Junior Inquisitor

Junior Inquisitor

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Liza's latest smash hit, audio reviews from OZ, and a couple of books you should read


Sorry for the silence everyone, I’m in Puerto Rico meeting my Reserve obligation. Easily as cool as last summer when I was in Amsterdam, and with the bonus of having a beach.
There is a new and super cool audio review of The Witch's Lair out courtesy of Zakh Fair, you can hear his Paul Hogan (Crocodile Dundee) imitation and his thoughts on my book here - http://ravenreviews.podbean.com/e/ravenreviews-8-the-witchs-lair/?token=32df17ded041cbc5800a9cddc7fa6c73
The Vampire of Rome has undergone the first round of edits, and I’ll be working hard to correct my many mistakes. Still on schedule for release in October. I hope to have the cover ready for viewing next post. We shall see. I have two reviews of books I think you should consider, but first a dear friend has dropped by to tell us about her latest Victorian era mystery of her wildly popular sleuth series, The Adventures of Xavier & Vic. Take it away Liza -
 
The CrimeLords’ War

 

MEET TUBS

 Sonny Tubs is 400 lbs and nearly seven foot tall. Recently, he got shot three times in the chest and not even that managed to kill him. [Guns were wimpier in 1895] But lying in the bed was killing him until Vic made him get to his feet and start exercising. While he’s still weak, his lungs have cleared and he can still put the fear of God into criminals.

The CrimeLords’ War
 


Chaos abounds in Late Victorian England. Xavier goes off on a mission without Vic because her protector, Tubs, is not well enough to keep Vic from harm right now. In fact, Tubs is dying and the doctor doesn’t expect him to live for more than a week. Upon discovering Tubs’ dire situation, Vic sets about rescuing him instead.
Good thing too. To all appearances the two strongest crime lords of London have declared war on each other. Only the two attempts on Vic’s life tells her this is all a clever plot by a third party—worse yet, a female villainess.

To stop the crime lords from destroying one another, leaving their territories open to the Russian spy, she must bring Seth and Samson together, share what is really going on, and get them to agree to work against this third party. Not an easy task since Seth Sojourn thinks Vic is nothing but a foolish sop. Unfortunately, Xavier has gone missing, so it’s up to her to convince the angry crime lord that her plan is best. Otherwise, this villainess will kill everyone who gets in her way and bring England to its knees.



The CrimeLords’ War

 
The carriage pulled into the warehouse just as a man screamed in agonizing pain.

When Tubs stepped out of the carriage, the man being tortured groaned and either fainted or died. A panicked whisper ran through the barred cells. The name ‘Sonny Tubs’ spoken in fear and trepidation.

Tubs held everyone’s attention, so no one even noticed Vic, Casey and Fagan following him. He reached down and felt for a pulse. Then he nodded for Fagan to get rid of the man.

He glared at the cells full of seventy men. “That’s the last one getting off easy. Now I have other things I’d rather be doing, so I’m going to offer you three choices. The best choice of the lot is that you tell me what I want to know right off. Then I won’t bother torturing or killing you or the ones still alive by the time I get to you.”

Tubs let that choice settle in their frightened brains as he studied the men in each cell.

“The second choice is that you tell me what I want to know after I’ve begun torturing you. In that case I’ll kill you quickly to end your torment, and let those after you live.”

He then smiled. “And the worst choice is that I will torture you until your body gives up and runs to hell, and I stay here until every single one of you has made your choice.”

Half the men looked ready to give up the ghost and run off to hell right now.

“I suspect only a few of you know the answer I’m looking for, which is a bit unfair for those who don’t know and thus have no chance to choose option one or two.”

A great majority of the men nodded in agreement.

“Can’t be helped,” he stated. Moans burst from the men. A few fell to their knees. “So I’ll give you this one chance to offer up those who know the answer to my question. That way, they’ll be first. And if there are more than five of you who know the answer, I’m pretty certain once I torture the first four, the fifth will talk, saving the rest of you.”

“What do you wanna know?” a terrified fellow asked.

“I want to know the exact address of the blonde bitch who started this war.”

Within minutes, every jail cell had pushed forward one or two men they insisted knew the answer.

Tubs walked up and down the cells studying these men. He smiled at a terrified young man wearing a rumpled but good quality suit.

“Let’s start with that one. He’s not used to real pain.”

The pungent scent of urine filled the area as the other men stepped away from Tubs’ selection.

Vic never liked Jackson but she couldn’t help but feel a modicum of pity for him. However, she approved of Tubs’ choice. If ‘the Professor’ knew the location, he would almost certainly break and give the address at once.

Casey and Fagan pulled him from the cage and yanked him to the chains.

“No, please. I want to invoke option one,” he cried. He then looked at the men in the cages. “I’m saving all of your lives. So repay the favor and don’t tell Achlys who told.”

Who the hell was Achlys?

Vic was no longer certain the jerk planned to tell the truth. She stormed forward and gripped his hand, jamming a pick beneath his nail. He screamed and fell to his knees.

Vic grabbed him by his hair and pulled his face to hers. “We're in a hurry. Give me the correct address or I will keep you alive so I can torture you for years. I want the blonde bitch that was upstairs in the hall the night you saw David at the casino.”

He gulped. “Achlys. She has a mansion on Hampstead Avenue, but her lover turned out to be a French spy, so she’s moved him to the old jail on Bleak Street.”

Vic could see no deception. She looked at Tubs. “I think he’s telling the truth. But let’s keep them all here until we know for certain.”

Tubs looked at Casey. “Put him in a cell by himself.” He then glared at Seth and Samson. “Leave them be until we’ve determined if the intel is good.”

Seth growled. Samson nodded. “We’ll wait.”

Vic could tell Tubs was exhausted, so she had Fagan bring the carriage right up to him. She opened the door and climbed in. Tubs followed, with Casey standing behind him, hopefully blocking Seth’s view of Tubs as he nearly stumbled getting in. Vic reached out and closed the door and the carriage headed out.

She moved to Tubs side of the carriage and hugged his giant arm. “You are magnificent.”

He reached over with his left hand and ruffled her hair. “I don’t know. You got him talking pretty damn fast.”

The CrimeLords’ War
 

 

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The CrimeLords’ War
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Liza O’Connor was raised badly by feral cats, left the South/Midwest and wandered off to find nicer people on the east coast. There she worked for the meanest man on Wall Street, while her psychotic husband tried to kill her three times. (So much for finding nicer people.) Then one day she declared enough, got a better job, divorced her husband, and fell in love with her new life where people behaved nicely. But all those bad behaviors has given her lots of fodder for her humorous books. Please buy these books, because otherwise, she’ll become grumpy and write troubled novels instead. They will likely traumatize you.

You have been warned.

Mostly humorous books by Liza:

Ghost LoverTwo British brothers fall in love with the same young woman. Ancestral ghost is called in to fix the situation. And there’s a ghost cat that roams about the book as well. (Humorous Contemporary Romance)

Saving Casey— Cass wakes up in the body of a troubled teen who has burned every bridge imaginable. Her only choice is to turn this life around, but that’s much harder than she ever imagined.

Untamed & UnabashedThe youngest of the Bennet sisters, Lydia, tells her story. A faithful spinoff from Pride & Prejudice.

A Long Road to Love Series: (Humorous Contemporary odd Romance)

Worst Week Ever — Laugh out loud week of disasters of Epic proportions.

Oh Stupid Heart — The heart wants what it wants, even if it’s impossible.

Coming to Reason — There is a breaking point when even a saint comes to reason.

Climbing out of Hell — The reconstruction of a terrible man into a great one.

The Hardest Love Is to love oneself. Sam’s story.

The Adventures of Xavier & Vic Sleuth series: (Late Victorian/Mystery/Romance)

The Troublesome Apprentice — The greatest sleuth in Victorian England hires a young man who turns out to be a young woman.

The Missing Partner — Oops! The greatest sleuth in Victorian England goes missing, leaving Vic to rescue him, a suffragette, and about 100 servants. Not to mention an eviscerating cat. Yes, let’s not mention the cat.

A Right to Love — A romantic detour for Jacko. Want to see how amply rewarded Jacko was when he & Vic save an old woman from Bedlam?

The Mesmerist The Mesmerist can control people from afar and make them murder for her. Worse yet, Xavier Thorn has fallen under her spell.

Well Kept Secrets — The problems with secrets is that they always come to light, no matter how you wish to silence them.

Pack of Trouble — Changes are a part of life, but these changes almost kill Vic.

The Darkest Days — Muddled cases make Vic very grumpy.

The CrimeLords’ War — Vic is almost killed twice as she tries to prevent a CrimeLords’ War and stop a female Russian spy from killing Xavier.

 

 

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Reviews
 
 
Lost Soul (Harbinger P.I. Number 1)
Adam J Wright

First off we have to address the Harry question - is this a riff on Harry Dresden? Yes, there are a lot of similarities, but that is all. I do not see this as some rip-off or derivative of what Jim Butcher writes. If you read what I write then you know I’m friendly with R.L. King who is the author of the Alastair Stone Chronicles, and just as an English professor of occult studies at Stanford who also happens to be a magician is not the same as a private detective/ wizard from Chicago, a Preternatural Investigator in rural Maine is also a magi of a different flavor.

One very large difference - the personality of the main character. Alec Harbinger is not walking around with a giant chip on his shoulder, as does Harry Dresden, despite being banished and shamed for making a mistake while on mission. He is wrenched out of Chicago to Dearmont Maine, which to this former Maniac sounds a lot like Searsmont, a tiny town not far from where I used to live, Bucksport. Searsmont is also near Lincolnville which is where I wanted to live, Lincoln, living in Lincolnville, could it be anymore awesome?

In any event despite being banished to a small, bucolic appearing town (Searsmont is 100 square kilometers in size and has about 1,000 people in it), there seems to be quite a bit of preternatural activity in Dearmont. In fact before Alec even has a chance to sit down at his new desk he has a client who thinks there is something wrong with her son, something dark and from the magical realm.

This was an good story, the secondary characters were a bit stock, I might have fleshed them out a bit, and then killed them in horrible ways, but that’s me. The writing was evocative and the plot straightforward. A couple of kinks, but no real hook. Editing was well done, no layout errors. A good lazy Sunday read, but not one that will keep you up into the wee hours wondering what happened next. I have bought the next one in the series.


 
 
 
 
 
BloodWalker
L.X. Cain
 
I love this cover. It’s not often I complement another author’s cover, but in this case it’s a damn good image. Read the book and you will understand how the cover tells the story without giving anything away. There is a mélange of genres in this tale woven together like a fine linen shirt. My best comparison is Bloodwalker is the horror version of Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants. There is a touch of romance, mystery, horror, and a reveal of the precarious life of someone who is not a performer in a small circus. Hint - talent is not replaceable, everyone else is.
The story centers on Rurik, who is head of security for the Zorka Circus, a job with a lot of responsibility, but not much power. Children have been disappearing in the towns they have performed in, the obvious and easy scapegoat is the circus. While Rurik is trying to stop the kidnappings, there is also the wedding of the Bloodwalkers he needs to make sure goes off without issue. Bloodwalkers are from Romania, and prepare the dead for burial.  Shunned at best, even by the circus performers, things are never simple. There are mysterious RV fires, bizarre rituals that may or may not be some sort of witchcraft or worse. Felonious clowns, chases through rail yards, in abandoned factories, and during lightning storms. And a well-imaged, nasty bad guy doing really evil things.
Pre-order now and read this book. You will not be sorry.
Yes, I received a copy for an honest review and that’s what you got, an honest review.
 
Speaking of bad guys doing evil take a gander at these currently selling above most of the Were-bear porn on Smashwords.

Junior Inquisitor Book One  
Inquisitor Series - http://goo.gl/mJtTf8
  
Soulless Monk Book Two  
 Smashwords - https://goo.gl/NXw3Gr
Inquisitor Series - http://goo.gl/5lCyaX
 
 The Witch’s Lair Book Three 
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 Inquisitor Series - http://goo.gl/mJtTf8



 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Brunette Sonya can sleep, Bryony “Bryn” Winters can't sleep, and you can help cure cancer


No real updates on The Vampire of Rome, between Reserve duty, the lovely Dr. Farish's birthday, work actually expecting work out of me, and my Advanced Operations Course (Colonel's school), I've not been able to spend much time with Brother Sebastian and crew.

In the good news column, do have a short story that will be out soon, AOC is almost over, and Bat girl, AKA Brunette Sonya is sleeping through the night, or at least most of it.

Also this Saturday, 30 July, I'll be in Mananas along with a bunch of local authors raising money for cancer research. Buy a copy of my book, and a dollar goes to charity. I'll also be doing that for anyone who orders a copy of any of my books online. So I'm giving away my profits, but it's for a good cause.


Speaking of good, what happens when you want to be good but you inadvertently hurt people every time you fall asleep? Molly Fenning explains -

Bryony “Bryn” Winters can harm people by dreaming. With no control over whom she hurts, a condition called Somnus, Bryn can’t even be sure she won’t kill her own family. Protecting them means running away and trusting a mysterious company that possesses as much authority as amorality. And when Bryn meets Cedar Blackthorne, a Somnus with captivating eyes, she can feel he’s hiding something. So why can’t Bryn help trusting him? And what if she’s making a deadly mistake?


Excerpt:
Unlike most high school students, Bryony Winters hated sleeping more than anything in the world. Spiders, germs, and heights included. Mrs. Adams slouched over the podium in front of her class. The students stared blankly at the sheet in front of them as her monotone voice read it verbatim.

Having managed to skim the paper at least three full times before Mrs. Adams finished droning out the first paragraph, Bryony propped up her head with her arm. Dark, curly hair fell across her face as her eyelids slowly slunk shut.

Having been Bryn’s best friend for more than four years, Caleigh Everest should have known this was not a good sign – even after countless sleepovers, Caleigh had never actually seen Bryn sleep.

Unfortunately, as with most dull teachers, Mrs. Adams had a sixth sense that alerted her
the instant a student’s eyes closed. She peered up from her diminutive spectacles, lips pursed. “Bryn? Please continue reading.”

Bryn replied with a soft snore. Caleigh shook her, whispering, “Wake up!”

Mrs. Adams harrumphed, throwing down her glasses before prowling toward Bryn’s desk. She dropped the weighty textbook with a slam. Bryn let out another snore.

Suddenly, the collar of Mrs. Adams’ white blouse grew crimson. Color seeped down
the front as if it were dripping. She gasped. Her hand flew to her eye as it swelled like a balloon under a faucet. Dark, blobby bruises appeared across her face and neck. Nobody was within reach to harm her, and nobody had moved a muscle.

Nearby, Erin Archer jumped up as if she had been bitten. She yelped as a rip cut through
the back of her jeans, exposing a newly formed laceration. Shrieks erupted around the room. Blood squirted and splattered everywhere. Tables and chairs crashed over, spewing red-stained papers as the students tried to get up.

Someone passed out in the back, their colorless lips letting out a moan before they fell with a fwump onto the floor.

Scratch marks suddenly emerged all over the students’ exposed skin. Their hands clamped onto wounds oozing blood and pus. Despite the cacophonous yelling, no one came to help them. Mrs. Adams leapt for the door, fingers shielding her face. But as soon as the lever was in grasp, she doubled over, coughing up scarlet liquid.

It was only when Bryn’s chair was knocked over and her eyes opened, that the
mutilations stopped.

She was the only one without a scratch. And, somehow, she had managed to sleep through everything.



Links: mollyfennig.com
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Main Character's (Bryn’s) motivations
Bryn wants to find a cure for her Somnus, a condition that causes her to harm people in her sleep. Part of her desire for a cure stems from a desire to protect her family, especially her little sister Lynea.

What is Bryn’s secret strengths/ weaknesses
Bryn is smart, protective of those she loves, and has a powerful Somnus. At the same time, she struggles with germophobia, clumsiness, and loneliness.

Any philosophical issues in this story? If so how do you address them, how does MC live and over come them?
Some philosophical issues include discerning the nature of reality (especially in regards to dreams), how sensation and perception play into knowledge (or perceived knowledge), and how to determine if someone else is trustworthy.
To find out how Bryn overcomes these issues (and to look for more), you should read my book.

Any offbeat obscure or 80s references?
There are Star Wars references in the book. I'll let readers see if they can find them.

When did you start to write this one and why?
I started to write InSomnus in January 2015 because when I was little and had trouble falling asleep I told myself stories. I figured that if sleep was so hard to obtain, something wonderful (or horrible) must happen once I finally fell asleep. I was also frustrated at not being able to control when I fell asleep and the dreams that I had. This prompted the idea for InSomnus.
I wanted to write a book because I have always loved reading and wanted to be able to create stories like the ones I loved to read.

What's next in this series or in your next book?
I'm working on a companion novel with the same setting but different characters and storyline.

When will it be available?
InSomnus will be released at the beginning of August. (Check for updates at http://mollyfennig.com/insomnus)

 
 
Excellent concept and sounds like it'll be interesting, I think you should horde your money and get ready to order a copy when it comes out in a few more days.

However if you have cash burning a hole in your pocket maybe give my books a gander, and if you do it this weekend you'll be helping fund cancer research as well?

Good stories and helping eradicate cancer?

That's a twofer my friends.
 
Junior Inquisitor Book One  
Inquisitor Series - http://goo.gl/mJtTf8
  
Soulless Monk Book Two  
 Smashwords - https://goo.gl/NXw3Gr
Inquisitor Series - http://goo.gl/5lCyaX
 
 The Witch’s Lair Book Three 
Smashwords - https://goo.gl/MokJnC 
 Inquisitor Series - http://goo.gl/mJtTf8