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Anya Bast’s Witch Fury (7th July 2009) is the fourth and final book in the Elemental Witches series. It follows Witch Fire, Witch Blood and Witch Heart.

Rachel Caine’s Carpe Corpus (2nd June 2009) is the sixth book in the Morganville Vampires series. It follows Glass Houses, The Dead Girls’ Dance, Midnight Alley, Feast of Fools and Lord of Misrule.

Marjorie M. Liu’s Darkness Calls (30th June 2009) is the second book in the Hunter Kiss series. It follows The Iron Hunt.

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twilight convention-melbourne

Haven’t heard of one, and even if there was, I’m not sure I’d attend.

I think some bookstores had launch parties for Breaking Dawn (the closest one to me may have been in Richmond). Release dates around the world were not totally in sync – in some parts it was released on August 2nd, other places August 4th. Australia fell into the latter.

Even though I’ve never read the Twilight series (though I have books 1 and 4 on my shelf in the To-Be-Read pile), I briefly considered attending one of these functions. Because Breaking Dawn was released earlier in the US, and thus I was reading Cleolinda‘s fabulous recaps/snark. (She’s currently recapping/snarking True Blood – who needs HBO when you can have snarkalicious hilarity?)

So, yeah – was thinking of crashing a party and shouting out a spoiler. (I’d even picked a particular one, though others were contenders.) I didn’t go, of course. But I thought about it. Contrary to popular belief, I actually do occasionally use my brain πŸ˜‰

I totally wouldn’t have fit in, though, because I’m so not a fangirly. Not just of this particular series. I just have a very sceptical brain: when lots of people really love something, I’m more inclined not to like it. Maybe I wouldn’t dislike things so much if others didn’t love them so much. I don’t know.

My reason? Well, the thing better blow my freaking mind if everyone loves it so much. And if it doesn’t? DISAPPOINTMENT. Harry Potter is so overrated. Just didn’t interest me, though I read some of them to at least give them a chance. THEY FAILED.

I still intend to try the Twilight series at some stage – as I said, I own books 1 and 4. As for the middle two, the library reservation lists are probably miles long, so I’ll have to go without.

But by all means, I’m not against Stephenie Meyer. I loved The Host. Generalisations around the Web seem to go that if you love Twilight, The Host won’t cut the mustard, and vice versa. They’re also different genres: one paranormal, one futuristic.

Is it possible to combine those two genres into one novel? Vampires in space…and Anya Bast has done it with The Chosen Sin, which I believe is released October 7th – that’s today. Haven’t read the book myself yet, but Anya’s a dear, and I do like the other books of hers I’ve read (Witch Fire and Witch Blood).

Smooth segue, Tez. And don’t you readers think I made up that Twilight convention thing just so I could sneak in an ad for vampires in space – I’m not clever enough to think up a lie like that πŸ˜‰

Bookmarks & Vlogs

I found Jackie Kessler’s Hell’s Belles bookmark. Just happened to be putting my hanky, lip balm and USB stick on the table, something caught my eye, looked down, and there it was – lying amongst boxes and whatnot. I must’ve finished a book, brought it to the desk for reviewing, and knocked the bookmark off the table. It’s a bit curved, but still functional. But I’m still using Anya Bast’s Witch Blood bookmark, at least until I finish this tome. (115 pages to go, Chris – I made more progress this afternoon thanks to reading whilst eating a big bag of crisps…)

Anyway, I’ve figured out why I want to video blog, if I had the necessary tools. Even though I’ve had broadband since January, I didn’t really start viewing videos until the Rebels of Romance (aka Marianne Mancusi and Liz Maverick) went to Japan, and recorded their experiences. Then yesterday I hit the Flight of the Conchords TV website, and viewed Mel’s vlogs. Then I watched the Bring Me My Hookah! (aka Lauren Dane and Megan Hart) vlogs today.

With the Rebels, vlogging shows off their travels and activities, and they have some good ones. But the Hookahs’ ones really struck me because they were just sitting at their computers talking to the camera. And it occurred to me (slow, aren’t I?) that you don’t have to be doing anything, just as long as you’ve got something to say. You don’t have to take your recorder out and about – you can do it from the comfort of your own home, your own writing nook. And the Hookahs have fabulous writing digs – Megan’s got the classy, cosy office with an ace leather (or faux) swivel chair, and soft music that I imagine is great for when she writes. And Lauren’s just feels like a home – books on the shelves, a window, and a couch…I love that in particular, because at the end of a writing session, you could just collapse for a nap. At least, that’s what I’d do πŸ˜‰

And then it got me thinking of the things I could vlog about. Most of my associates here on the Intramawebs aren’t Australian, and may not have had much facetime with us or heard us in the various media with our real accents. Admittedly my accent’s not particularly ocker, considering that fellow Aussies have asked me if I’m from England (I’m not). But I suppose I have different mannerisms, vocab or ways of speaking and pronouncing that mayhaps others of my kind don’t share. You lovelies could send me lists of words to pronounce, and I could “educate the world”. (Yeah, I go on these little “crusades” occasionally, thinking I can “change the world” or “make a difference”. Yep, delusions of grandeur… πŸ˜‰ )

So I guess now I need to know how to start up: what kind of video recording device – one that’s easy to use and affordable. It doesn’t even need to have much space, because I could record something, and immediately transfer it, thus freeing space on the device.

I’d also need some kind of video editing software. Anyone know what Microsoft Video Studio .NET is? (It just happens to be on this computer.) Would that work? Or what easy-to-use and affordable programme do you recommend?

Anyway, if you could send in your recommendations, that would be fab. Then I could go price-researching and take it from there.

So yeah, if you or someone you know has some sort of video recording device and/or editing software that they no longer want, please contact me.

And thanks for all the birthday wishes yesterday, and your support for when I had a bad experience yesterday arvo. Today I went to the shops (just the post office) with no problem, and I felt fine. Thanks for listening to my overreactions (I’m a Cancerian; we’re overemotional people), and reassuring me. You can is made of awesome.

[COVER ART] Witch Heart – Anya Bast

Saw the cover and summary here, and just had to share. Without spoiling anything from Witch Blood, it’ll probably be wiser to read Witch Blood before Witch Heart, because that’s why I’m really interested in reading this one. (Oh, and it’ll make more sense to read Witch Fire before Witch Blood.) Everyone understand? Good.

Anya Bast
Witch Heart (Elemental Witches, Book 3)
Penguin Berkley (6th January 2009)
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With the immense powers of an earth witch, Claire isn’t destined to be a demon’s handmaiden. Yet this has been her fate since she was six, when her warlock mother brought her to Eudae. Now at thirty-one, she’s about to discover her true power – and how far others are willing to go to take it away… As part of a mission with the Coven, Adam Tyrell rescues Claire from her enslavement – and finds himself immediately taken with the beautiful witch. But this charming playboy soon learns that it’s easier to steal Claire from demons than win her heart, for her life as a servant has ravaged her spirit. But with Adam determined to protect her from the warlocks who want to harness her magick for evil, Claire’s resistance starts to give way – and they find themselves in the heat of danger, surrendering to the lure of their deepest desires…

Tezzy’s Guide to Choosing a Bookmark

I’ve lost my Jackie Kessler’s Hell’s Belles bookmark. I finished a book last night, and I went to fetch it to stick in a new book…and couldn’t find it. I first used that bookmark when I was reading the very book it advertises (back in February???), and have been using it ever since.

I needed a new bookmark, and so dove into my swag collection.

When you’re talking giveaways, a finished copy of your book will always be #1. Then ARCs. Because at the end of the day, the content is the most important thing. However, some publishers have better looking ARCs than others – I naturally prefer the ones with cover art. The my next favourite swag is the cover flat: it has the cover art, the summary, and maybe even marketing information. And, if you’re lucky, room for the author to sign it πŸ˜‰

Then my next favourite swag item is the bookmark. However, when I dipped into my swag collection, a lot of things weren’t my preferred size for actually using as a bookmark. Some were too short. Others too wide. And then there were the bookmarks I wasn’t going to choose because of the secksy pictures of the books they’re advertising on them.

I ended up choosing Anya Bast’s Witch Blood bookmark. Perfect size, and the picture isn’t secksy (just pretty).

And thus is Tezzy’s Guide to Choosing a Bookmark.

P.S. The bookmark is currently placed at the end of Chapter 1 of Michelle Maddox’s Countdown. One of the lead characters’ name rhymes with “bogan”, and this may be off-putting. So in my head I’ll just have to think of him as “he”. Sorry, dear Canadian; you may not have been aware. 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] Witch Blood – Anya Bast

Anya Bast
Witch Blood (Elemental Witches, Book 2)
Penguin (4th March 2008)
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The second instalment of the Elemental Witches perhaps unintentionally brings up the question of who’s more evil: demons, or the warlocks who summon them. Or, if you prefer: guns, or the people who use them. The answer in this novel seems to be demons (guns), which is good news for me, who had a thing for hot French warlock Stefan Faucheux in a previous instalment.

Another perhaps unintentional issue is what’s more important: being protected, or being independent? The former prevails in this case, which came as a disappointment because the novel is at its most interesting when water witch Isabelle Novak and earth witch Thomas Monahan are apart.

Witch Blood is a step up from its predecessor (Witch Fire) in terms of stakes and world-building. Be patient, readers, because the action really kicks in with a surprise on page 283. Also stay tuned to the end to catch an excerpt of The Darkest Kiss (which has since been renamed The Chosen Sin), a futuristic romance with what little I’ve read seems to be intriguing world-building. 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.

One for the Road

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