The Indie-Pendence Week Blog Hop - Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of The Indie-Pendence Week Blog HopHosted by GraveTells, this event celebrates two of our most basic and most important rights: freedom of press and freedom of speech. Click here to read all the details of this awesome event. The event's participants are listed below; please be sure to check in with all of them for tons of indie-related fun!

Also, be sure to check out today's featured post at GraveTells, in which Ilona Andrews discusses cover art.

Check out the Rafflecopter form below this post for the myriad ways in which you can enter the giveaway. One winner will receive a signed set of Vaempires books (Vaempires: Revolution and Vaempires White Christmas).

Today, I want to introduce you to a talented new indie author and a novel you don't want to miss!

A few weeks ago, I stumbled across a newly released novel--What Kills Me, by Wynne Channing--that really caught my eye. At first glance, I thought it might be a mermaid novel, since many claim mermaids will be the next big thing in the paranormal romance genre, but it turned out to be a vampire novel.

This was a good news/bad news scenario. 

That it wasn't a mermaid novel was good news. I'm not interested in mermaid novels (unless, of course, I write one!). However, the bad news was that I don't read many vampire novels. Still, the blurb sounded interesting, the cover was fantastic, and the author was an absolute delight ... so I decided to go for it. 

I'm certainly glad I did. What Kills Me kicks a$$! Be sure to check out my review below, but here's information about the book and its author first.

What Kills Me:

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:

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."

Wynne's links:


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.

Be sure to check out What Kills Me and let me (and Wynne) know what you think!

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