Review: Restless in Peaceville

Rating: Yay!

Genre: YA Paranormal

It’s all downs and downs for Luke, who’s been kicked out of the waiting line for heaven because of his choices in life. Instead he gets shipped back to Earth and his reward is becoming a zombie.

I’ll admit I’m not a zombie fan, but Pippa Jay did an amazing job of breathing a new kind of life into paranormal stories, zombies included. A quick read, Restless in Peaceville became a book I couldn’t put down.

There’s some tension, some crazies, a Voodoo Queen, a paranormal killer called The Peacemaker and so much more. Luke also has a sidekick in Annabelle, another zombie. They team up to find a solution that doesn’t involve consuming human flesh, though the choices aren’t easy ones.

This is a first person POV story, set in the town of Peaceville in swamp-filled New Orleans. For an author from across the pond, Pippa did an amazing job of embodying the creole/Cajun South of the area. From the language to the food and the visual imagery. I enjoyed being immersed in the environment and honestly loved the story.

If you’re looking for a good paranormal YA without love triangles and just so good, down home horror monsters overcoming the horror of their situation I highly recommend Restless in Peaceville.

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This Week’s Read: Restless in Peaceville by Pippa Jay

Restless in PeacevilleWelcome to Peaceville, population 2067 and rising…from the grave…

Luke Chester has had enough. He’s the school geek, the girls laugh at him, he’s lost his dead-end job at the pizza place, and in the midst of the world’s messiest divorce his parents don’t even know he exists. An overdose of his mom’s tranquilizers and a stomach full of whiskey should solve all his problems…

But they don’t. Instead, Luke finds himself booted out of the afterlife for not dying a natural death, with nowhere to go but back to his recently vacated corpse and reality. How the hell is he going to pass for one of the living without someone trying to blow his brains out for being one of the undead?
And it just gets worse. He’s got to fight his own desperate craving to consume the living, evade the weird supernatural hunter who’s having a field day with the new undeads rising, and there’s this creepy black shadow following him around. Add to that the distraction of female fellow undead Annabelle burning to avenge her own murder, and clearly there’s no rest for the wicked. Jeez, all he wanted to do was R.I.P.

 

 

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Author Bio:

After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 21 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.

Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include a YA science fiction novel—Gethyon—published through BURST (Champagne Books), a scifi romance novella—Tethered—published by Breathless Press, three self-published short stories (Terms & Conditions Apply, The Bones of the Sea, and Reboot), and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place).

You can stalk her at her website http://pippajay.co.uk, or at her blog http://pippajay.blogspot.co.uk, but without doubt her favorite place to hang around and chat is on Twitter as @pippajaygreen.

Author Interview: Keir- Pippa Jay

Keir Pippa  Jay GreenFun times and Sci-fi are what you get with Pippa Jay, when she’s not stuck to her computer writing away at her next story. Luckily, I snagged her at a good time and was able to get some answers to those crazy questions I thought of after reading through Keir.

1.) The whole book I thought the Sentiac was the bad guy (cue villain spooky voice) instead I was introduced to another big baddy– Siah-dhu. My question who do you think would win a all out fight villain against villain? 
Oh, interesting – I hadn’t thought about that! Since the Siah-dhu are pretty much the ultimate evil in my Universe, I think they’d win. But you can never tell… (bwah-ha-haaaa!)

2.) Quin and Keir are connected because of the Sentiac and we discover why in the book, but I wondered continuously if all of Quin’s friends were connected to the Sentiac in some way? 
Indirectly you could say that, because Quin’s obviously met them during her travels. But none of the ones you’ve met so far have the Sentiac DNA.

3.) You introduce a ton of species from Bird/Human hybrids to Reptilian’s. Where did some of these ideas spawn and is there any plan for a book that will guide us through the Pippa Jay universe? 
Oh, the ideas come from all over the place! The avian Surei was inspired by the Hawk people from Buck Rogers and the lead singer from my fave band, who wears feathers in his hair. My Metraxians – I have a soft spot for reptiles, and I feel reptilian races in scifi often get a bad rep (Silurians in Doctor Who, Zorgons in Zathura, the Visitors in V etc). So I wanted mine as (mostly) good guys. My haemovores are probably from reading too much Anne Rice in my teens. I’m working on more books in the same Universe which explore those other races, and there’s a glossary on my blog here – http://pippajay.blogspot.co.uk/p/travellers-guide-to-universe.html
– which will give also give you a little sneak peek at some other things to come. Which reminds me I should update it soon! *adds to towering to-do list*

4.) For the romance readers, or those who love Sci-fi but shy from the romance, what is your definition of Sweet Romance as it relates to Keir? 
Although the romance is an important part of the story, it doesn’t dominate it. Sweet for me means it’s intense but my characters aren’t spending all their time getting it on with lots of explicit scenes.  

5.) You recently had a short story published, Terms & Conditions Apply, can you tells us more about it and does it relate to Keir and Quin’s Universe at all? 
I wrote Terms & Conditions Apply for a sub call by Misa Buckley that sadly never came to pass, but she gave me permission to use the premise. It’s a hot scifi romance short, totally unrelated to the Keir and Quin Universe. In a way it’s a tragedy, yet it does have a HEA, even if a controversial one. Writing it was a personal challenge – to do something far spicier, and away from the comfort zone of my own created Universe!

Bonus Question: Will there be a story about Sky and/or Taler?
Wow, that’s spooky! I do have a story about them in progress, though I can’t give you any idea about a completion date right now. I’m planning to do a series of Origin stories for some of my secondary characters as time goes by – the first has just gone to my editor. But Taler and Sky both feature in my upcoming June release Gethyon.

A stay-at-home mum of three who spent twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay bases her stories on a lifetime addiction to science-fiction books and films. Somewhere along the line a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her various characters, she spends the odd free moments trying to learn guitar, indulging in freestyle street dance and drinking high-caffeine coffee. Although happily settled in historical Colchester in the UK with her husband of 19 years, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.

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Review: Kier- Landra’s Take

Genre: Sci-Fi Romance

Rating: Maybe

Enter a sci-fi universe that transcends race, gender, and even individual thought…

That’s at least how I felt following Quin and Kier’s haphazard adventures jumping between planets and points in time. These two travelers seek redemption in their own way, as a well as a path to follow for the remainder of their days. There’s action, plots, and plenty of discovery in this story. This book really felt like a two in one, and I found myself easily drawn to the second half of the book more so then the first half.

What I liked:

The fantasy/sci-fi aspects. Pippa has created a wonderful universe outside of our own with multiple races that vary in looks and cultures followed with brilliant scientific technologies. I honestly wanted to be in the universe and be able to jump to planets just like Quin; dark powers or not. I enjoyed the romance, of course I did, I’m a romance junkie. The sweet aspects of the budding attraction and tension were well-developed and attended; no rushed romance here. Quin is not the average heroine. She’s flawed and has had multiple relationships before Kier. This isn’t about soul mates, but about finding someone to share time with. There’s also no clean-cut, black/white decision-making. The conflicts and resolutions require some grey line hovering where Quin and Keir can’t fully condemn those who seek to either destroy, meddle, or help them. Finally I liked the villains. I wanted more history about them, origins and all the fun stuff. Pippa will you please give me more Sentiac early stories?

What I didn’t like:

The setting descriptions dragged a bit. I was so jockeyed up by all the action and dialogue interactions my attention lacked when a descriptive paragraph came. I paid attention for the 3-5 sentences, but anything longer had me skipping to the next piece of dialogue. I didn’t like the internal wishy-washy that Kier had for 3/4 of the book. I’m sorry I really liked Kier’s desire to be better than what anyone thought of him, but besides his powers and massive size I thought Kier was a bit of a wimp. I didn’t seem him surviving very far without Quin. Sure he’d survived on his own before meeting Quin, but even I was a bit surprised at that. If course I’m a fan of the alpha male and Kier is not an alpha, so that could be a bit biased. Finally, I felt a bit disjointed mid-way through. This felt like two short stories molded into one book and I think the jarring wouldn’t have happened if there was something to announce the transition or segway from one part of Kier’s development to the next part of his journey.

Overall, this is a good merge of Sci-Fi and Romance. If you’re a sci-fi/fantasy fan you’ll enjoy Kier hands down. Romance fans, you’ll enjoy the second half of this book the most. This was more of maybe for me because I felt so in the middle with everything. There were good aspects and turn offs. I think Pippa Jay is worth a read if you’re at all feeling a bit of interest and I look forward to seeing what she’s got coming next.

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This Week’s Read: Kier by Pippa Jay

keir (2)Outcast. Cursed. Dying. Is Keir beyond redemption?
For Keirlan de Corizi–the legendary ‘Blue Demon’ of Adalucien–death seems the only escape from a world where his discolored skin marks him as an oddity and condemns him to life as a pariah. But salvation comes in an unexpected guise: Tarquin Secker, a young woman who can travel the stars with a wave of her hand.
But Quin has secrets of her own. She’s spent eternity searching through space and time with a strange band of companions at her back. Defying her friends’ counsel, Quin risks her apparent immortality to save Keir. She offers him sanctuary and a new life on her home world, Lyagnius.
When Keir mistakenly unleashes his dormant alien powers and earns instant exile from Quin’s home world, will she risk everything to stand by him again?

 

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