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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...
Feb
12

Love Letter to Rehvenge (J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series)

Love Letter to Rehvenge (J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series) We couldn’t let a Character Love Letters event go by without talking about at least one character of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward. While Zsadist still tops my list, Rehvenge is a close second. Though, based on the steamy letter below, Tori from Smexy Books may be just the girl to woo the vampire. My darling Rehv, When I first saw you at Zero Sum, your image burned itself into my...
Oct
25

Book Bits: New Richelle Mead, Lover At Last excerpt, Anita Blake cover, more BDB, Group Read poll, more

Book Bits: New Richelle Mead, Lover At Last excerpt, Anita Blake cover, more BDB, Group Read poll, more Gameboard of the Gods Teases As a Richelle Mead fangirl it isn’t exactly surprising that I’m excited to read her new series, Age of X. I’ve really adored her adult series, especially Georgina Kincaid (first book: Succubus Blues), and from what I see here Gameboard of the Gods is going to bring the awesome when it releases on June 4, 2013. The just-revealed cover is to your right, and the...
Oct
5

Review: Rapture by J.R. Ward (Fallen Angels #4)

Review: Rapture by J.R. Ward (Fallen Angels #4) Rapture (Fallen Angels #4) J.R. Ward Published: Sept. 25, 2012 (NAL) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Reviewed by: Jo Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free for this book, there will be major spoilers for the three previous books in the Fallen Angel series. If you’ve not read them yet, you may want to start with the first book Covet. Minor warning before I...
Aug
30

September Releases: J.R. Ward, Ann Aguirre, Karina Cooper, Meljean Brook, Nalini Singh and more

September Releases: J.R. Ward, Ann Aguirre, Karina Cooper, Meljean Brook, Nalini Singh and 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 September 2012. All dates are U.S. and tentative. New this month: 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...
Jun
16

Auction: Signed J.R. Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon and Liz Maverick set [Books Fighting Cancer]

Auction: Signed J.R. Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon and Liz Maverick set [Books Fighting Cancer] My other online home is Heroes & Heartbreakers. The team there – especially it’s leader Liz Maverick – offered up some amazing donations for our Books Fighting Cancer event. Prepare to squee over the signed paranormal romance goodness that completes this lot. Highest bidder will take home: A hardcover copy of J.R. Ward’s Lover Reborn, Signed Limited Edition #3323. It’s the AWESOME...
May
20

Alpha Showdown 2012 Round 7: Eric Northman vs. Tohrment

Alpha Showdown 2012 Round 7: Eric Northman vs. Tohrment My gut says Round 7 of the Alpha Showdown 2012 is going to be another close call. Two vampires — always favorites here at VBC — and they both have huge followings. Things will get bloody. I’m okay with that. Today we see Eric Northman, the Viking vampire from Charlaine Harris’ ultra popular Sookie Stackhouse books, take on Tohrment, one of the beloved members of J.R. Ward’s...

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