Thursday, October 09, 2008

LadyVampire's Halloween Giveaway Day 4


Contest Day Four

I am so enjoying reading everyone's comments! Thank you all for joining me this week for my very first contest ever. And since I am a beginner at this, I hope you'll excuse me if I am a little late posting on here, like today. Or if I haven't listed all the prizes I'm giving out, which I haven't. But trust me when I say I am working on the prizes. I've pulled out more books and bookmarks, etc to give out. All of the prizes winners will be drawn on Sunday and listed on here by Monday so remember to come on back and check for your name. But on to the contest...

Day four and I find myself thinking about shape shifters here. We talked about werewolves in yesterdays post but there are now so many other species in books today.

Laurell K Hamilton is one of the pioneering authors who I believe helped pave the way to shape shifters that were other than the wolf kind. In fact she even had one character in her book who turned out to be a pan-were and could shape shift into many different animals. One of the oddest being the reptile shifter. But then again there was also another odd species of reptile shifter in one of the C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp books. Care to guess what it was?.............. A Komodo Dragon! A first for me in a book but a very cool idea in my opinion. And other authors have done their own take on shifters. Like Lora Leigh who came out with a Feline and Coyote Breeds series. Or Kathryne Kennedy who wrote a book with the first lion shifter I’ve read about. And Sherrilyn Kenyon had a Liger (Lion/Tiger) in one of her books.

So now I’m asking you. Do you have a favorite shape shifter species? Or a favorite series dedicated to them? Any species that has not been in a book that you would like to see?

Please feel free to comment to this post until October 11th when the contest closes. One entry per person per day per post. And please feel free to go back and comment to all the prior contest posts as well. This contest is limited to US citizens only although everyone is invited to comment.

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Blogger Ruth Schaller said...

You know I did a review for Paranormal Romance that involved another shapeshifter, it was a were-lion. It was called Blind Love and it was for the author! That one was really good!

10/09/2008 12:58 PM  
Anonymous MaggieS said...

Kathryne Kennedy's secund book Double Enchantment has a were-stallion as the hero.:}

10/09/2008 1:50 PM  
Blogger davesmsperfect said...

I like Rachel Vincent a lot. I'm also starting Carrie Vaughn's Kitty series.

10/09/2008 2:56 PM  
Blogger Serena said...

I just finished Any Given Doomsday, which I didn't like very much, but one of the main characters, Sawyer, shapeshifted into a number of animals by touching his animal tattoos. Sawyer had tattoos of a rattle snake, a shark, a wolf, and others. I thought a snake would be interesting and a shark would be great to see. I wonder if Lori Handeland plans to extrapolate on Sawyer's character and his shapeshifting in the series.

10/09/2008 3:16 PM  
Blogger tetewa said...

I agree that Sherrilyn Kenyon has many reads that include shape shifters!

10/09/2008 4:01 PM  
Blogger blueviolet said...

I can't remember which author it was, Anita something..., but there were wererats in the story. That was pretty cool.
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10/09/2008 5:06 PM  
Blogger April said...

I can't actually think of anything that I have read or seen about shapeshifters, but now I am going to go in search, lol!

10/09/2008 5:27 PM  
Blogger Mistress Meeyee said...

A hedgehog would be my fav. Have they done anything with hedgehogs yet???

10/09/2008 6:19 PM  
Blogger mari said...

The only shapeshifter/s I can think of right now is Jacob and his pack in the Twilight series. And Sawyer in Any Given Doomsday. I don't think I have read any other books that really focus on shapeshifters. I wasn't really a fan of Sawyer but I did like Jacob. :)

10/09/2008 6:59 PM  
Blogger Ruby (Mouth) said...

I just love Deborah Cooke's Kiss of Fate, Fury, and Fire series. I just love her charcters. They are Were-dragons. Such good books!!!


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10/09/2008 7:32 PM  
Blogger Raonaid Luckwell said...

Who doesn't love Sherrilyn Kenyon's Arcadians and Kyatagara (ugh I know I horribly misspelled). I especially like the Peltiers (Dev is my ultimate favorite, gotta love that bear!

Deborah Cooke and Allyson James have series about were-dragons. Since I have a big thing about dragons, this has fast became my favorite weres. There is just not enough were-dragon books.

Oh! There was a were-dragon in Joy Nash, Jennifer Ashley, andRobin Popp's Immortal series. I just remember the were-dragon and were-wolf hooking up in the first book!

10/10/2008 12:07 AM  
Blogger LadyVampire2u said...

Ruth, was it by that same author, Kathryne Kennedy? I definitely will check that one out. Thanks for the recommendation!

Maggies, Double Enchantment is on my wish list here but I havent read it yet. I loved Kennedy's first book though so I'm looking forward to getting this one.

Davesmsperfect, I havent read Rachel Vincent. But I've read almost all of Carrie Vaughn's series and enjoyed those.

Serena, I thought Sawyer tattoos were cool too. As for learning more about him, we definitely will. I read the excerpt for book two of this series and it starts with Sawyer's mother turning up.

Tetewa, I agree with you. Kenyon has a lot of cool shape shifters in her series.

BlueViolet, Your thinking of the Anita Blake series by Laurell K Hamilton. While rats are not my ideal shifting form, would be interesting to see a real wererat.

April, Those pesky shape shifters are around, you just have to find the books.

Mistress, I don't think they have done a hedgehog shape shifter in a book yet. Would be neat to see an author take up the challenge.

Mari, I'll have to read Twilight and get back to you on Jacob. I did like Sawyer in Doomsday. He has potential if he can let go of those feelings, express himself better and be less mysterious.

Ruby, I've never read any of Deborah Cooke's books so you've just given me a series to start looking for here. Thanks for the recommendation.

Raonaid, Another Deborak Cooke fan huh? And I do have an Allyson James book around here somewhere. I should dig that out and read it. And I also happen to know that Tielle St. Clare has dragons in her books. As for the Immortal series by Joy Nash, Jennifer Ashley and Robin Popp. I have there first 4 books for this series. The rest I am working on getting.

10/10/2008 4:58 AM  
Blogger Ruth Schaller said...

Actually Blind Love was by Tamelia Tumlin through Changling Press. It was a fairly short ebook but it was still pretty good.

10/10/2008 6:51 AM  
Blogger Mandy said...

I liked Sherrilyn Kenyon's books, especially the one with Wren.

10/10/2008 7:01 AM  
Blogger danie88 said...

i have to agree with mari on this one the only shapeshifters I can think of right now is Jacob and his pack in the Twilight series... but I plan on reading "any given doomsday" and other shapeshifter books soon! (I have a few on my shelf I haven't read yet)

10/10/2008 2:17 PM  
Blogger Raonaid Luckwell said...

LadyVampire - Awesome! Yeah, Cooke really impressed me with her Dragonforge books.

As far as I know there is so far two Allyson James Dragon book: Dragon Heat and The Black dragon. Book three is suppose to come out sometime.

I "believe" I have some of Tielle St. Claire in ebook format. I have so many ebooks (and tend to buy more as I go along), they tend to accumulate just like my paperbacks do. I'll have to bump her up on my head.

The 5 and 6th book just came out. Ashley's last month and Nash's this month. Then Popp's is next month, then the anthology.

10/10/2008 6:30 PM  
Blogger darbyscloset said...

No, I currently do not have a favorite shape shifter, yet I ave to say I am enoying your posts!!!
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10/10/2008 7:52 PM  
Blogger Jackie B. said...

I do not believe I have ever read a book with a shape shifter. If I do get my wish and ever read the Twilight series, it should fulfill that need though. I guess you can say I am a shape shifting virgin! HA!

10/11/2008 1:53 AM  
Blogger Pam P said...

I'll read any shifters, but tend to favor the felines (sleek and sexily powerful) and dragons (arrogantly sexy, lol).

Shelly Laurenston writing as GA Aiken now has her feisty and fun dragon series being reissued. Deborah Cooke's I now have in the TBR pile.

My favorite series, Nalini Singh's Psy series has cat shifters, wolves, too.

10/11/2008 3:41 AM  
Blogger Crystal Adkins said...

This is not my favorite as Christine Feehan's Shifters Rock, but I just read a book by Desiree Lee and she has werescorpions and werespiders, it was actually really cool!
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10/11/2008 8:09 AM  
Blogger LadyVampire2u said...

Ruth, thanks for sharing the author name for the book. I do read ebooks now and then so I'll definitely check it out.

Mandy, Yep, Wren it is. Your know your Kenyon characters!

Danie88, I definitely recommend Any Given Doomsday. Its a fast paced book with a different take plot-wise and with the characters. I finished the book in one day since I couldnt put it down.

Raonaid, AHa! A fellow ebook reader! I have a lot of ebooks too. I'm trying to clear my real book shelves here at the house though before I really start in on the ebooks. But you know, some great authors aren't in print yet so ebooks are the only way to read their stories. Dakota Cassidy hooked me that way. I read her ebook The Wanna-Be Witch and was an instant fan.

Darby, Thanks for the compliment. This year is the first year I've been really serious about blogging and reviewing books so that means a lot to me.

Jackie, no shape shifters at all? I'm sorry to hear that. But I'm sure you'll get Twilight soon. And hopefully you'll find many more books to read that have a hidden surprise paranormal or two.

Pam, I have some Shelly Laurenston books I should dig out and read here. And as for Nalini Singh, I love her books too. I forgot to put her name up in my post but she's a favorite of mine too. A very sweet lady in person too.

Crystal, This is the first I've heard of Desiree Lee so I'll have to check her books out. Thanks for the recommendation! I love finding new authors to read.

10/11/2008 1:57 PM  
Blogger TerriRainer said...

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris comes to mind (True Blood the HBO series is based on her book), there is a shape shifter, but won't spoil it if you haven't read the book and like the series!

Nina Bangs comes to mind again. She has so many books with characters that shift!

:) Terri

10/11/2008 8:26 PM  
Blogger Raonaid Luckwell said...

LadyVampire - Yup! Ever since the hubby said we needed an ereader (I kid you not), I've been really bad with ebooks.

I love my Sonyereader but I wish the font with PDF were larger, more readable. Coonverting them from pdf to rtf (which has the font I can read) is nightmares.

10/11/2008 8:46 PM  
Blogger LadyVampire2u said...

TerriRainer, Actually, I've read every Vampire Mystery book by Charlaine Harris so I definitely know what your talking about and to who your refering. Fab series. And I like Charlaine's Grave series too even if its minus the vamps and shifters.

Raonaid, I don't have an ereader of any kind here so I read all ebooks from the computer. A desktop too, not a laptop. Its fustrating to be stuck in front of a monitor in one room like that sometimes but I'm a book-a-holic and I suffer for my addiction at times.

10/12/2008 3:44 AM  

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