Monday, April 30, 2012

Virtual Book Tour - Giveaway: Olivia Starke's "Zombie Lovin" (Zombies in Vegas, Book 1)



“Zombie Lovin’ (Zombies in Vegas, Book 1)”
by Olivia Starke
Published by Decadent Publishing
Contemporary Erotic Paranormal Romance

BLURB:

Dating a dead guy would be complicated and complications were one thing she liked to avoid...

Samantha Perry expected a fun weekend in Vegas, what she didn’t expect is the hottie she wakes up next to after a wild night of drinking. Tall, blue-eyed, and all American, Jake is the epitome of male virility—give or take the fact he lacks a heartbeat. But sometimes even the living impaired need a little lovin’.

And Jake has a big surprise in store for Samantha…

EXCERPT:

Some days it doesn’t pay to get out of bed, especially if you wake up with a corpse.

Her new companion had been the most watched man in the club, and Samantha Perry couldn’t help the sense of conquest when they stumbled into her hotel room. The room swayed and she had to clutch his shirt to stay on her feet.

“Watch out, baby.” His husky whisper brushed her ear, sending chills down her spine. “I think you’re a little drunk.”

She giggled. “You try walking in four-inch stilettos. I can barely manage these on the best of days.”

He chuckled. “Fair enough, but damn they’re sexy.”

Her hair clung around her shoulders, her blouse and jeans still damp. “How did I get so wet?” Her foggy memory offered no explanations.

“Such open ended questions you ask.” He captured her lips in a hot, distracting kiss. “So many answers I could give.”

He tugged the blouse over her head, pitched it aside, and placed his hands on her shoulders giving a gentle shove. She squealed, but luckily bounced, the bed breaking her fall.

She studied him, or tried to—her focus was a little off. “So what was it you were saying earlier, about the living dead something or other?”

Tugging her jeans off, he tossed them over his shoulder, drawing yet another giggle from Samantha. He gave her a lopsided grin. “You mean living while dead? We’ll have this discussion, but later.” He kissed her, his tongue pushing into her mouth, teasing her with short thrusts. “And I mean much, much later.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Olivia Starke calls a little town in southern Missouri home. Some of the most beautiful country in the U.S., she loves the Ozarks and hikes, runs, or kayaks whenever possible. When not working at her laptop or in her retail management job, she’s playing mom to an ever expanding collection of dogs, cats, and horses who find their way to her little farm.

Blog:  http://romancingthepentoday.blogspot.com


Giveaway Details:

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Review: Katie MacAlister's "Much Ado About Vampires" (Dark Ones, Book #9)

Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Signet; Original edition (October 4, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0451234928
ISBN-13: 978-0451234926
Review Copy Courtesy Of:  My Bookshelf

Synopsis From Back Cover:

BITTER AT FIRST BITE

Corazon Ferreira is one heck of a jaded woman.  Not only did her husband dump her for a pretty, vivacious blonde, but her sister lost her mind and married a vampire.  Worse, it turns out that Cora herself was a vampire's mate in a past life--a murderous vampire named Alec Darwin.

If Cora hadn't inadvertently been caught up in the ill-laid plans of a reanimated corpse and its master, she could deal with this distractingly gorgeous vampire.  But no one other that Alec stands between her and those who threaten her existence, and there's only so much temptation a woman can bear before she starts taking her heart as seriously as her head....

Saph's Review:

Alec finally has his story!!!!

Alec's Beloved was killed many, many moons ago in an accident involving oxcarts and a crazy woman. 

Corazon, under hypnosis, discovers that she was murdered in her past life by a crazy woman and an oxcart...and to top it all off, Cora watches the woman who accidentally killed her get murdered by...A Vampire???  Coincidence?....I think not.

Later, Cora  becomes "cursed" after becoming involved in a theft, and is tossed into Abaddon.
While trying to figure a way out, she stumbles across the body of Alec, who has also been banished.  Realizing that he is the murderous vampire from her dreams, Cora also realizes that Alec may be her only way out of "Hell."  

"Much Ado About Vampires" is an exciting installment in Katie Mac's "Dark Ones" series.  Humor abounds and we get to read about how it is possible that Alec has two Beloveds and what happens when these two Beloveds meet.  

As in most of the Dark Ones books, the main female character isn't a perfect princess.  They have qualities of real-life people, not models in magazines.  They make mistakes, do stupid things, sometimes act weak, but above all else--they can verbally kick your ass!!!

If you're a fan of Katie MacAlister you shouldn't be disappointed.  Each story in the series is different.  Beloveds are brought about/discovered in various ways.  Events in each story are separate but the author still manages to intertwine them with previous books.  

This book features characters from previous Dark Ones novels:

Kristoff & Pia who star in "Zen And The Art Of Vampires" Book 6 and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Fang" Book 7.  Ulphur the ghost-turned-lich, and Christian Dante.

I'm a huge fan of Katie MacAlister's Dark Ones series and her Dragon series' too!  If you love humor, snark, paranormal creatures, sex, romance, and plot twists then make sure you read both series' by Katie MacAlister.

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Review: Allure Of The Vampire: Our Sexual Attraction To The Undead by Corvis Nocturnum

Paperback: 284 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (July 23, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1448658942
ISBN-13: 978-1448658947
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.7 inches
Review Copy Courtesy Of: Mystical Events, Promotions and Party Planning
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Synopsis Courtesy Of Goodreads:

The mere mention of vampires used to be enough to make people think of a nocturnal predator. But over the centuries the vampire has changed from monstrous villain to sexual object, for both men and women alike. Allure of the Vampire examines our intimate attraction to these beings in a detailed manner. Now, join occult author Corvis Nocturnum as he reveals the fascinating evolution of this icon as it has lured and enticed us in folklore, film and books from the days of ancient civilization to the living breathing inhabitants of our modern subculture, the vampire community.

Saph's Review:

"Allure Of The Vampire" is a wealth on information concerning history of vampires, vampires in media (books, television, movies, art, music, etc.), and the attraction to vampires.

There is a quote on Page 19 that sums up vampires and why we love them so much:

"Vampires are a seduction of the mind, body, and soul. They sexualize death in an aspect unlike any other."

Discussions within the chapters of the book include sexuality and the cultures vampirism influenced. "The vampire, in part, stood for forbidden sexuality" (pg. 46).

Chapter Titles:

Chapter 1: Vampires In Folklore & Early Fiction

Chapter 2: The Vampire On the Silver Screen

Chapter 3: The Vampire In Art

Chapter 4: Vampire Sexualis

Chapter 5: Vampires Of Our Day

This novel lists several movies and television shows about vampires.  Each blurb features a brief synopsis, as well as, comments about the various themes of each program.  Some of my favorites on the list; The Lost Boys, Underworld, True Blood, etc.  Vampires are not only sensationalized in books, television shows, and moves.  They can be found in paintings, computer graphics, and music.  There is also a subculture of people who emulate contemporary vampire lore, as explained by Corvis Noturnum.

Vampires obsession has also turned to commercialism; apparel, jewelry, and gourmet wine, plus cosmetic items like porcelain fangs, and various forms of colored contact lenses.

"Allure Of The Vampire" discusses sexualism and the vampire as noted by the first sentence of Chapter 4:  "Sex, vampires, and death are undeniably linked together."  There are sections on pornography and fetishes that cross into the vampire realm.

Vampirism has also been linked to murderers from historical times right down to modern times.  Mr. Nocturnum has pulled several stories from the past and present and included these as references, as well.  Gender doesn't seem to be a distinction either; both male and female murderers have used vampirism as the scapegoat.

As I noted above, there is a subculture of people who emulate contemporary vampire lore.  This vampire community is very real and shares our world.  They aren't the murdering, preying, destructive types of people one might think.  They have rules and regulations for their ways of life.  "The vampire community values community, respect, awareness, and safety" (pg. 202).

This is a highly useful reference tool for anyone devoted to the learning of vampires, their culture, and how they have become so engrained in society.  The appendices contains a comprehensive list of reading material; both fiction and non-fiction resources.

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