Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 4/21/19

 

Welcome to my Sunday book hunt and author gossip.  Keep coming back for updates on book releases and news from favorite authors.

Wow, what perfect book reading weather.  I wanted to talk about audio books today.  I am a fan of audio books.  I borrowed cassettes from the library way back in the 90’s.  Then I started buying the cassettes, then there were CD’s.  Now, there is digital audio books.  Granted, you can still buy audio books from your local retailer, but technology finally caught up with me.  I like things simple and fast.  Carrying around a walkman or CD player, not so helpful, and don’t get me started about when the tape player ate the tape, but that is sign of the times.  Now, audio books have their own app and I can put the book from my account onto my phone and move on with life.  It’s really that easy.

I chose Audible for my audio book retailer.  The expense is somewhat steep to this penny pincher, but to be honest, it’s really worth it if, like me, I want to do multiple things at the same time.  I do yard work and listen to a book, do art, play with the dog – whatever other thing I need to do, and listen to a book.

Sometimes, listening to a book is more difficult than reading because there are nuances that a person can miss, however, if you are like Ivana, she reads the book and then listens to the book.  She is very studious when it comes to books, which, to tell you the truth, hurts my head.  I like the escape a book gives me.  Get me away from the real world stress and live in a different world for awhile.

There are different audio book services out there, so you don’t have to partake of Amazon’s Audible if you don’t want to.  Ivana uses Graphic Audio.  I have listened to their books as well, but Graphic Audio doesn’t have an immense inventory yet.  Their audio books are somewhat labor intensive, so their finished product may be more than a person would like to spend.  Their products are really good, though, I do admit.

As of a couple of months ago, I started the Audible romance package.  I didn’t really look that closely into the package details at the time I signed up, but here’s my experience:  I can listen to as many audio books I want to in a month for $6.99 per month.  However, there are only select books in this package and a person also has to belong to Audible and receive a credit every month.  Remember, too, that the romance package only covers romance.  I have found that the package includes a lot of the free Kindle Unlimited romances.  My experience also shows that the books I borrow are older.  Also, a audio book subscriber can only have 10 books borrowed from the library at a time – similar to Kindle Unlimited.

Is this a perfect package?  No, but then, nothing is ever free.  Have I gotten my $6.99 out of this deal?  Hmmm…probably.  There are a lot of discussions about how romance books don’t really count as real books because they are just a lot of sex bound up with a little story.  I would agree with that on some romances, but there are a lot of authors out there that are serious writers and not smut slingers.  Authors that go through some massive research in order to present their story as historically or procedurally accurate are who I’m after.

So, my point about the romance package is that I can listen to authors that I would not normally try just because I don’t know how they write.  If I listen to their book, don’t like it then I can put it back into the library.  It only costs me a little and I’d much rather do it that way than feel like I wasted my money.

Also, audio books are a big expense for authors – especially self publishing indie authors – to invest.  They have to find a narrator that suits their idea of the characters, pay them as well as put the book out there for the rest of the world.  When an author is getting paid pennies per book, it’s a big leap of faith.  Mostly, I think the authors do it as a thank you to their loyal readers because I highly doubt they make wads of money from them.  Writing is a tough world.  A person can’t just put their words on paper and automatically become Stephen King.

That’s also why I like to promote indie authors.  I will jump on the review bandwagon for little known authors more quickly because the household name authors really don’t need my help.  That is also another little talking point here.  If you read a book, leave a review.  You might not know it, but they do get read.  I read reviews before trying a book.  If the reviews suck, then I’ll think twice. My only advice for reading reviews is to average out the good with the bad and then make your own decision.  One person can absolutely HATE the book, but they can also be a vindictive competitive writer.  There are always those that are mean, just because they can.  Take the reviews and use them.  Just don’t take them all as gospel.  Everyone has their own opinion.

Have a good Sunday.  This is Nell Justice – see ya!

 

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Necropolis PD by Nathan Sumsion

How can a normal college kid get sucked into Purgatory without even trying?  Can a human even survive in the land of the dead?  Can the dead be murdered and be more dead?

Purchased by reviewer

Title:  Necropolis PD
Author:  Nathan Sumsion
Publish Date:  April 2, 2019
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Source:  purchased by reviewer
Publisher’s Description:  How do you solve a murder in the city of the dead?

Jacob Green was just an average college student. But three months ago, he ran through the wrong door and found himself trapped in the city of Meridian – a literal necropolis, concealed from the modern world, made up of forgotten places and populated entirely by the dead.

As the only living, breathing resident, Jake has struggled to scrape out an existence while waiting for the Necropolis Police Department to decide his fate, and it’s not looking good. But when an unusual string of crimes hits the city, Jake’s overseer and tormentor, NPD Detective Marsh offers him a deal: Jake’s life in exchange for helping them solve the worst series of crimes in the necropolis’ history.

Someone, or some thing is killing the dead, and if Jake can’t figure out who’s responsible, he could be next.

Necropolis PD is a hidden world fantasy that combines mystery, horror, magic, and more than a little humor. This book is perfect for the living and recently-departed alike.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

I will admit that I was a bit apprehensive about trying this book.  New author.  First time out, probably needed polishing.  Fairly violent, no sex, zombies, ghosts, other dead like creatures.  Urban Fantasy from a gamer.  I had a very strong ‘we’ll see’ attitude.

This book was one of those books that I could not put down and although I had to it was still running laps in my brain.  I am still awed after reading it.  The writing was absolutely incredible.  The descriptions and the characters were so alive, especially the main protagonist, Jacob Green.

Jacob is a college student that has absolutely no idea that he is special.  He has no idea that his life is to irrevocably change when he tries to help at a tragic car accident.  He chases a monster into an underworld place that leads to unimaginable things.

The story is pretty straight forward.  It’s a mystery as to why or how Jacob is in the underworld.  It’s not clear why the monsters keep him alive even though they torture him within an inch of his life. I mentioned before that the detailed writing is amazing.  This story is told in first person with Jacob telling the story. As the story progresses, I feel like I’m in 1977 watching Barney Miller TV show with Beetlejuice characters thrown in for good measure.  This comparison is a good comparison because I loved both.

Jacob is self deprecating and although he doesn’t know even a smidge of what is going on, he has a brain and common sense to put pieces together.  I love this character and his support cast because of how well they were fleshed out…um…so to speak (some of the “zombies” were missing flesh – ha).  Jacob doesn’t learns quickly and he doesn’t frustrate me like some characters who just can’t get the drift.

I loved this book and I hope it will become a series.  I’d read this author again, for sure.

 

 

Other recommendations…

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Book Spotlight: Apprentice Needed, Wizard for Hire #2 by Obert Skye

One Book Two proudly presents a spotlight on Apprentice Needed by Obert Skye published April 2, 2019.

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Title: Wizard for Hire #2, Apprentice Needed
Author:  Obert Skye
Genre: Young Adult
Released: April 2, 2019
Publisher:  Shadow Mountain Publishing
Book Description: Ozzy Toffy’s adventure, which began in Wizard for Hire, continues when one dark and windy night, he gets out of bed, jumps out his window, and walks straight into the ocean.

More than ever, Ozzy could really use the services of Rin, the wizard he hired to help find his parents — but Rin is missing, despite Ozzy’s continual attempts to contact him. And Clark, the mechanical bird his father left him, is as peculiar and vain as ever.

When a mysterious package arrives, Ozzy and his good friend Sigi are sure that the plane ticket and thumb drive they find inside are from Rin. Trying to get Clark through security at the airport proves complicated — as most things are with Clark. But when they arrive in New York, they discover there’s even more adventure in store for them.

Will Rin return and save the day? Will Ozzy figure out why he keeps walking into the ocean? Can Sigi find a way to trust her delinquent father? Will someone please appreciate Clark the way he’d like to be appreciated? For once?

Wizard for Hire: Apprentice Needed is a story filled with humor and excitement that shows us the magic in everyday things.

The Winter of Swords: A Grimdark Epic (Overthrown Book 1) by Aaron Bunce

Amazing world and fantastic characters.  Full of action – hard to put down!

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Title:  The Winter of Swords: A Grimdark Epic
Author:  Aaron Bunce
Series: Overthrown #1
Publish Date: February 7, 2019
Genre:  Fantasy/YA 16+
Source:  Provided by author

Publisher’s Description:  An intelligent, six-limbed beast snatches a girl away from her family.

An orphan confronts the darkness in his past, while a menace stalks his small town.

A young woman cast into servitude tries to forge her own path in an unforgiving world.

And an inexperienced soldier following the path of honor and duty comes face to face with a foe born from his worst nightmares.

Seemingly unconnected, this small group of normal folk will fight to survive, for an ancient evil has awakened, and Denoril will need heroes if it is to endure the Winter of Swords.


The Phantom says…

I thought this book was amazing.  It was packed full of action and I never wanted to put it down.  The characters were well fleshed out and I loved the character development throughout the story.  I was able to relate to them and cared about what would happen to them next.

I don’t really have a favorite quote because everything was so well written it would be hard to choose, but my favorite character is Roman (an orphan with lots of questions about his life and parents). There was a lot of violence and would not recommend to a reader under the age of 16.  I didn’t love the ending, but it’s building steps toward the next book..

 

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Book News and Author Announcements – Vermilion Lies by L.D. Rose

One Book Two has some news! Everybody – check it out!

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Vermilion Lies, an all-new dark paranormal romance by L.D. Rose is coming April 17th!

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Wherever Dax Knight sets foot, hell is bound to freeze over.

As a mercenary for the Order of the Senary, Dax departs for New England to assist his comrades in battling the vampire forces threatening to consume the Northeast. The last thing he expects to find is a gorgeous vampiress who surrenders to him entirely. Ensnared by her allure, their intense attraction ignites, and he discovers she isn’t what she seems.

Cindel Konstantinov has been on the run since she escaped her sire’s possession, trading one life of abuse and imprisonment for another. As her hope for freedom wanes, she encounters one of the infamous Knights, and his dangerous appeal is undeniable. After a life-altering moment of mercy, they careen down a path of secrets, lies, and a forbidden passion neither of them can resist. But when her past comes back to haunt them, they’ll have to face the consequences of their actions—and their desires.

Dax and Cindel will need each other more than ever as their world spirals into chaos. But are they strong enough to survive the oncoming storm?   

 

Title:  Vermilion Lies
Author:   L.D. Rose
Series:  Order of the Senary #3
Publish:   April 17, 2019
Publisher:   Soul Mate Publishing, LLC
Genre:  Dark romance
Description:  Wherever Dax Knight sets foot, hell is bound to freeze over.

As a mercenary for the Order of the Senary, Dax departs for New England to assist his comrades in battling the vampire forces threatening to consume the Northeast. The last thing he expects to find is a gorgeous vampiress who surrenders to him entirely. Ensnared by her allure, their intense attraction ignites, and he discovers she isn’t what she seems.

Cindel Konstantinov has been on the run since she escaped her sire’s possession, trading one life of abuse and imprisonment for another. As her hope for freedom wanes, she encounters one of the infamous Knights, and his dangerous appeal is undeniable. After a life-altering moment of mercy, they careen down a path of secrets, lies, and a forbidden passion neither of them can resist. But when her past comes back to haunt them, they’ll have to face the consequences of their actions—and their desires.

Dax and Cindel will need each other more than ever as their world spirals into chaos. But are they strong enough to survive the oncoming storm?

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