Back when I read Evernight by the lovely and talented Claudia Gray, I was floored by how much I loved it. The world was complex and real, the plot was surprising, and the characters. Especially Balthazar.

And now, he has his own book.

For hundreds of years, the vampire Balthazar has been alone—without allies, without love.

When Balthazar agrees to help Skye Tierney, a human girl who once attended Evernight Academy, he has no idea how dangerous it will be. Skye’s newfound psychic powers have caught the attention of Redgrave, the cruel, seductive master vampire responsible for murdering Balthazar and his family four centuries ago. Now Redgrave plans to use Skye’s powers for his own evil purposes.

Balthazar will do whatever it takes to stop Redgrave and exact his long-awaited revenge against his killer. As Skye and Balthazar stand together to fight him, they grow closer—first unwillingly, then undeniably. Balthazar realizes his lonely world could finally be changed by her. . . .

In a story filled with forbidden love and dark suspense, one of the most beloved characters in Claudia Gray’s New York Times bestselling Evernight series will captivate readers with his battle to overcome his past and follow his heart.

This is a must read for every Evernight fan of course, but this is definitely a book that people who haven't read Evernight can still read.

Anyway, enough gushing...


I'm giving away an ARC of Balthazar to one lucky person!

Here's what you've have to do.

Write a story, one hundred words or fewer, using these words:


Bonus Points if your story is not actually about vampires.

Contest open internationally. It starts NOW, and runs through midnight Friday March 3rd. Post your entry in the comments section. Enter as many times as you want.

Cat Hellisen's debut novel When the Sea is Rising Red is out today.

And Allison Pang's second novel in her Abby Sinclair urban fantasy series, A Sliver of Shadow, also hits shelves today!

I have recently fallen in love. Everyone told me it was going to happen, but I didn't quite believe them.  Then last weekend, while perusing my Netflix, it happened.

I started watching Downton Abbey.

Several clients, editors, and even the Sharkly one herself, had told me about Downton (I believe Janet described it as Rambo but with words), and sure enough, after just one episode I was insanely hooked.

It's a beautifully written show. The dialogue is some of the best on TV, and the characters are all so complex and interesting.

In short, everyone should check it out. It really is amazing.

But the reason I decided to blog about it is that an editor I know and love recently sent me these videos (below). And if you are in love with Downton Abbey, like me, you must watch them.