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Friday, December 20, 2013

Book Review: Death Times Two by CJ Ellisson & Boone Brux + giveaway

The V V Inn has a ghost problem. When the lurking specters draw the attention of Constantine, head of Grim Reaper Services, he calls in the only local who can return the remote resort to its former tranquility, Lisa Carron—resident Alaskan reaper.

Still new to the death gig, Lisa accepts the job. After all, how much trouble could one ghost be? Once at the hotel, she learns that not only is the inn full of the dearly departed, she’ll also be working for vampires. Throw in Asa, a young vamp hot enough to melt the Arctic ice, and Lisa realizes she’s way out of her element.

Asa didn’t know what to expect when told a reaper would be working on the property, but Lisa certainly wasn’t it. Blond and curvy, she’s very easy on the eyes. Tasked with helping her, Asa soon realizes that not only can she provide the dead a peaceful passing, but offer him solace in a way no other woman can.

Death Times Two will be available for a limited time in a special eight-book bundle called Paranormal Nights, Volume 1 that will go on sale Dec 18th for 99 cents. On January 16th, Death Times Two will be published as a stand-alone title for $2.99. Follow this link to read an exclusive sneak peek at the first two chapters.


Lisa has a lot on her plate. She's a real life Angel of Death, a grim reaper for the GRS (Grim Reaper Services). She has three kids to feed and take care of, so after her husband dies she took this job. She reaps idiotic spirits and her partner, Nate reaps violent criminals. On top of having a strange job, she's been having lusty fantasies about her boss, Constantine but since she's not completely sure he's human, she hasn't acted on her fantasies. Nate, being her partner usually goes on the reaps with her but he has another assignment so she's doing this one alone.

She's sent to Fairbanks, Alaska to the V V Inn. They cater to a special clientèle, which Lisa thinks are the rich and famous but it turns out they are much more than that.

Asa, a vampire who lives at the V V Inn meets Lisa when she arrives. He realizes right away that Lisa doesn't know he's a vampire or that there are werewolves at the Inn as well. Asa lives off of bagged blood since his bite is unbearably painful to humans and he doesn't want to hurt anyone else like that again. So when things start to heat up between the two of them, he's afraid he won't be able to stop himself from biting her during a moment of passion.

Lisa is there to reap the ghosts who are at the Inn, but things quickly get out of hand when some of the ghosts don't want to cooperate and leave. Asa helps Lisa reap the ghosts and in the process, things heat up between the two of them especially after Asa gets hurt and needs blood.

There were a lot of different elements to this short read, including a pirate booty, an elevator to the afterlife and ghosts that can possess you in a most shocking ways. One of the funniest lines from this book was, "Not the part with you and me! That was...incredible. But having a ghost try and penetrate my hoohah?" Yeah, after reading that, I had to read it again just to make sure I wasn't seeing things.

The one thing I didn't like is how the author changes perspectives during the book so that it's from several characters not just the perspective of one. I don't generally like it when books are written this way as it can seem confusing, but this author did a fairly good job letting us know from who's perspective were were seeing things from and didn't let things get completely confused.

If you're looking for a quick, fun read then might be the book for you.

4 sheep

About the Author:
C.J. Ellisson, author of contemporary fantasy and erotica, lives near DC with her husband, two children aged eleven and nine, two Staffordshire Bull Terriers and a fluffy black cat who makes her sneeze.

After spending most of her working life dealing with real estate - either as a sales manager in wholesale mortgage banking, a corporate trainer, a Realtor, or as a property manager - she's now writing full-time and happy for the first time in years. 

Writing has become her passion and to find people want to read her stories feels like a dream come true.

About the Author:
As a multi-published, bestselling author, Boone's stories are infused with real life experiences. Living in the beautiful and rugged state of Alaska has given rise to many of her storylines.

Both traditionally and indie-published, Boone's loves the diversity today's publishing industry offers authors. Any idea has the potential to become a story, and nobody is safe from being put into one of her novels.


We’re offering a signed swag pack, with an additional swag pack awarded for every ten commenters.

To enter:
1. comment with a way to contact you
2. Is there a supernatural hottie you would like to find in your... um, stocking(s)?


  1. Replies
    1. Ditto! Thanks for taking the time to read our novella and share your thoughts. Have a great holiday, Sharon!

  2. Wow, this sounds awesome! You know, you could comment on this post right here & the lovely little blogpost comment- fairies will send my e-mail the follow-up ;o)
    A supernatural hottie... Hmmmm, a Lycan, Scion, Werewolf, call him what you will! ;-D

    1. LOL! Yup, it's lovely the way that works, eh? I love me some supernatural hotties, too. This one is vamps. There's a werewolf in Death's Servant a separate novella I did on the same series.

      Sharon might like one better as it's all one POV.

      Have a great holiday and thanks for stopping by!

  3. Well of course I had to hop over and get this awesome bundle. I recently read a book with multiple POVs jumping all over the place and . . . but I am really digging the storyline here and have to check it out. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us :)

    1. I promise this isn't like that! POV switch is every chapter. Most readers haven't had an issue with it, especially as it's a novella and can be read in one sitting.

  4. This sounds like a great read. I've read both of these authors work and am really excited to see them team up together.
    Kristin @ Book Sniffers Anonymous

    1. We had a blast writing it, Kristin! I hope you enjoy it!

  5. Awesome review! I bought the book bundle. ;) Thank you for the giveaway!
    My answer would be Lestat from Queen of the Damned!! kbinmich AT yahoo DOT com

  6. I always admired people who write together. What do you do if you do not agree?
    debby236 at gmail dot com

    1. You talk it out until you find a resolution. And hey, we're two women. It's not like talking to a guy and trying to work shit out, you know? :-D

  7. I have to pick just one? Does Dean (Jensen Ackles) from the show Supernatural count? >.<


  8. Zsadist

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  9. Love the story line. One of the first books (and I'm a big reader) that has actually made me laugh out loud for real. If you continue things the same way it will make an awesome series. Can't wait for the next book.

    1. Boone is a comedic genius in her writing. I tried my best to incorporate her humor into my chapters and she helped me if I needed it. Overall, we made a perfect team. Which surprised both of us!

  10. oh Vampire - werewolves - DRAGON!!!
    OH MY!!!
    Picardsmom at yahoo dot com

  11. I got the set with Death in it
    gimme Swag!!

  12. I agree with PM350...DRAGON!! Lol...

  13. Oh, my contact info:
    Gaelicark at yahoo dot com

    SWAG swag SwAg sWaG... Love me some swag with a good book!

  14. see we get all excited & forget stuff

  15. still PicardsMom at yahoo dot comm

  16. SWAG
    name is Jimmie
    nah - PicardsMom at yahoo dot com

  17. still after that SWAG
    its been a YEAR!!! hahaha
    PicardsMom at yahoo dot com

    1. O_O I get the feeling you want some swag! I will be closing this one out tomorrow! :)

  18. Replies
    1. You and Kristin! I sent an email to CJ Ellisson a few days ago. I sent your emails to CJ. I am hoping you will hear from her soon :) if not let me know!

  19. I was hoping i won
    ok - so I STACKED the deck JUST A LITTLE!!!!