4.5 Stars, Reviewed by Lisa, Samhain Publishing, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, Vaughn R. Demont

Release Day Review: Breaking Ties by Vaughn R. Demont

Title: Breaking Ties (Broken Mirror: Book Four)

Author: Vaughn R. Demont

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

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At a Glance: Breaking Ties is a right fun way to spend some time getting lost in a book.

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: A sidekick’s work is never done.

Kicked out of his family, fetching coffee for idiots, out of cash, and usually starving, Spencer Crain is a shadow of his former self. And more certain than ever that living a normal, serious life is the last thing a Coyote should shoot for.

When he gets the chance to investigate a troll/sidhe gunfight at Under The Bridge, he can’t drop “office intern” from his résumé fast enough. Even if it means bringing the last person he ever thought he’d see again back into his life—his father.

James Black, the Sorcerer King, was taking an inordinately long time to choose a draconic protector, but his kidnapping by dragons seems a little extreme. It’s up to Spence to navigate Fae politics, work the Feud, bring down a murderous order of sidhe knights, and heroically save James, the man he loves. Assisted by the guy James has been dating.

Ain’t love grand?

Warning: This novel contains a Coyote doing the ultimate thankless job—the sidekick—dragon-shifter sorcerers, Dwarves, pop-culture references, and a shotgun that shoots lightning bolts. Freakin’ lightning bolts, people!

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Review: By all the gods and monsters and men, I adore this series. I just do. Vaughn R. Demont returns with our favorite Coyote trickster Spencer Jensen Crain, taking readers along on another action packed adventure filled with danger, drama, laughs and, yes, maybe even a few sniffles.

Breaking Ties, book four in the Broken Mirrors series, is a transition book, told in multiple points-of-view. While “transition book” may not be the technical literary term for it, what that means to me is the action in this installment of the series somewhat takes a backseat to the development of its main characters; oh, there’s still plenty of action to be found–what would a Broken Mirrors book be without a few chase scenes, after all? But in this series, your car just gets creamed by dragons.

While Spencer is still a walking encyclopedia of pop culture who lives nearly every waking hour of every day as if it’s been scripted by Fate in a comedy-fantasy-drama mashup, Love has come along now and sucker-punched poor Spence right in the enlightenment, and whaddaya know? For better or worse, he’s not quite the Coyote everyone expects him to be. I loved the very human side of Spencer we get to know in this book because, really, all he seems to want at this point is to be good enough for James, even if it means denying himself the one thing he truly wants—which is James.

If only James weren’t already in love with Ozzie, the dwarf. Ah, ain’t love grand, indeed…

James, Ozzie, and even Slartibartfast (yes, I know, just read the books) have a chance to tell their sides of the story in Breaking Ties, which I felt was essential as an alternative to the 3rd person omniscient narrative. A new path is being laid in the City, and it was important to see how the twists and turns thrown in affected each character. James is learning more about what it means to be the Ra’Keth, and we learn a secret about him, too, that…whoa…even James doesn’t know about James. And Ozzie, for his part in the best laid plans, does something that unintentionally altered things for James and Spencer, which was probably Fate’s intent all along, anyway. One of the great things about the way Fate plays a role in these books is that no matter what happens, or how it happens, or to whom it happens, it means everything–regardless of the actions, reactions, and decisions these characters make–would still dump them at the same place. They are all moving through a grand and elaborate design, played by Dungeons & Dragons rules, where there may be multiple courses to follow but they all lead to the outcome that’s meant to be, which I suppose could make Vaughn R. Demont Fate in this scenario. Hm, now there’s something to chew on…

There’s a lot to absorb in this book, every bit of it relevant to the moving forward of the storyline and its characters and the world in which they live. Some of it’s just plain weird and wonderful, some of it touching in an entirely too human way, which is where the sniffles happened when a character gets a bit of redemption–but not too much. Just enough. Demont’s delivery, as usual, has a charm all its own, his sense of humor is all kinds of out there and utterly delightful, drawing his characters—from dragon to fae to sorcerers and coyotes and whatever else you can imagine—to life in a fantastical and vivid way.

I think all you’d have to do to love this series is bring your imagination to the reading of it, engage your love of the wacky and absurd, and embrace a world where every manner of mythological creature can and does exist. It’s a right fun way to spend time getting lost in a book.






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It’s A Coastal Magic Countdown Interview And Giveaway With Vaughn R. Demont

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Hello all. This is Lynn, and I’m coming to you as a featured blogger for The Coastal Magic Convention. This PNR/UF con is happening in February in Daytona Beach. My featured author for this month is Vaughn R. Demont. I had the pleasure of reading his novel House of Stone a while ago and absolutely loved it. He’s an author not to be missed. For our spotlight post, Vaughn was kind enough to answer a few questions for us… Continue reading

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Blake Santerre, Charlie Cochet, Coastal Magic Convention, Cover Reveal, Deanna Wadsworth, Ethan Stone, J.P. Barnaby, Jordan Castillo Price, Neil Plakcy, RJ Scott, T.A. Chase, Vaughn R. Demont

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

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

We’ve got some great blog tours, giveaways, and reviews coming up in the week ahead, and speaking of reviews, we’re welcoming a new reviewer to the TNA team this week (watch for more soon). Chris comes to us with lots of blogging and social media experience, and I’m looking forward to her first official review. In the meantime, here’s a little bit about Chris in her own words.
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Vaughn R. Demont Talks Hades, Craincest, Blonde Jokes, And There’s A Giveaway



TNA: Hi, Vaughn, thanks so much for being here with us today. Why don’t we start out by having you tell us a little bit about yourself, hobbies, interests, things we might not know about you but should?
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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week


Hi, everyone, I hope you’ve all had a great week! As you can see, we’ve got another busy seven days ahead, filled with more GRL Countdown visitors, giveaways, interviews, and, of course, more reviews from the team for you.

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

MondayKatey Hawthorne kicks the week right off with a GRL Celebration visit and giveaway

TuesdayCon Riley is our guest today on the Recovery Blog Tour, and there will also be a giveaway

We also have author D.T. Peterson visiting with an interview and the chance for TEN lucky readers to win a copy of his novel The Cove

WednesdayKimber Vale drops by on her Double Takes Blog Tour, and she’s also got a giveaway for you

Jaime Reese is with us today as well, to talk a little bit about her new book A Hunted Man, and she’ll be offering a giveaway

A.J. Corza also joins us today with another installment of Got You Covered

ThursdaySusan Mac Nicol pops in to work a little Double Alchemy for us, and there’s a giveaway

FridayKrissy Bells kicks off the day with a guest article about her book Fag, why she chose such a jarring and provocative title, and there’s a giveaway

Kol Anderson also drops in with a giveaway of his new novel The Perfect Place, and Lynn reviews the book

SaturdayJaime Samms is our guest today with another Countdown to GRL visit

Sunday – And finally, to round out the week, I had the opportunity to interview author Vaughn R. Demont, and he’s giving away all three books in the Broken Mirrors series to one lucky reader

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

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Vaughn R. Demont’s “House of Stone” Is A Solidly Great Read


“We are living dreams, after all, that can just as quickly become nightmares.” – Vaughn R. Demont


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Author: Vaughn R. Demont

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 296 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: A modern knight, a noble quest, and a magical sword. What could go wrong?
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Vaughn R. Demont Does “Community Service” So Very Well


“Yep, some days you’re just Fate’s bitch, know what I’m saying?” – Vaughn R. Demont


Title: Community Service (Broken Mirrors #3)

Author: Vaughn R. Demont

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 287 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Never forget what you are.
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Vaughn R. Demont Strikes In The Same Place Twice With Lightning Rod (Broken Mirrors #2)


“Reality means you live until you die…the real truth is nobody wants reality.” ― Chuck Palahniuk


Title: Lightning Rod (Broken Mirrors #2)

Author: Vaughn R. Demont

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 312 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Always stand. Never fall.
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Vaughn R. Demont’s “Coyote’s Creed” Is An Urban Fantasy Worth Howling About


“It takes all kinds to make the world, right? Hell, you’re looking at a bisexual half-Coyote small-time grifter, and in the last week I’ve stolen, committed fraud and assault, and nearly killed someone. Who the hell am I to pass judgment?” – Vaughn R. Demont


Title: Coyote’s Creed (Broken Mirrors, #1)

Author: Vaughn R. Demont

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 273 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Always have an ace up your sleeve.
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