Any Given Doomsday by Lori Handeland
Lori Handeland’s Any Given Doomsday is a fun urban fantasy, following the standard recipe with no real surprises. The voice of her main character, Liz Phoenix, is sharp, breezy and sarcastic. The story moves pretty briskly with only a few slack points, and there is a lot of gorgeous, dreamy, steamy sex.
Liz is a bartender at a cop bar. She used to be a cop herself, but her psychic abilities kept her an outsider and even a figure of suspicion because her “hunches” were too accurate. Those psychic senses are pinging now, though, calling Liz to the home of her foster mother, Ruthie, who she finds bleeding and savaged in her kitchen. Ruthie dies after making a startling pronouncement to Liz.
With this event, Liz’s life changes. Ruthie was a seer, and with her death, Liz has become one. Seers direct Demon Killers — or DKs — on mis... Read More
Lori HandelandAfter years spent as an accountant, photography studio manager, and wastewater treatment pipe saleswoman, Lori Handeland sold her first book in 1993. Her novels have spanned the contemporary, historical and paranormal genres. She lives in Southern Wisconsin with her husband — a contractor — two sons, and a yellow lab named Elwood.
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The Phoenix Chronicles — (2008-2010) Publisher: Elizabeth Phoenix once used her unique skills as a psychic to help in the Milwaukee Police Department’s fight against injustice. But when Liz’s foster mother is found viciously murdered — and Liz is discovered unconscious at the scene — her only memory of the crime comes in the form of terrifying dreams… of creatures more horrific than anything Liz has seen in real life. What do these visions mean? And what in the world do they have to do with her former lover, Jimmy Sanducci? While the police question Jimmy in the murder, Jimmy opens Liz’s eyes to a supernatural war that has raged since the dawn of time in which innocent people are hunted by malevolent beings disguised as humans. Only a chosen few have the ability to fight their evil, and Jimmy believes Liz is among them. Now, with her senses heightened, new feelings are rising within Liz — ones that re-ignite her dangerous attraction to Jimmy. But Jimmy has a secret that will rock Liz to her core — and put the survival of the human race in peril.
Any Given Doomsday by Lori Handeland
Shakespeare Undead — (2010-2012) Publisher: When speaking of William Shakespeare, legends and rumors abound. But what is fiction? And wherein lies the truth? Some say his impressive body of work is too impressive. No single human being could have written all those plays, that multitude of sonnets. Others insist the reality of the historical plays, the pain of the tragedies, the joy of the comedies, the authenticity of characters are all too much for one man. He’d have to be superhuman to produce such genius. Well, here’s the truth: Will was not only one of the greatest writers in the English language, he was also a necromancer. In exchange for a front row seat to history, Will supplied zombie armies. Sure, he’s sorry now. Hey, he’s refused to raise a shuffling, shambling corpse for years. And the talent — which comes only to a necromancer who’s become a vampire — is extremely rare. So why are there so many zombies strolling around London? Will needs to find out. He has help from Katherine Dymond, the famed “Dark Lady” of Sonnets 127-152. Katherine is Will’s one and only love, the woman he can only be near in the dark.Together, Katherine and Will struggle against the reanimated corpses, even as they attempt to discover who has raised them, who is controlling them and what the zombies are after.