Sunday, August 26, 2012

A Tale of 3 Witches by: Barbra Annino and Christiana Miller

A wonderful witchy read.  The ghost of Tillie MacDougal great aunt of Mara Stephens, a young witch with plenty yet to learn, and her live in gay roommate Gus are off to save the world.  Leaving Mara's magical baby behind(the result of a possessed romp), with Paul, (reluctant daddy), Mara, Gus, Tillie, and oh yes Gundleshank, (ghost frog), are full speed ahead to the Geraghty Girls House.  A B&B run by witches Birdy, Lilly, and younger witch Stacy who is a sceptic, but also is (the seeker of justice).  The threat is of a soul seeker running about on All Hallows Eve who wants  to feed the souls of unsuspecting trick or treaters to a hungry demon soul eater in order to bring about hell on earth.  With magical wands, and swords flashing it's a night they'll not soon forget.  Aside from minor punctuation errors, (the dreaded comma), and a couple, (two) words that didn't belong the story rocked the reader along as if on a roller coaster for little ones at an amusement park.  It would make a great bed time story for little ones to read to themselves before turning out the light.  It was up beat, the language was colorful at times, and enjoyable enough that I read it straight through.  A talented author well worth your time. 

An Apple for Zoe: by- Thomas Amo book one The Forsaken

A twisted tale of murder, and lies.  San Francisco Detective Thomas James looses his best friend Detective Michael Kirkland while on investigation of a not too common homicide, and is drug through hell. Literally, where he is raped  by demons, and forced to witness the most heinous of evil deeds.  But, was the whole hell thing real, or induced hallucinations brought on by a former Nazi who gets his kicks from gassing the innocent.   All is not certain. He is also faced with the wicked murder of his own child hood crush. And, it is up to him, the F.B.I., his loving Captain (a mother figure), and a strange former K.G.B. agent to figure out how the devil himself is playing his part in a series of murders through the last century.  It's a rightfully entertaining story for the genre of horror fiction.  And, it is an honest first attempt at a debut book from a former theatrical play writer.  The reader will have to excuse the editing for that step seems to have been skipped.  There are missed words, and punctuation errors everywhere, and it was for that frustration that I did not read it straight through.  However, it is  a story I found myself going back to in my spare time to read what happened next, and it serves the purpose of a brief perusal very well.  I recommend you check it out.  And, give this budding author a chance to scare you.