Author Archives: SandandChi

About SandandChi

Artist, author, inspiration hound, and all around hardworking, dedicated, and joyful person.

‘Twas the week before Christmas, and up in the Hollows. . .

This is one of my favorite UF Series authors. I love the Hollows, Jenks, Ivy, Rachel & Al!

Kim Harrison

‘Twas the Night of the Solstice
by Kim Harrison

 ‘Twas the week before Christmas, and up in the Hollows,
Solstice bonfires were burning, to toast the marshmallows.

 The pixies were snug in their stump, even Jenks,
Who claimed he was tired, and needed some winks.

 So I in my parka, and Ivy in her boots,
Were toasting the season, with thirty-year hooch.

 When out in the street, there came such a crash,
I thought that it had to be ‘coons in our trash.

 Away to the gate, I trudged through the snow,
While Ivy just said, “If it’s Kist, say hello.”

 I lifted the latch, and peered to the street,
My face went quite cold.  We were in it thigh deep.

 ‘Twas a demon, who stood in the headlamps quite bright,
With his coat of green velvet, and his uncommon height.

 His…

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Review of A Hidden Fire: Elemental Mysteries Book 1 by Elizabeth Hunter

Who knew Vampires and Librarians could be so engaging? I just finished this book, and while it took me a while to read (it’s rather long at 274 pages) it was a very good story with well drawn characters and a few moments of suspense that made it hard to shut off the light! Giovanni is a rather odd character and for the first few chapters I had my suspicions about him but I wasn’t sure where Ms. Hunter was going with some of the odd traits. B. (short for Beatrice) is one smart cookie with a quick sense of humor and a nice shot of sarcasm and she was instantly engaging as a main character. There’s a solid story that drives the action – and the supporting characters are also very well developed. There’s even a slightly psychotic villain and I have to say I love a bad guy who “giggles” – it gives him just that touch of madness that makes him completely unpredictable.
There was one section in the book where I thought “Wait, isn’t that wrong?” and I flipped back a few pages to check the continuity, but it didn’t impact the story at all. I only mention it because one glaring “oops” in a book generally makes me love the story less but it didn’t in this case. That must mean the plot was tight enough, the characters believable enough (and yes, Giovanni is as dashing as his name would lead you to believe; but he’s also adorable in that boyish way that is oh-so-attractive :)) and the action paced well enough that I couldn’t even remember the stumble once I moved beyond it.

Ms. Hunter draws her scenes with such clarity and attention to detail that the “movie in my head” plays without interruption. This story is well written and well edited and I just looked on Amazon and it’s FREE right now. Pick it up – it’s a really good read!

A little something for my writer friends

Here’s a very inspiring article from Indies Unlimited that seems to ring true for me. It’s the top ten things an author should or shouldn’t do and if nothing else it reaffirms some of the decisions you must make as an indie. Give it a read.

http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2013/10/01/top-ten-things-an-author-should-or-shouldnt-do/

Review of Ghost Walk by Heather Graham

I have loved Heather Graham since I read “One Wore Blue” – and to find her writing paranormal mysteries was a treat. Ghost Walk is an enjoyable trek through New Orleans with some pretty interesting characters and a plot that’s more than a little twisty. It’s a good book – nice for a cold day spent in bed with a few munchies and hot cocoa – great for whiling away a few hours when you can’t sleep. I enjoyed it as a light read with an interesting plot and good characters. It was not what I was expecting from Ms. Graham, but then again, I’d read her historical fiction and that’s a whole other animal.

I really liked Andy (too bad she died – I’m not giving away anything that isn’t in the book description page on Amazon) and felt bad when she turned up all ghosty – but the rest of the crew that Nikki works with is also decent if a bit disfunctional. I really liked Brent Blackhawk and thought he added very nicely to the plot and development of Nikki’s character – I’m not sure the book would have been as successful if he wasn’t in it.

If you’re looking for a fun paranormal mystery that’s going to keep you entertained, read this book. If you’re looking for a life changing book to make you love paranormal mysteries, perhaps there’s something better out there for you. This book is fun, entertaining and well put together and should Nikki and the gang make a reappearance in another book, I will read that one.