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Monday, March 29, 2010

Shades of Midnight By. Lara Adrian (The Midnight Breed Series Book 7)

Adrian's Shades of Midnight (Shades of Midnight: A Midnight Breed Novel (Midnight Breed Series) by Lara Adrian (Mass Market Paperback - Dec 29, 2009))In a frozen wilderness steeped in darkness, the lines between good and evil, lover and enemy, are never black or white but drawn in Shades of Midnight.

Something inhuman is stalking the frigid Alaskan wilds, leaving unspeakable carnage in its wake. For bush pilot Alexandra Maguire, the killings stir memories of a horrific event she witnessed as a child and evoke in her the inexplicable sense of otherness she has long felt within herself but never fully understood . . . until a darkly seductive stranger with secrets of his own enters her world.

Sent from Boston on a mission to investigate the savage attacks and stop the slaughter, vampire warrior Kade has his own reasons for returning to the frigid, forbidding place of his birth. Haunted by a secret shame, Kade soon realizes the stunning truth of the threat he faces–a threat that will jeopardize the fragile bond he has formed with the courageous, determined young woman who arouses his deepest passions and most primal hungers. But in bringing Alex into his world of blood and darkness, Kade must confront both his own personal demons and the even greater evil that could destroy all he holds dear.

Shades of Midnight begins with a sad prologue- you'll find yourself wanting to know more after reading of a gory attack in Alaska. Conveniently enough, new Order recruit Kade is from Alaska and will be sent back to find out who the new serial killer in town is. This hits home harder than he thought, could the Breed gone Rogue be his twin brother?

During the course of his interrogation, he meets cute, blond Alexandra. She's a pilot with some hidden talents and her own family secrets. I think we can all guess at this point that Alexandra and Kade are going to be lovers... mates, together forever. They make a good, believable couple.

Shades of Midnight is so full of twists and turns that even the most disconcerting will be surprised at the end. The story behind Kade and his family is woven so smoothly into the story you don't get information overload. It’s a little sad you don't see much of the other breed members or their mates but this makes it more just Kade's story and that is interesting. Plenty of action in this story and you see more of Dragos' Gen One Hunters and The Ancient. I especially like the scene between the Ancient & Jenna. It shows him in a different light and you see more of his personality and thoughts. I have a whole different outlook on him and cannot wait to see where Lara Adrian takes him. Jenna is introduced as Alex's best friend and I look forward to her story.

Alexandra did not endure herself to me as much as the heroine's of earlier books. She is a bit one dimensional - always unsure and fearful. Lust for Kade seemed to override her brain most of the story and influenced a lot of her decisions.Though who can blame her? She seemed to take Kade's vampire lifestyle in stride which is a little strange considering what happened to her family.

All in All I totally enjoyed this book, and I am looking forward to book 8!


Product Details

Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages

Publisher: Dell; Original edition (December 29, 2009)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0440245265

ISBN-13: 978-0440245261

Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1.3 inches

*Other Books In the series*

Kiss of Midnight (The Midnight Breed, Book 1)Kiss of Midnight (The Midnight Breed, Book 1)

Lara Adrian (Mass Market Paperback - May 1, 2007)

Kiss of Crimson (The Midnight Breed, Book 2)Kiss of Crimson (The Midnight Breed, Book 2)

Lara Adrian (Mass Market Paperback - May 29, 2007)

by Lara Adrian Midnight Awakening Midnight Awakening(The Midnight Breed Book 2)

Lara Adrian (Mass Market Paperback)

Midnight Rising (The Midnight Breed, Book 4)Midnight Rising (The Midnight Breed, Book 4)

Lara Adrian (Mass Market Paperback - Mar 25, 2008)

Veil of Midnight (The Midnight Breed, Book 5)Veil of Midnight (The Midnight Breed, Book 5)

Lara Adrian (Mass Market Paperback - Dec 30, 2008)

Ashes of Midnight (The Midnight Breed, Book 6)Ashes of Midnight (The Midnight Breed, Book 6)

Lara Adrian (Mass Market Paperback - May 26, 2009)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Passionate Ink Chapter of RWA is Proud to Announce Their First Annual Perseverance Fund Benefit Workshop

***** Permission to Forward Granted and Encouraged*****

The Passionate Ink Chapter of RWA is Proud to Announce Their First Annual Perseverance Fund Benefit Workshop

WRITING EROTIC ROMANCE Presented by NYT Best Selling Author Angela Knight

Cost: $25 for Members and Non-Members

In this class, New York Times bestselling author Angela Knight will discuss the techniques of writing erotic romance she used to make the leap to New York publication. She'll cover creating heroes, heroines and villains for erotic romance, as well as how to structure a plot that combines sexuality, sensuality and conflict to create a story readers can't put down. She will discuss creating intense internal, external and romantic plots for erotic romance, as well as how to write multiple love scenes in such a way that each one is different and advances the plot.

WHERE: The Passionate Ink Forums - Please note: this workshop will not be conducted on a email loop.

WHEN: May 3rd - May 31st

Cost: $25 for Members and Non-Members

Angela Knight, who has graciously agreed to present the workshop for the sole benefit of the Passionate Ink Perseverance Fund, is the New York Times bestselling author of books for Berkley, Red Sage, Changeling Press, and Loose Id. Her first book was written in pencil and illustrated in crayon; she was nine years old at the time. After reading The Wolf and the Dove, she fell in love with romance.

In 1996, she discovered the small press publisher Red Sage, and realized her dream of romance publication in the company's Secrets 2 anthology. She went on to publish several more novellas in Secrets before editor Cindy Hwang discovered her work there and asked her if she'd be interested in writing for Berkley. Not being an idiot, Angela said yes.

Angela lives in South Carolina with her husband, Michael, a polygraph examiner and hostage negotiator for the county's Sheriff's Office. The couple have a grown son, Anthony.

All proceeds will go to the Passionate Ink Perseverance Fund. Ms. Knight is not being paid to present the workshop.

To Pay Online : Using PayPal (PayPal), send payment to workshops@passionateink.org with “PERSEVERANCE FUND” as the subject. In the “message” section, include Your Name and Email Address.

For more information: workshopchair@passionateink.org

Cost: $25 for Members and Non-Members

To pay by check, print this page and send with a check to:

Passionate Ink Workshops

c/o Robin L. Rotham

P.O. Box 2412

Norfolk, NE 68701

Checks must be received by May 3rd for inclusion in the workshop.


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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Guest Review: Master of Fire by Angela Knight (Reviewed by. Tracy)

Giada Shepherd is a Maja – an immortal witch of the Mageverse. When vampire knight King Arthur asks her to protect his mortal son from an assassin, she’s willing to do anything she must to keep Logan MacRoy alive. But Logan is no ordinary mortal – he’s a handsome seductive cop, intent on a romance with his beautiful new partner.

Trouble is, Arthur has ordered Giada to keep her distance from Logan. But that’s a lot easier said than done....

After a slew of lantent's are murdered Arthur and Gwen ask Giada, a newly turned Maja, to protect their son. Since Logan works for the bomb squad so Giada's fits in well with his department with a doctorate in chemistry. Giada feels an instant attraction to Logan but knows that she can't touch him. He doesn't want to be turned into a vamp yet - even though he's 31 - and sleeping with him 3 times will turn him. She's under strict instructions to not sleep with Logan and not to tell him that she's a Maja.

Logan has the hots for Giada but when someone tries to shoot her he's more interested in protecting her than anything. Unfortunately for Logan and Giada Morgana has stepped into the mix and given Giada a necklace that will make it impossible for them to keep apart.

While all of this is going on there are the evil Dire Wolves that are trying to kill Logan for revenge. They've hired a bomber to kill him. Unfortunately Giada keeps killing their plans instead and that's why they're trying to get to her.

This was a great addition to the Mageverse series. It's been almost 2 years since the last full length novel and I was anxious to see what Ms. Knight would come up with. I think that she did a nice job bringing in characters/couples from past books as well as really focusing on Giada and Logan's relationship. I didn't feel that the suspense part of the book took over from the romance and that was most enjoyable.

I see from her site that there will be another book coming soon (although I can't find when exactly) and I can't wait to read it.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Thanks Tracy!

This book is available from Berkley.

The series:
Hot Blooded (Anthology)
Master Of The Night
Bite (Anthology)
Master Of The Moon
Over The Moon (Anthology)
Master Of Swords
Master Of Dragons
Hot For The Holidays (Anthology)
Master Of Fire

I haven't had a Chance to Read this book yet, but I did purchase it and I am waiting for it to arrive. I have read all of the other books in the series, and I really enjoyed them. Angela always keeps it steamy, romantic, and just the right amount of action and suspense.

Have you read any of the books in this series? What did you like/dislike about them?

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Why I Started A Blog

Hi All,
I was trying to decide how I would kick off my new blog. I didn't know where to start, so I decided to explain why I started this blog. So here goes...

I started this blog simply because, I love to read. I wanted a place where I could share my views and points about the books I read. I love reading ANYTHING really, but my favorite genre's are Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Mystery/Suspense, and Erotic Romances. I enjoy discussing what I did or didn't like about a book, the things that moved me, made me laugh, and cry. I don't have time to search down a book club, and I'm always online in some form or another, so I decided this was the best way to go. I know there are a thousand different review sights out there, and I belong to several of them, but this blog is for me and me alone. I will be posting new releases in the above mentioned genre's, new reviews, Author and publisher interviews, character interviews, and whatever else I find out their that seems interesting. If you have any suggestions or ideas to help improve this blog please feel free to post them in the comments or email me.
Don't worry about hurting my feelins or anything like that, because you wont. I realize that I am not perfect, and that I am new to this. In the meantime I look forward to hearing from you guys, and please check back often for updates.

Each Month I will sponsor a Contest personaly.

There may be contest through out the month depending on what author, publisher, blog I am sponsoring.

March 2010 Contest:
Just leave a comment on the types of things you like to see on a Romance Review blog, or anything you think that needs to be improved on this blog. On March 31, 2010 I will pick a winner, and the prize will be a copy of Mark Henry's Battle Of The Network Zombies, and A $10 Amazon Gift Card.

Good Luck!