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Book Blitz ~ In Her Blood by Janice Jones


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In Her Blood by Janice Jones

(The Dagger Chronicles #1)

Published by: Amberjack Publishing

Publication date: May 1st 2015

Genres: New Adult, Romance, Supernatural

Alex Stone wants to pretend the supernatural doesn’t exist.

As the owner of a hot new clothing line, the only thing she’s killing is her competition – until she gets a phone call from her past. As the Dagger, she was a member of the covert ops team tasked with hunting threats of the supernatural kind. For the super soldiers of Night Command, the rules were simple: take the pills, fight the bad guys, and live to tell no one. After putting a bad-ass vampire on ice landed her in a padded cell, Alex thought she’d left the hunting game for good. Now she’s in the orbit of a handsome vampire with a problem. And sometimes keeping secrets bites.

Jason Stavros has the best of everything and life eternal. To the human world, Jason was just a poor boy who made it to the top. For a human turned vampire, the fight for a place in the inner circle of the ruling class hinges on one task: convince the best ex-vampire hunting assassin to become his personal bodyguard and save them all.

Join Alex, Jason and a new team of young hunters as two worlds unite against a common enemy. As the body count begins to rise, Alex and the Tracker Team fight friends and enemies to find the answers they seek.

What’s been happening in the dark will finally come to light.

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~Excerpt~

She enjoyed seeing those chains of pure silver wrapped around the vampire’s scrawny arms like tattoos. He barely resembled the picture of the old parish priest the Cardinal sent them two weeks ago. His brown skin hung from his bones like an ill-fitting suit. His paunch bounced up and down as he struggled to get loose. It took longer to catch him, much longer than it should have, but all’s well that ends well.

Alex Stone, call-sign Dagger, ran her fingers through her dark hair. Flakes of dried blood and sand fell as she pulled the dirty mess into a ponytail. Benjamin Palmer, Team Commander, snatched her wounded hand back down and tightened the field dressing as he griped at her about how dumb it was to try to catch the sharp end of a knife with her hand. She knew that . . . now.

“Who do you think you are,” he said as he gave the knot one last yank, “Superman?” Ben checked her busted lip with a shake of his head. “That’s gonna hurt like hell till morning.”

Alex just nodded, taking the pills in her good hand and swallowing them with a quick sip of warm water from his canteen.

Under normal circumstances, Alex would be pulled from the field, evaluated and possibly scrubbed from the next assignment for that stunt. But time was running out and this wasn’t normal, not even for the top vampire hunting team in the country.

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~Author Q & A~

1. Who is your favorite vampire found in literature?

Louis from the Vampire Chronicles Series. That character was very tortured, but not angry. I think he was a very underrated character in the books.

2. What about your favorite vampire character in movies and television?

Dracula played by Gary Oldman. Best portrayal I’ve ever seen in a rendition of Stoker’s character. He was regal in a very human sort of a way. You really did feel sorry for him. And let’s not forget that accent.

For television, my favorite comes from a show that unfortunately ran only one season. Kindred: The Embraced. Julian Luna was the ‘big man’ of the vampires in San Francisco. He ruled all the Clans in the city, hence his title, Prince of the City. The show was very stylish and modern for the 90’s. Julian was handsome and rich and ruled in a way resembling King Arthur.

3. We love how you’ve taken an age-old mythology and recreated a unique perspective of how vampires are existing and being used in a modern setting. Can you tell us more about the world you’ve created in your series, The Dagger Chronicles.

The people you meet in this series represent a very small part of this world. They are the elite. This world really sits on the surface of humanity. Underneath, there’s a hierarchy to vampire society. The infrastructure is very much like the human world. There are vampires who have everyday lives and have elected those that represent them at the table. I wanted to ground this world in reality as we know it just a bit.

Within the elite, there is a lot more than meets the eye. There are teams of covert ops working for private interests and protecting the supernatural kind, secret science experiments to find new uses for vampire blood, and the key to all it, a woman who is unlike any of her kind. It’s certainly a fresh take.

4. Which character from In Her Blood did you enjoy writing the most?

I have to go with Ben. He’s based on a couple of people I know. Ben’s that big brother type. He’s cool and fun, but can hold his own with Alex. He looks after Alex because he loves her and he’s afraid of what will happen when her secret gets out.

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~Author Bio~

Graduating with a Masters in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University, Janice’s first novel, In Her Blood, is the first book in her vampire adventure series The Dagger Chronicles. This series introduces you to the world of Alexa “Alex” Stone, ex-vampire hunter and assassin turned fashion mogul. Hiding in plain sight, Alex must return to the world of the supernatural in order protect a handsome vampire and her own secrets. Look for Book Two, By Blood Sworn to hit online outlets soon. Janice is looking forward to readers of New Adult Fiction and Vampire lore to embrace a new kind of action adventure hero, a woman with many secrets and many stories to tell.

(Author photo courtesy of Omar Ramos Photography http://www.omarramosphotography.com/Makeup by LaChandra Middlebrooks)

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Healer by B.N Toler



Healer by B.N Toler

Paperback

237 pages

Published July 15th 2013 by self

Rating: 4/5 stars

Description:

There is a balance in life most know nothing about. Some are put here to simply exist, while others have been placed here to ensure life. Healers, such as Aldo Lawson understand the power of their gift, although at times, it seems more a curse. Upon meeting a handsome young healer named Thomas, Aldo’s life heads into a tailspin. With his arrival, Aldo’s aunt, the woman who raised her, is forced to share a hard and scary truth–vampires exist. And not only do they exist, but they thirst for healer blood.

Despite this new and frightening information, Aldo longs for a normal senior year, and she’s determined to have it. So close to achieving her goal, her world is turned upside down when her aunt is murdered and Thomas disappears. Riddled with questions, she sets out to find him.

Submerged in a world filled with sex and danger, Aldo hopes to find the vampires that will lead her to Thomas. When they find her first, she is forced to piece together truths, deal with her pain, and finds that not everything is what it seems

Review:

 **A copy was provided by the author**


Wow! I absolutely loved this book! I couldn’t put it down!

Healer is a well-written novel, it’s one of those books that will stay on your mind long after reading it because of the overall impact it leaves; complete and utter amazement. We are taken along for a ride with Aldo as she remembers her past and compares it to her present life and tries to fix everything that she thinks is wrong with her current situations. When she meets Thomas she is smitten at first sight but he holds himself at arm’s length romantically because of their age difference. As the novel progresses, they grow closer to one another, however only as friends, when tragedy hits, it’s time for Aldo and her brothers to move on. But Aldo has trouble moving on, so she sets out looking for Thomas. It takes longer than expected and the thing she’s feared all of her life, finally finds her.

The reader is captivated by this unique story of healers and vampires; it’s filled with drama, mystery, suspense and romance. I would highly recommend this novel and can’t wait to read more from this author!!

 Happy Reading!

~Ana @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime~


 

 

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Cover Reveal: Aura Sky by Nikki Jefford + Giveaway!


What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

If there is one thing eighteen-year-old Aurora Sky wants, it’s to get off the iceberg she calls home. Being kissed before she graduates wouldn’t hurt either. Then a near-fatal car wreck changes everything. Government agents step in and save Aurora’s life in exchange for her services as a vampire hunter in Alaska. Basically she’s a glorified chew toy. All thanks to her rare blood type which sends a vampire into temporary paralysis before she has to finish the job…by hand. Now Aurora’s only friends are groupies of the undead and the only boy she can think about may very well be a vampire. And if he’s a vampire, will she be forced to kill him?AURORA SKY: VAMPIRE HUNTER is the first in a YA Mature/New Adult paranormal fantasy series.

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Design and artwork: Claudia McKinney at Phatpuppy Art
Typography: Ashley at The Bookish Brunette
Model: Gabriella

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Nikki Jefford is a third generation Alaskan with a degree in journalism from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She loves fantasy, magic, fictional bad boys, and heroines who kick butt.

Nikki married Sebastien, the love of her life, while working as a teaching assistant at a high school in Amiens, France during the 1999-2000 school year. They now reside in the not-so-tropical San Juan Islands, 70 miles northeast of Forks, Wash. in a town without a single traffic light.

 

 

 

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Goddess of the Sea (Goddess Summoning #1) by P.C. Cast


Goddess of the Sea (Goddess Summoning, #1)

Goddess of the Sea (Goddess Summoning #1)

RATING: 4/5
DESCRIPTION:
On the night of her twenty-fifth birthday, alone in her apartment, Air Force Sergeant Christine Canady wished for one thing: a little magic in her life. After drinking way too much champagne, she performed, of all crazy things, a goddess-summoning ritual, hoping that it would somehow make her life a little less ordinary…but she never believed the spell would actually work.When her military plane crashes into the ocean, CC’s mission overseas takes an unexpected turn. She awakens to find herself in a legendary time and place where magic rules the land—occupying the body of the mythic mermaid Undine. But there is danger in the waters and the goddess Gaea turns this modern, military gal into a beautiful damsel so that she can seek shelter on land.CC is soon rescued (literally) by a knight in shining armor. She should he falling in love with this dream-come-true, but instead she aches for the sea and Dylan, the sexy merman who has stolen her heart.
 
 
MY THOUGHTS:
 
“Goddess of the Sea” is my first foray into P.C. Cast’s ‘Goddess Summoning’ series about normal women transformed by their willingness to believe in the spark of the Feminine Devine that makes all women magical! But the series is not about witchcraft and crones and spells and such, rather it celebrates the female viewpoint and the joys to be found in the care of tending of beauty in whatever form it’s found, whether it’s nature, art, or humanity.
 
CC is an Air Force Sergeant who’s afraid of flying and not too fond of water either! So when the C-130 aircraft taking her to Saudi Arabia crashes in the Mediterranean, she’s terrified. She becomes entangled with the sinking plane and is sure she’s about to die. Then she’s rescued by–a mermaid? And the mermaid is asking whether or not she wants to live…well, duh?! Suddenly she’s trapped in the body of the mermaid and there’s a merman after her and another merman who’s really hot and…oh wait, you guys need to read the book to get the rest of the story.
 
Cast’s story is an enchanting mix of fairy tale, drama, magic, love, and discovery. I probably read WAY more into this tale, but here’s a few things I took away from this book.
-No matter what kinds of physical/physiological changes occur, we’ll still be the same inside.
-There’s no ‘magic bullet’ to solve problems, it takes a combination of innovative thought and the will to try new things and maybe even look silly doing so!
-Not even a whole group of men is a match for one determined woman ***big grin***.
-Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder and what’s inside will never fade or wither (stole part of that phrase from the Bible).
-We are always stronger when we lean on our friends.
-Love is worth sacrificing for. Sometimes the sorrow of love lost seems unbearable, but there’s no telling what’s around the next corner.
I could go on, but I think these were the ‘biggies’.
 
It’s obvious that Cast has done her homework regarding the USAF. As a proud veteran, I appreciated her attention to the terminology, names, and places that give this story it’s ‘real’ contemporary feeling. I also appreciated that the heroine is enlisted, yet still a strong, feminine woman with ethics and morals. The threads of this tale were woven together skillfully and it was a very smooth read. Although the romance and passion were fairly quick, it was necessary to the author’s plot and this is a kind of fairy tale! And speaking of passion, if you’ve ever wondered how merpeople ‘do it’, you’ve really got to read this one. She did a grand job of depicting sensual lovemaking with legs AND fins!
 
“Goddess” of the Sea” is a love story. It also imparts a message of feminine empowerment and strength without denigrating the male gender and that’s not so easily done. P.C. Cast has penned a tale that will entertain you. It will also make you laugh and make you cry…but end with a smile on your face.
 
 
-Cassie @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime

 

 
 

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The Fledgling Handbook 101 (House of Night companion handbook) by P.C. Cast, Kim Doner


The Fledgling Handbook 101
The Fledgling Handbook 101 (House of Night companion handbook)
by P.C. CastKim Doner
 
Rating: 4.5/5
 
description:
Merry meet, fledgling. Welcome to a new life, a new world, and a new you. Welcome to the House of Night!This might seem like a scary time, Fledgling, but never fear! As you start your journey through the ancient halls of the House of Night, this indispensable handbook will aid you in your transition from human to fledgling. Within these pages you will find invaluable information about the history of vampyres.  You will also come to a better understanding of your body’s transformation, as well as read words of hope from great vampyres of the past and learn essential foundations of rituals and lore. Now, Fledgling, read on.  A new life awaits you; your path to that magickal future begins here!

 Review:
 
Ever since Marked came out, I’ve wanted to know what Zoey Redbird’s Fledgling Handbook looks like. As a matter of fact, anytime I read a book about someone going to a special school and getting their handbooks, I always wonder what they’re like. I was a nerd in school, so I liked getting these guides and reading over the rules and regulations of my new school – and I liked it even more when they included the history. So, when I got the chance to read The Fledgling Handbook 101, I was over the moon.Though I have my own issues with some of the characters, I am a fan of the House of Night series. P.C. Cast does not fail me with this guide. With a gorgeous cover, thick pages and beautiful drawings, you’ll get lost in the history and mythology behind not only the House of Night, but vampyre folklore as well. I also think the pages where you can add your own notes about your changing vampyre self is a cute little touch and makes it feel like a true school handbook. Over everything, my absolute favorite thing to it all is the vampyre history stories that include places and historical figures that we all know and are familiar with.

I read through the book in less than an hour, then spent more time going through and studying the pictures and footnotes. With less than two hundred pages, it’s an extremely easy read. The price seems a little steep for this guide, but it is a welcome addition to anyone’s HoN collection.

-Kathy @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime

 

 
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Thirst No. 4: The Shadow of Death (Thirst #4) by Christopher Pike


Thirst No. 4: The Shadow of Death (Thirst, #4)
Thirst No. 4: The Shadow of Death (Thirst #4)
by Christopher Pike
 
Alisa is a five-thousand-year-old vampire, stronger and more cunning than her adversaries. But now she’s trapped in the body of a newborn vampire and at the mercy of a terrible thirst. Worst of all, she’s facing enemies whose fierce desire for domination grows ever stronger.
The immortal race the Telar is threatening to release a virus to decimate humanity. But Alisa and her friends can’t take down the Telar on their own, and they must turn to the mysterious organization the IIC for help. But the IIC has secrets of its own and may have ulterior motives.
With two rivals and no one to trust, Alisa must rely on her dark side to defeat them. But it could cost her life, or her soul.
 
REVIEW:
Firstly, I will try to leave out spoilers in this review as I haven’t reviewed the first four but this will probably just be a ran trying to contain my love for the genius that is Mr. Pike. Oh, and I will quite happily read the first four again even if it wasn’t for reviewing purposes 🙂
Secondly, the “Thirst” covers are seriously ugly and having two seperate releases, The Last Vampire and Thirst for the same story is ANNOYING. All of my copies of Sita’s story is the Last Vampire edition and now The Shadow of Death is only Thirst? WTF. THIS ANNOYS ME PEOPLE. STICK WITH ONE EDITION! Plus, the chick on The Last Vampire is 100947x hotter than the chick on Thirst. Sweeping statement… THIS BOOK IS BRILLIANT FROM START TO FINISH!! I was so so excited to read this book and after finishing this book, I had to calm down. Every book in this series gets me so worked up that by the time I finish I’m practially gasping for air. No word of a lie. Mr. Pike just manages to drag the reader so deep under that reading this series is one of the most wonderful reading experiences ever.To those who haven’t heard of this series, I’ll brief you… Sita is the main character, she is a 5000 year old vampire, has been through a lot, is extremely powerful and has made some awesome buddies along the way, the main awesome buddy being an author named Seymour, in which she has a psychic connection with.The story begins EXACTLY where the last one left us (which was one of the worst and BEST cliffhangers of all time) and subtley reminds us of everything that happened in the last book. Mr. Pike is amazing at doing this, he reminds us what happened in the last book without giving a full blown info dump at the beginning of the book and without giving us “My name is Sita and I am 5000 years old and I am blonde and stuff” like other books, because quite honestly, WE DON’T WANT ANOTHER DESCRIPTION OF THE CHARACTERS APPEARANCE. There were so many twists and turns in this installment and I found myself so involved in the story that I would dream about it and worry for the characters when I went to bed at night (I’m NOT crazy, just extremely invested in the characters!!). 

This installment, in addition to all the others, had a lot of religious qualities to it. I am an athiest, if somebody is religious, that’s awesome. However, if somebody tries to shove their religion down my throat, tells me I’m going to burn in hell for my sins or even puts an excerpt from the bible in my mailbox (this happened about a week ago), THEN I no longer care what the person has to say about their religion. Christopher Pike talks religion and I have a feeling he is very religious, however he writes about it in a way that is not the above. The religion talk and mention of god – or Krishna, the devil, Lucifer, angels and demons in this series makes me want to learn more, I love it, I love the mythology of god (I say this as an athiest, please don’t take any offence) and what’s even more amazing about Mr. Pike is that he is clearly open to the idea that there is ‘one god’ and that god is the same as other gods in other religions, that all religions have the same basic belief of the divine. As I said, I personally do not believe in god but this series presents religion in a beautiful, personal way to Sita.

In regards to some spoilers, which I’m not mentioning as this is (possibly, I HOPE NOT) the last book in the series, I had a feeling about Shanti as soon as the original book was present again (this will not make sense to those who have not read the book) but I could absolutely not prepare myself for what actually happened!

I really really really hope this isn’t the last installment and I have a feeling it’s not, simply due to the fact that Mr. Pike has been constantly teasing us about John, Paula and the CII video game. I am going to use my own psychic abilities here and predict there will be a next book and it will answer some of my questions about the above.

Overall, I want more Sita, I always want more Sita. She is easily one of my all time favourite characters and I want more of her amazing story. 

Thankyou Christopher Pike for giving us Last Vampire fans yet another brilliant story.

-Cassandra @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime

 

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Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire, Black Blood and Red Dice (Thirst #1) by Christopher Pike


Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire, Black Blood and Red Dice (Thirst #1)
by Christopher PIke
Rating: 4/5
 
Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire, Black Blood and Red Dice (Thirst, #1)
 
DESCRIPTION:
As to blood — 
ah, blood, the whole subject fascinates me. I do like that as well, warm and dripping, when I am thirsty. And I am often thirsty…. 
Alisa has been in control of her urges for the five thousand years she has been a vampire. She feeds but does not kill, and she lives her life on the fringe to maintain her secret. But when her creator returns to hunt her, she must break her own rules in order to survive.
Her quest leads her to Ray. He is the only person who can help her; he also has every reason to fear her. Alisa must get closer to him to ensure her immortality. But as she begins to fall in love with Ray, suddenly there is more at stake than her own life….
 
REVIEW:
“The Last Vampire”“I am a vampire, and that is the truth. But the modern meaning of the word vampire, the stories that have been told about creatures such as I, are not precisely true. I do not turn to ash in the sun, nor do I cringe when I see a crucifix. I wear a tiny gold cross now around my neck, but only because I like it. As to blood–ah, blood, the whole subject fascinates me.” I just finished reading “The Last Vampire” again after having read it about 17 years ago. I without a doubt enjoyed it even more this time as I was too young to appreciate it before. What I love most about the book is that Pike tells the story through the eyes of the vampire herself. Throughout the narration, Sita debunks many of the myths and stereotypes associated with vampires and reveals the true nature of this extraordinary being. And because she is as old as history itself, Sita recounts major historical events and points out some inaccuracies in the written tradition.Yaksha, the very first vampire and the embodiment of all that is evil, changed Sita and hundreds of others into vampires in India 5,000 years ago. But Krishna, who embodies all that is good, outwits Yaksha in combat (almost killing him) and makes Yaksha vow that all the vampires will be destroyed and no more will ever be created. Yaksha hunts down and kills all the other vampires as he vowed to do, and later is killed and burned in the witch trials of the Middle Ages. This leaves Sita as the sole remaining vampire.Now Sita is living in Mayfair, Oregon, calling herself Alisa Perne, secure in the knowledge that she is the last vampire. Yet, someone is hunting her…and only another vampire would be capable of hunting a creature as powerful, fast, and ruthless as Alisa. But there are no other vampires, so Alisa must find out who or what is after her.Sita/Alisa is a creature who has managed to witness firsthand 5,000 years of humanity’s history, and has a lot to say about it. We understand what we always have: what it feels like to love, to lose, to fear, to hate. Sita/Alisa is delightfully human, in her capacity for all these things. Her pain is real, and her dilemma is an arduous one. As far as I am concerned, this is one of the best literary examples of the origin of vampires being explained in a fashion both comprehensible and believable.

Pike’s story flows like water–you can easily visualize what is happening–marvelously violent, and quite bloody. Not only does it manage to give you a compelling and gripping story with characters that are both real and complex–it’s actually refreshing.

“The Last Vampire 2: Black Blood”

“Then you should never have been born.”

Sita had thought that she and her companion, Ray, were the last vampires on Earth. However, a murderer who favors dismembering and draining the blood of his victims is stalking Los Angeles, and Sita realizes that her assumption is incorrect. Only she has the power to stop this creature from his evil path but he’s much stronger than she expected, and she finds herself in a life-and-death struggle.

Occasionally the narrative digresses to discuss Sita’s dreams and visions of her original life in India eons ago in an effort to lend spiritual purpose to her actions; this comes across as a somewhat obvious attempt to link the tale to legitimate mythology. I loved it with or without the digressions. The story is seen through not only her eyes, but her thoughts, her dream, and even her imagination.

What I liked most about the sequel is of course Sita’s slyly appealing humor. It never fails, whether she’s dealing with the new characters introduced in this sequel or engaging in playful yet edgy banter with Ray or Simon.

“The Last Vampire 3: Red Dice”

Sita/Alisa and her male partner are vampires; but the FBI is on their trail, seeking their blood in order to study and duplicate it. One is captured, and it’s up to the survivor to keep the FBI from learning their secret and turning the world into vampires.

She attempts to keep her DNA from the hands of someone who would test it and use the results to gain immortality. Indeed she runs into an old “friend” who’s involved in the series is more ways than you can imagine.

Unfortunately, the reader does get the nagging thought that Sita throws away lovers like paper. It was sad how Joel wanted to die in peace but Sita made him into a vampire against his express wishes. She tried to make him take Ray’s place.

Like his other books, Pike goes into great depth, throws in romance, lots of violence, and some blow-’em-up scenes.

-Cassandra @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime


 
 

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