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Adrian Phoenix – Interview & Giveaway


Today I have Urban Fantasy author Adrian Phoenix here for an interview to celebrate the latest release in her Makers Song series, Beneath The Skin! Read through the awesome interview and Adrian is giving away a signed copy of one of her books. 🙂 

 Sidhe – Hi Adrian! It’s great to have you back here at SVR. 🙂

Adrian – Hey, Judi! It’s a pleasure to be back! I wish it wasn’t so long between visits. 🙂

Sidhe – Me too and you know you are welcome anytime in my virtual “house”. The third book in your The Makers Song series, Beneath The Skin, was just released on Dec 29th. Can you tell us a bit about it?

Adrian – Sure. The story picks up right where In the Blood left off, with Dante doped and unconscious and Heather, Von, Annie, and Caterina seeking shelter from the dawn. Not only are they being hunted by the Shadow Branch and the FBI, the Fallen now know that a Maker exists in the mortal world and they are determined to find him. Dante not only needs to find away to keep himself and those he cares about out of enemy hands, but his past has been awakened and is slicing into his present. As he struggles to find balance and keep sane, his control over his Maker abilities continues to slip.

Sidhe – How do you keep track of all the goings on in this wonderfully rich and complex world you’ve created?

Adrian – Most of it I keep in my head (getting very crowded), but lately I’ve been keeping notes that I can refer to quickly while writing. I’m finding notes on who did what or who said what and when more necessary with each book I write.

Sidhe – I can imagine it would get to be a bit much to memorize after a few books. You’ve had a busy year with starting a new series as well as writing your Makers Song series! Can you tell us how you keep your writing discipline going strong when you aren’t hearing your muse?

Adrian – I’ve been fortunate in that my muse is quite loud and impossible to ignore. The problem for me comes down to time, since I still have my full time day job. It’s essential to write every day, so I write in the evenings after work and all day on weekends. I figure out a daily word total so I have a goal to shoot for every day. When I’m tired, I remind myself that writing is my dream and what I am working toward doing full time. In order to achieve that, I MUST plant my butt in my chair and get busy. It’s my job, my livelihood, my dream. Plus, if I’m really good – I get to have a treat! LOL.

Sidhe – I have so much respect for all authors as it takes such dedication and will power to continue to put out amazing works and on deadlines to boot! How many more books can we look forward to in the Makers Song series?

Adrian – Book 4, Etched in Bone will be out the end of December 2010. At this point, that’s all I’m contracted to do, but I have every reason to believe that Pocket will buy more (I gave them a proposal also) so that I can continue with the series. I have plenty of plans for more books.

Sidhe – Whew, that’s good news indeed! (Pocket, can you hear me? We need more books in The Makers Song series!) You have an affinity for writing about several REALLY sexy men. Do you have a harem of them hiding in your house? (Grins) Really… can you spare a couple to help a girl out?

Adrian – Hah. Thank you! I think you’ll also very much enjoy Layne Valin from Black Dust Mambo. Oh, I *wish* I had a harem of sexy men hanging out at my house, but then I’d probably never get any work done. LOL. As it is, they hang out in my head, which is almost as bad/good.

Sidhe – I’m thinking that inside your head is a “place” we’d all like to be if all those hot men are kickin around in there, lol. And bring on Layne, I’m ready to meet him! (Hurry up June). How much of the backgrounds of your supernatural characters are based on research and how much comes from your wickedly creative mind?

Adrian – Most of the backgrounds come from my imagination. I’ve done research on mythos for world-building for the Fallen and nightkind and for nomad society, but as for the character backgrounds go, that’s me. Now, on the Fallen characters – Gabriel, the Morningstar, Loki, etc., I *have* done research on angels and gods, which I then stir it into the subconscious kettle to simmer. I take the characters in a direction of my design.

Sidhe – Out of curiosity, I’m wondering about how many rough drafts of a novel you write before you send it off to your editor for the first time. (The wanna-be writer in me wants to know) =)

Adrian – Generally one draft. I think the most a person should do is two. I’ve never done more than two. It’s too easy to over-polish and smooth away a story’s raw and vital edge, to strip away its soul. Do your first draft, send it out to first-readers you trust, make any changes that they suggest AND that you agree with, then send it out. Then dash off to the next project. 🙂

Sidhe – How long did it take you to go from a germ of an idea to finished revisions that you turned into your editor for either A Rush Of Wings, or the first book in your new series, Black Dust Mambo?

Adrian – Okay, let’s look first at A Rush of Wings. It took me 8 months to write it (my first novel), then almost a year to sell it. After it sold in June 2006, I had to wait for the contract (October 2006 – it hasn’t taken that long with any of my other books), then the revisions request from my editor – which I believe I received in January of 2007. The book was published the end of December 2007 (January 2008 officially), so you’re looking at almost 3 years all told. The process for all books since has been much, much quicker.

The process was much shorter with Black Dust Mambo. I came up with the idea for Black Dust Mambo in October 2008 and sent my editor a proposal for it and four more books in the series. She called my agent in February of 2009 and bought the series. I finished writing the book in November of 2009 (I started it in July after finishing all the work on Beneath the Skin), finished revisions on BDM in December 2009. The book will be released the end of June 2010. So – Black Dust Mambo sold February 2009 and will be published June 2010. So figure 16-18 months from sale to publication. Sometimes it’s sooner – especially if you have a finished manuscript – which is the only thing new writers should offer editors. I sold the project on a proposal, so I had to hurriedly write the thing too. LOL.

Sidhe – Talk about working under pressure, but you seem to handle it well. I know that you are a huge Nine Inch Nails fan and that they are a big inspiration while you write. Any other bands that feed the muse?

Adrian – I also love (ironically or poetically, your choice) Muse, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, AFI, Stabbing Westward, Rammstein, Saints of Ruin, Chevelle, and movie scores like: Batman Begins (perfect for Lucien), all three Pirates of the Caribbean movies, Gladiator, The Last Samurai, Wanted, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Last of the Mohicans . . .

Sidhe – I also like to listen to movie scores sometimes. It makes for great ambiance minus the distractions of a catchy chorus of singing. I know you’ll probably tell me to stuff it and wait like the rest have to, but can you give us a hint of what’s to come for Dante, Heather, Von and Lucien? Please? (Blinks innocently) 

Adrian – How can I refuse when you blink so innocently, Judi? 😉

Nebulous teasers . . . Annie finds herself in a situation she could never have predicted, one that will see her lose all control of her life; the Fallen statues will arrive in Alexandria and into the wrong hands; someone will descend into the cave at Damascus and discover just what is singing “Holy, holy, holy,” in the darkness, Dante repairs the damage to the cemetery (think about that); Heather fights for Dante’s sanity and a life for them together and one for herself AND she has to face the fact that she just might have to share Dante with another person, the second bonding partner; war is brewing between the SB and the FBI, among all the levels of the Fallen, including the half-mortal nephilim, and between the vampire orders – in a fight over control of Dante.  And Dante will be betrayed.

Sidhe – Awesome, I can’t wait! Can you give us a little preview of what Black Dust Mambo, the new series, is all about?

Adrian – You bet! I’d be happy too!

Black Dust Mambo begins the story of Kallie Riviere, a hoodoo apprentice learning the art from her aunt (who may or may not be who she seems) in Bayou Cypres Noir, Louisiana. Even though this series is lighter and more humorous, dark secrets still ripple throughout. Kallie’s been scarred both physically and emotionally by a violent moment in her family’s past, a moment she is seeking answers for but only finds deeper mysteries. Nothing is what it seems. The series also features her best friend, Belladonna Brown, a voodooienne in training to be a mambo (priestess) and who believes in the gospel according to Web Md. Another key character is Layne Valin, a nomad with the Fox clan, who also happens to be a Vessel for the dead. The dead can slip into his body like a suit and use him to say their final goodbyes or whatever it is they need.

Here’s a small bit from the book from Kallie’s POV as she learns what Layne is:

A Vessel didn’t need ritual or séance or linked energy from the living to call to the dead or to open doors between the mortal and spirit worlds. A Vessel was a living, breathing spirit cabinet. And most Vessels spiraled into madness by their late teens, usually ending their lives in messy and desperate ways. Very few Vessels lasted into their twenties.

Kallie stared at Layne, wondering if he was actually younger than he looked and wondering how much time he had left before his mind and soul twisted in on themselves.

   The story involves, magic, murder, mystery, possession, a wet boxers contest, voodoo poppets, loup garou, and nomad society.

Sidhe – Woo, I can’t wait to get started reading BDM! 😀 Any truth to the rumours that Disney is looking to make the Makers Song series into a movie or movies?

Adrian – So far, there’s nothing I can officially say on the rumours. My agent and his people have been in touch with Disney and Disney has registered domain names that seem to apply to The Maker’s Song. As soon as I have official news, I will pass it along. 🙂

Sidhe – Anything else that you’d like to share with the readers here at SVR?

Adrian – I’d like to let your readers know that I’m also planning stand alone books for Von (NOMAD) and Lucien (NIGHTBRINGER). My editor has proposals, so fingers crossed! I’d also like to thank everyone for their support and to welcome new readers to the series.

Sidhe – I am now praying to the publishing gods that Von & Lucien’s books will happen. Thanks so much for coming by again Adrian! It’s always a pleasure. 🙂

Adrian – Thank you for having me, Judi! I really love visiting with you and your readers!

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Giveaway Details:

Adrian has graciously offered up a signed copy of one of her books to one lucky commentor, winners choice! Giveaway is open to everyone, internationally.

What type of supernatural being is your favourite? Are you still loving vampires, or have you crossed over to shifters, fallen angels, demons, witches, mages or fae? What is it that you love so much about your favourite?  

Adrian may also be popping by for the next day or two to reply to comments, so if you have any burning questions for her, feel free to ask away.

For one entry: Please leave a comment with the answer to the question. (+1 entry)

For  extra entries: 

– Subscribe to my blog, Sidhe Vicious Reviews, through the links at the top right hand side of the blog, and let me know in your comment. Be sure you verify your subscription through the email you’ll receive or it won’t count. (+1 entry)

– If  you’re already subscribed, you’ll receive an extra entry, but be sure to let me know in the comments. (+2 entries)

– Post a link to this contest on your Twitter, FaceBook, MySpace, GoodReads, LibraryThing, or on your blog and send me the link either in the comments or by email and you’ll get an extra entry for each place you add a link to. (+? entries, insert however many links you’ve done)

Contest is open Internationally and will run through February 10th until 11:59pm. The winners will be posted here on Feb 11th. Please leave your email addy in your comment for me to contact you if you’ve won. If I haven’t heard back from the winner in 7 days, a new winner will be drawn from the eligible comments. Winners will be chosen by a random number generator. Good Luck everyone! 🙂

(I should also mention that if you’re leaving me a bunch of links in your comment, do not panic if it doesn’t show up right away. It just automatically gets held for me to moderate, which I will as soon as I’m online. 😀 )

January 30, 2010 Posted by | Contest, Contests, Interview, New Book Releases, New Covers - Release Dates, New Releases, On My Bookshelf, Spotlight On..., Upcoming Releases | , , , , , , | 49 Comments

February ’10 Releases


Otherwise known as Sidhe’s Current Wishlist! 🙂

January Releases That I Missed

Allison Brennan – Original Sin

Sandra Hill – Viking In Love

Alex Prentiss – Night Tides

 Gena Showalter – Twice As Hot

Kathy Love – What A Demon Wants

Sherrill Quinn – Daring The Moon

 Patricia Briggs – Bone Crossed (MM Release)

Chris Marie Green – Break Of Dawn (MM Release)

 Lesley Livingston – Darklight (YA)

Kelley Armstrong – Men Of The Otherworld (Trade size)

February 1st, 2010

 Judi Fennell – Catch Of A Lifetime

Jennifer Ashley – Pride Mates

Melanie Jackson – The Selkie Bride

 Angie Fox – A Tale Of Two Demon Slayers

A. Lee Martinez – Monster

Kate Griffin – A Madness Of Angels

 Laura Anne Gilman – Free Fall (MM Release)

Laura Anne Gilman – Burning Bridges (MM Release)

Laura Anne Gilman – Blood From Stone (MM Release)

 Julie Kagawa – The Iron King (YA)

February 2nd, 2010

Dakota Cassidy – Accidentally Demonic

Vicki Thompson – Blonde With A Wand

 Laurell K. Hamilton – Flirt

Gerry Bartlett – Real Vampires Hate Their Thighs

Lucy Monroe – Moon Craving

 Nalini Singh – Archangel’s Kiss

Erin McCarthy – Sucker Bet

Allie McKay – Some Like It Kilted

 Katie MacAlister – Steamed

Eileen Wilks – Blood Magic

Anthology – A Girl’s Guide To Guns & Monsters

Heather Webber – Truly, Madly

 Rachel Caine – Unknown

Kris Greene – The Dark Storm

L.A. Banks – The Thirteenth

Shannon McKeldon – Venus Guy Trap

February 9th, 2010

 Jeaniene Frost – First Drop Of Crimson

Joss Ware – Embrace The Night Eternal

Heather Brewer – Eleventh Grade Burns (YA)

Claudia Gray – Hourglass (YA)

February 16th, 2010

 Kresley Cole – Pleasure Of A Dark Prince

February 23rd, 2010

Stacia Kane – Demon Possessed

 Kim Harrison – Black Magic Sanction

Anton Strout – Dead Matter

 Diana Rowland – Blood Of The Demon

Sherrilyn Kenyon – Darkness Within

Yes, another month of “I’m going to be in debt” releases! LOL As always, if anyone knows of any books that I haven’t mentioned here, please leave me a comment so I can add it to the list. Happy Reading everyone! 🙂

January 28, 2010 Posted by | New Book Releases, New Covers - Release Dates, New Releases, Upcoming Releases | , | 4 Comments

Save Amanda Feral


I’ve been a fan of Mark Henry’s books featuring the character Amanda Feral, since the first book, Happy Hour Of The Damned came out in 2008 in trade paperback. Now it’s being released in mass market on Jan 26th, so there’s no excuse not to run out and grab yourself a copy!

 

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; Reprint edition (Jan 26 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758225237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758225238 
  • Book Description:

    “Donuts are deadly. One minute you’re getting your binge on, the next, you’re slipping on the box, cracking your skull, and in the weirdest turn of events, rising as a zombie. That’s just for starters. Now, the recently deceased Amanda Feral is trying to make her way through Seattle’s undead scene with style (mortuary-grade makeup, six inch stilettos, bangin’ Balenciaga handbag) while satisfying a craving for decent vodkatinis and the occasional human flesh—Don’t judge. And no, not like chicken.

    Navigating a dangerous world of cloud-doped bloodsuckers, reapers, horny and horned devils, celebrity blood donors, and PR-obsessed shapeshifters—not to mention an extremely hot bartender named Ricardo—isn’t easy. And the minute one of Amanda’s undead friends disappears after texting for “help” (the undead—so dramatic!) she knows the afterlife is about to get really ugly.

    Something sinister is at hand. Someone or something is hellbent on turning Seattle’s supernatural underworld into a place of true terror. And this time, Amanda may meet a fate a lot worse than donuts…”

    See my review of Happy Hour Of The Damned HERE. I’m currently reading the second book in the series, Road Trip Of The Living Dead and am laughing my head off at the hilarity that is Amanda, Wendy & Gil.

     

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (Feb 24 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758225245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758225245
  • Book Description:

    “Celebrity party girl Amanda Feral is back from the dead, and hungrier than ever for a good time. With her zombie gal pal Wendy and vampy gay sidekick Gil, this stone cold fox is dressed to kill, on the prowl, and ready to take a big juicy bite out of Seattle’s supernatural nightlife. But what’s a zombie chick to do when her “Mommie Dearest” gets sick? If you’re Amanda Feral, you can either ignore the wicked old witch—or bury the past by visiting Ethel before she kicks it. Amanda’s not thrilled about the idea of crossing three states just to be criticized. But Wendy, who’s always looking for fresh meat, is up for the adventure. And Gil, who just launched his “luxury” resurrection business, needs to disappear because a pissed-off client is out for his blood.

    First, they pack their stiletto pumps and plasma into a skeevy rattrap on wheels that used to be a Winnebago. Then, with a little help from a Korean-ghost hood ornament, a masochist named Fishhook, and a slew of “moderately accurate” psychics, they hit the highway—their way. Of course, they’ll have to navigate past some neo-Nazi skinheads, a horny dust devil, a hunky werewolf cop (who could pass for an underwear model) and an unsightly horde of Kmart shoppers. But for this glamorous gang of ghouls this trip is about to take a dangerous detour that could give road kill a brand new meaning…”

    The next book in the series, Battle Of The Network Zombies will be on shelves March 2nd, 2010 in Canada & Feb 23rd, 2010 in the USA! I’m lucky enough to have an ARC which I will be reading next, so be sure to look for reviews of both; Road Trip Of The Living Dead and Battle Of The Network Zombies from me soon.

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; Original edition (Mar 2 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758225261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758225269
  • Book Description:

    “In Seattle’s undead circles, Amanda Feral is one of the beautiful zombies. Of course, when you’re socializing with werewolves, devils, and rampaging yetis, there’s not that much competition. Still, Amanda has a stylish rep to maintain, which is getting tricky now that her tanking ad agency is obliterating her finances. The fastest way to make some cash: appear on a new reality show, American Minions, hosted by lecherous wood nymph Johnny Birch. Classy? Maybe not, but a girl’s gotta eat.

    With zombie gal pal Wendy posing as her bitchy agent, Amanda settles in to “Minions Mansion,” crowded with 24-7 video cameras and undead fame whores. When Johnny is found incinerated in a locked room, Amanda decides to channel her inner Miss Marple (minus the fugly cardigans) and find out who’s responsible. Was it Hairy Sue, the white trash stripper yeti? Tanesha, the glamorous trannie werewolf? Angie, the Filipino vampire with a detachable head? Unveiling the culprit in a heart-stopping finale won’t just save the show from cancellation, it might just keep Amanda alive—or as close as a ghoul can get…”

    So the reason I titled this post, “Save Amanda Feral” is because, well, Mark Henry tells it best. See his website and blog posts here and here. Long story short is that the third book in the series may just be the last. That would be bad in an epic way because these characters are so unique, so uproariously funny in a gross way, and so much fun, you may just pee your pants! If you’re a fan of Zombies, Vampires, Werewolves and supernatural fiction, then run and grab yourself a copy of these books! If the book descriptions haven’t quite convinced you, then go HERE to Amanda’s page on Mark Henry’s website to laugh yourself into a zombie state while reading.

    Here, I’ll even make it easy for you! 🙂

    Buy Happy Hour Of The Damned at: Chapters , Amazon.ca , Amazon.com , Barnes & Noble

    Buy Road Trip Of The Living Dead at: Chapters , Amazon.ca , Amazon.com , Barnes & Noble

    Pre-Order Battle Of The Network Zombies at: Chapters , Amazon.ca , Amazon.com , Barnes & Noble

    January 26, 2010 Posted by | New Book Releases, New Covers - Release Dates, New Releases, On My Bookshelf, Reading, Sidhe's News & Updates, Spotlight On..., Upcoming Releases | , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

    Bitter Night – Spotlight & Review


    Bitter Night by Diana Pharaoh Frances

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (Oct 27 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416598146
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416598145
  • Book Description:“SOMETIMES YOU CHOOSE YOUR BATTLES. AND SOMETIMES, THEY CHOOSE YOU… 

    Once, Max dreamed of a career, a home, a loving family. Now all she wants is freedom…and revenge. A witch named Giselle transformed Max into a warrior with extraordinary strength, speed, and endurance. Bound by spellcraft, Max has no choice but to fight as Giselle’s personal magic weapon — a Shadowblade — and she’s lethally good at it. But her skills are about to be put to the test as they never have before….

    The ancient Guardians of the earth are preparing to unleash widespread destruction on the mortal world, and they want the witches to help them. If the witches refuse, their covens will be destroyed, including Horngate, the place Max has grudgingly come to think of as home. Max thinks she can find a way to help Horngate stand against the Guardians, but doing so will mean forging dangerous alliances — including one with a rival witch’s Shadowblade, who is as drawn to Max as she is to him — and standing with the witch she despises. Max will have to choose between the old life she still dreams of and the warrior she has become, and take her place on the side of right — if she survives long enough to figure out which side that is….”

    My Thoughts:

    I was pretty much blown away by this book. I loved it! Max is a kick-a$$ character with “baditude” and I was hooked from the get go. I really enjoyed Pharaoh-Frances’ world building and am really hoping to see more books in this world she’s created. A unique and action filled urban fantasy with interesting characters, fast pacing, violence, romance, tension, conflicts, and just pure talent in the telling of the story.

    Diana Pharaoh Frances is an accomplished Fantasy author and I believe this is her first foray into contemporary or Urban Fantasy, I could be wrong, but she’s nailed it! I don’t know what else to say except that this book will be on my keeper shelf to be re-read again, was well worth buying and I can’t wait for another Horngate Witches book. 😀

           

    Buy Bitter Night at:

    Chapters

    Amazon

     

    January 25, 2010 Posted by | On My Bookshelf, Reviews, Spotlight On... | , , , , , | 4 Comments

    Charlene Teglia – Winner


    First of all, a huge thanks to everyone who stopped in and left comments! I love reading all the answers. 🙂 I’d also like to thank Charlene for providing the winner with a signed copy of Claimed By The Wolf.

    So without further delays, the random number generator picked #26, so Michelle K, congratulations! Please send me your snail mail info so I can forward it on to Charlene Teglia. Email me at sidhevicious(at)shaw(dot)ca. As always, if I haven’t heard back from the winner in 7 days, I’ll use the RNG to draw another winner from the eligible comments.

    January 21, 2010 Posted by | Contest, Contests, Winners | , , | 3 Comments

    Amanda Ashley – Interview & Giveaway


       

    Sidhe Vicious welcomes Paranormal Romance author Amanda Ashley! We’re looking forward to getting to know you and all about your latest novel Everlasting Kiss. I personally am really excited because I consider you to be one of the true pioneers of the Paranormal Romance genre! 🙂

    Sidhe Your Paranormal Romance novel, Everlasting Kiss will be released on January 26th, 2010 by Kensington. Can you tell us about it and a bit about the main characters Daisy & Eric?

    Amanda – Well, Erik is a 325 year old vampire. Daisy is just your average young woman who belongs to a family of vampire hunters and blood thieves. Vampire blood is quite the rage among humans these days and that’s how Daisy makes her living, stealing blood from vampires while they’re at rest. Of course, it’s inevitable that Daisy and Erik meet, neither knowing what the other is or does.

    Sidhe – What about vampires inspired you to write about them?

    Amanda – They’re just such fascinating creatures. I mean, except for the blood part, who wouldn’t want to be a vampire? They never get sick, they’re really strong, and they never grow older. Sounds good to me! 

    Sidhe  Me too! Will we be seeing more vampires in your books in the future? Are you working on anything new?

    Amanda – Oh, yes! I’m just winding up my current work-in-progress. And the sequel to Everlasting Kiss, Everlasting Desire, will be out in October. I loved the bad boy, Rhys, in Everlasting Kiss so much; I decided he needed a story of his own.

    Sidhe –  I agree! Rhys definitely deserves his own book. How did you get your start in writing? What, if anything, lit the “spark” to get you started and keep you motivated?

    Amanda – I started writing because I was bored. My husband worked nights and after my kids went to bed, there was nothing to do but watch TV. I’d been reading a lot of historical romances at the time and one night I sat down and started writing Comanche Flame. I’ve been writing ever since.

    Sidhe – What was the path to publication on your first PR novel like? Highlights? Pitfalls?

    Amanda – It was a much smoother path than the historical one. It took me six years and 31 rejections to find a publisher for my first historical. The opportunity to write my first PR was offered to me by my agent, who asked if I’d be interested in writing a paranormal short story for Topaz. I wrote about a vampire, of course, and liked it so much, I’ve been writing them ever since.

    Sidhe – Who or what was your inspiration for the characters of Daisy & Eric, if any?

    Amanda – Hmmm. None that I can think of. The idea just came to me. Most of my books begin with a single line that comes to me out of nowhere. I follow the line and hope it turns into a book. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t.

    Sidhe – Do you find it harder or easier to write PR novels now that the genre has exploded, than it was to write them back in the beginning?

    Amanda – For me, it hasn’t changed. Of course, there’s a lot more competition now. It seems everyone is writing about the Undead!

    Sidhe – For which I am eternally grateful, though my pocketbook isn’t. Do you have any funny writing quirks or habits that you do when you’re in the “zone” writing?

    Amanda – LOL. None that I can think of. I usually have my TV on. Not sure why, except I like noise in the background for some reason. When I’m in the “zone” I can write anywhere. Years ago, I bowled on a league with my best friend. If I was struck with inspiration, I wrote between frames.

    Sidhe – Have you ever met a vampire, werewolf, demon, fae?

    Amanda – Well, when writing, I am all of the above. Sometimes I think my husband is a demon, but I think most women feel that way from time to time <G>

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

    Amanda – I’d love to have a fairy godmother who would make me young and thin and make chocolate good for me!

    Sidhe – Me too! There is NOTHING that chocolate doesn’t make better. Who is your favourite paranormal or urban fantasy fictional character and why? (Not counting your own of courseJ)

    Amanda – Harry Dresden (The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher). Harry is a fascinating character with a wry sense of humour and his world is filled with all kinds of paranormal creatures and monsters as well as angels.

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

    Amanda – Gosh, it’s hard to pick one author. Kay Hooper is right up there at the top.

    TV show? That’s easy. The Vampire Diaries. I love Damon! Movie? Right now, it’s New Moon.

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

    Amanda – Jacob Black! Be still my heart, that boy is gorgeous.

    Sidhe – Tell me about it! I should probably be in jail for some of the thoughts that have crossed my mind while looking at that young man, lol. But I’m still team Edward. How have the books you’ve read influenced the books you write?

    Amanda – I think Interview With a Vampire probably influenced me the most. I wasn’t writing Vampires when I read it, but I loved Lestat. He was so at home in his own skin.

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

    Amanda Hmm, I can’t think of anything strange, but it was my oldest son who prompted me to write my first time travel book.

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

    Amanda – I go to the movies or shopping or take a walk. If my Muse takes a hike, there’s no point in sitting in front of the computer waiting for her to come back. Better to take a break and go have some fun.

    Sidhe – What can a new reader expect from your books?

    Amanda – Hopefully a good story with interesting characters that will leave them wanting more.

    Sidhe – You seem to prefer writing about Vampires, (Whom we all love *G*). Do you do a lot of research or do you prefer to take what you already know and use your imagination for the rest?

    Amanda – Both. I have a lot of books about vampires in my personal library and, of course, there are tons of vamp sites on the Web.

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

    Amanda – I loved writing about Rhys in Everlasting Desire. He’s one of my favourite characters.  Writing about Ronan in Dead Sexy was fun, because he was a romance writer and some of things that happened to him, happened to me.

    At the moment, I’m having trouble deciding how to knock off the bad buy in my work-in-progress. I know what I want to do. I just can’t figure out how to get there. It’s very frustrating.

    Sidhe – Do you have any tips for aspiring speculative fiction writers?

    Amanda – Just to write what they love to read and not to be discouraged by rejection. Remember, when an editor rejects your work, it’s just one person’s opinion, so don’t give up. Enter contests. It’s a good way to get feedback on your work.

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

    Amanda – I’d like to thank all those who take the time to write and tell me how much they enjoy my books. Most of the reviews I get on Amazon are negative. Some are downright nasty, so much so that for a while there, I thought I’d just stop writing, so positive email is very rewarding.

    And thank you, Sidhe, for your wonderful reviews and for having me here.           

    Sidhe Vicious Reviews would like to thank you for taking the time to come by and give us this great inside look into your world and your writing! It’s been a true pleasure. 🙂 And might I add that I, for one, am truly grateful that you didn’t give up on the writing! I love that there are so many different authors and styles of writing or it would get old quick.

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    Giveaway Details:

    Amanda Ashley is graciously offering up a signed copy of Everlasting Kiss OR one of Amanda’s backlist of previously published books  to one randomly picked commenter. Giveaway is open to those in the USA & Canada.

    What type of vampire is your favourite? Do you like them rash, wild and dangerous like Lestat? Quiet, tortured and contemplative like Louis? Sparkly, gorgeous and fangless like Edward? Or exciting, sinfully sexy and unpredictable like Eric Northman? What is it about vampires that revs your motor? 😀 

    Amanda may also be popping by for the next day or two to reply to comments, so if you have any burning questions for her, feel free to ask away.

    For one entry: Please leave a comment with the answer to the question. (+1 entry)

    For  extra entries: 

    – Subscribe to my blog, Sidhe Vicious Reviews, through the links at the top right hand side of the blog, and let me know in your comment. Be sure you verify your subscription through the email you’ll receive or it won’t count. (+1 entry)

    – If  you’re already subscribed, you’ll receive an extra entry, but be sure to let me know in the comments. (+2 entries)

    – Post a link to this contest on your Twitter, FaceBook, MySpace, GoodReads, LibraryThing, or on your blog and send me the link either in the comments or by email and you’ll get an extra entry for each place you add a link to. (+? entries, insert however many links you’ve done)

    Contest is open to USA & Canada only and will run through January 31st until 11:59pm. The winners will be posted here on Feb 1st. Please leave your email addy in your comment for me to contact you if you’ve won. If I haven’t heard back from the winner in 7 days, a new winner will be drawn from the eligible comments. Winners will be chosen by a random number generator. Good Luck everyone! 🙂

    January 20, 2010 Posted by | Interview, New Book Releases, New Covers - Release Dates, New Releases, On My Bookshelf, Upcoming Releases | , , , , | 46 Comments

    Beautiful Creatures – Spotlight & Review


    Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (Dec 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316042676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316042673
  • Book Description:

    “There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
    We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.

    At least, that’s what I thought.
    Turns out, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
    There was a curse.
    There was a girl.
    And in the end, there was a grave.

    Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

    Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

    In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.”

    My Thoughts:

    I was completely entranced by this novel. The descriptions of the South were so good, I felt like I was there in Gatlin with Lena & Ethan. I loved the characters, the plot, the pacing, the scenery and the story! I found it refreshing that the story was told from Ethan’s point of view and I’m crossing my fingers for another book by these two authors based in this world they’ve created. I couldn’t put it down.

    A fresh new take on the paranormal for both young adults and adults to enjoy. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. A lush, gothic teen romance to rival any and all tales already told, filled with rich atmosphere and wonderfully complex and fascinating characters.

        

    Buy Beautiful Creatures at:

    CHAPTERS

    AMAZON

    Go to the Beautiful Creatures website to find out more about the book and authors.

    January 19, 2010 Posted by | On My Bookshelf, Reviews, Spotlight On... | , , , , , | 4 Comments

    Help For Haiti


    Like most people around the world, I’ve watched all the news coverage of the heart-breaking aftermath and devastation that the survivors of the earthquake in Haiti are struggling through. My heart and prayers go out to all the people who are suffering, but that’s not enough. Members of my family and myself are donating to the various charities who are down there and on the ground providing what they can to help Haitians. Believe it or not, your $5.00 or $10.00 or whatever you can afford, WILL make a difference!

    Let’s look at some numbers to put it into perspective. Let’s say there are a million people in just my city alone, (which there are and more). Let’s say 25% of those people give $10.00 on average. That’s $2, 500,000.00! From just one city! Two million, five hundred thousand from one city, so yes, your $10.00 does make a difference.  

    There are those people who don’t think that the money you donate will make it the people in Haiti. Yes, a very small percentage will be used for administrative costs, etc, but the majority of it will go to helping the people. There are many very well established organizations that have been doing this for years and years. You can see them in the news broadcasts from the place in distress, so they are down there doing what they can.

    I’m up here in Canada, so I’m going to give you some links to the Canadian organizations where you can donate. If you’re in the States, CNN has a list of organizations to which you can donate. Here are the Canadian links:

    Canadian Red Cross

    Doctors Without Borders

    Oxfam Canada

    Salvation Army In Canada

    UNICEF Canada

    United Nations World Food Programme

    World Vision

    You can also Text Message in Canada to help Haiti Relief:

    Text Haiti to 45678 to donate $5 to the Salvation Army in Canada (Bell/Rogers).
    Text Haiti to 85944 to donate $5 to Rescue Union Mission and MedCorp International.
    Text Haiti to 25383 to donate $5 to the International Rescue Committee.
    Text Haiti to 30333 to donate $5 to Plan Canada.
    Text World to 45678 to donate $5 to World Vision.
     
    CBC.ca also lists several other ways and organizations to which you can donate. There are several articles and videos of what’s going on in Haiti on both news sites.
     
    If you’re so inclined, IFAW and WSPA are two really well established organizations who help animal victims in distress in places where disasters have occurred. I personally am a supporter of both IFAW and WSPA.
    It breaks my heart to see all the suffering that is happening in Haiti right now. I have nothing but love and respect for all the people who are involved in going down there to provide help and relief to those in need. Doctors, nurses, military personnel, UN peace keepers, pilots, missionaries, security people and all the reporters who are bringing us up to date coverage of the aftermath. May what-ever diety you believe in bless you and keep you all strong.

    January 17, 2010 Posted by | Sidhe's News & Updates, Spotlight On... | | Leave a comment

    Everlasting Kiss – Spotlight & Review


    Everlasting Kiss by Amanda Ashley

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra – Kensington; Original edition (Jan 26 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420104438
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420104431
  • Book Description:

    “Daisy O’Donnell doesn’t get the attraction some women feel for vampires. She likes her men with a pulse. And she’s just met one who’s full of life: Erik Delacourt, the unreasonably sexy man she keeps meeting at a popular L.A. nightclub called the Crypt. She barely knows him, but there’s no resisting the connection she feels…

    There’s one important detail Erik hasn’t gotten around to telling her yet. He’s a powerful vampire out to hunt the Blood Thief who is draining young vampires all over the city-and who has just raised the stakes by destroying one of Erik’s friends. To Erik, Daisy is a bright spot of innocence in a world of darkness and menace. He’ll do anything – even lie to her – to keep her safe and pure.”

    My Thoughts:

     Amanda Ashley delivers yet again a fun and steamy paranormal romance. Daisy and her family are all either vampire hunters or blood thieves, so they are not fans of vampires other than the financial benefits of either offing them or stealing their blood. Along comes Erik, who sweeps Daisy off her feet, and makes her question everything she thinks she knows about vampires! 

    The characters are likeable, the story is fun and filled with twists and turns, the bad guys are dangerous and powerful, and Daisy’s family is just awesome. Erik Delacourt is definitely seductive and strong, which makes for an irresistable alpha. Amanda Ashley has written about vampires and romance for many years, but her books are stand alones, so it’s easy to pick up any one of them to read. So what are you waiting for? Go forth and read! 🙂

          

    Buy (Pre-order) Everlasting Kiss at:

    Chapters           

    Amazon

    Find out more about Amanda Ashley and her books at http://www.amandaashley.com/

    January 14, 2010 Posted by | New Book Releases, New Covers - Release Dates, New Releases, On My Bookshelf, Reviews, Spotlight On..., Upcoming Releases | , , , | 4 Comments

    Biting Nixie – Spotlight & Review


     Biting Nixie by Mary Hughes

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing (Nov 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605044377
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605044378
  • Book Description:

    “Nitro? Meet glycerin…A Biting Love Novel

    Punk musician Nixie Schmeling is a hundred pounds of Attitude who spells authority a-n-c-h-o-r and thinks buying insurance is just one more step toward death. So she really feels played when she’s “volunteered” to run the town’s first annual fundraising festival. Especially when she finds out it’s to pay for a heavy-hitting, suit-wearing lawyer—who’s six-feet-plus of black-haired, blue-eyed sex on a stick.

    Attorney Julian Emerson learned centuries ago that the only way to contain his dangerous nature is to stay buttoned up. He’s come from Boston to defend the town from a shady group of suits…and an even shadier gang of vampires. But his biggest problem is Nixie, who shreds his self-control.

    Nixie doesn’t get why the faphead shyster doesn’t understand her. Julian wishes Nixie would speak a known language…like Sanskrit. Even if they manage to foil the bloodthirsty gang, what future is there for a tiny punk rocker and a blue-blooded skyscraper?

    And that’s before Nixie finds out Julian’s a vampire…

    Product Warnings

    Contains more eye-popping sex, ear-popping language and gut-popping laughs than can possibly be good for you. And vampires. Not sippy-neck wimps, but burning beacons of raw sexuality—this means passionate blood-heating, violent bloodletting, and fangy bloodsucking. Oh, and cheese balls. Those things are just scary.” 

    My Thoughts:

    The cover and back cover blurb initially attracted me to this book and I was not dissapointed. This book delivers exactly what the blurb and product warnings promise! I laughed my head off and totally got caught up in Nixie’s world. I fell for Julian while she did and I loved every second along the way. Nixie is a unique character and I had a blast reading her and Julian’s story. This kind of book is what makes me love paranormal romance so much.

     

    The supporting characters were great, the plot just flew along and I’m hoping that there will be more books forth-coming about the world that Mary Hughes has created. Mary Hughes is new to me and I will definitely be following her website to see what’s next!

     

        
     
    Buy Biting Nixie at:
    Chapters
    Amazon

    January 13, 2010 Posted by | New Releases, On My Bookshelf, Reviews, Spotlight On... | , , , | 6 Comments