Dear World: I'm happy to announce that the second book in Jeri Smith-Ready's wicked fun vampire series is out.
Jeri is an incredibly talented author. She blew me away with Requiem, years ago. That awe carried into her Crow series, and now she's reinventing the vampire. To be honest, I cannot stand vampires. I went through a vamp-goth phase in college and I played White Wolf's Vampire until I suspect I may have given myself brain damage. But no LARPing. I never went there. At any rate, when my friend Jeri told me she had sold a vampire series, I was really glad we were in emails, not in person, because I was sure she would see my lack of delight. Wonderful, the world needs more vampires with brooding glances and insatiable libidos. I could only hope she wouldn't name him Lucien duNoir or anything. (Apologies to any author who has actually named a vampire hero Lucien duNoir. I didn't know you had, I swear. Do not mail me deceased rodents.) At any rate, I was genuinely thrilled with her success, even if vamps are not my cuppa.
However, of course I read book one, my vamp loathing notwithstanding, because I looooooooooove Jeri's writing. If anyone could make vamps palatable to me again, it would be her. But she did so much more than that. She turned all the tropes inside out, calling on some of the oldest legends and making them new again. She rendered me breathless with the astonishing freshness of her work. So hello, my name is Ann Aguirre and I still hate vampires, but... Jeri Smith-Ready transcends everything that has come before. Her books are freakin' amazing.
If you want a copy of BAD TO THE BONE, all you have to do is tell me what you'd do with eternal life. (Note: Jeri's vampires work differently, so I'm not talking about her vampire mythos when I pose this particular question). Now get commenting!