Author: S.M. Blooding
Narrator: Kalinda Little
Length: 12 hours and 15 minutes
Publisher: Whistling Book Press⎮2017
Genre: Supernatural Thriller
Series: Whiskey Witches, Book 1
Release date: March 4, 2017
Synopsis: Detective Paige Whiskey comes from a long line of witches. They may not all be the most powerful, but they are outspoken and supportive of their community. She alone has no gifts. She can’t summon fire, can’t read minds. She knows the arcane. She’s studied it. That, along with her connection to the Whiskey Witches, lands her some pretty strange cases.
Like the sacrificial murders of St. Francisville, Louisiana. There’s a killer on the loose, choosing people in a vain attempt to raise a demon. Not just any demon, though. A man born long ago, made a demon in order to protect the Gate to Hell.
Together with demon hunter, Dexx Colt, her kitchen-witch grandmother, and her paranormal investigator brother-in-law, they unravel a conspiracy far bigger than a few simple murders, and re-discover Paige’s gift.
She’s a demon summoner and she’s key to the killer’s plan.
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About the Author: S.M. Blooding
Frankie lives in beautiful Montana with her Darling Dork, his two part-time girls, and their cat, Tesla. She enjoys creating with her wonderful husband, doing everything from crochet, to sewing, to art, and, of course, writing. She’s lived a pretty colorful life, giving breath to her stories.
She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers, U.S. Government assassins, and slingshot terrorist. No. She is not kidding.
About the Narrator: Kalinda Little
Kalinda Little is a 28-year-old web developer who started playing around with audio and never stopped. Currently based out of Portland Oregon, she has spent time all up and down the West Coast, including several years is Ashland where she worked backstage at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She is a chapter leader for the Nine Bridges Writers, a nonprofit that aims to assist and support writers in all genres, by providing resources and critique.
While she only started recording professionally in April of 2016, she had over two hundred hours of amateur recording and editing available before that point. To date, she has narrated 27 books, with another 3 set to come out before the end of 2017.
This book was one of those get-in-buckle-up-and-hold-on kind of books. It starts fast and stays fast. I loved it. There were no boring scenes and now wasted dialog. Yet, the author did a great job of creating a complete world that was totally believable. I liked Paige. She was a messed up soul who wanted nothing more than to just get her life together and do the right thing. I can so relate to that. All the other characters felt real and served a unique purpose to pushing the plot. I completely enjoyed the role reversal for the angels. (Not too much of a spoiler, but…) The angels in this story are not the gooddy ethereal beings that seem common. The author did a great job incorporating the setting as an important detail in this story. Many authors disregard the setting as not being important. I felt the heat of the bayou while listening to this story.
That narrator did a great job making each character (and there were a lot) an individual. She did a fantastic job with both the female and male characters. I was also impressed with the different accents the characters had. She brought this story alive and made it easy to “see” it in my head. I am such a visual person so this is utmost to me with audiobooks.
A funny side note- When Paige met her first demon, my phone shut itself down. I have no idea why it did that because it has never done that before or since. I guess it’s just things that make you go hhmmm 🙂
GUEST POST FROM THE AUTHOR
An Author’s Superpower
Authors have a superpower that oftentimes gets overlooked. They write stories that touch the hearts and minds of people. They have the ability to shift a reader’s perception, a way of thinking, or the way they feel about a topic.
That might seem common-sense, and it is, but when you talk to authors about their stories, it’s amazing to see how many don’t realize the power they hold in their hands.
I was helping a fellow author edit her book the other day, and she was discussing a topic that was very important, but she feared it was controversial. So, instead of dealing with it, she pushed it under the rug and felt as though the character handled it poorly. It felt really immature to me.
So, I mentioned that to her, and she told me why she handled it this way. She didn’t want to upset people.
Okay. Great. Understood.
However, here’s the thing. As a reader, you’ve invited me into your mind, your heart, and your soul–if my writing is good enough to penetrate all those layers. I show you, through my characters, how you could handle a situation. I allow you, the reader, to experience things you’ve never lived through. I allow you, the reader, to take charge of your life, to say what you always wanted to, but felt powerless to do utter out loud. I allow you to fight back, to stand up, to take charge. I allow you to dole out the hard love.
And then, if I’m good enough, I empower you, the reader, to do that.
That’s a pretty incredible super power, if you ask me.
The big crisis in Whiskey Witches is something that we all see happening, but no one really talks about, and that’s custody battles. The “losing parent” is always seen as a bad guy, and if the mother loses her kid, she…did something unspeakably horrible.
But what isn’t talked about is all the horrible, emotional, brutally horrific things that happen outside the courtroom. The winner isn’t always the “good guy.” Sometimes–a lot of times–they’re just the bigger bully. And the loser is shamed into silence. When we don’t talk about an issue, we empower the other side.
Now, some parents lose their kids for very valid reasons. They do. They are the reason there are custody battles in the Courts of Law in the first place. But…not all do deserve that, and none of them talk about it, and it hurts like hell. These parents often lose visitation rights–though they could push it through the courts, it harder on the kids and then the kids don’t want to see the other parent, so it’s a lose-lose situation. They lose phone call privileges, hugs, kisses, I love yous, calls on your birthday, the ability to talk to them on their birthday. They lose holidays–or are bullied into “having the holiday that’s easier to deal with” because that’s always a great idea.
We authors have the superpower to discuss hard-line topics like this in a safe place. Fiction. The setting is fake. The characters are fake.
But the lessons are real. There’s real power in a book. Even a fiction one.