Following on from yesterday’s honourable mentions, today I bring you my ten favourite reads from 2018.
Paranormal Detectives Series Book Six
by Lily Luchesi
The animal inside wants to come out and play.
Skin changers are able to look like anyone of any race and gender, which makes them the most dangerous criminals in the paranormal community. Only one person in modern history has ever successfully captured and executed one.
When a skin changer starts attacking government workers in Chicago, they have no choice but to call in their last resort. However, their solution might create even more danger for the city and its people. What does the skin changer want, and how does it fit into a possible Undead uprising?
The Coven Princess
by Lily Luchesi
Your blood does not define you.
Harley Torrance’s parents were killed in a home invasion when she was three. Adopted by a nice couple, Harley begins to develop strange powers. At fourteen she brews a potion so strong it gains the attention of the Coven King, and changes her world forever.
She’s not human, she’s a witch.
Now a part of the magical community, Harley must learn to control her powers lest the Darkness already in her blood overcomes her. Can she dampen her lust for power in order to stop the Dark from taking over the Coven and killing everyone in their way?
Northern Witch #1
by K.S. Marsden
With Midwinter just around the corner, Mark’s Nanna decides that it is time he learnt more about his family heritage. Learning witchcraft shouldn’t be too difficult, right?
Balancing school, magic, and the distractions of the gorgeous new guy, should make this a very interesting winter.
A Dead Normal Novel
by D M Singh
I am young, in love and dead.
It’s hard to imagine that people or things like me come from somewhere, but just like every superhero or villain, we all have an origin story.
This is mine.
My name is Derek but you can call me Death.
In the Presence of Knowing
Secrets of Windy Springs
by Valarie Savage Kinney
Keisha is pregnant and on the run from an abusive ex-boyfriend. Hiding out at Windy Springs Renaissance Festival, she discovers a world of magic.
Stepping into new and unfamiliar territory, she finds herself among people different from any she’s met before. Though she feels she’ll never fit in, Keisha finds hope when she meets Rogan, who plays the troll. As friendship blossoms into romance, she soon discovers that Rogan, as well as others at Windy Springs, have abilities beyond the average individual – abilities that the child growing within her shares as well. When danger comes to Windy Springs, she’ll need the combined powers of Rogan and his friends to keep her and the baby safe.
In the Presence of Knowing is the first book in the Secrets of Windy Springs series. Grab your copy today and find out what mysteries await within the magical forest at Windy Springs.
The Divine Conflict #1
by C.J. Rutherford
The worst nightmares come from below!
Warning. This book contains graphic violence, profanity, and scenes of a sexual nature.
When the world ends on Halloween night, Jaz, a retired US Marine, thinks it’s all over. His friends, his family…they’re all gone. He’s alone and on the run.
He encounters Jennifer, a 19-year-old waitress hiding in her dad’s roadside diner, and together they begin a desperate dash to the desolation of North Dakota, as far away from the slaughterhouses of the cities as they can get.
Their imagined safety doesn’t last long, as Jaz and Jennifer realize the attack was just the first strike in a battle that has raged since the dawn of time.
Angel: The Mithista Incident
Aetherian Chronicles, #1
by Scott A. Borgman
Twenty-three year old Dani Taylor has a job, an apartment, and bills. She’s single. She loves pizza, ice cream, and hanging out with her two best friends. At the end of the week, she likes to go out with them both to unwind and have a night of fun at their favorite dance club. She has a typical, normal life.
That’s about to change.
What starts as a headache becomes an image burning in her mind that she discovers is no figment of her imagination. It’s a repressed memory. And there’s a reason why it’s suddenly been recalled.
What do you do when a repressed memory isn’t all that comes back? When there’s a deadly Haragan alien hunting for you, and a mysterious, shadowy organization also wants you dead?
When you’re Earth’s only hope for survival, do you hide who you are? Or do you choose to fight, to embrace your true self…
And be the superhero the world needs you to be?
Blood and Bile
by J.C. Boyd & Joshua Robertson
“Before the world came to be, there was nary beginning nor end, nary sky-shield nor night-wheel, nary war-garb nor shield-foe, nary fate-heeder nor fate-weaver, nor any thing living or dying or dead.”
Ranvir ripped meat from bone, the dew of deep wounds dribbling between his fingers. He packed the flesh into his teeth-house, chewing happily.
His wife gaped at him, word-land soundless, forehead-stones devoured long ago, and wound-necklace torn from ear to ear.
She had never looked more beautiful.
His hands probed into her blood’s-seat for another bite, nails scraping against cartilage, fingers squeezing organ and fat, seeking a tasty morsel.
Ranvir heard the rasping of his tent flap open, but did not turn from his meal. Snaer’s brisk breath briefly touched his back. and then he felt it no more. He swallowed another mouthful and pulled at his wife’s skin to gaze at the glossy remains.
A voice, light and feminine, spoke.
Ashes to Ashes
Undead Unit Book 5
by Markie Madden
With the success of Undead Units spreading through law enforcement agencies around the world, Lacey, Colton, and Kazz are sent to Egypt to teach Lacey’s friend, Chantay, how to form and manage an Undead Unit of her own.
Meanwhile, the Egyptian government is preparing to unveil a startling secret: the resurrection of ancient Pharaoh, Akhenaten, using DNA from this unpopular leader’s mummy to clone a new body for him. Egypt’s people despise Akhenaten; this King once tried to force monotheism across the land.
Long thought dead, an ancient religious cult still lives on in the form of an Immortal Phoenix, who does everything in his power to prevent the reanimation of Egypt’s most infamous king. Can Lacey’s team, along with local authorities stop him before he sabotages this fantastic scientific breakthrough?
a Dark Comedy for Grown-Ups
by Adrian Baldwin
Losing your grip on reality is a real bummer.
Just ask Leon Blank. Not that he’d know.
Seems those losing their marbles are always the last to find out.
Until recently, Leon would have argued that a tendency to become
easily sidetracked on a regular basis wasn’t that odd.
And what’s so unusual about hearing a voice inside your head?
Doesn’t everyone? Isn’t that just thinking?
But his recent visions aren’t so freely dismissed; especially the angry-
looking clown who’s following him around with a baseball bat.
Time to act, Leon decides: perhaps keeping a log
will shed light on the mystery.
Then again, could ‘seeing-things’ just be sexual frustration?
It’s been a while! If only he had a girlfriend to take his mind off stuff.
Prepare to enter the normally hidden world of delusions,
paranoia, and … ahem … ‘unusual interests’:
Voyeurism; Feederism; Shoes – that kind of thing.