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Monday, May 25, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Multiple Bles8ings by Jon & Kate Gosselin and Beth Carson- I love this show so I requested this and it finally came in. I hope it is good!
Monday, May 18, 2009
Heroes. They come in all shapes and sizes, from all over the planet and, in quite a few cases, from parts beyond. But whether in a kilt (yay!) or a pair of butt-hugging jeans, these guys have one thing in common: they win the day and get the girl. Still, I love that there are endless variations on the romantic hero. Lots of inspiration out there for those of us who are proudly mushy of heart. I tend to like mine on the alpha side, larger than life and a little bit dangerous, though there are exceptions (I admit, I always liked Spock, and am positive he would have made an AMAZING romantic hero if Kirk had ever quit hooking up with random bikini-wearing alien babes long enough for the writers to focus on something else). I thought, considering I’ve just released another hero into the world with the release of my new book Wild Highland Magic, that I’d share some of my favorite heroes with you. But first, a little about that new release, which caps off the MacInnes Werewolf trilogy with a handsome, cursed hero, a sexy werewolf heroine, and dragons and demons galore.
Bastian an Morgaine has always been a man apart. The only male ever born into the Dyadd Morgaine, Tribe of the Goddess, his unusual powers and silent strength have kept him a mystery even to those closest to him. But Bastian hides a terrible secret, one that drives him to isolate himself on the remote Highland estate of the MacInnes Wolves: he carries a terrible curse, one he knows he must either find a way to remove, or make sure that it dies with him alone.
Catriona MacInnes, the daughter of the powerful Pack Alpha’s long-estranged brother, has only just begun to discover her family’s rich legacy. Worried about her father’s increasingly strange behavior, Cat hopes that Scotland might somehow hold the answers to all of her family’s problems. But upon Cat’s arrival, it’s the reclusive stranger with the face of a fallen angel who consumes her thoughts and fires her blood. Cat soon begins to suspect that her father isn’t the only one with secrets. If only her every instinct wasn’t telling her that Bastian must be hers alone, no matter the cost…
In the western Highlands, as the Wolves gather, an ancient evil watches, waiting to reach from the shadows and fulfill its dark destiny. A daemon’s curse has terrible power. But the love of a Wolf might just be stronger…and as Bastian and Cat are about to discover, the Highland moon has a magic all its own.
I’m really excited about the way Wild Highland Magic came together, and I hope you’ll all check it out! And now, as promised, I present to you, in no particular order, some of my favorite heroes from film and fiction (and men who’ve definitely informed the way I write my own heroes!):
1. Aragorn - A reluctant king who's dirty and sweaty and sword-wielding, with honor and bravery to burn. My kind of man!
2. Wolverine - See above, except substitute "razor-sharp claw" for "sword." Cyclops was cute and everything, but I never could figure out Jean Gray's rationale for picking him over Logan.
3. Simon Hunt from Secrets of A Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas - Lisa Kleypas's Wallflowers books are some of my very favorites. I love all four heroes, but Simon is probably my favorite (with St. Vincent a close runner-up). A tall dark and handsome commoner who is only grudgingly allowed to run in noble circles because of his huge fortune and keen financial knowledge, Simon knows he doesn't fit in and and revels in it. He's bold, brash, and earthy in the absolute best way, and watching him finally catch the impoverished-but-still-above-him Annabelle Peyton, the one person he secretly fears he isn't good enough for, was an absolute treat.
4. Darius en Kragin from Heart of the Dragon by Gena Showalter - Gena Showalter never ceases to amaze me with her heroes' Lust Index, which is always off the charts. For me, though, Darius is and will always be in a league of his own. A dragon warrior who acts as Guardian of the gate between Atlantis and Earth, he's lost the ability to feel any emotion...that is, until Grace Carlyle unwittingly stumbles through that gate and Darius can't bring himself to kill her, as he's been sworn to do. Pure alpha male, able to sprout scales and wings AND breathe fire...there are seriously no words. Utter hotness.
5. Tristan Thorne - When I saw the movie Stardust last summer, I immediately knew I would end up buying the DVD (which I don't do all that often). I'm a sucker for a good fairy tale, and this adaptation of Neil Gaiman's graphic novel was definitely that! Tristan goes from adorable, bumbling shop boy to swashbuckling hero over the course of the movie (from beta to alpha, I guess you could say!), and I loved him on both ends.
6. Wolf from the miniseries The 10th Kingdom - The series itself was a little uneven, but it had a great premise (real world girl must save the fairy tale world she discovers is closer than anyone might have imagined), and the good-guy Big Bad Wolf is a fantastic hero. Puppy dog sweet with an interesting edge as the moon waxes, Wolf definitely influenced my conception of the hero in my book Dark Highland Fire. Gabriel MacInnes is a big, outgoing party boy who's deeper than he seems...and sexy as all get out. He owes some of that to Wolf.
7. The Phantom of the Opera - Yeah, yeah, I know he's a tortured anti-hero who doesn't get the girl. Know what I say to that? Boo. Hiss. there's a reason why this character has turned up in various ways with various names in lots of different romance novels, and it's because a lot of us think the Phantom got robbed. Gerard Butler as Phantom, by the way = WHAT were you thinking, Christine??
8, 9, 10 - My own heroes, of course...I wouldn't write them if they weren't my favorites! Gideon and Gabriel MacInnes, and now Bastian an Morgaine are all my favorite sorts of heroes, big and bold, but with a sweet side, capable of amazing bravery, and always surprised when they fall like a ton of bricks for one of my smart and sexy heroines. They may be different...Gideon carries the weight of the world on his shoulders because of his impending rise to the position of Alpha of his pack, Gabriel, as the second son, parties more than he should and struggles with what his place in the world is, and Bastian spends every moment of his life in very literal danger... but they're all heroes in every sense of the word.
Thanks so much to Sam for having me by the Book Blog today, and to everyone for stopping by! So now it's your turn: who are some of your favorite heroes, and why?
Kendra Leigh Castle is the author of the MacInnes Werewolves trilogy, as well as the upcoming series The Fallen, coming from Harlequin Nocturne. She lives in Maryland with her husband, three kids, and menagerie of pets, and loves to be visited online at www.kendraleighcastle.com
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Give a brief summary:
In the lastest installment of this Highland werewolf series, Baustian an Morgaine is dealing with a life-sucking daemon. Although he has a large family of sisters, he feels alone at all times and is staying with the MacInnes werewolf clan. He is completely focused on trying to defeat the daemon until he comes across Catrionna MacInnes and then that focus changes...
What I liked about this book was revisiting the MacInnes and Morgaine clans while getting to new new characters. Both Catrionna and Baustian are strong lead characters and I really enjoyed their story. I was intrigued about Baustian from the previous book and liked him even more in Wild Highland Magic. The daemon was interesting and different from the previous storylines which I found refreshing. In fact, I didn't see this storyline coming at all which made it all the better for me. I also liked getting to know Catrionna's two sisters and am hoping to read more about them in future stories (hint, hint :)
Hmm...that seems like a harsh word here is there wasn't anything that I disliked about this book. I will admit to not feeling as deep a connection to this book as the 2nd book in this series but I still really liked it. So I can't really share any dislikes :)
This is a really good series if you enjoy a good romance with paranormal thrown in. I really, really like this series and hope that there will be more books in the future. All in all, a good read and a good addition to this series. And guess what guys, I feel a giveaway in the future :)
My Rating/Recommendations: 4 out of 5 and recommended to romance lovers and paranormal readers as well
Challenges: 100+ Book Challenge, Romance Readers Challenge
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL OF THE MOMMIES OUT THERE!!!!!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer- I've been wanting to read this one for awhile now and am excited to get the chance to pick it up.
Straight Up and Dirty by Stephanie Klein- This author has written two books and I found the 2nd one at the library. It sounded really good so I requested the 1st book and it came in this week. It sure sounds like fun :)
Coraline by Neil Gaiman- I seriously squealed when I saw this one on the shelf. I CANNOT wait to read it and it will be my first Gaiman experience.
Prisoner of Tehran by Marina Nemat- This was one I found browsing through the memoirs and boy does it sound interesting!
Monday, May 4, 2009
Who killed Rose Red? In Fabletown, where fairy tale legends live alongside regular New Yorkers, the question is all anyone can talk about. But only the Big Bad Wolf can actually solve the case- and, along with Rose's sister Snow White, keep the Fabletown community from coming apart at the seams.
This was my 1st foray into graphic novels and I enjoyed the experience. It seems everyone and their brother are enjoying graphic novels and it convinced me that I must give them a try. I started with the Fables series as Ladytink and a few others seemed to be really liking these so it seemed like a good place to start. And it was! Legends in Exile is a fast-paced whodunnit filled with fairy tale characters. It was an easy read that I finished in one sitting...I just couldn't put it down. I knew that there were clues that I was missing but I just didn't care and let the story take me along for the ride. The pictures added to the story for sure and it was a neat experience all around. Except this is an adult story and it kept catching my son's attention. He wanted to know what Mommy was reading (usually he could care less) and wanted to look at all of the pictures too. There wasn't anything awful just not the type of book that I wanted him looking at :) So we busted out a Hulk graphic novel for him and he was content looking at his own pictures. There isn't much else to say about this one except if you are like I was and on the edge on whether or not to give graphic novels a try...well, just try them. It was definitely a worthwhile experience and I will be reading more in the future!
My Rating: Not sure how to rate this to be honest with you but I think I'll say a 4 out of 5. If I keep reading graphic novels I think I'll figure out a different rating system maybe with a focus on the illustrations and also the story.
Challenges: 100+Book Challenge, Year of Reading Dangerously, New Author Challenge, Support Your Library Challenge
P.S.- Will somebody that has already read this series be kind enough to leave the title of the 2nd book in this series in the comments? Thanks!