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With a touch of her hand, Octavia Hollows can restore life. Yet, she couldn’t save the man she loved from the horrific accident that stole him from her. Octavia thought she could outrun the pain, but ghosts from the past refuse to be silenced. Out of options, she chooses to retrace her wayward journey across the country in search of answers. Surrounded by baffling mysteries of the undead, what she learns about herself along the way might become her greatest weapon.Las Vegas, Sin City When Octavia visits her old boss to get a few questions answered, she stumbles onto yet another mystery. This time in the form of a charred body and a huge stack of cash. Thinking she is doing a good deed, she wakes the victim to help him seek justice for his death. Instead, she finds herself on the run from a mob hitman, and tempted by a malevolent entity offering her heart’s desire. Is the promise of a wish granted more alluring than the hunt of truth?

109 pages, Kindle Edition

Published March 28, 2019

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Profile Image for Nicci.
670 reviews224 followers
October 22, 2019
This one was shorter than book one, Wake The Dead.

Book two sees Octavia head to Las Vegas where she plunges head first into another supernatural mystery that was less creepy than book one but funnier with a range of whacky and entertaining characters.
It stirs up plenty of questions but doesn't provide any answers as to what happened to Elba yet... I guess on to book three we go!
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3,343 reviews1,015 followers
November 26, 2019
The second story sees Octavia retrace her steps to Las Vegas where she's hoping her old boss might have some answers for her about the man who is stalking her. We get to see Bacon cause chaos on a construction site before Octavia gets herself caught up in a new supernatural case after she reanimates an ex gambler who was burned alive. She's trying to stay under the radar of her Coven, dodge the police and a mob hitman while trying to figure out who is behind the murders so it's probably no surprise that things get a little crazy.

I'm really enjoying getting to know Octavia, she may be on a mission but that never stops her from trying to help others along the way.
Profile Image for Michelle.
525 reviews8 followers
October 8, 2020
Ok, I'm going to be honest, I started book 1 as a joke because of the Facebook ad that popped for me. But these are surprisingly really good. The only downfall is that they are shorter than I would like. But at the same time, she's kind of cutting the BS out of these types of stories ans just keeping a streamline story.

I love Octavia and Bacon 🥰
Profile Image for Niamh Hunter.
81 reviews1 follower
September 25, 2019
Welcome to the world of Octavia Hallows, a spunky woman with a motorcycle, pink hair and a pet pig. Yes, you read that right, pet pig. Oh, did I forget to mention that Octavia is a necromancer and saved her pet pig, Bacon, from being turned into, well, bacon. We follow our young heroine (but please don’t call her that to her face) as she arrives in Las Vegas Nevada to meet up with an old boss, Big Mike. Octavia is still on her journey to find the body and spirit of her lost love Elba, but we’ll get back to that later on.

Upon arriving at the construction site where Big Mike works, three things happen instantly. One, Big Mike tries to put her back to work even though she no longer works for him. Two Bacon is put in the ‘puppy day-care’ tent, where Big Mike’s employees support animals live and of course hilarity and chaos ensue. And third, as always seems to happen with our girl, a body is found.

Octavia reanimates this corpse and finds out his name was Nate and they all adventure together to try and find the killer and stop other people from being killed. As it is with all creative books the killer is never who you think it is. The culprit in this book? Marv the toilet paper eating addict. Now hang on there is more to Marv than meets the eye. He may look like someone who eats toilet paper but in fact he is a genie who grants wishes to those who are addicted to things. Octavia is able to defeat Marv, by wishing that he was free of the genie curse, and offers to pay for an Uber so he can stay somewhere safe, and fight his now very real toilet paper eating addiction.

This paranormal romance is full of fun, giggles and shocks that keep you wanting to read more. Stacey has once again created a world that you just want to dive into headfirst because you know there will be a soft cuddly pig for you to land on.

Can't wait for more.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
Profile Image for Nanette Bradford.
237 reviews20 followers
March 30, 2019
Another great story in the long line of amazing books from Stacy Rourke. She never fails to make you laugh and even cry all at the same time. This was no different. Bacon is my ultimate favorite sidekick, mini aviator wearing hog that you just have to love and Octavia, well, she’s just a bad ass biotch that has a softer side she tries not to show.
This book Is a great quick read. Octavia is still roaming the countries trying to find out what happened to her love Elba and happens upon a fried up guy she just needs to know what happened to. Knowing Octavia she resurrects him in Octavia like fashion, and the antics go on from there. It’s hard to go on, as to not mention any spoilers, but I loved this book. I love Octavia’s spirit. I was right there with her as she jumped on her bike speeding away from bullets flying in the air. I was captivated at the end of her last moments with Nate. Stacey Rourke brings all of herself in her books and Octavia is probably one of her best characters yet. Highly recommend this series. Love, love, love it.. Cant wait for more.
Profile Image for Diane Ehlers.
Author 5 books37 followers
March 4, 2021
Though I liked this story and it was another fun journey to go along with Octavia Hollow, however it just didn't fully quite hit the spot like the first book. Dead Man's Hand is shorter than Wake the Dead meaning things moved fast, probably a little too fast.

One minute she arrives to Las Vegas and asks her former boss if anyone came looking for her than the next they find a dead body on site. For some reason she brings him back to life to figure out who killed him. Why she took it upon herself is beyond me, I don't remember the crime scene screaming it was a supernaturals doing and no one asked for her help like in the first book. Maybe I missed something but I honestly think there could have been more detail on why she decided to intervene like that.

Overall I enjoyed this quick read and I'm excited to figure out who's following her, happy that the end brought it back around to the real reason why she went to Vegas though I do feel like it cut off short. Also, it wasn't hard to figure out who was behind all of it. But it was a fun, action packed ride all the same.
Profile Image for Marissa.
521 reviews
March 5, 2019
Dead Man's Hand is the second installment in the Journals of Octavia Hollows serial series. This time we find Octavia heading to Las Vegas to find answers from her old boss. While there, she manages to find herself entangled in yet another mystery that begins with a charred, very dead crispy critter. She uses her special necromancy juju to try to help the guy out. This leads her down a winding path to the seedy underbelly of Vegas in the form of mob enforcers and addicts of all flavors. During this adventure, Octavia is tempted with an opportunity to get what she desires. In the end, can Octavia make the right choice and uses her powers for good? Of course, she has her trusty sidekick Bacon who Ms. Rourke continues to develop as a character. The pet-owner relationship between Octavia and Bacon is just precious. They clearly have a very special, unique bond. Very interested to see where Octavia and Bacon's adventures take them next.
Profile Image for Kira Assad.
1,107 reviews
March 6, 2019
I cannot get over how funny these books are. Stacey Rourke is able to have you laughing one minute and then feel overly emotional for the characters the next second. The quick, witty interactions between the characters is the best! Octavia is on to her next mission, while also trying to discover more about her fiance's death and body disappearance, with her trusty pig sidekick Bacon in Dead Man's Hand. What could possibly go wrong, right? Well, danger has a way of finding its way to Octavia and she now has to save a bunch of addicts (of various addictions) from strange deaths. Strap in for a wild and hilarious ride in book 2 of the The Journals of Octavia Hollows series! I can't wait for book 3!
Profile Image for Amanda Floyd.
62 reviews
March 7, 2019
Octavia and Bacon are back in Dead Mans Hand. This book was full of the snarky, badass Octavia we've come to love. This time Octavia returns to Vegas and discovers bodies burned from the inside out. This book has alot of funny moments. Be warned she picks on millenials but it's such an accurate representation! As someone who is technically one I approve of the jokes! Bacon causes some mayham (small pig joke here) with some dogs and it had me cracking up. While this one had alot of funny moments it actually has some very serious ones. The ending of this book was so bitter sweet and was probably one of my favorite parts. I lost sleep finishing this one because it was such a great read. Cannot wait for more!
Profile Image for Rebecca Rogers.
150 reviews18 followers
March 28, 2019
Ms. Rourke has done it yet again, Book 2 of the Journals of Octavia Hollows has all the feels. This segment of Octavia’s journey made me lol, was full of necromancer snark, Bacon antics not limited to pig-cardio and then it truly gutted me. Ms. Rourke had me in tears with this book as we saw a new softer side of Octavia while she was facing off with the Jinn. The storyline is never predictable, always entertaining and keeps you wanting more. As her search for Elba’s murderer continues you get a peek into her past and her complex emotions as she is still struggling with that loss. This is a must read and I cannot wait for the next book!
March 29, 2019
WOW....What another amazing journey for Octavia and Bacon!!

The characters were awesome! I am in love with Octavia and her wittiness. I loved the new characters that Octavia meets in this book. And of course, we can't forget Bacon!! He is the real star that shines bright within the pages of this book!! Bacon makes the story so much fun to read because he has his own personality to add to the story!!

The story-line was remarkable! It was such a spectacular ride full of mystery, suspense, sadness and humor. Rourke brought to life a story that filled my heart with joy and I highly recommend it.
Profile Image for Paranormal Tendencies.
250 reviews17 followers
February 27, 2019
Octavia and Bacon are adventuring again. This time she comes across a tricky situation; corpses burned from the inside out. She’s still on the hunt for her boyfriend’s body, but this mystery has to be solved before someone else dies.
I wish I could read this one again for the first time…. You’ll get it when you read the book! Lol
But seriously, It seems like every story in this series gets more exciting! Bacon is adorable in his little pig carrier and Octavia is meeting more new people and solving yet another mystery. I look forward to their future adventures!
4 stars for Head Man’s Hand!
Profile Image for Samantha.
1,462 reviews24 followers
April 11, 2019
I was eager to see what trouble Octavia and Bacon would get into in this second installment in the series.
The action (and of course, humor) started at the first chapter and pulled me right into the story.
I love how Rourke infuses humor and snark into this series. Octavia is such a larger than life character and her adventures keep me turning page after page. I really enjoyed all of her interactions in this one and can't wait to see where the road ahead leads. Bring on the next book in the series!
Profile Image for Megan.
163 reviews9 followers
February 24, 2019
This one hit the emotional mother load. I think this is my favorite so far, of course I'll probably say that after each one as the series progresses. For a short read it sure gives you all you could ask for. The snark and antics are in full supply, while the characters we meet and the trouble that's to be had, keep us on our toes and put us through emotions a plenty. To say I love Octavia and Bacon is an understatement. Keep em coming Miss Rourke!
Profile Image for Megan | A Page to Turn.
558 reviews16 followers
March 29, 2019
I love what the author is doing with this series of novellas, the characters are compelling and the stories are funny, and entertaining! The random things that keep popping up on her adventure to find answers keeps Octavia Hollows busy, that's for sure. This story is no different, waking a man that died by fire is short of a miracle - but the story that follows about his life and what happened to him, you just have to read it to believe it! A very short, entertaining read!
Profile Image for Kacey Ables.
49 reviews17 followers
July 25, 2019
It's bacon, B****!

I seriously love me some Octavia Hollows! And i love me some bacon as well. There is never a moment where these novels don't extract an emotion. Honestly, most of the time its humor but in moments you'll find yourself buried so deep in the emotions of the character. That's a mark of a true writer. To elicit so much from so little is a true gift that you have Stacey!
894 reviews11 followers
October 22, 2019
Octavia Hollows gets herself into the trickiest situations. I love how much fun the author has with her, while still giving the reader an intriguing mystery to solve. The series has had a serious Buffy, The Vampire Slayer vibe, but without the vampires. It's quick, witty, entertaining, and leading up to something big. The romance is mainly off the page, but strongly felt, as she searches for clues. I'm looking forward to the next installment.
Profile Image for Sue.
885 reviews8 followers
December 1, 2019
Octavia can raise the dead but was unable to save the man she loved so our sassy necromancer sets out on a journey looking for answers, what she finds here though is a supernatural being that is turning people into crispy critters and a hitman for the mob!
I’m loving the combination of sassy humour and mystery.
My favourite line ... “All their attention was focused on my favourite little pork rind”
Profile Image for Jodi.
1,078 reviews
January 30, 2020
I'm giving this book a 3.5 because I alternated between liking this book and not sure if I liked it. Octavia is kick ass! I love her self talk. I like that she wants to do what's right and good. I love who has blue painted hoofs. What I found confusing was the actual point of the story, other knowing someone is following her and asking questions. I'm going to keep reading but I hope they next stories peek my interest.
Profile Image for Crystal Gray.
1,086 reviews31 followers
March 10, 2019
Quick, fast paced read. Very enjoyable. Octavia and Bacon are something else. I found myself laughing out loud a few times, gaining myself some weird looks from the family, but oh well! Octavia is not much closer to finding the answers she is looking for, we did get another clue though! I can't wait for more.
Profile Image for Beverly.
254 reviews42 followers
March 17, 2019
This second installment was better than the first. Had some laugh out loud moments like when Octavia referred to Bacon as her husband as well as Jonah with his very Indocin with women attitude. Nate telling her she's on his nuts was hilarious. My heart hurt for Nate and later Octavia the ending was better sweet and I wanted to hug first Nate then Octavia. I cannot wait for the next installment. So good!
Profile Image for Martina.
25 reviews1 follower
March 28, 2019
All the feels!! Octavia is a riot. I could read, and reread, about her adventures nonstop. This go round we find Octavia in Las Vegas, NV. What could go wrong in the city of sin for a necromancer, right? A charred body, a stack of cash, and a chance to have all of her dreams fulfilled. Will she find the answers she's looking for, or will she jump at an opportunity to have anything she could wish for? Read for yourself to find out!
232 reviews1 follower
March 28, 2019
Interesting read!

This was a rather short story and it went down smoothly sort of like one of those canapes that you pick up at a fancy party. It was a great way to pass time in a waiting room which is where I was when I read this.

I enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to reading another one as I am a sucker for tasty little tidbits.
Profile Image for Jojo.
296 reviews11 followers
July 28, 2019
Viva Las Vegas

I like how this series is turning into something similar to a lot of shows I marathon. I like the compassion, the investigating of cases and then her hunt for her fiance. The mystery of her past has been tied to everything so far which makes one wonder what all happened?
Profile Image for Christy.
192 reviews6 followers
May 15, 2020
Literally came up

Just one chapter before bed I said. Here I am a couple hours later at the end of book 2 and about to get book 3 started. I have always love Staceys work but this series has me hooked into in a way no other series has in a awhile. Looks like it’s gonna be an all nighter for me.
Profile Image for Kim.
780 reviews3 followers
March 7, 2019
Dead Man's Hand was great. Fun adventure for sure. I get a kick out of Bacon. That pig is comical. Octavia is one interesting character. The things she does are just too much. I have laughed so hard that my stomach hurt. This is such a great series.
Profile Image for Jo.
479 reviews2 followers
July 4, 2019
A quick, fun, read full of snark and sass. Loved it!

Favorite Quote:
“I mean, you remember what happened the last time we were here, right? With the shooting and the running? Because, I haven’t tested the theory, but I’m pretty sure I can’t resurrect anyone if I’m dead.”

Profile Image for A Belle & A Book.
640 reviews17 followers
February 24, 2019
The Journals of Octavia Hollows is classic Rourke! Snarky, witty, and laugh out loud funny with a side of Bacon.
Profile Image for J.A. Cintron.
Author 3 books23 followers
April 1, 2019
Mah wifey Octavia is da best! She's amazing and her adventures are da bomb! I'm interested in seeing more about Octavia and the woman who adopted her.
Profile Image for Heather Rizkallah.
570 reviews2 followers
April 2, 2019
Great read

Octavia never had it easy but when she tries to come back and solve the death of the love of her life, she did expect to be forced into solving murders in Vegas
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