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Nov
27

Vampire Book Club’s Best Books of 2013

Vampire Book Club’s Best Books of 2013 We’ve had big changes at VBC this year.  For starters, we now have multiple reviewers. In addition to me (Chelsea), you see regular posts here from Jo, Candace, Mary, Amanda, Amy, Krista and Amber. So, while last year we broke it out by reviewer for the best books, that would make for a very long list with a lot of repeated books. So, this year it’s curated. Yep, the VBC team put our...
Jul
24

Where to Start: Paranormal Romance

Where to Start: Paranormal Romance I do my best to give great VBC readers a good starting place for urban fantasy, paranormal romance and young adult via our recommendations sections. As a general rule, I’m likely to encourage people to read Richelle Mead, Stacia Kane, Jeaniene Frost, Rachel Vincent and J.R. Ward books, as go-to books. Those reading suggestions are typically for people who have already started reading genre...
Jul
12

VBC Beach Reads: Candace picks Jeaniene Frost, Darynda Jones, Kresley Cole and more

VBC Beach Reads: Candace picks Jeaniene Frost, Darynda Jones, Kresley Cole and more A Note from Chelsea / VBC: All the suggested poolside reading lists we see online point to cheeky contemporary novels or lighthearted romps. Well, at VBC we know there are plenty of books featuring paranormal elements, badass heroines and sexy heroes that are perfect for reading out under the sun. So, of course, we’ve decided to do our own Beach Reads picks. Each Friday for the next several weeks,...
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...
Apr
25

Book Bits: Jeaniene Frost, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Carolyn Crane, Caitlin Kittredge, Harry Potter & True Blood

Book Bits: Jeaniene Frost, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Carolyn Crane, Caitlin Kittredge, Harry Potter & True Blood In case you hadn’t noticed (ha!), we have a new look here at VBC. We’re trying something cleaner that matches our new group blog vibe. I hope you like it and find it easy to interact with. Now on to awesome book news… Cat and Ian Banter! Jeaniene Frost has posted the first excerpt from the seventh Night Huntress novel Up from the Grave and it features Cat and Bones talking with that...
Mar
21

Book Bits: Showdown, Larissa Ione, Jeaniene Frost, Jesse Petersen and more

Book Bits: Showdown, Larissa Ione, Jeaniene Frost, Jesse Petersen and more We have VBC news, so we might as well start there. I’m slowly working through reviewer applicants, but you may have noticed Monday’s review of Unravel Me came from a new reviewer. I’m super excited to have Amanda join the team. She has great taste in books and doesn’t mind when I bother her on Twitter. Both essentials. Expect to see more from her soon, plus other new VBC team...
Feb
8

Love Letter to Vlad (Jeaniene Frost’s Night Prince series)

Love Letter to Vlad (Jeaniene Frost’s Night Prince series) I’ve been a long-time fan of Jeaniene Frost’s books. I’ve been a fan of Bones since before Chapter 32. Then there was Vlad. I wasn’t smitten with him until Once Burned hit shelves last year, then I understood why he earned a spinoff series. However, VBC’s Candace has been in love with Vlad since he first stepped on page in the Night Huntress books. She’s dedicated to...
Jan
15

It’s not insta-love, it’s insta-skills

It’s not insta-love, it’s insta-skills I have a regular feature over at my writer blog talking about applying Krav Maga lessons to writing. These typically deal with fight scenes and characterization. The last post covered the importance of regular training, as in your character isn’t magically good at fighting. After sharing the link a bit on Twitter, I found that it was a common pet peeve among readers. You don’t need to have an...
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
31

Top 10 Swoon-Worthy Heroes (2012)

Top 10 Swoon-Worthy Heroes (2012) Every year, I compile the standard year-end best books list—read 2012′s best reads list—and it’s a hard task narrowing things down. What’s harder though is picking the ten heroes from novels published this year to make my annual swoon-worthy list. Last year Eve Silver’s Lokan took top honors and the year before Stacia Kane’s Terrible was causing fevers all over the...

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