awards in the last few weeks, so I’m going to cheat a little and get them all onto this post.

    The Deadly Vixens nominated me for an I Love Your Blog Award.


    Thanks so much ladies!

    The rules are:
    1) Add the logo of your award to your blog.
    2) Add a link to the person who awarded it to you.
    3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
    4) Add links to those blogs on your blog.
    5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs.

    Lady Vampire  from Lady Vampire’s Lair, Jackie from Literary Escapism, and Terra from Yankee Romance Reviewers nominated me for a


     Kreativ Blogger Award. Thank you ladies! I’m touched by your kindness.

    The rules are:
    Mention the blog that gave it to you.
    Comment on her blog to let her know you have posted the award.
    Share 6 values that are important to you.
    Share 6 things you do not support.
    Share the love with six other wonderful blogging friends.

    Ruthie over at Ruthies Book Reviews has nominated me for a Lemonade Award! Thanks Ruthie. 🙂


    Pass it on to at least ten other blogs who show great attitude and/ or gratitude.

    I also recieved a Butterfly Award from Jackie at Literary Escapism! Woo Hoo, am I ever feelin the love here. 😀untitled

    So here are the rules:

    1. Post the logo on your blog
    2. Add link to the person who awarded it to you
    3. Award up to 10 blogs
    4. Add links to those blogs in your award post
    5. Leave a message for awardee on their blog

    And last, but definitely not least, I received a Premio Dardos Award from Ruthie at Ruthie’s Book Reviews, and from Amber at Amberkatze’s Book Blog. Thank you both so much! 🙂


    Premio Dardos means ‘prize darts’ in Italian and it is given for recognition of cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing.

    The rules are:

    1) Accept the award by posting it on your blog along with the name of the person that has granted the award and a link to his/her blog.

    2) Pass the award to another 15 blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgement, remembering to contact each of them to let them know they have been selected for this award.


    **I am truly honored and humbled by the recognition and appreciation you’ve all graciously given to me. I am also extremely grateful to all my readers! Thank you, each and every one of you, both bloggers & readers, for sticking with me and for showing interest in what I have to say about the books that I read and love. I LOVE getting your comments and hearing what you think as well, so don’t be shy!

    I am also really, really grateful to all the amazing authors and publishers who take time out of their busy schedules to chat with me, do interviews and send me amazing books to review. You all motivate me to no end!

    Now I obviously can’t follow all the rules for each award, or I’d be here till next week adding links, lol, so I’m going to pass all these awards, as-well-as a new one, on to 15 blogs that really stand out for me. I have probably close to a hundred blogs or sites that I follow and love, but I have to get some reviews up here soon, so I have to limit it to just 15.

    I’m going to pass on another award. Here’s a Rated Excellent Award to recognize Blogs that show true excellence in many ways.


    I’m passing the “love” on to:

    Amber at Amberkatze’s Book Blog. You are truly a wonderful blogger, book reviewer, interviewer and an inspiration to me.

    Rachel at Bitten By Books. I’m really impressed, (and a little jealous), lol, of what you’ve done with Bitten By Books. Awesome blog!

    April at Lady Vampire’s Lair. I LOVE coming by your blog, and thank you for posting all the awesome news you do! You are also a beautiful person and that’s something I appreciate. 🙂

    Patricia at Patricia’s Vampire Notes. You always keep us all up to date on all things vampire which is made of awesome!

    Jackie at Literary Escapism. You are also another amazing blogger! You’re an inspiration with your thoughtful and thorough posts.

    Ruthie at Ruthie’s Book Reviews. I love your daily quotes! Where do you find them all? I also enjoy your reviews girl.

    Marta Acosta at Vampire Wire. Amazing blog keeping us all up-to-date with all things paranormal. Love it! Where do you find time to write your awesome Casa Dracula series?

    SciFi Guy at He’s probably the best Urban Fantasy guy blogger I’ve come across! And he’s in Canada like me, so that’s cool too.

    Laurell K. Hamilton’s Blog, because she’s one of my favorite author’s and I find her blog to always be interesting, honest and full of inspiration to those who want to write.

    Lilith Saintcrow’s Blog, because she’s another fave author of mine and I find her blogs very insightful, and full of wonderful info & inspiration.

    Urban Fantasy Land is another blog that always has awesome Urban Fantasy related info.

    Terra at Yankee Romance Reviewers. Great reviews, interviews and contests, as well as being a super nice lady. I’m always popping by there to see what’s going on.

    Catherine at Suburban Vampire always has great polls, movie news and other fun stuff going on.

    Renee at Renee’s Book Addiction is fairly new to me but she has great Urban Fantasy info on her blog. I’ll be watching this blog.

    And, my newest addicting blog is Pattinson Online, a fan site for actor Robert Pattinson, whom I’m just a little infatuated with right now. 😀

    January 14, 2009 Posted by | Awards | 9 Comments

    A Letter…

    Dear Blog,

    I am writing to explain my shameful negligence these last few weeks. The month of December was, as it is for most, a busy month for me. I had two family birthday’s, Christmas, New Year’s and another family birthday on January 2nd, so, it was a bit hectic to say the least. I’m sure you can understand the lack of posting for this reason. Here’s my cat, Nemo, doing his “nobody can see me under the tree” impression.  The glowing eyes didn’t give him away at all…. really! LOL


    I also was, in the mean-time, bitten by the TWILIGHT bug, but I’ll start from the beginning. I had, of course, read all 4 books in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series as they were released. I really enjoyed them and recommended them to family and friends. When I heard that the movie was coming out, I definitely wanted to see it! I am not usually one to go and see movies in the theater and especially not in the first week or two. I’m not a fan of having the back of my seat kicked for two hours, or of listening to teenagers talk/giggle/text/go in and out, etc while the movie is playing. It’s a fair statement to say that I make it to the theater about once a year to see a movie, and it’s always during the week, a couple of weeks after it’s been released. I’m more of a buy the DVD and watch it at home kinda gal.

    So, November 21st came and went, and I read several stories online about girls screaming through the whole movie, how packed the theatre was, and several “loved it/hated it” posts. I continued to read these stories for a couple of weeks and considered it a good call on my part to wait to see it. My older sister also wanted to see it, so we decided to go, but the night before we had planned to go, I was telling my best-friend that we were finally going. She offered to go that night with me and even offered to pay… like I was going to say no? I don’t think so! So December 12th, off we went. I think this picture will say what I thought of it better than mere words.


    Yes, that’s 8 theater tickets you’re looking at, all mine, as well as the Official Movie Companion and a Twilight Tribute magazine. I have never, and I mean NEVER, been to see a movie this many times! It’s crazy! And I still want to see it again, lol. My sister and I went the next night. She loved it too. We went again the next week and still wanted to go again. My mom couldn’t figure out why we were both so nuts about this film, so now she wanted to go and watch it to see what all the fuss was about. Now I think it’s pertinent to let you all know that I am 30-something years old, my sister is closer to 40 and my mom is 62-ish, lol. We’re in no way close to being impressionable, easily-swayed, teenagers. My mother has never been a fan of vampires, paranormal romance or urban fantasy. Umm… yeah… my mother has been 5 times to see it!!! My sister 3 times, me – 8 times, my best friend 4 times and her 16 year old daughter 5 times. Crazy huh? LOL  My mom asked for the first book, Twilight, the first night she saw it and she read all 4 books in a week. I’ve re-read the series twice since seeing the movie the first time. We’re actually tossing around the idea that there is some kind of subliminal messaging in either the movie or the soundtrack, which I also bought. We all LOVE the soundtrack too! Yup, I’m definitely leaning towards subliminal something alright.

    It doesn’t hurt that the lead actor, Robert Pattinson, is hands-down, the best looking man on the planet! (Yes, I know he’s 22, he’s almost 23.  Think Demi & Ashton people, lol, and he has said that he likes older women, so there! I can still dream.) Both in or out of character, he is just stunning. See for yourself…

          Out Of Charactertwilight15-2


    In Character

    Apparently, if you’re a female with a heartbeat, this twilight58-2 worked! For real! I have no other viable explanation for my complete zombi-fi-cation over this Twilight addiction. I guess I now officially qualify as a Twi-Hard or Fan-Pire, lol. And I am 100% Team Edward, in case that wasn’t clear before. 😀

    What did I think of the movie? Well, I usually find myself disappointed when I see a movie after reading the book. Not this time! Yes, there are quite a few changes. There are scenes from the book that I would have loved to have seen that weren’t in the movie, and scenes in the movie that weren’t in the book, but they made it work. Obviously, there’s no way to put everything that’s in a 500-something page book into a two hour movie.  I can’t wait to see New Moon in November and Eclipse when it comes out!

    I thought that the casting choices they made really worked well. For me, Kristen Stewert as Bella was a good choice. I’m not sure if it was the screen-writer’s scripting or Kristen’s acting, but I found some of her scenes lacking in the dialogue department. I recall the character being much less conversationally challenged in the book. I also missed the witty sarcasm that the character of Bella has in the book. They showed a very small taste of that with the character in the movie, but I did like Kristen as Bella, all-in-all. Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen was spectacular. He not only acted the hell out of that part, he WAS Edward! The emotions that this guy can portray with just a look… WOW! Another favorite was Ashley Green as Alice Cullen. She nailed the part to a T. Love her! Jackson Rathbone as Jasper Cullen/Hale was great. He totally had a couple of Edward Scissorhands moments, but I enjoyed his portrayal. I also liked the rest of the cast and I think it was really a good idea to cast a lot of people who weren’t really well known for other parts/characters. This made it easier to accept them in these character roles.

    I am not the “target audience” for either the books or movie, but from what I’m seeing online, apparently there are a lot of other women who don’t fall into that demographic and they are all huge fans of the books and movie. Go and check out the  Twilight MySpace page and read the comments to see some truly shocking comments. Some girls have been 30, 40, 100, 200 & 300 times to see the movie!! See, I’m not that bad. LOL  Yes, I’ve been bitten by the Twilight bug, and my brain has been preoccupied. The several hundred fansites of all the books, movie and characters attest to the fact that there are an awful lot of fans out there. Twilight Moms is a cool site, though the only “beings” I am mother to are my dog and cats. Another great site is Pattinson Online. You can find out more about the awesome books at Stephenie Meyer’s Website.

    So, in closing, Dear Blog, I have been unfair to you by spending all my time with my new addiction. My apologies to you and my readers. It’s time to give my head a shake and get back in the game. I will endeavor to get back to posting my reviews, interviews and urban fantasy relevant news starting right now. But… if Robert Pattinson were to contact me for a date or for any reason really… I may disappear for awhile again. I’m sure you’ll understand.

    January 6, 2009 Posted by | Rambling, Reviews, Sidhe's News & Updates, Spotlight On... | , , , , , | 6 Comments

    In The Blood – Spotlight & Review

    in-the-bloodIn The Blood by Adrian Phoenix

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket ( Dec 30 2008 )
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416541454
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416541455
  • (From Back Cover)



    Vampire. Rock star. Begotten son of the fallen angel Lucien. Dante Baptiste still struggles with nightmares and seizures, searching for the truth about his past. It is a quest as seductive as his kiss, as uncontrollable as his thirst, and as unforgiving as his determination to protect one mortal woman at any cost.


    FBI Special Agent Heather Wallace now knows the extent of the Bureau corruption that surrounds her, but worries she is losing the battle. And when Dante and his band Inferno come to Seattle on tour, Heather can’t help but be drawn back to the beautiful, dangerous nightkind. But what Heather and Dante don’t know is that new enemies lurk in the shadows, closer than they think…and even deadlier than they fear.


    Shadowy government forces have pledged to eliminate all loose ends from Project Bad Seed — and Heather and Dante are at the top of the list. Elsewhere, the Fallen gather in Gehenna, intent on finding their long-awaited savior, the True Blood nightkind whom Lucien DeNoir would die to protect. And a damaged and desperate adversary, with powers as strange and perilous as Dante’s own, plots to use Dante as a pawn in a violent scheme for revenge. But only one of these lethal forces holds the key to Dante’s past — a key that could finally unlock the secret of his birth and the truth of his existence…or destroy him completely.”

    This book blew my mind and rocked my socks off… to put it lightly! I wasn’t envying Ms. Phoenix to have to come up with an even better book than the first in this series, A Rush Of Wings, but she did it in spades. The second book in The Maker’s Song series, In The Blood, carries on with Heather and Dante’s story. It’s even more intricate story-weaving, compelling plot and edge of your seat intensity kept me flipping the pages long into the night.

    The characters are so vivid, the danger is truly of the evil variety and the passion between Heather and Dante practically melts the pages. The writing just oozes atmosphere and pulls you in like a gravitational force. I can hardly stand the wait for the next novel, Beneath The Skin!!

    See my review of the first book, A Rush Of Wings HERE

    Read my interview with Adrian HERE

    Read Dante’s Guest Blog HERE (Please note that the contest is over from Dante’s Guest Blog)


    January 6, 2009 Posted by | Reviews, Spotlight | , , , , , | 3 Comments