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review 2019-09-13 04:36
Days Gone Bad by Eric R. Asher
Days Gone Bad - Eric R. Asher

Damian Valdis Vesik is a necromancer in St. Louis. His shop, Death's Door, provides spell-craft supplies, crystals, and other artifacts that sorcerers and Wiccans might be interested in. His sister, Sam, is a vampire - as far as I could figure out, Damian met his teacher, Zola, in the aftermath of his sister being attacked. Since then, he's also acquired several fairy lodgers and their annoyingly bitey cu sith puppies.

The book starts with a wedding invitation. Sam's ex-boyfriend is getting married, and she's pissed. Damian isn't 100% sure about her self-control, so, in order to appease her, he offers to attend the wedding and somehow make it horrible. Meanwhile, Zola is back, with news that there's something worrisome going on involving demons.

That's the story as I understood it. One of this book's problems (it had several) was that it didn't feel particularly focused. I generally understood that the primary storyline was supposed to be about the demons (demon?), but I couldn't get a handle on whether the author was setting it up to the the overarching storyline of the series, with something else as the true focus of this particular book, or whether it was actually this book's story. Or both.

Everything kicked off with the wedding invitation. Even though this was one of my Book Bonanza purchases and the author himself told me that this was the first book in the series, I still found myself wondering whether I'd actually started with the first book. Damian kept mentioning a bunch of characters like I should know them already - his vampire sister probably threw me the most. After a flurry of character introductions, the story fell into a frustrating pattern: the characters would eat junk food and/or spend some time joking around, something serious would happen, and then the characters would go back to eating junk food and/or joking around. This pattern held even as the characters were attempting to escape a zombie horde - during a brief quiet moment, Damian managed to find some expired Moon Pies and chowed down.

At some point during all the joking, chimichanga/pizza/beef jerky eating, and violent but largely forgettable vampire/demon/zombie scenes, Damian remembered that there was a wedding he was supposed to go to. He went, and then a scene occurred that utterly ruined the book and main character for me, and left me regretting that I'd purchased both Book 1 and Book 2 together because, hey, why not? (This is why not.) Warning: it involves animal abuse.

Just prior to the wedding, Damian learned how to do a bit of fairy magic. In particular, he learned a growth spell that could cause plants to grow extremely quickly. While at the wedding, he recalled a pet parrot of his who'd died from eating rice, and who he'd then raised from the dead. After scaring off a flower girl in a contrived little scene (based on what little I know of small children, I think she'd have been more fascinated by his story than terrified), Damian took her bag of rice and scattered it for the pigeons outside to eat. He then used his new growth spell to cause all of the pigeons in the area who'd eaten the rice to suddenly explode. Both he, his sister Sam, and Ashley, a Wiccan priestess and wedding attendee, thought this was hilarious. Any and all goodwill I had for Damian evaporated.

At a later point in the book, the characters found themselves caught in a trap that had required a massacre to set. Zola commented: "The power and disregard for life it would require are unthinkable." (189) I imagine she meant human life, because not one person had a negative thing to say about Damian blowing up a bunch of pigeons essentially for giggles. I was similarly stony-faced about all the "feeding ferrets to vampires" jokes. Damian didn't like pigeons, so it was okay for him to kill a bunch of them just to ruin a wedding.

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Damian also didn't like ferrets, so it was hilarious that one of Sam's vampire friends bought a pet ferret each week and ate it.

The ferret thing didn't even make sense. If vampires could feed off of animals and did so in order to avoid harming humans and drawing attention to themselves, why spend so much money on ferrets and run the risk of the pet store owner (the ferrets were always purchased from the same store) finally becoming suspicious? Why not keep, say, a few large dogs around, and bleed them on a rotating basis?

This book had an editor, but I suspect she only did copyediting. This needed more than that. I liked Asher's "voice," for the most part, and I think there was a decent story in here somewhere. Unfortunately, it was buried under a bunch of crap: a large cast of characters I had difficulty remembering and keeping straight, an "everything but the kitchen sink" list of fantasy/paranormal beings, and lots of eating and jokes that tended to fall flat. Nothing seemed to matter. One of the character died, but I could barely remember why I should care. Damian was frequently injured in ways that should have either resulted in his death or extended hospitalization, but someone would always show up to heal him in a matter of hours or days.

There were a couple characters I sort of liked: Zola, Damian's teacher, and Happy the ghost panda. I'm still disappointed that not even Zola told Damian off for what he did to those birds, though, and Happy felt emotionally manipulative, the author's way of making sure that there would be at least one appealing thing in the book. Even Damian admitted that Happy didn't behave like an actual panda. He was more like a cross between a teddy bear and a giant breed puppy.

I will probably read the second book at some point, since I foolishly already purchased it, but I'm not really looking forward to it. It's disappointing, because Asher was one of the handful of Book Bonanza authors I was convinced would be a good fit for me.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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text 2019-01-06 11:05
Book Tour & Giveaway with Guest Post! The Corpse Whisperer (Allie Nighthawk Mystery #1) H.R. Boldwood!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Good Morning, Readers! H.R. Boldwood is joining us today to tell us all about her new release – The Corpse Whisperer including how the concept came to be! Let’s give her a great big welcome! Enjoy & don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY!

 

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

 

 

The Corpse Whisperer
An Allie Nighthawk Mystery Book 1
by H.R. Boldwood
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Mystery


Welcome to the world of Allie Nighthawk, corpse whisperer and badass zombie hunter.

 

“If you raise deadheads, you’d better be able to put ‘em down. Nobody said it was pretty. But in this day, when vampires aren’t just for breakfast anymore, and the dead are disposable pawns for necromancers, someone has to ante up. Looks like I won the lotto. Imagine my delight. You should thank me, really, because the world is batshit crazy.”

 

When the zombie population spikes and no one knows why, it’s up to Allie to solve the mystery. But there’s a hitch. She’s stuck babysitting Leo Abruzzi, a zombie-bitten gangster who’s turning state’s evidence. But the mob and a powerful necromancer will stop at nothing to take Leo and Allie down.

 

Allie Nighthawk is Anita Blake on steroids, with a fondness for leather and Jack on the rocks. She has a healthy dose of Stephanie Plum and Rachel Morgan in her, too, though she’d never admit it. 

 

The battle between good and evil just got wicked fun.

 

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BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/the-corpse-whisperer-an-allie-nighthawk-mystery-book-1-by-h-r-boldwood

 

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GBooks - https://books.google.com/books?id=ZTwKvAEACAAJ&dq=hr+boldwood+the+corpse+whisperer&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiBoK2slMzfAhUQOK0KHYBaC0UQ6AEIKjAA

 

 

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AVAILABLE in print or ebook

 

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Hello, H.R.! Welcome to Stormy Vixen’s. I am so glad you decided to join us today & I can’t wait to find out where you got the idea for your fascinating new series! Let’s get started shall we?

 

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The concept of The Corpse Whisperer sprang from my love of horror, urban fantasy, and monsters — especially zombies. I envisioned an unrelenting tale of darkness, but try as I might, I couldn’t inhibit my quirky sense of humor that insisted on spilling over into the story. Finally, I gave up and let the little voice in the back of my brain have its way.
Thank heavens.


The protagonist Allie Nighthawk is a kickass female zombie hunter who loves her attitude problem. Allie is Anita Blake on steroids with healthy dose of Stephanie Plum. She also has a fondness for leather, Jack Daniel’s slushies, and two hot male law enforcement officers.


Best of all, she has a strange and awesome super power. She can raise the dead.


Zombie hunting is an ugly job, but in this day when vampires aren’t just for breakfast anymore and the dead are disposable pawns for necromancers, someone has to ante up. Allie carries a custom 9mm Nighthawk, a Baby Glock, and a Ka-Bar knife — tools of the trade as she does her best to keep the residents of Cincinnati from getting ‘corpsified.’


I had an incredible amount of fun writing this book. It’s a fast-paced mystery that alternately makes you laugh and cringe with every turn of the page. Allie Nighthawk is all the things I want to be when I grow up. The cover, designed by Christiana Miller, is over-the-top awesome and exactly what I wanted.


I can totally see The Corpse Whisperer as a movie, featuring the gorgeous and snarky Mila Kunis. I hope once you read it, you will, too. Stay tuned for the next novel in The Corpse Whisperer series, Corpse Whisperer Sworn, to be released in 2019.


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Well, I have to say H.R., this story sounds like a book readers can really sink their teeth you into! Thanks so much for sharing it with my readers!


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Enter the giveaway to win this beautiful 2019 Crystal Lake Publishing Speculative Fiction daily planner!


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Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!

 

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H.R. Boldwood is a writer of horror and speculative fiction. In another incarnation, Boldwood is a Pushcart Prize nominee and was awarded the 2009 Bilbo Award for creative writing by Thomas More College. Publication credits include, "Killing it Softly," "Short Story America," "Bete Noir," "Everyday Fiction," "Toys in the Attic," "Floppy Shoes Apocalypse II," "Pilcrow and Dagger," and "Sirens Call."

 

Boldwood's characters are often disreputable and not to be trusted. They are kicked to the curb at every conceivable opportunity. No responsibility is taken by this author for the dastardly and sometimes criminal acts committed by this ragtag group of miscreants.



Website - http://www.hrboldwood.com/

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/hrboldwood

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/BoldwoodH

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/H.R.-Boldwood/e/B01LWY22MD

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15625304.H_R_Boldwood

 

 

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review 2018-10-09 11:00
Release Day Review! Stone Heart (The Gargoyle Protectors #1) Ariel Marie!

 

 

An unknown entity, an unexplained power source... Earth was in danger.

 

Gargoyles, a winged humanoid race of warriors, had spent thousands of years ensuring the survival of the planet. Rhodack Gahnoth, leader of Clan Gahnoth, demanded his gargoyles defend the realm against a new threat. Sending his most trusted warrior to investigate the unexplainable, he was left speechless when the warrior returned with a little wisp of a female with golden hair by the name of Rina Smith.

 

Her powers were the strongest of any being, and something was hunting her down. To make matters worse, she was under a powerful spell, believed herself to be human, and she was Rhodack’s mate.

 

Once the spell was removed, Rina’s true identity was revealed, and no one was more shocked than her. She would need a crash course in the world of paranormal to bring her up to speed. One thing she didn’t need help with was her attraction to the tall, brooding gargoyle. He didn’t hide the fact he wanted her. Her hesitance was met with his persistence.

 

What Rhodack wanted, he claimed.

 

Because of who she was, a war that had no place on Earth would spill into the realm. It would be up to Rhodack and his gargoyles to meet this new enemy head-on. Rhodack vowed to protect Rina, but as fate would have it, she wouldn’t need his protection after all—he would need hers.

 

 

This new series sizzles with electricity, red hot loving and thrilling excitement. Rina and Rhodack are strong, vibrant characters with take charge attitudes that grab readers by their eyeballs and demands that reader enjoy their story. The attraction between these two is undeniable but there are a few obstacles in the path of the mating, Rina has no clue about the supernatural world or just who she really is and Rhodack being the head of his clan of Gargoyles has a harem. That may seem like major obstacles but fate has a way of getting around hurdles and which leads to some seriously hot and passionate scenes between Rhodack and Rina and some of those scenes includes much more, but I will leave that up to your imagination or if you really want to know read the book.

 

Excitement and suspense has readers holding their breaths in anticipation as secrets are revealed, unknown entities breach the portals, and a war that has no place on Earth plunges the Gargoyles right into danger as they try to protect the inhabitants of Earth. With some surprising twists, there’s no way for readers to become bored. The author has created a well-developed world with some unique elements that makes this story one that I couldn’t put down and I am really looking forward to reading the next about the next sexy gargoyle protector.

 

 

 

 

Add to your shelves at -

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40817447-stone-heart

 

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Stone Heart is the 1st book in The Gargoyle Protector series -

 

 

AVAILABLE in ebook at -

 

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A&R - AU - https://books2read.com/u/boZoWp?store=angus-robertson

 


Ariel Marie is an author who loves the paranormal, action and hot steamy romance. She combines all three in each and every one of her stories. For as long as she can remember, she has loved vampires, shifters and every creature you can think of. This even rolls over into her favorite movies! She loves a good action packed thriller! Throw a touch of the supernatural world in it and she’s hooked!

She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where she currently resides with her husband and three beautiful children. Want to know more about her and her books?

 

 

Website - http://www.thearielmarie.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13904978.Ariel_Marie

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/ariel-marie

 

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/authorarielmarie

 

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review 2018-06-25 10:00
Early Review! Iron and Magic (The Iron Covenant #1 / Kate Daniels #9.5) Ilona Andrews!
Iron and Magic - Ilona Andrews

 

 

No day is ordinary in a world where Technology and Magic compete for supremacy…But no matter which force is winning, in the apocalypse, a sword will always work. 

 

Hugh d’Ambray, Preceptor of the Iron Dogs, Warlord of the Builder of Towers, served only one man. Now his immortal, nearly omnipotent master has cast him aside. Hugh is a shadow of the warrior he was, but when he learns that the Iron Dogs, soldiers who would follow him anywhere, are being hunted down and murdered, he must make a choice: to fade away or to be the leader he was born to be. Hugh knows he must carve a new place for himself and his people, but they have no money, no shelter, and no food, and the necromancers are coming. Fast. 

 

Elara Harper is a creature who should not exist. Her enemies call her Abomination; her people call her White Lady. Tasked with their protection, she's trapped between the magical heavyweights about to collide and plunge the state of Kentucky into a war that humans have no power to stop. Desperate to shield her people and their simple way of life, she would accept help from the devil himself—and Hugh d’Ambray might qualify. 

Hugh needs a base, Elara needs soldiers. Both are infamous for betraying their allies, so how can they create a believable alliance to meet the challenge of their enemies? 

As the prophet says: “It is better to marry than to burn.”

 

Hugh and Elara may do both. 

 


I just went on an adventure to another world where technology and magic compete for supremacy and I it was one thrilling ride where I met mesmerizing characters and fought spectacular battles.

 

Hugh and Elara were the main characters that I met on this journey and they are strong, captivating and easily seized my attention and refused to let go once they had it. This couple were both intriguing and daring with lots of appeal and unique characteristics that made them stand out. As for the relationship between them, well it definitely had some electrifying chemistry and an attraction that had sparks flying everywhere but it was also feisty and full of turmoil as they fought each other tooth and nail throughout the story with snappy dialogue that has me convinced that a happily ever after for these two may be a long time in coming, at least they finally have a sort of acceptance of each other, so I can’t wait to find out how their relationship progresses.

 

Lots of excitement and thrills keep the adrenaline pumping throughout this fast paced and smooth flowing story with lots of twists and turns that kept me wondering just what would happen next. The bad guys and creatures are as fascinating as they are scary and cause Hugh and Elara a seemingly endless amount trouble so there was definitely no dull moment to be found.

 

I am a huge fan of the Kate Daniels universe and I can never get enough, so I was quite excited to find out that Hugh was going to have his own story. Iron and Magic is well developed and full of all the fascinating elements and all the wonderful characters and creatures that make up the universe, so is it really any wonder that I was completely enthralled by the first book in The Iron Covenant series and I am eagerly awaiting the next.

 


Iron and Magic

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35126152-iron-and-magic

 

Author - http://www.ilona-andrews.com/book/iron-and-magic/

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/iron-and-magic-ilona-andrews/book,13910079

 


is the 1st book in the The Iron Covenant series


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/230437-the-iron-covenant

 

Author - http://www.ilona-andrews.com/series/iron-covenant/

 


& #9.5 in the Kate Daniels series


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/40691-kate-daniels

 

Author - http://www.ilona-andrews.com/kate-daniels/

 


which includes:

 

A Questionable Client #.5
Magic Bites #1
Magic Burns #2
Magic Strikes #3
Magic Mourns #3.5
Magic Bleeds #4
Magic Dreams #4.5
Magic Slays #5
Magic Gifts #5.4
Gunmetal Magic #5.5
Curran Twitter, The Wilson Building #5.6
Magic Rises #6
Dabwaha, Curran Twitter #6.1
Magic Steals #6.5
Magic Breaks #7
Magic Shifts #8
Magic Stars #8.5 (Grey Wolf #.5)
Magic Binds #9
Iron and Magic #9.5 (The Iron Covenant #1)
Magic Triumphs #10

 

& The Iron Covenant Trilogy # 2 is coming in 2019!

 

 

Iron and Magic is available in ebook at:

 

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Iron-Magic-Covenant-Book-ebook/dp/B07CZ39YYV/ref=la_B001RXSCKY_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1527531955&sr=1-1

 

B&N – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/iron-and-magic-ilona-andrews/1128639308?ean=2940162068716

 

iBooks – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/iron-and-magic/id1382939951?_bbid=9849694&mt=11

 

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/iron-and-magic

 

eBooks - https://www.ebooks.com/96183048/iron-and-magic/andrews-ilona/

 

 

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

 

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Oregon with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge

 

Be sure & visit Ilona Andrews at any of the following locations:

 

Website - http://ilona-andrews.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21748.Ilona_Andrews

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/4942520/record_interest

 

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Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ilona.andrews/


Twitter - https://twitter.com/ilona_andrews

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/ilona-andrews/author,4249290

 

 

 

 

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Two Necromancers, an Army of Golems, and a Demon Lord
Two Necromancers, an Army of Golems, and... Two Necromancers, an Army of Golems, and a Demon Lord - L.G. Estrella “I’ll make them pay. Nobody kills my zombies and gets away with it!”

Totally absurd and perfectly logical! Pitted against an army of mutant golems and an evil demon lord is the most unlikely team of heroes: a fire-obsessed elf (to put it mildly), a magic shovel-wielding necromancer with his ninja rats-loving apprentice (wearing pink-rimmed glasses, no less), an old plantsman with a penchant for bonsai trees and uh... a bureaucrat (I don't really need to attach any adjectives to him). Hilarious and nicely written, I liked the first part better and I'm looking forward to the next adventures of this budding group.

“The banjo?” Avraniel snorted. “You play the banjo? Please don’t tell me that you’re one of those mopey necromancers, you know, the ones who sit in darkness all day writing bad songs about how the whole world has gone to hell and how everyone you love has left you.”
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