Happy Halloween! Something Wicked Strikes has reached the final day. I have had a wonderful time this month bringing you fantastic author guest posts and giveaways. I hope you have enjoyed all things Wicked. A huge thanks to my three co hostesses: Maja @The Nocturnal Library, Candace @Candace's Book Blog and Ali @My Guilty Obsession. I couldn't have done it without them. Thanks, ladies! Before we get to the final post of Wicked, you need to check out these stops:
Maja @The Nocturnal Library: Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre
To end the month, I am featuring one of my new favorite Urban Fantasy series by Cecy Robson. Cecy's Weird Girl Series debuted back in December 2012, and has since become many people's new favorite UF series, and with reason. Cecy writes an exciting and original series that features four sisters, each with her own unique powers. This series has everything you love in a good UF series: terrific characters, a great romance, lots of action, all kinds of were creatures, vampires, witches and demons. If you have not yet checked out the The Weird Girl Series by Cecy Robson, what are you waiting for?
I invited Cecy here today for a brief interview, so let's get to it and meet Cecy:
CECY (pronounced Sessy) ROBSON is the Penguin Random House New Adult author of Once Perfect, Once Loved, and Once Pure, and the award-winning author of the Weird Girls Urban Fantasy Romance series. A self-proclaimed professional napper, Cecy counts among her talents a jaw-dropping knowledge of useless trivia, the ability to make her hair big, and a knack for breaking into song despite her family's vehement protests. A writer, registered nurse, and mother living in the South, Cecy enjoys spending time with her family and silencing the yappy characters in her head by telling their stories.
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Here is my interview with Cecy:
Hi Cecy thanks so much for coming back to Rainy Day Ramblings and for helping to close out Something Wicked Strikes! It has been a crazy, busy month full of all things paranormal.
Hi, Heidi! Many thanks to you and for the participating bloggers for inviting me to your SOMETHING WICKED STRIKES event. I'm very excited to take part!
1. I know things have been hectic for you with two book releases this fall. Your NA title Once Perfect released on Oct 7th and your book four, A Cursed Bloodline, of your wildly popular Weird Girl Series releases on November 18th. Was it difficult to transition from Urban Fantasy to New Adult? Do you have a preference for one genre over the other?
I honestly was very hesitant to enter the New Adult genre. My agent and BFF, Nicole Resciniti, talked me into it. In my mind, I couldn't imagine how good a story without supernatural creatures could be! When Nic explained that New Adult is primarily character driven, that's when she snagged my attention. Mystical creatures that go bump in the night and super scary supernaturals play vital roles in my WEIRD GIRLS Urban Fantasy Romance series. However, they are not the heart of the storyline--it's the characters who are.
Sadly, I have a talent for torturing my characters. My "Weird Girls" get knocked down--A LOT-- and readers scream for them to stand and fight--despite their pain and the odds against them. In the end, that's really what drives my Urban Fantasy series and now my New Adult series--characters readers can relate to and who they can cheer for no matter what obstacles they face. It's because of these reasons that the transition into the New Adult genre went (thankfully) fairly smoothly for me.
As far as preference, I have enjoyed writing both for different reasons so I can't say I like one more than the other at this time. :-)
2. For newcomers to the Weird Girl Series, how would you best describe the books in a tweet?
One backfired curse. Four unique sisters. The supernatural world has just met its match!
3. If you could be any were creature which would you be and why?
Something with wings because I would love to fly. I don't know, maybe a wereraven?
4. For fans of Weird Girls, can you give any hints as to what to expect with this fourth book?
There is a great deal of resolution in A CURSED BLOODLINE. There's also a great deal of my signature humor. That said, it's one of the most emotional books I've ever written (grab some tissues) and remains among my favorite novels to date.
5. How many books are planned in the Weird Girl Series?
That's actually a hard question to answer. What I can't tell you is this: A CURSE UNBROKEN which releases in March, is the end of Celia's journey for now… My hopes is that I will get to tell Emme's and Taran's next. Shayna is also pretty yappy herself. I hope to give readers a glimpse into her life and to her mate Koda's as well. Koda has a dark past, but with Shayna's heart I have hope that he will endure the darkness.
6. What is next for you?
Well, Sue Grimshaw, my amazing editor at Random House, recently offered to extend my New Adult contemporary Shattered Past series. I was contracted for four more spin off books based on The O'Briens--characters who appear in ONCE PURE. I was also offered a standalone novel so I very happily have a lot on my plate right now, and a lot for readers to look forward to.
I'm also in the process of finishing up UNEARTHED, Book One of my brand new Death Seekers Urban Fantasy series.
7. What type of villain scares you the most?
Those who are so driven by hate, that they are blind to the cruelty they inflict.
8. What are some of your favorite Halloween traditions?
I do love dressing up. One of my favorite costumes of all time was the Halloween when my husband and I went as Jim and Michelle from American Pie.
Thanks for having me, Heidi! Happy Halloween!
A huge thanks to Cecy for helping me close out Something Wicked Strikes. Now we couldn't end the month without a giveaway right? To make sure that everyone can get in on this last giveaway, this one will be International. Up for grabs today is an ebook copy of the latest novel in the Weird Girls Series, A Cursed Bloodline. To enter fill out the Rafflecopter after reading Contest Policies Good Luck!a Rafflecopter giveaway
Here is my review:
A Cursed Bloodline(Weird Girls #4) by Cecy Robson
The Weird Girls return in another edge-of-your-seat novel from Cecy Robson! Just when Celia thinks the supernatural world can’t turn deadlier, a new rival emerges, proving just how dangerous a power-hungry were can be.
Since being cursed with unique abilities, Celia Wird and her three sisters have fought the most bloodthirsty preternaturals in the Lake Tahoe region. But Celia’s greatest threat is someone she would have never suspected: Anara, a werewolf Elder who has allowed his hatred for Celia to spiral out of control. In a play for dominance, Anara tortures Celia and gives her an ultimatum: sever her mate bond with pureblood were Aric—or Anara will kill everyone she loves.
From the instant they met, Celia and Aric have shared an attraction that cannot be tamed. So keeping Aric away is impossible, and Aric would sooner die than allow anyone to hurt the woman he loves. Misha, master vampire and Celia’s sworn protector, also finds his way into the chaos, seeking blood from those who have harmed her.
Now Celia and her sisters are caught in the middle of a war driven by lust, fueled by hatred, and destined to end in tragedy. For Anara is a force to be reckoned with, and he will not succumb without robbing Celia of those who hold her heart.
Expected publication: November 18th 2014 by Loveswept
Source: Publisher in Exchange for an honest review.
Four and a half stars: An emotional journey with plenty of danger and heartache!
Celia, her sisters and the weres are still recovering from the devastating demon attack that left many weres, including Aric, scarred and disfigured. Celia is desperately trying to reassure Aric that his scars don't matter, he still is the one who holds her heart, but then disaster strikes. Celia is attacked in her own home by Anara, the misguided, megalomanic were Elder. Anara insists on Celia breaking her mate bond and never seeing Aric again, as he wants to ensure that Aric breed with a pure werewolf. If Celia does not acquiesce to his demands, he will kill Aric and everyone she loves. Celia does the unthinkable and pushes Aric away, despite the immense heartache and pain it causes her. Worse, Celia learns a big secret that makes the separation even harder. Can Celia keep those she loves safe?
What I Liked:
- I have loved each and every installment of The Weird Girls Series by Cecy Robson, and this book is no exception. While this book is much more serious in tone and emotional, it still delivers a terrific story with plenty of action and romance. I was pleased to see some major resolution as far as the romance goes, no more annoying pseudo love triangle after this one. If you have been a fan of the romance, I think you will be happy with this book.
- Let's talk about the romance.... From the beginning, there has been searing sparks between Celia and Aric, but their romance has been one of major hurdles and heartbreak. After the conclusion of the last book, it was readily apparent that their romance was going to go through more upheaval in this book, and that is indeed the case. However even though there are some major walls to scale, the romance shines. This time, I had no doubts as to where Celia's heart lay, and I loved the depth of emotion conveyed. By the end, I was completely satisfied with the developments and all my doubts are gone. From here on out, I think the romance is going to be smooth sailing. (Knock on wood).
- Celia's character continues to grow and evolve. She learns to stand on her own and fight for everything and everyone she loves. This book is in some ways, Celia's personal journey as the three sisters take a background role. I loved seeing Celia fight, and I am loving her new found confidence. I also appreciated that when things were the most dire and the stakes were against her, she never gave up. She has matured into a courageous and formidable fighter, and I love her new found confidence.
- In the past, the villains have been demons and witches and crazed vampires, but this time out, the villain is much more terrifying. Anara is a megalomaniac, hell bent on making the werepack bend to his wishes, whether they know it or not. He is the type of villain that is scary because in his heart, he believes he is doing the right thing by maintaining the pureblood status of the pack. He does unspeakable things to ensure he gets his way. He was definitely the most chilling and horrible villain to date because he works behind the scenes pulling strings. I hated him!
- Even though the sisters were relinquished to secondary roles in this one, Emme seizes the spotlight when she is on scene and shines. Emme is going through her own personal heartbreak, but she never lets it get in the way. She continues to be there for Celia, no questions asked, no matter what. I love Emme with her quiet, gentle spirit, and my heart hurt for her when she learns the truth about Liam. Yet, she holds her head high and handles the situation in a truly admirable way. I loved that! I am anxious to see her story play out, and I have some ideas as to who her mate might be, fingers crossed!
- Thankfully, this time around there isn't a jaw dropping cliffhanger. Things are tied up and concluded for the most part, of course, there are a few niggling things that need to be followed up in the next book, but nothing that will leave you frustrated and anxious for the next installment. I liked that things ended on a positive note, and I was relieved that I didn't have to endure another major cliffhanger. Though the last line left me wondering...
And The Not So Much:
- So far all the books in the series have featured lengthy, violent and sometimes gory battle scenes. This time out, there isn't as much guts and gore, which I think was a good thing as I enjoyed the focus on Celia's growth and the romance. However, I had an issue with the fact that the secondary villain is killed off scene. Celia isn't present for the demise of the bad guy so the reader isn't either. I was expecting at least a recap of how the villain was killed, but the details were scant. I don't know after all the upheaval and drama this person caused, I thought I should at least get the details on how they died. This story line ended up being a big of a fizzle.
- One thing I have always loved about this series is the snark and the humor, but in this book, the snark was drastically toned down. Granted, this is a much more emotional book, but I still missed the witty banter of the sisters. There wasn't even a confrontation with their nosey neighbor. A Weird Sisters book isn't the same with a mouthy verbal spat with Mrs. Mancuso.
- Just when the dust has settled and it appears like everything is going to be okay, Celia and Aric are forced to go before the big were council so Aric can declare his intentions. I won't get into all the details, but there is this big melodramatic scene with lots of drama and it appears that the romance is again headed for more heartache, but then there is this neat resolution that makes everything all better. For me, this was one of those situations when a paranormal explanation comes in and solves everything. It felt to convenient especially after all the drama. Not a big deal, just a personal issue.
A Cursed Bloodline delivers another satisfying and solid installment in an outstanding UF series. This book is more emotional and it moves the story and the characters into a new direction. I loved Celia's growth, the developments with the romance and the conclusion of this book. It is my favorite book to date in the series! I am most anxious to read Celia's final book in March 2015. If you have yet to start this series, get after it!
"You are my one and only mate. I'll never know love or happiness without you, and I'm nothing without your smile."
"Roses couldn't grow without rain, and we'd had our share of thorns and storms."
"I don't need my heart to beat. I don't need to take a breath. As long as I have you, there is nothing else I need."
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
This book doesn't release until November, but you can preorder the ebook for A Cursed Bloodline for $2.99 right now. Grab it at this low price!
Don't miss the rest of The Weird Girl Series series: (Click the covers for details!)
That's it folks! Something Wicked Strikes is in the books for 2014. Even though the event has ended, many of the giveaways are continuing for a few more days, so be sure to get your entries in. Again, my thanks to my co hostesses for helping me put on Wicked. Thank you to each and every author who took the time to guest post and offer giveaways. We couldn't do it without them! Finally, a thank you to all of you readers who took the time to stop by and support Wicked! Hopefully, Wicked will rise again in 2015! Now go out and have a safe and Happy Halloween!
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