Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Winter Thrills & Chills Blog Tour by E.J Wesley [Book Review Moonsongs Books 1-4]

I'm hosting a stop on  E.J. Wesley's Winter Thrills and Chills Tour for his Moonsongs Series.  This tour is running January 6-17 and consists of reviews, interviews, top tens, guest posts and of course, giveaways!  Be sure to check out the tour page for the full list of stops.

~Book 1 - Blood Fugue~

“Some folks treated the past like an old friend. The memories warmed them with fondness for what was, and hope for what was to come. Not me. When I thought of long ago, my insides curdled, and I was left feeling sour and wasted.”

Jenny Schmidt is a young woman with old heartaches. A small town Texas girl with big city attitude, she just doesn’t fit in. Not that she has ever tried. 

Life has pummeled her heart into one big, lonely callus. She has no siblings, both parents were dead by sixteen, and her last grandparent—and caretaker—was in the ground before she turned twenty-one. She’s the last living member of her immediate family. Or so she thinks…

“We found my ‘grandfather’ sitting at his dining room table. An entire scorched pot of coffee dangled from his shaky hand. His skin was the ashen gray shade of thunderclouds, not the rich mocha from the photo I’d seen. There were dark blue circles under each swollen red eye. A halo of white hair skirted his bald head, a crown of tangles and mats. Corpses had more life in them.”

Suddenly, instead of burying it with the dead, Jenny is forced to confront the past. Armed only with an ancient family journal, her rifle, and an Apache tomahawk, she must save her grandfather’s life and embrace her dangerous heritage. Or be devoured by it.

~Book 2 - Witch's Nocturne~

After receiving an ancient tribal journal from her grandfather, Jenny is sent on a mission of discovery in an attempt to unravel clues to her family's monster hunting past. The journey becomes more than academic when she is asked to confront a coven of dangerous witches who plan to cast an insidious spell on the plains of West Texas.

 ~Book 3 - Dark Prelude~ 

Jenny Moonsong recently inherited the title of "monster hunter" and an ancient tribal journal/how-to manual passed down by her Apache ancestors. Unfortunately, a lot of on-the-job training is required to be a monster hunter, and unlike her computer repair business, this gig could literally kill her.

Dark Prelude finds the feisty protagonist, Jenny, searching for her best friend Marshal's missing father in the midst of a freak, West Texas winter storm. To survive the frigid night, she'll have to deal with a hated town rival, face a monstrous creature no Moonsong hunter has ever encountered before, and undo a mysterious curse. Can she keep everyone alive? If not, who will pay the ultimate price?

~Book 4: Dragon's Game~

Jenny Moonsong recently inherited the title of "monster hunter" and an ancient tribal journal/how-to manual passed down by her Apache ancestors. She has already faced a werewolf, witches, and a troll. But nothing could prepare her for her latest confrontation...

Dragon's Game, Moonsongs Book 4, finds Jenny out of her rural West Texas element, searching for an evil witch in an urban Houston nightclub. After attempting to help a handsome and mysterious stranger out of a jam, she finds herself on the run from a ruthless gang who are even more dangerous than they initially appear.

Forced into a twisted game of life and death, Jenny must navigate the complexity of a budding relationship, and somehow survive a night filled with unexpected horror and paranormal mystery.

Dragon's Game is approximately 14,000 words or 45 pages of humor, horror and paranormal mystery. It is the fourth volume of the Moonsongs Books, an ongoing series of New Adult, urban fantasy novelettes by author E.J. Wesley.

~Book 5- Vampire's Ball~

Jenny Moonsong recently inherited the title of "monster hunter" and an ancient tribal journal/how-to manual passed down by her Apache ancestors. Being a girl of action, she has found herself particularly capable when it comes to battling the werewolves, trolls, and other supernatural denizens lurking in the Texas night. Until now.

Vampire's Ball, Moonsongs book 5, finds Jenny and her best friend Marshal in their most harrowing adventure yet. Traveling by boat to an extravagant masquerade party located at a Galveston Island mansion, Jenny must parlay with an ancient vampire in order to secure the release of the dragon princes, Isis. The unexpected return of an old "friend" turns the evening into chaos, and leaves Jenny and company once again fighting for survival a midst a sea of supernatural foes.

Vampire's Ball is approximately 12,500 words of humor, horror and paranormal mystery. It is the fifth volume of the Moonsongs Books, an ongoing series of New Adult, urban fantasy novelettes by author E.J. Wesley.

~Moonsongs Anthology~

The Moonsongs Anthology 1 collects the first three Moonsongs books--a series of New Adult paranormal-horror-action novelettes--in one exciting volume. Follow Jenny and her best friend Marshal on their dangerous quest to unlock the secrets of her past.

Moonsongs Anthology 1 collects the three previously published Moonsongs adventures: Blood Fugue (Book 1), Witch's Nocturne (Book 2), and Dark Prelude (Book 3).

Available in print & eBook via Amazon  | Goodreads

"I've spent my whole life hunting. It's all I've known. Six month ago, I became the hunted. Something started picking off my animals one by one. I began tracking him, setting traps and such. Turns out, he'd been watching me." 
There was a part of me that needed to see Grandpa properly buried, to know for sure he wasn't rotting away out at the farm--or something way worse. 
Our mysterious caller had already disappeared down the hallway. My guess? IPsWitch had been here all along just watching us. The hairs on my neck stiffened with the cold thought of being studied like a lab animal. 
The monster turned in my direction, giving me my first good look. The beast carried its unbelievable girth on a pair of stunted legs, with massive, furry arms thrust out into the snow in front of it for support. Though obscured by blood and frost, I could see tiny yellow eyes buried in the middle of an ugly, wrinkled face.
The situation had gone from out of control to chaos, and even if we could survive the dragon, I had a feeling Mr. Drake wouldn't let us waltz out of here.

Creepy. Scary. Edge of your seat horror. 

I received an ecopy of books 1-4 from CBB Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review. 

These books was like nothing else I've ever read or even thought about picking up. I am usually not one for scary or horror type books but for some reason these caught my attention. I just had to review them for the blog. Boy, am I glad I did. A fast paced,engrossing novel about a girl named Jenny Schmidt who finds out she is a descendant of Apache heritage. Her grandfather, who she was thought to be dead finds her and tries to explain to her how to be a monster hunter. As one of these monster hunters Jenny slowly learns that she can hunt vampires, witches and the freakiest of freaky monsters. The only thing Jenny has to help guide her is a journal she can't understand, and her grandfathers computer hard drive that appears to be broken. Let's just say it is a wild ride for this lady.

The protagonist in this story, Jenny Schmidt is a tough talking, city type lady that has had a rough go of life so far. She is very slow to trust and she doesn't give out her trust to many. Jenny was a easy character to like. She was funny and enduring as the lead. It seems like it would be a hard thing to mix fear and laughter in the same story but the author pulled it off brilliantly with this character. Jenny had a take-charge attitude and she was not afraid to tell you when she had an opinion or thought you were doing something wrong. This helped the reader to relate to her as the central character in these stories.   

I truly loved these books and will be picking up book 5 as soon as I have a break in my TBR pile. 

It is such an awesome treat for me when I pick up an author that is not well known and I fall in love with their books. This was definitely one of those for me. From the beginning, the first book "Blood Fugue" drew me in to the story with the authors descriptive words, the characters and the plot. I highlighted so many paragraphs in this book that I had some trouble deciding which quotes NOT TO USE in this review. That is definitely a WIN in my opinion.   

Book 2 "Witch's Nocturne" was just as fast paced and was completely different than the first. The fact that the story still stayed fresh and exciting was part of the reason I rated these books so high. I just loved the fact that these books could be read individually or as the series. It was the type of book that you want to fast forward to the end because you just can't wait but you don't because you are terrified that you will miss something central to the plot. 

As the story progressed further along in each book, the reader just became more engrossed with the characters and the action centered around this lonely small town in the middle of Texas. The characters did not become stagnant or boring as some stories do when you read on to newer books in the series. Every word, every plot, every story structure was well executed by the author E.J Wesley. 

Every single individual story was short enough where the reader was sucked in and just when you felt like the book might be getting good, the author so eloquently finished. You were dangled from story to story with certain clues and information that made it so if you are a careful reader like myself, you have to read the next story to get answers from. That just blew me away. 

I am a new fan of E.J Wesley and will most assuredly be picking up more books by him. His writing, plots and character development were flawless as far as I am concerned. Books for paranormal lovers, horror and mystery fans alike. This author is one to watch. 

~About the Author~

Growing up in small-town Oklahoma, there were limits on the amount and types of entertainment at my disposal. Perhaps that’s why I set my imagination free. After collecting degrees in psychology and counseling, life brought me to Missouri, Texas, and Northern California—where I currently read, write, and live. I fill my spare time playing video games, watching movies, planning for the zombie apocalypse, reading graphic novels, and playing with my dogs.

My passion for New Adult literature led me to producing the weekly New Adult Lit Chat on Twitter, and contributing to the NA Alley Blog. I’m also the author of the Moonsongs Books, a series of New Adult, speculative-rural fantasy novelettes.




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