Monday, November 25, 2013

Review, Interview, Giveaway: The Dark Bokor by Dianne Hartsock

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Title: The Dark Bokor by Dianne Hartsock
Genre: Paranormal, M/M Romance
Published October 18th 2013 by Breathless Press
Length: 47 pages

Rating: 4 Stars
Review Copy provided by author

When it comes to the dark weavings of hoodoo magic, only a few can survive.

It's started. Bodies have been found in the French Quarter, torn limb from limb. The undead have been seen walking. For Detective Matthew Rieves, this is the worst news he can imagine. Having spent his entire life in Orleans Parish, Matt's no stranger to the bizarre. Though, despite the growing evidence, he still has a hard time believing in the occult. But when two hoodoo bokors vie for supremacy, it's the innocent civilians that pay the price.

For Jesse Dalembert, he'd left New Orleans to sever his ties with hoodoo. But when a friend is brutally murdered by the bokor's zombies, he returns, falling at once into danger and into Detective Rieves's bed. With their lives on the line, their simmering attraction flares into a passion they can no longer deny.

Working against time, can the lovers find a way to stop the hoodoo war, or will they fall victim to the dark magic, maybe becoming zombies themselves?

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The urgent note of warning in Matt's voice stopped him. His gaze jerked toward the detective in time to see him draw his gun just as a large man, skin darker than Jesse's own cream and chocolate complexion, shoved a screaming woman from his path and continued toward him. Blood dripped from the machete clutched in his fist. The Haitian drew closer, and Jesse shuddered at the blank stare of the creature.

"Run, fool!"

It was hard to ignore the fear in Matt's voice. Jesse held his ground, waited, rocked on the balls of his feet. Every instinct told him to flee, but instead he focused his thoughts on the man.

He held up his hand when the dead man reached him and felt the power emanating from the creature, a puppet controlled by someone else. Pity stirred in his heart for the person trapped within the walls of the hoodoo curse.

He pitched his voice into a command, knowing it would be impossible to resist as it wound through the man's tortured mind. "Tell LaPierre I need to speak to her."

The loud crash of shattering glass startled him, broke their connection. With an animalistic roar, the zombie lifted his machete and rushed him. Jesse dodged under the swing of the dripping blade, and then the man's large body slammed into him, knocking him backward. A strong arm around his waist kept him from falling, and he looked with confusion into Matt's savage face.

"Get moving!"
Adina Falling

3.5 Stars rounded up

It's an original and unique take on zombies. I like that it's not gory or focused on the undead. A bokor is a sorcerer practicing hoodoo magic. The result of dark hoodoo magic creates zombies, who are still alive but think they are dead so their bodies start to decay. Jesse, a bokor, returns to New Orleans to help Matt, the detective skeptical of hoodoo, stop the zombie attacks. As they pick up clues and fill in more of the missing pieces, Jesse realizes two hoodoo bokors are fighting for supremacy. As they try to survive, they have to protect themselves from the dark bokors manipulation and from turning into zombies too. 

The couple's relationship in this story is very new. They are trying to establish their relationship midst this New Orleans nightmare. However, there's chemistry between them and that makes for an interesting read. Matt harshly rejected Jesse and blamed him for a previous murder case to put distance between them since Jesse had a boyfriend already at that time. Jesse convinces Matt to give their relationship a chance. 

My only complaint is that everything moves so fast. I barely got to digest everything before the next big, shocking event happens. Overall, it's a fun and fast read. I would definitely check out of more Dianne Hartsock's books. 
Author Interview: 

Who has been the biggest influence on your writing? What lessons did that person teach you?

I've been a bookworm for as long as I can remember, starting with the bedtime stories my sister would read to us, to my discovery of Nancy Drew in the third grade. But the most influential person on my writing is Ray Bradbury. I first read him when I was thirteen, and oh my! I fell in love. His stories were so different from anything I'd previously read, full of magic and wonder. His descriptions can pull me into a whole other world and make me believe in it. It wasn’t long before I decided I wanted to be a writer just like him. My style is nothing like his, but I hope I can draw my readers into my stories and have them come to love my characters as much as I love his.

What are you proudest of in your writing?

I think my writing becomes a little better with each story I put out, but the thing I'm most proud of, is the emotions I can arouse in my readers. My favorite reviews are the ones where a reader says they fell in love with a certain character and couldn't put the book down until they found their HEA. Which is something you can count on in all my stories. I need that happily ever after for all of them. In THE DARK BOKOR I have two heroes, both different, and yet I have readers identify with one or the other and tell me how much they enjoyed getting to know them. Also, they don't like my bad guy but can still empathize with him. I like that!

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in any of your books?

I think the only thing I'd like to change in any of my books is the length. All of them are short stories, but when I reread them, there's so much more to their story that comes to mind! I think when time permits I'll go back and continue Matt and Jesse's story, expanding into a novella. Their adventures don't end where the book does! Then I'll probably do the same with all the others. I like my characters! And my favorite part about being their author is that I can revisit them any time I desire.

What genre would you like to try writing that you haven't yet?

I think the next genre I'd like to try is a sci-fi story. I'm a total nerd when it comes to the books and movies, but I have to admit, when it comes to the science aspect of it, I'm a little intimidated. I do have a story in mind, but will have to spend some serious time on research before I can attempt it. But I think I'll give it a try. I mean, who can resist the sexy space captain or the naughty renegade who commandeers the ship? Hmm… I feel a plot developing…
AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Dianne is the author of m/m erotic romance, both contemporary and fantasy, the psychological thriller, and anything else that comes to mind. Oh, and a floral designer. If she can’t be writing, at least she has the chance to create with the beauty of flowers and bring a smile to someone’s face. Currently Dianne lives in the Willamette Valley of Oregon with her husband, and both her children have chosen to attend colleges close to home, for which she is forever thankful. You can find out more about Dianne here: BlogFacebookTwitterGoodreadsAmazon Author Page

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  1. The Dark Bokor sounds interesting and unusual. Thanks for the review and giveaway.

    jen.f {at} mac {dot} com

    1. Thanks for stopping in, Jen! Glad you liked the excerpt. :)

  2. I liked how the review said the book was an unique and original take on zombies. Excerpt was action packed and exciting.

    1. Forgot my email address - strive4bst(AT) yahoo(Dot) com.

    2. Glad you stopped in, Jbst! I did want to write about a different type of zombie than the ones on TV, but still keep that creepy feeling. Happy you liked the excerpt. :)

  3. Thanks so much for having me as your guest here on Books on Silver Wings and thanks for the very nice review!

    So I have a question for my readers: If a person believed strong enough, could they create a zombie using hoodoo magic? Some claim they can...

  4. Love the fresh take on zombies... I say "fresh" but if I recall it was hoodoo and voodoo legends where the zombie "genre" began, and in that sense I love the throwback. The two leads sound amazing and their romance has me really excited to read it. :D

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Brantwijn! I've always been fascinated with hoodoo and it's what gave me the idea for this story. :)

  5. The Dark Bokor by Dianne Hartsock looks amazing! Love the different take on the zombie genre! I am in love with the cool cover! Nothing better than MM Zombie...OMG OMG

    1. Yay Paul! So glad you like my book so far. I know, didn't they give my an awesome cover! Thanks for stopping in. :)

  6. Nice interview

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  7. Thank you for sharing with us and I wish you well on the rest of the tour, I started reading the posts today and following along and am really enjoying them. I do have to agree with a point you made, yes we do want more and longer stories from you - they are just so yummy we can't get enough.