Archive for the 'Books' Category

May 1st, 2011

Sunday Smashwords Shout-out

So many books…
Here are just a few books that caught our attention as we trolled through the website looking at all the newly published works. We haven’t read them yet, but we plan to.
Kevin J. Anderson’s Dark Labyrinth #1–Four dark horror tales for $2.99. You’ll find a little bit of everything in this collection, including [...]

May 1st, 2011

Sherlock Holmes before he was famous

Sherlock Holmes as a teenager; his brother Mycroft called home to talk him out of his new hobbies…
Victorian adventure ensues in Steve Poling’s new book The Aristotelian (with cover by our own Joanne Renaud).  AvaiLable for 99 cents at, the book is the first in a planned series.
Steve Poling stopped by Dark Valentine to [...]

April 18th, 2011

Signal Boost

Vera Nazarian, author and publisher at Norilana Books, is losing her home to foreclosure after a protracted battle with her bank. She’s pulling up stakes and moving to Vermont, and hopes that lovers of genre fiction might be tempted to purchase a few items from her catalog to help her with this dramatic transition. You [...]

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April 12th, 2011

“Justified” promotion just for us!

Author Kali Amanda Browne is offering Dark Valentine readers the opportunity to snag a copy of her new book Justified two days before it’s available to the general reading public. Browne describes her novel as a “literary ménage à trois of crime story, noir, and biting satire.”
It all begins with a disgruntled civil servant and [...]

April 10th, 2011

Snashwords Sunday

It’s Sunday, so Dark Valentine is surfing through Smashwords to see what’s new and let you know what’s caught our attention.  We haven’t read these books, mind you, we’re just letting you know what we thought looked interesting and what we’ve put on our TBR pile.  If you’ve read any of these books (or if [...]

April 9th, 2011

Heather Faville reviews Nigel Bird

By Nigel Bird
Reviewed by Heather Faville
Dirty Old Town by Nigel Bird is a dark and gritty collection of nine brilliant tales of darkness. Each individual story is full of spirit and darkness with a crime noir feel and introduces us to a slice of life not seen by many, whether because very few [...]

April 3rd, 2011

What’s it all about?

Hard as it is to believe, Dark Valentine does not just read fiction.  This new book by the author of Chaos is on our TBR list.
The Information, a new book by James Gleick, is a history of the concept of information.
There’s a mini-review of the book here, and it was intriguing enough for us to [...]

February 25th, 2011

Read the Books, then watch…

the miniseries.  If you haven’t already discovered the darkly fantastic medieval Game of Thrones series by George R. R.  Martin, there’s still plenty of time to get caught up before HBO’s series airs in April.  The series is actually called The Song of Ice and Fire, but most people know Thrones best.  (It’s the first [...]

February 22nd, 2011

It’s Raining Men!

Marian Allen reviews Crystal Rain by Tobias Buckell:
I have a new boyfriend. Not Tobias Buckell. The guy I’m talking about is named Pepper, and he’s an enhanced human. Okay, get your minds out of the gutter; I mean he can move fast and kill people with his bare hands and run like the [...]

February 10th, 2011

Right-Hand Magic

We’re always happy to see a new Urban Fantasy series launch and this one, set in Golgotham, a supernatural ghetto in New York City looks particularly interesting.
Nancy Collins created the Sonja Blue vampire hunter series (the first is Sunglasses After Dark), and also the three-book  Vamps series.  Right-Hand Magic is just the first story about [...]