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A Ghostly Mortality

A Ghostly Mortality

by Tonya Kappes

on Tour February 28 – March 30, 2017


A Ghostly Mortality

That ghost sure looks . . . familiar

Only a handful of people know that Emma Lee Raines, proprietor of a small-town Kentucky funeral home, is a “Betweener.” She helps ghosts stuck between here and the ever-after—murdered ghosts. Once Emma Lee gets them justice they can cross over to the great beyond.

But Emma Lee’s own sister refuses to believe in her special ability. In fact, the Raines sisters have barely gotten along since Charlotte Rae left the family business for the competition. After a doozy of an argument, Emma Lee is relieved to see Charlotte Rae back home to make nice. Until she realizes her usually snorting, sarcastic, family-ditching sister is a… ghost.

Charlotte Rae has no earthly idea who murdered her or why. With her heart in tatters, Emma Lee relies more than ever on her sexy beau, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross…because this time, catching a killer means the Raines sisters will have to make peace with each other first.

Book Details:

Genre: Cozy Mystery, Paranormal
Published by: Witness
Publication Date: February 28th 2017
Number of Pages: 336
ISBN: 0062466976 (ISBN13: 9780062466976)
Series: Ghostly Southern Mysteries #6
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Read an excerpt:

Lawdy bee.” Granny scooted to the edge of the chair and lifted her arms in the air like she was worshiping in the Sunday morning service at Sleepy Hollow Baptist and the spirit just got put in her.

I sucked in a deep breath, preparing myself for whatever was going to come out of Zula Fae Raines Payne’s mouth, my granny. She was a ball of southern spitfire in her five-foot-four-inch frame topped off with bright red hair that I wasn’t sure was real or out of a L’Oréal bottle she’d gotten down at the Buy-N-Fly.

“Please, please, please,” she begged. “Let me die before anything happens to Emma Lee.” Her body slid down the fancy, high-back mahogany leather chair as she fell to her knees with her hands clasped together, bringing them back up in the air as she pleaded to the Big Guy in the sky. “I’m begging you.”

“Are you nuts?” My voice faded to a hushed stillness. I glanced back at the closed door of my sister’s new office, in fear she was going to walk in and see Granny acting up. I sat in the other fancy, high-back mahogany leather chair next to Granny’s and grabbed her by the loose skin of her underarm. “Get back up on this chair before Charlotte Rae gets back in here and sees you acting like a fool.”

“What?” Granny quirked her eyebrows questioningly as if her behavior was normal. My head dropped along with my jaw in the “are you kidding me” look.

“Well, I ain’t lying!” She spat, “I do hope and pray you are the granddaughter that will be doing my funeral, unless you get a flare up of the ‘Funeral Trauma.’ ” She sucked in a deep breath and got up off her knees. She ran her bony fingers down the front of her cream sweater to smooth out any wrinkles so she’d be presentable like a good southern woman, forgetting she was just on her knees begging for mercy.

“Flare up?” I sighed with exasperation. “It’s not like arthritis.”

The “Funeral Trauma.” It was true. I was diagnosed with the “Funeral Trauma” after a decorative plastic Santa fell off the roof of Artie’s Meat and Deli, knocking me flat out cold and now I could see dead people. I had told Doc Clyde I was having some sort of hallucinations and seeing dead people, but he insisted I had been in the funeral business a little too long and seeing corpses all of my life had brought on the trauma. Truthfully, the Santa had given me a gift. Not a gift you’d expect Santa to give you, but it was the gift of seeing clients of Eternal Slumber, my family’s funeral home business where I was the undertaker. Some family business. Anyway, a psychic told me I was now a Betweener. I helped people who were stuck between here and the ever after. The Great Beyond. The Big Guy in the sky. One catch . . . the dead people I saw were murdered and they needed me to help them solve their murder before they could cross over.

“I’m fine,” I huffed and took the pamphlet off of Charlotte Rae’s desk, keeping my gift to myself. The only people who knew were me, the psychic and Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, my hot, hunky and sexy boyfriend. He was as handy as a pocket on a shirt when it came time for me to find a killer when a ghost was following me around. “We are here to get her to sign my papers and talk about this sideboard issue once and for all.” Granny stared at me.

My head slid forward like a turtle and I popped my eyes open.

“I’m fine,” I said through closed teeth.

“You are not fine.” Granny rolled her eyes so big, I swear she probably hurt herself. “People are still going around talking about how you talk to yourself.” She shook her finger at me. “If you don’t watch it, you are going to be committed. Surrounded by padded walls. Then—She jabbed her finger on my arm. I swatted her away with the pamphlet.

“Charlotte Rae will have full control over my dead body and I don’t want someone celebrating a wedding while I lay corpse in the next room. Lawdy bee,” Granny griped. I opened the pamphlet and tried to ignore Granny as best I could.

“Do you hear me, Emma Lee?” Granny asked. I could feel her beady eyes boring into me.

“Don’t you be disrespecting your elders. I asked you a question,” she warned when I didn’t immediately answer her question.

“Granny.” I placed the brochure in my lap and reminded myself to remain calm. Something I did often when it came to my granny. “I hear you. Don’t you worry about a thing. By the time you get ready to die, they will have you in the nut-house alongside me,” I joked, knowing it would get her goat. The door flung open and the click of Charlotte Rae’s high-dollar heels tapped the hardwood floor as she sashayed her way back into her office. The soft linen green suit complemented Charlotte’s sparkly green eyes and the chocolate scarf that was neatly tied around her neck. It was the perfect shade of brown to go with her long red hair and pale skin.

“I’m so sorry about that.” She stopped next to our chairs and looked between me and Granny. She shook the long, loose curls over her shoulders. “What? What is wrong, now?”

“Granny is all worried I’m going to get sent away to the nuthouse and you are going to lay her out here.” The words tumbled out of my mouth before I could stop them. Or did my subconscious take over my mouth? It was always a competition between me and Charlotte, only it was one-sided. Mine. Charlotte never viewed me as competition because she railroaded me all my life. Like now. She’d left Eternal Slumber with zero guilt, leaving me in charge so she could make more money at Hardgrove’s Legacy Center, formerly known as Hardgrove’s Funeral Homes until they got too big for their britches and decided to host every life event possible just to make more money.

Excerpt from A Ghostly Mortality by Tonya Kappes. Copyright © 2017 by Tonya Kappes. Reproduced with permission from Witness. All rights reserved.

Author Bio:

Tonya KappesTonya Kappes has written more than fifteen novels and four novellas, all of which have graced numerous bestseller lists including USA Today. Best known for stories charged with emotion and humor and filled with flawed characters, her novels have garnered reader praise and glowing critical reviews. She lives with her husband, two very spoiled schnauzers, and one ex-stray cat in northern Kentucky. Now that her boys are teenagers, Tonya writes full-time but can be found at all of her guys’ high school games with a pencil and paper in hand.

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My Review

5 stars

Emma Lee Raines works in the family mortuary. Emma and her sister are part owners but Charlotte Rae decided to work for the competition. The girls don’t get along and Emma and her grandmother are trying to get Charlotte to sign over her part of the mortuary. But then Charlotte shows up as a ghost. Although the sisters had differences, Emma is going to help solve her sister’s murder so she can pass on. With the help of her sexy boyfriend Sheriff Jack Henry and Charlotte Emma is up against her hardest case.

I recently read book A Ghostly Reunion, which had me hooked for this one. I felt for Emma and the differences she had with Charlotte but it broke my heart when she learned that she had been murdered. But she was going to do her job and help her sister move on. I loved the whole mystery, I never expected the killer but it all made sense when I looked back.

If you like your cozy mysteries with a touch of humor and paranormal aspects then look no further. This book will have you tearing up and laughing at the same time. This is a great series and I will have to make sure to get the books that I am missing to see what happened from the start.

I received A Ghostly Mortality from Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours for free. This has no influenced my opinion in any way.

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Seeing Evil



Seeing Evil (Mindsight – 2) by MC Domovitch

In the second of the Mindsight series, Ciara Kelly has moved to New York, where she has bought a condo and works for the Fairfield Funeral Home, but her scars still cause her torment. Her psychiatrist is vehement that, because of her PTSD, Ciara must stay away from anything that will remind her of her ordeal. But Ciara becomes obsessed with an ongoing case of a serial killer targeting teenage girls. Soon, she becomes determined to help the police catch this killer. But when Ciara begins to suspect who the killer might be, and the police dismiss her hunch, she finds herself in mortal danger.

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 M.C. Domovitch

Author’s Bio

M.C. Domovitch is guilty! She is guilty of keeping her fans awake all night. The author of nine novels, she writes cozy mysteries as Carol Ann Martin, humorous murder mysteries as Monique Domovitch, and romantic suspense as M.C. Domovitch. The one thing all of her novels have in common is that they are page-turners. Start reading a Domovitch novel in the evening at your own risk.
Asked if there is any truth to the rumor that she is the love child of Sidney Sheldon and Jackie Collins, she insists that she was born in Ontario Canada, the daughter of school teachers who taught her the joy of reading at a young age.
Domovitch lives with her physician husband and their two Yorkies. They divide their time between homes in Toronto Canada and Key Largo Florida.
M.C.’s tenth novel, Seeing Evil, the second of her Mindsight series, is due out in the fall of 2016.

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My Review

5 stars

Ciara Kelly has started her life new after her horrible ordeal, but her scars still haunt her. She is seeing a psychiatrist to help with the PTSD. She is warned to stay away from anything that will trigger her. There is a new killer, the East Side Killer that is targeting teenagers by keeping them trapped for a long time slowly bleeding them out. Ciara knows that she can help the police with her talent/curse, if she could just get them to believe her.

I loved Scar Tissue, it was a great thriller with an amazing female lead. Ciara is still suffering from her ordeal but she is trying to put her life back together. I love how David is so caring but willing to give Ciara her space to get things put in order. But Ciara is stronger than she thinks and she is willing to let others know about herself in order to stop the East Side Killer.

This is a great story and although a second book in the series you could read it as a standalone book. This thriller will draw you in and keep you up late wanting to know what happens next. I can’t wait to see what is in store for Ciara next.


I received Seeing Evil from Sage’s Reading Room for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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At the Cemetery Gates Year One by John Brhel & J. Sullivan

A young woman sees an approaching figure in her time-lapse photo project. A small town’s strange illness seems to stem from the local cemetery. Two boys make a grim discovery about death and decay when they sneak into a funeral parlor. AT THE CEMETERY GATES: YEAR ONE is an entertaining and eerie short story collection for fans of the strange, macabre, and supernatural.

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 John Brhel

Authors’ Bio

Hi. My name is John Brhel. I write fantastical stories about demons, ghosts, magicians, and regular ol’ Joes. I’m the co-author of two books, Marvelry’s Curiosity Shop and Tales From Valleyview Cemetery, with my good friend Joe Sullivan. With Joe, I am also a co-founder of Cemetery Gates Media, a publisher of rich fantasy and horror stories. I am currently working on new stories with Joe, as well as my own novel.

When I’m not writing fiction, I work full-time as a communications manager at Binghamton University, where I manage social media, publish press releases, write magazine articles, and a whole bunch more. I also use all of these same skills as a freelance copywriter, as which I have experience writing content for everything from consulting firms to tech startups to rock bands and more.

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My Review

5 stars

At The Cemetery Gate is a collection of 14 short horror stories. Each story has its own life and will leave you shivering, teared up, or laughing (that could just be me). You will follow along as couple find a secluded cabin, a son and father mourn the loss of the mother, an ancient spell book is discovered, and a man has questions about his wife’s fidelity.

I am a child of the 90’s and grew up with Tales from the Crypt. This collection reminds me of that show. There is a little bit of everything that will leave you guessing at the end of each story. It is easy to get into each story and I loved all the twists you discover.

If you like horror anthologies look no further. This is a great collection that will appeal to any horror lover. I will definitely be on the lookout for other books from these authors and Cemetary Gates Media.

I received At The Cemetery Gates Year One from the publisher for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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Boudica’s Daughter



Boudica’s Daughters

By Sheridan Winn

Genre: YA Fiction, Psychological Drama

14-year old Lilla’s psychic power sets her apart from others. Often doubted, she is the clumsy younger sister to Janey’s swan.

In the sweltering July heat the Harrison family move to Grove End, an old farmhouse deep in Norfolk’s Breckland. Two thousand years ago the area was home to the Iceni tribe and their Warrior Queen, Boudica. Now, Nighthawks – illegal metal detectorists – are searching the woods for Iceni treasure. When Lilla sees the ghosts of Boudica’s daughters, she learns the trees hide an ancient mystery.

Janey’s arrival brings upset as she reveals her own dark secret. Overwhelmed by a sense of failure, she no longer knows who she is or what she wants. Shocked and struggling to cope, her parents try to help but are wrestling with their own feelings.

It is Lilla who must find the strength to help her sister. With Boudica’s daughters as her guides, her journey takes her into the ancient past and tests her sense of self-belief to the limit. Can Lilla save her sister and lay the Iceni bones to rest?

To gain authenticity for the archaeological aspects of the story, Sheridan had the advice of Dr John Davies, chief curator, Norfolk Museums Service, and Dr Adrian Marsden, numismatist and finds liaison officer, Norfolk Historic Environment Service.

Please Note – parents and guardians of Sprite Sister/Cantrip Sister readers

Boudica’s Daughters is not suitable for younger readers. The story is intended for young adult and adult readers. It contains references to drug and alcohol use, sexual violence and bad language.

Sheridan Winn

Author’s Bio

Sheridan was born in Norwich, Norfolk. When she was six years old, her family moved to a big, rambling house in the country. Littlewood House became the inspiration for Sprite Towers. The eldest of four sisters, Sheridan drew on a many of her childhood experiences for the Sprite stories – such as camping out in the old white caravan in the woods. As a child she loved to be outside learning about the natural world and looking after her animals. At the age of twelve she went to boarding school, which taught her to be independent.

She studied graphic design at art college and for her degree wrote a thesis on Norfolk barns. The thesis was turned into a book and published a few months later as, ‘Barns & Granaries’ by Boydell Press & Anglia Television. Sheridan then took a postgraduate teaching certificate and spent some time working in Norfolk schools as a supply teacher.

For 25 years she worked with author and illustrator, Chris Winn, as his business and creative manager. Together they produced a number of children’s picture books, along with the ‘Mad Gadget’ cartoon – the most popular strip in the Daily Telegraph’s Young Telegraph for over seven years. Mad Gadget followed the adventures of a crazy boy inventor and was based on their son, Alex, along with their daughter, Rosie.

In 2001, Sheridan became a freelance journalist specialising in profiles of business leaders and lifestyle features for international newspapers and magazines. Today she divides her time between freelance work and book writing.

Between 2008-2010, Sheridan published five Sprite Sister books: The Circle of Power, The Magic Unfolds, The Secret of the Towers, The Ghost in the Tower and New Magic (all published by Piccadilly Press, originally). These stories take place within one year when Flame is 13, Marina is 12, Ash is 10 and Ariel is 9. Sheridan bought back the rights from Piccadilly Press and re-published the series with the new jackets by Chris Winn, also adding more titles.

In 2012, Sheridan self-published the sixth title in the series, The Boy With Hawk-like Eyes, as a paperback and e-book, and bought back the rights to the first five titles from Piccadilly Press. She then set about re-publishing the stories herself, with new-look titles – so became publisher and a bookseller, as well as a writer. Vol 7, Magic at Drysdale’s School, and Vol 8, The Mystery of the Locked Room, followed. Sheridan is currently working on Vol 10 to complete the Sprite Sister series.

The Sprite Sisters series has been hugely successful in Germany, where the books have sold over 500,000 copies and are known there as Vier Zauberhafte Schwestern.

In 2014, Sheridan wrote Boudica’s Daughters, a YA novel set in Norfolk’s Breckland, in which a psychic teenager connects with ghosts to solve an ancient mystery and help her damaged sister.

A lively and engaging speaker, Sheridan enjoys the chance to interact with her readers. She lives in Norwich and has two grown-up children and a grand-daughter. She has a keen interest in the Arts, particularly painting and film, and finds walking in the countryside a good way to think up ideas. She always carries a notebook.

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My Review

5 stars

Lilla Harrison and her family have moved to Grove End in Norfolk’s Breckland. Lilla is a psychic and seems to the the black sheep of the family compaired to her perfect sister Janey. But one night Lilla comes across treasure hunters in the dark woods and sees the ghosts of Boudica’s daughters. Lilla is out to discover the grave of Boudica. But then Janey returns home with a dark secret. Lilla’s parents doing really know how to help so it falls to Lilla to help Janey heal.

This story is told in two parts. The main part is Lilla’s family and Janey’s secret. We follow along as the family learns of what has happened to Janey and tries to help her recover, which is not easy with drug us and her clearly not wanting help.

The second part is the story of Boudica. I’m sad to admit that I had never heard this story so I had to look it up. I loved how this book follows along with the story that I found. All I can say is that I hope to be one tenth of a strong woman as Boudica was. I loved this half of that story.

I really enjoyed this story. It does have some hard topics so be warned that at times it was hard to read. But I love how it shows the strength of a family and how it can get you through those hard times. This is an amazing story and one that I strongly recommend you read.


I received Boudica’s Daughters from Sage’s Reading Room for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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Seeing Evil


Seeing Evil by Jason Parent

Fate in plain sight.

Major Crimes Detective Samantha Reilly prefers to work alone—she’s seen as a maverick, and she still struggles privately with the death of her partner. The only person who ever sees her softer side is Michael Turcotte, a teenager she’s known since she rescued him eleven years ago from the aftermath of his parents’ murder-suicide.

In foster care since his parents’ death, Michael is a loner who tries to fly under the bullies’ radar, but a violent assault triggers a disturbing ability to view people’s dark futures. No one believes his first vision means anything, though—not even Sam Reilly. When reality mimics his prediction, however, Sam isn’t the only one to take notice. A strange girl named Tessa Masterson asks Michael about her future, and what he sees sends him back to Sam—is Tessa victim or perpetrator?

Tessa’s tangled secrets draw Michael and Sam inexorably into a deadly conflict. Sam relies on Michael, but his only advantage is the visions he never asked for. As they track a cold and calculating killer, one misstep could turn the hunters into prey.

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 Jason  Parent

Author’s Bio

In his head, Jason Parent lives in many places, but in the real world, he calls New England his home. The region offers an abundance of settings for his writing and many wonderful places in which to write them. He currently resides in Southeastern Massachusetts with his cuddly corgi named Calypso.

In a prior life, Jason spent most of his time in front of a judge . . . as a civil litigator. When he finally tired of Latin phrases no one knew how to pronounce and explaining to people that real lawsuits are not started, tried and finalized within the 60-minute timeframe they see on TV (it’s harassing the witness; no one throws vicious woodland creatures at them), he traded in his cheap suits for flip flops and designer stubble. The flops got repossessed the next day, and he’s back in the legal field . . . sorta. But that’s another story.

When he’s not working, Jason likes to kayak, catch a movie, travel any place that will let him enter, and play just about any sport (except that ball tied to the pole thing where you basically just whack the ball until it twists into a knot or takes somebody’s head off – he misses the appeal). And read and write, of course. He does that too sometimes.

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My Review

5 Stars

We start this story as Samantha Reilly is at a murder-suicide scene where she meets Michael Turcotte after the deaths of his parents. Eleven years later, Michael has been in several foster homes and is just trying to stay invisible to the bullies in school. But we find him face first in a toilet at the hands of a bully. This leads him to see a vision of a kid killing another kid at school. He tries to tell Samantha, whom he has stayed in contact with all these years, but she doesn’t believe him. When the kid is killed she has a change of mind.

Then Michael has a vision of Samantha going to be killed and a girl killing her father. Tessa Masterson’s father is a horrible person that abuses her and uses her when he does various activities. It’s going to be up to Michael and Samantha to free or stop Tessa from taking care of her father.

This is a wonderful thriller. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for both Michael and Tessa. I can’t stand bullies and abuse and I feel bad for anyone that has to live with it. Christopher is pure evil and I wanted him to die. What he puts Tessa through is pure hell.

This is the first book of Jason Parent’s that I have read and it won’t be my last. If you are looking for a great thriller you need to check this book out.

I received Seeing Evil from Candid Book Reviews for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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Much Ado About Highlanders (The Scottish Relic Triology – 1) by May McGoldrick

In the heart of Scotland, this Highlander is about to meet his match in a brand new romance from bestseller May McGoldrick.

Highland warrior Alexander Macpherson has lost his wife. When he agreed to take Kenna Mackay as his bride to advance his clan’s power in the north, he expected a bit of an adjustment. He didn’t expect the sharp-tongued beauty to run away on their wedding night. Still, Alexander wants his runaway bride…and he has the sneaking suspicion that she wants him, too.

Kenna Mackay thought she was safe in a priory full of nuns learning the craft of healing, but when she is kidnapped by her own husband, the battle of wits begins anew. But even as passions ignite, a deadly secret from Kenna’s past rises to the surface and put their new love in jeopardy. As a heartless villain closes in, two headstrong lovers find themselves locked in a struggle between evil and the power of undying love. And this time, Alexander is determined he will not lose his wife again.

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My Review

4 stars

Alex Macpherson agrees to marry Kenna Mackay to advance his clan’s power. But he didn’t expect Kenna to be so hard-headed, sharp tongued, and to run away on his wedding night. Kenna hides out in a priory and learns to heal. After helping a woman deliver her bay, Kenna finds herself kidnapped and back with her husband. It is going to be a battle of some strong wills to get these two together. But they will have to work together if they are going to save everyone from the Ralph Evers and his quest for power.

I loved the story of Alex and Kenna, this is a great love story between two people that have a misunderstanding and are bound a determined not to love/rely on someone else. I loved the strong willed Kenna and how she was going to not love Alex, even though you could tell that she was coming to care for him deeply.

I loved the story of the relics, four portions of a table that gives it’s wearer’s abilities. Kenna has the stone that provides healing. Her mother died giving birth to Kenna so she doesn’t know about the stone or her abilities. It was great learning about them. Of course you have to have a power hungry person bound a determined to get all the stones.

This is the first book I have read from the May McGoldrick team. I received the audiobook version to listen to and fell in love with the story. Saskia Maarleveld does an amazing job narrating this story. I’m so happy that I received all three books in this series to review. I will definitely be having a highlander marathon.


Taming the Highlander (The Scottish Relic Trilogy – 2) by May McGoldrick

This new historical romance from May McGoldrick pits one spirited lass against her biggest challenge yet: a Highland lord who has no desire to lose his heart.

Innes Munro has the ability to “read” a person’s past simply by touching them, but her gift comes with a heavy price: her freedom. Forced to stay at desolate Castle Girnigoe, Innes never expects to be drawn to the wounded warrior who haunts its dark passages and challenges her at every turn.

Conall Sinclair, the earl of Caithness, carries the scars of battles with the English and the lash marks of their dungeons, but the wounds that fester within give him even greater pain. Isolating himself from his clan and the rest of the world in a tower perched on the wild Scottish coast, Conall is reluctant to let the spirited Innes close to him, however neither can deny the growing passion that ignites with every look, every touch.

But can Conall ever love a woman who can read his darkest secrets and feel the pain he hides… and can love really tame all fears? As dangerous forces close in, Conall and Innes must take the ultimate leap of faith and forge a bond of trust that will save them both…or lose each other forever.

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My Review

5 stars

Innes Munro is a bit of a recluse. She has the ability to read someone’s past by touching them and this leads to her staying locked away in Castle Girnigoe to keep from being branded a witch. But she is asked to attend her sister’s wedding where she meets Conall Sinclair. Conall was taken hostage by the English and tortured and now keeps to himself. But Innes and Conall find themselves drawn to the other but are worried that their past and ability will cause more harm than good. We follow along as they start to love each other and the various events that draw them closer. But then someone from the past makes an appearance and tries to take away the stone that Innes has.

I loved the story with Innes and Conall. They were so reluctant to reach out to each other and watching them come together was such a sweet story. I loved the antics of Ailein and Bryce as they keep trying to get Innes and Conall together. But my favorite character was Wolf; I’m such a sucker for a fuzzy companion.

I loved Saskia Maarleveld’s narration, she does a great job. I love this series and can’t wait to see how it ends. If you like highlander romances you really need to check this book out.

Tempest in the Highlands (The Scottish Relic Trilogy #3)

Tempest in the Highlands (The Scottish Relic Trilogy – 3) by May McGoldrick

Miranda MacDonnell is on the run. When she inherited a mysterious relic from her mother, she had no idea the dangers it would bring. Now hunted by a relentless foe who will stop at nothing to find her, she has one choice: stow away on the ship of the notorious privateer, Black Hawk.

Rob Hawkins, the half-English privateer known as Black Hawk, has a mission from the Tudor king to find and kill the rogue commander, Sir Ralph Evers. To complete his quest, Hawk must find Miranda, a young woman Evers is pursuing. Caught in a tempest, he is shipwrecked with a “boy” who demonstrates an uncanny ability for saving him. Cast away on the mysterious Isle of the Dead, Hawk realizes that the “boy” traveling with him is actually Miranda MacDonnell and having her means that Evers will come to him. What begins as a ploy —using her as bait—soon changes, however, as he falls in love with her.

Ancient forces are at work, drawing the four possessors of the relic’s power to the Isle of the Dead in the Outer Hebrides for a final battle where good must overcome the forces of evil in this spectacular finale to the Scottish Relic Trilogy.

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My Review

4 stars

Miranda MacDonnell has the gift of sight after the death of her parents. Trying to stay one step ahead of the killer, she disguises herself as a boy and stows away on privateer’s ship. Rob Hawkins, known as Black Hawk has been ordered to hunt down Ralph Evers. He knows that Evers is after Miranda and plans to find her to catch him. But the last thing he expected was for Miranda to be on his ship. Then a shipwreck leaves them on the Isle of the Dead, which is where the tablet can be destroyed.

Miranda tried to control the different situations that she finds herself in due to her sight. She tries hard to protect others especially Rob when she learns of their connection. Rob is a strong man yet is very caring for Miranda. I loved how the two of them interacted, especially when Miranda was dressed up like a boy.

Then there is the tablet. Everyone from the last two books along with Miranda and Rob are on this island to destroy the tablet. It was great coming back to these couples and finally defeating Evers. I admit that I was left a little disappointed since there were many questions that had been left open through the series that didn’t really get answered.

I really enjoyed this series. Saskia Maarleveld does an amazing job narrating the story. Over all I would say if you like highlander romances that you should check out this book and the rest of the series.

I received The Scottish Relic Trilogy from the publisher for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of these books.

May McGoldrick

Author’s Bio

May McGoldrick
(a.k.a. Nikoo & Jim McGoldrick)

Two peas in a pod, a pair of halfwits, the Laurel and Hardy of romance fiction…Nikoo & Jim McGoldrick were married in St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin 68 years ago before a worldwide television audience. After a honeymoon tour of their oil fields in Iran, they embarked on a writing career that has produced dozens of New York Times bestsellers, two Academy Award Winning film adaptations, and a Nobel Prize for Literature. After all this, fortune FINALLY smiled on them and they won the New Jersey Lottery. Taking their two sons, Nikoo and Jim spent a year backpacking through Africa and then seven years in Tibet, teaching the Dalai Lama the subtle intricacies of Scrabble. Upon returning to the States, these two storytellers wrote thirty adult and young adult novels, two of which were RITA finalists and three which were NJRW Golden Leaf winners. They have also written two nonfiction works. Nikoo picked up an engineering degree somewhere along the way, and Jim has a PhD in 16th Century British literature.

These two write under the pseudonyms of May McGoldrick and Jan Coffey and now reside in northwest, Connecticut.

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Treasures of the Forgotten City (Ultimate Endings – 1)

by Danny McAleese and David Kristopher

Three priceless star jewels. A century-old, cryptic journal. Using only the resources left by your grand-uncle, it’s up to you to find Atraharsis — the legendary lost city beneath the sands.

But the way won’t be easy. Raging sandstorms, sinister traps, and a whole host of mysteries stand between you and your Ultimate goal.
Can you solve the riddles, and recover the fabled star gems in time?

Or will you — like so many who’ve gone before — become the next permanent resident of the forgotten city?

YOU choose your own path in this treasure-hunting adventure! Ultimate Ending lets YOU pick the story. YOU make the decisions, solve the riddles, avoid the traps and gather the clues. It’s a mystery and adventure book that YOU control!

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 Author’s Bio


Danny McAleese started writing fantasy fiction during the golden age of Dungeons & Dragons, way back in the heady, adventure-filled days of the 1980’s. His short stories, The Exit, and Momentum, made him the Grand Prize winner of Blizzard Entertainment’s 2011 Global Fiction Writing contest.

He currently lives in NY, along with his wife, four children, three dogs, and a whole lot of chaos.


David Kristoph lives in Ft Worth, Texas with his wonderful wife and two not-quite German Shepherds. He’s a fantastic reader, great videogamer, good chess player, average cyclist, and mediocre runner.

He’s also a member of the Planetary Society, a patron of StarTalk Radio, an amateur astronomer and general space enthusiast. He writes mostly Science Fiction and Fantasy.

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My Review

5 stars

You are Donovan Young and you are looking for the lost city of Atraharsis. It is up to you to figure out the clues and puzzles to try to find the lost city. But be careful what you choose, you may not end up where you were expecting.

This book takes me back to when I was a kid. I loved the Choose Your Own Adventure books. I would read these books over and over again always seeing where I would go. Treasure of the Forgotten City has 26 possible endings and I love the puzzles to get there. Plus I want to venture down all roads which doesn’t get me any closer to the end. You do have to pay attention to the clues and takes notes or you will end up starting the story again.

I loved this book and think mid-grade readers will love it to. I’m glad to see that someone is starting to bring back at Choose Your Own Adventures. I will definitely be on the lookout for other books in this series.

I received Treasure of the Forgotten City from Sage’s Blog Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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