Saturday, December 28, 2013

Review - Dragon Blade by J.D. Hallowell

Swords forged by dragon magic. Ancient rivalries flaring into all-out war. Dragon Riders caught up in a clash of hidden powers. A world hangs in the balance.

Dragon Blade, the final book in The War of the Blades, is the epic sequel to the story begun in Dragon Fate. Delno Okonan, his draconic bond-mate, Geneva, and their allies among the Dragons and Riders are once again caught up in events controlled by unseen forces. They must uncover the real secrets behind Corolan's death and the Rorack insurgency to defeat a threat that could destroy them all and leave the world they know forever altered.

Review by: Scott

5 stars

Dragon Blade by J.D. Hallowell is the conclusion to the War of the Blades series.  The world created by Hallowell continues to be enriched in the second novel, with a lot more information being revealed about the wild dragons.

There are some mild surprises that occur in this book with some of the established characters from Dragon Fate.  Nothing that really had me shocked, but some little twists that I enjoyed.  There are also a lot more characters involved in this book so the focus pulls back a bit.  Delno, Rita, and their Dragons are still the major players.

I can't say much about the plot without going into some spoilers and I don't want to do that.  I'll say that the conspiracy that is discovered in Dragon Fate in fully revealed and is pretty amazing in the depth and planning that have gone into it.  Having a 3000 year life expectancy can really allow someone to make some major plans and take plenty of time to get things set.

This book has all the strengths that made the first book such a great read.  The only thing that was a minor annoyance to me was the constant use of pet names between Delno and Geneva.  Nothing that should make anyone steer away from the book though.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Feature: Christmas from Heaven by Tom Brokaw

Christmas from Heaven is the story of the humble beginnings of what became a beacon of hope to a war-torn land, the story of Gail Halvorsen, a young pilot in the US Army Air Corps who was assigned as a cargo pilot to the Berlin Airlift, in which US forces flew much-needed supplies into a Soviet-blockaded Berlin.

As he performed his duties, Lt. Halvorsen began to notice the German children gathered by the fences of Tempelhof Air Base. Knowing that they had very little, he one day offered them some chewing gum. From that small act, an idea sprang: He would "bomb" Berlin with candy. Fashioning small parachutes, he and his crew sent them floating down as they approached the Berlin airport, wiggling the wings of their C-54 as a signal to the children that their anticipated cargo would soon arrive.

Lt. Halvorsen became known by hundreds, if not thousands, of children in Berlin as "Uncle Wiggly Wings" or "The Candy Bomber." Word soon spread, and donations of candy and other supplies poured in from sympathetic Americans. Lt. Halvorsen's small idea became a great symbol of hope not only to German children in a bombed-out city but to all those who yearned for freedom.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Review - Dragon Fate by J.D. Hallowell

Dragon Fate, the first novel in J.D. Hallowell's bestselling War of the Blades series, is a heroic fantasy adventure in the classic tradition of the genre. Delno Okonan is a young former soldier eager to put the swords and strife of war behind him, when a chance encounter leaves him inextricably entwined in a tangled web of dragons, magic, and intrigue, as he struggles to find his place among dragons and men, and stave off a plot by renegade dragon riders that threatens all he now holds dear.

Review by: Scott

5 stars

Dragon Fate by J.D. Hallowell is an excellent fantasy novel.  I actually read this book twice before writing my review and that isn't something that I do all that often due to the length of my TBR list.  I'll have to say that I enjoyed the second reading immensely and easily see this series getting multiple more readings (the second book is just as good) in the future.

I really like the main character Delno.  He is just a good guy and tries to do the right thing to the best of his ability.  He is a famous war hero in his home country, but doesn't use that to really benefit himself in any major way.  One day while trying to find some space to think about his future he runs into a dragon whose rider was killed and wants nothing more that to go off on her own and die.  The issue is that she is with egg and cannot let herself go until she sees to her children.  Delno helps and forms a bond with the egg that he helps deliver and becomes a Dragon Rider.

The relationship between dragon and rider is complex and complete, with each gaining a stronger ability with magic, telepathic communication, and the human getting a vastly longer lifespan.  The fact that Delno raises his dragon, Geneva, from a hatchling allows J.D. to explain the various abilities that dragons have by watching Delno learn them. This prevented a huge info dump slowing down the story, which I always appreciate.

There are also some fantastic secondary characters.  I really liked the way that Delno and Rita get along.  I would have to say that Nat is my favorite though.  The healer is full of surprises and his personality quirks make him amusing at times.

If you are at all a fan of the fantasy genre this is a book you should check out.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Holiday book feature: Kat McGee and The School of Christmas Spirit

If Kat McGee had one Christmas wish, she'd wish to be special. Instead, she's the boring middle in a family packed with sparkly siblings, including three sisters who have all starred as Mary in Totsville, Maine's annual big-deal Christmas Pageant. All Kat's done is wet her pants on a rollercoaster and earn herself the horrible nickname, "Kat McPee." When she doesn't get the part of Mary, Kat's convinced that Christmas will be just another Kat McPee failure. But then Kat's beloved Gram lets it slip that she went to school with Mrs. Claus. The Mrs. Claus. Before Kat knows it, a magical snowglobe whisks her away to the North Pole, where she makes friends, checks naughty and nice lists, and takes classes in cookie baking, reindeer training, and toy designing. It's a Christmas miracle... But something is wrong. The North Pole is being threatened, and only Kat McGee can help. Kat McGee and The School of Christmas Spirit is about a modern girl in a magical adventure. Kat is about to learn who you can be if you believe in Christmas... and yourself.

Each book in this series also comes with a specialized recipe and some discussion points.  For more info check the publishers website or take a look at the book on Amazon.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Review - Island Shifters by Valerie Zambito

When your family, your home, and the very land you stand on are destroyed, what do you do? If you are a shifter of Massa, you turn around and fight. You fight, because the blood oath will have it no other way.

The idyllic lives of four elemental shifters living in the exiled land of Pyraan are shattered when a tour of legion duty gives witness to a brutal enemy invasion. Despite the heroic efforts of the shifters, the land falls to the invaders. As the only survivors, the four friends are forced to flee south into the lands from which they were banished to warn of the invasion. Heartbroken and weary, the shifters soon learn that the safe haven they hoped to find is cloaked in danger. Throughout a journey fraught with prophesy, betrayal and peril, an enduring friendship prevails, love blossoms, and a riveting saga unravels.

Review by: Scott

4 stars

Island Shifters  by Valerie Zambito is a strong start to a fantasy series.  Magic is an inborn talent, but it is one that is shunned and leads to banishment.  These shifters are charged with being the first line of defense of their home countries, even if almost no one remembers the reason for it.

The introduction to the magical system is pretty interesting.  There seem to be four major kind of shifters each with a specialized form of magic.  There are fire, earth, mind, and body.  There are more things revealed later in the book and it is set up to reveal a lot more in the follow ups.

There is some romance involved though it remains more of a background thing than a major plot point.  The interactions between the characters are a fairly strong point of this book.  I really enjoy the way that Rogan and Airron lighten the mood in some places with their banter and pranks.  Bajan is also an amazing character, though I think it is the idea of him more than a personality thing.

The pacing of the book is pretty decent for the most part.  There were a few parts where I thought things slowed down and it seemed like the characters did some things I had trouble reconciling with their overall personas.

This is a strong start to a fantasy series and I'm curious to see where the rest of the books go.  Strong recommendation to fans of traditional quest based fantasy stories, easily enjoyed by most people who like fantasy in general.

This book is currently FREE on Amazon for Kindle readers.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Evaluations of the Tribe (Prossia) Blog Tour

-Aliens Get Bullied Too

Aly’s a seventeen-year-old Goolian who can charge into the street, exposing herself to enemy fire, because she’s a good soldier. She’s willing to do what needs done for the greater good, and I must say, she looks pretty epic when she does it too! She’ll keep an entire platoon of enemy soldiers at bay on her own if she has to, only with the aid of two Goolian blades and an alien blaster. Yes, as the novel, “Prossia” says, “Aly is a sight to behold.”

So, it might come as a bit of a surprise to know that Aly used to walk to school, eyeing the ground, being too nervous to look anyone else in the eye. At one point in her life, she would hunch over a little, so she could appear as short as the other girls in her class and village. Why, she even had a stuttering complex whenever people spoke to her! That was Aly, not long before the events in “Prossia” took place, when her main concern was proving her worth so she wouldn’t be bullied anymore in “Evaluations of the Tribe.”

In this story, we don’t see an Aly who’ll put a guy in his place, if he crosses his boundaries. Instead, we see an insecure, low-self esteemed, severely troubled young girl who wants nothing more than the kids in her class to leave her alone. It’s not like she ever did anything to them. Still, Aly finds herself facing that ultimate adversary many children – and even adults – must face on a day-to-day basis. She knows all too well what the grounds to being bullied are:

·         Not having anyone to stand up for you

·         Having parents or guardians who can’t seem to help

·         Having parents or guardians who only make matters worse when they try to help

·         Wondering what you possibly did to deserve being born different, the reason to your harassment
·         Wishing that you were either dead, or better yet, had never been born at all

·         Hating yourself along with those who make your existence miserable

·         Dreading every morning you wake up, knowing “that person” or “those people” are just waiting on you, and you can’t do anything about it

Regardless of the circumstances, having to deal with the constant harassment, both verbal and physical, of the people you must mingle with is not acceptable. Like Aly, you do not have to simply “cope” with it. If you do, you might break, just the way she did one day in “Evaluations.” Still, there is hope. I know it’s hard to believe, but it does get better. Take it from someone who’s gone through the trenches, himself.

And what about those of us who now get to watch the travesty from the sideline? It is in our power to act and stand up for those who cannot defend themselves, much the way Aly’s best friend, Catty, does for her in the story. That means you’ll have to go out of your comfort zone. It means everyone around you will look at you, as if you’ve lost your mind. It means, at times, you might lose the support of some friends, and yes, even family.

Thing is, we’re all stuck on this tiny blue dot in the vast universe, so it’s way past time we start standing up for ourselves, and those around us. No, it doesn’t mean you have to do something as epic as a March On Washington every single day. But maybe we can learn a thing or two from Catty, who took the time to help Aly pick up her things when someone knocked her down. Who knows how that small gesture will come back in good favor. You might just save a world, at least for a day. One down. Over 7 billion to go. Good thing there’s a bunch of us around ready to do our part, eh? ;)

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Prossia by Raphyel M. Jordan


by Raphyel M. Jordan

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Review - Relic Tech by Terry W. Ervin II

The Silicate War has been over for fifteen years, and the tension among the dominant galactic races is growing. Many fear that the Umblegarri, the ancient alien race that ushered humanity into the interstellar galactic community during the Silicate War, have been targeted for conquest by the Crax and their allies.

It’s no longer speculation. The invasion is underway and Kra finds himself strapped to a hospital bed, critically injured and surrounded by hostile corporate lawyers, high ranking military and intelligence officials, ambitious members of the criminal justice apparatus, and an Umbelgarri diplomat. All are demanding answers or their pound of flesh.

Krakista Keesay, a Class 4 Security Specialist, doesn’t have the answers they demand. Why did he sabotage a top secret research facility? What was he doing on a quarantined planet? Why did he set up the civil transport Kalavar for destruction? Is that all? Not even close.

Kra turns to his only option: Allow his brain to be hooked up to an experimental device so that he might prove his innocence.

Or lose his mind.

Reivew by: Scott

5 stars

Relic Tech by Terry W. Ervin II is a fantastic book.  He uses a similar style to his First Civilization novels, with the beginning of each chapter having a small amount of italicized text that explains a bit about the world.  These short bursts of info reveal relevant background in small doses keeping the story moving since there are no awkward info dumps.  The technology used ranges from some weapons that we have today to much much greater levels.  There are also alien devices that shame anything humanity has managed to come up with.

Specialist Keesay, or Kra, starts off critically injured with no memory of what happened to him and is immediately brought up on charges that would scare anyone.  In order to spite the lawyer who is supposed to be his representative, but doesn't seem to be doing much to help, he volunteers himself for a memory probe.  The device is able to enter his brain and pull his memories out on video so everyone can see what actually happened even if he himself can't seem to recall them.  The only issue is there is a good chance it will turn him into a vegetable.

This establishes a bit of a mystery feel to the book right off the bat.  That is further supported by the fact that Keesay and his escort are attacked while trying to get to the transport to take him to his appointment.

Kra was a great character who I grew to like through the book.  Being a relic tech gets him looked down on quite a bit, but he just uses that to his advantage when people underestimate him.  He is a smart guy who is extremely combat capable and a bit lucky as well.  He makes himself some fine friends and some terrible enemies and those characters each have distinct personalities to love or hate as well.

The book has a very fast pace with enough action to keep you wanting to turn the page and enough character development to care about the people who are fighting.  As I said earlier there are several secondary characters that you will come to care enough about that you don't want to see them die when the aliens are attacking.

If you have read and enjoyed any of Terry's other books this should be a no brainer for you.  If you love the scifi/space opera genres than this book is worth the price for sure, even if you don't read them very often this is a great book to test the waters.  I highly recommend picking up a copy of this and look forward to the next book in the series.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Reivew - Doctor Lovebeads by Gary Reilly

In Doctor Lovebeads, the fifth in novelist Gary Reilly's Asphalt Warrior series, Murph must go undercover to accomplish his mission. He lets his hair go untamed, dresses in muslin and sandals and arrives on the scene in a beat-up VW van called the Cosmic Wonderbus and Mobile Mercantile.

Murph tries to pass himself off as an old love child in his confrontation with Brother Chakra. As the good Brother might say, It's a mind-blowing trip.

Review by: Scott

5 stars

Doctor Lovebeads is the fifth book in the Asphalt Warrior series by Gary Reilly.  Once again after doing a good deed and getting himself too involved in the lives of those around him Murph is called back to the station to talk to the police.  This time a couple of young ladies that Murph took to a concert, for free, are missing.  After tracking them down to a farm on the outskirts of town Murph must disguise himself as a flower child to get past the gate and try to find the young ladies that have caused him all this trouble.

This particular version of Murph is probably the most comedic yet.  Listening to his thoughts as he tries to fit in to a community that he would avoid if he could provides some hilarious moments.  As I already stated this is the fifth book in the series.  Murph is an established character and his personality hasn't really changed, there is just a bit more of him revealed.

If you are a fan of the series you'll continue to enjoy it through this book.  If you've never heard of the series pick up one of the books and give it a shot.  You're in for an enjoyable read.

Review - Home for the Holidays by Gary Reilly

Taxi driver, Brendan Murphy, abandons his cab and the mean streets of Denver for his hometown, his dear ol' Maw, and an Irish Catholic clan the size of County Cork. It's Christmastime in Wichita.

The fourth book in the Asphalt Warrior series has Murph reluctantly re-establishing relationships with his brother and sisters while trying to save an old friend from making a soul-killing mistake: seeking a socially acceptable job.

It will take all of his persuasive powers to rescue Jimmy Callahan from The Suits. That, and maybe a Christmas miracle.

Review by: Scott

4.5 stars

Home for the Holidays is the fourth book in the Asphalt Warrior series by Gary Reilly.  I love spending time inside the head of Murph.  The way that he looks at life is fantastic and at time hilarious.  The other books in this series work pretty well as standalone stories (I still haven't read the first one) I think reading one or more of the others would let you appreciate this book more.  The essence of Murph is his philosophy about life that he realizes through his taxi driving, and he doesn't spend much time doing that in this one.

The fact that he isn't in his taxi as much does make this excellent for fans of the series though as it reveals a lot more about Murph's past.  The stories of the things he and his brother did as kids are pretty awesome and the way that his mother still manages to manipulate him, even though he knows that's exactly what she is doing are a lot of fun.

With or without his cab Murph is still Murph though.  He manages to get himself wrangled into driving someone that he went to highschool with home, despite having not seen him since highschool.  To the surprise of no one familiar with the series that leads Murph to getting much more involved in someone's life than he is especially comfortable with, but feeling that he must do his best to help out his fellow man.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Review - The Pearl Savage by Tamara Rose Blodgett

Seventeen-year old princess, Clara Williamson, lives an old-fashioned existence in a biosphere of the future.

When her sadistic mother, Queen Ada, betroths her to an abusive prince of a neighboring sphere, Clara determines to escape Outside where savages roam free.

Clara escapes tyranny only to discover the savages are not the only people who survived the cataclysmic events of one hundred forty years prior.

Once Outside, Clara finds herself trapped, unable to return to the abusive life of the sphere while facing certain danger Outside.

Can Clara find love and freedom with the peril that threatens to consume her?

Review by:  Scott

4 stars

The Pearl Savage by Tamara Rose Blodgett takes place in a world that has seen better days.  The advanced societies were protected from whatever even wrecked the air of the world by living inside of high tech biospheres.  Although everything in them seems to be run on steam so it's a forward/backward kind of thing.

Princess Clara is the primary character of the book and her life isn't what you would think for a princess.  Her father died a few years ago and since then her mother (who has never cared for her) now openly despises her.  In her mind Clara is something to sell off as a wife to a neighboring kingdom so she can stay wasted off of the wine they produce.  Luckily for Clara she is a sincerely good person and has some pretty incredible friends to help her deal with her horrible mother.  After meeting her husband-to-be and finding out what her life could be become she is left with no choice but to escape into the possibly tainted outside world.  It is well known that there are savages that still exist outside the domes, but they are the creatures of nighttime horror stories told to keep children in line.  The reality of the savages are they are a simple people who are in trouble.  They would like to communicate with the people inside the domes to try to get help, but aren't sure that it will do any good.

I became of fan of Tamara's writing while reading her Death Speaks series.  To be perfectly honest I was a little iffy on this one as it gets advertised a bit as a romance and that is a slippery slope for me.  I will have to say however that just like the romantic elements in her other series it is not overwhelming.  There is a stronger romantic theme in this book than I normally enjoy, but it is done well and there is plenty of character development and action to keep me attention focused on the book.

The book has a wonderfully unique setting inside the domes.  Completely contained and totally self reliant biospheres powered by steam populated by a Victorian Era society.  That scored some pretty big points with me as I love the idea behind steampunk and this book has a bit of that feel to it.  This is a great book for highschool plus readers, as it has a bit of graphic content, and anyone who enjoys post apocalyptic stories and romances.

Review copy provided by the author.

Saturday, October 26, 2013


Hello all, I'm currently sitting in a hotel room at Disney in Florida for a week vacation with my family.  I don't think I'll be getting any updates done while we're down here, but if I have some time I may get something thrown together.

Anyone from the area around Disney?

Monday, October 21, 2013

Review - Nu Logic by Bill Gourgey

In Nu Logic, Rise of the Neos, accomplished virologist, Dr. Janot (whose specialty is crossover pathogens), threatens the promising Glide era with his wildly popular augmented reality gaming world—Neology. Only the genius inventor, Captain Magigate, can stop him, but Magigate is lost in the past with his erstwhile lover and foe, the Prophet. Teenage artist Maddy’s cryptic paintings hold the key to reaching the Captain, but will she discover their secret in time to stop Dr. Janot, whose Connected Reality vision threatens to transform the human experience forever?

Nu Logic is the sequel to Glide and is Book 2 in the Glide Trilogy, which is set alternately in a future world shaped by the miraculous inventions of Dr. Magigate, and the preceding dystopian era dominated by the Prophet and her Academy.

Review by: Scott

 3.5 stars

Nu Logic took me a little while to get into because I hadn't read Glide.  With the advanced technology and and a fairly wide cast of characters there was a lot to abosrb.  The game of Neology was very interesting and reminded me of a much more immersive version of WoW.

The various technologies were very cool, especially the abilities that the knights were granted by Captain Magigate.  There were times that I felt the story moved a little slowly due to the pure amount of explanation that was required to fully explain everything that was taking place and put it into context though.  Other parts had me almost skimming to find out what was coming up in the next couple of pages.

I will have to go back and take a look at Glide and then reread this book at some point to see how much of a difference having all of the proper background really makes.  This book was good enough that I look forward to doing that in the future.

Copy of the book provided by JKS Communications.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Lost Concerto by Sandra Miller review


The message drips in blood off of the wall, beginning a spiral of events that will take Chrispen and Alexis Brooks through the depths of hell and back, as they discover that some things in life are worth fighting for.

When Chrispen and her virtuoso violinist husband agree to his first foreign appearance in five years--a performance of Schumann's Violin Concerto on the two-hundredth anniversary of the composer's birth, in the town where he was born--they never anticipate the many ways the Lost Concerto will affect their lives, and the lives of those they love, forever.

The Lost Concerto is the second book in the exciting, fast-reading, tightly-plotted suspense series that started with Concerto.

Review by: Scott

4 stars

The Lost Concerto by Sandra Miller is the second book in the Alexis Brooks Series. It follow the same format as the first book with the parts of the book being broken down into concert terminology. I'll skip the plot line as I really can't think of a way to express anything without spoiling book I in the series.

This book had a bit less of the thriller aspect than the first book, it was staged a bit more like an action/espionage book with kidnappings and international settings. I enjoyed this book quite a bit, but there was one major thing that bothered me. It involved a certain character maintaining contract through a cell phone when the easiest thing in the world would have been to monitor it or just take it away. Even with that bothering me a little bit as the story progressed it was still a very entertaining story. There was a bit more resolution of issues discovered in the first book and if there are more books to come in the series I will be sure to check them out as well.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Guest post with Terry Ervin II author of Flank Hawk

Kevin Hearne & Luke Daniels: A Great Pairing for the Iron Druid Chronicles
by Terry W. Ervin II

If you enjoy reading fantasy and haven’t heard of author Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles, you’re missing out and should definitely check into them.

“But,” you say, “I already have a stack of books waiting to be read. I just don’t have enough time to read them, let alone add to the stack.”

There’s an answer to the dilemma: Audiobooks.

“What, books on tape?”

Well, there are still some audiocassettes knocking around on library shelves. I even have a few on my shelf at home that still work. Many titles are available on CDs and single disk MP3s, but the trend is toward digital downloads through places like iTunes and

The Iron Druid Chronicles are about Siodhachan Ó Suileabháin, who now goes by the name Atticus O’Sullivan. He’s over two thousand years old and the last of the druids. Up until the start of the first novel in the series, Hounded, Atticus kept a low profile over the years, trying to avoid attention, especially notice by the Celtic god Aenghus Óg who wants the magical sword that Atticus possesses which Aenghus Óg believes the druid stole from him centuries ago.

Well, the Celtic god has located Atticus in Arizona. Any hope of survival will require all the skill and guile Atticus can muster, along with the help of his Irish wolfhound, and his lawyers, who just happen to be a werewolf and a vampire. Oh, and there’s the Morrigan, the Celtic goddess of death, who sort of favors Atticus—as much as a death goddess can.

The following books in the series chronicle events based on the fallout from Atticus’s confrontation with his nemesis, Aenghus Óg.

While I’ve read three of the novels, I’ve listened to all of the available audiobooks, including a novella. They’re excellent for drives to and from work, and also for long road trips, such as those required to visit my mother-in-law. My wife and older daughter enjoy the Iron Druid audiobooks too, although my daughter prefers the printed novels—of which she’s read five and is working on the sixth.

I like Kevin Hearne’s writing style and his ability to spin an engaging tale that, while having many facets, flows at a quick pace, keeping me turning the pages. The characters are unique and interesting, each with their own story that adds to the main storyline. The action is well-written and the dialogue is top-notch. What else could readers ask for—except maybe for someone to read it to them?

And that’s what Luke Daniels does in excellent fashion. He brings the characters to life, from the old widow Mrs. MacDonagh and Atticus’s Nordic werewolf lawyer Hal Hauk, to the Polish witch Malina and Atticus’s wolfhound, Oberon—my wife’s favorite character.

Of course Luke Daniels’ portrayal of Atticus is spot on target. His narration is clear, with timing and subtle shifts and emphasis that, combined with the story, makes one look forward to another span of time behind the wheel because one gets to listen and find out what happens next. I say ‘one’ instead of ‘me’ as I’ve introduced the audiobook version of the Iron Druid Chronicles to several friends and co-workers, and they’ve remarked as such.

And, with that being said, I hope that I’ve convinced you to check out Kevin Hearne’s series, especially on audio.

Kevin Hearne’s Website:
Luke Daniel’s Website:


Novels the Series (available in print, ebook and audio)

Shattered (forthcoming)

Novellas in the Series (available in ebook and audio):

Two Ravens and One Crow (occurs in the timeline between Tricked and Trapped)
The Grimoire of the Lamb (occurs in the timeline prior to Hounded)

Short Stories (available as free PDF downloads from Kevin Hearne’s website):

“A Test of Mettle” (takes place during the events of Hammered from Granuaile’s point of view)
“Clan Rathskeller” (takes place before the events in Hounded)

Friday, October 4, 2013

Fromsday celebration! Win a copy of the Klondaeg books by Steve Thomas

In celebration of Fromsday the Indie Book Blog is teaming up with author Steve Thomas to giveaway 5 Smashwords coupons for his Klondaeg series.  That includes Klondaeg the Monster Hunter and Klondaeg and the Klondaeg Hunters.

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Klondaeg is a simple Dwarf with a simple plan: rid the world of monsters. When he was a boy, his parents were killed by unidentified monsters, and he swore revenge against all of them. Armed with a talking battle axe with two personalities, Klondaeg travels the countryside, slaying everything from tiny werewolves to gold-devouring demons. He negates prophecies, disproves history, and even comes face to face with Acerbus, the god of darkness himself. But will he ever find the thing that killed his parents?

Klondaeg’s adventures continue with five new episodes. Klondaeg the Monster Hunter has hunted down monsters all over the world, but he should have searched closer to home. When Klondaeg discovers that one of his closest allies is secretly a monster, he must choose between friendship and duty. Meanwhile, a secret society slinks in the shadows with sinister intent. Can Klondaeg defeat the Klondaeg Hunters, or will monsters take over the world?

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Reivew - Shadow of Darkness by Rashad Freeman

Anthony Dimair isn't your average teenager. Anthony Dimair doesn't have your average teenage problems. Unfortunately, Anthony Dimair doesn't know that yet.

By most accounts Anthony's been a pretty normal kid his whole life. When he starts what should be a normal year of high school, he suddenly begins to change. There's something dark buried deep inside him, but it wants to get out.

As people start disappearing and unknown assailants start following him, Anthony turns to his Uncle for answers. With only the help of his friends he sets off on a quest to discover the truth. But discovering the truth may very well get him killed.

Follow Anthony on an epic adventure as he races against time and the darkness inside him. Will he survive to find out the truth? Or will he get himself and his friends killed in the process?

3 stars

Shadow of Darkness by Rashad Freeman is a novella length story introducing Anthony Dimair.  At first it seems like Anthony is just a normal highschool kid until one day he sprouts gigantic wings from his back.  Soon after he finds himself under surveillance by mysterious men and strange things start happening.  He and his friends decide to head out to try to reach his uncle with the hopes that he can shed some light on the situation.

This book seemed to me to be more of an introduction to the series than anything.  The characters got pretty well fleshed out and there was a good amount of details revealed, but I didn't really think any questions were answered.  We know that Anthony has wings, but the book stops before there are really any answers revealed.  I understand it was most likely to build anticipation and was very successful in doing so, but I would have liked to have gotten a little bit of the mystery revealed.

Despite being left hanging a bit by the first book I have been keeping my eye out for the sequel.  Most likely I will check it out when it becomes available to see what is really happening with Anthony and his friends.  I know this sounds a bit vague, but I really don't want to give any of the ending away so I can't really cite any examples.  One other thing to note is the copy that I read is an older version so I'm not sure if there were any major changes made to the book other than the cover and the title.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Review - Sleight of Hand by Mark Henwick

"Vampires are the flickering illusions of Hollywood. They don't exist. We do. We are the Athanate."

For Amber Farrell, post-military life as a PI has its ups and downs: She's been hit by a truck. She's being sued by a client. Denver's newest drug lord just put out a contract on her. The sinister Athanate want her to come in for a friendly chat. And it's only Tuesday.

Enter Jennifer Kingslund: rich, gorgeous--a tough businesswoman who's known for getting what she wants in the boardroom and the bedroom. Someone's trying to sabotage her new resort and destroy her company--and she wants Amber to find out who.

The answers lead Amber past Were and Adept, right back to the Athanate--and a centuries-old war that could threaten not just Denver, but the nation that Amber swore to protect and serve.

And all sides want to claim her for their own...

Review by: Scott

4 stars

Sleight of Hand by Mark Henwick has a lot of great things going for it.  It's got a solid heroine and a lot of unique twists to it.  Amber Farrell is ex-military, kind of, she has also been bitten by a vampire and has not turned yet.  She gets some pretty awesome physical benefits from her condition including a fantastic healing rate.

Another thing that makes this book a stand out is how it deals with some common paranormal elements.  The mythos around vampires and werewolves is completely changed and that keeps you wanting to turn the pages.  There are some interesting characters on each side and as Amber learns more about herself and her condition the world that is revealed pulls the reader in completely.

The only downside I found in the book was the relationships being set up.  Amber finds herself attracted to a woman, which is a first for her, while also being attracted to a man.  She spends a lot more time with the woman through the book, but the man has certain aspects that make him extremely appealing to her as well.  I feel that the additional layer that this added to the story wasn't necessary at all and worry that it could severely detract from what made the first book great in the second.  This does come from someone who really does not enjoy books that have a lot of relationship drama or overly romanticized plots.

This book definitely had me interested enough to check out the follow up.  I have already downloaded a novella that is available featuring the characters and it only took me to about halfway through the book to start looking to see if the second book was available yet.  This is for sure a book that is worth checking out for anyone who is a fan of the urban fantasy genre.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Guest Post with Julianne Donaldson author of Blackmoore

Why I read:
 I have always loved the adventure of reading. I have itchy feet, love to travel, and don't get to do too much of it right now as a full-time mother. In the pages of a book I can experience worlds that are new and foreign to me. I can learn the thoughts of strangers. I can explore new cultures. I can visit countries I may never see with my own eye. My world-view expands, my mind becomes more open, and in the hands of a skilled story-teller, I am changed.

Why I write:
The adventures of reading are the same for me as the adventures of writing. My stories are set in England, and in preparation for each book I have traveled to the Mother Land to research the place my stories occupy. In my writing, place determines story to a great degree. My writing not only allows me to travel in reality, it keeps me there. Every time I open my document to work on my manuscript, I am once again walking along the moors, or standing at the sea shore, or running for shelter under a tall oak tree while England's fickle rain pelts me. Writing historical fiction offers the additional adventure of time travel and the thrills of research. It also challenges me to write what I know without alienating a modern audience. For an adventure-seeker like myself, reading and writing are my greatest thrills.
Kate Worthington knows her heart and she knows she will never to marry. Her plan is to travel to India instead—if only to find peace for her restless spirit and to escape the family she abhors. But Kate’s meddlesome mother has other plans. She makes a bargain with Kate: India, yes, but only after Kate has secured—and rejected—three marriage proposals.

Kate journeys to the stately manor of Blackmoore determined to fulfill her end of the bargain sooner rather than later and enlists the help of her dearest childhood friend, Henry Delafield. But when it comes to matters of love, bargains are meaningless and plans are changeable. There on the wild lands of Blackmoore, Kate must face the truth that has kept her heart captive. Will the proposal she is determined to reject actually be the one thing that will set her heart free?

Set in Northern England in 1820, Blackmoore is a regency romance that tells the story of a young woman struggling to learn how to follow her heart.

Review - Valcoria by Jason King

Jia is life. It is spirit. It is indestructible. It is that which is permanent. Dyn is fragile, corruptible, and temporary. In the entirety of the universe, man is the only being created of both, his soul from Jia and his flesh from Dyn - an abomination in the eyes of the fallen god Aedar who would use the destruction of man as a means for reclaiming his lost godhood. Valcoria, a planet created by the benevolent god YaJiann, is the world that bridges these two planes, a dual existence that allows some to tap their Jia and subject and control things made of Dyn. Those who can so affect themselves and the world around them are called the Kalyra or the Children of the Crystal Star, and are the only ones who can protect Valcoria from the jealous fury of a fallen god.

Review by: Scott

4 stars

Valcoria by Jason King is an excellent offering from a first time author.  Starting in a futuristic setting with a man that has seemingly lost his mind and become a tyrant.  His wife manages to bring him back to himself, but at great cost to them both.

From there the book seemingly flies in a totally different direction and the tie ins to the opening scene come slowly.  I did actually really enjoy the slow revelation of what had happened in the opening scene as well as learning what it really led to.

I honestly didn't know what to think when I started reading this book.  I had expected a bit more of the traditional epic fantasy and it started out very differently.  It didn't take too long to get more into what I was expecting.  The characters, though fairly numerous, are well written.  The changing perspective can get a little confusing at times until you get a real grasp on them.  The incorporation of the advanced technology into a traditional fantasy setting worked out very well.  The magic system was also pretty unique and I enjoyed learning about it.

I'll be sure to look into more from this author in the future.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Review - Lost Birth by David Alderman

The Swallower of Worlds—better known as Legion, a mysterious alien race that was responsible for destroying Earth long ago—has arrived on the planet of Anaisha. At least this is what Carrie Green is led to believe after awakening in an underground structure known as the Complex. Unsure if the information being fed to her is true or not, or why she is being worshiped as a deity by fanatical cult followers of the flame element, Carrie makes it her priority to escape the Complex and the clutches of a madman from her past.

David Corbin, the only man who may be able to save Anaisha from the cold grip of Legion, is on his way to Galtaia Penitentiary as a prisoner, escorted by the maniacal Agent Parks. Housing many of Anaisha’s most dangerous criminals, most of whom David helped put away, the prison, it seems, will become David’s crypt. But as allies and enemies continue to scramble to find the timepiece—an ancient artifact with unknown origins and powers—one person believes David to be the hero he was in the past and seeks to rescue him from his living nightmare to help save Anaisha from its own.

Reivew  by: Scott

4 stars

Lost Birth starts out with David being escorted to prison for the events that took place at the end of Endangered Memories.  His life has crashed around him and now he is going to be locked up with all the criminals he put away, escorted by the officer who has an unseemly infatuation with him.  This book drew me into the story a lot more than the first book of this series was able to do.  Surprisingly I found the sub story involving Kimberly to be the most intriguing, the end especially has me eager to see how everything will be coming together.

The characters really start to shine in this book and I think that is the reason that I enjoyed it more.  There is a bit more background established with them and since they have an extremely interesting history that is a great thing.  The Legion makes it's presence felt in this book as well.  Overall things are really ramping up for the next book in the series.  I will continue to follow this and the Black Earth series by Mr. Alderman and can't wait to see the what happens next.

Review copy provided by the author.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Review - Hashimoto Blues by Sarah Dupeyron

Ellie Fox, quirky pilot, mechanical genius, and drug smuggler, never thinks ahead to the consequences of her actions. When her boyfriend, Max, asks her to “play a Game,” his term for one of his crazy criminal ideas, Ellie agrees and the two of them wind up on the hit list of a Japanese crime lord. On the run for their lives from their disaster in Montreal, the two lovers the two lovers must find a way to outwit their formidable opponent. Will they live to regret playing such a dangerous Game?

Review by:  Scott
4 stars

Hashimoto Blues by Sarah Dupeyron focuses on the story of Ellie.  As a teenager on her own she tries to pick the pocket of Frank, who is himself an active criminal.  Frank takes her under her wing and give her a plane which allows her to smuggle small parcels of illicit materials and the occasional person.  One of the people that she ends up taking across the US/Canada border is Max, a young man who she has an instant connection with.  When a job that Max plans a job that goes horribly wrong they both end up on the run from a Japanese crime lord.

Although this book has a bit more of a romantic element than I usually enjoy it still had plenty going for it.  The characters were down to earth and very easy to understand.  Though making a living on the wrong side of the law both Max and Ellie are easy to feel sympathy for.  Neither of them really seems like a horrible person, quite the contrary they actually are both extraordinarily loyal to their friends.

The book starts with a hook to draw the interest then goes back in time to establish all of the characters.  There were some slower parts during the character introductions and as I said earlier a bit more romance and sexual situations than I normally prefer.  Max has some mystery to him as he never reveals what his main criminal talent is.  He calls his job Beer Runs and will just disappear and often shows up pretty beat up and drunk.  He also has his Games which are fun little criminal acts that he undertakes just to see if he can get away with them.

This book is great for fans of crime thrillers with romance.  It also works well for people who enjoy action packed character driven stories.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Review - Secrets of New Forest Academy, Janitors Book II by Tyler Whitesides

Spencer stood up, anxiously scanning the library for movement. Instinctively, his hand reached into his backpack to grip a small Ziploc bag of magical vacuum dust. Spencer turned a slow circle, eyes flicking from bookshelf to bookshelf. The students were showing all the signs—so where were the Toxites?

Now more than ever, Spencer, Daisy, and even Dez must fight to save schools everywhere. Toxites, the small creatures that love to feed on the brain waves of students, are just the beginning of their troubles.

The Bureau of Educational Maintenance (BEM) is after Spencer, and the Rebels hope to sneak him to safety within the walls of an elite private school. But danger follows Spencer and his friends, testing their loyalty and trust as well as their Toxite-fighting skills. Can they hold out long enough to discover the true secret of New Forest Academy and what it means to the future of education?

Reivew by: Scott

4 stars

Secrets of New Forest Academy is the second book in the Janitors series.  Daisy and Spencer are working to keep their classroom free from the Toxites in the absence of a rebel janitor at their school.  When Walter returns to tell the kids they need to relocate in order to hide from a serious BEM surge that is coming after Spencer and he knows where to take them.  The kids will be attending New Forest Academy for a week to let things cool down at home.

The concept behind the book remains strong with the Toxites being responsible for a huge decrease in educational productivity as their breath has negative effects on schoolchildren.  While there are only three species of toxite the BEM uses them in unique ways.  The rebel janitors haven't been idle however and Walter has a few new tricks up his sleeve as well.

The twists begin early when, as everyone is planning on getting the kids to their new school, Dez overhears and insists on joining the group.  This addition really keeps you guessing as you try to figure out which side Dez will eventually join.  There are also several new characters introduced as Spencer and Daisy meet the other kids in attending the school's trial week.

The biggest advantage this book has over the first book is in the pacing.  Since the majority of the background info has already been revealed the story flows much quicker than Janitors.

For this month this book has special pricing.  You can get the kindle version for only 1.99 HERE.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Review - Curse of the Broomstaff by Tyler Whitesides

A secret society of Janitors with wizard-like powers continue their battle, and now, the stakes are even higher.

The Bureau of Educational Maintenance is after Alan Zumbro and this time they mean business—deadly business. Spencer, Daisy, and their little team of rebels must find the source of all magical Glop and destroy it before it can destroy the world as we know it. No small task with the BEM and their monster toxites at their heels. It’s a wild and dangerous ride as they follow the trail of clues all the way to the hiding place of the mysterious aurans: guardians of a secret landfill. What they discover there will change the way Spencer sees himself, not to mention the fate of the rebels.

Review by: Scott

4 stars

Curse of the Broomstaff is the third book in the Janitors series. Primarily following Spencer, Daisy, Penny, and Walter there are a few new characters as well. The dump truck was a perfect vehicle for the gang to be driving around in, and the driver was a great addition to the team.

Once again this book involves new varieties of bad guys and the glopified weapons that they are using to try to bring education almost to a halt. And again Walter has used his status as a Warlock to create some new weapons for the rebels to use against the BEM.

This book really brings a lot of the history of the BEM and the fight against Toxites out of the darkness and into the forefront of the story. There is all kind of information about the founding witches and quite a bit of new stuff is revealed about Spencer's strange abilities. The landfill that a lot of the book takes place in is a pretty incredible place, with some fantastic creatures. The garbage monsters were a particularly strong addition. I also enjoyed how Daisy uses her unique world view to do something that no one knew was possible. She just couldn't bow down to the normal method of dealing with the monsters because it wasn't in her and something great happened instead.

Friday, August 30, 2013

New release feature with giveaway Sky's End by Lesley Young

TORONTO, Ontario – Science fiction has seen a resurgence in recent years with the revival of the Star Trek franchise and the ever-growing popularity of classic literary works like “Ender’s Game.” And now, award-winning writer Lesley Young is propelling the genre into a new direction with her debut novel, “Sky’s End.”

Sky’s End” is the first book in a series that chronicles the futuristic adventures of Cassiel Winters, a spunky cadet on Earth’s new space station 568,000 miles from home who discovers a unique déjà vu-type gift that allows her to travel between dimensions.

Life in space doesn’t come easy for Cassiel at first, but her newfound capability transforms her from an innocent cadet to a force to be reckoned with after an enemy threatens to destroy multiple universes. The battle is bigger than at first expected, and an unsuspected love causes quite the stir in her fight to save the galaxy.

Fueled by the author’s own affection for astrophysics, “Sky’s End” mixes real scientific theories with gripping action, fantasy, romance and self-discovery. The journalist in Young asks the deeper questions to make the characters and story, through fiction, real to life.

With Cassiel telling her story in first-person as it happens – and descriptive phrases like her nickname for the space station, “cylindrical giant floating sausage,” or detailing the out-of-our-worlders’ 20-inchwide biceps – readers are placed smack dab in the middle of this unconventional, taut tale of betrayal, true love and destiny.

Available in paperback and e-book July 15, “Sky’s End” is Young’s first work of fiction. She is a nationally recognized journalist living in Canada. She writes regularly for Reader’s Digest, Best Health, Canadian Living and House and Home Magazine.

A secret she must never share. A secret that two warring species are determined to control. A universe’s future at stake.

Twenty-year-old Cassiel Winters joins Earth’s new space academy in hopes of finding her brother, one of Command’s top pilots and her only family, who’s been reported MIA. But she quickly realizes she may not be cut out for life in space, where female cadets are outnumbered, competition’s fierce, and she’s already failed her hand-to-hand combat test once.

Even the station’s most respected officer, Lt. Damian King, probably can’t help Cassiel pass the second time around—so why is he so interested in her progress? If only one of her freaky déjà vu visions would offer an answer instead of mysterious messages like hide.

When Cassiel’s manipulated into a perilous mission, she encounters a warrior species bred to protect the universe from an even greater threat. And she learns that her secret visions are at the heart of it all.

Now Cassiel must fight to control her own destiny and race to save her brother—even if it means pretending to be the pawn of Prime Or’ic, the cold-as-steel Thell’eon leader. Even if it means risking her life, facing hard truths, and making the ultimate sacrifice.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Guest post with Sandra Brannan author of the Liv Bergen Mystery Series and giveaway!

Today our guest is Sandra Brannan whose book Noah's Rainy Day (fourth book in the Live Bergen Mystery Series) will release early next month.

Thank you for having me back!  Last year I talked a little about my creepy nature so this year, I thought I’d share how much YOU and blogger like Indie Book Blog make a difference in an author’s world.

First, let me say thank you.  Bloggers gave me my start in 2010 and I recall being at my first ever author event as a debut author in NYC at the 2010 BEA Conference.  Talk about sporting the South Dakota gawk!  There more people at the Javitz Center than in my entire home state.  My knees trembled.  Until I landed in the capable hands of the 1st Annual Bloggers Convention.  Such nice folks.  As I worked my way around the room, finding curious looks as I asked names and tried to trace back relations to who I might know back home (guess that’s a South Dakota thing) one skeptical woman looked at me and asked, “Do you even know what a blog is, Sandra?”  And I looked her square in the eye and said, “No ma’am, but my mother is Irish and she taught all of us nine kids how to clog.  Does that count?”  Of course, she laughed and told me she was amused at my honesty.

Naïve isn’t an adjective I’d use to describe myself, having worked most of my career in the mining business and was an engineer for the Boeing Commercial Aircraft Company before that.  But a room full of bloggers, followed by a banquet of librarians, may have been the single scariest moment of my career so far.  I had no clue what I was doing in the book world and found myself sitting next to people who knew everything and everybody.  Amazing, really.

Since 2010, I’ve learned what a blog is, so I can truly say ‘thank you’ Indie Book Blog for everything you do for so many of us newbie authors.  You definitely have the power to lift our sails and you have.  Thanks to you, as a new author, I’ve beaten the odds. The wonderful community of bloggers embraced me, taught me, nurtured me, comforted me, and picked me up, dusted off my back side, and sent me out to face the world of harsh reviews and dwindling sales over and over throughout my young career as an author.

Here’s the proof, when I started in 2010, the probability of success for an author looked like this…

          >  12,000 to 15,000 new books published every month (3,500/week)
          >  Only 2% of writers ever get an agent
          >  Only 7% ever sell more than 2,000 books
          >  Only 1 in 1000 writers ever get published

Now in 2013, the numbers have changed (no surprise that it grows more and more difficult for authors)...

          >  28,000 to 30,000 new books published every month (6,700/week) in the US alone, four times that worldwide
          >  Only 2.5% - 5% of writers ever get an agent
          >  Only 4% ever sell more than 1,000 books
          >  Only 1 in 1000 writers ever get published

Humbly, I can tell you I’ve beaten the odds for each of my three books  (2010 IN THE BELLY OF JONAH, 2011 LOT’S RETURN TO SODOM, and 2012 WIDOW’s MIGHT) in their first year of sales, launching me into the top 4% of published authors for each of my books.  I don’t say this brag or toot my horn because I know this was not me.  It was bloggers like you, Indie Book Blog, who continue to spread the word about new authors like me that allowed me to soar.

Crossing fingers that NOAH’S RAINY DAY, the fourth in the Liv Bergen Mystery Series that releases September 3, 2013 will rise to the challenge.    Thank you, my friends!

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Review - The Warrior & The Flower by Camille Picott

Yi, a retired soldier, has lost everything he loves—his wife, his daughter, and his home. He seeks refuge from his heartache by plunging into a secret mission for the World Emperor. The assignment takes him to the doorstep of a brothel, where he witnesses the madam beating a young girl. Drawn by the child’s striking resemblance to his lost daughter, Yi rushes to her defense and negotiates for her purchase—after all, how hard can it be to care for one little girl? But between the child’s inquisitive nature and the dangerous secret she carries, he gets more than he bargained for.

Review by:  Scott
5 stars

The Warrior & The Flower by Camille Picott is the fourth book I've read by this author.  Though there has been some variety in the exact age of the intended audience everything is upper YA or below.  This book is on the higher side of that range with a little bit of adult topics and some violence.

This book starts of with a very important man (Yi) returning home to find that tragedy has struck his family.  A retired soldier that lives his life in the boonies seemingly wasting his Emperor's favor, but in reality he is guarding his kingdoms most valuable asset.  When on a trip to the capital Yi sees a woman chasing a small child around with a broom with the intent to beat her.  He steps in to protect the child and ends up purchasing her from her old master because of how much she reminds him of his daughter.

As a father this book really spoke to me.  Yi is an outstanding man whose loss almost undid him.  When he comes across Tulip and sees his daughter in her he immediately forms a protective bond and is willing to do whatever it takes to see that her life improves.  Tulip's misunderstanding of the situation only serves to strengthen the fatherly bond Yi feels.

I loved everything about this book.  The two main characters were both extremely well written and stayed very true to themselves through the entire book.  I felt a genuine emotional connection with both of them and doesn't always happen when I read a book.  The kylin, cloud shaman, and liquid steel were also some great ideas.  I always had trouble putting this book down when I was reading at work and had stuff to do.  This is a very strong series and I will be eagerly awaiting more.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Review - Voracious by Mia Darien

Sometimes, life doesn't begin until after you're dead.

Days stretch out in a series of predictable steps. A to B to C to A. Work. Friends. Life. But for some people, it's not enough. It's not enough for D. Possessed of a ravenous hunger for more, he's at a loss for how to find it.

Until he meets Cielle. She's everything he's looking for: new and exciting.

And a vampire, which he's less crazy about.

But when "new and exciting" Turns him, D is forced into an undead life he never anticipated. Trying to adjust to this new existence is hard enough, but he's about to get more than he ever bargained for.

Will it be enough to sate his hunger?

4 stars

Voracious by Mia Darien is the third book in the Adelheid series.  The great thing about this series is the wide variety of characters.  Instead of focusing on a specific person or few person the series focuses on the town of Adelheid in the years following the passage of Cameron's Law, a bill which gives the preternatural citizens the rights on normal citizens.

This installment features D, a man who feels a strange vacuum in his life.  When he meets a strange woman at the bar he hangs out his life changes forever.  Even after learning that she is a vampire and and probably not the best person for him to be hanging around he can't help himself.  He very much comes to regret that decision after a night with her ends up getting him turned.

Having been a little biased against vampires he has a really rough time starting over.  He goes to the one person that he thinks can help him with his new situation, Sadie Stanton.  She gives him a job as a bodyguard and he gradually becomes more aware of the world that he has joined.

This series continues to evolve as more information is revealed.  The fact that the focus is on a vampire that has just been turned allows Mia to expose how much life differs for the preternatural members of society.  If you enjoyed the first two books in the series than this book will not disappoint and if you are a fan of urban fantasy this is a series to take a look at.

Mia writes characters that are easy to relate to even if they are shifters or undead.  The story in entertaining and informative without having a lot of info dumping slowing things down.  The fact that all of the novels are tied together with the early characters continuing to be involved allows a gradual growth for everyone that should lead to some very well developed personalities.