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May
17

Round 3: Vlad vs. Christian MacKeltar [Alpha Showdown 2013]

Round 3: Vlad vs. Christian MacKeltar [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 three offers two very different princes. A vampire of legend with a penchant for fire finds a suitable opponent...
Jan
8

Top 10 Most Popular VBC Reviews

Top 10 Most Popular VBC Reviews I’ve had a higher-than-usual number of book recommendation requests on the VBC Facebook page and via Twitter of late. While I can, of course, just point you to the recommendations section, I decided to take a look at the most popular reviews here at VBC. Consider this post your quick access to the books reviews VBC readers found helpful. TOP 10 MOST POPULAR VBC REVIEWS Dead Reckoning by Charlaine...
Dec
6

Two Giveaway Thursday: Jim Butcher and Karen Marie Moning

You read that right. Two giveaways. Two winners. I have spare books in the office and I need to share. So, through the end of the month, we’ll have double giveaways on Thursdays. (Also, I’m traveling a lot for work. Things are exceptionally busy at VBC HQ.) Today we have giveaways to appease the fantasy fans. The first choice is Jim Butcher’s latest Cold Days. The second option Karen...
Nov
12

Talking about Iced

Talking about Iced I planned to write a detailed review of Karen Marie Moning’s Iced for this blog. However, I participated in a round-table discussion post over at Heroes & Heartbreakers before I had finished the book. I was sure that I would have more to say about the novel by the time I finished. Here’s the thing, I still feel just as strongly about what works and what doesn’t in Iced as I did for...
Nov
1

Nov. Group Read: Iced by Karen Marie Moning

Nov. Group Read: Iced by Karen Marie Moning Usually our group read picks are the first in long-running series. It’s an excuse to start a new series and get out of the reading the just-released books. However, some books require exceptions. If our group read poll was any indication, every VBC reader is going to devour Iced by Karen Marie Moning this week. We’re ready to go back to a fae-infested Ireland. We’re ready for more...
Oct
8

Are you ready for Iced? [H&H]

Are you ready for Iced? [H&H] Based on the tweets I received after posting the October new release list, nearly every one of you is excited for the release of Iced by Karen Marie Moning. It makes sense. Her Fever books featuring Barrons (our first Alpha Showdown champion) and MacKayla are the most addictive I’ve read*. I’m very much looking forward to reading Iced, but I’m also nervous about it. Will Moning’s...
Jul
11

Do readers just love to hate cliffhangers?

Do readers just love to hate cliffhangers? I’m starting to think we, as readers, actually love cliffhangers. Or at least love to hate them. Really. Earlier this week, we talked about those gasp-inducing, anxiety-causing cliffhangers on the VBC Facebook page. And while it was easy to name the one that gutted us the most — favorites were Karen Marie Moning’s Dreamfever ending and Chloe Neill’s Hard Bitten — it was...
May
4

May Group Read: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

May Group Read: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning At VBC HQ we’re knee deep in Alpha Showdown 2012 preparations. This means it’s a great time for a re-read. As such, we’ve picked Karen Marie Moning’s Darkfever as the May group read. Many of you have mentioned — on both Facebook and Twitter — how you were surprised not to see Jericho Barrons defending his Alpha Showdown 2011 title this year. While there were no new...
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 of me.” “Take my...
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...

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