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Cover Revealed: The Hellsblood Bride by Chuck Wendig


Chuck Wendig recently revealed the cover for The Hellsblood Bride, the 2nd novel in his Mookie Pearl series. The fabulous cover is by Joey Hi-Fi.



The Hellsblood Bride
Mookie Pearl 2
Angry Robot Books, December 30, 2014 (North American Print / eBook)
     January 1, 2015 (UK Print)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook

Cover Revealed: The Hellsblood Bride by Chuck Wendig
Yes, we’re going back deep underground for another twelve rounds with Mookie Pearl.

Father, barkeep, former Mafioso, ruler of his subterranean crime-kingdom. The Organization is back, and they’ll do anything to get Mookie on board, but Mookie has gone legit, and it’s taking every ounce of effort for him to keep his new bar from crashing and burning.

To top it all, his daughter is missing, and when Nora’s not in plain sight, that’s usually a sign of bad things to come! On one hand, the Organization. On the other, Nora.

Why can’t Family ever be easy..?

File Under: Urban Fantasy
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The 1st novel in the Mookie Pearl series:

The Blue Blazes
Mookie Pearl 1
Angry Robot Books, May 28, 2013  (North American Print / eBook)
     June 6, 2013  (UK Print)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook

Cover Revealed: The Hellsblood Bride by Chuck Wendig
Meet Mookie Pearl.

Criminal underworld? He runs in it.

Supernatural underworld? He hunts in it.

Nothing stops Mookie when he’s on the job.

But when his daughter takes up arms and opposes him, something’s gotta give…

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Family Matters | When Underworlds Collide | Thrill of the Hunt | Chips and Old Blocks ]


2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 13 - Chuck Wendig


What are the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Authors up to?  Perhaps you were wondering why Chuck Wendig had not yet been mentioned? So many books by Mr. Wendig have been published since the first of his Miriam Black novels, Blackbirds, that he needs his own update! This is appropriately the 13th in a series of posts.



See Part 1 here.
See Part 2 here.
See Part 3 here.
See Part 4 here.
See Part 5 here.
See Part 6 here.
See Part 7 here.
See Part 8 here.
See Part 9 here.
See Part 10 here.
See Part 11 here.
See Part 12 here.



Mockingbird
Miriam Black 2
Angry Robot, August 28, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 13 - Chuck Wendig
Miriam is trying to keep her ability – her curse – in check.

But when Miriam touches a woman in line at the supermarket, she sees that the woman will be killed here, now.

She reacts, and begins a new chapter in her life – one which can never be expected to go well.

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Touch of Death | Futures & Pasts | Unlucky Louis | Enduring ]




Unclean Spirits
Gods and Monsters 1
Abaddon, May 7, 2013
Trade Papeback and eBook, 320 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 13 - Chuck Wendig
The force of nature that is Chuck Wendig returns with an original urban fantasy novel, creating a brand new series for Abaddon Books.

Five years ago, it all went wrong for Cason Cole. He lost his wife and son, lost everything, and was bound into service to a man who chews up human lives and spits them out, a predator who holds nothing dear and respects no law. Now, as the man he both loves and hates lies dying at his feet, the sounds of the explosion still ringing in his ears, Cason is finally free. The gods and goddesses are real. A polytheistic pantheon—a tangle of divine hierarchies—once kept the world at an arm’s length, warring with one another for mankind’s belief and devotion. It was a grim and bloody balance, but a balance just the same. When one god triumphed, driving all other gods out of Heaven, it was back to the bad old days: cults and sycophants, and the terrible retribution the gods visit on those who spite them. None of which is going to stop Cason from getting back what’s his...




Dinocalypse Now
Dinocalypse Trilogy 1
Evil Hat Productions, May 7, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 240 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 13 - Chuck Wendig
AN INVASION... FROM PREHISTORY!

When the Century Club is called in to prevent the assassination of FDR, it’s just another day on the job—but what they discover puts not just the President, but the entire world in jeopardy.

With psychic dinosaurs taking over Manhattan and beyond, it’s up to Sally Slick, Jet Black, Mack Silver, and the other Centurions to save humanity—from extinction!




The Blue Blazes
Mookie Pearl 1
Angry Robot, May 28, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 13 - Chuck Wendig
Meet Mookie Pearl.

Criminal underworld? He runs in it.

Supernatural underworld? He hunts in it.

Nothing stops Mookie when he’s on the job.

But when his daughter takes up arms and opposes him, something’s gotta give…

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Family Matters | When Underworlds Collide | Thrill of the Hunt | Chips and Old Blocks ]




Beyond Dinocalypse
Dinocalypse Trilogy 2
Evil Hat Productions, July 16, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 240 pages

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 13 - Chuck Wendig
BOOK TWO OF THE DINOCALYPSE TRILOGY!

Thrown through time and space, Jet Black and his friends find themselves in a future that has changed everything they’ve ever known. Hunted, exhausted, and desperate to return home, they must stay one step ahead of the conquering psychosaurs who have taken over the world and enslaved humanity!

But as the world changed, so did the people they left behind. Bitter enemies turn into vital allies and old friends sacrifice their ideals to seek victory by any means necessary in this fast-paced sequel to Dinocalypse Now!




Under the Empyrean Sky
The Heartland Trilogy 1
Skyscape, July 30, 2013
Hardback and Kindle eBook, 354 pages
(Grades 7-9)

2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 13 - Chuck Wendig
Fear the Corn.

Corn is king in the Heartland, and Cael McAvoy has had enough of it. It's the only crop the Empyrean government allows the people of the Heartland to grow—and the genetically modified strain is so aggressive that it takes everything the Heartlanders have just to control it. As captain of the Big Sky Scavengers, Cael and his crew sail their rickety ship over the corn day after day, scavenging for valuables. But Cael's tired of surviving life on the ground while the Empyrean elite drift by above in their extravagant sky flotillas. He's sick of the mayor's son besting Cael's crew in the scavenging game. And he's worried about losing Gwennie—his first mate and the love of his life—forever when their government-chosen spouses are revealed. But most of all, Cael is angry—angry that their lot in life will never get better and that his father doesn't seem upset about any of it. When Cael and his crew discover a secret, illegal garden, he knows it’s time to make his own luck...even if it means bringing down the wrath of the Empyrean elite and changing life in the Heartland forever.




Cormorant (Miraim Black 3) will be out in December.

Review: The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig - June 15, 2013


The Blue Blazes
Author:  Chuck Wendig
Series:  Mookie Pearl
Publisher:  Angry Robot, May 28, 2013 (US/Canada)
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  97808576633518 (print)
Review copy:  Provided by the Publisher via NetGalley

Review: The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig - June 15, 2013
Meet Mookie Pearl.

Criminal underworld? He runs in it.

Supernatural underworld? He hunts in it.

Nothing stops Mookie when he’s on the job.

But when his daughter takes up arms and opposes him, something’s gotta give…

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Family Matters | When Underworlds Collide | Thrill of the Hunt | Chips and Old Blocks ]




Melanie's Thoughts:

The Blue Blazes is set in modern day New York but New York with a twist, a big, dark, evil twist. The evil that once lived below the earth's surface now roams freely on the streets. When excavations of the bowels of the earth bring every scary thing that ever went bump in the night to the surface, they also uncover Cerulean, or Blue Blazes. This highly addictive drug makes people stronger, fiercer and able to see things for what they really are. The story is that of Mookie Pearl, a one man killing machine. He is a brute of a man working for one of the city's many gangs. He helps keep the goblin population under control, amongst more nefarious things. Needless to say, our hero, Mookie, is an addict as is his daughter, Nora, aka Persephone. Nora is out to punish her Dad and takes him and the reader on a wild but deadly goose chase across the city.

So what do I think of The Blue Blazes? Do I think it is a superbly written, harrowing story of a father's love for his daughter? Yes I do. Do I think that Wendig is a master craftsman when it comes to dialogue and characterisation? Yes I do. Do I feel that Wendig pushes the boundaries, not just for characters but also for the reader? Yes I do. But did I enjoy The Blue Blazes? No I didn't. I have read Wendig's other books including both of the Miriam Black books and Double Dead. While I found his lead characters unlikable, there was still something about them, something desperate to do the right thing, that had me cheering them on from early in the story. I felt none of this for Mookie or his daughter Nora. They were both completely selfish and showed little regard for anything and anyone around them. Even a hint of redemption towards the end was not enough to sway me toward their corner. It wasn't until almost 3/4 of the way into the book that I became sufficiently gripped with the plot to not want to put the book down. In true Wendig style, the ending is a complete roller coaster to hell and back of action and mayhem.

Despite not finding this a completely palatable read, I would still recommend The Blue Blazes. It's important as a reader to be challenged and that is certainly the case with this book. Wendig doesn't pull any punches, especially for his characters. I have said that both of the Miriam Black books were not for the faint hearted, and with The Blue Blazes I think I would have to say the same - but times 10 (possibly x100). If you are looking for something well written and verging towards horror, then I urge you to read The Blue Blazes. I would advise not to read too close to bedtime, however, without checking under the bed a few times first!

Cover Revealed - The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig - March 10, 2013


Angry Robot Books has revealed the cover for The Blue Blazes, the first novel in the Mookie Pearl series by Chuck Wendig.  The cover is by Joey Hi-Fi, who also did the covers for the Miriam Black novels - Blackbirds and Mockingbird.

The Blue Blazes will be published on May 28, 2013 in the US/Canada and June 6th, 2013 in the UK. The eBook is out on May 28th.


Cover Revealed - The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig - March 10, 2013
Meet Mookie Pearl.

Criminal underworld? He runs in it.

Supernatural underworld? He hunts in it.

Nothing stops Mookie when he’s on the job.

But when his daughter takes up arms and opposes him, something’s gotta give…

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Family Matters | When Underworlds Collide | Thrill of the Hunt | Chips and Old Blocks ]





There is so much to see in this cover. I think it's wonderful!


Cover Revealed: The Hellsblood Bride by Chuck Wendig2012 Debut Author Challenge Update - Part 13 - Chuck WendigReview: The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig - June 15, 2013Cover Revealed - The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig - March 10, 2013

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