Sunday, 30 March 2014

Bitten Series: Sweet and Sour


Uzuri M. Wilkerson
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About
Uzuri Wilkerson was born in Atlanta, Georgia.  Her family moved to Boston when she was nine years old.  She is the second oldest of five.  She has always had a love of storytelling.  When she was younger, one could always find her with a notebook filled with poems and short stories.  She enjoys reading a variety of fictional genres, including chick lit, paranormal, and thrillers.  She’s also an avid television junkie.
Uzuri studied screenwriting at Wellesley College, where she learned to craft short scripts and videos.  After graduating, she eventually moved back to fiction.  She completed Sweet in 2009—the first volume of the “Bitten” series about a turf war in Boston between vampires and hunters.  She signed on with Aziza Publishing during the summer of 2011.
Even today, one could find her with a notebook filled with story ideas.






Sweet:
Book One of the Bitten Series
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Witnessing a brutal murder at work is only the beginning of Celia’s problems.  The fact that the victim is a vampire only proves to complicate her life even more.  The vampires of New England have always had an undetected existence among humans but with the unprovoked death of one of their own, the lust for revenge has begun.
Celia’s concerns are magnified once a hunter from Dallas arrives in town.  With Jay’s sexy smile and rugged ways, Celia finds herself wanting to spend time with him despite being mysteriously linked to the nest that is threatening to become extinct if Jay gets his way.
When four bodies are found drained of blood, Jay teams up with a local bunch to take out all the undead, which, coincidentally, includes her boyfriend, Victor.  Celia won’t stand to see anything happen to Victor… but refuses to see Jay hurt either.  Confusion, lust, rage and violence intertwine as worlds collide. Celia will soon discover that her neat little existence is not what it seems as her cryptic past and present start to unravel.


Title Information
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  • ISBN-13: 978-061563891-1
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Aziza Publishing
  • Publication date: 06/04/2012
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 416

  • ISBN-13: 978-098817670-6
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Aziza Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/12/2012
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 360

Review

Rating: 3/5

It's Twilight all over again. Since Twilight Saga every YA novel just sum up in one word - Twilight. Sexy Vampire and a Sexy guy who hunts Vampire. An average girl caught between the two. The cliffhanger wasn't really one as it was so obvious how it's going to end.

The stereotypical characters didn't help the cliche plot. The trio - whom we were supposed to like - were so infuriating. Vampire is an escapist, hunter is a jerk and Celia is such a drama queen even though she believes she is not.

As far as writing is concerned, the book is filled with grammatical errors. I kept on imagining what my English teacher will do if she has to read it. The mental pictures were not pretty. But all in all it is an "easy read" book. Not great or extra ordinary but good enough.

Sour:
Book Two of the Bitten Series
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Sharing blood with a vampire can be exhilarating. You experience a high like no other. You feel invincible. The encounter changes your world.
It can also be deadly.
After a traumatic incident with the rogue vampire Milo, Celia agrees to let Victor taste her. They enter into a bond like no other. When their connection allows her to witness things that she wouldn't normally see, Celia begins to doubt her decision to share his blood. Victor has never seen Celia's uncanny gift in another human, prompting him to search for a way to harness her abilities.
In the meantime, Celia finds herself watching her back for dangerous vampires hungry for her scent; her cousin's arrival in town begs many questions; a badly-injured newborn vampire and a pushy new coworker cause her to question her relationship with Victor.
All of your favorite characters return in this racy and thrilling second volume of Uzuri M. Wilkerson's Bitten series. Sweet introduced you to Celia's complicated relationship; Sour reveals the consequences.

Title Information
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  • ISBN-13: 978-098817677-5
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Aziza Publishing
  • Publication date: 07/16/2013
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 476

Review

Rating: 3/5

Even though it is an urban fantasy, I found the characters to be very real. Huge development in characters, plots and the pace of the story. While Sweet was exhaustively slow, Sour is packed with action. New characters are introduced and old characters are shown with a fresh perspective. Also, it's much more steamy and filled with macabre. 

There are new hunters in town and they mean business.

While Victor was never a likable character, he somehow managed to make me hope that the new gory vampire hunters torture the crap out of him. As for Celia - very, very annoying.

The one thing I loved about the Bitten series is the culmination of old Vampire Mythology with fresh, modern day perspective. Still it's not much of a paranormal novel than paranormal fan fiction.

A Good Read but not a Must Read.

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Author Interview


1) Do you believe that writing is about "Inspiration and not perspiration"?

I think perspiration weighs more in the equation. Yes, you need inspiration but then you have to put in all of the work to make it into something special. That includes getting it published and out there to the public.


2) Which force drives you, motivates you to push yourself harder and farther?

I feel like I'm compelled to complete projects. It took me a while to get to that point. I used to jump around from project to project, picking them up later or not at all. But I get these ideas and then I just have to finish it. So I make the time to get it all out. That's when the perspiration aspect kicks in. I need that to polish whatever I'm working on and make it readable.

3) Is writing your goal, passion or just a hobby?

Currently, it's my passion. I can only work on it part-time. I would love to be able to make it my life's work. So, I guess it's a goal for the future. Hopefully not too far in the future, that is!

4) What are your best and worst experiences in Publication Industry? 

The best was when I first saw my book listed on Amazon. It was amazing! I had a product. I was legit. I think one of the worst was with the difficulty in getting my physical book out there. Some bookstores have these guidelines and restrictions for debut authors who aren't with big-name publishers and it makes it harder to grab an audience that way. I like seeing and meeting people so that I can get them hooked on my work. That way there's a face to this book that they picked up. Of course, that has its difficulties as well, because for every person you manage to hook, there are five others passing you by. So, I think a lot of the marketing and promoting as a whole has been the worst/hardest part.

5) Who is your ultimate guide?

I don't think I have one. It's so beneficial to have someone or some group to help through this process. Being "published" can be very draining and just having someone to vent to and someone there for you at your events, cheering you on, is invaluable.

6) Do you believe that every writer needs a "Day Job"?

I think so. Even if my writing was able to sustain me financially, I know I would still have some kind of part-time job at the very least. If for anything, it gets you out of your lair, meeting people, seeing the world, and gaining inspiration for future stories.


Guest Appearances
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Steamy Fantasy
Unnecessary Musings
Michelle Scott’s 21st Century Writer Blog
Samantha Warren
Fantastic Adventures
Speak Without Interruption
Loop21
It’s Much Better in Dorchester
Shut Up & Read
Stephen Ormsby
Lorraine Beaumont, CRAVE
Frugal Bookstore
Harambee House, Wellesley College
Harvest Co-Op Markets, Jamaica Plain
The Reading Cafe
2012 New England Book Festival – Honorable Mention in Science Fiction
JP Writes and Invites, Jamaica Plain Public Library
The Jamaica Plain Gazette
The Boston Globe
Urban Paranormal Blog
Urban Update, WHDH
The Literati Scene


Contact Information
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XOXO
Arushi Raj

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