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Jennifer Armintrout: Ashes to Ashes (UK) Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Ally Condie: Matched Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Megan Hart: Exit Light
Caitlin Kittredge: Pure Blood (UK) Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Yolanda Sfetsos: Unnatural
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Lightworld/Darkworld – Jennifer Armintrout

Jennifer Armintrout is one awesome chick. This isn’t part of her official bio; just my opinion πŸ˜‰ From the Blood Ties series, I could tell she had a decent sense of humour, and her blog confirmed that. And the PODcast πŸ˜‰

Jen has a new series (unrelated to the Blood Ties series) debuting this year, and the world building sounds new and intriguing. And since info of Lightworld/Darkworld hasn’t flooded the blogosphere yet…I’ll do it πŸ˜‰

Behind the cut (if you’re reading this on a feed) is info for all three Lightworld/Darkworld novels: Queene of Light, Child of Darkness and Veil of Shadows. Until then, you can purchase the Blood Ties series, and remind Jen that she’s awesome (in case she forgets) πŸ˜‰

PODcast (Feed)

The Turning: Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Possession: Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Ashes to Ashes: Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
All Souls’ Night: Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Blood Ties (Bundle): Kindle

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Happy Birthday, Jennifer Armintrout; Cat with Books; & Bring Me My Hookah

Today is July 15th – Jennifer Armintrout’s birthday. Give her the gift of royalties by purchasing The Turning, Possession, Ashes to Ashes and All Souls’ Night.

Manny with Elaura Niles’s Some Writers Deserve to Starve!, Michele Lang’s Netherwood, Jeff Somers’s The Electric Church and The Digital Plague, and the Hotter than Hell anthology.

Spent mucho time watching the videos at Bring Me My Hookah! (aka Lauren Dane & Megan Hart), and I so want to vlog. Do you need a webcam, or any kind of recording video camera? If so, what’s a good and cheap one? And what kind of video editing software do you need? Anyway, check out Lauren and Megan and their summer hijinks – they’re a lot of fun πŸ™‚

The 10 Books I Read in May

Jennifer Armintrout: Ashes to Ashes: “Plenty of vomit and severed digits to satisfy gore fans, witticisms to appease the humorous and alternate history for those not impressed with the real world.” Review Buy

Rachel Cohn: You Know Where to Find Me: “This is intense, emotional stuff, with characters I wish I’d had in my life…Thought-provoking, emotionally draining and forces (unintentionally or otherwise) readers to undertake personal reflection…Powerful and memorable in a way that very few novels are – put simply: a must-read.” Review Buy

Anya Bast: Witch Fire: “The author has some interesting ideas, and I look forward to learning more about the elements and what they do…The world-building is interesting enough that I’m already reading the sequel.” Review Buy

Anya Bast: Witch Blood: “A step up from its predecessor…Anya Bast is doing what all authors should be doing: improving with each novel. I’m really looking forward to reading The Chosen Sin, future Elemental Witches instalments and whatever else the author has in store for us.” Review Buy

Jennifer Rardin: Once Bitten, Twice Shy: “An urban fantasy featuring the CIA and a sense of humour…Quite interesting. Indeed, Chapter Twenty is memorable, so keep your eye out for that…Jennifer Rardin is an author to watch.” Review Buy

Jennifer Rardin: Another One Bites the Dust: “Ever experience blackouts, and regain consciousness to find yourself holding a gun to your own head? This makes for fascinating reading…” Review Buy

Jennifer Rardin: Biting the Bullet: “I have much respect for the author featuring some creatures not usually found in current fiction. Top marks for originality…” Review Buy

Laurell K. Hamilton: Blood Noir: “The relationships between Jason, Anita, the Schuylers and the Summerlands’ various guards and spin doctors is really quite interesting – sometimes it’s understandable why the author is a bestseller.” Review Buy

Kelley Armstrong: Personal Demon: “Gobsmacked me with its brilliance and sheer originality…It really justifies the author as my favourite.” Review Buy

Sydney Bauer: Gospel: A good read, but it felt too long.

[REVIEW] Ashes to Ashes – Jennifer Armintrout

Jennifer Armintrout
Ashes to Ashes (Blood Ties, Book 3)
MIRA (1st August 2007)

The third instalment in the Blood Ties series begins with a creepy prologue, then fades into melodrama before the real action begins. Carrie, Nathan, Cyrus, Max and Bella find themselves battling the Soul Eater and the Oracle…as well as, oftentimes, each other. Plenty of vomit and severed digits to satisfy gore fans, witticisms to appease the humorous and alternate history for those not impressed with the real world. It does get a bit incredulous with an invisibility spell, and knowing each other’s thoughts through blood ties, but is redeemed by the new ideas the crafty author brings to the genre.

Cat with Books

Kristopher Reisz once pondered if Manny’s facial expressions demonstrate his feelings towards the books he’s photographed with. So let’s analyse photos taken this afternoon:

Jennifer Armintrout’s Ashes to Ashes: Cutest photo of the bunch – I think he likes Dr Carrie.

Yasmine Galenorn’s Darkling: I’d forgotten I’d photographed him with this before, but this one’s better.

Adrian Phoenix’s A Rush of Wings: One eye open, one eye shut – yes, my cat looks deranged.

Jennifer Rardin’s Biting the Bullet: Doesn’t look impressed, but he’s Australian – what would he know about guns? πŸ˜‰

Caitlin Kittredge’s Night Life: Disdainful – might be wondering why a cat owner wrote about a werewolf instead of werecats.

Keri Arthur’s The Darkest Kiss: Photo session over – back to naptime.

Cover Art for Laurell K Hamilton’s SWALLOWING DARKNESS

Found the cover art for Laurell K Hamilton’s Swallowing Darkness today. Am pretty sure that’s a naked body and some form of sword, but I’m not familiar enough with weaponry to tell you what kind. Judging by the title, Merry will go down on Doyle, but that’s just a random guess. A Lick of Frost had a really interesting final 80 pages, if I remember correctly, which gives me hope that the series might be improving. Good news, everyone.

Today’s been a topsy-turvy day. Seethed in the morning (as usual). Received a mail that my library reservation of Jennifer Armintrout’s Ashes to Ashes was ready for my collection, and I think it’s on my bed right now. (But I’ve got to finish the book I’m currently reading first.)

So I go to the bank to withdraw cash so I can post something. Only “insufficient funds”. Meaning there was not even $20 in my account, and I even tried two different ATMs. Anyway, the problem was that I didn’t realise that my incoming PayPal payments don’t go straight to my bank account – they wait in PayPal until I transfer them over myself, which I did this arvo. But it’s made me feel really, really broke.

But more good points: a great friend asked me for plot advice. Which made me feel like my opinion is worth something, and that never fails to brighten my day πŸ™‚

And then I received an email from a paranormal romance fan in Zambia. I know I bitch a lot about how not every US/UK book makes it to Australia. If they do, it’s because they’re imported in by Australians who then sell them on their websites or eBay – which is why I’ve bought so many urban fantasy books on eBay Australia. Anyway, if I thought it’s hard to come across my chosen books in Australia, the situation’s even worse in Zambia. Which makes me realise how spoiled we are in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. And that we should help our foreign friends when they need us. Call it good karma, or whatever, but I do like knowing I’ve made someone’s day or at least made them smile. Which makes me think that maybe I’m not such a selfish bitch after all, believe it or not πŸ˜‰