Eclipse

Eclipse is the third and latest in a series of young adult vampire novels by Stephenie Meyer (the first two being Twilight and New Moon).  I see a lot of amazon.com books with high ratings but only 5 reviews or so, which you can pretty much tell are the author’s friends.  Eclipse, on the other hand, has a high rating and 400+ reviews, and it just came out two months ago.  That’s a good sign.  Here’s the book description:

“As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob—knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?”

If you’re wavering over whether or not you’d like to get this book, you can read the first chapter at Meyers’ website.  For more information, read an article about Stephenie Meyers at seattlepi.com, read a book review at theorangechair, or read tifaaeris’ blog entry about being in love with the “fictional and fabulous” Edward.  Check out the author’s calendar, too.  It looks like she will be in Dublin on October 12 and Toronto on November 2, 2007.  I’ve heard she draws HUGE crowds, so get there early.

I Won!

Yesterday, I was surprised to get an email telling me I’d won a free book in a contest.  I was especially suprised because I didn’t know I had entered a contest.  It turns out, they were giving out a free copy of Betrayed to commenters on one of the posts over at the blog, It’s Not Chick Porn — I guess I missed the line about the contest when I was reading it over.  (This blog regularly features contests and free stuff, so be sure to check it out.)

The post is a very cute and entertaining interview between the mother-daughter writing team of PC Cast and Kristin Cast.  Here is one of the questions the daughter asked the mother:

“Now that you are having a mid-life crisis, quickly approaching menopause, and quite possibly on your way into diapers, what do you plan on doing with the rest of your years as you float toward the oh, so great white light?”

Betrayed is the second in the young adult vampyre series, The House of Night.  The first book is titled Marked.

Sara Hantz had this to say about it in her blog at sarahantz.com:

When I was asked to review Marked, I wasn’t sure what my reaction would be. I don’t read paranormal books, especially not books with vampires in them. Well, all I can say is WOW!!! It hooked me from the start. It’s one of those rare books that, if you have to put it down, you spend the intervening time wondering what’s going to happen next to the characters.”

The authors have upcoming guest appearances in Tulsa and Shawnee, Oklahoma, as well as Reno, Nevada, in October/November 2007.