Sunday, November 11, 2012

Lust For Life promo and review...with a contest!

Book description:

Ciara’s con-artist parents taught her three keys to survival: keep low, keep quiet, and most of all, keep moving. But managing WVMP, the Lifeblood of Rock ’n’ Roll—not to mention becoming a vampire herself—has kept her in one place long enough to fall madly in love, adopt an undead dog . . .and make more enemies than she can shake a stake at.

A psychotic DJ, a wanna-be necromancer, and a posse of vengeful hippies would all love to see Ciara get her day in the sun—literally. To protect Ciara, her fiancé, Shane, has traded his flannel shirt and guitar for a flak jacket and crossbow. If she survives to walk down the aisle, will she recognize the man waiting at the altar?

In this final chapter of the award-winning WVMP RADIO series, Ciara must decide who to trust, whom to love—and whom to kill.


When you read paranormals as much as I do, especially with vampires, it's sometimes difficult to find the wow factor because let's be honest, there is only so much an author can do to make the lore unique and creative. Create new and exciting characters, yes. Devise an intricate storyline that keeps readers involved, yes. Unveil a completely new mythology, not so much. Jeri Smith-Ready accomplishes all those goals and more in her Lust For Life series featuring con woman Ciara Griffin and a group of vampire DJ's.

Wicked Game, book one, has Ciara going straight and leaving her con artist lifestyle in the dust. She applies at the local radio station and discovers that the eclectic musical programs ranging from blues to grunge and everything in between is because all the DJ's are vampires and staying in their decade keeps them in touch with their humanity and prevents them from going mad. To prevent the station from being sold she comes up with a hide in plain site marketing plan that showcases the vampires by including live events, making them a huge success and drawing in the big bucks. As the station grows so does the attraction between Ciara and Shane, the Nirvana lovin' vampire that hosts the 3 to 6 show. Not to mention that a cult like group of vampires are not exactly pleased with this strategy and Ciara finds herself in grave danger.

The story continues with Bad to the Bone and Bring on the Night. Ciara and Shane are still grooving along at WVMP, sharing the Lifeblood of Rock and Roll with the masses, only now Ciara is working with Control, a group charged with keeping the peace between humans and vampires. She also has an awesome vampire dog now! Each book adds to the unique storyline of music loving vampires, and each book has more of Ciara's unusual humor and fun.

The series concludes with Lust For Life, available November 27, 2012, and I will post my thoughts over at Goodreads once I've finished. This ends the series and I am really excited to see how it all wraps up. 

If there is such a thing as light urban fantasy then that's the label I would give the Lust for Life series. Ciara and Shane do have a long term relationship but the romance elements are not the focus of the story. As a couple they enhance not dominate. With a rich cast of characters Smith-Ready has plenty of people to work with and all of them are entertaining. Ciara is a flawed woman with a zany life, but oddly enough, she is easy to relate to because her flaws are very human flaws. Another plus for this series is that the author includes a playlist for each book which I highly recommend trying out. Not every song worked for me or fit my taste, but many brought back memories or got me dancing. A very fun series!

Contest anyone?

I have my review copies, gently read, up for grabs...just leave me a comment about a beloved series or your thoughts on this series, along with a way to contact you for a chance to win. This is limited to the U.S. because shipping comes out of my pocket. Good Luck! I will announce the winner next week.

Recovering con artist Ciara Griffin is trying to live the straight life, even if it means finding a (shudder!) real job. She takes an internship at a local radio station, whose late-night time-warp format features 1940s blues, '60s psychedelia, '80s goth, and more, all with an uncannily authentic flair. Ciara soon discovers just how the DJs maintain their cred: they're vampires, stuck forever in the eras in which they were turned.

Ciara's first instinct, as always, is to cut and run. But communications giant Skywave wants to buy WVMP and turn it into just another hit-playing clone. Without the station — and the link it provides to their original Life Times — the vampires would "fade," becoming little more than mindless ghosts of the past. Suddenly a routine corporate takeover is a matter of life and undeath.

To boost ratings and save the lives of her strange new friends, Ciara rebrands the station as "WVMP, the Lifeblood of Rock 'n' Roll." In the ultimate con, she hides the DJs' vampire nature in plain sight, disguising the bloody truth as a marketing gimmick. WVMP becomes the hottest thing around — next to Ciara's complicated affair with grunge vamp Shane McAllister. But the "gimmick" enrages a posse of ancient and powerful vampires who aren't so eager to be brought into the light. Soon the stakes are higher — and the perils graver — than any con game Ciara's ever played.

Welcome to WVMP, “The Lifeblood of Rock ’n’ Roll,” where conartist-turned-station-owner Ciara Griffin manages an on-air staffof off-the-wall DJs—including new boyfriend Shane McAllister—who really sink their teeth into the music of their “Life Time” (theera in which they became vampires). Ciara keeps the undeadrocking, the ratings rolling, and the fan base alive—withoutmissing a beat.

For Halloween, WVMP is throwing a bash. With cool tunes, hotcostumes, killer cocktails—what could go wrong? To start, areligious firebrand ranting against the evils of the occultpreempts the station’s midnight broadcast. Then, when Ciaratracks down the transmission, the broadcast tower is guarded bywhat appears to be . . . a canine vampire? Behind it all is a groupof self-righteous radicals who think vampires suck (and arewilling to stake their lives on it). Ciara must protect the stationwhile struggling with her own complicated relationship, her bestfriend’s romance with a fledgling vampire, and the nature of hermysterious anti-holy powers. To make it to New Year’s in one piece,she’ll need to learn a few new tricks. 

Recovering con artist Ciara Griffin seems to finally have it all. A steady job at WVMP, the Lifeblood of Rock ’n’ Roll. A loving relationship with the idiosyncratic but eternally hot DJ Shane McAllister. A vampire dog who never needs shots or a pooper-scooper. And after nine years, it looks as if she might actually finish her bachelor’s degree!

But fate has other plans for Ciara. First she must fulfill her Faustian bargain with the Control, the paranormal paramilitary agency that does its best to keep vampires in line. Turns out the Control wants her for something other than her (nonexistent) ability to kick undead ass. Her anti-holy blood, perhaps? Ciara’s suspicions are confirmed when she’s assigned to a special-ops division known as the Immanence Corps, run by the Control’s oldest vampire and filled with humans who claim to have special powers. To a confirmed skeptic like Ciara, it sounds like a freak fest. But when a mysterious fatal virus spreads through Sherwood—and corpses begin to rise from their graves—Ciara will not only get a crash course in zombie-killing, but will be forced to put her faith, and her life itself, in the hands of magic.

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SandyG265 said...

I've enjoyed this series. Especially like how the DJs are stuck in the period when they die. It's different from a lot of the other takes on vampires out there.

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Sharon Stogner said...

I am an urban fantasy lover and always looking for a new on to try :) thanks for the review. I definitely will put this on my list!
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Barb P said...

I am a huge fan of this series and can't wait to read the new book. As far as favorite series are concerned, what comes to mind is Darynda Jones' series and also Diana Rowland's series. Thanks so much for the great giveaway!

Lil said...

I love urban fantasy and my introduction to such was with Kim Harrison's Dead Witch Walking. The twists on the familiar story witches, vampires, pixies was grand. I have heard good things about Jeri Smith-Ready but have not tried her books. Her take on vampires sounds like great fun.

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Barbara E. said...

My favorite series is Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassin series. I've been meaning to start the Lust for Life series, but haven't had a chance yet. I've heard so many good things about it, I know I'll love it.

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mariska said...

oh i love this of my favorite..really wanna read the final book..but it just too bad, i'm international . lol
maybe next time when you have an international giveaways for this book :)

bn100 said...

Nice review. Haven't read this series yet. I like the Lords of the Underworld series.