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Cover Reveal: Transmuted by Karina Cooper

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 01, 2014 | PERMALINK

Paranormal/Urban Fantasy author Karina Cooper is a favorite of ours and we couldn't be more excited about today's cover reveal. Ever since 2012's Tarnished, the first in the St. Croix Chronicles and our 2012 Steampunk Novel Award winner, we've been hooked on Karina's thrilling series, which is coming to a bittersweet end next year. On January 26, 2015, Transmuted, will be the sixth and final installment. Today, we're revealing not only the cover for the new book, but also the official blurb.

In this final installment of Cherry St. Croix’s adventures, only one threat could compel the disgraced countess to return to Society — immortality.

All is not peaceful in the wake of the Midnight Menagerie’s ruin. Although the Karakash Veil has been forced to flee its stronghold, the mysterious head of the criminal organization is not content to fade away.


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Book Trailer Reveal: Gena Showalter's Queen of Zombie Hearts — with Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 | PERMALINK

The genre-crossing Gena Showalter has teen and adult fans alike clamoring for the final book in her White Rabbit Chronicles, The Queen of Zombie Hearts. The good news is you don't have to wait any longer, as the book hits shelves today. In the meantime, why not take a gander at the book trailer, which we are super excited to exclusively reveal here? (And then don't forget to enter our 10 (ten!) book giveaway below!) The giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian readers and winners can choose either a print or ebook version of the book. 

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Witches of East End Recap: 2.11 - "Poe Way Out"

BY Elissa Petruzzi, SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 | PERMALINK

Greetings, witches! Grab some coffee, this is a time travel episode, so we've got more multiples of characters than usual. Who would've thought we would long for Jo and Jo 2.0?! We’ll get through it together, promise.

The ladies have gone through the time door — sans Ingrid, who’s stayed behind with Bad Granddad (BG) to the surprise of everyone except Jo, who says the pair have always had a “strange connection.” They’re in Baltimore, 1848, and they’re after a rare and powerful weapon that will end BG. Jo knows it works, because she once used it to kill Freya. 


Dawson says what?

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BG and Ingrid are bonding in the garden. But BG needs to rest, his days are numbered, he guilt-simpers. (He is basically like your grandma asking why you never call. But seriously, you should call your grandma. Go ahead. We’ll wait.)

Dash is at work when (ah ha ha ha I can’t) FBI Special Agent Raven Moreau shows up to question him. Let’s say it again: FBI SPECIAL AGENT RAVEN MOREAU. It’s like they used a soap name and occupation scrambler and this is what they came up with. It’s glorious. I love it. And it gives us reasons to use Raven Symone GIFS. Yay!


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Cover Reveal: Midnight's Kiss by Thea Harrison

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 25, 2014 | PERMALINK

If you're dying to know what happens next in Thea Harrison's Elder Races series, take comfort in knowing we're right there with you and are fervently counting down the days until the eighth installment, Midnight's Kiss, releases next May. Today, we have something to help ease the pain: the cover and the official synopsis! We don't want to keep you waiting, so let's get to it!

In the latest Novel of the Elder Races, two souls who have long buried their passions are about to be consumed …

Ever since their scorching affair ended years ago, Julian, the Nightkind King, and Melisande, daughter of the Light Fae Queen, have tried to put the past behind them — and distance between them. But when a war breaks out between Julian and Justine, a powerful Vampyre of the Nightkind council, they find themselves thrown together under treacherous circumstances …

Kidnapped as leverage against Julian, Melly is convinced that her former lover won’t be rushing to her rescue. But when Julian gives himself up to save her, they both end up Justine’s captives. Armed only with their wits and their anger, Melly and Julian must work together to escape. But will they be able to ignore their complicated history, or will the fiery passion that once burned them blaze again?

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Witches of East End Recap 2.10 — "The Fall of the House of Beauchamp"

BY Elissa Petruzzi, SEPTEMBER 22, 2014 | PERMALINK

Well, last we left the ladies, they were, you know: DEAD. So let’s get right to it, shall we?

Wendy and Jo are weeping in the garden over the hanging bodies of Ingrid and Freya. Freddy stumbles out to explain that Spike was the culprit, but Wendy wants to hear none of it and kicks him out.

They get the sisters down and lay them on the grass. It’s pretty gruesome. Pretty soon they’re laid out inside, as the aunts prepare the bodies. “A lot of death,” my husband observes. True story, mister.

 


This is all pretty dark, so let’s pause and
look at Mädchen Amick’s kicky new hair cut!

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Back at Fairhaven, Killian and Dash have destroyed the attic during their brawl. Killian wakes up and summons a fireplace poker. He threatens to stab Dash with it, but doesn’t.

Wendy brings Jo some tea as they talk about how the girls will be reborn, but they’ll still be different — this version of them is gone. Wendy offers up her last life, but Jo says it would be impossible to choose who will live. (Here, let me do it for you: Freya. Boom. You’re welcome.)


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Jennifer Estep's Superhero-Sized Fall TV Picks

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 22, 2014 | PERMALINK

Whether it's Outlander, Witches of East End or The 100, we love TV as much as we love books. And with September in full swing, it's time for favorite shows to return for a new season and for new ones to capture our hearts and attention. Bestselling author Jennifer Estep is just as excited as we are about the Fall TV line-up, especially for all the superhero shows, and today she shares her top picks for the season.

Fall is my favorite time of year for several reasons — football, autumn leaves, cool temperatures and the start of the new TV season.

This year, I’m especially excited because of all the superhero-themed shows that will be hitting the airwaves over the next few weeks. I love, love, love superheroes, and this TV season offers a variety of takes on the crusaders from the speedy (The Flash) to the spooky (Constantine).

Here are some of the superhero-themed shows that I’m looking forward to this fall:

Gotham — premieres Sept. 22 (tonight!) — A hero is only as good as his villains, and Batman arguably has the best gallery of villains out of any superhero. This show will explore the origins of villains like the Penguin, along with a young Bruce Wayne and Jim Gordon, a cop who’s trying to do the right thing in a city full of corruption.


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Witches of East End Sneak Peek: Spoiler-y Pictures!

BY Elissa Petruzzi, SEPTEMBER 18, 2014 | PERMALINK

When I was a kid, I was watching a movie with my dad where the main character was in peril. He scoffed at my concerns, telling me, “They never kill the star!” Only, last Sunday, they did just that — times two! — on the wildest episode of the Witches of East End yet (which is seriously saying something for a show that’s starred an amorous tentacle man and an incinerated Virginia Madsen). The show finally made good on that curse Freya and Ingrid have been trying to beat since the premiere episode — that the sisters are destined to die young and be reborn again and again.

We scored a sneak peek at some pictures from this Sunday’s upcoming episode (Thanks, Lifetime!), and these creepy images are giving us All The Feels.  


We’ll call this one: “Yup, they’re really dead!”


We're right behind you, Jennifer!
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And look at this one! Killian’s finally free of the spell that kept him from remembering that he loved Freya, and she’s dead! (If you aren’t watching this show, you really need to be.)


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Witches of East End Recap 2.9 — "Smells Like King Spirit"

BY Elissa Petruzzi, SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 | PERMALINK

Holy schnikey, witches! Quite an episode! What an ending! In hindsight, I should have known something was up because they sent Jenna Dewan-Tatum on a press tour this week, talking up the show. But I’ve been watching soaps for a long time, so I wasn’t so sure I believed the commercials about “the most shocking episode ever” and that I wouldn’t believe the last two minutes. But I was shocked and I couldn’t believe the last two minutes.


Just remember, we’re all in this together.
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Ready? Onward!

Ingrid is ignoring Dash’s calls, and the warlock is not happy about it. He’s boozing and smashing stuff in the attic when he comes upon some old letters and journals, containing pictures of old Ingrid from the satanic cult days.

Okay, you guys, this is pretty squick worthy (worse than tentacle man, if you can believe it), so let’s try and get through this together. Freddy’s still carving up his blindfolded girlfriend, who’s oblivious thanks to the “numbing cream” he used. There’s blood all over the bed. It’s terrible. Freddy raises the knife up high … but he can’t do it.


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Friday Giveaway: Fall Romance Bundle

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 | PERMALINK

The Fall season hasn't officially begun, but many of us are experiencing cooler weather, turning leaves and the urge to curl up with a blanket and a great book. To help usher in the new season, we're giving away a bundle of exciting Fall releases that are sure to keep you occupied for the months to come!

Using the widget below, enter to win one of five print sets of our Fall bundle, which includes: Once Haunted, Twice Shy by H.P. Mallory, Into Darkness by J.T. Geissinger, A Matter of Grave Concern by Brenda Novak (technically a historical and not paranormal, but there's body snatching!) and Her Lone Wolf by Paige Tyler. This giveaway is open to readers in the U.S. and Canada, and will conclude next Friday. Good luck and happy reading!

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Witches of East End Recap: 2.8 — "Sex, Lies and Birthday Cake"

BY Elissa Petruzzi, SEPTEMBER 08, 2014 | PERMALINK

To the episode! We’ll call it: The One Where (Almost) Everyone Has Sex. Ready?

Hoo boy! We open on Spike coaching Freddy through slicing up a dude in the forest. They’re still looking for a host for Bad Grandad. Freddy would like to stop killing randoms. I would like for you to do that too, Freddy! Spike agrees … they need to kill someone they know!

It’s Freya’s birthday! To celebrate, she’s walking around the house in purple lingerie! (It was recently my birthday. I kept to my usual yoga pants, to the delight of my neighbors, I’m sure.) Jo’s cooked some chocolate chip pancakes for the occasion, and there’s a big shindig later to celebrate Freya turning 30 for the first time ever. Yay, Freya! Freya’s depressed about Killian, though.

Ingrid’s at Dash’s, she’s been avoiding him and is there to apologize. Except there’s a PYT there, clearly post coital. Ingrid storms out, as is her right as a soap character.

Killian and Ava’s sexcapades have ended, as her grandma is visiting. He’s off to bartend Freya’s party, giving Abuela time to scold Ava. Ava’s been increasing the potion’s strength but Killian’s feelings for Freya keep shining through — and she’s still not pregnant.

Tommy comes over to surprise Wendy, just in time to see her shift from a cat to a woman! He’s understandably freaked. Wendy just tells him: she’s a witch. He runs away, as is his right as a Muggle.


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