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Jennifer Estep's Superhero-Sized Fall TV Picks

BY , 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 , 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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Witches of East End Recap: Episode 2.7 — "Art of Darkness"

BY Elissa Petruzzi, AUGUST 25, 2014 | PERMALINK

Last week we bid adieu to Tentacle Man, as well as my beloved Hudson. But never fear, another Buffy favorite comes to East End tonight! To the tape!

We start with shirtless Freddy for all you fans! He’s getting it on with a woman. But, ah, it’s time for a seizure! (Does it seem like these things only happen when he takes his shirt off? Maybe he should become a Never Nude, like Tobias Fünke.) Hearing the shouting, Jo runs in and sees Freddy’s hook up naked. Awkward.com. She also heals him right quick. Freddy comes to and introduces us all to his girlfriend Caroline. Hi, Caroline!

On second thought, this look probably wouldn’t work for this show.
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Get this: Ava and Killian are still in bed. My goodness! Killian gets a glimpse of Ava as a haggard-looking old lady. The visage quickly vanishes.

Jo confronts our girl Wendy about keeping Freddy’s seizures secret. Wendy is on Freddy’s side now, and even knows Caroline! She also exposits that Tommy, who she’s apparently fallen in love with at some point off screen, is on a camping trip with his daughter.


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Friday Giveaway: The Witch With No Name by Kim Harrison

BY , AUGUST 22, 2014 | PERMALINK

It’s never easy saying goodbye to one of your favorite series, especially when it spans so many books. With The Witch With No Name, Kim Harrison and her many fans bid farewell to The Hollows series and its heroine, Rachel Morgan. Rachel has fended off just about every creature imaginable and must undergo one last wild ride that will hopefully help her save her friend Ivy, the Ever After and her relationship with Trent.

To help celebrate Rachel’s final adventure, we’re giving away one hardcover copy of The Witch With No Name. This is open to U.S. readers only and will conclude next Friday, August 29. Use the widget below and be sure to tell us in the comments which book in The Hollows series is your favorite and what you’ll miss the most. Good luck and happy reading!

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Witches of East End Recap: 2.6 — "When a Mandragora Loves a Woman"

BY Elissa Petruzzi, AUGUST 18, 2014 | PERMALINK

All right, all right, WOEE fans! This episode has lots of resolution as we deal with Tentacle Man, kill off a favorite character (of mine) and ogle some accessories. Let’s get to it!

Hudson, Ingrid’s co-worker and Buffy alum (Andrew!), is at the library, shelving books during the off hours. He finds Ingrid all blissed out on the floor. She tells him he’s been chosen, which he quickly determines is not a good thing as Tentacle Man — who shall now be known as the mandragora — wiggles his blue tentacles and thrusts them into Hudson’s brain. Not good.

Wendy, Jo and Alex are mixing up a (bug-filled) potion to stop the mandragora and bring Ingrid out of her trance. To up the difficulty factor, the potion needs to be inserted directly into her brain. They still need to sever the connection between Ingrid and the mandragora, and they need the spellbook at Fairhaven to do it. Freya volunteers.


Is that three roaches, or four?

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Killian’s tending bar and reading minds, which, all we all know from that Buffy episode is not as cool as it sounds.


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Witches of East End Recap: Episode 2.5 — “Boogie Knights”

BY Elissa Petruzzi, AUGUST 11, 2014 | PERMALINK

You guys. A disco episode. Called “Boogie Knights.” I can’t. There’s pornstaches, coke snorting and girl-on-girl action — and that’s not to mention what Tentacle Man does to Dash! Let’s get to it!

Julia’s casting a spell outside in the dark, which seems to be her way of saying goodbye to Victor (this will be the only mention of the dearly departed patriarch, so savor it) when she’s interrupted by a whoosh and a glowing scale.

Aaaaand we head back to the 70s as Freya dreams. Jenna Dewan gets to show off her dancing moves as Killian bartends. You guys, the outfits. What I wouldn’t give to be an extra (Lifetime, call me!). She calls Killian out on the dance floor and a 70s Dash (replete with gold chain, I can’t) gets mad and glowers. It’s amazing. As are Killian’s side burns and Dash’s moustache. The costume department clearly had fun here. Freya tells Killian to meet her in the bathroom, where she heads to snort some coke! Killian arrives and they make out. Buzzkill Ingrid wakes her up.

The greatest.
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J.R. Ward And Nalini Singh Announce New Contemporary Romances

BY , JULY 29, 2014 | PERMALINK

A photo of J.R. WardYesterday Publishers Weekly announced J.R. Ward's new three-book deal with Penguin's NAL imprint for a contemporary romance series — the Bourbon Kings — about a series of wealthy Kentucky families who made it big in the bourbon industry. The first currently untitled book is set to release in late 2015. While J.R. Ward is renowned for her paranormal romances, writing contemporary romance is nothing new for her. She wrote contemporary romances as Jessica Bird as early as 2002, including a handful Harlequin Special Edition titles.

Chatter about Ward's new series began when the author casually announced it on her Facebook page early last week saying, "I'm writing book one of my new series, The Bourbon Kings, right now- and then starting Trez and iAm's book September 1! IMMORTAL, the last of the Fallen Angels series, comes out in October so get ready for Jim's final battles!"


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