Story #1 – RECOVERING GABRIEL
Angels are trouble. But a Fairy Godmother is The Law.
Callie Burns works for SERA, the Supernatural Entity Recovery Agency, a.k.a. The Scary Fairies. As a Fairy Godmother, it’s Callie’s job to grant wishes and deport supernatural creatures back to their plane of existence. Now she’s got an angel in her sights Gabriel’s a gorgeous, sexy distraction to Callie doing her duty. But she has a reputation to maintain and no smoking hot angel is going to mess that up. Gabriel is determined he’s not going anywhere and he’ll try everything he can to convince Callie he belongs on Earth. But she’s equally determined to get the job done before the angel kills everything in sight—even if that means fulfilling Gabriel’s deepest fantasy.
Story #2 – HANDLING MERCURY
Vampires may go for the throat. But a Fairy Godmother will aim lower . . .
Elizabeth and Mercury both work for SERA, the Supernatural Entity Recovery Agency. Despite the fact Elizabeth’s a Fairy Godmother and Mercury’s a vampire, they make a deadly duo when it comes to deporting supernatural beings. But Mercury and Elizabeth’s perfect partnership changes the night a wish is granted.
Now Elizabeth can’t think of Mercury without remembering how sexy the vampire is under his cool demeanor and designer clothes. And Mercury can’t forget the taste of Elizabeth’s blood nor the desire to have her in every other way as well. Can their partnership survive and will they find a way to grant their very own wishes?
Story #3 – FINDING NAVARRE
A lone wolf is about to find out old dogs can learn new tricks.
Navarre is a werewolf and the Director of SERA. It’s his job to oversee the agents who deport supernatural beings from Earth. He loves his work and his vaunted reputation for remaining calm under pressure. But all that is about to change. Tor is also a werewolf and SERA’s newest agent. He’s out to catch not only the bad guy, but his elusive boss as well. It’s love at first sight for Tor, but Navarre doesn’t seem willing to take another chance on a relationship. When a mission goes bad and suddenly it’s Tor’s life on the line, Navarre must overcome his fears if he’s going to experience true love before it’s too late.
Story #4 – TASTING ABSINTHE
Two’s company, will three prove too much of a crowd?
Absinthe is a Fairy Godmother with SERA and Bryce is her irresistible partner. Absinthe is all about getting to know Bryce away from the job, but he comes with one big problem. His best friend Grey is a werewolf and Absinthe does not do wolves. Bryce is in love with Absinthe. Problem is, he’s also in love with Grey. It will take something extraordinary to bring Grey and Absinthe together. Tracking a cold-blooded killer may just be the start of a beautiful romance. Will Bryce’s stubborn wolf and prejudiced fairy overcome their differences enough to not only stay alive, but form a bond strong enough to last a lifetime?
Story #5 – CHASING SIN
A good SERA Agent knows there’s only one Sin that matters.
As an agent and ‘evaluator’ for SERA, Jane is sent in to re-educate their only male Fairy Godmother before he does something even the Scary Fairies can’t ignore.
Sin’s sick of being the brunt of jokes and the latest pin-up after a nude picture scandal. He’s also indecently fascinated with his new ‘minder’, Jane. When a wish shows Sin a very different side to Jane, he’s desperate to find out more. On the hunt for a supernatural with a dangerous new toy and evil plans, Jane and Sin find out how well they work as a team. But can he get the prim and proper agent to loosen up enough to love a naughty fairy while she tries her very best to reform Sin?
Before becoming a writer C.T. Green worked in advertising for ten years. She also completed a Bachelor of Arts with majors in communication and literature.
C.T. Green now lives in regional Australia with her husband, children and extensive collection of animals – amongst which are the world’s bossiest goldfish.
In between writing, i.e. arguing with her characters and occasionally posting to her blog, she reads, drinks vanilla coffee, kid wrangles, enters writing contests and avoids the goldfish.
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I do love an anthology, but this one is slightly different as it’s a collection from just the one author, rather than many. One of the benefits/ downsides with anthologies is that, with different authors you can end up with some stories practically singing off the page to you, and others leaving you cold – The S.E.R.A. Files, being all by just one author, avoids this trap. It has consistency and an attractive style, which makes all the stories a pleasure to read.
I won’t go into each story separately – partly because I don’t want to spoil them too much and partly because I’m far too lazy to do a separate review for each! As a collection, it’s superb. Just spicy enough and with each story having a solid plot line to keep the reader moving forward. It’s also, in this hectic world, lovely to have a book on the go that gives you lovely bite-size paranormal chunks that you can devour in their entirety in one sitting.
From a writer’s perspective, I felt that some of the stories did warrant a longer manuscript and perhaps should be expanded in a future anthology, or simply added to in different books all together – perhaps start with the short story from The S.E.R.A Files as the Prelude then continue writing from that point. Might also make a cool marketing technique too, as those readers who particularly enjoyed those characters would be interested in seeing them develop further.
The front lets it down for me. It looks a little cheap (sorry!) and although a good looking bloke is always a bonus for us ladies, it would have been better for me if there had been slightly more time spent over it to make it look more expensive eluding more to the wealth of creative stories within.
Overall I’d give The S.E.R.A Files 4 out of 5 stars – pleasurable paranormal bites for romance fans and a good introduction to the genre for those wanting a quick taste.