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May
7

Review: Three Slices by Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson and Chuck Wendig

Review: Three Slices by Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson and Chuck Wendig Three Slices (Iron Druid #7.5; Blud # 0.5; Miriam Black #3.5) Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson and Chuck Wendig Published: May 5, 2015 Purchase: Amazon Review source: copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Margaret Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Three Slices might just win the award for the strangest anthology theme ever. And the trophy is probably shaped like a big bowl and...
Dec
2

Shannon K. Butcher excerpt and Kicking It giveaway

Shannon K. Butcher excerpt and Kicking It giveaway It’s no secret the team at VBC loves a strong heroine. Women who kick ass are always our favorites. So, it’s not really a surprise that we’re excited about the new Kicking It anthology edited by Faith Hunter and Kalayna Price. The anthology features stories by favorites like Chloe Neill (a Lindsey and Luc story! Ah!), Rachel Caine, Rob Thurman, Chris Marie Green, Shannon K. Butcher,...
Nov
8

Book Bits: Chicagoland Vampires, Meljean Brook, Carolyn Crane, Jessica Sims, Kim Harrison, eBook deals

Book Bits: Chicagoland Vampires, Meljean Brook, Carolyn Crane, Jessica Sims, Kim Harrison, eBook deals Does anyone else feel like November sneaked up behind them? Seriously. I’m on you to November. On the upside, this means I’m staring to plan the Best Of list for this year and we get a nice explosion of awesome reads. Don’t forget, we’re reading Iced by Karen Marie Moning this month, and there are new discussion topics over at the Goodreads group. I Always Want More Ethan Sullivan...
Jun
4

Alpha Showdown 2012 Champion: Curran

Alpha Showdown 2012 Champion: Curran It was the battle many of you asked for: Bones vs. Curran. And the lion clawed up the vampire. Yes, the Beast Lord from Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series fought ruthlessly to take out master vampire Bones in the final round of the Alpha Showdown 2012. In addition to the great Twitter banter between authors Ilona Andrews and Jeaniene Frost, your comments in favor of Curran proved his alpha status....
Mar
12

Review: Angels’ Flight by Nalini Singh

Review: Angels’ Flight by Nalini Singh Angels’ Flight (Guild Hunter collection) Nalini Singh Published: Purchase at: Book Depository, B&N or Amazon Reviewed by: Candace Rating (out of 5): 4 stars “I would fly our child wherever she needed to go…I have no need to build empires and dynasties. I only want to build a home with you.” Nalini Singh became the second writer to make me cry with an anthology in Angels’ Flight. (The first...
Oct
31

Review: Magic Graves by Jeaniene Frost & Ilona Andrews

Review: Magic Graves by Jeaniene Frost & Ilona Andrews Magic Graves Jeaniene Frost & Ilona Andrews Published: Sept. 1, 2011 Purchase at: B&N or Amazon Rating (out of 5): 3.5 stars Magic Graves offers nice fixes for both Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress and Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series in between the novels. With a short story set in each world, fans get some time with favorite characters. The Night Huntress story, “One for the...
Oct
17

Sexy vampires and Christmas with Laurie London, Caridad Pineiro, Michele Hauf, Alexis Morgan

Sexy vampires and Christmas with Laurie London, Caridad Pineiro, Michele Hauf, Alexis Morgan Thanks, Chelsea and Vampire Book Club, for hosting the first stop on our #VampXmas blog tour! It’s always fun to talk vampires with you and your readers. All four authors of the anthology, A Vampire for Christmas, which is out in print tomorrow (digital on November 1), are answering the same question about our stories. Stay tuned at the end for a chance to win a cool prize package. How did you incorporate...
Sep
1

‘Blood and Other Cravings’ author roundtable (& Giveaway!)

‘Blood and Other Cravings’ author roundtable (& Giveaway!) We may talk about the sexy vampires here quite a bit at VBC, but sometimes you long for the vicious, the horror-style vampires. Ellen Datlow has put together a collection of short stories focused on the predatory side of vampires, as well as those being that feed off souls and leech life. The authors in Blood and Other Cravings (pre-order, releases Sept. 13) are some great names in horror, and we...
Aug
23

Review: Wild & Steamy anthology by Meljean Brook, Jill Myles and Carolyn Crane

Review: Wild & Steamy anthology by Meljean Brook, Jill Myles and Carolyn Crane Wild & Steamy Meljean Brook, Jill Myles & Carolyn Crane Published: Aug. 2, 2011 Purchase at: Amazon Rating (out of 5): 3.5 stars “Blushing Bounder” by Meljean Brook (3 stars) Meljean Brook’s story is set in her Iron Seas world, before the events of The Iron Duke. We get to learn how Constable Newton ended up in London and learn about his wife. He and the missus are Bounders...
Aug
10

Review: Home Improvement: Undead Edition

Review: Home Improvement: Undead Edition Home Improvement: Undead Edition edited by Charlaine Harris & Toni L.P. Kelner Published: Aug. 2, 2011 (Penguin) Purchase at: Book Depository, B&N or Amazon Rating (out of 5): 4 stars I have a hit-or-miss record with anthologies, especially those including more than five stories. However, Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner consistently manage to pull together a quality collection of short...

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