Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Cowboy and the Vampire Series by Hays & McFall ~ New Covers! ~ My Review ~

Let ‘er buck!
The Cowboy and the Vampire Reboot

The phrase “you can’t judge a book by its cover” is a lie. It’s a damn lie. People do it all the time. Art is truth.

To mark the upcoming May 2014 release of the third book in The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection, the series was treated to a gothic western makeover, with artwork commissioned exclusively for the series.

“We wanted to give readers something special and the new covers get right to the heart of the series,” said co-author Hays. “Go on and judge the books by these covers! They bring together the paranormal and the western elements perfectly, setting a dark tone with just a hint of the humor.”

“Each time you look at the images, you see something a bit different, even more of the opposites-attract romantic theme pops, and the overtones of simmering passion,” said co-author McFall.

Get caught up on the love between Tucker and Lizzie now before the release of book three.

A Very Unusual Romance
The Cowboy and the Vampire
Book 1
Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall

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“Deliciously dark.” – Booklist

Welcome to LonePine, Wyoming, where the best of the American west faces off against the rise of the undead. It’s a love story for the ages.

Worlds collide when a broke cowboy and a glamorous big city reporter fall lipstick over boot heels in love. But she carries a 2,000-year-old secret in her veins that will test their unusual romance.

Saddle up for a hilarious, existential gallop through the dying west with an army of ancient bloodsuckers in hot pursuit.

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Blood and Whiskey
The Cowboy and the Vampire
Book 2
Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall

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“Strong writing, funny characters … riveting.” – Kirkus Reviews 

Welcome back to LonePine, Wyoming. It’s like any other slowly dying town in the modern American West. Except it’s suddenly lousy with vampires.

Cultures clash as the vampire illuminati ride into town to settle ancient scores, test loyalties and thrash out a new world order. Can the fragile relationship between a cowboy and a vampire survive lust, betrayal and country music?

Grab the reins and hold on tight as Tucker and Lizzie stampede through rural America and across the vampire afterlife, desperate to protect their unlikely love.

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A Tangled Publishing History

The first book of this series, A Very Unusual Romance, was published in 1999, long before the vampire craze. With comparisons to Anne Rice and Zane Grey, the book gained a devoted following with initial sales of more than 10,000 print units. Fast forward a decade, and the publisher (Llewellyn) brought out the book as a second edition in 2010, aiming to capitalize on the Twilight mega-hit. Meanwhile, the authors wrote the second book in the series — Blood and Whiskey — bringing it out under their own imprint (Pumpjack Press, 2012). In 2013, they gained the rights back for the original book, and now, with book three poised for publication in May 2014, the restored Cowboy and Vampire series has been redesigned with exclusive art and is coming out for the first time in 15 years as a complete collection. Yippi-ki-yay!

About the Authors:

Between the two of them, Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall have worked in writing jobs ranging from cowboy-poet to energy journalist to restaurant reviewer to university press officer. After they met, their writing career took center stage when they wrote the first book in The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection as a test for marriage. They passed. Clark and Kathleen now live in Portland, Oregon.

Connect with the authors:

@cowboyvamp (twitter)

@cowboyvampire (instagram)

About the artist

When asked about his biggest artistic influences, Aaron Perkins says there are too many to name, but when pressed mentions Gustav Klimt, Modigliani and the full-on art deco and nouveau movements, abstraction expressionism and surrealism. Aaron is also a big fan of concert poster art. That heady and diverse collection of inspiration shows up in The Cowboy and Vampire Collection covers.
Connect with the artist:

An interview with the artist here

His website:

(This review was originally posted last year, this is a re-post of just the review for this Promo, I have not read book 1, but will and then book 3, will have those reviews later)

My Review of Book 2, Blood and Whiskey:

In Blood and Whiskey, the saga continues with Lissie, Tucker, Lenny, and Dad, and even the Blue Heeler dog Rex. There is lots to do dealing with the International Assembly of Vampires descending upon Lone Pine (Tiny town in Wyoming). This part of the politics, reminds me of the True Blood (Sookie Stackhouse series) to a certain extent, and having the manufactured blood too. But, these authors use plenty of quirky dialogue and many twists, to keep it from being too much like it. I will say, I do like the part of this world that the Vampires are able to “smell, sense” evil, and are encouraged to help purge us from these Evil humans, they are supposed to “taste” better too. That I like, kindof like vampire vigilantes, lol

The storyline I noticed is very fast paced, and keeps you interested, It was hard to put the book down, once I started. I was surprised at the unique combination of genres. Kathleen McFall and Clark Hays create a great paranormal romance that is full of drama, action, romance and danger, but they still keep a charm of the Western genre. It’s very unique, nothing I have ever seen before.

They make it where we can really relate to the characters. I found myself really liking Lizzie, and Tucker. I can see the struggles she has, and feel for her.

She has so much to deal with, one being pregnant, and that’s a first as far as they know, and being Queen, since her father is dead. She also is pressured to prove herself by turning a human into a vampire, as in this book, not just any vamp can do it.

This book really is good, and I do not want to spoil anything, so wont say too much about all the twist and turns, and non-stop excitement that takes place. Just know, if you like some paranormal, and adventure, action, and suspense, you will love this book.
I had not read the first book yet, but I was able to catch on really quick, so it’s not necessary, but I will go and read the first too , soon as I can,  as I loved this one so much.

A cute teaser here for you:

A knock at the door interrupted. “Lizzie, you all right?” asked Dad.
“Yes, Mr. Bates, I’m fine. Thanks for checking.”
“You thinking about coming out of there soon? Are you feeling sick or something?”
“I’m good. Do you have any glue out there?”
There was a long pause. “Is this some sort of Vampire thing I don’t really want to know about?”
“No,” she said with a laugh, looking at the letter in her hand. “It’s more of a scrapbook kind of a thing. I need to add something important.”
“Let me see what I can rustle up,” he said as his footsteps trailed off into the kitchen.

Give it a try, its first rate writing. You won’t be sorry

5 out of 5 stars for me.

This book was provided by the authors for my honest review. 

This review is also at Goodreads, Here (repost for the new listing for new cover, so at both this one, and old cover one)

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