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Fantasy & Fangs

by Kathleen Costa


Welcome to Heavenly Haven, an island known for its year-round summers courtesy of the Witch’s Council. Yes, I said the Witch’s Council. The island is a haven for a large community of witches, warlocks and other magical creatures…good and bad. Generally, the humans who reside on or visit the island have no knowledge of this magical community. They just think it is a great place…until, of course, magic, mayhem and murder are added to the itinerary.

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by Kathleen Costa


Chased through the woods outside Salem by angry witch hunters with hounds, seventeen-year-old Terra Rowan doesn’t understand what has happened worrying about the safety of her friends…Betrayal? She follows the river to mask her tracks knowing it leads to the ocean. Hiding quietly in a cave, hearing the angry voices coming nearer, fingering the potion in her pocket, she feels she has no choice…she drinks it. Darkness!

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by Terrence McArthur


Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock is tough. She’s a Cherokee skinwalker with Beast, a mountain lion, sharing her soulspace. She killed a man when she was five years old. She’s over a hundred years old, but she looks good. She’s a vampire hunter employed by Leo Pellesier, the vampire Master of New Orleans. Her ex-boyfriend is a werepanther. There’s a vampire calling her Master living under her stairs like a Harry Potter with fangs, and she has a wreath/crown in her closet, glowing. Jane is no Plain Jane.

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by Terrance McArthur


You know how, once in a while, you come across a book that makes you think, “What a great idea! Why didn’t I think of that?”
You know how, once in a while, you come across a writer who makes you think, “This is so good! Why can’t I put ideas together that well?”

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



When I was first asked if I would review Dreadnought, a debut novel by April Daniels, I was told that it was a YA book featuring a transgender superhero. My immediate response was absolutely! How could anyone turn down reviewing a book that is so unique?

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by Terrance McArthur


Sometimes, a fantasy is too good to look at from only one viewpoint. It cries out to be viewed from another angle.
Marshall Ryan Maresca created the otherworldly city of Maradaine for The Thorn of Dentonhill, a novel about a schoolboy/mage/superhero/avenger, a character followed in The Alchemy of Chaos. That academia/magic/underworld blend wasn’t enough, so Maresca took another look at the city, creating a male/female police detective duo with paranormal aspects for A Murder of Mages and An Import of Intrigue.

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by Mary Anne Barker


Mercedes Thompson is a simple Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington, but then maybe she isn’t so simple since she has the ability to take the form of a coyote at will. She is also surrounded by supernatural beings, including werewolves, vampires, and fae.

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by Cynthia Chow


A haunted grape press seemed like the ideal new display for a paranormal museum, but that was before it was reported stolen, the owner murdered, and the press hauled away as evidence. Maddie Kosloski had purchased the antique press for San Benedetto’s upcoming harvest fair, and she can’t explain why Romeo Paganini declared it as stolen after his wife sold it to a dealer.

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by Terrance McArthur


Mari, of a wandering clan, can turn feline. She wants revenge on the man who unleashed ghosts that killed her family and kinfolk. He is known as the Dead’s Man.
Tris was born dead, but lived. Now, he can battle and banish ghosts. He is known as the Dead’s Man.
Tris and Mari were made for each other.

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by Terrence McArthur


Keri Arthur started her Outcast series of novels with City of Light, Winter Halo continues the story. Children are missing, female guards are attacked and disappearing at a massive pharma-tech company, and Tiger is on the hunt to solve the mystery.

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by Cynthia Chow


Newly engaged, Californians Emma Whitecastle and Phil Bowers have been invited by bestselling crime writer Gino Costello to stay at Misty Hollow, a historic farmhouse in central Massachusetts. While they first met due to their daughters being best friends, it is Emma’s ghostly experiences that have Gino so intrigued and wanting to research for his next novel. The host of her own television show and able to see and talk to ghosts, Emma realizes that this will be anything but a relaxing vacation when they are greeted not only by Gino, but by a family of ghosts expecting her help.

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by KRL Staff


Once again another year has ended, and we take a look back at the many books reviewed in KRL. Each of our main reviewers share in this post their top 5 favorite books they reviewed in 2016. Usually I include myself in this list, but to my surprise I found that I have reviewed very few books this year.

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by Terrance McArthur


Nell Ingram feels the earth, is healed by the earth, and gets things to grow. She can even feed a person’s life force into the earth until they die. She was an outcast of the polygamous cult where she was born, but now she has friends, her teammates in the paranormal arm of Homeland Security. In Faith Hunter’s second Soulwood book, Curse on the Land, Nell is back from training.

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by Kathleen Costa


Keli Milanni, family law attorney and borderline yuppie, has a secret even her BFF doesn’t know. She is also a Pagan…a “Solitary Wiccan” practicing her faith in private not with a coven. She guards her secret from public scrutiny, since her Wiccan faith could be misconstrued by her associates and friends, and possible derail the budding relationship she has with artist/photographer Wesley Callahan.

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by Kathleen Costa


“Emma Lee Raines sees dead people,” not the most acceptable of talents. She had been hit on the head by a falling Santa decoration and then found herself being hounded by recent murder victims desperate for some closure. She needs to keep quiet about her new found ability, dubbed ‘Funeral Trauma’ for which she has been prescribed medication, since no one seems to sympathize. But that’s very hard when you have a very distraught ghost vying, often annoyingly, for her attention.

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by Elizabeth Zelvin



The new kid in town, the only Jewish girl in my class, and as far as I could tell, the only shape-shifter—high school was hell. On top of that, my parents seemed to be the only Democrats in the county. President Eisenhower was considered a shoo-in for re-election. Even though I begged them not to, my parents stuck a Stevenson bumper sticker on the car. I got to say, “I told you so,” when they got five parking tickets on Main Street within a month. But it didn’t give me much satisfaction.

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