Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Hot Top Tuesday: Vanity, Vampires and Vixens

It's hop top Tuesday here at the Daily Dose. We've been a bit quiet, reading, writing and working. You know how it goes. Currently loaded up on my iPad for reading is Jacob by Jacquelyn Frank. So far it's a great read with lots of hooks. I have tons more on the shelf waiting to be read, but it's high editing time here so I'm just going to keep stocking up for future gym trips and those rare lazy days that I get a few hours to read. Check out some more great reading opportunities from my Jaime and Ruthie. They give great book recommendations. Don't forget to tell us what your top picks are for this week.

Violet Tendencies by Jaye Wells

Violet Tendencies
We are starting off this week with a spectacular treat! Jaye Wells has entertained us with her dark but often humorous Urban Fantasy series that follows Sabina Kane. I was intrigued by the this story from the first line. Now Ms. Wells is giving all the Sabina fans a present but releasing a novella that takes place between The Mage in Black and Green-Eyed Demon. For those who have read all the books in the series, a popular character seemed to be missing in the latest release. Violet Tendencies explains to all of us why Valva, the Vanity demon disappeared from the story. If the novella is like the rest of the series, readers are guaranteed an action filled story with the humor oozing from the seams.

Description from Amazon.com:

Former assassin Sabina Kane heads to Los Angeles to find her kidnapped sister. Helping her on the mission are her hot mage partner, her Mischief demon minion, and a Vanity demon named Valva. The problem? She's got to figure out how to find her sister without letting her enemies know she's back in town. But when Sabina seeks out an old ally -- a vampire strip club owner named Fang -- for help, Sabina learns the hard way that Vanity demons don't know the meaning of the phrase "low profile."

Twilight Prophecy by Maggie Shayne

Twilight Prophecy (Children of Twilight)
Twilight Prophecy
This release is the start of a new series known as the Children of Twilight. I know that the use of the word Twilight brings to mind glittery vampires and teenage angst but I can guarantee there will be no vegetarian vampires lurking in the woods. If you are a fan of Maggie’s Wings in the Night Series, Twilight Prophecy will fit right into your reading habits. Even though it seems she is starting a new series with this books, the storyline fits in perfectly to be considered Wings in the Night #17. I have read many reviews from bloggers who received an ARC of this books and they all say the same thing. This book is wonderful. The Romanceaholic even states that she wished her Kindle was waterproof so she could continue reading while in the shower. To read the full review, click here

Blurb from MaggieShayne.com

According to ancient prophecy, there's only one chance to avert the complete annihilation of the Undead. Twins James William and Brigit Pie, part human, part vampire, believe that they are that chance. In truth, the key lies with the reclusive--and mortal--scholar Lucy Lanfair.

As Armageddon approaches, antivampire sentiment fuels a war neither side can win, driving James to abandon his moral code and draw Lucy into a deadly battle she wants no part of.

But Lucy soon realizes that she holds this powerful immortal's soul in her hands and that it's her destiny not only to stop a war but to save him from his inner darkness. If she fails, his race will die--and so will her heart. Is the power of love strong enough to save the world?

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
I have heard so many good things about this book. Carter takes the myth of Hades and Persephone, and spins it with her own originality. Carter’s heroine Kate is losing her mother to a terminal illness bringing her world crashing down around her. She is given a way to save her mother, but she has to pass several tests first. The realist approach coupled with the faith that the impossible is possible sets the tone for this exciting story. I cannot wait to give it a try.
The Goddess Test (Harlequin Teen)
The Goddess Test

Blurb from Goodreads.com:

It's always been just Kate and her mom—and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won't live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld—and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he's crazy—until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride, and a goddess.

Mercy Burns by Keri Arthur


I am a long time fan of Keri Arthur. I think her writing is sexy, provocative, and stimulating. Her Riley Jensen series is fantastic! Her heroines are anything but weak. I have not read her Myth and Magic series, but I always welcome the chance to delve into new series written by my favorite authors. I have seen nothing but good reviews for this series. Let’s be honest who doesn’t love dragon shifters...Keri, you had me at Dragon.

Mercy Burns (Myth and Magic, Book 2)
Mercy Burns
Blurb from Random House:

DARKNESS DESCENDS.
LOVE ABIDES. BUT . . .

MERCY BURNS

Mercy Reynolds is a reporter in the San Francisco Bay area, but she’s also more—and less—than human. Half woman, half air dragon, she’s a “draman”—unable to shift shape but still able to unleash fiery energy. Now something will put her powers to the test.

Mercy’s friend Rainey has enlisted her help to solve her sister’s murder. Then a horrible accident claims Rainey’s life, leaving Mercy only five days to find the killer: If Mercy fails, according to dragon law, Rainey’s soul will be doomed to roam the earth for eternity. But how can Mercy help when she herself is a target? With nowhere else to turn, she must join forces with a sexy stranger—the mysterious man they call “Muerte,” or death itself, who’s as irresistible as he is treacherous. But can even Death keep Mercy alive for long enough to find her answers?

What are your top picks for today?

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