November 28, 2011

Van Lowe’s Earth Angel Cyber Monday Giveaway

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Hello all my fab readers!! I’m back so expect to see some regular posts again.  Thank you to all the get wells!


The Prize pack contains:

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Signed copies of both Boyfriend from Hell and Earth Angel. It doesn’t stop there you can also get a Bath and Body Works Winter Candy Apple Gift Set

Winter_Candy_Apple_Bath_and_Body_Works_SetSpecial Delivery! This adorable striped mini mailbox holds travel-sizes of Shower Gel, Body Lotion and Fragrance Mist (3 oz. each) in Bath and Body Works holiday Winter Candy Apple scent!  Includes a gift tag on the mailbox's red flag. It’s over a $20 Value!

Cyber_Monday_Prize_packDon’t forget to stay warm, and stay curled up with a great read.  You can win cute matching socks and gloves, a winter beany, mini notebook, a cute broom pen, and a copy of Jennifer Scales by Mary Janice Davidson. Fuzzy black winter hat, purple and black striped fuzzy gloves,

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November 22, 2011

Shera’s Left the Building

But I’ll be back. I’ve had some surgery and I’ve been a little off my game. So don’t worry about Book Whispers disappearing into the sunset!  Right now I’m on some pain meds and I’m not thinking all the way coherently at this time.  Should be back up soon, after all we know what an addict I am.

Right now I’m just trying to get caught up.  Though I am taking it slow, after all if you follow me on goodreads I’m sure you couldn’t help but notice my slightly strange replies a couple days ago. (No really, people could tell I was on something!) Thanks to everyone for the wonderful well wishes!

November 16, 2011

Wednesday Wishes

It’s back!!  Feels like forever since I’ve done one of these!


Above by Leah Bobet

AboveAmazon: Hardback | Kindle
Goodreads: Hardback
Genre: Dystopian
Series: N/A

Matthew has loved Ariel from the moment he found her in the tunnels, her bee's wings falling away. They live in Safe, an underground refuge for those fleeing the city Above--like Whisper, who speaks to ghosts, and Jack Flash, who can shoot lightning from his fingers.

But one terrifying night, an old enemy invades Safe with an army of shadows, and only Matthew, Ariel, and a few friends escape Above. As Matthew unravels the mystery of Safe's history and the shadows' attack, he realizes he must find a way to remake his home--not just for himself, but for Ariel, who needs him more than ever before.

Besides the amazing cover, this book sounds pretty original.

Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London 

Darkness Before DawnAmazon: Paperback
Goodreads: Paperback
Genre: Dystopian
Series: N/A

This electrifying new trilogy blends the best of paranormal and dystopian storytelling in a world where the war is over. And the vampires won.

Humans huddle in their walled cities, supplying blood in exchange for safety. But not even that is guaranteed. Dawn has lost her entire family and now reluctantly serves as the delegate to Lord Valentine, the most powerful vampire for miles. It isn’t until she meets Victor, Valentine’s son, that she realizes not all vampires are monsters....

Darkness Before Dawn is a fresh new story with captivating characters, unexpected plot twists, a fascinating setting, and a compelling voice. Written under the name J. A. London by a talented mother-son team, the trilogy is perfect for fans of True Blood and the House of Night and Morganville Vampires series.

This just sounds amazing. I love how the Urban Fantasy creatures are starting to break into the Dystopian worlds!! Yeah!

November 10, 2011

Author Interview: Theresa Meyers

Book Whispers (AKA me) is honored to have Theresa Meyers here to talk about her latest book, The Hunter.  It a Steampunk novel.  Not quite sure about my readers, but I know I’m pretty new to the genre myself. In fact, I’ve only added a few titles to my TBR pile.  Always meaning to take the plunge into this new exciting genre. 

After interviewing Meyers I can say I’m really eager to get into the genre—especially her book which I will be reviewing later on.


Book Whispers: In your own words introduce yourself.

theresameyers Theresa Meyers:  Hi, I’m Theresa Meyers. I write paranormal stories that invite you to embrace the unknown. I started writing my first novel when I was 17, but it took me 20 years to become a multi-published author. In between I worked as a florist, a hotel props and d├ęcor designer and public relations executive. I’m a bit of a nut about books, partly because I was raised by a true bibliophile. My mother didn’t care if we had a dining room or not, so she filled it with bookcases and we had a library instead. I live on a mini farm in the Pacific Northwest with my family, a menagerie of pets and an out of control herb garden. I like my tea with milk and sugar and my favorite television shows are Supernatural (Dean girl!) and Grimm. Currently I write for three different publishers, creating vampire and werewolf stories for Harlequin Nocturne in my Sons of Midnight mini series, writing paranormal steampunk for Zebra and crafting dark fae urban fantasy stories for my Shadow Sister series for Entangled Publishing. If you’re looking to find me online I’m often on twitter at Theresa_Meyers, Facebook at TheresaMeyersAuthor, or you can find me at www.theresameyers.com.

Book Whispers: What made you decide to take your three demon hunting brothers—Winchester, Remington and Colt—into a steampunk world instead of our everyday modern world?

Theresa Meyers: When I originally came up with the Jackson brothers in 1998 I knew they were set in the 1880s American West. I knew the eldest brother Winchester was a lawman, the middle brother Remington an attorney and the youngest, Colt, an outlaw. What I didn’t realize at the time was what held these brothers who were so different together. It wasn’t until I started writing paranormal romances, that I realized they were all paranormal Hunters. I could have just left it at that, but then my imagination really kicked into gear and I thought how cool it would be if they had really outrageous inventions/weapons courtesy of their own James Bond-style “Q”. A friend who could act as tech genius behind their specialized hunting gear. It wasn’t until I started looking to see where this story might fit in the historical market that I realized there was actually a name for this kind of thing – steampunk!

Book Whispers:  What exactly are the “Darkin” in your book? What kind of mythology inspired them and the name?

Theresa Meyers:  Darkin are the collective name for all the supernaturals in my story world. Vampires, demons, shape shifters, naiads, rock monsters, hell hounds – as long as it’s a paranormal being, it’s considered Darkin. Believe it or not there’s an entire history behind the Legion of Hunters that you only hear about or catch glimpses of in the books themselves. Three brothers in the dark ages split the Book of Legend apart to keep it from falling into the hands of the Darkin that were threatening humanity. The Book is kind of a compendium of all Hunter knowledge – how to fight or kill all kinds of supernatural beings. When it was split apart Hunters in certain parts of the globe only learned what was in the piece of the Book which was used in their training. The name Darkin itself refers to children of the night = dark kin.

Book Whispers:  Honestly a cowboy on a mechanical steam horse is beyond awesome and I know that has to be my favorite steampunk “gadgetry” from this book. What are some of your favorite steampunk gadgetry featured in The Hunter.

Theresa Meyers:  Tempus, Colt’s mechanical horse is my favorite too! Some of the other technology I really enjoyed was Colt’s sting shooter (also on the cover) which is really a steampunk version of a taser powered by a Tesla coil. I also found the dynamic killing machine harbored in the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine to be fun to write.

Book Whispers:  Lilly is a succubus that Colt summons over to help him get across some arcane boundaries to battle the baddies. What makes her different from the other succubus ladies out there featured in other books?

Theresa Meyers:  Lillity (Lilly) Arliss wasn’t a succubus to start with. She was a girl with an abusive grafter father, who sold her soul to protect her little sister – and rid them both of her father. Lilly also happens to be a big fan of the stories in Darkin lore of the Chosen (a prophecy every one believes refers to Winchester, Remington and Colt). She’s got almost a case of hero worship about Colt to start with, before she ever meets him in person. Combined together, Lilly isn’t your typical succubus. Sexy, yes. Smart, yes. But pleased to rip the souls from the men she seduces? No. It’s just a job to her that she’d rather not have and she’s looking for a way out. Like the rest of us, she just wishes she could have a normal life.

The SlayerBook Whispers:   The first book in the The Legend Chronicles—The Hunter—features Colt as the first brother for the lead. Assuming that each brother will get a book, do you have plans to have more books in the series focusing on other characters?

Theresa Meyers:  LOL. Good question. Yes, each brother will have his own book, and there are currently plans for a novella featuring the inventor Marley Turlock. Beyond that I’m brainstorming ideas, but the continuation of this world is really dependent on how well the series is received so the publisher will want to keep it going.

Book Whispers:   Now I have to ask how what decided you on naming the three brothers after guns? (Which is so badass!)

Theresa Meyers:   Thanks! You know I wish I had a good answer for that. Really that’s just how they came to me – three boys named after their father’s favorite guns. I knew dad was an outlaw. I knew he’d come from a prominent English family and that his father had been named Jack, and the black sheep of the family who’d run off to America. The boy’s dad had changed their family name from that of the English family to Jackson (since he was literally Jack’s son.) Sometimes ideas just show up fully formed like that where the characters come to life, sometimes it takes me a bit longer to get to know them.

Book Whispers:  When you're in a writing jam, is there a particular author you look to for inspiration? One that makes you ask, "What would ‘insert author's name here’ do?"

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Theresa Meyers:  LOL. Yeah J.K. Rowling! No, really, there are so many authors I think, wow, how did they do that? As a writer I’m always trying to refine my process. I don’t really ever compare what I’m writing to someone else, but I do look at how they’ve built their careers, the kinds of choices they’ve made and what worked and didn’t work for them to hopefully keep from reinventing the wheel.

Book Whispers:  What Steampunk books would you recommend for newbies of the genre?

Theresa Meyers:  You mean besides my stuff? LOL. I absolutely love Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series. It’s fantastic! You can also try the Iron series from Meljean Brook. If you’re looking for something that’s more YA and a bit less romance, check out The Girl in the Steel Corset or Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan series. If you’d like something more heavy on the science fiction side, consider going to www.steampunkscholar.com He’s got a tremendous reading suggestion list that’s a wonderful resource.

Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)The Iron Duke (Iron Seas, #1)The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles, #1)Leviathan (Leviathan, #1)

Book Whispers:  For you personally, not your characters, between a vampire love interest and a werewolf love interest which do you prefer? (What team are you on? Team Vampire or Team Werewolf.)

Theresa Meyers:  Ooo. Now that’s difficult. I like the vampires I write for Nocturne, but if it came down to Edward vs. Jacob, I’m all about Team Jacob. The werewolves just seem more emotional and human to me and that animalistic quality, where it’s pure instinct makes for a great alpha hero.

Book Whispers:  Go wild! Let us know something funny about you, share something that's on your mind, or anything else that's important about your books.

Theresa Meyers:  I’m the kind of person who gets creative in multiple ways. I don’t just write. I can fruits and veggies, jams and soups. I make homemade blackberry wine from the bushes that grow practically everywhere around here. I like to read, sew and paint, dance, bake and steampunk_hat5ljhave tea with my non-writer friends who help get me grounded. When I’m not plunked down in front of a keyboard, I’m usually serving as the taxi for my kids or volunteering at the school or in my community. Most people are really surprised to learn that I’m dyslexic and couldn’t really even read until third grade. It just goes to show your passion isn’t defined by difficulty. It’s all in how badly you want to do something. I collect teddy bears and teapots and recently have discovered a love of all kinds of steampunk hats. I’m married to t he man I went to the PROM with and I knew he was hero material when he suffered through having my little brother squashed in between us in the back seat while my parents drove. (What can I say? They were uber strict.) We’ve been together nearly 25 years so sometimes true love does happen when you’re a teen. I hope you enjoy the introduction to my steampunk world in The Hunter and look forward to seeing more of it in The Slayer, coming out April 2012.

Book Whispers: Again big thanks to Theresa Myers to take the time for an interview!  Definitely starting to see the appeal of Steampunk! (After all the hats are amazing!)


The Hunter by Theresa Myer
The Legend Chronicles, book one

Amazon: '>Paperback | '>Kindle
Goodreads:  Paperback | Kindle

They're the Chosen—Winchester, Remington and Colt—brothers trained to hunt down supernatural beings using the latest steam-powered gadgetry. It's a hard legacy to shoulder, and it's about to get a lot more dangerous...

A Devil Of A Job

Colt Jackson has gotten his name on many a wanted poster with success in the family business: hunting supernaturals across the frontier. Lately, though, there's a sulfur stink in the wind and the Darkin population is exploding. A rift in the worlds is appearing. To close it, Colt will have to do the unthinkable and work with a demon to pass arcane boundaries no human alone can cross.

Except when he summons his demon, he doesn't get some horned monstrosity: he gets a curvy redheaded succubus named Lilly, who's willing to make a bargain to become human again. He also gets Lilly's secret expertise on the machinations on the dark side of the rift. And her charm and cleverness help to get them out of what his silver-loaded pistol and mechanical horse can't. Of course, when all hell breaks loose, he might have to sacrifice his soul. But what's adventure without a little risk?

"Meyers puts the steam in steampunk." —Cherry Adair

November 7, 2011

Winner: Destined Giveaway

 


Big thanks to Malcolm publishing for this copy to giveaway!! 

And the winner is . . .

angie!!

An email has already been sent out to the winner!! (The winner was picked by random.org.) Thanks to everyone who participated in the giveaway.

November 6, 2011

Cover Coveting(72): MASSIVE ATTACK!!

All righty!!! Due to the fact that my computer had a virus and was taking so long to upload things, download, and basically do anything I have gotten so fair behind on reviews, interviews, and of course my beloved covers.  So I’m attempting to do this huge post of covers to get caught up. This is in no way the new layout for Cover Coveting.  It’s temporary so I can get up to date!!


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Sacrificial Magic by Stacia Kane: Goodreads | Sacrificial Magic'>Amazon 
Biting Cold by Chloe Neill: Goodreads | Biting Cold: A Chicagoland Vampires Novel'>Amazon

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The Wolf Who Loved Me by Lydia Dare: Goodreads | Amazon'>Amazon
Summoning the Night by Jenn Bennett: Goodreads | '>Amazon

 tangled Tempest's Legacy
Tangled by Erica O’Rourke: Goodreads | Amazon
Tempest’s Fury by Nicole Peeler: Goodreads | Amazon

 the-claimed the-shape-of-desire
The Claimed by Caridad Pineiro: Goodreads | '>Amazon
The Shape of Desire by Sharon Shinn: Goodreads | '>Amazon

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The Slayers by Theresa Meyers: Goodreads | '>Amazon
The Wood Queen by Karen Mahoney (UK): Goodreads | '>Amazon

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Time Untime by Sherrilyn Kenyon: Goodreads | '>Amazon
Until I Die by Amy Plum: Goodreads | '>Amazon

 untouched wakingstorms
Untouched by Sara Humphreys: Goodreads | '>Amazon
Waking Storms by Sarah Porter: Goodreads | '>Amazon

 wildwilddeath shadow-bound
Wild Wild Death by Casey Daniels: Goodreads | '>Amazon
Shadow Bound by Rachel Vincent: Goodreads | Amazon

 shadowheir shade1
Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead: Goodreads | '>Amazon
Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready (Cover make over!): Goodreads | '>Amazon

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Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready: Goodreads | '>Amazon
Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready: Goodreads | '>Amazon

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Sins of the Son by Linda Poitevin: Goodreads | Sins of the Son (The Grigori Legacy)'>Amazon
Soul Screamers Volume One: Goodreads | '>Amazon

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Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz: Goodreads | '>Amazon
Strange Angles Volume One: Goodreads | '>Amazon

 illuminate kingdomofgods
Illuminate by Aimee Agresti: Goodreads | '>Amazon
The Kingdom of Gods by N.K. Jemisin: Goodreads | '>Amazon

 Last Argument of Kings limited lastrite
Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie: Goodreads | '>Amazon
Last Rite by Lisa Desrochers: Goodreads | Amazon

 lies-omens obsidian-flame
Lies & Omens by Lyn Benedict: Goodreads | '>Amazon
Obsidian Flame by Caris Roane: Goodreads | '>Amazon

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On the Prowl by Christine Warren: Goodreads | '>Amazon
Partials by Dan Wells: Goodreads | '>Amazon

 CLARITY pb coverPerception
Clarity by Kim Harrington (Re-make.): Goodreads | '>Amazon
Perception by Kim Harrington: Goodreads | '>Amazon

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Precinct 13 by Tate Hallaway: Goodreads | '>Amazon
Royal Street by Suzanne Johnson: Goodreads'>Amazon
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The Savage Grace by Bree Despain: Goodreads | '>Amazon
Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire: Goodreads | '>Amazon
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Dreamless by Josephine Angelini: Goodreads | '>Amazon
Embrace of the Damned by Anya Bast: Goodreads | '>Amazon

 endlessly ESCover-Gray
Endlessly by Kiersten White: Goodreads | '>Amazon
Eternal Starling by Angela Corbett: Goodreads | '>Amazon

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Everneath by Brodi Ashton: Goodreads | '>Amazon
The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger: Goodreads | '>Amazon

 girlofnightmares GoddessintheMiddle
Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake: Goodreads | Amazon
Goddess in the Middle by Stephanie Julian: Goodreads | Amazon

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Ladies and gentlemen I have run out of steam!! From here on out it’s just Goodreads links!

Avenger's Angel (UK) by Heather Killough-Walden
Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

  coveted crave
Coveted by Shawntelle Madison
Crave by Melissa Darnell

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The Dark Elite by Chloe Neill (Two books in one.)
Darkest Knight by Karen Duvall

 darknessfalls darkness-undone
Darkness Falls by Cate Tiernan
Darkness Undone by Jessa Slade

 deadly-descendant deadly-is-the-kiss
Deadly Descendant by Jenna Black
Deadly is the Kiss by Rhyannon Byrd

 destined devils-punch
Destined by Aprilynne Pike
Devil’s Punch by Ann Aguirre

 captivated chosen-by-sin-300x450
Captivated by Lauren Dane
Chosen by Sin by Virna Depaul

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Blue-Blooded Vamp by Jaye Wells
A Seal in Wolf’s Clothing by Terry Spear

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Bear Meets Girl by Shelly Laurenston
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

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Black Dawn by Rachel Caine
Black Howl by Christina Henry

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Archon by Sabrina Benulis
King of Darkness by Elisabeth Staab

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North of Need by Laura Kaye
Alien Diplomacy by Gini Koch

 amillionsuns apocalypse-to-go
A Million Suns by Beth Revis
Apocalypse to Go by Katharine Kerr


Phew! Man this is a lesson learned to never get behind on my Cover Coveting posts!! Since I can’t rant and rave about each cover I’ve decided to choose a Best and Worst cover!

Best cover: Worst cover:
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