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The Ghost Hunter’s Daughter

by Caroline Flarity

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GENRE:   YA Supernatural/Paranormal

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BLURB:

Sixteen-year-old Anna sees things from another world, the spiritual world, a skill that isn’t exactly useful in high school. It’s bad enough that her mother, possessed by a demon, took her own life when Anna was a child, a loss she remains tortured by. Now her father makes his living “clearing” haunted objects, and Anna’s job as his assistant makes her a social misfit. Most kids in her suburban New Jersey town refer to her just as “Goblin Girl.”

Only Freddy and Dor remain loyal friends. But Anna’s so focused on her own problems, she’s missed that her connection with Freddy is moving beyond the friend zone.

As junior year approaches, a rare solar storm lights up the night skies and the citizens of Bloomtown begin to act strangely: Anna’s teachers lash out, her best friends withdraw, and the school bullies go from mean to murderous. When Anna realizes she can harness this evil power, she sets out to save Bloomtown and the only family she has left.

But to do so, she must keep her own increasingly dark urges at bay.

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Excerpt One:

Anna continued the staring contest with herself until the current of connection became so strong that she couldn’t look away from the mirror even if she wanted to. And then the details of the yellow flecks around her pupil—the golden starbursts in the hazel of her irises—suddenly grew sharper in the glass, crystallizing. Every muscle in her body tightened. Something was going to happen. 

At first Anna thought she was shaking with fear, and then she was sure that a bee had flown into her mouth. Her jaw clenched instinctually, biting down. She braced for the soft crunch and searing sting that was sure to follow, but her teeth met without resistance. There wasn’t a bee, but her teeth continued to rattle as an electric thrumming spread throughout her body. Was this another portal attack? Anna wasn’t sure, but it was a vastly different sensation from the river rage—a much faster and higher-pitched vibration. She waited with dread for the shaking to slow and deepen, for the waves of hatred and misery to roll through her. But the vibration inside her increased in tempo, intensity and pressure. 

It was like being in an airplane right before the wheels lifted off the ground—all that power. She was vibrating at a body-numbing, incredibly high rate, but was somehow still at the same time, like a tuning fork. It had been a mistake to try this in her room. What if the mirror gazing had opened her up even more to the destructive power of the portal spew? There was something familiar about it, the growing roar in her ears, but she braced herself and resisted with all her strength. No.

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Oh my gosh.  This book was phenomenal.  Just phenomenal.  And yes, I don’t read this genre at all.  What drew me in to read it was Anna herself.  Ms. Flarity as created a teenage character that I couldn’t get enough of.  Like, I could read a whole series of books with Anna has the central character.  Anna is a typical teenager, dealing with bullying, the loss of a parent, a father that hoards and is absent and two friends that are the glue that keeps her together.  Of course, Freddy could be a potential boyfriend but that’s for another time.  She has a town to save.

Once you get past the first couple of pages in the book, you are completely sucked in.  Yes, sucked in.  I read it in one sitting.  Fast-paced, but detailed.  The world that is created here makes complete sense and is fascinating.  Sure, its Jersey but the paranormal world is what I’m talking about.  It’s a setting all its own.  I loved how Ms. Flarity describes this world.  From the portals to the demon, to the objects that Anna’s dad kept.  Ms. Flarity definitely knows how to write creepy and it is so good.

There is a lot going on in the book so you need to pay attention at times.  The supernatural world has a bunch going on and if you decide to skip even a paragraph, you will be lost.  There are mean girls and a wannabe rockstar to deal with, too.  Not to mention a certain teacher that will make your skin crawl.  One of the more endearing characters is the new assistant that Anna’s dad hires.  She is exactly what Anna needs to find her inner strength to fight off the demon in the end.  The climax to the book is AWESOME!  Brilliantly creepy, brilliantly written and just all around wonderful.  Anna shows so much growth in those final scenes.

If you are looking for a creepy, paranormal/supernatural young adult novel with a lead character that could live next door to you, family issues that are too real, friendships at times that are tested and finding your inner strength, this book is for you.  One of the best books that I have read this year.

Oh…did I mention that it is a DEBUT?

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Caroline Flarity is a web content producer living in NYC. Her fascination with fringe topics and love of scary movies led her to begin her writing journey penning creepy screenplays. Her debut novel THE GHOST HUNTER’S DAUGHTER started life as a feature script, placing in the finals of the StoryPros Awards and as a semifinalist in Slamdance Film Festival’s writing competition. She enjoys pitting her characters against both supernatural and cultural evils.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CarolineCooney

Author website: www.CarolineFlarity.com

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Sexy Aliens/Sassy Dragons

Earth’s fate rests in the hands of shape-shifting dragons, studly aliens, and a determined woman who demands a say in her own fate. In this exciting finale of the An Alien Exchange trilogy, follow their adventures across the galaxy to a tale that features mounting action, stimulating passion, and heart-pounding emotions.

Sherrilyn Marie Cantor firmly believes success doesn’t come to those who sit around and wait for it to show up; it takes determination, discipline, and hard work. At thirty-four, she has it all – a successful business and more money than she can spend until a jealous partner sets her up and frames her for stealing trade secrets. She loses everything and faces a twenty-year federal prison sentence. When an unexpected offer to find “love among the stars” comes her way, she doesn’t hesitate to escape her unjust fate and leaves Earth forever.

A Zerin descended from a secretive line of dragon shapeshifters, M’alalu (Ki) Ki E’eur ignores the fact he’s living a half-life. Broken from childhood guilt for the murder of his parents and six year-old sister, he silently goes through the motions of everyday life. A former mercenary and friend of the crown prince of Zerin, Ki absorbs a debt his prince intended to take. He’s expendable; the prince isn’t. Now he’s in the crosshairs of a power-hungry despot determined to overthrow the current democratic galactic government.

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Being possessed sucked.

Yep, she, Sherrilyn Marie Cantor, was possessed—like “demon taking over your body” type of possessed. Instead of housing a spitting-pea-soup demon, Sherri endured an unwanted galactic gangster fighting for domination of her body and mind. From the moment the bubble housing the Dread Pirate Maynwaring popped over her face and his essence entered her, she’d been fighting for control. So far she’d kept a tight lid on things, but the whole situation was turning out to be a huge pain in the ass.

But, bright side, she had help from her Zerin shipmate, Ki. He’d taught her how to access the memories of her unwanted guest while at the same time keeping him locked away. Jeez, the spirit called himself Dread Pirate. What kind of name was that? Apparently, that wasn’t his original name, but something he’d adopted after hearing the story of The Princess Bride from a human slave. He’d become so enamored of the dread pirate character he changed his title.

What a snowflake.

What’sss a sssnowflake, human? He asked it in his normal, hissy tone.

How a disembodied entity had a tone was a mystery to her. He sounded like a snake with a speech impediment. She created a visual of sticking his stupid forked tongue between his teeth and clamping his mouth shut then taping it closed. And, if he called her human in that derogatory manner one more time….

Ki’s training kicked in. Instead of imagining the pain she’d rather give, she created a dark, dank pit to throw his happy ass in.

No…no, don’t ssssnd me there again!

Sherri imagined throwing his bright orb down a bottomless cavern before rolling an avalanche of sharp, heavy rocks to cover the hole. Dust billowed up and down before it settled in a thick layer to create a mountain to contain him. Then she pictured the mountain folding upon itself, repeatedly, until it was a speck of light flashing out of her thoughts.

Unfortunately, this exercise never held him for long. One minute he’d be gone (treasured silence), and the next, he’d be right back butting in and making snarky comments every chance he got. You’d think he’d be smart enough to keep his mouth shut so she didn’t know he was there.

Whoa…where’d that creepy idea come from? Sometimes the hair on the back of her neck broke out in chill bumps as if someone looked over her shoulder. What if…what if she wasn’t aware when he wormed his way out? Was he spying on private intimate things she was obsessed with…like say, a certain tall, well-built, sexy-as-sin Zerin named Ki…

Damn it! She shook her head to get rid of that image. She didn’t trust people outside of her body, much less the asshole inside. Only constant vigilance on her part would keep the alien in the hole she’d put it in. Shit, no wonder she was tired all the time.

Sherri sat with her feet over the side of the comfortable bed she’d slept in. She had to admit, she was happy enough with the accommodations aboard the organic AI ship called “Elemi.” Still, she could do without the snarky attitude the female contraption gave her all the time. The sleek 11-15 ship apparently came with a load of baggage, and not the kind Sherri liked to use on vacations.

I really hope that Ms. Kruspe reads this review.  She will not cringe, cry or go into a depression.  I just want to let her know that I’ve never done the following:

  1.  Read a story with dragon shifters.
  2.  Read a sci-fi story that had me in tears with laughter, a story that was completely plausible, a cast of characters that I fell in love with and did I mention dragons?

Yall this book.  Between Sherri and Ki’s relationship, a ship called Elemi (she is a HOOT), a prince and a duke for friends.  Not to mention the human females that they mated with and the entire plot of aliens taking over earth?  The villains are perfection.  It’s almost like you can see them twirling their mustaches for fun.  And no, I’m not making fun of them.  They were nasty, alien and the end was awesome.  You will cheer when it happens.  But I will say that one aspect does make me a little sad but I won’t spoil it for you.

Sherri is hilarious.  And strong, too.  Her personality is at times snarky but also, just trying to figure out what in the heck is going on with her and her body.  This is where the dragons come into play.  She handled it well but there are plenty of fun moments, too with the dragon.  I grieved for them during the book at one time but I understood why Ms. Kruspe did what she did.  Sherri needed to go into her new role on Earth and grieve Ki at the same time.  It was hard but she got through it.

Ki is an alien but he is all male.  Dumb when it comes to Sherri at times, alpha when it comes to protectiveness and an all around great guy to know.  I understood why he didn’t want to mate with anyone but his dragon has basically told him to buck up and get it over with.  Trust, the dialogue between Ki and the dragon are downright hilarious.  In fact, the dialogue between Sherri and her dragon are fun, too.  You will fall in love with Ki from the very beginning.

The two dragons in the book are fantastic.  Remember this is science fiction, NOT fantasy, so for me, the dragons are more of a person than an animal.  They have their own personalities and aren’t afraid to let Ki and Sherri know it.  I could read a book with just them in it.  Yes, they are that good in the book.

I really loved the plot of the book, too.  Intergalactic war on the Earth; sexy alien men that aren’t afraid to be a bit dumb when it comes to women but will do anything to protect them, even when they don’t need protecting.  This is the third book of the series and I’ve already bought the first two books in the series.  I need those stories.

Do yourself a favor and give this book a chance.  I don’t read anything related to dragons or science fiction but I loved it.  Its a bit spicy in places but appropriately so.  It is a romance.  Another thing, the romance is a slow build.  It might appear that it was fast but really it’s not.  It is sweet, frustrating and the pay off is great.

 

About the Author:

A native Nevadan, Keri resides with her family in the wilds of Northwest Michigan where she enjoys the stark change in seasons and the pleasures each one brings. An avid reader, Keri loves an enjoyable bottle of red wine, a variety of delicious foods and watching action/adventure movies…usually at the same time. You can find her most days immersed in her fantasy world on her latest novel while foot tappin’ to classic rock. When not absorbed in her writing, Keri works alongside her husband in building their dream home or discovering intelligent life in America in their RV.

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Sweet Home Alaska
(Northern Lights #5)
By Beth Carpenter
Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages
July 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Some sparks last forever.

But once burned…

World traveler Dr. Scott Willingham is known for being calm and levelheaded—except where Volta Morgan is concerned. In the ten years since they parted, Scott still can’t forget her. Now he’s come to Alaska to find Volta and finally let her go, only to find their attraction is stronger than ever. Can Scott leave her behind one last time…or has he truly found a place to call home?

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Mom took a sip of her tea. “Has Scott worked in Alaska before?” 

“No.” Volta gave a little laugh. “Why are you so interested?” 

Her mother shrugged. “I was watching you when you talked at the birthday party, and you didn’t look like two people who barely knew each other. If you’ve known him awhile, and he’s never been in Alaska before, where did you meet him?” 

Volta stuffed her mouth full of meat loaf to avoid having to answer that question right away, but her mother watched her until she swallowed. “This is really good. Do I taste rosemary?” 

“You know you do, because you asked that last time. Why don’t you want to tell me where you met this doctor?” 

Volta shrugged. “I knew him in Hawaii.” 

“Really? Was he in some of your classes?” Her mother’s eyes suddenly widened. “Wait a minute. Scott? Oh, Volta, was this the man who caused you to drop out of school?” 

“No one caused me to drop out. That was all on me.”

“But you were so sad when you came home. He broke your heart.” She stared at Volta’s face as though she could read her thoughts. “It was him, wasn’t it?” 

“Okay, yes. Scott and I were dating in Hawaii. And I thought it was getting serious. But he already had plans to join DEMA once he finished his residency. He broke up with me. It’s not that big of a deal.” 

“You were devastated.” 

“I got over it. I married Wade, and I had Emma. It all worked out for the best.” 

“But now you have to spend a lot of time with this man.” 

“So?” 

“I don’t want you to get hurt again.” 

“Yes, well, I don’t particularly want that, either. That’s why I’m keeping this relationship on a professional level.” 

“But he was at Emma’s birthday party.” 

“That was Emma’s doing, not mine. You know how excited she was about the reindeer farm. She ran into him when he was dropping me off and invited him.” 

“Why was he dropping you off?” 

“I left my keys— It doesn’t matter. The point is, I’m eleven years older now, and I hope wiser. Scott is doing important work with this study and I can contribute. He doesn’t know Alaska, and I do. After I introduced Scott, the people we interviewed yesterday opened up and gave him valuable information.” 

“Are you sure this is a good idea?” 

“I think I’m mature enough to work alongside a man without falling in love with him. Besides, it’s only for a couple of weeks.” Volta laughed. “What could go wrong?”

If I had to give out my best book of the year award right now, it would be this book.  It is that good.  This isn’t my first book by Ms. Carpentar and she never disappoints.  Ms. Carpentar also brings emotional depth to her stories but also, I feel like I’m in Alaska.  Like Northern Alaska feels.  I loved that show.  You need to look it up.  Anyway.  Plus, her characters are always phenomenal.  And, there is a child involved but Emma is her own character and I loved her.

This is a great second chance romance from the heart.  I completely understood the commitment issues that Scott had from the beginning.  His family life growing up wasn’t the best but he did what he thought he had to do in Hawaii with Volta.  Volta is guarded when it comes to Scott and she has every right.  And then her daughter, Emma, takes a strong liking to Scott and in time, Scott to her.  I loved their relationship and it woke something in Scott that he never thought would happen.  Volta is a strong woman.  Fierce when it comes to her daughter and loyal to her job and patients.  What I didn’t like was how she let her sister in law talk to her that way about her late husband (her brother) like that.  Sure, I understood that she missed her brother but I would have put her in her place.  It grated on my nerves a bit but hey, it’s just me.

Their love story is a sweet one but a very slow build.  Like I said, a second chance at romance but they still had a lot to work out between them and within themselves.  Trust, commitment are some of the issues that they have but the love has never died.  Communication this time around is the key to their romance and it works.  I especially liked how Ms. Carpentar showed Volta’s relationship with her own parents and her in-laws.  While her parents weren’t exactly thrilled, they didn’t judge her decision but listened to her and the concerns they had.  Emma is cute and I understood her frustration when Scott.  Her relationship with him bloomed and I loved watching it.

Peeps, you really need to read Ms. Carpentar and this series.  She brings emotional depth, humor, great characters, and a setting to die for.  I recommend Ms. Carpentar to anyone that will listen to me.  And yes, this is a series but each book stands alone.

 

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About the Author

Once upon a time …

when Beth Carpenter was a little girl, she read everything she could get her hands on, and entertained herself on the school bus by making up stories in her head. Not a lot has changed. She’s still consuming books like M&Ms, and spends her days creating happily-ever-afters for her imaginary friends.

She lives in Alaska and Arizona with her husband and an aggressively affectionate fifty-pound lap dog. She loves to hear from readers.

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