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May
28

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 9: Mad Rogan vs. Vlad

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 9: Mad Rogan vs. Vlad Well, VBC readers, you’ve survived the preliminary bouts of the 2015 Alpha Showdown. Today starts the semifinals. It’s about to get cutthroat. Are you ready? Mad Rogan from Ilona Andrews’ Hidden Legacy series crushed the badass assassin Celaena. Today he takes on ultimate vampire Vlad from Jeaniene Frost’s Night Prince series. Vlad fought valiantly against wolf shifter Charles...
May
27

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 8: Ethan Sullivan vs. Kaleb

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 8: Ethan Sullivan vs. Kaleb Comments on the last couple Alpha Showdown rounds have mentioned it’s getting harder to choose. We’re evil like that. Today’s no exception. It’ll be a good fight. We have master vampire Ethan Sullivan from Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series up against the delicious Tk Kaleb from Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series. The VBC team loves both these fierce men, and...
May
26

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 7: Raphael vs. Wrath

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 7: Raphael vs. Wrath It makes sense in a battle of ultimate alpha characters that we’d have the primo leaders of their respective worlds in this year’s Alpha Showdown. In Round 7 we have two of the biggest, baddest and most loved leaders. Raphael is an archangel—leading angels and vampires and watching over humans—from Nalini Singh’s excellent Guild Hunter series. Wrath is the vampire king in J.R....
May
25

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 6: Curran vs. Simon

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 6: Curran vs. Simon This is going to be a good match. Curran from Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series is a past champion of the Alpha Showdown. Simon, from Anne Bishop’s The Others novels, made the battle last year, but wasn’t quite enough of an alpha at the time. Those who nominated him this year say it’s time to recognize the wolf shifter. Can he beat the lion? You decide. We’ve lined up...
May
22

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 5: Charles Cornick vs. Vlad

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 5: Charles Cornick vs. Vlad It’s all about the veterans in Round 5 of the Alpha Showdown. Neither of today’s alpha characters have won the battle before, but they both have fervent fanbases. Will this be their year? Charles Cornick from Patricia Briggs’ Alpha and Omega series is a powerful werewolf. Jeaniene Frost’s Vlad from the Night Prince series, though, is that Vlad. The ancient vampire has plenty of...
May
21

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 4: Slade vs. Gin Blanco

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 4: Slade vs. Gin Blanco This year brought the fresh meat to the Alpha Showdown. We had some first timers battle one another in Round 1, but this time out we have a newbie taking on a veteran. The vampire Slade from Teresa Gabelman’s The Protectors series is new to VBC, but his fans came out big time in the nomination rounds. Can this vampire take on one of our favorite assassins? Gin Blanco is a certified badass, and she...
May
20

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 3: Kate Daniels vs. Bones

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 3: Kate Daniels vs. Bones We told you from the start that the Alpha Showdown would be brutal. We’re only three matches in, and we’ve already had to make tough choices. Round 2 is still open, and it’s very close between Jane and Barrons. Kate Daniels isn’t scared of a vampire, but we doubt Bones is scared of anything. He’s battled some heavy hitters before. In an alternate universe, these two would...
May
19

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 2: Jane Yellowrock vs. Jericho Z. Barrons

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 2: Jane Yellowrock vs. Jericho Z. Barrons Yesterday we kicked of the fifth annual Alpha Showdown by pitting mage against assassin. Today we’re bringing two alphas you would not want to mess with into the battle. Skinwalker and general badass Jane Yellowrock from Faith Hunter’s series is taking on the mysterious ass-kicker Jericho Z. Barrons from Karen Marie Moning’s Fever novels. He’s won the Alpha Showdown before, but...
May
18

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 1: Mad Rogan vs. Celaena Sardothien

Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 1: Mad Rogan vs. Celaena Sardothien Today marks the beginning of the fifth annual Alpha Showdown here at Vampire Book Club, and we’ve brought out the big guns. The bracket is stacked with the most badass, lethal, charismatic alphas we could find including plenty of first timers. The opening match exemplifies this as we pit the dangerous mage Mad Rogan from Ilona Andrews’s Hidden Legacy books against the young assassin princess...
May
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May 2015 New Releases: Darynda Jones, Charlaine Harris, Sarah J. Maas, Thea Harrison, Jenn Bennett & more

May 2015 New Releases: Darynda Jones, Charlaine Harris, Sarah J. Maas, Thea Harrison, Jenn Bennett & 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 2015. 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...

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