Author Archives: Mary

My name is Mary, and I’m a serious book junkie, with a large personal collection of reading material. I’m fascinated by ghosts, the paranormal, and true crime stories. I love discovering the possibilities in the next world and am curious about the reasons people do what they do in this one. I’ve been reading since the age of 3, and always have a book or two or three going. I’m an elementary school substitute teacher, and I always have a book or two in my “bag of tricks”. My new favorite is “Frog in a Bog”. My husband and daughter do not share my passion for books, and secretly think I’ve gone over the top with my collecting and reading habits, but I firmly believe there are worse habits I could have!

Blythewood by Carol Goodman

Blythewood (A Blythewood Novel) by Carol GoodmanAvaline Hall was forced to take a job at the Triangle Waist Factory after her mother Evangeline’s suicide, and narrowly escaped the tragic fire that killed over one hundred young women. Ava was saved by a young man whom she believed had sprouted wings and caught her as she fell off the ladder while escaping the flames. Her belief in the young man, and her statements to hospital personnel, ended with Ava being confined to a mental hospital for five months, until her grandmother located her and forced the doctors to release her. Read More »

Love You to Death by Jackie Uhrmacher

Love You to Death by Jackie UhrmacherJill and Elle have been best friends ever since the time Elle killed her alcoholic husband in the back alley of a bar in New York. As time went by, they met handsome men, were married, discovered that the men had some sort of personality defect, and then they killed them. Elle kept a notebook with extensive notes on her husbands, keeping up with dates and places, and of course, a copy of the obituary. Jill’s notebook was not as complete, but her notes were also clear and concise. Read More »

Silence of the Wolf by Terry Spear

Silence of the Wolf (Heart of the Wolf) by Terry SpearTom Silver took his responsibilities as the sub-pack leader very seriously, and was not happy at being told to watch out for the reporter who had come to Silver Town when there were other, deeper concerns threatening the wolf-run town. The human farmers were upset about wolf tracks around their pastures, and the pack leader was worried that rogue werewolves were encroaching on their territory. Tom would much rather have been working on finding out who was responsible for the wolf tracks than keeping an eye on the reporter. Read More »

The Miracle Thief by Iris Anthony

The Miracle Thief by Iris AnthonyJuliana had found solace at Rochemont Abbey, trading her life at the palace for one in service to St. Catherine. Though carrying a secret she shared with no one, she performed her duties faithfully, except for the final promise she made to the dying abbess. Juliana had no way of knowing that her reluctance to put herself first would be the beginning of the downfall of the abbey, nor that she would be one of the few sisters left standing.
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Dead is Not an Option by Marlene Perez

Dead Is Not An Option by Marlene PerezIt’s Daisy Giordano’s senior year and she is looking forward to prom and graduation and all the other fun things senior year brings with it. Of course, she has got other things on her plate as well like trying to break the enchantment that turned young lovers into a pig and a prophetic jukebox. She promised Lil, AKA the jukebox, she would find some way to release her, and once Daisy sets her mind to solving a mystery, there is no stopping her. Read More »

Evermine by Hailey Edwards

Evermine (Daughters of Askara, Book 2) by Hailey EdwardsExiled to Earth, Emma continued to protect Maddie as she had done on Askara. Working in a diner and preserving her glamour was difficult, but it was still much easier than allowing herself to think of Harper. When Harper and his brother, Clayton, returned to Earth, Emma realized they had risked everything by helping the slave revolt in Askara, and she was furious. Escaping to Earth had been the only way to keep Maddie safe from the political machinations and untrustworthy advisors so prevalent, and Emma’s own position as Maddie’s handmaiden was insecure with the changes in leadership. Read More »

Bristol House by Beverly Swerling

Bristol House: A Novel by Beverly SwerlingAnnie Kendall is excited about her latest opportunity to research ancient Jewish artifacts, especially since she will be living in London. Leaving behind her teaching job and her friends, Annie travels to London, sublets a flat from an acquaintance, and begins her research by visiting museums. Things seem to be going well for Annie, until the night she hears strange noises in an unoccupied bedroom in the flat. Read More »

Ghost Hand by Ripley Patton

Ghost Hand by Ripley PattonOlivia’s ghost hand started causing problems during her Calculus test, with the new guy in school staring in fascination. Irritated with his scrutiny, Olivia tried to distract him, but suddenly her hand began pulsating and growing larger, stretching out towards Passion’s back, who was sitting in front of her. The new guy quickly grabbed Olivia’s wrist until her hand cooled down, and once it returned to its abnormal normal, she noticed a baggie with some shiny gray sharp objects on her lap. Read More »

Wishing for a Highlander by Jessi Gage

Wishing for a Highlander (Highland Wishes) by Jessi GageMelanie Burns loved her job at the museum and was especially happy with the Scottish antiquities exhibit she was working on. She took great pride in her job, and since her personal life was in tatters, she focused on work and her pregnancy, vowing to be the best mother she could be. Examining a rosewood box that was reputed to be Andrew Carnegie’s, she jokingly wished for a handsome Highland warrior. Suddenly, Melanie found herself in the middle of clan warfare in sixteenth-century Scotland. Read More »

Twice Cursed by Jacqueline Paige

Twice Cursed by Jacqueline PaigeMaddy Darcy was embarrassed to be labeled as a witchling at the advanced age of twenty-seven. All her friends were fully capable witches, having passed their training classes at Hidden Cove, but Maddy’s spells always invoked the opposite of what she intended, and she had been getting those results for the last fifteen years, ever since a blocking curse had been placed on her. Frustrated, Maddy decided to visit the museum to see the ancient artifacts from Ireland and Scotland, and suddenly, over a Quaich, she saw him and they magically connected. Read More »

The Last Soul by Carolyn Rosewood

The Last Soul (Seduced by a Demon) by Carolyn RosewoodFaina was both relieved and excited, knowing that Larry was the last human she would have to seduce. It had been a long six months of work to get Larry to the point where he was willing to sign over his soul just to get his life back on track. One hundred and fifty years of servitude had left Faina ready to move on, and her contract with Mastema promised that she would become human once again after fulfilling that last little clause. Unfortunately, as demons will, Mastema lied.
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Shadows by Jen Black

Shadows by Jen BlackMelissa Holden was a bit bored at her friend Jonny’s party. Even though Jonny had introduced her to everyone, no one shared her interests, and she wondered if she dared to leave when Jonny tapped her on the shoulder again. The latest date candidate, Rory Hepburn, was gorgeous, complete with velvet voice and great fashion sense. The two hit it off, heading for dinner after the party, when Rory invited Melissa to join him at Jonny’s country home, a restored millhouse, for a holiday vacation. Read More »

Wanted: Fevered or Alive by Heather Long

Wanted: Fevered or Alive (Fevered Hearts) (Volume 6) by Heather LongJason Kane has carried a great burden of guilt ever since the fever swept through Dorado, leaving him forever changed. The cacophony of everyone’s thoughts rushing in left Jason confused and frightened, until he learned to deal with the aftereffect of the fever and gained a certain measure of control over his gift. In addition to the gift of reading other’s thoughts, Jason learned how to kill a man without leaving a mark on his body. He became a hired assassin, working for a family friend, never telling his beloved family what he was actually doing when he was supposed to be away at college. Read More »

Written in Stone by Rie McGaha

Written in StoneGavin Stone was considered to be quite a catch by the young ladies and their families, and they put in a great deal of effort on the pursuit. Handsome, gallant, and extremely wealthy, Gavin realized that it was past time for him to find a mate and settle down, but none of the simpering, silly girls in attendance at the ball captured his interest in the slightest. Upon Read More »

Dream Lover Edited by Kristina Wright

Dream Lover: Paranormal Tales of Erotic RomanceMy previous experience with anthologies had not been positive. Out of a dozen short stories I found two, maybe three, that were really good, with another three or four that were passable. With that said, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed all seventeen stories in this collection. My three favorites are summarized below.
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Rain at Midsummer by Teresa Noelle Roberts

Rain At Midsummer by Noelle RobertsNikos was slightly resentful of his position as Lord of Thermanae, wanting only to return to the city of Poldar and build a life with his intended, a successful spice merchant, but was instead forced to return home and take on the responsibility of an entire civilization. The lack of water had nearly reached drought status, and Nikos knew that he was expected to correct the Read More »

Encode by Viola Grace

Encode by Viola GraceHoney Andrea Borrow was an Encoded Courier, one of the few with the ability to transport materials in a “safe biological environment”, was still surprised that the High Prefect of Shoshan was requesting a sperm sample from the Oefric alpha that needed to be delivered within five days. Read More »

Plaid Tidings by Mia Marlowe

Plaid Tidings (Spirit of the Highlands) by Mia MarlowLucinda MacOwen was more than a bit apprehensive at the thought of meeting her betrothed for the first time. The contract had been drawn up, specifying that one of the four MacOwen sisters was to wed Lord Bonniebroch, and since her eldest sister had already eloped, Lucinda was left to fulfill the contract and help the family out of their financial difficulties. Read More »