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Sweep the Inn’s Porch

Sweep with Me
The Innkeeper Series #1-5
Ilona Andrews.
Fantasy Romance, Shifters, Werewolves and Vampires, Paranormal romance
Independently published
(13 Jan. 2020)

A charming, short novella in the Innkeeper Chronicles, from #1 New York Times bestselling author, Ilona Andrews. Thank you for joining us at Gertrude Hunt, the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, during the Treaty Stay. As you know, we are honor-bound to accept all guests during this oldest of innkeeper holidays and we are expecting a dangerous guest. Or several. But have no fear. Your safety and comfort is our first priority. The inn and your hosts, Dina Demille and Sean Evans, will defend you at all costs. [But we hope we don’t have to.]

Every winter, Innkeepers look forward to celebrating their own special holiday, which commemorates the ancient treaty that united the very first Inns and established the rules that protect them, their intergalactic guests, and the very unaware/oblivious people of [planet] Earth. By tradition, the Innkeepers welcomed three guests: a warrior, a sage, and a pilgrim, but during the holiday, Innkeepers must open their doors to anyone who seeks lodging. Anyone.

All Dina hopes is that the guests and conduct themselves in a polite manner. But what’s a holiday without at least one disaster?

I have read Ilona Andrews before and thus knew that I would enjoy this series. What I didn’t realise was just how much!

This is a series of books about magic and aliens. Yes it’s true, vampires do feature quite a lot, indeed a whole book covers vampire society. But be aware, these vampires do not drink blood nor are they unable to come out in the sun. They are a variant on the human genome with fangs, extra tall, very.muscled, and. very fierce! They always wear armor and love to fight…

Our Inn and its magic is a wonderful device to introduce us to alien worlds and species; customs; food; behaviour, and so on… We visit a market world (just like a Moroccan souk but better), vampire worlds, hidden worlds and worlds at war. We discover amazing weapons and poisonous. plants, we empathise and get angry at the guests’ situations, and want to meet the amazing chef and and eat his food.

So let go of rational and logical thought. The sun bends reality and defies no laws of physics – dig into your imagination – to above all – believe in the Inn, and that maybe, just maybe, this hidden place could exist next door to you, without you ever realising.

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Fighting Grannies

Were we Belong Book Cover Were we Belong
#5 Shift Happens
Robyn Peterman
Paranormal Romance and Demons
Independently published
(14 Jan. 2019)

I need a new freakin’ job. It’s not what you think. I’m desperate to resign from the Werewolf Treaty Federation aka WTF. Don’t judge. I didn’t name this crew of misfit Shifters so hear me out.After investigating a deadly Jazz Cabbage outbreak, I discover we need a necromancing Demon to help solve the crime. As luck would have it, my gay Vampyre BFF, Dwayne, dated one of these gems several decades ago. Seems all we need to do is summon his evil butt into this plane of existence and poof, crisis solved. The question is, can we bring him back without causing a flesh-eating, end of the world Zombie Apocalypse?With my hunky mate, insane Granny and flamboyant Dwayne by my side, we have no choice but to succeed. If we don’t, the reveal of our existence to the human world is imminent.We are Shifters. Werewolves. WTF. Shift Happens all the time. But this time, we’re making sure only good shift goes down.

As always, Robyn brings humour to her writing and I adore Granny, As an older person myself, I find her an inspiration and her fighting skills amazing! I only wish....
The Council that covers Weres and makes the rules, gets new members and the family, rather surprisingly, acquires new members.

So, in the end, we get a satisfactory, if gruesome ending

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Woo Woo crimes

Do You Hear What I Hear?: Book Cover Do You Hear What I Hear?:
A Detective Shelley Caldwell "Hot Christmas" (A Detective Shelley Caldwell story Book 5)
Patricia Rosemoor
Dangerous Love Publishing
(13 Nov. 2017)
Novella

The song “Do You Hear What I Hear?” was written as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis in the middle of the Cold War with Russia. Now Christmas is around the corner and live-in lovers Detective Shelley Caldwell and Jake DeAtley are in a cold war of their own. Shelley has all wonderful memories of Christmas, while Jake, born of a mother turned vampire while pregnant with him, has none. They’ve come to a compromise that she can decorate “her half” of every room, but there can be no Christmas tree. Then a case of hit-and-run leaves a dead body and a magical Christmas tree. With her woo-woo instincts ablaze, Shelley can’t resist bringing home the tree, heating up the war with Jake. There is more to the tree than either knows. Will it bring them back together or push them farther apart. Shelley and Jake met in the novel “Hot Case,” deepened their relationship in “Hot Trick,” and appeared in short stories “Hot Corpse” and “Hot Song.” Each case has a different paranormal/urban fantasy bent and villain. And a little much needed humor.

This author specialises in romance so her foray into crime fiction is an aberration, but a good one, and she should continue this series in my opinion.

I started this series with the last book rather than the first as part of my Xmas reading but rdalised I wanted to find out the history between Shelley and Silke her twin and how Shelley met Jake so needed to go back to book 1 and others.

But then found out that I had a problem – Patricia Rosemoor has written over 90 books (and counting) and the detective series is not one of her most recognised and thus it was tricky to track down the book I was looking for. I did find it eventually luckily.

What we find out from the first book is that Shelley is a Sensitive and thus can sense ‘woo woo’ as she puts it in the course of her work. She finds that many of her crime scenes have non-human creatures involved and also that Jake is not quite human either! Silke involves herself in the magic world and gets herself into a lot of trouble as a result and takes her ‘woo woo’ aspects and attributes much more seriously than Shelley. But over time and crime scenes Shelley gets less sceptical and more understanding.

The series contains the following novels:

Hot Case; Hot Trick; Hot Tales; and Hot Corpse.

But Rosemoor now uses the ‘Hot’ pre-noun for another series, which could be confusing…

I shall read some of Rosemoor’s other books at some time, but I read the entire crime series and enjoyed it.

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Renee George and books

Hex Book Cover Hex
Barkside of the Moon
Renee George
humour, mystery, cosy, paranormal
Barkside of the Moon Press

Pit Bulls are Sweet . . . and that’s no mystery! Shifter Lily Mason and her pit bull Smooshie are once again on the trail of a murderer and this time close to home! Sometimes, trying to be part of the human world can be a real killer. . . Cougar-shifter Lily Mason is ready to put down roots in the human town of Moonrise, Missouri. She only has two problems: her attraction and proximity to Parker Knowles, her boss at the Pit Bull Rescue Shelter, and her need to shift into animal form more than once a month. When she gets the opportunity to buy a “fixer-upper” outside of Moonrise with plenty of room to get wild without running into easily freaked-out humans, Lily jumps at the chance. Smooshie, Lily’s lovable pit bull and partner in chaos, is eager to participate with the home improvements. Unfortunately, Smooshie’s help includes digging out a mummified body from the living room wall. Lily is still recovering from the last murder investigation she got involved in–and she’s not looking forward to being in the middle of another one. The case gets even stickier when Lily’s landlord is murdered, rumors of a heist gone wrong run rampant, and Parker’s old high school buddies have returned to Moonrise, thus increasing the suspect pool. Lily’s attempts to become a bona fide citizen of Moonrise might well be thwarted by this newest complication–especially when the murderer sets sights on her. Murder & The Money Pit, Book 2 of the Barkside of the Moon Mysteries from USA Today bestselling paranormal cozy mystery author Renee George, is a gripping murder mystery that keeps you guessing from beginning to end!

I am reviewing here 2 series by the author Renee George. She writes humorous stories with fun heroines and cosy in style – not too graphic but..

I read 3 books in the Hex series. They were 4 stars but could have been 5 stars if they were longer. The opposite to other books – I found these too short! The story telling was sharp, funny with good characterisation and the story moved along at a good pace. Just needed some more events in the whole storyline..

I then read 4 Books in Barkside of the Moon series :

Really cute series. Cosy but plenty of murders, some suspense and romance – thwarted and unresolved.

So, 2 shifters move into a human town and try to conceal their differences. Buzz is a short order chef and Lily, his niece,  works part-time as an assistant in a pit-bull rescue centre and has a pit-bull softie herself.

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More and now Dragons

Rhodes Book Cover Rhodes
(Angelbound Offspring #4)
Christina Bauer
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: December 17th 2019

As dragon shifters, Rhodes and Zinnia should never have fallen in love. Why? Zin’s a princess while Rhodes is only the hired help. If the pair remain in the dragon realm, then age-old prejudices might tear them apart. But returning to Earth isn’t any better. In the human world, Rhodes and Zin are a musical sensation … and fame’s an even bigger relationship killer. Bottom line? Rhodes has huge decisions to make, both for himself and Zin. Unfortunately, it isn’t clear what path—if any—will end with Rhodes and his love having a future together. ANGELBOUND OFFSPRING

This is the latest in the spin-off series from AngelBound. These tell the stories of the children and grandchildren of our original hero and heroine and more about the different species that inhabit their worlds.

Here we have 2 dragons – including one who cannot breathe fire. She and her sister are in a tower, guarded from the world, because there have been threats against them. The threats come from followers of the old Emperor who had been defeated in a previous story.

My main issue with this book is that as these stories continue to be written, the age range (apart from one scene in this book) seems to get younger. This means the stories are shorter and more simplistic than the original series. In my mind this is a shame but …

ANGELBOUND OFFSPRING
1. Maxon 
2. Portia
3. Zinnia
4. Rhodes
5. Kaps
6. Huntress

Don’t Miss These Series From Christina Bauer

– Fairy Tales of the Magicorum, a series of modern fairy tales with sass, action, and romance

– Beholder, where a medieval farm girl discovers necromancy and true love

– Dimension Drift, a dystopian adventure with science, snark, and hot aliens

– Pixieland Diaries, about a sassy pixie Calla who falls for Dare, an icy elf prince 

Get your FREE copy of Christina’s novella, BEVERLY HILLS VAMPIRE, when you sign up for her personal newsletter: https://tinyurl.com/bauersbooks***Not available in stores***

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