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Release Day Review: Maelstrom by Jordan L. Hawk

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Title: Maelstrom (Whyborne & Griffin: Book Seven)

Author: Jordan L. Hawk

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 268 Pages

At a Glance: Once again I am completely in awe of the talent and imaginative genius of Jordan L. Hawk.

Reviewed By: Jules

Blurb: Between his father’s sudden—and rather suspicious—generosity, and his own rash promise to help Christine plan her wedding, Percival Endicott Whyborne has quite enough to worry about. But when the donation of a mysterious codex to the Ladysmith Museum draws the attention of a murderous cult, Whyborne finds himself in a race against time to unlock its secrets first.

Griffin has a case of his own: the disappearance of an historic map, which quickly escalates to murder. Someone is sacrificing men in dark rituals—and all the clues lead back to the museum.

With their friends Christine and Iskander, Whyborne and Griffin must discover the cult’s true goal before it’s too late. For dark forces are afoot at the very heart of the museum, and they want more than Whyborne’s codex.

They want his life.

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Review: “Widdershins knows its own.”

Trying to write this review in any kind of linear fashion is proving to be impossible. I’m trying to stick to some kind of organized format, but my brain keeps jumping to the brilliance, the sheer brilliance, of chapter fifty-seven. Once again I am completely in awe of the talent and imaginative genius of Jordan L. Hawk. The entire book is extraordinary and mind-blowing – but chapter fifty-seven is indescribable. One thing I do know is that I don’t want to come down from this high; I want to wallow in this one for a bit. I truly think Maelstrom is my favorite of the series to date.

In this seventh book of the series, Widdershins, with its maelstrom of energy lying beneath the earth, is a hotspot for cultists far and wide, and our heroes once again find themselves smack in the midst of the goings on. The latest batch of books donated to the museum has brought all the crazies to the yard, and Whyborne and Griffin must, of course, work together to foil them before all is lost.

It should come as no surprise that one of the things I love most about Maelstrom is the continually growing relationship between Ival and Griffin. They are as in tune to each other as ever, and must draw on that closeness throughout the story. In parts of Hoarfrost, Griffin was in a rough place, and needed Whyborne to keep him from breaking apart – here, however, it is Whyborne who largely needs grounding and clarity. I love that turnabout and all of the different ways we get to see their love for each other. The tender, poignant moments toward the end (*cough* chapter fifty-seven *cough*) are magnified a hundredfold because of their ever-strengthening bond.

So, of course the love story is amazing…but you better believe that all the other Jordan L. Hawk trademarks are there as well. Action, peril, creepy creatures from the Outside, humor, and a razor sharp wit. Not to mention perhaps the hottest sex scene in the series yet. I actually thought my brain was going to explode. No joke.

I already mentioned the humor, but want to touch on it a bit more specifically. The magic of these books is obviously in the world building and the storytelling – but a part of that magic also has to do with the delivery. And Hawk nails the delivery every time. Whyborne has tons of great one-liners. Griffin has a new motor car, which is an endless source of comic relief. The wedding prep and talk that is peppered throughout the book is fabulous. And, I absolutely had to share this gem, from our dear Christine:

“We’re going to be married, damn it, and Whyborne is going to walk me down the aisle…It’s going to be perfect, even if I have to kill every one of these bastards myself!”

In short, Maelstrom is fantastic. I don’t know how the hell Hawk keeps making each book better than the last, but she does. She’s kept the series fresh through seven books, and I can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeve for the eighth! Coolest. Books. Ever.

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Release Day Review: Dangerous Spirits by Jordan L. Hawk

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Title: Dangerous Spirits (Spirits: Book Two)

Author: Jordan L. Hawk

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 157 Pages

At a Glance: Dangerous Spirits is everything a good ghost story should be.

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: After the events of Reyhome Castle, Henry Strauss expected the Psychical Society to embrace his application of science to the study of hauntings. Instead, the society humiliates and blacklists him. His confidence shaken, he can’t bring himself to admit the truth to his lover, the handsome medium Vincent Night.

Vincent’s new life in Baltimore with Henry is disrupted when a friend from the past asks for help with a haunting. In the remote town of Devil’s Walk, old ties and new lies threaten to tear the lovers apart, if a fiery spirit bent on vengeance doesn’t put an end to them first.

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Review: I’ve probably uttered the words, “Oh my god, this is my favorite Jordan L. Hawk book. Evarrrr!” every single time I’ve finished reading a Jordan L. Hawk book. That sort of redundancy is an occupational hazard of which I never tire. And, once again, it’s entirely true.

Putting my finger on the pulse of my love for Dangerous Spirits is simple—the paranormal plot elements in this story are exceptional. How exceptional are they? I was so frustrated by my inability to read fast enough that I kept skipping down the page to see what would happen next, and then going back to read the parts I’d skipped just so I wouldn’t bust a vein from the tension and suspense woven into those scenes. If you’re a fan of horror—the vivid prose and chilling metaphysical story elements that not only get the adrenaline pumping but the goose bumps popping at the deadly visitations from beyond the grave—then this book will scratch every single one of your horror-loving itches. Those scenes are written with a skill, attention to detail, and an inspired celebration of the supernatural, which not only had my imagining working overtime but immediately took me back to the earliest days of my first sleep-with-the-lights-on reads, the books that made me fall in love with this genre in the first place. Though, in a bit of a twist, the author also makes our resident ghost an entirely sympathetic character, not to mention made me glad I, for one, am a 21st century woman.

Lest you aren’t as huge a fan of the macabre as I, though, rest assured that there’s plenty of relationship tension in this story too, not only between Henry Strauss and Vincent Knight, our endearing heroes and earnest lovers, but between Henry and Lizzie, Henry and Jo, and Henry and Sylvester Ortensi, a man from Vincent and Lizzie’s past who comes calling—and brings more than a little danger for the trouble.

Poor Henry, you might see a pattern here. He has a rough go of things in this installment of the Spirits series, and his failure to impress the Psychical Society with his scientific approach to the spirit world culminates in a blow to his already somewhat fragile confidence, especially where Vincent is concerned. Henry and Vincent both are a bit of a study in frustration in this novel, their strife is the epicenter of the story, and yet it’s impossible not to understand their decisions and actions and inactions where each other is concerned because their relationship is still untried by the challenges they each bring to the table, let alone that they have to hide what they mean to each other from the whole of society. There are outright lies and then there are lies by omission; what they share to their core is that the wounds to the conscience can be every bit as painful as telling the truth can be to the heart. Both Henry and Vincent are fortunate to have people in their lives—Jo and Lizzy—who love and want the best for them, are the voices of reason, and who help to make up what many would call a bit of a misfit family.

And, where there’s love, it seems there’s always a way.

Dangerous Spirits is crackin’ good spec fic, fraught with emotion, tautly paced, packed with danger and chills, and—simple as this—it’s what we’ve come to expect from the author. This is an effortless read—unless you take into account the spikes in blood pressure—so light a candle, lay your salt lines, say your prayers, and dig into the fun.

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5 Stars, Andrea Speed, Astrid Amara, Charlie Cochet, Ginn Hale, Jordan Castillo Price, Jordan L. Hawk, KJ Charles, Lou Harper, Nicole Kimberling, Reviewed by Lisa, Rhys Ford, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, Self-Published

Review: Charmed and Dangerous: Ten Tales of Gay Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy – Edited by Jordan Castillo Price

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Title: Charmed and Dangerous: Ten Tales of Gay Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy

Authors: Rhys Ford, Ginn Hale, KJ Charles, Nicole Kimberling, Jordan L. Hawk, Charlie Cochet, Jordan Castillo Price, Andrea Speed, Lou Harper, Astrid Amara

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 509 Pages

At a Glance: With a lineup like this, how could this anthology have possibly gone amiss?

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: Magic takes many forms. From malignant hexes to love charms gone amok, you’ll find a vast array of spells and curses, creatures and conjurings in this massive collection—not to mention a steamy dose of man-on-man action. Charmed and Dangerous features all-new stories of gay paranormal romance, supernatural fiction and urban fantasy by ten top m/m paranormal authors.

Rhys Ford – Dim Sum Asylum
For Detective Roku MacCormick, working Arcane Crimes is his passion. Now cleared of any wrongdoing for shooting his last partner, MacCormick is given back his badge… as well as a new case and partner. Trent Leonard isn’t exactly what he’d expected, but then nothing in San Francisco’s Chinatown ever is.

Ginn Hale – Swift and the Black Dog
When Jack Swift killed a tyrant and won the revolution he became a national hero. But someone in the new government prefers dead heroes to living, swearing, cynical wizards. Caught between bullets, revenge and desire, Jack had better be swift indeed.

KJ Charles – A Queer Trade
Apprentice magician Crispin Tredarloe returns to London to find his master dead, and his papers sold. Papers with secrets that could spell death. Waste paper seller Ned Hall can’t resist Crispin’s pleading—and appealing—looks. But can the wasteman and the magician prevent a disaster and save Crispin’s skin?

Nicole Kimberling – Magically Delicious
Occult attacks against NIAD agents aren’t remotely Keith Curry’s department. But when his lover, Gunther, is assaulted, Keith refuses to just sit back and fill out paperwork. He’s on the case—even if that means enraging powerful mages, crossing leprechaun picket lines, or braving dinner with Gunther’s goblin parents.

Jordan Castillo Price – Everyone’s Afraid of Clowns
Psychic medium Victor Bayne can spot a ghost any day of the year, but Halloween holds some special surprises. His psych-groupie boyfriend Jacob coaxes him to the location of an old spirit sighting, but they can’t ghosthunt without enduring a cheesy “haunted house” that’s even more disturbing than they realize.

Jordan L. Hawk – The Thirteenth Hex
Hexman Dominic Kopecky doesn’t understand why dashing crow familiar Rook wants his help investigating murder by patent hex. For one thing, Dominic isn’t a witch. For another, the case is already closed—and someone is willing to kill to keep it that way.

Charlie Cochet – The Soldati Prince
Riley Murrough goes from serving lattes to being chased by demons. If that wasn’t bad enough, he bears the mark of a shapeshifter king from a magical realm. Riley’s determined to get answers, but if the demons out for his blood don’t kill him, the urge to strangle the arrogant king might.

Lou Harper – One Hex Too Many
Veteran detective Mike Mulligan is an expert on violent crimes—of the occult variety. He might even be cursed. Detective Hugh Fox is eager to partner up and prove himself, but Mulligan is accustomed to flying solo. Can they trust each other enough to track a killer who’ll stop at nothing, not even summoning a demon?

Andrea Speed – Josh of the Damned vs. the Bathroom of Doom
It’s a boring night at the Quik-Mart for Josh and his friend Doug. Until a vampire with a grudge—and the most adorable backup ever—crashes the store. Can Josh survive the Bathroom of Doom?

Astrid Amara – The Trouble With Hexes
P.I. Tim Keller has a problem. And the only person who can solve it is his ex-boyfriend, Vincent, whose job as a hexbreaker was the reason they broke up. It’s hard admitting he was wrong, especially when coughing up organs. But there’s a missing person to find, a hexmaker to hunt down, and a romance to repair before Tim breathes his last.

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Review: If you’ve looked at this lineup of authors and thought to yourself that there’s no possible way this anthology could fail…you’d be absolutely right. For fans of speculative fiction, Charmed and Dangerous is a collection of wild wonderment that’s been long overdue. This company of ten of the genre’s consummate storytellers dug into their depthless cache of talent to ensure each of these tales lived up to the challenge presented to them: to create new worlds, to introduce both new and familiar characters within the allotted word count, and to do so without sacrificing a single iota of detail, imagination, or compromising the quality of each tale.

Mission: Accomplished

For me to give you a thorough rundown of every story in this omnibus would take more words than I’m positive you’re willing to read from me, so I’m not going to try. There are enough adjectives of a superlative nature in the English language that I can heap on this collection, and upon the heads of its authors, which could, and does, apply to every story in Charmed and Dangerous. Magical and mysterious, clever and charming, witty and wonderful, each of these stories is filled with curses and hexes and creatures of the mythical and metaphysical sort, and, in turn, the authors have given their characters the outlet to explore each of their worlds: where the impossible is made reality, where these men form a bond against a backdrop of danger, action, suspense, humor, dark and deadly magicks, and are given second chances at love.

Nine of these ten tales share a more common thread in their magic, while Charlie Cochet’s The Soldati Prince (what I feel is the most romance-centric of the collection) is a heartfelt and touching shifter fantasy that adheres to the mate bond theme inherent to that sub-genre. A theme it does share with several other of the stories, however, is sacrifice in the name of love. And may have made me a little teary eyed before its end.

From Rhys Ford’s mayhem-laden, humorous and action packed turn at a sex-cursed statue in an Alt U San Francisco Chinatown (which could have come only from the delectably madcap and marvelous mind of this author); to the post-revolutionary dystopian brilliance that is the genius Ginn Hale’s story of betrayal and salvation, Jack Swift and the Black Dog; to the always marvelous KJ Charles’ foray into hex magic and treachery and the promise of a new love (plus, that first line hooked me!); to the hyper-imaginative Nicole Kimberling’s extra-appropriately titled Magically Delicious, and its Lewis Carroll/Midsummer Night’s Dream world filled with leprechauns, mermaid-flesh dealers, goblins, and a deadly pixie dust mystery; to the extraordinarily talented Jordan Castillo Price and my beloved Victor Bayne and Jacob Marks, and a ghost clown all wrapped up inside a misogynist meninist’s wet dream; to the eloquent and fabulous Jordan L. Hawk’s perfect The Thirteenth Hex, a story for which I’m already begging a sequel because these characters and this world are oozing with everything that makes reading a magic unto itself; to the flawless Lou Harper’s unparalleled and all-consuming mystery One Hex too Many–the story that kept me on the hook from start to finish in not only its imaginative world building but in my love of its detectives Mulligan, Fox and Leslie; to the never to be outdone Andrea Speed’s oddball-in-only-the-best-way, strange-things-are-afoot-at-the-Quik-Mart, Josh of the Damned world where anything goes, from vamps to werewolves to zombies to human-sized lizards to giant animate mustaches…well, you get the picture; to the excellent The Trouble With Hexes, Astrid Amara’s beautiful close to the anthology, a story that’s dark magic and pure emotion and encompasses what it means to make the ultimate sacrifice for the one you love—these stories, each and every one of them, deliver a reading experience that’s meant to be devoured and savored all at once.

Whether you’ve only read one of these authors before, or, like me, you’ve read all ten, Charmed and Dangerous is a spec fic lover’s Wonderland… Or whatever it is you call that place we go during those not-quite-aware-of-reality moments when we lose ourselves in a great book.

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Cover Reveal: Dangerous Spirits by Jordan L. Hawk

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Title: Dangerous Spirits
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Spirits: Book Two
Genre: Historical Romance, Paranormal
Release Date: September 15, 2015
Cover Artist: Jordan L. Hawk

Blurb: After the events of Reyhome Castle, Henry Strauss expected the Psychical Society to embrace his application of science to the study of hauntings. Instead, the society humiliates and blacklists him. His confidence shaken, he can’t bring himself to admit the truth to his lover, the handsome medium Vincent Night.

Vincent’s new life in Baltimore with Henry is disrupted when a friend from the past asks for help with a haunting. In the remote town of Devil’s Walk, old ties and new lies threaten to tear the lovers apart, if a fiery spirit bent on vengeance doesn’t put an end to them first.

Pre-Order Link: Amazon

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Jordan L. HawkAbout the Author: Jordan L. Hawk grew up in North Carolina and forgot to ever leave. Childhood tales of mountain ghosts and mysterious creatures gave her a life-long love of things that go bump in the night. When she isn’t writing, she brews her own beer and tries to keep her cats from destroying the house. Her best-selling Whyborne & Griffin series (beginning with Widdershins) can be found in print, ebook, and audiobook at Amazon and other online retailers.

Find Jordan At: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon

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Cover Reveal: Charmed and Dangerous Edited by Jordan Castillo Price

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Magic takes many forms. From malignant hexes to love charms gone amok, you’ll find a vast array of spells and curses, creatures and conjurings in this massive collection—not to mention a steamy dose of man-on-man action. Charmed and Dangerous features all-new stories of gay paranormal romance, supernatural fiction and urban fantasy by ten top m/m paranormal authors.

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Releasing August 25, 2015, pre-order your copy now at Amazon

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THE LINEUP:

Rhys FordDim Sum Asylum

Ginn HaleSwift and the Black Dog

KJ CharlesA Queer Trade

Nicole KimberlingMagically Delicious

Jordan Castillo PriceEveryone’s Afraid of Clowns

Jordan L. HawkThe Thirteenth Hex

Charlie CochetThe Soldati Prince

Lou HarperOne Hex Too Many

Andrea SpeedJosh of the Damned vs. the Bathroom of Doom

Astrid AmaraThe Trouble With Hexes

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BLURBS:

Rhys Ford – Dim Sum Asylum
For Detective Roku MacCormick, working Arcane Crimes is his passion. Now cleared of any wrongdoing for shooting his last partner, MacCormick is given back his badge… as well as a new case and partner. Trent Leonard isn’t exactly what he’d expected, but then nothing in San Francisco’s Chinatown ever is.

Ginn Hale – Swift and the Black Dog
When Jack Swift killed a tyrant and won the revolution he became a national hero. But someone in the new government prefers dead heroes to living, swearing, cynical wizards. Caught between bullets, revenge and desire, Jack had better be swift indeed.

KJ Charles – A Queer Trade
Apprentice magician Crispin Tredarloe returns to London to find his master dead, and his papers sold. Papers with secrets that could spell death. Waste paper seller Ned Hall can’t resist Crispin’s pleading—and appealing—looks. But can the wasteman and the magician prevent a disaster and save Crispin’s skin?

Nicole Kimberling – Magically Delicious
Occult attacks against NIAD agents aren’t remotely Keith Curry’s department. But when his lover, Gunther, is assaulted, Keith refuses to just sit back and fill out paperwork. He’s on the case—even if that means enraging powerful mages, crossing leprechaun picket lines, or braving dinner with Gunther’s goblin parents.

Jordan Castillo Price – Everyone’s Afraid of Clowns
Psychic medium Victor Bayne can spot a ghost any day of the year, but Halloween holds some special surprises. His psych-groupie boyfriend Jacob coaxes him to the location of an old spirit sighting, but they can’t ghosthunt without enduring a cheesy “haunted house” that’s even more disturbing than they realize.

Jordan L. Hawk – The Thirteenth Hex
Hexman Dominic Kopecky doesn’t understand why dashing crow familiar Rook wants his help investigating murder by patent hex. For one thing, Dominic isn’t a witch. For another, the case is already closed—and someone is willing to kill to keep it that way.

Charlie Cochet – The Soldati Prince
Riley Murrough goes from serving lattes to being chased by demons. If that wasn’t bad enough, he bears the mark of a shapeshifter king from a magical realm. Riley’s determined to get answers, but if the demons out for his blood don’t kill him, the urge to strangle the arrogant king might.

Lou Harper – One Hex Too Many
Veteran detective Mike Mulligan is an expert on violent crimes—of the occult variety. He might even be cursed. Detective Hugh Fox is eager to partner up and prove himself, but Mulligan is accustomed to flying solo. Can they trust each other enough to track a killer who’ll stop at nothing, not even summoning a demon?

Andrea Speed – Josh of the Damned vs. the Bathroom of Doom
It’s a boring night at the Quik-Stop for Josh and his friend Doug. Until a vampire with a grudge—and the most adorable backup ever—crashes the store. Can Josh survive the Bathroom of Doom?

Astrid Amara – The Trouble With Hexes
P.I. Tim Keller has a problem. And the only person who can solve it is his ex-boyfriend, Vincent, whose job as a hexbreaker was the reason they broke up. It’s hard admitting he was wrong, especially when coughing up organs. But there’s a missing person to find, a hexmaker to hunt down, and a romance to repair before Tim breathes his last.

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TEASERS: 

We were just kids,” Jack muttered.

Shafts of afternoon light speared through the blinds, illuminating the hard angles of his lean face. He exhaled a cloud of pale blue smoke and ignored the glare of the well-dressed diners seated at other tables. In a moment a maitre’d would appear and smoothly suggest that he remove himself from the building.

Then, inevitably, David would intervene, flashing his ministry badge and pronouncing Jack’s full name a little too loudly, a little too officiously. A halting apology would be offered and followed by requests for autographs and photos. Behind it all Jack would hear the whispers.

That’s Jack Swift?

God, did you see his hand?

He looks like some ragman from the Bone Ledges.

I’ve heard he’s a queer.

Lifting his scarred hand, Jack drew the smoke down to ring his fingers. Let the surrounding diners see that the ragman in their midst was a wizard. They didn’t need to know which one. Any wizard was too much trouble for most decent folk.

-Swift and the Black Dog by Ginn Hale

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From his square jaw and beefy build down to his dirty blond fade haircut, everything about the guy screamed ex-hardcore military. He moved as if expecting a riot to break out on the upper loft, icy blue eyes scanning each of us, stopping only long enough to mark our presence before moving on to the next cop.

He found me first and then again, last. His gaze pierced through me, assessing and judging in a way that did not say cop. I wasn’t sure what was found wanting, my shaggy mane or my odd ommatidia-faceted pupils, but something made his nostrils flare. I definitely spotted the moment he saw my pupils’ copper-green sheen. His head jerked back a few millimeters and his chin jutted out.

If my new partner had a thing against fae or fae-bred, we were assuredly going to have a problem.

-Dim Sum Asylum by Rhys Ford

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“Mr. Kopecky?”

“Yes, that’s….” Dominic began as he lifted his gaze from the paper. Then his tongue tangled, and he forgot how to speak.

The man standing in front of his desk was…well, he’d never thought of a man as beautiful before, but it was the only word that came to mind now. The white of his shirt collar contrasted with rich, brown skin. Silky black locks brushed his shoulders, and wide lips shaped into a rather cheeky grin.

“…You?” the man prompted, when Dominic only stared.

God! He dropped his eyes quickly, willing his reaction under control. He couldn’t forget himself at work, in full view of everyone. As he glanced down, his eye snagged on the badge pinned to the man’s vest.

A familiar? Here?

-The Thirteenth Hex by Jordan L Hawk 

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AUTHOR BIOS:

Astrid Amara
Astrid Amara lives in Bellingham, Washington. She’s a former Peace Corps Volunteer, an advocate for animal rights, and a bureaucrat by day. After work she can usually be found writing, riding horses, hiking, or else sleeping. Her novel The Archer’s Heart was a finalist for the 2008 Lambda Literary Award. http://www.astridamara.com

KJCharles
KJ Charles is a writer and freelance editor. She lives in London with her husband, two kids, an out-of-control garden and an increasingly murderous cat.

KJ writes mostly romance, gay and straight, frequently historical, and usually with some fantasy or horror in there. She specialises in editing romance, especially historical and fantasy, and also edits children’s fiction.
http://www.kjcharleswriter.com

Charlie Cochet
Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From adventurous agents and sexy shifters, to society gentlemen and hardboiled detectives, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!

Currently residing in Central Florida, Charlie is at the beck and call of a rascally Doxiepoo bent on world domination. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.
http://www.charliecochet.com

Rhys Ford
Rhys Ford was born and raised in Hawai’i then wandered off to see the world. After chewing through a pile of books, a lot of odd food, and a stray boyfriend or two, Rhys eventually landed in San Diego, which is a very nice place but seriously needs more rain.

Rhys admits to sharing the house with three cats, a bonsai wolfhound, and a ginger cairn terrorist.

Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and a red Hamilton Beach coffee maker.

But mostly to the coffee maker.
http://www.rhysford.com

Ginn Hale
Ginn Hale resides in the Pacific Northwest with her wife and three cats. She spends many of the rainy days tinkering with devices and words and can often be sighted herding other people’s dogs, bees and goats. Her novel Wicked Gentlemen won the Spectrum Award for Best Novel and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.
http://www.ginnhale.com

Lou Harper
Under a prickly, cynical surface Lou Harper is an incorrigible romantic. Her love affair with the written word started at a tender age. There was never a time when stories weren’t romping around in her head. She is currently embroiled in a ruinous romance with adjectives. In her free time Lou stalks deviant words and feral narratives.

Lou’s favorite animal is the hedgehog. She likes nature, books, movies, photography, and good food. She has a temper and mood swings.

Lou has misspent most of her life in parts of Europe and the US, but is now firmly settled in Los Angeles and worships the sun. However, she thinks the ocean smells funny. Lou is a loner, a misfit, and a happy drunk.
http://www.louharper.com

Jordan L Hawk
Jordan L. Hawk grew up in North Carolina and forgot to ever leave. Childhood tales of mountain ghosts and mysterious creatures gave her a life-long love of things that go bump in the night. When she isn’t writing, she brews her own beer and tries to keep her cats from destroying the house. Her best-selling Whyborne & Griffin series (beginning with Widdershins) can be found in print, ebook, and audiobook at Amazon and other online retailers.
http://www.jordanlhawk.com

Nicole Kimberling
Nicole Kimberling lives in Bellingham, Washington with her wife, Dawn Kimberling, two bad cats as well as a wide and diverse variety of invasive and noxious weeds. Her first novel, Turnskin, won the Lambda Literary Award for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. She is also the author of the Bellingham Mystery Series.
http://www.nicolekimberling.com

Jordan Castillo Price
Author and artist Jordan Castillo Price writes paranormal sci-fi thrillers colored by her time in the midwest, from inner city Chicago, to rural small town Wisconsin, to liberal Madison. Her influences include Ouija boards, Return of the Living Dead, “light as a feather, stiff as a board,” girls with tattoos and boys in eyeliner.
http://www.jordancastilloprice.com

Andrea Speed
Andrea Speed was born looking for trouble in some hot month without an R in it. While succeeding in finding Trouble, she has also been found by its twin brother, Clean Up, and is now on the run, wanted for the murder of a mop and a really cute, innocent bucket that was only one day away from retirement. (I was framed, I tell you – framed!)

In her spare time, she arms lemurs in preparation for the upcoming war against the Mole Men. Viva la revolution!
http://www.andreaspeed.com

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Interview with the Drakul: Mocker of Ravens by Jordan L. Hawk

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There’s always fun to be had when Jordan L. Hawk lets John, Caleb and Gray come out to play, and I couldn’t be more excited to bring you this exclusive interview with your favorite drakul and mine–Gray–to celebrate the release day of the new book in the SPECTR 2 series, Mocker of Ravens.

Enjoy! And #TeamGrayleb…

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TNA: Welcome back to The Novel Approach, Gray. I’m so pleased Jordan arranged for you to be here with us today. And I should thank Caleb, as well, if I can pass on my regards. Is there anything you’d like to say to your audience before we get started on the interview?

Gray: Caleb says I must do this, but I do not see why, when we might be hunting demons instead. But it will please Caleb, so I shall.

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Caleb says I am being ungrateful and rude. And also that I should greet you courteously.

Very well. Hello, mortals.

TNA: There’s much about human behavior and thinking that still confounds you. Is there any one thing, above all else, that you find particularly puzzling? What is it and why doesn’t it make sense to you?

Gray: I do not understand why so many of the mortals at SPECTR fear Caleb and me. Yes, we might have eaten them all and destroyed Charleston, but we did not. It is foolish to be afraid of things that did not actually happen.

TNA: Are you beginning to grasp mortal humor at all: sarcasm, figures of speech? Is there anything you’ve discovered in the past months that could possibly make you crack a smile?

Gray: I smile. Usually at John, when we are having sexual relations. Caleb says it is disturbing, because of the fangs, but that is nonsense.

Mortals are very strange. Their “humor” often consists of stating things which seem true but are not. It does not make sense. They should simply say what they mean.

TNA: Is there any one thing about your existence you’d change right now if you could? If so, what would it be?

Gray: I would leave behind these foolish mortals of SPECTR who so trouble John and Caleb. We would go elsewhere, and hunt demons, and copulate. It would be perfect.

TNA: Do you worry about anything at all? If so, what would that be? Or is worrying too human a pastime for you to indulge in?

Gray: Mortals waste their time worrying over things which may never come to pass, or which they cannot prevent in any case. But…yes. I do worry. About John. I wish him to be happy. I want him to be glad he chose us.

TNA: Is there anything you fear? If so, what would it be?

Gray: I fear John being injured. Or…or killed. But we will protect him against all that we may.

TNA: Now that you’re measuring time on Caleb’s schedule, do you have a favorite time of the day? What makes it so?

Gray: I still prefer the night, when there are fewer mortals about. They fear me without reason, which can be very inconvenient. It is difficult to hunt properly when there are people running about screaming and shooting at one.

TNA: Now that you can see color, do you have a favorite?

Gray: The blue of John’s eyes.

TNA: Here’s a question right out of left field: what does John taste like?

Gray: Like salt, in the summer especially. Musk and traces of soap. His blood is rust with spice. I think his blood tastes so because he is an exorcist.

TNA: And while we’re on the taste subject, does Caleb’s essence have a taste to it? If so, what does he taste like?

Gray: I do not perceive Caleb in this way. It is difficult to explain. I perceive his emotions and his memories, and the…shape of him, perhaps? The form he takes on the inside, made up of experiences and old hurts and new loves and everything else which forms us.

I cannot explain it any better than this.

TNA: Gray, thank you again for being here today. Would you like to leave readers with a parting word? Or more than one is good too.

Gray: Mortal nonsense.

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Blurb: Caleb has spent the last six months adjusting to life possessed by the vampire spirit Gray. Unfortunately, after the events of Fort Sumter, the other agents of SPECTR view him more as a ticking time bomb than a co-worker.

The one bright spot is Caleb and Gray’s boyfriend, federal exorcist John Starkweather. But John has problems of his own. A supernatural killer is on the loose in Charleston, stealing the hearts of its victims to extend its own unnatural life.

With the help of a rookie agent, John, Caleb, and Gray must find the killer before it strikes again…or before they become the demon’s next victims.

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Jordan L. HawkAbout the Author: Jordan L. Hawk grew up in North Carolina and forgot to ever leave. Childhood tales of mountain ghosts and mysterious creatures gave her a life-long love of things that go bump in the night. When she isn’t writing, she brews her own beer and tries to keep her cats from destroying the house. Her best-selling Whyborne & Griffin series (beginning with Widdershins) can be found in print, ebook, and audiobook at Amazon and other online retailers.

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Review: Mocker of Ravens by Jordan L. Hawk

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Title: Mocker of Ravens (SPECTR Two: Book One)

Author: Jordan L. Hawk

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 114 Pages

At a Glance: If you’re already a fan of this series, I can’t foresee any possible way that Book One in Series Two won’t be a big win for you.

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: Caleb has spent the last six months adjusting to life possessed by the vampire spirit Gray. Unfortunately, after the events of Fort Sumter, the other agents of SPECTR view him more as a ticking time bomb than a co-worker.

The one bright spot is Caleb and Gray’s boyfriend, federal exorcist John Starkweather. But John has problems of his own. A supernatural killer is on the loose in Charleston, stealing the hearts of its victims to extend its own unnatural life.

With the help of a rookie agent, John, Caleb, and Gray must find the killer before it strikes again…or before they become the demon’s next victims.

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Review: There comes a point where you can read so much of an author’s work that several things happen: one, you come to have certain expectations about that work as well as the characters the author creates. Two, you become so familiar with those characters that you run out of ways to express how much you love them. Three, the metaphysical and macabre that mingles with the mundane of everyday life in the stories becomes the norm—to the point that you expect the impossible at the turn of every page. It just…is, and it’s entirely weirdtastic and wondersome.

After the events in Summoner of Storms, the book where all kinds of OMG! went down with Gray and Caleb and John and SPECTR, and we thought that was going to be the end of the series, Jordan L. Hawk decided she could bring a new dimension to this world and her characters. I, for one, was not upset by this because: see above. The question is, did the author succeed? The answer is, she did, without question. On top of the mystery, which always has that wild Urban Fantasy vibe that sets the tone of the series and the sense of wonderment in the impossible set in our own familiar world, I feel Mocker of Ravens does something exceptionally well, in that it brings out the very human elements in this series and in its characters, perhaps most especially in Gray, who continues to evolve in his individuality. I love that contrast, the dichotomy of Gray as an individual who is wholly dependent upon Caleb in order to exist as he does. I also love the contrast as it exists in the reality that sometimes the human element is not at all flattering to us humans, which only serves to add more realism to the story.

With John’s new power, Gray and Caleb’s combined badassery, and a new District Chief at the helm, we witness not only blatant displays of homophobia in Mocker of Ravens but the flat-out fear from fellow SPECTR agents of what Caleb and Gray have become together, and we all know there is nothing that will put the fear and prejudice in humans quite like the unknown and unfamiliar. One of the things that hasn’t changed, though, is John’s steadfast loyalty to SPECTR, even in the face of anger and hate coming from those who should have his back, and for that I both love him but at the same time wanted to shank a few people on his behalf. But, in the end, it’s his courage and strength and constancy that makes him who he is, and makes him the Yang to Caleb and Gray’s Yin.

One of the new characters introduced in the book, someone I hope is going to be around for the duration, is John’s new partner Zahira Noorzai. As a woman who has known her share of prejudice, I love that she’s not only accepting of Gray and Caleb but love how she is worked so well into the dynamic of the misfit team of John and Caleb/Gray, the guys no one wants to be partnered with. Zahira is intelligent, but unlike Dr. Christine Putnam, for example, she is subtler and even somewhat timid at times, but never once do we see her as a weak character. She’s strong in her own way, and I loved watching her evolve from her introduction to the end of this book. I want so much more of her and am hoping to get that in future installments.

The supernatural mystery in this book is not at all natural, but it is pretty super, and it kept me guessing at who in the otherworld the Raven Mocker was, and then kept me on the edge straight through to the climactic scene, wondering how Caleb and Gray were going to stop this being that didn’t want to be stopped. Again, within the paranormal element of this mythical creature we also see a very human side to the story—we see exactly what a man will do in the face of death, which, as it turns out, is a pretty solid foundation upon which to build a story.

If you’re already a fan of this series, I can’t foresee any possible way that Book One in Series Two won’t be a big win for you. Hawk’s imagination coupled with humor, romance, a crisp prose, and characters you know and love give this book all the advantages in a world that’s already been given a solid and outstanding construct.

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Release Day Buddy Review: Hoarfrost by Jordan L. Hawk

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Title: Hoarfrost (Whyborne & Griffin: Book Six)

Author: Jordan L. Hawk

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 232 Pages (paperback)

At a Glance: Yet another outstanding addition to the Whyborne & Griffin series.

Reviewed By: Jules & Lisa

Blurb: Sorcerer Percival Endicott Whyborne and his husband Griffin Flaherty have enjoyed an unprecedented stretch of peace and quiet. Unfortunately, the calm is shattered by the arrival of a package from Griffin’s brother Jack, who has uncovered a strange artifact while digging for gold in Alaska. The discovery of a previously unknown civilization could revive the career of their friend Dr. Christine Putnam—or it might kill them all, if the hints of dark sorcery surrounding the find are true.

With Christine and her fiancé Iskander, Whyborne and Griffin must journey to the farthest reaches of the arctic to stop an ancient evil from claiming the life of Griffin’s brother. But in the rough mining camp of Hoarfrost, secrets fly as thickly as the snow, and Whyborne isn’t the only sorcerer drawn by the rumors of magic. Amidst a wilderness of ice and stone, Griffin must either face his greatest fear—or lose everyone he loves.

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Review: Book clubs were invented for books such as the Whyborne & Griffin series, because the love of books is meant to be shared, and who better to share that love with than someone who feels as passionately as you do about them?

Jules and I have a mad love for Percival Endicott Whyborne, Griffin Flaherty, and the mysterious goings on in Widdershins, Massachusetts, or anywhere else these two men and their faithful friends happen to be, so we decided to do something a little bit different for our buddy review of Hoarfrost, book six in the series. We each came up with a list of questions, which actually turned out to be nearly identical, so we’re doing this review interview style. And in case you can’t tell from our gushing, well, Hoarfrost is another outstanding addition to this series.

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Q: If you had to pick a favorite scene, what would it be?

Jules: Omigosh – There’s kind of a kinky one that I loved. *blushes* Haha. One of the things that Whyborne is working on in this book is removing curses from objects, and on one of his first successful attempts, the rush of power and energy is so great that he gets an erection. Well, this scenario comes into play again toward the end of the book, and Griffin is present. The resulting scene is amazing, and gorgeous, and steamy as hell. *tips hat to Jordan*

Lisa: Just one? Oy. Well, without giving away any spoilers, I’d have to say one of my many favorite scenes was from Griffin’s point-of-view, when Jack tells Griffin he has to let his pain go. I can’t go into it without giving any more away, but that was such a touching moment between the brothers, and really, a redeeming one for Griffin after everything he’s gone through before and now in Hoarfrost.

Q: What was the thing you liked most about getting into Griffin’s head? And, would you like to see the dual POV continue in future books?

Jules: I have to say the emotion. Pure and simple. By giving us Griffin’s thoughts, we are allowed to really see his emotional and vulnerable side. His love for Whyborne is so much better understood when seen through Griffin’s eyes. Also, Ival isn’t the only quirky or insecure one in the relationship, and it’s nice to see that.

In this book it was particularly important to be able to take part of the journey in Griffin’s head for other reasons – and, without a doubt, I hope we get to see the dual POV continue in upcoming books.

Lisa: Agreed. Having been in Griffin’s head before, one of the things I can say I love is seeing Whyborne through his eyes. We get words and actions from Whyborne’s point-of-view, but hearing Griffin’s thoughts and understanding how deeply he loves Ival, and how much Griffin needs Whyborne as his touchstone in the world they live in, isn’t as obvious from Whyborne’s narration. While it took me awhile to warm up to the dual narrative, by the end of the book I could see how imperative it was to tell the story this way.

As far as continuing the dual point-of-view, absolutely. No question. I’m greedy. I want everything.

Q: How did you feel about the tone and pace of the novel in the beginning, then at the end of the book?

Jules: Oh, man…this one was more of a slow build. The book starts out with Griffin in a very sad place, with his friends and ‘chosen’ family helping him through it, and the pace gradually picks up as the mystery gets rolling. The tone was a bit different here as well, I think, because it wasn’t just our three – or four, counting Iskander – heroes in the spotlight. It felt like the other players took on a much bigger role. That slower pace didn’t last long, though…the last third of the book is on fire! There is so much action, and there are so many gasp-worthy moments; it’s FANTASTIC.

Lisa: Absolutely. The word I kept thinking was melancholic. That’s the best way I can describe the beginning of the book. There was a melancholy to it, but woven in there, as well, was a sense of transition. Whyborne, Griffin, Christine and Iskander are a team now, who have been transformed and have grown stronger as each adventure has forced them to face some literal and figurative demons.

The end? It was mesmerizing and freaking action packed. Reading Hoarfrost start to finish was a bit like watching the spark of fire on a lit fuse slowly make its way toward the powder keg, then Boom! awesomeness.

Q: In Hoarfrost, we finally get to meet one of Griffin’s brothers. What were your initial feelings/thoughts about Jack?

Jules: This question is a bit of a potential spoiler trap, so I’ll be careful – BUT, I will say that I went back and forth so many times regarding Jack. Even though he’s Griffin’s brother, he’s still a virtual stranger. And, that being said, I felt like things could go either way regarding his trustworthiness, and his allegiance to Griffin. I know all of the readers are going to be kept on their toes wondering about Mr. Jack Hogue!

Lisa: They were all over the place! I’m not sure I can say more than that without giving too much away, but kudos to Jordan for keeping me off balance, with not only Jack but Nathaniel Turner and the Reverend Scarrow too.

Q: When we were discussing the book, I mentioned what I was noticing as a much “harsher” Christine – I’ve always loved her snark and strong sense of self, but in this book she comes off as even more aggressive at times – and you had some great insights as to her frame of mind. Care to share those thoughts with the readers?

Lisa: Yes. Man, I love Dr. Christine Putnam. She’s had to scrap her way to a place of esteem in both her field and the patriarchal society of the time. She really is a pioneer of feminism, and has had to hone a tough exterior to compete in a male dominated field. Case in point is the difference in character between Christine and Miss Parkhurst, whose position as a secretary was probably more the norm for a working woman at that time, and then imagine what it was like for Christine to establish her position of authority on digs where she was the one giving orders to her male crew. I think where losing the Egypt dig would have been a disappointment for a male counterpart, it probably stung a bit more for Christine. To put a finer point on it, it probably pissed her right off. It’s not a major setback, but the level of frustration must have been overwhelming.

Plus, she’s in a personal space with Iskander she likely didn’t envision for herself and, well… A slightly pricklier Christine made sense to me in Hoarfrost.

Jules: I completely agree. When put in the context of her losing the firman, she would absolutely be even more determined to prove herself, vehemently opposing any who looked to stand in her way. At times it was surprising that she seemed to be lumping her friends in with those who would oppress her, but I can’t imagine what it must have been like for a woman of her determination and capabilities trying to get ahead in her field.

Q: I’m always blown away by Jordan’s imagination, and how she perfectly ties the time period and these gentlemen (and lady), to these fantastical creatures and paranormal aspects. What did you think of the world building in Hoarfrost and how the otherworldly element was dealt with here?

Lisa: Awe inspiring, really. I love historical fiction, have for decades, and one of my biggest pet peeves is a novel that doesn’t give due respect to firmly grounding the reader in the time in which the book is set. While neither Widdershins nor the things that happen in this series ever existed in history, Jordan makes you believe they very well could have, and that’s the beauty of her skill as a writer. Not only is she a masterful wordsmith who can describe a setting with the perfect balance of detail and atmosphere, but she’s also a consummate storyteller, which, to me, isn’t the same thing as being an author. Being an author is writing the words, being a storyteller is having the imagination to bring those words to life in the mind’s eye. Jordan does this so well.

I loved the Alaskan setting. What a vast and otherwordly landscape the Yukon was, until man’s lust for gold and quest for riches brought outsiders to it. The alien-ness of the setting in Hoarfrost fit so perfectly with the supernatural storyline, the Northern Lights casting their eerie glow, and it opened up a whole new element for future books in the series, especially for Griffin, which I’ll never complain about.

Jules: I had never read anything like this prior to reading Widdershins, and after six books, I’m still completely amazed by the story, Every. Single. Time. You said it perfectly, Lisa… “…Jordan makes you believe they very well could have…” To create something that is completely not-of-this-world, and have your readers buying into it without question, is such a fantastic ability. Not one time, even when I can vividly see Whyborne and Griffin traipsing around and fighting off monsters in their suitcoats and leather oxfords, not one time have I ever thought, ‘Pffft…like that could ever happen.’ Storytelling like that isn’t something that can be taught.

Reading this book was a treat for me on another level, too, though, because having been to the Alaskan wilderness, I could picture so clearly the trail, and the mountains, and the glacier, etc…Jordan did a fabulous job of capturing the beauty, and really, the wildness of Alaska.

Q: I know I was highlighting like crazy, so you probably were, too. #HighlighterOrgy :D What was your favorite bit, or quote, in this book?

Jules: I have to pick two. I have a serious one – that also speaks to both of our answers regarding what we loved about being in Griffin’s head – and a funny one. ;) First the serious:

“I felt Ival. Felt his love for me, that didn’t care if I was broken. All the pieces of myself I’d laid at his feet over our years together, all the cracks that still showed where he helped me heal, didn’t matter. He loved me, beyond my ability to understand.”

Swoooooooooon!

And, this Whyborne classic absolutely killed me:

“Dear Lord, even the women here were manlier than me.”

Lisa: #HighlightOrgyFTW! Total highlight orgy. Yes, I love both of those! I’ll take another funny one:

Whyborne“I considered Dr. Gerritson a personal friend as well as a colleague, but he did have an unfortunate penchant for dressing in women’s underthings at work.”

That gave me happy LOLz because you can just see Whyborne blushing at the mere thought of it!

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Title: Hoarfrost
Series: Whyborne & Griffin: Book Six
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Publisher: Self-Published
Categories: Historical, Paranormal, Romance
Release Date: April 21, 2015

Blurb: Sorcerer Percival Endicott Whyborne and his husband Griffin Flaherty have enjoyed an unprecedented stretch of peace and quiet. Unfortunately, the calm is shattered by the arrival of a package from Griffin’s brother Jack, who has uncovered a strange artifact while digging for gold in Alaska. The discovery of a previously unknown civilization could revive the career of their friend Dr. Christine Putnam—or it might kill them all, if the hints of dark sorcery surrounding the find are true.

With Christine and her fiancé Iskander, Whyborne and Griffin must journey to the farthest reaches of the arctic to stop an ancient evil from claiming the life of Griffin’s brother. But in the rough mining camp of Hoarfrost, secrets fly as thickly as the snow, and Whyborne isn’t the only sorcerer drawn by the rumors of magic. And amidst a wilderness of ice and stone, Griffin must either face his greatest fear—or lose everyone he loves.

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Jordan L. HawkAbout the Author: Jordan L. Hawk grew up in North Carolina and forgot to ever leave. Childhood tales of mountain ghosts and mysterious creatures gave her a life-long love of things that go bump in the night. When she isn’t writing, she brews her own beer and tries to keep her cats from destroying the house. Her best-selling Whyborne & Griffin series (beginning with Widdershins) can be found in print, ebook, and audiobook at Amazon and other online retailers.

You can find Jordan on the internet at her Website, on Facebook and Twitter, or email her at jordanlhawk@gmail.com

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Release Day Review: Restless Spirits by Jordan L. Hawk

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Title: Restless Spirits (Spirits: Book One)

Author: Jordan L. Hawk

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 218 Pages

At a Glance: An Instant Favorite

Blurb: After losing the family fortune to a fraudulent psychic, inventor Henry Strauss is determined to bring the otherworld under control through the application of science. All he needs is a genuine haunting to prove his Electro-Séance will work. A letter from wealthy industrialist Dominic Gladfield seems the answer to his prayers. Gladfield’s proposition: a contest pitting science against spiritualism, with a hefty prize for the winner.

The contest takes Henry to Reyhome Castle, the site of a series of brutal murders decades earlier. There he meets his rival for the prize, the dangerously appealing Vincent Night. Vincent is handsome, charming…and determined to get Henry into bed.

Henry can’t afford to fall for a spirit medium, let alone the competition. But nothing in the haunted mansion is quite as it seems, and soon winning the contest is the least of Henry’s concerns.

For the evil stalking the halls of Reyhome Castle wants to claim not just Henry and Vincent’s lives, but their very souls.

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Review: With a brilliance I’ve come to rely upon with each new submission, Jordan L. Hawk has delivered another winning novel and has made me an immediate fan of her new Spirits series. Restless Spirits is a Gothic Horror novel in which the setting is as alive and integral to the plot as are the characters, their relationship to one another, and a malevolent spirit that imprisons them within its own hell.

One of the things that stood out for me as I started this book is that it wasn’t until a fair ways into it that the time in which the story takes place is firmly established. This is a Gaslight novel, but I’ll just throw out there for those readers who don’t usually gravitate toward Historical fiction: though Restless Spirits is set in the past, there is nothing within its pages that should dissuade you from reading it. Unless, of course, you don’t like a fantastic ghost story. Then there’s nothing I can say, really, to convince you to change your mind about picking this book up. But, that’s not going to stop me from trying.

Restless Spirits drew me in from page one, as medium Vincent Night is introduced in a rather macabre scenario that gives readers a mere glimpse of not only his gift but of the grief he harbors, a deep well of regret that has caused him to suppress his ability to channel spirits. As the story progresses, and he and his partner Lizzie Devereaux accept an invitation to perform an exorcism, the author sets up what will be the conflict between Vincent and inventor Henry Strauss, what becomes a rivalry filled with attraction and misperceptions.

For reasons quite valid to Henry, he and his cousin Jo have been working on a way to eliminate the human medium’s usefulness in channeling and exorcising the lingering imprints of the dead. Henry is going up against not only the luddites of the time to prove he’s right, but he’s also attempting to convince those who believe the human equation cannot be removed from communicating with the dead. The invitation and the chance to prove himself comes with a five-hundred dollar prize attached to it that he and Jo cannot afford to ignore. It’s money they’ll use to prove Henry’s advancements in science are valid, which will make people like Vincent and Lizzie, who are most assuredly frauds, obsolete.

Henry and Vincent, of course, get off to a wrong start from the moment they lay eyes on each other, and from there it’s a battle of mistrust, incorrect assumptions, and a competition to prove to their potential benefactor whose methods are the best to free Reyhome Castle of its ghosts. The sexual tension between Henry and Vincent is every bit as substantial as the danger they face from the ghost of the madman who murdered his family and now holds their spirits hostage within the walls of the castle, but it’s their individual pasts that inform every aspect of their interactions. And just when Henry begins to believe he may have been wrong is when Jordan L. Hawk lowers the boom, and evil feasts upon the ensuing unrest.

Hawk allows her readers to sleuth out the human element of danger in the storyline, which doesn’t do a thing to detract from the intrigue because it’s not the who but the why that is the true mystery. The big reveal is an exciting climax that was the perfect payoff to everything that led up to it. Danger and suspense at the turn of every page, twists and surprises and secrets revealed about the characters in this haunted mansion kept the action at a breathtaking high from start to finish. And, what appears to be true to form, this author has just penned a novel that is guaranteed to be on my “Best Books of 2015” list, no doubt about it.






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Exclusive Cover Reveal: Restless Spirits, Book One In A Brand New Series by Jordan L. Hawk

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I’m thrilled to reveal the cover for Restless Spirits, the first book in a brand-new paranormal historical series. The Spirits series takes place in the latter part of the 19th century, and features the adventures of a man of science, Henry Strauss, and spiritualist medium, Vincent Night. The series came about because I always wanted to write a haunted house story, and what better period to set it in than the Victorian era, when the interest in seances and spirits permeated all levels of society?

Restless Spirits releases on January 6, 2015.

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Blurb: After losing the family fortune to a fraudulent psychic, inventor Henry Strauss is determined to bring the otherworld under control through the application of science. All he needs is a genuine haunting to prove his Electro-Séance will work. A letter from wealthy industrialist Dominic Gladfield seems the answer to his prayers. Gladfield’s proposition: a contest pitting science against spiritualism, with a hefty prize for the winner.

The contest takes Henry to Reyhome Castle, the site of a series of brutal murders decades earlier. There he meets his rival for the prize, the dangerously appealing Vincent Night. Vincent is handsome, charming…and determined to get Henry into bed.

Henry can’t afford to fall for a spirit medium, let alone the competition. But nothing in the haunted mansion is quite as it seems, and soon winning the contest is the least of Henry’s concerns.

For the evil stalking the halls of Reyhome Castle wants to claim not just Henry and Vincent’s lives, but their very souls.

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Derrick Knight, Heidi Cullinan, J.A. Rock, Jay Northcote, Jordan L. Hawk, Joseph Lance Tonlet, Keira Andrews, L.B. Gregg, Lisa Henry, Meredith Shayne, Sandrine Gasq-Dion, Susan Mac Nicol

A Sneak Peek and An Uber-Unscientific Poll

TNA BadgeGreetings, everyone, and welcome back to a look at what we’ve got coming up in the week ahead, but first I’d love your feedback.

You may have missed it, but earlier this week I wrote a blog post about ratings. For two days, the review team here at TNA and I had long conversations about assigning numerical ratings to our reviews and, as Rena so deftly stated it, quantifying the unquantifiable. If you’ve seen the post, you know by now that I loathe ratings with every fiber of my being because it’s often little more than giving a number to something as intangible as the feelings we have for a book. Trust me when I tell you there are times it’s more difficult to come up with the number than it is to write the review, and, let’s face it, in the end it’s the words that matter with books, regardless of which side of them we land on—author or reader/reviewer.

So, what I’m asking of you today is to take a brief moment of your time, both readers and authors, please, to weigh in on my desire to do away with the numerical rating system here at The Novel Approach, and to simply allow our reviews to speak for themselves. In order to continue recognizing those books that we want to designate as standouts, however, they would be awarded the designation “A TNA Page Turner” (thank you for that, Taz!), because when we really love a book we do feel it should be offered a little special affection. :) I also welcome your comments on the subject below.

Many thanks and warm regards!

Now, here’s what’s up in the week ahead.

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MondaySusan Mac Nicol kicks off our week on the Love you Senseless blog tour, with a giveaway

Joseph Lance Tonlet also drops by today to talk a bit about his debut novel Grif’s Toy, and to give one lucky reader the chance to win an e-copy of the book

TuesdayL.B. Gregg was kind enough to take the time out of her writing schedule to answer a fiew questions for me on her There’s Something About Ari blog tour, and there’s a giveaway

Bottom Drawer Publications presents Meredith Shayne and the Cutting Out blog tour and giveaway

WednesdayJordan L. Hawk is here with an exclusive cover reveal her Brand New Series

Jay Northcote also joins us on the Nothing Series blog tour, with an interview and giveaway

ThursdayKeira Andrews is our guest today with a guest post and giveaway on the Semper Fi blog tour

Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock also stop by with an interview and giveaway on their Brandon Mills Versus the V-card blog tour

Friday – The holidays come early to The Novel Approach with Heidi Cullinan and the Sleigh Ride blog tour and giveaway

Then Derrick Knight joins us on the Miracle on Mistletoe Lane tour with a guest post and giveaway

SaturdaySandrine Gasq-Dion’s Strange Addiction blog tour makes a stop here with a giveaway

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And that does it for the week ahead. Thanks for being here and, as always, happy reading!

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5 Stars, Historical Romance, Jordan L. Hawk, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Rena, Self-Published

Review: Bloodline (Whyborne & Griffin: Book Five) by Jordan L. Hawk

Title: Bloodline (Whyborne & Griffin: Book Five)

Author: Jordan L. Hawk

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 236 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Between his bullying father and dissolute brother, Percival Endicott Whyborne has quite enough problematic family members to deal with. So when his sister returns to Widdershins asking for help solving the mystery of a derelict ship, Whyborne is reluctant to get involved. Until, that is, a brutal murderer strikes, leaving Whyborne and his lover Griffin no choice but to take the case. Continue reading

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B.G. Thomas, Deanna Wadsworth, GayRomLit, J.A. Rock, Jacob Z. Flores, Jordan L. Hawk, LE Franks, Lex Chase, Rhys Ford, Z.A. Maxfield

GayRomLit Virtual Gift Basket Giveaway: Basket Seven

1237Cheers, everyone! We’ve made it to the end, this is our final GRL Virtual Gift Basket Giveaway, but that doesn’t mean the giving is quite done yet. We have a final Grand Prize giveaway coming up tomorrow for one lucky GayRomLit attending reader, so be sure to stay tuned. And in case you missed them, there’s still time to enter in the Baskets Four (exp. at Midnight PT tonight), Five, and Six giveaways.

In the meantime, here’s what’s up for grabs in Basket Seven:

The Novel Approach: A $25 Amazon Gift Card
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Aleksandr Voinov, Alex Beecroft, Joanna Chambers, Jordan L. Hawk, Kaje Harper, KJ Charles, Self-Published, Tamara Allen

Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway – Another Place in Time Blog Tour: Unfair in Love and War by Kaje Harper

Welcome to another place in time…where one can be swept away into lands and eras long forgotten.

This collection of short stories was birthed because a sworn “I don’t like historicals” reader fell in love with what have become some of her favorite books by most of her favorite writers. Surprisingly, they were all historicals. Determined to make others feel the love, these authors were asked to contribute small tastes of how amazing historical storytelling can be.

Included in this anthology:

“Office Romance” by Tamara Allen
“Introducing Mr. Winterbourne” by Joanna Chambers
“The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh” by KJ Charles
“Unfair in Love and War” by Kaje Harper
“Carousel” by Jordan L. Hawk
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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Aleksandr Voinov, Alex Beecroft, Carol Lynne, Cleis Press, GayRomLit, Jayson James, Joanna Chambers, Jordan L. Hawk, K.A. Merikan, Kaje Harper, KJ Charles, Lexi Ander, Lisa Henry, Lynley Wayne, Sherrie Henry, Sophie Bonaste, T.A. Chase, Tamara Allen, Tere Michaels, Will Parkinson

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Lisa_avatar_twitter Happy Sunday, everyone, I hope you’ve had a great weekend so far!

We have an outstanding week ahead for you here at The Novel Approach, including the kickoff of our GayRomLit Virtual Gift Basket Giveaways–Gift Cards and E-books Galore. We’ll have three baskets to give away this week, and four next week, so be sure to stay tuned for that and so much more from our guest authors. And, of course, we’ll be bringing you many more reviews.

Here’s whats on tap!

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Monday – Kicking of the week, this week, is Will Parkinson on his Wet Paint Blog Tour and Giveaway

And joining us today as a first-time visitor, Lexi Ander stops by with a Guest Post and Giveaway on her Twin Flames Blog Tour

Tuesday – We’re winding down these final weeks of the Countdown to GRL Celebration with Sophie Bonaste today, on her Death Gets a Boyfriend Blog Tour and Giveaway

We’ll also be hosting the authors from the Authors Gone Wild Anthology

And, watch for the first of our seven Virtual Gift Basket Giveaways to go live today, which will include not only a $25 Gift Card to the e-tailer of the winner’s choice, but eight e-book titles from some of our participating authors

WednesdaySherrie Henry stops by with another Countdown to GRL Celebration visit

We’ll also be hosting the blog tour for the Historical Anthology Another Place in Time, featuring authors Tamara Allen, Joanna Chambers, KJ Charles, Kaje Harper, Jordan L. Hawk, Aleksandr Voinov, and Alex Beecroft

Round Two of the Gift Basket Giveaways happens today, with another $25 Gift Card to the e-tailer of the winner’s choice, as well as eight more e-books up for grabs

ThursdayLisa Henry stops in today on her Sweetwater Blog Tour

We’ll also be hosting author T.A. Chase today, on her Walking in the Rain Blog Tour

FridayLynley Wayne is here with an interview and giveaway on her Facing Demons Blog Tour

K.A. Merikan also drop in on their Guns n’ Boys Blog Tour

We also have another Virtual Gift Basket to give away today, featuring a $10 Gift Card to Are or Amazon, a $15 Gift Card to Dreamspinner Press, and seven more e-book titles

SaturdayJayson James is our guest today on his Pieces of Us Blog Tour

And we’ll also be hosting Tere Michaels on her Faith & Fidelity Blog Tour, with a Giveaway

Sunday – To bring a close to a fantastic week, today we’re hosting author Carol Lynne on The Brick Yard Blog Tour

We’ll also be hosting Cleis Press on their Men on the Make Anthology Blog Tour

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Exclusive Cover Reveal: Bloodline (Whyborne & Griffin 5) by Jordan L. Hawk

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Title: Bloodline
Release Date: October 7, 2014

Blurb: Between his bullying father and dissolute brother, Percival Endicott Whyborne has quite enough problematic family members to deal with. So when his sister returns to Widdershins asking for help with the mystery of a derelict ship, Whyborne is reluctant to get involved. Until, that is, a brutal murderer strikes, leaving Whyborne and his lover Griffin no choice but to take the case.
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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, B.G. Thomas, BA Tortuga, Carol Lynne, Charlie Cochet, Cover Reveal, Eileen Griffin, GayRomLit, Jordan L. Hawk, Kate Pavelle, Lex Chase, Nikka Michaels, Nikki Woolfolk, Shira Anthony

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week


Hello again, everyone! Can you believe it’s August already? I know! Me either.

We’ve got another great week coming up, filled with guest posts, giveaways, cover reveals, and, of course, more reviews.

Here’s what’s in store for the week ahead.


Monday – We’re kicking off the week in grand style today, with an Exclusive Cover Reveal and Excerpt from In the Raw, an upcoming release by Eileen Griffin and Nikka Michaels from Carina Press

Tuesday – We have our second Exclusive Cover Reveal of Jordan L. Hawk’s Bloodlines, Book Five in the Whyborne & Griffin Series

Kate Pavelle also joins us today on the Breakfall Blog Tour, and she’ll be offering a giveaway on her visit

We’re also participating today in Shira Anthony’s Blue Notes Book Blast, so be sure to watch for that

WednesdayCharlie Cochet joins us today for a Countdown to GRL Celebration on the Blood & Thunder (THIRDS: Book Two) Blog Tour

ThursdayCarol Lynne makes a stop here at The Novel Approach today, on her Snake Charmer Blog Tour, during which you’ll have the chance to enter a giveaway

FridayBA Tortuga stops by today to talk cowboys on the Midnight Rodeo: Homecoming Blog Tour

SaturdayNikki Woolfork joins us on the The Men of Summerly Blog Tour, with a Giveaway

Sunday – And finally, B.G. Thomas ends a great week for us on the Summer Lover Blog Tour, with a giveaway

And that rounds out the week ahead. Until next time, happy reading!

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5 Stars, Jordan L. Hawk, Reviewed by Lisa, Self-Published

Jordan L. Hawk’s “Summoner of Storms” Packs A Paranormal Punch


How much more awesome was an unexpected salvation?” ― China Miéville


Title: Summoner of Storms (SPECTR #6)

Author: Jordan L. Hawk

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count:

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Federal exorcist John Starkweather’s life is in tatters. His best friend Sean betrayed him. SPECTR, the agency he viewed more as a surrogate family than an employer, wants him dead. His only allies are members of the mysterious organization called the Vigilant, whose motives remain in question.
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Jordan L. Hawk Is Here Today To Celebrate The Release Of “Summoner of Storms” With A GRL Countdown Giveaway


2014GRL_BlogTour_sq200x200Ordinarily when I’m writing a series, I take a fairly loose approach. I have an idea of what the series is about (and then get to book 3 and realize what the series is really about after all), which shapes the direction I want to take the characters, but no more than that. This is a bit surprising, really, given I’m the Queen of the Three Act Structure when it comes to plotting out individual books. Seriously, Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat! Strikes Back! changed my life.
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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Charlie Cochet, GayRomLit, Jordan L. Hawk, KJ Charles, Lex Chase, Lisa Worrall, Mary Calmes, Nikka Michaels, S.A. McAuley, SE Jakes

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week – And , P.S., I Need Reviewers


Hi, everyone, I hope you’ve all had a great week.

Before I get to the week ahead, I’m looking for a few good reviewers. If you, or anyone you know, loves to read, will read from a variety of sub-genres (though that’s not a deal breaker), and loves to devour books then share your opinion on them, please fill out the contact form below because I want you to join the team.

Previous experience isn’t necessary, but if you review on your own blog, Amazon, or Goodreads, I’d like to read a sample of your work, so please leave a URL link in the comment box as well.

I look forward to hearing from you!
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Jordan L. Hawk Joins Us Today To Celebrate The Countdown To GRL, The Release Of “Necropolis”, And There’s A Giveaway!


2014GRL_BlogTour_sq200x200TNA: Hi, Jordan, welcome back! It’s always great to have you here with us. For readers who may not have had the chance to be introduced to you before, why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself to get things started?

Jordan: I live in NC, not terribly far from where I spent the majority of my childhood. My ancestors brewed moonshine, so I keep up some of the family tradition brewing beer and mead in my spare time. I live with my wonderful husband (and beta reader) David and our three very cute cats.
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5 Stars, Jordan L. Hawk, Reviewed by Lisa, Self-Published

Danger Follows Whyborne & Griffin Halfway Around The World In “Necropolis”


“These are the times that try men’s souls.” ― Thomas Paine


Title: Necropolis (Whyborne & Griffin #4)

Author: Jordan L. Hawk

Publisher: Self-Pubbed

Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Introverted scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne has spent the last few months watching his lover, Griffin Flaherty, come to terms with the rejection of his adoptive family. So when an urgent telegram from Christine summons them to Egypt, Whyborne is reluctant to risk the fragile peace they’ve established. Until, that is, a man who seems as much animal as human tries to murder Whyborne in the museum.
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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Anais Morgan, Backlist Book Bump, GayRomLit, Hayden Thorne, Jordan L. Hawk, Nikka Michaels, Paul Alan Fahey, Rain Carrington, Taylor V. Donovan

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week


Hi, everyone, I hope you’ve all had an outstanding week. We’ve got another fun-filled seven days coming up, with more guest posts, interviews, giveaways and reviews to come.

Here’s what’s on tap for the week ahead.

MondayTaylor V. Donovan kicks off the week on the Hearsay Blog Tour

And Kris Jacen drops in as well, with a guest article about con etiquette

TuesdayHayden Thorne drops back in for a visit to promote her new book Wollstone, and she’s also offering a giveaway

WednesdayAnais Morgan is our guest today with a guest post and giveaway

ThursdayJordan L. Hawk stops in for a Countdown to GRL visit and to chat a bit about the latest book in the Whyborne & Griffin series, Necropolis

FridayNikka Michaels is our guest on her Lip Service Blog Tour, and there’s a giveaway

SaturdayRain Carrington is our guest with a Backlist Book Bump and giveaway

SundayPaul Alan Fahey is here with a guest post and giveaway for his latest novel Too Long Among the Dead

And that rounds out the week ahead. Until next week, happy reading!

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