Books for Pride and Prejudice Lovers

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Yes, I realize that so much has been said about Pride and Prejudice (in fact, I wrote about it just last week over at the Pocket Romance blog), it’s hardly a revelation that yet another person loves it. So rather than tell you how delicious Mr. Darcy is or how I revel in every interaction between him and Lizzie, I’ll instead point you to a few books that take their inspiration from P&P.

Elizabeth Aston’s Mr. Darcy’s Daughters (first in a series that I loved so much! Although my suspension of disbelief was tested by the idea that Elizabeth had five daughters when she came from a family of five daughters. I mean, what are the chances?)

P.D. James, Death Comes to Pemberley (popularized on the BBC, which has been on my Netflix queue for ages)

Linda Berdoll, Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife (honestly I felt it was too slow. It keeps the Austen feel, and I think I expected more contemporary language. But I might go back to it someday because I’ve heard good things!)

Seth Graham-Smith and Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (I admit, I was skeptical. It was…interesting, I’ll say that much. Probably not something I’d read again, and I’m too much of a chicken to watch the film)

Stacy King, Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice (I didn’t read this one–my daughter stole it from me before I got the chance, and then it had to go back to the library. But the artwork and adaptation looked really good!)

There’s a list on Goodreads of over 300 Pride and Prejudice adaptations, sequels, and variations, so if you’re hungry for more, have at it!

Book Review: A Promise of Fire

promise-of-fire-coverBrilliant book! I loved the characters, and I loved the world–a place where Greek gods are very present.

The heroine sometimes used words or phrases that felt too contemporary for a fantasy world, with some silly idiom replacements “the olive doesn’t fall far from the tree” and “don’t beat around the harpy’s nest” (not exact quotes) which took me out of the story, but compared to how much I liked everything else, that’s such a minor thing.

The voice also had a YA feel to me, which is great because I love YA.

The romance was slow-burn at first, and it was scintillating. Usually I write insta-love, but I’m definitely seeing the appeal of the slow burn! Some of the scenes where Cat makes herself invisible for bathing, but she’s totally naked right there next to him–WHEW!

I also liked how lighthearted the book was. Yes, people died, and there’s some gore and violence, but the tone isn’t dark or gory at all.

This was fast-moving adventure, not a slow-paced epic fantasy, and really it’s the characters I fell in love with, and the characters I want to see more of.

Savage Yearning is Available Now!

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I’m so excited! Dristan and Laura were a really fun couple to write–their chemistry was amazing. It’s funny, because when I had them hook up in Fierce Informer (book 6 of the Sierra Pride series), I hadn’t planned on a spin-off at all. But once I started wondering what to write next, they demanded their own book. And here it is!

Also, I can’t stand cliffhangers so like all of my other books, Savage Yearning stands alone. 🙂

When a one-night stand feels like so much more…

Mountain lion shifter Laura Vidal has been given two choices: leave the territory to find a mate, or become a guardian of the pride. Unwilling to leave the only home she’s ever known, Laura chooses the rigorous and bruising guardian training. Honestly, she’s glad for the training because it keeps her too busy to see Dristan, the guy who rocked her world during an amazing one-night stand.

Dristan Rhees can’t forget the girl who stole his heart after a single night of unbridled passion, despite the fact that she now won’t give him the time of day. But when vampires invade their territory, he and Laura are forced to work together. In order to defend their pride, they must confront the desire that still threatens to consume them.

You can purchase Savage Yearning on Amazon, and it’s part of Kindle Unlimited, as well!

Savage Yearning Soundtrack

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I’m doing something new with this series and sharing the soundtracks for each book. Savage Yearning is out next week, and in the meantime you can listen to some songs that go with the book! I even assembled a playlist on YouTube.

Here are the songs for Savage Yearning!

  1. Anya Marina, Satellite Heart
  2. Dave Matthews Band, Say Goodbye
  3. A Fine Frenzy, Rangers
  4. Tones on Tail, Lions
  5. Marian Hill, One Time
  6. The Airborne Toxic Event, Sometime Around Midnight

To visit the playlist on YouTube, click here.

Bitten: The Television Series

Last week on the Pocket Romance blog, I talked about one of my “first loves”–one of the first urban fantasies I ever read, which was Stolen, by Kelley Armstrong. Imagine my utter delight when I discovered her Otherworld novels had been made into a television series!

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Unfortunately, the television series didn’t stay true enough to the novels to make me happy. As often happens when I read a series, I get a very good picture in my head of what characters are supposed to look like, from their appearance to the way they move around in a scene, and the film version just did not translate well for me (although Laura Vandervoort is actually pretty close to my imagined Elena, so yay!). The story line is also quite different, and without giving spoilers I’ll say I was disappointed in the finale of Season 1. I tried to watch Season 2, but I was too confused to get into it. I think this is a situation where my love of the books is getting tangled up and confused in what I want the television series to be. I’m curious if anyone else out there has watched the series and liked it, and whether they’ve read any of the books.