Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!

Fall is my favorite season and it’s finally upon us. The weather is changing (it’s finally cooling down) and the holidays are fast approaching. Tonight, I’ll be trick-o-treating with the kids. My daughter is going to be a witch and my son will be going as Buzz Lightyear. And yes, I’ll be raiding their loot for Hershey bars.

What are you doing this Halloween?


Hi Ms. Mallory. Thanks for joining us! Could you tell us a little about yourself?

H.P. Mallory: Sure, I’m 33 and married with a 17 month old son. I lived in the UK for two years—Cambridge, England and Edinburgh, Scotland. And I started writing Fire Burn in Cambridge and Warlock in Scotland. Now I live in California.

fireburn I love your book covers for Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble and To Kill a Warlock! They're very eye-catching. Did you have a say or a part in creating the covers?

H.P. Mallory: Well, I had total say because I designed them! LOL While the art was outsourced, I got to piece them together and add the text, etc.

That is awesome that you had a say in the creative aspect of your covers. They really do look great! What was your road to publication like?

H.P. Mallory: Well, I’ve really paved my own way to publication. I started with a huge NY agent who repped some of the biggest names in Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance such as Jeaniene Frost and Ilona Andrews. While my agent was sending my book out to various publishers, the economy tanked and with it went my chances of landing a great publisher. So, after that, I lost touch with my agent and sat on my books for about a year or so. Then I decided to take matters into my own hands and published them on Amazon. That was back in July and I haven’t looked back since. I’ve really been thrilled by the success I’ve experienced thus far and by the reaction to my books. It seems that the road for indie authors is really broadening with indies such as Zoe Winters and Amanda Hocking leading the way. It’s been an incredible adventure and I’m so glad I made this decision.

warlock What was the most challenging aspect of writing these books and how did you overcome that challenge?

H.P. Mallory: The most challenging thing is the writing itself. Finding the time really is the toughest challenge. My solution? Waking up at 5 am every morning so I can get some time to myself. I also put myself on a pretty strict schedule to make sure I stay on time with my writing.

thumbnail trouble What can we expect to see from you in the future? Are you currently working on any projects?

H.P. Mallory: I’m currently working on the follow up book to Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble, titled Toil and Trouble. I’ll release this book on Jan 1. I’m also working on a graphic novel version of To Kill A Warlock but that is currently in its infancy and I don’t have a release date for it yet.

What are 5 things most people do not know about you?

H.P. Mallory:

  1. My favorite movie is Gone With the Wind
  2. Halloween is my favorite holiday [ Happy Halloween! ]
  3. My favorite urban fantasy series is the Sookie Stackhouse series followed closely by the early Anita Blake books
  4. One of my favorite books is The Art of Racing in the Rain
  5. One of my biggest joys is traveling


Thanks Ms. Mallory for stopping by!

Find the author online: website | blog | twitter | facebook

Read a sample chapter:

Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble: Chapter One
To Kill A Warlock: Chapter One


Thanks to H.P. Mallory, there is an eBook copy of Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble and an eBook copy of To Kill a Warlock to giveaway!! There will be (2) winners - first winner selected will win their 1st choice between the 2 eBooks, second winner will win the remaining book. Giveaway is open Internationally. Comments are appreciated, however, you must fill out the form below in order to enter the giveaway. Please read the Contest/Giveaway Policy for complete list of rules. Giveaway ends Friday, November 12th, 2010. Good luck to all who enter!

On My Wishlist (49)

On My Wishlist

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where I list all the books I desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. If you want to know more click here.

The Giver (The Giver, #1) by Lois Lowry

In the "ideal" world into which Jonas was born, everybody has sensibly agreed that well-matched married couples will raise exactly two offspring, one boy and one girl. These children's adolescent sexual impulses will be stifled with specially prescribed drugs; at age 12 they will receive an appropriate career assignment, sensibly chosen by the community's Elders.

This is a world in which the old live in group homes and are "released"--to great celebration--at the proper time; the few infants who do not develop according to schedule are also "released," but with no fanfare.

Lowry's development of this civilization is so deft that her readers, like the community's citizens, will be easily seduced by the chimera of this ordered, pain-free society. Until the time that Jonah begins training for his job assignment--the rigorous and prestigious position of Receiver of Memory--he, too, is a complacent model citizen. But as his near-mystical training progresses, and he is weighed down and enriched with society's collective memories of a world as stimulating as it was flawed, Jonas grows increasingly aware of the hypocrisy that rules his world.

With an eerie futuristic setting, Lowry is once again in top form--raising many questions while answering few, and unwinding a tale fit for the most adventurous readers.

Gathering Blue (The Giver, #2) by Lois Lowry

In her strongest work to date, Lois Lowry once again creates a mysterious but plausible future world. It is a society ruled by savagery and deceit that shuns and discards the weak. Left orphaned and physically flawed, young Kira faces a frightening, uncertain future. Blessed with an almost magical talent that keeps her alive, she struggles with ever broadening responsibilities in her quest for truth, discovering things that will change her life forever.

As she did in The Giver, Lowry challenges readers to imagine what our world could become, how people could evolve, and what will be considered valuable. Every reader will be taken by Kira's plight and will long ponder her haunting world and the hope for the future.

Messenger (The Giver, #3) by Lois Lowry

Strange changes are taking place in Village. Once a utopian community that prided itself on its welcome to new strangers, Village will soon be closed to all outsiders. As one of the few people able to travel through the dangerous Forest, Matty must deliver the message of Village's closing and try to convince Seer's daughter to return with him before it's too late. But Forest has become hostile to Matty as well, and he must risk everything to fight his way through it, armed only with an emerging power he cannot yet explain or understand.


I read The Giver almost a decade ago. I don’t remember the details but I do remember that it disturbed me. I hadn’t thought about the book until I recently read Matched by Ally Condie; there were some elements in Matched that reminded me of The Giver. So I would like to read The Giver again. Looking at the book on Goodreads I found out that The Giver is part of a series, which I had not known before. So I would like to read the two other books in the series as well.

What’s on your wishlist?

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Janice Gable Bashman & Jonathan Maberry

Today, I have co-authors Janice Gable Bashman and New York Times and Bram Stoker Award-winning Jonathan Maberry here for an interview. Their book Wanted Undead or Alive: Vampire Hunters and Other Kick-Ass Enemies of Evil was recently released by Citadel Press on August 31st 2010.

REVIEW: Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick


Nora should have known her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described as anything but angelic), and surviving an attempt on her life, things are not looking up. Patch is starting to pull away, and Nora can't figure out if it's for her best interest or if his interest has shifted to her arch-enemy Marcie Millar. Not to mention that Nora is haunted by images of her father and she becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened to him that night he left for Portland and never came home.

The farther Nora delves into the mystery of her father's death, the more she comes to question if her Nephilim blood line has something to do with it as well as why she seems to be in danger more than the average girl. Since Patch isn't answering her questions and seems to be standing in her way, she has to start finding the answers on her own. Relying too heavily on the fact that she has a guardian angel puts Nora at risk again and again. But can she really count on Patch, or is he hiding secrets darker than she can even imagine?

Title: Crescendo (Hush, Hush #2)
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Format: ARC, 427 pages
Genre: young adult, paranormal romance
Source: review copy
Published: October 19, 2010 by Simon & Schuster
Buy the book: The Book Depository | Amazon
Find the author online: website | blog | twitter | facebook

Why I Read this Book: Ever since I read Hush, Hush last year (which I really enjoyed), I’ve been dying to read Crescendo. A year seemed like too long of a wait but the time has arrived! And let me just state for the record, I re-read Hush, Hush (in 24 hours nonetheless!) before cracking open Crescendo. That is so unlike me to re-read a book! But I don’t think I would have been able to make it through Crescendo without doing so. It was a nice refresher because I had really forgotten a lot of what happened in Hush, Hush since I read it a year ago.

The spooky thing about this all: I read Hush, Hush (the first time) and re-read it on the exact same day, one year apart. I didn’t realize this until after I had finished reading it the second time. I had started reading it on 10/17 and finished on 10/18, both times. Freaky!

What I Liked: The writing is good. The author took me through a range of emotions, good and bad. There was many a time where I wanted to throw this book at the wall because of either Nora’s emotions or her actions.

The suspense was killing me! Crescendo is definitely a page turner. I was glued to the book trying to find out what was going on.

Another thing I was pleased to find out in Crescendo: Patch’s real name.

What I Didn’t Like: Nora and Patch frustrated me to no end, mostly Nora with her being so naïve. There are many situations and circumstances that I will not go into because they will give part of the story away. But I will say that her emotions completely took over her sense of reasoning. She acted irresponsibly and erratically throughout most of Crescendo. I’m kind of upset with the way things left off between Nora and Patch in regards to their relationship. The author evoked such strong, unfavorable emotions from me towards these two characters.

Patch’s reasoning at the end of the book did not justify his actions, especially his involvement with Marcie. Patch caused Nora so much grief, so much pain. This was another cause of frustration for me.

Overall Impression: I liked Crescendo; I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I enjoyed Hush, Hush. Becca Fitzpatrick throws in a killer cliffhanger ending which has me anxiously awaiting Tempest, the third book in this series. I was also left with quite a few questions that were left unanswered. Questions I hope will be answered in the next book, which I will definitely be reading.

The Book Vixen’s Rating:


“I would have thought you’d have liked the red lace,” I whispered, completely embarrassed.

“No, nothing with lace, I pictured you wearing those,” he confessed, returning to me and kissing my belly button.

location 2568 (Kindle), Crimson Moon by J.A. Saare

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others.
  • Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

REVIEW: Love Sucks! by Melissa Francis


AJ Ashe is moving on. Sure she still has not-so-sisterly feelings for Ryan, her ex-boyfriend-turned-step-brother, but there’s a new vampire in town and his name is Alexander Archer. Caught between the desire to move forward with Sexy Lexy and being drawn to her past with Ryan, AJ thinks life couldn’t get anymore complicated. Yeah, right. When her mother’s pregnancy is threatened, it looks like AJ’s long lost father is the only person who can save her. But Dad’s help comes with a price. AJ is forced join the evil side of her family, and a very creepy shape-shifting demon is there to make sure AJ cooperates. All this and she’s still got to plan the prom. Being a teenager is tough, but being a teenage vampire just flat out sucks. Pun totally intended.

Title: Love Sucks! (Bite Me, #2)
Author: Melissa Francis
Format: paperback, 224 pages
Genre: young adult, paranormal romance
Source: review copy
Published: July 2010 by HarperTeen
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Reviewed by
50 words or less: When you're a high school senior, it's best to deal with your issues one at a time. Ex-boyfriend turned stepbrother, vampire mother having a baby, prom theme debates, new hotties on the scene, half vampire demons. You know, normal stuff.

Why, you ask? Because Love Bites! is a sweet cupcake of a book and although there really aren't any surprises or heretofore unexplored avenues in the story, it's a fun way to relax after a long day. (Sidenote: the adorable cupcake photo came from The Adventures of an Unconventional Kitchen Goddess, and I was extremely distracted just now looking at all the pictures. Just saying.)

Love Sucks! is the second book in this series. I will say here at the onset that that might be the reason that I have some...questions...about elements of the story. While most of the supernatural rules of the world were easy enough to figure out, there were enough elements left open that I would advise people to start with the first book in the series (Bite Me!) and go from there.

AJ is a vampire, a born one, who's trying to deal with a whole lot of drama.  Her mom married her ex-boyfriend's dad and is now expecting a baby, a baby that is the key to a Really Important Prophecy. Everyone is all keyed about protecting her mom and the baby she carries, which is understandable, so when AJ and her younger siblings are attacked in their own home it's only logical to bring in a trainer that can take her skills to the next level.

That trainer is Alexander (Lex) and it is certainly here that the romantic tension takes off. Lex is kind of like a starter Bones - he's vampiric and English and if descriptions are to be believed, yummy as all getout.  AJ has feelings for Ryan still, and Ryan has feelings for AJ, but apparently it was decided in the last book that they could no longer date since their parents were married. The sparks fly between Lex and AJ, and the ever-present love triangle establishes itself pretty quickly.

There is a whole lot of wandering around in the dark looking for historic artifacts and other things that I freely admit didn't really grab my interest, perhaps because the foundation for why these artifacts are important was laid in a book that I haven't read. The importance of those events in this book though is that it exposed a fundamental issue between Ryan and AJ that's going to have to be resolved at some point; namely that Ryan doesn't really trust AJ any further than he can throw her. Lex is happy to step in and makes no bones (har!) about showing his interest in AJ, but AJ isn't sure he's being honest either, and she's not happy about the fact that he can't seem to refrain from commenting on her private thoughts, which he can hear unless she blocks him out.  I enjoyed AJ's narrative voice and her honest appraisal of her own emotions and situations; I felt for her on a variety of levels.

Which brings me to the issue that I had with this book, and really the issue that I have with all books that go down this narrative garden path.  Other than the standard "he was my first love" line of thinking, I did not get the appeal of Ryan as a love interest at all.  One, he's emotionally unavailable, two, he's suspicious of not only AJ's motives for doing ANYTHING, but went as far as to accuse her of contemplating defecting to the side of Evil, and three, he was incredibly hurtful towards her at a time when, even if he's determined to only be in her life as her stepbrother, he should have been way more supportive. And that's an understatement. What's wrong with the attractive, intelligent, emotionally available guy?

If you're cool with that, though, and are looking for a cupcake book to lighten your mood, then this one is a good bet. Overall Grade: B+

Emily’s Rating:

Where to find Emily online
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I’m over at Casey Crow’s blog today!


You may remember when I had contemporary romance author Casey Crow over here on The Book Vixen about a month ago where she talked about second chances. When Casey Crow invited me to come over to her blog, I happily took her up on her offer. I’m over there today so come by and check out 5 reasons I read romance.

Harry Potter Extravaganza

Welcome to the next stop on the Harry Potter Extravaganza tour! The tour is hosted by Monica at Bibliophilic Book Blog. For my part of the tour, I’m going to tell you how Harry came to be a part of my life.

KINDLE NEWS: New Features Coming Soon

This announcement came off the Kindle Discussion Board on Amazon. If you’re a Kindle owner, I highly recommend you check out these boards to stay up to date on all things Kindle.

We wanted to let you know about two new features coming soon.

First, we are making Kindle newspapers and magazines readable on our free Kindle apps, so you can always read Kindle periodicals even if you don't have your Kindle with you or don't yet own a Kindle. In the coming weeks, many newspapers and magazines will be available on our Kindle apps for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, and then we'll be adding this functionality to Kindle for Android and our other apps down the road. Our vision is Buy Once, Read Everywhere, and we're excited to make this possible for Kindle periodicals in the same way that it works now for Kindle books. More details when we launch this in the coming weeks.

Second, later this year, we will be introducing lending for Kindle, a new feature that lets you loan your Kindle books to other Kindle device or Kindle app users. Each book can be lent once for a loan period of 14-days and the lender cannot read the book during the loan period. Additionally, not all e-books will be lendable - this is solely up to the publisher or rights holder, who determines which titles are enabled for lending.

We will post to the forum later this year when these features are available.

I can’t wait for the lending feature! This is the best thing to come to the Kindle since Collections! I’m glad to see that Amazon is finally adding this. The Nook has had this advantage over the Kindle for over a year now.  I wonder if publishers will be generous with this feature on their books…?

Question for all you Nook owners – what percentage of the books you purchase would you say have the Lend Me feature? Is the feature available on popular titles?

Question for prospective eReader buyers – Now that Amazon has announced that they’ll be adding a lending feature, will you be more likely to buy a Kindle over a Nook?

On My Wishlist (48)

On My Wishlist

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where I list all the books I desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. If you want to know more click here.

Love, Lust, and Faking It: The Naked Truth About Sex, Lies, and True Romance by Jenny McCarthy

In Belly Laughs, Jenny McCarthy told you what you could really expect when you're expecting; in Baby Laughs and Life Laughs, she gave you the unfiltered ups and downs of motherhood and marriage. Now in Love, Lust, and Faking It, the inveterate truth-teller turns the lights on for a funny, often wise, and no-holds-barred look at the essence of relationships: love and sex.

McCarthy talks about finding first love and dealing with heartbreak; the importance of playing doctor and other nice and naughty fantasies; becoming a Playboy Miss October; why women are master manipulators; the virtues of sex with the lights off; the power of a "loving no," and so much more.

Love, Lust, and Faking It takes on a subject the sex symbol, mother, television star, comedian, and divorcée can be trusted to examine with nothing but unvarnished honesty and outrageous humor.

I’ve read Belly Laughs (hilarious!), Baby Laughs (even funnier!) and Life Laughs (not so funny and not as enjoyable as her two previous books). This particular cover for Love, Lust, and Faking It is pretty hilarious. I read sample chapters online and I totally want this book now! Her writing style is natural and it’s funny. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one.

Three Weeks with My Brother by Nicholas Sparks

As moving as his bestselling works of fiction, Nicholas Sparks' unique memoir, written with his brother, chronicles the life-affirming journey of two brothers bound by memories, both humorous and tragic. In January 2003, Nicholas Sparks and his brother Micah set off on a three-week trip around the world. It was to mark a milestone in their lives, for at 37 and 38 respectively, they were now the only surviving members of their family. As Nicholas and Micah travel the globe, the intimate story of their family unfolds in the details of the untimely deaths of their parents and only sister. Against the backdrop of the wonders of the world, the Sparks brothers band together to heal, to remember, and to learn to live life to the fullest.

Author Biography: Nicholas Sparks lives in North Carolina with his wife and children. Micah Sparks lives in California with his wife and son.

Let’s just get this out of the way: I’m a HUGE Nicholas Sparks fan. I have bought every single book of his, except this one. Until recently, I had refused to read his memoir because I don’t like reading non-fiction. I was completely content with only reading his works of fiction until a few people HIGHLY recommend I read this, especially with me being a big fan of his. So I’m going to read it. I’m hoping I’ll get to know Nicholas Sparks more and understand the inspiration for his craft by reading this memoir.

Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume

Davey has never felt so alone in her life. Her father is dead—shot in a holdup—and now her mother is moving the family to New Mexico to try to recover. Climbing in Los Alamos Canyons, Davey meets mysterious Wolf, who seems to understand the rage and fear she feels. Slowly, with Wolf’s help, Davey realizes that she must get on with her life. But when will she be ready to leave the past behind? Will she ever stop hurting?


I was catching up with the book blogs I read on my Google Reader when I saw this book cover. Instant flash back! I read this book in middle school! I don’t have any recollection of what this book was about but I sure do remember that cover. So I’m on a mission to get this book and read it again. And it’s a Judy Blume book! I feel so cool knowing I’ve read one of her books.

A Valentine Anthology by Various Authors

What does Valentine's Day mean to you? Sappy cards and silly chocolates? Squeezing in a stolen moment with your husband when the kids aren't looking? Finding or returning to that one true love? For Omnific Publishing’s romance writers, Valentine’s Day is everything from steamy nights with fantasy men to rekindling the flame of romance often lost in the hectic pace of day to day life.

Whatever Valentine’s Day means to you, this first-ever collection of romantic short stories by Alice Clayton, Jennifer DeLucy, Nicki Elson, Jessica McQuinn, Victoria Michaels, and Alison Oburia is sure to put you in the mood for love. Make every day Valentine's Day with A Valentine Anthology from Omnific Publishing.

The main reason I want to read this is because Alice Clayton has a story in it. I’ve read The Unidentified Redhead and The Redhead Revealed and I love her writing style.


What’s on your wishlist?


Today, I have YA Fantasy Author Ednah Walters here for an interview. Her debut novel, Awakened, just released in September 2010. She is currently working on the next installment in The Guardian Legacy series titled Betrayed. The Guardian Legacy is a series of books about the Guardians, beings with super powers charged with guarding mankind against demons.

You decided to write not about vampires or werewolves but instead about fallen angels. Do you think fallen angels are the next big thing?

Ednah Walters: I don’t know, but I sure hope so. That’s not to say the fanged ones are yesterday news. Vampires are here to stay although I believe vampires are but one race of beings that came from the union between fallen angels and humans. And so did the werewolves. That’s why in my book, I mention both vampires and shifters.

What advantages do you think fallen angels have over vampires and werewolves?

Ednah Walters: First, who would want to snuggle with a winged-being…fly or kiss a winged being. I’m drooling just thinking about it. Fallen angels have amazing abilities vamps and werewolves can only dream of. Sure, vamps have the speed and forever young thing going for them and wolves have the strength, but angels have it all—beauty, forever young, controlling elements, teleportation, time-travel and mind-control to name a few (okay, so vamps can do mind-control thing too…but fallen angels do it better). Certain restrictions vamps have, like sensitivity to light, fallen angels don’t. And they were the original bad boys who were willing to give up everything for love.

I can tell you've done a lot of research about fallen angels just by reading your website. What have you learned writing about fallen angels?

Ednah Walters: It’s hard to summarize what I’ve learned because there so much info out there. The bottom line is, fallen angels fell because they loved humans…women. How can you not love being who rebelled against authority for love?

They also taught us a lot, from cosmetics, astrology to weapon-making. And most people believe that in every mythology, whether you’re talking about Egyptians, Titans, Norse or Hindu, the gods and the legends were really the children of the fallen angels. There so much the fantasy genre can play with when dealing with fallen angels.

What was the most challenging aspect of writing Awakened and how did you over come that challenge?

Ednah Walters: The hardest part was letting Lil follow her heart. I so wanted her to fall for the charming and carefree Sykes, but something about Bran called to her. I kept on thinking, why him? He’s impossible and arrogant and his brother is the Devil’s spawn. Why, why, why? Lil just told me to shut up and write. And later, it turns out he’s exactly what she needs. He’s caring, loyal to a fault and totally believes in her. I mean, this guy will do anything for her. He completes her.

At times, we as writers try to force our characters to act a certain way and then we hit a roadblock and don’t know which way to take the story. I’ve come to learn that it’s better to listen to my characters and let them lead me wherever they want to go. I’m just the conduit they use to tell their story. But I’ve got to tell you though, I’m looking forward to writing Sykes’ story. He’ll meet his match one day.

What was the easiest aspect of writing Awakened?

Ednah Walters: Interactions between Lil and her human friends. I have teenagers and understand girls. Seeing them through Lil’s eyes was interesting. I keep wondering who will be first to learn about Lil’s secret and how they’ll react.

If Awakened were made into a movie, who would you cast as Lil and Bran?

Ednah Walters: I’d need a warrior for both of them. Lil is vulnerable yet proactive (I don’t like the term strong…it is so unflattering). So I’d go with Emmy Rossum (Dragon Ball Evolution), tough girl. Bran…yummy body, broody, tough…who else but Jared Padalecki (Sam from Supernatural. I love the Winchester boys).

You've written children books that you used to read to your own children. Now you have shifted to writing YA. What has writing for a young adult audience taught you? Do you read a lot of YA novels?

Ednah Walters: Writing YA books taught me that I must think as a teen to write for teenagers. I can’t talk down to them. I can’t treat their love like it’s a passing phase. Every emotion and every decision means something to the characters and must be treated with respect. A beta-reader who read the manuscript asked me why I had Lil and Bran falling in love at such a young age. I had to explain to her that when teen fall in love it is real for them and just like when adults fall in love.

I read a lot of YA books. I read Hush, Hush….loved Patch

Read Mortal Instrument series…love Jace, Circle of Magic, Bartimeus/Eye of Golem, the Uglies, Vampire Academy, Marked….

What are 5 things most people do not know about you?

Ednah Walters:

  1. I was born in Kenya.
  2. I have a PhD in chemistry.
  3. I took up art and taught myself how to paint.
  4. I become miserable if I don’t workout.
  5. I cannot stand Mac & Cheese. *gasp* I love Mac and Cheese!

Thank you Ednah Walters for stopping by!

Find the author online: website | blog | twitter | facebook

Most teens turn sixteen and get the license to drive, Lil Falcon gets the license to kill demons, but no one told her she is not supposed to fall in love with one.

Orphaned as a child and raised by an eccentric grandfather, Lil is concerned with surviving high school and is unaware she's a Guardian—a being with super powers charged with killing demons and protecting humanity. But when she meets Bran, a mysterious boy with amazing abilities, his psi energy unlocks her latent powers.

But Bran has a secret that can destroy their growing relationship. He's part demon. But in her heart, Lil knows Bran is not evil. So when her grandfather is kidnapped by a powerful nature-bender and Bran is the only one who knows where he's being kept, Lil convinces the other Guardians to trust him, not knowing her grandfather is just the bait. And the truth that she discovers in the demonic enclave may just destroy everything she believes in, unless she makes the right choice—love and sacrifice.


Thanks to Ednah Walters, I have an ARC of Awakened, a Guardian Legacy T-shirt, pen and notepad, and a *signed* bookmark to giveaway to one winner!! Giveaway is open Internationally. Comments are appreciated, however, you must fill out the form below in order to enter the giveaway. Please read the Contest/Giveaway Policy for complete list of rules. Giveaway ends Friday, October 29th, 2010. Good luck to all who enter!

Book Review: Adversary by Kate Kaynak

Adversary by Kate KaynakTitle: Adversary
Series: Ganzfield, #2
Author: Kate Kaynak
Genre: Paranormal Romance, YA
Source: review copy from author
Published: August 2010 by Spencer Hill Press

The other minders, sparks, and charms aren’t the only threats facing the people of Ganzfield. Things are more dangerous than they seem for G-positives, and not everyone will survive.

Does Maddie have what it takes?


I couldn’t stand the thought of losing Patch, but it would kill me if I lost him to her.

Overwhelmed by that sudden fear, I said “Don’t come back until you’re ready to tell me what you were doing at her place.”

p. 49, Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

How’s that for a teaser? I think we can pretty much guess who’s worried about losing Patch but whom is she worried about losing Patch to?

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others.
  • Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!