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Kresley Cole Is Back!

The Immortals After Dark series at Amazon

In the summer of 2019, Kresley Cole went silent on the interwebs. These days that likely means death, right? Highly anticipated new book release dates came and went. These dates were changed to generalities like Summer 2020, and those came and went. No clues were given, and we still don’t know what happened. But she’s back! Kresley sent a newsletter out giving “proof of life” and followed that with a specific release date for “Munro” of January 15, 2022.

Do you know who Kresley Cole is and why you should care?

“Munro” is #19 in the Immortals After Dark series, #17 in the main series as there are 2 Dacian novels—a parallel series. These are among my favorite books ever written!

Kresley Cole has crafted a paranormal world called the “Lore” that is far and beyond the best I have ever seen. Forget everything you thought you knew about vampires, werewolves, witches, gods, demons, and so on. It’s all wrong anyway, just PR those among the Lore want you to believe.

Here you will find the truth!

By that, I mean you will find details, explanations, and histories that are so good you can easily suspend your disbelief. Fly through these fast-paced stories going, “Uh huh”, “Yeah”, “I follow”, “That makes total sense”, “I remember this”, and “This is so cool!”

I don’t read series that haven’t been completely published. I’m spoiled by technology. I binge-watch and binge-read. I want the entire story available before I begin it. This series isn’t finished, but I can read it. I’m not left with cliffhanger questions. Each story is intertwined with the others, but they can all be read as standalones! Major characters see very minor characters doing things in Book 2 that make little sense. In Book 12, that minor character is now major, and we see that scene from Book 2 as an important part of a bigger picture. This means a detailed outline of Book 12 had to exist when Book 2 was written. That is craft!

Or it’s all true.

Some of this is set in New Orleans. I live near there, hence the “NOLA” in my web address. And I have seen some very spooky things around here!

Now this series is dark romance, but that’s true only part of the way through each book. We always get a HEA. It contains nonconsensual sexual scenes, so it isn’t for those with trigger issues. There is unwanted touching, confinement, and bullying, but no actual rape. If these things don’t bother you, then you are blessed because these books are awesome. Part of what makes the darkness, the lack of consent, palatable is that none of the characters are human. In most of the paranormal books I’ve read, the couple consists of one paranormal and one human. But here, neither are human. They are older, sometimes centuries older, so we can more easily forgive them for their archaic “lock the women up and control them” ways. Plus, those women are badasses who aren’t going to take that for too long before they rise up and prove they are that man’s equal.

The Arcana Chronicles is another series, pitched to YA/NA audiences. This is a completely separate world, but one that has also been very finely crafted. I read “Poison Princess” and “Endless Knight” years ago but stopped reading the series because each book can’t be read as a standalone. I’m glad I stopped because Kresley Cole’s disappearance delayed the last book’s arrival massively. I will be very happy when the last and 7th book, “From The Grave”, comes out in 2022 and will read the series from the beginning.

In the meantime, I’m reading the Immortals After Dark series from the start right now and will be giving reviews on each individually. I hope you take the journey with me and love it as much as I do.

We are still left of the mystery of Kresley’s disappearance. Writer’s block? Personal tragedy? I don’t think so. You see, in order for a human to be changed into a creature of the Lore, they have to die and come back to life. Maybe she’s been turned. A vampire perhaps? Being turned Lykae wouldn’t have happened this fast. A ghoul wouldn’t be able to write anymore. So yeah.

Vampire Kresley, welcome back! 😀

Congrats on the immortality. I look forward to reading new books in this series for the rest of my life.

The Immortals After Dark series at Amazon

How To Create a MOBI File

If you’ve got your novel in a Word document, you can transform it into a MOBI file at no cost following these steps:

  • Download and install Calibre
  • Click the down arrow next to Add Books
  • Choose Add Books From A Single Directory
  • Navigate to your Word document and select it
  • Click Open
  • Your book will now be shown in the list and will already be selected
  • Click Convert Books
  • Choose Input format: DOCX
  • Choose Output format: MOBI
  • It is not necessary to change any other settings here
  • Click Okay at the bottom
  • Click Save to disk
  • Navigate to your target Destination Folder
  • Click Select Folder
  • This will create a folder with the author’s last name, first name
  • With the book title as a subfolder
  • When emailing your book, it is only necessary to send the actual .MOBI file

Will You Like What I Like?

What I Like

  • Strong Female Characters! They don’t have to tote guns, being strong emotionally is more important. I do love a woman who can fight though. The woman with the hilarious comebacks who throws punches is my favorite.
  • Honorable Male Characters – even thieves have their own code of honor. If the strong woman is going to fall in love with them, they need to be worth it! They can become worth it over the course of the story, but I have to believe it.
  • Humor – even serious stories about heartbreak need a little comic relief from time to time.
  • New and interesting ideas, surprises, and twists. I’m not big on clichés. If a story has to have them, I at least want twists on them.
  • Characters with depth – multiple facets to their personalities, realistic imperfections, good characters who aren’t all good and bad characters who aren’t all bad, and good back stories.
  • Great writing – stories that flow, feel right, and keep me turning the page.
  • Plot beyond two people falling in love. I want interesting things to happen. It doesn’t have to be an epic battle. It could be a bunch of funny incidents, characters going through emotional growth, or some great secondary characters. I need spice to keep me interested.
  • Good grammar and spelling – It doesn’t matter to me who edited or proofread the book, just that it was done. If I run into multiple grammar, spelling, and word usage errors within a few pages, I will stop reading.

What Is Okay With Me

  • OTT or Instalove
  • Alpha males (dominating to some extent, jealous, possessive, etc. but NOT abusive)
  • Graphic sex scenes (as long there is a plot beyond this)
  • Dark elements (kidnapping, non-consent, etc.)
  • 1st and 3rd close past tense

What I Hate

  • Man whores and players! OMFG! They are everywhere! A novel has to be brilliant in other respects for me to get past the lead male being a man whore. I like bad boys – bullies, loners, discipline cases, bank robbers, bikers, mobsters, mercenaries, pirates, ruthless corporate types, whatever, but men/boys who have sex with anyone and treat them like expendable trash, and especially those that lie to get it, piss me off. When girls fall for these guys, I think they are stupid, and I don’t like stupid lead characters. The girl also always seems to be a virgin in these novels. Now there is a big difference to me between someone who is promiscuous and a man-whore. My definition of a “Man-whore” – a man who lies to get sex, making women think he cares about them when he doesn’t. He might not be charging money, but he makes the women pay!
  • Cheating – once a couple is together, anything more than a little kissing is unacceptable. I definitely don’t want to read a graphic sex scene with Other Man/Other Woman. The only possible exception is a novel that is about the redemption of a cheater, which brings me to:
  • Easy forgiveness – I absolutely hate it when a girl forgives a guy for cheating after they are together. Making her jealous or getting revenge should never work to get the girl! If a girl is going to forgive this, it should require a ton of groveling and time.
  • OM/OW Drama (other man / other woman) – if a major plot element is an OW/OM trying to steal one of the main characters in a romance, I probably won’t like it. If this is a small part, it will annoy me, but I can move on.
  • Glaring inconsistencies, bad timing, and unrealistic problem resolution – Novels where everything happens over the course of a few days when it logically should have taken months. The girl who was raped practically jumps in bed with the guy. The abused girl who supposedly went mute but talks up a storm an hour into the story and becomes super bubbly on day two.
  • Novels that aren’t finished in one book – sequels are great, but they should be about secondary characters or the further adventures of… I want the main plot tied up in one book. I want my most important questions answered. If a really long book needs to be broken up, then I want a warning – call it “Part 1 of 3” or something. I can’t stand it when these sneak up on me! When reading published books, I never start a trilogy until all three books are available. Occasionally I will still love a book like this that snuck up on me, but I’m pissed about it.
  • Horrible grammar, spelling, and word usage – I can’t even read things that have an error per page or more. They give me headaches. I will put a note in my review if I find more than four errors per chapter. If I find less than around thirty errors total, I will mark them along the way and send them to the author.

Other Things I Just Don’t Like

  • Love triangles
  • Slut shaming
  • Women that are stupid or gullible
  • Women with low self-esteem
  • Perfect, one-sided characters
  • Overnight changes in characters
  • Mean and/or abusive parents
  • Fated Mate Rejection
  • Wimpy damsels in distress that do nothing to save themselves
  • Cliches
  • Overall depressing reads
  • Ugly cries
  • Present tense

What I Read

My Favorite Genres

  • Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Romance without zombies
  • Paranormal Shifter Romance
  • Science Fiction Romance
  • Contemporary and Western Romance with alpha males

Genres I Also Like

  • Paranormal Non-Shifter Romance (vampires, witches, ghosts, etc)
  • Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Non-Romance without zombies (the survival after a catastrophe type)
  • New Adult Romance
  • Young Adult Romance

Genres I Will Occasionally Read

  • Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Romance with zombies, but I’m pretty tired of zombies
  • Contemporary Romance (including MC, Mob, MMA, Military, Police, Firefighter)
  • Western Romance
  • Romantic Comedy
  • Dark Romance
  • Ménage Romance

(Any of these genres can be erotic as long as there is an overall plot beyond the sex.)

What I Do NOT Read

I’m adding this in January 2020 as I’ve been getting requests for things not listed above. So don’t waste my time or yours with:

  • Anything with no romance in it. The only rare exception is post-apocalyptic without zombies as noted above.
  • Nonfiction (with the possible rare exception of hysterically funny travel stories)
  • Self-help
  • Short stories
  • Fantasy
  • Horror
  • Mystery/Suspense
  • The first, second, etc. in an ongoing series with cliffhanger endings when the last one isn’t out yet. Seriously! I don’t read even best-selling series until they are all published and a true ending is available.

All-Time Favorite Authors

  • Kresley Cole
  • Lynda Chance
  • Penelope Douglas
  • Amanda Milo
  • Karen Marie Moning

Other Favorites

  • Steffanie Holmes
  • Rochelle Paige
  • Andrew Fukuda
  • Cheryle McIntyre
  • Tijan
  • Lara Adrian
  • Scarlett Grove
  • Amanda Heath
  • Alexa Riley
  • Rachel Van Dyken
  • Tammy Falkner
  • Michelle Pillow
  • Mandy Roth
  • Suzanne Collins
  • Jay Crownover