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May
2

Review: Into the Dreaming by Karen Marie Moning

Review: Into the Dreaming by Karen Marie Moning Into The Dreaming (Highlander #8) Karen Marie Moning Published: 2006, re-released with bonus content on April 26, 2012 (Delacorte) Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon Reviewed by: Candace Rating (out of 5): 5 stars “Take my hand, Aedan. That’s all you need do.” “You doona know what these hands have done.” “Take my hand, Aedan.” “Begone, lass. A woman such as you is not for the likes...
Mar
8

Book Bits: Barrons POV audio, Tempest’s Fury, cage match & more

Book Bits: Barrons POV audio, Tempest’s Fury, cage match & more Hear Jericho Barrons have sex. What?! Yeah, you actually read that right. Kind of. Last year, Karen Marie Moning wrote a sex scene from Jericho Z. Barrons’ point of view as a prize for him winning our 2011 Alpha Showdown. And it was epic. And sexy. Well, Karen had the voices of MacKayla and Barrons from the audio books record the scene. It’s not free, but it sure is sexy. You can get the full...
Mar
6

5 characters who make me feel lucky (not to be them)

5 characters who make me feel lucky (not to be them) Recently, I’ve written a couple posts for Heroes and Heartbreakers looking at damaged heroines and the urban fantasy locales that will never make a tourist guide. The more I think on it, the more thankful I am not to be in the shoes of so many of the protagonists from my favorite books. Honestly, it might sound interesting to be a Guardian in Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series, but after...
Feb
10

Love letter to Barrons (Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series)

Love letter to Barrons (Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series) From VBC: Like we could have a Character Love Letters feature and not write to the champion of our Alpha Showdown? Pssh! Bells says what we all think to Barrons in the letter below. She tells him he’s an arrogant jerk, but we love him for it. Remember why you wanted to say his name by reading her letter to Jericho Z. Barrons. Dear Barrons, Let me start this letter off by saying… you rock my...
Oct
10

Top 3 couples who make us work for it

Top 3 couples who make us work for it This month’s group read — Kristen Painter’s Blood Rights – has characters with chemistry that pops off the page. Only they aren’t a couple. Chrysabelle and Mal’s interactions ripple with tension and unspoken desire. They like each other, but both think it’s a bad idea. The complexity of their fight against intimacy is made exponentially complicated by the fact...
Aug
25

Book Bits: Downside Ghosts sneak, American Gods for TV, Rob Thurman hospitalized, excerpts and Contest Roundup

Book Bits: Downside Ghosts sneak, American Gods for TV, Rob Thurman hospitalized, excerpts and Contest Roundup This week has already been crazy at VBC HQ. While getting everything prepped for Fall into (Urban) Fantasy, I also popped in at Heroes & Heartbreakers twice. First, I shared five YA alpha heroes that are sure to make adult readers swoon (Dimitri, Prince Ash and Jace lead the list). Then, I wrote up a recap of the Night Huntress series thus far. If you haven’t read the earlier books, but still...
Jul
21

Alpha Showdown reward time: Barrons POV

Alpha Showdown reward time: Barrons POV During our Alpha Showdown in May, Karen Marie Moning promised fans an exclusive Barrons point-of-view sex scene if he claimed the top title. And, of course, he did. We’ve all waited, and Karen is finally ready to give us nearly 5,000 words inside Barron’s mind as he gets intimate with Mac. Enough talk: Here’s the Barrons POV sex scene from Karen Marie...
Jun
3

Alpha Showdown 2011 Champion: Jericho Z. Barrons

Alpha Showdown 2011 Champion: Jericho Z. Barrons As so many of you have pointed out, Barrons is the alpha and the omega. He lets his actions speak for him, and that means if you call IYD (If You’re Dying) you best mean it. The fans of Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series came out in force to make sure this alpha male took the title of the most badass of badasses. You can review all the earlier bouts and enjoy seeing Barrons top them all on the...
Jun
1

Alpha Showdown FINAL ROUND: Jace vs. Barrons

Alpha Showdown FINAL ROUND: Jace vs. Barrons It’s been a bloody two weeks. We’ve seen an angel fall, a necromancer sent to the grave, vampires drained and even a Beast Lord left in pieces. And now only two alphas are left standing: Jace Wayland from Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series and Jericho Z. Barrons from Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. Before we kick off this battle, thank you. We always enjoy your...
May
30

Alpha Showdown Round 14: Barrons vs. Kate Daniels

Alpha Showdown Round 14: Barrons vs. Kate Daniels Both have taken out formidable opponents — in their respective series and this showdown. Will wielding magic and Slayer be enough for Kate Daniels to take out Barrons? That’s for you to decide. The winner of this battle will have a place in the final round of the Alpha Showdown. You can get a refresher on just what this Alpha Showdown thing is here, but a key point to remember: Each poll is...

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