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May
22

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 9: Reyes Farrow vs. Wrath

Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 9: Reyes Farrow vs. Wrath Update: Wow! Both the Grimlets and BDB fans came out in force this time, but only one character can continue. Reyes Farrow won this match! We’ve finally made it through the first tier of Alpha Showdown battles. They were wicked, weren’t they? Well, I can’t say it gets easier from here on out. Today we pit the Son of Satan again the King of Vampires. Which one advances in the Showdown is...
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
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...
Apr
3

Review: The King by J.R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood #12)

Review: The King by J.R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood #12) The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood #12) J.R. Ward Published: April 1, 2014  (Penguin) Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon Review Source: Purchased Reviewed by: Candace Rating (out of 5): 4 stars When I first started reading the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, the dark, brooding, pressure-keg-about-to-blow, Blind King Wrath, hooked me. There was something there waiting to be discovered. Beth Randall,...
Jun
20

Book Bits: Stacia Kane, Richelle Mead, J.R. Ward, Pamela Palmer, Amanda Bonilla & True Blood

Book Bits: Stacia Kane, Richelle Mead, J.R. Ward, Pamela Palmer, Amanda Bonilla & True Blood There was just too much good news this week to skip on the Book Bits. Are you ready to get excited for upcoming books? (Silly question, I know.) Terrible’s Book Has a Cover and I Love It I’ve been talking about Stacia Kane’s forthcoming short novel Wrong Ways Down quite a bit on Twitter the last few months. It’s set in her Downside world (if you haven’t read Unholy Ghosts, you...
May
25

Round 11: Adam Hauptman vs. Qhuinn [Alpha Showdown 2013]

Round 11: Adam Hauptman vs. Qhuinn [Alpha Showdown 2013] Things are advancing in the Alpha Showdown 2013. We’ve hit the second tier of the event. Winners will start battling winners. Expect the stakes to be raised and the smack talk to increase. Both Adam and Qhuinn had to fight hard to win against the big-time alphas in their last rounds. Who will prevail this time? The shifter or the warrior vampire? Read the pitches, then make the call. Who should advance...
May
20

Round 6: Eric Northman vs. Qhuinn [Alpha Showdown 2013]

Round 6: Eric Northman vs. Qhuinn [Alpha Showdown 2013] It’s officially time for Alpha Showdown 2013!  You made your nominations and we have 16 of the most badass, alpha characters from urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels locked into the bracket. Only one will be named champion and today’s first bout is sure to end in a knockout. Round six puts vampire against vampire. The Viking vampire from Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series is...
Apr
5

VBC Roundtable: Lover at Last by J.R. Ward

VBC Roundtable: Lover at Last by J.R. Ward We’re trying something new at VBC. Now that we have a few more reviewers here, we can do roundtable reviews. It’s a great way for you to get to know our new reviewers and their tastes. It’s also great for books like Lover at Last that everyone has an opinion on. Plus, just about everyone at VBC devoured that book. Seriously. MARY I can remember when I first read Dark Lover.  I finished...
Apr
4

Book Bits: J.R. Ward, Cassie Alexander, City of Bones, Richelle Mead, True Blood

Book Bits: J.R. Ward, Cassie Alexander, City of Bones, Richelle Mead, True Blood Can I tell you guys how excited I am for this year’s Alpha Showdown? It’s going to be bigger than ever, and the bracket has more new characters and women than ever before. I can’t wait to see how the voting goes down come May. Wrath and Beth Get Another Book When I finished Lover at Last, I immediately started speculating about which couple might be next. I was so wrong, people. J.R. Ward...
Mar
1

March Releases: Jeaniene Frost, J.R. Ward, Amanda Bonilla, Patricia Briggs, Katie Reus, Rachel Vincent & more

March Releases: Jeaniene Frost, J.R. Ward, Amanda Bonilla, Patricia Briggs, Katie Reus, Rachel Vincent & 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 2013. 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...

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