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Doc Graystone – A Watery Grave by Nicholas Olivo

Murder, mayhem, and nefarious plots – all in a day’s work for gentleman necromancer Doc Graystone.

TitleA Watery Grave
Author: Nicholas Olivo
Series: Doc Graystone Adventures
Publish Date: April 10, 2015
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased by both reviewers.

Publisher’s Description:

Boston, 1932. Doc Graystone is contacted to evaluate security at a paranormal prison built by the U.S. Navy. Before he can begin, a hydromancer assassinates a naval officer to obtain information about the prison. Now Graystone has to track her down before she can break out a prisoner Graystone knows all too well…


Nervous Nellie says…

This is an urban fantasy with no romance, no graphic violence and no cliffhanger. There are five (5) shorts in this series and they are great for a quick evening read or a wait in some waiting room.

Dr. Graystone, or as he is nicknamed within the Boston PD- Doc Gravestone, is an alcoholic and a necromancer.  He’s a powerful necromancer with a guilt hanging with him about his fiancee’s murder.  He works with the police in Boston to solve murder cases.  That’s the premise overview.  This episode has to do with the Illuminati (oooooh) and Atlantean artifacts (ahhhhhh).  I love how this short incorporates both.  It’s fun and enjoyable.

I have only one complaint with this story.  If I have to read “gentleman necromancer” one more time…  It seems like that descriptor was over used – in my opinion.  Now, I’ve gotten the negative out of the way, I want to assure you that my complaint should in no way decide whether or not you should read this series. I enjoyed the introduction of a hydromancer in to my knowledge base of gifted individuals.  She was an incredible creature and if she’d only use her power for good instead of evil.  Doc took a lot of punishment this time around.  Grady didn’t do much investigating – it was all up to the good Doctor.  He was poisoned and electrocuted.  He was almost nearly drowned.  Poor old boy took justice seeking to a whole new level.

I am looking forward to reading the next in the series.

Kat Mandu says…

In the second installment of Doc Graystone’s adventure, the gentleman necromancer is pitted against a hydromancer (a being that can transform herself into water, not to mention control liquids in general) and an old “friend” who collects interesting artifacts he uses as weapons. Familiar characters from the first story, like Grady and his partner Parker, return; not to mention Joan, Graystone’s late wife.

There’s a lot of action in this, not to mention some magical fight scenes between two powerful beings – Doc being one of those. Plus, it’s got a few historical mentions – Prohibition, the USS Constitution, even hints at the later Nazi war. Oh, plus it delves into some conspiracy theories focused on the lost city of Atlantis and even the mysterious Illuminati.

I’m really drawn into this world of magical intrigue and Necromancy. It’s quickly becoming one of my favorite shorts to read. I hope everyone else can enjoy it as much as I do!

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Talking Books with Nell part 2

I used to be an avid reader of the 200 page red cover Harlequin romance.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with that.  I liked them because I could read them in an evening.  If I was in a melancholy mood because of something that happened…or did not happen, those Harlequin romances could trigger a response that would help purge that feeling.  I kept a stash of my favorite books that had the best endings and sometimes I’d just read the last 4 or 5 chapters before being done for the day.  That little bit of Happily Ever After was enough.

Why do I have to have a Happily Ever After?  Because sometimes the real world really sucks.   It’s all fantasy, you say?  Yeah.  So what?  It’s suspension of disbelief.  Walt Disney used it and built huge worlds around it.  It’s a ‘feel good’ thing.  Romance makes me feel good but Horror that scares the ever livin’ daylights out of a person may make someone else absolutely giddy.  I like horror to an extent, but again, that’s a conversation for another day.

Happily Ever After, or HEA for those of you in the know, are easier to come by now than they used to be.  In the non electronics day, one read the back cover and hoped for the best.  As I said, you could about guarantee the red cover Harlequins would be a safe bet.  With the advancement of the Internet (thank the powers), there are book reviews at the beck and call of a google search.  Also, often the authors will write whether it’s a HEA.  I like those authors.  They are the white hats among us Nervous Nellies.

Now, a person might get pulled in by some books that are labelled as a Romance but actually are not purely romance.  What?? I know it’s a confusing thing, but in the Romance category there are those called Urban Fantasy.  I know those are not always HEA, but hopefully by the end of the series it ends in HEA.  Urban Fantasy may have a strong romance element but most don’t. They will have a kick ass hero or heroine that totally wallops the bad guy in a city type setting.  Urban Fantasy tales are my favorite.

Examples of Urban Fantasy are:  Jenn Stark‘s Immortal Vegas where the heroine is a tarot card reader and a thief of magical artifacts – kind of a Indiana Jones but without the college professor label.  Patricia Brigg‘s Mercy Thompson series involves shifters.  Shifters are men and women that can change into wolves, dragons, tigers, or in Mercy’s case – a coyote.  9 times out of 10 the shifter will be a predator of a sort.  I’ve never seen a werebunny outside of Monty Python.  Another favorite of mine is the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris.  This series was made into an HBO series.  The books were better.  🙂  Sookie Stackhouse is a waitress that gets involved in vampire and shifter politics.  It’s not boring politics either.  If you know vampires and shifters, you know it won’t be boring.

All three of those recommendations have strong female leads, but there are male leads in Urban Fantasy too.  Check next week for more discussion in Talking Books with Nell.

 

 

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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 6/18/2017

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

  •  First off, there is good news from the Faith Hunter front.  This news coming straight from the author herself:

I have signed a new contact for more Jane and Nell books. There will be total of 14 Jane books and a total of 5 Nell books.

 

Now, in my opinion, it’s not enough Jane or Nell books, but I have to reconcile myself to the fact

everything must come to an end.  Plus I’m telling myself that Faith Hunter has a whole lot of stories mulling around on the backburner, so whatever she comes up with will be fabulous!

Check out the series here:  Jane Yellowrock  and  Nell Ingram in Soulwood.

 

 

 

 

  • Darynda Jones knows how hard it is for us readers to wait for another peek into Charley’s world with her infamous husband, Reyes Farrow.  Well, check it out!  She put up a short story on her website that give us Reyes lovers the vapors.

Title:  A Very Charley Christmas

First sentence:  The ball-and-chain, otherwise known as the rather delectable Mr. Reyes Alexander Farrow, was busy chopping something green in our restaurant-style kitchen.

Makes a person want to hit that link and hop right over to Darynda’s website, doesn’t it?  Well, what are you waiting for?? 😉

ALSO: news has it that Charley’s last book and grand finale will be #13.

 

  • Lovers of Lisa Shearin’s SPI Files – pay attention!  The audiobook for The Ghoul Vendetta will be available on September 19, 2017.  And DON’T FORGET that The Myth Manifestation, SPI Files #5, will release November 7, 2017.  It’s so hard to wait!!

 

  • I’m always looking for a good series and when they involve hunky heros? Even better.  If you like military romance series – check this out:  Brotherhood Protectors put together by Elle James.

 

  • One last thing – actually 2 but has to do with the same author.  Craig Schaefer, as you know, is one of my favorite authors and while I have read the first 3 Daniel Faust novels, I came late to the party and haven’t caught up yet.  Anyway, Author Schaefer is releasing Daniel Faust #7 called Double or Nothing on June 27, 2017.
  • The other thing is the cover reveal of Harmony Black‘s #5 called Cold Spectrum due out in November.  Check out her new cover!

 

 

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Talking Books with Nell part 1

 

When I’m not reading, I’m looking for books to read.  Or talking about books. That’s just one addiction the human population has out of millions.  Books make my world a better place for many reasons.

Genre is a word that means:

a category of artistic, musical, or literary composition characterized by a particular style, form, or content-Merriam Webster Dictionary

There are a ton and a half of genres out there that no one can easily catagorize.  There are definitely folks that try to catagorize them all, but just like everyone’s brain – no one thinks exactly the same as someone else.  That’s what makes reading fun.

One of the most massive genres out there in the world is that called Romance.  Some folks argue that for the story to be a “true” romance it has to end with the featured couple falling in love.  Some folks will argue that a romance is strictly smutty trash.  I think that might be a little narrow minded. I think that there are so many divisions to the Romance genre, a person can’t just throw all books with romance in them into one category and be done with it.  That’s unfair.  The Romance genre is about as individual as the people who read them.

I started my reading career with books that had words.  Anything.  I’d read it.  I had very few books so what I did have, I read over and over and over again.  Just thinking about how the options of books have changed in the last 40 years is enough to make me goggle.  That’s a subject for later on. The books I got hooked on when I could actually get a new book was a romance.  They were the easiest to find in a second hand store or a library. I tried fantasy, but even back then that genre was limited.

Over the years I developed the ability to be choosy about what romance I waned to read.  That being said, the specifications for me to read a romance depends on what is going on at the time.  Am I stretched to a near breaking point and I need fantasy? Go toward Paranormal or Science Fiction.  Am I in need of a relaxing fluffy book? Go toward boilerplate romance. Am I looking for a strong male alpha that gets my motor running?  Usually even the strong women enjoy being cherished. Am I looking for a suspense?  Suspense alone has sub-genres that one must explore before committing.   Also, do I want to read about a certain time frame? There is regency, contemporary, old west, medieval, time travel and more.  Do I want the hero/heroine to be associated with the military? medical? paranormal? cowboys? billionaires?    There are plenty of other examples of what a person could chose from -those listed aren’t the only ones.

When I get tired or stressed, I usually choose a series romance.  It’s nice, safe and I know how it will end.  I enjoy reading the series when all the characters in the series appear over and over.  It’s like a big “Cheers” style get together.  The characters can always depend on the others and they are all willing to do anything for the other people in their series.  It’s all fantasy, I know, but it helps.

There are a couple of series examples I can share with you.  The Virgin River series by Robin Carr.  The whole story takes place in one small town and everyone knows your name.  The Kings of Guardian series by Kris Michaels.  This series is about a security company with international connections that save people. For a walk on the paranormal side there is Tina Folsom‘s Scanguard Vampire series, D.B. Reynolds Vampires in America series or Darynda Jones Charley Davidson series.

That’s where the Happily Ever After comes into play.  Those are the endings that make my world go around.

Tune in next week for more “Talking Books with Nell”.

 

 

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Chief by Kris Michaels

Quiet, handsome, deadly.  That’s our Chief.  Come along on an undercover op that revolves around a sex trade ring and a sexy Russian that Chief can’t get enough of.

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

TitleChief
AuthorKris Michaels
SeriesThe Kings of Guardian #7
Publish Date: May 30, 2017
Genre: Military/Security Alpha Romance
Source: Recieved for honest review

Publisher’s Description:

Cloaked in the identity of David Xavier, a billionaire player in multiple world theaters, Mike White Cloud worked to enter the Russian Mafia’s lair, by stalking a shadowy creature named “The Concierge.” The Russian woman brokered young innocents into slavery, and Mike meant to destroy her and the organization she worked for. He should have despised her for the atrocious crimes she facilitated, but too often love and hate are the flip sides of the same coin, and what Mike felt for Taty was not hate. It didn’t matter. He’d destroy the Bravata and all its associates–even if it meant part of his soul sat in prison for the rest of her life.

Driven by heartbreak, Tatyana Petrov joined the elite British M16 unit, and for eight years, wormed her way into the trust of the Bravata as she strove to identify the human filth selling those innocents to billionaires like David Xavier. She’d found it easy to loathe the wealthy men who bought her “toys”–until David. For reasons that she wouldn’t acknowledge, she wanted to protect this one man from the retribution rapidly approaching.

Neither knew the other’s true mission but even as mortal adversaries, they’d each given the other a part of their soul, and now only devastation and sorrow waited.

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


 

Nervous Nellie says..

This is a military alpha romance bordering on erotica romance with violence, kidnapping and sex slave trade flavor.  Both hero and heroine are good guys trying to stop the slave trade, so no worries there.  The book could be read as a stand alone if push come to shove, but it’s so much better with all the other books leading up to this point.  There isn’t a cliffhanger per se…but the ending did give me a hook to tune in to the next in the series.

I love Kris Michael’s work.  The whole series up to this point is fantastic.  I enjoy romances that involve a whole family like this one.  I also like the reaccuring characters so it feels like I’m in the middle of all the action.

This book wasn’t as good as some of the others, however, it was still very good.  I know everyone has their favorites and I tend to compare all the books in the series to the one I enjoyed the most.  With that being said, Chief was a good story.  The reason it doesn’t live up to my fave is probably the lack of emotion during the story I felt.  Maybe it was the story arc of sex slave trade or Tatyana herself, I don’t know.  That’s not to say I didn’t need tissues at the end, because I did.  I know it’s hard to put a whole year of preparation for a secret op into the book, but I felt the backstory was a little light.  That’s just my opinion, though.

Throughout the book, there was peeks into Tatyana and her life before, so that was good.  I have to be sure that the woman was good enough for Chief (not that I could do anything about it, of course).  I mentioned that I needed tissues at the end.  It wasn’t sad, so don’t freak out.  Sometimes the ends of these books tend to spark an emotional release from the real world’s events – that’s one reason why I read them.

I really did like this book and I can’t wait for the next one.  I know I’ll be sad when all the family is hooked up and the series ends, but Kris Michaels is one of those writers that I know has several good stories percolating in her brain, so it’ll be ok.

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