Thursday, October 25, 2012

Hex and the Single Witch

Today is the tour stop for Hex and the Single Witch;Vehicle City Vampires Book One
By Roxanne Rhoads

About the book
Anwyn Rose is descended from a long line of powerful witches yet she can barely cast spells young witchlings have mastered. She has one functioning witch gift, the power of knowing, which she puts to good use as a Detective on Flint’s Preternatural Investigation Team.

It’s a new era in Vehicle City, supernaturals are running the town.

The P.I.T has their hands full with paranormal crimes. Top priority is a serial killer, who appears to be a vampire, draining young women in the city.

Anwyn is on the case with her sexy partner Detective Mike Malone. Complicating things is her relationship Galen, a vampire who looks more guilty than innocent, although Anwyn trusts her instincts even if her power is on the fritz.

Mysterious spells, compromising situations, and a possible demon on the loose make it hard to focus on the case, but Anwyn has to make things right before the human police execute the wrong vampire.

Hex and the Single Witch contains magick, a little bit of mystery, a lot of supernatural mayhem, and a sexy love triangle that will leave you wanting more.

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My Review

Heat, passion and lust. This book has it all. Anwyn is a psychically gifted detective who unfortunately (or not, depending on how you look at it) lives in a town where the strange and the unexpected are all to common. Hex and the Single Witch has a great mix of characters who jive well with one another creating a nice flow throughout the story. I found Anwyn to be both engaging and fun as she found her way and discovered who she was and what she wanted. Hex and the Single Witch is the first in the Vehicle City Vampire series and I am eagerly awaiting the next chapter.

About the Author:

Story strumpet, tome loving tart, eccentric night owl...these words describe book publicist and erotic romance author Roxanne Rhoads.

When not fulfilling one the many roles being a wife and mother of three require, Roxanne's world revolves around words...reading them, writing them, editing them, and talking about them. In addition to writing her own stories she loves to read, promote and review what others write.

Roxanne is the owner of Bewitching Book Tours and operates Fang-tastic Books, a book blog dedicated to paranormal and urban fantasy books.

When not reading, writing, or promoting Roxanne loves to hang out with her family, craft, garden and search for unique vintage finds.

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Excerpt featuring Mike Malone:
“You should have told me why you hate vampires so much. It was during the Hysteria wasn’t it?” The damn Hysteria ruined and destroyed so many lives all thanks to a bunch of power hungry vampires and Others who thought it was a good idea to let humans know they existed. Like the witch hunts, the burning times from before hadn’t proven that was a bad idea. But, no, they thought a new, modern generation of humans could handle it.
The Hysteria proved humans hadn’t evolved much. Of course, neither had the Others.
“Yeah,” he said into his hands.
“You know I lost my dad to vampires at the end. At the last battle. The rogues had the humans all riled up. No one knew what was going on, the riot started and there was this group of mercenaries, humans killing anything that moved. My dad’s team tried to get them out of there, but as soon as they realized vampires and Others were on the police squad the mercenaries decided to wipe everyone out. My dad was shot and while he was down rogue vampires finished him off.”
“Then how can you still be close to them?” Mike sneered.
“Humans played their part in his death too, Mike. Can I shut myself off from the world and hate everyone? It’s unrealistic. I understand your hate, but they are not all bad.”
“They all drink blood. They are monsters designed to kill humans.” His snarl looked ferocious.
I had not realized his hate ran so deep.
“And humans are designed to kill animals and each other. Doesn’t mean we all do.” Stubborn man.
“Anwyn, I’m sorry I can’t look at them the way you do.” He glanced at me then stared at the floor.
I touched his face gently and made him look at me. “Mike you can’t carry pain and anger around with you forever. Believe me, I know. I dragged it around with me for a long time. I lost both my dad and my mom that night. Even though my mom still lives and breathes, she’s not the same. But I can’t change it, and I can’t hate everyone for it. I just have to accept it. I took this job to try and prevent other kids from growing up with this pain and anger. Isn’t that why you took this job too? You know we have to fight the bad guys and take help from all the good guys we can, right?”
“Yeah,” he muttered.
I caressed his strong jaw. Goddess, he was a beautiful man. And more complex and tender than I had thought. I took off his top hat and laid it on the desk so I could run my fingers through his wild wavy hair. The move startled Mike and he look at me with a puzzled expression on his face for a moment before heat flared in his eyes.
As soon as I saw the flames in his eyes my body responded. A burning need rose inside me, an ache suddenly needed to be filled.
Mike’s expression changed into one that promised deliciously wicked things. Hot damn.

Playlist for Hex and the Single Witch
There’s tiny mystery in Hex that does not get wrapped up in this book. It is minor but it seems to have people wondering, which is good. I want them to wonder.
It’s the mystery of the changing ringtones.
Hex opens with vampires strutting on a runway to Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy”, it turns out Anwyn’s dreaming and it’s her phone ringing with Too Sexy as her ringtone. A ringtone she did not set.
Throughout the book Anwyn’s ringtones keep getting changed. She’s not the one changing them.
She doesn’t think too much of it because she has a lot of other distractions going on. She briefly wonders from time to time how the ringtones keep getting changed and why but nothing ever comes of it.
A few readers have brought this up. No worries though I left that tidbit dangling exactly for that reason- to make everyone wonder- who, why, how?
There will be answers in the next book. J
Until then enjoy the songs that were chosen for this book’s ringtones.
1          I'm Too Sexy   by Right Said Fred       
This song opens the book and is one of Mike Malone’s ringtones
2          If You Think I'm Sexy  by Rod Stewart
Another ringtone change for Malone, yes most of the ringtones are Malone’s    
3          Closer  by Nine Inch Nails       
This is one of Galen’s ringtone
4          I'm Sexy And I Know It   by LMFAO     
Again a Mike Malone ringtone LOL     
5          I Touch Myself      by Divinyls             
This one is never heard but Anwyn mentions it as a previous ringtone for Malone
6          Witchy Woman   by Kristin Chenoweth  
This is Mel’s ringtone   

You can listen to all the songs here

The Giveaway!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Tragic Muse

While at the Huntington Library we came across a fascinating oil on canvas  by artist Joshua Reynolds. It stood out amongst the rest which were traditional oil paintings of the elite. At first we were not sure what to make of it, because it's such a dramatic painting to have on display and a few feet from The Blue Boy by Gainsborough.

But, soon we understood and we saw it for the true gem that it was. This is a painting of Reynolds tragic muse, actress Sarah Siddons. A legendary actress of her time and well known for her dramatic roles on the stage. He captured her nestled between two horrible looking creatures. The look of tragic etched on her face explains the scene well. As she is caught in the middle of pity and fear.

Yes, that does look like a vampire in the background to her left. The vampire like creature stands  for Pity and the creature on her right is Fear. In true artist fashion, Reynolds incorporated himself into the painting, as he represents the creature fear.

This oil painting showcases his muse, Sarah Siddons perfectly. Not only does it do that, but it also displays a gifted artist in Reynolds.

The Tragic Muse
Joshua Reynolds
The Huntington Library

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Huntington Library

I recently visited the Huntington Library, its filled with beautiful gardens none of which are the same. Here are some pictures I took of the Japanese Garden. It has been quite a while since my last visit and better than I remember.
 There are volunteers who help with the upkeep of the grounds and the friendliest docents who are so knowledgeable and can direct you to which ever part of the museum/gardens you wish to see.

We had tea in the Tea Room and I consider myself a loyal coffee drinker, but I found myself swayed by the lovely selections of tea they had to offer.

The Tea Room

Japanese Garden

I found this to be a very tranquil garden and could easily spend hours reading our indulging in my love of photography. There are benches to relax on or if you prefer (which we did) you can sit on the grass and just catch up with friends.