Undeath & Taxes (Fred Book 2) – Drew Hayes ***#Drew-vember AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT***

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Welcome to #Drew-vember here on Textual Love. This month’s Author Spotlight falls on Drew Hayes. We’re going to be having an interview with the Author himself as well as Character Interviews from some of your favorite books as well as reviews of all of his books plus a giveaway or two throughout the month.

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After discovering just how filled with magic, intrigue, and adventure the parahuman world of being an Undead American can be, Fredrick Frankford Fletcher did exactly what was expected–he became a certified parahuman accountant. Myths and legends, as it turns out, are not so great at taking appropriate deductions and keeping their receipts, and Fred is more than happy to return to a life others view as woefully dull, expanding his accounting business to cater to various monsters and their respective financial needs.

Said monsters are, unfortunately, still spectacular at pulling Fred into trouble, though. And despite merely wanting to stick with simple paperwork, Fred once again finds he is going to have to deal with enchanted weaponry, government agents, possessed houses, and one enigmatic dragon’s interest. In the parahuman world, any business can turn deadly, even one as mundane as accounting.

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***I own this book. No review was requested.***

We’re back with Fred and the gang. He and Krystal are still going strong. We get more about Amy and Neil in this. Fred has learned a lot about himself in the first book, he learned that he has what it takes to be a hero, even if it is reluctant. That doesn’t change in this book, only he’s more willing to put himself out there than he was before. In this book, Krystal doesn’t really get him into trouble. Fred does that mostly on his own, but Albert seems to get himself into a pickle as well. But I’d say the biggest pickle comes from Gideon. And I’m pretty sure the tidbits of info that we’ve picked up might be crucial information in the next book, because surely there will be a next book!

I really enjoyed this book, as much as the first one. This is a group of absolute misfits, not one of them are like their stereotypes and that is what makes this book refreshing and delightful. But this book just goes to show that heroes aren’t the obvious choice, but rather in the hard choices that someone makes. Oh and I will say that there is a reference to NPCs in this book! 😀 So, Fred ties to NPCs, as does Super Powereds (if only Hershel and Alex KNEW what the rules were!!!), and NPCs ties to Pears and Perils. 😉 I’m loving this finding the tie-ins with the other books. Just another cool thing to read and see if I can find them all. (I doubt it.)

Mr. Hayes loves taking the stereotype and pulling it on it’s side and then rolling it around and standing it on its head and giving it a few shakes before reshaping it into his own creature of his own design. I love that about his books. And his Fred books are no exception to the rule. So, would I recommend this book, oh yes! You can’t read the first one without continuing on with this one! Fred leads a very exciting life for a boring, socially awkward accountant vampire. 😉


Drew Hayes is an author from Texas who has written several books and found the gumption to publish a few (so far). He graduated from Texas Tech with a B.A. in English, because evidently he’s not familiar with what the term “employable” means. You can read more of his growing work at his website, http://www.drewhayesnovels.com, send him mail and movie offers at Novelistdrew@gmail.com, or just follow his twitter: DrewHayesNovels. Drew has been called one of the most profound, prolific, and talented authors of his generation, but a table full of drunks will say almost anything when offered a round of free shots. Drew feels kind of like a D-bag writing about himself in the third person like this. He does appreciate that you’re still reading, though.

Drew would like to sit down and have a beer with you. Or a cocktail. He’s not here to judge your preferences. Drew is terrible at being serious, and has no real idea what a snippet biography is meant to convey anyway. Drew thinks you are awesome just the way you are. That part, he meant. Drew is off to go high-five random people, because who doesn’t love a good high-five? No one, that’s who.


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