Cover Art Credit: Lynn Sopsito
Chip Davis is a hard nut to crack (unintentional pun), I initially discovered his work through Indie Authors & Book Blogs‘ Confession Thursdays on Facebook. I found Chip’s playful cynicism to be humorous and sometimes helpful; and the way he way he wrote peaked my curiosity.
I went on a hunch and contacted Chip to see if he was an author, or to otherwise let him know that he never failed to make me laugh. As it turned out, he was indeed an author. I read his debut work; Trail of the Raven, Haiti. I was absolutely blown away by this book and all of it’s hidden truths. I don’t think that I can ever forget Jack’s story. I never expected such seriousness or to be so impassioned by an author who is great at cracking wise. Chip Davis’ Trail of the Rave is a story I have shared with every single person I know. And they have loved it so much that they have shared it. My children will read this story. Actually, I just bought my eldest daughter her very own copy to read and discuss with me.
Naturally, when I found out that a second work, a silly one, was in the making I knew that I had to read it. And when the premise of the story was shared on social media (Facebook), and Chip had mentioned something about killing off his friends list, I volunteered… naturally.
Squirrel Bait in all of its silliness is exactly what I expected. The reprieve I craved when I initially contacted the author. True to his form Chip did happen to sneak a lesson or two in there; # 1 DO NOT hurt Tonya’s books, and #2 …. Well, you will have to read it to find out.
One of my favorite quotes included a selfless promotional plug; one that only Chip Davis could pull off. “Trail of the Raven, Haiti is my favorite! You’re going to love this book so much.” The manner in which this context was delivered was even funnier, because all of the books are Tonya’s favorite. And Mrs. Addison always replies to her proclamation in the same manner, somewhere exactly along the lines of
“They are all your favorite, dear.”
My other favorite part is where the character of my namesake dies.You will absolutely have to read the book to find out how I go.
Morbid, I know.
I can’t wait for more of Chip’s writing whether it be from his Dollar Dreadful collection, or his Raven Trail Series… or his Poe-A-Tree, blog writings, or (IABB) Confessions comments.
Trail of the Raven, Haiti was a Book Banshee 2015 Top 12 Read!