Wednesday, May 17, 2006


Blood Ties Book One: The Turning
by Jennifer Armintrout
MIRA, June 2006

But don't take my word for it. Publisher's Weekly says: "Armintrout's bold debut, the first book in a violent vampire series, bares its fangs early, unafraid to spill blood and vital organs from its very first pages....

"The book's level of gory detail—the narrator is, after all, a newly minted emergency room doctor—may put off all but the most stalwart of readers, but if you've got the stomach for it, this fast, furious novel is a squirm-inducing treat."

Well, I don’t think there’s anything in The Turning that will do anything other than delight anyone who enjoys the genre. And I really mean delight.

I love the genre, but there’s a lot of same old same old out there, and strangely there are some writers that decide to be different by making their vampires...nice. Really, I’m not kidding. I loved this story, loved the heroine, loved the crazy situation she finds herself in, loved the humor, human-ness, sexiness, tension between the characters, pragmatism, realism and utter otherworldliness too.

Check out Jennifer Armintrout who created this excellent tale. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan and can be contacted through her website. This is her first novel—pretty amazing.

And what does her editor have to say? Well I just thought I’d go straight to Sasha Bogin and ask her to share some of her thoughts...."I was thrilled when The Turning was put in my hands—thank you Mary Theresa Hussey for passing it to MIRA from Luna and Stacy Boyd for her initial work on the manuscript (it takes a village!).

"The Turning is like reading a Quentin Tarantino film, with its pop culture references, witty dialogue, edgy voice and gritty genre realism. After I read the first chapter I literally jumped in the air with excitement at getting this book sent my way. And it just got better.

"It's a story that appeals to all ages—but I think it has special appeal to younger MTV-influenced people such as myself who will connect with the fresh voice fused with vampire folklore.

"The Turning is different than many books in the genre because of its contemporary nature: the mixture of humor and sexiness, well-written prose and occasional enthralling gore. (Yes, I have the stomach...And if you can watch ER you do too!)

"Even someone who doesn't ordinarily read vampire fiction will enjoy the story because of its contemporary voice—and the fact that the book contains a more serious theme and focus on humanity—or lack thereof—and what defines us as human beings.

"The author and I spent hours talking about editorial direction and cover design—and telling everyone who would listen to read the book...And I really hope that everyone does!"

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