Friday, February 25, 2011

Vampire Diaries Post Mortem: The House Guest

As the episode wound to a close, my insides clenched. Yep, it’s another five weeks till we find out what happens next. So mark your calendars for April 7th because that’s when The Vampire Diaries returns with a new episode.

The House Guest

Of course, The House Guest in question is Katherine Pierce. Always plotting, always maneuvering Katherine who engineered her escape from Elijah’s compulsion by goading Damon into killing him (which, as we discussed last week, was a challenge in itself). It doesn’t take Katherine long to start playing games, she prances through, dressed as Elena and Damon slams her into a wall. He thinks it’s Katherine, but Katherine plays Elena too well, leaving Damon questioning it. Stefan then thinks Elena who woke up with him was Katherine and he races upstairs to slam her into a wall, hand on her throat.


Those boys sure do have a thing for throat grabbing.

But Katherine reveals her trick before Stefan can do real harm to his ladylove. Poor boys, between Elena and Katherine, their heads have to be spinning. Elena doesn’t want Katherine there, she wants her gone … unfortunately, it will take a hell of a lot to take out Katherine as evidenced when they had to trap her in the first place.

Just Another Manic Mystic Falls Day

Where to begin? Do we start with the deaths? Sadly, I don’t think we got to know Luka and Jonas near enough before the family Martin was extinguished. On the other hand, I think Jonas would have been better off going into that house directly and dropping the vampires the way he did the werewolves if he wanted Elijah back rather than setting his son up.

But, one issue most of the residents of Mystic Falls seem to have as a flaw is impulse control. Those that rush to those first impulses nearly always fail. Check out Damon, he’s even reining in his impulses, studying the journals, picking Katherine’s brain and paying attention. If only Jonas had thought before acting preemptively.

Oh and total side note – what the hell is with the preview scenes being cut from the episodes? First it was an arguably pivotal conversation between Rose and Elena in The Descent and now it was Jonas and Stefan at the Grill. I get that time is a factor in a show that is this fast paced, but we could have lost a few seconds of angst here and there for more information on why Jonas’ would leap to the decision he made.

Witch Wars

I think the battle of the “witches” was short changed this week. Which means it’s far from over. Jonas is beside himself with grief when his spell allowing Luka to act physically within the Salvatore boarding house gets him incinerated by flame thrower (yes, Damon was totally hot there). I like that Luka’s movements were tickling their senses, even if they didn’t see him and Katherine’s palpable fear that Elijah would wake up was “almost” funny as was her crying out to Damon for help.

I am sorry that Luka died. I never cared for the character. Too shady and not enough motivation ( I think that storyline got short shrifted in the grand scheme of things) and particularly because Jonas had helped them against the wolves. But again, Luka and Jonas acted in their own interests and we’ve watched time and again that people who don’t work together end up dying.

Jonas’ madness at the loss of Luka sent him after Elena. He was going to take her from Stefan and Damon to make them suffer. I don’t know if he planned to trade her for a re-awoken Elijah (who would probably have exterminated Elena’s family and friends since she was the one who stabbed him) or if he would have traded her to Klaus for his daughter.

I guess we’ll never know.

Jonas’ attack at the Grill left Bonnie in pain, Caroline in agony and Matt knocking on death’s door. The Katherine/Elena bait and switch to trap and kill Jonas was predictable, but even I jumped when Jonas leapt up to seize Bonnie.

It’s so not over. Jonas did more than “give” Bonnie her powers back (and seriously, he can’t take and give like they are a souvenir). So I’m going to say the rushed exit of the Witches Martin is a red herring. They may be dead, but Jonas did something to Bonnie. Particularly because she was so secretive about the return of her powers and that laying her hands over Jeremy’s heart just smacked of something more nefarious than flirtation.

Love Stories Gone Awry

Caroline’s Eternal Flame declaration to Matt was beautifully done and Candice Accola has some beautiful pipes on her! I loved the song, I loved the love shining in her eyes and Matt’s reaction. I loved even more the reactions of Bonnie and Elena. The friendship between these three should be treasured which makes me even uneasier about the events surrounding Bonnie.

Bonnie came clean about Jeremy to Elena and Elena gave her a wonderfully supportive statement, declaring that both Jeremy and Bonnie deservrd something wonderful in each other. Matt and Caroline made up, made out and when Jonas hurt Caroline, Matt went for him only to get a broken bottle in the neck.

Caroline saved Matt and for a heartbeat or three I was worried that she’d turned him, but it’s worse. Now Matt is afraid of and furious with her. Yes, that can’t end well. I have to wonder if Matt will find himself locked in one of the six other rooms at the boarding house until the vervain leaves his system and he can be mind-wiped.

Poor Caroline, our Vampire Barbie cannot catch a break.

Damon Gives Katherine the Boot

Okay, I have to admit it, when I saw her crawl into bed after him I was worried that his predilection for self-destruction would kick in, but I cheered when he shoved her back out of his bed and totally dismissed her. Katherine has done nothing but hurt and abuse Damon, it’s about time she realized that he’s done with her and it’s her own damn fault.

Katherine also confessed to her deal with John Gilbert and Isobel. Interestingly, Katherine said “they want you out of Elena’s life” – she said you as in Damon, but they actually want both brothers out of her life. However, Katherine agreed to help set Damon up to kill in order to save Stefan.

Of course she chose Stefan.

The interesting mixture of self-loathing, disgust and disheartened surprise on Damon’s face at the news that hurt him despite how unsurprising it was shows us once again, just how much of a good actor Somerhalder is. While Elena’s never been put into the position of having to choose one brother over the other, she’d try to save both. She has tried to save both.

But Katherine has an agenda.


More Emily Bennett

I’ve always speculated that it was Katherine who turned Emily into the town. Who else would have done it? So as a recap for those who haven’t pieced together the history, this is what I know:


  • Emily was burned on the same spot where over 100 Salem witches were torched two hundred years before the founding of Mystic Falls
  • When witches die by violence, they release a powerful energy that can be harnessed (see my comments about about Jonas and why I think it’s not over)
  • Emily was Katherine’s trusted servant, but Emily still worked with Jonathon Gilbert who knew Emily was a witch, but he didn’t turn her in
  • Emily’s grimoire was buried with Damon and Stefan’s father which means she was burned very shortly after their turn
  • Emily asked Damon to protect her children and spirit them away because she knew the townspeople were coming for her
  • Emily crafted the spell to protect the vampires in the Church (including Katherine even though she wasn’t there)
  • Emily told Damon nothing about this until after Stefan made him turn
  • Emily used Bonnie to destroy the crystal because she wouldn’t unleash the vampires on Mystic Falls
  • Emily Bennett was the most powerful witch of the Bennett line
  • Grams, Lucy and Bonnie are all Bennett witches and some speculate that Bree might have been
  • Damon knows where the burning ground is because he knows where Emily died
  • He and Stefan are keeping that information from Katherine, for now

Okay, all caught up now? Yes, the Bennett history is one of the bigger mysteries that I want them to spend time on. Emily allowed herself to be burned unless they show us a more powerful witch or something, because she was so strong, so skilled and so talented, I can’t imagine she was just taken by a bunch of yahoos with pitchforks. Nope, there’s a lot more to that story and I hope they give us more.

Twisting the Knife


While John Gilbert was conspicuously absent this episode, the ripple effect of his words to Jenna led to a final break up between Jenna and Alaric (and is it me or is Jenna being a massive hard ass about this? I think there is a whole lot more to this than we’re seeing). The emphasis on Jenna’s degree and the reminder to everyone that she is a grad student makes me think that Klaus may be her professor or advisor. That he’s known about Mystic Falls all along and is just biding his time for Elena to be the right age.

But I’m not going to digress on the sacrifice right now because the knock on the door, that was Isobel coming to call. Daddy and Mommy Dearest are about to make Elena’s life hell in the name of saving her.

And poor Jenna, the ‘lies’ of Alaric have her reeling, but I think discovering that Elena had met her birth mother and never told her will be an emotional knockout punch for Aunt Jenna.

So what did you think of The House Guest? And what do you think will happen next?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Firelight 2: Vanish Cover Revealed - Love Sophie Jordan

We had the distinct pleasure of meeting Sophie Jordan in January as well as hosting her at the Daily Dose for a few visits last year. Today the cover for the second book in her Firelight series (my mini-me is a HUGE fan) and it's my pleasure to share that cover today.

It's gorgeous!


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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Singh for Your Reading Pleasure

Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter)
Angel's Blood
Good morning Daily Dosers!  The lovely Jaime is guest blogging with a fantastic giveaway for your today.  I give it three thumbs up as Nalini Singh has definitely become one of my favorites this last holiday season.  So check it out and don't forget to comment for your chance to win.

Hunting Good to Great Reads


Walking through a bookstore these days can be overwhelming. With so many authors, genres and sub-genres, it can be confusing and difficult for a reader to find something new to enjoy. I had this issue a few years ago so I searched the Internet for help. I was looking for a few recommendations so I wouldn’t have to read the same series over and over again. That is when I discovered Goodreads. While searching the massive website, I discovered many recommendations for an author based out of New Zealand. I want to share this recommendation with you.

Nalini Singh has been drawn to writing since she was a small child. She dabbled in many careers during her adult life including being a Librarian, Lawyer and Candy Factory General Hand. In 2002, her dream came true when Silhouette Desires wanted to publish one of her stories. She now has one Paranormal Romance series and one Urban Fantasy series under her belt and a mass of fans who are hanging from her every word.

Psy-Changling Series

The world has divided into cultures of race. Each feels they are superior to the others but one seems to have control. The Psy are a race without emotions. They are described as cool, unloving and outsiders are not welcome within their guarded society. The Changlings are both human and animal. Their society is built on all the emotions that the Psy breed out. Each pack draws strength from love and loyalty of its members.

Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changelings, Book 1)
Slave to Sensation
The Psy have discovered a secret within their society. The emotionless state has started making some of their people unstable. Evidence of murders committed by Psy has been surfacing. The leaders of the society, the Council, cannot let this information leak to the public. The cover up of all cover ups has begun. Changling women from different packs start disappearing and are found murdered. The packs must infiltrate the Psy community to find the killer.

Singh has created one of the most unique worlds I have ever read about within the Psy-Changling series. Her characters prove that people from drastically different backgrounds can find a common ground. Some can even find love with who they thought were the enemy. Within the nine books that have been published, we have met characters who are as different as can be but all have qualities that make you cheer them on in their individual battles. You will start cheering and wanting more from your favorite characters. Once you pick up one of these books, you will not be able to put them down. The tenth installment, Kiss of Snow, is scheduled to be released July 1, 2011.

Guild Hunter Series

Vampires walk among us. They are stronger, faster, and gain power each year they live past the normal human lifespan. Most are kept in check by their creators, the angels, but power can go to anyone's head. That is where the Guild comes in. They are contracted by Angels to bring in rogue vampires to face justice. The best tracker in the Guild, Elena Deveraux, is given a contract surrounded by mystery. Could she really be working for one of the most infamous and cruel Archangels who control the world?

The Guild Hunter series drops us into another unique world with a new twist on vampire creation and mythology. Vampires are like a controlled substance. Someone who would like to be turned must pass the Angel’s vast testing process. If the person is chosen to be turned, they will be contracted to their angel creator. At the top of the hierarchy sits the Cadre, which includes ten Archangels that hold power through fear. Even at the top, they have to beware of being toppled by power plays. We currently have three action intense books following Elena, angels, and vampires. The forth installment, Archangel’s Blade, is expected to be released in September 2011.

I find the rating system on Goodreads an efficient way to rate books I would like to read. If a book has a 3.5 out of a 5 star rating, it is always worth picking up. Eleven out of Twelve of Singh’s full length published books average above four stars. The one book that has not hit four stars is sitting at an average of 3.98 stars. This is an amazing feat when thousand of readers have reviewed and rated her publications.

To help spread the love, I will be giving away the first book in each of Nalini Singh’s series. To win, all you have to do is comment with the answer to this question: What draws you to buy a book you know nothing about? I will pick a winner for each book randomly. Let the fun begin!

To learn more about Nalini Singh and her series please visit her website.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Top 10 Reasons to Read Sabina Kane - Happy Release Day Jaye Wells!

Green-Eyed Demon (Sabina Kane)
Green-Eyed Demon
It's Hot Top Tuesday, and I wanted to share with you a special nod to the releasing Green-Eyed Demon today and Sabina Kane.

I have to say, I was a little late to the Sabina Kane train, despite having purchased Red-Headed Stepchild on its release day in April 2009 (it was a happy birthday to me). I remember taking the book with me to the pool in early May, planning to read it while the mini-me was swimming, I also had a pile of research in my bag, thinking I’d start on a new story that was niggling in the back of my mind.

But the first two chapters of Red-Headed Stepchild put paid to that idea, cause not only had Jaye Wells done it first, she’d done it a whole lot better than the little imp of an idea wriggling in my head. Now here we are, two years later and today is the day Green Eyed Demon is supposed to show up at my house (come on UPS driver) and I wanted to share with you my top 10 reasons you should be reading Sabina Kane too.
The Mage in Black (Sabina Kane)
The Mage in Black


  1. Lilith is an influential feminine force in history often overlooked by those not researching feminist or religious histories. The history of the vampires and the mages and their relationship to Lilith is rich.
  2. Strong females are archetypal in urban fantasy, but strong, damaged heroines make even monsters the more human.
  3. Snark. Sabina delivers it in spades under the deft hand of Jaye Wells’ authorial voice.
  4. The people in Sabina’s life are not weak nor easily turned away by her attitudes and issues.
  5. Sabina understands fear, shame and depression, but struggles with love, trust and understanding. She is by no means less because of these things.
  6. Sabina’s journey is not an easy one and while she may at times sabotage herself, she is self-aware enough to recognize it.
  7. Every one in Sabina’s world has an agenda and it doesn’t surprise Sabina when those agendas bear fruit.
  8. The desperation Sabina experiences where her grandmother is concerned is heart wrenchingly believable. Like any abused child, she craves the very approval of the woman she hates. Even in promising her death and retribution at the end of the first novel, she ached for her grandmother to see her as something else – as worthy – even as an enemy.
Red-Headed Stepchild (Sabina Kane)
Red-Headed Stepchild

If all of that was not enough, there are two other fantastic reasons to be reading about Sabina Kane:

9. Giguhl. Every character needs a great sidekick and Giguhl is so much more than a sidekick. He’s a mischief demon with a caravan of attitude to match that of his mistress.

10. Stories should not always be about the destination, but the journey and Sabina Kane’s journey is worth following with her.

Don’t miss out. Currently available:

Releasing today:

If you haven’t read them, what interests you most about Sabina Kane? If you have read them, what do you love about Sabina Kane? Comment for a chance to win the Sabina Kane novel of your choice!

Hot Top Tuesday: Cat, Bones and Thorn Queens

This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 5)
This Side of the Grave
It's that time of the year and here come the new releases in multiple series. We've got Jeanine Frost, Kim Harrison, Richelle Mead and more. Be sure to check out all these and more.  Oh and not to forget mentioning the lovely Jaye Wells' release of Green-Eyed Demon, I will be posting my top 10 reasons you should be reading Sabina Kane today too!

This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

When you are a die hard fan of a series or an author, it feels like a holiday when when a book you have been waiting for is released. Today, it is Christmas and my birthday wrapped into one with the release of This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost. If you haven’t been reading about Cat and Bones in the Night Huntress series, you may be missing out on one of the biggest series in Urban Fantasy Romance.

Cat Crawfield has lived a troubling life. The product of a rape, her relationship with her mother has never been the typical bond between mother and child. The fact that her father was a newly created vampire doesn’t help matters either. Being told over and over that you are an abomination can kill a girls self esteem. Seeking approval from the only family she knows, Cat starts staking any vampire she can lure to her by frequently bars at the age of sixteen. One night she bites off more then she can chew when she tries her normal tactics on the ancient bounty hunter known to many as Bones. After tutelage under Bones, Cat turns into the feared Red Reaper.

Readers have followed the up and downs of Cat and Bones’ professional and romantic relationship. Talk about an emotional roller coaster. This series will keep you laughing until you snort. As this series gains momentum and becomes more elaborate, so does the plot and the world building. There are many quotable passages and Frost’s writing leaps from the pages. I know Jaime and I can’t wait to dig into this book. So bring it on Ms. Frost! We’re in it for the long haul!

Blurb from Goodreads.com:

Danger waits on both sides of the grave.

Half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her vampire husband Bones have fought for their lives, as well as for their relationship. But just when they've triumphed over the latest battle, Cat's new and unexpected abilities threaten to upset a long-standing balance . . .

With the mysterious disappearance of vampires, rumors abound that a species war is brewing. A zealot is inciting tensions between the vampires and ghouls, and if these two powerful groups clash, innocent mortals could become collateral damage. Now Cat and Bones are forced to seek help from a dangerous "ally"—the ghoul queen of New Orleans herself. But the price of her assistance may prove more treacherous than even the threat of a supernatural war . . . to say nothing of the repercussions Cat never imagined.

Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr

Darkest Mercy (Wicked Lovely)
Darkest Mercy
There will be mixed emotions today due to the release of the conclusion to bestselling series Wicked Lovely. The last book, Darkest Mercy, follows the character we have grown to love through the previous four books as they prepare for war, in some cases against each other.

The Wicked Lovely series follows Ailinn, a teen aged girl who can see fairies that no one else can, her best guy friend and secret crush Seth, and the handsome and tempting Fairy Keenan. Basically, a love triangle with more twists and turns then an episode of the Vampire Diaries. There are girly moments, dark moments and the age old coming to age situations through out the series. It will be interesting to see how Ms. Marr brings the stories to a close.

If you are a fan of the Wicked Lovely series, this is a must buy. If you would like to branch out into a different paranormal experience or want to find out what all the uproar about YA literature is about, then this would be a good series to start with. To learn more about the series, visit Melissa Marr’s website. I am not including a blurb due to spoilers for the series that are included.

Pale Demon by Kim Harrison
Pale Demon (The Hollows, Book 9)
Pale Demon


I find Harrison’s plots to be exciting and complicated but definitely entertaining. It seems that even though Rachel finds herself in dangerous situations she has the tools to get herself out of a disaster. Harrison’s plots are filled with highs and lows and a character we can’t help but love. There is no doubt in my mind that Harrison will give us the same level of excitement in this book.

Blurb from Goodreads.com:

Condemned to death for black magic and shunned, Rachel Morgan has three days to somehow get to the annual witches convention in San Francisco and clear her name. If she fails, the only way she can escape death is to live in the demonic ever after . . . for ever after.

Banned from the flight lists, Rachel teams up with elven tycoon Trent Kalamack, headed for the West Coast for his own mysterious business. But Rachel isn’t the only passenger along for the ride. Can a witch, an elf, a living vampire, and a pixy in one car survive for over 2,300 miles? And that’s not counting the assassin on their tail.

A fearsome demon walks the sunlight, freed after centuries of torment to slay the innocent and devour souls. But his ultimate prey is Rachel Morgan. While the powerful witch with nerves of steel will do whatever it takes to stay alive, even embracing her own demonic nature may not be enough to save her.

Iron Crowned by Richelle Mead

Iron Crowned (Dark Swan, Book 3)
Iron Crowned
Richelle Mead has earned high acclaim through a little series called Vampire Academy. You may of heard of it. I truly hope readers have not stopped at reading her excellent YA series. One of her adult series has an addition to its catalog today. Iron Crowned is the third book in the Dark Swan series about Eugenie, a shaman who happens to use her powers to work as a Mercenary. She seems to find herself being pursued by demons, fairies, shape-shifters and any other species that could live in the otherworld.

Blurb from Iron Crowned:

Shaman-for-hire Eugenie Markham is the best at banishing entities trespassing in the mortal realm. But as the Thorn Land’s queen, she’s fast running out of ways to end the brutal war devastating her kingdom. Her only hope: the Iron Crown, a legendary object even the most powerful gentry fear…

Who Eugenie can trust is the hardest part. Fairy King Dorian has his own agenda for aiding her search. And Kiyo, her shape-shifter ex-boyfriend, has every reason to betray her along the way. To control the Crown’s ever-consuming powers, Eugenie will have to confront an unimaginable temptation--one that will put her soul and the fate of two worlds in mortal peril…

Hunger Untamed by Pamela Palmer

Hunger Untamed: A Feral Warriors Novel
Hunger Untamed
While I have not personally read Palmer’s Feral Warriors series I’ve heard excellent reviews about them. Though similarities exist between this series and the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward (mainly the names) it feels different. This series has made it onto my to read list. You know I’ll let everyone know if it is worth the hype!

Lauren’s review on the Feral Warriors series from Goodreads.com:

“If you love J.R.Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood or the early Anita Blake books you must read the Feral Warriors books. Pam deftly weaves the hidden world of shape shifting warriors, hot romance, and a non-stop plot into a story I just couldn't put down, even the third time through! “

Blurb from PamelaPalmer.net

For a thousand years she has haunted him—Ariana, queen of the Ilinas, a beauty of mist and light. His love, his life mate... Kougar believed her lost to him forever until the truth of her stunning betrayal left him bitter and hungry for revenge. Now she alone holds the power to save two trapped and desperate Feral Warriors.

Ariana, caught in a deadly battle of her own, is neither the soulless creature Kougar believes her to be, nor the savior he seeks. And when darkness threatens to annihilate both races, the greatest danger of all becomes the glorious love Kougar and Ariana once shared. A love that must never rise again. A love that has never died.

So what are your hot picks for today?

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Saturday Smackdown: Beckett versus Dallas

Literary cops are an enticing breed! Two years ago when Castle debuted, I took one look at the then very shorthaired Stana Katic (actress who portrays Kate Beckett on Castle) and thought Eve Dallas! She was long-legged, rangy, tough and didn’t put up with bull. Like Eve, she had tragedy in her background, being a cop is ingrained into the fabric of her identity and she doesn’t have a lot of patience for fools. The cops that surround them are very much apart of the story as the cases they solve.

Castle: The Complete First Season
Castle

Of course, Beckett has Castle and Eve has Roarke, but not looking for a smackdown between the fine men of New York so much as New York’s finest. So here’s a quick rundown:

Notoriety

Eve Dallas gained notoriety not only for being the leading face in investigating homicides in 22nd century New York, but also for marrying the mysterious and wildly rich Roarke. As Roarke’s wife, Eve gets top billing on the society page.

Kate Beckett gained notoriety when best selling author Richard Castle took an interest in basing his next book on the detective. For Beckett, the author’s interest was a mixed blessing, she’s a fan, but he drives her crazy.

Partnerships

Eve and Roarke work together more often than not on her cases particularly the sick ones where Eve is targeted. Roarke is extremely protective. They’ve had their rough patches, but Eve and Roarke have established a good balance.
Treachery in Death
Treachery in Death

Beckett and Castle work together, at first because her Captain made her work with him. It took time, but trust has built between the pair and after three seasons, they’ve become real partners.

Supporting Cast

Eve is balanced by her partner Peabody and relationships with Mira, Feeney and more. The patchwork quilt of characters that make up the NYPD are as vital to Eve as her relationships with Charles, Mavis and more.

Beckett’s got the Captain, Esposito and Ryan as well as best friend Lanie (the medical examiner). Beckett’s all established relationships within the FBI and locally that come and go.

Character Foils

Heat Wave
Heat Wave
Not everyone in Eve’s life is perfect, her relationship with Somerset (Roarke’s foster father and butler) is one of love/hate and makes for some great comedic moments. Despite his initial misgivings, Somerset is happy that Eve makes Roarke happy, but he still gives her hell.

For Beckett, her relationship with Martha (Castle’s diva mother) is definitely amusing, but not for the same love/hate. Martha likes Kate for Kate and would more than welcome her into Castle’s life.




Cases

They’ve both had their share of crazy cases. Eve typically catches some of the toughest homicides because she is the best in her division. As for Beckett, Esposito comments in the pilot episode of Castle that she has a thing for the freaky ones. Between them, they’ve worked on:

• Serial killer cases
• Family murders disguised as something else
• Cases involving clones
• Cases involving magicians
• Cases that target the cops themselves

Haunted By Their Pasts

This is the toughest category, because as much as Beckett is haunted by solving her mother’s murder, she knew she was loved. Eve has no such recollections of her mother and even worse ones of her father. Abused by her father, Eve killed him at the age of 8, but that memory has haunted and informed her, her entire life. Both are the cops they are because of the tragedies in their past.
Naked in Death (In Death, Book 1)
Naked in Death

Eve and Beckett are the best at what they do, so now it’s time for you to decide. Who is your winner for this week’s Saturday Smackdown? Winner’s choice to choose between a Nikki Heat (the books based on Beckett) or an In Death (about Eve) book.

Don’t forget to make sure I know how to contact you in case you win.

Last week’s smackdown only had one comment, so I’m leaving it open for just a few more days! I have a couple of outstanding gift cards to send out, don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten. Winners will be receiving them by the end of the week!

So let’s go people – it’s Beckett versus Dallas – who is your favorite cop and why?