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Black Luck, Prof Croft #5 by Brad Magnarella

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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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 2/25/18

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

 

Hi everybody! I’ve been busy searching out news for you and without any more delay, lets get at it.

  • Myth Manifestation by Lisa Shearin went live on January 16, 2018.  I have my review done and I’ll be posting it very soon.  Just a preview:  I loved it.  I love Mac and the whole team.  Even Ms. Sagadraco – even though she’s scary!Oh – get to the point.  Ok. Well, the audio version of Myth Manifestation is available.  If you don’t have time to read, but love to listen and work at the same time – here you go.

Title: The Myth Manifestation
by: Lisa Shearin
Narrated by: Johanna Parker
Series: SPI Files, Book 5
Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
Unabridged
Release date: 02-13-18
Language: English
Publisher: Audible Studios

Publisher’s Description:  The agents of Supernatural Protection & Investigations (SPI) protect people from predatory supernaturals. This time, we’re the ones who need protection.

New York is one of the most popular convention destinations in the world – for humans and supernaturals. Every hundred years, rulers of the world’s supernatural races come together to negotiate and renew a peace treaty. Meeting in the same hotel are the governors of our world’s goblin and elf colonies. SPI is saddled with the security nightmare of keeping the living delegates alive and the undead delegates from becoming permanently deceased. We’ve got our work cut out for us.

I’m Makenna Fraser, seer for SPI. Our security nightmare becomes real when monsters from the delegates’ mythologies begin mysteriously appearing in the flesh to hunt delegates from every side of the debate. And when the hotel gets sucked into another dimension, there’s no escape. We discover that we’re all pieces in an elaborate and deadly game. A game about to spill out into
the real world. Failing to escape is game over and not an option. We have to save the world – but first, we have to save ourselves. 

  • You saw the announcement from Brad Magnarella’s new series, right?  Well, he’s got it out on audio now too!!Blue Curse
    Blue Wolf, Book 1
    By: Brad Magnarella
    Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
    Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
    Unabridged
    Release date: 01-31-18
    Language: English
    Publisher: Brad MagnarellaAND he’s working on #2 in the series of Blue Wolf.  The book will be called Blue Shadow.  It’s scheduled to be released on March 5, 2018.  I am listening to Blue Curse right now, so my review is coming.

  • Now we are talking about Gary Jonas.  I read the first book in the Jonathan Shade series, Modern Sorcery, and here is my review.  I really liked it and I’m ready to charge into the next book.  While scoping out book #2 in the Jonathan Shade series, I happened upon a novella that Mr. Jonas wrote that features Esther, the ghost who helps Jonathan Shade.Title:  Dying to Live
    Series: Jonathan Shade series #10.5
    Publisher’s Description:  On a dark highway, a creature from the Void confronts a lonely ghost, ready to feed on her memories.The ghost is Esther Carmichael, and she’s been through so much anguish since she died. She’s ready to bid farewell to her existence until the creature awakens something inside her.

    Now she’s dying to live.

    Esther is a beloved character from the Jonathan Shade urban fantasy series, and while this short story takes place soon after the events of the novel Timeless Gods, you don’t need to have read the books to enjoy the ride. However, if you have read the Shade books, you definitely don’t want to miss this one.

    And then I found other books that Mr. Jonas writes.  They all look so good, I don’t know which to choose first but, seriously, how could I resist a book called The Half-Assed Wizard.  The title in itself sounds like it’s a good time! Then we have book 2 in the series:  The Big-Ass Witch and #3 – The Dumbass Demon.  I swear, with titles like this they are just beggin’ to be read.

Title:  The Half-Assed Wizard
Series: The Half-Assed Wizard, book 1
Released: June 4, 2017
Publisher’s Description:  A couple of jerks wake me up at the crack of noon. Seems my klepto uncle stole an ancient deck of Tarot cards from a high-powered wizard, and too many losers want to ruin my day to get them back.

The cards are cool, so I check them out, but my magic-happy cousin, Sabrina, tells me I’m not supposed to touch them. Oops. Too late. Now the damn cards are tuned to me, and if someone else wants to use them, I have to die. Why couldn’t she have led with that information?

Magic was never my scene, but my dad is one of the most powerful wizards in the world, so I’ve got unrealized potential if I ever bother to apply myself. I’d rather power nap, but with wizards, gunslingers, and cannibalistic shark dudes coming at me, that’s not gonna happen.

They say I’m a half-assed wizard, but if I don’t play my cards right, I’m gonna get my whole ass killed.

The other series that I’ve got on my TBR pile is also written by Gary Jonas.  It’s the Kelly Chan series.  This character makes an appearance in Modern Sorcery.  She is really a no nonsense powerhouse.  Here’s the deets on book #1:

Title: Vampire Midnight
Series: Kelly Chan, #1
Released: February 17, 2016
Publisher’s Description:  Kelly Chan, the magically engineered assassin you know from the Jonathan Shade series in her first solo adventure!

Picking up a package for a friend should be easy, but when the package is at Tally’s, a shop that caters to things that go bump in the night, and that package is a woman, things can go south fast.

Of course, if the person picking up the package is Kelly Chan, when things go south, bad guys die.

But what happens when the bad guys are already dead? Or more specifically, undead.

Kelly finds herself face-to-face with an actual vampire who has the power to issue commands Kelly has no choice but to follow.

So how do you kill something when you’ve been commanded to protect it?

 

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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 2/11/2018

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.

Title: Anubis
Author: Kris Michaels
Series: Guardian Security Shadow World, book 1
Released: January 20, 2018
Publisher’s Description:

Title:  Summer Reign
Author: John Conroe
Series: Demon Accords #13
Released: January 20, 2018
Publisher’s DescriptionDemon 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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Author Announcements and Book News

Listen up! New Author News right here! Right NOW!  Come on in, grab a cup of coffee and read the announcements!

 

Yesterday was the last day for the sale price of Blue Curse by Brad Magnarella.  If you missed it, sad face.  If you really aren’t into reading and rather into listening, have I got news for you!!

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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Death Mage by Brad Magnarella

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.

 

Title: Death Mage
Author:  Brad Magnarella
SeriesProf Croft, #4
Publish DatePrint: May 7, 2017   Audio: August 3, 2017
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Narrator: James Patrick Cronin 
Source:  Purchased

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?

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel (or, in other words, SPOILERS). Read the rest of this entry

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