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.
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.
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.
Paige pulled herself back into the passenger seat of the car. Sulfur. Demons. It had to be demons. Right? What did she need to protect against that? Shit. She didn’t know. Understanding symbols was one thing, but the Whiskeys did not to deal with demons. Real demons. Had to be. Right? The vision? Throwing up sulfur? Had she just been possessed? Crap! What would Sam and Dean do? The Winchester boys always had a plan. On TV. Where they would throw out some really crazy ideas, go so far as to actually kill their two main leads off, and then bring them back. Sometimes, literally, from Hell. No. Supernatural and Hollywood weren’t going to help her. She didn’t have anyone who would bring her back from Hell.
Let’s say that you come from a long line of witches, well-known witches who help people with the supernatural or the unexplainable situations. What would be your first thought? Would you be a target? Would people like you? Fear you? Would it be dangerous? All of these questions arise in Whiskey Witches, the first installment in the series. Blooding has an intense break of the ice, first installment too! There are a lot of questions, a lot of injustices, and possession. We can’t forget that. The author does a stunning job by incorporating action-pact and paranormal elements all in one package.
Paige Whiskey is the detective…and witch…called into a crime scene with murder written all over it. Paige tends to get the strange cases and for the life of her, can’t really figure out why. Why are they drawn to her? She doesn’t possess any gift like the other witches in her family. Once she figures out what this particular case is about, she feels like she is in over her head. Someone is killing people in a sick and twisted sacrificial way in order to raise a demon. Why would they want to raise a demon? After learning exactly what their plan is…she fears that she may have been called in too late. Someone is out to raise a specific demon, protector of the Gate to Hell. There is something else going on and Paige takes it upon herself to find out what the bigger scheme is. Who are they working for? Who is involved? Demons? Angels? Humans? With all that being said, Paige discovers some things about herself in the process that were hidden from her memory…like the fact that she does indeed have a power…to summon demons. That little fact could have been the main reason why she was called to the scene in the first place…unbeknownst to her…but not the killer.
Blooding does a superb job with character development, originality, creativity, and pace. The pace is nice and fast, but not in any way difficult to keep up with. The scenery described is vivid, lucid, and completely elemental. Since this review compliments the audiobook, the narrator Kalinda Little did have some strengths and weaknesses with the portrayal of this story. The special effects when layering her voice for paranormal entities were incredible as well as changing the vocalization from past to present memories. The only thing that didn’t sit well with the story was the attitude in which the narrator portrays for her characters. Some of them were scared being control, but everyone seemed to have a sense of bravado in the voices that were relayed over audio. There should have been more emotional differences, but found none. If you are a reader of paranormal fiction and dark fantasy, you may want to pick this one up as it is the first installment of the Whiskey Witches Series.
A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a four-star rating for Whiskey Witches by S.M. Blooding, narrated by Kalinda Little.
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.
Whiskey Witches, Book 1
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