Authors Showcase: Paranormal & Fantasy
December 11, 2012
The Book: Lost Volumes
The Author: Marsha A. Moore
The Story: When Lyra McCauley learns residents of Dragonspeir’s Alliance are suffering with a deadly plague, she doesn’t heed the warnings of her fiancé, wizard Cullen Drake, to remain safe in her human world. After all, she’s the present Scribe—one of five strong women in her ancestry who possessed unique magic, each destined to protect the Alliance against the evil Black Dragon of the Dark Realm. With Cullen dependent upon Alliance power to maintain his immortality, the stakes are doubled for Lyra.
She leaves her college teaching and puts herself at risk for the community afflicted by black magic. To find a cure, she and Cullen travel into the vile, lawless underworld of Terza to strike a bargain with an expert. Their efforts further enrage the Black Dragon, vowing to decimate the Alliance and avenge the murder of his heir.
Lyra must secure the three lost volumes of the Book of Dragonspeir. Written by the three earliest Scribes, each book contains energy. Possession of the entire set will enable overthrow of the Dark Realm. Following clues into dangerous lands, Lyra and Cullen seek those volumes. His assistants, Kenzo the tiger owl and Noba the pseudodragon, prove invaluable aids. Only if they succeed, will the Alliance be safe and Lyra reach closer to the immortality she needs to live a life with Cullen.
Review by rtimt: Marsha A. Moore has again exceeded my expectations with her third in the Enchanted Bookstore Legends series. Lost Volumes kept me on the edge of my seat, made me chuckle and occasionally tear up. Her characters are developing more deeply and I just love going on their adventures with them.
Moore’s writing style brings me right into the action. I like the balance of power shifting back & forth a little bit between Lyra & Cullen … When one is weak, the other is stronger…A nice symbiotic relationship! I really feel like I know these characters and am sharing their adventures & emotions. Am sooo enjoying these books.
Review by Linda Bass: Lrya McCauley saw Cullen’s e-mail message in her inbox and became very concerned as her Wizard rarely used the internet. She clicked on the message to see he had returned to Dragonspeir from his bookstore as his people were dying from a virus and then warned her not to come! As if that was going to happen, they were her people too since she had no family left alive on earth! She hurried from Aunt Jean’s home in upper Michigan and drove to Cullen’s shop.
Sire Cullen Drake saw that the virus caused by the Dark dragon was killing his people in horrible deaths. The Dark dragon wanted revenge for his son’s death and vowed all in the Alliance of Dragonspeier would die! Only one way to stop black magic was to fight with black magic and he and Lyra needed to go to Terza to get it but they never expected to have to fight scorpents, a Child’s tale come to life in living color! Then they heard about a book of dragonspeir in Terza and had to have it if there was any chance for peace between the realms.
Marsha Moore pens the last of the trilogy where Lyra and Cullen discover there’s a chance to obtain all five books and defeat the Black dragon.
The Book: Roses At Dusk
The Author: M. W. Russell
The Story: What do you do when the one you trust can no longer be trusted? Where do you turn when the one you gave your heart to, your body, your blood, the murky depths of your soul, defies mortality’s rules? What do you do…YOU RUN!
Hannah Malcolm has been through more in her short lifetime than any young woman should have to bear. So after the well-publicised death of her family, Hannah decides to leave the bustling streets of Chicago and seek refuge, in the sleepy seaside town of Bar Harbor, in Maine. A new job, new friends and a quaint cottage on the cliff overlooking the sparkling waters of Frenchman Bay give her just the opportunity she needs.
But complications have always been a specialty of Hannah’s and Bar Harbor is to be no exception. The town is reeling after an unexplained murder and several random assaults, which have small degrees of separation from her. One disaster after the next begin to swirl at Hannah’s feet and to add to her worries her new found man is starting to appear not quite as he seems.
Bone chilling and a lesson in trust Roses at Dusk is a psychological thriller with a paranormal twist that will have you questioning your judgment with everyone you meet.
Review by Ky-girl: Hannah moved to Bar Harbor, Maine to get a fresh start, away from the ashes of her old life; and I mean ashes of her old life in a quite literal way. The book starts out innocently enough, but it doesn’t stay that way. The first chapter includes a look at an unwelcome relationship that Hannah has with a man. But then chapter two takes us back, so that we can see just how she met this man. In fact, this book focuses on two men in Hannah’s life. One turns her life into a torment, and the other rescues her from that torment.
Roses At Dusk is a gripping novel of the paranormal genre that has suspense on every page, and yet brings a romance novel happy ending at the end. It is a wonderful book that you won’t want to miss.
Review by Meg H.: Wow. Where to begin?! M. W. Russell knocked it out of the park with Roses At Dusk! This was a pulse-pounding, nail-biting, edge of your seat, can’t put this book down thriller! Trust me, I read a lot of books but this was such a refreshing twist on what is considered the “norm”! From the first chapter you are drawn into a mysterious, seductive world that promises to intoxicate you with forbidden knowledge & dark desires!
Hannah Malcolm just wants a little normality in her life. After the tragic loss of her family, she decides to get out of the public eye and trades in her life in Chicago, for a quieter, less hectic life in Bar Harbor…or so she thinks! She embarks on a journey through life that will have her questioning not only all those around her, but everything she thought she knew about her life, herself and the very fabric of her beliefs. As you join Hannah in her quest, you will meet funny & lovable characters that will entice you to cry, laugh, rage & even gasp for breath with them as the story unfolds & you work towards solving the mystery!
Roses At Dusk is beautifully written, with an engaging plot & lovable characters that will drag you into the deadly beauty of its world. As the book continues it offers detailed character development that will leave you feeling as if you KNOW the “players” personally & leave you captivated right up to the very end where it leaves you desperate for the next book. It offers a refreshing & unique look at an age old discussion. What do you believe?