Wednesday, June 25, 2014

#Giveaway ~ Rough Trails and Shallow Graves (The Cowboy and the Vampire #3) by Clark Hays & Kathleen McFall ~ Review

Rough Trails and Shallow Graves
The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection
Book Three
Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Western Romance

Publisher: Pumpjack Press

Date of Publication: May 5, 2014

Cover Artist: Aaron Perkins

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Book Description:

Say goodbye to LonePine, Wyoming, a typical small town in the American west with typical small town problems — romantic intrigues, warm beer and vampires.

When Lizzie goes missing on their wedding night, Tucker is forced to team up with his bloodthirsty Russian nemesis to find answers. Crashing through cowboy country, the vampire spirit world and wrecked salmon canneries, they confront an evil more ancient than even the undead — human greed — twisting science into something terrible.

Can there be a happily-ever-after for a cowboy and vampire, or is their unusual love just a delusion?  Time to cowboy up.

This is the third book in The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection.

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Below is info on the first 2 books in this series.

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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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.

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@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.
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An interview with the artist here

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My Review for Rough Trails and Shallow Graves (Book 3 in the Cowboy and the Vampire series)

I think this 3rd book is by far the strongest of this series. It is darker too, but we have Elita to add some comic relief and it is needed because of some very dark things that go down, and some of them upset me alot. There are some huge emotional issues that we have to deal with in this one, and they hit you hard. I was choked up at a few places. One loss is felt greatly, and didn't agree that this person had to die. Wont say who, but just didn't think it was necessary for this story.

Another lost really hits you, and like i said, this book is much darker. I really felt with Lizzie and what she had to go through. In this book she is kidnapped by scientist that use her as a guinea pig to try to harness their anti-aging ability. Not cool at all. 

I was very shocked at how this book ended, its heartbreaking, and had me pretty scared that this was the last in the series, it better not be is all I have to say. These characters really crawled into my heart, and I do not want to let them go.

So, if there is another book, then yay, can't wait. If not, then I am not happy with that ending. (fingers crossed that there will be more)

If you read the previous books already then you will have a strong book relationship with these characters too, so think you will love it. Now if you had not read these yet, what are you waiting for? There are no vampire books at all out there even close to like these. The unique spin on them with the added cowboy from Wyoming really makes it special. I would not call this a western in anyway, as its modern times, just a cowboy who lives in a small town in Wyoming, and being a girl who grew up on a ranch in  Colorado myself can identify with him. I also had a real cowboy as my mentor to all things with horses, I know these cowboys do exist, at least in the remote country areas. He just happens to fall in love with a vampire.

So give this a try if you like vampires or paranormal romances in general. 

This is first rate writing for sure. You won’t be sorry

5 out of 5 stars for me.

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

Cover review: Amazing covers, for all 3 (these new ones) it fits the books well. I like them alot. 5 out of 5 stars for the covers for them all.

You can read my review for book 2, here.

This review is also at Goodreads and Amazon (likes are always welcome)

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