Today I took a run up to Peterborough on a secret mission that was accomplished in about forty minutes, but since I drove in with Gizmo Guy who was there on business I had to hang around the rest of the day. So I picked up a copy of No Humans Involved by TRW’s own Kelley Armstrong.

Jaime, who knows a thing or two about showbiz, is on a television shoot in Los Angeles when weird things start to happen. As a woman whose special talent is raising the dead, her threshold for weirdness is pretty high: she’s used to not only seeing dead people but hearing them speak to her in very emphatic terms. But for the first time in her life – as invisible hands brush her skin, unintelligible fragments of words are whispered into her ears, and beings move just at the corner of her eye – she knows what humans mean when they talk about being haunted.

She is determined to get to the bottom of these manifestations, but as she sets out to solve the mystery she has no idea how scary her investigation will get. As she digs into the dark underside of Los Angeles, she’ll need as much Otherworld help as she can get in order to survive, calling on her personal angel, Eve, and Hope, the well-meaning chaos demon. Jeremy, the alpha werewolf, is also by her side offering protection. And, Jaime hopes, maybe a little more than that.

Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. Necromancers, werewolves, ghosts – and frauds as well. It was one of those lovely reading experiences where the world went on around me unnoticed while I immersed myself in Kelley’s world. My favorite type of read. Now I’ll have to re-read it and dissect how she did it and hopefully be able to learn something from this New York Times bestselling author.

A few days ago, I’d pre-ordered JR Ward’s upcoming Black Dagger Brotherhood and in order to take advantage of free shipping I also ordered an oldie of Lynsay Sands’ Love Bites, and her newest in the Argeneau series Vampire Interrupted. They both arrived in the mail yesterday. Which meant I immediately sat down in my lazy-boy and curled up with a cup of tea and devoured both books. The latest in the Argeneau series, Vampire Interrupted is about the matriarch of the Argeneau family – Marguerite – who at the age of 700 and some odd years has embarked on a new career .

After seven hundred years of life, Marguerite Argeneau finally has a career. Well, the start of one, anyway. She’s training to be a private investigator, and her first assignment is to find an immortal’s mother. It seemed simple enough, until Marguerite wakes up one evening to find herself at the wrong end of a sword. Now she realizes she’s in way over her head.

Julius Notte wants to protect Marguerite, and not because someone just tried to take her head off. She doesn’t know it yet, but she’s his lifemate and he’s determined to woo her. It’s been over five hundred years since he last courted a woman, but surely the techniques haven’t changed. Now if only he can keep her alive – so to speak – so they can have that happily-ever-after.

The identity of the mother turns out to be a neat twist, though it does take a certain amount of suspension of belief – but I love books that make me stop and say “Whoa – I wasn’t expecting that!”

But all this reading means I’ve done no writing since … um … Thursday. I really need to get back to that query letter and synopsis of Private Property. Which are drafted out but still …

Canadian talent …
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  • April 8, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    Both sound intriguing. My BD is this week and no one (myself included) knows what to get me so I think the general consenus was gift cards at B&N or Borders. I think I should go purchase these. They sound great!

  • April 9, 2008 at 4:53 am

    Happy Birthday, Dani!

    I think you’ll enjoy Kelley’s books – they remind me a lot of Patricia Brigg’s Mercy series. Or vice versa.

    Lynsay’s books are more light hearted romance, but I think you’ll enjoy them too.

    Both books are the latest in a series – I think Kelley’s is #8 in the Otherworld series, and Lynsay’s Vampire Interrupted is the 6th book in the series. But you should be able to pick up either one of them and still be able to follow the story – definitely I could follow Kelley’s without having read her others. And I read Lynsay’s out of order too.

  • April 9, 2008 at 6:28 am


    Last night I discovered that I have Lynsay’s “Bite Me” on my tbr shelf. So I will probably tackle that one next.

    I love Patricia Briggs. She’s on my TBR shelf too, but I think I’ll push Lynsay’s to the top. 🙂

  • April 10, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    Hi there,

    I went to Target today and found BOTH of these books there! How cool is that?

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