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PsyCop Briefs Audiobook Review



Title: PsyCop Briefs: Volume 1 (PsyCop short stories)
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Narrator: Gomez Pugh
Publisher: JCP Books (Self-Published)
Release Date: 20th December, 2016
Genre(s): Urban fantasy, paranormal, contemporary romance
Length: 7 hours and 45 mins

Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

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Victor Bayne sees dead people for a living…and he sees them off the clock, too.  After all, ghosts don’t confine their appearances to a psychic medium’s work hours.

From the macabre to the mundane, from titillating to tender, these PsyCop shorts feature stolen moments between the novels. Get a glimpse of Vic’s life with Jacob between cases, from both men’s viewpoints. Gain new insight on their psychic talents by accompanying them on odd jobs, shopping runs and family visits, or simply enjoy some downtime in the cannery.

The twenty short works range in length from flash fiction to novelettes, woven together to create a novel-length narrative of Vic and Jacob’s relationship from a fresh perspective. The stories are gleaned from various sources: anthologies, newsletters, and web, with four all-new pieces to tie the collection together and delve deeper into your favorite PsyCops’ domestic life.

Coffee O’Clock
Thaw
Mind Reader
Stroke of Midnight
No Sale
Most Likely To…
Jock Straps On Sale
Piece of Cake
In the Dark
Let the Chips Fall
Memento
Impact
Everyone’s Afraid of Clowns
Waiting Game
On the Road
Wood
Off the Cuff
Locked and Loaded
Inside Out
Witness

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five-stars

A varied collection of twenty PsyCop stories, from brief vignettes to longer multi-chaptered novellas. Some delightful, some gripping, and all enthralling if you are a PsyCop fan. They are vaguely chronological in order, although Inside Out is a prequel or sort of flashback to a time before the series began and Everyone’s Afraid of Clowns and Witness are set in the future. Each story complements the fabulous series, providing a different slant on Vic and Jacob’s relationship, or give a glimpse into their everyday life. We are also treated to several smoking hot scenes. I particularly liked the occasional change of point of view. Both Lisa and Jacob get to tell us a story. I especially enjoyed Stroke of Midnight, Memento, Wood, Inside Out, and Witness. Wonderful world-building, great writing, and a superb romance!

As always Gomez Pugh narrates the stories in his distinct and flawless manner. He is Victor Bayne—snarky, humorous, fabulous. And my knees still go weak whenever I hear Jacob’s husky voice! 

 

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Audiobook Review ~ Spook Squad



Title: Spook Squad (PsyCop #7)
Author: Jordan Castillo Price  Narrator: Gomez Pugh
Publisher: JCP Books LLC
Release Date: 04-05-2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, paranormal
Length: 12 hours and 8 mins
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

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Everyone enjoys peace and tranquility, and Victor Bayne is no exception. He goes to great lengths to maintain a harmonious home with his partner, Jacob. Although the cannery is huge, it’s grown difficult to avoid the elephant in the room…the elephant with the letters FPMP scrawled on its hide.

Once Jacob surrendered his PsyCop badge, he infiltrated the Federal Psychic Monitoring Program. In his typical restrained fashion, he hasn’t been sharing much about what he actually does behind its vigilantly guarded doors. And true to form, Vic hasn’t asked. In fact, he would prefer not to think about the FPMP at all, since he’s owed Director Dreyfuss an exorcism since their private flight to PsyTrain.

While Vic has successfully avoided FPMP entanglement for several months, now his debt has finally come due.

 

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stars-five

First, I must say I love the audiobook cover art for this story.

Once again the superb narration by Gomez Pugh kept me enthralled from start to finish. He has made this wonderful series truly outstanding. The pace and tone are spot on. I love the way he delivers Vic’s sarcastic and witty lines. In fact, he is Victor Bane and always will be. I adore the brilliant characterisation of each person with their distinctive voices and I especially love the voice he gave to Jacob. So sexy!

You really need to read/listen to the previous six stories in this series to fully appreciate the events and characters in this epic instalment.

Spook Squad is a lengthy and complex story, with fabulous and unexpected twists along the way. So much happens in a JCP novel. Her writing is marvellous and draws you in to each and every scene. The characters are well-developed and some surprise us here. The dialogue is real and engaging, and the world-building is excellent.

The main plot of this story centres around Vic identifying and exorcising the repeaters in Con Dreyfuss’s office at the FPMP building as payback for a favour from the previous story. There’s so much else going on, though. The exorcism scenes throughout this book are thrilling. I love how JCP has developed Vic’s psychic abilities and that Jacob is often there to assist him. Their connection is so deep they can just about read each other’s minds.

Indeed, we are treated to quality time when Vic and Jacob are together, and that is super hot and special. You can almost feel the love, passion, and trust that flows between these two lovers when they interact.

I’m looking forward to the next story as I’m sure there’s plenty of work left for Vic and Jacob to do, plus I need to know what’s going to happen to Crash.

 

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PsyCop Briefs

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Victor Bayne sees dead people for a living…and he sees them off the clock, too.  After all, ghosts don’t confine their appearances to a psychic medium’s work hours.

From the macabre to the mundane, from titillating to tender, these PsyCop shorts feature stolen moments between the novels. Get a glimpse of Vic’s life with Jacob between cases, from both men’s viewpoints. Gain new insight on their psychic talents by accompanying them on odd jobs, shopping runs and family visits, or simply enjoy some downtime in the cannery.

The twenty short works range in length from flash fiction to novelettes, woven together to create a novel-length narrative of Vic and Jacob’s relationship from a fresh perspective. The stories are gleaned from various sources: anthologies, newsletters, and web, with four all-new pieces to tie the collection together and delve deeper into your favorite PsyCops’ domestic life.

 

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PsyCop Audiobooks by Jordan Castillo Price

The PsyCop series by Jordan Castillo Price

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Once upon a time if you told doctors you heard voices, they’d diagnose you as schizophrenic, put you on heavy drugs, and lock you away in a cozy state institution to keep you from hurting yourself or others.

Nowadays they test you first to see if you’re psychic.

The PsyCop series by Jordan Castillo Price features frazzled psychic medium Victor Bayne and his smokin’-hot boyfriend, Jacob Marks. Fifteen years ago, Victor studied at Heliotrope Station, one of the original residential psychic training programs in the U.S. The only thing he learned in that facility was how to be a better liar.

Now he’s part of an elite PsyCop unit. Solving murders should be a snap when you can talk to the deceased. But since no one’s ever given him a lucky break when they were alive, why would they start now ?

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5* for the story and the performance

I hadn’t read any of the PsyCop books before I listened to the series on Audible. I throughly enjoyed each story and Jordan’s distinctive storytelling. I loved the premise of the series and thought the chemistry between Vic and Jacob was sizzling throughout. Gomez Pugh’s performance was fabulous. His narration was spot on for each character. He differentiated each person clearly and made them come alive for me. I pictured everything going on in the scenes and recognized each character when they spoke. Jacob’s voice was husky and so sexy. UNF! The production quality was excellent. I will definitely listen to all five superb stories again.

This is what Jordan said about choosing a narrator for the series: “But then Gomez Pugh sent in an audition and totally nailed it. It’s hard to articulate exactly what the quality of his voice is that captured my imagination… He sounded just about the right age, so you could buy that he was a fortyish cop from Chicago. And—most important—he sounded world-weary and disillusioned, even though I was having him read a romantic scene. That was what really grabbed me.”

“I think people process audio and text differently—I know I do. Some folks say they can’t pay attention to an audiobook. I’m the opposite of that. I will forget where I’m driving when an audiobook is playing in the car, because I get so swept away into the storyverse. When my eyes are tired from a day at the computer, and the last thing they want to do is watch TV or read, I love being able to lie back and lose myself in an audio.

What I notice Gomez brings specifically to PsyCop, though, is an elusive tenderness to Vic when he’s dealing with certain people. I think his rapport with his BFF Lisa is striking. There’s a scene in Body and Soul where he’s talking to a victim’s grandmother, where Vic and the old lady don’t even speak the same language. But the tenderness there was so clear it actually choked me up. The ease Vic feels when he’s talking to Maurice really shines through. And the chemistry with Vic and Jacob, particularly in the love scenes, just floors me. So I think what this talented actor is bringing to the books is delicious nuance that reveals layers of characterization in a way that might not always happen with text.”

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Victor Bayne, the psychic half a PsyCop team, is a gay medium who’s more concerned with flying under the radar than in making waves.

He hooks up with handsome Jacob Marks, a non-psychic (or “Stiff”) from an adjacent precinct at his ex-partner’s retirement party, and it seems like his dubious luck has taken a turn for the better. But then a serial killer surfaces who can change his appearance to match any witness’ idea of the world’s hottest guy.

Solving murders is a snap when you can ask the victims whodunit, but this killer’s not leaving any spirits behind.

Warning: This audiobook contains explicit adult content.

Buy on Audible / iTunes / Amazon

Criss Cross

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Criss Cross finds the ghosts surrounding Victor getting awfully pushy. The medications that Victor usually takes to control his abilities are threatening to destroy his liver, and his new meds aren’t any more effective than sugar pills.

Vic is also adjusting to a new PsyCop partner, a mild-mannered guy named Roger with all the personality of white bread. At least he’s willing to spring for the Starbucks.

Jacob’s ex-boyfriend, Crash, is an empathic healer who might be able to help Victor pull his powers into balance, but he seems more interested in getting into Victor’s pants than in providing any actual assistance.

 Buy on Audible / iTunes / Amazon 

Body & Soul

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Thanksgiving can’t end too soon for Victor Bayne, who’s finding Jacob’s family hard to swallow. Luckily, he’s called back to work to track down a high-profile missing person.

Meanwhile, Jacob tries to find a home they can move into that’s not infested – with either cockroaches or ghosts. As if the house-hunting isn’t stressful enough, Vic’s new partner Bob Zigler doesn’t seem to think he can do anything right. A deceased junkie with a bone to pick leads Vic and Zig on a wild chase that ends in a basement full of horrors.

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Secrets

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Victor Bayne’s job as a PsyCop involves tracking down dead people and getting them to spill their guts about their final moments. It’s never been fun, per se. But it’s not usually this annoying.

Vic has just moved in with his boyfriend Jacob, he can’t figure out where anything’s packed, and his co-worker is pressuring him to have a housewarming party.

Can’t a guy catch a break?

On a more sinister note, Vic discovers there’s absolutely no trace of him online. No trace of anyone else who trained at “Camp Hell,” either. Everyone Vic knows has signed a mysterious set of papers to ensure his “privacy.” The contracts are so confidential that even Vic has never heard of them. But Jacob might have.

What other secrets has Jacob been keeping?

Buy on Audible UK / Audible.com

Camp Hell

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Victor Bayne honed his dubious psychic skills at one of the first psych training facilities in the country, Heliotrope Station, otherwise known as Camp Hell to the psychics who’ve been guests behind its razorwire fence.

Vic discovered that none of the people he remembers from Camp Hell can be found online, and there’s no mention of Heliotrope Station itself, either. Someone’s gone through a lot of trouble to bury the past. But who?

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Thaw (a PsyCop short)

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Body Art: A Thriller by Jordan Castillo Price

Body Art: A Thriller

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Jordan Castillo Price celebrated the audiobook release of Body Art: a Thriller by reissuing this classic M/M novella with hot new cover art. Readers new to JCP who enjoy mysteries and contemporary stories will find this gripping, hair-raising suspense a great entry point to her work.

Series: Standalone
Genre: Contemporary M/M Thriller, M/M Suspense
Length: Novella – 30,150 words – 108 page PDF
Cover artist: Jordan Castillo Price
ISBN: 978-1-935540-40-3

Ebook buy links Amazon – Smashwords – BN –iTunes

Audiobook buy links  Audible – iTunes – Amazon

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Does everyone have a certain “type” they end up with…whether they want to or not? If Ray Carlucci’s ex is anything to go by, Ray likes his men gorgeous, rebellious, and chock-full of issues. But now that Ray is single again, he has a shot at a fresh start—a very fresh start, since his tattoo shop was gutted by repo men and he can fit all his belongings in the trunk of a taxi.

Ray’s shiny new chauffeur’s license lands him a job as a driver for an elderly couple on Red Wing Island. It’s a cold fall, and since the Michigan island is the summer home to snowbirds who fly south for the winter, it’s practically deserted—save for Ray’s new household and a sculptor named Anton Kopec, who works day and night twisting brambles and twine into the distorted shapes of macabre creatures. Compelling, bizarre, and somewhat disturbing…not just the sculptures, but the artist, too. Ray has a feeling Anton is just his “type.”

Despite their scorching chemistry, when a dead body is unearthed by some workers and a freak ice storm traps them all on the island, Ray can’t say for certain that his new flame isn’t capable of murder.

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Wanted:

Driver, Red Wing Island. Must speak English and have current Michigan chauffeur license. Room, board, and stipend provided. Single gentleman over 35 preferred. Smokers need not apply.

Was it still legal to discriminate against smokers? I wasn’t sure, but I thought it might give me an edge. I read the ad through again. I had a brand-spanking-new piece of plastic that entitled me to drive a cab, bus, or limousine. I was also flat broke, in debt up to my eyeballs, and I sorely needed somewhere to stay. Oh, and I spoke English too.

I’d followed the Guide to Gainful Employment to a tee. New haircut. New shirt. New slacks. New tie—new to me, anyway. Even polished my shoes for the first time in my life. The final tip, according to the Guide, was to be sure to address the interviewer by name, using a mnemonic device, if necessary, to do it.

It hadn’t mentioned what to do if there were two interviewers. Damn.

Two women turned up for the interview in the back office of the employment agency. There was an old one—eighties, I’d guess—and a younger one, a handful of years older than me. Maybe forty or so. A stocky, sturdy forty, with hair cropped short and gray at the temples. No makeup. The daughter? Maybe. She didn’t look like an accountant or a lawyer, that’s for sure. She glanced down at her paper, and asked me, “If a drawbridge does not have a signal light or attendant, how many feet away must you stop and check if the draw is closed?”

That was just on my test. “Fifty.”

I’d been so excited to know the answer to that one that I’d leaned forward and allowed my tie to slide out of place. The missing button midway down the shirt gaped. I hadn’t noticed it at the thrift store. I’d just been glad to find a dress shirt for less than three bucks that didn’t need to be ironed. I covered the buttonhole with the tie. And then I realized the gesture had caused my sleeve to ride up and show a glimpse of my ink. Damn it. Maybe they hadn’t noticed. They were looking me in the face, weren’t they? Both of them? I hoped so—the kind of hope where your stomach twists up and squeezes itself ’til you’re sick. Because I really, really needed that job.

The old woman, Mrs. White, which was easy to remember—white hair, white pearls, Mrs. White—reached over and tapped the other one on the forearm. My guts twisted against themselves harder. She’d seen. And decided I wasn’t the sort of man she wanted living under her roof.

I couldn’t dream up a neat mnemonic trick for the younger woman, Ms. Friedman, but I figured I could handle two names. She nodded vaguely and shuffled her questionnaire. “Do you have any family nearby, Mr. Carlucci?”

I itched to tell her to call me Ray, since I was only “Mr. Carlucci” to the legions of bill collectors I’d been picking off my sorry hide over the last year, but I figured it wasn’t my place to dictate who was called what during the interview. “Parents in Florida.”

Mrs. White spoke up. “Any wife? Children?”

And then I remembered the ad. Single gentleman preferred. Which seemed about as politically incorrect as specifying a nonsmoker. “No. Never married. No kids.”

Queer as the day is long, actually. But right now? A single gentleman. It made me sound a lot ritzier than I was, but I supposed I fit the bill.

“On your application,” said Friedman, “you wrote down ‘business owner’ as your last job. What was that?”

An answer I’d prepared for. “Custom art.” Because tattoo parlor didn’t have quite the same ring.

“And you list the reason for leaving as financial.”

“That’s right.”

I did my best to sound mild, but inwardly, I steeled myself against the possibility that they’d poke at some old wounds that hadn’t quite closed yet. And I reminded myself to take it like a man, sit up straight, and make sure that damn buttonhole didn’t show.

Friedman said, “I had a catering business before.” Her gaze went inward, just for a second. “So much work—sixty, seventy-hour weeks. And then the check for a wedding bounced….” She spread her fingers in a “poof” gesture. And I looked at her, really looked at her, and nodded again. Because I could tell she understood that sometimes we fail—grandly, spectacularly—through no fault of our own. It gave me hope.

I didn’t feel like I could afford to cling to that hope, though. I nodded.

Friedman’s cheeks flushed. “Those are all the questions I have.” She turned toward Mrs. White. “You?”

White leaned forward and squinted. Her eyes had the cloudy, watery cast of age. “He looks fit. How tall are you?”

“Six-three,” I said. Not one of the interviews I’d sat through in the past several months had asked me if I had kids or how tall I was.

None of them had called me back afterward, either. Until this one.

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Ray Carlucci is a talented tattoo artist, but unlucky in business and love so it appears. He lost his shop, Body Art, due to a self-obsessed boyfriend, and is in debt because of him and having to flee the mainland to escape his creditors.

He gains a position as a driver for the Whites, who live on the semi-deserted Red Wing Island. It is a small summer place, where only a few inhabitants stay all year round. The Whites are one of those permanent families. Because Mr. White has dementia, his elderly wife needs more than a driver. She needs additional muscle to cope with her husband’s mishaps and wanderings, and Ray is good-natured enough to help out. He learns that the previous two drivers left without a word. Dead animals show up on Ray’s front door step and the creepiness sets in.

On the plus side, Ray meets—and is immediately attracted to—local artist and ‘recluse’, Anton Kopec. They hook up within days, but it’s more than just hot and steamy sex. There’s a definite connection between these two guys. Ray’s life seems to be on the up at last when a body is unearthed and suspicion falls on Anton.

JCP expertly builds the atmosphere as the story progresses, with strange happenings and tense scenes in the woods, casting suspicion on many of her well-portrayed characters.

As JCP says, “I’ve gone with the talented Gomez Pugh yet again as my audiobook narrator. His performance on this story was swoon worthy.” I couldn’t agree more. Gomez’s narration is superb and complements JCP’s fabulous story-telling.

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“What are you doing?” I called.

He trailed the branch he’d cut behind him as he crossed the clearing. It dragged through the fallen leaves with a shish-shish-shish. He walked like a runway model, all attitude and hips. And when he stopped in front of me and tossed his dark hair over his shoulder so he could get a look at me, I forgot how to breathe. He was breathtaking, in a wasted sort of way. All soulful eyes and long sideburns and five o’clock shadow.

“I’d tell you,” he said. “But then you’d think I’m crazy.”

I was forming a fast opinion of him, all right, but crazy wasn’t the word that sprang to mind. Hot. That was more like it. Because straight men didn’t walk that way, and no matter how much I told myself not to notice, my eyes kept raking him up and down. “Try me.”

A full smile then, wide enough that moonlight glinted, bluish, off his teeth. His teeth had character. Not quite straight, a hairline gap between the front two. Very white.

“What am I doing? Trying to make sense of the world. Just like everybody else.”

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Author and artist Jordan Castillo Price writes paranormal sci-fi thrillers colored by her time in the midwest, from inner city Chicago, to rural small town Wisconsin, to liberal Madison. Her influences include Ouija boards, Return of the Living Dead, “light as a feather, stiff as a board,” and boys in eyeliner.

Jordan is best known as the author of the PsyCop series, an unfolding tale of paranormal mystery and suspense starring Victor Bayne, a gay medium who’s plagued by ghostly visitations. Also check out her new series, Mnevermind, where memories are made…one client at a time.

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Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary Audiobook

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Review of Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary Audiobook

by Jordan Castillo Price

Narrated by Gomez Pugh

Available from

iTunes – Audible – Amazon

Official Website: channelingmorpheus.com

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Michael is a waif in eyeliner who’s determined to wipe vampires off the face of the earth. Wild Bill’s got the hots for Michael and will stop at nothing to go home with him. Forget about moonlit castles and windswept moors. These bad boys haunt all-night diners and cheap motels, cut-rate department stores and long, lonely stretches of the interstate. Ride along with Wild Bill and Michael as the twists and turns of Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary unfold in America’s heartland.

Five novellas in one: Payback, Vertigo, Manikin, Tainted, Rebirth

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My Review of the Audiobook

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I read the ebooks first and loved all five of them, so I was excited to listen to the audiobook. (See my original review below.)

Gomez Pugh is a fabulous narrator who did a marvelous job with this audio version. He brought the five stories to life for me. His voice is perfectly suited to Michael and Wild Bill’s characters. Michael came across as sexy and sensible, someone you sympathized with and wanted to succeed in his vampire-hunting mission. I loved Wild Bill’s raspy voice, which matched my expectation of this chain-smoking vamp who falls in love with a human. I liked that each novella alternated POV and hearing the story told by the main characters added an extra dimension to the series. It worked exceptionally well with the audio version, helping me to picture the scenes and interaction with clarity.

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My Original Review of the Story

These first five stories follow the adventures of Michael, goth and would-be vampire hunter, who is seeking revenge for the death of his friend, Scary Mary. In his pursuit of ‘bad vampires’ he meets and falls for Wild Bill and in the process discovers much of his previous beliefs about vampires are unfounded. He also learns the best ways to dispatch these creatures of the night.

The smitten pair share many erotic scenes that are not just sex for sex sake and their affection for each other is demonstrated outside of the bedroom, bathroom, forest floor, picnic bench, van… during their nomadic-like journey.

The series is well written and a very enjoyable read. JCP builds up a melancholic atmosphere in her writing, creating a believable yet dark fantasy world. She has you guessing what’s going to happen next throughout—will Michael be safe in his new chosen lifestyle and will Wild Bill resist draining the young man of his lifeblood?

Michael and Wild Bill’s story is told from alternating points of view as the series unfolds, so we get to see inside the mind of the vampire as well as the young vampire hunter, and as the story progresses, we find out a little more of their backstory and who these character are.

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Review of Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary

Review of Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary

Box Set #1

by Jordan Castillo Price

Release Date: March 24, 2015

Length: 72,000 words

ISBN: 978-1-935540- 74-8

Publisher: JCP Books

Cover Artist: Jordan Castillo Price

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Buy links:

Amazon – Amazon UK – BN – iTunes – Smashwords – Scribd – Kobo

Official Website: channelingmorpheus.com

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Michael is a waif in eyeliner who’s determined to wipe vampires off the face of the earth. Wild Bill’s got the hots for Michael, and will stop at nothing to go home with him.

Forget about moonlit castles and windswept moors. These bad boys haunt all-night diners and cheap motels, cut-rate department stores and long, lonely stretches of the Interstate. Ride along with Wild Bill and Michael as the twists and turns of Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary unfold in America’s Heartland.

E-book box set contains the following novelettes: Payback, Vertigo, Manikin, Tainted, Rebirth.

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These first five stories follow the adventures of Michael, goth and would-be vampire hunter, who is seeking revenge for the death of his friend, Scary Mary. In his pursuit of ‘bad vampires’ he meets and falls for Wild Bill and in the process discovers much of his previous beliefs about vampires are unfounded. He also learns the best ways to dispatch these creatures of the night.

The smitten pair share many erotic scenes that are not just sex for sex sake and their affection for each other is demonstrated outside of the bedroom, bathroom, forest floor, picnic bench, van… during their nomadic-like journey.

The series is well written and a very enjoyable read. JCP builds up a melancholic atmosphere in her writing, creating a believable yet dark fantasy world. She has you guessing what’s going to happen next throughout—will Michael be safe in his new chosen lifestyle and will Wild Bill resist draining the young man of his lifeblood?

Michael and Wild Bill’s story is told from alternating points of view as the series unfolds, so we get to see inside the mind of the vampire as well as the young vampire hunter, and as the story progresses, we find out a little more of their backstory and who these character are.

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Guest Author ~ Jordan Castillo Price

A warm welcome to guest author, Jordan Castillo Price

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Hi, Lily! I’m so pleased and honored that you’ve offered to let me come talk about my new project on your blog. A different format has become do-able lately for indie writers like me, a format that was previously not viable for anyone but bigger publishers, and that’s audio! I’ve only begun producing audiobooks this year, but I’ve already had the first three books in the PsyCop made into audios.

Since I wasn’t sure what PsyCop fans would want to know about the process, I asked readers on Facebook.

Allison asked, “What made you choose the narrator you chose? What about his voice/reading made him the narrator that resonated with you?”

I’m not sure exactly how many auditions I received, maybe ten or twelve, so I didn’t have a gigantic pool of talent to choose from. Although I not only indicated that I wanted a Midwestern accent for Victor Bayne, but Chicago specifically, you’d be surprised how many people with distinctly non-Midwestern accents auditioned. I really can’t imagine why. It probably takes about half an hour or more to record a ten-minute audition. If you’ve got a distinct southern twang and someone’s looking for a Chicago voice, what’s the point of doing the recording? I suppose publishers deal with that all the time, people who send them cookbooks when they publish Urban Fantasy and such. But the process was new for me, so I was intrigued by the results of my call for audition.

Some actors fell into an “almost” category. One actor was really enthusiastic and his voice had a lot of personality, unfortunately there was something East Coast about the way he’d pronounce a word here and there, something that continued to pull me out of the story. There were a few more auditions who were pretty good. I liked the way they accented the words that I was also accenting in my head.

But then Gomez Pugh sent in an audition and totally nailed it.

It’s hard to articulate exactly what the quality of his voice is that captured my imagination. There was no Texas or Jersey or any other inappropriate location lurking in his pronunciation. He sounded just about the right age, so you could buy that he was a fortyish cop from Chicago. And—most important—he sounded world-weary and disillusioned, even though I was having him read a romantic scene. That was what really grabbed me.

Clare London asked, “What do you feel is added to the book by an audio voice?”

I think people process audio and text differently—I know I do. Some folks say they can’t pay attention to an audiobook. I’m the opposite of that. I will forget where I’m driving when an audiobook is playing in the car, because I get so swept away into the storyverse. When my eyes are tired from a day at the computer, and the last thing they want to do is watch TV or read, I love being able to lie back and lose myself in an audio.

What I notice Gomez brings specifically to PsyCop, though, is an elusive tenderness to Vic when he’s dealing with certain people. I think his rapport with his BFF Lisa is striking. There’s a scene in Body and Soul where he’s talking to a victim’s grandmother, where Vic and the old lady don’t even speak the same language. But the tenderness there was so clear it actually choked me up. The ease Vic feels when he’s talking to Maurice really shines through. And the chemistry with Vic and Jacob, particularly in the love scenes, just floors me. So I think what this talented actor is bringing to the books is delicious nuance that reveals layers of characterization in a way that might not always happen with text.

Don’t just take my word for it, come check out the PsyCop audiobooks!

Stream a sample from each book at the PsyCop site

Among the Living

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Criss Cross

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Body & Soul

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Thaw (a PsyCop short)

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Many thanks to Jordan. These sound fascinating. I’ve only just discovered Audible, so will be checking these stories out soon.

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