Thursday, February 25, 2016

LINE BRAWL (The Dartmouth Cobras #8) Update

I realize I'm a very cruel author. How did I come to this conclusion?

Well, if I'm not teasing, I'm completely silent.

So how about a little tease? ;)


That's right. If you haven't heard, Line Brawl is coming soon. If you follow me on social media, you've probably seen this picture. And want to strangle me for the very vague 'Coming soon...'

So I'll be a nice little author and narrow that down a little.

As of this moment, barring natural disaster or some kind of injury that stops me from writing--I've canceled all my extreme sports plans, so I'm pretty safe *knocksonwood*--Line Brawl will be an early summer release.

I've mentioned late spring to people, but Pischlar informed me that this will be another big book. I think he's looking at Vanek's book as competition, which is a scary thought. 

But with that smile, it's very hard to say no to him! lol! And there's so much going on in this book, I'm being immersed in the Cobra world and loving it! So I'm fairly certain you will too! <g>

The cover reveal is scheduled for the end of March, first week of April. Print pre-order has already begun: HERE *note-some people got the HONORABLE MENTION PRINT PACKAGE at the bottom and chose Line Brawl. Choose 'NO EXTRA' if there's no other book you'd like with it. The print copy will be available close to or before the ebook version* 

There has been some discussion about Line Brawl in the 'I'm No Angel-Discussion Group' if you want to join in. Readers have had fun helping me choose a dog breed for Raif and inspiring me with music for our boys. 

And pictures. Lots and lots of sexy pictures! ;)

So check it out, and I hope this has you as excited as it has me! I love all my books, but there's something about Pischlar and White that's so much more twisted and complicated and awesome. There's all kinds of 'trouble' coming, a new baby, and finally A WEDDING!

If you're not caught up on the Cobra books, you might want to get to it. <eg> Things are about to get all kinds of fucked up!


And for those who stuck around to see if I'd tease you a bit more with a sneak peek? Well, you know me too well! lol!

Here you go!
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LINE BRAWL (The Dartmouth Cobras #8)

©Bianca Sommerland

*This scene is one of the first in Ian White's POV. And made me want to hug him*
“What’s that do to us being friends?”
“Absolutely nothing unless you let it.”
“Unless I—” No, Pisch was right. He was the one who’d gone all cold after they’d joined the mile-high-club and then almost died when the plane forgot how to fucking fly right. He’d figured that much out, which was why he’d given Pisch the comic book.
The best way he could think of to tell Pisch he was sorry without leaving any doubt that he meant it.
He shook his head, picking up his beer and taking a sip so he could consider his words carefully. “I love you, man.”
“I know. And I love you too.” The way Pisch said those three words was no different than him agreeing that Iron Man rocked. Or ACDC playing over and over on a roadtrip was an awesome idea. No big impact on life, they were on the same page.
One full of words that wouldn’t change a goddamn thing.
Taking a deep breath, he ran his tongue over his bottom lip. “So where do we go from here?”
“That depends. You sure you didn’t come here to get laid?” Pisch arched a brow, then sighed when Ian shook his head again. “A shame. But we can chill with a movie or something. Two days, no practice. I’ve got plenty of time to seduce you.”
Ian rolled his eyes. “You hit a dry spell or something? Jesus, Pisch, go take a cold shower.”
“Why should I? You’re here and you’re being rather difficult, which is damn sexy. I like a bit of a challenge.” Pisch gave him a half smile over the lip of his beer. “Wanna bet I can put on your favorite movie and get you too distracted to watch it before the opening credits are done?”
“No, I’m good.” Actually, Ian had never been less turned on in his life. Whatever had been between him and Pisch the times they’d fooled around was gone. And he wasn’t sure why. “Can I ask you something as a friend, and not a fuck buddy or whatever you’ve decided I am now?”
Pischlar winced, inhaling sharply. “Bruiser, I’m not trying to—”
“Just answer the damn question, Shawn.”
Eyes narrowed, Pisch inclined his head.
“Do I get the talk?”
The edges of Pisch lips quirked up. “White, I will still train you if you want me to. I will suck your dick—hell, I’d be doing it now if you weren’t giving off ‘don’t fucking touch me’ signals.”
Tightening his grip on his beer bottle, Ian held Pischlar’s amused gaze. He didn’t move as Pisch came closer, close enough that the heat of his lips slid over Ian’s.
He brushed his cheek against Ian’s, speaking softly in his ear. “But you can’t keep me.”
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Monday, February 22, 2016

ONE WEEK LEFT-V-Month sale for DARTMOUTH COBRA PRINT PACKAGES

This ones gonna be brief, because I'm getting back to working on Line Brawl and that's all that's gonna be on my mind for awhile! <g>

But I figured I should give you all a heads up!

There's only ONE WEEK left before the Cobra print packages go back to regular price.

If you haven't checked it out yet, here's the link: http://www.thedartmouthcobras.com/print-order-packages.html

And here's a picture of some of what's available (*note* the LEGENDS package is sold out, but there are still 3 THE CUP packages left. Smaller packages are available as well)

http://www.thedartmouthcobras.com/print-order-packages.html
Give me a shout if you have any questions. I'm constantly coming up with new things to offer the passionate Cobra fans, and I'm loving the response! :)

My favorite thing to offer is more books though, so I'm gonna get back to our boys! xoxo

Saturday, February 20, 2016

MY DEMONS ARE WINNERS!!!! Menage Romances Readers Favorite....

As some of you might know, Game Misconduct (The Dartmouth Cobras #1) won an award a few years back for Menage Reader's Choice Interracial Romance back in 2013. I was so honored for one of my books to even be nominated. I LOVE that people love the Cobras. :)


I also know not every book I put out is gonna be a hit. But what kind of author would I be if I only wrote hoping THIS book would be the next big hit? I mean, there's formulas to follow, but...yeah. No.


Evil's Embrace (Celestial Pets #1) is a book I was so excited about, I tried releasing it in serial format last year so I could share it with the readers as soon as I had a decent amount to put out there. Many readers were enjoying it, but I wasn't feeling the format, so I pulled the part, brought everything together and reworked it into a complete novel that fit both me and my characters so much better.

Long story short, to make up for some people having bought it in parts, I published the book and sold it for .99

If anyone doubts that after almost 6 years, I do this more for the love of the story than for the money, let's just say a book that could have made me at least a few hundred--paying off at least part of what I invested into it--made me less than .30 per sale. 



BUT a story I loved was out there. A story that never would have gotten published by a trad pub because it avoid formulas like the plague. And it's dark and gritty, but not as dark and gritty as Deadly Captive, so I accepted that it would gain the love of very few readers. Kinda like Rosemary Entwined. Which is fine--recall, I'm writing the stories for the characters first and they were satisfied in the end. <g>

What's the point of all this? Well, Evil's Embrace even being nominated surprised me. I was like...bouncy and thinking there's someone out there that loves my angels and demons enough to give them some attention!

Then...they won. THEY FREAKIN' WON!

https://marymenage.wordpress.com/

I just gotta say...thank you. To all those readers who support all my craziness and read my books even though you're still waiting for others, you have no idea how much I appreciate you. This job can be tough, but if you can't do it for the stories, for the characters, there's no way you'll survive.

Getting fan approval though? It means my characters aren't speaking to me alone. And that's the best feeling in the world! <3 


http://www.amazon.com/Celestial-Pets-Embrace-Bianca-Sommerland-ebook/dp/B017WDMHYO/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Monday, February 15, 2016

The EVIL of FREE and everything else you authors are doing wrong *smjh*

I think we need to have a serious talk. On this carpet right here. Readers, you might want to stay for this, because I think it's important we get this straightened out before our sweet little authors go out there and piss all up in the public pool of literacy.

Listen, there's a formula for how you're supposed to price books. One you must follow! I don't know who all you independent authors think you are, but you have to answer for your transgressions. There's been a lot of talk around the water cooler and you're upsetting the masses.


So, you want to give your readers a taste of all those words you spend days, weeks, months, maybe YEARS dumping onto all those pages? Then you paid for editing, a pretty cover, and formating. You made it look all professional.

*pats author on the head*


That's some quality work right there. It has value and don't you forget that! Not as much value as it would have if you'd climbed out of some slush pile in New York, but...oh, wait, we're not judging by that anymore? Well why the fuck not? There's got to be some way to decide what's superior!

Humph!

Anyway, all right, let's PRETEND we're all equal. And focus on VALUE. Your novel has value and we don't want to hear that it's not worth much gathering dust on a shelf. That really isn't the case with virtual shelves, now is it? If you leave your precious work of ART on the shelf, someone will find it and they'll pay you what it's WORTH.

FREE??? You want to make your book FREE?

BWAHAHAHA!!!

You're joking, right? Wait, you're not? 


All right, this is EXACTLY why we have to have this chat. Do you know WHAT you're doing to my bank account when you just give away what I've been working so hard on? Picture tiny little Gremlins with their greedy little green claws all over the money I would have earned if you weren't messing with the whole structure of the artistic community! Did you miss the rules? There are RULES to being an INDIE author! Didn't you get the memo?

All is not lost though. If you smarten up, we may all be saved. Now have some Koolaid, go sit the fuck down, and behave yourself.

*sigh* And yet, you're still speaking. Do readers like free books? Well yes! of course they do! They've been trained to like them within the last TWO years because before that NOTHING was free! Why would you train your readers to not see that they should be buying my book?

WHY, DAMN YOU!!!

When you have your own pet readers, you must train them a certain way to benefit us all. We as a Borg collective like the idea of training them to read the valuable literature we've presented and appreciate all the blood, sweat, and tears like a fine wine. One does not always love wine when one first tries it, but if you want to fit in at fancy diners, you have to learn to love it. 


 No, you can't have wine now. You're bad. And you haven't finished your Koolaid.

While we're having this chat, let's talk about trends. You absolutely MUST avoid ever seeming to follow them. Stride new ground and write what has never been written. We don't care if you have a passion for sports, or rockers, or motorcycles. Find billionaires sexy? Too bad! The ranks of authors writing all those is completely full.

You must always write long or short, and while you may whine and complain as much as you want, make sure you always have your happy face on! The whining must serve a purpose that helps us all, or you will be seen as incredibly selfish.

As an indie, you must never be selfish. That is also in the rule book.

Simply sign here and I'll get you your copy.


 Take care of me, and I'll take care of you. That's how this works, naturally. ;)


**Edited to add a couple things for the readers! lol! Thanks for bearing with us through all the insanity!

Here's some links to some free books by awesome authors you won't regret sampling! <g>
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BKOBMHA/?tag=melaniemarchande-20**ALL FREE click on covers** (You can find my free books in the sidebar)
http://www.amazon.com/Breakaway-Portland-Storm-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00H8T2ALS/ref=zg_bs_157071011_f_7






 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

You Can't Scream Rock n' Roll


Well, you probably could, but youre missing the point! ;)


Hear me out. Lets start with what rock and metal have in common.

The ability to create awesome music can make a man a HELL of a lot sexier than hed be otherwise. Successful bands often have a frontman whose presence makes even typically restrained girls second guess the need for panties.

Or clothes at all.

Which is likely why so many underthings end up on stage. ;)


 Now, in itself, this appeal can vary on a woman's taste. 

You have the classic rock stars...


Modern rock?


Classic Metal



And then there's Metal...which has so many branches, let's keep it simple and look at these fine specimens.






There's something of a difference in the outward style, but to me, the biggest difference is in the sound. Some hard rock can sounds a bit like metalcore, but there's an edge to metal that rock usually doesn't touch on. Using screams almost as another instrument, but also for lyrics, can take a song about anger and make you feel the rage. The level of emotion in metal is usually pushed to the extreme.

Rock can be easier for some people to listen to. The love ballads are fine for any radio station and no one will think you're odd for playing them at your wedding. This isn't a bad thing, but these days, its a safer, more familiar kind of music. There's a reason so many rock songs hit the top of the charts. They have a mass appeal that can compete with the pop that teeny boppers and clubbers keep in the Top Ten.

Metal has managed, for the most part, to keep its status as the music that stands against conformity. It's for the rebels, the loners, the outcasts. And sometimes, it's for those who spend every minute of their day following all the rules. But when they go home, when they kick off the black heels and toss the grey tie...

They need to feed the animal within. Run a little wild.

So what do you think? Answer in the comments! Mention your favorite band and your favorite rock or metal song. Im always looking for new stuff to listen to while I write!



Heres some answers from when I posted the question on Facebook:

Quotes

Stella Price-Rock and metal are fundamentally different in their time signatures, and rhythms. Now for me, Rock is the crap on the radio, its the stuff corporate music pushes down your throat. Metal is more abrasive, heavier, and less user friendly. Metal gives the feels through everything they are. Rock mostly through ballads. Metal, hardcore, whatever you wanna call it, Has a life all its own, and not because it was marketed that way, but because its part of the lives of the listeners and the music makers.

Shannon Lubold-Rock (whether contemporary or classic) is something I use to relax and unwind from my day. Metal motivates and energizes me. Kinda wanna kick ass in the gym...kinda want to punch someone in the throat.

Doug Price-Rock makes you move, make you remember the greatest times of your life... Metal helps you create those times rock reminds you of

Fred Hiller-Metal is malleable and workable. Rock crumbles.

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Outcasts, black sheep, those who never fit in anywhere. Winter’s Wrath belongs to them. Every single member of the band rejects the norm when it comes to music.

They won’t settle when it comes to love.

Alder Trousseau, the lead guitarist in a band that owns his heart and soul, has always stood in the shadow of a man he hates. Braver “Brave” Trousseau, the voice of Winter’s Wrath.

For the success of the band, they have to work past their animosity, but that’s difficult when they have the same taste in women. And men.

Sex is a game to Brave. A game that might leave the people Alder cares for completely broken. Unless he claims them for his own.

If he steps out of the shadows, he’ll have no choice to play. To win.

On stage, the drama drives the fans insane. The songs they sing are a blood racing, body moving, warcry. But the very real battle taking place between the snares and the mic might tear the band apart.

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

LITE EM UP! How cool is vaping?

Different kinda post, but those who know me are used to my randomness by now.

Let me make one thing clear right off the bat:

-I am not making ANY money from a vape shop, or anyone else for this post (though I wouldn't object to it, if any of you are interested in paying me! lol!)
-I'm not a scientist, or a doctor, so please do your own research before making any decisions. I will provide some links at the bottom of the post.
-I don't expect everyone to agree with me. I encourage discussion in the comments, but please keep it respectful. Trolls will be eliminated.



So let's get started.

Smoking is cool and vaping isn't. YET.

Now, before you flip the fuck out and argue that cigarettes have killed millions and is definitely not cool, I'm not saying it SHOULD be cool. Most would climb up on their judgy horses and sneer, calling it a disgusting habit and cheer for each and every law that pushes smokers out into the cold, or better yet, stuffs them in a box where no one ever has to see them again.

Let me tell you, as a former smoker, I find that attitude very productive. Why, the first time someone came to me with a disdainful sniff, reminding me how horrible smoking was for my health, you better believe I dropped that cancer stick and fell to my knees, thanking them for showing me the light!

If you missed the sarcasm, please stop reading now.

Anyway, most smokers are WELL aware how unhealthy smoking is. But very few are shamed into quitting. Parents, doctors, lovers...all those well meaning people often fail in getting their message across because until someone is ready to quit, they won't. 

Ecigs are an attractive alternative for many reasons. It's easier for many to switch to an ecig rather than stop smoking. Even without all the studies, just talking to those who vape you will quickly learn that they feel better vaping then they ever did while smoking. Taste improves, as does your sense of smell. You can breathe easier than you did before, and you might not even have noticed how bad it had gotten until that tightness in your chest is gone.

So why is it considered 'uncool' to vape?

Well, for one, money. Cigarette companies have spent decades marketing cigarettes as sexy and bad-ass. Public opinion has shifted, but not completely. There's still something about seeing a man in a leather jacket, lazily holding a cigarette between his lips. A woman with red lips, holding a long cigarette in her gloved hand, and a champagne glass in the other, still has a certain appeal. The image has been fed to us for so long it's going to take awhile before that really changes.

Vaping doesn't have the media on their side because they don't throw money at it. And even if they wanted to, with all the laws against promoting tobacco products, they really can't do much. Because even though ecigs AREN'T tobacco products, they're largely governed by the same laws.

Which means the only way they gain popularity is through people educating themselves and discussing it on this great big platform that's given the average Joe more power than we've had since we developed the technology to print papers en mass. The more people learned to read, the more they began to share ideas, the less power governments had. Social media is the next step and it's been responsible for some HUGE changes in the world.

But big companies still have the money to guide the market. If you see the same thing over and over, it's hard not to get it stuck in your head. That's often how trends begin. Tell people something is cool often enough and they'll start to believe it. Not everyone, of course. There are still, thankfully, many people who think for themselves. But the masses usually decide what's cool.

They've decided ecigs aren't cool. And they don't need a reason, right? Their sneering says it all and we should hide our faces and vape where no one can see us. Kinda like picking our noses or pulling out a wedgie.

And the cigarette companies LOVE that, because they're still cool. Cool enough that that bad boy you find so hot is still sucking back smoke as he climbs onto his Harley.

So will vaping ever be cool?

I don't know. And I don't really give a fuck.

I'm not cool when I pull on my jersey to go out to dinner with a bunch of nicely dressed authors, a baseball cap on my head and my hair in a ponytail. I'm not cool for going to heavy metal concerts at MY AGE and hanging out in the pit. I'm not cool for my SWAT boots and odd socks or the comic books I love. Loving Marvel more than 50 Shades of Grey is definitely, totally lame.

I'm bisexual. I can't even pick a side!

So not cool.

Which works for me. I don't need anyone telling me what's cool. And I'm kinda sad for those who still need that kind of acceptance, but I get it. You don't want to stand out and really, those vaping freaks are not your crowd. 

Fine.

But the whole point of this post is to point out ecigs are helping people. They've changed people's lives. They changed mine. 

They can be sexy, they definitely smell better, and they're not hurting anyone. You wanna find me at any event, I'm probably outside, chilling with the smokers, with my ecig between my lips. I'm happier, healthier, and this choice likely means I'll be around a lot longer to write all those kinky books so many have come to love.

And while we're on the sexy and cool topic, here's some awesomeness for you to check out:






And the latest


If you'd like to learn more about vaping, here's some links:

FACTS ABOUT VAPING

PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND-AN EVIDENCE UPDATE

IS VAPING WORSE THAN SMOKING?

And if you want to join the convo on Facebook, here's where I first brought up the subject:

FACEBOOK POST


Yes, I'm rather passionate about this. I won't fight to be able to vape in restaurants, or stores, or movie theaters. I respect those around me and I avoid blowing smoke in anyone's face. But it terrifies me that the cigarette companies will win in this fight to either make vaping seem as bad, if not worse than smoking. Or worse, that they'll take over and make that true.

The fillers they might put in e-liquids to mass produce them? Well, they'll change the fact that vaping has fewer chemicals than cigarettes. Maybe ecigs will be cool then, but I really fucking hope not.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

DARTMOUTH COBRAS on AUDIOBOOK and GIVEAWAY!


This is gonna be a quick post, but I just HAD to share! 

The Cobras now have AUDIOBOOKS!!!

This wasn't something I talked about much before, because I wasn't sure when they'd come out, but they're here!!!

If you're into audiobooks and wanna go grab them now, here are the links:


 
If you'd like the chance to WIN one of TEN audiobooks I'll be giving away, enter below. And GOOD LUCK!!!

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

NO ANGEL TOP 10 READS: RE-READ WORTHY ONLY 'Pop Books' need not apply

I LOVE BOOKS.


Of course, that's obvious, but there's one thing that I can't do with them...

I can't read a book I truly love only once.

Now, ebooks are awesome, because I used to travel with 5-10 books and that's obviously not fun. Totally worth it to have my escape wherever I go, but an ereader mean I don't have to limit myself to what I can carry. I can have all my favorites wherever I go.

But I'm not a complete convert. Ebooks can't give me the smell of an old book. The smooth feel of the pages as I brush my fingers over them, my eyes skimming the printed words that just aren't quite the same on screen.

This list has books I own. Books that are lovingly pulled off my shelves again and again. 

So what's different about this list, compared to all the other list you check out while looking for a new book to read?

Well, this isn't a specific genre list. This isn't a list of the 'pop books' repeated over and over on the biggest blogs. One or two of these authors might get the odd mention over the years, but they're not THE NEXT BIG THING! OMG, EVERYONE'S TALKING ABOUT THIS BOOK!

I have a bad habit of catching up to those trends years later. And when I do pick up a 'pop book'? Well, it's kinda like when I listen to a pop song on the radio. It might be catchy for a bit, but replays tend to kill the appeal. And they're rarely as unique as what you'll find at your local venue. Bands that have to travel a lot to make it are usually more focused on the art.

Most of these authors, I find, are more focused on the art than being popular. 

Whatever the reasons, there's something in them that keeps me coming back for more. And even after reading them again and again...

I'm not bored of them. And I don't think I ever will be.


10. Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas
This was my first dark romance. To be honest, I don't consider it romance at all. I see it as a twisted, love story that plays as many mind games with the readers as the 'hero' plays with the heroine.



The writing is incredible and made me a fan of Kitty Thomas. She is truly the Dark Queen of storytelling. I re-read this book just to get that haunting feeling of falling in love with danger, again and again. No one else has ever given me that feeling. Yet.


Which is fine. This book doesn't need to be replaced.



9. Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison 


Some might consider THIS a 'pop book' but if so, you don't understand the term. Or don't agree with whether it applies to this book, which is fine too. ;)

What I love about this book is the heroine is different, the storyline is deep and fun, and IMO, out of all the authors in the genre, Ms. Harrison stay most successfully true to the characters. I've found other good paranormal novels since, but no series that I'll start over again just because I want to spend time with the characters again.


8. Safe Harbor by Tymber Dalton

When I read this book, I'd been looking for a great menage romance and I was struggling to find anything even just GOOD. There are plenty of erotica menage, but too many 'menage romance'--more so then than now--aren't really romances at all. They end without a HEA or even a HFN. Not for all three lovers.

But I felt the love in this book. I loved the characters and I believed in the bond built between them. Reading this book has me letting out a happy sigh each and every time.


7. The Secret Circle by LJ Smith

I seriously thought I'd have more YA books on this list when I really sat down and started listing my favorites. I have shelves full of YA books, but none that I loved so much I had to replace my old copies.

So why did THIS one make it into the top ten while the others are further up in the numbers? Well, it wasn't Vampire Diaries. That series had all the love, but THIS series had more characters, and I have a lot of respect for authors that can juggle many characters and give them all unique personalities. 

For a YA novel, this also has a more complex story than some. This isn't just about a girl looking for love. This is about a young woman learning about her own powers and it was an awesome journey to go on with her.


6. Stygian by Santino Hassel

I read this book VERY recently, but I loved it so much I literally closed it, went one day, then read it again. The writing style had me hooked and I started looking for EVERYTHING by this author. I really wanted more of THIS world, but he's talented and all his books are worth reading.

This book doesn't follow any formulas--actually, it's something I find most of my favorites manage to avoid. There's a beauty to Stygian that is impossible to explain though. You really have to read it to understand.


 5. Safeword Matte by Candace Blevins

I THINK this was my first book by Candace Blevins, but don't quote me on that. What I do know is the way she writes BDSM is very tangible. Her characters are realistic and you can feel EVERYTHING they experience.

It's so damn hot, but not in a way that had you reading with one hand...well, I mean, you could, but you'd be missing out on the details that have you catching your breath. Wincing and squirming and ready to use your safeword if you're not ready to be pushed a little closer to your limit.


4. The Men of Halfway House by Jaime Reese

This embodies everything I look for in a romance and I've lost track of how many times I've read the first book. And every book since.

The slow burn, the men who I've come to love, the storylines that draw you in...these books have everthing I enjoy in an emotional read. Another author with incredible talent, the words seem to disappear until you are standing right in the Halfway House, as desperate as the heroes for redemption and love.


3. Finding Eden by Kele Moon

One of my favorite movies is Dangerous Liaisons. Cruel Intentions is all right, but it doesn't have the same depth. Beyond Eden, and all the Eden books actually, gives me the same twisted, tempting characters that enjoy playing their own games to get what they want.

There's not much I enjoy more than a bit of naughty fun. A devilish smile and a well planned seduction heats up every page. Just talking about it makes me want to start reading them all again. Especially since I just finished the latest and these decadent characters are still purely wicked. In the best way, of course!


 2. The Stand by Stephan King

Growing up, I LOVED horror novels. At one point IT would have been on this list, but by the time I hit high school, the idea of the apocalypse, of wars spanning the entire planet, of evil rulers controlling us all began to fascinate me.

To be honest, I couldn't understand HOW people could let that happen. But King is a master at exploring the human mind and letting you see how truly fucked up it is.

There's no nice way to put it.

As a species, we're fucked up.

But we're also amazing.

And this book shows both sides, often in the same character. And what's scary isn't the evil lurking among us, waiting to take over.

What's truly frighting is the idea that it won't need to lurk. We've proved again and again that we're capable of ignoring horror until it's standing at our own front doors. That we can look away until the stench of death is thick in the air and blood pools into the streets.

Not recently of course, but when you read this book, you won't wonder how it could happen anymore. It's obvious.


1. Xenogenisis by Octavia Butler 

The name of this book was changed at one point to 'Lilith's Brood' and when my original copy fell apart I went to absolutely every bookstore in my area and NO ONE knew the book I was talking about. Since I read this book no less than THREE times a year, you can imagine I freaked.

I may have cried a little. I'm not ashamed to admit it. My grandmother gave me the original and while the book itself was still special, the story was the real gift.

The fact that it was a gift didn't make me love the story more or less though. I've been given other books, and while they look very nice on my shelves, they never held my interest for long.

Xenogenesis is...it's frightening. It's a world constructed in the future we've built for ourselves, one where we need to be saved. In the same way we've been saving creatures for a long time. Breeding them, changing them a little so they're healthier and stronger. The entire world needs healing after the beating it's taken and it's not so welcoming to us anymore.

So if you're not a fan of science fiction, it's not for you, right?

Wrong.

The characters are so well developed, the world is so vivid, I'd be so bold as to say Xenogenesis is a must read for ANY author. Octavia Butler was an incredible storyteller, a master at her craft, and reading her work can teach anyone how to write in a way that makes your characters real. Even if they're not human.

For anyone else, the story is beautiful, terrifying, and engaging. You'll pray for the characters to escape. Then you'll beg them to stay.

And in the end, you won't be sure which would be better. But you'll accept one truth. With each new generation comes new ideas. Some that can make or break us. But without them, we'll never move forward. And that is...

The End.



I hope you enjoyed this list and if you haven't read all these books, go grab them now! If for no other reason than they're there.

And if you're here, you love books too. So go give 'em some lovin'!