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Sunday, September 1, 2013

My Favorite Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon

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Welcome! This is a new, monthly feature here on the blog. Every month I talk about one of the authors on my list of "Favorites." I'll tell you why they're one of my favorites and in some cases, how I discovered them. Then, as my gift to you, I will give you a chance to win your choice of e-book by that month's author. At the end of the month I will chose one person and they will get to pick what book they'd like. So read on and don't forget to fill out the rafflecopter form at the end!

Where were you when you first picked up a Sherrilyn Kenyon novel? Or maybe you just haven't had the chance to pick up one of her books.

I happened to be living in a ramshackle place that's best referred to as Casa de Frankenstein (I'll let you go on guessing why). I had dial up internet *insert horror movie scream here* and was looking for something to fill the void left by my favorite paranormal tv show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It was about four years after the show ended and I wanted more of the paranormal. Not your run of the mill type of paranormal but a paranormal romance.


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So, Googling that subject I came across a review for a book by an author named Sherrilyn Kenyon. The reviewer talked about her Dark Hunter series, which was mixed with Greek Mythology (which I live for) and was about characters who were once human and chose at the moment of their unjust deaths to become immortal warriors for the goddess Artemis. These warriors protected mankind from all the things that go bump in the night, yet at the same time these Dark Hunters seemed, well, "unbalanced" in a funny way.

Immediately my interest was snagged and less than 72 hours later (because it took nearly half that time for my dial up internet to find what I was looking for), I had the first book, Night Pleasures, in my hands.

This was the book for me. The book that introduced me to paranormal romance. It set the standard for what I would and would not read in that particular genre. Night Pleasures was not your average vampire romance novel. In fact, the word "vampire" doesn't really describe what Dark-Hunters are, but for those who aren't familiar with the series, it'll do in a pinch.

I fell so in love with each of the Dark Hunters Sherrilyn introduced readers to. These are immortal beings who had such tragic lives and deaths and it shaped/warped (*cough* Zarek) them into what they are in modern day New Orleans. From the start, Sherrilyn Kenyon created such mystery around the Dark Hunter leader, Acheron Parth... Okay years later and I STILL have to look up how to spell his last name *opens new tab to go to Sherrilyn's character index* Ah, here it is: Parthenopaeus. (Psst, you can look up how to say his name correctly here) and his little she-demon Simi, who is adorable and hilarious. Ash remained an enigma through most of the series, until *plays heavenly music* Sherrilyn announced she was writing his book. I'm not ashamed to admit she had me drooling all over this one like a Bull Mastiff with a steak in its face.

Longer than the previous Dark Hunter books, Acheron was the first PNR to make me cry. Those of you who read it will back me up when I say, his human life was horrible and brutal. His immortal life wasn't all that great either. I'm not going to spoil the book by going into details but that book is on my "All Time Favorites" list which I'm very picky about.

To make things even better, last year, a dear friend of mine attended DragonCon and did something incredible for me. She stood in line and got me a signed, personalized copy of Acheron and some really awesome swag. I know to some it might not be a big deal but for me, I had resigned myself to never getting a signed and personalized book from Sherrilyn and here a friend that I haven't seen for quite some time made one of my wishes come true.
Thank you so much Cat I really, REALLY appreciate it! Just in case you were wondering, I keep my signed book in a safe place along with all the pins, postcards and poster I got.

Needless to say, I have had an ongoing love affair with the series for quite some time. I'm not the only one though. If you check out Sherrilyn's website you can see entire sections dedicated to fans who have gotten the series' various symbols tattooed on their bodies, and fans who have named their children and/or pets after beloved characters.

This month, the highly anticipated Styxx is released. Styxx is Acheron's twin who has appeared in previous books and let me tell you I have a feeling this book is going to be a whopper of a story. Styxx has a lot to say and some of it may not be flattering towards Acheron. As Sherrilyn Kenyon said on her website, "There are three sides to every story. Yours. Theirs. And the truth that isn't clouded by human emotions that filter everything.

I can't wait to talk about this book later on in my review! ☺


But Sherrilyn's talent isn't just limited to this amazing series. She has the coinciding Were-Hunter and Dream Hunter series and the spin off YA series, The Chronicles of Nick that takes readers through the early years of one of the characters in the Dark Hunter series. She also writes a fast paced futuristic romance series called The League. Then there are the historical romances she wrote as Kinley MacGregor: The Lords of Avalon, Brotherhood of the Sword, The MacAllisters (which blends in with the Brotherhood series), The Sea Wolves and various other books.

Find Sherrilyn Kenyon:
Online l Facebook l Twitter l GoodReads l Amazon


One lucky person will get their choice of e-book by Sherrilyn Kenyon. All you have to do is fill in the rafflecopter. I'll choose the winner on October 1, 2013 so you have a month to get in extra entries!

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4 comments:

  1. I absolutely love all of Sherrilyn Kenyon's series!!! Can't wait for the release of Styxx on 9/3/13 and Hauk's book in the League series coming out soon!

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  2. I haven't gotten all the way though the Belador series yet so Rise of the Gryphon would be my choice.

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  3. Fantastic post Adria, and you have me drooling to try this series, so I would love to win book one.

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  4. This is tough... She writes a lot of books... Maybe one of her dark hunter books.

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