1) I created a Wicked Game playlist:
It's also posted it on the book's page (click and scroll down). This is a "soundtrack" of most of the songs mentioned in the novel (all the ones I could get legally through Playlist.com). More playlists coming soon!
If you'd like to post the playlist on your own website, MySpace or Facebook page, send me an e-mail and I'll give you the secret code. Or you can just grab the HTML yourself if you know how to do it.
2) Wicked Game is this month's Editor's Choice at Love Vampires: The Website Dedicated to Vampire Fiction.
In her review, Amanda made herself my favorite person always and forever. Here's a long excerpt (all emphasis mine):
I have read a lot of vampire novels, some romance, some horror, some urban fantasy and some of just about every flavour in between. Some books have been so good I’ve spent the next week pimping the book to everyone I speak to. Some have been so bad I’ve wanted to bang my head (hard) against my desk and induce unconsciousness so I won’t have to think about what I’ve just read. A lot have been average, neither bad nor fantastically good, but a pleasant and entertaining way to pass time reading.Go read the rest if you like, or just admire the gorgeous website design. I'll be here dancin'.
However, every once in a while someone writes a book that surpasses genre conventions and expectations, turning established ideas into something fresh and new. Books that have done this for me include J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series, Robin McKinley’s Sunshine, Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire series and Laurell K. Hamilton’s early Anita Blake. All in their own way original or unique, some of them eventually being consumed and becoming part of the established framework for that genre. It is in this way that Wicked Game strikes me as original and unique.
The words different, original, unusual and unique are used a lot in reviews but hopefully I have managed to give some context of what I mean when I use them. It is hard to draw comparisons between Wicked Game and other vampire novels because nobody else is really writing like this at the moment.