Category Archives: Sharon Ashwood

[COVER ART] Scorched – Sharon Ashwood

Cover art for Sharon Ashwood’s Scorched, due for release in the US and Canada on December 1st. Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

November 2008 Reads

November 2008 Releases & December 2008 Releases. Check for any you may have missed or need to pre-order.

Now onto the 7 books I read in November 2008:

Martin Misunderstood – Karin Slaughter “…strange but enjoyable…This is not your standard tale of romance, yet these tragic characters do make a realistic couple.” Buy

Swung – Ewan Morrison “I believed it, that this situation and these characters are very real. This novel is truthful…David and Alice’s thoughts and feelings will probably ring familiar.” Buy

Platinum – Jennifer Lynn Barnes “…a fun read…if only the author’s The Squad books were published in Australia…” Buy

Swallowing Darkness – Laurell K. Hamilton “One can’t deny that the author has quite the imagination…” Buy

Living with the Dead – Kelley Armstrong “But what’s most disturbing and intriguing about the kumpania is who’s living underground – and why. It truly makes you step back and look on in awe of the author’s ideas. Wow.” Buy

I Can Has Cheezburger? – Professor Happycat & “…you’re sure to find a LOLcat to show how you’re feeling…” Buy

Ravenous – Sharon Ashwood “Sharon Ashwood gives good haunted house…Ravenous should go down a treat for paranormal romance fans…” Buy

[REVIEW] Ravenous – Sharon Ashwood

Sharon Ashwood
Ravenous (The Dark Forgotten, Book 1)
Penguin NAL Signet Eclipse (US: 3rd February 2009; CA: 5th February 2009)

Sharon Ashwood gives good haunted house in her paranormal romance, Ravenous.

Ghost-busting grab student Holly Carver is a witch out to make tuition money, but the Flanders House is no easy job. Six people have entered the building, but none have emerged yet. So in goes Holly and her vampire partner Alessandro Caravelli to investigate. Work of demons is definitely afoot, but that takes some kind of sorcery, so who’s the mastermind?

The author’s website proclaims this as “urban fantasy romance”. Ah…no. I much agree with the publisher’s label of “paranormal romance”. The first three chapters are intriguing, and Flanders House makes for one hell of an interesting read. But the rest of the novel doesn’t live up to it, though there are worthy scenes here and there.

The problem lies mainly with the characters. Long-haired, leather-clad vampire Alessandro has superficial qualities (if you go for that unoriginal type), but otherwise I can’t really describe his character. He doesn’t come alive. Same with Holly, bordering on being a Mary Sue – three guys fancy her (including her 1 tru wuv, so the others have to be evil, right?) for no particular reason I can see other than she’s there. And Holly has a lot of powerful magic, only it’s crippled in the beginning. But of course it’s conveniently restored for her to defeat the baddies, but I would’ve respected her more if her powers had remained handicapped.

A childhood accident led to Holly’s magic being crippled, but for me her sister Ashe Carver deserves her own novel. She has the more interesting story: Ashe had magic, and then she lost it for good. So how is she dealing with paranormal problems when she no longer has her powers?

The author has the potential to write some really interesting stuff. But for now her characters need to step out from their prescribed cardboard cut-outs and become more like real people. Ravenous should go down a treat for paranormal romance fans, but urban fantasy readers might be less than impressed.


Manny with Sharon Ashwood’s Ravenous ARC. I’m using the laptop, and he’s now sitting beside me. Still, this time, after he kept trying to play with the USB’s strap. Think he likes the heat the laptop generates.

New Arrival

Sharon Ashwood
Ravenous (The Dark Forgotten, Book 1)
Penguin Signet Eclipse (US: 3rd February 2009; CA: 5th February 2009)

Holly Carver is a witch who sometimes relies on the help of Alessandro Caravelli for her family’s preternatural investigations business. Alessandro is the oldest and strongest vampire in Fairview – and he’s made no secret of his desire for Holly. But while she aches to succumb to his suggestive wiles, she knows it would be an invitation to trouble. Then Alessandro’s queen, Omara, complicates matters when she turns up in Fairview to enlist his help. Sultry and manipulative, she is jealous of Alessandro’s feelings for Holly, and demands he use Holly to trap Geneva – the most evil demon of all.

This just arrived on my doorstep. Keep an eye out soon for a review, but I have to finish reading and reviewing something else first…

Happy Birthday, Sharon Ashwood & Naomi Bellis

Today is 28th July, and we have two birthdays: Sharon Ashwood and Naomi Bellis. Give them the gift of royalties by pre-ordering Shaz’s Ravenous, and buying Naomi’s Step into Darkness, Draw Down the Darkness and Theft of Shadows.

[COVER ART] Hunter’s Prayer – Lilith Saintcrow; The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance & Pre-Orders

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Lilith Saintcrow
Hunter’s Prayer (Jill Kismet, Book 2)
Hachette Orbit (26th August 2008)

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Trisha Telep (ed.)
The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance
Perseus Running Press (28th July 2008)

Mario Acevedo
Jailbait Zombie (Felix Gomez, Book 4)
HarperCollins Eos (24th February 2009)

Ann Aguirre
Blue Diablo (Corine Solomon, Book 1)
Penguin Roc (7th April 2009)

Sharon Ashwood
Ravenous (The Dark Forgotten, Book 1)
Penguin Signet (3rd February 2009)

Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Fate (Bailey Morgan, Book 2)
Random House Delacorte (10th March 2009)

Cassandra Clare
City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, Book 3)
Simon & Schuster Margaret K. McElderry (24th March 2009)

Carrie Ryan

The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Random House Delacorte (April 2009)

[COVER ART] Ravenous – Sharon Ashwood & Cats with Books

(The first image is from here. The rest are from here).

Cover art for Sharon Ashwood‘s Ravenous (January 2009), the first book in the Dark Forgotten series.

Manny with Jennifer Worick & Joe Borgenicht’s The Action Heroine’s Handbook (October 2003), Rachel Caine‘s Glass Houses (3rd October 2006).

Am 59 pages into Michelle Maddox‘s Countdown (29th July 2008), and it is so freaking awesome. A thriller that actually is thrilling. Who needs Michelle Rowen when you can have Michelle Maddox? 😉

Introducing Sharon Ashwood

Manny’s fine. Picked him up yesterday, and he didn’t yowl. He did squirm, but that’s because he was on the way to his food dish when I intercepted him 😉 So no vet visit, which is a relief to us all, Manny included.

Have you heard of Sharon Ashwood? I only found out about her recently, and she’s from that glorious of countries: Canada. Whether her works are set there or not, I don’t know – but I certainly hope they are.

Her novel Ravenous will be released in January 2009 from Signet Eclipse, a Penguin imprint:

Holly Carver is a small-time witch who busts ghosts for tuition money, but ends up wrangling a demon when a haunted house job goes bad.

Her Undead business associate, Alessandro Caravelli, suspects the demon is somebody’s not-so-secret weapon. The supernatural community is at war, and Holly’s unpredictable magic holds the key to hell’s doorway. Soon Holly is on everyone’s “must have” list, and not in a good way.

Alessandro wants her for more than magic. A lover with six centuries of experience, the vampire is walking seduction, but he’s also a predator. Every moment he spends guarding Holly, every second he spends falling under her witch’s spell, he becomes more and more of a threat himself. As Holly’s sharp-tongued grandma warns her: vampires are like a box of rich chocolate – they seem so tempting, but over-indulgence is a killer…

Thanks for the synopsis, Shaz. It may not be the official one (release is still about nine months away), but it gives readers an overview.

Stay tuned for more Sharon Ashwood news as it comes to hand.

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