Sunday, April 30, 2006

Madelyn Alt

Madelyn Alt has a blog,, which she updates farely frequently. It's done in that aweful collor pink. Other then that it looks pretty cool. She's only had it for a few weeks though so we'll have to see how that goes. :)

Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn

Kitty and the midnight hour - by Carrie Vaughn - scifi - pgs 272 - this book was great. I highly recommend reading it. Imagine being torn between exposing yourself as a werewolf and loneliness with extreme boredom. Would you use your nighttime smalltime radio host job to launch special races (ie vampires, werewolves, etc...) into the spot light. Could you handle listening to the problems of the underworld in a jerry Springer type of way. Read and find out what kitty does. Plus a werewolf named kitty it just screams funny.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs. SciFi. Pgs 288. Great Book. Mercy is a walker. She works as an auto mechanic and just happens to turn into a coyote. Raised with werewolves She has a bond unique to well her. When a strange new werewolf comes to town she decides to help him out. Before she can do much she has to tangle with a bad dude and rescue the pack leader. She just wasn't ready for all this excitement. This book is kind of like a Hamilton book post virgin pre nympho. Must read for 2006

Friday, April 28, 2006

Dead and Loving It by Mary Janice Davidson

Dead and Loving It by Mary Janice Davidson - Romance (could be scifi) - 305 pgs. This is a funny book. Great light read. It has a lot of her other characters in it from her Vampire series and her werewolf series. The four short stories in it carry over to each other and will most likely impact the series. It does introduce new characters as well. I just devourer her works. Check it out.

Your suggestions

Hi everyone. Now I know I haven't read everything. I'm sure you're all looking at my list and thinking she's missing this author. How can she be missing this author? So I want to let you all know that if you e-mail me a write up of a book or author Most likely I'll post it. If I don't I will give you an e-mail and explain why. So send your recommendations my way. I'll enjoy learning about them. :)

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Blue Twilight by Maggie Shayne

Blue Twilight - Maggie Shayne - pgs 394 - I love this authors vamp concept. It's a good story line that really was fairly unique. Not super unique but not overdone either. Warning it is a cliff hanger and the next book doesn't come out till 3/06. Found in the romance section. She doesn't put many books out a yr. Good book.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Charmed to Death by Shirley Damsgaard

Charmed to Death by Shirley Damsgaard - Mystery - 288 pgs. This is the second book by Damsgaard and I can't wait for a third, which probably wont be out for a year. The main character is a witch who seems to have a knack for finding dead bodies and getting herself into trouble. She gets all mixed up in investigations over and over which of course makes cops nervous. I mean how many people that you know have found a single dead person let alone three. Check it out.

:) Time for the books

Now that I've reviewed most if not all of my current authors I'm going to start reviewing books. I hope you enjoy. Since I'm not so good as to be able to read 2 books a day you'll be getting a mix of older books and new books. I'm hoping you'll enjoy.

Cunningham, Elaine

Ok I have only read one book by this author so I can't tell you a lot about her but I really liked the one book I read. It's a science fiction book and it's called Shadows in the Darkness. The second book, Shadows in the Starlight, is out I just haven't gotten to it yet. This author does have several other books and if you read star wars or EverQuest books you may recognize the name. I generally skip the RPG novels because I tend to play the table top games. But back to the books. The main character is an ex cop faery who works as a detective who specializes in looking under age. It's great. Check it out. The covers on the hard covers are much prettier then the softcover.

Vaughn, Carrie

Carrie Vaughn has one book out (Kitty and the midnight hour). It's about a werewolf radio host. Yes she's a werewolf named Kitty. In this one being a werewolf in not hereditary. One night she's bored and she asks people what's up with batboy? She accidentally starts a supercreature show all about the different problems with being supernatural. It's great. Watch as she grows from a nothing to a important figure in her society. She's coming out with a new one soon called Kitty goes to Washington and I'm so looking forward to it.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Sosnowsky, David

David Sosnowsky is a Michigan author. He has two stand alone books. His first one is out of print but I know he's working on getting it back into print. The title is Rapture. It's really good. It is about a guy who gets this weird virus and turns into an angle. The second title is Vamped. The world has been embraced. They learned how to make fake blood that works just fine to sustain vampires. Can you imagine what the world would be like all vampires. Well one little girl turns up that isn't a vampire. What will our main character do with a little girl with real blood. Both of these stories are unique and I can't wait for his next book. I went to his books signing and he's very nice.

Snicket, Lemony

Lemony Snicket, while being a completely fake name, should be familiar to lots of people. He writes a kids series. It's called a Series of Unfortunate Events. It's about three rice kids who's parents pass on and they get stuck with an evil uncle. Basically it is about a Series of Unfortunate Events. There are 13 books in the series. It's fun but I'm not sure about how old a kid should be before reading it. I have a theory that kids like them so much cause they aren't sugar coated like most kids books. I say pass on the movie though. It combined the first three books and instead of following the book order it jumbled things all up. I don't really know why they did that. So kids or people who just like a light fun read go for it.

Sizemore, Susan

I love Susan Sizemore's work. She has two different vampire series, a historical series, and a fantasy series. The first vampire series is my favorite. It's the Law's of the Blood series. It's got a lot of different types of vampires. The main character is an enforcer. There are hunters to worry about, rogue vampires, and lots of other problems. Mix in a love life and this enforcer has one hell of a time. There are 5 books in the series ( The Hunt, Partners, Companions, Deceptions, and Heroes). I haven't seen any out of her in a long time but I'm still holding onto the hope she'll come back to this series. Second Vampire Series has 6 books in it and appears to be the one she is writing in currently(I Burn for You, I Hunger for You, I thirst for You, Master of Darkness, Shadows of Christmas Past, and Primal Heat coming out in July). They are very good if you are looking for a vampire romance. She did rebind the three 'for you' books. Her historical series has 6 books (Price of Passion, Price of Innocence, On a Long Ago Night, Too Wicked to Marry, Captured Innocence, and Scandalous Miranda). I'm sorry I haven't read these. I'm not huge on historical but I know some of the people that read these do. There are only two fantasy books and unfortunately I haven't read either (Walking on the Moon and Gates of Hell).

Shayne, Maggie

Maggie Shayne has a number of books. A lot of them are paranormal but not all. Ok now first I want to say that some of her books have been reprinted under different names and regrouped and stuff. Also I might have a few under the generic paranormal category cause I'm not sure which one it should be in. I love the books of hers I've read. I've read the vampire books and some of the witch books. Under vampire books she has Wings in the Night, At Twilight, Nights Edge, Edge of Twilight, Two by Twilight, Blue Twilight, Twilight Begins, Embrace the Twilight, Twilight Hunger, and Prince of Twilight. I'm pretty sure these are called the Twilight series but I could be wrong. Under witch books she has Bewitched bothered and bewildered, Immortality, Destiny, Infinity, Eternity, and Bewitched. Under were books she has Hot Blooded. Under paranormal (now remember some of these might be witch were or vamp) she has Kick Ass, Midnight Pleasures, Out of this World, and Witch Moon Rising. Finally under other books she has Million Dollar Marriage, Brands Who Come to Christmas, Broken Silence, Enemy Mind, Recklace Angel, An Unexpected Family, Veils of Time, Sinful, Gingerbread Man, Texas Brand, Outlaw Bride, Darker then Midnight, Feels Like Home, Colder than Ice, Thicker then Water, Man of my Dreams, and Stranger in Town. I have heard good things about the supernatural books but I've heard not so good things about the suspense stories. I however haven't read any of the suspense stories.

Sands, Lynsay

Lynsay Sands writes romance novels. She has a few different series. The Highlander series, Vampire series, and several stand alone books. I've only read her Vampire ones so I'm going to focus on those (Single White Vampire, Love Bites, Tall Dark and Hungry, A Quick Bite, Dates from Hell (anthology), and A Bite to remember comes out in June). These books are funny. The vampires are actually atlantians who have injected nano's into their blood to fix their bodies. Unformatted they have the side effect of making them need blood to eat and not being able to go out in the sun much. Their mom is their biggest problem of all however. She's constantly trying to fix them up in the weirdest ways. I think the Highlander series might also be paranormal but I haven't read it. I highly recommend checking out this author.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Rowling, J.K.

Ok, I'm sure everyone know who J.K. Rowling is. I mean Harry Potter people. Several movies and six books later she has a huge fan base. I'll admit I'm one of them although the only way you're catching me at a book release is if I'm working it. Wizards and Witches, Monsters and Evil, and all designed for such a wide audience. I'm sure I really don't need to say anymore but I'll list the books. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Don't forget she also has two side books about monsters and quiddich (sorry if I misspelled this).

Friday, April 21, 2006

Rice, Anne

Let me first say that I'm not a fan of her newest writing Christ the Lord. I understand that she lost her beloved husband and almost lost her own life which lead her to find God. However, I'm not a fan of the new work. Now that fact doesn't keep me from liking her earlier works. She is one of the definitive authors of vampire fiction. Her Vampire Chronicles consist of 10 books (Interview with a Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, Queen of the Damned, Tale of the Body Thief, Memnock the Devil, The Vampire Armand, Merrick, blood and Gold, Blackwood Farm, and Blood Canticle). The New Tales of the Vampire series has 2 books. One of which should really be in the Vampire Chronicles (Pandora). And One of which I don't think was very good (Vittorio). She has the Mayfair Witches series. It has three books in it and it took me forever to read the first one(The Witching Hour) It stunk. The other two were ok (Lasher and Taltos). Unfortunately I felt that reading them was important to fully understanding Merrick and everything after that in the Vampire Chronicles. Of her single writings I highly recommend Cry to Heaven. It was very well written. I could only get through Servant of the Bones by listening to it on tape. Belinda is disturbing and I feel it promotes child porn and old men dating young girls. The Sleeping Beauty series was well porn but most of the time I kinda like porn. Over all I think this author had her time and was good for awhile but needs to get an editor and listen to them. Yes listen to them. She has one hell of a temper and just needs to grow up.

Pratchett, Terry

Terry Pratchett is a very impressive fantasy author. His characters are well written and his works are incredibly funny. I highly recommend the Disk World series. Color of Magic is the first book in the series. Throughout the series you get to meet such characters as Rincewind, the Witches, Mort, Carrott, Death, the Wizards, the Librarian, and many more. I'd go through and describe all these characters but I know I wont do them justice. If you like such books as Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and Dirty Jobs you really should check this author out. I've been to a signing by this author and he is very funny in person as well as in his writing. He's also very nice. He limits the number of books he'll sign to a trolley. I really want to write so much more about him but it just defies being put down in words. To many other people have said it so much better then I ever could. Check out his website and message boards.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Paolini, Christopher

Christopher Paolini put out Eragon when he was 15 years old. It was roughly 1000 pages and his parents drove him around the country selling it out of the back of their van. After a few years Random House got their hands on it. Edited it down to a more reasonable 500 pages and sold it as a teen fiction book. However this series has most of the age appeal that Harry Potter has and young and old alike read it. It's a trilogy and so far 2 of the books are out. It's the story of a young boy who find a dragon egg. Takes care of it and one day it hatches. People have long thought all the dragons were extinct so he hides. Good thing to cause the evil king wants nothing to do with more dragons. This trilogy is very tolkenesk. Read it you'll love it. I believe there is a movie coming out as well. The first book is Eragon the second is Eldest. Have fun.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Murphy, C.

Murphy has written 3 books. Urban Shaman, Winter Moon (anothology), and Thunderbird Falls (coming out in may). I have only read Urban Shaman but it was very good. I didn't realize that winter moon was part of the same story line until just the other day so I'm going to be buy it soon. The main character is a cop. She sees someone assulted from the window of her airplane. When she investigates she finds herself deeply involved in a plot involving celtic characters and faeries. It's a great book. I'm going to go out on a ledge and say the series should be great.

Moore, Christopher

Nothing I can say will do justice to Christopher Moore writing. He's funny as funny gets and deeply philosophical. Yes there are lots paranormal bits. My two favorite books are Blood Sucking Fiends and Dirty Job. Dirty Job is his newest book. The main character is a soul collector. He collects souls no longer in use and moves them on to their next body. He has a daughter who also has special powers. And he's running from the sewer harpies. It's really funny and whatever I say again will not to it justice just read it. Blood Sucking Fiends is also a great book about vampires. I highly recommend it. At one point the main character buys snapping turtles from the Chinese market to feed off of. He has a bunch of other books that I will give you a list of. Since I'm not capable of conveying how funny he is I'm going to trust you to go to the store and read the back. Or hell click the link and check out his website. Lamb: the Gospel According to Biff Christ's Childhood Pal features such things as Jesus visiting different groups of monks to learn more and grow into his son of god status. Fluke is one I have yet to read unfortunately. Island of the Sequined Love Nun is about a pilot who gets hurt and isn't allowed to fly and his journey to an island where nurse/goddess is harvesting the natives organs for money. Lust Lizards of Melancholy Cove is about a giant lizard that feeds of depression and the residence of a small depressed areas attempt to fight it. Coyote Blue is my third favorite. It's about a man who thinks he's left behind the old ways and coyote's (a native American spirit guide) slap across the face to wake him up. Practical Demonkeeping is about a priest and his demon. Stupidest Angel (2.0) is one I have unfortunately not read yet. There is a sequel to Blood Sucking Fiends coming out but I'm not sure when it will be coming out. I went to see Christopher Moore when he came to town. He's funny and nice and I can't wait to go to another of his signings. We got a picture of him and One day we'll get it signed even though I feel I look like a big fatty in picture.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

MacAlister, Katie

Katie MacAlister is a comedic romance writer. She's so funny that my fiance ignores the romance descriptor and reads it. She has two series and several stand alones. I'm going to leave the non paranormal ones out so I wont be reviewing everything she's done. Aisling Grey is one of her series. Aisling is a guardian and a dragons wife, sometimes. Before she suddenly turned magical she had no idea she's possessed any 'gifts'. There are three cooks so far. You Slay Me, Fire Me Up, and Light My Fire (coming out November 2006). Watch her make a bumbling mess out of everything. Maybe this girl should get some lessons. Her vampire series is also hilarious. It kind of pokes fun at the other, more serious, vampire romance novels. There are four adult books and two teen books (teen books written under Katie Maxwell) in this series. A Girls Guide to Vampires (adult), Sex and the Single Vampire (adult), Sex Lies and Vampires (adult), Got Fangs? (teen), Circus of the Darned (teen), and Even Vampires Get the Blues (adult, coming out in may 2006). One of her side books, Blow Me Down, is about virtual reality. There is a virtual reality program where you can live the life of a pirate. Work your way up from deck hand to captain. Amy's daughter talks her into trying it out. Problem is that there is an unhappy ex staff member that will risk Amy's and captain Corbain's life to get the money he feels he's due. Now they're stuck in virtual reality. Can this by the beginning of a beautiful relationship? Hard Days Knight isn't really a paranormal but it's good. It's set at Ren Fest. The main character goes because her friend promises to find her a man. She ends up learning how to use a lance. She gets embroiled in a competition scene. End up trying to solve a mystery of the damage and equipment. (iliana you should check this one out. if memory serves me right she's either a vet or works with horses in a medical capacity.) She has a book called Just One Sip coming out in October 2006. Her other books include Noble Intentions, The Trouble with Harry, The Corset Diaries, Noble Destiny, and Improper English. Also check out Katie Maxwell in the teen section since it's the same person.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Laurie, Victoria

Victoria Laurie is a mystery author. She writes the Abby Cooper series. There are four books (Abby Cooper: psychic eye, Better Read then Dead, Visions of Murder, and Drop Dead Blond (anthology)). Abby Cooper is a psychic. She has a thriving practice based out of Royal Oak, MI. After looking for a date online she finds herself mixed up helping the cops. She never wanted to help the cops, they just don't believe. Go with her when she finds murderers, saves friends, and avoids her sister. She might even find a date she actually enjoys. She's a relatively new author but she's taking off with her books.

Kenyon, Sherilyn

Sherilyn Kenyon writes two series. One of them in not paranormal. It's called B.A.D. (bureau of American defense). It's a fun series about spies with a bad boy/girl image and love. But this blog is about the paranormal so let us talk about her second series. The starts with fantasy lover but the first book has little to do with the rest of the series. The first book is about a Greek general who's bound to a scroll and can be summoned by different women to become their love slave for three days. One day he's summoned by someone who doesn't want to use him and throw him away. Could she be his salvation? The rest of the series is about the dark hunters. Dark hunters are good vampires with a Greek mythological spin. Athena holds their souls and only their true love can return it to their bodies. The catch is that in order to become dark hunters they were horribly betrayed. While they learn to trust they slay the atlantians. Atlantians in their 20's unless they take the lives of humans. Throw in a variety of werecreatires. Super bad guys, Gods/Goddesses, curses, and a demon/tattoo and you have the dark-hunter series. I've been to two Kenyon signings and she's really nice. She has a message board and checks her e-mail. :) Many smiles for this author. She has a lot of books and also writes under the name Kinley Macgregor.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Huston, Charlie

I've only read one of Charlie Hustons books. I read Already Dead. It's a great book. The main character is a vampire that is torn between three or four different groups. He likes being a free agent and in order to do so he has to do errands for these different groups. He starts an errand for one group and leaves a bit of a mess cause the sun came up before he could finish. It all snowballs from there and ends up with the snowball in hell. I hope he makes a follow up to this book cause it was good.

Hawks, John Twelve

John Twelve Hawks is such an interesting character that I'm going to tell you more about him after I tell you about his book. The Traveler is about the Harlequins and the travelers. Harlequins protect the travelers from the government. The government wants to protect people from the travelers because they bring new ideals to the masses and it adds an unknown into their carefully choreographed world. It's all about the government watching and knowing everything we do. It gets scarely close to the reality in which we currently live. Cameras on streets, in stores, everywhere we go. Surveys keeping track of everything we buy. Good thing our world isn't that organized. John Twelve Hawks actually lives off the grid. According to the rep he never once talked to the publishers directly. He operated everything through shell corporations. Is he a brilliant manipulator of the system or completely whacked? I don't know but he writes one hell of a book and it's supposed to be a series.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Harrison, Kim

Kim Harrison writes a series of novels about a witch who's made an art of getting into trouble. She has 5 books (Dead Witch Walking, The Good The Bad and The Undead, Every Witch Way But Dead, Dates from Hell (anthology), and coming in June a Fist Full of Charms). Rachel (the witch) used to work for the government agency in charge of magical creatures. Only problem is it sucked. So she decided to quit. No one quits. See what kind of trouble she gets herself into running away from her old job. She pairs with a vampire named Ivy and a pixie named jinx. It's great. Along the way you'll meet vampires (undead and alive), werewolves, pixies, demons, and elfin folk. I can't wait for her next story. Oh and I almost forgot to tell you about how she mixes in real life. She talks about Ivy's issues with blood addiction, Rachel having to buy things for her spells, and jinx having to feed his like 20 kids. Almost no one mixes in day to day issues. It makes it more real.

Harris, Charlaine

Charlaine Harris writes the Southern Vampire stories. Dead tile Dark, Living Dead in Dallas, Club Dead, Dead to the World, Dead as a Doornail, Bite (anthology), and coming in May Definitely Dead. These books also have vampires, werecreatures, and faeries. In addition the main character is psychic. However, being a psychic isn't particularly good for personal relationships. Think about it, you're walking down the street and in your head you're hearing all the lude thoughts that your significant other is having about other people. Not good. Luckily she can't hear the thoughts of the supernatural creatures. It gets her into all kind of troubles but it does give her friendship. She also as a book called Grave sight. I think this will be developing into a series. The main character can sense the final location of a dead person and share their last moments. Its located in the mystery section. Before she was writing about psychics or graves Harris was writing her shakespear series. It's also located in the mystery section. Unfortunately I haven't read any of them and know nothing about them.

Hamilton, Laurell K.

Laurell K. Hamilton has two series. Her Merry Gentry books (Kiss of Shadows, caress of Twilight, Seduced by Moonlight, Stroke of Midnight, and the Mistral's kiss comes out in December 2006). Are about the Fae. The fae are dying. The queen is having a contest between her niece (Merry) and her son. Whomever has a child first inherits the thrown. Problem is Merry is Half human and mortal. Her immortal cousin sees this as a weakness that will damn the Fae and wants to see her dead. These are x rated. There are 14 books in the Anita Blake series (Guilty Pleasures, Laughing Corpse, Circus of the damned, lunatic Cafe, Bloody Bones, Killing Dance, Burnt Offerings, Blue Moon, Obsidian Butterfly, Narcissus in Chains, Cerulean Sins, Incubus Dreams, Cravings anthology, and Micah). Anita starts out a virgin but watch out round book 9 or 10 it goes x rated. A lot of people were a bit upset by this. They didn't want Anita to stay a virgin for forever but they didn't want her to become sex queen either. I however only know of one person who quit reading them. Anita is a vampire hunter/animator. She raises zombies to do anything from solving crimes to clearing up wills. She's the best there is. She is also a licensed vampire executioner. Vampires are out but jail just doesn't work so if one of them goes bad they call in Anita. Werewolves/werecreatures in general are also in the spot light so you'll see a lot of them as well. Vampires, were's, and even the occasional Faery. Not that I need to say much about this series. Most people know about them. She also has a stand alone books, Nightseer, about magic. It's completely different and very good. She doesn't answer her own e-mail, a friend does it for her.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Hambly, Barbara

Barbara hambly is yet another of those authors where I have read only a few of her books. I did however feel the need to mention her because so many of the vampire readers I talk to bring her up. Most of her books vampire books are set in the past. They seemed to have a Sherlock feel to them. I haven't gotten through many of them. I am not huge on historicals. I have tried though and with so many people telling me how much they love them I'll probably try again. I do really like her fantasy stories. Magic on a desert planet with little hope. Pretty good. If you've read her please comment. I'd like to here more from someone who knows more about her.

Hambly, Barbara

Barbara hambly is yet another of those authors where I have read only a few of her books. I did however feel the need to mention her because so many of the vampire readers I talk to bring her up. Most of her books vampire books are set in the past. They seemed to have a Sherlock feel to them. I haven't gotten through many of them. I am not huge on historicals. I have tried though and with so many people telling me how much they love them I'll probably try again. I do really like her fantasy stories. Magic on a desert planet with little hope. Pretty good. If you've read her please comment. I'd like to here more from someone who knows more about her.

Green, Simon

Simon Green writes a lot of science fiction. I am going to skip a lot of it cause I've only read Of the Nightside. Of the Nightside is a series of 6 books. Something from the Nightside, Agents of Light and Darkness, Nightingale's Lament, Hex and the City, Paths Not Taken, and Sharper than a Serpent's Tooth. I am just a smidgen behind. I still need to read Sharper than a Serpent's Tooth. This is a great tale of a detective who's not quite human but no one quite knows what he is. He can find things. It's handy sometimes. Other times using the gift brings trouble. People don't hire him to find their keys you see. People hire him to find the holy grail, missing people (trust me there's a twist on that one), and the truth behind his existence. I read it and love it so naturally I want everyone else to read it as well. You'll see old gods, vampires, werewolves, and the oldest bar in the world. Get some hot cocoa and get comfy cause once you start em you'll wanna finish.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Gilman, Laura

:) I contacted Laura Gilman by e-mail today and got a response. Bring it on will be out in July 2006 and Burning bridges in July 2007. So now we know that Laura Gilman responds to e-mail and quickly. Yay!

Gilman, Laura

Laura Gilman writes science fiction. She has two series and has contributed to a third. Her Retriever series is fun. It has two books Staying dead and Curse the dark. There was supposed to be a third called Bring it on in November 2005 but we haven't been able to get it at my bookstore. I'm putting an e-mail into the author and will get back to you with more info (hopefully). Basically the main character retrieves stolen goods using her magical powers. This can get pretty sticky sometimes. Who knows who stole what first and who's leaving what out. Checkout the trouble Wren gets herself into. This retriever has nothing to do with dogs. The second series is a kids series. It's called Grail quest. Obviously a series of Camelot tales. She's also written books in the Buffy the Vampires Slayers teen series. I'm not positive but I think Buffy may have gone out of print. If it hasn't yet it probably will soon. But definitely check out the retriever series in a science fiction section near you.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Feehan, Christine

Christine Feehan writes paranormal romance novels. The Dark series, the Mind series, and miscellaneous werecreature stories. The Dark series is fairly unique. The main characters are the carpathians (good vampires). Carpathians are a race that is going to go extinct if they can't fix themselves. The females have trouble conceiving and the males lose all emotions and the ability to see in color until they find true love. On top of that they must fight bad vampires which puts them in danger of turning themselves. It's very interesting for at least the first five books or so. After awhile they start to get a bit repetitive. But however often I've heard this complaint from her fans they always buy her next one and they'd be disappointed if she stopped writing them. The werecreature books have been good. Since each one is different it's really hard to wrap them up in a short summary so just trust me that they are fun. Probably more so for women. The Mind series have been good as well. I have only read a few but they are a group of genetically altered kids who have grown up not knowing they were genetically altered. I do plan on reading more of them. Overall this author tends to appeal more to women then men.

Evanovich, Janet

Janet Evanovich (not a paranormal author) has four funny series out. The Stephanie Plum series, the Alexandra Barnaby series, the full series, and her romance books. The romance books are being republished from earlier works. They are fun but aren't as well developed as her Plum series. The Barnaby series could eventually rival the Plum series. I can't wait to see if develop. Nascar, sleuthing, and funny as hell. If you've heard the name Evanovich you've probably heard of Stephanie Plum. This is her money maker. The big bang success. Stephanie is a bounty hunter with no experience whatsoever. Hilarious is all I need to say. Now the full series. It's written "with" another author. Overall not as popular as the others. Sadly I haven't read it so that's all I know.

Elrod, P.

P. Elrod writes vampire stories with a Dick Tracy feel. They are fun to read if not just a bit cheesy. I must admit I haven't read much of this author. But I do plan on reading more in the future.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Laura Likes

Just so that people know I'd be thrilled for feedback. I'd love to know what people think. Thank you for reading about the authors and books I like to read. After I finish going through the different authors I'm going to start reviewing books as I read them. :)

Donaldson, Stephen

Stephen Donaldson is an English author most popular for his science fiction series The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever. However, he is widely published with a number of other novels. Around a year ago he came out with an extender to the Thomas Covenant series. I've been slow to read it because I feel I should go back and reread the first six. The original first six came out in the 1980's. They are about a man with leprosy who crosses into a different realm. In this new realm he is healthy and his white gold ring gives him powers. I encourage people to read his works. I wouldn't encourage people to try to get ahold of the author. He has pages of instructions to follow on his website for the proper way/format to send questions.

Davidson, Mary Janice

Mary Janice Davidson is a very busy writter. She's relatively new yet has tons of books out. She writes under romance but several of her books could easily be considered science fiction. She writes about anything from vampire take overs and werewolf revolts to office romances and royal families. One of her series is a particular favorite of mine called Undead and Unwed. She also writes a werewolf story called Derek's Bane. It's also funny as hell. Don't let the romance section scare you away from this funny author.

Damsgaard, Shirley

Shirley Damsgaard writes the Ophellia and Abby mysteries. The first book is Witch Way to Murder. The second is Charmed to Death. Abby is a powerful hereditary witch. The last in her family line to embrace her magic. Ophelia is the last to inherit the magic in the family line. Abby is worried that Ophelia will not accept her magic until there is no one to teach her. Ophelia is worried the magic will drive her insane. Read these thrilling novels to see how the magic helps solve crimes and takes both of them into the thick of things.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Canavan, Trudi

Trudi Canavan has one trilogy finished and one series just started. The first one is the Dark Magician Trilogy. A poverty stricken girl lives in the city. On the day of cleansing (driving the poor from the city) she wishes with all her might that she could hit a magician. She throws a rock and it sails through the magical shields and hit it's mark. With this strike she changes everything. Only the houses have magic yet this girl has it too. Read the trilogy to find out what reprocussions this little stone has. The series is called age of the five. She has the first one out. It's The Priestess of the White. I haven't gotten a chance to read it yet but as soon as I do you'll know. Trudi Canavan does respond to e-mails. Her work is very good. If you like Jordan or Goodkind you should check out Canavan.

Arthur, Keri

I've only read one of Keri Arthur's books so far. But it's one hell of a book. Full Moon Rising is about Riley. 50% Vampire, 50% werewolf, and 100% screwed. Her twin brother is missing. There's a naked vampire on her doorstep with no memory. And her job is pressuring her to take more responsibility. If you like Laurell K Hamilton you'll love Keri Arthur.

Briggs, Patricia

Admission of guilt here. I've only read her newest book Moon called. Moon Called is a great book. The main character's name is Mercy. Mercy can turn into a coyote. raised among werewolves she has a hint of what to do when Mac shows up on her doorstep. Good thing to because chaos soon follows. The authors site says that she's working on a sequel.

I don't know much about her earlier works. From my quick scan they seem king of D&D/ Tolken types.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Bray, Libba

Libba Bray is a teen author geared towards girls. She's written two books: A great and terrible beauty and Rebel angels. Set in the 1890's both books star Gemma. Gemma is a unruly girl who speaks her mind and day dreams. Her family is falling apart at the seams since the passing of her mother. She's stuck in a boarding school she hates. To top it all off she discovers the magic of the realms that leads her through adventures beyond her day dreams. These books were great. Unfortunetly I don't think they can cross the gender gap. I'll be watching Libba Bray to see what she thinks up next.

Armstrong, Kelley

Kelley Armstrong is a great writter and a nice person. I had the priveledge of meeting her a few years back at a book signing. She answers e-mail and has several novellas on her web site. The series she's created is called women of the otherworld. So far she has six books. Bitten, Stolen, Dime store magic, Industrail magic, Haunted, and Dates from hell (anthology). Her books have werewolves, vampires, Demons, Witches, etc... Bitten starts off a bit slow but is well worth it. I encourage all fantasy readers to give this author a try.

Alt, Madelyn

Madelyn Alt is a new author. She writes a mystery series called A Bewitching Mystery. The first (and so far only) book in the series is The Trouble with Magic. Maggie decides to take a chance at living a fun life and not boring 9-5 desk job. She takes a job with Felicity in her charming shop. There couldn't be a more different pairing. Maggie was raised christian. Felicity is a self proclaimed witch. What could possibly go wrong? It's a wonderful book and I hope that Madelyn keeps it up. I can't wait for Charmed Death to come out in december of 2006.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

More to come.

This is the first official post on Laura Likes... I will spend the next few posts telling you about the authors I love and the books they have written. I hope you enjoy.