Welcome to another of the Buy a Book for Christmas promotions of authors in the Cafe and Bookstore.. and the first book is from Anne Marie Andrus and is the prequel to her book Monster & Angels.
A lone soldier on night watch. A single bullet through the heart. Every light in Paris flickers—the city’s thundering silent scream.
When Commander Raimond Banitierre was assassinated, French Revolutionaries lost their gallant leader. After a villain’s offer of eternal life condemned him to slavery, Raimond rebelled again, driving his vampire comrades to freedom.
Raimond escapes to Savannah, Georgia where his dream of becoming a doctor comes true. During his trial-by-fire residency on the Civil War’s battlefields, he discovers his true calling—the power to preserve memories and dignity in the face of death. His chance meeting with a beguiling mortal nurse ignites passionate nights and a long overdue crack in the door to paradise.
Vicious flames and an unholy miscalculation deliver Raimond back to the depths of hell. Being arrested for treason makes him wish for death and the arrival of Prince Draven Norman appears to be the final nail in Raimond’s coffin. Will the prince’s eccentric judgement grant Raimond a true reprieve? Is Draven’s invitation to join New Orleans mystical royalty an extension of his own treachery, or the next step in Raimond’s miraculous journey?
Has the legendary Crescent City found a spirit noble enough to protect her future?
One of the recent reviews for the book
An absorbing story that brought me back to Raimond’s earlier days and how he walks the fine line between two worlds. A humane vampire with a desire to heal and help those around him, but in the end, a vampire’s a vampire.
I received an ARC eBook from Anne Marie Andrus in exchange for an honest review. Be sure to check out my full review at PlumReport . com💜
Raimond is a prequel to Monsters & Angels, and can be read either before or after Monsters & Angels. It’s its own story and an amazing story at that. I read this book over four nights. The storyline was in constant motion and never decelerated my attention. It was an incredible and enthralling journey from captivity to freedom, from soldier to doctor, from human to vampire.
If you like vampire stories that revolve around being able to live among humans, then I would recommend you check out Raimond. He’s a gentlemen, well that is until you piss him off. That’s when the fangs come out….and yes they do come out!
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Also by Anne Marie Andrus
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The next book has a paranormal theme, Cusp of Night ( Hode’s Hill Series) by Mae Clair and would make a perfect gift for lovers of mysteries.
About Cusp of Night
The truth hides in dark places . . .
Recently settled in Hode’s Hill, Pennsylvania, Maya Sinclair is enthralled by the town’s folklore, especially the legend about a centuries-old monster. A devil-like creature with uncanny abilities responsible for several horrific murders, the Fiend has evolved into the stuff of urban myth. But the past lives again when Maya witnesses an assault during the annual “Fiend Fest.” The victim is developer Leland Hode, patriarch of the town’s most powerful family, and he was attacked by someone dressed like the Fiend.
Compelled to discover who is behind the attack and why, Maya uncovers a shortlist of enemies of the Hode clan. The mystery deepens when she finds the journal of a late nineteenth-century spiritualist who once lived in Maya’s house—a woman whose ghost may still linger. Known as the Blue Lady of Hode’s Hill due to a genetic condition, Lucinda Glass vanished without a trace and was believed to be one of the Fiend’s tragic victims. The disappearance of a young couple, combined with more sightings of the monster, trigger Maya to join forces with Leland’s son Collin. But the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she comes to a hidden world of twisted secrets, insanity, and evil that refuses to die.
One of the recent reviews for the book
I loved this book, one in the Hode’s Hill series by Mae Claire. It had all the things that make for a good mystery – a historical basis, an unknown murderous entity, a psychic, a touch of paranormal, a growing romantic relationship and great story telling. What’s not to like? It was a perfect summer beach read, only I read it on a boat circumnavigating Iceland…
The story opens in 1900 with a dead-of-rainy-night visit by society woman Charlette Hode to a renowned spiritualist, Lucinda Glass, on whom she has come to depend. She’s been warned that the Fiend – a killer with seemingly supernatural abilities to kill and disappear – may be about, but she pays no mind…
In the present day, Maya Sinclair, recently recovered from a car accident during which she was dead for two minutes, settles in to an old house in Hode’s Hill, Pennsylvania. She soon discovers the house was once owned by the renowned psychic Lucinda Glass, who was called the Blue Lady because of her blue-hued skin and who was killed by the Fiend. When sightings of a strange creature occur at the time of the annual ‘Fiend Fest’ and Maya begins to experience strange happenings in her house, she can’t help but try to learn more of the history of Hode’s Hill and the Blue Lady. She soon meets the son of the current Hode patriarch, who believes her account of the mysterious events in her house, and she also learns of a secret research facility located outside the town.
I won’t say more because I want to leave other readers to the delight and chills of the story. Who was the Fiend? Has it returned to life or is it a more modern version of the legend?
Mae Claire has crafted a gem of a creepy thriller about supernatural occurrences and a centuries-old monster. She creates the perfect turn-of- the- century ambience, and I liked the alternating point of view from the 20th century Lucinda Glass and the modern-day Maya. The author clearly did researched spiritualists, who were so popular in Lucinda’s time, which lends authenticity top that aspect of the book.
The tale, while chilling, is not gory. There is no lurid blood-letting, and Maya and her friend Ivy are authentic characters. The author lays out the clues to the mystery in an agonizing precision – so I had to read faster – and I loved the way the twists and turns in the story came together at the end. A perfect paranormal cozy! I’m anxious to read the next in the Hode’s Hill series
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The Point Pleasant Series
A small selection of other books by Mae Clair
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Connect to Mae via her blog: https://maeclair.net/blog/
The next author with a book to please Scifi readers is Janet Gogerty for Brief Encounters of the Third Kind.
About Brief Encounters of the Third Kind
In the early years of the Twenty First Century, widow Susan Dexter has more to worry about than the recession. For thirty years she has kept a secret; she is not sure if her daughter is human. New events lead her to other people who need to find the truth.
How do ordinary people cope with the extraordinary?
Mystery, music and medicine are at the heart of this family saga; sub plots are woven amongst several very different love stories, as the characters question what it is to be human and what is reality.
One of the recent reviews for the book
Spaceships, encounters and strange goings-on, all so much more interesting than the film with the similar name and as I read this story, I couldn’t help wondering how I would cope in similar circumstances.
Right back at the beginning of her marriage, Susan longed to be a mother, but it looked as though she was destined to be disappointed. Then something strange happened. She was taken to a spacecraft where the aliens promised her she would have the baby she longed for.
Emma, the baby who duly arrived soon after, was perfect in every way, as all babies are. But as the child grew up, she seemed extraordinarily perfect and the exact clone of her mother. She didn’t cry and was never ill.
Three healthy boys followed, gloriously ordinary boys. You could be forgiven for thinking the story ends there, but you would be wrong. All manner of strange things continue to happen to Susan and her family, until a simple blood test throws a bunch of spanners into the works, causing trouble and suspicion.
Can Susan keep the secret and her family safe and out of harm’s way?
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brief-Encounters-Third-Janet-Gogerty-ebook/dp/B00AWVNH3E/
A selection of other books by Janet Gogerty
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Connect to Janet via her blog: https://tidalscribe.wordpress.com/
The final author today with a great series that would make a perfect gift is Paul Cude and to give you a taste here is Bentwhistle the Dragon: A Threat from the Past, the first book in the series. The three books in the series are available as a boxed set.
About the book
Can you be heroic and naive?
For Peter Bentwhistle, the answer would most certainly have to be YES!
Blissfully unaware of what’s going on around him, for the most part he remains fully focused on blending in and keeping a low profile.
But fate and just plain bad luck have other designs on him.
Not so bad, you might think. Until you discover the TRUTH!
Just like his friends, Tank and Richie, he is a…..DRAGON!
Thrust into a life away from the underground dragon domain, disguised in an awkward human form in an effort to guide and protect humanity, all he has to do is stay out of trouble, learn how to play hockey and piece together all the parts of the puzzle continually playing out around him.
With the help of his two young friends, a master mantra maker and a complete dragon stranger with more than a little history attached to him, will Peter manage to thwart the dark, devious scheme long in the planning?
Ever wondered how dragons travel below ground at almost the speed of sound?
Want to know how they use magical mantras to transform their giant bodies into convincing human shapes?
Learn the true story of George and the Dragon, get a dragon-like perspective on human social issues and gain insight into what to do if you encounter a giant spider grinning at you when you’re wearing nothing but your smile.
Lose yourself in this unputdownable fantasy adventure NOW!
One of the reviews for the book
A 5* review for Bentwhistle the Dragon in a Threat from the Past by Paul Cude. I was lucky enough to be sent a signed copy in a Goodreads Giveaway and I was very pleased I was, because although not a genre i usually read, i actually really enjoyed it.
The author has reinvented our world where humans exist on the surface, but beneath us live dragons in vast caverns connected by tunnels that lead to the surface. They are highly developed and can travel at incredible speeds, can alter their shape and become humanoid in appearance and by doing so look after us, nurturing us in ways we would never fathom.
In an action packed adventure that features both human and dragon team sports, you’ll learn the true story of George and the Dragon, get a dragon-like perspective on human social issues and insight into what to do if you meet a giant spider grinning at you when you’re wearing nothing but your smile!
But everything is about to change when a devious dragon plots to destroy this beautiful relationship and only Peter Bentwhistle and his young friends Richie and Tank can see what’s going on. These three brave dragons must stop the threat from the past to save our present.
Paul Cude’s imagination is obviously vast and very impressive, because he provides some fascinating insights into the dragon world and how they survive, travel, interact with each other, and reveals the mysteries of how their magic actually works. A fun adventure for all the family and one to be read to youngsters and which they will enjoy reading for themselves when they are older. Great work Paul Cude.
Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bentwhistle-Dragon-Threat-Past-Paul-ebook/dp/B00PDZ2R2G/
Also by Paul Cude
Read the reviews, buy the boxed set and the prequel: https://www.amazon.com/Paul-Cude/e/B007339206
and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Paul-Cude/e/B007339206
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Connect to Paul Cude via his website: http://www.bentwhistlethedragon.co.uk/
Thank you for dropping today and I hope that you will enjoy reading or giving these books for Christmas.. thanks Sally