Everyone loves a good origin tale. Cege's started when she was eight years old. She snuck out of bed late one night and into the living room to watch TV. Flipping through stations with the volume turned down low, she came across a rerun of a movie called The Exorcist. She was terrified yet mesmerized.
Cege wasn't unfamiliar with the idea of the battle between good and evil. She attended Catholic school in a small town in rural Wisconsin, and at the time knew the 'age appropriate' stories from the Bible. Nothing in those stories prepared her for the visual onslaught of watching the battle between the priests and the demon for the soul of the young Linda Blair. Cege was deeply disturbed by the movie, but nonetheless a seed was planted that night. That seed grew into a rampant fascination with all things supernatural.
Sleepovers turned into B-rated horror film marathons. Her library card was used to bring home piles of books about ghosts and vampires. She still isn't quite sure who she loved first, Stephen King or Freddy Krueger. By the time she was twelve, Cege took a turn at penning her own spooky tales. That love of things that go bump in the night and scare you to death has only grown stronger throughout the years.
The paranormal and supernatural take center stage in all of Cege's stories. Over the years, she has crafted her own origin stories about vampires (the Bloodtruth series), zombies (the Twisted Souls series), and ghosts, angels, and demons (the Shadows series). She's also taken on the folklore around the Fountain of Youth (the Immortal End series beginning with Ageless). There is something for every reader of the paranormal in Cege's books.
Long ago, the residents of Malm placed their faith in the Office of Souls to lead them and keep them safe. On Soul Implantation Day 3675, the lives of the Residents of the Territory of Malm are changed forever. Six people bear witness to a soul implantation ceremony gone terribly awry which forms the backdrop of the beginning of an epic struggle between good and evil.
Edge of Shadows is a paranormal urban fantasy tale about a woman trying to rebuild her life when fate intervenes. She must solve a century-old mystery in order to escape an ancient evil with ties to her past.
Gerald and the Wee People
on Jan. 11, 2012
I read Gerald and the Wee People in concert with my 10-year son. I had a feeling that he would naturally gravitate to the adventures of Gerald and his best friend Vernon as they tried to help the Wee People defeat the misshapen ones who are attacking the Wee People's village. Gerald is put on a hero's journey after learning of a prophecy that he must fulfill in order to reach his destiny and save the Wee People from the evil forest god, Miach.
My son blew through the book in a matter of days. The part that he enjoyed the most was near the end when Gerald had to confront and defeat Miach. He did comment a few times that the book was long, but I think part of that was his excitement to finish the book.
His favorite character was the far-seer Sheela who had magical skills- he's been a big fan of magic for years. I think the author did a great job of describing the Wee People's village and really giving the reader an immerse experience of what life was like there. My son said that he would like to visit the village to see all of the jobs in action.
As a parent, this is exactly the type of book that I am delighted to see my son read. The fantasy elements are just right and the author brought together the right blend of action and character development to keep a reader of his age entertained.