Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Life and Times of Delila Blog Tour: Guest Post with Lindsay Klug

"Strong Story, Weak Heroine..."

Have you ever read a blurb on the back cover of a book or a website and chewed your lip in anticipation? Something like:

When Riley woke up, blood trickling down her nose and hands tied behind her, she hardly expected to look up and be greeted by the most handsome man she’d ever seen.

And when Max turns out to be a vampire assassin, he becomes even hotter. But as Riley quickly discovers, being the target of a man who can run faster, listen harder, and see in the dark will put all of her ninja skills to the test.

As a lover of both vampires and ninjas, this might be a story of interest to me. Alas, my hopes and dreams for this potentially amazing story are destined to be dashed when I read the first chapter and discover, much to my chagrin, that Riley is a whining failure.

Perhaps because I have two young children, I have a low tolerance for whiny, I-can’t-do-it types. Or maybe I can delve deeper here. When I read a story, I want to be whisked away into a fantasy world where the heroine is kicking ass and taking names. This is simply because I’m not allowed to in real life.

We’re encouraged to put ourselves into the character when we read a story. And let’s be frank here: Does anyone really want to be helpless? I don’t mean fainting and a muscle bound, square jawed, green eyed, shirtless with a sheen of light sweat gracing his bulging chest type of man catches us.

Who wouldn’t want that once in their life?

I mean, tied to a chair with ninja skills, like Riley. But utterly incompetent to use them. I’ve only read one book in which the heroine started out very strong, very kick ass. She went out and hunted those bad guy vampires and did it without breaking a nail. And then suddenly a bad guy broke into her apartment and she swooned and lost all her prowess.

Wait, what?

When I sat down to pen Delila’s tale, I had that book in mind. And I vowed not to make her weak. In fact, Delila wasn’t originally going to be a vampire. But about halfway through the story, I scrapped it and started over, bringing her in as the lead voice and vampire and telling the story of a small section of her life.

And I’d certainly not want to piss her off, that’s for sure.

Thanks for hosting me today, and happy reading!

About the author:
Lindsay Klug is an author of paranormal romance, contemporary romance and horror. She lives with her husband, two children and pets. When she's not chasing her kids around, she's working as a pharmacy technician, dreaming up her next tattoo or writing about any and everything that strikes her fancy!

For more information on Lindsay Klug, visit her here:
Website | Blog | Goodreads | Twitter

Buy the book here:
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Read my review here.
Next stop on the tour is:
Workaday Reads (June 2nd)

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day!

 "A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." - Joseph Campbell

Let us take a minute to honor the fallen soldiers who fought and sacrificed their lives for our freedom...and the brave men and women that continue to do so today.

 Happy Memorial Day!

Mini Review: Date with Death by Eve Langlais

Date with Death
Author: Eve Langlais
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Format: ebook ~ 44 pages

Buy it here:
Amazon | Liquid Silver Books

She never expected to fall in love with Death.

Marigold has a date with Death, but when she foils his plan to take her soul back to Hell, she invites him to dinner instead.

Mictain, an Aztec god who now collects the dead for Satan, is baffled at his interest in the plump human who can see him. Intrigued--and in lust--he can’t help pursuing her. But things are never simple when gods are involved.

Lucifer, Lord of Hell tries to warn him away and even Marigold’s long lost father decides to butt in. But, despite the opposition, things heat up between them, and Marigold learns, when Death comes calling, it’s best to get naked and invite him into bed—and her heart. (Goodreads)

My Romancing Thoughts:

A sexy and witty novella that will heat up your afternoon! 

Marigold is just an "ordinary" witch trying to create a potion to get rid of her much hated freckles when she receives a visit from a very sexy stranger named Mictain, who claims to be reaper for Satan himself. Mari is totally dumbfounded by the gorgeous man in her home and instead of fearing this man who has come to take her soul into the Underworld, she invites him over for dinner! The instant attraction is not at all one-sided, Mick also has the hots for the feisty witch and is willing to go against his duties and Lucifer's wrath to have her. 

This is a great novella for anyone that wants to add a little smut to their day or their reading. If there's one thing Eve Langlais does flawlessly it's hot and unbridled passion! To quote the ridiculous words of John Mayer, Marigold and Mictain are sexual napalm together! Marigold is a funny and ballsy heroine who will have you bursting at the seams with her snarky comments. Mictain will melt your heart and leave you drooling...I'd recommend keeping a towel handy while reading! An Aztec god, a witch with a powerful father and a devil with a sense of humor make this story an amusing adventure with a bit of mystery and a shocking revelation you won't see coming. Date with Death is a fresh take on paranormal romance, infused with mythology and plenty of heat guaranteed to satisfy!

My Rating:
3 Roses Rating

Sunday, May 29, 2011

In My Mailbox {13}

In My Mailbox, hosted by The Story Siren, is a weekly feature where you can showcase all your new and wonderful books, whether from the library, bought, won or received for review!

Here's what's in my mailbox this week...

For Review:

A Warrior's Witch - Stacey Kennedy
Angel Burn - L.A. Weatherly
Vampire Dreams - Gabrielle Bisset


A Knight to Remember - Karin Tabke

I Bought:

Tender is the Knight - Jamaica Layne

I Won:

Date With Death - Eve Langlais

{My thanks to Eve Langlais and Amber @ AwesomeSauce Book Club!}

Yeah...I gave in and actually bought an ebook this week but in my defense it was only $0.99 @ Coffee Time Romance! This week was full of great books for review and a surprise giveaway win...I can't wait to get to all of these and share my thoughts!

What's in your mailbox this week?

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Review: The Life and Times of Delila by Lindsay Klug

The Life and Times of Delila
Author: Lindsay Klug
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Format: ebook
Source: Courtesy of author for BLB Tour

Buy it here:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Delila has roamed the Earth for over one thousand years with her maker, Alaric. She has everything a vampire could want: beauty, brains, a booming business, and an ability to read human emotions.

When a werewolf makes an imprint in her life, Delila feels she may have finally found the soul mate she has been seeking. But when everything goes terribly wrong Delila finds herself burdened with a young half breed child to protect from the evil forces of her world. (Goodreads)

My Romancing Thoughts:

An action packed story of love, redemption and betrayal!

As a vampire, Delila lives life, alongside her maker Alaric for centuries. Delila has everything: the looks, the brains and money, but it's her ability to tune into human emotions sets her apart from all other vampires. She's loved and lost and vowed to keep that vulnerable part of her buried deep within until she meets Eli, a werewolf that sparks an interest in Delila she thought long gone. There's a war brewing between the two species and Eli has pledged both his love his allegiance to Delila. Eli seems like a dream come true...but Delila will soon learn things aren't always as they seem.

Delila is one of the most well developed heroines I've read about in a while. The author does a magnificent job incorporating a very detailed past and defining Delila's character based on those past events, making her a survivor, not a victim. She knows who she is and doesn't apologize for it, her confidence and fighting skills make her a formidable opponent to anyone that crosses her path...and I for one wouldn't want to challenge her! Delila is very realistic and raw, she's not your typical romantic and brooding vampire which puts her in a class of her own. Her character will leave a lasting impression on readers.

This story gives the impression of a forbidden romance but quickly changes into an action packed battle of the supernatural. Each chapter takes an unexpected turn that will make it impossible for you to predict how the story ends. The happy ending I anticipated was transformed into something I would have never envisioned but thoroughly enjoyed all the same. Every character has his own agenda and will have you wondering who's side they're really on. The suspense is both aggravating and exciting!

The Life and Times of Delila tells a story of one of the best vampire heroines I've come across in this vast genre. You'll fall for Delila's charm, experience her love, betrayal and resurrection. As long as Lindsay keeps writing heroines like Delila I'll keep reading!

My Rating:
3 Roses Rating

Book Lovin’ Bitches e-book Tours Disclosure:
Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of the Book Lovin' Bitches E-book Tours and a copy was provided by the author. I did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was I obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

US vs. UK {4}: The Hollows Series

It's that time again: another US vs. UK challenge!

This week's feature series is one that I started reading for a book club and quickly fell in love with, The Hollows Series, also known as The Rachel Morgan Series by Kim Harrison. This series was my introduction to urban fantasy and Kim Harrison made me a fan of this great genre!

Check out the covers below, the US cover being on the left and the UK on the right.

This might be my easiest choice to make so far in US vs. UK. US hands down! I love that the US covers keep Rachel's face a mystery and are true to her character's fashion sense and world of graveyards and danger. The UK covers remind me of the "Kill Bill" movies and are a little too colorful for the genre in my opinion. It seems they used a few different models for the UK version which is also a turnoff for me, although the last cover model does a good job in resembling Rachel Morgan's character. The mystery of the US covers just wins it for me this time around!

Total so far: US: 3, UK:1
Which would you choose as your favorite?

Do you have a book or series you'd like to see featured on my US vs UK feature? I'd love to hear your thoughts. Click here to share your suggestions!

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