Posts Tagged With: S.J. Himes

Mastering the Flames by S.J. Himes: Exclusive Excerpt!

Blogger_Exclusive Excerpt

Exclusive Excerpt from Mastering the Flames

by S.J. Himes

Angel paused, looking out over the crowd. Simeon bent down and spoke in his ear, the music drowning out their quiet words. Isaac put his hands in his jacket pockets and tried to look perfectly normal. A hint of alcohol hit his nose as a server walked by with a tray of drinks, and his stomach clenched. He breathed out, letting his eyes blur, and he kept his breathing slow and steady until his stomach settled. He blinked after a minute or so, and scowled at Angel, who was glaring at him with arms crossed while Eroch was pretending to be interested in the recessed lighting overhead.

“I’m fine,”he blurted out, regretting how defensive he sounded, but it was too late. He sounded anything but fine, even to his own ears, but he refused to be sent home like a child or an invalid.

“You look like you’re gonna puke,”Angel declared, doubting just how fine he was, and Isaac huffed out a breath in annoyance. His brother was a second away from dragging him out of the club. The potential embarrassment from that possibility just aggravated him and made the defensiveness increase.

“I will if you keep harping on me about this,”Isaac snapped back, and went to stride past Angel. A hand grabbed his elbow, and he jerked to a halt, swearing. “Dammit, Angie.”

Angel narrowed his eyes and Isaac got hot under his collar but held himself back from saying anything. Simeon made himself scarce, and Eroch gave a quiet chirp. Angel was biting back something angry, but all he said was “Don’t leave without telling me, and don’t go anywhere alone. We’re looking for signs of magic being cast inside the club. A vampire can’t get taken without magic or being overpowered, so look for signs of a struggle or spells used to incapacitate.”

“I got it the first time you explained this in the limo,”Isaac said, and jerked himself out of Angel’s grip. “I can handle this, so let me.”

He didn’t wait for a reply and walked away from his brother.

Continue reading

Categories: Book Promo, Giveaways, LGBT, Published in 2019 | Tags: , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Mastering the Flames by S.J. Himes

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: Mastering the Flames
Author: S.J. Himes
Series: The Beacon Hill Sorcerer #4
Heroes: Isaac & Constantine
Genre: M/M Urban Fantasy
Length: 394 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: October 4, 2019
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: The fourth book in the hit urban fantasy series shifts focus to the remaining Salvatore brother in this slow burn romance…

*
Guilt-ridden after the massacre of his family, Isaac Salvatore turned to binge drinking to escape the pain. Now twenty-four years old, Isaac is a recovering alcoholic woefully out of practice in the magical arts, leaving his fire affinity hanging on the edge of disaster. After a month of rehab, he returns to Beacon Hill and his family, determined to remain sober, learn to control his magic, and figure out a plan for his life that doesn’t involve drinking.

Constantine Batiste is the oldest, most powerful vampire in the city. Born in ancient Gaul, the bastard son of a Celtic king, his long life has been shrouded in tragedy and horrors. Recent mistakes have left him wary and determined to guard his clan from all foes. When two of his clan members fall victim to an ancient evil, he summons the Necromancer of Boston for aid. Accompanying his older brother to the Tower is the handsome young fire mage once wounded by Constantine’s arrogance, and their encounter reignites an attraction that burns within both Constantine and Isaac.

The answer to who is targeting the vampires of Boston is buried in the dark, early days of Constantine’s transition to an immortal life. Isaac finds himself saddled with a painful insight into the evil cutting a swath through the supernatural population of Boston. While his brother, Angel, takes over the hunt to find and stop the threat to the city, Isaac struggles to find a balance between helping his brother and finding his own purpose and place in the world, free from his brother’s shadow.

Falling in love wasn’t part of his plan, but mastering the flames that burn between him and Constantine soon becomes the most important thing in his life, even as an ancient evil seeks to destroy them.

Mastering the Flames is the fourth book in The Beacon Hill Sorcerer series and is not a standalone. The series should be read in order for maximum enjoyment and understanding of the plot and characters. The Content Advisory is on the Copyright Page and can be seen by downloading a sample or using the Look Inside feature. 130k words.
Continue reading

Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2019 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Honorary Blogger SJ Himes: The Necromancer of Beacon Hill + Excerpt & Giveaway!

Honorary_Blogger_Post

The Necromancer of Beacon Hill

by SJ Himes

Beacon Hill is a 105-acre neighborhood in Boston that is one of the oldest continually-inhabited areas in the United States. Steeped in history and covered in steep cobblestone streets, narrow brick alleys lined with ivy, Federal-style and Victorian era brownstones, and proximity to the famous Commons, Beacon Hill is a tony part of the city that draws the imagination and heart.

It is the perfect place for a necromancer and his eclectic family to call home.

Angel Salvatore is a necromancer, a sorcerer with an affinity for death magics, the dead and dying, and the means and ways of death. His affinity is rare, so seldom seen that more myths and legends circulate the world than fact and truth. Angel is a juxtaposition of over the top power and a strict moral code that doesn’t necessarily align with that of the government. He will do the right thing even if it is against the law. He will break all the rules if it means saving lives.

In a town that helped birth a revolution, it is the perfect place for a rebel to live.

Once upon a time, the Blood Wars raged across Boston. A blood feud that involved several magical clans and held Boston in its grip for centuries, the Blood Wars ended when a then 20yr old Angel cast a spell so devastating it decimated an undead army. With his enemies dead, incarcerated, or on the run, the Salvatores claimed victory, but at such a cost that it was hollow. The Salvatore Massacre claimed the lives of Angel’s entire family save for his little brother, Isaac.

After the Massacre, Angel shuttered the ancestral Salvatore home, and took his little brother with him to Beacon Hill. There they blended as best they could into the heavy practitioner population, and they tried to find some semblance of a new life.

Things didn’t go quite to plan, and ten years later sees the beginning of The Necromancer’s Dance. Angel meets a vampire, a 400-year-old Elder of Boston’s only bloodclan. Irish, sexy, and lethal in a suit, Simeon complements Angel in way that is unexpected and powerful.

Hijinks ensue, and two books later finds us at the threshold of The Necromancer’s Reckoning. Angel’s choices and actions have led to a place of reckoning, and the world is watching. Angel can either let his world be torn apart, or he can stand and fight.

What better place to fight against a corrupt government than Beacon Hill and Boston? The city knows down to its bones the rallying cry of rebellion, the ghosts of conflicts past sleeping and waiting. A necromancer lives in one of the most haunted cities on earth, and Angel has never backed down from a fight.

Continue reading

Categories: Book Promo, Excerpts, Giveaways, Honorary Blogger Post, LGBT, Published in 2018 | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: The Necromancer’s Reckoning by S.J. Himes

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: The Necromancer’s Reckoning
Author: S.J. Himes
Series: The Beacon Hill Sorcerer #3
Heroes: Angel & Simeon
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 302 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: May 27, 2018
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Every action has consequences.

For a decade, Angel Salvatore has been the most powerful sorcerer and only necromancer in all the Northeast. Never one to ask permission nor apologies, he has acted with near impunity for years.
Until now.

The High Council of Sorcery has come to Boston, and Angel is their target. Charged with numerous violations of practitioner laws, his freedom and family are placed in jeopardy.

If found guilty, Angel’s apprentice Daniel will be imprisoned to serve out the remaining years of his apprenticeship. Isaac, his brother, is too vulnerable to be left unguarded, and Angel fears for his sanity and health. And Simeon, Elder vampire and Angel’s mate, refuses to see Angel convicted under the laws of the Council and his actions to keep Angel free threaten to start a war that could destroy their world. And Angel faces the severest of punishments—the castration of his gifts.

The Council has never cared for the people of Boston, and Angel doubts their motives. They have come for some insidious reason, and it has nothing to do with upholding the law and everything to do with Angel.

Dealing with an impending trial, a wayward ghost, and a graverobbing ring of thieves leaves Angel on the edge. He thinks he may have a handle on things until violence erupts across the city, and a stranger comes to town…a stranger with his own dark powers of necromancy.
Continue reading

Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2018 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: The Solstice Prince by S.J. Himes

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: The Solstice Prince
Author: S.J. Himes
Series: Realms of Love #1
Heroes: Jaime & Maxim
Genre: M/M Fantasy
Length: 173 pages
Publisher: Self-published
Release Date: November 24, 2017
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Rescued from slavers, healer novice Jaime Buchanan finds himself alone and free in Pyrderi, a kingdom of magic, mythical creatures, and a culture as open and kind as his homeland was cruel and close-minded.

Despite his rescue, Jaime is not left without scars, both mental and physical. Traumatized by his experience and hiding his gift, Jaime struggles to earn his place in the kitchens of Angharad Palace, the heart of Taliesin City. His former life as a student of the healing arts leaves him at a disadvantage in the kitchens, and his damaged state is becoming more apparent by the day.

One day, when necessity and fate intervene, Jaime meets someone unexpected—Prince Maxim, youngest son of the Pyrderian king, a sword master and a devastatingly kind man. Unaccustomed to powerful people with compassion and heart, Jaime flees. A cascade of events reveals Jaime’s hidden talents of healing, and he finds himself not in chains, but at the beginning of a new life.

This swift change of fortune opens Jaime up to new possibilities, including a smitten prince who cautiously courts Jaime, easing him away from his fears and reminding him that compassion and love can make him strong. The winter solstice is quickly approaching, and Prince Maxim shows Jaime the enjoyment and excitement to be found in a land that embraces the ice and cold, and the mysteries of all things magical. He learns to see the man under the royal mantle, and Maxim is more than even Jaime suspected.

The winter solstice is nigh when tragedy strikes, and Jaime learns that his past of grief and sorrow can be a pillar of strength for his solstice prince. If there is one thing that Jaime believes above all else, it is in the healing power of love.
Continue reading

Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2017 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment