Title: A Slaughter of Angels
Author: Matthew Angelo
Genre: Paranormal / Crime / Thriller
As the owner of the Midnight Agency, a private investigation company, I handle all sorts of cases that the police are unable to solve. This case was nothing different. Girls from a local club have come up missing and it is up to me, Rian MacCaren, to find them. Only problem is that the bad guy is no longer human. He is something else. That's what happens when you sell your soul to a demon.
Author: C.M. McCoy
Published: December 15th, 2015
Publisher: Omnific/Simon & Schuster
Genre: YAm paranormal adventure with romance
Recommended Age: 16+
Hailey's dreams have always been, well...vivid. As in monsters from her nightmares follow her into her waking life vivid.
When her big sister goes missing, eighteen-year-old Hailey finds the only thing keeping her safe from a murderous 3,000-year-old beast is an equally terrifying creature who has fallen "madly" in love with her. Competing to win her affection, the Dream Creature, Asher, lures her to the one place that offers safety--a ParaScience university in Alaska he calls home. There, she studies the science of the supernatural and must learn to live with a roommate from Hell, survive her ParaScience classes, and hope the only creature who can save her from an evil immortal doesn't decide to kill her himself.
Published: May 31, 2016
Publisher: Juju Mojo Publications
Resuscitated after he drowns and dies in a flood, David Flint discovers he has returned from the other side with an uncanny ability: He can “jump” into people’s bodies and minds, and control their thoughts and actions.
David believes it's a gift, and wants to use it to help people. Then four members of a ruthless drug ring savagely attack his fiancée and leave her in a coma, and David tries to use his new power to destroy the whole ring. But the ringleader, a voodoo priest known as the Zombie Master, is a formidable man with a deadly secret: He has the same incredible ability as David.
The two human marionette masters clash in a brutal bloody showdown, using the ring’s members as their puppets, and David discovers he’s battling for much more than his life—he’s fighting to rid the world of an evil human abomination.
Marionettes illuminates the greatest achievements of the human spirit and the darkest corridors of our minds, and answers the age-old question: What are the consequences of absolute power?
Title: Chasing Rabbits
Author: Erin Bedford
Published: June 2nd, 2016
Genre: Supernatural Fantasy
Recommended Age: 16+
Alice was wrong – Wonderland wasn’t so wonderful after all.
Kat never expected to be back in her hometown, but when house sitting turns into a mad rabbit chase, Kat finds herself with a whole new set of problems.
A two-headed bird with a Game of Thrones obsession, a party full of tea addicts, and a Cheshire Cat who could seduce the pants off her grandma? And if the citizens weren’t bad enough their prince was off his rocker.
This wasn’t your run of the mill Wonderland. This was the Fae world, where rules are rules, and some things are exactly as they seem.
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Published: September 2015
Publisher: Three Trees Press
Josephine Reilly is a typical young mother, striving to do what is best for her family in the suburbs of St. Paul, Minnesota. Declan, her ambitious and talented husband, has a thriving career as a corporate lawyer. On the surface, life could not appear more perfect. Yet, Josie has an unrealized gift, one that has haunted her since the drowning death of a childhood friend. Josie is a messenger, as were her mother and grandmother before her, carrying messages from the dead to the living through dreams, visions and telepathy. For years, Josie suppresses her gift but when her mother dies, she is unable to ignore it any longer. Upon exploring her ability, she finds she has underestimated the dangers in channeling the dead when those she loves become targets of an invisible evil. Her sanity comes into question and she is at risk of losing everything she holds dear. Then fate places Dr. Andrew Chase in Josie's path, a healer of supernatural capabilities. Only he hasn't come to prevent her fall . . .
"The Uncommitted" is a compelling tale of the spiritual struggle within us and of the realities beyond our physical sight.
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Anyway, to the parts that I was really looking forward to: I was pitched that this was a paranormal romance with Christian elements and influences. It wasn't meant to be preachy, and the author does put in a variety of characters with different backgrounds, but the bottom line was: only one faith can save everyone. That was mildly preachy for me, so I think Christian readers would enjoy this more than any others. The paranormal part started off awesome! The ghosts and demons begin to take over Josie's life, and she has to find a way to cope with them and her gift. They can sometimes get downright scary. She's keeps a lot of her troubles bottled up, but begins to reach out to others in order to find a way to stop the hauntings that don't just threaten her, but also her children. It was when she finds professional help that the book began to lose some of it's focus. One second she's battling demons, the next her gift is all background noise. She also, randomly, becomes a completely different person when she's in the hospital. The 180 twist, was sort of explained, but it really didn't feel convincing.
Then there's Andrew. He has an odd background, and isn't as well developed as Josie, but he's looking for Josie. He'll do whatever it takes. It was when they met that Josie has some big decisions to make and the romance angle begins to take shape-ish. I did find the writing to be very smooth. The author had a great way of bringing Josie to life, I think that's why the sudden change in her attitude (demonic influence maybe? It wasn't entirely clear, but hinted at) made me do a double take and the longer she kept up her "I hate the world" attitude, the more I was distrustful of the character. There were also several scenes that were drawn or didn't contribute to the plot.
I would totally recommend this to Christian fiction fans, but not paranormal/romance fans. Because of the odd switches in Josie's behaviour and how the story slowed in so many portions of the novel, I give this 3 Stars.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Margaret M. Goss was born in Oswego, New York, to first-generation Italian-American parents, studied nursing at Arizona State University and public policy and administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her mother, an art teacher and painter, and her father, an English teacher, musician and writer, passed on their love of reading, art and music to her at a early age. However, it wasn't until after her children were born that she was able to indulge her creative passion, writing.
Margaret has always been fascinated by the biographies of Catholic saints and mystics as well as mysteries of all things unseen. The Uncommitted explores these mystical Christian traditions and ideals--Heaven and Hell, the resurrection, apparitions, saints, angels, bilocation, exorcism, the presence of lost souls, spiritual warfare, the concept of forgiveness--and places them in the context of a modern family.
Other interests Margaret has is youth hockey (as all of her children play) and food allergy. Her Facebook blog, Wisconsin Hockey Moms, has followers from all over the U.S. and Canada. She currently lives with her husband and three children in Madison, Wisconsin.
Author Links: Website
Published: September 2015
Publisher: Close-Up Books
Deep in the Australian bush, something dark is stirring.
When wildlife ranger, Lisa Thomas, finds a pile of animal entrails on her doorstep she's disturbed, but nothing can prepare her for the sudden spate of deaths that follow.
On top of this, her abusive ex has returned to town, and her father's health is deteriorating fast. As Lisa's life spins out of control, a giant white kangaroo appears with a dire warning.
Yet the mysterious kangaroo is impossible to track down and the more Lisa searches the more she's sure an even greater threat lurks in the wilderness...
I liked the new twist on a scary animal, though I wish I could have learned a bit more about it. The primary focus was on Lisa finding her way through life and when things couldn't get any worse, there's something killing wildlife and leaving it for her to find.
There's a bit of a mystery to the story, which I enjoyed. I liked how the author outlined what was going on and didn't give too much away until nearing the end. At first, it almost had a Sleepy Hollow "who's controlling the Hessian"-feel to it, which was cool. There was a bit of a monotony when it came to Lisa finding carcasses, as she found more than just a few, but her relationship with her dad and her ex husband were decent distractions. Her ex, Ben, is a real jerk and somewhat erratic. It was said, by Lisa, at one point that he was not a psychological tyrant, just a physical abuser, but his mood swings around Lisa whenever they bumped into each other had me peg him as both.
I kind of enjoyed the way the albino kangaroo was integrated into the urban story. We didn't know what it was, or why it was doing what it did. It had my full attention whenever it showed up. There is horror, but I didn't find it to be a constant theme. There's some good action near the end when she faces off against it.
The description is good, but I felt there was almost too much needless information. I knew how much Lisa paid for lunch, ate for lunch, what she cleaned up, and details regarding her plants. In small doses this would be fine, but it happened quite a bit. Maybe for others they'll find it draws them into Lisa's daily life, making her seem more real, but for me I found that it was impeding the story.
I liked the unique Australian setting, along with the lingo, wilderness and wildlife. It created a whole new world in something a bit familiar. It did drag a bit for me and I sometimes felt that some scenes were either too choppy, or drew out too long, but the conflicts with the kangaroos were fun to. There's action, a bit of horror, and I think people looking for a new kind of creature that breaks away from the traditional might enjoy this book.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ashley is a poet, novelist and teacher living in Australia.
He's the author of six poetry collections and five novels and was poetry editor for Page Seventeen from issues 8-10. He also moderates online renku group Issa’s Snail.
Ashley teaches English, Media and Music Production, has played in a metal band, worked in an art gallery and slaved away at music retail. Aside from reading and writing, Ashley loves volleyball and Studio Ghibli – and Magnum PI, easily one of the greatest television shows ever made.
See poetry at www.ashleycapes.com and fiction at www.cityofmasks.com
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Published: November 2015
Genres: YA Paranormal / Horror
~ Kira Sutherland ~
After a near fatal accident (and getting cheated on by her 'boyfriend'), and beating up the lead cheerleader (with whom the boyfriend cheated...), and being labeled as having 'issues' in her school because she, uhm, sees ghosts, Kira is left with two choices:
1. Continue her 'therapy' (where she's told the ghost is a hallucination and also gets her legs ogled too often...)
2. Go to Starkfield Academy, a boarding school for "Crazies and Convicts" (as the social media sites call them.)
She chooses the latter...
~ Cory Rand ~
Cory Rand has not had an easy life. His mother died in a car accident when he was twelve, and so did his mother's best friend...sort of. You see, Janice made a promise to take care of Cory just before she died, and so she lingers. Undead. A ghost that watches out for him.
Brought up in an abusive home, Cory quickly falls into a life of disreputable behavior. After his third offense (which was prompted by a girl, as usual - he has a weakness) he's left with two choices:
1. Be tried as an adult and share a cell with a guy named Bubba (he thinks...)
2. Go to Starkfield Academy, which Cory is pretty sure is run by vampires. But, hey, at least he'll get an education.
He chooses the latter...
It's at Starkfield that Kira meets Cory Rand, a boy with an insatiable Rage who sees ghosts, too. As well as other things, other things from his past, things that confuse him, things like fire and witches and demons.
Things he's always ignored.
“Roll down the window, Jack.” Jack was recently dead, so he still had a smell about him. (Which only I could smell...)
I had purposely skipped breakfast. Maybe Jack would help me lose weight. I was (still am) a little wide, although it had never stopped guys flirting with me. I know how to dress.
But I could be skinnier.
Lucy Rogers was skinny. All bones and no boobs.
Charlene Carverton was a babe. Cheerleader. Big chest (which she pushed out generously with a push-up — if only guys knew). Toned thighs. Charlene only dated college boys (back then), which I still think is pretty gross for a girl her age.
“He’s not for you,” Jack said out the blue.
“This...Mike — he’s wrong for you, Miss Kira.” For all Jack’s faults (mainly, being dead), he has a good heart. Factually, probably it’s why I kept him around at first.
“You think I don’t know that?”
“Then why don’t you dump him?”
I braked at a stop sign. Looked left and right. “Because I’d look like an idiot. I flirted with him and showed interest, and one kiss later I can’t stand the sight of him.”
“So dump him.”
“It’s not that simple. Kids at school — they can be vicious. I have to let it fade slowly. If I drop the bomb on him, I’ll never hear the end of it through senior year.” “And you care?”
Yes, I did. Forget Guantanamo, schools are rough. “You don’t understand, Jack. Maybe school was different in your day. But in mine, well, we walk through metal detectors.”
“Schools weren’t too different in my day.” I noted the sadness in his voice. “You okay?”
Right. “You miss...your life?”
Jack shrugged. “I like being with you, Miss Kira. And I don’t remember much of my life. I think I’m in limbo.”
“Yes, like I have some unfinished business. If only I could remember...what...it is...” He scratched his head. “Any ideas?”
“Well, it can’t be love. If it were love, I’d be a vampire. That’s who teenage girls fall in love with these days.”
“A vampire? That’s just what I need — two undead beings stalking me.”
“I feel I have something to do around you, Miss Kira. I don’t know what, but something. Something important.”
I looked over at him. “Me?”
I was still looking at him when I missed the stop sign. The Mack truck drove straight into us.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
R P Channing started writing three years ago, but never published anything even after churning out over a million words of fiction. Thirst: Blood of my Blood is the first book he dared to publish. When asked why, he said, “Because it’s the first thing I wrote that my wife actually enjoyed reading.” When not hammering away (most literally) at his keyboard, he can be found buried in a book, reading anything from romance to horror to young adult to non-fiction to comedy. If it has words in it, I’ll take it.
Author Links: Website | Twitter @rpchanning | Amazon
Published: May 2015
Publisher: Four Eyed Owl
Series: The Dreamland Series #1
It’s night. Always night. Dreams guard against the evil forged by nightmares. Infinite shooting stars illuminate a moonless sky. A city stands alone, surrounded by a darkened field. On its fringes, a man watches one star separate from the masses and fall. What survives the crash will unveil a secret centuries long hidden.
Molly hasn’t slept well since the night of her twenty-fourth birthday. Being struck by lightning might have something to do with it, but then again, her chicken did look a little undercooked at dinner. Whatever the culprit, her life quickly catapults from mundane to insane as, night after night, Molly is transported through her once dreamless sleep to a mysterious land illuminated by shooting stars.
There she meets the captivating but frustrating Dev, and together they discover Molly possesses a power coveted by his people—the ability to conjure almost anything she desires into existence. Seduced by the possibilities of this gift, Molly shifts her attention from waking life toward the man, the magic, and the world found in her dreams.
But Molly must ask herself—does something truly exist if you only see it when you close your eyes?
Faced with the threat of losing everything—her job, best friend, boyfriend, and most importantly, that little thing called her sanity—Molly will learn just how far she’ll go to uncover what is real and what is merely a figment of her imagination.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
E.J. Mellow is the author behind the NA Contemporary Fantasy trilogy The Dreamland Series. When
she's not busy moonlighting in the realm of make-believe, she can be found doodling, buried in a book (usually this one), or playing video games.
Residing in Brooklyn, NY she is a member of Romance Writers of America and their Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter.
Author Links: www.ejmellow.com | Goodreads | Instagram | Twitter @ej_mellow | Facebook
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Title: The Soul Thief (Angel of Death Series #1)
Author: Majanka Verstraete
Genre: YA Fantasy / Paranormal
When sixteen-year-old Riley is injured in a car crash and sees a girl stealing a boy’s soul, she’s convinced she’s hallucinating. But when she sees the same girl at the hospital later, she knows she wasn’t dreaming. That’s when Riley learns her secret heritage and who she really is: a halfling Angel of Death.
Riley must come to terms with her new reality and supernatural abilities, but before she can do this, girls her age start dying in mysterious circumstances. It’s up to Riley to figure out why, what the innocent victims have in common, and what she can do to stop them from dying.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Majanka Verstraete begged her Mom to teach her how to read while she was still in kindergarten. By the time she finished fifth grade, she had read through the entire children’s section of her hometown library. She wrote her first story when she was seven years old, and hasn’t stopped writing since. With an imagination that never sleeps, and hundreds of possible book characters screaming for her attention, writing is more than a passion for her. She writes about all things supernatural for children of all ages. She’s tried to write contemporary novels before, but something paranormal always manages to crawl in. Majanka is currently studying for her Master of Laws degree, and hopes one day to be able to combine her passions for law and writing. When she’s not writing, reading or studying, she likes watching “The Vampire Diaries” and “Game of Thrones,” spending time with her friends, or playing “World of Warcraft.”
Author Links: Website - http://majankaverstraete.com | Twitter @iheartreads | Facebook
A Bit Witchy by Danielle Fisher
Publication date: September 14th 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Eighteen year old Lena Ashlen is in the middle of an identity crisis, and the people in her life aren’t helping. Half of her school thinks she’s crazy while the other half has no idea she even exists. Her father and stepmother barely see her through the bottom of their wine glasses, and her only friends are guardian angels who are terrible cheats when it comes to poker. The only constants in her life are her obsessive crushes on both chocolate and Glenn Storm. In between losing her bra, her pride, and her best friend, Lena has no idea how she’ll survive her senior year.
When guardian angels begin disappearing and everyone thinks she’s to blame, Lena becomes trapped in a case of mistaken identity. But when Glenn and his chaotic family offer to help her find out the truth, she’s forced to ask herself whether she’s the one who’s mistaken. In between the lies and secrets of a past life gone bad, Lena soon learns that if she’s ever going to prove they have the wrong girl, she’s going to need more than just snark and cleavage to convince them.
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There was a cool twist when it came to guardian angels. Though Lena is special, she's not a witch, but is perceived to be by her peers. That aside, the world that unfolds is unlike anything I've read so far.
The story opens with the clumsy, witty main character who is funny, hilariously embarrassing and adorable. Lena is a bit of a loner, but that could be because she can see guardian angels following the majority of her classmates. She can even talk to them, which would look odd if anyone caught her.
The pacing didn't let up and the more I learned about Lena's possible destiny, the more ensnared I became by the story. It seems whenever the story gives Lena a little bit of happiness, something else will swoop in and threaten to take it all away.
When she's welcomed into the Storm's family it was a bit disturbing how much sexual harassment was thrown around, but Lena didn't seem to mind or at least she kept quiet when catching the 100th glance at her chest. Despite their odd social habits, the group is protective of Lena and she gains an acceptance she didn't have before. I really enjoyed the build up leading to the end and the quick-witted characters.
The twists and turns that Lena had to face were a lot of fun to read about. I really felt she was a well developed character and I couldn't help but like her, especially the snark.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Danielle is a writer, a reader, and a lover of everything covered in cheese. When she’s not adding books to her “Want to Read” list on Goodreads, she’s trying to corral her three daughters into a semi-normal life in Bel Air, Maryland. She shares this insanity with her incredibly patient husband, her favorite black, golden retriever, an occasional snake, mouse, and a family of squirrels. The latter 3 live in the attic, but she counts them anyway.
Author Links: Website | Twitter @AuthorDFisher
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