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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Become A Character In My HP Mallory's Next Urban Fantasy Book, Wuthering Frights!

The great HP Mallory is giving us fans another chance to become a real-life character in the next installment of the Dulcie O'Neil series, Wuthering Frights!

Other than just living out your Paromantasy, the winner will also get:

* A written part in Wuthering Frights
* The ability to read Wuthering Frights before it's released to the public
* Added to the Acknowledgments page of Wuthering Frights

This contests ends April 1st - so hurry and click here to enter! Good Luck!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Giveaway and Review of Urban Fantasy Novel Raven's Quest by Toni LoTempio

Title: Raven's Quest
Series: A Novella from the Raven Grace Series
Author: Toni LoTempio

Official Synopsis
Raven Malone and Finn McPhee are back - this time they must travel to parallel time in order to stop a demonic killer.

My Review
This may be a novella, but it sure packs a punch. Danger, romance and non-stop action will leave you wanting more of Raven and Finn.

Our favorite kick-ass shapshifting law enforcement agent, Raven Grace, is back and better than ever. She is coming to terms with her shifting abilities cast upon her after a demon attack, she is still in love and going strong with her Scottish hunk and recovery captain Finn, and they are getting the hang of parallel universe hoping. Of course, nothing last forver and her new found happiness is put to a test when their is an attack on her police unit. With all clues pointing at another demon murderer at play, Raven and Finn must work on catching the murderer before it's too late.

When playing into the game of a killer, will Raven and Finn once again come out on top or will they lose their lives protecting the people that they love?

I love Raven and Finn. Raven is tough, funny and could shape shift into anything - how cool is that? Finn is such a swoon-worthy hero with his quite charm, fearless attitude and he's Scottish - need I say more? Together, they electrify as they solve murders, deal with supernatural bad-asses and come to terms with their ever growing relationship.

I do wish the book was longer, but Toni LoTempio has promised a full novel in early 2013 - I can't wait!!

This novella is rated 4 1/2 Fangs!

Giveaway Time!
Toni LoTempio is Giving Away a copy of Raven's Kiss, book 1 of the series, and Raven's Quest to one lucky winner!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Character Interview with Raven from The Raven Grace Urban Fantasy Novels by Toni Lo Tempio

Today I am so happy to have the star of Toni Lo Tempio's urban fantasy hit Raven Grace here from the Raven Grace Novels! I loved the first installment of the series, Raven's Kiss. A novella from the series, Raven's Quest, was just released and it is such a fun read. It has tons of action, romance and mystery packed into a small package. Today, Raven has stopped by to talk about Raven's Quest, her kick-ass job, and her swoonworthy partner/lover Finn,

Now let's give a warm welcome to Raven Grace!

Hi Raven! It has been a while since we last heard from you. For those who don’t know you, tell us a little about yourself.

Well, I’m in my twenties, black hair, fairly good figure. I always wanted to go into Law Enforcement, and after being turned into a Coli – Shapeshifter – it seemed more of a natural progression than ever! I have a tendency to be a bit snarky, which I’m trying to overcome, as well as a bit of a bad-ass. But in my line of work you’ve got to be tough! Although sometimes I come across as too much so – it’s not intentional, honest. Sometimes my humor is misinterpreted.

In Raven’s Kiss we learned that you were turned into a shape shifter after surviving a demon’s bite. Have you completely come to terms with your being turned from mortal to shape shifter?
Not completely, but I’m working on it! I think being in a relationship has helped me to grow a lot. Finn’s taught me to take all my negative energy and turn it toward something positive. And then there’s the whole demon-chasing thing. Kinda grows on you after a while, and being able to shift into different beings is a huge help!

You mentioned Finn. The one person who seemed to have a big impact on you is the ever swoon-worthy Recovery Captain Fin McPhee. How has your relationship with him impacted you? Is it working out? Curious single ladies are dying to know :-)
Well, I’ve always been a very private person, so opening up and sharing is rather difficult for me. However, since Finn has these mental abilities it’s kinda hard to keep much from him. He can read me like a book. Is it working out? Let’s say so far, so good, but as we all know, every romance is not without angst. Finn and I have not reached that yet but I have a feeling it might be just around the corner (in our next installment, maybe? Hmmmm)

What has changed since for you since your demon hunting adventures in Raven’s Kiss ?
Not to give too much away, but there are changes happening even as we speak down at the Recovery that will have long-reaching effects. Oh, and Hedy and I have actually been getting along….miracles do happen.

Finn is from a sort of “parallel universe” then you. How are you handling the back and forth?
We’ve been managing quite nicely. Demons are pretty much the same in any universe. It’s a bit off-putting since the people I know in my universe have completely different roles and personalities in his, but it’s nothing I can’t handle. Maybe a bit less confusing now that I get along with both Hedy’s LOL.

Being friends with Hedy does seem to make life a bit easier for you..lol.
Are you still enjoying your role in Recovery Organization with all the changes that are now being made?
Working with a hot Scottish partner – battling demons and other evil creatures – tracking down clues and foiling the baddies – what’s not to love? (especially the working with a hot Scottish hunk part!)

What is your favorite thing to do when you get a day off?
I do enjoy reading a good book, (I’m a big JD Robb fan!) maybe getting Finn to take a trip to a winery, just putting my feet up, relaxing and v egging out. I also like visiting a spa and getting a full body massage. Being a Recovery agent is stressful – plus shifting’s hard on the bod!

You’re a shape shifter. What is the craziest thing you’ve ever shifted into?
A Limeleon – a chameleon with the head of a lion. Tiny body, big roar! It’s actually pretty cool.

What can you tell us about your current adventures as a Recovery Agent in Raven’s Quest?
In Raven’s Quest, Finn and I have to track down a demon worshipper before he unleashes an unspeakable evil upon the world, so…it’s back through parallel time again, folks! This adventure is short but sweet, (too short, some have said LOL) however, our creator has promised the next one will be full length and juicy – look for it early 2013.

Yay, you must thank your creator Toni Lo Tempio from me. I can't wait to read more of your adventures. I see that Finn is waiting for you and there is some more supernatural butt to kick so I'll let you go. Thanks for stopping by Raven!

Raven's Quest is on sale at Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and Smashwords. It may be a novella but it is packed with action, adventure, romance and mystery as we follow kick-ass agent Raven Grace on her next mission to kick some supernatural bad-guy ass.

Check back tomorrow for my review on Raven's Quest!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I'm baaack - Paromantasy Updates

Hey All! Sorry for the radio silence for the past week or so. Internet was down and my "real-life" job (aka my non-vampire watching or werewolf fighting desk job) has kept me busy. Don't worry, I'm baaack and I have tons of stuff planed. So let me tell you about all the happenings with me and Paromantasy.
  1. I'm still not rich. :-(
  2. I have tons of new True Blood Season 5 spoilers to share in the next few days - yay!
  3. Tomorrow, check out my character interview with Rave from Toni LoTempio's Raven Grace Novels. Click here to read my review of Raven's Kiss
  4. Thursday - My review of Raven's Quest (A Raven Grace Novella)
  5. Friday - FF and my review of Twice Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, book 3)
  6. Saturday - My Review of Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, book 4)
  7. Sunday - Tons of True Blood Spoilers :-)
That's it for now.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Review of YA Paranormal Fantasy/Sci-Fi book, Feyland: The Dark Realm by Anthea Sharp

Title: Feyland
Series:The Dark Realm
Author: Anthea Sharp

Official Synopsis
Feyland is the most immersive computer game ever designed, and Jennet Carter is the first to play the prototype. But she doesn't suspect the virtual world is close enough to touch -- or that she'll be battling for her life against the Dark Queen of the faeries.


Tam Linn is the perfect hero -- in-game. Too bad the rest of his life is seriously flawed. The last thing he needs is rich-girl Jennet prying into his secrets, insisting he's the only one who can help her.


Together, Jennet and Tam enter the Dark Realm of Feyland, only to discover that the entire human world is in danger. Pushed to the limit of their abilities, they must defeat the Dark Queen... before it's too late.

My Review
This book in 3 words: Fun, Unique, Suspenseful

Fae, Video Games and Danger, Oh my! Really, what more could you ask for?

Feyland is a YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi book that I could not pull away from. It is different from many other fantasy or paranormal books that I have read. The story revolves around rich and privileged Jennet and the poor and responsible Tam. Each of them leads totally different lives, but one thing they do have in common is gaming! Each is an experienced Simmer, but when a new game that Jennet's father is building starts to transfix in the real world, they must team up to stop the fey from entering their world. With the weight of the world on their shoulders, they must play to win or die trying.

I loved this story, the characters, and how well-written and clever Feyland was. Each character was so different, yet shared many similarities that went beyond the boundaries of economic status and wealth. Jeanette may be young, but she is strong, smart and refuses to give up. When a loss in Feyland threatens her life, she is determined to get it back and to do that she must find the best gamer in her new school. That is where Tam comes in. Tam has the world on his shoulders and yet refuses to crumble. Instead he stands strong and takes care of his younger brother, his ill mother and now Jeanette. They come from two different worlds, but their love of gaming and their mission to stop the creatures of Feyland from taking over the real world brings the two closer together. The romance is sweet, the action is heavy and the surprises that pop up will have you racing through the pages to find out what happens to Tam, Jeanette and the world when Feyland becomes reality.

If you are a fan of fantasy, the paranormal, folklore and/or sci-fi, you will love this book! It is a YA that even adults will enjoy...with a G rating of course.  Feyland is action-packed with tons of danger, heart-warming romance, and tons of surprises.

This book is rated 4.5 fangs:

What is your favorite YA book that put a unique spin on the paranormal?

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Follow Friday, Blog Hop and Giveaway Time!! Plus my pic for the Vampire Academy Movie Cast!

Happy Friday All! Before we get into the Friday fun, let me tell you about some Paromantasy news.

There is my new installment of "Paromantasy's Take on" specials. Click here to read my views on Cliffhangers, bad boys, heroines and more...  Let me know your thoughts.

Now it's Follow Friday Time! Want to join in the fun? To join the fun and make new friends, stop by; Parajunkee  and Greads to enter!

Q: What book would you love to see made into a movie or television show and do you have actors/actresses in mind to play the main characters?
There are so many but if I had to choose one, I would pick Vampire Academy by Richelle Meade. Action, romance, a kick-ass heroine and a swoon-worthy hero. Add danger, mystery and romance to the mix and it makes for an awesome book and movie. I do have a cast in mind. I would pick Emma Stone to play Rose,  Chris Hemsworth as Dimitri, Blake Lively to play Lisa, Chace Crawford as Ethan, and Zac Efron as Christian.  

Cast of Vampire Academy Movie

Book Moments: What has been your favorite moment (scene) in a book that you've read so far in 2012? Please be kind & not include spoilers
I just started reading the Night Huntress series. I love them! I'm on book 2 of the series, One Foot in the Grave. Here is an amazing scene between Bones and Cat.

“You are so arrogant.”
Bones came closer. “I’m very powerful. That is truth, not arrogance. Every member of your team combined couldn’t protect you as well as I can, and you know it. Whether you want my help or not, you’re getting it.”
“Don’t worry about me, I can take care of myself.”
I was suddenly gripped in Bones’s arms. Maybe that was my own fault and not just due to his speed. I’d been so busy keeping up my emotional shields, I’d forgotten about my physical ones. And truth be told, I never expected him to bite me.
Yeah, I’d let my usual vampire guards down all the way with Bones.
His fangs buried deep into my neck. The strangest kind of heat flooded all through me. Bones tightened his arms around me, tilting me back, and licked my neck before sinking his teeth in again.
My fists thumped on his back. It was all I was capable of doing to tell him to stop, since my mouth only seemed good for making little ecstatic noises.
I found myself thinking if I were going to die, at least I’d die happy.

 How hot is that? Excuse me while I get a glass of ice cold water...lol

That's it for now! Have a great weekend!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Review of YA Paranormal Romance book, Evermore (The Immortals) by Alyson Noel

Title: Evermore
Series: The Immortals, book 1
Author:Alyson Noel
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Official Synopsis
Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch. Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste . . .

Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition. He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets. Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head. She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is. Damen equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies.

My Review
This book in 3 words: Terrible, Annoying, Putdownable

I hate to be so blunt and write such a negative review, but Evermore sucked, for lack of a better word. I have book OCD so I have trouble not finishing a series that I start, but I think that this book was so bad it may have cured me from my disorder.

Evermore is based around Ever and Damon. Ever is a teenage girl who was in a terrible accident. Her family died, but she walked away with an unusual side effect - she can see auras and the ghost of her dead sister. After losing her parents and sister (in the living world anyway), she goes to live with her rich aunt. There she attends school and tries to lead as much of a normal life as possible. Her world changes when a new student, Damon, joins her class. He is unlike anyone she has ever met. He's mysterious and can do things that most people cannot, like run exceptionally fast and displays superior strength. When she decides to uncover Damon's secrets, what she finds changes her life forever...

So my little take on this synopsis sounds good right? Well don't be fooled. Ever is everything that I dislike in a heroine. She is extremely annoying, whiny, usually does not stand up for herself, and does not question a thing. Damon is also the worst hero I have ever come across. He is just plain weird. Is he mysterious? Sure, but in a crazy weirdo sort of way, instead of the silent, deadly and sexy way heroes should be. I also found him to be a bit pompous, too aloof and did I mention he was weird?

The array of side characters were just as annoying as Ever. In the spirit of Ever's friends, I will say that "they were like soooo not cool." Haven was so pushy that I wanted Ever to woman up and hit her. Damien was just about the only character I could stand - kind of.

In the end, if I read a book where I don't mind if an atomic bomb drops on the characters and they do not survive, I think that is a tell-tale sign that the book is pretty bad.

I hate to give a purely negative review so I will point out some of the good things. I love the cover (wow, looks can be deceiving), I liked the unusual name of the heroine, Ever, and I liked the concept of Immortals vs Vampires. That was unique and I appreciated it. I just wish it made for a better story.

Evermore is rated: 1 Fang...Very Disappointing

Have you read The Immortals series? Did you hate Evermore? Does the series get better?

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Anyone else love Syfy's New Series, Lost Girl? I am Team Succubus!

Hey all, it is Evie the Paromantasy addict here. I have a new love affair and it is with Syfy's new series, Lost Girl. I can't believe it when my paromantasy lover friends say, "what is lost girl?" so I am here to tell you about it. I can't be the only one loving this show...can I? If so, that has to change because it is incredible!

Lost Girl is about a succubus, Bo, who had no idea what she was. Her parents abandoned her and after sucking the life out of her boyfriend during her teen years she realized that she is not like other girls.

She lives the rest of her life under the radar...that is until she is caught saving a human from the clutches of potential rapist. When she is caught, she learns that there is a world of creatures who are either light fey (good) and dark fey (yeah - you guessed it..bad). They force her to put her power to the test and when they find she is incredibly strong, each side wants her. Problem is that she doesn't want them or their alliances, so she did what no other Fae in history did before her...she chooses humans. That's right, she is a rogue succubus who is learning to control her powers and fight Fae that are terrorizing humans. With a awesomely funny human sidekick Kenzi, a handsome (light Fae) Were lover/partner/dinner Dyson, and a human scientist, Lauren, determined to help her (and sleep with her), we have the makings of an amazing show.

This is the first season and I eagerly wait for Monday nights to get my thirst for "Lost Girl" quenched. The fact that every creature that goes bump in the night has their place in the fey world, witty plot twists and two kick-ass heroines keeps me tuning in every Monday.

Have you seen Lost Girl? Do you love it as much as I do? Let's hear your thoughts.
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