Author: Jenn Windrow
Narrator: Chelsea Stephens
Length: 8 hours 49 minutes
Series: Alexis Black, Book 1
Publisher: Irreverent Publishing
Released: Jan. 23, 2019
Genre: Urban Fantasy
“Evil’s Unlikely Assassin is a promising urban fantasy debut that features all that’s great about the genre–action, attitude, and ass-kicking.” -Jaye Wells, USA Today bestselling author of The Sabina Kane and Prospero’s War series
Vampire Alexis Black is on a mission – to rejoin the human race.
Coerced into signing an ironclad contract by an Angel-with-attitude, Alexis must hunt down and assassinate at least one vampire, werewolf, or creepy crawly every night for fifty years to become human again. Too bad the contract didn’t mention the badass vampire who now rides shotgun in her brain, insatiable bloodlust, or her new I-hate-everything-with-fangs sidekick. If she can fulfill her end of the bargain, her humanity is restored, if not she will be destroyed.
But when a revenge-seeking bloodsucker threatens her city, Alexis must risk everything to ensure there’s a humanity to return to. Since her vampire nature is her greatest weapon to defeat the monsters that threaten her friends and future, Alexis must choose to accept her inner beast or watch those she loves die.
Jenn Windrow is an award winning author of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. Vampires, Greek gods, and a bit of Freak Show fun for everyone.
She loves characters who have a pinch of spunk, a dash of attitude, and a large dollop of sex appeal. Top it all off with a huge heaping helping of snark, and you’ve got the ingredients for the kind of fast paced stories she loves to read and write. Home is a suburb of it’s-so-hot-my-shoes-have-melted-to-the-pavement Phoenix. Where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and a slew of animals that seem to keep following her home, at least that’s what she claims.
Chelsea Stephens has a long time love and appreciation for the performing arts, with experience in on-stage acting, singing and voice over. Her love for reading books and the pursuit of the story led her to narration. She enjoys unfolding characters and bringing listeners into new worlds. Chelsea is an experienced voice actor with a talent for mystery, fantasy and YA novels. She’s a mom to a gaggle of young ones living in the Midwest with her lumbersexual husband.
The smell of his fear called to my inner monster, the predator. I fought Eddie, tried to control him once again, but Eddie was strong. Stronger than me. I couldn’t stop myself—I sank my fangs into the soft skin of his throat. The first drop of blood landed on my tongue. More. More. Eddie begged. Blood gives you strength. Blood will quench the hunger. Tame your blood lust. Tame me. Blood will allow you to be the creature you are meant to be. One sip. One draw. One gulp. That’s all it would take to satisfy the urge. To kill the craving. To destroy everything. To turn me into the monster that I have fought to become. I released my grip, and Moe fell from my hands, landing at my feet, limp and pale. Twin rivers of blood ran down his neck and dripped onto the asphalt. You will never win this battle. I meant every word.
If you had the chance to live again after you thought you had died, what would that look like? If there were stipulations to the second life—like fighting against your own to protect another race, would you still want to live? Windrow has one kick-butt assassin, who has a vampire soul and a contract to uphold in order to get her soul back. The story will immerse readers into a life filled with mischief and mayhem and is sure to be one that you’ll not want to put down.
Alexis Black is beautiful. Alexis Black is tiny. Alexis Black is ALWAYS hungry. With a contract on her hip, placed by one hotshot angel, she has a constant reminder of what she can and cannot do in order to earn her soul back. She has lived for one-hundred and fifty years and for every single one of those days, she has kept her nose clean. She hasn’t had a drop of human blood from the vein and has destroyed one supernatural EVERY night. It gets exhausting to carry out the same routine every day, but the reward is substantial to her and worth fighting the extra fifty years for. When a friend comes back to town after she almost lost her battle to a few humans baiting her in an alleyway, she has run out of options. As the night nears its end, she is forced to do something that she knows she will regret. Little does she know, in the days that follow, she would be doing a lot more of the things that she would always regret, especially once a major vampire leader has turned rogue and started to build an army. Not even the Behavioral Analysis Unit for vampires can hold them in check as their numbers grow to an all-time high in mere days. Alexis, her work-in-progress friend Reaper, and two unsuspecting individuals have formed an alliance to save the humans from the vampires, a bond almost like family. Can she protect her family and be the hero when her inner beast, AKA Eddie, learns how to start taking control of the wheel?
Windrow has a superb story-line, filled with creativity, originality and intriguing characters. The pace is very quick, but easy to follow. There is action and suspense lurking in the shadows and in every corner. With war waging among the vampires and humans for freedom, Alexis doesn’t know who she can trust. The story appears to be written fairly well. Since this review compliments the audiobook, Stephens provides wonderful voice relay for all of the characters within the story. Her narration makes the novel lively and enjoyable for the reader. This is the first installment in the Alexis Black Series; therefore, the reader can jump right in to the action. If you are a reader of paranormal romance, suspense and fantasy, you may enjoy this story.
An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating to Evil’s Unlikely Assassin by Jenn Windrow.
- Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook. I really didn’t anticipate doing an audio book, not that I didn’t want to, I just didn’t realize that it was something Indie’s could do and when I was with my publisher it wasn’t an option. One day I volunteered to do a podcast, and next thing I knew he was convincing me that audio was the next big thing and I needed to get it done. Then I am being introduced to Chelsea and we are agreeing to work together. The moment I heard her, I knew she was Alexis, it all just seemed so perfect. She had to hold my hand and help this audiobook virgin through all the steps, I don’t think I annoyed her too much. So, far I love the whole process. It is strange not to have control over certain aspects of a product with your name on it, such as price and release date, but it’s worth it to hear my characters come to life.
- Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing? NO. In fact it’s funny, I never really thought about what my characters sounded like. But I knew when I started listening to different narrators exactly what they DIDN’T sound like.
- How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters? We did quite a bit of prep work to narrow down the accents for the all the characters. I never realized what a diverse cast I had until Chelsea had to figure out what they all sounded like. She did short clips before she even started recording to nail everyone before she even started recording, In fact, we just finished that process for book two. I keep a series bible, and in it, I have all the character details, so I copied everything I had and sent them to her. Plus, added in a link to my Pinterest page so she could see who I thought they looked like.
- How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing? I write what I want to read. I will admit that when I was working with a publisher to drive had disappeared, but now that I am my own boss, I love creating new characters and stories again. I do take my weekends off though to recharge and let my mind rest.
- What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”? I’d say that reading is reading, whether the book is paper, on a screen, or coming through a set of headphones. Who cares how you are receiving the information, a story is a story. You’re hopefully enjoying something someone has written. Just because I read on a kindle, it doesn’t make me dislike paper books, I love them, I just ran out of room to store them years ago. Audio books give readers a chance to enjoy a story while they are doing everyday things like driving or doing the dishes.
- How did you celebrate after finishing this novel? I take a much needed nap and force my husband to take me out for Mexican food!
- Are any of those things referenced in appearance in your work? San Diego is the main city for my Redeeming Cupid Series.
- Do you have any tips for authors going through the process of turning their books into audiobooks? Take the time to find the narrator that fits the voice of your character. I think that really is the most important part of this whole process.
- What’s next for you? I’m working on the third Alexis Black Novel, Evil’s Avenging Angel and starting the process of turing Evil’s Ultimate Huntress into an audiobook with Chelsea as the narrator again.
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