2016 Standout Award Winner - One Book Two
"This series took me by surprise. I loved the cover and decided, on a whim, to give it a shot. I was blown away. The story was uncovered a little at a time, and if the protagonist knew then the reader knew. What we all didn't know was the intricacies of heavenly/hellish politics. Whole new spin. FABULOUS supernatural whodunnit.
"The Noir and the Supernatural In a Fine Mix of a Book." Bruce J. Blanchard
From the Author
He's a defrocked grim reaper who got kicked out of his order for doing something very bad about 100 years ago. He lives in the human world by driving his essence into the recently deceased and 'occupying' that body until it becomes too damaged or diseased to continue. Then he just finds another body and continues ... so he's kind of a living zombie. Or a necromancer. Or a body snatcher. He's really a tough guy to figure out.
2) Is Immortal Remains a spin-off?
Yes. Tim Reaper first appeared in my book Funeral Pallor, albeit, a very rough around the edges version of the guy in my new book. He helped Valerie Stevens prevent a mini zombie apocalypse and was quite popular with the readers of the book so I decided to write his own novel. Here's his very first appearance from the aforementioned book:
Bain's Eatery is what the Department of Health would call a rat-infested crap hole. Conveniently situated on the bottom floor of the Hotel Cedric, a flophouse whose clientele range from twenty-dollar hookers to paroled derelicts, Bain's is a seedy little place where anyone can go to drown themselves in drink, drugs or a combination of both. To say that it's a rough establishment would be an understatement, because fist fights are considered a courtesy to its patrons, and stabbings are what you do if you don't feel like leaving a tip.
Caroline had changed into her combat fatigues before we left her flat and dragged out a matching pair of brass knuckle-dusters, which she stuffed in her pockets for quick access, because in all likelihood, we'd probably wind up in some kind of a scrap before our meeting with Tim Reaper was over.
3) Is Reaper a detective?
Basically yes. But no. But yes. But maybe. He's been a bounty hunter, a hit man, a fixer. He does odd jobs for money and he has a habit of shooting serial killers because being an elemental, he knows they don't possess a soul so according to Reaper's standards and values, they don't get to live. He's really a lousy detective and that's why he relies on Carol Sparks.
4) Who is Carol Sparks?
She's a Halifax Police Service homicide detective and yes, I was heavy under the influence of Jim Butcher's Murphy when I created her. She's African-Canadian. She's tall where as Murphy is short. She's tough as nails and kicks Reaper's butt all over the place.
Her back story is that she made the mistake of having physical contact with the defrocked death dealer when she arrested him and she witnessed her own death at the hands of a robber who was trying to rip off a convenience store in eight years' time. Naturally that has messed with her head and she's having a great deal of difficulty accepting that Reaper is what he claims to be. By the end of Immortal Remains, she realizes that God and the Devil are real. That terrifying things exist out there in the supernatural realm and it's her job to shoot them in the face with her Glock every chance she gets.
5) Who is the bad guy?
Can't tell you. I will say, however, that angels and demons all have an agenda of their own and can't ever be trusted.
6) What's so great about Tim Reaper, anyway?
He's part gumshoe, part mob enforcer. He is immortal and amoral. He wants very much to be human but won't ever admit it. He drinks and smokes far too much for anyone's good. He's a sexist. He's often a misogynist until Carol Sparks cracks him in the head with a brick. He's a bad guy trying to be good. He's tough as nails. He switches bodies in the book.
He's a bit like Doctor Who in that he literally gets a new face and body when the one he is in gets wrecked. With that in mind, I can make Tim Reaper into anyone. Right now he is a white guy. Next book he might be Asian or a woman or an Asian woman or Latino or Pakistani. I'd like to explore different cultural experiences for my protagonist as he discovers his humanity.
7) Is there a romantic arc?
Yes. But not between Reaper and Carol Sparks. Also, Reaper doesn't understand love. In this book he begins to learn that it's a five alarm fire that can rip your heart in two if you're not careful.
8) Are there world-ending events afoot in Immortal Remains?
Yep. Lots. Plus you get to see an angel fall.
9) How long will Immortal Remains be available at the sweet price of 99¢ for Kindle?
Not long. Better order it now!
10) Should I buy it?
That would be awesome! Thanks!