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Keep Your Friends Close: Sidekicks That Live On (Or In) The Body Of The Main Character

BY Janine Johnston, MARCH 09, 2012 | PERMALINK

Pauline Baird Jones recently released the finale to her Project Universe science fiction romance series, Kicking Ashe. Ashe is part of the Time Service, ensuring the safety of time and space. But when she gets sucked into a time tsunami, she is spit out onto an archaic planet where she encounters Vidor Shan, a man from her past who needs her help to escape danger.

Overall, Kicking Ashe is a fun, fast-paced read with plenty of action. And thanks to Ashe’s nanite, Lurch, a spunky companion who exisits inside of Ashe’s body, readers will also get some laugh-out-loud moments when it lets loose with some very strong opinions. But Lurch is more than just a snarky second conscience; he also monitors Ashe’s vitals, lets her know where in time she is and provides much-needed assistance. (How’s that for keeping your best friend close?)

Lurch is so well written that it got me thinking about other fictional companions. Everyone knows that sidekicks can be essential in a good science fiction story, typically adding comedic relief. If you like reading about Lurch, here are a few other tales that include sidekicks that live inside or on the hero's or heroine’s body.


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Tags: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction
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Cover Chat: Karen Marie Moning's Graphic Novel Fever Moon

BY Whitney Sullivan, MARCH 06, 2012 | PERMALINK

Paranormal author Karen Marie Moning has just revealed the cover of her next MacKayla Lane story (affectionately known around these parts as “the Fever books”). This story will feature Mac, the same determined Southern heroine that readers have gotten to know and love over the past few years. But in a fun twist in this series outing, MacKayla is getting graphic! That’s right Fever Moon is a graphic novel that will be in stores on July 10th.

The Fever series started as traditional print books in 2006 with Darkfever, which introduced readers to Mac, a spunky Southern heroine in her early twenties who travels to Ireland to unmask her sister’s killer — only to realize that she has the ability to see the Fae, and they aren’t too happy about it. It’s not long before Mac is torn between two enigmatic heroes, the sensuous dark fae Vlane, or the rich and powerful Jericho Barrons. Mac knows that she can’t trust either man, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t each steal a piece of her heart. (Chilling, right? I certainly thought so.)


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Critiquing The Newly Released Richelle Mead App

BY Morgan Doremus, MARCH 02, 2012 | PERMALINK

Love author Richelle Mead? Now there’s an app for that! Fans of the author’s incredibly popular Young Adult series Vampire Academy and Bloodlines will be excited to hear that this morning the author’s publisher, Penguin, launched The World of Richelle Mead, available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Penguin promises that the app will provide a free, easy way for fans to discuss Mead’s stories and characters. It will also allow to connect directly with the author via social networking tools. So does The World of Richelle Mead live up to the hype? Earlier this morning, I downloaded the new program onto my iPod to check what works — and what doesn’t. 

 

THE FEATURES

Your Books

This section contains a bookshelf that houses all six Vampire Academy novels and the two Bloodlines books that are part of the series thus far. When a specific title is selected, readers can read an excerpt from the story or buy an e-version of the book. This section is incredibly easy to navigate, so even tech challenged users will have no problem finding exactly what they want.

Character Map


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Tags: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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Cover Chat: Nalini Singh’s Upcoming Archangel’s Storm

BY Morgan Doremus, FEBRUARY 29, 2012 | PERMALINK

It is no exaggeration to say that everyone who knows me knows that I absolutely adore Nalini Singh’s writing. With her paranormal romance novels, Nalini never ceases to transport me to other worlds (or I should say alternate worlds) where shapeshifters, vampires and angels abound.

After making a name for herself — and stealing this reader’s heart — with her Psy/Changeling series, Nalini went on to create her Archangels books. At first the series focused on the Archangel of New York, Raphael, as he fought for power within the Cadre, the hierarchy of powerful angels, only to be distracted when his heart was unexpectedly conquered by vampire hunter Elena Deveraux. Raphael and Elena’s love story is complex and took several books to complete. But when these two finally found themselves on (relatively) even ground, it was time for another couple in the Archangel series to find each other.


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Gena Showalter’s Lord Of Lust Is (Finally) Satisfied

BY Dawn Crowne, FEBRUARY 28, 2012 | PERMALINK

Lets face it, Paris from Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series has never had a hard time getting women. Sure, it helps that he is heart stoppingly gorgeous, but really his prowess is due to his inner demon, Promiscuity, which gives off irresistible pheromones that get him sexytime with the ladies. And if this sounds like every man’s fantasy … not so fast.

Being the keeper of Lust is only a part of Paris' curse. As a punishment, Paris cannot have sex with the same person twice. So for him, the centuries blur into an unrelenting collection of faces and bodies. If he doesn’t get satisfaction from another (man or woman) on a regular basis Paris will weaken and become vulnerable to his enemies, the Hunters.


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TV Thoughts: Reasons Romance Readers Should Watch The Vampire Diaries

BY Whitney Sullivan, FEBRUARY 24, 2012 | PERMALINK

The recent EW cover series for The Vampire Diaries really got me thinking. The magazine covers look like they could have been lifted from romance novels. And while considering just how much I adore this television series, it occurred to me that these fantastic shots of Elena, Stefan and Damon aren’t the only thing that this television show has in common with a good romance novel. So, today I am going to break down exactly why all romance fans should check out The CW’s The Vampire Diaries.

Okay, first let me set the stage. It’s the Civil War-era in Mystic Falls, VA, and Stefan and Damon — aka the two next-to-naked men on the EW cover — are brothers who have just been turned into vampires by the beautiful, duplicitous vamp named Katherine (think Scarlet O’Hara, but with less remorse). Fast forward to present day Mystic Falls, where Stefan has returned to get to know orphaned high school student Elena, who just happens to look exactly like Katherine. They promptly fall in lurv and everything looks like smooth sailing, except for the fact that Stefan is, you know, a vampire. And he’s not telling Elena that she could basically be Katherine’s twin sister. However, those aren’t the only things rocking the S.S. Stefan & Elena 4 Eva. Stefan's big brother, Damon, who is incredibly bad news, has also come back Mystic Falls. He believes can free Katherine from a tomb where she was imprisoned after a complicated chain of events back in the (Civil War-era) day. And if that is not enough drama, the situation gets even more complicated because it's not long before Damon also develops feelings for Elena. Oh, and Elena’s best friend, Bonnie, has just discovered she’s a witch and she hates all vampires. And that's just the set-up that's revealed in the first few episodes.


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Morgan And Whitney Dish: Lucy March's A Little Night Magic

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 22, 2012 | PERMALINK

Lani Diane Rich debuts her paranormal pseudonym, Lucy March, with this month’s A Little Night Magic. And with the author’s signature wit — expect to smile as you read this story — she turns a waitress heroine into a woman who might just be the deciding factor in a war between good and evil. But when the story opens, our Olivia doesn’t even know that she has magic powers ...

Whitney: Before we get into the whole Olivia-is-magic thing, we have to point out that she stopped believing in that kind of stuff a long time ago.

Morgan: Well, not so long ago.

Whitney: Right, for a long time she imagined that a sparkly blue linoleum square at Crazy Cousin Betty’s Waffle House could grant wishes.

Morgan: She tried to use this throughout her childhood to make her dreams come true, with varying results.

Whitney: But when Olivia was twenty-two she stood on the square and wished her mother wouldn’t have cancer anymore.

Morgan: And when the wish didn’t come true ...


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Cover Chat: Laurell K. Hamilton's Upcoming Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel Kiss The Dead

BY Kate Girard, FEBRUARY 16, 2012 | PERMALINK

Laurell K. Hamilton is one of the grand dames of supernatural stories. Her long-running Anita Blake series has captured the hearts and imaginations of readers since Anita was first introduced in 1993’s Guilty Pleasures. With her series, Hamilton straddles the genre boundaries of science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy and erotica, and her no-nonsense heroine — and Anita’s friends and partners — have made the heroine’s name one of the most recognizable in fiction today. And now, almost two decades later, she’s still going strong. Kiss the Dead, which releases on June 5th, will be Blake’s twenty-first adventure.

Here's an exclusive first look at the book's back cover blurb:

When a fifteen-year-old girl is abducted by vampires, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Anita Blake to find her. And when she does, she’s faced with something she’s never seen before: a terrifyingly ordinary group of people—kids, grandparents, soccer moms—all recently turned and willing to die to avoid serving a master. And where there’s one martyr, there will be more…


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Cover Trend: Hair Styles Times Of Crisis

BY Morgan Doremus, FEBRUARY 15, 2012 | PERMALINK

If I were fighting for the fate of human kind, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to make it to the hair salon as frequently as these Urban Fantasy heroines must for the elaborate dos they sport on the covers of several recent and upcoming releases. Most of these colors aren’t found in nature, and I don’t know about you but I have enough problems keeping my mane under control on a daily basis, so I’m pretty sure that if I learned I was humanity’s last hope, I would be giving myself some sort of bob or pixie and calling it a day!


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Meet Shannon K. Butcher's Newest Alpha Hero

BY Dawn Crowne, FEBRUARY 14, 2012 | PERMALINK

Alpha men may make some of the best romance heroes, but let’s face it, these characters can be jerks. A lot of the time, alphas heroes are written as dominate, overbearing and bossy. Sure their protectiveness and bad boy qualities are great in the fantasy world of a book, but in real life this kind of attention could drive a girl nuts.

However, in the new paranormal e-novella, “Bound By Vengeance” by Shannon K. Butcher, the author’s alpha hero is pitch perfect. Liam Lann is a true warrior, a Sentinel who has been fighting for hundreds of years against the Synestryn. But Liam’s time is almost up. He can no longer contain the magic that courses through his body, which makes him dangerous. Without a mate, Sentinels eventually become so ravaged by pain of their magic that they seek their own death.


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