Shhh…Souls Fall Coming Sooner Than You Think

In the second novella from The Soul Wars, Souls Fall: A visit from the obnoxious Simon Whitleigh, a representative of the Vampire U.S. Assembly, reveals how far Gaspard’s enemies will go to in order to remove Gaspard from influence and power. Meanwhile, Kara meets an interesting neighbor who must be handled with care.

In this novella, Kara takes on an enormous alligator monster, a giant, and a vampire with seer powers, all the while balancing her increasing feelings for Gaspard.

It’s enough to make a Valkyrie a tad antsy.


“Kara dressed in black fire-retardant tactical pants with a thin layer of Teflon fabric protection which muffled sound and was good for silent operations. She packed gear in every pocket, including a custom flashlight made from aerospace grade metal with special LED sunlight synthesizing bulbs and extra nine millimeter rounds for her Glock 19. She donned her camouflaged sword, throwing stars, and shield and shoved the gun into a sleeveless holster top. A black fitted cotton jacket concealed her weapons. She preferred her sword to guns, but it was better to be prepared. If things got extra rough, none of this would matter and she’d generate her armor, but she hoped the shit wasn’t going to come close to hitting that fan. In fact, she wasn’t certain anything bad was going to happen, but her Valkyrie spidey-sense was tingling, and she had learned long ago to listen to it.”

She’s Fearless and Kicks Ass. Meet Kara.

The Soul Wars is divided into four novellas and the first novella, Souls Collide is out June 2.  Preorder now.

A Nordic goddess stood on the step. She was six feet tall with blond hair, almost white, cut close to her head on the sides and back, but long over her eyes. Her eyes were ice blue, and the muscles showing from beneath her racer back T-shirt proved she was in formidable shape. She had a belt slung low around her waist with a knife sheathed on the left side and seven Japanese throwing stars on the right.

Kara turned her eyes on Adelaide. “You know who I am?”

Adelaide drew her shoulders up and lifted her chin. “You are Gaspard Bessette’s assistant, Kara something-or-other.”

“Svarstal. Kara Svarstal. And yes, I am his assistant, his First.”

“What does that mean?”

“I am his top assistant, second in authority only to him.”

“Why the weapons?”

Kara stilled. “I am also his bodyguard.”

“You don’t seem like the kind of woman who likes being ordered around by a man, or a vampire.”

A frisson of distaste crossed Kara’s face before she schooled herself. “I’m on loan.”


Cold Reign is Supreme

Everyone who reads my posts regularly knows I’m a massive fan of Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series.

For longtime readers, Cold Reign is a big payoff. I agree with other bloggers who have said that if you haven’t read the preceding books, don’t start with this one. This is a reward for those who have followed Jane over time. We get European vampires, Bruiser and Ricky Bo, a bit of Angie-baby (one of my favorite characters), the whole Clan Yellowrock family, and more. I forced myself to slow down and read it over three days because I need sleep.

This is a HIGHLY RECOMMEND for her fans. If you haven’t read these books, stop, go back to number 1 and read from the beginning. The rest of us will be waiting here for you.

Was heaving breaths, cat-gagging. Alex strapped Jane’s waterproof gobag around my neck. Held plastic cup of vampire blood to nose.
Smell good. Smell strong. I/we lapped blood. Licked small cup clean. Was still hungry in belly but strongness raced through body.
Alex slapped Beast on butt.
Snarled at littermate Alex. Pulled paws under belly and stood. Needed food. Needed cow or deer. Needed to hunt and pounce and kill and eat. Growled. Shook pelt like dog. Was wet.
“I can’t leave,” Alex said. “Not with vamps in the house. Be careful.”
Hacked at Alex. Padded to porch, to door where Edmund had come in to den. Blood was everywhere. Edmund blood, rich and strong. Licked at blood. Some was good. Some was also silver. Looked up at Alex. Was man now. Held white-man gun in one hand, pointed at floor. Fingers on safe place called slide.
“I’ll clean up the mess,” Alex said.
Sniffed with scree of sound, lips back, sucking air over tongue and scent sacs at top of mouth. Smelled strange vampires, their blood mixed with blood of Edmund. Blood. Silver. Death.

Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker…and the woman rogue vampires fear most.

Jane walks softly and carries a big stake to keep the peace in New Orleans, all part of her job as official Enforcer to Leo Pellissier, Master of the City. But Leo’s reign is being threatened by a visit from a delegation of ancient European vampires seeking to expand their dominions.

And there’s another danger to the city. When she hears reports of revenant vampires, loose in NOLA and out for blood, Jane goes to put them down—and discovers there’s something unusual about these revenants. They never should have risen.

Jane must test her strength against a deadly, unnatural magic beyond human understanding, and a ruthless cadre of near-immortals whose thirst for power knows no bounds…

Publisher: Roc
New York Times Bestselling author Faith Hunter writes three series: the Jane Yellowrock series, dark urban fantasy novels featuring Jane, a Cherokee Skinwalker; the Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban fantasy / post apocalyptic series and role playing game featuring Thorn St. Croix; and the Soulwood Series featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram.
Visit Faith online at, or follow her on FacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.
There’s a tour-wide giveaway for copies of COLD REIGN and totes featuring Beast! Open to US residents only.

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The Soul Wars arrives in June with first novella!!!

Announcement: My first book, The Soul Wars, will be published in a four novella series starting June 1, through Falstaff Books! The first novella is titled Souls Collide and for my subscribers and followers, I’m revealing the first cover.  (Squeee…..Her name is Kara and she’s a  Valkyrie! Isn’t she badass?)

I need volunteers to read a manuscript of the book, not in book format yet, in exchange for writing real reviews, tell the truth, on Amazon and BN, Goodreads, etc, when the novella is up for pre-order. Anyone game? 

The whole book is four novellas and a total of 120K words. The titles are: Souls Collide, Souls Fall, Souls Rise and Souls Unite.

The Soul Wars
Kara, a Norse Valkyrie warrior, and Gaspard, a century’s old vampire, find themselves in an improbable alliance to prevent the Soul Wars, an epic battle between vampires with souls and those without, which a god swears could shake the very foundations of the Earth.

Kara and Gaspard’s relationship is rocky at the start but proceeds to something more. Can they nurture their unexpected feelings for one another while fighting for their lives?

In Souls Collide, novella 1:
Things thought long dead reappear, forcing Kara, Gaspard and their paranormally sensitive neighbor Adelaide, to work together to put them to rest forever, or at least, for now. Kara and Gaspard’s growing attraction forces Kara to reconsider her feelings about vampires and her belief that they are soulless monsters.


Jennifer Estep’s Snared

I enjoyed Jennifer Estep’s Snared very much. Gin is drawn into a murder investigation when a friend’s sister disappears, only to find that a serial killer is on the loose and somehow related to the Circle, her mortal enemy.
I’m enjoying these later books with the focus on the Circle because it brings back the larger story of good and evil that we saw in the originals when Gin was trying to determine who’d kill her mother and sister.
Sister relationship run supreme in this series, and they ride equally if not larger than the romance, which is still there. I like this a lot because it isn’t common in Urban Fantasy.  If you’ve enjoyed this series, it does not disappoint. If you haven’t, I wouldn’t recommend jumping in with this one. It requires too much knowledge of the world.  Start at the beginning or maybe with #8, which starts up after the Mab Monroe story line.
Being an assassin meant knowing when to kill—and when not to kill.
I stood in a pool of midnight shadows, my boots, jeans, turtleneck, and fleece jacket as black as the night around me. My dark brown hair was stuffed up underneath a black toboggan that matched the rest of my clothes, and I’d swiped a bit of black greasepaint under my eyes to break up the paleness of my face. The only bit of color on my body was the silverstone knife that glinted in my right hand. I even inhaled and exhaled through my nose, so that my breath wouldn’t frost in the chilly January air and give away my position.
Not that anyone was actually looking for me.
Oh, a dwarf on guard duty was patrolling the estate. Supposedly, he was here to keep an eye out and make sure that no one snuck out of the woods, sprinted across the lawn, and broke into the mansion in the distance. But he was doing a piss-poor job of it, since I’d been watching him amble around for more than three minutes now, making an exceptionally slow circuit of this part of the landscaped grounds.
Every once in a while, the guard would raise his head and look around, scanning the twisted shadows cast out by the trees and ornamental bushes that dotted the rolling lawn. But most of the time, he was far more interested in playing a game on his phone, judging from the beeps and chimes that continually rang out from it. He didn’t even have the sound muted—or his gun drawn. I shook my head. It was so hard to find good help these days.
If you don’t know Gin “the Spider” Blanco, you don’t know dangerous female heroines.
Irony 101—The Spider herself snared in someone else’s web…
Another week, another few clues trickling in about the Circle, the mysterious group that supposedly runs the city’s underworld. Gathering intel on my hidden enemies is a painstaking process, but a more immediate mystery has popped up on my radar: a missing girl.
My search for the girl begins on the mean streets of Ashland, but with all the killers and crooks in this city, I’m not holding out much hope that she’s still alive.
A series of clues leads me down an increasingly dark, dangerous path, and I realize that the missing girl is really just the first thread in this web of evil. As an assassin, I’m used to facing down the worst of the worst, but nothing prepares me for this new, terrifying enemy—one who strikes from the shadows and is determined to make me the next victim.
Jennifer Estep is a New York TimesUSA Today, and international bestselling author prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.


Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. Snared, book #16, will be released on April 25.


Jennifer also writes the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series. She is also the author of the Black Blade young adult urban fantasy series and the Bigtime paranormal romance series.


For more information on Jennifer and her books, visit or follow Jennifer on FacebookGoodreads, and Twitter.
There’s a tour-wide giveaway for copies of SNARED and a $20 Amazon gift card! Open to US residents only.

Upcoming Publications and Events

Some cool stuff to announce.

1. A piece I wrote is going to be read as a dramatized reading March 18 at a program on Immigration in NE Ohio. It is called Generation to Generation. (I think this is super awesome. I can’t wait to see what the actors and director do with it.)

2. I’ll be at ConConction March 11-12 speaking and moderating some panels. Come watch me make a fool of myself creating characters on the spot at my 1pm Saturday slot.
3. I’ll be a guest at ConCarolinas in June as well.
4. My story, Family Trees: A Lovely Little Bookshop story, will be in New Realm magazine soon. This is the second one in a series.
The first one is here. Just buy the one issue for $3.99.
5. My story, Don’t Fool with an Earth Witch will be Mother’s Revenge, an anthology, releasing Earth Day! (cover above)

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

Silence Fallen (A Mercy Thompson Novel) by [Briggs, Patricia]Before we get started talking about Silence Fallen, let’s take a moment to wish Patty a Happy Birthday! Yes, February 28th is her birthday. A Pisces. Naturally creative, kind and understanding. But get this description from one astrology site.

“Your ruling planet is Neptune that stands for spiritual enlightenment, fantasies, mercy and guilt.”

Creepy, huh? The mention of fantasies and mercy? A chill just ran down my spine.

I’m going out on a limb here, people. This is my favorite Mercy book in a while, and I love all of them. I fell in love with Mercy all over again as I marveled at how smart and resourceful she has become.

This book could have been titled “Mercy Goes to Europe,” or “Mercy is Kidnapped to Europe and Adam, Mostly In-Control, Goes After the Ones that Did it. (I am sure the only reason Patty didn’t call it that is because it is so long.) Oh, and there is one massive surprise.

If you like your alpha hot and on the edge and your heroine to take care of herself, this is the book for you. You also get to visit Eastern Europe and the Jewish mythology of Prague, and get a taste of European werewolves’ politics, which are brutal.

I asked Patty two questions. Bonarata is a serious bad vampire from Italy. This is not a spoiler; you meet him early. There is a quick line where Bonarata is speaking to an architect in Seattle. So, I asked the obvious question.

  • Is Bonarata moving to Seattle? Can we assume he’s going to be in the next book?
    All that wily minx would say is “All characters not dead–er, dead and gone–are subject to reuse.”
  • Not very helpful.

I’m not going to include the second question because I think it is too spoiler-y. We can talk about at the end of March.

Book release is March 7.  Go here to read a snippet. Go here on Amazon to buy.

Note: The astrology site is is here. I don’t believe in astrology but the wording was too perfect not to include.

Because words are slippery little suckers