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Bernita Harris – Guest Blog & Giveaway


Hi All,

Today I have Paranormal Romance author Bernita Harris here guest blogging to celebrate the upcoming release of her debut e-book, Dark & Disorderly! Be sure to read through to the end for the giveaway deets. I’ll pass the reigns over…

Sidhes and Such
 
When one has written a paranormal suspense novel which includes a bean sidhe in the cast of characters, what better place to introduce her than a site by the name of Sidhe Vicious Reviews?
I’m really happy to be here today and thank you so much for inviting me!
 
Popular culture has trained us to think of the bean sidhe (banshee) in her aspect of The Weeper, the fae creature who attaches herself to various ancient families of Irish descent and keens a shrieking lament at their deaths.
 
However, I learned from research that Bean Sidhes–like most paranormal entitieshave multiple roles in myth and legend. She is also the Washer Woman, the Woman-of-the Fords, who launders the clothing of those who are about to die. It seemed appropriate then in Dark and Disorderly, that–instead of beating at blood-stained clothing in the cold water at the edge of some shallow river ford–my modern banshee frequent the local laundromat.
 
At their first encounter there, Lillie describes her thus:
A small woman in a forest green tracksuit and a stone-gray windbreaker sleeve-tied around her shoulders like a cloak stood filling the washer next to mine. Ornate, carved combs swept back her hair, brick-red, from a delicate, ageless face. Her ears, contrary to popular description, were not pointed. She had no aura as such, she was pure shimmer.
 She smiled and looked me up and down, green eyes crinkling, and turned back to her mixed wash. Sheets and men’s clothes, mostly, brightly stained, in a wicker basket by her feet. Cold water wash for blood…
I took my hand away from the useless bag of salt hidden in the kangeroo pocket of my sweatshirt. Rowan and red alder alone would serve for such as she.
  
The banshee proceeds to make enigmatic comments about Lillie’s parentage, warns her of the corpse pale on her doorstep– and advises her not to subject her good bras to the excessive heat of the commercial dryer.
 
Of course, the banshee is not the only paranormal creature to appear in Dark and Disorderly. Also out of legend comes a Mauthe Doog, a Black Dog named Dumbarton, who, when he is not off chasing spectral squirrels and ghostly groundhogs, presents himself as Lillie’s watchdog.
 
And, of course, there are the ghosts…
 
Writing is an isolating occupation, so writers crave and yearn for readers’ reactions, comments and questions. Please comment! Please ask! And you can always reach me at bernita dot harris at gmail dot com.I would love to hear from you!
 
Bernita Harris
The Adventures of Lillie St. Claire
DARK AND DISORDERLY –  Carina Press, June 28
An Innocent A-Blog
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Thanks Bernita! 🙂

Giveaway Details:

Bernita Harris has been gracious enough to supply a e-book copy of Dark & Disorderly to giveaway to one of my readers! Contest is open to Everyone.

Ask Bernita a question about the book, about writing, about the paranormal elements she discusses in her guest post! 

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

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  • Contest is open to Everyone  and will run through July 3rd until 11:59pm. The winners will be posted here on July 4th. 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 )

June 23, 2010 Posted by | Contest, Contests, Guest Blogger, New Book Releases, New Releases, Upcoming Releases | , , , , | 18 Comments

Dark And Disorderly – Spotlight & Review


Dark & Disorderly by Bernita Harris

On sale date: Jun 28, 2010

Publisher: Carina Press

eISBN: 9781426890338

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

Book Description:

“I was standing there naked when my dead husband walked into my bathroom…”

 

Lillie St. Claire is a Talent, one of the rare few who can permanently dispatch the spirits of the dead that walk the earth. Her skills are in demand in a haunted country, where a plague of ghosts is becoming a civic nuisance.

Those skills bring her into conflict with frightened citizens who view Talents as near-demons. Her husband comes to see her as a Freak; so when Nathan dies after a car crash, she is relieved to be free of his increasingly vicious presence. Lillie expects to be haunted by Nathan’s ghost, but not to become Suspect #1 for her husband’s murder and reanimation.

But what’s most surprising of all is the growing attraction between her and psi-crime detective John Thresher. He thinks that Lillie killed Nathan—and Nathan must agree, because his zombie is seeking revenge. Now she and Thresher must work together to solve her husband’s murder—before his corpse kills her…”

My Thoughts:

I quite enjoyed this e-book which is part of Harlequin’s Carina Press launch month of releases. Bernita Harris writes a brilliant story with interesting and quirky characters who drive the tale. A wonderfully written dark and edgy paranormal world in which ghosts, talents, sidhe and humans co-exist.

Lillie St. Claire and John Thresher had sparks galore and I hope there will be another book about them! 😀 The villains were truly detestable, (which I love, because you have to hate the villain), and the supporting characters were great as well. There’s something unique about the author’s writing style or voice that I found to be refreshing. It almost has a touch of a British taste to the writing and I liked it! I also have to show some cover love as the gal on the cover looks exactly how I pictured Lillie in my mind. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more books by this author.

     

Pre-Order Dark & Disorderly at:

Carina PressAmazon.com, Barnes & Noble

Find out more about Bernita Harris and what she’s got in the works at her BLOG.

June 23, 2010 Posted by | New Book Releases, New Covers - Release Dates, New Releases, On My Bookshelf, Reviews, Spotlight On..., Upcoming Releases | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Black Dust Mambo – Spotlight & Review


Black Dust Mambo by Adrian Phoenix

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (Jun 29 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439167877
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439167878
  • Genre: Urban Fantasy
  • Book Description: 

    “FIRST IN A NEW SERIES!

    “There will be times, girl, when all your magic ain’t going to be enough, times when it will seem to dry up like mud under the noonday sun, or even make matters worse. . . .” Kallie Rivière, a fiery Cajun hoodoo apprentice with a talent for trouble, finds herself smack-dab in the middle of one of those times her mentor warned her about when she visits New Orleans to attend the Hecatean Alliance’s annual carnival: her hard-bodied conjurer hookup ends up dead in her blood-drenched bed. And he was killed by something that Kallie would never dream of touching—the darkest of dark juju, soul-eating juju—a black dust hex that may have been meant to kill her.

    Now Kallie has to use every bit of hoodoo knowledge and bayou-bred mojo she possesses to clear her own name and find the killer—even as that dark sorcerer hunts Kallie and her friends. But Kallie’s search for the truth soon leads her in a direction she never anticipated—back home to Bayou Cyprés Noir, and to Gabrielle LaRue, Kallie’s aunt, protector, and hoodoo mentor . . . who is looking more and more like she just might be the one who wants Kallie dead.”

    My Thoughts:

    Adrian Phoenix hits another ball out of the park with Black Dust Mambo! 🙂 I was completely engrossed by the characters, the story, the rich atmosphere and the fast pace.

    This book is the first in a new series by Adrian Phoenix, author of The Makers Song series, and I am completely hooked. Kallie is a wonderful character who I was rooting for all the way. Layne, well… can I say I want one just like him? *Grins* Anyone who’s been following my blog for a while knows that I am a huge fan of Adrian’s writing and of the lady herself. She has an affinity for creating a world on paper that is so richly detailed that you feel like you are there with the characters, watching things go down like it’s a movie.

    Fast paced, wonderful plot, danger, excitement, romance, mystery and a few deaths mixed in with the paranormal, hoodoo, voodoo and a super sexy Nomad, well… alls I can say is I WANT MORE! (And when does the next book come out?) I highly recommend this book to fans of both Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance with some New Orleans’/Louisiana spice. 

           

    Pre-Order Black Dust Mambo at:

    ChaptersAmazonBarnes & Noble or Borders

    Find out more about, (stalk) 😀 , Adrian Phoenix, her writing, cool merchandise and other fun stuff at her Website!

    My last interview with Adrian.

     

    June 21, 2010 Posted by | New Book Releases, New Covers - Release Dates, New Releases, On My Bookshelf, Reviews, Spotlight On..., Upcoming Releases | , , , | 2 Comments

    Under The Weather


    MySpace Profile Graphics

    Ugh! This has pretty much been me for the last week. I had my touch-up’s done on my dragon fairy tattoo and added a little something that you’ll see when it’s all healed and I post the picture. 🙂 (That’s the only good thing to come out of last week!) Went to the doctor twice last week, had x-rays done on my knee and heel, am super dazed from some new, strong allergy meds and was pretty much in the same shape as that poor Ram in the graphic thanks to a not so lovely virus. Yep, Sidhe is sick and still fighting it. Bleh…

    So no, I’m not dead, lol, just sleeping a lot! I read a few amazing books and hope to get my reviews up shortly. I have author Bernita Harris here on Wednesday guest blogging along with a giveaway to celebrate the release of her book, Dark And Disorderly! I just wanted to let you all know what’s up with my recent M.I.A. status. I hope you’re all doing awesome and reading amazing books.

    June 21, 2010 Posted by | Rambling, Sidhe's News & Updates | , , | 2 Comments

    SVR Gives Notice To…


     Dear Eric Northman,

    I am writing you to let you know that even though I will be GLUED to the TV tonight to watch the season 3 opener of True Blood on HBO, so I can drool, watch you, you will no longer be my one and only lust monkey, lover. I have come across some honeys while you were away on hiatus and I have decided that I need to start living a polygamous lifestyle with 5 or more husbands to see to my every desire,  need.

    You will just have to move past your Viking urges to conquer and be the one in charge. You WILL learn to OBEY me and share my beautiful self with others. Some of my potential candidates include, but in no way are limited to:

    Spartacus, you’ve won me over! I watched you from the beginning and my heart broke along with yours when your beloved wife died in your arms due to the betrayal of Batiatus. I cheered you on through every battle and reveled in the satisfaction of your revenge! You gorgeous Thracian you! I can not wait to see what you do next, though I think you need a strong woman such as myself at your side.

    My first lover, Eric, may try to establish dominance over you, but we both know how well you take to that, lol. I’m convinced that you can hold your own which is one of the reasons that I lust after, admire you. I will give you a heads up though, he is a thousand-year old vampire, so watch your neck and unless you enjoy conflict, I’d make myself scarce after the sun goes down.

    Damon Salvatore, forget Elena. She loves your brother and I will keep you sexed up & fed, satisfied. 😉 Why be in a triangle when I will allow you to be your bad self like we all know you love to be. I will take you just the way you are and you can hang with my other lovers, Eric & Spartacus. It will be entertaining watching you three try to establish dominance over each other to keep my attentions.

    Well Eric, I’ll start slow and just give you two new men to deal with for now. There may be more in the future, so don’t be thinking that you can eliminate these two to keep being my one and only. I’ll see you at 9pm sharp lover! Maybe some of my readers can suggest who else I should pick to be in my harem, stud farm, life? 😀

    XOXO

    Sidhe Vicious

    June 13, 2010 Posted by | Humor, I Wish, Rambling, Uncategorized | , , , | 10 Comments

    Is It Just Me Or…


    Lately I’ve been noticing what seems to be becoming a trend in quite a few of the books I’ve read, and I’m wondering if I’m the only one who feels this way. Transitions people. I am noticing a serious lack of transitions and it throws me off when I’m reading! 😦 For those who aren’t too sure what in the heck I’m talking about, here’s the definition that I’m referring to from my Encarta Dictionary:

    “grammar: linking word or phrase: a word, phrase, or passage that links one subject or idea to another in speech or writing “

    Microsoft® Encarta® 2008. © 1993-2007 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    Basically, what I’ve been noticing is that I’m reading along, going with the flow, following the action, the dialogue, etc., and BLAM! With no page or chapter break or any indication what-so-ever, we’re in a different scene, quite possibly with different characters. Huh? Or I’m all invested in a scene with characters who are doing/saying something, and BLAM! They’re all of a sudden doing or talking about something else. WTF is that all about? And trust me, I have flipped back to re-read and have also made sure I didn’t miss a page in there somewhere.

    If it were only one or two books in a hundred, I could chalk it up to natural error in either the writing or editing, but this has been happening with alarming frequency. And not just in e-books or print, not just with new authors or small publishers. I am also not just referring to books I’ve reviewed here on the blog, as I’ve read a lot of books that I haven’t reviewed here. I’m not looking to point fingers anywhere, I’m just wondering if I’m the only one who’s noticed this?  Sound off people, I’m curious to hear your thoughts on the matter.

    June 12, 2010 Posted by | Rambling, Rant, Sidhe's News & Updates | , , | 8 Comments

    Honeymoon Of The Dead – Spotlight & Review


    Honeymoon Of The Dead by Tate Hallaway

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (TRD); 1 edition (May 4 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425234126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425234129
  • Genre: Paranormal Romance
  • Book Description:

    “No honeymoon is ever exactly perfect, but mine won’t even get off the ground. Literally! After an extremely eventful wedding—and that’s putting it mildly—Sebastian and I are about to jet set to Transylvania for some quality R&R. Yeah, I know it’s not exactly every girl’s fantasy honeymoon but it suits me just fine. 

    But thanks to a vengeful frost demon, Sebastian and I—and our plane—are stuck in exotic Minneapolis, Minnesota. And honestly, it wouldn’t be so bad if I wasn’t seeing gods and goddesses everywhere I turn. I’m starting to think my new visions might be caused by the goddess possessing my body, because ever since she moved in I’ve been getting theses weird waves of dizziness and seeing beings of a higher power. And let me tell you, there are plenty in Minneapolis. Go figure. 

    Now I’m learning quickly that dealing with gods and demons—not to mention running into some people I would have rather left buried in the past—doesn’t leave much quality honeymoon time for me and my new vampire hubby…” 

    My Thoughts:

    Sadly, this is the last book in a five book series, but that aside, it was a wonderful read! I really liked Garnet & Sebastian. They were both fun, funny, flawed and believable characters set amongst a crazy supernatural background.  Great characters, fast paced plot, mayhem and hilarity ensue while Garnet and Sebastian attempt to go on their honeymoon. I was totally satisfied with the ending as well, though I wish there were more books to come. I highly recommend this series to fans of a fun paranormal romance read.

    It’s a habit of mine to collect all or several of the books in a series before reading it and I know that I will be going back to read the entire series now that I’ve read Honeymoon Of The Dead. It’s not my usual practice to read the last book first, lol, but I had no trouble following along and it really intrigued me to go back and start from the beginning! So I have to get my hands on one more and I will be having myself a Garnet Lacey read-a-thon. 🙂 

    Some good news is that Tate Hallaway is hard at work on her new YA series about a Vampire Princess of St. Paul. The first book, Almost To Die For is due to hit the shelves on August 3rd, 2010. You can read a synopsis here.

         

     

    Buy Honeymoon Of The Dead at:

    ChaptersAmazon or Barnes & Noble

    Find out more about Tate Hallaway and her writing at her website.

    June 12, 2010 Posted by | New Book Releases, New Releases, On My Bookshelf, Reviews, Spotlight, Spotlight On... | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

    SVR Updates


    Hi All! 😀 

    I’ve had a few people ask me to let you all know when I’ve updated things in my sidebar or added a new page, so here we go. I recently updated my Wishlist in the sidebar, so you can see what books I’m jonesing for both already released and upcoming. Yeah, and I can just insert my foot in my mouth now because I’ve received and bought a whole bunch of books in the last 2 weeks. But it is fairly recent. *Grins* I swear!   

    I’ve added a new page to the blog titled New Releases. Pretty self explanatory, lol. I know I’ve been a hard core slacker for the last few months with my new release list, so I’m hoping that this page and format will be easier and faster for me to maintain. It’s still a work-in-progress, so no links yet, but you can see all the wallet breaking goodness that’s out this month. (The 29th is going to kill me!) I’ve also included a bunch of books that were released in the last couple of months – those being the months I slacked off on. Just scroll down the page for this months releases. 

    I know, I know… I am WAY behind on updating my “My Books” pages, and for those of you who reference them for new books, authors or just out of morbid curiosity about what’s on my bookshelf, I promise that I will update them ASAP. My GoodReads bookshelf is, by far, the most current representation of my book collection. As always, please feel free to comment or email me if you have any questions about any books or authors. I do my best to get back to you as fast as possible. 

    And just because it never gets old, 

    Smile, it could be worse!

     ETI: I have all the links up on the New Releases page and will frequently be adding new books/links, so be sure to check the page often!

    June 7, 2010 Posted by | New Book Releases, New Covers - Release Dates, New Releases, On My Bookshelf, Rambling, Sidhe's News & Updates, Upcoming Releases | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

    Embers – Spotlight & Review


    Embers by Laura Bickle

  • Mass Market Paperback: 359 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket; 1 edition (Mar 30 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439167656
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439167656
  • Genre: Urban Fantasy
  • Book Description:

    Truth burns.

    Unemployment, despair, anger—visible and invisible unrest feed the undercurrent of Detroit’s unease. A city increasingly invaded by phantoms now faces a malevolent force that further stokes fear and chaos throughout the city.

    Anya Kalinczyk spends her days as an arson investigator with the Detroit Fire Department, and her nights pursuing malicious spirits with a team of eccentric ghost hunters. Anya—who is the rarest type of psychic medium, a Lantern—suspects a supernatural arsonist is setting blazes to summon a fiery ancient entity that will leave the city in cinders. By Devil’s Night, the spell will be complete, unless Anya—with the help of her salamander familiar and the paranormal investigating team—can stop it.

    Anya’s accustomed to danger and believes herself inured to loneliness and loss. But this time she’s risking everything: her city, her soul, and a man who sees and accepts her for everything she is. Keeping all three safe will be the biggest challenge she’s ever faced.”

    My Thoughts:

    I believe that this is Laura Bickle’s debut novel and can I just say WOW!! I was beyond impressed and am totally hooked on this series now. Sparks is the next one forthcoming on August 31st and I want it yesterday, lol. Now I am obviously no expert in how fire and arson investigators work, on how a fire progresses, or on elementals, but I was completely impressed with how knowledgable this author came across in her descriptions. That it was believable was my overall impression after reading Embers.

    I loved the Devil’s Night in Detroit setting, it reminded me of how much I enjoyed a similar setting in the original Crow movie starring Brandon Lee.  Anya’s familiar, Sparky, is a loveable scamp who I’m looking forward to reading about again! The Ghost Hunter crew is a great group made up of richly detailed eccentric and charismatic individuals. And last, but not least, we come to Anya… she’s a wonderfully written character who’s a whirlwind of strength, vulnerability, unique, conflicted, loyal and brave.

    I have three words for this book… I WANT MORE!

           

     Buy EMBERS at:

    ChaptersAmazonBarnes & Noble or The Book Depository

    Find out more about Laura Bickles & her books at her website.

    P.S.

    Laura also writes under the pen name of Alayna Williams and has a new book out, Dark Oracle!

    June 7, 2010 Posted by | New Book Releases, New Releases, On My Bookshelf, Reviews, Spotlight On... | , , , | 8 Comments