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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

Purge City by Brad Magnarella

Watch out if you are a supernatural because the mayor of NYC wants to eradicate you with the help of his secret weapon, Prof Croft.

Title:  Purge City
Author:  Brad Magnarella
Series:  Prof Croft #3
Publish Date:  February 13, 2017
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Narrator:  James Patrick Cronin
Cover:  Damonza.com
Source:  Purchased by reviewer in print and audio

Publisher’s Description:

If you can’t stand the heat…

When New York City unveils a program to roast supernaturals, I wonder if I should be sweating.

The bloodthirsty Arnaud thinks so, and he’s insisting that our survival depends on a wizard-vampire alliance. Never mind his history of wanting me dead. Or undead.

Meanwhile, the mayor wants me on his team—an offer that’s only slightly less unnerving given our recent clash. So who’s really behind the purge? City Hall? The werewolves? Or is it the brainchild of the fae, whose newest advisor to the mayor slipped from my bed and life four months ago?

I’m getting the cold feeling someone’s trying to manipulate the program, and me, to set off a larger war, one that could explode through the city.

One thing’s for sure. If I don’t get my head straight and my magic on, it’s going to be a hell of a summer.

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


 

Nervous Nellie says…

This is an urban fantasy. No sex, plenty of magic, manipulation, and even what could be deemed a double agent or two…maybe more. There are creatures that are introduced that I’ve (veteran of reading Urban Fantasy) had never heard of –so that was fun. Everybody has an agenda. If you remember that, you’ll be ok.

I love Prof Croft. He’s not pretentious. He doesn’t know everything and is very willing to do the leg work to figure it out. His support staff is lacking, though…A LOT! The Order doesn’t help. His mentor is not exactly helpful and Vega? She’s got a stick up her butt and is still mad from last episode. Talk about a grudge holder concerning a grudge that doesn’t need to be held. Let it go already, woman!
Arnaud is back. What a slug. He may/may not cut a swarthy form in battle, but he’s a vampire. I knew that, I really did, but the sparkles got in the way and I nearly let him fool me. Seriously, I was nearly sucked in by his concern for Everson. Don’t. Just don’t.
Caroline is back. Still the wife of a fae, dang it. It’s rough to see Everson wade through whatever he may be feeling for her and while I have no inside information, I have to hope that this is not the last time we will see her. I’m looking for an HEA, though the Urban Fantasy genre doesn’t have requirements to give me one. Poop.

This story is mostly about a cat and mouse game where Everson is the mouse. There are adversaries where ever he looks. The police department. The stupid mayor whose idea to rid NYC of supers to get re-elected. The fae because he’s a threat to Caroline’s marriage. The werewolves because he put Penny into a bullet induced coma. Moronic Snodgrass because…well…because Snodgrass is an idiot. Every-freaking-body has it out for our wizard. Everson is chased across the city, threatened, imperiled and vulnerable. It’s like fate has it out for our dear Prof Croft or something. Or his author. That might be a more reliable theory. 😉

There are some surprises revealed, so hold on to your theories. There are motive reveals regarding a lot of things and while the ending helps put the puzzle together that doesn’t mean this is the end of the adventure or the grand scheme. While I LOVED the ending, I cannot wait for book #4 to be released because maybe just maybe Everson will finally get his closure. This epic tale was packed with action and was not a book I could put down.

One last thing. The narrator rocks. If you like audios, you’ll dig him.

Our reviews in this series…

  • Preq 0: Book of Souls (not reviewed yet)
    Book 1: Demon Moon
    Book 2: Blood Deal
    Book 3: Purge City
    Book 4: Death Mage (not read, reviewed or released yet)

Other recommendations…

If you like this book…
…you might try Boundary Magic by Melissa Olson , Hellequin Chronicles by Steve McHugh or Immortal Vegas by Jenn Stark

 

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Blood Deal by Brad Magnarella

How can one man find so much trouble? It’s not even when he’s looking for it?  Professor Croft gets pounded, spelled, glamoured, beat on and even has the blood sucked from his own body – with his permission! Talk about a glutton for punishment.

Title: Blood Deal
Author: Brad Magnarella
Series: Professor Croft #2
Publish Date: October 17, 2016
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Narrator: James Patrick Cronin
Source: Purchased through Audible.com

Publisher’s Description: Everson Croft here, professor of mythology and … nervous as sin.

Tonight’s the night I tell Caroline the truth: about my feelings, my magic, everything.

So why am I surprised when Detective Vega calls me to a new case? An elusive creature is chewing up residents in a housing project run by rival gangs. One more mangled body and the place will explode into warfare.

Problem is, someone’s protecting the killer. All signs point to the vampire Arnaud—who’s just upped the stakes. If I don’t send Detective Vega down a trail of bad leads, he’ll snatch her child. But is Arnaud trying to derail the investigation or twist it to his own ends, ones that could reshape the city?

Worse, Caroline has disappeared, and I’m under suspicion. No one believes I last saw her with Angelus, a mysterious hunk and full-blooded faerie. Dangerous no matter how you slice it.

Two cases: one personal, one professional, and both going to hell in a hurry.

Time to wizard up.

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


Nervous Nellie says…

This is an urban fantasy, no sex, lots of violence that comes in various forms and though the ending is good, I believe it will be a very dangerous step for our beloved professor to take.  ALSO, I want to warn those nervous readers like me, Everson’s relationship with Vega is very rocky.  I have all the faith in the world that Author Magnarella will make everything right again.  If he doesn’t then….well…us readers will just have to set him straight. 😉

I will admit that I was drawn to the fact that Everson Croft reminds me of Indiana Jones and Harry Dresden wrapped all up in one.  I mean, really? Who could refuse that face? Check out the cover – it’s fantastic.  Anyway, Everson thinks his life is quiet for the moment and wham! he is pulled into not one, but two separate investigations.

**SPOILERS AHEAD**  I want to say that Everson was trying to be a good guy and Vega took his actions way to the extreme end of the reactionary spectrum.  I learned that Vega’s nickname or maybe even real first name is “Ricky”.  I learned she grew up in a neighborhood that was not known for it’s white picket fences and block parties.  I also learned that she is one tough broad.  She takes a gut shot and she powers her way through it enough to tell Everson how to stitch her up.  Incredible.  I also learned that if she trashes this relationship with Everson, she is making a huge mistake.  It feels like he’s the only one that will back her up and help solve the murders that no one else can touch.  Also, I think Caroline is very selfish to put Everson in the difficult spots that she is putting him in.  She could have at least checked in with him to tell him – “Hey, I know I left the party before you got back, but I wanted to touch base with you.”  That would be the considerate thing to do.  Anyway, it is what it is and that’s why it makes for a good story.  Oh, and one last thing.  Everson should have took the ring option instead of the information about his mother.  He just should have.***END OF SPOILERS***

This series is great to read but even better to listen to.  The narrator does a very good job and he fits my image of the voice for Everson Croft.  Grab the book or the audio – you won’t be sorry.  Oh, and for those of you up to book #3, like me, Mr. Magnarella assures me that the audio will be out by the first week in April and book #4 will release in print and audio closely to the same time together.

Our reviews in this series…

Other recommendations…

…you might try  Yancy Lazarus series by James A. Hunter, Cisco Suarez/Black Magic Outlaw series by Domino Finn or Immortal Vegas series by Jenn Stark.