V. J. Chambers

Biography

V. J. Chambers writes about people who are drawn to the dangerous and the destructive. Intrigued by obsession, twisted love, and addictive behaviors, she pens dark romance and thrillers in varied settings, from contemporary to futuristic to paranormal.

Her book Slow Burn is one of ten books in the USA Today Bestselling anthology Red Hot Obsessions.

She lives in Shepherdstown, WV, with her boyfriend Aaron and their cat Isis.

Where to find V. J. Chambers online


Books

Under a Raging Moon: Part Two
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Series: A Werewolf Romance for Three, part two. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,230. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Held captive in a remote cabin with both Kale and Hudson, they demand Piper choose between them. She wants to run, but she finds herself drawn to both of them…
Under a Raging Moon: Part One
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Series: A Werewolf Romance for Three, part one. Price: Free! Words: 11,600. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(4.00 from 1 review)
Piper Wainwright’s only interest in Kale Morgan is to seduce and manipulate him. There’s only one problem with Kale. He’s not cooperating. He’s cold and aloof, seemingly impervious to her charms. And Piper’s finding herself annoyingly distracted by Hudson Slade, whose brawny warmth is the complete opposite of Kale’s icy control. The beginning of a three-part serial involving polyamorous content.
Empire of Rust
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Series: Empire of Rust, complete novel. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 112,220. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Two hundred and fifty years after the zombie apocalypse, the surviving humans live under the rule of a regime which denounces technology and knowledge as the source of the Scourge… The son of emperor wants to bring knowledge and learning back to the land, but he faces rebels, revenants, and bloodshed.
Six: Blazing Dawn
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Series: Empire of Rust, 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,050. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Gabriel and his army descend on the capital city of Sarrassarra for the final battle between him and the upstart emperor Darius. Gabriel has his wits and knowledge to rely on. Darius has an unlimited army of revenants, their jaws open and gaping. Hungering. For flesh.
Five: Dance with Death
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Series: Empire of Rust, 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,040. Language: American English. Published: July 27, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Without an empire, Gabriel wanders the wilderness. Ezekiel tries to convince him to take back his throne. Gabriel isn’t interested Nathaniel fights off villagers who are convinced he is the second coming of the messiah. Michal and Darius struggle to keep their tenuous hold as rulers.
Four: Defiance
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Series: Empire of Rust, 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,330. Language: American English. Published: July 16, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Against all advice, Gabriel heads north to negotiate with Nathaniel and the others. He brings Leah with him, who is determined to be reunited with her child’s father. When Michal learns that Gabriel has gone, against her express wishes, she is terrified about what might happen to Darius. Together, she and the necromancer make a plan to make sure he can’t be traded away in negotiations.
Three: The Way of All Flesh
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Series: Empire of Rust, 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,460. Language: American English. Published: July 7, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Revenants have overrun the capital city, and all of the citizens are in danger. Their only hope is Darius the necromancer. He may be able to get the revenants under control. Until then, the citizens fight for their lives. Ezekiel reaches the gypsies in the north. He is intent on revenge for his sister Honor. But he ends up being the one captured. And the gypsies have plans for him…
Two: Dark Fervor
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Series: Empire of Rust, 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,420. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Two hundred and fifty years after the zombie apocalypse, the surviving humans live under the rule of a regime which denounces technology and knowledge as the source of the Scourge… The necromancer approaches; Michal waits to be married to him. Ezekiel and Gabriel look for clues about Ezekiel's sister.
One: Necromancer Rising
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Series: Empire of Rust, 1. Price: Free! Words: 20,510. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Two hundred and fifty years after the zombie apocalypse, the surviving humans live under the rule of a regime which denounces technology and knowledge as the source of the Scourge… In capital city, noblemen try to unravel one girl's mysterious death. Meanwhile, in the northern wilderness, a man is changed into a necromancer, so that he can control the revenants and gather a revenant army.
Moon Dance
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Series: Cole and Dana, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 92,560. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Dana knows that her draw to Cole is irrational and unwise. She knows that her life is far more stable without him in it. But she can’t resist Cole. She can never resist him.
Out of Heaven's Grasp
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 92,840. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2014. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Abby and Jesse are ripped apart when their forbidden love is discovered by the leaders of their strict polygamous community. Separated, Jesse and Abby struggle alone—him to find his way in a secular world he doesn’t understand, and her to accept her place and submit obediently. But eventually, they both realize they must embrace a more difficult struggle: to find each other again.
Sloane
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Series: Assassins, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,610. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Sloane has always stuck to the shadows. She’s not flashy, she doesn’t take charge, and no one notices her. But when everyone else disappears, she’s left on her own. She’s got to find where the others have been taken, and she’s got to rescue them.
Rough Edges
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 91,230. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Was a twelve-year-old girl victimized when her parents were brutally murdered or the co-conspirator and illicit lover of the killer?
The Adventures of Elegy Flynn
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,600. Language: American English. Published: December 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Elegy Flynn serves drinks in a time-traveling bar. A rebellious Goddess of Fate, she's been sentenced to travel through time and correct the time paradoxes created by wayward time travelers. This is a series of seven short stories, originally published serially.
Gasp
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Series: Jason and Azazel, Book 9. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,310. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Jason and Azazel must rally together to protect her unborn child. Because no matter what, two things are true about them. Their love cannot be broken. And they will always survive.
Bad Moon Rising
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Series: Cole and Dana, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,800. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Cole and Dana go up against a werewolf cult--headed by none other than Cole's own father.
Frenzy
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,260. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Who killed Cori Donovan? Molly Colligan moves into Cori’s old room, starting the spring semester at a new school, hoping to escape from the dark secrets of her past. But it seems that darkness follows her. Cori may be gone, but her absence seems to saturate everything in Molly’s new life. Desperate, Molly searches for Cori's killer.
Silas
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Series: Assassins, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 87,640. Language: American English. Published: August 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Silas has to do everything in his power to protect Christa. But trying to keep her safe might be easier for him than facing the fact that he’s developing feelings for her.
Vigil
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,740. Language: American English. Published: July 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Sex with a masked man. Dinner with a rich sophisticate. A fractured relationship with a complicated man. A Billionaire Superhero Romance.
Come Together
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Series: The Helicon Muses, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 85,510. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Through everything, Nora clings to Sawyer, the only perfect, stable thing in her life. She loves him, and she wants to make love to him. But after she and Sawyer are intimate with each other, everything changes…
Wuther
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,400. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
A new adult contemporary retelling of Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Heath Galloway is obsessed with childhood sweetheart Cathy Earnshaw, and he won't let anything come between them.
Falter
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Series: Jason and Azazel, Book 8. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,250. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
The strain of domestic life is getting to Jason. It won’t be long until he snaps. They never should have woken up from that coma...
Crimson
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,540. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Gothic
Professor Carter Alexander may have a sharp tongue and a reputation for reducing freshman acting students to tears, but he’s gorgeous. He’s the man of Teagan Moss’ dreams. Literally. She’s been having dreams about him since she was thirteen years old. Yes, those kind of dreams.
Slow Agony
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Series: Assassins, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,200. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Griffin left after New Year's Eve. There was a misunderstanding. He thought he saw something Leigh swears he didn't see. He came back a month later. But by then, she'd already done something that Griffin thought was horrible. He couldn't be with her anymore. So, he left for good. Now, three and a half months later, a madman named Marcel is threatening Leigh.
The Killing Moon
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Series: Cole and Dana, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 91,170. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(4.00 from 1 review)
When rehabilitated werewolves go astray and kill again, a tracker seeks insight from a man to whom she is perversely attracted--the werewolf serial killer who nearly murdered her.
Slow Burn
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Series: Assassins, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 84,070. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Ex-assassin Griffin Fawkes is lethal and rough around the edges. He's got prison tattoos decorating his lean, muscled body. He's also unsettlingly gorgeous. He's there to keep Leigh Thorn safe. Her father is dead and people are after her. They won't stop until they've killed her too. Beautiful Disaster meets Nikita.
Shudder
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Series: Jason and Azazel, Book 7. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,930. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Jason and Azazel awake in a strange, institutional place that seems to have no exit. They are prisoners there, being filmed by an unseen presence. Others are trapped with them as well. Some have been there for years. No one knows how to get out. If anyone can find a way out of this bewildering prison, it's them.
The Toil and Trouble Trilogy, Omnibus
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Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 197,680. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Loyalty. Family. Trust. Olivia Calabrese has valued nothing more strongly since her mob boss father was arrested and her mother was killed in the cross fire. Her journey will force her to confront the darkness in her world. And within herself.
The Toil and Trouble Trilogy, Book Three
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Series: The Toil and Trouble Trilogy. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 63,680. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
After her ex-boyfriend-turned-monster Brice attacks with a berserker army, Olivia realizes that Brice is the most powerful berserker ever. He controls the monsters with his magic, and he’s obsessed with one thing: getting revenge on Olivia. Olivia never wanted to kill Brice, but if she doesn’t, he’ll destroy not only her, but the entire city.
Goodbye Blue Sky
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Series: The Helicon Muses, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 99,430. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Owen is stalking Nora by leaving threatening messages. Her friends think she's crazy, but Nora knows that Owen isn't through with her yet.
Dancing Days
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Series: The Helicon Muses, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 95,350. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
A young muse searches to discover who is draining energy from her new found home, the whimsical land of Helicon, and begins to suspect her childhood sweetheart.
Release
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,300. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
After seven years searching the galaxy, Keirth Transman has caught up to the Duke of Risciter, the man who raped and murdered his mother. Nothing's stopping his revenge, so when the duke's fiancé, Miss Ariana Gilit, allows the duke to escape, he's got no choice but take her ship and blast off in hot pursuit—even if she's still on board.
Jason and Azazel Extras
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Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 21,360. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism
Extra character sketches, outlines, and essays written by the author of the Jason and Azazel books.
The Toil and Trouble Trilogy, Book Two
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Series: The Toil and Trouble Trilogy. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,910. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
The daughter of a magical mob boss fights to stop her father from using magic zombies to take over the city, while falling for someone who's becoming a zombie himself.
That Last Onset
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Series: Jason and Azazel, Book 6. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 83,840. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Jason wants to punish himself for all the horrible things he's done, and so he's been lying low and wallowing in his guilt. When he discovers that Kieran and Eve are threatening his son, Chance, he finds Azazel so that the two of them can stop Kieran and Eve.
The Toil and Trouble Trilogy, Book One
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Series: The Toil and Trouble Trilogy. Price: Free! Words: 71,790. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
The daughter of a magical mob boss fights her father's use of magically controlled zombies to take over the city, while falling for someone who is becoming a zombie himself.
Ratcatcher
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 96,720. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
This macabre thriller takes its cues from the Pied Piper folk tale, also known as "The Ratcatcher of Hamelin."
Undeadly Sinful: A Jeana Keller, Killer Vamp--er, Vampire Killer--Story
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,270. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
When Jeana Keller discovers that Gus Rink, an evil vampire who destroyed her favorite boots, is in town, she vows nothing will get in the way of her bringing him to justice. Nothing, that is, except Aidan, a very sexy, dark, brooding vampire....
Margo Quinn, Zombie Fighter
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,720. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
An infected man threatens to infiltrate and infect the barricaded community Margo serves on Lido Key in Florida unless someone finds his sick daughter and brings her to safety. It's up to Margo to safely navigate the zombie-infested wasteland of Sarasota, Florida and bring back the girl. But she's got a time limit. And the clock is ticking. "Margo Quinn, Zombie Fighter" is a short story.
The Way I See It: an Email Novella
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,600. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
When high school senior Sarah Rook meets Eric, she's head over heels. It's her first romance, and she can't get enough of him. But someone else wants Sarah, someone she really doesn't like, and he'll use whoever and whatever he can to ruin her happiness. Told entirely in email messages, THE WAY I SEE IT captures the raw emotion and angst of high school.
Between the Heaves of Storm
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Series: Jason and Azazel, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,570. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Azazel has amnesia. Kieran has Azazel's memories and powers. Jason can manipulate Azazel's mind now, and as far as he's concerned, she's not leaving him. No matter what he has to do to keep her.
Invoke
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,700. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(4.00 from 1 review)
Tangled up in swords, castles, and mists, Wyn's very essence is being ripped away by the spirit of Queen Guinevere. If she doesn't fight it, she'll be lost. But with every passing day, she feels trapped by desires she doesn't want, and it's getting harder to remember where she ends and Guinevere begins.
Behind Those Eyes: A Vampire Novella
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 30,030. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
(3.00 from 4 reviews)
Jane Cassidy's been (literally) sucked into the plot of a vampire movie, and it's hard to be snarky when there are teeth in her neck.
The Stillness in the Air
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Series: Jason and Azazel, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,420. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2010. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
The electricity went out months ago, all over the east coast. Due to her special powers, Azazel is employed by the government to help keep the peace as civilization crumbles around them. Azazel, Hallam, and Marlena lead a rag tag group on a mission to get west and get help, but there's someone in the way. Jason. He says he still loves Azazel. But she can't ever love him again.
Brighter
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,510. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2010. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Ramona Brinks wanted to get out of Elston, but she couldn't leave.
Death Girl
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 53,290. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2010. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Maureen had to stop it. She couldn't let Trevor hurt anyone.
Tortured
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Series: Jason and Azazel, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 85,230. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2009. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
(5.00 from 1 review)
Azazel hasn't been able to stop having nightmares. Sometimes her boyfriend Jason is covered in blood, grinning at her like a demon. Sometimes there is a gun in her hand, and she's shooting the people she loves the most. The only way to stop the dreams is to drown them in liquor. Azazel feels like black water is closing over her head. And she doesn't know if she can breathe.
Trembling
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Series: Jason and Azazel, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,890. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2009. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
(4.33 from 6 reviews)
Lilith's back, and she's got her eye on Jason. Jason doesn't like Azazel's new gay best friend Jude. Someone put a bell, engraved with a picture of the sun rising over water, in Azazel's purse. Azazel's worried, but Jason thinks she's paranoid. Jason and Azazel might be at the beach, but the clouds are rolling in. . .
Mischief
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 90,500. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2009. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Mischief, a tongue-in-cheek urban fantasy, is set in a 1980s that never quite was. Glam band Mischief is actually a disguised group of pixies bent on the destruction of the human race. Ghouls, witches, and black pixies race to the rescue.
Breathless
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Series: Jason and Azazel, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 86,540. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2009. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
(5.00 from 1 review)
Jason races into Azazel's life--sweaty, tortured, and hunted by covert forces. Azazel is drawn to Jason. He's so complicated. She can't let anything get in the way of finding out Jason's secrets, not even her boyfriend, her friends, or her parents. Most importantly, no matter how dangerous Jason claims it is for her to be near him, she can't let him leave.

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Smashwords book reviews by V. J. Chambers

  • Glimpse (Zellie Wells #1) on Aug. 22, 2010
    (no rating)
    Glimpse is about a girl named Zellie. (Love those Z names!) Zellie’s always been able to do little parlor tricks with her mom, guessing the future. What she doesn’t realize is that she has a gift. She sees “glimpses” of the future, and she has the ability to change it. This seems pretty cool, but it totally sucks when she has a glimpse of her major crush, Avery, dying in a car accident twenty years in the future. What’s worse, she’s in the glimpse, and she’s pregnant! Talk about a set up! The minute I heard that, I was like, “I’m in.” It gets unbelievably more convoluted in the best ways. Zellie’s mother was in love with Avery’s dad, but kept herself away from him to keep him from dying. Oh, the agony of love denied! Zellie’s mom thinks Zellie should do that too, because if she stays with Avery, she’ll cause his death. But Zellie can’t keep away from Avery, and mostly, she can’t keep her hands off of him. The sexual tension was pretty awesome in this book. A couple scenes had me fanning myself. Whew. My only complaint would be that the last half of the book is a little wobbly. Certain character’s motivations don’t make a lot of sense. In particular, when it turns out a character isn’t really dead after all, I wondered why the person didn’t just tell everyone she was running away instead of faking her death, which seemed pretty horrible and unforgivable. Also, after building to a suspenseful climax midway through the story, the rest of the book has a little trouble ratcheting up the tension again. Overall, however, these things didn’t lessen my enjoyment of the book. I read it quick and fast, the way a YA novel should be read. I was engaged and interested the entire way through. And–there’s a sequel coming out this year, which is awesome, because I can almost smell the love triangle coming. Eee!
  • Hush Money (Talent Chronicles) on Jan. 06, 2011
    (no rating)
    Hush Money is one of those brilliant indie finds that just makes you happy. It's a nifty mash up of superheroes, teen fiction, and romance. I fairly flew through it, and found it absolutely wonderful. Just the right bits of angst, tension, and some pretty fun action scenes. There are two really fun things going on here. One is the fact that even though the characters are superheroes, with superhero powers, everything's pretty understated. No capes or masks or anything silly. The end result is that coupled with the voice of the narration, you get something that's much less X-Men and more X-Files. Well, the X-Files meets My So-Called Life maybe. The next really cool thing is the threat of the fascist government organization, which is shadowy and shifty and really interesting. I completely dug that. Judging from its reception, I'm not the only one who thinks it's awesome, but if you need more convincing, the price tag should do that just fine. Give it a chance. You can't even buy a bottle of coke at a convenience store for that!
  • Heroes 'Til Curfew (Talent Chronicles #2) on Sep. 14, 2011

    Susan Bischoff is one of the best indie YA authors out there. From her snappy Whedon-esque dialogue to her to-die-for characterizations, she’s a winner. The second installment of The Talent Chronicles doesn’t disappoint. Joss and Dylan get closer and much kissing ensues. (Bischoff commits the sin of letting teenagers sleep chastely in the same bed, which I think is unrealistic, but what do I know? Anyway, I didn’t care, because I BELIEVED it. It helps that Dylan isn’t lots older than Joss–do you hear that Myer and Caine? Do you?) The angst piles up, as the two misread each other’s intentions–but not in a stupid, romcom way either. In a this-is-totally-the-way-teenagers-actually-think way. Heroes ‘Till Curfew finds the two struggling to sort through their complicated feelings for each other while Marco and the gang mount attack after attack on the Talents. Additionally, we learn more about both Joss’s and Dylan’s screwed-up parental situations. The book rushes towards a tense climax involving the threat of rape (absolutely horrific, btw) and burning buildings. It left me tense and flipping pages like a fiend. I think Bischoff’s strength is that she really knows how to plot a story like nobody’s business. She balances all the elements–romance, action, etc–perfectly, and she makes it look easy. A story like that would read well no matter what she did. But her characterization is spot on too. And add in that snappy dialogue… (“Have you ever thought of me as more than a friend?” Long kiss. “Nope. Never.”) …she thrusts her book into the stratosphere. This book is highly, highly recommended.