It’s been months since John finished his case for the vampire queen Lucia, and as you’ve read in the sample chapters, life has moved on. But in San Diego’s supernatural society, peace is more hypothesis than reality, and John’s newest case will see him once again pulled into a conflict that might just kill him.
Xbox-playing werewolves, wereboar bouncers, fearless little girls, and a much-loved Corolla with a new penis-graffiti paint job. I hope you enjoy reading Blood is Thicker Than Lots of Stuff as much as I did writing it!
So far, advance reviews have been positive, from both new and existing readers alike. People seem genuinely happy to see more of John and his colorful cast of characters!
Here are a few snippets:
“Blood is Thicker Than Lots of Stuff carries Tullbane’s original urban fantasy to new heights – unfortunately for his protagonist, who would much rather maintain (mostly) the position he’s found himself in.”- Reid Edwards, GoodReads
“Brilliantly written, the story has an engaging plot, exciting action-filled scenes, and a witty protagonist with a droll sense of humor.” – Susan Sewell, Readers’ Favorite
“I found myself re-reading various paragraphs and giggling silently to myself as the rest of the house slept many times.” – Sam, GoodReads
“I really enjoyed this book, I love the hero, for once not an Adonis, but someone who is flawed, scruffy and developing a paunch. The type of bloke you’d want to have a beer with, apart from the fact that lots of murder and mayhem goes on around him. There are some nicely imagined characters and scenes. I particularly liked Lord Beel-Kasan, a Demi-god, and Jee Sun, his ward, and the Bitter End, Supernaturals favourite bar. This is the 2nd book in John’s series, but it was easy to get into even without having read the first. A really good urban fantasy, some nice comedic bits, making me laugh out loud at times and & still entertaining with some unexpected twists. I’m already looking forward to the next book.” – Gee W., NetGalley
“…the top-notch action scenes and suspenseful plot twists are worthy of the wait. Smith’s dramatic narration and use of humor in almost every scenario act as the cherry on top.” – Shrabastee Chakraborty, Readers’ Favorite
“I really enjoyed this book! I’ve loved the John Smith series so far. It’s a nice take on the urban fantasy setting, with a protagonist that isn’t insanely strong or with a versatile kit of things to choose from to resolve every situation.” – Whitney, GoodReads
“The story itself I found to be completely unexpected and delightful. Nothing played out how I expected, and the situations John got into had me laughing. The story is fast-paced and never a dull moment. The secondary characters I found to be a source of great entertainment.” – Jacque B., NetGalley
I’m thrilled to see that the humor is landing with advance reviewers! I was also happy to see that three of the reviewers had never read Investigation, Mediation, Vindication but still felt right at home with the series.
As always, I want to include content warnings for potential readers. Nothing I write is rated G, so there’s always something that might trigger a potential reader. I think it’s better to call those things out now than have them sneak up on anyone! This is a general and non-spoilery overview of possibly sensitive material found in the book:
Death, Blood, and Violence
While this is a humorous book, things do get real at certain points. There is both violence and death. The depictions are rarely graphic, but be forewarned.
The book contains sexual situations and suggestive dialogue. And John ends up naked a lot. I play these situations largely for humorous effect, but none of the characters in the book are monks. As one reviewer put it, “John’s up to his usual antics… involuntary nudity, getting beat-up, eating burritos, and not being very successful in the dating department…”
This book’s characters come from many walks of life, and represent different ethnicities, nationalities, races, and sexual orientations. In this day and age, I’d hope that diversity wouldn’t require a content warning, but it is what it is!
If any of the above throws up a red flag for you, please think twice about reading Blood is Thicker Than Lots of Stuff. Check out the sample chapters to see if the book is right for you. My goal with every book is to entertain. I’d rather you not read something that I write than be upset by it.
And now I’m going to unplug and wait for the release day dust to settle. I hope you enjoy the book! If you do, please leave a review! And if you missed the first book’s release last year on account of… you know… the global pandemic, I have good news! The digital format for Investigation, Mediation, Vindication is on sale for $0.99 now through Sunday!
Blood is Thicker Than Lots of Stuff is now available!