Category: Paranormal

Review: Shades of Memory (The Diamond City Magic Novel)

I’m a huge fan of Diana Pharaoh Francis, so when I saw the next book in The Diamond City Magic series was released, I quickly snatched it up! Who doesn’t love magic and mayhem, right?!

Title: Shades of Memory (The Diamond City Magic Novel) : Book 4

Author: Diana Pharaoh Francis

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Bell Bridge Books via NetGalley

Release date: November 2017

Pages:272

ASIN : B075FYM4CV

Rating: 

DESCRIPTION:

Riley’s lost the last damned thing she’s willing to lose. She’s declaring war and prisoners are optional.

After escaping the FBI, Riley and her family have become fugitives, and not just from the law. Every bad guy on the planet wants a piece of Riley. Gregg has been kidnapped. Worse than that, Price’s newly discovered magic is dangerously out of control, and her own is trying to kill her. She has little time to worry about any of that before all hell breaks loose in Diamond City, and she finds herself smack dab in the crossfire.

With the clock ticking down, Riley gathers her friends and family to execute a Hail Mary plan that will pit them against seven of the most dangerous thugs in Diamond City, a serial killer, Riley’s psychopath father, and a mysterious billionaire with plans of his own. If she succeeds, she makes herself an even bigger target. If she fails, everybody she cares about dies.

But the shadows hold danger even Riley will never see coming . . . .

 

REVIEW:

I’m a huge fan of The Diamond City Magic Novels. I love dark urban fantasy books, and this series is one of the best. Diana Pharaoh Francis writing is right on point and highly entertaining. What I enjoy most about these books is the unpredictability of the story line. Riley is snarky, smart and doesn’t take sh*t from anyone, not to mention she has a unique magical talent that can be nearly unstoppable…when it’s working. What makes her a complete package is her vulnerability and her compassion for others. The supporting cast of characters are fantastic, their foibles highly entertaining, the tension between them adding another dimension to the story.

I had a little trouble getting into this book, the first chapter didn’t capture me immediately, but I’m glad I kept reading. The rest of the book well made up for it…until I reached the harsh cliffhanger ending. The story just stopped in the middle of the action—I wasn’t ready for the book to be over yet! Despite the rocky beginning and abrupt ending, I enjoyed getting to know Riley, Price and their group of friends again in their latest adventure. I can’t wait for the next book. These novels are a part of a series and cannot be read as a stand alone. 

 

Previous books in the series:

 

Electric Storm...Sale!

To celebrate my new release, I’m having a sale this weekend on the first book of my Raven Investigations series – Electric Storm. The book is on sale at Kobo for only $0.99! So grab your copy now. After Monday, it will be back to its normal price. 

Electric Storm by Stacey Brutger

 
Blurb: 

Everything changed when Raven, a natural born conduit, accidentally walks in on a slave auction. She only wants a night out with her friends before her next case as a paranormal liaison with the police. Instead, she ends up in possession of a shifter and his guardian. When your touch can kill, living with two touchy-feely shifters is a disaster waiting to happen.

 

To make matters worse, a vicious killer is on the loose. As mutilated bodies turn up, she can’t help fear that her new acquisitions are keeping secrets from her. The strain of keeping everyone alive, not to mention catching the killer, pushes her tenuous control of her gift and her emotions to their limits. If they hope to survive, they must work together as a pack or risk becoming hunted themselves.

New Release - Academy of Assassins

Academy of Assassins

 

I’m thrilled to announce the release of my new urban fantasy series: 

Academy of Assassins – An Academy of Assassins Novel : Book 1

 

I think the cover artist, Amanda Kelsey, did a fantastic job, don’t you?

 

Here is a little blurb for you: 

 

ONLY ONE THING STANDS BETWEEN HUMANS AND THE DEADLY SUPERNATURAL WORLD…THE ACADEMY OF ASSASSINS.

 

Abandoned as a child and unable to remember her past, Morgan was raised as a hunter, one of an elite group of fighters sworn to protect humans from the dangerous paranormal creatures who invade our world…creatures such as herself. Her life changes the day she’s summoned to the Academy of Assassins, a school that trains witches and hunters to eradicate paranormals who prey on humans. Her first assignment—find and eliminate the killer who is using the Academy as their own personal hunting ground. 

 

As Morgan delves deeper into the investigation, she will need to dodge assassination attempts, avoid the distraction of romantic entanglements with the devilishly handsome security expert, Kincade, and his maddeningly overprotective teammates, while keeping the volatile magic in her blood concealed from those who would use it for their own purposes. When the danger increases and the school is threatened, Morgan must unearth her missing memories before someone finishes the job they started so long ago—killing her and unleashing a plague that will consume the world.

 

An Academy of Assassins Novel : Book 1

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I’m really excited to see what everyone thinks of Morgan and her crew of assassins! 

Since it’s Halloween, I couldn’t resist including an excerpt where Morgan and her men clear out a warehouse infested with gremlins!

 

Excerpt: 

A shadow flew overhead. When Morgan tipped her head back, she saw a dozen creatures no more than two feet high leap the fifteen feet across the aisle. She threw a blade, managed to hit one, but her weapon bounced harmlessly off its hard, reptilian hide. They scampered up the shelving and disappeared into the boxes as her blade clanked harmlessly to the ground.

 

There appeared to be three different varieties. The majority of them were varying shades of green, covered with warts and black, oily spots. Those were the males. The younger ones were a light tan, slightly smaller, but no less deadly. A couple had bright yellow bellies, but no less hideous. They were the females. Their eyes were pure red, their black pupils narrow slits. Some had distinctive stripes, while others were marked with scars, whether from battle or decoration, she wasn’t sure.

 

One evil little critter, slightly bigger than the rest, glared down at her from his crouched position, his scars prominent on his body, a bold slash gouging deep ruts across his face. He was the commander, battle-hardened and vindictive about having his space invaded. His large ears were thin and leathery, swiveling to catch even the slightest sound, the left one kinked where it had nearly been torn off. His claw-tipped hands were wrapped around the metal grates of the shelving, his arms almost as long as his entire body, which made climbing and running on all fours easier.

 

This one appeared to be covered with some kind of goo that dripped down the shelves. The ammonia smell was nearly enough to knock her out. Tuffs of scraggly hair struck up from the top of his head. He sneered, revealing dozens and dozens of bloody, razor-sharp teeth.

 

He lifted his hand and gave her the finger, then quickly ducked behind the boxes with his mates.

 

Both sides of the shelving erupted in giggles.

 

“We’re sitting ducks down here. We need to head up.” She peered at Draven, and he backed up a step, as if reading something in her expression. Morgan smiled grimly. “How do you feel about being bait?”

 

He grimaced, then glanced up at the top of the shelving thirty feet in the air. “Better than I feel about being an acrobat. You’re faster than I am, more flexible.”

 

Morgan sheathed her weapon. When she went to retrieve the one that had fallen, he grabbed her arm. “No undue risks. Don’t let them draw you away. Yell if you get into trouble.”

 

“Understood. Go. I’ll let them follow you, then climb.”

 

Ryder hesitated a moment longer, clearly not wanting to leave her alone, then huffed out a resigned sigh. “Kincade is going to kill me.”

 

With that cryptic remark, he turned on his heel and ran down the aisle, whistling a jaunty tune. While a few remained behind to watch her, the majority clearly saw her as no threat, and clambered across the boxes in pursuit.

 

Not wasting a second, Morgan leapt up, grabbed the edge of the third shelf and began to climb. Angry chittering erupted above her, and she spotted four gremlins arguing, appearing distress when she didn’t collapse on the floor, weeping in terror at the sight of them.

 

When they fell silent, the hair on the back of her neck stood on end. She leaned back to get a good look at them, unnerved to find the four of them staring down at her with yellowish eyes and malicious smiles that didn’t bode well.

 

Two clambered down, one lashing out at Morgan’s hands and arms, aiming his claws for her face, while the other one dove for her legs. She swung at the one trying to gouge out her eyeballs, but it scampered out of arm’s reach. The second one latched onto her legs like a deranged monkey, using his teeth and claws to gnaw at her leathers like she was his own personal chew toy.

 

“Son of a bitch.” Pain shot up her leg as he began to shake his head, his teeth sawing back and forth, and she wondered if the little beast was trying to tear out a hunk of her flesh or rip her leg off altogether.

 

Not to be outdone, the first gremlin lunged for her face. Morgan swatted the claws away, and nearly lost her balance in the process.

 

All the while, the two remaining on top ripped open the boxes and began lobbing metal spoons at her, one going so far as to bean her on the head when she didn’t dodge fast enough.

 

“Enough.”

 

She never realized something so small could bedevil her so much.

 

She reached out, ignoring the claws digging into the fleshy part of her hand, snagged the toothpick-like leg of the nearest gremlin and flung the creature as far as she could. The gremlin gave a scream of anger as he flew through the air before splatting across the floor, leaving a black smear behind him, his little body ending up a twisted mess.

 

Then, to her consternation, he lumbered to his feet and limped off, dragging his damaged leg behind him, leaving a trail of dark ooze.

 

The monster on her leg gave a scream of rage and renewed his attack.

 

“Get.” She brought up her leg and slammed the creature into one of the metal posts. “Off.”

 

Slam.

 

“Me!”

 

The critter clanged against the metal like a gong, then dropped like a rock to the ground, landing with a surprisingly solid thud for something so small. He turned and hissed at her with evil eyes, quickly dragging himself under the shelving, and Morgan couldn’t help but shiver at the malice.

 

And received another bash across the back of her head, reminding her she still wasn’t alone. As she reached the top, one leaned over and screamed, the high-pitched sound threatening to make her ears bleed.

 

Not to be outdone, Morgan screamed back at him in frustration.

 

The gremlin was so startled, his mouth snapped shut, and he staggered back, hastily covering his ears.

 

Of course.

 

Their large ears meant they were sensitive to even the slightest noise.

 

Morgan snatched at the next spoon aimed for her head and beat it against the metal. The creatures cowered, grabbed their ears, twisting away to escape. In seconds, they turned tail and ran.

 

Morgan breathed a sigh of relief and dropped the spoon.

 

If there had been more of them, they would’ve overwhelmed her, using their sharp teeth and claws and whittled her flesh down to bones in a matter of minutes.

 

A deep foreboding tore through her chest, until she thought her heart was being ripped out. “Draven.”

 

 

Academy of Assassins

 

I hope you enjoyed meeting the Assassins. To find out what happens next, be sure to visit Amazon.com:


 

I hope everyone has a safe and Happy Halloween!


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Good News...

It’s been forever since I’ve posted on my blog…my bad! But the good news—I’ve been busy. Academy of Assassins has officially been sent off to the editor. I should get the first round of edits back next week. Whoohoo!

 

The book ended up nearly twice as long as I originally planned, but I think you’ll really enjoy Morgan and her protectors. Think Gargoyles, Hellhounds, Wraiths, Titans, Gremlins and so much more. :) Here is a sneak peek of the blurb…

ONLY ONE THING STANDS BETWEEN HUMANS AND THE DEADLY SUPERNATURAL WORLD…THE ACADEMY OF ASSASSINS.

 

Abandoned as a child and unable to remember her past, Morgan was raised as a hunter, one of an elite group of fighters sworn to protect humans from the dangerous paranormal creatures who invade our world…creatures such as herself. Her life changes the day she’s summoned to the Academy of Assassins, a school that trains witches and hunters how to eradicate paranormals who prey on humans. Her first assignment—find and eliminate the killer who is using the Academy as his own personal hunting ground.

 

Three witches have died in circumstances disturbingly similar to her own disappearance over a decade ago…one Morgan barely survived. As she delves deeper into the investigation, she runs afoul of the devilishly handsome security expert, Kincade, and his maddeningly charming team members. They make her forget her duty, make her wish for something other than the bleak future of violence and death most lone hunters face.

 

As Morgan closes in on the killer, she will need to dodge assassination attempts, avoid romantic entanglements with the security team—who drive her to distraction with their overprotectiveness—while keeping the infection of dark magic in her blood contained. To survive, Morgan must unearth her missing memories before someone finishes the job they started so long ago—killing her and unleashing a plague that will consume the world.

Giveaway....

Look what I got in the mail…Author Copies! 

Electric Night

To celebrate, I’m giving away two of these bad boys. If you want one, head over to GoodReads (link below or in the sidebar) and enter the contest!
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Can’t wait? Click on the image above to order your own copy (Amazon). *grin*

 

 

 
Electric Night by Stacey Brutger

Electric Night

by Stacey Brutger

Giveaway ends April 24, 2017.

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