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Smoke Show by D.N. Erikson

Emmy Davis, the world’s most famous fox shifter, went missing two years ago. And I’ve just been hired to find her.

smoke showTitle: Smoke Show
Author:   D.N. Erikson
Series:  Tess Skye #2
Publish Date:  August 17, 2021
Source:  purchased by reviewer

Publisher’s Description: Emmy Davis, the world’s most famous fox shifter, went missing two years ago.

And I’ve just been hired to find her.

If only things were that simple. The cops have no leads. Other PIs haven’t fared any better. The trail is colder than an arctic winter. And to make matters worse, a mysterious creature from Javy Diaz’s past has taken an alarming interest in the case.

But all that might be the least of my problems. Because you know everything you’ve heard about the pitfalls of social media?

Yeah. Turns out it’s worse than that.

Way worse.

And having 113 million crazed fans breathing down my neck as I search for their lost idol might prove more dangerous than crossing paths with whoever actually took her in the first place…

Smoke Show is the breakneck, action-packed second novel in the new Tess Skye urban fantasy series. It must be read after the first book, Drop Dead.

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

Nervous Nellie says…

You know how the next book in a series loses some of it’s shine?  Not in this series!  I am so happy I found this author because they are amazing.  Another book-in-one-day kind of story.

This story does not stray from the urban fantasy genre.  No sex, no romance.  There is an over arcing story that follows the agreement Tess and Javy made in the first book.  To help people.

You’d think this would be a fairly straight forward plot line.  1. missing person 2. search for person 3.  found person story done.  Yeah, not so much in this story.  There are a lot of twists and turns in this story and the action?  It was a page turner.  I was glued to the book from the first page.  There are 3 friends that are social media influencers and they came up with a fantastic idea to boost their ratings, except the plan did not go according to script.  I would love to tell you what happened, but I feel like one slip and it’d ruin the anticipation getting to the end of the story.  It all ends well, so no fears there.  When I got to the end, it was like a lightbulb moment when all was revealed.  It was so simple, but yet complicated.  I enjoyed the ride greatly.

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Drop Dead by

I just woke up in a motel.  I have no idea who I am or how I got here.

drop dead skyeTitle:  Drop Dead
Author:   D.N. Erikson
Series:  Tess Skye #1
Publish Date:  January 20, 2021
Source:  purchased by reviewer

Publisher’s Description:  I just woke up in a motel.
I have no idea who I am or how I got here.
But I do know three things.
There’s a body on the floor…and one in the bathtub.
There’s a bullet in my shoulder. And it hurts. Bad.
And there’s a vampire warlock right outside the door. And he’s coming to finish the job.

Drop Dead is the first book in the new urban fantasy series starring Tess Skye.

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

Nervous Nellie says…

First of all, I loved this story.  It was well written and it was never slow…ever.  There is no sex – pure urban fantasy.  There is death and some of it is a little gory too.

Tess is a Soulwalker.  Someone that can live the last few minutes of someone’s life as well as re-animate them.  It’s a dang cool trick and it sounds like it could make a human full on insane.  Tess is fighting the odds in a losing game.  It’s really quite amazing that she actually finishes the year long fight in good vs. evil.   Tess is the last Soulwalker and there are many magical creatures that are out in the public eye because of the Great Reveal.  This time, the cops are against the good guy and are corrupt all because of one guy that, again, wants all the power.  There are Immortals, Vampires and probably others that haven’t been mentioned yet.  I guess the reason I liked this story so much was because it didn’t duplicate something I’d already read.  This book popped up after I read Demon Rogue by this same author.  If I had to measure in stars, I’d rate this book one more star higher than Demon Rogue.  If you like urban fantasy and a fairly fast paced, but not complicated story, this is the book for your next planned escape.  I really enjoyed it.

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Demon Rogue by D.N. Erikson

I’m Kalos Aeon. I’ve been around for longer than you could know – and most people don’t want to know me, being half-demon, and all – but right now I’ve got a big f’in problem.

demon rogueTitle:  Demon Rogue
Author:  D.N. Erikson
Series:  The Half-Demon Rogue #1 AND Demons and Bounty Hunters #1
Publish Date: June 18, 2016
Source: purchased by reviewer

Publisher’s Description:  I’m Kalos Aeon. I’ve been around for longer than you could know – and most people don’t want to know me, being half-demon, and all – but right now I’ve got a big f’in problem.

A woman just came into my office, and I gotta say, from the photo she slipped me, someone’s got a serious issue with the supernatural.

Life expectancy is looking kinda low if I don’t figure out who’s kidnapping magical creatures, selling their blood and trying to reveal magic’s existence to the mortal world. Last time that happened it didn’t end well. I’m not optimistic about this time, either.

Joke’s on me, anyway, for setting up a magical salvage and retrieval business. 50% of an item’s magical essence and a per diem can’t cover the damages this job is gonna inflict.

Money and magic aren’t of much use to a dead man. And If I didn’t have a code (yes, I’m a demon with a code), then I would jet out of Texas faster than a vamp at a sorority party (you don’t want to know).

But I agreed to the gig, she paid the cash, so I gotta see it through.

Did I mention the super-powerful wiccan – who I used to have, ahem, relations with – just returned from a long hiatus in a place worse than hell? And she’s still obsessed with finding a certain god’s spear that I may or may not have.

Seriously. This situation is code red. I’m almost willing to accept help from wizards. On second thought, no wizards. I hate you guys. I’d rather die.

So um, if I don’t make it through the next three days, anyone want a talking dog that’s read too much for his own good? Because the way things are going, Argos is gonna need a new home after the spells stop flying…*

*His only request is that you suck less than Odysseus. Apparently, the epic poems got that all wrong, and that guy was a major asshole. Or my dog might just be bitter. Tends to rub off when you live with a demon.

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

Nervous Nellie says…

This was a good book.  I almost read it in one sitting, it was that good.  I can describe this story through other books I’ve read.  It’s got a pinch of Harry Dresden, except instead of Bob, there is Argos.  It’s got your standard villains that want to rule the world.  It’s also got trolls, warlocks and other magical creatures.

The plot of the book was just as it’s title suggests.  A Rogue Demon is the main character.  He’s got a destiny that we just learn about in the first book and appears to be the tip of the iceberg regarding the trouble coming Kal’s way.  The editing was good, the story was good and it was entertaining.  So much so, like I said, I nearly read it in one sitting.  There is no sex – it’s not a romance.  It’s a true form urban fantasy.  There isn’t any grisly death and dismemberment – it doesn’t fall anywhere near the horror genre.  Kal doesn’t use magic unless he has no choice and then it always comes with a serious price tag.

I will pick up the next book.  It’ll be interesting to see what happens next.

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Nell’s Delicious Book Description Spotlight on Ruby Callaway

On a book hunt what do you look for?  The cover? The description?  I look for the cover, the description and then the price!  Love all three in this pick for Delicious Sounding Books!

This book is on sale for “free” right now on Amazon.  The cover looks super and the description sounds fab! What puts the frosting on the cake?  It’s a trilogy! A series! AND if you work it right, you can get the prequel for free too! (Gotta visit author’s page for that)

Title:  Lightning Blade
Author: D.N. Erikson
Series:  Ruby Callaway #1
Released: January 20, 2017
Book Description:  After twenty years inside a supernatural internment camp, bounty hunter Ruby Callaway is granted a temporary release by FBI Agent Colton Roark to help capture a necromancer publicly killing high ranking government officials. Each year, on the same day, the necromancer kills. And today marks the eighth anniversary.

But after dying at the killer’s hand, Ruby discovers something strange: the day repeats over and over, in an endless time loop starting at midnight.

The killer has something much bigger planned for today. And Ruby, as the only one capable of seeing the necromancer’s endless time loop, must stop the psychotic necromancer from obtaining unlimited power.

But the world outside the fence has changed, the supernatural forced to live in sprawling slums lying just outside gleaming cities. And in this uneasy new world, there might be threats even greater than serial killers lurking in the shadows…

  • Bone Realm, Ruby Callaway #.5
    When a gravely wounded half-demon stumbles into Ruby Callaway’s print shop seeking medical assistance for a werewolf bite, Ruby quickly finds herself assuming an unfamiliar mantle: werewolf huntress. But killing a 1,300 year-old alpha werewolf as the full moon approaches might be the least of her problems… Bone Realm is a standalone prequel novella to the upcoming Ruby Callaway urban fantasy series.

  • Shadow Flare, Ruby Callaway #2
    Magical cults are better left alone. Especially when they’ve got friends in high places.When twenty-three bodies are discovered on the edge of the Fallout Zone, the FBI calls in Ruby Callaway and Colton Roark to investigate. From the powerful dark magic branded into the bodies, Ruby quickly determines those responsible: the Crusaders of Paradisum. Which is impossible, considering Ruby killed their Crusading Prophet, scattering the cult to the wind over a century ago.But some people just don’t know when to stay dead – especially when they’ve made new friends in powerful places. And that’s a problem Ruby needs to fix.Before it kills her first.
  • Blood River #3 (end of Ruby Callaway trilogy)
    For her journey to end, Ruby must return to the beginning.After bounty hunter Ruby Callaway receives a cryptic note from an old nemesis, she sets out on a journey for the Tributary, a Realm long believed to be just a myth. Legends say that the Tributary is the source of all magical life – powerful enough to end MagiTekk’s rule. And now Ruby has just twelve hours until the supposed entrance is sealed off forever.But MagiTekk has heard rumors of the Tributary’s legendary magic as well. And they have some secrets lurking in the shadows that will ensure the Realm’s power winds up in their hands instead…Blood River is the thrilling conclusion to The Ruby Callaway Trilogy, which blends urban fantasy with dashes of cyberpunk, dystopian, and sci-fi into an explosive, original cocktail.





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