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 :)


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

BOTS 2: Kelly Meding

Hello, hotness!

When I was asked to participate in the Battle of the Sexies: Sidekicks, my first instinct was to pick a sidekick from someone else's book. I was sure I could think up a list of at least half a dozen yummy choices, and then narrow that down. Unfortunately, one of my own characters kicked me in the shin and decided he wanted a little attention.

So I present my choice for fiction's sexiest sidekick: Phineas el Chimal.

Phin is a Therian, aka a shapeshifter, aka a were-osprey. His first appearance in the Dreg City series is in book two, AS LIE THE DEAD. (Okay, technically, he was kind of in THREE DAYS TO DEAD, but only in an off-the-cuff, mentioned-in-conversation kind of way.) And I think Phin makes quite the entrance, if I do say so myself: dropping from the sky to land on a parked car and scaring the crap out of my series protagonists Evy and Wyatt.

You know right away that Phin's sexy as all get out. He's tall, lean, and shirtless, with just the right amount of muscles and piercing blue eyes. Plus, the guy has wings! Pretty brown angel- style wings on his back that he can make appear and disappear at will. And don't forget he's a shapeshifter! We all know that werewolves are hot, but other shifters never seem to get their fair share of attention—especially birds-of-prey.

We also know that sexy is more than just good looks and ripped abs. Sexy is also in personality and in actions. Phin comes from a race of warriors (stay tuned for book 4), and he's fiercely loyal to his Clan and to his allies. It's this loyalty that makes him so much like Evy, and why they initially find it hard to trust each other. Each one has a goal, each will do whatever it takes to achieve that goal, and each has an honorable streak that keeps them from outright betraying the other.

Phin also speaks his mind. He has no time for bullshit and no patience for it from others. And what's sexier than honesty? Granted, sometimes too much honesty can be problematic, but you can always count on straight talk from a Therian—which occasionally leads to a pretty funny one-liner.

There's also a lot of heartbreaking tragedy in Phin's past, and the right amount of angst just adds sexy to any character. He's seen his entire Clan, except for three members, murdered by humans. He's lost his own immediate family (stay tuned for book 4), but that never stops him from trying to help others. And he's in the unique and tragic position of protecting a three-member Clan whose immediate future is very, very shaky. If they truly are the last of the Coni Clan, will their kind die out with the newborn Ava? It's a question Phin has to address very soon.

So to recap: wings, loyalty, and angst. Really, what more do you need in a sexy sidekick?


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  1. Great giveaway.. would love to win this.. Shannon S. -- calitigerlilly@yahoo.COM

  2. Thanks for running the giveaway.

    sgiden at verizon.net

  3. Great giveaway - this series looks pretty good.

    Good reading ~ Escape by Fiction :)

  4. Thanks for the giveaway!


  5. Yay for BOTS 2!!!

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    Michelle (@OBoyledBooks)

  6. thanks! will also retweet!! (@julitaylor90) - email: julitaylor90 (at) gmail (dot) com


  7. Again I'm so excited this is back..

  8. Looks awesome - Thanks!


  9. This is so fun!! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!!
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  10. Pick me!

  11. I would love to win this giveaway!


  12. Great post and giveaway.
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  13. Wow great post. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  14. I've never heard of a were-osprey before. After reading this post, I'm certainly open to the possibilities! Thanks for the giveaway. (Email in profile.)

  15. I think Phineas makes an awesome sidekick and I can't wait to read more about him in Another Kind of Dead.

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  16. Cooolll! Thanks for the chance to win!!


  17. I would love to read about Phin!


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  18. I think that Phineas is cool. How many people have a were-osprey for a sidekick. The series sounds interesting and I would love to win.


  19. I've been meaning to try Kelly Meding's books so thank you for the chance.

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  20. This is a great series that I've enjoyed so far. Would love to win this-thanks for the awesome contest.

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