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Bounce up High!

Trampolining with Dragons
An Urban Fantasy Event:Dragons and Other Mythical Creatures Book #3
Ramy Vance & SW Clarke
Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Myths,
Keep Evolving Studios
(25 Mar. 2020)

What does a girl do when the it turns out the monster who killed her family ISN'T the worst thing out there?

Tara has finally cornered the vampire-bastard who killed her family, only to face a cold hard truth. This monster isn't the only thing that goes bump in the night. There is something far worse out there.

Choose the lesser monster.

There is a great evil - one of the original evils, actually - and it also has Tara's vampire in it's sinful sites. Normally Tara would tell this new evil to get in line ... the vampire is her's to kill. But even she cannot deny that if this new evil gets its way, things would get a lot worse for the world. As in apocalyptically so...

To destroy it, Tara must fight by the vampire's side.

But joining forces with her greatest enemy may prove to be too much to bear, especially when he revenge she craves so deeply is almost within her grasp.

Ch 1 starts ‘every act was a story, and every story should start with a bang.’

And chapter 1 literally started with a bang – explosions – after this statement.

And I really like books that know how they should start. You need to be lured into the story by hook or crook – sometimes subtly, sometimes not so subtly – but each story must find a way to reach into the reader’s brain and make them want to read on.

Think about when you go into a book shop.

Or to Amazon for a book.

The first thing you see is a book cover. Bright or loud or weird or colourful or fun. Attraction 1.

Attraction 2. Comes with the blurb. On the back. Underneath. Inside the front cover. Wherever it is. It must hook you into the next stage.

And then there is the author. Attraction 3.

Attraction 4. Comes with either the opening paras or the final paras depending on which type of reader you are. Or you may already be sold. But then you can be seriously disappointed as I so often am, when I go through at least the first 2 points and then, whether or not I recognised the author, I read the opening paragraphs and/or chapter. you have been sucked in – like so many films where they show you the best bits in the trailers and the rest is nah… blah …

This series is far from that. S Clarke sold the books to me in her style and content and humour as well as her heroine. Writing with Ramy she works well.

I have read the series so far and the next in line is on order. Oh and yes, there is a part when she does go on a trampoline with a Dragon!

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Let’s approve the dragons?

The First Human Rider: A Middang3ard Series Book Cover The First Human Rider: A Middang3ard Series
Dragons Approved 11 book series
Ramy Vance and Michael Anderle
fantasy, sci-fi, urban fantasy, sword and sorcery
LMBPN Publishing; 1 edition
(23 Dec. 2019)

Dragonriders are all that stand between Middang3ard and total annihilation. 

But their numbers are dwindling. 

With every passing day, more and more Dragonriders are falling under the scourge of the Dark One. 

The forces of humanity and their allies are desperate. They need a new hero to step up and turn the tide.

Myrddin, the resistance’s leader, thinks he might have found that someone…on Earth, of all places.

Word has just come from the east that the Dark One is launching his largest assault yet, but there is still time to stop him. If, that is, they can find someone good enough to take him on. 

Alex Bound just might be the rider they need.

But a human has never been accepted as a Dragonrider. 

Let alone a blind human...

Alex isn’t someone to step away from a fight. 

Not now, not ever, and she has no plans to start—even if she needs to ride a real dragon to make it happen.

or not.

The thing is I really like Ramy Vance’s writing and Michael Anderle’s – when they co-write with other authors but not with each other! To me it’s a very strange thing but it seems to me that they do their best work when they don’t go ‘dragons in space’! Because then they revert to young men writing Cowboys in Space – too much of their favourite sci-fi movies come over – ie Star Wars and bang bang you’re dead.

Oh, and can anyone tell me how to pronounce Middang3ard? Most annoying word ever.

This series irritated me in 2 dimensions – the bang bang you’re dead aspect, but also these very short books. I understand that it is difficult to keep the attention of young men, but they write longer books with other authors so they are more than capable. If they had taken the whole series and made it one book – or even two – that would have read better. I got tired of going onto KU and retrieving the next book after less than 30 minutes of reading.

Disappointed is all I can say.

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‘Gone Away: Call back sometime’.

Gone Gods Book Cover Gone Gods
Gone Gods World
Ramy Vance (RE Vance)
Fantasy FairyTales Folklore Humour Urban
Keep Evolving Studios

The gods are gone. All of them.

Their last message to humanity was: "Thank you for believing in us, but it is not enough. We're leaving. Good luck." At first, no one took them seriously. Until, that is, all the denizens of all the heavens and hells started showing up on people's doorsteps.

Creatures once thought of as myth are now refugees striving to adapt to life on Earth. Trouble is, after eons of living forever they're not very good at being mortal.

The following are just a few of their stories ...

LADY GAGA MUST DIE
The one who calls herself Lady Gaga must die.

Lady Gaga must be destroyed, killed—erased. Her insult is too great, her proclamation too inordinate, her aplomb too brazen to be ignored.

Lady Gaga must die because of the claim that she—a mere mortal—is to marry the Night! She proclaims this in song and poetry—just as any houri would do when preparing for battle.

This obscenity cannot go unpunished!

MIC THE LEPRECHAUN
Murtagh the Leprechaun hates his mortality.

Death, in his modest opinion, is just no fun.

Then again, so much about living in the GoneGod world isn’t fun. But such is Murtagh’s lot—not much you can do when the god Manannnan Mic Lir boots you to Earth and closes Mag Mell on a whim.

Who would have thought of such a thing? Heaven closing? Well, not Heaven Heaven, but the earthly paradise that was Murtagh’s home. That place was supposed to be forever, just like Murtagh was supposed to live forever.

Now forever has an expiration date, and for Murtagh … well, the life that’s left in his bones may expand centuries yet, but it, too, has an expiration date swiftly approaching its shelf life.

So Murtagh does his best to live healthy, not get into fights, look both ways before he crosses any street and generally doesn’t do anything that could cause an early demise.

In other words, Murtagh is bored, bored, bored.

This is no life for a leprechaun.
Set in the same universe as Mortality Bites & Keep EvolvingHouse of the GoneGod Damned! follows the lives of the Others as they struggle with their mortality. If you like Linsey Hall, Shannon Mayer, CN Crawford, Ilona Andrews, AL Knorr, or Patricia Briggs, you will LOVE House of the GoneGod Damned!

The Gods have taken a hike! Yes, all the Gods.
Except it turns out- the God of all Insects - and that causes trouble later.
This series, new to me, by Ramy Vance AKA RE Vance_ who sometimes write together- don't ask- posits a new Apocalyptic world. All those mythologies were accurate. But as soon as the Gods decide they've got bored and have moved on, magical creatures all become mortal. And appear on Earth. Often in a rather unexpected manner. And all at the exact same time. Angels fallout of Heaven. Demons fall out of Hell. Of all religions. Fairies, elves, pixies, dwarves appear. The Monster under the Bed is real, every mythological creature; from every culture becomes mortal, and has to find somewhere to live, and away to pay for food and lodging.
This multibook series of series about the GoneGodworld is rich in mythical creatures trying to adapt to a Human and mortal world.
There are heroes and Heroes. Heroines, villains and villainesses. Evil Doers to be vanquished. Great Deeds to be Done. And set in a modern world across different, but mostly north American, scenes, expectations and situations.
I have binged read these books and cannot wait for more to be written_ of all series. Kat. Jean-luc Ela or Dragon Girl. And I rather suspect that Marc will have a series too in the future. Each main character brings something new to the story, and can be read as standalone series or combined. Your choice.
5 stars for originality. Humour.Tristesse. Empathy.Snark. And sheer addictive fun.

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