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January 2015

Review: Things To Do In Denver When You’re Un-Dead

11326685We stumble and fall constantly even when we are most enlightened. But when we are in true spiritual darkness, we do not even know that we have fallen.Thomas Merton

Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it. – Terry Pratchett

This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge keeps his wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well. – Francis Bacon

 

Revenge. Kal Hakala has sought revenge since childhood – a childhood where his much loved sister, his sister who smelled of sunshine and summertime, who radiated joy – was ripped from his life, slaughtered by Iku-Turso – a Finnish god. Now, Kal searches out monsters, protecting those of us who have no idea of the World Under from the things that go bump in the night. Most agents don’t last two years before they get very dead in very ugly manners. Kal has lasted ten years – longer than any other agent.

His visit to Denver started out as a zombie hunt. No big deal, in the overall scheme of things. But something is more wrong than he thought, when a serial killer, the Organ Donor, shows itself to be a lot more than your common-and-garden psychopath. Now, Kal and his team are in more danger than they possibly expected – danger that will cost team member lives, and possibly destroy the Unit itself.

Kal is one tough guy, as is to be expected from someone who is eight years past his “use by” date. Still, he has a streak of funny, and a wider streak of snark, a soupcon of literary quotations and no patience whatsoever with any small recklessness. Well, the team is his responsibility – and after ten years, the number of remorseless losses is enough to ascertain that he indeed has no patience – no patience at all. You can’t help but respect that fact. He is broken, brittle and furious. But for all that, he is worthy. And worthy of your reading time.

Anger is a killing thing: it kills the man who angers, for each rage leaves him less than he had been before – it takes something from him. – Louis L’Amour

I listened to the Audible.com version of Things To Do In Denver When You’re Un-Dead narrated by Damon Abdallah. Mr. Abdallah is brilliant – his voice is perfect for Kal, and his female character voices are very well done, something that is hard to find in audio narration.

 

Overall, there is darkness in the story, but I completely enjoyed it.

Boxed Set: Wake-Robin Ridge & A Boy Named Rabbit

You have to pick up this set! Enjoy!

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Off today for my first real book signing in St. Cloud, Florida. (If you are in the area, it’s being held at the library. Come by and say hi. There will be over 50 authors there.)

But before I leave, I just had to let you know that my first Boxed Set, Books 1 and 2 of my Wake-Robin Ridge series, is out! For those of you looking for a bargain, here it is. You can get my newest book, A Boy Named Rabbit, of course, and for only $.99 more, you can also get Book 1 of the series, Wake-Robin Ridge, normally $4.99, itself. Hope you’ll check it out!

Boxed Set: Wake-Robin Ridge and A Boy Named Rabbit

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PRE-ORDER SALE OF THE WITCHES DEN BY D.L. BAKER – a paranormal erotic romance that will be released on 2/12/2015.

Review: Dangerous Protector – Milly Taiden

21881163The second round of the Federal Paranormal Unit series by Milly Taiden continues the ongoing adventures of the Unit as a new Unit member is introduced. Well, not exactly a member – Cynthia Vega is the new boss. A fact that Brock, the old boss, really, really doesn’t care for. Not just because he has been shoved to the side, for reasons he doesn’t understand, but because Vega is the love of his life – the love of his life who walked out on him ten-years-ago without a word. What happened then, and what happens now will blend and meld, pulling the past forward into the present as the disappearance of Vega’s young cousin leads Brock and Vega to a hidden evil which will change both Vega’s and Brock’s lives forever.

This is most definitely a hot paranormal romance, so if you are squeamish about that sort of thing, well, I wouldn’t recommend it. But hey – if ya love you some sexy, and an interesting heroine and hero, this isn’t brain science, but it is lots of fun. Enjoy!

 

Review: Wolf Protector – Millie Taiden

Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength, move on. – Henry Rollins

True strength is delicate. -Louise Berliawsky Nevelson

17668267Erica Villa is strong. Oh, she may not be Superwoman, flying to the rescue. But she is one strong woman – strong enough to do what it takes to save the lives of others, no matter the personal pain.

As a member of the Federal Paranormal Unit, policing the actions of the paranormals of the world, Erica has a very special ability. She sees the last moments of a victims life – feels their pain, their horror, their grief. She knows how she will suffer every time – and she still does her job. But when the latest string of murders occur, Villa is pushed farther than she has ever been before – this time her mind may not survive.

When I finished Wolf Protector, I moved straight to the next book in the series, Dangerous Protector. I don’t often do that – go straight from one R4R to the next book in the series immediately – but this one grabbed my attention enough to do so. It is a PR, with a heavy dose of ‘hot and heavy’, but the story is good, the female lead strong and capable, and the alpha heroes not so over-the-top alpha that I wanted to cut off their dangly bits. So, it’s all good, right? 😉

Recommended for PR lovers who crave their ‘hot and sweaty’ with a good story line.

Review: Coveted by the Bear: A Bear Shifter Romance

24237782We’re all caught up in circumstances, and we’re all good and evil. When you’re really hungry, for instance, you’ll do anything to survive. I think the most evil thing – well, maybe that’s too strong – but certainly a very evil thing is judgment, the sin of ignorance. – Anthony Hopkins

The human race is a herd. Here we are, unique, eternal aspects of consciousness with an infinity of potential, and we have allowed ourselves to become an unthinking, unquestioning blob of conformity and uniformity. A herd. Once we concede to the herd mentality, we can be controlled and directed by a tiny few. And we are. – David Icke

Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. – Bertrand Russell

 

Mira is hungry. Starving, actually. Alone. Isolated. Brutalized by family, hated by a whole town, to whom she is known as “Crazy Mira” and “Mira the Witch”. She suffers attacks – verbal, emotional and physical – from the town-turned-human pack. Even those who don’t attack turn their heads, ignoring the pain that Mira suffers. Ignore her youth, her loneliness, and her literal starvation. The humiliating acts and viciousness of the townspeople makes it hard, nearly impossible, to come to town, to buy even the simplest of food supplies with her meager funds.

The amazing thing? Mira is not bitter. Instead, she accepts – no, she expects their treatment, and doesn’t blame. She considers it her due. After all, she has never known anything but cruelty in her life, so there must be something wrong with her.

Right?

Right?

Mira lives alone, on a mountain deep in the woods, in a falling down shack left to her by her uncle (An uncle who died on the bathroom floor in a pool of his own alcoholic vomit.)

Out hunting her woods, hoping with all her might to bag a squirrel or rabbit, to ease the terrible pains of days of starvation, she comes across something she never expects. The town ‘pretty boy’ and member of one of the “five families” of their small town, Caleb McCreedy, is sprawled on her land, bleeding to death as a massive grizzly bear eats his horse – in all likelihood as an appetizer before eating Caleb.

Saving the pretty boy is hard – Mira’s life has left her terrified of people, especially those whose personal power can make her miserable existence even worse. But save him she does. And though she tries to warn him that being attacked by that particular grizzly may mean that he hates her for saving his life rather than appreciating her deed, he doesn’t listen. She is, after all, only “Crazy Mira”.

Let’s face it. There are a lot of paranormal romances out there. Some good, some not so good. But this particular PR is something different. Something better. Yes, it is a PR, and a well written one at that. But it is more important, at least in my estimation, as a lesson in the human condition. A lesson in how superstition and the pack mentality can turn even the best of us into cruel monsters, without a drop of compassion or kindness.

“My bones stuck out so much and my skin was thin as rice paper. When I hit something, it would split me open, and I was too young to know how to stitch myself up yet.”

This book is well worth your precious reading time if you want something different from the normal “boy meets girl, they boink, they marry, the end”. No. This is something richer, fuller, which I have now on my “keeper” shelf. T.S. Joyce’s books are bargains – anything from .99 to 2.99, or free with kindleunlimited, so there is really no reason not to enjoy them. I haven’t read her before, but I am looking forward to reading more to see if they are as good as this one.

Review: Skin Deep-A Dark World Novel By T.G. Ayer

13604857A person’s current personality of love, hatred, jealousy, rage or a murderous intent and so on is formed upon genetic elements, education, the environment and a family a person grows in. – Kim Ki-duk

No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks. – Mary Wollstonecraft

 Kailin has quite the life. Only twenty, she is one busy girl. School. In training at the Sandhurst Centre for Rehabilitation as a counselor for drug addicted teens trying to better their lives after sometimes horrific beginnings. So many children – so much pain.

And then, there is the fact that Kailin is a Hunter – a Wraith hunter – searching out and destroying evil creatures who inhabit the bodies of humans, killing them and wearing their bodies while they spread their evil. Of course, being a Panther shifter helps – but when she witnesses a body dump, everything changes for the worse. For the Wraiths are getting stronger – the veil between worlds thinner – and things are about to take a hard turn into brutality and treachery such as Kailin never expected. And which will change her life forever.

Kailin is an interesting character. She is strong, intense, and one of the hardest working young women you can imagine. But then, she is also fragile. When she lost her mother as a child, she also lost her father to the isolation of grief and introversion. Alone and in pain she moves to Chicago where her grandmother, Ivy, a flighty woman who is nearly never home – and then only for a day or so when she is – provides her with a home, as long as she works and goes to school. A good arrangement all around when Kailin is desperate to hide her Wraith hunting. Kailin doesn’t always make the best decisions – she is young, after all – but she feels very real within the bounds of her character, and you can’t help but like her, and hurt right along with her when things are bad, and feel joy with her when things do go right.

Overall? I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good paranormal story. There is a minor romantic thread which I see developing over the series and is well done and interesting. I intend to continue the series over time.

OMG You Smell GREAT!!

Demeter Paperback PerfumeBring the scent of books to life with this “Paperback” Body Lotion! (OK, the photo is the body spray, but, well, it’s what I could find online.) Anyway. . .

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Aoleon The Martian Girl

In Levasseur’s debut middle-grade sci-fi novel, a friendly extraterrestrial girl whisks a Nebraska farm boy away for a wild adventure of Martian intrigue, rebellion and invasion.
– Kirkus Review

Book Details:

Book Title: Aoléon The Martian Girl: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Saga – Part 1: First Contact, written and illustrated by Brent LeVasseur
Category:  Middle-Grade, 73 pages
Genre: Science-fiction and Fantasy

​, Action Adventure​

Publisher: Aoléon Press
Release date: January 31, 2015
Available for review in:  pdf
Will send books: Internationally
Tour dates: Dec and Jan
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Crop circles magically appear in Farmer Johnson’s field. A mysterious light sweeps over the night sky and awakens Farmer Johnson and Gilbert, the boy next door.

Curious, Gilbert ventures out to discover the source of the light and stumbles into a beautiful Martian girl sitting in a crop circle. Farmer Johnson also investigates the strange light, and thinking that Gilbert and Aoléon are vandals, he chases them. But they sprint to Aoléon’s saucer and escape only to be pursued by the U.S. Air Force.

Gilbert has never been attacked by swarms of giant killer robots. Never met strange aliens from other worlds. Never skyboarded across a megalopolis hidden deep inside an extinct volcano. Never trekked across a vast Martian desert. And never been eaten alive by a gigantic slor (well, almost never, unless you count Billy the fat bully at school).

And luckily, he has never ever confronted an evil ruler of Mars bent on conquering the Earth to steal its cows.

Never…until now!

This may be the adventure Gilbert always wished for.

If only he can survive.

Brent LeVasseurMeet the Author:

Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

Connect with Brent:   Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Aoléon: The Martian Girl 

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