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Beyond The Divide by Skye Callahan Review

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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Despite unanswered questions about the nameless entity that tried to steal her life, Kaylyn returns to the only kind of normal life she knows and takes on a new paranormal case.

After investing everything they have in a farm, an unsuspecting family discovers that their problems run much deeper than the poor upkeep of the house and land. Can Kaylyn and the other investigators uncover what’s behind the growing malicious activity? And how will they all deal with new warnings from beyond the divide?

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Excerpt

Just as her weary eyes began to drift closed again, a shadow in the corner caught her attention. She squeezed her eyes closed for a moment, expecting whatever it was to disappear, but when she opened them again, the shadowed figure stepped forward into the light of the descending full moon.

She recognized the strawberry-blond woman from pictures and vaguely from her own dreams—Ida Troyer. Ida’s hands were clasped in front of her body, which appeared even more slender and frail in the dim lighting.

Kaylyn had a strong feeling Ida had played a large role in their overcoming the spirit attached to the Teague Hotel. A lot of the details were still jumbled in Kaylyn’s mind—a logical result when multiple entities are trying to gain control of your body, she figured. “Isn’t it, you know, frowned upon to stalk your son’s employee while she’s sleeping?”

“I’m merely checking on you, Sweetie.”

“Mmh,” Kaylyn grunted and readjusted her blankets. Even spirits had to realize it was rude to check up on anyone before coffee. Since Jonah’s father had put in some kind of spirit ward on the house—the details of which Kaylyn wasn’t privy to, she was convinced she was still dreaming. Kaylyn waited for it to shift her to a new location as it had before—expecting, at any second, to see the walls of the abandoned hotel appear around her again.

But the walls of her new bedroom remained solid, and the apparition moved a step closer.

“It was you in the hotel, wasn’t it?” Kaylyn asked.

“Partially. I helped you direct the power to your mother so she could protect you while Jonah figured out how to break your bond with the entity.” Ida’s light Irish accent rolled through the room with a lulling effect. Jonah, not surprisingly, did not share his mother’s accent, and Kaylyn thought for a moment that it was a pity. Instead, his fluctuated between a thick Minnesota accent with hints of his time spent in Alberta and Paris.

“So, it is broken?” Kaylyn asked, looking for any form of confirmation that the evil entity wouldn’t be seeking her out again, leaving a trail of burned rooms, and missing bodies in its wake. Even if that confirmation came from a dream.

Ida remained silent for a few moments. “I need a favor,” she finally said.

Ida’s obvious refusal to answer the question was disconcerting. “Favor?”

Ida’s head turned slowly as her gaze swept around the room, she was in no hurry for whatever she’d come for.

Kaylyn knotted her fingers beneath the blanket, waiting to be swept into a nightmare, waiting for the apparition to ask for some kind of impossible feat.

“Watch out for Jonah,” Ida said in a whispered plea.

The simple request didn’t bring relief, only more questions. “He’s my boss; I think it’s implied in the job description.” Not to mention she felt her debt to him burrowed into her core—where it was reluctant to give her any peace. Most of her injuries were healing, but they were still sore enough to bring back flashes of that night with every movement. There was a small cut on her left hand where Jonah had released her blood to break the bond with the entity and a burn on her right palm where Jonah’s protective necklace had seared into her skin as she channeled power from beyond the living world.

But she’d gotten off lucky. Jonah had a matching burn on his left palm and three fractured ribs from protecting her from flying debris. And her sister, Cole, although physically okay, was now dealing with the loss of her fiancé’s brother.

“Remember,” Ida said, interrupting Kaylyn’s thoughts, “going forward doesn’t always move you farther from the demons of the past.”

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Kaylyn Anderson’s fascination with abandoned places and dark creatures kindled her work as a paranormal investigator. But when dreams begin to distort reality, she questions what is real and pulls away from everyone she trusts. The opportunity to investigate the Teague Hotel–a long-abandoned landmark that has always piqued her curiosity–provides a chance to redeem herself. Unraveling the hotel’s secrets won’t be easy, but Kaylyn soon finds herself the target of a dark entity that has been trapped in the building for decades.

If Kaylyn stands any hope of defeating the spirit, she’ll have to accept that her fears are real and convince fellow investigators that she hasn’t lost her mind.

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My Review:

Another awesome one by Skye. This is the second one in her paranormal series. I couldn’t put it down. It has some great twists and turns. Kaylyn and Jonah’s story continues. We find out a bit more about Kaylyn and her family. Jonah is there to help her deal with the issues she faces in this one. It will keep the reader turning the page. Add it to your TBR list you won’t be disappointed. I look forward to reading more of Skye’s books.

About the Author: Skye Callahan

Skye Callahan is an Ohio-girl who has spent a lifetime chained to the imaginary worlds of the characters who live in her head. In elementary school she began writing down these characters’ stories to share with her friends and teachers. Although the paranormal was always her area of focus, she has recently followed her interest in BDSM and dark romance to venture into other realms.

When she isn’t spending time with the voices in her head, she loves spending time with her husband and two ferrets.

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Breaking Normal by Su Williams Review

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

 

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Title: Breaking Normal
Series: Dream Weaver #3
Author: Su Williams
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Dark
Publisher: Su Williams & Dream Weaver Novels with CreateSpace
Release Date: August 6, 2014

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Does ‘normal’ even exist for Emari Sweet anymore?

Normal is all she’s wanted since the death of her parents, but with the Wraith, Thomas, out for her blood, and the betrayal of Nick, Em doesn’t see normal returning any time soon.

Making use of her newfound powers, she works with Spokane Police to uncover evidence in ‘cold cases’ and memoryprint clues for current ones.

But is she putting the entire Caphar race at jeopardy by her choices? Will her relationship with Nick survive? And will any of them survive the destruction of the malevolent Nightmare Wraith?

My Review:

Another good one. I couldn’t put it down. I have loved the whole series. I love the characters and the world that has been created. It has some great twists and turns that will keep the reader turning the page.  It’s one that needs to be added to your TBR list you won’t be disappointed. I look forward to reading more books by Su.

 

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I confess…I’m a bit of a dork, with a quirky and sometimes dark personality, though not as dark as some. I love the outdoors and nature, and photographing normal, everyday things from different and abnormal angles. One of my photos has been published in the political humor book Red Dog/Blue Dog by Chuck Sambuchino.

Legally, my name is Susan Barton, but I write under the pen name Su Williams (my maiden name). I am a 48 year old mother of 4, Sarah, Josiah, Jack and Aundraic. I’m married to Ben and we have 2 cats, a garder snake, a crested gecko named Reid (like in Criminal Minds) and a beagle, Dyson (yes like the vacuum) who is my favorite teddy puppy.

I was born in Little Rock, AK. My daddy was military and my parents finally decided that Spokane, WA was the place for us and this is where I’ve lived since I was about 10.

I always wrote special poems for family birthdays, and began to write short stories in Jr. High. Many years later after a self-esteem building program of hypnosis, and reading Twilight, I was inspired. I said, “I could do that.” So I did.

Dream Weaver has been 4 years in the making, as I’ve learned the ins and outs of the literary process. That is an ongoing endeavor.

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#BookBlogWriMo – Call Me Crazy

As if doing NaNo isn’t enough I’ve decided to participate in BookBlogWriMo during November as well. BookBlogWriMo is hosted by Book Bumblings.  It’s basically the same idea as NaNoWriMo, but for book bloggers.  The idea is to post every day in November, using the topics and prompts that are provided.

I’ll be updating this post every day in November  with the links for my BookBlogWriMo posts and there will be NaNo updates throughout the month as well as the other normal things that are posted. Scroll down to below the schedule to find the links for each day’s post.

Wish me luck!

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BookBlogWriMo

Week 1

11/1- History of Your Blog

11/2- How You Read

11/3- Where You Read

11/4- Why You Blog

11/5- Where You Blog

11/6- #TBT- Favorite Childhood Books

11/7- #Flashback Friday- Blog’s First Design

Week 2

11/8- Your Blogging Toolkit

11/9- Your Blogging Workflow

11/10- Memes You Meme

11/11- #Top1oTuesday-Most Popular Posts

11/12- Advice for Newbie Bloggers

11/13- Your Review Process

11/14- Your Ratings System

Week 3

11/15- Favorite Book Blogging Things

11/16- Least Favorite Book Blogging Things (Added this one to 11/15 post since they are about the same type of thing)

11/17- Favorite Book Tropes

11/18- Favorite Subgenres

11/19- #WaitingOnWednesday- TBR Books

11/20- #TBT- Best Books of 2014

11/21- #FlashbackFriday- Your First Reviews

Week 4

11/22- #ShowMeYourShelves

11/23- Book Boyfriend Criteria

11/24- Reading Cave Fantasies

11/25- How You Deal with Book Hangovers

11/26- Cheating on Books: TV & Movies

11/27- Authors You’re Thankful For

11/28- Book Pet Peeves

Week 5

11/29- The Future of Your Blog

11/30- #BookBlogWriMo Wrap Up

 

 
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