1) Catt Kingsgrave - One Saved to the Sea ()
Wonderful. The plot did reach a point of expectancy for me, until then, I was delightfully unsure where this story was going. The writer’s superb imagery pulled me into each scene. I would read more from this author, and this is the first time I have said that during this contest. I am that impressed with her work. –David
Publisher: Circlet Press, Inc. (August 5, 2012)
Amazon Kindle: One Saved to the Sea
In the Orkney Islands, mothers tell their children of the selkies, seals who can shed their skins and dance on land. They also tell that whoever holds a selkie girl's skin can trap her for a wife. From the lighthouse where she was raised, Mairead has watched the selkie girls secretly since she was small. She longs to leave the home that has never really been hers and join them. She could never have guessed that a limping selkie girl has been watching her too, nor what wildness the shapeshifter would draw her into. Their paths collide when most of the men including Mairead's brothers have been called to war, the village idiot decides to catch himself a wife, and Mairead is the only one who can stop him. Drawing on myth and history, Catt Kingsgrave writes a tale of the clash of the modern age with magic, of loss and searching, a tale that will sweep you away to a past that never was, and into a sapphic love story just this side of impossible.
2-tie) Radclyffe & Stacia Seaman - Women of the Dark Streets
Some stories were excellent, they were high quality and interesting. The writing was uniformly good. The character development was very good in such a short space. Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot - it was my favorite of all the books I read for this contest. –Janet T.
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (March 13, 2012)
Amazon: Women of the Dark Streets: Lesbian Paranormal
Enter a midnight world of the supernatural—a world of vampires, werewolves, witches, ghosts, and demons. A seductive world limited only by your imagination, full of dark fantasies, hidden desires, and sexy women who rule the night. Edited by award-winning editors Radclyffe and Stacia Seaman, Women of the Mean Streets presents all new tales of the paranormal from your favorite Bold Strokes authors.
Rebekah Weatherspoon - Better Off Red
In a nutshell, I really loved the way this author writes, and the plot did have some nice twists to it. --Audrey
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (November 15, 2011)
Amazon: Better Off Red: Vampire Sorority Sisters Book 1
Every sorority has its secrets... And college freshman Ginger Carmichael couldn't care less. She has more important things on her mind, like maintaining her perfect GPA. No matter how much she can't stand the idea of the cliques and the matching colors, there's something about the girls of Alpha Beta Omega—their beauty, confidence, and unapologetic sexuality—that draws Ginger in. But once initiation begins, Ginger finds that her pledge is more than a bond of sisterhood, it’s a lifelong pact to serve six bloodthirsty demons with a lot more than nutritional needs. Despite her fears, Ginger falls hard for the immortal queen of this nest, and as the semester draws to a close, she sees that protecting her family from the secret of her forbidden love is much harder than studying for finals.
3-tie) Cate Culpepper - A Question of Ghosts
Mystery, romance, friendship, betrayal, family... all make this an excellent story. I couldn't put it down. Well done. –Julie W.
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (July 17, 2012)
Amazon: A Question of Ghosts
Becca Healy always believed she understood the shameful circumstances of her mother’s death—until the night her mother’s spirit whispers a simple message out of the static of a radio: “Not true.” Becca turns to the terse Dr. Joanne Call, an expert in Electronic Voice Phenomenon—ghost voices—to unravel the mystery of this decades-old tragedy. Joanne can coax messages out of the silence of the grave, but coping with this feisty, emotional Healy person might be completely beyond her. Together, Becca and Jo must tackle childhood grief, a serial killer, Xena withdrawal, and a growing attraction between the two most mismatched women in Seattle.
Nell Stark & Trinity Tam – Sunfall
Starks and Tam make a great writing team, their words flow effortlessly! –Tammy
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (May 8, 2012)
In the final installment of the everafter series, Valentine Darrow and Alexa Newland work to rebuild their relationship even as they find themselves at the heart of the struggle that will determine a new world order for vampires and wereshifters. To survive, they must defeat the growing threat posed by Balthasar Brenner, who has been a thorn in the side of the vampire-wereshifter Consortium for centuries. The search for Brenner leads Val and Alexa deep into the heart of the Alaskan wilderness, where they must confront Brenner’s forces and either secure peace between the paranormal races, or die in the attempt.
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