Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Re-Release: February 26, 2015
Cover Artist: Conzpiracy Digital Arts
The one person standing between Hell… and an innocent girl… is a man without a soul.
A regular life isn’t in the cards for Dorian Lake, but with his charm-crafting business invigorated, and the prospect of a serious relationship within his grasp, life is closer to normal than Dorian could ever expect. In the heat of the Baltimore mayoral campaign, Dorian has managed to balance his arrangements with Deputy Mayor Julian Bright with his search to find his lost soul. Dorian soon learns of a Netherworker, the head of a dangerous West Coast cabal, who might be able to find and return his soul. The price? Just one curse.
Sounds easy… but nothing ever is for Dorian. A dark presence arrives in the city, hell-bent on finding Dorian’s soul first. Innocents are caught in the crossfire, and Dorian finds it harder to keep his commitments to Bright. When the fight gets personal, and the entity hits too close to home, Dorian must rely on those he trusts the least to save the ones he loves. As he tests the limits of his hermetic skills to defeat this new enemy, will Dorian lose his one chance to avoid damnation?
Review by: Mark Palm
Forgive me if am mistaken, but I believe that it was Cornell Woolrich who stated that one of his favorite ways to write a thriller was to take a character who was, for instance, a doctor. Being a doctor wasn’t what they did, it was who they were. Then throw that character into the deep end, and watch them as they got out, using the characteristics they defined them.
That seems to me like an excellent way to describe The Curse Servant, and The Curse Merchant, the first two books in an exciting new paranormal series by J. P. Sloan.
Dorian Lake is a Hex Merchant. It’s just what he does, but what he is. Mr. Sloan takes Dorian, who has a penchant for talking before he thinks, and piles a heap of problems on his lap. He’s assisting a political campaign, protecting a stack of dangerous supernatural books, trying to be a decent inner-city landlord, and maybe has lost his soul. There is a secret organization tracking his every move, and he’s got girl problems as well. That’s without giving away any plot spoilers.
These books are narrated by Lake, and his voice is spot-on, funny, smart, a bit of a wise-ass, but clearly caring for his friends, and trying with all his might to do the right thing. I am not always the biggest fan of series, but I am looking forward to the next book by J, P, Sloan.
About the Author
I am a storyteller, eager to transport the reader to strange yet familiar worlds. My writing is dark, fantastical, at times stretching the limits of the human experience, and other times hinting at the monsters lurking under your bed. I write science fiction, urban fantasy, horror, and several shades in between. I am a husband and a father, living in the “wine country” of central Maryland. I’m surrounded by grapevines and cows. During the day I commute to Baltimore, and somehow manage to escape each afternoon with only minor scrapes and bruises. I am also a homebrewer and a certified beer judge. My avocations dovetail nicely!
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Curiosity Quills Press (CQ) is a small hybrid publishing company specializing in genre fiction of the highest quality. With 150+ titles in our catalog already and approximately 6 new books coming out each month, there’s never a dull moment at CQ. We work with major retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Audible to ensure that you, the reader, can find whatever you are looking for at your convenience.
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