|Publisher:||Wilde City Press, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.74(d)|
About the Author
Raised in a staunchly religious home, Greg escaped into the arts: singing, playing piano, acting, writing songs, and making up stories. After running away to the bright lights and big city of Nashville, Tennessee with stars in his eyes and dreams of being the Dianne Warren of Music City, he took a job peddling CDs and has been a cog in the music business machine ever since.
Now an adult with a brain, Greg finds the South Carolina coast to be a perfectly magical place where he vacations yearly and dreams of the day when he can return to write full time in the most tastefully decorated beach house on Pawleys Island. Currently, Greg resides in Nashville, TN with his husband, Steve, and their three rescued fur babies. Molly, Toby, and Riley.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Spooky and supernatural, this tale is perfect for an October read! What would be your first thought if you returned to your hometown because you suspected someone that you loved was in danger. If you received several missed phone calls and a voicemail that says "he's back"? That would totally freak anyone out right? First, who is "HE" and then second, why would he want your family? Knowing that not all of the his family's story had been told, Cooper has so quick catch-up of his family history that needs to happen before he can have any chance of saving his family and friends. From what? He has no idea, but he knows that he will soon find out and the secrets that were kept may be older than he could have imagined. Cooper is not a happy man. In fact, he sleeps with men left and right because they can't compare to the one love of his life that he thought he had when he was young. Moving out of town, he tries to replace the feelings with meaningless sex and what-not, but that all changes when he gets a disturbingly large amount of missed calls and unusual voice messages from Lillie Mae. His only living relative, wonderful Lillie Mae who sounds frightened and frail over the phone. He has no other thought in his mind other than to get out of there and go back home. At first, he contacts the local police department only to discover the man that he has been trying to replace ever since childhood. This man, is the one and only head honcho of the police department...what a coincidence! Cooper soon finds out that coming back to War field was a mistake, actually it was more of a trap, but he knows that he can't turn around and book it out of town now after everything that he's learned. Howard has a superb story-line and exceptional character development. All of his characters are mysterious, and intriguing with personalities that are memorizing. This review is complimenting the audiobook. The pace was absolutely terrific; it was fast-paced and the narrator was highly entertaining. He changed pitch and vocalization for every character and added sounds for special effect. Furlong’s representation of each character seemed to be spot-on! If you are a reader of paranormal mystery and the supernatural, you may want to pick this one up. A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for Blood Divine by Greg Howard, narrated by Gary Furlong.
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by the author. This is a tough one for me to review; it’s one of those books that has potential but misses the mark in a way you just can’t quite put your finger on. I feel bad for only giving it 3 stars because, while I liked it, it had several positive elements that usually work for me and there was nothing unforgivably wrong with the book, I was still left disappointed. The writing was solid. The story was interesting. The characters weren’t overly annoying; I even appreciated that the MC, Cooper, tried to be rational in an increasingly overwhelming, intense, high-pressure atmosphere. I enjoyed the mythology and thought, for the most part, that the unveiling of a sizeable amount of world-building and familial information was handled well. I should have loved it, or at least really liked it, but I just did not. I never really connected to either MC, which is rare for me if the writing is solid. Randy, Cooper’s childhood crush/love, now the deputy chief of police is barely present as a character in his own right. His main purpose in the book seems to involve sending mixed signals that confuse Cooper, stirring up feelings of rejection and doubt, and eventually conjuring ridiculously ill-timed and slightly annoying moments of loving regard and expressions. Cooper was likeable enough, but he too was pretty flat and one-dimensional, especially for someone whose story revolved around his inner demons, fears and innate power. There was none of the character growth or development that should have been there for a book where the storyline is obviously supposed to take him on a journey to battle his inner demons and come out the other side stronger for knowing who and what he is. This path/journey was spelled out plainly in the context of almost every conversation and plot point, so you would think it would be important—except it wasn’t. For some reason, the author chose to create this atmosphere of importance and epic discovery for Cooper…and then have him resolve it with no fanfare, no journey, no development **********SPOILER*******by literally making a pit stop in the middle of a mission. I kid you not, an important pit stop, but still just a quick five minutes to resolve decades worth of guilt, fear and supposed angst.**************** After that, the story kicks into high action gear, introduces even more characters and loses what little spark it had for me. However, I would try something by Greg Howard again. His writing is good, and I can see where this book would be really enjoyable for some people. The book was an ambitious mix of genre elements that also vaguely touched upon social issues involving the deep South’s take on race and LGBTQIA issues that just lost its way and voice in everything it was trying to do.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I guess the book description is accurate, but deceiving all at the same time. Yes, Cooper Causey is running from a youthful encounter as well as a power inside. Yes he comes back to South Caroline looking for his grandmother. He also has to embrace his powers and past. All of this is true, but the story is a lot more than that. It’s hard to put into words. The book starts 20 years in the past when Cooper, his brother (Kevin), his brother’s best friend (Randy) and Cooper’s best friend (Tony) go to Warfield to look for ghosts. Needless to say something happens. Then book then comes back to the present where Cooper is an in college getting is doctorate. He appears to have isolate himself from everything. His life is school work and random hookups. After waking up in a stranger’s bed, yet again, he checks his voice message. He gets a cryptic message from him grandmother warning him away from home. Of course he rushes back home to find out what is happening. When he gets there, his grandmother is missing. That’s just the beginning of the book. To be honest, I didn’t think I would like the book as much as I did. It starts off very confusing and lacked a lot of details. There were soo many things not explained that were mentioned numerous times, (view spoiler) Also, the characters were not developed as much as I like. It’s like you walked into a movie that started 20 ago. Even though the lack of detail drove me crazy, I admit I got sucked into the story. Cooper drove me crazy lots of times but something kept making me read more. The ending was something I didn’t see coming also. I would say it is a HFN, but if there isn’t another book, I will be okay. Don't get me wrong, I will definitely read more about Cooper and Randy, but I can accept the ending as is. I know my review doesn’t do this book much justice. If you are a fan of mystery, paranormal and horror, then give this book a try. The first 30% is a lot of story building, but the remaining 70% was interesting.
Two things, one this is not a romance. The two MC’s have romantic motivations and notions but in no way shape or form can you describe this as such. And second, it’s been a long time that an ending has aggravated me so much as this ending, that after finishing it almost two weeks after writing this review and reading 3-4 more bks in between. I’m still, well pissed. So I’ll talk about the ending first. Really, you stand there and let this guy turn your love into a vamp w/o doing anything? You have all this power and nothing! He was turned against his will or free choice. And now on the run and we are left with a cliffy. To start, Cooper learns some very hard lessons fast. Including the fact that thing he did to put his BF in a coma all those years ago is really a big part of him and his Grandmother has been sheltering him from the truth. As the world comes crashing down around him, the one man that has always been his friend, his rock, Randy, will stand by his side again, if Cooper will let him. As the story unfolds, Randy, Cooper and a whole host of characters fight the bad “guys” to save the world as we know it. And during this fight we discover the truth of the way the world was set up, the truth of magic. It’s a marvelous tale, very detailed. Although, I did think the end was rushed and not played out well. The laying of hands on the BF and he just wakes up, all is forgiving. Really, he’s been wasting away for 10 years. Seems a little unfair to me, Cooper has been living a life, half life and Trevor in this coma. And of course the final fight scene. All the detail and build up to get us to that point was amazing. The family history, the connections the good v’s evil how the intersected. Well thought out. Again, we are left with a cliffy but a sort of HFN so I guess you can’t ask for more.