Saturday, July 30, 2011

And The Winner Is.....

The Winner of "The Trouble With Spells" by Lacey Weatherford is:

Julie!!!


 She has been emailed and given 24 hours to respond.

Thank you to all of the participants and new followers.  I hope to have more contests in the future.

Sapphyria

My Very First Contest!! Now International!! Final Day To Enter!!!!!

To enter to win an ebook of Lacey Weatherford's "The Trouble with Spells" go HERE

To read a review first go HERE

I will draw the winner sometime tonight (I'm in the Easter Standard time zone so it will probably be around 8:00pm).

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Review: Lacey Weatherford's "The Trouble With Spells (Of Witches and Warlocks #1)" + Contest Reminder

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (July 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1463709617
ISBN-13: 978-1463709617
Review copy courtesy of the author.


Blurb:

     Portia Mullins had always lived the life of a normal teenager, up until her sixteenth birthday. She is then informed by her grandma that she is actually a witch who is a descendant of a long line of witches and warlocks. After overcoming her disbelief she finds that being a member of the coven comes with one great perk in the form of the school's handsome bad boy, Vance Mangum. Vance and Portia have an immediate connection as a budding romance begins, only to be threatened by turbulent skies on the horizon as Vance's checkered past rears its ugly head to haunt them. Portia is forced to use her untried powers in defense of everything she loves in a desperate attempt to hold on to the one thing that really matters in her life.

Short Bio:

Lacey Weatherford has always had a love of books. She wanted to become a writer after reading her first Nancy Drew novel at the age of eight.
Lacey resides in the White Mountains of Arizona , where she lives with her wonderful husband, six beautiful children, one son-in-law, and their energetic schnauzer, Sophie. When she's not out supporting one of her kids at their sporting/music events, she spends her time writing, reading, blogging, and reviewing books.

Contact points:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/LMWeatherford
Facebook: Lacey Jackson Weatherford
Facebook Book Fan Page: Of Witches and Warlocks- Paranormal Book Series

Excerpt:

“Hey, baby,” he said, stepping forward, pressing me against the door.
“Hey,” I replied breathlessly, grinning up at him.
He dropped his lips to mine, kissing me hotly, running his hands up into my hair and holding my head tightly to his.
I couldn’t even move, my knees were shaking so badly.   I could feel his kiss like it was running through my whole body, sending little sparks everywhere.  I lifted my hands to grip his shoulders, trying to balance myself.
He seemed to sense my need and moved one of his arms around my waist, pulling our bodies into full contact with one another.
I started to slip mine up around his neck when suddenly he broke the kiss, stepping away.
“I think that’s enough kissing for tonight,” he said, backing slowly away from me.
“Really?” I asked, unable to contain the disappointment that wove through my voice. 
He laughed, lifting his finger to shake it back and forth at me.  “Now, now.  We’ll have none of that tonight!”
“None of what?” I asked, completely confused, watching him as he continued to back away toward his bike.
“No more looking so … kissable!”  He grinned and turned to straddle his motorcycle.  “Go finish your homework!” he added, not leaving me time to reply before he jump-started the loud engine,
He backed out of my driveway, his eyes never leaving me until he turned and zoomed away.
I watched him drive all the way down the street, then stumbled back into the house, trying to collect my senses.
“Who was at the door, Portia?” my mom called out.
“It was Vance,” I answered, continuing toward the stairs.
“What did he want?”
Me, I thought, and a huge smile spread across my face wondering how she would react if I actually said that.
“He was just taking a quick break from his homework and dropped by to say hey,” I answered truthfully.
“Well, that was nice of him."
“Yes it was.” I lifted my fingers to brush my kiss-swollen lips before adding under my breath, “You have no idea how nice.

Sapphyria's Review (Finally!  I know, I know):

OMG--Every word in this book captivated me and caused me great pain when I had to put it down to do the mundane things in life; work, clean, cook, bathe, sleep...You get the idea.  Every paragraph flowed smoothly with the one before it and lead perfectly into the paragraph after it.  Idea and plot changes abound with precision.  The author, Lacey, also does a plot twister than I totally missed until the point blank paragraph presented itself.  When Portia's best friend undergoes an attitude adjustment, my mind totally took the idea and plot shift a completely different direction than what actually happened.  I loved it.  Here I thought I'd figured it all out and was so far off base that I chuckled at myself.

Morally, this is a great book too!  Now, I haven't read the rest of them (although I certainly will be purchasing them here shortly) so that could change but for now we have a book with a few make out sessions and some pretty hot lip-locking but clothing stays on and nothing is consummated.

I 100% recommend this book to anyone that likes Young Adult Paranormal stories....and the ending, well, the ending irritates me(in an "annoying but the author did an excellent job" kind of way)....Total Cliffhanger....
Stay tuned for a review of the next book "The Demon Kiss" as soon as I'm able!!
 
Don't forget to sign up to win an ecopy of this book.  Go HERE and follow the instructions :)  Good Luck.

Rating:  5/5

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

My Very First Contest!! Now International!!

So what would you do*oo*oo for a free ebook? 

I’m actually going to make it pretty easy.  To be entered simply subscribe to Sapphyria’s Book Review Blog (see Google Friend Connect – GFC - to the right), and leave me a comment on this post with your GFC name.  Already a subscriber??  In order to qualify you must also leave a comment!  
Winner will be drawn on Saturday, July 30, 2011.  I will email the winner so please make sure to leave a contact email in your comment.  This book will be provided to you via Smashwords and I have the link and free code. 
Open to US and International!!! :)

Okay, so what do you win? 

I received an extra copy of “The Trouble With Spells” by Lacey Weatherford and have been given permission to give it away!  See information about Lacey and her book below:


Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (July 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1463709617
ISBN-13: 978-1463709617
Genre: Young Adult
Review copy courtesy of the author.


Blurb: 

Portia Mullins had always lived the life of a normal teenager, up until her sixteenth birthday. She is then informed by her grandma that she is actually a witch who is a descendant of a long line of witches and warlocks. After overcoming her disbelief she finds that being a member of the coven comes with one great perk in the form of the school's handsome bad boy, Vance Mangum. Vance and Portia have an immediate connection as a budding romance begins, only to be threatened by turbulent skies on the horizon as Vance's checkered past rears its ugly head to haunt them. Portia is forced to use her untried powers in defense of everything she loves in a desperate attempt to hold on to the one thing that really matters in her life.

Short Bio: 

Lacey Weatherford has always had a love of books. She wanted to become a writer after reading her first Nancy Drew novel at the age of eight.
Lacey resides in the White Mountains of Arizona , where she lives with her wonderful husband, six beautiful children, one son-in-law, and their energetic schnauzer, Sophie. When she's not out supporting one of her kids at their sporting/music events, she spends her time writing, reading, blogging, and reviewing books.

Contact points:
Facebook: Lacey Jackson Weatherford
Facebook Book Fan Page: Of Witches and Warlocks- Paranormal Book Series

Excerpt:

“Hey, baby,” he said, stepping forward, pressing me against the door.
“Hey,” I replied breathlessly, grinning up at him.
He dropped his lips to mine, kissing me hotly, running his hands up into my hair and holding my head tightly to his.
I couldn’t even move, my knees were shaking so badly.   I could feel his kiss like it was running through my whole body, sending little sparks everywhere.  I lifted my hands to grip his shoulders, trying to balance myself.
He seemed to sense my need and moved one of his arms around my waist, pulling our bodies into full contact with one another.
I started to slip mine up around his neck when suddenly he broke the kiss, stepping away.
“I think that’s enough kissing for tonight,” he said, backing slowly away from me.
“Really?” I asked, unable to contain the disappointment that wove through my voice. 
He laughed, lifting his finger to shake it back and forth at me.  “Now, now.  We’ll have none of that tonight!”
“None of what?” I asked, completely confused, watching him as he continued to back away toward his bike.
“No more looking so … kissable!”  He grinned and turned to straddle his motorcycle.  “Go finish your homework!” he added, not leaving me time to reply before he jump-started the loud engine,
He backed out of my driveway, his eyes never leaving me until he turned and zoomed away.
I watched him drive all the way down the street, then stumbled back into the house, trying to collect my senses.
“Who was at the door, Portia?” my mom called out.
“It was Vance,” I answered, continuing toward the stairs.
“What did he want?”
Me, I thought, and a huge smile spread across my face wondering how she would react if I actually said that.
“He was just taking a quick break from his homework and dropped by to say hey,” I answered truthfully.
“Well, that was nice of him."
“Yes it was.” I lifted my fingers to brush my kiss-swollen lips before adding under my breath, “You have no idea how nice.
Saph Notes:
I am at the 70% read mark of this book and it is fantastic!  I have a hard time not reading at inappropriate times (like when I'm working!) because it is that good.  I will post a full review when I'm done!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Review: "My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon"


“My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon” details:

Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (December 26, 2007)
ISBN-10: 0312375042
ASIN: B001UE71F2
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1 inches
Review copy courtesy of my bookshelf.

This book contains 9 short stories:

"Stalked" by Kelley Armstrong

"Heorot" by Jim Butcher

"Roman Holiday, or SPO-arrrrrr" by Rachel Caine

"Her Mother's Daughter" by P.N. Elrod

"Newlydeads" by Caitlin Kittredge

"Wher the Heart Lives" by Marjorie M. Liu

"Cat Got Your Tongue?" by Katie MacAlister

This story is about Joy and Rafael from Book 1 "A Girl's Guide to Vampires.  It was published between Book 5 "The Last of the Red Hot Vampires" and Book 6 "Zen and the Art of Vampires."
"Half of Being Married" by Lilith Saintcrow


"A Wulf in Groom's Clothing" by Ronda Thompson


I didn't read all of the stories in this book when I read it last year.....Now that I recognize more authors besides Katie MacAlister, I will probably read the book again and see where my rating is.  I was kind of disappointed in the story from Katie MacAlister, but only because it seemed rushed.  It explained a lot about Rafael and his aversion to the supernatural but I would have liked to see it expanded a touch more; too much crammed into such a small number of pages.


Rating:  3/5

Review: "Just One Sip"


“Just One Sip” details:
Mass Market Paperback: 338 pages
Publisher: Love Spell (October 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 050552659X
ISBN-13: 978-0505526595
Review copy courtesy of my bookshelf.


This is a 3 story novella by different authors:

"Viva Las Vampires" by Jennifer Ashely
Synopsis:  A sunbathing vamp in Vegas?  No way!  Meredith Black is absolutely positive the tanned god with the gorgeous smile couldn't haven't possibly made her his for eternity with just one glance.  But he'll sure have fun proving it.

Pretty entertaining and easy read.


"Bring Out Your Dead" by Katie MacAlister
Synopsis:  Battling a demon lord is all in a day's work for the Dark One Sebastian.  But now he must take on a horde of unhappy zombies and an obnoxious, know-it-all teen vampire if wants to win the hand of the one woman who can make him whole.


This Kate Mac story comes between Book 4 "Even Vampires Get the Blues" and Book 5 "The Last of the Red Hot Vampires" and actually picks up where Book 3 "Sex, Lies, and Vampires" left off.  This short Dark Ones story contains a nice little love triangle.  It brings together Sebastian, Ysabelle, and Noelle the Guardian.  According the author's website, this started out being the book that brings Sebastian and Noelle together, but apparently Noelle was being difficult.


"Lucy and the Crypt Casanova" by Minda Webber
Synopsis:  Talk show host Lucy Campbell has made a career of interviewing Druid witches, trolls, and an occasional goblin.  But now she wants more.  Only she wasn't expecting to get involved with a vampire detective who has a slight incubus problem.

A spirited story about 2 former lovers brought back together while both are hunting down an incubus loose in the city where they live.

Not bad stories really.  I enjoyed them.

Rating:  4/5

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Review: Eternal: More Love Stories with Bite

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Smart Pop; 1 edition (November 2, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9781935618010
ISBN-13: 978-1935618010
ASIN: 1935618016
Review copy courtesy of the local library.

This book contains 6 short stories:

"Bloodshed" by Claudia Gray.
Interesting but not overly exciting.

"Say Yes" by Lili St. Crow
Not a bad little story with a twist.

"Letters to Romeo" by Nancy Holder
A creative take on Romeo and Juliet involving a vampire in modern times.

"The Other Side" by Heather Brewer
Awesome, awesome, awesome.....Very surprising ending :)

"Drama Queen's Last Dance" by Rachel Caine
Loved it! But then again I love the Morganville Vampire books.

"Thief" by Jeri Smith-Ready
Didn't get beyond the 2nd page of the story...sorry :(

 
Rating:  3.5/5


 

Review: "Immortal Love Stories With Bite"




Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: BenBella Books (August 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9781933771922
ISBN-13: 978-1933771922
ASIN: 1933771925
Review copy courtesy of the local library.


This book contains 8 short stories:

"Haunted Love" by Cynthia Leitich Smith
This is a neat story about a vampire, a ghost, and someone who isn't what she seems.

"Amber Smoke" by Kristin Cast
An interesting twist on vampirism and Greek mythology with the ability to alter time and space.

"Dead Man Stalking" by Rachel Caine
Welcome to a Morganville Vampires short story with Shane, his dad, and....zombies??

"Table Manners" by Tanith Lee
What if the traditional vampire rules where more psychological than fact?

"Blue Moon" by Richelle Mead
A vampire has been born (on the day of a Blue Moon) with the power to be able to create humans as strong as, and capable of destroying, vampires.

"Changed" by Nancy Holder
Post-apocalyptic New York (when the apocalypse involves vampires) cause 2 friends to make a decision that will kill them both.

"Binge" by Rachel Vincent
A story about a leanan sidhe (a life-giving spirit that inspires artists, like musicians) and her best friend the siren (a seductively beautiful or charming woman, one who beguiles men) and a lesson on how not to kill the men in your lives.

"Free" by Claudia Gray
Explanation of how Patrice (from the Evernight series) became a vampire.

Rating:  4/5

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Review: Felicia Rogers’ "The Key"




Format: Kindle Edition                     -OR-         Paperback: 236 pages
File Size: 367 KB                                             Publisher: CreateSpace (1/24/11)
Publisher: Solstice Publishing (12/16/10)           Language: English
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services                       ISBN-10: 1456577182
                                                                          ISBN-13: 978-1456577186
Review copy courtesy of the author.

Synopsis:

            A teenage girl suffering from a family tragedy, Maddie Clevenger is oblivious to the ancient mystery surrounding her.  She’s young and incredibly unlucky, in life and in love.  She should be enjoying her senior year of high school, but instead she is tormented by a reoccurring nightmare and a very real stalker.  But all that changes when Chase Donovan, an Air Force brat with a protective streak, shows up at school.  Will Chase be the key to helping her solve her stalker problem?  Will he be the key to solving the mystery surrounding her family’s past?

First, I’d like to start by saying that I love YA novels.  “The Key” combines the paranormal with mystery and I enjoy both elements separately and together.  I was hooked on this novel as I made my way through the beginning chapters. Teenage drama, popularity contests, angst, possible 3-way love triangle and the like filled the first 8 chapters.  Then Chapter 9 happened!

The plot became choppy and rushed.  Transitions within the storyline became a bit uncomfortable to me and they didn’t flow smoothly.  Introductions of the otherworldly creatures seemed unrealistic rather than written in a fashion that truly made me believe that they were real.

However, the choppiness and spots of discomfort eventually smoothed back out into a nicely flowing ancestral mystery that is revealed in the modern day.  The sparks between Chase & Maddie scream teenage love; although one action happens a little too quickly for me—not sex—this is a PG book.  Chase & Dougal have a great hero vs. villain relationship.  Maddie & Dougal are just plain conflicted.

In the end, all of the secrets were revealed, souls redeemed, love lost, and crisis averted.
Not too shabby for a couple of clueless teenagers!

Rating:  4/5

 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

INTERVIEW & Giveaway With Bertena Varney, Author of "Lure of the Vampire: A Pop Culture Reference Book of Lists, Websites, and Very Personal Essays (Volume 1)”


Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Search for the Lure (June 22, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615501567
ISBN-13: 978-0615501567
Review copy courtesy of the author, Bertena Varney, MA.


I am honored today to interview Bertena Varney, MA about her recent publication “Lure of the Vampire.”  Please read on…..

Saph:  #1.  When did you first realize your love for vampires?

Bertena:  I think I was born loving vampires.  When I was little I loved the Count from Sesame Street, read Bunnicula, and ate Count Chocula cereal.  I thought that was natural.  I remember sneaking up one night and seeing Bela Lugosi's “Dracula” and was mesmerized.  Then this show called “Cliffhanger” came on TV- remember… there were only 3 television channels in the 1970's.

Well, “Cliffhanger” did a western, vampire, and sci-fi show each week.  It would switch from one to the other.  I loved it.  There was a professor names Alucard- get it?  -- Dracula spelled backwards.  I loved the show and can't find it but I did find the actor who played Alucard a few years ago on one of my other favorite television shows- NCIS.  He now plays Ziva's dad on the show.

I spent the last of elementary grades playing Dracula on the playground.  I played Mina and I was mad that I didn't get to bite the little boys...  or er… vampires.
I spent high school watching all the goofy 80's vampire shows like “My Best Friend is a Vampire”, “Once Bitten”, and “Vampire’s Kiss.”  But, my love increased even more when “The Lost Boys” came out.

So, to answer your questions…I think I was born loving them!

Saph:  I also loved the Count from Sesame Street and to this day my mom and I still mimic some of his phrases.  Bunnicula is a book I still have on my bookshelf from when I was a child.  “My Best Friend is a Vampire” and “Once Bitten” are 2 of the greatest Vampire comedy movies from the 80’s and I love “The Lost Boys.”  “Love at First Bite” with George Hamilton (1979) is another comedy favorite of mine, too.


Saph:  #2.  Who is your all-time favorite actor to have portrayed Dracula?

Bertena:  That's funny that you should ask that.  I have a section in my book that lists all the actors that have played the actual character of Dracula.  I was amazed at some who played him such as Jack Palance and Jon Carradine.  But, I think my favorite has to be between Gary Oldman and Gerard Butler.  I know a lot of people didn't like Gerard Butler in Dracula 2000 but I really enjoyed the modern Dracula as well as the traditional one.  I of course love Christopher Lee and Bela Lugosi...
But, really that's what my book is all about- so many vampires, so many Draculas-- why pick just one :)

Saph:  I really enjoyed Richard Roxburgh in “Van Helsing” but it was more for his comedic qualities than the actual portrayal of Dracula.  I guess I don’t really have an all-time favorite because I love them all.  


Saph:  #3.  What is your all-time favorite vampire movie?

Bertena:  OK again with the favorite. 

Saph:   I’m an inquiring mind and yes….I wanna know!  Lol.

Bertena:  Well, it depends upon the mood I am in.  I never tire of “The Lost Boys”, I love “Bram Stoker's Dracula”, and I liked Alyssa Milano's “Embrace of the Vampire”.  I know it's soft core porn but every now and then you need bad movies so that you can enjoy the good ones too.
While making the list in my book it was very hard to narrow them down to mostly American and some British films.  The vampire has thousands of films so while making the list I chose my favorite plus some of the more popular movies as well.

 Saph:  “The Lost Boys” is hands down, one of my all-time favorites. 


Saph:  #4. 
What is your all-time favorite vampire book?

Bertena:  I love the “Sookie Stackhouse” books.  Readers either like them or hate them and I love them.  I love “Blue Blood” by Melissa dela Cruz and Rene Lyons’ “Templar Vampire Series”.
I have a section in my book on young adult, adult, children, and anime/manga books.  I added my favorites there but also books that I enjoyed from my friends who are authors.  And six of those authors contributed essays to the book so check those essays out and then look up their books.  I chose ones that wrote each type of book- nonfiction, traditional, erotic, young adult, vampire romance, and sci-fi vampires.  Their info is in the back of the book under the contributor section.

Saph:  I adore the Sookie Stackhouse books and have them all except the newest release (My set is all paperback so I have to wait for it to be released as such).  I also love Katie MacAlister’s “Dark Ones” series and have all of the books (and have the next one on pre-order).  Your list of literature in your novel is vast and I’ve read quite a few of them and the ones that I haven’t will be added to my “To Be Read” list.


Saph:  #5.  What was the peer reaction when you decided to do a paper on vampires to complete your Masters Degree?

Bertena:  Well, considering I was finishing up my 20th year in college (I had spent the last 10 years taking one class at a time) I really didn't have peers.  I ran out of classes after working on so many degrees that I simply went to a professor who was suggested to me and she allowed me to do it.  There's an essay in the book about that too.
When I started doubting myself - (I am my worst enemy) - I found several universities who were teaching vampire related classes as well as offering advanced degrees in Pop Culture- Ohio State, UCLA, and Bowling Green State have them.  Unfortunately, they were nowhere even close to where I lived.  So, I had to compromise.
People still don't understand.  I get weird looks.  I get comments about it not being real…well, it is a program offered at many schools, just not here.


Bertena:  Thank you for having me today.  I hope that each of you read my book and decide for yourself the type of vampire that is for you.  This book provides examples of mythological, historical, fictional, and real life that are molded either from the traditional vampire or the modern vampire.

I find people argue over that way too much.  It's like "My vampires better than yours" when really it shouldn’t be.”There are varying amounts of vampires for all of us to love"

I have really enjoyed this and hope that you have me back sometime.
Thank you

Saph:  Bertena, thank you so much for joining me today!  I’m glad you were able to spend some time answering my questions and hanging out on my blog.  Thank you for being my very first author to interview.  Good luck on the success of your book—I know I’m promoting it on here and other outlets.


DON'T FORGET TO STOP BY MY REVIEW OF "LURE OF THE VAMPIRE" FOUND HERE!! 
All comments here or on the review blog will be entered to win a .pdf of "Lure of the Vampire!!


About the author

Bertena Varney is from Winchester, KY and currently resides in Bowling Green, KY. She attended Morehead State University where she received the following degrees:
- B.A. in Social Science and Education - M.A. in Social Science and Education
- M.A. in Sociology and Criminology - Rank 2 Secondary Education Certification

While in college She used all of her extra essays, projects and independent study classes to study vampires in pop culture….thus the creation of Lure of the Vampire.
She has been employed as a middle and high school as well as college instructor. Here past employers include Morehead State University.  She has been employed Morehead State University, Eastern Kentucky University, and National College and will be lecturing at Bowling Green Community College in the fall.
Currently she is planning her lecture tour schedule. In the past she has presented papers at conference such as Sirens in Vail, Colorado, and The Harry Potter Witching Hour in Salem, Mass. Currently she is scheduled for ScareFest, Dance on the Dark Side and A Day of Mystical Blood Lust.
She is also planning to begin a vampirology course based upon her studies of vampires in pop culture.

She can be found on Facebook here- http://on.fb.me/g8C0Zr
Her writing website is www.bertenavarney.com
Her vampire research website is http://searchforthelure.webs.com
Twitter @tenavarney
To sign up for her newsletter go here... http://eepurl.com/exZYQ


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Menage A Blog! Lacey Weatherford's "The Trouble With Spells"

Menage a Trois?  No.  Menage a Blog!

3 authors per day for 5 days will compete in a flirt to the finish blog hop.  They will be wooing readers with free ebooks at each stop, as well as a chance to win a Kindle and special author prizes! 

Readers start at one blog then click along the daisy chain.  All of the authors are connected in a loop.  You can move forward or backward.

Everyone who comments on an author blog during the duration of the tour will get a free copy of that author's book--You must leave an email address please!!  Likewise, anyone who comments on a blogger's blog during the duration of the tour will also get a free copy of that book --Again you must leave me an email address!! 




Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (July 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1463709617
ISBN-13: 978-1463709617
Review copy courtesy of the author.


Blurb: 

Portia Mullins had always lived the life of a normal teenager, up until her sixteenth birthday. She is then informed by her grandma that she is actually a witch who is a descendant of a long line of witches and warlocks. After overcoming her disbelief she finds that being a member of the coven comes with one great perk in the form of the school's handsome bad boy, Vance Mangum. Vance and Portia have an immediate connection as a budding romance begins, only to be threatened by turbulent skies on the horizon as Vance's checkered past rears its ugly head to haunt them. Portia is forced to use her untried powers in defense of everything she loves in a desperate attempt to hold on to the one thing that really matters in her life.

Short Bio: 

Lacey Weatherford has always had a love of books. She wanted to become a writer after reading her first Nancy Drew novel at the age of eight.
Lacey resides in the White Mountains of Arizona , where she lives with her wonderful husband, six beautiful children, one son-in-law, and their energetic schnauzer, Sophie. When she's not out supporting one of her kids at their sporting/music events, she spends her time writing, reading, blogging, and reviewing books.

Contact points:
Facebook: Lacey Jackson Weatherford
Facebook Book Fan Page: Of Witches and Warlocks- Paranormal Book Series

Excerpt:

“Hey, baby,” he said, stepping forward, pressing me against the door.
“Hey,” I replied breathlessly, grinning up at him.
He dropped his lips to mine, kissing me hotly, running his hands up into my hair and holding my head tightly to his.
I couldn’t even move, my knees were shaking so badly.   I could feel his kiss like it was running through my whole body, sending little sparks everywhere.  I lifted my hands to grip his shoulders, trying to balance myself.
He seemed to sense my need and moved one of his arms around my waist, pulling our bodies into full contact with one another.
I started to slip mine up around his neck when suddenly he broke the kiss, stepping away.
“I think that’s enough kissing for tonight,” he said, backing slowly away from me.
“Really?” I asked, unable to contain the disappointment that wove through my voice. 
He laughed, lifting his finger to shake it back and forth at me.  “Now, now.  We’ll have none of that tonight!”
“None of what?” I asked, completely confused, watching him as he continued to back away toward his bike.
“No more looking so … kissable!”  He grinned and turned to straddle his motorcycle.  “Go finish your homework!” he added, not leaving me time to reply before he jump-started the loud engine,
He backed out of my driveway, his eyes never leaving me until he turned and zoomed away.
I watched him drive all the way down the street, then stumbled back into the house, trying to collect my senses.
“Who was at the door, Portia?” my mom called out.
“It was Vance,” I answered, continuing toward the stairs.
“What did he want?”
Me, I thought, and a huge smile spread across my face wondering how she would react if I actually said that.
“He was just taking a quick break from his homework and dropped by to say hey,” I answered truthfully.
“Well, that was nice of him."
“Yes it was.” I lifted my fingers to brush my kiss-swollen lips before adding under my breath, “You have no idea how nice.


A NOTE FROM SAPPHYRIA:

I must confess—I wasn’t able to finish the book in time for the Menage A Blog tour (insert  frowny-face here).
Not because it’s bad—It isn’t—I love it so far!!….I just got behind in my obligations.  I still want to promote Lacey and “The Trouble With Spells” in today’s line-up. 
I will post a proper review soon—I can’t put the book down (which has made my job and domestic duties big problems….lol).

 


 





Review & Giveaway: Bertena Varney’s "Lure of the Vampire: A Pop Culture Reference Book of Lists, Websites and Very Personal Essays (Volume 1)”




Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Search for the Lure (June 22, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615501567
SBN-13: 978-0615501567
Review copy courtesy of the author, Bertena Varney, MA.

Synopsis:

     Lure of the Vampire is a pop culture reference book that begins with history and mythology and ends with modern living vampires. The author has provided "fun" lists like the "Powers of Dracula, Real Live Vampire Murders, Television Shows and African Americans who have Played Vampires. There are also websites in each section that show the most popular vampire books and even children's shows and books. But, there is a personal twist when it comes to Lure of the Vampire. The author has provided personal essays from national and international vampire authors as well as her own. They range from a personal look at vampires in mythology to the romantic lust filled vampire.

Essays are from the following authors:
- Denise Verrico - David MacDowell Blue - Charles E. Butler - C.J. Ellisson – BittenTwice – Elizabeth Loraine

Interviews from:
- Vampiric Council of New England - Vlad the Gothic Vampire Magician - Audrey Koogler, Vampire Priestess - Hugo Pecos, creator of The Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency

      Lure of the Vampire is great for any writer who would like to find fun facts to give their vampires in their story. For example, what powers have vampires in mythology possessed or the first literary vampires? Well, there is a section for that. What if you are a vampire fan who is looking for new YA or adult authors, well there is section with titles, authors and their websites. What about games? There is a section there too.
Lure of the Vampire is so fun to have that you will spend hours researching the links as well as the contributors of the various authors.
Sections include the following: Mythology, History, Literature, Movies, Television, Recreation, Children’s Vampires, On the Web, Education, and Real Life Vampires. There are lists, websites, essays, and interviews included in the book.

Lure of the Vampire: A Pop Culture Reference Book of Lists, Websites, and "Very Telling" Personal Essays is a perfect quick to grab reference book for the vampire fan or author. It's concise enough to assist you in finding links to what you are looking for without our being too cumbersome and confusing.

 About the author

Bertena Varney was born in Pikeville, KY. She moved to Winchester, KY where she attended George Rogers Clark High School. When she graduated in 1989 she began her studies at Morehead State University. Her studies included the following:
- B.A. in Social Science and Education
- M.A. in Social Science and Education
- M.A. in Sociology and Criminology
- Rank 2 Secondary Education
Certification

She used all of her extra essays, projects and independent study classes to study vampires in pop culture. Thus the creation of Lure of the Vampire.

She has worked in education as both a middle and high school teacher and college professor. She has also been a deparment director in a business college, and
...moreBertena Varney is from Winchester, KY and currently resides in Bowling Green, KY. She attended Morehead State University where she received the following degrees:
- B.A. in Social Science and Education - M.A. in Social Science and Education
- M.A. in Sociology and Criminology - Rank 2 Secondary Education Certification

While in college She used all of her extra essays, projects and independent study classes to study vampires in pop culture….thus the creation of Lure of the Vampire.
She has been employed as a middle and high school as well as college instructor. Here past employers include Morehead State University.  She has been employed Morehead State University, Eastern Kentucky University and National College and will be lecturing at Bowling Green Community College in the fall.
Currently she is planning her lecture tour schedule. In the past she has presented papers at conference such as Sirens in Vail, Colorado and The Harry Potter Witching Hour in Salem, Mass. Currently she is scheduled for ScareFest, Dance on the Dark Side and A Day of Mystical Blood Lust.
She is also planning to begin a vampirology course based upon her studies of vampires in pop culture.



She can be found on Facebook here- http://on.fb.me/g8C0Zr
Her writing website is www.bertenavarney.com
Her vampire research website is http://searchforthelure.webs.com
Twitter @tenavarney
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SAPPHYRIA’S REVIEW

Lure of the Vampire is an informative voyage through the many lives of the vampire; origins in the 1800’s through the morphing of Dracula into the modern age.  The amount of research Ms. Varney has done on the subject of vampires is vast, making this book a “must have” for anyone who loves vampires—like myself!

Some interesting points noted in the book:
  
  • Eastern European folklore inspired several legends associated with vampires.  However, the act of vampire biting a victim in order to turn them into a vampire more of a modern idea.
  • There is a section that connects vampirism with religion; Hebrew mythology and Judeo-Christianity.
  • Lists of vampire murderers, various historical areas, and true origins of vampires.
  • Ms. Varney has also compiled a list of books, movies, and TV shows about vampires. 
My love for vampires came at an early age; think “Lost Boys” circa 1987 (I was 11), and has grown over the years.  My obsession for everything vampire has included Dark Shadows (the original show, the remake, and the movies), 1970’s versions of Dracula movies (of which I own), Underworld and the sequels, the book Bunnicula (which currently sits on my bookshelf), and a never-ending “To Be Read” list of vampire books by some of today’s hottest authors, just to name a few.  This written vampiric voyage by Bertena Varney investigates, unravels, and highlights so much about vampires and their popularity making “Lure of the Vampire” a great reference tool for scholars, hardcore fans, and novices.

***MAKE SURE YOU COME BACK TOMORROW, JULY 20, 2011, FOR MY INTERVIEW WITH MS. BERTENA VARNEY--AUTHOR OF "LURE OF THE VAMPIRE"*** 


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I give this book a 5/5.