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Monday, July 26, 2010

Review: Manifest by Artist Arthur

With a continuously expanding young adult book market it’s easy to get lost in the nearly hundreds of titles that are published monthly. I came across Manifest via NetGalley.com and the synopsis immediately caught my interest. Now having read the story, I’m pleased to say that this book delivers.

Krystal Bentley is a fifteen year old teenager adjusting to the divorce of her parents and relocation from New York City to her mother’s hometown, Lincoln, Connecticut. In addition to dealing with the issues of fitting in at a new school, living with her new stepfather, Krystal meets Ricky Watson and all of her current issues seem to pale in comparison. He’s cute, funny –her perfect guy. The only problem is he’s a ghost and he wants her to help find out who killed him. Initially, Krystal refuses to help Ricky. She’s got enough on her hands with her own life. But when she meets kids at school - Jake, who can move things with his mind and Sasha who can disappear, she realizes there may be more going on in Lincoln than just her ghost-whisperer tendencies.

Manifest is the debut young adult novel of award winning author, Artist Arthur. Already an established romance writer, Arthur was urged to write a young adult novel by her daughter. She’s scores big, creating a novel that’s easy to read and blends in with today’s teen paranormal genre. What’s refreshing about Manifest is that it steers clear of the typical creature/vampire/Fae characters and brings supernatural talents back into the teen paranormal genre. It’s a well written novel for teens and sets up a storyline for a great new series. Book Two, Mystify and Book Three, Mayhem are scheduled for publication in February 2011 and August 2011 respectively.

Title: Manifest (Mystix #1)
Author: Artist Arthur
Publisher Harlequin Enterprises, Limited
Details: Paperback, 256 pages
Disclosure: I received my review copy in PDF format from Netgalley.com


 
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Friday, July 16, 2010

Book Blog Hop & Follow My Book Blog Friday Hop - July 16th


Follow My Book Blog Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee.com.  It's a great way to meet other bloggers who share your love for all things bookish!  Check out a few of the new book lovers I found last week:

The Unread Reader
Among the Muses
To Read or Not to Read
Reading on the Darkside

So click on over to Parajunkee.com to read the rules, grab your button and link up!





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Book Blogger HopBook Blogger Hop is another meme hosted by Jen at Crazyforbooks. Check out Jen's link for all of the rules and links and book hopping fun!

Jen's question of the week:  What book are you dying to get your hands on? 

I can't wait for SHADOWFEVER by Karen Marie Moning.  If you haven't read about Mac & Barrons - I urge you to pick up the series. You won't regret it!

So be sure to leave a comment and let me know you stopped by!  Happy FF & Hopping!



Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wednesday eBites - Dark Currents by Mima

Blog With Bite

Join the eCraze and showcase your "Can't Wait For' eBooks with this weekly meme.  BlogwithBite.com presents eBites, a showcase for your digital reading addiction.  What eBook are you dying to take a bite of?

Today's eBite is my "bite" off of Parajunkee.com's site.  I saw her eBite for the week and realized WOW! I must have this eBook! So now it's mine too!  I know, I know! Why would I highlight the same book from another highly respected Book Blogger extraordinaire's post? Well... because the book had me hooked with this single quote:

"It's not every day a woman faces down the bitch who owns her man's soul"

Come on people! Now that's a hook!

Dark Currents by Mima

Elementals, Book 1

Xia is sick and tired of having her ass served to her every bloody night. Exhausted, she soldiers on, working the Scottish dream beat alone, seeking to identify those who plot to awaken Aqua, one of the four slumbering elements. Should Aqua fully open her eyes, she won’t be happy until she picks her teeth with the bones of the last human on earth.

When an assassin tags Xia, her new guardian arrives—a seal shifter linked to the very element she fears. Adam is certain that Markos, Xia’s boss and sometimes lover, is putting her in unnecessary danger. But Xia has tasted the inhuman cruelty that is Aqua and will do anything to stop her, even relive a terrifying, perilous spell.

Now that Adam has been assigned to protect her witchy spirit wanderings, Xia has to trust him. It isn’t his power or ability she’s uneasy about, but the fact he’ll have to take all the pain meant for her.

Then the Chamber ruthlessly deploys Xia and Adam in a dangerous ritual. Adam can protect her body and defend her mind…but nothing can safeguard her from the backlash of the world-changing knowledge she discovers.

Warning: This adventure is blatantly Scottish and dives into save-the-world sex with two of the hunkiest magical men you’ll ever meet

Publisher: Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Release Date: August 17, 2010


 








Friday, July 9, 2010

Blogger Hop and Follow Friday July 9 - 12th


This weekly event is hosted by Jen at Crazy For Books

It's a great way to meet new people, find new book blogs and simply share your love of books with like-minded Book Bloggers.  The event lasts Friday through Monday so go to Jen's site via the link above and get started!




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  • Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Host { Parajunkee.com } and any one else you want to follow on the list
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Monday, July 5, 2010

Interview and Giveaway with Author Seressia Glass

Please join me in welcoming author, Seressia Glass to Dren’s B-Spot! Seressia is the author of a new Urban Fantasy series called Shadowchasers. Her first book, Shadow Blade was released in January. You can read my review of Shadow Blade Here. Shadow Chase is book two and is scheduled for release on July 27th.


Dren: What drew you into the Urban Fantasy Genre to create Shadow Blade?
Seressia: I've loved fantasy and paranormal since I was a kid and didn't know what the genre was called. One of the first books I attempted to write back in my teens was about sisters who were guardians of a mystical realm. No that book didn't need to see the light of day, but I wouldn't mind revisiting my Daughters of the Sword characters someday!

Dren: Do you find it difficult to write Urban Fantasy with African American lead characters?
Seressia: Actually I don't! If you're going to call it urban fantasy and set it in an urban area, at some point you're going to encounter black people if you "keep it real." It makes sense to me that if I'm going to set a story in a major metropolitan area I'm going to people it with the demographics of that area. And I do know quite a few black people who follow alternate religions, so that wasn't a stretch for me either. I'm just thrilled that my editor was cool with my characters and my mythology.

Dren: Do you enjoy reading Urban Fantasy? If so, what are your favorite books? Who are your favorite Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance authors?
Seressia: This is always a hard question because I know so many fantastic writers! I loved Octavia Butler's work. I also read Patricia Briggs and Lilith Saintcrow. There are a ton of others, but if I leave someone out, I'll get in trouble!

Dren: What’s more difficult to write, Romance or Urban Fantasy?
Seressia: The neat thing about romance is that it's inclusive from the perspective that I can write in detail about the unfolding relationship between my characters and still go into detail with the world building and paranormal or suspense elements. With Urban Fantasy, the world and action takes precedence over the interpersonal relationships. When you're dodging seeker demons and bullets, it's hard to stop and think about how you feel about that hunky guy who's fighting beside you! I definitely have to train myself to write a bit differently. Good thing I'm trainable!

Dren: In previous interview’s you’ve stated that the Shadowchasers series will be a Trilogy: Shadow Blade, Shadow Chase and Shadow Fall. Will you really stop there or can we expect even more adventures with of Kira and Khefar?
Seressia: There's already an idea for book four, and I'm going to roll right into it when I'm done with Shadow Fall. It's got the working title SHADOW HUNT, and pits Kira against an old nemesis. You'll get to see more members of the supernatural community, and more on Kira and Khefar's relationships. I'd definitely like to keep writing as long as readers and my publisher are interested!

Dren: If you had to pick, which book did you enjoy writing the most Shadow Blade or Shadow Chase?
Seressia: Again with the hard questions! Both books are the same but different, and I enjoyed different aspects of both. Shadow Blade kicked off the series, so it was like the honeymoon or the start of a relationship when birds sing and flowers bloom and your muse can do no wrong. In Shadow Chase, I get to delve a bit further into the mythology of Egypt and my paranormal world, so there was a lot more research in it, which can be fun AND a time sink. In Shadow Fall, the Egyptian Book of the Dead is strongly featured, so there was even more research to do on that, including reading all of the spells in the funerary text to decide which ones fit the story.

Dren: When you’re not writing, what do you enjoy doing?
Seressia: Sleeping! Seriously though, I watch a lot of anime, I bellydance when I can, and add jewelry and crystals to my collection. Oh, and spend time with my sweetie and the fam!

Seressia, thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I’m certainly looking forward to the upcoming release of Shadow Blade and more stories of Kira and Khefar’s adventures!

Now on to the fun stuff!  Seressia has been gracious enough to provide us with a signed copy of the upcoming Shadow Chase, book two of her Shadowchaser series! As an extra bonus - I'll throw in a copy of Book One, Shadow Blade.  So you can win both books with just one entry!!

Contest Rules:

- You must be a follower of this blog to enter

- You must be at least 18 years old to enter
- Contest open to US residents only.
- The winner will be chosen by random.org and will be contacted via email.
- Contest ends July 26th, at 11:59pm EST.

Click here to fill out the form.


Review: Shadow Blade by Seressia Glass

Kira's day job is as an antiquities expert, but her true calling is as a Shadowchaser. Trained from youth to be one of the most lethal Chasers in existence, Kira serves the Gilead Commission, dispatching the Fallen who sow discord and chaos. Of course, sometimes Gilead bureaucracy is as much a thorn in her side as anything the Fallen can muster against her. Right now, though, she's got a bigger problem. Someone is turning the city of Atlanta upside down in search of a millennia-old Egyptian dagger that just happens to have fallen into Kira's hands.

Then there's Khefar, the dagger's true owner -- a near-immortal 4,000-year-old Nubian warrior who, Kira has to admit, looks pretty fine for his age. Joining forces is the only way to keep the weapon safe from the sinister Shadow forces, but now Kira is in deep with someone who holds more secrets than she does, the one person who knows just how treacherous this fight is. Because every step closer to destroying the enemy is a step closer to losing herself to Shadow forever....

Author, Seressia Glass weaves a story of good versus evil in her recent urban fantasy release, Shadow Blade. We are introduced to Kira, a woman with an extraordinary touch. Through her touch, she can know the history of an item and everyone who’s touched it or she can drain the life force from any living thing. Adopted at a young age, her powers first emerged when she reached puberty. But after a devastating accident that leaves her younger sibling in a coma, her adopted parents decide to turn her over to the Gilead Commission where she is trained to be a Shadowchaser. Shadowchasers are elite assassins who hunt and destroy members of the Fallen – those who live for the sole purpose of creating chaos and destruction in the world.

Shadowchaser by night, by day Kira is an antiquities dealer. Shortly after her friend and mentor Bernie brings her a rare knife for authentication, she’s finds his torn and mutilated body in an alley. Someone wants the dagger … and is willing to kill for it. As Kira begins to search for clues to, she meets the dagger’s true owner – a 4,000-year-old Nubian warrior named Khefar. Can Kira trust her instincts as she hunts for a killer? Or will she become the next victim?

I had high hopes when I started Shadow Blade and I’m happy to say that I was not disappointed. Kira is a hard-edged assassin who likes what she does. But even though she is an assassin, she’s managed to carve a niche for herself in the normal world of antiquities where her abilities are more useful than deadly.  The isolation created by her ability is evident within the limited relationships that Kira maintains. Not being able to touch someone has taken it's toll but it's a part of herself that she keeps hidden from others.

Shadow Blade has a fresh and unique angle that brings in Egyptian mythology into play in fascinating ways. Glass has done a thorough job with world building making it believable and solid.  The character development between Kira, Khefar and her small network of friends is also well done. 

Overall, Shadow Blade is a great start to what should be an exciting new Urban Fantasy series. Book two, Shadow Chase is scheduled to be released on July 27th. I’m looking forward to more of Kira’s adventures.


Paperback: 352 pages

Publisher:  Pocket; Original edition (January 26, 2010)
Kindle/Ebook: Yes
FTC Discolsure: Reviewed Kindle Edition, purchased from Amazon.com


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