Born and raised in northwest Louisiana, Jason did very little to escape the area outside of writing about fantastical worlds. He is a legitimate nerd who enjoys PC gaming, arguing about time paradoxes, and the indomitable table-top game, Warhammer 40K. One day he plans to have his entire Tau Empire army fully painted. He currently resides in Shreveport, Louisiana and is employed as a full-time computer programmer to support his writing and nerd habits. You can catch him on the interwebs by his super-awesome handle, VigRoco. Challenge him to a StarCraft II match, and he will gracefully lose to you.
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by Jason Craft
A new power is rising in Shreveport, escalating tensions between Shade and Illumin. Every Shade in the city feels this shift and works to carve out their own section in the new order. The Raven family unites against their growing enemies to prepare for the upcoming war.
Supremacy: Reformation - Episode 4
by Jason Craft
In this episode, Anthros recovers hidden memories of the time between when he fled White Sands and arrived on Centros Prime. These buried secrets reveal more to Divine Emperor Dagas than he wanted. More is at work in the Second Order than the Reformation.
Supremacy: Reformation - Episode 3
by Jason Craft
In this episode, Anthros finds himself in a battered state ready to give up the secrets he holds. A team of archivists dig into his mind and pull out his entire adventure on White Sands, revealing just how he infiltrated the Reformation. New information of Tharin's true plan comes to light, placing the entire conflict over the Second Order into a new perspective.
by Jason Craft
Lurking beneath the veil of reality, a supernatural war threatens to consume the city of Shreveport, Louisiana. The Illumin, messengers of light, strive to protect the city's human inhabitants from the vicious Shades. Banished from their natural world, the Shades carve out a restless existence among us. The powerful Raven family stands between the warring Shades and Illumin in humanity's stead.
Supremacy: Reformation - Episode 2
by Jason Craft
An informant hides within the Reformation, leaking secrets to the Divine Emperor. Suspecting his own command staff may be involved, Tharin will trust no one until he ferrets out this traitor. Desperation leads him to a forbidden power tempting him with knowledge of their true loyalties. Should he choose to wield this power, he will have his answers, but he may become lost within its depths.
Supremacy: Reformation - Episode 1
by Jason Craft
In this episode, a Priestess of the Communication Order leads a covert mission that heralds the beginning of a new era for the Second Order. For when the gods return, they will find a people ready to receive them instead of slaves to an emperor.
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- Claimed (Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy: Blood Lust, Novella 2)
on May 18, 2010
So, we start off during the ending of the first novella, Kept, except we are following the perspective of the vampire, Anthony. And let me tell you, if you thought you saw crazy in Kept, you haven't seen anything until you dive into the hidden world of Cary Town's vampires. They are all over the map. There are vegetarian vamps, emo vamps, hardcore old-school vamps, and then there's Anthony.
Anthony is like a goth version of Fonzie that can charm you while simultaneously sucking your blood. After running drunk on the poison he siphoned out of Greta, he goes on a wild rampage and terrifies poor, innocent Charlee (Greta's former roommate). Her memory gets all jacked up because of this and so Anthony is forced to hide her at his awesome penthouse until after the upcoming vampire tournament where he will vie for absolute control over the vampire coven and become the vampire king for the next century.
Linus, the big, bad vampire that vants to suck your vblood rolls in to town to let Anthony know he isn't the only one that has a shot at the crown. They have a mini-showdown in which Charlee, of course, gets completely caught up in. Everything gets supremely complicated after that as she and Anthony romantically spar over every little thing they do.
She hates him, but he has to protect her from Linus. Blah, blah, blah....happily ever after. Or is it? I guess you will have to read it to find out.
Overall, I found this next installment to have more depth and meat than the first. The intriguing world of Cary Town is further enriched as the darker, vampire side is explored. The imagination fueling it actually made the story feel more like a fantasy novella than paranormal romance. Zoe certainly knows how to paint a vivid world.
Thankfully that world is inhabited by an expanding list of interesting characters. The two main characters here, Charlee and Anthony, are completely different than those in Kept, but still wield the same amount of power over your mind. Even though their situation nearly mirrors Greta's and Dayne's in Kept, they interact in unexpected and exciting ways. Their chemistry is so real, you will wish you had your own vampire to cuddle up with at night.
The story weaving all the events intertwining the characters with the world is so organic that it really blurs the boundary between fantasy and paranormal romance. I never gave the paranormal romance genre much credibility with me being such a sci-fi elitist and all, but Claimed has commanded my respect. It certainly raises the Blood Lust bar of telling a good story that just so happens to involve romance. The quality of the story was never sacrificed to force in romantic elements for the sake of genre.
If you are looking for a good paranormal romance or just need a break from your standard genre, I highly recommend you give Claimed a shot. You won't regret it. The only feeling you'll be left with by the end is a craving for more blood...
I give it two out of two vampire fangs! (in the neck if you know what I mean)
- Jak Phoenix 2: The Markazian Deception
on June 05, 2012
Jak Phoenix is such an awesome character that I couldn't wait to dive into another adventure with him. Williams does an excellent job of recapturing the magic that made the first book so good and carries it to a new level. From the very first page, it feels like getting back together with old friends.
Jak keeps to his usual antics with Baxter trying to reel him in. Of course, it doesn't take long for Jak to find trouble and takes you along for the ride. That is where the real fun begins. Watching him squirm out of a desperate situation and into another never gets old.
The only gripe I have is that in the beginning Jak gets conveniently released from his decisions at the end of the first book. In typical fashion, Williams essentially resets him so he can go off to do his thing. The rest of this book is too good to let this detail ruin an overall great reading experience, though.
After all the twists and turns, I found this to be another very enjoyable read that all scifi fans should check out. I look forward to more fun from this author.