Nora Rushton, a 19-year-old, with the power to heal, must conceal her ability lest she be accused of witchcraft and killed. Her father, devastated by the murder of his wife for being a witch, tries to keep her locked away in their house, but her urge to help others causes her to disobey from time to time.
Otakatay, is a half-Sioux, half-white outcast, a bounty hunter, his quest to earn enough money to complete a quest he has set for himself, he has turned into a killer of innocent women at the behest of a white man with a vendetta against witches.
Their paths cross when her father is killed, and the town’s richest man is determined to make her his trophy wife, and someone else has put a price on her head. Otakatay has been hired to kill her, but finds that he can’t, and instead decides that he will protect her, even if it means losing his own life.
Lakota Honor by Kat Flannery is a chilling tale of prejudice, betrayal, and violence, set in the old West. Two people sharing similar stigma as outcasts, take different paths that wind up intersecting, and discover that love can heal old wounds and help in forging new beginnings.
This is not your typical western. Even with the supernatural element, it’s not as vapid as some of the genre-fusion novels, such as Cowboys and Aliens. Trust me, you won’t have to be a western fan to enjoy it.
I give it four stars.
Mine by Regina Puckett is a short story about a woman, Alle, who is asked out by a coworker, James. She’s anxious to date him, but floored when she finds out his aim is to take her to an abandoned mental hospital to look for ghosts. In the space of a few pages, the author manages to cram a ton of chills and fear as Alle finds herself alone in the dark with a strange presence that she can’t see, but can feel. When she finally makes her way out, she discovers James dead, and after she calls the police, finds herself under arrest, not only as a suspect in his death, but the eleven other members of the ghost-hunting expedition as well.
Puckett manages to keep the suspense level high throughout, and offers up a twist ending that will catch you totally by surprise. My only complaint about this book is that it has a few too many typos and grammatical errors—not enough to cause me to stop reading, but a bit distracting, bringing down what could be a short story worthy of Edgar Allen Poe.
Reluctantly, because I’d really like to rate it higher, I’m giving it three stars.
Kyle Vine is about to make the biggest mistake of his life. A professor, he is about to secretly meet one of his students, a girl not much older than his daughter. Before he can take that fatal step that could mean the end of his teaching career, however, something happens that threatens even more – his life. The young girl, Allie Shelton, suddenly collapses. Kyle sees a strange man in the vicinity, but doesn’t immediately connect him with the incident.
The Perfect Game by Stephen Paul is a mystery with a touch of the supernatural that will keep you on the edge of your seat from the first page to the last. I received a free copy of The Perfect Game for review, and am not at all hesitant to admit that it’s one of the best mysteries I’ve read in a while. Paul skillfully combines razor-sharp dialogue with chilling narrative to keep the reader guessing as he unfolds more twists, turns, and folds than an origami sculpture.
Paul’s pacing is superb, as he dangles clues, makes you think you’re on to something, and then yanks the rug out from under your feet – only to set you back on the clue trail with a vengeance. The Perfect Game is just about that – nearly perfect. I give it four stars.
I received a free review copy of C. Edward Baldwin’s Father’s House, which I read with rather mixed emotions. It was difficult to like at first – confusion in character names, and a few too many plot twists – but, with just enough mystery and cliff-hanger episodes to keep me reading.
Ben Lovison, an attorney in the Duraleigh County DA’s office is faced with a series of perplexing cases. Baldwin takes into a world of intrigue and violence that is all too real, intertwined with hints of the supernatural and macabre in this tale that revolves around ‘Father’s House,’ a facility for troubled boys run by the enigmatic Mayo Father – a figure from Lovison’s past.
Like I said, this is a tough story to get into – it takes the first three chapters to really hook you – but, if you persist, it’s ultimately worth it. I’m still not sure just how to categorize it – supernatural thriller, paranormal mystery, or what – so, I’ll just say it’s a pretty good read