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Urban Fantasy, where to start?

Part 1

Picking up a new genre is never easy and when you pick up one that usually includes vampires, shape-shifters, fae and other such interesting creatures, you really need to open that first page with an open mind. If there is a rule where to start, not only do I not know about it and to be honest neither do I care. Instead I will give you a list of my favorites over the years. So if you want to have a go here is some options for you to look at but there are so many good collections out there that I will continue the list at a later stage.

A Hidden Fire

A Hidden Fire by Elizabeth Hunter

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One of my favorites is Elizabeth Hunter,  I am absolutely addicted to her books and have no qualms with this recommendation.

A phone call from an old friend sets Dr. Giovanni Vecchio back on the path of a mysterious manuscript he’s hunted for over five hundred years. He never expected a young student librarian could be the key to unlock its secrets, nor could he have predicted the danger she would attract.

Now he and Beatrice De Novo follow a twisted maze that leads from the archives of a university library, though the fires of Renaissance Florence, and toward a confrontation hundreds of years in the making.

History and the paranormal collide in A Hidden Fire, the first book in the bestselling Elemental Mysteries series and semifinalist in the Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Books of 2012.

Magic Bites

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

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Another absolute favourite is the Ilona Andrews duo and their books are as good as it gets as far as reading UF goes.

When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta’s magic circles.

The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for a series of bizarre killings—and the death of Kate’s guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she’s way out of her league—but she wouldn’t have it any other way…

Moon Called

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

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There is something about Mercy Thompson that once you start reading you won´t want to put it down.

Mercy Thompson’s life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she’s fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn’t exactly normal herself.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by J.L. Murray

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J.L. Murray is an incredibly talented writer but unlike the above authors she has a little darkness in her pen. The story doesn’t go the way you expect and the results are startling to say the least. One of the most fun reads ever in UF.

Niki Slobodian sees things – things that aren’t supposed to be there. Labeled an Abnormal by New Government, her name is tacked onto the Registry, which seems to be getting longer these days. Now she can’t work or she’ll end up the same place as her father: in prison. But with no money coming in, Niki’s getting desperate.

Kindling the Moon

Kindling the Moon by Jenn Bennett

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There is a special story about this book, when it first came out Amazon did not deliver to Mozambique and I didn´t have a kindle at the time. I emailed the author and asked if it was possible to buy directly from her, I was after all desperate to read this book. Jenn Bennett did better than that, she sent me a PDF to my email. I have since then purchased all the books but the PDF is still in my email, it is a special momento which I am not quite willing to let go.

Meet Arcadia Bellbartender, renegade magician, fugitive from the law. . . .

Being the spawn of two infamous occultists (and alleged murderers) isn’t easy, but freewheeling magician Arcadia “Cady” Bell knows how to make the best of a crummy situation. After hiding out for seven years, she’s carved an incognito niche for herself slinging drinks at the demon-friendly Tambuku Tiki Lounge.

But she receives an ultimatum when unexpected surveillance footage of her notorious parents surfaces: either prove their innocence or surrender herself. Unfortunately, the only witness to the crimes was an elusive Æthyric demon, and Cady has no idea how to find it. She teams up with Lon Butler, an enigmatic demonologist with a special talent for sexual spells and an arcane library of priceless stolen grimoires. Their research soon escalates into a storm of conflict involving missing police evidence, the decadent Hellfire Club, a ruthless bounty hunter, and a powerful occult society that operates way outside the law. If Cady can’t clear her family name soon, she’ll be forced to sacrifice her own life . . . and no amount of running will save her this time.

Storm Front

Storm Front by Jim Butcher

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Jim Butcher is a must if you read UF. Personally, I don´t think a UF list is quite complete without his name on it.

Meet Harry Dresden, Chicago’s first (and only) Wizard P.I. Turns out the ‘everyday’ world is full of strange and magical things – and most of them don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in.

Harry is the best at what he does – and not just because he’s the only one who does it. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal capabilities, they look to him for answers. There’s just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks.

So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name. And that’s when things start to get . . . interesting.

Magic – it can get a guy killed.

Hope that you find something that you like here, these, are in my humble opinion, worth your time and money.

 

 

 

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Famous Authors Who Were Not Fans of Other Famous Authors

Source: https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/608-famous-authors-who-were-not-fans-of-other-famous-authors?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=editorial&utm_campaign=famousauthorinsults

 

Have you ever felt like some famous writers are a little overrated? Well, you’re in good company—other famous writers felt the same way (and were neither polite nor cautious about expressing it). Enjoy our favorite author-on-author insults below!

Not a fan: H.G. Wells
“An idiot child screaming in a hospital.”

 

For Whom the Bell Tolls

by Ernest Hemingway

Not a fan: Vladimir Nabokov
“As to Hemingway, I read him for the first time in the early ‘forties, something about bells, balls and bulls, and loathed it.”

 

Pride and Prejudice

Not a fan: Mark Twain
“Every time I read Pride and Prejudice, I want to dig her up and hit her over the skull with her own shin-bone.”

 

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain

Not a fan: William Faulkner
“A hack writer who would not have been considered fourth rate in Europe, who tricked out a few of the old proven sure fire literary skeletons with sufficient local color to intrigue the superficial and the lazy.”

 

Moby-Dick

by Herman Melville

Not a fan: D.H. Lawrence
“Nobody can be more clownish, more clumsy and sententiously in bad taste, than Herman Melville, even in a great book like Moby-Dick…. One wearies of the grand serieux. And that’s Melville. Oh dear, when the solemn ass brays! brays! brays!”

 

Ulysses

by James Joyce

Not a fan: Virgina Woolf
“[Ulysses is] the work of a queasy undergraduate scratching his pimples.”

 

Inferno

by Dante Alighieri

Not a fan: Friedrich Nietzsche
“A hyena that wrote poetry on tombs.”

 

The Cantos

by Ezra Pound

Not a fan: Gertrude Stein
“A village explainer. Excellent if you were a village, but if you were not, not.”

 

On the Road

by Jack Kerouac

Not a fan: Truman Capote
“That’s not writing, that’s typing.”

 

The Old Man and the Sea

by Ernest Hemingway

Not a fan: William Faulkner
“He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.”

 

The Sound and the Fury

by William Faulkner

Not a fan: Ernest Hemingway
“Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?”

 

Twilight

by Stephenie Meyer

Not a fan: Stephen King
“Both Rowling and Meyer, they’re speaking directly to young people…. The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer can’t write worth a darn. She’s not very good.”

 

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One of my favourite books is free on Amazon.

This is such an amazing read and Niki Slobodian is the woman you want to be, well not the unemployed and broke one but the kind that saves herself.

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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (The Niki Slobodian Series Book 1) Kindle Edition

Niki Slobodian sees things – things that aren’t supposed to be there. Labeled an Abnormal by New Government, her name is tacked onto the Registry, which seems to be getting longer these days. Now she can’t work or she’ll end up the same place as her father: in prison. But with no money coming in, Niki’s getting desperate.

So when a mysterious client offers to get her off the Registry in exchange for taking his case, Niki jumps at the chance. All she has to do is round up a homicidal Dark that’s escaped from Hell and is cruising around the city in borrowed bodies. The murders are piling up, with Niki’s notorious father somehow involved, and Niki’s running out of time. And it seems the Dark isn’t the only thing that escaped…

Clearly I´m not an author but I am still trying to write that book to scratch the item off my bucket list. A book that will never be published mainly because it´s work in progress, much like the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, an ongoing project that will probably take me a hundred years or more to complete.

The big difference being that Gaudi created a true masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia is not just a cathedral, that whole structure and everything within it´s wall, and outside, is a work of art. The only similarity between my work and Gaudi´s is the time invested in it and let´s be honest, his time was extremely well invested.
So for those who are authors, that have finalised a book, even if you haven´t published, if it took you long to write it, who did you blame, if anyone?

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Amazon needs to update their time zone difference

I´ve had my coffee it´s 06h30 in the morning and I browse through emails, read those that the vocabulary is not too difficult to grasp and leave the ones that require my sleep addled brain to be fully functional for after the second cup of coffee. A small window appears on the corner of my screen reminding me that today is the day to buy a new book, not the random ones you come across and think `why not?´ This is one that has been on my Amazon wish list since it was announced.

Chloe Neill´s new book The Sight (The Devil´s Isle Series) has been available in the USA (and maybe other countries too) since the 16th of August but for me (and anyone else in the region) it would be available today the 18th of August. As coffee number two starts working its magic I´m confident enough to open up the Amazon browser happily realising that it´s the 18th today! Yay, new book day.

Ready to click on the Buy Now thus giving Amazon my hard earned money only to be hit with the harsh reality that the book is still marked as Pre-Order. Huh? Today is the 18th isn´t it? It´s been the 18th of August for 6 hours and 3o minutes, actually 41 now as I type this and in the US (a few states at least) it´s been the 18th for at least half an hour. So why is the book not available? Guess I will have to wait until Amazon computers catch up and enter the 18th of August.

Sometimes it sucks to be on a different time zone!

The Sight: A Devil's Isle Novel (The Devil's Isle Series) by [Neill, Chloe]

The Sight: A Devil’s Isle Novel (The Devil’s Isle Series)

 

A brand new book from Elizabeth Hunter!

The Staff and the Blade is now available!

 

Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/StBKindle

iBooks: http://tinyurl.com/SBiBooks

B&N: http://tinyurl.com/SBNook

Kobo: http://tinyurl.com/SBKobo

SW: http://tinyurl.com/SBSmWords

ALSO, if you’ve not started the Irin Chronicles series yet, you can pick up THE SCRIBE: Irin Chronicles Book One this week for only $0.99! This is three dollars off the regular retail price, so grab it while you can. Sale price has updated on Amazon and Smashwords, but should be updated at other retailers very soon.

My review of the The Staff and the Blade will be up this weekend.

An app to help improve your writing style

This Web App Identifies Unnecessary Words In Your Writing

Expresso is a little tool to edit texts and improve your writing style. It will teach you to express yourself through writing more efficiently and help make your texts more readable, precise, and engaging.

I often complain that authors don´t pay enough attention to spelling and grammar and publish books without proper editing. Although I understand that editing can be expensive and not all authors can afford it, it does not change the fact that a book needs proofreading and some editing before publishing. For those that can´t afford a professional editor this might be a useful tool worth trying.