REVIEW by @BunnyBethA: Grave Peril by Jim Butcher

Harry Dresden’s faced some pretty terrifying foes during his career. Giant scorpions. Oversexed vampires. Psychotic werewolves. It comes with the territory when you’re the only professional wizard in the Chicago area phone book.   But in all Harry’s years of supernatural sleuthing, he’s never faced anything like this: the spirit world’s gone postal. All over …

REVIEW by @Fidget78: Shades of Desire by L.M. Pruitt (@lmpruitt)

All I wanted was a little peace and quiet. Instead, I’ve got dead Covenant members and a steady stream of letters from the new guy in town. His beverage of choice? A 2002 Merlot, with a shot or two of powerful virgin blood. On top of that, I’m breaking in a new police liaison, failing …

REVIEW by @UrbanFantasyRev: First Grave On The Right by Darynda Jones (@Darynda)

Charley Davidson is a part-time private investigator and full-time grim reaper. Meaning, she sees dead people. Really. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (like murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters …

REVIEW by @_Shoe_Girl_: Switched by Amanda Hocking (@amanda_hocking)

When Wendy Everly was just six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her.  Eleven years later, Wendy discovers her mother might have been right.  She’s not the person she’s always believed herself to be, and her whole life begins to unravel–all because of Finn Holmes.   Finn is a …

REVIEW by @GinnyLurcock: In A Strange City by Laura Lippman

As a P.I., Tess Monaghan has done some unusual things. But nothing tops this latest request from a very strange man. On January 19th, Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday, he wants her to stake out the writer’s grave to catch the anonymous visitor who leaves three red roses and brandy in tribute each year. Though no …

REVIEW by @Fidget78: Hidden by Kelley Armstrong (@KelleyArmstrong)

Hiking through the snow, holiday baking and playing board games by the fire–what’s not to love about an old-fashioned family Christmas? Werewolves Elena Michaels and Clayton Danvers want to give their four-year-old twins, Kate and Logan, something their parents never had: a nice, normal holiday. No Pack responsibilities, no homicidal half-demons or power-hungry sorcerers to …

REVIEW by @_Shoe_Girl_: Driftwood Cottage by Sherryl Woods

Single mom Heather Donovan’s dreams of home and family are tantalizingly within reach when she settles in Chesapeake Shores. The welcoming arms of the boisterous, loving O’Brien clan embrace her and her son. But accepting their support seems to further alienate her son’s father, Connor O’Brien. His parents’ divorce and his career as a high-powered …

RANDOMS: Jena's Adventure In Writing a Novel: Part I

Back in 2005, I was struck with inspiration.  It started because I was a majorly, and I mean MAJORLY, huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan.  I used to read the Buffy novels for quick pastime reading (averaging 1 or 2 of them in a day).  They’re basically paperback fan fiction and they had a lot …

REVIEW: Fallen by Lauren Kate (@LaurenKateBooks)

There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori. Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, …

REVIEW by @Fidget78: Demon Song by Cat Adams (@cathyclamp)

In a world where bloodthirsty vampires roam the night and streetcorner psychics have real powers, bodyguard Celia Graves always thought she was an ordinary human—but that was never true.  By ancestry, she’s half-Siren; a vicious vampire attack has turned her into a creature who finds sunlight painful and must take all her food in liquid …

REVIEW by @AmberLNatusch: Angelfall by Susan Ee (@Susan_Ee)

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back. Anything, including making a deal with an …

REVIEW By @Figet78: The Modern Witch Series by Debora Geary

Can you live 28 years without discovering you’re a witch? Lauren is downtown Chicago’s youngest elite realtor. She’s also a witch. She must be – the fetching spell for Witches’ Chat isn’t supposed to make mistakes. So says the woman who coded the spell, at least. The tall, dark, and handsome guy sent to assess …

REVIEW by @_Shoe_Girl_: Folly Beach by Dorothea Benton Frank

Folly Beach, with its glistening beaches and laid-back Southern charm, is the land of Cate Cooper’s childhood, the place where all the ghosts of her past roam freely. Now, thanks to a newly deceased husband whose financial and emotional perfidy has left her homeless and broke, she’s returning to this lovely strip of coast.  Once, …

REVIEW by @BunnyBethA: New York To Dallas By J.D. Robb

It was one of Eve Dallas’s earliest takedowns, back in her uniform days. A monster named Isaac McQueen had been abducting young victims and leaving them scarred in both mind and body. Thanks to Eve, he wound up where he belonged, removed from civilized society in Rikers. But he’s not behind bars anymore. After his …

REVIEW by @GinnyLurcock: The Sugar House by Laura Lippman

A client named Ruthie — who seems to know Tess’s father a little too well — asks the newspaperwoman-turned-p.i. to investigate a year-old “Jane Doe” murder and its grim aftermath. Ruthie’s low-life brother, Henry, confessed to killing a teenager runaway over a bottle of glue — and, a month into his prison term, he met …

REVIEW by @Fidget78: Vanishing Act By Thomas Perry

Jane Whitefield is a Native American guide who leads people out of the wilderness–not the tree-filled variety but the kind created by enemies who want you dead. She is in the one-woman business of helping the desperate disappear. Thanks to her membership in the Wolf Clan of the Seneca tribe, she can fool any pursuer, …

REVIEW by @GinnyLurcock: Divergent By Veronica Roth (@VeronicaRoth)

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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.

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

NEWS: The Official Pure Textuality Artwork Is Here!!!

I am pleased to present the new official image of http://puretextuality.com!!!  Thanks so much to the wonderful and amazingly talented artist Kittrose for her incredible work!!! I have updated all of the PureTextuality profiles to reflect this new image and PureTextuality.com has received a TOTAL makeover!!  Let me know what you all think!

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

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 …

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 …

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 …

REVIEW: Death’s Daughter by Amber Benson (@amber_benson)

Calliope Reaper-Jones so just wanted a normal life: buying designer shoes on sale, dating guys from Craig’s List, web-surfing for organic dim-sum for her boss… But when her father—who happens to be Death himself—is kidnapped, and the Devil’s Protege embarks on a hostile takeover of the family business, Death, Inc., Callie returns home to assume …

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 …

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 …

REVIEW: New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

Shoot, I muttered when the paper sliced my finger; I pulled it out to examine the damage. A single drop of blood oozed from the tiny cut.It all happened very quickly then.Edward threw himself at me, flinging me back across the table…I tumbled down to the floor by the piano, with my arms thrown out …

REVIEW: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

About three things I was absolutely positive: First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him–and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be–that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him. Isabella Swan’s move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, …

REVIEW: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

About three things I was absolutely positive: First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him–and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be–that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him. Isabella Swan’s move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

REVIEW: Bayne’s Climb by Ty Johnston (@jharmonwriter)

Waking amid battle, the warrior Bayne has no recollection of his past, of his life, of himself. Believing the mad emperor-mage Verkanus holds the keys to his past, Bayne pursues the wizard across years and unto a mountain. Here, Bayne must climb to find Verkanus and to find himself, and among the crags are oddities …

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…   …

REVIEW: The Book of Deacon by Joseph Lallo (@jrlallo)

Myranda is a young woman more interested in staying alive than being a hero. Orphaned by a continent-spanning war that has gone on for decades too long and shunned for failing to support it, she has been on the move since she was only a child. One can hardly blame her when she thinks that …

REVIEW: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. …

REVIEW: Summer in the City by Candace Bushnell

Summer is a magical time in New York City and Carrie Bradshaw is in love with all of it—the crazy characters in her neighborhood, the vintage-clothing boutiques, the wild parties, and the glamorous man who has swept her off her feet. Best of all, she’s finally in a real writing class, taking her first steps …

REVIEW: The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell

Before Carrie Bradshaw hit the big time in the City, she was a regular girl growing up in the suburbs of Connecticut. How did she turn into one of the most-read social observers of our generation? The Carrie Diaries opens up in Carrie’s senior year of high school. She and her best friends — Walt, …

REVIEW: The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell

Before Carrie Bradshaw hit the big time in the City, she was a regular girl growing up in the suburbs of Connecticut. How did she turn into one of the most-read social observers of our generation? The Carrie Diaries opens up in Carrie’s senior year of high school. She and her best friends — Walt, …

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 …

Review: River Marked by Patricia Briggs

Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit up and beg. Mercy is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. She’s never known any others of her kind. Until now. An evil is stirring in …

Review: Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs

Mechanic and shapeshifter Mercy Thompson, now mated to Adam, the Alpha of the local werewolf pack, never knows what the next day (or night) may bring. After all, her world is inhabited by witches, werewolves, and vampires. Three subplots—Mercy’s attempt to return a magical book of fae secrets to a fae friend-of-a-friend, her difficulties integrating …

Review: Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs

Marsilia, the local vampire queen, has learned that Mercy crossed her by slaying a member of her clan. Now, she’s out for blood. But since Mercy is protected from direct reprisal by the werewolf pack-and her relationship with its sexy Alpha-it’s not Mercy’s blood Marsilia is after…

Review: Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs

Marsilia, the local vampire queen, has learned that Mercy crossed her by slaying a member of her clan. Now, she’s out for blood. But since Mercy is protected from direct reprisal by the werewolf pack-and her relationship with its sexy Alpha-it’s not Mercy’s blood Marsilia is after…

Review: Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs

Mechanic Mercy Thompson can shift her shape – but not her loyalty. When her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, it’s up to Mercy to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not. Mercy’s loyalty is under pressure from other directions, …

Review: Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs

Mechanic Mercy Thompson can shift her shape – but not her loyalty. When her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, it’s up to Mercy to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not. Mercy’s loyalty is under pressure from other directions, …

Review: Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

Blood Bound is the second book in the Mercedes Thompson series by fantasy author Patricia Briggs. Car mechanic Mercy Thompson is a Walker, a being who can shapeshift into a coyote at will and see ghosts. A bonus to being a walker is that it also makes her naturally immune to vampire magics and deceptions. …

Review: Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

Blood Bound is the second book in the Mercedes Thompson series by fantasy author Patricia Briggs. Car mechanic Mercy Thompson is a Walker, a being who can shapeshift into a coyote at will and see ghosts. A bonus to being a walker is that it also makes her naturally immune to vampire magics and deceptions. …

Review: Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

  Mercedes Thompson, more commonly referred to as Mercy has a life that is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she’s fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn’t exactly normal herself.  When an attack on the local werewolf alpha drags Mercy …

Review: Watchers by Dean Koontz

From a top secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms…. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. Both are on the loose… The explosive story of a man and a woman, caught in a relentless storm of mankind’s darkest creation… 

Review – Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

With her knack for being in trouble’s way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte’s, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover Eric Northman and his …

Review: Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris

Dead in the Family is the 10th installment in the Sookie Stackhouse series. When Claudine’s triplet, Claude, appears at her doorstep, Sookie reluctantly allows him to move in. The government threatens two-natures with mandatory registration, and tensions run high in the local Were pack. Then Eric’s maker, a Roman named Appius Livius Ocella, arrives without …

Review: Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris

Dead in the Family is the 10th installment in the Sookie Stackhouse series. When Claudine’s triplet, Claude, appears at her doorstep, Sookie reluctantly allows him to move in. The government threatens two-natures with mandatory registration, and tensions run high in the local Were pack. Then Eric’s maker, a Roman named Appius Livius Ocella, arrives without …