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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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Exclusive Excerpt: Robin D. Owens's Ghost Seer

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 31, 2014 | PERMALINK

Do you see … dead people? Or feel like reading a book about someone who does? Then do we have an excerpt for you!

You may already know and love Robin D. Owens's paranormal titles, and this week she's starting a new series with Ghost Seer. It's the story of accountant Clare, who inherits her aunt's estate — and her ability to help ghosts move on. Clare soon crosses paths with former-sheriff-turned-PI Zack, and sparks fly. Add in a ghostly dog, Enzo, and we think Robin has another hit on her hands!  

Want to take a peek? Read on …

Denver, Colorado, August

The cover of Ghost Seer

I like the way you smell. I’m staying, the figment of her imagination, a “ghost” dog, said. It—he?—sat on the end of her bed.

“No,” Clare Cermak whispered as she slapped a palm down on her buzzing alarm clock. She stared at him in shock. Well, through him. He didn’t have a touch of color.


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Bitten Recap: Episode 1.11 - "Settling"

BY Mala Bhattacharjee, MARCH 25, 2014 | PERMALINK

In Bitten 1.11, “Settling”, asses are kicked and names are taken!

After a night alone in a big ol’ bed with no calls, Elena is a wreck. “I can’t reach Philip!” she tells henley-clad Clay. Clay, who just got off the phone with Jeremy, shelves the romantic pathos for the pressing issue: “We’re under attack!” He tells her that Jeremy and Nick are coming, and they’ll collect Logan and go home. As for Rachel? They’ll put her some place safe. Still, Philip is first on Elena’s mind.

Clay and his henley get to the point.

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At Logan’s townhouse, he charges his dead cellphone and calls Rachel in a panic. She’s at the gallery cleaning up … as Karl Marsten walks in. Still on the line, Logan freaks out. Karl makes a few quips and, having made his point, directs Rachel, “I believe someone is yelling into your hand, my dear. It must be terribly important.” (Oh, Karl, I almost love you even though you’re not played by Clive Owen.) Logan tries to dial down his shit-losing and keeps Rachel on the phone, talking to him about the gallery fracas.


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Bitten Recap: Episode 1.10 - "Descent"

BY Mala Bhattacharjee, MARCH 18, 2014 | PERMALINK

In Bitten 1.10, “Descent,” Elena’s current meets the ex — only he doesn’t know he’s the ex. Awkward!

As Elena packs for her gallery show in Toronto, Clay wears major sad puppy face and assures her he had nothing to do with Jeremy’s edict that he go with her. Torn, Elena tells him that she’s been shacking up with Philip. Clay swears he won’t do anything to “undermine your life there.” He even takes off his wedding ring and puts it on the opposite finger. Sniffle! Downstairs, Nick gets a frantic call from Joey Stillwell, who managed to escape Mutt HQ.

Aw, Clay. Bless.

After a flight so fast they didn’t need a commercial break, Elena and Clay are at Logan’s. He ‘fesses up about his impending werewolf fatherhood. “I’m avoiding Pack Law,” he says, dismissing the idea of taking the baby from Rachel and raising it wolfy. He then shows them the rattle. “It’s gotta be Santos,” Clay concludes. Elena urges Logan to open up to Jeremy and seek the Pack’s protection. Meanwhile, Victor Olsen is parked outside, watching her and stroking a rabbit’s foot. Ew. Back inside, Logan tells Elena about Philip’s wolf video woes. “Great,” she scoffs. “Skinny-dipping with my cousin. ‘Cause that’s not weird at all!” Snark aside, Logan thinks it’s all connected. Elena hopes they can get to the bottom of things during her photography show, like a February sweeps episode of General Hospital.


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Exclusive Excerpt: Virna DePaul's Turned

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 17, 2014 | PERMALINK

Ready for an excerpt break? We know we are! Today we've got a treat for you, Virna DePaul's Turned, a intriguing vampire romance. It's the story of FBI Agent and vampire Ty, who's trying to recruit ex-gang member Ana to join Belladonna, a secret agency that monitors vampires. RT reviewer Melanie promises a crisp narrative and stellar pacing. Want to take a peek? Read on, vampire fans!

Ty strode out of Ana’s coffee shop and kept walking despite the strong urge to go back to her. To kiss her again. To do far more to her soft lips, her slick tongue, and her warm, fragrant body.

Lust the likes of which he’d never felt before, even during the first two months of his transition, was riding him hard, making him nearly dizzy. When he’d first been turned, his lust had been for sex, regardless of who it was with. Now, his lust seemed reserved for Ana alone.

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Location, Location, Location: How the Big Easy Inspired Mur Lafferty, Kristen Painter — And Their Vampires

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 13, 2014 | PERMALINK

That's it, we're calling it. 2014 is the year of New Orleans in book publishing. There are so many sexy, spooky, spectacular NOLA-set books being put out this year, we'd be planning a trip — if we weren't already going for this year's RT Convention! Today two New Orleans-inspired authors, Mur Lafferty and Kristen Painter, share what makes the Big Easy such a ripe setting for fiction and their recent releases, Lafferty's Ghost Train to New Orleans and Painter's House of the Rising Sun.

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New Orleans has a special connection with vampires — how did you tackle that particular creature in your book?

Mur Lafferty: I actually didn't, for the most part. My main vampire characters were the ones who came from New York City, and NOLA vampires were bit parts. But my vampires are pretty standard — drink blood, powerful ones can fly, they're faster than people, can mesmerize. I did cover more vampires in the travel guide sections in the book, telling some of the local history from the POVs of various monsters. 


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Bitten Recap: Episode 1.9 - "Vengeance"

BY Mala Bhattacharjee, MARCH 11, 2014 | PERMALINK

Bitten 1x9, “Vengeance,” is all about ch-ch-changes. So, crank up the Bowie!

We open on Nick and Jeremy sparring on the Stonehaven grounds (because Bitten loves me), as Big J advises Nick on the value of self control. Jeremy hopes story time will underscore his lessons. Flash back to 1984, with a very young Antonio and a wee baby Nick (because Bitten loves me A LOT). Jimmy Koenig, who looked like Mick Jagger and Benicio del Toro’s love child, was sent to bring them home to Stonehaven after Antonio left Nick’s mother. With wee baby Nick in a car seat nearby, Koenig made Tony choke a mutt to death. Not because it was the Alpha’s price for returning but “just for the sport of it,” says Jeremy. “Don’t lose your focus.”

Koenig can’t get no satisfaction.

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