Book Review: No Ghouls Allowed

I had the great pleasure of receiving an ARC from Victoria Laurie to read and review the latest installment of her Ghost Hunter Mysteries series–No Ghouls Allowed. I can’t even tell you how much I love this series, and it keeps getting better with each book. I didn’t think it was possible to top her last installment, The Ghoul Next Door, but she certainly did so with the latest addition. I can’t express how highly I recommend this series for those who love paranormal stories with a dash of romance, and plenty of humor mixed into the mystery. No Ghouls Allowed hits shelves January 6, 2015.

(clicking on cover takes you to the author’s website)

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M.J. has had a distant relationship with her father since her mother died more than two decades ago. But when M.J., her boyfriend, Heath, and BFF, Gilley, take a break from their show, Ghoul Getters, and visit her family home in Valdosta, Georgia, they find Montgomery Holliday a changed man. The source of his happiness seems to be his new fiancée, the charming Christine Bigelow.

But despite the blush of new love, Montgomery and Christine are dealing with a big problem in the form of the antebellum mansion she is having renovated. After a series of strange accidents, the work crew is convinced the place is cursed, and the contractor has walked off the job. At Christine’s request, M.J. and her pals agree to find out if they’re really dealing with some spirited saboteurs and a possessed plantation home.  

My Review:

This wonderful new addition to the Ghost Hunter Mysteries starts with a trip home for M.J. Holliday, as she, Heath, and Gilley return to Valdosta, Georgia for her father’s wedding. And the action does not stop or let go of the reader from the moment she lays surprised eyes on her father.

The reunion is interrupted by a construction worker whose been working on the renovations at a home M.J.’s soon-to-be stepmother, Christine, purchased. He relays that there’s been an accident caused by something not living. Then, he promptly pulls his crew, which is the third crew to quit on poor Christine. After Heath volunteers them to check in on the home, which Christine and Monty (M.J.’s father) plan to move into, all M.J. is expecting to find is a crotchety old ghost who just doesn’t want to let go of the home.

But that’s not what they get.

What she, Heath, and Gilley encounter is heavy planters being thrown at them before they even step foot in the house, and something far darker than an ordinary ghost when they finally get inside. The three ghost hunters are dragged into a mystery that grows darker and darker the more they dig into the history of the people who once owned the house and the dark spirit that just won’t leave M.J. alone. A mystery that includes people that she loves the most, including her mother.

No Ghouls Allowed is an amazing addition to the series. The emotional journey M.J. takes in this book, as well as the paranormal one, pulls you in from the very beginning and doesn’t let go. The reader will find themselves thinking about the events of the book long after they’ve finished the story.

*Received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review

The Red Barn and Halloween

First things first: Happy Halloween and Blessed Samhain! I hope you all stay safe this holiday and enjoy yourselves :)

This is just a reminder that today is the last day my short story, The Red Barn, will be up for free on my website. The story is told from the POV of an angry ghost.

http://octoberweeks.net/the-red-barn-3/

 

UPDATE: Story has been taken down for the time being. I hope those who read it enjoyed it!

 

 

Autumn!!!

My favorite time of year is here! And just because I’m so excited, here’s an awesome pic I found on my Pinterest feed. And yes, that’s my home state of Vermont in all it’s Fall glory :) I don’t know who took this pic, but it’s gorgeous!

What are your favorite things about autumn? Mine are the beautiful foliage, the smell of the leaves, the crisp air, the fresh from the trees apples, the smell of baking apple pie, and hot cocoa.

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What’s Going On

Wow. It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged here :( Very sorry for that!

 

At the moment, there’s not much to report. I’ve finished the rough draft of Isles and West #3–it’s printed out but I’ll wait a little longer to start edits/revisions. The first book in the Isles and West trilogy–Over the River–is out to agents, two of which have partials. Fingers crossed!!! Book two is written, revised, and ready to go. I’ve actually written the first six pages of book 4, which caught me by surprise–I wasn’t expecting the next book to speak to me so soon. Book #4 is not part of another trilogy, nor do I expect any book after it to be. The trilogy has an arc, with separate mysteries in each book that are solved but connected.

 

The world that Delilah and Milly live in… I could write forever in it, with different characters and stories and beings that aren’t introduced in the trilogy. I actually have two of those books started, and I love where those stories are going, letting me dig even deeper into the world of the Dark and Glory.

 

I’m also working on a novel that has nothing to do with Delilah and Milly’s world. I’m very excited about it! I don’t want to say too much right now but I will say that the monster world is wicked fun to play in :D

 

As soon as I have news I’ll share it here on the blog, of course. And hopefully that’ll be before the end of the year, but this is publishing and the publishing world doesn’t move at warp speed LOL

 

Outside of writing, I’ve just finished reading Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrewsvery much enjoyed it. And before that I finished Mirror Sight by Kristen Britain, a fabulous addition to the Green Rider books.

I’m also anxiously awaiting the start of season five of Haven. So close now!!! Can’t wait to see what happens :)

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Recommendation: Demons of Oblivion Series

One of my favorite urban fantasy series is the Demons of Oblivion series by Skyla Dawn Cameron. The first book is Bloodlines. I’m not afraid to say that Zara Lain is my favorite character, but the other characters are awesome as well. Books two and three are narrated by different characters and each are unique and their voices just as clear as Zara’s, though vastly different :) If you enjoy kickass female leads, vampires, witches, hunters, demons, and a dash of romance, I highly recommend these books.

(clicking on the cover takes you to the book page on the author’s website)

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If you’re in her way, it sucks to be you.

After three hundred years of unlife, narcissistic vampire Zara Lain has seemingly done it all, and she’s now making a living as a successful thief-turned-assassin. Her newest assignment seems simple enough: kill the aging leader of the O’Connor coven and his only heir, and she’ll have another ten million in the bank.

But in the dangerous world of the supernatural, few things are ever “simple.”

When a massive assault decimates the continent’s population of powerful witches and warlocks, and its orchestrator has vampires being hunted down and captured, Zara realizes the tables have turned and now she’ll be playing the hero. Forced to join with a smart-mouthed fellow vampire, a demonologist who’s also a fan of hers, a recently widowed—and frequently brooding—warlock, and her best friend’s mom, Zara’s grudgingly willing to do what she can to save the day.

If only people would stop ruining all her outfits…

Bloodlines also includes the short story Thrall, written in the POV of Nate O’Connor. Thrall is set toward the end of Bloodlines during a four-month gap in the timeline.

Warning: Contains heavy doses of snark, a sexually confident heroine who likes killing people and has no secret heart of gold, lots of explosions, and very naughty language. Also, some terrible stuff happens to expensive formal wear. I’m sorry. I’m really, really sorry.

 

 

A Suggestion While You Wait…

Hey all. Sorry about the quiet but not much to report other than I’m working on revisions for one book and, hopefully, I’ll have news on another book soon. In the meantime, if you like ghosts and awesome female protags, you should check out Natasha Hoar’s novellas:

(clicking on the cover takes you to her website)

 

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‘Rachel Miller thought her next job was a run-of-the-mill haunting. As a member of the Order of Rescue Mediums it’s her duty to release trapped spirits from the earthly realm. But when called to client Sylvia Elkeles’s house, she finds a wraith who doesn’t act like he should.

The Order considers the wraith an extreme threat and Rachel may be forced to use a barbaric ritual to free him—a ritual that comes with a heavy personal price. If she fails to humanely release the wraith, she’ll have her supernatural abilities bound.

When Janus Ostara—local supernatural mob boss—shows up demanding her attention, and Sylvia keeps secrets that may place Rachel in mortal danger, she doesn’t need her abilities to know something darkly sinister is at play.

Between uncovering Sylvia’s disturbing motives, and avoiding Janus, Rachel has enough on her hands without dealing with a wraith who may not realize he’s supposed to be dead…’