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Apr
16

Vampires with a Twist: 4 Authors Who Keep Vampire Mythology Fresh

Vampires with a Twist: 4 Authors Who Keep Vampire Mythology Fresh Note: This article was originally posted on Heroes & Heartbreakers in 2013. Chelsea still says these books are fantastic, though! Vampire books have ensnared readers for years. Sometimes we think they’re sexy, other times we think they’re scary, but the creature of the night mythos follows a familiar trope. If you think you might be burned out on vampires, maybe it’s time to try a vampire book done in a...
Apr
9

Alpha Showdown 2018 Nominations are Now Open

Alpha Showdown 2018 Nominations are Now Open My favorite event of the year is almost here! (Check out my Snoopy Dance!) That’s right, it’s Alpha Showdown time! The time when the biggest badasses in the paranormal book world battle for bragging rights. Get ready to fangirl (or fanboy) flail all over your favorite characters! Can you believe this is the 8th year for Alpha Showdown? Last year we had our first female champion, Kate Daniels from Ilona...
Apr
4

Win It Wednesday: Signed Copy of Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre

Win It Wednesday: Signed Copy of Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre When two of your favorite authors team up to write a book with a sentient space whale, you read it. Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre brought us Honor Among Thieves, which is packed with YA sci-fi goodness including a girl falling in love with her spaceship…and that spaceship being essentially a space whale. It’s absolutely a unique concept, and it’s executed masterfully by Rachel and Ann. If...
Apr
2

April 2018 New Releases: J.R. Ward, Jenn Stark, Kevin Hearne, Claudia Gray, Jennifer Ashley & more!

April 2018 New Releases: J.R. Ward, Jenn Stark, Kevin Hearne, Claudia Gray, Jennifer Ashley & more! In an effort to help you keep that to-read list updated, I’ve compiled the hot urban fantasy and paranormal romance releases for April 2018. All dates are U.S. and tentative. Also: Click the title of any book to visit the Amazon page for pre-order or purchase goodness. I’ve included genre classification with each book: UF is urban fantasy, PNR is paranormal romance, F is fantasy, SF is science fiction, YA...
Mar
15

Urban Fantasy Fan’s Guide to St. Patrick’s Day

Urban Fantasy Fan’s Guide to St. Patrick’s Day Do you ever wonder how your favorite supernaturals would celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Or think you’d like to jump into their world to join in the celebration? Us, too. We’d much rather hit up a vampire-filled bar than chug green beer with humans. Here are five of our favorite fictional bars to help you make the perfect party (reading) plans. 1. Howler’s from the Nocturne Falls series by Kristen Painter...
Mar
1

March 2018 New Releases: Patricia Briggs, Karen Marie Moning, J.R. Ward, Jay Kristoff, Anne Bishop, Seanan McGuire and more

March 2018 New Releases: Patricia Briggs, Karen Marie Moning, J.R. Ward, Jay Kristoff, Anne Bishop, Seanan McGuire and more In an effort to help you keep that to-read list updated, I’ve compiled the hot urban fantasy and paranormal romance releases for March 2018. All dates are U.S. and tentative. Also: Click the title of any book to visit the Amazon page for pre-order or purchase goodness. I’ve included genre classification with each book: UF is urban fantasy, PNR is paranormal romance, F is fantasy, SF is science fiction, YA...
Feb
15

Review: That Killer Smile by Juliet Lyons (Bite Nights #3)

Review: That Killer Smile by Juliet Lyons (Bite Nights #3) That Killer Smile (Bite Nights #3) Juliet Lyons Published: Feb. 6, 2018 (Sourcebooks Casablanca) Purchase: Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Margaret Rating (out of 5): 3.5 stars Note: While review will be spoiler free, it does make reference to previous books. If you haven’t started this series yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1,...
Feb
13

5 Favorite Paranormal Romance Tropes

5 Favorite Paranormal Romance Tropes We couldn’t let Valentine’s Day go by without talking about romance. For me, romance is comfort food all year long. You know it’s going to have a happy ending, even if it rips your heart out on the way there. Readers can also find comfort in the fact that most romances have at least one recognizable trope that lets you say, “Oh, it’s this kind of story.” Here are some of my faves: Friends to Lovers These...
Feb
8

Exclusive Excerpt from Watcher by Roh Morgon

Exclusive Excerpt from Watcher by Roh Morgon Roh Morgon’s The Chosen series brings a nice dose of paranormal romance to a solid urban fantasy framework. …and that’s the kind of thing we dig around here. The first book in the series, Watcher, was recently re-released with a fresh editing pass and a snazzy new cover. If you missed this series the first time around, it’s now “new and improved.” 😉 We have an exclusive...
Feb
7

Win It Wednesday: Conspiracy of Angels by Michelle Belanger

Win It Wednesday: Conspiracy of Angels by Michelle Belanger It’s Wednesday, which means we have an awesome book for one lucky VBC reader. This week we’re shifting back to urban fantasy with Michelle Belanger’s Conspiracy of Angels. It’s the first in her Shadowside series, so prepared to be hooked for a set of books. (Your TBR will thank you.) ABOUT CONSPIRACY OF ANGELS When Zachary Westland regains consciousness on the winter shores of Lake...

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