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Guest Blogger: Wicked Little Pixie (Blog Birthday)

November 26th, 2010 Angela Posted in Guest Blogger 14 Comments »

Today is the final day of my blog birthday celebration.  My guest is Natasha from Wicked Little Pixie.  I discovered Natasha’s blog early on and instantly liked her voice.  Natasha’s personality definitely shines though her blog.  I love her sense of humor and willingness to take a stand, and tackle tough issues.  I can also rant about my John Mayer obsession (more like blinded by his hotness) with her.  Please join me in welcoming Natasha here to Dark Faerie Tales.

Welcome Natasha!

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: Mark Henry is the biggest time suck I know. You see, Mark always sends me the best YouTube videos, ones that usually have be going “WTF” or I pee myself. I readily admit that Make makes me pee myself. When Angela asked me to guest post, I asked my partner in crime Pam to help me. We had no idea what to talk about, until Pam suggested a name

Antoine Dodson.

If you haven’t heard of him before, let me take the time to explain.

Antoine’s sister, Kelly, was in her bedroom & a man came in, he was trying to rape her. Yeah, totally not funny at all. They fought & Antoine came in, scared the hell out of the guy & he left. He still hasn’t been found, but he’s given the Dodson Family a whole lot of publicity.

A news report of the events was done & made its way on to YouTube. If you haven’t seen it:


Tell me Antoine is not unintentionally the funniest thing out there! Hide your wife, hide your kids?! When Mark sent the link, I cried. I told Mark, Antoine needs his own show CSI Antoine Edition! As I was typing this, I asked him why he loved Antoine (because seriously, not a week goes by without an Antoine reference now!)

SPAZ/PAM: “…and hide you husband cuz they rapin erybody out here. You are so dumb. You are really dumb. For Real.” Every single line that came out of his mouth in this interview was PURE GOLD! I could not stop watching the video over and over again, he was the most amazing thing I’ve seen on TV in a long time. Even writing up this post, I cannot see his name and not want to go watch his video again. And when I’m asked a question, sometimes I hear his “WEEEELLLLLL” in my head before I give an answer. I love love love him! One of the best things to come from 2010.

Mark said: It’s not hard to find a reason to love Antoine Dodson. He’s a devoted family man, appropriately outraged at our epidemic of crime and funny as f**k! Like a true American, he’s taken his accidental notoriety and pimped it out like the dirty whore it is…and I love him for it. Go Antoine!

Then came the Antoine Dodson Bed Intruder Song:


Is that not brilliant? Okay, we may class brilliant differently, but it kills me & yes I know the lyrics.

SPAZ/PAM: Brilliant! As you say yourself, WLP – “I die!”  I’ve put off buying the song but I think I might have to. It just makes me giggle! And then when he came out and performed the song on BET and people in the crowd are singing along? Antoine is a true enigma, how can you not watch him and SMILE?! If you don’t listen to this and not smile YOU ARE DEAD!


As a side note, I am so disappointed and saddened that they have not found the suspect, especially since he left his SHIRT and his FINGERPRINTS at the crime scene … but sadly not surprised. Here’s to hoping they catch the suspect and I wish Antoine and his family nothing but goodness in their future. And thanks Antoine for giving us something smile about even after a horrible crime was committed.

Don’t forget to hide your wife & your kids people!

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a Kindle 3G + Wi-Fi.

1. Giveaway is open to US and Canada only.

2. Giveaway ends Friday, November 26th at 11:59 PM EST.

3. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.


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Guest Blogger: All Things Urban Fantasy (Blog Birthday)

November 19th, 2010 Angela Posted in Guest Blogger 18 Comments »

Today’s guest is Abigail from All Things Urban Fantasy.  I love everything about Abigail’s blog.  She always has insightful reviews and her features are great.  ATUF is a must read blog.  Thanks Abigail for all of the great advice, and I really appreciate your friendship.

Welcome Abigail!

Happy Blogoversary Angela! Dark Faerie Tales and All Things Urban Fantasy both entered the blogosphere within weeks of each other and since we both focus on paranormal fiction, Dark Faerie Tales has been an amazing encouragement and example to me of what a blog can and should be.  Thank you for keeping me on my toes this last year and in the year to come :)

Since we’re celebrating your first year of blogging, I thought I pick my favorite new urban fantasy hero since you first started Dark Faerie Tales:

Name: Hank (from Kelly Gay’s Charlie Madigan series)

Occupation: Atlanta P.D.’s Integration Task Force Detective

Species: Siren

Location: Originally from the heaven-like world of Elysia, currently living in Atlanta

Abilities: Supernaturally alluring voice, Elysian magic

Notable Physical Characteristics: “Blond, wavy hair the color of sunshine on gold. Six-four. Two hundred pounds of lean muscle, and the same kind of grace, presence, and majesty of a lion. His eyes change color with his mood—dark sapphire when he’s pissed, topaz blue when he’s cracking some asinine joke.” – Kelly Gay

Oh Hank.  Where have you been all my life? Hank is the off-worlder partner of the main character in this series, Charlie Madigan. He is the only male siren that I’ve ever read about and he is divine.  As a siren, Hank can compel, coerce, and comfort with a single word.  To keep the humans from following him around like “a bunch of drooling puppy dogs” he wears a voice-mod (similar to a Celtic torc) that suppresses his abilities, but when he takes it off…yowza! 

Like all my favorite heroes, Hank is totally alpha, but in a very modern way.  He’s strong and capable and he’s used to getting his way, but he also knows when to clench his jaw shut and let Charlie take the lead.  He is fully aware of how sexy he is and enjoys using that to trip Charlie up from time to time.  If you haven’t met Hank yet, run don’t walk to the nearest book store and pick up The Better Part of DarknessThe Darkest Edge of Dawn by Kelly Gay.

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a Kindle 3G + Wi-Fi.

1. Giveaway is open to US and Canada only.

2. Giveaway ends Friday, November 26th at 11:59 PM EST.

3. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.

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Guest Blogger: Literary Escapism (Blog Birthday)

November 17th, 2010 Angela Posted in Guest Blogger 22 Comments »

Please join me in welcoming Jackie from Literary Escapism.  Jackie’s blog is simply amazing.  She has many great features, a must read newsletter, chats and various reading challenges.  I had the pleasure of meeting Jackie in April of this year when we attending the RT Booklovers Convention.  The Mr. Romance event had us blushing and laughing.  It was a great time and I enjoyed sharing the experience with Jackie.  Many thanks to Jackie for all the help along they way.


Welcome Jackie!

Congratulations on a fabulous year Angela!

When Angela first asked me to write something for her big blogversary celebration, I was both flattered and concerned.  I loved the idea of being asked to write an article; but my concern was that I have been experiencing one of the worst cases of writers block ever.  I’m not talking about it lasting a few days or even weeks, but months.  For some reason, I haven’t been able to write a thing all year.  Maybe it had something to do with my pregnancy and the complete flakiness of my brain, but while I could read novel after novel, writing a review for those same novels was a battle and I was totally afraid that I would have the same issues coming up with an article.  Guess what….I’ve been staring at the same blank computer screen for over a week, trying to think of something to write and what do I come up with?  The fact that I have writer’s block.  *bangs head on desk*


I love talking about books, but I don’t get why I’ve been having such a hard time explaining why I love, liked or didn’t particular care for the novels that I’ve read this year.  I seriously think it has something to do with my pregnancy, but at the same time, I can’t really use that excuse any more since Psy was born in August.  Granted, now that he is here, I not only have one screaming preschooler running around, but a newborn taking up time too.  Maybe that’s why I haven’t lost my writers block – life has been getting in the way.  However, it doesn’t seem like I’m the only one who has been having this issue.  Whether it is just life, making it so I don’t have time to sit down and write, or just a lost of interest, I’m not the only one who seems to have gone quiet.  There’s a few other sites in my reader that were active for so long that have recently disappeared.  Is it the time of year?  Are we getting too caught up (*cough*distracted*cough*) in the wonders of the Internet (*cough*Twitter*cough*Facebook*cough*) to really focus on reviewing?

Whatever it is, I know I’m not the only one who has moments of writers block.  So I’m wondering, what does everyone do to escape it?  Do you have a tried and true method of getting back on the horse?  Or do you just deal with it and keep going?

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a Kindle 3G + Wi-Fi.

1. Giveaway is open to US and Canada only.

2. Giveaway ends Friday, November 26th at 11:59 PM EST.

3. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.


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Guest Blogger: Tynga’s Reviews (Blog Birthday)

November 16th, 2010 Angela Posted in Guest Blogger 30 Comments »

My blog birthday celebration continues today with Tynga from Tynga’s Reviews.  I was so pleased when I first discovered her blog.  Tynga has really great reviews, features, and her vlogs are so cute because she has a cool accent.  Definitely stop by to check her blog out.


Welcome Tynga!

Hello everyone!

I am very honored to be here with you today to celebrate Angela’s first blog-anniversary.  I’ve been following her since pretty much the very beginning of her blog, and enjoyed each day *winks* I’ve never done a guest post before, so please bear with me in this epic adventure!

I chose to talk to you about one of my favorite creatures in paranormal books, the shapeshifters! May they be werewolves, werecats, or something completely out of this world; they are always strong and fascinating.


In older lore, werewolves were the most common shapeshifter.  Savage and roaming the night alone to chase their victims, they were pictured hairy, ugly, bulky, not quite human, nor wolf. And thankfully, modern stories paint a different portrait of these fabulous mythological beings.  While every author has their own twist, werewolves are most referred to as pack members, very in touch with their inner beast, with their own set of rules and an Alpha to lead them.  One of the series I really love is the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs.  Mercy is what they call a Walker; she has the ability to change into a coyote thanks to her father’s native genetic.  She was raised in a pack of wolves and fights her way to earn respect and freedom.  Of course, all werewolves in that series are hunks (not that I mind!), but they all have their own personality, and pack relations are rather interesting!  Everything in a pack is about power and mind games, and the stronger wins, beware to anyone getting in the way.  Briggs series is unique, but closer to the typical werewolf lore (minus the driven by full moon shift).  Andrea Cremer, debut author, wrote completely different wolf lore in her book Nightshade.  I’m kind of reticent to calling them werewolves, because it’s not quite the case. In her story, Guardians are people able to change into wolves by some magical power, and while they are very powerful, they are not at the top of the metaphorical food chain, because they have to obey orders from their masters.


Another amazing pack animal, not as popular as its former far-fetched cousin, is the werecat.  The Shifters series by Rachel Vincent is by far my favorite in this genre.  Alpha, the last book in the series released just a few weeks ago, and if you haven’t read this series yet, I strongly suggest you do.  The main plot turns around Faythe Sanders, big mouthed-rebel werecat, daughter of Alpha and surrounded by a bunch heavily masculine male werecats.  She lives in a world where a council, formed of 10 Alphas (one for each area) rules democratically, with their own set of rules, hidden from the human population.  Werecats are fierce, loyal and strong, and even though they have cat instincts while shifted, they remain men (and woman!) in spirit, and their human feelings sometimes get in the way.


There are also many other shapeshifters, like Leah Cypess’ Shifter (a mythological creature able to take any shape) or Karen Kincy’s Pooka (shapeshifting spirit who turns into a black horse), but I will close this post by talking about Cassandra Clare’s latest release, Clockwork Angel.  The main character of this series is a shapeshifter, but you’ve never seen one like her.  She doesn’t change into an animal, but she can change into another person, accessing their thoughts, if she touches an object of theirs.  As far as they know, Tessa isn’t a demon, nor a warlock, but she’s not human either.  And being able to access someone else’s very soul brings up identity issues. How does one know if they are really who they think they are?  Is it her real face in the mirror, or is it still someone else’s?


The paranormal world, and specifically the shapeshifters world is so full of possibilities, and I’m always amazed by our favorite author’s imagination.  I hope I piqued your curiosity and that you will pick up some of those great books, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!

Thank you very much Angela for having me along!  Happy Blog-Anniversary!

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a Kindle 3G + Wi-Fi.

1. Giveaway is open to US and Canada only.

2. Giveaway ends Friday, November 26th at 11:59 PM EST.

3. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.


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Guest Blogger: Babbling About Books, and More (Blog Birthday)

November 15th, 2010 Angela Posted in Guest Blogger 27 Comments »

Dark Faerie Tales is officially 1 year old!  October 10, 2009 marks my very first Blogoversary.  My very first review was Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. During my first year of blogging I’ve gotten to know some great bloggers, attended several industry conferences and talked about some of my favorite authors, books, and series.

I hosted the Spooky Legends event (with All Things Urban Fantasy), and the upcoming Dark Winter Tale event (with Tynga’s Reviews).  I’m also launching the super secret Premiere Prose event in 2011.

I’m truly grateful to all of my readers and blogging friends who help make this an amazing experience, and who have supported me in my endeavor from the very beginning.  I have a lot of great events planned for 2011 and I hope you will stay tuned. I will pick one winner at the end of my birthday event to receive a Kindle 3G + Wi-Fi.  While I still love holding a physical book, I enjoy reading on my portable device.  I’m a big fan of eReaders.  In the last few years I’ve bought a Kindle 2, Kindle 3, Nook 3G, and iPad – all are good devices.  Hands down, I still prefer my Kindle 3 for reading books, while my boyfriend prefers the Nook.  Either way, I hope the winner will enjoy the Kindle device.

This week I’ve asked some of my favorite bloggers to help me celebrate my blog birthday.  Today’s guest is Kate from Babbling About Books, and More.  Kate is a lovely person and I really appreciate her advice.  She’s funny, sincere, and a straight shooter.  If you aren’t reading her blog – you should be!

Welcome Kate!

There’s always one book I will read over the course of a year that will blow my mind away. This book will resonate with me long after I finish reading, and I’ll do anything in my power to get the word out about the book. One such book that is so full of awesome is Meljean Book’s The Iron Duke. What Meljean has written is not just a fine piece of literature, but it may possibly be one of the most influential books of the romance genre in the past decade. The Iron Duke may just turn the romance genre on its ear, including the Steampunk genre that still has many readers scratching their heads in confusion because they just can’t understand it.

The plot of The Iron Duke is one of the most complex I’ve read in a long time. For the past two-hundred years, the Horde has ruled most of Europe, very much like a terrorist organization that sends fear into the hearts of many, including England. The Horde has far reaching hands, but those who were lucky enough to escape parts of Europe, mainly England, to America, are now slowly returning back to the land they left behind. The reason the British fell to the Horde was that the Horde hid things called nanogents, invisible bugs, into tea and sugar where they traded it very cheaply. Then the Horde activated the bugs. This gave them control over the British. Can you just imagine, with a touch of a button, where someone has the power to make your body do whatever it wants? Or suppress your emotions where you don’t have the freedom to feel the way you want to? The Horde is able to do all this and so much more. And then one man rose up and went on a suicide mission to end the Horde’s slavery. Nine years ago, the Iron Duke, known as Rhys Tarhaearn, former pirate captain and recently titled Duke of Anglesey flew his ship into the Horde’s controlling tower, ending the Horde’s reign over England and becoming their national hero.

Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth knows the Iron Duke’s reputation very well. Mina’s parents are poor even with their Lord and Lady title, and their daughter is ridiculed and spit upon because Mina was conceived during a state function the Horde held where all the peers of the realm were required to attend. The Horde planned a Frenzy, forcing the guest to engage in sexual acts with anyone and anybody. Mina was the outcome and has Horde blood running through her veins.

Mina finds purpose in her job as an inspector, even though her latest investigation leads her straight to the Iron Duke’s doorsteps. A body has been dropped from an airship, and is some sort of warning against the duke. The Duke wants to handle matters himself, and away from the police, including “handling” Mina in his own special way. Mina refuses to succumb to the Iron Duke’s regard toward her, but has no choice but to let him join her on the investigation because what he wants, he gets.

Someone is building an invention, a weapon the Horde would use, if they could to take over England again. Mina has a personal stake in the case when her younger brother, who’s training aboard Rhys’s former air ship, which is used by the British Navy, has been hijacked and the crew held for ransom. Now Mina has to rescue her brother and try to save England at the same time.Mina has so much to lose because Rhys has targeted her for his own. He has laid claim to Mina, and the price he’s asking is too high for her to accept.

This is one book that makes me want to applaud because it’s so damn good. Meljean brings forth the steam, and I’m not just talking about the steam from the airships and machines within these pages. The things that come out of Rhys’s mouth in regards to what he wants to do to Mina, and then does to her, had me blushing. This is one relationship that’s incredibly passionate and straight up sex on a stick. Something very important to keep in mind is that Mina is no pushover when it comes to Rhys. Poor Rhys never stood a chance with Mina. She is his salvation, and soon his reason for breathing.

The Iron Duke is jaw droopingly good read that borders on literary excellence.

Synopsis (Product Description):

After the Iron Duke freed England from Horde control, he instantly became a national hero. Now Rhys Trahaearn has built a merchant empire on the power-and fear-of his name. And when a dead body is dropped from an airship onto his doorstep, bringing Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth into his dangerous world, he intends to make her his next possession.

But when Mina uncovers the victim’s identity, she stumbles upon a conspiracy that threatens the lives of everyone in England. To save them, Mina and Rhys must race across zombie-infested wastelands and treacherous oceans-and Mina discovers the danger is not only to her countrymen, as she finds herself tempted to give up everything to the Iron Duke.

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a Kindle 3G + Wi-Fi.

1. Giveaway is open to US and Canada only.

2. Giveaway ends Friday, November 26th at 11:59 PM EST.

3. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.


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