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Review & Giveaway: Thunder and Blood by Stacey Voss


  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Donner Publishing (April 27, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0981251609
  • Source: Author

    Two sisters, Sarah and Christine, are on their way to a girl-only weekend at a luxurious spa.  Sarah walked in on her husband and her neighbor/friend having an affair and needed a weekend to get away and attempt to heal her severely battered self-esteem. So, they decided to make a short trek across the Canadian border into the United States. 

    Their road trip started off without a hitch.  But shortly into the trip, a thick fog begins to roll in.

    What normally was a vista of rolling hills, majestic forests, and lush farmland, was now obscured by a thick mantle of mist.  The vapours were sliding over the hood and widnshield of the car like blankets of silk and the combined effect was eerie.

    As they drove through the thick fog they noticed the road had become rougher. They spot a light in the fog and decide to pull over.  The light was coming from a small, rustic-looking house.  The sisters head up to the house and are greeted by a couple, Gerwin and Elke.  As soon as Sarah and Christine stepped into the house, it was as though they were taking a step back in time. The house was lit by an old oil lantern and the furniture was hand-crafted.  The modern convenience of indoor plumbing was also lacking, the girls soon discovered after deciding to stay overnight at the couple’s home.  The girls asked questions about the couple’s background and the responses were always quite vague.

    The next morning, the girls pack up again and prepare to head out.  They ask for directions back to the main road and again, the responses they receive are very vague.  Gerwin simply suggests that they head back the way they came. Sarah and Christine follow his advice and are once again on their way.  The decided there was no sense in attempting to go to the spa, so they attempt to head back home.

    Their plans are thwarted when the car begins to shutter and rolls to a stop.  Christine soon discovers that Sarah has come down with a fever and offers to go and look for help. Before doing so, Sarah attempts to use her cell phone to call for help but she is unable to get a signal.  So Christine heads out to look for help.  Sarah, lethargic due to her fever, curls up and quickly falls asleep.

    Sarah awakens to find that Christine has not returned. She starts blaring the horn in the hopes that someone hears her. She turns on the radio and gets nothing but static.  She is startled when someone knocks on the car window. She rolls down the window and is greeted by man with a relaxed tone of voice.  His name is Hillard and claims he was camping in the woods. When he heard the sound of the car horn, he walked over to see what the commotion was all about.

    Hillard convinces Sarah to get out of the car and agrees to help her look for her sister. As they begin to walk down the road, Sarah notices a piece of broken plastic on the ground: the cell phone she’d given to Christine before she headed out on her trek.

    Meanwhile, Christine has awoken in a cell with a dull, aching head. She learns from her cell-mate that she is in the dungeon of a man known as Lord Radek.  Before she can learn more, she is pulled from her cell and taken to Lord Radek.

    Radek informs Christine that she was found wandering the road by a few of his men.  Radek further confuses Christine by referring to her as a “new visitor from the fog” and a gift to him. Christine is rewarded with nicer accomodations: a sleeping room full of large ornate furnishings.

    Separated, Sarah and Christine soon learn that they are no longer in the world in which they were familiar. The fog was a gate to another world, one led by vampire lords.  The currency is blood; visitors that pass through the fog are offered up as gifts to Lord Radek. They soon learn they are trapped in this world forever, and must fight to protect their lives…and their souls!

    Thunder and Blood is a chilling and addictive read. The detailed characterization instantly draws you in and makes you feel a part of the story.  Lord Radek, while he is considered the villian in this tale, is intoxicating. Voss’s writing is intoxicating as well. It is easy to become absorbed in this book.  I certainly did! I read it in one sitting!   What I loved most was the vampire aspect of the story.  They aren’t the sparkly vampires of the Twilight books, but true vampires!  Therefore, I highly recommend this for fans of “real” vampires!

    Stacey will be stopping by Jenn’s Bookshelves periodically throughout the day, so please feel free to ask her any questions!

    Now on to the giveaway!  I have a signed copy of Thunder and Blood available for one lucky reader!  For five-runners up, I have an autographed bookmark!

    To enter the contest, ask Stacey a question or answer the following question: Who is your favorite literarly vampire?  I promise not to delete your comment if you respond with “Edward!”   Tweet and/or blog about it for extra entries.  Leave a comment with each of your extra entries with a direct link to your blog post/tweet.   Contest ends at midnight Eastern Time on Saturday, October 31st. 

    This contest is now over!

    Winners of BBAW Contests!

    It’s the post you’ve all been waiting for!  It’s time to announce the winners of my BBAW contests!

    The first contest, Winner’s Choice of Book, generated over 300 comments!  Some of the popular books mentioned were The Lost Symbol, Her Fearful Symmetry, and Catching Fire.  The winner is Jennifer from  The book she picked to win is Grave Goods (Mistress of the Art of Death) by Arianne Franklin!  Her book has been ordered and is on the way!

    The winner of my second BBAW contest, the Book Lovers Gift Set is Jenners from Find Your Next Book Here. Jenners has been contacted and her gift set will be shipped as soon as I receive her address. And, for all of those who asked, the bookmarker pens can be purchased at your local B&N store!

    Thank you to all who entered!

    BBAW Giveaway #2: Book Lover’s Gift Set

    The winner of my next BBAW giveaway will receive a book lover’s gift set, which includes the following items:

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    • Assortment of sticky-notes
    • Note card set
    • Sticky-note book mark
    • Bookmarker Pens (so thin, they double as a bookmark)
    • Hardbacker, magazine or graphic novel size

    To enter, please comment below. For extra entries, please tweet/blog about it.  Link to tweet/blog post must be included in your comment.  Comment must also contain email address.

    Open to US/Canadian residents only.  Winner will be announced on Monday, September 21st.

    BBAW Giveaway #1! The Book of Your Choice!


    What better way to celebrate BBAW than with book giveaways?  And to kick off my week of giveaways, I was going to do a giveaway for one of my favorite books.  Instead, I’ll let the winner choose!  The winner of this contest can pick the book of their choice (limit of $20 USD).  Winner can choose book from (US residents )or (US or International residents). Contest is open world-wide!

    To enter, comment below with the title of the book you would like to win.

    For multiple entries:

    • Become a follower of this blog (either via email or RSS feed).
    • Blog about it.  To be counted, must be an actual blog post, not a sidebar item.  Please include link to blog post.
    • Tweet about it. Please be sure to include @jennsbookshelf in your tweet.  Include a link to your tweet in your comment.

    Winner will be announced Monday, September 21st.  Good luck!!

    Catching Fire Giveaway!

    35769901Hooray!  At long last, it’s the release day for Suzanne Collins’ Catching Fire , the second in the Hunger Games series. And to celebrate, I’m giving a way a signed Advanced Readers Copy of the book!

    To enter, tell me which character you are rooting for most, Peeta or Gale! And I promise, my preference will not influence the winner at all.

    All comments must include an email address. Comments without email addresses will be automatically disqualified. For extra points, tweet and or blog (must be a blog post) about it. Be sure to include a link to your post or tweet in your comment. Winner will be announced on Monday, September 7th. Contest is open to US and Canada only.  Let the games begin!

    Review, Blog Tour & Giveaway: Babydoll by Allyson Roy

    Saylor Oz is a Brooklyn-based sex therapist. She spends her days curing couples of their sexual woes. But when the brother of her long-time friend gets arrested and convicted of serial murders, Saylor feels obligated to put on a detective hat and hunts for the true killer.

    The murder victims were all models found around New York City. Each victim has a lock of hair missing. Saylor, a connoisseur of films of a sexual nature, realizes that she’s seen this somewhere before: an old movie entitled Bad, Bad, Babydoll. Saylor immediately begins investigating the cast of this movie and discovers some startling similarities to the crimes. She vows to stop at nothing, even putting herself in harms way, to help find the true killer.

    Readers of Jenn’s Bookshelf know that I can’t stand when one author’s writing is compared to another. However, in the case of Babydoll, I can’t help but compare it to Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels. Saylor has the same no-holds-barred attitude as Stephanie Plum. I It’s not Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction, but an excellent read nonetheless. Several times I found myself laughing at loud. The emotions the reader experiences ranges from sorrow and hatred to tears-rolling-down-your face humor. The characters are stellar. Each has their own faults, but you can’t help but love them. And if that’s not enough, the storyline is very suspenseful. Just when you think you’ve solved the case, Roy throws in something from left field and forces you to reconsider.

    While Babydoll is technically the second in a series of books, you lose nothing by not reading the first of the series, Aphrodisiac . Obviously, since the main character is a sex therapist, there is a good deal of sex in this book. It’s not overly graphic or raunchy in any way and completely appropriate for this book.

    I highly recommend this one! A steamy thriller for your steamy summer evenings!
    About the author:
    Allyson Roy translates into Alice & Roy, husband and wife collaborating authors. Roy, a graduate of the University Of The Arts in Philadelphia, has a background in theater, art and standup comedy. Alice, dancer/choreographer/teacher, double majored in dance and philosophy at the State University of New York. They spent many gypsy years living and working in the different neighborhoods of New York City and Philadelphia. Aside from being marriage and writing partners, they are also best friends, which is reflected in the heartfelt, go-the-distance friendship of their two main characters.
    Thanks to TLC Book Tours for allowing me to take part in this tour. And thanks to the publisher, Penguin, for providing a copy of this book for review.
    Check out the other blogs participating in this tour:
    Tuesday, August 18th: The Eclectic Book Lover
    Wednesday, August 19th: Jenn’s Bookshelf
    Tuesday, August 25th: Jen’s Book Thoughts
    Wednesday, August 26th: Cheryl’s Book Nook
    Thursday, August 27th: Reading With Monie
    Monday, August 31st: Bookluver-Carol’s Reviews
    Wednesday, September 2nd: Chick With Books
    Thursday, September 3rd: Stephanie’s Confessions of a Book-a-holic
    Tuesday, September 8th: GalleySmith
    Wednesday, September 9th: Bookgasm
    Thursday, September 10th: I’m Booking It

    Now to the giveway! To enter, comment on this post. To earn extra entries, blog and/or tweet about it. Please include a direct link to your tweet or blog post in your comment. All comments must contain an email address. Comments received without email address will be automatically removed. Open to US and Canadian residents only. Winner will be announced on this blog on Friday, August 28th.