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Lisa Shearin – Found Her In Night Shift, Now I’m A Fangirl…

Being a rabid Ilona Andrews fan I preordered Night Shift the moment it hit preorder Night Shift | [Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin, Nalini Singh, Milla Vane]status. I adore anthologies, and with both Nalini Singh and Ilona Andrews as listed authors, I was so excited to receive it. There were two other authors in the anthology, Lisa Shearin and Milla Vane, neither of which I had read before.

This is why authors are brilliant to be involved in Anthologies, especially when they can be involved in them with more well-known authors. I may never have heard of Lisa Shearin before, but after reading Lucky Charms I knew I had to read more of her work.

It was four in the morning. I was in a stolen bakery delivery truck that’d been nearly totaled by three gargoyles. In the truck with me were two hung-over elves, a pair of stoned leprechauns with the munchies, a naked Russian werewolf, and a hot partner, who was actually more of a bodyguard, in a race against a goblin dark mage to retrieve a leprechaun prince with a tracking chip embedded in his left ass cheek.

Six hours earlier:

“How the hell did you lose five horny leprechauns in a strip club?”

The Grendel Affair | [Lisa Shearin]What is NOT to love?!?! I immediately went out and purchased The Grendel Affair on Audible. Hey, it is narrated by Johanna Parker. The main character, Makenna Fraser, is a good-ole’ Southern girl, and Johanna’s southern voice is perfect for the character. Having first listened to Johanna in the Sookie Stackhouse Series, I follow her on Audible and give serious consideration to any books she narrates, just as I do with any books that are narrated by Renée Raudman, Khristine Hvam, Will Patton or . . . well, I have a list of narrators that I follow!

Makenna Fraser features in The Grendel Affair as well. Lucky Charms, the story in Night Shift seems to be a prologue to the SPI Files series. The second in the series, The Dragon Conspiracy (SPI Files), comes out January 27th, and I will be waiting impatiently for the Audible edition! I love the mythology of the SPI Files. A hidden paramilitary police force policing the supernaturals, which of course the human population knows nothing of. Yes, that concept has been used before, but when well done, it is the underpinning of many a truly marvelous story. In New York, just before New Year’s Eve, Grendels have been released, and are picking off both supernats and humans – leading up to what their leader intends to be a Times Square slaughter, ripping the blinders off the human population in a gory paean to carnage and chaos. It is up to the SPI to stop the Grendels (yes, just like in Beowulf) before the world is turned into a mythological nightmare. (Really, people – do you truly not understand that humans have a wee bit of an arsenal built up? Like, enough to destroy the world several times over? Sort of hard to fight a Predator missile with a Predator’s claws . . . Ah, the dreams of glory of a psychopath with a God complex.)

Makenna is a great heroine, mostly for the fact that she really isn’t a ‘heroine’ at all. Rather, she is a newspaper reporter who found herself thrust into the SPI because she is a seer – she can see underneath the veils that supernats wear to make them appear human. And her particular skill-set may be the only thing that can save the world from the planned chaos and slaughter. She is no Mary Sue – she makes mistakes, grave ones, but fumbles along the best she can under extremely difficult situations, helping and being helped by her new colleagues. Terror, sadness and guilt all hound her, but there are truly funny moments as well.

Lisa Shearin has another series, starring Raine Benares, which begins with Magic Magic Lost, Trouble Found: Raine Benares, Book 1 | [Lisa Shearin]Lost, Trouble Found: Raine Benares, Book 1. One of my Audible credits will be grabbing this one soon! It is narrated by Eileen Stevens, not Joanna, but as I haven’t listened to her work yet I am interested to hear how it works for the story line.

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Why I love (Photo credit: insidetwit) responded to my request for a refund right away. I wonder how many requests for refunds they got for Dead Ever After?


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Manure still doesn’t smell like roses . . .

gravestoneWhat it DOES smell like it Charlaine Harris giving her readers of the last 10-years, those who have made her rich, a great big steaming pile of dog crap and calling it the wrap-up of a series I have been calling a friend for all these years.

Rather than a review, I will point you to the exceptional one-star (can we PLEASE have negative stars????) reviews at and other places, and instead, copy you on the e-mail I sent to

“I put Charlaine Harris’ “Dead Ever After” on my preorder list, and was happy to receive it on the publication date. I have no problem with Audible. I have been a loyal customer for years. I have never asked for a credit back. Until now.

Harris purposely wrote a horrible ending to our 10-year journey with her character. She apparently did it to insult her loyal readers who have made her a very rich woman. I may have to suffer the indignity of an author insulting me, but I DON’T intend to give her yet more of my hard-earned money so that she can make money from doing it.

Please see the Amazon reviews for proof of Harris’ betrayal and the reasons behind it.

Again, I may have paid for some bad books during my years with Audible. That is on me, and I won’t quibble over the credit. But I am hereby officially asking for my credit back for Dead Ever After and for the book to be removed from my library on your site. I have removed it from my Audible Manager. Since my cancer, books are my only real treat for myself. The insult I feel by Harris’ actions is deeply painful. “

Enough said. I think I just threw up in my mouth a little – better get the Listerine. And the aspirin. Then I am going to go find a much loved book, draw a hot bath and settle in with a bottle of Pinot Noir and about five pounds of chocolate and try to get past the trauma.

Charlaine Harris and the final book

I received my download of Charlaine Harris’ last Sookie Stackhouse book, “Dead Ever After” from I just started listening to it and so far, I am not impressed. Even Johanna Parker seems bored and she is one of the very best narrators out there.

deadeverafterI try not to look at reviews before I read a book, as I don’t want to influence my own opinion. However, as I was looking at another book this afternoon, I came across this review by Kathryn, a favorite reviewer of mine from Bossier City, Louisiana. In part; “I honestly don’t believe Charlaine Harris wrote this book. I suspect she either supervised a ghost writer who needed a firmer editing hand, or she did write it and it’s just an early draft that she either didn’t care to improve or couldn’t because of other commitments.”

Well, it is her 13th, and final, book of the series. There has been a lot of negative commentary about her last couple of books and maybe that has something to do with her just giving up? Some reviewers can be absolutely vicious in their “reviews” and some apparently don’t have even the faintest concept of what makes an author a good writer. I remember one reviewer who was going on and on about how Charlaine wrote about “extraneous characters” i.e., the story lines containing anything other than Sookie and whomever she happens to be sleeping with at the time. Uh, does that mean authors should write books with only two characters in them?

Oh my GOD! Can we talk about something OTHER than who happens to be sleeping with WHOM??? Sigh. I will go there later.

Finishing up a couple of R4R books today, then I am going to sit down with my knitting and start listening. Will let you know what I decide later!

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