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Monday, October 31, 2011

Guest Post and Giveaway: Coral Russell

HAPPY HALLOWEEN everyone!! This is one of my favorite times of the year. For a reader of the horror and paranormal books this is the day that we get to celebrate all our favorite characters (and dress up like them!). Today I have the perfect guest post from Coral Russell. I was originally working with her to schedule something in November but when I read this I thought this would be absolutely perfect for a Halloween post (gave me goosebumps!).  Coral is also gracious enough and is going to giveaway two e-copies of her book, Amador Lockdown (more information below).

I Believe in Ghosts 
by Coral Russell

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I have had strange experiences in my life that has led me to believe that there is 'something' beyond this life. One of the most memorable experiences was with my husband. We bought a one hundred year old house. It was 2400 square feet. The upstairs and downstairs consisted of a wide room at least thirty feet long with two ceiling fans. The foyer of the house was done in oak and had three flights of stairs. My husband worked during the day and I worked part-time at night and would get home about 11pm.

Our house was on the corner and for a weeks now I had been driving up to a house ablaze with light. My husband had turned every single light in the house on and there were many windows so you could see it from a couple of blocks away. I begged him to think of the electricity and please turn off the lights. Surely he didn't need every light in the house on when it got dark.

He mumbled something or other and I still came home to find the house all lit up. It was welcoming, but I dreaded receiving the electric bill.

One night we were watching TV downstairs. The TV was in front of a big picture window at one end of the big room downstairs. We had a loveseat in front of the TV and to our left was the foyer. I'm not sure when we became aware of footsteps overhead, but they were at least twenty to twenty-five feet behind where we were sitting. My husband and I both turned and looked up. The footsteps were walking straight down the middle of the room and the ceiling fan directly behind us shook a little as they passed.

Then the footsteps proceeded down the stairs. The staircase was old and every step creaked loudly. As the footsteps continued down the three flights of stairs, my husband and I leaned forward and looked into the foyer fully expecting to see a person enter the foyer. The footsteps stopped. Only there was no one there.

For the first time my husband and I looked at each other. We had been speechless this entire time. Then my husband jumped up, turned to me and said, “See, that's the same #$%* that's been going on every night in this house!”

I never asked him to turn off the lights again.

Coral Russell won the 2003 McCaleb Peace Initiative which produced the non-fiction articles Peace on the Peninsula about South Korean's view on reunification. You can also find various articles written by her on Technorati and BlogCritics. After winning a fiction writing contest (a fluke), she caught the fiction bug. An encounter with something paranormal on a local ghost tour inspired her to start writing the ghost hunter series.

Her titles include Peace on the Peninsula, Twelve Worlds, Playing with Fire, The DIY Guide to Social Media Marketing and eBook Publishing, and Amador Lockdown.

Something has moved into the Amador Hotel. Hector, Marcos, Bev, and Tony of the Paranormal Posse are called in to either debunk the haunting or get rid of whatever is causing the problems. With the surprise arrival of Hector's son, he tries to keep his professional and personal lives separate, but whatever is haunting the Amador Hotel has other plans.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Review: River Cast by Samantha Young

River Cast (Part 2 in the Tale of Lunarmorte)
By Samantha Young
Available Now
Publisher: Self-published
Format: Review e-Copy
Source: Author

Existing in the shadows of our world are supernatural races; children blessed by the ancient Greek gods with unimaginable gifts and at present they are fighting a two-thousand-year old war with one another.

**I try not to include spoilers in my reviews but since this is part of a series, some spoilers are unavoidable.**

Now that we have been eased into the history behind the Midnight Coven and the Daylight Coven, the second installment of the Tale of Lunarmorte focuses on eighteen-year old Caia Ribeiro. Caia is grown more comfortable with her half-lykan, half-water magik along with being half-Daylight and half-Midnight. Sounds crazy but that is just what the gods wanted. She will end this war…it is destined.

After rescuing Jae from her crazy uncle who tortured Jae, Caia lets Jae run away to be by herself for awhile. Caia knows what Jae went thru; she saw it all via Ethan’s eyes. Caia is able to tap into Midnights and see what they are sometimes seeing and feeling. What is new is that Caia has been noticing that all Midnights are not evil. Some even are being tortured by their own kind! Caia is asked to come to the sanctuary to begin her training by Marita. Even though Caia and Marcus are keeping their distance for now she stills brings him along and wants him close by. Things are not what they seem and there are more nefarious plans going on. Caia discovers some earth shattering secrets that will throw everyone into a tail spin and put the pack at risk of being attacked.

Jae has discovered that she now has telekinetic abilities. It scares her to death. There is now way that the Pack is going to accept her now. But she needs to go back. Caia has sent for her and Ryder is going to fetch her. Unfortunately Jae will have a little tag along named Reuben. Reuben is a vampire who no one knows how old he is. He and Jae have been hunting rogue vampyres together since she left the pack. You get the sense that something is not right but he seems so dedicated to Jae that you feel that he is in love with her and jealous that Ryder comes in and sweeps Jae off her feet. 

In River Cast we have two budding romances building. Marcus and Caia of course are having their ups and downs but secrets will bring them closer and Ryder and Jae find each other through the craziness that surrounds them. I still love the characters and now the series seems to really be taking off and I can’t wait to read how this will all end! Very appropriate for the YA paranormal readers.





Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Review: Bound by Blood by Amanda Ashley

Bound by Blood (Bound, Book 2)
By Amanda Ashley
Available Now
Publisher: Kensington
Format: review copy
Source: Publisher

I remember it well, the night that Calin Sherrad, Master of our Coven, called our people together.  

Kaitlyn Sherrad, heir to the Carpathian dynasty, is half human and half vampire. She has broken free of the Fortress and is living on her own in Nevada. A hopeless romantic at heart she is an easy target for Zack Ravenscroft. Zack is a ladies’ man but when he meets Katy he knows that she is unlike anyone he has every meet. There is definitely insta-love but not insta-lust. Zack wants to do everything right with Katy and that includes wanting to be married first before falling into bed with her. One HUGE obstacle in the way is that fact that Katy’s family is made up of natural born vampires and Zack is an “Other”, a made vampire.

The Sherrad family thought they had destroyed these heathens long time ago. Let’s just say Drake, Katy’s father, is not too happy with this development. But he must first try to stop one of his father’s wives, Nadiya, from killing Katy in retaliation for the death of her son. Nadiya sends some of her family after Katy and when they are killed, Nadiya goes off the deep end.

I loved the Romeo and Juliet style storyline. Katy and Zack’s love is forbidden but nothing will come between them, not even the vengeful Nadiya. Adding the element of danger just creates the right amount of tension to keep your interest. I will admit at times Katy sounds like a spoiled child but her bravery in battle outweighs that one flaw. To me Bound by Blood was a classic vampire love story and I enjoyed reading it.


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