Featured Selection: Ransom TX by E.L. DuBois and T.J. DuBois
E. L. DuBois and T. J. DuBois
The devil went down to Texas. Big Mistake.
Yesterday, James “Cowboy” Stone was Ransom’s golden boy, a football god. Today, he’s their savior, a warrior in a destiny he never expected.
The devil got hold of Cowboy’s small West Texas town, and all hell’s broken loose.
His friends have become enemies, and the love of his life…gone.
Death surrounds him, but what must be will be. He’s already lost everything, so now, he’ll do anything necessary to stop the evil.
Cowboy has a job to do or the entire world will pay. He has one night to save humanity. One night to derail the devil’s plans.
In this battle of good versus evil, will the hero prevail or will he pay the ultimate price while the world burns around him?
Whatever happens…in life or in death, there will be hell to pay.
About E.L. DuBois
E.L. DuBois was born and raised in Texas where she still lives today surrounded by her amazing family, and menagerie of fur babies. She loves to travel, has seen many beautiful places, and can not wait to see more. Erica is an avid artist, music lover, and reader.
She is a Southern Belle at heart with a passion for red-soled shoes, a good romance novel, and LV bags. When Erica is not writing she can be found enjoying a beautiful life with her loved ones.
Erica’s personal experiences with domestic violence have made her an advocate, and supporter of great causes facing victims of any harassment or abuse. It is her greatest wish that no one ever has to suffer the traumas she endured and that justice be brought for all those who have.
These experiences have made her appreciate life, laughter, and love. She is a believer in positive attitude, positive actions, and paying it forward. Her motto is “do good things with no expectations, and life has a way of bringing goodness back to you”.
In the end, Beauty and the Princess found their Knight in Shining Armor. They now live happy healthy lives with the support of this wonderful man.
About T.J. DuBois
T.J. DuBois was born and raised in Texas. He is a member of the United States Navy which has enabled him to travel the world and see many beautiful places. He has had two tours of duty and is a Veteran of three wars.
He is happily married to his wife author E.L. DuBois.
The couple enjoys writing projects together and separately. When they are not writing or raising their beautiful daughter
T.J. enjoys listening to live music and is an advocate for local bands. He is also an avid reader and enjoys being outdoors swimming or taking care of the menagerie of furry critters he and his wife have accumulated.
Review by Peter:
Ransom TX is a non-stop fantasy horror adventure that is riveting from the prologue to the last page. With a story of constant action it is difficult to achieve deep characterization yet we need to develop some empathy and connection with the main characters. I felt this novel achieved the balance correctly in a Young Adult Horror Fantasy style, similar to ‘From Dusk to Dawn’ and ‘Supernatural’.
James ‘Cowboy’ Stone has three close college football friends and a girlfriend, Lexi. After an ancient burial ground is excavated and skeletons are removed from their resting place, the impact is massive, as it releases demons from hell who possess those close to Cowboy.
Cowboy is also a unique unsuspecting character that is experiencing a new mind-reading ability and changes of strength and speed beyond anything normal. An old Indian, Joseph, explains the ancestral background to these particular demons that have previously battled on Earth and how they have been restrained for many years. Joseph reveals Cowboy’s destiny and the powers that he’s receiving will seal his fate as a supernatural warrior against evil.
The Texas location is well characterized and I found the history and environment of Native American reservations a very special aspect of the story. Only the Federal law has any legal jurisdiction on Native American reservations and this lends itself naturally as an advantage for the hero to hide and recover from injuries, with protection from his own. The atmosphere created in the environment is wonderfully achieved and the protection they feel towards their community is powerful.
The story is thoroughly entertaining and captures the eternal fight of good versus evil, using teenagers as the focal point where the engagement will be fought. The main characters are all pretty, athletic and smart which conforms to the Young Adult Fantasy expectation but personally, I’d like to see some flaws and deeper characterization. Dialogue is used sparingly in this book but its impact when it is used is quite effective. I feel the author knows the book genre well and hits the mark perfectly.
There is a clever surprise at the end which introduces an intriguing series thread that can be developed in various ways. To be thinking about this so early is a testament to how cleverly this is woven into the story. I’m looking forward to continuing with the series and also learning more about Cowboy and the evil battles he has ahead.