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Taken (Give & Take #1)

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By: Kelli Maine
Published By: Forever
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For: GMTA
Series: Taken (Give & Take #1)
Review:


"Taken" by Kelli Maine was the first in a series of 'Give and Take' "that will grab you with her writing style which was a little different for me. "Taken" is written in the second person from the character, Rachael’s point of view and you really had to keep this in mind in the read. "Taken" was a read and good plot, with well developed complex characters that kept me turning the pages. Let me say that this novel is a adult read that contains mature content and sexually explicit scenes so, please be aware of that. Now, what is this novel all about? OK, I will only say it is about an abduction. Now, to get more about this abduction you will have to pick up this read "Taken" to see what, how, why and who of it all. Be ready for a great setting as well as back stor…

Tainted Mountains

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By:  Shannon Baker
Published By:  Midnight Ink
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For:  GMTA
Review:

"Tainted Mountains" by Shannon Baker was a good read of a interesting 'mystery, relationship acrobatics and cultural insights set I the backdrop of Northern Arizona' in a fast paced adventure that will also have a murder.
"There will be many twist and turns  in this novel with some well captivating and developed characters that will keep you turning the pages till the end.  In this well written and beautiful novel we find Nora Abbott, ski resort owner, is being ' targeted by crazed environmentalists, suspicious locals, and mysterious Hopi that both help and hinder her in her quest to create snow for her ski resort.'  Now, to get all that this author has for the reader you must pick up this good read to see how this mystery will turn out. If you are looking for a good mystery, adventure, romance to family saga you have …

Safeword: Quinacridone

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By:  Candace Blevins
Published By Excessica
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  4
Book Blog For:  GMTA
Review:

"Safeword Quinacridone" by Candace Blevins was a "NOVEL THAT SHOULD BE READ BY 18+, DUE TO LANGUAGE AND SEXUAL SCENES THAT ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR A YOUNGER AUDIENCE. THIS IS HARDCORE SEX, BDSM IN IT'S FINEST.  PLEASE BE WARNED THAT THIS BOOK WILL HAVE CRUDE LANGUAGE AND SEX SCENES IN IT." Candace Blevins has done it again where she takes one into another world of BDSM that is very erotic. "Reading an exploration of objectification in it's extreme form was quite an eye-opener for me."   Be ready for a very intense book that has been well research by this author.  The two characters "Cara and Travis have established preferred kinks are well developed and portrayed throughout this love story."  Be ready for some crazy and wild things that go on in the read. Now, if this is your kind of genre read then I would…

Safe in His Arms (Under Texas Stars)

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By:  Colleen Coble
Published By: Thomas Nelson
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For:  GMTA
Series:  Under Texas Stars#2
Review:

"Safe In His Arms" by Colleen Coble good read filled with: Christian, historical, western, adventure, mystery and a thriller read that was a second in this series.
This was a novel that once you start reading it will be hard to put it down until the very end because there will be in a lots of thrills  in this read. We find that Margaret works hard at her father's wealthy ranch but finding out that Daniel has been hired along with her cousin, Lewis  to run the ranch  doesn't make Margaret too happy.  Margaret’s father Paddy decides it is time that she act more like a woman and find a suitable mate so he can have grandchildren.
Margaret thought that she would get the ranch, but it seems like her fathers has something else in mind. "Along with all of the changes someone is trying to kill her father an…

Panther Creek: Madness & Muder

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By:  T.C. Donivan
Published By: Northern Writer.com
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book  Blog For: GMTA
Review: 

"Panther Creek: Madness & Murder by T.C. Donivan was a historical read during that period of time.  This fast paced novel took place in Mississippi on a Tuesday, May 19, 1896 and all of the happenings, happen in the course of one week .  The story is of a Civil War veteran named Babalard Creech who has  murdered two of the leading citizens of Panther Creek.  Now we have the sheriff has be called seek Creech out from the hills of the Mississippi country.  There will be a lots of characters some well developed, some well portrayed, real, colorful and even believable.  This will be one story that you will have to pick up and read to fully understand what is going on  as this posses tracks Creech down. What all will happen?  This author really worked his magic at keeping the reader interested.  You will get a very good research story that…

Lana's Lawman: A Loveswept Classic Romance

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By:  Karen Leabo
Published By:  Random House Publishing Group
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For:  GMTA
Series: The Brides of Destiny#2
Review:

"Lana's Lawman" by Karen Leabo a good contemporary romance read about second chances and the second in 'The Brides of Destiny.' This read was of two (Lana and Sloan) people who had been  love for around three weeks  during their senior year but that soon ended  and each when on there many ways until ten years later.  Now, we find that Lana is divorced from Bart, her cheating husband and has a eight year old son and struggles daily to get by taking care of her son (Rob) and doing all of this while getting her college education. On her way to her friend, Callie's wedding Lana has a accident and she ends up in a ditch and this is where Sloan Bennett  enters back in to her life.  Lana finds out he is now a police officer. A lots has changed from Sloan's 'bad boy' days. W…

Kelsey's Song (The Wilder Books # 1)

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By: Lanie Kincaid
Published By:  Griffyn Ink
Age Recommended:  Arlena Dean
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For: GMTA
Series: The Wilder Books #1
Review:

"Kelsey's Song" by Lanie Kincaid was a well written charming 'love story' and the first in 'The Wilder Story'.  This was a story of two people who were dealing with circumstances that life had dealt them.  Only after JD and Kelsey met things definitely changed for the better teaching them both how to make their lives better for each other. I loved the way this story was told from both of JD and Kelsey point of view. Who ever thought there will be such a friendship that would turn into a love that would only pull at your heart strings.  Yes, they would be some up and down days but in the end...well, this is where I say you must pick up "Kelsey's Song" and see how this author will take the reader giving us some surprises as well as a wonderful love suspense between the two.  All…

Keeping Secrets in Seattle

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By: Brooke Moss
Published By:  Entangled Publishing
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Book Blog For: GMTA
Review:

"Keeping Secrets in Seattle" by Brooke Moss was a wonderful romantic story. This author did  good at making the reader feel all of the conflict that was involved along with the desperation and then love.  I enjoyed the diary that started every chapter and some of the laughter was good and well needed.  We find this story is of Violet who is about to confess her love to her best friend, Gabe only to find out he is now engaged to another girl and she has  even agreed to be Gabe's best man.  Will she be able to move on after she meets a new guy (Landon) that has entered her life and tell her that he loves her?  From "Violets tattoos,  hair color and vintage clothing is a secret that she has kept to herself for ten years. "What was it that these two ...Violet  and Gabe could  not talk about what had happened 'That Night?…

Wanda's Reign

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By: Roy Glenn
Published By:  Kingstown Publishing
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  5
Review:

"Wanda's Reign" by Roy Glenn was another good read to where we find that now Wanda Moore is in 'control of Mike Black  criminal organization.'  Wanda got some good advice  from Mike Black.. “You’ll be all right as long as you use that power you’re carrying now wisely. If you don’t, that power will corrupt you faster than anything I know.”  Will she listen to this advice?  We will find from the read that Wanda has some real enemies but she does have a ally and that was Rain Robinson, however, this lady has managed to have a few enemies of her own.  On through the read we will find someone isn't happy  because Mike Black hasn't had very much to do with her...Now, who cold that be...this is where I say you will have to pick up this read to find out what that is all about.  This was a ready moving read going from one scene to another one.  Y…

In Your Arms

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By: Roy Glenn
Published By:  Kingstown Publishing
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Review:

"In Your Arms" by Roy Glenn was a very quick read that had a lots of action that will keep you turning the pages.  This short story was attorney Marcus Douglas who was having left his wife runs into a old client...Yvonne Hagler.  All I can say from this point this is where I will say you must pick up this read to see how Mr. Glenn will bring this all out to the reader.  For "In Your Arms" was where this story will end.

The Cost of Vengeance

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By:  Roy Glenn
Published By:  Escapism Entertainment
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Review:

"The Cost of Vengeance" by Roy Glenn another one  that we find  "Mike Black is back and he wants revenge when he realizes that more of his people were involved in the latest plot to kill him."  Then when you add Jada West and Rain Robinson you know that there will be a lots going on and let's not forget Nina Thomas  who is ready for revenge and all I can say is  get ready for another  good read that you don't want to miss reading.

Jane Eyre Laid Bare: The Classic Novel with an Erotic Twist

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By: Charlotte Bronte and Eve Sinclair
Published By:  St. Martin's Griffin
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  3
Book Blog For:  GMTA
Review:

"Jane Eyre Laid Bare: The Classic Novel with an Erotic Twist" by Charlotte Bronte and Eve Sinclair was a good historical romance with some erotic tones.
So reader be aware of this!  This was a novel that sometimes I had to reread to make sure I was reading what was written....WOW! Only asking myself is this for real?  Now, this was really over the top for me and I have read some reads in my lifetime but this one over did it for me.  Now, these authors do know how to write.. I will give them that much but this OMG was way over the charts for me to handle or like at all.  No, I have never read the original Jane Eyre and after this read I doubt I will attempt it either.  Now, I have read erotica novels before but still this one tops it all.  I found the erotic twist if that is what you call it ...where did it fa…

The Icecutter's Daughter

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By:  Tracie Peterson
Published By Bethany House Publishers
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  4
Book Blog For:  GMTA
Series:  Land of Shinning Water #1
Review: 

"The Icecutter's Daughter" by Tracie Peterson was a good historical tale that sets in Minnesota about 1890's and it's first in its series.  It was a good read  with some mystery, then add some romance and that will keep you reading this novel until the very end.  We will see that on Merrill's mother death bed she had her to take care of her father and brothers.  She was to discover that she even like caring fro the Belgian horses that her father had raised.  The descriptions need to be noted in this wonderful read...whether you are eating and or to the carpentry business you will even imagine yourself smelling the aromas of it all.  When Rurik comes
to help his ailing uncle we find that  he  is not in afraid the Merrill's brothers but when a ex fiancee who he was betroth…

I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon

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By:  Toure
Published by:  Afria Books
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For:  GMTA
Review:

"I Would Die 4 U" by Toure  was not a biography of Prince's life but rather a
"the description of I Would Die 4 u that this is an investigation and based on research from people that were/are in Prince's life and some that were in his innermost circle."  I will say that Prince has been one of my favorites forever and finding out that Toure's new book 'analyzes Prince's lyrics in ways "that most have never actually considered which causes you to go back and play all of your old Prince stuff and listen for the subtle messages you never knew he was delivering." This book really does explain why we find Prince such a great icon for my generation.  I found this novel was very well written  as we can see Prince as a 'sex symbol, troubled man or whether he is a Christian or not,          there is a message in it…

I Am #6: Harriet Tubman

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By:  Grace Norwich
Published by Scholastic Paperbacks
Age Recommended:  all ages
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Book Blog For: GMTA
Review:

"I Am Harriet Tubman" by Grace Norwich was a wonderfully well written novel. 
This was a biography of Ms. Tubman's 'struggles and success for both civil and women's rights.'  From the reading we find that Harriet Tubman not only escaped  slavery by helping  others but  many times only to be found risking her own life in the process in her determination to 'create a better 'America.'  All I can say is that you will have to pick up this read by the author to see just what all this series holds. Be ready for 'series features full-color illustrated covers, one-color illustrations throughout, a timeline, an introduction to the people you'll meet in the book, maps, sidebars, and a top-ten list of important things to know about each hero.'  I found this a very interesting read and I would recomm…

Fallen Love (Fallen Angel#1)

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By: William Price, Jr
Published By: Smashwords
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For: GMTA
Series:  Fallen Angel #1
Review: 

"Fallen Angel" by William Price, Jr was some fantasy, horror and occult read.  This author take us into a dark horror read so please note that this read is not for everyone, however, this author does write a good well written script that will
keep you turning the pages to see what is coming next.  We find Adam Kadmon is a man who has been hurt from his past  and 'Despair is his only company' but for some reason when Holly comes across his path "something will unite them in a battle again the encroaching darkness."  Adam is formed into the position of being her guardian and "May God have mercy on those that would her, for he has none."  This was some read and all that is left to say is for your to pick up "Fallen Love which was a good read.  I am not really into horror's but thi…

Fading Amber

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By:  Jamie Reed
Published By:  Kensington Books
Age Recommended:  YA
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For: GMTA
Series: The Cambion Chronicles #3
Review:

"Fading Amber" by Jamie Reed was a good paranormal romantic read and the ending to this book series.   I found this read really filled with a lot of fun and action.   You will find the plot well thought out and a ending that left you wanting more.  From the read there will be 'love, lust and a fight till the finish.'
 All of the characters were very well developed and colorful.  This is where I say you must pick up "Fading Amber" to get the zest of a great ending story.  Would I recommend?  Yes, however, it would be best to have read all of this author's series: 'The Cambion Chronicles' for a better understanding of what the series leading up to this  novel is all about. 






Bury Me Deep

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By: Roy Glenn
Published By:  Kingstown Publishing
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Bury Me Deep" by Roy Glenn was another good urban fiction that this author does so very well.  Mike Black is the name who is very devoted to his family and friends and does what he has to do to handle his business.  He wants to keep all the unnecessary drama from his only daughter and mom.  Black still has a hard time with dealing with the death of his wife but he know that in order to move on he must do so.  Traveling to Nassau with CeCe and his body guard Kevon he has plans on making his organization complete legit, however after taking with the 'Congressman Martin Marshall' maybe he will be able to also expand his gambling in the Bahamas as well.  However, things are never easy for Black and when meeting with the 'Chinese' things will not go as planned.  This will be the part that I say you must pick up this good read to see what this auth…

Eleanor & Park

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By:  Jamie Reed
Published By:  St Martin's Press
Age Recommended:   YA- Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Book Blog For: GMTA
Review:

'Eleanor & Park" by Jamie Reed was a good read that was set from Omaha in 1986.  This was a sweet first love story of Park who was half Korean, with green eye with his "skin the color of sunshine through honey" and into alternative music and comic books ant Eleanor who was the new girl 'big, awkward and
poor' the oldest of five kids with a painfully difficult home life, along with her "red crazy hair with a weird necklaces handing around her neck and scarves wrapped around her wrists." These two meet and began sitting by each other on the school bus.  After some time they will share Park's comic books.  As time goes on they fall in love over the objection of their parents.  This is where I will say you must pick up the novel get a well written story.  Be ready for twist that will keep you turnin…

Children of NO One

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By:  Nicole Cushing
Published By:  DarkFuse
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For: GMTA
Review:

"Children Of No One" by Nicole Cushing was one creepy horror novella.   I am still wondering why I chose it... oh, I remember ....I think it was the title.  Let me say up front this is not a novel for the 'faint of heart' even though this author does it well with its deliverance of weirdness.  This setting was in Nowhere, Indiana where we find a 'twist man' that was looking for something new in the world of art.  This Mr. McPherson hooks up with a Mr. Krieg and he with No One.
Mr. Krieg and No One "create a exhibit with Mr. McPherson as the very excited audience of one. After all, there is no art without an audience, right?"  No, if you can be that far into this read I will say you must pick up the rest of this read to see where this author will take the reader.  Be ready because this is a dark fiction novel, with a om…

Child of Mine

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By: Judy M. Walters
Published By: J.M.W.
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For: GMTA
Review:

"Child of Mine" by Judy Mollen Walters was quite a debut novel dealing with a couple's journey as they traveled through the trials and tribulations dealing with their quest to have a child....whether it was infertility or adoption.  By Katie Cohen-Langer being adopted she was somewhat uncomfortable with pursuing this so she begins to sure to find out about her 'birth parents.' She is a successful midwife who has delivered numerous babies, helping other couples to conceive when they had given up hope that they would become parents. Now, we get into the heart of this story... Will Kate get the closure needed in order to adopt a child and give her husband, Brian the child they wanted so badly?  This is where you will need to pick up the good read by this author to see the outcome.  What was going on with  Kate's sister, Lila and what …

Bite Me, Your Grace

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By:  Brooklyn Ann
Published By:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For: GMTA
Series: Bite Me, Your Grace #1
Review:

"Bite Me, Your Grace" By: Brooklyn Ann intriguing read of a 'Paranormal Romance Regency Historical Romance from London, 1821 setting. This was the first in its series for this author and it turned out to be a very good story especially if you love reading about vampires.  We find that we have a 'fearless virgin' who wants a different like that her mother wants.  Angelica wants to be a writer and feels if she marry that she will not be able to do this...she calls it a 'death sentence' so what does she do?... This "heroine discovers quite a few things that shake up her well-ordered view of the world – and she wouldn’t have it any other way."  Now, this is when this story really gets interesting and I say you must pick up the read to see what all Angelica will do to be ruined…

Balancing Act

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By:  Fern Michaels
Published By:  Zebra Books
Age Recommended:  Adult
Review By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For:  GMTA
Review:

"Balancing Act" by Fern Michaels was a bonus in that you got two books in one.
'All She Can Be and Free Spirits' however this was actually a report of two novels that this author had written years ago and I had already read them but
I read them again.

In 'All She Can Be'
We find Rita is divorced  and a successful author trying to rebuild her life.  How will her life change for her after a recent divorce.  Will the romance writer be able to pick herself up and find a new love and then there were her children
who didn't consider her writing as a job, wanting her to babysit while they went on a 4-5 day trip.   Was she loosing herself in all of this?  You will find this novella was a 'heartwarming' story and well written by this author. 

The next novella was 'Free Spirit'
A very successful Dory makes a discuss…

A Dream To Cling To: A Loveswept Classic Romance

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By:  Sally Goldenbaum
Published By:  Random House Publishing Group-Loveswept
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating:  4
Book Blog For: GMTA
Review:

"A Dream To Cling To" by Sally Goldenbaum was a good romantic read with a lot of drama but still a good read.  We find from this read Brittany who is a pet lover from  a wealthy family and then there is Sam... a 'Renaissance' man who had had it all...been over the world and simply like it like that and no plans of settling down.   Brittany  works at a non profit program, loves her family and especially her Dad who is fixing to retire.  Sam is the owner of a gaming company that gets game personalized for his clients and this is where Brittany  had agreed to help him provide the information that is needed.  As they are working together will Brittany find herself getting emotional  involved with Sam?
"Will she be able to trust Sam with her heart as well as her secrets?"    This will be where this…

A Carving

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By:  Emily Arnold
Published By:  Amazon
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Book Blog For:  GMTA
Review:

"A Carving" by Emily Arnold was a good contemporary fiction that deals with the alcohol addition. It was very sad to see this woman Polly lose it all ....her marriage, children, friends and career to alcohol.  In this ready you can see how this author takes the reader through Polly's life which was full of  ''rationalizations, denials, defensiveness, defeat and the ultimately salvation and repairing job."  This novel is a great help for any one who is in need of striving to get control of their lives or anyone needing some self awareness and help in the problem of 'alcohol.'   It is truly there for you if you really want the help.  I found "A Carving" not a easy read but it was a very enlighten read and I am sure it was be of help to anyone seeking the help.   One thing is for sure after the read you will definit…

Catch A Falling Star

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By:  Beth K Vogt
Published By:  Howard Books
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Book Blog For:  GMTA
Review: 

"Catch A Falling Star" by Beth K. Vogt was a very sweet contemporary Christian romantic story that I could not put down until the end.  I loved the way this author brought in adoption.  This was indeed a well thought out script.  This "author did a great job showing that it wouldn't be easy and that rejection is part of the deal as the child heals over time."  This was very well done.  For the main part of this story we find Dr. Kendall Hayes who is  36 and unmarried.  It seemed like all of her friend...Melissa, Sonia, and Rachel...all doctors were married but not Kendal...even her kid sister was getting engaged.  Kendal was having a evening out with her friends and notices a young man who starts having a allergic reaction and she fines herself quickly responding.  Now, this is where the story gets interesting and I will say y…

Catholic Guild and the Joy of Hating Men

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By:  Regan Wolfrom
Published By Wolfrom Writes
Age Recommended:  Adult
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For: GMTA
Review:


"Catholic Guilt and The Joy of Hating Men" by Regan Wolfrom was a read of
nine short stories of different women with a 'wide range of emotions: from  joy, laughter, terror, chills down my spine, wanting to give some characters high-fives, and then wanting to smack one of these characters over the head.' I think that says it all. Most all of these stories feature some kind of paranormal, fantasy and supernatural world presence with a mix of humor. This is a collection of different situations that they have faced and how thy totally dealt with it in their own way.   For the most part the stores were engaging especially if you are a horror fan.  I will say this book isn't for everyone especially if you are easily offended or don't appreciate a darker humor and themes...this book would not be for you.  Now, if you are into dark h…