So it's the day after Halloween, y'all, and although the doctor says my headache is from a sinus infection, there is the distinct possibility that it could be stronger than that diagnosis would explain due to last night's sugar rush. Oh, sure. I bought candy for the little goblins who dared come to my door, but then my hubby came home with 3 big bags of FREE candy (3 flavors of Tootsie Rolls), so it was up to me to make sure at least a few of those KitKats and Reeces Peanut Butter Cups fulfilled their ghoulish purpose to be consumed on October 31.
Now I'm ready to turn on the Christmas music.
"What?!" you screech.
Okay, okay. I'll wait another day or two. After all, I recently reviewed a really good book that fits any lingering October-ness you might feel today. KISS OF DEATH by Debbie Viguie is sure to set of a ping on your Creep-o-Meter (in a good way) It's the second book in The Kiss Trilogy--that daring series that has been referred to as Christian Vampire Romance.
Have you ever finished a book that was good but just a tad bit lacking and need something strong to restore your passion for reading? Well, I had just finished one such book when my hands reached for Kiss of Death, the next title in my TBR stack. Imagine my huge sigh of relief! I've read Debbie's books in the past (and found her to be a FASCINATING interview subject as well!) and knew I was in for a TREAT. (Yes, that "tricky" little pun was intended. But it is also SO true.) AND... don't you just LOVE the covers on this series???
A good portion of the book recommendation (below) appeared first at USA Today's Happy Ever After blog alongside a couple of other oddly creepy recommendations. Book images are from the author's website Candy bowl Image credit: <a href='http://www.123rf.com/photo_10798579_bowl-of-halloween-candy-with-fall-leaves.html'>mg7 / 123RF Stock Photo</a>
So, while I go grab another KitKat, here's the scoop on KISS OF DEATH:
What it's about (from the publisher):
|Book 2 in The Kiss Trilogy |
-- available NOW! --
In the wake of a failed attempt to defeat the vampire Richelieu, Susan and her friends are weakened and divided. Raphael must set aside his animosity and join with his enigmatic sire Gabriel to discover a powerful weapon before Richelieu claims it. Meanwhile, Susan and her cousin Wendy translate a 12th century diary belonging to their ancestor, Carissa, to learn the origin of their family's connection with the vampires. As Carissa's story of love and betrayal unfolds, they discover the secrets of the present will only be revealed by solving the mysteries of the past.
Why you should read it: If you haven't read Kiss of Night yet, make sure you do before sinking your teeth into Viguié's second book of The Kiss Trilogy. The author assumes readership, and rightly so. The first book was just that awesome. (For more info, check out my HEA review and interview with the author.)
Using the journal of Susan and Wendy's ancestor to segue into a different time, Viguié flawlessly transports the story between the 12th and 21st centuries and each thread enhances the other.
|Book 1 in The Kiss Trilogy|
--released in 2011--
Although Susan and Raphael's ability to act upon their attraction is ideologically (and often geographically) stalled for this Kiss installment, the romantic tension between them is tangible, even when they are not in the same country. But never fear: There is plenty of dangerous attraction sizzling between Susan's ancestor Carissa and Gabriel, the vampire who still inspires incredible fear in Susan and her contemporaries. Both paranormal and inspy romance readers will be captured by the new twists in this exciting novel and will be looking forward to the final title to be released in 2013.
NOTE: I'm still a little concerned about where the past of one of the minor characters might lead us, but there is much yet to be revealed before this trilogy comes to a close.
Tidbit: Make sure you read Debbie's "Dear Reader" letter that appears just ahead of Chapter 1. Written especially for those readers who might feel a little queasy about putting vampire elements in Christian fiction, Debbie's honesty and clear love of story will help assuage any doubts you might have about content.