I was lucky enough to snag an advance copy of Overkill by Lou Wilham. This is the first book in the Hunters of Ironport series, interconnected with the Witches of Moondale series. Wilham is a new author to me, though I’ve seen her work in the author-sphere for some time. She does not disappoint! Eric Marcelino is Venator–a protector of humanity whose genes are activated when vampires come to town. Despite his tight-knit group of trainees, witches, and healers, it's a lonely job, and a bloody one. But then he learns that a new crop of vamps is not only visiting Ironport but being sired there. With the Council of Creatures mired in bureaucracy, Eric must trust a new Venator–the sarcastic and way-too-attractive Tony McMahon. Overkill takes the world set up in the Witches series and runs with it. Though this is my first taste of Moondale and Ironport, I was never lost, and enjoyed the callbacks to previous story arcs–I plan to go back and read Lou’s Moondale series as well. The romance between Eric and Tony is complicated, but sweet and honest. I was thrilled to see Wilham did her diligence with Tony’s backstory as a trans man, and can’t wait to see more of him. Filled with action, longing, and found family facing the Big Bad, Overkill gave all the feels of watching Buffy for the first time, but now with characters like me! I adored this world and story and was almost late for work one day because I couldn’t tear myself away. The imperfect, authentic characters of Overkill sink their teeth into you and refuse to let go.
Recommended for readers of urban fantasy who are hungry for something fresh. 5 out of 5 stars.
It's been a long time since I participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) with any degree of dedication. Often it didn't line up with the strict deadlines I imposed on myself, and in more recent years, I've been too burned out to even attempt the challenge of 50,000 words in a single month.
While I still feel like that particular goal is insurmountable, I'm using this year's NaNo challenge as inspiration. I'm not participating in any unofficial capacity, but my goal is to write about five times a week. my project is already at 40K, so I haven't even set a wordcount goal for each session. For now I'm only working on showing up to write more regularly.
To help keep my momentum going, and maybe for a bit of accountability, I'll stop by Patreon to talk about my progress and share favorite (unedited!) scenes or lines from that week.