An Illuminating Halloween – A Tarbet Witches Short Story

After a long break from writing I decided to finish a Halloween Short Story I’d been working on before the lockdown. ‘An Illuminating Halloween’ features the witches from my Tarbet Witches. I hope you enjoy it.

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Review of ‘Alsea Rising: Gathering Storm’ by Fletcher Delancey

This book begins a new phase for our favourite characters and starts to bring some threads together. But there is so much more to this story and Fletcher Delancey has ensured that no reader will be able to resist immediately buying the finale. 

Ekatya’s life has never been easy since she first entered Alsean space. Some in the Protectorate do not regard her in the high esteem she deserves. And one particular Admiral is determined to make her life difficult. But not every aspect of her life causes stress. For all of the main protagonists, changes begin and realisations become clear. As the much needed space elevator nears completion, fears of a Voloth attack weigh on the minds of those responsible for the safety of Alsea. There’s a feeling of something important coming, of the culmination of destiny. For all of them. High drama and the most delicious cliffhanger will have you screaming for more. Be warned- you will want to have the next book ready to go. Completely and utterly wonderful. 

Review of ‘Loving Blue in Red States: East Tennessee’ by Anne Hagan

Can we accept change? Is Grace willing to take a chance, to alter her carefully laid plans for something she could never have anticipated.  That’s the question that emerges from Grace and Sam’s story in East Tennessee. I liked this story and it made me really think. It was a sweet story of two people who meet unexpectedly again, and are faced with surprises and forced to decide what they really want. I also enjoy finding out about new places through this series. It has taken me all over the USA and opened my eyes.

I was given this ARC to review.

Review of ‘Uprising’ by Fletcher DeLancey

‘Uprising’ is book 8 in The Chronicles of Alsea series and another masterpiece. This time the overall theme is of different people learning about each other and realising we are all the same. It’s also about hate that could rip everything apart.They were brought together in war and mayhem. Now the repercussions start to play out as different groups live together on Alsea – Alseans, Gaians and Voloth. It’s about taking a stand and demanding change. There’s a sense of empowerment, of coming together. It was inspiring.

Review of ‘Resilience’ by Fletcher DeLancey

‘Resilience’ is the 7th book in the Chronicles of Alsea series. And it’s another marvel. Fletcher DeLancey takes us further into and her universe and the wonders within. Rahel is onboard the Phoenix and has to find a way to coexist with the Gaians serving there. It’s not easy. This story focused on relationships of various kinds, and the importance of communication. I loved getting to know Dr Wells especially. There was something so appealing about her – the gruff and the caring sides of her nature made her a wonderful character. I hope we get to see more of her in future books too. As for some other new characters, they made a deep impression on me. But to say any more would wander into the area of spoilers. An excellent story, with exquisite writing and imagination. 

Review of ‘Witch’ by Finbar Hawkins

The story of Evey and her sister Dill in the aftermath of their mother’s murder at the hands of witch hunters, is a powerful tale. It is set in a time of wars, witch trials and hard lives for women. Women were supposed to be subservient. Not the women Evey knew.
I loved the historical aspects of the story, but it is the character development in the face of enormous struggles and grief that impressed me most. The writing was beautifully poetic and suited the magic and enchanting setting. It was about finding the power within and the importance of love and friendship for women.

I was given this ARC for review by LoveReading.

Review of ‘Whispering Wildwood’ by Emma Sterner-Radley

I love when an author shows imagination and love for invention in their writing. Emma Sterner-Radley does just that in ‘Whispering Wildwood’.  This is where Emma Sterner-Radley excels. This is her genre. 

Korinne is the strong, intelligent member of her family and has gone along with a life she hates for the sake of her brother. Matt is sweet and kind, but not the brightest. Korinne would do anything to protect him.  When they are forced into an adventure in the Whispering Wildwood, both find that life is never going to be the same again. With the help of the flamboyant and knowledgeable Vicktoria, they encounter magic and mystery and creatures they thought part of fairy tales. Korinne undergoes a voyage of self discovery in an environment full of surprises and wonder.

The story is wonderful and I was completely enthralled. The language is beautifully descriptive and the world-building exquisite. I couldn’t get enough of the puzzles and riddles of the Wildwood and the creatures they encountered. It was a joy to read. I loved it.

I was given this ARC for review.

Review of ‘Moon Fever’ by Ileandra Young

Danika has a fight on her hands, whichever way you look at it. Within SPEAR she has to assert her authority in the face of interference, her love life with girlfriend Rayne is never going to be easy- and she has rogue werewolves to deal with. 

I haven’t read the first in the SPEAR series, but I didn’t find that a problem. I was able to get into the story and understand Danika and her world. And what a world! I like the whole premise. Ileandra Young has a wonderfully irreverent and forthright style and it works. It’s particularly effective in the first person narrative she has chosen. Her imaginative writing and compelling characters kept me gripped. I’ll be looking forward to more from this particular author.

I was given this ARC for review.

Review of ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ by Richard Osman

Do not underestimate senior citizens! Richard Osman’s foray into murder mystery ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ tells the story of a group of pensioners living in a retirement village, and their determination to solve a crime in their midst. First of all, I hope this village is real, because I want to move there when I reach 65. The setting is perfectly described and the residents are an eclectic group of men and women with skills honed over years in various professions. As they subtly manipulate the local plod into assisting their investigation, we find out about their backgrounds too. I loved it. It was full of twists and turns, and Richard Osman’s observations were hilarious but also poignant at times. 

This book is crying out to be filmed. I can just see it. Christmas night cosy mystery. Just after ‘Call The Midwife’. I hope Mr Osman has plans to write a whole series as I will be first in line for my copies.

I was given this ARC for review.

Review of ‘Outcaste’ by Fletcher DeLancey

Rahel Sayana wants to forge her own path, but in a society where choosing your own caste is not easy, her wishes are disregarded. Seeing no other way out, she runs away to Whitesun and a life on the edges of society. A life fraught with danger. Struggles become part of who she is and lead her into battles not of her own making. 

This has been the most challenging, but the most satisfying of the Chronicles of Alsea books for me so far. I must admit some of the subject matter was difficult. But it had to be done. Fletcher Delancey’s masterful storytelling took me to the depths and then turned it all around. Rachel’s story was multi-layered, with fascinating connections woven throughout. Seeing the story of Alsea from a different perspective, a different point of view added a richness I could not have anticipated.New characters so unlike any in the previous books opened up my mind. There were a few surprises that made me sit back and wonder at the imagination and skill of Fletcher DeLancey.  Utterly outstanding. There’s no other way to describe it.