Sunday, July 18, 2010

Midnight Musings and Pleasant Surprises (Prizes?)

Isn't sit funny when you sit down to read a good book that you've heard an absurd amount of buzz (from either your blogging buddies or the girls at work)? The hard part of the whole situation is two fold. Either you get so excited to get going or you worry about being let down.
Where do you set your expectations?
Once in a while, you get the whole enchilada...
(Great, now I'm hungry.)

Take the Black Dagger Brotherhood. The first time I encountered the Brothers, I am ashamed to admit, I wasn't impressed at first. Vampires have taken on so many different characteristics in the last few years, from the dark, brooding yet entirely misunderstood battered soul to the bloody, vicious demons. Did I really want to dive into yet another person's version of the Count ?

Back on the shelf went the unwilling King. Until a friend bothered me to borrow from her now personal library (my fines aren't as high *wink*). The following day, I swear she was drooling and shaking her head at me like I was crazy to not have read this steamy masterpiece.

Still, I resisted. Until I gave in at the library one day. Lover Avenged (and my not so little mohawked Rehv....sigh) joined a few other choice pieces in my go green library bag. Feel free to pause here and enjoy the view.

And I was lost. (No thanks, in part to the Twitter conspiracy that refused to let me forget! You know who you are, my dears!) The reading frenzy and frantic searches for all the Brothers' at every bookstore (new and used) began, all the while getting crazy looks not so cleverly hidden from my husband. And I read the rest in order. (Kinda proud of myself!)

Vampires who were hot, hunky, and knew how to dress? Swoon! Oh, yeah, the ink and such didn't hurt the fan yourself factor, either.

I even spread the insanity to the girls at work. Yep, I'm officially a book pimp, as well. Sometimes I worry I may be corrupting them all too well. Then I laugh evilly.

And, my favorite Brother...sigh...that's between me, and him! Mostly because I can't always choose just one.

So, really, there are two final thoughts I'd like to impart with you.

The first, maybe its not always the right time for us to meet our favorite vampire (or Barrons, but that's another story *grin*). The stars need to sometimes align and then, it just works,

And the final (which is a two parter) is it is okay to not always start at the beginning. Because, as you may or may not know, it can be sometimes a tad trying to get the correct reading order. (Insert pout here.)

Did someone say prize?! (Looks around) Wait. That was me!

To win some yummy series goodness, just leave a witty comment below featuring your favorite buzzed about series that you fell under the spell of and why. Please be sure to leave your email (or send it privately, if you prefer). Winner gets the choice of either Dark Challenge by Christine Feehan or Lover Revealed (Oh, Butch!). You get an extra entry for following, as well! Contest ends July 30th.

And if I reach 50 followers, double your pleasure...two winners. Thanks for stopping by and joining me! I can't wait to read your thoughts and maybe find myself a new addiction...

Now I must be off to play with the puppy and her (whispers) B-A-L-L while shimmy drills ensue!!!


  1. Wooo! New layout! Love the background!

    I have a hard time reading a series out of order. If I know that there's a book before the one I'm about to read I can't do it. I just sits in the back of my mind until I have to put the book down lol. I'm neurotic when it comes to books!

    I must admit, when I first picked up Dark Lover and read the back I had my doubts. It did not sound like anything I would read, how wrong was I! I was sucked in and couldn't get enough of the brothers!

    I could never pick my favourite brother! I say, one for each day of the week!

    Kelley Armstrong's WoTO series is another one that took me by surprise! I can't really explain why, but Kelley Armstrong has created these fantastic characters and storylines that you can't help but get enthralled by!

  2. The Millenium series is my fav buzzed about series. The Girl With Teh Dragon Tattoo books.

    nedsped at gmail dot com

  3. My to die for Vampire Is arheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon he is in all her Dark Hunter book but now he as his own book name Arheron of Course.Love them.I of Course have all of Christine Feehan's book but would love to win Lover Revealed.
    I'm a Follower

  4. I love the Shifter series by Rachel Vincent. It was the first time I had read a series that featured werecats. I love the interaction between Faythe and her family. I can't wait to read the last book in the series, to see how it all ends.

  5. I got hooked on Keri Arthur's Riley Jensen series. I really hated to see it come to an end. Riley was someone that really kept you hopping.

    jellybelly82158 at gmail dot com

  6. I fell under the spell of Twilight and have been trying to read more paranormal stuff ever since.


  7. Hey there!! WOW!!! Welcome to anyone new, and *waves* hi there, old friends!

    Beth- Thanks *blushes* I like it better. More me, I hope. And I almost have my kick booty button grabbable (you know my tech diffies).

    The Brothers Rock - Hard (everyday of the week!)

    Books and Bane - I have wanted to read that so awfully bad. But it keeps getting farther away...I want! (Hi!)

    Stacey- How can you not love Acheron (I also started this one at the end-ish). I love a tortured soul...(*waves*)

    Stephanie (HELLOOOO!) I keep trying to get the first one, but my bookstore is always out. GRR....TBR pile wannabe!

    jellybelly82158 (I lurve jelly belly's...just sayin!) This may be a new one for me. Research time *jumps up and down*

    Julie, I love Twilight, even if I returned it the first time. I know, shame on me. Team Alice (for my husband *wink*)

    Amanda, I know you are out there, bc not all comments on are on yet, but, my lil rockstar, *HUGS*

  8. I absolutely LOVE the Lords of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter. It is a paranormal romance series and the main characters each have a demon inside them but they are actually the good guys despite that. Such a good series.
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  9. I so agree!! I think everyone has a little good and bad...and with the Lords, its the perfect mix!!

  10. I got hooked on Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series from the very first book. So much gorgeous man-candy...yum! I especially liked Talon. Then I started reading Christine Feehan's Dark series and got hooked on them! I would like to read "Lover Revealed".
    I follow via GFC.

  11. I can't wait for Beautiful Darkness, the next book in the Caster Chronicles!

    And I'm a new follower =)

  12. I got hooked on the Demon Slayer books by Angie Fox. I can't wait until the next one comes out, I believe it is the last.

    I am a follower too.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  13. I'm a follower.

    The series that hooked me quick was the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. I read every one of the books as I received them, each in a single sitting, even if it kept me up until 5am in the morning!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com


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