Author Archives: Storm

Storm Reyes has been reading paranormal, science fiction and fantasy books for over 50 years and writing reviews for 3 years. She recently retired from her position as Executive Assistant for the Pierce County Library System and now spends her time doing whatever the heck she wants to do. She's a Puyallup Indian, living on an urban reservation and so has the best of both worlds. Storm also spent 40 years as a human rights activist and public speaker. Her future plans include learning Tai Chi and making a dent in her stack of books to-be-read.

A Stake In Murder by Donald Allen Kirch

A Stake In Murder by Donald Allen Kirch“Don’t talk to your food,” the vampire Anton keeps reminding himself. It is good advice that he has difficulty following, because, after all, eating should be fun. The fun ends, however, when he is discovered in an abandoned warehouse in Phoenix and is staked and his body burned. At least it seems that is an ending to Anton, until several years later in Los Angeles when a series of murders sets off an alarm in the Special Investigations Unit of the FBI. Read More »

Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn by Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Day Al-Mohamed

Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn: A Steampunk Faerie Tale (Dark Quest Books) by Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Day Al-MohamedTo a young Persian, England was a cold, wet, unwelcoming place. As the second son of a jewel trader, his prospects were dim as his brother would eventually inherit the business and become head of the family. Fortunately, his father recognized his talent and great skill with mechanics and Baba Ali was sent to England to apprentice under a Professor of Mechanics and an Artificer. Although he desperately missed his father and the warmth of his homeland, Baba was sustained by his faith in Allah and the grand opportunity to learn and tinker with all things mechanical. Read More »

Rogue Soul by Linsey Hall

Rogue Soul (The Mythean Arcana) (Volume 3) by Linsey HallThe Underworld of the Celtic Gods is a cold, emotionless place. Once they freely roamed the Earth, taking their pleasures and exercising their powers with wild abandon. However, now they are confined to their Underworld, tied by their own laws and living in a state of cold perfection. For one who had once been mortal, the world of the Gods feels more like a prison and after two thousand years of such imprisonment, Ana, Celtic Goddess of War, is willing to risk everything to escape it and return to the world of the mortals. In order to do so, though, she has to enlist the help of the very man whose life she took to attain Godhood. Read More »

Blood Sin by Jenn Lyons

Blood Sin (Blood Chimera) (Volume 2) by Jenn LyonsJackson Pastor is between a hard place and well, a hard place. As a former Special Forces operator and now working for “Kidnap and Recuse,” there isn’t much he hasn’t seen or done, but nothing could prepare him for getting his throat ripped out and waking up as a Maran – a vampire. And as he discovered, Maran are born, not made. As it turned out, there was a lot of things he hadn’t known when he thought he was human! He has a mentor whose teaching style is akin to throwing someone in the deep end of the pool to learn to swim, and he’s been sucked into working for a special FBI Task Force who deals with supernatural bad guys and situations, and he bears a strong and loathing hatred for the FBI.
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Rush by Joan Swan

Rush (Phoenix Rising) by Joan Swan Rush is the third book in the Phoenix Rising series about a team of firefighters who were exposed to hazardous chemicals in a government warehouse fire. Team members all manifested a different paranormal power after the fire and their lives were up-ended in the ensuing government cover-up. As they later learned, the chemicals were a secret project inside a secret project to create Super Soldiers. Read More »

Blaze by Joan Swan

Blaze by Joan SwanA close-knit team of firefighters have their lives changed forever after battling a chemical fire in a secret government warehouse. One of their members is lost to the fire and the rest develop mysterious powers that have destroyed their career, friendships and in some cases, family members. They have gone their separate ways in order to rebuild their lives, but stay in close contact-–with the exception of Keira and Luke. In addition to being teammates, they had a personal, loving relationship that could not stand the strain of the after-effects of the fire. Destiny is not done with them yet, however. Read More »

Fever by Joan Swan

Fever by Joan SwanThe team of firefighters were used to being in blazing buildings with unknown contents, but this time was different. The contents were chemicals that emitted blue sparks and flames, and they had unwittingly stumbled into a secret government experiment. The inferno cost them the life of one of the team, and the survivors would be forever changed. Read More »

How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back by Diana Rowland

How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back by Diana RowlandThe worst day of Angel’s life became the very day she was saved. Hard to imagine that when the worst day involved losing her humanity by being infected with a parasite that turned her into a rotting Zombie corpse unless she ate human brains. But she went from being a teenaged, drug-addicted felon on a one-way road to hell to being a lab assistant in the morgue with a brand new GED in her hand. Read More »

Soulfire by Juliette Cross

Soulfire (Nightwing) by Juliette CrossHumans and Morgans are uneasily sharing a world. Morgans are a dragon/human hybrid race and the result of the bonding between a human Princess and a Dragon King that was both a grand love story and a tragedy. Although the races remain separate, more and more in this modern world they are working together, competing in business and in a limited fashion, socializing. Both Human and Morgan children are warned against the dangers of mingling, particularly because there is a chance that they will share Soulfire, a lifetime bonding between mates. Read More »

Soulceress by Linsey Hall

Soulceress (The Mythean Arcana Book 2) by Linsey HallHidden in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, lies the Immortal University, a safe haven for its supernatural residents where they can study, research, hone their craft and live without fear. The University also houses a security division, the Praesidium, responsible for the safety of the residents and mortals who may be in danger from demons and rogue immortals. Warren is the head of the Praesidium and supervises the Mythean Guardians who are tasked with protection and elimination of rogues. One of his staff is a contractor, Esha, a powerful Soulceress who excels at her job of dispatching demons. Read More »

The Younger Gods by Michael R. Underwood

The Younger Gods by Michael R. UnderwoodJacob Hicks has secrets. He is not really Jacob Hicks at all, but instead is a member of the notorious Greene family, a cult known for their blood sacrifices to appease the Gatekeepers of the unborn Younger Gods who were imprisoned after a war of the Gods. He escaped from his family’s North Dakota compound and is hiding in New York City and attending university. And he is a sorcerer able to tap into the magic pool of the Deeps. His goals in life are simple-–stay hidden from his family, fit into regular life and never use magic again. Read More »

Braving Fate by Linsey Hall

Braving Fate (The Mythean Arcana Book 1) by Linsey HallSouls are rarely reincarnated and then only for the most desperate reasons. The Immortal University, located in Edinburgh, Scotland, had been warned by a Goddess of Fate that a reincarnated soul would soon awaken to take on a world-altering task. It will be up to a Mythean Guardian to ensure the safety of the person so that the task will be successful, even though the cost to the person will be death. Cadan Trinovante was chosen as the Guardian and little did he know that his own past was coming back to haunt him. Read More »

Blood Tears by Denise K. Rago

Blood Tears by Denise K. RagoThe story begins in the late 1770’s in France, a time of decadence and revolution. Christian and Michael, two young men who are best friends, are seduced by the vampire Gabriella, and for a time the threesome enjoy passion and life together. But Christian meets Josette, a young and exquisitely beautiful woman, bound in an arranged and loveless marriage, and falls hopelessly in love. Josette is a powerful psychic whose blood calls vampires to her, and Christian is not her first vampire lover and he will not be her last. Read More »

Blood Chimera by Jenn Lyons

Blood Chimera (Volume 1) by Jenn LyonsJackson Pastor has pretty much seen it, done it and experienced it all, or at least he thinks so. As a former Special Forces operator and now contractor with Kidnap & Ransom, he is highly skilled in combat, weapons, intelligence and negotiations. Nothing he has experienced, however, prepared him for dying and coming back as a vampire. As he comes to discover, being a vampire is the least of the surprises in store for him. Read More »

Galilee Rising by Jennifer Harlow

Galilee Rising (The Galilee Falls Trilogy) (Volume 2) by Jennifer HarlowJoanna’s world has been turned upside down in the year since her best friend, Justin, sacrificed himself to save her. In his role as “Justice,” a Superhero, he chose to let go of a railing that barely supported both their weights and plunged to his death in the river below. For twenty years he had been the center of her life and romantic fantasies. Unable to deal with the loss, she had plunged into alcohol and rage, causing her to overstep the bounds of use of force on a criminal and losing her career as a police officer in the process. And as an added pressure, Justin had left the multi-million dollar Pendergast businesses to her. Read More »

Trace of Magic by Diana Pharaoh Francis

Trace of Magic: The Diamond City Magic Novels (Volume 1) by Diana Pharaoh FrancisDiamond City was built in the caldera of a Colorado volcano and began as a mining community when diamonds were discovered. The diamond rush brought not only miners, but eventually families, businesses and, of course, those who prey on them. Crime began with small gangs of thugs, but as the town evolved, so did the criminal element until the Tyet (a criminal alliance of sorts) was formed. Tyet’s influence is felt everywhere and staying below their radar is almost impossible, particularly if one has a special magical talent. Read More »

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine AddisonMaia is an 18 year old half-Elf, half-Goblin prince, although anyone would be hard-pressed to say that he lives a princely life. To cement a political alliance, his Goblin mother had been married to an Elven Emperor and it was a marriage unwanted and unwelcomed by both. When the Emperor learned his wife was pregnant, both mother and child were exiled to a far-away estate, where they lived in more squalor than plenty. As he was the fourth son, there was no hope of succession, so a Read More »

First Bite by Dani Harper

First Bite (The Dark Wolf Series) by Dani HarperJust a few running steps off a cliff and the misery and fear of life to be will be ended for Neva Ross. She doesn’t want to die, but she knows that she can’t live with what she’ll turn into. Unfortunately – or fortunately – for Neva, it just isn’t that easy to die and that is without the interference of Travis Williamson doing everything in his considerable power to keep her alive. Travis was born a Changling and it annoys him to no end that Neva keeps referring to him as a Werewolf. As Read More »

The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher

The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn FisherMan’s drive to be God-like has led to almost complete extinction of the human race. Whether it was scientific curiosity, greed or power-driven, the experiments with mixing human DNA, insect DNA and animal DNA led to a war that humanity lost. Sanctuary, a small enclave of human survivors, still exists in a foreboding desert wasteland waiting for the day that their creations, the Manti, come to destroy them. It is a precarious existence, but Sanctuary is devoted to retaining as much human knowledge as possible. Read More »

Justice by Jennifer Harlow

Justice (The Galilee Falls Trilogy) (Volume 1) by Jennifer HarlowGalilee Falls is a somewhat normal metropolitan city, although it seems to have a higher number of incidents between superheroes and supervillains than most cities its size. Common wisdom is that supervillains are drawn to the city to test their strength against Justice, the local and renowned crime-fighting superhero. Although Justice always prevails, the super-fights do leave a lot of civic destruction and mayhem in its wake. Things have been quieter since Alkaline, the arch-enemy of Justice, was caught and imprisoned three years ago, but all of that is about to change. Read More »