If Buffy Had Married Riley and Had Three Kids, She’d Be Jess Friedman, or Why I Narrated My Own Audiobook
This post could just as easily be called, “It’s all KM Herkes’ Fault,” because she is the one who told me I should do my own audiobook for my Monster Hunter Mom, Season One collection.
Jess Friedman is a Jewish, suburban mom of three who hunts monsters for the Vatican. She is a part of John Hartness’ Bubba The Monster Hunter world, but she’s the only one who has to get kindergarten snack to school on time and still save the world.
And I, lowly pen monkey that I am, decided not only to tell her story, but to act it out. Gurrrl, what was you thinkin’?
Bubba has a Desert Eagle named Bertha and his bulk to bring the baddies down. Other monster hunters in the series rely on weapons of mass destruction, firepower, and hoard bullets like fast food wrappers, but poor Jess only uses things she can find in the back of her Toyota Sienna mini-van, like baseball bats, and Spray n’ Wash. She does get a really cool magic tomahawk, she’s got that going for her.
But were-gorillas, kitsune, and the odd dark elf don’t really care that she’s chaperoning her son’s field trip. They’re out to get her just the same.
You can order a copy of ‘The Devil’s Been Busy: Monster Hunter M’ from Amazon and you can also read the full article below:
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J.D. Blackrose is the author of the Summoner’s Mark series which includes Demon Kissed, Fae Crossed, Hell Bound, and Samhain’s Bargain, through Bell Bridge Books. She is currently writing three more novels for this series. She’s published The Soul Wars, The Devil’s Been Busy, and the Zombie Cosmetologist novellas through Falstaff Books and is contracted for a new horror novel through Falstaff’s horror imprint, Falstaff Dread, to be out in 2024. She’s published short stories such as “The Space Ark,” in HOZ Journal of Speculative Fiction, “Welcome, Death,” in the Jewish Book of Horror, “Don’t Fool an Earth Witch,” in Mother’s Revenge, “The Book Burning,” in Curiosities, and “Poisoned by Sugar,” in Witches, Warriors, and Wise Women. “The Ghost Train,” was published by Third Flatiron in their Spring 2019 Anthology and Best of 2019 Anthology. Her most recent short stories include “A Sure Bet” in The Valkyries Initiative from CPK Publishing, and “It’s My Nature,” in Never Too Old to Save the World from Outland Entertainment. Under her legal name, Joelle M. Reizes, she co-authored a children’s Hannukah book entitled “Courageous Candles.”
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