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The Solstice Countdown by Lisa Shearin

Title:  The Solstice Countdown
Author:  Lisa Shearin
Series:  SPI Files #7
Release date:  March 9, 2021
Description:  As an agent of Supernatural Protection & Investigations (SPI), I know that evil doesn’t take a vacation, but this time it made an exception and followed me on mine.

I’m Makenna Fraser, seer for SPI, and I’m taking my boyfriend, goblin dark mage Rake Danescu, home for the holidays to meet my family.

Weird Sisters is a small town in the North Carolina mountains that was built on a network of ley lines that magnify psychic and paranormal energies. It doesn’t show up on Google Maps, was named after the three witches in Macbeth, and the first word of the town name perfectly describes most of its human and supernatural citizens.

A stranger has come to town, bringing with him a dormant source of primordial evil. Soon, magically gifted locals start vanishing, and the power of the ley lines is turned against us, cutting us off from the outside world and any source of help.

For a town and its people steeped in magic, and my family sworn to protect both, it’s a race against time to use a local winter solstice phenomenon to free the town from its prison. But first, I must trust a father I’ve never known to fight and defeat an awakening evil that’s existed since the beginning of time. If we fail, and it is unleashed, the world will not survive.

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


Nervous Nellie says…

The Solstice Countdown was another hit by Lisa Shearin.  I LOVE the SPI files.  With the conclusion of this book, I really feel the need to go back and start at the beginning.  Mak (Makenna Frasier) made mention of the cases that she’s handled since she’s worked for SPI and I have to admit, my interest piqued all over again.  There were the Dragons, the gem mage, the Grendels, the hell pit under Baccanalia, the pocket dimension in Rafe’s hotel.  There was the buildings popping from one world to another, portals to here and yonder, there were the ghouls and all sorts of things I could go on and on about.  Bad nasties that Mak helped the team take care of in only the way they can.

In this book, there is no sex, though implied (only a couple times), there are only gory deaths of ghouls and no good guys were harmed in making of this movie…in your head.  An ancient Celtic god that makes a VERY interesting appearance and Mak’s family who basically run Weird Sisters, NC.

I could guess a lot of the story line which I do not have a problem with.  It makes me less nervous in the “OMG!  What’s gonna happen next” anxiety.  Rafe was his normal glorious kick ass self and MaKenna was too even though Rafe outshone her with his dark magey thing.  But then there was MaKenna’s revelation of parentage.  That was a big deal too. And then there was her and the Wild Hunt…that was pretty cool.

This wasn’t a normal SPI case.  Actually, it had no case number and involved no agents except MaKenna.  She was on vacation and was on her own as representative of SPI.  Push come to shove, I would say it really wasn’t a case at all since she wasn’t “on the clock” per se.  I’m trying to be as vague as I can in order to not give away spoilers.  Mac’s granny was awesome, as well as the rest of the fam.  It was nice to see Rafe a bit uncomfortable in the girlfriend/boyfriend interrogation that families give.  It appears he passed with flying colors and Mac got a lot of respect for her part in protecting the townspeople from certain death.

Ok, fine.  Here’s the skinny.  Mac & Rafe come to town.  They are “attacked” by a Celtic god.  They get away.  The find that a nasty shouldn’t-be-but-is-anyway-mage is trying to manipulate the First Hunter of the Wild Hunt to basically give him all the souls he’s ever collected in order to give the shyster more power to take over the world.  Mac’s family and Rafe join in and do whatever they can in order to stop the bad guy from doing what he wants.  Throw in some family history (which is VERY interesting) and some massive characters in myth and legend, and you have a mystery that leads a reader by the nose until conclusion.  Like I said before, the book made me want to go back and enjoy the prior books all over again.

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NEW RELEASE TODAY!! The Solstice Countdown by Lisa Shearin

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Title:  The Solstice Countdown
Author:  Lisa Shearin
Series:  SPI Files #7
Release date:  March 9, 2021
Description:  As an agent of Supernatural Protection & Investigations (SPI), I know that evil doesn’t take a vacation, but this time it made an exception and followed me on mine.

I’m Makenna Fraser, seer for SPI, and I’m taking my boyfriend, goblin dark mage Rake Danescu, home for the holidays to meet my family.

Weird Sisters is a small town in the North Carolina mountains that was built on a network of ley lines that magnify psychic and paranormal energies. It doesn’t show up on Google Maps, was named after the three witches in Macbeth, and the first word of the town name perfectly describes most of its human and supernatural citizens.

A stranger has come to town, bringing with him a dormant source of primordial evil. Soon, magically gifted locals start vanishing, and the power of the ley lines is turned against us, cutting us off from the outside world and any source of help.

For a town and its people steeped in magic, and my family sworn to protect both, it’s a race against time to use a local winter solstice phenomenon to free the town from its prison. But first, I must trust a father I’ve never known to fight and defeat an awakening evil that’s existed since the beginning of time. If we fail, and it is unleashed, the wor

The Solstice Countdown by Lisa Shearin release date announced!

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It’s been a tough year for Lisa Shearin – like all of us.  She’s had a book release, Covid restrictions to adhere to, surgery, recovery and getting another book written.  If you haven’t read her last release The Entity Game, Aurora Donati #1, it’s really good and I enjoyed it.  The series that I really enjoy is the SPI Files, starring Makenna Fraser.   It’s hard to wait for the next book in a series for us readers, but just consider the author who runs the whole man show.  She is the author and runs the publishing company that publishes her stories.  It’s a big job, but totally worth it from my end of things (as a reader).  The news that I have is exciting to me because it’s a new release of the SPI Files series called The Solstice Countdown.  I have it on good authority (the author) that it will be available on March 9, 2021.  It’ll be awesome!

solsticeTitle:  The Solstice Countdown
Author:  Lisa Shearin
Series:  SPI Files #7
Description:  As an agent of Supernatural Protection & Investigations (SPI), I know that evil doesn’t take a vacation, but this time it made an exception and followed me on mine.

I’m Makenna Fraser, seer for SPI, and I’m taking my boyfriend, goblin dark mage Rake Danescu, home for the holidays to meet my family.

Weird Sisters is a small town in the North Carolina mountains that was built on a network of ley lines that magnify psychic and paranormal energies. It doesn’t show up on Google Maps, was named after the three witches in Macbeth, and the first word of the town name perfectly describes most of its human and supernatural citizens.

A stranger has come to town, bringing with him a dormant source of primordial evil. Soon, magically gifted locals start vanishing, and the power of the ley lines is turned against us, cutting us off from the outside world and any source of help.

For a town and its people steeped in magic, and my family sworn to protect both, it’s a race against time to use a local winter solstice phenomenon to free the town from its prison. But first, I must trust a father I’ve never known to fight and defeat an awakening evil that’s existed since the beginning of time. If we fail, and it is unleashed, the world will not survive.

(Disclaimer: One Book Two nor does their reviewer receive any credits or reimbursements from Amazon, Audible or the author for this announcement.)

The Phoenix Illusion by Lisa Shearin

Another adventure with cast and crew of SPI.  It’s Mac’s birthday and what an unexpected surprise!

Title:  Phoenix Illusion
Author: Lisa Shearin
Series:  SPI Files #6
Publish Date:  November 6, 2018
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Narrator: Johanna Parker
Source: purchased audio and print by reviewer

Publisher’s Description: The agents of Supernatural Protection & Investigation (SPI) are used to dealing with the weird and the wacky, but even they are stunned when a building from another world suddenly appears on an empty lot in New York. . .

I’m Makenna Fraser, seer for SPI, and it’s just my luck that my birthday party is literally crashed by a building from another planet. And it’s not just any building—it’s my goblin boyfriend’s house from his home world. SPI’s mission, to keep the public clueless about the supernatural, has us scrambling to find who did this and why, not to mention how.

The deeper we dig, the more we realize this incident is the opening gambit to a much larger event. Old enemies have combined forces with an even older nemesis to develop the means to kidnap an entire building and everyone in it. But who, or what, is their ultimate target? Finding out and getting to the mark before they do will require all hands on deck, including some extraterrestrial help from the goblin home world. We’re running out of time, and if we can’t get our act together, we’ll have front-row seats for the end of the world as we know it.

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


Nervous Nellie says…

Humans had an unfortunate tendency to go all torchy and pitchforky when they discovered inhumans anywhere in their immediate vicinity.

Lisa Shearin does it again.  Am I surprised? No. Not at all.  She makes it look easy to sit down and put story to paper or computer or whatever.  SPI files is one of my all time favorite series and once a book is released I do my best to get a copy tracked down and in my library as soon as possible.

This story is a puzzle of who and why are buildings disappearing all over the world.  Oh, not many buildings, just 8 – 10 or maybe 15.  Isn’t a big deal, right?  Well, kind of is when one of them is Rake’s house from Regor, the capitol on the goblin home plane, and it’s on fire.  And there is a dead guy inside.  Duh Duh Daaaahhhh! (That’s all we can afford here at One Book Two for special effects.)

That dead guy and Rake’s burning house transported from the goblin capitol is enough to get SPI’s attention.  The story evolves from there to include goblin nazis and crystals that have a lot of power.  The case isn’t difficult once it’s boiled down, but to get to the boiled down version it took a lot of luck and less investigation.  Rake didn’t hide anything like the super spy he is and Mac and Rake’s relationship grew.  I gotta say I enjoy that part, a lot.  I mean really? What girl wouldn’t like to have her significant other be romantic, thoughtful and protective (on occasion)?   I felt like Mac felt like the third wheel during this investigation.  It felt like Ian and Rake were partners instead of Ian and Mac.  That part I was a little sad about.  I really like Mac and she shined toward the end, but it felt like she was somewhat dissed in regard to her experience and knowledge.  I mean she doesn’t know it all, but she should get a little more credit.  She was frustrated about Ian and Rake’s behavior.  I feel like she felt all that was missing was Rake patting her on the head and telling her to go make dinner and let the men handle it. But maybe that’s the way goblins roll?

Like other installments of the SPI Files, there is no sex, no foul language and no graphic gore.  There is wizards (mages, sorry!), goblins, elves, vampires, werewolves and dragons (Oh, my!) The book didn’t take long from start to finish and it was hard to put down.  I’m looking forward to the next one already.

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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 7/8/18

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

Back with new releases again… they keep writin’ them, we keep readin’ them!

Thirty years ago, the gods of Greek legend returned to the world. imprisoned in Tartarus, the Olympians now reside in Néo Vasíleio, formerly known as California.

Twenty-four-year-old Derek Aerios is a war scion, a descendant of Ares, the God of War. He and his brother, eighteen-year-old Liam, capture mythological creatures and rogue scions as part of Ares’s elite military force. As he struggles to cope with his violent powers and the scars of a traumatic childhood, Derek tries to keep the two vows he has made: protect his brother, and never kill a human again.

But when Ares forces him to hunt and kill four rogue scions under Athena’s control—by threatening Liam’s life—Derek chooses to go after the scions in order to save his brother and keep his promise to himself.

Yet the closer Derek gets to the scions, the more he realizes that his orders are part of a deeper conspiracy that put him at odds with his mission and his conscience. Athena may not be the enemy, a traitor could be in their midst, and the Titans could be closer to freedom than ever before.

Nell can draw magic from the land around her, and lately, she’s been using it to help the Psy-Law Enforcement Division, which solves paranormal crimes. Joining the team at PsyLED has allowed her to learn more about her powers and the world she always shunned–and to find true friends.

Head agent Rick LaFleur shifts into a panther when the moon calls him, but this time, something has gone wrong. Rick calls Nell from a riverbank–he’s naked, with no memory of how he came to be there, and there’s a dead black cat, sacrificed in a witch circle and killed by black magic, lying next to him.

Then more animals turn up dead, and the team rushes to investigate. A blood-witch is out to kill. But when it seems as if their leader is involved in the crime, the bonds that hold the team together could shatter at any moment.

 

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