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[CONTEST WINNERS] Savor Me Slowly – Gena Showalter

It’s Monday 10th November, and 9AM just passed. The powers that be at http://www.random.org/integers/ have selected these 5 people as winners:

3. Jennifer Snyder
10. Brooke
14. Beverly
12. Darby Lohrding
13. Wendy

The winners have been emailed, but if any of them fail to reply to me with their non-PO Box snail-mail US address before Monday 17th November (9AM Melbourne time), I’ll select another winner.

Even if you didn’t win, you can still purchase any (or all) of Gena Showalter’s Alien Huntress books. I highly recommend the two Teen ones: Red Handed and Blacklisted. The already published adult novels are Awaken Me Darkly, Enslave Me Sweetly and Savor Me Slowly. There’ll also be an Alien Huntress novella in the anthology Not That Innocent. And I noticed yesterday that the next full-length novel is up for pre-order: Seduce the Darkness.

September 2008 Reads

Reminder: September 2008 Releases & October 2008 Releases.

Blood Bound – Patricia Briggs “…a decent read.” Buy

Night Child – Jes BattisNight Child stands above most…Definitely one of my favourite books of the year…” Buy

Netherwood – Michele Lang “…outstanding, a true example of fabulous world-building…if you’re looking for an ace setting with vivid detail, you’ve come to the right book.” Buy

The Bride of Casa Dracula – Marta Acosta “Highly quotable, this third book is the best in the series…” Buy

Blood Lite – Kevin J. Anderson (ed.) Pre-order

Night Shift – Lilith Saintcrow “…enjoy the ride…a good, different read.” Buy

Awaken Me Darkly – Gena Showalter “Fascinating world-building and a unique serial killer make Gena Showalter’s Awaken Me Darkly an engrossing read.” Buy

[REVIEW] Awaken Me Darkly – Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter
Awaken Me Darkly (Alien Huntress, Book 1)
Simon & Schuster Downtown Press (US: 1st March 2006; UK: 4th June 2008; AU: 5th May 2006)

Fascinating world-building and a unique serial killer make Gena Showalter’s Awaken Me Darkly an engrossing read.

In New Chicago, Mia Snow works for Alien Investigation and Removal, hunting out predators and protecting humans. Not every alien is evil, but the ones who are keep Mia in business. The latest serial killer’s identity has been narrowed down to one of the Arcadian females, and on the chase Mia’s partner is near-deathly wounded. To survive, he needs special blood, and the only provider is the brother of the case’s lead suspect. Kyrin en Arr’s ultimatum is to set his sister free, or else he won’t keep Mia’s partner alive, but letting loose the most likely serial killer is hardly ideal for Mia.

I’d read the two teen Alien Huntress books prior, but with the months that have passed since, my memory faded. I remembered Mia being in the teen novel, but couldn’t remember her history. And it’s an absolute ripper, so it’s probably wise to read Awaken Me Darkly first. I know “this time it’s personal” sounds so cliché, but that’s basically the situation here, and the author does a magnificent job with it.

The killer’s motives are intriguing, and the investigation is thrilling stuff. I was enjoying this book, but then it took a turn for the worse. Namely, the romance subplot, and if you want to be specific: destiny, meant-to-be. I’m not much of a romance fan, but this kind pisses me off the most. (My suspension of disbelief only goes so far.) I’m hesitant to use the term “alien abduction”…yet it seems oddly appropriate. Does it count as Stockholm syndrome if you kind of fancied someone before they kidnapped you?

Romance aside, this is a corker of a novel, and I plan to now dive straight into the second Alien Huntress book, Enslave Me Sweetly.

Cat with Books

(Images from here.) Manny with various books, including:

Gena Showalter’s Awaken Me Darkly, Enslave Me Sweetly & Savor Me Slowly
Liz Maverick’s The Shadow Runners & Wired
Eve Kenin’s Driven & Hidden
Kay Austin’s Time Transit
Michelle Maddox’s Countdown
Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight & The Host
Richelle Mead’s Succubus Blues, Vampire Academy & Succubus on Top

Sneaky Villain NinjaTez

First, shame on Metlink Melbourne for not having the ad on their website, so I had to photograph the newspaper. If you can’t read the type, here’s the text advertising night buses:

The buses now run later at night,
To take you home under the moonlight.
You’ll be safe from vampires, werewolves
And other strange creatures.
An anti-occult force field is one of
The buses’ new features.

Holy Feck, dude! I couldn’t have made this shizz up. Then again, I only take the bus during the day and in the suburbs. Night in the city must be a different thing altogether. And who’s not to say that “vampires, werewolves and other strange creatures” wouldn’t ride the bus? Actually, now that I think of it, vampires are usually so up themselves that they wouldn’t dare take public transport.

Oh, and in that picture…is that a mummy? Or a mummy zombie? Enlighten me, Wise Ones!

To borrow a phrase from Stephanie, EmoCat is being emo today. And wouldn’t face the correct way on the couch, thus you’ll see my thumb in one of the photos, holding the book up. Anyway, that’s Manny with Michelle Maddox’s Countdown (29th July 2008) [and Michelle Rowen’s Lady and the Vamp (1st April 2008) promo card],Gena Showalter’s Awaken Me Darkly (31st May 2005) [includes thumb], and Vicki Pettersson’s The Scent of Shadows (27th February 2007, or 2nd June 2008, or 1st August 2008 – North America, UK, and Australia respectively). Not even booky goodness can cheer EmoCat today.

What someone typed into Google to find my WordPress: do afl players shave their legs? Answer: Probably. Like they wax/shave their chests. I think.

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