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May
15

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 4: Ethan Sullivan vs. Vlad

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 4: Ethan Sullivan vs. Vlad Update: Never mess with a man who can control fire. Vlad took home the win swiftly and soundly. Two lethal vampires enter the Alpha Showdown. Will the Master of Cadogan House top the pyrokinetic vampire of legend? You decide. We’ve lined up great bloggers to explain why each alpha deserves to advance. Read the pitches, and then make the call. ETHAN SULLIVAN You know him from: Chicagoland Vampires series...
May
14

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 3: Wrath vs. Jane Yellowrock

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 3: Wrath vs. Jane Yellowrock Update: Wrath remains the king! He won this round of the Showdown and will advance. Wrath and Jane Yellowrock are Alpha Showdown veterans. How will the fare in battle this year? That’s up to you. Will it be the King or the one her own author calls the Apex Alpha? We’ve lined up great bloggers to explain why each alpha deserves to advance. Read the pitches, and then make the call. WRATH You...
May
13

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 2: Curran vs. Kate Daniels

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 2: Curran vs. Kate Daniels Update: Kate handed a serious ass-kicking to Curran. She advances in the Alpha Showdown. We seed the Alpha Showdown bracket. That means the battles in the first rounds are determined by the number of votes each character receives. It makes sure the top two vote-getters don’t end up facing each other in the first round. Unfortunately, sometimes it means we have to pit husband again wife. Like right...
May
12

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 1: Reyes vs. Zsadist

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 1: Reyes vs. Zsadist Update: This round’s winner is Reyes Farrow! It was a close one. Final results: Reyes – 51%, Zsadist 49%. Both Reyes and Zsadist have made appearances in the Alpha Showdown before. Reyes almost took the top title last year. The slates have been wiped clean, though, and it’s time to begin the battle for the 2014 title. Both characters know a thing or two about Hell, but who will come out...
May
1

May New Releases: Charlaine Harris, Cassandra Clare, Jim Butcher, Darynda Jones, Seanan McGuire, Richelle Mead, Moira Rogers & more

May New Releases: Charlaine Harris, Cassandra Clare, Jim Butcher, Darynda Jones, Seanan McGuire, Richelle Mead, Moira Rogers & 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 May 2014. 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 and YA is young...
Apr
1

April New Releases: J.R. Ward, Julie Kagawa, Meljean Brook, Laini Taylor, Gena Showalter, Kelley Armstrong and more

April New Releases: J.R. Ward, Julie Kagawa, Meljean Brook, Laini Taylor, Gena Showalter, Kelley Armstrong 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 April 2014. 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 and YA is young...
Mar
20

Nominations for Alpha Showdown 2014 are Now Open!

Nominations for Alpha Showdown 2014 are Now Open! You read that headline right. It’s time to start playing favorites here at VBC. The annual Alpha Showdown will be back in May, and we need to know who you want to see in the event. If you haven’t experienced Alpha Showdown before, it gets a little crazy. Here’s the gist: VBC readers nominate their favorite characters who exemplify alpha status—male or female, leaders, warriors, general...
Mar
6

Cover Reveal: Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Cover Reveal: Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout Remember how much Jo loved White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout? It was the steamy start to a new YA paranormal romance series, and we’re big fans of that around here. So could we say no to giving you a first look at the cover for its sequel Stone Cold Touch? Of course not. Here’s the skinny on the second book: Every touch has its price Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her...
Feb
28

March New Releases: Anne Bishop, Patricia Briggs, Seanan McGuire, Lili St. Crow & more

March New Releases: Anne Bishop, Patricia Briggs, Seanan McGuire, Lili St. Crow & 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 2014. 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 and YA is young...
Feb
20

The Taste of VBC Giveaway

The Taste of VBC Giveaway We’ve been good about the giveaways here of late. (We promised!) However, we’ve been limiting the contests to the U.S. and Canada because shipping is expensive. But I love all of the VBC readers, so today we’re doing an international giveaway. Not just any giveaway either. I’ve picked three of my favorite—and most recommended—books to be the prize here. Think of it as the Taste...

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