Series Saturday: Jill Kismet

Hello my awesome readers, and welcome to another Series Saturday! Before we get started, I just want to send out a reminder that my short story, The Legend of Old Jack, is up on Wattpad (FREE to read, but you have to have an account, which is also free :)) in the #TNTHorrorContest. You can read and vote here:

https://www.wattpad.com/user/haunted_october

Now, back to the series😀

The Jill Kismet series by Lilith Saintcrow is one I absolutely love. I had just finished reading the Dante Valentine series by Lilith, and since I love Urban Fantasy, I couldn’t wait to give Jill a go.

She’s tough, and has had a rough go of it, but there was something that drew me to Jill and kept me anxiously awaiting the next book. Each book dug deeper into her world, and showed (not told me) why and how Jill is the way she is.

The secondary characters are strong, and have a pull all their own. Part of the draw to the series was that I wanted to know more about the characters that were around Jill- whether they were the good guys or the bad guys. I don’t always find that pull with series, and when that’s the case I normally stop reading at book three. But, happily, that wasn’t the case with the Jill Kismet series🙂

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When things go bump in the night, I bump back. Hard.

Every city has a hunter — someone brave enough, tough enough, and fearless enough to take on the nightside. Santa Luz is lucky. They’ve got Jill Kismet. With a hellbreed mark on her wrist and a lot of silverjacket ammo, she’s fully trained and ready to take on the world.

Except the world isn’t the problem. The problem is hellbreed thinking they can run her town, and a clutch of nightmarish murders. It looks like a rogue Were is killing his way through Santa Luz, and he’s got help. So does Jill–but help isn’t what this new hunter needs. She needs a miracle. But miracles are in short supply. Better stick with more ammo…

Welcome to the Night Shift…

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Another night on the Nightside… An ancient evil looms over Santa Luz. Prostitutes are showing up dead and eviscerated. And Jill Kismet just might be able to get her revenge against an old enemy.

There’s just one problem. Someone wants Jill dead–again. And if they have to open up Hell itself to kill her, they will.

Sometimes, even when you’re Jill Kismet, you don’t have a prayer…

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Some cases are unusual – even for Jill Kismet.

When her police contact asks her to look into a “suicide”, she suddenly finds herself in a labyrinth of deception, drugs, murder — and all-too-human corruption. The cops are her allies, except for the ones who want her dead. The hellbreed are her targets, except for the ones who might know what’s going on. Her city is in danger, time is running out, and each lead only draws her deeper.

How far will a hunter go when her city — and her friends — are on the line?

Just far enough.

Step into Redemption Alley…

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The Cirque de Charnu has come.

They will clean out the demons and the suicides, and move on. As long as they stay within the rules, Jill Kismet can’t deny them entry. But she can watch–and if they step out of line, she’ll send them packing.

When Cirque performers start dying grotesquely, Kismet has to find out why, or the fragile truce won’t hold and her entire city will become a carnival of horror. She also has to play the resident hellbreed power against the Cirque to keep them in line, and find out why ordinary people are needing exorcisms. And then there’s the murdered voodoo practitioners, and the zombies.

An ancient vengeance is about to be enacted. The Cirque is about to explode. And Jill Kismet is about to find out some games are played for keeps…

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When a new hellbreed comes calling, playing nice isn’t an option. Jill Kismet has no choice but to seek treacherous allies – Perry, the devil she knows, and Melisande Belisa, the cunning Sorrows temptress whose true loyalties are unknown.

Kismet knows Perry and Belisa are likely playing for the same thing–her soul. It’s just too bad, because she expects to beat them at their own game. Except their game is vengeance.

Nobody plays vengeance like Kismet. But if the revenge she seeks damns her, her enemies might get her soul after all…

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Jill Kismet is back from the grave in this explosive conclusion to Lilith Saintcrow’s urban fantasy series.

She wakes up in her own grave. She doesn’t know who put her there, she doesn’t know where she is, and she has no friends or family.

She only knows two things: She has a job to do: cleansing the night of evil. And she knows her name.

Jill Kismet.

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If you love Urban Fantasy and haven’t read these books yet, I highly recommend them. This series is one of the best UF series I’ve come across- it easily sits in the top five on my list.

No spoilers on this one, but I will say that the ending of book four is one of the best I’ve ever read and it had my heart in my throat for a long time. It made waiting for the last book nearly impossible.

So go out and grab these books- you won’t regret it!

Happy Reading!

An Update on Things

Hello🙂 I hope this post finds you well! I haven’t done an update post in a bit so here we go:

1) I’m working on edits for two books right now. Hoping to have both done by this Sunday/Monday. So far, it’s looking like I’ll reach that goal🙂

2) I’m writing on three different novels, two of which will be finished (rough drafts) by the end of November. I’m aiming for the end of December to have at least one of them on submission.

3) Short stories- I’m working on two right now. One in Tuck’s POV, and one in another slayer’s. I’m quite excited about both.

4) I’ve written here and there on the epic fantasy. This is just the pace of the book because a lot has to go into it and I’ve been building a series bible to keep track of people, histories, and major events that are the key factors to what’s happening in to my main character and why. I’ve just accepted that this thing will be done when it wants to and I’m not going to try and force it. The words flow better that way with this story.

And that’s pretty much it for catching you up🙂 Book three of the Isles and West series- Aequitas – will be December 16th! Not too long now. I’m very excited for you all to read this one.

I’m hoping to do either a Fantasy Friday post tomorrow, or a Series Saturday. I’m getting behind on that (my apologies!). I hope everyone has a great weekend!

 

The Exorcist- A Review and Recommendation

It’s no secret that I love horror movies🙂  One of my favorites is The Exorcist, so when I saw they were making a tv show I was both excited and quite wary. But, I had nothing to worry about- the show is amazing. And after the twist they threw in this past Friday (in Chapter 5), I’m excited to see where they take it.

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WARNING: SOME SPOILERS AHEAD!

*****

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Geena Davis is one of my favorite actresses, and has been since I was a kid. She is stellar as Angela Rance. I expected no less from her, and I suspect after the character twist that she’s going to shine brighter in this role as the show goes on.

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I’ve been a fan of Alan Ruck since I saw him in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. He plays the role of Henry Rance (Angela’s husband), and his character has had a bit of rough go of it since his accident, which left him with mental issues due to a head injury. Henry is an interesting character who has some mysterious touches, and I’m interested in seeing where the show takes his character.

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Kat, played by Brianne Howey, is the older Rance sister. She’s healing from a car accident that not only took someone close to her, but also her ability to dance (at least for the time being). She’s…a frustrating character for me🙂 I feel for her, and what she’s lost, but she’s also unwilling to see what’s truly happening until it’s too late. I really wanted to slap her in the last episode. However,  I am curious as to where her character will go now that the shit has officially hit the fan.

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Casey Rance, played by Hannah Kasulka. Poor Casey. The younger Rance sister is…not doing so hot (understatement, I know🙂 ). You can really feel her struggling to keep fighting, and the events of the Chapter 5 really hit me in the feels. And now that the twist has happened, her character’s importance is made much clearer. But the full picture isn’t known yet, and I can’t wait to follow her storyline further into the dark.

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Ben Daniels is perfect as Father Marcus. The moment he first appeared in the show I knew he’d be a favorite. His character’s story is compelling, and he’s just…awesome. Okay? He’s wicked and awesome, and I’m not afraid to admit that I love Father Marcus. I may go to Hell for that…though, he was excommunicated, so I think I’ll be okay LOL

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Father Tomas, played by Alfonso Herrera. Oh, Father Tomas. He’s…a bit off course, to say the least. He’s a compelling character. Tomas has a lot weighing on him, especially after Chapter 5, but following his journey has been one of the best parts of the show. From when Angela first comes to him in Chapter 1, to what happens in Chapter 5, his story has moved drastically. It will be interesting to see how his role will change starting in Chapter 6, and how he’ll handle what Angela confesses to him in Chapter 5.

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Kurt Egyiawan plays Father Bennett, who we first meet in Chapter 1, and Marcus pulls a gun on him🙂 While we’ve not seen too much of him as of yet, I’ve seen enough to intrigue me. I want to know his story, what his role is, even if he is a bit of a…pain ;) 

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One of my favorite characters outside of the main ones is Mother Bernadette (played by Deanna Dunagan). I really hope we see her again, because she is AWESOME!!!

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I can see how some fans of the movie and book would have a hard time liking the show. I was wary, and knew I’d have to tune out some of what I loved about the book and movie in order to truly enjoy the show. This is not a remake, and that was made clear before the first episode even aired. I would’ve continued watching even if the twist hadn’t come in Chapter 5, but with that twist, everything changed in the best way possible. I squealed- literally, I squealed, and nearly jumped off the couch in excited and shock.

Each episode is better than the last, and as the tension is notched up, I find myself wishing Friday would hurry up and get here so I can find out what happens next.

I highly recommend giving this show a try if you love horror and suspense. It’s well worth your time🙂

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