Posts Tagged With: Theme Week – Vampires

Vampire Week Review: The Circle Unbroken by Belinda Burke

Reviewed by Nikyta

https://www.totallybound.com/image/cache/data/Covers/C/thecircleunbroken_exlarge_PNG-210x336.pngTitle: The Circle Unbroken
Author: Belinda Burke
Series: Eight Kingdoms #2
Heroes: Macsen Cadoc/Bran Fionnan
Genre: M/M Fantasy
Length: 55k+ words
Publisher: Totally Bound
Release Date: October 24, 2014 (Now available for early download)
Available at: Totally Bound
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: A prince, a king, an oath to bind and an oath to break. Can something begun in darkness survive the light? Or does the shape of that oath define love…and the circle unbroken?

Three months have passed since Macsen Cadoc’s rescue of Bran Fionnan—three mortal months, three days in Macsen’s Red Kingdom. Bran has begun to seek a place for himself—as sidhe, as Summer’s Prince and as Macsen’s consort. The Red King has begun to balance the thirst of his own nature with the love that now moves him just as much. Yet when Bran is reminded of an oath that was made between them when he was just a child, that which has so far held them together may end up tearing them apart.

While the strength of their love is tested, a mortal enemy is once more in motion. Focused only on their destruction, Dealla seeks to step into the place of her dead father–to rule over the Milesians and fulfil the oaths of crown and country. To do so, she must find a way to hurt two foes…one new and openly deadly, the other ancient and its enmity long asleep. Allies appear in unlikely places, armed by their own motives to seek the same destruction Dealla desires…but the price of success may be higher than the cost of failure—higher than any plot or plan allows.

What is the price of an oath fulfilled? Is love born from nothing, or does it wear a path that can be traced?
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Vampire Week Review: Jackpot by Jordan Castillo Price

Guest Reviewed by Morgan 

5Title: Jackpot
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Series: Channeling Morpheus/Sweet Oblivion #10.1
Heroes: Michael/Wild Bill
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 12 Pages
Publisher: JCP Books
Release Date: October 4, 2012
Available at:  JCP Books, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, which is why it’s safer to prey on tourists and leave the locals alone.

This bonus short takes place after Elixir and contains series spoilers.
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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Guest Reviewer, LGBT, Published in 2012, Theme Week | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vampire Week Review: En Memoriam by Tami Veldura

Reviewed by JustJen

5Title: En Memoriam
Author: Tami Veldura
Heroes: Paul/Victor
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 44 Pages
Publisher: Tami Veldura
Release Date: October 31, 2014
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Paul has seen Victor before, he just can’t remember where. The rush of fear in his stomach when Victor glances his way is familiar. Paul knows the slant of his smile. There’s nothing safe here, but when Victor offers to meet over coffee, Paul is swayed by this sense of knowing. Victor’s touch feels like an old lover. His hands have been here before.

Paul is sure he once learned something Victor is trying to hide. His hair stands on end whenever Victor gives him attention, like his body reacting to danger that his mind can’t recall. He’s not sure uncovering more is a good idea but he craves what Victor might give him.

Paul wants to know why he longs for Victor’s voice. He dreams about conversations they’ve never had. He desires a darkness he’s never seen before. They met only once, but this longing is too intense. Victor is keeping secrets, Paul just can’t remember them.

Expanded from Mile High Vampire, a reader favorite flash story previously published in the collection Fanged. En Memoriam stands alone.
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Categories: 3.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2014, Theme Week | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Vampire Week Review: Elixir by Jordan Castillo Price

Guest Reviewed by Morgan 

5Title: Elixir
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Series: Channeling Morpheus/Sweet Oblivion #10
Heroes: Michael/Wild Bill
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 73 Pages
Publisher: JCP Books
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Available at:  JCP Books, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Wild Bill and Michael might have thought they made it out of the subterranean vampire nest unscathed, but in her anger, Silk left Michael a taste of her wrath that’s impossible to shake.

It’s a race against time to cure Michael of a bizarre affliction, and though the hunter and his favorite vamp have few enough friends, Bill can’t ash a cigarette without burning another bridge. Now Wild Bill must decide what he’s willing to sacrifice to save his lover.

His friends? His scruples? His pride?

His humanity?
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Vampire Week Review: Swarm by Jordan Castillo Price

Guest Reviewed by Morgan 

5Title: Swarm
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Series: Channeling Morpheus/Sweet Oblivion #9
Heroes: Michael/Wild Bill
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 65 Pages
Publisher: JCP Books
Release Date: August 13, 2012
Available at:  JCP Books, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Enigmatic guys are hot. Michael is of the opinion, though, that Wild Bill manages to take it to an entirely new level.

For some time, Michael has suspected that Bill has done more than just dabble in art. As with every other piece of his personal history, Bill plays his cards close to his chest. But when he lets on that a mural he painted before his change might still exist, Michael is dying to see it—and Bill has never been good at saying no.

Only fragments of the building remain, but it’s possible Wild Bill’s painting is still there. Unfortunately, there’s a lot more in the ruins than Bill and Michael bargained for.
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Vampire Week Review: Fluid by Jordan Castillo Price

Guest Reviewed by Morgan 

5Title: Fluid
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Series: Channeling Morpheus/Sweet Oblivion #8
Heroes: Michael/Wild Bill
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 68 Pages
Publisher: JCP Books
Release Date: May 29, 2012
Available at:  JCP Books, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  It’s been a couple of decades since Wild Bill has been able to savor the bite of an ice-cold, freshly tapped keg. Twenty-odd years since the shivery pucker of a cheap, boxed wine has assaulted his palate. But that doesn’t mean Bill’s forgotten how to party.

Wild Bill and Michael have holed up in a week-to-week hotel in an iffy Milwaukee neighborhood, and even though it’s been a year or two, the fringe art happenings are just as edgy as Bill remembers.

There’s a girl covered in frosting in the middle of the hors d’ouvres table, and she’s begging them to dip. And the host of the party wants to lure them into the range of his mechanical eye. It’s all fun and games, until a tryst turns deadly.
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A Blogger Girl Q&A with Jordan Castillo Price

TBG: As part of our Vampire Week, one of our lovely guest reviewers, Morgan, was able to wrangle a short interview about the Channeling Morpheus/Sweet Oblivion series out of Jordan Castillo Price. Let’s see what JCP has to say to Morgan’s questions! 

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M: Why the two names Channeling Morpheus/Sweet Oblivion for one series?

JCP: This was a decision by the original publisher. Since I found it confusing, when the rights to the series reverted to me, I established Sweet Oblivion as Channeling Morpheus 5-10, which is how I intended them from the outset.

M: You do your own covers, how do you pick the model?  Or did you have a model in mind when you wrote the character?

JCP: All the cover artists who work in the genre have the same pool of models to choose from. I try my best to find models who haven’t appeared on other books before, though this is really difficult to do. If I find a model appealing, chances are another cover designer does too. When I do find a model who looks like a certain character to me, I try to buy several different shots of him in case I end up doing a series or some spin-off shorts. And some models I just collect because I feel their photos are evocative, that there’s a story going on behind their eyes, and it may be a few years before a character comes along that they might fit. But I’ve never written a character to match a photo. My brain must not work that way.

M: Your covers are so amazing, so eye catching.  I read on Facebook one author felt that the cover was a key if not the key component in book sales.  Do you agree?  To what extent?  Do you think there is a way around this? Or that the cover should hold that much importance?

JCP: I’d say an author’s reputation is the most important element in a book sale. So I suppose when you’re starting out and haven’t really established a reputation, the cover plays a more important role than it would to an established author. The cover will telegraph several things: whether the publisher is quality enough to hire a real artist, where in the genre the story fits, and possibly what the characters look like, though of course that’s often best left to the readers’ imaginations. The cover should be indicative of the story’s overall mood, and so it helps readers in the process of deciding which books to investigate further by reading the blurb or maybe a sample.

M: Why was it important that Michael not become a full vampire?  Why the distinction?  What liberties did it give you that him being a full Vampire wouldn’t have?

JCP: Interesting, no one has asked that question before. A key part of Michael’s growth arc was that he discovers that vampires aren’t all evil; rather, evil people become evil vampires, but many vampires are just victims of either malice or circumstance. Having him turn into a demi-vamp rather than a full vampire causes him to confront the fact that a small part of him actually wanted to be turned. Now it’s impossible because he’s immune. He’s actually more powerful than a full vampire, although he’s a glass-half-empty sort and doesn’t see it that way. He doesn’t get the daylight lethargy that full vamps succumb to. He doesn’t have the water willies. And he can still digest food. So He gets some of the mind control power and some of the strength (and a cool pair of fangs) but few of the disadvantages.

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About Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary

(Channeling Morpheus/Sweet Oblivion #1-5)

Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary (Channeling Morpheus, #1-5)Michael is a waif in eyeliner who’s determined to wipe vampires off the face of the earth. Wild Bill’s got the hots for Michael, and will stop at nothing to go home with him. Forget about moonlit castles and windswept moors. These bad boys haunt all-night diners and cheap motels, cut-rate department stores and long, lonely stretches of the Interstate. Ride along with Wild Bill and Michael as the twists and turns of Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary unfold in America’s Heartland.

Available at: JCP Books & Amazon (in paperback)

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About A Bitter Taste of Sweet Oblivion

(Channeling Morpheus/Sweet Oblivion #6-10)

A Bitter Taste of Sweet Oblivion (Sweet Oblivion, #1-5)Staking a vampire’s not so easy now that Michael’s got a vampire of his very own. Although killing them is no longer an option, he’s as determined as ever to stop the spread of vampirism.Wild Bill is a lover, not a fighter-so he’s tickled when Michael’s new agenda, to dispense condoms and sterile phlebotomy gear among vampires, replaces the old “heads will roll” approach. It takes courage to track down vamps in their own territory and deliver a lecture on safe sex, and more importantly, safe bloodletting. Michael’s never been short on audacity…but he’s finding that he and Wild Bill aren’t the only ones with agendas.

Available at: JCP Books & Amazon (in paperback)
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About Jordan Castillo Price

Author and artist Jordan Castillo Price writes paranormal thrillers colored by her time in the midwest, from inner city Chicago, to small town Wisconsin, to liberal Madison. Her influences include Ouija boards, Return of the Living Dead, “light as a feather, stiff as a board,” and boys in eyeliner.

Jordan is best known as the author of the PsyCop series, an unfolding tale of paranormal mystery and suspense starring Victor Bayne, a gay medium who’s plagued by ghostly visitations. Also check out her new series, Mnevermind, where memories are made…one client at a time.

You can reach Jordan on her Facebook Fan Page, PsyCop Fan Page, Goodreads Fan Club, LiveJournal Blog, Twitter or sign up for her Newsletter.

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Vampire Week Review: Snare by Jordan Castillo Price

Guest Reviewed by Morgan 

1Title: Snare
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Series: Channeling Morpheus #7
Heroes: Michael/Wild Bill
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 74 Pages
Publisher: JCP Books
Release Date: August 2, 2012
Available at:  JCP Books, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  With summer ending and temperatures dipping low at night, Michael’s eager to get his leather jacket back, and although Wild Bill could easily vamp any sales clerk into giving Michael some new duds, it wouldn’t be quite the same as the jacket he left at his parents’ house. Not unless the malls have begun selling clothing with Rohypnol and ketamine sewn into the seams.

The return of the jacket comes with a price: a new cell phone from Michael’s parents. Surprisingly, Wild Bill encourages Michael to keep the phone. After all, Michael wouldn’t want to be the only twenty-one-year-old in the world without one. Seems innocent enough… right?

But you never know where an innocent gift will lead. Michael worries the phone may be some shiny bait, meant to lure him closer to his family, and then, college. Everyone seems so intent on getting Michael to enroll, but he’s busy looking to catch a vampire…
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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Guest Reviewer, LGBT, Published in 2012, Theme Week | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vampire Week Review: Dare to Love Forever by J.C. Wallace

Reviewed by Susan65

1Title: Dare to Love Forever
Author: J.C. Wallace
Series: New Vampire Justice #1
Heroes: Carson Locke/Lincoln Samuels
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 230 Pages
Publisher: Amber Allure
Release Date: June 30, 2014
Available at: Amber Allure, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Carson Locke is a Tabula Rosa vampire—a dangerous rarity in the world of vampires. With one bite, he can wipe clean a vampire’s mind, creating a mindless drone. Because of this, Carson has spent his entire twenty-three years sheltered at home. That changes, however, when his entire family is murdered. On the run and near death, Carson meets Commander Lincoln Samuels, a beautiful vampire who tries to heal him. In doing so, Carson is bonded to Lincoln and turned into something the vampire world has never seen.

Lincoln is a Sanatore vampire with the ability to heal other vampires. He heads a team in the New Vampire Justice police force in Utica, NY. Late one night, he’s called to a local Vampire Blood Market where a starving Tabula Rosa vampire is about to be executed by one of his officers. Feeling a strong connection to Carson, Lincoln wants to heal the broken man despite knowing the risk in doing so—it could destroy Lincoln and cost him the chance to love again. And he soon discovers there’s a greater evil threatening to take Carson from him.

Can two vampires who have loved and painfully lost in the past learn to trust one another, defeat the evil rising against them, and dare to love forever?
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Vampire Week Review: Brazen by Jordan Castillo Price

Guest Reviewed by Morgan 

5Title: Brazen
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Series: Channeling Morpheus #6
Heroes: Michael/Wild Bill
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 72 Pages
Publisher: JCP Books
Release Date: February 17, 2012
Available at:  JCP Books, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  It’s a sultry July night, and Wild Bill is content. It’s deliciously warm outside, the fireworks are about to start, a whole pint of freshly-tapped blood is on the menu, and his boyfriend hasn’t murdered anyone in months.

Too bad Bill’s contentment isn’t shared by Michael, who’s tired of his own lack of experience. He hints that a new lover in their bed might broaden his horizons. Their first encounter might have been a threesome, but it certainly didn’t end well for the third participant.

Even now, Bill can’t seem to shake the memory of the hickory stake protruding from the chest of his old nemesis. Lust wars with guilt as Wild Bill tries to figure out how to bury his past, once and for all.
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