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text 2017-04-29 06:29
Mason Dixon by Eric R. Asher Book Blitz and Giveaway


Mason Dixon – Monster Hunter Episode 1
Eric R. Asher
Publication date: April 21st 2017
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy

They are the first line of defense against the things that go bump in the night.
They are the keepers of a centuries-old legacy of The Church defending the world against the forces of darkness.
They are a bunch of highly armed rednecks, internet video celebrities, soccer moms, and assorted broken nutjobs.
They are the new Templars, and things are about to get weird.
From the pages of Bubba the Monster Hunter comes a new series featuring the Hunters from around the United States hunting down monsters, fighting off supernatural baddies, and making life really, really bad for the things that hunt people.
He’s Mason Dixon, and he’s a bona fide internet celebrity. He has his own video series, a pistol that deserves its own area code, and a high definition video camera, and he’s not afraid to use any of them.
In this introductory urban fantasy novella, we meet Mason, his right hand Emma, his “handler” Noah, his anime-styled hacker friend Himari, and more monsters than you can shake a stick at. Unless it’s a really big stick.
With Mason, it’s always a big stick. This first novella in the series follows Mason through the wilds of Missouri as he hunts down monsters that hunt men, monsters that eat chewing tobacco, and monsters that make pancakes. And there’s moonshine.
And then Bubba the Monster Hunter shows up.
The New Templars novella series is a new series of short novels, similar to BookShots. Mason Dixon – Monster Hunter is the first in the series by popular urban fantasy and steampunk author Eric R. Asher.
EXCERPT:
“Out,” I said. “Get out of the pit. Safeties off.” I raised the stock to my shoulder and swept the area around us again.
Emma slipped and crashed into the pit, sending a cascade of stained white bones over the edge to clatter down into the limestone depression. We waited, and I could hear my own heartbeat pounding in my ears.
Boom.
We both froze. I don’t care how many times you’ve encountered something in the wild, you still freeze for a split second.
Boom.
“Move!” I hissed, backpedaling while keeping my tranquilizer aimed around Emma. She was almost out. We could get back on the ATVs and come back with bigger guns. 10cc darts? I should have brought the 50cc cannon. This was a mistake. The old man wasn’t crazy at all.
Boom. Boom. Boom. BoomBoomBoom.
The gowrow erupted from its lair like it had been spit forth by an angry god. Its stubby, bulbous body might have been humorous paired with its long scaly neck if not for the tusks fit for a mammoth gleaming in the dying sun. It would take that creature zero effort to kill us in one charge.
Its movements seemed awkward, but its attacks were practiced. The gowrow swiped at Emma with a four-toed webbed foot, a lethal claw extending from each digit. She fell backwards and rolled away, barely avoiding the attack.
Any doubt this gowrow was a maneater fled in a heartbeat.
I cranked the air pressure as high as it would go on the tranquilizer gun and fired. The dart rose slightly in a wind disturbance created by the massive creature and pinged harmlessly off the field of spiky scales lining its back. I cursed, flipped the butt of the rifle open, and loaded another dart.
 

Author Bio:
Eric is a former bookseller, cellist, and comic seller currently living in Saint Louis, Missouri. A lifelong enthusiast of books, music, toys, and games, he discovered a love for the written word after being dragged to the library by his parents at a young age. When he is not writing, you can usually find him reading, gaming, or buried beneath a small avalanche of Transformers.
 
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review 2017-04-28 00:17
How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back - Diana Rowland

♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

Impossible is Nothing by Iggy Azalea  --not necessarily my type of music, but the chorus is got a good vibe…although, it definitely has the right feel for Angel.  She's really stepping up and kicking her life into high gear.  She's not letting anyone stand in her way.

♫Keep on living, keep on breathing

Even when you don't believe it

Keep on climbing, keep on reaching

Even when this world can't see it

No Impossible is nothing…♫

 

Book Title:  How The White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back

Author:  Diana Rowland

Narration:  Allison McLemore

Series:  White Trash Zombie #4

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Source:  Audible Audiobook

 

Add to Goodreads

 

OVERALL RATING:  4/5 STARS

GRADE = B+

 

My Thoughts

 

If you've heard that this edition in the series is on the slow side, that would be true…although an easy fix to this is to listen on Audio.  Allison McLemore was excellent  as the voice of Angel.  It was totally a good call using my audible credit for this one.  Despite the slow-ish pacing, I really found myself liking Angel even more than I already did.  Once the action kicks up a notch; this was a quick, entertaining listen.  I highly recommend this series, especially if you prefer a zombie with a functioning brain.

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  3.5/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  4.5/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  3/5  I complain about the covers for this series every time because they always show her smoking a cigarette.  To me, cigarettes are tacky, and icky.

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope, not really

 

Will I continue this series?  For sure…

 

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review 2017-04-27 03:41
Hexed by Kevin Hearne
Hexed - Kevin Hearne

Series: Iron Druid Chronicles #2

 

This was another fun installment in this series. It’s light reading, just a fun urban fantasy adventure series with a two thousand year old druid as a main character who tries to blend in by talking like a college student. In this one, Atticus faces an evil German witch coven he’s encountered before. I don’t have much else to say about it, so I’ll just throw in some links to my updates (I liked quite a few of the passages):

24%

71%

89%

 

I read this for square #16 “Read a book set in Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona or California” for the booklikes-opoly game since it takes place in Arizona. The paperback is 320 pages so that’s another $3 for my bank, bringing my total to $43. And I get to roll tomorrow!

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text 2017-04-27 02:38
Reading progress update: I've read 89%.
Hexed - Kevin Hearne

The answer to enemies who heal annoyingly fast is always, always decapitation. That is why swords will never go out of style.

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review 2017-04-26 20:46
Closing the circle.
Feversong: A Fever Novel - Karen Marie Moning

Heh. I'd wondered in the 5th volume, but we were turned around so many times, I'd dropped it. Nice mind-screw.

 

Like this whole saga, the book rating will be very subjective. I had a lot of fun, and enjoyed the twist and turns and ridiculous fits of mightiness; rolled my eyes at some of the drama (though I got itchy eyes at some points) and in-depth search inside the characters brain-process (get on with it! Ohhh, that's why!), and loved how it fucks with your suspicions and it's own worlds-building. The shifty morality of most the cast (a point that would stick to most readers craw) bothers me none at all

 

Lots fertile ground for off-shot stories, but mostly neatly tied.

 

I so have to re-read all nine books now I know.

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