Did you think that Prof Everson Croft was finished saving New York? Nah, the beasties keep coming. Everson has a new partner. She’s a woman…and it’s not Vega!
Title: Black Luck
Author: Brad Magnarella
Series: Prof Croft #5
Publish Date: May 20, 2018
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased by reviewer
Publisher’s Description: ’Cause sometimes luck ain’t enough
In the year since the Whisperer’s attack, I’ve been busting my hump to become my best wizard, like my father. Now I’m ready for a test.
When a dark mage starts planting infernal bags around New York City, I get my wish. Like time bombs, the bags detonate without warning, spawning demonic beings that rip the souls of innocents from their bodies. And the attacks are accelerating.
Meanwhile, a new wizard has come to town. A recent addition to the Order, Pierce is everything I’m not: refined, self-assured, and adept at magic. He even has Detective Vega blushing. If riling my resentment wasn’t enough, he’s trying to shoulder me out of my own case, stoking my suspicions.
With the race to stop the dark mage growing more desperate by the minute, I need to prove that I’m the wizard to get it done—not Pierce. And without relying on my luck quotient.
That saying about being careful what you wish for?
It’s there for a reason.
Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In some cases…spoilers. *BEWARE*
Nervous Nellie says…
Prof Croft has been practicing…and practicing…and practicing. Is he as good as he could be? No. Is he getting better? Yes. This action packed book is filled with spells, casters, demons and the big question that foreshadows the story? Is New York big enough for two wizards? Hard to know unless you read the book.
Black Luck doesn’t have any sex in it. Lots of death of poor unsuspecting regular folk but not too gory- just sad. Everson is having a hard time with this case. There is a new wizard in town and Everson is a tad jealous of the new showman. This story is more about Everson’s growth as a person instead of a wizard. He’s got work to do in his professional life as well as his personal one.
I really enjoy Everson’s world. I think my favorite character is Tabitha, the talking cat. She doesn’t have any golden insight or does she assist in any major way. She’s just a talking cat and that’s enough. Now, if you want me to name my favorite part of the book, it’d have to be when Everson’s partner calls to the murderous imps and makes them mind. She should be called the Imp Caller. Or the Creature Tamer. Or Dark World Whisperer. Any of those would be accurate.
I enjoyed seeing a glimpse inside of Everson and Ricki Vega’s new life. They are trying hard to stay together but with the pressures of the job it’s proving difficult. I’m always a sucker for a good romance. There isn’t much romance in this story, but I enjoyed what there was.
Black Luck? 5 stars for sure.
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Welcome to my Sunday book hunt and author gossip. Keep coming back for updates on book releases and news from favorite authors.
- First thing out of the chute today is the audiobook release of Blue Curse (Blue Wolf #1) by Brad Magnarella. I cannot wait to listen to this!! Oh, and just a little gossip: the sequel to this book will be released in March 2018 with the audio released a month after that!
Title: Blue Curse
Author: Brad Magnarella
Series: Blue Wolf #1
Release date: January 31, 2018
Narrator: James Patrick Cronin
Publisher’s Description: “I was leading my final mission when everything went to hell…”
Cursed by a blind witch in a remote corner of Waristan, Special Ops Captain Jason Wolfe finds himself changing into a horrid creature of local legend: a lupine referred to in fearful whispers as Blue Wolf.
Faster, stronger, and more lethal, he’s the perfect soldier – but not for the U.S. military. To break the curse, Jason must lead a war between ancient tribal foes: blue werewolves and white dragons.
In a battle spanning from the icy peaks of Central Asia to the valleys of Manhattan, and with the help of a bookish wizard named Prof Croft, Jason will push himself to the breaking point. Because with the curse now spreading to his mind, he’s running out of time – and the stakes are everything.
Win and he returns home to a fiancé to whom he’s pledged a family and future.
Lose and he dies a blood-thirsty beast.
- Next up is a book sale! Who doesn’t love book sales? Author Ken Lange is putting his first book of the Vigiles Urbani Chronicles on sale from February 9-16, 2018 for 99 cents in honor of the release of book 2, Dust Walkers, releasing February 20, 2018.
Title: Accession of the Stone Born
Author: Ken Lange
Series: Vigiles Urbani Chronicles
Publisher’s Description: Former DOD operative Gavin Randall is coming home after twenty-eight years of war. Dismissed by the government he spent his life fighting for, his only solace is knowing that the life waiting for him is one of peace.
Unfortunately, Gavin stumbles upon a secret underworld that exists alongside ours, one populated by vampires, mages, and bloodthirsty werebeasts.
Now, Gavin finds himself recruited by the Biblical Lazarus, leader of this hidden community. He must track down those who seek to disrupt the fragile peace keeping these nightmare horrors at bay. If he fails, more than his life will be forfeit.
- One of my very favorite authors, Kris Michaels, has released a new book in a NEW series! Just one more book she’ll have to sign for me at the Fall Into Books Event in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on October 13, 2018. It’ll be soooo much fun!!
- John Conroe has released a new Demon Accords book. This will be #13 in the series. I love the Demon Accords series – highly recommended by me.
Title: Summer Reign
Author: John Conroe
Series: Demon Accords #13
Released: January 20, 2018
Publisher’s Description: Demon Accords book 13. Faced with writing college papers, prepping for tests, and teaching testy witches, Declan O’Carroll has enough on his plate. Not to mention the magical withdrawal of leaving his very own magical kingdom behind on Fairie. But when he and his friends are attacked from creatures out of folklore and fable it seems the Queens of Summer and Winter aren’t done with him yet. But if they’re so eager to mess with Earth, maybe it’s time to Earth came to them. After all, he’s got some lessons to teach.
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Blue Curse will be in negotiation for an audiobook that could be released as early as January 2018! That is so exciting! I have it straight from the author that Patrick Cronin, Prof Croft‘s voice in his own series, could possibly be the voice of Captain Jason Wolfe! Why is it so exciting? Because this narrator is fab, that’s why. Prof Croft’s narration was on the money. I always look for narrators that add something to the book they are working with instead of just reading it. Patrick Cronin IS Prof Croft in these books. So, with that said, I will be sure to be on the lookout for news announcing the release of the audio.
Here’s the book description for Blue Curse:
ELITE SOLDIER TURNED DRAGON HUNTER
Cursed by a blind witch in a remote corner of Waristan, Special Ops Captain Jason Wolfe finds himself transforming into a creature of local legend, a lupine referred to in fearful whispers as Blue Wolf.
Faster, stronger, and more lethal, he’s the perfect soldier – but not for the U.S. military. To break the curse, Jason must join a war between ancient tribal foes: blue werewolves and the formidable White Dragon.
In a battle spanning from the peaks of Central Asia to the valleys of Manhattan, and with the help of a bookish wizard named Prof Croft, Jason will push himself to the breaking point. Because with the curse now spreading to his mind, he’s running out of time – and the stakes couldn’t be higher:
Win and he returns home to his fiancé, his family, and a future.
Lose and he dies a bloodthirsty beast…
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End of the world is upon us. Who is there to trust? The Order or the Front? Who is the good and who is the bad? Bluff? Double Bluff? Prof Croft has to figure it all out before Whisperer Magic takes over and makes everyone crazy.
Publisher’s Description: Sentenced to hunt down a cagey insurgent known as the Death Mage, I’m not feeling overly optimistic. Wizards with far more experience have tried and, well … died.
But overmatched or not, I want this assignment. The Death Mage killed my mother—he might also be my father.
I can’t lose my head, though. The mage wields an evil, mind-warping magic. A power that undermines his victims’ sanity while pledging their souls to an ancient being and devourer of worlds.
How would I even know if his magic was corrupting me?
Or is it already?
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