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Book Case #74 – The Flip

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Book and Author Details:
The Hanging Tree: Amazon
The Hanging Tree: Good Reads
Still Well: A Haunting on Long Island: Amazon
Still Well: A Haunting on Long Island: Good Reads
The Flip: Amazon
The Flip: Good Reads
Michael Phillip Cash’s Website
Michael Phillip Cash’s Twitter
Michael Phillip Cash: Good Reads

My Review:
First, I must apologize… again. I have relocated with my son to another state. I am nestled in, finally, and starting to get back into the grind of things. Even though my reviews have been severely lacking, my reading has not. I took the downtime opportunity it read, a lot. So, authors, publishers and friends who have been generous in sending me books to read and review, I have them, I am reading them and I am now starting to get back into reviewing them.

Of the three books listed in this review, this one was by far my favorite. This story is about two main characters, Julie and Brad. They are a newish married couple who flips houses as a side job. They managed to acquire an old mansion (common theme for this author) at a really low price. Brad wants to flip it, Julie is set on turning it into a B&B.

Brad is in a rush to get this project done. Money is tight and Julie finds herself without a job after an inappropriate proposition from her boss. Making it tougher, her boss is the one who helped get their loans for flipping houses through. As Brad is working and rushing through things, spirits of the mansion start causing havoc. They create quite a disturbance, making him and other workers very uncomfortable.

One of the best things about this author is that he does a great job mixing the past with the present. I enjoy that he goes into details as to who and why the spirits are haunting this mansion. We develop a relationship not only with the main characters, but the spirits as well.

Overall, I really enjoy all of his books. He has a strong writing ability, keeps the reader entertained and engaged. The character development, past and present, are really fun to read. I hope to read my by Michael Phillip Cash.

Description from Author:
The Hanging Tree: Seventeen year old Arielle is at a crossroads in her life. Disenchanted with her father, she is testing the boundaries of his trust by dating someone he does not approve. Under the moonlit sky in Long Island, Arielle and her boyfriend meet beneath the infamous hanging tree. The couple’s destiny is rooted to the five spirits in the tree whose lives and deaths are determined by an ancient curse. Will her future be determined by the past or will Arielle’s choices alter the course of her life?

Still Well: Haunting on Long Island: Paul Russo’s wife just died. While trying to get his family’s life back in order, Paul is being tormented by a demon who is holding his wife’s spirit hostage on the other side. His fate is intertwined with an old haunted mansion on the north shore of Long Island called Stillwell Manor. Paul must find clues dating back hundreds of years to set his wife’s soul free.

The Flip: Julie and Brad Evans are house flippers. They buy low, clean out the old occupants’ junk, and try to make a profit. Enter Hemmings House on Bedlam Street in scenic Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. Too good a deal to pass up, but with an ominous secret. The old Victorian Mansion has dwellers that do not want to be dispossessed. As the house reveals it’s past, will the couple’s marriage survive The Flip?

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Book Case #72 – The Hanging Tree

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Book and Author Details:
The Hanging Tree: Amazon
The Hanging Tree: Good Reads
Still Well: A Haunting on Long Island: Amazon
Still Well: A Haunting on Long Island: Good Reads
The Flip: Amazon
The Flip: Good Reads
Michael Phillip Cash’s Website
Michael Phillip Cash’s Twitter
Michael Phillip Cash: Good Reads

My Review:
First, I must apologize… again. I have relocated with my son to another state. I am nestled in, finally, and starting to get back into the grind of things. Even though my reviews have been severely lacking, my reading has not. I took the downtime opportunity it read, a lot. So, authors, publishers and friends who have been generous in sending me books to read and review, I have them, I am reading them and I am now starting to get back into reviewing them.

I received two bundles from the publisher for Mr. Cash. The first bundle were these haunting, paranormal based novels. The second bundle was more of a Sci-Fi genre set. Being such a paranormal enthusiast, I opted to read this set first. I read them in the order listed above; The Hanging Tree, Still Well and The Flip. I am glad I chose this order to read them. For me, it showed the strength and growth in the writer’s writing abilities. Although The Hanging Tree was technically published before Still Well, I believe that Still Well is a bit of a stronger story line.

Of the three books given to me by Red Feather Productions, the novella, “The Hanging Tree” was not my favorite. This is not a reflection of the author, or his abilities. I can honestly say that had I found this book in the library, I most likely would have checked it out. I truly cannot pinpoint the reasons why it didn’t appeal to me as much as his other two did. I just really didn’t connect with it.

It was an entertaining little book, but I really didn’t grip the pages with my teeth and devour through it. Even though it’s only 91 pages long, I found myself pushing myself to finish it.  It’s not a bad book, at all. The subject is entertaining and thought provoking. A teenage girl’s choices, as anyone’s choices at that age, truly define the outcome of the rest of her life. The strongest point of this book are the characters, and the author’s ability to create a solid character development.

As the spirits that haunt The Hanging Tree, their living lives begin to unfold around the reader. Michael Phillip Cash does a strong job of creating each and every character in their own uniqueness. Even though they varied as heavily as their life choices did, they all find themselves attached to the tree in spirit form. While their passing down their tales, the living teenager, “Arielle” is making her own choices below them.

Just as any teen has struggles, the main character is toying with sex, “growing up”, fitting in and over protective parents. Will her choices cause her to fall into an ancient curse, or will her choices change the path of her own life?

This is a great book for a night by the fire, drinking tea on a spooky October Eve.
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Description from Author:
The Hanging Tree: Seventeen year old Arielle is at a crossroads in her life. Disenchanted with her father, she is testing the boundaries of his trust by dating someone he does not approve. Under the moonlit sky in Long Island, Arielle and her boyfriend meet beneath the infamous hanging tree. The couple’s destiny is rooted to the five spirits in the tree whose lives and deaths are determined by an ancient curse. Will her future be determined by the past or will Arielle’s choices alter the course of her life?

Still Well: Haunting on Long Island: Paul Russo’s wife just died. While trying to get his family’s life back in order, Paul is being tormented by a demon who is holding his wife’s spirit hostage on the other side. His fate is intertwined with an old haunted mansion on the north shore of Long Island called Stillwell Manor. Paul must find clues dating back hundreds of years to set his wife’s soul free.

The Flip: Julie and Brad Evans are house flippers. They buy low, clean out the old occupants’ junk, and try to make a profit. Enter Hemmings House on Bedlam Street in scenic Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. Too good a deal to pass up, but with an ominous secret. The old Victorian Mansion has dwellers that do not want to be dispossessed. As the house reveals it’s past, will the couple’s marriage survive The Flip?

Book Case #71 – Better Left Buried

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Book and Author Details:
Better Left Buried on Good Reads
Better Left Buried on Amazon
Better Left Buried on Create Space
Belinda Frisch on Good Reads
Belinda Frisch’s Website

My Review:
I read Belinda Frisch’s, Strandville Zombie Series. I fell in love with her writing abilities in, “The Cure” and it’s been a great relationship since. She sent me a copy of, “Better Left Buried” and again I was not disappointed.

Harmony Wolcott could very well have been written after my childhood, teenage self. I really, maybe overly, related to her character. Jaded, burned by the system, uncaring mother, all of it. Her life starts to unravel after a suicide attempt. Her best friend, Brea, is trying to help her piece together the fragments of a memory that’s come forth in the form of a spirit energy trying to harm her.  With each thread of time that becomes untangled, Harmony’s security falls out from beneath her.

Bad boyfriend(s), waffling best friend, and a spirit that is trying to hurt her, and Harmony is cracking more and falling into a deeper dark abyss. Her mother abandoned her 14 yrs ago, when her father walked out of their life. Brea is trying hard to help Harmony with these struggles.

I recommend this book for anyone YA to Adult. Anyone who is into paranormal and main characters with attitude would love this book. Belinda is a fantastic, strong writer who does a kick ass job at pulling you in as a reader.

Any author that make me throw my book down and say, “SCREW YOU BELINDA!!!” at certain scenes within the book, and can evoke that emotion in a person, has a strong ability in their craft. I am looking forward to more from this book.

Description from Author:

It’s not just the house that’s haunted.

Harmony Wolcott has lived her entire life on the fringe, wishing more often than not that she could end it all. After a failed suicide attempt heightens her visibility in the Child Protective Services system, she has no choice but to hide the details about the home life she’s run from.

Adam, Harmony’s formerly homeless boyfriend, has learned to fend for himself. Despite a past he’s reluctant to talk about, Adam has risen above his circumstances and is trying to get Harmony to do the same.

Only loving someone so damaged isn’t easy.

A recurring nightmare chips away at Harmony’s facade of normalcy, reminding her of a time hidden so deep in her memory that it blurs the line between dream and reality. Convinced the nightmares are an otherworldly attempt at telling her something, Harmony employs the help of a spirit board and her best friend, Brea, to uncover a secret she’s kept, even from herself.

Brea, who is trying to piece together the mystery of why her father walked out on their family fourteen years earlier, knows it’s something to do with Harmony’s mother and a night no one is willing to talk about.

A tragic discovery threatens to unravel Harmony’s patched together life, dragging both Brea and Adam down with her and proving, with devastating consequences, that sometimes the past is better left buried.

 

Book Case #67 – Stamps, Vamps and Tramps.

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Book and Author Details:
Evil Girlfriend Media on facebook
Evil Girlfriend Media
Stamps, Vamps and Tramps on Amazon
Stamps, Vamps and Tramps on GoodReads

Description from Publisher:

Eternally stamped, eternally damned…

Grecian prostitutes and blood guzzling birds, pickle-sized vampires who wear their hearts on their sleeves, sexy immortals that fear human greed and memories that become tattoos; Stamps, Vamps & Tramps crosses genres to deliver bone-chilling stories that will keep you up at night.

Sixteen talented authors take you on a journey where stamps aren’t always inked, tramps aren’t always hookers, and vampires aren’t always at the top of the food chain. From the colonnade of ancient Greece to a small town amusement park, from the battlefield to the urban center, this anthology will suck you in to the very end.

My Review:
Another anthology from Evil Girlfriend Media, “featuring stories by Rachel Caine, Nancy Kilpatrick, Paul Witcover, and Gemma Files, among others.” I read the other two compilation books put out by EGM and agreed to read this one as well. Even though I’m not too fond of vampire stories, I really enjoyed the ones in this book. 

They were the perfect length to keep my attention. They were creative enough to keep me going. The writing, editing and presentation of each story flowed well within the book. I really hope to read more put out by Evil Girlfriend Media, they definitely found their niche’ in life creating and publishing horror genre books. 

Mungo the Vampire by Sandra Katsuri Loved this story. It was witty and funny. Small, and by small I mean about the size of a pickle, was the best vampire story I’ve read in a long time. I loved it. Fun and creative. 

Easy Mark by Rachel Caine – Rachel is such a strong author. I really enjoyed how she wove this tale together.

I cannot express enough how much I enjoy these little anthologies. I look forward to many more from this publisher. 

Previous Evil Girlfriend Media Reviews:
Book Case #33 – Witches, Stitches and Bitches
Book Case #41 – Roms, Bombs and Zoms.


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Book Case #63 – Spirits in the Trees

Author, Book &/or Publisher:
Author’s Website
Author’s Facebook Page
Author’s Good Reads Page
Spirits in the Trees – Good Reads
Spirits in the Trees – Amazon

Description:

SOME FAMILY SECRETS ARE BETTER LEFT BURIED.
An abandoned house, a psychotic killer, and a victim reaching out from the grave. A woman must unearth deadly family secrets before she becomes a ghost herself.

My Review:
I received and read my books out of order; on my part not on the part of the distributor.  Spirit in the Trees is book one of the Spirits Trilogy. I read book two, “Spirits Among Us” by the same author. You can read my review here, Book Case #61.

I am glad I had a chance to read this book, especially after starting with book two. This book was a fantastic mix of paranormal entities, evil trapped energies, and a haunting family secret. 

Once again, author Morgan Hannah MacDonald was successful in capturing my attention with a well written, creepy story. I look forward to book #3. She’s a strong author with a wonderful talent of mixing romance, mystery and ghosts.

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Book Case #61 – Spirits Among Us

Author, Book &/or Publisher:
Author’s Website
Author’s Facebook Page
Author’s Good Reads Page

S.A.U. on Good Reads
S.A.U. on Amazon

Description:

Jon-Luc Boudreaux is in Paris hunting a serial killer. That’s nothing new, neither is being haunted by the victims, but watching the murders through the killers eyes, now that’s something new entirely

After she’s blacklisted by the fashion industry in New York, Angela Henderson moves to Paris, France. Designing clothes is in her blood and she’ll stop at nothing to realize her dream.

In an effort to determine his next course of action, Jon-Luc heads to Paris to visit an old friend. The moment he arrives, he’s asked to assist with a case. It’s Fashion Week and the bodies of mutilated models are being discovered all over the city. Now Jon-Luc is on the hunt for the most diabolical killer he’s ever encountered and Angie’s next on his list.

My Review:
I actually really liked this book. I found it advertised in a Paranormal Book Group on facebook: FB Group. I asked for an ARC copy and was sent one. I thought, “Hey serial killer, psychic abilities, murders.. Right on!” I was pleasantly surprised. I read the book quickly as it kept my interest from jump.

Jon-Luc, Cajun FBI Agent, recently retired from the FBI and is heading out to search for his next step in life. He decides to travel to Paris to visit a friend. Claude, his French Police Detective, is involved in a series of murders. It is apparent that the serial killers is not only increasing in victims, but in the horrific manner of killing them. His time span between victims is closing in. Claude asks  Jon to help him. Jon, a clairvoyant, has a unique tie with this killer. He can see through his eyes and the victims.

While in Paris, he also quickly falls for a stubborn, mouthy fashion designer…. who is next on the serial killer’s list.

The story line was good and engaging. The characters were enticing. The romantic aspect, and sexual interludes, were not over done. I really enjoyed the twists and turns the author took with this novel. Since this is book #2 in a trilogy, I will be asking for book #1. I would love to read more from this author.

Questions/Dislikes: *** spoiler alert ***
1. Demonic Aspect. The book and the flow of the story was done well enough that the added aspect of demonic activity truly wasn’t needed. Jon-Luc really didn’t need the additional aspect of fighting a demon. I get that it makes an interesting twist, but I think with him fighting the killer alone, and whom the killer turned out to be, it was an unneeded additional story line. 

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Book Case #60 – Insane

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Author, Book &/or Publisher:
Insane on Good Reads
Insane on Amazon
H.G. Lynch on Good Reads
H.G. Lynch on Facebook
H.G. Lynch on Twitter


Description:

Something evil is going on in the Montgomery Psychiatric Hospital; every time there is an unexplainable blackout, a patient dies. Callie isn’t insane – she sees the ghost of her dead best friend only because he really is there. It’s just that nobody believes her.
Casey is scarred after a horrific attack during which he killed someone. Temporary insanity was his plea, and the asylum is his prison.
With fear and death lurking everywhere, and no way to escape, Callie is certain it’s only a matter of time before she or Casey, the odd boy she has an inexplicable link with, becomes the next victim of the creature in the shadows.
Trapped in the asylum with a killer on the loose, there’s plenty of reason to be afraid of the dark.

My Review:
This book is Insane! (Play on words intended).  I discovered this book by a posting in a group on Facebook that I belong to: Paranormal Book Club. Authors and Publishers post books to purchase and/or review. I found the introduction to this book to be interesting. Asylum, ghosts, mental illness… Hello!! I contacted the person who posted it and asked for a review copy. They obliged, I received and read, here’s my review.

The suspense was perfectly paired with just the right amount of romance. I felt that the author approached the romantic interludes with discretion and with enough of a tease to keep you going. It wasn’t overly done, overly sexed, nor overly mushy. I am very impressed with this author and their ability to create a intriguing relationship between mental patients. Are they crazy? Are they imagining the incidents around them?

Callie is a young woman (17-year-old) who is placed in a mental institute by her father after he deemed her mental capacity to have slipped after the death of her best friend, Chester. She is determined to escape this confines of Montgomery Psychiatric Hospital, but is caught numerous times. Until she meets Casey.

Chester is Callie’s best friend. He is also the reason she is locked down. He died and ended up coming back to her as a ghost. He’s not attached to her, coming and going as will.

Casey is a very talented young man who is a bit if an odd duck but is very musically gifted. He comes from money, leaving him vulnerable to his gold digging step-mother. He is attacked by her leaving him horribly traumatized, resulting in her death. He pleas to insanity, ending up in the mental institute.

Their world’s collide when Callie discovers she can hear Casey, and he can hear her, telepathically. Their telepathic link coincides with a bunch of power black outs that begin to happen within the mental hospital. Within the black outs murders begin happening to the inpatients.

As Casey and Callie begin the act of healing each other from their daunting past. The more things heat up between Casey and Callie, the more things fall apart between Callie and Chester (her ghostly best friend). The blackouts are getting more frequent, death toll is increasing.

Deaths, romance, spirits. Will they be able to keep their growing love and healing hearts, or will the power outage murders cause everything to topple like a Jenga game?

Questions/Dislikes:
1. Killings during black out – Without giving too much of this fantastic book away, this was my only open question left. Did Casey do the killings? I just felt that this was left a little un-ended. I would loved to see more between the relationship between Callie and “Casey” after she makes the discovery of who he is. How did he come to her? How much did he influence everything to cause her to be forced as an impatient?

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Book Case #59 – The Beginning of the End

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Book and Author Details:
Mindy Larson at Good Reads
Author Website
BofE on Good Reads
BofE on Amazon FREE
Lavish Publishing

Description from Author:

In the Prequel to This Morning I Woke Up Dead, we meet Emerson Morris and her boyfriend Logan; soul mates on their path to forever after. Logan soon learns the secret to Earth and must leave Emerson behind. While Logan is hoping Emerson learns the secret too, he must fight his need to contact her or face the wrath of The Masters.
While Emerson is moving on with her life, her brother Dominic falls in love with Hadley Christensen. Hadley has a special bond with each of her Alzheimer’s patients and soon starts to have a glimpse into The Secret. She is fighting against this knowledge, but will she succeed?
Find out in “The Beginning of the End”.

My Review and Thoughts:

Remember back when I first started this review blog, I read and reviewed a book called, “This Morning I Woke Up Dead” by Mindy Larson? Well, Mindy has released a prequel with a greater introduction to the characters in her book(s).
You can get a FREE copy on Amazon right now: The Beginning of the End.

I absolutely loved Woke Up Dead. If you recall from my review, I actually cried. Mindy and her publisher reached out to me and asked if I would want to read and review Beginning of the End. I was overjoyed and said absolutely.

Beginning is a short little novel that has a deeper introduction to the characters within Woke Up Dead. I enjoyed the deeper understanding of the pain each character has. It will definitely make Book Two (Which I am eagerly awaiting) a bit more relateable.

Mindy is a wonderfully creative author. I cannot promote her books enough. Please, go to Amazon and download her free prequel, and while you’re at it, purchase “This Morning I Woke Up Dead”. You will not be disappointed.
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Book Case #58 – The Curse of Betrayal

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giving away a copy of The Curse of Betrayal. Click book cover to enter.

Author, Book &/or Publisher:
The Curse on Good Reads
The Curse on Amazon
The Curse books on Facebook
Taylor Lavati’s Blog Website
Taylor Lavati’s Website
Taylor’s Facebook

Description:

Ryder has finally decided to take her life into her own hands, but things don’t always turn out as they seem. Ollie and Ari have made a pact that leaves Ryder alone until she ends the curse and chooses her soul mate.

With her knights absent, Ryder becomes independent, seeing things in her visions that force her to question the curse—and herself.

As strange things happen at Demi God Academy, Ryder realizes everything comes back to her. She must use the power growing within her to protect her new friends in ways she never imagined possible. But as new threats surface, she may not be strong enough to protect them all.

In book two of A Curse Books, Ryder discovers what it really means to be Eurydice

My Review:
Back about 10 books ago or so I read and reviewed Taylor Lavati’s “The Thousand Year Curse“. This is part two of a series young author, Taylor, is writing. TTYC, first in the series, was a great break through starting novel for this author. It was well written, well thought out and well presented. I was excited when she reached out to me and asked if I wanted to read part 2, “The Curse of Betrayal.” I am glad she did. I love forging and creating a working relationship with authors or publishers.  🙂

Book two follows Ryder/Eury into her Demi God training academy. She finds herself in a new group of friends who help her adjust to the newness of her demi god powers and life. She is still stuck between Ollie and Ari, two lovers from many previous lives that have fought for her affections. Eury has an adviser at the academy who is helping her untangle the mess of a curse. Together they are hoping to find a way to reverse the curse.

Eury’s curse ends up hitting them head on, right at the heart of the school. Action packed attacks from the underworld causes Eury’s friends to band together. Ollie and Ari, both together, fighting to save Eury. Betrayal hits hard, harder than the curse, causing Eury to finally decide who her soul mate is. Broken hearted, and not totally married to the chosen one, she now has to continue her fight against the curse… and Hades. Top it all of with a nice twist of saving the mother she’s never known.

Personally, I liked the book as written material. However, the subject matter ventured a little too off of the curse itself for me. It made its way into the Olive Oyl tug o’ war between Popeye and Bluto. It focused too much on the young adult romanticism that is very prevalent in current YA genre’ books.

I do not want this to take away from the amazing talent this author has. She’s a fantastic writer. And, even though part two was filled with more romance than action, I still want to read part three. Taylor left off at such a vital, imperative part in the book, I can’t help but remain eager for part 3.  That right there should tell you how well written this is. I am just not a huge fan of overdone YA/Romance novels. 

Again Cast of Characters (Click names to be taken to Wikipedia for further character definitions of these Greek Gods/Goddesses/Etc.)
Eurydice/Ryder  – Main Character.
Ollie/Orpheus – Boyfriend 1
Ari/Aristaeus – Boyfriend 2
Hermes – Dirty rotten scoundrel in the book.
Hades – Self explanatory

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Book Case #53 – Come Little Children.

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Author & Publisher Information:
Author’s Website
Author’s Facebook
Come Little Children on Amazon
Come Little Children on Good Reads

Description:

‘A hidden town. A paranormal rumor. A family secret.

The Nolan morgue is more than just an ordinary funeral home. When their newest employee uncovers a supernatural conspiracy connected to a string of child murders, she must use every shred of her intelligence to stop a new breed of serial killer and escape the morgue alive.

My Review:
First and far most, this is the second book to enter my “Best of 2014” Category! Holy crap this was awesome. Dark and haunting with a dry, quick wit that added the perfect combination of intrigue and interest.What a way to kick off the new year. D. Melhoff is a fantastic writer. Not only was I completely engaged in the book and characters, I was completely attracted to the words usage in the book. It is rare, with modern authors, that you find a novel that actually has me using the dictionary to research and define some of the words with in. I LOVE THAT!!! I am such a logophile. I need to be challenged and D. Melhoff did just that. So thank you author.

I was completely taken aback when I found out that the author was male. He has written the characteristics of the main character, Camilla, so well throughout the whole novel I was sure the the author was female. The last book I read that had me connected to the female character written by a male author was “She’s Come Undone” by Wally Lamb. I am really impressed with the author’s abilities to construct a supernatural, suspenseful and haunting tale all through the eyes of a woman.

Camilla, having just graduated from mortuary school, finds herself with a new job located in a very remote are of the Yukon. Strange things are afoot, starting with her new boss Moira Vincent. Mysterious children showing up at the Vincent’s funeral home late at night, the town’s people territorial and guarded, and the family Vincent’s’ themselves.

More than once this book reminded me very much of Pet Cemetery and Children of the Damned. Poetically and beautifully written, D. Melhoff shows strength in his work. I would love to see many more books put out by Mr. Melhoff.

Mr. Melhoff’s writing ability is superb. His creativeness is keen. I am just so impressed. Thank you again! Buy and read this book, I promise you will not be dissatisfied.

I would have written more, but, I’m afraid everything I could and would have said would have been a huge plot giveaway.

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