Cherie Reich has more books than she can ever read and more ideas than she can ever write, but that doesn’t stop this bookworm from trying, even if it means curbing her TV obsession. She is a speculative fiction writer and library assistant living in Virginia.
Untethered Realms is a group of speculative fiction authors. Each anthology includes stories by the authors of Untethered Realms and follows the elements: earth, air, fire and water.
Twisted Earths (October 2014)
Mayhem in the Air (October 2015)
Ghosts of Fire (October 2016)
Spirits in the Water (October 2017)
Water is spectacularly beautiful but also treacherous. The fourth, long-awaited anthology from Untethered Realms. Featuring authors Gwen Gardner, Jeff Chapman, M. Pax, Angela Brown, River Fairchild, Simon Kewin, Christine Rains, Meradeth Houston, Catherine Stine, M. Gerrick, and Cherie Reich.
From USA Today, Amazon bestselling, and popular science fiction and fantasy authors comes Ghosts of Fire, a supernatural anthology of ten thrilling tales. Meet paranormal detectives, imprisoned dragons, dark demons, cursed jewels, and handsome prophets. Explore shifting realms trapped in mirrors and a disturbing future where a president aims to rid the world of Otherkind.
A legend awakens...
A monster hunts us. After hibernating for a decade, it's ravenous. We long to stop this nightmare, but the end of the road is far. There is no waking up once a legend sets its sights on you.
This horror collection includes the novellas Once upon a December Nightmare and Nightmare Ever After and the short story "Good Nightmare, Scary Monster."
From bestselling and popular science fiction and fantasy authors comes Mayhem in the Air, a supernatural anthology of ten thrilling tales. Meet hot robots, hungry winds and the goddess of chaos. Explore alien planets, purgatorial realms, and a shocking place where people bury the living with their dead.
Twisted Earths is a collection of nine tales from Untethered Realms, a group of speculative fiction authors. Stories by Angela Brown, River Fairchild, Gwen Gardner, Misha Gerrick, Graeme Ing, M. Pax, Christine Rains, Cherie Reich, and Catherine Stine.
13 Horror Stories
on April 09, 2011
John McDonnell's 13 Horror Stories delight in a perfectly creepy way. Each one is short – think flash fiction size – and deceptively simple with their build-up leading to a surprise ending. Some of the stories made me chuckle, some made me cringe, but all last with the reader. These thirteen stories are wonderful to tell around the campfire or with a flashlight when the power is out. "Heart Stopping Beauty" and "Tick Tock" have a philosophical power to them. "The Box" was my personal favorite. 13 Horror Stories reminds me of the ones scary ones I still remember when I was a child. Readers who like twisted thrills of horror, then they will enjoy Mr. McDonnell's 13 Horror Stories.
The Adventures Of Larry The Alien
on May 30, 2011
The Adventures of Larry the Alien by John McDonnell pokes fun at the serious science fiction aliens and is a hilarious collection of stories about my new favorite alien.
When bar owner Murphy invites a shape-shifting, slightly depressed alien home, the chaos and fun ensues. Larry the Alien can’t help being who he is, but don’t mention home or his failures will have him sobbing for days. Murphy’s wife Dolores is quite the boss, and she puts both her husband and Larry to work with her schemes for wealth. Edna, Murphy’s mother-in-law, adds to the comedy like the great-grandmother on Fox’s Raising Hope.
McDonnell creates a zany character in Larry the Alien. He’s relatable, even if he may be a gorilla one minute or Pierce Brosnan the next – I personally love when he’s Pierce Brosnan – or weeping about being a failure to his immensely large family back on his home planet. The reader will embrace the other characters in the hilarity of the scenes. The stories are quick-paced, fun, and will have you laughing. If you’re looking for a great, not serious read, consider The Adventures of Larry the Alien.
on June 01, 2011
Cyndi Tefft’s Between delves into a sweet romance that knows no boundaries.
When Lindsey Waters is in a terrible accident, she dies and meets the love of her life in Scotsman and Heaven’s transporter Aiden MacRae. Between earth and heaven, the two wander in a world of memories and fall in love, but a stronger call rips her away from him. Devastated, she pines over him as she is stuck between her old life and a life with her one love.
Tefft starts the book out with a bang with the car accident and Lindsey’s meeting of the grim reaper. The pace drags from there, though, with too much ordinary life (i.e. waking up, going to bed, eating) interspersed with interesting memories of Aiden and Lindsey’s former lives. I found myself skimming through too many details to get to the action. Half-way through the novel, the pace gains speed when Lindsey and Aiden’s worlds change again. The interaction in the latter half with Lindsey, her family, and friends redeems the novel and builds the tension to a wonderful ending.
Although the beginning was okay, the last half of Between was worth the read. I would read the sequel.
on Aug. 02, 2012
A unique and fast-paced novella, Christine Rains’ FEARLESS launches out of the shadows and into readers’ hearts.
At age seven, Abby White killed the monster under the bed. Now, as one of the Fearless, she slays children’s worse nightmares along with her guide, a stuffed hippo named Tawa. But after one particular hard fought battle, she rescues Demetrius—he’s devastatingly handsome, charming, and one of the wild fae. As Abby fights her attraction for Demetrius and the rise of monsters, she’ll need to prove how fearless she can be.
FEARLESS starts out simply with a child’s monster under the bed, but instead of this beast being a child’s imagination, the monsters are real, and Abby can stop them. The characters are loveable. My favorite is Tawa with her sharp wit and sarcastic remarks. Demetrius and Abby’s attraction and building relationship create just the right tension and passion. Rains builds the fantastical world she created bit by bit by drawing the reader further into the storyline and characters. This novella is definitely a pleasantly unusual paranormal romance filled with suspense.
Be fearless and read FEARLESS by Christine Rains. Each time I’ve read the story (up to three times as of this review), I’ve loved it more and more.
Witch Born (Witch Song #2)
on Aug. 27, 2012
Amber Argyle’s WITCH BORN brightens the fantasy scene with fresh characters in a rich world.
Brusenna is changing since she defeated the Dark Witch and became Creator-touched. The witches either fear her or don’t understand her. Her Guardian and love will do anything to protect her, even go against her wishes. She needs Haven to be her safety, but it is anything but. Then, Brusenna learns there are more witches out there, and she’s the only one who can stop them from destroying everything she’s trying to save.
WITCH BORN hooked me within ten percent of the novel and hasn’t really let me go since I finished reading it. Argyle took her world from WITCH SONG and expanded upon it tenfold. The details and writing are lush and beautiful. The plot is fast-paced, and the characters are well-developed. Brusenna, the main character, comes to life with her choices. This novel excels at being realistic in emotions and actions amongst a fantasy landscape with magic. I believed every word.
I didn’t want to leave the world from WITCH BORN by Amber Argyle. If I still role-played, I’d be all over creating one from WITCH BORN or writing fan fiction based in Argyle’s world.
L'il Gal Al and the Zombies of Amarillo
on Oct. 16, 2012
A scrawny yet spunky heroine, zombies, and a good ol’ western standoff fill the pages of Christine Rains’ L’IL GAL AL AND THE ZOMBIES OF AMARILLO.
After leading a group of travelers safely to Amarillo, Alma Sweeney is ready to mosey on out of town for the next job. But when she stops a drunk man with a shotgun, the sheriff wants to make her his new deputy. She declines the offer, but she is willing to stick around—for a day or two. Yet not all is well in Amarillo. They need L’il Gal Al’s help, but for once, the danger might be too great for this feisty frontier lady.
L’IL GAL AL AND THE ZOMBIES OF AMARILLO throws the reader back into the Old West. The characters are well written, especially Alma Sweeney. Rains excels in creating strong female characters. I don’t think I’ve ever read anyone like Alma, but she quickly wins the reader over. She’s quick, intelligent, strong-minded, and spunky. Her strong-will and no-nonsense attitude almost become a detriment when faced with the supernatural. The plot is fast-paced like novelettes should be. The zombies are delightfully gruesome, and Rains had me guessing until almost the very end on what was causing the zombies to rise from the dead. The writing style suits shorter fiction and horror very well, and I love how the dialogue gives a hint of the period without going overboard.
Take a bite out of L’IL GAL AL AND THE ZOMBIES OF AMARILLO by Christine Rains, a wonderful horror story set in the Old West. I’d love to see more of Alma Sweeney and her adventures.
on May 13, 2013
Ilyenna must embrace winter’s chill to not only save the people she loves but herself in Amber Argyle’s Winter Queen.
Argyle has mad skills when it comes to worldbuilding. From the clothing to the healing practices to the politics, every aspect adds to this vast and complex world the story takes place in. Then, Argyle takes it a step further with adding a vibrant fairy world. I also loved the idea of Balance within this world and how important a concept it is. To accompany this worldbuilding, Argyle has crafted these heart-achingly beautiful descriptions. Her prose is a pleasure to read and leaves the reader breathless and craving more.
Then, we have a heartbreaking and emotionally charged plot and characters in this wonderful fantasy novel. The complexities of the world create this plot filled with politcal intrigue as clan goes against clan. Ilyenna embodies the Shyle’s saying of “stronger than stone and more supple than a sapling.” Her choices are each soul shattering, and my heart ached for her and her peoples. Rone is headstrong and fierce to protect the people he loves. He’s a perfect complement to Ilyenna. Darrien, as the very cruel villain, craves power and the one woman who doesn’t want him. As a reader, I was terrified for Ilyenna and couldn’t stop thinking about whether or not Darrien would win. I particularly loved the clanswomen. They had such strength against the odds. In fact, each character was three-dimensional and realistic, even down to the fairies and the Summer Queen within the story.
If you’re looking for a complex fantasy novel filled with political intrigue, soul-touching characters, and a heartbreaking plot, then look no further than Winter Queen by Amber Argyle.
on Aug. 25, 2014
Moving to Settler, Oregon may be more than Darlin Dae "Daelin" Long bargained for in M. Pax's The Rifters. This short novel hooked me from the first chapter. The action moved fast paced, and the mysteries never ceased. Daelin was easily one of my favorite characters with her quirky expressions, such as "in all the dictionaries," to the fact she was taking the town's library job. As a librarian, I have a soft spot for them in books. Earl was rough around the edges, and his enigmatic ways kept me a tiny bit distanced from him. The town of Settler is unlike any town I've encountered, and I loved the world Pax has created. Part-fantasy, part-science fiction, part-steampunk yet completely enthralling, The Rifters by M. Pax is the start of a great new series.
Black Magic and Mojitos
on Nov. 14, 2015
Zyan Star may find Rio too hot to handle in A.A. Chamberlynn's Black Magic and Mojitos. From the very first page, I loved Zyan's voice and was yanked into the story. Zyan is definitely her own woman and is such a strong and spirited female lead with two great best friends/business partners that balance her out well. I enjoyed the verbal sparring between Zyan and the hunky bounty hunter Donovan McGregor. Chamberlynn writes a thrilling and adventure-packed supernatural story. The beautiful and colorful descriptions paint the setting so well I felt like I was in Rio. Black Magic and Mojitos by A.A. Chamberlynn is a refreshing magical sip of what I hope is just a start of a great new series featuring this supernatural bounty hunter.
Martinis with the Devil
on May 16, 2016
Zyan Star gets a job offer she wants to refuse in A.A. Chamberlynn's Martinis with the Devil, Part One. Zyan is a bartender, a bounty hunter, and a soul-eater. Despite being eternally damned, she might be heaven's only hope. I loved how Zyan plays off Eli, the angel, and the other characters in the story. Zyan is one fierce fighter with a sarcastic edge, but she genuinely cares about her friends. The story line is fast paced and keeps me wondering what will happen to Zyan, Eli, and her friends. The world building ignites the reader's imagination and has a smorgasbord of different supernatural creatures. Part One ends in a cliffhanger that'll make the reader what to pick up Part Two and keep reading to find out if they can save the Holy Representative or will all Hell break loose. I recommend Martinis with the Devil, Part One by A.A. Chamberlynn to urban fantasy readers who like strong heroines.