Milennia ago a group of 8 violent aliens landed on earth and were stranded. They raped and killed their way around the planet, eating the only available food that supported their life forms, human blood. They all had strange tattoo-like dermaglyphs which could change color according to mood. Eventually they located some women who didn't die when they impregnated them. Each of these women had a birthmark shaped like a crescent moon with a teardrop above it. The first children were called Gen One. Unless killed by overwhelming injury, the Breed are immortal and their mates, with whom they bond through the sharing of blood stop aging. They have a human face, but when aroused sport fangs and strange cat like eyes.
Many breed and their mates live in special communities. Some are integrated into the outside world. A special group are Breed Warriors. They began under the banner of Lucan Thorne a Gen One during the Middle Ages and protect humanity and their own people from another facet of the Breed-human hybrid Species, the Rogue. The Rogue are not all that interested in preserving human life or humanity. They are involved in some terrible plans to find the one original Breed warrior who was not killed and create a whole new Gen One race. Gen One have a tendency to fall prey more easily than later generations to Bloodlust.
The series revolves around this conflict and around warriors locating a breed mate. They are very gripping and very, very hot. Of courser the breed mates are all gorgeous and all have a paranormal ability. In each book, it is usually the breed mate almost being killed by the bad Gen One side. But who cares; the Breed are hotter than the breed mates and together they will scorch the pages of a book or fry your e-reader. And, each book has a different plot of danger. The breed mate are all really diverse too.
I did not get an ARC of this book, Dangnabbit! I must be really interested! But, I am signed up for emails at laraadrian.com and there are excerpts that show that this book is going to be quite different and very exciting with some really emotional issues for the characters. Not so different that you wouldn't recognize it but Lara does throw twists into most of the books. So for it to be sexy the Warrior has to find a chick and they have a common enemy to battle each time. That gives of the structure of Adrian's world. I found that once I read one I had to get the rest and plowed through them.
The Literary Soundtrack
Canwin and Jennifer are two friends who share an interesting way of looking at books and associating them with music. So, like other people compelled to share what interests them they came up with a neat idea to blog about books and music. They seem to be on the same page, playing the same tune.
After blogging for seven months. They each describe the blog:
Cannwin: I have the hardest time describing the blog to my friends. I want to say it's the connection between literature and music but that is far more broad than what we have done so far. I would like to expand more upon this avenue, but time hasn't given me much chance as of yet. So how do I describe it? .... I say 'do you ever find a song that reminds you of a book? That's what we talk about.'
Jennifer: I have to agree with Cannwin. It's about the songs that remind us of books, and sometimes books that remind us of songs.
What are they hoping for the blog?
Cannwin: I love to blog and all I ever want from them is a good discussion. Making money,..., is not THE goal for me. The discussion, the amount of people who read and enjoy what I have to say, that's what I want and care about.
Jennifer: I want to have fun with it. Sometimes when you get a great idea you want to be able to share it with someone else. This is where I get to share those ideas.
Do you have a favorite post?
Cannwin: I really enjoy the Friday Wish-List Posts. As for song-book combo I don't know if I have a favorite. I have to work really hard to find songs to go to books, for me it just doesn't connect that way so when I do hear a song that triggers a book I am amazed and excited and want to go read.
Jennifer: I like the posts that are easiest to write. It sometimes seems like the harder it is to write, the worse the resulting post turns out! I do like the post I wrote about Patricia Brigg's Marrok. That one came together so easily, and I thought I was able to make my point about Bran's personality really well.
Do you have a favorite type of music? band, song?
Cannwin: I'm very fond of piano music---Jim Brickman, Jon Schmidt, Yiruma. I really love piano--- I'd actually say that more piano music reminds me of books than anything, but how do you blog about that?
Jennifer: My favorite kind of music is whatever makes me want to sing along with it - even through I can't sing! I do my best to do all my singing when I'm alone - in the car is a great place for it. My favorite group is Fisher, but I'm always looking for new music that I might like. Finding a new song to love is as exciting as finding a great new book.
What is your favorite TV Show?
Cannwin: The West Wing, hands down.
Jennifer: I don't watch much TV. The only show I make a point of watching when it airs is Eureka.
Super Quick Questions!
Chocolate or Vanilla
Cannwin: Chocolate to eat, Vanilla to smell
Jennifer: Chocolate, although there's a lot to be said for French Vanilla ice cream.
Coffee or Tea
Jennifer: Hot chocolate
Toast or Bagel
Cannwin: Bagel with Strawberry Cream Cheese
So, these two friends have managed to work together on their project and come up with something they enjoy. I know it has expanded how I think about books. I am not too musical so I never put the two things together in my head before. Check it out and say "hi" while you're there.