Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Hot Top Tuesday: Tudors, Vampires, Steamy Romance and More

Blood of the Rose: The Tudor Vampire Chronicles
Blood of the Rose
It's hot pick Tuesday here at the Daily Dose with the fabulous Jaime and Ruthie!  They've got some great reads picked out for you, so as the snow and ice rage outside, curl up with something hot and interesting at home.  Be sure to share your hot picks for this week too!

Jaime's Picks of the Week

Blood of the Rose by Kate Pearce

It is easy to say that I am in love with historical based books that twist things up with an alternate explanation for why certain events occurred. Kate Pearce has done an excellent job of doing so with her Tudor Vampire Chronicles. You heard me correctly... The Tudor dynasty combined with Vampires. Could my life get any better. I was hesitant at first to indulge in what looked to be my ultimate guilty pleasure. I was afraid Ms. Pearce had gone too far by combining the two popular literary topics, but after reading reviews of the first installment of the series from very trusted sources I decided to dive head first into the series. Even though I am not finished with the first book yet, I will have no qualms picking up the second book of the series which is to be released this week. Ms. Pearce combines Paranormal Romance with the historical icons in a way that even avid amateur historians, like myself, can enjoy the story she lays in front of us.

To learn more about the Tudor Vampire Chronicles, please visit the Kate Pearce website at: www.katepearce.com

Nightshade (Berkley Sensation)
Nightshade
Nightshade by Michelle Rowen

It is one thing to be a vampire in the world of paranormal. It is another to be thrown into a world you know nothing about by a deranged scientist. That is what happened to Jillian Conrad. She had no idea that vampires were more than just actors playing a role when she was attacked and injected with a serum that is suppose to be deadly to the undead. Now she is being hunted by a half breed vampire hunter to be used as a weapon in his fight as well as being hunted by the vampires themselves because her blood is irresistible to them. Nightshade, the first in a new Urban Fantasy series written by Michelle Rowen, gives the reader an alternate look into the battle against the vampires. I am very interested to see where she takes the story since the main character is a human.

Visit Michelle Rowen's website to learn more about the Nightshade series: www.michellerowen.com

Blood Wyne by Yasmine Galenorn
Blood Wyne is the 9th book in the "Sisters of the Moon" series based on the D'Artigo sisters. Each of the sister has a unique paranormal make up who worked for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. The newest release focuses on Menolly, a fae/human mix with acrobatic skills that happened to be turned into a Vampire. She is dealing with a pesky problem and turns to one of the oldest vampires around for help. Only problem is he seems to want more in payment then she is willing to give.
To catch up on all the happenings of the D'Artigo sisters, visit www.galernorn.com


Ruthie's Picks of the Week

On The Hunt

On the Hunt
On the Hunt
Gena Showalter, Shannon K. Butcher, Jessica Andersen, and Deidre Knight

I have to admit I’ve read only two of the fabulous authors that have contributed to this anthology. My favorite Gena Showalter series has to be Lords of the Underworld where fabulous hot men find their match in strong female leads with a whole new twist on the gods of mythology (several pantheons are involved). I’ve recently been hooked on Shannon K. Butcher’s Sentinel Wars series which rocks! I picked up Burning Alive and read it in three hours. She has an amazing imagination and the characters she creates are so unique you can’t help but want to read more. I will definitely be picking up this anthology to read the other authors as well.

Review from Fresh Fiction:

Gena Showalter's Ever Night is a stand-out short story in this collection: each year on her birthday, Rose Pascal travels to another world. Instead of being chased or eaten or killed by what she perceives to be monsters, she is thrust into the company of a handsome, but dangerous -- and dangerously acerbic -- man who asks her for information she does not have and expects her to train to face him in combat. A jewel of a story, Ever Night quickly ramps over the original "what if" of the plot to dwell on deeper concepts of preconceptions.

Shannon K. Butcher's The Collector, Neal Etan needs an artifact from Viviana Rowen or a friend of his will die. It's that simple. However, the demon hunter's quick purchase, (or snatch-n-grab, if necessary) of the artifact is no simple matter when he realizes that Viviana's touch dams his own barrage of pain. He has to quickly gain her trust in order to give them both time to discover what they've been looking for.

Jessica Andersen's Crystal Skull revolves around what happens when an archeologist makes the discovery of a lifetime, and finds it has dangerous connections to her old flame. Can she train him in the power of hope, or will the shadows of his past and the all-too-deadly monsters in their present be too much?

Deirdre Knight's Red Angel, Jamie Angel confronts a manner of creature he's never encountered in the flesh: he knows Sunny isn't human, but no one believes him. As his family is trained to destroy evil creatures, he's concerned about Sunny, and he tells himself it has nothing to do with her beauty. When he discovers her secret, he endangers them both, and it's up to Sunny to learn how she can save them.

This quartet of stories based around the themes of paranormal romance and hunting serves as a great diversion that ranges the gamut from fluffy to meatier fare. The stories have clever or cute elements within their packaging of paranormal romance, and all four are engaging and worthwhile reads.

Primal
Primal
Primal

Lora Leigh, Michelle Rowen, Jory Strong, and Ava Gray

If you like steamy hot romances with primal heat then Lora Leigh’s Breed series is for you. I have never been so thoroughly scandalized as when I picked up my first Breed book, but I loved it! I have been a Lora Leigh fan ever since, and I look forward to this new novella. Unfortunately, I haven’t read any of the other author’s works in this anthology but I look forward to being exposed *snicker* to them. I have no doubt this is a must read anthology.

Blurb from Goodreads and Night Owl Paranormal:

Lora Leigh’s Primal Kiss
When the bad boy lion breed Creed Raines crashes the family cabin while Pharmaceutical CEO Horace Engall's daughter is vacationing it sets off a series of events that even Creed couldn't have imagined beginning. Mating Heat blows sky high, hot and overwhelming, and reminding him off all the reasons he had fought to avoid it. Especially with the shy, though incredibly stubborn decided willful, much loved and cherished Engalls Princess. But for Jonas Wyat it could be a blessing in disguise.

Bleeding Heart by Michelle Rowen is a short story that takes place after her novel Nightshade. Jill is infected with a substance that makes her blood poison to vampires and sought after by those who want it. Lucky for her she has Declan Reyes a half vampire/human who feels little to no emotion. The perfect protector for Jill but there is only one problem. Jill wants Declan to be very…emotionally involved.

In Skin and Bone by Ava Gray Silas is trying to stay off the grid and doing a pretty good job until Ecuador. A natural disaster brings Silas into contact with Juneau and his world is torn apart. His past hides dark secrets that could cost him more than just his new found interest.
Angel-Claimed by Jory Strong’s - Addai has waited for thousands of years for his wife Sajia to be reincarnated. Vowing that she will never again be taken from him Addai takes her from the harsh realities of life and shelters her from all harm. Unfortunately Sajia has her own mission and being “kept” by anyone much less an angel is not part of the plan. She has things to do and people to save.


Unseen (Outcast #3)
Rachel Caine

I have recently picked up Undone the first book in the Outcast series so I’m a little behind the curve. After meeting Rachel Caine at Reader’s & Ritas last November I have definitely added her to my “must read soon” list. If her books are half as entertaining as she is then count me in I’m all for the good stuff.

Blurb from Publisher’s Weekly:

Caine's third Outcast Season novel (after Unknown) finds the djinn Cassiel well adapted to the mortal body she's been exiled to. The same cannot be said for Ibby, the six-year-old girl whose awesome paranormal powers literally start the book off with a bang. Newly turned over to a school where the benevolent Wardens teach gifted children to harness their supernatural endowments, Ibby, whose talents were boosted prematurely by evil Djinn Pearl, is going through life-threatening physical withdrawal from the Djinn. Hoping to save Ibby, Cassiel takes to the road to infiltrate and neutralize Pearl's organization—a gambit fraught with danger for her human form. Periodic dustups with FBI agents, passionate moments with Warden love interest Luis Rocha, and a surprising twist of events at Ibby's school combine with Cassiel's insightful reflections on mortality and human nature to keep this fascinating fantasy saga moving briskly forward to its apocalypse-promising next installment.

What are your top picks for this week?

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