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True Grey is a Smashing Success!

True GreyTrue Grey

By Clea Simon

Copyright December 2012

Publisher Severn House

 

Things look bleak for cat-loving Dulcie Schwartz when she finds the body of an academic rival she threatened to kill just days before . . .  When Dulcie Schwartz stumbles across the body of Melinda Sloane Harquist, a visiting scholar whose upcoming book threatens to ruin Dulcie’s thesis and who she threatened to kill, in jest, just days before, it’s creepily reminiscent of the nightmares that have been waking her for the past week.

And with boyfriend Chris distant and preoccupied, and both the ghost cat Mr Grey and her kitten Esmé strangely cryptic in their advice, it’s up to Dulcie to prove herself innocent, before it’s too late . . .

 

This book is taking longer to read than it should… Every time I reach a point of the story that upsets me, I have to close the book and walk away for a minute or longer. I do love the characters though and this new book is the most troubling of all so far. The actions taking place around our heroine are scary, very scary.

Besides the classes that Dulcie teaches, she is working very hard researching her thesis topic, and finally feels like she is making progress towards finding the identity of the unknown author.  Thomas Griddlehaus, the Chief Clerk of the library’s famous Mildon Collection is helping her find the scraps of pages she needs to validate her thesis. He is a very quiet and nervous man who seems to enjoy being able to help her.  So it pains him to have to inform her that she is being locked out of the library at the behest of the Dean, who is giving exclusive access to a visiting scholar… A scholar who appears to be searching for the very same scraps and author that Dulcie’s been spending five years researching.

Why is all this so upsetting to me, and scary?  This academic scholar is a former student at the college and appears to be very close to the dean who gave her access.  So with much trepidation Dulcie arranges to get access to her prior to her “coming out party”, Dulcie finds her dead in her rooms with her head bashed in.  She is ignoring Mr. Grey’s advice and steps into the room thereby making her even more of a suspect  then she would be anyway.

The many twists, turns, and possible enemies are piling up and Dulcie has no idea who to trust. Even her boyfriend Chris appears to be unavailable when she needs him most.  You will be very shocked at the identity of our killer and their motives.  This book will keep you riveted to your seat from beginning to end (unless, like me  you need a break between shocks).

 

FTC Full Disclosure: I received this book as a gift from the author who hoped I would give it a fair and impartial review.

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Death Warmed Over is one Hot Book

Death Warmed Over

By: Kevin J. Anderson

Copyright: September 2012

Publisher: Kensington Fantasy

 

Ever since The Big Uneasy unleashed vampires, werewolves, and other undead denizens on the world, it’s been hell being a detective—especially for zombie P.I. Dan Chambeaux. Taking on the creepiest of cases in the Unnatural Quarter with a human lawyer for a partner and a ghost for a girlfriend, Chambeaux redefines “dead on arrival.” But just because he was murdered doesn’t mean he’d leave his clients in the lurch. Besides, zombies are so good at lurching.


Now he’s back from the dead and back in business—with a case load that’s downright unnatural. A resurrected mummy is suing the museum that put him on display. Two witches, victims of a curse gone terribly wrong, seek restitution from a publisher for not using “spell check” on its magical tomes. And he’s got to figure out a very personal question—Who killed him?


For Dan Chambeaux, it’s all in a day’s work. (Still, does ***everybody*** [delete: the media] have to call him “Shamble”?) Funny, fresh, and irresistible, this cadaverous caper puts the P.I. in R.I.P….with a vengeance.

 

Dan Chambeaux gives the appearance of a 1940’s old time P.I. , with the slouch hat and the .38 revolver on his hip, covered by his jacket.  Partnering with a “Do-Gooder” lawyer just seems to make sense in this story.  The story line here revolves around his murder, and the murder of his girlfriend, and office manager/legal secty Sheyanne.

The fact that dead people come back as zombie, and vampires have appeared in the real world makes this story take on a whole new level of intrigue.  Who poisoned Sheyanne and put a bullet through the back of Dan’s head are only part of the story though.  Dan’s list of clients reads like a who’se who of the fairy tail world.  He’s got a Vampire who is an interior designer, and a dead artist who has come back to “life” making his family unhappy. Coming back means his art won’t suddenly jump up in value. Then when he starts painting a new masterpiece they steal it. He hires Dan to retrieve it for a share of the sale price.

The book is fun, cheeky and you won’t put it down until the last page says “The End”.  You’ve got to buy, borrow, beg, or steal this book.  It will definitely make your day.

 

FTC Full Disclosure: I received and ARC of this book from the publisher who only asked for a fair and impartial review.

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This new Urban Fantasy Series Will Make Your Day

Blood of Eden

By: Tami Dane

Copyright: December 2011

Publisher: Kensington Urban Fantasy

 

Sloan has a sky-high IQ, a chaotic personal life, and a dream: to work for the FBI. Her goal is within reach until an error lands her with the FBI’s ugly stepchild: the new Paranormal Behavioral Analysis Unit. She’ll get to profile criminals, but the pool of suspects is a little more… diverse. Yet even as Sloan tackles her first case, a string of victims, all with puncture wounds to the neck, she can’t slience her inner para-skeptic.

To catch the killer she’ll have to think like one. That means casting aside her doubts, and dealing with bizarre nightmares that started with the job. But the strangeness is only beginning, as Sloan pieces together the shocking truth about a case that’s more personal than she ever would have guessed.

 

Sloan applied for a summer internship with the FBI, and was accepted. Imagine her surprise when she arrives and is told “whoops, we made a mistake”, we’ve hired someone else for the position we promised you.  Then to find out that the new intern was her high school nemesis was almost too much for her.  She virtually got down on her knees and begged for any kind of work at the bureau and surprisingly (yeah right) they found a job for her in the new PBAU. Sloan is of course more than a little leery of this gift but is willing to give it a try.

Normally when someone interns with any company, be it gov’t or commercial, they usually end up being the office gofers.  Go for this, go for that.  When the unit is called in to handle a series of strange murders Sloan is a bit surprised to find that she is going to be working as part of the team doing the behavioral work up.

A little about Sloan. Her dad left when she was young, her mom is a nutcase, and her roommate has turned their kitchen into a mad scientist’s laboratory.  So I’m guessing that this new job is going to really stretch her credibility meter to its limit.

I totally enjoyed the storyline, the characters and Sloan’s family history.  I think this series could give some of the NYT top authors a run for their money. I’m looking forward to the next book and all the others to follow.

FTC Full Disclosure: I was sent this book by the publishers who asked only a fair and impartial review.

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Kris Neri’s Magical Alienation is a Magical Success

Magical Alienation

By: Kris Neri

Copyright November 2011

Publisher: Red Coyote Press

When fake psychic Samantha Brennan heads to Sedona, Arizona, as the spiritual adviser of the aging bad boy of rock, Rand Riker — she never expects to uncover the most shocking secret the government has kept for the last sixty years: the truth about the being in the spaceship that crashed in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947.

But questions abound in Sedona in the days leading up to an awesome harmonic convergence, which sends Sedona’s mysterious energy off the charts. Such as why Rand defends the most reviled man in the country, militia guru Normal Frankly, accused to trying to kill Arizona’s charismatic senator, Kenny Campbell. Or why Kenny’s real definition of family values doesn’t jibe with what he claims in the photo ops. Even Samantha’s favorite partner in crime, goddess-in-hiding Special Agent Annabelle Haggerty of the FBI wrestles with the most destructive paradox of her life.

With gods and goddesses wielding unimaginable powers, and the shape shifting rock people twisting the very surface of the earth, as Sedona heads into the darkest night the planet has ever seen, Samantha wonders which, if any of them, will survive it. But she should know by now that when Celtic gods are involved, nothing is ever as it appears.

Samantha just had to get out of town, she needed a break from her current life in Los Angeles, and in particular from an unmentioned FBI Agent she knows.  She met aging rock star Rand Riker at a party and found herself working as his personal advisor.  She had reached the high life, or so she thought.  To paraphrase an old revered movie line, Monsters and Goddesses and Aliens, Oh My!

Having Special Agent Haggerty showing up on her doorstep to tell her she’s going to be working together again is NOT what Sam wants to hear.  It’s bad enough that Rand is going to give a Benefit Concert for the person accused of attempted murder of Senator Kenny Campbell. Now she’s supposed to work for the Feds also?  No Way.  She’s introduced to a cat named Mellencamp who is roaming around the courthouse… in fact the cat introduced himself.

If none of this seems to make any sense to you, and you’re wondering where this mystery all comes together. I strongly suggest that you buy, borrow or steal a copy of the book.  I’m giving it FIVE stars and a bullet point.  I can’t wait for Madam Samantha, and Haggerty’s next case to appear on the bookshelves of a store near you.

FTC Full Disclosure: I received this book at the request of the author who only hope for a fair and impartial review.

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A Truly Amazing Adventure Story

The Beads of Lapis Lazuli

By: Doris Kenney Marcotte

Copyright: September 2011

Publisher: Outskirts Press Inc.

 

Katheryn Marshall is just an everyday Cincinnati housewife and mother-until she purchases an ancient strand of lapis lazuli beads on holiday in Crete. That’s the start of a two-year obsession with ancient Minoan civilization, culminating in an unfinished novel about the culture’s greatest mystery of love and desertion. But as she delves deeper into the myth, Katheryn finds holes in the story that she refuses to accept, preventing her from completing the book. And what happens next could rewrite history-even as it stretches her marriage to the breaking point.

Now, against the vehement wishes of all those around her, Katheryn is about to drop everything to embark on a fact-finding mission that will take her to a deserted island in the middle of the Mediterranean. Along for the ride is Jake Deupree, a renowned psychic who helps archeologists locate important excavations. But as they hone in on their goal, it’s Katheryn who experiences odd premonitions. And neither of them is prepared for what their mission will uncover-and what it will uncover about themselves.

The Beads of Lapis Lazuli is part mystery, part psychological drama as it mixes history, obsession, and the paranormal for an exhilarating read. Bridging time and space, it is about seeking truth and taking control of our lives. And it is about discovering the unknown strength within us-that housewives can also be heroes and adventurers-as we write our own personal stories.

 

What do you get when you mix an everyday housewife who is an avid sailor, a surprise trip to Crete to avoid bad sailing weather and a Lapis Lazuli necklace?  You have all the ingredients necessary for an adventure worthy of Indiana Jones or Laura Croft.  Katheryn Marshal has always been interested in the Minoan civilization. Her interests have driven her to write a book answering the questions that remain about the Myth of Ariadne and Theseus.

Katheryn has been planning a return trip to Crete to look for more information but it seems that everyone around her is doing their best to keep her from going. Finally she just buys her ticket and plans to leave on her own.  She had read a short article in the paper about a man who helped a group of French Archeologists. He was a well known psychic who helped them select a new dig site. His success rate was unbelievable. She heads off to meet Jake Dupree and see if he can help her decide where to look and which island is the actual site.

Katheryn and Jake head off to Crete and from there, her adventure takes on a life of its own.

I love the stories of Ancient Greece and Rome. The pantheons of Gods and Goddesses, the heroes and heroines entertained me as a child and still hold me enthralled to this day.  Ms. Marcotte has produced a story of ancient love, paranormal adventure, history of a lost culture and an extremely must read book.

FTC Full Disclosure:  I received this book from the author who only asked for a fair review.

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Succubus Revealed is a Fascinating Read

Succubus Revealed

By Richelle mead

Copyright September 2011

Publisher Kensington Fiction

 

In Georgina Kincaid, succubus and she-demon, #1 New York Times bestselling author Richelle Mead has created one of her most enticing characters. But with a shot at love, and maybe even redemption, is the ultimate seductress finally going soft? Like hell she is. . .

Georgina Kincaid has had an eternity to figure out the opposite sex, but sometimes they still surprise her. Take Seth Mortensen. The man has risked his soul to become Georgina’s boyfriend. Still, with Lucifer for a boss, Georgina can’t just hang up her killer heels and settle down to domestic bliss. In fact, she’s being forced to transfer operations. . .to Las Vegas.

The City of Sin is a dream gig for a succubus, but Georgina’s allies are suspicious. Why are the powers-that-be so eager to get her away from Seattle—and from Seth? Georgina is one of Hell’s most valuable assets, but if there’s any way out of the succubus business she plans to take it—no matter how much roadkill she leaves behind. She just hopes the casualties won’t include the one man she’s risking everything for. . .

 

Georgie is deeply in love with Seth and would do anything for him.  She is happy where she is working in Seattle for Jerome. She has her friends, and life for this Succubus is good.  Of course when things are good being told you have to change your life and uproot yourself is enough to make you pull out your hair.

Georgina confused about how this notice to move came about. It didn’t follow the standard protocols of Hell and she decides to investigate it to make sure it’s NOT a mistake. Engaging the help of her friend Hugh she starts looking into things that Hell would rather she not know about.

From this point on she and her allies are going to be on a roller coaster ride that will take them into their pasts and puts their very existence at risk.

I have to admit that I’ve only been a sporadic follower of this series since my library does not always have all the books I’d want to read in stock (the budget crunch always hits libraries first). I chose this book from a list of titles offered to me and when I saw Richelle Mead’s name I immediately put myself down for a review copy.  I’m glad I did. Now I’m going to have to go back and re-read this fantastic series from book 1 all the way to the end.

Richelle Mead is a multi talented, multi series author (Georgina Kincade Series AND the Dark Swan Series). She can be found at www.richellemead.com and at www.facebook.com/#!/richellemeadfanpage

FTC Full Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher in the hopes that I would review it.

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Hard Spell Justin Gustainis Book Trailer

In this urban fantasy, an occult detective in Scranton, Pennsylvania investigates crimes involving vampires, werewolves, witches, ghosts, and ghouls. He might even get to save the world

 

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Under Wraps is Unwrapped and Wonderful

Under Wraps

By Hannah Jayne

Copyright March 2011

Publisher Kensington

As a human immune to magic, Sophie Lawson can help everyone from banshee to zombie transition into normal, everyday San Francisco life. With a handsome werewolf as her UDA boss and a fashionista vampire for a roommate, Sophie knows everything there is to know about the undead, the unseen, and the uncanny. . .

Until a rash of gruesome murders has demons and mortals running for cover, and Sophie finds herself playing sidekick to detective Parker Hayes. Dodging raging bloodsuckers, bad-tempered fairies, and love-struck trolls is one thing. But when Sophie discovers Parker isn’t what he seems, she’s got only one chance to figure out whom to trust. Because an evil hiding in plain sight is closing in. . .and about to make one wisecracking human its means to ultimate power. . .

Under Wraps is the story of Sophie Lawson, a normal young woman to all appearances. But as we all know, appearances are always deceiving.  Sophie’s grandmother was a Seer, her mom was also gifted.  Sophie on the other hand has no gift at all, other than being totally immune to the affects of magic and magical/mystical objects.  This makes her the perfect person to be the Administrative Assistant to her boss, Mr. Hayes the head of the UDA (Underworld Detection Agency).  The UDA offices are located 35 floors under the SFPD.

Her immunity to all forms of Magic make her the perfect go-between of staff and clients. She is  able to intervene when clients and staff have differences of opinion and act as a buffer while things get sorted out.

This new series takes the reader into a realm where mortals and demons interact secretly.  The mortal world is not aware that the bogeyman lives among them.  When the murder of a mortal is found by the police and appears to be of Supernatural actions, The Chief of Police (Mr. Hayes’ former college roommate) send Detective Parker Hayes down to get some help in solving the crime.  Sophie ends up as Parker’s partner and they make plans to go through her files looking for possible suspects.

The story, along with the sparkle of heat between Sophie and Parker, moves along at a good pace. The characters (the leads and close friends) are well thought out and 3 dimensional.  I enjoyed the interaction between Sophie’s roommate, and Parker.  They fight like brother and sister keeping things entertaining and real.

This is Hannah Jayne’s first book in the Underworld Detective Agency Series. Hannah can be found hanging out at http://www.hannahjschwartz.com/  and also at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hannah-Jayne/198457233498100?sk=wall

FTC Full Disclosure: I borrowed this book from my local library with all intentions of reviewing it.

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Outstanding story, Outstanding Characters!!

Pack of Lies

By Laura Anne Gilman

Copyright February 2011

Publisher Luna

 

My name is Bonita Torres, and eight months ago I was an unemployed college graduate without a plan. Now I’m an investigator with the Private Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigations team of New York. Pretty awesome, right?

The Cosa Nostradamus, the magical community, isn’t quick to give up its secrets, though. Not even to fellow members. Not even when it’s in their best interests. So we’ve been busting our tails, perfecting our forensic skills, working to gain acceptance. The team’s tight… but we have our quirks, too. And our Big Dog, Benjamin Venec…well, he’s a special case, all right.

But we can’t give up. We’re needed, especially when a case comes along that threatens to pit human against fatae. But one wrong move could cost us everything we’ve worked for….

 

Bonni and the pack were in the middle of a training session at their office. They are working on their defenses and teamwork. Bonni and Nick have been “killed” and were sitting out the rest of the workout, when their senior boss Ian Stossel lets them know that they have a job to do.

There is a report of a young woman, a Talent is apparently sexually attacked one evening and her companion has killed one assailant and partially disemboweled the other.  Bonni and her teammates head off to the scene of the attack  and look for witnesses and evidence of exactly what occurred.  The thing about this case is that the young woman’s companion is a Ki-Rin. Ki-Rin are at the very top of the Fatae hierarchy and that makes it imperative that this case is handled quickly and efficiently.

This is the second book in Ms. Gilman’s new series “Paranormal Scene Investigations”. This is an outstanding book, with outstanding character development, and a clear indication that the author wants her heroes to stand out from the crowd.

Laura Anne Gilman can be found hanging out on twitter @LAGilman and also at https://www.facebook.com/?sk=lf#!/lauraanne.gilman

FTC Full Disclosure: I borrowed this book from my local library with full intentions of reviewing it on line.

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Something new to look forward to from Heather Webber

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