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Friday, October 17, 2008


I'm sorry I'm totally not feeling well today. I will do my next Fright Month update on Monday and I apologize for the delay. However, in the Halloween spirit, let me suggest you watch Monsters Inc. by Disney Pixar. It's voiced by John Goodman and Billy Crystal. It's a hilarious movie. See you Monday everyone.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Fright Month 7!

Next up for Fright Month is Lust by Jade James. Lust is part of the Vampire Oracle series by Cobblestone Press. The premise is ordinary people who receive in the mail a kind of tarot card with one word written on it. The card's arrival and the word written determine the path that is about to open up.

Shauna receives one of the Oracle cards. Written on her card is the word lust. This opens up a floodgate of out of control passion for her. Brothers Julian and Wrath are vampires who work as police detectives. They have both desired Shauna for years, first when she was a cop and now that she's a private investigator. Feeling that she was too young, they have waited to stake their claim on her.

Now, with the card's approval, they go after her with a vengeance. But Wrath and Julian aren't the only ones after Shauna. Someone else, a madman with murder on his mind is also in hot pursuit and it will take all of Julian and Wrath's abilities to keep the woman they love alive.

Lust by Jade James is fantastic. I love the Vampire Oracle series. If you'd like to check out Lust or any of the other stories in this series, click on the link I have up for Cobblestone Press. Until Friday, Happy Haunting.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Fright Month 6!

My next Fright Month installment is Vampire Interrupted by Lynsay Sands. This book is part of her Argeneau series and was the long awaited story of Marguerite, the matriarch of the family.

Marguerite had spent 700 years of her life a victim of an abusive, controlling husband. But the last 500 years have been the absolute worst. She never knew why, but her dead husband got angrier, and far more cruel in those years. He took to drinking and just plain making everyone in his family, even his children, miserable.

Marguerite, now that her husband is dead, has finally embarked on her own life and started a career as a private investigator. While on her very first job in Europe to try and discover Christian Notte's mother, Marguerite is attacked and nearly beheaded. Determined to protect the woman who is his lifemate, Christian's father Julius Notte joins the group.

But Julius is hiding more secrets than just the identity of his son's mother. His secrets delve back into Marguerite's past and before all is said and done, the truth about Marguerite, her late husband Jean-Claude, Christian, and Julius may well blow up in all their faces. But it may also get Marguerite and Christian killed.

I loved Vampire Interrupted. The truth of what Jean-Claude did to Marguerite will break your heart. She suffered more than even she was aware of and it was just so needless. If anyone deserves her happy ending, it was Marguerite. Vampire Interrupted by Lynsay Sands is out now. If you want to know more about anything Lynsay Sands writes, click on the link I have up for her. Until Wednesday, Happy Haunting!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Fright Month 5!

Christine Feehan's Carpathian series is perfect for Halloween. The whole series surrounds vampires, dark mages, and the struggle for the souls of the men. But, for my Fright Month special, I am going to feature my all-time favorite of her Carpathian books. I love many of these stories, Darius' story, Jacques' story, Falcon, and Raphael's story are just a few of my favorites. But my number one favorite, and the one I am featuring here for Fright Month is Dayan's story, Dark Melody.

Dayan, one of the lost children of the Carpathian people and a member of the musical group The Dark Troubadors, meets his lifemate in a bar that he stopped to jam at for the night. Corinne restores colors, emotions, and desires to Dayan, but claiming her will be no simple task. The people responsible for murdering her husband are on her tail. As if that weren't difficult enough, Corinne is suffering from a failing heart.

Normally, Dayan would be able to turn her and fix her failing heart, but Corinne is pregnant with a female child with psychic abilities. The kind of child the Carpathian race desperately needs in order to continue. Turning Corinne would endanger the baby so Dayan must call on the aid of the vast network of Carpathians to help save his lifemate and the unborn child all the while protecting her from the murderous society of vampire investigators who killed her husband.

Dark Melody is my all-time top of the line favorite of the Carpathian books. Dayan is such a sweet and wonderfully tragic hero, and you're heart can't help but break for poor Corinne and all that she has had to struggle against. Dark Melody by Christine Feehan is out and available. If you'd like to know more about any of Christine Feehan's books, click on the link I have up for her website. Until Monday, Happy Haunting!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Fright Month 4!

Today's installment of Fright Month is Dragon Wytch by Yasmine Galenorn. This is book four in her Sisters of the Moon series. This series is designed around three sisters, half Fae and half human. Because of their human blood, their supernatural abilities don't always work for them.

Camille is a witch who's spells go awry. Delilah is a shifter who turns into a tabby cat whenever she's stressed. Menolly, the youngest is a vampire. Dragon Wytch takes us back into the viewpoint of the oldest sister, Camille. The third spirit seal has been found, demons are running loose, and to make matters even worse, Smoky the dragon is calling in the favor Camille owes him.

That favor is the promise of her in his bed. As if she didn't have enough problems, her Svarten lover is taken captive and her father has vanished. Now, Camille must trust in Smoky as she never has before in order to save her family, her friends, and herself from becoming demon chow.

Dragon Wytch is sensational. I love Smoky he's an absolute trip and the things he does with his long hair should be illegal. Dragon Wytch and the first three books before it are all out and available. Witchling, told from Camille's point of view is book one. Changeling is book two and told from Delilah's POV. Book three is Darkling and told from Menolly's POV. Dragon Wytch returns us to Camille's viewpoint. Next year, Night Huntress will be out and will return us to Delilah's view.

If you'd like to check out Dragon Wytch or the earlier contributions to this series click on my link for Yasmine Galenorn's website. Until Friday, Happy Haunting.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Fright Month 3

Well, it's Monday and time for my next installment of Fright Month. I want to thank my Mom for her guest blog over the weekend. Did you all like the baby picture of our kitty? She looked like such a wombat.:-) It was also a definate look into her personality. She was and still is a major imp cutie pie. I love that cat.

My next featured book for Fright Month is Harker's Journey by NJ Walters. This is book one in her Dalakis Passion series. It's all about a family of vampires who are desperately searching for their lifemates. Johanna Harker began having dreams of a mystery lover when she was 18. A man calling himself Cris visited her for years every month. Now an executive, Johanna has been sent by her company to meet with the elusive Cristofor Dalakis, a major contract with the company she works for.

Much to Johanna's shock, Cristofor Dalakis, head of the Dalakis family is very similar to her dream lover. Could it be possible? And what other secrets does the handsome Mr. Dalakis possess?

This is a fantastic vampire love story. Harker's Journey, book 1 in the Dalakis series is available from Ellora's Cave. It's also available in print form as a combination with book 2 in the series. If you'd like to check out Harker's Journey, click on the link I have to Ellora's Cave. If you'd like to know more about the books NJ Walters writes, click on the link I have up to her website. Wednesday will be the next Fright Month installment. Until then, Happy Haunting.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Guest Fright!

Hello All, and thank you Kathy for offering me this opportunity to guest post on your blog.

This is me with OUR little black cat when she was just a teeny thing...she's a bit bigger now...as you will see in the next pic. She's not really a SCARY cat...she's more a PERSNICKETY one...but we adore her.

I SUPPOSE there are those who might say that with THOSE headlights, she could be giving us the "Evil EYE", but she's too much of an imp for us to seriously delegate to the myths about black cats and Halloween naughtiness.

Moving on, Kathy asked me to do a guest entry following in the Halloween month theme...Halloween conjures up many images...but I am sticking to the one of "canned fright!" SO here goes...oh and please, those of you who will read this, forgive me if I don't QUITE hit the mark. I am ANCIENT...long-in-the-tooth...LOOOONNNGGG ago fell over THE-HILL. To me fear is measured in how many new prescriptions I must ad to my increasingly bulging medical box...but anyone who is past the stage where "geriatric" is just a word on the Geritol bottle will understand.

Now that I've procrastinated...another sign of advancing old age, I will begin my REAL contribution to Kathy's Halloween theme posts.

You might want to run and HIDE now...

Staying close to the ground, his body agile and boneless, he moved. He'd heard stories about this night...this night of "pretend" fright. Halloween...his tongue tasted the word with a combination of disdain and anticipation.

Moving with exacting precision, he felt the curving surge throughout his body, as he continued on his path...his finely tuned senses picking up the sounds, scents and whispers of potential quarry in the distance. But the distance was closing.

Over the rocks and offal left by the unwary, he silently but ever so determinedly proceeded. Tonight would be HIS night...his night to make the pretend fear of costumed ghosts and ghouls become the REAL horror that stories and songs would pass down through the coming ages.

The timbre of sounds intensified. He was close. So very close. Intensifying his ground consuming pace, and keeping his body undetected, he continued his approach. There. A man. A woman. And two children. Yesssssss!!!!

Noiselessly he neared...closer, closer, closer. He could almost feel the subtle vibrations of their heartbeats. The children, dressed in the bizarre masquerades of the night's ritual, tripped along with eagerly, jabbering with unsuspecting excitement, approached the path leading to the next house for their candy treat.

He watched them approach from his vantage point, his eyes mere slits now of concentration. Almost there. He gauged his timing knowing from long experience, when the right time would be.

The children separated from the adults and began moving towards the house.

"Oh yes," he thought, "those little ones will make for a TASTY appetizer before turning on the banquet of treats the man and woman would be.

The children lifted their feet to place upon the first step of the jack-o-lantern festooned house, when he vaulted up on his tail, shook the full length of his fabulous body and gave out a stream of blood-curdling hisses...a sound soon harmonizing with the multi-pitched screams of his feast.

Nothing scarrier than a snake-in-the-grass...dontcha agree? So when you are out and about this coming Halloween season, remember to be on the lookout for that well-hidden fright...the good, old, snake-in-the-grass. ;>)

Friday, October 03, 2008

Fright Month 2!

My next featured book is one of my favorites. Dark Needs At Night's Edge by Kresley Cole is book four in her Immortals After Dark series. This book epitomizes everything about Halloween. The hero is a vampire and the heroine is a ghost. Here's what the dust jacket has to say about the story:

A Raven-Haired Temptress Of The Dark: Neomi Laress, a famous ballerina from a past century, became a phantom the night she was murdered. Imbued with otherworldly powers but invisible to the living, she haunts her beloved home, scaring away trespassers-until she encounters a ruthless immortal even more terrifying than Neomi herself.

A Vampire Warrior Consumed By Madness: To prevent him from harming others, Conrad Wroth's brothers imprison him in an abandoned manor. But there, a female only he can see seems determined to drive him further into madness. The exquisite creature torments him with desire, leaving his body racked with lust and his soul torn as he finds himself coveting her for his own.

How Far Will He Go To Claim Her? Yet even if Conrad can win Neomi, evil still surrounds her. Once he returns to the brutality of his past to protect her, will he succumb to the dark needs seething inside him?

I love all five books thus far in this series but this one, Dark Needs At Night's Edge is my favorite. I love Conrad and Neomi is fantastic. Years of boredom at not being seen have caused Neomi to develop a few bad habits. She likes to pickpocket from unsuspecting mortals. And Conrad's insanity caused by drinking blood until he kills has left him with a cruel streak. He often takes his rage out on Neomi.

But when Neomi's ghostly life is threatened with complete and total destruction, Conrad's fierce and cruel tendencies are the only things that may save her. Dark Needs At Night's Edge by Kresley Cole is currently out and available. Click on the link I have up for her if you'd like to check out any of her books.

Tomorrow my Mom, Lin, author of Lin's Blog, will be here guest blogging about Halloween so make sure you come back for that. I will have the next Fright Month installment for you on Monday. Until then, Happy Haunting!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Fright Month!

Welcome to October, the month that is dedicated to everything spooky. That's right, Halloween is coming. So, I'm going to spend this month highlighting books that are about vampires, witches, ghosts, demons, and all manner of other things that go bump in the night. Up first is Veiled Truth by Vivi Anna.

This is book three in Vivi Anna's Valorian Chronicles series about a bunch of paranormal crime scene investigators. The head of the OCU unit is Caine Valorian, a long-lived vampire. Book three is about a member of his team, Lyra Magice. Lyra is a witch who's specialty involves curses and hexes.

Determined to uncover the truth about the recent ritual killings that have been plaguing her town, Lyra steals a book from a Dhamphir. But, after an attack on an important personage, she is forced to work with him to uncover the truth, even if it means putting her own life on the line.

Veiled Truth releases today from Silhouette Nocturne. I can also highly recommend the first two books in this series. Book one is Caine's story. Book two is the chief werewolf's story. Given the fact that almost all the characters in these books are creatures of the night, this whole series is perfect for October.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are the days I will update with the next Fright Month books so come back Friday for the next spooky installment. Until then, happy haunting!