ORIGINAL FIC: Faizel II: Chapter One

Title: Faizel II
Author: Harper Kingsley
World: Faizel
Characters: Faizel/Charlemagne, Ewing, Isadore, Ives, Jenny Deacon
Genre: vampires, mm, slash
Rating: mature
Summary: Picks up where Faizel left off. Faizel is fitting into his new world like a shark with lasers on its head. There’s blood in the water. He’s closing in.


Sometimes Ewing wondered if they had invited a devil into their midst. Because there wasn’t a doubt in his mind that Charlemagne was possessed. And the devil was named Faizel. Charlemagne’s darling love. The mysterious vampire that had appeared from nowhere to steal Charlemagne’s heart and rearrange the natural order of the world.

Ewing personally thought of Faizel as a booty call gone wrong, though he would never say it aloud. He valued his life too much.

Charlemagne wanted to keep Faizel secret, and Ewing was willing to go along with it. Because honestly, how could he even explain someone like Faizel? The guy scared the ever living fuck out of him, and that was no lie.
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book cover: Iron & Velvet, by Alexis Hall

RE BOOK: Iron & Velvet, by Alexis Hall [urban fantasy, ff]

book cover: Iron & Velvet, by Alexis Hall

Iron & Velvet, by Alexis Hall

Title: Iron & Velvet
Author: Alexis Hall
Series: Kate Kane, Paranormal Investigator #1
Genre: urban fantasy, f/f, action
Word count: 77,200 (309 ms pages)

AMAZON: Kindle
AMAZON: Paperback

Description from Riptide Publishing: First rule in this line of business: don’t sleep with the client.

My name’s Kate Kane, and when an eight-hundred-year-old vampire prince came to me with a case, I should have told her no. But I’ve always been a sucker for a femme fatale.

It always goes the same way. You move too fast, you get in too deep, and before you know it, someone winds up dead. Last time it was my partner. This time it could be me. Yesterday a werewolf was murdered outside the Velvet, the night-time playground of one of the most powerful vampires in England. Now half the monsters in London are at each other’s throats, and the other half are trying to get in my pants. The Witch Queen will protect her own, the wolves are out for vengeance, and the vampires are out for, y’know, blood.

I’ve got a killer on the loose, a war on the horizon, and a scotch on the rocks. It’s going to be an interesting day.

There were some definite Britishisms in this book, which threw me a little bit (American here), but once I got into the flow I really enjoyed the world of Kate Kane. It took me back to the early days of Anita Blake, before the erotica happened, back when it was a female protagonist kicking ass and taking names.

Kate Kane is a PI that has suffered the loss of relationships and people she loved, yet she’s moving on with her life. She’s a tough person that’s not going to let the world get her down. Except she’s been asked to investigate a murder by the Prince of Cups, Julian Saint-Germain, a sexy vampire that seems to want to get into her pants. And Julian is a woman that’s really hard to resist.

The writing style is modern. There’s no vampires wandering around wondering what a light bulb is or befuddled about motorized vehicles. There’s lots of attractive ladies, dead bodies, and Kate Kane, who’s looking to make enough money to pay her bills and keep her business going.

It’s a fun and fast read that takes place in an interesting world I wouldn’t mind exploring more of.

Main Cast:
Katharine “Kate” Kane
Prince of Cups, Julian Saint-Germain
Tara Vane-Tempest
Prince of Swords, Aeglica Thrice-Risen
Patrick Knight

On-screen sex: yes, but mostly fade-to-black
Heat level: kissing, petting, oral
Rating: 4.5

Dracula on NBC

RE TV SHOW: Dracula [drama, horror]

Dracula on NBCTitle: Dracula
Created by: Cole Haddon
Starring: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jessica De Gouw, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Victoria Smurfit, Thomas Kretschmann, Katie McGrath, Robert Bathurst, Miklós Bányai
Network: NBC
Airs: Friday nights on NBC

Synopsis borrowed from IMDB: Series introduces Dracula as he arrives in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who maintains that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. In reality, he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier. There’s only one circumstance that can potentially thwart his plan: Dracula falls hopelessly in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.

I wasn’t interested in this show at first, as I’d caught part of episode 2 and it was too hard to figure out what was going on. Then episode 4 was airing after Grimm, and I got curious. So I went on Hulu and caught myself up from the first episode and…

This show is amazing.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers is a Dracula that was captured by the Order of Drago, locked in a coffin, and entombed. He is awakened centuries later and given the chance to enact his revenge against those that killed his wife, tortured and beat him, and have been hunting his kind with impunity.

Taking on the identity of Alexander Grayson, an American entrepreneur that’s come to London to introduce a science that will replace the need for oil and destroy the finances of his enemies, he is sexy, heartless, and cruel.

During his introduction to Society, he meets the reincarnation of his dead wife Ilona, who is known as Mina Murray and is a medical student desperate to prove that a woman can be a doctor. She is accompanied by her handsome beau, the journalist Jonathan Harker, and her friend Lucy Westenra.

Lucy, played by Katie McGrath, is a rich society girl with a secret love for her best friend. It’s heartbreaking to watch her moon after Mina, and have her affections ignored by the oblivious Mina.
Lucy and Mina from Dracula

Victoria Smurfit plays Lady Jayne Wetherby, a trendsetting woman with a secret. (Psst, it’s not the push up corsets. It’s the bad assery.)

There’s action, adventure, vampires sucking the blood out of their victims, and Dracula re-imaged. The costumes and settings are amazing, and if you’re a horror fan not watching this show, you should cry yourself to sleep at night because you’re missing out.

This is a great show.

Watch current episodes of Dracula online at Hulu.

Here’s a trailer for the show. The annotations are annoying, so I shut them off when I watched it. Otherwise, this is a cool trailer.

Keller #1, by Trevor Luckman

Title: Keller #1
Writer: Trevor Luckman
Penciler/Inker: Ryan Gutierrez
Colorist: Ashley Christensen
Letter: Fred C. Stresing

Summary: Martin Keller a 700 year old vampire has to deal with his new life after he undergoes a procedure that makes him human. Keller is now hunted by a group of vampires determined to kill him for betraying his race. As a civil war among vampires rages, he must protect himself and his friends without his supernatural abilities. Continue reading