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Roll Call for the Week of Nov. 13

November 14, 2010

I’ve been hard at work getting the ball rolling for Private School Paranormals (PSP) Week and I’ve had some success. A few authors have agreed to do interviews or blog posts, so I’m still in the organizational stage. I waiting to hear back from everyone before I set an actual date. I’ll update you as I go along. But for this week, I’ve got some fun stuff on deck.

Monday, I’ll be reviewing a the first book in a series that came across while doing research for PSP Week. (Yes, I’m well aware that a PSP is also a Playstation Portable.) It’s Hearts at Stake (Drake Chronicles, Book 1) by Alyxandra Harvey.

Drake Chronicles, Book 1

The Blakes are rather different to your usual neighbours. They are vampires and some of the members of the family date back to the twelfth century. One of the children, Solange, is the only born female vampire known and, as such, she poses a direct threat to the vampire queen. Her best friend Lucy is human, and when Solange is kidnapped Lucy and Solange’s brother, Nicholas, set out to save her. Lucy soon discovers that she would like to be more than just friends with Nicholas. But how does one go about dating a vampire? Meanwhile, Solange finds an unlikely ally in Kieran, a vampire slayer on the hunt for his father’s killer.

Tuesday, I’ll be following up my review of Hearts at Stake with a review of book 2 in the series: Blood Feud. In case you were wondering, the PSP element of this series doesn’t apply until book 3, but more about that when the reviews start.

Drake Chronicles, Book 2

The action and romance continue as the Drakes face a new vampire with a 200-year-old grudge. It’s been centuries since Isabeau St. Croix barely survived the French Revolution. Now she’s made her way back to the living and she must face the ultimate test by confronting the evil British lord who left her for dead the day she turned into a vampire. That’s if she can control her affection for Logan Drake, a vampire whose bite is as sweet as the revenge she seeks.

The clans are gathering for Helena’s royal coronation as the next vampire queen, and new alliances are beginning to form now that the old rifts of Lady Natasha’s reign have started to heal. But with a new common enemy, Leander Montmarte—a vicious leader who hopes to force Solange to marry him and usurp the power of the throne for himself—the clans must stand together to preserve the peace he threatens to destroy.

This second adventure in the Drake Chronicles—told from both Logan’s and Isabeau’s perspectives—has all the same butt-kicking action, heart-pounding romances and snarky humor that readers loved in Hearts at Stake, as well as exciting new revelations about the vampire dynasties to keep readers coming back for more.

Wednesday I’ll be participating in Waiting on Wednesday for the first time–but Ruby’s Reads-style, with a new Start Up the DeLorean post of upcoming titles I’m looking forward to.

Thursday I’ll be reviewing the second book in the Shadow Keepers trilogy by J.K. Beck, When Pleasure Rules.

Shadow Keepers, Book 2

Seven innocents have been brutally murdered on the streets of Los Angeles, yet the Shadow Alliance has no suspects and no leads. And as more bodies are discovered, the age-old feud between the vampires and werewolves threatens to explode and turn the city into a living nightmare.

With her back to the wall, Lissa Monroe—a strong-willed, ravishingly beautiful succubus who entices men to surrender their souls—agrees to go undercover for the Alliance. Her mission: infiltrate the mind of werewolf leader Vincent Rand, a ferociously alluring enemy who has a powerful hold over her. Lissa has never lost control of her deepest desires, but Rand is an impenetrable paradox, a principled soldier who fears nothing—except perhaps the darkness of his own past. As the city of Angels teeters on the brink of apocalypse, these two adversaries must join together to have even the slimmest chance of surviving a more lethal enemy hidden in plain sight.

Friday I’ll be participating in the Book Blog Hop again and I’ll hopefully have some new news about PSP Week. Yea!

Saturday I’ll get back to you with a review of Ann Aguirre’s Blue Diablo. This is a new series for me, but I’ve heard about Aquirre’s forthcoming YA novel and I wanted to check out the talent.

A Corine Solomon Novel

Corine Solomon is a handler—when she touches an object she instantly knows its history and its future. Using her ability, she can find the missing—which is why people never stop trying to find her. Like her ex-boyfriend Chance, who needs Corine’s gift to find someone dear to them both. But the search proves dangerous as it leads them into a strange world of demons and sorcerers, ghosts and witchcraft, zombies—and black magic…


That’s it for this week. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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