Meet the Author: Theresa Jenner Garrido

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Many people enter into retirement with the dream of writing a novel. Theresa Jenner Garrido made that a reality. Whether you love romance novels or light mysteries, Theresa is your gal! With more than a dozen published books, she knows how to tell a good story. Theresa and I were both published by Martin Sister’s Publishing in 2013, so we share that sisterhood as well. I read Who Done It? and enjoyed the story line, but I fell in love with the characters; especially Ducky, a plucky 80-year-old. Allow me to introduce you to:

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Theresa Jenner Garrido

Author: Who Done It?, The Chinese Chest, By Any Other Name, and more

According to your website, you lived on an island in your youth. That’s an incredibly unique experience. Can you share a specific memory or two? In what way, if any, did that environment contribute to your story…

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Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock dark urban fantasy series continues with the release of BLACK ARTS, book #7, on January 7, 2014.

 
 
 
 

Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker who always takes care of her own—no matter the cost….

When Evan Trueblood blows into town looking for his wife, Molly, he’s convinced that she came to see her best friend, Jane. But it seems like the witch made it to New Orleans and then disappeared without a trace.

Jane is ready to do whatever it takes to find her friend. Her desperate search leads her deep into a web of black magic and betrayal and into the dark history between vampires and witches. But the closer she draws to Molly, the closer she draws to a new enemy—one who is stranger and more powerful than any she has ever faced.

 

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Faith Hunter, fantasy writer, was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. Her Jane Yellowrock urban fantasy series features a Harley-riding, leather-wearing, Cherokee-Skinwalker vampire killing machine. The series begins with SKINWALKER, and continues with BLOOD CROSS, MERCY BLADE, RAVEN CURSED, DEATH’S RIVAL, BLOOD TRADE, and the upcoming BLACK ARTS. 

Faith’s Rogue Mage novels – BLOODRING, SERAPHS, and HOST – feature Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage in a post-apocalyptic, alternate reality, urban fantasy world, and is the basis for the Rogue Mage roleplaying game. And under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she writes action-adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. Altogether, Faith/Gwen has 20+ books in print in 28 countries.
 
 

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Review of Blood Trade, Book 6 of the Jane Yellowrock series

Blood Trade (Jane Yellowrock, #6)Blood Trade by Faith Hunter

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The latest in Jane’s tale reminds me of a chocolate covered espresso bean. Smooth, bittersweet on the outside, and hard and full of energy on the inside.

Jane’s character is stretching. She’s continuing to discover things about herself, including that relationships are difficult, whether they are romantic interests or close friends.

In the meantime, she’s also learning that vampires aren’t all that they seem. In Jane’s world, they never sparkle, they are dark, generally charismatic, and egotistical predators. They also appear to be evolving into something not quite as attractive, but far harder to kill. It doesn’t matter how hard it is to nail these rogue vamps, it’s Jane’s job to kill them and she’s the one that has to figure out how.

Since Jane is a Cherokee Skinwalker who shares her body with the soul of Beast, a cougar, she has a few more tricks up her sleeve than the average vampire killer-security expert. Beast and Jane are more than their sum. In the past, Jane seemed to fight Beast when in her panther form, but now they seem to be working more as a team. Which is good, since in the last book, Leo Pellissier managed to link himself to Beast. Beast doesn’t seem to mind the shackle around her paw, she’s admires Leo’s strength and is interested in mating with him.

Jane isn’t too thrilled with the concept.

Her back now covered by close friends that might even be construed as family, Eil Younger and his brother, she is learning to be more human, and still holding onto her Beast. And Beast, that most clever of characters, is gaining strength of her own. She also finds out that she may not have alienated or others that she loved.

A strong Urban Fantasy story that contains aspects of a police procedural, unique in its take of a supernatural world. These books get better and better with each release.

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Mercy Blade Review, Book 3 of the Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter.

Mercy Blade (Jane Yellowrock, #3)Mercy Blade by Faith Hunter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I get tired reading about romantic vampires, be they with fangs, sparkling, tattooed, or preordained to meet their mates. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy paranormal romance, but what happened to the dark vampire, the charismatic, blood sucking vamp, that doesn’t fall in love with the female lead and go off softly into the sunset?

That’s one why I am totally enthralled by Faith Hunter’s Urban Fantasy series with Jane Yellowrock. Jane was introduced in Skinwalker, a Cherokee Skinwalker, apparently the last of her kind. If that wasn’t bad enough, Jane actually is more than a Skinwalker. Black magic in her past bound her to the soul of another, a panther known simply as beast.

Another is Hunter’s remaining true to natural laws, placing this Urban Fantasy as completely possible, a parallel reality to our own.

In Mercy Blade, we pick up where Jane left off with her boyfriend, undercover cop Rick. They make an interesting couple, Rick can’t share work stories anymore than Jane can. Rick investigates the paranormal, Jane is a Vampire Hunter, killing rogues for the Master Of the City in New Orleans. If that weren’t enough, Rick is not aware that Jane is a shape shifter. Common interests, including their motorcycles, makes it work this early in their relationship.

The story leads back into the dark world of the paranormal community. The weres are coming out of the closet, a black Wereleopard shifts on national television, giving Jane some possible clues to her own background.

Unfortunately, the Werewolves and the Vampires in New Orleans have a longtime dispute. Although they have stayed out of the city, the Werewolves take up a long run grudge against Leo, the MOC, and crash the Vamp/Were meeting. They were not invited.

Murder, mayhem, and new characters are introduced. What is the Mercy Blade, and what does he have to do with vampires and saving them from the madness of dolore? Jane has to decide if Rick is just undercover again, playing around on her, or if she needs to save him. There are other men interested in Jane, not just what she is. But as Beast says, big cats don’t mate for life.

The paranormals in Hunter’s universe have long memories. Jane’s may even be longer.

As usual, more clues are scattered as to Jane’s past, and new lines are opened for future books. As with other favorite books in this genre, if there are any real issues with the book is that it takes too long to wait for the next.

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Review of Faith Hunter’s Blood Cross, book two of the Jane Yellowrock series.


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Faith Hunter, fantasy writer, was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. The Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock is taking off like a rocket with Skinwalker, Blood Cross, Mercy Blade, Raven Cursed, and Death’s Rival. Her Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban fantasy series—Bloodring, Seraphs, and Host—feature Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage in a post-apocalyptic, alternate reality, urban fantasy world. These novels are the basis for the role playing game, Rogue Mage (2012).

Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she writes action-adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. As Faith and Gwen, she has 20+ books in print in 28 countries.

Hunter fell in love with reading in fifth grade, and best loved SiFi, fantasy, and gothic. She decided to become a writer in high school, when a teacher told her she had talent. Now, she writes full-time and works full-time in a hospital lab, (for the benefits) tries to keep house, and is a workaholic with a passion for travel, jewelry making, white-water kayaking, and writing. She and her husband love to RV, traveling with their dogs to whitewater rivers all over the Southeast.

Blurb

The vampire council has hired skinwalker Jane Yellowrock to hunt and kill one of their own who has broken sacred ancient rules — but Jane quickly realizes that in a community that is thousands of years old, loyalties run deep…

With the help of her witch best friend and local vigilantes, Jane finds herself caught between bitter rivalries — and closer than ever to the secret origin of the entire vampire race. But in a city of old grudges and dark magic, Jane will have to fight to protect both sides, even if no one will protect her.

Review

Blood Cross (Jane Yellowrock, #2)Blood Cross by Faith Hunter

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This review is from: Blood Cross (Jane Yellowrock, Book 2) (Mass Market Paperback)
For me to get into Urban Fantasy, the world needs to be exactly parallel to my own, the laws of science obeyed, the cities not so changed as to be unrecognizable. The only difference is that the stuff of nightmares are normal, prowling the cities.

When I picked up the first of the series, Skinwalker, I thought, ‘nice book’. But as I delved deeper, it reminded me more like a wine tasting, there was so much more in the glass. Nice wine, with subtle hints of oak, cherry, smoke. The series is a little different in that you need to read two shorts, one on her website called Kits, and one in the anthology Strangebrew to really get up to speed. Though not entirely necessary, it helps.

Like a good wine, the Jane Yellowstone series has a complex web of flavors. Jane is a woman who is discovering exactly what she is, who has lost many of the memories of her youth, and shares her skin with a Beast (Mountain lion), who has her own set of memories she occasionally shares with Jane.

Her abilities to walk in the skin of Beast, as well as other animals, give her the ability to hunt other top predators. She’s a rogue vampire hunter, which seems like a trite role currently, but Faith Hunter’s take is very different. Her best friend, a witch, brings out the softer part of Jane, a need to protect Molly the witches children (Kits, in Beast Speak)

The author is a master of weaving and closing off threads, only to weave another. She offers her own vision as to why Vampires are so closely allied to Christian Icons and explains the myth fully in Blood Cross. She brings in new characters, and finishes others, and gives Jane a chance to grow into her own skin.

To me, some of the most unique parts of the book occurs when Beast gets her chance to ‘speak’. In the way Temple Grandin has explained how animals think more like an autistic, Beast thinks in action, smells, and the present. A very distinct voice to contrast against the very human voice of Jane.

I’m looking forward to more in the series, getting answers to the Cherokee Skinwalker legend and how Jane will grow.

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Review of Faith Hunter’s Skinwalker, book one of the Jane Yellowrock series.

FaithHunter  Faith Hunter, fantasy writer, was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. The Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock is taking off like a rocket with Skinwalker, Blood Cross, Mercy Blade, Raven Cursed, and Death’s Rival. Her Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban fantasy series—Bloodring, Seraphs, and Host—feature Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage in a post-apocalyptic, alternate reality, urban fantasy world. These novels are the basis for the role playing game, Rogue Mage (2012).

Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she writes action-adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. As Faith and Gwen, she has 20+ books in print in 28 countries.

Hunter fell in love with reading in fifth grade, and best loved SiFi, fantasy, and gothic. She decided to become a writer in high school, when a teacher told her she had talent. Now, she writes full-time and works full-time in a hospital lab, (for the benefits) tries to keep house, and is a workaholic with a passion for travel, jewelry making, white-water kayaking, and writing. She and her husband love to RV, traveling with their dogs to whitewater rivers all over the Southeast.

Today I’ll be focusing on the first in the series Skinwalker.

SkinwalkerSkinwalker by Faith Hunter

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb:

First in a brand new series from the author of the rogue mage novels

Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she’s been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie’s Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who’s killing other vamps…

Review:

I am a sucker for science-based urban fantasy. When the story is firmly grounded in physics but takes it one step further to develop a complex world I am hooked.

Faith has managed to explain the great mystery as to where mass goes during a shape shift and other mysteries. She brings the typical cast of supernatural characters to her story, but they are dark creatures, no sparkling vampires.

Jane Yellowrock is maybe the last of her kind, a shapeshifting Cherokee skinwalker who uses her abilities to bounty hunt vampires.

I was pulled into the story and enjoyed the character development and attention to detail.

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