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Must Love Vampires – 2 out of 5

Must Love Vampires

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Nightclub dancer Chloe Lamoureaux just met the man of her dreams: Aidan Raines is charming, considerate, rich, and hot. Of course, he’s a little mysterious about his age. And his favourite drink. And he’s not much for sunlight. But he’s asked her to marry him, and she’s ready to do it. Her identical twin sister, Chuck, isn’t so sure. Maybe being a tabloid reporter has skewed her judgment, but to Chuck, Aidan and his brother Sebastian look like honest-to-Dracula vampires. Especially Sebastian: beguiling, seductive, and just a hint of dangerous. Maybe she wouldn’t mind him taking a little taste. But with Chloe’s life in the balance, she has to know – do they want hot love or hot blood? Or maybe…a little of both?

Review Must Love Vampires – 2 out of 5

If you are looking for a light, easy read then Must Love Vampires is perfect for you. I could not get through the book.  The characters just did not fit my personality. Add a weak plot, and I could not make it to the last page.  On the other hand, Heidi Betts has a huge sense of humor and it showed in her tone, making it a possible selection for those avid romance readers.

For the rest of us fellow plot fiends, here is why I am such a downer on Must Love Vampires.  Within the covers are two short stories that equal one book. Both short stories are tied together by the protagonists, Chloe and Chuck, two twin sisters running around a Las Vegas casino. Even though the stories are separate, the plots amount to the same thing.  A financially distressed, beautiful woman having embarked on a quest for financial stability, meets a wealthy stud in the process. After discovering her mate is a vampire, she freaks out only enough that sex is still an option.  Happy ever after with the possibility of marriage.

So the plot has some potential. However, although I will date a guy solely for looks and material reasons, if he turns out to be a blood sucker I would probably hold off on my wedding plans. At least until I made sure the guy was the next Edward Cullen. Not the next Dracula 2000, a terrible movie by the way.

To make matters worst, Chloe has a child. Does this give me the conflict I crave? No. Chloe just happens to not be the most responsible parent on earth.  It makes sense for her character, but does little to intensify the conflict.

This book is not for those who enjoy true-to-life characters and strong plot. Still, heavy readers of romance should find this to be cute read.

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3/5 stars posted on Once Upon A Twilight

“I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to reading more from Law Reigns.”

Superheroes Wear Faded Denim introduces us to two main characters Blissany Cherry and Don Shimada. Blissany is shy self-conscious art student and a sleepwalker who just happens to be the key to defeating one of the greatest evil this world has ever known. Don is outgoing, popular and basically has a bright and successful future ahead of him until that is he starts having hallucinations of war and destruction. Together they are bound by destiny to save the world.

All in all a great concept but I have to say that this book was difficult to get into. However, once all the characters are introduced and you have some sense of what the heck is going on it sucks you in. Normally I wouldn’t recommend a book that takes 100 pages to really get interesting, there are however a few exceptions and Superheroes Wear Faded Denim is now at the top of the list. Don’t get me wrong there are some very intriguing moments that keep you reading but it just takes a while to really take off.

I think one of my favorite things about this book is that it changes POV. Don was my favorite to read even though he was a bit of an ass at times. Blissany sometimes is frustrating to read, you really want her to snap out of her funk. Luckily that’s when Don’s chapters would come in and the story would advance making you excited to get back to Blissany to see what she was up to and how it would work its way back to the story. I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to reading more from Law Reigns.

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Victoria Smith: Growing a market for New Adult fiction

New adult author and book blogger Victoria Smith gives us some insight on how she built a community of likeminded individuals over the internet, creating an impressive online presence.

Promoting new adult fiction through book reviews, networking, and promotions, she has helped many authors gain success and a voice in an underappreciated market.

Looking for a reviewer or someone to connect with? Check out Miss. Smith’s blogs and NA Alley, a resource for all interested in new adult fiction.

Having recently obtained a publishing contract for her science fiction romance novel, The Crimson Hunt, Miss. Smith offers some advice on creating a query package. She has provided links to submissions.

If you do nothing, click on the links below and check out her examples. Examples of synopses and queries helped me create a straight-to-the-point cover blurb, landing me review requests even though I am self-published author. So thank you Miss. Smith for sharing the love and knowledge.

Straight from the blogger’s mouth: Growing a market for New Adult Fiction

Can you tell me about your blog and the objective you hope to achieve?

Sure!  My blog is about my journey as a new writer as I write characters that fall between the categories of Adult and Young Adult fiction.  I write what’s called “New Adult” fiction, which features characters that are usually between the ages of 18 – 30.  “New Adult” displays these characters’ journey as they transition into adulthood.  They can be featured in college, starting their first jobs, or paying their first bills.  The publishing industry hasn’t really taken to this type of fiction yet, so my blog discusses my experience with writing this type of fiction despite the low market for it.  I also review books, which feature twenty-something aged characters, so others can read books about “New Adult” characters.  I try to spread awareness of this new category through my experiences writing it and the reviews I do.

 

As a book reviewer, what do you look for when you consider reviewing a book? 

 

First, I have to make sure that the books I review are perfect for the audience that reads my blog.  I try to feature books that are, what I like to call, “perfect for twenty-somethings.”  It can be Young Adult fiction or Adult fiction, but it has to be able to reach that audience.  A good example would be maybe a 17 or 18-year-old character that has become completely independent due to unique circumstances.  Say they are a single parent, or they have become the soul provider of their family because of an injured parent.  Maybe they grew up in hardships and have had to rely on themselves to survive.  These are mature experiences that could definitely relate to twenty-something readers and writers.

I also try to make sure that romance is one of the central themes of the writing.  I love reading Young Adult and Adult romances and find those stories compelling. I’m also a big fan of speculative fiction in contemporary settings.  Say a girl is a college student by day and a superhero at night or the local bartender down the street who took the job to pay for school is an undercover alien.  I love seeing stories like these!

 

How did you get your blog started and how long did it take before you saw results?

I started my blog November of 2011.  It took about a month and a half when I started gaining more followers.  I held contests and joined Twitter.  I also sought out other bloggers who reviewed books like I did, or were writers like me.  I commented and participated on their blogs then they would come to mine and do the same.  Before I knew it, I started to get a following and the rest is history as you say!

 

What are some tips?

The biggest tips I can give are to join Twitter and find other blogs like yourself. You have to network if you want people to come to your blog.  Make friends! Not only is it fun, but you also get to meet some cool people.

 

As a writer, I know you said you were undergoing the querying process. Can you talk about a bit about your book, the querying process and what you have learned?

I actually just started researching the querying process recently for my new adult science fiction romance, THE CRIMSON HUNT.  My book is about a college junior who falls for a mysterious collegiate on her campus.  But her involvement with him lands her at the heart of a murder, in which she has been named the prime suspect.  He is the only one who truly knows of her innocence, so she becomes completely reliant on him to survive.  But as the two become closer, she realizes that he may have had more involvement with the murder than he lets on. She has to determine who her true allies are before she loses more than just her rights as a free citizen.

 

With this project, I was editing and getting my packages together for publishers because I knew I would be submitting it by the end of the summer.  I created a standard package by making a two-page synopsis, blurb, and query letter, which included a blurb about the book and my writing credentials.  While getting the package together, I heard about a contest from an editor that was actively seeking new adult manuscripts.  I entered the contest about a month ago and won.  Here’s my entry here.  I submitted my full manuscript to them and they offered me a contract for publication about two weeks ago!  So, I am now officially a new adult author.  Here’s the announcement I made on my blog about it here.

I suppose I learned that you just have to make sure that you concentrate on your work first and foremost.  Really polish your manuscript to the best of your ability, so when opportunities like pitch contests and other things come around you are prepared.  Obtain a critique partner and beta readers to read your work.  They’ll catch things that you might not necessarily have seen yourself.

 

If you could share a bit of wisdom with aspiring authors who desire to create a successful blog, what would it be?

As writers we naturally want to show our work to the world, so it’s easy to only want to discuss your personal craft on your blog.  But what you have to make sure of is that there is a balance.  Research your reader and feature things that they would like to see on your blog then insert your own stuff into the mix.  You’ll build a following then you can feature more and more of your own work.  Make sure you network with other writers and readers via Facebook, blogging, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. to create friendships.  They will come to you if you come to them with the same awesome attitude and spirit!

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Contemporary Romance Denyse Cohen’s One Hit Wonder – 2.5/5

One Hit Wonder by Denyse Cohen is a lovely story about Audrey (love the name by the way) who ends up out of a job and hating life. That is until she is invited to become the photographer to a sexy man band.

I really liked the main character. She’s funny, sometimes wondering “what the heck am I doing”, and quite engaging.  She was a person I could imagine being friends with. I like reading novels about people I believe could actually exist.

The only flaw is, the male characters of the rock band did not have much depth. I constantly confused them for each other, easily forgetting what they even looked like.

I did not completely finish the novel, stopping near the end due to the male characters’ lack of development. I needed them to be as well rounded as the main character, Audrey. To me, One Hit Wonder is a hit for lovers of contemporary romance. They will find the story endearing, and yearn to take to the dusty roads of Great America after reading this short and endearing tale.

Because I can 2.5 on a blog and not on Goodreads, or B&N, my 2.5 rounds up! At least that is what my teacher taught me.

Go ahead Miss. Denyse Cohen You’re almost there. You just need more time.

Catherine Kean’s A Knight’s Temptation 3/5 stars

If you are an avid reader of historical romance, you will enjoy Catherine Kean’s A Knight’s Temptation.

Our two main characters, Aldwin Treynarde and Lady Leona Ramsey, begin the novel as childhood acquaintances.

A friendly game of pretend between Aldwin and Leona almost costs Lady Leona her life, resulting in Aldwin’s banishment from his family.

The prologue ends with Aldwin being punished for his wrongs, leaving a feeling of angst in my chest.

Such angst is soon wiped away when I flip the page.

Chapter one quickly starts off with Aldwin on a quest to recover a prized possession.

I love when novels just get straight to the point instead of leading the reader off into an endless back story.

One of the things I most enjoyed about this novel is the attention to setting.

Being able to envision the setting so vividly in my head kept me reading.

The characters were not stick-figures either.

I found both Aldwin and Leona to be enjoyable enough, both strong and well rounded characters, their conflict was engaging.

I must admit that historical romances are not my favorite kinds of books, but I found this read to be good enough for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

This is not Catherine Kean’s first novel.

Kean is a National Readers’ Choice Award Finalist with several other titles under her belt.

Her novel, Dance of Desire, was the launch title of Medallion Press’s Sapphire Jewel Imprint and won two Reviewer’s Choice Awards, as is written on her website.

Learn more about Kean at www.catherinekean.com

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