Saturday, November 9, 2013

*Review Tour: Playlist/Soundtrack, Excerpt & Giveaway*
Vesik Series by Eric R. Asher!

*Materials & images provided by Girls Heart Books Tours.

Days Gone Bad

(Vesik #1)

~Released: August 18th, 2013

~Length: 259 Pages

~Genres: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal 

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My name is Damian Valdis Vesik. I am a necromancer, an ability feared and hated as much as the powers my master and I set ourselves against. We've vanquished many evils, but now something is releasing an old darkness, forcing us to hunt an enemy beyond anything I’ve faced before. I was already busy enough with vampires, fairies, witches, Watchers, weddings, and … damn, I need a vacation.


Foster’s howl shattered the night. It grew into a scream as his body began to glow. Swirls of orange and red flickered into being around him, spinning faster and growing thicker as he called on the wild fae. A swirling sphere of color like the storm clouds of Jupiter swallowed the van and Foster with it. The entire scene burst into a nova of flame and I closed my eyes against the light, the blast of heat hitting me like a desert wind. Foster’s scream fell silent. I heard his sword slide out of its sheath as he stepped from the smoke and flame. His body and wings were covered in soot, but no burns marred his flesh.

The smell hit me as the wards were dissolved by the fae-powered flames. The stench of burning skin and hair was overwhelming. I stepped away from the inferno, blinked a few times, and followed Foster into the garage.

“What will the authorities find?” I said.

“Nothing but a burned out van.” Foster’s voice was dead, his knuckles stark white with the pressure he put on the hilt of his sword.

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Soundtrack

Q. Can you share the playlist you listened to while writing ‘Days Gone Bad’ and your idea of the perfect soundtrack with us? 

Music played a role in my life long before I realized it. I went through my school career in orchestra, was raised playing the cello. I eventually picked up a guitar, wrote some songs, and joined a band. After that didn’t work out so well, I settled down into writing. These are some of the songs that helped me hammer out the first draft of Days Gone Bad.

Open Hand – Her Song
Open Hand – You and Me
My Chemical Romance – The Ghost of You
My Chemical Romance – Cemetery Drive
Brand New – Luca
Paramore – Misery Business
Evanescence – Tourniquet
Murder By Death – One More Notch
Senses Fail – Rum is for Drinking, Not for Burning
J.S. Bach – The Cello Suites (performed by Yo-Yo Ma)


~ 4/5 Roses ~

Reading the synopsis was enough to make me want to try and read this book.  It was funny, had interesting elements, and I could already tell, the writing was going to be entertaining.  Luckily, I was right- this was an entertaining book.

From the first page, we dive straight into the world of Damian, and all the crazy characters he deals with on a daily basis.  We see his humor, his day-to-day life, and the people important to him.  Then, we're taken to a dark and dangerous world, full of surprises and nail-biting adventure.

What really surprised me, is the fact that I've lived in the location this story is set in.  It was cool to read about places I've been, and feel even more a part of the story.  Knowing where the author was describing gave me a unique look at his writing, and I was impressed by his ability to describe a real place very well, then mix it with a supernatural, paranormal fantasy.  I don't know if I'll be able to look at those places the same way after his book!

Along with being impressed with Mr. Asher's descriptions of locations, I was very entertained by the characters he came up with.  I enjoy his writing style quite a bit, and am looking forward to reading the sequel.  I would recommend this book to any paranormal fantasy fan.

*I was given an eCopy of this book, from the author via Girls *Heart* Books Tours, to read in exchange for an honest review.

Wolves and the River of Stone

(Vesik # 2)


~Released: October 22nd, 2013

~Length: 250 Pages

~Genres: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

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Philip, Zola’s boyfriend from one hundred and fifty years ago, is not nearly as dead as we thought. I really wish he was. Not only has he kidnapped Zola, but he’s raising an army to scour humanity from the earth. Hopefully the local werewolf pack will help. What could possibly go wrong? 


I eased the bullets into my six-barreled pepperbox one at a time, forgoing the speed loader in the name of intimidation. Lewis’s eyes went wide and locked onto the gun.

“Where is she?” I said. I took a deep breath, the Missouri River beside us masking every other scent aside from the decay of the blasted zombies. The shadowed tree lines hid us from the nearby population of Saint Charles.

Lewis shook his head.

Two days ago we learned Philip was still alive. Yesterday his servants kidnapped Zola. I didn’t know why they took her, but she didn’t go quietly. The Watchers would be using a spatula to clean out the alley where she was taken.

“You sicced your zombies on us?” I said. “A fairy and a necromancer?” I glared at Lewis. “I find myself ... irritated.”

Lewis held up his hand and started to speak.

I holstered the pepperbox under my arm and wrapped my hand around the shield rune on my staff. A flowing glass surface sprang to life as a thread of power wound into the wood and metal.

“Don’t even think about it,” I said.

Despair washed over Lewis’s face. He was breaking, and I could see it.

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Soundtrack

Q. Can you share the playlist you listened to while writing ‘Wolves and the River of Stone’ and your idea of the perfect soundtrack with us? 

Absolutely! Music has always been a large part of my life. I grew up in orchestra, playing the cello. I’ll list out some of the band and album names, and then the tracks I particularly listened to while writing. There were several more, but I’ll keep the list at a reasonable length. :)

My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade
-The Sharpest Lives
-Famous Last Words

Matt & Kim - Grand
-Good Ol’ Fashion Nightmare
-I’ll Take Us Home
-Daylight

Senses Fail - Still Searching
-The Rapture
-Negative Space
-The Priest and the Matador

AFI - Decemberunderground
-Miss Murder
-Kiss and Control
-The Killing Lights

Mazzy Star - So Tonight That I Might See
-Fade Into You
-Into Dust

J.S. Bach – The Cello Suites (performed by Yo-Yo Ma)


~ 4/5 Roses ~

Danger, adventure, mythical creatures, paranormal circumstances, and supernatural powers- all the ingredients for a fantastic adventure!  The first book of this series was one I enjoyed, and this book was even better!  Everything I liked from Days Gone Bad was still there- the humor; the interesting characters; the feeling of being connected to the story, because I've lived in the place this story is set; all the paranormal and supernatural creatures; and the danger.  In addition to all that, we have wolves and zombies...

I'm not generally a fan of zombie stories, but this one was actually very entertaining.  With the basis for the characters already established, we're able to jump right into the story, and a whole new set of problems.  The intensity of this story seems to be even higher than the last book, although that could be because zombies really freak me out!  Either way, this book was incredibly entertaining.  Mr. Asher, yet again, had me on the edge of my seat, while managing to make me laugh at random times, with his wry sense of humor.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, zombies and all.  This is a series I've enjoyed reading, and I hope there will be a third book in the future.  Mr. Asher is an author I'd read just about anything from, and this book is one I'd recommend to any zombie, paranormal, or dark fantasy fan.  It isn't one where I think you need to read the first to know what is going on- it could be stand-alone, so if it sounds interesting, be sure to give it a try!

*I was given an eCopy of this book, from the author via Girls *Heart* Books Tours, to read in exchange for an honest review.


Eric is a former bookseller, guitarist, and comic seller currently living in Saint Louis, Missouri. A lifelong enthusiast of books, music, toys, and games, he discovered a love for the written word after being dragged to the library by his parents at a young age. When he is not writing, you can usually find him reading, gaming, or buried beneath a small avalanche of Transformers.





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4 comments:

  1. Thank you for joining the tour! :) I'm very glad to hear you enjoyed the books. I admit, I can't quite look at Elephant Rocks the same way anymore either.

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  2. You're very welcome, Eric! I did enjoy your books very much- I'm sure I'll read them several times in the future :)

    Yeah, any time I visit St. Charles now, I'm going to think about fairies in the shops on Main Street :P haha

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    1. Thank you, Rose! :) The building I use as Death's Door in the books really is down on Main Street, St. Charles. The real building doesn't have the same back parking lot, but the front of the building is spot-on.

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    2. Yeah, I think I know what building you described! I thought it was that building, for the most part :) It's really cool that you used a real location , even while still writing a fantasy/paranormal story. Very creative, I think :)

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