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June Releases or What Am I Waiting for?

So what are you waiting for? :)

Eternal Seduction by Jennifer Turner (and a freebie)

Eternal Seduction by Jennifer Turner (Darkness Within Series #1)

After living on the streets of New York for over a decade, Logan admits her perceptions might be a little skewed. But twisted or not, there's a satisfying irony in watching a well dressed vampire stand in the middle of a ghetto alley, windblown trash scraping circles near his feet. What she finds even more intriguing, is waiting for him to decide if he's going to kill her.

Kerestyan hasn't made up his mind. As the Lord of New York, he can't let a drug addict, whose memories are packed with knowledge of vampires, run free in his city. It's not the first time he's been in this situation with a human, it's just the first time he's come face to face with one who doesn't seem to care. And that's what makes the decision so difficult.

What horrors could you witness before you went numb? How long would it take before you felt that way? What could make you care again?

Logan's answers are simple: the worst humanity has to offer, almost thirty, and something she never expected.

Defiance by Lili St.Crow

Defiance by Lili St.Crow (Strange Angels #4)


Now that sixteen-year-old Dru's worst fears have come true and Sergej has kidnapped her best friend Graves, she'll have to go on a suicidal rescue mission to bring him back in one piece.
That is, if she can put all of Christophe's training to good use, defeat her mother's traitor, Anna, once and for all, and manage to survive another day . . .

War for the Oaks by Emma Bull

War for the Oaks by Emma Bull

Eddi McCandry has just left her boyfriend and their band when she finds herself running through the Minneapolis night, pursued by a sinister man and a huge, terrifying dog. The two creatures are one and the same: a phouka, a faerie being who has chosen Eddi to be a mortal pawn in the age-old war between the Seelie and Unseelie Courts. Eddi isn't interested--but she doesn't have a choice. Now she struggles to build a new life and new band when she might not even survive till the first rehearsal.

Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough (horror, not really YA)

Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough

A chilling, beautiful debut novel inspired by a haunting folk song about murder, witchcraft and revenge. Beware of Long Lankin, that lives in the moss ...When Cora and her little sister Mimi are sent to stay with their elderly aunt in the isolated village of Bryers Guerdon, they receive a less than warm welcome, and are desperate to go back to London. But Auntie Ida's life was devastated the last time two young girls were at Guerdon Hall, and now her nieces' arrival has reawaken an evil that has lain waiting for years. A haunting voice in an empty room ...A strange, scarred man lurking in the graveyard ...A mysterious warning, scrawled on the walls of the abandoned church ...Along with Roger and Peter, two young village boys, Cora must uncover the horrifying truth that has held Bryers Guerdon in its dark grip for centuries - before it is too late for Mimi. Intensely atmospheric and truly compelling, this is a stunning debut.

Artists behind the book covers

There are some amazing artists around which make us pick the book up and buy it, because face it, we judge the book by its cover first!
I just wanted to bring your attention to a few artists whose book covers I adore.
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Вокруг много замечательных художников, чьи обложки книг заставляют нас эти книги покупать, потому как признайтесь, - мы все выбираем книгу сначала по обложке!
Вот несколько художников, обложки книг которых я просто обожаю.

Amazing, isn't it?


I have to admit McGrath is my favorite. His covers are what I think of urban fantasy, - they are gritty.

So, have you got favorite book cover artists?

Как насчёт ваших любимых художников?

Lovers and Beloveds by MeiLin Miranda

Lovers and Beloveds by Meilin Miranda (An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom #1) 

Naive and sheltered Prince Temmin arrives at the intrigue-filled court of his father and finds his world turned upside down. In short order he's the target of assassins sent by enemies he didn't even know he had, saddled with his family's immortal advisor, and falling for the beautiful twins Allis and Issak.

But the twins are the embodiments of the Gods known as the Lovers. To be with them, Temmin must fulfill a prophecy so old it's moved into folklore--a prophecy that may signal the end of the monarchy--and his father does everything he can to stop him.

Haunted by a magic book that immerses him in stories of his ancestors, Temmin must choose a path: one leads to ultimate glory for Tremont, the other to its end.

Set in a place and time where magic is nearly forgotten and a new industrial age is dawning, "Lovers and Beloveds" is the first book in the series, "An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom." 


Here is your weekend treat, guys!

Awesome Adrian Phoenix posted a short story about Silver from her Maker's Song series on her website. If you like it, you can donate some money :)

Also Frida Fantastic posted a great review about this book

If you use the code on her page you can get this book from Smashwords for free! Hurry, offer ends this Sunday 22/05/11.
And please, consider donating if you like this book.
The pure awesomeness of it all is that the fans sponsored the beautiful art and the editing of the book, and I'm looking forward to reading it!

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Вот вам бесплатная конфетка на выходные, мои хорошие!

Короткая история от великолепной Эдриан Феникс из серии Maker's Song. Если понравится, можно писателя поддержать через Paypal.

Также возможность загрузить бесплатно вот эту книгу со Smashwords! Замечательное ревью от Frida Fantastic предоставляет купон, действующий до конца воскресенья 22/05/11. Красота книги в том, что поклонники спонсировали и великолепную обложку и редактирование. Опять, если книжка понравится, можно отблагодарить автора через Paypal.

Хороших выходных!

Cover envy

I just had to share some incredibly clever and eye-catching book covers, which I've seen recently.
It doesn't mean I'm going to read all of these books, but the art itself I admire.

Увиденные недавно и необычайно умные и прекрасные обложки книг, что не значит, что я все эти книги прочитаю, зато как приятно смотреть! :)

(does anyone think of House of Night covers? Because that's what it reminded me.)

Red Glove by Holly Black

Red Glove by Holly Black 
(Curse Workers #2)

Curses and cons. Magic and the mob. In Cassel Sharpe's world, they go together. Cassel always thought he was an ordinary guy, until he realized his memories were being manipulated by his brothers. Now he knows the truth—he’s the most powerful curse worker around. A touch of his hand can transform anything—or anyone—into something else.

That was how Lila, the girl he loved, became a white cat. Cassel was tricked into thinking he killed her, when actually he tried to save her. Now that she's human again, he should be overjoyed. Trouble is, Lila's been cursed to love him, a little gift from his emotion worker mom. And if Lila's love is as
phony as Cassel's made-up memories, then he can't believe anything she says or does.

When Cassel's oldest brother is murdered, the Feds recruit Cassel to help make sense of the only clue—crime-scene images of a woman in red gloves. But the mob is after Cassel too—they know how valuable he could be to them. Cassel is going to have to stay one step ahead of both sides just to survive. But where can he turn when he can't trust anyone—least of all, himself?

Love is a curse and the con is the only answer in a game too dangerous to lose.

Trouble, trouble, trouble in True Blood

Is this another dream?
No, Sookie, it's not! *grinning maniacally*

Eric! Pam! Alcide! *swoon*
I'm a happy woman this morning :)

What are your favorite characters from True Blood?

А какие из персонажей True Blood ваши любимые?

Shadow of The Sun by Laura Kreitzer

Shadow of The Sun by Laura Kreitzer 
(Timeless #1)

Gabriella's past is a mystery, but that never stopped her from achieving her goals. As a supernatural specialist, and far more intelligent than anyone her age, she has always been ignored by her peers. Because of the isolation she has always felt, she put her life and soul into her job. Being a supernatural specialist hasn't given her the divine intervention she always longed for, until one day a shipment arrives from Italy containing three dead bodies with an uncanny ability to regenerate. Gabriella is frightened and intrigued, but not as scared as she becomes when a dark creature attacks her. As the bodies come back to life, the plot takes an unexpected twist that you won't see coming. The supernatural world only begins to unfold before her as angels appear, her dreams start to haunt her, and the very past she has forgotten comes back with startling clarity. Romance blooms, escape plans are made, an assassin is out to kill her, and death is only around the corner. But what is more terrifying than all of it is the fact she is the chosen one, the Illuminator, the one who will save them all.


Guys, please don't forget to check Giveaways page from time to time. I'm adding new contests that I've stumbled upon almost every day - all of them either European or International.
My favorite author Yasmine Galenorn has a giveaway running until Monday. You just have to answer who would you go on a date from her books.
Of course I answered, Smoky! Who doesn't want their own dragon?:)

Ребята, не забывайте проверять страницу Giveaways! Информация о европейских и международных контестах добавляется практически каждый день.
Замечательная Ясмин Гейлнорн отдаёт 4-м читателям свои книги, контест заканчивается в понедельник. Надо ответить с кем из её персонажей вы пойдёте на свидание. Естественно, я выбрала Смоки! Кто откажется от своего собственного дракона? :)

The Redheads' Invasion

I couldn't help but notice some absolutely stunning new book covers which feature redheads or  auburn tones. Here they are...

Я не могла не заметить как много в последнее время мелькает превосходных обложек с рыженькими или в рыжих тонах. Вот они, хорошие...

Stunning, aren't they? If you know of more paranormal redheads, I'll happilly add them to this gallery.

Прекрасно, не правда ли? Если вы знаете ещё какие-нибудь паранормальные обложки в рыжих тонах, я с удовольствием добавлю их к галерее.

P.S. More awesome redheads, thanks to my little helpers from LJ!
P.S. Ещё больше рыженьких, спасибо друзьям в ЖЖ.

Ok, I dare you to find more redheads than this.
Я бросаю вам вызов найти ещё обложки с рыжими :)

Crossed by J.F.Lewis review (Russian)

Crossed by J.F.Lewis (Void City #3)
 Сладкая парочка - это я про Эрика Куртни, юбер-вампира Императора и его шизофреничку дочку Грету. Предыдущие две книги серии очень хороши, ну и эта не подвела точно.
Эрик и Табита наконец-то женятся и решают провести медовый месяц в Париже, чтоб у Эрика была возможность найти Лизетт, вампира Императрицу, создавшую его, и её убить.
Но не всё так просто. Рэйчел, тантрическая ведьма и сестра Табиты, которая в предыдущих двух книгах заварила ещё ту кашу, пытается сыграть штучки с памятью Эрика и Табиты, что превращает их медовый месяц в ад. Да тут ещё им приходится иметь дело с первым в мире вервульфом и с Бессмертными, контролирующими Европу, что со взрывным нравом и нетерпеливостью Эрика - дело совсем непростое.
Пока Эрик развлекается в Париже, Грета, у которой и с папой поблизости с мозгами не всё в порядке, в его отсутствие срывается с катушек и косит население Войд-сити направо и налево. А тут ещё и Лизетт появляется в городе, пытаясь найти Эрика, и Грета решает порадовать папочку и её убить...
Грета - это сплошная комедия. Да, она - страшный монстр, но у неё своеобразная логика и странное чувство юмора, и я сама не заметила как начала в этой книге ей симпатизировать.
Происходит много всего, но спойлеры давать не буду. Всё, чем хороши книги Льюиса здесь есть - сплошной экшн, жуть как много кровищи и оторванных конечностей, вампирские и демонические интриги и своеобразный хэппи энд.
Любимая сцена: схватка Греты и Лизетт.
Любимые цитаты:
"You’re naked,” Grandma said, her lip caught partway between a smile and a sneer.
“Thank God you aren’t.” I stuck my tongue out. “I mean come on. Ew!”
“What did you say?”
“I said put the kitty down, Orca!”

"When it comes to vampires across the years in books, in movies, or on television, there are certain rules:
Buffy loves Angel.
Louis loves Lestat.
Bella loves Edward.
And Eric … Eric loves Marilyn."


Предыдущие книги серии:

Crossed by J.F.Lewis

Crossed by J.F.Lewis (Void City #3)

Oh, Eric how I love you...

If you've never read these absolutely crazy series about vampire Eric Courtney, please do.

Eric's vicious and extremely powerful sire, the Empress vampire Lisette, comes to Void City to confront him, but misses him completely since he's gone to Paris for his honeymoon (hoping to confront her while he's there). Events in Paris conspire against Eric, partially because of the machinations of Ebon Winter- he forgets about his bride and gets into a fight with the granddaddy of all werewolves. Meanwhile, his loved ones back home must defeat Lisette without him. 

I bloody love Eric.
Yeah, he's got issues with his memories (due to being embalmed when he was turned into vampire and died). Yeah, he is a stereotypical man easily distracted by sex and thoughts of his new wife's younger wicked witch sister, Rachel, and he is a stone cold killer.
But his heart is in the right place, and this is what makes him a hero instead of a villain.
Despite recent marriage to Tabitha, Eric still grieves for Meredith, his true love, but intends to try and be a faithful husband. However, Rachel, ever the troublemaker, uses her tantric magic on Eric and Tabitha to play havoc.
So this is how the honeymoon from hell starts.

Left on her own in Void City while the happy couple travels to Paris, Eric's vampiric daughter, absolutely psychotic Greta lives wild, going on a killing spree.
Again, you can not help but love Greta and her perverse logic and this is a true testament to Mr.Lewis's skill. She is the one who is left to deal with Lisette, The Empress, who created Eric and came to Void City to destroy him. Greta goes out of her way to please her daddy and kill the evil "Grandma"  for him.

Despite being a true monster it's Greta who shines through the whole story.
You’re naked,” Grandma said, her lip caught partway between a smile and a sneer.
“Thank God you aren’t.” I stuck my tongue out. “I mean come on. Ew!”
“What did you say?”
“I said put the kitty down, Orca!”
But Eric being Eric amused me to no end as well. He is absurdly funny, flippant and easily distracted, and no one seems to understand what planet he lives on.

Hopefully I didn't give any spoilers, but this book contains plenty of violence, graphic images, sarcasm, vampire intrigues and fun. If this sounds like something you would like, you better start from the beginning. You don't want to miss Eric being a strip club owner, do you?

Favorite quote:
When it comes to vampires across the years in books, in movies, or on television, there are certain rules:
Buffy loves Angel.
Louis loves Lestat.
Bella loves Edward.
And Eric … Eric loves Marilyn.

Previous books:

Welcome aboard/Добро пожаловать!

Welcome aboard, fellow readers and bloggers! This is going to be a very slow project, but exciting nevertheless. There will be reviews, links for international giveaways collected daily from the blogs I read and there will be hopefully book swaps.
So, hey, stay tuned and have a good week!
Добро пожаловать на борт, читатели и соратники-блоггеры! Этот проект будет продвигаться медленно, но от этого не менее интересно. Здесь будут рецензии, ссылки на международные контесты по книгам, обновляющиеся чуть ли не каждый (надеюсь) день, что в основном окажется интересным для тех, кто проживает в пределах Европы, а также здесь будет организован обмен англоязычными да и русскими книгами по примеру западных блоггеров, в пределах и за пределами России. 
Так что, оставайтесь на связи и хорошей вам недели!

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