Yonder: A Southern Haunting Book One by LeeAnne Hansen

I received this book in return for an honest review.
As a southern girl, born and raised in Georgia, but then lived 13 years in Mississippi, coming to Oklahoma from Hurricane Katrina, I saw the author was from Oklahoma at one time, and thought, wow what a coincidence, I should read this.
It was everything I hoped it would be. A good Southern ghost story with lots of mystery, intrigue, and romance. Poor Isabel Jones has not had much luck with birthdays. Each one seems to be worse than the last. With an overbearing and just plain mean father, a dead mother and a brother who got out of Mosby, Mississippi as soon as he could and joined the Army. After a disastrous 18th birthday and coming out, Isabel packs her bags and left for New York, hoping to become a serious writer. But in the 1930’s and 40’s women were not encouraged to write about much besides makeup and hairstyles. Soon she falls in love and after a year or so is expecting a proposal. What she gets is a phone call telling her to come home, her father is dying.
Back in Mosby, nursing a broken heart and having to bury her father, she also is getting a lot of attention from her brother’s best friends, Charles and Benjamin. For once she revels in all the attention of having both of them chasing her. But she is distracted by a long dead little boy pleading for her help.
Isabel has many unanswered questions and everyone in this town has a secret of some kind that they don’t want told.
This is just one of the best stories I’ve read set in the south. I was so disappointed when it was over, only to see that there is another book continuing the stories. You become quickly invested in the characters and I for one can’t wait to see what comes next!

Yonder (A Southern Haunting #1)

Born Lucid: Book 1 of the Born Lucid Series by Christopher C. Evans

Chris Trent, an archaeology student and activist is about to have his world changed forever. After the discovery of a “relic”, that has actually taken over his body, Chris is plunged into a world that confirms quite a few conspiracy theories for reality.
The story is well written and kept me engaged the entire time.
As the first book in the series Born Lucid is a definite keeper! You know you are reading a good book when you are still thinking about the possibilities and probabilities of what you read for the next few days.
Good Job on a first novel!

Born Lucid: Book 1 of the Born Lucid Series

The Raven Room by Ana Medeiros

To say this is an Erotic Thriller is putting it mildly!
Julian is a successful professor and Psychologist but he has demons that can only be kept at bay by the type of place The Raven Room is.
Hidden in plain sight The Raven Room is a place where everything goes and no one talks about it.
Meredith wants to know everything about the Raven Room, she’s writing a piece on it and is using Julian to get into the inner sanctum of the Raven Room. They are matched well in the sexual proclivities department, and are always willing to share.

But then a girl is killed and things start getting intense for the members of the Raven Room club and Julian looks pretty guilty.
Can’t wait to hear more about what happens to Julian, Meredith and The Raven Room.

The Memory of Trees by F.G.Cottam

Saul Abercrombie, a seemingly eccentric billionaire, had a project. He wants to undertake a complete reforestation on an island that is not exactly what it seems. While on the outside this looks like a wonderful philanthropic deed, Saul has ulterior motives for this task. He is hoping that once the trees are planted, the aliens will return. He calls in an expert in the field and Tom, desperate for money agrees to take on the project.

But there is more going on here than meets the eye, which is what I love about Cottam’s books. Things start off bleak and continue on to the Whoa! at the end. I look forward to more of one of my favorite authors next works!

Dear Love: Diary of a Man’s Desire by Felix Alexander

A beautiful book of love letters and poems written by Alejandro. Nothing is left unsaid in his letters to his unrequited love. Can you still love someone if that love is not reciprocated? The deep love Alejandro has is of the purist, most selfless kind of love. Not romance, not sex, but that deep gut wrenching love than no matter what, you know you will never be able to forget or give that place in your heart to any other.

I don’t know many or really any other authors who are so willing to bare their souls and share their deepest emotions with us. I for one, am grateful.

The House of Lost Souls by F.G.Cottam

A haunting tale of good vs. evil. All the makings of a grown up ghost story. A haunted house, tortured characters and I loved his use of words.
This one kept me up all night and still thinking about the book long after I finished it. If you love the supernatural Mr. Cottam’s books are deliciously creepy!

Dark Echo by F.G.Cottam

After reading The House of Lost Souls by Mr. Cottam, I was eager for more. This book had everything. I felt like a child sitting around a campfire listening intently to a delicious ghost story for grown ups. The detail the author puts in his books is what I love the most. He paints a picture so vivid that when you put the book down, it takes a while to come “out” of the story. Martin, his father Magnus, and his girlfriend, Suzanne are all intriguing characters in their own right. There is always one sentence in his books that stops me and this time it was ” But then we never really know another person, do we?” The mix of supernatural and history, a secret society, a failed attempt at the Priesthood, and an Irish legend and a doggedly determined girlfriend make for a superb tale. This is an exceptionally well written book and I look forward to the next one.

Dark Echo

The Bones of You by Debbie Howells

After page 2, I turned off the phone and the computer. This is a complex and psychological story that is told from many points of view including Rosie, a murdered teenager. There are many monsters in this book and they all come wrapped in pretty packages. Who is lying and who isn’t?
Child abuse continues long after you become an adult. It colors how you see the entire world. This book shows the worst of people and also the best of people. Rosie and her sister and even their mother, are so damaged on the inside that your heart bleeds for them, even as one of them commits an unspeakable act. I look forward to more from Debbie Howells!

The Bones of You

The Well: A novel by Catherine Charter

Ruth and Mark have decided to chuck it all and move to the country. Mark has always wanted to farm and now that he has been cleared of child porn charges, it seems like a good time for a fresh start. The find The Well. A 30 acre slice of green, lush, heaven. Which would be great if only the rest of the country wasn’t in the midst of a horrible drought and water restrictions. The suspicions of neighbors and the government are aroused and what follows feels like a witch hunt. And then The Sisters show up. Ruth gets caught up with Sister Amelia’s cult or whatever it is she has and soon her grandson is dead and Ruth is locked up for burning The Sister’s caravan. Now she is back home under house arrest and will do whatever it takes to find out who killed her grandson, even if it’s her. By the time I was half through, I just wanted to know When will it end?? I’m glad I got it at the library and didn’t buy it.

The Well: A Novel

The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins

I really wanted to like this book. I had stopped reading Gone Girl after about 50 pages and should have quit this one sooner, but I did read the entire book of whining, jealous, drunken people who were not in the least likable It’s told from the perspectives of Mehan, Rachel, and Anna. Who all three are way out there and probably should all be in therapy now. It was just a dark and ugly book of infidelity, bad behavior and the characters were not any where close to me being sympathetic to them.