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Stolen Ink by Holly Evans

What a pleasant surprise to find Holly Evans’ first book in the Ink Born series. I recently interviewed Danielle Ackley-McPhail, one of the editors of the Bad-Ass Faeries anthology series and she mentioned Evans as an author she thought was going places. I’d have to agree with her on that one!

Evans takes a little bit of this and a little bit of that and tosses in a dash of this other thing over here and makes a world that is both familiar and different at the same time. In a city that could be anywhere, but most likely in England, resides Dacian. Dacian, or Dan, is a tattoo magician. He can help draw out the tattoo that his clients are meant to have. There is much more to it than that, but I don’t want to take away from the fun of discovery.

Oh, and did I mention that he has two tattoo animals, a cat named Kyra and a snake named Aris; a best friend who is his tattoo partner, former lover, and an elf; that he has dreamwalker and shapeshifter friends? Or that he is a lonely gay man in a world of magic and intrigue that seems to leave little time – or desire – for anything long-term? Or that he has a deep secret that he won’t even tell his best friend?

You’ll just have to read the book to find out about that secret!

Dacian feels compelled to get involved in a series of mysteries tattoo related magical deaths. He’s drawn to the killer through the ink. Like many a hero in fantasy he is reluctant and fights it all the way kicking and screaming. But along the way he learns something about himself, something that he is afraid to share with anyone and something that might lead to him having to flee for his life and leave everything behind that he has worked so hard to create – his tattoo business, his friends, and a budding romance that he didn’t even want.

If you like fantasy, faeries, magic, mystery, and a dash of romance this is a book for you. The love scenes are subtle and won’t even make you blush to read them on the bus or in a coffee-house. The action is intense at times and the road to self-discovery for Dacian is one that I do not envy him.


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Billy Boyle a WWII Mystery

Billy Boyle

I’m a fan of period mysteries. From stories set in ancient times to futuristic crime dramas. James R. Benn’s Billy Boyle was no disappointment for me.

Following the story of Lt. William Boyle, an Irish cop from the south of Boston, this novel takes you straight into the action at Beardsley Hall in England at the beginning of America’s involvement on the European front of World War II. Billy Boyle is a young man who has no experience of anything outside of Boston, Mass. He finds himself transplanted into the U.S. Army Headquarters under the command of General Eisenhower, who just happens to be his uncle.

Flipping through this fast passed novel will take you deep into the inner workings of the planned liberation of Norway from the Nazis. Along the way you’ll meet the King of Norway, a Baron, a spy, a murderer, a knighted soldier and his two passionate daughters who will take your breath away. Follow the rumors of stolen gold, misplaced love affairs and a Nazi spy in the midst of the Norwegian government in exile as you learn what is means to be a young Irish-American cop who has no clue what he is doing working for Ike or trusted with the details of a top-secret plan.

Will Lt. Boyle follow his orders like a good soldier or will he let his heart and instincts lead him? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

This story did not disappoint. From an editor’s POV, I was impressed with the attention to continuity, spelling and grammar. From a reader’s POV, I was riveted. James R. Benn is one author I am looking forward to reading more from.

Originally published in 2006 in hardback, released in 2011 to Kindle. I read the Kindle format and you can find it and hardback and paperback editions at Amazon.

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