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Tears of Heaven

R. A. McCandless’s badass demi-angel bears a grudge nearly two dozen centuries old. She makes effective use of her displaced aggression by dispatching rogue divinities, presumably making the world safer for the rest of us, albeit in ways we oblivious mortals will never fully comprehend or appreciate.

Omedelia-bar-Azazel, Del for short, is impressively sexy as a 21st-Century death dealer and as slave-wife to Read More→

Storming: K. M. Weiland’s Prairie Dieselpunk

Mish-and-StormingMichelle and I take turns reading to each other, usually at night just before bed. Our reading tastes don’t always line up perfectly, but there’s enough overlap that we rarely have a problem finding a story we’ll both enjoy. It’s rare, however, that any story stirs and maintains our joint enthusiasm with quite the barrel-rolling intensity of K. M. Weiland’s Storming. Read More→

Hell Becomes Her, by R. A. McCandless

Hell Becomes HerHell Becomes Her by R.A. McCandless

No demons have been harmed in the making of R. A. McCandless’s follow-up to Tears of Heaven, but the same cannot be said of the celestials. It is entirely possible to read and enjoy Hell Becomes Her without having read the first novel in the Flames of Perdition series, but McCandless sets the character of lead Nephilim and die-hard contrarian Omedeliah “I told you, my name is Del” bar-Azazel so powerfully well in the first book that Read More→

The Heartbeat Thief

FREE One Day Only: The Heartbeat Thief by AJ Krafton

Speculative fiction author Ash Krafton released her debut New Adult novel in June…a Victorian dark fantasy called THE HEARTBEAT THIEF by AJ Krafton. It’s already getting great reviews and has hit the bestseller lists is several countries.

True to its word, “The Heartbeat Thief” is part Jane Austen, part Edgar Allen Poe. Read More→

Son of Ereubus by J. S. Chancellor

The world-within-a-world that J. S. Chancellor spins in her debut novel Son of Ereubus (first installment in her Guardians of Legend series), is a two-sided coin with the clear stamp of evil on one face, while the flip side glints with the luster of a near-angelic ethereality.  This hypnotic dance of light-seducing dark Read More→

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanov

An Eerie, Translucent Brand of Magic

51YK5JMd-WL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Brenna Yovanoff performs a rare and eerie brand of magic in her debut novel, The Replacement, drawing a translucent veil of paranormalcy so gently over the mind of the reader that—though she works in plain view, without subterfuge or distracting tricks–we do not blink, we do not look away, we do not speak up to refute a world that cannot be, Read More→

The Dust of a 100 Dogs

A.S. King’s opening gambit in The Dust of a 100 Dogs is to scatter a curse across the sands of some three centuries, causing the memories of a 17th Century orphan-turned-pirate named Emer to turn up in the life of Saffron Adams, an Irish-American teenager of alcoholic descent in late 20th Century Pennsylvania. When Emer the pirate’s life is cut short by the distraught lover of a man whom she Read More→