Thursday, October 30, 2014

Morganville: The Series Revitalizes Vampire Genre Just in Time for Halloween @MV_The_Series @RachelCaine

Rachel Caine’s Snarky Vampires Perfect for Geek & Sundry’s October Line-up

I've loved the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine ever since I first met Claire, Shane and the gang in Glass Houses (book one). Now there's a web series which I watched all five webisodes today. I am a fan and I'm hooked on this series.

Geek & Sundry: Rachel Caine is adapting her Morganville Vampires books – fifteen (15) total – for a hilarious fright fest of a web series. Each episode of the first season is expected to be 8-12 minutes long, bringing the entire season to about an hour and is freely adapted by Rachel from the first novel – Glass Houses. The first season will begin airing on Geek & Sundry October 27th with a prime schedule planned out… the hope is that the first season finale lands on Halloween day.

Blog tour: Redeemed (A House of Night Novel) by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast + interview & giveaway


We have a treat for everyone today! We are part of the blog tour for Redeemed (A House of Night Novel #12) by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast. I remember Zoe and her friends from the earlier books like Chosen, Untamed and Hunted. Redeemed is the 12th book in the series as Zoe and the wide cast of characters end their long and successful series. There's also word about movies so I can't wait for that. We have an interview with the mother and daughter team behind this vampire series, P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast, plus we also have a SIGNED House of Night comic to giveaway. C'mon in and enjoy our tour stop. Thanks to Meryl R. Moss Media Relations for the book.



Title: Redeemed (House of Night #12)
Author: P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin, 310 Pages (October 14th, 2014)
Add to: Goodreads

Synopsis: In the final electrifying novel in the HoN series, Neferet has finally made herself known to mortals. A Dark Goddess is loose on Tulsa and the world. No single vampyre is strong enough to vanquish her - unless that creature has the power to summon the elements as well as the ability to wield Old Magick. Only Zoey Redbird is heir to such power…but because of the consequences of using Old Magick, she is unable to help. Find out who will win and who will lose in this epic battle of Light versus Darkness.




P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast Q&A

1. REDEEMED, the final novel in the House of Night series just came out. How does it feel to reach the finale of the series?
PC: It’s bittersweet to come to the last HoN book. I’m excited about the new trilogy I’m working on, but I also miss Z and the Nerd Herd. I spent almost a decade with the HoN characters. I know I’m going to feel their absence as I’m at my writing desk – and at my brainstorming desk!

KC: It’s sad that the HoN series is ending. Like Mom, I’m going to miss Zoey and the Nerd Herd, but I’m going to miss our fans most of all. I hope that they’ll continue to follow us as we each begin our new projects.

2. Do you have a favorite book in House of Night?

PC: For a long time I loved CHOSEN because of the mistakes Zoey makes in that book and the lessons she learns. And my favorite novella is LENOBIA’S VOW. Since finishing REDEEMED, though, I have to say that I love it best!

KC: My favorite is LENOBIA’S VOW. I love the story, and that anyone can pick it up and read it without having to read any of the other books in the series.

3. Is there a character that you feel closest to?

PC: Aphrodite is easiest to write, and I’ll always feel close to Zoey.

KC: I love me some Heath! I guess that also means that I love Aurox too!

4. House of Night is an international phenomenon! How has the success of the series changed your life?

PC: HoN has enriched our lives on many levels. We love hearing from our fans about how they have grown up with Zoey and the group. Kristin and I get to take awesome road trips!

KC: I’ve gotten to meet so many people who have been inspired by HoN, which has made me a better person in a lot of ways.

5. Neferet is such a tragically flawed character. Her backstory made her more sympathetic, even though her choices are horrid. How much of her actions in REDEEMED, and previous books, is a result of her trying to overcome her past?

PC: Sadly, Neferet’s life choices were a direct result of her inability to let go of her father’s brutal attack and rape. I think a big part of her reaction to his abuse was a direct result of “Emily’s” inability to forgive herself. I do understand Neferet, often too well. It saddens me that the HoN world lost what could have been such a great force for Light.

6. Where do you see Zoey in 10 years?

PC: I see Z being a kick ass High Priestess!

7. Does Zoey and Stark’s relationship continue?
PC: Absolutely! Stark will always be Zoey’s Warrior.

8. Did writing the series together strengthen your relationship?

PC: Kristin and I have always been close, so that hasn’t changed. I am appreciative of her editorial eye, and love partnering with her!

KC: Mom and I have always had an amazing relationship! Working with her has made me appreciate and respect her even more.

9. Do mothers and daughters read your books together?
PC: Yes! We hear from mothers and daughters a lot! We love that they read the HoN as a team.

KC: Hearing how our books have brought mothers and daughters closer is so amazing! I love that we’ve been able to inspire connection within so many families.

10. How did you decide to write a series about vampires?

PC: My agent, Meredith Bernstein, asked me to write a series set at a vampyre finishing school, and my imagination took off from there.

11. Who is your all-time favorite fictional vampire character?

PC: I love the vampire in Robin McKinley’s wonderful book, SUNSHINE.

KC: Spike! He’s totally my boyfriend.

12. Spike or Angel?

PC: SPIKE! He’s been my boyfriend for years.

KC: No! He’s MY boyfriend, Phyllis.

13. Some have speculated that the huge surge of interest over the past few years in the paranormal romance/vampire fiction genre won’t last. What do you think?

PC: I think it’s silly to worry about genres coming and going. A good book is a good book. Excellence in storytelling will never be out of fashion.

14. What is on your nightstand now?

PC: The first book in Anne Bishop’s Jewel series, Neil Gaiman’s THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE, and the latest copy of bitch Magazine.

KC: Benadryl, my dehumidifier, and stress relieving essential oils. (I have a bit of an allergy problem.)

15. What was your favorite book as a young adult?

PC: Wow, there were so many of them! When I was a young girl I read every horse and dog book I could get my hands on (LOVE Walter Farley). As I became a teenager and a young adult, I didn’t read YA. I read lots and lots and lots of fantasy, science fiction, and romance. As a teenager my favorite series was probably Anne McCaffrey’s books about Pern. I still want to ride a golden queen dragon!

KC: I was obsessed with GOSSIP GIRLS and Lynn Ewing’s DAUGHTERS OF THE MOON series.

16. Can you tell us a little more about the philanthropic organizations that you support?
PC: I have an education foundation that helps kids through college. I’m also passionate about supporting the feminist bitch magazine and SageWoman.

PC & KC: We believe in supporting local charities like Tulsa Street Cats, the Oklahoma Equality Center, the Oklahoma Center for the Book, Philbrook and Gilcrease museums. We will also always support the Humane Society and SPCA.

17. You are about to embark on book tour – what are you most looking forward to?

PC & KC: We haven’t toured in the US for several years (been too busy writing!), so we’re really looking forward to seeing our fans from all over the US!

18. What has the response been like to the House of Night clothing line?
PC: I’ll let Kristin handle this one, as this is her baby, but I will say that I heart me some HoN merchandise!

KC: It’s been fantastic! It’s amazing when I see people out in public who are wearing one of the shirts, or have a bumper sticker on their car. I feel very honored and fortunate to have such support from our fans.

19. Your fans can’t wait for the HON movies to come out! Where are you in the process right now?

PC: This summer I worked with our wonderful screenwriter, Marc Haimes, on the treatment (which is really just a long outline) of the first movie, and he has completed the first draft of the script. Yes, I do love it!

20. What’s up next for you, PC?
PC: What’s next for me is a fantasy romance trilogy of epic proportions that I’m really excited about. I should have news for my fans in the next month or so!

21. What’s up next for you, Kristin?

KC: Right now I’m working on the first book in a new adult paranormal suspense series. Meredith Bernstein, my fabulous agent, is finalizing the contract with my new publisher and I will have exciting news this November! You can sign up to receive info about my new series at www.KCastAuthor.com.


About the Author:

P.C. Cast was born in the Midwestern United States, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. With her tour in the USAF completed, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. Ms. Cast is a #1 New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling author and a proud member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers’ Best, and the Laurel Wreath. Her mega-hit young adult series, The House of Night, co-authored with her daughter, Kristin, has transcended the genre and, with over 20 million copies in print, appeals to readers of all ages. Ms. Cast's young adult, paranormal romance, and fantasy series can currently be found in forty-two countries. Ms. Cast lives in Oklahoma with an assortment of dogs, cats, horses, and one precocious burro.

Find P.C. Online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

About the Author:

At 19-years-old, Kristin is thrilled to be coauthoring the YA series, THE HOUSE OF NIGHT, with her mother. The first book in the series will be her first published novel. She has won awards for her poetry, as well as served as journalist for her intermediate high school newspaper, Tiger Tales, and as editor for her high school magazine, Tiger Eye. Kristin attends Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and is working hard to fulfill her goal of becoming a veterinarian without bankrupting her mother. One of the Scottinators belong to her, although we’re not telling either of the dogs that she’s going to someday be their veterinarian. Kristin would love to hear from her fans, and can also be reached through her mother’s website.

Find Kristin Online: Website | Facebook | Goodreads



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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Blog tour for Her Perfect Game (Hot & Nerdy #2) by Shannyn Schroeder with review and giveaway @sschroeder_ @lyricalpress @NereydaG1003




Her Perfect Game (Hot & Nerdy #2)
by Shannyn Schroeder 
New Adult contemporary romance
Release Date: 10/27/14
Kensington Books
112 pages

 Summary from Goodreads:
Spring break is supposed to be a week of fun in the sun for three childhood friends about to graduate from college. But one of them is ready to get her game on somewhere else…

Charlie Castle is an expert archer and a fierce warrior—in her favorite video game, anyway. But college life was a program she couldn't quite master. To land a cybertech job without a degree, she's entering a "hackfest" over spring break—where she also hopes to meet the sweet gamer who's been flirting with her online. Instead, she runs into the hot guy who walked away years ago, and can't fight the desire that comes rushing back.

Jonah Best has never gotten over Charlie, whose kisses were always as deliciously creative as her coding. But now that they're face to face again, he doesn't know how to admit that her online admirer is really him—or how to convince her that he's offering her a job for her incredible skills, not her sex appeal. Can Jonah cut through their communication glitches and persuade Charlie that the next level up for them should be forever?


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Second chances at love, who can refuse that kind of story? Not me. In Her Perfect Game Charlie is a gamer, a total nerd, and didn't graduate college. Attending HackCon, she's excited to meet the nice guy she's been chatting with online. Unfortunately, nice guy turns out to be someone from her past. She'd liked Jonah and they'd dated. and he taught her to hack games and then left. He was certainly the last person she expected to see. Know that saying about things happening for a reason?

Told by two viewpoints in third person, the reader learns about each character's innermost thoughts, fears and insecurities which helps us understand these two. Why did Jonah leave her? Is Charlie the same girl from the girl in the past dealing with her roommate's suicide? These answers are revealed in this novella. I do wish some things had been developed more but I still enjoyed the story.

Her Perfect Game (Hot & Nerdy #2) by Shannyn Schroeder is a fast, cute, and sexy read. Reading about gamers was certainly refreshing and I liked the humor and romance. 


Rating: 3

Book cover:
Works well with the others in the series.

Book source:
I received a promotional copy.

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About the Author

Shannyn is a former English teacher, who now works as a part-time editor while raising her three kids.

Even though she wrote from high school through college (mostly poetry), she’d never considered a career as an author. Writing fell by the wayside as she focused her energy on creating lesson plans and new and fabulous ways to torment her teen students. One group in particular dubbed her “The Torture Master,” a title she carried into motherhood.
After the birth of baby number two, Shannyn resigned from teaching and fell in love with reading romance novels. She read so many books so quickly that her husband teased, “If you’re going to read so many damn books, why don’t you just write one?”

So she did.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Cover Reveal: Light a Candle for the Beast by @EchoShea

Here is the cover reveal for Echo Shea's latest, Light a Candle for the Beast
Creepy and cool!

Light a Candle for the Beast by Echo Shea
Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: November 26, 2014
Keywords: Paranormal Romance, Fairy Tale, Beauty and the Beast, Short Story

If you’ve ever been caught in a riptide, pulled down into the water, then you know me. Or, more accurately, what I’m like when I’m angry.

Delia was beautiful, smart, and kind. He wasn’t. He said he loved her, but he didn’t know what love was. He was manipulative and cruel—more than a thief. A beast.

All she wanted was a rose… 

These are the words on my sister’s grave. Her sadness, her obsession, forever a reminder I didn’t—couldn’t save her.

I’m not vindictive or cruel. I’m simply as the river:. My memory is winding and my reach is long. I watched him steal her beauty, her essence. Watched him become a beast. He thought he'd get away with it, thought he'd go free.

I lay a rose upon my sister's grave.

Light a candle for the beast.

About the author
Echo Shea is an Urban Fantasy writer. Known for fast-paced and sometimes chilling prose, she hunkers down at her desk with characters that not only enchant, but excite her. There’s something so freeing about writing beyond what seems possible.

Who says there’s not something more hiding in these Maryland woods?

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