Author Archives: Danielle

Danielle is a stone-cold addict. Of books, that is. She loves to read. Her book collection is in the thousands. Several years ago, she read Night Pleasures by Sherrilyn Kenyon and became a die-hard paranormal fan. The same thing happened with urban fantasy/occult detective stories when she read Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton. Danielle grew up on fairy tales and mythology, so reading excellent urban fantasy which draws from the ancient myths and legends is a joy for her. Her heart goes pitter patter when she hears of an urban fantasy based on some obscure folk legend that most people never heard of. In her real life, she works in the veterinary field, and aspires to one day be a published author. She’s not married and doesn’t have kids, unless you count two spoiled cats. She lives in Texas.

In the House of the Wicked by Thomas E. Sniegoski

In the House of the Wicked: A Remy Chandler Novel by Thomas E. SniegoskiAngel-turned-private investigator Remy Chandler receives bad news that Ashley Berg, his young pet-sitter and friend, has disappeared. He soon realizes that her kidnapper is sending him a message. A sorcerer who has discovered the key to harnessing life energies wants to use his seraphic power to get revenge on the sorcerer who destroyed his family. Remy is caught between two dueling sorcerers, and a plot of the Grigori (fallen angels) to regain God’s favor at the cost of millions of human lives. Read More »

Last Impressions by A.J. Aalto

Last Impressions (The Marnie Baranuik Files) (Volume 3) by A.J. AaltoMarnie Baranuik is back to solve more paranormal crimes in her usual wacky, bumbling way in Last Impressions. She has barely recovered from a case chockful of exploding zombies, and is dealing with her Paranormal Crimes Unit of the FBI getting suspended for an Internal Affairs investigation, when she gets a call from Constable Patrick Schenk in the sleepy town of her origin in Ontario, Canada. A missing woman had Marnie’s business card, and the detective asks for her help. Read More »

Dirt Nap by A.J. Aalto

Dirt Nap (A Marnie Baranuik "Between the Files" Story) by A.J. AaltoMarnie gets called into the field by her co-worker at the Preternatural Crimes Unit of the FBI (and former fling), deliciously hot Mark Batten to help when a large and angry creature made of rock attacks humans at a mining site. Marnie is an expert in Un-Natural biology, but has zero real life experience dealing with these notoriously bad-tempered cryptids. Read More »

Cold Company by A.J. Aalto

Cold Company (A Marnie Baranuik "Between the Files" Story) by A.J. AaltoMarnie is contacted by the local authorities in Ontario, Canada to help find a missing woman. Marnie uses her ‘blue-sense’ psychic abilities to trace the last events of the woman’s life before she disappears, and she discovers a connection to a sadistic serial killer who ‘collects’ women with the help of her “Cold Company” a 450 year-old revenant (what we call a Read More »

Death Rejoices by A.J. Aalto

Death Rejoices (The Marnie Baranuik Files) (Volume 2) by A.J. AltoParanormal Biologist Dr. Marnie Baranuik is back. She has accepted a position as the lead UnBiologist for the Preternatural Crimes Unit, aka PCU (a division of the FBI that handles strange/paranormal cases) under its head, Supervisory Special Agent Gary Chapel. After her last life-threatening tangle with some very bad (black magic) witches, life is easing back towards as normal as it can get for her. But there is a distance between her and her Revenant/Cold Company (vampire is the un-politically correct term), Lord Guy Harrick Dreppenstedt, otherwise known as Harry. He is withholding his physical affections and Marnie needs it for their special Bond. Read More »

Damoren by Seth Skorkowsky

Damoren (Valducan) (Volume 1) by Seth Skorkowsky Damoren is the story of monster hunters who form a unique bond with their weapons. These weapons are special, infused with a supernatural vitality that makes them holy and able to destroy the souls of demons who possess humans and then change into monsters of lore and legend.Dämoren was a sword that was made into a gun, and Clay Mercer was its wielder, when he encountered a young boy who barely survived a wendigo attack on his family. When the bitten boy is accidentally shot by Dämoren, but heals, the weapon makes it obvious to Clay that it has chosen its next wielder, and Clay takes the boy on as his apprentice. Read More »

Infamous Reign by Steve McHugh

Infamous Reign: A Hellequin Novella by Steve McHughSteve McHugh flashes back to the tumultuous time of King Richard III’s reign in England, giving us a hint of Nate Garrett’s past as the Hellequin, the ruthless arm of Merlin on behalf of the Kingdom of Avalon. Nate is furious that the two princes that he trusted King Richard to guard have been kidnapped, and he wants answers. Read More »

With Silent Screams by Steve McHugh

With Silent Screams (The Hellequin Chronicles, Book 3) by Steve McHughNate Garrett, aka Hellequin, is back in the third novel in this exciting series. He finds out that his good friend William Moon and his wife were horribly murdered, and Nate is out for blood. The murder is connected to a case they worked on in a sleepy, small town in Maine in 1977 that ended in a way that left Nate dissatisfied, since he had to hand over a psychotic killer to Galahad, his old friend, and King of Shadow Falls (an adjacent pocket realm). Read More »

Born of Hatred by Steve McHugh

Born of Hatred (The Hellequin Chronicles, Book 2) by Steve McHughSorcerer Nate Garrett returns in Born of Hatred (the second book of the Hellequin Chronicles) to help his longtime friend solve a series of murders that hit close to home. Tommy’s girlfriend and mother of his daughter, Olivia, heads the Law of Avalon agency, which serves as the arm of Avalon, a powerful supernatural governing body, which oversees solving crimes against humans committed by supernaturals and vice versa. Read More »

Crimes Against Magic by Steve McHugh

Crimes Against Magic (The Hellequin Chronicles, Book 1) by Steve McHugh Crimes Against Magic introduces us to Nate Garrett, a man with very special powers, but no memory of his past. Nate is a sorcerer, adept at using fire and air elemental magic. He employs his abilities as a freelance thief, stealing objects that are extremely difficult to obtain. On his latest job, he is hired to steal a briefcase from a very well-guarded office building, and this job sends him into a head-first collision with his past.
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Untoward by Mark Brisby

Untoward: The First Book in the Horizon Series (Volume 1) by Mark Brisby Untoward is an epic fantasy novel told from the view point of several different characters with abilities for magic that are pivotal to this story. Daumis Mucker is a farm boy who suffers guilt over his mother’s death at his birth and a sense that he doesn’t belong where he is. Cewyn Shirad is the scholarly son of a an important ducal family who feels rejected because of his magical ability. Both boys are long-prophesied wielders of incredibly strong magic. Tadrec Teyan is an accomplished magician who left the Citizen’s Academy in Horizon under a shadow of controversy. He is unexpectedly called to escort the two young bright talents, Daumis and Cewyn, safely to Horizon and to protect them from evil magicians called Denizens. Rilliam Woodcutter is a Denizen who has a very personal reason for locating the two boys. Read More »

London Falling by Paul Cornell

London Falling by Paul Cornell London Falling takes the readers on a tour of London, England, where the ancient clashes with the modern in dark and violent ways. Four people are united through a supernatural event that gives them the ability to see paranormal activity. They are all recruited for a special unit of the London Metropolitan Police force, since all of them work in some way as police officers or support personnel. Each one has serious emotional scars that they will have to triumph over if they want to survive their encounters with a very violent, ageless enemy who has sinister plans for London.
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Carbon: Session 01 – Alignment by Jason J. Berg

Carbon: Session 01 - Alignment by Jason J. Berg Carbon: Session 01 – Alignment is the story of a humble working man whose life is forever altered by an encounter with a mysterious stranger and the sword that the man gives him in exchange for saving his life. Arin Talriso commits an act of heroism, saving a man from drowning in a riverboat accident. The man gives him a beautiful katana sword, and Arin takes it home, happy that he has something to give his eight-year-old son on his birthday. Unfortunately, a demon attacks his family that night and kills his family. Arin uses the sword to attack the demon, but not soon enough to save his wife and child. Read More »

My Mate’s Embrace by Caryn Moya Block

My Mate's Embrace: Book Three of the Siberian Volkov Series (Siberian Volkov Pack Series) (Volume 3) by Caryn Moya Block My Mate’s Embrace is the third book in the Siberian Volkov Pack series by Caryn Moya Block, in which Anton Volkov finds his long-awaited mate in Laurel, an American ex-patriot who faces a desperate situation with her abusive stepfather. Anton finds Laurel in the mountains of Siberia, where she has fled from the man who won’t stop until he beats her to death or sells her to the Russian Mafia first. Laurel can’t believe that this large, beautiful man who saved her life can turn into a wolf. While she knows that spirits exist, since she communicates with her mother’s spirit, she had no idea that there were shapeshifters. Read More »

The Storm Witch by Violette Malan

The Storm Witch: A Novel of Dhulyn and Parno by Violette MalanIn book 3 of the ongoing Dhulyn and Parno series, this Partnered duo gets recruited to intervene in a diplomatic crisis between seafaring Long Ocean Nomads and the Mortaxan Empire. The problem is that Dhulyn has suffered from recurring visions of her Partner, Parno, drowning at sea. She has worked very hard to keep him off ocean voyages, but this is unavoidable for their latest mission. Parno seems to bond with the Nomads, a telepathic link awakening between himself, the people, and the mysterious and revered creatures of the ocean, the Crayx, which are a huge part of the Long Ocean Nomads’ culture. Read More »

Agatha H and the Airship City by Phil and Kaja Foglio

Agatha H. and the Airship City (Girl Genius) by Phil and Kaja FolioReading Agatha H and the Airship City was like stepping into another world. This is why I read fantasy, to leave behind the mundane, and to enter a place that doesn’t always make sense but I can appreciate because it feels very different from my usual reality. When it comes to that aspect of fantasy I enjoy so much, Phil and Kaja Foglio succeeded very well. This book of steampunk science fiction and fantasy was very entertaining.
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The Journey by Dan O’Brien

The Journey by Dan O'Brien The Journey is a novel about a seemingly spiritual and immortal being called Lonely who seeks meaning for his existence and the roots of his identity. He goes on a journey to find the answers to those questions, visiting learned beings called totems located at the Crossroads (who is also a sentient being), North, South, East, and West, to gain the knowledge. He travels Read More »

Necessary Evil by Ian Tregillis

Necessary Evil (Milkweed) by Ian Tregillis Necessary Evil, the third book in the Milkweed Triptych series, begins with Raybould Marsh being transported back in time to 1940. His mission: to save the world. The British war efforts’ use of Eidolons, powerful, formless, ancient demons, has led to the destruction of the future world. Raybould has given everything to protect his country from Hitler and the Nazis, including his Read More »