Friday, June 25, 2010

Bitten by Books

Author Jackie Kessler is over at Bitten By Books today. And there's a giveaway. Go here to see all the fun and comment for a chance to win her latest novel.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Carrie Vaughn giveaway

And I just noticed, that as part of their Paranormal Summer Fest, ATUF is giving away a copy of the latest Carrie Vaughn, Kitty novel, Kitty Goes to War (plus Ms. Vaughn's tossing in a CD of the playlist for that novel, isn't that nifty?). You know I love the Kitty books. :) So, if you do too and want to check it out, you can read the post here. The giveaway ends July 4th. Good luck!

Ximora giveaway winner

So...did y'all have a good day yesterday? I had a bit of a frustrating day, but hopefully today will be better.

First off, thanks to author Patty G. Henderson for being a great guest this week. Despite the few computer snafus I had, it seemed to turn out well. I hope you all enjoyed reading about her, and her fine works. And if you haven't tried her stuff yet, I encourage you to. :)

So, I guess I've left you all in suspense long enough. So without further ado--according to the picker thingie...the winner of the Ximora goodie giveaway is.....

*insert trumpets and royal fanfare here*


teehee. Drop me a line, Jolene, and I'll get your info out to Patty ASAP.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Ximora Giveaway with Patty G. Henderson


To accompany yesterday's guest post with author Patty G. Henderson, we're hosting a giveaway. Sound good? Well, all right. :) If would you like a chance to win a copy of Ximora, and some nifty bookmarks from Patty? OK. There's a couple things to do then, to put yourself in the running.

First of all, if you haven't yet,. read her q and a from yesterday, here. Then, do the following:

1. Leave a nice comment for Patty via the comment button at the end of this post, and don’t forget to include your email address. ( is fine) +3
2. Post about this visit and giveaway on your Twitter, Facebook, or your Blog +2
3. Follow Patty’s blog via her Google Connect button +1 (see her sidebar)
4. Follow my blog via Google Connect +1 (see sidebar)
5. Friend me on Good Reads+1.
6. For extra Brownie points, please subscribe to my page (if you don't already subscribe). To do so, go here, and hit the lil ole Subscribe button on the right hand side, top. :)

The winner will be chosen and announced sometime on Wednesday.

And for an extra treat, if you'd like, here's the book trailer to Ximora:

Enjoy, and good luck!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Guest Post: Patty G. Henderson

Today we have a treat for our readers. Supernatural mystery author Patty G. Henderson gave us a little of her time recently, and as a result, we have a Q and A for you, and a giveaway. :) Read below to find out what she said when we asked her to tell us about her Brenda Strange series, and the latest title Ximora.

What was the inspiration for Ximora?

Patty: My Brenda Strange series is a blend of my love for the mystery genre and also for my roots and love of the horror/supernatural genre. I always decide what interesting topic in the supernatural realm that might make a good case for Brenda to get involved in. For XIMORA, I’ve always had a fascination with giant statues or just statues that come to life and threaten the populace in general, so I figured why not combine that with a bit of the Pygmalion and Galatea and ancient Greek and Amazon warrior mythology and have some fun.

What kind of research did you have to do, in order to write the book?

Patty: I spent lots of time online researching Amazon lore and myth as well as making use of some of my books on Amazon names and legends and Greek mythology.

Who's your favorite character in this particular book?

Patty: Well, Brenda Strange is one of my fave characters of all my creations, but I think in this book, I really enjoyed meeting the Winters side of Brenda’s family and especially the delightfully deceptive and wicked cousin Cecily. And I like getting to know the tender side of Detective Lisa Chambliss. And who can not love Cubbie? LOL. Okay, you see, I love all the characters.

What's next for you, now that Ximora is out?

Patty: I love this question because I love talking books. I have lots of irons in the fire and I honestly don’t know which one will be the first one to emerge. LOL. I’m getting the most progress with my new Gothic Romantic Suspense, THE SECRET OF LIGHTHOUSE POINTE. This book is a real deviation for me because I’ve been writing supernatural and horror literature since the 1970s and couldn’t stop writing in the genre even if I wanted to….which I don’t. But I wanted to try my hand at something a little bit different. I have always had a love affair with those old paperbacks from the 1960s that were all over bookstores, drugstores and anyplace that sold paperbacks with gloomy, dark castles in the background and a damsel in distress in the forefront, trying desperately to escape. You’d have to read the book to find out what she was running away from, but usually some brooding bad guy. These were short books, slim on characterization and heavy on the plot and suspense, atmosphere and mystery. Most of them didn’t involve the supernatural but some did have ghosts and some were historicals, set in the past. THE SECRET OF LIGHTHOUSE POINTE will be different in that the brooding, good looking guy that eventually comes to the rescue will be a woman. I write fiction for the lesbian reading community and thought this might be a welcome respite from my horror books and offer a different take on the old Gothic Romances.

Awesome! I'll be looking forward to that. :)

Patty: I’m also hoping to keep working on the next Brenda Strange book, THE SHADOWS. I’ll be introducing an interesting group of bizarre women in the story along with the usual cast of characters like the ghosts Angelique and Carlotta, Cubbie, Eddy and the intrepid Detective Lisa Chambliss. And I’m still plugging away, although at a slower pace, on the second Karnov vampire book, THE BLOOD RUNS COLD. So you see, aren’t you sorry you asked the question? LOL.

(blog mistress note: No, I am not, actually. :) I'll be looking forward to reading them!)

What's a good writing day like for you?

Patty G. Henderson portait Patty: A good writing day is any day I write. I find that I’m writing less now that I’m out of work than I was writing when I worked a full time job. I think it just boils down to routine and regiment. I’ve taken to heading out to the library in the early part of the day and getting some writing down on paper. I never write a book the same way. Some of my books have been written almost entirely on the computer or keyboard while others, I like to write on a yellow notepad first with a pen or pencil and then transfer over. I’m enjoying scribbling on paper for THE SECRET OF LIGHTHOUSE POINTE. Because I take care of my mom full time, I can only write when I get the chance to find that inner Muse and a peaceful place to write. I have to recipe or advice on writing.

Oh, my! Sounds really interesting! So, what type of books do you like to read, for your own enjoyment?

Patty: I still enjoy a good supernatural thriller but also pick up lots of cozy and historical mystery books. I don’t read romances or much literary stuff. Political books are a real interest for me.

And, if you had to have a particular paranormal power (like Brenda does) what would it be--aside from, you know, saving the world? ;)

Patty: A very interesting question. Since Brenda, with the publication of XIMORA, has now picked up some extraordinary new powers, I think I would like the power to heal like she did in the book. Even though the power has the potential to affect her negatively, who wouldn’t want to save a life?

And, finally, what can your fans expect from you, in the future?

Patty: Exciting things. I’m all over the place. Besides all the books I’m working on, I’ve also jumped into publishing. Check out my Black Car Publishing web site at: for all the information. I also continue to offer my graphic services for custom book cover creations. Please check out my online portfolio at: for a look at some of the covers I’ve done. And I’ve also recently done a movie poster for a local movie maker.

So you're one busy gal! Cool. :) We'll be looking forward to all that. Anything else to add, before we go, Patty?

Patty: Don’t forget to check out my author web site: and also my blog, The Henderson Files: Thank you, Juli, for the opportunity to have some fun with the questions.

You're most welcome. Drop by anytime, Patty. :) And thank you for your time, and the wonderful Brenda Strange series. As ever, we wish you all the best with it!

Folks, would you like to win a copy of Ximora and some pretty bookmarks? Then see the Ximora giveaway post for details on how to do that. Giveaway closes Wednesday night. Good luck!

:) There you are. We hope you’ve enjoyed this chat, and good luck to all who enter the giveaway!

Mailbox Monday (June 21)

This Meme conceived by Marcia at the Printed Page.

In my mailbox for this week, I didn't get to check the po box, so there might be something there--but, I did pick up this: Winter's Passage(a free novella) by Julie Kagawa. This is a novella in her Iron Fey series. A thing I've really wanted to read, but haven't had a chance, yet. So I thought this might be a good intro. If you'd like it too, you can pick it up here, but hurry. It's available through July 31.

So that (aside from the list on my other blog) is me, today. What'd y'all get?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Dragon Keepers (Rain Wilds Chronicles #1)

Dragon Keeper
by Robin Hobb
Published: Harper Collins/Eos
review copy provided by the kind folks at Harper Collins/Eos

In Robin Hobb’s Dragon Keeper, she sets up a new series in the world presented in her Liveship Traders series. This time, the story centers around the citizens of The Rain Wilds, and Bingtown, when a troop of sea serpents comes to the Rain Wilds shores to nest, hopeful of becoming the latest in the long-thought-dead dragon lines.

However, when the newborn dragons hatch, problems begin to present themselves: the animals are scrawny, malformed and thoroughly unable to care for themselves. The citizens decide to take on the feeding and care of the animals, however, no one guessed that, twenty or so years later, they would still be bearing the brunt of that care. Now the Rain Wilds Council has to decide what to do.

Meanwhile, there is woven within this story of dragons, and duty, lives of several Rain Wilds youths—Thymara, a malformed girl, touched by the Rain Wilds who has lived all her life in the pastoral tree top communities; her friend Tats, an immigrant, mistrusted son of a thief. There’s Alise, a Bingtown woman, armchair dragon scholar, who married a Bingtown Trader, Hest, who cares for his work and his friends far more than he cares for his wife. And there’s Alise’s friend-cum-escort Sedric, who cares very much for how Alise’s husband does in the world, half-the-time, and half-the-time hates his old friend, especially when it comes out that Hest isn’t exactly living up to the vows he made Alise in their wedding contract—a very un-Trader like thing to do.

All these stories diverge, and diverge, until they’re suddenly brought together by the Liveships, and the dragons, and the Rain Wilds Council’s scheme to get the dragons to the fabled Kelsingra. It affords the young Thymara and Tats a chance to see more of life, the same for Alise, while she plans to study the dragons more closely, and as for Sedric, well, he’s got a plan for the dragons, himself.

To be honest, I didn’t think much of  Robin Hobb’s earlier Assassin series, so when the folks at Eos (Harper Collins) offered me this one, I accepted it reluctantly. But now, having read Dragon Keeper, I am converted, having quite enjoyed this novel, despite the sluggishness of some of the scenes. I’m pleased to say, Dragon Keeper is written in a style I think all lovers of true dragon fantasy novels will love. Replete with the romance (yes, actual romance too, in spots), lush landscapes and language that traditional fantasy has always been known for—and even the tradition of tackling social issues, (unless I’m mistaken) that fantasy likes to address sometimes, Dragon Keeper is a rich, hefty read. The Liveships, the characters are endearing, and (without going into any spoilers) the payoff is worth the read—and has this reader looking forward to the follow-up.*, and even delving back for another try into her earlier works! :)

 So, if you love good fantasy, and especially dragon tales, do check out Robin Hobb’s Dragon Keeper. You will not be disappointed!

My rating?

You can find this one at Barnes and Noble, Borders, or Amazon; (or from my Amazon store (pretty please?))
*book 2, Dragon Haven, released in May.
(A version of this article is also posted at the Examiner here. If you would, please give us a hit? ;) Thnx!)

A writing opportunity

I ran across this in my RWA loop, and I thought some of you might find this of some use:

Want Help With Your Writing?

Attention Aspiring Writers --Are you prepping a manuscript for agents or publishers? Veteran authors Catherine Mann & Joanne Rock will present a two-hour workshop, Submission 101, at RWA in Orlando this summer and we're asking for real-world samples of proposal packages to critique live on the big screen. This is your chance to receive feedback on your work from industry-savvy authors with more than eighty sales between them.

Just send your query letter, synopsis (10 page maximum) and first three pages of your book (prologue or first chapter) via email  for consideration. One file attachment per submission, please! Simply cut and paste all the component pieces of your proposal package into one Word document. All writers whose submissions are chosen will receive a free book along with feedback. You do not have to be at the workshop to be considered, but please mention in your email if you will attend as we hope to discuss as much as possible from participants.

Submissions need to arrive by 7/24. The email addy for questions and submissions is in the announcement on Joanne's website:

Monday, June 14, 2010

ATUF event: Linda Robertson

Over at one of my favorite blogs--All Things Urban Fantasy--the lucky blog mistress has a visit by UF author Linda Robertson. :) (Lucky girl!) Stop by today to see that!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Plugging for a friend.

If you haven't seen it in the sidebar *points* my friend Eleni (La Femme Readers) scored an interview with YA author Leah Cypess. Her new novel Mistwood looks quite interesting--and it's a fantasy novel, too. :) If you'd like to see the interview, go here.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Sex in YA novels?

Something I saw at the Supernatural Underground ....Melissa Marr talking about sex in YA novels.... I posted my two cents on the subject at my Vixen Reviews blog...sorta seemed appropriate since that's where I put the steamier reviews. You can read my post here, if you like.

small updates

Hey, my friends--and welcome, to my newest followers; I hope you like what you see here.

I do apologize for my lack of updates this week. I've been visiting family, which sort of interferes with my usual reviewing time. Now, I'm home (and exhausted) and hope to get back in the swing of things for next week. 

I did do some reading this last few days though....progressed further in--well, basically everything you see over there in the sidebar. I'll probably finish at least one of them up in the next week.  Also, on the exciting news front, you'll be pleased to hear, I have some authors visits in the works. :) The schedule's still a little up in the air, can't say exactly when, but look for those before the end of the Summer. I'll post who, and when, here, a.s.a.p. And now, as my brain's gone to mush, I'll bid you a temporary adieu. See you next week (or Sunday, or whenever...) Have a good weekend!

Loud words and sounds 100 followers

I found a lovely book blog this afternoon called Loud Words and Sounds (The owner seems to do mostly YA books but there are some very interesting reads there).  And lo and behold, she's having a 100 Followers contest.

If you'd like to check it out, I'm sure you'll enjoy your visit. :)

Monday, June 7, 2010

Steampink week: looking forward to....

Some Steampunk--erm, Steampink--releases I'm looking forward to:

Kate Elliott's Cold Magic from Orbit Books.


The Native Star by M.K. Hobson coming September 2010 from Bantam Spectra

And whatever steampunky thing Gail Dayton and Katie MacAlister and Kenneth Oppel might do next. :)

Steampink week: Soulless review

by Gail Carriger
cover art credit: Orbit/Lauren Panepinto/Derek Caballero
review copy provided by Orbit Books

In a nutshell, Soulless, the first novel by author Gail Carriger, is about a young spinster, Alexia Tarabotti who is attacked one night by a vampire, and she, naturally, fights back, killing the monster with her silver tipped parasol. The attack throws the London Vampire community into turmoil, as they, and Lord Maccon, Alpha werewolf and employee of the Bureau of Unnatural Registry, try to pinpoint who the vampire was and why he would commit such a gross breach of etiquette—and more importantly, why he didn’t know Miss Tarabotti is a Soulless preternatural.

What does that mean? Well, she can nullify a supernatural’s powers. And that is exactly why all the werewolves and vampires of London hold her suspect, and why the scientists in town are interested in her; add to that missing vampires, suddenly appearing vampires, a strange “wax faced man” that seems bent on kidnapping her, and a friend who has the shocking bad taste to love ugly hats, and that Alexia can’t keep her hands (or anything else) off Lord Maccon, and there’s a lot of trouble to go around here.

Impressions: This novel is a good example of what I’m starting to call the confusion of the genres. Look: Vampires. Girls in Petticoats? What do you think of when you think of that? If you said Dracula, give yourselves a cookie. ;) Now add a playing or two of Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London”, add the romantic scenes (lots and lots of them) and some humor (more than I was catching on to, I think—or perhaps the relentless jabs at Alexia’s Italian heritage were supposed to be taken as jokes?), add a pinch of steampunk, and viola! Or that’s what it seemed like. I’m not really sure what to think of this novel; I guess, in the end, it was a good first attempt, and I hope the follow up, (titled Changelessnow available**) is even better, for this new young author certainly has quite an imagination. Give Gail Carriger's Soulless a try and see what you think.
My rating?

**The third volume, Blameless, will be released in September.

For more on Gail Carriger:
Gail Carriger's homepage
Steampod's interview with Gail Carriger
Gail Carriger's page at Hatchette Books

Steampink week: review of the steampunk classic, the Difference Engine

The Difference Engine
by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling
review copy: purchased at Borders, 2009

Set in a Victorian Steampunkish London that takes a turn away from the Tory history of England we know so well, The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling offers up a mixture of fantasy, scientific conjecture, with a little romance and mystery to boot, that feels quite different than the usual crop of Science Fiction/Fantasy offerings.

Here we find Dr. Edward Mallory, a renowned paleontologist, who, having lost a battle to save a rather famous damsel in distress—one Ada Byron, the Queen of Engines—finds himself caretaker of the young woman’s cache of punch cards, and with them, in more trouble than he could have expected. Charles Babbage’s card-reading Difference Engine* drives everything in this steam-dependant Byron-led society, and it seems everyone wants to get their hands on the cards in Dr. Mallory’s possession. And so he’s dragged into the middle of the mystery concerning Lady Byron; Charles Babbage, Lord Byron (yes, the Lord Byron) and a host of rebellious Socialist radicals intent on bringing down England’s ruling class. There’s also a reporter on his heels, and his enemies at the Royal Society, who want nothing more than to discredit his theories, and destroy his credibility. There’s even a pretty girl or two caught in the middle; not to mention the murderers and thieves on every corner, just waiting get their hands on those cards, even if it means taking Mallory’s life (and anyone’s who happens to be in the way). And they’re all clamoring about in the horrid stench and fog rising from the stagnant Thames, in a summer about to explode in revolution and chaos.

And over it all is this mystery of the cards, and the Difference Engine, but Mallory doesn’t give a hoot what’s on the cryptic cards and would much prefer to be left alone. He’d rather be back in the Wyoming Territory studying his Land Leviathan, or if he has to be stuck in London, he’d at least like to satisfy his lecture schedule, but no. He can’t find a moment’s peace. So what is our overwhelmed Victorian Paleontologist to do? You’ll have to read The Difference Engine, and see

Intricate, yet dense, elegant, yet gritty, The Difference Engine reads like a well-written tale from the Victorian Era—a Gothic novel in the truest sense of the word. The recreation of London was, in my reading experience, dead on (with some very interesting quirks), and I feel it not too far from something Jules Verne or H.G. Wells could have written. To say I really enjoyed this novel would be an understatement. Yes, at times, it did get a little convoluted . . . Well, I won’t spoil it for you, but at any rate, this is the kind of thing I’d like to see coming off the presses more often! I hope you’ll give Sterling and Gibson’s The Difference Engine a try, and that you will find it as enjoyable as I did.

My rating?

If you'd like to read this novel, you can probably still get it at the online versions of Barnes and Noble and Borders, or at Amazon (or get it from my Amazon "I recommend" link over there, *points to sidebar*--please?) If all else fails, you can find it at local used bookstores, no doubt.

*A thing that was more or less a room-sized calculator, theorized by Babbage in 1822; what some call the first computer.

***(This review is also housed, and originally published, at my Examiner pages)

Friday, June 4, 2010

Steampink week

And to add just one more fun thing I just found,

the blog mistress of vvB32Reads is running a SteamPink week, June 4-12. :) A week of steampunk themed reads and goodies. Go here to check that out.

Hide by Lisa Gardner

by Lisa Gardner
My review copy purchased locally.

In her 2007 novel Hide, Lisa Gardner’s popular detectives D.D. Warren and Bobby Dodge are faced with a stumping, horrid crime when they discover an underground bunker. The contents? The mummified remains of six little girls. One of the remains bears a locket with the name of Annabelle Granger. As they are logging the pieces of the puzzle into their files, the news gets wind of the locket, and suddenly, this young woman appears in D.D.’s office, claiming her name is Annabelle Granger.

The story gets even stranger from there, as Annabelle explains that, around the date that bunker was last frequented, she was eight years old, and living with her family in Tampa, Florida, before moving on, over and over again, to different places. And she’d only returned to Boston, five years ago.

As curious as all this makes the two detectives, it doesn’t answer the question of who committed these poor little girls murders, and why. But Annabelle is more disturbed by the questions that come up regarding the little girl who was killed in her place (no less than a onetime friend of hers), what Annabelle’s own mobile childhood, and her father’s need to make it so, might have to do with the murders.

What’s going on here? Well, you know, dear readers, I can’t say! At any rate, Lisa Gardner’s Hide is a very intricate and thrilling mystery, and one that I think any lover of authors such as Thomas Harris and Karen Rose will enjoy. You can no doubt find Lisa Gardner’s books, Hide included, at the usual Borders, Barnes and Noble, no doubt, and of course, Amazon.

My rating?

I've also posted a variation of this review at the Examiner, here, if you would like to give it a click. :)

From the I am *so* fangirly jealous file. :)

The Book Lovers Inc. has an interview to die for with UF author Vicki Pettersson. (I'm green with jealousy! I'm in  love with what I've read of her series.) If you'd like to see it, and take a chance at winning the whole series, signed, go here.

Good luck, all! Meanwhile, I'm going to go dream about having her on my site one day. ;)

Armchair BEA giveaway

My friend Stella at ExLibris is doing another giveaway. Pop on over to her site to find out all the details on how to win some nifty novels. Good luck!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Pre-published authors, self-publishing, and Kindle

For lack of a better title....At any rate, that's the jist of an interesting guest post at my the Henderson Files today. If you interested in the idea of getting your own books out there in the world one day, and seeing them sell, do check out Robert W. Walker's post here.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Mailbox Tuesday

I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend. (And don't forget to thank a vet for ...everything we have here in the good ole USA. :) I do! *waves to dad*)

OK, so it's Tuesday, but that doesn't mean I can't do the mailbox, right? So, here's what's come in:

A Breath of Magic by Tracy Madison (which I won from commenting on her recent guest post at Silk and Shadows) Thanks, Tracy!

Insatiable by Meg Cabot (from Harper Collins). Thanks for sending it, ladies!

I also picked up a few things at local bookstores this weekend:
Catherine Mann's Defender
Gena Showalter's The Darkest Night.

So....that's my haul for this week, so far. What'd y'all get?

Juli's Books

Available at now at Itunes:
Bicycle Requiem

Amazon. Some also available at Audible, Barnes and Noble, Draft2Digital
Courting the Stationmaster's Daughter by Juli D. Revezzo, historical romance, jilted bride, older man-younger woman romance, Amazon kindle, kindle unlimited
Fifty Measly Bucks (To Save A Witch) by Juli D. Revezzo, time travel, dark fantasy, suspense, Salem Witch Trials, New Adult suspense, Kindle Unlimited
Dark fantasy, time travel
Passion's Sacred Dance, Celtic Stewards Chronicles, book 1 by Juli D. Revezzo, fantasy, romance, pagan paranormal romance, read free with Kindle Unlimited
free with Audible trial, Watchmaker's Heart by Juli D. Revezzo, Steampunk romance, Victorian romance, audiobook
New audiobook @ Audible
audiobook @ Audible
Victorian romance, historical romance, Juli D. Revezzo, historical romance, read free with Amazon Prime, Kindle UnlimitedThe Artist's Inheritance, Antique Magic book 1, by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, witch fiction, pagan paranormal fictionCaitlin's Book of Shadows, Antique Magic book 2, by Juli D. Revezzo, short fiction, free ebook, witch fiction, pagan paranormal fiction
Drawing Down the Shades, Antique Magic book 3, by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, witch fiction, pagan paranormal fictionLady of the Tarot by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic romance, historical romance, tarot
House of Cards, Reign of Tarot book 1, by Juli D. Revezzo, pagan paranormal fiction, witch fiction, tarot-themed fiction, Gothic fiction, supernatural horrorSing a Mournful Melody by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, Vampire fiction, short storyChangeling's Crown by Juli D. Revezzo, New Adult, fantasy, romance, pagan paranormal romance
Murder Upon a Midnight Clear by Juli D. Revezzo, paranromal mystery, Christmas romance, pagan paranormal romance, read free with Kindle UnlimitedWatchmaker's Heart by Juli D. Revezzo, Steampunk romance, Victorian romance, read free with Kindle UnlimitedBicycle Requiem by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, zombie fiction, novelette, Amazon kindle, Itunes
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