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Fantasy & Fangs

by Kathleen Costa


This week we have a trio of fun Halloween mysteries from Kathi Daley, and an interview with her. We have Costume Catastrophe, Murder At the Witching Hour & Count Catula. Details at the end of this post on how to win copies of all 3, and links to purchase them.

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by Cynthia Chow


Upon arriving in New Hampshire, no one was more surprised than Annabelle Amelia Blessingsound Britton to discover that she was a witch. Although she had often experienced a “Vibe” of past emotions when entering a new room, it wasn’t until she met the guardian coven witches of Portsmouth that Annabelle learned of her true heritage. Now that her grandmother is returning for a visit to the home she long ago fled, Annabelle hopes to mend the family feud between Grandma B.B. and Anabelle’s witchcraft mentor, Julia Parris.

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by Terrance McArthur



Red Queen by Christina Henry is the second part of The Alice Chronicles, a twisted, paranormal, violent retelling of the Alice in Wonderland saga. Alice has escaped from a mental asylum with Hatcher, the Mad Hatter, who is an axe murderer. The Jabberwocky is trapped inside a tiny glass ball. The Cheshire Cat is an intrusive voice in Alice’s mind. Alice and Hatcher are looking for his daughter, who is somewhere in the east. They cross into barren, burned wastelands, villages that aren’t what they seem, and up a mountain, to deal with the Black King and the White Queen.

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by Terrance McArthur



In the first place, the veil between New Orleans and the magical world beyond it ripped, and it took years of battle to close it, leaving the South shattered. The leftover Paranormals are confined to a district called Devil’s Isle by Agents of Containment, a cross between Homeland Security and the CDC, but leftover magic has infected Sensitives, who must control it, vent it, or turn into rampaging Wraiths in Chloe Neill’s second Devil’s Isle book, The Sight.

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For the Love of Spock

IN THE September 14 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andFantasy & Fangs,
andLorie Lewis Ham,
andMovies
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by Lorie Lewis Ham


On September 8, 1966, the first episode of Star Trek premiered. No one would ever have predicted what a phenomenon that this show would turn out to be, especially since it was canceled after three seasons.

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by Cynthia Chow



Maggie Park is thrilled that she has finally experienced her Witchy Hour and discovered her life’s journey. It means that at the age of twenty-eight, she can finally stop working in her family’s Louisville, Kentucky, diner. It’s not that she doesn’t love her Mother Nature-esque witch mother or her plant-magical Aunt Meme, but Maggie truly wished to find her own goal and path in life. Since that seems to be working with Interpol’s Secret Keepers of the Universal Laws, Maggie has had to keep her realization on the down-low from her very opinionated relatives.

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by Terrance McArthur



Hanford-born Beth Cato became a personal favorite writer of mine with her steampunk-fantasy-romance-flavored Clockwork Dagger duology. She’s back with a new series, one that I hope will have more than two installments.

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by Terrance McArthur



Take the episodic style of Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, add the close quarters of Alfred Hitchcock’s Lifeboat, throw in pirates and politicians, and set it out in a not-always-friendly galaxy, and you have Becky Chambers’ The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



Flameout is set in Melbourne, Australia and is the third book in the Souls of Fire series by Keri Arthur. There is a plague in the city called the Crimson Death which turns people into a new sort of vampire/zombie type creature called Red Cloaks. Most of those infected become a part of a hive that is run by someone from Emberly Pearson’s past–the brother of her former love Sam.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Bailey Cates


In the two years since Katie Lightfoot moved from Ohio to Savannah, Georgia, she has been running the Honeybee Bakery with her aunt, gained a boyfriend, and joined a bookclub with women of special interests. Katie also learned that she was a heredity hedgewitch, a lightwitch, and a catalyst for magical events that led to her involvement in five homicide investigations with a sixth on its way.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



John Smith hears minds, from mundane day-to-day thoughts to secrets that hide at the mind’s core. He hears so much that he filters them with alcohol and drugs, but his dream is to have an island of his own, where he can live in blessed silence. His other power is to plant memories, from misleading facts to psyche–debilitating images that can crush a mind like an elephant would crush a strawberry.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur
& Faith Hunter



This week we have a review of Blood of Earth by Faith Hunter, which comes out in August. We are also a part of her blog tour and have an excerpt from a story by Faith below our review. Details at the end of this post on how to win a copy of the book and links to purchase it. You can also enter the blog tour giveaway-Faith is giving away a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card (winner’s choice), and 5 custom key chains.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



There’s an old joke among librarians, “Public libraries would be so much better if we could just get rid of the public.” What if…the world was ruled by the Library, private ownership of books was a death-penalty crime, and books and authors that went against Library interpretations of what should and should not be known disappeared, frequently?

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by Sharon Tucker


Let’s face it, there are few things Isaac Asimov didn’t write about. In the five hundred plus books he either wrote or edited, it’s no surprise that two mystery novels and six volumes of mystery short stories are among them. In fact, his robot novels including Caves of Steel (1953), which is the only one so far I have read, are couched in mysteries to be solved so it’s reasonable to suspect that mystery is a major element in his fiction.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur




Coop is a thief. He steals things that have curses, paranormal security, and paranormal significance because magic can’t hurt him — he’s immune to it. He’s fresh out of the pen, and he’s out to get…a box. The problem is, he’s not the only one who wants the box.

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Houdini & Doyle: TV Review

IN THE June 11 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andFantasy & Fangs,
andKathleen Costa,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andTV
SECTIONS

by Kathleen Costa


In 1920, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini met sharing an interest in spiritualism. Doyle led the movement participating in many séances. Houdini was a professed skeptic, yet hid his true feelings about spiritualism and the afterlife. Their friendship continued for a few years, but a public feud about medium cases led to an ultimate breakup. FOX brings to television, with some literary license, a 10-episode first season exploring this relationship as the two men set out to investigate the paranormal: one wishes to validate as truth, the other wishes to debunk as fakery.

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Equals: A New Type of Sci-Fi Film?

IN THE June 7 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andFantasy & Fangs,
andMovies
SECTIONS

by Maria Rosemary


Utopian themes have always been a part of the sci-fi genre, but in recent decades the dystopian world is quickly taking its place. From the brutal matches of The Hunger Games to the classically sinister tones of 12 Monkeys, dystopian world views have quickly become the norm for filmmakers. Case in point, the unique and sometimes disturbing elements found in the 2015 film Equals. This fascinating yet flawed case study, produced by A24 Films and DirecTV, highlights everything that’s right and wrong about this thriving genre.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



Charlaine Harris created the South we always suspected existed, full of strange creatures—vampires, werefolk of the tiger kind, witches, a family that runs a café and does handyman work, angels who may be fallen, psychics, assassins, pawnbrokers. Currently, that world is centered on Midnight, Texas, a mostly boarded-up town at a crossroads far from everywhere. Night Shift is the third in this series, a set of books that doesn’t like to allow the status quo to maintain that status for long.

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