Monday, July 02, 2007

It Was A Dark (Hunter) And Stormy Night...


...eleven thousand years ago, when the bitch-goddess Artemis stole every last stinkin power from Sumerian god Nana -- that's Sin, to we mortals -- and put into motion events that included the slaughter of everyone Sin held dear. Oh, and Artemis' smooth moves created a bunch of evil creatures that'll foment Armageddon unless some Gods from Sin's pantheon check their nasty powers every few thousand years or so.

Now Sin's livin' large in Vegas, slayin' really gross demons that prey on humans, and seek
ing revenge for the suffering good ol' goddess Artie caused him, and so many of the humanity he and other Dark Hunters have sworn to protect.

But someone's out to stop him, a chick with even more power and strength than he has
-- one who -- Well, I can't tell you. Cause, see, there's a total shawkah in Sherrilyn Kenyon's August release, "Devil May Cry" (St. Martin's Press, 08.07) that I'm sworn to secrecy not to reveal.

And when I say shawkah, I mean
Shawkah with a capital SHAWK.

I'm kinda hooked on the Dark-Hunter series, even though I sometimes confuse my Ch
arontes demons with my Onoroi gifteds. Lucky for me, the "Dark Hunter Companion" comes out from SMP in October, so I'll be able to get my neo-mythology straight.

And can we talk 2008? Well, Kenyon's already calling it, "The Year of Ash," and I, for one, cannot bear the wait for Acheron's story.

So, let's talk Dark-Hunters. Read 'em? Love 'em? Not sure what they are? Who's your favorite Dark-Hunter? Do you believe the DH series influenced JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series? Can somebody remind me what happened to Ash's squire since he died? Do you think I should get a tat of the Acheron insignia somewhere on my body? What would you ask Sherrilyn Kenyon if you had the chance?

Not that I'm asking you to write interview questions for me, or anything. But if you have any ideas...
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Encore! Si. Jude Law is the anti-Dark-Hunter. But Bella JulieinOhio had a hankerin' for him, and since MaryKate offered the pic...
Encore due! "Devil May Cry" and an on-cam interview with Sherrilyn Kenyon will be featured in August at RBTB at LifetimeTV.com. There'll also be a cool world-debut of the Dabel Bros/Marvel Comics trailer for Kinley MacGregor's (Sherri's aka) "Knights of Avalon" comics series. The series is due out this fall.

70 comments:

rachd said...

Mornin', Bellas!

The Jude pic is just lovely. Thanks, MK for supplying it and thanks Michelle for posting it ;o).

I have not read any Kenyon. BDB were really my first foray into para's because I wasn't very open minded about things that were *different*. I'm moving that way though.

Portia, I left a little note for you in the previous post. :o)

MK, I also responded to your JQ post down there.

Julie in Ohio said...

Good Morning, Bellas!!

Michelle, you are a goddess!
It's funny really. I don't know what it is about Jude that does it because I usually like'm buffer but I could just stare at him until my eyes crossed. Why didn't I know this before?

As for the dark hunters, I haven't read yet. I'm so enthralled with the BDB that I don't care where JR's idea came from, I'm just really glad it did.

Portia Da Costa said...

Rachd... got your note! Am so glad that Clever Bobby worked for you... ;)

Oh dear, I've never read a Dark Hunter book... or a Black Dagger Brotherhood book... But I know I ought to as I'm obviously missing out on something fabulous!

Hope to rectify this situation soon...

Forgive me if I seem a little 'flat' today... himself set off for a holiday tour of the WW2 battlefields of Holland and Belgium this morning, and had to leave the house at 4am to make sure he caught the ferry. Which means that muggins here had to be up at 3.15am to make sure *he* got up in time!

Now I feel like night of the living dead... and I have chats ahead tonight until around 5am tomorrow morning. Will probably sleep the entire day tomorrow...

MaryKate said...

Now, that's a DILF right there. All day long!

Michelle - DILF has to get added to the Lexicon, TM Rach!

GASP! Rach, you haven't read Kenyon??? Holy Cow! How did that happen?! She was originally, one of ultimate para author (along w/Feehan), of course, now I'd give JR Ward that title.

She writes some dandy heroes though, although I find her mythology to be a bit unwieldy. You kind of need charts and graphs and flowcharts to figure out how they all meld together.

Here's my thing about Kenyon books, and this is probably gonna get me disagreed with, it's almost too easy for her characters sometimes. Now, I know alot of people would disagree, but the heroes tend to kind of wave their hands and throw money at stuff and *poof* it magically disappears. And if that doesn't work, Acheron comes in and waves his hand at it and it's all better. Plus, occasionally the banter gets to be too much for me. The books are laden with pop culture references, that can date the books as you read them.

Now, while I stand by all of the above, she's written some terrific entries into the series. I love Zarek, Valerius, and more than any of the others, Vane.

She's not my favorite para author or an autobuy for me (no way would I pay HC prices for her -- until Acheron's book. That I'll pay for!), but she almost always delivers an entertaining book, and occasionally she knocks it out of the park.

So, kind of mediocre praise from me. I like her, but don't love her.

MaryKate said...

Can somebody remind me what happened to Ash's squire since he died?

I'm kinda fuzzy on this one, but I think:

Nick's mom, Cherie was murdered by, I want to say Desiderius, or possibly one of his sons. I'm a little confused here, but I believe Nick vowed vengeance, shot himself in the head, and Artie revived him because she knew Acheron would be devastated by Nick's death. But somewhere in there, Nick and Ash had a fight, and now Nick believes that Ash is to blame for his mom's death and they're estranged.

Sorta. I could be wrong here, but I think that's the gist of it.

And no, I don't think you should get a Ash tat. I love tats, but if you're getting anything, shouldn't it be a BDB dagger? ;o)

Julie in Ohio said...

What's a DILF?

Am I the only one scratching her head on thing one?



My hubby and I have talked of getting tats. I wonder what he'd do if if I got a dagger. :oD

Julie in Ohio said...

OK, obviously the coffee hasn't kicked in yet. That should read "scratching her head on THIS one". Oy vey

MaryKate said...

Jules - Well, A MILF is a "Mother I'd Love to F*ck," so, Jude would be a "Daddy I'd Love to F*ck"

Britney Spears made MILF famous by wearing a T-shirt that said "Future MILF" when she was pregnant with her first baby. Course, I don't get the whole "Britney's Hot" thing, so I can't relate. But I'll agree with Rach that Jude Law is a DILF! LOL!

MaryKate said...

Course, if Jude were a "FILF" (Father I'd Love to F*ck), he would be FILFy.

Really, really dirty! LOL!

rachd said...

OMG, ROTFL MK! :oD

Yeah, that whole Brit thing is beyond me. So's the Paris thing, but that's a whole 'nother ballgame.

So, MK, you're sayin' I need to pick up a Kenyon? Which one?

Yeah, Jules, I think you should totally go for the dagger. I'm sure hubby would LOVE it ;o).

rachd said...

Portia, sweet dreams :oP.

Julie in Ohio said...

ROTFLMAO!!!
OMG! MK, that is GREAT!!


Michelle, you have to add that to the lexi for caffeine deprived people like me who just don't get it but should. :o)

MaryKate said...

Rach -My favorite Kenyon is Night Play, which actually, while loosely related to the Dark Hunters, Vane is a Were Hunter. Different animal, if you'll forgive the pun. I love it because the heroine is very plus sized, and he adores her. Being a plus sized girl myself, it appeals to me.

If you want a Dark Hunter book, I'd go with Dance With The Devil, which is Zarek's book. Zarek rivals JR Ward's Zsadist in the tortured hero department.

rachd said...

No no, go back to the plus-sized chickie. I'm a plus sized girl myself and would LOVE to read a heroine that is like me. :o)

The other sounds good too, but I think I'll go ahead and start with Vane.

Jules, that *was* a good one, wasn't it?

MaryKate said...

So's the Paris thing, but that's a whole 'nother ballgame.

Rach, pack your bags, we're going to Paris!

You give me five days, I promise you I can make you fall in love with Paris. Not only is it the most romantic place on the planet, but there's also incredible history, food, and fashion to be seen there.

It's my favorite city in the whole world, followed closely by NOLA.

Portia Da Costa said...

Do you have to start at the beginning with Dark Hunter books? Or can you dive in anywhere and pick up the gist of what's going on?

Likewise BDB?

And yay, on that plus sized heroine! I'm no sylph myself...

I'm still awake... but lord knows how I'm going to stay that way until around 4 or 5am tomorrow morning GMT!!!

I stopped drinking coffee 'cos it upset my stomach, but I think I'm going to have to risk it tonight...

rachd said...

Portia, I can't speak for the Dark Hunter books, but I would definitely do the BDB books in order. They *can* be read independently of one another, but I wouldn't recommend it.

Good luck with the coffee.

MK, sign me up for that trip! :oP Have you been to NOLA since Katrina?

MaryKate said...

Nope, it's on my early winter itinerary.

Portia, I agree with Rach, you do need to start with DARK LOVER on the Ward books. I envy you. They are sumptuous books. You'll love them.

Why don't more authors write plus sized heroines? Everyone seems to be so thin.

Also, I was struck as I read the new JQ, the hero at some point while making love to the very thin heroine was kissing her stomach. I'm sorry, but, all I'd be thinking is, eww, it's like jello, don't kiss there. LOL!

There just aren't that many plus sized heroines. Even Josie from Eloisa James' P4P was more curvy than actually heavy. I'd like to see one of the BDB fall in love with a plus sized heroine. They're huge guys, so it shouldn't matter to them.

Annnyway, I seem to have wandered off the point. But, my point is as a reader, I'd definitely read plus sized heroines, assuming they don't 1-lose the weight to win the man, and 2- are portrayed as genuinely having concerns over their weight. Seriously, nothing makes me melt more than a hero who can't keep his hands off of a plus sized girl. It's like butta, I tell you!

Julie in Ohio said...

Portia-- I suggest starting at the beginning with BDB. It is a more fullfilling read that way.
It begins with "Dark Lover" then "Lover Eternal", "Lover Awakened" and "Lover Revealled". "Lover Unbound" comes out in September.

rachd said...

Yup. I agree, MK.

I wonder if there aren't as many plus sized heroines because romances are fantasies for women and so many women *want* to not be heavier.

I read one called, REAL WOMEN DON'T WEAR SIZE 2 and I picked it up simply because of the title! I seem to recall the heroine was heavier and VERY curvy and the hero just HAD to have her. It was SO hawt!

In today's day of heavier gals (don't believe me, hang out at Busch Gardens or Water Country for the day and look around--the majority are either heavy or unhealthily thin, not much middle ground) more plus sized heroines would be VERY welcome. I guess I just want a heroine who "looks" like me and has the guy absolutely mad to have her. ;oP

rachd said...

It begins with "Dark Lover" then "Lover Eternal", "Lover Awakened" and "Lover Revealled".


:rach notices Julie's series-must-be-read-in-order OCD making an appearance: :oP

Yeah, I know, I'm the same way. ;o)

Julie in Ohio said...

Have ya'll read Jennifer Crusie's BET ME? I would say that it was really good but what JC isn't? :o)

Julie in Ohio said...

Oops, did it slip out again, Rach? My bad. :p


(but it is better in order ;o))

MaryKate said...

In this case, Jules, you're right, in order is WAY better because the mythology develops as she goes.

I did read Bet Me, and loved it, but the thing is, Min wasn't at all sensitive about being plus sized. I just don't think that's accurate. I mean, I don't obsess about it, but I'm not totally comfortable in my own skin. Ya know? How come no one writes much about that?!?!

rachd said...

How come no one writes much about that?!?!

Because it SUCKS to be like that. I know, I'm the same way. I guess it's hard to escape reality into fantasy when you are faced with the insecurities you deal with on a daily basis in what you're reading.

For me, I'd *love* to read about that. It would make the heroine more "normal" and I know I could relate to her some much better.

Julie in Ohio said...

Sounds like you better start writing, Rach. I'd buy that book. :o)

Portia Da Costa said...

Yeah, I think it's more true to life if the heroine does angst *a bit* about her size. I can identify much better with a heroine who's just a tad hung up about not being as slim as she'd like... Not totally obsessed and screwed up by it, but definitely looking at herself and thinking, 'ooh, I'd love to lose a pound or two or three'...

That's like a *real* person, isn't it?

rachd said...

Ah, Jules, if I only had the talent...

Yes, Portia, *exactly*. Hm, maybe you could jot that idea down for a future story?? ;o) You've *definitely* got the talent. :o)

MaryKate said...

I'll second that, Portia. Maybe there's a plus sized heroine who has ALL KINDS of hot, scrumptious sex in your/our future??!

Michele said...

I remember when I accidently discovered the Dark Hunters.

I read them out of order because I didn't yet understand what I was reading. I'd read the first one (love slave?)when he was stuck in the book. I thought it was a stand alone and loved it. Then I got Wulf's story and was amazed when I picked up Talon's and found the timeline wrapped around each other so you ended up reading it from different angles and perspectives. That was so novel for me as I'd never seen it before, that I became hooked. I've been a Dark Hunter fan ever since.

Sherrilyn made if feel like a "world" to me.

I liked Vane the best (mostly because I related to Bride and was thrilled with Vane's pursuit of her.) then Zarek than Valerius.

It helps to read them in order, but I don't think it hurts not to do so. I still got the hang of things and was inspired to get the back list even though I was "out of order".

As for someone's question about Nick. *sigh*, he is SO screwed up now.
He's going to be controlled by the bad guys, yet at heart is in not a bad guy. How is he ever going to get out of the mess he got tricked into, I have NO idea.
I look forward to seeing how Sherrilyn accomplishes that feat - it's convoluted as it is.


But I miss the old Nick. He was so irreverant and fun and quirky!

This new book sounds great and it clears up a ton of discussion as to whether or not Kat was Ash's intended. Guess not. *grin*
So now I"m stuck with who?
Because I believe we're to have already "met" her in a past story.

Anyone have any ideas now that Kat is out of the running?

OH! And I Majorly second
MaryKates sentiment:
"I'd like to see one of the BDB fall in love with a plus sized heroine. They're huge guys, so it shouldn't matter to them.
"

I'd like to think 'huge' guys would prefer well padded women. They could be as rough as their animal natures dictated without fear of us breaking like toothpicks. Women are stong and passionate .. we can give as good as get. I'd think a guy would enjoy that freedom without looking out for the lil' lady.

Besides , when you're a kid.
What do you want to hug, a plush cushy teddy bear or a skeleton?
And men are just big kids, right?

Julie in Ohio said...

Now correct me if I'm wrong because I'm at work and don't have the book in front of me, BUT wasn't Mary described as a "softer" person. Remember how amazed she was that Rhage looked her way while sitting at the restaurant? I never pictured her as skin and bones. I keep seeing her as plumper for some reason.

Portia Da Costa said...

I'd like to think 'huge' guys would prefer well padded women. They could be as rough as their animal natures dictated without fear of us breaking like toothpicks. Women are stong and passionate .. we can give as good as get. I'd think a guy would enjoy that freedom without looking out for the lil' lady.

Mmmm.... Yeah, this makes me the perfect size for husky, six feet four Vincenzo!!!! Bring on your animal nature, man, I'm here!

Portia Da Costa said...

It's a deal, Rach and MaryKate... I will seriously consider making a future heroine voluputuously full figured...

I'm already imagining her in a sumptuous embroidered corset, looking like a goddess and seducing a totally awesome big and husky hunk.

MaryKate said...

Now correct me if I'm wrong because I'm at work and don't have the book in front of me, BUT wasn't Mary described as a "softer" person. Remember how amazed she was that Rhage looked her way while sitting at the restaurant? I never pictured her as skin and bones. I keep seeing her as plumper for some reason.

I think the "soft" referred to her personality. As I recall, her stomach was actually a bit sunken, due to her illness. I believe she actually was skinny. Now, I think Bella was a big woman, not fat, but big.

It's a deal, Rach and MaryKate... I will seriously consider making a future heroine voluputuously full figured...

I'm already imagining her in a sumptuous embroidered corset, looking like a goddess and seducing a totally awesome big and husky hunk.


And Portia, she should have ALL. KINDS. of sex. Since I won't do it in real life, I think we should have a heroine who has a hero who introduces her to all kindsa good stuff. ALL. KINDS.

I'm just sayin'.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Alright, alright, Bellas, here's where I have to step in and reign in you radicals.

I agree, I when the hero digs the girls with the non-Playmate bodies. But can we understand that there are chicks who are skin-and-bones who dig romance, too, and have their own fantasies?

And even really pretty hot chicks deserve love too. Just not from Vincenzo, cause he's all Portia's and mine. And don't cross us on that one. Oh, but he does look like he'd have the ability to toss a girl around a bit, doesn't he? sigh.

I think this is such a cool discussion, and I may steal it to be one of the first at LifetimeTV.com. Don't you think it would be one even non-romance readers could relate to?

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Amen, MK. And Portia, don't you think it would be great if she worked as a romance columnist?

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Yeah, ok, I know I don't have much to lace up in that corset (I'll say it before you do, MK, et al), but a girl can still lobby, cain't she?

Oh, see I like that. When a hero doesn't mind the heroine's not totally stacked. Although I do like to placehold the heroines with the curvy, "Pocket Venus" figures.

There's a regency coming out from Sourcebooks soon about a Regency miss who's fuller-figured. He re's the pitch:
'

She couldn’t believe he’d be attracted to a body like hers . . .

Sourcebooks, Inc. is proud to shake up the Regency romance world with No Regrets by Michèle Ann Young (ISBN: 978-1-4022-1016-7; Romance/Fiction; October 2007; $6.99 U.S./$8.99 CAN/£3.99 UK), the salacious novel about an unlikely heroine and her unruly rake.



Plump and voluptuous, Carolyn Torrington feels like the dowdy vicar’s daughter among the slim and sophisticated beauties of her day. But to the dashing Lord Lucas Foxhaven, her luscious curves and subtle beauty are an irresistible temptation. And when these childhood friends join in a marriage of convenience, the smoldering fires between them blaze with tension—and misunderstanding.



Every time Lucas takes Caro in his arms he becomes overwhelmed with guilt for betraying the innocence of a trusted friend. At the same time, Caro mistakes his withdrawal from her as repulsion by her body. But when Carolyn is kidnapped, Lucas must come to her rescue, and as scandal and deception unravel the unlikely pair embarks on an adventure that can only bring them closer together.



With its unconventional ingénue, No Regrets is already capturing romance readers’ attention as a Romantic Times BOOKclub American Title II finalist. And Carolyn Torrington is sure to capture their hearts too, as the Bridget Jones of the Regency area. Every woman can relate to the plain vicar’s daughter, and will love watching her come out from hiding behind her spectacles to win the love of a tall, dark and handsome rogue.



About the Author

Michèle Ann Young crafts her second novel with all the suspense and scandal that a Regency romance deserves. Born and educated in England, Michèle loved history, and as a voracious reader of historical novels, she became fascinated with the Regency era. With all the glitz and glamour of high society, the age is modern enough to be familiar some two hundred years later.



Michèle is the author of the acclaimed novel Pistols at Dawn, which won first place in the Toronto Romance Writers Golden Opportunity Contest in 2003. She currently lives and writes in Ontario, Canada. Each summer she returns to England to visit family and research her next novel. Please visit Michèle at her website: www.micheleannyoung.com.



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Portia Da Costa said...

And even really pretty hot chicks deserve love too. Just not from Vincenzo, cause he's all Portia's and mine. And don't cross us on that one. Oh, but he does look like he'd have the ability to toss a girl around a bit, doesn't he? sigh.

Yeah, and he looks as if he's got plenty of everything for *both* of us!!! ;)

Portia Da Costa said...

Yeah, and I get what you mean about skinny girls being heroines too... I have a few friends who are just as troubled about being thin as some bigger women are stressed about their size...

Diversity is everything, isn't it? In an ideal world there would be books with big heroines, lean heroines, homely heroines, beautiful heroines... I mean, even being beautiful can bring problems in life, can't it? IE. people not taking you seriously as a person and just relating to your looks.

Yikes, I'm getting philosophical... it must be sleep deprivation kicking in!

MaryKate said...

I agree, I when the hero digs the girls with the non-Playmate bodies. But can we understand that there are chicks who are skin-and-bones who dig romance, too, and have their own fantasies?

No, I totally get that. Romance should appeal to everyone. But here's the thing...there's a preponderance of heroines who are rail thin, or perfectly proportioned. You don't get a lot of plus sized heroines, although I do think the last few years that's changing a bit.

All's I'm saying is that absolutely there should be heroines who suit everyone, but it does seem like plus sized heroines are harder to come by. But since our girl Portia is going to hook us up, we're in better shape already!

One of the things I did like about Bet Me was that Min ate what she wanted. She didn't concern herself with what she put in her mouth. And Cal enjoyed that she ate what she wanted. I'm just saying that it touches me when a guy loves a woman despite what she perceives as her physical imperfections. And being overweight is an issue that many women feel.

Hell, I know women who I consider to be skinny who still think there's something wrong with their bodies (mainly their boobs -- one nice side effect of being heavier is having a great rack! LOL!). I think it's an issue for everyone.

But for me, more plus sized heroines would not be amiss.

It's just my opinion, YMMV.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

YMMV? Help the old broad here, wouldja?t.

I totally hear ya, MK. I'm always pleasantly surprised when a heroine isn't perfect. And, like you, I see more and more of that. But lots of women do read romance for the placeholder fantasy of the perfect bod.

I've read a couple that even deal with post-pregnancy bods which go something like, "you're gorgeous, baby." "oh, but i'm all saggy!" "No, you're all sexy!" "Oh, Ok. You may now ravish the body I used to feel uncomfortable about."

Cause I always think about that stuff in the medievals and stuff in the eppies and later series where a former heroine has had 6 kids and the hero still can't keep his hands off her and never notices another woman. Although there are some pretty great guys in real life, so...

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Rach writes:
Because it SUCKS to be like that. I know, I'm the same way. I guess it's hard to escape reality into fantasy when you are faced with the insecurities you deal with on a daily basis in what you're reading.

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I wonder, would a good discussion be, do romance novels ever make you feel bad about yourself?

Julie in Ohio said...

"I wonder, would a good discussion be, do romance novels ever make you feel bad about yourself?"


IMO, NEVER!! Maybe if I pretended to be the heroine and I didn't live up to their level of perfection then I might but I don't do that. When I'm reading a story, I'm more voyeur than participant which is why first person is sometimes difficult for me. (Does that even make sense?)

Isn't reading suppose to be fun and make you forget all your troubles?

MaryKate said...

Michelle - YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary.

Nope, Romance only ever makes me feel happy. I love them, and never feel embarassed or ashamed of reading them. But I'd be interested to hear if anyone does feel bad about reading them, and if so, why, which ones, and what made them feel bad.

Interesting question.

Portia Da Costa said...

I'm trying to see all the angles here... such as, some people enjoy reading about beautiful, idealised heroines because for a short while, as they read, they can escape and *be* that beautiful woman?

Is that it? I can get with that, as well as the desire to read about more realistic heroines too... :)

Romances don't make me feel bad... I think I can honestly say that. I know that perfect or semi perfect happily ever afters don't come to us all, but reading about the fantasy of it still satisfies and lifts the spirits, doesn't it?

rachd said...

Wow, go steam clean some carpets and ya'll have taken off!

Portia, YES!!! YES YES YES YES YES!!!! (ahem, that's all I'm sayin').

Michelle, I totally concur with MK on this. There aren't *nearly* as many plus sized heroines as there are skinny/normal. Sure, I like to place hold, but find I just can't do it if my body isn't even *close* to the body of the heroine.

I can honestly say romance novels have never made me feel bad about myself, but that would be a good topic.

I find I just want someone who *looks* like me sometimes, that's all.

MK, I hear ya on the rack ;o). Got that goin' on in SPADES! :oP

Jules, I totally get your first person hang-up--me too. :o)

danetteb said...

I agree with Julie,you are a goddess Michelle.
I love The Dark Hunters,my favorite will always by Kyrian,yummy.
I can't wait to find more about Simi and a certain squire gone naughty Dark Hunter.

LeeAnn said...

Ok I haven’t read the Dark Hunter’s series yet but will have to look into that. I’m waiting for Christina Dodd’s SCENT OF DARKNESS that comes out tomorrow.
I really don’t care what the heroine looks like. As long she is a character that I can like then I’m ok. My main problem is when I don’t like the heroine or the hero it makes it really hard to read the book.
I have never read a romance novel that has made me feel bad about myself. If anything it makes me want to be a better person. I read about these kind, loving, strong woman that have fears just like everyone else but they seem to over come them and it makes me feel like I can too. I know it sounds strange (because their fictional characters) but with some of the novels when I’m done I think to my self if she can do it so can I. I have noticed that since I started reading romance novels about three years ago that I have strived to be a better person and in ways feel like I am accomplishing it slowly but surely.

Stacy~ said...

I will say that the Dark Hunters are what turned me on to vamps. Prior, I was all "ewww, cold dead lips are so unappealing" but SK made the Dark Hunters all hot and sexy and all VILF. Having read both these books and JR Ward's, there were some glaringly obvious similarities - Zarek and Zsadist are extremely similar, but I felt that Zarek was way more tortured (plus he's my absolute favorite); and Ash's beast could be the inspiration for Wrath's. It's more difficult to follow the Dark Hunters and all the spin-offs and such. I need a map to keep track of it all...or that companion coming out in Oct. I can't remember where I left off and I'm feeling a little frantic about it because I want to make sure I'm with the program when Ash's story is released.

I think most women feel insecure about their looks. Being small-chested makes me feel very self-conscious, and I wonder why can't I just move some of the extra stuffing from my lower half and make up the difference - it should be that easy, doncha think? Seriously though, I have a few plus-size friends who are very confident, and I envy them that. That confidence is very attractive to men, and they have no problem finding boyfriends who love their bodies. And not freaks, either.

I wanna go to Paris too, and MK can be our tour guide. It can be the Bella World Tour 2008...2010, okay, maybe 2015. Full of 'ritas around the world, lots of hot, wet men and an extra suitcase for all our books.

rachd said...

Okay, Stace, I'm *THERE*!! ;o)

Julie in Ohio said...

Oh,Oh we're taking a field trip? YAY!! Better start shopping. :oD

MK-- I haven't forgotten that you and Monica said you would take me on a tour of New York City. ;o)

MaryKate said...

Jules - My pleasure! Name the date!

I can't wait for everyone to come to DC for RWA in '09! We've got all kindsa fun to have.

Michelle, I thought we were having a Bellathon soon?? We've gotta have a last hurrah on the old blog before we have to get all dignified over at LTV. Doncha think?

rachd said...

Dignified?? US?!?!? MK, what are you smokin' up there? ;oP

I do agree a Bellathon is the way to go--as long as it's not this week since we're headed to Blacksburg until Sunday and I'm not sure I'll have internet access *boo hoo hoo*.

Portia, did you make it last night?

Julie in Ohio said...

I've been brushing up on my curtsies and everything. I have no idea who I'm curtsying to but I'll do it with dignity. :p


Have fun in Blacksburg, Rach!!

Vivi Anna said...

I'm not a Dark Hunter reader. Tried once, failed. Couldn't get through it.

but then you all know my struggles with BDB...so maybe it is related somehow.

MaryKate said...

Vivi! Where you been, Bella! Hope you being gone means you've been cookin' up something awesome for us to read!

I love you even though you're not a BDB fan. No really. I do! Seriously. ;oP

Jules, let me know when you perfect that whole curtsie thing. I'm sure I'd fall on my face if I tried. LOL!

Vivi Anna said...

Yup, I've been writing like a crazed madwoman.

I'm hoping to have good news for y'all soon.

LeeAnn said...

Wait we have to become dignified?! When did that rule come out? I must have missed that posting. Does this mean that there wont be anymore pictures of half naked men and topics about the size of a mans penis and if we should know if they used a condom or not? Bummer!
But I have the curtsie thing down so I'm ok there.

Julie in Ohio said...

Leeann- Wait a minute. We have to draw the line somewhere, don't 'cha think?
I'll curtsy all ya want (or until my knees give out) but don't take away my half naked wet men. ;oD

I think as long as they are "dignified" pics we should be OK. For example, a towel delicately positioned to cover just enough or a group shower scene in their Dolce & Gabanas. :oD

Julie in Ohio said...

Vivi-- I can't wait to hear your news!!! :o)
Even if you can't get on board the BDB bandwagon (:shaking head wondering where we went wrong:), we still love ya and miss ya when you go AWOL. :o)

LeeAnn said...

Ok (cringing while I ask this question) what does BDB stand for?

Julie in Ohio said...

The BDB is BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD.

Leeann-- Have you read them? If not I would suggest you running (not walking) to the nearest book store (or letting your fingers do the walking over to Amazon) and picking them up. The series begins with DARK LOVER. Fantastic books.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Hi, everyone! Jude, email me at mbuonfiglio@RBtheBook.com.

I may have relaunch info very soon, Bellas, but don't worry. We'll have us sum hot/wets up in no time.

MaryKate said...

Michelle, I'm not sure Jude reads this blog! ;oP

If he does, be sure you tell him we think he's FILF-y!

LeeAnn said...

Thanks Julie I'll go pick it up at lunch.

Julie in Ohio said...

LOL!! MK-- I was thinking the same thing. :oD

Portia Da Costa said...

Well, I've ordered the first of the Dark Hunter series *and* the first of the BDB... Hope I don't get confused!

I survived last night, Rach... but now I feel like the living dead. I was awake for over 24 hours straight! I used to be able to do that the the Trek cons, but I was a lot younger then... LOL

We've got to be dignified? Yikes, that's going to be a reach for me!

Julie in Ohio said...

But, Portia, you're British. I thought that dignity was bred into you from birth. :p

Julie in Ohio said...

It's fireworks night here in good ole Ohio. I hope you all have a great and safe Fourth. {{{BIG HUGS}}}

Pamk said...

omg I can't wait for Ash and this one sounds amazing too. And it a great early birthday prezzie for me. at least by one day.