Review of “Them Rabbit Foot Blues” by Jason Spurlock

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What did I just read?!  And I mean that in a good way.  My mind is always blown when a brand new author debuts with a book so well-written that it feels like the work of a pro.  Don’t get me wrong – this book is all over the place and will be hard for some readers to follow.  But falling down the rabbit hole is also kind of the point.

It’s hard to say what this book is about or exactly what genre it falls into.  The blurb does a better job explaining this than I can. “A cleverly diverting narrative that remixes folklore, pop culture, multiculturalism, gender roles, history, sci-fi, noir aesthetics, and urban decay.”  All of those elements are mixed into a story centered around a combat veteran struggling to figure himself out as he navigates the world(s) around him.

I love flawed characters who are aware of their screwed-up-ness.  What’s even better is when we see the flaws of society through that character’s eyes.  A good writer is supposed to see the world around them and be able to point out what everybody knows in new and interesting ways, and that keen insight of the author/main character might be my favorite thing about the book.  There is plenty of commentary about society, about different kinds of people, etc.

All of this is beautifully weaved into a story where the main character (and you as the reader) are trying to figure out what the heck is going on. At times, the book does get a bit bogged down in its own cleverness, distracting from the plot, but even these sort of side note bits were engaging and interesting insights into something about the world.  The writing itself at times sounded in my head a bit like Dave Eggers and a bit like S.A. Hunt, another veteran author I’ve had the pleasure of reading.

If you’re into literature that pushes your brain, grab this book.

4.5 Stars

See it on Amazon!

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Review of “Hardened Hearts”

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I finished this collection the day after Valentine’s Day, which was kind of perfect.  These are not your typical love stories, although “love” is the general theme connecting them.  I was very impressed with each writer, and I didn’t feel like there was a weak story in the bunch.  The writing is solid.  The range of genres in the collection is cool, too.  Most of these stories are so uniquely weird in their own way, and yet how the stories are organized makes them cohesive, like they naturally belong in the same collection.

A few of my favorites were “Heirloom” , “Dog Tired”, “The Heart of the Orchard,” and “Matchmaker.” Honestly, I liked something about almost every single story.  Despite many being short, they packed emotional punches. The immediate weirdness of many drew me in and held my attention.

If you like your love stories a little on the dark side, definitely check out this collection.

4.5 Stars

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Cover Reveal for “Origini”

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Some love heals.  Some love consumes.  Which love wins?

Learning the truth about the malevolenci war changes everything.  The fairies, jinn, and vampires have already rebelled, and now zealots threaten to go a step further by siding with the enemy. Traitors are everywhere. Covert plots disrupt centuries of peace. Those still loyal to the Order must end the war quickly, or else there won’t be an Order left to save.

For Esme, their greatest ally’s reappearance is soul-shaking. She knows they must work together, but what does this mean for Esme and Owen’s relationship? And what is Esme’s place now that she’s not this world’s only protector? Do they even need her anymore…or want her?

By invading the heart of the malevolenci world, Esme and Owen have a chance to end this war once and for all. Their elite cavali team is ready to face the dangers of the demons’ hellscape, but the greatest threat is one they never see coming.


Coming 05/12/2018!

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Cover Reveal!

Alterni (The Alt-World Chronicles Book 1) is still $0.99 for a limited time!
Get it here: http://bit.ly/Amazon_Alterni

And here is the brand new cover for the sequel, Malevolenci!

Malevolenci Cover FRONT

Travelling for work is brutal, especially when your job is hunting demons. Fortunately, Esme’s magic is now limitless. Together with Owen’s team, Esme battles malevolenci across the country, closing rifts along the way. But why aren’t the demons attacking at full-strength? Esme knows she must learn more about the enemy, but her investigations only lead to further mysteries.
Meanwhile, Owen has his own problems. While he rules from the road, the paranormals within the Order grow restless. The jinn are dabbling in civilian politics. The fairies demand an impossible return to their home world. Rebel vampires claim the Capiti healers are slaves. Age-old tensions rise, and civil war is looming.
One thing might unite the Order – telling them how close they truly are to losing the war and what that will mean for the alt-worlds. But should Owen break eighty generations of secrecy? If the paranormals rally, Esme’s power will give them a shot at survival. And, if they find the malevolenci’s weakness, they could defeat the demons once and for all. How much hope dare they have?
With old friends, the queen mother, and unexpected allies joining the fight, Esme and Owen search for answers in ancient texts, dark caves, and blood memories…
But some things are meant to stay buried. Uncovering the truth about malevolenci might win the war, but will it tear apart everything the Order believes?


e-Book:
Amazon (Kindle Unlimited) 

 


Coming February 2018!

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Alterni Book Release Day!

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Yay, it’s finally book launch day!  This also means my blog/Twitter/Instagram giveaways have ended, and I moments ago sent “Congrats!” notices to the winners via Twitter and Instagram.

Here are the correct answers to the giveaway questions and fill-in-the-blanks:

Twitter week 1:
FILL IN THE BLANK:
“Ooh, I like that one.”
“We’re not picking a puppy, Hakim. Take this seriously.”

Twitter week 2:
FILL IN THE BLANK:
Oh, that burns, she thought as she lowered the finished glass. Nope, this is definitely not a dream. 
Twitter week 3:
FILL IN THE BLANK:
I have enough to focus on without getting a crush on an emo, underwear model monarch.
Twitter week 4:
FILL IN THE BLANK:
“There are alt-worlds where a vampire is the norm? Where werewolves or fairies or whatever else are the norm?”
Twitter week 5: 
FILL IN THE BLANK:
It’s like the start of a bad jokeTwo elves, a nymph, and a fairy walk into a bar…or barbecue joint, in this case.
Instagram week 1: 
Not all alternate reality versions of Esme are human.  Two alt-Esmes were from paranormal races.  What do you think these paranormals were? Vampire and Fairy
Instagram week 2:
FILL IN THE BLANK:
It’s like an average day. Oh, sure, vampires are real here. And I’ll be fighting monsters, learning magic, and working with an ancient Order ruled by Kansas City’s chief of police. But first, don’t forget to put baking soda in the fridge!
Instagram week 3:
Who does Owen say this to?  Esme
Instagram week 4:
“Must you be insulting? You know full well my alt-world ancestor was jinn, not fairy.”
Instagram week 5: 
Which monster would you least like to fight? Any monster was an option!

 

Thanks to everyone who played!


 

Alterni is now available on

Amazon Kindle Unlimited

and in

paperback!

 

Click the picture for the blurb, a sneak peek, and more!

Alterni Cover FRONT

 

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