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NEW and EXCLUSIVE! Hollows Short Story – Trouble on Reserve

Hi Hollows fans! Ms. Harrison certainly surprised us today (or yesterday for those of us in the know) with the new Hollows short, Trouble on Reserve. The good news? IT’S NEW HOLLOWS MATERIAL!! The bad? It’s only available to iPad, iPod Touch (with the later iOS), and iPhone users who download the Sony Reader App.

While I am typing this blog from my beloved MacBook Pro, I happen to be a Droid girl with an outdated iPod touch *Le Sigh*.  But knowing me, that certainly wasn’t going to get in my way.  Thanks to a WONDERFUL coworker, I was able to read the story on her iPhone.  It. Is. FABULOUS! Our favorite elf and demon witch team up once again with a wonderful twist.  While great, I noticed  a few significant spoilers from Ever After, so beware!

 


Book Release day! Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond – A little bit of old, a little bit of new

Just a friendly reminder to you guys that Into the Woods was released today! Below is my review that was previously posted. While the anthology was awesome and I loved Trent’s short story, Million Dollar Baby, I have to say that I liked the bonus chapter from A Perfect Blood even better.

Review

Into the Woods by Kim Harrison, Rachel Morgan, Trent Kalamack, JenksEven being the Hollows snob that I am, I admit a couple of stories have slipped through the cracks for me over the years. That’s why I was quite pleased to hear that the stories would finally be included in an anthology! I’ll be honest and say that when I opened it I immediately skipped to “Million Dollar Baby”, the story centering on Trent and Jenks’s elf quest in Pale Demon, and it didn’t disappoint! Everything else for me was a bonus, but it was all worthwhile.  Here’s a breakdown of the stories and my general feelings:

“Million Dollar Baby”– this was easily the premiere story for this publication.  It was essentially priceless getting into Trent’s head and learning quite a few things that we never knew before.  It makes him so much more “human” this way. Trent and Rachel fans eager for anything to support development of these two may be disappointed a smidgen (though not entirely), but I think it’s important to remember when this story took place and what it’s about.  While I loved reading about Trent, I admit that I missed Rachel. I’m really attached to the itchy witch and they play off one another so well.  No worries though because the bromance that blooms between Trent and Jenks is plenty entertaining.  We see why pixies and elves get along so well.  Overall, I thought this was a well done story and I wish we could get more stories from Trent, though I know that won’t be happening much.

As for the reprinted Hollows short stories:

“The Bespelled” – a short story focusing on Al and how he ensnared Ceri of 1,000 years ago.  I always enjoyed this read. But it has Al so that makes it pretty easy…

“Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel”– a Robbie/Rachel/Pierce novella going back in time to when Rachel was 18 and struggling with her decision to join the I.S. This story was new to me. I was not the biggest fan of Pierce in the main novels, but I must admit that he is a little better here.

“Undead in The Garden of Good and Evil”– a novella focusing on Ivy in her earlier I.S. days.  Another entertaining novel with excellent doses of Kisten.  If you thought he and Rachel were hott together, you should read this to see vamp on vamp action. I read this some time ago, but I forgot how hott he and Ivy can be together.

“Dirty Magic”- short story about Mia, the banshee from Book 7.  While not my favorite I found it interesting to read about her and her complex thought processes.

“The Bridges of Eden Park”– a Kisten and Rachel short that no doubt makes you miss him all over again.

“Ley Line Drifter” – a novella focusing on Bis and Jenks. It introduces the character Daryl who we meet again in the later Hollows novels.  I will say it’s sort of weird to read A Perfect Blood and then go back to reading this.  My favorite parts were the moments between Jenks and Matalina since we never get to see that first hand.

Stories beyond The Hollows:

“Pet Shop Boys” – I admit that every time I see this title I just want to sing “West End Girls”.  Though I promise that the story is completely unrelated. It’s actually about vampires, but they are completely different from our Hollows vamps.  I think she could have had something going, but The Hollows vamps are better and more developed, not surprisingly.  They have an unfair advantage of having novel after novel of development. I would like to see this become a full novel or two to even the playing field. This was my favorite entry of the non-Hollows stories.

“Temson Estates” and “Spider Web”-a short story and novella focusing on dryads. I don’t think they are my favorite supernatural creature, but I would have liked to have seen a little more regarding the Spider Web story.

“Grace” – novella introducing new powers relating to people who hold special energy capable of destroying electronics. Their powers can be intense enough that, if left unharnessed, they can be a danger to society. This one is more borderline Urban Fantasy to me. It could be categorized as something else.

Overall, I enjoyed this book but normally I don’t enjoy anthologies very much simply because I prefer to read a whole novel as opposed to several novellas (just a personal preference). I found myself putting the book down more often for this reason, but I was definitely engaged enough to read the old stuff all over again along with the new stuff.

I follow Kim Harrison’s work more closely under the Rachel Morgan series than anything else, but the non-Hollows stories give the reader a taste of her skills as an author. It’s a good way to test yourself as a fan, determining whether you plan to follow Rachel Morgan or Kim Harrison in general.  The beginnings of the stories were sometimes a little hard to get into because I didn’t always want to switch gears from story to story, especially going from Rachel Morgan to something totally different.  But if you stay the course, each read is quite rewarding and interesting, even with such a short window of opportunity to tell the story.  I see myself following Harrison throughout The Hollows and beyond.


A Perfect Blood Paperback is out! And OH-EM-GEEE!!

“When this is over, can I fix that?”

My fingers, he realized, shivering when she brushed his palm.  She’s talking about fixing my fingers.  “If you like,” he said with a false calm, then pulled away, stifling a spun-sugar feeling as her hand slipped from his.  It’s the adrenaline, he thought, not meeting her eyes.

Yeah, that. just. happened. Now READ!!

EDIT:  I got it for my kindle, but those who already have the book and don’t want to purchase it again can read the whole thing in the browse feature on B&N. It’s free and all you have to do is click the first “Teaser Chapter” link:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/sample/read/9780061957901

Thanks to our very own VirginiaHouston for bringing this link to my attention.  The Harper Browse doesn’t offer it at this time.

As you may or may not know, the mass market paperback was released this Tuesday and Kim added a special bonus which included a change of POV from a previous chapter. She decided to use Trent’s POV for the office scene where (spoiler ahead)……………Rachel takes off the demon bracelet that he put on her in Pale Demon. I just read the excerpt and well…

I’m about to go on a Goodreads quoting spree. Who wants to join me?!

It’s been a pretty good week for me. I scored front row tickets to the Madonna concert this past Sunday (I’d never been to one of her shows before), and now I read this MIND BLOWING excerpt from this book! Honestly, I’m speechless.  If you want to read it yourself (and believe me, you’ll want to), you could stop by your local bookstore and read the MMP, you could buy the ebook like I did. I like having ebook and hardcovers for this series, so I purposely held out for the ebook until now.  Kim NEVER goes for the jugular like that. She’s usually way more subtle.  That last paragraph was just… As I said, I’m speechless right now and that NEVER happens with The Hollows.


HOLLOWS ALERT!!! Excerpt of Ever After (Book 11) is here!

If you guys purchase (now for 99 cents though before it was free) the Pet Shop Boys short story, it includes the first excerpt of EVER AFTER! See, I love you guys so much I told you before reading it myself 😛 *now rushes off to read*

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Edit: I just finished the excerpt. Bah! There’s NEVER enough Hollows! And I honestly was thinking about Carew towers recently so it’s right on time that Kim brings it up again.


Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond – A little bit of old, a little bit of new

Into the Woods by Kim Harrison, Rachel Morgan, Trent Kalamack, JenksEven being the Hollows snob that I am, I admit a couple of stories have slipped through the cracks for me over the years. That’s why I was quite pleased to hear that the stories would finally be included in an anthology! I’ll be honest and say that when I opened it I immediately skipped to “Million Dollar Baby”, the story centering on Trent and Jenks’s elf quest in Pale Demon, and it didn’t disappoint! Everything else for me was a bonus, but it was all worthwhile.  Here’s a breakdown of the stories and my general feelings:

“Million Dollar Baby”– this was easily the premiere story for this publication.  It was essentially priceless getting into Trent’s head and learning quite a few things that we never knew before.  It makes him so much more “human” this way. Trent and Rachel fans eager for anything to support development of these two may be disappointed a smidgen (though not entirely), but I think it’s important to remember when this story took place and what it’s about.  While I loved reading about Trent, I admit that I missed Rachel. I’m really attached to the itchy witch and they play off one another so well.  No worries though because the bromance that blooms between Trent and Jenks is plenty entertaining.  We see why pixies and elves get along so well.  Overall, I thought this was a well done story and I wish we could get more stories from Trent, though I know that won’t be happening much.

As for the reprinted Hollows short stories:

“The Bespelled” – a short story focusing on Al and how he ensnared Ceri of 1,000 years ago.  I always enjoyed this read. But it has Al so that makes it pretty easy…

“Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel”– a Robbie/Rachel/Pierce novella going back in time to when Rachel was 18 and struggling with her decision to join the I.S. This story was new to me. I was not the biggest fan of Pierce in the main novels, but I must admit that he is a little better here.

“Undead in The Garden of Good and Evil”– a novella focusing on Ivy in her earlier I.S. days.  Another entertaining novel with excellent doses of Kisten.  If you thought he and Rachel were hott together, you should read this to see vamp on vamp action. I read this some time ago, but I forgot how hott he and Ivy can be together.

“Dirty Magic”- short story about Mia, the banshee from Book 7.  While not my favorite I found it interesting to read about her and her complex thought processes.

“The Bridges of Eden Park”– a Kisten and Rachel short that no doubt makes you miss him all over again.

“Ley Line Drifter” – a novella focusing on Bis and Jenks. It introduces the character Daryl who we meet again in the later Hollows novels.  I will say it’s sort of weird to read A Perfect Blood and then go back to reading this.  My favorite parts were the moments between Jenks and Matalina since we never get to see that first hand.

Stories beyond The Hollows:

“Pet Shop Boys” – I admit that every time I see this title I just want to sing “West End Girls”.  Though I promise that the story is completely unrelated. It’s actually about vampires, but they are completely different from our Hollows vamps.  I think she could have had something going, but The Hollows vamps are better and more developed, not surprisingly.  They have an unfair advantage of having novel after novel of development. I would like to see this become a full novel or two to even the playing field. This was my favorite entry of the non-Hollows stories.

“Temson Estates” and “Spider Web”-a short story and novella focusing on dryads. I don’t think they are my favorite supernatural creature, but I would have liked to have seen a little more regarding the Spider Web story.

“Grace” – novella introducing new powers relating to people who hold special energy capable of destroying electronics. Their powers can be intense enough that, if left unharnessed, they can be a danger to society. This one is more borderline Urban Fantasy to me. It could be categorized as something else.

Overall, I enjoyed this book but normally I don’t enjoy anthologies very much simply because I prefer to read a whole novel as opposed to several novellas (just a personal preference). I found myself putting the book down more often for this reason, but I was definitely engaged enough to read the old stuff all over again along with the new stuff.

I follow Kim Harrison’s work more closely under the Rachel Morgan series than anything else, but the non-Hollows stories give the reader a taste of her skills as an author. It’s a good way to test yourself as a fan, determining whether you plan to follow Rachel Morgan or Kim Harrison in general.  The beginnings of the stories were sometimes a little hard to get into because I didn’t always want to switch gears from story to story, especially going from Rachel Morgan to something totally different.  But if you stay the course, each read is quite rewarding and interesting, even with such a short window of opportunity to tell the story.  I see myself following Harrison throughout The Hollows and beyond.


Into the Woods (The Hollows Anthology) Excerpt is Available

Into the Woods by Kim Harrison, Rachel Morgan, Trent Kalamack, JenksI gotta say I’m loving all of the new Hollows updates these days.  While the pull of the upcoming anthology’s release has motivated me to finally finish the ARC of this novel (I’ve had it since June, I’m a terrible Hollows snob, I know), I figured you guys would love to get a taste of the premiere story, Million Dollar Baby, that showcases what happens during Pale Demon as Trent and Jenks go on their bromance-filled quest.  To read it, just click here.

I’m finishing up the whole thing myself (I’m about 70% done now, made good progress today), but I made sure to read Million Dollar Baby the second I got my paws on it.  Priorities are priorities.  Either way, I can guarantee Hollows fans are in for a rare treat and some pretty interesting insights.

So, how are you liking the excerpt so far?


Cover Reveal – Ever After (The Hollows #11) by Kim Harrison

Can’t really find a larger graphic quite yet, but there it is! It reminds me a bit of the cover for The Outlaw Demon Wails (the last Ever After focused novel).  This one is cool, but I think I like the previous one better because it seemed a little more mysterious. And if you want a synopsis:

The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels the human world, is shrinking. If it disappears completely, so does all magic. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to avert catastrophe and keep life from changing… for the worse.

While saving the world is important, it isn’t Rachel’s only motivation. There’s also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, setting off a chain reaction of unfortunate events. That little mistake has made her life forfeit unless she can fix it. It’s also made her more than a few enemies, including the most powerful demon in the ever after—a terrifying entity who eats souls and now has an insatiable appetite for her. He’s already kidnapped her friend and goddaughter to lure her out, and if Rachel doesn’t give herself up soon, they’ll die.

But Rachel has more than a few impressive and frighening skillls of her own, and she isn’t going to hand over her soul and her life without one hell of a fight. She’s also got a surpise: elven tycoon Trent Kalamack. With this unlikely ally beside her—a prospect both thrilling and unnerving—she’s going to return to the ever after, kick some demon butt, rescue her loved ones… and prevent an apocalypse before it’s too late. Or, at least that’s the plan…

I want it now! I want it now! I WANT IT NOOOOOOW!!!

So who do you suspect gets kidnapped? Ceri and Rae or Lucy? Maybe it’s Quinn this time? I am SO curious. I know I’m not the only one super relieved that the novel is out one month early this time! I guess it’s time to update my side panel! Maybe I’ll hold out…at least until I hopefully get my paws on an arc.


No Jenks for The Hollows CW adaptation?

http://kimharrison.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/so-i-wrote-a-little-fan-fic-this-morning/

Kim Harrison posted her own little piece of fan fic this morning with a bit of a cryptic message for those of you with your brains turned on.  It looks like there’s a big chance there won’t be a Jenks. I can’t say I’m surprised since this is a new show;  if you look up the definition of “cheap” you’d see the CW logo, but it’s still pretty disappointing.

I will watch this anyway to support Kim and The Hollows.  She is just as good, if not better than the handful of authors that have made it big. I know The Hollows is my Urban Fantasy drug of choice compared to Twilight and The Vampire Diaries for sure, and we all know how big they are.  But it’s just really hard not to imagine the Hollows without our staple foul-mouthed, but loyal-as-all-getout pixy.  What are your thoughts?

Update from Cheri:

Okay folks, Erika asked me to post this update.
I tooled around all the comments on FB and on wordpress. That’s over 300 comments, lol, anyway, Kim’s hubby Guy made a comment with hints as to what Kim meant on her fanfic. I took the hints, ran with it and came to the conclusion that the deal with the CW on the Hollows show is over. In other words it sank. She was disappointed of course, her rabid fans- not so much. She was describing what the writers were going to change from the series. First, Kisten would have been a witch and still dating Ivy. No Jenks whatsoever. Trent a crazed Rachel stalker and you can see what this would have done to the fans! Needless to say we are all sad for Kim and Guy and what this would have meant for them in financial gains not to mention a much wider future fan base. Would we have been supportive of her book-based show? Of course. Maybe sometime in the future someone with a better brain than the producers/writers with the CW will come along and make this great for the Harrison’s!

My thoughts: I just don’t get why they can’t do it how it is in the books. They have clear guidelines that keep them from needing to think too much. Even if they took out or modified Jenks’ character, what is wrong with what we already have? I just don’t get it…


ATTENTION HOLLOWS FANS! So I’ve got some good news and I’ve got some GREAT news!

For those of you who follow Ms. Harrison’s blog this may not be a surprise. But for those who don’t, we are getting Ever-After (Book 11) ONE MONTH EARLIER!  I for one am SUPER excited about that!

Next up, I saw The Avengers this weekend (and I know I’m not alone since it grossed a record-breaking $207 million in 3 days). And I don’t know about anybody else, but I think a blond Chris Evans would make a damn fine Trent Kalamack!

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I saw Captain America last year as well, but it didn’t hit me until I saw this film.  Anyway, if you haven’t seen The Avengers yet, GO SEE IT! IT’S AWESOME!

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Which piece of news was good and which one is great? I’ll leave that to you to figure out. 😛


The Hollows makes me bipolar, and tsk tsk Linda Larsson!!

the hollows screencap, book 12, book 13, rachel morgan, kim harrison HEA

So while I’d been whining a little bit a few days ago about The Hollows getting a 13th book, my biggest harp was that I thought it’d mean we had to wait yet another year for Rachel’s HEA.  But if we still get it in 12 and 13 is a bonus, then I’ll take it! Though Kim could change her mind, if she sticks to this then I’m totally on board now :-D.  She also confirmed for me that book 12 won’t be a cliffhanger so that’s another plus!

But yeah, Linda, being a resident Your Urban Fantasy follower (yes, I’m calling you out, missy) didn’t shout this info from the rooftops!  Our other fellow follower, Diva, actually showed it to me. Still, thank you both, Linda for asking the question and Diva for sharing the answer!


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