I’m so pumped for Day One of the Blogger Book Fair which consists of 200 bloggers and authors, sharing their love for the written word!
Authors are generous, kind, humble folk. So I’m offering my blog as a platform for scribes to share the love for other scribes. That’s right. It’s a lovefest all week! (Feel free to “pay it forward” to another author in the comment section and let them know so they can name someone else and so on, and so on.)
Today’s Pay It Forward begins with fantasy and horror writer Noree Cosper!
“I first met Peter Dawes on Twitter. We were involved in a discussion about whether vampires had outworn their welcome in fiction. We both agreed they hadn’t but missed the times when vampires weren’t such pansies (ok maybe neither of us said that exact word, but it was implied!) If vampires had to be humane, we wanted to see a struggle for that humanity. Dawes stated that The Vampire Flynn was one such creature. So, I picked up the series. I was amazed at the world I entered.
I became good friends with Peter. Recently, Peter came out with her true name. The author, Jules admitted she’s been writing under her character’s name for some time. Though, some of us thought that she was still a he. I admire her bravery for revealing the truth. So, my Pay It Forward is to Peter Dares/Jules. You make one hell of a team. You can find more about Jules at The Man Behind the Curtain.
Here are my reviews of The Vampire Flynn series:
The Vampires: If you have read my blog about vampires you know I am wanted to see vampires as monsters depicted in novels again. Or if they want to hold onto their humanity, I want to see a struggle. This book gives me both is spades. Though the vampire mythos is standard, because they are depicted as monsters makes it even better.
Voice/Writing Style: One word comes to mind: elegant. It flows so easily that my eyes devour the next sentence and the next. I can never call my style elegant, but I truly admire those that can achieve this.
Characters: This was defiantly a character focused story and not plot focused. Every character is well defined, even the tertiary characters. I could see their own motivations and. even though the story was in first person, I felt that each character acted like they were the hero in their own story. Peter takes me down to the pit of depravity and then brings the light with his quest for redemption. Monica was sassy and smart and I loved Robin.
Point of View: The story is really a psychological journey of Peter, so I like that it is written in first person. It takes you so deep into Peter that we can feel his struggle. Though, I’m a big fan of First Person anyway.
Themes: This book really explores humanity, and the struggle of one’s self. Peter struggles reconciling the man and the monster throughout most of the book. Also, on a more subtle level is the question of freedom. Are you responsible for the deeds you have done if you were manipulated? The author presents both of these theme beautifully.
Action: Vampires fighting vampires. Let me just say that this is not a book you should let your kids read. It is dark and it is violent. I love it.
The Bad: I really don’t have much to say about this. Yes, the beginning started off a little slow, but it built up to the end, which was well worth it. When I got to the last few pages I wanted more.
Overall: You should buy this book! Seriously, this is a hidden jewel that needs more light.
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Rebirth of the Seer
Mr. Dawes has done it again.
The continuation of Eyes of the Seer was well worth the wait. The last book delved deep into the mind of a sociopathic killer, and we watched his struggle and rise from his murdering ways. This book is more story focused. We still get to see Peter’s struggle but we also got to see more of the antagonists, from narrow minded sorcerers to bloodthirsty vampires.
This story explores other characters as well. You learn more about Monica here (Love Monica!) and meet a few new players. Mr. Dawes style is still very elegant.
Once again, This is my kind of vampire book. If you haven’t read it yet, pick up this series.
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Noree Cosper loves writing about magic in the modern world. While growing up in Texas she constantly searched for mystical elements in the mundane. She buried her nose in both fiction and books about Wicca, Religion, and Mythology. Everyday became an adventure as she joined a group of role-players, acting out her fantasies of vampires, demons, and monsters living in the world.
She embraced her nerdom wholeheartedly.
Noree grew, but never left her love for fantasy and horror. Her dreams pushed her and her hand itched to write the visions she saw. So, with her fingers on the keys, she did what her heart had been telling her to do since childhood. She wrote.
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Ninety years ago, Gabriella di Luca promised to protect the family of her dying lover. She failed to keep that promise. She was too far away to stop the devil that murdered the eldest Van Helsing son. Years later, Gabby learns the devil has resurfaced. She arrives in Hampton, TX, determined to stop the devil before it can lay a bloody hand on the remaining three brothers.
However, madness is spreading through Hampton. She suspects the devil is using this madness to test a drug which has a side effect of demonic possession. Gabby rushes to end the source of the madness only to fall victim to it. For a woman cursed with eternal life, dying is no threat. However, Gabby must stop the devil’s plot or risk losing her most precious possession: her mind.
A Prescription for Delirium is free during the Blogger Book Fair, July 22nd-26th!
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