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Night Owl Reviews makes Darklands a top pick!

I’m a little late discovering this one, but there’s a great review for Darklands at Night Owl Reviews. The verdict: “Overall, another great installment to a very addictive urban fantasy series!”

Thanks to the reviewers at Night Owl Reviews for reading my series!



Guest post by Axel TODAY at Bitten by Books

Today my blog tour continues at Bitten by Books. Axel, the Creature Comforts bartender, muses on life in a monster bar in the New Combat Zone. Axel doesn’t usually talk much, so come and hear what he has to say.

Plus I’m giving away a $25 gift card to either Amazon, B&N, or The Book Depository (winner’s choice). Click the link below to enter.

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Darklands release day!

Today’s the day! Darklands is now out in the world. If you’re out and about and you see a copy, let me know where you saw it.

I’ve seen some great reviews for Darklands so far. RT Book Reviews had this to say:

Part of what makes the Deadtown novels so compelling is how Holzner employs themes of discrimination and fear. Vicky’s determination and stubbornness are alternately her greatest asset and her most dangerous weakness. Holzner generates complications and tension with grace.

From A Book Obsession:

With each book in the Deadtown series, I only get sucked further in, this installment even more so considering the way things ended. While not a cliffhanger in the strictest sense, a lot of things are left in the balance, leaving me desperate to find out what happens next. Darklands was incredibly action packed, leaving me literally on the edge of my seat. Combine that with the intense emotional moments and Vicky’s character growth, and Darklands made for an incredibly entertaining installment that cannot be missed!

From Bitten by Books:

With each installment, the reader gets treated to a wild ride of exploration as Holzner depicts another alternate plane within her intricate universe. As each of its predecessors in the Deadtown series does, the terrific Darklands strikes an ideal balance between action, introspection, world-building, and character development. Vicky’s family dynamics, despite the paranormal aspects, feel realistic and genuine, and along with new developments in relationships keep the reader invested in how things play out. In each outing, layers of the mythology underpinning the story get revealed, adding richness to the tale. As always, the author’s deft use of humor hits just the right notes, comfortably sharing space with the emotional moments. All urban fantasy lovers should be reading this superb series, and this reviewer will be first in line for book five.

From I Smell Sheep:

This is another home run in the Deadtown series with page turning action, humor, clever world building and a twist at the end I didn’t see coming. Love it when that happens.

From Whatchamacallit Reviews:

All in all I really liked Darklands. I’ve been a fan of the Deadtown series and this is probably my favorite book of the series thus far. I enjoyed the medieval setting of the limbo-limbo-like-underworld, the new characters, and the action and new spins on the story. I can’t wait for the next book, and would have no trouble recommending this one to anyone who likes urban fantasy.

I’m also embarking on my blog tour, with lots of guest posts and giveaways. Check out the schedule here, and enter to win a signed copy of your choice of any book in my series here.

Go get ’em, Vicky!

COVER REVEAL: Are you ready for Vicky’s close-up?

I just got the OK to share the cover for Darklands, which shows Vicky up-close and personal. Over the course of the series, we first sawVicky from the back on the cover of Deadtown, as she clutches her flaming sword and looks out over the city. Then in Hellforged, we saw her profile as she watches to the side. Bloodstone shows her from the front, but at a distance.

Now, for the cover of Darklands, artist Don Sipley (who’s created all the art for the series) moves in close to show Vicky wielding her sword.

So what do you think?

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