The Werewolf and the Tentacle Monster (Freaky Fantasies) (Gay Paranormal Erotica)

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I'm closing in on my 10th anniversary of my first Monster Porn story, and The Pearl Necklace is still today the standard I use to write all my Monster Porn by. I used that first one to create a mini-beat-sheet, that I use to write all my Monster Porn by:. You can use these beat sheets if you want to, can keep them as is or change them up. Here is a basic beat sheet I created for myself, that I use with many of my Monster Porn stories:. For Quaraun fans Vol 1 of Trapped by the FarDarrig series, was re-written into a Quaraun story in The Vampire Leprechaun of Fire Mountain.

While it is Monster Porn, it is not however Erotica, they are two different things. Sometimes I use it as is, other times I change it around, but that's the outline I often start with as a jumping off point. Sometimes, for longer stories, I use that beat sheet, slightly expanded:. But usually, my stories are too "soft" to be considered mature content. Most of my stories are not seen as being erotic and the few times Amazon has moved them to Erotica, they got bombarded with complaints from readers, angry over the lack of sex in the "Erotica" section. Amazon has caught on to the little scam a lot of Erotica authors have been playing, of putting Erotica in non-Erotica categories.

I know a lot of Erotica authors, especially several of the big names, have been writing blog posts advising authors to put Erotica in other categories, but Amazon is actively chopping those books down to the dungeon now, so that little "trick" doesn't work anymore. But, I'm also not writing hard core Erotica in these stories.

Most of my Monster stories lean more into "Soft Porn", meaning, you could have 50, words of story with a single word sex scene near the end. Porn means obsession. Erotica means sex. You can have Porn without sex, but you can not have Erotica without sex. Many people misuse the word "porn" as being synonymous with sex, when in fact the word "porn" has nothing to do with sex at all.

In order to be Porn you have to have someone obsessed with something. Monster Porn, means quite simply that you have a character who is obsessed with monsters. Whereas in order to be Erotica, you must have a character who is obsessed with having sex as often as possible, and Monster Erotica means a character who is obsessed with having sex with monsters. My 5k Monster Porn stories are often a lot of inner dialogue from the main character, with less then words of sexx, and it's often mild sex.

Dang, it's sometimes fade-to-black sex. Heck, sometimes sex is only hinted to, and they couple don't even kiss on page. If your Monster Porn is sex, sex, sex, sex, sex, sex, sex, then put it in Erotica, because that's where it belongs. Put it in Fantasy And science Fiction instead. Don't go putting pure Erotica in the genre categories and don't go putting a genre story in Erotica. More likely than not, you'll be writing Monster Porn that belongs in the Erotica category, and if you do, then make sure you put it in the Erotica category.

I don't think there is enough sex to qualify them in Erotica and readers agree - I've asked them, and many have said they would expect more sex scenes for the word count, to make it Erotica and said they would not look for Monster Porn like mine in Erotica sections of a book store. Categories can make or break a book's sales as well.

Unfortunately, while we can select two categories, the rest Amazon slaps on our books willy nilly. It's not either. I have one book, which is Horror, a story about a haunted house. It contains one very minor sex scene in it, nothing really, and nothing smexy on the cover or in the description, nothing, but Amazon has put it in Erotica! Why did Amazon put it in Erotica? I've no clue. But, they did. I've edited the keywords and categories 4 or 5 times now, and for a few days it's back in Horror where it belongs, then a week or so later - boom, there it is back in Erotica again. I have to keep contacting Amazon over and over again.

No clue why. I started reading them, and they were all from angry moms and school teachers That the book was listed in Middle Grade Children's Books for ages 8 to Only thing we could think of was it had to be someone at Amazon looked at the cartoon cover and moved it to children's books manually without reading the description. I really wish we had more control over the categories, because it's very frustrating when we get bad reviews complaining the book is in the wrong category and the readers think we the authors put it there, when Amazon moved it out of where we put it and put it in a place it doesn't belong.

A lot of readers write mean hate filled reviews, calling authors nasty names like "retard" and saying the author is stupid for not putting the books in the right category, not realizing that we authors have no control over what section the bookstore decided to shelve our books on. When I asked readers to help me classify my books, a few told me that my Monster Porn "Literary Erotica" and "Erotic Horror"so I've started listing it that way in the blurbs of the new editions.

They said it felt "Literary" because in spit of the high heat level of the sex itself, they had to read through a lot of character dialogue and emotions to get to the sex scenes; and that they felt it was "Horror" because of the lack of HEA endings. They said Erotica should end on a happy note, and most every one of mine ended with a heart pounded "What the hell? He ate her!? Most readers told me, that they did not feel it was Erotica at all, but rather Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, or Paranormal Romance depending on the story in question. So, when you are asking me for advice on writing Monster Porn, I think the question to toss back at you would be: "Have you ever read any of MY Monster Porn?

Not only do you have the Romance heat level to consider, but you also have the Horror levels to consider as well. Remember, you asked about writing Monster Porn, not Paranormal Romance. Much of what I'm saying here can be applied to Paranormal Romance. I mention this, because I have found it is not uncommon for someone to ask me about Monster Porn, when they intended to write Paranormal Romance, but were unaware that Paranormal Romance was a separate genre.

You can take ANY monster and use him as a stand in for any Romance hero, but that will not make the story Monster Porn, that simply makes it Paranormal Romance. Keep the ending requirements in mind, because readers of each genre, expect a certain ending, and if you mess that up, they'll complain.

If all you girl does is get fucked by a monster and be all titilated over it then you are writing Paanormal Erotica, not Monster Porn. In Paranormal Romance, the "monsters" act human. In Monster Porn, they are monsters. They eat people, they crush cars, stomp on houses, rip heads off babies, eat the main character's lover, etc. Monster Porn monsters are feral and primal, and are likely to rip the girl's head off soon as they are done fucking her. When you think of horror stories what do you think of?

For most people one of three things seems to be the first answer they think of: Vincent Price, Stephen King, or Dracula and the other Universal Studios Monsters. What is it about Vincent Price, Stephen King, and Dracula that sends shivers down your spine, and thrills and enthralls you with mesmerizing fear? Is it blood? Can't be, rarely do we actually see blood in connection with the three classic kings of horror. You are now scratching your head and wondering Horror is what scares you.

You want to write a good horror story? Don't fill it with blood, guts, and gore, that is not horror, that is just graphic violence. If your readers want graphic violence, all they need to do is turn on the news. No, your readers want horror. They want to be scared out of their wits, they want to be afraid But how do you go about scaring your readers, if you don't splatter your pages with blood and gore?

Well, think about it this way, doesn't everyone always say [i]"Write what you know"? Pick your worst fear, the thing that sends you to bed with all the lights on. If it scares you, than it sure as hell, is going to scare your readers too. Real people have real fears. You as a writer, have the ability to take those very real fears, and dress them up, use your reader as you main character.

Psychological fears create psychological terrors, equals a story so horrific that your readers won't dare sleep at night. I have provided here a list of common real phobias that send shivers of terror down the spines of everyday humans on a daily basis in the real world. I have listed them in the order of what seem to be the most common or most prevalent fears first, and ending with the least common and more rarely seen fears last.

It should inspire some fearful subjects for you to scare your readers with. What scares you? Pick a fear. Write a story based on that fear. If you scare yourself, then you'll scare your readers and isn't that what Horror is all about? If you write a sexual encounter with a monster and it isn't scaring you shitless, driving terror into your reader, making them have nightmares for weeks, then you have written Paranormal Romance, not Monster Porn. Monster Porn has the strong element of fear running through it. Yes it can also be fun, kooky, and sexy, but the thread of fear and danger is always there.

In the back of her mind, she knows, this is a monster and he could kill her at any minute. And if you ask my readers what it is I write, first word out of their mouth is almost always "Horror". People who look at my book covers call me every genre imaginable, but people who have actually read my books, also call them "Horror" or "Weird Horror" or "Bizarre Horror". Always Horror. Whereas in serials, a long running Romance develops and eventually turns into a HEA, thus becoming either Fantasy or Paranormal Romance.

And as a reader I've seen every ending possibly. This really is a genre where you can just write whatever you want for an ending and get away with it: happy, sad, good, bad, or ugly. There's no "typical standard" for the types of endings seen in Monster stories, every author has their own thing they do. It's kind of a try-anything genre. You could try Zombie Porn even. Zombie Erotica I've not tried that But don't let that stop you from writing it, because it does have readers, you'll just have to write other stuff besides if you want to make a living at it.

A common series layout goes:. In the Monster Porn universe, male monsters go boob fetish and their females lack the boobs they want, so they hunt down big breasted super model human girls, or even bigger breasted BBWs big beautiful women. Crude sex, sex, sex, sex as is typical of other Porn doesn't sell as well in Monster Porn, as does a detailed plot. There is a lot of crude sex, sex, sex in Monster Porn, yes, BUT, there is a lot of plot and story too - something not typically seen in other types of Porn.

While other types of Erotica can sell with nothing but sex scenes alone, Monster Porn MUST have an engaging plot behind the sex if it is to sell well. So make sure there's plot with your sex, because this is NOT your standard Erotica. Most regular Erotica is sex beginning to end with no story. Most regular Erotica is under 5k words. Most Monster porn is 13k words or more.

The Werewolf and the Tentacle Monster (Freaky Fantasies) (Gay Paranormal Erotica)

The best sellers in Monster Porn are series and serials which have a big over arching story. Each volume than has a stand alone story with a smaller mini-plot. There is actually far less sex in Monster Porn than many non-readers of it realize - regular human on human Erotica has far more and far more graphic sex in them then most Monster Porn does. Top selling Monster Porn series of all time is Virginia Wade's Cum For BigFoot the serial ran for 16 volumes before Amazon forced her to end the series prematurely now banned on Amazon - look for it on Smashwords instead; or look for her drastically edited Amazon version: Moan For BigFoot She almost single handedly created the genre, read her books to get a feel for how it's written.

That is a complete misquote of an interview with her. They are misquoting Virginia Wade's sales. Monster Porn only has a few thousand readers. It's not as big a cash cow as the media hyped it up to be. So keep that in mind if you are in it for the money. Longer Monster Porn 15k to 20k tends to sell better than shorter under 10k , but both sell fairly well. This is another thing to keep in mind: short stories are hard to sell, even in Monster Porn, shorts fall way behind in rankings.

Do an Amazon search of Monster Porn - check the sales ranks - they are all very low. Usually the shorter the word count, the lower the sales rank because the shorter the word count, the less plot there is. Remember what I said about the need for a lot of plot and story line? There are only a few Monster Porn authors, like Virginia Wade whose title rank high in sales rank. The need for a lot of plot, a lot of story, a lot of character dialogue, and far fewer sex scenes than is typical of most Erotica, is a common newbie mistake in Monster Porn.

Many jump into Monster Porn thinking they can write short plotless stories that are nothing but sex beginning to end, with no plot, and than wonder why they aren't reaching Wade's level of success. READ her BigFoot books before trying to write this genre - you may be surprised at the lower sex content and highly character driven story line and multiple plots going on in her series.

Series, serials, and stand-alones all sell well in Monster Porn, but do keep in mind series and serials outsell stand-alones 10 to 1, so if you write stand alones they do better if they are part of a "matched set". I had one I was writing a year ago. It was planned to be a 15k Monster Porn. I got about 4k into it and stopped. It was just not working. The idea was good and all, but the way I was writing it, something was wrong and I couldn't place what it was. So I just stuffed it aside and went on to something else. Last month, I'm working on a totally different series, and I start writing the next volume planning to be 25k Fantasy and I start thinking Like I wrote it before.

Then I remembered the story from last year, and realize why the old story wasn't working. The characters were completely wrong for the plot line, as well as wrong genre. So I dig out the old story, drop it into my new story, change old characters to match the new characters, tweak out the Monster Porn Romance stuff, and it was BOOM!

Suddenly the story works. Turns out there was nothing wrong with the plot idea, I was just trying to stuff it into the wrong genre with the wrong characters, in the wrong series. Now that I've got it in a new genre, with new characters, the story is moving along nicely and is at 27k words which I will start editing soon as I'm done being sick.

Icky sick in bed week. I may never write it, but I also may go back to and and discover it really wanted to be something completely different than I originally thought it was. I've had several stories born out of the ashes of old stories I started and never finished. Because a large portion of the fan base are senior citizens - yes you read that correctly: your grandmother reads Monster Porn. I frequently get mobbed by little old ladies in their 70s and 80s whenever I do book signings for my Monster Porn I've even got a few fans who are men in their 90s - I know because I meet them and the first thing they told me "I'm 97 years old Most seniors prefer print to ebooks.

Use larger font than normal in your print editions: I use 14pt. It was a common request for Large Print editions of my Monster Porn, because seniors can't see the smaller fonts as easily. If you a gonna write Monster Porn you gotta learn the art of flying under Amazon's radar. Important tips on how to do that. Be Careful with your cover art. This is a biggie. Monster Porn got pulled left and right a few months back, but not everyone got hit I write Monster Porn and my books remained unaffected.

Looking at all the books that got banned or dungeoned, the common thread was the cover art being VERY against Amazon's ToS lots of hand bras and nude girls with long hair to cover boobs, while holding a leaf down below, that sort of thing or had titles that used explicit words in the blurbs as well. Yet while hundreds of Monster Porn books vanished off Amazon and hundreds more were dungeoned, there remained as many that were unaffected and had tamer covers girls in bikinis, girls wearing sundresses, girls in hot pants and Ts, etc with no explicit words in the titles or blurbs.

Girls in their undies get pulled off Amazon when they are on Monster Porn covers. In Monster porn a bikini clad babe is less likely to get banned then the bra and panty clad babe stuff that doesn't normally get pulled in other Erotica, like a girl in her undies, gets pulled in Monster Porn - Amazon is more strict with Monster Porn than with other Erotica. Amazon allows Erotica, not Porn, and the books that Amazon targets are the ones with cover art that crosses the line out of Erotica and into Porn.

But because of the word "porn" in the name of the genre, it looks like amazon does look closer at Monster Porn for offenses than it does other types of Erotica, so keep that in mind when designing covers, choosing titles, and writing blurbs. I think Amazon uses certain keywords to seek out and find the offending cover art, thus why all the Monster Porn got hit in one batch, etc, but I still think Amazon is only using those keywords to scout out TOS violations of cover art and not worrying about the actual content of the text, otherwise they'd pull ALL Monster Porn - which they didn't, far from it in fact.

My conclusion is that if you keep your cover art "tasteful" and refrain from using explicit words in your titles and blurbs, you shouldn't have to worry about the dungeon or books being pulled, because in spite of the masses of books hit by Amazon's "Erotica Purge" I've yet to see any with more Romantica looking covers hit by the purge. My thoughts at least, based on which books I've seen pulled and which books I've seen left untouched. Personally I really don't put anything on the covers of my Monster Porn at all - it's basically just the title and that's it.

If you read a lot of Monster Porn, than yeah, you know my pen names because my lack of cover art does stand out against the other Monster Porn books out there. But it is my lack of cover art on my Monster porn that has kept it out of the Dungeon, not Adult Filtered, and not banned. After comparing the various books and info, I noticed a trend and it seemed that it was not BDSM specifically that was being targeted, but rather certain words in the titles and blurbs, and certain types of cover art.

I came to the conclusion that that Amazon was filtering out anything that could be seen as "rape" or "abuse". Five of the books showed a woman locked in a very small cage 3'x3' ish laying on the floor of it, covered in bruises, unconscious, with blood on her lips. The moment one character fears the other, it's crossed the line from BDSM to abuse.

This hold true for Monster Porn as well.

Of the 9 books these authors had sent me the information for, 7 of these books had that exact same basic plot. This is a common issue with Monster Porn as well. While your monster should be savage, he should also have feelings for the well being of the slave and NOT be abusing or neglecting her. The stories were NOT in any way even close to being BDSM on any level, nor were they DubCon dubious consent , they were in fact outright glorification of kidnapping, gang-raping, beating, and abusing a victim. There is a vast difference between actual rape and rape Fantasy.

While Monster Porn is often seen as being about rape and abuse, in actual fact, you rarely see any real rape or abuse in Monster Porn! This is why. Because it is an abduction story, and you have to give the abducted character time to fall in love with said monster, before they have sex, in order to keep it from being a story about rape. Keep it classy, keep it fun.

Fun is what readers want. You will rarely see the abducted character actually being hurt, abused, or raped in Monster Porn. That's important, because your readers are going to know the difference. Even in stories where the girl is kidnapped and bred by every member of the monster's clan, the reader gets inside her head and knows she's enjoying it and can't wait for her half-breed baby. The slave getting rewarded with having a baby is often the high point of these stories.

Some of the best sellers in Monster Porn are the "Cinderella" stories, where instead of poor girl getting the prince, infertile girl, gets the baby she always wanted. There is a large focus in many of the top selling Monster Porn stories on babies and breeding. Not uncommon theme for girl to start the story frustrated at seeing her friends with babies and she doesn't have one too, then end happy ever after with her monster mate and his baby. It seems, if you were to believe the best sellers in Monster Porn, that all aliens are male and desperately seeking to give human women lots of babies.

The sex is often forced, but at the same time, and a bystander would assume it is rape, but the reader is seeing inside the victim's head and knows they want the sex. You do have to be careful here. The less Erotica the story is, the closer to actual rape the story can be, but if your story is Erotica and contains rape or hints of rape Amazon will ban it no adult filter it , so tread lightly with including rape scenes of rape-like scenes in your Erotica. In the Beginning: Act One: Sad lonely girl, sees her friends with lovers, boyfriends, husbands, and babies, and becomes horribly depressed.

Life has been one heartache after another for her. She's depressed and thinking life is Hell and not worth living anymore. Middle of Act One: More stuff goes wrong. She's very frustrated with her life and wished for something better. In Goblin King stories she'll make the wish out loud calling on the Goblin King to come take her away; in Angel stories she'll pray for help and he'll be the angel who was to deliver her prayer to God; etc.

She's crying out for help, and often, somehow the monster hears her. Something happens. She fights with friend and runs out crying or something to that effect. Girl goes somewhere or does something, that results in her being in the right place at the right time to meet the monster. In BigFoot stories, she goes camping, hiking, or takes a walk in the woods; in Alien stories, she's alone at night; in Vampire stories she's walking in a ark alleyway; in Ghost stories she's taking a dare to spend the night in a haunted house; etc.

Somehow she ends up in the place the monster hangs out and she's alone, and upset, so not paying attention to her surroundings. She's fighting, she's scared, and she's absolutely helpless to escape. Either he's bigger and stronger or he's done something magical to paralyze her, etc. Middle of Second Act: she's in monster's lair, cave, house, ship, nest, tower, forest, den, castle, whatever.

She tries to escape. She feels like a prisoner. There is no way out, no matter what she does. In her attempts to escape, she explores her new surroundings and gets familiar with them. Slowly she starts to find, that, hey this place isn't so bad, I could actually enjoy living here. End of Act Two: Now that she's calm and relaxed about her surrounding, she starts paying closer attention to the monster and realizes, he's not trying to hurt her. He's just as sad and lonely as she was.

He too was looking for someone to love, just like she was. She starts to feel sympathy and pity for the monster and starts taking care of him. Beginning of Act Three: Something happens and before she knows it, monster is fucking the hell out of her. It's close to being a rape scene, because the sex is pulled on her unexpectedly.

Sex was the last thing she expected the monster to be wanting. Alternatively, if you are writing a tamer story, the monster starts fondling and seducing her. Either way, she's mentally struggling here: on one hand she doesn't want to be in a relationship with the monster, but on the other hand she finds him so damned hot and sexy, she just can't stop wanting him to fuck her. Middle of Act Three: Sex has created tension. She's both excited and embarrassed and not sure if she loves him or is just horny.

Lots of inner turmoil going on here as she tries to decide what to do next. Inner monologue time. Something, big, bad, and scary happens, to force her into action. Monster gets hurt, captured, threatened, etc: Hunters shoot Bigfoot, scientists capture alien and plan to direct him, slayer is about the stake vampire, etc. Monster's life is now in danger, someone has come to her rescue, she is free to leave.

She can go home at last. Her first instinct is to get out of there and run for home. She runs for her life while her rescuer battles the monster. Beginning of Final Act, Act four: She may or may not have left. If she got home, she immediately regrets leaving and heads back. If she tries to run and doesn't get very far, it's because she looked back and saw Monster pleading for her help. For whatever reason, she suddenly realizes that she is in love with the monster and can't leave him to the fate of the big bad meanie. Girl goes back to rescue the monster In longer novellas or novels, this could result in an additional Three Acts of story, where she has to go through a lot of roadblocks to get back to her monster and rescue him.

Big, bad is somehow defeated. Middle of Act Four: Girl and monster are together again. Now it's time for non-reluctant sex. Put that scene in here. End of Story: Story closes with girl looking back on life, and realizing all the heartache of before, was just the steps she had to take to find the true joy and happiness of having someone who loves her. Had the bad things not happened in her life, she never would have found her monster lover. If this is a stand alone, it'll end with her discovering she's pregnant and planning on living happily ever after with her new monster huby.

If it is a serial, it'll hint to the fact there is more to come with some sort of cliffhanger. Sales wise I'm writing in a little teeny small niche, inside of short story writing which is in itself a small niche. So, I'm probably not the best person to look to for sales info, because I don't fall neatly into something the general reader is going to buy and read.

If you want to make a million dollars by writing for kindle, a big thing you have to factor in is genre. The top money making genres are:. Number one rule to making a million dollars with writing: write Romance, the steamier the better, get it as close to Erotica as possible. Note, I said novels, not novellas or short stories. What the hell did I just read? I'm confused, was there supposed to be a point to this?

Absurdist fiction rose up in the s. I'm insanely in love with Bela Lugosi's vampires from space movies. Absurdist fiction is rated, based on how much it compares with the ridiculousness of this movie, which was the inspiration for the entire genre. What is Absurdist Fiction? It is a blend of Horror, Science Fiction, Satire, Dark Humor, Nonsense, and Purposelessness combined as a way to observe character reactions to being placed in absurd, irrational, and fantastical situations not likely to occur in real life.

A prime example of Absurdism is The Twighlight Zone, where things happen for no reason and Humans are forced to deal with it, but the story ends without issues being resolved or problems being solved and viewers are left to wonder what the hell just happened? Yes, I know I'm writing in a very small niche.

Yes, I know this style writing is a niche so small that I can count every author in the genre on one hand. Yes, I know there is no demand for what I write. I know my work does not get mainstream attention and that the general public will look at it and go "What the hell? Yes, I know all this I don't care. I'm not trying to be a best seller. I'm not trying to be a household name. I'm not trying to become rich. I absolutely love s tongue in cheek, mad capped, non-scientifically plausible, junk food pulp science fiction.

I love the overblown, pumped up, super illogical s Saturday morning cartoons. Who, and all those weird B-Movies with giant bugs from Mars, foot cave girls, killer shrews, and most especially the vampires from outer space. These are my influences. The things which inspire me to write. I love pulp fiction and serials. It's just my thing that I enjoy. I think it's always funny when people say serials have to have cliffhangers and say they don't write serials because they can't write cliffhangers.

Most people claim silent serials created cliffhangers, too, and that's not true either. Most people seem to not realize that the silent movie serials that supposedly invented the cliffhangers, didn't even use them! Cliffhangers didn't even show up until serial movies in the 40s and 50s.

Most folks do seem to think "silent" when they think serial. The term "cliffhanger" was first used in It comes from Zorro's Fighting Legion. Nearly every episode in the series ended with Zorro hanging off a cliff about to fall to his doom. It was the first serial to use this and it was also one of the last of the "classic serials" to be filmed.

AND it wasn't silent either. This is what lead to the rise of "cliffhangers" in the s. I love serials, with or without cliffhangers. They can be good both ways. The thing I don't like, however is when an author claims they are writing a serial and it ends after 3 or 5 stories, and it was obviously just a novel they cut up. That annoys me.

And if you go the to Library of Congress website who regulates the proper use of serials, which MUST be registered as a serial with them and they assign it a serial number they claim it's not a serial if it doesn't have at least one monthly release for a minimum of 3 years. That means if it has fewer then 36 volumes, it's not a serial, and can not qualify to be sold as a serial, because you can't sell serials without a serial number similar to an ISBN being put on it. But back to cliffhangers. I find that too many authors are thinking that cliffhangers have to be bold and dramatic, when if they were to look at the classic cliffhangers of old pulp fiction, they were not dramatic at all.

Not usually. For example, the villain would be defeated, the orphans found good homes with sweet loving families, the stolen bank money returned to its rightful owner, rewards given for the villain's capture, and as the hero kicked back to relax, a farm hand would run in and say the cattle had escaped, one of the orphans would mention that he had a friend who had disappeared during an Indian raid, or a letter would arrive from a long lost uncle or a train would pull up at the station and some new villain would step out.

These are "happy for now" endings that do not create urgency but hinted that another adventure might be coming next week.

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It's also how comic books like Superman and BatMan stuck around so long. They did not start continuing until the s. Each was a series, but you didn't have to watch each episode, like a Soap Opera, because each story could stand on it's own 2 feet without being connected to any other. Personally I prefer this type of serial, both to read and to write. Sure once I start reading, if I like it, I'll read them all, but you got to hook me enough to get my started if I can't just read each story on it's own in any order.

That's actually an issue for some readers who'll ask me "So what order do I read this in? They are just the continuing adventures of the characters. I'm the odd one out. I always am. I sail in the better safe than sorry boat along side of the keep'em guessing boat. Often, my covers, my titles, my series titles, my sub-titles, even my blurbs, don't even sneak a hint to what genre they are. I do often wonder about the incomes you see authors boasting of on places like KBoards Writer's Cafe. So, there seems to be a lots of lying going on over at Kboards where these Erotica authors are doing a lot of "Look at me!

Look at how much money I make! But, like I said, it's really easy to cross reference their pen names to Amazon's IRS tax public records release which lists on it authors and incomes. I do not understand the point. Why are these authors running all over this forum yping up how much money they make, when it's easy to prove they are not making anything even close to what they are claiming? I can only assume they are doing it as some marketing ploy, to get people to buy their books under the false impression that so many others have bought it they should too?

Seems like ever since D. Their screenshots of their earnings are so obviously Photoshopped, it's sad they think we can't tell. You now, we who make book covers for a living and so can tell shoddy Photoshop work a mile away. It's so easy to look up Amazons public release of their ta records. All the authors' names are right there, their income right beside their names. It's sad to see so many hundreds of them showing up of late. Don't know why Kboards is so suddenly flooded with them.

And all of them claiming to write Erotica, yet, none of them have anything but PLR scamletes on weightloss and power of posative thing. A painting of a unicorn; long, long, long title that in no way says Erotica, no sub-title at all, and the series title is the main character's name.

It's gay Monster Porn my Unicorn Porn series. I write very genre-based Monster Porn, so I tend to follow the trends of the genre rather than the sexiness. We never act on their contents, even if we become aroused by the situations within them. But we are engrossed when they are presented in book form. Some of these books are actually a rite of passage. Flowers in the Attic, for me, was a seminal work. I remember a friend telling me about it and me demanding she tell me the whole story, in detail, while I sat on the edge of my seat. And to read it felt like I was reaching into some deep, dark place of myself and finding it mirrored in print!

Did I want to have sex with my brothers? Uh, no. Gack, no! But the relationship between the characters in the book was incredibly arousing. I read and re-read those parts, savoring every word, trying to get as much out of it as I could and peel back the words to a deeper meaning. Surely, no one else liked it? Yet, Flowers in the Attic had gotten published! Was a major bestseller! How naive I was! And then reading on your laptop and the Kindle came around, and with it, no one to see the embarrassing — or potentially career ending — covers of the books you REALLY wanted to be reading!

Even now, as it is suppressed and cleaned up, erotica is what sells. These are incredibly profitable kinks! So why is Amazon slowly wiping out what is profitable? Notice that there is a disconnect here: Flowers in the Attic is on sale at Amazon right now, but look carefully at blurb — no mention of incest and notice it is not clarified as romance or erotica.

The company knows that erotica makes them money. But they also know that, despite the huge profits they rake in, certain vocal people think that no one should read it, and they make themselves heard. Now THAT is a step too far! And so Amazon, which sells lots of things, bows to the pressure because its simply easier than making a nuanced argument about the value of art, porn, sexuality, fantasy, etc. They want to keep their money, but not fly in the face of public conservative morality, a force that still holds sway in the US. So imagine a love so great that it conquers the biggest taboo out there?

A pretty damned powerful love. So, yeah, I think a lot of people like to fantasize about incestuous relationship between characters, even though they would never want to sleep with their relatives uh, no! I love the incest kink. I hope so! Incest selling is so NOT a new thing. But then you try reading it and, for some, its like the doors open and there are these heavenly angelic sounds. Also, if you think about how incest is usually written, its not good.

Making the love come from Ethan initially changes things, it changes around the power dynamic. The father is chased instead of chasing. Ever since then though incest has basically been my favorite kink in fiction. Yet despite this, the only story that features it is the Erl-King and the Fell, which one could easily say are the one and the same.

Ah, Forbidden! So I still enjoy that pairing very much and never will stop enjoying it. However, the Vampire Council decides that Mina and her family will have to be relocated from Los Angeles to the tiny town of Cartville, Louisiana. Suffering from severe culture shock, and separation from her best friend Serena, and her boyfriend George, Mina has plenty on her plate. Mina has an authentic voice. As in the first book, there are lots of little notes and journal entries from Mina about what is going on in her head and life.

While still told with a light and humorous touch, this is a darker, more emotional book with much more complicated choices for Mina and her loved ones, and with more action and tension than the first. Once again, Pauley has shown her ability to channel her inner teen and produce some of the most enjoyable vampire teen literature around, and since she seems to have left the door open for another book, perhaps we will see more of Mina in the future. Contains: minor violence. Available: Pre-Order. Vampireology is a guide to vampires ostensibly written by Archibald Brooks, a Protector, or slayer of vampires.

It covers a great deal of ground, from their biblical origins, to the passing of their curse, to powers, vulnerabilities, and even their historical animosity toward werewolves and the Protector. In a growing field of guides and compendiums, Vampireology gives you both a guide to vampires as presented by Brooks and a side story within presented by Kraik's notes.

Vampireology is one of the better choices out there. It provides its own interesting and intriguing story, and is a take on vampires that will be of interest to fans. Vampireology is a beautiful book to look at, and it is attractively put together, with compelling illustrations and imagery.

For librarians, the immediate concern will be the number of flaps and folds that will be subject to extensive wear and tear. The book is 30 pages long but is oversized, and each page has foldouts and other materials that, while they can keep readers' attention, can also be easily damaged. The book captures the feel of a personal journal as well as a guide to vampires, with items such as a train ticket that literally pop out at you as if they are three-dimensional.

Vampireology is recommended more for fans of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Recommended for public library collections, and as a gift book for vampire fans. Contains: Imagery of decapitation of vampires. Blood Ninja by Nick Lake. Author Nick Lake takes you back in time to feudal Japan, where Taro, a young man in a fishing village, finds his simple life turned upside down when he and his family are attacked by ninjas. He is saved by another ninja, only to end up on the run, thrust into a world with grand destiny, vampire ninjas, samurai warriors and more.

Blood Ninja follows the familiar "hero's journey" storyline, so you have a good idea where you are going, but you'll still enjoy the ride. Nick Lake does an excellent job both with creating the atmosphere of feudal Japan and with plot pacing. Taro is an interesting character, and as the story continues he finds his world view constantly challenged, creating an internal struggle throughout the book that provides food for thought as well as blood, guts, and violence. Ultimately, Nick Lake has produced a very strong book with plenty of action, and a fair bit of blood and gore along with it.

There isn't a romance angle here, although there are two popular teen icons- ninjas and vampires- this is really a "guys' book". However, it's important to note that this is also a fairly long book with complex vocabulary. As with Rick Yancey's recent release, The Monstrumologist, Blood Ninja won't be an easy read for reluctant readers, and while I wouldn't discourage anyone from trying it out, librarians and teachers will want to keep in mind that this book is better suited for more advanced readers.

Contains: Violence and gore. FtQ Press, Availability: February Patch is your everyday tomcat, with a life any cat would die for. Until he is turned into a vampire, that is. Suddenly, he finds himself in constant peril. He is nearly staked, is being tried for murder, and almost has his tail cut off, all while trying to figure out where his next V1 that's blood to you non-vampires will come from and win an election with his associate, Meg. Who says life is easier when you're dead?

Chock full of one-liners, teens that like a horror novel to have a good dose of humour will thoroughly enjoy The Vampire Kitty-Cat Chronicles. It is fast-paced, a quick read, and the characters, especially Patch, are amusing and engaging. This book will appeal to a wide YA audience, as well as many adults. It does, however, contain commentary on controversial topics such as religious fanaticism that may offend and thus, may not be suitable for all YA readers. Recommended for public library YA horror collections. Contains: violence, murder and some bad language.

Review by Stacey L. Martin's, Available: New, used and digital. Everything changes for Zoey Redbird the day a vampyre points her out in the school hallway and tells her she's been chosen. As if being chosen to be a vampyre isn't enough, she has to leave her school, her home neither is necessarily a bad thing and her friends and move to the House of Night, a finishing school where she's to learn how to be a vampyre. But even before she arrives she has a vision of the vampyre goddess Nyx, who endows her further, naming Zoey her eyes and ears to help her discover what is wrong with the vampyres of the world.

Marked is heavy-handed at times in its enthusiastic presentation of goddess-based religions, while god-based religions are represented as intolerant. But Zoey is a smart, energetic lead who is easy to sympathize with and fun to ride along with. Marked is a fast read, with an interesting slant on the world. It would make an excellent addition to YA collections catering to vampire-hungry teens.

Contains: Language, sexual situations and sexual language. Review by Michele Lee. Betrayed makes a faltering start. The pro-goddess, anti-Christian opening is almost overwhelming at first. But it gains its feet and hurls readers into a fast, engaging story in the world of Zoey Redbird, vampyre-in-training and the chosen one of Nyx, goddess of the night, that shows that actions, not gender or religion, dictate which side of the divide one stands on.

At her first ever Full Moon ritual as priestess-in-training, Zoey's best friend Stevie Rae collapses and succumbs to a failed change. When Zoey's ex-boyfriend Heath disappears she's shocked to get a vision that puts Stevie Rae to blame. The only one who seems to believe her is Aphrodite, the "mean girl" Zoey toppled to become priestess-in-training, and together they have to solve the mystery of Stevie Rae and the red fledglings before they're lost to the minions of evil. Betrayed would make a good addition to YA collections, especially those that always seem to be short on vampire tales.

Zoey is a smart, strong lead, surrounded by a variety of sidekicks that seem more accurate to today's multicultural world than other books. The popularity of this series also means this book will likely be in high demand. Contains: Language, sexual language. This volume of the House of Night is series is one of the hardest to read, emotionally. Zoey Redbird is marked not just to become a vampyre, but as a chosen one of Nyx.

So far she's taken an elite school club back from human-hating vampyres and saved her best friend from undeath and being a servant of the evil Neferet. But now that she knows Zoey is her enemy, Neferet is striking back in the most brutal of ways, by crushing Zoey's connection to her friends, her loved ones, and even shattering her trust in herself. Zoey finds herself torn between three men, having to keep Stevie Rae's very existence from the rest of their friends for their own sakes, and only having the cruelest girl in class to confide in.

This series is quite popular, and with good reason. Zoey is a snarky, but not mean, strong, but not perfect lead who is easy to relate to. Chosen would make an excellent addition to YA collections, especially those with a large number of vampire readers. Contains: Language, Sexual situations and language. Zoey Redbird knows just how much life as a vampyre can suck. She's spent too much time keeping secrets from her friends and letting Nyx's blessings bolster her courage, but not her wisdom. Now the evil high priestess, Neferet, has separated her from her friends, shattered her relationship with her boyfriend and even managed to steal her virginity.

Now the visions are still coming, foretelling something massive and evil, rising up from forgotten lore and aching to be in the world again. This time they're determined to take the last thing Zoey has, her grandmother. But Zoey still has some unlikely allies, including the queen of cruel, Aphrodite, not to mention she still has Nyx's favor. So she has to try to get her allies back together, to set things right and prevent Neferet from starting a war against the humans. The House of Night series is one of the more popular YA series on shelves today. That alone earns them a place in YA collections, but readers will also find them to be fast, strong reads that are hard to put down.

Contains: Language. Meyer's fourth and final book in the Twilight series starts off with Bella and Edward getting married and going off on their honeymoon. However, their honeymoon is cut short due to the unexpected pregnancy of Bella. Edward is concerned by the rapid progression of the "baby" and thinks that it is harming Bella and suggests to Bella that she has an abortion, but Bella has grown too attached and wants nothing more than to see the pregnancy all the way through.

Everyone is concerned of what is actually growing inside of Bella though as no human has ever gotten pregnant by a vampire before. Will Bella be able to survive this childbirth and what exactly will she be giving birth to? Now that I've finally made my way through the entire Twilight series I can honestly say that it was the most painful teen series I have ever read.

Bella's insistent whining throughout the series as well as the fact that she was so wishy-washy about wanting to be with either Edward or Jacob just grates on one's nerves. Yes, a lot of teenage girls can be annoying, but not that consistently. Also, this book was to be aimed at teenagers I mean, how dumbed down did Meyer need to make the story? Was she trying to write it for elementary school kids? Why omit everything up to the point of pillow feathers flying?

Teenagers aren't THAT naive! Moving on There is a battle scene at the end that I struggled through as it brought in a lot of extra characters that got confusing to keep track of and just got a bit boring for me. After a while I just started skimming over names figuring it wasn't really important, which for the most part I initially started this series to see what the hype was all about and once I started figured I might as well see it through to the end despite it appearing to being a waste of my time.

I wish I had never found out though because when all is said and done vampires were never meant to sparkle! A young vampire is suspected, but later the Cullens realize the there is a bit more involved than just one vampire. It's more like Bella insists on seeing Jacob despite Edward telling her that it is too dangerous. Then Edward proposes to Bella, which she hesitantly accepts.

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This practically causes Jacob to lose his mind. Trying to calm him down, Bella ends up kissing him and in return finds out that she cares for him more than she realizes. Who will she end up choosing in the end? And how will the battle turn out? While Meyer's series showed improvement in the second book of the series, New Moon , I felt that this book took a step back in quality.

The focus on the love triangle was quite heavy and there was a lot of emphasis on Bella whining through the majority of the book. This left a very sour taste in my mouth and honestly made me hesitant in wanting to carry on with book four. Younger readers may not mind this as much and will probably enjoy this title more than I did.

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Recommended for teens. The second novel in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series starts off with the Cullen family throwing Bella Swan an 18th birthday party. Luckily, Bella's boyfriend and Jasper's brother, Edward, is able to protect her. After this incident, the Cullens decide that it is safest for Bella to move away from Forks. This leaves Bella sulking and moping around. Eventually, she finds that her only way to cope with her depression is to put herself in danger as when she is in harm's way she hears Edward's voice in her head trying to stop her.

She goes to Jacob Black, an old family friend, to help her out with this, and he helps her restore a couple of old motorcycles. Jacob and her become very close as the story progresses and she discovers more and more about him including that he has a secret of his own How will this secret affect Bella's feelings for Jacob when she knows that the werewolves are the Cullen's biggest enemy?

New Moon is a much stronger book than Meyer's first, Twilight. There are not a lot of initial character descriptions to wade through, as readers are expected to have already read book one so the book starts off at a faster pace. However, there are still numerous scenes of Bella whining about how she misses Edward and how she wants to be with him, etc Many times I found myself wanting to toss the book across the room due to Bella's annoying whining, but due to the entrance of the werewolves, I was able to continue on.

Jacob Black and the rest of the werewolf pack actually made this book fairly enjoyable. It's like a train wreck I can't look away from. Hybrid by Angie L. A-Argus Better Book Publishers, Emily Reed is a teenage girl who attempts suicide when her life is turned upside down by the murder of her four-year-old sister. In order to get a fresh start, her parents decide to move from Dallas, Texas to Beckley, West Virginia. She soon makes new friends and falls in love with a fit and studious boy named Maxwell Snow.

Their relationship grows to the point where Emily feels that she has found her perfect mate, until she spots Julian. He is the exact opposite of Max - rude, mean and cold hearted. Despite the difference she soon finds herself attracted by him. Things soon get more complicated as Emily finds out that both boys are Hybrids, half-vampire and half-human. Hybrid begins slow and stays that way for about two thirds of the novel. There is almost no sign of vampires, hybrids, or anything but day-to-day school life.

The story focuses more on Emily making friends and her overly sappy relationship with her new boyfriend. Emily herself is also too focused on material things and herself, which is probably true of most teenagers, but it makes her much less sympathetic to the reader. The story does pick up in the last third of the book as Julian makes his appearance and the reader begins to see that the story is going somewhere. The Hybrid concept is also a good one and could make a fine book if it was done in more depth, unfortunately the Hybrid part of the book seemed to take a back seat to dating and hanging out with friends.

Contains: Violence. Review by Bret Jordan. In this fourth installment of the Blue Bloods series, de la Cruz picks up right where the last book left off with three different storylines. The first follows Schuyler and Oliver, who are on the run from The Conclave, as there is doubt about her story concerning the death of her grandfather and former conclave leader Lawrence.

The second follows Bliss, who finds herself sharing her body with her father who is Lucifer, as she desperately tries to get help. The third follows Mimi Force, who is working with the Venators seeking the Watcher, and planning her bonding with Jack Force. There is a continuation of the love triangle between Schuyler, her human conduit Oliver, and Jack Force. Fans of Schuyler Van Alen might be disappointed that the lead character is sharing so much book time with Bliss and Mimi.

I found it actually to be a good thing as it allowed the author to make Mimi an interesting, evolving character on her own rather than just an annoying foil to Schuyler. One thing that improves the story considerably over the first three books in the series is that Melissa de la Cruz does a much better job of tying up storylines but still leaves the reader wanting more.

Sunshine is the drama student that wants to date the most popular boy in school, whereas Rayne is into the goth scene and won't be caught dead in a pair of pants! Rayne is all excited about a new goth club in town, Club Fang, and tells Sunshine she has to go with her and also must dress accordingly. In her absence, Sunshine is approached by an Orlando Bloom look-alike that she figures can't possibly be talking to her.

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She is flabbergasted, but it's so loud in the club that she can't tell what he is trying to say to her. He leads her outside of the club in order for them to be able to hear each other. Her sister comes running out a minute later and sees what has happened and realizes that there was a case of mistaken identity. She knows who this Magnus guy is, he's a And not only that, but Now what will Sunshine do?

I have to say that this has to be one of the funniest teen books I have read in a long time! It had some Buffy the Vampire Slayer references mixed within that slayed me!!! Mancusi used numerous pop-culture references throughout the book that made the book even more humorous, especially the inclusion of using Stewie from Family Guy as one particular vampire within the book.

I won't say which one because I don't want to give too much away, but you'll realize why it's so funny once you read it! I like how Mancusi kept up the suspense throughout the entire book. I wasn't sure until the very end how things were going to turn out for Sunshine. This is a very strong first book and I'm glad that she has several more to follow it up as I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series!

Highly Recommended. Stake That! Goth girl Rayne is dying to be a vampire, and her sister, Sunny, is the one that is dating the vampire. As if Rayne's life wasn't bad enough, she finds out that her destiny is to be the new vampire slayer. How uncool is that? As the slayer, she is given a very special mission Easy, right? Little does she know that when she poses as a willing human blood donor at the bar that she is going to be approached by such a sexy vampire! What's a "vampire vampire slayer" to do? This second book in the Blood Coven Vampire series focuses heavily on Rayne's character, though Sunny is definitely not forgotten.

I felt a bit sorry for her, but luckily she managed to turn a bad situation into something good for herself. Mancusi threw in several surprises throughout the book, especially with David's character. I enjoyed the pop-culture references in the first book of this series and Mancusi didn't disappoint me with this one either. I especially appreciated the tribute to the movie The Lost Boys. In the third installment of Mancusi's Blood Coven Vampire series, Rayne is faced with her biggest challenge yet. As "the slayer", her newest task is to figure out why it is that the cheerleading squad is growling.

In order to do so she must get close to the cheerleaders, and as ANY teenager knows, the only way to get close to a cheerleader is to BE a cheerleader! From there she must figure out exactly where the growling is coming fro, and find a resolution. Mari Mancusi has created yet another fun adventure with Girls That Growl. The characters of Rayne and Sunny are hilarious and I love how they tend to use their "twin powers" to reverse their roles whenever it helps them out of a situation.

They are such opposites, yet they always manage to pull it off. There is still a lot more that can be done with this series and I think Mancusi will go far with it. She is a very strong storyteller and has a unique writing technique. The story of Rayne and Sunny is fun for all ages, not just teenagers. Fifteen year old Zack Thompson, orphaned at a young age, is a resident of Nicholls Ward, a hospital psychiatric unit.

Night Runner is a refreshing addition to the young adult vampire genre. The book breaks out of some of the safe staples of teen vampire novels and is a good fit for the reader who enjoys vampires but is tired of the same old tropes. The action starts right away, and there are enough twists and turns to keep the reader turning pages to see what happens next, with a surprise finish.

Highly recommended for middle and high school libraries and public library YA collections. Hannah, a woman barely out of her teens, arrives in Cambridge to attend school, but she is also fleeing her past. After recovering from the pain of being abandoned by her boyfriend, Bret, Hannah began to realize just how abusive and manipulative their relationship had been. Since Bret was a vampire, and she narrowly escaped becoming one herself, Hannah recognizes that the break up was possibly the best thing to have happened to her so far.

But Bret isn't. This book is short—it covers more than a year in about pages—but this is by no means a starved plot. Although there is room for fleshing it out, the story is well-paced and focused There are some small technical problems, likely because this is a debut book, but there is a lot to recommend. The vampire aspect is so light it can easily be taken for a metaphor as well, making this book less about vampires and more about a teen recovering from an abusive relationship.

The YA and abuse recovery focus makes this an excellent addition to teen libraries, private and public, and Hannah's Story could even be a gateway into helping adults talk to teens and tweens about abusive. Vamped by Lucienne Diver. Fashion-conscious teen Gina Covello is seriously ticked off when she wakes up dead, in a really ugly dress. Diver succeeds at creating a grim and very creepy atmosphere at times, as well as some very disturbing characters, but she fails to make Gina likable or sympathetic.

Instead, she comes across as a former "mean girl", selfish, insecure, and very high maintenance. Vamped is a far cry from Twilight. Teen girls are still clearly the audience for this book, though, and many may enjoy this original riff on YA vampire lit. Reviewed by Kirsten Kowalewski. Graphia, originally published Availability: New and Used. Cynda Bennett has just moved to Maine to live with her father and his new family in an inn that they have restored When a very handsome older man comes to stay at the inn, she finds herself unable to resist falling in love with him, not knowing that there's something about him, something dangerous, that could ultimately spell disaster not only for her, but also her family.

This is a superbly written tale that draws the reader in from the very beginning. Hahn's ability to create an atmosphere of bone-chilling intensity will have teens turning page after page and sharing the terror and helplessness of the characters. Set in the dead of winter, readers will definitely feel the chill of every winter storm Hahn describes. Depictions of family relationships are very real and are used to draw fear from the reader.

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Recommended for the YA horror collection of any public library. This book will appeal greatly to fans of a traditional vampire seduction. Notes: Contains violence and murder. Evernight by Claudia Gray. Bianca has an uneasy feeling that all is not quite what it seems at Evernight, and soon she will be forced to face the truth. Evernight is one of the stronger young adult vampire books to come out recently. Claudia Gray is a clever storyteller, and her use of clueless Bianca as the narrator keeps the reader in the dark for a full half of the book.

Once she flips the switch the reader has to look at the first half of the book in a whole new light. The ending is somewhat disappointing, but definitely leaves an opening for the sequel, Stargazer , due out in March Evernight has plenty of mystery, romance, and action. Readers missing out on their Twilight fix might want to check it out.

Contains: Murder, violence, reference to alcohol consumption, and blood drinking. VAMPS is book one in a series about the vampire teens of Bathory Academy, a prestigious night school for the richest and most powerful members of the vampire race. The first book introduces the characters and sets up the overall plot arc but doesn't have much of a resolution.

Snobbish beyond belief, paranoid and utterly unlikeable, she has her whole life planned out, fairy princess style. She even already has her Prince Charming, betrothed to her in a vampiric contract. VAMPS really picked up when the point of view switched to Cally Monture, a half-blood from a much lower tax bracket, and a much more sympathetic character.

When Cally's vampire father insists she transfer to Bathory, the rivalry between the two girls flares in classic teen novel style. Contains: Language, violence. Hyperion Book, Dylan, who believes Schuyler to be a Silver Blood, also resurfaces. The love triangles continue. Schulyer has to decide between Oliver and Jack Force, and Jack is torn between his love for Schuyler and the bonding with his soul mate, Mimi.

Revelations is a fascinating combination of mystery, romance, and adventure. The book lives up to its title and provides revelations related to some of the plot threads from the previous books. The ending is more satisfying than in previous books, but there are still enough unknowns to get the reader hooked. Revelations will leave readers anxiously waiting for the next installment of the Blue Bloods series.

Suck it Up By Brian Meehl. Morning McCobb is coming out of the coffin. The unassuming vampire has been chosen as the poster child for the International Vampire League, an organization of vampires who seek to coexist peacefully with humans. With the help of human publicist Penny Dredful and her daughter Portia, Morning plans to reveal the existence of vampires to the general public. The problem is that not all vampires want to be outed, and they are looking to stop Morning at any cost.

To accomplish his goal, he will have to fight for his life, as well as figure out his feelings for Portia. Suck It Up presents a slightly different take on the teen vampire. The book has a nice combination of humor, romance, and action, and the male protagonist will give it broad appeal, attracting boys as well as girls. Contains violence. Night Road by A. HarperTeen, H emovores drink blood from humans, referred to as omnis. Cole is summoned to help Gordon, a young college student accidentally turned into a hemovore, adjust to his new unlife.

While Cole and his friend Sandor teach Gordon the ropes, Cole also faces his own tormented past. Night Road is different from most other young adult vampire titles. Instead, it is a character driven story, and Jenkins draws fine portraits. The door is wide open for a sequel for Cole, Sandor, and Gordon. In fact, it almost seems necessary. The question is, will anyone care enough to read it? Contains: Blood drinking, violence.

First Second Books, Life Sucks is an unusual, funny, and unglamourous take on the vampire tale. Dave Miller is a young man whose life takes a dramatic change when he applies for a night job at a convenience store. Life Sucks is well-written, with good artwork. Those who appreciate a little irony with their vampires will get a kick out of Life Sucks.

Contains: Violence, minor gore. In Sucks to Be Me , Mina is the teenaged human daughter of a pair of vampires, who have hidden her existence. Contains: threats of violence. Uninvited by Amanda Marrone. Simon Pulse, Availabile: New. Uninvited is a much darker story than the typical YA vampire fare. Jordan, a troubled teen, is being visited by her ex-boyfriend Michael, now a vampire, who waits outside her window every night begging her to invite him in. Michael plays the role of a deadly stalker, not a romantic interest.

As dark as it is, Uninvited has a surprising ending. Recommended for those looking for a slightly different take on the young adult vampire book. Contains: Drinking, drug use, references to sex, violence. Marked: House of Night Book 1 by P. Martin's Griffin, In a world where vampires and humans coexist, Zoey Redbird has been marked- identified as a potential vampire- and must go to The House of Night, a vampire school where she will either become a vampire or die. After Zoey is marked, she also discovers that Nyx, the vampire goddess, has a special purpose for her.

At school, Zoey makes new friends and develops a crush on the school hunk. She also finds herself at odds with Aphrodite, who heads the exclusive club Daughters of Darkness. Marked has a likable main character and decent plot speed. It is a good read, and, although contrived in places, includes some convincing storytelling. Marked is the first book in a series, and happily for this reader avoids the painful cliffhanger endings often found in series books, while still leaving enough loose ends to hook the reader.

A second title, Betrayed, is already in print. Recommended for school and public libraries. Contains: Language, passages of sexual implications, supernatural references. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer. I love Stephenie Meyer, and spent much of the summer looking forward to the release of Eclipse. While this story contains an ever-escalating killing spree in Seattle, some fascinating vampiric history, and the back stories of several characters, the main focus, as always, is on Bella and Edward and what will happen next in their relationship.

As in New. In this case, the story is Wuthering Heights. I wonder now if Meyer is cautioning her audience to stop cheering on the relationship between Edward and Bella so whole-heartedly. Recommended to fans of the series.