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P.S. I Spook You by S.E. Harmon

S.E. Harmon - P.S. I Spook You CoverTitle: P.S. I Spook You

Author: S.E. Harmon

Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Mystery, Suspense 

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 12, 2017)

Length: Novel (256 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: SSA Rain Christiansen used to be the agency’s golden boy. It just takes one moment of weakness, one slight, tiny, itty-bitty paranormal sighting, and all of a sudden he’s the agency’s embarrassment. His boss gives him one last chance to redeem himself—go down to Brickell Bay, play nice with the local police, and leave the ghost sightings behind. Rain is determined to do exactly that, even if it kills him.

Cold-case detective Daniel McKenna’s latest investigation is going nowhere fast. Five years earlier, high school student Amy Greene went missing after leaving her part-time job and was never seen again. Daniel is glad to finally have the FBI help that his department requested, even if it does come in the form of his ex.

It doesn’t help that Rain is pretty sure he’s falling in love with Danny all over again—if he ever stopped. Add to that the frustration of seeing ghosts at every turn while he works a case that’s stalled in its tracks, and Rain is starting to wonder if second chances and happy endings are just for fairy tales. 

ISBN: 978-1-63533-691-7

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/ps-i-spook-you-by-se-harmon-8565-b

Reviewer: Lisa 

Review: This is the first book by this author that I have read and I have to say it will not be the last.  I have always loved paranormal romance especially if it is also m/m.  When I saw the title to this, I really wanted to get my hands on it.  The cover of the book is just a bit creepy, but for this type of story let’s just say it rocked.

Rain is a federal agent who has had a bit of bad luck one would say.  He see’s spirits and doesn’t really believe that he sees them.  So much so that he just figured he was losing it.  He had not mentioned it to anyone, until one day he told a family that their daughter was gone.  You can guess which way his job was going to go with that one, but his boss decided to give him one last chance.  To find out what happened to a young girl.  To top it off it would send him home, to the one man he had loved and left.  

Danny had been in love with Rain from the very beginning but he didn’t trust him not to run.  Five years ago Amy went missing and now the FBI was sending in a specialist.  A specialist that was also his ex.  He wasn’t too sure what to expect, but it sure wasn’t the fact that Rain saw spirits.  Things heat up and there are a lot of twists in this story.  Especially when you add in Ethan, who just happens to be dead.  

When I started reading it, the story was a very slow paced but it soon picks up. I can say that I hope this author makes this into a series because I want more from Rain.  It caught my attention and damn if it didn’t keep it all the way to the end.  There are ghosts, hot sex, dangerous situations and suspense in this story, plus so much more.  It gave me everything I could possibly want in a story and I can guarantee that you will get a kick out of it also. 

This is one story that I would recommend to all. 

Dreamers’ Destiny by Tempeste O’Riley

Tempeste O'Riley - Dreamers' Destiny CoverTitle: Dreamers’ Destiny 

Author: Tempeste O’Reilly

Genre: Ghosts, Spirits, Other Paranormal

Length: Novel (200 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 13, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Liam Grady is the owner of the Feathered Quill, a quirky little bookstore in Asheville, and—though he doesn’t realize it yet—a dream walker. His last relationship failed almost a year ago, and he’s not had the interest or nerve to pursue anyone he’s met since.

Cameron Danu is a tattoo artist from rural Georgia. Cameron is left without a job after his boss, José, is forced to close the shop after a heart attack. When Cameron learns José has set up an interview for him at a small tattoo parlor in Asheville, he hopes for a fresh start in a new town.

Fate brings Cameron and Liam together, and they realize they’ve met before—in their dreams. A chance encounter and a winged tattoo might lead them to their destiny—if fear doesn’t turn their dreams into a nightmare.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-213-6

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/dreamers-destiny-by-tempeste-oriley-6772-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Interesting story about Liam, a dream walker, who has been dreaming of and falling for the same man, Cameron, for many years. Eventually they meet but things are not as good as Liam would like. 

Fifteen years is a long time to be dreaming of someone you never met before but that’s what happens in this story. The intimate scenes in the dreams were hot and sexy. I liked that when they finally met it was not instant love. They had to fight to be together as most couples do to make things work.

Cameron freaks out upon learning about Liam’s abilities and that hinders them getting to know one another. Liam’s aunt I’m unsure how to feel about as it seemed to me like she treated Liam like a child who could not make decisions for himself and I hated that. But at the same time she does help him when he needs it.

All in all it was a good read.

Past the Breakers by Lucie Archer Blog Tour, Intro, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys! We have Lucie Archer stopping by today with the tour for her upcoming release Past the Breakers, we have a short intro, a great excerpt and a brilliant giveaway, so check out the post and click that giveaway link! ❤ ~Pixie~

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Past the Breakers

by

Lucie Archer

Casey North lost everything when his restaurant burned to the ground: his hopes, his dreams, his reason for living. With nothing tying him to LA, he packs up and moves back to his hometown of Land’s End. He takes up residence in a beach house and attempts to shake the depression he’s fallen into after his life collapsed. There’s just one tiny problem: the ghost haunting his kitchen.

Myles Taylor wasn’t always trapped in the Between. One minute, he was about to propose to his boyfriend of five years as they sat out on their surfboards, and the next, he woke up on the beach to find his long-dead uncle walking toward him. After his shock fades, he must learn to navigate his new reality as he searches for a way to move into the Great Beyond. But first he must deal with the man who’s invaded his territory.

With Myles tied to the beach house and Casey unwilling to leave it, the two must learn to cohabitate as the lines separating them begin to blur. They grow closer than either expected, but what will become of them once Myles finally escapes the Between?

Release date: 15th May 2017

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My Name Was Karl by Daniel Mitton Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi peeps, we have Daniel Mitton popping in today with the tour for his new release My Name Was Karl, we have a great excerpt, a brilliant giveaway and my review, so check out the post and click that giveaway link! ❤ ~Pixie~

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My Name Was Karl

by

Daniel Mitton

It was a forgotten place. A place with a dark history. Thousands of men had passed through its doors during the first three quarters of the twentieth century. Most had served their time and moved on. But not all had been so fortunate. 

As the years ticked by and the seasons changed, the old prison moldered away, but one thing stayed constant. 

In the deepest part of the night, on the darkest nights of the year—particularly in spring, if you were sensitive enough to hear them—sounds could be heard coming from the deepest bowels of the lowest level basement. All was not right. Something was waiting, alone in the darkness. 

Waiting for someone to finally hear its sorrow. 

When Petty Officer Ben Pierce decided to explore the long abandoned Naval Prison next to his decrepit barracks, the last thing he expected to find was a mystery.

Something is in the Prison. Or is it some one? Where is the weeping coming from? When Ben follows the sounds to an ice cold, but empty, cell, he isn’t sticking around to find out any more details. 

But now he can’t get it out of his mind.

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The Bridges by Rachel Lou (2nd Edition)

Rachel Lou - The Bridge CoverTitle: The Bridge (2nd edition)

Author: Rachel Lou

Genre: Angels and Demons, Ghosts, Spirits, Other Paranormal, Teen Fiction

Length: Novella (224 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 2, 2016)

Heat Level: Low – Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Everett Hallman might not be the world’s most powerful witch, but he does his part by helping wayward souls find their way to the beyond. Then a feeling Everett can’t explain lures him away from the magical woods near his house, to a local martial arts school. There, he is intrigued when he uncovers remains left by supernatural beings of enormous power, and he cannot resist looking into the mystery.

Everett learns he is a Bridge Master: a witch capable of passing into different spirit realms, but his revelation comes with a new set of problems. First, the powerful witch instructing him disappears, and then he notices something strange about his attractive new friend from the martial arts studio. Worst of all, Everett’s reserves of spell-casting energy continue to deplete. Only one thing is certain—Everett cannot turn his back on this puzzle until he gets some answers.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63476-883-2

Product Link: Dreamspinner Press |  Harmony Ink Press

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Everett is a witch and something more that he learns about. He’s also a bridge master able to create a bridge between two worlds. He has a crush on Bryce from the dojo. When the two boys grow closer Everett suspects that Bryce is more than human. Going against his grandfather’s wishes Everett sets out to discover the truth about Bryce.

Along the way he puts himself in dangerous situations. I really liked Everett’s determination to find the truth about everything. Though I felt he should have used caution during certain circumstances throughout the story. 

It was a really good story with magic, romance, supernatural creatures, mystery and suspense. I could not stop reading one I started as I wanted answers as well. Well written and interesting.

Great read.

The Haunting of Timber Manor by F.E. Feeley Jr. (2nd Edition)

F.E. Feeley - The Haunting of Timber Manor CoverTitle: The Haunting of Timber Manor (2nd Edition)

Series: Memoirs of the Human Wraiths 01

Author: F.E. Freeley Jr.

Genre: Mystery, Horror, Fantasy, Contemporary

Length: Novel (230 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 7, 2017)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: While recovering from the recent loss of his parents, Daniel Donnelly receives a phone call from his estranged aunt, who turns over control of the family fortune and estate, Timber Manor. Though his father seemed guarded about the past, Daniel’s need for family and curiosity compel him to visit.

Located in a secluded area of the Northwest, Timber Manor has grown silent over the years. Her halls sit empty and a thin layer of dust adorns the sheet-covered furniture. When Daniel arrives to begin repairs, strange things happen. Nightmares haunt his dreams. Memories not his own disturb his waking hours. Alive with the tragedies of the past, Timber Manor threatens to tear Daniel apart.

Sherriff Hale Davis grew up working on the manor grounds. Seeing Daniel struggle, he vows protect the young man who captured his heart, and help him solve the mystery behind the haunting and confront the past—not only to save Daniel’s life, but to save his family, whose very souls hang in the balance. 

ISBN:   978-1-62380-282-0

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-haunting-of-timber-manor-by-f-e-feeley-jr-8008-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: I have never been a fan of the creepy crawlie’s, spooks, horror or just plain down scary stories.  However I have read a few stories by this author, and somehow the way they are written just captures you and drags you into its world whether you want to or not.  So when I saw this particular book, I jumped and took a chance.  And damn what a chance it was.

Daniel was in his last year of college, just twenty-three when his parents were killed out sailing.  A trip that he was supposed to take with them, if he hadn’t thrown a temper tantrum and went with his friends instead.  He didn’t think he had anyone left, that is until his Aunt Carol called asking him to come home.  Hell he didn’t even know he had an Aunt Carol but things just couldn’t get any worse could they.  Never ask that question if you want a true answer.

Hale is the Sheriff and also helps Carol out with her horses.  He came across Daniel when Daniel had stopped his truck in a storm. He started to like what he saw.  However there was some hidden and dark secrets at the manor.   Wolves that spooked them all, hauntings that were physical scared out of their mind terror for the family.  However Hale and Daniel are determined to get to the end of it.

I have got to say that I hope to find more of this type of story in the m/m sub-genre because it was unique and fascinating.  You come across vampires, werewolves, witches and so forth, but not many good ghost stories.  Danny has inherited the whole thing.  Strange things are happening and falling in love on top of it all.  I think the manor is a top hit for me and what a story this author has given.  I wasn’t really a fan of the multiple points of view but with this story it rocked perfectly.  Although it was just a bit hard to get used to.  

Overall this story was very entertaining and I had a blast reading it.  I definitely can’t wait for another story from this author.  I loved the characters and those wolves were a big surprise.  I had a lot of fun with this and would definitely recommend it.  

The Haunting of Timber Manor by F.E. Feeley Jr. Guest Post & Excerpt!

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Hi peeps, we have F.E. Feeley popping in today with  his upcoming re-release The Haunting of Timber Manor, we have a beautiful guest post and a great excerpt so check out the post and enjoy! ❤ ~Pixie~

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The Haunting of Timber Manor

(Memoirs of the Human Wraiths 01)
by

F.E. Feeley

While recovering from the recent loss of his parents, Daniel Donnelly receives a phone call from his estranged aunt, who turns over control of the family fortune and estate, Timber Manor. Though his father seemed guarded about the past, Daniel’s need for family and curiosity compel him to visit.

Located in a secluded area of the Northwest, Timber Manor has grown silent over the years. Her halls sit empty and a thin layer of dust adorns the sheet-covered furniture. When Daniel arrives to begin repairs, strange things happen. Nightmares haunt his dreams. Memories not his own disturb his waking hours. Alive with the tragedies of the past, Timber Manor threatens to tear Daniel apart.

Sheriff Hale Davis grew up working on the manor grounds. Seeing Daniel struggle, he vows protect the young man who captured his heart, and help him solve the mystery behind the haunting and confront the past-not only to save Daniel’s life, but to save his family, whose very souls hang in the balance.

2nd Edition. 1st edition published by Dreamspinner Press 2012.

Release date: 9th January 2017

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The Haunting of Timber Manor by F.E. Feeley Jr. Cover Reveal & Excerpt!

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Hi peeps, we have F.E. Feeley popping in today with the cover to his upcoming re-release The Haunting of Timber Manor, we have a great excerpt so check out the cover and enjoy the post! ❤ ~Pixie~

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The Haunting of Timber Manor

(Memoirs of the Human Wraiths 01)
by

F.E. Feeley

While recovering from the recent loss of his parents, Daniel Donnelly receives a phone call from his estranged aunt, who turns over control of the family fortune and estate, Timber Manor. Though his father seemed guarded about the past, Daniel’s need for family and curiosity compel him to visit.

Located in a secluded area of the Northwest, Timber Manor has grown silent over the years. Her halls sit empty and a thin layer of dust adorns the sheet-covered furniture. When Daniel arrives to begin repairs, strange things happen. Nightmares haunt his dreams. Memories not his own disturb his waking hours. Alive with the tragedies of the past, Timber Manor threatens to tear Daniel apart.

Sheriff Hale Davis grew up working on the manor grounds. Seeing Daniel struggle, he vows protect the young man who captured his heart, and help him solve the mystery behind the haunting and confront the past-not only to save Daniel’s life, but to save his family, whose very souls hang in the balance.

2nd Edition. 1st edition published by Dreamspinner Press January 2013.

Release date: 9th January 2017

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All Hallows’ Eve by Annabelle Jacobs Release Blast, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Annbelle Jacobs popping in with her brand new release All Hallows’ Eve, we have a great excerpt and a fantastic giveaway, so check out the post and click that giveaway link ❤ ~Pixie~

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All Hallows’ Eve

by

Annabelle Jacobs

Will a centuries-old broken heart ruin the promise of new love?

Dominic Ashworth is descended from a long line of witches, although the family practice of witchcraft died out generations ago. Forever connected to a dark history, the house he grew up in remained in the Ashworth family for generations until his estranged father sold it.

On a mission to check out the new owners, Dominic runs into Caleb Jones and gives the gorgeous man his phone number—but getting a date should be the last thing on Dominic’s agenda.

Caleb and his best friend, Zach Briceworth, are oblivious to the heartache and magic tied to the foundations of their new home. When strange things start to happen, the truth emerges and surprises them both, especially as everything revolves around Caleb’s new love interest.

After a shaky start, Caleb and Dominic settle into an easy relationship, falling faster than either of them expected. But with Halloween approaching, the possibility of danger increases. The past is not always as it seems, and the ripples of a tragic event threaten to put an end to everything between them.

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The Ghost in the Mirror by Faith Gibson Release Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Faith Gibson popping in with her new release The Ghost in the Mirror, we have a great excerpt, a brilliant giveaway and my review, so check out the post and click that giveaway link ❤ ~Pixie~

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Ghost In the Mirror

(Samuel Dexter 01)
by

Faith Gibson

What do you do when you have no memories of your life except the one moment that took everything away?

My name is Dex and I’m a Marine. Somewhere in the horrors of the sand overseas, an explosion took out not only most of my unit but also my memories of everything that happened before that day. When my memories don’t return, the explosion also ends my career in the military. That one moment costs me everything.

Starting from scratch sucks. I don’t even know what foods I like or what types of music I listen to. Am I a boxer or briefs man? Do I like women or men? I also have to figure out what I’m going to do with my life from this point on.

While adjusting to my new life, I start seeing things — things that no one else can see. I think that maybe my head injury caused more than amnesia. When one of my “visions” won’t leave me alone, I have no choice but to believe in ghosts.

Along with the ghosts during the day, at night I dream vividly of two men. But are these two men merely dreams, or are they memories? When one man steps through the door of my hospital room, I have the answer. This man literally tries to lead me down memory lane, culminating in a searing kiss. Too bad my brain isn’t cooperating, because this man is breathtaking.

With the help of my sassy grandmother, I begin to rebuild my life.

I am Samuel Dexter, and these are my stories.

WARNING: This book contains scenes that might be considered triggers for some. Sam is a Marine involved in an explosion. This book also (mildly) describes children being kidnapped in the past and their remains found later.

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Raven’s Rest by Stephen Osborne

stephen-osborne-ravens-rest-coverTitle: Raven’s Rest

Author: Stephen Osborne

Genre: Paranormal, Ghosts, Spirits, Mystery, Suspense

Length: Novel (200pgs)

ISBN: 978-1-63477-701-8

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (23rd September 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Michael Cook has left his abusive lover and settled in the small town of Banning, Illinois. Having nowhere else to go, he checks into the Raven’s Rest Inn and soon learns that the haunted reputation of the hotel is well deserved. Michael gets a job at a local café, where he meets Trey Ramsey. Though Michael has misgivings about starting up a new relationship, Trey seems to be the complete opposite of Michael’s controlling ex, so he decides to give Trey a chance.

Life at the Raven’s Rest becomes increasingly frightening when the ghost of Coleman Hollis appears in Michael’s room. Coleman seems to want something from Michael, and the mystery deepens when Michael discovers he’s the spitting image of Coleman’s lover from years ago. Together, Michael and Trey must discover why Coleman’s spirit is drawn to the Raven’s Rest—and to Michael.

Purchase Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/ravens-rest-by-stephen-osborne-7550-b

Review: After five years Michael has left his psychologically abusive lover and is hiding out in a small town. Staying at the local Inn, Raven’s Rest, he’s told the story of its ghosts and becomes fascinated by one of them especially when he sees the ghost of that past resident, Coleman, a young man who disappeared many years before. Michael decides to stay in town and stumbles across a job in a small café as well as Trey, a laid back guy who sparks Michael’s interest.

Michael and Trey begin to look into Coleman’s story after an altercation with the ghost and they discover a sad story of young love torn apart and destroyed. While getting to the bottom of the mystery of the ghost Michael still has to deal with his ex when Kevin comes hunting for him.

This is brilliant story where a man running from his ex-lover stumbles across a ghost story that leads to a decades old mystery. Michael has suffered from mental abuse from the man who was supposed to love him for years, Michael’s finally found the courage to leave him but he knows Kevin will follow him so he heads for a small town. It’s the beginning of a ghostly adventure of mystery and murder, and discovering new love.

I really enjoyed this story, it flowed really well and Michael and Trey connected from the instant they met, their romance moves quickly but fits them perfectly. The mystery part of the story was excellent, with Michael determined to get to the truth and discover just what happened to Coleman. It’s a terrible tale of bigotry and murder.

Both Michael and Trey are excellent characters and there are also one or two other jewels floating through the story like Jesenia (who wears a badge labelled ‘The Town Witch’) and Gloria Ramsey (Trey’s mother), they both add to the story and bring some lightness to the story as well. I also liked the fact that Michael got some closure with Kevin as well, there is a confrontation where Kevin loses it but he does finally accept that his actions drove Michael away and hopefully he’ll learn a lesson from losing Michael.

I recommend this to those who love ghost mysteries, finding peace with yourself, discovering new love, dodging danger and an excellent ending.

Spindrift by Amy Rae Durreson

amy-rae-durreson-spindrift-coverTitle: Spindrift 

Author: Amy Rae Durreson

Genre: Ghosts/Spirits

Length: Novel (200 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 12, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ Hearts

Blurb: When lonely artist Siôn Ruston retreats to the seaside village of Rosewick Bay, Yorkshire, to recover from a suicide attempt, he doesn’t expect to encounter any ghosts, let alone the one who appears in his bedroom every morning at dawn. He also doesn’t expect to meet his ghost’s gorgeous, flirty descendant working at the local museum… and the village pub, and as a lifeboat volunteer. But Mattie’s great-great-grandfather isn’t the only specter in Rosewick Bay, and as Siôn and Mattie investigate an ill-fated love affair from a bygone era, they begin a romance of their own, one that will hopefully escape the tragedy Mattie’s ancestor suffered.

But the ghosts aren’t the only ones with secrets, and the things Siôn and Mattie are keeping from each other threaten to tear them apart. And all the while, the dead are biding their time, because the curse of Rosewick Bay has never been broken. If the ghosts are seen on the streets, local tradition foretells a man will drown before the summer’s end.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-524-3

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/spindrift-by-amy-rae-durreson-7355-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Sion retreats to Rosewick bay after a suicide attempt. He meets charming and lively Mattie who resembles the apparition that appears in Sion’s room. They begin a relationship which is not without its hardships. 

There is a mystery that parallel this couples existence. Joshua and Mathew were a couple once with hopes and dreams like anyone else. Joshua’s ghost continually appears to Mattie as a warning or a threat is the question. 

Whispers of ghosts, tragic loss and affairs gone wrong surround Mattie Sion. The mystery of the ghosts and what they want is a vital part of the story and it left me feeling sad for all involved. Like most ghost stories things are never black and white.

Two men who have secrets of their own learn to deal with past mistakes and move forward while at the same time hoping for a happy ever after. I loved this book even though at times it had a creepy feel to it which was to be expected. I loved the interactions between the ghosts and the living as it added an element of mystery. 

The back stories of the ghosts was an added bonus as I liked knowing what happened to these men. All in all it was a fantastic read with drama, suspense and mystery.

One Pulse ~ Charity Anthology Guest Post by John Amory!

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Hey guys, today we have John Amory, one of the authors from the Dreamspinner Press Charity Anthology One Pulse, visiting with an incredible guest post, so check out the post and then I want you to check out the blogs that the other One Pulse authors will be visiting during the next two weeks. ❤ ~Pixie~ 

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One Pulse

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Jon Keys, Alicia Nordwell, Mickie B. Ashling, M.T. Aspen, M.A. Church, Caitlin Ricci, George Seaton, Jayce Ellis, Bree Cariad, Chrissy Munder, Ellis Carrington, Felicitas Ivey, John Amory, Grace R. Duncan, John Goode, J. C. Long, Elizabeth Noble, Renee Stevens, Troy Storm, Connie Bailey, Dev Bentham, Andrea Speed, Laura Lascarso, Lila Leigh Hunter, Emery C. Walters, C.C. Dado, Sera Kane, KC Burn, Vicktor Alexander, Edmond Manning

Stories drive life. Sometimes life is good; sometimes life is bad. But it’s the nature of our community that in the aftermath of an act of hatred, we respond with love. Because darkness cannot exist in the presence of light. Cruelty cannot stand against compassion. Negativity will never overcome hope.

To show our support for those affected by the Orlando shooting, our authors, editors, artists, and staff have volunteered their talents to create this anthology. All proceeds will be donated to LGBT organizations in central Florida. Join us as we celebrate the triumph of love over every obstacle.

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Mongrel Trilogy Bundle by K.Z. Snow

k-z-snow-mongrel-trilogy-bundle-coverTitle: Mongrel Trilogy Bundle

Series: Mongrel 1-3

Author: K.Z. Snow

Genre: Ghosts, Spirits, Mystery, Suspense, Steampunk, Vampires

Length: Novel (475 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 29, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: One day a shadow is cast on the Mechanical Circus, a rollicking seaside carnival where imagination meets machinery, when a tall, cloaked figure approaches the stand of Will Marchman, a young patent-medicine salesman. Thus begins the adventures of Will; Fanule Perfidor, commonly known as the Dog King; vampire Clancy Marrowbone; and Clancy’s former lover, the mortal Simon Bentcross.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-449-9

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/mongrel-trilogy-bundle-by-kz-snow-6743-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review:

MongrelHeart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Fanule Perfidor, leader of the mongrels, sees a shining star, Will Marchman, in his otherwise chaotic life. Famile is on a mission to uncover the secret as to why the mongrels are being incarcerated and persecuted. With Will and his best friend Clancy, vampire, and Simon’s, hunter, help discover why Mongrels are disappearing. Fantastic cast of characters, action, suspense and mystery made for an incredible read.

Merman: Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Clancy returns to find out what his ex-lover Simon is up to and discovers a merman, Jordan Hawkes is a man he used to feed, washed up on the shore. He also discovers Simon has been commissioned to build a submersible. There is also a mystery as to the suspicious treatment of prisoners. This is another wonderful story with characters that add depth to the book, as well as the interactions between Simon and Clancy. I loved the mystery aspect and finding out what was going on.

Machine: Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

This book is the conclusion of the mongrel series and ties everything up. Both couples are back, William and Fan start arguing and eventually they split up. A mysterious stranger from fan’s past shows up and chaos ensues. This mysterious stranger has a machine that can alter beings and humans alike. Will and Clancy are kidnapped then returned less than what they were. Although both couples suffer greatly they eventually find their HEA. I felt the villain’s so-called takedown was a bit of a let-down considering all the lives he disrupted or destroyed. I expected a big showdown between Fan and him but got none. Other than that I loved the story as it revealed more about Fan’s background. 

Overall the series was an amazing adventure of two couples. They struggle to make a go of their relationships and find their HEA. At the same time they access and confront threats to them and the town along the way. Great descriptions and plot made for an interesting read. I loved it.

Waiting for Patrick by Brynn Stein

brynn-stein-waiting-for-patrick-cover-sTitle: Waiting for Patrick

Author: Brynn Stein

Genre: Contemporary, Spirits

Length: Novel (280pgs)

ISBN: 978-1-63477-398-0

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (16th September 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Architect Elliot Graham has bought and restored dozens of historic homes to their original splendor. As in his personal life, he loves them and leaves them, selling them off without looking back. But there’s something about the old plantation house he finds in South Carolina—a connection he can’t explain. He feels as though he recognizes the house, as if within its crumbling walls he might find something he doesn’t even realize he’s lost.

Ben Myers had promised his lover and soul mate, Patrick, that he would wait for his return. Ben has kept his word ever since Patrick left him to wait at the plantation house—during the Civil War. For the first time in many long years, Ben is no longer alone, and he reaches out to Elliot in dreams. Elliot tries to convince Ben that Patrick isn’t coming back, and Ben’s devotion is about to change not only his lonely existence, but Elliot’s life as well.

Purchase Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/waiting-for-patrick-by-brynn-stein-7518-b

Review: Elliot has a great life as an architect buying homes, restoring them and selling them, moving from place to place and enjoying one night stands and short flings, but when he buys an old plantation house in South Carolina he finds himself drawn to the house and the spirit that lurks there. Ben swore to his lover, Patrick, that he would wait for him and Ben has waited a long, long time for Patrick to return to him, now there’s a man who calls to him and Ben shares with Elliot in his dreams.

This is an amazing story that is slightly bittersweet. Elliot has never been able to settle, almost like he is constantly searching for something on a subconscious level, so when he finds an old house that strikes a chord with him he begins to think about settling down. Discovering the house is haunted doesn’t actual phase him all that much because he has a connection to the ghost Ben through his dreams, his best friend Sheri (or Cher as Elliot calls her) and his new friend Daniel (Darrell as Elliot calls him) both have some good freak out moments about it though.

We discover, through Elliot’s dreams, Ben’s life with Patrick, the love they shared and the lives they lived; it’s bittersweet and heart-aching when you see the scenes of them going to fight in the civil war. We see a lot of Elliot’s life and his friendships with Sheri and Daniel, Elliot’s relationship with Daniel starts hot and heavy but quickly turns to that of just friends (jealous ghost!), we watch as Elliot starts to suffer from devastating health and it’s just so painful to watch.

The story really is wonderful as we see Elliot fall in love with his ghost Ben, but it’s also painful to watch because Ben knows something that Elliot doesn’t so Elliot is both trying to get Ben to cross over but also trying to find some way of keeping him around. I can’t really say much more otherwise I’d give everything away so there you have it!

The story is beautifully written and it flows wonderfully, each character shines in their own way but it is all from Elliot’s point of view and Ben’s really only around when he’s typing messages, moving the odd object and in Elliot’s dreams. And the ending! OMG grab tissues… you will need them!

I recommend this to those who love soul mates, love stretching through the years even past death, great characters, hot sex, and an incredible ending that will leave tear trails down your face.