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May
30

Alpha Showdown 2017 Round 7: Kate Daniels vs. Raphael

Alpha Showdown 2017 Round 7: Kate Daniels vs. Raphael Update: With 69% of the vote, Kate Daniels has defeated Raphael. She will advance in the Alpha Showdown 2017. Both of today’s alphas have been in the Alpha Showdown more than once. Readers love them both. However, neither has managed to make it to the end and capture the title of Alpha Showdown champion. Will this be the year for one of them? We have Kate Daniels from the series of the same name by...
May
29

Alpha Showdown 2017 Round 6: Reyes Farrow vs. Mercy Thompson

Alpha Showdown 2017 Round 6: Reyes Farrow vs. Mercy Thompson Update: With 68% of the vote Mercy Thompson advances! She’s the first alpha female to do so this year. Congrats, Mercy Thompson (Patricia Briggs)! We’re into the second week of Alpha Showdown 2017, and I need to be honest with you: It isn’t going to get easier. We have beloved and badass alphas ready to vie for your favor. Today’s no exception. For Round 6 we have previous Alpha...
May
26

Alpha Showdown 2017 Round 5: Mad Rogan vs. Rhysand

Alpha Showdown 2017 Round 5: Mad Rogan vs. Rhysand Update: Mad Rogan dominated this round with 70 percent of the vote. He’ll advance on in the Alpha Showdown. We have a previous Alpha Showdown champion in this round: Mad Rogan from Ilona Andrews’ Hidden Legacy series. Let’s not pity his opponent just yet. Rhysand has a whole lot of passionate fans of Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses series at his back. Magic and power...
May
25

Alpha Showdown 2017 Round 4: Barrons vs. Ethan Sullivan

Alpha Showdown 2017 Round 4: Barrons vs. Ethan Sullivan Update: This round was close the entire 48 hours, but with 51 percent of the vote the winner is Ethan Sullivan!  Alpha Showdown 2017 is already heating up and I like it! In some of our earlier rounds many of you were able to discover new books you need to read. This round, though, brings two powerhouse characters who have been in almost every Alpha Showdown since it’s inception back in 2011. Yeah....
May
24

Alpha Showdown 2017 Round 3: Jane Yellowrock vs. Griffin

Alpha Showdown 2017 Round 3: Jane Yellowrock vs. Griffin Update: This was our closest round yet, but underdog Griffin squeaked into the lead with 52 percent of the vote. He will advance to the next round. Jane Yellowrock from Faith Hunter’s series of the same name has been a powerful contender in the Alpha Showdown for several years. She’s never claimed the title, though. Will this be her year? She’s up against another of the new faces this...
May
23

Alpha Showdown 2017 Round 2: Curran vs. Bones

Alpha Showdown 2017 Round 2: Curran vs. Bones Update: With 68% of the vote, Curran wins this round and advances in the Alpha Showdown.  Every year the Alpha Showdown gets harder. (We probably say this a lot, but it doesn’t make it not true…) Well, today’s one of the what?! how can you make me choose? rounds. It’s two long-running fan favorites: Curran from Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series and Bones from Jeaniene...
May
22

Alpha Showdown 2017 Round 1: Adam Hauptman vs. Cat Fisa

Alpha Showdown 2017 Round 1: Adam Hauptman vs. Cat Fisa UPDATE: The poll has closed and with 82 percent of the vote, your winner is Adam Hauptman! He advances to the next round. We’re coming hot out the gates with Alpha Showdown 2017. We have a long-time favorite alpha Adam Hauptman from Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series (which we loooooove) up against newcomer Cat Fisa, the heroine of Amanda Bouchet’s Kingmaker Chronicles (which...
May
18

Alpha Showdown 2017 Starts Next Week!

Alpha Showdown 2017 Starts Next Week! Every year the Alpha Showdown gets bigger and better. It’s back for 2017, and OMG can we talk about the lineup? Old favorites—Mad Rogan, Jane Yellowrock, Ethan Sullivan—and fresh faces including both the hero and heroine from VBC’s best book of 2016 A Promise of Fire. Rhysand caught everyone’s attention in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, and he’s making his first appearance...
May
17

Win It Wednesday: Menagerie by Rachel Vincent (signed copy!)

Win It Wednesday: Menagerie by Rachel Vincent (signed copy!) It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of Rachel Vincent’s books. Her Unbound series is one I recommend all the time to anyone who likes their romance and their heroines complicated. Beautiful writing. Engaging stories. Just, seriously, she’s an auto buy for me for a reason. I’m not the only one at VBC who adores her books. Check out Amy’s review of Menagerie. RIGHT?!? As a...
May
10

Win It Wednesday: White Hot by Ilona Andrews

Win It Wednesday: White Hot by Ilona Andrews We had a little bit of a breather on traditional Win It Wednesdays for a couple weeks, because it’s been contest-a-palooza here lately. Also, I was at RT Booklovers Convention and Borrowed Souls hit stores. But I’m back home in Texas, and I have a towering stack of books to giveaway to VBC readers. We’re going to go big today, though, with White Hot by Ilona Andrews. I’m pretty...

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