Halloween is coming, so get ready! Do you have your costume yet?
What Urban Fantasy book could you enjoy and get lots of ideas?
Why, that would be Skin Game by Jim Butcher, the latest in his Harry Dresden Series.
Jim Butcher writes Urban Fantasy, and although I’m not usually a reader of the genre, I am a fan of this series.
Throughout the first several books, Harry has dealt with Vampires, Werewolves, the Fae, Chicago gangsters and every fantasy creature imaginable, including his faithful Foo dog and Bob, a genius spirit that resides on a shelf in a skull.
We have watched Harry develop from a sketchy, part-time detective, cooking up amateur potions in his underground basement, to becoming a full fledged wizard that gets killed and returns from the dead. He is now a warden of the White Council while serving as Maab’s Winter Knight…
A juggling act if ever there was one.
And when he yells, Forzare, Disperdorius, Lumios, or Artispinae, step back because powerful magic is about to happen.
Now in Skin Game, Maab, Queen of the Fae, lends him as her Winter Knight to assist Nicodemus Archleone of the Blackened Denarius as payback for a favor. Nicodemus pulls together a team that he plans to take into The Underworld in order to steal the Holy Grail. They have to blow up a Chicago mobster’s vault and pass through the three gates of Hades: the Gate of Fire, The Gate of Ice and the Gate of Blood.
The team consists of: Hannah Asher, expert of fire, Anna Valmount, safecracker extraordinaire, Goodman Grey, fantastical shapeshifter, Genoskwa, Bigfoot style monster who can go invisible, Binder who controls an army of men that leap from the ground and dissolve back into dirt, Deirdre’s, Nicodemus’s demonform daughter, Karrin Murphy, ex-cop and weapon obsessed sidekick to Harry, and Harry Dresden, wizard. Harry is traveling in dangerous company, most wanting to eliminate him from this world all over again, so he has to watch his back at all times.
However, Knight of the Cross, now retired, Michael Carpenter, takes up his sword again for Harry’s sake, and the Archangel Uriel makes an appearance, along with several other familiar Dresden characters, including Kris Kringle also known as Santa Clause and Hades, Greek god of the Underworld.
Plus, Waldo Butters…who?…well…you’ll just have to read the story.
In spite of the fantastical creatures that populate Dresden’s world, the story contains real human emotion as Harry and Michael struggle to protect their family and the world against evil.
It also provides an array of imaginative creatures, any one of which would make a great Halloween costume.
So now, you have some ideas.
I have seen the power of offering free books. I’ve read where many believe that free or discounted books, once downloaded, sit somewhere on readers digital bookshelves, collecting digital dust where they never get read. So it was interesting to see the blog: Eleven Things You Don’t know About Bargain Ebook Buyers from Bookbub that indicates otherwise. Keeping in mind that Bookbub provides discounted and free books, I still found the information worth mentioning. Follow this link: http://unbound.bookbub.com/post/87615381745/11-things-you-dont-know-about-bargain-ebook-buyers for more specific data and information, but here’s the top eleven conclusions concerning Bargain Ebook Buyers.
- They are Power Readers
- They read everywhere: at home, while traveling, in bed, at work,
- They read primarily on Tablets
- They don’t just read e-books but read paperbacks and hardbacks also
- They have higher than average income
- They are genre readers: mysteries, thrillers, romance
- They buy full priced e-books
- They read the books they download
- They try new authors
- They become loyal fans
- They recommend the books they like.
As an ebook author, it’s food for thought I wanted to share.