It was immediate for Roman. In three thousand years, he’d never lost control of his emotions, or his heart. But the moment he laid eyes on Evelynne Farrow, he knew she was the woman who haunted his dreams. And everything changed.
Evie Farrow has always loved a good vampire romance. In fact, she makes a living writing them. While sitting in a coffee shop and working on her next mega-hot book, Evie is approached by a tall, dark, and handsome man who could have been pulled directly from one of her novels.
Unbeknownst to her, Roman D’Angelo is exactly what he appears to be – a vampire, and not just any vampire, but the king of vampires.
Unfortunately, while Roman is both ancient and invulnerable, Evie is flesh and blood. Just as Roman decides that he and Evie have a date with destiny, for reasons of their own, an ancient god and a homicidal vampire take an equally strong interest in her. To make things more complicated, there’s something very special about Evie. Something not quite human.
Can Roman fight off the incredible forces that would have Evie as their own long enough to win her heart, or will destiny betray him, and destroy everything he has ever dreamed of?
Are you intrigued yet? The Vampire King, by New York Times best selling Author, Heather Killough-Walden has just been released! The Kings Series is a spin-off of The Big Bad Wolf Series that put her on the NY Times Best Seller's List!
The Big Bad Wolf Series
If you are a fan of adult paranormal romance, and for some reason you have not read The Big Bad Wolf series, I highly suggest you get started immediately!
I am currently reading The Vampire King, and unfortunately wasn't able to finish it before this post was due, but I will be adding a review for the book later this week! So far, so good! Check out the teaser below, and see for yourself!
The Vampire King... TEASER... ENJOY
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It was another long moment before she spoke again. She seemed to be gauging everything he did and said, working something out in her head.
“What do you want with me?”
That was the question of the century. He had no idea what to tell her that wouldn’t scare the shit out of her. He wanted….
To lay you out on my bed.
“I want to help you,” he said. At least that was the truth, even if by far it wasn’t the whole truth.
Evie’s honey-colored gaze narrowed. She didn’t believe him. It had been a very long time since someone had not believed him. Though he couldn't blame her – he didn’t believe him either.
“You want to help me.” She straightened a little, still visibly trembling but somehow regaining her wits.
Roman knew she didn’t understand. How could she when he didn’t understand himself? He showed her his open hands in a gesture of well-meaning and said, “I don’t know why, but I’m drawn to you. It’s why I was able to save you, Evie.” He took another step forward, unable to help himself. The distance between them was just too far and it was driving him a little nuts. “I was there when danger struck because I couldn’t stand to be far from your side.” He paused when a look of panic floated across Evie’s beautiful face. “I think it has something to do with what you are,” he said softly.
Evie took a step back and Roman’s heart sank. “And what exactly would that be?” she asked, her tone still clearly frightened, despite her obvious strength of character. “Human?”
Roman waited a moment. And then he shook his head. “I don’t believe you really are, Evie.” He paused. “Human.”Available now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble!
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In October 2011 - I wrote a blog entitled: Forget the Vampires, Angels Are Taking Over. Since then I have been bouncing back and forth between Angels and Vampires with a few witches thrown in for good measure. From Becca Fitzpatrick's hush, hush series to Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampires and back to angels again with Wormwood by D.H. Nevins. It wasn't enough. I have been on a reading rampage lately. A trip back to K.A. Tucker's Casual Enchantment Series filled with vampires and witchcraft followed by more beautiful fallen angels in Laurne Kate's Fallen Series, have left me breathless over the past month. And these are all titles I have read since that Halloween blog post about Angels and Vampires.
I find myself sometimes wondering what exactly the allure is, and then as if I always knew, the word magic comes to mind. The unknown. The fantasy element, that all of these books have in common, comes down to a person's belief in something beyond what they think they know. It takes these characters on journeys and through trials and tribulations far removed from what us mere mortals can bare. They are beautiful fantasies, wrapped in a magic that draws the reader in and catches hold, enticing us to keep turning the pages.
I suppose over the next few months I will be able to do a similar blog about werewolves, faeries, and mermaids that are now adorning my shelves, and while they all have a special place in my imagination - there's something extraordinary that continues to draw me back into the world of vampires and angels. Maybe it's the startling similarities between good and evil. Perhaps it's the fine line they walk between morality and hedonism. No matter what it is, that initially draws me in, I have to give the authors credit where it's due. The writing is phenomenal! The stories are captivating! The characters are are endearing and stick with us at night when we close our eyes to sleep.
And as with sleep all good things must come to an end. As 2011 closes and makes way for a bright and shiny new year, I am going to throw down my top choices in both Vampire and Angel books...
I find it extremely difficult to do an official "top ten" style list, because every time I try to place a numbered order to this list, I end up arguing with myself. So, in an effort to get this list written I'll start with one of my favorite vampire series:
- The Morganville Vampires Series by Rachel Caine - there are currently 11 books available in this series with a new one coming in May 2012. These are the perfect YA Vampire books and a must read for any YA paranormal romance fan.
- Casual Enchantment Series - K.A. Tucker - Evangeline is a human thrust into a world of vampires and magic. Her story is tragic, beautiful, and captivating. The first book, Anathema, is available now. The 2nd book, Asylum, will be available in early Jan. 2012.
I have so many more vampire novels waiting to be read on my Kindle shelf already, as well as my book shelf. But these are my top picks for this past year. All of these series have had a recent release, and are well worth starting from the beginning if you haven't read them yet.
- The House of Night Series by Kristin and P.C. Cast - There are currently 9 books in this series. It is an awesome, new take on vampires and magic. If you haven't checked them out yet, you should!
- The Vampire for Hire Series by J.R. Rain - A more adult vampire novel series with an interesting lead character in Samantha Moon. I fell in love with this series when it first came out and J.R. Rain is definitely on my favorite author list!
- The Anita Blake Series by Laurell K. Hamilton - always a favorite, although I have to admit, I prefer the earlier books in the series. And this one is definitely for adults!
My top picks for angel/nephilim based books are as follows:
- hush, hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick. I dare anyone not to fall in love with Patch! Seriously, these books keep you on the edge of your seat, heart beating wildly, worried for the characters and what their outcomes may be. Beautifully written. Fans of YA Paranormal Romance must have this on their shelves.
- The Gifts Trilogy by Patria Dunn-Rowe - This trilogy was an awesome story, with an incredibly cool back story woven in for good measure. I fell in love with these books when I first picked them up at the beginning of 2011, and then I was lucky enough to befriend the author. Anyone who loves YA Paranormal / Romance will not regret picking up this trilogy
As with the vampires, I have numerous e-books waiting in the wings on my shelves to be read. There aren't enough hours in the day to get through them all. By this time next year (assuming the world doesn't end before then) I am sure both of these lists will grow by leaps and bounds! Until then, you've got my top 5 in both categories for 2011 - now get busy reading! And don't be shy... I'd like to hear what everyone else's favorites for this year were.
- Fallen Series by Lauren Kate - I actually picked up Fallen, the first book in the series a few years ago, but I re-read it recently and then continued on through the series. Again YA Paranormal Romance readers will fall hard for the epic love story that is woven through the pages.
- Wormwood by D.H. Nevins - While I would say this is a more adult novel, it is still appropriate for YA readers too. It is an amazing post-apocalyptic tale involving nephilim, oh and yes, there's a little romance too! :) Oh, and a 2nd book is in the works!
- Ariel by Gabriel Madison - This was a fantastic, in depth YA Paranormal that I definitely count among my favorites. I have also heard there will be a follow up to the book - and I can't wait!
It is much harder for me than you could possibly imagine to say, "forget the vampires," because I LOVE vampires. I love the silly sparkly ones, the vicious killers, even the various half-breed vampires out there. I love them because, like most girls, I grew up with a thing for bad boys. Yes, I admit it, I like the bad boys. They are just so much more entertaining than Mr. Good Guy over in the corner. And no matter the gypsy curse, internal switch, or witch's brew that turns that bad boy vamp into a broody do-gooder there's always a charged energy underneath the surface that makes you quake in your boots while trying to hide the fact that you're drooling on yourself. So, before I move on to those winged beauties I mentioned in the blog title, here are some of my favorite vampire books (If a book listed is part of series, you can safely include the rest of the series too)
Vampires aside, there is definitely a new presence taking the literary world by the wings and making us fall in love with good boys too. The angels, they are invading. Who would have thunk it? Not this girl. While I picked up Lauren Kate's "Fallen" when it was first released, I haven't yet read the rest of her series, and not because I didn't like Fallen. I was just simply too wrapped up in my vampires and werewolves to go seek out more angels.
So, what changed? This past spring I had a request for a review from an unknown author. That request lead me to The Gifts Trilogy by Patria Dunn-Rowe (now Patria L. Dunn). After reading and reviewing her books and interviewing her for the blog we began chatting about the world of Indie books, becoming fast friends. Her characters stuck with me, and I found myself curious about other angels. It wasn't long after that when I stepped into a book store and saw a plethora of angel wings staring back at me from the book jackets. It would appear that angels were becoming the "new thing."
My brush with angels continued as I stumbled across a blog for Author D.H. Nevins via Twitter. I took a look at her website and was immediately pulled into the sample chapters of her debut novel, Wormwood. Again, the Angels were descending. My ever increasing awareness of Angelic books doesn't stop there. Need I even mention The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Claire? No, I didn't think so, since everyone and their sister has read them, and rightfully so! ;) One trip to your local bookstore, online retailer, etc. will provide you with glimpses of wings from the young adult and bestsellers shelves. I actually have two more books, Hush, Hush and Ariel, about Angels sitting in my review queue, if that tells you anything about how popular Angels have become.
In keeping with the times (and trends), I thought perhaps an ode to Angels was just as fitting before Halloween as Vampires. So here's a list, I've checked it twice... wait, wrong holiday. Here's a list of Angel/Nephilim books to go check out (Since I haven't read all of these books yet, I have tagged them with notes)...
Now, go drool over the good guys for a change, and let me know how that works out for you!