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INHALE Flash Mob

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on April 30, 2012

INHALE Flash Mob

INHALE, an urban fantasy romance by Kendall Grey, is now available in paperback and e-book for Kindle (MOBI) and Nook (EPUB). INHALE is the first book in the JUST BREATHE trilogy. Kendall is donating all profits from the sale of the trilogy to programs that educate people about whales and the challenges they face. Watch the video to find out why. Kendall encourages interested readers to consider purchasing an e-book instead of a paperback. E-books save trees, cost considerably less, and bring in much more money for the whales.

Thank you for supporting INHALE, and most importantly, the whales that need our help.

INHALE blurb:

Strangers in reality, inseparable in dreams…

After years of suffocating under her boss’s scrutiny, whale biologist Zoe Morgan finally lands a job as director of a tagging project in Hervey Bay, Australia. Success Down Under all but guarantees her the promotion of a lifetime, and Zoe won’t let anything—or anyone—stand in her way. Not the whale voices she suddenly hears in her head, not the ex who won’t take no for an answer, and especially not the gorgeous figment of her imagination who keeps saving her from the fiery hell of her dreams.

Gavin Cassidy hasn’t been called to help a human Wyldling in over a year, which is fine by him. Still blaming himself for the death of his partner, he keeps the guilt at bay by indulging in every excess his rock star persona affords. That is, until he’s summoned to protect Zoe from hungry Fyre Elementals and learns his new charge is the key to restoring order in the dying Dreaming. He never expects to fall for the feisty Dr. Morgan…nor does he realize he may have to sacrifice the woman he loves to save an entire country.

*This book contains graphic language, sex, and some violence. Not suitable for readers under the age of 18.
**The author will donate all profits from the sale of the JUST BREATHE trilogy to programs that educate people about whales and the challenges they face.

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Author Interview and Review: Inhale, by Kendall Grey

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on April 25, 2012

Author Interview and Review: Inhale, by Kendall Grey

Strangers in reality, inseparable in dreams…

After years of suffocating under her boss’s scrutiny, whale biologist Zoe Morgan finally lands a job as director of a tagging project in Hervey Bay, Australia. Success Down Under all but guarantees her the promotion of a lifetime, and Zoe won’t let anything—or anyone—stand in her way. Not the whale voices she suddenly hears in her head, not the ex who won’t take no for an answer, and especially not the gorgeous figment of her imagination who keeps saving her from the fiery hell of her dreams.

Gavin Cassidy hasn’t been called to help a human Wyldling in over a year, which is fine by him. Still blaming himself for the death of his partner, he keeps the guilt at bay by indulging in every excess his rock star persona affords. That is, until he’s summoned to protect Zoe from hungry Fyre Elementals and learns his new charge is the key to restoring order in the dying Dreaming. He never expects to fall for the feisty Dr. Morgan…nor does he realize he may have to sacrifice the woman he loves to save an entire country.

This is a book you can totally judge by it’s cover. The cover is absolutely stunning, and the story inside is just as phenomenal.

Inhale has characters that you completely identify with, and root for all the way through the story. There are characters you love to hate, and mysterious characters you can’t wait to learn more about.

The entire dynamic of this book was unlike anything I’ve ever read. There are two different worlds: the real world (as we know it today), and the Dreaming (where humans go while they’re sleeping). The Dreaming is an actual place. So when humans get hurt, they wake up feeling pain. If they die in their dream within the Dreaming, they die in their beds in the real world.

When Gavin Cassidy isn’t being a badass rock star, he’s a Sentinel: a protector of humans in the Dreaming. This is how he meets Zoe Morgan while she’s dreaming about drowning while trying to save a whale. It was love at first sight for Gavin (since he knew Zoe was a real person), while Zoe just thought she conjured up a hot guy to dream about.

They began meeting in the Dreaming every night and eventually Fyres determine that Gavin is spending a little too much time with this particular human. Gavin’s ex, Scarlet, gets jealous and is determined to take her down.

Scarlet, however, is not the only one that is going after Gavin. Gavin’s mentor, Yileen, has recently stepped down as leader and Gavin is next in line. Once word spreads, all of the Fyres plan to take Gavin down.

Turns out Gavin isn’t the only one in trouble. By day, Zoe is a whale biologist on a research venture in Australia. A local whaler, Catherine Marchand, always seems to know exactly where Zoe’s boat is. Catherine even goes so far as to close enough to have their boats crash. Catherine admits that someone paid her to keep Zoe down, but won’t admit who her backer is.

One of the coolest things about this book that I can’t remember ever reading before, was that the main characters don’t actually meet until the last three pages of the book. Gavin and Zoe spend all of their time in the Dreaming together. Zoe didn’t even know that Gavin was a ‘real’ person until about three-quarters of the way through the book.

When they finally see each other in real life, their entire world’s stop. Gavin is performing on stage with his band and Zoe just happens to be at the bar at the same time. Zoe feels her entire being shift on it’s axis, and Gavin stops playing just to stare at her. It gives you chills!

When I finished this book, I wanted to throw across the room (in a good way!) because it ended too soon. I wanted more!

I definitely recommend this book, and cannot wait for Exhale to come out later this year.

One of my favorite aspects of blogging is the ability to meet awesome people that do amazing things. Kendell Grey is totally one of those people. All proceeds from the Just Breathe series are going to whale education programs.

And, I mean c’mon, how can you not love a chick who ends her ‘Acknowledgements’ section with: Last but not least… To everyone who said no, this middle finger is for you. :- )

Kendall Grey is an amazing woman, and was kind enough to do an interview to go along with this blog post. Enjoy!

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Obscured Vixen: I think it’s wonderful that all proceeds from the Just Breathe trilogy will be going to whale education programs. What made you decide to do this?
Kendall Grey:
I’m a former teacher, so education is really important to me. Whales are my passion, and they need the money much more than I do. Donating to programs that teach people about the challenges whales face is a great way for me to get my education and whale fixes in one fell swoop. ;- )

OV: That’s so awesome : ) Did you do a lot of research on whales for this book? Or have you always loved whales?
I haven’t always loved whales. I got hooked during an education course I took a few years ago. We went out on a whale watch boat every day and taught passengers all about the whales we saw. It was truly a life-changing experience for me. When I got home, I gobbled up everything I could about whales and basically taught myself about them. Now I go into schools and share information about whales with kids. It’s SO much fun! I also go around the world to do whale watching, and I learn and see something new on every trip. I’m truly addicted!

OV: What made you decide to have your main character, Gavin Cassidy, be a famous rock star?
Rock stars are just plain hot, in my opinion. I’ve always been a big music fanatic – the louder and more obnoxious the band, the better. Hahaha! I pictured my dream character (no pun intended), the perfect combination of a badass hottie mixed with some swoon- worthy vulnerability, and voila! Gavin Cassidy was born. :- )

OV: I like it! When I finished this book, I was so frustrated because I wanted more! When will the next book in the series be released?
Ha! Sorry to frustrate you. You won’t have to wait too long, I hope. I originally planned to put out book 2, EXHALE, on June 5, but it’s starting to look like I’ll have to push that date back a bit. I hope to have the book ready in early July, if not sooner.

OV: Will we see more of Catherine Marchand, and find out who is after Zoe?
Catherine will make some brief appearances in the following books, and yes, you will definitely find out who’s behind the “plot” to get Zoe.

OV: Will we also find out why Sinnder is different from all other Fyres?
Ah, Sinnder. I love that Fyre Elemental! Yes, yes, and yes, you will find out much more about Sinnder. He is very different from other Fyres, and there’s a BIG reason why. You’ll see at the end of the the last book, JUST BREATHE. I’m planning to write his full story in a follow-up to the JUST BREATHE trilogy. :- )

OV: Can’t wait! How long have you been writing?
I started writing the first draft of INHALE in August, 2008, so almost four years. I’ve spent all of this time on the JUST BREATHE trilogy. In between writing novels, I found time to write two short stories. One’s a horror short entitled “London Calling” in the CITY OF HELL CHRONICLES, VOLUME 1. It’s nothing like my urban fantasy stuff–not at all for the faint of heart. HA! The other is a short called “Lá Breithe” in END: AN APOCALYPTIC ANTHOLOGY. All profits from that book go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Fans of JUST BREATHE might enjoy “Lá Breithe.” It’s about a Fyre Elemental. And it’s important to my trilogy. That’s all I can say. :- )

OV: Have you ever wrote something, reread it and thought, “Wow! That was awesome!”
Ha! I wish it happened more often than it actually does, but yes, I sometimes read a line or paragraph and wonder who the hell snuck onto my computer and wrote it while I wasn’t looking. ;- ) But it’s usually only after several revisions. Very rarely does something awesome pop out and not need editing. Layering and revision are very long, difficult processes.

OV: Which of your works are you most proud of and why?
Wow, that’s a tough one. I really love EXHALE because of the conflict. The end of that book makes me cry every time I read it. It pulls hard at my heart. But just because I love it doesn’t mean everyone else will. If it makes readers cry too, then I’ll know I did a good job. :- ) To answer your question though, I think I’d have to say I’m most proud of INHALE, simply because it was such a long, involved struggle to get it to see the light of day. Four years is a very long time to spend on one piece, but it was worth all the blood, sweat, and tears.

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TV Review: The Vampire Diaries S3E19 – Heart of Darkness

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on April 19, 2012

The Vampire Diaries season 3 episode 19: Heart of Darkness

After a two week hiatus, it’s finally back! I hate when The Vampire Diaries isn’t on, but I sooo love when it returns : )

Alaric locked himself in the Salvatore’s basement so that he can’t hurt anyone with the white oak stake that his vampire-hating-alter-ego hid. He doesn’t know where he hid it, and doesn’t want to kill anyone; especially Damon and Stefan.

Now that Klaus knows where Jeremy is, Jeremy is no longer safe. Elena is going with Damon to Denver to make sure Jeremy is alright.

It was Stefan’s idea for the two of them to go on this trip together. He knows Elena has unresolved feelings for Damon, and is hoping this trip will make her feelings clear either way. Stefan believes that it doesn’t matter what he has to go through to get Elena back if she still has feelings for Damon.

Damon and Elena find Jeremy at the batting cages. Damon wants Jeremy to talk to Rose since she’s dead, and Jeremy “sees dead people” : )

Cole shows up while they’re talking and cracks a bat over Damon’s head. As Cole turns around to get another bat, Damon sticks the broken bat through Cole’s chest. It doesn’t kill him, but it does slow him down a hell of a lot. Jeremy, Damon and Elena stay at a motel to hide from Cole and try to contact Rose.

After some trying, Rose finally shows up and tells Jeremy that she was sired by Mary Porter, not an original. Rose is going to try to find out where Mary is and will let them know when she finds her.

Stefan calls Damon to catch up and tell each other what they’ve been up to. Damon tells Stefan that they’re staying in a motel and just hangs up, causing his brothers thoughts to run wild.

Jeremy asks Elena what the deal is with her and Damon. She claims nothing, but Jeremy knows otherwise. He admits that even Rose said something about the two of them.

Later on, Damon gets out of the shower and sits at a table drinking thinking Elena is asleep. Meanwhile, she’s just admiring the view. Who wouldn’t be?

Damon finally catches her looking at him, and crosses the room and lays in bed next to her. He reaches for her hand, causing Elena to become flustered. She gets out of bed and leaves the room. Damon follows her, and Elena ends up kissing him. Then Damon pushes her against the wall for a full on make out session. Jeremy comes out and finds the two of them, interrupting because Rose is back and knows where Mary is. You twat blocker, Jeremy!

The three of them show up at Mary’s and sneak into her house. They find Mary staked to the wall, and Cole sitting next to her. Cole takes a bat to Damon (again) and begins wailing on him. Elena tries to run away, but Cole stopped her. He mentions that she’s off limits according to Klaus, but not to push him.

Once Damon is down, Cole takes off leaving them alone. Damon slowly gets up, and notices a cut on Elena’s head. He gets close to look at it, but Elena pulls back. Damon confronts her and asks her what she’s doing: why she came on the trip, why she kissed him. He accuses her of waiting for him to screw things up between them so she won’t have to make a decision between him and Stefan. Damon claims that he won’t make it so easy for her this time.

When they get in the car and leave, Rose shows up in the back seat next to Jeremy. She warns Jeremy not to say anything. Rose admits that Damon and Elena bring each other to life, and asks Jeremy not to be mad if they ever get together.

And there is another event going on in Mystic Falls! There’s a decade dance going on at the high school and Caroline and Rebecca are fighting over the theme. Umm… when did Rebecca enroll in high school?

When Rebecca gets home from school, her mother is there. She tells Rebecca that she’s dying. Her mother was created from the Bennett bloodline, and when Abby died she  started dying too.

Tyler’s back! Caroline meets him in the woods and they go into the cave where he turns for a little reunion sex. Jeremy broke his sire bond with Klaus, and wants to test that it is really broken. Caroline fills Tyler in on everything that he missed, and that Tyler will die if Klaus is killed.

Tyler is going to stay at Caroline’s until they hear back from Damon and Stefan about what to do with Klaus. Tyler finds the drawing that Klaus made of Caroline, and he gets protective and defensive. He wants to know what’s really going on between Caroling and Klaus. When she says nothing happened, he doesn’t believe her and leaves.

Stefan visits Alaric in the basement and mentions the road trip. Alaric asks Stefan why he would ever send Elena and Damon off together. As they’re talking, Klaus shows up and is pissed that Stefan doesn’t know where the other stake is yet. Klaus kills Alaric to try and get his other side to show up once the ring brings him back to life.

Alaric is out cold for half the night and wakes up as himself. He’s sick and tired of waiting for his ‘other side’ to appear, and begs Stefan to torture the information out of him.

Alaric takes his ring off and Stefan punches him in the face. Stefan hits Alaric’s nose and it instantly begins bleeding. Stefan vamps out and begins to freak. Alaric begs him not to back off because they need this information.

Stefan throws Alaric against the wall, and bam! Alaric’s alter ego appears! It’s like he knew exactly what to do. Stefan’s so magical.

Alaric is teasing and tempting Stefan, so Stefan beats the shit out of him. As Stefan threatens to snap Alaric’s neck, Alaric’s alter ego admits that the stake is in the cave where no vampire can get it.

When Stefan locks Alaric in the basement and comes upstairs, Klaus and Rebecca are standing there listening. Rebecca drags Alaric to the caves to get the stake. When he finds it, he wants to know what she wants for it. Alaric tries to bargain with Rebecca, but she’s not buying it.

Then all of a sudden, Rebecca crosses into the cave where vampires shouldn’t be allowed to go. He asks her what the hell is going on. She says that her name is Ester, that her son used Alaric’s body at some point, and that they have a lot in common.

Side note: if I was gay I would totally fuck Rebecca. She’s gorgeous and has an amazing accent. That is all!

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Giveaway: April Mystery Enevelope Giveaway

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on April 10, 2012

Congratulations to Donna S. for winning this giveaway!

This giveaway included Bloodlines by Richelle Mead, The Seduction of Widow McEwan by Melissa Schroeder bookmark, and Legend by Marie Lu business card.

This giveaway has ended.

April Mystery Envelope Giveaway

It’s time for April’s Mystery Envelope Giveaway! The winner of this giveaway will choose one of the books listed below, as well as any other items added before the giveaway is over.

For every ten entries, I will add another mystery item to this giveaway. It could be another book, magnet, bookmark, swag, etc. Best of luck to all who enter!

Item 1:
Book of winners choice:
Shaedes of Gray, Amanda Bonilla
Audrey and the Maverick, Elaine Levine
Bloodlines, Richelle Mead
Shadow’s Lure, Jon Sprunk
Marked, PC & Kristen Cast
Dead Reckoning, Charlaine Harris
The Visions of Ransom Lake, Marcia Lynn McClure
Only Time Will Tell, Jeffrey Archer
– End of Days, Robert Gleason
The Fox Inheritance, Mary E Pearson
The Last Olympian, Rick Riordan
Another Broken Wizard,Colin DoddsItem 2: (10 entires)
Melissa Schroeder _______________

Item 3: (20 entries)
Marie Lu, Legend ________________

Giveaway Entry

  • This giveaway will end April 22, 2012 at midnight EST
  • United States entries only
  • One entry per person
  • Click here for full giveaway terms and conditions

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My Latest Vacation: NYC

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on April 7, 2012

So why have I been MIA for the last week?
My imaginary firmed came to visit me in NYC from the land of Oz!

I love when people visit because I get to be a total tourist and do things I usual don’t. Also, one of my favorite hobbies is photography, and there’s always things to take pictures of in NYC. People born and raised near NYC always take it for granted and usually don’t do a lot of the “touristy” stuff until someone comes to visit.

New York City is also my absolutely favorite place ever. I mean, where else can you buy an appetizing dirty water hot dog and see condom balloon tumbleweeds blowing down Broadway?

It’s always fun showing people around NYC that have never been before. First thing you do with people who have never been to NYC before? Go to Times Square!

We went to times square at night, and it’s amazing seeing the faces on people who see Times Square for the first time; all lit up and bright. “It’s like daytime here!”

While in Times Square we went to the Hershey Store, M&M World, The Disney Store, Toys R Us, Aeropostale, and even saw the New Year’s Eve Ball (they leave it up year round now).

The next morning it was time to go through Columbus Circle to Central Park! We saw the horse drawn carriages, Wollman Ice Skating Rink (yes, it’s still cold enough to ice skate in NYC), and stopped to visit the Central Park Zoo.

Then we walked down The Mall which ended at the beautiful Bethesda Terrace and Bow Bridge; one of my favorite places in Central Park. We walked to Strawberry Fields and saw John Lennon’s “Imagine” tile memorial.

Next it was shopping at The New York Dog Shop! Had to buy clothes and toys for my adorable nieces  : )

Next was more shopping at the Converse and Dr. Martens stores. I must admit that before this week I have never owned a pair of either. Now I have a pair of black and purple high top Converse sneakers, and 20 eye Doc Martens. I *might* have a little shoe fetish.

That night we went to a New York Rangers game in Madison Square Garden. Unfortunately they lost, but I did get to see my boy Lundqvist in action.

Side note: riding the NYC subway with someone who never has is always a hilarious experience.

There was more sightseeing at FAO Schwartz, Tiffany & Co., St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Forbidden Planet. Walking into Forbidden Planet made me SO excited for New York Comic Con. Geekdom cannot come soon enough!

We also saw Carnegie Hall, the LOVE Sculpture, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center (ice skating still there, too!), and the shops on 5th Avenue (Sacks, Harry Winston, Cartier, Fendi, Gucci, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana).

Because you can never do enough shopping in NYC, we did more shopping at LEGO Store, The Sanrio Store, Victoria’s Secret, and Old Navy and Journeys in Herald Square. [FYI all New Yorkers: they’re redoing VS in Herald Square and it’s going to be 4 floors!]

We bought I<3NY tshirts; a must for every tourist. Then stopped to get a drink in Starbucks before going to the top of the Empire State Building. It was a windy and cold since it was midnight, but it was a clear and beautiful night.

Then my imaginary friend had to leave, and I had to return back to work and normal life. I will admit that it was nice to take a break from Twitter and blogging, but I missed you all!

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TV Review: The Vampire Diaries S3E18 – The Murder of One

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on April 5, 2012

The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 18: The Murder of One

Original air date: March 29, 2012

Elena stops by to see how Alaric is doing since his latest black out, but Damon won’t let her in the apartment. When she tries to push past him, Damon says Alaric is indisposed and she finally leaves.

Once Elena is out of ear shot, Alaric, Damon and Stefan begin cutting up the Wickery Bridge sign. They begin making stakes out of the remaining white oak to kill the originals.

When they’re finished making the stakes, Stefan texts Elena, Caroline and Matt to meet up in the woods. Stefan shows up him Damon and the stakes. They fill everyone else in on their plan to kill the originals.

Klaus finds Finn and tells him that he needs to go back to Mystic Falls to undo the spell their mother placed upon them. Rebecca sides with Klaus and they corner Finn and drag him back to Klaus’s mansion. Sage walks down the stairs and Finn runs right to her.

Damon is in the process of hiding the stakes at his house when Rebecca shows up. She throws Alaric down the stairs and stabs Damon in the stomach.

Rebecca takes Damon to Klaus’s mansion and hangs him by his wrists with animal traps. Rebecca tries to bleed Damon of vervain so that he can be compelled by her.

Once they realize Damon is missing, Elena and Stefan have an argument about what to do: Elena wants to save him, and Stefan wants to stay on point and kill one of the originals. They both know that Damon would want the originals dead even through his suffering, but Elena can’t help but want to save him.

While Damon is strung up bleeding out from Rebecca’s slashes, he hallucinates about Elena saving him and drinking from her vein. He is really falling for Elena and can’t get over her.

Sage and Finn are drinking at The Grill when Matt gives them two tequila’s and slips vervain into it. Stefan is also there and texts everyone: ‘Get Ready.’

Sage and Finn taste the vervain right away, and Stefan makes a show of leaving right in front of them to lure them outside. Elena and Matt are outside and shoot Finn with a crossbow. The arrow made of white ash hits him in the chest and he bursts into flames and dies.

Klaus kidnapped Bonnie and is forcing her to undo the spell Klaus’s mother put on their family. Klaus is blackmailing Bonnie into helping him or he’ll hurt Jeremy and her mother.

Bonnie casts the spell to undo the curse just before Finn dies, so he is the only one that actually dies; all of the other originals are still alive. Bonnie sees Damon hanging and bleeding out, but doesn’t help him because he turned her mother into a vampire.

Bonnie calls Elena and tells her what she did and that she saw Damon hanging in Klaus’s mansion. Bonnie is struggling with what she just did, and is tired of being out of control. She breaks down outside and doesn’t know what to do anymore.

Just as Stefan is about to leave and rescue Damon, Sage busts down the door and attacks him. Then just as suddenly she begins puking blood and dies.

Stefan figures out that once Finn died, everyone he turned will eventually die as well. That means that if they kill all of the originals, every vampire ever created would die out: Klaus, Rebecca, Elijah, Stefan, Damon, Caroline, Tyler, and so on. A very cool twist to the story, I must add!

Stefan finally goes to rescue Damon and runs into Klaus and Rebecca. Stefan offers to trade the remaining eight stakes of white ash for Damon. Only problem is Klaus compels Damon into telling him that there are eleven stakes left, not eight. Klaus gets pissed and demands the remaining stakes. Rebecca lets Damon go as a sign of good faith.

Before leaving, Stefan tells them that Finn is dead and Rebecca can’t get over it. Klaus is showing no remorse whatsoever. He claims that as soon as they get the rest of the stakes, he’s going to take Ehlena’s blood, leave Mystic Falls, and create a new family of hybrids. Rebecca says that she might stay, and Klaus tells her she’s just as pathetic as Finn was.

Stefan tells Elena that he won’t go after Klaus anymore because its not worth it. Stefan admits that he enjoyed being with Klaus because it was an excuse to ignore everything that was going on around him; especially his relationship with Elena.

Elena admits that she’s still in love with Stefan, even after everything he’s done. Stefan blames himself for pushing her away and for causing her to have feelings for Damon. Elena can’t deny those feelings.

Damon goes to Alaric to get the last stake and Alaric can’t find it. His “vampire-hating-alter-ego” hid the stake and no one knows where it is. From this we can assume that we are going to see Alaric’s alter ego at least once more this season, if not more. Can’t wait to see what happens!

I can’t believe that they gave up the white oak stakes so quickly. They could have used that story line for much longer if they wanted to since it was such a big deal.

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