Black Dagger Brotherhood – Book 2-6…meh

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Black Dagger Brotherhood – Books 2-6

 

Well…I got to book 6 and had to stop.  Let me be clear here when I say these books were interesting, but for as good as some parts of the first 6 books had, there were just as many things wrong.

 

The vampire brothers in the series have incredibly fascinating back stories.  They are good men, but flawed in their 200+ years of living.  Vampire males who are intrusted with the safekeeping of their race by fighting their polar opposites, the Lesser Society.  Each brother, his plight, back-story, as well as their love lives is featured in a single book.  You start off with Wrath, their Leader and King, and moves on to a crap load of characters and points-of-view.

 

Each brother goes through tumultuous self reflection, change, great loss, and yet great love.  The romances are compelling, up until you get to Book 4 – Lover Revealed, then you realize it’s really just a lot of wash, rinse, repeat.

 

Brother introduced – flaws described, he’s angry/moody/celibate – female love introduced, she is flawed, exceptional, inherently good – brother and female meet and there’s an instant spark/reaction/love/obsessive need – female isn’t interested – brother pursues – they have sex – they pull away – then female dies/becomes ill/dies and comes back/leaves and comes back – then happily ever after…kinda.

 

It’s not poorly written, although I have to remind myself that this a 40ish white woman is writing like she’s from the ‘hood, the brother’s having an interesting pop culture-ish POV with their own slang, but generally it is good.  Unfortunately what could be a VERY compelling storyline is pushed to the side as a mere side story blurb, in between romantic moments.  The vampires/brotherhood fight against the Lesser society, which in book 5/6, is revealed as a weird balance between their leader, the Virgin Scribe, and their enemy – The Omega.  Both a yin and yang of good versus evil that isn’t really touched upon, until I’m sure, later in the series.  However the first 6 books is mostly introduction of the brothers and their broken lives, as well as their established and every changing destinies.

 

Would I recommend these books?  I guess I should say, I kind of wish I didn’t waste a lot of time reading the series, especially up to book 6. I’m not normally into romance books, I tend to lean toward mystery and science fiction, but the series is not a total loss.  The romance is pretty good, if you ignore the repetitious style in which the brother’s meet/fall in love with their females.  The back stories, again, are pretty damn good – each brother going through horrible trials and tribulations to where they are in their present day worlds.  The Lesser Society story arc has potential to be outstanding.  Just wish the author could have done away with the romance recipe she seems to really favor.

 

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Official guest author feature – For the Love of Military Romance

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Being featured on other blogs will never get old.  =D

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Coolio, getting featured over at For the Love of Military Romance blogspot on April 19th. They’ll be raffling off a signed copy of my book Blood Memory: Book 1 if you comment on my feature. My Pipers will be featured; the elite military team that the Alpha of the Greater Pack uses for security and protection.  I grew up military and married into it as well, so I’ve been surrounded by it all my life.  Military ID since I was 10, yo!  If you’ve never lived it, you have not lived.  My Pipers mirror the loyalty and professionalism, as well as the camaraderie and craziness you find in military members.  They are an incredible breed of men and women who serve and protect our country.  Plus they’re fun to write about.

 

While you’re over there, give the other authors listed a look-see to check out their military influenced titles!  Thanks, ya’ll!

 

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Random Author Feature – Michael R. Hicks @kreelanwarrior

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Doing a random author feature from an author I’ve been following on Twitter.  I’ve picked up a few of his books, mainly because I love science fiction, as well as the fact that he’s giving them away for free.  Girls gotta budget, yo.

 

Free Novels by Michael R. Hicks

 

Season of the Harvest – Amazon/US

First Contact – Amazon/US

Empire (In Her Name: Redemption Book 1)

 

I have yet to read/review any of the books, but they are next on my list. Give Mr. Hicks’ books a try and let me know what you think.

 

A word about Michael R. Hicks, from Michael R. Hicks.

Call me Mike. Only my mom calls me Michael. And that’s when I’m in trouble…

 

I suspect that the roots of my writing career actually began early in my elementary school years, when I got to sleep over at my grandparents’ place on the weekends. After Grandma and Grandpa went to bed, I would stay up until all hours watching movies like The BlobThe Abominable Doctor Phibes, and Forbidden Planet. At home during the day, I was glued to TV series like Star TrekLost In Space, and Space: 1999, along with every war movie and series I could sneak in behind Mom’s back (Dad feigned ignorance, bless his soul).

 

And lest you think I did nothing but watch the tube, I spent far more time reading every sci-fi, horror, and war (mostly Second World War non-fiction) book I could get my hands on. In my teens I was so addicted to reading that my teachers had to yell at me in class to get my nose out of a book with spaceships and aliens emblazoned on the cover and pay attention to my “education.” Oh, the pain.

 

However, like the braces I wore on my teeth until high school, the pain did eventually begin to pay off when I first put pen to paper when I was a senior. The stories I began to concoct weren’t for a class; I was simply compelled to write to express the first yearnings of my muse. Looking back now on those rushed scrawls, I’m rather glad no one else has ever read them. Not that anyone could, so bad was my handwriting. I should have been a doctor, specializing in writing prescriptions.

 

Poor penmanship aside, I kept dabbling, and eventually one of the stories I sketched out turned into the draft of the first three novels of the In Her Name series – EmpireConfederation, and Final Battle – which I drafted between 1991 and 1994. At that time it was actually a single tome, now sold as the In Her Name Omnibus, and I shouldn’t have been surprised at any of the rejection letters I received from publishers: the manuscript was so huge that any editor trying to lift it would have been at risk for a hernia.

 

The omnibus draft sat under my desk until 2008, when I took advantage of the eBook revolution and published it on the Amazon Kindle, receiving a delightful shock when people not only began buying it, but actually liked it. The writing itself has been an enjoyable compulsion, but hearing that readers enjoy what I write has been a true and treasured gift.

 

As for my personal information, I was born in 1963, although I’m quite certain I’ve never matured beyond the age of ten (at least according to my wife and parents). I grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona, and still harbor many fond memories of exploring the open desert just beyond our doorstep before the landscape was replaced with endless developments and shopping malls.

 

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Arizona State University and being commissioned in the Army, I moved to Maryland in the mid-1980s to play a terribly minor role in defending the free world from the Soviet Empire. In fact, I spent a summer in the Soviet Union in 1983 just after Leonid Brezhnev was dipped in formaldehyde, and had a wonderful time in a very magical but tragic land.

 

Last, but certainly not least, I’m married to the most wonderful woman in the world and got two awesome stepsons as a bonus, with all of us serving the needs of our two Siberian cats, Nina and her big brother Sasha. We spend as little time at home as we can manage, preferring instead to be out on the road in our RV, seeing as much of North America as we can. That’s probably where I am as you read this, working on my next book…

 

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Male vs Female – who’s your hero?

I am very much a woman, if the picture on my website doesn’t give it away.  And the boobs.  But I digress….  I am a woman but I write majority male characters.  I have 3 main female characters, but at least a dozen other male povs can come into play.  I had someone comment once that they had to double check what gender I was when reading Blood Memory: Book 1, which I thought was very flattering, because I have zero experience as a male.  This isn’t really my main point, though.

 

When I choose a book to read, I try not to judge the cover, but the synopsis, that 2-3 sentence blurb that’s suppose to grab the reader, will make an impact on me if the main character is male or female.  I lean more toward male heroes, rather than my own gender.

 

Kind of sexist, huh?

 

Maybe it’s because some men really have no idea how a woman thinks? Example: Slither by Edward Lee.  I tried reading this book after seeing it EVERYWHERE back in 2006 when it released.  Every time I walked into a book store, there it was on the end cap being featured.  I’m a huge science fiction fan, so I finally broke down and bought it. Sadly, an incredible storyline of violating, DNA scrambling worms was reduced to the female heroine being preoccupied with another female’s physical (and superior) appearance.  Really? The main character was being catty because the other scientist had nice legs?

 

Women think like this, I won’t lie, but I really do think Mr. Lee had no clue HOW a woman thinks.  Nor did he realize that…no one gives a shit.

 

Viv gave her a strange look, a little surprised at the familiarity, and it made Caitlinn clear her throat embarrassed.

 

“That’s one way to put it. He’s uh…” Viv struggled for the right adjective when Caitlinn offered up her own.

 

“Your mate, right? That means something with your kind. Deeper than wife or girlfriend?”

 

Viv nodded, “Definitely deeper. Very territorial, especially with Brig and his position.”

 

Caitlinn glanced at Viv as she explained, then turned away again. After a moment she chuckled, asking, “Why do I get this ex-girlfriend vibe from you, then?”

 

She was surprised at how blunt Caitlinn was, and how accurate. Viv had considered scoffing at the question, then acquiesced. The least she could be was honest.

 

“Because if it hadn’t been for Brig, it would have been Charlie.”

 

Caitlinn’s disposition immediately changed and Viv caught her scent changing. Wasn’t something she wanted to come right out and say, to anyone, but Caitlinn had asked.

 

“Even now, when he doesn’t love you in the least?”

 

Viv felt the tension building between the two of them and she tried to diffuse it. “I had kind of hoped we could become friends, Caitlinn.”

 

Caitlinn turned to face Viv fully now, her posture tense and angry. “Not when you come at me with a statement like that, and you didn’t answer my question.”

 

“I don’t, I’m not in love with Charlie. It is Brig or nothing for me now – through circumstances I couldn’t control, even if I tried.”

 

“What does that mean?”

 

“Charlie, no one’s told you about bound scents?”

 

Caitlinn shook her head.

 

“Our scents are drawn to one another, we’re soul mates. There could never be another, even if I wanted there to be. Not even Charlie.”

 

“So we’re having this conversation to what…clear the air?”

 

“Well I didn’t think we’d be having this conversation so soon, to be very honest.”

 

Caitlinn nodded slowly and turned away toward the treeline again. Viv felt dismissed at that moment, making the wolf in her burn. Although, could she really blame Caitlinn for feeling threatened?

 

“You love him, right?” Viv asked.

 

Caitlinn sighed and slipped her hands into the pockets of her hoodie. “To my genuine surprise, yes, I do. I barely know him but,” Caitlinn shrugged again, a small smile tugging at her lips.

 

“I’m not after Charlie, Caitlinn.”

 

Without looking at her, Caitlinn said with a short laugh, “Do you really think I’d let you have him, even if you were?” The woman turned and locked eyes with Viv, making the threat, and promise, clear from the get-go.

 

Viv grinned as she shook her head. “No, I don’t believe you would, Caitlinn.”

 

“Just so we’re clear, you know, ‘tween us girls.”

 

“There aren’t many of us around the Pipers, so yes, it’s clear. Us brown girls gotta stick together.”

 

Caitlinn’s hard demeanor cracked as she raised her fist up to Viv with a smile.

 

Or maybe that’s how us brown girls handle situations like that. In any case, if the female character’s voice is in any way, shape or form, delicate or self-doubting, I’m not interested. Then you have the flip side where the female is overtly strong, thus being painted as a bitch. Female main characters just can’t catch a break, which is probably why I prefer male characters.  Men seem to think in a more linear point of view. My Pipers range from stoic to comically animated, with similar attributes in their ability to act as a cohesive, single unity that appeals to me as a writer and an avid reader.  I enjoy that pack mentality, territorial and unifying.  Whereas my female characters all stand alone, depending on themselves, but not being so singularly overpowered to the point of ridiculousness.

 

Which voice do you prefer?  Is there a type of hero or heroine you’re drawn to when selecting a book?  I’m interested to know, so feel free to comment.

 

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