I am so very excited to have the next installment of this series here with me today!!! I love this series, mainly because of the werewolf part but otherwise because it’s a very cool male perspective that sometimes gets forgotten about! Now, let me show you some goodies!!
A father’s love doesn’t bend, so what happens when it breaks?
Corruption, dark truths, and a new Alpha mean Leon Gray’s days of running without a pack are over. At least, that’s what everyone but him believes.
He’d rather be helping his teenage daughter navigate the landmine life of a full werewolf, finish out his servitude as bodyguard to a former Demos City reporter and, in all honesty, not be taken advantage of by a beautiful woman who really only wants him for his body—figuratively and metaphorically.
Of course, the only way any of that might happen is if he’s dead. That’s likely given the information the reporter has unearthed and the territorial battles already underway between packs. If only Demos City’s corruption didn’t have such deep roots—older than the bones of the city or any of the werewolves who’ve decided to claim it. A city can only take so many power hungry mongrels invading it at one time, and Leon can only take so much knowing his daughter lives within its boundaries.
War has come to Demos City.
It’s up to Leon to fix … what’s most important to him.
QUOTES FROM PRESS RELEASE
“The uniqueness in the Demos City stories is that the supernatural and humans know of one another,” says J. Taylor Publishing. “It’s just part of life in Demos City, but what happens when one infringes on the other or turf wars impede progress? Therein lies the fundamental problems with a society that knows about supernaturals and Jonathan is poised to tell the story for many books to come.”
“Mixing the supernatural and human populations is fertile ground to tell some stories with social commentary woven into them,” says Jonathan. “I didn’t want to write a story about werewolves doing ‘werewolf’ things and this was the perfect way in my mind. These characters are people with problems that mirror those in the real world today, or at least as close as I can get them.”
Like Crossroads, the first in the Demos City series, Bullet centers around Leon Gray, a werewolf who used to work as a bouncer in a bar, and now acts in a capacity most readers expect of a werewolf—a body guard. It’s not that role that gets him in the most trouble though, who he’s protecting and why are the key in this second book.
“What are werewolves? Animals or people? Why do we believe the answer that pops into our head?” asks J. Taylor Publishing. “Readers expect certain things from characters and supernaturals specifically because they’ve been taught with other books to believe ‘x’ when in the Demos City case, Jonathan totally turns those preconceived notions on the head.”
“Unless there’s girl superhero meets socially awkward boy type romance in a supernatural book today, it’s tough to make people read the first page,” says Jonathan. “Hell, the success of that plot arc alone built an entire sub genre. Those preconceived notions keep many authors from getting books in print, and it’s one of the reasons I’m so invested in the Demos City series. We need new stories, new characters that readers can invest in. Isn’t it time we moved forward a bit?”
I love this series! I love that Leon reminds me so much of Harry Dresden, not in personality or magic, but in flaws. He’s not perfect and he’s ok with that, but he’s going to keep trying. He’s not giving up. He’s loyal and stubborn and crazy, and protective, and fierce, and a wolf and a dad!! He also has morals, sometimes, lol, but he wants to do the right thing and he takes that seriously. I also love that Leon really doesn’t want to be part of the whole pack thing, he’s cool with his kid, and him. He hates all the politics, and now Shauna is also caught up in some things and it’s getting wild!
The wolves are closing in, all over stupid things, and there’s so many that you just aren’t sure who’s a good guy and who’s a bad guy! And with Shauna learning her own way, meeting her grandma, Hastings trying to help, and Leon stuck right in the middle of the chaos! It’s a wild ride here!
The writing is so gritty, and I love it. I loved that you are learning more about those we met in the first book, as well as meeting new people. I like that there is always this mysterious feel to things going on. I like the supernatural awareness as well. It’s perfect Urban Fantasy, which I love that it’s not all about romance but has werewolves. It’s my perfect series! 🙂 I can’t wait for more! Mr. Lister, hurry!! LOL 5 MAJORLY AWESOME WOLFY PAWS!!
Hello Mr Lister and Mr Leon! I appreciate you taking the time to hang out with us today! I’ve tried to leave the questions spoiler free, which is kinda hard, for those who haven’t read the books yet! You can skip anything you don’t want to answer or feel free to change the question to give a better answer!
1. What’s the first thing that pops into your head you think about your daughter?
Leon: Johnny, is this lady serious? What hell kind of question is−
JL: Hey, we agreed no topic is off limits. Too late to back out now.
Leon: Well, Shauna would hate my answer one way or the other, but it’s probably homework. School is important, right? Not that she’s been able to do much of it lately. I’m always tripping over textbooks in the apartment or finding some half-written page of notes stuffed into the couch.
2. How about what pops in there when I say Hastings’s name?
Leon: Getting the greatest hits tour out of the way first huh? All right. Davey is a good man underneath the layers of New England stodginess. He wants to do the right thing, and at the end of the day I can stand behind a man who’s intentions are true to his own cause. Bit of an uppity bastard though, but he already knows that.
3. Tell me about being a werewolf? Anything totally cool about it?
JL: This might be the hardest question Leon’s ever had to answer (laughs) Leon Gray, undone by an interview
Leon: Give me some credit, Johnny. It’s my first time! All right, let’s see: being a werewolf. What’s cool? Steak. What I mean is I never overcook a steak. The ol’ nose can sniff out the meat, tell the difference between rare, medium rare and all the way up. Want to find a grilling champion? Best call a wolf.
4. Or what about the not so cool parts?
Leon: Hard to nail that one down to just a few things (chuckles). It’s the damn pack mentality and the stereotyping. Actually, you want to know the really bad part? Not getting your clothes off before the change hits. Happens to young wolves all the time. Wardrobe bill skyrockets until they can get themselves under control.
5. Tell me something about you, not relating to being a wolf or your daughter, just something interesting about you 🙂
JL: Oh man…
Leon: HA! Sorry, lady. No deep insights on this one. I leave that whole mess to J.L. over here and he’s pretty tightlipped with the information.
6. How’s it being both a werewolf and a father? I’m pretty sure it’s complicated.
Leon: no more complicated than teaching your kid anything about where you come from. It’s a heritage thing, except your past probably doesn’t come with its own set of teeth and claws. I can’t turn the wolf part of me off. None of us can, y’know?
7. Tell me how you handle juggling everything?
Leon: See, that’s the thing. I’m not so sure I’m juggling everything. Davey has his own thing going on, Poole is out of my hands for the moment and Backlund has a damn army of wolves closing in on the city. If anyone has that all in their pocket, I’m more than interested in hearing how.
8. Without being too spoilery, tell me what we should expect to come?
JL: That’s a tough one. I might know more about this than the big guy.
Leon: You know he’s not going to say a damn thing! (laughs) Well, we can probably expect the situation to escalate. Hastings is stuck and he isn’t getting unstuck until we come up with some hard evidence against the bad guys. By the time Backlund is done with Demos City, I’m worried there might not be much of it left in terms of recognizable pieces.
Boxers or Briefs? LOL yep, right to that one 😉
Boxers. Who the hell still wears briefs out there? Europeans probably.
Coffee or tea?
Coffee. Always coffee.
Coke, sprite, dr. pepper, other? What’s your favorite drink…
Y’know I don’t do any of the fizzy stuff. Just some ice tea is fine for me. Used to head straight for the bourbon in years past, but not since my girl was born.
Mountains or beach?
Mountains. Beaches get crowded as all hell.
Winter or summer?
Summer, even if it seems like a long time since it’s been around.
Vampire or werewolf? LOL or maybe Zombies? I have a feeling you’ll be biased here J No scratch that, of course you will chose werewolf HA!!
Vampires and zombies just flat out don’t exist. I hear plenty of rumors, but I’ve never seen anything with my own two eyes. If they, vampires, do exist, they’re running Wal-Mart. That’s all I know for certain.
Cold or hot?
Wolves run hot, three degrees higher than humans. We like the heat.
Black. Wait, that’s not a color. Whatever, I’m standing by it.
Night or day?
More of a night person thanks to my bar bouncing days. Switched up my internal clock and now I get more done in the evening than in the morning.
Moonlight or sunlight?
Sunlight. Keeps my skin from feeling like it’s paper thin.
Steak, seafood, burger, or pizza?
There is something to be said for cold pizza in the morning after a long ass night. Not saying it’s the breakfast of champions or anything but it gets the job done.
Hmm, I’m always looking for a hot werewolf date, know anyone in mind for me? I’m from South Louisiana and boy can I cook LOL!!
HA! Darlin, if I see anyone, I’ll be sure to send ’em your way. Word of warning, though. Wolves and humans can get messy, and I mean the human is usually the one who ends up a mess.
I won’t be a mess if I keep my wolf fed 🙂 LOL Thanks so much to both you for coming hang out with us!!! I can’t wait to do it again!
Jonathan Lister is a full-time writer with work appearing in outlets of USA Today, The Houston Chronicle and many others. A graduate of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, he’s waited an unspeakable amount of tables en route to having the career he wants, and the ability to the tell stories he loves. Bullet, a Demos City Novel is Jonathan’s second book-length work of fiction. He currently lives in the Philadelphia area and continues to drink too much coffee.
I hope you guys check this series out! I love it and can’t wait for more! 🙂 Happy reading and later gators!