Friday, August 28, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
There’s only one thing Vampire Queen Betsy Taylor hates more than the threat of hosting a traditional Thanksgiving dinner (after all, how traditional is her family?), and that’s trying to get through the Book of the Dead without going insane. Every time she’s tried reading it she just gets blindsided—until the devil strikes a bargain. She offers Betsy a chance to get through the cursed (literally!) thing cover to cover, and finally discover all its mysteries. There’s just one teensy little catch...
Betsy and her half-sister Laura have to go to Hell. Just long enough for Laura to finally embrace her dark heritage (after a rebellious youth of charity work and teaching Sunday School) and finally make nice with her mother, aka Satan, by picking up such skills as slicing through time and the universe with a hellfire sword. While such things might sound fun, time travel is proving to be an alarming journey for Betsy and Laura. Not only are they interacting firsthand with their own family’s past but in doing so, they’re dangerously impacting the future in ways they never anticipated.
Of course that’s what mother wanted all along. Damn her.
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Okay, Berkley does dynamite copy, that's the first thing. (I can't do it. I can't sum up a 350 page manuscript in two paragraphs that, once they're read, compel a reader to cough up a credit card.) I mean, I'm writing the darn thing...and I'm reading this copy and thinking, "Wow! I wonder how it's gonna end. I should get that book when it comes out."
Time-traveling shoe addicts and the Anti-Christ tumbling through time via portals in Hell. In other words, just another Wednesday afternoon. :-)