Friday, May 31, 2013

Cover Reveal: Child of The Sacred Earth by Alicia Michaels

Cover Reveal

Title: Child of the Sacred Earth
Series: The Lost Kingdom of Fallada, Book #2
By: Alicia Michaels
Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing

Release Date: June 2013 (Exact Date TBA)

Get a degree, get a job, save adorable foster siblings from the clutches of the evil foster mom …

These are Jocylene Sanders’ top priorities as she enters her sophomore year of college. The last thing she expects is to find herself the champion of an entire kingdom. However, that is just what happens when the mysterious Faerie, Rothatin Longspear, appears to her tasking her with saving a parallel world full of creatures from her wildest dreams.

Jocylene journeys with him into the world of Fallada, hoping for answers about her birth parents and background. What she finds is a mystifying past, and an even more uncertain future, as her heart becomes entangled with the stoic, battle-hardened Rothatin, as well as Eli, the untroubled Panther Shifter with no loyalties and no home. With her heart and soul pulled in so many directions, can Jocylene find the strength needed to become the savior one nation so desperately needs?

Okay,” Jocylene held her hands up to halt Jake’s speech. “Let me get this straight. My mother is the bitch queen of all evil and wants to take over the world. You think that me and a band of teenage princesses have enough combined power to stop her, and you expect me to lead battles in this epic war against a hostile takeover?”

Jake cleared his throat again and blushed, nodded his head slowly. “That about sums it up, Princess.”

“Hell. No. Hell-to-the-no. Forget it. There is no way you can convince me that I’ve got what it takes to lead a freaking army, let alone go up against a woman evil and sadistic enough to kidnap seven girls and cast them into another world. Her doing that was obviously a warning; ‘stay away little princesses’. Fine by me!”

“You are being irrational,” Rothatin said in that infuriatingly arrogant way of his. Jocylene turned her narrowed eyes on him.

“Says a man who flew to my rescue tonight on a gigantic owl! If your world is separate from mine, then it’s all the better for me because I have no desire to go there or become part of anyone else's plans.”

“Do you have any idea how powerful you are?” Wil asked, his hands on his hips as he came forward and stared down at her from behind the smoke trailing out of his pipe.

“I do,” Rothatin muttered as he stared out over the blanket of pine trees beneath them.
“I’ve seen it with my own eyes. It is easy to see why Eranna would be afraid of her.”

“Sounds to me like she doesn’t have much to fear,” Jocylene countered. “If she’s as powerful as you’re telling me, I don’t stand a chance in Hell.”

“Not by yourself,” Jake agreed. “But with the others—“

“Where are they?” she asked, her arms spread wide. “Where are these others girls? As far as I can tell, you guys are just casting your net out to see who you can catch. Sure, you got lucky once and now you’ve done it a second time. But seven seems like a big number when we’re talking about the possible end of the world here. Besides, things happen in this world too; cancer, car wrecks … who says these other girls are even alive? I’m having a hard time believing your luck will hold out. And then what happens? I’ve given up what’s left of my life fighting for a lost cause.”

“Do not think to question the powers of the Fae Queen,” Rothatin growled, coming up from his relaxed pose against the ship’s rail, his shoulders squared and his jaw gone hard and tight. “Her power is ten times that of the dark queen and her all-seeing eyes are everywhere. She will find them, just as she found you.”

“I’m sure your queen is a nice lady, and I mean no disrespect to her when I ask this but, if she’s so dang powerful, why hasn’t she stopped my mother herself?”

“Because the Fae are the keepers of fate and destiny,” Rothatin answered with an agitated eye-roll, as if this were information she should already be privy to. “We do everything we can to guide those in our realm on the right path but in the end their decisions are ultimately their own. We cannot interfere. And even if we wanted to, Eranna’s iron fortress keeps us out.”

“The Fae’s only weakness is the element of iron,” Jake supplied from behind Rothatin’s hulking form. “Her fortress is surrounded by it.”

“Well, you just said yourself that you can’t force me,” Jocylene huffed. “So, do whatever you need to do to turn this ship around and take me home. Or, let me off here for all I care. I can find my own way back home.”

“That is foolish, as well as dangerous,” Wil said to her retreating back as she turned to make her way back across the deck. “Eranna will not stop sending her minions after you. Of all the princesses of Fallada, she fears her own daughters the most!”

She paused and turned, shooting a glance at the three men watching her walk away with expressions of horror, anger, and dismay on their faces. “In case your friend here didn’t tell you, I am more than capable of protecting myself and those kids in there. Send whoever you want; they won’t get far. Once Michael, Vincent, and Gracie wake up, I’m out of here whether you want to give me a ride home or not.”

Other Books In The Series:
Prequel: Beyond The Iron Gate (A Lost Kingdom of Fallada Novella)
Blurb: In the year 1845, before the mystical land of Fallada was separated from the realm of men forever, the two worlds coexisted in harmony. Man could mingle freely in the world of the Elves and Faeries at will and peace reigned. In the hills of Shropshire, England, just miles from the gate separating the village of Ludlow from the world of mystical creatures, farmer’s daughter Zara Wells longs for answers.
It is not only the golden hair that trail feet behind her, or the strange hue of her violet eyes that separates her from the other girls her village. There is something inside of her, something touched by magic that longs to know more about what lies on the other side of the gate. In Fallada, darkness has begun to spread. As the youngest and most beautiful girls of her village begin to disappear, Zara comes closer to discovering the true circumstances surrounding her birth. Little does she know, that the closer she comes to the answers she so desperately desires, the closer she will come to being ensnared in the dark queen’s web of growing treachery.
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Book 1: Daughter of the Red Dawn

Blurb: These are dark times in the land of Fallada, and I fear that they will only continue to grow darker. Only the return of those we’ve lost will even the score.
It will begin with first line of the prophecy, which foretells of a red sun over the desert sky…
--Adrah, Queen of the Fae

On the outside, seventeen year-old Selena McKinley is like any other teenage girl. Yet Selena has always felt as if she doesn’t belong and is counting the days to graduation and her freedom from the small town that makes her feel so out of place, when the arrival of a stranger turns her world upside down. Selena will learn just how different she is and the truth of where she comes from.
A lost princess, they call her, the catalyst for a war involving a world that Selena was taken from as a child. An evil queen obsessed with her own beauty with a plan to enslave the human race.…the notion seems so silly, yet Selena knows in her heart that it is true. Then there is Titus, the shape shifter whose blue eyes and claims of destiny hold her heart captive. Can Selena find the strength to do what she must while following her heart?
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About The Author:
Ever since she first read books like Chronicles of Narnia or Goosebumps, Alicia has been a lover of mind-bending fiction. Wherever imagination takes her, she is more than happy to call that place her home. The mother of two and wife to an Army sergeant loves chocolate, coffee, and of course good books. When not writing, you can usually find her with her nose in a book, shopping for shoes and fabulous jewelry, or spending time with her loving family.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Cover Reveal:I'm Not Crazy, I'm on Lupron by Stacey Rourke

Blurb -
Basal body temperatures. Hormone injections. Invasive procedures - that leave no room for modesty. Tips on “effective positions” from well-meaning grandparents. 

When the natural way fails to work these are all added to the so called “fun” process of making a baby. Walk this rocky path to motherhood with author Stacey Rourke as she openly and honestly shares every good, bad, and awkward step of her three-year long journey. Using humor to break through the perils of infertility, she gives the lowdown on all the strange, embarrassing, and heartbreaking aspects. Stacey guides us through an unforgettable path that ends with a kid on each hip and hope for all those suffering with infertility. 

BONUS MATERIAL: “Morsels of Hope”
Success Stories from Infertility Survivors


About The Author -


Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012.
Stacey Rourke is the author of the Gryphon Series. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant, drooly dogs. Stacey loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. She is currently hard at work on the continuations of this series as well as other literary projects.

Stalker Links:
Twitter: @Rourkewrites

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Cover Reveal: Dawn's Early Light by PIP Ballantine & Tee Morris

Dawn's Early Light
Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Book Three
Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris

Cover Reveal May 29

Working for the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, one sees innumerable technological wonders. But even veteran agents Braun and Books are unprepared for what the electrifying future holds…

After being ignominiously shipped out of England following their participation in the Janus affair, Braun and Books are ready to prove their worth as agents. But what starts as a simple mission in the States—intended to keep them out of trouble—suddenly turns into a scandalous and convoluted case that has connections reaching as far as Her Majesty the Queen.

Even with the help of two American agents from the Office of the Supernatural and the Metaphysical, Braun and Books have their work cut out for them as their chief suspect in a rash of nautical and aerial disasters is none other than Thomas Edison. Between the fantastic electric machines of Edison, the eccentricities of MoPO consultant Nikola Tesla, and the mysterious machinations of a new threat known only as the Maestro, they may find themselves in far worse danger than they ever have been in before…

About the Authors:

Philippa (Pip) Ballantine
Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Philippa has always had her head in a book. For this she blames her father who thought Lord of the Rings was suitable bedtime reading for an eight year old. At the age of thirteen she began writing fantasy stories for herself.
She first earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Political Science and then a Bachelor of Applied Science in Library and Information Science. So soon enough she found herself working in the magical world of libraries where she stayed for over a decade
Her first professional sale was in 1997, and since then she has gone on to produce mostly novel length fiction. In 2006 she became New Zealand’s first podcast novelist, and she has voiced and produced Weaver’s Web, Chasing the Bard, Weather Child and Digital Magic as podiobooks. Her podcasts have been short listed for the Parsec Awards, and won a Sir Julius Vogel award.
Philippa is the author of the Books of the Order series with Ace- Geist and Spectyr and Wrayth out now, and Harbinger to follow. She is also the co-author of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series with Tee Morris. Phoenix Rising debuted in May 2011 and The Janus Affair came out in May 2012. She also has the Shifted World series with Pyr Books, with the first book Hunter and Fox out now.
When not writing or podcasting, Philippa loves reading, gardening, and whenever possible traveling. With her husband, Tee and her daughter, she is looked after by a mighty clowder of three cats.

Tee Morris
Tee Morris began his writing career with his 2002 historical epic fantasy, MOREVI The Chronicles of Rafe & Askana. In 2005 Tee took MOREVI into the then-unknown podosphere, making his novel the first book podcast in its entirety.
That experience led to the founding of and collaborating with Evo Terra and Chuck Tomasi on Podcasting for Dummies and its follow-up, Expert Podcasting Practices for Dummies.
He won acclaim and accolades for his cross-genre fantasy-detective Billibub Baddings Mysteries, the podcast of The Case of the Singing Swordwinning him the 2008 Parsec Award for Best Audio Drama. Along with those titles, Tee has written articles and short stories for BenBella Books’s Farscape Forever: Sex, Drugs, and Killer Muppets, the podcast anthology VOICES: New Media Fiction, BenBella Books’ So Say We All: Collected Thoughts and Opinions of Battlestar Galactica, and Dragon Moon Press’ Podthology: The Pod Complex.
Tee bought all these skills to the award-winning Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series which he wrote with his wife, Pip Ballantine. When he is not writing, Tee enjoys life in Virginia alongside Philippa Ballantine, his daughter, and three cats.

"Right now Pip and Tee are also running a Kickstarter for a brand new anthology and a roleplaying game set in the world of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. Check out the project here "

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Character Interview: Prince of Shadows's Cale and Kendra

Welcome to our first character interview!  Today we have Cale and Kendra from Prince of Shadows novel by author Nancy Gideon. 

            Describe yourself.  What is your worst and best quality?
Cale: Loyalty, in both cases. My bond to my family and clan have put me into some unpleasant situations where I ‘ve had to go against what I know was right. It puts my head and heart at odds. 

Kendra:  My worst quality has been allowing others assume control of my life. They meant well but I’m taking back those reins now.  My best quality has always been my devotion to family. I would sacrifice anything for them.

What is the one thing you wish other people knew about you?

Cale: That I care about the Lessers of our clan.  It’s not just about the power, the money, the control.  I want a better life for all our people. I want them to know that they can come to me for fairness and justice.

Kendra:  That I’m more than just a trophy that comes with a crown. I don’t want to bond with any male for less than love.

What is your biggest secret,  something no one knows about?

Cale:  The reason I stayed on the mountain with my father when my mother left when I was a boy. I’ve never shared that with anyone.

Kendra:  Something Cale’s mother showed me.  It’s not my secret to tell.

What are you most afraid of?

Cale:  Failing to protect those I love.

Kendra:  Not having the courage to do the right thing.

What do you want more than anything?

Kendra:  The freedom to make my own choices and live my own life.

Cale: (staring at Kendra) I’m looking at it.

What is your relationship status?

Cale:  Totally committed.

Kendra:  Totally conflicted.

How would you describe your sense of fashion?

Cale: My father insists upon designer dress when my brothers and I are about his business. Pitbulls in rhinestone collars is what Kendra and her cousin Silas call us, because of the diamond earstuds we wear as a sign of clan fealty.  But I prefer basic butt-kicking black everyday wear. Things I can move in.

Kendra:  My flashy cousin Brigit always pushed mousy conservative clothes on me so I wouldn’t draw the attention of the aggressive males of our clan.  Now I’m finding that I don’t mind a little attention.

How much of a rebel are you?

Cale:  How much is too much?

Kendra:  I’m a rebellious work in progress.  Baby steps.

What do you considered to be your greatest achievement?

Cale:  When it happens, it will be restoring harmony within our clan by repairing the damage done by my father. My goal is to rule through respect instead of fear.

Kendra:  And I’ll be proud to do my part to help you.

What is your idea of happiness?
Cale:  When she smiles at me without the shadows of the past in her eyes.
Kendra:  Remembering how things were before my world fell apart.

What is your current state of mind?

Cale:  Frustrated by the roadblocks that constantly prevent Kendra and I from getting together, if you know what I mean.

Kendra:  Equal parts anxious and anticipating . . . that getting together thing.

What is your most treasured possession?

Cale:  I don’t treasure possessions.

Kendra:  The diamond earstud that Cale gave me when we were young as a sign that I had an equal share of his love and devotion.

What is your most marked characteristic?

Cale:  I’m a Terriot.  I’m a take no prisoners warrior.

Kendra:  Meek and virginal.  Geez, who wants to be that after their mid-twenties.

What is it that you most dislike?

Cale: Agendas.  I’m a straight shooter.  I hate deception.

Kendra:  Violence.  I’ve seen more than enough of it in my lifetime and there’s no escaping it considering where I’m forced to live.

Which living person do you most despise?

Cale:  Silas MacCreedy.  He made my life miserable and now I’ve heard he’s a threat to my future with the female I love. I don’t deal well with threats.

Kendra: Cale’s father, Bram.  He’s the monster responsible for murdering most of my family.

What is your greatest regret?

Cale:  Not being the man Kendra needed me to be.

Kendra: Not dealing with my personal pain sooner.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Kendra:  Honor.

Cale: Yeah, and it killed most of them.

Kendra:  You’re honorable.

Cale:  It just hasn’t killed me yet.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Cale: Honesty. I want to be able to trust the female I spend the rest of my life with to have my back, not to try to stick a knife in it.

Who is your favorite hero in fiction?

Cale:  (to Kendra) You’d better say me!

Kendra:  (smiling) Yes, my prince.

Which living person do you most admire?

Cale:  My momma.  She gave up so much to protect me.

Kendra: It used to be my father but he’s gone now.  I guess my cousin Silas. He’s noble and self-sacrificing.

Cale: (rolling eyes) Saint Silas.  What’s not to admire.  I’m going to be that man you admire. That’s a promise.

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

Kendra: I wish I could have my family back.

Cale: I can’t change anything that’s happened, but I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that history doesn’t repeat itself.

What is your motto?

Cale:  Never give up. Never back down. Never walk away. What don’t kill you . . .
                Kendra:  Survive.

A huge thank you to both Cale and Kendra for the interview.

More about Cale and Kendra's world.

Prince of Shadows       
By Moonlight Series Book Eight
Nancy Gideon    

Genre:  paranormal

Publisher:  Pocket Star
Date of Publication: 5/27/13

ISBN:  9781451689488

Number of pages: 384
Word Count: 93,000

Book Description:
A gentle female held hostage in a deadly play for power, Kendra Terriot’s only means of survival for herself and her family is to play to a careful courtship game. The one she chooses from her clan’s dangerous heirs will inherit the coveted crown, keeping her their prisoner forever . . . unless she can retain her virtue until rescue arrives.

Favored son of their brutal Shifter leader, the only calm in Cale Terriot’s violent world is a childhood love for his delicate distant cousin whom he’s pledged to make his queen. With Kendra at his side, he knows he can become the kind of ruler his clan needs, but first he must learn how to become the kind of mate she desires.

In a treacherous race for control, where weakness means death, Cale must prove he’s not the beast his beauty fears and still protect her, especially once her unrequited love returns to free her. The only way to win her respect could mean surrendering his throne.

The only way to win her heart could mean letting her go…even if she no longer wants to be saved.

About the Author:

Nancy Gideon is the author of over 54 novels ranging from historical and contemporary suspense to paranormal with a couple of horror screenplays thrown in.  When not at the keyboard or working full time as a legal assistant, she can be found feeding her addictions for Netflix and all things fur, feather and fin.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Interview: Stacey Thompson author of The Superstition Mountain Trilogy

Welcome today we have Stacey Thompson author of the Superstition Mountain Trilogy with us for an interview. I would like to thank Stacey for her time to do the interview. Now lets get to know her!

Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
I have wanted to write for as long as I can remember. I started really doing it when I was in middle school to kind of release my fears. When I got into a high school creative writing class some time after that, I knew I was where I wanted to be.

When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
I really don't remember calling my self a writer. My theory has always been if you are writing something you love, you're a writer. The business is just another part of it.

How long did it take to get your first book published?  
I first started working on The 13th Witch, my first published written story a year before I even considered publishing it. First, I looked at some small ebook publishers. I just couldn't find a place that felt right for the series and it was a novella. That made it a lot harder. So, I figured I had nothing to lose and put it up for sale on Amazon.

Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
Writing is my full time job. I do write non fiction on the side, but fiction is where I'm at as much as possible.

What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?           
My latest book is Superstition Mountain and it's a series of three novellas. Summarizing it 20 words is a hard call, but here's a try. :)

It's a supernatural western with Demon's Vampires and Witches. The series looks at if evil really dies and how.

Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
I self publish most of my work, but have worked with small publishers in the past. I have nothing against publishing houses and think readers can have both and so can writers.

How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
It really depends on what book it is and how it comes to me. Sometimes the idea flows really well and a book or novella can be written quickly. Other times the idea needs to sit and simmer for a while. I have a book series I've been working on for almost four years with a co writer and the idea just keeps moving and creating a better book. We're on the third major revision.

What can we expect from you in the future?  ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
I'm working on an Apocalyptic Fantasy with a co Writer and am hoping to have some better news for that in the near future. I'm also working on a couple of different things in the Fantasy genre as well as Science Fiction. I just write what comes to me and it's not always in the same area.

What genre would you place your books into? 
Whatever the book wants to be in. :) Sometimes it's a cross between two or more.

What made you decide to write that genre of book?     
It's whatever book wants to be written. I'm not sure how else to describe it.

Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?     
From this series, Ami really is my favorite. She has the hardest task in front of her than all of the characters. She really battles with what's right and wrong through the whole thing.

How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?
I'v been writing since I was around 13. I started writing Horror and thought I'd never write anything else. I stopped when I had my kids because the world says you should get a job and take care of your family, but I was never happy. I came back to writing when the working world didn't seem to work for me. First it was non fiction and then moved back to Fiction.
I don't know what inspired me to write. I don't have a definitive answer for that. I just started doing it again and it felt good. So, I kept doing it and still am doing it. :)

Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
I don't have a routine. Some days I need the music. Some days I need the quiet. I just have my computer and start doing it on something that makes me happy. If nothing is working that day, I don't sit around and try to force it too much. I just come back to it later.

Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
I used to. I don't anymore. It doesn't matter what I think of my books. There is always someone that hates them. That's the way of it and I choose not to put myself in a place where I'll feel overly great about myself or overly bad.

Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
It depends on how the book comes. Sometimes the name comes first. I'm working on a Fantasy that the name came first because it's the name of one of the kingdoms.
Other times, the book needs to be written before it tells me it's name.

How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
I look in the paper and online for just whatever feels right. The names are always important because it really gives the feel of the character. I have a villain named Kalerian and he really is that name.

Are character names and place names decided after their creation? Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?   
Sometimes, but I like to know at least what my character looks like when I'm writing them. Normally, they start developing quirks and things as the story goes on.

Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?            
The characters show me their flaws and traits as they go. Some are obvious from the start, but others show as the book is being written.

Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..") 
Sometimes. This particular series, Superstition Mountain, has a moral about what evil can do to even the best people.

Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback? 
All of them. I have a house peppered with paperback, hardcovers and my computer and e reader are full of eBooks. I think there is a place for all of these mediums.

What is your favorite book and Why?  Have you read it more than once?           
I have two. One is Firestarter by Stephen King. I've read it so many times the pages are starting to fall out of it.
The other is The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas. Again , the pages are very worn. Both of these books have shaped me as a writer. I want to write about heros that are true and just and I also want to see the world from a twisted and strange point of view. That's what I think these two writers have done for me.

Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
If they are done right, they do. We are a visual being in some ways, but books open up our own visuals and our imaginations.

I believe The Hunger Games was done well. It's still got the feel of the books and the emotion that all the characters have.

I think The Three Musketeers was not done as well as it could have been. Both movies are laking in certain ways, but both movies also have parts of the original books that aren't seen in the other.

Your favorite food is?   
Sweet and Sour Chicken and Cream Cheese Wontons.

Your favorite singer/group is?  
Right now, Shinedown. It changes a lot, but I love them and Papa Roach.

Your favorite color is?
Purple and Black

Your favorite Author is?              
Too many to single only a few out. I've read Brent Weeks lately and Amanda Hocking.

About the Author:

Stacey has been writing since she can remember. She primarily writes Edgy Paranormal and Paranormal Romance, but has dabbled in the Horror and Young Adult Genres.

She is a mother of Three and lives in the beautiful state of Wyoming. You can find her at her blog and Facebook page.


A little bit more about her books -

Superstition Mountain
Superstition Mountain Trilogy Part One
Stacey Thompson

Genre: Parnormal Romance Western

The Order has been around for as long as Demons have roamed the earth, but when the first Demon starts a war, there are only a few left to finish it.
Ami's different and one of the best Monster Slayers there is, but she's not ready to face the dark with the one person who knows her best, Wesley the one who trained her. She might just fall in love with him.

Blood and Dust
Superstition Mountain Trilogy Part Two
Stacey Thompson

Genre: Parnormal Romance Western

Protecting the world against evil isn't easy when you are cursed with evil yourself. Ami is between the dark and the light. Will she be able to save herself and those she loves? Or will Price take her to the dark?

Truth in Lies
Superstition Mountain Trilogy
Part Three
Stacey Thompson

Genre: Parnormal Romance Western

Wesley thought the search was over, but finding Ami was just the start of his problems. When a shady Witch joins them, trouble is all they get. Can Wesley bring Ami back from the darkness that's trying to take over her, or is she their new enemy?