Unholy Ground by Christine Pope

Unholy Ground by Christine Pope

Hi there readers! Today I’m reviewing Book #3 in Christine Pope’s Demon Hunters Trilogy and I’m both excited and bummed out by it. Mostly excited because it was a good book and in reading them I discovered a new favorite author who happens to have over 100 books published! I’ll be pretty busy adding to my TBR pile for quite a while as you can imagine.

I’m a little bummed just because it’s the conclusion to a really good series, but hey, that’s the mark of a great book right?

So here’s my Non-Spoiler Review!

 

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Happy Reading,

BiblioGal

Title: Unholy Ground (Project Demon Hunters Book #3)   

Author: Christine Pope

Reviewed By: BiblioGal

This book is the wrap up of the first two books in the series.  As I’ve discovered with Pope’s writing, it picks up immediately where the last one left off so you can just keep reading without worrying if any missing piece gets filled in along the way. Audrey and Michael are still dealing with their demon problem, in a way.  Basically, some loose ends have been left behind from book 2 plus a lot of psychological trauma to be dealt with. Don’t worry, it isn’t all just angst and head games.  There are hauntings and horrors unfolding throughout the story.  I pretty much had to sleep with the tv on after reading every night. This is a good thing, I’m a girl who LOVES a good scare and it’s hard to surprise or spook me at this point, yet Pope managed to do it. I’m totally giving this a 5/5 STARS and recommending it to anyone who likes a good scare and a smart romance.

Christine Pope’s massive list of books can be found on her website christinepope.com and her Project Demon Hunters trilogy is available wherever books are sold.

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Happy Release Day!!! Unholy Ground ~ Christine Pope

Happy Release Day!!! Unholy Ground ~ Christine Pope

Title: Unholy Ground
Author: Christine Pope
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Cover Designer: Christian Bentulan (Covers by Christian)
Editor: Katherine Tomlinson, Story Authority
Publication Date: April 17th, 2019
Blurb:
Facing the darkness is their only way back to the light.
After a horrible accident while filming the third episode of Project Demon Hunters, Audrey Barrett can’t get the if onlys out of her head. If only she hadn’t tried to play hero. If only she’d stayed out of the way. In the end, Michael sent the demon in question back to hell…but at a terrible cost.
The cable network has pulled the plug on the show, and they’re all out of a job. Now there’s nothing left to do but tie up loose ends. At least Audrey still has Michael, alive and by her side. But those loose ends are a clear sign — gouged deep in oak — that the demon who’s been making their lives miserable isn’t through with them after all.
They have no choice but to confront evil on its own ground. But if they can’t pin a name on this demon, nothing will save them…not even an ocean of holy water.
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USA Today bestseller Christine Pope is the author of the paranormal romance Witches of Cleopatra Hill series and the Djinn Wars series, among many other books (sixty and counting!). Researching UFOs brought her to magical Sedona, Arizona, where she now makes her home. Find out more about her books at christinepope.com.
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Review: Dark and Bright by P.M. Hernandez

Review: Dark and Bright by P.M. Hernandez

This week’s review is from our Fan Fiction Writing Guru; Lil Red Writing Hood.  A couple of us Bibliogals are familiar with P.M. Hernandez via her gargoyles and aliens, but we decided to let Red have a go with her new series, Dark and Bright. 

Happy Reading

~ BiblioGal

 

Title: Dark and Bright

Author: P.M. Hernandez          43457324

Article By: Lil Red Writing Hood

Trigger Warnings! The author herself has expressed that this book may trigger assault survivors and is suitable for mature readers 16 years old and up.

This was my first read for the author, though I have heard the name many times before. P. M. Hernandez is obviously a gifted writer and can create stories with surprise twists and turns that leave you wound up and begging for more when it’s all said and done.

 

Overall the book was a wonderful tale of a young girl who came into her own when the man in charge wasn’t around to stop her. I loved the natural and organic way she developed both the physical strength and strength of character she picked up along the way.

 

I also loved the male lead, he’s adorable but real. In a way, he felt like someone I knew, someone I could understand and care about. And boy did I!  He’s precious and should be protected at all costs and I will fight you if you say otherwise.

 

If I had to pinpoint something that didn’t set as well with me it was more about the past relationship between Carrie and her father, which I’m not going to get into for spoilery reasons. Maybe P.M. Hernandez has plans that will explain it or reason it out better, given this is only the first book in the series, but as of yet, it didn’t make sense to me.

 

Fingers crossed it gets even better!! I know I’m certainly looking forward to book 2!

 

The message I received in the writing was more about the growth of a young woman and how she can change and mature and become more than you ever imagined if someone (usually male) isn’t standing over her and making her feel weaker.

 

Carrie’s metamorphosis is quite literal but it’s also in the way she thinks and behaves and makes her choices. The strength doesn’t only come to her in a physical way but also emotionally, mentally, and even spiritually I believe.

 

It connects with me as I imagine it would with most women, on a deep and guttural level. The kind of character growth that warms you to the core. For me, there’s nothing like watching a beautiful young girl turn badass when nobody’s watching…well maybe Luis was.

 

The love story between Carrie and Luis serves as a background element for quite some time but it’s super adorable and flirtatious and fun in the early stages and through their mutually shared experiences they are pushed to test the limits of the new something between them. It stretches beyond what you could imagine but snaps them back together when they need it most.

 

This is a great read and I highly recommend it, but maybe only for the legal adults in the room. Though I will admit I lean on the side of caution because I’m an overprotective momma and aunt. I give this book a solid 4 out of 5 stars and can’t wait until book 2!

 

P.M. Hernandez’s books can be found at online booksellers and her website: www.pmhernandez.com

Zach Chopchinski ~ The Bow Tie Author

Zach Chopchinski ~ The Bow Tie Author

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Hello Dear Readers!

Today, I wanted to introduce you to an author friend of mine, Zach Chopchinski, A.K.A The Bow Tie Author. Zach is a USA Today bestselling author of Science Fiction and Fantasy books such as his Hall of Doors series, and Gabrielle series! Zach has been a busy bee, recently releasing his latest book, Arija and The Burning City and revamping the covers to Webley and The World Machine and Kip and The Grinders

In celebration, The Bow Tie Author has compiled a cornucopia of goodies for readers and you’d be kidding yourself if you thought I wouldn’t share with my darling bibliophiles. Read on to see what wonderous treasures await you (PS located within this article is a link to a free book, courtesy of The Bow Tie Author)

~ BiblioGal

Zach’s latest book, Arija and The Burning City has just released this week and in celebration, Zach has some amazing deals for his readers.

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Arija and The Burning City is now on sale for the release week for 50% off!!!

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All of the Hall of Doors books are stand-alone books!

 

CLICK HERE to get Arija and The Burning City

In a city of angels and demons, we learn who the real monsters are.

If Arija has to chase Kip down one more time, she just might kill him. But when she finds herself in the most beautiful city she’s ever seen, is it a paradise or is it hell?

Adal can’t believe he let Arija go into the portal alone. When he goes in looking for her, he finds himself in a hellscape. With a demon around every corner, Adal must find his girlfriend before it’s too late.

But someone watches from the shadows.

When heaven and hell collide, Adal and Arija must figure out who is there to help and who is a demon wearing an angel’s face. Will they solve the puzzle before it’s too late?

You’ll love this twisted tale reminiscent of The Labyrinth because of the betrayal, the temptation and the edge of your seat action.

 

About Zach

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Zach is a USA Today bestselling author of fantasy and science fiction. He is a bow tie wearing, formal vest rocking, pocket watch using, a sarcastic monster of a writer and spends his days trying not to kill himself with lethal levels of caffeine. Currently residing in Mount Dora, Florida, he can be found working, writing and procrastinating.
Zach is the author of the Gabrielle series, a young adult fantasy with a paranormal-historical-time traveling twist (try saying that five times fast), and the Hall of Doors Series, a cross worlds science fantasy adventure with snarky yet loveable characters.   Zachchop.com

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Simply sign up for ZACH’S NEWSLETTER and receive Kip and The Grinders, absolutely free.

Review: The Sisterhood by Alison Clarke

Review: The Sisterhood by Alison Clarke

Rounding up some long overdue reviews, I had the absolute fortune to receive a gift copy of The Sisterhood by Ms. Alison Clarke. Ms. Clarke is a celebrated and award-winning Middle Grade and YA author who has received international acclaim for her female empowering fantasy series.  She’s also a very kind and patient woman.  So here is my review of The Sisterhood!

Happy Reading!

BiblioGal

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The Sisterhood

Author: Alison Clarke

Genre: YA/Middle Grade

Reviewed By: BiblioGal

A beautiful beginning to an empowering fantasy trilogy. The Sisterhood is a middle grade/ya story about Oppie and Aurie, who’ve been sent on an epic journey. Along the way, they find magic, confidence, inner and outer strength, and acceptance. The story itself is a positive and empowering one that shouts “Girl Power!” throughout its pages. Not only is it a positive message to girls and young women in general, but it is also a specifically powerful message to young girls of color. Clarke has crafted a solid story that will still be thoughtful and relevant for years to come. The fantasy setting is gorgeous. We have a large scale enemy to fight, magical creatures (cough…DRAGONS… cough cough), magical people, and medieval lore galore. If you enjoy high fantasy or Arthurian legends, you might enjoy this book.

I actually read this series completely out of order but these are more standalone with some characters making cameos in other books. I was first introduced to this series through Book 2, called Racine. It features a different main character as does the third book, but the world of the sisterhood is universal throughout all of them. I’m giving this a 4/5 Stars and recommend for Fantasy lovers 12 and up.

Alison Clarke’s works can be found on Amazon and at her publishing house’s website. You can also find her on most social media platforms.

Double Review!!! Unquiet Souls & Unbound Souls by Christine Pope

Double Review!!! Unquiet Souls & Unbound Souls by Christine Pope

Hey there reading fans!

This time, I’m going to review two books in a series (cracks knuckles and stretches) buckle up as I walk you through Christine Pope’s Project Demon Hunters Series!

BiblioGal

 

Unquiet Souls

Author: Christine Pope                                              

Genre: Urban Fantasy/PNR

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From the cover, Unquiet Souls looks like most Urban Fantasy series.  Ominous dark background, gorgeous male and female duo in a defense pose in the foreground. It’s a beautiful cover. The colors are dark but still draw you win, the characters on the front look battle ready. At this point, I’m hooked.  Urban Fantasy is my favorite genre anyway and I read a lot of it.  I was ready for witches, shifters, and vampires.  What I got was even better.

Demons.  Of course, the series is called “Project Demon Hunters”, so any reasonably capable person should have been able to figure that one out really quick BUT, not me apparently (laughs at self).  Anyway, our heroine, Audrey, is a professional psychologist with a passion and reputation for real work within Paranormal Psychology. She even did research at the famous Rhine Institute*.  She is all about the science behind what goes bump in the night and proving that the mind is a powerful and sometimes scary thing.

Michael, our hero, is a professional paranormal investigator (ie Ghosthunters but less drama, more focus on the actual investigating and banishing).  He is the opposite of Audrey when it comes to the scary stuff. He believes it’s real and has seen some crazy stuff! He’s a lecturer and writer of “non-fiction” paranormal occurrences, which annoys the scientifically minded Audrey.

Michael is offered a six-episode pilot series for a demon hunting reality show.  He’s more than willing to play the lead but balks at the suggestion of Audrey as his co-host.  He doesn’t think she’ll play ball and he’s pretty sure she wouldn’t want to do something so base as shock television to ruin her academic reputation.  The producer insists, Audrey or no one, so Michael complies.

Audrey would rather die than do a television show,  and even refuses Michael’s first offer.  She reconsiders and ultimately agrees to do the show when they dangle a large amount of money up front.  Strapped for cash (who isn’t these days), Audrey sees this as an easy way to get ahead and help with her research plans in the future.

Their first assignment is an old mansion near Audrey’s hometown.  Immediately things start to get hairy and scary.  Christine writes really good and terrifying scenes. During the course of the investigation, Michael and Audrey get close, stumble upon a real demon, and things just snowball from there.  A lot is happening as we race toward the end and I loved every second of it.

The characters were well rounded and I felt like I could relate to them, (not hunting demons, but other stuff like Audrey wanting to be respected within her field but also needing to make a living) and enjoyed spending time in their world.  Pope is a veteran writer at this point and it shows.  Everything, in my opinion, was perfection.  I’m glad I had book two to dive into immediately upon finishing this one! I’m rating this 5/5 Stars and recommending it to anyone who likes a good suspenseful monster hunting story.

 

Unbound Spirits

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Genre: Urban Fantasy/PNR

Reviewed by: BiblioGal

 

Book two in the Project Demon Hunters Series picks up exactly where book one left off.  Michael is waiting for Audrey at their next filming location, but she never shows up! It turns out that she’s been kidnapped by a demon who wants revenge for some events in book one (no spoilers here my friends).  While Michael races to save her, Audrey learns a few things about herself and that she isn’t a complete damsel in distress. This one is a little harder to go into detail with just because I don’t want to spoil anything for readers.  I will say there are tons of twists and exciting revelations.

Once again, Christine Pope knocked it out of the park and delivered.  She managed to keep me interested from page one and I’m dying for the release of Book 3, Unholy Ground, which is already on my TBR!

Pope is a new author to me and when I looked up her roster on Amazon I was impressed.  She has a ton of interesting titles under her belt and I’m proud to say that I’m now a huge fan.  She’s definitely made it into my personal “One-Click” list and I can’t wait to read more of her books. I’m also giving this title 5/5 stars and recommending it to paranormal and urban fantasy genre fans.  There is some language and romantic moments and the characters are older (as in not YA or NA) adults so I would suggest this for the 18+ crowd.

 

You can find Christine Pope on social media and through her website.  All of Christine’s books are available at online booksellers everywhere.

Quick Update: Unbound Spirits by Christine Pope

Quick Update: Unbound Spirits by Christine Pope

Hey bibliophiles! I need to offer a quick apology to author Christine Pope and her PR guru Amber Garcia.  I promised to have Books 1 and 2 in her Project Demon Hunters Series reviewed by Thursday but I just didn’t make the deadline.  I’ll be posting tonight but as recompense, I thought I’d post some pretty pictures, blurbs, synopsis and website links.  Thanks for being patient!

BiblioGal

Title: Unbound Spirits
Author: Christine Pope
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Cover Designer: Christian Bentulan (Covers by Christian)
Editor: Katherine Tomlinson, Story Authority
Publication Date: March 20th, 2019
Blurb:

Are they the hunters…or hell’s hunted?

With the troubling aftermath of Project Demon Hunters’ first investigation still heavy on his mind, Michael Covenant awaits Audrey Barrett’s arrival in Tucson to film the second episode.
Except she never shows up.
Michael’s sense of foreboding is confirmed when his psychic gift pinpoints the exact spot outside the airport terminal where her panic and terror have left an indelible impression. Someone has taken her against her will, and it’s anyone’s guess where she is now.
Audrey can’t believe her eyes. Her kidnapper is a demon wearing a dead man’s face — a demon furious that she and Michael closed the portal he’d been using as a direct connection to hell…a demon who’ll stop at nothing to take his revenge.
Like a homing beacon, Audrey’s very soul reaches out for the man who broke her trust but still holds her heart — Michael, who fears that even if he reaches her in time, their fight with this particular demon has only just begun….
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USA Today bestseller Christine Pope is the author of the paranormal romance Witches of Cleopatra Hill series and the Djinn Wars series, among many other books (sixty and counting!). Researching UFOs brought her to magical Sedona, Arizona, where she now makes her home. Find out more about her books at christinepope.com.
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They headed toward the space where Susan had left her Subaru. However, they’d only gone a few yards when Michael stopped, his entire body going cold, as if he’d just been pushed into an unheated swimming pool.
“What is it?” Susan asked, pausing as she looked at him with some concern.
“I don’t know,” he replied. His teeth wanted to chatter, and he clenched his jaw. “Something dark. Something evil.”
“Here?” She looked around in bewilderment at the parking lot, at the rows of cars shimmering under the bright sun.
He could see that sun, but he couldn’t feel its warmth. Even though he felt as if his legs couldn’t move, they were so numb, he somehow managed to force himself to take a step forward, then another one. Slowly, the icy feeling dissipated until it was gone entirely.
Just to be sure, Michael began to retrace his steps. At once the cold surrounded him again, so tangible, it was like walking into a wall of ice. It seemed to emanate from a single parking space they’d passed. He went to it, and experienced a sharp shock of horror and surprise, gone quickly but still somehow thrumming in his bones.
Those weren’t his emotions, however. Somehow he knew he was experiencing what Audrey had experienced in this very spot less than an hour earlier.
“Michael?”
He turned and looked back at Susan, who stood at the edge of the parking space, her expression a study in confusion. Clearly, she couldn’t feel anything, was only responding to his own reactions.
“I don’t know where Audrey is,” he said slowly. “But I’m fairly certain she’s in very grave danger.”