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Saint Odd: Review

Saint Odd is the final book in Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas series, and I can’t imagine a more satisfying ending. This is definitely a series to read in order, and each book is well worth it. Share this on Facebook>>> Odd is back where it all started, in Pico Mundo, California. His psychic senses tell him something bad is coming, and tens of thousands, if not more, will die if he can’t stop it. But he doesn’t know the what or the who. As usual, this journey into the nature of reality, good, and evil is a non-stop thrill ride. The usual cliches apply: page-turner, couldn’t put it down, up reading late into the night. But nothing in this book is a cliche. Dean Koontz can write. I marvel at his prose, but it’s not so weighty as to get in the way of the narrative. (If you want to improve your writing – reading Dean Koontz isn’t a bad way to start). Buy it, read it, savor it. But start from the beginning of the series. Can I …

How Do You Make a Vampire?

How Do You Make a Vampire? This question was at the heart of my early building of the Night Runner series. As Sydney Kildare, Alaskan daredevil and vampire courier, is fond of saying: “All those rumors about vampires, all of them, are true.” My vampires cannot cross a threshold without an invitation, and sunlight is deadly to them. All other attributes – from turning into mist, to passing as human – vary by individual. My vampires have a few other specific characteristics not so commonly found. To reduce the chances of death by fire, they migrate. They follow the winter to Alaska for a good part of the year and stay in the southern hemisphere for a few months. Nights aren’t as long in Santiago, Chile as they are in Alaska, but there’s a second, more practical reason for their migration. I didn’t want my vampires to be rare, or inexplicably wealthy, or skulking about the fringes of the world. They needed to be an integrated component of society. In the Night Runner world, vampires …

Interview with Jessica Myers: What Lies Inside

Who’s your favorite paranormal character in pop culture, and why do you remember him/her? JM: I think my favorite and definitely the most memorable paranormal character in pop culture for me is Louis in Interview With The Vampire. Having a mega crush on Brad Pitt who played the character was part of it. The rest was the insight into a modern view on vampires, showing the good and bad and human side to this race of dead bloodsuckers that lived in secret among us. Watching Louis, a human-turned-vampire long for death, an end to his horrible and meaningless existence portrayed a side of a would-be monster that evoked sympathy and understanding. Though there are many vampire stories before and after this one, Louis’ tale that bridges the gap between supernatural and humanity has and always will be a favorite of mine. Can you tell us one fun/interesting paranormal fact you learned in your book research? In my book research I learned about many centuries-old vampire tales where humans who committed heinous acts were accused of …

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Water’s Threshold and Elementals

So, you want to read Water’s Threshold, but you’re asking yourself, What exactly are the Elementals? I’ve included a few excerpts from Water’s Threshold to help create a more vivid picture of the Elementals. I’ll start with an introduction. Maya Conway is Water. She can become all forms of water: ice, fog, mist, hail, and rain. Nodin is Air. Flint is Fire. And Earth, well that’s what Water’s Threshold is all about. In this excerpt, Maya meets up with Nodin, and we learn the purpose behind their gifts. Maya stood by the spring’s edge as the breeze died down and a man formed out of the air by her side—Nodin. He had the same symbiotic relationship with air as she did with the water. Together with Flint, who was fire, they represented the Elementals. Mother Nature had bestowed upon them “the gleaning,” which was the ability to read and compel minds. They used their elemental abilities to protect the Earth and its people. Nodin spent most days in the Plains States, like Nebraska and Kansas. …

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Poetry, Magic, and Awakening Your Creativity

Synchronicity is an odd thing. I picked up a book on creativity, which spurred me to go ahead and get a book on writing poetry. And as I was flipping back and forth between the two (yes, I’m one of those readers) I kept asking myself – do these authors know each other? The books complemented each other so well, a joint book review seemed in order. I’ll start with Carolyn Elliott’s book, Awaken Your Genius: A Seven Step Path to Freeing Your Creativity and Manifesting Your Dreams. I nearly didn’t buy this book. The cover turned me off. And there are tons of books out there on creativity. But I found some online, witchy-themed essays by the author, Carolyn Elliott, and was intrigued enough to buy the book. I’m glad I did. Her process for expanding creativity is to change your perception of and relationship to the world through an expansion of love and desire. This is deep mysticism. And most of the exercises in her book involve writing, lending themselves particularly to authors (no …

Alyson Conrad, Siren’s Seduction, and the Anagogic Research Council

Today we’re interviewing Alyson Conrad, author of the novella Siren’s Seduction, a paranormal, erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave. Hi, Alyson! I think we’re going to have to start by defining our terms in this interview. What the heck is Anagogic, and can you tell us a bit about the Anagogic Research Council, which we first encounter in Siren’s Seduction? Anagogic is one of the handy-dandy words my thesaurus popped out as a synonym for paranormal. Since the Anagogic Research Council, ARC, is an international paranormal investigative force posing as an educational foundation, I thought the term anagogic meshed well with the scholastic aspect of its front organization. What sort of items would an agent like your character, Serena, carry in her purse? Definitely her Kimber 9mm, if it isn’t already strapped to her thigh. A set of picklocks. And since seduction is her best tool, a tube of YSL’s Rouge Volupté lipstick in Red Temptation. Will you be writing more romances from the Anagogic Research Council? Two more are already written and awaiting publication. I love …

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Reckoning: Book Spotlight

Tour Giveaway Details GRAND PRIZE: Kindle Fire a Rafflecopter giveaway Captured The Fallen Siren Series, Prequel #0.5 AUTHOR NAME: S.J. Harper GENRE: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance Join FBI Agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong. She’s a Siren. He’s a Werewolf. Their mission is redemption. Emma Monroe is a Fallen Siren, cursed by the gods and banished to Earth for her failure to prevent the kidnapping of Persephone. She’s had many names and many lives, but only one mission: redemption. Now she works for the FBI and is on temporary assignment in Charleston. Solving this next missing persons case could be the key to ending her ancient curse—unless the temptation that’s her new partner gets in the way. Zack Armstrong is a Werewolf. Tall, dark, and dangerous, he currently works for one of the bureau’s elite Child Abduction Rapid Deployment teams. In many respects the man is every bit as mysterious as his secret and perilous past. But there are two things he’s certain about, that he’s going to get his man and his woman. …