I love reading and writing supernatural fiction. On a rainy day there is nothing better than curling up on the couch with a hot cup of tea and watching a marathon of my favourite tv shows (Buffy, Roswell, Dark Angel, True Blood, The Big Bang Theory, Friends...to name a few)
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Beneath Manhattan Skies
by Emma Meade
November in New York is cold but full of possibility for college freshman Erin Harris. Juggling nosy roommates, a first date with a gorgeous guy from college and a brother on a Van Helsing kick is enough to keep any nineteen year old girl busy – And then Erin’s old flame walks back into her life. Is Erin destined to be caught up in supernatural shenanigans, or will she choose a different path?
Dark Whiskey (Short Story)
by Emma Meade
(5.00 from 1 review)
Published: June 22, 2013
Jesse senses something off about the nightclub. She wants to leave, but her best friend, Tasha, is determined to have a night to remember. There's no way Tasha's turning down an invite to the VIP section.
Against Jesse's better judgement, she follows Tasha up the ivory staircase to the mysterious room above. The whiskey and champagne are flowing, and pretty soon the blood will be too.
End of the Line (Short Story)
by Emma Meade
Cassie wants to die. When midnight rolls around, she stands on the tracks waiting for the train to come.
She loses her nerve the first couple of times but returns to try once more.
After all, third time's the charm.
The Old Vampire (Short Story)
by Emma Meade
Hailey spent her life dreaming of a dark prince falling in love with her. He never showed up, until now.
A short tale set on the spookiest day of the year, Halloween. (Be careful what you wish for!)
Approx 4,700 words.
The Dead Beats (Short Story)
by Emma Meade
It’s good to be alive, when you’re dead!
Meet Alex & Tristan, modern star-crossed lovers of the supernatural variety.
Come and sing along to Tristan’s band, The Dead Beats, the hottest group in London right now, and walk with Alex as she teeters between this life and the next.
Because when you’re around Tristan, you’ll see, how much fun it is to be alive when you’re dead.
by Emma Meade
(4.00 from 1 review)
Published: November 6, 2011
Night Sighs is a sensual paranormal romance, following the relationship and adventures of the vampire Tristan and his lover Alex through five short stories: The Dead Beats, The Ancients, Until My Body Is Dust, Bourbon & Jazz and West of Forever.
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Dark Bites(R): Four Tales of Horror
on Sep. 02, 2011
Windy City of the Dead
I enjoyed this. There was plenty of action following a zombie outbreak in Chicago. Crow finds herself having to get armed and battle ready pronto if she wants to make it out of her apartment and the city alive. Luckily she just happens to find a Samurai sword in her neighbour's apartment (I thought that part was pretty funny).
Like Cats and Dogs
I'm not into werewolves or werenanimals that much so I found myself just skimming through this story.
The Red Planet
I appreciated this because it offers a new take on vampires. Set in the 24th century but dipping back to when Jenny became a vampire in the 21st century keeps the story moving along nicely.
848. This tale really disturbed me. It isn't supernatural but rather shows how horrific people can be. Brutal ending.
Overall I really enjoyed reading these tales and thought the female characters were strong, independent and well written. The endings leave you hanging though so I would love to read a follow up.
Taming the Vampire
on Sep. 20, 2011
Taming the Vampire is a short, easy read.
Liz Marlowe is a demon hunter. Coming from a long line of Green Fae, Liz is a mostly human warrior striving to prove her worth on the streets of Boston which are currently being stalked by an unknown menace. She is attracted to the vampire Jack Morgan who has allied himself with her cause but because of his species she despises him and vice versa. This being a paranormal romance we know where this is going to end up; nonetheless getting to that point is a fun read.
It’s fun watching the sexual tension between Jack and her grow. You can sense the electricity crackling in the air when these two are bickering.
A spicy, enjoyable read.
on Oct. 25, 2011
If something seems too good to be true it probably is(something the characters should have thought about). Chilling, scary, well-written & a riveting read. Also enjoyed the background info to the story the author provided.
on Nov. 09, 2011
Syd is a complex teenager. She’s had a crappy childhood and tends to get into trouble at school and with her put-upon foster parents. She likes to curse something fierce and is a loyal and a great friend to her best pal Patricia.
From the opening sentence the reader is sucked into Syd’s overloaded mind. Warning! There is a lot going on in there and you will need to pay constant attention to keep up with her rapid fire thoughts, but it’s worth it. Syd is headstrong, grouchy and loves hanging out at cemeteries and she is a big fan or rain and storms, all things I can relate to. (The cemetery part was back in my own teenage years just to point this out).
Enter the alluring Beau, the young Sarah and their pet panther and the paranormal aspect starts to kick in. I don’t want to give away the plot but suffice to say that these 3 aid Syd in going back (we’re talking way back) into her past to set things right.
I did find Syd’s ramblings confusing at times & somewhat frustrating but her fiery personality hooked me and I kept reading. As well as the supernatural elements, Brooks touches on more serious issues such as misuse of authority and sexual harassment and abuse. Syd exudes a tough-cookie attitude (I like to see this in female characters) and was a pleasure to follow, and I will most definitely be reading the next part in the Bone Dressing series.
Haunted Bedtime Stories
on Nov. 14, 2011
I loved one short story in particular, Aunt Francy's Ghosts. Filled with vibrant and intriguing characters such as Aunt Francy herself who is full of life at 110 and cooler than most people any of us have probably ever met. She’s a creative talent and an independent, no-nonsense lady who happens to share her grand estate with lots of ghosts. She loves past eras like the 20s and 30s when people knew how to enjoy the good life and she likes to indulge in a glass of champagne every now and again. Who doesn’t?
I’d recommend this book for some light reading but just not before sleep
The Vampire from Hell: (Part 1) - The Beginning
on Nov. 19, 2011
Rayea is a vampire and she’s also the least favourite daughter of Satan (he has a problem with the fact that she likes humans). Oh and she’s a blogger too. Pretty cool right? Rayea lives in hell and enjoys shopping on the internet; this left me wondering how delivery works but moving on. Her father, the devil himself enjoys torturing her, and her evil sister Stephanie has it out for Rayea. Her only ally is a seven foot friendly hellhound.
A good introduction to a new supernatural series and funny in parts. I laughed out loud when Stephanie asked Rayea what she was doing on the internet. “Mindlook. Twizzler?” to which an exasperated Rayea replies “It’s Facebook and Twitter.” This is a free teaser. If you like a different sort of vampire story check this out.
Ghost of a Chance
on Dec. 07, 2011
Ghost of a Chance is so well-written and easy to read that you should be able to finish this in a single session.
Jenny Myers is one cool chick. She’s independent, knows what she wants and doesn’t suffer fools gladly (that would be the chauvinistic and pig-headed Mike). She reminds me of Elena from Kelley Armstong’s Women of the Otherworld series. Jenny’s parents died when she was a teenager and she raised herself without any outside support. This explains her strength and no-nonsense personality. She now works as the designated sceptic on a paranormal, website show to get her through grad school. When a ghostly sleeve bearing a military button appears in a photo after an ordinary night’s shoot, Jenny’s beliefs are severely tested. As a rationale person and student of science how is she going to cope with the very real possibility that ghosts may exist?
I thoroughly enjoyed Ghost of a Chance. If you’re looking for a bit of light reading that’s well-written and intelligent, and want to try a new author on for size give this novel a go.
on Dec. 15, 2011
17 year old Elodie Rose is on the cusp of becoming a werewolf. She and her dad have spent the last few years preparing for this inevitability, ever since they received the sinister note left by her dead mother explaining Elodie’s hereditary curse. The note made it clear that having sex would finalise the transition from human to monster. Elodie desperately wants to remain human and has led a solitary life, keeping away from friends and boys, following her mother’s advice to the letter. So what’s a girl to do when she meets the strong and gorgeous Sawyer?
Many YA novels I’ve read of late have shied away from sex and even talking about sex. Red doesn’t. While there are no explicit scenes, the reality of raging teen hormones is acknowledged. Teenagers kiss and touch, and passion can lead to young lovers getting carried away, something that almost happens to Edodie and Sawyer while skinny-dipping. Elodie is a product of her parents’ lack of precaution. She doesn’t want to make the same mistake as her mother but her physical attraction towards Sawyer is undeniable. I also like the normal dialogue. Teens curse, and so do Elodie and Sawyer. The topic of suicide is often taboo when it comes to YA books but not in Red where thoughts of suicide have plagued Elodie her whole life.
I know I love a book when I find it hard to put it down longer than the time it takes for me to make a cup of tea. Red is such a book. I found myself talking the ears off my friends about it.
Above all, Red is a well written book; it’s clear this book was edited well, something I always appreciate The readers are also treated to both Elodie’s and Sawyer’s perspectives. I enjoy hearing from the male point of view.
on March 12, 2012
A vampire fraternizing with Buddhist monks. Who'd have ever thought that eh?
Short but sweet little story. I read this over my cup of tea at breakfast this morning. Reading about Karma was a good way to start off the day.
Entangled (Spellbound #1)
on March 12, 2012
I had already read Nikki Jefford’s novella Spellbound in the anthology Death by Chocolate last month, and was delighted to read the full version of this witchy tale.
It was great to have more time with Graylee and her love interest Raj in Entangled. This novel is so well-written and entertaining that I flew through it.
When we first meet the twins, Charlene is in full melodramatic mode, threatening to throw herself off the roof of McKinley high school. Yep, this is also the name of the high school in Glee, and the tv show is mentioned frequently throughout the story. Level-headed and down-to-earth Graylee talks her sister down, and ends up being late for class. She uses an invisibility spell to hide her tardiness but is noticed by Raj, the bad boy with attitude who wants to know all her tricks. They seem to have an immediate dislike for each other, but we all know how that’s going to go.
Unfortunately, before Gray and Raj can spend anymore time together, Gray wakes up one morning in her sister’s body. She has no memory of dying and is now stuck sharing Charlene’s body until her mother can fix her resurrection spell. Charlene being the bitchy and selfish girl that she is, is not too happy to be sharing her body with her sis. The ultimate battle for survival ensues, and luckily for us readers it’s exciting, nail-biting and utterly entertaining.
You’ll love Gray’s tough attitude and sarky sense of humour. She figures the worst thing that could happen to a young person has already happened to her, i.e death, allowing her to channel fear and frustration into determination and self-confidence. The troubled Raj is also a delightful change from the typical breed of bad boy heroes.
Entangled is great, magical fun. Go read it today! It’s also book one in a trilogy; yay for those of us who fell in love with the characters!