Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award




Thanks to Morrighan Rose @ 
Elysian Fields for nominating me 
for this award!!


I haven't participated in these awards and tags in a long time, because I've gotten very busy with several blog activities, such as blog tours. I am making an exception in this case, but after this post, I will not be able to participate in any more awards or tags. I do appreciate the thought; it's just that I don't have the time. They are a lot of fun, though!



Award Rules

1.) Thank the blogger that nominated you,
and link back to their blog in
your post.

2.) Post the award logo on your blog.

3.) Answer the ten questions asked
by the nominator.

4.) Nominate ten bloggers for the award.

5.) Ask your nominees ten questions. 
(see note below)





These are the questions asked 
by Morrighan Rose

1.) What is your favorite book ever?

My very first choice is Jane Eyre. This is a great romantic, intellectual, and feminist classic! However, I also adore The Twilight Saga, The Lord of the Rings, and the Harry Potter books.

2.) What book are you most anticipating reading?

Definitely A Discovery of Witches! I've read many rave reviews of this novel. The plot sounds very exciting, intellectually stimulating, and romantic.

3.) What is your favorite genre? Least favorite? Why?

I have several favorite genres: paranormal romance, classics, literary fiction, fantasy, young adult fiction, and science fiction. These genres give me great reading pleasure, as they stimulate my imagination, and help me escape from this very boring reality!

My least favorite genres are actually genres that I don't read. There are two: erotica and horror. I don't read the first one because these writers write VERY graphic sex scenes, with profanity and highly controversial activities. As for the second, I don't see any entertainment value in being scared out of my mind. 

4.) What female character do you most relate to?

It's most definitely Jane Eyre. We're both introverts and book nerds. Although I'm not an orphan, as she is, we do have these things in common. We're also both very romantic, passionate people, whose cultural interests are just the same: books, reading, art, and foreign languages.

5.) What male character would you most like to spend the day with?

Oh, it has to be Edward Cullen, from The Twilight Saga! I don't care who criticizes him; I LOVE Edward!! He's sweet, kind, and a true gentleman. If he sometimes gets a little overbearing with Bella, it's because he loves her so much, and has her best interests at heart. Besides, whenever she objects to his controlling, he eases up on it right away. And yes, I ADORE the sparkling, so there!  Lol.

6.) What is your least favorite book you ever had to review?

There are actually two of these: Angel Star and Lemniscate, by Jennifer Murgia. They were really disappointing! You can find my reviews of them on my Book Reviews Page, in the YA section.

7.) One of your favorite books that you feel deserves more attention and praise?

There are two of these, also: A Darker Dream, and Midnight Embrace, by Amanda Ashley. Although this author's books aren't always of the same high quality, the two I've mentioned here are great! She's not mentioned that often on paranormal blogs.

My reviews for both books are on my Book Reviews Page, in the Adult Section.

8.) The most over-hyped book you have read this year is.....

I might shock/offend some people, but I have to say it anyway.....It was Rapture, by Lauren Kate. I loved the first three books in the series, but this last one was such a huge disappointment.....I really liked it until about the last third of the book, then I totally began to hate it. Honestly. For my review, just click HERE.

9.) If you could live in one mythical world from a book, which would it be, and why?

Gosh, do I have to pick just one? I'm sorry, but I can't! Lol. There are two mythical worlds I'd love to live in, and they are Middle-Earth, and Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. I can't choose between them!

I love Middle-Earth because of all the wonderful, magical people in it -- the hobbits, the elves, Gandalf, Legolas, Arwen, Aragorn.....I also love the various lands, the mythology....and, I LOVE Frodo, Bilbo, Sam, Merry, Pippin....

As for Hogwart's , I LOVE all the fun, magical things that happen there!  I love all the characters, too, of course -- Harry, Hermione, Ron, Hagrid, Dumbledore......all the magical creatures.....

10.) How many books do you physically own, either ebook or physical?

Well, our apartment is actually more of a library than an apartment. I have just a few ebooks -- maybe  10 or so, because I don't really like to read ebooks. I ADORE printed books, whether paperbacks or hardbacks, and have TONS of those! I've never counted them one by one, but, to give a rough estimate, it must be anywhere around 3,000......or more.

Take a look at these pics and you'll get the idea!






 


My Ten Nominees

1.)   Naban & Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books
2.)   Girl with Bread @ Books Are Bread 
3.)   Bonnie @ A Backwards Story
4.)   Silvy @ Books Are My Life 
5.)   Marilou @ Confessions of a Reader 
6.)   Emily @ Falling For YA
7.)   Jessica @ Read My Breath Away 
8.)   Alicia @ Addicted Readers
9.)   Jen & April @ The Starry-Eyed Revue
10.) Anatea @ Anatea's Bookshelf 




***NOTE***

Since I know people are very busy, I am going
to change the rules a bit. If you 
(the bloggers named above)
have decided to participate, you do not
have to answer all 10 questions.
You can go ahead and pick only 5, if you wish!
Just select your favorites!

******

My Ten Questions

1.) If you had all  the money in  the  world to design and build your ideal library, what would it look like? (You can include drawings or  pictures if you want.)

2.) If you had to choose how to spend $1,000,  would it be on books, or on a weekend in the Bahamas?

3.) Which book(s) would you like to re-write the ending(s) of, and why? (Try not to give spoilers.)

4.) What book character would you like to be on Halloween night, and why?

5.) Which book(s) do you associate pleasant memories with?

6.) Which book(s) do you feel has(have) most changed your life in a positive way?

7.) Which book(s) has(have) been the most thought-provoking for you, and in what way(s)?

8.) What really makes a book a page-turner for you?

9.) Would you ever consider turning your massive physical book collection into ebooks, just to get rid of some clutter? (I know my answer would be "no"! Lol.)

10.) Have you ever read a book you loved so much, you just had to keep buying different editions of it, over and over? If so, which book is it? 


Thanks again to Morrighan Rose @ Elysian Fields! I loved your questions, girl!!




What did you think of my answers?
Please leave me a comment
and let me know!





Monday, October 20, 2014

Mini-Review/Giveaway!! "The Castle Blues Quake", by Linda Covella

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The Castle Blues Quake

THE CASTLE BLUES QUAKE by Linda Covella Children's, Young Adult - Sci Fi / Fantasy Tour Dates: October 14 - October 24, 2014 Blog Tour with Giveaway 12-year-old Pepper Connelly leaves her best friend, Chrissie, behind when her family moves from New York City to Santa Cruz, CA. Pepper discovers a boy, Corey, hiding in her backyard shed. Unknown to Pepper, Corey is a ghost trying to contact his grandfather, Boppie, before he crosses over. He tells Pepper he must locate Boppie before Social Services finds him. Pepper agrees to help. While Pepper’s communication with Chrissie dwindles, her friendship with Corey grows. She tells Corey about her passion for writing songs, and throughout the story, she composes a song about Corey. Corey teaches Pepper to play the harmonica. Soon, she’s torn between finding Boppie and knowing when she does, Corey will certainly go back on the road with his traveling-musician grandfather. Other characters help her on her quest: new classmate Ally Cressman, who dresses in an odd-ball, non-mall style; Sawtooth Sam, the mysterious saw-playing street musician; and Madame Mchumba, who performs her psychic readings at the Boardwalk amusement park. Earthquakes, haunted house rides, poltergeists, and crystal ball readings propel Pepper toward the shocking conclusion of her search.




Mini-Review

From the two excerpts of this book I've read -- both from the Amazon reader -- I can tell that this is a very compelling paranormal tale. That's pretty obvious from the synopsis, as well.

Regarding Chapter One, the voice of the character,  Corey, is just perfect. The way he expresses himself, the swaggering, "tough act" tone of his language, identifies him as someone who has seen a lot of trouble in his life. Although he's no longer in the world of the living, Corey's personality is still clearly very much that of a boy who won't be intimidated.

In Chapter Two, Pepper takes over the narration, and the tone is completely different. She's obviously a very sensitive, observant, girl, as any writer would have to be, and she definitely is one. She's also a very curious person, braving the spookiness of the shed in the backyard to see what might be inside.

I love it when an author so skillfully shifts voices and perspectives from one character to another, as Ms. Covella does. These are two very engaging narrators, and I imagine the rest of the novel will be alternately told from each of their viewpoints.

This is a book I definitely want to read from cover to cover, and it's just perfect for the Halloween season, too! 


Book Except

Chapter One

Corey
Watching o'er the gnarled limb
He does not whisper, does not stir
It's not her house; it belongs to him
He has no choice but to get rid of her

Man, that girl don't scare, not easy, anyhow. Look how she kicks open the gate, paying no mind to the wolf spider. Big and hairy, it is. I'd planted it there earlier, but it ain't doing no good now. She just scrunches her nose and says, "Gross". She strides through the creaky, rusty gate into knee-deep weeds like walking on just-mowed grass, the kind you see on those fancy golf courses. For sure, she's no scaredy cat like the other girls who lived here. Put some a them boys to shame too. She could be trouble. But I'm just getting started. I got plenty a other ways to scare.

The girl sits on the swing hanging from the tree. I know she can't see me. Still, no harm in taking precautions, so I'm laid out on a branch like a snake high above her. She gives herself a good shove off the ground with her feet and glides back and forth with her legs stretched out in front a her.

She bends her head back, a face full a freckles, and braids hanging down like two pieces a twisted red licorice. Closing her eyes, she mumbles, "Wish you were here, Chrissie." Then she rambles off a string a rhyming words, "Wish, dish, fish, squish,swish....hmmm, possibilities."

All I'm thinking is, this girl ain't right in the head.

She stops swinging, tugs a small notebook and pen from the back pocket of her jeans and scribbles something.

"Pepper, Pepper!" a lady's voice calls, coming from the front where a moving van just pulled up.

The girl does a big sigh. She stuffs her notebook and pen back into her pocket and shuffles to the gate.

As she heads back down the driveway, I'm thinking, here I go again. More folks to scare off. I ain't worried, though. I got my bag a tricks. 

This is my house. She and her family got to go.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23238883-the-castle-blues-quake?ac=1
  
You can buy THE CASTLE BLUES QUAKE at:

Amazon US Paperback

Amazon US Kindle

 

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Linda Covella’s varied job experience and education (Associate Degrees in Art, Business and Mechanical Drafting & Design, a Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing Management) have led her down many paths and enriched her life experiences. But one thing she never strayed from is her love of writing. A writer for over 30 years, her first official publication was a restaurant review column in a local newspaper, and as a freelance writer, she continued to publish numerous articles in a variety of publications. But when she published articles for children’s magazines (“Games and Toys in Ancient Rome” and “Traveling the Tokaido in 17th Century Japan,” in Learning Through History magazine, and “Barry’s Very Grown Up Day” in Zootles magazine), she realized she’d found her niche: writing for children. She wants to share with kids and teens her love of books:  the worlds they open, the things they teach, the feelings they express. Yakimali’s Gift, a historical novel for young adults published by Astraea Press, and middle-grade paranormal, The Castle Blues Quake, published by Beau Coup Publishing, are her first novels. She’s a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). No matter what new paths she may travel down, she sees her writing as a lifelong joy and commitment.  


You can find Linda at these links:

Linda’s Website/ Facebook/ Twitter

Goodreads/ Pinterest




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The 2014 "Jane Eyre" Read-Along: Week 5




Welcome to the fifth week of 
the 2014 Jane Eyre Read-Along,
brought to you by
A Night's Dream of Books
and




Jane Eyre
Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Barnes & Noble Classics
January 30,2005
Classics, Gothic Fiction, Historical Fiction,
Literary Fiction, Mystery, Romance






Week 5 Discussion Questions:
Chapters 15 -19
(Questions provided by
Babbling Books)

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NOTE
Participants need not answer
all six questions, but are free to
select three of them.

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1.) Rochester seems to be a very strong personality. Is it surprising that he would become enamored with someone like Celine Varens?

In a way it is, and in another, it isn't. There's a certain type of woman who is well able to seduce even the strongest, most intelligent male personalities. Such women are shallow and vacuous, yet they somehow possess the skills necessary to trap a man in their web. Since Rochester was rather inexperienced at the time (as well as being a very passionate man), he fell into the trap. What some women have done (sadly, even intelligent women have had to resort to this throughout the centuries) is to use the double standard against men, through the power of sex.

I think it was Bronte's intention to point this out, through the character of Celine Varens, and she succeeded admirably!

Due to this experience, as well as others in his life, Rochester has become a very embittered man, making his personality even stronger, more dominating. Now, however, he can tell fool's gold from the real thing. It's very obvious that he can see right through Blanche Ingram, who, although not a 'professional courtesan', has much in common with Celine.

2.) We find that Thornfield Hall is a place with strange servants, where demonic laughter is heard and mysterious fires are set. Are these just clever and atmospheric plot devices, or is Bronte saying something more

On one level, these are indeed plot devices, for they set the mood of the chapters dedicated to the events that take place at Thornfield Hall. They bring an oppressive, sinister atmosphere to the mansion.

On another level, these are clues as to the true nature of the mystery ensconced at the mansion.

3.) At one point, Jane rebukes herself as a result of her attraction to Rochester, and resolves to suppress that attraction. Is this a realistic reaction of a person falling in love? Do people act this way in the real world and the present day?

I think Jane's method for "getting Rochester out of her system" is influenced by her previous life experiences. She has been conditioned to believe that she is not really deserving of the good things in life. She feels she has to fight for anything she really wants. In the case of Rochester, however, there's something else influencing her: the class prejudice of the time. She knows that wealthy members of the titled class don't go around marrying their governesses.

With these two factors  influencing her thoughts, Jane resorts to the method of rebuking herself, which is influenced by yet another life experience -- the harsh discipline at Lowood, which is ascetic and self-denying.

Of course most people in   love wouldn't act this way nowadays, unless they had had childhoods as traumatic as Jane's, and even then, their approach wouldn't be the same. The whole courtship scene is vastly different at the present time. People drift in and out of relationships all the time in the 21st century, and, although certain prejudices still exist, people nowadays are free to fall in love with and marry anyone they please.
  
4.) Jane believes that Rochester is planning on marrying for the benefit of connections. Is she assessing his character fairly? Based upon what we know about Rochester at this point, would a man like him enter into marriage for such reasons?

It's very obvious that Jane is definitely not judging Rochester accurately. She should know by now that, having been duped once by Celine Varens, he would be alert to the manipulations and gold-digging of women similar to her. Blanche is pretty much a Celine clone; except for her upbringing, she might very well have  ended up being exactly like Celine.

The reason Jane is not assessing Rochester's character correctly, or fairly, is that, again, she has been conditioned to believe, because of the class prejudice she's familiar with, that he would never come to love, or consider marrying, someone of her station. It's much easier for her to  believe that he would actually marry Blanche for materialistic reasons, than that he might actually consider her (Jane) to be a suitable wife. Of course, she also doesn't think she deserves such happiness. In spite of her passionate, rebellious nature, Jane does have self-esteem issues.   

5.) At one point, Blanche Ingram insults and acts cruelly to a passive Jane. Rochester allows this to go on and he takes no action to stop it. What can be concluded from his behavior?

In this second reading, I have become aware of an aspect of Rochester's character that really bothers me. He's a very devious, conniving fellow. He's constantly testing Jane in one way or another, to see if she's really what she seems to be -- a person of integrity, who is truly herself, and not some false persona. 

The fact that he does nothing to stop Blanche from indirectly making these cruel remarks to Jane is part of his plan to see who Jane really is. He wants to see Jane's reaction, to see if she would attempt to defend herself. Had Jane done so, she would of course have embarrassed him in front of his guests. So he saw that she was so loyal to him that she was willing to endure discomfort for his  sake.

Rochester certainly should have stepped in and said something to Blanche. Another reason he didn't do so was that he wanted Jane to think that he was courting Blanche. And why did he want her to think this? Because he wanted to see if she would become jealous.

I can understand that Rochester doesn't want to have a relationship with a woman  who is not genuine and sincere, but still, his behavior seems rather selfish, because he carries on with it for much longer than necessary. At this point, he should have known who Jane really is -- an intelligent, passionate, fiercely independent woman who holds firmly to the dictates of her own conscience.

In all fairness, he's not totally insensitive to Jane's feelings; he follows her when she leaves the drawing room, to ask her if there's anything wrong. He notices she's on the verge of tears, even though she denies feeling depressed. However, he restrains himself from actually comforting her, and declaring his love for her right then and there. I suppose his pride wouldn't allow him to express his true feelings for her at that point.

6.)  Rochester disguises himself as a fortuneteller, deceiving Jane and several other characters. Is this the act of a trustworthy person? In reality, can someone who acted this way ever be worthy of trust? 

This question ties in with the previous one. Rochester's actions where Jane is concerned are all geared to finding out whether she is indeed who she appears to be. He keeps trying different ways of testing her, to see if he can catch her behaving in artificial ways, as Celine did, and as Blanche  does.

Of course, Jane doesn't realize what his motives are in putting her to the test, since she's not even aware that he is, in fact, constantly testing her. She is very puzzled by his behavior, though.

The fortune-telling episode is a rather strange one; yet, it's also very interesting. Rochester has found out what Blanche's true feelings are concerning a possible match between the two of them, and he lets Jane know about this. In his gypsy persona, he hints that she is not reaching out for what she wants: Mr. Rochester's love. This is evident in the following quote: "Chance has meted you a measure of happiness: that I know..... It depends on yourself to stretch out your hand, and take it up: but whether you will do so, is the problem I study."

I'm wondering whether, in addition to testing Jane, he is also telling her, in a subtle way, that she should value herself more highly. So it seems that he's using the gypsy disguise to let her know what he thinks of her, in a rather roundabout manner.

If I were in Jane's place, I certainly would not have liked this deception, and I don't think I would ever have trusted Rochester again. She takes this behavior much too calmly, I think. She should really be on her guard against him.


    


Discussion Questions for 
Next Week: Chapters 20 -23
(Questions Provided by
A Night's Dream of Books)



1.) The events of Chapter 20 are very strange, yet Jane does everything Rochester asks her to do, and continues to trust him, for the most part. She does ask him some questions, but makes no demands for an explanation of what's really going on at Thornfield, nor does she seek another position, in spite of her fears and inner doubts. How can her behavior be explained?

2.) Rochester pressures the doctor to rush Mason out of the house and away, even though the latter is seriously injured. What do you think of this action, and why he took it?  

3.) What do you think of Eliza and Georgiana as adults?

4.) Do you think Jane was right to forgive Mrs. Reed, in light of the important information the latter withheld from Jane for three years?

5.) What does Jane's impassioned speech to Mr. Rochester, while they're in the orchard, tell the reader about her?

6.) A terrible storm suddenly springs up, as Chapter 23 draws to a close. During the night, lightning strikes the horse-chestnut tree, at the base of which Jane and Rochester had sat earlier. The tree is split in two. Do you think this is a bad omen? If so, what do you think it means? 






Post & Reading Schedule

Announcement/Signup Post
Sept. 9th
A Night's Dream of Books
Babbling Books


Week 1: Sept. 22nd

Reading: Chapters 1 - 5
Thoughts on Reading Jane Eyre 
Discussion Questions for Next Week:
A Night's Dream of Books


Week 2: Sept. 29th

Reading: Chapters 6 -10
Discussion Questions: Chapters 1 - 5
Discussion Questions for Next Week:
Babbling Books


Week 3: Oct. 6th

Reading: Chapters 11 - 14
Discussion Questions: Chapters 6 - 10
Discussion Questions for Next Week:
A Night's Dream of Books


Week 4: Oct. 13th

Reading: Chapters 15 - 19
Discussion Questions: Chapters 11 - 14
Discussion Questions for Next Week:
Babbling Books


Week 5: Oct. 20th

Reading: Chapters 20 - 23
Discussion Questions: Chapters 15 - 19
Discussion Questions for Next Week:
A Night's Dream of Books


Week 6: Oct. 27th

Reading: Chapters 24 - 28
Discussion Questions: Chapters 20 - 23
Discussion Questions for Next Week:
Babbling Books


Week 7: Nov. 3rd

Reading: Chapters 29 - 33
Discussion Questions: Chapters 24 - 28
Discussion Question for Next Week:
A Night's Dream of Books


Week 8: Nov. 10th

Reading: Chapters 34 - 38
Discussion Questions: Chapters 29 - 33
Discussion Questions for Next Week:
Babbling Books


Week 9: Nov. 17th

Discussion Questions, Chapters 34 - 38


Week 9: Nov. 21st

Book Reviews Posted






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Friday, October 17, 2014

The Book Lover's Den #8: Gothic Fiction and Its 'Spinoffs' (Part II)




Welcome to my Friday feature!

In each weekly post, I explore 
my thoughts on several 
book-related topics.



Gothic Fiction has spawned several 'children', or, to use TV terminology, it has created 'spinoffs'. The most logical descendant, or relative, of Gothic Fiction is, of course, the Horror genre. As I explained in my previous post, I detest this genre, as I don't like to feel terrified, and see no entertainment value in this emotional state. I also dislike reading about a lot of blood and gore. It's just disgusting and sickening. Therefore, I stay far away from such popular Horror writers as Stephen King. He might be popular with lots of people, but certainly not with me!

What I like about Gothic Fiction such as Jane Eyre and Rebecca is that sense of mystery, of doom and gloom, which I expect will turn into a happy ending after everything is resolved by the author. The 'good guys' will win out, and everybody will go home happy! To me, this makes the dark elements in the story worth reading.

The other two genres descended from Gothic Fiction are Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy, which usually appear together in the same book. Although there are dark elements in these genres, too, again, the plot ends on a lighter note. This is especially true of the PNR genre, since the paranormal heroes and heroines are romantic ones.

My favorite PNR series is The Twilight Saga. I find the story of Edward and Bella totally beautiful, romantic, and passionate without any graphic sex scenes. Some people criticize this series as being 'too cheesy', but I completely disagree. Edward, a vampire, falls in love with Bella, a human, and she with him. Throughout the books, the author, Stephenie Meyer, keeps the tension and action going, thus pulling the reader along, feverishly turning pages! I have already read the entire series three times, and I know I will read it many more times in the future!





https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3090465-the-twilight-saga?ac=1

I particularly enjoy paranormal romance in the Young Adult genre. In addition to Stephenie Meyer, I also love the Revenants series, by Amy Plum. Set in Paris, it tells the love story of yet another paranormal creature -- Vincent, a revenant -- and Kate, a human girl who has recently moved to Paris with her sister. A revenant is similar to a zombie, and I hate zombies..... However, the characters in these books are not of the flesh-eating kind. Instead, they have come back from the dead for the purpose of saving innocent human lives, over and over again. This is a great creative twist by Plum! This series does remind me somewhat of The Twilight Saga, but it's still original enough for me to recommend it -- and very highly, too!



 
This is the first book in the Revenant series.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9462812-die-for-me?ac=1


Another series of Young Adult Paranormal Romance I've read, and loved, is The Night World Series, by L.J. Smith. Originally, these books were published separately, but were later compiled into what are called 'omnibus' editions. These are usually three books published together in one volume. This is how I first encountered the series.

I've read the first two omnibus volumes of The Night World Series, finishing them as quickly as possible, as the characters and plots are utterly compelling! 

Although I've also read some of the books from The Vampire Diaries Series, by the same author, I don't like that particular series very much. I definitely prefer The Night World books! The vampires in these books are much more attractive to me than those in The Vampire Diaries; they just seem more romantic and likeable.



This is the first omnibus edition volume
of The Night World Series.


There are great PNR novels for adults, as well. One of my favorite writers is Lynsay Sands, who writes humorous vampire romances. Although that might seem like an oximoron, she definitely does combine humor and the paranormal in her novels, and it's an unbeatable, very entertaining combination! Another writer who mixes PNR with humor is Kerrelyn Sparks, whose Love At Stake Series is just wonderful! Both of these authors have invented very lovable, romantic vampire characters who wouldn't hurt a fly. It's incredible, but true. So, rather than read about a traditional horror vampire, who sucks victims dry without a qualm, I'd much rather read about one of these! 





This is the fourth novel in the 
Love At Stake Series.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1293450.The_Undead_Next_Door


There are also dramatic PNR novels for adults. Two of my favorite authors of this type of novel are Amanda Ashley and Kendra Leigh Castle. The latter has a very exciting vampire romance series, titled Dark Dynasties. When I first came across Castle, three years ago, she was a brand-new author. Now, she has several books out, not only in her vamp series, but in a new werewolf series, as well. These books, like most of the ones I've been discussing in this post, are also classified as Urban Fantasy.

As for Amanda Ashley, she was the first vampire romance author I read. Although I do like several of her books, some of them are not as high-quality as others. However, she does write some compelling characters. I have reviewed some of her books, which may be found on my Book Reviews page. I will soon be reviewing another one, titled Desire After Dark (see the picture in my sidebar).



This is the third book in the 
Dark Dynasties series.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13416697-shadow-rising


This is such a fascinating topic, and so perfect for the month of October, that I'm going to continue with it next week. I will be discussing more books in the Urban Fantasy genre, which, as I mentioned above, frequently overlaps with the Paranormal Romance genre. There are specific characteristics for each of these genres, though.



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Do you like PNR/UF?
Have you read any of these
authors?
Which ones are your 
own favorites?