Smashwords book reviews by Julianna (Bella) Doerres
The Dark Gifts Inheritance
on Sep. 22, 2012
The Dark Gifts Inheritance by Willow Cross
After Jason turned 21 he thought he was losing his mind. During the three full nights of the full moon strange things were happening to him and he had no memory of what he did. He was terrified at the thought of what could be happening to him. His sister, Sara was beginning to think he needed a shrink as well. That is until the horrifying events of the last few months stopped her. Why was Jason building a huge cage in the basement of their home. When Sarah finds out her life changes forever because she is unsure if what is happening to her brother is going to happen to her. Jason and Sara, having grown up with no family are to find out that their real family isn’t even fully human. They are unprepared for the events that start developing and they have to learn quickly. Befriended by those that hunt them down they learn the true meaning of who they are and with the help of a mysterious man in the forest they find out who they are meant to be.
This story held my interest from start to finish. The characters show their feelings and frustrations as they deal with the problems of taking back a werewolf clan while trying to help save the world from something so dark and frightening that they will need their Dark Gifts Inheritance.
A Christmas Miracle
on Sep. 22, 2012
A Christmas Miracle by Willow Cross
Mercedith Owens is divorced and trying to raise her family on her meager income. Being a woman that wants to successfully do it on her own she doesn’t really want to ask for help but she learns that sometimes for God to work you have to ask for the miracle. I could really identify with Mercedith as I was a single mother. I had five boys to raise and it wasn’t always easy.
I loved how the character of Mercedith learns that life can be about receiving a gift as much as giving one, especially when you aren’t expecting it to happen. She is willing to repay what she receives and the door opens to give her the help she needs so desperately. I recommend this to anyone that has been , knows or may be a single mother. Miracles do happen, especially when you least expect it.
on Sep. 29, 2012
Haunted by Willow Cross
It doesn’t matter if you believe in the supernatural or just love a good ghost story Haunted gives you enough to satisfy both. Willow Cross shares her experiences with you and lets you decide whether you want to believe in ghosts or not. The reading of each of the stories took me there with her as she was living through it. I could sense her feelings in her words and descriptions, letting my imagination take over and picture it all as I read. I recommend it for both its ghostly stories and its paranormal aspects. Julianna (Bella) Doerres MaEd.
on Oct. 06, 2012
If you enjoy ghost stories and paranormal happenings than you will want to read Haunted II by Willow Cross. Ouija boards have long been sold in toy and game sections of stores, but are they really a harmless toy or a gateway that allows sinister forces to attach themselves to a person’s life. Harmless or open door to the paranormal you will have to read and decide for yourself.
It has been said that animals are truly sensitive to paranormal events. In Feline Ghost hunter you are introduced to a very sensitive pet that lets their owner know that there is someone or something visiting that wasn’t invited. Is it just the over imagination of a young woman or does our feline know that some visitors just can’t be seen.
This selection of short stories are well written and will give you your Halloween scare if you are looking for some fantastic ghost stories. If instead you are looking to read about paranormal experiences then you are also a winner. Regardless of what you are looking for you can’t go wrong with Willow Cross’s book Haunted II.
Bella Doerres Ma/Ed
A Higher Calling
on Oct. 09, 2012
Any mother that would see her daughter abused would want justice. Sophia, however, isn’t just any mother, she is a half angel and with Sophia justice is swift. Nathaniel meets her at one of her appointments. He is another like her, a half angel. Nathaniel is there to let Sophia know that things need to change. He is placed in her path to let her know that there is a Higher Calling for her, one that will change her life forever. I look forward to the sequel of A Higher Calling. It is written well and held me from beginning to the end. Bella Doerres 10/09/2012
All Hallows' Eve
on Oct. 31, 2012
All things scary are in the book. Ideal for that evening when it is dark, chilly and you are curled up safe by the fire. After reading the book you may wonder how safe you really are. One to enjoy over and over.
Oceans of Red Volume Two
on Nov. 08, 2012
Oceans of Red Volume Two
By Willow Cross
Remy is the one that is to hold the Druid’s fire and save the world according to the Druid that has tried to befriend her. Once convinced Remy has to change and accept who she is it is inevitable and can’t be stopped. Once the change is upon her can she continue to trust the Druid, Daelen. What hideous monsters will she encounter? Willow Cross has taken the Oceans of Red series forward into this second book. Oceans of Red Volume two moves our heroine in to more confrontations with the Demons and we learn more about what they really are. This story not only appeals to my desire for an action adventure but gives me a lot of things to ponder. I found myself wondering what choice would I make if in Remy’s character. Definitely a book I recommend reading. I also look forward to seeing it come to life in web series.
Bella Doerres M.Ed 11/08/2012
Witch Moon by Maggie Shayne
Mirabella fears letting those around her know she is a witch. Letting someone know you believe in the Goddess can get you fired. You are considered evil and that is not what Mirabella needs right now. She is a high school teacher with a future. Rowan is a high school girl that misses her mother. Her mother was a witch and her father won’t talk about it. Trying to reach her mother’s spirit her father finds her surrounded by candles and tells her to stop. Gwenyth runs a cute little shop that caters to witches and isn’t welcome in the community anymore. Her life’s dream has been to open this shop and help those around her understand. Something is amiss in this little town and it might not be the witches. Strange happenings, murders and teen suicide are being blamed on the occult but what is really happening in this small town. With all that is happening it is the Coven that helps save the day. Like it or not this little town needs to understand that they are here to stay and mean no harm to none.
A collective of stories with a paranormal theme. I found each story worth reading and enjoyed all the short stories. My first time at being published.
BOUND (#1 in The Crystor Series)
on Nov. 18, 2012
This is book one in The Crystor Series and if the following books are as good as this one it will be a great series. Kira is a teen with few friends and no home life. Kira sees things that well happen before they happen. It is something she thinks is a rain blip, but her most recent one was different she felt it as well as seeing it and she really didn’t know what to do about it. Her mom is into the boyfriend that is into himself. Her best friend Lydia is actually her only friend and she doesn’t want to loose her. Kira is also realizing that there is something different about Lydia. Something she just can’t put her finger on. Kira’s world is going to change and she is going to meet some really interesting people, but all of them aren’t friends and some of them want her and Lydia dead. She is also going to meet Octavion, the mysterious brother her best friend has. He is really something different and it could kill her but she is still drawn to him.
Lydia and Octavion are from a different dimension and royalty. They have been running for their lives for a while now and Lydia is fearful it will all cost her one friend Kira. Her life is almost taken in a battle and Kira is pulled in deeper and has to be told what is going on. After all she is the only one that can save Lydia. Octavion is somewhat of a wizard and his magic can save his sister but will it cost the life of the human girl he has his heart on.
The three have to fight for their lives. Kira has to risk her life for her friends and becoming part of them changes her forever. Evil sisters, Royal blood, curses, all play a part in this story and Kira seems to be part of the solution to all of it. I hated to see this story end. I love the descriptions of all the places that the three are in the story. They are so vivid they come alive in my mind. I felt myself picturing all of this and like I said hated it to end. I can’t wait for the next part of the series. I have to find out what happens between Kira and Octavion. C. K. Bryant your story is wonderful and I look forward to more.
Bella Doerres M. E. 11/18/2012
Riveting read I was unable to stop once I started. I could feel the fog surrounding Brian and smell the salt water, as the shark brushed against him. The intense adrenaline as the shark attacked the board. I love this book. It is well written and the emotion and intensity of the experience came back in my dreams.
The Vampire Hunter's Daughter: Part I
on Nov. 22, 2012
The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter Part I
By Jennifer Malone Wright
What if you were awakened in the middle of the night by your mother and told to hide? Voices you hear threaten her and when you come out to try and help you see her killed in front of you. Wouldn’t your life be different from then on? Add to this that you find out your mother wasn’t just that quiet mom on the street and that your legacy was to kill vampires, how would you react? With all this to deal with and face your also learn that your father is a vampire and ordered your mother killed. Read through this beginning and walk through all this with Chole. In this story she realizes that she has to become what she was meant to be, the vampire hunter’s daughter.
Bella Doerres M.Ed 11/22/2012
Cajun Were wolf Christmas
By Selena Blake
Selena Blake takes us to a winter Christmas retreat for her were wolf pack from her series Stormy Weather. It is a winter skiing trip and holiday for the pack. We get to share in a winter wedding, experience a much-awaited birth with a surprise and just share holiday good wishes. It is a quick read and has a lot of positive thoughts and holiday cheer. Sharing in the warm experiences of Christmas we leave the story with something of a surprise a gift from Mistress Juliette to Master Andre’ that leaves him speechless. What is it you might ask; well you will have to read it to find out. This is a delightful short story that adds warmth to the series.
Bella Doerres M. Ed. 12/04/2012
By Willow Cross
Case #1 Sarah Beth Hawkins
A young woman discovers papers in her father’s attack along with journal entries from private journals. She learns that she is from a long line of ghost hunters and these papers, contained in hatboxes tell the story. This story grips you from the beginning. You find yourself reading and drawn into the journal entries of the possessed or is she just going mad. You will have to read this case to find out and determine for yourself if it is just mad musings or has something evil been involved. Now I am anxious to see what other cases will be uncovered. I can’t recommend this story enough. It will leave you truly thinking and hungry for more.
Bella Doerres M.Ed 12/19/2012
Riley's Curse, A Moon's Glow Prequel
on Jan. 02, 2013
A Moon’ Glow Prequel
By Christina Smith
Riley loves his family, loves the girl of his dreams and hopes to marry her.
In one night when taking a walk during the full moon she is ripped from his life and brutally killed by a werewolf. He is to be the next victim but a simple mistake saves his life and he is cursed as much as the wolf that turned him. Riley however is different than she was. He refuses to accept being a cold-blooded killer he believes that he can make a difference. He has to confess to his father what has happened and fearing for the safety of his family he is sent away to learn to control his curse. Through the help of a father’s love Riley is able to continue life and continue to be part of the family he loves only on the outside being a part but separate. This story is so well written and held me from the first page. I have to encourage you to get it and read it. The story brings you in and you become a part. I found myself pulled into this story and hated to have to put it down. I couldn’t wait to see what Christina Smith would do next to her character and how the story would unfold. A definite must read.
Bella Doerres M.Ed. 01/02/2013
Everything She Does is Magick
Aurora is raised by her three Aunts Merriwether, Flora and Fauna. Sounds like the three fairies from Sleeping Beauty doesn’t it except the three Aunts are not fairies they are witches and Aurora is going to be a very powerful witch. This in itself is remarkable but you see her daughter is going to be the strongest witch born. It was for told in the stars. The three Aunts have to keep a certain young man a virgin until he and Aurora get together. This is a story about how they attempt this and how they attempt to get the two star crossed lovers together in the end. It is such a delightful read and the prequel to Mark of the Witch, Daughter of the Spellcaster and Blood of the Sorceress. After reading this prequel I will most definitely want to read the rest of the books. Gave this a five as it was well written and a delight to read.
Bella Doerres MaEd 02/09/2013
M.E. Brines has created a book that I feel really did make me think. I have left church behind for the basic reasons that he elaborates on in his book. I was involved in the Sunday school, and in the youth groups and found myself being spiritually deprived. I fit what he talks about in his expose Spiritual Embezzlement Made Easy. Well worth the read if you want really grasp what is going on. I realized everything he shared in this book. Well written and thought provoking. Bella Doerres Ma Ed 03/03/2013
Kiera's Quest: Awakenings
on June 30, 2013
Kiera Matthews thinks she is an ordinary girl living with her Uncle and going to school. A bit of a dreamer and thinker Kiera always has her thoughts and her dreams inside herself. One day she finds herself thrown into a mystery. This story takes you through twists and turns and you soon find yourself enthralled within the beginning of Kiera’s Quest. You find a secret world, a Prince, secrets, betrayal and a read you won’t soon forget. This is the beginning of Kiera’s Quest and I don’t want to give anything away in this delightful story so let me just say it is a wonderful read for the young and the young at heart. Read this to find yourself at the beginning of the journey and know that the rest of the journey will be in the next part of the story in future books. Kristy Brown has given us a wonderful tale and a delightful adventure. Enjoy this read and find the magic of Keira’s Quest.
Bella Doerres 06/30/2013
By Willow Cross
This is Willow Cross `s third book based on her ghost experiences and this time she has added stories from other's experiences. Willow's story of her experience will have you feeling goose bumps with her as she recounts for you what happened. The other stories in this book add experiences held by others as they share it with the reading audience. All of these stories are going to give you a new perception on the invisible friends of childhood. A definite must read for the ghost believer and the ghost story lover. A book I have found to be a five star haunting set of tales.
Bella Doerres M. Ed.
By T. R. Graves
Left begins with a suicide that shows us the reality of how loss and emotion can destroy a life if no one is there to help. Graves then moves us into a world where domestic violence is real and shows us through her characters what it is like to deal with a difficult situation and how the main character Baylee learns that what is wrong with her world is classified as domestic violence. It is something that moves into Baylee’s life slowly and when she realizes what is going on it almost destroys her. Graves sends a strong message in the pages of this book she quotes it in the beginning “Your own two feet are all you have when you’ve been …left.” (T. R. Graves) Strength has to come from within, but sometimes to find it you have to meet others that have survived it. Left will hold your attention and will open your eyes as well. This story will provide you a read you will not soon forget.
Bella Doerres M. Ed. September 1, 2013
The Ghost and the Graveyard
By Genevieve Jack
Grateful decides to take a year to regroup after a very bad breakup. It works out that her real estate father has the perfect house for her in a little place called Red Grove. The house is everything she can love and a perfect place to unwind after the break up except for a few small details Daddy didn’t fill her in on. It comes complete with its own hot ghost, a graveyard that creeps her out and a grave keeper that looks like he should be a modal for romance novels.
Now she has to come to grips with the fact that that hunk in the living room isn’t leaving anytime soon and is one hell of a ghostly cook and that grave digger keeps telling her they were married in a former life. What else can happen? Well when you read this and find out I think you will agree it is a five star read and personally I can’t wait to read her next book out soon Kick the Candle.
Bella Doerres M. Ed 9/4/2013
I just finished reading Haunted IV I have to say that it is beyond just scary. Seriously these are stories that friends of Willow Cross shared with her and she wrote them down and they will give you that Halloween story you are looking for. From a foggy road’s mysterious visitation to a haunted house no one even wants to stay and clean up you will be wearing Goosebumps and want the lights on. Haunted IV Willow’s latest in the real life ghost experience is her best Haunted book yet.
By Karli Rush
Karli takes us into the life of Alyssa, a young teen witch that is finding herself. Alyssa participates in the human world but lives in her world where Magic is real and she is accepted by family and Coven. Each witch has a mate and when they find each other they become crescent bound. Their crescents show the world that they belong to someone. When she meets Marc she thinks he is a regular human and fears her attachment for him. She can only be bound with a Witch.
Alyssa loves to work on her car and does it with her dad. She shares with him a love for racing. Who would guess that in the Witch world they have their own racetracks and how did Marc get there if he is a human. The track is warded to keep the humans out. Alyssa’s dad recognizes that Marc is from a long line of witches and invites him into the coven. Marc has only lived in the human world and does not understand all there is in his new way of life. He does know that he values his life with Alyssa but is still challenged by feelings for an old girlfriend. When Alyssa and he become Crescent bound he has no idea how much hurt will come from on little kiss with another. Will Marc and Alyssa learn to trust each other again? Will she be able to forgive him?
Alyssa’s old boy friend tries to come back into her life and leaves a girl that is anything but understanding. She soon blames Alyssa for all the wrongs in her life and Alyssa is in for a fight with dark magic and is taken into a world created by a witch that has chosen evil. How will Alyssa find her way out of the dark realm and will she and Marc be able to save their relationship? These are all things you will find out when you read what it is to be Crescent Bound.
Bella Doerres 04/17/2014
Vampires of the Chesapeake Rees Morgan
By D. A. Rhine
D. A. Rhine takes us again into the Vampires of the Chesapeake and this time she tells us the story of Rees Morgan. He is employed by Kian in his escort business and is his best friend. Like Kian he has left behind his human existence and the memories of his human wife still haunts him. Rachel McCready, a young widow, is trying to raise her two sons alone and support herself on her paintings. She and Rees are going to find themselves thrown together by an elder vampire that has come to the Chesapeake to create havoc for Kian and the ancient one doesn’t care who gets hurt in the process. Rhine takes us into a suspense filled romance that will have you as spell bound as it did me. Rees is given an ultimatum by an ancient to turn the young mother or she will be killed by him. Rees is unsure how to respond and knows that he and Kian have to explain it to Rachel, shall we say, delicately. Rachel does not believe in vampires, she finds Rees to be attractive and she has been alone long enough. When her late husband’s ghost turns up giving her cryptic messages through her eldest son she begins to think she is going mad and then when she discovers what Rees is proposing she knows that this can’t be real. Terror haunts her and she is filled with doubt and fear. How is she going to deal with the world of vampires and two young children? What Rees proposes is life changing to say the least and what is happening with the attraction between them? When her ghost husband appears she knows that insanity is not far behind. Read this and find out how romance can develop in the strangest ways and working through terror can really change a person’s heart. Will Rachel be willing to accept the bite of the vampire? I loved this and hope there will be more Vampires of the Chesapeake. A five star read that will most definitely keep you reading.
Bella Doerres Ma Ed 04/25/2014.
Paladin (A Higher Calling Novella)
By Willow Cross
This is the second installment of the Higher Calling by Willow Cross. Sophie has connected with Ramiel one strikingly hot angel, and begins to learn the truth behind her angelic history. Ramiel hints that she was meant to be his mate and not David the man she had fallen for. David had deserted her and their infant and Sophie wants to find out all the reasons why her life has gone this direction. When she discovers that David is also from angelic linage and is alive Sophie is bound to become angry. Ramiel opens the old hurts and the questions keep pouring into Sophie’s mind. When she is taken to a crime scene she begins to feel a dark force and has her first encounter with a demon. Now she has to learn to withstand their mind reading and fight back along with finding all the answers that she longs to find. Read this Novella and begin to get some of the answers Sophie is seeking, and you may just find that more questions are to come. Well written and leaves me wanting more. Get your copy of Paladin and enjoy the hunt along with Sophie for the answers.
Bella Doerres Ma Ed. 05/15/2014
Finding My Escape
By Fran Veal
Hannah comes home to find a home invasion in process. Tripping over her father’s dead body she screams and then remembers nothing. When she wakes in the hospital her Aunt is there and she learns both her parents have been killed. Now she lives with her aunt and life is full of grief and fear until she meets the boy in the meadow. Once she meets him things begin to change for Hannah and she feels more alive. He is someone that listens, someone that cares, and someone to be there for her. It is all making sense except people tell her to remember what happened and she has blocked it and every time that memory starts to surface she pushes it back wanting it to stay buried. Her meadow friend is so close to her. Her best friend is coming to live with her and her Aunt for her first year in the new school and then just when things start to seem better Hannah wakes up and has to decide what is dream and what is reality and who is the meadow boy and what does this surreal world mean to her. Fran Veal builds a story around the world of dreams and it keeps you guessing until the end trying to find out what is Hannah’s reality and what is her dream world or do you find out. This is a fantastic read and I look forward to book two.
Bella Doerres Ma Ed 05/29/14
Review Finding my Way Back by Fran Veal.
Finding My Way Back
By Fran Veal
This is the second book in this story series. Hannah knows she is being watched and the man that killed her parents wants her as well, only he wants her dead. Still trying to discern reality from her dreams Hannah has discovered that her friend in the dream world is her best friend in the real world and that he is her protector. First she has to rescue him from the hospital where he has been in an induced coma. Trusting her dreams for truth she believes that he is being kept in a coma. When she intercedes and rescues him from the hospital she learns more about herself and her mother than she ever knew. Now can she solve the mystery of what her mother was keeping from her? Her dreams and reality come together to take her to the island where she will unlock more mysteries. Join in this second adventure and find your self lost again in the master dream weaver story by Fran Veal.
Bella Doerres Ma Ed 05/29/14
The Alpha’s Justice by Michelle Fox
Gretchen has grown up in the wolf community and wants her chance to become a great chef in the outside world. After finishing culinary school she gets her chance and nails it but then she gets a text from a mysterious number threatening her father and her father’s picture showing him beaten up. Nothing matters more to Gretchen than her father. In a blink she is leaving the job interview and calling everyone she can think of back home to check on her father. On her way home thoughts run wild. Once home the local sheriff and the Alpha say they will look into the matter. Not being one to sit idle by Gretchen contacts the rogue shifter sheriff herself. He doesn’t seem concerned at first but there is just something about Gretchen that catches him off guard. He has to stop and take a second look. It seems he realizes he has found his mate only she is not interested and to get her interest he is going to have to help her solve what is happening to her Dad and why it is happening. Michelle Fox has done a wonderful job of weaving a great story full of shifters; romance and action that once you start I don’t think you will want to put this one down. This is one wild, hot read full of surprises. Loved the story and all the action.
Read and find out what is cooking up back at Gretchen’s pack and how she winds right in the middle of it.