Wednesday, April 3, 2019

# GIVEAWAY Review-Blood Binds By Donna Augustine Wyrd Blood #3

Wow Today is special because I'm reviewing book three in fave Donna Augustine's Wyrd Blood series, Blood Binds, the perfect finish to the Bugs and Ryker story. I'm also reposting Donna's character interview of Bugs from book 1 and if that's not enough she's sponsoring a FAB #Giveaway of the entire series. See below for details.

ISBN-13: 978-1945946073
Publisher: Strong Hold Publishing
Release Date: 2-16-2019
Length: 308 pp
Source: Author for review
Buy It: Amazon/IndieBound


Ryker calls it an accident. I call it another betrayal. He didn't want me to leave but didn't fight to keep me by his side. Wronged magically and devastated emotionally, I exile myself to another country, Dorley. Now I perform tricks under a tent, my mystical gifts a common sideshow. Just as I’m accepting my self-inflicted fate, Ryker makes a move that forces me back to the Valley. But an ancient evil is stirring and follows me. With magical stones disappearing, the power I possess within makes me a target. Old hurts have to be put aside and enemies must unite or an evil strong enough to destroy us all will be unleashed.

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My Review:

Blood Binds
Donna Augustine

Number 3 in Donna Augustine’s Wryd Blood series is a fitting goodbye complete with a few didn’t see them coming surprises, and fans get a perfect way to tie up all the loose ends, answering all the questions and solving the mysteries surrounding Bugs, her crew and her relationship with Ryker. The world building continues to be top-notch, the characters diverse, over the top and interesting especially Bugs and Ryker, their chemistry, banter and the obstacles she puts them through is world class yet not too angsty. The action amps up and the body count rises as they battle the mysterious evil entity that finally makes an appearance. Fans will be happy to have closure but sad to see this fantastic trilogy ending. Reading out of order is not recommended.

Series Recap:
It’s 910 AC-After the change when magic was unleashed on an unsuspecting world and forever changed it and not for the better. Bugs life has changed and not all for the good since the day Ryker her nemesis, dream man, nightmare found her, she’s lost loved ones and the keep the rest of her pseudo family safe and to keep her sanity she’ll do anything even if it means leaving The Valley and Ryker behind.

Totally tired of wanting a man who obviously doesn’t want her and of seeing a constant line of women parading through his room and obviously his bed Bugs has made a decision. If Ryker doesn’t want her she’ll leave The Valley because staying is going to break her heart. She could take being bound to his magic and even his my way or the highway attitude but she knows staying here will kill her. So she’s off to the country of Dorley with Knife and who knows maybe she could even get to like him and maybe he could solve this being a virgin problem.
… six months later still pining for Ryker and performing like a trained seal worming for people it’s plain that Dorley isn’t The Valley and Knife isn’t Ryker and not just because she still wants to jump Ryker’s bones and nope not so much as a flicker of interest toward Knife. No Ryker is also a much better, fairer ruler. So when her BFF, Ruck gets summoned by Ryker back to The Valley, her magic starts glitching and there just happens to be a party there she decides it's a sign that she should go too. Maybe Ryker has missed her, maybe he realizes what he’s missing and maybe she’s still dreaming. But when a monster attacks her she’s the one that needs him because this is the darkest, strongest evil magic she’s ever felt.

Donna's Bugs Character Interview:

Taken from the journal of Barnie Fitch, head newspaper reporter for Valley View, The Valley’s first and only newspaper.

Bugs strolled into the small building nestled in the heart of The Valley, blonde hair wild, and leather pants dingy from a day outdoors. She scanned the room like a woman used to having a price on her head, assessing my few coworkers for any threat.

Her gaze finally landed on me and I smiled, attracted to her against my better judgment and knowing I didn’t stand a chance. I was a calm meadow on a sunny day while she was the cooling breeze that proceeded a storm right before it leveled you. Some beauty was meant to be appreciated from afar. But for today, I could edge slightly closer and marvel.

She stopped in front of me. “Barnie?”

 “Yes. Thank you for coming, Bugs.” I waved my hand towards the free seat at the table across from me. “May I call you Bugs?”

She shrugged in response and took the seat.

“I know you’re only doing this as a favor to Ryker but it’s greatly appreciated. There are many people around here who would like to get to know the newcomer better.” I’d been harassed with questions for weeks. Everyone wanted to know more about the new girl.

“Sure,” she said, eyeing me with suspicion.

I knew I’d immediately said something wrong. Unfortunately, I didn’t know what it was. I decided to start with some small talk, hoping that relaxed her. “That’s an unusual name for a woman. Is that your given name?”

She raised a brow. “Obviously not.”

My pencil hovering over paper, I asked, “What is your real name?”

She leaned forward in her seat. “Why? You trying to sell me out? They get big money for Wyrd Bloods so you better not be thinking of it. You won’t last long if you try.”

I threw my hands up in immediate surrender. “Of course not. I was only asking.”

She stared at me as if she didn’t believe a word of it. Wow, was I blowing this. Maybe a compliment would smooth things over. “I’ve heard your Wyrd Blood markings are quite impressive. Truly stunning.”

Her eyes narrowed. “How do you know that? I don’t show anyone my markings.”

Fuck me. I’d thought others had seen her marks. I certainly wasn’t going to be the one to tell her that some of the kids had spied on her in the showers and told me.

“So how are you doing on this beautiful day?” I asked, a last ditch effort that a clunky topic change might work.

“Why? Did someone tell you I’m sick? I’m fine and screw anyone who says differently.”

This was not going well. Might as well just ask her the question I really wanted to and hope she doesn’t kill me.
“Why did you decide that stealing from Ryker was a good idea?” There it was out.

She stood and leaned on the table, planting both hands flat upon it and getting uncomfortably close. “I never thought it was a goodidea. My crew was running out of food. What would you do? Let them starve?” She straightened, making it clear the interview was over.

I leaned as far back as I could, offering no protest.
After a long stare that I took for a warning, she turned and headed towards the door. My coworkers all backing out of her way, obviously having overheard the interview.

As she left, panic struck. “Hey, can you do me a favor?”

She stopped and raised her eyebrows, as if shocked I’d have to nerve to ask.

“Can you tell Ryker that this went well? Or just don’t say anything at all?” Because if the rumors were right, and he was soft on her, I didn’t need that kind of heat coming down on me.

She paused and looked back over her shoulder at me. I thought I was done.
Then she shook her head, as if I were a stray dog begging for food that she pitied. “Fine.” She left the building.


About the author:
Donna Augustine’s lifelong ambition was to become the crazy cat lady. Unfortunately, when family allergies cut short her dream of living in a house full of furries, she turned her ambitions toward writing. Combining her love of fantasy, scifi, horror and romance, she tries to string together interesting twists on urban fantasy.
A native of New Jersey, when she isn’t writing or over dosing on caffeine, she can occasionally be spotted in disguise at the local dog park.

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  1. This sounds awesome, Debbie. Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. This is a fun interview. Thanks for posting it again. I am glad the series wrapped up well. Who doesn't love surprises!

  3. The author sounds like a fun lady, and I love the covers too! Hugs...RO

  4. Sounds like a very satisfying end to this series Debbie and I know for sure you love the writing of this author.

  5. This sounds so good and I love that cover.

  6. Hmmm these do sound good. I'll have to check them out :)

  7. Wow! This a fun character interview and this series sounds really good! Thanks for sharing :)

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  8. Thanks for hosting me and thanks for all the wonderful comments! : )

  9. Would love to read, thank you.