Writing Update

It’s been ages since I’ve done one of these :D

I’m working on the 3rd book in the Vampire Sorority Series. If you’re not familiar with these books, basically I’ve created a world where a group of sorority girls at a fictional university help sustain the lives of a nest of female vampires. Lots of love and sex ensues. It’s kinda like True Blood meets Greek meets Orange Is The New Black. The second book Blacker Than Blue was really hard for me to write and edit, but I’ve come a long way since then. I’m feeling great about diving into this love story. You can check out the previous books HERE.

Title: SOUL TO KEEP: Vampire Sorority Sisters Book 3

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books.

Projected Publishing Date: April/May 2016

Genre: Paranormal Romance (full length) - lesbian/bisexual


Jill - College Junior. pint sized, biracial, lesbian Canadian who is a little too blunt for her sorority sisters’ liking.

Miyoko “Tokyo”* - old as fuck bisexual vampire, kink freak. a little to blunt for her nest mates’ liking.

I love these two separately for completely different reasons and because a lot of people in their world seem to hate them for different reason. BUT they are actually great together. 

I don’t want to give away any of the plot, but there will be some death and destruction, and of course some sorority Halloween shenanigans.

I’m in the outlining stage right now and hoping to start writing this weekend. wish me luck. :D

*her nickname was inspired by a college friend who called me New Hampshire.

We don’t forgive people because they deserve it. We forgive them because they need it—because we need it.
—  Bree Despain, The Dark Divine

Mom Recommends
After two months of badgering my mother, she finally wrote down some recommendations for me to make into a second post! Enjoy!


  1. Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce
  2. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
  3. Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey
  4. The Dragon and the George by Gordon R Dickson
  5. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin


  1. Kate Shugak series by Dana Stabenow
  2. Louis Kincaid series by P.J. Parrish
  3. Charlie Parker series by John Connolly
  4. Hunting Season by P.T. Deutermann
  5. Stone Barrington series by Stuart Woods


  1. Ghost Story by Peter Straub
  2. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  3. It by Stephen King
  4. Summer of Night by Dan Simmons
  5. Swan Song by Robert McCammon

Paranormal Romance

  1. Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton
  2. Meredith Gentry series by Laurell K. Hamilton
  3. Cassandra Palmer series by Karen Chance
  4. Dorina Basarab series by Karen Chance
  5. Greywalker by Kat Richardson
I have some complaints about the book "Bearllionaire."

* The park service has specifically asked us not to take selfies with bears, and I think that probably still holds when the bear is your alter-ego and present only symbolically in the frame.

* The billionaire turns out to be just a regular bear billionaire, not a combination bear-lion one, which is a shameful waste of this pun. This industry has standards, Terry Bolryder.

* Villain substandard, should logically have been were-elephant-in-little-hat or else literal forest bear for contrast.

* Sequels are titled “Bearlebrity” and “Bearthlete.” Surely we can do better than that.

I am easily distracted by shiny objects. Or projects.

Actually, they don’t have to be that shiny.

Actually, they don’t even have be sane.

Which is why, in the middle of working on a Perfectly Good Story With Potential That People Like, Goddamnit, my brain said “Hey! I want to write a paranormal romance!”

“No,” I said.

“It’d be fun! You’ve never done it before, maybe you’d be great at it!”

“…Really, no.” I went back to writing.

After a few minutes I stopped and stretched and winced a little because I pulled a weird little nameless muscle across the top of my ribs and said “Okay, for the sake of argument, if I were going to write a paranormal romance, what would it be about? Don’t say vampires, because I’ll lobotomize myself with my plastic drink straw right here and now.”

“I wasn’t going to say vampires,” said my brain haughtily. “I would never say vampires. I have some standards.”

“Good to hear it. And don’t say were-whatever because everything that can possibly turn into another thing has already been done to death. Including selkies. I don’t get selkies. Who wants to get in a relationship with a blubbery mammal that stinks of fish?”

“Nope,” said my brain. “I’m better than that.”

“And no dragons.”

“Absolutely no dragons,” agreed my brain.

“Fine,” I said. “Lay it on me.”

“Night-gaunts,” said my brain smugly.

I stared into the middle distance. My favorite cafe makes a mean chicken salad sandwich, but they also have some really bad art on the walls. I stared at the lumpy head of a badly painted heron for so long it started to look like high art.

“Night-gaunts,” I said after awhile.

“Sure!” My brain was really excited about this one. “They’re dark! They’re mysterious! They have wings! They serve Nodens, Lord of the Hoary Abyss, which totally sounds like a euphemism!”

“Why do I even talk to you? Seriously. I am sure the pancreas could take over most of the basic motor functions if I asked nicely.”

“It hasn’t been done,” said my brain, with dignity.

“There’s a reason for that.”

I went back to writing.

After a few minutes I said “Seriously, they have no faces and they communicate by tickling.”

“Totally a fetish for some people!” said my brain, and then ducked as I tried to punch myself in the neocortex.

“I am never listening to you again.”

Book Review: The Shadows

Book Review: The Shadows #FlightsofFantasy

“I know what it’s like to not have hope,” Qhuinn said roughly. “But destiny can surprise you.” 
― J.R. Ward, The Shadows

Kindle Edition: The Shadows Series: The Black Dagger Brotherhood (Book #13) Pages: 592 pages Publisher: NAL Date: March 31st 2015 ASIN: B00LTZQOZA Edition Language: English

The official synopsis according to Goodreads states:

Trez “Latimer” doesn’t really exist. And…

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Book Description
Publication Date: February 10, 2015

After the grisly murder of a dirty magic coven leader, Kate Prospero and The Magical Enforcement Agency team up with the local police to find the killer. When a tenacious reporter sticks her nose in both the investigation and Prospero’s past in the covens, old ghosts resurface.

As the infighting between…

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Okay, I don’t know precisely where this dovetails with any of you folks’ interests, or even if it does, but I’m proud and excited, so deal. As some of you may know, my wife jennbennett is an author. She writes young adult (the upcoming The Anatomical Shape of a Heart), urban fantasy (the Arcadia Bell series) & paranormal romance (the Roaring Twenties series). Well, today she found out that the first book in the Roaring Twenties series (Bitter Spirits) has been nominated for a RITA award in the Paranormal category, which is kind of like being nominated for an Oscar in the romance author world. (Or maybe the Golden Globes, since there’s no overall “best picture” category, and it’s all split up into genres. Anyway.)

Anyway, it’s a big deal, and I’m excited, and it means she’s going to an awards ceremony in NYC, and yeah I’m gonna have to stay home and watch the pugs but I don’t even care because of all the woohoo and the hooray and the crying and the whatnot.

So it’s a good day.

(Remember: purchase books by Jenn Bennett at your friendly neighborhood book store! Or check ‘em out at your local public library! Or download the ebooks to the reader of your choice!)


Confused about the difference between paranormal romance and urban fantasy? LET’S CRACK THIS CASE. I talk paranormal romance, book covers and…shirtless dudes…on episode 4 of Romance Coffee Break.