Author: J.A. Garland

Review: Instinct by J.A. Garland

Posted July 31, 2013 by Sherri in Reviews / 1 Comment

Review: Instinct by J.A. Garland
Instinct by J.A. Garland
Series: The Halfling Chronicles #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Published by BURST on November 4th 2012
Format: Ebook
Pages: 226
Source: Author

Also in this series: The Dysus Dreamer
Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Book Links: Goodreads
Overall Rating:

Book Description:

Blurb:
Lone wolf, Rory Archer, never failed a single mission. Now the hunted instead of the hunter, Rory unwinds a twisted trail leading back to Amber Arlington, a spirited Halfling tied to a world of Shadows. Bound to vows initially forged out of necessity, Rory and Amber's relationship surges into more than either of them bargained for, tangling them in a web of passion. Scrambling to identify their attacker before joining the casualty list, Rory is faced with doing the unthinkable, or watching Amber turned into a slave for his species. In the battle against Shadows, demons and all variety of monsters come out to fight.


Quiana’s Review:
Lately I’ve been on a Paranormal and Urban Fantasy kick.  So when I read the synopsis for Instinct by J.A. Garland, I was definitely tempted.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I will say that I’m glad I got to read this book.

For the most part, I liked Instinct.  This book was brimming with fascinating creatures with awesome powers.  The plot was intriguing and the secondary characters were pretty entertaining.  I liked that some of the characters were complex and were neither good nor evil, but mostly grey.  But there were also some things I had issues with.  For one, aside from the at times too busy plot, there was a lot of history and new terminology to learn.  I spent too much time trying to figure out the meaning of certain references and words.  Some of the terms were not clearly defined when first introduced.  As a result, there were instances where I was taken out of the story, and that’s never a good thing.  A glossary would have been greatly appreciated.

Which brings me to the next issue I had:  the main characters, Rory and Amber, weren’t very compelling.  We got a lot of insight into Rory and he had several chapters from his point of view.  Amber on the other hand, got less focus than Rory, and in some instances, less than some of the secondary characters as well.  Amber spent a lot of her time with Rory, but she remained a mystery for a good portion of the book.  I suppose this was intentional and necessary for the story in order for Amber to remain a mystery, but it prevented me from connecting to Amber as a character; in the end I also had difficulty connecting with Rory and Amber as a romantic couple.  Either way, secondary characters like Slade, Grace, Aaric and Kat were much more interesting than Rory and Amber.  I look forward to reading future stories that give these characters more focus.

Overall, I liked Instinct.  I think it was a decent start for the first book in what is to be a series.  I’m excited to see what the next book, the newly released Dysus Dreamer, has to offer.  This book is nowhere near perfect, but I do recommend it to readers who are interested in the Paranormal and Urban Fantasy genres. (Reviewed by Quiana – The Book Lover).

Interview & Giveaway: The Dysus Dreamer by JA Garland

Posted July 19, 2013 by Sherri in Author Spotlight, Giveaways, Reviews / 8 Comments

We have J.A. Garland visiting us today. She took some time to answer some questions about her latest release and to play a quick round of quickfire questions.  Help us in welcoming her to Urban Girl Reader.

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Hi JA and welcome to Urban Girl Reader! First of all congrats on the release of The Dysus Dreamer, the 2nd book in your Halfling Chronicles! Can you tell us a little bit about the series and what about the genre inspires you.  

J.A.:  The world is an exciting place, but it wouldn’t it be more exciting if ‘Otherkind’ creatures existed? Like demons, werewolves, vampires, shapeshifters, etc? The Dysus Dreamer is book two in a series where Shadow creatures–paranormal beings who refuse to fly under the humans’ radar–come out to play. The National Otherkind Administration (NOA) is responsible for overseeing human/Otherkind interactions. Utilizing Analysts, they collect information on the Shadows. If they believe an infraction of the Otherkind Agreements exists, they send in the Trackers. At the top of the food chain is the Otherkind Council. They act as judge and jury, and have become celebrities of sorts in the eyes of the Otherkind. My series follows several key players on both sides of the table. My books all share this common theme, or ‘world.

UGR:  So let’s start out with the good stuff and talk men, or should I say demons; mainly Slade. What are some of the conflicts he will have to face with Annwyn and what three words would best describe him?  

J.A.:  To effectively tangle with the bad guys, Slade needed to have some ‘bad’ in him. His mottos are things like, “One is none, and two is one.” Which refers to weapons, and his inability to trust that one won’t malfunction and let him down. That’s also his outlook on people… Needless to say, he’s well prepared and trained for any situation.

UGR: If you had to pick a theme song for this book, what song would you say best describes The Dysus Dreamer?

J.A.:   Ahh, that’s not fair! This book goes through the whole gamut of feelings. Try as I might, I can’t pin one song on it.

UGR:  : What upcoming projects are you working on and when can your fans expect to look for them?

J.A.: I’m currently working on Moon Marked. It is a stand alone novel about a female bounty hunter who finds there is more to a contract than what’s written on paper.
Life has become far more complicated with my change of work assignment, so, this book might take a bit longer to get out than those of the past.

UGR:  When you take some time off from writing, are you a reader? If so, what genres do you read? Do you have any favorite authors? If not, what do you prefer to do in those precious moments?

J.A.: I love to trail run, cook, and spend time with my family. I’m also an avid reader who isn’t married to a specific genre. I’ll read anything as long as it’s well written.

Quickfire Questions

UGR: Hardcover or Paperback Books?
J.A.: Paperback

UGR: Bookmark or dog ear page turner?
J.A.: Bookmark

UGR: Early bird or night owl?
J.A.: Early Bird

UGR: Coffee or Tea?
J.A.: Coffee

UGR: Chocolate or vanilla?
J.A.: Chocolate or vanilla: Chocolate and Vanilla!

UGR: Plotter or pantser?
J.A.: Chocolate or vanilla: Plotter

Thank you for joining us today J.A., we look forward to seeing Moon Marked when it is available.


Book Spotlight

Dysus_Dreamer JA GarlandDysus Dreamer by J.A. Garland

Series: The Halfling Chronicles #2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publish Date: July 1st, 2013
214 pages


Book Description:

“A powerful half-demon is kidnapped, bloodthirsty werewolves are on the rise, and a planet is dying. A demon warrior and dark elf joining forces are the least of their worries.”

Demon warrior, Slade Aesus, is determined to destroy the werewolves controlling his cousin. But a beautiful elf, consumed by her own vengeance, finds the wolves first. Botching her assassination attempt, Annwyn has the most powerful Packs in the world biting at her heels. Both fiercely independent, can the two join forces long enough to fulfill their missions and stay alive?

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Excerpt

A solid assassination operation takes one part opportunity, two parts discipline, and three parts disposition. Having two out of three this chilly Seattle evening, Slade considered himself in abundance of good fortune.

Parked in front of a solitary office building, in the zone clearly marked “No Parking,” Slade cleared his mind of distractions consisting of the little here and there that could creep in and throw him off, just a hair, but enough to jeopardize his mission. Satisfied, he slid out of the rental car and re-tucked a stylish black golf shirt monogrammed with “Constantine Vineyards” into a pair of crisp, steel gray slacks. In this particular scenario, image was crucial.

Tonight, the element discipline presented itself by his waiting for the precise moment to strike. He made a living analyzing people and their habits, so he knew his targets relaxed around the holidays and were less likely to see the danger lurking behind his smiling façade. The current festivity du jour was Christmas, and coupled with his gift, destined Slade a popular man. I’m counting on it.

He moved around to the trunk, where he heaved free a slatted, wooden case. It smelled of musky oak. The peaceful scent hinted at candlelit dinners shared with a long time lover. His jaw clenched. Not in my past and not in my future.

Slade lugged his precious cargo toward the sprawling metal office building. Immense, the structure stabbed farther into the heavens than any other in the area, yet fell short. Just like my target. Outwardly, Joe Larsen appeared a dedicated family man, a real pillar of the community whose flourishing internet and telecommunications business, ProCom, employed hundreds. In reality, the werewolf belonged to the Dirty Dozen, a group of the twelve most ruthless wolf Packs roaming the earth.

How ironic. I was once your target. A year ago, the Dozen kidnapped his cousin Amber, a half-demon, half-human. Able to keep a shifter from shifting, Amber’s ability proved irresistible, since more times than not, the Dozen’s meetings devolved into an unproductive, fur-flying brawl. We saved Amber, but left behind some unfinished business. Starting with Larsen, the wolves would learn a lesson…a demon’s memory rivals the most scorned woman, and paybacks were indeed a bitch.


About J.A. Garland

Writing urban fantasy under the pen-name J.A. Garland, Jennifer is a professional firefighter in the state of California. Jennifer is married and has two children, both of whom are as different as night and day. A graduate of Cogswell Polytechnical with a degree in Fire Administration, Jennifer always knew she wanted to be an author. (Except for a brief two month period after watching the movie "Top Gun," when she wanted to be a fighter pilot).

Jennifer admits she is an addicted trail runner, mostly because she is a devout consumer of all things cheese puff. If she misses you at the next mud run, you can come back here to see what's new in the world "where fantasy becomes reality."

Follow Jennifer: Website/Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


Tourwide Giveaway


Tour wide giveaway=Swag bag includes: Signed copy of Instinct, Lula’s Chocolates, Wicked Coffee, 2 coffee mugs, monogrammed tote bag, magnets, pen, jelly belly’s…and more!

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Review: The Dysus Dreamer by J.A. Garland

Posted July 19, 2013 by Sherri in Reviews / 2 Comments
Review: The Dysus Dreamer by J.A. Garland

The Dysus Dreamer by J.A. Garland Series: The Halfling Chronicles #2 Genres: Urban Fantasy Published by BURST on July 1, 2013 Format: Ebook Pages: 214 Source: Author Also in this series: Instinct Purchase Links: Amazon Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: “A powerful half-demon is kidnapped, bloodthirsty werewolves are on the rise, and a planet is dying. A demon warrior and dark elf joining forces are the least of their worries.” Demon warrior, Slade Aesus, is determined to destroy the werewolves controlling his cousin. But a beautiful elf, consumed by her own vengeance, finds the wolves first. Botching her assassination attempt, Annwyn has the most powerful Packs in the world biting at her heels. Both fiercely independent, can the two join forces long enough to fulfill their missions and stay alive? Quiana’s Review: J.A. Garland is back with Dysus Dreamer, the second book in the Halfling Chronicles series. […]

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