Friday, March 29, 2013

Review: Grave Intentions by Lori Sjoberg


Title: Grave Intentions
Author: Lori Sjoberg
Series: Grave #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Kensington Books
Format: ebook, 294 pages
Source: NetGalley
Buy the book: Amazon | B&N
He's handsome, reliable, and punctual-the perfect gentleman when you want him to be. But this dream man is Death's best agent-and now he's got more than his soul to lose ...

One act of mercy before dying was all it took to turn soldier David Anderson into a reaper-an immortal who guides souls-of-untimely-death into the afterlife. But the closer he gets to atoning for his mortal sin and finally escaping merciless Fate, the more he feels his own humanity slipping away for good.

Until he encounters Sarah Griffith. This skeptical scientist can't be influenced by his powers-even though she has an unsuspected talent for sensing the dead. And her honesty and irreverent sense of humor reignite his reason for living-and a passion he can't afford to feel. Now Fate has summoned David to make a devastating last harvest. And he'll break every hellishly-strict netherworld rule to save Sarah...and gamble on a choice even an immortal can't win.



A sweet and softer side to the dark Grim Reaper!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Review: Masquerade by Felicity Heaton


Title: Masquerade
Author: Felicity Heaton
Series: Vampires Realm #10
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Author
Format: ebook, 222 pages
Source: Author
Buy it here: Amazon | Smashwords
Ten years ago, a fight against the twin hunters Aleksis and Izabella Romanov brought two vampires of the Venia bloodline, Sophis and Vivek, close to death and changed their lives forever. The events of that night turned Sophis and Vivek against each other, shattering their close friendship and driving them apart.

Now, on the eve of a centenary Creator Day masquerade, they discover a small army of vampire hunters are gathering in Saint Petersburg, led by their nemeses Aleksis and Izabella. The two captains must face their past and their feelings if they are going to overcome their differences and work together. Their chance for vengeance, the safety of the seven pure vampire bloodlines, and their future is hanging in the balance.

Can Sophis and Vivek realise their true feelings for each other before it’s too late to save the bloodlines from not only the vampire hunters but a deadly threat from within their own bloodline?



Action packed and filled with sexiness!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Early Review: Flirting Under a Full Moon by Ashlyn Chase


Title: Flirting Under a Full Moon
Author: Ashlyn Chase
Series: Flirting with Fangs Trilogy #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Format: ebook, 352 pages
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: April 2, 2013
Buy the Book: Amazon | B&N
If Brandee Hanson ever wants to go from waitress to photographer, she'll have to take some once-in-a-lifetime shots. But when she catches the gorgeous private investigator, Nick Wolfensen, on camera— transforming into a werewolf—she is thrown into a world of vampires, shapeshifters, and other paranormal misfits.

In order to keep his secret and stay clear of the supernatural council, Nick will have to convince Brandee not to release the photo. Fortunately, he was looking for an excuse to spend more time with the beautiful waitress anyway.



Welcome to Boston Uncommon...the bar where everybody knows you're supe!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Blog Tour: Red and the Wolf by Laura Lee Nutt {Guest Post & Giveaway}

Welcome to my stop on the Red and the Wolf Blog Tour! Author Laura Lee Nutt is sharing a little of her writing process and also has a fabulous tour wide giveaway you don't want to miss. Now, let's get on to the good stuff...



Writing the Wolf Within
By Laura Lee Nutt

One of the challenges with writing any werewolf story, such as my new release, Red and the Wolf, is how to write the lupine aspects of characters cursed with lycanthropy and how to do it believably.

To complicate this issue, there are more werewolf varieties from a vast collection of legends, both old and modern, to choose from. Or do you come up with your own variety? One of my favorite book series, Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, uses four types of werewolves (and one wolfwere). Whether Mr. Butcher could not contentedly narrow the choices down, a struggle I wholly sympathize with, or he was fascinated with how different werewolf types would interact in the same world, in the space of one book he represents a small example of the range lycanthropy can take. Whether slipping on a wolf’s skin to magically bring on the transformation or getting bitten, the choices are vast, and this is even before you decide how much of the monster should reside in the spirit of your werewolf. Who should be in charge and how much of the time, the man or the beast?

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Review: Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan


Title: Winterblaze
Author: Kristen Callihan
Series: Darkest London #3
Genre: Historical Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Forever
Format: ebook, 400 pages
Source: NetGalley
Buy the Book: Amazon | B&N
Once blissfully in love . . .

Poppy Lane is keeping secrets. Her powerful gift has earned her membership in the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals, but she must keep both her ability and her alliance with the Society from her husband, Winston. Yet when Winston is brutally attacked by a werewolf, Poppy's secrets are revealed, leaving Winston's trust in her as broken as his body. Now Poppy will do anything to win back his affections . . .

Their relationship is now put to the ultimate test.

Winston Lane soon regains his physical strength but his face and heart still bear the scars of the vicious attack. Drawn into the darkest depths of London, Winston must fight an evil demon that wants to take away the last hope of reconciliation with his wife. As a former police inspector, Winston has intelligence and logic on his side. But it will take the strength of Poppy's love for him to defeat the forces that threaten to tear them apart.


Ms. Callihan has delivered another beautifully written story of sacrifice, intrigue and unequivocal love!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Cover Reveal: Harbinger by Philippa Ballantine


The Reveal...

HARBINGER
BOOK OF THE ORDER #4
BY PHILIPPA BALLANTINE

Expected Publication: July 30, 2013


About the Book...

The Deacons of the Order are all that stand between the wicked spirits of the Otherside and the innocent citizens of the Empire. They are sworn to protect humanity, even when they cannot protect themselves…

After the Razing of the Order, Sorcha Faris, one of the most powerful Deacons, is struggling to regain control of the runes she once wielded. The Deacons are needed more desperately than ever. The barrier between the world of the living and the world of the dead is weakening, and the Emperor has abandoned his throne, seeking to destroy those he feels have betrayed him.

Though she is haunted by the terrible truth of her past, Sorcha must lead the charge against the gathering hordes of geists seeking to cross into the Empire. But to do so, she will need to manipulate powers beyond her understanding—powers that may prove to be her undoing…

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Character Interview with Sion from the Sons of Navarus series by Gabrielle Bisset


It's a pleasure to welcome author Gabrielle Bisset back to the blog today! Gabrielle is promoting her Sons of Navarus series in preparation for the release of Blood Prophecy, book four which releases this spring and sat down for a chat with one of her sexy Sons of Navarus vampires. Let see what he spills...



"Gabrielle Bisset chats with Sion from the Sons of Navarus"

Thanks for having me back here at Romancing the Dark Side! My PNR/UF characters love the dark, so it's the perfect place for me to have a sitdown with one of my Sons of Navarus vampires.

Gabrielle:  Please let me introduce everyone to Sion, one of the Sons of Navarus. Thanks for agreeing to talk with me tonight. 

Sion: You are very welcome, Gabrielle. I think it's the least I can do since you're telling our story.

Gabrielle: Thank you! Alright, let's get this interview going. Would you tell the readers a little about you to start?

Sion: I'm a vampire turned in 1944. I'm German. I'm the Son who's more logical and mechanical than the rest of them.

Gabrielle:  Is Sion your given name?

Sion:  No. This is the name I took when I became vampire.

Gabrielle:  Why did you take a different name, unlike the other Sons?

Sion: (frowns) I'd prefer not to talk about that.

Gabrielle:  I apologize. I didn't mean to touch a nerve.

Sion: It's fine. It will all come out sooner or later, but for now, I'd rather not discuss it.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Review: On Every Street by Karina Halle


Title: On Every Street
Author: Karina Halle
Series: Artists Trilogy #0.5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Metal Blonde Books
Format: ebook, 138 pages
Source: My Copy
Buy the Book: Amazon | Smashwords
When young con artist Ellie Watt decides to call herself Eden White and go after the drug lord who ruined her as a child, she never expects to fall for one of his henchmen. But Javier Bernal is no ordinary man.

Subtly dangerous and overwhelmingly seductive, Eden finds herself passionately in love with Javier, the very person she's set-up to betray. With her body and heart in a heated battle against her deep need for revenge, no one will walk away from this con a winner.

This 50K word (100+ pages) novella takes place six years before Sins & Needles. It can be read before or after Sins & Needles and may also be read as a standalone.




Betrayal and heartbreak go hand in hand in this dark and treacherous world Karina Halle created, but I never expected to be left with my heart in pieces by the book's end...Damn you Javier, I should hate you but I can't just yet... 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Mini Review: Her Sweetest Downfall by Rebecca Hamilton


Title: Her Sweetest Downfall
Author: Rebecca Hamilton
Series: Forever Girl Journals, Ophelia
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Immortal Ink Publishing
Format: ebook, 94 pages
Source: Pure Textuality Blog Tours
Buy the Book: Amazon | B&N
Ophelia's been successful at hiding her true identity, until the mark of the serpent appears on her neck—a death sentence, should it be seen by anyone in her town. Hiding the mark might save her from falling victim to the witch hunts of her era, but the scorching sensation it carries can’t be ignored.

When the mysterious Ethan is sent to collect her for a life of something more, she learns concealing the mark is the least of her concerns. She’s destined to do a new task—to join a dark, supernatural world and protect the future of people she may never meet.

What she doesn’t know—what she learns too late—is that her initiation won’t be complete until she kills the man who’s captured her heart.



A great introduction to a new paranormal world I definitely will be revisiting!

Blog Tour: Her Sweetest Downfall by Rebecca Hamilton {Guest Post + Giveaway}

Today I'm happy to be hosting a stop on Rebecca Hamilton's Her Sweetest Downfall Tour, hosted by Pure Textuality Blog Tours. Rebecca is sharing a bit about her world in her Forever Girl series and there's a giveaway too!


A Deeper Look at the CRUOR
By Rebecca Hamilton

Cruor—the Earth Elementals of the Forever Girl world—mirror vampires in many ways: they are immortals who die by sunlight, decapitation, or staking. Quite traditional indeed. No sparkles need apply. Their blood can heal injury and disease, and they can influence of humans by erasing or creating thoughts in their minds. Cruor are extremely fast and strong, but they are not the fastest Elementals.

The intention of the Cruor was to purify the darkness in this world by eliminating it and by creating other Cruor to help them. Instead, some Cruor harbored darkness of their own, and soon this darkness became more of a keystone than an anomaly.

The original Cruor were humans who were buried alive, then resurrected by the Universe to hunt the darkness that walked the earth. Over time, however, a new weakness was discovered: Narcissus. Narcissus—or, daffodil—is a plant known to ward off Cruor, as it weakens them immensely. This discovery was made many years ago, around the time the Universe first created Earth Elementals. Humans were leaving flowers on graves to cover the scent of decay, and this prevented the rise of the undead, leaving the Cruor who already walked the earth to rely on their ability to turn a human through the poison in their fangs.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Review: Moonglow by Kristen Callihan


Title: Moonglow
Author: Kristen Callihan
Series: Darkest London #2
Genre: Historical Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Forever
Format: ebook, 384 pages
Source: My Copy
Buy the Book: Amazon | B&N
Once the seeds of desire are sown . . .

Finally free of her suffocating marriage, widow Daisy Ellis Craigmore is ready to embrace the pleasures of life that have long been denied her. Yet her new-found freedom is short lived. A string of unexplained murders has brought danger to Daisy's door, forcing her to turn to the most unlikely of saviors...

Their growing passion knows no bounds . . .

Ian Ranulf, the Marquis of Northrup, has spent lifetimes hiding his primal nature from London society. But now a vicious killer threatens to expose his secrets. Ian must step out of the shadows and protect the beautiful, fearless Daisy, who awakens in him desires he thought long dead. As their quest to unmask the villain draws them closer together, Daisy has no choice but to reveal her own startling secret, and Ian must face the undeniable truth: Losing his heart to Daisy may be the only way to save his soul.



The fearless Daisy and sly and sexy Ian won me over with ever turn of the page!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Cover Reveal: Cold Blooded by Amanda Carlson


The Reveal...


COLD BLOODED
JESSICA MCCLAIN SERIES #2
BY AMANDA CARLSON

Publication Date: Fall 2013



About the Book...

Jessica arrives back in town to find her best friend missing and the most powerful witch in the country is blaming her for it. But before they can move to save her, the group is attacked.

On the run, Jessica and Rourke head to the mountains. Several surprises await them, but in order to save her father they are forced to leave for New Orleans early.

Arriving on the Vampire Queen’s doorstep unexpectedly, and bringing trouble on their heels, the Sects are thrown into an all out war. The vicious skirmish ends up forcing the vamps and Jessica to fight on the same team.

The Vamp Queen ends up owing Jessica, but what Jessica doesn’t realize is just how soon she’ll have to cash it in.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Cover Reveal: WOUNDED by Jasinda Wilder



The Reveal...

*cover by PhatPuppy Art*

WOUNDED
By Jasinda Wilder

Publication Date: 12/16/2012 



About the Book...

War has taken everything from me. My family. My home. My innocence. In a country blasted by war and wracked by economic hardship, a young orphan girl like me has very few options when it comes to survival. Thus, I do what I must to live, to eat, and I try very hard to not consider the cost to my soul. My heart is empty, and my existence brutal.

The one impossibility in my life is love.

And then I meet HIM.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Book Spotlight: Mystically Bound by Stacey Kennedy


Title: Mystically Bound
Author: Stacey Kennedy
Series: Frostbite #3
Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance
ISBN: 9781301901340
Length: Novel
Heat Level: Sensual
Release date: January 31, 2013

Tess Jennings’ life is in chaos. Her ghost lover, Kipp McGowen, vanished into the Netherworld without a trace. Now, she finds herself in White Castle, Louisiana, surrounded by the Animus—a secret society of the supernaturally gifted. To make matters worse, they present her with an offer she cannot refuse.

If she helps solve the murder of their Grand Master, they will assist her in saving Kipp. Soon, Tess will land herself lost in another mystery she doesn’t want. But she will have to trust her enemies to gain what she most desires—a life with Kipp.

Only problem? People are hiding secrets and dark pasts. Tess will soon discover that nothing is as it seems. She might want to save Kipp from his ghostly state, but someone has decided it’s better for her to join him…


Buy the Book:

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Cocktail Society Book Club Review: Angel's Ink by Jocelynn Drake



Every month the ladies of the Cocktail Society Book Club (on Goodreads) select a read to review and discuss on the first Wednesday of each month. The host that month also choses a fabulous cocktail that compliments the book to go along with her review.

This month's book is Angel's Ink by Jocelynn Drake and I'm super excited to be hosting! Angel's Ink is the first book in the Asylum Tales series. It's a dark and gritty supernatural world with imperfect characters, magic and tattoos!  Our hero Gage is a practical "man's man" so I decided on a cocktail that I think he would enjoy after working a long shift at the Asylum.

Cocktail of the Month: 


INGREDIENTS:
2 oz whiskey
½ oz fresh lemon juice
½ oz tsp sugar
1 cherry
½ lemon slice

INSTRUCTIONS:
Put all ingredients in mixing glass and add ice cubes. Strain into highball glass. Add lemon slice and cherry to garnish.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

{Guest Post & Giveaway} Jennifer James talks books and her addiction to Sons of Anarchy



I'd like to welcome author Jennifer James to the blog today! Ms. James is sharing her latest paranormal romance release, Hunger Embraced and is dishing about her latest guilty pleasure...oh and did I mention there's a fabulous giveaway? Stick around and show Jennifer some love <3



Sons of Anarchy Has Taken Over My Brain!
By Jennifer James

Thank you for having me on Romancing the Dark Side today. I love talking about things in books and pop culture that get me excited. While I’m here to pimp my newest release in a shameless and entertaining way, I’m also here to chat and *hopefully* make some new friends. I mean, yeah, I love selling books. But I also love to get all goofy fan girl squee over tv shows, book series, and movies with other people.

What am I going squee about right now? Sons of Anarchy.

I realize that I’m late to the party on this one. I can’t claim total responsibility for that though. You see, I don’t have cable. And without cable, I don’t even have basic channels like 3, 5, and 8. Nada. Nothin’.  I’m dependent on Netflix or Hulu or Amazon for my shows. The good news is that Netflix finally has a lot of good content and not just weird foreign B-movies or Hollywood D-list junk.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Winners of I KISSED A DOG by Carol Van Atta


Thank you to everyone who entered to win a copy of I Kissed a Dog by Carol Van Atta.

AND THE WINNERS ARE...

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