Welcome to the final day of the 2012 Blogger Book Fair: All's Fair In Blogs and More! Hosted by Paranormal Lounge, this event ran from July 26th-July 29th.
20+ blogs and 40+ authors participated and 70+ books were featured--along with tons of giveaways, freebies, discounts, reviews, interviews, and more--and there's still time to swing by Paranormal Lounge for all the related info.
Today at Vaempires.com, I'm focusing on participating Vampires books. First and foremost, I’d like to introduce you to a talented new writer and her amazing debut novel!
What Kills Me by Wynne Channing:
An ancient prophecy warns of a girl destined to cause the extinction of the vampire race.
So when 17-year-old Axelia falls into a sacred well filled with blood and emerges a vampire, the immortal empire believes she is this legendary destroyer. Hunted by soldiers and mercenaries, Axelia and her reluctant ally, the vampire bladesmith Lucas, must battle to survive.
How will she convince the empire that she is just an innocent teenager-turned bloodsucker and not a creature of destruction? And if she cannot, can a vampire who is afraid of bugs summon the courage to fight a nation of immortals?
Wynne Channing is a national newspaper reporter and young adult novelist.
Wynne loves telling stories and as a journalist, she has interviewed everyone from Daniel Radcliffe and Alicia Keys to the President of the Maldives and Duchess Sarah Ferguson. The closest she has come to interviewing a vampire is sitting down with Hugh Jackman (well, he once played a vampire hunter).
She briefly considered calling her debut novel "Well" so then everyone would say: "Well written by Wynne Channing."
My Five-Star Review of What Kills Me:
Wynne Channing’s debut novel, What Kills Me, is to die for. I’m not being cute here; this vampire novel kicks the you-know-what out of most other vampire novels out there.
The premise is original. The characters are well developed. The settings are beautifully described. The story is fluid and fast-paced. The action is almost non-stop, but never over the top. Most importantly, the series’ potential is unlimited.
The main characters, Zee and Lucas, make you want to cheer. They’re damaged, yet determined. They’re also a great team, whether working in tandem to remove heads and limbs from enemies or supporting each other through a never-ending series of betrayals and heartbreak. Thankfully, Channing depicts how they deal with their burgeoning feelings for each other with style and finesse, instead of overwhelming the reader with endless prose about physical attraction and pseudo-narcissism.
The ending was one of the best I can recall. While bringing the story to a satisfying, albeit surprise, conclusion, the information revealed has the potential to turn the entire series on its ear.
I eagerly—but not very patiently—await the next installment.
I highly recommend What Kills Me for fans of YA, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy … although I firmly believe it should be on the must-read list for anyone who loves great fiction.
And the fun doesn't stop there. Below are eight more awesome Vampires novels. Click each image to be transported to the author's website.
Finally, I'd like to share what Wynne Channing had to say about my Vaempires novels--which are free at Smashwords during this Fair! Just use code GY42M for Vaempires: Revolution and code DD74M for Vaempires: White Christmas.
"The extra "e" is for extraordinary…and maybe evisceration.
In the first pages of Vaempires: Revolution, you are launched into a bloody war between vampires and mutants. The opening scene is one of "broken bodies draped across hoods like grisly ornaments." It's chaos and carnage.
Welcome to Thomas Winship's thrilling world of vicious immortals and brave soldiers. His fast-moving, cinematic story is punctuated by vivid fight scenes where Winship's young hero fights to reach an endangered vampire princess. It pauses long enough for you to relate to the characters and to reflect on issues of racism and alienation, before rushing into another gruesome battle.
Go for the ride. Remember to breathe."
Unfortunately, Wynne hasn't reviewed this yet. :(
And now, the winners of our two featured events:
1) The Tournament of Monsters, hosted by author Wynne Channing:
You selected Mankind!
2) The entire list of Blogger Book Fair Awards winners, hosted by Shut Up and Read's Sheri Feikert, is available here. Thanks to you, Vaempires won the following category:
That's all, folks! There's still time to check out the other Fair Booths (listed below) and be sure to watch out for the next Blogger Book Fair.
A. E. Howard
A. E. Howard
Becca J. Campbell
D. H. Aire/Barry Nove
David J. Kirk
Jennifer M. Barry
S. M. Boyce