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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Lynsay Sands Rules!

I absolutely love and adore Lynsay Sands. Her books are so funny and crack me up. My favorites are her vampire series, the Argeneaus. These books are about a group of people who are vamps, a whole family in fact. But their condition is caused by science, not by nature. I think it gives it a really great and unique twist. And I am totally excited about next year.

3, count em 3, Argeneau books will be released back to back. January, February and March will mark the releases. I have put up the covers for all three with the post. I am so looking forward to March's especially. I have been eagerly awaiting Marguerite's story and that will be March's book.

If you wanna read the books that have been released thus far in order of the plot they are A Quick Bite, Love Bites, Single White Vampire, Tall Dark & Hungry, A Bite To Remember, and Bite Me If You Can. They are all great and hugely funny, but Bite Me If You Can has become my favorite.

Next year's releases are as follows. In January it will be The Accidental Vampire which is Victor's story. He's the father of Vincent who's story took place in A Bite To Remember. In February it's Vampires Are Forever. This is Thomas' story. He's one of the main family of Argeneau's cousins and has been floating around in several books. Now he'll finally get his own. And in March it's Vampire Interrupted. This is the long awaited book dealing with Marguerite. Marguerite is the mother of the four first vamps in the Argeneau series. She has meddled in all their lives to ensure their happiness. She herself has a tragic past. The man she married who fathered her children was very cruel to her. And now it's her turn to find true love. I can't wait!

In my opinion, Lynsay Sands is one of THE best authors out there. If you'd like more info on her Argeneau series or on her stand alone titles, click the link to her website on my link section. She totally rules!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Spooky Spooky Month Part Two!

Now that Halloween is just a couple days away I thought I'd add some more Halloween type reads to the list. These are all great books with a paranormal bent dealing with witches, ghosts, vampires and such.

Christine Feehan's Drake Sisters series is about a group of seven sisters who were each born with extrordinary gifts. Books 1 through 5 are out. They can each stand alone but it is best to read them in order. They are Lover Beware, The Twilight Before Christmas, Oceans Of Fire, Dangerous Tides, and Safe Harbor. The final two are still to come.

The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes is a hilarious book about three sisters, each with a gift that they can't quite master. The oldest sister shapeshifts at the worst times. The middle sister can transmute things and is trying desperately to turn straw into gold to help save her family. And the youngest sister is telekinetic, but can't lift anything heavy.

The Darkwing Chronicles is a continuous series about a group of vampires forced to work for the government or face termination. Their mission is to save the world from terrorists. The catch is none of them truly believe in what they are doing at first since they were forced to do it.

Sex And The Psychic Witch is the first in a new series by Annette Blair about a group of triplet witches. It's absolutely hilarious. Each sister has her own unique talent and the first book is about the oldest triplet, Harmony.

That's a good group of books. Have a wonderful and safe Halloween everybody. And make sure you cozy up with a good howling book.

Friday, October 12, 2007

The Rise Of A Female Hitler!

Only last week, Ann Coulter, the moronic right-wing mouthpiece and all around baboon said that women shouldn't be allowed to vote because we make stupid choices. Nevermind the fact that she herself is a woman. But maybe that underscored her whole arguement. I certainly have known more shame at being a woman thanks to the fact that Ann Coulter is a woman who unfortunately for all of us, opens her mouth.

But I am at my limit with her after today. She has now proven herself to be an absolute bigot. In a political interview today, Ms Coulter stated that everyone should be Christian. When asked about Jews, she said they could be made improved Jews by becoming Christian. You know, Hitler had the same idea once. I believe it sparked WWII if I am not mistaken.

She said having everyone as a Christian would be easier. It would streamline things and we'd all obey. It would be like a Federal Express religion. Then this country could be just like the last Republican convention and we'd all love our country and defend it. There should only be Christians, no Jews other than improved Jews who are now Christian, no Buddhists, no Pagans, no nothing. First off, this country was founded by men who were Christian, and considered good Christians, who wrote it into the Constitution that people should have FREEDOM OF RELIGION. In other words, could worship however they saw fit, any God they saw fit.

Secondly, I am a proud Wiccan. I believe in a Mother Goddess and I am very happy and content with that. But, unlike Ms. Coulter, I have NEVER tried to force anyone to convert to my beliefs. I believe in the old adage of live and let live. And, while I am not a republican, I do love my country. Just because I don't agree with much of what has been going on in Washington D.C. these last few years does not mean I hate my country.

Therefore, I have to ask Ms. Coulter, who doesn't like Democrats, women, Jews, or basically anyone who has a brain just two questions. First, just what rock did you crawl out from? And second, would you please crawl back under whatever rock it was you crawled out from? Thanks ever so much.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Mystifying Fun!

I just got finished playing a really fun game for the PC. It's called Mystic Inn. This game is fantastic. You play as Daphne, a young sorceress lured into the Mystic Inn by a sign on the door. Once inside the inn, you find you can't leave. Some sort of enchantment binds you to the inn. Your only hope of escape is by serving drinks to the customers in order to obtain magic with which to upgrade the inn. Once you have fully upgraded the inn, your curse is then broken.

This game is easy to learn. There are 50 levels and you need to serve drinks faster and faster. And you get to play little mini games where you can make power ups. Trust me, on some levels the only way to get through is with the power ups. Add into the mix a dragon who shows up every so often to steal potions, an owl who does take out orders, and cranky customers and you better be quick.

The graphics are beautiful and the game includes an awesome soundtrack. I love this game and I think you will too. It's rated E for everyone. Mystic Inn is so much fun. It's out now if you would like to get your own.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Voice Of Crow

I just finished reading Voice Of Crow, the sequel to Eyes Of Crow by Jeri Smith-Ready and loved it. The first skirmish is over, and everyone must face the aftermath. And the price is higher than anyone realizes.

VOC follows the journeys of many characters, not just the heroine Rhia, as they struggle to deal with their own nightmares of the first battle. This novel follows Rhia as she is tormented by the dead Skaris, her pregnancy, and the abduction of her child. It follows her husband, Marek as he copes with nightmares of being tortured. The story follows Alanka who's plagued with guilt over the battle and haunted by having killed. And it follows the Descendant Filip who can never go home and is developing new abilities bestowed by the aspect of Horse.

We journey with Rhia as she travels to save her child. And even if it means travelling to the white city of the Descendants, or even to valley of death itself, nothing with stop her, and her aspect of crow knows it. This book is a thrill ride from page one.

I truly loved this book and I read it in one day. It's well worth getting and reading. I'm eagerly awaiting the third installment, The Reawaking. This is a fantastic series and Jeri Smith-Ready creates a truly magnificent story. Voice Of Crow is awesome.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Spooky Spooky Month!

It's October and you know what that means, All Hallow's Eve, more commonly called Halloween. It's the night when the living can commune with the dead. It's also the month when witches, vampires, ghosts and goblins abound. It's the perfect month for reading some really good paranormal books! So in honor of Halloween, I thought I'd mention some of my favorite books that have the Halloween feel to it.

First off, Christine Feehan's entire Carpathian series. This series is totally about pre-vamps and those who have become full vamps. And of course, Halloween is the perfect time for vampires.:-)

Witchling and Changeling by Yasmine Galenorn. These two books rock. It's about a trio of sisters who are half human and half Fae. One sister is a witch, one is a werecat, and one is a vampire. The one about the vampire doesn't come out till January though but the first two are awesome. The stories are full of vamps, dragons, were creatures, witches and more.

Eyes Of Crow by Jeri Smith-Ready is highly appropriate for this time of the year. The heroine has the ability to foresee the approach of death thanks to her totem animal of crow. I have the sequel, Voice Of Crow and will read it tomorrow. I will blog about it either tomorrow night or Saturday.

The Three Sisters trilogy by Nora Roberts is all about a trio of witches who have to fight off an encroaching evil. I love this series and re-read it often. It's one of Nora's best trilogies in my opinion.

Disappearing Nightly by Laura Resnick is a gem. It's urban fantasy about a broadway actress who can't seem to get her big break, that is until the lead in her play disappears while on stage...literally. Now she has the part, but it's not as good as she hoped because a whole string of performers seem to disappearing as well. And to top things off, a demon's on the loose.
Kerrelyn Sparks' entire vamp series so far is fantastic. It's funny and I love them all. I am eagerly awaiting the fourth installment which comes out in January. The first three are How To Marry A Millionaire Vampire, Vamps And The City, and Be Still My Vampire Heart.

I think that's a good list of Halloween spirited books. They're are of course hundreds more, but these are my favorites.:-)