Long ago, a gypsy read Julia’s palm and told her, "You better write this all down." Ok, so it was an extremely intuitive teacher dressed as a Gypsy at a Halloween party, but the advice still stuck. Julia has been writing, writing, writing ever since.
Julia lives in the countryside near Saint Louis with her beloved husband and an ever growing zoo of winged and furred wards. She holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Art and has traveled the world extensively. For all her rambles, Santa Fe, NM still retains the crown as her favorite dot on the map.
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Smashwords book reviews by Julia DeBarrioz
on Nov. 13, 2013
I enjoyed this book very much, it is indeed fast paced and cuttingly funny. It seems so difficult these days to find an intelligent vampire novel, and this one definitely did not disappoint. Tomas the vampire is certainly a fiend, but a fiend with heart, and his confessions as told to a psychiatrist, somewhat reminiscent of that favorite classic "Interview with a Vampire", are both witty and historically interesting.
I hope Kroger continues with the genre and I would be just as keen to read of Anna's adventures. Fiend Part II?
I Bring the Fire Part I : Wolves (A Loki Series)
on July 09, 2014
Move over, Marvel Comics franchise, there's a new game in town...
I loved this book, it was fun, courageous, and finally someone is doing our beloved Trickster the justice he deserves! Gockel's prose is witty, intelligent, and a pleasure to read. I devoured this in 2 days and can't wait to continue the series.
Blood Bond (Cora's Choice #5)
on Aug. 18, 2014
I started reading this series on Scribd and have been devouring it the past month, it's quite good and has exceeded all my expectations (i.e. the covers made me a little leery...I'm sorry, I had to say it! :) ). I hope its ok, but I’m doing a rather blanket review of the first 5 installments here…
I have this little problem. I LOVE a good no-holds-barred steamy love story, but I cannot STAND romance books because the characters/plot almost always lack depth. Not a problem to be found here, and thank you!
Dorien is everything we want in a vampire and more: dark, handsome, sophisticated, intelligent, rich, a leader in his community, absolutely infuriating, and by the way he’s out to revolutionize the vampire world as we know it…yes!
Cora is a brilliant university student who is struck by terminal cancer, and Dorian is her only hope for survival. She didn’t know exactly what she was signing up for when she chose a last resort one in one hundred chance for life (and let’s face it, even with all the facts, unless you’re maybe Gandhi, that’s the choice any of us would make). I relate to her, root for her, and care about her fate, which is a feat in a heroine I absolutely applaud!
The world and tribulations within Ms. Black has created is original without being utterly unrecognizable, something I very much appreciate in a fantasy tale. Basically, I’m hooked, and can’t wait to see how Cora will fight to navigate this brave new world without losing herself completely to it.
The short installment format is an interesting way to go, instead of a big long book. Each installment is a good story in of itself. The only bad part is that it leaves you wanting MORE at the end. :)
The Devil's Marque
on Nov. 20, 2015
This was a delightful first outing penned by Mike Macartney. Calliope Dancer is a chocolatier whose special recipes are not your average box of Russel Stover’s fare. In fact Miss Dancer is exceptional in every way, and can charm anyone she needs to with her homemade candies and her sparkling personality, from fiendish heavies to the President of France. And yet when she takes on a case that proves difficult even for her brilliant abilities, Dancer finds that the Devil himself is the least of her worries. The lines between magic and science are blurred in this masterfully woven tale, and the author suggests that magic is only a word for that which is still unknown.
This is a book filled with rich description, from the confectionary delicacies to the antique furniture to exotic locales, and a full cast of colorful characters from various points of history. It was a well-written, fun and unique read, and I do hope we will hear from Miss Dancer and Mr. Macartney again!