The Shifter Romances the Writer by Kristen Painter


The Shifter Romances The Writer (Nocturne Falls, #6)

By: Kristen Painter
Genres: Fantasy, Fantasy Romance
Pages: 354
Series: Nocturne Falls #6
Publisher: Kirsten Painter
Published on: May 24th 2016
The Shifter Romances the Writer by Kristen Painter

Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year.
The tourists think it's all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better.
Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs, fur, and all.
For romance writer Roxy St. James, living in Nocturne Falls also means a fresh start. And as soon as her unbearable ex signs the divorce papers, that new beginning will be a reality. Unfortunately, her ex doesn’t seem ready to let her go and the subtle threats he’s been making leave her no choice but to confide in her oh-so-handsome neighbor, who just happens to be a deputy with the sheriff’s department.
But Officer Alex Cruz isn’t just the law. He’s also a panther shifter, a secret he’s sworn to keep (along with the truth about Nocturne Falls) from the very foxy Roxy. Humans aren’t supposed to know the town is filled with supernaturals. Then she starts seeing things she shouldn’t and thinks she’s losing her mind. His attraction—and concern—for her wars with the promise he’s made.
Will his truth be more than she can handle? Or will it cause her to write him out of her life?

Also by this author: Dead Man's Hand, Queen of Hearts, House of the Rising Sun

 

This is the newest in the Nocturne Falls series and TBH I liked it the least.  But before I get into that, lets talk about the book itself.

 

Roxy St. James recently left her husband and moved to Nocturne Falls.  She had a friend in Delaney, remember her?  The local chocolate establishment is hers.  Not only that, but one of the town’s founders is her husband.  Oh, Roxy is an author of supernatural romance.  Yup, the reason the town exists in the first place. Next door to Roxy is the panther shifter, police officer Alex Cruz.

 

So Alex’s no good, lazy brother moves in.  Roxy’s ex-husband is stalking her.  Delaney can’t tell her about what she is.  The whole situation is a mess.  It isn’t until Roxy’s life is in danger, that Delaney and Alex discuss how to tell her.  Things aren’t that easy, and Roxy’s life hangs in the balance, while she is trying to balance book signings, writing a new story, and wondering why there is a big black cat next door.

 

I read the entire book in less than a day and finished somewhat disillusioned.  It isn’t that the characters were bad.  All of her books have the same descriptive nature which I enjoy.  The reasoning behind why she could see the things seemed thrown together.  “Oh btw”  In addition I think there were a couple of instances that could have pushed the idea of a stalker a little more.  Overally it fell flat compared to the others.  I appreciate new characters and generally more information about the community.

 

I think the term disillusioned is the best term.  At the end I just felt meh, I didn’t feel like I can’t wait to read the next one.  I will, since I do enjoy her writing immensely.  There are a lot of good parts.  For me the letdowns overshadowed the pluses.  Also if you think about it, isn’t a little corny that a writer of paranormal romance would just happen to be friends with a vampire.  Also happens to live next to a shifter, in a town of supernaturals.

 

 

 

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About Kristen Painter

When the characters in Kristen Painter’s head started to take over, she decided to put them on paper and share them with the world. She writes paranormal romance and the gothic fantasy vampire series, House of Comarre, for Orbit Books. She has also been published in non-fiction, poetry and short stories. The former college English teacher can often be found online at Romance Divas, the award-winning writers’ forum she co-founded. She’s represented by Elaine Spencer of The Knight Agency.

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The Gatekeeper’s Sons by Eva Pohler


The Gatekeeper's Sons (Gatekeeper's Saga, #1)

By: Eva Pohler
Genres: Coming of Age, Fantasy
Pages: 384
Series: Gatekeeper's #1
Publisher: Green Press/Eva Pohler
Published on: August 13th 2012
The Gatekeeper’s Sons by Eva Pohler

Fifteen-year-old Therese watches her parents die. While in a coma, she meets the twin sons of Hades—Hypnos, the god of sleep, and Thanatos, the god of death. She thinks she's manipulating a dream, not kissing the god of death and totally rocking his world.
Than makes a deal with Hades and goes as a mortal to the Upperworld to try and win Therese's heart, but not all the gods are happy. Some give her gifts. Others try to kill her.
The deal requires Therese to avenge the death of her parents. With the help of Than’s fierce and exotic sisters, the Furies, she finds herself in an arena face to face with the murderer, and only one will survive.

 

 

This is my second Eva Pohler book I have read.  It is the second Eva Pohler book that I didn’t like.  It’s not the plot that I don’t like, those are relatively good.  The reason why I do not like these books is it does not appear that an editor has looked at, let alone worked on them.  Why did I read the second book?  I was hoping that the poor editing was a fluke.  It sadly was not.

 

This particular story is about Hades and his two sons.  Okay no it isn’t.  It is about Therese, a 15 year old.  Remember that she is only 15, that becomes relevant.    Therese’s parents died in a horrific accident, but Therese wants to stay in her home.  So her aunt moves in. Therese also begins to dream of Hypnos and Thantos, the two sons of Hades.  Of course at least one son falls in love with her.  The rest of the book is about her relationship with her best friend, her aunt, the sons, Hades, etc.

 

There is little good about this book.  I wanted to read this story because the blurb sounded good.  I enjoy stories about Hades and Thantos and such.  In that Eva does a good job.  It seems that Eva does a very thorough research of her ideas, which I appreciate.  The brothers act like brothers.  I mean they fight, they rival each other, everything that immortal brothers should do.

 

Now the bad.  Therese is 15 but acts like she is 20, “I have never kissed a boy, what would that feel like.”  She is also whiny, I mean honestly my 10 year old whines less than her.  My 10 year old whines…a lot.  I mean it isn’t her fault that everyone loves her right?  Oh but maybe they don’t really love her.  Yes, there is a lot of teenage angst without really needing to be.  I personally really disliked her, the entire book.  The boys are immortal, but they fall in love with a “whoa is me” 15 year old?  I don’t think that would actually happen.    Hey we are in a fictional book, so who knows if they want to kick boots with an underage girl.

 

So characterization needs work.  If an editor cleaned this up, I can excuse it, maybe. The other main issue was the basic grammar/syntax, etc.  As an editor every page was full of cringe worthy issues.  I may have thrown it across the room about 20 pages in.  The fact that I read it on a kindle ensured that I would not throw it.  Overall I can not recommend this book.  I wont give it a one fang because there is the basis for what could be a good book.  It isn’t a three fang because for me a three fang means it was good, just not great.  I feel truly bad about leaving this review, because I think an editor could have made this really clean.

 

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Eva Pohler is the Amazon bestselling author of The Mystery Book Collection and three teen series. The Gatekeeper's Saga and The Vampires of Athens both portray her love for Greek mythology. The Purgatorium Series is a psychological thriller and island adventure story.

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The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers by Angie Fox


The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers (Demon Slayer, #2)

By: Angie Fox
Genres: Supernatural, urban fantasy
Pages: 308
Series: Demon Slayer #2
Publisher: Love Spell
Published on: May 1st 2009
The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers by Angie Fox

Demon slaying powers should come with an instruction book ...
Seriously. Why does a new hair dryer have a twelve-page how-to manual, but when it comes to ancient demon-fighting hocus-pocus, my biker witch granny gives me just half a dozen switch stars and a rah-rah speech? Oh, and a talking terrier, but that's another story. It's not like my job as a preschool teacher prepared me for this kind of thing.
So I've decided to write my own manual, The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers, because no one tells me anything. Dimitri, my "protector," may be one stud of a shape-shifting griffin, but he always thinks he can handle everything by himself. Only he's no match for the soul-stealing succubi taking over Las Vegas. If I can't figure out how to save him - and Sin City - there'll be hell to pay.

Also by this author: The Accidental Demon Slayer, My Zombie Valentine

 

I can’t remember if I have reviewed the first book in this series yet.  If not then we will go out of order.  The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers brings us back to Lizzie.  For those who haven’t read the first book, Lizzie is a young 20 something woman.  On her birthday her grandmother shows up and drops a bomb.  First, she is from a line of powerful witch types. Second, demons on enroute to kill her.  Third, her life is toast, and she has to leave with G-ma.  There is some other stuff, but that is the main gist of the first book.

 

So the book kicks off with Lizzie learning that she had to go to Vegas to train to be a bad ass demon slayer.  There is a test and license and everything. Oh but she hasn’t trained so there is that.  There is also the fact that there is a guy who wants her to help him, but that her guardian hates is in Vegas.  Oh and baddies are all over Vegas.  It is like a convention or something.  Most importantly to Lizzie is her uncle’s safety.  So a bunch of stuff happening in Vegas.

 

Don’t take my flippant attitude for not liking the story.  I did like it.  Of the three it isn’t my favorite, but I still think that the first one is better than the second and third.  I mean floor 13 was pretty cool, and I like how the author made sure to mention it later.  Pirate is the same cute, wiseass dog that he was in the first one.  The witches are not as prominent as in the first story.  Neither is the Griffin.  I mean he makes a scene, but not continuously.

 

This story served a very important purpose between one and three, and I do not discredit this.  Her coming into her own, not only as a demon slayer, but as a person is a large part of this story.  Lizzie was a bar hopping girl who had to become a grown woman in a very short amount of time.  After the events of the first book, Lizzie had to find her balance and determine her own path. There was a lot of ‘poor me’, and ‘what about me’ attitude which I could have done without. Will she become the demon slayer that everyone expects her to?

 

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New York Times bestselling author Angie Fox writes fun, action-packed stories. She is best known for her Accidental Demon Slayer series, about a demon slayer who runs off with her grandmother's gang of biker witches. Angie is also catching a lot of buzz for her new Southern Ghost Hunter mysteries. The first book is called Southern Spirits.

While Angie's characters may be clever and fearless, in real life, Angie is afraid of basements, bees, going up stairs when it's all dark behind her, and (her friends have way too much fun with this one) puppets.

Angie lives in St. Louis, with her football-addicted husband, two kids, and Moxie the dog.

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Silent Bite by Tina Folsom


Silent Bite: A Scanguards Wedding (Scanguards Vampires, #8.5)

By: Tina Folsom
Genres: Romance, Supernatural
Pages: 118
Series: Scanguards Vampires #8.5
Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts Incorporated
Published on: April 2nd 2014
Silent Bite by Tina Folsom

Newbie vampire Oliver and Ursula, the woman he saved from a blood brothel, are finally tying the knot. But with Ursula’s old fashioned Chinese parents arriving in town for the traditional wedding, chaos soon breaks out—with Oliver always one step away from accidentally revealing to his soon-to-be in-laws that he and his extended Scanguards family are vampires.
And midst all the chaos and confusion, a stalker lurks and threatens to tear Ursula and Oliver apart before they can blood-bond.

 

Last February if you remember I went to Florida to the Coastal Magic book convention.  While there I met many of the authors of “1001 Dark Nights” series.  Tina Folsom was one such author.  I finally got to reading this story.  What can I say, I got a lot of books there.  This is not one of the anthologies, but a single novella.

 

A new vampire, Oliver, turned on the verge of death.  He saved Ursula, a young Asian woman from a lifetime of blood letting.  Her blood isn’t normal, it has the power to intoxicate vampires, and make them addicted.  For that reason, she has to actually orgasm before a vampire can bite her.  This somehow makes her blood not as toxic or addictive.  Oliver and Ursula are on the way to marriage, with friends and family arriving to celebrate the joyous occasion.  Trouble is, Ursula’s parents are very old world.  Her mother doesn’t think she should be marrying a non-Asian. Not to mention what she would say if they found out Oliver was actually a vampire.

 

Only one thing could ruin their day.  Okay two, there could be white wedding decorations which are bad luck.  Oh and the other thing could never happen.  The release or escape of an addicted vampire from the jail like asylum.  He must then accidently see her/smell her and want to retrieve what he feels he lost.  But that wouldn’t happen right?  Especially not when Oliver works for a private security firm, comprised of all Vampires.  Surely everything will be okay.

 

You know what they say about best laid plans right?  This was my first 1001 dark nights books, even though I still have three left from the con.  I enjoyed this story, it was short, but impactful in the way that good authors can make short stories.  Not knowing what to expect, as I never read the series.  It was a pleasant surprise to not only learn about the backstories but also about the characters.  I was able to jump into the world that the author created without having to read the first eight books.  This is particularly nice as it leads to me want to read more of them.

 

Overall it is a good short story.  I do plan on reading not only others in this series but also other 1001 Dark Nights books.

 

 

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Tina Folsom is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author. She's always been self-published and has found tremendous success with her paranormal series, Scanguards Vampires, Venice Vampyr, and Out of Olympus, selling more than 2 million copies of her 50 titles (which includes titles in German, French, and Spanish) in almost 4 years.

Tina writes about hot alpha heroes, bad boys, and kick-ass heroines. Fast-paced plots and steamy scenes are her specialty. She loves vampires and the concept of immortality, and now also writes contemporary romance and has launched the Eternal Bachelors Club series.

Tina is a one-women-enterprise. She writes constantly and translates her own books into German, her native language. Her books are available in e-book format, as paperbacks, as audio books, and in foreign languages.

Tina Folsom was born in Germany and has been living in English speaking countries for over 25 years, the last 13 of them in San Francisco, where she's married to an American. Tina has always been a bit of a globe trotter: after living in Lausanne, Switzerland, she briefly worked on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean, then lived a year in Munich, before moving to London. There, she became an accountant. But after 8 years she decided to move overseas.

In New York she studied drama at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts then moved to Los Angeles a year later to pursue studies in screenwriting. In 2008 she wrote her first romance. She now has 18 novels in English and dozens in other languages.

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Blood on the Tracks by Barbara Nickless


Blood on the Tracks (Sydney Rose Parnell #1)

By: Barbara Nickless
Genres: Crime Thriller, Mystery & Detective, suspense, Thriller
Pages: 384
Series: Sydney Rose Parnell #1
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Published on: October 1st 2016
Blood on the Tracks by Barbara Nickless

A young woman is found brutally murdered, and the main suspect is the victim’s fiancé, a hideously scarred Iraq War vet known as the Burned Man. But railroad police Special Agent Sydney Rose Parnell, brought in by the Denver Major Crimes unit to help investigate, can't shake the feeling that larger forces are behind this apparent crime of passion.
In the depths of an icy winter, Parnell and her K9 partner, Clyde―both haunted by their time in Iraq―descend into the underground world of a savage gang of rail riders. There, they uncover a wide-reaching conspiracy and a series of shocking crimes. Crimes that threaten everything Parnell holds dear.
As the search for the truth puts her directly in the path of the killer, Parnell must struggle with a deadly question: Can she fight monsters without becoming one herself?

 

Hey all, so this book is not paranormal, not supernatural, not fantasy, or science fiction.  I would consider it a suspense thriller, but it is good.  The whole basis of the book is about a mortuary affairs service member and what happens when she comes home.  There is some pretty serious PTSD flashbacks. If war or dead bodies affect you, please stay away from this book.  I enjoyed the book, but there are some places that I even found difficult.

 

I usually don’t give warnings, but I did not know the extent of this book’s depth and it affected me.  So on to the book.   Sydney Parnell, born into the railroad community sought her escape in the military.  After serving and leaving the service she arrives home with working dog Clyde in tow.  With her experience, she easily begins working for the railroad company she grew up watching.  A soldier is the number one bsuspect in a brutal murder.  One that knows something about Sydney.  One that can unravel the thin layer of sanity that Syndey is barely holding onto.  Every step she takes to find the suspect draws her deeper into her past, and back to Iraq.  With Clyde by her side, Syndey begins asking questions, questions that will likely kill her.

 

I liked this story, I think the author did a really good job of connecting the reader to Sydney.  Not just with her actions, but the way she presents herself to the reader.  A strong woman, who is internally as weak as they come.  I suspect that without Clyde being there and needing support, Sydney would succumb to the pain.  It isn’t just Syndey the author builds, but Clyde as well.  He saw things that few dogs see, and has the PTSD for it.

 

Publisher’s weekly called this book Part Mystery and Part Anti-war.  I don’t think it is anti-war at all.  Describing what happens to soldiers is not anti-war.  It is not pro-war either.  It is a statement of reality.  The US has been at war for over 14 years.  There is that need for release, to tell their story.  The desire to be in their head.  That is not anti-war, that is cold, hard reality. I do not believe the Author is trying to write this grand expose on the war.  I believe she wants to show what some of our service members deal with on a daily basis.  How hard it is for some to reintegrate.

 

Yes she speaks of the cruelties of war, but the old saying rings true,  “War is Hell”.   Torture and cruelties happen, as much as we would like to think otherwise.  I especially like how Sydney in her own way humanizes the dead.  She makes them whole again in her mind. This is rough when you consider the ghastly effects that war has on a human body.   One aspect that I think the author hit on exceptionally well is the loyalty and brotherhood that exists.  This does not end when servicemembers come home, it continues long afterwards.

 

I personally will buy the second book that is due out later this year.  I want to see if Sydney can break down the barriers, and talk to someone.  That someone would hopefully be the nice, attractive Police Officer.  However, bridges burned are hard to mend.  The psychological aspects of war are fascinating.  ‘On Killing‘ by Ret. Lt. Col. David Grossman, is a very good book that talks about the psychological aspects in a more clinical way.  I highly recommend if this book peaked your interest to pick up his book.     I read the 2005 version, but I see there is a revision that was recently published.

 

 

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