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Happy Halloween


Sorry I didn’t plan any big Halloween events here this year. I’m battling the flu that never ends, but wanted to wish everyone an Awesome Halloween!! I hope you all have fun and stay safe.

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October 31, 2009 Posted by | Holiday, Uncategorized | | 1 Comment

Molly Harper – Spotlight


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Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs by Molly Harper

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star (Mar 31 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416589422
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416589426
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    Book Description

    Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children’s librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that’s sure to become Half-Moon Hollow legend.  On her way home, she’s mistaken for a deer, shot and left for dead.  And thanks to the mysterious stranger she met while chugging neon-colored cocktails, she wakes up with a decidedly unladylike thirst for blood. 

    Jane is now the latest recipient of a gift basket from the Newly Undead Welcoming Committee, and her life-after-lifestyle is taking some getting used to. Her recently deceased favorite aunt is now her ghostly roommate.  She has to fake breathing and daytime hours to avoid coming out of the coffin to her family.  She’s forced to forego her favorite down-home Southern cooking for bags of O negative.  Her relationship with her sexy, mercurial vampire sire keeps running hot and cold.  And if all that wasn’t enough, it looks like someone in Half Moon Hollow is trying to frame her for a series of vampire murders. What’s a nice undead girl to do?”Nice GDDDM

     

    Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men by Molly Harper

     

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star (Aug 25 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416589430
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416589433
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    Book Description

    With Zeb’s Titanic-themed nuptials looming on the horizon, Jane is forced to wear a bridesmaid’s dress her body may reject like a faulty organ. And Zeb’s mother seems hell-bent on stopping the wedding if she can’t have Jane for a daughter-in-law.

    In other matrimonial shenanigans, the passing of Grandma Ruthie’s fiancé, Bob, puts her back on the market. Ruthie’s new fiancé, Wilbur, smells like old cheese, has his own sordid history of suspiciously dead spouses, and died more than 20 years ago.

    With daytime funerals, mother-of-the-groom hijinks, and Styrofoam icebergs to contend with, will Jane survive her best friend’s wedding?  Will she have to make nice with her possibly murderous, definitely creepy, future step-grandpa? What’s a nice undead girl to do?”

    My Thoughts

    I absolutely love this series! Filled with supernatural characters like vampires, shifters, ghosts and gouls, it’s a high-speed ride with plenty of high-jinx, romance, humor and danger. Jane Jameson is a fire-cracker of a protagonist and I can’t wait to read more about her, Gabriel, Zeb and the rest of the awesome cast of characters that Molly Harper has created.

    I highly recommend this series to fans of Paranormal Romance, Vampires, and anyone who enjoys mad dash capers, mystery and laughing. The next book in the series: Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever will be on shelves December 29th, 2009!

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    Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever by Molly Harper

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star (Dec 29 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416589449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416589440
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    Book Description 

    UNEXPECTED UNDEAD
    BREAK-UP

    Nothing sucks the romance out of world travel like a boyfriend who may or may not have broken up with you in a hotel room in Brussels. Jane Jameson’s sexy sire Gabriel has always been unpredictable, but the seductive, anonymous notes that await him at each stop of their international vacation, coupled with his evasive behavior over the past few months, finally push Jane onto the next flight home to Half Moon Hollow — alone, upset, and unsure whether Gabriel just ended their relationship without actually telling her.

    Now the children’s-librarian-turned-vampire is reviving with plenty of Faux Type O, some TLC from her colorful friends and family, and her plans for a Brave New Jane. Step One: Get her newly renovated occult bookstore off the ground. Step Two: Support her best friend, Zeb, and his werewolf bride as they prepare for the impending birth of their baby…or litter. Step Three: Figure out who’s been sending her threatening letters, and how her hostile pen pal is tied to Gabriel. Because for this nice girl, surviving a broken heart is suddenly becoming a matter of life and undeath….”

    Find out more about Molly Harper and her books at her website.

     

    October 29, 2009 Posted by | New Covers - Release Dates, On My Bookshelf, Reviews, Spotlight, Spotlight On..., Upcoming Releases | , , , , , | 6 Comments

    November ’09 Book Releases


    Also known as Sidhe’s Current Wishlist 

    October Releases (that I forgot last month)

    Lucinda, Dangerously by Sunny – Oct 6th

    Queen Of Song And Souls by C.L. Wilson – Oct 9th

    Deep KOW Deep Kiss Of Winter by Gena Showalter & Kresley Cole – Oct 13th

    Indigo Springs by A.M. Dellmonica – Oct 27th

    Grave Secret by Charlaine Harris – Oct 27th

    Bitter N Bitter Night by Diana P. Frances – Oct 27th

    Darkness Unleashed by Alexandra Ivy – Oct 27th

    Possess Me At Midnight by Shayla Black – Oct 27th

    Never After Never After – Anthology – Oct 27th

    The Mane Squeeze by Shelley Laurenston – Oct 27th

    Soul Magic by Jennifer Lyon – Oct 27th

    November 1st

    Child Of Darkness by Jennifer Armintrout

    tempestrising Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler

    Sins Of The Flesh by Caridad Pineiro

    Time Raiders: The Protector by Merline Lovelace

    The Vampire A The Vampire Affair by Livia Reasoner

    November 3rd

    Finding The Lost by Shannon K. Butcher

    Born Of Fire by Sherrilyn Kenyon

    Winter Kiss Winter Kiss by Deborah Cooke

    Magic In The Shadows by Devon Monk

    Crimson by Jordan Summers

    Apocalypse H Apocalypse Happens by Lori Handeland

    Blaze Of Memory by Nalini Singh

    Me And My Shadow by Katie MacAlister

    Skin G Skin Game by Ava Gray

    Shifting Plains by Jean Johnson

    Heart Change by Robin D. Owens

    Thief OL Thief Of Light by Denise Rossetti

    Wild Blue Under by Judi Fennell

    Captive Desires by Diane Whiteside

    November 17th

    Shadowland Shadowland by Alyson Noel

    Betrayals Betrayals by Lili St Crow

    November 24th

    Three DTD Three Days To Dead by Kelly Meding

    October 28, 2009 Posted by | New Book Releases, New Covers - Release Dates, New Releases, Upcoming Releases | , , , , | Leave a comment

    Winner of Christine & Ethan Rose’s Prize Pack


    The random number generator has provided me a number, 10, so Pam K, you’re the winner of copies of Rowan Of The Wood, Witch On The Water and your choice of either the Green Man Journal or a Pewter Bookmark!

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    Pam, please email me at sidhevicious@shaw.ca to send me your mailing info. If I haven’t heard back from the winner in 5 days, I’ll be drawing a new winner from the eligable entrants. 

    A huge thanks to authors’ Christine & Ethan Rose for coming by to guest blog and for providing the awesome prizes! I loved all the great comments by everyone. 🙂

    October 26, 2009 Posted by | Contests, Winners | , , , , | 2 Comments

    How To Catch & Keep A Vampire – Spotlight & Review


    How TCAKAVHow To Catch And Keep A Vampire by Diana Laurence

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Sellers Publishing ( October 2009 )
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416205527
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416205524
  • Book Description

    “Who needs a book on dating a vampire? Well, Bella Swan and Sookie Stackhouse to name just two. They are fortunate to have vampire boyfriends. But what the heroines of Twilight and True Blood don’t have and could use is some advice on getting along with them. Everything they and every other red-blooded American girl (and guy) wants to know about finding a dreamy blood-drinker and keeping him is within How to Catch and Keep a Vampire: A Step-by-Step Guide to Loving The Bad and the Beautiful.

    And who better to introduce mortal readers to the world of dating a 21st century vampire than a few mouth-watering immortals? The cast includes: Ethan, with his aquamarine eyes and supernaturally seductive piano playing. Mordred, classically cruel, dark, and handsome, with a thing for black leather gloves. His entrancingly cute carrot-topped friend Adam, as sweet as Mordred is scary. Gunnar, with his rich, golden hair, and dastardly but delightful knack for getting his way. The experienced and fascinating Colin, with his exquisite latte-colored skin and exotic beauty. The eccentric but gorgeous Aidan, purveyor of ancient magic. And enigmatic Conner, with his deep, dark eyes and protective soul. These undead charmers will win the hearts and minds of readers everywhere, and author Diana Laurence will be their expert guide.”

    My Thoughts

    I was really happy to have recieved a review copy of this book because I had really been looking forward to reading it. I was not dissapointed! It’s a great how-to guide on dating those uber-sexy vamps, filled with practical advice, fun facts, and told with warmth and a great sense of humor.

    Written by Diana who has experience in dating immortals, we meet some of them, as well as hear some stories by others who’ve dated vampires. If you’ve ever wondered what happens after you’ve met and fallen for an irresistable vampire, then this is the book for you! There are FAQ’s, the secret behind “red ribbons”, what to do and what NOT to do when it comes to dating a blood-drinker and tons of expert advice.

    Find out more about Diana and her books at www.dianalaurence.com

    Find out more about this book at www.howtocatchandkeepavampire.com

    Buy the book at Chapters or Amazon

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    October 23, 2009 Posted by | New Book Releases, On My Bookshelf, Reviews, Spotlight On... | , , , | 5 Comments

    The Blood That Bonds


    I recieved an interesting email that I want to share here on my blog. Author Chris Buecheler contacted me to let me know about his new novel, The Blood That Bonds. I’ll let him tell you about it…

    “My name is Chris Buecheler, and I am a 32 year-old web designer and author, writing to let you know that I have recently launched a website in support of my free eBook, The Blood That Bonds. The novel is a complete story in itself, but also serves as the first in a planned trilogy. I believe I have an interesting, non-spiritual, non-magical take on vampire mythology, with the first book laying the groundwork for a complex storyline involving four separate vampire species and a globe-spanning cast. The Blood That Bonds is available in a variety of eBook formats, including Amazon’s Kindle format, Adobe PDF, the various Smashwords.com formats (including Sony’s eReader), and online at Scribd.com.”

    How awesome is that? Here’s some more info about the book:

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    The Blood That Bonds by Chris Buecheler

    (Description)

    “Two is trapped: hooked on heroin, held as property, forced to sell her body to feed the addiction. Time brings her ever closer to what seems an inevitable death and Two waits, uncaring, longing only for the next fix. That’s when Theroen arrives, beckoning to his Ferrari and grinning his inscrutable grin. He is handsome. Confident. Eager to help lift her out of the life that’s grinding her down. The only problem? Theroen is a vampire.

    His blood can cure her addiction, grant her powers she has never had, change her forever into something greater than she was. But when he sinks his teeth into her neck, Theroen also thrusts Two into a world of danger, violence, madness and despair. The powerful, twisted elder Abraham will use her arrival to shatter the uneasy peace that exists in his mansion, bringing an end to the dark game he has been playing for centuries.”

    Get your clicking finger ready readers because you can go to http://www.thebloodthatbonds.com to download your FREE copy right now! I’ve already downloaded my copy, but thought it was too good not to share with you all. 🙂 You can also find out more about Chris Buecheler, the book and the series at http://www.thebloodthatbonds.com.

    Have an awesome weekend everyone! 8)

    October 16, 2009 Posted by | New Book Releases, New Releases, On My Bookshelf, Sidhe's News & Updates, Spotlight On..., Uncategorized | , , , , | 6 Comments

    Christine & Ethan Rose – Guest Blog & Contest


    C & E Rose Today I have Christine & Ethan Rose, authors of the Rowan Of The Wood YA Fantasy series here guest blogging to celebrate the release of the second novel, Witch On The Water. There’s also a contest for some pretty awesome prizes (she says enviously ;)), so be sure to read through till the end and I’ll pass the keyboard over to Ethan…

     
     
    The Lonely Hero (by Ethan Rose)

    It is no accident that most of my central characters are solitary figures. The lonely soul adrift in a world that defies understanding is one of the most pervasive archetypal characters in human storytelling. It is a character easy to identify with since we all feel that way to some degree.

    I believe that one of the strongest longings for humans is companionship, not to feel alone in a hostile and confusing world. This longing can be well employed to create an undercurrent to any adventure.

    The classic hero’s quest is primarily a quest for the hero to find himself and how he or she fits into his or her world. It is a right of passage that begins alone and ends with a community.

    The corollary characters to the lonely hero are the wise teacher and the lover. The wise teacher is typically grand-parental in aspect though not a real relative. They are often imbued with mystical type of knowledge. Merlin to Arthur and Obi Wan to Luke Skywalker are both good examples. They are there to help and guide the hero.

    The lover is someone on the hero’s basic level, searching for their own answers and joining forces with the hero for mutual benefit. Taran and Princess Eilonwy from Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain Chronicles are great examples of this kind of partnership.

    I admit that I am heavily influenced by my own life. I grew up without any real community or even a family. As a result I have always been a solitary person myself. But I have spent a good deal of my life searching for both a community and answers. This is why I can identify with my characters so well. There is a little bit of me in all of them.

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    Thanks Ethan! I can relate to the solitary figure myself, seeing as I’m somewhat of a hermit as well. I’m always fascinated by an authors insight into the inner workings of their character motivations and characteristics. Now on to the contest… 

    CONTEST Details:

    Christine & Ethan have generously offered one lucky commenter signed copies of both books as well as an absolutely gorgeous handmade Green Man Journal or you can choose a pewter book mark along with your signed books!

    Rowan OTW  WOWcover  GMJournal5  OR  PewterBM2&Books

    Contest open to USA only. (Sorry to my international readers)

    How To Enter

    Leave a comment telling us what your favorite kind of hero is. Do you love the reluctant hero? The reformed bad-boy/girl hero? The totally alpha hero? The unintentional hero?  

    For An Extra Entry: 

    -Subscribe to my blog and be sure to verify the subscription through your email. Leave a comment to let me know you’ve subscribed. If you’re already subscribed and you enter, you’ll have an extra entry.

    The contest will run until 11:59pm on Sunday, October 25th and the winner will be posted at some point on the 26th. Please leave an email address in your comment if you’d like an email to let you know if you’ve won. If I can’t contact the winner and I don’t hear back from the posted winner after 5 days, a new winner will be drawn.

    Thanks again to Christine & Ethan Rose and good luck! 🙂

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    October 14, 2009 Posted by | Contest, Guest Blogger, New Book Releases, Spotlight On... | , , , , | 33 Comments

    Witch On The Water – Spotlight & Review


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    Witch On The Water by Christine & Ethan Rose

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Moose Press ( October 2009 )
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098199492X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981994925
  • Book Description

    “Witch on the Water” chronicles the continuing adventures of twelve-year-old Cullen and his friends, Maddy and April. Cullen thought he had enough trouble surviving school, dealing with his miserable home life, and being possessed by Rowan, a 1400-year-old wizard. But when Rowan’s wife, the sadistic vampire Fiana, comes back seeking revenge, Cullen and his band of misfits must do what they can to stop her. This time Cullen’s favorite teacher is Fiana’s first target. Imaginative and poignant, the adventures of Rowan and Cullen thoroughly enchants the reader and promises to be a great series for readers of fantasy, young and old. “Witch on the Water” is the second book in the award-winning “Rowan of the Wood” fantasy series.”

    Witch On The Water is the second book in the Rowan Of The Wood Series. Book one:

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     Rowan Of The Wood  

  • Publisher: Blue Moose Press (April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981994903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981994901
  • Book Description
    “Rowan of the Wood, Winner of the Indie Excellence Award for Young Adult Fiction, tells the story of a young boy Cullen who meanders through the redwood forest every day on his way to school, losing himself in books and fantasy worlds full of elves, fairies, and wizards. He loves to escape to these magical lands because reality for him is not fun at all. Cullen and his two misfit friends, Maddy and April, are terribly unpopular amongst the other kids, and they regularly endure ridicule and bullying. Cullen’s life changes incredibly one day when he uncovers an ancient magic wand that is inhabited by a powerful wizard, Rowan. Inadvertently, Cullen releases Rowan from the wand and finds himself possessed by the wizard, with a great power and an obsessive need to find a lost love. When danger is near, Rowan emerges from the frightened child to set things right. He and Cullen try to understand what has happened to them, only to discover a deeper problem. Nearly fourteen centuries ago, Rowan and his bride Fiana were separated on their wedding day. Rowan manages to survive, trapped in time, until Cullen releases him from the wand. Fiana uses dark magic to stay alive as she continues searching for Rowan. Over the centuries, Fiana descends deeper into the darkness becoming something evil and eventually giving up her search…until a young boy brings Rowan back to her.”

    My Thoughts

    Witch On The Water continues Cullen’s story and I quite liked the tale. It can be read as a stand-alone, though I think it would be even more enjoyable if you’ve read Rowan On The Water first. Filled with several relatable characters who experience a fantastical situation and journey, I was cheering for Cullen, Rowan, Maddy, April and the rest of the gang. Though this series is classified as Young Adult, it’s also a good read for adults who enjoy a lighter fantasy.

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    October 14, 2009 Posted by | New Book Releases, New Releases, On My Bookshelf, Reviews, Spotlight On... | , , , , , | Leave a comment

    Dracula The Un-Dead – Spotlight & Review


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    Dracula The Un-Dead by Dacre Stoker & Ian Holt

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Canada ( Oct 13 2009 )
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670069868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670069866
  • At lastthe sequel to Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula. 

     

     ( Overview of Book)

    “Bram Stoker’s Dracula is the prototypical horror novel, an inspiration for the world’s seemingly limitless fascination with vampires.  Though many have tried to replicate Stoker’s horror classic-in books, television shows, and movies, only the 1931 Bela Lugosi film bore the Stoker family’s support. Until now.

    Dracula The Un-Dead is a bone-chilling sequel based on Bram Stoker’s own handwritten notes for characters and plot threads excised from the original edition. Written with the blessing and cooperation of Stoker family members, Dracula The Un-Dead begins in 1912, twenty-five years after Dracula “crumbled into dust.” Van Helsing’s protégé, Dr. Jack Seward, is now a disgraced morphine addict obsessed with stamping out evil across Europe. Meanwhile, an unknowing Quincey Harker, the grown son of Jonathan and Mina, leaves law school for the London stage, only to stumble upon the troubled production of “Dracula,” directed and produced by Bram Stoker himself.

    The play plunges Quincey into the world of his parents’ terrible secrets, but before he can confront them he experiences evil in a way he had never imagined.  One by one, the band of heroes that defeated Dracula a quarter-century ago is being hunted down.  Could it be that Dracula somehow survived their attack and is seeking revenge? Or is their another force at work whose relentless purpose is to destroy anything and anyone associated with Dracula?

    Dracula The Un-Dead is deeply researched, rich in character, thrills and scares, and lovingly crafted as both an extension and celebration of one of the most classic popular novels in literature.”

    My Thoughts

    A truly fantastic sequel to Bram Stoker’s Dracula! I was completely engrossed in the continuation of the tale and found the depiction of all the characters to be true to form. Told in several points of view provided the opportunity to “see through the eyes” of different characters. A wonderful plot mixed in with great story-telling kept me flipping the pages to see what would happen. I’m crossing my fingers that there will be another book to continue Quincey’s story.

    I’m thinking that Dracula The Un-Dead will become a literary classic much like it’s predecessor. Dacre Stoker & Ian Holt have definitely accomplished their quest to continue the story and do it with a distinctive style! Bravo!

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    Buy Dracula The Un-Dead at:

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    October 12, 2009 Posted by | New Book Releases, New Releases, On My Bookshelf, Reviews, Spotlight On... | , , , , | 3 Comments

    Thanksgiving


    Thanksgiving Pictures, Images and Photos

    It be turkey day up here in Canada, I wish all my Canadian friends a Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you’re all surrounded by good friends, family, warmth and last but not least, good food. I’m off to a memorial for my second Dad and then home for a wonderful turkey dinner with my family.

    I had a tough year, but I also have so much to be grateful for! My family (who drives me nuts like no one else can but I love ’em ;)), my friends, all the technology that makes the tech-geek-girl in me squee, good food, semi-good health, BOOKS, TV, movies, my little fur-children (cats & dog), music, my blog where I’m able to share my thoughts with like-minded readers and my electric blanket. Yes indeed, I am happy that I am alive in this day and age and able to have access to all the amazing forms of entertainment, to expand my mind & imagination and just flat out enjoy my preferred genres of Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy in all their forms.   I hope you all have many things to be thankful for too!

    This week I’ll be posting my reviews of Dracula The Un-Dead by Dacre Stoker & Ian Holt and Witch On The Water by Christine & Ethan Rose. I’ll also have Ethan Rose here guest blogging along with a contest for some awesome prizes, so be sure to check in. Hope to “see” you all here.

    October 11, 2009 Posted by | Rambling, Sidhe's News & Updates | 2 Comments