Just what is due?

Devil's Due Book Cover Devil's Due
Luther Cross #1
Percival Constantine
fantasy, paranormal, humour, crime
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
31 May 2017

Luther Cross here. Dangerously handsome, effortlessly stylish half-demon, at your service. As I have inherited certain...abilities with my odd genetics, I’ve put them to use as Chicago’s foremost paranormal investigator.

My current case? Well, I have to admit, it feels a little personal. I’m helping a mysterious girl who’s turned up on my doorstep, pregnant through mystic means. I can’t help but think of my own mother…and if I don’t help her, she’ll face the same fate.

Turns out, someone is trying to create an army of half-demons. While it might be a pleasant change to hang out with my own kind, I know most half-demons don’t have my sense of morality. If I don’t stop this evil plan, the armistice between Heaven and Hell will be broken and all of the Earth will pay… It will be the beginning of the end.

Well, a PI with a difference… especially as he is half-demon and his lover is a vampire… who knew? And yes, Holy Water, blessed by a priest does harm demons and nasties..

My first introduction to this series and I started with the first book and found it a fun read with some nice snark and a different type of PI considering I have just read Mary Wiles #1 where we have an angel doing a similar job.

I like the style and pace of this this writer and found him clear and good at ensuring we knew enough back story without over-whelming us so we understood what was going on. Loved the idea of there being roof-top bars that we humans don’t get entry to. Unless…

And nice for it to set in Chicago for a change. I’ve always heard rumours that Chicago is a dangerous place to visit. And with all these paranormals living there, I now know why!

 

 

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How memory travels

The Possible World Book Cover The Possible World
Liese Schwarz
literary fiction, contemporary, women's fiction,
Hutchinson
July 12, 2018
400

'Every now and then I come across a book I wish I'd written. The Possible World is one of those... A gorgeously wrought exploration of who gets to tell the story of our lives, and who gets to inhabit that story with us' Jodi Picoult

Ben is the sole survivor of a crime that claims his mother and countless others. He is just six years old, and already he must find a new place for himself in the world.

Lucy, the doctor who tends to Ben, is grappling with a personal upheaval of her own. She feels a profound connection to the little boy who has lived through the unthinkable. Will recovering his memory heal him, or damage him further?

Clare has long believed that the lifetime of secrets she's been keeping don't matter to anyone anymore, until an unexpected encounter prompts her to tell her story.

As they each struggle to confront the events - past and present - that have defined their lives, something stronger than fate is working to bring them together...

This is a story with a difference.

I am calling it fantasy as it makes an assumption about how souls and their memories can be transferred from one person to anotehr after death.

At first I found  it tricky to follow what was going on but suddenly it all came clear and I was entranced. It would have been 5 stars if I hadn’t been tempted to put the book down after a couple of chapters due my confusion.

It is gently written in a clear and unassuming style. A style that is easy to get lost in and a book that I didn’t want to end.

The description of the hurricane was devastating and Clare’s life, of penance almost, afterwards, was told with great empathy and affection for this damaged woman. And Leo, as he told his story, was so tragic, you really wanted to cuddle him forever. You forget now, just how harsh some of the religious houses were for orphans – the way they were treated like indentured servants despite their ages, and one can only be thankful, that this no longer happens. Although, orphanages are still far from good….

Read this book to find out what the Depression was really like for the American South.

 

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Enter the first Steam Pump! Ever….

The Steam Pump Jump Book Cover The Steam Pump Jump
The Chronicles of St Mary's Series SS
Jodi Taylor
Historians, action and adventure, sci-fi
Accent Press
(12 July 2018)
Kindle

Not one to let being banged up in Sick Bay stop her, Max has had a brilliant idea. But she needs Markham to execute it on her behalf. The subject of this cunning plan is Peterson, struggling with another bereavement and not doing very well. What’s needed to get him through it is sympathy, sensitivity, tact and understanding.
Step forward Mr Markham, for whom sympathy, sensitivity, etc., are things that happen to other people.
Combine a fanatic from R&D, a head of Security with his own problems, a steam-pump, two historians who can’t even be in the same room as each other, some fractious Protestants and a large body of very dirty water.
Told in Markham’s own words, this is the story of an intervention – St Mary’s style.

Or was it a steam cannon?

steam cannon is a cannon that launches a projectile using only heat and water, or using a ready supply of high-pressure steam from a boiler. The first steam cannon was designed by Archimedes during the Siege of SyracuseLeonardo Da Vinci was also known to have designed one (the Architonnerre). [see Wikipedia]
According to our St Mary’s Chronicles, they wanted to look for a steam pump but its actions was more like a steam cannon, in my mind.. either way, it was a fun thing to go and look at, or so Markham thought.
This is more unusual storyline form Jodi Taylor as it is written from Markham’s viewpoint and in his voice.
I really loved Lingoss’ explanation of why her hair was blue – as someone whose hair is purple and some people have failed to mention it, or apparently notice until it is pointed out to them! i do wonder who the teacher was she talks about. I’m sure that they will be mentioned in future stories as we have a lot of characters at St Mary’s we still know little about and how they came to be there.
After all, History has many years of exploration that can be taken.
So yes, the best laid plans of mice and men, especially when Markham is involved, don’t always work as intended.
A great addition to the series.

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Mary is an Angel – of some sort

Marked by Hell Book Cover Marked by Hell
Mary Wiles Chronicles #1
Erin Bedford
paranormal, mythology, crime
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(14 May 2017)

The road to heaven is paved with Mary Wiles' victims.

Los Angeles isn’t just a playground for those searching for a new start. It’s a darker and more dangerous place than they’ll ever know. But Mary’s not fooled.

With her hands full trying to play human while looking for a way back to heaven, Mary doesn’t have time to polish her halo let alone solve a murder case. But when she finds out demons are responsible, Mary just can’t help herself.

When Mary makes a mistake causing her best friend to be taken, she will have to make a choice: sacrifice an innocent for the chance to get her revenge or lose everything she has worked for. Mary starts to realize there is no clear path back to heaven without becoming tainted herself.

So Mary is really Muriel – an Angel – well actually an Archangel:

Muriel means “Perfume of God.” This is a female archangel who brings peace and harmony to one’s life. She is responsible for carrying around the message of peace and harmony to people on the Earth.

Her angelic responsibilities also include tending the plants and animals on this Earth.

Depicted with a crown made of flowers, it is known that when she is in your presence, you will smell the scent of your favorite flower. When this happens, it will confirm that Archangel Muriel is somewhere near you. [https://www.guardian-angel-reading.com/blog-of-the-angels/archangel-muriel/]

But now she is on Earth after her wings have been removed by demons, she is not quite as peaceful as before – at least when it comes to fighting demons.

She is also not quite au fait with human behaviour and norms and speech. Which gives a lighter touch to this novel which could otherwise be rather dark as is it mostly about the fights she gets into when dealing with possessed humans.

Erin writes a good story and this is a good series of novels about Muriel and how she adapts to her new life and new companions.

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SHADES OF FAE BOX SET

Shades of Fae
Box Set
Multi author
paranormal, mythology, romance
Carter and Bailey Publishing
Kindle

Not every fairytale has a happily ever after.

We know only three things about the Fae: they don't lie, they cheat. What they aren't given, they take. And if they can't rule ... they conquer.

Now the fate of humanity lies in a battle between good and evil where lines are not easily drawn.

Time travel to 19th century France, brave the gritty streets of New York city, or enter the realm of the Fae itself in this darkly enchanting collection ...

Sinister Sidhe and Dark Elves manipulate mortals, vengeful Fae warriors battle nefarious vampire lords, and an apocalypse rife with werewolves, dragons, nymphs, banshees, shifters, and supernatural hunters brings danger.

This is a limited edition box set of 23 full length novels only available to followers of CK Dawn.

Wicked paranormal reading with a Fae orientation but…

Reviews of #1-6

  •  Remnants of Ash by CK Dawn

4 stars

Here mortals meet the Fae with an Apocalypse coming along. And shock horror, it turns out that the 4 Fae nobles are the 4 horsemen of the Apocalypse them selves and thus bringers of evil whether they belong to the Light or Dark Fae Courts. Their aim – the Fall of Humanity.

But 1 Horseman turns on his own. An unusual but good re-telling of how the Apocalypse comes about. I enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next installment. 

  • The Shaded Veil by Shawnee Small

Another 4 star. A story about how to bumble your way into the world of the Fae – and to find out that your lazy worker is really a Fae prince in disguise. Oops!

Fun and flirty.

  • Sleeping Beauty’s Untimely Murder by  Cheri Schmidt and Tristan Hunt

So once upon a time Briar rose fell asleep and was awoken by true love’s kisses after her Prince battles his way through roses to her. 

Or alternatively, he inherits a castle and finds a ghost inhabiting a tower. And it has nothing at all to do with a wicked step-mother, but there is a Evil Fairy – male by the way – involved.

Another 4 star.

  • A Fey’s Wolf by Elle Boon

Only a 2 star for this one.

I got bored half-way through and abandoned it. Clearly a lot of back story – was this part of a series? I fund it too confusing and for me, the story didn’t stand alone.

  • Of Water and Blood by Pauline Creedon

Another 4 star story.

Normally I  don’t like heroines who are only 17 years old, but this one was very mature for her age. But, her ‘friend’ and accomplice was very immature and didn’t appeal as a hero. Still, a good story-line.

  • Fatal illusion by Tamari Etherton

Another 4 star!

So someone is tricking the Fae and putting them in lockets and then taking them to the human world. And rori is right in the middle of it – along with her brother and an Elven Prince.

I liked Rori. she is my kind of heroine. But she still has a lot of growing up to do….

  • lFAE101 by Cyndia Faria
  • A Kiss of shadow by Isadora Brown
  • Resisiting Moonlight by Amy L gal
  • Awaken by charlene A Wilson
  • Destiny’s Fae by katalina leon
  • Beauty sleep by J A Armitage
  • The Winter Sun by Megan J Parker and Nathan Squires
  • The triad’s Evolution by Lynda Kaye Frazier
  • Second to none by Kim Carmicahael’
  • the curse of the Fallen by Coleen Haleson
  • Forsaken by Danielle Rose
  • The Last ringmaster by Lynda Haviland
  • Hunted by Dyan Chick
  • The Brothers Djinn by Cate Rowan
  • A Capital Abduction by JB Michaels
  • Desolation by RS Broadhead
  • Marked Paradox by Jen L Grey and Heather Renee

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