Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Whiskey Witches by S.M. Blooding

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Author: S.M. Blooding

Narrator: Kalinda Little

Series: Whiskey Witches, Book 1

Length: 12 hours 15 minutes

Publisher: Whistling Book Press

Released: March 4, 2017

Genre: Supernatural Thriller

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Detective Paige Whiskey comes from a long line of witches. They may not all be the most powerful, but they are outspoken and supportive of their community. She alone has no gifts. She can’t summon fire, can’t read minds. She knows the arcane. She’s studied it. That, along with her connection to the Whiskey Witches, lands her some pretty strange cases.

Like the sacrificial murders of St. Francisville, Louisiana. There’s a killer on the loose, choosing people in a vain attempt to raise a demon. Not just any demon, though. A man born long ago, made a demon in order to protect the Gate to Hell.

Together with demon hunter, Dexx Colt, her kitchen-witch grandmother, and her paranormal investigator brother-in-law, they unravel a conspiracy far bigger than a few simple murders, and re-discover Paige’s gift.

She’s a demon summoner and she’s key to the killer’s plan.

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Frankie lives in beautiful Montana with her Darling Dork, his two part-time girls, and their cat, Tesla. She enjoys creating with her wonderful husband, doing everything from crochet, to sewing, to art, and, of course, writing. She’s lived a pretty colorful life, giving breath to her stories.

She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers, U.S. Government assassins, and slingshot terrorist. No. She is not kidding.

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Narrator Bio

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Kalinda Little is a 28 year old web developer who started playing around with audio and never stopped. Currently based out of Portland Oregon, she has spent time all up and down the West Coast, including several years is Ashland where she worked backstage at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She is a chapter leader for the Nine Bridges Writers, a nonprofit that aims to assist and support writers in all genres, by providing resources and critique.

While she only started recording professionally in April of 2016, she had over two hundred hours of amature recording and editing available before that point. To date, she has narrated 27 books, with another 3 set to come out before the end of 2017.

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by S.M. Blooding. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

When I decided to listen to this book I had no idea how dark it would be. I usually try to avoid dark fantasies because I prefer to read more positive novels. After a few minutes, I started wondering what I’d gotten myself into but I ended up liking it. There are some books that are better read and some that are better listened to, and I think I would have liked Whisky Witches even more if I’d read it.

Paige is smart and independent but broken. The problem is that she didn’t even know it because her memory of the last few years was erased by her family “for her own good.” They’re scared of her powers because she’s a demon summoner. Now that she has her memory back, she has terrible memories to deal with besides trying to find a killer and trying to keep herself and others safe from demons and angels. 

When I heard that Paige was a demon summoner, it made me wonder about her, but once I learned about this world’s demons and angels, a demon summoner didn’t sound so bad. Paige’s nonbelief in God and the way angels are portrayed may bother some readers. 

Kalinda Little does a good job narrating. She has good timing and inflection and I was able to follow the different characters by the changes in her voice.

Whisky Witches is a mostly dark supernatural adventure but it did make me laugh once or twice and there’s this sexual tension between Paige and Dexx that will hopefully be explored more in the next novel which I’ll be listening to soon. I’m looking forward to learning what happens next with Paige.

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Guest Post

The Perks of Being An Author by S.M. Blooding

Really and truly, being an author is hard work. I get up at 6:30am and work until about 9-11pm with very few breaks. There’s so much to do! There’s writing and editing and covers and marketing and ads and formatting and websites and…that’s just your book. When you’re also working with other authors, then you get to do that with their books, too.

It’s a lot of long hours and sore muscles and eating like a college student–not because you can’t afford more, but because you don’t have time for anything else. Your house looks like a wreck and you just hope that no one actually wants to come by because you’re screwed. Your family constantly wants more time with you and your writing is constantly suffering because everyone needs more time than you do, and you’re constantly being guilt-tripped into doing other things because… it’s just writing.

But it’s amazing when your book touches someone. When your soul vomit reaches through the pages and touches and someone, talks to them, or teaches them something. When they see something they normally wouldn’t have. It’s beautiful and amazing.

And makes all the long hours, sore muscles, bad meals, and whining kids worth it.

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Whiskey Witches Giveaway: 3-Month Audible Membership

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