Monday, August 13, 2012

James R. Tuck

Originally scheduled to appear here on February 5 on his blog tour for Blood and Bullets.

Better late than never......



DON'T BE SHY
James R. Tuck

One of my favorite things about being a writer is the chance to meet people who have read my books. I love it. Instantly there is a connection. I put part of myself into the book and they absorbed that. They know me to a certain extent. If you have read my book then you now know how I think.

You see the reader and writer relationship is one of intimacy. The writer puts themselves into the book. They spend hours and hours pouring themselves into the story, pulling parts of their soul out to use as the clay from which characters and storylines are sculpted. We open doors inside ourselves than most people leave closed. We strip naked and lay on the page, covered only in words that are strung together.

And you join us.

You, Dear Reader, sign on to wallow around in our misery, to exult in our triumphs, and to cheer us on as we chase the story dragon. (He's a slippery bastard! And tricky. And mean. And wonderful.) You spend hours of your life exploring the twists and turns of our mind like a labyrinth with a treasure on one end and murderous zombie Minotaur on the other.

When you immerse yourself in our story and really enjoy a book that is an intimate experience. For that window of time you and I are one.

So when I meet you for the first time we actually already know each other. We have spent hours together killing bloodsuckers or driving a boss 1966 Mercury Comet, ripping up the roads looking for monsters to slay. We have fought together. We have suffered together. We have sacrificed together. And we have come out the other side. We have seen the dawn together and survived another bloody night.

So keep this in mind when you meet me, or any other writer, in public. Come up. Talk to us. We love you. So don't be shy. Introduce yourself. We won't turn you away.

I promise.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Blood and Bullets

First in the Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty Hunter series by James R. Tuck


Summary

Since hunting down the monster who took the lives of his wife and children five years ago, occult bounty-hunter Deacon Chalk has lived by only one rule. He does not work for the monsters. He kills them. So why would a vampire try to hire him as protection against another monster hunter? 

After enforcing his only rule Deacon goes to meet the target, a vampire slayer named Nyteblade. Professional courtesy demands he tell this Nyteblade the vampires are hiring people to kill him. Deacon finds the vampire slayer waiting in an alley – waiting to stake him. He discovers that Nyteblade is a bumbling, fumbling, wanna-be instead of a badass vampire hunter. Someone who needs saving from monsters instead of the other way around. This is proven when a horde of vampires descend and he has to escape while trying to keep Nyteblade alive. 

Someone has set Deacon up. Someone wants him dead. Someone should have sent more vampires.

Bound and determined, Deacon will find out who tried to kill him no matter how many bloodsuckers, were-spiders, cursed immortals, undead strippers, or insanely powerful hell-bitches he has to wade through. It's going to be a long night.

After the teasing little novella That Thing at the Zoo, we are given Deacon's first full-length novel in Blood and Bullets. James does a wonderful job of pulling you into the story, and again, I just didn't want to stop reading.

Deacon hunts vampires, and pretty much anything else that goes bump in the night. This is a man who has absolutely nothing else to lose. He's already lost it all; his family, and even his humanity.

Deacon has friends who have bonded with him through unspeakable events. His two main allies are Kat and Father Mulcahy, two people who couldn’t be more different. Deacon runs his business from the back of Polecats. I love that he uses the profits from a strip club to hunt monsters. And that all of his dancers act as his assistants, as all of their lives have been affected by evil.

I am quite taken with Father Mulcahy, a Catholic priest, who not only provides him with all the Holy Water he needs for putting down vampires, but is also pretty handy with a rifle.

In Blood and Bullets, a vampire tries to hire Deacon for protection, but he doesn't work for monsters. He gives in to his curiosity, only to be ambushed. Now he has to follow the line of vampires back to whomever or whatever is controlling them, and encounters a surprising and unforeseen danger.

But then again, Deacon is no stranger to that...

And a vampire never sparkles unless they just ate a stripper.

Indeed.

I can't wait to read the next installment of the series; Blood and Silver.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

New Author

Alex Hughes will be stopping by here on September 6 during the blog tour for Clean.



From the back cover;

A RUTHLESS KILLER-OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND

I used to work for the Telepath's Guild before they kicked me out for a drug habit that was not entirely my fault. Now I work for the cops, helping Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino put killers behind bars.

My ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes me the best interrogator in the department. But the normals keep me on a short leash. When the Tech Wars ripped the world apart, the Guild stepped in to save it. But they had to get scary to do it-real scary.

Now the cops don;t trust the telepaths, the Guild doesn't trust me, a serial killer is stalking the city-and I'm aching for a fix. But I need to solve this case. Fast. I've just had a vision of the future: I'm the next to die. 

Ooooh. Sounds like my cup of tea. I am currently awaiting my review copy and I have to say I am excited!

Alex's book is due to be released September 4, 2012.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

That Thing at the Zoo

A novella, by James R. Tuck.




Shredding monsters is his stock and trade. He sniffs them out, tracks them down, and corners them. End of story. But when the tables are turned, expect the unexpected...

Knowing his enemy is a rule Deacon Chalk swears by. But he’s never seen anything like whatever is leaving the Atlanta Zoo’s most dangerous predators bloodless, skinned, and hanging high in treetops. And he’s only got till sunrise to keep it from turning the entire city into a slaughterhouse. Now Deacon is in zoo lockdown with a handful of staffers to save. His zookeeper backup has more guts than monster-hunting experience. And the only chance Deacon has to run this thing to unholy ground is to risk unleashing his darkest, most uncontrollable instincts...

It's official. I absolutely adore Deacon Chalk.

James, you hooked me from the very beginning.

“What’s he a specialist in? Tattoos and guns?”

I smiled at Jimmy the zookeeper. “I’m the weird-shit
specialist.”

If this were a paper book, I wouldn't have been able to put it down. As it was an e-book, I read it until I got cross-eyed, gave my eyes a break and then kept going.

If this is any clue as to what the series will be like, you got me.

Hook, line and sinker.

And I am not generally an urban fantasy kind of gal.

That Thing at the Zoo is a great intro to James’s new series.Through this novella you really get to know the hero of the Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty Hunter series in this prequel to book one, Blood and Bullets.

Deacon is a supernatural bounty hunter who's been called to the Atlanta zoo to hunt down a rather nasty creature that’s been preying on both zoo employees and animals. With the help of Jimmy the zookeeper (owner of an epic mullet), Deacon takes on a vicious evil that just loves the taste of humans.


Available as an e-book at Amazon.

Friday, August 3, 2012

I Swear

I did not fall off the earth.

But I did have a life-changing event, as you can read about here.

But I took advantage of the situation and was reading a lot of books. So there will be a lot of new offerings here!