The Wiccan Witch of the Midwest by Scott Lerner


The Wiccan Witch of the Midwest

By: Scott A. Lerner
Genres: Mystery & Detective, Thriller
Pages: 230
Series: Samuel Roberts #4
Publisher: Camel Press
Published on: October 31st 2015
The Wiccan Witch of the Midwest by Scott Lerner

Samuel Roberts, a lawyer in Champaign, Illinois, has just moved to a new home to escape the memories of his old place—the stray body parts left by evil entities as well as traces of his relationship with Susan, who left him because he couldn’t stop risking both their lives trying to save the world. That leaves Sam free to fall in love again. Sam falls hard, suspiciously hard, for Bridget Gillis, a beautiful fortune teller who also happens to be a witch and a member of a coven. The village that encompasses the coven was founded by Bridget’s great-great aunt, also named Bridget and a dead ringer for her descendant. The new relationship quickly gets complicated. It is two days before Halloween, and Bridget is about to be tried by her fellow witches for the crime of practicing dark magic involving the blood of children. The punishment is to be burned at the stake. Bridget needs an advocate, and Sam is the perfect man for the job. Sam brings in Bob, who is suspicious of his best buddy’s sudden passion. The two of them have until the Witching Hour on Halloween to clear Bridget’s name and find out who is killing the local children. As they comb the area for clues, quiz the locals, and take a crash course in witchcraft and Wiccan customs, Sam and Bob can’t shake the question: is Bridget a good witch or a bad witch?The Wiccan Witch of the Midwest is the fourth Samuel Roberts Thriller.

Also by this author: Cocaine Zombies, Ruler of Demons (Samuel Roberts, #2), The Fraternity of the Soul Eater

 

So apparently I didn’t have that many books in my TBR. That or I just ignored them because for a week straight all I read was Scott Lerner’s books.  Oh I remember, I went up to see Metallica, and didn’t grab any books. My paperwhite isn’t 3G, I didn’t have many books on it. I lost my old paperwhite, so this one only had a couple of books.

 

This is the fourth installment of Samuel Robert’s whomp through the supernatural.  Bob forces same into a Tarot Card reading. Bob, his friend, his teammate, his arch nemesis for doing this to him.  The tarot card reader is not what Sam expects, and he is very happy about that. Bridget, a young witch just so happens to also know her way around a tarot deck. For a man who doesn’t fall in love quickly, he falls head over lawyer loafer heeled for her.  What is a man to do, when a hotty in leather wants you. Obviously there is more to the story, and Bob and him check out the quaint town surrounding Bridget’s place.  There is a deli type, a bookshop, and apothecary.

 

Obviously Bob and Sam are not your typical apothecary goers, and so the reception they get is a bit frosty.  Like with all of this books, they mean well, but sometimes they do things that set back the story line. Not in a bad way, but in a bull in a china shop way.  What?  They don’t always see what is right in front of them, and because of that, sometimes people die.  I mean it happens to everyone right?  When you dabble with the occult, sometimes you should understand the occult more, or less, or pay more attention… Stop thinking with your dick, something like that.

 

When the truth finally comes out, boy watch out.  It is a slap in the face, and one that I did not see coming, which makes me happy.  Why you ask?  If I am reading a book and I figure out the killer/ending right away, why keep reading it?  I don’t like cliffhangers, but final answers, particularly with twists make me all warm and fuzzy.  Even if the killer ranges from a Vampire to a Mermaid and everything inbetween.  Check this book out, it is worth it, but I would suggest you reading the first ones in the series, that way you know the backstory.  Not that it is necessarily needed, but it adds an extra layer.

 

 

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About Scott A. Lerner

Author and attorney Scott A. Lerner resides in Champaign, Illinois. He obtained his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and went on to obtain his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. He is currently a sole practitioner in Champaign, Illinois. The majority of his law practice focuses on the fields of criminal law and family law. Mr. Lerner lives with his wife, their two children, and their cat Fern. Lerner collects unusual antiques and enjoys gardening, traveling, reading fiction, and going to the movies. His first novel, Cocaine Zombies, won a bronze medal in the mystery/cozy/noir category of the 2013 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Awards.

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The Fraternity of the Soul Eater By Scott Lerner


The Fraternity of the Soul Eater

By: Scott A. Lerner
Genres: Mystery & Detective, Thriller
Pages: 218
Series: Samuel Roberts #3
Publisher: Camel Press
Published on: June 1st 2015
The Fraternity of the Soul Eater By Scott Lerner

It’s been a while since Samuel Roberts was called upon to save mankind, and he’s getting restless. His girlfriend Susan thinks he’s a danger junkie, and he’s worried he has a hero complex. He’s back to his usual small-town lawyerly duties in Champaign-Urbana, handling divorces and helping people beat DUI raps. But then a young fraternity pledge calls. During an initiation ceremony he witnessed the live sacrifice of a young woman, but he had so much alcohol in his system that no one believes him. Except Sam. Lately Egyptian lore has been creeping into his life, his dreams, and his movie preferences, and he’s pretty sure he knows why. Evil is knocking on his door again.

Is the call welcome? Why can’t Sam be satisfied with his comfortable legal practice and gorgeous redheaded girlfriend? Maybe it’s because he knows that, as inadequate as he may feel to the task, he and his friend Bob may be humanity’s only hope against ancient supernatural forces combined with modern genetic engineering. Come hell or high water. Or in this case, the underworld or subterranean pyramids.

The Fraternity of the Soul Eater is the third book in the Samuel Roberts Thriller series, which began with Cocaine Zombies and continued with Ruler of Demons.

Also by this author: Cocaine Zombies, Ruler of Demons (Samuel Roberts, #2), The Wiccan Witch of the Midwest

I received this book for free from Author Gifted in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

I started to really get into the Samuel Robert’s books and thankfully Scott Lerner, being a wonderful author sent us all of them. He even sent them in Mobi, which is perfect. I mean I can do Ibooks, and currently reading a large collection of stories, but it has to be on my phone and so after awhile my eyes start to hurt.

A young man comes into Sam’s office seeking an attorney for a criminal case of resisting arrest and lying to an officer. I don’t know if the author doesn’t like cops, but his character goes the shaft from them in almost every book, I mean maybe he is just a magnet for cops wrath since he is an attorney, although I don’t know how much a divorce attorney deals with the police. I know where I live, it is frequently.

The young man has a story that is unbelievable or would be if a young bird hadn’t come to talk to Sam about something very similar. With his trusty sidekick Bob there to help him.

When things start going upside down, and of course they do, it is only amount of time before shit really hits the fan, in such a way that there is a good chance that everyone, including Bob and Sam may die. Oh did I tell you that this is about an Egyptian Fraternity that is at the local college. Yes we are still in Champaign Illinois. Apparently, there is a college there and a lot of wealthy people. Seriously I am starting to think that this is just a wealthy suburb of Chicago but it really isn’t as we learned in the last book.

So you have little birds, Egyptian gods, pyramids, frat guys, a ton of fun and scary stuff. It is a rollercoaster that is faster and better put together than the first book. Overall so far this is my favorite of the three. I think the reason is is this one has more research than the previous ones, at least in my mind.  Not only research about Egypt, but research about the college, classes, how a frat works, etc.

 

 

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About Scott A. Lerner

Author and attorney Scott A. Lerner resides in Champaign, Illinois. He obtained his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and went on to obtain his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. He is currently a sole practitioner in Champaign, Illinois. The majority of his law practice focuses on the fields of criminal law and family law. Mr. Lerner lives with his wife, their two children, and their cat Fern. Lerner collects unusual antiques and enjoys gardening, traveling, reading fiction, and going to the movies. His first novel, Cocaine Zombies, won a bronze medal in the mystery/cozy/noir category of the 2013 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Awards.

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ihunt by David Hill


iHunt: Killing Monsters in the Gig Economy

By: David Hill
Genres: Horror, Paranormal, Urban
Pages: 269
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Published on: August 10, 2017
ihunt by David Hill

It's like Uber, but for slaying monsters!

Lana is a monster hunter. She kills vampires, werewolves, demons and all the other terrifying creatures of the night. She doesn't do it because she's the chosen one. She doesn't do it because it's her duty. She does it because working one job just doesn't cut it for a millenial in Southern California.

She takes contracts using iHunt, an app which freelance monster hunters use to find profitable prey. It's like Supernatural meets Uber, Buffy meets Airbnb, and sadly, Blade meets Fiverr.

Lana's story is about making ends meet, about economic anxiety, and about what a person's willing to do to pay the bills. It's a equal parts horror, dark humor, slice of life, and social commentary on the gig economy.

I received this book for free from Author Gifted in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

This review request came through our email.  The synopsis made the book sound really good. It sounded awesome and something that I would do if it existed. Obviously, I needed to read it. I was not disappointed and I believe that you, the reader, will also greatly enjoy it.

 

Everyone knows what Uber and Lyft are.  They are apps that you can click your location and someone drives up and picks you up and takes you where you need to go.  It is relatively new, like 5 years and it has revolutionized the way that people without vehicles or who are vacationing can travel. I have personally used it in Seattle and there are good and bad, the same with everything, but I liked it for the most part.  It is cheaper than the taxi cabs in the same region.

 

This book is a combination between travel apps and websites like freelancer or upwork. These pages are where you can pick jobs that fit your abilities. Once finished, you send proof, and the clients pay. Ihunt is a mobile phone app that monster hunters can click on jobs. You only apply to jobs that are worth your time.  Reason vary on why you pick a job. Sometimes that deals with the fee offered.  Other times it may be the monster contracted. Once accepted, the hunter starts the job. After completion, you provide proof, and the client reviews it. If they agree, you get paid through the app.

 

So this book is really good, the main character, a woman, likes to kill certain monsters, not just for ease of kill, but also because of the price.  The problem with these type of apps is that you never know who is proposing the job, and sometimes it may not be as clear cut as you may think it is.  Clients can create a job that has ulterior motives that the freelancer or “hunter” doesn’t know about.  This throws in wrenches in what could be an easy job. A client can decrease the fee if they decide to. This may be due to unsatisfactory performance, or personal reasons. Knowing from personal experience, it is annoying. If you have bills to pay, it makes it nay impossible to survive without a second job.

 

This story is really good, it has humor, it has sadness, it has everything you want in a book honestly.  The story is a good length and keeps your attention. Never once did I start to skim and in some books that’s a hard thing to say.    The main character has personality. The story has a whole has a fast paced and somewhat funny voice which I enjoyed. There are many different characters, and they all have their own personalities. You can like, hate, love, dislike characters by their own personalities and not by how other characters feel about them.

 

 

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About David Hill

I’m a writer and game designer based out of Japan. In the games industry, I’ve written extensively for Vampire: The Masquerade—that’s my most well-known book. #iHunt is my second book, following up Blood Flow, a vampire novel set in the same world. I’ve also been featured in a number of anthologies.

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Ruler of Demons by Scott Lerner


Ruler of Demons (Samuel Roberts, #2)

By: Scott A. Lerner
Pages: 202
Publisher: Camel Press
Published on: December 15th 2013
Ruler of Demons by Scott Lerner

Only eleven shopping days till Christmas. And less than a week to save the world.

Three nuns—in Chicago, Paris, and Jerusalem—have been killed in a religious ritual. The choice of victims and the macabre details of their deaths indicate that someone is following a recipe provided on an ancient text—a recipe to unleash the forces of hell on earth. The final sacrifice must occur on the Winter Solstice.

Samuel Roberts, a small-town attorney in Urbana, Illinois, knows a bit about the supernatural, having triumphed at least once over the forces of evil. Thanks to a friend who is aware of Sam’s little known previous efforts on behalf of mankind, Sam is hired by a big Chicago law firm to take on a sensitive case. His mission? Nothing less than halting the impending apocalypse.

Sam and his good buddy Bob travel first to Jerusalem then Paris in a desperate race to save mankind.

Also by this author: Cocaine Zombies, The Fraternity of the Soul Eater, The Wiccan Witch of the Midwest

 

The second book in the Samuel Roberts series brings back Samuel, our run of the mill divorce attorney who previously got to battle the worst of the worst who were trying to take over the small town of Champaign Illinois. Yeah, I don’t know why you would want to start there either, but hey, it works for the book and for the character who lives there. A classmate of his from college called Sam up and told him that his law firm in Chicago has a job for him, even though the law firm does not represent the same people as Sam does.  Sam is intrigued and goes up to Chicago to see what the deal is.  What the deal is, is a lot of money for some pretty hideous crimes that have been perpetrated against nuns.

 

Deciding that he wanted to sleep on it, it became apparent that sometimes the criminal doesn’t allow time to think, but comes for Sam, to the point where Sam realizes that he needs to take the case to not only save future nuns, but probably his life as well. However, when he goes to Jerusalem with his friend Bob, things start to become confusing, and scary for the future for Sam and Bob.  When the truth starts to show itself, or what is perceived as the truth, things start to get even worse than expected, with double crossing, weird rituals, and a test for how much ability Bob and Sam truly has.

 

This is a good book, I liked it for the most part, more than the first, but not as much as the third. I think that the Author as he goes on through this series, the characterization betters, as does the issues and how Samuel comes back from it.  I think the stories get better honestly.  The one issue that I have with this book is that, and now come to think about it, all of them is that they all fall under the same general idea.  Same kind of twist, so while you aren’t positive who the killer or whatever is, you know it is going to be someone who Sam trusts, and since he doesn’t seem to trust many, it is only a matter of time before you realize how it goes.

 

 

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About Scott A. Lerner

Author and attorney Scott A. Lerner resides in Champaign, Illinois. He obtained his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and went on to obtain his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. He is currently a sole practitioner in Champaign, Illinois. The majority of his law practice focuses on the fields of criminal law and family law. Mr. Lerner lives with his wife, their two children, and their cat Fern. Lerner collects unusual antiques and enjoys gardening, traveling, reading fiction, and going to the movies. His first novel, Cocaine Zombies, won a bronze medal in the mystery/cozy/noir category of the 2013 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Awards.

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The Girl Who Was Always Single – Spotlight and Giveaway

An author new to us has just released a free short story in preparation for the launch of his next Vampires and the Life of Erin Rose Novel, “Choosing a Master,” set to come out early 2018.


The Girl Who was Always Single

By: S.M. Perlow
Genres: Paranormal, Vampires
Pages: 221
Series: Vampires and the Life of Erin Rose
The Girl Who Was Always Single – Spotlight and Giveaway

Amy hasn’t had a serious boyfriend in years, and all her dating apps aren’t helping.

Vampires, gunslingers, and... sharks—Amy’s dark and twisted imagined explanations for her bad luck provide some comfort. But as the relationship disappointments mount and the coincidences pile up, she can’t help wondering: Could the worst of her made-up explanations be more real than fiction?

 

 

 

 

Doesn’t it sound exciting?  Well, The author has made this short story permafree.  Not only that, but everyone that downloads the e-book after signing up for the author’s newsletter at https://tinyletter.com/smperlow will automatically be entered to win one of five swag boxes that include a gift card to the bookstore of the reader’s choice along with one of five copies of the upcoming novel.

 

So what are you waiting for?  Sign up for the author’s fan page to have access to not only the short story but other exclusive content.

 

While you are waiting for Choosing a Master, that gives you time to read the other books in this series!

 

 

About S.M. Perlow

S.M. Perlow is the author of the dark fantasy series, Vampires and the Life of Erin Rose. A longtime entrepreneur, he’s now focused on writing fiction, where his creativity can be both fantastical and deeply human. He loves history and traveling, and brings elements of each into his novels. He lives in Austin, TX, the setting of his new satire, “The Girl Who Was Always Single: A Short Horror Story for the Dating App Age.” 

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