Christine Rains

Biography

Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. When she's not playing games with her son, she's playing games with her friends. She has four degrees which do not help at all with motherhood but make her a great Jeopardy player.

Christine is the author of the 13th Floor series. She has eight novellas and several short stories published. She is a member of S.C.I.F.I. and Untethered Realms. Her writing covers all genres of dark fiction, but she loves to lose herself in paranormal romance most of all.

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Books

The 13th Floor Complete Collection
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 141,380. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Six supernatural tenants living in a haunted apartment building on a floor that doesn't exist. All the stories take place at the same time intertwining their lives together on the 13th Floor. Includes all six novellas in the series and the new short story, "The Shadow."
The Ghost
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,170. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Chiharo Black lives with six supernatural tenants in a haunted building's mysterious thirteenth floor. Of course, no one knows she's there except the cats. Being a ghost can be a bit frustrating and lonely until another ghost intrudes on her territory. Jeremy Emerson is cute, but focused on revenge. Can Chiharo convince him to help her save the building from an energy sucking fiend?
The Oracle & the Vampire
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 24,640. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Having fallen for her gorgeous neighbor might not be so bad if Harriet McKay wasn't in her hideous banshee form every time Kiral saw her. Such is her curse. True, he's a vampire struggling with a drug addiction, but he's a good soul. Yet no one could love a cursed witch, especially one not even her cats respect.
The Harbinger
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,900. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Meira Harper loves both her jobs: talking about beautiful shoes and fetching souls for Zeus. But the Thunder God threatens the harpy's loyalty to her job when she receives the call to bring the soul of gorgeous Sam Wright. Meira pleads with her boss to let him live. Zeus agrees, but Sam must fight for his life. If Sam can win three challenges, he can keep his soul.
The Dragonslayer
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,650. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
On the rooftop of neighboring building, dragonslayer Xanthus Ehrensvard fires at his target, Governor Whittaker. How he missed the shot, he doesn't know, but fleeing the scene, he picks up an unwanted passenger. Gorgeous reporter Lois King saw Xan's face, and she believes it's the story to make her career. Now he must convince her dragons are real and slay Whittaker or risk its retribution.
The Alpha
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,500. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
One run in the woods wouldn't matter, or so thinks werewolf Stefanie Porter. Being cooped up in her apartment for months must have messed up her instincts, because her former pack almost catches her until a mysterious lone wolf jumps in to help Stefanie escape. Can she find a way to hide from her pack or will she have to fight for her life? Book 2 in the 13th Floor series.
The Marquis
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Price: Free! Words: 19,720. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Life after Hell isn't more exciting than watching football and fixing a busted pipe. Once a powerful demon, Marc enjoys his quiet life and a good cup of coffee poured by a gorgeous woman. With big ambitions, a trickster demon named Vetis shatters Marc's peace and vows to deliver Marc's head to the fires of Hell. Not before he destroys everything Marc cares about, of course.
L'il Gal Al and the Zombies of Amarillo
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Price: Free! Words: 11,750. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Alma Sweeney might be scrawny, but the last yahoo that called her "L'il Gal Al" got shot in the foot. Alma escorts a group of settlers into Amarillo, a town with too many yellow flowers, drunks, and zombies. Within minutes of her arrival, she finds herself doing the sheriff's job. He's a nice enough fellow, but a little green, and he has no clue how to stop the horror dragging itself into town.
Fearless
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Price: Free! Words: 18,550. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(4.92 from 12 reviews)
Abby White was seven years old when she killed the monster under her bed. Now she slays creatures spawned by the imaginations of children, and the number of these nightmares are on the rise. Neither she nor her guide - a stuffed hippo named Tawa - know why. With a gorgeous fae fighting at her side, she must avoid distraction and find a way to become truly fearless.

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Smashwords book reviews by Christine Rains

  • A to Z Flashes of Foxwick on April 17, 2012

    There's no better way to lose yourself in a world than with peeks into all its corners. Cherie Reich does an excellent job drawing the reader into her fantasy world with Flashes of Foxwick. Each flash piece is a tasty morsel. Some with magnificent imagery, edge of your seat action, or heart-warming moments. There's fascinating characters and creatures that light up your imagination. I highly recommend this to fantasy fans. It's a great introduction to Cherie's world of Foxwick.
  • Fighting Gravity on April 25, 2012

    Phoebus is tormented by his daimon and forced to execute his fellow Aresians. He attempts to escape through a wormhole, but ends up being captured on a primitive planet called Earth. Marissa hopes to find a new life for herself, but the world outside her tiny community isn't what she expected it to be. Her old friends turned scavengers have nefarious plans for her. Her only chance for help is to free Phoebus and flee with him. They're hunted and must learn to trust one another, finding more than just trust along the way. This is the second novella in Cherie Reich's Gravity series. She has outdid herself with this dark and action packed science-fiction fantasy romance. She starts you off right in the middle of the action, and I was on the edge of my seat through the whole thing. The image Cherie paints of an Earth hit by an asteroid is harsh and dismal, but not without hope. Marissa has the light of hope in her heart. She's sweet and compassionate, and though she's rightfully afraid, she has the courage to do what's necessary when the time comes. Phoebus is from a cold and war-hungry people who make themselves into something more by infusing themselves with daimons. It's fascinating and terrifying at the same time. The Aresians are a complex culture and the daimons a mystery. This aspect really intrigued me because I didn't know what Phoebus' daimon would do next. This story is light on the romance, so I believe sci-fi and dark fantasy fans will love it. There's fighting, betrayal, and unexpected twists. Cherie's writing is sharp and her imagery vivid. She makes the story come alive before your eyes. Fighting Gravity captivated me from beginning to end. Even if you haven't read the first book in the series, Defying Gravity, you can still thoroughly enjoy this one.
  • Women of Foxwick on June 25, 2012

    Women of Foxwick is a collection of five fantastic tales in a world of beauty, magic, and danger. In "Lady Bard," Lyrica must play the right tune to free a prince from a curse or else both of them will lose their lives. A young and kind girl named Vesta is dragged before the fearsome Queen of Wintermill to serve her destructive will in "Dragon Seer." "Lady Death" brings us into the dark world of an assassin named Umbria and her quest to kill Death himself. The twin sisters in "Mage Game" are as close as can be, and with their amateur skills, they must fight for the possibility of a better life through a challenge issued by the king. Finally, in "Magic Seeker," a princess' compassion and mysterious aunt help her to find a sorceress who might be able to save her realm. Cherie Reich has created a rich and wonderful fantasy world with Foxwick. The people, land, and creatures are fascinating. I love how she links a few stories together, and how this collection intricately weaves with the stories in Flashes of Foxwick. Yet these can very much be enjoyed as stand-alone stories. There's never a dull moment, and each story has its own undeniable source of tension that will insure you don't stop reading. Cherie's writing is natural, poetic, and fluid, and reminds me very much of Juilet Marillier's books. My favorite story of the bunch is "Lady Death." It begins with a sword fight and a plea to save the King's wife and child. The only way to save the woman and baby who are beyond any mortal's help is to kill Death. Umbria, the assassin and King's sister, cannot refuse him. She travels to the Shadowlands and faces the ghosts of loved ones before she meets Death himself. There's a lot of intensity and emotion packed into this short story, and I found myself holding my breath near the end. I had no idea what was going to happen. No one can kill Death, right? You'll have to read it to find out Cherie's clever twist. I highly recommend Women of Foxwick for those of you who love fantasy, and for excellently written strong heroines.
  • Pull of Gravity on Aug. 13, 2012

    Being stuck on a ship for so long, Nike wants nothing more than to have her feet on solid ground and breathe in fresh air. She aches for a place to call home, and upon seeing Cupidis, its beauty captures her heart. This is where she wants to be. First, though, she and her crew must prepare the way for her people to eliminate the aliens already living on the planet. The Cupidians haven't known war in centuries. Their king is near death, and their spoiled prince, Edonys must find a mate very soon. The gorgeous prince didn't expect to feel such a pull toward one of his human guests. Nike thought it would be simple to conquer these peaceful people, but she, too, feels something unexpected. Will she make the strike to help win the planet for the humans or will she follow her heart? This is my favorite book in Cherie's Gravity trilogy. It's not as dark and gritty as the previous two. It's full of wonder and colorful imagery that made me fall in love with Cupidis as Nike did. Cherie's descriptions are beautifully written and left me in awe. Nike is a strong and unique heroine. She's more a tough Sigourney Weaver type than the typical softer romantic lead. Edonys was a surprise to me too. He has every opportunity to be vain and arrogant, but he has so much heart. I love that the relationship grows organically outside of their duties to their peoples. In the first two installments of the Gravity trilogy, we saw terrifying prisons, deadly chases, and fearsome creatures. Pull of Gravity takes you to a different level of science-fiction intrigue. There's espionage, subterfuge, and treachery. I was holding my breath at parts and didn't realize it. Cherie outdid herself with the final novella in the series. Goodness knows I couldn't resist the pull of her incredible storytelling!
  • That Mama is a Grouch on Aug. 18, 2012

    What a fun book! This is a perfect story for parents and their young children. There's messes being made and cleaning up done. Plus a good lesson learned. I admit sometimes I too can be a grouch. I think almost any kid and adult can relate. My son's favorite part was trying to find the mouse in every picture! He particularly liked the mouse vacuuming!
  • Once Upon a December Nightmare on Sep. 17, 2012

    It was suppose to be a fun winter night touring the back roads with old friends, but a tree blocks the trail and the old truck breaks down. There's no light, warmth, or cell phone reception. Cassie, Mary, Denise, and James decide to walk the few miles back to the main road. The cold and darkness adds friction to an already disgruntled group, and Cassie's scary story doesn't help ease the tension. There's also something stalking them in the woods. Perhaps Cassie's story holds more truth than they want to believe. Cherie Reich has managed to pack vivid detail and nail-biting suspense in this short horror tale. I can still feel the cold and hear the strange cracks from the woods. It seemed like a normal night for the young folk, but I fast on the edge of my seat, and I couldn't relax even when I reached the end. The most unique part of this story is that the reader is allowed to see through all the characters' eyes. Each of the four characters have their own sections and it's like peeling back layers of an onion. More is revealed about the dynamics of the group and each individual's inner most feelings. Cherie does a marvelous job with characterization. This is the perfect story for a cold, dark night when you're bundled up in bed. You'll need a big blanket when those chilly goose bumps crawl up your arms!
  • Passing Time: Nine Short Tales of the Strange and Macabre on Sep. 25, 2013

    Passing Time is a wonderfully written collection of dark and eerie tales. Each story has its own way of gripping your soul. Some are short and intense, and others lure you down a long twisted path. You're left wondering about your own mortality, what you would do for love, and what terrifies you the most. As a writer, I was particularly paralyzed by "The Devil's Song." My two favorite stories were "Expiration Date" and "The Vegas Screamer." The first takes place in a future where cloning is possible. You never have to lose someone you love. The second frightening tale is about a serial killer that has a chilling collection. Though each story has a strong and unique voice, this one stood out with its Stephen King feel. I can't wait to read more from Ellie Garratt.
  • Diamonds and Dust on Dec. 08, 2013

    David Alexander gets an offer for an archaeological dig that he cannot pass up. It might also help him find his father who has been missing for seven years. Exploring the cave, David is thrown into another world where all the crazy fantastical things his father talked about were real. He meets an odd group of friends on his quest to find his father, and on the way, discovers he is the heir to the lost ancient kingdom of Shaylar. All David wants to do is find his father and go home, but the land calls to him and he cannot ignore its call. Yet the call may lead David to his death and this entire beautiful world's. A spectacular beginning to the series. The reader is swept into this wonderful fantasy world with wizards, satyrs, and dragons. The people are varied and the politics are thick. David is a highly likable hero that inspires loyalty from those who follow him. Sometimes trust in those he cares for can make him blind, but his heart is true. My favorite characters include his strange group of friends. Rhone the fierce Dreean warrior, Lothan the quirky half-satyr, and Mira the mysterious thief. Each individual is well drawn and fascinating. Plus, the D&D geek in me loves that they make the perfect adventuring party! Along with great characterization and world building, the book is beautifully written, even poetic in parts. A lot happens in this story, but the reader isn't rushed along nor is the pace too slow. There's time to enjoy the read and get absorbed in the amazing fantasy land River Fairchild has created. I can't wait for the next installment!
  • Reborn on May 12, 2014

    Yssa grew up on a small island, happy and loved, but she always knew her destiny was elsewhere. She is the Phoenix Prophetess, Apenth's chosen one. She is whisked away from home to serve the Queen, seeing great wonders and facing dangers beyond imagination. As the heavy weight of her position slowly smothers her, she has a vision of her parents' murder. She must save them at the risk of everything else. Can Yssa challenge Fate and win or will she find herself a mere cog in its ever-grinding wheel? REBORN is the fantastic first book in The Fate Challenges and Cherie Reich's debut novel. The world building is astounding. The people, the cultures, the history, and the lore. Each layer is peeled back as we learn about the world through Yssa's eyes. The wonders and the horrors. I particularly love how the gods mingle with the mortals. The gods do walk among them and whisper in their ears. Yssa is a strong and sympathetic heroine. I loved seeing her grow not only in her role as the Phoenix Prophetess, but from a small island girl into a young woman to be admired. Liam is the perfect complement to Yssa. He's a bit cocky and sharp at times, but he easily won me over. Their relationship is sometimes rocky and other times sweet. The cast of characters is large and wonderfully varied, but the Queen, Ariala, and the gods themselves are included in my favorites. With great characterization and a marvelous story, this YA fantasy is not to be missed. I cannot wait to read the next installment in the series.
  • The Rifters on Aug. 28, 2014

    It's not easy starting over. Not for Daelin Long who lost her dream job in NYC and has to go to her sister's house in the tiny Oregon town of Settler. Nor is it for Earl Blacke who was a famed outlaw in 1888 but now a cowboy atoning for his sins in modern day Settler. It doesn't help that Daelin's sister is missing and there's rumors of phantoms and missing heads. Earl must keep his secrets, but to save Daelin and Settler, he'll have to risk something more. An incredibly original tale of brave small town folks, cowboys, and monsters. It's urban fantasy, science-fiction, and steampunk wrapped within an action-packed plot and a quirky cast of characters. Settler has a small town flair, but something even more unusual stretching back through its history. The place itself is a fascinating character itself! Daelin won me over quickly. She lost everything in NYC, and when she came to her sister Charming's home, Charming had gone missing. Thrust into a strange little town away from everything she worked for, Daelin is forced to fight for her life against things she doesn't understand. She's smart and brave, but there is a bookish innocence about her that I adored. Earl is like a knight in dusty cowboy boots. I could feel the weight of his secrets and I wondered if he could remain true to them. There was something I liked about everyone in Settler, and many times, I found myself giggling as I read. The threat looming over the town is a mystery, but no less deadly. This is the first book in the series, and I can't wait to read more to answer the thousand questions bumping around in my head! I highly recommend THE RIFTERS to everyone.