Quinn Matthews had always loved her Uncle Ed’s Queen Anne home, and after her uncle died, she jumped at the chance to own the house. Looking forward to the restoration, Quinn was thrilled to discover the attic full of antique furniture, though she was concerned about a strange water stain on the ceiling in the second floor hallway. (more…)
Southern Haunts: Spirits That Walk Among Us is a collection of sixteen stories containing ghosts centered in the South and Southwest. Be prepared to shiver with fear or laugh at the antics of some of these ghosts.
Sidney’s Cotton by Richard Parks is one of the stories that stuck with me. Sidney’s Cotton is a restaurant and nightclub run by David Summer. On a slow evening he is telling a renovation story to a pretty woman named Margaret. (more…)
Fitzgerald “Fitz” Gaffney is nineteen, socially hopeless, and a piano prodigy. Left alone in a marble mansion while his mother goes on her eighth honeymoon, Fitz falls for Garrett, a smooth-talking classmate who finds Fitz’s home, money and virginity highly appealing. After letting Garrett talk him into trying Ecstasy, Fitz wakes up in a dumpster, looking up at two men who will change his life.
Jan Xu is a wife, mother, ex-teacher, daughter and wolf. Her family is all Lang, which is Mandarin Chinese for wolf. It’s not always easy for Jan Xu to be a wolf in a human world. Jan Xu and her baby sister, Marianne, grew up like typical cubs playing, chasing each other, and hunting small game in their backyard. As they grew older, they grew apart and their relationship became almost nonexistent. Now six years have passed, and Marianne returns home with her new boyfriend. (more…)
Torberta, orphaned at an early age, hears ghosts. Everyone thinks she is crazy so her guardians enroll her in a school for children with emotional problems. Life is as normal as can be expected at school. Torberta has a few friends but most of the kids avoid her.
When strange things begin to happen at school — power outages, fires, students being injured — Torberta must listen to the voices and try to save her classmates and herself before it is too late.
Mawhiney has written a powerful young adult novel that is disturbing in its honest portrayal of an orphaned and outcast teen who suffers harsh treatment at the hands of her guardians and her peers. (more…)
Edward Brady, inventor of steam-powered sex toys and lately of a massive sex machine recently on exhibition at the Las Vegas Adult Toy Convention, had definitely been working too hard lately. Wishing he could take the time away from tinkering with his latest invention, a train that took its rider through a series of stops, pleasuring her with its steam-powered toys along the way, his imagination and desire for a woman of his own can be the only reason for him seeing a beautiful woman coasting along and feeling the pleasure at each station.
Eleisha and her band have had a lull in their searches when, suddenly, Wade discovers something that makes him think that there might be another in Seattle. On the spur of the moment, the crew drives there, but when they make contact, the vamp tells them never to contact him again. Startled, Eleisha has to rethink her plan and how foolish it might have been to set out without knowing more.
Christian has been on his own, on the run and hiding from Julian, since Julian began his purge of vampires all those many years ago, and no one has ever caught on to him. Suddenly, this wisp of a girl appears and wants him to join her and her cadre of vampires and other paranormals. Christian realizes, however, that Eleisha could become the perfect companion to him…if he can just turn her away from her friends.
Garrick of Hawkwood was furious and embarrassed when he first saw Fairfield, believing the king had sent him on a fool’s errand, that his assignment, to marry the Widow d’Arcy and claim Fairfield and its lands for the crown, was simply a joke to Henry. When the grizzled porter referred to Fairfield as Castle Ladyslipper, Garrick was certain he was in the wrong place, and looking around, he wondered why there were so few men to defend the castle and its grounds. As Garrick entered the castle proper, he was introduced to Emma, the widow’s stepdaughter, the current lady of the manor, who was not at all pleased at his arrival. Informing Garrick that Lady Helene was currently in France, and therefore, not available to be married, Emma hoped to save Fairfield from being taken over.
Sixteen-year-old Sam Reading hears creaking in the cabin every night when she and her parents stay there during the summer. No one else hears the sounds, but Sam knows she is not imagining things. One night, she dares to look and sees a man there. When she spots him and speaks to him, the man tells her is name is Harrison Benning and that he died there in the nineteenth century. When Sam asks about his visibility on that particular night, Harrison explains that every year on the summer solstice he becomes corporeal, but just until dawn the following day. Over the next few years, the relationship between Sam and Harrison progresses to become more than just a friendship.
This uneven yet intriguing collection of stories dealing with the supernatural by two authors does provide some thrills. The tales cover a variety of subjects: a young woman who has what she believes to be nightmares about her missing mother, two friends who visit a haunted island in search of answers to what happened to one’s brother, a very unusual dollhouse, a young woman who bonds with a ghost, a young man who gets much more than he expects on a camping trip with his parents, a ghost who becomes corporeal once a year, and a formerly bullied boy who exacts an unexpected type of revenge.
Lara Nance sure knows how to tell a good ghost story. Memories of Murder perfectly blends the paranormal with a cozy mystery – with some romance thrown in for good measure.
Desperate to escape her past after killing an attacker with magic, Maeve McKenna sheds her witchy ways and takes a position as the resident RN at a small-town nursing home. On her first day of work, her arrival is greeted by one of the Alzheimer’s patients jumping off the roof of the building. Everyone else thinks it was a result of his condition, but the more Maeve learns about the patient’s life, the more she thinks there is something wrong with his diagnosis.
Mal and Chrysabelle: A good chunk of their story revolves around their feelings for each other and what that means for the cursed vampire and former comarré, or blood servant. The main mysteries in their lives revolve around the possible identity of Chrysabelle’s brother, the effects of melting down the ring of sorrows and using it to replace Chrysabelle’s signum, and the attempted retrieval of the vampire baby.
Doc and Fi: Fi is, obviously, still not happy with the “benefits” Doc received when he became pride leader. She makes a pretty bold stance to get back what she lost, and I have the feeling the repercussions are going to be severe.
Grave witch Alex Craft is still reeling from her ordeals in Grave Dance. Her eyesight is still wonky, her relationship with Falin, the fae FIB agent, is seemingly doomed, her love for Death fluctuates with every day she doesn’t see him, and her new, “glowing” way of life may place even more of a strain on her venture into the world of private investigations with her best friend, Rianna.
Everything changes when Alex witnesses a man jump off a building. Ruled a suicide, the case appears cut-and-dried to the police and witnesses – well, the witnesses who can’t see dead people. Alex’s powers as a grave witch throw her into an investigation of apparent suicides — an investigation that finally brings business to Tongues for the Dead, but may also bring the true death to Alex’s doorstop.
A year ago, Lydia’s boyfriend was murdered during a robbery on Halloween night. Lydia is inconsolable over the loss and finds herself inebriated and dressed up in a cat costume at a bar. She runs into her brother’s partner on the police force, an incredibly handsome man by the name of Ian Thomas. Ian seeks Lydia out (at the behest of Lydia’s brother) and attempts to romance the woman out of her funk – but the pair find themselves stranded on the side of the road, with only a spooky old house for refuge. (more…)
Chrysabelle is a comarré, a human whose sole purpose is to please her vampire master — think a mixture of an ever-full refrigerator and a Geisha. Comarré are impossible to miss; their skin is tattooed with golden designs, identifying them better than any nametag could.
Chrysabelle is also a murderess. Or so the vampires think. Her patron was murdered and she’s the prime suspect. Instead of waiting around to be punished for a crime she didn’t commit, Chrysabelle runs to the only man who can help her: Malkolm, a vampire not only cursed to kill whomever he drinks from, but a vampire cursed with the joy of hearing the voices of said victims in his head.
Shannon Rouchelle’s Dead World is perhaps one of the most unique books I have ever read. In it, she combines my two favorite subgenres – ghost stories and epic fantasy – which is something I have never come across before.
After the death of his son, Ryan, Dennis Campbell’s life begins falling apart. His days are filled with sightings of his wife who left him for his best friend and moved just across the street. (more…)
Daisy Giordano, the heroine of the Dead Is series, has graduated from high school. The new heroine of this thrilling YA series is Jessica Walsh, Daisy’s next door neighbor, who has just started her freshman year. High school is hard enough, but Jessica has just found out that she is a Virago, a woman warrior trained to fight and sworn to protect her town in times of danger. She finds herself juggling her fight training with soccer practice, glee club, figuring out her feelings for the hot new singer of the local band “Side Effects May Vary,” and dealing with her best friend who is acting very strangely. It sounds complicated, but things are different in Nightshade, California. And Jessica is only just beginning to understand how different life in Nightshade actually is.
Melissa Sanderson had no explanation why her husband Mark’s personality had changed so drastically. Instead of the loving, caring man she had been familiar with, Mark had turned into an abusive, irrational man who seemed to take great pleasure in beating her until she bled and then could revert to his former personality as if nothing had happened. Melissa’s friends at work were insisting she leave him, but Melissa stood firm, believing something must have happened to make Mark change so drastically—and she was determined to discover the truth. (more…)
Jaylyn Withers had been abandoned in the middle of nowhere. How could Hugh, her fiancé –no, EX-fiancé- bring her to the horrible old mess of a house, miles from Manhattan, and then leave her for someone else? She supported his dreams of being lord of the manor, and followed along when he bought the old Virginia plantation, but the reality of living with no electricity or running water became too much, and he dumped Jaylyn for his boss’ daughter, leaving Jaylyn stuck with no money and no way to get home. (more…)
James Sherbourne, Earl of Whitney, has no soul. He and his fellow Hellraisers sold their souls for power, love, and, in Whit’s case, control of the odds. An unrepentant gambler, Whit immerses himself in the game. It isn’t until meeting Zora Grey, a Romani girl full of inner fire, that Whit realizes what he lost.
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