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Quickie Book Review – Guns: The Spencer Book by J.A. Huss

Guns: The Spencer Book: (Rook and Ronin Spinoff)Guns: The Spencer Book: by J.A. Huss

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Damn,I loved this book!

Just when I think that the last Huss novel was my favorite ever, I go and read another one- which blows me out of the water.

The heat between Spencer and Ronnie is nuclear, the suspense had me reading as fast as I could go, and that ending… perfect!

(If it seems like I’m on a J.A. Huss binge, that’s because I am. Her books are da’ bomb and if you haven’t read any of them yet, get to it already!)

Hot New Release – The Beldam’s Eye by Jennifer Rainey

The Book:
The Blurb:
When Erasmus Bramble finds the recently-deceased Angus Heyer rummaging through his kitchen cabinets, he knows he has a unique case on his hands.As paranormal investigators in rural Ohio, Ras and his business partner Antony Yeats tackle ghostly problems on a daily basis, from poltergeist exterminations to troubled spirits just looking for a shoulder to cry on. Angus isn’t looking for ghost therapy. He needs Ras and Yeats to help him retrieve a pocket watch stolen from him after death, a pocket watch that is said to be cursed: The Beldam’s Eye.The skeptical Ras and Yeats agree to take Angus’s case, but they soon find themselves in over their heads, facing murder, theft and perilous dark magic. Is it all just backwoods superstition or is the curse of The Beldam’s Eye grisly reality?
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The Author:
Jennifer Rainey was raised by wolves who later sold her to gypsies. She then joined the circus at the age of ten. There, she was the flower girl in the famed Bearded Bride of Beverly Hills show until the act was discontinued (it was discovered that the bearded lady was actually a man). From there, she wandered around the country selling novelty trucker hats with vaguely amusing sayings printed on front. Somehow, she made enough money to go to The Ohio State University for a major in English.

On the Progress of KILL ME (new-ish novel), Prompted by a New Review

Our newest release, Kill Me (a paranormal semi-romance) is chugging along. It’s been out for three months and has steadily gained great reviews and fans that seem to be eager for the next book to come out. So that’s good, right?

Of course, I’m not patient by any means. I want it to climb faster, to spread quicker. But I have to take the time to remind myself that this writing thing is a marathon, not a sprint. The reach will extrapolate. The reviews will continue to come in. People will read it, possibly long after the author has expired.

With that said, how about a quick recap of Kill Me’s growth?

  • Kill Me has 7 good reviews on Amazon now, giving it a solid average rating of 4 out of 5 stars. (One remarked that they would have given it 5 stars if not for the sexual content. To each his own… though I’m pretty sure that particular reader hasn’t ventured into 50 Shades of Gray, nor will they ever.)

  • Over on Goodreads, Kill Me has amassed 10 rating and has a 4.20 (out of 5 stars) rating. It is also sitting in the To-Be-Read shelves of 200+ potential readers.

  • Also on Goodreads, Kill Me has been added to over 30 of the popular Listopia compilations. For example, it’s currently #39 (out of 89) in the “Best Vampire Books from New Authors” list, #25 (out of 115) in the “Best Indie Fantasy Books Worth a Read” list, and #387 (out of 970) in the “Vampires, Werewolves and Witches, Oh My!” list.  All lists are linked to the Goodreads page, for the curious.

  • Kill me has been featured and/or reviewed on several websites (Full List can be seen here).

  • By utilizing Amazon’s Select free days, Kill Me has been downloaded for free by over 5,000 readers!

  • The Select term on Amazon expires in mid-July, at which point Kill Me will most likely be rolled out to Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Apple, etc.

  • And lastly, Kill Me received another great review today– see below (which is the buoying I needed to make this here post to begin with!)

Kill Me by Alex Owens – Reviewed on Bending the Bookshelf

“It’s not your traditional, action-packed vampire tale, but it is one that’s full of conflict – emotional, psychological, and (at times) extremely physical. Fast, fun, and . . . dare I say it, empowering . . . this is a wonderful story and one that will leave you anxious for more. “

Read more here...

Well, that about does it for me tonight. Hope everyone has a great rest-of-the-week!

Vestal Virgin by Suzanne Tyrpak – Book Review

Vestal VirginVestal Virgin by Suzanne Tyrpak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was worried that Vestal Virgin would read too scholarly or dry, given the amount of research the author put into crafting this novel. Not only were my fears unfounded, but the rich detail and careful construction of the suspenseful plot actually made the novel go one stop past the “great book” designation.

Mind you, I have no idea if the factual information laced throughout the story is accurate but the author deftly wove the information in with such a light hand that it felt natural and true. The characters are fully-fleshed and even the ones I disliked for their actions I still managed to feel compassion for at times. Tyrpak not only wrote believable, multi-faceted characters, she breathed life into them with refreshing complexity.

Reading the last lines were a little bit like watching the last epidose of a long-favored show. Afterwords I felt spent, contemplative and sad to see it end. Even now, writing this review a few days later, I find myself pausing to think about the Tyrant and the Virgin and the ways their lives intertwined. Neurosis, depravity, religion, love, faith and betrayal- it’s all in this book.

My first thought upon finishing Vestal Virgin was just a simple, sated “Wow” – then I kicked back and thought about the book for a good while. Great books do that to me. They cling to my skin, invade my neurons and poke at my emotions. I know without a doubt that Vestal Virgin is one of those rare books that will stay with me for a long time and for that reason I will certainly be on the lookout for Tyrpak’s next novel!

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