Saturday, June 25, 2016

Review: Magic Dreams by Ilona Andrews

Magic Dreams (Kate Daniels, #4.5)Magic Dreams by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this short story. I am a fan of the Kate Daniels series so I was already familiar with Jim and Dali. It was wonderful to see them interact. There is another Jim and Dali story called Magic Steals and it will be part of the Night Shift anthology. I recommend you read this one and then go and read that one.

I would say this story would appeal more to fans of the series but it can be read as a stand alone as well. It is set in a world where magic has started to come back and overtake technology. Tech and magic fight it out constantly for the upper hand and people get dragged along behind.

Review: Soulless by Gail Carriger

Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)Soulless by Gail Carriger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cute and clever. Paranormal steampunk.
This book was recommended to me by a friend and I have to say I truly enjoyed it. The book is set in an alternate reality Victorian England (about mid 1800s) where werewolves and vampires are a part of society. They exist and so does the etiquette on dealing with them.
And as they exist, so does their opposite; people whose touch cancel out their supernatural powers. These people are known as preternaturals or soulless. Our fearless heroine (and spinster having reach early twenties without marrying) Alexia is such a soulless. This doesn't stop a certain supernatural from being romantically interested in her and it doesn't stop her from getting in the middle of some supernatural troubles.
Alexia is a strong woman who isn't going to let a little thing like having no soul stop her from saving society or setting it on its ear.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Complete Ghost Protector Trilogy Edition Out Today

For the first time the full Ghost Protector Trilogy is available in one edition for a discounted price.

All three books in my Ghost Protector Trilogy have been combined into one ebook edition. You can buy all three books for less than the price of two of them individually.

It is also part of the Kindle Unlimited program to read with your monthly subscription. #kindeunlimited

This trilogy represents a year and a half of my life so it is both a relief and a let down to have it all completed. I hope you enjoy it.

You can find it here:

Friday, June 10, 2016

Suggested Book Club Questions

Each book in The Ghost Protector Trilogy can be read alone. They do have an overlying story arc and are designed to be enjoyed as a set but there are no cliffhangers.

Ghost Of A Chance (Book One)

What character did you like the most? Why?
What character did you like the least? Why?
What did you think of Jenny's mother's behavior? Was she justified?
Did any part of the story make you feel uncomfortable? Which part? Why?
Do you sympathize with Ann?
What do you think the overall theme or moral of the story was?
Did you enjoy the story? Why or why not?
What part was your favorite? Your least favorite?
What did you think of Zhong Kui?
With which character did you identify most?
What if you became the Ghost Protector? Would you accept the role? How would it affect your life?
How did you feel about the ghosts? Did one in particular stand out for you?
What would you say the overall tone of the story was? Optimistic? Pessimistic? Cautionary? Humorous etc?

Ghost Of A Smile (Book Two)

What character did you like the most? Why?
What character did you like the least? Why?
What did you think of Gary's behavior? Was he right to keep it a secret? Do you think Jenny was right to forgive him? Should she have done it sooner? Did she do it too soon?
What do you think the overall theme or moral of the story was?
Do you blame Beth for her part?
Did you feel the Hopi culture played a part in the story?
What part was your favorite? Your least favorite?
Did you like the story? Why or why not?
Who do you think was the most important character in the story?
Did any symbols stick out for you in the book?
What did you think of Jenny's father's behavior?

Ghost Of A Memory (Book Three)

What character did you like the most? Why?
What character did you like the least? Why?
What did you think of Zhong Kui's behavior in the end?
What do you think the overall theme or moral of the story was?
What part was your favorite? Your least favorite?
Did you like the story? Why or why not?

Questions If You've Read The Entire Trilogy

Which character changed the most over the course of the series?
Which of the three books was your favorite? Why that one?
What did you think of the ending of the trilogy? Would you have chosen to end it differently?
Compare and contrast the different villains.
Which villain was the best villain of all?  Why did you choose that one?
Which ghost was your favorite in the series? Why?
Which ghost was your least favorite? Why?
Who was your favorite character of them all? Why that one?
How do you think Zhong Kui feels about Jenny? Can you give examples?

Movie Review: John Wick

Wonderful movie: 5 out of 5 Stars

John Wick [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD]

John Wick
Starring Keanu Reeves
Rated: R-violence and a lot of it

I truly enjoyed this movie. It's rare to find a movie where you want to root for the guy doing all of the killing but I absolutely did. John Wick is a serious badass mafia hitman who goes legit for the love of a good woman. She dies and an asshole with terrible timing comes after John.

This movie had a wonderfully realized world to it. You can tell the writer and director spent a lot of time on getting the details right. The gold coin system for example. They have their own exclusive currency that is just used by the criminal underworld; making them easily distinguishable from ordinary people who might wander into the hotel or club.

The action scenes are very well choreographed. I would especially point to the scene where John is fighting in a car and the one where he is fighting in a hotel room.

There were points in this movie that were truly sad--especially the beginning--and points where I laughed out loud. I would absolutely watch this movie again and I'm delighted to hear they are planning a sequel.

Fair warning: there is a lot of violence in this movie so it's not for the young or faint of heart.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Ghost Of A Chance Is One Of The Reviewer Discussion Choices

Ghost Of A Chance has been chosen as one of the read and review books for the Goodreads group: Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopia and Romance Readers, Writers and Reviewers Group

If you'd like to be one of the reviewers, you can find the post here:

It will be open for requests from June 8th until June 22, 2016.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Ghost Of A Memory Is Now Out!

The final book in my Ghost Protector Trilogy is out today. 

To celebrate the release, Ghost Of A Memory ebook is on sale for only 99 cents until June 5th. Book one, Ghost Of A Chance, is free on all Amazon sites for that same time period.
Ghost Of A Chance Book One
Ghost Of A Smile Book Two
Ghost Of A Memory Book Three
Ghost Of A Memory
It's been a lot of work but it's finally here; the final book of my Ghost Protector Trilogy. I'm working on batching all three books into one complete trilogy edition but the hard part is done. All three books have been written and edited. (Oh the editing!) Covers have been made and all the other little and not-so-little things that go with producing a book. I'm thrilled and a little lost, honestly. Time to find something else to write about.

Free Ebook June 1 to June 5

My ebook, Ghost Of A Chance, is free on all Amazon sites for the next five days-- June 1, 2016 to June 5, 2016.

Do you like urban fantasy? Here's your chance to check out a new read at no cost to you.

Ghost Of A Chance

If you like paranormal fantasy, don't miss this ghostly read. 

No one told Jenny Chang she is descended from a long line of supernatural protectors. When her father is murdered, the mantle of Protector passes to her. Suddenly thrust into the world of the dead and beholden to Zhong Kui, the King of Ghosts, Jenny struggles with new powers and new responsibilities. As she tries to find her way, Jenny must face an old evil that is loose in the world and uncover a secret buried in her family’s past