New Release and Review: Dead and Kicking by Lisa Emme

So the other day I got a random GoodReads message from someone who noted one of her books on my TBR. She offered me a copy for review and I took it because I’m greedy like that. I started the first few pages and then, being a mom, I was unable to pick it up again for several days. I liked what I read and I wanted to finish, but I wasn’t so far into the story that I was committed. So when I did get back to it…

five star

I read the whole thing in one go, I loved her characters and her story line, I was completely engaged with the big bad werewolf, the Queen of Denial Witch, and I appreciated with my whole heart that I didn’t notice there were any editing issues.

My only complaint was that one plot point came out of left field, but if you are prepared for a complete surprise near the end, then you won’t have the same complaint I did. This is straight up UF and could give Kim Harrison a run for her money. The narrator is witty and fun, her friends are great support characters; the back-up cast ranges from insidiabulous to nerdtastic, and makes me look forward to every book in this series. Gimme more!

I know, I know. It’s release day..sigh…when’s the next one out???



What’s a girl to do when her date is D.O.A?

 Angharad ‘Harry’ Russo is just your ordinary twenty-something, with one exception – she’s a witch with an out of the ordinary gift.  When her blind date goes sideways and she ends up face to face with a dead body, her life starts to go sideways too.

Harry soon finds herself right in the middle of the mayhem, dealing with Cian Nash, a homicide detective that is as aggravating as he is sexy; the biggest, baddest vampire in town; and a parcel of pesky zombies that keep popping up everywhere.  It’s all connected to her date’s unfortunate demise, or is there more to it than meets the eye?

This is the first book in the Harry Russo Diaries.  It is a stand-alone adventure with no cliffhanger.  Intended for a mature audience.

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LisaEmmeAuthor Bio:

Lisa Emme is a Canadian who proudly ends her ABC’s with ‘zed’.  A self-professed book-a-holic, she has spent the last few years trying to stem her book hoarding tendencies by writing her own stories and by avoiding the bargain table at the bookstore like the plague.

A bit of a thrill seeker, Lisa has tried such death defying activities as bungy jumping off a bridge and rappelling down the side of a 17 storey building.  She’s also single-handedly raising a teenager.

Lisa has worked as a veterinary assistant, playground instructor, bank teller, store clerk, waitress, telephone solicitor, research writer for an environmental think tank, computer programmer, and systems analyst.  Her passion however, is writing.  What else is she going to do during the long, cold prairie winter?

Lisa would love to hear from you.  You can find her here:




Sneak Peek!!

…I crept as quietly as I could, but it was pretty much a given that I couldn’t hide from a vampire’s amped up hearing or sense of smell.  When I reached the end of the wall dividing the hall and the kitchen, I started to peek around the corner only to be abruptly grabbed and thrown against the wall.

“Gaak!”  I said.  Hey, you try talking when a six foot goon with the strength of a vampire has his arm cross your windpipe.

Tomas had pinned my knife hand as well as my throat.  He grinned at me smugly.  I could see Salvador lounging unconcerned across the room.  My vision began to blur from the lack of oxygen as I let my knees give out a little, shifting more of my weight onto his arm.  Surprised, he loosened his grip enough that I was able to take a rasping breath.  I quickly brought my knee up to his groin as hard as I could.  It was satisfying to know that whatever he was, he still felt it when he got one in the ‘nads.  Tomas let go of my arm and I slid down the wall.  Unwilling to hope that a shot to the junk was enough to keep him down, I followed through with a quick punch to his throat.  He fell to one knee and I sprang away…


Dead and Kicking – The Harry Russo Diaries, volume 1
By Lisa Emme

Release date: October 2, 2015


Did you get this far, Reader? She hinted her release date for the next one is beginning of January. WOOHOO!!
And remember, I am hosting an audiobook giveaway–go here for more information!!

8 thoughts on “New Release and Review: Dead and Kicking by Lisa Emme

  1. Started this book yesterday, and finished it this morning. I grew up next door to Lisa, so when I started the book, I kept thinking about Lisa writing this book. Soon enough though I found myself in a reading trance that I couldn’t pull myself out of. I got totally lost in the story and loved the characters! My only complaint would be that I have to wait until January for the second book to come out. I highly recommend this book!

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