2015 has been a banner year for me creatively, professionally, and personally. So in the spirit of the winter holidays, I thought it a good time to “give back” and share my success with others. And, more importantly, highlight some of the best books that I read this year. The Twelve Days of Indie-Mas will feature twelve independently published books/series that spoke to me this year, and ones that I think should be added to your holiday gift list. These are listed in no particular order of greatness, because I loved them all.

On the tenth day of Indie-Mas, my author gave to me…

A soul-eating demon named Meda
A body-switching princess named Alyrra
A library apprentice named Vhalla
A marshall named Thierry
A mori named Sara
Mages named Tarik and Hayli
A necronite named Jesse
A landskapë-crosser named Freja
A Shinree named Ian


A town called Blackbird

Christina is one of my favorite people on teh interwebs, and, thanks to a stop in her town this year, one of my favorite real people, too! But that aside, she did write a damned good urban fantasy series that I really think you all should check out.

Why I loved it

Told in three very distinct POVs, the world of Blackbird and the larger world that it’s connected to, is just a lot of fun. The first book gives us glimpses into an almost corporate-like underworld of people cycled in and out of our world after they die. Bogie, in particular, is one of the more fun POVs, but I couldn’t help my love for poor Seth.

Who would I gift this to?

Fans of urban fantasies, those who like to have a little more fun in their reads. Lovers of vampires and creatures of the night, and even those who don’t, because it’s still a fun spin.

About the Book

Blackbird may seem like any other small Midwestern town, but the bland and unremarkable façade hides a dark and deadly secret. The Discordant, creatures from the realm of Chaos, lurk in the shadows, preying upon the souls of Blackbird’s unsuspecting residents.

As an Observer, Seth is tasked with identifying the lost before they fall victim to the Discordant. An unenviable job under normal circumstances, but the situation takes a turn for the worse when Blackbird’s Guardian calls it quits and no new Guardian is available to take her place. Instead, Seth now finds himself partnered with Desmond, a powerful and intimidating Warrior, who worries that Seth will give in to the lure of Chaos. Desmond’s fears are all but validated when a magical disturbance draws even more Discordant to the area. Among them is Amara, a dangerous and nearly invincible femme fatale from Seth’s past.

To stop her, Seth must sacrifice his own soul or put all of his faith in a psychic’s vague prediction. But without a Guardian, both the Observer and Warrior are at a disadvantage and time is running out.

Buy it. Buy it now.


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