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Wrath and Ruin: Book Review.

Wrath and Ruin Book Cover Wrath and Ruin
multi author bundle
Sci-fi, Fantasy, Adventure
Carter and Bradley
2 Jan 2018
Kindle

25 bestselling authors. 24 exclusive novels. One epic collection.
Take flight with all new and exclusive stories that are out of this world, including full-length novels from some of today's most popular names in science fiction and fantasy! From magnificent dragons, bloodthirsty aliens, and mad genetic engineers to intergalactic wars, magical curses, and fantastical worlds, you'll find everything you've been waiting for in this heart-stopping, limited edition collection. With over 100 hours of reading, you'll be able to travel to faraway lands and distant planets. A safe return cannot be guaranteed.

Another selection of first novels in a series, in a wide variety of genres, for the reader to choose from. with lots of magic, shifters, and dark and evil deeds, heroes, heroines and monsters.

  1. Our Dark Stars Audrey Grey and Krystal Wade
  2. The Forever Gate  Isaac Hooke
  3. The Flames of Death Nicole Zoltack
  4. The Coven and Callington Shereen Vedam
  5. When the Gods Laughed Lydia Sherrer
  6. Curse of the Ice Dragon Tara West
  7. Replica Kelly Hashway
  8. Such a Secret Place Cortney Pearson
  9. The Sleepless DK Cassidy
  10. A Sky of Shattered Stars Ali Winters
  11. The Order of St Michael JB Michaels
  12. Book of Gods Pamita Rao
  13. The Mark of Noba GL Tomas
  14. Dragonia:Rise of the Wyverns Craig A Price Jr
  15. Intercrossed Milly
  16. Shadows of Kiev Eliza Tilton
  17. Thrive Jonathan Yanez
  18. When Fate Aligns AK Koonce
  19. The Withered Rose Penny Brojacquie
  20. City of Sin Damian Boyle
  21. Snow White Unleashed Cate Farren
  22. Project S.K.I.E. Caitlyn Mancini
  23. The People’s Necromancer Rex Jameson
  24. A Bond of Destiny and Dragons Karen Tomlinson

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Foxes are cunning

Outfoxed Book Cover Outfoxed
The Fox Witch #1
RJ Blain
adult, paranormal, urban fantasy
Pen and Page Publishing

Death is a way of life outside of the safety of Inner Tulsa, and Jade means to keep flipping Mother Nature off until old age claims her. With one eye always on the sky, the last thing she needs is a pack of bounty hunters out for her living head. With no idea of why anyone would want her, her wits might keep her free, assuming she can resist the charming lures of Sandro, one of the men out to claim her as his own. Left with the choice of being the evening snack of a tornado or taking shelter with the bounty hunter, she does what she does best: she lives on the edge. Striking a bargain with the handsome bounty hunter buys her another day of life, but it also dumps her into the heart of a sinister plot, one meant to enslave the residents of the storm-tossed city—and the others brave and foolish enough to call the Alley home.

For a blog by this author please see post on 10th November.

  • This is a New world building. Foxes are prized when first generation, especially females, as they are harbingers of new magic being formed – and thus possibilities of strength and power in their offspring, which leads to strength and power in their families. Wealth is kept within the family, which is usually controlled by the Matron. 4 quadrants in the USA – roughly NSEW; and each quadrant is an area on its own with its own magic abilities. And society. To move between quadrants is not easy for people as often it makes them sick – sometimes too sick to pass through; some can do so but their magic changes ability as they do. Eg an ability to control one power becomes an ability to change into another – and for shape shifters it can be in a different form – so a bird could become an elk! Fox shifters are even rarer than those hybrids with just the ears and tails.
    • I thought that this book told a good story and was well plotted. I enjoyed reading it more than some of this author’s other stories. I loved the idea o someone having a foxes’ tail and ears constantly and the way the tail needed so much attention. I thought that the story line had plenty of potential for future books in the series as we find out just what new magic is available in this world and how the character’s arcs develop. I’m looking forward to reading the next book.
    • Tulsa. Storm Alley. In the United States, there are two regions with a disproportionately high frequency of tornadoes. Florida is one and “Tornado Alley” in the south-central United States   and as we can see from the maps below, Tulsa is actually within Tornado Alley in the real world. Oklahoma had 149 Tornadoes in 2019, the most on record. And on the 2nd June Tulsa had 8 twisters, the most on record. 2020 was a better year with only 34 between January and May.

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Moonlight Magic box set

Moonlight Magic Book Cover Moonlight Magic
Asstd
Paranormal - witches, werewolves, leprechauns, dragon,s, Greek gods
Independently Published
pre 2018

Whether it is the witching hour, dawn, day or dusk, you are sure to find a thrill with these supernatural tales of the paranormal. This collection of stories caters to every taste. From steamy to sizzling with witches, werewolves, leprechauns, dragons and even Greek gods, your pulse will pound and your heart will race. Proceed with caution when you read this compilation because what is read, can never be unread, especially not under the magic of moonlight.

  1. Secrets of the Hollows (The Hollows 1) by Nicole Morgan
    Lucifer once said, “His power is great, and should be feared.”
    2. Hard Bite by Kate Allenton
    It’s going to take more than sizzling chemistry to solve this mysterious case.
    3. The Accidental Adoption by Lucy Felthouse
    There’s more to Rosie’s new dog than meets the eye…
    4. Candy Cornered by Carma Haley
    Cornered between Alpha protection and Rogue passion.
    5. Mated by Midnight by Linnea Alexis
    A man walks into a bar…and meets his destiny.
    6. Her Protectors by Tamsin Baker
    Brother shifters meet their curvaceous mate in this short, hot paranormal romance.
    7. Night Hawk by J.E. Taylor
    Sacrificed to the shadows, Naomi thirsts for justice…and revenge.
    8. Spellbound by Laura Greenwood
    A second chance at love makes sparks fly…literally.
    9. Wicked by Diana Bocco
    10.All Hallow’s Eve by Elena Bryce
    Seductive Lord Samhain is tempting her to stay forever…
    11. Blood Moon by Livia Quinn
    She could destroy his world…or save it.
    12. Fire and Blood by Cadence Denton
    She walked through flames to find him.
    13. Marked by Fate Book One by Adaline Raine
    A woman seeking answers finds so much more.
    14. Aphrodite Calling by Jennifer Lynne
    Sometimes it takes the power of the gods to reveal the woman within…
    15. Wayward Souls by Laurie Treacy
    By saving the life of a gorgeous stranger, Holly finds her true self.
    16. Taming Desire by Crystal Dawn
    In the end, the wolf will howl because he believes love must triumph over all.
    17. Gettin’ Lucky with a Leprechaun by Jocelyn Dex
    At the end of the rainbow, will she find a pot of gold, or just get lucky?
    18. Accidentally Linked by Lexi Ostrow
    Magic doesn’t always cast as planned
    19. Lyric by Andrea R. Cooper
    No man can resist a siren’s song...
    20. Never Match a Dragon by Rachael Slate
    Try to match a dragon, and you’ll end up burned.
    21. Beyond the Ashes by Kaiden Klein
    When darkness owns your soul, you have nothing to bargain with but time.

21 books from a variety of authors – you’re bound to find one you like… every now and again, authors collaborate to put into a set some of their starter of a series books. This is one of them. Often only available for a short time as a set, but enough to allow you to try out new authors.

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Shade in the Light:

Thrall Book Cover Thrall
Blood Trails #8
Jennifer Blackstream
urban fantasy, paranormal romance
Skeleton Key Publishing
(22 Sept. 2020)

Village witch turned PI Shade Renard receives her latest case from a most unlikely source in this pulse-pounding installment of USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Blackstream’s latest urban fantasy series.

The dream sorceress who once tried to kill Shade is after her again—

To hire her.

An evil being from the astral plane is building an empire in the physical world. One of his victims sought sanctuary with Arianne—and was turned away. When that same poor soul is murdered, a shocking revelation exposes personal stakes for Cleveland’s most powerful sorceress.

Now Arianne wants Shade’s help to hunt down the killer—and the thralls who serve him. But Arianne isn’t the only danger from Shade’s short, but eventful career as a PI that’s making a reappearance.

Shade soon finds herself playing deadly games of cat and mouse with enemies old and new. To make matters even more complicated, she must also navigate awkward alliances with a persistent masochistic goblin and a tempting, but off-limits alpha werewolf.

Being a village witch was simple. Being a private investigator? Not so much

Review of the series of books about the witch Mother Renard or Shade as she prefers to be known…

Shade is, or was, the mentee /trainee of Baba Yaga or Mother Hazel as she now prefers to be known.

Shade does not know how long she has lived with her mentor, but during that time she has learnt at least 7 languages, and has acquired in depth knowledge of a number of topics equivalent to at least 5 PhDs. She has barely aged and helped Mother Hazel with many village witch activities such as healing, birthing, and childcare, but has not practised her magic a great deal, rather spending her time with learning new knowledge.

As this series begins, Shade has completed, she believes, her apprenticeship with Mother Hazel and has been given a village to look after.

Shade wants to become a Private Investigator not just a village /hedge witch, even if the village is more like a small town, and finds herself meeting a very influential vampire as her first official client.

She also joins up with an FBI agent- Andy- and finds herself with a fey admirer who continuously tries to seduce her. not to mention an Alpha werewolf.

Shade is an interesting character. Especially as her abilities develop more than she expects all the time and yet she manages to get (into and) out of trouble with effort and capabilities that stretch her and make her better at her work. One problem with her solutions, as she starts to find out, is that although she may have ‘solved’ the case, the impact of her solutions live on and not necessarily to the good. This is a philosophical conundrum. If you do nothing then something bad happens – but what if your interference also causes something bad to happen (later) ?

The stories hold your attention and have an overlay of humor especially see the bumbag Shade carries and the various fey creatures and their delight in stationery and honey. There are always new Otherworld characters and creatures and the author has a creative imagination and/or done a lot of research.. The vampiric world is evident in more than one fey too. And don’t think that all ‘fairies’ or sidhe (pronounced Shee, just so you know when reading the books) are nice – see the water horses / kelpies and the goblins are just.. well. If you want a compendium of types of faery or sidhe then Faeriepedia has a list with descriptions. A good place to start your research,

 I read the complete series as an 8 book binge (last one just out) and each book developed the characters as their circumstances became more complex. Look out for the appearance of a rhino in Andy’s living-room!

I came across book 1 – Deadline in a book comprising 9 stories called After Midnight, published by Dark Valentine Press, 18 Sep 2019, 2508 pages. The book also contains full-length stories by:

  • Christine Pope
  • Kat Parrish
  • C. govkel
  • Nicole R Taylor
  • Kasey Mackenzie
  • SM Reine
  • Pippa Da Costa
  • Yasmine Galenorn
  • Colleen Gleason.

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When the wind whistles…

Hexing with a Chance of Tornados Book Cover Hexing with a Chance of Tornados
Grimm Cove #2
Mandy M Roth
Argus Industrial
(9 April 2017)
370

A storm is brewing and so is a budding romance.I've been told I'm a force to be reckoned with. That I blow onto the scene like a tornado. I've stopped caring if that's a compliment or a dig. Now I just wear it like a badge of honor. So when life threw me a curveball and I ended up going from a cushy job in New York City to the tiny Southern town of Grimm Cove, I thought I was ready for anything.Ha! Not quite.You see, Grimm Cove is teeming with supernaturals. And since I've known they exist for a hot minute, I'm still in a state of total shock. When I learn that I come from a long line of witches and demon slayers, the stakes (pun intended) get even higher and sharper.These monsters aren't make-believe. They're out for blood.I'm trying to decide if having the alpha of the local wolf-shifter pack nipping at my heels is an asset in this fight, or if he's one more person I need to watch my back around. I just wish he wasn't so sexy and didn't smell so good. He'd be a lot easier to resist. I have enough going on in my life as it is. I really do not have time for all this fated mate crap everyone keeps telling me about. My head and heart are at war and now isn't the time for distractions, especially since it's painfully clear that something evil wants me dead.

A town full of supernaturals is Grimm Cove and a bit of shock for our narrator, Dana, especially when she finds out her own lineage – with witches and demon slayers hiding in there. Jeffrey is our hero – he’d been in the military – a lot of wolf shifters/werewolves and other strong supernaturals tend to end up in it as it is a good outlet for the more youthful energy and need to chase! Now in Grimm Cove, Jeffrey was the pack Alpha and as wolves were the largest supers in the area, he tended to be the go-to person in the area.

The Van Helsings are demon slayers of course – and not the type of people that wolves make friends of. And then there’s Gilbert – a deer shifter – again not the type of friend for a wolf especially when he got drunk or went into Rut.

Dana had a best friend, Poppy, who had been married and now was going through a nasty divorce and wanted to go back to her hometown to recuperate. Which just happened to be Grimm’s Cove. And then there was Marcy, Dana’s father’s friend – a little flaky? Together they all move back to share the house left to Poppy by her grandmother and there the romances begin -Fated Mates turning up to give the romance element.

This was a fun story and Mandy writes in a good chick lit style. Within the series about Grimm Cove all 3 girls find romance but at present, only 3 of a 5-book series are published Book 3 is Marcy’s story – see later review.

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