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Friday, October 17, 2014

Book Review: First Contact (Sloane Osborne: Haunts for Sale Series) by Kat Green + giveaway

First Contact
Book One of the Sloane Osborne: Haunts for Sale Series
by Kat Green

Sloane Osborne is a paranormal realtor in the business of selling haunted houses but, in truth, she’s only searching for one ghost. And her time is running out. It’s the 366th day after her fiancé’s death. Michael used to like putting things off for “a year and a day”—so tonight’s the night. Sloane will do anything to make contact with him before the clock strikes midnight. When she gets a call to check out a home in Waukesha, Wisconsin, it’s the last place she thinks Michael would contact her. Sloane is dead wrong. Michael appears…and tells her to get out of the house. Immediately.

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Sloane Osbourne is a paranormal Realtor in the business of selling haunted houses but, in truth, she’s only searching for one ghost. And her time is running out. It’s the 366th day after her fiancé’s death. Michael used to like putting things off for “a year and a day”—so tonight’s the night. Sloane will do anything to make contact with him before the clock strikes midnight. When she gets a call to check out a home in Waukesha, Wisconsin, it’s the last place she thinks Michael would contact her. Sloane is dead wrong. Michael appears…and tells her to get out of the house. Immediately.

Sloane Osbourne started a paranormal realtor business. As one of the only paranormal real estate agents in the United States, she searches out haunted houses for people to purchase, so they can say they own a haunted house. But in reality she is doing it, so she can make contact with her fiancée who died in a car accident a year ago. She has a year and a day— something Michael always tells her jokingly to give something time—to find him. And the deadline was looming hard and fast when Sloane makes contact with a man about checking out a house in Wisconsin that he is interested in. Michael’s best friend and hers, Joshua, who happens to be a sensitive she worked with in paranormal investigations in the past and a FBI agent too, is not happy about her taking this one case she found on her own, as before he has been giving her leads. What Sloane will find wit this house will be more than ghosts, as she discovers there is something terribly wrong with the hauntings in this house.

I have one beef with the novella. I know that the normal reader wouldn’t understand what equipment for a paranormal investigation is called and what it is used for, but I didn’t care too much for the info dump at the beginning about it when Sloane does her investigation of the house. But once the info dump is done and the first paranormal activity happens, the thrills and chills sucked me into the book. It is not just a horror book with romance, but ‘a serial killer who done it,’ too. The novella has intrigued me enough to want to read the next book in the series when it comes out.

4 Sheep





Pamela Kinney

Excerpt
“Hello?” Sloane’s voice was tentative, even to her own ears. It was one thing to talk to Michael, but he was a ghost she known in life. It was another to start a conversation with a dead stranger. “Can you hear me?”

The woman didn’t turn, her whole body focused on the next drop of water until it had floated through her hand again.

The woman sighed, sitting back on her heels as she watched the wall.

“Water,” she rasped. “Do you have any water?”

“I’m sorry. I don’t have anything.” Sloane said. “I tried to give you water last night, but no one drank it.”

“What are you doing here? You aren’t supposed to be here!” The woman’s voice was so raspy Sloane could barely hear her. She turned her head slowly as though removing her gaze from the little bit of water seeping through the stone was painful. When her gaze finally rested on Sloane, her eyes were dark black pits, swirling with tiny dancing lights.

Sloane stepped back involuntarily, then gathered her courage to approach the apparition. She could sense the poor girl wasn’t dangerous. She was trapped here as much as Sloane was herself.

“I found the secret door and got pushed in.” Sloane said. “Then the door shut behind me and I couldn’t get out.”

“Ah, you must have been at Alvin’s house,” the woman rose to her feet. “Not a safe place to be. Though nothing about this area is safe.”


About the Authors:

Kat de Falla
Author Kat de Falla was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she learned to roller-skate, ride a banana seat bike, and love Shakespeare thanks to her high school English teacher. Four years at the UW-Madison wasn’t enough, so she returned to her beloved college town for her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and is happily employed as a retail pharmacist where she fills prescriptions and chats with her patients. She is married to her soulmate, classical guitarist, Lee de Falla and raising four kids together ala the Brady Bunch.

Kat de Falla is also the author of The Seer’s Lover, a dark fantasy released by The Wild Rose Press.


R.A. Green
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Born in St. Charles, Illinois, R.A. Green has wanted to be an author since sixth grade when her English teacher told her she should consider writing as a career. After many years of trying, she is finally making that dream come true. She attended Carroll University where she majored in English and History, with a minor in French. She went on to become an in-home daycare provider where she spends her days singing, dancing, and doing projects that cover her house in glitter. For years, she’s frantically written as much as she can during nap time. She is a breast cancer survivor, a Brewers fan and a “Disney Dork” who can’t wait to start planning her next Disney vacation. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her wrestling coach husband and two children, and all three are the greatest blessings in her life. First Contact is her debut novel.

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5 comments:

  1. Great review and what a unique novel idea.
    thanks for putting this on my weirded out/spooky radar

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    1. Debbie, I hope you can check it out this Halloween season!

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  2. Spooky cover, ghosts and a serial killer - oh man, this is right up my alley. Thanks for introducing me to the book and the author, Sharon. I hope you have a fantastic weekend.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. Hi Sherry! I'm so glad this is the spooky kind of stuff you read! I really hope you enjoy the book and know that book two is almost done! Please let us know how you like it!

      Kat

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  3. Sharon - Thanks so much for the 4 sheeps review - we REALLY appreciate it! All the best!
    Kat

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