Monday, July 21, 2014

Audio? Podcast? What? Take 1

The curiosity bug has bitten me. As many of you know, I listen to lots of Podcasts. I've heard many who say they don't listen to or know of or what Podcasts are. And I see that many book readers listen to Audiobooks.

I'd like to share information with you, and myself, about Podcasts in comparison/reference to Audiobooks. In order to do so I have a series of questions I'm going to ask over the next 4-5 weeks (pending if more questions come up as I go that will help explain Podcasts and share them with you). I'd like to lead to an end discussion with a few authors (audio & podcast) on what the difference is between Audiobooks and Podcasts. And maybe if there are a few myths floating around we can talk about those too.

This week we are going to start easy.

Those of you that listen to Audiobooks, do you listen to Podcast stories?

  1.    Yes
  2.    No
  3.    What are Podcasts?

You can anonymously take the poll on the sidebar. If you have anything further you'd like to add or questions on the two, please leave them in the comments or feel free to email me at:

Thank you!

Mythical Monday (57)

It seems there are many books based on or influenced by Myths and Mythological Beings.

There are so many different Mythology and Mythological Beings recorded. Some are very popular and well known, others not so much. There are many similar beings, yet different depending on the culture it’s based in.  The definition of Myth covers about anything in the Urban Fantasy/Fantasy realm to me.

I’ve invited authors to share briefly the Mythological being or Myth that influenced their character(s) or story, or what their character(s) are based on influencing their books.  Hosting here, one author and being or myth per week.

This week we have:
Author Kerry Schafer
Talking of Dragons.

Let There Be Dragons

Why dragons?

The world of the Between is open to pretty much any sort of creature that has ever squeaked, creaked, or roared its way into a tale (or a nightmare). And, in fact, there are plenty of other creatures that do find their way into the books, some of them entirely of my own creation. The Slime Toad, for instance, big as a dragon with dangerous teeth and a sticky tongue and acid slime that will burn holes in your skin. Or the flying fire ants that literally set you alight wherever they touch clothing or skin.

But dragons are different. Dragons go deep.

They wind their sinuous way through the mythologies and fairy stories of nearly every culture. Some breath fire and destruction across the skies, steal the villagers sheep, burn their cottages and eat their young. In fairy tales they are often cast as the greatest obstacle a young hero must face in his pursuit of both a princess and a kingdom. In the biblical version of the epic clash between God and the Devil, the dragon represents the greatest evil possible, wreaking destruction even in heaven.

Fire dragons, water dragons, dragons of ice and air. Sometimes greedy, sometimes wise, always powerful and capable of great destruction.

When a dragon finds its way onto the pages of a book—no matter what kind of a dragon the writer turns it into—all of those historical and mythical echoes come along. Which is awesome all in itself.

Add in the tales from eastern mythology about the dragon ladies, and it just keeps getting better and better. Yep, the oriental folk stories had dragon shifters long before modern writers decided to tap into that idea. One of these is the tale of Toyotama-Hime, The Dragon Princess of the Sea. It goes, more or less, like this.

Once upon a time, Toyotama-Hime lived at the bottom of the sea with her father. One eventful day a young hunter chose to spend his time fishing rather than hunting. His name was Hikohohodemi-no-Mikoto. (I am not going to type that again, and I have no suggested translation, so we're going to call him Mikoto). Mikoto had borrowed his brother's best fishing hook for the day, and somehow managed to lose it. He was so desperate to find it that he ventured below the waves and down to the sea bed in a quest to retrieve it.

In the way of fairy tales, Toyotama-Hime saw him and fell instantly in love. She begged her father to help the handsome young man, and her father, who could refuse her nothing, agreed. As fate would have it, when Mikoto saw Toyotama-Hime in her human form he fell in love with the beautiful princess, forgetting all about his brother and the fishing hook. The two were married and lived happily together, but only for a time.

There came a day when Mikoto began to pine for the world above the sea - for the wind in the trees and the grass beneath his feet. He begged his beloved wife to come live on dry land with him and, because she loved him and was pregnant with his child, she agreed. The young hunter built a house for her and for a short while they were happy once more.

When the time came for her to give birth, the princess urged her husband to leave her alone, and not to look until she gave him permission. Long he waited outside, pacing and worrying. At last he broke his promise to his wife and peered in through a window. There he saw a black dragon holding a newborn baby. Toyotama-Hime was so embarrassed to be seen as her dragon self, that she fled back to her old home beneath the sea.

No HEA for this couple.

Being a dragon shifter causes some complications for Vivian, the heroine of the Between stories as well. She's chosen to spend her life as a healer and is working as an ER doc in a small town when things get weird. Discovering that she's got some dragon blood in her is a little, shall we say, disconcerting for her and learning to accept this aspect of who and what she is causes her distress along the way.

To make matters worse, there is Zee. Zee is born to be a dragon slayer; this is as deeply embedded in his genetic code as Vivian's dragon nature is in hers. As you can imagine, this serves to complicate the love that is growing between them.

Will they do better than Toyotama-Hime and Mikoto in the HEA department? Only time will tell. In the meantime, as the books are more adventure than romance, they've got a lot of other things to think about. Dangers to face. Slime toads, for example. Nefarious plots. And a dark and powerful dragon who wants to destroy all the worlds.

Author Bio:
Kerry Schafer is licensed both as a Mental Health Professional and an RN, and spends most of her daylight hours helping people--usually even with a smile. In books, she gets to blow stuff up and kill people (or possibly dragons and exploding slime toads). She has published two novels with Ace Books: Between and Wakeworld. She is also the author of The Dream Wars e-novellas.

Kerry and her Viking live in Colville, Washington, in a little house surrounded by rocks, trees, and gangs of deer and wild turkeys.

Find Kerry:
Her Site & Blog
Twitter:  @KerrySchafer

Purchase at:

Barnes & Nobles:

Book Depository

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Post #60

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share new about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.


Hey. Another Sunday. I don't know what's come over me. I slept most of the day Saturday. I seem to be worn out by the weekend and have one day that is all about trying to catch up on sleep. I think I need to get more active to help counter that, time to try and sneak exercise in my schedule too. Hahaha. Alright, but seriously I do.

As for the book front, it's been slow going here. I get to read a few pages a night but nothing that really makes a dent in my current read. And it's nothing to the current reads fault, it's me and my relationship with time these days. (It's a little on the strained side.)

I decided when I'll be celebrating the blogs 5th birthday. :) It's going to be the week of August 11th. A little after it's birthday, but when time will allow it party it up. So I'll start sending a few authors emails to see if they would like do join with a post. I also have a few books to give away. :) And I'm still working on the small book tour for RIVER by Skyla Dawn Cameron. If you'd like to join (it's only guest posts by her) please let me know and I'll add you to the list that I'll be emailing shortly.

What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Blood & Iron by Jon Sprunk

Current Podcast Book Listen:
Metamor City: Whispers in the Wood by Chris Lester

Finished Last Weeks:
Last Man Home by John Mierau (audio book)

Finished Podcast Book Listen:
Metamor City: Making the Cut by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Whispers in the Wood by Chris Lester


Last Week on the Blog:

Cover Reveals: (click titles to go to post & learn more)


I'm looking for Blogs to join me with posting Author Guest Posts for Skyla Dawn Cameron  -- I have a amazing author friend that is doing a book tour. It's for guest posts by her only. If you'd like to join (I'm hoping you will. ;) ) please let me know. It's a Werewolf turned human book with a Young Adult vibe to it with being in high school.

Coffee Shop Talks - I got to join the wonderful ladies of Coffee Shop Talks for last weeks topic: Other tha books what other do you have?

The Afterlife Launch and Memorial for C.J. Henderson.

Around the Internet...


Weekly Posts:

***NEW*** Mythical Monday I had Angela Wallace talking of the Native American creature, Mishupishu.

Throwback Thursday


This Week to Come on the Blog:

Mythical Monday Kerry Schafer talking of Dragons. (Mon)

Book Review Last Man Home by John Mierau. (Wed)
Guest Post Rounding Out a Series by S.A. Huchton. (Thur)


Received Last Weeks:


For Review Consideration:

Deadroads by Robin Riopelle
Goodreads Synopsis:
Lutie always wanted a pet ghost—but the devil’s in the details.

The Sarrazins have always stood apart from the rest of their Bayou-born neighbors. Almost as far as they prefer to stand from each other. Blessed—or cursed—with the uncanny ability to see beyond the spectral plane, Aurie has raised his children, Sol, Baz, and Lutie, in the tradition of the traiteur, finding wayward spirits and using his special gift to release them along Deadroads into the afterworld. The family, however, fractured by their clashing egos, drifted apart, scattered high and low across the continent.

But tragedy serves to bring them together. When Aurie, while investigating a series of ghastly (and ghostly) murders, is himself killed by a devil, Sol, EMT by day and traiteur by night, Baz, a traveling musician with a truly spiritual voice, and Lutie, combating her eerie visions with antipsychotics, are thrown headlong into a world of gory sprites, brilliant angels, and nefarious demons—small potatoes compared to reconciling their familial differences.

From the Louisiana swamps to the snowfields of the north and everywhere in between, Deadroads summons you onto a mysterious trail of paranormal proportions.

Time Traveled Tales (Time Traveled Tales Anthologies #2)
Goodreads Synopsis:
The Adventure of the Tsarist Treasure, Michael A. Stackpole
Hypothecary, Aaron Allston
Reformation, Maxwell Alexander Drake
The Old Lindley House, Tracy Chowdhury
A Portrait of Time, Kelly Swails
Time To Duck, Aaron Rosenberg
Makeshift, Donald J. Bingle
Wish Upon A Star, Janine K. Spendlove
Foretold, Bradley P. Beaulieu
Time Rules, Maggie Allen
Changing Fate, Dylan Birtolo
One Time Around? John Helfers
Merchant: Festival, R.T. Kaelin
Promised Land, C.S. Marks
Memories of Light and Sound, Steven Saus
Saffron Skies, Sarah Hans
The Gun Show, Brian Shaw
Ley of the Land, Jennifer Brozek
The Lost Sweeper of Caldon, Gregory A. Wilson
What Spring is Like, Bryan Young
Focke-Drache, Jean Rabe
Quod Erat, Daniel Myers
For Love of Amanda, Timothy Zahn

Free Ebooks:
Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter By Nikki Jefford
Goodreads Synopsis:
If there is one thing eighteen-year-old Aurora Sky wants, it's to get off the iceberg she calls home. Being kissed before she graduates wouldn't hurt either.

Then a near-fatal car wreck changes everything. Government agents step in and save Aurora's life in exchange for her services as a vampire hunter. In Alaska. Basically she's a glorified chew toy. All thanks to her rare blood type, which sends a vampire into temporary paralysis right before she has to finish the job... by hand.

Now Aurora's only friends are groupies of the undead and the only boy she can think about may very well be a vampire.

(Mature YA, new adult series that becomes progressively more mature. Underage drinking, sexual situations, mild language and blood sucking.)

Free Audio Books/Stories:
Whispers in the Wood by Chris Lester
Goodreads Synopsis:
A man comes to Metamor City bearing a mysterious instrument, a violin with seemingly supernatural powers. A trail of death follows him. Lothanasi Agent Janus Starson brings in his best paranormal investigator, the telepath Abbey Preston, to help him uncover the violin’s secrets — and stop it before it kills again. A dark tale of mystery and murder in the sci-fi/fantasy world of Metamor City.


Reviews to Come:

Captain's Share by Nathan Lowell - a podcast reading of the book
Owners Share by Nathan Lowell - a podcast reading of the book
Ravenwood by Nathan Lowell - a podcast reading of the book
Marco and The Red Granny by Mur Lafferty (in audiobook while at work)
Wasteland by Mur Lafferty (in audiobook while at work)
War by Mur Lafferty (in audiobook while at work)
The Secret World Chronicle: The Hunt by Mercedes Lackey & Steve Libbey (in audiobook while at work)
Rusted Veins by Jaye Wells
Haunted by Amanda Bonilla
The Secret World Chronicle: World Well Lost by Mercees Lackey,Steve Libby, Cody Martin, & Dennis Lee
Tales from the Archives, Vol 3: #2 by Tee Morris, Pip Ballantine, & others.
Tales from the Archives, Vol 3: #3 by Tee Morris, Pip Ballantine, & others.
Harlan's Wake by John Mierau
The List by John Mierau
A Curse Awakened by Cecy Robson
Tales from the Archive: 4 - Wooden Go to Waste by Sandra Wickham
Tales from the Archive: 5 (part 1 & 2) - Those Dark Satanic Mills by Suna Dasi
Soulless by Skyla Dawn Cameron
Shadow's Master by Jon Sprunk
Huntress by Chris Lester
The Sentinel by Chris Lester
The Muse by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Making the Cut by Chris Lester
Last Man Home by John Mierau (audio book)
Metamor City: Whispers in the Wood by Chris Lester

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Audio Short Story Reviews: Crossing Lines & Marked Man

Crossing Lines

By:  John Mierau

Publish Date:  November 27, 2012


Format:  Podcasted Audio book

Genre:  Fantasy

Series:  short story

Recommendation:  Dangerous magic in a gripping short story.

A wanderer with a troubled past follows a sensitivity to magic that pulls him hard to a mountain in the middle of nowhere, where he’s caught up in impending apocalypse, powerful practitioners…and a blood feud.

First Sentence:
Grady spun the wheel to keep the truck on the mud and gravel road.

Purchase At:

Listen For Free:
iTunes   /   Author's Site

**I listened to this book for my own enjoyment.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Grady felt the strong pull to come to Yukon territory. Something magically was wrong. Driving through the pouring rain, Grady almost hits a wandering stranger - Russell. When they stop, Grady learns there is a layline and something is trying to cross into our world by using up the power of the layline. Another comes with plan to stop it. Grady is to work with two of opposite views, Russell a sentital and Fran an older magic yeilder, to stop the monster from entering the world.

These are three quick episodes to listen too. No more than 15 minutes each.

There is a disembodied hunger presence felt. It's coming. The layline is the magical power that fuels it to cross into the world.

There are only three people we meet in this quick story. Each has a heavy presence in the story with what they know. There is a battle between Fran's people and Russell and his company. They each want to keep the laylines and the world safe, but in very different ways. This feud reminds me of a relationship like the Indian/White man war. Fran's magical kind and Russell's strict "schooled" guards of the company.

This story is quick with what's going on. The first episode caught my attention through my curiosity. The second episode fueled my need to know what's happening in the world with these characters. We learn more about the world and characters. I was afraid at first I'd be confused, but quickly John explains what's happening and what's present in the first episode.

I really liked the feud, danger, and magic in the story through to the ending. All learned in the world and left the feel there is so much more! I'd be curious to follow Grady as he shares his knowledge through protecting of fighting with those he opposes. And learning why.

Marked Man

By:  John Mierau

Publish Date:  March 26, 2011


Format:  Podcasted Audio book

Genre:  Fantasy

Series:  short story

Recommendation:  A curse in the old mining era. What a man will do to save others, and himself.

A stowaway on a train, running from something horrible, falls into the hands of evil men. Soon, innocent lives will be lost as human monsters will face something ancient, powerful... and hungry.

First Sentence:
"Get up!"

Rough hands yanked Daniel from his hiding place behind a crate of buffalo pelts bound for the east.

Purchase At:

Listen For Free:
iTunes   /   Author's Site

**I listened to this book for my own enjoyment.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Daniel is thrown from the train he was hiding in. He tries to lie his way out of being caught, as a stowaway on a train, by the rough owners. While the Chinese miners are being forced to down into the mines, working, Daniel is being 'recruited' into hard pressed work with them. But, with the mark on his hand, Daniel learns a dark secret of what the owner plans to do to the miners. Daniel tries to save them all, but also is stuck when the Collector comes for his call on the night without a moon.

Again, 3 short episodes to listen too. No longer than 15 minutes each.

I liked this story of the mark. Neat and original to the western feel it is set in. Daniel can see the dark secrets people hide within, the ones that are deadly to others. Then the Collector attached to it. Oh, now that was catching.

We quickly got to see the curse of the mark on Daniel. Will he act on what he learns? And the Collector coming for him. Shame what he has to do each month to sate the Collector, but oh so deserving to the others.

Daniel may be a cheat in order to earn his mark, but he's not all bad. What he has to do each month is terrible, but he picks wisely. It's hard to do what he has to, but to survive...

The story is a bit dark, but that's the attraction. The story is complete with the scene, but I'm curious what happens next. I'd like to think all works out. ;)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Book Review: Welcome to the City

Welcome to the City

By:  Chris Lester

Publisher:  Liminal Corvid Press

Publish Date:  July 18, 2012

Format:  Podiobooks 53.43 minutes

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Series:  1st in Metamor City series

Recommendation:  Take the welcoming cruise to dip your toes into the waters of the magical Metamor City with Michael Perelli.

Rookie cop Michael Perelli begins his first day on the job in Metamor City, a glittering and glorious place where the buildings rise as high as mountains and magic and technology intertwine. But not everything is beautiful in Jewel of the North, and as veteran detective Kathryn Kitaen shows him the ropes, Michael begins to wonder if he's in over his head...

First Sentence:

"Um, yes?"

"The captain will see you now."

Purchase At:
Amazon  /  Barnes & Nobles

Free Listen At:
iTunes  /  Author's Site

**I listened to this story for my own enjoyment.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Michael arrives at his new job in Metamor City, a homicide detective. Michael has a knack for figuring things out. When he looks at a crime scene it plays out in his mind. Michael meets a few co-workers and a tour of the magical city he now works and resides in. Welcome to Metamor City...

Metamor City is a magic filled city where magic is on the rise. The city has a curse and Michael, or any human, needs an amulet so the curse doesn't affect them. There are many who willingly let the curse take them and change them to something supernatural. The curse is slowly expanding the city limits with the rise of magic. There is a wide variety of Supernaturals, which are natural here!

We spend time with Michael and Kate as Kate gives him the tour of the station and the city. I love Kate. She's cute and I enjoy her personality and humor. lol.

Dip your toes into the waters of Metamor City. This novella gives you a taste of the world and what is present in the city. There is a feel of so much supernatural here! We start to see the city setup, a layer cake setup. We even get a brief history of the way magic has changed things here, like the citadel - which was once a castle on a mountain. Now this is interesting, the affects of magic on the city and the brief history of the heroes that lived here.

At this point we have seen a wolverine, a vampire, magic, gangs, and guns. Yep, works for me.

I listened to this story, and found the story was easy to listen to. Chris doesn't speak overly fast which I can easily follow him, and his voice is soothing.

I'm looking forward to listening to more and "seeing" more of what this amazing city has to offer.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Cover reveal and Purchasing Deal!

This week Jennifer Melzer is sharing the new cover for her Serpent of Time series. It's book one: Edgelanders.

You might remember I read a short story by Jennifer, The Wanderer's Tale: Rusted Memory. Well this story has brought Jennifer to the forefront of the list for me. She's a new author to me and I fell in love with her style and story. I'm now needed to get to ALL the words Jennifer creates.

I'm thrill to share that this week Edgelanders will be on sale for 99c! (It's normally $4.99. So a deal!)

Ready for the cover?


Serpent of Time #1
By:  Jennifer Melzer
Out NOW!
When Princess Lorelei of Leithe overhears Trystay, her fiance, plotting to have her murdered on the way to their wedding, she does the only smart thing: she runs.

Into the Edgelands, a savage, wooded country along the western coast of Leithe said to contain the legendary U'lfer, a race of fierce wolves who walk as men, she knows she is as good as dead, but she'd rather be torn apart by werewolves than die by Trystay's hand.

Finn, a young U'lfer warrior, catches her scent on the wind and finds himself possessed by an unnatural desire to protect her from that which hunts her. From the moment he first lays eyes on her, Finn knows: she is his. He feels her heartbeat, knows her soul as well as he knows her own, and he will do anything, even suffer exile from the Edgelands, to be with her.

But there is more to Lorelei than meets the eye. She is like Finn, there is U'lfer in her blood, a beast beneath her skin she never knew was there. The answers she seeks about her origin and her purpose lie south, in the frozen tundra of Rimian, where a village of people just like her have been waiting for Lorelei to come since before she was even born.

Purchase At:
Amazon  /  Barnes & Nobles  /  Kobo  /  Smashwords  /  All Romance ebooks  /  iTunes

The old cover, if you see it around is:

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Afterlife Launch and Memorial

I've recently learned today that we lost an author last week. C.J. Henderson passed from this life into the next last week. Sadly, a loving father and husband, a kind friend and author has lost his battle with cancer.

It's sad to see him go. I had the pleasure of talking with C.J. in the last few years at Balticon. He was a kind man and could make you smile.

If you'd like to help his family with the costs, donations are being taken through a fundraiser. The fundraiser going on right now and will end in 903 days (as of July 14, 2014).

Danielle Ackley-McPhail is holding a CJ-Con - The Afterlife Launch in CJ's honor. A One day celebration of C.J.'s life and you are all invited to attend. There are details on Facebook at the event page CJ-Con - The Afterlife Launch.

The party is being held in Brooklyn, NY. But I know it's not feasible for everyone to get there. Danielle Ackley-McPhail and the crew - Beth Malone, Erica Henderson, Iris Feng, and Grace Tin Low - are working hard to get things in order to have online tracking and interaction as well (even if only through the event page on Facebook). If you can go, please RSVP to the email or phone number found on the Facebook page.

There are going to be memorials at various conventions in the month(s) to come as well. Please keep checking the event page for any and all updates.

Now, for those of you who aren't sure who CJ is (that's hard) was. Let me share with you his bio and his books. Maybe your find something you'll like to read.

Author Full Bio from Site:
C.J. Henderson’s early days were spent in the Midwest. The family moved around for the first few years of his life until finally settling in Western Pennsylvania, in Bridgeville (officially known by the sign at its entrance as, appropriately, the Town of Many Bridges), a small town outside of Pittsburgh. High school and college kept him in the general area, but shortly thereafter it was on to the big city, more specifically, New York City (officially known by the sign at its entrance as, appropriately, the Town That Doesn’t Want You–Get the Hell Out!).

CJ Henderson
Since (a real fact coming up) out of all the people in America who actually make money from writing, only some 6% of them actually manage to support themselves entirely from such endeavors, C.J., like the grand majority of his peers, has had to come up with other ways to rake in the miscellaneous dollar or two. In his time, he has earned his keep and kicked around as a: movie house manager, waiter, drama coach, fast food jockey, interior painter, blackjack dealer, book reviewer, stockman, English teacher, roadie, advertising salesman, creative writing instructor, supernatural investigator, bank guard, storage coordinator, children’s theater director, card shark, film critic, dishwasher, magazine editor, traffic manager, short-order cook, stand-up comic, interview & general article writer; toy salesman, camp counselor, movie booker, street mime, lounge lizard and as a senior editor of legal publications at Matthew Bender & Co., Inc. All too often, he still has to do such things. But, at least when one is writing film columns, the movies are free.
These days, C.J. is married in all the typical manners to fashion designer Grace Tin Lo. They live in Brooklyn, NY, along with their daughter Erica, and everyone’s cats, Tyco and Tiger.

A Few of His Books:
Piers Knight series:
Brooklyn Knight
Professor Piers Knight is an esteemed curator at the Brooklyn Museum and is regarded by many on the staff as a revered institution of his own if not an outright curiosity. Knight’s portfolio includes lost civilizations; arcane cultures, languages, and belief; and more than a little bit of the history of magic and mysticism.What his contemporaries don't know is that in addition to being a scholar of all things ancient he is schooled in the uses of magical artifacts, the teachings of forgotten deities, and the threats of unseen dangers.

If a mysterious object surfaces, Professor Knight makes it his job to figure it out--and make sure it stays out of dangerous hands.

A contemporary on an expedition in the Middle East calls Knight's attention to a mysterious object in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum … just before it becomes the target of a sorcerous attack that leads to a siege on a local precinct house by a fire elemental.

What looks like an ordinary inscribed stone may unlock an otherworldly Armageddon that certain dark powers are all too eager to bring about--and only Piers Knight stands in their way.

Central Park Knight
Professor Piers Knight is the Brooklyn Museum’s very own Indiana Jones. His specialties include lost civilizations, arcane cultures, and more than a little bit of the history of magic and mysticism. What his contemporaries don't know is that in addition to being a scholar of all these topics, he is also proficient in the uses of magical artifacts.

Knight receives a chilling message from Tian Lu, a former lover and an agent for the Chinese government. Years ago, they made a frightening discovery at an archeological dig when out of the depths rose… a living, fire-breathing dragon. Now, the dragons are waking from their slumber before their scheduled time. And one particularly diabolical dragon is set on eliminating the others and taking over the world.  

As civilization plunges into panic, Knight, Lu, Knight’s seventeen-year-old techie intern George Rainert, and an untrustworthy dragon ally must use all their resources-- magical and otherwise--to stop the destruction before it’s too late.

Radio City Knight
Professor Piers Knight is the Brooklyn Museum's very own Indiana Jones. In addition to being a scholar of lost civilizations, arcane cultures, and the history of mysticism, he is also proficient in the use of magical artifacts. Saving the world as we know it from apocalyptic endings is all in a day's work for Professor Knight. With the world still reeling from the discovery that not only are dragons real, but that they still walk among us, no one was really prepared for more horror to be unleashed on humanity. But, on the heels of that news comes more, not only are dragons real, but so are demons! Piers Knight is thrust into the middle of a chaotic storm of biblical proportions. The fabric of time and space is unraveling, bringing the world to the brink of judgment as the gates of Hell begin to open. Throw in a police investigation that is closing in on the professor's most dangerous secret, and the return of his greatest love, and suddenly the stakes have never been higher.

Teddy London series:
The Things That Are Not There
Private detective Theodore London ran the best agency in New York City until a demon-driven storm trashed his operation. Ready to quit the business, fate delivered a beautiful woman to his doorstep—one being pursued by an army of winged monsters determined to use her as the key to unlock a doorway that will lead the world to madness.

The Stench of Fresh Air
In The Things That Are Not There, private detective Theodore London was battered almost to death by forces from beyond. Now, on his first day out of his recovery bed, Teddy discovers that there is a new evil afoot in New York City. While he's been incapacitated, a coven of vampires has set forces in motion so that they might come forth from the shadows and begin their march toward world domination. Worse yet, London learns that he may have more in common with such forces than he thinks. Armed with only a .38 named Betty and a blade named Veronica, Teddy London gathers those few souls capable of weathering the terror ahead. In this second adventure, London and those who stand with him face both power and temptations not only unimaginable, but unbearable as well.

The Sleep That Rescues: A Supernatural Detective Novel
Private investigator Teddy London, who has stood firm against vampires, werewolves, and terrors from beyond without flinching, now faces not only an unimaginable god-horror of unlimited power but also the consequences of his own reckless ego. Acting without thinking, he inadvertently opens the doorway of the dreamplane to a beautiful cat burglar, giving her access to the secrets of the universe. Now, the balance of all time and space has been thrown into chaos, and Teddy will need more than a gun named Betty and a blade named Veronica to save his own skin, let alone the entire world.

CJ had many additional books published. A man of many traits he was.  From supernatural to science fiction to detective novels. I hope you check out all his works. You can find them all on Amazon:  C.J. Henderson

Rest in peace CJ. And blessings and thoughts to your family. Thank you for what you've shared and given to the world.