Barkside of the Moon
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
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.
(Angelbound Offspring #4)
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 …
Dulcea’s Rebellion, #1
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Publication date: October 10th 2019
Some things never die. Hope. Heroes. Defiance. Things take a strange turn for Dulcea, the elven enchantress turned war heroine and Dragonmistress, when a countryman’s betrayal lands her in enemy hands. As she awaits her execution, a stranger with mysterious powers offers her another chance at life. Will she die here or risk what sinister fate he has in store for her? Can Dulcea reclaim her rightful place and lead her army once more? Or does Krath, the man who travels the Realm of the Dead as one of its own, prove to be the obstacle that fells her rebellion? … Or will this immortal vampire warrior turn out to be the best chance she has of defying the ancient evil arising in the west?
Can you tell your readers something
about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you
about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique?
Immortal Defiance is a slow-burn
paranormal fantasy romance, where the lines blur between heroes and villains,
and where things are far from what they seem. In its heart is an elven heroine
who finds that not all heroes are good… or even alive.
The story of Immortal Defiance is a story of
friendships, love, valor, and courage against the backdrop of a freedom war,
set in a medieval-like world. There’s magic, elves, talking dragons, vampires,
ancient castles, and a cure that may be deadlier than the poison.
I wrote Immortal Defiance and its sequels (it is
the first book in a trilogy) because I wanted to explore a soul-reaching
connection between two unlikely people. Dulcea
and Krath’s story is a story of overcoming conflict. On the surface, these two
people, an elven lady and a vampire, are as dissimilar as can be, but they may
yet discover that differences are often only skin deep.
I feel the approach is unique, because I’ve not yet
read a book with elves, vampires, and dragons, questioning whether something
perceived as evil can be good or neutral. Also, I wanted to explore a more
realistic way in how our mortal elven heroine might overcome her prejudices and
see the man who our vampire truly is (and he is no Mr.
Nice Guy), and yet still come to appreciate him for exactly who he is.
Enemies to best friends to lovers is one of my
favorite tropes, and one you’ll find for this series as whole.
What do you read when you are ill in
The same as on any other day – whatever I am
currently reading on my Kindle. Or these days, my Kindle App on my smartphone.
More likely than not, it’ll be something from my favorite genre (see answer
What is your favorite genre?
I read a lot of fantasy. Serve it to me with a side
of slow-burn romance, and I am a happy camper. I also like suspense and
thrillers and historic romance, but the fantasy genre is my favorite.
If you could recommend a living
author – who would it be? A dead author?
For a living author, C.J. Sansom and his splendid
Matthew Shardlake series. For a dead author, I struggle between J.R.R. Tolkien
and Jane Austen, and… let it be undecided. May each of you make their own
decision, based on the genre you more prefer.
What have you done with the things
you wrote when in school?
Rewrote them time again. I have been writing since
my early teenage years, for about 25 years now. Immortal Defiance, the
slow-burn paranormal fantasy romance now releasing, is based on writings began
during those days. To my memory, it took about twenty years and four complete
rewrites to come to this situation, to the release of the first book in the
I have spent a long time with these characters and
know them like the back of my hand. I have grown up and matured along with
their story, rewriting it to suit my current level as a writer.
Do you have an unusual hobby?
I would call it anything but unusual these days,
but growing up in a small northern European town, it was an oddity. Like… 25 –
30 years ago. I am talking about gaming. Us gamer girls were a little odd back
then. I am still an avid gamer; I love playing RPG games. They often have
excellent stories; some of them could easily compete with many other forms of
If you could be any fictional
character, which would you be? And why?
Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. She is
one of my favorite heroines. She is bold, smart, and loves to read! But she can
also admit to her mistakes and learn from them.
If you could choose to live in
another country/town – which would you choose? And why?
I have long loved Scotland. The image of its
highlands appeals to me on a deeply spiritual level. I have visited the country
before and hope to do so many times still in the future.
What would you take on a desert
island to read if you could only take 3 books?
For my love of romance, Pride and Prejudice. For my
love of fantasy, the Lord of the Rings. And for my love of mystery/suspense,
any of C.J Sansom’s Shardlake novels.
Would you like to add a jpg of
yourself? Or something that is important to your writing? Why is it important?
Does it have an emotional impact?
I am pleased for this question. I have long also
been an artist, for over 20 years. I find that my writing and art hobby support
each other. Art allows me to bring my characters and scenes to life in a way
that nothing else can.
I would like the show your readers a piece of my
artwork featuring the leading lady Dulcea, together with her friend and dragon
guardian, Amparo Darksun; both enjoying a rare moment of peace.
“I live in my own little world. But it’s ok, they know me here.” (Who besides me has this fridge
magnet; raise your hand!)
That’s sometimes what it feels like. Who
says stories aren’t
real? I live in the land of the Midnight Sun and Polar Nights, together with my
husband and daughter, and a cast of fantasy characters running around in my
head. It’s busy here.
Care to stay and chat a while?
Laura Maybrooke is an 80s’
child, who works too much and
writes too little, but who’ll never say no to a thrilling romance, a high fantasy adventure, or a
cookbook full of delicious treats she’d like to bake
Fire, Brimstone and Chocolate Cake
#1 (The Dramatic Life of a Demon Princess)
Paranormal, Demons & Devils, Romance, Witches & Wizards
Mina Carter Ltd
(17 Jun. 2019)
Escape hell. Save the world. Simple, huh?My name's Jynx. This morning I was a princess of hell.Now I'm it's most wanted.After a coup in hell, Lucifer's niece, Jynx Morningstar, is on the run with the king of hell in her back pocket (in handy stone doll form) and a hellcat with delusions of grandeur. To save her uncle and by extension, hell and the world above, Jynx must evade the legions of hell, master her human magic and track down her father: a healer witch.Simple. Yeah, right....What she doesn't expect is to walk into the middle of a shapeshifter/vampire turf war, a sexy as sin alpha werewolf who claims she's his one true mate, or to actually care what happens to the residents of small town, Boring.But when Death comes a'knocking she must make a choice. Go big and reveal what she is, or go home and leave them to their fates... A demon would leave them in a heartbeat, but can Jynx rise above her demon blood and prove what a true princess of hell is made of?Please note: contains high amounts of snark, an adorable werewolf looking for true love, a demon princess trying to avoid 'feelings' and a viking-wearing hellcat.
Oh yes, another snarky writer… and yes echoes of Robyn Peterman and that shifter town of Asshat – yes , Mina, I did recognise these …
But I do like this Princess Jynx, and I find I do like Mina Carter – the first book of hers I’ve read.
The storyline is nice, but I would have preferred the book to have been longer and more complicated. Still can’t wait to find out what Uncle Lucy will do next.
Ella’s always heard voices and because of them, she ends up institutionalized at a young age. Everyone calls her crazy and she believes she is too until the night she meets a vampire and for the first time in her life, the voices shut up. Zane just wants to enjoy his usual blood buffet, instead he runs into a wisp of a woman who makes him feel emotions he thought long dead. Rescuing her from the insane asylum, he brings her home, determined to seduce and feed from her, a plan that is foiled by ghostly voices determined to keep Ella untouched. But not even poltergeists can stand in the way of a vampire in love.
This is a fun read in the best style of Eve Langlais, where she takes a story trope – the falsely imprisoned female – and gives it a twist. The females are usually full of vim and vigour and Ella is not different. Despite her long time in the Asylum, she has learnt ways to circumvent the worst aspects.
She is fun, although I am not sure about the explanations about her voices. This is – so far anyway – a short series of just 2 books and this is book 1. No doubt I will read book 2 in due course, but I was not immediately inspired to do so.