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Diana Rowland
« on: June 25, 2009, 09:34:36 am »
Diana Rowland has just come out with Mark of the Demon which is a combination of police procedural and urban fantasy. Kara Gillian is a brand new homicide detective in a small town in Louisiana. She's also a demon summoner, which causes her to be somewhat reclusive in this world where the paranormal is not out in the open. She's finally got the chance to see the actual case files of a serial killer nicknamed "The Symbol Man", who killed around 10 people and left seemingly arcane symbols on their bodies. He'd stopped three years ago, but has just resurfaced. As the one most recently familiar with his files, Kara is made lead on the case. The rest of the story is the mystery of Kara trying to discover the identity of the killer, her interactions with other police officers, the FBI representative, and oh yeah, the very powerful demon she accidentally summoned. Who's the bad guy? Is there a romantic lead? How did Kara screw up the summoning? Is there a plot for world domination and if so, who's in on it? And how does she stop it? Good stuff.

Here's L.E. Modesitt's blurb:
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“Mark of the Demon is a fascinating mixture of a hard-boiled police procedural and gritty yet other-worldly urban fantasy. Diana Rowland’s professional background as a both street cop and forensic assistant not only shows through but gives the book a realism sadly lacking in all too many urban fantasy “crime” novels.”—L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

As he says, one of the really cool things about Rowland is her list of previous occupations that make her perfect for writing this kind of book. This is from her website:

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She has worked as a bartender, a blackjack dealer, a pit boss, a street cop, a detective, a computer forensics specialist, a crime scene investigator, and a morgue assistant, which means that she's seen more than her share of what humans can do to each other and to themselves. She won the marksmanship award in her Police Academy class, has a black belt in Hapkido, has handled numerous dead bodies in various states of decomposition, and can't rollerblade to save her life.

Bitten by Books has an interview with her here and here's her website.
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Re: Diana Rowland
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2009, 08:11:14 am »
I've been thinking about buying this book but have been hesitating with the decision. I might get it. It does sound good.

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Re: Diana Rowland
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2009, 08:19:18 am »
I liked this book. Slow beginning but it picked up and left me wanting to read the next book which comes out in Febuary 2010. I have a feeling the next book will be even better.

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Re: Diana Rowland
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2009, 11:49:19 am »
I liked this book. Slow beginning but it picked up and left me wanting to read the next book which comes out in Febuary 2010. I have a feeling the next book will be even better.

That sums it up for me too. I guesses one of the twists btu the others completely surprised me.
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« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2009, 11:59:58 am »

That sums it up for me too. I guesses one of the twists btu the others completely surprised me.

I had a feeling it was the Chief but wasnt sure. The preacher through me off. I wouldnt mind visiting the demon world again and the Lord Demon - whew - scary hot!

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Re: Diana Rowland
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2010, 02:49:00 am »
Read Blood of the Demon. I pulled an all nighter...again. *Must have more coffee.*

I'm firmly in Team Ryan though the whole mind altering telepathy dissuaded me for a while, but I don't like the alternative. I wanted to shout at Kara..."What are you doing?" Rhyzkahl freaks me out, you get nothing for free from him.


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Re: Diana Rowland
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2010, 12:41:44 pm »
I just downloaded this on my Kindle and will be trying to get to it tonight!
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Re: Diana Rowland
« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2010, 09:44:43 am »
Finished Blood of the Demon. Liked it alot. And I'm intrigued by many of the characters. It's very obvious that there's something MORE to Ryan than I think even he knows... but don't you get the feeling that there's something MORE about Zack, too? And I kind of think that Zack KNOWS what it is. He's just not sharing. Lots of things make me suspicious about this, but the fact that she has mentioned a couple of times that he looks 16 but he's been partners with Ryan for "years" seems a bit ... off. The one draw-back of the book, IMHO, was the constantly recurring rut that Ryan and Kara got into: Ryan would fly off the handle, get mad, yell, storm off, they'd not talk for a day or two, then he'd come back and apologize and Kara would feel better about it. I'm very much hoping that this pattern gets broken in the next book!!

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« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2010, 03:21:21 pm »
I loved "Blood of the Demon". It was very well done. Kate, I completely agree about Zach, I'm curious to see where Rowland goes with that.
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« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2010, 08:38:55 pm »
I loved "Blood of the Demon". It was very well done. Kate, I completely agree about Zach, I'm curious to see where Rowland goes with that.
Did you agree on the pattern between Ryan and Kara or am I just being cranky?  9)

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« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2010, 09:09:39 pm »
Kate, I hadn't noticed it until you pointed it out. We know that Kara has little experienve with men; we can hope that things improve :)
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Re: Diana Rowland
« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2010, 08:48:49 am »
I have to say that I'm not feeling Ryan as a romantic hero. I think part of my problem is that because we only know what Kara knows about him. I'm not really invested in him as a character. I hope that Rowland fleshes him out more soon. I'm sure she has plans to do so after reading the ending of the last book :)
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Re: Diana Rowland
« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2010, 07:54:07 am »


You'll never guess the artist. :D

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Re: Diana Rowland
« Reply #13 on: July 22, 2010, 09:25:03 am »
I know! I know!  bOuNcY bOuNcY But only b/c I read it somewhere else :)

Daniel Dos Santos. They said you can always tell his characters b/c their skin is always glowing/luminescent. I have to agree.
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Re: Diana Rowland
« Reply #14 on: July 23, 2010, 11:05:20 pm »
How gorgeous!  :-LOVE

Kate- I totally agree with all your spoiler marked comments!

I do find the anger/pouting/ignore it happened pattern annoying, but both Kara and Ryan have so many personal issues that I can see why it happens. I do hope that gets resolved in the next book! 

I've been wondering if Zach is a demon somehow, maybe not, but he's definitely not straight human and he knows exactly what Ryan is... I think he is protecting Ryan until he figures it out himself and my big question is this: who hired Zach to keep Ryan safe?

My other question: What does Rhyzkahl see in Kara that makes him want her so badly? Is she a some sort of super summoner? And the way she used the power of the river, is that normal? What changes are we expecting to see in her since she went to the demon land? She seems more confident in her dealings with Rhyzkahl but a few more things make me wonder. Carl is so open with her now, he's almost flirting with her, yet he's always been rather aloof. The judge was flirting with her (yes, he flirts with lots of girls, but I got the impression that it was the big boob bombshells that caught his attention, not girls like Kara), there are many other little things that are different and it makes me wonder exactly how her visit to the demon's world is changing her. Is her ability to use power from sources other than the moon (like the river) also a change? Another thing... she was missing for two weeks???  What happened? I can't wait until she has a chat with her aunt about what happened in this book.
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