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
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 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.