TO CATCH HER DEATH Guest Post, Review and Giveaway!

To Catch Her Death

Grim Reality Series
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by Boone Brux

Book Description:

What do you get when you cross a hockey mom with the grim reaper? Me, Lisa Carron.

If being a depressed, frumpy, widowed mother of three wasn’t bad enough, I just discovered I’m a grim reaper. I know what you’re thinking. Wow, that’s kind of sexy and full of awesomeness. Hardly. Oh, and my clients? Stupid people. Like I don’t get enough of that from the living.

Since Alaska is big and angels of death are few, I’ve been partnered with reaper extraordinaire, Nate Cramer. He’s strong, silent, and way too good looking for my recently widowed state. Oh, and he reaps violent criminals, so that should be interesting.

Forget the danger and the hours of self-analysis it will take for me to find my reaper mojo. My biggest problem? Hiding it all from my overly attentive family and nosy neighbors. Now that’s going to take a miracle.  Tour Page at http://bewitchingbooktours.blogspot.com

 

Genre: Paranormal Humor
Publisher: Red Hot Publishing
Date of Publication: Oct. 2013
ISBN: e-book – 9781938601118
Print – 9781938601125
Number of pages:250
Word Count: 60K
Cover Artist: Jennifer Meyers & Hot Damn Designs
E-Book provided by Bewitching Book Tours for review purposes. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as  noted.

 

It’s so great to be hsomething-differentere, talking about my new book, To Catch Her Death. The book takes place in Alaska, which is where I live, and so I’d like to share a little bit about this beautiful state. Lisa Carron, my main character, has a lot of things to contend with when she becomes the newest reaper at Grim Reaper Services. Two of the biggest are weather and terrain of Alaska.

Alaska is beautiful but rugged. It’s not for the weak of heart or the ignorant when it comes to experiencing the outdoors. There are so many different climates and terrain in Alaska. From snow to rain, sunshine to freezing temps. What you won’t find are tropical waters, palm trees, or penguins.

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Once you cross the Arctic Circle the sun doesn’t set for a few months in summer or rise a few months in winter. Another little treat that most of bush Alaska offer, but is more prevalent the farther north you go. Mosquitoes. Here’s a glimpse of those little lovelies. These pictures were taken on a road/camping trip we took this summer. Literally we had to run from the cab of the truck to the camper in back, and then spend fifteen minutes killing the mosquitoes that got in. Good times.

The joke is that mosquitoes are Alaska’s state bird. Careful or they might carry off your young.
But there’s no denying that the landscape of Alaska, despite the mosquitoes, is some of the most beautiful on earth. No matter what time of year it is.

But there’s no denying that the landscape of Alaska, despite the mosquitoes, is some of the most beautiful on earth. No matter what time of year it is.
And don’t forget the wildlife. There’s plenty of it to see. Even when you least expect it.

Weird and wonderful things abound in this state, which makes it the perfect setting for some fun escapades. Salmon Quesadillas, the Alaskan Pipeline, and even Elvis.

So if you ever want to visit Alaska, be it in person or through a book, check out my Grim Reality Novels. Lisa is sure to travel from Barrow to the Aleutian Chain, while getting in trouble every step of the way. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Thanks for having me and I hope to see you all in Alaska one day.

Hey Boone! Thanks for stopping by and your photos! After the red jump-suited Elvis I guess a Grimn Reaper wouldn’t be much of a shock. Now, here’s

mytakeGreat, first you’re widowed and then you find out you are a grim reaper and what’s worse – they are ORGANIZED — like the government.

I enjoyed this story; Lisa and her kids are very real.  As a widow, Lisa is living one of my worst fears.  Her kids aren’t portrayed too much, but in a series there’s a lot of space ahead where each can get their due.  It’s more the familial interaction that feels right.  And Lisa herself is different.  I can’t say she fits any of the Urban Fantasy stock characters I have read before.  There are many secondary characters who will also have a lot of room to grow.

I would have liked some expansion and conclusions to some plot and character points put out there in this story. Which means, of course that I will have to read the next book too. Some aspects of the book remind me of the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones; especially a seeming preoccupation with her own breasts.  Other aspects reminded me of Kim Harrison’s The Hollows (Rachel Morgan) series; in particular a sort of demonic character.

Tough points: There were many typos in what I was given as a finished copy. And one rather glaring historical inaccuracy having to do with the British Royal family.  This is a function of not enough time spent editing rather than poor writing. It’s certainly possible these were corrected after this copy was sent to me. There was also some inconsistency about her husband — at one point she says he was a great father and at another she points out that raising three kids was a full-time job and he wasn’t that interested in helping.

Is it humorous? The tone and voice are light and Lisa has that dry but  thoughtful sense of humor that involves a lot of internal dialogue (things she would like to say but which good manners cancels out).  Those are funny. But, I got more caught up in the mystery of her husband’s passing and her loss.  I think it’s hard to introduce a woman still grieving so much she wears her late husband’s sweatshirt everyday. While I did smile some while reading it, I never laughed out loud or guffawed.

I think the premise is really interesting.  I want to read the second book in the series to see if some of those loose ends get all tied up and whether she hooks up with the hot, but oh so sullen, guy. This first entry in the series is pretty clean, with very little swearing even.

Here’s something fun for the tour! Click for a good view. And you can use your new name in the comment for the giveaway!

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Giveaway
One e-copy (pdf) of TO CATCH HER DEATH.  Open to international entries.  18 and older, must be able to download a pdf.
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About the Author:
As a bestselling author, Boone Brux’s books range from high fantasy to humorous paranormal.
A former nanny, Boone has lived all over the world, finally settling in the icy region of Alaska, where she writes full time. Always looking for the next adventure, it’s not unusual to find her traversing the remotest parts of the Alaskan bush. No person or escapade is off limits when it comes to weaving real life experiences into her books or blogs.
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