Vaempires: Revolution Blog Tour

Hello everyone!

No, I did not spell my title post wrong, nor is the book title spelled wrong. It is purposefully spelled this way. I am SO excited to be a part of this blog tour. I am also so happy to have been able to read this book, as I am not usually a vampire fan *ducks and hides*… yes I know, GASP, but sometimes vampires are repetitive and that bores me LOL HOWEVER, this book is flippin awesome, and not repetitive at all! It’s a whole new take on vampires and living with humans… let’s now get started!!

Vaempires: A white Christmas: A prelude to the Evolutionary War

If you click on the tour picture, it will take you to the blog site where all the other stops for the tour are listed-HINT: I AM NOT THE ONLY STOP WITH A GIVEAWAY :) hehehehe there is your incentive to visit the other stops LOL Now, if you click on the book cover picture, it will take you to the goodreads page where my review, and the synopsis, as well as other info is there just for you :) I will first begin this post with my review of the book, and a small explanation…

Ok let me see if I can explain without spoilers. Vampires and humans live in a post apocalyptic world together and vaempires are a mutated version of vampires. Hehe the vampires are the good guys and vaempires are monsters. There are two points of view- Cassie and Daniel. Cassie is the princess and Daniel is a royal guard (her guard) who happen to secretly love each other…. And the tragedy strikes!! PS you get a small glimpse of this in the prequel-no worries I’ll talk about that too :)

This book is not like the typical vampire books. It’s a very survivalistic, action packed, fast read. And the whole time is based on the day of the doomed attacking of the Princess’s birthday celebration. It’s very well written and makes me want to change my mind and be a vampire! I was at first reluctant, as there is always a brooding male vampire in love with a human girl, and blah, blah, blah, romance… NO!! This is not that kinda thing. After the crazy humans (yep, we are crazy and you know it) declared war (with pretty much everything, including the vampires) they launched some nuclear bombs (STUPID) which took out half the planet and killed most of the population of both humans and vampires. For those who happen to survive, they have worked out a way to all live together peacefully, or so they thought.

There are a few things that are going on, and I REALLY like the supporting characters, which you meet in the prequel, and see glimpses of in here. I am seriously hoping to see more of them. I think I have the hots for one of them, hint- it’s Ray :) LOL And THAT ENDING!!! How ya gunna do that to me! I always say I’m a fan of well placed cliff hangers and THIS IS ONE- so fair warning lol I think I was a little devastated and shocked, but at the same time, I’m not… I dunno how to explain this. I will definitely be picking up book 2 as I cannot wait to see how it’s going to play out!! Will Daniel finally rescue his princess or will too many dangers keep them apart! Boy oh boy! Great one!! 5 paws

hopefully that review will entice you to check this new series out… BUT I’M NOT DONE :) Let’s now go on to my character interview with Cassie :) This is a killer-SO FANTASTIC!!! Check it out :)

This interview takes place approximately midway between Væmpires: White Christmas and Væmpires: Revolution.

Maghon: Hello everyone. I’m so excited to announce a very special guest for today’s interview—Princess Cassandra! That’s right; our very own fairy princess is sitting across from me and she’s agreed to answer everything and anything thrown her way during this segment.

Cassandra: Hey! (Laughs)

Maghon: (Also laughs) Within reason, of course. We can’t expect our future queen to divulge all the royal family’s dark secrets, can we?

Cassandra: Not without earning the grounding of a lifetime, you can’t.

Maghon: Well, all right, then; let’s get started. Princess Cassandra, good morning and welcome to Happy Tails and Tales. I can’t tell you how happy I am that you’re here.

Cassandra: Believe me, Maghon, it’s my pleasure. And, please, call me Cassie.

Maghon: Okay … Cassie it is. But only if you agree to call me Mags.

Cassandra: Done.

Maghon: I have a whole list of questions on hand, Cassie, but I’m moving off topic right away because of what you’re wearing. That jewelry is quite beautiful. Beyond beautiful, actually—more like exquisite. Red teardrop earrings and a matching pendant. They’re crystal, I assume?

Cassandra: Yes.

Maghon: Can you tell me about them?

Cassandra: Well, Mags, the jewelry was a gift. The hand-crafted pieces are meant to signify two things; the first being tears, as you noted. But the shape also signifies drops of blood. I have to admit that they are so delicate and beautiful that I’m terrified to wear them. I’m afraid I’m going to lose them or that I’ll get caught out in one of Orion’s windstorms and a strong gust will blow them away. Don’t get me wrong, I carry them with me at all times because I can’t stand having them out of my sight, but I don’t get the courage to actually wear them too often. (Laughs) That’s pretty much the whole sordid story.

Maghon: Almost, but not quite, Cassie.

Cassandra: I beg your pardon.

Maghon: Well, I’m honored that you chose to share that story with us, but I believe you left out one little detail.

Cassandra: A detail?

Maghon: Of course. You forgot to mention whom the jewelry was a gift from.

Cassandra: Uh … well—

Maghon: I assumed the gift was from your parents, Cassie, but I smell a secret in your hesitation. A gift from a suitor, perhaps?

Cassandra: A suitor?

Maghon: Yes, Cassie, a suitor. As in a person with the intention of knowing you better.

Cassandra: (Laughs) I know what a suitor is, Mags.

Maghon: Excellent. Then you can answer the question. Was the jewelry a gift from a suitor?

Cassandra: Let’s just say the gift was from someone special.

Maghon: By “someone special,” you wouldn’t happen to be referring to a certain young man from a prominent military family, would you?

Cassandra: No comment.

Maghon: (Laughs) A special someone who will remain nameless, then?

Cassandra: Yes … something like that.

Maghon: Fair enough, Cassie. For the time being. (Sighs) But now, why don’t we change topics?

Cassandra: Sure. To what?

Maghon: How about we move on to this summer’s momentous event: your sweet sixteen party! (Cheers)

Cassandra: (Laughs) Okay.

Maghon: There’s so much I could ask you, Cassie: the party details … what you’ll be wearing … who’s invited … who’ll be performing … but there’s really only one thing I want to know.

Cassandra: What’s that?

Maghon: We all know that a princess turning sixteen is allowed to ask for one special wish. Traditionally, the princess requests something related to the world-at-large. I want to know what you’re going to ask for. Specifically, given the current climate—in particular, the increased tension between humans, vampires, and væmpires—I want to know if your wish will be in any way related.

Cassandra: I’m sorry, Mags, I can’t answer that right now.

Maghon: Can’t … or won’t?

Cassandra: I can’t. The truth is that I haven’t decided yet, so I don’t know the answer to your question.

Maghon: I understand. But here’s a question you do know the answer to: where did you spend Christmas?

Cassandra: What … (nervous laugh) …what do you mean?

Maghon: C’mon Cassie. Even though every light in the house was on, everyone knows the palace was minus one royal family for the holidays. The rumor mills are running rampant with talk of secret meetings somewhere in the Americas.

Cassandra: I can’t talk about secrets of state, Mags, so you know I can neither confirm nor deny those rumors.

Maghon: Understood. But all I’m asking is where you spent Christmas.

Cassandra: Why, I spent it with my family, of course.

Maghon: (Laughs heartily). Okay, Cassie, that round goes to you. So, I’m going to be tenacious on an earlier point. The first time you wore that necklace and those earrings was at this past New Year’s party—when your family was definitely here in Orion—correct?

Cassandra: Perhaps. Probably. I can’t really say for certain.

Maghon: I can. I did some research and it turns out that those earrings and that necklace were never photographed, noticed, or even mentioned prior to that party … which would seem to strongly indicate that they were not just a gift, but a Christmas gift. Is it safe to say that?

Cassandra: Yes, it would be safe to say that.

Maghon: So … this secret meeting may or may not have taken place … but if one did, it is safe to assume that the royal guard was there, as well, is it not?

Cassandra: If a meeting occurred, then yes it is.

Maghon: And if the royal guard was there, it is safe to assume that the captain of the royal guard was there, as well, true?

Cassandra: Sure.

Maghon: And if the royal guard was there, and the captain of the royal guard was there, then it is safe to assume that the captain’s son was there, as well. Yes? After all, Daniel is second-in-command, correct?

Cassandra: I … I guess so. What I mean is yes—to both questions.

Maghon: So … and I’m just brainstorming here, mind you … it is possible that the special someone who presented you with that exquisite Christmas gift … was Daniel.

Cassandra: (Nervous laugh) That’s quite a leap of logic, Mags.

Maghon: And that’s not an answer, your highness.

Cassandra: I’m sorry. I didn’t realize you asked a question.

Maghon: You’re right; I didn’t. So, did Daniel give you the necklace and earrings?

Cassandra: No comment.

Maghon: (Exasperated laugh) Cassie, everyone in the seven provinces thinks the two of you are involved. Give me something to work with.

Cassandra: Everyone knows that our parents are best friends, Mags. Our families are understandably close. Closer than close. Daniel and I have been friends since birth. It’s never been a secret that he and I share a rare and unique relationship.

Maghon: A relationship that now extends beyond friendship?

Cassandra: No comment.

Maghon: (Growls) Oh, you’re no fun! You royals never are. Too close-mouthed. But I’m not giving up. Since you won’t tell us about your relationship with Daniel, tell us something else.

Cassandra: Like what?

Maghon: Tell us something that no one else knows about Daniel. Something juicy.

Cassandra: Mags! He’s right outside the door!

Maghon: Daniel accompanied you here?

Cassandra: He’s … guarding me.

Maghon: He’s a member of your assigned guard team?

Cassandra: Well, not really …

Maghon: Not really? He’s here on guard business, correct?

Cassandra: Yes.

Maghon: But, he’s not part of the team?

Cassandra: No. He’s alone. There is no team.

Maghon: Oh my! This is absolutely delicious! And such irony! Are you telling me that Daniel is your personal bodyguard?

Cassandra: No!

Maghon: What a wonderful shade of crimson you’ve turned, Cassie. It quite matches your necklace and earrings—the gift that may or may not have come from the young man who’s now apparently assigned with guarding our nation’s greatest asset. (Laughs) That’s quite a bit of responsibility for someone so young, don’t you think?

Cassandra: I assure you, Daniel is quite capable of handling any situation that arises.

Maghon: Wow! I won’t even touch that! But seriously, from what I’ve seen of our future captain of the guard—(whispers) and who knows, perhaps even more than that—something tells me that he is, in fact, quite capable.

Well, someone is knocking. Shall we see who it is?

(Pause)

Maghon: It turns out our time has been cut short as Princess Cassandra was just whisked away by her (chuckles) quite handsome young bodyguard. Daniel wouldn’t explain why, but I’m already seeing reports of a possible terrorist attack in Orion’s west side.

That’s bad news for us, and bad news for those working so hard toward peace, but I’m so thankful that the princess was able to stop by today. And thanks to all of you for joining me!

hehehehe wasn’t that just awesome :) I really like her, and I do hope after everything that has happened, things can get better… BUT I’M STILL NOT DONE!!! I would now like to introduce Mr. Thomas Winship himself, as a guest post…

WELCOME!!

The Name Game

Hello everyone. I’m so excited to be today’s guest blogger at Happy Tails and Tales! I’m Thomas Winship, author of Væmpires: Revolution and Væmpires: White Christmas. Both books are part of a new, ongoing vampire series that explores the question: what if vampires evolved?

I hate naming characters.

Yikes! That’s probably not the best way to begin a guest blog. Forget about turning you readers off, the use of the “h” word probably shot me right to the top of a special interest group’s watch list—you know, one of those groups that protects unnamed fictional characters.

Is it me, or does there seem to be a special interest group for everything? I mean, even sticking with just the topic of unnamed people, even I know of—and I’m quite a neophyte, I guarantee—special interest groups representing: 1) the random, unnamed cowboy who ambles across the street just before the shootout (and just after the tumbleweed) in those old western films; 2) the drunken, unnamed frat boys who criss-cross the country stirring up riots whenever a college championship is decided, and 3) people who anonymously post on websites and blogs.

I mean, I’m all for protecting the defenseless, but c’mon …

Still, I’d better get back on track before the protestors shut me down.

So yes, gentle readers, the truth is that I hate naming characters. In fact, it isn’t just characters that I hate naming, it’s pretty much everything: countries, cities, streets, weapons, technology, you name it (no pun intended) … but I especially hate naming characters.

Names are labels. Labels suck. I’m not trying to take a stance or make some kind of social statement. I’m not even afflicted by a crippling fear of commitment. I’m just horrible at coming up with names.

Character names, that is.

I couldn’t care less about names for actual people.

I can name people all day without breaking a sweat. If you’re about to have a baby and you’re undecided about a name, drop me a line; I’ll come up with a name on the spot.

Because who really cares about his/her name? If it’s that bad, you can change it. The easy way to do so, of course, is to adopt a cool nickname, but you can do so legally if you want.

Artists do it all the time. So do people running from the law.

Those two groups have more in common than either want to admit …

Nevertheless, I believe deciding upon a character’s name might be the most difficult part of writing. So much can rely upon a name: the right one can offer insight into a character’s character (no pun intended), while helping plant an accurate visual in the mind’s eye.

On the other hand, a bad name can become an insurmountable obstacle—and will be quite difficult to change later. While I’m certain there are authors out there who can turn a character’s desire for a name change into a scintillating sub-plot, I assure you that I am not one of them.

Still, it might be an interesting project for NaNoWriMo in November …

Anyhow, knowing how important a name is creates a lot of pressure. And it’s not just the first name, mind you—last names have to be selected, as well.

Some names require hours of research and a painful decision. Now, don’t get me wrong. Not every name involves a difficult choice. Some names pop into existence as soon as a character is envisioned and it just feels right. Luckily, this happens almost half the time—otherwise, I’d probably never finish a story.

On that note, let me share the history behind some of the names selected for Væmpires: Revolution:

Vielyn—(first appearance Væmpires: Revolution)—everyone’s favorite new villain has a name that seems somewhat exotic and unique… yet, it is anything but. Although it is pronounced vee-ellen, it’s actually just a slight modification of the word villain. Vielyn is a bad guy, pure and simple. He’s evil, he’s black-hearted, and he’s going to get much worse as the series progresses…

Still, even the most despicable despot deserves love (in fiction, at least), so you can expect Vielyn to find his perfect soul(less) mate in an upcoming novel.

Her name is Vendelia. As my mother would say, “She’s a doozy.”

Iris—(first appearance Væmpires: Revolution)—I spent weeks agonizing over this name. During that time, Iris was identified within the novel as ***. I struggled. What name could best reflect a character with the fashion sense of a punk rocker but the power to resurrect the dead?

After much contemplation, I settled on Iris, shortened from Osiris, the Egyptian god associated with death and life after death. Moreover, Osiris is usually depicted in bright, flamboyant colors—much like dear Iris.

Steven & Elle—(first appearance Væmpires: White Christmas)—I selected the names of Daniel’s parents as an homage to Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. In the Dark Tower, Roland Deschain’s parents were named Steven and Gabrielle. And while the Dark Tower is set in a future rendered archaic by the devolution of technology, Væmpires is set in a future that’s technologically evolved, yet also feels archaic. It’s all very fitting and just feels right.

Councilman Donrel—(first appearance Væmpires: White Christmas)—Donrel is an interesting character. In some ways, he’s the firebrand of White Christmas, and although we have yet to find out what he’s up to during the revolution, his heart seems to be in the right place (which is advantageous, since he’s a warm-blooded væmpire!) and he also serves as a voice of reason—even when his view is unpopular. Because of this, I chose to name him after Tolkien’s Elrond—another person who headed a council and was willing to give voice to the unpopular truth. Donrel is an anagram of Elrond.

Queen Anne—(first appearance Væmpires: White Christmas)—The name of Cassandra’s mother is the key to a very important reveal that’ll come much, much later in the series. I think it’s so clever (and that, ladies and gentlemen is to key to happiness: believe what you want about yourself, and don’t let anyone or anything else—even conclusive facts to the contrary—convince you otherwise) that I’m willing to offer this to the first person that figures it out:

  • An autographed first edition of every Væmpires book ever printed
  • A reading (at your home or local library) every time a new Væmpires book is printed
  • I’ll personally select the names for all your future children!*

*These must be real, not fictional, children.

And, with that, I bid you adieu. Or farewell. Or whatever label you want to stick on it.

I’d like to thank all of you for stopping in and offer a very special “thank you” to Maghon for hosting my Dark Mind Book Tour and for inviting me to Happy Tails and Tales. I hope you enjoyed my guest blog. I’d love to hear what you think of it and/or answer any questions you may have. Post comments or questions below and I’ll be sure to respond.

Feel free to stop by my website and reach out. I’d love to hear from you if you check out Vaempires.

Below are links where you can find me.

Take care,

Thomas Winship

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Goodreads

Amazon.com

iTunes

Barnes & Noble

Smashwords

It’s always so awesome to hear what authors have to say, not just in books but in real life. And how they come up with things. BUT I’M NOT DONE!! I’ve got one more thing… A GIVEAWAY!!! oooooooooh and the book trailer :P

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NbNlkVt7Mbg

ok, here’s how I’m gunna make life REALLY easy for the giveaway. YOU ONLY NEED TO COMMENT ON THIS POST WITH AN ANSWER… no forms, or rafflecopter, or other crazies :) Here’s the rules… It’s INTERNATIONAL. You have a chance to win an e-copy of Vaempires: Revolution. I would like to thank Mr. Thomas Winship for offering that wonderful gift and for letting me participate :) NOW- here’s what you need to answer… CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT THE PICTURE ON THE BOOKS ARE? OR YOU CAN TELL ME SOMETHING YOU LIKED ABOUT THIS BLOG. OR ASK THE AUTHOR A QUESTION! On the subject of the cover, I originally thought a christmas decoration ball, dripping with blood-NO, wrong… Then I tried to figure it out, BUT I now know what it is… You will know once you read, but for those of you who haven’t read, I would like some fun guesses. There are some hints here and there if you are reading this post and a few other stops on the tour as well as the video. If there is more than one person who guesses the right answer, I will put your name in a hat, and pick one :) If no one answers the right answer, I will still pick one and then I’ll tell you what it is :) or for those who post a question/ like, I’ll pull randomly. Since it’s May 31, and the tour goes on until June 12th, I will allow you to enter intil June 17, which is 2 weeks to enter :)

I’m so happy that you guys all stopped by and I am beyond thrilled that Mr. Winship was so kind and fun!!! I cannot wait to continue reading this series and as always, Happy Reading my Gators :)

ARC Review~Cuz Jenn Bennett is Stellar

Summoning the Night (Arcadia Bell, #2)

Hello everyone! Today I am so excited to say that TOMORROW IS THE RELEASE DATE FOR SUMMONING THE NIGHT!! this is the second book of the Arcadia Bell series! Ms. Jenn Bennett was so awesome and allowed me to read this as an ARC for review… THANKS SO MUCH!!! I will also say, holy crap-i-zoly, it was fantastic… Not like I expected any less, but there is something about this series that just makes me all mushy inside :) Before I start my review there are a few things I would like to show you…

Goodreads synopsis: MAGICAL TRICKS. DEMONIC TREATS.

After narrowly escaping her fate as a sacrificial scapegoat, Arcadia Bell is back to normal. Or at least as ordinary as life can be for a renegade magician and owner of a tiki bar that caters to Earthbound demons. She’s gearing up for the busiest day of the year—Halloween—when a vengeful kidnapper paralyzes the community.

The influential head of the local Hellfire Club taps Cady to track down the fiendish bogeyman, and now that she’s dating red-hot Lon Butler, the Club’s wayward son, she can hardly say no. Cady and Lon untangle a gruesome thirty-year trail of clues that points to danger for the club members’ children. But locating the person behind the terror will require some metaphysical help from Cady’s loyal bar patrons as well as her potent new Moonchild powers—and she’d better figure it out before the final victim disappears and her own darkest secret becomes her biggest enemy.

Also, this is DIRECTLY FROM JENN BENNETT’S WEBSITE ( GO THERE AND CHECK OUT MORE) but I loved that she put this up… I love to see a face with a character and she so sweetly put this for us to see…

Seriously, these are just fantastic, but make sure that you go check out everything else that Ms. Bennett has on her site here… http://www.jennbennett.net/

Here’s the video for the book release…

I’m sorry but that is just the coolest video EVER!! Seriously, I love love it!!! :) I cannot help myself, I’ve watched it at least 20 times and I DO KNOW what’s going to happen :) And so now, I guess it’s time for me to stop blabbering and start giving the goods LOL! Here we go…

There isn’t anyone who writes like Jenn Bennett-fierce, crazy, awesome, awe-inspiring, grade-A urban fantasy! I mean, her first book, Kindling the Moon, I fell in love with, but Summoning the Night was like the whole date package! There is everything in here-witches, demons, crazy children, mystery, magic, awesome tiki drinks, totally butt kicking action, hot sexy romance, and a side of fantastic! Ok, Ok, I’ll explain. The first book threw me for a total loop with the ending, I was NOT expecting that. Arcadia is literally still floating on crazy from those events. And all of a sudden she is thrust in the middle of a crazy psychopath’s way of kidnapping children, and that means Jupe could be in real danger. For someone who is so independent and closed, this is very hard for Arcadia. She has formed a bond with Jupe, as crazy as he is :)

There are some new characters you see in here, as well as some reoccurring characters from Kindling the Moon, and some characters gave me real whiplash with their true personalities coming out. It’s a mystery you’ll have to read to find out about. Normally, my favorite character is ALWAYS the main, which would be Arcadia, and I LOVE HER, seriously, like I would move in, but I have a big soft spot for Jupe as he is not only a pain in the rear, but hilarious, and he is who he is and he’s very cool with that! Teenagers normally make me crazy! LOL

The writing is just flawless and flows and it was a fast paced read for me… By this I mean, I read it all fast and couldn’t tell anybody, since I had to wait for closer to the release date to get all blabbery! This book has everything that makes me happy, so there’s no way I could give it a bad rating. And sometimes, when the first book captures so much of your heart, the second is a let-down. WELL, NOT HERE! Book two has me completely enamored of the talent Jenn Bennett possesses! I hear she’s possibly working on a few more things and I wanna throw popcorn at people I’m so excited! Monkeys throw poo, I throw popcorn-less smelly, it’s edible and doesn’t stain your close! LOL :)

To close off my review, I will say 2 things– 1. what the hell are you waiting for? GO GET THAT BOOK NOW! and 2. gimme gimme gimme gimme MORE! :)

here’s all the links you should check out for the books and the author:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Summoning-Night-Arcadia-Bell-Novel/dp/1451620535/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334933963&sr=8-1

Barnes & Nobles: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/summoning-the-night-jenn-bennett/1104697949?ean=9781451620535&r=1&cm_mmc=AFFILIATES-_-Linkshare-_-GwEz7vxblVU-_-10%3a1&

Jenn’s website: http://www.jennbennett.net/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/Jenn_Benn

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JennBennettauthor

Goodreads page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4485813.Jenn_Bennett

Now, before I go, just a few more things… First, I am giving you this link as a fellow blogger who did an interview with Ms. Bennett, & I loved it so much that I think you guys should check it out too… so go HERE… http://yummymenandkickasschicks.com/?p=13405 when you check it out, she is also giving away a copy, so you can enter to win a book from Ms. Bennett :) YOU HAVE 24 HOURS TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY–HURRY!!

Another giveaway is directly from Jenn Bennett herself via Goodreads. Go here… http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/24248-summoning-the-night this giveaway has more time to enter, but there will be 5 copies :) YAY!!

Now on my last note, I will leave you with my favorite quotes, or two, from Kindling the Moon (I don’t wanna spoil anything for Summoning the Night)… here ya go…

“Arcadia,” Lon’s voice said from my phone. “Who is this?” I teased.
“You can’t take my son on a date.” “I didn’t ask him. He asked me.” “He stole my cell and called without permission.” “Sounds like a personal problem to me.” A low growling noise came out of the phone.”
Jenn Bennett, Kindling the Moon

“I stumbled through the dark underbrush again crying out as I plunged through a thick spiderweb. My arms frantically brushed away the clinging web as irrational fear made me batshit-crazy for a moment. Scared of a damn spider when a bloodthirsty demon was chasing me down. Ridiculous.”
Jenn Bennett, Kindling the Moon

I just love those two quotes :) I can’t help but giggle out loud at both… Well, I hope you enjoyed my crazy person rant, and don’t forget to enter to win copies! Happy reading, thanks for stopping by, and later my reading gators!

Tell Me Something Tuesday :)

So, since I think this lovely author, who wrote BEFORE & MASQUERADE has one of the coolest websites, she is always posting something fun and I decided to join her today in this fun!  Here’s the description from Ms. Cambria Hebert from her blog…

Welcome to my weekly meme Tell Me Something Tuesday where I ask you something and you tell me the answer!! Its as simple as that and I thought it would be a great way for all of us bloggers to get to know one another! So this is how it works: I post a question here on my blog and then i give my answer. I invite all the bloggers to take the question and post it on their blog with their answer and we can hop around and see what everyone says! If you are a blogger don’t forget to leave your link at the bottom of this post! If you aren’t a blogger – that’s okay too!! Leave your answer in the comments section!

 Tell Me Something:

What is your favorite genre to read and why?

So, my I answer to this would be Fantasy (which does include some Urban fantasy-I still dunno why they have this genre)… Lemme explain.  I like some paranormal, but I am not usually into the romance part.  I am well know for skipping over those “lovely” moments… I read the dialog and then continue on until the plot starts again.  I prefer fantasy, because it’s paranormal without the romance….. I like when people die-usually horribly, like by sword, or a magic ball, or curse, or bow & arrow, or vampire fight, and a werewolf pouncing on you & mushing you to nothing… yes, I know I am strange. However, I do read some paranormal with the romance because the plot is really good. I make this exception. & Yes, some of my #1 authors & series are in this category…. No, Sookie Stackhouse  & Anita Blake are still FANTASY people, no matter what you think. & yes, sometimes they have some romance, but ask the authors what they put their book in, it’s not gunna be a romance category. Now I am not saying I don’t want some hot man candy in the books, I just don’t think they should be throwing their clothes off and getting it on the floor in the middle of a crisis… you know, like, hey there is this big bad moster out to kill me, we should move somewhere safe, let’s get outa here–after we canoodle, ya know-LOL… Now, enough of that… I work at a used book store and it’s a crazy subject for me, but I am low on the totem pole, so they get to put these books anywhere they want to LOL However, I have read Ms. Ward’s Black Daggar Brotherhood, THIS is paranormal romance, she is a perfect example of paranormal romance… I rate them mid way in NEED TO READ pile. I will read them, but will I be in line needing it the first moment they are released, probably not… You wanna talk about Harry Dresden, Anita Black, Sookie Stackhouse, Jane Yellowrock, Kara Gillian, Sabina Kane, JoAnne Walker,  Kitty Norville, Jace Valchek, Angel Crawford, Thorn St. Croix, Gin Blanco, Gwen Frost, Shiarra Waynest, Cassie Palmer, Dori Bassarb, Atticus O’Sullivan, Mercy Thompson, October Daye, & there are so many more… but these are more Fantasy than romance, & I WILL wait in line for these… *sigh* I could go on about this subject, but needless to say, I have just listed most of my favorite characters that are lead in a series, so I’m pretty sure I just gave away all those names for you to check out… LOL…. now… I told you about my strange obsession with people dying oddly in books, and I also love a good mystery as part of the plot… somebody is always out to get somebody else… how do we stop this, and who is it gunna turn out to be!  Now, I will shut up & let you list yours hahahaha oh boy, all my romance reading friends are gunna tar & feather me :)

Click the picture at the top to also put your posts, or put your links in the thread of Ms. Camria Hebert’s blog too :)

Also, since I am putting up this post, a few things…

I did a review for a good book & I think you should know about it :) 

Tangled Blood Lines

my links for all the info you may need :) 

Thank you so much Ms. Noel for sending me this great book! (oh by the way, this one is paranormal romance hahahaha) and it’s worth the read :) 
Also, for those of you who are late… check out my give away going on UNTIL FRIDAY JANUARY 27 AT NOON (MY TIME IN LOUISIANA, USA) here:  http://magluvsya03.wordpress.com/2012/01/21/book-bully-blog-tour/
Trust me when I say you wanna read these ;)
Tomorrow will be my stop on the Half Black Soul Blog Tour, so check back again for give aways (more of them!), and as always, thank you for listening to me blabber on & on!!
Later my Reading Gators

Happy New Years~ its a biggie!!!!!! Tops of 2011

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Hello Everyone!! I know it has been a while since I’ve posted anything, but goodness, has life been crazy! For all those who inquired, my surgery went great, and I am healing very well! Still on restricted activity, but today I started driving again (it was nice having a chauffer for almost 3 weeks)! umf, however, it sucks driving a lil box car around, since my car is still being fixed from my wreck (which happened on November 20) I’m in a rental!

Now, I have several people I needa thank, cuz they sent me books to read (like I didn’t have 800 piled up to read already HAHAHA) and review while I was recovering! So, Angie at Books 4 Tomorrow, and all the mods of Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Fanatics on Goodreads (Kay I LOVE YOU!! and you are just too cute) & Terri who was my Secret Santa–let me tell you she is an awesome gift giver!! Also, Lavinia Thompson for sending me Spellbound by Fire (which is up next to read), Samantha Combs who sent me Ghostly, Deborah Noel who sent me Tangled Bloodlines, Dominique Eastwick who sent me Shifting Hearts and Blacksmith’s Daughter, Willow Cross who sent me Inheritance, Dawn Gray who sent me Raven, and Courtney Conant who sent me Blood Moon of Winter…. these are all my review books for the next 2 weeks :) hahahaha other than my R2R books of course :) And for the month of March I will be doing release parties for Eliabeth Hawthorne & Ermisenda Alvarez for Blind Sight (but the cool thing is it’s 2 different person’s perspective of the same book-I’m so intrigued by this) (Angie, almost all of these came from your recommendations, so thank you!!) I appologize if I left anyone out! ~bad Maghon!~

Now, to that awesome Slide show up at the top :) hehehe! ok, I couldn’t just chose a few lil books from this year, so I posted a picture of each in the slide show, and then broke it down for you! You can just skip the list and look at all the pretty pictures hahaha yeah I know, I’m obsessed with slide shows… so here ya go, here’s how I listed them (in alphebetical order of authors first names, not in a favorite order :))

Adult Series of 2011 Continued (not new series)

  1. Spirit Dances by C.E. Murphy
  2. Kitty’s Big Trouble by Carrie Vaughn
  3. Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
  4. Zombies Sold Seperately by Cheyenne McCray
  5. Hard Bitten by Chloe Neill
  6. Black Night by Christina Henry
  7. Killing Rocks by DD Barant
  8. Secrets of the Demon by Diana Rowland
  9. Mercy Blade by Faith Hunter
  10. Green Eyed Demon by Jaye Wells
  11. Spider’s Revenge by Jennifer Estep
  12. Deceived by Others by Jess Haines
  13. Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
  14. Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance
  15. Grave Dance by Kalayna Price
  16. Another Kind of Dead by Kelly Meding
  17. Darkness Unbound by Keri Arthur
  18. Pale Demon by Kim Harrison
  19. Hit List by Laurell K Hamilton
  20. RiverMarked by Patricia Briggs
  21. Late Eclipse by Seanan McGuire

Young Adult Series of 2011 Continued (not new series)

  1. All 3 Demon Kissed Novels (Demon Kissed, Cursed, Torn) by HM Ward
  2. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
  3. Forbidden by Jana Oliver
  4. Shadowspell & Sirensong by Jenna Black
  5. Trial By Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  6. Conflicted by Julia Crane
  7. Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
  8. Silver by Kailin Gow
  9. The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
  10. Defiance by Lili St. Crow
  11. Fang Me by Parker Blue
  12. Demon Glass by Rachel Hawkins
  13. If I Die by Rachel Vincent
  14. The Tale of Lunamorte Series * all 3* by Samantha Young
  15. The Warriors of Ank Series *all 3* by Samantha Young
  16. Vanish by Sophie Jordan

Series/Books I NEED to read that I own of 2011 (yeah I know, I know, lol)

  1. Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer
  2. Descended by Blood by Angeline Kace
  3. Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
  4. Awake at Dawn by CC Hunter
  5. Vampires Dead Ahead by Cheyenne McCray
  6. Drink Deep by Chloe Neill
  7. Better Off Undead by DD Barant
  8. Winging It by Deborah Cooke
    Cold Blood by Heather Hildebrand
  9. Red Glove by Holly Black
  10. Kiss of Frost by jennifer Estep
  11. Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
  12. Silence by Kailin Gow
  13. Darkness Rising by Keri Arthur
  14. Supernaturally by Kiersten White
  15. Something Deadly This Way Comes by Kim Harrison
  16. Reckoning by Lili St. Crow
  17. Bite Club by Rachel Caine
  18. Smokeless Fire by Samantha Young
  19. One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire

Young Adult/Adult Debut/New Series 2011

  1. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
  2. Enchantment by Charlotte Abel
  3. Flying Blind by Deborah Cooke
  4. My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland
  5. Descendent by Eva Truesdale
  6. Under Wraps by Hannah Jayne
    Dirty Blood by Heather Hildebrand
  7. Fallen Angel by Heather Terrell
  8. White Cat by Holly Black
  9. Kindling the Moon by Jenn Bennett
  10. Dark Decendant by Jenna Black
  11. First Frost (prequel) and Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep
  12. Coexist by Julia Crane
  13. Hounded, Hexed, Hammered (since they all came out a month apart) by Kevin Hearne
  14. Angel Burn by LA Weatherly
  15. Viper Moon by Lee Roland
  16. Therian: Blood Cresent by Roxanne Kade
  17. Beg for Mercy by Shannon Dermott
  18. Destiny Binds by Tammy Blackwell
  19. Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

Adult Series of 2012 CANNOT WAIT FOR

  1. Raven Calls by C.E. Murphy
  2. Kitty Steals the Show by Carrie Vaughn
  3. Isis Collar by Cat Adams
  4. Black Howl by Christina Henry
  5. Sins of the Demon by Diana Rowland
  6. Raven Cursed by Faith Hunter
  7. Silver Tongued Devil by Jaye Wells
  8. Summoning the Night by Jenn Bennett
  9. Deadly Descendant by Jenna Black
  10. By a Tread by Jennifer Estep
  11. Cold Days by Jim Butcher
  12. Fury’s Kiss by Karen Chance
  13. Wrong Side of Dead by Kelly Meding
  14. Tricked, Trapped, and Hunted by Kevin Hearne
  15. A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison
  16. Kiss the Dead by Laurell K Hamilton
  17. Vengeance Moon by Lee Roland

Young Adult Series of 2012 CANNOT WAIT FOR

  1. Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer
  2. Darkness Falls by Cate Tiernan
  3. Satan’s Stone by HM Ward
  4. Forgiven by Jana Oliver
  5. Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep
  6. Consumed by Julia Crane
  7. Endlessly by Kiersten White
  8. Angel Fire by LA Weatherly
  9. Make Me by Parker Blue
  10. Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins
  11. Waiting for Mercy by Shannon Dermott
  12. Hidden by Sophie Jordan

Now now, I know there are a ton of books I haven’t read from 2011, that I have seen winning on all my fellow bloggers sites… I will eventually get to those too hahaha, but I just wanted to make sure all the one’s I love get their dues!!

Also, I have decided, before I do the totally awesome Blood Warrior by HD Gordon blog tour,

Blood Warrior (The Alexa Montgomery Saga #1)

I’m gunna do a crazy give away for the new year!!! I will pick a crap load of books and e-books to give away… It comes in handy to work at a used book store (yes I said used, so some of those books will not be fresh off the shelf) but I figure you will forgive me, since I’m gunna pocket the e-book & shipping costs :) some have only been touched by me, so they are technically fresh off the shelf!!! actually, I should say out of the box, cuz they don’t touch the shelf hahahahaha
I can’t tell you exactly which books they are yet, but I can tell you that they will most probably be from the list above (some will be the whole series, some just one or two of the books)…. So, you gotta wait till January 1, 2012 to see what I’ve decided… now, spread the word to watch for my posts (on twitter–@magluvsya03– or Facebook –Maghon Thomas– since I always spread the word there)… I promise to name it give away or freebies or something like that ;) so you know… I have 4 followers (HAHAHAHA 4 YAY!!!), so they will get the e-mails!

Alright, thank you for reading my craziness. … and see you in a few days…and here’s my picture of the day :)

I was totally surprised that my parents bought me a kindle fire :)