Blood Games:The Blog Tour

Welcome to the next stop on the Blood Games blog tour written by Chloe Neill. I was beyond excited when I received a copy of the 10th book in the CLV series! I read it in two days, I could not put it down. I am so proud and honored to be a part of this tour! Continue reading

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Through The Stones: Sassenach


JESUS H ROOSEVELT CHRIST! The kilt dropped last night for almost all the world to see when the first episode Sassenach was released on a variety of platforms! I thought, surely we were going to break the internet! Before I get on with the goodness that was the first episode, I would like to thank Kathi and Monica for introducing me to the book series for without them, I might not be witnessing such greatness!

I would also like to thank HERSELF for writing this amazing series,for without her, this show would not be a reality.

I would like to thank Ron D Moore, Starz and everyone involved for bringing one of my favorite book series and it’s scenes out of my mind and onto a TV screen. It was truly magical and I had tears in my eyes as it was utterly beautiful. THANK YOU! Continue reading

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The Book Of Life: A Perfect Tenth Knot



“And it all started with A Discovery of Witches” as well as a little manuscript entitled ‘Ashmole 782′ that a reluctant witch called forth from the depths of the Bodleian Library at Oxford. I cannot begin to tell you how excited I was to receive this book in the mail. I know I won’t be laughed at when I tell you that the first thing I did was smell the book. I love the smell of a book, especially a freshly printed book. I was reminded of Rory smelling a book in the middle of the library at Yale.

But I digress! This review won’t be full of spoilers as I want you, the fans of Ms.Harkness and this wonderful trilogy to be just as surprised and delighted as I by what they read. I really could go on forever about it, enjoy, my friends!

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Q&A With Deborah Harkness Plus TBOL Package Giveaway

I cannot begin to tell you, readers just how excited I am for the final book in the All Souls Trilogy. The Book Of Life will be released July 15th and fans of the series are looking forward to see how it all ends.


I have a treat for you today in the form of a Q&A with the author of this great trilogy, Deborah Harkness. Let me tell you, it is great and provides more insight into TBOL and the trilogy as a whole.


Q: In your day job, you are a professor of history and science at the University of Southern California and have focused on alchemy in your research. What aspects of this intersection between science and magic do you hope readers will pick up on while reading THE BOOK OF LIFE? There’s quite a bit more lab work in this book!

A. There is. Welcome back to the present! What I hope readers come to appreciate is that science—past or present—is nothing more than a method for asking and answering questions about the world and our place in it. Once, some of those questions were answered alchemically. Today, they might be answered biochemically and genetically. In the future? Who knows. But Matthew is right in suggesting that there are really remarkably few scientific questions and we have been posing them for a very long time. Two of them are: who am I? why am I here?

Q: Much of the conflict in the book seems to mirror issues of race and sexuality in our society, and there seems to be a definite moral conclusion to THE BOOK OF LIFE. Could you discuss this? Do you find that a strength of fantasy novels is their ability to not only to allow readers to escape, but to also challenge them to fact important moral issues?

A. Human beings like to sort and categorize. We have done this since the beginnings of recorded history, and probably well back beyond that point. One of the most common ways to do that is to group things that are “alike” and things that are “different.” Often, we fear what is not like us. Many of the world’s ills have stemmed from someone (or a group of someones) deciding what is different is also dangerous. Witches, women, people of color, people of different faiths, people of different sexual orientations—all have been targets of this process of singling others out and labeling them different and therefore undesirable. Like my interest in exploring what a family is, the issue of difference and respect for difference (rather than fear) informed every page of the All Souls Trilogy. And yes, I do think that dealing with fantastic creatures like daemons, vampires, and witches rather than confronting issues of race or sexuality directly can enable readers to think through these issues in a useful way and perhaps come to different conclusions about members of their own families and communities. As I often say when people ask me why supernatural creatures are so popular these days: witches and vampires are monsters to think with.

Q: From the moment Matthew and a pregnant Diana arrive back at Sept-Tours and reinstate themselves back into a sprawling family of witches and vampires, it becomes clear that the meaning of family will be an important idea for THE BOOK OF LIFE. How does this unify the whole series? Did you draw on your own life?

A. Since time immemorial the family has been an important way for people to organize themselves in the world. In the past, the “traditional” family was a sprawling and blended unit that embraced immediate relatives, in-laws and their immediate families, servants, orphaned children, the children your partner might bring into a family from a previous relationship, and other dependents. Marriage was an equally flexible and elastic concept in many places and times. Given how old my vampires are, and the fact that witches are the keepers of tradition, I wanted to explore from the very first page of the series the truly traditional basis of family: unqualified love and mutual responsibility. That is certainly the meaning of family that my parents taught me.

Q: While there are entire genres devoted to stories of witches, vampires, and ghosts, the idea of a weaver – a witch who weaves original spells – feels very unique to THE BOOK OF LIFE. What resources helped you gain inspiration for Diana’s uniqueness?

A. Believe it or not, my inspiration for weaving came from a branch of mathematics called topology. I became intrigued by mathematical theories of mutability to go along with my alchemical theories of mutability and change. Topology is a mathematical study of shapes and spaces that theorizes how far something can be stretched or twisted without breaking. You could say it’s a mathematical theory of connectivity and continuity (two familiar themes to any reader of the All Souls Trilogy). I wondered if I could come up with a theory of magic that could be comfortably contained within mathematics, one in which magic could be seen to shape and twist reality without breaking it. I used fabric as a metaphor for this worldview with threads and colors shaping human perceptions. Weavers became the witches who were talented at seeing and manipulating the underlying fabric. In topology, mathematicians study knots—unbreakable knots with their ends fused together that can be twisted and shaped. Soon the mathematics and mechanics of Diana’s magic came into focus.

Q: A Discovery of Witches debuted at # 2 on the New York Times bestseller list and Shadow of Night debuted at #1. What has been your reaction to the outpouring of love for the All Souls Trilogy? Was it surprising how taken fans were with Diana and Matthew’s story?

A. It has been amazing—and a bit overwhelming. I was surprised by how quickly readers embraced two central characters who have a considerable number of quirks and challenge our typical notion of what a heroine or hero should be. And I continue to be amazed whenever a new reader pops up, whether one in the US or somewhere like Finland or Japan—to tell me how much they enjoyed being caught up in the world of the Bishops and de Clemonts. Sometimes when I meet readers they ask me how their friends are doing—meaning Diana, or Matthew, or Miriam. That’s an extraordinary experience for a writer.

Q: Diana and Matthew, once again, move around to quite a number of locations in THE BOOK OF LIFE, including New Haven, New Orleans, and a few of our favorite old haunts like Oxford, Madison, and Sept-Tours. What inspired you to place your characters in these locations? Have you visited them yourself?

A. As a writer, I really need to experience the places I write about in my books. I want to know what it smells like, how the air feels when it changes direction, the way the sunlight strikes the windowsill in the morning, the sound of birds and insects. Not every writer may require this, but I do. So I spent time not only in New Haven but undertaking research at the Beinecke Library so that I could understand the rhythms of Diana’s day there. I visited New Orleans several times to imagine my vampires into them. All of the locations I pick are steeped in history and stories about past inhabitants—perfect fuel for any writer’s creative fire.

Q: Did you know back when you wrote A Discovery of Witches how the story would conclude in THE BOOK OF LIFE? Did the direction change once you began the writing process?

A. I knew how the trilogy would end, but I didn’t know exactly how we would get there. The story was well thought out through the beginning of what became The Book of Life, but the chunk between that beginning and the ending (which is as I envisioned it) did change. In part that was because what I had sketched out was too ambitious and complicated—the perils of being not only a first-time trilogy writer but also a first time author. It was very important to me that I resolve and tie up all the threads already in the story so readers had a satisfying conclusion. Early in the writing of The Book of Life it became clear that this wasn’t going to give me much time to introduce new characters or plot twists. I now understand why so many trilogies have four, five, six—or more—books in them. Finishing the trilogy as a trilogy required a lot of determination and a very thick pair of blinders as I left behind characters and story lines that would take me too far from the central story of Diana, Matthew, and the Book of Life.

Q: A Discovery of Witches begins with Diana Bishop stumbling across a lost, enchanted manuscript called Ashmole 782 in Oxford’s Bodleian Library, and the secrets contained in the manuscript are at long last revealed in THE BOOK OF LIFE. You had a similar experience while you were completing your dissertation. What was the story behind your discovery? And how did it inspire the creation of these novels?

A. I did discover a manuscript—not an enchanted one, alas—in the Bodleian Library. It was a manuscript owned by Queen Elizabeth’s astrologer, the mathematician and alchemist John Dee. In the 1570s and 1580s he became interested in using a crystal ball to talk to angels. The angels gave him all kinds of instructions on how to manage his life at home, his work—they even told him to pack up his family and belongings and go to far-away Poland and Prague. In the conversations, Dee asked the angels about a mysterious book in his library called “the Book of Soyga” or “Aldaraia.” No one had ever been able to find it, even though many of Dee’s other books survive in libraries throughout the world. In the summer of 1994 I was spending time in Oxford between finishing my doctorate and starting my first job. It was a wonderfully creative time, since I had no deadlines to worry about and my dissertation on Dee’s angel conversations was complete. As with most discoveries, this discovery of a “lost” manuscript was entirely accidental. I was looking for something else in the Bodleian’s catalogue and in the upper corner of the page was a reference to a book called “Aldaraia.” I knew it couldn’t be Dee’s book, but I called it up anyway. And it turned out it WAS the book (or at least a copy of it). With the help of the Bodleian’s Keeper of Rare Books, I located another copy in the British Library.

Q: Are there other lost books like this in the world?

A. Absolutely! Entire books have been written about famous lost volumes—including works by Plato, Aristotle, and Shakespeare to name just a few. Libraries are full of such treasures, some of them unrecognized and others simply misfiled or mislabeled. And we find lost books outside of libraries, too. In January 2006, a completely unknown manuscript belonging to one of the 17th century’s most prominent scientists, Robert Hooke, was discovered when someone was having the contents of their house valued for auction. The manuscript included minutes of early Royal Society meetings that we presumed were lost forever.

Q: Shadow of Night and A Discovery of Witches have often been compared to young adult fantasy like Twilight, with the caveat that this series is for adults interested in history, science, and academics. Unlike Bella and Edward, Matthew and Diana are card-carrying members of academia who meet in the library of one of the most prestigious universities in the world. Are these characters based on something you found missing in the fantasy genre?

A. There are a lot of adults reading young adult books, and for good reason. Authors who specialize in the young adult market are writing original, compelling stories that can make even the most cynical grownups believe in magic. In writing A Discovery of Witches, I wanted to give adult readers a world no less magical, no less surprising and delightful, but one that included grown-up concerns and activities. These are not your children’s vampires and witches.


“Harkness proves to be quite the alchemist as she combines elements of magic, history, romance, and science, transforming them into a compelling journey through time, space, and geography. By bridging the gaps between Harry Potter, Twilight, and Outlander fans, Harkness artfully appeals to a broad range of fantasy lovers…The conclusion of this paranormal adventure is guaranteed to fly off the shelves.”


“There is no shortage of action in this sprawling sequel, and nearly every chapter brings a wrinkle to the tale. The storytelling is lively and energetic, and Diana remains an appealing heroine even as her life becomes ever more extraordinary. A delightful wrap-up to the trilogy.”

—Publishers Weekly

“In the resolution of the All Souls trilogy…as in the previous two installments, there are healthy doses of action, colorful magic, angst-y romance and emotional epiphany, plus mansion-hopping across the globe, historical tidbits and name-dropping of famous artworks and manuscripts.”

—Kirkus Reviews

Title: The Book of Life
Series: All Souls Trilogy #3
Author: Deborah Harkness
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Historical Fiction
Publication Date: July 15th 2014
Publisher: Viking Adult | Penguin
ISBN: 978-0670025596
Available Formats: Hardcover, E-book, Audio
Find it:GoodReads
Pre-order it: Amazon | BN| The Book Depository

For those who missed out on the last giveaway I held, never fear, here is your second chance. This time the pot has been sweetened a bit because not only will you win Diana’s Commonplace book and a holographic button, you will also be winning a copy of The Book Of Life!


Are you excited?! I know you are! All you have to do is click on the link below and you will be taken to the giveaway. Follow the directions on the widget and GOOD LUCK!

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Exclusive: The Book of Life Excerpt and Commonplace Giveaway

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness is one of the highly anticipated books of the summer and the final novel in the ALL SOULS TRILOGY. The release date for this book will be July 15th and those who have fallen in love with Matthew and Diana, cannot wait to see how their story will unfold, and just what is in Ashmole 782?! What secrets does it hold? Why does every magical being want to get their hot little hands on it? Inquiring minds want to know.

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Today is World Outlander Day


Today marks the day that the Outlander series was brought to us by Diana Gabaldon with the publication of the first book simply titled ‘Outlander’.


I honestly cannot put into words just how much I love this series. I have talked endlessly with my friends (who introduced me to these books THANK YOU)and it all comes down to one thing. It is a love story that truly stands the test of time and quite literally, I might add.

Only in a book, can you walk through a set of standing stones and find the one person you were meant to be with.

I instantly fell in love with the main characters in this story and have endured everything they have through. I know I am in for more as I am only on ‘The Fiery Cross’.

I am new to this series and have been having a mad reading marathon. I am trying anyhow, so many books and only one little ole me.


I would like to thank Ms. Diana Gabaldon for bringing readers this amazing, unforgettable series as they not only brought so much joy, they brought people together through their love of the series.

Thanks to a fans love of the series, we get to see your story, Jamie and Claire’s story, come to life in early August. Thank you!


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The Bookie In Me

I am a major bookie, which would make me a book purist by nature. I am fine with changes within the movie adaptation of one of my favorite books or book series if ‘the spirit of the material’ is adhered to for the most part. I understand some changes as long as they don’t take away from the character’s arc.

Needless to say, when I read that one of my favorite new books/series, ‘A Discovery of Witches’, written brilliantly by Deborah Harkness, was to be adapted into a movie courtesy of Warner Brothers, I was a little nervous and apprehensive about the idea. The reason for this is that I have been burned before and deeply disappointed with some of these adaptations. And I am not even the author!

I posed this question to the author on her Facebook Page “How much input are you going to have with the Warner Brothers adaptation of A Discovery of Witches?” and she kindly responded.

Here is her response: “I’m sort of like the Queen of England: I am allowed to advise, counsel, and warn. But I have no veto power, or creative control–nor should I. I’m a novelist, not a film maker and I would like to finish book #3 for you!”

I loved her answer, especially the “I’m sort of like the Queen of England’ bit and it is comforting to know that she will be a part of the movie adaptation in some capacity so I am looking forward to seeing this on the big screen. Deborah has such a strong sense of her character’s and their motivations that I know she will ‘advise and counsel’ well. Who else is looking forward to seeing ADOW on the big screen? Now, the next big question is who will play Matthew? I’ve got some ideas! What are yours? Who will play Diana? Sound off below!

Special thanks to Deborah Harkness for answering a bookie’s question! :)

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Let the (ALPHA) Games Begin…..

….and may the best Male or Female win! Yes, female characters can be just as much an Alpha as the male species!
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Dark Debt By Chloe Neill: An ARC Review

I have a confession to make and it’s not something I can easily confess to! I have been selfish, so very, very selfish. I read Dark Debt weeks and and weeks ago (so it seems now) and I am just now sharing my thoughts with you all on it. I could have done so a few days ago after the official release day but I told myself, ‘No, wait a few days, until others have read it’ so as not to spoil them too much. Because that is what I would have done had I started this post on release day as I planned, or the next day even and the next! I am sure most have read it so here goes! Continue reading

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Lucky Break: The Interlude

I love the Chicagoland Vampire series so much that I cannot get enough of it. Thank goodness for amazing friends who highly recommended the series! I read this novella or short story, if you prefer, in less than two days! I would have finished it in one sitting had other things not gotten in the way. Such is life though!


Merit and Ethan just can’t catch a break (despite the title) when looking to get away for a little R&R and some much needed alone time. After all, they can’t always be Master and Sentinel of Cadogan House, can they? They don’t get any opportunities to be all alone, outside of their top-floor suite of Cadogan House so they deserved a romantic getaway.

It has been a hard winter. Let us welcome the spring.-Ethan Sullivan

They head to their romantic getaway spot in what Merit calls the ‘Orangesplosion’ and you really have to love her wit! Before they can even enjoy the peace and tranquility, the doorbell is ringing and they are soon caught up in a murder mystery.

Normally, for me a novella gives me a quick fix in the wait for the next book in the series but this was so much more in a way. It had all the feel of what we get in a main novel …Mystery…Check….Action…Check..Merit kicking ass and not taking names…Check!, just minus all the depth and history.

I found myself so caught up in the murder mystery that involved a long standing feud between shifters and vampires, that I forgot (for a moment or two) that Ethan and Merit left to get away from conflict, chaos and a constant battle. Play time was over before it ever officially began. In the end, two mysteries were solved and Merit and Ethan never really got what they came there for in the first place! Maybe next time they will go someplace where no one knows their name…is that even possible?

Lucky Break was everything you could want in a CLV book and then some, it’s no wonder it made it to the number one spot on the best-seller list! Chloe was beyond excited, so much that she could not concentrate on editing! I was there, I saw that tweet!

While it was nice to get away from all the hustle and bustle of life back in Chicago, I miss everyone there, all of Cadogan House, the Ombudsman, and Mallory and Catcher so it’s on to Dark Debt! I will have a review of that book on release day!

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Lucky Break

If you are a big Chloe Neill and Chicagoland Vampires Series, then you will soon have something to rave about. It won’t be long now before devoted fans (like me) get their hands on this book.


This novella will be available on Tuesday Feb 17 and it will be nice to hang out with Methan again! The author, Chloe Neill is having a contest to celebrate the release of the short story and who doesn’t like contests?

To celebrate the release of this e-special novella, I’m giving away a Kindle Fire HD 6″, along with a pile of Chicagoland Vampires swag! I’d appreciate your help in spreading the word about Ethan’s and Merit’s latest adventure.-Chloe Neill


If you still need to preorder you can do so at the following links:


Barnes &Noble


CLV swag and a Kindle Fire HD, who can pass that up? To enter this great contest just hop on over to Ms.Neill’s site HERE! GOOD LUCK!

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All Hail The BBC

While most enjoy the morning paper with their toast and coffee, I enjoy reading my newsfeed on Facebook and my timeline on Twitter. This morning’s newsfeed brought some good news to bookies and Deborah Harkness fans the world over. Yes, it was a very, very good morning indeed!

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A Blogger’s Life…..

The life of a blogger, while fun is not easy by any means. We just make it look that way, it’s called faking it and winging it most of the time. I am not much of a planner when it comes to making a blog post, I am more of a ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ kind of blogger. Let me give you a glimpse into the life of a blogger, this blogger anyway. Continue reading

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Burn Baby Burn….

I must have been living under a rock or hanging out in a wet cave, like I’m Jamie Fraser, hiding out from the Redcoats. It was either that or I was crazy not to have picked up any book written by Ilona Andrews! It’s not that I did not want to read them because the books did not sound intriguing before this one, it was quite simply because I was late to the game.

It’s that I would have to play a massive catch up game with the Kate Daniels series and my TBR list was already a huge pile that I had to choose from. Then along comes Burn For Me and my friends were loving it from the jump so I joined in on the read. I am so glad I did for it was well worth it. Stick with me through the jump and I will tell you all about it, well some of it anyway! I’m not going to give up all the goods, those you have to read for yourself Continue reading

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SOA: The Final Ride My Way

I have this great group of friends, you know the ones you can sit in a room with and talk about a number of things for hours on end? We talk about books, television shows, laminated lists (long story) and the HOLY ASS!(another long story). It was during one of these chats that I noticed almost everyone was talking about Sons of Anarchy. I thought to myself, damn this show must be good if most of my friends are raving about it.

So I did what any fan would do in a situation like this, I had a mad marathon and soon I was ready for season 6. I don’t regret it one bit but I tell you season 6 was hard and my heart broke into a million pieces. I know it’s fiction but that finale hit me hard and I cried the ugliest of cries! Continue reading

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All Souls Trilogy Boxset

Deborah Harkness and All Souls fans, step right up because you going going are to want to hear or read this rather! We are talking HARDCOVER baby and Commonplace Book too! Continue reading

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Let’s Talk Outlander


We have seen all the trailers, watched all the Q&A’s and seen the first episode entitled Sassenach. There have been discussions galore before and after the episode aired. These discussions and more are what I will be focusing on in this post. Continue reading

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