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Paramourtal: Tales of Undying Love and Loving the Undead. Paperback – September 18, 2010
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About the Author
Editor Kevin Hosey is an author, editor and cartoonist. His short stories have appeared in several publications including two Star Trek Strange New Worlds anthologies (Simon and Schuster), Paramourtal and Gods of Justice (both from Cliffhanger Books), Hint Fiction (W.W. Norton) and the sci-fi magazine Beyond Centauri. Visit him at kevinhosey.net. // Editor Evelyn Welle is a writer and editor who began creating fiction, poetry and plays at age 10. She won two poetry awards at Texas Christian University while earning a degree in English and journalism. In 2005, she won second place in a Romance Writers of America novel contest. Evelyn and her husband live in Texas where their son is working on his college degree.
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Paramourtal is a collection of short stories that feature everything from the Sandman to Selkies to Fairies. Over all it is a good selection of stories that were very entertaining.
Some of my favorite stories were Dark Legacy where love conquers all. Katherine and her husband are in love and her cousin is jealous. Julia's husband left her but she is convinced he will come back to her. She doesn't want to fulfill her prophecy and tries to trick Katherine into doing it for her.
Another favorite was His Familiar Touch. I've read other stuff by LK Below and was excited to see one of her stories in this collection. Shifters are some of my favorite stories and I loved this one. Rikkita has led a sheltered life but can't shift. When she finds out why she can't shift, it causes her emotions to be all over the place. With the help of Derek, she learns the joys of shifting and finds love.
My absolute favorite was The Underlying Beat. There were so many elements that made this story work. Both of the main characters carry so much guilt from an incident that happened during college. Neither one of them have actually been living, they are really just going through the motions. With the help of a nosy ghost they find their way to each other and find forgiveness in the process.
There are so many great stories in this book it's hard to pick out just a few. A brief synopsis of each story can be found below if you want more information. Overall I enjoyed this book and give Paramourtal 4 Flaming Hearts.
A Touch of Sand by Nicole Brugger-Dethmers: Angeline is in love with Nicholas but he is just the kitchen boy. His love for her saves her from the Sandman when he takes her to his castle, in hopes of making her smile again. He realizes that Nicholas is the one that makes her smile and sends them on their way.
Dark Legacy by Elizabeth Ireland: Katherine and her cousin Julia met at the lake house to clean it out after her grandmother passed away. While there, Julia tells her the story of the guardian of the lake and that it's someone from their family. Little does she know that Julia has plans for Katherine that could put an end to her and Patrick's happiness?
The Fisherman's Wife by K. Stoddard Hayes: Sean and his father have been hiding something from his wife for 10 years and the guilt is killing him. He is afraid that when she discovers their secret, she will walk out of their lives, his fears are becoming reality. When Mireen returns to them revitalized, he realizes how much damage he was done over the years. He offers her his heart, freedom and a solution that they can both live with.
The Prince and The Spoon by Kelly Wisdom: Summer loves Tar River Park; it's the place she goes when she wants to relax. It had been a week since she broke up with her boyfriend and she was lonely. She never expected to meet Hunter or the other creatures from the fairy realm, while she was out walking the trails. She was introduced to a whole new world and finds a kindred spirit that loves the park as much as she does.
The Flower of Hell by Noree Cosper: Gabby has been searching for the demon that cursed her many years ago. She is destined to lose anyone close to her and always be alone, unless she kills the one that cursed her. She makes it her mission in life to kill any demon she finds. She wants a family and Dimitri is the first person that makes her feel alive again. He vows that together they will find he demon and end her curse.
His Familiar Touch by L.K. Below: Rikkita is a female cougar that can't shift because she is a witch's familiar. She sets out to find the witch so they can help her shift but in the process she meets Derek. He is sexy and very male and she is drawn to him like no other man. He tries to show her that witches aren't as bad as she thinks and that she could have a future with her witch if she wanted. In the end, she is more than happy to share her life with her witch and stand by his side.
Of Fate and Fire by Rebecca Rhielle: Eleia's family was killed when she was a little girl and she was found by the Rescuers and raised as part of their family. She has always known she was different, she just didn't realize her true calling. Aurelius makes her blood sing like no other. Cryptic words from the elder begin to make sense as she approaches her 18th birthday and she has to make a crucial decision about her future.
Sympathy From The Devil by M.C. DeMarco: Ariel is a guardian angel but it seems that she is having trouble with her beliefs. While watching over Matt for awhile and she is concerned that he is going to give in and leave with the tempting woman sitting beside him. As it turns out, Forcas (a fallen angel/demon) is responsible for the woman and offers Aerial a chance to save her soul but can they live with the costs.
The Underlying Beat by Evelyn Welle: Megan can't believe that music composer Lee Ching agreed to work collaborate with some string musicians on his next album. The only person allowed into his word is Megan and she is drawn to his music and the underlying beat of the music. Little does she know that there are underlying forces working to get her and Lee together? Both feel responsible for the death of a college cheerleader that they are connected to and it's up to her to show them the way.
Rain by Kevin Hosey: After his wife serves him with divorce papers, Kyle escapes to the cabin he bought a year ago. The cabin looks like it could be straight out of one of his horror novels. While walking through the woods he gets lost and Reanna appears out of nowhere. She's like nothing he's ever seen before, ethereal, beautiful and mysterious. She has a secret that could be detrimental to Kyle; he doesn't find out about it until it's too late.
Noree's short, The Flower of Hell, involved demon hunting and immortality. Talk about fun. A Touch of Sand by Nicole Brugger-Dethmers was fantastic as well, and I loved the idea of the Sandman as a pseudo-villain, albeit an amicable one. And the rest follow suit with neat paranormal elements and romances that range from sweet to utterly saucy.
I also very much enjoyed The Prince and the Spoon by Kelly Wisdom, which was a fun take on fairy tales that had a really neat circular nature to it. The Fisherman's Wife by K. Stoddard Hayes was admittedly confusing at first, but well worth finishing. What a neat world.
Overall, this is a very fun collection. I recommend it to fans of paranormal romance.
A Touch of Sand: Angeline is at a crossroads and the way she is pointed causes grief. Enter the Sandman to change her course for the better. 2 1/2 Stars, the ending has some issues that went against society of the times in which the book was written. Kitchen boy makes it into a company business without any formal schooling?
Dark Legacy: Katherine goes to her beloved grandmother's cabin by the lake. There her cousin Kate reminds her of the Guardian of the Lake. Soon another guardian is to be chosen. Will it be Katherine?
3 stars, the story is a bit convoluted on how the guardian is to be chosen.
The Fisherman's Wife: Sean keeps his wife by his side by keeping a precious treasure of hers hidden. When accidentally revealed Sean has to accept whatever decision his wife makes. Stay or go? 2 1/2 stars. Sean is hard to love, he listens too much to his father and never to his wife until the end. Abrupt turn around in his attitude that is hard to believe.
The Prince and the Spoon: Summer is walking in the park when a fairy warns her to leave, The rest is a merry chase. Over a spoon! 3 stars, merry romp although slightly silly in some areas.
The Flower of Hell: Gabriella hunts demons, Dimitri van Helsing hunts vampires. Both join together in love and hunting. 4 stars. I would love to see a series starring these two hunters. Well put together story.
His Familiar Touch: Rikkita is a shifter that was chosen as a witch's familiar as a babe. Until she finds her witch she can't change into her cougar form. While hunting for her witch Rikkita finds a sizzling attraction between herself and Derek. She can't stay away! 5 hot stars for this story.
Of Fate and Fire: Eleia lost her family when a small child and was taken in by Rescuers. Before her 18th birthday she meets a man in the woods and they fall in love. Eleia has a secret in her past that her beloved doesn't know about. Neither does she. 2 1/2 stars because it should have been written full length. The ending leaves too many questions unanswered.
Sympathy for the Devil: Ariel is a guardian angel sent to keep her charge from temptation. Forcas is a fallen angel/demon that can't keep from tempting Ariel. Will she give in? Fun tale with a funny ending. 5 stars and I hope for more of Ariel and Forcas in the future!
The Underlying Beat: Megan gets to meet the elusive pianist Lee then paranormal things start happening. Is it Lee causing these things to happen or is Megan losing her mind? The answer will surprise you. 3 stars, the ending was a little bit too predicable for the rest of the story.
Rain: While staying at a rundown cabin Kyle meets a woman that eases the pain he feels when his wife leaves him. Deja vu sweeps over Kyle when he arrives but he's never been to the cabin before...or has he? This story has a fiery ending that is totally unexpected. 3 1/2 stars. Some elements of the story seemed a little out of place, such as how Kyle acted after his wife attacked him.
A good read I would recommend to friends and family. 3 1/2 stars overall.