Tricia Drammeh is a wife and mother of four children who lives in New Hampshire. Her published works include The Fifth Circle, The Seance, Better than Perfect, and the Spellbringers series. She is currently working on her seventh novel. When Tricia isn't writing, she can be found devouring books, interviewing up-and-coming authors, and drinking vast amounts of coffee.
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Unbound (Spellbringers Book 3)
by Tricia Drammeh
Alisa is keeping a secret until a dangerous accident forces her to choose between her family and the man she loves. Rachel's mistakes have caught up with her, resulting in unspeakable tragedy and bringing to question her loyalty to the magical community. With accusations from all directions and her heart in tatters, Rachel finds out who her real friends are and finally uncovers her true strength.
Firebound (Spellbringers Book 2)
by Tricia Drammeh
A new threat comes to Oaktree in the form of a dark enemy from the Alexanders’ past. Rachel lies to protect her family, but when her secrets are revealed, she alienates the people who are sworn to protect her. Alisa and Bryce are willing to stand by her, but they have problems of their own. As the darkness in Bryce spreads, Alisa might have to make the ultimate sacrifice to save him.
Spellbound (Spellbringers Book 1)
by Tricia Drammeh
When the Alexanders move to the small, southern town of Oaktree, danger and magic follow. All the girls are drawn to Jace, the youngest member of the Alexander family, but only one will win his heart. Will it be Alisa, the shy outcast who saves Jace from a Hunter? Or Rachel, the powerful Spellbringer whose destiny is tied to the Alexander family in ways they can't yet imagine?
Strange Portals - Ink Slingers' Fantasy/Horror Anthology
by Joleene Naylor, Anna Stein, Adan Ramie, B.G. Hope, Barbara G.Tarn, Bonnie Mutchler, C.G. Coppola, DM Yates, Roseline Kurian, Kay Kauffman, Maegan Provan, Mark Hunter, Rami Ungar, Roger Lawrence, Roxanna Matthews, Terry Compton, & Tricia Drammeh
Just in time for a much needed holiday break, twenty-two stories about fairies, vampires, zombies, werewolves, and everything in between. Stories by AK Stein, Adan Ramie, B.G. Hope, Barbara G. Tarn, Bonnie Mutchler, CG Coppola, DM Yates, JK Rosaline, Joleene Naylor, Kay Kauffman, Maegan Provan, Mark R. Hunter, Rami Ungar, Roger Lawrence, Roxanna Mathews, Terry Compton and Tricia Drammeh.
by Tricia Drammeh
Abby has always been fascinated by the paranormal, but after an ill-fated séance, she discovers not all Spirits are benign. A dark entity unleashed during the summoning sets out to destroy Abby, and within days, she loses her best friend, incurs the wrath of her parents, and becomes a prisoner in her own home. Can Abby's new friends help her? Or is it too late?
The Fifth Circle
by Tricia Drammeh
Sean and Alex live in a hell of their own making. One will escape at the expense of the other. Both will discover why Dante chose to condemn the Wrathful and the Sullen in the Fifth Circle of Hell.
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- Angel No More
on July 27, 2013
I haven't been this excited about a series in a long time. I'm willing to shift aside other books on my reading list just to get to the next book in this series. Can I call it a series? Each book is self-contained. No nasty cliffhangers here. Let's just say I'm anxious to revisit beloved characters in the next Penwinnard book.
Ian Mackender runs a Boys' home where he takes a personal interest in every child he charged with protecting. He leads a trustworthy, dedicated staff and ensures the Penwinnard boys are well cared for. Consequently, Penwinnard is the best Boys home in the country. The boys thrive there and go on to lead productive lives. Each boy is unique, but none is quite like Bob. Bob comes to Penwinnard broken, battered, and abused. He's undergone horrific abuse, and his abusers are possibly coming for him. He's in great danger and Ian is charged with his safety and protection.
The Boys' home manager, Ian, is my hero. He leads the Penwinnard boys with calm assurance. Only rarely do the boys get one over on Ian, or do they? Ian seems to have a sixth sense when it comes to his boys. He might not always intervene, but he knows what's going on and steps in when necessary. The boys look up to him and respect him as a role model and in many cases the parent they never had. Ian is fair, compassionate, and consistent in dealing with the boys.
Ian is by far my favorite adult character, but I don't think I could pick a favorite among the boys. They are all completely unique. Bob, the abused young man forced to grow up before his years, shows confidence and maturity unusual in a boy that age. But, Bob's no angel--he fights, he sneaks around to do the things boys do, and he lies to protect his own identity. Jay, Liam, Gerry, and many more--every boy in this book will find some way to worm his way into your heart.
The story is absolutely endearing, but there is a dark side. McRae explores such serious issues as child abuse, child neglect, child prostitution, and human trafficking. At Penwinnard, we explore the healing bonds of love and frolic on the beach with rambunctious boys, but the author also shows us a world where men can buy pleasure from unwilling boys, where children are kidnapped and abused, and where the wealthy believe money trumps morals. We meet people who have dedicated their lives to helping children, but we also meet the bottom-feeders of society who put their own sick sexual needs ahead of everything else.
If you're looking for a well-written, touching, heartwarming novel with substance, the Penwinnard Stories are for you. I just hope the author can write these books fast enough to suit me. I have to read more.
- You Gotta Have Manners
on July 30, 2013
Not all the boys at Penwinnard Boys' Home are eligible for adoption, but those who are try to put their best foot forward when potential parents come to visit. As the boys say, "You gotta have manners." Manners isn't just about saying "please" and "thank you," it's also about curbing curse words, using correct grammar, and acting favorably when visiting with adoptive parents. Sometimes manners aren't enough, though. And, sometimes manners hide an underlying cruelty.
In this novel, Sid struggles to keep his manners in check so he can attract a new mum and dad. Ian knows his boys, but sometimes he doesn't quite trust potential parents. As it turns out, he has good instincts. Unfortunately, he can't pick up on everything. A new boy comes to Penwinnard, and though Ian watches him like a hawk, he can't quite figure out why he has niggling feelings of doubt about the well-mannered young man. Once again, Bob's life is in danger and it's up to Ian--and his goodhearted boys--to keep him safe.
The author delves into the world of bureaucratic nonsense that often exists when social workers get involved in family matters. While social workers often save lives, they can sometimes be wrong, especially when they deem one family unfit, while granting another couple the rights to adopt. The story explores domestic abuse and how it shatters lives. Through these Penwinnard boys, we meet lonely boys longing for family; self-sufficient young men who learn to trust; boys who, though they may fight each other for status, are willing to battle anyone who gets in the way of their makeshift family; and a sociopath who threatens to destroy a boy who has already been through so much in his young life. The author tackles difficult issues with sensitivity, and sometimes humor.
I can't get enough of these Penwinnard Stories. I'm absolutely in love with this world McRae has created. After finishing this second book in the series, I've come to care about these boys as if they were my own. The characters are so vibrant, so believable, so realistic, I think about them long after I've finished reading. I only wish the next book was available. I can't wait to walk the halls of Penwinnard again.
- Ashes of Deceit
on March 15, 2014
Katelina and Jorick must delay peace and quiet once again. Jorick has promised to help find a captured vampire, and the rescue mission creates additional problems. Once again, Jorick and Katelina find themselves at the Citadel. Jorick's punishment for his crimes shocks everyone. With war looming over them, how will Jorick decide where his loyalties lie? Who will survive the epic battle?
Out of all the Amaranthine books, this one was the most gripping. Each book in the series gets better and better as the author delves deeper into vampire culture, introduces new characters, and illustrates the complex relationships and vendettas between the vampires in this fascinating world. Katelina and Jorick continue to face incredible challenges with each new book, but they always overcome each problem by relying on their fierce love and loyalty to one another.
After reading this series, my perception of modern-day vampires will never be the same. I have renewed faith in the genre and feel so fortunate to have finally found a series that makes me anticipate each new book, or each snippet of the author's works-in-progress as she posts them on her blog. I can honestly say I'm a huge fan of this series and I'm proud to add Joleene Naylor to my list of all-time favorite authors.
- Heart of the Raven
on March 26, 2014
Joleene Naylor takes her vampires on the road in this exciting fifth book in the Amaranthine series. From the Citadel in Iowa to Munich and beyond, Katelina and Jorick are constantly on the move as they try to evade Malick's minions while seeking the Heart of the Raven. In the book, we meet a new cast of characters as they travel the world, and revisit favorites (Verchiel--score!). I loved this book, particularly the ending because it's completely unexpected and sets up the rest of the series for something spectacular. This book has some of the best fight scenes in the series and offers some of Verchiel's best humorous moments. And, did I mention that Katelina's bad ass side comes out to play and she kicks some serious butt? I don't know where Naylor finds these amazing characters and plotlines, but her imagination is limitless. I'm astounded by this series as it keeps getting better and better.
- 101 Tips for Traveling with a Vampire
on March 26, 2014
This is a short, fun companion book to the Amaranthine series. It's definitely one to read AFTER you take a bite out of the first three or four books in the series.
- Heart of the Raven: Mini Prologue Collection
on March 26, 2014
This was the perfect bridge between the fourth and fifth books in the Amaranthine series. These bite-size prologues offer essential background information about some new characters introduced in book five (Heart of the Raven). I absolutely recommend this to all Amaranthine fans.
- Micah (Tales from the Island)
on March 26, 2014
This is a great short story to get you ready for Children of Shadows. Despite Micah's prickly temperament, he's one of my favorite characters. He's rude, loud, violent--but fiercely protective of Loren, which proves there's a nice guy under that rough exterior. Even a bad ass vampire needs an island getaway, and Micah is definitely in need of some relaxation. I enjoyed reading a story that explores Micah's point of view, so this was the perfect read.
- Torina (Tales from the Island)
on March 27, 2014
Another great short story to bridge the gap between book five and book six in the series. Focused on Torina's point of view, this story gives insight into Torina's feelings about Jorick's relationship with Katelina. While Torina has never been one of my favorite characters, she's been consistent and I can't imagine the series without her in the background making snarky comments and commanding the attention of every male eye in the room.
- Oren (Tales from the Island)
on March 27, 2014
This third installment in the Tales from the Island series takes a closer look at Oren. Sulky, brooding, and angry, Oren has always held a special place in my heart. He's been dealt some rough blows and his life hasn't been easy. Etsuko acknowledges his pain, and for Oren, that's a breakthrough. I'd love to see more of Oren in books to come.
- Sadihra (Tales from the Island)
on March 27, 2014
When Sadihra's human past interferes with her ability to make future commitments, she risks alienating the person she loves the most. I admire Sadihra's goal-setting and independence, and this story explains why she is the way she is. Another excellent Amaranthine tale!
- Loren (Tales from the Island)
on March 27, 2014
Loren is one of my favorite Amaranthine characters. He has the ability to get along with just about anyone. I enjoyed this story and Loren's perspective on the other characters.
- Verchiel (Tales from the Island)
on March 27, 2014
Verchiel is one of the best characters in this series, so it's fitting for him to have his own short story the Tales from the Island Collection. Verchiel always seems to be in someone else's business, oftentimes annoying them. He certainly manages to annoy multiple characters in this story alone. His humor and antics are invaluable to the series, and I enjoyed this story immensely.
- Children of Shadows
on April 05, 2014
War has come to the Amaranthine world, and Jorick and Katelina are caught up in the middle of it. A group claiming to be Children of Shadows is bombing vampire strongholds, while another secret organization claims to oppose them. After being held against their will in Munich, Jorick and Katelina escape only to find themselves plunged into intrigue and danger. They're swept along from continent to continent, intent on getting to the bottom of who is leading the Children of Shadows. Is Malick the ring-leader, or is the newly awakened Samael the one who resurrected the evil group? And, most importantly, who keeps invading Katelina's thoughts and dreams?
I know I keep saying each book is the best one yet, but that's because each book gets better and better. Children of Shadows is a very strong sixth book in the series, a book that sets up the series for the most exciting plot-line yet. This book centers around Cyprus, Malick, and Samael--three dangerous vampires with their own unique goals. Cyprus is focused on revenge, while Malick craves turmoil and power. Samael's ultimate goals are unknown to Jorick and Katelina, and this makes him the most dangerous adversary of all. While forces within Katelina drives her to greater strength and bravery, she is probably the most vulnerable she's been throughout the series.
One of my favorite aspects of this book was the underlying fear inspired by Samael who is always on the periphery of Katelina's thoughts and fears. There are hints that Katelina isn't quite the same since she consumed the ancient vampire's blood at the end of book five, but even Jorick and Verchiel can't quite figure out the ultimate effects.
In terms of character development, this book has a lot going on. Katelina's relationship with the other characters evolves, particularly with Sadhira, Loren, Oren, Etsuko, and even Torina. Even the more prickly of her vampire companions (Micah) has grudging respect for her, as she's proven herself in more ways than one. There's a great scene with Loren and Micah where Katelina shows her devotion and love for the vampires who have been a part of her life.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, just like I've enjoyed the entire series. The author's talent in creating this detailed world and tying multiple characters and plot lines together is astounding. If you're looking for a series to fall in love with, this is it. With six full-length books, several short story collections, and a blog dedicated to the series, being an Amaranthine fan is truly an experience. I can't wait for book seven!
- Aine (Tales of the Executioners)
on April 12, 2014
Short but unexpected. Great start of the Executioners series. I'd love to read more.
- Screaming Jenny
on May 17, 2014
Venessa is tired of Nick's gaming. Just once, she'd like to have his undivided attention. Resentment simmers as they barrel toward their vacation destination. When their train makes an unexpected stop, they become captivated by a tale from the past.
This is an excellent story written by a natural born story-teller. It's a well-written, spooky ghost story with a surprise twist at the end. Definitely worth reading!
- The Watchers (Book 1: The Watchers Series)
on May 31, 2014
Clare and her mother, Ellen, have always had to hide. They've been on the run from city to city, finally ending up in Ellen's hometown. The voices in Clare's head have always been there, but now there's a menacing voice insinuating itself into mind and Clare is determined to find out who it belongs to. She's used to be assailed by the thoughts of others, so when she meets the first person whose thoughts are hidden from her, she wants to know more about the enigmatic Daniel. It seems Daniel has secrets of his own and his destiny is tied with hers.
I got this book for free on Kindle and I really feel like I should have paid for it. Indeed, I definitely plan to purchase the next book in the series. This book was good, but I have to compare it to Twilight. There are no vampires in this book, but The Watchers invokes that dreamlike feeling you get from Twilight, and the author is masterful in describing the setting so I felt like I right there in the forest, or driving through the small town. There are a few scenes and situations in the book that reminded me of Twilight as well--Daniel being the only person whose thought are blocked from Clare, Clare calling her mom by her first name, Clare's mom being sort of childlike and helpless.
If you loved Twilight, you'll love this book. If you didn't love Twilight, you'll still like The Watchers. Why? Because the author created a strong, believable heroine with a good moral foundation, the desire to help others, and powers of her own. As for the hero, he's cute, mysterious, and totally into Clare. Daniel doesn't want to control Clare, nor does he want to keep her in the dark about things that might directly affect her. Though the storyline isn't super original, it's still a very refreshing take on YA paranormal because the characters are top notch.
This was a very entertaining story that I would recommend to paranormal lovers. The romance is "clean" and suitable for young adults. This a definitely a series to watch.
- Pray The Gay Away
on Aug. 03, 2014
Jack is the ultimate high school student. Attractive, talented on the football field, charming... everyone wants a piece of Jack. Girls want to date him. Guys want to be just like him. Jack just wants to get a scholarship, get out of the tiny town of Sweet, GA, and escape his father's anti-gay, hypocritical sermons. As the son of the local preacher, Jack can't let anyone know his secret. Jack is gay.
Andrew's family moves to Sweet after catching him kissing another boy. They want to make a fresh start, introduce him to the 'right' kind of people, and pray the gay out of him. To punish him for his indiscretions, Andrew's family restricts his food almost to the point of starvation and watches his every move. His life is a living hell until he meets Jack.
The two young men embark upon a secret relationship, and when things are at their worst, they comfort themselves with the knowledge that they can escape together as soon as senior year is over. But escape might not be so easy. Jack hates to leave his little brother, Billy, behind. The seven-year-old is too feminine for his own good, and Jack's father will not tolerate anything less than his definition of perfection.
I truly enjoyed reading this book. Though I'm not really the intended audience for this book, I thought the story was excellent. As a parent, I must say this: There are some very graphic sexual scenes in this book, so I can't really recommend it for teens under 16. The intimate scenes occur within the bounds of a loving, committed relationship and are tastefully done, though somewhat explicit. There are also scenes portraying child abuse, both verbal and physical.
This book explores many themes that teens (particularly those struggling with their sexuality) might face. Bullying, peer pressure, identity, self-doubt, and depression. The author deals with these issues in a very sensitive, yet forthright manner, and it is a very emotional read in spots. At the heart of it, this book is a romance novel between two young men who fall in love despite the challenges facing them. I hope it gets into the hands of other young men who might be struggling to come to terms with who they are. I also hope it gets into the hands of parents and other readers who might not understand what young LGBTQ people are going through. As for me, I just enjoyed reading it because it's a good book. The ending was not very conclusive, but did stop at a point where Jack and Andrew's lives are on a new trajectory. I'm looking forward to reading the next installment in this tale.
- Lionel's Wedding
on Oct. 14, 2014
The Penwinnard series follows a group of boys who live in a boy's home. Ian MacKender is the capable manager of the home and knows more about the boys shenanigans than they give him credit for. Lionel's Wedding is the fourth book in the series. This book revisits Bob's story and introduces us to Steven, a young man who is 'softer' than most welfare kids.
Penwinnard is the ideal place for someone like Steven. Even though the boys are prone to settle disputes by physically fighting (which Steven does not like to do), they are also capable of understanding and accepting boys who are different. I think this can largely be attributed to Ian's careful guidance. Since Penwinnard is a private charity home, Ian is able to handpick the boys who live there. His steady guidance makes an impact on the boys, though Ian isn't overly strict. He's fair, consistent with punishments, and allows the boys to settle their own disputes whenever possible. As a result, the Penwinnard boys are a nice, but lively bunch.
The Penwinnard series explores some very serious issues such as child abuse, sexual slavery, prostitution, kidnapping, and many of the other topics you'd expect to find in a book where the main characters are children who have been placed into care for one reason or another. Indeed, it's heartbreaking to read about Steven's family--a father in prison, an alcoholic mother, a brother who has resorted to committing crimes in order to support the family, and a sister who has turned to prostitution. For many Penwinnard boys, there are happy endings--placement in a permanent home, careers, and even weddings. In the Penwinnard stories, there is always hope, and that's why this has become one of my favorite series. I hope the author continues to write these books for years to come.
- The Astral Ordinance, Ayshen's Story
on Feb. 08, 2015
Ayshen doesn't want to marry until she's found Mr. Right. Her mother worries she's being too picky, but Ayshen is determined to wait. When her mother takes her to see a renowned mystic, Ayshen reluctantly goes even though she isn't really a believer. The meeting with the mystic changes her life forever.
This is a wonderful short story which can be read as a standalone or as a companion to The Astral Ordinance series. Ayshen is one of my favorite characters from the series, so I was thrilled to discover she's got a story dedicated to her.