Marked by Joely Skye

For today’s post, I’ve read Marked (Northern Shifters #1) by Joely Skye. The last pages I read clutching the phone so I wouldn’t drop into the pots on the stove while I was making dinner LOL.

I was in the mood for a werewolf story so when I saw this in my stack of books (list of ebooks LOL) I figured it’d fit the bill. A year ago Alec was drugged and attacked by a group of werewolves, he doesn’t remember much, but he does remember them, and despite what anyone else might say about his sanity, he has the scars to prove it. Now he hides in the library where he works and never goes outdoors after dark and never ever if there is a full moon.

Liam is a werewolf, an alpha, who will do anything to protect his little brother, Ira, who was abducted by a group of nasty werewolves. Together with some friends, he managed to save his little brother, but the incident has changed Ira. The eight-year-old is scared and insecure and has a hard time trusting people so when he connects with the man working in the library Liam goes to have a sniff around.

Alec is Liam’s mate, but the scars mark him as prey, and Liam knows it’s only a matter of time before the group of rough wolves will come back to take his mate and little brother away from him.

I enjoyed this, liked the plot, but I was a bit confused at times, a little more of a background story probably would’ve helped with that. And, I know this is a series so maybe everything will be ironed out if I read the next book, but I would’ve loved to see a more solid ending. Still, an entertaining read if you’re into shifters.

Sadly it looks like this book no longer is available and when looking around, I can’t find anything about Joely Skye either.

MarkedMarked as prey, Alec refuses to fall for a werewolf. Until he’s forced to turn to Liam for protection.

Alec Ryerson carries a scar over his heart and scars on his psyche, ugly reminders of a nightmare that still doesn’t seem quite real. Even a year later, he stays inside on full-moon nights and avoids most people until he meets the strange and beautiful Liam.

Liam feels an undeniable pull toward Alec. However Liam is a werewolf; Alec is a human who clearly has trepidations about a relationship. Then Liam discovers he is not the first werewolf Alec has encountered. Alec has been marked for death by the murderous “quad,” a group of twisted werewolves who prey on humans. Now the quad’s sights are set on recruiting Liam’s eight-year-old brother into their murderous pack.

Liam will do everything in his power to protect both his brother and Alec from the wolves, even if it means calling in favors and killing those with whom he once ran. Because Alec, like it or not, is Liam’s chosen mate.

Possession in Session

For today I’ve read Possession in Session by E.J. Russell. You get this story by signing up for E.J.’s newsletter.

About a year ago I read Monster till Midnight and loved it, so I figured Possession in Session would be a nice little pastime.

I loved this! I seldom read about demons, I don’t know why that is, but not many demons end up in my shopping cart. AJ is a demon who has been bound to evil magicians for centuries, but after he manages to get free he gets a position at a paranormal hospital.

Wash is a witch, but there is something wrong with him. A witch can’t function with a familiar, and no familiar is willing to work with him. Without being able to do magic he can’t be more than an orderly in the hospital. He is trying to be happy, trying not to be too disappointed in never being able to become something more, but then he meets AJ.

There is an attraction, sure, but that can’t explain the strange things that are happening between AJ and Wash, and after the events of one chaotic day at the hospital they realise they can never go back to the way things were.

A fun read perfect for October when Halloween is just around the corner. And I do think I need to read more demons…and more by E.J. Russell.

Possession in sessionPossession in Session is set in the Mythmatched story ‘verse. It takes place chronologically after Demon on the Down-Low, but although a couple of characters from the earlier books in the series are mentioned, it’s mostly a stand-alone story (about 18K words).

After centuries of being bound to one greedy magician after another, Auni-jel-Chandu broke free and retreated to Sheol, outcast even among other demons. But then the Realm Accords passed, and suddenly he’s thrust into the Sheol Retraining Initiative as the newest supernatural medical technician student at United Memorial Hospital (aka St. Stupid’s).

Death and untold destruction are sure to follow. Aren’t they?

Wash Hernández might be a dud witch—he’d never been ablee to attract a familiar, so he’s as magic-null as any human—but as a St. Stupid’s orderly, he’s still able to assist supernatural beings who need medical care. But when he meets a bewildered naked demon wandering the hospital corridors and forms an instant connection, he’s not certain who needs help the most.

Release Day – Pine Tree Mary

It’s release day!!! It’s also my daughter’s birthday so we’ll be celebrating with cake.

Pine Tree Mary is a story about a cop and a hulder – a forest creature from the Scandinavian folklore. A few years ago I wrote Silent Woods which has the Neck, a male water nymph from the Swedish folklore. He’s a fascinating creature who bewitches people by playing the violin. The Neck is always male, and in Pine Tree Mary I’ve cheated because a hulder is always female…only here my main character is male.

I talked a little about the old stories with hulders in a previous blog post, but mainly they lure unassuming men into the forests and have their way with them. In Pine Tree Mary, we have Hush, the only known male hulder in the world.

Detective Manning is following a known drug lord into the forest and what he sees there will forever change his life. Creatures with tails and holes in their backs only exist in fairy tales, and it isn’t normal to ride on moose…unless you’re a hulder of course.

Manning in convinces Hush is the key that will help him put the drug lord behind bars so he decides to keep Hush close at all times. Hush doesn’t always understand why humans do what they do, but he likes Detective Manning so he tries to help him get what he wants.

“So, Hush.” He didn’t look at him as he zigzagged between the people on the sidewalk. “How did you first get to know Diamond?” It was a question he should’ve asked a long time ago.

“Oh, it was pure luck on my part.” Luck? Manning glanced at him. He was utterly beautiful—his hair shiny and soft-looking, his unusual eyes sparkling, and despite his lips being swollen from the beating, Manning wanted to taste them. Highly unprofessional.

“How do you figure it was luck?”

Hush stopped. A person behind them cursing as he stepped around them. “Well, I was walking around in the forest and there they were, both Diamond and North.”

Manning wished he’d continue, but instead, he watched the cars glide by on the street. Reaching out, Manning put a hand on Hush’s lower back, or he attempted to. His hand kept going, the fabric of the dress touched his hand but there was nothing underneath. Hush jumped forward, hurrying to put a couple of steps between them.

An invisible fist curled around Manning’s throat. He had touched him, his palm had pressed in where there should’ve been a solid back. A chill shot up his spine until the hairs on his neck stood on end.

“He said he’d been looking for me.”

Manning forced down a breath. “Who?” Was he going insane? Hush had a back, right? He was walking around, he was standing, moving, gesturing. Where was his spine? Nausea blocked his throat.

“Diamond. But he couldn’t have, not me specifically. No one knew I existed. Solstice said I never could show myself to anyone. I had to, though. I have to feed sometimes. I’m not like them, I don’t have a steady stream of men coming to—” He cut himself off and looked around as if looking for an escape route. “I talk too much.”

“No, no you don’t.” He should talk more.

“Clover will bring the cat out of the bag.”

“You have a cat?” Manning didn’t care, though he could see Hush cuddling up with a fluffy little hairball.

“The cat o’ nine tails.” Hush avoided his gaze and kept walking without any real aim, bumping into people as he went, apologizing left and right. Cat o’ nine? The nausea hadn’t gone away but now it grew in the pit of his stomach. Were the women in the forest flogging Hush? If so, why did he go back there?

“What did Diamond say when he found you? Hey, this way.” He caught Hush’s arm and a current almost like electricity poured into him, only it wasn’t unpleasant. He had to let go, or he’d pull Hush into his arms. What would his hair smell like, his skin taste like?

Manning shook his head and opened the door to Jacobs’s building. “Jacobs lives on the third floor. We can take the elevator.” He never did, running up the stairs was good for him, but Hush was in pain, though he hid it well. Manning sneaked a glance at him. Did the arm look better? It wasn’t as blue as it been in the diner? A trick of light. He was seeing things that weren’t there.

Hush clung to the brass banister on the way up, staring wide-eyed at the sliding doors. When they opened, he stumbled out. Manning grinned. The man sure was strange.

He rang Jacobs’s doorbell, knocked loudly, and when nothing happened, he tried calling him through the door.

“I don’t think he’s home.” Hush was playing with a strand of his hair, looking uncomfortable.

For a few more days you can get a 20% discount on Pine Tree Mary over at JMS-Books.

Pine Tree Mary

Detective Quinn Manning wants nothing more than to see Diamond Dace, one of Fagerdal’s most notorious drug lords, behind bars. After years of the man eluding the authorities, when Manning accidentally stumbles onto an opportunity to catch the powerful dealer red-handed, he doesn’t hesitate. But what should be a simple tail, instead drops Manning into a real-life world of myth and legend.

Hush is a hulder, a forest spirit also known as a pine tree Mary. Since the beginning of time, his people have lived in the forest, feeding off the energy they derive from the lust and desires of passing hunters. But Hush is an abomination, the only male of his kind.

After a lifetime of starvation, Hush has struck a deal with a human. A simple trade that will give the human what he desires and keep Hush from wasting away completely.

When Manning saves a young man from Diamond and one of his men, his view of reality is altered forever. And Hush, who has never met anyone like Manning, finds the man’s attraction to him enough to finally stave off his constant hunger.

When together they set out to rescue Manning’s partner, their connection to one another grows. But can a human detective have a future with a creature of the forest, a creature who isn’t supposed to exist?

Pine Tree Mary is part of Legendary Loves Vol 1 which is a story collection of three stories with legendary creatures. It too is on a 20% discount at JMS-Books.

legendary lovesJMS Books’ Trios are themed collections of three gay romance stories by a trio of authors. Each story is available separately, but readers can get all three for a discounted bundle price.

Legendary Loves Volume 1 contains three paranormal shifter M/M romances just in time for Halloween! Contains the stories:

Metamorphosis by Pelaam: When Ryker arrives in Puerto Rico, he doesn’t anticipate falling for the handsome and flirtatious Alejandro, who works at the hotel where he’s staying. There’s definitely something between them, and then Ryker uncovers a world he couldn’t have dreamed existed. He already knows he’s in love with Alejandro, but something dark and deadly is stalking him.

Pine Tree Mary by Ofelia Gränd: What should be a simple chase drops Detective Quinn Manning into a real-life world of myth and legend when he stumbles upon Hush, who is a hulder, a pine tree Mary. His people live in the forest and feed off energy of passing humans. When Manning’s partner disappears, he needs Hush’s help. While working together, their connection grows, but can a human have a future with a creature of the forest?

The Pooka’s Share by K.L. Noone: Aidan’s on an easy Magical Enforcement Division case: stolen apples. But the apple-thief faerie-horse shifts into gorgeous young man, Ink, who left his herd to find adventure. He likes Aidan’s hands, and that enchanted bridle, on him. But ritual magic and complicated powers collide, and the family legacy Aidan’s avoiding becomes important, but maybe not as important as keeping Ink in his arms.

This site contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.