Kirkus Reviews Wrong Side of the Grave

Butler, Bryna
CreateSpace (264 pp.)
$11.99 paperback, $1.99 e-book
ISBN: 978-1507898079; February 21, 2015


An alien who feeds on vampires is stumped when the recently dead in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, are apparently no
longer dead in Butler’s (Book of the Lost, 2013, etc.) YA supernatural thriller.

Eric Jansen is just your typical teenager and drummer for a rock band. Except, when not in human form, he’s a red-eyed,
centuries-old alien who has spurred the local Mothman legend. His food source on Earth is vampires, allowing him to
work in cooperation with a secret government agency. But he becomes the men in black’s first suspect when bodies at
the funeral home start sitting up, walking, and talking. He and his human bestie, Bridget, initiate their own investigation,
while the city folk crowd the cemetery, convinced that subterranean loved ones will soon awaken. Eric, however, fears
that someone may be on to him when Bridget suddenly disappears. This entertaining novel navigates well-trod ground
with style. The vampires, for instance, seem like typical bloodsuckers but are actually aliens that Eric’s kind has
followed to Earth. Both Eric and Bridget are cynical but charmingly so, and endless alien-related puns never get old, like
Eric’s suggestion that “people who live in invisible spaceships shouldn’t throw stones.” Along with a grand plot and
vibrant characters, including the enigmatic Agent Hisato Ikeda whom Eric thinks might be an alien, Butler delivers a
notable mystery/thriller. Dramatic tension is wielded expertly; Eric and Bridget, for example, distrust a funeral director
and news reporter, who may have their own agendas. Butler dabbles into Eric’s background but doesn’t overdo the
flashbacks. The same is true for aliens in general; readers only glimpse the interior of Eric’s concealed spacecraft (and
hear what can only be presumed is alien profanity: “Slux!”). Romance between Eric and Bridget is wonderfully
understated, as everyone but the couple appears to recognize that they’re more than just friends. Limitless possibilities to
explore their relationship, as well as a lingering unconquered foe, give the next book of the proposed series a smashing
head start.

Butler revives the moribund with his fresh take on aliens, vampires, and the undead.

You can also check out the review on the Kirkus website, here.

YA Indie Carnival: It’s All About the Swag

YA Paranormal bookmark

Just this week, I received brand new bookmarks (left) for the upcoming Mothman Festival in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. I love the beading on the end of the tassel. You can’t tell by the pic, but it sparkles like the whole night sky is jammed in it. Stop by the booth and I’ll show you what I mean. I hear that I’ll be located near the nefarious Mothman statue.

And speaking of bookmarks, this week’s Main Attraction in the YA Indie Carnival is SWAG. Swag can be anything from bookmarks to t-shirts; from refrigerator magnets to jewelry. The author’s (or the marketer’s) imagination is the only limit.

Over the last month, I asked book reviewers about Continue reading “YA Indie Carnival: It’s All About the Swag”

For 11/11/11: Eleven Reasons Readers Will Love Indie Books

On this 11th day, of the 11th month of the 11th year of the century, the YA Indie Carnival presents Top 11 Lists. My list-“Eleven Reasons Readers Will Love Our Books”.

11. Because you can enter Cheri Schmidt’s giveaway until Nov. 20th to win signed copies of The Fateful Trilogy AND have Cheri donate books to your library

10. Because we write about some awesome, kick-butt heroines like Charmian in The Bloodstone Saga, Corinne Driscol of the Chronicles of Corinne, and Keira Ryan in the Midnight Guardian Series

9. Because the greatest love stories are cloaked in danger like in The Ripple Series and Eden Trilogy

8. Because we could all use a little magic in our daily lives: 13 on Halloween, Warriors of the Cross, The Understorey

7. Because in books…nothing is ever as it seems like in The Raven Saga, The Sky People Saga, and Solstice

6. Because who doesn’t like haunting hotties…check out these leading men: Jack in Vampires Rule, Bo in Blood Like Poison, William in Whispering Evil, and Griffin in Griffin Rising

5. Because sometimes we’re in the mood for a good short story like Into the Ruins: An Anthology of New Beginnings or The Glassheart Chronicles

4. Because we find inspiration when the wallflower steps out from the shadows like Liv in Soul Quest

3. Because one word can say it all… RunMissing Breathe

2. Because everyone can use a little (or alot) of romance in their life

1. Because if you are reading this post, you enjoy the FREEDOM of expression. Many men and women bravely fought to secure this freedom for YOU. If you haven’t already done so (or even if you have, it would be nice to do it again), THANK a Veteran!

And check out the rest of the acts at the YA Indie Carnival…

1. Laura A. H. Elliott author of Winnemucca & 13 on Halloween, Book 1 in the Teen Halloween Series 2. Bryna Butler, author Midnight Guardian series
3. Heather Self 4. T. R. Graves, Author of The Warrior Series
5. Suzy Turner, author of The Raven Saga 6. Darby Karchut, author of GRIFFIN RISING
7. Lexus Luke 8. PJ Hoover, Author of SOLSTICE, Blogging at ROOTS IN MYTH
9. Cheri Schmidt, author of the Fateful Trilogy 10. Rachel Coles, author of Into The Ruins, geek mom blog
11. K. C. Blake, author of Vampires Rule and Crushed 12. Patti Larsen, The Hunted series and The Hayle Coven series
13. Courtney Cole, author of The Bloodstone Saga 14. Amy Maurer Jones, Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy
15. Dani Snell’s Refracted Light Reviews 16. Fisher Amelie, author of The Understorey
17. M. Leighton, Blood Like Poison Series, Madly, The Reaping 18. Abbi Glines, author of Breathe and The Vincent Boys
19. Kimberly Kinrade, Bits of You & Pieces of Me, Forbidden Mind 20. Madeline Smoot, Missing, Summer Shorts, and The Girls
21. Cidney Swanson, author of Rippler 22. Nicole Williams, author of Eternal Eden, Falling Eden
23. Gwenn Wright, author of Filter 24. Abbi Glines: Breathe, The Vincent Boys, Existence
25. Be Afraid!

Where to Buy

I’ve received several requests recently for the entire list of places where you can purchase Of Sun & Moon, so here it is. Below are direct links. When looking for it, I’ve found that you can find it much easier by searching for me as the author, Bryna Butler. Apparently there are dozens of books with “sun” and “moon” in the title.

Paperback: Amazon | Barnes & Noble Online | Createspace

eBook: Amazon Kindle | B&N Nook | Apple iBook* | Smashwords | Diesel | Coming soon to Kobo/Borders

Check out Scarlet Kira’s Of Sun & Moon review and her interview with me on Books for the Insomniac.

As always, thank you for your support of independent authors like me.

*Sorry, no direct link, search for it in the iBooks store

My First Review

I received my very first book review today. Once I finished screaming and jumping up and down, I read it.

It was posted on Amazon by a user named Matilda. It was great. She (I assume Matilda is a she) gave it five stars! She also likened my work to Buffy the Vampire Slayer which is absolutely awesome. Joss Whedon is a genius. If you don’t agree, I urge you to listen to his commentary on the TV series DVDs.

My first reviewer did offer some constructive criticism which I’ll keep in mind for the rest of the series. Matilda, if you’re reading this, THANK YOU!! You are my Star Struck Moment #2.