Sunday 8 March 2009
This week I am very very excited to have author Jaye Wells here as a guest on Amberkatze's Book Blog. At the beginning of this year an ARC copy of her debut book 'Red-Headed Stepchild' found its way to me and I devoured it and wrote this review. I know it is only March but this book is the best book I have read this year. I cried when it was over and hate the fact that I have to wait at least another year for the next part.

'Red-Headed Stepchild' is the first book in the Sabina Kane series and it is a must buy. The book comes out on the 31st of March and if you finish reading the interview you could try your luck and enter the contest and win yourself a copy.


Amber - Welcome to Amberkatze's Book Blog! I loved your book Red-Headed Stepchild and can't wait for everyone else to get a copy and enjoy it too! But first they all need to know what it is about. So maybe you could start things off by telling my blog readers a bit about the book?

Jaye - RED-HEADED STEPCHILD is the first in a planned trilogy about a character named Sabina Kane. She's a mixed-blood assassin who's sent to kill the leader of a rival vampire sect. The mission reveals a plot to start a war between the vampire and mage races, and also uncovers secrets about Sabina's own past. Helping her navigate this treacherous situation is a high-strung demon sidekick, a nymph roommate who used to work in faery porn, and a mysterious mage with a nice ass. So really, there's something for the whole family.

Amber - In Red-Headed Stepchild you introduce the reader to a whole new twist on vampires. How did you come up with the idea for the series? Was it a slow process or something that just happened?

Jaye - There were really two big moments of inspiration that impacted the direction of the series. First, the first line "Digging graves is hell on a manicure," came to me while I was driving. I pulled over immediately to write it down. From that first line, I wrote a flash fiction (250 words) story for a contest at the Clarity of Night blog. That story got a lot of support so I started thinking about turning it into a novel.

I'd written two paranormal romances before this, but I wanted to tackle an urban fantasy. But in order to do that I knew I'd have to take the plunge and do some major world building. This is where the second key inspiration came in. I'd always loved the mythology behind Lilith. And I love the idea of the fabled first wife of Adam going on to spawn her own dark races, who exist in the shadows of our world. So I spent a few weeks just researching and brainstorming. From the beginning I wanted to do something different with vampires, and this world building period was when I came up with most of the big changes. At the end I had this very short story and this very long world building document. And from those two things I built Sabina's story.

Amber - Being a natural red head and being teased all of my childhood because of it...then colouring it at the earliest chance...I have to ask. Why did use red hair to make your vampires stand out??

Jaye -This goes back to my world building. Lilith is the mother of all the dark races, but each race has a different father. For vampires, the father is Cain. As punishment for killing his brother, Abel, God placed a mark on Cain to identify him as a murderer and liar. There's been lots of theories about what exactly this mark consisted of. One was that Cain had red hair. In addition, there's some old vampire folklore that claimed all vampires had red hair. So, I basically combined those two elements. In the books, the age of the vamp is indicated by the shade of red--the darker the shade, the older the vamp. Since Sabina is mixed blood, she has black hair with thick streaks of red.

Amber - Sabine Kane is an amazing character. Is she anything like you? Or someone you know?

Jaye - There's some of me in all my characters, but Sabina is different in some major ways. That's one of the challenges of writing first person--always being mindful that your character is not you and staying true to their personality. Sabina is much more confrontational and prone to self-sabotage than me.

Amber - Actually you have some pretty cool characters in the book. How did you know what characters you would need to support Sabine? Who is your favourite?

Jaye - Giguhl is by far my favorite character to write. From the beginning I wanted Sabina to have a sidekick. I've always been pretty fascinated by hairless cats and for some reason it made sense to me that a demon might take the form of one. He's so fun to write because he provides some much-needed comic relief.

The rest of the characters grew organically as I began building the story. They're all composites of a bunch of random influences. I love writing each of them for different reasons.

Amber - Did you have to do alot of research for Red-Headed Stepchild? If yes, what kind?

Jaye - Definitely. I'm a research nerd so I tend to do a lot more than I need. In addition to the mythology and folklore I mentioned earlier, I researched a bunch of random stuff. Motorcycles, guns, hairless cats, catnip, demons, wine, names, settings, etc, etc. I'm always a little worried the FBI is gonna known down my door one day based on my Google searches.

Amber - Did you always want to be a writer? Did you pick the paranormal genre or did it pick you?

Jaye - I always wrote, but I never seriously considered fiction writing as a career. I always thought it was like being called to the priesthood--you just knew you were meant to do it. And I never felt that way. Instead, I went into magazine and freelance writing. But eventually I grew bored with that and took a class in writing fiction for fun. I was hooked immediately.

Paranormal definitely picked me. During the class I mentioned, the teacher suggested we go home and look through our bookcases to see what we read the most to get a clue of what we might want to write. I was shocked at how much vampire fiction I'd read over the years: Anne Rice, Katie MacAlister, Lynsay Sands, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Christine Feehan, etc. Plus, I'd had this story idea in my head for years that I could never really make work. But when I made the love interest a vampire it suddenly gelled. That idea became my first novel--a paranormal romance. After that I never looked back because every idea I've had since has had a paranormal element.

Amber - How many more Sabine Kane books will there be and when can we expect them? Any other projects you are working on?

Jaye - Right now I have three contracted, but I'm hoping it will go beyond that. The second book, MAGE IN BLACK, is scheduled for a January 2010 release. No word yet on the third book, tentatively titled GREEN-EYED DEMON. I will also have a short story, a prequel to Red-Headed Stepchild, in the MAMMOTH BOOK OF VAMPIRES, VOL. 2 coming out Winter 2009.

Amber - Red-Headed Stepchild is your debut. What was the process like for you? Did you have any say in the title? Book cover? etc? What did you love about bringing your first book into the world? and what did you hate?

Jaye - I've been incredibly lucky. Orbit has been a pure pleasure to work with, and they involved me in every step of the process. RED-HEADED STEPCHILD was my original title for the book and I was thrilled to get to keep it. I'm so not an artist so the cover I left to the pros except for a little input in Sabina's appearance. Craig White did an amazing job capturing Sabina, and the cover is just gorgeous.

The only thing I didn't like about the process was the wait. I sold to Orbit in January 2008, so it's been hard to be patient waiting for April to get here. But it's been so fun watching my manuscript transform into a novel. So cool.

Amber - What have been the good and bad times of being an author? Any advice to anyone out there working on their first novel?

Jaye - Most the time, it's the coolest job ever. But the challenge is being able to stay focused ont he things I can control. It's too easy to get distracted and forget my first responsibility is to write good stories. If I'm stressing about reviews or other distractions, then I find it difficult to get in the zone with my writing.

For first timers, my best advice is this: For your first book your goal should just be to finish. Don't read every craft book out there, don't let anyone read it while you're writing--just finish the damned thing. Once you know you have the discipline to sit down and write a complete book and the desire to do it again, then you start working your craft. It's a process not a race to the finish line. Even multi-published authors are constantly trying to improve their craft. So get over the idea that perfection is possible. Keep your eye on improvement instead.

Amber - What books do you read when you have the chance? Any must have authors or series?

Jaye - I read a bit of everything. I just finished The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon. It's an amazing novel. Of course, I read my fair share of paranormal, as well. Some of my favorite authors include Christopher Moore, Kim Harrison, Charlaine Harris, J.R. Ward, and Sherrilyn Kenyon.

Amber - What music, TV series or films do you like and do any of them influence your work?

Jaye - I'm pretty eclectic in my tastes. The Blade series and Underworld definitely influenced Red-Headed Stepchild. My favorite TV shows right now are Battlestar Galactica, Californication, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Lost and The Office. I also have a shameful love of reality TV. As for music, my iTunes looks like the soundtrack to schizophrenia. I made a playlist for Red-Headed Stepchild and it includes everyone from Marilyn Manson and Godsmack to Pat Benatar and Heart to The Silversun Pickups and The White Stripes.

Amber - If you could be any paranormal creature. Which one would you be and why?

Jaye - Probably a mage. The ability to zap people who annoy me is very appealing. But since most mages have this code about using magic responsibly, I'll go with were-platypus.

Amber - You are stuck on a desert island. What 5 things do you hope to have with you?

Jaye - Ryan Reynolds, sunscreen, red wine, Swiss army knife (with corkscrew) and chocolate. No rescue needed, thanks.

Amber - Thank you so much for answering my questions! Keep in contact and keep that red hair dye handy!


Contest Time!

This week I am giving away a copy of Red-Headed Stepchild. As soon as I have the winners details I will pre-order him or her a copy so they will get the book as soon as it is released. However there could be more than one copy up for grabs! Keep reading...

Orders for anything on using the box below will make Amberkatze's Book Blog some money. If enough people order through this link this week I will use the money to get more copies of Red-Headed Stepchild. So that means if there is enough money on the account for one copy then there will be two winners. If there is enough funds for two books then there will be three winners and so on. However if there isn't enough funds there will be only one winner.

So buy using this box and we could have more prizes!

Now you know about the prize now you need to know how to enter! This week all you need to do is post here letting us know the best book you have read so far this year.

No book = No entry!

Earn another entry for each place you link this contest on the net. Make sure you add links here for me to confirm your entries!

The contest will stay open until Sunday March 15th 2009 4pm CET and the winner will be picked by a randomizer. Entrants should check back to see if they have won. I do not hunt down winners and will pick new winners for any prizes not claimed within 7 days.

If you are claiming a prize, have emailed me and have not heard back before the 7 day limit is up then post a comment here on the blog. Your email may get sucked into my spam filter.


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At 8 March 2009 at 16:30, Blogger Qwill

The best book that I've read so far this year is The Accidental Human by Dakota Cassidy. It's a great read.

I'm really looking forward to Jaye's book!


At 8 March 2009 at 16:59, Blogger Michele Writes

The best book I've read this year? Holy crapsticks. I can't pick one. Lemme say this, one of my favorite readers this year was RED-HEADED STEPCHILD by Jaye Wells. It freaking kicks ass. (Don't enter me into the contest. I know where Jaye lives. Muhahahahaha.)


At 8 March 2009 at 17:12, Anonymous Anonymous

Fragile by Shiloh Walker

Pride by Rachel Vincent

Dream Warrior by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Jennifer Scales and the Messenger of Light by MJD and Anthony Alongi

Stay the Night by Lynn Viehl

Why are you making me choose????



At 8 March 2009 at 18:20, Blogger Margay Leah Justice

The Magic Knot by Helen Scott Taylor. Amazing!



At 8 March 2009 at 18:23, Blogger Debs Desk

Please include me in your drawing. So far the best book this has been a tie between Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas and Riding Lessons by Sara Gruen.


At 8 March 2009 at 18:37, Blogger Unknown

The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison.


At 8 March 2009 at 18:40, Blogger Simply Stacie

The best book so far this year that I have read is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.


At 8 March 2009 at 18:41, Blogger Unknown

Posted about this contest on my blog


At 8 March 2009 at 18:42, Blogger Unknown

the accidental human, by dakota cassidy

the happy hour of the damned, by mark henry


At 8 March 2009 at 18:43, Blogger Unknown

Posted on myspace


At 8 March 2009 at 18:45, Blogger Unknown

Posted on facebook.


At 8 March 2009 at 20:09, Blogger Tez Miller

Carrie Ryan's The Forest of Hands and Teeth.


At 8 March 2009 at 20:22, Anonymous Anonymous

The best book I've read so far this year is actually one I just finished today: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. It's creepy, fun, and very unique. Definitely a book worth reading.


At 8 March 2009 at 21:57, Blogger Dawn M.

The best books I've read so far this year are: Pride by Rachel Vincent and Men of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong.

Thanks! :0)


At 9 March 2009 at 00:06, Blogger Poppy

It is so hard to choose.

I'm going to have to say that A Rush of Wings by Adrian Phoenix is my favorite so far but there are many runners up...Pride by Rachel Vincent and At Grave's End by Jeaniene Frost being the top two there.

I linked to the contest here...


At 9 March 2009 at 00:34, Blogger Eva

Best book? Wow, you're asking a lot dear. Just of 2009?

Accidental Demonslayer was a hoot! I don't remember who wrote it though and I'm honestly too tired to go dig it out to look it up.


At 9 March 2009 at 01:25, Blogger robynr

The best book that I have read this year has to be Kiss of a Demon King by Kresley Cole.


At 9 March 2009 at 04:39, Anonymous Anonymous

The best book I have read so far this year has to be Angel's Blood by Nalini Singh followed closely by Ravenous by Sharon Ashwood.

The funniest paranormal books I have read this year Are the Accidental series by Dakota Cassidy and the Pack and Pride series by Shelly Laurensten.

Also posted on my blog

Sent to Christine Warren yahoo group, Mary janice Davidson yahoo group, and 100 book challenge yahoo group.


At 9 March 2009 at 04:52, Blogger Unknown

Best book I read this year was Twilight. I'm a bit obsessed now:)


At 9 March 2009 at 05:32, Blogger Lori

Best book I have read this year so far was Wild Highland Magic by Kendra Leigh Castle.


At 9 March 2009 at 06:48, Blogger Vickie

Amber and Jaye: Superb interview! I posted on my blog:

Best book yet in 2009 is likely the one I just finished, ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE - Jeaniene Frost. I read it so fast the cover fell off.

It's handy that I am placing an Amazong order this week and will now use your site to do so. Mommie needs some new Tevas....and books...


At 9 March 2009 at 07:16, Blogger Rylie

The best book that I've read so far this year would be The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner.


At 9 March 2009 at 09:27, Blogger aimee's 1622 book girl

there are two books that i think are the best this year- they are
at graves end by jeaniene frost
where demons dare by kim harrison


At 9 March 2009 at 10:10, Blogger Rita M

The Host by Stephanie Meyer


At 9 March 2009 at 10:19, Blogger tetewa

Kiss by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy.


At 9 March 2009 at 10:23, Anonymous Anonymous

It's always so hard to choose, so I'm going to list a couple of my favorites so far, okay?
The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Phenomenal Girl 5 by A. J. Menden


At 9 March 2009 at 10:30, Blogger Cathy M

So many great reads so far this year. I would say one of my favorites is Joey W. Hill's new release, A Vampire's Claim.

Cathy M


At 9 March 2009 at 10:30, Blogger Cathy M

So many great reads so far this year. I would say one of my favorites is Joey W. Hill's new release, A Vampire's Claim.

Cathy M


At 9 March 2009 at 11:19, Blogger Sheila Hickmon

So far, it Breathing out the Ghost! Great book! Thanks for the chance!
hawkgirl_16 {at} hotmail {dot} com


At 9 March 2009 at 12:01, Blogger StyleVamp

The best book I've read for far "no contest"

* Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs *

I couldn't get enough of this book I read it in 3 days...I can't wait to read the next book!!


At 9 March 2009 at 12:24, Blogger Caitlin Hoy

Oh this is a hard one! I can't say what the best book I have read all year is with authors I already read because I honestly enjoyed them all but out of the newest authors on the scene I would have to pick Blood Magic by Jennifer Lyon.


At 9 March 2009 at 12:31, Blogger Jennifer

The best book I've read so far this year is Memory and Dream by Charles de Lint.

Thanks so much for the contest!


At 9 March 2009 at 13:05, Blogger idahomom

Best Book - Twilight


At 9 March 2009 at 13:25, Blogger susan1215

Audition by Barbara Walters


At 9 March 2009 at 16:27, Blogger barbmccrea

The best book I've read this year would have to be Wierdly Volume II
I loved all the short stories!
barbmccrea at


At 9 March 2009 at 16:33, Blogger Jaye Wells

Amber, thanks for the great interview!

Barb Maccrea--Cool on the Weirdly II pick! That was my first published short story ever.


At 9 March 2009 at 16:53, Blogger Unknown

Creme puff murder by Joanne Fluke.


At 9 March 2009 at 17:22, Blogger demmi

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova con5459(at)gmail(dot)com


At 9 March 2009 at 17:29, Anonymous Anonymous

O wow, i read about a book a day, so this is really hard. Since i can't choose, i'm gonna go with the books i just finished this week....Paradise Lost by Kate Brian, In the Blood by Adrian Phoenix (that was really good, Club Hell on her website!!), With Heart and Witch Blood by Anya Bast, Kitty raises Hell by Carrie Vaughn, and last but not least Go Fetch by Shelly Laurenston. All are really good and the authors are soo nice!


At 9 March 2009 at 17:36, Anonymous Anonymous

Wow, so hard to choose..
loved LKH's Swallowing Darkness, Kenyons Acheron, MM Lius The Wild Road, Lori Handelands Any given Doomsday, and many more.. Would love to get Red-Headed Stepchild !!


At 9 March 2009 at 18:19, Blogger ydsddd

I have read all of Danielle Steel's books and they are all good; but her latest one, One Day at a Time is excellent


At 9 March 2009 at 19:19, Blogger donnas

The best book I read so far this year was Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready. I cant wait to read Red-Headed Stepchild.


At 9 March 2009 at 20:27, Blogger Mariee

Desire Unchained by Larissa Ione.


At 9 March 2009 at 21:25, Blogger KorynMarie-

Coyote's Mate by Lora Leigh


At 9 March 2009 at 23:38, Blogger The Merry Death

American Rust by Phillipp Meyer.


At 10 March 2009 at 00:08, Blogger Chris J.

Hi Amber & Jaye!

I can't wait to read this book and I have met Jaye and she is so much fun to just hang out with!! So go get her book!! :)

The best book(s) I have read so far this year are:

Servant: The Awakening
Servant: The Acceptance

Thanks for the Awesome chance to win this book!!

I posted the contest on:

I emailed friends and cc'd you with it. :)

Have a Great Week!!


At 10 March 2009 at 02:49, Blogger clc408

I enjoyed Day of the Dead by J. A. Jance. Thanks for the giveaway.


At 10 March 2009 at 03:02, Blogger mmentor

sounds interesting


At 10 March 2009 at 05:23, Blogger Shelbycat

Hmmm ... favourite book so far this year would have to be Tad Williams The War of the Flowers. This was shamefully sat on my TBR pile for far longer than necessary until i got round to reading it, now i wish it was still waiting for me to enjoy all over again.


At 10 March 2009 at 09:49, Blogger vboackle

so far it is TWILIGHT.


At 10 March 2009 at 09:55, Blogger Denise S.

A Cold Dark Place by Gregg Olsen


At 10 March 2009 at 11:36, Blogger Sunnyvale

The Choirboys, disturbing, but good.


At 10 March 2009 at 12:10, Blogger lysrian

I really enjoyed Ravenous - The Dark Forgotten: Sharon Ashwood



At 10 March 2009 at 14:12, Blogger Miss Spoken

Broken Open - Elizabeth Lesser


At 10 March 2009 at 14:14, Anonymous Anonymous

The best book I've read this year is: In the Shadow of Lions, by Ginger Garrett


At 10 March 2009 at 14:27, Anonymous Anonymous

The best book so far this year was Any Given Doomsday by Lori HAndleland with Ravenous by Sharon Ashwood a close runner up!
I have been salaviting to get my hands on this one since I first say it on another group I am on


At 10 March 2009 at 14:33, Blogger flip

Child of a Dead God by Hendee and Undone by Rachel Caine are my two favorites so far this year.


At 10 March 2009 at 15:01, Blogger Zita

I'd have to say Road Trip of the Living Dead by Mark Henry.



At 10 March 2009 at 15:27, Anonymous Anonymous

You know, it gets harder and harder to pickjust one, because I can't! I have three that books that are really standing out: Midnight Sins by Cynthia Eden At Graves End by Jeanienne Frost and Night Shadows by Cherry Adair These 3 were fantastic and I'm sure that there were only a few of the awsome reads out there right now.


At 10 March 2009 at 16:31, Anonymous Anonymous

The Sweet Scent of Blood by Suzanne McLeod was the best book I read so far this year. It was awesome!
But I don't think it's out in the states yet. But if you're in the UK you should diffintely read it. It has all kinds of characters; fae, vamps, witches, goblins, trolls, etc. Lots of magic! It's awesome!


At 10 March 2009 at 16:55, Blogger chey

Clear and Present Danger


At 10 March 2009 at 17:59, Blogger Karen

Twilight (actually the entire series was incredible !!)

ktgonyea at


At 10 March 2009 at 18:39, Anonymous Anonymous

Oh yeah. I've heard good things about this novel. Sign me up!

The best book I've read so far this year? Can I only chose one? Let's see:
1. At Grave's End by Jeaniene Frost - Fabulous
2. Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr - Awesome
3. Angels' Blood by Nailin Singh - love the take on angels.

Okay, I'll stop at 3. :)

I've also shouted out your interview/contest at Literary Escapism as well as on Facebook.


At 10 March 2009 at 19:00, Blogger Donna

So far this year, sorry can't pick just one book, loved both of these series:
- The Anna Strong Chronicles by Jeanne C. Stein
- The Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole


At 10 March 2009 at 19:12, Blogger Donna

Pimped this interview & contest on my blog, Here :)


At 11 March 2009 at 03:23, Blogger Unknown

Dude--that's tough! I've read so many good ones in the past two months alone. Okay, I have to pick more than one because I will never forgive myself if I don't. In no particular order: THE LACE READER (Brunonia Barry), SCANDALOUS LOVERS (Robin Schone), THE CURE FOR MODERN LIFE (Lisa Tucker), THE EDGE OF IMPROPRIETY & THE BOOKSELLER'S DAUGHTER (both by Pam Rosenthal), SHADOW KISS (Richelle Mead), THE SWAN KINGDOM (Zoe Marriott), LAND OF A HUNDRED WONDERS (Lesley Kagen), BROKEN & STRANGER (both by Megan Hart), SAY GOODBYE (Lisa Gardner), DARK DESIRES AFTER DUSK (Kresley Cole) and THE LITTLE GIANT OF ABERDEEN COUNTY (Tiffany Baker). I'm DYING to read RED-HEADED STEP CHILD--even pre-ordered it from Amazon and I never do that, ever.


At 11 March 2009 at 03:43, Blogger Unknown

Hey Amberkatze, I mentioned your contest in this post at my blog.


At 11 March 2009 at 07:54, Blogger Unknown

Bone Crossed is my favorite book this year but the new Robyn Carrs come in a very close second.


At 11 March 2009 at 14:04, Blogger Deirdre

So far this year my favourite book has been Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody, there has been a few good titles this year but this stands out as interesting and different.


At 11 March 2009 at 16:01, Blogger Miranda Ward

I love the shopaholic books


At 11 March 2009 at 17:34, Blogger Princess Golden Hair

my favorite book this year is hot, flat, and crowded. it's about our absolute need to go green and soon

teechbiz at gmail dot com


At 11 March 2009 at 19:33, Blogger Gabriel S-J.

The Anna Strong Chronicles by Jeanne C. Stein.


At 12 March 2009 at 01:15, Blogger Okibum

The best book I have read this year has been the Nymphos from Rocky Flats by Mario Acevedo


At 12 March 2009 at 08:35, Blogger Asylumgirl

The best book I've read so far this year is Evernight by Claudia Gray. It's a young adult novel and it was phenomenal.



At 12 March 2009 at 10:15, Blogger Susan Helene Gottfried

Hey, ladies. I'm dropping by to let you know I posted about Jaye's visit over at Win a Book.


At 12 March 2009 at 12:22, Blogger Smooshy

foucalt's pendulum!


At 12 March 2009 at 12:38, Anonymous Anonymous

The best book I've read this year is Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs.


At 12 March 2009 at 12:52, Blogger Nickolay

Sunday at Tiffany's by James Patterson is the best book I read this year so far


At 12 March 2009 at 13:46, Anonymous Anonymous

YAY YAY YAY for Jaye!!!! I so can't wait to read this book.

I've read a LOT of good books this year but one that stands out as the most fun is Austenland by Shannon Hale.


At 12 March 2009 at 14:29, Blogger Cricket

The best book I have read so far is "Brick Lane" by Monica Ali!

JodiMof3 at hotmail dot com


At 12 March 2009 at 15:38, Anonymous Anonymous

the best book i read this year is "Wicked Game" by Jeri Smith-Ready. it's so awesome! i also linked this contest @ my twitter : :D


At 12 March 2009 at 18:39, Anonymous Anonymous

So far, my favourite book is 'The Good Earth' by Pearl Buck - it is a classic :)

PS My 40th birthday is 31st March *grin*


At 12 March 2009 at 20:12, Blogger Lori T

If I had to choose would have to be Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs! I loved it.

Congrats on the upcoming release is on my must buy list. Oh by the way, when I was reading the interview...on the last question about the desert first I thought it said Burt Reynolds and I had to do a double take as I was thinking what the heck does she want with Burt?? Now Ryan is an excellent choice!


At 12 March 2009 at 22:03, Blogger Jaye Wells

Lori T, now Burt was a fox back in his day, but no, Ryan all the way. In fact, RR is the inspiration for Adam Lazarus, who is a major character in Red-Headed Stepchild.

Also, I should mention that answer got me in trouble this week when Mr. Jaye found the interview. Whoops. ;)


At 13 March 2009 at 02:53, Blogger Christina

Christina - - The best book I've read this year was Alex And Me by Irene Pepperberg (the woman who kept African Grey parrot Alex for 30 years - until he died suddenly - and showed that birds are as intelligent as we are - he could recognize shapes and colors and all kinds of things and was proven to the scientific community!). It was particularly poignant for me because when I purchased it my Red Lory of 11 years, Kalina, suddenly died (parrots often can't get our help because they "mask" their symptoms because in a flock if they're ill or injured they attract predators), and this book opened with the sudden death of Alex, too.


At 13 March 2009 at 17:45, Blogger Mishel (P.S. I Love Books)

I know I'm way behind but I just finished Eragon by Christopher Paolini and it was a really really good book. Read it if you haven't!

I also posted this contest into my sidebar on my blog :

thanks so much,
mishtakes AT gmail DOT com


At 13 March 2009 at 19:42, Blogger Jackie Uhrmacher

A Date with the Other Side by Erin McCarthy. Finished it in record time and fell in love with the writing!!


At 13 March 2009 at 21:19, Blogger Number One Novels

I've had the luck of reading several really good novels so far this year. I think it's a toss up right now between Peter V. Brett's fantasy The Warded Man and Jill Smolinski's fiction The Next Thing on My List. Brett's novel was just plain good; Smolinski's novel has made me laugh out loud so many times, I've started getting looks when reading it in public.


At 13 March 2009 at 21:35, Blogger Crystal F

I've only read a couple of books so far this year so my choices are limited. lol I liked Deadly Harvest by Heather Graham. I have to pick some more books up tomorrow. Thank you!


At 14 March 2009 at 01:12, Blogger chromiumman

wicked lovely by melissa marr


At 14 March 2009 at 12:42, Blogger Jess V.

The best book I've read so far is the great Nabakov's Lolita.


At 14 March 2009 at 14:00, Anonymous Anonymous

Christina Dodd's "Danger in a Red Dress"


At 14 March 2009 at 17:59, Blogger irish

Firefly Lane


At 14 March 2009 at 17:59, Blogger catslady

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.


At 14 March 2009 at 18:43, Blogger -.-

Perfume, the story of a murder is the best book I've read this year.

~ Popin


At 14 March 2009 at 19:26, Blogger Kytaira

Like many others here I average a book every day or two. I'm going with top three since Jan. Caught in the Devils Hand by ruby Duvall, The anthology Furry, Fluffy and Wild and Gena Showalter's Heart of the Dragon.

Red-Headed Stepchild sounds great though!


At 14 March 2009 at 19:47, Blogger Pamela S

I think the best book I've read this past year was "The Spellman Files".


At 14 March 2009 at 20:02, Blogger scottsgal

Twilight so far this year. Can't wait to read this one either.

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At 14 March 2009 at 21:31, Blogger Jinxy and Me

I just read "Three Junes" by Julia Glass - it was great.


At 15 March 2009 at 00:12, Blogger Melanie

The Good Rat by Jimmy Breslin


At 15 March 2009 at 02:08, Anonymous Anonymous

Hmmmm... the best book I've read this year would depend on genre.

Non-fiction, it's definitely, hands down "What Every Body is Saying" by Joe Navarro - all about non-verbal communication, written by an ex-FBI agent and member of the Behavioural Analysis Unit.

Fiction? Well, I gave "The Wild Road" by Marjorie Liu a 9.5/10 when I reviewed it, so that would have been my pick for best fiction. However, Dead Beat (book 7 of the Dresden Files, by Jim Butcher) would come in close behind that. And given how much better each Dresden File book seems to get... I'm reasonably certain I haven't read my 'best fiction book' of 2009 yet :-)


At 15 March 2009 at 05:51, Anonymous Anonymous

I would have to say 'Eldest' by Christopher Paolini. It's a fantasy fiction novel but GREAT story!!


At 15 March 2009 at 06:23, Blogger blogggggg

The best book I have read this year is Nuclear Winter Wonderland: A Wild Tale of Nuclear Terror, Kidnapping, Gangsters and Family Values by Joshua Corin. It is a wacky story and the main character gets into a whole bunch of wild situations.


At 15 March 2009 at 08:05, Blogger Becky

The best book I've read so far this year is the Twilight Series.


At 15 March 2009 at 08:11, Blogger lilyk

The best book I have read so far this year is How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman.


At 15 March 2009 at 08:33, Blogger JoAnn

My 18 yr old daughter has really picked up the lvoe of reading a year ago. This books looks great for her.


At 15 March 2009 at 08:44, Blogger catriona_sweeps

The Book of Unholy Mischief by Elle Newmark.


At 15 March 2009 at 10:35, Blogger ZESTYWONDERLAND

The Likeness By Tana French has been the best book I have read lately.


At 15 March 2009 at 10:53, Blogger Jasmine

This is too hard a question!!. Let's see:

One More Bite - Jennifer Rardin
Just Another Judgement Day - Simon R. Green
Road Trip of the Living Dead - Mark Henry
Promises in Death - J. D. Robb
The Shadow Queen - Anne Bishop

And I have The Accidental Human and Hunted in my TBR lists so I'm sure they'll end up on my favs list too.


At 15 March 2009 at 11:19, Blogger Kathy

The best book I have read so far this year is "Sundays at Tiffany's" by James Patterson. Thanks for the giveaway.


At 15 March 2009 at 12:05, Blogger /\Heather/\

Well, I love vampire stuff, and I waited until the beginning of the year to read the rest of the Twilight series (after book 1) I'm going with that. Thanks!


At 15 March 2009 at 12:36, Blogger Angela

Best book I've read this year is Sundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson. I didn't really like the ending though. The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks was pretty good too. Looking for something else.


At 15 March 2009 at 12:55, Blogger Candie L

I am reading "Where Do I Go" by Neta Jackson. I really like it and it presents a lot of concerns married women have. Thankyou



At 15 March 2009 at 13:24, Blogger Unknown

This contest is now closed and a winner has already been picked.


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