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Book review: Christine Church – Beyond a Veiled Reflection (@christinechurch )

Meirah was trying, she had studied Scottish culture, those who spoke with accents closest reviewto her own alternative dimension dialect. She had adapted, evolved, all in the name of her love for Dane. But he was conflicted, he loved her, but he loved the new peace he was being granted when intoxicated, the closest to heaven he could imagine being. Peace, women, and sex. He had his vices, brought about by his rock star life, but Meirah too had a weakness she couldn’t shake, where Dane stood, she wished it had been her knight, Sir Kori, a previous incarnation of her lover, and her current state of mind was making the call of human blood almost impossible to ignore. A reflection in the water warns of the return of a danger thought passed, and a betrayal leaves Meirah more vulnerable than ever. Will she come to her senses and see the truth, or will her recent heartbreak leave her open to manipulation?

Beyond a Veiled Reflection is the second book in Christine Church’s Anachronistic Dimensions, urban fantasy series. With clearly labelled alternating perspectives from the main characters, Meirah, Dane, Kaeplan and Caitlyn, it is easy to get insight into their personalities, thinking, and motivations. Nothing is certain, and danger and depravity is paramount. Betrayal, heartache, manipulation, and dangerous revelations will keep you turning the pages of this unique novel. While vampirism is central the author introduces an alternative mythos which I have only seen a handful of times, and has been well implemented with some unique interested alterations. A good read, with some brutal physical and emotional; scenes.

 

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Book review: D.L. Finn – The Button (@dlfinnauthor )

Lynn hadn’t had an easy life, but a failed suicide attempt left her able to hear the voices reviewof angels, or more specifically the voices of those who watched over her, Thomas and Zelina. Long ago Thomas had made a mistake, one that had consequences on Lynn’s life, and he was determined to set things back on track, but they could only guide her, it was up to her if she listened. When Lynn wakes next to a dead body with no idea how she got there she begins to panic. There was a reason Lynn’s life had been difficult, she was firmly in the sights of Dian, an evildwel, a being that lives of fear and anger, and it has attached itself to someone in her life, but something bigger is in the works, a hidden quest, the kidnapping of her friend Stacy, and the strange shooting of ‘good cops’. Is it all connected, or is this just another unlucky run in the tragedy that became Lynn’s life?

The Button is a thrilling and tense paranormal mystery / romance by D.L. Finn. It focuses around Lynn, the two angels watching over her, and the evildwel and alternates between their point of view whilst remaining in a gripping third-person narrative. Lynn is a good protagonist for this story, and you’ll spend the first half of the book wondering who she should put her trust in Kent, the handsome bartender met the same night she was drugged to wake up next to a dead drug dealer, or her step-brother Warren, who has returned into her life. I enjoyed the guessing and air of mystery, as well as the tense and escalating plot. Action, terror, adventure, and tragedy combine to make a tense tale of trust, betrayal, and a little dose of divine intervention.

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Book review: Sue Wilder The Fire in Vengeance(@SueWilderWrites )

Lexi just wanted to learn, she wanted to know how to defend herself. What she couldn’t reviewunderstand was why Christian refused to be her mentor. Their last fight was a big one, he handed her off to Phillipe and made himself scarce. He loves her, so she keeps being told, he wants nothing more than to protect her, him, one of the most powerful beings, made even stronger through their bloodbond. But war is coming, and if Six manages to usurp Three then destruction of the likes humans have never seen will follow. The immortals enforcers, like Christian, are the front line, and those they care for are a weakness the enemy wouldn’t hesitate to exploit. But sometimes a weakness can also be a strength, and some weaknesses can be game changing.

The Fire in Vengeance is paranormal romance and book two in Sue Wilder’s Enforcer’s Legacy series. Whilst there are times it is clear that I was reading the second book in the series, the things not explained or clarified in no way hinder the reader’s ability to enjoy the story even if they haven’t picked up the first. It is written with an elegant prose, where vivid descriptions and engaging dialogue perfectly complement a cast of unique and exciting characters who drive the captivating plot onward. When you pick up this book, you’re picking up not only a paranormal romance, but a gripping tale of past-lives, looming threat, sinister happenings, manipulation, danger, regret, and increasing stakes.  It is hard not to be drawn to the characters, and harder still to put the book down.

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Book review R.J. Blain, Whatever for Hire (@rj_blain )

Bad things happen when the devil is bored, fortunately, Kanika seems to have captured reviewhis attention. His unwanted help in rescuing a cat from a tree had been a catalyst, leaving her with a debt and giving him a personal invitation for him to come and manipulate her. He had great plans for her. But she was no fool, she knew better to play with the devil… She had known better. Yet now he was one of her clients, and he had made an offer too tempting to refuse. All she had to do was sign something, without reading it, and accept the first job he sent her way as repayment for a debt. What she didn’t expect was things to be so complicated. A kidnapping gone wrong sees her victim turn the tides, but had he not, then they would never have uncovered the undead plague that afflicted the world, a problem that if not reined in could spell the end of days.

The narrative in Whatever for Hire is so brilliant you will struggle to tear yourself away for even a minute. It has a great humour to it, and the first person narrative holds true to Kanika’s character perfectly. I enjoyed every minute of this book, from the flippancy of Kanika when dealing with the devil, seeing how far she could push her luck, to her awesome, if somewhat unreliable, shifting abilities. There is a lot to this plot, and it certainly went beyond what I expected. R.J. Blain has written an amazing paranormal romance / urban fantasy where you can’t help but will for the characters to get together, this is helped by the fact they are so believable. There are questions about Malcolm that will plague you until the moment of truth, and the added bonus of the mystery surrounding Kanika herself, but all that pales when placed beside a plot which just keeps getting better. Brilliantly written, full of action, mystery, suspense, romance, revenge, and more than a little interference from Heaven and Hell.

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Book review: Karen Glista Chasing the Red Queen (@ElizabethGlist1 )

Donja’s mother has just remarried, and with that came a new upheaval. She was glad her reviewmother had found someone after her father’s death, but she had not been prepared for the change. Forced to leave her home and friends she finds herself in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.  But this is just the start. A serial killer is on the loose, targeting young female Chippewa, slicing their throat and draining their blood. Little does she know she is about to  fins herself in the sights. Her rare blood type makes her desirable. Those who know the myth and prophecies, know she is the last chance of obtaining true power. Donja is about to be exposed to a world she is no where near ready to face, and it is one she may not survive.

Brilliant, simply brilliant. I have read a number of books by Karen Glista, from LitRPG to the paranormal, this lady is made to write. She shows a fantastic imagination, and never fails to create a cast of vibrant and realistic characters. She writes in a way that will make your pulse race, or your heart skip a beat. She has lust, attraction, action, horror, and tension building down to a fine art. I loved the characters, from the somewhat  unsure Donja being pulled from her security, to Torin, the passionate heartthrob with a promise he would move the world itself to keep. Buckle down, and prepare to be drawn into an amazing adventure; a mystery, wrapped inside a myth, explored within the realms of paranormal romance and so much more. I simply loved this book, and it is deserving of some words I rarely utter, I highly recommend Chasing the Red Queen. It is easily the best paranormal book I have read this year.

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Book review: Fate’s Cry by Jalpa Williby

Fate’s Cry is an urban fantasy by Jalpa Williby

51yrtcgmn6l-_sy346_Kelsey has lived a tough life, haunted by loss and regret. She has lost everyone she was ever close to. These fears prey on her mind each time she chooses to open herself up to someone. Then came the night she met Damien, he stirred in her feelings she never dreamed of. But there is danger lurking, Damien is secretive, revealing little of his past, and to make matters worse there’s a serial killer roaming the streets, and it seems their eyes are now trained on her.

Fate’s Cry is a well-written urban fantasy romance with enjoyable characters who grow and develop as the plot progresses. It is the kind of story easy to lose yourself in and hard to put down. It was a refreshing read for a book in the genre, and clearly much thought went into the plot, lore, and characters.

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Book review: The Witch’s Kiss by Tricia Schneider

The Witch’s kiss by Tricia Schneider  is the forth book the Merriweather Witches series and is witch's kissthe first one I have picked up. This particular book follows the plight of Sage, a witch harbouring a dark and deadly secret, and Marianne, a ghost for all intents and purposes but for one small detail, her body still draws breath. Marianne and Sage seek for the means to undo the curse placed upon her but a cure seems beyond the realm of hope. Side by side they battle the odds together, learning untold secrets about each other, and some of these secrets are so dark, so life altering, it could bring to question the very nature of their relationship. Both are cursed, both are haunted by events of their past.

Since I started at book 4 I can confidently say Tricia Schneider does what all great series authors do, creates a stand alone tale when no foreknowledge of the previous books are required. Continue reading “Book review: The Witch’s Kiss by Tricia Schneider”

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Book review: The Healer Book 1 C.J. Anaya

The Healer Book 1 by C.J. Anaya is a young adult paranormal romance, also suitable for new adults. Hope has been protected all her life, shielded and watched over. She remained indexhidden, despite the searching eyes of the Kami who sought her out. Hope is the embodiment of prophecy, a mortal with the power of the gods. She is able to communicate with a person’s life force, and instruct it how to repair damage. She is a healer, the survival of a whole race rests on her adolescent shoulders. For so long she had hidden who she was, only her father and a young boy know the truth, not even Angie, her best friend knows her secrets. Using her job as a janitor at the hospital Hope heals who she can and feels a great destiny is laid before her. She has no idea her entire life has already been decided for her. Her two lives, the secret healer and the high school student are forced to merge when two new students arrive in her school. Unusually they captivate her attention, and seem to know more about her than they are willing to reveal. Hope fears someone has discovered her secret. But the arrival of these two is merely the harbinger of danger.

With a first person narrative it is impossible not to be drawn into The Healer, age range it would certainly appeal to its target audience as well as some adults, especially those who enjoy a healthy dose of mythology. The Healer is an excellent example of Fabulism/ Magic realism combining myths and fables from the Japanese culture, as well as touching on a few others. C.J. Anaya has an excellent writer’s voice and sets a brilliant pace. As a holistic therapist I appreciated the clear thought and research that had been invested in creating a realistic healer, it shows an understanding of healing techniques employed in various forms of energy healing, thus enhancing the reader experience. I could have read this book in a single sitting if not for it being so late when I first started reading, it was impossible not to get lost in the story. Real characters, enjoyable dialogue, and fun to read, add secrets, romance, and mythology, what more could you ask for?

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Author interview: Marsha A. Moore

It is with great pleasure I welcome the very talented author of the Coon Hollow Coven Tales and The Enchanted Bookstore Legends Series, Marsha A. Moore. For those of you who follow my blog closely you may remember that Marsha A. Moore was one of my top five favourite authors from 2015. She already has 8 fantastic titles, including her newly released Witch’s Cursed Cabin. Her title, Witch’s Moonstone Locket, is currently on sale at 99 cents until the end of May 3rd.

About the author

Tell us a little bit about yourself. (Author Bio)

Marsha A. Moore loves to write fantasy and paranormal romance. Much of her life feeds the creative flow she uses to weave highly imaginative tales.

The magic of art and nature spark life into her writing, as well as other pursuits of watercolor painting and drawing. She’s been a yoga enthusiast for over a decade and is a registered yoga teacher. Her practice helps weave the mystical into her writing. After a move from Toledo to Tampa in 2008, she’s happily transformed into a Floridian, in love with the outdoors where she’s always on the lookout for portals to other worlds. Marsha is crazy about cycling. She lives with her husband on a large saltwater lagoon, where taking her kayak out is a real treat. She never has enough days spent at the beach, usually scribbling away at stories with toes wiggling in the sand. Every day at the beach is magical!

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Author interview: Louise G White

I take great pleasure introducing one of my favourite authors from 2015, Louise G White, creator of The Calling, Chasing the Demon, and Pledged, all books in her remarkable Gateway series.

If you haven’t already picked up some of her work, she comes highly recommended.

About the Author

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

meHello K.J, Thanks for having me.

I was born and raised on the west coast of Scotland where it’s fairly cold for most of the year but also very beautiful. I am part of a large, very close family. Rather dysfunctional at times, it just makes for a more interesting life. I’ve learned a lot of skills through the years, in particular during my nursing years and whilst working as a police constable. I put a great deal of what I’ve learned into my writing.

 

 

What are your hobbies?

I love to spend time with my family and friends. I’m a fan of holidays, rollercoasters and all things Disney. As a keen swimmer, I’m a member of the local club and I’m there two or three times a week. I also walk a lot and visit/explore the local Islands and mountains.

Which writers inspire you?

Stephen King, Terry Brooks, Stacia Kane and Holly Black. These authors all create believable  characters no matter how fantastical the circumstances.

For your own reading, do you prefer e-books or paper/hard back books?

Either works fine for me, K.J. but e-books are much more convenient whilst out and about.

What are you reading at present?

I’ve just finished Rose Montague’s, Jewel, and I loved it. Continue reading “Author interview: Louise G White”