Book Review: Lipstick Voodoo

Lipstick Voodoo (Kincaid Strange #2)

Kincaid Strange, not your average voodoo practitioner, is back in the freshly imagined and hugely entertaining second installment of Kristi Charish’s urban fantasy series.

Kincaid Strange cannot catch a break. After dealing with a spate of paranormal murders, there’s barely time to recuperate—let alone sleep in—before there’s a new problem in Kincaid’s world of paranormal activity. When her roommate, Nathan Cade—the ghost of a grunge-rocker with a pathological lack of self-control—comes home bound to a dead body, it’s up to Kincaid to figure out how to free him. Ideally before her new mentor, Gideon, a powerful sorcerer’s ghost, discovers that Nate is trapped in the body he’d coveted for himself.

When Aaron, a Seattle cop on the afterlife beat—and Kincaid’s ex—calls her in to help out with a cold case, she takes the chance to mend fences with the police department. The problem: they want to interview Nate’s ghost, which she can’t produce. Then people from Nate’s past start showing up dead, and what’s killing them doesn’t seem to be human. And the way it’s killing them is especially brutal.

Nate’s hiding something, but he’s Kincaid’s friend and she wants to help him. But she also wants to stay alive….

Review:

I am really enjoying this series. It is fun, clever, and keeps me reading. I love the sense of humour in these books and the lightness of them, especially considering they deal with zombies and ghosts.

Kincaid is a great character who is smart and talented, but also fallible. It is interesting to see how she solves the mysteries around her.

And I love Nate, the dead grunge rock star. He presents lots of interesting challenges, especially in this book.

If you are looking for a lighthearted, modern, non-apocolyptic zombie/ghost/mystery, then you’ll enjoy this series.

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Book Review: The Voodoo Killings

The Voodoo Killings (Kincaid Strange #1)

voodo killingsFor the first time since we launched Bitten by Kelley Armstrong, Random House Canada is thrilled to announce the debut of a new urban fantasy series. Kristi Charish’s The Voodoo Killings introduces Kincaid Strange, not your average voodoo practitioner…

For starters, she’s only 27. Then there’s the fact that she lives in rain-soaked Seattle, which is not exactly Haiti. And she’s broke. With raising zombies outlawed throughout the continental USA, Kincaid has to eke out a living running seances for university students with more money than brains who are desperate for guitar lessons with the ghost of a Seattle grunge rocker–who happens to be Kincaid’s on-again, off-again roommate.

Then a stray zombie turns up outside her neighbourhood bar: Cameron Wight, an up-and-coming visual artist with no recollection of how he died or who raised him. Not only is it dangerous for Kincaid to be caught with an unauthorized zombie, she soon realizes he’s tied to a spate of murders: someone is targeting the zombies and voodoo practitioners in Seattle’s infamous Underground City, a paranormal hub. When the police refuse to investigate, the City’s oldest and foremost zombie asks Kincaid to help. Raising ghosts and zombies is one thing, but finding a murderer? She’s broke, but she’s not stupid.

And then she becomes the target…As the saying goes, when it rains it pours, especially in Seattle.

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Author Interview: Vincent Morrone

Today I am happy to introduce young adult author Vincent Morrone.

Author PicVision of Shadows was his debut novel that just came out as an Audio book.

Synopsis:

Bristol Blackburn is a 17 year old psychic, who’s more comfortable around the ghosts that float in and out of her life, than anybody with an actual pulse. For her entire life, she’s had visions and dreams about a young man she has never met. She doesn’t know his name, has never heard the sound of his voice, and yet feels as if she’s grown up with him. She knows he’s had a difficult life, with tragedy and pain. A lot of pain. In fact, most of her dreams involve him getting hurt. Sometimes from playing the hero, sometimes from daredevil stunts and often times because someone in his life enjoys hurting him. There’s no way it could all be true, because no person could ever survive everything she’s seen him go through.

In her dreams, Bristol has seen them together. Something that’s due to happen soon. She’s witnessed intimate moments, celebrations of milestones. Her visions have shown her building a long and happy life with this dream boy, having a family and growing old together.

But Bristol’s also had another vision, one that has kept repeating itself over and over again since she was six years old.

In this vision, this mystery boy doesn’t love her, but hates her. Bristol’s seen the loathing in her eyes, as he corners her, and slowly strangles her to death.

So any day now, Bristol will meet the boy of her dreams. Literally.

Will he be the love of her life, or the end of it? Read more

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Author Interview: Cynthia H. Wise

Today I am happy to introduce author Cynthia H. Wise.

Cynthia WiseWhat book are you promoting right now?
Portrait of Rage, the first book of The Marcel Experience series. It revolves around Tom, a talented painter, who begins having nightmares about tortured, abused little girls after moving into his new home. He is lulled into a trance, and begins painting “The Rage Collection” featuring the children that haunt his dreams. When word begins to spread of the collection, though, Tom becomes the prime suspect of an investigation involving the missing girls. He begins to realize that he hasn’t been dreaming at all and is now in a deadly race to find the killer before it’s too late and the woman he loves becomes the next victim.

Tell us about your writing process. How do you fuel your writing?
I am constantly working. When I watch TV, I’m usually tuned into The History Channel, Discovery, The Learning Channel, ID, Smithsonian, or The Travel Channel. I people watch, I read, and all the while I’m processing information. When an idea takes root, it begins to build. By the time I put it to paper, it has a life of its own and begins to flow, telling me where it wants to go. Read more

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