Author Archives: Marie

Marie’s first memory of reading is at 3 years of age and involved a Pizza Inn placemat. Her family was amused by her pronunciation of Oh-clay-loma. Luckily, her speech and subject matter picked up speed after that. Now Marie can’t wait until Matrix-like technology is real and she can absorb a book by plugging it into her brain/hard drive. She will always love the smell and feel of words on paper, but let’s face it – there just aren’t enough hours in a human lifetime to take in all the great stories out there. Marie pushes paper during the day but on weekends you can find her hiding backstage, doing tech jobs for live theaters. Her favorite place to read is in her giant claw-foot bathtub, with bubbles, a fruit & cheese plate, and an icy martini. Ok, she hasn’t actually got any of that. She makes due with Mr. Bubble, a box of cheese crackers, and a Diet Coke. Marie loves book nooks, dogs, scary movies, and teasing those with coulrophobia. She lives in Wichita, Kansas, with her weapon of mass destruction, a rescue dog otherwise known as Piglet.

Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones

Sixth Grave on the Edge (Charley Davidson) by Darynda JonesCharlotte “Charley” Davidson needs a vacation in the worst way. Sadly, there is no PTO for the grim reaper, and Charley continues to get visits from the dead but not departed at every hour of the night and day. Most spirits drawn to Charley just need help getting to the other side, but a growing number of them are starting to stick around. Read More »

Vampire Dolls: The Legend of Adocinda by L M Boelz

Vampire Dolls The Legend of Adocinda by L M BoelzAdocinda is queen of the last known vampire nest in the world. She and her brood lost their human bodies to a small band of vampire hunters. With the help of a frightened Wizard and a set of ancient scrolls, Adocinda and her King, Barnabus, along with their children, have been brought back to life in new vessels. As harmless looking dolls, the vampires are taken into houses and curio shops where they come alive and feast on terrified human prey. The newly reformed nest has a two-fold purpose: to gather healthy human hearts for a dark ceremony described in the scrolls, and to find and destroy the hunters who demolished their previous home. Read More »

Forever And Ever, Amen by Liv Rancourt

Forever and Ever, Amen by Liv RancourtMolly Spenser wakes up after a night out with her best friend, Sam, with a headache, a Swiss cheese memory, and an oh-my-god-is-that-a hickey. Even with Sam’s help, Molly cannot put together all the pieces, including the name of the tall, dark stranger she sipped cocktails with the night before. If only some embarrassment were all life had in store for the not-quite-single mother of two. Read More »

Grave Sight: A Harper Connelly Graphic Novel by Charlaine Harris

Grave Sight: A Harper Connelly Graphic NovelNine years ago, teenaged Harper Connelly barely survived being struck by lightning in her Texarkana trailer home. Tolliver, her step-brother, kept her alive that day and has been looking out for Harper ever since. Harper wakes up from the accident with scars inside and out, plus a strange new power that sets her on an unusual career path. With Tolliver as her business manager and oftentimes caretaker, Harper is a freelance detective of sorts, able to sense the bodies of the deceased and see how they passed. Whether these powers are a blessing or a curse is a question Harper asks every day. Read More »

A Little Bite of Magic by MJ O’Shea

A Little Bite of Magic (Little Magic) by MJ O'SheaThe Vallerand coven has a long and powerful history in Louisiana’s French Quarter, but Francois “Frankie” Vallerand hopes moving to the West Coast will get him out from under his mother’s witchy thumb. He realizes his dream of opening his own restaurant and uses his witch’s skills to infuse his dishes with more powerfully good stuff than butter and cream. Read More »

Quagmire Fen by Scott Harper

Quagmire Fen by Scott HarperWhen Spencer Foster realizes how far his abusive father is willing to go to keep his son from leaving their swampland home, it is already too late. Waking with a shotgun blast echoing in his ears, Spencer finds his life is changed completely and forever. He hopes his fiancée will accept him in this new, misshapen form, but he has to make a long and difficult journey to find out.

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Ghost Writer by Nick Wisseman

Ghost Writer (Short Story) by Nick WissemanGhost Writer is the story of an unnamed author: how he became a writer, the price he paid for success, and the justice he hopes to have before dying. I was reminded forcefully of The Cask of Amontillado, Poe’s famous tale of wrongdoing and revenge, not by the plot but by the careful choice of descriptive passages and tone to create an overall mood of solemnity, eeriness and tension. Read More »

Excuse My Fairy by Kinley Baker

Excuse My Fairy (Misbehaving Magics) by Kinley BakerIt is not as though Dray has had an easy life. Exiled from her homeland by her own father because she has no magical powers, she now runs a tavern in a town of Impassibles, humans who are immune to all kinds of magic. But now the dark side of Dray’s fairy nature is starting to build, a Soul-Sucker is preying on the town’s magical beings, and her beloved tavern has just been burned to the ground. What next?
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The Red Barn by October Weeks

The Red Barn by October Weeks  The Red Barn is a brief glimpse into the final days and final unspeakable acts of an unnamed woman who now haunts the namesake farm building. I would like to have more details about the victims of the haunting, and more backstory about the woman’s past, Read More »

Heaven in a Hearse by Carol Hercun

Fraternal twins with a telepathic link, Kiley and Wiley Rhodes have been bad news since the day they were born. They have taken very different paths, one an ex-priest, one a Vietnam vet, but both have scars on their bodies and souls that keep them awake at night. The Rhodes brothers have parlayed their skill for mayhem into a search (and sometimes destroy) business called Rhodes Recovery, which promises to recover anyone, anything, anytime.

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Pistons and Pistols by Regina Riley

The second installment of the Clockworks and Corsets series finds the all-female crew of the Merry Widow on a another job, this time for Atom Loquacious, who is quite an unusual man. Part human, part mechanical creation, Atom finds his clockwork heart beating faster for the ship’s navigator, Gabriella “Guppy” Upstairs. Gabriella feels the same, Read More »

Pussyfooting Around by Ashley Ladd

Pussyfooting Around by Ashley LaddEddie is in the process of burying his beloved cat, Diamond, when a ravishing white-haired beauty walks into his life. He is immediately smitten by her unbelievable good looks, her innocent nature, and her outrageous body. Eddie is so taken with this stranger that he invites her to lunch, ignoring her odd behavior, including the fact that she is not sure of her own name. Read More »

Coins of Chaos by Editor Jennifer Brozak

Coins of Chaos Anthology Editor Jennifer Brozak  Coins of Chaos is an anthology of stories centered on a scattered collection of coins–Buffalo nickels to be exact, each redesigned with craven, carved images. Skulls, snakes, and red-eyed, ragged-bearded faces intrigue the finder of each coin, leading them always to a monkey’s paw destiny. The stories are strung together with brief notes from The Carver, the being who cut each coin and imbued Read More »

1301 The Marquis by Christine Rains

The Marquis (The 13th Floor) (Volume 1) by Christine RainsYears after settling in Carmine, Marc still has trouble accepting his human form. Aging is depressing, after all, even for those of us who were born mortal, which Marc was not. Once The Grand Marquis, a mighty demon in the ranks of Hell, Marc gave up his title, his immortality, and nearly all his demonic strength to live as a semi-recluse, haunted by the memories of his deeds in Lucifer’s army. Read More »

The War of Odds by Linell Jeppsen

The War of Odds by Linell JeppsenIt takes only a few days for Sara Giddings to realize her new home is going to be even more different than she and her father had hoped. Moving quickly from one town, job and school to the next in an attempt to outrun their grief and addiction problems, Sara and her father have unknowingly landed in Ashbrook, a tiny Washington town that just happens to border on a magical thin place between the everyday world and the land of magic and monsters.
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Cursed by Cate Masters

Cursed (The Vitruvian Man) by Cate MastersBruno DiCesare is enjoying Carnevale in Venice. This is the one week each year he can wander the streets freely, since everyone wears costumes and masks throughout during the wild festival. He is not the only unusual creature drawn to Carnevale, although he is one of a kind. Transformed centuries ago into a half-man, half-chimera, Bruno cherishes the change from his usual solitary existence. Read More »

Spook House by Michael West

Spook House by Michael WestIn true horror story form, Spook House begins with a boy, a girl and a car in the woods.

Sheri Foster reluctantly waits behind while her boyfriend, Jeff, proves his manliness by going into the Fuller Farm. The Farm was home to Sam Fuller, who reportedly killed an entire family in the town of Harmony back in 1947. Legend says Fuller’s subsequent “accidental” death was a matter of karma and retribution. Since Old Man Fuller’s death, stories about the abandoned Fuller Farm grow each year, tempting man and boy alike to brave its horrors. Read More »

Bite Me by Tracey Fischer

Bite Me

Bite Me opens with Kyra Burke munching chips in her tiny Paris apartment and trying to write her latest article, a snarky take on all things popular and cool. With a knock on the door, Kyra is snatched up in a whirlwind of adventure and romance.

Léon, the door-knocker, is a new breed of human-turned-vampire who insists Kyra is also of the higher order, and that they have been lovers for centuries. He whisks Kyra away from more vampires to hide in a church, where their hot and heavy reunion is interrupted by dark angels, Rebecca and Lucien. Read More »