Each month Launch the Book will feature one book written by a self-published author and write a review here, on GoodReads.com and Amazon.com at the end of that month. We will also publicize the review on our social network.
Because I’ve been in Paris this month to care for my sick boyfriend, (you can all read about it here, if you are so inclined), guest reviewer Jen Michels was kind enough to take the reigns. Jen is an avid reader and we talk a lot about the differences in the types of books we normally read, the reasons why we read, and why books are so important to us both. Jen is the kind of person who blows through multiple books per week and gets lost in fantasies, other worlds and happy endings. So this was a really great fit for her, and I hope you enjoy her review!
Demons in the Big Easy written by Jamie Merchant is a quick read which brings together all of the elements of a good fantasy drama that leads you to hope there will be more to come. Merchant gives her characters realistic depths. You don’t find the quintessential grandmother in this book. She is a real person with struggles and truthful thoughts. You also get see a little growth of sprit in two others.
I enjoyed seeing some classic occult elements brought out and integrated into the story. I especially liked having various occupations lead to hidden demons here on Earth. Merchant was able to tie in the mystics of New Orleans smoothly and amusingly.
I found that I wanted to know more about the other realm, which our characters left to come to Earth. I kept hoping I would learn more but you only get glimpses of life in the other realm. There were some obvious struggles there and I hope to see Merchant come out with a new book to expand on what will happen and how that will affect our realm.
I also wanted to know more in the end with our characters. I don’t want to go into details because I don’t want to give anything away but I wanted more details on various characters after the problem has been solved. There are definite hints and I can make some suppositions but I like to know for sure.
Demons in the Big Easy is a fun and quick read. This book will leave you wanting for more and we can all hope Jamie Merchant gives us further tales.
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Next up? Dark Harbors by J.K. Dark. Rock & roll and pirates — I’m in! Having a lot of fun with this one so far, so pick up your copy and meet me here at the end of June for my review!
In Dark Harbors J.K. Dark delivers a fast paced, believable mystery set in the Florida Keys. His use of captivating characters and settings draws you quickly in and will keep you turning the pages. Dark’s fluid style of writing brings you face to face with Jack Cross, an aging rocker who was once at the top of the “sex, drugs, and rock & roll” scene with his band, The Pirates of Rock. Jack made money‐lots of money, but also made a series of bad choices in his life that led a drug‐propelled slide from the top. Through it all Jack managed to hang onto his yacht, The Dark Cross, which he operates as part of a marginally successful charter cruise business out of Key West. It’s on just such a cruise that Jack relives his past and confronts his future. On his cruises into the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, Waters once inhabited by pirates searching for Spanish gold, but times really haven’t changed. Pirates still exist. In fact, Jack is a pirate on many levels. If you have read Anecdotes, Short Stories & Mind Clutter or Dark Thoughts and Dark Forces then you are already a J.K. Dark fan. If you haven’t, you soon will be after reading Dark Harbors.