Sunday, 31 October 2010

In My Mailbox #11

In My Mailbox is a bookish meme hosted by Kirsti @ The Story Siren and was inspired by Alia @ Pop Culture Junkie.

 I've been shopping and managed to only buy one book - well that's actually because the only book store in town did not have most of what wanted and seemed to rearranging the store so half of the stock was not even out!  Also got a book for review.

 I bought
 
Title: Shadow Game

The classified experiment is the brainchild of renowned scientist Peter Whitney and his brilliant daughter. Lily. Created to enhance the psychic abilities of an elite squadron, it can transform their natural mental powers into a unique military weapon. But something has gone wrong. In the isolated underground labs, the men have been dying--victims of bizarre accidents. Captain Ryland Miller knows he is next. When Dr. Whitney himself is murdered, Ryland has only one person left to trust: the beautiful Lily. Possessed of an uncanny sixth sense herself, Lily shares Ryland's every new fear every betrayal, every growing suspicion, and every passionate beat of the heart. Together, they will be drawn deeper into the labyrinth of her father's past...and closer to a secret that someone would kill to keep hidden.

Received for review (Carina Press via Netgalley)
 

Detroit artist Meagan Kelly has had a strong sixth sense all her life, but that doesn't mean the gorgeous stranger's crazy story—that she's a half-elf, half human heiress—is true. But Meagan can't deny the evidence of her own eyes—he's Fae. A tall, blond, handsome, pointy-eared elf—and a man she just can't get enough of. 

Ric Thornhill's assignment just got a lot more complicated. The more time he spends with Meagan, the harder it is to see her as a political tool to prevent an all-out war between humans and Fae.Now Meagan's in a race to master her newly released powers in time to prevent the conflict, convince a jealous Queen not to strip Ric of his powers, and find out if she can build a life that straddles two worlds. 
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Friday, 29 October 2010

18 & Over Book Blogger Tag Along Friday #8

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Calling all 18 and over book bloggers, are you looking for more bloggers like yourself? Well please join in so we can tag along with each other. This is for a specific group and your blog needs to primarily have book reviews and post adult book content. In other words, if you read books like erotic and adult romance and have adult pic., then you can play tag along. Sorry YA readers, but if you read both (I know some of you do) you can tag along also. Just make sure you have both YA and adult romance on your blog.  I wanted to do this not only for myself, but for others out there that are looking for more adult book blogs.

It doesn't matter what you read if its paranormal, suspense, historical, contemporary or mystery, along with erotic with any genre. As long as it is adult then your in.

To join in the fun drop by Bitten By Paranormal Romance for more details and to see who else is taking part!

Welcome to my blog!  I read mainly 18+ paranormal romance and urban fantasy.  I on occasion delve into YA and erotica too.  
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Follow Friday #12 & Book Blogger Hop #11

HAPPY FRIDAY!!  I'm joining in Follow Friday and Book Blogger Hop again this week.  I've got a round up of what's been happening on my blog this week too!


Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee, head on over there to join in the fun, meet new blogger friends  and meet her featured blogger of the week My 5 Monkeys.

If you have, or would have a daughter, what book would you want your daughter to read?


I don't have a daughter but if I did I'd encourage her to read the Famous Five books by Enid Blyton.  I have very fond memories of reading these, the first books I read on my own when I was 5 and 6.   I love that they are traditional but can still be read today!

Book Blogger Hop


I'm also taking part in the Book Blogger Hop hosted by Crazy For Books so head on over to join in the fun! 

What is the one bookish thing you would love to have, no matter the cost?
I'd love a proper library with all the books I would ever like to read in it, it would be huge!  I'd have every series or book I desire just there ready for me.  My library would have some lovely comfortable seating and a ready supply of drinks and snacks!  I know, not original but every bookworms dream come true :)

What have I been up to on the Magic Faerie's Paranormal Review during the last week?
Teaser Tuseday - Night Life
Waiting on Wednesday - Black Wings by Christina Henry

If you haven't already, there is still tie to enter my giveaways:
H. P. Mallory - win an ebook copy of Fire Burn & Cauldron Bubbble or To Kill a Warlock.

Want to be a character in a book?  H. P. Mallory is offer the chance to be a character in Toil and Trouble the second Jolie Wilkins book - more details here.

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Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Review: "Alien Mate" by Eve Langlais

Title: Alien Mate
Author: Eve Langlais
ISBN 13: 978193679203

I won this ebook from Eve Langlais and Danielle @ Romance Book Junkies

About the book (from Goodreads)

What would you do if an alien materialized in your living room and told you he was your leader?   

Plump Diana is ironing her underwear when the hottest blue babe in all of the galaxy appears in her living room. Did she forget to mention he was naked? Abducted, decontaminated, and dressed like a harem girl, she’s been chosen to become his mate. 

Kor asked his ancestors to find him a biddable, docile mate. Instead they found him Diana--a curvy, argumentative earthling who sets his pulse pounding and his loins on fire. He might be an alien who doesn't understand the meaning of love, but he sure knows what he feels is more than lust. 

Genre: Erotic Sci-Fi Romance
Series: Alien Mate (novella) #1
Published: 14 May 2010
Publisher: Amira Press
Website: Eve Langlais's Website
Excerpt: Excerpt (18+)

My review

Diana is plumper than you average girl, her last boyfriend had a fetish about her size but refused to be seen in public with her.  Then when she’s ironing in her underwear while wearing her worst outfit a sexy naked man appears in her living room and announces her has come to be her leader - which it turns out means her mate.  Oh, and he’s blue!

Kidnapped onto Kor’s spaceship Diana begins her journey to his planet and her new life, not that she’s very happy about it at first.  She eventually falls I love with Kor (no spoiler there, it’s a romance with an HEA so we expect that!)  and finds although he’s an alien he is not much different to her.  

Kor is surprised to find his mate does not simply accept her fate, instead she is argumentative and difficult, but he finds himself falling in love with her anyway!  He loves her body, he is very happy he wasn’t given a too slim mate like some.  

Kor is everything we look for in a sexy hero, he’s strong, good looking and an excellent lover.  He’s blue but otherwise very human like so we can easily relate to him.  His language has no word for love in it and he does not understand what he feels for Diana, he dare not yell anyone on his planet in case he is mentally ill and has his precious and rare mate taken away from him. 

I really liked the way plump is seen as the ideal in Kor’s world, it makes a change to the usual beautiful, tall or athletic heroine usually found.  Thankfully she is not a pushover, I was very happy to see Diana stand up to Kor and even more so that he actually seemed to like it!

The world created by Eve Langalis for Kor’s home planet is very similar to ours, yet more advanced in technology and no longer using water to wash, cleansing is done at a molecular level and has an unexpected side effect, read the book to see what I mean!  The fate of Kor’s people’s women was very sad and gave the reader an instant way to sympathise with the actions of Kor when he took Diana.

I enjoyed Alien Mate and would recommend it to anyone who likes erotic romance with a bit of Sci-Fi thrown in.  I will definitely be reading the follow up book Alien Mate 2.
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Waiting on Wednesday #9 ~ "Black Wings" by Christina Henry

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine which spotlight eagerly anticipated upcoming releases.

My pick this week is Black Wings by Christina Henry which I came across on Goodreads, sounds like it should be good.

Title: Black Wings
Author: Christina Henry
Series: Maddeline Black #1
Publisher: Ace
Publication date: 30 November 2010

Meet Maddy Black. 
She’s an Agent of Death who really needs to get a life. 

Escorting souls into the afterlife leaves Maddy little time for socializing—until devilishly handsome Gabriel Angeloscuro agrees to rent the empty apartment in her building. But when demons start appearing on Maddy’s front lawn, she realizes there’s more to her new tenant than meets the eye.
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Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Teaser Tuesday #10 ~ "Night Life"


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
My teaser this week is from Night Life by Caitlin Kittredge.

"She raised her glass.  "As we  are all children of the darker gods here, on his dawning of a most auspicious twilight I toast you all as blood and brethren, bounded by the dark flesh.  To the flesh!"

"To the flesh!"  the witches around her chorused.

I giggled.  It was just a tiny sound, no more than a short peep before I bit the insides of my cheeks to stop it.  Wouldn't do to be cackling at Cassandra's act if I wanted her cooperation."

p. 168.






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Monday, 25 October 2010

Musing Monday #1

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading, which each weeks ask us a book related question to mull over.  It's the first time I've joined in today!

About how many books (roughly) would you say you own? (If you don’t have a clue how many, do you care to know? Why, or why not?)


I don't have an exact figure but it's between 250 and 300.  I want to fully catalogue them but keep finding other things I need to do first like reading and blogging!  I haven't included by non-fiction books i my total as I have around 50 books on all things history related - I love it!  Some new some left over from when I did my BA!
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Sunday, 24 October 2010

In My Mailbox #10


In My Mailbox is a bookish meme hosted by Kirsti @ The Story Siren and was inspired by Alia @ Pop Culture Junkie.

I've been to the library and got books for review this week.

 If you haven't already make sure you enter my 150+ followers giveaway and my H.P. Mallory giveaway - click on the links on my right hand side bar.


From the library
Title: Undead and Unwed
Author: MaryJanice Davidson


First Betsy Taylor loses her job, then she's killed in a car accident. But what really bites is that she can't seem to stay dead. And now her new friends have the ridiculous idea that Betsy is the prophesied vampire queen, and they want her help in overthrowing the most obnoxious power-hungry vampire in five centuries.








For review (from the publisher via Netgalley)
Title: Tyger Tyger
Author: Kersten Hamilton

Teagan Wylltson's best friend, Abby, dreams that horrifying creatures--goblins, shape-shifters, and beings of unearthly beauty but terrible cruelty--are hunting Teagan. Abby is always coming up with crazy stuff, though, so Teagan isn't worried. Her life isn't in danger. In fact, it's perfect. She's on track for a college scholarship. She has a great job. She's focused on school, work, and her future. No boys, no heartaches, no problems. 

Until Finn Mac Cumhaill arrives. Finn's a bit on the unearthly beautiful side himself. He has a killer accent and a knee-weakening smile. And either he's crazy or he's been haunting Abby's dreams, because he's talking about goblins, too . . . and about being The Mac Cumhaill, born to fight all goblin-kind. Finn knows a thing or two about fighting. Which is a very good thing, because this time, Abby's right. 

The goblins are coming.

 
Author: Eve Silver

National bestselling author Eve Silver returns with a darkly sexy new series about forbidden alliances... and inescapable desires.

As the son of Sutekh, the lord of evil, Dagan Krayle is one of the most powerful soul reapers. Dagan intends to use every ounce of his power to find his brother's remains and punish those responsible for his brutal death. But he must move swiftly-and carefully-if he is to have any chance of bringing his brother back to this world, because his enemy is on the hunt.

Otherkin Roxy Tam will stop at nothing to keep the soul reapers from resurrecting Dagan's brother. To allow Sutekh access to his remains would wreak havoc and destruction on the mortal world...and would be her unforgivable failure.

Neither Dagan nor Roxy expect to join forces for the sake of mankind. Or have their loyalties tested as they struggle against the potent desire that threatens to consume them both.... 

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Friday, 22 October 2010

18 & Over Book Blogger Tag Along Friday #7

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Calling all 18 and over book bloggers, are you looking for more bloggers like yourself? Well please join in so we can tag along with each other. This is for a specific group and your blog needs to primarily have book reviews and post adult book content. In other words, if you read books like erotic and adult romance and have adult pic., then you can play tag along. Sorry YA readers, but if you read both (I know some of you do) you can tag along also. Just make sure you have both YA and adult romance on your blog.  I wanted to do this not only for myself, but for others out there that are looking for more adult book blogs.

It doesn't matter what you read if its paranormal, suspense, historical, contemporary or mystery, along with erotic with any genre. As long as it is adult then your in.

To join in the fun drop by Bitten By Paranormal Romance for more details and to see who else is taking part!

Welcome to my blog!  I read mainly 18+ paranormal romance and urban fantasy.  I on occasion delve into YA and erotica too.  
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Follow Friday #11 & Book Blogger Hop #10

HAPPY FRIDAY!!  I'm joining in Follow Friday and Book Blogger Hop again this week.  I've got a round up of what's been happening on my blog this week too!


Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee, head on over there to join in the fun, meet new blogger friends  and meet her featured blogger of the week What Book is That?.

"What are you currently reading?  Basically, what book is that?
I'm reading in paperback The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter and on my Sony Reader I'm reading Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton.

Book Blogger Hop

I'm also taking part in the Book Blogger Hop hosted by Crazy For Books so head on over to join in the fun!  This weeks question is from Becky @ Beckys Barmy Book Blog.

"Where is your favourite place to read?  Curled up on the sofa, in bed, in the garden?"
I love reading in bed best of all, late at night when everywhere s quiet!  I also like to read in the garden when the weather is lovely.  Actually I love to read so anywhere will do!"

What have I been up to on the Magic Faerie's Paranormal Review during the last week?
Review: Storm Born by Richelle Mead
In My Mailbox
Teaser Tuseday - Howling at the Moon
Waiting on Wednesday - Iron Thorn

If you haven't already, there is still tie to enter my giveaways:
H. P. Mallory - win an ebook copy of Fire Burn & Cauldron Bubbble or To Kill a Warlock.
150+ Followers Giveaway

Want to be a character in a book?  H. P. Mallory is offer the chance to be a character in Toil and Trouble the second Jolie Wilkins book - more details here.
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Thursday, 21 October 2010

Review: "Storm Born" by Richelle Mead

Title: Storm Born
Author: Richelle Mead
ISBN 10: 1420100963
ISBN13 9781420100969

About the book (from Goodreads)

Just typical. No love life to speak of for months, then all at once, every horny creature in the Otherworld wants to get in your pants...

Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world. Mercenary, yes, but a girl's got to eat. Her most recent case, however, is enough to ruin her appetite. Hired to find a teenager who has been taken to the Otherworld, Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy--one that uncovers dark secrets about her past and claims that Eugenie's first-born will threaten the future of the world as she knows it.

Now Eugenie is a hot target for every ambitious demon and Otherworldy ne'er-do-well, and the ones who don't want to knock her up want her dead. Eugenie handles a Glock as smoothly as she wields a wand, but she needs some formidable allies for a job like this. She finds them in Dorian, a seductive fairy king with a taste for bondage, and Kiyo, a gorgeous shape-shifter who redefines animal attraction. But with enemies growing bolder and time running out, Eugenie realizes that the greatest danger is yet to come, and it lies in the dark powers that are stirring to life within her...


Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Dark Swan #1
Published: 1 August 2008
Publisher: Zebra
Website: Richelle Mead's Website
Excerpt: Read chapter one

My Review
Eugenie Markham also know as Odile Dark Swan is a shaman who banishes Fae and other creatures from the human world, back to the Otherworld or direct to the Underworld.  Mercenary maybe but she is very good at it.  Eugenie is a strong, sexy, assured character who thinks she knows who she is.    There’s only one problem the prophecy, suddenly every Otherworld creature capable of crossing over is after Eugenie in the hope of fathering her first born to fulfil the prophecy.

If that’s not enough trouble at once she is approached by a client who wants her to rescue his sister from the Otherworld.  Meaning she will have to go there in body rather than just spirit which she does not do often.   Combined with the prophecy this leads Eugenie into the Otherworld and the discovery about her past which changes everything.  

Kiyo is Eugenie’s love interest for most of the book but is not what he seems at first.  He is hot, sexy and fights very well - alpha male anyone?   In fact he’s a bit of a fox!  

Dorian is a Faerie King who is  arrogant, sexy, powerful and a little bit kinky.  Eugenie’s relationship with Dorian takes on more than one level which him being her magic teacher.  I am intrigued to follow him more and see how he fits into Eugenie’s life in the future books in the series!

The word building in Storm Born is excellent, we have our world which is pretty much as we know it but with rather more Fae invasion!  Eugenie as a Shaman is capable of travel, body or spirit, to the Otherworld and the Underworld.  While the Underworld is not built on much (apart from near the end but I’ll not say any more about that!) the Otherworld is painted in wonderful vivid detail.  I particularly liked the descriptions of travel when Eugenie first goes into the Otherworld.  I loved the way the seasons of the Kingdoms are dictated by the whim of the King/Queen.

There are various twists to the tale which make for an interesting read but I don’t want to do any major spoilers so I’ll just say look out for the prophecy and Eugenie’s powers!

The first line is a great start to this book : “I’d seen weirder things than a haunted shoe, but not many.”

I very much enjoyed Storm Born and will certainly be picking up The Thorn Queen sometimes soon.  I would recommend Storm Born to anyone who like Richelle Mead’s writing or who enjoys urban fantasy with a hint of romance (more an HFN than HEA!)
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Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Waiting on Wednesday #8 ~ "The Iron Thorn" by Caitlin Kittredge

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine which spotlight eagerly anticipated upcoming releases.

Wednesday again so soon?  My pick for this week is The Iron Thorn  by Caitlin Kittredge.  I really like the cover and the blur sounds great too!

Title: The Iron Thorn
Author: Caitlin Kittredge
Series: Iron Codex #1
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 22 February 2011.

In the city of Lovecraft, the Proctors rule and a great Engine turns below the streets, grinding any resistance to their order to dust. The necrovirus is blamed for Lovecraft's epidemic of madness, for the strange and eldritch creatures that roam the streets after dark, and for everything that the city leaders deem Heretical—born of the belief in magic and witchcraft. And for Aoife Grayson, her time is growing shorter by the day. 

Aoife Grayson's family is unique, in the worst way—every one of them, including her mother and her elder brother Conrad, has gone mad on their 16th birthday. And now, a ward of the state, and one of the only female students at the School of Engines, she is trying to pretend that her fate can be different. 

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Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Teaser Tuesday #9 ~ "Howling at the Moon"



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
My Teaser this week comes from Howling at the Moon by Karen MacInerney.  

"Not unless your mother can call him back from the dead.  Let's face it, Sophie.  If we don't find out who did it, your poor mom's going to be reading tarot cards in jail."  She leaned forward.  "Can you imagine your mother spending twenty years without her changing crystals?  No full-moon meditations?" 

p. 42.


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Sunday, 17 October 2010

In My Mailbox #9


In My Mailbox is a bookish meme hosted by Kirsti @ The Story Siren and was inspired by Alia @ Pop Culture Junkie.

I bought some books this week but never made it to the library (which I should have as there is a book waiting for me there!).  No books for review or won this week!

If you haven't already make sure you enter my 150+ followers giveaway and myH.P. Mallory giveaway - click on the links on my right hand side bar.

Title: Vicious Circle
Author: Linda Robertson

A girl's got to do what a girl's got to do.... 

Being a witch doesn't pay the bills, but Persephone Alcmedi gets by between reading Tarot cards, writing her syndicated newspaper column, and kenneling werewolves in the basement when the moon is full -- even if witches aren't supposed to mingle with wolves. She really reaches the end of her leash, though, when her grandmother gets kicked out of the nursing home and Seph finds herself in the doghouse about some things she's written. Then her werewolf friend Lorrie is murdered...and the high priestess of an important coven offers Seph big money to destroy the killer, a powerful vampire named Goliath Kline. Seph is a tough girl, but this time she bites off more than she can chew. She needs a little help from her friends -- werewolf friends. One of those friends, Johnny, the motorcycle-riding lead singer for the techno-metal-Goth band Lycanthropia, has a crush on her. And while Seph has always been on edge around this 6'2" leather-clad hunk, she's starting to realize that although their attraction may be dangerous, nothing could be as lethal as the showdown that awaits them. 




Title:  Changeless
Author: Gail Carriger

Alexia Tarabotti, now Lady Maccon, awakens in the wee hours of the mid-afternoon to find her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top of his lungs. Then he disappears -- leaving her to deal with a regiment of supernatural soldiers encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria.

But Alexia is armed with her trusty parasol, the latest fashions, and an arsenal of biting civility. Even when her investigations take her into thebackwaters of ugly waistcoats, Scotland, she is prepared: upending werewolf pack dynamics as only a soulless can.

She might even find time to track down her wayward husband, if she feels like it. 



Title: Blameless
Author: Gail Carriger

Quitting her husband's house and moving back in with her horrible family, Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season.

Queen Victoria dismisses her from the Shadow Council, and the only person who can explain anything, Lord Akeldama, unexpectedly leaves town. To top it all off, Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the fact that all of London's vampires are now very much interested in seeing Alexia quite thoroughly dead.

While Lord Maccon elects to get progressively more inebriated and Professor Lyall desperately tries to hold the Woolsey werewolf pack together, Alexia flees England for Italy in search of the mysterious Templars. Only they know enough about the preternatural to explain her increasingly inconvenient condition, but they may be worse than the vampires -- and they're armed with pesto.





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Friday, 15 October 2010

18 & Over Book Blogger Tag Along Friday #6

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Calling all 18 and over book bloggers, are you looking for more bloggers like yourself? Well please join in so we can tag along with each other. This is for a specific group and your blog needs to primarily have book reviews and post adult book content. In other words, if you read books like erotic and adult romance and have adult pic., then you can play tag along. Sorry YA readers, but if you read both (I know some of you do) you can tag along also. Just make sure you have both YA and adult romance on your blog.  I wanted to do this not only for myself, but for others out there that are looking for more adult book blogs.

It doesn't matter what you read if its paranormal, suspense, historical, contemporary or mystery, along with erotic with any genre. As long as it is adult then your in.

To join in the fun drop by Bitten By Paranormal Romance for more details and to see who else is taking part!

Welcome to my blog!  I read mainly 18+ paranormal romance and urban fantasy.  I on occasion delve into YA and erotica too.  
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