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Playing With Fire-Deet’s Keeper Shelves

These are some of my favorite books that will always be on my Keeper Shelves.  There are books and series by Kleypas, Quinn, Long, McLean, Reynolds, Adrian, Harris, Balogh, Wildes, Duran ,  Sands, etc. Every year I discover fabulous new to me authors. Now many are on my Kindle and they are not up on a shelf.  Do you have favorites that you won’t part with?(I took these photos playing with my Kindle Fire)

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Interview With-D.B. Reynolds, author

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Welcome to La Deetda Reads, D.B., As my followers are well aware, I have been following your Vampires In America series since the first book and have been totally hooked and now I look forward to your Stone Warriors series and The SHIFTER PLANET series. I’m delighted you can join us today so we can get to know you even better. 

  1. What (or who) inspired you to write the first VIA book RAPHAEL?RAPHAEL

I was working on another story, when a totally unrelated scene popped into my head. It was the scene that would become the opening scene of Raphael, and it was fully fleshed out, complete with the woman’s elaborate dress—the woman who would become Alexandra—the mood of the room, the piano, everything. But the key to the scene was when the petite woman says to her much larger captor, “He’ll kill you for this.” It was her complete certainty in whoever “he” was that made me want to write the book. I wanted to create a character who lived up to the woman’s confidence. And that character was Raphael.

2. Do you write from a plot outline (Plotter) or does your story unfold as you write (Pantzer)?

I write a fairly detailed outline, complete with really comprehensive character profiles. My books stay fairly true to the general outline, but I’m not wedded to it. I’m willing to take the characters in a different direction or introduce a new subplot if it fits as the story progresses.

3.Where do you write?

I do almost all of my writing in my home office, in the middle of the night, on my big comfortable chair, with Buffy on the TV, and the sound muted.

4.Do you have a guilty pleasure?

Honestly, as long as my pleasures don’t hurt anyone else, there’s nothing to feel guilty about. There are certain movies that I’ve watched over and over again, and they’re all action-adventure, and fairly violent. I love ice cream, and I always have some as a midnight snack when I’m writing. And then I climb on my elliptical to burn it off. Is the elliptical my favorite activity? Hell, no. Not even close! My favorite activity is reading. Some people can read and elliptical at the same time, but not me. I watch one of my movies or TV shows!

5. What is your favorite place to visit?

Oh, that’s a tough one. My darling husband and I have traveled all over the world, and seen some amazing cities and places. I love Paris, but then who doesn’t? It’s a beautiful city, with so much to offer. And I’d love to go back to Wales, maybe rent a cottage for six months and write a book. But probably my favorite place to visit is a beautiful hotel on the Pacific Ocean, with a room right on the sand so I can hear the waves and open the windows to the wonderful balmy air. And have nothing to do but sip tropical drinks, read a good book (or three) and sleep as long as I want.

6. What is your essential piece of kitchen equipment or gadget?

This is subject to change, and has been very different in the not so distant past, but right now, at this point in my life, my essential piece of kitchen equipment is the microwave!

7. What is your favorite way to relax?

Reading. Preferably curled up somewhere comfortable, with nothing on the schedule, and no place to be.

8. Your new series, The Stone Warriors, is debuting with the first book DAMIAN.  How many books are there to be in this series?  Will we have more of that hunky wizard, Nick, who has made an appearance in your novella, COMPELLED?

The series will be five books, one for each of the four warriors—beginning with DAMIAN—and then the final book for Nick. And, yes, Nick will appear in every book, because he’s the tie that binds all of the warriors together.

9.After DAMIAN, What comes next in the series and when can we expect it to release?

The second book in the series is teased at the end of DAMIAN (naturally!) It will be THE STONE WARRIORS: KATO, and features the second, and youngest, of Nick warriors, Kato Amadi. As for the release date, it looks like Summer 2017.

10. We are all excited about DAMIAN but those of us die-hard fans of the vampires want to know about the next book in the Vampires In America Series.

 The next Vampires in America book will be LUCIFER, and will release in November 2016. Lucifer is a very powerful vampire, who possesses a unique ability that makes him a superb hunter. Put him a trail and he never misses his prey. But this time his prey isn’t a renegade vampire, it’s Colin Murphy, and it’s not a hunt, it’s a rescue.

Thanks for being with us today D.B.!

You can get your copy of DAMIAN here:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1UtgLRr

Google: http://bit.ly/24ujsVQ

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1SXzVzL

B&N: http://bit.ly/1OnX9h2

Apple: http://apple.co/1Xo4waW

 For more about D.B. Reynolds and her books go to http://dbreynolds.com

Coming tomorrow Deet’s review of The Stone Warriors:Damian

 

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Recent Release Review-CHRISTIAN by D.B. Reynolds

Title:  Christian (Vampires In America: The Vampire Wars, book #10)

Christian

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Author: D.B. Reynolds

Publisher: ImaJinn, Nov. 15, 2015

Pages: 260

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:         

They want him dead and her enslaved . . . Texas . . . the heart of a territory that stretches from the golden deserts of New Mexico to the turquoise shores of the Florida Keys. It’s big, it’s rich, and it’s the next battleground for some of the most dangerous vampires in the world. Christian Duvall . . . charismatic and powerful, and determined to claim the South as his own. But with old enemies and new fighting to stop him, victory suddenly takes on a brutal, and far more treacherous, edge. Because what one of his enemies wants more than anything else already belongs to Christian . . . and her name is Natalie. Natalie Vivant Gaudet . . . brilliant and lovely, a strong Southern woman who can unravel the most intricate financial schemes designed to swindle and steal. She loves her complex job and the simplicity of her life. And then she meets Christian. He’s beautiful, he’s complicated, and she’ll fight to keep him alive. With allies trying to kill him, and enemies readying a horde of zombie vampires to roll over all of Texas, it will take every shred of Christian’s power and Natalie’s determination to win this war and give North America a brand new Lord of the South.

**

We are introduced to Christian, a powerful vampire from France, who approaches the vampire lord of the West, Raphael, with a request to be included in the challenge for the territory of the South in the USA. Christian needs the tacit approval from Raphael who is deemed the unofficial but esteemed leader of the Vampires in America.  Christian travels to Houston to meet with retiring Lord Anthony and there meets and has an instant attraction with Anthony’s forensic Accountant Natalie.  The attraction is mutual but Anthony is jealous.  There is another European Master Vampire who is making efforts to foil all of Christian’s plans to take over the South.

Some series start to slow down and become redundant with so many books, not this series.  The Vampire Wars, a continuation of the Vampires In America series, started with Reynold’s book #9 DECEPTION and with CHRISTIAN (book #10) we find the series ramping up the intrigue, thrills and more vampire power-plays.  The romance is sensual, lusty and loving.  Christian is a bit kinky and there may be a ménage a trois in Natalie’s future.  Not such a bad thing to look forward to with Christian and his hunky lieutenant Marc Forest.  The introduction of the vampire zombies gave heart pounding action as the fate of our heroes was in doubt. The demonstration of Christian’s power was breathtaking.

This is part of a series but can be read as a standalone novel because Reynold’s is adept at weaving background information throughout the plot.

This series is at the top of my list for fabulous Paranormal Romance with plenty of action, thrills and hot sexy Vampires. No sparkles here but plenty of charisma.

 

 

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E-Reader Deal $.99- Vincent by D.B. Reynolds

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This is a terrific price for this really great read.  It is available from all e-book  sellers but I don’t know for how long so get it now.  This is book#8 in Reynold’s Vampires In America series,  but is a standalone although I think you will be hooked and want to start at the beginning with RAPHAEL. (P.S.- I gave this PNR book 5-stars )

Here is the blurb from Amazon:

Sinaloa, Mexico . . . haunting deserts, hot nights, and vampires, who’ve been there for hundreds of years, watching from the shadows, playing their games, manipulating humans, and surviving at any cost.

Vincent Kuxim, powerful and charismatic, was made vampire by an ambitious leader looking for soldiers to pave his way to the rule of all Mexico. But more than a century later, Vincent’s Sire is looking over his shoulder as Vincent closes in for the kill, ready to claim the title Lord of Mexico for himself.

Lana Arnold is a bounty hunter, smart, beautiful, and determined to chart her own future. So when the most powerful vampire lord in all of North America enlists her help in tracking down a very old and elusive bloodsucker, Lana sees nothing but opportunity. There’s only one catch. The client wants her to take Vincent—a vampire she neither knows nor trusts—along on her hunt. Then again, maybe it’s herself she doesn’t trust, because Vincent Kuxim is sex walking in a pair of tight black jeans.

Thrown together by circumstance, Vincent and Lana soon find themselves battling an evil they didn’t know existed in a fight that makes Vincent all the more determined to destroy his Sire, seize Mexico for himself . . . and keep Lana by his side forever.

Deet’s Review:

Once again I had to clear my schedule because I could not put this book down. Vincent is the epitome of the powerful, dangerously violent, charismatic vampire, who just happens to be drop-dead handsome. Lana works for her father as a bounty hunter but is trying to take on Private Investigation work so she can start her own business. She is doing a job when she is sent to meet Vincent and she does not know diddly about vampires. Over the next few days of their acquaintance she learns everything.

How I see Vincent sometimes:

Vincent Arron Diaz

How I see Vincent other times:

Vincent Eduardo Verastegui

How I see Lana:

Beautiful woman with perfect face

What you get in a D.B. Reynolds’ novel is plenty of action, adventure, off the chart sexual chemistry and a splendidly entertaining read. This offering, from an accomplished storyteller, has a well plotted story with a swift pace. This book in the series I found to have a bit more bloody violence and a wonderfully satisfying build-up in sexual tension. Our romantic pair do not do-the-deed until chapter sixteen (yes, I made a note of this) but then have trouble keeping their heads on business. The evil bad guys are truly evil villains and the good guys are honorable even if a bit of the-end-justifies-the-means slips into their philosophy.

You have already guessed that I highly recommend this book to Paranormal Romance enthusiasts, but Thriller and Urban Fantasy fans will also find this series to be right up their alley.

 

 

 

 

 

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Advance Review- Deception by D.B. Reynolds (Vampires In America: The Vampire Wars, book #9)

Title: Deception (Vampires In America: The Vampire Wars, book #9)

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Genre: Paranormal Romance

Author: D.B. Reynolds

Publisher: BelleBooks, IMAJINN, March 31, 2015, preorder available

Source: Free for review from the Publisher

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5+

Description from Amazon.com:

Raphael—powerful, extraordinary, arrogant. He’s been eliminating rivals and gathering allies, determined not just to survive, but to demolish the Europeans who think they can steal what he’s worked for centuries to create. In a final bid to avert a war that seems inevitable, Raphael agrees to meet an enemy he knows of old. She is formidable, wily, and not to be trusted. But in his arrogance, Raphael believes he can foil whatever treachery she has brewing.

Cynthia Leighton—Raphael’s human mate, beautiful, smart, and deadly when threatened. She doesn’t trust anyone, much less a powerful vampire claiming to want peace. So while Raphael prepares to negotiate a treaty, Cyn is preparing for the inevitable double-cross that she knows is coming. Raphael worries about saving thousands of vampire lives. She only cares about one, and she will do anything to keep him alive and in her arms. When Cyn is proven right, when it all falls apart and Raphael’s enemies draw on ancient magic to trap him, taking him away from Cyn and out of the war, it all falls to her—to find Raphael, to save the thousands of vampires who will die if she doesn’t succeed . . . and to kill every single being, human or vampire, who gets in her way.

**

Here we are at book #9 of this great series and you might think that there is nothing new under the dark night of Vampires In America.  Oh you of little faith!  D.B. Reynolds has upped the excitement and interest with this wildly innovative novel featuring the all too human abilities of Cyn.  She is ubber smart and she has an inner strength that will sustain her in a fight for Raphael’s life. She is human enough to realize she needs help in rescuing Raphael and she relies on both human and vampire help.  There is also a really big surprise in help that is offered from an unexpected source.  (No spoilers here, but series readers will love this.) Did I mention that the sizzling sex factor in this book is reaching the combustible stage? It is a wonder my Kindle didn’t burn up.

This book is the start of a new direction for the series, The Vampire Wars.  European Vampires are looking to expand their territories and have eyed the Americas as their next conquest.  The Vampire Lords in America are readying for the battles to come. In this book the battle starts.

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I love this series!  This book is a wonderful addition to the series.  Cynthia Leighton, Raphael’s mate, has always held her own in a fight but now she choreographs the action and holds her own in the world of vicious vampires.

D.B. Reynolds has developed these two characters so that they breathe life into the world of Vampires in America.  Her vampires are violent, sexy, loyal, political, and wealthy and trying to hold onto what is theirs in a world populated by humans who know of them but keep their distance.

I suggest that you start this series with book #1 & #2, RAPHAEL and JABRIL.  This book #9 can be read as a standalone but you will get much more if you start from the beginning.  This book releases on March 31, 2015, that’s next Tuesday, but you can preorder it right now.  Go for it! Then come back and say “Thank you, Deet”.

Preorder here at Amazon .com:

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Cover Reveal-Coming March 31st.- DECEPTION by D.B. Reynolds (Vampires In America, book #9)

Those of you who follow my blog know that I get all fan-girl over D.B.Reynolds’ Vampires In America Series.  I can’t help myself it is just the best vampire/urban fantasy/Paranormal Romance around.  And here we are up to book#9, DECEPTION.  There is a vampire war that has been brewing for the past couple of books and which looks to becoming full out war.  Here is the beautiful cover (notice that very astute and well done quote).  Preorder is now available for e-reader.

DECEPTION-large-for-blogTo see all of my posts on this series just type D.B. Reynolds in the search box in the left column.

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Release Day Review- Vincent by D.B. Reynolds

Title: Vincent (Vampires In America Series)

Vincent

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Author: D.B. Reynolds

Publisher: ImaJinn, 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Sinaloa, Mexico . . . haunting deserts, hot nights, and vampires, who’ve been there for hundreds of years, watching from the shadows, playing their games, manipulating humans, and surviving at any cost. Vincent Kuxim, powerful and charismatic, was made vampire by an ambitious leader looking for soldiers to pave his way to the rule of all Mexico. But more than a century later, Vincent’s Sire is looking over his shoulder as Vincent closes in for the kill, ready to claim the title Lord of Mexico for himself. Lana Arnold is a bounty hunter, smart, beautiful, and determined to chart her own future. So when the most powerful vampire lord in all of North America enlists her help in tracking down a very old and elusive bloodsucker, Lana sees nothing but opportunity. There’s only one catch. The client wants her to take Vincent—a vampire she neither knows nor trusts—along on her hunt. Then again, maybe it’s herself she doesn’t trust, because Vincent Kuxim is sex walking in a pair of tight black jeans. Thrown together by circumstance, Vincent and Lana soon find themselves battling an evil they didn’t know existed in a fight that makes Vincent all the more determined to destroy his Sire, seize Mexico for himself . . . and keep Lana by his side forever.

**

Once again I had to clear my schedule because I could not put this book down. Vincent is the epitome of the powerful, dangerously violent, charismatic vampire, who just happens to be drop-dead handsome. Lana works for her father as a bounty hunter but is trying to take on Private Investigation work so she can start her own business. She is doing a job when she is sent to meet Vincent and she does not know diddly about vampires. Over the next few days of their acquaintance she learns everything.

How I see Vincent sometimes:

Vincent Arron Diaz

How I see Vincent other times:

Vincent Eduardo Verastegui

How I see Lana:

Beautiful woman with perfect face

What you get in a D.B. Reynolds’ novel is plenty of action, adventure, off the chart sexual chemistry and a splendidly entertaining read. This offering, from an accomplished storyteller, has a well plotted story with a swift pace. This book in the series I found to have a bit more bloody violence and a wonderfully satisfying build-up in sexual tension. Our romantic pair do not do-the-deed until chapter sixteen (yes, I made a note of this) but then have trouble keeping their heads on business. The evil bad guys are truly evil villains and the good guys are honorable even if a bit of the-end-justifies-the-means slips into their philosophy.

You have already guessed that I highly recommend this book to Paranormal Romance enthusiasts, but Thriller and Urban Fantasy fans will also find this series to be right up their alley.

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Happy Halloween all you Ghouls and Sexy Vampires

 

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Happy Halloween

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What is more Halloween than Vampires? Coming Tomorrow-

A review of the latest Vampire In America novel from

D.B. Reynolds, VINCENT. 

This is how I see Vincent. Uh-huh

Vincent Arron Diaz

Here is a map of the territories ruled by those sexy vampire lords.

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Recent Release Review- Unforgiven by D.B. Reynolds

Title: Unforgiven (A Cyn and Raphael novella #3)

Unforgiven

Genre: Paranormal Romance e-book

Author: D.B. Reynolds

Publisher: ImaJinn, Oct.10, 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5+

Description from Amazon.com:

ALLEGIANCE . . . the ties that bind. Friendship, duty, blood. TREACHERY . . . when friendship is abused, duty turns to burden, and blood is not enough. UNFORGIVEN . . . because there are some things that can never be forgotten. Allegiance . . . Treachery . . . Unforgiven. War is imminent, and a spy has infiltrated Raphael’s estate. But his target is not Raphael; it’s his sister, Alexandra, whose earlier duplicity nearly cost Cyn her life. Raphael and Cyn are determined to play the spy’s game, traveling to Mexico to discover who their enemy is and just how far he’ll go to win. But once Raphael finds his sister, can he take the chance that she won’t betray him again?

**

War is coming to the North American vampires. European Vampires are being crowded out of their territories and need to expand. Raphael is the vampire lord trying to keep the enemy at bay. At the same time there are those who would undermine him.

Yes, there are allusions to previous incidents in earlier books but this is still a standalone book. 86 pages of hot vampire action, smoldering tension, and sizzling sex. The relationship of human Cyn and vampire Raphael is always super sensuous and loving and this novella once again shows their union to be one of trust and respect. Security chief, Juro, is becoming more of a presence in the series. I’m hoping he gets his own territory. Second in command, Jared, remains an enigma to me and apparently Cyn has reservations about him, too.

From the beginning of this series the author has kept true to the world she has built around these vampires. Also from the first book, where Raphael and Cyn are introduced, we have watched their relationship grow stronger.

This novella is a prequel to the next book in the series, VINCENT, debuting on Nov. 1, 2014. Although we don’t meet Vincent in this book we are made aware of him.

I highly recommend this book and the entire Vampires In America series for all Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy and Thriller readers. Start at the beginning. You won’t want to miss anything, and RAPHAEL is currently only $.99 on Amazon.

Vampires In America Series

  1. RAPHAEL(Amazon Kindle $.99)
  2. JABRIL
  3. RAJMUND
  4. SOPHIA
  5. DUNCAN

Betrayed (e-book novella, prequel to LUCAS, $1.99)

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Hunted (e-book novella available at Amazon and B&N, prequel to ADEN, $1.99)

  1. ADEN 

Unforgiven (e-book novella, prequel to VINCENT, $1.99)

  1. VINCENT ( coming in 2014)
  2. Vignettes (an anthology of short fiction set in the world of Vampires In America, originally published on Ms. Reynolds blog.  E-book available on Amazon for $.99.)

 

 

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Lord Byron, Prototype for Fictional Rakes and Vampires?

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George Gordon, Lord Byron, could very well be the prototype for all those Regency Rakes and Rogues we so love in present day historical romance novels.  He was certainly handsome, he was admittedly bi-sexual, he married and separated, he had a legitimate daughter, an illegitimate son and there was a question as to the paternity of his half sister’s son.  He had many notorious affairs: Caroline Lamb and Mary Shelly’s sister, Claire were rumored to have succumbed to his charms.

 

The reality of Lord Byron differs from historical rakes of fiction in that those we love in fiction are usually reformed by the end of the story.  They fall in love with the heroine who saves them from themselves and live to a ripe old age dangling their children on their knees.  Byron was not reformed, although his wife made every effort.  They were married only a year when they separated and she went to live with her parents taking their daughter with her.  Byron was never again to see either of them.  It is said that he suffered deep mood swings.  He continued to live a dissipated lifestyle.

It is said that when he went to Switzerland with his young physician, John Polidori, they lived near Percy Bysshe Shelly,  Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly and her sister Claire Clairmont.  They would spend three rainy days  inventing and telling fantastic stories.  The result of reading ghost stories and taking quantities of Laudanum, Mary Shelly wrote Frankenstein and the doctor wrote Vampyre which is said to be the first romantic vampire rendition.1 from Wikipedia, Lord Byron

Fictionalized accounts of Lord Byron as a vampire have appeared in Michael Thomas Ford’s witty book about vampire Jane Austen, Jane Bites Back, and Thomas Holland’s Vampyre.   Yes, I can certainly see how Byron’s lifestyle would lend itself to romantic vampire fiction but not so much to the reformed rake of historical novels.

Previously blogged by Deet in May, 2011

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