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Tales from Harbormouth by E.J. Stevens Review

Tales from Harbormouth by E.J. Stevens Review

Tales from Harborsmouth by E.J. Stevens Review

I’ve been a fan of Ivy Granger since I met E.J. at a reader’s convention a few years ago. I love all her books and it’s nice to see a short story collection connecting and intertwining with the other books in the series.

I loved reading about Ivy Granger’s adventures and it further increases my love for Ivy and I enjoy seeing her growth throughout the series


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Tales from Harborsmouth is the first time the Ivy Granger novellas are in one collection and features two exclusive short stories the series prequel Frostbite and the newest Ivy Granger tale Thrill on Joysen Hill.
FROSTBITE (Ivy Granger #0.5)

In this Ivy Granger prequel, join Ivy and Jinx on a disturbing case that leads down a dead-end alley to a house ravaged by time and circumstance.

Everyone knows that there’s no such thing as ghosts, but when a client claims that her house is being haunted, Ivy tries to keep her mind open and her weapons handy. If her psychic gifts and recent cases have taught her anything, it’s that you’re better off arming yourself for the unexpected. Anything is possible in Harborsmouth.

BLOOD AND MISTLETOE (Ivy Granger #1.5)

Holidays are worse than a full moon for making people crazy. In Harborsmouth, where many of the residents are undead vampires or monstrous fae, the combination may prove deadly.

Holidays are Hell, a point driven home when a certain demon attorney returns with information regarding a series of bloody murders. Five Harborsmouth residents have been killed and every victim has one thing in common—they are fae. Whoever is killing faeries must be stopped, but they only leave one clue behind—a piece of mistletoe floating in a pool of the victim’s blood. The holidays just got interesting.

CLUB NEXUS (Ivy Granger #2.5)

A demon, a human, an Unseelie faerie, and a vampire walk into a bar…

These four intertwining short stories are set in Club Nexus, the hidden haunt of Harborsmouth’s paranormal underworld.

Iced:  A bargain gone wrong leads a highborn Unseelie faerie to life as an enslaved bartender with a taste for revenge.

Dusted:  Being a highly skilled predator doesn’t necessarily put you at the top of the food chain at Club Nexus. A southern vampire with a hankering for blood and wanton violence may have bit off more than he can chew.

Demonized:  The demon attorney we love to hate has his eye on a certain rockabilly human. Too bad she’s brought a crossbow loaded with holy water dipped bolts for this night on the town.

Jinxed:  Just when Jinx needs a carefree girl’s night out with Ivy, a smoking hot demon tries to buy her a drink. She really is the unluckiest human on the planet.

THRILL ON JOYSEN HILL (Ivy Granger #5.5)

Few places are as rife with opportunity or as fraught with danger as Harborsmouth’s notorious Joysen Hill.

Vampires own the real estate, and even the most ruthless human thugs won’t venture out after dark, but when Torn gets stuck babysitting, he can only think of one place in Harborsmouth interesting enough to take a demon toddler, a teenage bridge troll, and a grouchy hearth brownie.  What happens next substantiates the city’s advertising slogan.  No matter who or what you are, no matter how young or old, you can find your thrill on Joysen Hill.


FROSTBITE (Ivy Granger #0.5)
This prequel is a good starting point if you haven’t read the series yet. It gives you the origins of Ivy Granger. I love learning a bit about where her personality and history comes in.

I would recommend this to anyone who hasn’t read the book series yet to give you a taste of the crazy world of Ivy Granger. I love Jinx and feel she is more than just a sidekick, she is Ivy’s base and keeps her grounded when the world is going nuts.

BLOOD AND MISTLETOE (Ivy Granger #1.5)

I love this story especially for the Yuletide theme. This story really helps you get to know about Ivy and introduces you to more of her “adopted “family.

It also shows that there is no rest for the wicked even for the holidays. A dose of fun and mystery as Ivy tries to enjoy the holidays whilst in the midst of a murder investigation.

CLUB NEXUS (Ivy Granger #2.5)

This is my favorite story out of the whole book. I love the idea of stories within stories and seeing things from the supporting characters point of view. I also love that it ties things together as you see once you get to the end of the story. I hope to see more stories from the supporting characters viewpoints. It gives me a more in-depth view of the other characters and helps me connect more with them as I come across them in the series.

THRILL ON JOYSEN HILL (Ivy Granger #5.5)

Torn is one of my favorite characters. I love his nonchalant “cattitude” and the fact that he is always hitting on Ivy and Jinx amuses me because they keep shutting him down.  But as you read more of the story, you get to see another facet of his personality. I hope to see more of his viewpoints in future stories.

You can read these stories as standalone but it helps if you read them in order so you can see how everything plays out and connects through the books.

I recommend this book and the other books in the series for urban fantasy lovers and people who love a strong female protagonist who shows definite growth as the series unfolds. Ivy starts out unsure of herself but as the books move forward so does she in her growth.

I give this book 5 Fairies for the solid intertwining of the stories with the current books in the series.



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Hound’s Bite-Cover Reveal/Excerpt/Giveaway

I am excited to reveal the cover for HOUND’S BITE, the fifth full-length novel in the Ivy Granger urban fantasy series by E.J. Stevens.  We also have a giveaway and a sneak peek book excerpt to share!

Cover Reveal: Hound’s Bite


Hound's Bite Ivy Granger urban fantasy by E.J. Stevens


Hound’s Bite (Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective #5) by E.J. Stevens

Ivy Granger thought she left the worst of Mab’s creations behind
when she escaped Faerie.  She thought wrong.

In a cruel twist of fate, Ivy has unleashed a powerful horde of
Unseelie beasts upon her city, turning her homecoming into a
potential slaughter of innocents.  Now Ivy must gather her allies to
fight a reputedly unstoppable force—The Wild Hunt.

Will the training Ivy received in her father’s court be enough to
save her city, or will Harborsmouth be forced to kneel before the
Lord of the Hunt?  She is willing risk her own life, but some
sacrifices come at a cost worse than death.  When an ally is bitten
by one of The Wild Hunt’s hounds, Ivy must face the possibility that
winning this battle may mean killing the one person she has come to
love most.

Release Date: July 12, 2016

Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

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Hound’s Bite Book Excerpt

“Are you saying we should run?” I asked, eyebrows raised.  “Because you should know me better than that.”

“What he’s saying, Princess is that you woke up something too big for the three of us to defeat alone,” Torn said.

That made me pause.  We’d fought faerie queens, pyro demons, a
lovesick necromancer, and a psychotic lamia, to name a few.  I may not
have come through those battles unscathed, or with all my guts still on
the inside, but with my friends at my side, and a new arsenal of wisp
powers at my fingertips, I felt nearly invincible.

I looked to Ceff, hoping he’d grab his trident and join me for some
quick monster cleanup.  I may not be on the clock for this one, but I
didn’t let hungry fae prowl the streets of Harborsmouth.  And if Torn
was right, I’d somehow let this one follow us out of Faerie.  No way was
I turning tail, no matter how tired I was.

But Ceff didn’t reach for his weapons.

“We need allies,” he said.

“And larger weapons,” Torn said, with a wink.

The cat sidhe looked excited, which was a clue that I wasn’t going to like the answer to my next question.

“And what monster do we need to gather our allies and weapons against?” I asked.

“Haven’t you guessed yet, Princess?” Torn asked, eyes gleaming.  “We’re not just facing one howling beast.”

Ceff turned to me, closing the space between us.  In the moonlight,
I could see my reflection in the dark pools of his kelpie eyes—eyes
that were tight with worry.

“What are they?” I asked.

Ceff’s voice was low and reverent, and tinged with the taint of fear.

“The Wild Hunt.”

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E.J. Stevens is the author of 14 works of speculative fiction, including the Hunters’ Guild urban fantasy series, the Spirit Guide young adult paranormal series, and the award-winning Ivy Granger urban fantasy series.  She is known for filling pages with quirky
characters, bloodsucking vampires, psychotic faeries, and snarky,
kick-butt heroines.

Connect with E.J. Stevens by following her on Twitter, Facebook, Newsletter, Blog, Goodreads, and Amazon.

The Magician Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal: The Magician


The Magician Dark Arcana fantasy by E.J. Stevens


The Magician (Dark Arcana #1) by E.J. Stevens

When members of tarot’s Major Arcana begin manifesting in the mortal
world, magic is in the air and change is in the cards.

Release Date: September 20, 2016

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

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E.J. Stevens is the author of 14 works of speculative fiction,
including the Hunters’ Guild urban fantasy series, the Spirit Guide
young adult paranormal series, and the award-winning Ivy Granger urban
fantasy series.  She is known for filling pages with quirky
characters, bloodsucking vampires, psychotic faeries, and snarky,
kick-butt heroines.

Connect with E.J. Stevens by following her on Twitter, Facebook, Newsletter, Blog, Goodreads, and Amazon.

Shadow Sight Review

I met this awesome writer at
ARC-NOLA and her books are right down my alley. My favorite genre is Urban
Fantasy and the supes that she has in the Ivy Granger series are Fae which is one
of my favorites.
First of all, I loved this book. It
drew me in quite quickly. Psychometry is one gift you don’t see written very
often. Ivy is a bit mellow at the start, I prefer to see a little more kick ass
heroine but I think this is mainly the fleshing of her character. The twist of
romance was a welcome addition and I hope to see the relationship grow further.
I’d also like to see some more back story on Ivy’s father. Action and romance
blend wonderfully with the story line. Excellent starting point.
Her take on the Fae is exactly how I
see them, not all are glittery TinkerBell types. This book does portray their
inhuman nature and there is some humanization but not too much to turn me off.
The plot line flows nicely and is a
good beginning to Ivy Granger saga.  Some
of the pop culture references are very relatable to me and what my interests
If you like the Fae and like to see
the darker side of Faekind, pick up this book and enjoy the action and romance
that snakes throughout the book.
Looking forward to the rest of the
books in the series.
I’m giving this book a 4 Fairy rating
for the action filled Fae adventure with a twist of romance.


Ghost Light Review

Welcome to the 2nd installment of the Ivy Granger
Where the 1st book was more of a fleshing out of
the main characters, this book continues on with more depth and Ivy becomes the
kick ass heroine that I love to read about.
You also get to see Jinx, her trusty sidekick, blossom some
I also like the fact that more supernatural characters show
up in this book. Lamia, faerie queens, demons, and many others. Some of the
visitors aren’t written about very often and it’s nice to see some new players on
the field.
Ivy has found out the seriousness of faerie bargains and
what happens when you are half fae and aren’t in control of your powers.
In this book, she starts the quest to find the one person
who can help her control her wisp powers and gets thrown into the frying pan.
I also enjoyed the continuation of the romance between Ivy
and Ceff.
I give Ghost Light my
5 Fairies rating for continuing action with some lightheartedness thrown
in the mix.  I couldn’t put the book down
once I started reading it and read it in about 3 days.
EJ Stevens is becoming one of my favorite authors and I am looking
forward to the next books in the series.

Burning Bright Review

I just finished reading the 3rd installment of
the Ivy Granger series and this book does not disappoint.
I again found myself immersed into Ivy’s world and didn’t
want it to end.
Every book takes you a little deeper into Ivy’s character
and shows how she grows into a phenomal kick ass heroine.
Her half human nature allows her to show compassion and
moves her away from the inhumanness of the Fae world.
Her maternal nature shows itself in her ragtag adopted companions,
one being a troll child and the other one a rare demon child.
I can’t help but smile and feel warm and fuzzy about Ivy and
Ceff’s relationship and enjoy seeing it blossom into something more.
When Ivy’s sidekick and best friend Jinx gets in a spot of
trouble, Ivy rushes to the rescue and puts her friends before her personal
quest to find her cursed father who can help her control her wisp powers.
A few twists and turns keep your turning the page and you
can’t help but root for the underdog.
I am already starting to read the 4th installment
and anticipate I’ll have that one done in about 3 days as well.
If you are interested in a half human heroine’s story with
some paranormal romance thrown in there, don’t hesitate to pick up your copy
I’m giving this installment my 5 fairy rating because of the
journey into Ivy’s world where you are led on a wondrous quest of
self-discovery and how one half human half fae woman learns about her inner

SHADOW MAN BLOG TOUR 11/20/12 to 12/20/12

Today I’m one of the hosts of Shadow Man Blog  Tour. I’m giving over my blog to Tara Fox Hall with a guest post about the spirit of animal rescue. This blog tour is presented by page turners book tours button


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In the spirit of this blogsite, I would like to share a true story from my past of animal rescue. I often find that animals that need my help cross my path. Not all of them are furred and cuddly. —Tara Fox Hall J


One morning in late fall, I was hurrying out the door, swearing to myself because I was going to be late. As I was walking quickly to my garage, I happened to look down and see a snake. It was a small female red racer, about 7 inches long. The first hard frost had occurred overnight, and it looked like the weather had caught her unawares. She seemed to be frozen solid with her mouth hanging open. I assumed because she was laying right across the path that one of the cats—most likely Kesteral or Cavity—had left her there for me to find, in a misguided yet tender effort to teach me to hunt.

It may be surprising to hear—or not so surprising if you’re a fan of my Lash series—that I have a soft spot for snakes. I don’t mean rattlesnakes, or 10 ft. boa constrictors, of course; I mean snakes of the smaller, non-threatening persuasion. Garden snakes, corn snakes, ring-necked snakes, and red racers never want to bother anyone, and try to get out of your way as soon as they know you’re coming. Even when I’ve held some that were agitated, I’ve never had one strike at me. So I make an effort to keep all my small local snakes as safe as can be, including rescuing them from my cats.

Sadly, this one was past my help. I carried my work stuff to my car. Leaving it there, I went back and picked up the snake, prepared to take her out to leave in the field for scavengers. But when I picked her up, I discovered she wasn’t frozen solid. More amazing, after holding her for 30 seconds in my gloved hands, I thought I saw her move. Anxious for a miracle, I took off my gloves and held her, willing my heat to bring her back to life. But she didn’t stir. Worried my hands weren’t warm enough, I breathed on her. After a minute of being enveloped in my warm breath, the “dead” snake started to revive. First her mouth closed, then her tongue slowly flicked out and in. Finally, she begun to feebly move. I held her another minute, sharing my warmth. By that minute’s end, you wouldn’t have known that she’d almost died.

I took her to the side of the garage, and let her slip underneath through a hole in the gravel, hoping she would find a ball of snakes to twine up with to keep warm. Being almost winter, there wasn’t much more I could do.

I never saw her again, but I like remembering the experience, the startling feeling of her coming back to life in my hands. It felt a little like magic. And in a way it was, that a human shared her breath and warmth with a snake to save its life . . . and counted herself the more fortunate party.

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A renegade vampire begins amassing a flock of true believers, threatening America’s vampire hierarchy. Weresnake Lash partners with old enemy Danial and new allies Burl and Spiderboy to track down and annihilate them. Betrayed and left for dead, Lash reemerges the victor, edging ever upward in the Assassin’s Ranking, and catching the eye of the sultry nightclub singer Cassandra Nile. Drawn into drugs by Cassie, Lash begins to doubt himself, yearning to leave his life of violence, even as enemies close in from every side.


History speaks of the months after the Crash of 1929 as desolate, and hopeless. I’m sure that was true for many. But I wasn’t unhappy, even though my days seemed to have lost their color, and my nights blurred one into another until I sometimes lost track of the date. My problem was that now that things had calmed down, some of the horror of my life had caught up to me, hurting me in the one place I wasn’t defensible: my dreams.

I had often dreamed of Giselle after her death, and of my other slain sisters. Those dreams had lessened in the years that had passed. Now they seemed to come back with a vengeance, and they brought friends.

I awoke screaming most nights, with one of Abraham’s guards pounding on my door, asking if I was okay. I was reluctant to go to an alchemist to ask for any help sleeping. I had to be ready in case of attack, either on my vampire boss, Abraham or on my sister Sam and her children, not to mention myself. I couldn’t be off in dreamland with big-bosomed women and still be of any use.

Fortunately, I was able to function fine with only about four hours sleep, which was what I usually got when the nightmares were said and done. I learned to control my cries with help of a book Abraham got me, so I didn’t have someone pounding on my door most nights. But I could do nothing about the dreams. It got so fucking bad that I would dread going to sleep and would find any excuse to put it off, until I was so tired my tail would have been dragging if I were in snake form.

There was something good about being awake in the early morning hours: Abraham and I were becoming friends. We had been together for almost ten years now. I was his first weresnake friend; he told me himself. I was probably the first weresnake he’d given the time of day to, though he never was rude enough to say something like that to me. It wasn’t out of fear, but rather because he didn’t want to hurt my feelings. He alone seemed to get how I felt, being snake in a world that hated snakes. It was hard not to like him just for that. Not to say he wasn’t hard with me, or even terrible, when he felt he had to be. But he was almost a gentler version of my father, and I admired him greatly.




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Tara Fox Hall’s writing credits include nonfiction, horror, suspense, action-adventure, erotica, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. She is the author of the paranormal action-adventure Lash series and the vampire romantic suspense Promise Me series. Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chain sawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.

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