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A Hugely Promising New Series Beginning – Four Stars

To get this out of the way, I was asked to read and review this book. However, just because I am asked to review a book,that doesn’t always mean my review will be fawning, sometimes far from it. So, how did “Glacial Eyes” do in this reviewers eyes?

In a word, there is true potential here for an exceptional series. Jazz, the main character, hasn’t had it easy in the last few years. Her parents were killed and she is trying hard to pay her own way through college. She hasn’t quite figured out what she wants to study yet, but she has time, so it’s all good. Then, one horrible night during a rave in the woods, everything about Jazz’s life changes.

Waking up naked in the woods is no laughing matter. Neither is finding out that everything you thought you knew about reality suddenly needs to be swept out the door with the dust bunnies. Suddenly witches and warlocks and were (oh, my!) are no longer the creatures of fantasy. Waking up to discover you are the newest member of the furry set is a bit more than Jazz can handle at first. Well, that and the fact that she now has boobs. Nice boobs. Way bigger boobs. And what is this thing with the six-pack abs all of a sudden? Yep, things are changing for Jazz.

What follows is one of the better new urban fantasies I have had the pleasure of reading. The characters are well written, and the paranormal community that she enters is realistic. They want to stay hidden in a world where DNA analysis and medical tests are ubiquitous. In order to stay hidden, their rules are tough and not always fair.

The story itself is as much a serial killer mystery as it is an urban fantasy. Being two of my favorite genres, I was thrilled to find that the author does an exceptional job in carrying the story through both styles. The weres are believable as they try to live their lives in a world that would lock them away and dissect and murder them should they be found out. The serial killer storyline itself was believable and kept me guessing. Oh, and Loki the cat? The real hero of the book!

Jazz herself is my kind of girl. She took auto shop while in high school and this girl knows her cars. She drives an old 510 (five-and-dime in “Jazz speak”) but throw in a 180SX engine and my girl has turbo power! As Jazz says “There may be no replacement for displacement, but a turbo sure is fun!” Jazz is no Mercedes Thompson, Volkswagen Mechanic Extraordinaire, but there is enough ‘car-talk’ going on through the book that I got a huge kick out of it. Jazz is tough enough to handle what is going on in this new life without too much freaking out, but she doesn’t fall into the UF trap of being suddenly Superwoman with more tricks in her toolbox than The Tomb Raider. Grand Theft Auto? Well, she can do a bit of that when needed . . . She also doesn’t fall into the UF stupidity of falling into bed within the first five minutes with the love interest. Come on, do real people really do that? Instead, the relationship grows through the book. Oh, and she totally saves his ass instead of the other way around, which ROCKS . . . hey, all you women writers out there?

Why is it only the guy writers like Mark Henwick Sleight of Hand (Bite Back 1) and my newly discovered favorite here doing the “girl kicks ass and saves the guy” scenario? Hello? Anyone listening? Girl saving guy is totally HOT. Speaking of Hot – Jazz’s love interest, Logan, is totally Cajun. Walker even gets the speech patterns right, making me wonder if he, like me, spent time in the bayou country. The rest of the cast of characters are very well written and believable and make you love (or hate) them in a way that makes them believable. You could see these people as your friends. There is death in the book (I lost one of my favorite characters and nearly cried) but nothing is overdone.

All in all? A solid four and a half – simply because I want to hang onto that extra half point to see how well Mr. Walker continues the story from here. There were some glitches in the writing, but for a first book I found Mr. Walker to be quite mature in his style. Amazingly so compared to many published authors. I am going to download Mr. Walker’s next book in the series, “Hollow Eyes” and start reading that one soon. Even with the mountain of books I have on my TBR list, I quite look forward to moving “Hollow Eyes (Salt Lake After Dark)” to the top of the pile. I am sure I won’t be sorry I did so! Some violence but not uber-bloody, a bedroom scene later in the book, a kick-butt heroine, some naughty and nice weres, witches and vampires and probably the best depiction of a dhampyr I have read. Overall, pick it up and read it. You won’t be sorry!

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CONGRATULATIONS SALT LAKE AFTER DARK WINNERS!!!

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Woo Hoo!!! Winners Announced!!!!

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Congratulations, you won THE FULL THREE VOLUME SIGNED BOXED SET OF THE SALT LAKE AFTER DARK SERIES IN PAPERBACK!!!

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It’s OUT! Fallen Eyes by J. K. Walker A MUST READ!

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Fallen Eyes: Book Four of Salt Lake After Dark
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J. K. Walker’s Fallen Eyes:Book Four of Salt Lake After Dark is available on Amazon! Click the cover to order!

Jazz needs to get away. With her shapeshifter status outed to anyone with an internet connection, she’s being hounded by reporters, protesters, and fanboys alike. With her birthday fast approaching, all she wants is a steamy weekend with Logan, away from… well, everything.

But something’s killing people in her territory. The local pack and the police are looking to her for answers—or an arrest. Or just to arrest her. As alpha and enforcer, Jazz needs to shoulder the responsibility of protecting her community and finding the real monsters. If she can’t, she risks losing respect in a pack where her leadership is already in question.

As the investigation progresses, it becomes evident that old enemies have returned. They’re out for revenge, more powerful than before, and targeting those who’re most important to Jazz. The patterns are too familiar. The targets are too close to her heart. Jazz can’t be everywhere at once—can’t protect everyone at once.

Things just keep getting better. The last book, Sanguine Eyes, saw Jazz interning with the Salt Lake Police Department, and partnered with Detective Tabatha Granger, whom you will remember from Hollow Eyes. Now studying to be a police officer herself, Jazz and Tabatha answer what should be a simple call, a convenience store robbery. What they arrive to, however, is something entirely different. When the take down turns into a gunfight, and multiple blasts to the chest didn’t even faze the red-eyed robber, Jazz once again found herself in the middle of a supernatural disaster. Sanguine – a drug giving its takers supernatural strength and violence. And as Jazz dug into the mystery behind the drug, and the supernatural connection, the series truly hit its stride.

Now, J. K. Walker rises to the next level in his storyline, and in his character development. Jazz has been hammered over the last few books, as she is forced into a stronger and stronger role in the supernatural community. And it is becoming more and more obvious that, the harder she tries to handle everything on her own, the more she needs to learn to depend more on her wide and talented group of friends. And they truly are talented. Cassie, the Registered Nurse who helps keep everyone healthy, and in this edition of the story becomes much, much more. Tammy and Rachel, Tabatha and Tad, all of her friends have their own skills, their own insight. And it is time for Jazz to realize that, utilize her friend’s talents and skills. She has been so busy protecting everyone else that she has failed to allow her friends to protect her. Synergy is the theme, and J. K. Walker does a beautiful job of developing his characters, raising them to the next level.

Old friends, and old enemies are back with a vengeance – vengeance being the pertinent word. New monsters are on the prowl, and old enemies are stronger and stronger. And harder to kill.

This is one of the best Urban Fantasy series out there, and I certainly hope more people find J. K. Walker and his Salt Lake After Dark series. It is amazing. And you can WIN the series!!!

It’s time for a BOOK GIVEAWAY!!

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Glacial Eyes (Book One of Salt Lake After Dark)
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Hollow Eyes (Book Two of Salt Lake After Dark)
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Sanguine Eyes (Book three of Salt Lake After Dark)
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The three book set.

 

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I am one of the proofreaders for J. K. Walker. All opinions stated in my reviews are my own opinion.

AN AUTHOR GIVEAWAY EXTENDED!!! J. K. Walker’s Salt Lake After Dark Series

THE GIVEAWAY HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MARCH 16, SO GET YOUR ENTRIES IN!

It’s time for a BOOK GIVEAWAY!!

 J. K. Walker has been kind enough to offer copies of his wonderful books from the Salt Lake After Dark Series.

And just think – there will be MORE THAN ONE WINNER!!!

J. K. will be giving away all three novels in paperback – signed editions!

There will be THREE (yes, THREE!) copies of the current boxed set in either mobi or epub.

There are FIVE signed copies of Glacial Eyes in either mobi or epub. This is STRONG Urban Fantasy, as I have bragged on multiple occasions. You can check out the website for my reviews:

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Glacial Eyes (Book One of Salt Lake After Dark)
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Sanguine Eyes (Book Three of Salt Lake After Dark)
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Hollow Eyes (Book Two of the Salt Lake After Dark Series)
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Salt Lake After Dark: The Boxed Set – Editions 1-3

In order to win, click on the link below for the Rafflecopter page and complete. Then please comment below. I will need your information: email address and whether you would like mobi or pdf files if you win.  Please remember to include your email address!

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CONTEST ENDS MARCH 16, 2014

AT 12 MIDNIGHT UTAH TIME!

Fallen Eyes Beta Just Arrived! J.K. Walker is Da’ Bomb!

Yes, I have been MIA for a few days. I have been trying my best to stay away from my computer for a while, remove myself from the temptation to drive myself NUTS and burn myself out with my reading. I knew that J.K. Walker’s beta of Fallen Eyes was due to arrive, and I wanted a “fresh palate” to start on the beta.So, I have been working on the sweater I am doing for Bob and basically enjoying some of this beautiful Colorado mid-winter sunshine.

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Click to Enter!!! Win Win Win!!!

Remember, you can WIN the first editions of J.K.’s books through Rafflecopter.com – just click the photo of the three-volume edition to enter!

Good Luck!!!

AN AUTHOR GIVEAWAY!!! J. K. Walker’s Salt Lake After Dark Series

It’s time for a BOOK GIVEAWAY!!

 J. K. Walker has been kind enough to offer copies of his wonderful books from the Salt Lake After Dark Series.

And just think – there will be MORE THAN ONE WINNER!!!

J. K. will be giving away all three novels in paperback – signed editions!

There will be THREE (yes, THREE!) copies of the current boxed set in either mobi or epub.

There are FIVE signed copies of Glacial Eyes in either mobi or epub. This is STRONG Urban Fantasy, as I have bragged on multiple occasions. You can check out the website for my reviews:

glacial eyes
Glacial Eyes (Book One of Salt Lake After Dark)
sanguine pic
Sanguine Eyes (Book Three of Salt Lake After Dark)
hollow eyes
Hollow Eyes (Book Two of the Salt Lake After Dark Series)
salt lake box set
Salt Lake After Dark: The Boxed Set – Editions 1-3

 

 

In order to win, click on the link below for the Rafflecopter page and complete. Then please comment below. I will need your information: email address and whether you would like mobi or pdf files if you win.  Please remember to include your email address!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Click here to complete the Giveaway on Rafflecopter!

CONTEST ENDS FEBRUARY 2, 2014

AT 12 MIDNIGHT UTAH TIME!

Review: Frat House of the Dead by J. K. Walker

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Creepy novella with a twist of humour, a great introduction to the world of Salt Lake After Dark!

Frat House of the Dead is a great little novella which follows up on the happenings of Glacial Eyes (Book One of Salt Lake After Dark). If you have a previous edition of Frat House, you can download the new, edited version from your Kindle Library.

Glacial Eyes was one of my favorite series beginnings of the year. It was a requested review by the author, and I am tremendously grateful I acquiesced to the request, as it quickly earned J. K. Walker a spot on my “must buy immediately upon publication” list.

In Frat House, Jazz and her girlfriends attend a Halloween party – a party which will prove to be a lot more than they expected.

The story lines that make GE so good are included in this book, but we also learn a bit more about the ladies, especially Tammy, Jazz’s best friend, and Rachel the Technowitch. One of the things I really like about Frat House of the Dead is how J. K. weaves in a strong thread of humour through the story while not losing it’s edge. A feat that is missing in much of the Urban Fantasy books published today.

The book is clever, fast paced, and gives you a good overview of the female characters of the Salt Lake After Dark series. If you are considering the series, check out the novella. I have no doubt you will be as enthralled by the series as I am!

EXCLUSIVE COVER REVEAL! Fallen Eyes by J. K. Walker – COMING SOON!

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GORGEOUS!!

Get Excited —– Jazz is on her way BACK!

Just did my first beta read of Fallen Eyes by J. K. Walker. I can’t tell you how excited I am. It is always such a thrill when I can follow the career of new writers and watch them grow. Especially when they grow into wonderful storytellers!

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The first book in the Series.
Click to order your copy.

I first found J. K. Walker when he asked for a review of his first book in his Salt Lake After Dark series, Glacial Eyes (Salt Lake After Dark, #1). Anyone who knows me and my reading style knows that I love a strong, thoughtfully designed female character, and Jazz most certainly met that requirement. An orphan, Jazz is putting herself through school, sharing an apartment with her best friend and her gray tomcat Loki. An attempted rape at an outdoor party leads to Jazz discovering she is much more than what she thought – in more ways than one.

Unlike a lot of female ‘heroines’ Jazz was neither whiny nor an unbelievable super-heroine. Instead, her strength is tempered by a knowledge of how much she doesn’t know, and how much she still has to learn about who, and what, she is. Yep, I was absolutely HOOKED on the characters and storyline of what goes on in Salt Lake After Dark!

The second book, Hollow Eyes continued the series, as Jazz became more knowledgeable about her new condition and about the strange new world she now inhabits. Now a supernatural problem solver, Jazz has a new and difficult life, a new boyfriend who is far from being a “real boy” and a cannibal running the streets of Salt Lake City that she is expected to find and destroy. Wow. A bit of a change, from simple college student to supernatural enforcer!

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The second book in the series.
Click to order your copy.

I have to admit, as much as I loved the first two books, I held out a star, giving them four-stars in my reviews. Bad Leiah – I was holding out to see where the series went, and by this time I was talking with J. K. Walker about his series and characters and truly beginning to love the stories he was writing.

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The third book in the series.
Click to order your copy!

Then came the third book, Sanguine Eyes. Now, finally, that final star comes out, a five-star read. Up until now, Jazz has faced a serial killer, a berserker, a wendigo, and even a zombie invasion. Damn, girl! That is a LOT to ask from a college girl, wouldn’t you say? And yet, now things get even stranger, as a mystical drug called Sanguine drives human addicts to have the horrifying strength and speed of vampires – and even less control.

Now, J. K. Walker is well on his way to delivering Fallen Eyes, the fourth in the series – and this one is all set to blow even the excellence of the last three out of the water. Jazz has grown, mentally, emotionally, and physically through the last three books, and this installment is pulling her character development together, bringing her knowledge, her strength, and her pain, into sharp focus. Currently loosely scheduled for a January release, you have to put this on your “must purchase” list if you are at all interested in a brilliant urban fantasy world. You will not be disappointed. Walker is fast approaching the strength of some of my favorite authors, such as Charles deLint and the team of Ilona Andrews.

Check out the two short-stories by Walker set in the Salt Lake After Dark world. In My Time of Dying, an Amazon Freebie the heartbreaking and hopeful story of David and Angel, and Frat House of the Dead, which gives you more background on one of my favorite secondary characters, Rachel the Technowitch.

This series is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

J. K. Walker is a Utah native that has been telling stories since he was first able to talk. Author of the “Salt Lake After Dark” series that follows Jasmine Bedeau and her friends, both normal and supernatural, through their adventures in a paranormal world hidden within our own.

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