Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Topic of Light ~ Mini Book Review: The Five Levels of Attachment: Toltec Wisdon for the Modern World by Don Miguel Ruiz Jnr

Publisher: Hay House
Publication Date: 01 March 2013
Genre: Spirituality
Audio or Book: Paperback
Length: 150 pages

Building on the principles found in his father's bestselling book The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz Jr. invites us to gauge how attached we are to our own point of view. In The Five Levels of Attachment, he will help you gain awareness of the agreements you have been implicitly making all these years that shape your reality and affect your future and show you how to release the attachments which no longer reflect who you really are. This method is twenty years in the making. When don Miguel Ruiz Jr. began his apprenticeship into his family's Toltec tradition, he was just fourteen years old. His first task was translating his grandmother's talks from Spanish into English. One day, as he struggled to keep up with her, she asked him: Are you using knowledge, or is knowledge using you? Finding the answer to this question would shape the destiny of his life. In this groundbreaking work, Ruiz explains each of the Five Levels of Attachment in detail and shows that as our level of attachment to a belief or idea increases, ?who we are? becomes directly linked to ?what we know.? Our attachment to beliefs ? our own and the beliefs of others ? manifests as a mask we don't realize we can take off. But with don Miguel Ruiz's help, and some Toltec wisdom along the way, we can return to our True, Authentic Selves, unhindered by judgment and free to pursue our true life's calling.

Topic of light discussions:
The Five Levels of Attachment: An Introduction
The Five Levels of Attachment: Chapter 1 ~ An exploration of perception and potential (Part 1)
The Five Levels of Attachment: Chapter 1 ~ An exploration of perception and potential (Part 2)
The Five Levels of Attachment: Chapter 2 ~ Understanding the Personal Dream & the Dream of the Planet
The Five Levels of Attachment: Chapter 3 ~ Knowledge and Attachments (Part 1)

My Review:
This was an enjoyable read. It was not quite what I expected but - like with all books that deal with life concepts - I took out what meant something to me and left behind that which did not resonate with what I believe. There are some great concepts in the book - I think I expected something more along the lines of the Four Agreements

I enjoyed learning about the attachments and where the different levels are applied in my own life. If you enjoy spiritual reads, this is a quick snack. It isn't a heavy read and there is something in here for everyone. 

Miguel has such a great way with words and explaining the concepts in layman's terms. Overall I enjoy his work and reading about the Toltec way. 

Final Thoughts: It was still a great read that held some great concepts and advice. An enlightening read. 

My Rating:

Author Bio: 
Don Miguel Ruiz was born into a family of healers, and raised in rural Mexico by a curandera (healer) mother and a nagual (shaman) grandfather. The family anticipated that Miguel would embrace their centuries-old legacy of healing and teaching, and carry forward the esoteric Toltec knowledge. Instead, distracted by modern life, Miguel chose to attend medical school and become a surgeon. A near-death experience changed his life. Stunned by this experience, he began an intensive practice of self-inquiry. He devoted himself to the mastery of the ancient ancestral wisdom, studying earnestly with his mother, and completing an apprenticeship with a powerful shaman in the Mexican desert. In the tradition of the Toltecs, a nagual guides an individual to personal freedom. Don Miguel is a nagual from the Eagle Knight lineage, and is dedicated to sharing his knowledge of the teachings of the ancient Toltecs. He is the author of The Four Agreements, The Mastery of Love, and The Four Agreements Companion Book.

Author Links: Website l Twitter l Goodreads



Monday, 28 April 2014

Book Review: Blood & Fire (Guardian Witch #4) by Ally Shields

Series: Guardian Witch #4
Publisher: Etopia Press
Publication Date: 16 October 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Source: Author (In exchange for an honest Review)
Audio or Book: ebook
Length: 306 pages

Goodreads Synopsis:

"A dead body, black magic, and a vampire enforcer..."

Ari thought her biggest problem was deciding if she should move in with her vampire boyfriend, Andreas. That was before they found the dead body at the bottom of the Riverdale cliffs. And before she realized he'd been cursed by black magic.

Just as she begins the murder investigation, the vampire rulers in Europe send an enforcer to make inquiries into the recent defeat of the Toronto vampire prince. While Andreas has taken responsibility for the brutal dictator's death, there is much about the incident that he and Ari must keep to themselves--secrets the vampire elders would stop at nothing to learn.

With threats of retaliation hanging over their heads, Ari moves into Andreas's Victorian mansion--for safety's sake--while the enforcer begins a campaign of terror. Ari is caught between competing dangers and challenges: black magic, a ghost, a missing Native American artifact...not to mention a new roommate...all while trying to stay alive...

~ Blood and Fire Book trailer ~

Previous reviews:
Awakening the fire #1
Vampire in the Shadows #1.5
Fire Within #2

Burning Both Ends #3

My Review:
Up until this point I do think this is some of Ally's best work. I still need to read the next book and the series - which I am quite excited about and I am sure it will be just as good!

Blood & Fire has a very smooth star. It is not shocking but not boring either. Blood and Fire starts off with finding a body and they initially think its a suicide but soon suspect its a murder. A few more angles get waved into the story and keeps you on the edge of your seat as more complications arise. 

Characters & Storyline: 4/5
I enjoyed the development of the main characters in Blood and Fire.

Ari - Ari is cool & smart as ever. I think she has grown as a character and I enjoyed Ari's development with her feelings and her relationship with Andreas. I would like to see Ari grow more into her powers and really see what she is capable of and I want to know more about her connection with Andreas. Ari is one tough cookie

Andreas - I love Andreas in Blood & Fire. He is a bit more vulnerable but I love how he is when he is with Ari. He is more open and definitely has grown attached to having her around. I am so excited to see where their relationship goes. You do find out a bit about Andreas's past - but I just want more! He is just that interesting and yummy <3 

Stefan - Stefan wasn't really around much this book :(  I missed the werewolves in this segment.

Plot, Pace, Writing style: 4/5  
Ally weaves the various plots/storylines beautifully. She layers them so well and keeps the story flowing at a perfect pace. Since I have been working on my own writing I can see how well put together the Guardian witch series is. Her plots link up perfectly with all her t's crossed and I's dotted. The writing felt a little segmented, the scenes could have been a little bit longer - but I'd rather have it this way than filler information. The main focus for me was on Andreas and Ari and how they grew and work together so well.

The ending was perfect! I loved it and couldn't have asked for a better one. 

Cover talk: 5/5 I adored this cover!! It is definitely one of my favourites. 

Final Thoughts: This is one of those series that just gets better and better. I am super excited to read the next book Fire Storm. 

My Rating:

Books in the series:

Author Bio:
I write urban fantasy/supernatural mysteries. The first three novels in the series have been released and Blood and Fire is scheduled for the fall of 2013. I am currently working hard on book 5. When not writing, I read multiple genres--urban fantasy, thrillers, mysteries, romance, and I love to travel-anywhere, anytime. I live in the Midwest with my miniature pinscher Ranger within driving distance of the Mississippi River that is the setting for my books.

Author Links: Goodreads l Twitter l website



Friday, 25 April 2014

Book Review: Few Are Angels (FAA #1) by Inger Iversen

Series: Few Are Angels #1
Publication Date: 28 May 2012
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Source: Freebie @ Amazon
Audio or Book: eBook
Length: 299 pages

Goodreads Synopsis:
After a fatal hit and run accident, Ella Monroe fears that she’s lost more than her beloved parents. Horrifying visions of a past life and a disturbing voice in her head have psychiatric professionals convinced that she’s lost her sanity as well. But when Kale—a dark and handsome stranger with a mysterious past reveals the true meaning of her visions and the tremendous power she wields through them, Ella must come to terms with the devastating truths of her own past, while eluding an ancient Dark Prince who seeks to control not only her future, but all of mankind’s, by means of abilities that Ella is only beginning to understand.

Enter the shrouded world of an age old battle between an ancient race known as the Immortals and their bitter enemy Laurent, the so-called Dark Prince, who commands an army of half-breed vampires known as Chorý. Both sides have been desperately searching for the prophesied emergence of the Arc, a clairvoyant with unparalleled power to recall the past and a soothsayer with clear vision into the future. 

The Council of Immortals has sworn to protect the Arc, whom they have identified as young Ella Monroe, a college freshman from Virginia living quietly and unaware of her powers or her past. But a renegade Chorý has other plans for the protection of a girl he has loved through the ages. Can Kale convince Ella of who she is, what she is destined to become, and what he once meant to her? Is he truly the best protector to shield the world from the devastating misuse of her powers that Laurent is bent on controlling? Or will the forbidden love they share and Kale’s cursed condition as a retched and hated Chorý be used against them both?

This paranormal romance told from the heroine’s perspective builds in intensity and intrigue to a finale you won’t see coming. Heart pounding action mixed with heartwarming friendships and heartbreaking romance will leave you breathless and begging for more.

Book Trailer: (this is what sold me to read this book)

I have been absolutely excited since I saw the book trailer for this book. Much to my delight I discovered it as a freebie on Amazon / Smashwords. I really enjoy the forbidden love type story and this is a fantastic and exciting book. I never knew what was going to happen and was completely captivated by the story. I could not read fast enough and I couldn't wait until I had time to start reading this book again!

Few Are Angels has an interesting introduction, and I really enjoyed that Ella's current problems were introduced early in the first few chapters. It really helped pull me into the story - I needed to know why this was happening to her. If I were Ella, I would also have thought I was a bit crazy with the visions/episodes that she developed after losing her parents in an accident.

Characters & Storyline: 5/5
Inger creates awesome well-rounded interesting characters. It's easy to love the 'good' ones and even easier to dislike the 'bad' ones. They are memorable and keep you glued to the book.

Main Characters

Ella - The storyline starts off with getting to know Ella while she is trying to cope with everything and figure out what is 'wrong' with her. The first few chapters are great foundation chapters. I connected easily to Ella as the MC and enjoyed discovering her past as well as connecting the dots to her destiny. 

Kale - I loved Kale from the very start. Every chapter without him was a chapter too long! He is the brooding, tormented character. You first meet him when Ella discovers him fighting with Jace in her front yard in the middle of the night. He wants to protect Ella the best he can. 

Laurent - Laurent is the 'bad' guy going after Ella. Learning about his actions and what led to him seeking out Ella is shocking! I mean - how can he do what he did to his own daughter! There are a few chapters that are from his POV, but I am sure we will get to know him better in the next book. 

Minor characters

Lea is adorable and cute. I just want to snuggle and cuddle her as a baby sister. Mia is annoying, but likable. She has an attitude, but can be a good friend at the same time - whether her motives shine through or not. Alex is so sweet and I love how honest he is with Ella.

Plot, Pace, Writing style: 5/5  
I was completely hooked from page 1. Inger has a great writing style and her world building is great. The pace was perfect and the plot was very good - a great escape. There were parts that were predictable - but I didn't mind and it didn't take anything away from the story for me. I sort of spoiled the ending for myself *sad face* - I was so eager to see how many books are in the series and I read the blurb of book 2 and unfortunately figured out what happened before I reached the end. It was still a great ending, and I cannot wait to see how things pan out in 'Awakened'. 

Cover talk: 3/5 This cover was OK. 

Final Thoughts: 

This was an awesome read and a brilliant escape. I am super excited to carry on with this series. 

My Rating:

Favourite Quotes
"The thing is, once you know death, there is no going back. It changes you. It was different for different people. Some believed death was a part of life and they accepted it. They grieved and moved on. They were, in my eyes, smarter that the rest of us for not admitting they were affected." ~ Ella


"I know you, but then again, I don't. I know what it's like to kiss you, but you always seem to stay at least three feet away from me. I know what it feels like to lose you, but you've never been mine." ~ Ella to Kale


"Our pasts were so entwined I didn't think I could forget Kale if I tried." ~ Ella


"In order to learn the important lessons in life, one must each day surmount to fear." ~ Jace

Books in the series:

Author Bio: 
Inger Iversen lives in Virginia Beach with her tree-hugging boyfriend Joshua and her overweight lap cat Max. When not reading or writing she spends her time watching reruns of True Blood or killing zombies in Call Of Duty.

Author Links: Goodreads l Twitter l Website



Thursday, 24 April 2014

Book Blitz ~ Bleeding Hearts by Ash Krafton

Bleeding Hearts by Ash Krafton
Series: Demimonde #1
Publisher: Pink Narcissus Press
Publication Date: 15 March 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Length: 370 pages
Sophie Galen is an advice columnist who is saving the world – one damned person at a time. Shy and sensitive Sophie has all but given up on love until she meets Marek, a mysterious stranger who seduces her with his striking good looks and his take-charge attitude. Yet the darkness she senses within him may be more than she is prepared to handle when Marek draws her into a world of vampires, werewolves, and treachery. Forced to leave behind the comfortable routines and certainties of her past, Sophie makes unbearable sacrifices and uncovers hidden truths about herself and the world around her.
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Add Bleeding Hearts to your Goodreads list!
Don’t forget to check out “Blood Rush” (Demimonde #2) and get ready for “Wolf’s Bane” (Demimonde #3), coming out this June!

Bleeding Hearts is on sale at $1.99 on Amazon and Barnes&Noble until April 30th!!


“What a waste of money.” A hard voice startled me and snapped my spine taut. It was hard to misinterpret that particular tone. 

I counted to five before turning around. “Sorry? Did you say something?”

A hefty mountain of olive drab, mirrored Oakleys, and black work boots leaned against the wall of the pizza joint where the awning cast the deepest shadow. His black knit cap, the kind I imagined muggers favored, enhanced my perception of a threat. Strong. Harsh. Dangerous. Funny I didn’t see him the first time I looked--he was sort of hard to miss.

“Of course I did.” Caustic words dripped like acid as he snapped the collar of his canvas coat up around his ears. “You’re delusional if you think he’ll go to your little soup kitchen. He’s a drunk. You gave him rum money.”

“How do you know? Just because he’s a bum doesn’t mean he’s...” I floundered, flustered, fishing for words and not finding them fast enough. “A bum.”

He laughed, Brillo Pad-on-skinned-knees mean.

“Of course he is. It’s his nature. Why do you think he’s on the street? Kiss your charity goodbye.” He jammed his hands into his pockets, hunching his shoulders and looking, if it were at all possible, even more menacing. “You won’t survive in this city if you don’t stop being so naïve.”

“I am not naïve!” My retort drew alarmed looks from a lady who clutched her bag and quickened her pace as she passed me. I should have followed her. “I just don’t think the worst of everyone I meet. Unlike some people, apparently.”

“So when a bum asks for a quarter, you offer to feed him for a lifetime? This is the city, lady. Learn the rules.”

“Good advice. First rule is, don’t talk to strangers.” I never wanted a medal for being nice but I didn’t need to be criticized, either. Turning on my heel, I stomped away.

Mr. Tall Dark And Pushy didn’t seem to get the hint. His low voice grated across my nerves, sounding uncomfortably close behind. “I’m not finished.”

“Oh yes, you are.” I spun around but, when I saw he still hadn’t moved, I faltered. I guessed arrogance helped a voice to carry.

Remembering the focus of my irritation, I jabbed my hands onto my hips, fighting the overwhelming urge to march over to him and do something foolish. Usually I’m more flight than fight. I should have been running but my smart mouth had taken over. “I don’t know who you think you are but you’re messing with the wrong lady.”

“No, I don’t think I am.” He straightened and shrugged his jacket into place.

I backed up a step, as if the distance between us were inches instead of feet. It was his reach that worried me. “You don’t think, period. Who even talks to people like that?”

Even his chuckle was arrogant. “You’ve got spirit.”

“You’ve got nerve. And no, I’m not coming any closer so quit telling me what to do.”

“I didn’t say a thing.”

“Well—” I sputtered. Didn’t I hear him say it? “Stop—thinking it, then.”

He laughed, sounding delighted to have irked me to the point of incoherence. Dismissing me with a wave, his tone became more condescending. “Forget I said anything and go home.”

I fisted my hands, wanting nothing more than to leave, but I had a historic need to have the last word. When sufficient words failed me I stamped my foot.

He leaned at the waist, looking over the tops of his sunglasses. His bright green eyes flashed, much brighter than if they’d simply captured a glint of sun. “I said, go on home.”

I snapped an about-face and marched all the way to my stop without pausing. His sardonic laughter taunted me, scalding my cheeks long after I caught the bus. By the time I got home, I’d forgotten every odd detail, including the brief realization I hadn’t seen his mouth move when he told me to leave. The weird occurrences had been swept from my mind, leaving behind a diluted version of a generic encounter. 

I’d forgotten everything except being angry. What can I say? I could hold a grudge with both hands tied.

~ Giveaway ~
$25 Amazon Gift Card + Swag

About the Author
Ash Krafton is a writer of all things spec fic. She believes spectacular endings make the best beginnings… Why not? One billion black holes can’t be wrong. Her first novel BLEEDING HEARTS: Book One of the Demimonde is available through Pink Narcissus Press. The manuscript earned finalist distinction in several Romance Writers of America 2011 competitions and has earned several other awards. The follow-up BLOOD RUSH (Demimonde #2) was published in 2013 and the third installment WOLF’S BANE (Demimonde #3) is expected mid-2014. Her urban fantasy novelette STRANGER AT THE HELL GATE is available through the Black Rose line of The Wild Rose Press. In addition to novel-length fiction, Ash enjoys writing poetry and short fiction, some of which earned awards and distinction in several national competitions. One of her poems was selected as a Pushcart prize nominee. She’s a member of Pennwriters, RWA, Pikes Peak Writers, SFPA, and the Maryland Writers Association. She also contributes to Query Tracker’s blog at Ash resides with her family in a rural town in the heart of the Pennsylvania anthracite coal region. She’ll never leave, either, because coal is just another example of a spectacular ending waiting for a brilliant beginning. (It’s kinda fitting.) And because, like a black hole, once you’re in…you can never get out.
Website – Blog – Twitter – Facebook – Goodreads

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Tour stop & Interview: Reflected by Joanne Kershaw

Hello everyone! Welcome to my stop on the tour for the second book in the Vanguard Legacy ~ Reflected by Joanne Kershaw. 

(Vanguard Legacy #2)
An ugly family secret laid bare, a mortal wound inflicted by her twin sister, betrayed by the love of her life—her supposed “soul mate”. In the wake of the battle with her evil father and his Dark Seekers, Elora Walker fights to recover from them all.
Together with her Vanguard, Magicae, and Vampire friends, Elora races to gather ingredients for the spell of spells, bury the curse, and defeat the prophecy which has tainted her life since birth. To save the world, can she deny the yearnings of her heart? Or, will she succumb to the temptation of love, and plunge them all into Eternal Darkness.
Amazon UK – Amazon US
About Foretold (Book #1)
Vanguard Recruit Elora Walker doesn’t know who demands more of her: her mother, or herself. But more than she wants to make Nina proud of her, she wants to know the truths buried deep in their mutual past. Haunted by the memory of her long-dead father, tormented by a psychic link to a faceless stranger, Elora learns to rely upon her friends and her newfound warrior skills to protect not only the Ignari from Dark Seekers, but the world from an ancient family secret that can destroy it.
Amazon UK – Amazon US – B&N – Kobo

Please welcome Joanne to the Mean Who You Are blog! Lets get to know the brains behind the book, while she shares a little about her self and some advice to aspiring authors. 
When did you decide to become a writer and what inspired you?

I have always written. When I was very young, a story I wrote was published in our local paper. At the time, I remember thinking how incredible it was. I mean, it was maybe 70 words, but it’s framed on my wall! A few years ago my role at work was changing and it meant that I had nothing to do over the summer break from school. Ordinarily I would have been preparing a class room and doing planning and things like that, but I didn’t have any of those things to do. One night, when my husband was at work, I sat down with my laptop and thought I’d have a go and see what happened. Six weeks later, I had something that was novel length. I’d been sharing it with a really good friend of mine as I’d been writing it, and she encouraged me to try and get published. It took countless rejections, three years and self publishing before it was finally picked up by Xchyler Publishing. I think I had always seen myself as a writer, even though I hadn’t actually written anything!
What is the hardest thing about writing?
For me, finding the time to do it I guess. My job is very time consuming, and rewarding, but it leaves little time on a regular basis for writing anything at length. Plus, I have four children to raise as well. Reflected, the sequel to Foretold, was drafted in just less than seven weeks. Some writers I know are astounded by that sort of timescale and ask how I can possibly manage it. My answer is simple, I have no other choice. It’s the only time I get! Obviously, the editing process then takes longer. But editing is quicker and easier for me, I’m like a machine. Again, that’s down to knowing I have so little time. The hardest thing is knowing that I have so many stories I’d like to tell, but I just haven’t the time to write them. Perhaps, once the third and final instalment of Vanguard Legacy is out in the world, I might find the time to write other things.
What is the easiest thing about writing?
It flows, for me anyway. I can write three to four thousand words in a sitting without any real problems. I enjoy the process, ticking away the time and the words. I love finding out what will happen next because, even though there is always a plan, I’m dreadful for sticking to them and often my characters make decisions that I’m not expecting. The adventure makes it all the more fun!
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
If my book has engaged anyone enough to drive them to write about it, then I’m happy, regardless of whether the review is good or bad. All you want as a writer is to make people feel, to engage them with your characters. If they don’t, if they read the book and aren’t engaged enough to review it or share it with their friends, then I’ve failed a little in my job. Foretold struggled a little with this. As it was a rewrite of an originally self-published book and I think that it put people off, they thought they’d already read it. I understood, I got it totally. The sequel, however, is a totally different beast. The original sequel, Echoes, has undergone a total rewrite. Less than 500 words of that book survives in Reflected—that’s over 95 thousand new words! Hopefully, readers will see this and be inspired to rediscover the series.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Start sooner. I could have done so much more by now! And also, listen to the advice of others and stop assuming you know better. I may have an English degree, but it’s made no difference when it’s come down to editing. Oh yes! And get an editor! If you’ve written something, and you want it published, it’s unlikely to be ready until it’s had at least a once over by an editor. They pick holes in your plot, your grammar, your voice, and they help your baby become an adult ready for the world.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Same as above really! If it’s something you want to do, then do it. As much as you can. Practise, explore, make mistakes so you don’t make them again. Read voraciously in the genre/style that you want to write so you know what the market wants and what it already has. That will help you be original and desirable. Finally, be prepared for rejection. If you aren’t thick skinned, if you can’t take criticism and your feelings are easily hurt—then this may not be the career for you!
~ Thank you Joanne ~

Joanne Kershaw
Joanne Kershaw lives in Wakefield, England, with her husband, four young children, and an uppity cat named Dipstick. As a teacher of five- to eleven-year-olds, she spends her days playing at being a grownup, then goes home to delve into Young Adult dark romance and being sixteen again. Joanne lives and breathes books, whether reading, writing, or marking them. She wrote her first novel in six weeks. Encouraged to submit her work by a friend and fellow YA novel addict, Joanne now finds herself a signed author at Xchyler Publishing. Joanne’s Kershaw’s first book with Xchyler Publishing is Vanguard Legacy: Foretold.
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There you have it! Guess I better get writing *tee hee*

Monday, 21 April 2014

Guest Post: Urban Fantasy versus Paranormal Romance by Ally Shields

Hello Everyone, Please give a warn welcome back to the lovely Ally Shields!

Often I have wondered about the difference between Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. When I was just a reader (pre-blogger), I didn't really give it much thought until I started writing reviews and had to categorise the genre. 

Is that Book an Urban Fantasy 
or a Paranormal Romance?

There is so much crossover between these genres that it's often hard to tell the difference, but there are actually a few rules to help you decide.

Paranormal romance: First of all, it has to meet the criteria for a romance i.e. (1) the romantic line (whether sweet, erotic or somewhere in between) is predominant, and (2) the story has an HEA (Happily Ever After) ending.

The addition of the paranormal label is justified only when the supernatural elements are an integral part of the story, not a minor addon. The paranormal must change the plot in some way. This usually means that at least one of the main characters is—or becomes—a supernatural being with powers that affect the story's ending.

Urban Fantasy: The criteria for this genre are more restrictive in some ways. The setting must be a contemporary, human city (real or fictional). The fantasy element is predominant, and the fantasy characters must interact with the contemporary environment. This is often depicted by clashes between the two cultures.

There is no requirement for romance, although much of today's urban fantasy, especially those written by women, has a strong romantic line. Other books may verge on horror.

Books in a series have added to the confusion. Authors can cross the genre lines from book to book, resulting in various labels by booksellers. The Anita Blake series by Laurell K Hamilton can be found under urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and  horror. Personally I'd leave these under urban fantasy, although I concede that Jean Claude is a terrific romantic figure in most of the books.

On the other hand, there is no doubt that the Twilight series, which also meets the criteria of urban fantasy, is best categorized as paranormal romance. The author focused on the romantic element throughout the trilogy.

I normally classify my Guardian Witch series as urban fantasy for two reasons:

   (1) book one does not meet each of the paranormal romance criteria. Not to be a spoiler, I'll leave it to you to figure out what's missing :)

   (2) the mystery/adventure storyline is equally prominent with the romantic line in most of the books.

Now that I've told you all this, does it really matter? Not a bit! Not unless you want to write a book or you collect book trivia! What matters is whether the author has engaged you in the lives of people you want to read about. It takes a little sprinkle of magic.

I'm always looking for that next great read. What urban fantasy or paranormal romance authors would you suggest for my TBR pile?


My reviews of Ally's books:

Author Bio: I write urban fantasy/supernatural mysteries. The first three novels in the series have been released and Blood and Fire is scheduled for the fall of 2013. I am currently working hard on book 5. When not writing, I read multiple genres--urban fantasy, thrillers, mysteries, romance, and I love to travel--anywhere, anytime. I live in the Midwest with my miniature pinscher Ranger within driving distance of the Mississippi River that is the setting for my books.

Author Links: Goodreads l Twitter l website


So what do you think? Do you prefer UF or PNR? 
Any great recommendations you can give us?