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Monday, September 30, 2013

Spotlight: Trapped In Stone (Dark vs. Light) by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom + giveaway

Trapped In Stone (Dark vs. Light) 
By: Linda Thomas-Sundstrom
Released: August 30, 2013

The forces of Good and Evil are vying for the soul of one man on top of Notre Dame Cathedral. A woman who loves him has vowed to change his fate . . .Her lover's soul is at stake . . . She has vowed to change his fate. 

Tristan is trapped in a grotesque stone form on Notre Dame Cathedral's Galley of Chimeras for 364 days a year, only to be freed on the 365th. He has only one night to breathe again, regain his human shape, and find a replacement for himself from the busy night-time streets of Paris. But there are obstacles - some of them his dark neighbors on that rooftop. Some are worse than that. And then there is Izzy, the woman he loves, and who has stood beside him, awaiting his very few hours of freedom. Will Tristan make it this year? How many times has he failed? Time has stood still for Tristan, but how long will his lover wait for him, confusing both sides of the Afterlife in what is actually a masterminded battle for his soul . . . and hers?

this is the pic of Tristan Linda posted to her FB page
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About the Author:
Linda Thomas-Sundstrom is an award-winning author of paranormal romance novels and novellas, with books published by Kensington Brava, Dorchester, Amazon Montlake, and Harlequin Nocturne.

Linda lives in the west, and is a teacher by day and a writer by night. She lives with her family on a ranch, and truly believes that "paranormal" is her middle name.

A fan of all things gothic, Linda writes fast-paced, atmospheric paranormal and urban fantasy romances that tweak the genre into tasty, sexy, believable fare. More than anything, she hopes you'll come along on this wild, wonderful ride with her.

Cover Reveal: Hunter's Moon (The Moon Series #2) by Lisa Kessler

Sasha’s future was stolen from her the moment she was bitten. Now she's on the run from the Nero Organization that transformed her from a human detective into a shape shifting jaguar assassin.

When a rogue bounty hunter threatens her younger sister, she'll be forced to fight, and with nowhere else to turn, Sasha will need to trust the one man who has every reason to want her dead.

Aren is a werewolf with a secret. While protecting his twin brother and Alpha of the Pack, he found his one mate for life. Sadly she's also the jaguar assassin who tried to kill them both. Now Aren is struggling between his animal nature to love and protect her, and his loyalty to the Pack.

About the Author:
Lisa Kessler is an award winning author of dark paranormal fiction. Her debut novel, Night Walker, won a San Diego Book Award for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror as well as the Romance Through the Ages Award for Best Paranormal and Best First Book.

Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award.

When she's not writing, Lisa is a professional vocalist, performing with the San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sheep Comic Review: Kiss Me, Satan #1

Kiss Me, Satan #1 (Juan Ferreyra variant cover)

Writer: Victor Gischler
Artist: Juan Ferreyra
Cover Artist: Juan Ferreyra
Genre: Action/Adventure, Crime, Horror
Publication Date: September 18, 2013
Dark Horse
Format: FC, 32 pages; Miniseries
Price: $3.99
UPC:7 61568 23081 9 00121
Cassian Steele is the boss of the werewolf mafia in the Big Easy, and he’s got a problem. The old witch Verona knows his secret and has gone into hiding. Cassian wants her dead. So he sends out the word: An open contract. The first monster to dust Verona gets a big payday. What no one realizes is that Barnabus Black, a demon desperately trying to regain his halo, is her protection.

* Featuring covers by Dave Johnson and Juan Ferreyra!

* By Victor Gischler (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike—A Dark Place, Punisher MAX, X-Men) and Juan Ferreyra (Colder, Rex Mundi)!

"His art reminds me of Clive Barker at his best. Things which disturb you on a deep, psychological level. Beasts which have too many eyes or hands. It always warms my black heart to see new monsters, and Ferreyra draws the best I've seen in many moons."
- Adventures in Poor Taste

Cover by Dave Johnson
The Dark Horse team have themselves a new urban fantasy on their hands, here. Or maybe it's action/horror. Ah the heck with it. Whatever it is it's got Victor Gischler writing it, and that ain't not bad.

Set in New Orleans, werewolves run the town and the family who runs them all has just received some ominous news concerning the impending birth of the would-be heir to the empire. The news and its consequences threaten to send the town into chaos, and it's up to Barnabus, a fallen angel turned gun-for-hire, to protect the coven of witches who delivered the band news, while avoiding some demonic secret agents with some very big chips on their shoulders as well, and hopefully earn his way back into Heaven.

The blending of genres winds up working really well. Nothing gets pureed into gray goop, it all keeps enough original color with sleazy gangster wolves and cigar-chomping cherubs. This first issue sets the tone almost immediately and offers a wild conflict from the get-go, while holding promise of some interesting twists to come in the next four issues.

If I have a criticism about the issue, it's what I felt was some uneven artwork. When at its best, the lines were crisp, the colors vibrant, and the action practically leaping off the page. But there were some weaker panels, I thought, that felt murkier with character depictions. Still, not to a terribly distracting degree.

A helluva debut for Kiss Me, Satan.

4 Sheep

Spotlight: Four Til Late by Eric Garrison

In Four 'til Late, amateur ghost hunter Brett and his friends Gonzo, Jimbo, and Liz are on a road trip with dangerous detours, dreadful dreams and dire warnings. But that won't keep them from reaching their goal: New Orleans. Along the way they discover that some spirits leave you with more than a hangover and regrets. Can they get there in one piece, or will they be stopped and rest in peace? The bags are packed, the engine's running. Turn up the radio and get moving because the road ghosts are waiting, and it's Four 'til Late. Four 'til Late is the first book of the Road Ghosts Trilogy.

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About the Author
Eric Garrison is active in the writing community in Indianapolis, Indiana. He lives in the Circle City with his wife, step-daughter and four cats. He also enjoys gaming and homebrewing beer.

Seventh Star Press published the first of his Road Ghosts trilogy, Four 'til Late, in July of 2013. The other two are expected to come out later in 2013.

Eric's novel, Reality Check, is a science fiction adventure released by Hydra Publications. This book reached #1 in Science Fiction on Amazon's Kindle store during a promotion in July 2013.

Eric's short story, "Drag Show" appeared in the Fall 2011 edition of Strange, Weird and Wonderful Magazine and Volume 2 of that magazine's anthology series. His flash piece, "Dark Reflection", appeared in the Indiana Horror 2011 anthology. He's competed twice in the Iron Writer Challenge with two 500-word flash pieces, "Killer Cure" and "Moby Me".

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Today's feature author: Joey W. Hill

About the Author:

I’ve always had an aversion to reading, watching or hearing interviews of favorite actors, authors, musicians, etc. because so often the real person doesn’t measure up to the beauty of the art they produce. Their politics or religion are distasteful, or they’re shallow and self-absorbed, a vacuous mop-head without a lick of sense. From then on, though I may appreciate their craft or art, it has somehow been tarnished. 

Therefore, whenever I’m asked to provide personal information about myself for readers, a ball of anxiety forms in my stomach as I think: “Okay, the next couple of paragraphs can change forever the way someone views my stories.” Why on earth does a reader want to know about me? It’s the story that’s important.

So here it is. I’ve been given more blessings in my life than any one person has a right to have. Despite that, I’m a Type A, borderline obsessive-compulsive paranoiac who worries I will never live up to expectations. I’ve got more phobias than anyone (including myself) has patience to read about. I can’t stand talking on the phone, I dread social commitments, and the idea of living in monastic solitude with my husband and animals, books and writing is as close an idea to paradise as I can imagine. I love chocolate, but with that deeply ingrained, irrational female belief that weight equals worth, I manage to keep it down to a minor addiction. I adore good movies. I’m told I work too much. Every day is spent trying to get through the never ending “to do” list to snatch a few minutes to write.

Despite all these mediocre and typical qualities, for some miraculous reason, these wonderful characters well up out of my soul with stories to tell. When I manage to find enough time to write, sufficient enough that the precious “stillness” required rises up and calms all the competing voices in my head, I can step into their lives, hear what they are saying, what they’re feeling, and put it down on paper. It’s a magic beyond description, akin to truly believing my husband loves me, winning the trust of an animal who has known only fear or apathy, making a true connection with someone, or knowing for certain I’ve given a reader a moment of magic through those written words. It’s a magic that reassures me there is Someone, far wiser than myself, who knows the permanent path to that garden of stillness, where there is only love, acceptance and a pen waiting for hours and hours of uninterrupted, blissful use.

If only I could finish that darned “to do” list

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Comic Review: Before Skullkickers (Skullkickers #24)

Before Skullkickers (Skullkickers #24)
Story By: Ron Marz
Story By: Todd Dezago
Story By: Jim Zubkavich
Art By: Lee Moder
Art By: Stjepan Sejic
Cover By: Edwin Huang
Cover By: Jim Zubkavich

Image Comics
Price: $3.50
Diamond ID: JUN130461
Published: August 28, 2013

Before Skullkickers: A return to our classic legacy numbering just in time for a new set of Tavern Tales! Four short stories by top flight talent detailing the earlier adventures of our heroes.- See more

Skullkickers keeps up the satire with its latest issue, this time with some Watchmen-inspired cover art and four short stories that have fun with the origin story and the prequel. There are four stories, each penned by a different writer, and each given a unique art style by different artists.

"Elvish Graces" kicks things off with a young Kusia in training, learning the ways of assassins from a tyrannical instructor. by Ron Marz and Stjepan Sejic. The humor remains, but the change in artwork here really offered a more classical feel to the heroic style of the story and setting.

"Dagnabbit T' Hell" by Adam Warren and Remy Mokhtar offered a more visually familiar, with a foul-mouthed gunslinger fending off a devilishly determined wildcat that appears hellbent on devouring him one article of clothing at a time.

After that there's "Choose Your Partner" by Todd Dezago and Jeff Cruz. A bit of an anime vibe--manga, I suppose, since this is a comic book after all--and a pub setting with Rex chatting up a lass while his Dwarfen sidekick rumbles with the rest of the patrons. Cute, violent, and funny. Not a bad combination.

"Dimensional Theory 101" has series co-creator Jim Zub and artist, Lar Desouza, teaming up with a classroom oratory from the tentacled menace himself, Thool. Or is it herself. Itself, let's go with itself. Anyway, the only really interesting bit from this story was a bit of a teaser for the next story arc.

Skullkickers #24 is a fun distraction while waiting for the next adventure to kick off. Nothing that measures up as a must-read, but any fan of the series will not dare pass up reading it, and newcomers could certainly find themselves drawn to the series by checking this one out, too.

review: Skullkickers #23
review: The Mighty Skullkickers #1 (Skullkickers #21)
Review: Savage Skullkickers #1 (Skullkickers #20)
4 Sheep

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Book Review (ARC): Tempt the Stars (Cassandra Palmer #6) by Karen Chance (spoiler free)

Tempt the Stars (Cassandra Palmer #6)
by Karen Chance 
Being a goddess is a lot less fun than you might think. Especially when you’re only a half goddess, and you only found out about it recently, and you still don’t know what you’re doing half the time. And when you've just used your not-so-reliable powers to burglarize the booby-trapped office of a vampire mob boss.

Yeah, that part sucks.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg for Cassandra Palmer, aka the Pythia, the freshly minted chief seer of the supernatural world. After all, Cassie still has to save a friend from a fate worse than death, deal with an increasingly possessive master vampire, and prevent a party of her own acolytes from unleashing a storm of fury upon the world. Totally just your average day at the office, right?

When I started this book I was a little worried it wouldn't measure up to Hunt the Moon, which was a giggling thrill ride from page one to page… last. Tempt the Stars doesn't move at a break neck pace until the end, and there isn't as much humor, but it makes up for it in feels. OMG, the feels, people. When I put this book down I was an emotional mess; twitching on the floor foaming at the mouth mess. My heart was on the floor squished under the heel of Ms. Chance. Yes, she made me cry. I can’t give anything away, but the next book has the potential to be one of the funniest as well as emotionally draining.

The Mircea fans are going to be a little disappointed. He only appears on a handful of pages. Pritkin fans are going to be strung out by the end. This book takes Cassie into the demon realm and we learn more about their culture and history, also Pritkin’s father Rosier. Things aren't what they seem and Cassie is finding out just how many people have been keeping things from her. She also has to deal with feelings she has been ignoring her whole life. In spite of all that she is becoming stronger and ready for the coming war, but first she needs to go back in time for one little errand with the most unlikely of partners. Casanova gives a lot of comic relief since he is made an unwilling participant in Cassie’s adventure into hell along with Caleb, a war mage, and Pritkin’s friend.

I am expecting a lot of feels in the next book. There is a reason Mircea isn't around in this book. We aren't told exactly why and I am afraid of what the fall out will be, knowing his personality. I don’t envy Cassie at all! This could go so many ways! I am in denial about having to wait another year to find out what happens *twitch, twitch*.

This is book #6, and the series still manages to surprise me, and each book is better than the last. Now I am going to go into my corner and whimper softly and hope Chance decides to throw the fans a bone while I wait for the next book.

5 “Pythia Power” Sheep

Sharon Stogner

About the Author:
Karen Chance is the author of two New York Times bestselling series, plus a number of novellas and short stories, all set in the Cassandra Palmer universe. A full-time writer since 2008, she was previously a university history teacher, which comes in handy when writing the time-travel aspect of Cassie’s crazy adventures. She loves Las Vegas, the main setting for her novels, but currently lives in Florida near her family home.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Book Review: Hunt the Moon (Cassandra Palmer #5) by Karen Chance

Hunt the Moon (Cassandra Palmer #5)
By: Karen Chance 
Cassandra Palmer recently defeated a god, which you’d think would buy a girl a little time off. But it doesn’t work that way when your new job description is Pythia—the world’s chief clairvoyant. Cassie is busier than ever, trying to learn about her power, preparing for her upcoming coronation, and figuring out her relationship with the enigmatic sexy master vampire, Mircea.

But someone doesn’t want Cassie to become Pythia, and is willing to go to any lengths to make sure the coronation ceremony never happens—including attacking her mother before Cassie is even born.

I love this series so hard. The wait for each book is a long excruciating experience, but well worth it. This is book #5 in the series and I think my favorite so far. The action starts at a sprint from page one and doesn't stop till the very end. I wonder if Karen Chance was out of breath by the end of each writing day? And on top of that, the witty character dialogue and the inner voice of Cassie had me laughing out loud. I actually would stop to read a few sentences to my kids so I could share the fabulous with someone. It would be cool to sit around with a bunch of Cassandra Palmer fans and listen to the book on audio. Well, on second thought that might not work if there is a Team Pritkin and Team Mircea. Then we might come to blows <G>

You can absolutely pick up this book and enjoy the ride. Chance includes all needed background story along the way. Even though I've read all the previous books it has been two years since I read book #4 and I appreciated the information. But if you love a fast paced urban fantasy you will regret not stating at book one.

What I loved about Hunt the Moon was Pritkin and Mircea broke down and confided in Cassie (and us) about their past. There was a lot of sharing going on. All kinds of sharing. Cassie finally gets some information about her mom and dad and in the process finds out something extraordinary about her Pythia powers. She became a stronger person in this book. Everyone is trying to control her, and her powers and she finally has had enough. I was so proud of her. Now if she could get her head straight about the two men in her life. I don’t envy the day if she ever has to make a choice. The passion she feels for Mircea and Pritkin is different, but both are just as strong. Don’t worry, this isn't an angsty triangle. Not quite sure how Chance pulls this off <G>. Cassie spent most of the book with Pritkin and one of my favorite secondary characters, her body guard Marco. My other favorite would be her Stetson wearing ghost partner in crime, and best friend Billy Joe.

The suspense, non-stop action, razor sharp wit, and raw emotions of all involved had me in knots by the end, and Cassie’s reaction when she realized what Pritkin had sacrificed broke my heart. Luckily I have book #6 sitting right next to me. I advise having access to all the books once you start the first.
I could gush about this book and series all day long, but I won’t. I got book #6 Tempt the Stars to jump into right now. When reading a book I mark quotes I want to share, but I had to stop after the first 10 pages because I was highlighting just about every line! So here are a few of my favorites:

“For a frozen second, I looked at him and he looked at me, and then I screamed and threw my coffee, which hit him square in the groin. And I guess that didn't feel too good because he screamed, too, and for a minute there was a whole lot of screaming going on.”
“And then I was jerked back up, fast enough to cut off my breath, to leave me dizzy. Or maybe that was the feel of the hard arms around me or the harder body behind me. Or the stunning relief of Not dead, not dead yet-

Because that never gets old.

My name in Cassie Palmer, and I’ve cheated death more times than anyone has a right to expect. In the past two months, I’ve been shot, stabbed, beaten and blown up a few dozen times, and that doesn’t count all the magical ways I’ve almost been killed. I’d have been dead a long time ago if not for my friends, one of whom had just jumped off the cliff after me.

I’d have been a lot more appreciative if he hadn’t pushed me first.”

“What?” I said defensively, clutching the mink and my dignity. Since I was barefoot, mostly naked and completely hungover, I was pretty sure I grasped only one of them.

5 “glass in my ass” Sheep

Sharon Stogner

About the Author:
Karen Chance is the author of two New York Times bestselling series, plus a number of novellas and short stories, all set in the Cassandra Palmer universe. A full-time writer since 2008, she was previously a university history teacher, which comes in handy when writing the time-travel aspect of Cassie’s crazy adventures. She loves Las Vegas, the main setting for her novels, but currently lives in Florida near her family home.

Spotlight: An Element of Time by Bebe Knight + giveaway

An Element of Time
Eternal Flame Series: Book One
By: Bebe Knight
Releasing September 24th, 2013 through Solstice Publising

A vampire and a slayer walk into a bar… Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but for Veronica and Mackenzie, it’s the beginning of the rest of their lives…

The world has seen its fair share of evil, but Veronica Chase had no idea such monsters truly existed. Werewolves, poltergeists, witches… even vampires. Ignorance was bliss. But her reality was crushed on that horrid day her family was taken away from her. Now, Veronica has devoted her entire life to hunting those very creatures, searching for the werewolf pack that murdered her parents in hopes of finding her abducted sister. Nothing will get in her way of settling the score for the hand she was unjustly dealt. That is until her newest assignment brings her to her knees.

After one hundred and eight years on earth, Mackenzie Jones thought he had seen it all. With the exception of daylight of course, but that’s what comes with the territory being a vampire and all. Perpetually damned to live his life as a bartender in the shadows of the night, nothing has sparked his interest lately. Just once he wished something exciting would happen in his mundane life. Little did he know, his wish was about to come true. Walking through the door to his bar, and into his heart, Mackenzie allows love to take the wheel for the first time. There’s just one slight problem. She’s there to kill him.


Veronica took a seat on an empty stool in a deserted corner, far enough away from anyone to hear a conversation. He glanced her way and held up a finger to let her know he’d be right over. Mackenzie was currently busy talking with two girls, a blond and a brunette, who were both dressed to kill and definitely playing him up. The blond kept laughing louder than necessary, while the brunette playfully hit his arm.

Veronica rolled her eyes. It was obvious to anyone with half a brain what they were after. However, his demeanor suggested that he was uninterested. Either that or just very naïve. Points for her if that were the case. When he was finally able to remove himself from the talkative twins, he made his was over to take her order.

“What can I get you?” Mackenzie asked with his back to her, ringing out another customer on the cash register. He had no clue that she held the fate of his life in her hands.

“Make it a Bloody Mary,” she requested. Trying to see if she could get him to turn around, she hoisted her messenger bag onto the bar, making a loud thump in the process.

He cocked his head toward her, and raised an eyebrow. “You sure you can handle it? I like mine extra hot.”

“Yeah, ninety-eight point six degrees,” she muttered under her breath. “Bring it on Mackenzie, I like a challenge.” He turned around at the mention of his name.

God, he’s gorgeous, Veronica thought. Shit, is he using mind control on me? She shook her head to clear her thoughts. Now was her chance-- all she had to do was hop over the bar and stake him. Easy enough, right?

“Now that I have your undivided attention, let me introduce myself. I’m Veronica Chase and I’ll be your slayer tonight.” She took a stake out of her bag and placed it on the bar. “Any questions?”

About the author:
Bebe Knight is the author of the paranormal romance series, The Eternal Flame Books. She lives in Upstate NY with her husband and son. Writing has always been a part of her life whether it be books, plays, or handwritten letters to friends and family. It’s a dream come true for her to be able to share her stories with others.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Alpha Male Diner: Archangel recipe by Linda Poitevin + giveaway

We have a heavenly dish for you today! Urban fantasy author Linda Poitevin is cooking up Aramael from her dark UF series The Grigori Legacy. The third book in the series Sins of the Lost doesn't come out till Oct 15, but you can get a taste here! Come on in a get a piece of Archangel Aramael...

-1 hot, hunky warrior angel (but don’t tell him I called him that!)
-1 set of storm-driven grey eyes
-1 pair of black wings with feathers that turn razor-sharp in battle


-A heaping handful of smoulder
-A fierce determination to protect the mortal soulmate who turned away from him

Then stir in:
A division of loyalties that could tear apart the entire universe.

Taste Test:


Alex looked up from her notebook as she joined Aramael on the sidewalk. “Do you care?”

His mouth thinned. “It would go faster if you’d let me help.”



“We’ve been over this. Twice. You’re not a cop.”

“No, I’m a bloody Archangel,” he snapped. “I think I can handle asking a few questions.”

Archangel? Her gaze flicked to the massive black wings half unfolded behind him. Michael’s wings had been black, too, and so had the other Archangels’. That must be what differentiated the choirs, the color of their wings. So. Aramael had been not only welcomed back into Heaven for his part in Seth’s attempted assassination but also promoted. Wasn’t that just ducky.

She returned her attention to her notes. “I don’t care. You’re not trained, you might miss something, and the answer is still no. Feel free to leave if that’s a problem.”

“Is this how it’s going to be between us?” he asked quietly.

Scowling, she ignored the jab of pain beneath her ribs. “There is no us. There’s me, and there’s you following me.” She stepped around him, coming up short as he moved to block her. “You’re in my way.”

“I didn’t ask for this.”

“Neither did I.”

Aramael’s sigh stirred her hair. “I know. And for what it’s worth, I wish it could be otherwise.”

“It can. Leave.”

He shook his head. “You’re too important.”

Her brain shied from all that stood behind the statement. “Fine. Then let someone else protect me.”

“I can’t do that, either.”

“You’re hardly the only angel in Heaven.”

“None of the others would protect you as I can.”


“Mika’el is the one who assigned me to you. He knows the strength of my connection to you. Knows I would risk everything to keep you safe.”

The pain beneath her ribs sharpened, taking away her breath. She clutched the notebook and pen tighter, felt their edges imprinted on her fingers.

“Don’t,” she snarled. “Don’t you dare go there. You made your choice when you went after Seth, Aramael, and I made mine when I saved him. We’re done.”

“You know that isn’t true.”

“I. Made. My. Choice.” She crossed her arms, settling into outright belligerence. “We’re done.”

“We’re soulmated, Alex. We can never be done.”

Even if she could have found her voice, she had no words. No argument. No rebuttal for the truth her soul recognized even as her mind rejected it. Sudden, infinite weariness pressed down on her. He was right. No matter how much she wanted it otherwise, no matter how certain she might have been—was—in her choice of Seth, Aramael was still right. The bond between them would never go away. She could love another with all her heart—and she did—and still she would feel that tie. That unbreakable connection.

Sins of the Lost (Grigori Legacy #3)
by Linda Poitevin
From the author of Sins of the Angels and Sins of the Son comes the newest novel in the “electric, thrilling and extremely intelligent” (Ex Libris) Grigori Legacy series.

Heaven and Hell are on the brink of war as Lucifer builds his Nephilim army and waits for his new agenda to become a reality — that of having a Nephilimchild of his own bloodline to lead his forces to cataclysmic victory.

With rumors of the pending war rampant on Earth, Alex fights to save humanity from its own panic –­ leaving little time for her fledgling
relationship with Seth, the man with heavenly origins who has captured her heart. But when Nephilim children begin to disappear, along with Alex’s own vulnerable niece, the inevitable war between Heaven and Hell becomes as personal as sin.

Heaven has its own plans to fight the coming apocalypse, but first it needs Seth back. Asked to betray the man she loves, Alex must turn for help to the soulmate she thought she’d given up — the Archangel Aramael, who may be her last chance to save her family and humanity from the ashes of Lucifer’s Armageddon.

About the author:
Linda Poitevin was born and raised in B.C., Canada’s westernmost province. Growing up in an era when writing was “a nice hobby, dear, but what are you going to do for a living?”, Linda worked at a variety of secretarial jobs before applying to be a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Due to an error in measurement, however, she was turned down when she didn’t meet the height requirement of that time. Undeterred, Linda became a civilian member in the force and was a dispatcher for two and a half years, during which time she met her husband, a police officer.

Following their transfer to Ottawa, Linda went on to become a real estate agent and then a human resources consultant before starting a family. She remained a stay-at-home mom, homeschooled her youngest daughter for nine years and, now that she has realized writing can be more than a nice hobby, she continues to live her dream of being a cop vicariously through her characters.

Linda currently lives near Ottawa with her husband, youngest of three daughters, one very large husky/shepherd/Great Dane-cross dog, a cat, two rabbits, and a bearded dragon lizard. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found in her garden or walking her dog along the river or through the woods.

In addition to her books, Linda also does freelance writing and editing. Information about her services can be found at

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Book Review: Spirits From Beyond (Ghostfinders #4)

Spirits From Beyond (Ghostfinders #4)
by Simon R. Green
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Ace
ISBN13: 9780425259931

Meet the operatives of the Carnacki Institute—JC Chance: the team leader, brave, charming, and almost unbearably arrogant; Melody Chambers: the science geek who keeps the antisupernatural equipment running; and Happy Jack Palmer: the terminally gloomy telepath. Their mission: Do Something About Ghosts. Lay them to rest, send them packing, or just kick their nasty ectoplasmic arses…

Their latest assignment takes JC and the team to a small country village, site of a famously haunted inn. At first, JC thinks that the spirits in the King’s Arms are more the stuff of urban legend than anything that needs the Ghost Finders’ expertise. Then one story rings true: the tale of a traveler trapped by an unusual thunderstorm who retired to her room for the night—and vanished.

Trapped by an unusual thunderstorm—like the one that begins raging outside shortly after they arrive…

As the team investigates, they are forced, one by one, to face some hard truths about themselves, their relationships, and the haunting itself—truths that may push Happy Jack over the edge into the madness that he has always feared...

Spirits From Beyond is the fourth installment in the Ghost Finders Series. A ghost investigation series about three operatives of the Carnacki Institute, an organization focused on dealing with malevolent ghosts by any means necessary. The team leader is JC Chance an extremely chipper and arrogant ghost hunter who is obsessed with finding his lost ghost girl friend Kim. Melody Chambers is the ingenious field geek, who can literally use her computers to find, draw out and destroy ghosts. Then there is Happy Jack Palmer, a psychic who is in a never ending battle with himself over whether to use drugs to cope with his powers. The different personalities on this team lead to a number of hilarious situations and antics which is a constant in all four books.

The book begins with the Ghost Finders being contacted by JC Chance’s ghost girl friend Kim. She disappeared in the second book after an epic battle with a Carnacki Institute traitor who was serving The Flesh Undying, a powerful supernatural intelligence hell bent on destroying the Institute. JC discovers that in order to free his girlfriend, the team must go to the London underground. They find out that the Flesh Undying has been manipulating a fallen Celtic god who has been raising an army of ghosts for a final purge of humanity. This forces Happy to make a decision, either go back on his drugs to give him the power to stop this threat or face certain death? This is only the first of two investigations the Ghost Finders are sent on leading to a second even more dangerous situation.

I thought this was a great book because it went further in depth with the characters than it has in the previous books. Happy especially had to go through a lot of character development in this book, showing he had to use drugs to contain psychic powers which are slowly destroying his mind. The constant banter between him and his tech geek girlfriend Melody is hilarious. My only criticism is I feel Kim is an underdeveloped character and she was inexplicably given all these new powers. One thing I have always enjoyed about the Simon Green books is you never know what random supernatural creatures or threats you might see and that keeps things interesting.

4.5 Sheep

Guest Reviewer: Tim

About the Author:
Simon Richard Green is a British science fiction and fantasy-author. He holds a degree in Modern English and American Literature from the University of Leicester. His first publication was in 1979.

His Deathstalker series is partly a parody of the usual space-opera of the 1950s, told with sovereign disregard of the rules of probability, while being at the same time extremely bloodthirsty.