Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Blog Tour: Familiar Demon by Amy Lane (Guest Post+Release Day Review+Giveaway)

Title: Familiar Demon

Series: Familiar Love: Book Two
Author: Amy Lane
Release Date: February 12, 2019
Category: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 241


For over a century, Edward Youngblood has been the logical one in a family of temperamental magical beings. But reason has not made him immune to passion, and Edward’s passion for Mullins, the family’s demon instructor, has only grown.

Mullins was lured into hell through desperation—and a fatal mistake. He’s done his best to hang onto his soul in the twisted realm of the underworld, and serving the Youngblood family when summoned has been his only joy. Edward concocts a plan to spring Mullins by collecting a series of items to perform an ancient ritual—an idea that terrifies Mullins. He can’t bear the thought of losing Edward and his brothers to a dangerous quest.

But every item in their collection is an adventure in brotherhood and magic, and as Mullins watches from the sidelines, he becomes more and more hopeful that they will succeed. When the time comes for Mullins to join the mission, can he find enough faith and hope to redeem himself and allow himself happiness in the arms of a man who would literally go to hell and back—and beyond—to have Mullins by his side?

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The Secret Lives of Cats

By Amy Lane

As much as I love my wee potato shaped hounds, I have to admit that my favorite shifter characters have always been cats.

When I wrote my Little Goddess series, I wrote giant shape-shifting housecats, because I figured that if I was going to go dark side and paranormal, that’s what I wanted to be. Something the size of a recliner that could sleep wherever it wanted and had the flexibility to give itself a pedicure with its tongue.

So when I got a chance to write witch’s familiars, I got to go back to shapeshifting cats again—although these cats are God’s magic and not Goddess’s. The difference? Well in my world it was that there wasn’t mass conversion. A 180 lb man got to be a 10 lb. tom cat, and I have fun with that idea. The boys eat, play, read and chase seagulls as cats, and, in part of the book, they take a giant road trip in a minivan on the mother of all scavenger hunts.

And it all seems quite plausible.

I mean if you look at your cat, napping in the sun, odds are she hasn’t fooled you at all. Sure, she’s a pile of fur and snooze now, but when your back is turned, you know she’s going out and having adventures and saving the world from runaway dust motes and killing balls of tinfoil and generally causing magic and havoc that we can’t see. I mean, any creature that determined to nap has got to be plotting world domination on its up time, right?

Cats are mysterious—they have liquid bones and move like smoke. We can’t decide if their stand-offishness is a result of a superior attitude or being too preoccupied with deep thoughts to bother. And when they deign to be affectionate, to purr on us, to drool, to do something ingratiating and cute, we fall all over ourselves trying to make them happy.

And they’re okay with that.

So if you give a trio of handsome familiars magic powers and the shape of a small house pet, you have a fun, sometimes comical, sometimes mighty collection of heroes. You can imagine them sleeping on each other in the back of a minivan while taking a break from a quest. You can imagine the youngest, least responsible of the three (Francis) taking off to chase seagulls, and sometimes, you can imagine them fighting the bad guys in their feline forms—and winning.

Why wouldn’t they win? Don’t cats always?

4.5 Stars!

Familiar Demon is book 2 in the Familiar Love series and while technically you can read it as a standalone, I think the experience might be better if you read both books in order. There's a lot of information and world-building and I have to admit I was a little overwhelmed at first, which might not have happened if I'd read Familiar Angel first.

As I mentioned before, there's a lot happening in this book. Edward and his brothers Harry, Frances and Beltane, along with Suriel, Harry's lover, are trying to find a way to turn their demon mentor and Edward's beloved, Mullins, back into human and pull him out of hell, with the help of their adoptive parents Leonard and Emma.

Edward was resourceful and determined and Mullins's story just broke my heart. I was really happy he found Leonard first and then the boys and Emma so his stay in hell was a little less daunting than it was. Edward and Mullins were hot together, but more than that, it was obvious they belonged together in every sense of the word.

The book was really well-written, fun and entertaining and I just adored all of the characters. I was very invested in Edward and Mullins getting their HEA and now I want to find out how Harry and Suriel got together in Familiar Angel and then get more of Frances and Beltane in the last installment of the series. While I loved them all, Frances seemed the most catlike of the brothers and that endeared him to me. What can I say? I'm well on my way of becoming a crazy cat lady! LOL

Anyway, I have no trouble recommending this book, but if possible, pick both books in the series for a more enjoyable experience.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

Author Bio:

Amy Lane lives in a crumbling crapmansion with a couple of growing children, a passel of furbabies, and a bemused spouse. She's been nominated for a RITA, has won honorable mention for an Indiefab, and has a couple of Rainbow Awards to her name. She also has too damned much yarn, a penchant for action-adventure movies, and a need to know that somewhere in all the pain is a story of Wuv, Twu Wuv, which she continues to believe in to this day! She writes fantasy, urban fantasy, and gay romance--and if you accidentally make eye contact, she'll bore you to tears with why those three genres go together. She'll also tell you that sacrifices, large and small, are worth the urge to write.

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  1. Male dancers are sexy... Of course I like them

  2. My favorite paranormal creature is the dragon, shifter or not.

  3. I'm more of a dog person but I like cats too.

  4. Cat or dog is fine but I don't have either pet. I feel like cats are less work.

  5. I’m both, really. Love cats and dogs. Though sadly my dog had crossed over the doggie rainbow heaven and I’m left with a black stray cat.

  6. It's more the writing that influences if I like something or not, so male dancers in a story greatly written yeao sign me up.

    I do love dragons :)

    And I'm a bird person xD

  7. I'm a cat person but have had a couple of dogs in the past.