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Exclusive, Super Advanced Excerpt — and Giveaway!: Keri Arthur's Fireborn

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 17, 2014 | PERMALINK

In our minds, the only thing that's better than an excerpt is a super advanced excerpt of a book we're dying to read! So today we're excited to share with you a lengthy snippet from Keri Arthur's upcoming series starter, Fireborn, which won't be hitting stores until July

Fireborn is the story of Emberley, a phoenix who can take human form — and foresee death. In this action-packed excerpt Emberley is once again trying to cheat death, but there are always consquences. Ready to read? Let's get to it! Just be sure to check out the bottom of the post for our awesome giveaway.

The cover of Fireborn by Keri Arthur

All of us dream.

Some of us even have pleasant dreams.

My dreams might have been few and far between, but they were never, ever pleasant. But worse than that, they always came true.


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Permanent Ink — Allergic Reaction? Marcella Burnard Talks Tattoos

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 08, 2014 | PERMALINK

Do you have a tramp stamp — or do you wish you did? Tattoos are popping up all over romances these days, and this month Marcella Burnard has an RT Top Pick! paranormal novel, Nightmare Ink, featuring the the skin-based art form. It stars tattoo artist Isa, who can bind magical tattoos to their owners — only one day, things go seriously awry. With a dragon tattoo. So we wanted to know, has she gotten inked herself? Marcella fessed up. 

Long ago, I’d promised myself a tattoo if ever I sold a book. Here’s what I’d wanted: Ma’at.

A print of Ma'at.

Above is a print of Ma'at that I purchased here.

Beautiful, isn’t she? If you know the Egyptian Book of the Dead, you know Ma’at as the one who weighs the heart of the dead against the feather of Truth. In the pantheon of the Egyptian gods, however, Ma’at encompassed more. She represents the power of words to create reality. That was my basis for wanting to etch her indelibly into my skin when I finally managed to get a book published.


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Bitten Recap: Episode 1.13 - "Ready"

BY Mala Bhattacharjee, APRIL 08, 2014 | PERMALINK

The first season of Bitten comes to a head in 1x13, “Ready,” and you’d better believe the fur is flying!

Morning at Stonehaven means a guilt-wracked Clay gets a bath in an old-fashioned metal washtub. Fancy! The handmaiden washing his back? Elena. “You saved me,” she says, explaining that “I know everything.” As he watches, rapt, she slips his wedding ring on.

Tubthumping.

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Downstairs, Nick and Jeremy stack the basement with wood, so it — and all their records — can go up Fahrenheit 451-style in case things go south. Some secrets are meant to be kept. Elena comes downstairs from tending Clay and notes that Nick’s not in great shape either, angry as he is about Antonio’s death. “I’m gonna make them pay,” she swears of the mutts. Jeremy gets none of her concern and all of her attitude. Clay needs “days, not hours” to recover and she will “stand in the way of anything that comes his way. Even you.”    

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Bitten Recap: Episode 1.12 - "Caged"

BY Mala Bhattacharjee, APRIL 01, 2014 | PERMALINK

In Bitten 1x12, “Caged,” everybody’s locked up, but love is born free.

In the wake of the bloodbath at her apartment, Elena is ready to hare off and rescue Clay — just as Jeremy and Nick show up at her SUV. Shortest trip ever for the boys, because Jeremy immediately sends her and Nick back to Stonehaven. (Do they travel by TARDIS? Floo Network?) Meanwhile, at the Happy Fun Home for Psycho Mutts, Santos has Clay strung up like a sub at a BDSM club. On the kink menu: electric shocks. Daniel tucks the electrodes into Clay’s mom jeans and calls Elena to set up a meeting at the Bear Valley diner. Smug Daniel shocks Clay some more just for fun. Ow.

This is not safe, sane or consensual.

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LeBlanc and a none-too-happy Karl return to the horse farm hideout with medical supplies. Karl and Daniel update each other on their recent high jinks, and Karl notes that the objective of The Plan seems to have changed. In Toronto, Philip’s sister and mom converge at the hospital and wonder what happened to Elena. Well, presently, she’s getting lectured by Jeremy about staying put. No Bear Valley meetings for you, Missy! The parental smackdown is put on hold when Rachel drives up to the mansion with an unconscious Logan in the backseat. 


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Exclusive Cover Reveal: Black Widow By Jennifer Estep

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 31, 2014 | PERMALINK

Cover reveal time! You ready? Today we're pleased to reveal the shiny new cover of Jennifer Estep's next Elemental Assassin novel releasing this November, Black Widow. In this story, assassin Gin Blanco, aka the Spider, is framed for murder. Poor Gin, whenever she takes down one enemy, a new one crops right up!

But before we get to the cover, the book's back cover blurb:

With wicked Fire elemental Mab Monroe long gone, you’d think I could finally catch a break. But someone’s always trying to take me down, either as Gin Blanco or my assassin alter-ago. Now along comes the Spider’s new arch-nemesis, the mysteriously named M. M. Monroe, who is gleefully working overtime to trap me in a sticky web of deceit.

The thing is, I’m not the only target. I can see through the tangled threads enough to know that every bit of bad luck my friends have been having lately is no accident—and that each unfortunate “coincidence” is just one more arrow drawing ever closer to hitting the real bulls-eye. Though new to Ashland, this M. M. Monroe is no stranger to irony, trying to get me, an assassin, framed for murder. Yet, as my enemy’s master plan is slowly revealed, I have a sinking feeling that it will take more than my powerful Ice and Stone magic to stop my whole life from going up in flames.

Ready for the cover?

Ta da!


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