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Winners


I used random.org to pick the winners from both the Sonya Bateman giveaway and from Mary Hughes giveaway, so here they are!

A signed copy of Sonya Bateman’s Master of None: #81 – Christine H

An e-book copy of Biting Me Softly: #19 – Yesenia

Your choice of an e-book of Biting Nixie, The Bite Of Silence or Bite My Fire: #37 –  Stella (Ex Libris)

Congratulations Ladies!! 🙂 Please contact me at sidhevicious(at)shaw(dot)ca. If I haven’t heard back from the winners in 7 days, new names will be drawn from the eligable entrants.

Congratulations!

 A huge thanks goes out to Sonya Bateman & Mary Hughes! It was a pleasure to have you ladies here at SVR. 🙂

I’d also like to thank everyone who left comments to be entered. I really enjoyed reading your answers and hope to see more of you all here at SVR.

If you didn’t win, I still have a giveaway to win a signed copy of Jess Haines’ debut urban fantasy, Hunted By The Others HERE, and a chance to win a copy of Ardeur: 14 Writers On The Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series HERE.

Happy Reading everyone. 🙂

This gorgeous fae graphic is “Beauty_with_wings_by_Dezzan”

 

April 29, 2010 Posted by | Contest, Contests, Uncategorized, Winners | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Burned – House Of Night


Burned‘ is the seventh book in the House of Night series by P.C. and Kristin Cast….

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin; 1 edition (April 27 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312606168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312606169
  • Genre: YA, Paranormal
  • “Things have turned black at the House of Night. Zoey Redbird’s soul has shattered. With everything she’s ever stood for falling apart, and a broken heart making her want to stay in the Otherworld forever, Zoey’s fading fast. It’s seeming more and more doubtful that she will be able pull herself back together in time to rejoin her friends and set the world to rights. As the only living person who can reach her, Stark must find a way to get to her. But how? He will have to die to do so, the Vampire High Council stipulates. And then Zoey will give up for sure. There are only 7 days left… “
    The New York Times-bestselling mother-daughter writing team of P.C. and Kristin Cast again prove why they have become a major force in teen fiction. With over 3 million copies of their books in print, a well-publicized film option, an updated interactive website, daily-growing fan base, the Cast duo will command your attention with every page turn.

    Download the song from the book trailer free http://www.houseofnightseries.com/pages/downloads.html#songs

    Read the first chapter of the book free http://www.houseofnightseries.com/pages/burnedxrpt.html

    Learn more about The House of Night series http://www.houseofnightseries.com/index.html

    Buy Burned at :

    ChaptersAmazon or Barnes & Noble

     

    April 29, 2010 Posted by | New Book Releases, New Covers - Release Dates, New Releases, Spotlight On..., Uncategorized | , , | 1 Comment

    Lover Mine – Spotlight & Review


    Lover Mine by J.R. Ward

  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (HC) (April 27 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451229851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451229854
  • Book Description: 

    “In the darkest corners of the night in Caldwell, New York, a conflict like no other rages. Long divided as a terrifying battleground for the vampires and their enemies, the city is home to a band of brothers born to defend their race: the warrior vampires of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

    John Matthew has come a long way since he was found living among humans, his vampire nature unknown to himself and to those around him. After he was taken in by the Brotherhood, no one could guess what his true history was- or his true identity. Indeed, the fallen Brother Darius has returned, but with a different face and a very different destiny. As a vicious personal vendetta takes John into the heart of the war, he will need to call up on both who he is now and who he once was in order to face off against evil incarnate.

    Xhex, a symphath assassin, has long steeled herself against the attraction between her and John Matthew. Having already lost one lover to madness, she will not allow the male of worth to fall prey to the darkness of her twisted life. When fate intervenes, however, the two discover that love, like destiny, is inevitable between soul mates.”

    My Thoughts:

    I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Lover Mine. WOW! This is the book I have been waiting for in the series and it totally blew my mind. Don’t get me wrong, I loved every book in The Black Dagger Brotherhood’s series and have been buying them faithfully since the first book came out, but John Mathew’s story? Just AMAZING! J.R. Ward really outdid herself for this book and I am so very grateful and satisfied with the outcome.

    Lover Mine can be read as a stand-alone and you will fall in love with the series and rush out to grab the rest of the books, but I personally found it to be that much more satisfying because of the build up and history of the character, John Mathew, from previous books. Kind of like  Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Acheron was to her Dark Hunter series.

    Lover Mine focuses on John Mathew and Xhex’s relationship, but has so many plot twists and turns along with excellent side stories involving Tohr, Payne, Blay, Qhuinn, some ghost hunters and the Lessers. Great back stories for Xhex, John Mathew and Darius are also skillfully woven into the telling of this tale.

    IMO, JR Ward is a master of the weaving of an immensely captivating and fascinating paranormal. I highly recommend this book and series to anyone who loves incredible world-building, steamy romance, action, suspense, a rich history and a dangerously sexy twist on the vampire mythos. At times, dark and gritty and at others heartbreakingly beautiful, these characters blaze to life on paper.

           

    Buy Lover Mine at:

    ChaptersAmazon or Barnes & Noble

    The Reading Order Of The Series:

    Dark Lover

    Lover Eternal

    Lover Awakened  

    Lover Revealed

    Lover Unbound

    Lover Enshrined

    Lover Avenged

    Lover Mine

    The Black Dagger Brotherhood Insiders Guide

    Find out more about J.R. Ward and her books at her website.

    April 27, 2010 Posted by | New Book Releases, New Releases, On My Bookshelf, Reviews, Spotlight On... | , , , , , | 7 Comments

    Ardeur – Giveaway


    Ardeur

    14 Writers on the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series
    Edited by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Smart Pop (April 6 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193377147X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933771472
  • Buy at: ChaptersAmazon or Barnes & Noble

    You can also buy Ardeur directly from Smart Pop Books with a 30% discount off the price!

    Book Description:

    “Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series is a literary sensation, thanks to its strong female hero, well-fleshed (both literally and literarily) characters and unabashed attitude toward sex. The world Hamilton has created is powerfully compelling and stunningly complex—and it gets deeper and richer, and more perilous, with every book.

    Straddling the series’ dominant themes of sex and power, Ardeur gives Anita fans a deeper look into the dynamics, both personal political, that have kept readers fascinated throughout the run of the series. Why is the ardeur the very best thing that could have happened to Anita, personally (aside from all the sex it requires her to have with hot men)? How is Anita’s alternate United States a logical legal extension of our own? And as the series continues, what other bargains might Anita have to make with herself and others in order to keep the people she loves safe from harm?”

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    Giveaway Details:

    Smart Pop Books has been gracious enough to supply a copy of Ardeur to giveaway to one of my readers! Contest is open to USA & Canada.

    Tell me what you love about the Anita Blake series?

    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 two extra entries, but be sure to let me know in the comments if you’re an old follower. (+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. ( add 1 entry each for  however many links you’ve done)
    • Follow me on Twitter, Add me as a friend on FaceBook, GoodReads, MySpace, Chapters Community or LibraryThing. (add 1 entry each for however many places you followed/friended me)
    •  
    • Contest is open to Canada & USA  and will run through May 4th until 11:59pm. The winners will be posted here on May 5th. 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. :D )

    April 27, 2010 Posted by | Contest, Contests, New Book Releases, New Covers - Release Dates, New Releases, Spotlight On..., Uncategorized | , , , , , | 29 Comments

    Jess Haines – Guest Blog & Giveaway


    Today I have Jess Haines, author of the debut Urban Fantasy novel Hunted By The Others, here guest blogging along with a giveaway!

    Hunted By The Others, which will be hitting the shelves on April 27th, is the first in the H&W Investigations series. The next book, Taken By The Others is due to be released around December 2010.

    See my review of Hunted By The Others HERE

    I’ll pass my blogging reigns over to Jess, let’s give her a warm welcome! 🙂

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    Vampires vs. Werewolves

     Like cats and dogs, vampires and werewolves classically do not mix. This kind of conflict makes for some tasty media treats. For example, let’s take the deliciously action-packed Underworld movies.

     Vampires, the blue-blooded aristocrats of their society, have long ruled over humans and Lycans (werewolves) alike from the shadows. Many werewolves were at one time forced into servitude to the vampires, and when the Lycans revolted, the enmity between the two races was never resolved. The hatred between the vampires and werewolves (and hotties like Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman dressed in tight leather) has led to a franchise that has spawned three released movies, a fourth in the works, as well as comics and a series of novels.

     Now, with the three movies garnering ratings of 7% to 49% between Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, or C+ and D+ respectively from Yahoo Movie Reviews (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underworld_(film_series)), how is it the three movies made a combined box office revenue of $601,858,330? We’re not even talking DVD or other merchandise sales. With reviews like: “…a relentlessly unpleasant fantasy epic…” (David Nusair) and “The film even has the nerve to set itself up for a sequel. Of course, the ending is so sloppy, that this may have just been an oversight.” (Joe Lozito), both from www.rottentomatoes.com, something doesn’t quite add up here.

     Not to put too fine a point on it, but for movies so poorly rated, it looks like they did just fine at the box office. Perhaps the critics are missing something? That or the movies have something to them that isn’t being delivered by the usual summer blockbusters. Perhaps there’s something to them that moviegoers (and comic book readers/collectors and readers of the novels in this genre) are hungry for, and will take in whatever form they can get.

     What is it that’s so fascinating about vampires and werewolves being at odds with each other? Is it the idea of two strong, vicious creatures clashing, each vying for dominance? Is it the Matrix-like sword/fang/claw/gun-play? The abundance of tight leather-and-lace outfits?

     Whatever the case may be, I believe that this is a market that has not been fully tapped. I could have used a different example (the Twilight Saga comes to mind), but I don’t think that would properly illustrate my point. The focus of that series is more upon the romantic aspect of Bella and Edward’s relationship than the hostility between vampires and werewolves. There have been video games and tabletop role-playing games and novels that are based around the Vampire vs. Werewolf mentality. Take the hugely successful Vampire: the Masquerade role-playing game, the same one that spawned its own video game spinoff. Or there’s Michele Hauf’s recently released novel, HER VAMPIRE HUSBAND (HQN Books, April 1, 2010). The basic premise is a need to mend a long-standing rift between the vampire and werewolf communities through marriage of a vampire aristocrat to a werewolf princess. This conflict has reached the romance section, ladies and gentlemen! Even Facebook (link: http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=2526220728) has joined the fun and games.

     So, in short, it appears that our fascination with these creatures being at each others’ throats isn’t limited to novels and comic books. The makers of Underworld may not have made the critics happy, but they’ve certainly entertained an awfully big audience. What do you think? Do we need more books and films that cover this quarrel? Could Hollywood stand to do something big and pretty and with a huge budget on the order of Lord of the Rings or Avatar with the Vampire vs. Werewolf plot? Or would it flop spectacularly on the level of something like Catwoman or Gigli?

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    Thanks so much Jess for that thought provoking blog! I’ll state my thoughts and response to your question in the comments as it could be a long one, lol. 😀

    Giveaway Details:

    Jess Haines has generously offered one winner a signed copy of Hunted By The Others! Giveaway is open to Everyone. Jess will also be popping by to respond to questions or comments. 

    Question:  What do you think? Do we need more books and films that cover this quarrel? Could Hollywood stand to do something big and pretty and with a huge budget on the order of Lord of the Rings or Avatar with the Vampire vs. Werewolf plot? Or would it flop spectacularly on the level of something like Catwoman or Gigli?

    For one entry: Please leave a comment with the answer to the question.  (+1 entry) OR a question for Jess (+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 two extra entries, but be sure to let me know in the comments if you’re an old follower. (+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. ( add 1 entry each for  however many links you’ve done)
    • Follow me on Twitter, Add me as a friend on FaceBook, GoodReads, MySpace, Chapters Community or LibraryThing. (add 1 entry each for however many places you followed/friended me)
    •  
    • Contest is open to Everyone  and will run through May 4th until 11:59pm. The winners will be posted here on May 5th. 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. :D )

    April 24, 2010 Posted by | Contest, Contests, Guest Blogger, New Book Releases, New Releases | , , , | 39 Comments

    Master Of None – Spotlight & Review


    Master Of None by Sonya Bateman

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket; 1 edition (Mar 30 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439160848
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439160848
  • Book Description:

    “ONE UNLUCKY THIEF. ONE UNLIKELY GENIE. ONE VERY ODD COUPLE.

    Gavyn Donatti is the world’s unluckiest thief. Just ask all the partners he’s lost over the years. And when he misplaces an irreplaceable item he was hired to steal for his ruthless employer, Trevor – well, his latest bungle just might be his last. But then his luck finally turns: right when Trevor’s thugs have him cornered, a djinn, otherwise known as a genie, appears to save him.

    Unfortunately, this genie – who goes by the very non-magical name of ‘Ian’ – is more Hellboy than dream girl. An overgrown and extremely surly man who seems to hate Donatti on the spot, he may call Donatti master, but he isn’t interested in granting three wishes. He informs Donatti that he is bound to help the thief fulfill his life’s purpose, and then he will be free. The problem is that neither Donatti nor Ian has any idea what exactly that purpose is.

    At first Donatti’s too concerned with his own survival to look a gift genie in the mouth, but when his ex-girlfriend Jazz and her young son get drawn into the crossfire, the stakes skyrocket. And when Ian reveals that he has an agenda of his own – with both Donatti and the murderous Trevor at the center of it – Donatti will have to become the man he never knew he could be, or the entire world could pay the price. . . .”

    My Thoughts:

    An exceptional debut urban fantasy! I really enjoyed the character of Gavin Donatti because even though he’s a thief,  he’s a funny smart a$$ with truly rotten luck and he’s a redeemable rogue. This character came to vivid life for me and I was captivated by the story. Surrounded by great supporting characters and a really evil villain, with suspense, great plot twists and a grumpy djinn that you have to love. 

    I hope that this will be a series as I could definitely get into more stories about Gavin, Jazz, Ian and the rest of the gang. I highly recommend this book as a great fun urban fantasy read!

           4/5

    Buy Master Of None at:

    ChaptersAmazon or Barnes & Noble

    Find out more about Sonya Bateman and her writing at her website!

    P.S. Sonya, what’s with the hating on Canadian Bacon? LOL 😀

    April 21, 2010 Posted by | New Book Releases, New Releases, On My Bookshelf, Reviews, Spotlight On... | , , , , | 4 Comments

    Mary Hughes – Interview & Giveaway


    Happy Monday! 😀 Ok, I know, I can just hear you all grumbling back at me, “what’s so happy about Mondays?” For one, I have Mary Hughes here to talk about her Biting Love Series! She’s here to celebrate the release of the fourth book in the series, Biting Me Softly, along with a giveaway for not one, but two e-books. There, see, your Monday just got a little bit better didn’t it?

    I first discovered Mary Hughes when I saw an add for Biting Nixie in RT Magazine. The blurb hooked me, I ordered a copy for myself and I’ve since bought all of her books because, yes, she’s that good! So without futher delay, on to the interview. The giveaway details will be after the interview.

    Sidhe Vicious welcomes paranormal romance author Mary Hughes! We’re looking forward to getting to know you and all about your latest novel Biting Me Softly.

    Thanks for having me here today! I’m excited to get started but I was wondering if I could ask you a question first? Is there significance to the name? (Since sidhe is also a word for home of the fae…)

    Hmm.. I’m going to be giving away some confidential trade secrets here, but… here goes! LOL I’ve always been fascinated by Fae and it’s my understanding that “Sidhe” is actually another word for Fae, Faerie, Fairie, Wee Ones, Tuatha de Dannan, etc. I”ve also been into punk, goth and industrial techno for years, so anyone who knows some of the history of those genres of music, knows who Sid Vicious or Sid and Nancy are. I was trying to think of a cool name for my blog and came up with the play on Sid Vicious by using Sidhe instead of Sid.

    Also, anyone who knows about the Sidhe knows that there are Seely and Unseely Sidhe, meaning the “Light” and “Dark” fae, so seeing as how a lot of people, myself included, are intrigued by the “dark side”, I decided that Sidhe Vicious would or could also be an homage to darker side of the Fae, some of which can be quite vicious. And there you have it! 🙂

    Biting Me Softly will be released on April 20th by Samhain Publishing. Can you tell us about it and a bit about the main characters Liese and Logan?

    Sure! Liese is the girl next door, blonde, blue-eyed and a little overweight from her hometown diet of bratwurst and beer—oh, and she’s a computer geek. She has what my husband calls ISSSSues, the biggest being her ex-fiancé. He stole her work, stole her job, and married her replacement (yeah, ISSSSues). Enter movie-star gorgeous Logan Steel, blond hair, hazel eyes glinting gold, exuding mystery and magic and raw sex appeal. Well, until he opens his mouth and talks ☺. Logan’s smart, decisive, and falls for Liese pretty much right away but she can’t believe someone like him could love someone like her.

    Nothing tells about the story like the blurb:

    Blood, sex, violence. Blood, okay, but computer geek Liese Schmetterling had enough S&V when her cheating ex fired her. Now security expert—and lip-smacking gorgeous—Logan Steel saunters into her Blood Center, setting fire to her libido. And threatening her job.

    Visions of pink slips dancing in her head, Liese tries to push Logan away without touching his jutting pecs…or ridged abs. Or petting the Vesuvius in his jeans. He’s hiding something, but it doesn’t seem to matter when his smiles stun her, his kisses crank her to broiling and his bites rocket her to heaven. Fangy bites which, if she weren’t grounded in science, would make her think ampire-Vay.

    Centuries old and tragedy-scarred, Logan’s mission is to fortify the Blood Center’s electronic defenses against his nemesis, the leader of a rogue vampire gang. He’s ready for battle but not for Liese, who slips under his skin, laughs at his awful puns, charges beside him into dark, scary places—and tastes like his true love.

    No matter how often Logan declares his love, Liese can’t bring herself to trust him. But when his archenemy comes after her, not trusting him may cost her life…

    Warning: contains explicit vampire sex involving absurdly large male equipment (hey, they’re monsters), unbelievable stamina (just how long can he stay underwater in a hot tub?), hide-your-eyes violence and horrendously bad puns. And, just when you think it can’t get any worse, a computer geekette trying to play Mata Hari.

    I wonder why I have a visual of Brad Pitt in Troy stuck in my head right now? *Grins* 😉 What about vampires inspired you to write about them?

    I love alpha males, and vampires are the ultimate alpha. Watered-down versions notwithstanding, vampires are faster, stronger, and more resilient than any human, any other monster, and can hold their own against demigods.

    On an introspective note, I discovered recently that vampires represent triumph to me, conquering everything I fear: blood, death and things that go bump in the night.

    That’s interesting! Also, I love me some alpha males too! (In case anyone who reads my blog was unclear about that before). Will we be seeing more of Logan and Liese in the future? Do you have more books planned for the Biting Love series of books?

    Right now I’m working on a full-length Biting Love story tentatively titled Biting the Rainbow where Liese makes a brief appearance. But I’m sure both Liese and Logan will be around for twin brother Luke’s story!

    Ooohh… now Luke, he is a bad boy. I can’t wait to see what vixen you will find to tame his player ways! He he. How did you get your start in writing? What, if anything, lit the “spark” to get you started and keep you motivated?

    I’ve told myself stories during downtime since forever (what do you do when you wait in lines or can’t get to sleep?). It was a natural step from there to writing them—or trying to! There’s a lot I had to learn, a lot that goes into a story to make it a book other people would want to read.

    The basic spark for my writing is that I’m genuinely excited by love, by a growing relationship between two people. I have to keep coming back to that, because there are a lot of aspects to storytelling that get in the way (little things like plot and theme☺). Those aspects are important but as you said, it’s the “spark” that gets a writer started and keeps her going.

    What was the path to publication on this, your fourth PR novel like? Highlights? Pitfalls?

    Oh, wow, that’s a loaded question, LOL! Biting Me Softly was actually the first story that caught my publisher’s interest (the awesome Samhain Publishing). Don’t get me wrong, I wrote Elena’s story first (Bite My Fire) and then Nixie’s (Biting Nixie), but when I tried to sell Elena…well, there wasn’t a huge market for funny/paranormal/erotic/romance four years ago. Then Samhain issued a call for just those elements! I was heart-in-throat excited-scared, and immediately dashed off a story about a computer geekette and the blond god of a vampire she falls for. It didn’t sell but it did get passed on to another editor who made recommendations for a resubmit. I asked if I could submit Nixie in the meantime (2nd in the series but I hadn’t made my first sale yet, and I wanted to nail it. I thought and still think Nixie just sings). The editor bought Nixie and then bought the first, Elena’s story (with some rather important rewrites that really jump-started the pace). Then I went back to Liese to expand the short story into a novel. In the meantime, an opportunity came for a New Years novella. Since I’d wanted to give Twyla her own vampire (and since the plotfairy granted me a plot), I wrote The Bite of Silence.

    And now, finally, the short story I wrote in 2008 is appearing as Biting Me Softly.

    Wow, that’s kinda convoluted, but I actually managed to follow it, lol. I am personally ecstatic that it all came together and you were able to publish all four stories as I LOVED the two that I’ve read and have already purchased Bite My Fire and The Bite Of Silence to devour later. Here’s to many more in the series!

    Who or what was your inspiration for the characters of Liese & Logan, if any?

    All my characters are based on me, LOL! Which is kind of demented, when you think about it. I’m either the worst schizophrenic in the universe or I have real gender issues.

    Okay, not the whole character is me, not by a long shot. I base some personality traits on family members and a few people I know. Some is observed or plain imagination. But having at least a seed of myself inside each helps me write authentic characters. Liese uses my computer knowledge, and her fear of rejection and losing her job is mine. Logan has my husband’s love of puns and his saunter, but my doggedness.

    I usually ask myself three things when I come up with a couple. -What is her issue? -What’s his? -How do they help each other heal? If solving her problem helps solve his and vice versa, that’s even better.

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

    Oh, both! There’s a non-answer. Easier because I’ve been living in Meiers Corners so long I have maps and lingo and story arcs already started. Harder because I’m trying to balance old-familiar against new-interesting. I know existing readers of the series want to see some of the friends they’ve already met, find out how they’re doing. But I only have 90,000 words! And someone new to the universe might get lost if they meet everyone in their first book.

    The book I’m writing now has the first ever meeting of the V-Wives of Meiers Corners and Surrounds, over half a dozen humans at one table. While I’m finding it a hoot to write, the challenge is to make sure new readers are quickly but completely comfortable with who’s who.

    Another challenge is coming up with new ways to say things. Not actually thinking up fresh phrases, that’s just hard-but-satisfying work. But knowing if I’ve already phrased an important concept that way, if I’ve made that joke. The more stories I write the more I get slowed down just back-checking against what I’ve already written.

    I don’t know how writers of series keep it all straight even with a “bible” of the characters and worlds in which they live. My hat’s off to you all. Do you have any funny writing quirks or habits that you do when you’re in the “zone” writing?

    Like people who snore when they sleep, I really don’t know!

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

    A wizard! I’d love to blow things up with magic. When I’m not earning a living or watching TV/movies with my family I play PC RPGs. Right now it’s Titan’s Quest, but my favourite is Baldur’s Gate II. The game itself is superb, but voice-over talent is the best in the business.

    I’ve never played an RPG game, though there is some guy out there using the name sidhe vicious on RPG.net, but I am completely ignorant about which ones are good and what not. I’m a sucker for puzzle games myself.

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

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Or Polgara the Sorceress in David Eddings’ Pawn of Prophecy and subsequent books. Women who can lead or follow, who can level the enemy or make tea, women who may be domestic or not, but if they are it’s because they choose it. Multifaceted, talented women for whom saving the world is all in a day’s work.

    I saw in your interview on Book-lover that you read Nancy Drew. She’s not paranormal but wouldn’t it be great to have that little roadster, eat luncheons and solve mysteries?

    LOL, yep! The Nancy Drew days were a zillion years ago for me. I’ve since “fallen” for characters more in line with Buffy or Selene from Underworld. Who knew that Nancy could lead us young and impressionable girls to kick a$$ paranormal heroines?

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

    I have so many! Most of my friends have one they really resonate with (you know, the fave your friend not only wants you to see/read but she sits you down, brings out her Special Edition copy, and watches/reads it with you?). I’ve done that with Dorothy Dunnett’s book Checkmate, BBC show Blackadder III, and movie The Princess Bride.

    Then there are the comfort reads (reread until they’re falling apart). A few of mine are Sunshine by Robin McKinley, The Black Jewels Trilogy of Anne Bishop, Glen Cook’s Garrett, P.I. novels and the second Black Dagger Brotherhood of JR Ward. And Bambi, heaven help me. We have all 7 seasons of Buffy on DVD. I have tons more but your column’s only so long!

    Interestingly, the book that had the biggest impact on me, I’ll never read again. My then middle-school son recommended Bridge to Terabithia. Wanting to be a good mom (he’d never recommended a book to me before) I read it, thinking ah, youthful tale. Well yes. And definitely no. I can’t even write this without choking up.

    I know exactly what you mean. How have the books you’ve read influenced the books you write?

    I learn something from just about everything I’ve read! Colleen McCullough on handling a large cast of characters; and Dorothy Dunnett for just plain gorgeous writing. Eddings for making word choice count.

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

    I’m glad you asked! I recently had some revelations on writer’s block. Here they are, my pearls of wisdom ☺.

    I hit Writers Slowdown—because of course we always can write, it just gets incredibly hard sometimes—two ways. Not enough structure, or too much work.

    Not enough structure is easy to remedy. Just smack me with a deadline! Nothing like the old red-circled date on the calendar, at least not for increasing quantity and surprisingly, often on quality as well.

    Too much work has a two-part solution for me. Take Time to Play. When ideas slow down it’s often because I’m out of juice, because the muse is busy paying bills and cleaning cat boxes. And Throw Away Obstacles. If I’m not playing it’s because my life’s gotten out of control. Issues, clutter, commitments—whatever. Time to simplify. Easy to say, hard to do. But worthwhile.

    Here’s the last pearl. If I can’t get started, I Just Write Garbage. LOL! But two lovely things happen out of this. Writing garbage takes off the pressure to be perfect, puts a muzzle on Little Miss Inner Critic. And garbage is easy to edit. There’s so much to improve, I’m bound to find something! That’s a double-boost to the self-esteem. (WARNING: This pearl doesn’t work without the editing step☺)

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

    Alpha male hero vampires. Smart-mouthed heroines. Connection and romance. Hot, explicit sex (but with character development so there’s redeeming value LOL). Dark violence, some silliness. Deep issues but never slopping over into maudlin. There are layers to my stories that you can indulge in or not, depending on how you’re feeling that day. Mostly they’re just fun reads.

    My primary aim is to take the reader out of this too-real world for a little while. I want her to be able to read my book in a warm bubble bath or on a train, on a frazzled-schedule day or a beach day, and each time find something of value to her.

    Mission accomplished then! With this reader anyways. 🙂 Nevermind the looks I get when I literally laugh out loud while reading one of your books.

    You write about vampires, did you do a lot of research or do you prefer to take what you already know and use your imagination for the rest?

    I did a lot of research. Not only on various vampire mythologies, but into things like how much blood can a vampire drink before a human dies? How much blood would he need to drink to replenish? I decided early on that blood-as-food wasn’t going to work for me. My vampires drink blood but it goes directly into their veins. There’s a physiological reason for this that I’m trying not to reveal all at once but it’s pretty slick.

    Anyway, my stories have to be real to me, so I ground them in what I can find. You wouldn’t believe how long it took me to find info on rooftops in Manhattan for The Bite of Silence. What would they look like, what are they made of…probably no one cares but me LOL. But the short answer is I have an idea first and if it’s not something I know about, I research it.

    Trust me, I’ve heard of readers complaining about the minutest details of a book if they aren’t right, the nit-pickers, they are out there! I’m not one of them, thankfully. Are any of your characters particularly fun or easy for you to write? Any that are more difficult?

    The most fun was Logan in Biting Me Softly because he’s so multifaceted. He goes from suave guy to burning warrior, from CEO to cute and boyish and more. More difficult are the redshirts. I try to have each face-in-the-crowd somehow identifiable, yet try to avoid stereotypes. One of those hard-but-satisfying-work things.

    Do you have any tips for aspiring speculative fiction writers?

    Love to make mistakes, and to turn those “mistakes” into something brand-new. Mistakes juxtapose strange things, put together vampires and grannies, people and lions. And while I don’t know any vampire grannies, shapeshifters are huge. Who knows what’s next?

    Love to dream. Ask what-if, and then keep going. It’s easy to think, that’ll never work. What’s harder, but more fun and ultimately more rewarding, is finding a way to make your crazy idea not only work but make it believable.

    Most importantly, writing isn’t a one-size-fits-all field. Celebrate what works for you!

    Is there anything else you’d like to share with us at SVR and with your readers?

    Just a huge thanks, Judi, for having me here at Sidhe Vicious Reviews today! I look forward to hearing reader comments!  

    Thanks so much for spending some time with us Mary!

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    Giveaway Details:

    Mary Hughes has generously offered one winner an e-book copy of Biting Me Softly and to another winner, their choice of an e-book from her back list! Giveaway is open to Everyone. Mary will also be popping by to respond to questions or comments. 

    Question:  If you could be a character in one of Mary’s Biting Love books, what would your “dream vampire” to fall for look like? Are you the Vin Diesel type, the Sam Worthington in Terminator: Salvation type, the Edward in Twilight type or the Brad Pitt in Troy type?    

    For one entry: Please leave a comment with the answer to the question.  (+1 entry) OR a question for Mary (+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 two extra entries, but be sure to let me know in the comments if you’re an old follower. (+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. ( add 1 entry each for  however many links you’ve done)
    • Follow me on Twitter, Add me as a friend on FaceBook, GoodReads, MySpace, Chapters Community or LibraryThing. (add 1 entry each for however many places you followed/friended me)
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    • Contest is open to Everyone  and will run through April 28th until 11:59pm. The winners will be posted here on April 29th. 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. :D )

     

    April 19, 2010 Posted by | Contest, Contests, Interview, New Book Releases, New Releases, On My Bookshelf | , , , , , | 49 Comments

    Biting Me Softly – Spotlight & Review


    Biting Me Softly by Mary Hughes

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1122 KB
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (April 20, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0038AUZ40
  • ISBN: 978-1-60504-974-8
  • Or go to Samhain Publishing to order other versions
  • Book Description:

    “He’s a candy box of sex appeal wrapped with a golden bow. She’s on a diet.

    Blood, sex, violence. Blood, okay, but computer geek Liese Schmetterling had enough S&V when her cheating ex fired her. Now security expert—and lip-smacking gorgeous—Logan Steel saunters into her Blood Center, setting fire to her libido. And threatening her job.

    Visions of pink slips dancing in her head, Liese tries to push Logan away without touching his jutting pecs…or ridged abs. Or petting the Vesuvius in his jeans. He’s hiding something, but it doesn’t seem to matter when his smiles stun her, his kisses crank her to broiling and his bites rocket her to heaven. Fangy bites which, if she weren’t grounded in science, would make her think ampire-Vay.

    Centuries old and tragedy-scarred, Logan’s mission is to fortify the Blood Center’s electronic defenses against his nemesis, the leader of a rogue vampire gang. He’s ready for battle but not for Liese, who slips under his skin, laughs at his awful puns, charges beside him into dark, scary places—and tastes like his true love.

    No matter how often Logan declares his love, Liese can’t bring herself to trust him. But when his archenemy comes after her, not trusting him may cost her life…

    Warning: contains explicit vampire sex involving absurdly large male equipment (hey, they’re monsters), unbelievable stamina (just how long can he stay underwater in a hot tub?), hide-your-eyes violence and horrendously bad puns. And, just when you think it can’t get any worse, a computer geekette trying to play Mata Hari.”

    My Thoughts:

    This is the fourth book in Mary Hughes’ Biting Love series, and it was a blast to read! I absolutely love Mary’s sense of humor which comes out in the richness of her characters. Liese and Logan made sparks fly while battling inner struggles as well as a bunch of rogue vampires who are out to get control of the blood center that Liese and then Logan work at.

    A few characters from past books make appearances during the telling of this tale, which I enjoyed. At times, it’s laugh out loud funny and at others, well between all the action, danger, steamy hot hook ups, it’s also a touching renewal of faith in falling in love. Throw Vampires into the mix, both good and bad, and it makes for a roller coaster of a ride! Mary Hughes is most definitely in my “auto buy” author category.

              5/5

    Buy Biting Me Softly at:

    AmazonSamhain Publishing

    Find out more about Mary Hughes at her website.

    April 19, 2010 Posted by | New Book Releases, New Releases, On My Bookshelf, Reviews, Spotlight On... | , , , , | 2 Comments

    Born Of Ice – Spotlight & Review


    Born Of Ice by Sherrilyn Kenyon

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks; 1 edition (Dec 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031294232X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312942328
  • Book Description:

    “In the Ichidian Universe, the League and its ruthless assassins continue to keep rule. But at what cost? Welcome back to the future…and a whole new world.

    Devyn Kell spent his life in service to the League until he learned of the double dealing and backstabbing that was costing innocent people their lives. Refusing to play those politics, he became a Runner—someone who makes sure planets get the weapons, medicine and supplies they need to survive. May the gods have mercy on any who get in his way, because he definitely won’t.  

    Alix Garran is a woman on the run from a past she can’t escape. Signing on to work for Devyn as a System’s Engineer, she finds a cause she can fight for—and a man she can respect. But as Alix’s past catches up to her, and Devyn’s old enemies turn lethal, they have to fight together…or fall alone.”

    My Thoughts:

    This is the third book in Kenyon’s “League” series and it did not dissapoint! I’m seeing a re-emergence of Sci-Fi Romance and I am happy that Sherrilyn Kenyon decided to  completely rewrite and re-release the the three books in this series. Born Of Night, Born Of Fire and Born of Ice.

    Alix and Devyn’s story held me captivated while blazing through the stars along with them and their crew. Rich characters, fast paced story telling, wonderful world building and and steamy romance on top of a great plot had me flipping the pages! I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves a good romance, a swash-buckling adventure up in the stars, on a space ship and a fast paced plot. Another highlight is that you get to read about some of the characters from the previous two books, which I always love to see happen.

            4/5

    Buy Born Of Ice at:

    ChaptersAmazon or Barnes & Noble

    Find out more about the series at Live The League

    Find out more about Sherrilyn Kenyon & her books at her website

    April 16, 2010 Posted by | On My Bookshelf, Reviews, Spotlight On... | , , , | Leave a comment

    Sonya Bateman – Guest Blog & Giveaway


    Today Ladies & Gents, I have Urban Fantasy author, Sonya Bateman, gracing us with her presence to celebrate the release of her debut novel, Master Of None! I have a copy here in my hands that I’ll be reading shortly, so look for a review soon, but in the meantime… let’s have some fun getting to know Sonya and about Master Of None. Be sure to check out the giveaway at the end of the guest blog!  

     I’ll pass my blogging reigns over to Sonya, welcome to SVR! 😀  

      

    Sonya Bateman

    Movies: The Other White Meat  

    [We interrupt this guest post in progress for an obligatory mention of the book in question. MASTER OF NONE: One unlucky thief. One unlikely genie. One very odd couple. Recommended by several bloggers, a few other authors, some readers, and my mom.]  

    Every writer has a humongously long list of books that they love, that have influenced them, that have made them sit up and gasp, “I wish I was this brilliant!” (Or, conversely: “Ugh. I can do sooo much better than that.”) Writers read, a lot, and I’m no exception. My list of beloved, influential authors and novels would probably span the globe if I printed it out. Okay, it would at least span the block. (Hey, I live in the country. It’s a really long block.)  

    But I have an equally long list of movies that I love, that have influenced me, that have made me gasp, “I love this!” (or: this is sooooo bad. Somebody give me a camera and a group of college students.)  

    It’s not that I have aspirations to Hollywood. Of course, I wouldn’t say no if anyone wanted to make a movie out of Master of None (and cast, say, Justin Long as the unlucky thief, and maybe Dwayne Johnson as the djinn, and Rosario Dawson as the female lead…no, I haven’t thought at all about this). But I don’t want to direct, or produce, or *shudder* act. I just love movies. They’re another form of storytelling, and for me, they’re just as influential as books.  

    So instead of telling you how The Chronicles of Narnia shaped my childhood (actually, I read a lot of Stephen King as a child. Make of that what you will.), or how I admire the timeless classic prose of Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky (um…yeah, I really can’t wrap my head around that stuff), I’m going to share some of my favorite movies that have contributed to my own storytelling experience. Maybe some of your favorites are on my list!  

    P.S. If any of you are personally acquainted with Justin Long, please tell him that he’d make an amazing Gavyn Donatti. *G*  

    FANTASY/SF: Labyrinth ~~ The Dark Crystal ~~ A Nightmare Before Christmas ~~ The Crow ~~ Wall-E ~~ The Incredibles ~~ Aliens ~~ The Iron Giant ~~ Legend ~~ Forbidden Kingdom ~~ Star Trek TNG: First Contact ~~ Pitch Black  

    HORROR: A Nightmare on Elm Street, Part 3: Dream Warriors ~~ The Sixth Sense ~~ Stir of Echoes ~~ The Ring ~~ Saw ~~ Pan’s Labyrinth ~~ 1408 ~~ Midnight Meat Train ~~ Sin City  

    THRILLER/ACTION: Die Hard ~~ Live Free or Die Hard ~~ Batman (Michael Keaton) ~~ Pirates of the Caribbean 1, 2, and 3 ~~ John Q ~~ Gladiator ~~ The Thirteenth Warrior ~~ Fight Club ~~ Falling Down  

    ROMANCE/FEEL-GOOD: Brokeback Mountain ~~ The Breakfast Club ~~ City of Angels ~~ Stand By Me ~~ Annie ~~ Mr. Holland’s Opus ~~ West Side Story ~~ Meet Joe Black ~~ Philadelphia  

    COMEDY: Galaxy Quest ~~ The Birdcage ~~ Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-Long Blog ~~ Nothing To Lose ~~ Liar, Liar ~~ Rush Hour ~~ Accepted ~~ The Blues Brothers  SO BAD, IT’S GOOD: Streetfighter ~~ Mortal Kombat ~~ Army of Darkness ~~ Student Bodies ~~ Clue ~~ Little Shop of Horrors (Rick Moranis)

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    Thanks Sonya, that is a great list of movies!  🙂  

      Giveaway Details:

     Sonya Bateman has generously offered one reader a signed copy of Master Of None! Giveaway is open to USA , Canada & Internationally. Sonya will also be popping by to respond to questions or comments. Question:   So what movies have inspired you or stuck with you over the years? For one entry: Please leave a comment with the answer to the question.  (+1 entry) OR a question for Sonya (+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 two extra entries, but be sure to let me know in the comments if you’re an old follower. (+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. ( add 1 entry each for  however many links you’ve done)
    • Follow me on Twitter, Add me as a friend on FaceBook, GoodReads, MySpace, Chapters Community or LibraryThing. (add 1 entry each for however many places you followed/friended me)
    •  
    • Contest is open to USA, Canada & Internationally  and will run through April 24th until 11:59pm. The winners will be posted here on April 25th. 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. :D )

    April 15, 2010 Posted by | Contests, Guest Blogger, New Book Releases, New Releases, On My Bookshelf, Sidhe's News & Updates | 45 Comments