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.

Shades of Virtue by Jack Whitsel

Shadows of Kings by Jack Whitsel Shadows of Kings is the first book in the Dragon Rising series, setting the stage for the series, and with the second book, Shades of Virtue, the play has begun.

The invasion by the Horde, a race of brutish and mindless killers, had been stopped. The cost to stop the invasion had been huge, with many noble Knights lost, kingdoms devastated, and the King himself slain. Peace has come to the land, but it is an uneasy peace as kingdoms vie with each other for power, wealth and prestige. The Order of the Dragon has withdrawn and is trying to build its own nation on the frontier. Allies are becoming enemies, saviors are now looked upon with suspicion, and the hidden, unknown enemy lies outside the boundaries of the lands still weaving plots and directing evil acts. Read More »

Shadows of Kings by Jack Whitsel

Shadows of Kings by Jack WhitselThe Harhn are invading the lands of Hugue, domain of men, after fifty years of quiet. The green, savage monsters have invaded before, but this time is different. The Harhn Horde usually strikes in mindless fury, more intent on destruction than conquering lands. This time, however, they seem well-organized, making strategic moves and attacking defended fortresses. Worse yet, sorcerers travel with them. Read More »

Fated by Lisa Fender and Toni Burns

Fated: Book 1 of The Djenrye Chronicles (Volume 1) by Lisa Fender and Toni BurnsRebellion is afoot in the world of the Djenrye and it reaches the bedchamber of Raynok and his heavily-pregnant wife, Carlynn. Raynok’s instinct is to grab his sword and fight in defense of his city, Ty Raile ai Highlae. However, as the last living Guardian, he knows that his duty is to the entire world and just as importantly, to the unborn babe who will succeed him as Guardian. In this world, Guardian is not just a title, but instead a link between the people and the powerful magic in the five Orthehlae stones that created the Gods themselves. Without a Guardian, the stones would become instable and tear apart not only Djenrye, but also the Human world in the neighboring dimension. He must survive for both worlds and if he cannot, then he must ensure that his child will. Read More »

Skin Game by Jim Butcher

Skin Game (Dresden Files) by Jim ButcherHarry Dresden has been on Demonreach, an island (and living entity) that serves as a prison for some of the worst of the worst demons. He’s spent the year healing, training, and trying to come to grips with the Winter Mantle that is now a part of him. He knows that time is running out for him, though. Queen Mab has not yet called him into service as her Winter Knight and the parasite in his head that kept him alive is getting stronger and a lot more painful. Read More »

Red Summer by Antoinette Houston

Red Summer by Antoinette HoustonEvery teenager in the summer of graduation faces the scary question of “what do I do with my life.” For a group of four teenagers, the question suddenly becomes moot when they are faced with simply surviving their summer. The four are unlikely friends, although they all share the unfortunate bond of having grown up parentless. Red and Ingrid live with Thomas, Ingrid’s older brother. Wil and Nik share an apartment. And the last year of school, they coupled up: Red with Wil and Ingrid with Nik. Read More »

Mind Games by Christine Amsden

Mind Games (Cassie Scot) by Christine AmsdenCassie Scot’s life has crumbled, and every time she thinks she has her feet firmly planted, she gets knocked down again. As the eldest child of a powerful Sorcerer family, she was raised in a loving household where her every need or want was met. The first blow on her long ride to the bottom was being disowned by her parents, with little to no explanation or logic. True, she had no magic of her own so was a bit of a black sheep, but the lack had always seemed to bother her more than it did her parents. Read More »

All the Shadows of the Rainbow by Inanna Arthen

All the Shadows of the Rainbow (The Vampires of New England Series) (Volume 3) by Inanna ArthenIt is the turbulent 1960’s in an uncertain world, with civil rights, women’s rights, war protestors, free love, drugs and nuclear threat lying over the heads of everyone. In this chaotic atmosphere there are those who are trying to bring sanity back. Diana Chilton is dealing with her own internal chaos as a powerful witch recovering from a Great Working gone wrong, an encounter with the Fairie world, and a newly turned vampire. About the only thing that has not changed is her single-minded commitment to making the world a better place. Read More »

Nights of Villjamur by Mark Charan Newton

Nights of Villjamur (Legends of the Red Sun) by Mark Charan NewtonThe red sun is dying and an ice age beginning on an ancient world. It is a world so ancient that its earliest civilizations are either forgotten or myth, although the antiques and relics left behind speak of great power and a technology that cannot be reproduced and only vaguely understood by cultists who have made it their life’s work. And while the world slowly dies and the ice creeps ever forward, the current civilizations struggle to survive. One of these is a great empire, and it, too, seems to be caught up in the slow death and decay of the world. Read More »

City of Ruin by Mark Charan Newton

City of Ruin (Legends of the Red Sun) by Mark Charan NewtonAn ancient world under a dying red sun is slowly being engulfed by an ice age. The Jamar Empire should have been fortifying itself against the ice siege, but instead is being torn apart by internal corruption, a regime change and rumors of a horde of invaders slowly destroying the countryside. As most of the population rushes to supposed safety of the capital city of Villjamur, a few have fled the capital for the port town of Villren. Read More »

Fable by Lisa Fender and Toni Burns

Fable: Book 1 of the Lorn Prophecy (Volume 1) by Lisa Fender and Toni BurnsImagine two dimensions sharing one world. At one time in the far-away past, the world was shared by both populations, but one took the road of science and technology while the other held tightly to the natural order of the elements. With the help of the elements and magic, a portal to another dimension was created and the Djen left and soon their very existence was remembered only through myth and legends about genies, elves and fairies. Read More »

Mad Tales by Joseph Mazzenga

Mad Tales by Joseph Mazzenga Mad Tales is a collection of four short stories and an absolute jewel of a read. The author shows his versatility and skill by covering four different genres of the paranormal with exquisite style, ironic humor and fiendishly clever twists and turns. Each story holds surprises and unexpected conclusions, all done exceptionally well. Read More »

The Beast Within by Jimmy Gillentine

The Beast Within by Jimmy GillentineIn a small Mississippi town, Aces High is a busy bar that boasts good drinks, fair prices, the television always tuned in to sports and Andrew, an extraordinary bouncer who is peaceable, but does not hesitate to use his extraordinary speed and strength when the need arises. Angela finds all these things to be true on her first day as a waitress at the bar. Trying to juggle expenses for college, Read More »

Immortal Hunter by Kait Ballenger

Immortal Hunter (Mills & Boon Nocturne) by Kait BallengerDavid Aronowitz is on the hunt for a Demon. That is not unusual because he is the Exorcist for the Rochester Division of Execution Underground, but this time the hunt is personal. Allśun, the woman he loved and lost, is recovering in a hospital after being tortured by a serial killer and one of her doctors is carrying a demon inside him.
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Twilight Hunter by Kait Ballenger

Twilight Hunter (The Execution Underground) by Kait BallengerThe Rochester Division of Execution Underground has a serial killer in its jurisdiction, leaving a string of mutilated/raped young women in his wake. If the killer were human, he would be the problem of local law enforcement, but the Division has reason to believe he is a supernatural and that makes it their duty to stop him. Execution Underground is a secret international organization of elite Hunters dedicated to protecting humanity from supernatural enemies, and each Hunter has his own unique specialty. Due to the nature of the mutilation, Jace McCannon has reason to believe the Read More »

Secrets and Lies by Christine Amsden

Secrets and Lies: a Cassie Scot novel by Christine Amsden Secrets and Lies is the second book in the Cassie Scot series. Cassie is reeling from all the upheavals in her life. She has been disowned by her parents with the explanation that it is to “protect the family,” which makes no sense to her. She has no money, no clothes, no car and no place to live until her best friend takes her in. In addition, her detective agency is lost in a spectacular fire when a master vampire comes close to killing her. And the only reason she is still alive is that Evan Blackwood used his powers to save her, leaving her with a life debt to him. She can never be sure if her feelings for Evan are genuine or simply a result of the magic of the life debt. Read More »

Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective by Christine Amsden

Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective by Christine AmsdenIt is difficult to be the only one with no magic in a powerful family of Sorcerers, particularly when you are the eldest child. It is even more difficult when living in a small town where everyone knows everyone else’s business. Cassie (Cassandra) Scot is determined to build a career based on her investigative skills alone so opens a detective agency. Eagle Rock’s sorcerers have been long established in the town, and the non-magic user townspeople tend to turn a blind eye to unusual events–with the exception of those events that impact them directly. Read More »

Known Devil by Justin Gustainis

Known Devil: An Occult Crimes Unit Investigation by Justin GustainisCoffee breaks are meant to give a guy a chance to unwind. Detective Sgt. Stan Markowski and his partner Karl Renfer were sitting in Jerry’s Diner, relaxing and shooting the breeze, with Stan drinking bad coffee and Karl drinking his usual Type A blood–just an ordinary coffee break until two elves tried to rob the joint. The big question in Stan and Karl’s minds was not how to handle the situation, but why elves would commit a robbery in the first place. They are not particularly known for being bad-asses–-unlike trolls and meth-head goblins. Well, first things first, so with a bit of Stan’s trickery and Karl’s vampiric speed, the situation is soon under control. Read More »

Lost Innocents by Sonnet O’Dell

Lost Innocents by Sonnet O'DellFrom the outside, Cassandra Fairbank’s life looks like one of an ordinary college student: taking classes, hanging out with her friends, struggling to pay her bills. But the moment the sun sets, Cassandra vanishes from her ordinary world into an alternate reality filled with magic, monsters, and exciting (if exhausting) challenges. She is a product of both realities; her mother coming from one world and her father from another. Read More »