I'm on fire because I just got a nice message from my Ace marketing contact about a great Barnes and Noble review. This, coupled with another enthusiastic one from Lovesvampires.com, has put me in a good mood today, LOL.
Here's what they said:
Barnes and Noble
Veteran romance author and literary alchemist Chris Marie Green (The Huntress, Baited, et. al.) may have found the formula for literary gold: the perfect genre-blending saga. A sleek and sexy fusion of dark fantasy, steamy romance and hard-boiled mystery, Green's Night Rising - the first installment of her Vampire Babylon series - features protagonist Dawn "Mad Dog" Madison, a 24-year old stuntwoman who becomes entangled in an unfathomably deep supernatural-powered mystery while searching for her father, a down-and-dirty private investigator who inexplicably went missing days earlier.
The character of Madison is as serrated as she is seductive; a tough, sardonic and supremely confident woman who knows what she wants and knows how to get it. But for all her chutzpah, she is a deeply flawed individual - still struggling to come to grips with her identity as the only daughter of deceased Hollywood bombshell Eva Claremont. Once Madison becomes involved with the search for her father, however, she begins to see herself - and her abilities - in a whole new light: as a sword-wielding, gun-toting, butt-kicking instrument of unholy retribution...
The ability to seamlessly blend noir mystery, romance and dark fantasy is a surprisingly rare one: for every Laurell K. Hamilton and Kim Harrison, there dozens if not hundreds of would-be narrative alchemists who just don't get the recipe right. Green's storytelling prowess is hitting on all cylinders in Night Rising: a brilliantly developed plotline; compelling, realistically drawn characters; and enough ghoulish antagonists, horrific murders and erotic encounters to satisfy fans of all genres. Regardless of categorization, Green's latest is pure, unadulterated storytelling gold. Highly recommended.
-Paul Goat Allen
Night Rising – Vampire Babylon is the first book in a new trilogy set in the exciting world of paranormal Hollywood written by author Chris Marie Green. Chris Marie Green is a pen name for Crystal Green, an experienced romance writer who has also written "The Huntress" a vampire/paranormal romance for Silhouette. Vampire Babylon is a world away from Silhouette romance. Described as a noir-mystery-fantasy series, it is dark, erotic and compelling reading.
The heroine Dawn is a likable, well written character with flaws, surprising depths and hidden strengths. She comes across as realistically human - with a less than perfect career and her feelings of guilt about her relationship with her father. If she does seem obsessed by the memory of her beautiful and perfect movie star mother forgive her, because (without wanting to give too much away) I suspect it is relevant to later plot developments.
The vampire underground makes imaginative use of vampire mythology, with a set hierarchy of vampires. Vampire Guards are at the bottom of the pile with brutal strength and formidable weapons but little intelligence except to follow orders. Groupies are next. These vampires are beautiful and alluring but weak. Then there are the Elite, stronger vampires who can pass for human and at the top of the hierarchy is the Master, strong and ancient he is a full blooded vampire. He is also a mysterious character who I’m looking forward to finding out more about as the series develops.
Night Rising has a well constructed mystery plot. In fact, as parts of the mystery are revealed we are left with more questions and new conundrums, which should not only keep readers engaged in this story but invested in the whole series. In particular the reader, like Dawn herself, never knows which characters can be trusted and who is telling the truth. As this is the first part in a trilogy we will just have to wait and see how the whole story turns out but Night Rising is an exciting start.
-Amanda at LovesVampires.com
So...just accentuating the positive. Thank you to those who are taking the time to lend their comments!