Wildalone by Krassi Zourkova

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Thea Slavin was accepted into Princeton with exceptional piano skills without realizing that she was following in the footsteps of her long-dead sister. The mysterious sibling was kept a secret from her until she began to follow bread crumbs into the past. She promises her parents that she will leave the past alone, but when she arrives it Princeton it becomes clear that she can’t rest until she finds out what really happened, over a decade ago on that very campus.

While adjusting to the new culture, so different from her native Bulgaria, she finds herself attracted to a dark stranger who appears from shadows and the fog to tantalize her before disappearing for days on end. Following the steps her sister might have taken, talking to the professors and university staff who might remember her, Thea discovers that not everything is what it appears to be…Even the reality of the world she lives in doesn’t seem the same.

Was Thea’s sister some kind of witch, a “Wildalone” as they are known in her native Bulgaria? Did she do rituals in hopes of gaining favor from the gods? Did she believe herself to be a supernatural being? Was she losing her mind? How does the sexy stranger tie into all of the confusion? What about the creepy janitor who is always appearing to let her into locked doors?

Wildalone, by Krassi Zourkova, is a haunting story about a girl who stumbles into a dark world where the lines between fantasy and reality seem blurred, and her own sanity is questioned at every turn. Is she imagining these events and descending into madness, the path which many believe her sister took before she died and disappeared? Was someone she met every day involved in the disappearance of her sister? Who knows more than they are letting on? Will she be able to scrape through the fog and discover what is real before she meets her sister’s fate? If you like fiction that has a touch of supernatural, Wildalone is an original twist on a story that melds fantasy with the everyday.

Paranormal Romance of 2012

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Vampires, Werewolves, Angels, Fallen Angels, Demons, Witches, Fairies, Pixies, Gods and Goddesses, the genre of paranormal romance, which took the world by storm some years ago, is still going strong, with a devoted following. Here are some authors and some of their 2012 releases, for those of you who try to keep up.

Kerrelyn Sparks’ Wild About You (Love at Stake #13) brings you Elsa Bjornberg, home renovating TV personality with a family curse brought upon her, and the Were Bear, Howard, who will stop at nothing to have her.

Sable Grace’s Chosen (Dark Breed #3) stars half-vampire, half lychen Kyana, a warrior protecting the earth from supernatural takeover who is in love with a supreme being.

Lynsay Sands’ The Lady is a Vamp (Argeneau #17), in which Vampire Jeanne Louise Argeneau is kidnapped by a man who doesn’t realize just what he’s getting himself into, and the connection between the two becomes more important than anything in the world.

Juliana Stone’s King of the Damned (League of Guardians #2) introduces a fallen Angel, Azaiel, who wants more than anything to atone for his past mis-deeds and comes across sexy Witch, Rowan, bringing them both into a quest to avoid damnation for once and for all.

If you love paranormal romance novelists like Laurel K Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Pamela Palmer, etc, and you haven’t tried one or all of these authors, be sure to give them a sampling and decide if they will be your next paranormal romance obsession!

The Scottish Witch by Cathy Maxwell

The second installment in The Chattan Curse trilogy, by Cathy Maxwell,  is now available. You may remember the first novel in the series, Lyon’s Bride, from earlier this year. The Scottish Witch introduces Portia MacLean, a spinster whose mother has rested all hopes for the family on her lovely sister, Minerva, making a smart match with a wealthy gentleman. When Portia finds a book of spells, and she learns that the handsome Lord Chattan is running about the countryside looking for a witch who can break the curse that rests in his family thanks to a woman scorned generations past, who took her life and whose mother hexed the entire male line of the family for eternity, the lovely spinster decides to pretend to be a witch so she can take the money he is offering, and use it to pay for the rent and help her family survive without marrying for money.

But her encounter with Lord Chattan is not what she expects. When she tries to walk away from him, he only pursues her, and she finds that she cannot escape his attentions-or perhaps she doesn’t want to escape them? Before she realizes it, the two are bound to one another by fate and forced to confront the family curse together, or lose the chance at love forever.

This novel is a “by the book” bodice ripper, complete with passion, romance, and historical lords and ladies who can’t seem to leave one another alone. If you like romance novels of the simpler variety, this one should not be missed!