A Note:


I once told myself: IF I am accepted into grad school, this blog would no longer be updated. As it turns out, in April, I received news of my acceptance for the Fall 2013 semester, where I will attain a Master's degree of Science in Nutrition.

Running a blog, as many of you may already know, is a demanding side job once the excitement wears off. And once I fell out of the blogging community's loop (have you SEEN how many blogs there are now? Wow!), it was like the kiss of death. Despite my best efforts, I couldn't get into a blogging routine once this happened due to the disconnect I felt from the community.

So I took a break. I struggled with the loss and with missing my blog. And then I realized I didn't have to run Book Faery to still be a book reviewer; I could read my books and post reviews online. I'm still a book review blogger, just not in the traditional sense.

I'll still be online. You can chat with me on Twitter, where I'll be posting links to my reviews and talking books. I'll also be posting links to nutrition articles. And if you'd like to connect with me where I guarantee I will post reviews, just add me as a friend on Goodreads.

So that's all, folks! It's been a fun and amazing journey, and I thank you all for listening to my thoughts about books. I hope we all can keep in touch elsewhere :)


Monday, May 31, 2010

(Giveaway) Vampires versus Werewolves: Which side are YOU on?

I’m on Team Werewolf. Find out more.

In the battle of vampires versus werewolves, "who has the potential to be awesomest?"  Would it be vamps, with their pasty skin, or weres, with their ability to shift into a giant wolf?  I think it's clear which side I've chosen, but if you're still on the fence, then this post will hopefully help you decide why Team Werewolf Bootlegger is better.

Why you should NOT vote for Team Vampire Lumberjack
  • NO SEXY TANS!  Who wants a pasty, sickly looking Vampire Lumberjack who will blend in with the snow?
  • He'd be chopping down trees during the dead of night, so if you live near his workspace, you can be sure you're not getting your beauty sleep for the night.  Or week.  Or month.
  • He has fangs.  They're pointy.  He bites you with those chompers and you're gonna bleed.
  • ....Which will probably make him want to suck your blood.
  • ....Which means when it's your "time of the month" he's probably going to want to devour you.  In the bad way.
  • Vampires have that weird tendency to not breathe or blink sometimes.
  • He's a friggin' walking corpse.  You wanna sleep with or kiss a dead body?  That's your prerogative.

Why you should vote for Team Werewolf Bootlegger
  • Werewolves are warm.  Winter is the perfect excuse to get dirty with your were.  He'll warm you up pronto!
  • He's going to be tan because he can actually be out in the sun.  Hot bod, nice tan.  You two can go to the beach together!
  • Free alcohol, 'nuff said.
  • They're possessive, but in a good way.  Don't you want a man to love, to crave, and to desire only to be with you?  Wouldn't it be nice not to have to worry about being dinner or a quick snack?  With a werewolf for a mate, you can count on not being dessert.  Well... you know what I mean.
  • He'll be passionate.  You know your arguments will be fiery, but that just means the makeup sex after will be worth the fight.
  • Because werewolves mate for life, you'll never have to worry about him cheating on you--he wouldn't dream of it.
  • They can shapeshift into a wolf.  That's like... the coolest thing ever.  You can play fetch with your lover.  Win!
  • You have the perfect protector.  If someone wants to talk trash, you can count on your were to defend your honor.  Nobody's gonna talk smack about his mate without getting a fist in the face!
  • Werewolves are naturally social creatures, so you'll never have to worry about being alone ever again.
  • You also never have to worry about whether or not your lover will cuddle with you after sex.  You know he will.
  • And speaking of sex, you KNOW werewolves are going to be kinky bed partners.  Sure there will be biting, but there won't be blood sucking involved with those love bites.
  • He'll be an excellent provider.  You can be sure that you won't have many money problems considering he's been alive for an extremely long time, allowing you plenty of time to focus on your own life goals/dreams.
  • He'll want to pamper you.
  • He'll eventually want kids with you.  And how cute would it be to have werewolf babies?
  • He'll know how to seduce you properly.
  • He'll be super supportive of whatever you do.

So there you have it!  Those are my reasons why Weres are way more awesome than Vamps.  What do you all think about this?  Which side are YOU on?

Want to enter to win an Amazon Kindle (or $275 at an online retailer)?  Read the disclaimer below, and be sure to leave some comment love on my blog post!  The more comments you leave at all the blogs, the more chances for you to win!

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Pictures from BEA Part II


I felt bad for the people who were missing out on Book Expo America this year.  Some have never attended, let alone have heard about it... which is why I tried to take a few pictures for you all to see how HUGE it was.  I know before I started blogging that I never even knew what BEA stood for, let alone what it was, so I was extremely excited about going on Wednesday and Thursday!

Sorry about the wait for the second batch of pictures!  It’s been one of those weekends, all things considered. 

GO HERE if you missed Part I of the pictures.
GO HERE if you wanted to see all the books I got from BEA this week.

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Comment System

Just wanted to let everyone know that I've switched back to Blogger's default comment system.  Recently, I've been hearing a lot of complaints from other bloggers about IntenseDebate, and how some people couldn't even leave comments sometimes.

Due to the switch, I could not import the comments over to Blogger (something about how the process is extremely buggy).  There were no current contests on my blog at the moment, so no entries have been lost.  Contest entries for past contests, however, will no longer show up (this includes Brigit Zahara's, Leanna Heiber's, Larissa Ione's Demonica week, and Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld week).  I have also copied/pasted comments from all the book reviews that I would have otherwise "lost," and I have also posted the comments from a couple of the BEA posts since there were some questions about the event.  So yeah, you're going to see a bunch of comments by me at these posts.  Otherwise, most of these posts will show "Comments (0)" at the bottom.

While IntenseDebate was, in my eyes, easier to reply to individual comments, I've decided that between all the complaints from other bloggers and the poll I took recently (sorry, I accidentally mass deleted it, that's why it disappeared) that ID was not worth it overall.

My apologies to those of you who really enjoyed that comment system.  I did too :(  Blogger default isn't so bad.  Anyway, I hope to keep chatting with you all throughout my posts! 

I'll be posting the remainder of the pictures I took at BEA tomorrow, so keep an eye out for that.

GO HERE to see the first batch of photos I've posted.
GO HERE to see my video log of In My Mailbox this week.  It's the only time you'll ever see me do this, probably! =P

Saturday, May 29, 2010

In My Mailbox (13)

In My Mailbox

Do you have a contest/giveaway?
Now's your chance to post your links and discover other contests fellow bloggers are hosting.  Let's spread the word to help participants, bloggers (both new & old), and authors!
Don't forget to pick up the button! :)

This week was.... yep, BEA week!  I have lots of pictures from Javits.  In fact, you can see Part I here.  Part II should be up within the next few days.  Going to push back any books I received (ie: bought) to next week's IMM so I can show off all the super awesome books I got during this exciting week!

I'd also like to announce that I did a vlog of IMM this week.  I usually won't do this, but a few people were asking me to post a vlog over taking a bunch of pictures.  Please ignore my frazzled look, when I started recording this, I was still in the process of waking up (STILL didn't have my coffee today yet... argh).  Also, apparently YouTube videos can only be 10 minutes in length.  Mine's umm a bit longer due to all the books, so I don't know how the quality's going to be with this Blogger/Google video thing.  If it sucks, I'm sorry!

Anyway, I hope you all enjoy!  I've included a list of the books I got under the video just in case I was either talking too fast, too quietly, mumbling, or because the quality of the video is completely horrible.  Because I do that when I'm still in the process of waking up.

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The Faerie's Contest Finds (6)

The Faerie’s Contest Finds is a weekly feature where readers, bloggers, and even authors can gather together to not only advertise for their book/swag contests, but to also enter other giveaways. The best part: you can post links to ALL of your current contests (please be sure to not double post).  These contests are NOT restricted to paranormal themes. 

Please help support this new feature by adding The Faerie's Contest Finds button to your sidebar!  The more we spread the word about this weekly post, the more popular it will become.  That means more visitors and participants for YOUR contests!

Thank you Parajunkee for designing the button for this contest list.

Please include your contest end date & your blog's name so participants won't confuse your contests with others.  Thanks!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Pictures from BEA Part I


I felt bad for the people who were missing out on Book Expo America this year.  Some have never attended, let alone have heard about it... which is why I tried to take a few pictures for you all to see how HUGE it was.  I know before I started blogging that I never even knew what BEA stood for, let alone what it was, so I was extremely excited about going on Wednesday and Thursday!

If you can manage, I highly suggest saving up for the trip to Manhattan for BEA11 next year.  Aside from extremely sore shoulders/upper back (yesterday I was sporting the overstuffed backpack, plus a tote on each arm all packed with books), I got to meet some wonderful bloggers like Heather from Darkly Reading (who was my BEA buddy. We were pretty much glued to the hip both days [dude, I still can't believe they ran out of Shadow Hills copies on the first day!]), Karen from For What It's Worth, Sandy from Pirate Penguin's Reads, Kristi The Story Siren, and many many more!  I also met Sophie Jordan (and didn't realize it was her until she mentioned who she was!), Gena Showalter (THREE TIMES--and holy crap, she remembered me and didn't even have to ask for my name at the following signings which kind of made me super happy [If you couldn't tell, I'm pretty much in love with her books]), Jennifer L Barnes (who was a HUGE sweetheart. We're both werewolf fans!), Beth Fantaskey (who recognized [and possibly visited] my blog!), Rachel Vincent, Leah Cypess, Maria V. Snyder, Artist Arthur, Melissa Marr, and so many others I'm going cross eyed trying to remember them.  A lot of authors, when I mentioned my name was Tori, asked me if it was short for Victoria.  Yes, it is.  Totally wasn't expecting them to be so chatty, it was wonderful!

It was so funny talking to bloggers while waiting on the autograph lines.  Pretty soon, I just started introducing myself as "The Book Faery."  I loved how peoples' faces would light up when they realized they recognized the blog's name lol! 

Anyway, I'll add little side stories with each picture.  I'm going to have to split this up into two different posts (Part II will be up on Monday) because I think I took too many pictures.  I went picture happy yesterday to make up for barely taking any on Wednesday.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

You Decide: Should there be more?

Today is the last day of BEA for me.  Sorry for the lack of a post yesterday, but I kind of got swamped and went to bed early on Tuesday, so I couldn't prepare anything.  BEA was so much fun, and I'm going to try and take a lot more pictures so I can post them all up this weekend.

So to follow the post I had up on Monday, I have three new questions/polls for you all.  Please take the time to answer each one:

  1. Do you think the quick story section I sometimes include in reviews is useful, or should I focus more on the "My Opinion" section?  (go here to see an example of what I mean)
  2. Do you want Thirsting for Thursday (my monthly new releases update) to be every Thursday, as opposed to the first Thursday of every month?  That would mean the first Thursday of every month would be the overall list.  Each Thursday following that would be a post for releases that week which would include back cover summaries.

    • If no, do you like the cover pictures only, or would you also prefer a summary for each book that month?
  3. Do you feel that The Faerie's Contest Finds is helpful, or should I remove it?

Have any other comments and/or suggestions for my blog?  Please, let me know!  Your input is, like always, extremely appreciated!  And thank you everyone who voted/commented on my other poll :)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

LotU Updates & Contest Winners!

Congratulations Gena Showalter on The Darkest Passion's release TODAY!

If you haven't read my review for Aeron's story yet, I highly suggest you do.  This was the book that received the Faerie of Honor rating (what's this?) from Book Faery.  (so you know this book is a big deal!)

If you've ever wondered if an angel and demon could have a relationship, then you're going to love TDP.  Likewise, if you're a huge fan of Gena's Lords, you're going to love it!  And if you're like me, there's lots more of Strider and Gideon in this book too! *swoons*

But that's not it.  Stay tuned for next month when Gideon's story, The Darkest Lie will be released on June 29th!  I feel like a kid in the candy shop the past few months with all these new releases.  Too bad Amun and Strider aren't until next year *sigh*

This picture makes me want to pet the cover.  And maybe fight Scarlet for Gideon.  Beautiful!

And now, to celebrate The Darkest Passion's release today, here are the winners from Gena's Lords of the Underworld week!

The Darkest Night
(66 participants)

Who said...
"This is a tough question...but I don't want to be selfish. So, I think I would rather kill my best friend...it would be hard because I can't even kill a fly without feeling guilty but I think it would be harder for her to kill me too and either way we both will feel guilty..me for killing her and she for seeing me do it. I wouldn't want to put someone I love in a position I wouldn't want to be in!"

The Darkest Kiss(43 participants)

Who said...
"I could never live imprisoned like that. What good is immortality if your in prison :( I'd give it up and have as much fun as I could before my life ended."

The Darkest Pleasure
(36 participants)

Robin K.
Who said...
"No contest there, I would choose my lover. Friends are fickle (at least mine). My hubs is a rock :) (not a real rock *giggles*)"

The Darkest Whisper
(37 participants)

Elaine R
Who said...
"I would choose Lies. Because I think that's the easiest to handle. Once 'friends', associates, etc are around you enough, and you are lying about stupid stuff, they will realize that anything out of my mouth will be a lie and they will act accordingly."

And finally...
The Darkest Passion
(45 participants)

Who said...
"I'm afraid an angel would leave me because he thinks he needs to do good or something, so I'd rather choose a demon. Plus, it just sounds way sexier."

Congrats to all the winners!  Please respond to my email with your mailing address within 48 hours, otherwise a new winner will be chosen.

Monday, May 24, 2010

You Decide: New Feature?

As most of you know, I am still a fairly new blogger.  Because of this, I'm in the process of trying to discover a consistent posting schedule with quality content.  I want said content to be not only informative--because it's always exciting when one discovers new books--but I also want it to be fun.  That's why I have started doing opinion posts, and it is also why I've been considering adding a couple of new features.

June 11th will be the 4th month I have been blogging.  Since I will be swamped with finals this week (not to mention BEA on Wed/Thurs), I figured it was the perfect time to get your opinions and suggestions for the blog.  That is why I will be doing a couple of these posts, focusing on my:
  • Book Reviews
  • Thirsting for Thursday post
  • The Faerie's Contest Finds post
Since I want to have content that will appeal to you all, please take the time to answer the polls this week.  I have provided one in regards to a new feature below.  By the end of next week, I'll check out the answers and consider adding this new feature based on what you all have said. 

If you'd like to be even more helpful, then please, feel free to leave a comment or email me with any suggestions or features you'd like to see added :)

New idea:  A cover face-off.

Every week I would pick two "visually appealing" paranormal covers, either from debuting authors, or from books that have already been released.  There would also be a poll for viewers to vote for which they like most. 
  1. Option 1: Have blog followers participate, either by suggesting future covers for these face-offs, or by including a synopsis of why they find that week's cover compelling.
  2. Option 2: Simply provide the two covers to vote on.
Obviously, I'll have to think more about this, but please, tell me what you all think!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

In My Mailbox (12)

In My Mailbox

Did you miss The Lords of the Underworld week with New York Times best selling author Gena Showalter?  No problem! 
You can win signed copies of all her current books--including The Darkest Passion coming out this Tuesday!

To Review:

YES, I got it!  I've also finished reviewing it, so you can expect my review up in the first week of June :)
  • Insatiable by Meg Cabot (Release Date: June 8th)
  • Lotsa swag

I was so excited to get HbtO from Jess!  She's such a sweetheart :)  And as an added bonus, she included the anthology Nocturnal.  I wish I had a second me so I could read both at the same time.
  • Hunted by the Others by Jess Haines
  • Nocturnal by Jacquelyn Frank, Kate Douglas, Jess Haines, Clare Willis

Totally wasn't expecting a copy of this, but I got a copy.  You can read the summary of the book here.
  • Lost Devil's Throne by Kristin Stefanos


  • The Karma Club bookmark
  • A little booklet


  • Love in the Time of Dragons by Katie MacAlister
  • Stormwalker by Allyson James (READ MY REVIEW)
  • Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
I told you all I'd be getting a paperback of Stormwalker!  And yes, I haven't read the Women of the Otherworld series yet.  Shame on me.

That's it for me!  So I have two questions for you all:

Have you heard of/read any of these books?  Did you enjoy them?


Who's going to the Author Carnival on Monday and/or BEA Wed/Thurs?!

Okay.... so maybe that was three questions.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Faerie's Contest Finds (5)

The Faerie’s Contest Finds is a weekly feature where readers, bloggers, and even authors can gather together to not only advertise for their book/swag contests, but to also enter other giveaways. The best part: you can post links to ALL of your current contests (please be sure to not double post).  These contests are NOT restricted to paranormal themes. 

Please help support this new feature by adding The Faerie's Contest Finds button to your sidebar!  The more we spread the word about this weekly post, the more popular it will become.  That means more visitors and participants for YOUR contests!

Thank you Parajunkee for designing the button for this contest list.

Please include your contest end date & your blog's name so participants won't confuse your contests with others.  Thanks!

Author Interview with Gena Showalter!

Thank you all for leaving Gena such wonderful questions!  While compiling the list, we were forced to not include some (if you read Into the Dark, you'll find those questions answered there)  As for every other question, Gena was kind enough to answer them ALL!

Courtesy of EHarlequin:
"Gena Showalter has always believed in love. An avid romance reader, she decided to try her hand at a story of her own and is now the author of sexy paranormal romances, including The Stone Prince, The Pleasure Slave and Heart of the Dragon. She is also the author of Awaken Me Darkly, the first in the darkly seductive Alien Huntress series. Fans of Sherrilyn Kenyon and Karen Marie Moning will find a new favorite in Showalter. Her wildly sensual page-turners have mix of humor, danger and wickedly hot sex, a combination sure to enthrall."

Welcome Gena!  The readers and I are so excited that you were able to stop by Book Faery. 
Thank you so much.  I’m excited to be here.

The Darkest Passion comes out on Tuesday May 25th! *squee*  What was it like writing Aeron and Olivia’s story?  Did you ever wish you could strangle Aeron? 
I never struggled while writing Aeron’s character.  I think because I knew him, his quirks.  Or maybe because I wanted to be wrapped up in his wings, those strong arms . . . Sorry, I digress.  But, strangle him?  Nah.  Olivia, though . . . I’d never written anyone like her.  A sweet, innocent angel (literally!), dewy-eyed and optimistic.  That might be why her inner bad girl quickly came out to play.  And in her case, when she says “the devil made me do it,” she really means it!  

How do you feel about Legion?  Are there any future book/short story plans for her and a particular someone?

I like Legion – even when she needs a spanking! -- because I understand what motivates her.  Aeron is the only person who’s ever loved her, and she’ll do anything to keep him.  A little stalkerish, sure, but who hasn’t dealt with feelings like that in some capacity?  And yep, I do have a story in mind for Legion.

Do you have a favorite scene or line from The Darkest Passion
The entire book grew out of one particular scene that played through my mind over and over again.  I saw a dark haired woman running up the hill, toward the fortress in Budapest.  She was wearing a white robe, and the back of that robe was wet and coated with blood.  She was screaming Aeron’s name.  Everything bloomed from there. 

Out of the three stories in Into the Dark, which was the one you were most pleased with? 
Definitely The Darkest Prison.  I loved writing the love-hate tug of war between Atlas and Nike, two fiercely strong characters who fought their vulnerabilities – the dummies! -- yet still they couldn’t stop craving each other.

Will Nike and Atlas be making a guest appearance at any point in future LotU stories?

I hope that they will, yes.  Does that mean that they’ll listen to me?  No.  The characters decide.  Always.  I’m their puppet.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? 
Don’t write what you think everyone wants you to write.  Write from the heart.  That's when the magic will happen.


Repeated question from roughly ten people: Will Paris get his story?  If so, when?  (You were right, he really is popular!) 
Absolutely!  I think his book will come after Strider’s.  So it will go Aeron, Gideon, Amun, Strider, Paris.  And just so everyone knows, BIG changes happen for Paris in Amun’s story, The Darkest Secret.  Big.  Big, big, big.  And you’ll get to see more of him in Strider’s story.  At least I think.  I’ve only just started.  Paris could stone wall me, the sexy deviant.  However, I don’t think he will.  He’s as eager for his happily ever after as readers are.

Amy: Where did you get those hunky models for all of your covers? 

The publisher picked them.  I actually have very little say about my covers.  But I am totally in love with the models for the Kiss and Pleasure and Whisper covers. 

Amy: Are the tattoos on the Lords of the Underworld covers your designs?  Is it possible for fans to get them as temporary tattoos? 
I wish they were mine, but nope.  The publisher designed them, and they own the copyright.  A print out hasn’t been made, so our best advice is to take the cover to your local tattoo artist and see if they can replicate it.  

Throughthehaze:  Will all of the Lords get their own story?  I really want to read Torin’s story! 
Absolutely!  Torin might be last, though.  (I’m sorry!)   I know the name of his heroine, think I know a little about her, but I haven’t figured out their story yet.  I think he deserves something spectacular, and that’s what I want to give him.

Kristen:  Do you think the cover art reflects the characters you’ve written? 
You know, I’ve never really thought about it because I see the covers long after the books are written.  Although, I will say the Pleasure cover is closest to the character (Reyes) I se in my head, and the Lies cover is the least like the character (Gideon) I see in my head.  In “real” life, Gideon has blue hair, piercings and lots of other tattoos.


Monica & Doreen: How old were you when you realized you wanted to write?  When did you write your first story? 
I played around with my own stories in junior high, realized writing was hard and stopped.  Then I wrote papers for my friends in high school (a nice little side job), but that was it.  Then I went to college and dropped out – three times.  Then I had a heart to heart with myself, and writing was the only thing I could see myself doing for the rest of my life.  I decided to give it another try.  Creating stories was still hard, but I fell in love with the process.

Rainmaiden: If you got to marry a hero from any romance novel, who would it be?
From my own books, I would pick either William or Devyn (yes, I am a sucker for the reformed womanizers tamed only by one woman)  From Kresley Coles amazing Immortals After Dark series, I would pick any of the wolves.  Okay, okay, and the vampires.  HOT!!!  Jill Monroe has a Navy SEAL hero in SEALed and Delivered, and I am gaga for him.  I love all of Susan Elizabeth Phillips heroes.  They are so unique and naughty.  I love Jennifer Cruise heroes, too.  Okay, you’ve caught me.  I am a romance novel hero slut.  I want them all.

Gina:  Can you tell us what some of the things your editors find/suggest to you? I have a hard time believing you would require much help at this stage in the game. 
My biggest problem is time.  I lose track of it in my own life, so it makes sense that I lose track of it in my stories.  It’ll be dark when it should be light, two days will have passed for one, but five for another.  I couldn’t keep a countdown to an event straight if my life depended on it.  My second biggest problem is glossing.  Sometimes I will gloss over significant events/emotions and they lose impact.  My editor helps me find those problem areas and fix them.  Oh, Lord, and I can’t forget consistency problems.  (I can keep you here all day)  I change my mind about all kinds of stuff and will forget the domino effect those changes cause.

Darcie:  What kind of atmosphere do you work best in?  Noisy areas, dead quiet, or a happy medium? 
I prefer soft music in the background, but I usually get a loud, blasting TV, and constant barking as my dogs try to climb their way out the window to attack the flowers daring to blow back and forth in the wind.  I’ve trained myself to work through anything. 

Jen: With all the books that you write, how do you keep the timelines straight in each book/series?

Nowadays, my editor.  We had a conversation just this morning about the days I’d gotten mixed up in one of the upcoming stories.

Siria & Kate: Do you listen to any music while you write?  If so, could you tell us a few of the artists/song names? 

I do listen to music when I write.  I’m a big fan of Skillet, Evanescence, Red, The Veronicas, Taylor Swift and Decyfer Down.  I have eclectic tastes.

BrookeReviews:  What books have you read recently that you would recommend? 
Because I’m currently immersed in my own paranormal world, I’ve tried to step back a bit from reading other paranormal worlds – not that anything would stop me from reading a new Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione, Karen Moning or Nalini Singh.  (Fine.  I can list lots more paranormal authors I’d read in a heartbeat)  So, any spare reading time I’ve had, and there hasn’t been much, I’ve been picking up Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Jennifer Cruise, rereading my favorites. 

Elizabeth & Susan:  What is the greatest thing about being an author?

Holding the finished product in my hands.  It’s tangible evidence of the blood, sweat and tears I poured into the project.

Holly:  What is the life of a writer really like? 

Wonderful and stressful and rewarding and heartbreaking.  I’m doing what I love, creating, bringing the pictures in my head to life, so that’s wonderful.  Sometimes I have to work seven days a week, from sun up to sun down, to meet a deadline (or three), and then rampant piracy of a project I slaved over, can be stressful.  Hitting bestseller lists, getting feedback about characters or stories can be absolutely rewarding.  Hate mail, bad reviews, sometimes they are a knife through the chest, and that can be heartbreaking.  But overall, I think the life of a writer is utterly fulfilling. 

Cherry:  As an author, do you use real people (friends, family, celebrities) as a mold for any of your characters? 
I’ve used things my family and friends have said, little quirks in their personalities, but I’ve never used the whole person.

Hawkeyegirl: How has the web community (bloggers, Twitter, personal blogs) affected your career? 

I’m not sure.  I know it’s connected me to my readers as nothing else could have, but I don’t know how that affects sales in terms of my career.  Stepping away from the business side of it, though, their feedback has helped me keep going when a story (cough Darkest Lie, Intertwined, Ecstasy In Darkness cough) proved very, very difficult to write.

Brenda, Nastassia & uprobdontknome:  Where do you get the inspiration for your books? 

All kinds of places.  Like with the Lords of the Underworld, I didn’t like that one curious female was blamed for all the world’s misery.  So, that story inspired to rewrite it and blame men.  Sometimes something I see or hear will bring a character or situation to instant life.     

Breiab:  What is your favorite aspect about creating these worlds/characters?

They have to do exactly what I tell them to do.  No, wait.  That’s what I ~wish~ happened.  Stubborn characters.  They run over me all the time.  But to be honest, that might actually be my favorite aspect.  They take on a life of their own and I get to watch them grow and mature.  Although not all of them mature.  William.

Hannah:  How different is your final draft from your very first? 

  My rough drafts are merely bare bones that come in around 70 – 80 thousand words.  The finished book will be over 100 thousand.  I have to connect dots, flesh out characters and plots, add and delete and figure out where I changed my mind about something and make sure everything flows.  Not that I always get it right.  See every mention of my editor LOL 

Lisa: Do you have any rituals you perform to help prepare you to write?

I usually have to have a cup of coffee beside me.  Other than that, I’m pretty easy.

JoJo:  If you could be trapped in any book/series, which would it be and why? 
Immortals After Dark by Kresley Cole.  I want to date all her sexy alpha heroes. 

JoJo: Do you have any questions you always wanted to be asked during an interview?  If so, what is it, and what would your answer be?  (she’s sneaky!)
Interviews honestly scare me, and I usually have Admitters Remorse for weeks afterward, followed by an intense shame spiral, so I don’t think I’ll ever be able to suggest a question for someone to ask me.  I am such a recluse – hard to believe if you’ve seen me do an interpretive dance of Kresley Cole’s career on YouTube, I know I know, you’re scarred for life, but just blame Author Talk – happiest in a shadowed corner escaping everyone’s notice. 

Holly: What other genres would you like to write about in the future? 

I’m working on a non-fiction project right now.  After this, I think I’ve officially tackled everything LOL

Giada:  Do you keep a dream journal? 

Nope.  If I wake up in the middle of the night with a cool dream on my mind, I just email myself then and there.  And sure, I’m half asleep, so those emails usually look something like this: wings fly and he won’t drink milk.  I deal.

Mandy:  Is it hard writing for two different genres? 
It’s actually . . . freeing.  Saves me from burn out.

Victoria:  Where do you find your “Beefcake Mondays” men? 

Google, one of my best friends.

Marlene:  Why did you pick the paranormal genre? 

I love that anything I can imagine is possible.  The only limits are those of my own making.

Lisa:  Do you spend time researching locations, or do you just wing it? 

I Google, I ask around, and then I start making stuff up to fit my needs.  My darling and dear friend PC Cast calls me “The Queen of Making Shit Up.”

BookMarc: What do you think is key to writing a successful character? 

Flaws, maybe.  Real people aren’t perfect, so giving a character flaws makes him/her more identifiable.   


Christie & Ashley: Are you planning on writing anymore books for your Tales of an Extraordinary Girl
I would really really like to, yes, I just have to get a few things off my plate first.  Namely, two more Lords of the Underworld books and Twisted, the sequel to Unraveled, and then another Alien Huntress book.  Sweet heaven!  But those books are already in my publishing schedule, so they have dibs on my time.  Anyway, backtracking.  I would like to tell what happens to Belle and Rome on their hotter than hell honeymoon. 

DemonLover & Vixen Pearl: Will we see more books in the Alien Huntress series? 
Definitely.  Ecstasy in Darkness comes out this October (the blurb is now available on my website!), and I have one more book in that contract.  So, the answer is, there will be at least two more. 

Chelsea B & Rainmaiden: Will there be any more books in the Atlantis series?

I honestly don’t know.  I think I’d like to write a short story about one or two of the characters and tie up some lose ends, as for a full length Atlantis novel . . . there’s nothing percolating in my head right now.  Lately it’s been all Lords all the time.

Maria: How did you come up with the concept for Intertwined?  Can you tell us a little about its sequel? 

I actually first saw the series as something for adults, something dark and terribly tortured.  But I wrote, oh, I don’t know, three chapters, and trashed them.  (Numbers rate right up there with time– I lose track)  Anyway, they didn’t work.  So I tried again.  Trashed them again.  Then I started playing with Aden’s age and boom, everything began to fall into place. 

And, to be honest, Intertwined was actually a book I wrote in a dot to dot manner.  I knew Aden (dot one), knew the souls inside his head (dot two).  Then Mary Ann stepped on the page (dot three)  Then their . . . reaction to each happened (dot four)  I didn’t know anything more than the reader at that point.  So, it was then a matter of connecting the dots.  Why did he have the souls?  What did Mary Ann mean to him?  Why did they have that reaction to each other?  What happened afterward? 

As for Unraveled, well, everything is falling apart for Aden, Mary Ann, Riley and Victoria.  They have the death curse hanging over their heads, Aden – the supposed new vampire king – is being forced to date other vampires so that he can pick a queen, but the old king may or may not be dead.  Mary Ann is developing an ability she can’t control and the fairies are out for blood.  But other than that, not much is going on LOL 

Wow, well thank you so much for stopping by Gena and answering all of these great questions!  You are more than welcome to come back and visit anytime you want :)

Don't forget: all 5 of Gena's Lords of the Underworld giveaways end on  TUESDAY MAY, 25!    Just in time for The Darkest Passion's release!

Friday, May 21, 2010

The Darkest Passion by Gena Showalter

For weeks, the immortal warrior Aeron has sensed an invisible female presence. An angel-demon-assassin-has been sent to kill him. Or has she? Olivia claims she fell from the heavens, giving up immortality because she couldn't bear to harm him. But trusting-and falling for-Olivia will endanger them all. So how has this "mortal" with the huge blue eyes already unleashed Aeron's darkest passion?

Now, with an enemy hot on his trail and his faithful demon companion determined to remove Olivia from his life, Aeron is trapped between duty and consuming desire. Worse still, a new executioner has been sent to do the job Olivia wouldn't....

Obtained: Netgalley
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Lords of the Underworld
1.  The Darkest Night (book review)
2.  The Darkest Kiss (book review)
3.  The Darkest Pleasure (book review)
4.  The Darkest Whisper (book review)
5.  The Darkest Passion
My Rating:
Aeron and Strider have, like I said, surpassed Paris, and are now my favorite lords in Gena's wonderful little world.  To find out that I could read this awesome novel in March was the highlight of the start to my spring break.  Who couldn't love Wrath and the man stuck with that little demon of fun?  This book was amazing that I have awarded it the Faerie of Honor rating.  (Want to learn more about this highly regarded rating?  Go here!)

Aeron, the keeper of Wrath, scorns the idea of love.  Why would he, of all people, ever need to be taken care of?  Better yet, is there anyone he could allow close to him that Wrath wouldn't want to punish for their sins?  The answer comes in the form of beautiful Olivia, a fallen angel who has sacrificed everything to be with a man who infatuates her. 

Yet all is not right.  Aeron resists Oliva's advances.  He neither needs an angel, nor a woman.  He has Legion--his surrogate daughter--the only being able to calm Wrath's bloodlust.... Or is she?

My Opinion:
I haven't laughed this hard while reading a book in ages.  Olivia is by far my favorite of all of Gena's female characters, with Anya and Gwen coming in a close second.  This fallen angel was hilarious, awkward, cute, sexy, assertive, stubborn, and so sweet that I wish she was real so I could meet her to give her a hug.  She was not a weak character, by any means.  If anything, I would deem her admirable--a role model of some sorts.  If more women were confident like Olivia, the world would be a better place.

Aeron, in comparison, is such a tortured and abused character in Gena's world.  I admired his persona, especially in The Darkest Pleasure, for his ability to resist orders for as long as he did.  Despite Wrath gnawing away at his sanity, Aeron held on until the very end.  His stubborn streak in The Darkest Passion, and the mini-war with Wrath over accepting Olivia, had me in hysterics.  The dialogue betwixt warriors and their demons definitely is one of my favorite aspects of this series.

Gena's writing has indeed improved since Maddox's tale, and her humor has far exceeded my expectations.  One of the highlights of reading anything by Gena is her ability to make make me smile, despite what may or may not be going on in my life.  She expertly weaves tale after tale, enticing me to forget everything else and become absorbed with the characters and the plot. 

I feel as if with each book I read, the characters become more and more real, The Darkest Passion no exception to this.  In fact, I would not be surprised if, at some point, Aeron and Olivia simply walked out of my computer screen while I was reading.

The twist at the end of this book made my jaw drop.  I literally had to scroll back up and re-read the whole scene, due to the suspicion that I forgot how to read in general.  Either that, or I thought I was losing my mind and imagining it all.  Wow.  Just wow.

Although I have read this online, I will not hesitate to purchase Gena's fifth installment.  In fact, I already pre-ordered it!  Unsure of whether or not to purchase this book or series?  Well, you shouldn't be!  If you're looking for a paranormal romance with a great plot, three dimensional characters, and sizzling bedroom scenes, then Aeron and Olivia's story is the one for you.

And as a side note, I am now officially depressed due to the fact that Strider's book doesn't come out until July 2011.  I can't last a whole year...!

Favorite Snippet
(pg. 154 in the ARC)

"More.  Yes.  More--No!  Damn it.  Threaten her, Wrath.  That'll send me fleeing the room, surely.


Is that the only word you know?

More, damn you.

Aeron snarled.  No one wanted to cooperate today."

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Darkest Whisper by Gena Showalter

Bound by the demon of Doubt, Sabin unintentionally destroys even the most confident of lovers.

So the immortal warrior spends his time on the battlefield instead of the bedroom, victory his only concern until he meets Gwendolyn the Timid. One taste of the beautiful redhead, and he craves more.

Gwen, an immortal herself, always thought she'd fall for a kind human who wouldn't rouse her darker side. But when Sabin frees her from prison, battling their enemies for the claim to Pandora's box turns out to be nothing compared to the battle Sabin and Gwen will wage against love.

Obtained: Bought
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Lords of the Underworld
1.  The Darkest Night (book review)
2.  The Darkest Kiss (book review)
3.  The Darkest Pleasure (book review)
4.  The Darkest Whisper 
5.  The Darkest Passion (book review)
My Rating:
Really, 4.5?  I'm shocked.  Scroll down and see why!

Gwendolyn the Timid is a harpy searching for normalcy.  Normalcy, however, dances just out of her reach, only to fizzle away upon a certain encounter with Hunters.  Now, Gwen is trapped, forced into captivity, and too weary to free herself.

Lucky for her, Sabin and the immortal warriors are there to save the day.  Or maybe she's not so lucky.  When the Keeper of Doubt and the young Harpy lock gazes, all else seems to fade away.  Now Sabin is determined to convince the young woman to join in the fight against the Hunters, no matter what the cost.

My Opinion:
I didn't know much about Gwen, and I admit, I was not interested in Sabin's story.  When this second group of warriors were introduced to the series, Sabin was my least favorite of them all.  He was arrogant, seemingly selfish, and annoying.  I actually skipped the fourth book, deciding to read it after Aeron's story (due to my curiosity about Harpies, and holes in the story for me since I missed a whole book's worth of events).

I am an idiot for waiting this long to read The Darkest Whisper.  Who would have thought that Sabin would suddenly become one of my favorite characters?  Definitely not me.  Initially I found myself rolling my eyes as I read the first few pages in his point of view.  He was exactly as I remembered him.... until he and Gwen crossed paths.  Then I was smitten.  Hello sexy alpha male.

This book also made me dislike Paris a bit more.  Sienna is one of those characters that simply irked me--Hunter or not.  Initially I was in love with the Keeper of Promiscuity...until he fell for her.  I think it's because she was so cruel, and sounded plain and boring.  With him pining after her, and turning into a recluse, a part of me grew disappointed.  Here was a character full of such vitality.  Now without this woman, he's transformed into a shade of his former self.  Granted this was intentional, and I probably feel the same way Aeron does, but... I guess it's all part of Gena's evil master plan, and their reunion--if there is one--will be bittersweet and heartbreaking.

Anyway, I find it amazing how my favorites have changed so often throughout the series.  As of right now, Strider (whose story I need NOW) and Aeron are tied for first, Sabin for second, Gideon's third, and then Paris is fourth.

Gwen is also one of the female heroines that I adore now.  Her transformation throughout the course of The Darkest Whisper was not only astonishing, but also awe inspiring.  Here is this timid woman who rejects her identity, preferring normalcy over all else.  Now she has become a figure even the demon Doubt might hesitate to mess with.  She is the perfect fit for Sabin personality-wise, in the bedroom, and in regards to leadership.  Love it!

I was depressed when this book concluded.  Now I have no more Lords to read about until Gideon's story comes out.  Those of you, however, who have not read this series need to start ASAP--you are seriously missing out on a masterpiece.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Darkest Pleasure by Gena Showalter

Reyes is a man possessed.

Bound by the demon of pain, he is forbidden to know pleasure. Yet he craves a mortal woman, Danika Ford, more than breath and will do anything to claim her—even defy the gods.

Danika is on the run. For months she's eluded the Lords of the Underworld, immortal warriors who won't rest until she and her fami ly have been destroyed. But her dreams are haunted by Reyes, the warrior whose searing touch she can't forget. Yet a future together could mean death to all they both hold dear.…

Obtained: Bought
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Lords of the Underworld
1.  The Darkest Night (book review)
2.  The Darkest Kiss (book review)
3.  The Darkest Pleasure
4.  The Darkest Whisper (book review)
5.  The Darkest Passion (book review)
My Rating:
Re-read this story.


Reyes, keeper of Pain, cannot experience pleasure without pain.  This equates to bringing pain into the bedroom, drawing out the violent natures of those he sleeps with.  Due to this, Reyes has refused taking any future sex partners.  Who would ever want to draw out the worst in someone?

All of this changes upon seeing Danika.  While he doesn't try to bed her--for fear of corrupting her pure spirit--he does lust after her.  This lust conflicts with his desire to keep her safe, especially from a Lord succumbing to his bloodlust, hellbent on destroying her and her family.

My Opinion:
Upon discovering a few years ago that the third book in this series would be about Reyes, I was excited to see the direction Gena would take.  How would Danika and Reyes cope with Pain?  If you were thinking what I was at the time, she would probably take a kinky direction towards her love scenes, ones that would probably make me gape.

Strangely enough, instead of being mesmerized by Reyes and Danika, this is the book where I originally began to pity and respect Aeron's character. Reyes and Danika were a great read--even if I felt that Danika was a bit whiney and annoying at times--yet it was Aeron's character who resonated with me the most.  How would it feel to be that consumed by bloodlust, commanded to kill one of your best friend's lovers?  How would it feel to be chained away because you couldn't be trusted?

I admit that a part of me was cheering for Danika to be taken out.  Particularly after the incident with the Hunters and her continued rejection.  She was so brutal at times, whereas, Reyes was tortured.  He genuinely cared for her, yet she kept shoving his feelings back into his face.  That is the type of quality that I frown down upon in a person, and in this case, a character.  Then again, sometimes I take my frustrations out on the people I care about when I'm stressed out too, so I can't look down upon the woman too much.

With that in mind, I will simply acknowledge that she was not one of my favorites.  Ironic that the two human females are my least favorite in the series.  Go figure.  Despite my initial distaste for Danika, she redeemed herself by the end of the book.  Oh, and by the way, the conclusion was a HUGE shock the first time I read this.  It also made me respect Paris that much more, too.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Darkest Kiss by Gena Showalter

She has tempted many men… but never found her equal.

Until now.

Though she has lived for centuries, Anya, goddess of anarchy, has never known pleasure. Until Lucien, the incarnation of death—a warrior eternally doomed to take souls to the hereafter. He draws her like no other. And Anya will risk anything to have him.

But when the merciless Lord of the Underworld is ordered by the gods to claim Anya herself, their uncontrollable attraction becomes an anguished pursuit. Now they must defeat the unconquerable forces that control them, before their thirst for one another demands a sacrifice of love beyond imagining…

Obtained: Bought
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Lords of the Underworld
1.  The Darkest Night (book review)
2.  The Darkest Kiss
3.  The Darkest Pleasure (book review)
4.  The Darkest Whisper (book review)
5.  The Darkest Passion (book review)
My Rating:
Re-read this story.  Still one of my favorite books of this series.

Typically, women would find the keeper of Promiscuity as the most attractive of them all.  As the keeper of Death, Lucien accepted that, understood that his scars would repel women.  He was satisfied with his life of leading the Lords without any distractions.

He wasn't expecting a particular minor goddess, a sexy little outspoken creature, to take an interest in him.  Was this a game?  What was wrong with her for being attracted to a creature such as he?

Just as this idea of getting to know Anya--minor goddess of Anarchy--floats into his mind, he is commanded to execute her.  What will he do now?

My Opinion:
Lucien's insecurity re-broke my heart, despite me knowing the outcome of this tale.  His character was such a respectable one, admirable in so many ways.  Despite being the keeper of Death, Lucien had a cool hold on his temper, never once letting it flare.  He is, in my eyes, the most levelheaded of them all.

Anya is--just like Ashlyn was for Maddox--the perfect match for Lucien.  She is such a fun, strong, kick-ass feminine lead.  I will even go so far as to say that she is one of my top favorite ladies in this series because she brings such lightheartedness into the scenes she's in.

Once again Gena has written an amazing book to continue in her Lords series.  Each new set of characters introduced in these books all differ in so many fun and interesting ways.  The best part?  When I first read The Darkest Kiss, I still had no idea which direction Gena would take in this series.  Even now, 5 books in, I still don't know what will happen.

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter

His powers -- Inhuman
His passion -- Beyond immortal . . .

All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she'll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member -- a man trapp ed in a hell of his own.

Neither can resist the instant hunger than calms their torments . . . and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction -- and a soul-shattering test of love . . .

Obtained: Bought
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Lords of the Underworld
1.  The Darkest Night
2.  The Darkest Kiss (book review)
3.  The Darkest Pleasure (book review)
4.  The Darkest Whisper (book review)
5.  The Darkest Passion (book review)
My Rating:
Re-read this story.  It was just as good as I remembered.

Maddox is the keeper of Violence, a demon that causes the poor immortal to be susceptible to fits of rage.  Cursed to repeat the same ministrations of a death every single night for the rest of eternity, it's no wonder that Maddox is feeling a bit moody.

All that seems to change, however, when he meets the mysterious and gentle Ashlyn.  She appears to be a normal human being, but there's something unique about her--and not just the way she soothes Violence, either.

My Opinion:
I had originally stumbled upon Gena's writing through Kresley Cole.  Being an rabid avid IAD fan, and since it was suggested to check out this new Lords of the Underworld series, I bought the first book. 

Even in 2008, I understood the first time I read The Darkest Night that I had stumbled upon an amazing author with major potential, and an equally amazing storyline.  This is one of the most unique series that I have come across while reading paranormal romances.  Add that with the fact that these heroes are sexy, sexy men, and you've got yourself a recipe for lots of smitten readers. 

Ashlyn is delicate and peaceful--the perfect counter to the keeper of Violence.  This gentle, almost motherly nature worked for the story, however I remained somewhat unsatisfied.  I enjoy my heroines when they are tough, outspoken, and crazy.  Despite my preferences to kick-ass female leads, I could not help but like Ashlyn anyway.  She wormed her way into my heart.

Maddox was delicious.  He is the first of the males in this series that you encounter, and he does not disappoint.  It was such an interesting approach by making someone who was so susceptible to violent rampages to be overly protective of those he held dear.  The way he acts around Ashlyn made my heart melt.  What a guy!

Overall, while some may not prefer the docile feminine lead, The Darkest Night is a fantastic start to a sizzling hot series you would regret not reading.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Faerie of Honor Rating


Faerie of Honor Books:

(click on the titles to go to my reviews)

Highly Recommended Authors:
I've decided to include a list of authors I absolutely adore.  You cannot go wrong reading any of their titles.  I've also included some of the (paranormal) genres that they write for those of you unfamiliar, or who are just starting out reading said genre.  I hope this helps!
  • Anne Bishop (dark fantasy, paranormal* romance)
  • Kresley Cole (paranormal romance)  She also has a WONDERFUL Highlander series
  • Gena Showalter (paranormal romance)
  • Patricia Briggs (urban fantasy / paranormal romance)
  • Larissa Ione (paranormal romance)
  • Faith Hunter (urban fantasy)
  • Sharon Ashwood (paranormal romance)
  • Lauren Oliver (young adult)
  • Meljean Brook (steampunk)
  • Stephanie Perkins (young adult / contemporary)
*I use the term paranormal romance here loosely.  I view Bishop's series as fantasy > paranormal.  But there's also romance.

What are the guidelines for this?  

The Faerie of Honor is a rating awarded to 5-wing book reviews that blew me away.  Any books that were skillfully written and contain three or more of the following points have the potential of receiving this special recognition:
  • A strong, thought-provoking and/or jaw-dropping plot.
  • A creatively brilliant, original story-line.
  • A compelling hero and/or heroine.
  • Vivid, convincing secondary characters.
  • A unique voice (ie: author’s writing style).
  • Characters and/or scenes that make me cry*
  • A book that I crave to re-read and will re-read**
*Crying entails bawling, not a slight tearing in the eyes. Either way, both rarely happen for me. **I don’t re-read books, so when I stumble upon a book I crave to read and do read again at a later point, it is automatically a keeper.

Like the image accompanying this post?  I did too!  In fact, I’m in love with it.  If you go to [Den3221’s Deviant Art Profile], you can visit the insanely talented artist who designed this fairy image.  You should check out his gallery; there are plenty of other images to die for, including a colored version of this very fairy.  If you think Den’s drawing skills are divine, just wait until you see the colored drawings he’s done ;)

Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld Week

Welcome everyone!  Gena Showalter and I have organized a wonderful week of events, all of which you will not want to miss! 

You can refer back to this post at any time for all the links to the events.  There will also be a sticky at the top of my blog that will direct you back to this page.

Here's what we've got in store for this wonderful Lords of the Underworld week!

May 17th- The Darkest Night Book Review + Giveaway
May 18th- The Darkest Kiss Book Review + Giveaway
May 19th- The Darkest Pleasure Book Review + Giveaway
May 20th- The Darkest Whisper Book Review + Giveaway
May 21st- The Darkest Passion Book Review + Giveaway
May 22nd- Author Interview with Gena Showalter

All giveaways will end by Tuesday, May 25th to celebrate The Darkest Passion's release day.

Good luck to everyone!  I hope you all have as much fun this week as I did organizing this with Gena!