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Thursday, April 24, 2014
Released: May 8th 2014
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult:Wicca, plants, shamanism, totems, magic
How I got it:NetGalley
Tap into the divine power of plants and fungi! Most of the books on plant magic are predominantly about working with fresh and dried herbs in magical practice. Conversely, fungi are rarely addressed other than the occasional mushrooms, and most often those with entheogenic properties. Plant and Fungus Totems explores the misunderstood realm of totemic relationships with all kinds of plants and fungi. Accessible to people of all religious or spiritual paths, Plant and Fungus Totems shows how to work with bioregional totems; archetypal totems; and totems that relate to magical and healing correspondences. Lupa helps you understand and overcome any hidden biases in favor of trees and the tendency to see the rest of plant life as supplies to be used, instead of as allies and friends. Also includes hands-on work including wildcrafting, cooking, herbalism, flowers, domesticated crop plants, urban wild plants, and more.
Review: I have a weird obsession for fungus, when ever we go hiking I have to take pictures of the strange mushrooms and things I see. I have a huge file of nothing but fungus pictures. So when I saw this book I thought it might be interesting. I have never read anything on totems before and never considered working with, so I knew nothing about that aspect of the book. If your going to read this you might like a basic understanding of totems, because I was a little wobbly about the whole concept while reading.
I did catch on but I didn't feel this book was designed for beginners.
I did like how it explained the plants role in healing and spirituality. Offering more ways to work with nature than just spell work. The cooking tips and advice on wildcrafting, herbalism, flowers, domesticated crop plants, urban wild plants, etc. I found all this useful and educational not juts in the magical sense either.
Over all a good book, but a little advanced for me.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
by Shannon Mayer
Publisher: HiJinks Ink Publishing
Released: September 1st 2011
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Horror, Sci Fi
How I got it: Bought it
They were promised weight loss, the cure for Cancer, Parkinson’s Disease and infertility; they were promised hope.
The side effects were anything but hopeful.
Mara and Sebastian are young, in love and newlyweds. Far too soon, they will face tests to their love that most others won’t survive. Their bond strengthens with each loss, destruction and unbearable race against time. In each other, they find the will and hope to endure. Hand in hand, they will face the darkening of humanity with strength and integrity and an undeniable spirit to survive; together.
Review: I liked the idea behind this book, but I'm not sure I'd call it a zombie book. Which is why I bought it in the frist place, all the reviews called it a zombie story. Millions of people are given this miracle drug for weight loss, Cancer, Parkinson's, and infertility. Side effects it will turn you into a feral creature, that is reduced to it's baser instincts and will eat anything that crosses it's path. But you're not dead, so for me these are NOT zombies. The creatures that the people turn into are more like dogs, they are able to think on a lower level.
Mara is desperate to get pregnant, when she hears about the drug she wants to try it. Luckily for her she's allergic to the plant it's derived from. Of course she doesn't realize how lucky until the world goes to heck. Safely locked in their house Mara and Sebastian work to survive.But Sebastian has a secret.
I wasn't crazy about the characters. Sure Mara was tough but only when pushed to her limit, she was hard for me to get behind and route for. The plot moves along well, but I totally saw the twists coming, before they were revealed.
Overall a decent book, but not great.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
by Rebekah R. Ganiere
Publisher: Etopia Press
Released: January 3rd 2014
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Urban Fantasy, Romance
How I got it: Received a copy from the author
Evaine, a struggling New York theater student, enters an unsanctioned drug trial in an effort to pay bills. She awakens in a derelict hospital, chained to a bed with no memory of who she is, or how she got there. A band of pale skinned men, led by the gorgeous Luca, burst in, whisking her away to safety.
Once at Haven House, Evaine is introduced to The Family. Like them, she has become A Deader, a reanimated Undead.
Luca is hell-bent on stopping the experimentations, and killing those responsible. He has no time for a Newborn who is struggling to control her rages, hunger, and powers. Nor does he have the desire to deal with the feelings she's awakening within him.
Despite their best efforts, Evaine and Luca find their connection intensifying when suddenly, she remembers not only who she is, but also her fiancé, Tristan; who is still looking for her.
Torn between her first love and her new heart’s desire, Evaine runs back to Tristan putting everyone in danger. When a rogue faction of Deaders, called Feeders, attempts to kidnap her, Luca suspects Evaine is the key to the experiments.
Can everyone band together to keep Evaine off the cutting table of those she escaped from? Or will second death tear her away from everyone, for good?
Review: We all know I'm a zombie nut, which means I've read a lot of zombie books and this one was the most original I've read in a long time.
Evaine is a very self- sufficient young women, even though her fiance is loaded she still prefers to make her own way and pay for college. Because of this she becomes the target for a fake drug trial were she ends up undead. The Deaders break in save her and take her to Haven House. The process of becoming a zombie leaves her with no memories other than her name. She begins to bond with the "people" at Haven House only to have emotional bombs blow apart what she has built.
The plot was really good and I got swept right along with Evaine as she dealt with everything. I liked Evaine she was strong, yet needed Luca to bring it out of her. She was also caring and felt for the other undead that weren't quite right. I liked Luca, he was the typical alpha-male and possessive as well as protective. I found Tristan to be a prick, although he kind of flip flopped and did sort of redeem himself at the end. I wasn't crazy about the love triangle but it did move the plot along so I'll let it slide.
With an original interesting plot, enigmatic and sympathetic characters, this was a win win. I really enjoyed this book.
Monday, April 21, 2014
Genre: NA Paranormal Thriller
Publisher: Eloquent Enraptures Publishing
Date of Publication: Halloween, 2013
Number of pages: 26 on kindle
Word Count: 9,416
Cover Artist: Ami Blackwelder
Welcome to Mulberry Lane, NJ where a quiet suburbia died as the sun descended. The reporters tell us something in the soap caused these...these changes. No one could say for sure what caused this, but this is one neighborhood that will never be the same.
When Crystal, Jennifer and Carrie begin to change from housewives into zombies they bring all their repressed angst with them. Dishes, laundry, and neglectful husbands and spiral into a fit of rage. Follow these three characters in a dark comedy where being a housewife never looked so creepy.
This is an original novella. The sequel is Zombie Models.
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Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/1gnudO9rBQ8
Zombie Housewives: It Started in the Kitchen
New Jersey, in the not so distant future...
Crystal and Alex
A silent scream erupted from somewhere deep inside Crystal. She could feel the anger building, like something inside of her broke. Slowly counting to 10, she gently placed the camera on the sofa and spun back around to glare at her husband Alex, her thin summer dress swirling around her. “Fine, I won’t pick up my camera again! I’ll spend all day in the kitchen.” Trapped, she felt so trapped, unconsciously her upper lip curled like an angry dog.
Her husband Alex threw his hands up before finishing his point, just like he always did, and then his hands landed on his suit’s slacks. “I didn’t mean it like that, Crystal. I just need you to be more focused on the housework. Dishes are piling up and the floors are dirty. I’m at work all day and then come home to this...this filth.” His carefully trimmed eyebrows sat at angles over his dark slanted eyes. His tall and slender shape hung over her like a drill sergeant, his growing anger would become one more thing his mother would blame on Crystal, somehow. Sometimes she imagined him floating out the window like a kite, his words dragging behind him like a tail. It may not soften the stabbing complaints seeping from his mouth, but the image of him flying away made the words a little less painful. Wow, when did she start wishing she could blow him out of her life?
She wished that she could feel chastised by this charade of a fight that they seemed to have every payday, but these days she couldn’t summon enough emotion to care. She dusted her hands on her dress before she marched into the kitchen and jerked on the faucet, her wavy blond locks bouncing behind her. Water splashed over the dishes and she squeezed a few more drops of the SunShine dish soap into the filling sink. Rinse, Soap, Rinse, repeat. She settled into the never-ending ballet that was the dishes, the sudsy plates dancing across the counter. Her fingers started tingling.
Alex followed her into the kitchen and continued. “Can’t you spend less time on your hobby and more time on the house?”
He went there.
“Hobby! Hobby?” The anger rising in her throat was palpable. “I studied photography at college. I have wanted to be a photographer since I got my first camera at four years old. How long did you study for your job? Eight Weeks? Whatever, Alex! If we hadn’t gotten married right out of college maybe I would have had time to pursue my dreams... I am your wife, not your slave. I have replaced working on my career with working on your dinner and five years later where has that gotten me?” Another bowl careened into the soapy water.
“What does that mean?”
“It means you were supposed to have duties too, remember? Or did you already forget all the promises you made?” She spun from the sink, her back at the counter edge, and her hands covered in suds. At least he had the decency to blush, the red creeping up his cheeks staining his Asian complexion.
"I didn’t care about your promises of a two story home with a picket fence and two cars. I never cared about keeping up with the Joneses, or the Changs, or the Griffins. I never wanted to get married." Damn it, why was she crying? "I wanted to travel the world, just me and my camera. Then you came along and I loved you so much that my heart hurt every time I thought of leaving...My bag is packed, Alex, has been for two months now.
It has been five years, Alex. Five years! What do we have to show for it?” She flung her hands at him and the suds scattered. She scanned the dingy kitchen of their one bedroom home, as if just noticing the peeling wall paper, mismatched chairs and chipping paint.
“I’ve told you real estate is tight right now. No one is buying. The economy is bad. I work all day to make ends meet and come home to more mess. How do you think that makes me feel?”
“Fine, Alex. You win.” Her emerald eyes grew defiant, though her pale complexion turned hot red. She folded her arms tightly over her chest, opening and closing her suddenly stiff fingers. Wasn’t 27 too young to get arthritis?
“Don’t be like that. I’m...” he fished for a reason to cool the argument, “just hungry darling.” Alex inched closer and stroked her cheek with his pinky. She sighed, just about ready to believe his apology. “Could you get me something to eat?”
“Sure!” She wiped her hands off on the dish towel and shoved a frozen dinner into the microwave. The tiny door slammed.“Be ready in five.” She turned on her heel to walk out of the kitchen–being that close to the knives was far too tempting.
Silent at last, Alex stood motionless in the hallway of the kitchen. Crystal brushed past him and headed to the sofa to find her camera. Lifting the viewfinder into her eyes, she aimed the lens at Alex’s disappointed expression as the microwave timer buzzed.
"I could totally relate!" -Ashley
"Not your typical zombie story!" -Ami
"The characters stayed with me long after the read." -Katherine
About the Author:
Having won the Best Fiction Award from the University of Central Florida (Yes, The Blair Witch Project University), her short fiction From Joy We Come, Unto Joy We Return was published in the on campus literary magazine: Cypress Dome and remains to this day in University libraries around the USA. Later, she achieved the semi-finals in a Laurel Hemingway contest and published a few poems in the Thailand’s Expat magazine, and an article in the Thailand’s People newspaper. Additionally, she has published poetry in the Korea’s AIM magazine, the American Poetic Monthly magazine and Twisted Dreams Magazine.
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Friday, April 18, 2014
by Rachel Florence Roberts
Released: October 31st 2013
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Historical, Physiological thriller
How I got it: Received a copy from the author
***BASED ON A TRUE STORY***
Anne wakes up in a strange bed, having been kidnapped from her home. Slowly, she realizes she is in a lunatic asylum.
1885. Anne Stanbury – Committed to a lunatic asylum, having been deemed insane and therefore unfit to stand trial for the crime of which she is indicted. But is all as it seems?
Edgar Stanbury – the grieving husband and father who is torn between helping his confined wife recover her sanity, and seeking revenge on the woman who ruined his life.
Dr George Savage – the well respected psychiatrist, and chief medical officer of Bethlem Royal Hospital. Ultimately, he holds Anne’s future wholly in his hands.
The Medea Complex tells the story of a misunderstood woman suffering from insanity in an era when mental illnesses’ were all too often misdiagnosed and mistreated. A deep and riveting psychological thriller set within an historical context, packed full of twists and turns, The Medea Complex explores the nature of the human psyche: what possesses us, drives us, and how love, passion, and hope for the future can drive us to insanity.
Review: This is the story of a mother's love and the length we will go to protect those we love. I found the book sad and interesting in a morbid way. I'm not usually one for historical settings, but I also have an interest in asylums from the eighteen and nineteen hundreds. I find their lack of understanding of the human mind unsettling and fascinating.
I thought Anne's treatment to be mild compared to some accounts I have read. I felt for Anne as she endured her time at the asylum and then ultimately felt betrayed by her at the end of the book. While part of me can understand the love of ones child and lengths you would go to protect them, I felt this was a bit much. I had to wonder what part of this book was the real story and what part was fabricated. I truly felt bad for Edgar as he was torn, he really loved Anne and yet hated her for what she did. While he did have less than reputable reasons for marrying Anne, I didn't feel he deserved his punishment.
As far as the plot it had me until Anne was released, then it just went downhill. I found the change in everything not a good twist, but rather deceiving. As stated before I felt betrayed by Anne's character and deceived by the portrayal of Edgar. Although to feel this level of emotion I had to care for the characters, so I have to give props to Ms Roberts for being able to bring about this emotion for her characters.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Life is Stranger Than Fiction: The Undead
By Anne Hope
Soul Bound, the first book in my Dark Souls series, introduces Jace Cutler, a man who is stabbed to death, only to awaken hours later in a hospital room with no scars and no memories.
In paranormal fiction, death is often not the end but the beginning. We can suspend disbelief long enough to read about vampires, ghosts, zombies and, in this case, the Nephilim. We expect this sort of behavior from supernatural beings, even anticipate it. The idea of beating death is exciting, inspiring. Who among us has never fantasized about kicking the grim reaper in the teeth when he comes knocking?
In reality, however, if we were to see someone rise from the grave, our reaction would be quite different. Shock, panic, terror all seem like an appropriate response.
Read on for a list of actual cases where the dead awakened, proving once more that life is stranger than fiction.
In Brazil, a toddler who died of pneumonia suddenly sat up in his coffin an hour before his funeral and asked his father for water. Sadly, after the screams quieted and the panic subsided, the boy lay back down, as though he’d never awakened, breaking his parents’ hearts all over again.
In Yemen, a 65-year-old man who died of a heart attack came awake in his grave, just as people were preparing to cover him with dirt. He was livid, accusing them of conspiring to kill him by burying him alive.
Even stranger is the case of a South African man who “died” of an asthma attack and was placed in the morgue. He awoke hours later to find himself surrounded by corpses. Naturally, he panicked and started screaming, scaring the living daylights out of the staff. Zombie apocalypse, anyone?
Surprisingly, that’s not the only instance someone not-quite-dead was placed on ice. In November 2011, a Russian woman spent three days in the morgue after being declared dead. Imagine her daughter’s shock when—after having labored all weekend to plan the funeral—she learned her mother was still alive. A year later, the woman died a second time, only to be resuscitated yet again. This one’s giving the Grim Reaper a real run for his money!
Last but not least is the Venezuelan man who died in a car accident, only to regain consciousness in the middle of his own autopsy. The pain snapped him back to awareness, putting an end to the procedure before the doctor wielding the scalpel could do any more damage. Talk about great timing.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Number of pages: 338 e-book
Word Count: 111 K
Cover Artist: Scott Carpenter
The one man she wants is the one man destined to destroy her.
Sooner or later we all end up dead. Jace Cutler doesn’t have the luxury of staying that way. After receiving a fatal stab wound, he awakens in a hospital room in Portland, Oregon, with no memory and a big hole where his soul used to be. Worst of all is the glow. Everyone is surrounded by a strange white aura he hungers to possess, none more compelling than the one enveloping Dr. Lia Benson.
Lia has always been ruled by reason, refusing to put stock in such nebulous things as destiny. Until Jace dies in her arms, then miraculously comes back to life. Whenever he’s near, her soul responds and her body burns. And she’s consumed by odd dreams she’s convinced are Jace’s lost memories.
When Lia is kidnapped, Jace tracks her and discovers a shocking explanation for who—and what—he is. Something no longer human, a dark legacy that until now has lain dormant within him. Something that could destroy the one woman he’d sacrifice everything to protect.
Warning: Contains bone-melting sexual tension, scary battle scenes, heartrending emotion guaranteed to keep you turning the pages well into the night, and a positively divine hero who may just steal your soul.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-61921-250-3 e-book
ISBN: 978-1-61921-681-5 paperback
Number of pages: 301 e-book
Word Count: 100 K
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
Save her life…or save mankind. His choice could cost him his soul.
For nearly two centuries, Marcus has been the Watchers’ most faithful soldier. Sworn to protect humanity, driven by an unrelenting compulsion to atone for past sins, he has rarely found a compelling reason to question his mission, let alone defy his leader.
His partner, Regan, is his exact opposite, an enigma he longs to solve. A free spirit and reckless to a fault, Regan acts first and thinks later. Her smart mouth and tender heart have fascinated Marcus for decades, but the Watchers’ strict vow of celibacy has forced him to ignore the sizzling attraction between them. Until now.
When Regan goes rogue to protect a very special little boy, Marcus is forced to make an impossible choice—commit an act of treason or watch the woman he secretly loves die.
Hunted by enemies and allies alike, Regan and Marcus run for their lives, fighting to thwart an age-old prophecy and guard a boy whose destiny may very well be to destroy the world…or save it.
Warning: Contains violent battle scenes, angels with twisted agendas, nail-biting suspense, intense emotion, burning-hot sexual tension, and a sexy, stubborn hero who would rather face death than admit what’s in his heart.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Number of pages: 151
Word Count: 41 K
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
Born to hunt and destroy…until the light of one soul reawakens his own.
Adrian knows he once possessed a soul, but it abandoned him the day he was murdered. The day he was reborn as a Rogue, shunned by humans and hunted by his own kind. By night he feeds the darkness inside him by finding and snuffing out corrupt souls, perfectly content to live as an outcast—until a random act of violence unites him with a woman who makes him feel.
Angelica Paxton believes everyone deserves a second chance. Even her rescuer, a mysterious stranger with hypnotic powers, an unsettling ability to invade her dreams, and a shocking secret. Much as her body wants to succumb to Adrian’s seductive charms, she can’t. Not without breaking his newly awakened heart.
Adrian swears to protect Angie from his kind, even if staying by her side means volunteering at the center where she works to reform the very souls he has vowed to crush. Even if it means abandoning the shadows for the light. Even if that light exposes the darkest threat he’s ever faced. One from which he is powerless to save her…
Warning: This book contains flying subway cars, a woman in jeopardy, a relentless villain who’ll stop at nothing to get what he wants, and a dark, sexy hero who could very well haunt your dreams and steal your heart.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Number of pages: 306
Word Count: 90K
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
A man she’d die for, a world she was born to defend… Only one can survive.
For twenty-five years, Adrian has mourned the loss of his soul mate, Angie. He’s content to live as an outcast…until a series of abductions forces him out of seclusion and into the arms of the very woman he loved and lost. Angie’s reincarnation, Emma.
Emma is on the run, hunted by soulless creatures whose one goal is to possess her soul. They have taken everything: her home, her identity, her mother. Left with no other choice, she must trust her fate to Adrian, the enigmatic stranger who comes to her rescue. An immortal being whose illicit touch makes her blood burn and awakens an inexplicable desire in her heart.
Emma follows Adrian to his isolated community in Arizona, where she is assailed by visions of a past life. As passion ignites and her enemies close in, Emma is drawn into a world where nothing is what it seems and where love could prove the greatest weakness of all.
Warning: Contains a dark, tortured hero, a hunted woman who can’t remember loving him, a nasty villain hell-bent on destroying the world, and a timeless love story you won’t soon forget.
About the Author:
Anne Hope is the author of emotionally intense romances with a twist—a twist of humor, a twist of suspense, a twist of magic. All her stories, however, have a common thread. Whether they make you laugh or cry or push you to the edge of your seat, they all feature the redeeming power of love and the heart's incredible ability to heal.
Anne's passion for writing began at the age of eight. After penning countless stories about enchanted houses, alien girls with supernatural powers, and children constantly getting lost in the woods, she decided to try her hand at romance.
She lives in Montreal, Canada, with her husband, her two inexhaustible kids, a lazy cat and a rambunctious Australian Kelpie.
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Monday, April 14, 2014
by Terry Boyle
Publisher: Dundurn Group
Release: April 14th 2014
Genre: Non-Fiction: Ghost, Paranormal, Haunted Locations
How I got it: NetGalley
Interested in discovering more about haunted Ontario? Join Terry Boyle as he explores the shadowlands beyond the grave. Revel in the outstanding evidence of spirit habitation in museums, historic homes, inns, jails, and graveyards. Witness the full apparition of the innkeeper's wife at Greystones Inn in Orangeville. Encounter the misty form of a civil war veteran in the graveyard of the old St. Thomas church. Experience the incredible slamming-of-doors at the Keefer Mansion in Thorold. Visit a whole village of spirits who share the buildings at Black Creek Pioneer Village. You can even spend the entire night in the Orillia Opera House with Terry and his friends.
Prepare to be scared out of your wits with the stories behind these and other hauntings. After providing you with a list of addresses, phone numbers, and websites for each location, Terry invites you and all other ghost enthusiasts along for the adventure. Feeling brave?
Review: I love a good ghost story and this book is full of them. The cool thing about the stories in this book is they are of places that if you are feeling brave enough you can visit yourself. Inns, restaurants, historical places, and even theaters. I enjoyed learning the background and history of the places.
Living near the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence I liked the stories about the boats, yet was a little confused as to the legend of the Black Dog. It was interesting, but I didn't feel it meshed with the other stories.
While fun and enlightening, I didn't find the tales all the remarkable or spine tingling. I guess I've just read so much on the subject I'm a bit desensitized to the stories. I did feel the book was well researched and I enjoyed the eyewitness accounts. Over all a good and entertaining read.