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Fast, furious, and fun, Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series is one of my all-time favorites. Any book in the series is an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon (as long as you don’t intend to relax too much – these books are seriously action-packed) and GUILTY PLEASURES is the one that kicks it off.

Give it a shot. I bet you’ll want to read the next one … and the next after that …

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I first read Chiefs decades ago, before I was published myself. It has proven to be one of the books that has most influenced my writing. Chiefs begins early in the twentieth century and follows the careers of three police chiefs in a small Georgia town.

The stories of the chiefs are intensely personal, incredibly compelling, and give insight into how small towns work. There is an overarching story of a serial killer that begins early in Will Henry Lee’s days and isn’t solved until the well into the third chief’s time of duty. It’s shocking and will keep you on your toes.

The chiefs themselves aren’t always what you might expect and that’s one of the reasons I consider this a great novel. This epic is laden with detail that enriches the story. I just reread it and t is as absolutely riveting as it was the first time through.

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Bentley Little’s strange (but impressive) imagination is unparalleled in its ability to find and deliver terror in the most complacent and comfortable places. He’s one of the few writers who can give me nightmares, and THE RESORT, in particular, emblazoned some very creepy-cool and eerily bizarre images onto my mind that, years later, are still terribly vivid.

I laughed, I shuddered, I kinda wished I’d read it in daylight hours. Five stars.

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A review of THE ANGEL ALEJANDRO at Anthony Avina’s:

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“Sin and mankind’s misconceptions about the world at large play major themes in the supernatural thriller The Angel Alejandro by Alistair Cross. Exploring the world of temptations and the battle everyone faces within themselves when they give into their darkest desires, this incredible story showcases the ruthlessness that can reside in the best of us, and the strength it takes to push temptation aside to do what is right.

The first thing that grabbed me about this story was how similar the premise is to one of my favorite Stephen King stories, Needful Things. A charming salesman brings chaos and destruction to a small town, and must be battled by the forces of good within that very town. However this story is unique in that the overpowering threat of Gremory Jones and his followers is evenly matched by a powerful force for good working to help those few souls who see the cracks forming amongst the townspeople. The mysteries of the town’s descent, the arrival of Gremory Jones and the identity of Alejandro come colliding in the final moments of the book in a vicious and bloody battle between good and evil, and the small town of Prominence threatens to be destroyed forever by its own greed and sin.

The story and characters were very well drawn out throughout this story. Combining the best elements of authors like Stephen King and Dean Koontz, Alistair Cross showcases a unique talent for bringing to life the complex differences between people and showcase how supernatural or extraordinary events are handled by ordinary people. The characters are very relatable and the story itself flows smoothly, setting up the arch slowly and then zig-zagging at lightning speed as the action begins and the town begins to tear itself apart. The grammar was spot on and the imagery throughout the story is vivid, painting a picture that can easily be played across the recesses of the mind like a movie on a projector screen.

Overall this was a wonderful read. It had twists, shocking deaths and a fantastic ending that leaves the story for some characters open and brings a dramatic conclusion for others. This story highlights the incredible storytelling abilities of Alistair Cross, and he proves that he is one of the growing voices in the supernatural thriller genre. Be sure to pick up your copies of The Angel Alejandro by Alistair Cross today!

Rating: 10/10”

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A review of THE ANGEL ALEJANDRO:

“It’s hard to go wrong with anything by Alistair Cross, but The Angel Alejandro is a true stunner. Madison O’Riley is brought back from the brink of death by a mysterious, beautiful stranger who has no memory of who he is. In one of the most memorable (and funniest) scenes I’ve read in a long time, they settle on calling him Alejandro. As the unlikely (and adorable) pair set out to uncover Alejandro’s lost memories, another stranger comes to town, a salesman named Gremory Jones who, quite frankly, is the most terrifying fictional villain I’ve met since Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs.

As the plot thickens (and by this I mean it just keeps getting more sick and twisted) the entire town of Prominence falls under an unholy influence that threatens to tear the community to pieces. I was open-mouthed and gasping as the townfolk went on their respective wicked warpaths. I haven’t seen such lunatic (and guiltily riveting) rampages since, well, ever.

Over all, The Angel Alejandro has everything I like in a good book and I rate it a 5 full stars based on plot (compelling), pacing and execution (both top-notch) lifelike characters (the kind you can really sink your teeth into and care about) and the kind of atmosphere that comes to life and fully pulls you into an intriguing new world. Easily one of my all-time favorites and I can see myself returning to it again and again. Recommended for anyone looking for an epic tale of good versus evil with a unique brand of romance and more than a little screaming mad terror along the way.

Fans of Stephen King will love Alistair Cross, and The Angel Alejandro is the perfect place to start.”

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