Book Spotlight: Keepers of the Innocent by Kristy Centeno


Demi Redding has used her powers to vanquish demons for years, but when one shows up next door she will be forced to set both her experience and instincts aside to battle a war that has nothing to do with magic, and everything to do with matters of the heart.

As a Keeper of the Innocents, Demi’s load as a guardian reduces with only one charge to take on at a time. However, when her new foe proves to be a force she can neither see nor find, she has no choice but to doubt the so-called good intentions of the stranger one door down.

Rhyzel Connor is not your average neighbor by any means. The red specks of color in his green eyes alone sets him apart and his demonic heritage makes him an easy target. Because of who he is he can’t afford a mistake that will result in his demise, but the fact that he knows way too much about Demi quickly raises the suspicion veil over him.

There is a mission he must complete, and secrets he must fight hard to keep, but the biggest hardship he must face will be forfeiting his life in order to save Demi’s.

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Kristy Centeno is an author of paranormal romance, young adult, new adult, horror, and contemporary romance.

She has always had a passion for books and after years of being an avid reader, she decided to transform her desire to write into a reality and thus, her first novel was born. In her journey to create memorable reads, she has delved into several genres, creating fictional characters meant to entice readers and captivate the mind.

She is currently working on finishing off the Keeper Witches series among other projects, which include sequels to her published work. When she’s not busy taking care of her five children or holding down the fort, she finds time to sit and do what she loves the most: writing.






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Book Review: Into the Fire by Ashelyn Drake


Sixteen-year-old Cara Tillman’s life is a perfectly normal one until Logan Schmidt moves to Ashlan Falls. Cara is inexplicably drawn to him, but she’s not exactly complaining. Logan’s like no boy she’s ever met, and he brings out a side of Cara that she isn’t used to. As the two get closer, everything is nearly perfect, and Cara looks forward to the future.

But Cara isn’t a normal girl. She’s a member of a small group of people descended from the mythical phoenix bird, and her time is running out. Rebirth is nearing, which means she’ll forget her life up to this point—she’ll forget Logan and everything they mean to one another.. But that may be the least of Cara’s problems.

A phoenix hunter is on the loose, and he’s determined to put an end to the lives of people like Cara and her family, once and for all.

About the Author:

Ashelyn Drake is a New Adult and Young Adult romance author. Her debut NA title Campus Crush is now available. She also write YA and MG paranormal under the name Kelly Hashway. Drake is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency. For more information about Ashelyn, visit her website at

My Review:

Well, this is the second book about a Phoenix that I’ve read and I must admit that they are a fertile and interesting paranormal aspect. This is YA and definitely ticks all the boxes. I loved the extras added top this lore (I won’t go into them for fear of spoiling the book) and the whole thing was simply a pleasure to read.

From a writer’s perspective, it was written first person from both the girl and the boy’s POV, which usually I hate, but it really worked here and I actually found that it was more interesting this way. My only grips is that it had the whole ‘imprinted’ thing, which I always feel is a bit lazy, as it instantly makes a couple with a strong bond, rather than the reader going on this journey with the characters.

The front cover is beautiful, although the girl doesn’t overly look like Cara, she described as blond with red streaks? This is starting to become a pet peeve with me, when front cover artists don’t read the descriptions of the main characters. It’s a shame, just a change of hairstyle and this would be an amazing cover.

Overall, I’d give Into the Fire 5 out of 5 stars – nothing’s perfect, but this is nearest damn at – for both teen and adult readers.


Interview with Amelia Cotter

Amelia Author Pic3Tell us about your publishing journey…
Long and hard, and not in the way I usually like it.
What do you love about being an author?
It’s been my lifelong dream to write and be a published author. It’s my identity and everything about me, and gives me a sense of purpose and accomplishment. Writing is the one talent I really have, so I want to be able to use it and share it with the world as much as I can, the best that I can.
If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?
I think I would go get ice cream with Alex from A Clockwork Orange. Pralines and cream…give us something to chew on to distract ourselves from the awkwardness.
If your story was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?
Every time I am asked this question, I tell people with a straight face that the only woman who is ever allowed to play me or any character based off of me is Kate Beckinsale. They always laugh, but I’m serious. But since the young lady in “When the Goatman Comes” is probably too young to be played by her, I’d go with Abigail Breslin. She’s growing up to have quite a bit of style and attitude, which I think would match the character’s pluckiness. As for the Goatman, I think it would have to be somebody with a lot of presence and a menacing voice…maybe Alexander Skarsgard, or Bryan Cranston. Depends on how truly weird we’d want the live action version of the story to get.
Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?
I prefer all my supernatural beings sexy, at all times.
If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?

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This is a tough one, but I think I would travel to the old west during (or perhaps before) frontier times. I’d be fascinated to observe or be part of Native American life before the Europeans got in the way. I would also be interested, though, in examining how the Europeans who first went west coped with the conditions and forged a life for themselves.
What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?
Be kind to yourself.
Do you believe in faeries?
The names “fairy,” “gnome,” “elf,” “demon,” etc. are all attributed to certain beings or ideas based on our religious and cultural myths from around the world. We can say each word and conjure up a ready-made fairy tale image in our heads. I do believe, however, that these beings could be “real” based on what people have seen, experienced, and reported throughout time. But perhaps what we think of from illustrations and what those beings actually resemble are not necessarily the same. I don’t think I’ll see a fairy with gossamer wings dancing around any flower bushes any time soon, but maybe there is a supernatural (or natural!) being that behaves in a certain way that people, over the course of many hundreds of years, have come to designate as a “fairy” and developed that popular image from. Manatees don’t exactly look like mermaids, and we know they’ve been the culprits in many mistaken identities. So in short, my mind is open.
If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?
I would be a shapeshifter, because…shapeshifting.
Where do you write best?
Anywhere quiet with minimaThis Housel interruption. When I write, I concentrate so hard that hours go by and it’s as if I’ve blacked out or gotten “highway hypnosis” in front of my computer. I get deep in the zone, so I just need a space that allows for that. It could be at home at the kitchen table or at a local coffee shop, as long as the conditions are right.
What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?
I just finished reading the Ghosts of Gettysburg series. A friend gave it to me and even though I grew up an hour from Gettysburg and have explored there many times, I never took the time to sit down and read Mark Nesbitt’s books until now. The stories were compelling and historically informative. It was a somewhat nostalgic experience as well, since I grew up in Maryland and my parents now live in Pennsylvania, and I’ve been living in Chicago for almost seven years.
If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?
I’d love to write romance or erotica. I think it would be fun and it takes a very special talent that is highly underappreciated in the literary world. I’d probably also make a lot more money, but don’t get me started on that.
Where can fans find you online?
My website is and I am on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Amazon. The third edition of my first book, This House: The True Story of a Girl and a Ghost, was just released by Breaking Fate Publishing, and I encourage ghost story fans to check it out! Folks can also email me at I always love to connect with people.

Book Review: The Winter People by Rebekah L. Purdy

the winter peopleSynopsis:

An engrossing, complex, romantic fantasy perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore or Maggie Stiefvater, set in a wholly unique world.

Salome Montgomery fears winter—the cold, the snow, the ice, but most of all, the frozen pond she fell through as a child. Haunted by the voices and images of the strange beings that pulled her to safety, she hasn’t forgotten their warning to “stay away.” For eleven years, she has avoided the winter woods, the pond, and the darkness that lurks nearby. But when failing health takes her grandparents to Arizona, she is left in charge of maintaining their estate. This includes the “special gifts” that must be left at the back of the property.

Salome discovers she’s a key player in a world she’s tried for years to avoid. At the center of this world is the strange and beautiful Nevin, who she finds trespassing on her family’s property. Cursed with dark secrets and knowledge of the creatures in the woods, his interactions with Salome take her life in a new direction. A direction where she’ll have to decide between her longtime crush Colton, who could cure her fear of winter. Or Nevin who, along with an appointed bodyguard, Gareth, protects her from the darkness that swirls in the snowy backdrop. An evil that, given the chance, will kill her.

About the Author:rebecca purdy

Rebekah Purdy grew up in Michigan, where she spent many late nights armed with a good book and a flashlight. When not hiding at her computer and getting lost in her stories, she enjoys reading, singing, soccer, swimming, football, camping, playing video games and hanging out with her kids. She loves the unexplainable like Bigfoot, the Dogman, and the Loch Ness Monster (lots of good story material)! She admits to still having all the books she bought throughout her childhood and teen years, and she may or may not have an obsession with anything chocolate…

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My Review:

The Winter People has a kind of Twilight vibe to it that most teen readers are going to lap up. It’s a beautifully told story with a protagonist that, although has her issues, is not some wet behind the ears girl you consistently want to slap back to reality.

From a writer’s perspective, it was told first person, which I love and unfolded neatly, and seemlessly making it easy to read, and hard to put down. There were the obvious YA fiction cliches in there, but at least in here they were wrapped in a different form, making them more interesting, yet still familiar enough to ear-mark it as a teen read. The prose was perfect and Salome’s voice was authentic without being annoying – a very hard and delicate balance to get right in this genre!

The front cover is gorgegous and the pages inside even had a lovely snowflake style design on the start of each chapter – so an amazing job done by the designers at Entangled.

Overall, I’d give The Winter People 5 out 5 stars – a beautiful modern fairy story that makes you feel cold and warm at the same time. A perfect winter read.

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Book Review: Call me Grim by Elizabeth Holloway




The truck should have turned Libbi Piper into a Libbi Pancake — and it would have, too, if Aaron hadn’t shown up and saved her life. The problem? Aaron’s the local Grim Reaper… and he only saved Libbi’s life because he needs someone to take over his job. Now, Libbi has two days to choose between dying like she was supposed to, or living a lonely life as Death Incarnate. Talk about a rock and a hard place.

And the choice goes from hard to sucktastic when her best friend shows up marked: condemned as a future murderer. Libbi could have an extra week to stop the murder and fix the mark… but only if she accepts Aaron’s job as Reaper, trapping herself in her crappy town forever, invisible and inaudible to everyone except the newly dead. But, if she refuses? Her best friend is headed straight for Hell.

About the Author:

Elizabeth Holloway is a writer of young adult fiction living in Southern Pennsylvania with her two teen children and their growing number of pets.

In addition to writing, she is a registered nurse, an avid reader, an out-of-practice artist, a karaoke singer, and music lover. She is still trying to decide what she wants to be when she grows up.

My Review:

Call me Grim, as its name suggests, features Grim Reapers. These seem to become into fashion of late and with their main theme of death and dying make for perfectly exciting YA books. The story in interesting and the prose is expertly written. It’s also first person perspective which is my favourite, as it connects the reader to the character on a more emotional level – which is definitely needed here.


From a writer’s perspective, it took a while to really get into it, so the more impatient reader might find it hard to cling onto, but they really should, as the further in you get, the quicker the pace becomes. The protagonist’s voice was very authentic teen, bit not overly enough to make you want to head-butt her every time she makes a bad decision or says something overtly teenage.  It was a little YA cliché in parts – but that’s okay, clichés are there for a reason, everybody is used to that trope/theme so they feel comfortably and are easy to follow through the plot and character arcs.


The front cover is another winner from Month9 – who is their front cover designer? It definitely stands out and I simply can’t fault it from a marketing perspective.


Overall, I’d give Call me Grim 4 out of 5 stars, a wonderful read wither you’re a teen or an adult.


Book Spotlight: Vampire Secrets Blood and Snow Season Two Book 2 by RaShelle Workman


A dream is a wish your heart makes… It’s been a month since Jasmine agreed to the wish that would keep Laeddin safe. By all accounts she should be happy. She’s attending high school, hanging out with friends, and spending time with Laeddin. but she isn’t. Ever since the sorceress ripped away a part of her, she hasn’t felt like herself. To make matters worse, the man with red eyes, the one that haunted her dreams, is appearing in real life. And demonic creatures keep showing up in Salem. The question on both counts is why? Jasmine must figure out who the man is and what the creatures want. Thankfully, she isn’t alone. Laeddin, Peter, Zoe, and some friends from the mansion next door will help. And then there’s the sorceress. she’s using what she took from Jasmine to inflict havoc on the human realm as well as other realms.

About the Author:

RaShelle Workman is the author of the popular Blood and Snow series. She loves to reinvent fairy tales teens and adults can sink their teeth into. Her stories include kissing, vampires, werewolves, witches, aliens, and more kissing. Her books: Sleeping Roses, Exiled, Beguiled, and Dovetailed have foreign rights contracts with a Turkish publisher. RaShelle is also one of the co-founders of Indie Recon LIVE, a self publishing conference that will debut October 10-11, 2014 in Sandy, Utah.

Her books include:


Sleeping Roses

Across the Ages




Blood and Snow (1-12)

The Cindy Chronicles

Vampire Lies (Blood and Snow Season 2)

A Beauty So Beastly 


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Interview with Michael Kleen

Michael Kleen 1What do you love about being an author?
Being an author is strange because you are usually so detached from your audience. Reading is such a private thing–You never see someone reading your book. That being said, I love it when I can connect with my readers. When I meet someone at a book signing or conference who tells me how my books have inspired them, that makes everything worthwhile.
If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?
Wow, that’s quite a question! I guess I would love to have dinner with Sherlock Holmes, and I imagine we would eat at a dingy old English pub.
If your story was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?
“Sonic Fear” has very few characters (it’s really an exploration of urban loneliness – how an individual can be detached from family and community and still surrounded by noise), but I think Shia LaBeouf might be good for the role. He’s such a tragic figure anyway. I think I would like Samuel L. Jackson to play the bartender.
Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?
Hm. I think there’s certainly a romantic and even erotic element to vampires, but they are, after all, creatures of horror. There’s an element of transformation in them–from human to blood sucker. We’ve all had romantic relationships go bad, and have known people with significant others who seemed to suck the life out of them. So I think there’s no contradiction in the idea of romance turning to horror. There needs to be a balance between the two.
If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?Haunting Illinois by Michael Kleen
I’ve always had an interest in Civil War-era America. That’s what I focused on in my graduate work, and I would love to go back in time to the 1850s and 1860s and see what life was really like. I don’t know how long I could survive without the Internet though..
What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?
Find a stable career BEFORE embarking on a writing career. As most writers know, the business doesn’t really provide a firm financial foundation, especially for someone starting out. I dove right in, expecting to make a big splash early on. Being a professional writer turned out to be grueling and full of disappointment. You need to be able to weather the storm between book projects and disappointing royalty checks. Having another, stable source of income makes the good times even better. I wish someone had told me that when I was in my early 20s. Then again, I’m not sure I would have listened.
Do you believe in faeries?
If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?
I guess I would be a ghost because then I would know part of me would live on forever. Plus I think it would be ironic to haunt something and have people write about it.
Where do you write best?
It may seem strange, but I love to sit at restaurants and write. I find someplace with a nice atmosphere and sit down with a pen and pad of paper. I enjoy the background noise and the sense of being somewhere active, surrounded by people but not disturbed by them. While I was at Eastern Illinois University, I used to love to go to the coffee shop in the University Union and get a chai and scone and work on my stories or articles.
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What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?

Haunted Kansas by Lisa Hefner Heitz. It is an excellent book, and one of the last books on ghost stories in the Midwest to retain the feel of the old academic study of folklore. Even though it was published in the early 1990s, the stories are fresh and beautifully retold. Pretty much everything you read online or in other books today about the ghost stories of Kansas came from Lisa Hefner Heitz’s work.
If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?
This is hard to answer because I write about a lot of different subjects and in different genres. One genre I’ve always wanted to break into (no pun intended) is true crime. I recently wrote an article about a famous murder case in Rockford, Illinois for the anthology Secret Rockford. I always feel somewhat uncomfortable when I write about that topic though – like the act of writing about crime is fundamentally exploitative. That feeling keeps me from really exploring the genre.
Where can fans find you online?
My main blog is, but I also maintain a personal website at My author page can be found at

Interview with Stacey Graham

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Haunted Stuff is a collection of classic and new stories of items that don’t want to give up the ghost. Along with haunted dolls such as Annabelle and Robert, I’ve included larger items like the Golden Gate Bridge, the USS Constellation, and the White Eagle Saloon in Portland, Oregon. There are also personal stories such as a photograph of a young girl that tried to “speak” to her parents after her early death, and my own experiences at a haunted mansion. For fun, I’ve included sections on where to find possibly haunted items and how to do your own ghost investigations, plus jinxed objects like the Heart-Shaped Curse, and a Victorian-era doll that was hidden away in a wall for decades with a note from a very cranky young lady.

Have you ever owned anything that is haunted?

Right after I signed the contract to write Haunted Stuff, a Santa figurine’s bell began to ring while I watched. I took it as a good sign. I believe that there have been objects that have been moved by the random ghosts that wander through, such as hangers swinging on their own in my closets, but nothing I’d classify as haunted on a regular basis.

Which literary character are you most like, and why?

It’s a toss up between Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice, Nancy Drew, and Winnie-the-Pooh. I think I have Bennet’s sass, Drew’s curiosity, and Pooh’s rumbly tumbly.

Which story in ‘Haunted Stuff’ creeped you out the most and why?9780738739083_200pxwide

There were quite a few, actually. The Island of Haunted Dolls in Mexico’s Teshuilo Lake district teases your imagination. As I dug deeper into the stories, I found myself wondering exactly what Barrera had seen and heard as he built his shrine to the drowned girl — and if she had finally gotten her wish to have a more permanent playmate.

There are lots of fake haunted items out there – how can you tell when something is real?

The best way to determine if your item has paranormal potential is to follow your instincts and follow the trail. Has there been activity associated with it before it came to you? If you think it may have something stuck to it, start your investigation by researching its history, then move on to observation: video, logging in a notebook if there are strange things afoot, and electronic voice recordings to see if anyone is trying to reach you.

What would you scare you most: a ventriloquist dummy, or an animal fallen foul of a taxidermist?

I think I’m pretty safe from both, but some of those stuffed critters give me the willies.

What was the hardest part of writing the book?

Sorting through urban legends and finding the stories with real meat on the bones. I did a lot of research to see if stories matched up. If the story faded out before I could find a source — out it went. Photographs were also harder to come by. I didn’t want to include photos of items that only represented the haunted object, such as a skull, so if I couldn’t get authorization from the museum to use one of their photos or find the object itself, it didn’t go in. It resulted in a lot less photos than I’d like but I had to stay true to the vision of the book.

You work in both non-fiction and fiction, which do you prefer and why?

I love both. I’m always looking for something new to explore and share with others, especially children, so middle-grade nonfiction has always been a big draw. When writing fiction, I tend to write humorous horror, or horror-lite. Most of my short stories have a few sassy bits thrown in just for fun among the zombies.

Where can fans find you online?

I am all over the darn Internet. Please visit me at my website, blog, on Twitter and Facebook, Goodreads, and Pinterest. I love to chat about ghosts and writing, give me a jingle!


Cover Reveal: The Soul Thief by Majanka Verstraete

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The Soul Thief by Majanka Verstraete

Expected Release: November 11, 2014

Publisher: Booktrope

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

When Riley is injured in a car crash and sees a girl stealing a boy’s soul, she’s convinced she’s hallucinating. But when she sees the same girl at the hospital later, she knows she wasn’t dreaming. That’s when Riley learns her secret heritage and who she really is: a halfling Angel of Death.

Riley must come to terms with her new reality and supernatural abilities, but before she can do this, girls her age start dying in mysterious circumstances. It’s up to Riley to figure out why, what the innocent victims have in common, and what she can do to stop them.

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The Soul Thief - full cover majankaAbout the Author Majanka Verstraete begged her Mom to teach her how to read while she was still in kindergarten. By the time she finished fifth grade, she had read through the entire children’s section of her hometown library. She wrote her first story when she was seven years old, and hasn’t stopped writing since. With an imagination that never sleeps, and hundreds of possible book characters screaming for her attention, writing is more than a passion for her. She writes about all things supernatural for children of all ages. She’s tried to write contemporary novels before, but something paranormal always manages to crawl in. Majanka is currently studying for her Master of Laws degree, and hopes one day to be able to combine her passions for law and writing. When she’s not writing, reading or studying, she likes watching “The Vampire Diaries” and “Game of Thrones,” spending time with her friends, or playing “World of Warcraft.”

Book Spotlight: Dead Reaper Walking (Liberty, Oakwood series, #2) by Mina Carter


Underage witches, a breakout from demon prison and a new hellgate… What could go wrong?

Reaper extraordinaire, Laney Larson, is stuck in Liberty, Oakwood of all places, for two reasons. One, there’s way more paranormal activity going on than normal for a little town like Liberty. And two, a sexy as hell cop called Troy.

So when the proverbial hits the fan and they get wind of a demon break-out from the third hell, a prison even the demon king himself won’t set foot in, what’s a reaper to do but strap on her blades and help track the escapee down? But then the creature takes her man, and all bets are off.

A reaper, a demon and a cop…will Death claim them all, or just one?

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The Reaper and the Cop – Synopsis:

Liberty, Oakwood series, #1

The latest in a long line of Reapers, Laney hits Liberty, Oakwood expecting the usual ‘reap and run’ type of job. However the small town holds far more secrets than she expects, including a sexy cop who blind-sides her reaper instincts big-time.

Liberty. It used to be a nice town until the things that go bump in the night moved in.

Detective Troy Regan moved to Liberty to claw back a little of his soul after working homicide in the big city. But the sleepy little down has problems of the paranormal kind and it’s police department have gone from calls about lost cats to Boggarts in the basement. Then the seriously nasty stuff moved in.

Sparks fly when a sexy Reaper meets a hot as hell Cop… MinaCarter_ReaperandtheCop_SMALLcover

Troy’s not sure exactly what flavor of paranormal Laney is, but he doesn’t care. She’s tiny, delicate and gorgeous. When he finds a Lycan looming over her in an alley, all his protective instincts flare up. He needs to get her home, keep her safe…in his bed.

But is she the answer he’s been looking for to fill the empty spot in his heart, or the most dangerous creature he’s ever met?

About the Author:

Mina Carter is a bestselling, multi-genre author. She lives in the UK with her husband, daughter and a bossy cat.