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Mar
20

Nominations for Alpha Showdown 2014 are Now Open!

Nominations for Alpha Showdown 2014 are Now Open! You read that headline right. It’s time to start playing favorites here at VBC. The annual Alpha Showdown will be back in May, and we need to know who you want to see in the event. If you haven’t experienced Alpha Showdown before, it gets a little crazy. Here’s the gist: VBC readers nominate their favorite characters who exemplify alpha status—male or female, leaders, warriors, general...
Dec
28

Ready for 2014? Krista’s Most Anticipated Books

Ready for 2014? Krista’s Most Anticipated Books From VBC’s Chelsea: We’ve covered the best books of 2013, but we’re ready to look forward here at VBC. There are so many wonderful reads waiting for us in 2014. To help you get excited for new books, we’re going to post our reviewers’ most anticipated 2014 books. Add your favorites in the comments. Today Krista talks about several stellar urban fantasy titles coming in 2014. (See Amy’s...
Jun
28

VBC Beach Reads: Mary picks Karen Marie Moning, Thea Harrison, Cassie Clare and Dakota Cassidy

VBC Beach Reads: Mary picks Karen Marie Moning, Thea Harrison, Cassie Clare and Dakota Cassidy 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,...
Jun
4

Alpha Showdown 2013 Champion is…

Alpha Showdown 2013 Champion is… Wow. This year was the biggest Alpha Showdown we’ve seen. There were more votes, more comments, more traffic and even more bribes from authors. Everything was bigger. So perhaps it is fitting this year’s Alpha Showdown champion is larger than life. He’s friends—we use that word loosely—with the original Alpha Showdown champion Jericho Z. Barrons. Yes, I’m talking about Ryodan....
May
31

Final Round: Ryodan vs. Reyes Farrow [Alpha Showdown 2013]

Final Round: Ryodan vs. Reyes Farrow [Alpha Showdown 2013] Wow! This year’s Alpha Showdown has certainly been epic. We’ve had heated battles from the very beginning, surprise upsets throughout (we’re still surprised Vlad didn’t make it past the first round as he is the original Prince of the Night) and a whole lot of finding new reads. I hope you guys have had fun with this event and found yourselves some new book boyfriends. That said,...
May
27

Round 13: Ryodan vs. Christian MacKeltar [Alpha Showdown 2013]

Round 13: Ryodan vs. Christian MacKeltar [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. This round could be called the Fever Battle. Which complicated anti-hero from Karen Marie Moning’s Fever World is the most alpha: Ryodan or Christian? You decide. Read the pitches, then make the call. Who should...
May
24

Round 10: Christian MacKeltar vs. Jane Yellowrock [Alpha Showdown 2013]

Round 10: Christian MacKeltar vs. Jane Yellowrock [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 alphas this round pulled out last-minute wins in earlier battles. Christian eked ahead of original Prince of Darkness Vlad while Jane Yellowrock managed to defeat our favorite enforcer Terrible. Read the pitches,...
May
23

Round 9: Ryodan vs. Ethan Sullivan [Alpha Showdown 2013]

Round 9: Ryodan vs. Ethan Sullivan [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. Ryodan dominated the first round of the Showdown. Taking out Mercy Thompson with the power you’d expect from one of the Nine. How will he fare against the cunning Ethan Sullivan, who already bested stellar...
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...
May
15

Round 1: Ryodan vs. Mercedes Thompson [Alpha Showdown 2013]

Round 1: Ryodan vs. Mercedes Thompson [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 one pits a man full of mystery who overwhelms just about everyone sharing space with him against a...

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