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Melanie's Week in Review - June 22, 2014


Melanie's Week in Review - June 22, 2014


I have better reading news for you this time. I didn't like admitting last week that I had only finished one book.  This however, has benefited me this week as the two books I had started last week plus the new ones I started and finished this week makes me sound like a Reading Olympian. So what did I read?

Melanie's Week in Review - June 22, 2014
I finished The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker. I LOVED this book. It was a beautiful book to read with the perfect balance of character and plot development. This was the story of love and friendship where a golem without a master and an enslaved djinni find their way in their respective communities of New York in the late 1800's. It was not just a story of their lives but it also discussed the societal and religious aspects of both the Jewish and Muslim communities where both characters found themselves. This was one of the few books I have read that didn't try to ram religion down my throat and I was really intrigued by what I learned about both cultures and religions. Wecker created a lovely story of both loneliness and longing. I loved everything from the first first word to the very last one. This is a definite must read so if you haven't bought it then make haste and buy it asap! Note: In the US the title is The Golem and the Jinni.

Melanie's Week in Review - June 22, 2014
I also finished The Singer by Elizabeth Hunter. This was the second instalment of the Irin Chronicles. I have mixed feelings about this series. I don't normally like books about angels and they really have to have something special in order for me to want to read more than one of them. This series has been fairly predictable so far but for some reason I want to keep reading it. I guessed almost every plot twist well before it happened. The hero and heroine don't really shine in this second book but I do think that their love story has an interesting twist...twisted enough for me to want to continue to book three. I can't say too much without giving it all away.

Once I finished this I turned to an eArc that I had forgotten about -The Buried Life by Carrie Patel. This is a debut novel and I am planning to write a full review.

Melanie's Week in Review - June 22, 2014I then switched genre to another book on my TBR - Bad Blood by Chuck Wendig. This is a novella in the Double Dead series.This was NOT a book for a mid week commute. It came across just a bit ...too much, almost too crass. I didn't enjoy it as much as Double Dead. This is definitely a series where you need a time and place to read it. It was gory with a capital 'G' and very unsettling. Wendig is one of the few authors that I like their irreverence and love of gore and swearing but it felt forced in this story.

Melanie's Week in Review - June 22, 2014Onwards and upwards in the unsettling stakes and I turned to Mira Grant with Parasite (Parisitology 1). I am partway through this novel and I can see why Grant has been nominated for a Hugo. It's almost like she has a brain the size of an asteroid in order to think up such a well constructed plot. Whole sections make you feel like you are reading someone's PhD thesis instead of fiction (at least I hope it is fiction!). I don't want to say too much until I am finished so check in next week to see what I thought.

Well ladies and gentleman that is it for me. I am looking forward to telling you what I have been up to on the reading front next week. I feel quite chuffed with what I accomplished this past week even though that was at the expense of my WIR last week. I hope you find something you read that you love as I did with Wecker's tale of friendship.  Let me know what you read. Until next week Happy Reading!

Press Release - Dark Horse Announces Bad Blood by Jonathan Maberry


PRESS RELEASE


NYCC: DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES BAD BLOOD!

FROM BRAM STOKER WINNER JONATHAN MABERRY


OCTOBER 10, NEW YORK, NY—As announced today at New York Comic Con, Dark Horse is set to publish a new creator-owned series from Bram Stoker Award winner Jonathan Maberry (Ghost Road Blues)—Bad Blood! With art by the Eisner Award–winning Tyler Crook (B.P.R.D., The Sixth Gun), this five-issue miniseries promises a vampire tale with an unlikely hero.

Being bitten by a vampire pissed him off, but seeing his best friend brutally slaughtered started a war. Trick Croft was an average college student—sort of—until vampires attacked. Then he found out his blood was poison to the bloodsuckers. And Trick will do anything to eradicate them.

Bad Blood tells the story of Trick, a teenage slacker on the losing side of a fight with cancer. When he’s attacked by a vampire, he figures it’s game over. Except that the chemo drugs in Trick’s blood poison the vampire. As punishment, the vampires begin slaughtering everyone Trick loves. So he goes hunting for the vamps to try to destroy them,” writer Jonathan Maberry explains. “His only superpower? The chemo drugs in his system are deadly to the undead. His only ally? A heroin-addicted Goth chick. Bad Blood brings the pain in a downbeat tale of heartbreak, loss, and courage.”

Bad Blood #1 (of 5) is on sale January 1, 2014, in comic shops everywhere!


Press Release - Dark Horse Announces Bad Blood by Jonathan Maberry

Interview with Kristen Painter and Giveaway - October 4, 2011

Please welcome Kristen Painter to The Qwillery.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Kristen:  I have to have a title. Books don't feel real to me unless I have one, so even though it might change, there has to be one in place before I can start writing.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Kristen:  Both, although I plot as little as possible because my books rarely want to follow the path I've chosen.

TQ:  What inspired you to write the House of Comarré series?

Kristen:  I had an idea - a mysterious woman in a slinky white dress that dipped low enough to reveal a gold tattoo. My heroine, Chrysabelle, grew out of that idea and everything else followed.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create the world in the House of Comarré series?

Kristen:  I researched a lot of things that got no more than a passing mention, but I felt like I needed to do it for my own sense of backstory. Things like the sounds a panther makes, the history of executioners in France, the treatment of gypsies in Europe, the physiology of blood, snakes. That kind of stuff.

TQ:  Describe Blood Rights (House of Comarré 1) in 140 characters or less.

Kristen:  Underworld meets Memoirs of a Geisha

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Blood Rights?

Kristen:  It's impossible to answer that question without giving spoilers, so I'll just say there are a few at the end of the book.

TQ:  In Blood Rights, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Kristen:  None of them were really difficult. That book pretty much poured out of me.

TQ:  Do you and Chrysabelle have anything in common?

Kristen:  We're both blonde, but that's about it. Although I do love the idea of a gold tattoo.

TQ:  Do you have a favorite character in the House of Comarré series?

Kristen:  When I'm writing them, they're my favorite. I can't pick one over another!

TQ:  How many books are planned for the House of Comarré series?

Kristen:  There will be five. And possibly, if my editor likes it, a spin off series.

TQ:  What's next?

Kristen:  What's next is book five, Last Blood. But what's physically next is I'm headed to NY Comic Con October 14th - 16th. I'll be on a panel with some amazing authors, so if anyone's going, stop by and say hi!

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Kristen:  Thanks for having me!


About the House of Comarré series

Blood Rights
House of Comarré 1
(Orbit, September 27, 2011)
Interview with Kristen Painter and Giveaway - October 4, 2011
Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle's body bears the telltale marks of a comarré -- a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect, which sends her running into the mortal world...and into the arms of Malkolm, an outcast vampire cursed to kill every being from whom he drinks.

Now, Chrysabelle and Malkolm must work together to stop a plot to merge the mortal and supernatural worlds. If they fail, a chaos unlike anything anyone has ever seen will threaten to reign.
Read The Qwillery's Review of Blood Rights here.

Flesh and Blood
House of Comarré 2
(Orbit, October 25, 2011)
Interview with Kristen Painter and Giveaway - October 4, 2011
With the ring of sorrows still missing, and the covenant between othernaturals and mortals broken, Chrysabelle and Malkolm's problems are just beginning. Chrysabelle still owes Malkolm for his help, but fulfilling that debt means returning to Corvinestri, the hidden vampire city neither of them is welcome in.

The discovery that Chrysabelle has a brother could mean reneging on her promise to Malkolm, something that might make him angry enough to loose the beast living inside him. And fulfilling her vow could prove devastating for Chrysabelle --- especially when you throw in power hungry witches, dead fringe vampires, and the Kubai Mata.


Bad Blood
House of Comarré 3
(Orbit, November 22, 2011)
Interview with Kristen Painter and Giveaway - October 4, 2011
Samhain approaches, bringing with it the final melding of the mortal and othernatural worlds. No one knows just how much power the night holds...

Violent murders occur in Paradise City as counterfeit comarré are systematically hunted. The police and the Kubai Mata have more than enough trouble to keep themselves occupied. As war erupts at home, Malkolm and Chrysabelle head to New Orleans to recover the Ring of Sorrows. Chrysabelle is forced to make a life and death decision and will realize that her relationship to Malkolm may have fatal consequences.

The clock is ticking . . .


About Kristen

Interview with Kristen Painter and Giveaway - October 4, 2011
When the characters in Kristen Painter’s head started to take over, she decided to exorcise them onto paper and share them with the world. Blood Rights, the first book in her gothic fantasy vampire series, House of Comarré, is out this October from Orbit Books. She has also been published in non-fiction, poetry and short stories. The former college English teacher can often be found online at Romance Divas, the award-winning writers’ forum she co-founded with Jax Cassidy. A two-time Golden Heart finalist, she’s represented by The Knight Agency.

Kristen's Links

Website
Facebook
Twitter




The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a Mass Market Paperback copy of Blood Rights (House of Comarré) from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Who is your favorite Urban Fantasy heroine or hero?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

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3)  Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Tuesday, October 11, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Kristen Painter - House of Comarré - Covers - June 8, 2011

I had the pleasure of meeting Kristen Painter at BookExpo America in May. I also picked up an ARC of the first book in her upcoming dark Urban Fantasy series House of Comarré. Three books have been announced and they will be released in 3 consecutive months starting in October 2011. The covers are really exceptional.


Kristen Painter - House of Comarré - Covers - June 8, 2011
Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle's body bears the telltale marks of a comarré -- a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect, which sends her running into the mortal world...and into the arms of Malkolm, an outcast vampire cursed to kill every being from whom he drinks.

Now, Chrysabelle and Malkolm must work together to stop a plot to merge the mortal and supernatural worlds. If they fail, a chaos unlike anything anyone has ever seen will threaten to reign.


Kristen Painter - House of Comarré - Covers - June 8, 2011
With the ring of sorrows still missing, and the covenant between othernaturals and mortals broken, Chrysabelle and Malkolm's problems are just beginning. Chrysabelle still owes Malkolm for his help, but fulfilling that debt means returning to Corvinestri, the hidden vampire city neither of them is welcome in.

The discovery that Chrysabelle has a brother could mean reneging on her promise to Malkolm, something that might make him angry enough to loose the beast living inside him. And fulfilling her vow could prove devastating for Chrysabelle --- especially when you throw in power hungry witches, dead fringe vampires, and the Kubai Mata.


Kristen Painter - House of Comarré - Covers - June 8, 2011
Samhain approaches, bringing with it the final melding of the mortal and othernatural worlds. No one knows just how much power the night holds...

Violent murders occur in Paradise City as counterfeit comarré are systematically hunted. The police and the Kubai Mata have more than enough trouble to keep themselves occupied. As war erupts at home, Malkolm and Chrysabelle head to New Orleans to recover the Ring of Sorrows. Chrysabelle is forced to make a life and death decision and will realize that her relationship to Malkolm may have fatal consequences.

The clock is ticking . . .
Melanie's Week in Review - June 22, 2014Press Release - Dark Horse Announces Bad Blood by Jonathan MaberryInterview with Kristen Painter and Giveaway - October 4, 2011Kristen Painter - House of Comarré - Covers - June 8, 2011

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