On the menu is a tasty selection of heroines and heroes. From sweet to sexy, these stories will seduce.
The Canberra Times' Colin Steele reviews Scary Kisses
Scary Kisses falls below the Ticonderoga high standards of Warren and Slatter, partly because the stories by fourteen authors vary in quality and partly because many, such as Canberra author Nicole Murphy's "The Anstruther Woman" need greater length to develop plot and character. Murphy's imagined closed community of Barrengarry, whose farm stock is threatened by outsize dogs, and is the backdrop for a woman's developing relationships, deserved more space in that context . Angela Slatter and L. L. Hannett with "The February Dragon" benefit from a greater length, as a young girl, a hybrid of dragon and human, struggles to find her true home in a misogynistic and brutal society. Scary Kisses' title, and a blurb that promises "paranormal romance with bite", seem at odds with the content of a number of the stories.
(Sunday Canberra Times, 30/01/11)
Because we love Scary Kisses, we think that comparing it to Dead Sea Fruit and The Girl With No Hands is like comparing apples and pears, but that could just be sour grapes on our part. Check the books out for yourself and tell us what you think.
The West Australian gives Scary Kisses, edited by Liz Grzyb, a positive review.
The stories in this compilation entrance, excite and intrigue. From reincarnation to curse breakers, from dragons to blind dates, you will find yourself shivering one minute and eagerly rereading the next. Zombies are overtaking the vampire in today's society but the undead are mixed here with traditional fable, the blood sucker and the lycanthrope. Also nice to see are references to Western Australia rather than Louisiana! Watch out for West reviewer Ian Nichols "Fade Away", which has a surprise twist at the end.
From The West Australian, Tuesday 21 December 2010, Today p. 7.
A collection of paranormal romance with bite.
On the menu is a tasty selection of heroines and heroes: time travellers, vampires, zombies, ghosts, witches, trapped spirits, dragons, wizards, monsters, even cartoons. From sweet to sexy, these stories will seduce.
The Anstruther Woman, Nicole R. Murphy
Fade Away, Ian Nichols
Bread and Circuses, Felicity Dowker
Black Widow, Shona Husk
The February Dragon, Angela Slatter and L.L. Hannett
Growing Silence, Matt Tighe
The Hidden One, Astrid Cooper
A Darker Shade of Pale, David Bofinger
The Valley, Martin Livings
Cursebreaker: the Welsh Widow and the Wandering Wooer, Kyla Ward
Heat, Donna Maree Hanson
Phaedra, Bruce Golden
Date with a Vampire, Annette Backshall
Pride and Tentacles, D C White
Cover design by Amanda Rainey
Regular Trade Edition. RRP $25 AUD. ISBN 978-0-9806288-4-5.
Scary Minds positively reviews Scary Kisses, edited by Liz Grzyb.
You can read the full review here.
Don't let the paranormal romance concept put you off Scary Kisses as there's some down and dirty dark genre writing going on between the covers and a couple of not to be missed stories that make the collection a must purchase. I had a lot of fun between the covers and am more than happy to have dived in.
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