Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt Draft 1/5/20

 

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

Back with new releases again… they keep writin’ them, we keep readin’ them.

Happy New Year and welcome!  As of March 2020, One Book Two will be 5 years old!! Woot Woot!!  Granted, there are less reviewers than there used to be, but oh, well.  I like to read and I love to share new books.  So… lets get on it!

  • This new release is from John G. Hartness.  Author Hartness is famous for his Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter series.  I’ve read plenty of his books and Quincy takes damage and always gets up to get on with the job.  Book #6 was released and here are the deets:

Title:  Inflection Point
Author:  John G. Hartness
Series: Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter #6
Release date: 12/31/2019
Description: His uncle has been kidnapped.

A shadowy government agency is torturing cryptids in his city.

His Sanctuary has been revoked from the one place he could drink safely.

There’s a medusa at the mall.

A fairy princess might have just summoned an Old One in a public park.

Quincy Harker really wishes he’d just stayed in Memphis.

But he didn’t. He came home, to find out that a secret government agency has gone rogue and kidnapped Luke, along with literally dozens of other cryptids, faeries, lycanthropes, and monsters. Now Harker and his crew have to rescue Luke and take down a massive government conspiracy while keeping escaped monsters from destroying Charlotte!

There are times in a person’s life when they know that nothing will ever be the same. This is one of those times. This is Quincy Harker’s Inflection Point.

Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter Reading Order:

• Year One
1. Raising Hell
2. Straight to Hell
3. Hell on Heels
4. Hell Freezes Over

• The Cambion Cycle, Year Two
1. Heaven Sent
2. Heaven’s Door
3. Heaven Help Us
4. Heaven Can Wait

• Damnation, Year Three
1. Calling All Angels
2. Devil Inside
3. Angel Dance
4. Running with the Devil

• Salvation, Year Four
1. She Talks to Angels
2. Shout at the Devil
3. Angel of Harlem
4. Sympathy for the Devil

• Histories – Histories is a story collection that is outside of normal continuity and can be read at any time. The events in those stories take place prior to Year One.

• Carl Perkins’ Cadillac – A Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter Novel – Book Five

• Inflection Point – A Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter Novel – Book Six

  • Next is a cover reveal only.  No specifics yet although this will be the last book in Alex Craft’s series.  Kind of sad another good series finishes.

 

Title:  Grave War
Author: Kalanya Price
Series: Alex Craft  #7
Release date:  not known
Description: late 2020 or early 2021 and sadly, this will be the final book in the series

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Viktor by Teresa Gabelman

After having his life shattered by the woman who held his heart, Viktor Valentino put work before everything.

Title:  Viktor
Author: Teresa Gabelman
Series:  The Protectors series #13
Release date: April 27, 2019
Description:After having his life shattered by the woman who held his heart, Viktor Valentino put work before everything. Many years later, learning the truth behind his lover’s deceit, his anger shifts to the man responsible for not only her betrayal but her gruesome death. Viktor throws himself into finding him to not only appease his rage but to possibly save humanity.

Lacey Cruz has always wanted to be a writer, but she’s never had the chance to pursue her passion. After being fired from a company she was employed with since graduating high school, she now has plenty of time on her hands.

Lover of all things paranormal, Lacey sets out to do research in hopes that special something will fall in her lap. Something does in the guise of a powerful vampire warrior. What Lacey doesn’t realize is she may be the heroine in her own real-life novel.

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


Nervous Nellie says…

This is about the Dark Guardian Victor and a sassy novelist, Lacey.  The beginning starts out hilarious being that Lacey has a blind date with a so -called vampire so she can do research on her romance story.

I learned about Victor and his brother Bishop.  I learned more about the witches – Bonnie included.

There really isn’t much more to say other than the story fits the same template excepting different characters and events.  It kind of feels like the more that is added on to the Protectors series the less viable plots are available.  It was ok.  Not a high rater, but it’s ok.

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Druid Bond by Brad Magnarella

When the deal you need isn’t the one you want.  Everson has a lot of work to do to stop the evil, help the good and keep his family protected.

Title: Druid Bond
Author:  Brad Magnarella
Series:  Prof. Croft #7
Publish Date: September 2, 2019
Source:  Kindle Unlimited on Amazon
Publisher’s Description: When the deal you need isn’t the one you want

To protect Vega and her son from the demon-vampire Arnaud, I’ve secured spots for them in a powerful safehouse. The price? Pledging my services to the Upholders, a group searching for stolen loved ones.

My new teammates are a young minister, a snarky half-fae, a hulking mermaid, and a druid with major control issues. Bonded by said druid’s magic, I couldn’t wriggle out of this deal if I were coated in wizard’s oil.

Now we’re hunting demons in a past version of New York City that’s on the bad side of strange. But I can’t stop thinking about Arnaud. He’s too close to the ones I cherish, and growing more lethal by the hour. He’s also gotten his talons on an enchanted item that could undo their protection.

I need to fulfill my contract to the Upholders and race home. But dangers here are mounting, verging on biblical. If I don’t crank my magic to eleven and become the leader this team needs, I may never see Vega again…

Or hold our future child.

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


Nervous Nellie says…

I love Prof.Croft.  He’s a little like Harry Dresden, but has so far kept himself alive.  He’s also got a significant other with a child on the way. The child was a bit of a blind side, but now that I’m used to it, it’s pretty cool.

In this story, Everson is not catching even one break.  Everything seems to be going wrong and when things go wrong it usually means someone dies.  Everson is trying to protect his family from Arnaud the vampire, who has now become a demon too.  What a mess.  Arnaud is still power hungry and has one major objective of killing Everson before he takes over the world.  Problem for Arnaud is that he is being controlled by a demon lord and he has less freedom than he wants.  Arnaud is ambitious and willing to sell his own mother for a step up the power ladder.  The other goal for Everson is to figure out where the “strangers” are taking the captured species for control by demons.  There are druids, mer-people and fae that are having their souls stolen and replaced by demons.  Everson has made a deal to help, but the head Druid is a hard head and absolutely will not listen to Everson’s advice.  He jeopardizes the mission more than once.

This is a fast paced story that has a lot of action.  Everson meets Ricki’s fam, which doesn’t go as well as hoped and, like I said, Everson could not catch a break even if it stood inches in front of him.

Good story.  I give it a 4.

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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 12/29/19

 

Wow, this is the last book hunt of 2019.  I sound like a broken record, but I can’t believe 2019 is over already.  This year was better than the last couple and I hope 2020 is even better.

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

Back with new releases again… they keep writin’ them, we keep readin’ them.

  • Jenn Stark is releasing a new book in the Wilde Justice series.  If you are not familiar, this series spotlights Sarah Wilde in her new position on the Arcana Council.  If you aren’t familiar with Sarah Wilde, then you really should start on the Immortal Vegas series where Sarah comes into her own.  Jenn Stark is an excellent writer and her characters are whole and interesting.

Title:  The Wayward Star
Author: Jenn Stark
Series: Wilde Justice #5
Release date: December 30, 2019
Description: Only in darkness can you see the stars…

As the Tarot incarnation of Justice, tracking down the outlaws of the psychic community and delivering them to Judgment is Sara Wilde’s business…and business is good.

Now a rival syndicate known as The Shadow Court seeks to impose their own brand of justice, restricting magic to only the richest and most influential psychics, while stripping power from all the “undesirables” along the way. Their top priority? Hit Sara Wilde, guiding light of psychics everywhere, where it hurts…

Right in the heart.

From the crackling fires of Burning Man to Sara’s even more incendiary high school reunion, the path is never more twisted than when you follow The Wayward Star.

  • The next book I’m spotlighting is another series that I absolutely love.  I’ve even started re-reading them! Teresa Gabelman writes a good vampire romance series called The Protectors.  Of course the Vampires are kick ass and all good guys and gals.

Title:  A Warrior Christmas
Author: Teresa Gabelman
Series:  The Protectors series #14
Release date: December 22, 2019
Description: Jingle bells! Jingle bells! Warriors are on their way. Oh, what fun it is to slay a rogue vampire today. Hey!

To have more Christmas fun dive into A Warrior Christmas to see which mate gets the perfect gift and which Warrior Grinch finds his holiday cheer.

 

 

  • I have been following this series for years.  Jess is a vampire that has not turned into a mindless eating machine due to her brother who is a priest.  He works his Devine magic in order to save her from the vampire virus that turns vampires into those that cannot control themselves.  It’s a good story, but like I’ve said in my past reviews there are places in the story that are not cohesive.  I got confused a couple of times.

Title:  Graves of Retribution
Author: Lina Gardiner
Series: City of Bones #3, Jess Vandimere, Vampire Hunter #7
Release date: January 10, 2020
Description: Death Deceives Her

Jess Vandermire and John (Britt) Brittain have been in Paris for three months now, but they aren’t going home yet. There’s a complicated vampire uprising brewing, and everything they’ve encountered in Paris so far has drawn them deeper into the conspiracy. It’s becoming apparent there are more than just vampires in the mix, but Jess still hasn’t figured out exactly what they’re up against…or who their true enemy is.

Jess and Britt will have to work without a net, covering treacherous terrain to root out just what the threat is. The police are no longer trustworthy–even though someone is definitely doing everything in their power to break the current Pact between vampires and humans. But when Jess and Britt finally unearth the truth, they realize that they’re facing their most dangerous enemy yet.

And it’s not at all who they expected . . .

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Glory in Death by J.D. Robb

It is 2058, New York City. In a world where technology can reveal the darkest of secrets, there’s only one place to hide a crime of passion-in the heart.

Title: Glory in Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Series: In Death #2
Publish Date: December 28, 1995
Genre: Fantasy suspense romance
Narrator: Susan Erickson
Publisher’s Description: It is 2058, New York City. In a world where technology can reveal the darkest of secrets, there’s only one place to hide a crime of passion-in the heart.

Even in the mid-twenty-first century, during a time when genetic testing usually weeds out any violent hereditary traits before they can take over, murder still happens. The first victim is found lying on a sidewalk in the rain. The second is murdered in her own apartment building. Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas has no problem finding connections between the two crimes. Both victims were beautiful and highly successful women. Their glamorous lives and loves were the talk of the city. And their intimate relations with men of great power and wealth provide Eve with a long list of suspects — including her own lover, Roarke.



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


Nervous Nellie says…

I’m still on my journey of re-reading or in my case, re-listening, to the In Death series by J. D. Robb.  Normally, my first choice is an Indie author, but J.D. Robb hooked me from the first mention of Roarke.

If you are familiar with Eve and Roarke, you know what I am talking about.  If you are not, please, for your own swoon worthy imagination, please partake.  Roarke charishes Eve like no other man I have every read about (and I am positive that no man living does).  This relationship is not perfect, but it’s one that makes me sigh.

Anyway, this story is incredible.  Again, these stories may be written in 1995, but they are still strong front runners even in comparison of books written now. I feel that after I finished reading the story, I would have thought the plot was fairly simple. While I was reading it, however, the plot was fed to me just as it would have been fed to Eve Dallas making it the puzzle.  The best part is that while reading the story, readers are treated to the inside day to day feelings and headaches Eve Dallas.  The reader is drawn in and becomes part of her family.

There is sex, swearing, murder, anxiety, flashbacks and adult situations involving the motivations of the murder.  These books are well written and will pull a reader in so far that it will be difficult to pause the book or put the book down.

One last warning: try really hard to remember prior stories because they will come back as references in current stories.  For instance, the folks in this story will be referenced in book #6. They aren’t integral in the story, but they are referenced and that is kind of cool.

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