Review of THE BOY and Interview with Paranormal Romance & Authors That Rock

Check out today’s THE BOY blog tour stop with Paranormal Romance & Authors That Rock – it includes a banging review of THE BOY and an interview with yours truly. Cheers!

The Boy (The Sanctum Trilogy, #2)

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by Madhuri Blaylock



Every now and again an excellent novel will come forth dealing with fantasy and magic that will just grab and hold my attention from beginning to end. That is exactly what THE GIRL did.” — OOSA Online Book Club

In THE GIRL, Madhuri Blaylock introduced readers to the world of The Sanctum, one corrupted by greed and savagery and hellbent on achieving a single goal: destroying the prophesied hybrid. When one of its most celebrated warriors questioned his allegiances, age-old secrets were unveiled and violence erupted. The journey becomes more perilous and intense as the trilogy surges forward with


Can you cross the plains of death, collect every piece of your soul and make it back to the land of the living?

And if you complete the journey, will your loved ones welcome your return?


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Cover Reveal: OUTSIDER by Kayti Nika Raet

One of the best aspects of this Indie author ballgame is the network of authors I have discovered and befriended as I get The Sanctum Trilogy into people’s hands. We promote each other, read each other’s work, and encourage one another to keep at it when we feel like tossing in the towel. It’s quite a special group of folks and one of my favorites is Miss Kayti Nika Raet, she of the unique and thrilling Outsider Chronicles.

I’ve read and reviewed Kayti’s previous works in the series, Niko and Harm, and thoroughly enjoyed both of them. I mean, come on, who wouldn’t love a badass girl and her bat? That badass girl is Niko and the things she can do with that bat are freaking impressive.

So book three in the series, Outsider, is releasing soon and guess what? I’ve been lucky enough to be one of Kayti’s beta readers (yes, that is me bragging my ass off) and let me tell you, the book rocks. The storyline includes some very interesting twists and turns, the action is thrilling and Kayti even managed to make me like some folks who up until Outsider, seriously skeeved me out.

It’s great reading and when it drops in the next few weeks, I highly recommend snagging a copy.

And to pique your interest just a bit, I’ve got a copy of the cover of Outsider to reveal today. It’s a stunner so without further ado, I give you



Kayti Nika Raet


Surrounded by hunger and degradation, the city of Cherai is a sparkling, opulent metropolis, a dazzling centerpiece in humanity’s fight against Slithers and acid rain. And at its heart, keeping everything shining and bright, are the Grey-Men, an oppressed workforce, drugged into submission.

But not for long.

Upon escaping her fate as a Grey-man, Niko is determined to free the whole lot, liberating all from their bondage. Together with Ben, Songhay and the Gemini Gang, they plan to take control of the city. To do that they must control the one thing no one can live without.


It only takes four days to die of thirst.

Freaking awesome, non?

Want more info on Kayti and her series, The Outsider Chronicles? You know you do so here are some of her links – go check her out and get lost in Niko’s world of acid rain and Slithers.


Twitter @KNRwrites






Mad Max, Baby

San Diego’s Comic Con is producing all kinds of excitement, and although the whole Batman v. Superman thing has my geek heart all in a tizzy, this Mad Max trailer kills it.


Tom as a very enigmatic Max totally works for me. And Charlize as Imperator Furiosa with her bald head and wicked eye makeup is freaking fierce.

Bring it.


The Gotcha

I make no bones about it – Gabriel Garcia Marquez is my favorite writer and One Hundred Years of Solitude is my favorite book. I have returned to it many times over the years, getting lost in its magic again and again.


Every time I read the first sentence of the book, I am blown away by its perfection.

Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.

For me, that sentence is The Gotcha – nothing tops it. It grabs you and holds onto you and demands your attention like nothing else. Others might seek to emulate, but none compare.

You have the violence suggested by the firing squad, the mystery of the colonel and his crime, all contrasted by the simple beauty of his memory of ice. If you are not intrigued by that sentence, then god help your poor soul.

So many layers packed into it; so many varied feelings evoked. It’s amazing. I’m awed by it even now, as my eye scans up this page and I cannot help but read it again.

Every writer seeks to create their own gotcha, that little something to introduce your work to readers in such a way that they find themselves suddenly thinking, “holy shit! I simply must read this.”

I am certainly not skilled enough to pack a punch like Mr. Marquez, but I think chapter one of THE BOY is a pretty fucking good “gotcha”. It’s lyrical, mysterious, and haunting and by the end of the chapter, if you’re not a little intrigued, then I was never going to hook you anyway.

We may no longer have the brilliance that is Mr. Marquez, but man oh man, we have that sentence, that gotcha, that level of perfection we writers should all seek to achieve in our work, and for that, every lover of books should be thankful.

I know I am.


Character Interview: Darby Winthrop

Last week I sat down with the blog Straight from the Library for a character interview with Darby Winthrop, The Sanctum Trilogy’s Dark Queen of New York, the one and only Southern Belle from Hell.

Check it out.

Character interview – DARBY WINTHROP

 Full name: Eudora “Darby” Cordelia Winthrop

Age: too old for you to be asking

Occupation: Queen of New York

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Not killing y’all. I’m already fed up with this malarkey.

What is your idea of perfect happiness? If I’m gonna be crass, an unlimited supply of fresh blood from a harem of hot, sex-starved 25 year-olds. If I’m being honest, Jedda. He’s my happy place.

What is your current state of mind? Conflicted. And don’t ask about what cuz I’m not discussion’ it.

What is your favorite occupation? Sweetheart, do I look like I have a job? I’m the freaking Dark Queen of New York. That’s job enough for this chick.

What is your most treasured possession? My family’s furniture. I’ve had it for hundreds of years. It’s impractical and does not match the decor of my townhouse one bit, but it reminds me of them and that’s all this girl really needs sometime. A reminder of my roots, my people.

What or who is the greatest love of your life? Jesus, are we back on this crap?

What is your favorite journey? Those few steps I took that first time I woke up and realized I could once again walk in the sun. There was nothing quite like it and honestly, I don’t think anything will ever top it.

What is your most marked characteristic? (Silence. Hint of a dirty look and then she flashed her fangs.)

When and where were you the happiest? Good lord, I have no idea. Didn’t y’all do any research before comin’ over here? I am old as hell. I don’t know my happiest moment anymore. Maybe that’s the ironic blessing in all of this mess. You live so long, you can’t remember much of anything, be it the good or the bad.

What is it that you most dislike? Luc Arsenault. Don’t ask. Just write that down. I hate that piece of work.

What is your greatest fear? Those clowns running The Sanctum

What is your greatest extravagance? Love

Which living person do you most despise? Maxwell Breslin, which ain’t answering your question properly since last time I checked, that nasty, little thing is dead as a doornail, but use it anyway.

What is your greatest regret? Not spending more time with Jedda. The petty fights that would last years, that kinda stuff. Looking back, it all seems so silly. Life is too short, even when you’re immortal.

Who is your favorite author? I love me some Mark Twain. Perhaps it’s the Southern in me. Or maybe it’s the I-don’t-give-a-rat’s-ass in me. Either way, I love him. That Brit, Jane Austen, is a close second.

What is your favorite book? Pride and Prejudice.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Hermione Granger. She’s a bit of a badass.

Who are your heroes in real life? Ryker Morrison and Wyatt Clayworth; once upon a time, they were two Sanctum angels of death

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Being all alone. Forever.

What is the quality you most like in a man? Honesty

What is the quality you most like in a woman? A sense of humor

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Being such a jealous bitch

What is the trait you most deplore in others? Duplicity

What do you most value in your friends? Their laughter

Which living person do you most admire? Ryker Morrison

What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Honesty

On what occasions do you lie? Whenever it serves my purposes. I’m a jealous bitch, but I’m also a crafty bitch. And a resourceful one.

How would you like to die? Good lord, you’re thick. I am dead, sweetheart. Been that way for hundreds of years.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? [Silence.]

What is your motto? Let ‘em bleed