Good morning friends…or afternoon…or evening, whatever your case may be. It’s morning for me, and we got some snow overnight! I love snow! I love the smell right after it snows, I love the feel of the air when you first step outside after it snows. I love the look of snow, the way it piles up around your yard, covering random objects left on the back deck, making funny shapes and shit. Snow is one of the things I miss about living in NYC. Ahhh, snow. Okay, moving on…last week’s coffee date generated some pretty fucking awesome conversations…some cherries were popped…things were said and seen. It was…WOW!
So, If we were having coffee I’d tell you guys, I know my owls creep some of you out but ba-BAM!
This bitch sits on my kitchen counter and I love it so hard!! Gladys winks at me every morning. Sometimes I have to tell her to settle down, she’s just too perky so early and sometimes I wonder what the hell she’s winking at…what does she know that I don’t know?
If were were having coffee I’d tell you about my love of celebrity gossip blogs. My Canadian friends may know Lainey, she’s on an entertainment talk show up there. I love her so hard, she is the queen of entertainment snark. I read her blog every single morning, I get some of my best scoop from her. If you don’t know her, I strongly suggest you add Lainey Gossip to your blog list. Do you know her? Have you read her work? Go check her out, we’ll discuss. Next on my celebrity gossip blog list is dlisted. Goddamn Michael K is funny. He’s like my very own virtual best gay, without the benefit of having him pick out my clothes. I aspire to have snappy one line zingers half as funny and snarky as that bitch. Holy shit, promise me you’ll check these two blogger out. Seriously, you know those silly, “If you could have dinner with one person dead or alive” questions…Lainey and Michael K would totally top my list, just for giggles alone. I love to laugh and they touch me in all the right places.
If we were having coffee I’d ask you a question. Do you have a hard limit when it comes to dollars spent on books? I reviewed a book once, gave it 4 stars, raved about it – it’s a good book but I had not one but two people send me emails telling me it was too expensive. The cost, $7.99, and it was a full length novel, not a novella or a short story. That’s one of the reasons I’ve started adding purchase links in my posts, so I’ll actually go to Amazon and see how much a book costs. Most of the time books are sent to me by authors or publishers so I really don’t know what they cost. I ask this question because I recently read a book, sent to me by a new author. It’s short, just over 40 pages but it’s really good. I mean really, really good. Let me tell you about it.
Beer and Groping in Las Vegas by Angela Quarles. It’s the story of two people, thrust together by a djinn and some magic. Mirjam and Riley share a past and haven’t seen each other since they were teenagers. They both have a bit of a geek sci-fi side which is fun to read. I mean, George Takei has a cameo…fucking George Takei, “oh my” has a cameo, be still my Star Trek loving heart. (sorry, did I just come out of the Star Trek closet with you? are you okay with that? we’re not fighting are we? I’d hate to knock you out with my Vulcan death grip). And Riley went to UNC (Carolina, Carolina, fight, fight, fight!) and Mirjam went to dook…I mean duke – sorry, I’m not allowed to type that particular school name with a capital letter. It’s a Carolina rule. (And Mirjam is a Finnish name, learned that in the book). Anyway the djinn (a spirit often capable of assuming human or animal form and exercising supernatural influence over people) works its magic – gets these long lost loves back together, they have some scandalicious sex in Vegas and well, I won’t spoil the ending. I recommend the story. Again, it’s short, Amazon lists it at 52 pages but I’m going to put it more in the 40+ category pagewise. The cost, $3.99. Is that too steep for your pocketbook? Even though it’s a really entertaining story, is that price going to cause you to send me shouty emails? I can honestly say I’ve paid more for bigger names and longer books and been far less entertained, hell, some of them straight up sucked. I’ve also paid less for bigger names and longer books and been equally entertained. What’s your ratio for book prices? Do you have a hard limit when it comes to length? See what I did there, it’s so easy to go dirty when I’m having coffee with you guys. My hard limit is when the e-book price is the same or close to the same as the paperback price – that’s straight up crazy town for me and just ain’t happening on my watch. If you want a funny, sexy, slightly geeky quick read, Beer and Groping in Las Vegas is the book for you. Tell me what you think. Let’s talk this bitch out.
If we were having coffee I’d tell you that about a month ago a blog reader sent me a note. Seems she had a dream, and I was in it. (that’s not creepy is it? I shouldn’t be worried should I?) Her dream is the makings for a very interesting book. (I’m trying to not be creeped out that she’s having dreams about me but hey, at least it was good for her! I always aim to please) Anyway, I filed her dream away in one of my notebooks. See, I aspire to be a published author, did you know that about me? It’s my dream but frankly, I’m a little chicken shit when it comes to putting it out there. I have piles of notebooks filled with ideas and outlines. These are from last year alone. Just so you know, writing this blog has helped me tremendously with the putting it out there part but I digress. This reader’s idea collided with a ton of bricks full of inspiration last Saturday and it all landed right on my head. I spent four hours crouched over a notebook, on the floor of my bedroom, scratching away at dialogue and outlines. I just want you to know, Whitney, if you’re reading this…the blogger’s name in my book is yours. My Whitney has a sharp tongue, a sexy walk, girl next door charm in the big city and a snarky best friend. And that’s all I’m gonna say about that. Well done you – thanks for being my muse!! Geez guys, take note – Whitney sends me ideas, what have you done for me lately?
If we were having coffee I’d tell you about a book series I love. See, since you guys are voracious readers like me, I just assume we’ve all read many of the same older books. I’m learning that may not be the case so I’m going to use this weekly post to share a series I love with you. Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark might just be my favorite paranormal series of all time. Big words, I know. I’ve got several more I’m going to tell you about but since IAD got me started on this journey, it feels like the right place to begin. Have you read it? If you have, how much do you love Nix? If you haven’t read Immortals After Dark, sit tight my pretties, I’m going to tell you all about it.
Immortals After Dark by Kresley Cole
Here is the series synopsis from Goodreads…
Every creature or being that was thought to be mythical . . . isn’t.
They all secretly exist alongside humans and enjoy the gift of immortality. There are hundreds of different kinds: from Vampires to Lykae, from Furies to Shifters, from the Fey to Valkyries.
These immortals call their world The Lore.
You may have had a brush with one of Lorekind already. The eccentric billionaire with hypnotic charisma—and an aversion to sunlight. The ethereal waif of impossible beauty—whose fingernails look more like claws. The Highlander with a seventeenth-century Scottish accent and animal magnetism—who can never be penciled in on the night of the full moon.
They walk among us, but they war among themselves. Each faction has its strengths, weaknesses, and age old prejudices against the others. Every five hundred years, the Accession, a battle for supremacy, rages. That time is now. . . .
So, you’ve probably guessed, these are paranormal books…and there are a whole bunch of them, and now a spinoff but I’ll mention more on that later. I love me some Kresley Cole. Her writing style is awesome. She has a way of connecting her books, not just with characters that carry through but with that special trick of linking scenes between books. For example, in one book, one of the vampire brother’s knocks on a door, the other brother answers and seems oddly disheveled. In the next book, you see things from the disheveled brother’s point of view when his brother comes a knocking at his door. I love shit like that. Another thing I love about Kresley Cole’s writing…she writes the strongest, most kick ass, bad ass women. Cole’s heroines are some of the smartest, funniest, sexiest, craziest women you could ever hope to encounter. And the men…hot damn, the men are all so fucking swoonworthy it’s insane. The vampires are all grumpy until they meet their mate and she kick starts their hearts. The werewolves are all sexy and flirty (with Scottish accents fuck me!) and then they meet the one that gives them that singular focus. The demons are fuckhot and insatiable , end of story. The bad guys are insanely bad, but some of them may be just a tad bit misunderstood. The sex is so scandalicious, I mean they are all immortal so they are a little more durable if you know what I mean. And the whole story surrounding, or encompassing the world of the Lore (which takes place in our world so it’s not weird) is so intriguing and multifaceted. You’ll get completely and utterly drawn into this world, you’ll feel yourself fighting the bad guys and falling in love with the couples. You never know what sort of creature is going to pop up next but it all feels so exceptionally realistic, you won’t question it. The trials and tribulations these couples have to endure to be together will make you laugh and cry. And the sex is Kindle melting hot.
Thanks to The Lost Boys, I always fancied myself a vampire sort of girl but the Lykae or werewolves in this story are so delicious I don’t even have the right words. Shit, why did I loan these books to my mother in law, now I need to read them all again…right now! Here’s the reading order and a bit of a cheat sheet for you. You’re welcome.
#1 – The Warlord Want Forever – Nikolai Wroth (leader of the vampire) + Myst (Valkyrie)
#2 – A Hunger Like No Other – Lachlain MacRieve (leader of the Lykae) + Emmaline Troy (half Valkyrie/half vampire) ***I actually read this one first before I knew the proper order and let me say…HOT!! What he has to do to get to her…damn.
#3 - No Rest for the Wicked – Sebastian Wroth (vampire) + Kaderin the Cold Hearted (Valkyrie assassin)
#4 – Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night – Bowen MacRieve (Lykae who just happens to park his fine ass on my Fictional Free List) + Mariketa (witch)
#5 – Dark Needs at Night’s Edge – Conrad Wroth (vampire) + Neomi Laress (phantom)
#6 – Dark Desires After Dusk – Cadeon Woede (demon) + Holly Ashwin (human)
#7 – Kiss of a Demon King – Rydstrom Woede (demon) + Sabine (sorceress)
#8 – Deep Kiss of Winter (also an anthology that contains one story from IAD) – Murdoch Wroth (vampire) + Daniela (part Valkyrie/part ice fey) yeah, that makes for tricky lovin’
#9 – Pleasure of a Dark Prince – Garreth MacRieve (Lykae) + Lucia the Huntress (Valkyrie)
#10 – Demon from the Dark – Malkom Slaine (demon) + Carrow Graie (witch)
#11 – Dreams of a Dark Warrior – Aidan/Declan Chase (beserker) + Regin the Radiant (Valkyrie)
#12 – Lothaire – Lothaire (vampire-the enemy of old) + Ellie Peirce (human+)
#13 – MacRieve – due out July 2, 1013 Uilleam MacRieve (Lykae) + well we don’t know who his mate is now do we!
Shadow’s Claim, The Dacians: Realm of Blood and Mist #1 - these are Lothaire’s vampire people. I’ve not read it yet but it’s on the list!
So, if you are thinking of dipping your toe into the paranormal waters, I STRONGLY suggest you start here. Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series is just that awesome.
If we were having coffee, I’d probably need another cup by now, that was kinda’ long winded! After a refresh I’d ask what you have on tap this weekend. Doing anything fun? Did it snow at your house? Reading anything good? Do you have an older series you want me to check out? How about wall sex, think you can figure out a time for that this weekend? Sure you can…all the cool kids are doing it. Have a great weekend friends! Smooches to you!