Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Audiobookworm Tour, @SEBlooding #Whiskey Witches, #Review

Author: S.M. Blooding
Narrator: Kalinda Little
Series: Whiskey Witches, Book 1
Length: 12 hours 15 minutes
Publisher: Whistling Book Press
Released: March 4, 2017
Genre: Supernatural Thriller


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.



Detective Paige Whiskey brings new meaning to hunting down the "bad guys". As a homicide detective and legacy to the great Whiskey Witches, she knows more than your average cop about things that go bump in the night. Or so she thought. Brought to Louisiana for a murder investigation that sounds like her specialty (aka the weird and unexplainable), Paige finds herself investigating not only the murder of a local but herself as that crime scene unleashes years of repressed memories - of her powers, her family and her child who was taken away by her scheming mother. She cobbles together a band of helpers in the form of a Demon Hunter and her brother in law the ghost chaser, oh and her contentious grandmother the famous kitchen witch. Of course, when you are hunting a demon, it helps if you are a demon summoner...

As far as new world building goes, SM Blooding does a pretty decent job. There are several moments throughout the story when the same information gets repeated but that may be intentional as the protagonist, Paige Whiskey, is essentially on a journey of rediscovery at the same time the listener is following chronologically. I enjoyed the blending of the arcane, and the twist of demons versus angels and who is really the "bad guy". The discord in the Whiskey family was frustrating and a little angsty but not enough to dissuade the reader from continuing through the story. Readers will truly feel for the witch whose family turns on her out of mistrust for her gifts and powers. Sven the Seven Tails makes for a very creepy antagonist and the merry chase he leads Paige and her gang on makes for a thrilling ride. The action and adventure keep the book fairly well paced with on a few lag points. The budding romance between Paige and Dexx stops as soon as it can start to bloom as the first book ends but the promise of more lures the reader to follow up with book 2, Blood Moon Majick.

Kalinda Little does a solid job as narrator for this series. There are some issues with her inconsistent accent for Sven Seven Tails but he's a creepy demon - and apparently they all have British accents which is hilarious. I enjoyed the overall pace of the reading and felt that her characterization of Paige and the supporting cast was enticing enough to keep me in the car for a good while after returning from most outings. Overall this was the perfect October read - I can say it was time well spent driving through the autumnal countryside with the Whiskey Witches!

RATING FOUR Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries. I received this audio book as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by S.M. Blooding. The gifting of this audio book did not affect my opinion of it.

Author Bio

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.

Narrator Bio

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 amature 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.

Guest Post

The Perks of Being An Author by S.M. Blooding

Really and truly, being an author is hard work. I get up at 6:30am and work until about 9-11pm with very few breaks. There’s so much to do! There’s writing and editing and covers and marketing and ads and formatting and websites and...that’s just your book. When you’re also working with other authors, then you get to do that with their books, too. 

It’s a lot of long hours and sore muscles and eating like a college student--not because you can’t afford more, but because you don’t have time for anything else. Your house looks like a wreck and you just hope that no one actually wants to come by because you’re screwed. Your family constantly wants more time with you and your writing is constantly suffering because everyone needs more time than you do, and you’re constantly being guilt-tripped into doing other things because… it’s just writing. 

But it’s amazing when your book touches someone. When your soul vomit reaches through the pages and touches and someone, talks to them, or teaches them something. When they see something they normally wouldn’t have. It’s beautiful and amazing. 

And makes all the long hours, sore muscles, bad meals, and whining kids worth it. 


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