To Kill a Warlock by HP Mallory Review, Guest post, and a Giveaway! *contest ended*

Details: ebook, depending on form, page count may be different.  Mine was 171 pgs (but I think closer to 300 regular pgs)
Published: July 2010
Reading Level: Adult
Received from: Won in a contest

Description: 
The murder of a dark arts warlock. A shape-shifting, ravenous creature on the loose. A devilishly handsome stranger sent to investigate. Sometimes working law enforcement for the Netherworld is a real bitch. 

Dulcie O’Neil is a fairy. And not the type to frolic in gardens. She’s a Regulator—a law-enforcement agent who monitors the creatures of the Netherworld to keep them from wreaking havoc in the mortal world.  

When a warlock is murdered and Dulcie was the last person to see him alive, she must uncover the truth before she’s either deported back to the Netherworld, or she becomes the next victim. 
Enter Knight Vander, a sinfully attractive investigator sent from the Netherworld to work the case with Dulcie. Between battling her attraction to her self-appointed partner, keeping a sadomasochistic demon in check, and fending off the advances of a sexy and powerful vampire, Dulcie’s got her hands full. 
As the body count increases, Dulcie finds herself battling dark magic, reconnoitering in S&M clubs and suffering the greatest of all betrayals.
My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book!  I have to admit I’m always a little afraid to read Indie Published books, but I’d heard great things about this one.  I went into it thinking I would probably like it okay, but that it would probably be mediocre.  I was wrong!  This was not mediocre.  HP Mallory is as good of a writer as any other Urban Fantasy author I’ve read.  
Her writing was great and her story line and characterizations were fantastic.  She created a main character with a strong personality.  She reminded me a bit of Aisling Grey personality wise, but maybe not quite as annoying.  She was headstrong and stubborn.  
I was a little surprised she was fairy because she seemed very human to me.  But as I read I discovered why.  However she did have magic and it was with fairy dust!  I loved that!
There is one amazing hottie in this story as well.  I think he’s going on my shortlist of favorite hotties, for sure!  
He’s also stubborn, and headstrong, but very kick ass!
 The mystery in the story wasn’t predictable.  It was interesting watching the twists and turns and see where things went.  I couldn’t say that Dulcie was completely unpredictable, she was a headstrong character, so it’s usually pretty easy to see where their decisions will take them.  But that definitely wasn’t a negative to the story.
Things are definitely left open for future books and I really can’t wait to see where things go.  I just hope they go somewhere and we aren’t strung along book after book, that’s a huge downside to other books in this genre I’ve read and it infuriates me enough to stop the series.  
I definitely think that HP Mallory will soon be a well known name for urban fantasy lovers!

I give this book 4/5 moons.


I asked HP Mallory if she’d be interested in doing a brief post about Indie publishing and the decisions in publishing ebooks only.  This is what she had to say:


I’m what you call an indie author which means I’m essentially self published.
I started my writing adventure by going the traditional route of getting an agent with the hopes of
Attracting a big New York publisher but, alas, that didn’t go as planned. Once my
Book (Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble) didn’t sell, my agent lost interest and I was left to my own
Defenses again. So, I continued sending out query letters to all sorts of agents and while I always
Got a decent amount of interest, the agents wanted me to change this or that…Most wanted
to remove the humor in my books because “funny fantasy doesn’t sell—dark fantasy does”.
 After much debating, I reached the conclusion that I couldn’t change my writing—for better or worse. Then I heard about self publishing on Amazon and thought, what the heck, I’ll give it a shot. Well, that was less than three months ago and I haven’t looked back since. I’ve really been surprised and elated by the response to my books and how quickly they’ve taken off. Currently, they are available as e-books but I’m working on releasing the printed versions as well.
The beauty of the ebook world is that indie authors, like myself, can compete with our traditionally published
Counterparts and most people are none the wiser, paying attention to the quality of the story. The beauty of digitalism is the fact that the audience ultimately decides what is good fiction and what isn’t, rather than an agent or a publisher. If the writing is good, it can hold its own…
I have to say, well said!
Thanks so much for sharing that info with us!  And I do have to say that HP Mallory’s writing is good, and it does hold it’s own!  
I’m also glad she stuck with what she believed in and didn’t change her style.  I LOVE funny fantasy and can really handle only so much dark fantasy.
I really look forward to reading more by her!

GIVEAWAY

Now HP Mallory has offered up ebooks of each of her books.
Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble, a Paranormal Romance (Jolie Wilkins Series, Book #1)
Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble, a Paranormal Romance (Jolie Wilkins Series, Book #1)
A self-deprecating witch with the unique ability to reanimate the dead. A dangerously handsome warlock torn between being her boss and her would-be lover. A six hundred year old English vampire with his own agenda; one that includes an appetite for witches. The Underworld in a state of chaos. Let the games begin.

Life isn’t bad for psychic Jolie Wilkins. True, she doesn’t have a love life to speak of, but she has a cute house in the suburbs of Los Angeles, a cat and a quirky best friend.

Enter Rand Balfour, a sinfully attractive warlock who insists she’s a witch and who just might turn her life upside down. Rand hires her to help him solve a mystery regarding the death of his client who also happens to be a ghost. Jolie not only uncovers the cause of the ghost’s demise but, in the process, she brings him back to life!

Word of Jolie’s incredible ability to bring back the dead spreads like wildfire, putting her at the top of the Underworld’s most wanted list. Consequently, she finds herself at the center of a custody battle between a villainous witch, a dangerous but oh-so-sexy vampire, and her warlock boss, Rand. 

To Kill A Warlock, an Urban Fantasy (Dulcie O'Neil Series, Book #1) 
CONTEST CLOSED
This is open Internationally
Must be 17 or Older
Contest open until Oct.15th
There will be two winners. First person drawn gets first choice.
To enter leave a comment about your thoughts of self published books or ebooks.
Do you read them? Do you avoid them?
Will you only read them if you’ve seen favorable reviews first?
Tell me your thoughts!
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Comments

  1. I don’t have a problem with ebooks or self-published as long as the books is good. A good book is a good book no matter what the source.

    ThankS!
    Katie
    bigferret at email dot com

  2. I don’t have a problem with ebooks and self-published either!The thing that makes me pick up a book and read the description in the back is the title and the cover! If I don’t like either or both of these is more than likely I won’t read the particular book!

    vicky.vak8@gmail.com

  3. I’ve purchased a few self-published books from some tumblr writers I follow. I enjoyed their writings there so I felt that it was a safe bet to grab their books as well.

    bunkercomplexATgmailDOTcom

  4. Hi, first of all,thanks for hosting this interview and review. :)

    I have already heard about this book: “To Kill a Warlock” and everything I have heard is good! :)

    I have to admit that I usually prefer printed books, but I have certainly read a fair amount of ebooks, because it is, in my opinion, the same quality of books as the printed ones, but ebooks are also easier to take with you in a flash disk and, of course, less bulky! lol

    I do get influenced sometimes by reviews and trends but ultimately it is up to me to decide if I like a book or not and I like having the choice of deciding for myself, so I usually read books no matter what reviews they have taken.

    Plus, I can understand how difficult must be for all aspiring authors and published authors to get published(or published again) so it is good to support all of them.

    yvantis[at]hotmail[dot]com

  5. I think self-published books are just as good as books published by a company. As long as I like the story idea I’ll give it a try and read it. I’m not a huge fan of e-books, mostly because I already read fanfiction so I don’t really want to be reading everything on the computer. I will read them though. Reviews aren’t necessary to get me to read them, as long as the book’s blurb sounds good, I’ll try it out. :)

    Thanks H.P. for giving away some of your books, and thanks for hosting this giveaway! :D

    Ambur
    ambiepie_6(at)hotmail(dot)com

  6. I’m enjoying this book. I’m nearly done with it so I’m going to be honest to say I did not read your whole review. I don’t want to be swayed by your musical words. But it is honestly great. Geez, Mad Scientist stop tinkering and you’d have the book done by now!!

    However, I do have an award by my blog ready for acceptence. Please stay within the 2 hour thank you limit. LOL

    Mad Scientist.
    madsteampunkery.blog.com

  7. like any books, self-published or not, it helps make my decision if i’ve read good reviews. i’ve heard really good reviews about these series, though – awesome giveaway!

    k_sunshine1977 at yahoo dot com

  8. Ty for the giveaway – these look like great books.

    I don’t avoid self published books and open to reading them, especially if I’ve read good reviews on them.

    Pam S
    pams00 @ aol.com

  9. I agree with everyone else. If a book is good, I don’t care if my dog published it! I have several acquaintances who have self-published books and they are amazing. ::looks around sheepishly:: I”m going to admit that I read fanfiction too and that’s essentially self-published work as well. Sometimes, big house publishers don’t know as much as they think they know.

    And thanks for the giveaway! Both books look fabulous!

  10. I don’t think I have ever read a self-published book before, but I wouldn’t mind! A book is a book! I think it is good that the author is so dedicated as to do all the admin work just to have his/her book out there.

    I read one e-book, and I didn’t like it, as Ashley put it I like to have a hard copy to read. I like the way that I can bring a book everywhere as long as it fits in my purse. and I am not fond of the electronical reader thingy: another machine that you have to plug and charge batteries.

    Please enter me in the contest!

    msbubu26 at gmail dot com

    Thank you

  11. I’ve always read, since before I can remember, and I’ve never been fussy. Typically, even things that other people think are silly I’ll still enjoy. I’ll pretty much read anything :) It’s very rare that I won’t be able to read something, usually it’s because it’s boring rather than anything else.

    Kate1485 at hotmail.com

  12. I always read the description of the book ..and if the plot is interesting…then i read it :)
    Simple as that …it’s a plus for a book to have favorite reviews…but anywhone has an oppinion and we don’t all think the same about that book …Soo …even if it had a great review and the plot is boring..then i won’t read it .And that’s final :)
    I think self published books are great.

    raluk.93@gmail.com

  13. I don’t know much about the self-publishing industry, but I do about e-books! I found them a miracle for modern readers who otherwise would have to wait eons for the book of their preference, now we can have them all at the same time!

    But something I do know about self-publish books is that they are books nonetheless, books people would want to read and they should not be discriminated!

    vicky216n@hotmail.com

  14. There is nothing wrong with self-pubishing or e-books. I prefer print books, but I have read quite a few e-books, too. A book is a book and I love books.
    mom1248(at)att(dot)net

  15. Well, I am quite picky with the books that I read as I have experienced reading books that I felt were a complete waste of time. (Sorry =D) So, as much as possible I read reviews first before reading a certain book.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    khrisocubillo at yahoo dot com

  16. I, personally, prefer ebooks because they are a helluva lot cheaper than actual hard copies and they take up less space. Ebooks also cut out the need to lug around a book when going out so that if you ever do get bored and say, maybe find yourself stuck in a waiting room, you can just pull out your phone or any other compatible handheld device that could contain literally thousands of books for you to choose from. Ebooks are great! Self-published books are pretty great as well, although I wouldn’t give them preference over ebooks or hard copies by previously published authors, unless they came well-recommended.
    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    My e-mail: sarah.setar@gmail.com

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