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Graveyard Shift by Angela Roquet

Wow. This book has me looking for all the books coming next. If you’re a fan of paranormal-this is for you.

Lana Harvey is a reaper. Since Grim retired and started his own company, Reapers, Inc., he has several that he produces every hundred years in the town of Limbo. Which, incidentally, is the last place you’ll go to before you’re shipped off to your respective afterlife. Although she’d much rather chill with her best friend, the Archangel Gabriel and go out for drinks at the Purgatory Lounge, she discovers a secret that could tear the Underworld apart. Read it yourself to discover noble Egyptian gods, terrifying Hellhounds, and what life and death really is.

Rated a 3.76 on Goodreads, I’d give it higher-a 4.5, if you will. It uniquely factors in all forms of the afterlife, such as ancient mythology to modern religion. It is a largely entertaining and thought-provoking story that challenges popular thought of the what happens at death and after, and if you like themes that sound like they could be something off Supernatural, this could be for you. The only downside is, as with most self-published works, it seems like a few more proofreaders could have done it some good. Some scenes are cut short, creating confusion in the material, and there are a few grammatical errors that change the meaning of a few paragraphs. So if you love the storyline (like I did) you have to re-read a few parts with a little bit of grace to understand what she’s trying to say. It available as a free e-book, the second one for $2.99. Pocket Full Of Posies is definitely next on my list.

More Than Pancakes by Christine DePetrillo

First up-flaky love stories! These are for you, Mom. 😉 I recently sat down and read this adorable beginning to the “More Than…” series Christine DePetrillo seems to have started. Although I’ve read several, I will review the beginnings of series, and if you love the idea, you can check out the following books.

When Lily Hinsdale’s grandmother passes away, she mentions the beautiful Vermont property she has no attachment to-to her boss. Which is all well and good when your boss is a disinterested party, but now, as a resort designer-her new mission is to visit the land, purchase the property next to it, and design a beautiful mountain resort.

When she gets there, the hang-up to her big plans is a reclusive maple farmer whose property she wants to purchase with his maple business. Trees and all. As she gets to know the area and people (a charming set of sarcastic cousins make this story easy to read) she thinks she may be more attached to the place than she wants to be, and feels the pressure from both her new-found friends, and her business.

Both main characters have baggage, and hidden talents, and for a syrupy romance, this fits the bill. Rated a 3.84 on Goodreads, this is a self-published work with a few editing needs-but overall, I liked the series. It’s free for e-book owners, both on nook, and kindle.

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