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Do the Thing You Fear

Hunter of Demons (Spectr, #1)I’ve got a secret to share with you: the prospect of writing the SPECTR series scared the hell out of me.

Writing series is fun, don’t get me wrong. I love the idea of following characters for more than one book, seeing how they change and grow, how their relationships develop. But what I wanted to do with SPECTR was a bit different. I wanted to write a series of shorter works, each with its own story arc, but at the same time more tightly bound into a single overarching story than is typical (unless you’re talking fantasy trilogies, anyway).

This met that I not only had to get the pacing for each installment right, but the pacing for the entire series right. Except I intended to start releasing them long before I was finished writing them, so if I screwed something up, I couldn’t go back and fix it. I was working live without a net.

Master of Ghouls (Spectr #2)Oh, and instead of just having to weave in the progression of a romance between two characters, I had three to juggle, just to make things even more complicated.

I didn’t think there was any way I could pull this off. Were my skills up to it? What the hell was I thinking to even try?

Many years ago, I read an interview or blog post by Sir Ian McKellenwhere he talked about picking his next role based on what frightened him the most, what he thought he might not have the skill to do. (My Google-fu has failed me, but if anyone else can find it, please post a link in the comments!) The idea being if we don’t challenge ourselves, we can’t grow as artists. I tend to think he’s right about that, so I’ve tried to apply his advice to my career.

Did I succeed or fail? That’s for others to decide, especially since the entire SPECTR series isn’t out yet. Am I glad I did it, even when—especially when—it scared me?

Yes.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jordan L. Hawk grew up in the wilds of North Carolina, where she was raised on stories of haints and mountain magic by her bootlegging granny and single mother. After using a silver knife in the light of a full moon to summon her true love, she turned her talents to spinning tales. She weaves together couples who need to fall in love, then throws in some evil sorcerers and undead just to make sure they want it bad enough. In Jordan’s world, love might conquer all, but it just as easily could end up in the grave.

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Jordan L. Hawk has decided to giveaway a set of SPECTR: Volume 1, which is the first three novellas (Hunter of Demons, Master of Ghouls, and Reaper of Souls) in a single collected volume.

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Reviewed by Elizabetta

HaintedTITLE: Hainted
AUTHOR: Jordan L. Hawk
LENGTH: 249 pages/94,378 words
BLURB: The Good Guy: Haint-working runs in Dan Miller’s blood. Not everyone can help the restless dead cross over, especially when the haunting threatens the Living. But the death of his parents six years ago forced Dan to give it up in exchange for raising his brother and sister, all the while struggling to keep their rural NC farm afloat.

So when the flamboyantly goth Leif Helsvin shows up on Dan’s doorstep looking for help with an evil necromancer named Runar, Dan’s first instinct is to turn him down. With two teenagers to look after, he’s already got all the trouble he can handle. Besides, the sexy Leif is too much of a temptation, and Dan is firmly in the closet.

The Bad Boy: Pierced, tattooed Leif never has sex with the same guy twice. It keeps things simple, especially since his oath to stop Runar has him constantly drifting from one town to the next.

But this time, it looks like Leif is going to need help, in the form of the very down-to-earth Dan. Since Nice Guys are off the menu, Leif just has to keep his hands to himself for as long as it will take to stop Runar’s latest scheme. But as Leif finds himself drawn deeper into Dan’s life, he quickly realizes he’s not just in danger of breaking the rules, but breaking his heart as well.

REVIEW:

Haint: southern colloquialism for a ghost, apparition or lost soul; in folklore and popular culture, the spirit of a deceased person unable to move on to final peace, and capable of appearing in visible form or otherwise manifesting itself to the living.

Set in Appalachia country, the land of moonshine and hillbilly sensibility (ah, good memories of Lyn Gala’s “Mountain Prey”), this paranormal romance takes a more serious route and centers around haint, or ghost, hunting. Our two studly heroes are very good at what they do, called Walkers, they help the hainted to move on or destroy those spirits bent on causing harm. I’m imagining a kind of Dean and Sam of Supernatural TV and fanfic fame.

Leif, a hot, eyeliner-wearing, pierced and studded sword-wielding Nordic-looking new-guy-in-town partners with Dan, the quiet and broody country-boy farmer of the tanned and well-muscled variety for some intense ghost bashing.

What is especially great about this read are the action scenes— the hunting down of a very bad, evil, rat bastard of a necromancer and his hainted minions. Necro-guy has it in for Leif… well, he wants his lover back. But Leif says nuh-uh, homey don’t play that way anymore, and besides he has his eye on sweet Danny boy.

While Leif and Dan quietly try to figure each other out, there’s lots of sexual tension build up and even better, there is falling in like, then lust. And while there’s no insta-anything— refreshing— the denial of attraction is ever-present as both dudes think they’re not good enough for the other. But we know they’re special— the frequent threading of mythology throughout the story illustrates these present-day hunters’ own hero-making deeds.

There are great fight scenes with sword swash-buckling and wand-wielding, haint decapitations, limb whackings and lots of oozing black puddles of ghost ectoplasma-y goop. But don’t let that stop you, this is also an entertaining, well-written and nicely paced romance.

Elizabetta’s Rating:

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Review by Heather C.

TITLE: Threshold (Book #2)
SERIES: Whyborne & Griffin
AUTHOR: Jordan L. Hawk
BLURB: Introverted scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne wants nothing more than to live quietly with his lover, ex-Pinkerton detective Griffin Flaherty. Unfortunately, Whyborne’s railroad tycoon father has other ideas, namely hiring Griffin to investigate mysterious events at a coal mine.

Whyborne, Griffin, and their friend Christine travel to Threshold Mountain, a place of dark legend even before the mine burrowed into its heart. A contingent of Pinkertons—including Griffin’s ex-lover Elliot—already guard the mine. But Griffin knows better than anyone just how unprepared the detectives are to face the otherworldly forces threatening them.

Soon, Whyborne and Griffin are on the trail of mysterious disappearances, deadly accidents, and whispered secrets. Is Elliot an ally, or does he only want to rekindle his relationship with Griffin? And if so, how can Whyborne possibly hope to compete with the stunningly handsome Pinkerton—especially when Griffin is hiding secrets about his past?

For in a town where friends become enemies and horror lurks behind a human mask, Whyborne can’t afford to trust anything—including his own heart.

REVIEW:

Spoilers for Widdershins

I have been impatiently waiting for this book to come out ever since I read Widdershins a few months ago.  I love the world here that Jordan has created: alternate historical with some paranormal elements…and this one leans more towards the science fiction side.  I think the uniqueness is one of the things I love the most…well, that and Whyborne and Griffin!

Whyborne and Griffin are back…and so is Christine.  I don’t think this takes place much long after Widdershins, because Whyborne and Griffin’s relationship is still pretty new and not 100% secure. Whyborne is still dabbling with the “sorcery” behind Griffin’s back, and Griffin is still doing his PI gig.  So, when Whyborne’s father wants to hire Griffin for a job, how do you think that will go over?  Especially after Mr. Whyborne tried to have Griffin killed!

The mystery: There are some “strange happenings” going on in a mine that Mr. Whyborne has investments in located in a place called Threshold, West Virginia; strange accidents, sabotaged equipment, and disappearing people to name a few.  Some people blame it on an outlaw gang, but those superstitious miners have other ideas.  So when they start threatening to strike, Mr. Whyborne decides to send someone down there to investigate, and he knows Griffin believes in all of the things that may go bump in the night.  Remember how he tried to have him killed?

Anyway, Whyborne, Griffin, and their kick-ass, side-kick Christine, hop on a train and head to Threshold.  Upon arrival, Griffin is confronted with his past in the form of Elliot Manning, a former lover and also the person who committed him to the madhouse.  Elliot happens to be one of the Pinkertons hired to keep the miners in line, and will be Griffin and Whyborne’s go-to man in aiding their investigation.  Hmm, how do you think Whyborne will react to Griffin and Elliot’s reunion?!  And what the hell is going on in the Threshold Mine?!

So…

What did I love about this book?

The Characters: Whyborne and Griffin are so endearing and adorable and sweet.  Some may say “overly sweet”, but I love them!!  And I also love how Christine is always at the ready to play the beard when she needs to.  Plus, I love the banter between these three.

The Progression of the Relationship: I didn’t think there was as much smexy-time in this book as there was in the first; of course, they weren’t exactly in the safest place to be getting hot and heavy. Don’t misunderstand me, these guys are still HOT, and I could really feel how much they were in love with each other, with the hidden touches and secret smiles.  My heart just fluttered every time Griffin called him “Ival”. I loved how this book brought out both of their biggest insecurities: Whyborne is so insecure about is looks, and Griffin fears that he is unworthy because of his roots and his past.  But they are both so very, very wrong.  I liked how we got to see them overcome a pretty big quarrel.  Don’t worry, there was absolutely no infidelity here…I totally freaked out when I read the blurb!

The Setting: While it was completely different from the dark alleys and creepy museum we got in Widdershins, it was still just as vivid; from the coal dust to the colorful prostitutes to the scary dark woods.

The Investigation:  I loved how Whyborne was really doing most of the work, even though Griffin was the hired PI.  Honestly, I don’t think Griffin did much of anything except for constantly rescuing Whyborne.  And then there was Christine, who always had her gun at the ready.

The Bad Guys: Or should I say “bad creatures”? I never in a million years would have expected that.  Even when the tales were told, I didn’t believe it to be the truth.  Not until I saw it, er, read it with my own eyes.  Bravo, Jordan, for that creativeness. I don’t want to spoiler anything, but I will say that I don’t think the mystery here was as well-spun or as complicated as it was in the first book.

What do I hope to see in the future? 

More Sorcery:  Contrary to what Griffin wants, I would like to see Whyborne increase his skills at the spells. Not saying I want Whyborne to go all crazy and dark or anything!  Just that I love those parts in the books when Whyborne uses power.

This series is unique and different and quickly becoming one of my favorites.  I recommend giving it a try.

Heather’s Rating:

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