Monday 31 December 2012

Books Read in 2012...

DECEIVED BY THE OTHERS (H&W Investigations #3): Jess Haines

*AVENGER'S ANGEL (The Lost Angels #1): Heather Killough-Walden

TEMPEST'S LEGACY (Jane True #3): Nicole Peeler

DARKNESS FALLS (Immortal Beloved #2): Cate Tiernan

EIGHTH GRADE BITES (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod #1): Heather Brewer

INCANTATION: Alice Hoffman

HANA (Delirium #1.5): Lauren Oliver

SADIE WALKER IS STRANDED (Zombie #2): Madeleine Roux

DARKNESS BECOMES HER (Gods & Monsters #1): Kelly Keaton

GREEN WITCH (Green Angel #2): Alice Hoffman

PURE (Pure #1): Julianna Baggott

NINTH GRADE SLAYS (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod #2): Heather Brewer

TANTALIZE: Kieren's Story: Cynthia Leitich Smith


XVI (XVI #1): Julia Karr

LENOBIA'S VOW (House of Night Novella #2): P.C. and Kristin Cast

THAT THING AT THE ZOO (Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty Hunter #0.5):

NIGHT SCHOOL: C.J. Daugherty

SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP (A Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty Hunter short): James R. Tuck

TWAS THE FRIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (A Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty Hunter short): James R. Tuck

TENTH GRADE BLEEDS (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod #3): Heather Brewer


SWITCHED (Trylle Trilogy #1): Amanda Hocking

THE VITTRA ATTACKS (Trylle #1.5): Amanda Hocking

ELEVENTH GRADE BURNS (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod #4): Heather Brewer


*ADVENT: James Treadwell

THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER (Mara Dyer #1): Michelle Hodkin

WONDER WOMAN: Amazons Attack!: Will Pfeifer and Pete Woods

ONE HELL OF A RIDE (InCryptid #0.5): Seanan McGuire

TWELFTH GRADE KILLS (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod #5): Heather Brewer

GONE TO THE DOGS (An Ethan Banning File): Naomi Clark

ICE, ICE BABY (An Ethan Banning Christmas Special): Naomi Clark

PANDEMONIUM (Delirium #2): Lauren Oliver

ANITA BLAKE, VAMPIRE HUNTER (Guilty Pleasures #1-12): Laurell K. Hamilton, Ritchie, Ruffner-Booth, Booth, Lim

THE WALKING DEAD, Vol. 1 (Days Gone Bye): Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore

THE GOOD NEIGHBORS, Book 2 (Kith): Holly Black & Ted Naifeh

STRANGE CANDY: Laurell K. Hamilton

GLITCHES (The Lunar Chronicles #0.5): Marissa Meyer



THE GOOD NEIGHBORS, Book 3 (Kind): Holly Black & Ted Naifeh

THE WALKING DEAD, Vol. 2 (Miles Behind Us): Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard

FURY (The Fury #1): Elizabeth Miles

THE WALKING DEAD, Vol. 3 (Safety Behind Bars): Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard

THE WALKING DEAD, Vol. 4 (The Heart's Desire): Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard

THE WALKING DEAD, Book 3: Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard

THE WALKING DEAD, Vol. 7 (The Calm Before): Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard

THE WALKING DEAD, Vol. 8 (Made To Suffer): Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard

THE WALKING DEAD, Vol. 9 (Here We Remain): Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard

THE WALKING DEAD, Vol. 10 (What We Become): Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard

THE WALKING DEAD, Vol. 11 (Fear The Hunters): Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard

THE WALKING DEAD, Vol. 12 (Life Among Them): Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard

THE WALKING DEAD, Vol. 13 (Too Far Gone): Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard

THE WALKING DEAD, Vol. 14 (No Way Out): Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard

HOLLOW PIKE: James Dawson

AMERICAN VAMPIRE, Vol. 1: Scott Snyder and Stephen King

A MONSTER CALLS: Patrick Ness (From an original idea by Siobhan Dowd)

True Blood, Vol. 1 (All Together Now): Alan Ball, David Tischman, Mariah Huehner, David Messina

THE WALKING DEAD, Vol. 15 (We Find Ourselves): Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard

BUNHEADS: Sophie Flack



THE WALKING DEAD Issue #91: Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard

THE WALKING DEAD Issue #92: Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard

THE WALKING DEAD Issue #93 (A Larger World, Part One): Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard

THE WALKING DEAD Issue #94 (A Larger World, Part Two): Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard

DEEP DARK SECRET (Secret McQueen #3): Sierra Dean

TORN (Trylle Trilogy #2): Amanda Hocking

ONE DAY: THREE WAYS (Trylle #2.5): Amanda Hocking

FIGHTING TO SURVIVE (As The World Dies Trilogy #2): Rhiannon Frater

CHOSEN (Anna Strong, Vampire #6): Jeanne C. Stein

DEADLOCKED (Sookie Stackhouse #12): Charlaine Harris

BLACK HEART (Curse Workers Trilogy #3): Holly Black

RIGHT HAND MAGIC (Golgotham #1): Nancy A. Collins

BLOOD AND BULLETS (Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounter Hunter #1): James R. Tuck

THE CHOSEN SEED (The Dog-Faced Gods Trilogy #3): Sarah Pinborough

WICKED BUSINESS (Lizzy and Diesel #2): Janet Evanovich

DEAD TIME (The Murder Notebooks #1): Anne Cassidy


SPIDER'S LULLABY (Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounter Hunter #1.5): James R. Tuck

RECKONING (Night Huntress #0.5): Jeaniene Frost

SIEGE (As The World Dies Trilogy #3): Rhiannon Frater


THE LAST ECHO (The Body Finder #3): Kimberly Derting

THE DARK & HOLLOW PLACES (The Forest of Hands and Teeth Trilogy #3 : Carrie Ryan



CHIME: Franny Billingsley

SUPERNATURALLY (Paranormalcy #2): Kiersten White



PAINLESS (A Theo Kane Story): Naomi Clark

BLOODED (A Jessica McClain Novella): Amanda Carlson

THE BOY IN THE LOT: Ronald Malfi

DEATH'S AVATAR (Descent #0.5): S.M. Reine

THE EDGE OF NOWHERE (Saratoga Woods #1): Elizabeth George

IN THE DEAD (Volume 1): Jesse Petersen

HAPPILY NEVER AFTER (Night Huntress #1.5): Jeaniene Frost

BLOOD ENGINES (Marla Mason #1): T.A. Pratt


THE LOST ART OF WORLD DOMINATION (Skulduggery Pleasant #1.5): Derek Landy

BONE SHOP (Marla Mason Prequel #1): T.A. Pratt

THE WALKING DEAD, Vol. 16 (A Larger World): Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard

THE LOST BOY: Karen Mahoney

PALE DOG (Marla Mason Prequel #3): T.A. Pratt

MOMMY ISSUES OF THE DEAD (Marla Mason Prequel #4): T.A. Pratt

GRANDER THAN THE SEA (Marla Mason #1.5): T.A. Pratt

*GHOUL: Phaedra Weldon

THE AFFAIR OF THE WOODEN BOY (A Mina and James Stark Investigation): Ian Doyle

FULL BLOODED (Jessica McClain #1): Amanda Carlson

SUMMONING THE NIGHT (Arcadia Bell #2): Jenn Bennett

FRACTURE: Megan Miranda

ELEVEN MINUTES (Exclusive Tie-In Story): Megan Miranda

DEATH WARMED OVER (Dan Shamble, Zombie PI): Kevin J Anderson

KETCHUP CLOUDS: Annabel Pitcher

WICKED AS THEY COME (Blud #1): Delilah S. Dawson

*SECONDS AWAY (Mickey Bolitar #2): Harlan Coben

NOTORIOUS NINETEEN (Stephanie Plum #19): Janet Evanovich

*/**DANCE OF SHADOWS (Dance of Shadows #1): Yelena Black

THE WALKING DEAD Issue #97 (Something to Fear, Part One): Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard

BLOOD AND SILVER (Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounter Hunter #2): James R. Tuck

THE WEIRD GIRLS (Weird Girls #0.5): Cecy Robson

ROYAL STREET (Sentinels of New Orleans #1): Suzanne Johnson

KITTY GOES TO WAR (Kitty Norville #8): Carrie Vaughn

KEEPING SECRET (Secret McQueen #4): Sierra Dean


CHANCE (Prequel to Seduction): Kate Forster

ROADKILL (A Short Story): Ed Chatterton

NATURE TRAIL TO HELL (A Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty Hunter short): James R. Tuck

HELLFORGED (Deadtown #2): Nancy Holzner

TIFF'S FIRST DAY: (A Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty Hunter  Between the Scenes short): James R. Tuck

FIRST FROST (Mythos Academy #0.5): Jennifer Estep

Books Read in 2012: 134/100
*Some skimming involved

FIRST FROST by Jennifer Estep

I am Gwen Frost, and I have a Gypsy gift. It's called psychometry - that's a fancy way of saying that I see images in my head and get flashes of other people's memories off almost everything I touch, even guys. 
My gift makes me kind of nosy. Okay, okay, maybe a lot nosy--to the point of obsession sometimes. I want to know everything about everyone around me. But even I don't want to know the secrets my friend Paige is hiding or the terrible loss that will send me to a new school - Mythos Academy, where the teachers aren't preparing us for the SATs, but to battle Reapers of Chaos. Now I have no friends and no idea how my gift fits in with all these warrior whiz kids. The only thing I do know is that my life is never, ever going to be the same. . .
Since today is the last day of the year, I didn't want to get stuck into a new book... so instead, I read this prequel novella.

Gwen has the Gypsy gift of psychometry and uses it to make a few bucks on the side by finding lost things for other kids. But the day she touches a classmate's hairbrush, her life changes forever.

I didn't know what to expect with this novella, but really enjoyed it. I liked Gwen's voice and it sounds like there are some pretty intense battles waiting for her at the Mythos Academy. What happened to her mother was pretty sad, though.

Looking forward to reading more...

Friday 28 December 2012

HELLFORGED by Nancy Holzner

A demon is stalking Vicky's dreams-just as several of Deadtown's zombies are viciously attacked and become really dead. And when Vicky realizes she is the only connection between the victims, she suspects that the demon is somehow working through her dreams to become Deadtown's living nightmare.
It's no secret that I love urban fantasy novels and read a bunch of series in this great genre, so I've been catching up lately...

Vicky is a demon exterminator and gets off to an electrifying start while dealing with a Glitch. But when her dreamscape is compromised by a powerful demon from her past, and zombies start dying around her, she's forced to go to Wales for further training with her aunt, Mab.

However, as soon as she gets there, she meets the very creepy, Pryce--who calls himself her cousin--and finds out that her destiny is a very dark one. And will probably lead her straight to hell...

Wow. This was an excellent book, and a great installment to this very interesting UF series. There's a bit of everything--Welsh mythology, mystery, romance, fighting, cool weapons, and a frustrating villain. But the best thing about this book was Vicky herself. No matter how hurt or how hard things got, she never gave up. Mab is also a great character and I'd love to know more about her past.

Loved it! Good thing I've got the next book on my bookshelf already. :)

Tuesday 25 December 2012

Monday 24 December 2012

Well, it's Christmas Eve...

...and the year is winding down. So I've been in my usual end-of-year mood,  which includes some spring cleaning, sorting my bookshelves so I can pull out the books I no longer want, and feeling a little restless without being able to focus on doing any real writing...
I'm not freaking out, though. This happens every year, and besides, Sierra hasn't stopped whispering in my ear the whole time. :) Can't wait to revise Book #4, and write #5!!
Instead of writing, I've been reading. Quite a bit, actually. I've read three UF kick-ass blonde chick books, and a few novellas on the side. It's a lot of fun, and I'm also catching up with my most fave series. Think I'll keep the UF-blonde-chick thing going with this book. LOL.
The other thing I've been doing is re-watching GRIMM. We've decided to introduce my daughter to the show, so we didn't want her to miss out on the backstory. She's loving it so far, and I'm having a great time watching it again. It's one of those shows that doesn't lose its entertaining re-watching value. Cool! Besides, you can never have too much Monroe in your life. ;)
We've been having some lovely summer days lately, so I hope they stay. There's nothing like a blazing hot summer Christmas Day!
See ya later.

Sunday 23 December 2012

CHANCE by Kate Forster

Book Cover:  Chance
Willow and Kitty will discover there is no such thing as chance - only destiny.

Actress Willow Carruthers is living the dream in London, with an Oscar on her shelf, a rock-star husband and two gorgeous children. But Willow isn't coping with her seemingly perfect life.

Country girl Kitty Middlemist arrives in London desperate for a job. She has a perfect pedigree on paper, but no particular skills in real life. Work is hard to find until Kitty, quite by chance, takes on a job with Willow.

 As their lives and secrets become intertwined, Willow and Kitty discover there is no such thing as chance - only destiny.

I actually got this novella for free on Google Play Books, and read it in one sitting.

It was a great and interesting introdution to Willow--famous actress and now a full time mum--and Kitty--mysterious girl without much ambition. The day their worlds collide, both of them are facing personal challenges in their lives.

I'm intrigued...

AS THE WORLD DIES UNTOLD TALES, Volume 2 by Rhiannon Frater

In the second volume of the AS THE WORLD DIES UNTOLD TALES experience three terrifying tales of those who are forced to face the unrelenting and hungry walking dead.
In a nearby town Ken and Lenore have started their regular routine at Ken’s Beauty Salon. A terrible accident brings the undead plague to their front door and soon the best friends are scrambling to escape their overrun town…

Katarina is just finishing her shift at a roadside cafĂ© when a badly injured man stumbles through the front door. She quickly realizes that to survive she must learn to kill…

And finally, a trapped family must face the fearsome truth that sometimes zombies are not the worst monster they have to fear as the world dies…

This is the second volume of Rhiannon Frater's anthology featuring stories about other survivors from the As the World Dies Trilogy, and even a few not introduced before...
Revelation: This is Katarina's story--where she was, what she was doing, and how she survived long enough to get to the Hotel construction site. She was one of the characters I wanted to know more about, so this story was great.
It was good to see how the zombie apocalypse changes her into a much stronger person than she was during the normal times, when her selfish and cruel mother ruled her life. She takes to the rifle right away, and we catch a glimpse of the tough, skilful survivor she becomes.

A Terrible Moment: Is actually a story about a bunch of people that aren't in the trilogy, and I have to say that it was my favourite one in this anthology! Great, great story about a woman who is a wee bit delusional and totally loses it, putting everyone around her in danger.

It's a great study of human nature at its most paranoid.

Frienship in the Time of Zombies: You know, for some reason, it took me ages to finish this story. Before starting it, I was sure I was going to love Lenore and Ken's tale, but sadly I didn't. :( Not sure what it was, but their adventure of survival just didn't hook me in, no matter how many times I tried to get back into it.

In the end, I wound up skimming most of it. Though I did like Tito. :)


Something old, something blue, something deadly what else is new?Secret McQueen, Book 4
It s a nice day for a white wedding. At least that s what Secret McQueen is hoping for, with her poofy-princess-dress marriage to a werewolf king looming closer and closer by the day. But as ever, nothing can be that easy for a vampire/werewolf hybrid for whom someone still harbors a death wish.

Summoned to the south by her werewolf uncle, who makes no bones about the fact her mate bond with Lucas doesn t pass muster, Secret learns her furry heritage looks more like a tangled vine than a family tree. Getting her royal uncle s blessing hinges on finding one of the missing twigs. Even with vampire sentry Holden Chancery at her side, she manages to land up to her neck in a swamp of trouble.

As an assassin s scope zeroes in, family dramas boil up and a fast-collapsing love square threatens to bury her alive, making it to the church on time could be the least of Secret s problems.

Warning: Contains a grumpy bride who shouldn t be wearing wedding white, a motley crew of bridesmaids, a dangerous scenic drive in the woods and a smoking-hot trio of suitors who might be too scorching to touch.
Firstly, I just want to say that I love this cover. All of the covers in this series are awesome, but this one is totally kick-ass. Love it!

Secret is about to marry a werewolf king. Even if her heart really isn't as convinced as her sense of duty to the pack, and she's not enjoying the planning process. Especially since someone is trying to kill her, and haunting dreams keep hounding her.

When her uncle demands Lucas and her visit the south to get his blessing, things go from bad to worse... because her uncle has an ulterior motive. One that reveals a few shocking family secrets and puts Secret's life in danger. But what's new about that, right? ;)

This is another awesome book in an excellent series. One that changes Secret's life in many weird, wonderful, and heartbreaking ways. Wow. I felt so bad for her, and disliked Lucas even more than before!

Looking forward to the next book...

Friday 21 December 2012

KITTY GOES TO WAR by Carrie Vaughn

Kitty Norville, Alpha werewolf and host of The Midnight Hour, a radio call-in show, is contacted by a friend at the NIH's Center for the Study of Paranatural Biology. Three Army soldiers recently returned from the war in Afghanistan are being held at Ft. Carson in Colorado Springs. They're killer werewolves—and post traumatic stress has left them unable to control their shape-shifting and unable to interact with people. Kitty agrees to see them, hoping to help by bringing them into her pack.

Meanwhile, Kitty gets sued for libel by CEO Harold Franklin after featuring Speedy Mart--his nationwide chain of 24-hour convenience stores with a reputation for attracting supernatural unpleasantness--on her show.

Very bad weather is on the horizon.
This is one of my fave UF series but for some unknown reason, I've fallen behind. The other night, I decided to change that. :)

Kitty survived a pretty awful ordeal in the previous book and it still haunts her. But when a sketchy guy--and CEO of a chain of convenient stores--sues her after she speculates about him on her radio show, and she's called in to help with three rogue werewolf soldiers with PTSD, she hasn't got time to dwell on it. Then there's Cormac. Her husband's enigmatic cousin who's finally out of jail...

Yeah, there's plenty to keep her busy.

I loved this book! Reading a Kitty book always feels like getting in touch with old friends. Sure, they're friends surrounded by supernatural problems and fast-paced trouble, but it never gets boring.

This is another excellent installment to a terrific series.

Tuesday 18 December 2012

Last week of Year 6...

Yeah. My daughter finishes Primary School tomorrow. It's a bittersweet thing, really. I mean, I'm excited about her finishing school with such a great report card, and her constant giddiness--because she's having a great time with all the farewell stuff they're doing--is awesome... but it also means she's growing up so fast!
I still can't believe she starts High School next year. Yikes! Before we know it she'll be a teenager. :/
Speaking of my daughter, she made the ghost tile on the left. Isn't it cute? It's part of a golf course the kids decorated for the rest of the school. I love all the tiles she made, and snapped plenty of pics. So I'll probably be posting them over here soon. LOL.
Y'know, I've kinda lost track of time because for some reason I thought Christmas was still a few weeks away, and it's not. It's next week!

Although, personally, things have been going good this month, sometimes things happen in this volatile world of ours that affect your mood even if you're not there and don't even know someone that it's affected. I'm talking about what happened to those innocent children who went to school last Friday and were gunned down inside their classrooms by a madman. It breaks my heart every time I think about it, and I can't bear to watch the news because seeing the photos makes me sad all over again.
I just can't understand why/how anyone could hurt/kill a child. It's something I find repulsive. That's why whenever I think of what happened, I don't want to get into any arguments about guns and mental health... I just struggle to understand how a human can be so broken he would even contemplate doing something so callous. I just wish people would stop taking out their anger and personal problems on the innocent. It happens too often.
There are things that change the way people look at the world, and this was one of them. Sometimes people make it SO hard to have faith in human nature. It's sad.
Anyway. Let me just take a deep breath. Exhaling now. Phew. That was my sad and heavy thoughts for today.
So, what's going on? Anyone got any good news to share? I'm still excited about Sierra's third book coming out next year! So happy about it that I can't wait to revise the fourth one so I can submit it and move onto writing the fifth/final book. :)
Well. That's it for today. Just wanted to post a little update. I haven't been doing a lot so far this week because I've been so darn tired, but I did finish an awesome book yesterday! And I've been worldbuilding an upcoming project, as well as constantly getting new snippets from Sierra.
Have a great day!

Monday 17 December 2012

ROYAL STREET by Suzanne Johnson

A fantastic new urban fantasy series set in post-Katrina New Orleans staring the city's junior wizard sentinel, Drusilla Jaco.
As the junior wizard sentinel for New Orleans, Drusilla Jaco spends more of her time mixing potions and retrieving pixies than she does sniffing out supernatural bad guys that slip over from the preternatural beyond. It is DJ's eccentric boss and mentor, Gerald St. Simon, who is tasked with protecting the city.
But when Hurricane Katrina hammers the city's fragile levees, it unleashes more than just flood waters. As the winds howl and Lake Pontchartrain surges, the borders between the modern city and the Otherworld start to crumble away...
Now the dead and the restless are roaming the Big Easy, and a serial killer with ties to voodoo is murdering soldiers sent to help the city recover. To make it worse, Gerald St. Simon has gone missing, the wizards' Elders have assigned a grenade-toting asshat as DJ's new partner, and the pirate Jean Lafitte - who has an impressive libido for a 200-year-old - wants her to walk his plank.
If she is going to survive, DJ will have to learn that loyalty requires sacrifice, allies can be found in unlikely places ... and that duty mixed with love creates one bitter gumbo.

I've been looking forward to checking out this series for a while now, so I was really excited when I started this book and was instantly hooked.
When Drusilla Jaco (DJ) is sent to get rid of a pesky, undead pirate who has crossed over into our world from the Beyond, she didn't count on making an enemy that would return to haunt her in violent, surprising and lustful ways. But the junior wizard sentinel hasn't got time to worry about him at the moment because Hurricane Katrina is about to hit New Orleans and she has to leave the city, which she does for a few weeks. But when her mentor Gerald St. Simon disappears, she returns to the devastated area determined to find him.
At least her house has survived, and she's able to carry on with her life in the almost empty city.
The Elders send her a partner--an enforcer--who is easy on the eye, but very frustrating and trigger happy. Not to mention that he's got his own secrets and a cousin that ends up being just as alluring as he is. DJ has her work cut out for her now that she's knee-deep in the mud and trying to find out what happened to Gerry, while uncovering some secrets from her own past, learning a bit more about her power and wielding it like she hasn't before.
Royal Street is an awesome book. A fantastic start to an interesting and unique urban fantasy series featuring a great heroine. As well as a supporting cast that I can't wait to catch up with again. I also loved how vivid the New Orleans imagery was, as well as how the devastation caused to such a beautiful city was portrayed with respect and made even more sinister by adding the supernatural.
I'm already a fan and can't wait to read more!

Royal Street, December 2012, ISBN 9780755397655, Headline

Thursday 13 December 2012

THE WEIRD GIRLS by Cecy Robson

Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other 20-something girls—with one tiny exception: they're products of a backfired curse that has given each of them unique powers that make them, well, a little weird…

The Wird sisters are different from every race on earth—human and supernatural. When human society is no longer an option for them, they move in among the resident vampires, werebeasts, and witches of the Lake Tahoe region. Could this be the true home they’ve longed for? Um, not quite. After the sisters accidentally strip a witch of her powers in a bar brawl, they soon realize the mistake will cost them. Because to take on a witch means to take on her coven. And losing the battle isn’t an option.

Includes a preview of the first full-length novel in the Weird Girls series, Sealed with a Curse—as well as introductions to the Weird World, and a letter from the author.
The night the Wird sisters decide to celebrate finding a nice place to settle within the Lake Tahoe region, they get caught in a fight with a crazy bitch--ah, I mean witch--who viciously attacks them before setting her coven against the Wird girls.

I really enjoyed the introduction to the four Wird sisters, and can see a lot of magical trouble waiting on the horizon.

I'm really glad I've got the first book on pre-order. :)


He hasn’t met a monster yet that could give him a scare. With ice in his veins, silver hollow-points in his chambers, and an innate ability to rise from the dead, what’s to fear? The answer may be something he doesn’t want to face…

Deacon Chalk normally has no trouble telling innocent victims from real monsters. So protecting an abused pregnant were-dog is a no-brainer…until a vicious lycanthrope leader and his brotherhood target Deacon, other shape-shifters, and any humans in their way. Suddenly, Deacon is outnumbered, outgunned, and unsure who—or what—to trust. The only edge he has left is a weapon hungry for his soul and his most savage impulses. And using it will exact a price even this hell-raising hunter fears to pay…
Firstly, I need to mention that the Deacon Chalk, Occult Bounty Hunter series is fast becoming one of my favourite UF series.

Deacon fights monsters, and never gets a day off. So the day he gets to hang out at the carnival with Tiffany, he's not surprised to get caught up in some shit. When they spot some guy beating a dog, Deacon rescues her... and gets himself caught up in some serious shifter business.

But he doesn't care. He wants to help the were-dog, especially when they find out she's pregnant with some cross-species babies.

This book was like an action-packed movie--heart pounding and relentless. As soon as I started it, I was hooked and couldn't stop. Deacon's one tough dude but what happens to him in this book pushes him to the point of breaking physically and mentally.

A lot of bad things happen to a lot of good people, but it is balanced out with some tender moments and suprises.

This is such a kick-ass series. Love it!

Can't wait to read his next adventure...

Tuesday 11 December 2012

Awesome Sierra News!

I'm very excited to announce that I've just signed another contract with Samhain Publishing. It's for the third book in my urban fantasy series, Sierra Fox Stories.
How awesome is that? :)
I'm so, so excited about this! I'm really glad that my new editor loves the series as much as I do, and really gets the characters. I can't wait to work with her.
The name of the book is: ON PINS AND NEEDLES, and will be released next year.
Wow. Cool. Excellent. Awesome!
*taking a deep breath*
This is a great Christmas present, that's for sure. And it's also a reward for writing the fourth book.
Well, that's all for today. I'm too excited to talk about anything else. See ya!

Thursday 6 December 2012

Sunny days are finally here!

The other day I mentioned that I had a new shade in my hair, and here it is! What'd you think? I love it.
I took this pic--with my daughter's help--this morning and finally managed to capture the actual colour. I've taken a few other shots, but they came out looking a little too dark because my hair looks black indoors. It's not until the sun is shining on it that you can see the true shade. :)
So. This week's flying by. I'm slowly working my way through my to-do list, but for some reason it feels like I'm not getting anything done. I always feel that way after finishing a first draft, revision or edit. When I'm working on either one of those, there are always word and page counts achieved at the end of the day, but now there's nothing. lol.
I just need to adjust, that's all. Which isn't going to be easy if Sierra things keep popping into my head.
Yesterday, my daughter and I attended Orientation Day at the high school she'll be attending next year. It was one of those really tiring things that took a few hours and left me exhausted, even though I didn't do much but sit around and listen. The cool thing is that my daughter's actually excited about starting high school, not worried/scared. I shouldn't be surprised since she was the same way when she was about to start pre-school and kindy. She adapts well, so I hope things go very well for her next year. Sometimes, I can't believe she's actually going to start Year 7 in 2013.

Time sure flies!
As far as my to-do list, I've managed to cross off a bunch of things but still have a few things left to tackle--some nitty-gritty worldbuilding issues/character notes/inspirational pics for one of my upcoming projects, random Sierra research, and nitty-gritty behind the scenes stuff for the final Sierra book. Doesn't sound like much, but it kinda is, so I'm taking my time with it.
One thing I haven't done this week is read. I just haven't had the time because I get caught up in my own stories and/or end up playing Zookeeper for ages. :D
Well, better go and do something...

Monday 3 December 2012

It's a wet Monday...

Yeah, it is. And I'm kinda over the shitty rainy weather already. Sure, it's only been going for a few days but it's summer now and I want me some sunny, lovely days with blue skies. Not this dark and dreary crap that belongs in winter. :/
Enough bitching about the weather.
We had an awesome weekend, though I wish it wasn't over. They're never long enough, are they? I did get some awesome (awesome) news that had me giddy all weekend. Okay, I'm still giddy about it. Hopefully I can share the news soon. :)
Hubby coloured my hair on Saturday, and it looks great! I was also happy about not suffering any sort of allergic reaction, like what happened in early October. I went back to using the brand that was working for me, just chose a different colour. This time I used Raspberry Black, and I really like it. 
So, what else did I do? Well, not much really. We had a nice relaxing weekend, though we did buy my daughter's high school uniform! I can't believe she's starting high school next year. Actually, this Wednesday, I'm going to attend Orientation Day. Yikes!
Okay. That's it for today. Haven't got much planned for this week, except for the to-do list I put together last week. 

BTW, if you're interested... I blogged over at Samhain last Friday.

Have a nice day!

Friday 30 November 2012

NaNoWriMo: Done!

Isn't Loki cute? I took this photo last week, after I set up my writing area and was about to add my laptop to the mix. Guess where that was supposed to go? Yep, exactly where he's sitting in this picture. LOL.

He cracks me up! He sat there and waited until I saw him. Such a cutie.

So, today is not only the last day of the month, but also the official last day of NaNoWriMo. Yay. Did you make it? I verified my novel--well, a scrambled 55k-word version of it which I saved at the time--early this week. This is the sixth time I've taken part and won. Awesome!
I also finished the first draft of Sierra Fox #4 on Wednesday. I'm so excited about it. The word count ended up being 83,573 words, but I know that'll change during the revision drafts. There are already things I want to add during the second draft, lol. Still, the exciting thing is that Book 4 is written. One more to go. :(
I'm now going to take next week off. I need a little time to recharge my battery, I think. So I'll just tackle the to-do list I've already started. Yeah, I might not be planning to write a first draft, revise, or edit next week, but there are still a lot of things I need to do.
It would also be nice to squeeze in a little reading, because I just haven't had the desire to read these last few days. I think I'm just mentally exhausted after finishing Sierra's novel. Probably needed a few days of no reading/writing.
Have a great weekend!

Tuesday 27 November 2012

Check it out:

I officially verified my WIP over at the NaNoWriMo website.
My novel is longer than 55k, though. I'm still writing, but so close to the end...
Hopefully tomorrow! ;)

Sunday 25 November 2012


New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is certain of three truths: People don't just vanish into thin air. Never anger old people. And don't do what Tiki tells you to do.
After a slow summer of chasing low level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her bank balance back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. The problem is, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumours are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape... or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive. Since the hospital staff's lips seem to be tighter that the security, and it's hard for Stephanie to blend in to assisted living, Stephanie's Grandma Mazur goes in undercover. But when a second felon goes missing from the same hospital, Plum is forced into working side by side with Trenton's hottest cop, Joe Morelli, in order to crack the case.
I know I've said this before, but I'll say it again: this is one of my favourite series. So I always look forward to catching up with Steph and the gang. :)
Stephanie Plum leads a dangerous life. She's always looking for bad guys, although they usually find her first. The two men in her life both manage to tempt her in their own way, even though she's really trying out a relationship with Morelli. Her cars keep getting blown up. And she's finally ready to admit that the danger and uncertainty that brings so much chaos into her life actually excites her. Yet, none of these things are going to pay the rent.
So when she grabs her latest assignment, she's ready to make some cash. However, the guy who embezzled money from an assisted-living facility went missing from the hospital after surgery. And now, he's impossible to find so she grabs a few more cases--a homeless guy obsessed with a tiki and runs too fast to catch (the guy, not the tiki), and a lady caught for soliciting who turns out to be just as sneaky. Not to mention the bodyguard job she takes as Ranger's 'date', which ends up in the hospital and with her having to wear a hideous bridesmaid dress. Oh, and it also makes her a target for a madman from Ranger's past.
If only things were easy... well, if they were, then it wouldn't be Stephanie's life, right? lol.
Notorious Nineteen is another exciting Stephanie Plum roller-coaster ride filled with fun, danger, sexy men, and really bad people. Sprinkle a good dose of fumbling criminals, funny friends, and her hilarious family, and it made for an excellent read!
I love this series. Can't wait for the next one. 
Notorious Nineteen, December 2012, ISBN 9780755385010, Headline Fiction

Friday 23 November 2012

NaNoWriMo: Day 23

Um... yeah, I've been a super bad blogger. :(
This month is just turning out to be insane. My head's filled with Sierra stuff, and every spare moment I have is spent typing away like a madwoman. I'm so into this story that I didn't even have time to blog over here last Friday, which I really wanted to do because...
I reached 50,000 words on the 16th of this month. Yay! So exciting.
It's awesome to have reached my NaNoWriMo goal once again, but my novel's not done yet. I'm still writing Sierra Fox #4. Actually, as of the end of today's session, my word count is now: 71,130.
I'm getting close to the end, but not quite. I reckon the first draft should be finished by this time next week. The great thing is that I know exactly what's left to write, as well as how the story ends. I think this one might end up  being a little on the cliffhangerish side. I don't think that's too bad, considering the book that follows will be the last in Sierra's series. Right? ;)

Oh, and on an awesome note... I just found out Split at the Seams is available for pre-order at The Book Depository. That's right! The print version. I can't wait to see both of these books in print. :)

Well, I'm looking forward to taking the weekend off.

Have a good one!

Thursday 22 November 2012

SECONDS AWAY by Harlan Coben

Following on from SHELTER comes the second novel in the fantastic, action-packed Mickey Bolitar series of young adult thrillers from the master of the hook-and-twist.
Having ended the Edgar Award-nominated SHELTER with a jaw-dropping cliffhanger, Coben picks up Mickey's story right where it left off in this suspenseful new adventure.
Mickey and his loyal new friends, sharp-witted Ema and adorably charming Spoon, once again find themselves in over their heads on the hunt for missing pieces to a puzzle they have yet to understand.
As the mystery surrounding Mickey's dad's death unfolds, he soon learns that they may be in more danger than they could have ever imagined.

After reading the first book in this series last year, I was looking forward to reading this one, especially after the cliffhanger ending in Shelter.
Mickey really wants to know what happened to his father, and is starting to wonder if he's really dead at all. The Bat Lady is the one who started him on this path in the first place, but now doesn't want to answer his questions and instead kicks him out of her house.
As much as he wants to know what really happened to his father and if a Nazi from WWII had anything to do with it, one of his friends is in trouble. Rachel was shot and her mother killed. So Mickey and his friends Ema and Spoon can't help themselves, they're determined to help figure out what really happened to Rachel.
As the plot thickens and Mickey continues to search for answers, he gets involved in a very serious situation that leads to some devastating conclusions...
Seconds Away is an interesting addition to this series. I enjoyed it, mostly. There were some high points--Ema's mystery is (kinda) solved and Rachel's case is wrapped up. As well as some low points--too many loose ends not being tied together and the mystery of his father is still not clear. I really wanted to, but I just didn't love this book as much as the first one.  It felt like it was missing something...

Seconds Away, October 2012, ISBN 9781409124498, Orion Fiction

Tuesday 20 November 2012

WICKED AS THEY COME by Delilah S. Dawson

When Tish Everett forces open the ruby locket she finds at an estate sale, she has no idea that a deliciously rakish Bludman has cast a spell just for her. She wakes up in a surreal world, where Criminy Stain, the dashing proprietor of a magical traveling circus, curiously awaits. At Criminy’s electric touch, Tish glimpses a tantalizing future, but she also foresees her ultimate doom. Before she can decide whether to risk her fate with the charming daredevil, the locket disappears, and with it, her only chance to return home. Tish and Criminy battle roaring sea monsters and thundering bludmares, vengeful ghosts and crooked Coppers in a treacherous race to recover the necklace from the evil Blud-hating Magistrate. But if they succeed, will Tish forsake her fanged suitor and return to her normal life, or will she take a chance on an unpredictable but dangerous destiny with the Bludman she’s coming to love?
This is a book that I'd been meaning to get to sooner, but things just kept getting in the way. I picked it up last week and was hooked right away.
When Tish accidentally steals a ruby locket from an estate sale, her life gets turned upside down. All of a sudden, she's in a strange land called Sang, where vampire-like people called the Blud live in a steampunkish world full of wonder, and she can see people's futures by touching them. It's also where she meets the very mysterious and alluring Criminy. Without intending to, she gets involved in this wonderful and wicked world where not only is her life at stake, but so is her heart.
I absolutely LOVED this book! Everything about it was fantastical and amazing--the concept, the mishmash of genres that was very well done, the colourful characters, and the writing. I love the dark and dreary world of Sang. Oh, and I enjoyed going on this adventure with Tish, as she starts to not only trust herself, but also others. Criminy comes across a bit strong at the beginning, but we soon get to find out why.
Yeah, this was one awesome book! I can't wait to read Casper's story, because I was totally intrigued by him.

Tuesday 13 November 2012

NaNoWriMo: Day 13

Hey! How you doing? My gosh, I've been really bad at blogging lately. But before, I really didn't have an excuse... now, I do! I'm busy taking part in NaNoWriMo!
I'm still taking weekends off, but getting 3-5k written from Monday to Friday is working out for me. As of this afternoon, I've written 38,224 words. Which also means I crossed the 100-page mark. Yep. My first draft is officially 101 pages long. So exciting!
It's not that exciting for Sierra, because there's so much crap going on in her life I sometimes wonder how the hell she deals with any of it. ;) Yeah, evil writer and all that.
I might actually reach 50k by the end of this week (or beginning of next week) which would be great, but it won't be the end for me. I'm going to write like a crazy person all month, and hopefully by the end of it I'll have an 80-90k word first draft for Sierra Fox, Book 4. Fingers crossed.
Well, that's it for today.

Monday 12 November 2012

KETCHUP CLOUDS by Annabel Pitcher

Secrets, romance, murder and lies: Zoe shares a terrible secret in a letter to a stranger on death row in this second novel from the author of the bestselling debut, MY SISTER LIVES ON THE MANTELPIECE.
Fifteen-year-old Zoe has a secret - a dark and terrible secret that she can't confess to anyone she knows. But then one day she hears of a criminal, Stuart Harris, locked up on death row in Texas. Like Zoe, Stuart is no stranger to secrets. Or lies. Or murder.
Full of heartache yet humour, Zoe tells her story in the only way she can - in letters to the man in prison in America. Armed with a pen, Zoe takes a deep breath, eats a jam sandwich and begins her tale of love and betrayal.

When I received a copy of this book last week, I didn't know anything about it. It looked like a very pretty hardback book with lovely drawings and a very interesting blurb. It turned out to contain a beautiful story within its pages.
Zoe--although that's not her real name--has a huge and very dark secret. She's done something really bad. So bad that the guilt has been eating her up inside. She needs to tell someone what led to the event that ruined her life. So when she finds an inmate on a Death Row website, she decides to tell him her story. Stuart Harris is a man who murdered his wife, and is now going to pay for it with his life. So she's pretty sure he'll understand.
After I finished reading the book, I realised that Zoe choosing this man was no accident. For many reasons.
So, Zoe embarks on telling her story by sneaking into the shed and writing a series of letters in the middle of the night. In these letters she tells him what's going on in her life, while going back to where the trouble began. Each letter is about a boy called Aaron and his brother Max. All about how without intending to, she got caught up in a very messy love triangle. 
It all starts innocently enough but as the story progresses, Zoe gets herself so deep into the lies she's fabricated that they're bound to explode. All of her personal problems are only made worse by her family life--her father has lost his job and is concerned about his ill father, her mother is obsessed with her youngest daughter's loss of hearing and tries to control everything, her sister Soph is making things up, and the youngest, Dot, is absolutely adorable. And very funny. While her parents constantly fight, Zoe finds a way to escape, and in turn reaches a horrible climax.
Ketchup Clouds is an amazing book! I was hooked from the very beginning. It's funny, crude, honest, adorable, frustrating, beautiful, and sad. So sad. Actually, it's heartbreaking in places. This moving tale of a teenage girl making one wrong decision after another, and therefore forfeiting the happiness and love she craves so much, was beautiful. So well written.
I loved every second of this book. It took me by surprise, in the best possible way.

Ketchup Clouds, November 2012, ISBN 9781780620305, Indigo

Friday 9 November 2012

DEATH WARMED OVER by Kevin J. Anderson

Ever since The Big Uneasy unleashed vampires, werewolves, and other undead denizens on the world, it’s been hell being a detective—especially for zombie P.I. Dan Chambeaux. Taking on the creepiest of cases in the Unnatural Quarter with a human lawyer for a partner and a ghost for a girlfriend, Chambeaux redefines “dead on arrival.” But just because he was murdered doesn’t mean he’d leave his clients in the lurch. Besides, zombies are so good at lurching.
Now he’s back from the dead and back in business—with a case load that’s downright unnatural. A resurrected mummy is suing the museum that put him on display. Two witches, victims of a curse gone terribly wrong, seek restitution from a publisher for not using “spell check” on its magical tomes. And he’s got to figure out a very personal question—Who killed him?
For Dan Chambeaux, it’s all in a day’s work. (Still, does everybody have to call him “Shamble”?) Funny, fresh, and irresistible, this cadaverous caper puts the P.I. in R.I.P….with a vengeance.
OMG! This is the first book in the Dan Shamble, Zombie PI series and it's awesome fun. I had a blast reading it.

Being dead hasn't stopped PI Dan Chambeaux from carrying on with his life. Sure, being a zombie means he has to take extra care of himself and really wants to solve who killed him, but there are bills to pay and Chambeaux & Deyer has a full caseload--including a messy divorce, two witch sisters who want compensation from a publisher for a 'spelling error', a mummy who wants to be free from the museum, and a vampire being threatened by a fanatical group.

Yeah, life in the Unnatural Quarter can get pretty messy, but Dan's an awesome detective. And along with his human business partner, his poltergeist girlfriend, and cop BHF (Best Human Friend) he's bound to get answers. Plus a lot of trouble, too!

I loved the tone of this book. It was funny, but still filled with dangerous situations. The characters are so likeable, and outlandish. I loved this book. A lot.

But the best thing about it is just how much fun it is. It's so much fun!

I've already preordered the second book...

Tuesday 6 November 2012

NaNoWriMo: Day 6

That's right! And I actually took the weekend off. Though I did listen to this novel's soundtrack heaps of times and thought about the story. A lot. ;)
Anyway, this is my total word count at the moment: 19,017.
I've been keeping to my daily word counts. I didn't feel 100% yesterday. Not sure what was wrong but I think I might've been exhausted because I only had 4 hours of sleep on Sunday night. I had one of those I-can't-breathe episodes during the night and they always steal my sleep/rest. :(
I seem to have recovered. I think the writing actually helped during my wonky day. Lol. Maybe it's because I've put Sierra into all sorts of trouble. Stuff that will carry into the next (final) book.
OMG. Did you watch the latest The Walking Dead episode? Yikes! It was amazing. I loved every moment of it, though there were several sad moments. None--SPOILER UP AHEAD--that involved being sad over Lori dying. I knew it was going to happen sooner or later. I was sad to see T-Dog go, though. And that Governor sure is creepy, huh?
Love this show!
That's it for today. Just wanted to post an update about my word count. I'm really excited about this book and am looking forward to spending all month with Sierra & Co.
Have a good one!

Saturday 3 November 2012

FRACTURE by Megan Miranda

 Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she's far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can't control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?

Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she's reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy's motives aren't quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?

For fans of best-sellers like Before I Fall and If I Stay, this is a fascinating and heart-rending story about love and friendship and the fine line between life and death.
This is one of those books that once you start, you just can't stop until you get to the end.
Delaney was clinically dead for eleven minutes, and then she came back. But after she wakes up from her coma, she's not the same. There's a strange sensation that keeps pulling at her, a physical compulsion she can't control. It looks like after being dead herself, she can now sense death whenever it's near.
This changes her, and affects everyone around her. Her mother's slowly becoming a stranger who acts like she lost her daughter, her father fills in the silence, things with her best friend are becoming complicated, and the kids at school treat her like the anomaly she feels she's become. And then there's Troy. The guy who appears out of nowhere and knows exactly what she's going through because he went through it as well. He feels the pull of death as much as she does, but he's actually doing something about it. Something that will put Delaney's life in danger...
Fracture was an intense and very well written thriller that had me hooked to every word. Going through Delaney's ordeal was quite the complicated journey, feeling all of her confusion and the need to understand what was going on was an amazing--and often sad--experience. The author captured the heroine's vulnerability as well as her strengths with her every action.
I loved this book! 
ELEVEN MINUTES: Exclusive Tie-In Story
This is a companion story for FRACTURE. It's in the POV of Decker, so we get to find out what he went through when his best friend Delaney dies for eleven minutes.

It's full of raw emotion, his personal guilt, and is totally heartbreaking. It was sad, but I really enjoyed this well-written short.

Can't wait to read more from this author.
Fracture, February 2012, ISBN 9781408817391, Bloomsbury

Thursday 1 November 2012

Happy NaNoWriMo!

This was my work area today. I was ready to hit the NaNoWriMo word count as soon as I got back from my walk. After I'd listened to the soundtrack of this book, which happens to be Living Things by Linkin Park. :)
It wasn't hard to get back into Sierra's voice. I love her world, and jumped right into the first chapter. It wasn't hard to do because it's been playing out inside my head for days.
My personal daily word count goal is to add 4k words every day, Mon-Fri. I'm still going to take the weekends off.
Today, I managed to get over 2k written before lunch, and after lunch was ready to hit the 4k mark but the words just kept spilling. In the end, I stopped at 5,022 because I want to squeeze in a weights workout before picking my daughter up from school.
So, that's it for today. I've started Sierra Fox #4 and passed the 5k mark. If I can do the same tomorrow, that would be a great headstart. Though I can't update my word count on the NaNoWriMo website until it's officially November 1st in the US. That's okay, I'll update it later.
I'm looking forward to writing this book. It's sad to realise that after this one's done, there's only one more left in the series. Oh well, it's all good.
If you're taking part in NaNo, good luck!

Tuesday 30 October 2012


After narrowly escaping her fate as a sacrificial scapegoat, Arcadia Bell is back to normal. Or at least as ordinary as life can be for a renegade magician and owner of a tiki bar that caters to Earthbound demons. She’s gearing up for the busiest day of the year—Halloween—when a vengeful kidnapper paralyzes the community. The influential head of the local Hellfire Club taps Cady to track down the fiendish bogeyman, and now that she’s dating red-hot Lon Butler, the Club’s wayward son, she can hardly say no.

Cady and Lon untangle a gruesome thirty-year trail of clues that points to danger for the club members’ children. But locating the person behind the terror will require some metaphysical help from Cady’s loyal bar patrons as well as her potent new Moonchild powers—and she’d better figure it out before the final victim disappears and her own darkest secret becomes her biggest enemy.
This is the second book in the Arcadia Bell series, and it's awesome! It was so good to catch up with Cady, Lon, and Jupe.

When the man running the Hellfire Club asks Cady and Lon to help him find some missing kids, they both get sucked into a 30-year-old mystery featuring the Snatcher. Finding the kids and the person responsible isn't going to be easy, especially when Lon's son could become one of the targets.

Of course, there's a lot more going on... but following them on this dangerous adventure was great. And just in time for Halloween too! ;)

I loved everything about this book--Jupe's antics, the demonic storyline, Cady's newfound gift, and their relationship. This is becoming one of my fave UF series.

Thursday 25 October 2012

FULL BLOODED by Amanda Carlson

The start of an exceptionally fast-paced and irresistibly sexy new urban fantasy trilogy.
Born the only female in an all-male werewolf race, Jessica McClain isn't just different - she's feared.
After living under the radar for the last twenty-six years, Jessica is thrust unexpectedly into her first change, a full ten years late. She wakes up and finds she's in the middle of a storm. Now that she's become the only female full-blooded werewolf in town, the supernatural world is already clamouring to take a bite out of her. Now her new Pack must rise up and protect her.
But not everyone is on board. There are certain superstitious werewolves who think Jessica means an end to their race - and they're not about to go down without a fight.

Firstly, I just want to say that I love this cover, and the one for the second book. Secondly: Wow! That's what I thought while reading this book.

Jessica McClain is living under the alias of Molly Hannon so no one knows where/what she is. She happens to be the daughter of one of the toughest werewolf Alphas in the world, and also the only female in an all-male race. But no amount of hiding is going to keep the truth from getting out now.

She never showed any signs of changing, but it didn't stop the male wolves from despising her, which is why she left the 'safety' of the Compound in the first place. However, one night the impossible happens and Jessica actually changes into a wolf, and she trashes her apartment.

As her father and his most trusted wolves go to her aid and work out the best way to tell the rest of the Pack what's happened, the tension grows. But her fellow Pack wolves aren't the only ones she has to worry about, because it seems that being the only female werewolf in the world has attracted the attention of some other supernaturals. Not to mention the human cop who keeps breathing down her neck...

All hell breaks loose when she's ambushed inside a bar, but finds an ally in the most unlikely shifter.

Full Blooded is an awesome addition to the urban fantasy genre. The world building is fantastic, the heroine a tough woman with a lot of vulnerabilities she won't let stand in her way, and the supporting cast is outstanding. There are so many characters to love, some to hate, and some intriguing ones.

I loved everything about this book! I was instantly hooked and couldn't wait to get to the end... Of course, now, I can't wait to read the next book. Oh, and I can't wait to find out more about Rourke. ;)

Full Blooded, September 2012, ISBN 9780356501260, Orbit
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