Author J. R. Ward Unmatched in Writing and Fan Interaction

Dead After DarkI just bought the DEAD AFTER DARK ebook strictly for The Story of Son novella by J. R. Ward, though I look forward to being introduced to the works of Kenyon and the others too.   I’ll update this post with my ratings of each story once I finish but I had to just stop and say Author J.R. WARD is Stunningly Unmatched IMO

Not that other authors don’t come close. I have a few other favorites and Richelle Mead (particularly Vampire Academy) runs a close second, topping that list.  But I am completely enthralled with every character, world and scenerio that author J. R. Ward has ever dreamed up and published so far.  I haven’t read this one (inside Dead After Dark) yet but the Black Dagger Brotherhood novels rank overall above of every other book series I’ve read (over 150 vampire and paranormal romance books over the past nine months!)

Covet: A Novel of Fallen Angels

Covet: A Novel of the Fallen Angels

BDB novels are definitely adult though so don’t buy them for teens and don’t read them lightly.  They are not like simple erotica by any means (way too developed for that), nor are they too complex to grasp without intense concentration and mapping like some paranormal sci-fi books.  They are just very well developed and intricately, captivatingly written.  And J. R. Ward is as obsessed with her characters as we are… thankfully. 

I also can’t wait for her new series COVET releasing this September!  This new series builds on the world and characters introduced in BDB including Marie-Therese,  last seen working at club Zero-Sum, who will become Covet’s main heroine.  We will also enjoy drop-in appearances by the brothers and their shellans, Lassiter and other BDB characters.  Indeed, “Angels on Harleys” may well be the only concept that could ever complete with BDB! Keep up with all this great info on the BDB Forum and Yahoo Group!

05.19.2009 New Release: Royal Blood, Vampire Kisses 6 by Ellen Schreiber

Royal Blook (Vampire Kisses 6)ROYAL BLOOD

Vampire Kisses, Book 6
by Ellen Schreiber

Release Date: May 19, 2009
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SYNOPSIS

Summer break is over, and Raven is hardly eager to be returning to Dullsville High. Not only does school mean daily interaction with preppy pest Trevor Mitchell, but her sleep-filled days and romantic nights with her immortal boyfriend, Alexander, must come to an end. Plus the shock of morning classes isn’t the only change in store.

An unexpected letter turns up at Alexander’s mansion—announcing his parents will be coming to town. And once they arrive, just about everyone has had a sighting of the macabre couple except Raven. What could be delaying Alexander from introducing Raven to them? Could Alexander be hiding something about his parents’ homecoming? Continue reading

04.28.2009 New Release: Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood, book 7) by J. R. Ward

lover-avengedLOVER AVENGED

Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 7
Rehvenge’s Story by J.R. Ward
Release Date: April 28th 2009
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Audiobook: May 12, 2009

J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood novels have introduced readers to a “different, creative, dark, violent, and flat-out amazing”* world.  Now, as the vampire warriors defend their race against their slayers, one male’s loyalty to the Brotherhood will be tested- and his dangerous mixed blood revealed.
*All About Romance

Product Description:
The brothers are back—the latest installment in J. R. Ward’s sizzling #1New York Times bestselling series.

J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood novels have introduced readers to a “different, creative, dark, violent, and flat-out amazing” (All About Romance) world. Now, as the vampire warriors defend their race against their slayers, one male’s loyalty to the Brotherhood will be tested—and his dangerous mixed blood revealed… Continue reading

Vampire Kisses Gain Popularity, Bring About Change

Royal Blook (Vampire Kisses 6)

Okay, so this title reflects multiple truths for vampire romances especially this year.  My original prompting for this article was the stunning new covers for two upcoming releases from the Vampire Kisses series by Ellen Schrieber: “The Beginning” (April 21) and “Royal Blood” (May 19) .  Of course, ‘Vamplore’ basics dictate one or more bites by or of a vampire (stories vary) will  change a human into a vampire (if they live through it).  On a larger scale, we are also seeing a major increase in readership and demand for “books with a bite” aka: the Vampire Romance subgenre of Fantasy-Fiction.  The rise in vamplore popularity among teens and young adults is now also effecting change across merchandising, fashion, media and literature too, much like the piratology (skulls and cross bones) frenzy.  But let’s get back to these new book covers and change they follow in merchandising.

Personally, I loved the artsy feel of the first five illustrated covers in this series.  But I must admit the new gothic-inspired photograph in dramatic black & white with splashes of red or violet tones is a good move.  This change should help bring them into the same limelight as bestsellers Twilight, Vampire Academy, House of Night, and Blue Bloods.  Ellen Schreiber writes well-developed humorous teen love stories anyway, complete with captivating fun characters (Alexander and Raven are so cute together!)  So Vampire Kisses has captured and held my attention already, as well as the hearts of many teen readers across America. But I believe these covers will attract new readers and perhaps an older audience of college students and adult readers.  You might say Vampire Kisses is showing its fangs this year in YA fantasy marketing and it will likely place a sizeable bite on the vampire romance vein, draining it of some very sweet profits!

Vampire Kisses: The Beginning

On a larger scale, the Vampire Romance genre is growing with great energy and effecting change  in readership, classification, and related merchandising across markets of all ages over the past several months.  This sudden surge was prompted by, fed by or at least confirmed by the popular Twilight Saga novels and movie last fall (and yes Robert Pattinson as Edward).  Stephenie Meyer (author of Twilight) suggested this success may be largely due to the hole in fantasy-fiction left by the aftermath of the Harry Potter series.  But HP books never tapped into the romance genre or the hearts of love struck females ages 10-70 worldwide like Twilight has (and still going!) 

But now “vamplore” addicts have flung that door wide open drawing attention to similar genres Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy and Dark Fantasy.  Thankfully, a mass of writers and publishers are meeting our demands with an onslaught of “Immortal Fiction” bearing similar marketing appeal including vampires, were-animals, shape-shifters, mythological creatures, ghosts, faeries and magical creatures of The Fey, all kinds of immortal, paranormal, spiritual or otherwise supernatural beings, most of whom interact with and often fall in love with humans. As if we would hold any real appeal for such spectacular creatures, right? But we like to believe it, perhaps so we won’t mind too much having to return to the real world after such a great adventure! Continue reading

02.24.2009 Release: White Witch, Black Curse by Kim Harrision

White Witch, Black Curse (The Hollows, Book 7)

White Witch, Black Curse

The Hollows Series, Book 7
By Kim Harrison

Release Date: February 24, 2009
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Some wounds take time to heal . . . and some scars never fade. Rachel Morgan, kick-ass witch and bounty hunter, has taken her fair share of hits, and has broken lines she swore she would never cross. But when her lover was murdered, it left a deeper wound than Rachel ever imagined, and now she won’t rest until his death is solved . . . and avenged. Whatever the cost. Yet the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and when a new predator moves to the apex of the Inderlander food chain, Rachel’s past comes back to haunt her.  Literally.

About the Author:
New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison was born and raised in the upper Midwest but has since fled south to better avoid snow. When not at work on the Hollows series, she spends her time tending orchids, cooking with some guy in a leather jacket, and training her new dog. Her current vices include good chocolate and exquisite sushi.Her bestselling novels include Dead Witch Walking; The Good, the Bad, and the Undead; Every Which Way But Dead; A Fistful of Charms; and For a Few Demons More ; and The Outlaw Demon Wails.
 
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VAMPIRE/PARANORMAL ROMANCE/MYSTERY AUTHORS:

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Adrian, Lara | www.laraadrian.com
1. Kiss of Midnight (The Midnight Breed, Book 1) *ebk*
2. Kiss of Crimson (The Midnight Breed, Book 2) *ebk*
3. Midnight Awakening (The Midnight Breed, Book 3) *ebk*
4. Midnight Rising (The Midnight Breed, Book 4) *L*ebk*
5. Veil of Midnight (The Midnight Breed, Book 5) *ebk* NEW!
6. Ashes of Midnight (The Midnight Breed, Book 6) *May 19*

Andersen, Jessica | www.jessicaandersen.com
1. Nightkeepers (Novels of the Final Prophecy, Book 1) *ebk*
2. Dawnkeepers (Novels of the Final Prophecy, Book 2) NEW!
3. Skykeepers (Novels of the Final Prophecy, Book 3) *Aug 4*

Andrews, Iona | www.ilonaland.com
1. Magic Bites (Kate Daniels Series)

Armstrong, Kelley | www.kelleyarmstrong.com
1. Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, Book 1) *L*ebk*au*
2. Stolen (Women of the Otherworld, Book 2)
3. Dime Store Magic (Women of the Otherworld, Book 3) *ebk*
4. Industrial Magic (Women of the Otherworld, Book 4) *ebk*
5. Haunted (Women of the Otherworld, Book 5) *ebk*
6. Broken (Women of the Otherworld, Book 6) *ebk*
7. No Humans Involved (Women of the Otherworld, Book 7) *ebk*
8. Personal Demon (Women of the Otherworld, Book 8) *ebk*
9. Living with the Dead (Women of the Otherworld, Book 9) *ebk*
10. The Summoning (Darkest Powers, Book 1) *ebk*au*hcebk*
12. Exit Strategy (Nadia Stafford, Book 1) *ebk*
11. Men of the otherworld (Men of the otherworld, Book 1) *Jan 27
13. Made to Be Broken (Nadia Stafford, Book 2) *Feb 24

Arthur, Keri | www.keriarthur.com (referred by Charlaine Harris)
1. Full Moon Rising (Riley Jenson Novels, Book 1) *ebk*
2. Kissing Sun (Riley Jenson Novels, Book 2) *ebk*
3. Tempting Evil (Riley Jenson Novels, Book 3) *ebk*
4. Dangerous Games (Riley Jenson Novels, Book 4) *ebk*
5. Embraced by Darkness (Riley Jenson Novels, Book 5) *ebk*
6. The Darkest Kiss (Riley Jenson Novels, Book 6) *ebk*
7. Destiny Kills (Riley Jenson Novels, Book 7) *ebk*
8. Deadly Desire (Riley Jenson Novels, Book 8) *Apr 2009* Continue reading