Tuesday, November 30, 2010

VA Last Sacrifice Chapter 1 Released!!


Exclusive: Read chapter 1 of Richelle Mead's 'Last Sacrifice'
Riding the waves of global bloodsucker success, Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy book series releases its sixth and final volume, Last Sacrifice (Razorbill/Penguin), on Dec. 7. And it's a book that fans all over the world have been waiting to sink their teeth into since the fifth book Spirit Bound, which debuted atop the USA TODAY best-seller list in May 2010. Release parties will be held at more than 150 bookstores nationwide on the day of release, when Mead launches a 10-city book tour. (Penguin Books will be webcasting the first event of the tour on VampireAcademyBooks.com on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. ET.) Here is an exclusive look at the first chapter of Mead's Last Sacrific
Go here to read the Article on USA Today:http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/excerpts/2010-11-30-richelle-mead-vampire-academy-last-sacrifice_N.htm?loc=interstitialskip


Now what everyone has been waiting for Chapter 1 of Last Sacrifice Book 6 by Richelle Mead. All i have to say is it Tuesday yet?!?!?!?


CHAPTER 1


I don't like cages.


I don't even like going to zoos. The first time I went to one, I almost had claustrophobic attacks looking at those poor animals. I couldn't imagine any creature living that way. Sometimes I even felt a little bad for criminals, condemned to life in a cell. I'd certainly never expected to spend my life in one.


But lately, life seemed to be throwing me a lot of things I'd never expected, because here I was, locked away.


"Hey!" I yelled, gripping the steel bars that isolated me from the world. "How long am I going to be here? When's my trial? You can't keep me in this dungeon forever!"


Okay, it wasn't exactly a dungeon, not in the dark, rusty-chain sense. I was inside a small cell with plain walls, a plain floor, and well. .. plain everything. Spotless. Sterile. Cold. It was actually more depressing than any musty dungeon could have managed. The bars in the doorway felt cool against my skin, hard and unyielding. Fluorescent lighting made the metal gleam in a way that seemed almost too cheerful for the setting. I could see the shoulder of a man standing rigidly to the side of the cell's entrance and knew there were probably four more guardians in the hallway out of my sight. I also knew none of them were going to answer me back, but that hadn't stopped me from constantly demanding answers from them for the last two days.


When the usual silence came, I sighed and slumped back on the cot in the cell's corner. Like everything else in my new home, the cot was colorless and stark. Yeah. I really was starting to wish I had a real dungeon. Rats and cobwebs would have at least given me something to watch. I stared upward and immediately had the disorienting feeling I always did in here: that the ceiling and walls were closing in around me. Like I couldn't breathe. Like the sides of the cell would keep coming toward me until no space remained, pushing out all the air. ..


I sat up abruptly, gasping. Don't stare at the walls and ceiling, Rose, I chastised myself. Instead, I looked down at my clasped hands and tried to figure out how I'd gotten into this mess.


The initial answer was obvious: someone had framed me for a crime I didn't commit. And it wasn't petty crime either. It was murder. They'd had the audacity to accuse me of the highest crime a Moroi or dhampir could commit. Now, that isn't to say I haven't killed before. I have. I've also done my fair share of rule (and even law) breaking. Cold-blooded murder, however, was not in my repertoire. Especially not the murder of a queen.


It was true Queen Tatiana hadn't been a friend of mine. She'd been the coolly calculating ruler of the Moroi—a race of living, magic-using vampires who didn't kill their victims for blood. Tatiana and I had had a rocky relationship for a number of reasons. One was me dating her great-nephew, Adrian. The other was my disapproval of her policies on how to fight off Strigoi: the evil, undead vampires who stalked us all. Tatiana had tricked me a number of times, but I'd never wanted her dead. Someone apparently had, however, and they'd left a trail of evidence leading right to me, the worst of which were my fingerprints all over the silver stake that had killed Tatiana. Of course, it was my stake, so naturally it'd have my fingerprints. No one seemed to think that was relevant.


I sighed again and pulled out a tiny crumpled piece of paper from my pocket. My only reading material. I squeezed it in my hand, having no need to look at the words. I'd long since memorized them. The note's contents made me question what I'd known about Tatiana. It had made me question a lot of things.


Frustrated with my own surroundings, I slipped out of them and into someone else's: my best friend Lissa's. Lissa was a Moroi, and we shared a psychic link, one that let me go to her mind and see the world through her eyes. All Moroi wielded some type of elemental magic. Lissa's was spirit, an element tied to psychic and healing powers. It was rare among Moroi, who usually used more physical elements, and we barely understood its abilities—which were incredible. She'd used spirit to bring me back from the dead a few years ago, and that's what had forged our bond.


Being in her mind freed me from my cage but offered little help for my problem. Lissa had been working hard to prove my innocence, ever since the hearing that had laid out all the evidence against me. My stake being used in the murder had only been the beginning. My opponents had been quick to remind everyone about my antagonism toward the queen and had also found a witness to testify about my whereabouts during the murder. That testimony had left me without an alibi. The Council had decided there was enough evidence to send me to a full-fledged trial—where I would receive my verdict.


Lissa had been trying desperately to get people's attention and convince them I'd been framed. She was having trouble finding anyone who would listen, however, because the entire Moroi Royal Court was consumed with preparations for Tatiana's elaborate funeral. A monarch's death was a big deal. Moroi and dhampirs—half-vampires like me—were coming from all over the world to see the spectacle. Food, flowers, decorations, even musicians. .. The full deal. If Tatiana had gotten married, I doubted the event would have been this elaborate. With so much activity and buzz, no one cared about me now. As far as most people were concerned, I was safely stashed away and unable to kill again. Tatiana's murderer had been found. Justice was served. Case closed.


Before I could get a clear picture of Lissa's surroundings, a commotion at the jail jerked me back into my own head. Someone had entered the area and was speaking to the guards, asking to see me. It was my first visitor in days. My heart pounded, and I leapt up to the bars, hoping it was someone who would tell me this had all been a horrible mistake.


My visitor wasn't quite who I'd expected.


"Old man," I said wearily. "What are you doing here?"


Abe Mazur stood before me. As always, he was a sight to behold. It was the middle of summer—hot and humid, seeing as we were right in the middle of rural Pennsylvania—but that didn't stop him from wearing a full suit. It was a flashy one, perfectly tailored and adorned with a brilliant purple silk tie and matching scarf that just seemed like overkill. Gold jewelry flashed against the dusky hue of his skin, and he looked like he'd recently trimmed his short black beard. Abe was a Moroi, and although he wasn't royal, he wielded enough influence to be.


He also happened to be my father.


"I'm your lawyer," he said cheerfully. "Here to give you legal counsel, of course."


"You aren't a lawyer," I reminded him. "And your last bit of advice didn't work out so well." That was mean of me. Abe—despite having no legal training whatsoever—had defended me at my hearing. Obviously, since I was locked up and headed for trial, the outcome of that hadn't been so great. But, in all my solitude, I'd come to realize that he'd been right about something. No lawyer, no matter how good, could have saved me at the hearing. I had to give him credit for stepping up to a lost cause, though considering our sketchy relationship, I still wasn't sure why he had. My biggest theories were that he didn't trust royals and that he felt fatherly obligation. In that order.


"My performance was perfect," he argued. "Whereas your compelling speech in which you said 'if I was the murderer' didn't do us any favors. Putting that image in the judge's head wasn't the smartest thing you could have done."


I ignored the barb and crossed my arms. "So what are you doing here? I know it's not just a fatherly visit. You never do anything without a reason."


"Of course not. Why do anything without a reason?"


"Don't start up with your circular logic."


He winked. "No need to be jealous. If you work hard and put your mind to it, you might just inherit my brilliant logic skills someday."


"Abe," I warned. "Get on with it."


"Fine, fine," he said. "I've come to tell you that your trial might be moved up."


"W-what? That's great news!" At least, I thought it was. His expression said otherwise. Last I'd heard, my trial might be months away. The mere thought of that—of being in this cell so long—made me feel claustrophobic again.


"Rose, you do realize that your trial will be nearly identical to your hearing. Same evidence and a guilty verdict."


"Yeah, but there must be something we can do before that, right? Find evidence to clear me?" Suddenly, I had a good idea of what the problem was. "When you say 'moved up,' how soon are we talking?"


"Ideally, they'd like to do it after a new king or queen is crowned. You know, part of the post-coronation festivities."


His tone was flippant, but as I held his dark gaze, I caught the full meaning. Numbers rattled in my head. "The funeral's this week, and the elections are right after. .. You're saying I could go to trial and be convicted in, what, practically two weeks?"


Abe nodded.


I flew toward the bars again, my heart pounding in my chest. "Two weeks? Are you serious?"


When he'd said the trial had been moved up, I'd figured maybe it was a month away. Enough time to find new evidence. How would I have pulled that off? Unclear. Now, time was rushing away from me. Two weeks wasn't enough, especially with so much activity at Court. Moments ago, I'd resented the long stretch of time I might face. Now, I had too little of it, and the answer to my next question could make things worse.


"How long?" I asked, trying to control the trembling in my voice. "How long after the verdict until they. .. carry out the sentence?"


I still didn't entirely know what all I'd inherited from Abe, but we seemed to clearly share one trait: an unflinching ability to deliver bad news.


"Probably immediately."


"Immediately." I backed up, nearly sat on the bed, and then felt a new surge of adrenaline. "Immediately? So. Two weeks. In two weeks, I could be. .. dead."


Because that was the thing—the thing that had been hanging over my head the moment it became clear someone had planted enough evidence to frame me. People who killed queens didn't get sent to prison. They were executed. Few crimes among Moroi and dhampirs got that kind of punishment. We tried to be civilized in our justice, showing we were better than the bloodthirsty Strigoi. But certain crimes, in the eyes of the law, deserved death. Certain people deserved it, too—say, like, treasonous murderers. As the full impact of the future fell upon me, I felt myself shake and tears come dangerously close to spilling out of my eyes.


"That's not right!" I told Abe. "That's not right, and you know it!"


"Doesn't matter what I think," he said calmly. "I'm simply delivering the facts."


"Two weeks," I repeated. "What can we do in two weeks? I mean. .. you've got some lead, right? Or. .. or. .. you can find something by then? That's your specialty." I was rambling and knew I sounded hysterical and desperate. Of course, that was because I felt hysterical and desperate.


"It's going to be difficult to accomplish much," he explained. "The Court's preoccupied with the funeral and elections. Things are disorderly—which is both good and bad."


I knew about all the preparations from watching Lissa. I'd seen the chaos already brewing. Finding any sort of evidence in this mess wouldn't just be difficult. It could very well be impossible.


Two weeks. Two weeks, and I could be dead.


"I can't," I told Abe, my voice breaking. "I'm not. .. meant to die that way."


"Oh?" He arched an eyebrow. "You know how you're supposed to die?"


"In battle." One tear managed to escape, and I hastily wiped it away. I'd always lived my life with a tough image. I didn't want that shattering, not now when it mattered most of all. "In fighting. Defending those I love. Not. .. not through some planned execution."


"This is a fight of sorts," he mused. "Just not a physical one. Two weeks is still two weeks. Is it bad? Yes. But it's better than one week. And nothing's impossible. Maybe new evidence will turn up. You simply have to wait and see."


"I hate waiting. This room. .. it's so small. I can't breathe. It'll kill me before any executioner does."


"I highly doubt it." Abe's expression was still cool, with no sign of sympathy. Tough love. "You've fearlessly fought groups of Strigoi, yet you can't handle a small room?"


"It's more than that! Now I have to wait each day in this hole, knowing there's a clock ticking down to my death and almost no way to stop it."


"Sometimes the greatest tests of our strength are situations that don't seem so obviously dangerous. Sometimes surviving is the hardest thing of all."


"Oh. No. No." I stalked away, pacing in small circles. "Do not start with all that noble crap. You sound like Dimitri when he used to give me his deep life lessons."


"He survived this very situation. He's surviving other things too."


Dimitri.


I took a deep breath, calming myself before I answered. Until this murder mess, Dimitri had been the biggest complication in my life. A year ago—though it seemed like eternity—he'd been my instructor in high school, training me to be one of the dhampir guardians who protect Moroi. He'd accomplished that—and a lot more. We'd fallen in love, something that wasn't allowed. We'd managed it as best we could, even finally coming up with a way for us to be together. That hope had disappeared when he'd been bitten and turned Strigoi. It had been a living nightmare for me. Then, through a miracle no one had believed possible, Lissa had used spirit to transform him back to a dhampir. But things unfortunately hadn't quite returned to how they'd been before the Strigoi attack.


I glared at Abe. "Dimitri survived this, but he was horribly depressed about it! He still is. About everything."


The full weight of the atrocities he'd committed as a Strigoi haunted Dimitri. He couldn't forgive himself and swore he could never love anyone now. The fact that I had begun dating Adrian didn't help matters. After a number of futile efforts, I'd accepted that Dimitri and I were through. I'd moved on, hoping I could have something real with Adrian now.


"Right," Abe said dryly. "He's depressed, but you're the picture of happiness and joy."


I sighed. "Sometimes talking to you is like talking to myself: pretty damned annoying. Is there any other reason you're here? Other than to deliver the terrible news? I would have been happier living in ignorance."


I'm not supposed to die this way. I'm not supposed to see it coming. My death is not some appointment penciled in on a calendar.


He shrugged. "I just wanted to see you. And your arrangements."


Yes, he had indeed, I realized. Abe's eyes had always come back to me as we spoke; there'd been no question I held his attention. There was nothing in our banter to concern my guards. But every so often, I'd see Abe's gaze flick around, taking in the hall, my cell, and whatever other details he found interesting. Abe had not earned his reputation as zmey—the serpent—for nothing. He was always calculating, always looking for an advantage. It seemed my tendency toward crazy plots ran in the family.


"I also wanted to help you pass the time." He smiled and from under his arm, he handed me a couple of magazines and a book through the bars. "Maybe this will improve things."


I doubted any entertainment was going to make my two-week death countdown more manageable. The magazines were fashion and hair oriented. The book was The Count of Monte Cristo. I held it up, needing to make a joke, needing to do anything to make this less real.


"I saw the movie. Your subtle symbolism isn't really all that subtle. Unless you've hidden a file inside it."


"The book's always better than the movie." He started to turn away. "Maybe we'll have a literary discussion next time."


"Wait." I tossed the reading material onto the bed. "Before you go. .. in this whole mess, no one's ever brought up who actually did kill her." When Abe didn't answer right away, I gave him a sharp look. "You do believe I didn't do it, right?" For all I knew, he did think I was guilty and was just trying to help anyway. It wouldn't have been out of character.


"I believe my sweet daughter is capable of murder," he said at last. "But not this one."


"Then who did it?"


"That," he said before walking away, "is something I'm working on."


"But you just said we're running out of time! Abe!" I didn't want him to leave. I didn't want to be alone with my fear. "There's no way to fix this!"


"Just remember what I said in the courtroom," he called back.


He left my sight, and I sat back on the bed, thinking back to that day in court. At the end of the hearing, he'd told me—quite adamantly—that I wouldn't be executed. Or even go to trial. Abe Mazur wasn't one to make idle promises, but I was starting to think that even he had limits, especially since our timetable had just been adjusted.


I again took out the crumpled piece of paper and opened it. It too had come from the courtroom, covertly handed to me by Ambrose—Tatiana's servant and boy toy.


Rose,


If you're reading this, then something terrible has happened. You probably hate me, and I don't blame you. I can only ask that you trust that what I did with the age decree was better for your people than what others had planned. There are some Moroi who want to force all dhampirs into service, whether they want it or not, by using compulsion. The age decree has slowed that faction down.


However, I write to you with a secret you must put right, and it is a secret you must share with as few as possible. Vasilisa needs her spot on the Council, and it can be done. She is not the last Dragomir. Another lives, the illegitimate child of Eric Dragomir. I know nothing else, but if you can find this son or daughter, you will give Vasilisa the power she deserves. No matter your faults and dangerous temperament, you are the only one I feel can take on this task. Waste no time in fulfilling it.


—Tatiana Ivashkov


The words hadn't changed since the other hundred times I'd read them, nor had the questions they always triggered. Was the note true? Had Tatiana really written it? Had she—in spite of her outwardly hostile attitude—trusted me with this dangerous knowledge? There were twelve royal families who made decisions for the Moroi, but for all intents and purposes, there might as well have only been eleven. Lissa was the last of her line, and without another member of the Dragomir family, Moroi law said she had no power to sit on and vote with the Council that made our decisions. Some pretty bad laws had already been made, and if the note was true, more would come. Lissa could fight those laws—and some people wouldn't like that, people who had already demonstrated their willingness to kill.


Another Dragomir.


Another Dragomir meant Lissa could vote. One more Council vote could change so much. It could change the Moroi world. It could change my world—say, like, whether I was found guilty or not. And certainly, it could change Lissa's world. All this time she'd believed she was alone. Yet. .. I uneasily wondered if she'd welcome a half-sibling. I accepted that my father was a scoundrel, but Lissa had always held hers up on a pedestal, believing the best of him. This news would come as a shock, and although I'd trained my entire life to keep her safe from physical threats, I was starting to think there were other things she needed to be protected from as well.


But first, I needed the truth. I had to know if this note had really come from Tatiana. I was pretty sure I could find out, but it involved something I hated doing.


Well, why not? It wasn't like I had anything else to do right now.


Rising from the bed, I turned my back to the bars and stared at the blank wall, using it as a focus point. Bracing myself, remembering that I was strong enough to keep control, I released the mental barriers I always subconsciously kept around my mind. A great pressure lifted from me, like air escaping a balloon.


And suddenly, I was surrounded by ghosts.

Monday, November 29, 2010

VA Last Sacrifice Quote Teaser 04 (Rose)


CHAPTER 1 WILL BE REVELED TONIGHT!!!!

VA Last Sacrifice Quote Teaser 04


OHHHHHHH what do you think this means. I THINK I KNOW!!! Hurry up December 7th!!!!
~Joey~

Thursday, November 25, 2010

VA Last Sacrifice Dimitri Belikov Trailer


VA Last Sacrifice Dimitri Belikov Trailer



What do you think of this??? 10 Days and Counting!!!
~Joey~


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Torment Book 2 (Daniel and Luce story cont.)


* Pub. Date: September 2010
* Publisher: Random House Children's Books
* Format: Hardcover , 452pp
* Age Range: Young Adult

Torment Book 2 By Lauren Kate The Fallen Series. Book 2 Torment was even better than the first one it just keeps your mind going in all different directions trying to make you figure out what will happen next. Like i said in post one i know most of you want the hard core smutty books but ever now and then i like to read a YA to clear my head and these are the best books to do it with. Daniel and Luce are at it again trying to figure out how to keep there love going when you are doomed to die when you turn 17. But the said part is while Daniel remembers EVERYTHING she comes back empty and not knowing who he is and she falls back in love with him every time. But there is a war going on at the same time so who side should the fallen angel choose?!?!? The good or the bad? Torment will have you hooked from the beginning and the ending will make you thirst for more the only down fall is we have to wait till summer 2011 for Passion Book 3 to be released. CAN WE WRITE FASTER PLEASE LAUREN KATE!! Thanks. lol Here is the write up for Torment. i hope you enjoy and comment away i would love to hear your thoughts about this book!!
~Joey~

Torment

LOVE NEVER DIES

Lucinda is sure that she and Daniel are meant to be together forever. Now they are forced apart in a desperate bid to save Luce from the Outcasts–immortals who want her dead. As she discovers more about her past lives, Luce starts to suspect that Daniel is hiding something. What if he has lied to her about their shared past? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?

Read an Excerpt

Golden, British Columbia
March 21, 1992 Next time, I will have to give her up.
In this life we're already too far along. Our course is set. Our old disaster looms ahead. My pen quakes as I write these words:
I can't save her.
It has been one month since she found me at the bookstore. One month since she introduced herself-this time she goes by Lucy, which is so quaint it is beyond sweet-blushing as she tucked her hair behind her ear before she shook my hand. One month of taking that hand in mine each afternoon when she returns home from school.
I have cherished every inch of her. I have savored every pore of her soft skin and filled up too many sketchbooks with her hypnotizing eyes. Nothing is more bittersweet than this month of euphoria. It's the same with each life's love.
I'm a fool to savor it. Especially with the end so near.

Go here to Lauren Kate website:http://laurenkatebooks.net/category/books

Go here to Buy Torment:http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Torment/Lauren-Kate/e/9780385739146/pwb=1&

Here is the Trailer on Lauren Kate page:

Here is my Book Rating:
5 Stars (Hook Line and Sinker)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Fallen Book 1 (Daniel and Luce story)


* Pub. Date: September 2010
* Publisher: Random House Children's Books
* Format: Paperback , 496pp
* Age Range: Young Adult


Let me first start off by saying that this is a YA book and i know everyone is going ummmm Joey we want the hot and heavy books and believe me so do I!! LOL But every now and then i like to read YA to clear my mind of all the naughty i have read and now has came the time for the YA book i just got done reading. Fallen is book 1 from the Fallen Series by Lauren Kate. This book was so good. It had me hooked from the first chapter. I really enjoyed this series and had both read in 3 days.The only bummer to this series is that i have to wait till summer 2011 for the next book. Which i will tell you royally sucks!! I HATE WAITING!! But anyways back to Fallen. This is a must read book that will keep you hooked. It is about angels and demon's and so much more. Lets put it this way what if you were scheduled to die every 17 years to only come back to your true love each time for him to loose you again and have to wait for you to come back again, but at the same time when you come back you never remember him. Well this is what Fallen is about Daniel (the Angel) and Luce (the human that dies every 17 years)love and there test on faith. This story will hook you from the beginning and just keep you there till the end. So put down the smut books for the day and give this a try. I promise you won't be sorry!! Enjoy! Here is the write up about Fallen by Lauren Kate!
~Joey~

Fallen

Some Angels are Destined to Fall

There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, Fallen is a page turning thriller and the ultimate love story.

“Sexy and fascinating and scary…I loved love loved it!” -P.C. Cast, New York Times bestselling author of the House of Night Series
Here is a Video to that i found on Lauren Kate Website:



Go here to Lauren Kate website:http://laurenkatebooks.net/category/books

Here is my rating on the Book!!
4 Stars (Brilliant)

Monday, November 22, 2010

New Trailer's for Last Sacrifice Book 6 of Vampire Academy


Here are the New Trailer's for Last Sacrifice Book 6 of Vampire Academy. Enjoy everyone!! I know i can't wait!! 14 more days and counting!!

Dimitri Belikov Trailer to premiere 26th November. WHOOOO HOOO!!

~Joey~

VA Last Sacrifice Adrian Ivashkov Trailer

VA Last Sacrifice Quote Teaser 03


Here is Penguin Paranormal's facebook page. These are the people who are releasing the videos for us!!http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/PenguinParanormal

Richelle Mead Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/richellemeadfanpage

Richelle Mead Page:http://www.richellemead.com/books/vampireacademy.htm

When Wicked Craves Book 3 (Nicholas & Petra's Story)


When Wicked Craves Book 3 (Nicholas & Petra's Story)Pub. Date: October 2010. This was a great story to read. Nicholas really kept you on your toes in this book and Petra i think she has became my favorite female out of the 3 books. This series was a very enjoyable read. Here is a write up about the book from J K Beck's website. Enjoy!!Leave some comments guys if you have read this series would love to hear you input about the books!!
~Joey~

Their love could bring the most potent pleasure—or the darkest nightmare.

A danger to both the human and shadow communities, Petra Lang is cursed never to love. For one touch of her skin unleashes the vilest demons imaginable. Sentenced to death by the shadow authorities, who fear she’ll turn her curse against them, Petra is rescued at the last instant by vampire advocate Nicholas Montegue. As their bodies merge and transform into mist, Petra feels an urgent erotic longing.

Nicholas fought long and hard to save Petra—and nearly paid the ultimate price. He risked his own life to spare hers, yet he knows he can never give in to the explosive attraction he feels for her. But the deep yearning they share can only be deferred for so long. Together, they must find a way to lift the curse. For only a love this strong has the power to overcome such monstrous evil.

Go here to see J K Beck web page about the series:http://jkbeck.com/the-shadow-keepers/the-books/

To buy the book go here:http://search.barnesandnoble.com/When-Wicked-Craves/J-K-Beck/e/9780440245797/?itm=3&USRI=j+k+beck#TABS

Here is my Rating on the Book:
5 Stars (Hook Line and Sinker)
 

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Dark Sword Series by Donna Grant

Several weeks ago, I began reading historical romances. Now mind you, I have only been reading them for a few months. I never thought I would enjoy them. After finding Donna Grant through Facebook, I picked up Donna Grant’s first Dark Sword novel “Dangerous Highlander” and realized this book was a historical romance with a twist. “Dangerous Highlander quickly drew me into the world of the cursed McLeod brothers, Lucan, Fallon and Quinn and a particularly evil Druid/witch (literally) named Deirdre.

In “Dangerous Highlander,” we find the immortal McLeod brothers sequestered for the most part in their castle. They have had little contact with the outside world in all that time in order to hide from Deirdre. Outsiders think the castle is haunted and all fear approaching… all but the young and beautiful Cara. When Lucan saves Cara from death, their lives become irreversibly intertwined. Lucan finds cannot resist Cara. Together they face danger when Deirdre finds the McLeod brothers by way her evil creatures called wyrran and the Warriors she has bound to her. Can Cara who was supposed to take vows as a nun, and Lucan, a more than 300-year-old Warrior find true love?

Donna Grant’s paranormal twist on hot Highlanders made this a book I could not put down until it was completely finished. I became a Dark Sword fan from chapter 1.


"Forbidden Highlander" is Fallon McLeod's story. Fallon is the eldest McLeod and should have been the Laird of the McLeod clan had Dierdre not cursed the brothers. In "Forbidden Highlander", the proud and fierce Fallon meets his equal in Warrior Larena Monroe. She is evidently the only female Warrior and would be a prize for the evil Dierdre to have in her clutches. Their mutual attraction leads to fiery story.


I thoroughly enjoyed the continuation of the McLeod brother's quest to vanquish their nemesis Dierdre. I found Fallon and Larena to be one couple to be reckoned with and could not wait for the next story. I finished this novel about a week before the next " Wicked Highlander" was released on November 2, 2010.

I eagerly awaited the release of this book on the 2nd of November. Having finished Fallon's story a week prior I was going through McLeod Withdrawal. "Wicked Highlander" finds Quinn McLeod prisoner in Dierdre's mountain. The wicked Dierdre is attempting to sway Quinn over to the dark side. She wants from Quinn the one thing he finds repulsive, to give her a child to use for nefarious reasons. Here in the dark, depressing prison of Dierdre's fortress we meet the beautiful Marcail who happens to be a Druid who is seemingly impervious to Dierdre's intentions to do away with her. What Dierdre doesn't realize is that Quinn has gained notoriety as a silent strength in Dierdre's dungeon and he has Marcail to help him regain what humanity he thinks he might have lost.


What an awesome book! I was so upset when it was over and can't wait for the continuation with Hayden in "Untamed Highlander" coming on April 26, 2011.

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~KIMBERLY~



VA Last Sacrifice Quote Teaser 02





So what does everyone think the Teaser's are saying?
~Joey~

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

New Vampire Academy Last Sacrifice Teasers

 ~Joey~
VA Lissa Dragomir Trailer Nov. 14, 2010


VA Last Sacrifice Quote Teaser 01 Nov. 11, 2010 

VA Christian Ozera Trailer Nov. 7, 2010


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When Pleasure Rules Book 2 (Rand and Lissa's story)


When Pleasure Rules Book 2 (Rand and Lissa's story) Released:September 28, 2010. I really enjoyed Rand's story. Rand is a Werewolf and has came home to see if he can find out who is doing all the murders at home, But in the mean time he crosses paths with Lissa and can't stop thinking of her. So what is to come of the murders and Lissa. Rand's story will have you hooked from page one and keep you there till the end. The Shadow Keepers is a great series and will keep you thirsting for more. If you haven't read this series you are really missing out. If you have thumbs up to you and let us know what you think of it.
~Joey~

Here is the write up on it from J K Beck's Page:
Though Rand saw compassion in his Alpha’s eyes, what he saw most was determination. This wasn’t a request; it was an order.

“I have another job for you, Rand. I need you to return home to Los Angeles.”

Desire is the deadliest enemy of them all.

“Dark, sexy & intense…the Shadow Keepers are rife with moral dilemmas, steamy sex, and an ageless political feud. Something for everyone!” – RT Book Reviews

From the back cover

Seven innocents have been brutally murdered on the streets of Los Angeles, yet the Shadow Alliance has no suspects and no leads. And as more bodies are discovered, the age-old feud between the vampires and werewolves threatens to explode and turn the city into a living nightmare.

With her back to the wall, Lissa Monroe—a strong-willed, ravishingly beautiful succubus who entices men to surrender their souls—agrees to go undercover for the Alliance. Her mission: infiltrate the mind of werewolf leader Vincent Rand, a ferociously alluring enemy who has a powerful hold over her. Lissa has never lost control of her deepest desires, but Rand is an impenetrable paradox, a principled soldier who fears nothing—except perhaps the darkness of his own past. As the city of Angels teeters on the brink of apocalypse, these two adversaries must join together to have even the slimmest chance of surviving a more lethal enemy hidden in plain sight.

“Right from the get-go, Lissa and Rand’s story grabs you and won’t let go… When Pleasure Rules is a super fun, action-packed, and let’s not forget sizzling story…” Night Owl Reviews


Go here to read a Mid-Book Excerpt: http://jkbeck.com/the-shadow-keepers/the-books/when-pleasure-rules/excerpt-rand-and-lissa/

Go here to read Barnes and Noble's Excerpt: http://search2.barnesandnoble.com/BookViewer/?ean=9780440245780

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Vampire Academy Christian Ozera Trailer


The new trailer that was released on Sunday November 7th. Time to start getting ready for Last Sacrifice release day December 7th. I CAN NOT WAIT!! All I know is December 7th better hurry up.27 days and counting!! As it gets closer to release day i will be posting more about this wonderful series!! I am Team Dimitri but Adrian has my Heart too lol...Don't miss this Kick Ass Series by a wonderful writer!Here is a quote from Richelle Mead Facebook page:
Richelle Mead:Here you go, the first Last Sacrifice teaser from Penguin Australia. They're alternating character & quote teasers. This is a character and has Spirit Bound spoilers. It seems short, but there's a clue in there...though it might be more obvious to me than you since I have insider knowledge and have read it many, many times. :)



What do you think this trailer means???

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Posses Me At Midnight Doomsday Brethren Series, Book 3 — Ice’s story



Posses Me At Midnight
Doomsday Brethren Series, Book 3 — Ice’s story
Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Romance
Release Date: October 27, 2009

Posses Me At Midnight Doomsday Brethren Series, Book 3 — Ice’s story. Ice's story all i can say to it is WoW!! I really loved his story and he was by far the best Brethren in my book. The others are close behind be he is by far my favorite!! Ice is a must read.You will find him in the other books a little bit to get you ready for his but I know one thing he had some smokey love scenes lol. If you have read the series then let me know if you feel the same about Ice too. Here is the write up on Ice's story and i hope y'all enjoy i know i surely did.
~Joey~

An apocalypse approaches in the new novel from bestselling author Shayla Black’s electrifying Doomsday Brethren series, as a magical warrior and a spirited witch ignite a smoldering passion that could destroy them both.


As a mysterious dark cloud drains the life of her beloved brother, Doomsday Brethren leader Bram, Sabelle Rion can think of little else. Still, every time she meets Ice Rykard’s intense green gaze, her body aches with need for the sexy warrior. Their attraction is explosive, incredible—and forbidden. As dangerous as he is unpredictable, Ice is her brother’s sworn enemy. But as Bram weakens, a more sinister force is gaining power. Evil Mathias and his ruthless Anarki army are on a bloodthirsty hunt for the Doomsday Diary. Sabelle must guard the potent book with her life—and Ice vows to protect the beautiful witch with his. Duty demands that Sabelle deny her lover’s fiery call of possession and mate with a man who can sway the magical Council against the impending rebellion. With the fate of magickind hanging in the balance, will she forsake the burning desires she can’t ignore or turn her back on her people for the courageous man she can’t resist?

Go here to read Chapter 1:http://www.shaylablack.com/possessmeatmidnight.html

Monday, November 8, 2010

Seduce Me In Shadow Doomsday Brethren Series, Book 2 — Caden’s Story


Seduce Me In Shadow
Doomsday Brethren Series, Book 2 — Caden’s Story
Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Romance
Release Date: September 29, 2009


Seduce Me In Shadow Doomsday Brethren Series, Book 2 — Caden’s Story was just as good as book 1 but just keeps getting better each book. Caden was a great story to read. When Caden's brother Lucian gets sick, Caden comes home, but he is one that does not like practicing magic. So with everything that is going on will he stay with his human life or will he finally embrace his wizard sides? Caden is one story that your heart just pulls for him because he is now stuck in a hard place.You just want to reach out and help him. I hope you enjoy book 2 as much as i did and if you read it how did you like it? Here is the write up on it. Enjoy!
~Joey~


When a villainous wizard escapes from exile, the devastatingly sexy Doomsday Brethren must defend all magickind in the spellbinding second book in bestselling author Shayla Black’s seductive new paranormal series.


Ex-Marine Caden MacTavish has shunned his magical heritage all his life, but he will do anything to heal his desperately ill brother, a Doomsday Brethren warrior in mourning for his missing mate. Posing as a photographer, Caden must convince firecracker tabloid reporter Sydney Blair to reveal the source of her recent exposĂ© on a supernatural power clash. Unfortunately, keeping his hands off the sizzling redhead proves as hard as getting them onto the potent and mystical Doomsday Diary he discovers at her bedside. A bloody rebellion led by an evil, power-hungry wizard is imminent. If Sydney divulges the book’s existence, she will jeopardize magickind’s most deeply guarded secrets and become the ruthless wizard’s number one target. Caden has never trusted magic’s cruel and dangerous powers, but he will protect Sydney with his life and magic—even if it means risking his heart.

You can go here to read chapter 1:http://www.shaylablack.com/seducemeinshadow.html


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Kimberly's First Book Club Night

Happy Sunday Readers! I hope Daylight Savings Time has made you all happy today to get that extra hour of sleep.
I wanted to share my first book club night with you all. About two years ago I started having "Chick Nights" at my house once a month. More times that not our discussions ended up being about books so I decided to switch it up a bit. I gave about 20 people a book to read. This time it was "Kiss of Midnight" by Lara Adrian. I gave them a month to read it before we met last night.
Well the night was great. Everyone had their opinions about the book and it was excellent for all to share. It's very refreshing to get opinions from different personalities and then to compare them to other books they have read.
At the end of the evening, I gave all a choice of continuing the series for next month's discussion or going on to another author. Everyone voted to continue with Lara Adrian's "Kiss of Crimson" for December.
Wish you all could join in!

~Kimberly~






Fated Doomsday Brethren Series, a FREE novella (Ronan’s Story)


Fated -- Free Read Novella Shayla Black
Fated Doomsday Brethren Series, a FREE novella(Ronan’s Story)
Re-release Date: October 2010
Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Romance

Ronan's Story is a Free Novella you can download from Shayla Black's Website. Ronan's Story is a nice short story to fill you in on his and Raiden's life. It makes you understand a lot that wasn't filled in, in other books. In the order Shayla Black has this on her website you should read this 2nd. So book 1 Tempt Me with Darkness then Fated then Seduce My In Shadow. I really enjoyed this short story of Ronan's life and now after reading it i understand more why Raiden acted like he did in Mated. Which just makes me love him even more. So now i have a toss up who do i like more?? Raiden or Ice. I think Ice is still first but Raiden is very close lol. Anyways back to Ronan lol. This story will make you understand a lot and make these twins even more better in your book. But what happens when you fall in love with someone and you dont want to mate with them because of the family curse. What do you do? Here is a short write up on it. I hope y'all enjoy and if you have read this feel free to post your comments on the books. If you haven't what are you waiting for your missing out on a wonderful series!! Enjoy!
~Joey~

Kari Keswick and Ronan Wolvesey burned for one another, but a deadly family curse targets their love with destruction. Will magic tear them apart?

Go here to read the Free Novella: http://www.shaylablack.com/fated.html



Saturday, November 6, 2010

Tempt Me With Darkness Doomsday Brethren Series, Book 1(Marrok’s story)




Tempt Me With Darkness Doomsday Brethren Series, Book 1(Marrok’s story) was a very good story. This is book one of the series and if you like Wizards and Witches,Than this is the series for you. Each book keeps you thirsting for more. I started this series and had it done in less than a week. It just keep you that glued to the series.You are wondering what will happen next. Marrok has been doomed to a eternal life where he can never be killed. Sounds great but now add in how you never have anyone and this makes it a very long lonely life. Till one day a woman walks back into your life who you think is the person who put a curse on you. But is it truly her? Here is a write up on it and if your not already glued then go try reading the first chapter you will be hooked then lol. If you have all ready read this series then please feel free to add in your thoughts and comments, we would love to hear them!! Enjoy!
~Joey~


I agree with Joey, once you pick book one of this series up you will be hooked. Olivia, the heroine in this great story is by far my favorite female in the series. This book makes you look at Witches and Wizards in a whole different light. So please enjoy this book and the other Doomsday Brethren books by the very talented Shayla Black.
~Kimberly~

He’s an immortal knight hungering for satisfaction. . . .
As soon as Marrok sees Olivia Gray, he’s sure they met in eons past. He’s felt her soft, gentle curves writhing in pleasure beneath his own powerful body. . . Morganna! For centuries, towering Marrok, once the mightiest of King Arthur’s warriors, has endured a terrible curse the witch cast upon him when he spurned the witch.
She’s a modern woman about to discover ancient magic. . . .
Olivia shares a mystical—and irresistible—connection with brooding Marrok. Soon after the sexy warrior appears in her erotic dreams, he abducts her, demanding she uncurse him. Their intense passion is more powerful—and intimate—than either of them has ever known. Olivia may be the key to unlocking the diary that will break Morganna’s hold on his life. But in the wrong hands, the book also holds the power to destroy magickind. As they search for answers, a ruthless wizard returned from exile is building an army of evil. When he discovers Marrok and Olivia have the diary, only their love—with the help of a powerful group of magical Brethren—can save them.

Go here to read Chapter 1:http://www.shaylablack.com/temptmewithdarkness.html








Thursday, November 4, 2010

Mated (Haunted By Your Touch)


Mated is a short story that picks up after Entice Me at Twilight. There is a total of 3 different stories in Haunted by your Touch. Mated which starts on page 157. Is a great short story about Raiden and Tabitha. I really enjoyed this story and if you have read the other books than your mouth probably hit the floor with the opening of this book. It was a wonderful short story but at the same time you wish it could be so much longer so you can see so much more of Raiden and his twin brother Ronan. If you haven't tried Shayla Blacks Doomsday Brethren then you really need to try it then. She is a wonderful writer and keeps you hook and wanting so much more. Here is the write up for Mated that is in the book Haunted by your touch. Page 157-280. If you have read Mated or any of the other Doomsday Brethren books let us know how you felt about them. Enjoy.
~Joey~

“Mated” is touchingly poignant, passionately affecting and adds a fascinating installment to the Doomsday Brethren series.” ~ Single Titles

“Black’s ‘Mated’ will entice you to read more about her series, The Doomsday Brethren, if you haven’t already.” ~ RT Book Review

“Black’s ‘Mated,’ linked to her Doomsday Brethren series (Possess Me at Midnight, etc.), is sexy and exciting, featuring a well-matched couple in a world of warrior magicians trying to protect themselves and mankind.” ~ Publishers Weekly

“This book is HOT! Three very seductive, steamy, suspenseful stories in one book had me riveted. Shayla Black takes us on an emotional ride…” ~ Seduced by Books

Top Pick! "This was a fabulous collection of short urban fantasy/paranormal romance reads." ~ Night Owl Romance

“With stories sure to tempt you to the dark side, look for this engaging anthology.” ~ Romance Reviews Today

Excerpt

Chapter 1
“Mathias attacked the Lowery estate and burned it to the ground. The family is dead.”
Raiden Wolvesey staggered and fell against the nearby wall. Those terrible words repeated over and over in his head.
The entire family dead? Including Tabitha…and the child she’d been carrying? His child.
He’d never said good-bye, held her one last time.
The pain swept over him, fast and unmerciful, like a forest fire out of control. He struggled to stay upright, deny the news. Though he’d been witness to the aftermath of other such attacks, he refused to believe it until he saw her body himself.
After wreaking havoc on magickind for months, Mathias d’Arc, an evil wizard recently returned from exile, had been quiet for weeks, his indiscriminate raping and killing of magickind paused. He claimed to commit his crimes against the wizarding upper class, the Privileged, in the name of lifting the Deprived, magickind’s lower class, to power.
Liberation based on blood and pain and torture? Rubbish! Raiden shook his head.
“I know what you’re thinking, and you’re not going alone,” the bearer of the bad news said from the doorway.
Bram Rion. He led the Doomsday Brethren, a handful of warriors devoted to stopping Mathias. They’d taken to hiding in this series of caves like damn underground rodents scurrying for shelter. While others above them died. Like beautiful Tabitha.
Her fiery hair, her laughter, her hazel eyes…all gone?
Fury assailed him, and it was all he could do not to charge across the room and rip Bram’s blond head off. “I’m going. I have to see if there’s any way…”
Raiden raked a hand through his hair. He couldn’t even talk about the possibility of Tabitha’s death, much less accept it.
“The neighbors reported fires. When Caden and Ice—” Bram referenced two of the Doomsday Brethren’s other members—“teleported over to investigate, they found no survivors. You won’t solve anything by going there.”
“If someone had attacked Emma’s house, wouldn’t you investigate personally?” Raiden snarled, referring to Bram’s mysterious mate. She’d bonded with him, then disappeared after just one night.
Bram raised a brow. “It’s different. Tabitha wasn’t your mate. In fact, didn’t you spend last night with another woman?”
Raiden steeled himself. Yes, he had. A human whose name he couldn’t recall. And didn’t he regret that now? While trying to avoid Tabitha so she could have had a safer, better life, he’d left her to face Mathias alone.
Self-loathing ate his stomach like acid.
He shot Bram a menacing glare. “I’m going. I don’t care if you come with me or not.”
Forcing himself to concentrate, Raiden took a deep breath, centered his magic, and teleported to the Lowery estate.
The grand home lay in ruins, blackened and charred, ransacked as if someone had searched it high and low. The devastation was absolute—and like a fist in his gut. Bodies were strewn on the lawn.

To read the rest of the Excerpt go here:http://www.shaylablack.com/hauntedbyyourtouch.html

So far I've only read this story in the anthology as well, since I just finished "Entice Me at Twilight" the other day, I was eager to read on with the Brethren. I absolutely loved this story. Raiden comes into his own and Tabitha is a great addition. Enjoy "Mated"!!!!
~Kimberly~ 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

~An Oldie But Goodie~



This one is not old to me as I have just recently started reading historical romances, but it is a goodie!

Alec MacLean, the Viscount Hunterston must marry the Earl of Covington's daughter and live scandal free for a year to inherit his family fortune. When he kidnaps the wrong girl all his plans go awry. Alec thinks he has taken the beautiful Therese Frant, but instead he ends up with the plain Miss Julia Frant, not the bride he had in mind. It turns out being married and living the scandal-free life isn't so easy after all for either, especially when they have several people waiting in the wings to sabotage all that's at stake for their own selfish means.


I definitely enjoyed this story. Karen Hawkins is a great writer I just started reading because of her latest title, Much Ado About Marriage. Like I said, I am a new historical fiction reader, but I have taken to them like a chocoholic with Godiva in front of them.


Give author Karen Hawkins a try if you haven't before, you won't be sorry.

To order this book:http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Abduction-of-Julia/Karen-Hawkins/e/9780380810710/?itm=2&USRI=the+abduction+of+julia

Karen Hawkins website:http://www.karenhawkins.com/

~Kimberly~

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Entice Me At Twilight Doomsday Brethren Series, Book 4 – Duke’s story (Joey)


Entice Me At Twilight
Doomsday Brethren Series, Book 4 – Duke’s story
Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Romance
Release Date: October 26, 2010

Hey Guy's this Is Joey and the book of the day is Entice Me At Twilight by one of the best writers out there. Mrs. Shayla Black!! I have read a lot of her stories and have fell in love with each character. E.M.A.T is book four of the series and Released October 26, 2010. I had this book read in one day. This story is about Simon Northam, Duke of Hurstgrove AKA Duke. I really enjoyed his book, he was one who kept you on your toes. For anyone who hasn't started this series yet here is a little catch up of the series. The Doomsday Brethren is a group of wizard who try to keep all Magic kind safe. Mathias d’Arc is trying to cause havoc around the magic world and the Doomsday Brethren needs to stop him,But can they??? If you are into Witches and Wizards and more, then this is a series you must try. They will have you hooked from book one! Here is the write up for Book 4 Entice me at Twilight!!
~Joey~


In national bestselling author Shayla Black’s electrifying new novel, the Doomsday Brethren fight their mortal enemy for the newest weapon in a bloody magical war: the only woman a magical warrior shouldn’t claim…and the one he can’t resist.


Dangerously handsome Simon Northam, Duke of Hurstgrove, and his uptight barrister brother hardly get along, but crashing Mason’s wedding and stealing his fiancĂ©e take sibling rivalry to a new level. Duke’s family knows nothing of his magical prowess or the Doomsday Brethren, so how can he explain that mankind’s fate lies with the beautiful, tenacious bride he longs to seduce for himself?


Felicia is an Untouchable, a rare human whose presence disables magic—even the impenetrable forces surrounding Morganna le Fay’s tomb. The evil witch’s malicious powers could propel nefarious wizard Mathias to ultimate world domination . . . if he can resurrect her. To conceal herself, Felicia must heed her simmering desires to mate with Duke, but he risks binding his life—and sanity—to a lover whose loyalty may be forever torn. He faces a terrible choice: betray his brother for ultimate survival . . . or lose the woman who tempts him beyond control.

Check out all The Doomsday Brethren Series here at http://www.shaylablack.com/books.html#doomsdaybrethren

Good evening readers! It's Kimberly. I just wanted to put my two cents in with Joey's awesome post about this book. I have to say that "Entice Me At Twilight" by the very talented Shayla Black is my new favorite of the Doomsday Brethren books. "Duke" is my favorite warrior and he really shined here. Felicia is the perfect heroine for Simon. I'm hoping all of those eager readers who have never given Shayla Black a try go out and buy this excellent series. Happy Reading :-P.  
~Kimberly~