Book Review: “Spirit of the Book” by D. E. Howard

ABOUT THE AUTHORdehoward

D. E. Howard was born and raised in the small seaside town of Southport where she still resides and dreams of a wo
rld where chocolate is better for you than an apple and of giving up her day job to become a full time writer.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Do you believe in magic?
Ellie Forrester didn’t.

Raised an only child by a mother who never hid her resentment Ellie learned from an early age to be self sufficient.

sotbFinally moving away from her mother’s negative influence Ellie thought her small run down flat was a little piece of paradise.

The old book she found hidden away didn’t seem to be anything remarkable but Ellie soon discovered that it contained far more than just the words on the pages.

Ellie soon discovered that not only did magic exist but it was within her reach.

Do you believe in magic?
Ellie Forrester does!

MY REVIEW

A Magically Delightful Read

Ellie Forrester is a plan girl who has lived a lonely life. She plans and succeeds in whatever she endeavors, but she has no friends. Her only family, her mother, is a sad woman that never gave her any attention. Then she moves out on her own to discover she has a gift.

After the beginning chapter or two, the story moves at a good pace. I gave he story 4.5 and rounded up to 5 stars. The characters are well-fleshed out and enjoyable. Spirit of the Book has a wonderful plot and a satisfying ending. Excellent writing.

Get your copy of Spirit of the Book today!

Next scheduled books and short stories for my Review List are:
Waterlillies Over My Grave by Patricia Guthrie (Completely Read – Review Coming Soon)
Dragon Fireside Tales by Adam Boustead (Just started)
Trusting Jack by Beth Hale
Haunting Megan by Rebecca Riley
Trafficking by Bill Ward
Beyond the Hidden Sky (Star Trails Tetralogy Book 1) by Marcha Fox
Jem by Michelle Abbott
Everything to Lose – Gavin Shawlens Thriller #2 by Gordon Bickerstaff

Book Review: “Myth and Magic” by Mae Clair

ABOUT THE AUTHORmae

Mae Clair opened a Pandora’s Box of characters when she was a child and never looked back. Her father, an artist who tinkered with writing, encouraged her to create make-believe worlds by spinning tales of far-off places on summer nights beneath the stars.

Mae loves creating character-driven fiction in settings that vary from contemporary to mythical. Wherever her pen takes her, she flavors her stories with conflict, mystery and a dash of romance. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and is passionate about folklore, old photographs, a good Maine lobster tail and cats.

Discover more about Mae on her website and blog, http://www.maeclair.net

ABOUT THE BOOK

mmAS CHILDREN THEY PLAYED GAMES OF MYTH AND MAGIC…

Veronica Kent fell in love with Caith Breckwood when they were children. As a teenager, she was certain he was the man she was destined to marry. But a traumatic event from Caith’s past led him to fear a future together. He left Veronica, hoping to save her from a terrible fate. Twelve years later, Caith, now a P.I., is hired to investigate bizarre incidents at the secluded retreat Veronica manages. Returning to his hometown, Caith is forced to face his nightmares—and his feelings for the woman he’s always loved.

THEN ONE DAY THE MONSTERS BECAME REAL.

After the callous way Caith broke her heart, Veronica isn’t thrilled to see him again. But strange occurrences have taken a dangerous toll on business at Stone Willow Lodge. Forced to work together, Veronica discovers it isn’t ghostly apparitions that frighten her, but her passion for a man she has never forgotten. Or forgiven. Can two people with a tarnished past unearth a magical future?

MY REVIEW

Engaging and Intriguing

I loved Myth and Magic. It engaged me from the beginning and kept me guessing until the end. A thoroughly enjoyable story with a steamy romance and a captivating mystery.

When mysterious and disturbing episodes plague Stone Willow Lodge, Caith is hired to determine the source in his old hometown where he has been estranged for years from his family. Ghosts from his past haunt him as he tries to figure out who is behind all of Stone Willow’s problems, including how he’d left his relationship with Veroinica.

The book continues at a good pace and keeps you guessing. The characters are well-drawn and likable. I highly recommend Myth and Magic to all who love to read about romantic and intriguing tale.

Purchase Myth and Magic today.

Next scheduled books and short stories for my Review List are:
Sweet Destiny (The Royal Vow Series Book 6) by Lizabeth Scott (completed – review coming.
Spirit of the Book by D. E. Howard (30% Read)
Waterlillies Over My Grave by Patricia Guthrie
Dragon Fireside Tales by Adam Boustead
Trusting Jack by Beth Hale
Haunting Megan by Rebecca Riley
Trafficking by Bill Ward
Beyond the Hidden Sky (Star Trails Tetralogy Book 1) by Marcha Fox
Jem by Michelle Abbott
Everything to Lose – Gavin Shawlens Thriller #2 by Gordon Bickerstaff

#RRBC HOLIDAY TRAIN “BOOK TRAILER” BLOCK PARTY! #amwriting

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Hi and “WELCOME” to Rave Reviews Book Club’s HOLIDAY TRAIN “BOOK TRAILER” BLOCK PARTY at Kim’s Author Support Blog!  Location:  North Carolina, USA.

Here’s What I’m Giving Away Today:

The Wedding Crasher – Paranormal Mystery ebook

Christmas Cruise – Paranormal Mystery ebook

# of Winners for this stop:  2

To visit other author pages, click here.

I’d like to introduce you to my book trailer. Please take the time to check out my book, if my trailer interests you.

Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery – Series Book Trailer Description

In the LANA MALLOY PARANORMAL MYSTERY SERIES, Lana Malloy is a psychic, private investigator who is on a mission to help the dearly departed even when they don’t realize they need help.

Please visit the book series trailer page on YouTube.

Visit kimcoxauthor.com and Amazon to learn more about Kim Cox and her writing.

Visit Kim’s Pinterest page and check out the Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery series casting page.

#RRBC HOLIDAY TRAIN “BOOK TRAILER” BLOCK PARTY! #amwriting

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Here’s What I’m Giving Away Today:

All This Time – Romantic Suspense ebook

The Wedding Crasher – Paranormal Mystery ebook

# of Winners for this stop:  2

To visit other author pages, click here.

I’d like to introduce you to my book trailer. Please take the time to check out my book, if my trailer interests you.

Christmas Cruise Description

Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery Series – Book 4

In Christmas Cruise, Lana has the ghosts of ten women, nine  are yelling for her help and one wants to dish out her own revenge on her killer. Has the killer already selected his next victim?

Pleas visit Christmas Cruise book trailer here. If you like the trailer, check out a preview of the book.

Only $2.99  in ebook through Amazon and Books2Read and $7.99 in  print. Visit kimcoxauthor.com and Amazon to learn more about Kim Cox and her writing.

Visit Kim’s Pinterest page and check out the Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery series casting page.

#RRBC HOLIDAY TRAIN “BOOK TRAILER” BLOCK PARTY! #amwriting

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Hi and “WELCOME” to Rave Reviews Book Club’s HOLIDAY TRAIN “BOOK TRAILER” BLOCK PARTY at Kim’s Author Support Blog!  Location:  North Carolina, USA.

Here’s What I’m Giving Away Today:

Suspicious Minds – Romantic Suspense ebook

Get Out or Die – Paranormal Mystery ebook

# of Winners for this stop:  2

To visit other author pages, click here.

I’d like to introduce you to my book trailer. Please take the time to check out my book, if my trailer interests you.

The Wedding Crasher Description

Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery Series – Book 3

In The Wedding Crasher, Lana and Tony get married and travel to their honeymoon destination in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Shortly after their arrival, Lana begins to have more visions about an abducted woman who’s life is in danger. With the help of a few ghosts, Lana and Tony hike the rugged terrain of the Blue Ridge Mountains, hunting for a madman.

Please visit my book trailer for The Wedding Crasher here. Read a book preview.

Only $2.99 for ebook through Amazon, and Books2Read and $7.99 for print. Visit kimcoxauthor.com and Amazon to learn more about Kim Cox and her writing.

Visit Kim’s Pinterest Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery series casting page.

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Wandering Spirits II – Release Day Is Here #amwriting #BookBoost #IARTG

Wandering Spirits II

Just in time for Halloween, Wandering Spirits II is filled with spooktacular fun. Releasing in paperback and ebook at Amazon and Other Retailers on October 1st, this book includes five romantic paranormal mystery novellas, and Chris Grover has added bonus recipes you’re sure to enjoy.

Also October 1st, we’re having an event on facebook to celebrate the release of Wandering Spirits I. Please drop in and say hello.

Here are the short blurbs of the novellas.

GET OUT OR DIE by Kim Cox

When Lana Malloy helps a young widow communicate with her late husband, she learns of a frightening new ability — an ability that could give the spirit the upper hand. Knowing this next case will be more difficult than anything she’s ever faced, Lana struggles for control when she encounters an angry ghost who doesn’t want to leave and who doesn’t want the occupants of the house to stay. Does she have other abilities she can rely on to save her?

LUCIFER’S LAST LAUGH by Elizabeth Delisi
When Kirk Marsden falls overboard from his yacht, he thinks he’s dreaming when confronted by a scary-looking man in red, with a silver pitchfork stickpin. Lucifer offers Kirk a deal: he won’t go to Hell if he can reveal his true inner self to one person who genuinely cares about him. But how can a rich man find someone who likes him for himself, not his money?

BELIEVING IN DREAMS by Chris Grover
Nicole James has always believed in dreams. So after her mom dies and she dreams about a house she’s seen in an old photo and an elderly woman who beckons to her and says “Nicole! Finally! I was so worried you wouldn’t get here in time,” she has to check it out.

‘NEATH HALLOWED HALLS AND IVIED WALLS by Maureen McMahon
Stacey Christian and Peter Mansfield come together again to attend the funeral of their beloved Harvard history professor, Bertram Donelson. Stacey’s emotional stint as a reporter in Afghanistan and Peter’s exhausting high-profile business takeover make them even more vulnerable to the romantic chemistry that’s always been between them.

Little do they know their old alma mater holds an evil and deadly secret that will propel them into a whirlwind of ghostly, shocking and even deadly experiences. Will this adventure be enough to finally bring their love to fruition?

ENIGMA by Sheryl Hames Torres
Brace Adams struggles to solve the mystery of a blind woman who wakes up beside a brutally murdered man, but has no memory of how she got there. Can he protect Riley from the forces surrounding her without losing his life?

Wandering Spirits I

In celebration of Wandering Spirits II’s release, Wandering Spirits I is on sale for 99 cents in ebook at Amazon and Other Retailers – also available in paperback. Wandering Spirits I includes five romantic paranormal mystery novellas, and Chris Grover has added a bonus short story. Here are the short blurbs of the novellas.

ONLY 99 CENTS FOR 3 DAYS

HAUNTED HEARTS by Kim Cox
(Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery Series, Book 1)
Two ghosts, a hysterical neighbor and the handsome nephew of her aunt’s fiancé and you get a mix bag of comical events. Lana Malloy embarks on a new career as a private investigator. She must solve the forty-year-old murder of her great aunt and her great aunt’s fiancé or they will remain Haunted Hearts.

RESTLESS SPIRIT by Elizabeth Delisi 
Desperate to talk to her young son, who died from a rare, incurable blood disease, Laura St. Clair uses a Ouija board to try to reach him. But when she makes contact with the spirit world and receives a message, whom has she reached? And what does the spirit want in return for helping her?

VALENTINE’S INN by Chris Grover 
After being badly injured in an auto accident, which killed three of her friends, Rianna Gordon has given up on life. Then she meets Josh Byford, unaware that Josh is a ghost. Rianna is a lawyer not a hotelier, but rather than sell the country inn her family has owned for over a hundred years, Josh not only convinces her to reopen and run it, he finds her the perfect partner as well–the boy she fell in love with when she was nine years old and never quite forgot.

GHOSTS OF AULD LANG SYNE by Maureen McMahon
(Stacey Christian & Peter Mansfield: Book 2)
The second book of the series after Return of the Gulls, Stacey Christian and Peter Mansfield reunite in Ghosts of Auld Lang Syne to celebrate New Year with friends at a remote New England homestead. Are the terrifying incidents that befall the guests really only accidents? And why does the spectre of a young woman walk the halls?

FATE’S LITTLE TRICK by Sheryl Hames Torres
Gemma McKenzie Fuller must put aside her fears and help someone from her past. Can a troubled child teach her that going back again could possibly be a Christmas miracle?

MEETING MR. WRIGHT by Chris Grover
Vicki figured the dream was simply a spin-off of her bedtime reading. She had no idea it was a prediction of things to come.

Readers are saying:
“You get a lot of bang for the buck when you get your hands on WANDERING SPIRITS! There are 5 novellas by 5 authors and 1 short story.”

“Whether you believe in the spirit world or not, these stories will provide the reader with enjoyment and maybe a few chills.”

Happy Reading,
Kim Cox

Sale and New Release from Author: A. M. Manay

She Dies At The End – ON SALE NOW

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NOVEMBER SNOW BOOK I – On Sale at AMAZON. COM

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She Lights Up The Dark – Available for Pre-Order

Vampires?  In my Livermore?

Livermore author A.M. Manay brings paranormal peril to the Tri-Valley in She Lights Up the Dark, part 2 in her November Snow Series, due for release on April 19, 2016.

lightsupMain character November Snow has just risen from the grave, and while working to stop her nemesis Luka from executing his terrorist plots, she must learn how to survive as a vampire.  What better place is there to hone her skills than the not-so-mean streets of lovely Livermore, California?

“I enjoy grounding the fantasy elements of my work in a realistic , contemporary landscape,” shares the author.  “I get a kick out of setting scenes with vampires, fairies, and werewolves in locations I see every week.  It makes me feel like I know a secret.”

Manay includes a number of local landmarks in her story, though not always by name.   Local readers will enjoy identifying some of their favorite haunts, both downtown and in our scenic natural locales.

She Dies at the End, part 1 of the series, also features Livermore, primarily by celebrating our ranches and striking landscapes.  Other East Bay locales also appear in the new novel, particularly Oakland’s Uptown and Lake Merritt neighborhoods.

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Plot Synopsis for She Lights Up the Dark (November Snow Book 2)

A frightening vision stalks November, even in her grave . . . and things go severely sideways just as soon as she claws her way out of it.

Continuing the story begun in the well-received paranormal romp She Dies at the End, She Lights Up the Dark finds November Snow struggling to adjust to her new life as a vampire with none of the support she’d expected.  Her nemesis, Luka, has plotted to isolate November and scatter her allies as he executes his plan to bring human society under his control.  Her loneliness leads her to become emotionally entangled with a charming but likely untrustworthy fellow vampire.

When danger flares, November discovers that her psychic gift has expanded in a powerful and perilous fashion.  Coerced into close company with her enemy, she fights to master her power and to uncover the secrets that may help her to save both her friends and the human world from being crushed under Luka’s boot.  November is determined to stop Luka as his plan builds toward an unknown and deadly climax, but she may find that lighting up the dark comes with a high price to pay.

This books contains violence, some sexual content, and occasional profanity.

Ebook copies of both She Dies at the End and She Lights Up the Dark are available to reviewers upon request.

Author Biography

anneA.M. Manay is a former Oakland teacher who is inspired by her students and her multiracial family to write fiction that includes a multicultural cast of characters.  She aspires to write intelligent paranormal fantasy featuring strong women and fascinating villains.  Manay has resided in Livermore for nearly 9 years.  She loves the town for its beauty, diversity, welcoming attitude, and focus on family, and she is thrilled to have been able to include her favorite town in her fantasy writing.

A.M. Manay can be found online in the following places:
On her website: http://www.ammanay.net
On Facebook: facebook.com/ammanaywrites
On Twitter: @ammanay
On Instagram: instagram.com/a.m.manay
On her Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/ammanay

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She Lights Up the Dark by A.M. Manay

Short Excerpt from Chapter 1

She knew only one thing after she clawed her way out of the ground:  she had to eat.  Two sheep and a billy goat gave their lives for November’s first meal of her new one.  She required no persuasion or instruction, falling upon them instinctively when she’d emerged from the earth, filthy and ravenous.  She tore into them, a gleeful savage.

When she was full and they were empty, she knelt next to them, stunned, reaching up a tentative finger to touch the fangs protruding from her bloodstained mouth.  The animals had tasted of grass and sunshine and milk.  For a few moments, she had lived their bucolic lives, now over.  She felt warm, fuzzy with pleasure.  Her head spun.

November wasn’t quite sure where she was, or even who she was, but then it all came back in a rush.

As she walks among her friends, a sniper’s bullet finds her belly.  She falls to the dirt as she takes the death meant for another.  Ilyn carries her inside, eyes burning.  She lies in front of a fireplace, her life bleeding away, but there is no pain on her face.  Her friends surround her.  She agrees to live to fight another day.  He takes her blood and gives her his own.  Now there is fear and struggle and rejection, but it is too late, far too late.  They watch her die  They watch her die because of them.

November returned to the present, the ground solid beneath her knees once again.

I died.  I’m a vampire.

For a moment, she wasn’t certain if she would laugh or weep.  The amazed cackle that escaped between her fingers settled that question.  It was only after the glow of feeding had faded that she noticed the pandemonium that had erupted around her.

They were looking for something.  Zinnia was on the ground.  She looked completely undone.  And Ilyn . . . Ilyn looked terrible.  It took November a long, confused moment to realize that what they were looking for . . . was her.

Book Review: “Seeker (Book 1 Seeker Series)” by Amy Reece

About The Author

Amy Reece lives in Albuquerque, NM, with her husband and family. She loves to read and travel and has an unhealthy addiction to dogs. She believes red wine and coffee are the elixirs of life and lead to great inspiration. Stay tuned for her newest book, The Way to Her Heart, a YA romantic suspense novel, coming in March 2016.

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Seeker – Book 1 in the Seeker Series

Ally Moran has always just known about things—things she shouldn’t really be able to know…

Suddenly when she starts having vivid visions about a former friend who is in desperate trouble, the adults in her life think she might hold the key to an ancient mystery.

Jack Ruiz has a troubled past, but is trying to make a fresh start at a new high school…

He just wants to keep his head down and graduate, hopefully before he turns 20. The last thing he needs is to get involved with a feisty redhead and her psychic visions.

While Jack valiantly attempts to keep Ally at arm’s length, she is equally determined to be a part of his life. Who will win this battle of wills?

More importantly…

Can this unlikely couple work together to find answers to Ally’s visions before someone gets killed?

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My Review

Ally and Jack are characters you will love to root for…

Seeker is a wonderful book with the kind of teenage characters you love to root for. Ally is a good person, and Jack is the bad boy with a bad boy past, that embarrasses him. Ally gives him the confidence he needs and Jack brings her out of her shell. Together, they are the perfect couple and good for each other.

Ally has supernatural abilities that came from the female side of her family, but hers are more intense than anything the family has experienced in centuries. Her grandmother is a quirky character, much younger at heart than her years, and her mother is the mother every teen wants to have. Each parental figure has their own unique gift as well.

Jack’s extended family rallies around him to help him cope with the bad things he’s done. He first changes his attitude for the sake of his little sister. He wants to be a better role model for her.

In this story Ally has visions of someone being harmed and goes to great lengths to find a way to help even though at first she doesn’t even like this person very much.

I loved this story. The writing and characterization is well-done and the story moved along at a nice pace. It’s a page-turner you’ll not want to put down until you’ve read the last word. There’s mystery, paranormal abilities, and a great romance brewing. What more could you want? I will read more from this author for sure.

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Next TEN books and short stories on my Review List are:
Dangerous Liaisons by Sara Steward
The One Discovered: Chronicles of Diasodz, Book 1 by Yvette M. Calleiro
Bravura (The Music We Made Book 1) by Lisa Kirazian
Letting Go into Perfect Love by Gwendolyn Plano
Tate by Barbara Stewart
Finch’s Crossing by Katheran Allen
Flash 40: Life’s Moments by Janelle Jalbert
The Bloody Shoe Affair by Joy York
Son of My Father by Peggy Hattendorph
Papala Skies by Stephen Geez

#RRBC #PIF Week With #Author, A. M. Manay

Please help me welcome A. M. Manay as a special guest in the #RRBC #PIF (“Pay It Forward”) Week.

 

About the Author

ammanayIn addition to her work as an indie author of paranormal new adult fantasy, A.M. Manay is a former inner-city chemistry teacher, a singer, a yoga enthusiast, and a mother through domestic open adoption. She has a passion for increasing diversity in popular culture and for strong heroines who stand up for themselves, make their own decisions, and don’t depend on romance as their reason for being.

Keep up with her latest news on http://www.ammanay.net 
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She Dies at the End (November Snow Book 1)

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November Snow has seen her own burial a thousand times. It is the only thing she knows about her future.

In a war amongst vampires and fairies, a small advantage can mean the difference between victory and defeat. And a psychic who can peer across the globe, unspool the past, and probe the future is more than a small advantage. Everyone wants to use her for his own ends: the ancient king, the black sheep, the dutiful son, the lost boy.

But November Snow wants things, too, before death comes for her. She wants purpose. She wants friendship. She wants love. She wants happiness. She wants respect. And she will not settle for less.

Pulled into the midst of a royal family feud centuries in the making, she must forge her own path through violence, betrayal, first loves, and mortal peril as she struggles to come to terms with her gift and her destiny, even as she knows this for certain:

She dies at the end.

This book contains magic and supernatural creatures aplenty, a smattering of heretical Christianity, and a cast of characters that is diverse in both race and sexual orientation. It also contains scenes of violence and some sexual content and may be triggering to victims of child abuse, human trafficking, or sexual assault.

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She Sees in Her Sleep (Three November Snow Shorts)

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These three short stories are set in the universe of A.M. Manay’s paranormal novel, She Dies at the End (November Snow Book 1). These stories have been previously released either via the author’s website or through her mailing list. This is the first time they are available as a collection and in the Kindle format.

“She Forges a Peace” provides a glimpse into the formation of the alliance between fairies and vampires as well as insight into one of the primary characters in the series. “He Worships his Queen” delves into the painful childhood of vampire Luka, the primary villain in She Dies at the End. “She Fears the Dark” focuses on the popular fairy characters Pine and Zinnia as they take a trip to Disneyland that turns into an unexpectedly dangerous adventure.

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She Lights Up The Dark (November Snow Book 2)

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A frightening vision stalks November, even in her grave . . . and things go severely sideways just as soon as she claws her way out of it.

Continuing the story begun in the well-received paranormal romp She Dies at the End, She Lights Up the Dark finds November Snow struggling to adjust to her new life as a vampire with none of the support she’d expected. Her nemesis Luka has plotted to isolate November and scatter her allies as he executes his plan to bring human society under his control. Her loneliness leads her to become emotionally entangled with a charming but likely untrustworthy fellow vampire.

When danger flares, November discovers that her psychic gift has expanded in a powerful and perilous fashion. Coerced into close company with her enemy, she fights to master her power and to uncover the secrets that may help her to save both her friends and the human world from being crushed under Luka’s boot. November is determined to stop Luka as his plan builds toward an unknown and deadly climax, but she may find that lighting up the dark comes with a high price to pay.

This books contains violence, some sexual content, and occasional profanity.

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#EggcerptExchange: SHADOWS OF THE PAST by Carmen Stefanescu

I am participating in the Author Helping Authors – Egg-cerpt Exchange.

Today, I am featuring Carmen Stefanescu, author of Shadows of the Past.

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Shadows of the Past
by Carmen Stefanescu

Publisher: Wild Child Publishing
Genre: paranormal/light romance/light historical/light horror.

Blurb:

shadowsofthepastbkAnne’s relationship with her boyfriend Neil has disintegrated. After a two-year separation, they pack for a week vacation in hopes of reconciling. But fate has other plans for them.

The discovery of a bejeweled cross and ancient human bones opens a door to a new and frightening world–one where the ghost of a medieval nun named Genevieve will not let Anne rest. This new world threatens not only to ruin Anne and Neil’s vacation but to end all hopes of reconciliation as Anne feels compelled to help free Genevieve’s soul from its torment.

Can Anne save her relationship and help Genevieve find her eternal rest?

A touching, compelling story of tragedy, loss and the power of endless love and good magic.

The twists and turns in this paranormal tale keep the reader guessing up to the end and weave themselves together into a quest to rekindle love.

Excerpt

The peal of the church bells from the abbey tower startled Genevieve. The sound added to her mounting anxiety.

The massive abbey loomed over the stone paved path.  All the nuns were at evening mass.  With a bit of luck her disappearance would go unnoticed for a few more hours. The Abbess would assume she was cleaning the toilets as ordered.

Fear skittered through Genevieve when she turned away from the abbey towards the path leading to town. Nothing stirred.  She hesitated.  Evil emanated from the forest surrounding the abbey. With a shiver, she leaned against the solid oak gates that flanked the abbey’s main path. They had hidden her from detection for the past couple of hours, but how much longer would she be safe?

The mountain shadows grew thicker and closer.

She moved her weight from one leg to the other. They ached from so much standing, but she lacked the strength to return to the gardener’s cottage and wait for Andrew’s arrival as planned. Genevieve closed her tired eyes. The image of old Ryan, slumped dead in his chair in his cubicle, caught life in her mind and made her whole body ripple with fear.

She’d rather wait for Andrew here, outside.

Had he forgotten his promise? What if something terrible befell him during the last three days, or he had changed his mind? Why should he risk all for an ordinary nun?

Had his folks talked him into giving her up, made him see reason? Helping her out of her predicament meant a huge risk for him — losing his family, his friends and his position among his peers. His words echoed in her mind. “I will risk everything for you, even life, if necessary.”

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“Anne, Anne, wake up. Wake up, please,” the insistent voice whispered next to her ear.  The touch of a hand, on her shoulder, startled Anne.

She opened her eyes, still half between sleep and reality. Her gaze stopped on a stranger, a woman, by her side.

The moon’s pale face, the only light, filtered through a small gap in the tent’s entrance; yet the stranger’s whole body emanated a kind of soft ray, a yellowish halo making her figure and face easy to discern.

A long, dark robe, similar to those worn by nuns in monasteries centuries ago, covered her body. No traditional headdress covered the woman’s red hair, which fell loosely over her shoulders in long, heavy tendrils and continued down her chest and back.

Anne stood up and studied the intruder with open curiosity. The stranger’s wax pale face looked corpse like. Anne opened her mouth to ask her who she was. She looked Anne straight in the eyes, placed her forefinger on her lips and whispered, “Hush, come. Follow me.”

Anne’s eyes widened.

The woman, moving away from the sleeping bag, appeared to glide above the ground. Her bare feet didn’t make a sound.

As if hypnotized, Anne followed the illuminated silhouette heading into the forest, without questioning her own actions.

An onrush of sensations unfamiliar to her followed. Dizziness and a malevolent feeling of unreality suffocated her. The presence of evil, creeping up and enveloping her, became almost palpable. Her throat turned dry, and she gasped for air.

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Character Interview

Please, have a seat. Make yourself comfortable Miss… 

“Genevieve. My name is Genevieve, but Sister Clementa, the Abbess,  and some of her followers call me The witch.”

Tell me, Genevieve, where are you living?

Genevieve ( a small sigh escapes her lips. Then she shrugs) “Well, for the moment I reside at St. Mary’s Abbey. On top of a mountain in Britain, in the…cursed forest.”

Do you have any schooling?

Genevieve  (nods and pats and invisible crease of her dress) “Kind  Old Bertha, who took care of me after my family perished, taught me to read and write. Not only English but also Latin. And, most important, she taught me how to prepare healing potions from plants and herbs. Perhaps that’s why the Abbess hates me so much. A peasant girl of the 13th century is dangerous if she knows more than her superiors, I think.”

What are your worst fears or nightmare?

Genevieve (throws a shy look around her. She shivers and her voice is small) “I fear the cursed forest. This forest is responsible for what happened to my family. My father’s odd behavior, the death of my siblings. All the evil that lurks in it.

My nightmare – the Abbess, sister Clementa, who threatens me all the time with sending me to the stake. I can’t understand why she wants me out of the way.”

Is it anything that you secretly desire?

Genevieve (blushes and wrings her hands. Then she looks me directly in the eyes. Her voice is strong now. ) “To become Andrew’s wife and grow a family. If his family agrees….If the Abbess lets me go… If God  forgives me for giving up being a nun…..If I escape alive from the forest…. If….”

Author bio:

carmenCarmen Stefanescu resides in Romania, the native country of the infamous vampire Count Dracula, but where, for about 50 years of communist dictatorship, just speaking about God, faith, reincarnation or paranormal phenomena could have led someone to great trouble – the psychiatric hospital if not to prison.

Teacher of English and German in her native country and mother of two daughters, Carmen Stefanescu survived the grim years of oppression, by escaping in a parallel world, that of the books.

She has dreamed all her life to become a writer, but many of the things she wrote during those years remained just drawer projects. The fall of the Ceausescu’s regime in 1989, and the opening of the country to the world meant a new beginning for her. She started publishing. Poems first, and then prose. Both in English.

Shadows of the Past, paranormal/light romance/light mystery/light horror was released at the end of 2012 by Wild Child publishing, USA.

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