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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 😉

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 😉

[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)

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…

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 Fire – Anya Bast

Anya Bast
Witch Fire (Elemental Witches, Book 1)
Penguin (5th June 2007)

The line between good and evil is clearly drawn in the first Elemental Witches novel. Coven = good. Duskoff Cabal = evil. Mira Hoskins doesn’t know she’s an air witch until there’s a home invasion, where she’s rescued/kidnapped by fire witch Jack McAllister who claims he’s hiding her away for her own good. Jack trains Mira to use her magick until the time comes to move to the Coven in Chicago.

The cover art depicts a scene that didn’t happen quite like that. Yes, Mira’s tied to the bed, and even the pentagram necklace detail is right. But she wasn’t wearing a dress, at least not that one. I think she wore her diner waitress uniform, or borrowed sweats.

The author has some interesting ideas, and I look forward to learning more about the elements and what they do. And even though he’s evil, Stefan Faucheux is my favourite character here. He’s French – that’s hot! There was a time when either Mira or Jack thought of him as a “French bastard”, which disturbed me – pick one or the other, or else that sounds xenophobic. (But it’s okay, readers: as far as I know Anya Bast speaks fluent French and married a Belgian, of the French variety rather than the Flemish, I think. No sign of xenophobia from the good-natured author who’s a joy to be around.)

Because it’s paranormal romance, the focus is on Mira and Jack’s relationship, though I would’ve loved to see more danger and fight scenes. Still, the world-building is interesting enough that I’m already reading the sequel (where Mira and Jack become secondary characters rather than primary).

Are You a Dumb American?

League News: Jill Myles has left the League. Still no word of the League News Proper or Jaye Wells’ news. They said they’d announce on Monday – US time, obviously (it’s 10:18AM on Monday where I live).

You Are Not a Dumb American

You got 8/10 correct.

You know a good deal about American history, but there’s some basic facts you have wrong.

Time to go back to history class!

8/10 is pretty good for someone who’s not American – and even by American standards, I’m not dumb. Ha! We never got taught American history or government in school, so obviously what I know, I found out by myself.

I did this a few books ago, but Liviania just tagged me:

1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.

He twined a hand to the nape of her neck, the other to the small of her back, and pulled her flush against his chest as he kissed her. His tongue burrowed past her lips, possessing her mouth. His hand at the small of her back dropped to cup her ass, then slid between her cheeks where he delved his fingers deep inside her and stroked.
–Anya Bast: Witch Fire

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