Friday, September 14, 2012

Book Review: Just Another Paranormal Halloween Anthology


Romance Reviews Submitted by Authors Proudly Presents


Written by several Just Another Paranormal Monday authors
Brigit Aine
K. A. M’Lady
D. McEntire
Sapphire Phelan
Kiki Howell
Savanna Kougar
Ashley Blade
Susan Gabriel

Published by Mojocastle Press
Paranormal
296 Pages
  





A Pixie Holiday by Brigit Aine
On Halloween Kira is able to go out with no glamour on and allow others to see her true self, a pixie. As she is trying to avoid the man her father sent years ago to try and marry her, she runs into someone else, someone who makes her feel safe and protected. Although she isn't even aware that she needs protecting, yet.

Lance knows he needs to get Kira to like him, after all they are going to be married, but he has to keep her safe and get her to the conclave before any of that can happen. And it seems as if those who do not want to see an alliance between the Pixies and the Wolves would do whatever it takes to make sure his plans are foiled.

Darkest Knight by Ashley Blade
Julie asked herself the same question many times, especially after reading one of her favorite paranormal stories.

 
Now what seemed like a fantasy world captured in descriptive words becomes her reality and she has to figure out if it was all it was cracked up to be.

The Man in the Long Black Coat by Susan Gabriel
Mariah Bishop, the preacher's daughter, lives in a town where religion and superstition are so deeply entwined there's no telling where one ends and the other begins. But her father, the good Eldon Bishop fears there is something more than religious rapture stirring in the young Mariah. 

When the mysterious man in the long black coat blows into town and holds an old-time revival on All Hallow's Eve, Mariah and the colorful characters who surround her are set on a course with consequences they couldn't possibly foresee.

Samhain's Visitor by Kiki Howell
When an uninvited visitor shows up during Sarah’s Samhain ritual, her Mute Supper is literally disrupted by cups and plates being tossed about. Soon, the shadow weighing on her and the voices with cryptic messages incite terror.

But help comes in various forms. And, one is sexy and full of surprises.

The Tiger's Masquerade by Savanna Kougar
Stacy wasn’t looking for a tiger-man to erotically and exotically fill her tank , then steal her heart. That is, until the Halloween ‘Call of the Wild Masquerade’ ball. But, what kind of tiger does she have by the tail?

Zyrru wasn’t looking for a human woman to un-tame his fiercest passions, and alter his royal life forever. After all, he’s only vacationing on Earth, and is almost engaged to The Princess. But her rosefire scent is irresistible.

A-Mazing Grace by D. McEntire
Halloween never meant anything special to Grace. That is until taking up an offer by her best friend for a night time trip through a local corn maze leaves her changing her tune—and her life. Coming face-to-face with a man sporting glowing red eyes and fangs, then rescued by a man who seemed just as unreal as the first makes for one hell-of-a wild night only she seems to remember. 

Connell has hunted alongside his brothers for centuries, following a code to protect the secret of their race—vampires—by removing rogue vampires who refuse to blend in among society. That secret is threatened when wiping the memory of a feisty human female he saves from a rogue doesn’t take completely. 

But it isn’t her recollection of him that leads her deeper into his world. Arriving moments too late on the scene of her second attack by a rogue leaves him facing the choice of converting her or leaving her to die.

Love, Lies & Zombie Cries by K.A. M'Lady
Jayda Oslynn knows what death feels like. She knows the solitude in the darkness’ silence. The lonely spaces between life’s last breath and the realm of the undead.

Like the women in her family before her, she’s had a life-long affinity with those that wander in the land between. Some call it black magick or necromancy, but to the Oslynn family it’s always been known as death dealing. And, whether a blessing or a curse, Jayda’s always been able to feel their feelings – their love and suffering, their happiness and sorrows. The truth, when shared through her eyes, always has a way of being felt and seen.

This Halloween, Jayda finds that when dealing with the dead, some memories are better left buried, for the real truth never stays buried and hearts, once broken seldom seem to mend.

His Girl by Sapphire Phelan
My Girl was more than just a song for Evan McPhail and Aimee Saunders; it was the music of their love and passion for each other. For nothing could tear them apart, not even death. 

Then Aimee vanished. 

She returns to Evan thirty years later, no longer human. To the tempo of their passion, they prove that doesn't matter.


Just Another Paranormal Halloween
What a treat for Halloween! This is a spectacular collection of stories that will keep you reading. Everything that is spooky, scary, and sexy is in Just Another Paranormal Halloween. Before I share my thoughts on each enticing story and talented author, I must say I love, love, love the cover of this book. The credits indicate Ookami Kasumi is the artist and I would like to say well done!

I loved Kira. I want to be her and a Pixie! Brigit Aine has created an utterly feminine and adorable character. The passages are descriptive. The village and interactions come to life on the pages. The attraction between Kira and Lance is palpable and Ms. Aine has done a good job bringing the reader into their attraction. I did notice a mingling between Kira and Lance’s POV’s. As a fan of multiple POV’s I thought Ms. Aine handled the various viewpoints well in this story. A Pixie Holiday is such a sweet read, I would spend another afternoon with a Brigit Aine book.

Darkest Night pulled me right in and kept me in a state of anticipation. The intrigue of this vampire story is perfectly paced. The characters are well written and the dialogue realistic. Their descriptions brought them to life for me. I truly enjoyed the balance between sexy and suspense. Ashley Blade created a story that kept me reading to see what was going to happen. Ms. Blade is a highly skilled story teller. Darkest Night is a book I would read more than once, even more than twice.

The Man in the Long Black Coat was deliciously full of superstitions right from the start. Susan Gabriel crafted an excellent transition of Mariah evolving into a woman. I stayed drawn to the story by the tantalizing hooks. Let me say, squirrel turd is now a new favorite comparison phrase for me. You’ll have to read the book to find out why but I think you’ll giggle too. Ms. Gabriel brought out breathtaking sensuality with a unique plot style that I would read again. I love being able to know what others are thinking and Ms. Gabriel certainly provided a unique way of giving us that. I enjoyed The Man in the Long Black Coat very much.

Samhain’s Visitors was a suspenseful book brimming with spirits and rituals. Kiki Howell gave wonderful descriptions and details to animate the scenes. The romance portion of the plot wasn't overly expansive however when it did arrive, the results were enticing. Ms. Howell gave us some brief descriptions of the couples journey but the culmination of the relationship for the happily ever after was exciting. For a well-written suspense book with some romance flavor that gives you great spook, Samhain’s Visitors hits the spot.

Let me just say ‘Mygawd’ The Tiger’s Masquerade is one sexy hot read! Zyrru is a spectacular example of masculinity. All the best elements of a book were combined into one stimulating story. Gorgeous tigers, sensuality and a masquerade, you couldn’t ask for more. Savanna Kougar kept me glued to the pages and I couldn’t turn them fast enough. Ms. Kougar provides a wonderful and perfectly written book that every reader will love. The Tiger’s Masquerade and Savanna Kougar are must read in my opinion.

A-Mazing Grace is a page turner…if you dare! D. McEntire has the gift of suspense and I was captivated. I was caught between turning the next page and being afraid to. D. McEntire provides a thrilling vampire read that is so descriptive that I actually had a physical reaction. Goose bumps chilled up my arms and I noticed my breathing quickened. I even caught myself squinting almost afraid to read what came next. And, the attraction between the hero and heroine, oh my oh my, is all I can say. You have to read this one!

I’ll admit, I’m not usually a lover of first person and I’ll tell you why, it’s a difficult execution unless the author is very accomplished. Let me say straight out, K. A. M’Lady is such a graceful writer, I became the character. I love when that happens. K. A. M’Lady is truly a master of the written word. The story itself is tremendous. Sexy, tender, and full of anticipation. There is a luscious rhythm to the story that moved me along and drew me further in. If you aren’t reading Love, Lies and Zombie Cries already, then get a copy right now!

His Girl is a plethora of all the perfect ingredients for a great story. Vampires, suspicion, erotic sex, lost love, rekindled love, and Halloween. Sapphire Phelan touches the reader’s emotions with her details and descriptions. His Girl brings forth the secret fantasy some readers have that our true love still is waiting for us. While providing a warm romance, Ms. Phelan also gives spectacular spook! Wonderful story and a great writer. I now consider myself a Sapphire Phelan fan and once you read His Girl, you will also.
~Reviewed by Em Epe ~
Em Epe invites you to visit her at emeperomances.blogspot.com or for a chat at facebook.com/emeperomances. Her books can be found at all your favorite sites such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance Ebooks as well as her publishers, Eternal Press and Still Moments Publishing.

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