Colleen’s Book Reviews | “Wolfe Manor,” by Adele Marie Park, @Binky567

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Once she lived a normal life, a good, boring life, but a safe one…

Abandoned as a baby on the steps of Wolfe Manor, Fianna was raised with love, secure inside its walls. Now her bubble of safety is about to burst. Can she save the home and school which once cocooned her when old fears overwhelm? Facing students at the start of a new term is frightening enough without nightmares resurfacing which terrify Fianna.

She may have a degree in teaching but will this skill help her?
The return of old friends sends Fianna spiraling down the rabbit hole of her past. Wolfe Manor may call her to be what she was born to be, but can she find out in time to save it from an evil only she can defeat? Or if she fails and Wolfe Manor falls, what happens when the evil faces humanity unchallenged?

Fantasy and horror writer, Adele Marie Park originally hails from the Orkney Islands. Rousay is a small, but archaeologically important island, dubbed “The Egypt of The North.” The oral tradition of passing down stories fired the young Adele’s imagination with tales of trolls, faeries, sea monsters, witches, ghosts, and seals who could change into humans. The landscape of the island fascinated her as moorland hills swept down through green fields to the shores of secluded beaches, where black volcanic rocks might be a troll or a sleeping giant.

Reading the Hobbit at an early age inspired her and in her teens, she turned to Stephen King, James Herbert, Anne Rice, and Storm Constantine to appease a mind hungry to delve into the paranormal. Throughout her life, she never gave up writing but it was an ongoing medical condition which forced her to give up work that began her passion to publish her writing for others to read.

Genres may come and go, but Adele’s writing encompasses a solidity which does not change; the overcoming of obstacles in one’s life, love, death, grief, and pain all infused with those supernatural elements that one sees out the corner of the eye or feels when one is alone in the house at night and a floorboard creaks.

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MY RECOMMENDATION

Adele Marie Park’s newest release, “Wolfe Manor,” is the haunting tale of a young woman born for one purpose, to save humanity—an enormous task for anyone. But, Fianna isn’t just anyone, she’s a guardian.

Wolfe Manor harbors Fianna and her aunts and a circle of friends who promise to assist her in the huge task of shutting the portal to the evil that has found its way into the world. Of course, you know there is dark magic at play. There’s only one problem, in order for Fianna to shut the portal, she must first go through it!

There’s plenty of magic to go around including some evil witches, a demon, and a few totem animals that really made this novel shine. Yet, the real story is witnessing Fianna come into her own personal power to fulfill her destiny.

If you love speculative fiction, paranormal fiction, and stories of women coming to grips with their own power then this is the story for you. I read long into the night, bewitched by the twists and turns in the story. If you think you know the ending, guess again. This was a real page-turner.

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COLLEEN’S 2020 #BOOK #REVIEWS – “Kate Benedict Mystery Series Vol. 1-4,” BY AUTHOR, Carrie Bedford

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ABOUT THIS COLLECTION:

“FOUR” TRADITIONAL BRITISH MYSTERIES…with a metaphysical twist—at an out-of-this-world price!

Meet Kate Benedict—a promising young British architect who solves mysteries on the side. And she has an edge—an unusual, supernatural talent: she sees mysterious, swirling, death-predicting auras hovering over the people around her. She uses these paranormal powers to save her aura-ridden friends, neighbors, and coworkers who are oblivious to the danger they’re in—and they never believe her. Everywhere Kate turns she ends up with a deliciously traditional cozy on her hands: whether she’s working at her elegant office in rainy London or traipsing around a grand Scottish castle during a weekend getaway, Kate’s always knee deep in intrigue. Now available as a complete box set, this irresistible murder mystery series is like candy for international suspense armchair travelers. This series is a perfect pick for those who like their cozy female sleuths smart, savvy—and a tad psychic.

THE AURA
Life spins out of control for Kate Benedict when she begins seeing a dancing aura above certain people’s heads that seems to signal death. Suddenly she’s psychic. But psychic’s not acceptable in her circle, where the supernatural is strictly for the superstitious. Yet…people close to her are dying.

Kate’s attempts to discuss her newfound metaphysical gift are met with eye rolls; she can’t even tell the Scotland Yard detective who’s investigating the death of a close friend, Rebecca Williams. And now Rebecca’s neighbor has an aura.

DOUBLE BLIND
Two politicians have the death-predicting auras Kate can see. The only way to get to the two pols is via her old friend, DCI Clarke; yet her warnings go unheeded, and even her best friend, Anita, refuses to believe in the auras’ existence—even when one appears over her boss. And then Anita develops her own aura.

THE FLORENTINE CYPHER
What began as a quiet dinner date with an old childhood friend turns into a manhunt when Kate arrives at the rendezvous just in time to find her friend Ethan disappearing into a taxi. Kate is alarmed to see the distinctive swirling pattern above his head. After receiving a series of cryptic text messages, Kate looks for Ethan at his sister’s house in Florence, but whatever danger threatened Ethan in London has followed her to Italy—his sister Claire has a matching aura! Kate and Claire go on the run, constantly watched and followed, repeatedly threatened and attacked, never knowing whom they can trust.

THE SCOTTISH CONNECTION 
Kate is off to a glamorous weekend party in Scotland at the formerly grand castle belonging to the uncle of her boyfriend Josh. But the festive occasion turns solemn when Kate notices an aura above the head of Josh’s beloved Uncle Fergus. Kate can sometimes avert disaster –if she can discover the source of the danger. Otherwise, Josh’s favorite uncle will die in a matter of days.

Thus is the scene set for a deliciously traditional British cozy with a touch of the paranormal thriller—complete with ghostly characters from the past; medieval weapons collection; a ruined, closed-off wing of the castle; plus a vaguely menacing assortment of servants and locals and a cast full of dodgy house guests, all wrapped up in mysterious Scottish gloom… warmed by a cozy library fire and a nearly priceless collection of single malt scotches.

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I bought this series months back. I’ve spent the last month reading the four book collection. There is now a five book series with the link below. I will also share each book with you separately, so if you wish to purchase one at a time you have the links.

MY RECOMMENDATION

THE AURA: In book one, we meet Kate Benedict, whose mother appears to her after passing over 6 months prior. Kate suddenly starts seeing auras over some people’s heads, and the clearer the aura, the higher the risk of them dying sooner rather than later. When a friend dies, Kate’s guilt at not being able to stop their death consumes her. Yet, she’s convinced that someone murdered her friend. Kate works to solve two mysteries: how her aura ability works, and who killed her friend? The plot is sound and well written. This book drew me into the series and the characters. I like the protagonist and felt her frustration with her new aura seeing capabilities.

DOUBLE BLIND: Kate continues to see those dark swirling auras over the heads of people who will soon die. The hard part is trying to figure out what they could die from so she can save them. Imagine Kate’s shock, when she sees the aura around the head of the top candidate running for Prime Minister. Now, time is running out for Kate to figure out who the threat is and how to save the candidate from impending death! To make matters worse, Kate’s best friend, Anita, suddenly has an aura. The situation really gets interesting when Kate divulges all to Anita about her strange ability. Anita, a surgeon, thinks Kate needs psychiatric help! Can she save her friend and the candidate?

THE FLORENTINE CYPHER: The most exciting book out of the four begins with Kate leaving work at the architectural firm to meet up with an old friend for a dinner date. Before she can catch a taxi, Kate notices her friend and coworker, Ethan, leaving in a taxi. Even more disturbing is the fact that Ethan has a swirling aura over his head! After a series of strange text messages from Ethan, he vanishes. Kate searches for him in Florence, Italy, where she meets up with his sister, Claire, who also has an aura. Before long, the two are on the run. Look for rare art and antiquities, a rogue Catholic Priest, and lots of twists and turns in this story!

THE SCOTTISH CONNECTION: My favorite book… There’s just something about the Scottish moors. By now, I’m well vested in these characters. Kate and Josh are visiting his Uncle Fergus and the sprawling family mansion. Guess who has an aura? Uncle Fergus. To make matters worse, there is a series of murders. Add to the mystery a ghostly vision, and Kate is up to her eyeballs as she tries to save Josh’s uncle. There is a Russian connection to the late Tsarina that makes this story memorable. I guarantee you will not figure this one out!

I loved this four book series. British mysteries are my favorite. This author creates interesting characters and plots with a few historical twists added in. The paranormal aspects of the aura sightings predicting imminent death were brilliant. If you’re looking for a fun paranormal series to read filled with mystery and suspense, make it this one.

MY RATING FOR THE SERIES:

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About the Author

Born and raised in England, Carrie won the Greater London Essay Competition as a teenager. Today, after a rewarding career as a marketing executive in Silicon Valley in California, she dedicates her time to writing, including the award-winning Kate Benedict mystery series and the Nobilissima historical novels. An enthusiastic traveller, Carrie has lived in Switzerland, Spain, Italy, France and Belgium. She and her husband split their time between Beaune, France and Brussels.

How to Connect with the Author

BLOG: carriebedford.com

She loves to hear from her readers and responds to all comments and enquiries.  Please email her at carriebedford@icloud.com.

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COLLEEN’S 2020 #BOOK #REVIEWS – “Awaken: Northern Witch 2,” BY AUTHOR, K.S. Marsden, @KSMarsden

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Mark has everything he ever wanted. He is training to be a fully-fledged witch; and he is dating the hottest guy at school.
But events from last winter have set things into motion that he is not prepared for.

Witches, demons, and danger come together to prove that this… this is only the beginning.

MY RECOMMENDATION

“Awaken” immediately picks up where book one, “Winter Trials” left off. You can read that review HERE.

Mark is officially a witch in training. Nana has been working with him and teaching him some basic protection and healing spells. He even learns how to invoke his spirit guide, which was one of my favorite scenes. I was thrilled to find that Nana remains a powerful character in the series.

Damian and Mark’s friendship continues to grow while Harry and Sarah seem to distance themselves from the boys even more. To make matters worse, a misunderstand splits up Mark and his two old friends. Additional difficulties surface when the demon inside of Damien grows more powerful, as he now can influence his decisions.

Mark struggles with all these challenges. There’re disagreements at home. And even when he uses all the magic he knows to help Damien fight against the demon, it’s not enough. Eventually, he’s forced to consult with Nana and her coven because he’s reached the limits of his abilities.

When the end of the year Winter Solstice party doesn’t go off as planned, Mark’s friends from school, and the residents of the town turn against him. Could Mark have tapped into an evil source of black magic?

Kelly Marsden’s writing is filled with magical descriptions and realistic dialogue. Her gift is in describing magic in all its wondrous forms. If she’s not a practitioner in the craft, she should be! Many thanks to the author for the gift of a complimentary copy of this book, which I chose to review.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this coming of age tale and can’t wait to read the third book. There’s superb storytelling, characters that could be your neighbors (especially in my neighborhood), and suspense! Be prepared for the cliff hanger ending!

MY RATING

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About the Author

Kelly Marsden grew up in Yorkshire, and there were two constants in her life – books and horses.

Graduating with an equine degree from Aberystwyth University, she has spent most of her life since trying to experience everything the horse world has to offer. She is currently settled into a Nutritionist role for a horse feed company in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

Her first book, The Shadow Rises, was published in January 2013, and she now has several successful series under her belt.

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Blog: ksmarsden.com

Twitter: @KSMarsden

FB Author Page: K.S. Marsden

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COLLEEN’S 2020 #BOOK #REVIEWS – “Eventide,” BY AUTHOR, Mae Clair, @MaeClair1

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The darkness is coming . . .

The old house near Hode’s Hill, Pennsylvania, is a place for Madison Hewitt to start over—to put the trauma of her husband’s murder, and her subsequent breakdown, behind her. She isn’t bothered by a burial plot on the property, or the mysterious, sealed cistern in the basement. Not at first. Even the presence of cold spots and strange odors could be fabrications of her still troubled mind. But how to explain her slashed tires, or the ominous messages that grow ever more threatening?

Convinced the answer lies in the past, Madison delves into the history of the home’s original owners, only to discover the origin of a powerful evil. An entity that may be connected to a series of gruesome attacks that have left police baffled. No matter where she turns—past or present—terror lingers just a step away, spurred on by a twisted obsession that can only be satisfied through death…

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MY RECOMMENDATION

The third book in Mae Claire’s Hode’s Hill dual timeline Series is called “Eventide.” Wowser! Like the two previous books, this third novel delivers a wallop of a suspenseful tale which wraps up the series in ways I never anticipated! I’m blown away by the writing, the plot, and the ending!

Madison (Maddy) from the second book, has now fully recovered from her ordeal following the violent murder of her husband. She’s ready to get out on her own, and she purchases a house on the outskirts of town. Meanwhile, Jillian, Maddy’s sister, doesn’t think this is the right move for her, causing friction between them.

Once Maddy moves in, she quickly realizes that the Stewart house is haunted. She discovers three gravestones in the family burial plot behind the house. From the dates on the stones, Maddie realizes Sylvia Steward and her son, Nathaniel, both died on the same day. The third grave contain’s Sylvia’s husband, Darrin, who died years before them. What kind of tragedy could have caused a mother and her son to perish on the same day? Just wait… it gets creepier!

Not long after moving in, Maddy encounters a paranormal entity (or two) lurking inside the house who helps her learn about a second Steward son, named Tristan. Whatever caused his death remains a secret waiting to unravel.

Adding to her problems, Maddy realizes her boyfriend, Roth, is not what she expected. His anger issues and possessiveness are only part of the issue.

One day, Maddy finds her tires slashed. Her dead husband hung around with some unsavory characters. Could someone from her past be trying to scare her?

The future meets the past in the second timeline, which puts the reader in the year, 1878. We’re introduced to Hollande Moore, an unmarried woman past her prime, who is obliged to take a live-in position as a companion to Sylvia Steward by order of her brother.

Living in the Steward Mansion becomes unbearable when Hollande discovers Sylvia enjoys inflicting misery upon everyone. Nathaniel, Sylvia’s son, runs the family business. He is a disagreeable man with the same negative attitude as his mother.

Hollande doesn’t know how she will cope with the family until she meets Tristan, the second son who is the exact opposite of his brother. He runs the family business from another location and only comes home in the evening, regaling his mother and Hollande with tales of his adventures. Hollande notices how Sylvia adores Tristan, unlike her other son, Nathaniel.

Eventually, Hollande discovers Nathaniel to be a pleasant man away from the company of his mother. Before she knows it, Hollande and Nathaniel have fallen in love. Suddenly jealous with rage, Sylvia’s madness promises to upend the family.

When the past and the present collide in a trifecta of paranormal occurrences, Maddy stumbles upon an unfathomable evil in the house’s basement. Terrified, she calls in her sister’s boyfriend, Dante, to help her rid the house of the evil within. Together, Dante and the two sisters battle the unknown for the soul of Hode’s Hill. Who will survive?

By Mae Clair

This is one of the most outstanding paranormal series I’ve read. Mae Clair is a master at writing suspense, on a par with Dean Koontz and even Stephen King. In true nail-biter fashion, I couldn’t tear myself away from several of the action scenes, reading late into the night.

Clair doesn’t describe much gore in her novels, which I found appealing. Instead, she strings you along, building the tension until you think you’ll explode from your own impatience to find out what happens next! If you enjoy reading “paranormal-weird” this is the author for you.

I also enjoyed how the character’s personalities flowed throughout the three novels, lending a continuity to the tale of this strange place called Hode’s Hill. I thought I would have a favorite book, but I can honestly say, I loved all three. I’m sad the series is complete.

If you love paranormal fiction filled with a touch of history, romance, and the right amount of things that go bump in the night, you will love the Hode’s Hill series! Just make sure to only read with the light on!

MY RATING

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About the Author

A member of the Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers, Mae Clair is also a founding member and contributor to the award-winning writing blog, Story Empire. She has achieved bestseller status on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble, with several of her novels chosen as book club selections. 

Mae writes primarily in the mystery/suspense genre, flavoring her plots with elements of urban legend and folklore. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and is passionate about cryptozoology, old photographs, a good Maine lobster tail, and cats. 

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BLOG: MaeClair.com

TWITTER: @MaeClair1

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COLLEEN’S 2019 #BOOK #REVIEWS – “The Shadow Rises,” BY AUTHOR, K. S. Marsden, @KSMarsden

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When a new witch threat rises, only Hunter Astley can stop them…

In the face of dark magic and evil witches, a secret witch-hunting society works tirelessly to keep them at bay. The Malleus Maleficarum Council have strict rules and practises for eradicating magic.
Due to their work, witches have been almost forgotten, relegated to myth; but the rumours are starting to emerge of a new power that will throw the world into chaos.

As the only 7th generation witch-hunter, Hunter Astley is the best the MMC has to offer. With the help of his colleagues, it’s a race to track down this new threat and stop them… in any way he can.

Witch-Hunter Trilogy

  1. The Shadow Rises ~ free to download
  2. The Shadow Reigns
  3. The Shadow Falls

Witch-Hunter Prequels

  1. James: Witch-Hunter
  2. Sophie: Witch-Hunter
  3. Kristen: Witch-Hunter ~ coming 2020

Part one of the Witch-Hunter trilogy.
Free download from most ebook retailers.

Your Happy Halloween read is the most terrifying read of them all!

Beware the WITCH HUNTER!

MY RECOMMENDATION:

The time has arrived! Persecuted witches are ready to take a stand against the witch hunters through the most powerful witch of all – The Shadow Witch. In an “unusual” twist, in this book, the witches are the bad guys and the witch hunters are the heroes. Pretty scary if you ask me!

To begin, George “Hunter” Astley finds himself on a reluctant holiday in Venice where he witnesses the attempted murder of Sophie Murphy, by a trio of witches.

Hunter is a seventh-generation witch hunter who works for the MMC – (Malleus Maleficarum Council) where he has the power to apprehend, bind, and kill witches who practice their craft.

Back in England, Sophie tracks Hunter down because she wishes to join the ranks of the witch hunters. Once accepted, she trains with Hunter’s mentor, Brian Lloyd. When Brian dies in a house explosion, Sophie returns to Hunter’s side to continue her education.

Hunter and Sophie fight their attraction to each other for as long as they can, finally succumbing to their desire.

By Halloween, the tensions between the witches and the witch hunters hit a crescendo. When Sophie is possessed by the evil Shadow Witch, she reveals that someone he loves will die. Hunter now fears for Sophie’s life.

With the deaths of many more witch hunters, Hunter vows revenge. Suddenly, the MMC is attacked and eventually the building is destroyed. Chaos ensues, and the witch hunter’s destinies are at stake.

The evilest of witches has once again come into power. Hunter can’t believe the Shadow Witch returned. His grandfather killed her in the 1940s. Yet, everything points to her as the culprit.

Who will win? What becomes of Hunter and Sophie’s love for each other? That and many other mysteries will be revealed in this FREE first book in the series.

This was an excellent read—definitely not a cozy mystery! There were plenty of twists and turns to keep me on the edge of my seat. Be prepared as the book ends with unresolved questions. I’ll look for Hunter and Sophie’s relationship to be explored further in the subsequent books. I can’t wait to find out what happens next!

MY RATING:

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About the Author:

Kelly Marsden grew up in Yorkshire, and there were two constants in her life – books and horses.
Graduating with an equine degree from Aberystwyth University, she has spent most of her life since trying to experience everything the horse world has to offer. She is currently settled into a Nutritionist role for a horse feed company in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.
Her first book, The Shadow Rises, was published in January 2013, and she now has several successful series under her belt. Find her at http://www.ksmarsden.com

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Twitter: @KSMarsden

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COLLEEN’S 2019 #BOOK #REVIEWS – “The Bare Witch Project,” BY AUTHOR, Celeste Hall, @ACelesteHall

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About this Book:

Werecats and Witchcraft, A Pagan Romance

Morgan is a wannabe witch with a fear of cats and a traumatic history that puts her straight into the path of trouble. When a large black cat races into her house to escape a dog attack, she considers it just another example of how bad her luck has become. But this was no ordinary cat. Her life was about to be turned upside down by an ultra sexy beast with a few dark secrets of his own.

Can a secretive werecat shifter protect her from a dangerous stalker? Or will she be forced to rely upon the pagan magic her grandmother so strongly believed in, but which Morgan feels insecure using?

This is the first book in a pagan romance series involving werecat shifters and witches. There are some suggestive situations and shapeshifter nudity, but these stories are safe for most mature teens and young adult readers. 

Celeste Hall’s Kitty Coven Series:

Book #1: The Bare Witch Project
Book #1.5 Something Wicca This Way Comes (A Short Prequel Story)
Book #2 Love Is A Witch
Book #2.5 A Yowling Yuletide (A Short Christmas Story)
Book #3 Cheaper By The Coven

Book #3.5 The Cat In The Hat (A Short Halloween Story) 

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Halloween is right around the corner. What are you reading?

MY RECOMMENDATION:

I enjoy reading cozy paranormal fiction even when it’s not Halloween but at this time of the year, witch lit is devilishly fun!

On the anniversary of her grandmother’s passing, Morgan faces a dilemma when her best friends, Heidi and Rachel show up to ask her to go out drinking with them. Instead, the ever-cautious Morgan stays home to practice the bare witch project.

After her grandmother’s death, the young woman found the altar and ritual tools hidden in the attic. The discovery spurred her on to learn more about her grandmother. Tonight she would complete one of the rituals that she’d found in her grandmother’s Book of Shadows, a personal journal of the older woman’s experiences in the craft.

Heidi and Rachel hesitate to leave their friend alone because of Morgan’s recent break-up with her psychotic boyfriend. As Morgan pushes them out the door, a sleek black cat runs inside, seeking refuge from the pursuit of an angry dog.

Now what? Morgan is afraid of cats. How will she get the interloper out of her house? And, who is this sexy stranger named Leo?

A quick read, “The Bare Witch Project,” kept me engaged in the story. The paranormal aspects of a cat shifting into the form of a man are entertaining, to say the least. There is an unraveling mystery that I suspect will be solved through the series.

This book is listed as FREE on Amazon which is a great way to meet the characters, who are likable and best of all, believable. Enjoy the Autumn Season and jump into this paranormal read!

MY RATING:

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About the Author:

Celeste Hall is a passionate writer of paranormal and erotic romance with over twenty-five titles to her credit, including Beware of Wolves, the Kitty Coven series, and her ultra-sexy Seduction series. If you’re looking for a sizzling escape from the pressures of a long day, her alpha hero incubi will make you purr.

Celeste believes that a great book can do more than offer an afternoon’s pleasure; it can change your life. She is absolutely addicted to happy endings. Her favorite stories will often include elements of the paranormal or fantastical, but they will always have a romantic heart. 

When not writing, Celeste enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors. She also enjoys photography, graphic design, a variety of artistic mediums, gardening, horseback riding and geeking out online – especially on Facebook.

You can find a full list of her books by visiting: CelesteHall.com.

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Blog: celestehall.com

Twitter: @ACelesteHall

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Colleen’s 2019 #Book #Reviews – “Secret Lady,” (Ladies in Time 3 Book Series)” by Author, @BethTrissel

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At Lavender House, Evie McIntyre is haunted by the whispers from her bedroom closet. Before she can make sense of their murmurs, the house “warbles” between times and transports her to the Civil War. Past and present have blended, and Evie wishes she’d paid more attention to history. Especially since former Confederate officer, Jack Ramsey, could use a heads up.

Torn between opposing forces, Jack struggles to defend the valley and people he loves. Meeting Evie turns his already tumultuous world upside down. Will solving the mystery of the whispers return her home, and will the handsome scout be by her side? 

Against the background of Sheridan’s Burning of the Shenandoah Valley, Jack and Evie fight to save their friends and themselves – or is history carved in stone?

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Title: Secret Lady (Ladies in Time, Three Book Series)

Amazon Author Page: Beth Trissel

Publication Date: January 9, 2019

Formats: Paperback & Kindle

Genres: Romance, Time Travel, New Adult & College, Historical Romance

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MY RECOMMENDATION:

The last book in the “Ladies in Time” Series ends this trio on a high note. Author, Beth Trissel has created another paranormal romance unlike any other I’ve read. This book is based on the historical data native to her beloved Shenandoah Valley in Virginia where she resides.

The book opens in present-day Virginia, where Evie McIntyre lives with her grandmother in what is known as Lavender House. This house holds the distinction of being one of the only dwellings that survived the burnings by Sheridan’s troops during the Civil War.

Evie works for her Gran as a tour guide at Lavender House, usually garbed in the clothes of the Civil War era. When she begins hearing strange whispers coming from the closet in her room, she realizes the house is more unusual than she could have ever guessed.

One night, Evie falls asleep in the lounge downstairs. She awakens to find herself in a different time and place. Thank goodness for Jack Ramsey, a former Confederate officer. He finds her in the nick of time. Jack is a guide for the Unionist Underground Railroad still grappling with the effects and the brutality of the war.

Evie and Jack form an immediate connection, not realizing how deeply this union will prove to be for them. Jack is stunned to find that Evie is from the future. To protect her, he takes her to a nearby homestead which is owned by a Mennonite couple which ironically, is owned by her grandmother in the future.

This Mennonite family is like a foster family to Jack. He realizes that reputations he must preserve reputations, so he explains to his friends that Evie is his wife. The story progresses to the fateful burning of the Shenandoah Valley which is described in poignant detail. Wait until you reach the end of the book!

The house is the catalyst in this story, bringing Jack and Evie together as if to set right the wrongs of the past. The paranormal elements are delicious and will keep you on the edge of your seat.

I’ve enjoyed every book in this series. HERE is my review of Book One, “Somewhere My Lady.” The second book is called, “The White Lady,” and you can find my review HERE.

Author, Beth Trissel is a master storyteller. If you love romance, history, and the right amount of paranormal suspense and magic, this is the series for you!

The author gifted me with a pre-publication copy of this book without obligation. This review contains my personal opinion after choosing to read the story.

MY RATING:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 
5
Reader Engagement: 
5
Reader Enrichment: 
5
Reader Enjoyment: 
5
Overall Rate: 
5 out of 5 Fairies

5 fairies

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Author, Beth Trissel and the Ladies in Time (Three Book Series)

About the Author:

Married to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with my people and furbabies.

An avid gardener, I grow herbs and heirloom flowers and use them in my stories. The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans, and the Scots-Irish are at the heart of my inspiration.

My English/Scots-Irish ancestors were among the earliest settlers in America and the valley. I write historical romance set in the colonial frontier (The Native American Warrior Series), and the American Revolution (The Traitor’s Legacy Series).

Some of my historicals include ghosts and other paranormal elements. I also write Young Adult shapeshifter/ fantasy romance (The Secret Warrior Series), and New Adult time travel/time slip romance, Somewhere in Time, and my latest ongoing series, Ladies in Time. I also write single titles and nonfiction.

AUTHOR AWARDS:
2008 Golden Heart® Finalist
2008 Winner Preditor’s & Editor’s Readers Poll
Publisher’s Weekly BHB Reader’s Choice Best Books of 2009 
2012 Double Epic Award Finalist 
2013 Book of the Month at Long and Short
2016 Winner April Creme de la Cover 
2016 Winner Book of the Month at Long and Short YA

How to Connect with the Author:

You can find Beth on her blog a thttps://bethtrissel.wordpress.com and on her author website at BethTrissel.com.

Twitter: @BethTrissel

Facebook:  Author Beth Trissel. I met Beth on Facebook. She shares the most breathtaking photos of her gardens and the fantastic Shenandoah Valley where she makes her home. If you really want to know an author, look at the images they share. ❤

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Colleen’s 2018 #Book #Reviews – “The Magician’s Blood: A Paranormal Romance (The Great Dagmaru Book 2),” by Author, Linda G. Hill

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Title: The Magician’s Blood: A Paranormal Romance (The Great Dagmaru, Book 2)

Amazon Author Page: Linda G. Hill

Publication Date: August 10, 2018, AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER NOW

Formats: Paperback & Kindle

Genres: Paranormal Fiction, Romance, Erotica, Fantasy, Demons & Devils, Magical Realism, Mystery & Suspense

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IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

“Award-winning author Linda G. Hill brings you the second book in her modern-day Gothic romance series.

Herman Anderson is in love. Thrilled to travel across Canada with her boyfriend as his assistant onstage, she returns to her hometown—the first stop on the Great Dagmaru magic tour. Anticipating a reunion with her brother, instead, she finds her family has moved without a trace.

Stephen Dagmar’s career as a stage magician is taking off. With Herman by his side, his only concern is her father’s dislike for him. But as Herman’s father makes a prediction and resolves to come between them, Stephen’s family curse returns to haunt him.

Darkness descends as the reality of the Dagmar’s incubus bloodline surfaces for the first time in over a generation. Can Herman and Stephen’s relationship survive this new trial? Will Herman survive at all?

A sinful tale of beauty and romance, love and determination, The Magician’s Blood will chill you and leave you breathless for more.”

MY RECOMMENDATION:

The Magician’s Blood is the second novel in The Great Dagmaru Series. I’ve read and reviewed the first book, The Magician’s Curse, HERE.

Let me begin by saying that I could not put this book down! Much like the curse that holds Stephen Dagmar under its control, I tore into this book, reading into the wee hours until finally, the book finally released me from its hold! Be prepared, because Canadian author, Linda G. Hill, has created a paranormal romance like no other.

So, let me tell you what this book possession stuff was all about! At the beginning of The Magician’s Blood, the author reminds us that a demon incubus passed from generation to generation and handed down from father to son, has one sole purpose in life – to seduce women and create offspring. Stephen Dagmar has inherited this curse from his father, which ties his family to their servants, the Currys’ involving some creepy relationships in the true gothic sense of the genre.

Fulfilling the demands of the incubus that runs hot through his blood, Stephen has impregnated his servant, Nina, even though his true love is Herman Anderson. Through all of this drama, it is Herman and Stephen’s love story that propels the action forward.

Meanwhile, Stephen has Nina tucked away in the care of his parents awaiting the birth of his first child. Per the curse, the girl must remain a servant to the Dagmar family. Once she gives birth, a hysterectomy must be performed to ensure Nina’s link to the curse is broken.

Many of the characters from the first book return, presenting a more in-depth look into Stephen’s relationship with Margaret, his manager, and the women who once belonged to Stephen’s coven. Herman’s father plays a critical role in this tale leaving some tantalizing clues as to the magical powers that Herman could very well have inherited from him.

Talk about a double edged sword… It is also revealed that Stephen’s ability to perform magic is a byproduct of the curse. Yikes! Now, the question remains, if they find a cure for the curse, will Stephen retain his magical abilities?

This book does contain explicit sexual encounters. Stephen is a cambion, the offspring of an incubus which drives his sexuality into uncontrollable violent urges. Sex magic erupts at almost every twist and turn.

Yet, for all the love that Stephen and Herman share, the reader can’t help but pick up on the darkness that ripples through these pages. The suspense builds up to a breaking point, leaving the reader breathless. The ending was unexpected and explosive!

My advice? Read book one and get to know the characters. Then, grab a copy of this book before the August 10th release date! The author is offering a special pre-order price on The Magician’s Blood. It’s $2.99 now, but it’ll be going up to $4.99 on August 10th.

I received an ARC of this book from the author. (Actually, I begged asked for a copy because I enjoyed the first book so much).

MY RATING:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies

5 fairies

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Author, Linda G. Hill

About the Author

“Linda G. Hill was born and raised an only child in Southern Ontario, Canada. She credits the time she spent alone when she was growing up, reading books and building worlds and characters of her own to keep her company, as the reason she became a writer.

A stay-at-home mom of three beautiful boys, Linda is a graduate of the Writing Program at St. Lawrence College in Brockville, Ontario. Aside from caring for her family, she enjoys traveling the world, eating trout cooked on the barbecue, and, of course, reading.”

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How to Connect with Linda G. Hill

Blog: Lindaghill.com – Life in Process

FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/lindaghill.fiction

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LindaGHill

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15577348.Linda_G_Hill

And I’m finally on Instagram!

Stop by and chat:  https://www.instagram.com/linda.g.hill/

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Colleen’s #Book #Reviews – “The White Lady,” by Author, Beth Trissel

  • Title:  The White Lady (Ladies in Time #2)
  • Amazon Author Page: Beth Trissel
  • File Size: 3139 KB
  • Print Length: 110 Pages
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
  • Publication Date: November 10, 2017
  • Sold By: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B075XBTY1J
  • Formats: Paperback and Kindle
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  • Genres: Romance, Time-Travel, Literature & Fiction, Fantasy, Genre Fiction

    The White Lady

    *I was given a pre-publication copy of this book by the author for review purposes*

IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

Avery Dunham has always been ready to follow her friend, time-traveling wizard, Ignus Burke, on incredible adventures. This time, though, she has serious misgivings. It’s just one week before Christmas, but she cannot get him to change his mind. The usually cool and collected magic-wielding leader is wholly obsessed by the portrait of the White Lady whom he is bent on rescuing.

Almost as soon as they begin their journey, it becomes clear their mission is a trap.

Avery was right: this adventure is not going to be like any other.

MY RECOMMENDATION:

Meet Ignus Burke, independently wealthy wizard and time-traveler extraordinaire who specializes in rescuing lost souls. Along with his two cohorts, Avery Dunham and Stan Guthrie, these fast friends have traveled beyond the veil of magic more times then they can count.

Currently, Ignus is fascinated with the portrait of the White Lady which hangs in the parlor of his Victorian home in historic Staunton, Virginia. There is something about the picture that has piqued his curiosity to the extent of a dangerous obsession.

The White Lady is a portrait of a pale brunette beauty dressed in filmy white. Her age and the time frame of when the painting was completed is shrouded in mystery. So, one day, when Ignus announces to his friends that “The White Lady needs my help,” his declaration is met with skepticism from his friends. Avery is concerned that Ignus has taken his obsession too far. She knows something is off about the whole ordeal. It’s not just womanly intuition either because even Stan has noticed how preoccupied Ignus is with the painting.

The Victorian mansion that is owned by Ignus’ family seems to hold the key to finding out more about the portrait. Ignus can pick up on the energy from the past which swirls about the house and the antiques that were left behind by the previous occupants. To make matters worse, Ignus’ father, who disappeared years ago is somehow connected to the otherworldly allure the White Lady holds over Ignus. And yet, there’s much more family history to unravel and discover.

The adventure begins when the trio scatters caution to the wind by traveling back in time to when the trouble first started with the White Lady.

Fans of Doctor Who will love this adult paranormal time-traveling adventure. Beth Trissel is the master of paranormal fantasy by creating characters you can’t help but love as they are thrust into situations that only the gifted can solve. There’s something for everyone – ghosts, an ancient evil, and even the beginnings of a young romance that blossoms between the pages of the story.

The author shared some exciting facts about the White Lady tradition from her research. Beth Trissel said,

“It (the story) was inspired by the ghostly white lady or white woman lore I’m familiar with in the Shenandoah Valley and surrounding mountains, and farther afield. After researching, I discovered this lore is widespread in American and the UK and dates back centuries. It’s a paranormal ‘thing.'”

I loved this book because it was so unusual and creative. It was a fun read that moved as quickly as the spectral magic that danced on each page. I couldn’t help thinking what a fun Christmas gift this book would make as the setting in the novel takes place just days before the holiday begins. The
White Lady is the perfect book to curl up with under a mound of blankets on a snowy afternoon. Enjoy! ❤

MY RATING:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies



Author, Beth Trissel

About the Author

Married to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with my people and furbabies. A big gardener, I grow herbs and heirloom flowers and use them in my stories. The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans, and the Scots-Irish are at the heart of my inspiration. My English/Scots-Irish ancestors were among the earliest settlers in America.

I write historical romance set in the colonial frontier (The Native American Warrior Series), AND the American Revolution (The Traitor’s Legacy Series), colonial American Christmas romance (A Warrior for Christmas) Georgian England romance (Into the Lion’s Heart, the time and place of Poldark).

Some of my historicals have ghosts and paranormal in them. I also write Young Adult shapeshifter, fantasy romance (The Secret Warrior Series), and paranormal time travel, time slip romance to the Scottish Highlands, the American Revolution, the Civil War, WW1.. (My Somewhere in Time and Ladies in Time Series.)

My nonfiction titles feature herbs, gardening, and country life. Click to visit Beth’s Amazon Page to view all her books.

FICTION TITLES:

(THE NATIVE AMERICAN WARRIOR SERIES)
Red Bird’s Song
Through the Fire
Kira, Daughter of the Moon
The Bearwalker’s Daughter
The Lady and the Warrior (short)

(SOMEWHERE IN TIME SERIES)
Somewhere My Love
Somewhere My Lass (Scottish)
Somewhere in the Highlands (Scottish)
Somewhere the Bells Ring (Ghostly Christmas)

(LADIES IN TIME SERIES)
Somewhere My Lady
The White Lady (coming soon)

(THE TRAITOR’S LEGACY SERIES)
Enemy of the King (The American Revolution and a ghost)
Traitor’s Legacy (The American Revolution)
Traitor’s Curse (Ghostly historical)

(THE SECRET WARRIOR SERIES): (YA Wolf shapeshifter fantasy romance series)
The Hunter’s Moon
Curse of the Moon
The Panther Moon
A Warrior for Christmas (holiday historical)
Into the Lion’s Heart (Georgian England and the French Revolution)

NONFICTION TITLES:
Plants For A Medieval Herb Garden in the British Isles (Herbal)
Shenandoah Watercolors (Gardening and Country Life)

AUTHOR AWARDS:
2008 Golden Heart® Finalist
2008 Winner Preditor’s & Editor’s Readers Poll
Publisher’s Weekly BHB Reader’s Choice Best Books of 2009
2012 Double Epic Award Finalist
2013 Book of the Month at Long and Short
2016 Winner April Creme de la Cover
2016 Winner Book of the Month at Long and Short YA

How to Contact this Author:

You can find Beth on her blog at https://bethtrissel.wordpress.com and on her author website at BethTrissel.com.

Twitter @BethTrissel

Facebook  Author Beth Trissel. I met Beth on Facebook. She shares the most breathtaking photos of her gardens and the fantastic Shenandoah Valley where she makes her home. If you really want to know an author, look at the images they share. ❤

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Colleen’s #Book #Reviews – “Panama,” by Author, C. S. Boyack

  • Title: Panama
  • Amazon Author Page: C. S. Boyack
  • File Size: 2493 KB
  • Print Length: 310 Pages
  • Publisher: Self-Published by Author
  • Publication Date: May 8, 2014
  • Sold By: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K7Q949A
  • Formats: Kindle
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  • Genres: Fantasy, Urban & Paranormal, Action & Adventure, Western

IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

Ethan and Coop are sent to the construction zone along the Panama Canal. They have some experience with strange phenomenon, but nothing prepared them for this.

They are faced with civil war, Carlist pretenders to the thrones of France and Spain, an invading Spanish army, and another, from Hell itself. They’ll be lucky to survive, let alone take care of anything while they’re down there.

This story is based upon the construction of the canal, Panamanian independence, international cooperation, and a few celebrity cameos. Even the magic takes on an international flavor.

Ghosts and Voodoo are one thing, but they have no idea what waits along the isthmus.

MY RECOMMENDATION:

I love books with a paranormal twist and have read Will O’ the Wisp, also by C. S. Boyack. You can read that review HERE.

Panama took me on a reading adventure I will not soon forget. Now, sit back, and listen to how it all began. It’s a doozy! I have a book hangover like you would not believe.

First, let me introduce you to Ethan, a man who possesses the ability to see ghosts! And, if that isn’t strange enough, he can communicate with them. So, it was with little surprise that this unusual ability gets the attention of President Theodore Roosevelt.

Strange paranormal events are affecting the building of the famous Panama Canal, and the President knows just the man who can figure it out. He grants a unique opportunity to Ethan where he can become a U. S. Marshall, with a post in the Witchcraft Division. Ethan knows he will need help, so he asks to have his friend, Coop, serve with him.

However, Coop has his own problems and will need Ethan’s help to save him from certain death. Coop is a practitioner of the ancient Hoodoo magic rites, and between the two men, they eventually set out to complete their mission.

However, before they embark, Ethan and Coop are sent for specialty training using top secret weapons developed by the government. Remember the television series, The Wild, Wild West? This book could have been an episode of that show. The unusual weaponry could only have come out of the creative brain of C. S. Boyack.

Ethan and Coop are strong characters whose friendship figures prominently in the story and propel it toward the explosive ending. But, they can’t defeat this evil alone. They pair up with some other folks who possess their own style of magic. As a team, this group of paranormal misfits works together like a well-oiled machine to face the ultimate challenge between good and evil.

You will fall in love with the characters, the era, and the history of the period. The folklore and legends grabbed my attention and were well placed by the author. My favorite was the legend of the man at the crossroads which led the reader to the place that is neither betwixt or between. Let the shivers begin.

Everyone loves a ghost story, and Panama is exceptional in that realm. Throw in a few gun fights, a splash of hoodoo, and some supernatural gypsy magic, and you have a book that you won’t be able to put down. It did me in. I stayed up late into the night reading because I had to find out what happened next. I love when that happens.

Me Time

I enjoyed this novel so much that I’ve added it to my “Me-Time,” category in paranormal fiction. The writing is fast-paced and will transport you to the jungles of Panama where all “six” of your senses will kick into overdrive. Enjoy!

MY RATING:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies

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Author, C. S. Boyack

About the Author

I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction.

I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups, and I jumped in with both feet.

I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science-fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.

❤ CONNECT WITH C. S. BOYACK ❤

Twitter: @virgilante

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ColdhandBoyack

Blog: “Entertaining Stories,” coldhandboyack.wordpress.com

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