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Blame it on Alyxandra Harvey

I just cannot get everything done and I need to blame someone. Today it’s Alyxandra Harvey and her new book Hearts at Stake: House of DrakeHearts At Stake (The Drake Chronicles). Even though it’s not going to be published until January 2010, I loved this title so much that I couldn’t put it down. Now, I cannot wait for the next book in the Drake Chronicles to be released. In fact, I think my friend Shirley and I need to travel to Alyxandra Harvey’s farmhouse in Canada  to help her research her characters. She must know some pretty amazing men to write such a romantic teen vampire book. 

Alyxandra Harvey sounds like a very interesting author and my kind of person. When she is not writing, she is a belly dancer and jewelry-maker. I have always wanted to learn how to belly dance. I love jewelry. I enjoy traveling in Canada. Sounds like a road-trip to me.

My students are bargaining with me to get sneak peeks at this book so I’ll have to just give you a taste now and full banquet blogging later this fall (closer to publication). Let’s give this to the students who have grown past Twilight and don’t want quite so sexually-explicit titles as some vampire authors write. Hearts At Stake sets the action and fast-moving plot in one week of time as Solange prepares to turn 16, tranform into a vampire, possibly die, and also possibly cause a revolution among the entire vampire clans. Told in two voices – that of human friend Lucy and of Solange – this title keeps you on edge and wondering. 

As I reached the end of this novel, I was relieved that Alyxandra Harvey has created a world with many other characters to follow over the next several years. I have my ideas for plot and character and I found myself truly caring about the characters involved. Quite a debut accomplishment and I can’t wait until you read it, too, so we can chat.