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There are a lot of things I want to share with you today.
Title: The Artificier
By: S. R. Witt, James Hunter
Narrated by: Matthew Broadhead
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
Release date: 01-05-18
Publisher: Shadow Alley Press Inc.
Description: October, 2042
In two weeks, the world will die, murdered by a nine-mile-wide, extinction-level asteroid.
And Robert Osmark—billionaire and savvy tech-genius—couldn’t be readier for the fiery apocalypse.
Unlike the shortsighted masses, he’s been diligently preparing for this day from the moment the asteroid first appeared. Through his relentless efforts, digital salvation now awaits anyone bold enough to take the leap and permanently transition into the brand-new, ultra-immersive, fantasy-based VRMMORPG, Viridian Gate Online. And Robert Osmark will lead this new world he has created.
But even with every advantage skewed in his favor, Osmark faces powerful opposition. A rogue faction of global elites led by US Senator Sizemore isn’t content to merely survive the apocalypse. They have their sights set much higher, and are recruiting dangerous allies, undercutting Robert’s efforts at every turn, and hiring VGO’s most deadly assassins to get what they want. To win, Osmark will need to viciously crush all opposition before his plans turn to ash.
While this book is released in audio, it’s also in print. If audio is not your game, don’t worry, James A. Hunter has thought of you too.
Next up is: Jennifer Estep
If you’ve not tried the series Elemental Assassin, you really should think about it. I know, the heroine is an assassin and that may turn a person off of the story just like that. But, give Gin a chance. Here’s what Jennifer has to say:
Assassins might not be the most sympathetic characters or the easiest to identify with, but I think they are some of the most fascinating. Plus, I wanted to write a really smart, strong, tough female character, which I think that I’ve done with Gin Blanco.
As of right now, after this book, there will be two more books in my Elemental Assassin series.
Also, starting with Venom in Her Veins, I will be self-publishing the series. I am hoping to release the book in spring 2018, but we’ll see what happens.
Note: The title of this book has been changed from Cold Sting to Venom in Her Veins.
NEXT: Lara Adrian
For us romance lovers, Lara Adrian has released Claimed in Shadows on January 23, 2018. This is one series I haven’t tried although I want to. You know, my TBR list is really, really long! 😉 Anyway, those that have a penchant for Vampire romances, check it out!
Title: Claimed in Shadows
Author: Lara Adrian
Series: Midnight Breed #15
Released: January 23, 2018
Description: In this pulse-pounding new Midnight Breed vampire romance novel from New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Lara Adrian, passion explodes between a daywalking member of the Order and a fiery female warrior whose shadowy past will test the bonds of both duty and desire.
As the son of a formidable Breed warrior, Aric Chase has been devoted to the Order all his life. With his training completed, all he needs is one successful mission before he can join the fight to destroy the Order’s chief nemesis, Opus Nostrum. His rare ability to daywalk lands Aric an assignment in Montreal, where he learns he’s to be teamed with another new recruit, a beautiful, but tough-as-nails Breedmate named Kaya Laurent.
Independent and driven, Kaya wants nothing more than to become a full-fledged member of the Order. Having grown up in squalor and neglect on the streets of Montreal, she longs for the close-knit family she’s found during her training to be a warrior. Eager to prove herself, she is thrilled to be given the chance at a key operation—even if she must share the mission with an arrogant, far-too-seductive Breed male who’s practically Order royalty.
Their unwanted partnership soon erupts into a desire neither of them can resist. But when Kaya’s past reaches out from the shadows to call her back, she must decide between protecting a dark alliance that could shatter her dreams of joining the team and a truth that could not only forfeit Aric’s faith in her, but bring the enemy right to the Order’s door.
SPI Files #7: The Solstice Countdown
SPI Files #8: The Pandora Predicament
SPI Files #9: The Demon Directive
Obviously, there are no descriptions or covers yet. Stay tuned.
Check in tomorrow for the cover reveal and description of Ken Lange‘s new book, Dust Walkers. This is book #2 in the Vigiles Urbani series.
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Working with vampires is never a good idea, but when broke, ya gotta do what ya gotta do.
Publisher’s Description: Supernatural Bounty Hunter isn’t the sort of thing you see on LinkedIn. But with a rare type of magic like mine, I don’t have many options.
Dangerous or not, the job is mine. And it was going fine, until an old as sin vampire stole my mark, and with it, my pay day. Knowing I’m poor and desperate, he has offered me a job. I’ll have to work by his side to help solve a top secret case. Everyone knows not to trust vampires. Especially a hot elder vampire. But without any other jobs coming up, I’m stuck. As I uncover a web of lies and treachery, revealing an enemy I didn’t know existed, the truth of my identity is threatened. I might make it out alive, only to end up in a gilded cage.
Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words…spoilers. *BEWARE*
Nervous Nellie says…
This was a fun an engrossing book. There is no sex-alluding to the deed, yes. Following through, no. There is one spot of nudity, plenty of killing of witches and mages…and zombies but no graphic description of violence that leans into the horror category. The four letter “f” word was used a little bit, but it had to be done to make the character a dimensional and believable character. There was also no cliffhanger.
Can I just say that I was not expecting this kind of story? I was kind of expecting a heroine that’s clingy and wishy washy attitude that amplifies to the damsel in distress when she falls into a vapid romance with a vampire that’s going to save her. That’s what I could get when I do no research, read no sample chapters and listen to no snippets from the narrator. Basically, I put my money down blindly. That’s totally unusual for me. But I did it anyway. Me. Taking a chance. Write it in the history books.
What I got in this book, were characters that practically walked out of my earbuds to sit in the room with me. I gotta say, Reagan’s contacts, clients, co-workers and neighbors are incredibly interesting folk.
When I grow up, I want to be just like Reagan Sommerset. She’s not afraid of anything. She’s confident, knows exactly what to do and can figure out a smart ass comeback in a blink of an eye. She’s such a stand out character that I loved her every minute. Even in the most difficult and awkward of situations, she always has something sassy to say.
As I said, the writing was great – but the narrator….the narrator NAILED it. Her voice range was amazing. This book did not sound like it was being read-no, it sounded like it was being lived! Poole’s inflection on frustrated, tired, sassy, bossy, hardass Reagan was golden. Then came the other characters that stood out. I could picture Reagan’s neighbors and the mage duo like I’d known them forever. I don’t know how Nicole Poole does it, but she can go from one character speech to another totally different character with a different accent and timbre at the drop of a hat. I was so impressed with this book, I had no other choice but to give it 5 stars. It was that good.
In the third installment of the Soulwood series, Nell Ingram continues to build a life outside of God’s Cloud of Glory church, master her powers with the Earth, and expand her role as a PsyLED agent.
Publisher’s Description: Set in the same world as Faith Hunter’s New York Times bestselling Jane Yellowrock novels, the third, thrilling Soulwood novel stars Nell Ingram, who draws her powers from deep within the earth.
Nell Ingram has always known she was different. Since she was a child, she’s been able to feel and channel ancient powers from deep within the earth. When she met Jane Yellowrock, her entire life changed, and she was recruited into PsyLED—the Homeland Security division that polices paranormals. But now her newly formed unit is about to take on its toughest case yet.
A powerful senator barely survives an assassination attempt that leaves many others dead—and the house he was visiting burns to the ground. Invisible to security cameras, the assassin literally disappears, and Nell’s team is called in. As they track a killer they know is more—or less—than human, they unravel a web of dark intrigue and malevolent motives that tests them to their limits and beyond.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Invested Ivana says…
Like all the Faith Hunter books I’ve read, I enjoyed Flame in the Dark very much. I like seeing the characters develop and learning more about the magic and creatures in their world. Khristine Hvam does a wonderful job of voicing the characters.
Flame introduces us to a new magical creature thought long extinct, sheds a little more light on the history of creatures like Soul, and furthers Nell’s relationships with the team and with her sister, Mud. I’m really looking forward to Mud becoming a bigger part of the story. She is a pistol!
Before listening to Flame, I listened to the whole series again, including “Off The Grid,” the Jane Yellowrock short story that introduces Nell. This is a series I’ll come back to often. 5 stars.
Nervous Nellie says…
I cannot praise Faith Hunter enough. First, she got me hooked on Jane Yellowrock, and then, as Jane’s world expanded, Faith brought in Nell Ingram. This is an action-packed adventure with plenty of story and character advancement. There is no sex, no swear words, a little graphic violence, and best of all, no cliffhanger. I thought there would be, but Faith Hunter saved me from wallowing in cliffhanger self-pity.
The story was great. I don’t mean on the low side of 5 great. I mean as high on the high side of 5 as the meter will go. There were monsters. You think there maybe aren’t monsters at first, but you know better since PsyLED is involved. These are monsters that give me that feeling like the movie Jaws did to the ocean. If you listen closely, you can figure out where the monsters are coming from, but the “why” that is answered in the end is just plain dark! It was GREAT!!!
The other part of the book was fun too. Not just a little bit, but a lot! I got to ride around with Nell and live her day. I liked how she got home and had to put logs into the stove to make heat for the house. I found her life interesting in an everyday kind of way. I enjoyed how she used her “church speak” to her advantage. I loved how Nell put her own father in his place when no one else could. Not even the Mamas. Go Nell!! I loved how Nell’s love life changed and she had to do a lot of soul searching to figure out what to do. The “will they/won’t they” between Occam and Nell was palpable. I could nearly feel the tense vibes that Occam was sending. Why tense? Well, there is a new man on the scene. If you are on team Occam, you’d better dive in and see what it’s about.
You think that’s all? Um, no. There is still the whole Brother Ephram thing, the vampire tree thing, and the Mindy “Mud” thing. There is a whole lot happening in this book. I was riveted, and the conclusion was very satisfying.
Now, I read a blog that claims this is the end of the series. Oh, boy. I hope not. I still want to be a part of Nell’s life. I want to ride with her on her journey of life. In some ways, she is wiser than a woman twice her age, and in other ways, she’s as wise as a girl half her age. It’s a interesting and engrossing kind of story.
Our reviews in this series…
If you were dying, and you were asked if you wanted a risky experimental surgery to save your life, would you do it? What if the surgery involved a demon’s heart?
Publisher’s Description: I’m one of those disgruntled millennials you’ve heard about on the evening news. I’ve got a master’s degree in Art History, a mountain of student loan debt and no job to show for it.
Wait, scratch that. I track down stolen pieces of art for wealthy clients and then beat whoever stole them to within an inch of their life. Say what you will, but it puts bread on the table.
Something went wrong with this last job of mine, though. I walked in on something I wasn’t supposed to see and got murdered by witches. Yeah, real, legit witches. Never saw that one coming, did you? Neither did I, and the only reason I’m writing this is because some doctor working for an ancient secret society decided it would be a good idea to use me as a science experiment.
See, he implanted a new heart in me and saved my life, but it wasn’t just any old heart. It was a demon’s heart. Nifty, eh?
Anyhow, I’m back and better than ever, except that, now and then, the demon takes over completely and I do awful things. Lose control. But enough about that. This is a story about how I (mostly) rein in the demon’s impulsive personality and seek revenge against the coven of witches that tried to kill me. Along the way, I learn a thing or two about this secret society I’m apparently now a member of and find out that there’s a lot of shit out there that goes “bump” in the night.
Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words…spoilers. *BEWARE*
Nervous Nellie says…
Wow. This was a great book. I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I started this book, but it was non-stop action until the end. This story did not have any sex. There was plenty of violence but nothing too graphic. There was no cliffhanger.
Lucian is kind of a jerk. I won’t lie and say he’s super cool because he’s not. He’s basically a thug that “repossesses” items for the uber rich. He’s just looking for a fast buck and really doesn’t care much about the whys or wherefores. He just wants the payday.
Then the demon heart happened.
The next thing Lucian knew, he was thrown into an A-Team situation where he had the temperament of a spoiled prom queen and the power of… well… a demon.
Not sure that’s a good idea, but the witch coven that is super evil is sacrificing children to work their magic. It’s up to Lucian and his Scorpion-like team to stop their end game.
By the end of the book, I got to liking Lucian a little better. That’s good writing right there. The author took a character from slug to hero in two hundred pages. I am looking forward to the next book, Roaring Blood, as it is waiting for me in my TBR pile.
Quickly, I’d like to address the narrator. Sometimes you get really crappy narrators that can’t fit their character no matter what. Not this guy. His spin on Lucian Colt was awesome. He captured Lucian’s whiny, spoiled attitude and then helped him along his way to self-realization and becoming a better guy. Super narrator. I’ll listen to him again, no questions asked!