Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Debra Dunbar

After majoring in English with a concentration in Medieval Literature and Folklore studies, Debra promptly sold out to the corporate world, occasionally writing marketing copy and op/ed articles for a local city paper. By day, she designs compensation programs, after dark she stuffs her nose into obscure mythology, and feverishly writes her novels. A DEMON BOUND is her debut novel.

Debra lives on a farm in Maryland with Sweetie, three sons, and a Noah's ark of four legged family members. She drives an old PT Cruiser, couldn't carry a tune if you duct taped it to her back, and enjoys an occasional cosmopolitan (heavy on the vodka). On a good day, she jogs and horseback rides, hopefully managing to keep the horse between herself and the ground. Her only known super power is 'Identify Roadkill'.

Blurb:Samantha Martin is an imp. She throws her gum on the floor of five star restaurants, bounces inflatable holiday decorations down the highway at rush hour, and clips jaywalking pedestrians with her car. Sam also likes to kill people and keep their souls inside her for all eternity, but acting on that particular urge will get her killed by the angels, who are determined to rid the world of her kind.

Sam works hard to keep her human identity realistic: she owns slum rental properties, and she is trying to get her hot neighbor into the sack. When she kills a werewolf in an act of self-defense, his pack leaders blackmail her into helping track and kill a rouge angel. The very actions she must take to appease the werewolves put her at risk of being discovered and killed by the angels.

Because angels show demons no mercy.

My Review:

I wasn't sure what to expect with A Demon Bound, and so I began with hesitation. That hesitation did not last long. I instantly fell in love with the main character. She's a kick ass, take no shit, doesn't give a &*$% about anything or anyone. And yet, for being a demon, she has this aire about her that makes you realize, she's not what you'd expect of a demon character. She interacts with humans, employs their friendship to a fault, and is capable of loving, more than any demon should. Though she never uses the word LOVE, she shows in her personality this display of compassion that suprises you. The author really pulls you in with Sam's character. It's refreshing to see a character say and do what most of think on a daily basis and she does this in a witty and many times hilarious fashion. In the end, I really did enjoy this book and give it a 4 out of 5.

Blurb: Samantha Martin is an imp, bound by an angel who allows her to live among the humans . . . as long as she follows his rules. It’s never easy for an imp to follow the rules, especially now that Sam’s brother, Dar, has found himself in hot water. He needs her help to retrieve an artifact from the vampires, or the powerful demon he owes a favor to will enslave and torture him for centuries. It should be a simple courier job, but with demons nothing is simple. Sam reluctantly attempts to help her brother, trying not antagonize the vampires or the demon gunning for him, all while chafing to comply with the restrictions her angel has placed on her as a bound demon.

My Review:

Sam is back with her antics and she's kicked it up a notch now that she knows she can. She pushes her limit to see how far she can go to annoy the hell out of the Angel that has bound her to him. Some of the things she gets away with are just downright hysterical. Not something you expect from a demon character. After reading, A Demon Bound, I immediately began this book because I couldn't wait to see what happened between Sam and Gregory. There's more action in Satan's Sword that the first book, but what lacks in Book 1, Dunbar makes up for in Book 2. Neither of these are books you want to pass up. I give this a hefty 4 out of 5.
Also part of the Imp Series

Blurb: Demon young are cruel, especially to little imps like Az. No matter where she hides, even deep in the swamplands, her siblings eventually find her and hurt her, ripping off her scales and slicing her wings. Many demons don’t live to adulthood. Only the strong survive. And the clever.
Survival isn’t looking probable for Az, with eldest brother, Paquit, determined to rip her to shreds at every opportunity. When her other brother, Dar, proposes a trip through the angelic gates into the land of the humans, she jumps at the chance. Finally, a fun adventure safe from Paquit’s cruelty and attacks. Or maybe not.
Imp is a prequel novella to the Imp Series. It features the demon Samantha Martin as a juvenile, before she became Sam – a kind of young adult story for demons. The first book in the series, A Demon Bound, and the second, Satan’s Sword, are available in both paperback and a variety of e-formats.

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