Archive for February, 2007

28
Feb
07

I Didn’t Start It, Honest!

So Jane took off and running from my RTB post.

My answer to her question, whether an author should reach out and touch a reader, is yes.

But I think we’ve lost sight of something very important here.

An author writes stories. Therefore it is most important that an author touches a reader through her/his work.

Would I like to be appreciated? Would I like an author whom I rave about dropping by? Hell yeah.

I can’t deny that I’m an even bigger fan of Paperback Writer because she noticed that I came by often, that I linked to her and reciprocated.

At the same time, I think I can say that I wouldn’t be less of a fan if she hadn’t reciprocated. I do not know KristieJ, I do not read her blog, but I daresay it’s the same for her and Lisa Kleypas.

Books are not, for the lack of a better term, exclusionary. It’s not like “I have a limited edition watch that you can’t find anywhere else.” I can say “I have this book, I’ve read this, I loved it, and you should go buy it too.”

And it’s great because if you go buy it, and then you read it, we can discuss it. I have this blog partly because I don’t have anyone IRL to discuss books with. The few reader blogs I read have been wonderful finds for me, especially now that I’ve largely given up on messageboards.

When Jane says:

I find that many of the group blogs do not contribute much to the blogging community. They serve as promotional vehicles and not much more primarily because these authors are not present anywhere else on the internet.

I disagree.

I do think there’s a correlation with author blogs that are promotional vehicles and authors who do not contribute on other blogs, but I do not think that simply because an author does not comment elsewhere on the internet that she/he does not contribute.

Intelligent and cogent posts on industry and all things romancelandia are not a contribution? Of course they are a contribution, whether or not the blogger comments on other blogs, especially when the blog has enough readers that other bloggers pick up on her/his posts.

Besides, is there really a point to authors bloghopping just to say “Hi! I really like your blog!”?

27
Feb
07

Richelle Mead: Succubus Blues

Succubus (n) An alluring, shape-shifting demon who seduces and pleasures mortal men.
Pathetic (adj.) A succubus with great shoes and no social life. See: Georgina Kincaid.

When it comes to jobs in hell, being a succubus seems pretty glamorous. A girl can be anything she wants. The wardrobe is killer, and mortal men will do anything just for a touch. Granted, they often pay with their souls, but why get technical?

But Seattle succubus Georgina Kincaid’s life is far less exotic. Her boss is a middle-management demon with a thing for John Cusack movies. Her immortal best friends haven’t stopped teasing her about the time she shape-shifted into the Demon Goddess get-up complete with whip and wings. And she can’t have a decent date without sucking away part of the guy’s life. At least there’s her day job at a local bookstore—free books, all the white chocolate mochas she can drink, and easy access to bestselling, sexy writer, Seth Mortensen, aka He Whom She Would Give Anything to Touch but Can’t.

But dreaming about Seth will have to wait. Something wicked is at work in Seattle’s demon underground. And for once, all of her hot charms and drop-dead one-liners won’t help because Georgina’s about to discover there are some creatures out there that both heaven and hell want to deny…

I did tell you guys how much I enjoyed this book already.

But here’s the full-length version.

I think Lilith Saintcrow said it best when she called Succubus Blues
“Dysfunction, funny and sexy!”

It’s quite the page-turner too, except for a section towards the end.

I would have liked to understand Georgina’s world better. Other than who’s her boss and her stealing souls, there’s not much you know about it.

Um, it’s not a romance. Just to make it clear. Kensington’s not even putting romance on the spine.

I want to read the next book!

This rates 4.5 out of 5.

26
Feb
07

I am Malevolent May

Sounds good to me.

I shall be Malevolent May when I outgrow miladyinsanity.

*beams*

Thank you Edie
.

26
Feb
07

Nalini Singh: Visions Of Heat

Go deeper into the world of the Psy and the changelings, where a gifted woman sees passion in her future-a passion that is absolutely forbidden by her kind…Used to cold silence, Faith NightStar is suddenly being tormented by dark visions of blood and murder. A bad sign for anyone, but worse for Faith, an F-Psy with the highly sought after ability to predict the future. Then the visions show her something even more dangerous-aching need…exquisite pleasure. But so powerful is her sight, so fragile the state of her mind, that the very emotions she yearns to embrace could be the end of her.

Changeling Vaughn D’Angelo can take either man or jaguar form, but it is his animal side that is overwhelmingly drawn to Faith. The jaguar’s instinct is to claim this woman it finds so utterly fascinating and the man has no argument. But while Vaughn craves sensation and hungers to pleasure Faith in every way, desire is a danger that could snap the last threads of her sanity. And there are Psy who need Faith’s sight for their own purposes. They must keep her silenced-and keep her from Vaughn…

I enjoyed Visions Of Heat as much as I did Slave To Sensation, to my surprise. Frankly speaking, I was expecting this book to be a disappointment, as the second book of a series often is to me.

It’s a ‘bigger’ book than STS, partly because the overarching plotline has started to take up more space. This isn’t to say that it’s less a romance though.

Faith has a ‘quiet’ persona that I very much like, and I like that we get to see her develop more as a person than we did with Sascha.

But what really amazes me? Nalini‘s managed to provide a satisfying ending while leaving unanswered questions! I want to know what happens next!

This rates 5 out of 5.

25
Feb
07

Elaine Cunningham: Shadows In The Starlight

Gwen “Gigi” Gellman, a ten year veteran of the Providence, Rhode Island vice squad, finds herself on the outs and unemployed after a bust goes bad, resulting in a bloodbath.

Gigi started her life as a foundling and is used to being on her own. She has scraped together enough of a nest egg to start her own PI business specializing in runaways and “family problems.”

Now Gigi is involved in the case of a missing wife and child. Knowing the husband involved, she initially dismisses the matter as good sense on the wife’s part, only to discover a pattern of lies and deceptions and a mystical past. As her investigation progresses, otherworldly powers try to intercede, and soon Gigi finds not only her own life threatened, but those of her friends and family as well.

I like Shadows In The Starlight better than I did the first book in the series, Shadows In The Darkness.

I think being able to see the overarching plotline made this book a better read for me, and I definitely want to read the next book. But something more had better happen in the next book or I’m dropping the series.

Some characters that fell flat for me in the the previous book are now very, very intriguing. Especially Ian Forest. Ooh Ian.

Gwen gets more interesting, and I really want to know how she’s going to deal with the things that are being hidden from her.

This rates 3.5 out of 5.

25
Feb
07

Edie Is Evil

This I know to be true.

After all, Michelle Diener agrees with me!

There are a number of reasons.

Like, she’s weird:

5) I took pole dancing lessons last summer.

7) I used to climb my mother’s roof and walk the railings on her sun porch roof. The woman next door came running over one day, screaming at me to get down. If she knew what her own kids did …

8) When I was 9, I ran away to join the circus as a tightrope walker. My best friend and I got lost and slept overnight at a new school construction. The next morning, we fought and turned back. Because she didn’t remember the way home, she followed me, crying the whole mile and a half.

On a post about what she’s never seen a heroine do in sex scenes:

6) The heroine fantasizes that the hero is Hugh Jackman

How dare she spread the Jackman love? The man’s just NOT hot!

I really want to read this book:

In my wip, one of my protagonists is a hairdresser who always wanted to be a standup comic — but a big case of stage fright keeps her from trying. Now she’s lost a bet and has to perform on open mike night at a comedy club. She’s putting together a set about the differences between men and women, and she asks input from her clients and other hairdressers. They touch on farts, men’s fascination with their penises (starting when they’re toddlers), and the way men revel in urinating in public places.

But it’s not yet sold! *whines whines whines*

Fortunately, we have a solution.

We can scare the evil out of her, because she’s afraid of heights:

Are you afraid of heights? I am! I kow the sinking in my stomach, the sickness in my throat, the dizziness inside my head as I look down over a sheer cliff while my normally steady legs suddenly start shaking.

I believe she’s going to RWA National this year, so someone who is Anti-Evil, please do something about it.

This is a Public Service Announcement brought to you by a member of the Organisation Against Evil.

 

24
Feb
07

Eileen Wilks: Blood Lines

Touch-sensitive FBI agent Lily Yu and her werewolf bond-mate are recruited by the Secret Service to help identify elected officials who have accepted demonic pacts. But Lily must turn to fellow agent Cynna Weaver for help when Cynna’s former teacher, a demon master, emerges as the main suspect behind the pacts.

After a demon commits a gruesome murder, sorcerer Cullen Seabourne joins the team racing the clock to find the apprentice of evil who uses demons to kill. Cynna and Cullen must work together–a challenge indeed when each has good reason to ignore the desire simmering between them. But passion and events both spiral out of control as an ancient prophecy is fulfilled–and the lupi’s greatest enemy sets her sights on total devastation…

This is number 6 in Eileen Wilks’s Lupi series.

The difference between this book and the previous books in the series is that the previous ones had a much tighter focus on fewer plotlines, and this one has an expanded focus. A bigger cast, more primary characters, and more things happening.

That the author did manage to tie it all up together? Fabulous.

Note: If you’re looking for a romance, Blood Lines is not quite a romance, IMHO, andmore an urban fantasy.

This rates 4.5 out of 5.





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