Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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"Then Barrons had arrived and I'd wasted no time putting him to work. 

A muscle leapt in his jaw. "Tell me again why I'm doing this, Ms. Lane?"

"Duh," I said. "Because my arm's broken." I waved my splint at him, in case he'd forgotten.

"I don't think you tried hard enough," he said. "I think you need to try again. I think if you angle your splint out like this"—he demonstrated, in the process tipping fingernail polish onto the tiled patio—"then twist your arm around like this." He nodded. "Give it a try. I think it'll work."
I gave him a cool look. "You drag me all over the place, making me hunt for OOPs, but do I complain the whole time? No. Suck it up, Barrons. The least you can do is paint my nails while my arm's broken.
* Imagining JZB painting Mac's fingernails is so funny.
Imagining him painting her toenails is hilarious...
It's not like I'm asking you to do both hands. And I'm not asking you to do my toes at all." Although I really could have used some help with my pedicure. A proper foot grooming was a two-handed job.
He glowered at the prospect of having to gloss my toes a matching shimmery, gold-frosted Ice Princess Blush, which, by the way, had always seemed oxymoronish to me, like jumbo shrimp. None of the ice princesses I'd known in high school and college had been the blushing types.
"Some guys," I informed him softly, "would jump at the chance to paint my toenails."
Barrons bent his head over my hand, applying pale pink polish to my ring finger with exacting care. He looked big and muscular and male and silly painting my fingernails, like a Roman centurion decked out in a frilly chef's apron. I bit the inside of my cheek to keep from laughing.
"I'm sure they would, Ms. Lane," he said dryly.
He was still calling me Ms. Lane. After all we'd been through. As if he'd not found my map with the pink dot I'd stabbed on it, followed me into the Dark Zone, rescued, splinted, iced, bandaged, and, I think, even kissed me."
~Karen Marie Moning, Darkfever

From Pink to Dark : MacKayla's Journey

by Amanda Garrett-Grady & Margo Northman Barrons

MacKayla Lane by ~yami627 on deviantART

"All in all, I have a great life, short of missing my parents and counting the days until Alina gets home from Ireland, but both of those are temporary, soon to be rectified. My life will go back to being perfect again before much longer."~Mac, Darkfever


In Karen Marie Moning's mesmerizing Fever series, we follow heroine MacKayla Lane's amazing metamorphosis from sheltered Southern slacker to shrewd, strong warrior. Each book features a new-and-improved Mac, relentlessly upgrading her skill set from Mac 1.0 to Mac 5.0, rebranding herself from Pink Mac/Rainbow Girl to Savage Mac to Black Mac, retaining the best of each along the way.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Quote of the Day

"Barrons's lips twitched. I'd almost made him smile. Barrons smiles about as often as the sun comes out in Dublin, and it has the same effect on me; makes me feel warm and stupid."


~~Karen Marie Moning

Photo byKieran Harnett for Marks & Spencer

What the Wenches Are Reading

It's Iced Release Day!!!

Which is like an international holiday for the Wenches, given our rabid addiction devotion to the Fever series. With any luck, today we will steal away to our secret reading hideaways and at last discover what new tricks and treats Karen Marie Moning has in store for us in the Fever world. We could not be more excited if we were greedy, spoiled, unsupervised children in a giant candy store!!! (Which we totally feel like, by the way.)

Head Wench Barb and Guest Wench Chloe have been representing us at Moning's release extravaganza in New Orleans these past few days, and we are all extremely envious! We look forward to reading all about their adventures, just as soon as we are able to tear our eyes away from our new copy of Iced.

So it's a safe bet that we are reading Iced this week if we are lucky enough to live in an area where we can buy it. But some of us are actually able to multi-task or temper our impatience with other books as well. Click through to see what has managed to grab our attention.

Monday, October 29, 2012

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Dani Mega O'Malley: Superstar

Giddy with anticipation for the release of Karen Marie Moning's Iced, a lot of the Wenches have been thinking about Dani "Mega" O'Malley, the young sidhe-seer we first met in Bloodfever, who is poised to step out of the shadows behind Mac and Rowena and take center stage. Though Moning has recently said the three books she is writing for Dani will continue the story we've been following in the Fever books, the POV will shift to reveal the next chapters through Dani's eyes.

With our heads firmly buried in Shadowfever in a frenzied effort to finish our rereads before the new release, we Wenches have been wondering what's in store for Dani. But no one has wanted to stop reading long enough to write a proper tribute to our young heroine as she prepares to take the leap to leading lady. Though we all think she's pretty awesome and deserves a big ticker-tape parade to show our support.

So a sneaky Wench tried the stealth approach and asked us for just a few words about Dani, only if we had any strong opinions about her (as if we did not!), hoping we wouldn't notice the interruption. And it worked! We just can't resist sharing our opinions about the characters we spend so much time with! Read on to find out what we all had to say.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

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It had taken me until I was twenty-two to be carved by tragedy.  How old was Dani when its razor-sharp teeth drew first blood? She'd told me her mother was killed by the Fae six years ago, which would have made her seven at the time.  Had she watched it happen? Was that how long she'd been with Rowena?  What had the ruthless old woman been doing to her all that time?  "What happened to you, Dani?" I said softly.


~~Karen Marie Moning

Saturday, October 27, 2012

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He shook me, hard.  "You have no business looking forward to pink cakes.  That's not your world anymore.  Your world is hunting the Book and staying alive.  They're mutually exclusive, you bloody fool."
"No, they're not!  It's only if I eat pink cakes that I can hunt the Book!  You're right--we're not the same.  I can't walk through the Dark Zone at night.  I don't scare all the other monsters away.  I need rainbows.  You don't.  I get that now.  No birthdays for Barrons.  I'll pen that in right next to Don't wait on him and Don't expect him to save you unless there's something in it for him.  You're a jackass.  There's a constant for you.  I won't forget it."...

Waiting outside for me was a thermos of coffee, a bag of doughnuts, a set of car keys, and a note.  I unscrewed the thermos top, sipped the coffee, and unfolded the note.
Ms. Lane,

I would prefer you join me in Scotland this evening, but if you insist on helping the old witch, here are the keys, as you requested.  I moved it for you.  It's the red one, parked in front of the door.  Call if you change your mind.  I can send a plane as late as 4:00.
It took me a moment to figure out the initials.  Constant Jackass.  I smiled.  "Apology accepted, Barrons, if it's the Ferrari."

It was.

Mac and Barrons, Arguments and Apologies
~~Faefever by Karen Marie Moning

Friday, October 26, 2012

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"Being touched by Jericho Barrons with kindness makes you feel like you must be the most special person in the world. It's like walking up to the biggest, most savage lion in the jungle, lying down, placing your head in its mouth and, rather than taking your life, it licks you and purrs."

~~Karen Marie Moning

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

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"What are you?"  It burst out before I could stop myself.  I knew it was wasted breath.  "Why don't you just tell me and get it over with?" I said irritably.
"One day you'll stop asking me.  I think I'll like knowing you then."
~Mac and Barrons, Faefever, Karen Marie Moning 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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Let the Music do the Talking

"Music is a World within Itself,
with a Language we All Understand"
                                                                                         ~ Stevie Wonder
You know the feeling you get when you are so consumed by a book that you're still thinking about it even when you aren't reading it? And you hear a song that suddenly whisks you away into the world you left behind in those pages, and it's almost like the song tells you the story of the characters or makes you envision a memorable scene from the book? Or sometimes, even when you are in the midst of the book—a line, a scene, anything—you immediately think of the perfect song that seems to fit the particular moment just right?

This is what happens to most of us Wenches, and it gives our favorite books that extra dash of... spice? zing? flair? No other series has done this to us more than the Fever series. 

Music plays a big role in Karen Marie Moning's life when writing her books. She often gets inspired by songs from various singers/bands when writing a character or a scene in her series, and her books inspired the artist Neil Dover to write music for them. Here's a little tidbit from our Wench Kathi, where she mentions Neil Dover in her post Sing to me, oh Muse, and through me tell the story: 
"Karen Marie Moning's husband at the time, Neil Dover, wrote music for the Fever books that helped her understand some of her own characters better."  

The lyrics from BloodRush, the official soundtrack for the Fever Series, and Shadowsong, the official soundtrack for Shadowfever, are written by Neil Dover. Here's a note from KMM,  from her site, about the Fever series and Bloodrush. 
"When Mac showed up on my doorstep, carrying a pink iPod, loaded with happy, mindless one-hit wonders, perfect for tanning by the pool or hanging out with her friends at the lake, I scanned her playlists and cringed. Where was Nine Inch Nails, Disturbed, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Nickelback? She had no music essentials, no pain, no depth. And I had no desire to write about her. 

"Four books-about-Mac later (my muse is nothing if not persistent) I find MacKayla Lane fascinating. Watching an untested, unformed young woman evolve into a force of nature is far more compelling to me than watching a perfectly competent person kick perfectly competent ass. Along the way, both our musical tastes have changed. Mac's gone dark and I've learned to appreciate the light gaiety of songs like What a Wonderful World, The Lion Sleeps Tonight and Tubthumping

"While I was busy writing about the Fever world, Neil was busy writing music for it. I had no idea how perfectly he was channeling Mac, until one night he sat down and played the songs he'd composed. He'd captured Mac's emotions during critical moments, from the pain and shame of Jericho Rain, to the anguish of I Am Not Afraid, the grief and emotional maturity of Rainbow, to the power and triumph of Taking Back the Night. But it wasn't only from Mac's point of view: BloodRush is a scene straight out of Chester's underground club from an Unseelie viewpoint, and Woman Child, well! I'll leave that one to you to decipher."
All the songs from these soundtracks really do capture the essence of the particular moments, feelings and characters from the series just perfectly, both the music and the lyrics, and make the story come to life before you. 

For us Wenches, there are also other songs out there, and especially lyrics, that were written long before, during or after KMM wrote her story about Mac, that have nothing to do with Mac's story but still manage to pull us right into the story and make us instantly connect them to a certain part of the books even months after having read them. Many of us have even created a personal Fever playlist that takes us back to Dublin in a flash whenever we listen to it. We wanted to share the love of our Fever music with you. Who knows, maybe you already feel the same way about some of the songs, and if not you might just discover another song to add to your Fever playlist, if you have one. 

Grab a drink and some snacks, put your feet up and get comfortable, and read on to check out the songs that make us think Fever-ish thoughts... 

And let the music begin

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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What the Wenches Are Reading

It's that time again! You may not be surprised at what most of the Wenches are reading this week....

Monday, October 22, 2012

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After the king left, we'd all just kind of looked at each other and headed for the door, as if we couldn't get back to where we felt safe and comfortable fast enough.
Mom and Dad took one look at Barrons and me and decided to go back to Chester's. I've go the smartest, coolest parents. Barrons and I went back to the bookstore, straight to bed. We'd gotten out only when near starvation had forced us."

-MacKayla Lane

Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

All That You Can't Leave Behind.

Our Favorite Fever Quotes

by Veronica Vishous & Zee the Terrible.

We're smack in the middle of Fever Focus in anticipation of ICED! And what better way to celebrate our love for all things Fever than to take a walk through the books we love and the moments that had us burning for more! The quotes that made us swoon, sweat, and sigh. Scenes that made us grip the edge of our seats, or gasp out loud in shock, or just moments that made us smile. All those moments that made it impossible for us to ever completely leave this addicting world behind. We picked just a few of our favorites to share with all our Saucy readers! (Sharing them all would take a lot more than just one post!) 

To make it a challenge for ourselves (because we're masochistic Wenches), we both picked ONE moment/scene/quote from each of the Fever books. It was tough, but we persevered. So, let's get this Fever started!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Quote of the Day

“I didn’t ask. Some things are better left unsaid.
He looked at me and I shivered. I never get enough of him.
Never will.
He lives.
I breathe.
I want. Him. Always.
Fire to my ice. Ice to my fever.
Later we would go to bed, and when he rose over me, dark and vast and eternal, I’d know joy.”

~Karen Marie Moning, Shadowfever 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Quote of the Day

"And there, my dear Fio, you make one of Womankind's greatest mistakes: falling in love with a man's potential.  We so rarely share the same view of it, and even more rarely care to achieve it.  Stop pining for the man you think I could be--and take a good, long hard look at the one I am."


~~Karen Marie Moning

Friday, October 19, 2012

Quote of the Day

One day you do meet a man who kisses you and you can't breathe around it and you realize you don't need air. Oxygen is trivial. Desire makes life happen. Makes it matter. Makes everything worth it. Desire is life. Hunger to see the next sunrise or sunset, to touch the one you love, to try again.


~~ Karen Marie Moning

You Shook Me All Night Long.

How Barrons Rocked My (Little Pink) World

Barrons. That one name makes women (& some men I'm sure), who have read Karen Marie Moning's BRILLIANT Fever series, shiver with awareness and arousal, makes us instantly visualize a dark, handsome, intensely carnal male. So masculine that every cell in your body reacts to him, heated blood coursing through your veins, whether you want to or not, on a purely base, primitive level. Your mouth dries thinking of the things that sexual beast can do to you, your fingers itch to tug at that dark hair, and a whimper escapes your trembling lips before you can stop it when you even think of how he could "cure" the Pri-ya in you. You can almost feel silk sheets beneath you and a hard, male, sensual beast looming over you. All it would take is a snap of those (very skillful) fingers and you'd be good to go.

THAT is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Jericho Z Barrons. Just a little teaser for what the amazing Karen Marie Moning has unleashed on the world of UF/PNR. For many, myself included, he has now become THE standard. The stick against which all others are measured, and often come up short. I would never assume I knew all there was to Barrons, but let me share with you my journey into Barrons' Dublin, where the wild things are, where I was consumed by Barrons, and after which I am forever changed. The Wenches here adore Barrons. The intensity of Wench reactions may differ when Barrons is mentioned, but generally, you'd probably deal with some serious, hardcore fangirling once his name came up. We could talk about him for hours, and have. On numerous occasions. 

It's going to be hard trying to explain why the Wenches and I love Barrons. The topic is much like the man himself: vast, overwhelming, and difficult to put into something as limiting as words. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Quote of the Day

"Jericho, you know how you keep telling me words mean nothing?"

"Bloody hell, Mac, that's not what I say. I say they're easy and flimsy and dangerous. They can be twisted into any shape and used against you...Actions speak."

Fever Moon

~~Karen Marie Moning

Fever Moon Review / Interview

Review by Donna WFS and Katherine Z. Barrons

We are interviewing a couple of the sauciest Wenches, who also happen to be two of the biggest Fever fans this side of Dublin, otherwise known as Donna WFS and Katherine Z. Barrons or KZB.  The last time we caught up with them, they had just come back from their latest jaunt into the Fever realm, aka Fever Moon.  Let's see how they felt about Karen Marie Moning's latest Fever-based novel.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

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*Original photo from behind the scene video
David Gandy covers Attitude - The Style Issue 2011, 
    photogr. by Mariano Vivanco

The Wicked Wednesday's MFK; Fever edition

So, are you guys ready for another round of the saucy game called M.F.K? 
No?... Hmm, ok, then I've got nothing...

... Just kidding! 

Since we are dedicating this week, and the next one, to the Fever world I asked our Wenches, which character from the Fever series they would want to Multiply, Fertilize and Kaboom. Or in other words Marry, Fuck and Kill which was a given, right? 
There was just one rule, they had to pick three characters and choose only one category for each of them.

Without any further adieu, let's go over to our Friend, Joey, who loves to play games and will have the honor of kick-starting this one. Joey, take it away...

No Joey, you've got the wrong game, you were suppose to say "Let's play MFK"
We talked about this remember? *

       Hey dude, there's no need for the
      attitude. Do I need to spell it out
   for you? Why don't I just give
          you a second to think about it... **

Aaaand now he get's it... ***

Anyway, let's go and see what the Wenches desires are, right after the break!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Quote of the Day

"You thought it meant something that I died for you. Did you dress it up in romance? Compose sonnets memorializing my great sacrifice? Did it make you like me better? Did I have to be dead to get you to see me?......Dying is overrated. Human sentimentality has twisted it into the ultimate act of love. Biggest load of bullshit in the world. Dying for someone isn't the hard thing. The man that dies escapes. Plain and simple. Game over. End of pain.....Try living for someone. Through it all--good, bad, thick, thin, joy, suffering. That's the hard thing."


~~Karen Marie Moning

What the Wenches Are Reading

Click through to find out what's caught the Wenches' attention this week....

Monday, October 15, 2012

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“You two gonna stand there fucking each other with your eyes all night, or can we get on with it?”
― Karen Marie Moning, Shadowfever

David Gandy by photographer Chiun-Kai Shih

My Dream Cast: The Fever Series

“I love books, by the way, way more than movies. Movies tell you what to think. A good book lets you choose a few thoughts for yourself. Movies show you the pink house. A good book tells you there's a pink house and lets you paint some of the finishing touches, maybe choose the roof style, park your own car out front. My imagination has always topped anything a movie could come up with. Case in point, those darned Harry Potter movies. That was so not what that part-Veela-chick, Fleur Delacour, looked like.”
― Karen Marie Moning, Darkfever

In August of 2011, our dreams came true.  DreamWorks announced that they had purchased the rights to Karen Marie Moning's five book Fever series.  Since then, speculation has been rampant about who will play Ms. Moning's characters.  As far as I'm aware, the production of these movies hasn't really moved forward since the purchase of the rights.  Therefore, in place of actual casting news, I'm here to offer up my vision of these (mostly) beloved characters!  Obviously this post would be ENORMOUS if I tried to cast everyone, so, I'm just going to stick to the major players.  But, fair warning, it's still a pretty long post with some spoilers.  However, there is also plenty of man-candy gorgeous men fine, upstanding actors, who were judged on their talent alone!  Find out who I chose after the jump...

Sunday, October 14, 2012

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One day I would stop taking off my clothes in V'lane's presence, but the cost of that resistance would be a piece of my soul.

Karen Marie Moning~Darkfever

Let the "Fever" Love Commence!

As you probably know, dear followers, Karen Marie Moning's next adventure in the Fever World, and the first installment in Dani "Mega" O'Malley's story, Iced, releases on October 30. That is just 16 short days away! We've been looking forward to this for so long, that it's almost unbelievable that Iced Release Day is almost here!
Well, we at the Saucy Wenches Book Club are so excited that we are going all-Fever-all-the-time for the next two weeks. We will be exploring the five Fever books, looking at love, loss, growth, courage, choices, music, hotness, and much more. Saucy Wenches style. So please join us from Monday, October 15 through release day as we gush about one of the best book series we have ever read. With plenty of Mac & Barrons analysis for your enjoyment and ours.

Oh, and if you haven't read the masterpiece that is Fever yet...what are you waiting for? They are amazing.  Read them, and join us in our Goodreads group as we discuss.

What do you think about the Fever World? Are you excited about the release of Iced? Nervous about Dani's story and POV? Do you love Fever as much as we do? Mac? Barrons? Share your thoughts about Fever and Iced below!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

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"Unpredictable as a hungry lion, he might be feared by everyone else, but he never ripped out my throat, only licked me, and, if his tongue was a little rough sometimes, it was worth it to walk beside the king of the jungle."

~MacKayla Lane's musings about Jericho Barrons
~Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

Gravedigger's Brawl: A Pre-review from a Spoiler Prude

Let's get this out of the way upfront.  I was lucky enough to obtain an Advanced Review Copy of Gravedigger's Brawl, so this preview review is based on an uncorrected proof I received from Riptide Publishing.  However, I have advance-purchased my own copy of Gravedigger's Brawl which will be arriving Saturday.

I'm only half-way through the book, but wanted to share my initial impressions.  My full review will be posting in a couple of weeks.

Gravedigger's Brawl has been an enjoyable read so far.  I like the characters.  I like the atmosphere/tone of the book.  At least a couple of mentions have already set me off to researching, and I love when books make me do that.  I've been so curious about the characters and about what happens next that I'm sneaking in pages here and there at work; I never do that (I don't usually have time).

Abigail Roux, as always, does an excellent job with character development from the outset. Gravedigger's Brawl also sets the stage fairly quickly for several events to play out through the book.  You can read the first two chapters here.

I have to say at roughly halfway through the book, it seems that once the events of the book were established, I have just been reading along, waiting for something to happen with any one of the plot lines for a while now.  I probably haven't been waiting that long, but the suspense is killing me.  I'm waiting, waiting, waiting forevermore.

Fun fact opinion: Grackles look a lot like ravens, only smaller.

Gravedigger's Brawl

Dr. Wyatt Case is never happier than when he’s walking the halls of his history museum. Playing wingman for his best friend at Gravedigger’s Tavern throws him way out of his comfort zone, but not as much as the eccentric man behind the bar, Ash Lucroix.
Ash is everything Wyatt doesn’t understand: exuberant, quirky, and elbow deep in a Gaslight lifestyle that weaves history into everyday life. He coordinates his suspenders with his tongue rings. Within hours, Wyatt and Ash are hooked.
But strange things are afoot at Gravedigger’s, and after a knock to the head, Ash starts seeing things that can’t be explained by old appliances or faulty wiring. Soon everyone at Gravedigger’s is wondering if they’re seeing ghosts, or just going crazy. The answer to that question could end more than just Wyatt and Ash’s fragile relationship—it might also end their lives.

Friday, October 12, 2012

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“He smelled the garden, the yellow shield of light smote his eyes, and he whispered, "Life is so beautiful."


Yes, he thought, if I can die saying. "Life is so beautiful," then nothing else is important.”

Mario PuzoThe Godfather

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Quote of the Day

Watching my father, I've seen how you can't learn anything when you're trying to look like the smartest person in the room.

~Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible

Sing to me, oh Muse, and through me tell the story, part 2

Last week, I wrote about several discoveries that Wench Merit and I made when we investigated the inspirations behind some of our favorite stories and characters. We found so many interesting little tidbits that I couldn't type them all up before our deadline, so we're picking up this week where we left off.

Rube Goldberg's alarm clock
We all know that a single, often unnoticed incident can set into motion a contorted, far-reaching chain of events, reminiscent of a Rube Goldberg device, which perfectly illustrates this concept. Just ask the guy whose electricity goes out during the night: his alarm clock fails to go off, so he oversleeps, rushes out the door half dressed, arrives late to his big meeting, realizes he has forgotten both his pants and his presentation (and his lunch, his phone, his evening theater tickets), and sees his day go completely down the toilet from that point. A key element in many movies is that one tiny misstep, that one overlooked detail, resurfacing at the end to bring down a career, a partnership, or an empire. But has one discrete, identifiable element, like an image or idea that caught their attention, ever set the inspirational gears in motion, so to speak, for an author to write a whole book? 

We also hear tales of enterprising sleepers who awake with an idea they dreamed to solve a stubborn problem or create a new invention.  But has anyone dreamed the inspiration for a book, and remembered enough of the details to write it?

As it turns out, yes. We found a surprising (to us) number of authors who were inspired in just these ways to create not just one book, but an entire series. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

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The conclusion of this scene here.

MFK: Smokin' Hot Vampires Edition

It's time, once again, for every wench's favorite party game! Season Four of The Vampire Diaries premiers in the US tomorrow night, and what better way to celebrate that with a little premeditated seduction and murder.

Check out the Wenches' (and a few special guest Wenches!) choices of who they would like to marry, fuck, or kill in The Vamipre Diaries (TV show! What, there are books??) and then share your choices below. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

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What the Wenches Are Reading this Week

Amanda: I am reading Channeling Morpheus by Jordan Castillo Price. This is a vampire m/m series of novelettes. I wasn't sure how I would feel about mixing paranormal with m/m, but I really am enjoying this series. The mythology that Price has created is fascinating. I am really loving the main characters, Wild Bill and Michael, too. Two thumbs up for this series! (These books can be downloaded at or purchased through Amazon.)

Anne: I'm reading #4 in the Downside Ghosts series, Sacrificial Magic by Stacia Kane. And, I just passed the halfway point in my A Clash of Kings audio book.

Angela: Finished Outlander this week by Diana Gabaldon and loved it. It was hard going, but I made it to the last page. There is one scene that was very hard to stomach, but it was rivetting once I found the courage to continue with the book. After two days break though. I've reserved the rest at the library. Let's just say Jamie Fraser can pay me a visit anyday.
Now I've started Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman. The book is about Richard the Lionheart and his Crusade to the Holy Land. Loving it, as I've met a lot of the characters in her other books.

Barb: I am still reading Bloodfever.  Mostly because I couldn't resist the lure of Gideon and Eva in this week's release of Reflected in You:Crossfire #2 by Sylvia Day. I read RIN in two evenings, missing some sleep, but it was totally worth it! So intense, so GOOD! I might have gone back to read Bared to You, rather than going back to Bloodfever. But that's just a maybe. I also gave up on my Dean Koontz audiobook. It didn't keep my attention, but I'm so visual, that it's hard for me to stay focused on audiobooks. I'll need to pick it up in print one of these days.

Beta: After having said my goodbyes to Vlad... for now... I'm finally back in Dublin! Yeah, baby yeah! Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning will be on my bed table at first but I have a feeling I'll be going back and forth through all the Fever books these next few weeks. But now I must go and give my attention to Barrons and everything he has to offer...

Donna: I'm on a reread of Darkfever. I started it a couple of weeks ago but put it aside for a couple of new releases.  I've read a lot of negative opinions about early Mac, but I have to say, I like her. She stepped out of her comfortable, safe world and flew halfway around the world to a strange country, not knowing anybody, to try to solve her sister's murder. That takes a lot of guts!

Jaymie: I just started reading Reflected In You, so no comment on it just yet, but I'm super excited after the awesome reviews it got from my fellow Wenches! I just finished reading Hot Head and I loved it! I never expected it to be so emotional in certain parts. :-)

Kat: I was doing laundry and came accross All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris and got really nostalgic for the time that I was still enthralled by these books, so I started glancing at some of the pages. But my focus for the next few days is my re-read of Fifty Shades of Grey for an upcoming contrast post! 

Kathi: Still rereading the Highlander books by Karen Marie Moning, which will lead me directly into a Fever reread. This week I've focused on the magnificent MacKeltar men, who help keep the walls up in Fever, and the enigmatic, mysterious Adam Black, who made only the briefest of appearances in Shadowfever that hinted at an intriguing back story. Real life isn't letting me read nearly as fast as I need to be, so I feel like I'm getting way behind.

Margo: A full series Fever reread, on Dreamfever. Love, love, loving my reread before ICED.

Naomi: Moved from Darkfever to Bloodfever, I love it even more than the first time, if that is possible! I also just finished Reflected in You, Sylvia Day's second book in the Crossfire series. Intense is too soft a word!

Olga: I'm reading Nalini Singh's Play of Passion (Psy-Changeling, #9) and loving it! There are two more books in this series and then it's Fever reread! I can't wait!

Veronica:  I'm doing a speed-read of Warrior's Cross this weekend, and then it's back to Dublin to finish up my re-read of Fever. I've seen some sneak peeks of some wonderful Fever'ishness the Wenches are working on leading up to the Iced release and it's making me antsy to get back to Mac and Barrons.

Zee: This week is predominantly dedicated to Mac and Barrons hehe. So there's Fever Moon I finally got my hands on, and finishing off my umpteenth Fever reread, love it every single time. And Here Comes Trouble by Michael Moore.

Warrior's Cross

"Cam?  He's back."

The all-important first line of a novel has become something of a cliche; that first line should be creative enough to catch the attention of the reader, draw them in, and make them want to keep reading (Novel Writing 101, syllabus day 1).  It's become a weird little hobby of mine, seeing how creative and "out there" first lines have become.

But Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux keep it simple in Warrior's Cross.  "Cam?  He's back."  Warrior's Cross doesn't waste pages on backstory or filler; our two main characters have an established relationship from page one.  The relationship may be mysterious and limited, but you get the sense that there is a connection between them and the angst in this book isn't of the "Will they or won't they" variety.

If you haven't read Warrior's Cross, there are mild spoilers below.  In case you aren't familiar with the book and choose to keep reading, you should know a bit about the characters first.  Cameron Jacobs is a waiter at an upscale restaurant in Chicago.  Julian Cross is, well, he takes on various jobs for a living, some (most?) involving killing/harming/scaring the bejeesus out of people.  Much of what Julian does is a mystery, but he has a handler named Blake and a partner-in-crime slash driver named Preston.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Quote of the Day

"Cut," Amelia said, handing me the shears. "And mean it."

Feeling a little ridiculous and a lot scared, but sure that I needed to do this, I snipped the red yarn.

And I lost Eric.

He wasn't there.


-Sookie Stackhouse

Dead Reckoning (book 12) by Charlaine Harris.

Fifth Sentence from Page Fifty-two

The Saucy Wenches Way 


The Dragoon Attack

This one started up as a Facebook status during the International Book Week (the third week of September), when one of my friends posted this on his Timeline:

It’s International Book Week. The rules: Grab the closest book to you, turn to page 52, post the 5th sentence as your status. Don't mention the title. Copy the rules as part of your status.                                                                                                                                                            

That was when the idea struck me. We should do this with the Wenches! But, of course I had to improvise and make it our way. The Saucy Wenches way.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Quote of the Day

Bedding her could be anything from tenderness to riot, but to take her when she was a bit the worse for drink was always a particular delight.
Intoxicated, she took less care for him than usual; abandoned and oblivious to all but her own pleasure, she would rake him, bite him — and beg him to serve her so, as well.
He loved the feeling of power in it, the tantalizing choice between joining her at once in animal lust, or of holding himself — for a time — in check, so as to drive her at his whim.
 — Diana Gabaldon, The Fiery Cross

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Quote of the Day

"Now, we can be civilized and wait until we get home. Or we can get down to it right here. Either way, I'm dying to come inside of you again, and you're not going to say no."

Dark Lover

~~J.R. Ward

Friday, October 5, 2012

Quote of the Day

Hunter stood and reached for the button of his jeans, slid his zipper down, toed off his boots, then shoved everything off to the thick carpet in a pile. And Kata got her first look at him naked.

"Oh, holy shit." The words slipped from her mouth before she could stop them.

Hunter was, in a word, gorgeous. Every inch of him solid, hard, imposing. Big... everywhere. She swallowed.
He chuckled. "Glad you approve. I'm going to make this so good for you."

She didn't doubt for an instant that he could.

Surrender To Me
~~Shayla Black

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Quote of the Day

I had never realized a woman could have to struggle to keep her hands off a man, but here I was, digging my nails into my palms, staring at the insides of my eyelids as though I could maybe see through them if I peered hard enough.

Dead to the World

~~Charlaine Harris

Sing to me, oh Muse, and through me tell the story

Apollo plays the lute while the nine Muses dance
"Who knows where inspiration comes from. Perhaps it arises from desperation. Perhaps it comes from the flukes of the universe, the kindness of the muses." ~Amy Tan
"He who approaches the temple of the Muses without inspiration, in the belief that craftsmanship alone suffices, will remain a bungler and his presumptuous poetry will be obscured by the songs of the maniacs." ~Plato

"And thanks also to my favourite band, the very aptly named Muse, for providing a saga's worth of inspiration." ~Stephenie Meyer

Merit and I were gushing about the Outlander books one day, and she told me the story she shared in her post last week about Diana Gabaldon's inspiration for Outlander and Jamie Fraser. I was absolutely flabbergasted! I had just assumed 18th-century Scotland was near and dear to Gabaldon's heart, and that the fabulous Jamie was based on a real-life historical figure, or someone she knew, or someone in a dream – you know, someone she felt a special connection with! 

I could not believe my favorite books were inspired by such a random thing. They could so easily have been completely different!!! Or never existed at all!!! What if she had read a magazine that night? What if she had watched a different channel? What if Dr. Who had aired a different episode? I'm practically panicked just considering the possibilities here.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Quote of the Day

"But I want to know important things," I said, gazing deep into his eyes, "For example… what you like." 
I undulated my hips against his as I said the last bit, before leaning forward to nip, very gently, at the soft flesh of his ear lobe. "I want to know what turns you on." His big hands flexed on my hips as I breathed over the shell of his ear, letting him feel my breasts press against his chest as I kept my hips moving. 
"I want to know how to make my puppy growl."
With that I kissed him hard on the mouth, raking my nails gently down over his T-shirt covered back.
"Bad girl," he rumbled, as he used his strength to topple me backward and his earth magic to cushion our weight as he landed on top of me.
"This isn’t letting me get to know you," I pointed out, as his mouth found that place on the side of my neck that made me whimper.
"Oh gods, Jane, the answer to all those questions is you. You turn me on; you’re what I want; you make me growl." He punctuated his words with feathery kisses on my neck.
"You’re mine, little minx," he said, and that’s when his teeth found my neck, marking me possessively.
Tempest's Fury by Nicole Peeler