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Friday, July 30, 2010

Author Spotlight and Q&A with P.Q Glisson!

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Paromantasy would like to shine the spotlight on P.Q Glisson. She is the author behind Her Sanctuary, her debut novel that is in stores now. I have started reading it, and it is an absolute page turner! Stay tuned for my review next week. Click here for an excerpt of Her Sanctuary from Amazon.

Phyllis was kind enough to do a Q&A with Paromantasy about her life, her novel, and what it's like to officially be a published author.

Let's hear it for P.Q Glisson!! 


Tell us about yourself.
I am a 51 yr old wife and mother to a beautiful and talented 22 yr old. I’ve been happily married for 29 yrs. After graduating from private school in 1977, I had a few short term jobs until I found employment in the banking industry where I worked for 17 yrs. After leaving the banking industry, I worked several different jobs. In 2002 I went to work for a construction company as the office manager. In 2008, I became a casualty of the housing market when the company I worked for went under. Finding myself without a job for the first time, and no opportunities in sight, I turned to my long hidden creative side and started painting. I found that I had a talent for it and managed to make a little money doing commissioned work. About a year later, I was brainstorming story ideas with my daughter when I came up with what would become Her Sanctuary. We were supposed to work on it together but due to personal circumstances, she was unable to continue so I went on alone.

What inspired you to write your first book and what was your motivation behind it?
The idea behind my book could only be accredited to divine inspiration. My motivation was boredom. I know that sounds too simple but it’s true. I suppose I’ve had the ability all my life but boredom was the catalyst that motivated me to take something I had only imagined and making it a reality.

How did you come up with the title?
I was batting around a few ideas for the title. When I told my daughter, we just threw our thoughts together and between the two of us, we decided to incorporate the name of the town into the title. Her Sanctuary took on a double meaning. I love it when a book title has more than one meaning.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The message in my book is all about love and its power to heal the broken hearted and redeem the wounded soul. It shows that with love, anything is possible.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
No. Everyone and everything in the book is fiction, a product of my overactive imagination.

What made you go the Self Publishing route?
I had researched and found that without an agent, a major publishing house wouldn’t even crack the seal on the envelope. I found that agents are few and far between and the ones that weren’t trying to cheat you, were in such high demand that it was virtually impossible to find one. I then found out about self-publishing companies. I have to admit that I was very naive when it came to the publishing process, so I went through one of these ‘self-publishing’ companies. I really can’t complain. They did everything their contract said they would do, but their percentage of the profits is extremely high so the next time I publish, I will either have an agent or I will self-publish through amazon.com or smashwords.com. I already have the knowledge to format my manuscript into Kindle and ebook, so it should be fairly easy.

Who are some of your favorite authors and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
The very first author I fell in love with was Kathleen Woodiwiss. She was great and introduced me into the world of romance novels. After her I would have to say Stephen King. I loved the way he could make you laugh one minute and make you cringe the next. It wasn’t just his stories I loved so much. It was his style of writing; the way he could turn a phrase, pure genius. Robert R. McCammon reminded me a lot of Stephen King with his writing style. His book “Mine” freaked me out but kept me turning the pages just to see what would happen next. Eugenia Riley is a wonderful romance author. I discovered time travel romance thanks to her. There are many more but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the queen of young adult fantasy romance, Stephenie Meyer. Yes, I admit, I’m a Twihard fan. Yes, I have read the Twilight sagas at least twice. What can I say?

What book are you reading now?
The Body Finder. I just finished “Angel Star” by Jennifer Murgia, also a debut author.

What are your current projects?
I am currently working on a contemporary young adult fantasy romance/mystery and also a period romance set in pre-civil war. You can read excerpts from them on my profile at goodreads.com

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Yes. There is a part where Seth has carved a phoenix as a gift for Shannon. I had planned on it becoming a symbol of how she had risen above her situation and managed to make a new life for herself. In the epilogue, I was going to have the carving hanging from her rearview mirror, but to tell the truth, I completely forgot about it so it never makes an appearance in the story. Oh well, I guess I could knit pick it to death. Lol

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Finding enough hours in the day. Sometimes I would write until the wee hours of the morning when a particularly good idea hit me. I just couldn’t seem to get it all out fast enough.

Did you do much research for your book?
The only research I did was making sure there was no town in Arizona with the name “Sanctuary” and I googled the geography of the state of Arizona to make sure there were forests, which there were. I also researched the Indian Reservations and tribes of Arizona.

Did you learn anything from writing your first book and what was it?
I learned that you have to be very careful what method of publishing you use. I learned about outlines and formatting and amazon.com and smashwords. I learned that just because your computer tries to tell you something is wrong with the wording or the punctuation, it doesn’t always mean it’s wrong. I learned there are tons of aspiring writers out there who are dying to get published but like me, they have no idea how to go about it. I have met and befriended many of these future authors. It’s a whole other world I never even knew existed.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Yes. Research, research, research. Know as much or more than the publishing companies and agents. There are too many scams out there just waiting to take advantage of some ignorant first time writer anxious to publish.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Just that I pray they will love my little story; that it will find a special place in their hearts and they will want to read it again and again. When one of my readers tells me that they are reading it for the second time, it makes my heart swell with pride. That is truly a wonderful testament.

Not only has P.Q Glisson proven to be a great writer, she is also a wonderful person. I had the honor of meeting her via goodreads, and I want to congratulate her on her new novel! Click here to find out more about P.Q Glisson and her debut novel Her Sanctuary that is in stores now!

If you think Phyllis is awesome like I do, have a question, or just want to tell her what you thought of Her Sanctuary, leave a comment below!

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Mead Mania: Succubus Dreams Review

Succubus Dreams (Georgina Kincaid, Book 3)


Title: Succubus Dreams
Series: Georgina Kincaid Series, book 3
Author: Richelle Mead




Official Summary:
Some days, a girl just can't catch a break...

...especially when the girl in question is Georgina Kincaid, a shape-shifting succubus who gets her energy from seducing men. First there’s her relationship with gorgeous bestselling writer Seth Mortensen, which is unsatisfying on a number of levels. It’s not just that they can’t have sex in case Georgina inadvertently kills him (generally a turn-off for most guys). Lately, even spending time together is a challenge. Seth's obsessed with finishing his latest novel, and Georgina's under demonic orders to mentor the new (and surprisingly inept) succubus on the block.

Then there are the dreams. Someone, or something, is preying on Georgina at night, draining her energy, and supplying eerie visions of her future. Georgina seeks answers from Dante, a dream interpreter with ties to the underworld, but his flirtatious charm only leaves her more confused—especially as the situation with Seth reaches crisis point. Now Georgina faces a double challenge—rein in her out-of-control love life, and go toe-to-toe with an enemy capable of wreaking serious havoc among mankind. Otherwise, Georgina, and the entire mortal world, may never sleep easy again…

My Review:
The lovable hell serving, soul sucking succubus is back and better than ever in Succubus Dreams (say that 3 times fast!). Georgina has had her share of drama lately, and it only gets worse. Her human boyfriend Seth has been crazy writing his new novel, and she is feeling the strain in their relationship growing. How could she not when she can’t so much as kiss Seth too long without sucking away bits of his soul? Too bad her problem with Seth is only the tip of the iceberg. Niphon, Georgina’s arch nemesis, is in town with a new totally inept Succubus named Tawney that she is required to train. As an added bonus, Niphon is staying in town until Tawney takes her first soul – oh joy! Of course Niphon seems to be up to something and Georgina wants to find out what it is before it’s too late. You would think that it ends there for this poor succubus, but there is more to add to the crap piling against her. Every time she falls asleep, Georgina is having dreams of a daughter that she knows she can never have. A dream that feels so real that she wakes up longing for the little girl. She also wakes up with her life force drained, and a need to re-up by sucking human souls. This happens repeatedly, and she must find out why. The only person she can turn to is a magic wielder named Dante who is filled with evil magic. His flirtatious ways and indirect answers just have her more confused then before. Add to the fact that angels are holding meetings in her house, imps are trying to get Seth’s innocent soul, and she can be held accountable by hell if Tawney doesn’t take her first victim soon, and you have non-stop drama, excitement, mystery, and action from the very first page!

This book is what sold the rest of the series for me. I always liked the series, but the emotional rollercoaster ride you have while reading this book has most readers (me included) admitting that Mead’s writing and this series now reaches a whole new level of awesomeness. Add the surprise ending and this is an absolute must read!

This book is rated 5 fangs:
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If you finished the first 3 of the series, and still want more. Check out the next few installments:

Succubus Heat (Georgina Kincaid, Book 4)

Succubus Shadows (Georgina Kincaid, Book 5)

What did you think of Succubus Dreams? Did you find the ending as shocking as I did? Which new character caught your interest? Let me hear your thoughts!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

True Blood Recap, Season 3, Episode 6: 'I Got a Right to Sing the Blues'

True Blood S3-06 proved to be one of my favorites. Picking up right where we left off, we see that Sookie has been taken by Russell, Sam demands that Tommy tell him what is up with their papa, Jason is being a naughty boy in the woods, Arlene's acting super bitchy, Lafayette's cozying up to Jesus, and Tara's trying to keep Russell from making her a vamp bride. All the while, poor Pam is still stuck with the Majister - please save her already!! I miss her sarcasm. Let's take a look!

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Lafayette and Jesus
Jesus waited 9 hours for a chance to hang with Lafayette, and he waits a little more since there's a woman who decides she is hungry right before Merlotte’s is about to close. Not only is she hungry, but she is super nasty, and plans on taking her time. Lafayette gets to grilling with Jesus right by his side - How cute?! When they finally leave, we see them start to get hot and heavy in Lafayette's new car. Jesus has 1 rule though: "No sex on the first date." He quickly decides that he is more than willing to bend the rules for a taste of Lafayette. They go to Lafayette's house and are about to go at it, when the homophobe hillbillies show up and start trashing Lafayette's car, while ranting about homos. Lafayette goes to confront the a-holes and they are about to attack him when Jesus comes to his rescue with a bat. Jesus threatens a few of the assailants, then has to literally pull Lafayette back from killing one of them,, but not before finding out that his would-be lover is a drug dealer. Jesus is not into drug dealers, so he tells Lafayette to drive him back to his car - date over. You can see how much it hurts Lafayette to lose this seemingly nice guy, because he is a super bitch to everyone the next day at work. Don't worry Lafayette, you'll find Jesus soon enough...lol

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Arlene & Jessica
She has been having a crappy day since she has had a bunch of customers who've been stiffing her for a tip (thanks to Jessica - that teaches you to mess with a vamp). If that isn't bad enough, she has a customer that is taking forever, and refuses to leave. She is complaining to Jessica when she accidently pricks her finger with a knife... Forgetting that Jess is a vamp, she shows Jessica her bloody finger, and out comes the fangs (not intentionally of course). How the hell did Arlene pick this one moment to play nice and forget that Jessica is a vamp?! I mean, the woman has been making a big deal out of it this whole time, and you choose to forget a vamps nature when you’re bleeding - dummy! Anyway, Arlene starts to freak and begs Jessica not to kill her, while admitting that she's pregnant. She thinks that admitting she's prego will make Jessica hungrier, and she starts to back away. Jessica tells her that her fangs pop out on their own accord, and she's not going to attack her - although Jessica is hungry. Jessica decides to help Arlene out by going to Mrs. Nasty Customer and hypnotizing her into leaving all her money on the table as a tip, and to going into the ladies room. Jessica is waiting for the customer in the ladies room, and decides to put Pam's theory of feeding without killing into action. Meanwhile, Arlene cleans up, collects her tip, and goes to check on the lady who is now in the restroom. She knocks on the door and hears a funny sound. She knocks again while asking if everything is alright, and out comes Mrs. Nasty suddenly acting very cheerful and thanking Arlene profusely. Did I mention her scarf was wrapped firmly around her neck?! Jessica emerges after the woman and tells Arlene to have a great night - she sure did :-) Do you think Arlene suspected anything?

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Sam & his wacko family
Last week we all witnessed Sam's papa going insane because Tommy was staying over Sam's house. After Sam throws him out, he wants to know WTF is up with that man! Can you blame him? Tommy says that he's just lazy, but this is only a half truth. We find out that his parents have been entering Tommy into dog fights for money since his mom is too old to do it now. Sam put 2 and 2 together when Tommy fails to show up for work and Arlene complains about a pitbull in his parents’ apartment that is supposed to be animal free. He questions the new Sheriff about reported dog fights in the area and takes off to rescue his little bro.

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Jason and Crystal
Jason and Crystal are about to get down and dirty when Crystal seemingly smells something in the air. She gets frightened and tells Jason that they can't be together because it’s "not safe". She takes off and he goes to her house the next day with flowers. Too bad she never mentioned that she's engaged! Her fiancé answers the door and Crystal pretends she has no idea who Jason is - poor Jason :-( He later drags his brother from another mother out of the back of a car where he was getting it on with his girlfriend. Jason threatens him since he is going to be a cop and they were engaging in lewd behavior.

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Tara & Franklin
Franklin wants to make Tara his vampire bride, but she's not going down without a fight. Realizing she can never outrun him, or beat him, she uses her feminine powers to get to him. When he walks in, she turns the flirt-o-meter way up. She finds out that Russell has Sookie and her wheels start turning. She gets him to untie her, and promises kinky things when she tells him she wants his blood inside her. He tells her to bite him and get it, and boy does she listen - yucky! They later fall asleep - well Franklin falls out - and she sends Sookie a message that she is coming up with an escape plan. In the morning she gets up while Franklin sleeps, takes a heavy weapon off the wall, and bashes his head in numerous times. She then pretends to be a maid to get past the Were that is guarding Sookie's door. She walks up to him and tells wolfie that Talbot has sent her to feed the prisoner almonds, since her blood will be served tomorrow and Talbot has put Sookie on an all nut diet - that does sound like Talbot. The wolf starts to question her and Tara goes off, telling him that Talbot is going to be angry. Wolfie relents and lets her in, but Sookie seems to be missing. Wolfie goes in to check and Sookie is waiting to bash his head in. They kick his ass and run. Tara to get a car and Sookie to get Bill, although Tara thinks she is a dumb ass for even trying to save the undead man. She takes off and runs right into a werewolf. She starts to runaway, but it's only Alcide!! He has come to save the day, and he has a car - Woo Hoo! Did I mention that he was naked - wispy sigh!

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Eric
Tara wasn't the only one getting their flirt on. Eric was on full sex mode, but it wasn't directed at Sookie or his new dancer. He only has eyes for Russell and Talbot - you read it correctly. It start with playing games with Talbot, while hinting at his potential interest in the man by telling him how lucky Russell is to have him. He continues his man-on-man charm by being Russell's right hand man when he goes to stake claim to Sophie Anne. Eric tackles the Queen down after she refuses the Kings proposal and admits that she framed Eric for the selling of V. He then pledges his loyalty to the King and tells him that he is there to "serve" Russell. What kind of serving did he mean?! Before the ladies start going crazy that Eric may be gay - let's not forget that he is after Russell for killing his family. What better way to get to a King then by breaking up his 700 year old relationship with Talbot, and maybe even catching the King with his pants down (literally)?!

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Bill
Bill tried to save Sookie from Russell, but it's too late. They take Sookie and Bill to Russell's mansion and Eric and Lorena are pretty darned surprised. Bill is thrown in and the King orders Lorena to kill Bill. Bill is more focused on saving Sookie and stakes one of the bodyguard vamps, and tries to stake Russell. He throws Bill off of him like a bug, and reminds him that the King is way older and smarter than Mr. Compton. He begs Eric to save Sookie, but Eric says he is not loyal to a mere human and tells Russell that he'll take Sookie into the study to be questioned. Russell uses this time to soothe Talbot, who is throwing a hissy fit over the state of is home. Bill is taken to an outside shack where Lorena cuts him and makes sure she oozes some of her blood into his body so that he'll die with a peace of her in him - Sicko!! He tells her he wishes he could have seen her human, when she was not so evil. This plays on her unbeating heart strings, but it doesn't stop her from continuously cutting him. We later see him lying in a puddle of his own blood when Cooter and Debbie come in to get some V from the tap. Lorena doesn’t stop them as they begin draining him, but she silently cries in the corner - talk about crazy! Check out what happens to Bill when Sookie show up below!

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Sookie
Sookie has powers, but they didn't stop Russell from kidnapping her. She enters the mansion and can't believe that Eric is there, and appears to be on Russell's side. After Bill goes crazy, and is sentenced to meet his final death, she begs Eric to help her. Eric just laughs in her face and belittles the mere human. When Lorena is about to leave to fulfill Bill's death order, Sookie threatens her. It was the usual "if you kill Bill, I promise to kill you" type threat. Lorena begs her to try since she is dying to wear Sookie's ribcage as a hat - can this woman get any crazier? Eric takes her to the study with a hand over her mouth since Sookie won't shut up. Sookie questions him since she once thought he cared about her. He says she means nothing to him and her very witty reply is "I hate your guts Eric Northman!" She promises to make him pay and that he can go f-ck himself. Cue Russell - he comes in to question the witness and he is on his last bit of patience. Sookie agrees to answer his questions as long as he answers some of hers. They go back and forth with the now infamous "what are you?" questions from Russell, and the "Are you going to hurt ill?" questions from Sookie. In the end, Russell tired of answering questions, and got the rest of his answers by threatening her. He asks her why she is so loyal to him when he has been spying on her behind her back - Cue file. He takes out her file and shows it to her. She doesn't seem to upset, but I have a feeling the light will go off in her head soon or later. Once done with her, he had her sent to a room. She was trying to figure out how to escape when she "heard" Tara promising to come up with a plan to get out, and for her to be ready to run in the morning. Tara came through the next day, and Sookie was ready. When Tara led the bodyguard in the room, Sookie clocked him over the head and they ran. Tara wanted to head straight out of town, but Sookie wants to save Bill. Tara runs to get a car, and Sookie runs to the shed. She enters the shed and sees Bill lying in blood. She tries to wake him, but it seems he is gone. Just as she was about to put on the ugly cry face, Bill wakes up. She is super happy until Lorena comes out of the dark. Lorena throws Sookie up against the walk and bites her!!

Here are my faves of the episode

Goriest Scene: Tara kills Franklin
Tara first bites Franklin and drinks his gushing blood, and then she pulverized his head the next day. A pic is worth a thousand words so take a look:
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Funniest Quotes: It’s a tie between Eric and Talbot

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Eric
He is tired of hearing Sookie beg, rant, rave, question, etc... His solution is to tell her:
"Please don't take this wrong way Sookie, but shut up." He then puts his hand over her mouth and leads her out of the room.

Talbot:
Eric asks Talbot how long he has been with Russell. Talbot responds: "We've been together for 700 years. Sometimes it feels like 700 million."

Best "I can't stand you" Moments: Tie between Lorena and Sookie
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Sookie:
Sookie can't believe that Eric has betrayed her, and says she means nothing to him. SO she tells him: "I hate your f---ing guts, Eric Northman! I promise I will pay you back for this.''

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Lorena:
Without that sanctimonious little prick Godric to save you, I would just love to rip you open and wear your ribcage as a hat.
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Best "Reality Check" moment: Tie between Russell and Lafayette
Russell
Sookie thinks she can demand things from Russell, like cooperation. He wants her to answer his questions, but she says she has questions for him too. Russell tells her: "Honey, there's a fine line between feisty and delusional"

Lafayette:
After beating the homophobe's ass, he tells them: "Go tell your mama that two faggots whooped your ass!"

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Mead Mania: Succubus On Top Review (Succubus Nights in the UK)

Succubus on Top (Georgina Kincaid, Book 2)                                     


Title: Succubus On Top  (Succubus Nights in the UK)
Series: Georgina Kincaid Series, book 2
Author: Richelle Mead




Official Summary:
Georgina Kincaid’s job sucks. Literally.
Love hurts, and no one knows it better than Georgina Kincaid. If she so much as kisses her new boyfriend, she’ll drain his life force. Georgina is a succubus—a demon who draws her power from other men’s pleasure. Admittedly, the shapeshifting and immortality perks are terrific, and yes, Georgina did choose to join the ranks of hell centuries ago. But it seems completely unfair that a she-demon whose purpose is seduction can’t get hot and heavy with the one mortal who knows and accepts her for who she is.

It’s not just her personal life that’s in chaos. Doug, Georgina’s co-worker at a local bookstore, has been exhibiting bizarre behavior, and Georgina suspects that something far more demonic than double espressos is at work. She could use help finding out, but Bastien, an irresistibly charming incubus and her best immortal friend, is preoccupied in the suburbs with corrupting an ultra-conservative talk radio star—and giving Georgina some highly distracting come-hither vibes. Georgina is going to have to work solo on this one—and fast because soon, Doug’s life won’t be the only one on the line…

My Review:
If Georgina's life was bad before, she is in for a  big surprise. It's one thing to be a lonely soul sucking Succubus, who fills her lack of romance by hanging out with friends, being great at her job at the bookstore, and fulfilling her night job by sucking the lives out of bad guys - she hates corrupting innocent men. All that changed when she met Seth. He is the love of her life, her favorite author, her new beau (yay), and human (boo). Since she can't so much as kiss him without taking away bits of his soul (hence the boo next to human), she has a love life that is purely platonic. If that doesn't add enough strain to the relationship as it is, add the fact that she must sleep with men to maintain her life force, (and fill her Succubus quotas) and you have a very weird bump in the relationship road to get through. Did I mention that she had to start taking the souls of innocent men in order to protect Seth's memories from her demon boss? Yes, life really does suck sometimes! A brief glint of sunshine seems to shed on her when her bff Batien comes to town. That is short lived when she finds herself helping her fellow incubus friend in his attempt to seduce a seemingly "moral" campaigner, and finds out that he may look at her as more than just a friend.  If that wasn't stressful enough, her good friend Doug has been acting strangely, and this strange behavior is quickly spreading to her other friends. Georgina doesn't smell a rat behind this scenario - she smells an immortal. That means everyone is in danger, including Georgina!

The second installment of the Georgina Kincaid series keeps that pace of danger, mystery, romance, and great writing! Mead has done it again, and you Mead / Succubus Blues fans will find yourself pulling your hair out with frustration, cheering with happiness, and flying through the book to figure out the ending. This, like the others, should be on your TBR book shelf!

Finished with the first two installments of the series. Check out the rest:
Succubus Dreams (Georgina Kincaid, Book 3)
Succubus Heat (Georgina Kincaid, Book 4)
Succubus Shadows (Georgina Kincaid, Book 5)


This book is rated 4 fangs:
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What did you think of Succubus on Top? Do you like Georgina with Seth? Who is your favorite character?
Let me know your thoughts!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Follow Friday is here again!



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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Mead Mania: Succubus Blues Book Review

Succubus Blues


Title: Succubus Blues
Series: Georgina Kincaid series (Book 1)
Author: Richelle Mead






Official Summary

Succubus (n.) An alluring, shape-shifting demon who seduces and pleasures mortal men.
Pathetic (adj.) A succubus with great shoes and no social life. See: Georgina Kincaid.

When it comes to jobs in hell, being a succubus seems pretty glamorous. A girl can be anything she wants. The wardrobe is killer, and mortal men will do anything just for a touch. Granted, they often pay with their souls, but why get technical?
But Seattle succubus Georgina Kincaid’s life is far less exotic. Her boss is a middle-management demon with a thing for John Cusack movies. Her immortal best friends haven’t stopped teasing her about the time she shape-shifted into the Demon Goddess get-up complete with whip and wings. And she can’t have a decent date without sucking away part of the guy’s life. At least there’s her day job at a local bookstore—free books, all the white chocolate mochas she can drink, and easy access to bestselling, sexy writer, Seth Mortensen, aka He Whom She Would Give Anything to Touch but Can’t.
But dreaming about Seth will have to wait. Something wicked is at work in Seattle’s demon underground. And for once, all of her hot charms and drop-dead one-liners won’t help because Georgina’s about to discover there are some creatures out there that both heaven and hell want to deny…

My Review
Georgina Kincaid is sexy, tough, and the nicest demon spawned succubus you will ever come across. Sure, she sold her soul to the devil, but everyone makes mistakes - right?

Succubus Blues is the very first book by Richelle Mead (one of the greatest authors ever!), and the first of the Georgina Kincaid series. It has everything that I love in a novel: suspense, mystery, danger, and romance! We are thrown into a world of a Succubus who is supposed to be an evil creature, but who has no desire to steal the souls of the innocent. She can shift into any form, manifest the best clothes, and has a magnetism that no creature or human can resist. Too bad all she wants is to be normal. Instead of milking the Succubus life, she leads her life normally - with a job as an assistant manager at a book store, hanging out with her friends regularly (human, demon, vampire, angels - you know, the norm), and enjoys reading books, especially by her favorite author Seth Mortenson. Of course the girl has to live, and answer to her John Cusack looking demon boss, so she spends many a nights feeding on the souls of bad men as she does the Forbidden Tango with them. See, I told you she has morals - Good men everywhere are safe, so breathe a sigh of relief innocent fellas. She doesn't enjoy soul stealing, but that is what happens when you make a deal with evil - there's always a catch

She has been leading this semi - normal life and comfortable routine, until the day she meets Seth Mortensen. He's everything good and innocent, and she is a hell serving Succubus - bad combo. Add a chance encounter with a hot, mysterious guy named Roman, and this love triangle is recipe of disaster. She goes from lonely girl, to Miss Popular in one day. Problem is one kiss and she'll begin sucking the life out of them - literally.

As if her life wasn't a complicated mess already, a murdering spree of immortal beings are springing up all around her, putting all that she holds dear in jeopardy. Add the fact that the killer has decided to focus on her, forcing her to play a dangerous game that places the lives of everyone on her next move, and you have a situation that goes from bad to worse.

This series is a must read. The twists, turns, and jaw-dropping ending will have you screaming for more! Who knew soul seeking demons would be this cool?!

Finished with the first book and can't wait for more! Don't worry - there's lots more ahead. Here is the Georgina Kincaid book list, in the correct reading order :-)
Succubus Blues
Succubus on Top (Georgina Kincaid, Book 2)
Succubus Dreams (Georgina Kincaid, Book 3)
Succubus Heat (Georgina Kincaid, Book 4)
Succubus Shadows (Georgina Kincaid, Book 5)

This book is rated 4 1/2 Fangs:
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What did you think of this book? Who do you like better: Roman or Seth? Let's hear the feedback :-)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

More True Blood Season 3 Spoilers!

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Hey all! Sorry for the delay. I’ve been having some serious technical issues. To make up for it – Here are some new True Blood spoilers! Can’t wait until the next episode, then read on!

We are halfway through the season and I've got some juicy spoilers that will hold you over until Sunday. Let’s start with the episode descriptions that HBO recently released.
Check it out:

True Blood Season 3, Episode 6
"I Got a Right to Sing the Blues" (July 25)
"Spurned by Eric, Sookie fears the worst for Bill, whose fate now lies in Lorena's hands. Fueled by a night of bloody passion, Tara executes a desperate plan to stave off Franklin's advances. In Bon Temps, Tommy finds it difficult to leave the family nest; Jessica gets her fix from a Merlotte's customer; and Jason's romance with Crystal hits a snag, as does Lafayette's with Jesus. After revealing his master plan to Eric, Russell pays a visit to Louisiana in order to start executing it."

True Blood Season 3, Episode 7
"Hitting the Ground" (August 1)
"Imperiled by Lorena, Sookie goes to extremes in her attempt to save Bill - with unforeseen consequences. Sam infiltrates a dog fighting ring to extricate Tommy from his parents' greedy influence. Jason heads to jail to uncover the truth about Crystal; Summer makes a home-cooked play for Hoyt's affections; Debbie vows revenge on Alcide; Eric uses Hadley as bait to get information from Sophie-Anne; Russell turns his back on the Authority, and on the Magister."

True Blood Season 3, Episode 8
"Night on the Sun" (August 8)
"Shaken and disillusioned, Sookie rethinks her relationship with Bill. Sophie-Anne takes up a new residence as Russell plots his next move. Jessica and Bill reconcile; Jason throws down the gauntlet in hopes of saving Crystal; Lafayette gets a surprise visit from his mom, Ruby Jean; Sam tries to keep Tommy in check; Merlotte's gets a new waitress; Eric proves the depth of his allegiance to Russell. Sookie finds herself in a vulnerable position when Alcide needs to deal with a family emergency."

True Blood Season 3, Episode 9
"Everything is Broken" (August 15)
"With the ratification of the Vampire Rights Amendment at hand, Nan Flanagan detours to Fangtasia to confront Eric about the Magister's disappearance. A grief-stricken Russell vows revenge against his foes, vampire and human. Awaking from a slumber, Bill uncovers the truth about Sookie's true identity. Jason gets unexpected help as he goes up against Felton and Calvin. Sam is distressed by Tommy's attitude; Tara encounters a new ally and an old tormentor; Hadley introduces Sookie to a new family member; Arlene despairs about her future; Hoyt confronts his true feelings...”

True Blood Season 3, Episode 10
"I Smell a Rat" (August 22)
"A reluctant Bill warns Sookie about the dangers she will face. Jesus is intrigued by the mysterious qualities of V. Sam's recent fit of rage triggers dark memories. Eric takes precautions and fulfills a wish; Arlene turns to Holly for help with a pressing problem; Jason deals with the unexpected, both with Tara and Crystal; Jessica is torn between Tommy and Hoyt. After communing with Talbot, Russell promises to extract vengeance on his enemies...”

True Blood Season 3, Episode 11
"Fresh Blood" (August 29)
"Bill tries to earn back Sookie's trust, but ends up bringing her face-to-face with fresh dangers. Knowing he's no physical match for the King, Eric tempts Russell with the "ultimate vampire dream." Jason tries to wrap his head around Crystal's revelation. Sam embraces his dark side, alienating everyone except Tara. Hoyt and Jessica take their romance to the next level; with Holly's help, Arlene puts her future in the hands of a goddess; post V-trip, Lafayette struggles with new demons."

More Spoilers Ahead!!
Still not satisfied? I have more spoilers for you! Here we go:
  • The annoying quarterback (aka younger Jason) will continue to heckle Jason and will be a new member of the road crew
  • Weres are not the only newbie supernatural’s in town. Hello Panthers, or should I say Werepanthers. Crystal’s little town of HotShots is filled with them
  • Expect a showdown between Debbie and Sookie. DoI smell a girl fight coming on?
  •  What exactly did Sam’s dad mean when he said he “owned Tommy?" Well, it turns out that Sam’s folks have been using Tommy to make some cash. How? They’ve been entering him into dog fights for money. Poor Tommy :-(
  • Jessica is going to have to choose between Hoyt and Tommy.
  • Sam is going to go through a complete character change! Mr. Nice Guy turns into a raging crazy man. The only one he won’t push away is Ms. Tara. Does that mean that Franklin will be gone for good? We shall see!

What do you think of the spoilers and episode synopsis? Will Franklin meet his final death? Will Sookie stay with Bill? Should Jessia stick with Hoyt or tango with Tommy?
Let me know what you think!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Follow Friday is here again!



Follow Friday is here again! Paromantasy is once again going for the ride! For those of you who have no idea what Follow Friday is, where have you been?! It's where us bloggers get together and check out each others sites, and follow, follow, follow! Please remember to leave a comment below, along with your link so that I can check out your site, and return the favor ;-)

For my "reader only" followers, many of the featured links will take you to even more places to get your paromantasy fix. Take a test run and I’m sure you will be a fan of my fellow blogger’s sites too!

Want to join in the fun and make new friends? Just follow these rules:

1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Host { Parajunkee } and any one else you want to follow on the list

2. Follow our Featured Bloggers - Once Upon A Chapter

3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.

4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments

5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can!

6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers

7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!


Happy Follow Friday!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Thankful Thursday Awards!



I’m excited because last week I received my very first Thankful Thursday award (thanks Maidenveil!), and today I am going to give out some awards of my own. I love blogging, I love reading blogs, I love everything paromantasy, and I especially love others who share my passion for all of the above :-). Here is where I say “Thank You” to some of my favorite sites, without you my day would be a bore.

Here's how this award works:

1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award.

2. Share 7 things about yourself.

3. Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic for whatever reason!

4. Contact the bloggers you've picked and let them know about the award! I’m sure they’ll be thankful ;-)



Here’s seven things about Muah!

1. I love chocolate

2. Writing is my passion

3. Reading is my obsession (especially anything paromantasy)

4. I love to travel, but only to places that are hot and have a pool bar ;-)

5. Speaking of pool bar, Tequila is the best liquor ever made

6. I was born, raised, and still live in Brooklyn, NY

7. I not so secretly want to be a supernatural being



Here are 15 of the most awesome blogs I have recently stumbled upon :

Musings of a Reader Happy

Reading on the Dark Side

Parajunkee

Black Fingernails Reviews

Fangs, Wands, and Fairy dust

Diva’s Bookcase

Forever Waiting

Smexy Books

Michelle’s Book Blog

Supernaturalsnark

The Unread Reader

About Happy Books

25 Hour Books

Tattooed Books: A YA book reviewing, librarian-in-training

The Juici Life


I'd like to say thanks to this weeks winners. Your blogs have not only entertained me, but saved me from the pitfalls of boredom, and the reality of everyday life. Great job!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Author Highlight: Richelle Mead! Mead Mania begins today!


Being relatively new, I have yet to review a book or highlight some of my favorite authors. It ends today. I figured what better way to kick off my author highlight reel, than with an honorary spotlight on one of my all-time favorite authors, Richelle Mead.

If you are looking for a book that is exciting, romantic, edgy, and is an absolute page turner - than look no further than Richelle Mead. She currently has three series - Georgina Kincaid, Vampire Academy, and Dark Swan. Each one is better than the last. Pick any series from this author, and you will not be disappointed. She takes you on an urban fantasy ride through the world of a soul sucking Succubus with a conscious, to a war between the gentle Moroi vamps, half vamp dhamphirs, and evil Strigoi, and finally to a Shaman’s battle between good and evil. Each series has vastly different worlds, but each will have you screaming for more. What could be better than bad ass protagonists that are fearless, daring, and are always finding themselves in crazy romances and near death experiences?!

As a tribute to one of my favorite authors, starting Saturday I will be reviewing each and every book of hers, starting with her very first series: "Georgina Kincaid." If you have never heard of the "Mighty Mead", as I like to refer to her, than I urge you to run out and buy a book of hers, any book, and I swear you will become an instant fan!

Check in Saturday for the beginning of Mead Mania, and my review of Succubus Blues: Georgina Kincaid Series, book 1

Check out all of her books here: Richelle Mead Books

Also check out the Hot Spot section of my blog for links to her website.

What do you think of Richelle Mead? Who is your favorite character from her novels? Let me know what you think and remember to take the poll: What is your favorite Richelle Mead series?
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