Tag: Paranormal

Review: BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART by Amanda Hocking

Cover Between the Blade and the HeartBETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART by Amanda Hocking / YA Fantasy / Released Jan 2, 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

When the fate of the world is at stake
Loyalties will be tested

Game of Thrones meets Blade Runner in this commanding new YA fantasy inspired by Norse Mythology from New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking.

As one of Odin’s Valkyries, Malin’s greatest responsibility is to slay immortals and return them to the underworld. But when she unearths a secret that could unravel the balance of all she knows, Malin along with her best friend and her ex-girlfriend must decide where their loyalties lie. And if helping the blue-eyed boy Asher enact his revenge is worth the risk—to the world and her heart.

Review:

This is the first Amanda Hocking book I have read and I must say that I am a FAN.  My taste in books include Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series, Colleen Vanderlinden’s Home series and Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson series so I am no stranger to the fantasy world.  Ms. Hocking beautifully builds a world that is both familiar and fascinating and fills it with richly developed characters.

Familiar are the challenges of a college-aged daughter’s relationship with her mother, juggling an ex-girlfriend and a new heart-throb and having a pet.  Fascinating is Malin’s role as a Valkyry, her questions about destiny and free-will and the fact her pet, Bowie, is a wolpertinger.

Seamlessly paced, BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART is a page-turner and I can’t wait for the second book in the series, FROM THE EARTH TO THE SHADOWS coming out in April 2018.

 

Book Excerpt BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART by Amanda Hocking

BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART by Amanda Hocking / Young Adult Fantasy / Released Jan 2, 2018 by St. Martin’s PressCover Between the Blade and the Heart

 

ONE

The air reeked of fermented fish and rotten fruit, thanks to the overflowing dumpster from the restaurant behind us. The polluted alley felt narrow and claustrophobic, sandwiched between skyscrapers.

In the city, it was never quiet or peaceful, even at three in the morning. There were more than thirty million humans and supernatural beings coexisting, living on top of each other. It was the only life I’d ever really known, but the noise of the congestion grated on me tonight.

My eyes were locked on the flickering neon lights of the gambling parlor across the street. The u in Shibuya had gone out, so the sign flashed SHIB YA at me.

The sword sheathed at my side felt heavy, and my body felt restless and electric. I couldn’t keep from fidgeting and cracked my knuckles.

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Book Excerpt: A VAMPIRE TO BE RECKONED WITH

avampiretobereckonedwith_w10035_medA VAMPIRE TO BE RECKONED WITH by RE Mullins

It was him. After a hiatus of ninety-eight years and giving up hope, he now stood a few feet behind her, having apparently appeared out of nowhere. Her heart stalled, she wheezed from shock, and stared into a face she’d never thought to see again.

The wretched witch had been right and her blast from the past had arrived.

The sight of her old field master set off a myriad of emotions, brutally ripping through her defenses. She stumbled through the mental minefield and each misstep sent more explosions surging through her. Hell, she’d rather face Mateo Osvaldo and his entire Toltec army than her former Orcus Master, Lucas O’Cuinn.

One errant thought kept circling back through the jumble. Why couldn’t this meeting have happened when she wasn’t looking like a drowned rat—make that a frozen, drowned rat.

“Metta,” he said her name softly, almost caressingly.

She refused to acknowledge the split second of elation the sight of him gave her. Instead she took refuge in anger as it chased at the heels of joy, clinging to the bitter resentment the long years had taught her. Of course, where he was concerned such conflicted feelings were nothing new. Their relationship had been a constant push-pull series of emotional knots.

In his larger-than-life way, he’d been both her hero and enemy.

Damn him. What was he doing there?

“Lucas O’Cuinn,” any effort to sound tough was ruined by her chattering teeth. She hoped he didn’t see the wave of hurt, guilt, and fear crushing in on her with all the raw energy and destructive force of a collapsing dam.

His eyes flashed when she’d said his name, and the sound of it hung in the air between them. When he finally spoke, however, he sounded maddeningly calm—his nod so genial they might have been nothing more than chance acquaintances passing in the park.

“I go by Luke Quinn now.” He shrugged off her questioning look, “it’s simpler. More in keeping with the times.”

Run, her mind shouted when his gaze narrowed, his expression shifting into one that didn’t bode well for her. But it was too late to flee. The little bit of good sense she had left was extinguished by emotional flood waters, and the rampaging waves ruthlessly obliterated each coherent thought in its path.

Maybe that’s why she suddenly dropped her hands to her sides in a defeated manner. Pure instinct took over when he got within striking range, and she drove her fist into his gut, surprising them both. He grunted as air shot out of his lungs, doubling his body over as he tried to catch his breath.

Her natural predisposition rushed into play, insisting she take advantage of his forward momentum and bent over posture. Almost by rote, she thrust her shoulder into his chest, at the same time grabbing his extended arm. Her knees bent forward as she seamlessly rolled him up and off her hip.

Much like that first time, his feet left the ground, and he went flying.

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Interview: RE Mullins, paranormal author

remullins-photoThough RE Mullins has resided in Oklahoma, Michigan, and Colorado, she spent the majority of her life in the beautiful southwestern portion of Missouri. It was there she earned her BA at MSSC in Joplin, MO. During the time spent surrounded by blood samples as a phlebotomist and an assistant instructor at Ozark Tech’s Continuing Education Course in phlebotomy that RE was, somehow, inspired to start her first vampire romance.

Tell us about your new release.

avampiretobereckonedwith_w10035_medA Vampire To Be Reckoned With is the third book in the: Blautsaugers of Amber Heights series. The series deals with the Blautsaugers, a powerful vampire family, though each book features a different family member. In A Vampire To Be Reckoned With we get Metta’s story. The youngest daughter might appear to be the birdbrain of the family but she’s got hidden depths and is hiding some dangerous secrets.

How important is setting to your story?

Those who know me will recognize various descriptions of different locations in my books. Grand Falls on Shoal Creek, Low Water Bridge, and the Greenway Trail to name a few of them.

Are any of your characters loosely based on people you know in real life?

No they aren’t—though several relatives don’t seem to believe me. I happen to like my brother-in-law’s name, Rassey. So I asked for and got permission to use it for one of my characters. Now I can’t convince Rassey that I’m not writing about him. However, as far as I know, he isn’t a vampire. I will also admit to once, blush-blush, naming a bad guy after an ex before killing him off with great gusto.

Do you people watch for character inspiration?

Long before I put ink to paper; I’ve always been an avid ‘people watcher’. In fact, I think I started people watching from the moment I was born.

Do you have a favorite fictional character by another author you’d like to meet?

I’ve several ‘book boyfriends’ that I’d give my eyeteeth to meet. However, fantasy is fantasy and I doubt they’d be all that dewy in real life.

What do you hope readers take away from your work?

My fondest hope is that my readers will find a bit of humor, a bit of gross-out factor, and a little toe-curling romance. I want them to be able to escape, if only for a little while, in the fantasy world I’ve created.

its-a-wonderful-undead-life-coverHave you ever written a scene that ‘creeped’ you out?

Oh, my yes, in my debut novel It’s a Wonderful Undead Life I describe my character, Cailey as she deals with her need for blood after being bitten by a vampire. Terrified and not sure what is happening to her, she finds herself driven to suck the bloody juices from the raw red meat in her refrigerator.

Do you have a favorite writing place or writing rituals?

I have a tiny office set up with a long craft table. Every inch of its surface is covered by things I consider vital to the writing process—mainly my coffee carafe and cup warmer. There’s a window which overlooks a field where deer often graze. Right beyond that is a football-field-sized pond, where I’ve seen a Great White Egret, Great Blue Heron, countless Canada Geese, and several beaver. All this wildlife has led to my FB posts which I call: View From My Writing Window.

Fan girl review of Mercy Thompson series

By Laurel Newberry

patricia briggs credit Mike BriggsPatricia Briggs is right at the top of my list of favorite authors. She is a brilliant storyteller who weaves vivid three-dimensional characters through a tapestry of regional history and believable fantasy. These characters will stay with you long after the cover is closed and keep you checking back to see if there is a release date for the next installment.

Fire TouchedMarch will see the release of Briggs’s ninth Mercy Thompson book, “Fire Touched”, which shares a timeline with her Alpha and Omega series. This makes it the fifteenth in what the author calls the “Mercy-verse”.

Urban Fantasy at its finest, this series invites the reader to explore an entire community of creatures that range from werewolves and fae (like you see on Grimm), to witches and vampires, all living in community with the unsuspecting human population. Based on locations you can actually visit, Briggs creates the supernatural so well we are left to wonder if she knows something we do not.

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Review: THE DIRT ON NINTH GRAVE

Dirt on the Nineth GraveTHE DIRT ON NINTH GRAVE

(Charley Davidson Series Book 9) By Darynda Jones

Paranormal Romance / Released Jan 12, 2016 by St. Martin’s Press, 337 Pages

I was very excited when I was asked to review this book. I absolutely love this series. Book 8 was incredible. I told friends that “Darynda Jones really knows how to escalate a story.” Heavens, we even found out the story behind Mr. Wong so I anxiously awaited Book 9, excited to see what happens next. I was underwhelmed.

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HIS SOUL TO KEEP by TW Knight

51eGf+tABKL._SX342_BO1,204,203,200_HIS SOUL TO KEEP (Book 1 of the Dark Knights of Heaven) by TW Knight

Where fallen angels battle Hell’s demons, find their lost souls, and discover love while hunting for a prophecy that holds the key to either their redemption or their destruction. Saved from certain death, Cassidy finds herself bound to an angel cast out of Heaven. Rail has vowed to never fall in love, but fate has different plans. Heaven abandoned them, but they did not abandon their calling. Now soulless and exiled from Heaven, forced into an endless war, some will fall while others rise to find their destinies. They are the Dark Knights of Heaven