Jen’s Monthly Glom- February 2014 plus *Giveaway*

My reading habits are notoriously random.  One week I will decide to read only Urban Fantasy and the next week I will shun that genre.  There will be times where every book I read stinks and times where I love everything and everyone.  One thing that also holds true is my love of the glom.  Merriam-Webster defines glom as: to take or get (something), glom on to:  to grab hold of :  appropriate to oneself.

My gloms almost always revolve around an author.  I find an author that is new to me and I go buy their entire backlist and spend a week or two reading it.  Nothing can stop me until I am fully glutted on that author’s work.  I decided to share my monthly glom will y’all in hopes that:

1) you might find a new to you author like I did and you can glom also
2) you can share your glom habits so I don’t feel so lonely and cray-cray
3) maybe you can steer me towards my next new-to-me author that I will glom on

Spook Squad by Jordan Castillo Price PsyCop series#7

February- Jordan Castillo Price’s PsyCop series

I definitely gravitate towards a series that features the same couple in each book.  I like to follow the same couple and watch them grow and fall hard for each other.  Since I also gravitate towards m/m romance lately I was looking for something similar to Ty/Zane or Jory/Sam, a series that follows a single m/m couple.  I wrote a post at H&H about the best m/m romances and a post at FV  and both places several people stepped in and suggested I try Jordan Castillo-Price.  So I did.

Among the Living by Jordan Castillo Price PsyCop series#1 Among the Living is the first book in Jordan Castillo Price’s PsyCop series.  The series follows Victor Bayne, high level medium, and Jacob Marks his non-psychic boyfriend.  Because there are psychics there is a paranormal aspect to the series.  Among the Living is under 100 pages so it is only a brief introduction to this couple and once I finished it, I went out and bought book 2.  It only took the first book to hook me and there went my whole weekend.  ;)

Vic is a sarcastic narrator.  He is a little bit dark, addicted to certain drugs, cynical about the world and someone you will want to know more about.  He is immediately suspicious about Jacob’s attraction to him as Jacob is the big, handsome cop you will always see on TV because he makes a good face for the department.  Several books into the series you find out more about Jacob’s intentions and feelings towards Vic and the revelations were something I love to see in series featuring the one couple.

One of the best parts of this series is the overall plot arc for the series.  Each book pushes the reader further along and details are slowly revealed about the PsyCop world.  Vic and Jacob’s relationship is a huge bonus for a series that already has great suspense and mystery.

I had a couple of questions about the series so I contacted Ms. Price and she graciously agreed to answer a couple of my questions.

JCP:  Hi Jen, I’m super flattered that PsyCop is your February glom!  My February glom is usually half-priced leftover Valentine candy.

Jen:  The concept of paring up psychic cops and stiffs (non-psychic) cops is pretty cool especially when you consider the high degree of psychic talent Vic has.  Did you have inspiration for the series?

JCP:  I think that fantasy elements are more interesting when they’re contrasted with really mundane elements. For instance, a magic lamp or magic wand is pretty typical and not very intriguing, but a magic electrical outlet immediately fills the mind with questions like, “What does it do? How can you spot one? What could go wrong?”

So I knew if I had a squad of magical cops, that might be interesting (magic being magical and cops being mundane). Then I realized having only half the cops with supernatural ability and the other half completely normal would provide the sort of contrast and friction that makes a story exciting.

Jen: I read the first 5 books at the speed of light, like in a weekend.  Then I realized I only had two more so I took my time with the last two.  Spook Squad ended in a way that seemed like there could be more?  Can you pretty please tell us if there will be more Vic and Jacob?

JCP:  Yes indeed, there will be one more novel in the main PsyCop series, plus I’m also working on a Crash spinoff novel and a collection of PsyCop shorts.

Jen:  Or maybe will we have more from Jacob’s point of view?  He’s a man hunk.  ;)

JCP:  It’s really Vic’s series, but Jacob’s POV is going to appear in at least one of the shorts…I’ve got that partially written. Thank you for the compliment, I’m sure Jacob would preen over it. (I’m sure he’d agree with you too since he’s his own #1 fan!)

Ms. Price has also agreed to give away the first book in her PsyCop series (ebook), Among the Living.  So give us a comment or something and you might win!  Beware though, you will be hooked! Open to all, you have until March 7, to enter. Winner announced soon after.

Comments

  1. Ali Wilde says

    I love Vic’s sense of humour. He probably thinks he doesn’t have one, but whatever it is, he makes me laugh. I also adore Crash. A bad boy with a good heart and he’s as hot as Hell. Anyone who hasn’t read these books, go get ‘em. You won’t be sorry. Grab the Channeling Morpheus and Sweet Oblivion books while you’re there, too. They’re awesome stories.

    • says

      Ahhh, Crash. I am still on the fence with him. Separate from Vic and Jacob, I like him. I was glad they made the decision to go the way they did with him.

  2. Max Who Knits says

    I love how Vic is like a super scary strong medium but lies about it so he won’t end up in a lab somewhere. He knows he could blow the world out of the water but he’s secure enough to not need to do that. I also love his total devotion to Jacob.

  3. says

    I lurve this series. I glommed it as well, back when there were fewer books. I think I spent about 15 hours one weekend reading. :-) I haven’t read the last one yet, it’s like I’m holding off because I know I’ll have to wait. I love that Vic is kind of a neurotic mess, not without good reason of course.

    And Crash novel? Thank the baby jeebus. I know some people can’t stand Crash but he is probably my fave character. (Sorry Vic and Jacob) Can’t wait for the shorts as well.

    Don’t enter me in the draw since I have them all already.

    Have you glommed the Michael and Wild Bill series yet? Another great way to get no housework done. ;-)

    • Ali Wilde says

      I love Crash, too. He’s the type of character I like to write. A Crash novel will be awesome. LOL, I recced the Michael and Wild Bill series as well. I’m not sure whether I loved them or PsyCop more.

  4. Piper says

    I love that Vic is a flawed hero. I love his sarcasm. I love how he’s constantly spilling on himself and has no fashion sense because those traits apply to me also. ;) But most of all I love that he’s socially awkward and often doesn’t know what to say or how to act in certain situations, which reminds me a lot of myself.

  5. JSidelinger says

    I love Vic’s dry wit and his insecurities. He doesn’t realize what a rock star he actually is…you can empathize with him and laugh at something he is thinking or says because it resonates with your own insecurity. There is a scene where he is at an amusement park with Jacob, Jacob’s sister, and nephew – the sister says something like (paraphrasing) you are not the type who I thought Jacob would be with… Vic fixates on it and the humor JCP incorporates into the story is touching and wonderfully funny. I know don’t know how many times I have heard compliments, but will zero in on the one thing that sounds like a negative remark. I get Vic.

  6. says

    I love Vic so much. He’s hilarious with his dry sense of humor. He’s hot and has no clue at all and his gift is something else! He isn’t defined by what he can do but he’s accepted it. I read the entire series without stopping and really got deeper and deeper in with each passing book. Vic is so relatable in personality that I found myself understanding him and falling more in love with the character throughout!

  7. Nadja says

    I love how clueless and awkward Vic can be. He’s not this confident alpha hero, but he could wipe the floor with their kind :-) I love how he grows in each book (in flaws and strengths) and how we learn a little bit more about him and Jacob every time. Last but not least, I simply adore a book series that features the same couple in every book.

    Crash is fun. I enjoy him ogling Vic (maybe because I don’t think Vic will take him up on the offer). I’m looking forward to his book.

    No need to enter me in the give-away :-)

    Nadja

  8. Jordan R. says

    I’d never heard of this series, but with this one post you’ve definitely convinced me I need to read it! Thanks for sharing your gloms, and thanks to the lovely and generous Ms. Price for the giveaway opportunity!

    • Ali Wilde says

      After PsyCop, read the Michael and Wild Bill series as well. Channeling Morpheus and Sweet Oblivion. So so good.

  9. TrishJ says

    After reading this post and all the replies, I am very intrigued. This series sounds like a lot of fun. I love series books, you really.get to know the characters. Got my fingers crossed to win!!

  10. says

    I am exactly like that I did it with the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Matter of Time-Jordy and Sam and the ultimate-Ty and Zane. A friend and fellow writer has urged me to read this series so I ma going to start it! Very excited.

  11. Amy R says

    You recommended Ty/Zane and Jory/Sam to me and I loved both of them so I will be adding these to my wishlist

  12. Urb says

    My favorite series, glommed during grad school! Vic is alternately insightful and completely clueless; he makes me laugh quite often and also cry now and then. This series paranormality is very scary, yet often hilarious. Only a truly fine writer can pull that off! Oh, just go read everything JCP ever wrote. That’s my recommendation.

  13. Jess1 says

    I haven’t read this series yet, and heard that it’s a very good series. Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Sally says

    Victor is real, human, self confident without being arrogant and quite prepared to acknowledge his own flaws. I love him, and a few of the other characters in the series too.

    • Sally says

      Oh, he’s prepared to push well past his own comfort zone to defend others also. That’s lead to tremendous personal growth, well past the wall he constructed firmly to ensure his own concept of personal safety, and that makes him all the more special to me.

  15. sarah b says

    One of the best series.
    Vic is one of the best characters ever created.

    Do tell me there will be more than just one more in this series.

    And don’t include me in the free drawing. I own every single book by this author and in more than one format. So please give the free copy to someone who had not read Jordan Price.

  16. Glenn says

    The characters are real for me. They are so detailed I can almost see and hear them as I read. One thing that strikes me about Vic is the struggle to deal with his ability. At times he’d like to get rid of it permanently. Then he’s pushing himself to the limit to help someone. He’s a remarkable man.

    Crash is one of my favorite characters. His reactions and responses blow me away. I’m always surprised by what Crash has to say. He seems so free and doesn’t seem to filter anything he says. You always know where you stand with Crash.

    I’m so happy Jordan is going to let Crash tell his story. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that Miss Matty is whispering details about Crash in Jordan’s ear as she sleeps. I can hardly wait.

  17. erinf1 says

    I’m intrigued! This is the first I’ve come across this series and I’m definitely interested now :) Thanks for the great spotlight and interview! Congrats to Jordan on the series!

  18. Alesa says

    I have just glommed the first 10 Black Dagger Brotherhood books (Ohhhh Rehvenge). I am desperately trying to hold off Lover at Last until just before The King comes out but Blay and Qhuinn are calling me – loudly!!!! ;)

  19. Rosa says

    I adore how scarred Victor is, but how much of an innocent he is too. I also love his non-confrontational ways after being a rebel, the way he’s so patient and tries to understand the things that are difficult to me as a reader, how he’s so lovable but tries to be so snarky. I love Psycop because there are so many things which are familiar, but explained in such a different and exciting way. I love the plot, the secondary characters, the mundane details and how even the paranormal can be messy when bureaucracy becomes involved. Jordan Castillo Price is a must in everybody’s shelves, in my POV. Also, no need to add me to the free drawing, since I already own the books AND ebooks :) Thanks for the glom!

  20. Tammy says

    PsyCop is one of my favorite series. I’m not sure why I love Vic so much. Maybe it’s his insecurities or maybe it’s his snark. For whatever reason, he grabbed my attention and won’t let go! I’m bummed that the next book is the last novel in the series. Thank goodness Jordan plans on doing some PsyCop short stories. Like most readers I love Crash and can’t wait to read his book.
    Don’t put my name in the contest. I own the books.