Today I'm so happy to welcome back a fantasy author who may be relatively new to me but one who's become a must read when a new novel comes out. I loved Karma the first book in her Karma series so when Jinxed came out I jumped at the chance to read it and was not disappointed. The Jinxes have a considerable role in Jinxed and I asked author Donna Augustine what she'd like to do to talk about the novel she thought maybe you'd all like to get up close and personal with Bobby, Billy & Buddy, otherwise known as The Jinxes.
Just to give you some background the Jinxes appear as adolescent boys usually found on their skateboards and readers sometimes forget that they're eons old with attitudes and appetites to match.
Interviewer: I’m happy to be joined by the Jinxes. Do you have individual names you go by?
Bobby: Yeah, I’m Bobby, and these two douchebags are my brothers, Billy and Buddy.
Interviewer: And what is your occupation?
Bobby: Dipshit, don’t you have reading comprehension? You got our bio. We’re the Jinxes. We screw shit up. Your car breaks down? Look around, we might be there. Someone stole your lunch at work? Might not be your loser coworker next box over.
Billy: Hey, chickie, what do you drive?
Buddy: You’ve got that nice Caddy, right?
Interviewer: No. That is definitely not my car.
Bobby: How come you don’t show any flesh? What, you got cankles going on under that ugly shit you’re wearing?
Buddy: Seriously, what happened this morning? You raid grandma’s closet or some shit? And your hair. Ugh. Girl, you need some help. I know this person that might be able to polish you up a bit. I’m not saying you’re going to be hot or nothin’ but at least try.
Billy: No ankles. I don’t think that’s a good idea. I haven’t had lunch yet.
Buddy: So what? We don’t eat humans anymore.
Billy: If it looks like one of those turkey legs like you get in Disney, I don’t think it’s a good idea. I’m already feeling woozy.
Bobby: Oh no, not with the low blood sugar crap again.
Billy: Hey! It’s a legitimate problem.
Bobby: For HUMANS.
Billy: I’m telling you, I have it.
Buddy: A skirt isn’t going to help. I know corpses that look better in the morning.
Interviewer: My appearance is none of your business. Can we please move on?
Bobby: We’re the ones that have to look at you but whatever, stiff.
Interview: What do you think of your coworkers?
Bobby: Fate is our boy. Karma, she’s good stuff. She’s got a thing for me but Fate’s into her so I won’t give her the goods, if you know what I mean.
Billy: Bullshit, she wants me.
Buddy: She doesn’t want either of you, losers. I’m the only one here that can handle that ride. But, like Bobby said, Fate has a thing for her. We don’t want to hog all the chicks or he’d get depressed. Gotta throw him a bone every now and then. Keeps his spirits up.
Interviewer: So there is something going on with those two?
Bobby: Kind of. He isn’t as slick as us so he’s muddling it up a bit but they’re getting there. At least he got his —
Billy: We ain’t supposed to say that shit no more!
Interviewer: Moving on, I’ve heard you’ve had some problems with a person named Malokin?
Bobby: Oh yeah, him. Another douchebag. We would’ve handled him already but we’re trying to let some of our coworkers get practice at doing something. They need it.
Buddy: Seriously, we can’t constantly fix their problems. It’s exhausting to have to clean up their messes, day after day.
Billy: And the whining. You look like a whiner too.
Interview: I quit. I don’t get paid enough to deal with this.
Bobby: Guys, lets go grab a beer. We’re way ahead of schedule today.
Billy: Yeah, I thought it was going to take at least another ten minutes.
Buddy: We need a raise.
My Review of Jinxed
8 months ago young defense attorney Camilla Fontaine died tragically and was unceremoniously and immediately without the benefit of a manual dumped into the role of Karma, yeah the brings happiness to good deeds and punishes bad ones, The Queen of consequences, Karma. Not only is she forced along with the other misfits in the “agency” to run the Universe from their unremarkable, retro (dump) chic office building that houses the “Unknown Forces of the Universe” or UFU for short. All’s not well in the cosmos and Karma must be jinxed to keep stepping in all this galaxical doo doo because now there’s another evil doer who thinks he can do a better job of running things, Universally speaking. And just to make sure he gets his point across he’s kidnapped Kitty, aka the black cat lady to help convince Karma to help him. Now Karma would love to ask for help and she’s pretty sure sexy Fate (who she’s got the intense hots for) would come to her aid, only the new bad guys have upped the anti and she’s forced to go it alone. Survival from this new calamity is questionable at least and Karma only hopes she can stay alive and help kitty.
Donna Augustine’s page-turning fantasy, Jinxed, second in her Karma series leaves right off from the first. It’s intense and a bit darker than the first and her new foe is creepily evil. With her informative narrative she continues Karma’s story interjecting here and there side stories of her calamitous co-star’s. And she also continues the passionate but often catastrophic liaison with the very hot, sexy and intense Fate. Her characters are full-bodied and she takes the time to develop them to her readers benefit. I especially like her character growth of Karma who’s much more sure of herself and a bit of a butt-kicking superhero now. I can’t wait to see what happens in book three, Fated. I do recommend that these novels be read in order and if it’s been a while since you’ve read the first a quick refresher may be helpful. Thanks Donna Jinxed Rocks!
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