A Note:


I once told myself: IF I am accepted into grad school, this blog would no longer be updated. As it turns out, in April, I received news of my acceptance for the Fall 2013 semester, where I will attain a Master's degree of Science in Nutrition.

Running a blog, as many of you may already know, is a demanding side job once the excitement wears off. And once I fell out of the blogging community's loop (have you SEEN how many blogs there are now? Wow!), it was like the kiss of death. Despite my best efforts, I couldn't get into a blogging routine once this happened due to the disconnect I felt from the community.

So I took a break. I struggled with the loss and with missing my blog. And then I realized I didn't have to run Book Faery to still be a book reviewer; I could read my books and post reviews online. I'm still a book review blogger, just not in the traditional sense.

I'll still be online. You can chat with me on Twitter, where I'll be posting links to my reviews and talking books. I'll also be posting links to nutrition articles. And if you'd like to connect with me where I guarantee I will post reviews, just add me as a friend on Goodreads.

So that's all, folks! It's been a fun and amazing journey, and I thank you all for listening to my thoughts about books. I hope we all can keep in touch elsewhere :)


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

BOTS 2: Justin Gustanis

by Justin Gustanis

My nominee for best sidekick is white witch Libby Chastain from my "Morris & Chastain Investigations" series.

I guess I'm cheating a little. Libby started out as a sidekick, it's true. In the first book in the series, Black Magic Woman, she plays an important but supporting role. I didn't make a conscious decision to give her status a boost for Evil Ways; she just became vitally important to the story -- so much so that after reading the book, my publisher changed the series name from "Quincey Morris Supernatural Investigations" to "Morris and Chastain Investigations.

Libby brings a lot to the table. As a practitioner of "white" magic, she has saved Quincey Morris's butt on several occasions. She has faced off against "black" witches, professional killers, evil wizards, and the very powers of Hell itself.

She also has a quirky sense of humor. At an airport baggage claim, as Quincey hefts Libby's heavy suitcase, he asks, "How do you reconcile your feminist principles with having me carry this beast for you?" Libby just gives him a sweet smile and says "I look upon it as exploiting the oppressor."

Libby is bisexual, but has been quick to point out "that doesn't make me some kind of a skank" -- as, of course, it doesn't. In fact, poor Libby hasn't gotten laid in three books, although it's revealed in one that she and Quincey share a past with a deadly lady named Hannah Widmark. Libby is almost seduced by a incubus (a male sex demon), nearly takes up an invitation to a threeway with an amorous couple, and gives serious consideration to a sexual proposition from a female demon. Maybe in the next book, she'll finally get lucky.

Libby Chastain was once a heck of a sidekick -- and now she's the best partner that a guy like Quincey Morris could have.


One lucky winner will receive the following:

Senator Howard Stark wants to be President of the United States. So does the demon inside him. With the competing candidates dropping out due to scandal, blackmail, and ‘accidental’ death, Stark looks like a good bet to go all the way to the White House. And if he gets there, Hell on Earth will follow.
Occult investigator Quincey Morris and white witch Libby Chastain are determined to stop this evil conspiracy. But between them and Stark stand the dedicated agents of the US Secret Service – as well as the very forces of Hell itself. Quincey and Libby will risk everything to exorcise the demon possessing Stark. If they fail, ‘Hail to the Chief’ will become a funeral march – for all of us.

Stan Markowski is a Detective Sergeant on the Scranton PD's Supernatural Crimes Investigation Unit.

Like the rest of America, Scranton's got an uneasy 'live and let unlive' relationship with the supernatural. But when a vamp puts the bite on an unwilling victim, or some witch casts the wrong kind of spell, that's when they call Markowski. He carries a badge. Also, a crucifix, some wooden stakes, a big vial of holy water, and a 9mm Beretta loaded with silver bullets.

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  1. Heroes would be nothing without their sidekicks, me thinks ;-) !

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  2. Where would the Lone Ranger be without Tonto.

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  4. Were would Batman be without Robin. Even badass superheros need sidekicks , it doesn't make them weaker it makes them stronger.


  5. The sidekicks are always important, they give the hero someone to talk to and bounce ideas off of and they usually provide comic relief as well.

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  6. Sidekicks are definately necessary. Everyone needs that "other" to balance them out.

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  7. I have never heard of the "Morris & Chastain Investigations" series. I will have to check that series out.

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  8. Have been wanting to Read Sympathy for the Devil! Sounds awesome!


  9. Its great that Libby Chastain started as a sidekick and now she is an awesome partner.


  10. I am a pushover for great characters. Some of the greatest are the sidekicks. Frequently they seem to have more freedom to act or speak in memorable ways. (Email in profile.)