Demon Assassins Series
Witch’s Bounty, #1
Witch’s Bane, #2
Witch’s Rules, #3
by Ann Gimpel
Publisher: Dream Shadow Press
Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance
Urban Fantasy Romance with a heaping side of Hexes, Spells, and Magick!
Demon Assassins, #1
Release Date: September 6th 2016
From The Book Junkie Reads . . . Witch’s Bounty (Demon Assassins, #1) . . .I love a strong, kick-ass female. So, what she has a little something extra that makes her extraordinary. There is nothing like a kick-ass female that has back of more kick-ass females just like her. Need I truly say more. Well you guessed it I am.
Colleen has a deep-set need to protect, especially those of her kind, witches. There has been a demon uprising south of her location and she must be enroute if she wants a chance at helping her fellow/sister witches. She has one major obstacle, Duncan. He’s not just anyone she can just kick to the side. He is Sidhe. He was also hot, sexy, and just plain delicious to look at. Duncan was intrigued by Colleen. She had gust, beauty, and skills. He wanted to know more about his witch.
I found great characters and a good plot with action, adventure, and romance on the hot side.
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One of three remaining demon assassin witches, Colleen is almost the last of her kind. Along with her familiar, a changeling spirit, she was hoping for a few months of quiet, running a small magicians’ supply store in Fairbanks, Alaska. Peace isn’t in the cards, though. Demons are raising hell in Seattle. She’s on her way to kick some serious demon ass, when a Sidhe shows up and demands she accompany him to England to quell a demon uprising.
Gutsy, opinionated, and outspoken, Colleen refuses to come. Witches need her help, and they trump everything else. Despite breaking a prime Sidhe precept concerning non-interference in mortals’ affairs, Duncan offers his assistance. Colleen fascinates him, and he wants to discover more about her. Lots more.
The Sidhe might be the best-looking man Colleen’s ever stumbled over, but she doesn’t have time for him—or much of anything else. She, Jenna, and Roz are Earth’s only hedge against being overrun by Hell’s minions. Even with help from a powerful magic wielder like Duncan, the odds aren’t good and the demons know it.
Sensing victory is within their grasp, they close in for the kill.
Demon Assassins, #2
Release Date: September 6th 2016
From The Book Junkie Reads . . . Witch’s Bane (Demon Assassins, #2) . . .I have said it once. I will say it again. I love kick-ass women that are strong, smart, sexy, and know what they want. Roz, Jenna, and Colleen have been an answer to the supernatural world with their skills and fortitude. This time around we have Roz at the forefront and her personal life was a damn mess. This female has a list of past lover that could rival the height of Sears Tower. To just plain be happy for her sister in arms was hard for her. She wanted what Colleen had with Duncan. She may have that and more with Ronin but she was a headstrong, determined female that wanted no man to over her life.
Ronin has been captivated by Rox since they met, but he has had a hard time capturing her. She lets too many things get in her way including her arrogance. He fully acknowledges that she is strong and a match for him in every way. But he is not certain on a strategy to claim her.
With demons pouring back on to the Earth plains. Things become complicated and priority must be dealt with first. These two make this a read you will not forget. Their chemistry is hot. Their tempers are even hotter or should I say it the other way around. Either way this was a read that could rival the heat of hell.
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Last of the demon assassin witches, Roz, Jenna, and Colleen have escaped disaster so far, but their luck is running low. Demons strike in the midst of Colleen’s wedding, and Roz launches desperate measures. As she shape-shifts to keep one step ahead of evil, at least it takes her mind off her other problems. Personal ones. She burned through a couple of marriages and hooked up with a string of loser men before, after, and in between. Though she wants to be happy for Colleen, the jealousy bug bit deep and hasn’t let go.
In Roz’s secret heart, she’s attracted to Ronin, one of the Daoine Sidhe. He’s so profanely beautiful she can barely breathe around him, but he’s also headstrong and arrogant. Not good partner material—unless she wants to end up dusting her heart off one more time.
Ronin set his sights on Roz the day he met her, and he can’t get her out of his mind. Unfortunately, she’s so prickly getting close to her requires scheming. He casts an enchantment to lure her at Colleen’s wedding, but she senses the spell and calls him on it. Demons swarm out of the ether before he can come up with another strategy. Killing them trumps everything.
Roz is used to calling the shots. So is Ronin. Sparks fly. Tempers run hot, right along with an attraction too heady to ignore.
Demon Assassins, #2
Release Date: September 26th 2016
From The Book Junkie Reads . . . Witches Rule (Demon Assassins, #3) . . .What’s better than a kick-ass female? Well, a kick-ass female that have two strong, sexy, talented, males that want to love her in every way possible. Each bring something different out in her and make her believe in herself again. Jenna has a lot more within her than any of her sisters ever could have imagined.
Jenna has been the odd woman out for years. She has little control over her magic. Needed to work on that she meets Kierana. He offers to help her learn more and control. He finds that he too has become enamored by this intriguing female. Kierana was aware of Tristan’s claim to this woman but attraction and fates have a way of making things more complicated. This sends Jenna into a tailspin. She has developed feelings for them both. What was a girl to do? You guess it. But you will never guess the way it all comes together and the beauty of it all. The chemistry so mind blowing and body shaking. Jenna rules this one.
This final installment, to date, has a lot of the paranormal world involved with this fight for Earth. Demons, wiches, fae, Shides, faeries, changlings, and more.
This one was the one that sealed the deal for me all the way. I am so deeply in love with this series. I will come back to it again and again. No doubt about it. I will start with one and move on to the end of the series. Jenna will hold a special place for me in each book. With her own book being the best of them all. There are many things that come to life in these pages.
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Jenna’s a special witch, sort of, when her magic works, which it often doesn’t. One of three remaining demon assassins, she and her sister witches, Roz and Colleen, are Earth’s only hedge against being overrun by Hell’s minions. On the heels of Roz’s and Colleen’s weddings, Jenna is headed for the U.K. when a demon confronts her. Any other witch could teleport out of the plane, but not her.
Frustration about her limited power eats at her. It would be pathetic to get killed for lack of skills a teenager could master.
Tristan is a Sidhe warrior, but his primary gift is attunement to others’ emotions. He fell hard for Jenna, but hasn’t had an opportunity to act on their attraction beyond a few kisses because she returned to Alaska, and he’s been in the field fighting demons.
As seer for the Sidhe, Kiernan is haunted by visions, particularly an apocalyptic sending that seems to be coming true. A confirmed bachelor, he doesn’t understand his attraction to Jenna, but it’s so strong he can’t fight it. After a while, he doesn’t even try, despite recognizing Tristan’s claim to her.
Startling truths surface about Jenna’s magic, and then there’s the problem that she’s falling in love with two very different men. At first she believes she has to pick one of them, but her spirit refuses to walk away from either. It’s impossible to choose between a seer with dreams in his eyes and a beautiful man who intuits her every need. Standing on the verge of Earth’s destruction, will she defy convention and follow the song in her heart?
Ten Tips for Becoming a Better Writer
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1. Read. Read a lot. Not just in the genre you want to write in, but in other genres as well. Learn to recognize why you like (or don’t like) a particular book. Be able to pick out plot threads, tension, pacing, and character development. If you can’t see them in other people’s writing, you won’t be able to work those things into your own, either.
2. Write every day. Even if it’s only a few hundred words. At the beginning, don’t worry about aiming for whole stories. Write scenes. Learn to work with words on your screen.
3. Consider writers’ software like Scrivener. I don’t use it, but I know lots of writers who swear by it. I probably shouldn’t admit this, but what I use in lieu of Scrivener-type software is storyboards and three-ring binders. It’s how I keep my characters and my words and the mythologies in my different books straight. I think you need something. Otherwise, when you go through a story for first edits, you find embarrassing things like your characters’ names having changed. Or their hair color.
4. Find a good critique group. Or at least a couple of critique partners. You need other sets of eyes to go over your writing and tell you where the plot holes are, or why a particular character doesn’t work. We just can’t do that for ourselves. Also, your partner, mother, BFF, etc. can’t do that for you, either. It won’t help you to have someone gush over your work. Even NYT bestselling writers have a phalanx of people looking over their shoulders, starting with their literary agents.
5. Get good and familiar with grammar. They don’t teach it in school like they did when I went an embarrassingly long time ago. Do any of the rest of you remember diagramming sentences? Can you list the various parts of speech? Of a sentence? Do you know why we avoid adverbs and only rarely begin sentences with gerunds? If you know all that stuff, great. Some of it still gives me fits, like lie versus lay. I still have to think that one through. Or farther versus further.
A bit more on #5. Do not rely on Word’s grammar checker. It’s wrong nearly as frequently as it’s correct.
6. Develop a thick skin. Writing is a skill, much like any other. It takes time and dedication to hone your craft. I’ve been grateful for every single review I’ve gotten, even the bad ones, because they’ve highlighted areas I need to focus on.
7. It takes many elements to create a great story. You need three dimensional character who blaze off the page. You need a plot with enough interwoven threads to hold a reader’s interest.
8. Tension and pacing move the plot forward. None of us are born knowing how to do all those things. Characters were always easy for me. I had to teach myself plotting, pacing, and holding tension.
9. Learn to proof your work. It’s a skill. Your chances of publication will improve dramatically if your work is close to error-free.
10. Don’t give up. If you want something, work for it. We don’t truly appreciate what comes to us too easily.
What about the rest of you? Did I miss something you think is critical? Love to have you weigh in.
Ann Gimpel is a national bestselling author. A lifelong aficionado of the unusual, she began writing speculative fiction a few years ago. Since then her short fiction has appeared in a number of webzines and anthologies. Her longer books run the gamut from urban fantasy to paranormal romance. Once upon a time, she nurtured clients, now she nurtures dark, gritty fantasy stories that push hard against reality. When she’s not writing, she’s in the backcountry getting down and dirty with her camera. She’s published over 30 books to date, with several more planned for 2016 and beyond. A husband, grown children, grandchildren and wolf hybrids round out her family.