REVIEW by @fidget78: Copper Beach: A Dark Legacy Novel by Jayne Ann Krentz

Within the pages of very rare books some centuries old lie the secrets of the paranormal. Abby Radwell’s unusual psychic talent has made her an expert in such volumes-and sometimes taken her into dangerous territory. After a deadly incident in the private library of an obsessive collector, Abby receives a blackmail threat, and rumors swirl that an old alchemical text known as The Key has reappeared on the black market.
Convinced that she needs an investigator who can also play bodyguard, she hires Sam Coppersmith, a specialist in paranormal crystals and amber-hot rocks.” Passion flares immediately between them, but neither entirely trusts the other. When it comes to dealing with a killer who has paranormal abilities, and a blackmailer who will stop at nothing to obtain an ancient alchemical code, no one is safe.

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REVIEW: Ghost Of A Whisper: Betty Boo Series #2 by Beth Dolgner (@BethDolgner)

Life is good for Betty “Boo” Boorman. Things are going great with her demon boyfriend Maxwell, and her paranormal investigation team is busier than ever as Halloween approaches. But things go to hell–literally–when Maxwell is banished by a demon hunter. As Betty tries to cope with her grief, another demon enters her life, and he offers her a deal: Betty’s soul for Maxwell’s rescue. Time is running out for Betty to make a decision, and the ghosts of Savannah, Georgia, aren’t making the task any easier. Cryptic messages from the ghost of a little girl seem to be directed at Betty, but are they a warning or a plea for help?
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REVIEW by @fidget78: The Secret By Julie Garwood (@JulieGarwood)

Judith Hampton was as beautiful as she was proud and loyal. Her dear Scottish friend from childhood was about to give birth, and Judith had promised to be at her side. But there was another, private reason for the journey from her bleak English home to the Highlands: to meet the father she had never known, the Laird Maclean. Nothing prepared her, however, for the sight of the Scottish barbarian who was to escort her into his land…Iain Maitland, Laird of his clan, a man more powerfully compelling than any she had ever encountered.
In a spirited clash of wills and customs, Judith reveled in the melting bliss of Iain’s searching kisses, his passionate caresses. Perplexed by her sprightly defiance, bemused by her tender nature, Iain felt his soul growing into the light and warmth of her love. Surely nothing would wrench her from the affection and trust of Iain and his clan…not even the truth about her father, a devastating secret that could shatter the boldest alliance, and the most glorious of loves!

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EXCERPT: Sample Chapter Of 'Fair Game' By Patricia Briggs Has Been Released! (@mercys_garage)

This is one that I have been waiting for!!  The prologue and first chapter of Fair Game (release date 3/6/2012) have been released on Hurog, the official Patricia Briggs website. 
Click here or on the cover image to jump over to the Patricia Briggs wesite to read it! 

Click here to pre-order your copy today from Amazon.com!
 

REVIEW: Ghost Of A Threat by Beth Dolgner (@BethDolgner)

Normal young women go on dates on Saturday nights. Paranormal investigator Betty “Boo” Boorman goes on ghost hunts in Savannah, Georgia, America’s most haunted city. She’s more comfortable around ghosts than guys, anyway.
A violent haunting forces Betty to team up with her rival ghost hunter, the arrogant Carter Lansford. When the violence is turned toward her, though, Betty knows she needs additional expertise. She enlists the help of a handsome stranger, who introduces himself simply as Maxwell, Demon.
Betty’s ghost hunting is cut short when she’s threatened and, finally, attacked. Either someone wants her to stay away from an investigation, or a demon hunter is targeting her. As Betty begins to fall for Maxwell’s mysterious charm, she starts to wonder if her life–and her soul–are worth the risk.

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REVIEW by @fidget78: Raven Cursed by Faith Hunter (@HunterFaith)

Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker and vampire hunter for hire. But lately instead of just slaying vampires, she’s been working for them.  The vampires of Asheville, North Carolina, want to establish their own clan, but since they owe loyalty to Leo Pellissier, the Master of the City of New Orleans–and Jane’s boss–they must work out the terms with him. To come up with an equitable solution, Leo sends an envoy with the best bodyguard money can buy: Jane Yellowrock.  But when a group of local campers is attacked by something supernatural, Jane goes from escort to investigator. It’s up to her to keep peace in the region, and unless she wants to face up to very angry vampire Master, Jane will have to work overtime to find the killer. It’s a good thing she’s worth every penny
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REVIEW by @_Shoe_Girl_: Second Grave On The Left by Darynda Jones (@Darynda)

When Charley is rudely awakened in the middle of the night by her best friend who tells her to get dressed quickly and tosses clothes out of the closet at her, she can’t help but wonder what Cookie’s up to. Leather scrunch boots with a floral miniskirt? Together? Seriously? Cookie explains that a friend of hers named Mimi disappeared five days earlier and that she just got a text from her setting up a meet at a coffee shop downtown. They show up at the coffee shop, but no Mimi. But Charley finds a message on the bathroom wall. Mimi left a clue, a woman’s name. Mimi’s husband explains that his wife had been acting strange since she found out an old friend of hers from high school had been found murdered a couple weeks prior. The same woman Mimi had named in her message.
 
Meanwhile, Reyes Alexander Farrow (otherwise known as the Son of Satan. Yes. Literally) has left his corporeal body and is haunting Charley. He’s left his body because he’s being tortured by demons who want to lure Charley closer. But Reyes can’t let that happen. Because if the demons get to Charley, they’ll have a portal to heaven. And if they have a portal to heaven…well, let’s just say it wouldn’t be pretty. Can Charley handle hot nights with Reyes and even hotter days tracking down a missing woman? Will Cookie ever get a true fashion sense? And is there enough coffee and chocolate in the world to fuel them as they do?
 
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REVIEW: Cat's Claw by Amber Benson (@amber_benson)

Calliope Reaper-Jones is Death’s Daughter. She owes a debt to Cerberus, the three headed dog that guards the gate’s of hell-a debt that involves a trip to Purgatory, Las Vegas, ancient Egypt, and a discount department store that’s more frightening than any supernatural creature she’ll ever encounter.

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INTERVIEW: Amber Lynn Natusch, Author of Caged (@AmberLNatusch)

Two nights ago, I had the privilege of sitting and talking with Amber Lynn Natusch, author of Caged (from the Caged series). She’s a wonderful author and a lot of fun to chat with. For a taste of her personality, all you need is to read her take on the ‘About the Author’ blurb at the end of her book Caged:

If you’re dying to know more about me, allow me to put you at ease. I’m a sharp-tongued, sarcastic cancer, who loves vegetable smoothies, winter storms, and the word “portfolio”. I should NEVER be caffeinated, and require at least eight hours of sleep to even resemble a human being. At thirty-four, I just now feel like I can keep a straight face while saying the word “rectum” (which is actually a huge lie because I just laughed out loud while reading this to my husband). I live with my iPod firmly affixed to my body, drive too fast, and laugh/cry at inappropriate times.

 

Read on to see what Amber had to say about the adventures of being a novelist and her newly released book Caged…

 

 

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GUEST POST: Freedom by Guest Author Erik Lynd (@ErikLynd)

I want to thank Jena and everybody at Pure Textuality for inviting me for a guest post.  This is a great site with a lot of information for both traditional and indie readers/authors, so I am honored that I was asked to participate.  My name is Erik Lynd and I write horror, dark fantasy, urban fantasy, thrillers and well… read the post for the whole story.

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GUEST POST: Freedom by Guest Author Erik Lynd (@ErikLynd)

I want to thank Jena and everybody at Pure Textuality for inviting me for a guest post.  This is a great site with a lot of information for both traditional and indie readers/authors, so I am honored that I was asked to participate.  My name is Erik Lynd and I write horror, dark fantasy, urban fantasy, thrillers and well… read the post for the whole story.

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REVIEW: With Morning Comes Mistfall by George R.R. Martin

I am a member of Audible.com which is the audio book division of Amazon.  For $14.95 per month, I get 1 credit to buy an audio book (average retail price is $25-$40 each).  Each month, there is a new selection in the ‘Free For Members’ section.  This month, the selection was With Morning Comes Mistfall by George RR Martin, which is a short story in Dreamsongs Volume I (the first in his 3 volume short story compilation).

 

Dubbed “the American Tolkien” by Time magazine, A Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin is a giant in the field of fantasy literature and one of the most exciting storytellers of our time. Now he delivers a rare treat for listeners: a free story, “With Morning Comes Mistfall”, from his compendium of shorter works. Collected into three stunning volumes, his Dreamsongs collection offers fascinating insight into his journey from young writer to award-winning master

 

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REVIEW: Busted by Glenn Gamble (@GlennGamble)

Between cross-country practice, playing poker and running a high-stakes gambling operation, and keeping the NCAA committee at arm’s length, Jim Money has a full schedule. No problem, Jim is young, smart, ambitious and operates on Red Bull and dedication. He’s making money, puts his friends on payroll, and life is great.

Until…

Officer Jack Seal walks into Jim’s illicit operation.

Jim Money is BUSTED.

But…

Officer Seal makes no arrests. Instead of calling for backup, he goes in with Bill and Thomas –two hard men who don’t share their last names and who aren’t on the police force. They decide that its more profitable to play both sides of the law and extort the college kid in exchange for a get out of jail free card.

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REVIEW: The Lost Girls by Jason Halstead (@booksbyjason)

The only thing hotter than the summers in Phoenix is the temper of a police detective who can’t figure out why young girls keep disappearing. Katalina Wimple is that detective. Her obsession with the missing girls makes her the best person for the job, but it also serves as a refuge from the problems in her own life.


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EXCERPT: Goerge R.R. Martin Releases Excerpt From Song Of Ice and Fire Book #6

George R.R. Martin has delivered a late Christmas present for all of you fans out there – an excerpt from the sixth installment in the Song of Ice and Fire series – The Winds of Winter.

 

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EXCERPT: Goerge R.R. Martin Releases Excerpt From Song Of Ice and Fire Book #6

George R.R. Martin has delivered a late Christmas present for all of you fans out there – an excerpt from the sixth installment in the Song of Ice and Fire series – The Winds of Winter.

 

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NEWS: Coming Soon! Review of The Wolf Gift & An Interview With Anne Rice! (@AnneRiceAuthor)

Last night, while sitting up in bed listening to an infuriating Celtics game and poking around on the internet, my husband urged me to finally e-mail Anne Rice.  I have been talking about it for a few weeks now and just hadn’t done it yet.  I decided he was right!  It’s time!  I pulled up my e-mail account and started typing furiously….then staring….then typing FURIOUSLY….then staring….  When I was finally to a point where I was happy with the e-mail and didn’t feel like I was reading the words of a bumbling idiot, I stared a little longer.  Then I hit send.  As I did so, my heart leapt into my throat.  I just sent an e-mail to Anne Rice asking her for an interview….  Just before my third of fourth coronary event set in, I got out of bed and wandered the house foraging for snacks.  I came back, cereal bars in hand, and peeked at my computer.  The smile that spread across my face was unstoppable.  She replied! 

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GUEST POST: Raspberry Extract And The Perils Of The Publishing World by Shana of Immortal Ink Publishing (@Immortal_ink)

What an honor it is for Jena to have us here at Pure Textuality. My name is Shana, and I’m one of the acquiring editors at Immortal Ink Publishing. We’re a small indie publisher specializing in character-based genre and literary fiction. Today, I thought I’d talk a bit about how my experiences as a reader have affected me as both an author and a publisher.

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REVIEW by @_Shoe_Girl_ : BoneMan’s Daughter by Ted Dekker

They call him BoneMan, a serial killer who’s abducted six young women. He’s the perfect father looking for the perfect daughter, and when his victims fail to meet his lofty expectations, he kills them by breaking their bones and leaving them to die.

Intelligence officer Ryan Evans, on the other hand, has lost all hope of ever being the perfect father. His daughter and wife have written him out of their lives.

Everything changes when BoneMan takes Ryan’s estranged daughter, Bethany, as his seventh victim. Ryan goes after BoneMan on his own.

But the FBI sees it differently. New evidence points to the suspicion that Ryan is BoneMan. Now the hunter is the hunted, and in the end, only one father will stand.

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REVIEW: The Woman In Black: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill

Set on the obligatory English moor, on an isolated causeway, the story has as its hero one Arthur Kipps, an up-and-coming young solicitor who has come north to attend the funeral and settle the estate of Mrs. Alice Drablow of Eel Marsh House. The routine formalities he anticipates give way to a tumble of events and secrets more sinister and terrifying than any nightmare: the rocking chair in the nursery of the deserted Eel Marsh House, the eerie sound of pony and trap, a child’s scream in the fog, and, most dreadfully, and for Kipps most tragically, the woman in black.

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REVIEW: Caged by Amber Lynn Natusch (@AmberLNatusch)

“I stood in the middle of the room, unmoving – I barely breathed. My life had just become surreal, impossible, and one enormous lie. I needed to go, to run somewhere, anywhere to beat back the reality that was rapidly closing in around me. The image of him was burned into my retina, flashing over and over again like a warning. He was trapped somewhere between human and decidedly not, and I realized that was my new reality.

I was too.”

After the death of her parents, Ruby awakens from a lifetime of shadows and finds herself alone, thrust into a world of lies, deceit, betrayal and the supernatural.

As her quest for truth continues to come up short, she realizes that maybe some questions really are best left unanswered.

When her true identity is finally unveiled, she is forced to choose between two of the mysterious men who continually seem to crop up in her life.

She chooses poorly.

Now abandoned, Ruby must learn to call on the darkness within to survive, or spend a hellish eternity imprisoned because of it.

 

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REVIEW: Inanimate Objects by Kendra L. Saunders (@kendrybird)

Inanimate Objects is a dark and glittering novel of artists and magicians, muses and immortals. At the heart of the story is Leonidas Bondi, a charismatic young artist who falls under the watchful gaze of Matilda August. Matilda has been a patron to the stars for hundreds of years, but this fickle muse is more than a little taken with her new protégé, blurring her own lines of work and obsession. Providing opposition is Matilda’s son, Elisha, a moody figure who holds revenge above all else after he suffers a terrible wrong.

 

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REVIEW: Inanimate Objects by Kendra L. Saunders (@kendrybird)

Inanimate Objects is a dark and glittering novel of artists and magicians, muses and immortals. At the heart of the story is Leonidas Bondi, a charismatic young artist who falls under the watchful gaze of Matilda August. Matilda has been a patron to the stars for hundreds of years, but this fickle muse is more than a little taken with her new protégé, blurring her own lines of work and obsession. Providing opposition is Matilda’s son, Elisha, a moody figure who holds revenge above all else after he suffers a terrible wrong.

 

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REVIEW: Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob —- knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

 

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INTERVIEW: Amber Benson, Author of Death’s Daughter (@amber_benson)

(Amber at Midtown Comics in Manhattan NYC in March 2011)

We are talking today with Amber Benson wearing her author hat but really, she’s so much more.  She writes.  She acts.  She’s a director.  She’s a producer.  She sings.  She dabbles in comic books.  She’s done animation.  Basically, she can only be labeled as an artist.    Today, we are going to talk to her about everything from writing the Calliope Reaper-Jones series to whether or not she’s #TeamAngel or #TeamSpike.  Read on to also find out the future of the Calliope Reaper-Jones series!

 

 

 

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GUEST POST: Icing on the Cake: The Value of Good Artwork by Guest Author Joseph Lallo (@jrlallo)

An awful lot goes into making a good book. You need strong, well-developed characters that people care about, a deep and fascinating story to draw the reader in, and a solid and consistent setting to tie it all together. You need to read and reread your work, ironing out continuity errors and correcting typos. A finished novel is the culmination of countless hours of hard work and intense planning. If you’ve done your diligence, and the stars are properly aligned, what you’ll end up with is something that will make you proud, and something that will certainly be worth reading. Unfortunately, the end of the book is just the beginning of the battle, because before anyone will ever know what a fine job you’ve done, you’ve got to convince them to give your book a try. And in order to do that? Well, you’ve got to find a way to catch their eye.

 

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EXCERPT: The Prologue Of Caged By Amber Lynn Natusch Has Been Released!

Caged is the first book in a series written by Amber Lynn Natusch, an author from my home state of New Hampshire.  The book is due out any time now in eBook format and last night, I got a fantastic message from the author herself letting me know that she has released the first three pages of the books for our prying eyes to see!   No doubtedly, you will be just as excited as I am to read the rest. 

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EXCERPT: The Prologue Of Caged By Amber Lynn Natusch Has Been Released!

Caged is the first book in a series written by Amber Lynn Natusch, an author from my home state of New Hampshire.  The book is due out any time now in eBook format and last night, I got a fantastic message from the author herself letting me know that she has released the first three pages of the books for our prying eyes to see!   No doubtedly, you will be just as excited as I am to read the rest. 

Continue reading EXCERPT: The Prologue Of Caged By Amber Lynn Natusch Has Been Released!

REVIEW: The Great Convergence by Joseph Lallo (@jrlallo)

The Great Convergence continues the tale of young Myranda Celeste. With fresh knowledge of magic and steadfast resolve to see the end of the war that plagues her land, Myranda sets out to find and unite the five fated heroes, the Chosen. Each new warrior brings her world a step closer to peace, but does she have the strength to survive the trials ahead?

 

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REVIEW: The Great Convergence by Joseph Lallo (@jrlallo)

The Great Convergence continues the tale of young Myranda Celeste. With fresh knowledge of magic and steadfast resolve to see the end of the war that plagues her land, Myranda sets out to find and unite the five fated heroes, the Chosen. Each new warrior brings her world a step closer to peace, but does she have the strength to survive the trials ahead?

 

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NEWS: Anne Rice on Sparkly Vampires, ‘Twilight,’ ‘True Blood,’ and Werewolves

I almost died when I saw this interview!  I am a very big Anne Rice fan and ever since I read the Twilight series and the Southern Vampire Mysteries, I have wondered what Anne Rice, the queen of vampire novels, would think of their cuddly vampire leads.  Read on to find out how she feels!  *wink wink*

 

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GUEST POST: Free Is Good For The Writer? by Guest Author A.P. Stephens (@apstephens)

It is the dream of many writers who pour their hearts and souls into making a great book that their efforts do not go unnoticed with a little bit of money for their pockets. Some wish to make writing their full-time job to do what they truly love. But in this day and age of self-publishing, their intended audiences have hundreds and hundreds of choices from a bunch of new authors they have never heard of.

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GUEST POST: Free Is Good For The Writer? by Guest Author A.P. Stephens (@apstephens)

It is the dream of many writers who pour their hearts and souls into making a great book that their efforts do not go unnoticed with a little bit of money for their pockets. Some wish to make writing their full-time job to do what they truly love. But in this day and age of self-publishing, their intended audiences have hundreds and hundreds of choices from a bunch of new authors they have never heard of.

Continue reading GUEST POST: Free Is Good For The Writer? by Guest Author A.P. Stephens (@apstephens)

GUES POST: November Blog Tour by Guest Author Ty Johnston (@jharmonwriter)

Fantasy author Ty Johnston’s blog tour 2011 is running from November 1 through November 30. His novels include City of Rogues, Bayne’s Climband More than Kin, all of which are available for the Kindle (http://www.amazon.com/Ty-Johnston/e/B002MCBQRU/ ), the Nook (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/ty-johnston ) and online at Smashwords (http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/darkbow ). His latest novel, Ghosts of the Asylum, will be available for e-books on November 21. To find out more, follow him at his blog tyjohnston.blogspot.com.

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GUES POST: November Blog Tour by Guest Author Ty Johnston (@jharmonwriter)

Fantasy author Ty Johnston’s blog tour 2011 is running from November 1 through November 30. His novels include City of Rogues, Bayne’s Climband More than Kin, all of which are available for the Kindle (http://www.amazon.com/Ty-Johnston/e/B002MCBQRU/ ), the Nook (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/ty-johnston ) and online at Smashwords (http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/darkbow ). His latest novel, Ghosts of the Asylum, will be available for e-books on November 21. To find out more, follow him at his blog tyjohnston.blogspot.com.

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GUEST POST: Write What You Know, Paranormal Style by Guest Author Beth Dolgner (@BethDolgner)

The infamous “they” always say to write what you know, but sometimes that’s easier said than done. Take me, for example: I write paranormal romance. Ghost of a Threat, the first book in my Betty Boo, Ghost Hunter Series, follows Betty “Boo” Boorman, who works with The Savannah Spirit Seekers as a paranormal investigator. She falls in love with a handsome—and possibly dangerous—demon named Maxwell.

 

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GUEST POST: Write What You Know, Paranormal Style by Guest Author Beth Dolgner (@BethDolgner)

The infamous “they” always say to write what you know, but sometimes that’s easier said than done. Take me, for example: I write paranormal romance. Ghost of a Threat, the first book in my Betty Boo, Ghost Hunter Series, follows Betty “Boo” Boorman, who works with The Savannah Spirit Seekers as a paranormal investigator. She falls in love with a handsome—and possibly dangerous—demon named Maxwell.

 

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FANFICTION REVIEW: Dead Wrong by Meg2

Dead Wrong is a fanfic follow up to the Charlaine Harris book Dead and Gone (the 9th book in the Southern Vampire Mystiery series).  Dead and Gone’s story arc came to a head with Sookie’s family ties pulling her into and being one of the main targets of the fae war.  Thanks to their blood bond, Eric is forced to endure her horrors simultaneously with her when she is captured and tortured mercilessly.  With the aid of silver bonds, Filipe de Castro’s insists that he not get the vampire race involved in a war that is not their own.  Of course, he wouldn’t be the Eric we all know and love if he didn’t do what he wanted when he wanted.  Unfortunately, he was unable to come to Sookie’s aid before the sadistic fae dup Neave and Lochlan had time to do a solid amount of damage, both physically and mentally.  Along with the damage to Sookie, the causalities of the fae war include her full-blooded fae cousin Claudine, werewolf  Tray Dawson and vampire Clancy.

Dead Wrong opens a few months after the events of the fae war.  Sookie is going on about her life flat-out avoiding all of Eric’s attempts to contact her.  Whether it be subconscious or not, Sookie is harboring some rough feelings regarding the events that took place months before and has a little resentment towards Eric, the man who was supposed to love her but was unable to be her knight in shining armor when she needed it most.  After he manages to make contact with her, Sookie starts to question a lot of aspects of her life.

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FANFICTION REVIEW: Dead Wrong by Meg2

Dead Wrong is a fanfic follow up to the Charlaine Harris book Dead and Gone (the 9th book in the Southern Vampire Mystiery series).  Dead and Gone’s story arc came to a head with Sookie’s family ties pulling her into and being one of the main targets of the fae war.  Thanks to their blood bond, Eric is forced to endure her horrors simultaneously with her when she is captured and tortured mercilessly.  With the aid of silver bonds, Filipe de Castro’s insists that he not get the vampire race involved in a war that is not their own.  Of course, he wouldn’t be the Eric we all know and love if he didn’t do what he wanted when he wanted.  Unfortunately, he was unable to come to Sookie’s aid before the sadistic fae dup Neave and Lochlan had time to do a solid amount of damage, both physically and mentally.  Along with the damage to Sookie, the causalities of the fae war include her full-blooded fae cousin Claudine, werewolf  Tray Dawson and vampire Clancy.

Dead Wrong opens a few months after the events of the fae war.  Sookie is going on about her life flat-out avoiding all of Eric’s attempts to contact her.  Whether it be subconscious or not, Sookie is harboring some rough feelings regarding the events that took place months before and has a little resentment towards Eric, the man who was supposed to love her but was unable to be her knight in shining armor when she needed it most.  After he manages to make contact with her, Sookie starts to question a lot of aspects of her life.

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GUEST POST: The Antihero by Guest Author Eric Staggs (@somenewlanguage)

There’s no end to the books and guides, manuals even, written about writing. Set to that body of work with a ginsu knife and you can carve out probably a dozen or more sub-categories of study within the world of writing.

I know my shelves are lined with books about writing. One topic that’s never well enough addressed for me is the Hero / Anti-Hero juxtaposition. Popular media is rampant with badass tough guys with that one redeeming quality. Are these characters the ultimate examples of the literary craft? Probably not. But they draw us in and we love them.

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GUEST POST: The Antihero by Guest Author Eric Staggs (@somenewlanguage)

There’s no end to the books and guides, manuals even, written about writing. Set to that body of work with a ginsu knife and you can carve out probably a dozen or more sub-categories of study within the world of writing.

I know my shelves are lined with books about writing. One topic that’s never well enough addressed for me is the Hero / Anti-Hero juxtaposition. Popular media is rampant with badass tough guys with that one redeeming quality. Are these characters the ultimate examples of the literary craft? Probably not. But they draw us in and we love them.

  Continue reading GUEST POST: The Antihero by Guest Author Eric Staggs (@somenewlanguage)

GUEST POST: Winning the Writing War by Guest Author Jason Halstead (@booksbyjason)

There’s strategies and there’s tactics. My strategy is simple: ditch the day job and become a full time writer. That’s my mission statement. To make it happen I need tactics. Tactics don’t win a war, they win battles. Win enough battles and the war is won. My latest tactic: free books.

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GUEST POST: The Five Headed Muse by Guest Author Kendra Saunders (@kendrybird)

We are told never to share all of our wisdom at once or the universe might have no more use for us. That being said, here are five of the most precious writing gems I can share with you.

Continue reading GUEST POST: The Five Headed Muse by Guest Author Kendra Saunders (@kendrybird)

GUEST POST: The Five Headed Muse by Guest Author Kendra Saunders (@kendrybird)

We are told never to share all of our wisdom at once or the universe might have no more use for us. That being said, here are five of the most precious writing gems I can share with you.

Continue reading GUEST POST: The Five Headed Muse by Guest Author Kendra Saunders (@kendrybird)

INTERVIEW: Ty Johnston, Author of Bayne’s Climb (@jharmonwriter)

After reading and reviewing ‘Bayne’s Climb’, author Ty Johnston let me pick his brain about writing, Bayne kul Kanon and video games.

PureTextuality [PT]: First thing’s first, let’s get to know ‘Ty’. I checked out your site and didn’t really see much behind the scenes info so we are going to kick it off with the simple stuff. Where are you from?

Ty Johnston [TJ]: I grew up in centralKentucky, my family having moved toLexington from the mountains ofEastern Kentucky soon before I was born. I still have family who live in a few small towns in the mountains. I also lived inOhio for most of the 90s, and spent five years inWest Virginia. Nowadays I’m on the move every few months, traveling with my wife and our beagle and house rabbits. We’ve spent most of the last year in one part or another of the South, with stays inAtlanta,North Carolina,South Carolina andVirginia.

  Continue reading INTERVIEW: Ty Johnston, Author of Bayne’s Climb (@jharmonwriter)

INTERVIEW: Ty Johnston, Author of Bayne’s Climb (@jharmonwriter)

After reading and reviewing ‘Bayne’s Climb’, author Ty Johnston let me pick his brain about writing, Bayne kul Kanon and video games.

PureTextuality [PT]: First thing’s first, let’s get to know ‘Ty’. I checked out your site and didn’t really see much behind the scenes info so we are going to kick it off with the simple stuff. Where are you from?

Ty Johnston [TJ]: I grew up in centralKentucky, my family having moved toLexington from the mountains ofEastern Kentucky soon before I was born. I still have family who live in a few small towns in the mountains. I also lived inOhio for most of the 90s, and spent five years inWest Virginia. Nowadays I’m on the move every few months, traveling with my wife and our beagle and house rabbits. We’ve spent most of the last year in one part or another of the South, with stays inAtlanta,North Carolina,South Carolina andVirginia.

 

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INTERVIEW: Joseph Lallo, Author of The Book of Deacon (@jrlallo)

Following the review of The Book of Deacon (if you didn’t read the review, do so!  Phenomenal book!!), I asked the author Joseph Lallo if he’d like to do an interview with me for PureTextuality.  He graciously agreed and allowed me to pick his brain for a bit.  Here’s what he had to say…

 

 

 

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Review: The Host by Stephanie Meyer

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love. Continue reading Review: The Host by Stephanie Meyer