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May
31

Alpha Showdown Final Round: Bones vs. Curran

Alpha Showdown Final Round: Bones vs. Curran After two weeks of battles we’re finally at the final round of the Alpha Showdown 2012. Vampires, werewolves and faery kings have fallen in the quest for the title of Ultimate Alpha. Only Master vampire Bones from Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series and Curran from Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series have survived the melee unscathed. Now, it’s time for them to enter the...
May
28

Alpha Showdown Round 13: Bones vs. Dmitri

Alpha Showdown Round 13: Bones vs. Dmitri The battles have been close — with plenty of smack talk in the comments and on Twitter — but we’ve finally reached the semifinals of the Alpha Showdown 2012. It’s another vampire-on-vampire battle with Jeaniene Frost’s Bones taking on Nalini Singh’s Dmitri. Bones has already taken out witch Rachel Morgan and werewolf Charles Cornick. How will he handle fighting another...
May
22

Alpha Showdown 2012 Round 9: Bones vs. Charles Cornick

Alpha Showdown 2012 Round 9: Bones vs. Charles Cornick After a little more than a week of grueling battles, we finally have our first match-up in the second level. Bones straight-up crushed witch Rachel Morgan. Then Charles Cornick took our King Dorian. Will the master vampire sink his fangs into the werewolf? Will being an alpha enforcer make it easy to stake the vampire? As always, that’s up to you. Read the pitches, then make the call. Who should...
May
16

Alpha Showdown 2012 Round 3: Lothaire vs. Cat

Alpha Showdown 2012 Round 3: Lothaire vs. Cat Round three of Alpha Showdown 2012 brings together our first vampire-on-vampire match. The ancient villain (and now quasi hero) Lothaire from Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series against the Red Reaper, Cat, from Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series. Both have enhanced vampire skills. Hell, Cat sometimes has a heartbeat. Who is quick enough to stake the other? Your votes decide. Also, a...
May
14

Alpha Showdown 2012 Round 1: Bones vs. Rachel Morgan

Alpha Showdown 2012 Round 1: Bones vs. Rachel Morgan It’s officially time for Alpha Showdown 2012! We’ve pulled together 16 of the most kickass characters from urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels and with your votes placed them into a NCAA-style bracket. Only one will be named champion. Round one brings together a master vampire known for being ruthless with everyone except his wife and a witch who is not to be trifled with (she does have...
Jan
9

VBC Wants to Know: Which supporting characters make you swoon?

VBC Wants to Know: Which supporting characters make you swoon? When I read the first Chicagoland Vampires book, Some Girls Bite, Ethan Sullivan was not my favorite of the guys in the book. It’s hard to believe now, when Mr. Green Eyes is making our Top 10 Swoon-Worthy Heroes for 2011. Still, in the first book I had eyes for Catcher Bell. While Ethan had the alpha mentality readers often go for, Catcher is this blend of powerful and funny that’s just...
Nov
23

Vampire Book Club’s Best Books of 2011

Vampire Book Club’s Best Books of 2011 It’s that time again. I spent far too much time attempting to whittle down the 100+ books reviewed on VBC this year to the absolute best. So, as those Amazon and B&N gift cards start rolling in, just use this list as your shopping guide. I personally promise the extreme awesomeness of all the novels listed below. Also, at the very end you’ll see the VBC Readers’ Choice winner (which...
Oct
31

Review: Magic Graves by Jeaniene Frost & Ilona Andrews

Review: Magic Graves by Jeaniene Frost & Ilona Andrews Magic Graves Jeaniene Frost & Ilona Andrews Published: Sept. 1, 2011 Purchase at: B&N or Amazon Rating (out of 5): 3.5 stars Magic Graves offers nice fixes for both Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress and Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series in between the novels. With a short story set in each world, fans get some time with favorite characters. The Night Huntress story, “One for the...
Oct
25

My Top 5 favorite vampires, a tentative list (& signed book giveaway!)

My Top 5 favorite vampires, a tentative list (& signed book giveaway!) We’re edging up on Halloween. While buying skeleton hand salad servers and zombie paraphernalia is a good start, I thought we should talk about our favorite paranormal creatures throughout the week. That means lists of favorite vampires, shifters, demons and the like — with polls and giveaways. And what better way to kick things off than with my favorite supernatural types: vampires. Bones...
Oct
24

Bite Before Christmas scavenger hunt

Bite Before Christmas scavenger hunt Update: The correct answer is St Louis Cemetery Number One, and our winner is Amy C.! Thanks to all who entered. VBC can’t help but be excited for The Bite Before Christmas with holiday-themed vampire tales from Jeaniene Frost and Lynsay Sands. We know as firm lovers of all things vampire and sexy, you want in on this, too. The book releases tomorrow, but right now you have the chance to win a $25...

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