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Nominees Announced For Vampire Novel Of The Century

BY Janine Johnston, JANUARY 25, 2012 | PERMALINK

The Horror Writers Association has announced their nominees for the Bram Stoker Vampire Novel of the Century Award, to be presented at the World Horror Convention in March. (Fun Fact: Sherrilyn Kenyon will be this year’s Author Guest of Honor at the World Horror Convention in Salt Lake City.) Many groundbreaking vampire novels of the 20th century are being considered for the award.

The award is in honor of Bram Stoker's classic tale Dracula, which was originally published 100 years ago. Horror Writer Association’s President Rocky Wood said in a recent announcement, “HWA is proud to present our iconic Award on the centenary of Bram Stoker’s passing and pleased to be doing so in conjunction with the Bram Stoker Family Estate. While Stoker’s novel is undoubtedly the most influential of all vampire fiction, we look forward to recognizing the vampire novel that has had the greatest impact since publication of Dracula.”

The nominees include:

The Soft Whisper of the Dead by Charles L. Grant (1983)

Salem's Lot by Stephen King (1975)

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (1954)

Anno Dracula by Kim Newman (1992)

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice (1991)


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Cover Chat: JR Ward's Upcoming Black Dagger Brotherhood Novel, Lover Reborn

BY Whitney Sullivan, JANUARY 25, 2012 | PERMALINK

It’s no secret that the Black Dagger Brotherhood is one of the most popular paranormal series out there. J.R. Ward started the series with 2005’s Dark Lover, and it quickly captured the imagination of paranormal romance fans. This spring, readers will be able to get their hands on the tenth installment, Lover Reborn. But so far, the project has been surrounded by secrecy.

We know that this is Tohrment’s story, a member of the brotherhood that has endured unimaginable pain. He lost his mate and is, according to the book’s back cover blurb, “unrecognisable [sic] as the vampire leader he once was.” Now, in order to free his beloved from an icy prison, Tohr must find space in his heart for a new love. After meeting a woman with shrouded origins, his heart may begin to thaw but will this new avenue lead to their salvation — or damnation?

One look at cover shows a man who looks like although he has been dealt some harsh blows by life, it has not broken him. The swirl in the upper left hand corner looks like a brand, or an otherworldly maelstrom. But if it’s the later, does it stand for the woman Tohr lost, the mystery woman he has just met? Or perhaps it symbolizes the struggle the BDB must face as political turmoil, in the form of the lessers and a new breed of vampires, comes to a climax ... No matter what it represents, I can't wait for the book's March 27 release date.


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How Stephanie Draven Spins Greek Myth Into Paranormal Romance

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 23, 2012 | PERMALINK

Stephanie Draven recently released the latest in her Mythica series, "The Fever and the Fury", which puts a contemporary paranormal spin on two elements of classic mythology. In honor of the sixth Mythica story's release, we decided to take a look a look back at all the different creatures of Greek myth that the author has featured in this series ... and how she has made them her own!

Book One: “Midnight Medusa”

Greek Myth Element: Medusa. In classic Greek myth, after Medusa is caught with her lover, Poseidon, in Athena’s temple, she is punished by having her hair transformed into snakes. Now a hideous monster, anyone who looks at Medusa is turned to stone. Medusa eventually meets her end when Hercules beheads her. 

Draven’s Take: “Midnight Medusa” heroine Renata is an artist who sculpts prisoners of war. Like those who see Medusa, the prisoners whose likenesses Renata sculpts all die soon afterwards. However, unlike Medusa, Renata’s powers do not lead to her unfortunate demise. Instead, she is kidnapped by a mysterious immortal with his own great powers. The two must reconcile their abilities while simultaneously figuring out their feelings for one another in this series starter.


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Morgan And Whitney Dish: The Demon Lover By Juliet Dark

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 18, 2012 | PERMALINK

When Callie interviews for a professor position open at the secluded Fairwick College in rural upstate New York, she doesn’t think she’s going to take the job. But one look at the house of her dreams has her leaving behind city life. However, all too soon it seems the dreams the house inspires might really be nightmares. Get a taste of Juliet Dark’s The Demon Lover in today’s Dish!

Morgan: The first thing that struck me about The Demon Lover is the gorgeous cover. The haunting woods, the lone woman with a beautiful royal blue dress, the dark birds of portent. Love it!

Whitney: The cover art definitely lets the reader know that they are going to delve into the paranormal, but what was unexpected, at least for me, was how contemporary this book felt.

Morgan: I agree! I think that was mainly due to the fact that Callie, our heroine, is so young. Recently out of graduate school, she is still in her twenties and looking for a career. And while she doesn’t use slang or anything (which I know is a pet peeve of yours), her voice has energy to it.


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RT's Elissa Reports Back From Twilight: The Musical

BY Elissa Petruzzi, JANUARY 17, 2012 | PERMALINK

Twilight: the Musical? That’s right, that most angsty of paranormal love stories, featuring Bella, Edward and Jacob has hit the stage — complete with songs like “Supernatural Love Triangle,” “Die Bella Die” and “I Imprinted on an Infant.”

The resulting stage read, performed last night at New World Stages in Manhattan, delighted Twilight fans and detractors alike. Indeed the tagline for the production, directed by Gabriel Barre, promises “If you love Twilight, you’ll love this musical. If you hate Twilight, you’ll love this musical” — and judging from the cheers and laughs from the audience, it delivered. Though the actors rehearsed together for only 24 hours, the cast members — who donated their time to the show, which benefited the charity Blessings in a Backpack — gamely sang and danced their undead hearts out. Colin Hanlon (literally) sparkled as Edward, Jared Zirilli flexed his pecs as an earnest Jacob and Meghann Fahy’s Bella made you understand just why all those guys were gaga for Miss Swan in the first place.


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Take A Tour Of Crying Souls Hospital With Author Linda Wisdom

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 17, 2012 | PERMALINK

This month paranormal author Linda Wisdom treats readers to another tale of sexy demons in A Demon Does it Better. Heroine Lili, a powerful witch and healer, takes a job at Crying Souls Hospital to hunt for a patient that went missing, never guessing that it will catapult her into an adventure filled with danger, intrigue and one very hunky demon named Jared. Today the author takes us through the front doors of Crying Souls Hospital for a look at what a magical place this really is.

Thank you Morgan at RT Book Reviews for having me here! When Morgan asked me to give a guided tour of Crying Souls I thought "how cool!" Turns out it’s not as easy as it sounds.

I see the hospital inside my head as a 3-D building. Too bad I can’t just download it to my computer. :) So I’ll do the best I can to show you what the hospital is like. 

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“You’re all going to die!” The un-named vulture that perched over the hospital entrance flapped his wings and craned his head, snapping his beak at all who approached the gothic-style building.

Hm, hospital designed to keep you alive and a vulture designed to want you dead and rotting. 


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Five Reasons To Read Christine Feehan's Spirit Bound

BY Morgan Doremus, JANUARY 11, 2012 | PERMALINK

Author Christine Feehan’s newest release is Spirit Bound, the second book in her paranormal Sea Haven series. A spin-off of the author's Drake Sisters novels, the Sea Haven books take place in the same fictional town on the California coast, which attracts those with supernatural gifts. In this outing, Stefan Prakenskii has been called to Sea Haven, or rather ordered to the town, to investigate Judith Henderson, a beautiful artist who has caught the attention of a dangerous criminal. Stefan adopts the persona of a mild mannered businessman in order to blend in, but living in a place where powerful psychics are the norm, Stefan cannot hide his gifts. He also finds it impossible to hide his feelings for Judith, which is unusual for Stefan who has been trained since childhood to stay emotionally detached from everything and everyone. 


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Jaime Rush On What Lies Beyond The Darkness — With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 29, 2011 | PERMALINK

Jaime Rush’s Offspring series features a group of supernatural characters that work to control their powers while evading the government. In the newest release, Beyond the Darkness, shapeshifting hero Cheveyo must find a peaceful way to protect the Offspring from extraterrestrials that want the group's coveted abilities. But when one of the Offspring, Petra, is captured, all bets are off. Today, Jamie Rush reveals how she developed the unique creatures in her Offspring series — and gives readers a chance to win the series first, A Perfect Darkness!


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Richelle Mead Ends Her Dark Swan Series — With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 27, 2011 | PERMALINK

2011 is not the only thing coming to an end. Readers also must say goodbye to Richelle Mead’s Dark Swan series. The final book, Shadow Heiran RT Top Pick! is releasing today. So to celebrate the finale of this fantastic series, we are giving away a complete set. Why’s that? Because this fast-paced, urban fantasy quartet was a winner from book one. 


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Get The Look: Thea Harrison's True Colors

BY Morgan Doremus, DECEMBER 22, 2011 | PERMALINK

Perhaps the greatest unexpected gift to romance readers this year has been Thea Harrison's Elder Races books. The May series starter, Dragon Bound, received a coveted Gold RT review and the subsequent stories continue to wow readers. These paranormal romances include passion, mystery and a delightful mix of truly unique characters. Within the pages of these books, Wyr creatures, immortal beings from the magical lands of an alternate universe, are sometimes treated like gods and in other cases feared for the devils they can become.


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