#Review: The Devil’s Metal by Karina Halle

#Review: The Devil’s Metal by Karina Halle

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#Review: The Devil’s Metal by Karina Halle

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Series: Devil's #1
on Sept. 20, 2012
Genres: Horror, New Adult, Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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PJV Rating: 4.5 Stars
It’s the summer of 1974 and 21-year old Dawn Emerson has only three things she wants to do: compete one last time in the Ellensburg Rodeo, win back her ex-boyfriend Ryan, and become the best damn music journalist at Central Washington University. But all her plans are left in the dust when she’s contacted by Creem magazine to go on the road with one of her favorite groups, the up-and-coming metal band, Hybrid.

At first the assignment reads like a dream come true. Not only will Dawn land some much-needed credibility as a female music journalist, but she’ll finally get to experience life from the other side of the stage, and maybe crack the drunken, enigmatic code that is guitarist Sage Knightly. Instead, Dawn finds herself on an aging tour bus filled with ego-maniacs, band politics and a whole lot of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll. When monsters start showing up in dressing rooms and some of Sage’s groupies become increasingly strange and dangerous, Dawn discovers the band is not only going places – they’re going straight to Hell.

And Dawn has a backstage pass.

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The Devil's Metal is the first book in a two-part New Adult Horror/Paranormal Romance and very (very!) loosely based on the author's exploits as a music journalist. Hell comes in different forms.

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Take one part ’70′s hard rock scene, add in romance, and horror and you have  the Devil’s Metal by Karina Halle.

To be honest, despite my Karina Halle fan status I was hesitant about reading the Devil’s Metal. For some reason it didn’t seem like something I would enjoy. Which is silly considering how much I love rock music from this era. (I am listening to Neil Young’s Decade right now as I type).

Boy, was I wrong in thinking I wouldn’t enjoy The Devil’s Metal. Karina once again managed to blow me away again. This book like everything else she does is proof that she is a writer. And a versatile one.

This book is all things. It’s one moment giddy, and exciting as Dawn discovers she gets to tour with her favorite band, it’s sad when she finds out that said band isn’t quite the dream that she thought it would be. It’s gripping as Dawn tries to discover her purpose. It’s a coming of age story, in a very sick and twisted way. The book reads like a movie. A documentary style horror film. Nothing is what it seems, and the deeper the reader gets, the more ‘Oh Crap’ moments we get to experience with Dawn. It reads real, and authentic. Probably because Karina brought in her real life experiences as a music journalist into the story.

The story is a trip. Things start off well enough but they go downhill quickly, and nothing makes this reader more excited than when stuff hits the fan!! I seriously love the darkness that seeps into the pages of this book.

Jacob, is probably my favorite character. He just comes off a bit twisted, but still caring. It’s like me, poured into a mans body.

For people who only know Karina through her contemporary romance series The Artist Trilogy, I urge you to pick up this book. It’s got all of those things that made TAT great in it.

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4.5 Stars

#Review: The Unseen by J.L. Bryan

#Review: The Unseen by J.L. Bryan

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#Review: The Unseen by J.L. Bryan

The Unseen by J L Bryan


Published by Self-Published on Oct. 31st, 2013
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Horror
Format: eARC
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PJV Rating: 4 Stars
Cassidy is a young tattoo artist living in the Little Five Points neighborhood of Atlanta. She’s always suffered terrible nightmares, and sometimes the hideous creatures seem to follow her out of her dreams and into her waking life, though she’s the only one who can see them. Drugs and alcohol can blot them out, but never entirely chase them away.

When a demonic cult begins to take control of the people in her life, including her younger brother, Cassidy discovers that the unseen world of monsters is very real. She can no longer avoid it. To protect those she loves, she must accept her own hidden supernatural talents and face the forces of evil before the sinister cult achieves its twisted goals and casts the world into darkness.
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PJV Quickie: The Unseen is a quick, gritty, and terrifying novel. It’s got a lot of dark parts of it. The writing is classic J.L. Bryan, gripping, scary, with a dark humor laced throughout.

The book starts with a teenage Cassidy and her friends having a little get together. Cassidy makes a Quija board for the girls to play on. Only it’s not really a game. Something comes out of the board, and possesses Reese, one Cassidy’s friends. From that night on, Cassidy spends her time trying to hide the things that she sees. Little worms that are unseen to everyone else. They seem to feed on everyone. Only there comes a time when Cassidy can no longer take enough drugs, or drink enough alcohol to not see them. Not only that but hiding them puts her younger brother and friends at risk.

If your a fan of J.L. Bryan’s past work then you know that he can write a great book. The Unseen is no exception. The beginning took me a while to get into but once the story, characters and world are established I was in the gripes of it. I didn’t even realize how invested I was in the book until I would put it down to do something else. Soon enough I found myself jonesing for another page, chapter, to finish it.

The Unseen isn’t particularly gory, or even full of seat jumping scares. It’s a subtle creep-fest. If you’re prone to nightmares I do not suggest you read this book before bed. Everything seems to be going fine with your day while your reading this book until the lights are out and your closet door is open. I’m a believer in things unseen, so when you read something as realistic as this book, it tends to get to even the most hardcore horror fan. (Not much actually scares me. This book did.)

J.L. is a fantastic writer who has the ability to write the unbelievable and sell it to a reader. Not only that, but you can tell he knows what he is talking about. I’ve never been to Atlanta, but I could very clearly picture the neighborhoods, and the places Cassidy goes in this book. There is a religious theme to this book, no it’s not a book that is about religion, and Cassidy isn’t really into it. But there is a cult like alternative religion featured in it. One of my areas of study in college was alternative religions, and J.L. nailed this fictional one. I can picture it being a real religious movement very easily.

Overall, The Unseen is a great read. I highly recommend this book to horror fans, Urban Fantasy fans, and people who love creepy things.

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4 Stars

#Review Donners of the Dead by Karina Halle

#Review Donners of the Dead by Karina Halle

#Review Donners of the Dead by Karina Halle

Donners of the Dead by Karina Halle


Genres: Adult, Historical, Horror, Western, Zombie
Format: eARC
Source: Provided by Author:: More Info :: Website, Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads

PJV Rating: 5 Stars
***A Standalone Horror Romance coming February 2014***

Jake McGraw was unlike anyone I’d ever known. He was brash, rude, unapologetic and arrogant; chauvinistic, close-minded, and terribly stubborn. He was built like a tree, tall with a hard chest and wide shoulders and hands that looked like they could wrestle a bear. He was a cigar-chomping, scruffy-faced, beast of a man. I was pretty sure I hated him. And I know he hated me. But among the flesh-eating monsters in these snow-capped mountains, he was the only thing keeping me alive 

The year is 1851 and pioneers in search of California gold are still afraid to travel on the same route as the tragic Donner party did years before. When the last wagon train to go into the Sierra Nevada mountains fails to arrive at their destination, Eve Smith, an 18-year old half-native girl with immense tracking skills is brought along with the search party, headed by an enigmatic former Texas Ranger, Jake McGraw.

What they find deep in the dangerous snow-covered terrain is a terrifying consequence of cannibalism, giving new meaning to the term “monster.” While the search party is slowly picked off, one by one, Eve must learn to trust Jake, who harbors more than a few secrets of his own, in order to survive and prevent the monstrosities from reaching civilization.

***This is NOT New Adult***
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Donners of the Dead follows a young woman named Eve as she helps track the trail of some Donner Party’s family members. The trip has to be fast, because winter is coming. You know real winter, with lots of snow. Snow so deep they had to tunnel through it. Yeah, that kind of winter. Anyway. Eve, her friend Avery, and this rag tag group of former Rangers and shady characters set out. Within days of being out in the wild they encounter not only a ton of snow, but a monster like nothing they have ever seen. It appears to be human, but is not. The monster craves human flesh, and hunts the search party as they make their way through the pass.

The book is one part horror, one part romance, one part western, and a whole bunch of parts amazing. Ms. Halle can weave a great story. The pacing of the book is flawless. It’s a slow build, that constantly moves the reader forward. It takes us from one extreme to the next. One second she’s scaring the crap out of our pants, and the next she is romancing them off. And yes this book has romance, but it’s so real and believable that to not include it in the story would have be a failure to the characters and the tale. A lot of times in high risk books romance comes off as being unnecessary and even dangerous to the characters, but in this book it fills out the story. If Eve and Jake the two main characters had never found each other they would have had no reason to fight their way out of the horrible situation they were in.

I’m a zombie fan through and through. I love all types of zombie myths (except the zombie love interest) and these zombies were no exception to my love. They are merciless eating monsters. They are creepy, and fast, and scary. It’s everything I want in a zombie book. They have their own twist and Halle’s take on ‘zombies’ did not lessen the creature. If anything she made them more terrifying.

The characters are just awesome. Eve, is instantly likable, and I wanted her to live through the story (sometimes that’s not only the case). And she grows throughout the story. She doesn’t walk into the tale being an ass kicking zombie killing machine. As a matter of fact she doesn’t even know how to shoot a gun. But she a fighter and it comes through.

Jake was sort of quiet and seemed mad throughout the first part of the book but as his character opens up and develops you can’t help but swoon for him. He’s in charge, he’s tough, and he knows what he wants. He’s not a clean cut pretty boy, but he’s also not a sadistic loser. He’s a MAN.

This is a fast read, one that I devoured very quickly. I highly recommend this to readers who are looking for something a bit different than their normal zombie tale. I don’t think you will be disappointed.

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5 Stars

Author Q&A with Jodi McIsaac

Author Q&A with Jodi McIsaac

AUTHOR INTERIVEW

Please welcome Jodi McIsaac to Parajunkee’s View.

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Book Name: Into the Fire
Release Date: 11/12/2013
Genre: contemporary fantasy, Adult

 

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m the author of Through the Door and Into the Fire, the first two books in the Thin Veil series. I grew up in New Brunswick, Canada. After stints as a short track speed skater, a speechwriter, and fundraising and marketing executive in the nonprofit sector, I started a boutique copywriting agency and began writing novels in the wee hours of the morning. I currently live with my husband and two feisty daughters in Calgary.

In your own words, tell us a little bit about your book?
In Into the Fire, the second book in the Thin Veil series, the protagonist Cedar and her daughter Eden need to leave their new home in Tir na nOg (the Celtic Otherworld) and find the fabled Stone of Destiny. If they can find it, they will prove that Cedar is the rightful queen and stop Nuala, the villain who terrorized Eden in Book #1, from taking over Tir na nOg and using her power to destroy the earth. But the true Stone of Destiny has been missing for centuries, and many replicas have been made. Cedar and her friends face many dangers as they travel the globe in search for the real Stone of Destiny.

Can you tell us about the characters in your book? Who is your favorite?
The main characters are Cedar, her 7-year-old daughter Eden, and her boyfriend Finn. Cedar was raised as a human but is really one of the Irish gods, the Tuatha De Danann. Finn is also a Tuatha De Danann, though she didn’t know it when they were dating and conceived Eden. Eden has a very rare ability to open portals between places, even between worlds. Cedar has a best friend, Jane, who is human and a bit of a misfit, and Finn’s best friend is Felix, a mind-blowingly handsome member of the Tuatha De Danann who disguises himself as an old fisherman when on earth. I think Eden is my favorite – I have two daughters aged 7 and 6, so it’s been great fun to channel some of the their personalities into Eden, who is being forced to grow up way too fast in this world.

What makes your book different from other books out there in the same genre?
The Thin Veil series is unique because the protagonist is a single mom, which adds a whole other element to the adventure. I was tired of reading urban fantasy with single, wealthy, martial-arts trained, childless protagonists. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy them, I just couldn’t identify with them. Cedar is a regular person — a graphic designer who struggles to make ends meet, has a difficult relationship with her mother, is worried about her career, and is trying to do the best for her child. Then she’s thrown into a world of magic, and we get to see how she reacts.

Is Writing your full time profession?
Nope. I also run a boutique copywriting agency. We focus on writing direct mail letters for hospital foundations, universities and other non-profit organizations, but also write websites and other marketing materials for non-profits and businesses. It’s a great job because I get to use my writing skills to help organizations that are doing so much to help others.

Do you have any quirks or processes that you go through when you write?
I use a helluvalotta sticky notes. I’m also an obsessive outliner, though things usually change mid-stream. I use Vladimir Propp’s Morphology of the Fairy Tale as a rough guide when I’m developing the story (with sticky notes, of course). And usually when I’m about 2/3 of the way through, I stop and do major revisions before writing the final third.

Who are some of your favorite authors?
J.R.R. Tolkien, Patrick Rothfuss, J.K. Rowling, George R.R. Martin, Mary Doria Russell, Patricia McKillip

What are you reading now?
Heaven’s War by Michael Cassutt and David S. Goyer

What advice can you give to struggling writers?
Be disciplined. Get rid of your TV, get a program on your computer that blocks you from the Internet (I use Freedom for Mac), and find a place to write where there are no distractions (dishes, laundry, kids, etc.).


About the book:
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Cedar McLeod would like nothing more than to return to Tír na nÓg, help rebuild the mythical kingdom, and start a new life for herself and her daughter, Eden. But peace isn’t what Cedar finds after being reunited with her little girl.

Nuala—who kidnapped and terrorized Eden in her previous bid for power—has returned and is making a persuasive claim for the vacant throne. The devastation such a ruler would bring upon both the kingdom and the human world is unthinkable. With no one else to stake a convincing counter-claim, Cedar steps forward…but first she must prove her worth beyond a doubt.

Her opportunity comes when she is charged with finding an ancient treasure, the Stone of Destiny, and returning it to its rightful home. It is a quest that will lead her to question her beliefs, and push her loyalties to their limits. If she succeeds, Cedar could grant her new world and her new family a chance to flourish again. If not…destruction may be the only path ahead.

Into the Fire, the second book in the Thin Veil series, is a captivating blend of Celtic myth, mystery, and adventure that delves deeper into the ancient world first explored in Through the Door.

Find out more about Jodi McIsaac and Into the Fire here:


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Jodi-081-edit1 Jodi McIsaac is the author of Through the Door and Into the Fire, the first two books in the Thin Veil series. She grew up in New Brunswick, Canada. After stints as a short track speed skater, a speechwriter, and fundraising and marketing executive in the nonprofit sector, she started a boutique copywriting agency and began writing novels in the wee hours of the morning. She currently lives with her husband and children in Calgary.

Cover Reveal: Deer in Headlights + #Giveaway

Cover Reveal: Deer in Headlights + #Giveaway

Cover Reveal: Deer in Headlights + #Giveaway

Deer in Headlights by Staci Hart

on Feb. 4th, 2014
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**18+**

Aphrodite never loses, not when it comes to love.

Immortality has its perks and its downsides. Boredom, for one, is unavoidable, but instead of playing parcheesi, the gods devised a game that uses humans as pawns. Remember Shakespeare? That was Apollo. Bonnie and Clyde? Aphrodite versus Ares.

Aphrodite is on deck once again, and she’ll defend her domain of love as she works to get the humans together before the clock runs out, while her opponent tries to keep them apart.

Game one is against Apollo, and Aphrodite knows she has her work cut out for her when he chooses Dean, a brooding rock star man-whore who believes women can’t be trusted. Aphrodite decides on Lex, a perfect match for Dean, even though her heart is guarded, locked away tight. She’d never let anyone in. Not ever. Of course, she hasn’t met Dean.

But there’s always more at stake than just the game when you’ve lived for thousands of years. The Olympians are the original dysfunctional family, surviving eons of love and lust, betrayal and lies, as friends and enemies, through feuds and wars. From Ares, the douchebag, who’s forever trying to start a fight and get Aphrodite into bed, to Persephone, her best friend, who she can always count on for a healthy helping of bacon on a bad day, the gods will take you on a lighthearted trip as they mess with humans, laugh and fight, lose love and gain power.

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