Witches, ghosts, fae and demons. These are just a few of the paranormal creatures that lurk within these Twisted Tales.
Eight talented authors from different writing backgrounds have come together in this anthology to spin stories of beings we find only in our deepest dreaming. Can you handle the power of the Twisted Tale?
***Disclaimer: I received a free copy in exchange for a review.***
An enjoyable collection of stories from a diverse group of authors encompassing different facets of the paranormal. Some are dark, others not so light, making for a mix of magics.
Not all of them were my speed, but that’s the nature of an anthology- a mixed bag. There’s something for everyone here. Dig in and find out what’s in it for you.
Title: Eun Na and the Phantom
Author: Erica Laurie
Published: February 2nd, 2016
One man’s immortal curse.
The precious gift of a dragon’s soul.
And a woman who can set him free.
A logger is in debt to his landlord, and he must pay up or hand over his daughter, Eun Na as payment.
Hardworking and kind, Eun Na attracts the attention of a mysterious man from the mountains. When an accident renders her father unable to work, the handsome young man steps in and offers his assistance. Yet he is not what he seems.
Eun Na and the Phantom is a magical story set in a fictional world based on historic Korea. It is sure to please both readers of fantasy and viewers of K-dramas a like.
Bookworm. Shutterbug. Story writer. LDS. Wife. Mother. Loves dragons and Korean dramas.
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Isis Rowan is the fiery middle sister of the prophesized witch triplets, and when she finds out that the High Priestess Cele has not only attempted to kill her sister, but is also practicing dark magic and committing atrocious acts to gain power, she is ready to chop off some heads. To make matters worse, Cele has also targeted the gorgeous and sexy human-sex demon hybrid Braeden, who also happens to be her Fated Mate. Isis is ready to kick some ass, until she realizes that Braeden is not all that he seems. Once she uncovers the truth, it’s all-out war, and while she has no problem giving her destructive temper free reign, she must channel her anger to thwart Cele, and save those she loves. Goddess help the evil High Priestess when Isis finally gets ahold of her.
Braeden Hall, a cambion who needs sex to survive, finds himself in an impossible situation when his son is kidnapped by an insane High Priestess and held captive. To free him, Braeden thinks he’s given a simple task of collecting information on a sexy female until the witch he is to manipulate ends up being the one female meant for him, his Fated Mate. He is ultimately forced to choose between loving Isis and protecting his son. He wants nothing more than to claim Isis for eternity, but that means his son will die. The precarious balance all cambions live with is threatened, and he fears becoming a full-blown sex demon who will rape and pillage without thought. Will he be able to overcome Isis’ infamous temper and convince her to not only become his ally, but ultimately, his mate?
***Disclaimer: I received a free copy in exchange for a review.***
This is one of those PNR/UF series that’s in it for the sex instead of the magic and myths, making for a light, quick and easy to read. There’s just enough of a story to hold it together until the next sex scene, which there are plenty of and does get pretty steamy at times- nothing wrong with that at all. Still, there’s a couple of things that bugged me.
First, the title is misleading as there’s no real betrayal. While Braeden’s mission is to do so, he never does; the sisters discover what’s going on and quickly offer to help him. Plus the little bit of info Braeden delivers is much of nothing that Cele couldn’t have pieced together herself.
Second, as is always the case with Insta-Luv Soul Mates, there’s no choice or even the illusion of it. Once you hook up and get marked, that’s it- you’re FATED, you’re DESTINED to be together… which really takes all the tension and drama out of things. And the fact that Braeden and Isis both knew it didn’t exactly up the ante, either. Just makes for a lot of marking time until we get to the forgone conclusion.
Bottom line: read it for the sex and don’t think too hard about anything, and you’ll be fine. 3/5 stars.
Find the missing player and win.
The game resets.
They all forget and start the game again.
Seventeen-year-old Starr Hughes hasn’t believed in magic since the day her mother died. As an aspiring reporter, the only thing she cares about is cold, hard facts. So when she hears the popular kids at school (the It-Squad) are about to start a secret game, she wants every detail, especially since she has a major crush on gorgeous Dylan Winchester. Hiding under the headmaster’s desk, planting bugs, and breaking into a classmate’s home are all on her to-do list. With her boy-crazy best friend Lily at her side, Starr discovers that witches are not only real, but they also need her help. Someone is using the game to steal their memories, their powers, and perhaps even their lives.
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The Order of The Learned.
The Order of The Writs.
The Order of the Cloth.
Washington State native Crystal Connor has been terrorizing readers since before Jr. high School and loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys, rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high heel shoes & unreasonably priced hang bags. She is also considering changing her professional title to ‘dramatization specialist’ because it’s so much more theatrical than being just a mere drama queen.
Well actually Lori and I co-wrote two stories. They’re not a part one & two, or the continuation of the same story. Though they take place in the same town and involve the same characters they are both truly standalone books. The other book is called The Guardians of Man: Black Feathers Fell in the Foothills of Mt. Empyreal. You can read them back to back, or weeks, months, even years apart or you can just read one but of course we have our fingers crossed that you read them both.
The creative process for these book was pretty simple at first. Lori sent me five writing prompts and I used all of them and wrote chapters 1 through 5 and sent it back to her. After reading it she wrote chapters 6 & 7 which set the tone for the books of Mt. Empyreal.
For the 1st 30 chapters or so we were just reaction writing, feeding off what we’d had each wrote, it was really fun, fast paced, and competitive as we were trying to out write each other based on the previous awesomeness that we had just read. It was so fun we had a blast. We didn’t used an outline, format or follow any type of formula, we just wrote.
Co-writing a book is extremely challenging and because we didn’t talk about what type of story we would be writing we unwittingly created problem that could have derailed our project altogether.
Shortly after chapter 30 we started to realize that we had two wildly different ideas on how we envisioned this story being told. To complete this book we were going to have to sacrifice one idea over the other, but this was something neither of us wanted to do, even though we both saw it coming, we didn’t even talk about it because both ideas were just so incredible.
After a month or so of basically writing in a state of tug-of-war I asked Lori what she thought about co-writing two books using what we already wrote as the foundation for both. She loved the idea!
From there it was decided that we wouldn’t work together anymore and that we would write the rest of the books in secret. We did this because we did not want to influence each other’s work or writing process. We wanted to be surprised by how each of our stories differed from each other, by how far apart they would become.
After a week later I started to think it was a bad idea not to work together anymore, basically we stopped talking to each altogether it felt almost like a breakup because we went from emailing and texting each other several times a day … to nothing. And it took me awhile to get back into my writing zone. Later I would learn it was the same for Lori too.
Our “recommunication” started slowly at first, I suggested that we check in with each other every Sunday and report the week’s word count and that was crucial because we still shared the same looming deadlines of the cover reveals and the release dates.
I remember about a week before the cover reveal was brutal, I felt like a three year old counting down the days before Christmas, a birthday, or a trip to Disneyland. After discussing the initial concept as a trio with the woman who designed our covers, she did an excellent job in keeping both the designs a secret.
Being in the unique position of knowing the plot of both stories the covers she designed captured the spirit of the both books and the location perfectly. When I saw our covers I was so excited and happy that I was actually dizzy.
I’ve never had so much fun reading a book as I did when I was reading The Guardians of Man: Black Feathers Fell in the Foothills of Mt. Empyreal. Seeing how our characters ‘grew up’ in a parallel reality, seeing their strengths, weaknesses, and the decisions they made envisioned by another writer is something that I can’t explain.
The writing process for these books was just so unorthodox, which is probably why it was such an unexplainable awesome project to be a part of. And I know I speak for both of us when I say we hope you have as much fun reading these books as we did writing them.
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Synopsis: Magic is an abomination. It spread from the Rift, a great chasm hundreds of miles long that nearly split the southern continent in two. The Rift was a portal, a gateway between their world of science and the mythological world of magic.
On the northern continent of Ocker, King Godwin declared that no magical monstrosity would be allowed within their borders. The Royal Inquisitors were formed to investigate reports of mystical occurrences and, should they be found, to destroy them.
Inquisitor Simon Whitlock knows his responsibilities all too well. Along with the apothecary, Luthor Strong, they’ve spent two years inquiring into such reports of magical abominations, though they’ve discovered far more charlatans than true magical creatures. When assigned to investigate Haversham and its reports of werewolves, Simon remains unconvinced that the rumors are true. What he discovers in the frozen little hamlet is that the werewolves are far more real than he believed; yet they’re hardly the most dangerous monster in the city.