The Ghost Chronicles, Book 1 by @MarloBerliner #YA #Paranormal #bookreview


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Title: The Ghost Chronicles, Book 1

Author: Marlo Berliner

Genre: Upper YA Paranormal with Adult Crossover Appeal

 

Book Blurb:

Can Michael get to heaven before the devil gets him first, and if it means leaving Sarah is he sure he still wants to go?

 

Michael Andrews had everything – a loving family, a great girlfriend and a promising basketball career. That was before the accident that took his life. Now, he’s a ghost, wandering among the living, struggling to understand why he’s stuck. All he wants is to move on.

 

That is until he meets Sarah, an attractive young girl who died just as tragically as he did. The only trouble is falling in love and binding oneself to another soul is forbidden, for it may keep one or both of the souls bound to earth for longer than they should be.

 

To make matters worse, there’s also a danger in going too far with Sarah, because the “joining” of two souls in the afterlife is also strictly forbidden and they don’t know what will happen if they do go that far. Each time they touch they can feel the boundaries of their energies slipping perilously into one another.

 

Things get even more complicated as Michael learns he’s being pursued. Demons are after him because he’s a marked soul, a soul the devil wants very badly for some unknown reason.

 

So, maybe falling in love in the afterlife isn’t such a good idea.

 

 

My Review:

Michael Andrews has a charmed life, that is, until his young life is cut short due to an accident. But contrary to popular belief, he doesn’t move on to Heaven or Hell; he’s roaming haplessly among the living. Not sure what to do or how to feel, he clings to the past and pines for the future he’ll never get. But then he meets Tom who becomes like a mentor to him. He discovers he’s got the Devil on his tail, hunting him down to drag him into Hell. Just when the afterlife was getting interesting…

 

Michael on the run when he bumps into Sarah, a ghost just like him, and they instantly connect. Can two spirits fall in love? Anything is possible but it’s against the ghostly rules. Is their love affair over before it starts and why does the Devil want his soul so badly?

 

I’m a huge paranormal fan and this ghostly tale, while not scary in any way, sheds light on what the afterlife might be like. Confusing, sad, overwhelming, happy, are some of the emotions portrayed which made me think long after I finished the book.

 

I took a full star off my rating for the abrupt ending. I know that this is book one in the series but for me to read the next one, there needs to be some kind of conclusion, a plot arc closed, something. Disappointing.

 

I loved the backdrop of New Jersey and the author’s descriptive narration transported me. The world-building in The Ghost Chronicles, while not 100% original, suspended my disbelief completely. I was completely taken into Michael’s head through his POV and his reactions made it an excellent read. The romance, while sweet, made me smile. Michael and Sarah are so cute together, exploring love and desire as ghosts.

 

If you love paranormal with a touching romance, pick this up today. I look forward to reading book two and seeing what happens next.

 

Favorite Character/Quote: “To be warm again, to tingle again, to feel again, these sensations were so familiar, yet already so forgotten.”

 

My Rating: 4 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon –

US – https://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Chronicles-Marlo-Berliner-ebook/dp/B017DWXPTA/

 

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ghost-Chronicles-Marlo-Berliner-ebook/dp/B017DWXPTA/

 

Barnes & Noble –

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-ghost-chronicles-marlo-berliner/1123052689?ean=9780996972413

 

Walmart –

https://www.walmart.com/ip/The-Ghost-Chronicles/54934980

 

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Author Biography:

Marlo Berliner is the award-winning author of THE GHOST CHRONICLES, her debut book which was released in November 2015 to critical acclaim. The book won the 2016 NJRW Golden Leaf Award for Best First Book, was named a FINALIST in the National Indie Excellence Awards for Young Adult Fiction, received the Literary Classics Seal of Approval, and was awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion. Marlo is represented by Eric Ruben of the Ruben Agency and she writes young adult, women’s fiction, and short stories. Marlo is also a freelance editor with Chimera Editing. Her second book, THE GHOST CHRONICLES BOOK 2, will be released in August 2017.

 

When she’s not writing or editing, Marlo loves reading, relaxing at the beach, watching movies, and rooting for the Penn State Nittany Lions. After having spent some wonderful time in Pittsburgh and Houston, she’s now back in her home state of New Jersey where she resides with her husband, two sons, and a rambunctious puppy named Max.

 

Social Media Links:

Website: www.marloberliner.com

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Marlo-Berliner/e/B017EVF4AS
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarloBerliner
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marloberliner
Instagram: https://instagram.com/marloberliner
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14560514.Marlo_Berliner

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

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Stillwell: A Haunting on Long Island by @MichaelPCash #bookpromo #IAN1 #paranormal


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Title: Stillwell: A Haunting on Long Island

Author: Michael Phillips Cash

Genre: Horror, Paranormal, Ghost Story

 

Book Blurb:

Paul Russo’s wife just died. While trying to get his family’s life back in order, Paul is being tormented by a demon who is holding his wife’s spirit hostage on the other side. His fate is intertwined with an old haunted mansion on the north shore of Long Island called Stillwell Manor. Paul must find clues dating back hundreds of years to set his wife’s soul free.

 

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Excerpt:

Paul turned from the dark window, twitching the drapes back in place. It was cold in the house; it had the dank feel of being unused. It had only been empty for a week, and yet it held a stale feeling of overripe food and decaying garbage.

The kids would be coming home tomorrow. He had sent them to his sister’s place for the past week. It was too hard to have to worry about their schedules when he was sitting by Allison’s side. The funeral was yesterday, and he asked his sister to keep them one more day. He needed to have some time to collect himself. He’d spent the last twenty-four hours sitting in the dark, staring at nothing, his mind too numb to think.

Lisa had taken over with the brisk efficiency of the nurse that she was trained to be. Stella was eating once again and Jesse and his twin, Veronica, were able to sleep at night. His sister’s was the safe house, and while he desperately missed his children, he couldn’t deal with their everyday drama while he stayed with Allison for her final weeks.

He played with the chain around his neck then placed the gold band that hung from it on his lips. He closed his eyes, feeling alone. It was his wife’s wedding band and it had never left her fi nger from the time he had placed it there almost fi fteen years ago. Everything happened so fast. Too fast. His mind replayed the last six months in a montage of colors flashing like an out-of-control merry-go-round. Only it wasn’t a happy ride. Well, he sighed, he had to admit that he did feel relief. It felt wrong to have this burden taken off his shoulders, but his wife didn’t have to suffer anymore. He admitted to himself that he was weary too. She had gone from bad to worse in such a short time. She had slipped into a coma. He held her skeletal hand for a solid week, watching hope die alongside his wife. His family had brought in food, but he felt no hunger. As he stayed by her side, nothing seemed important. Paul stared at her face, memorizing every curve, her deep dimple, the mole she hated above her upper lip. Every second counted, and he wouldn’t waste a minute on himself. His future yawned ahead in a great vastness of nothing that stretched endlessly before him. Alone, mute, and his thoughts jumbled in his head, he couldn’t find words to say what he needed. Did she know how happy she had made him? Did Allison understand how much she meant to him? Could she know that his heart was so numb, he felt as though he were a corpse? Though he sat caressing her hand, could his wife sense the man next to her was spent, empty? It was that burnt-out feeling like after drinking so much that the liquor loses its taste and cigarettes burn with dying fire.

The irony was that he was the smoker, even though he had stopped when the twins were born, thirteen years ago. Allison wouldn’t have it in the house. He cheated at work, chewing gum to disguise the smell on his breath. It had always been a huge fi ght, and while she painted all kinds of devastating scenarios if he continued to smoke, they never expected her to be the one to fall victim to cancer.

The twins were a rare handful for them. Married for just over a year, they were unprepared for the incessant work. He was building his reputation as a go-to guy for the McMansions that dotted Long Island’s North Shore. The pull of work and two newborns tested their marriage. Allison breast-fed until utter exhaustion—or as he liked to call it “udder” exhaustion—made her stop. She always laughed at that.

Jesse, his son, was all brooding intensity, while Veronica, the elder twin by six minutes, was sweet, faithful, and resilient. They were golden children, kissed by sunlight, with blond hair, freckles, and odd silver eyes, like their mother. They communicated in a strange language that worked only for the two of them. A silent collusion between the twins created a special insight, and they knew exactly what the other was thinking. When words finally arrived, they could finish each other’s sentences.

While he was happy with his family, Allison had wanted another child. Reluctantly, he agreed and was shocked at his devastation when she miscarrieied. His despair turned to relentless hope, and although they faced a period of secondary infertility, he pushed for seven years, and they became pregnant once again. He called her “Stella Luna,” because she was the stars and moon to him.

With Stella, he had time to play. She was a fey child, filled with whimsy and a touch of an old soul.

Brown-haired and brown-eyed, she was the image of his older sister. Shut out of the twin’s world, he made sure she never felt alone. When she turned two, her soulful brown eyes induced him to give up smoking once and for all. God, he wished he had a cigarette. Right now.

The house screamed with silence, its heavy pall smothering any sense of light. It closed over him. The acid ache in his gut he’d been experiencing since she got sick made its presence known. Padding to the kitchen, he went in search of milk to put out the fi re. After he opened the refrigerator door, he stood for a minute staring at the empty shelves. He smelled the open carton of milk and recoiled at the odor. He never remembered buying it and could only guess how old it was. Well, the milk was plainly spoiled, as was the cheese. They had to be at least a month old. Maybe he should just eat the yogurt, let it kill him, and the kids would be done with mourning. Two for the price of one, he thought as he slammed the door. He’d have to go food shopping at some point. Yep, the kids were coming home tomorrow.

Paul slid on to the counter stool, holding his head in both hands. His skull ached as though there were a thousand hammers pounding behind his eyes. It pulsed with such intensity; he pressed his fi ngers against his eyeballs until all he saw was an iridescent halo. He sighed deeply and stretched backwards cracking his jaw as he yawned.

Dizziness assailed him and he gripped the granite counter with wet palms. “God,” he thought, “am I going to faint?”

Sweat dotted his forehead and he shivered involuntarily as a gray mist enveloped him, chilling him to the bone.

Out of the corner of his eye, he sensed a shadow dancing around him. He felt paralyzed and couldn’t move.

Suddenly nauseous, he rested his unstable forehead against the counter and said, “I gotta get some sleep.”

 

 

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Stillwell-Haunting-Michael-Phillip-Cash-ebook/dp/B00DGYLHQ8

Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Stillwell-Haunting-Michael-Phillip-Cash/dp/1484196090

 

My Review of Stillwell:

https://princessofthelight.wordpress.com/2015/07/06/stillwell-a-haunting-on-long-island-by-michaelpcash-bookreview-horror-paranormal/

 

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Author Biography:

Michael Phillip Cash is an award winning and best selling author of horror, paranormal, and science fiction novels. Stillwell: A Haunting on Long Island, The Hanging Tree, and Schism: The Battle for Darracia have all been named to Foreward Reviews. Book of the Year Awards. Cash currently resides on Long Island with his wife and children.

 

Connect with Michael Phillips Cash online:

Website: http://www.michaelphillipcash.com/home

Blog: http://www.michaelphillipcash-officialblog.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MichaelPhillipCash?skip_nax_wizard=true

Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelpcash

The Flip by Award-Winning Author @MichaelPCash #bookreview #Paranormal #IAN1


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Title: The Flip

Author: Michael Phillip Cash

Genre: Paranormal, Ghost Story

 

Book Blurb:

Julie and Brad Evans are house flippers. They buy low, clean out the old occupants junk, and try to make a profit. Enter Hemmings House on Bedlam Street in scenic Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. Too good a deal to pass up, but with an ominous secret. The old Victorian Mansion has dwellers that do not want to be dispossessed. As the house reveals it’s past, will the couple’s marriage survive The Flip?

 

My Review:

I have been enjoying ghost stories for over 35 years.  Let me at first say that this is one of the best ghost stories I have ever read.  Cash is able to weave the ghosts and their own part of the story seamlessly into the story of the living characters.  The utilization of ghostly interference as the creation of the angst in the relationship of Julie and Brad is very well done.  Cash is able to show in myriad fashion the ups and downs that every marriage could face in a way that is neither preachy or insulting.  You really feel for Julie and for Brad as they face the challenges both financial, emotional and supernatural.  The concept of buying an old run down place to flip and finding it haunted is brilliantly simple and plays well in a popular 21st real estate concept.  The ghost of Tessa and Gerald are as complex as the living.  I loved the book, I loved the ghosts and loved Julie and Brad.  Brilliantly conceived and written, rich with history, romance, scary ghosts and even humor. 5 stars.  A great addition to any bookshelf.  Perhaps not a good read alone in poorly lit room on a stormy night!

 

My Rating: 5 stars

 

Buy it now:

http://www.amazon.com/Flip-Michael-Phillip-Cash-ebook/dp/B00KDOZY6I

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Author Biography:

Michael Phillip Cash is an award-winning screenwriter and novelist. He’s written eleven books including the best-selling Brood X, Stillwell, The Flip, The After House, The Hanging Tree, Witches Protection Program, Pokergeist, Monsterland and Battle for Darracia series.

Michael resides on the North Shore of Long Island. He writes full-time with his screaming kids in the background.

 

Connect with Michael on:

Facebook: http://facebook.com/michaelphillipcash

Twitter: http://twitter.com/michaelpcash

Web: www.michaelphillipcash.com

Email: michaelphillipcash@gmail.com

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

#BookReview ~~ The After House by @MichaelPCash ~~ #paranormal #books #IARTG


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Title: The After House

Author: Michael Phillip Cash

Genre: Paranormal, Ghost Story

Book Blurb:

Remy Galway and her daughter Olivia are rebuilding their life after a failed marriage in a 300 year old cottage in historic Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. Little do they know, another occupant is lurking in the haven of their own home. Will the After House be their shelter or their tomb?

My Review:

I love a good ghost story, especially if there’s history thrown in for good measure. Remy Galway and her daughter, Olivia, are starting over. Remy’s ex-husband is a piece of work and all Remy wants to do is move on. So, at her parents’ urging, she rents an old cottage in historic Cold Spring Harbor. But she and Olivia soon discover there might be someone else residing in the cottage.

Captain Eli is a long-time resident of the cottage and he’s not too pleased these two females have moved in. “Females don’t belong on a ship, they only cause trouble,” muses Eli. Captain Eli does what he can to cause them to leave but it doesn’t work. Someone else is after Remy and it’s up to Eli to help her before it’s too late.

I really loved this book and it’s my second-favorite one by Michael Phillip Cash. The history is interwoven seamlessly throughout the story and I loved all the characters. It’s duel POV but that just made it better because the author gives us bits and pieces of Eli’s and Remy’s life, retrospectively. The plot had a few twists and turns I didn’t expect and the ending was a complete surprise. The author even threw in a sweet romance, done beautifully, which just completed it for me.

If you’re a fan of a good historical ghost story and the paranormal, you’ll love this book!

Favorite Character:

Eli. I’m not giving anything away here but he’s the ghost sharing the cottage with Remy and her daughter. He was a captain on a whale ship in the 1800’s. His matter-of-fact attitude appealed to me and the way he begrudgedly protected Remy from attacks was endearing. His POV filled in the blanks and as he regained his memories, we got a glimpse into Eli as well.

Favorite Quote:

“This was crazy, the world was upside down. He had to think of something to get the upper hand. After all, who was in command of this ship?”

My Rating: 5 stars

Buy it now:

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/After-House-Michael-Phillip-Cash-ebook/dp/B00QSBZV2W

Michael Phillips Cash

Author Biography:

Michael Phillip Cash is an award-winning screenwriter and novelist. He’s written eleven books including the best-selling Brood X, Stillwell, The Flip, The After House, The Hanging Tree, Witches Protection Program, Pokergeist, Monsterland and Battle for Darracia series.

Michael resides on the North Shore of Long Island. He writes full-time with his screaming kids in the background.

Connect with Michael on:

Facebook: http://facebook.com/michaelphillipcash

Twitter: http://twitter.com/michaelpcash

Web: http://www.michaelphillipcash.com

Email: michaelphillipcash@gmail.com

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

The Hanging Tree by @MichaelPCash #BookReview #IARTG #Paranormal


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Title: The Hanging Tree: A Novella

Author: Michael Phillip Cash

Genre: Paranormal

Book Blurb:

Enter a world where spirits roam the earth in Michael Phillip Cash’s haunting new novella, The Hanging Tree. Set amid the eerie backdrop of Long Island, an area famously steeped in old legend, two young would-be lovers contemplate their future while visits from those who have come before them reveal the lure of fate…and the power of free will.

At seventeen years old, Arielle’s relationship with her parents is slowly deteriorating. Angry and defiant, she is at a loss on how to cope with the tumultuous situation in which she finds herself. Arielle’s only comfort is Chad, an eighteen-year-old young man who seems to truly understand her struggles.

Arielle and Chad meet beneath the low-hanging branches of what the local community has nick-named the “Hanging Tree”. An ancient and majestic landmark, it has long been rumored that the tree is haunted by ghosts. These ghosts span various centuries and vary wildly in age, but each one of them has one thing in common: their deaths are all somehow connected to the tree itself.

As Arielle and Chad commiserate over their current situation and their precarious nature of their future, the spectral inhabitants of the Hanging Tree witness their conversation. One by one, the ghosts begin reminiscing about their own lives-and deaths- as they examine the inner demons with which their human forms long struggled.

An eerie meditation on the oft-overlooked power of choice, Cash’s The Hanging Tree will stay with readers long after they turn out the light.

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My Review:

The question of whether ghosts walk amongst the living has been answered time and again but Michael Phillip Cash poses an intriguing question. Can a three-hundred-year old tree cause the death of the descendants of Harmond?

Arielle and Chad are typical teenagers, out for a night on the town. Chad, a sexy badboy, takes Arielle under the town’s oldest tree to make out (and hopefully more). When she pushes him away, he freaks out and calls her a tease. Arielle, meanwhile, is only going out with Chad to piss off her dad. Making out with Chad doesn’t feel right and the gigantic tree hovering above them starts making odd noises.

Meanwhile, the ghostly inhabitants are reminiscing and pondering Arielle’s choice. We meet Goody Bennett, a “witch” from the 17th century. She seems to be the leader of the gang and I loved her immediately. We meet a few others and get their stories as well.

Told in alternating points of view, this novella packs a spooky tale in only 77 pages. With each page, the tension builds and the reader is captivated until the last word is read. The author is a masterful spinner of paranormal tales and the ending was the best part.

Halloween is tomorrow and this is the perfect ghost story to add to your bookshelf. Every town/city has an old tree and perhaps there are inhabitants living amongst the branches observing us as we go about our day.

Favorite Character:

Goody Bennett. She’s the eldest in the group of spirits and she’s very maternal towards the other spirits. In life, she was labeled a witch and died. The curse was born and as time passed, more spirits joined her in the tree. She’s a wise woman and I hope there’s someone like her looking out for me.

Favorite Quote:

“Oh, here we go. How many times do I have to tell you? I’m right here.” Claire called from a lower branch. “Arielle,” she called faintly, “leave this place.”

 

My Rating: 5+ stars

Buy it now: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FRMVJU6

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Author Biography:

Michael Phillip Cash is an award-winning screenwriter and novelist. He’s written eleven books including the best-selling Brood X, Stillwell, The Flip, The After House, The Hanging Tree, Witches Protection Program, Pokergeist, Monsterland and Battle for Darracia series.

Michael resides on the North Shore of Long Island. He writes full-time with his screaming kids in the background.

Connect with Michael on:

Facebook: http://facebook.com/michaelphillipcash

Twitter: http://twitter.com/michaelpcash

Web: www.michaelphillipcash.com

Email: michaelphillipcash@gmail.com

 

Pokergeist by @MichaelPCash #bookreview #paranormal #poker


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Title: Pokergeist

Author: Michael Phillip Cash

Genre: Paranormal, Poker

Book Blurb:

Sometimes life, as well as death, is about second chances. Luckless Telly Martin doesn’t have a clue. An awful gambler trying to scrape by as a professional poker player, he becomes the protégé of world famous poker champion Clutch Henderson. The only catch…Clutch is a ghost. Telly and Clutch must navigate the seedy gambling underbelly of Las Vegas learning to trust each other in order to win the elusive International Series of Poker, repair their shattered personal relationships and find redemption in this life and the hereafter.

Pokergeist won the Grand Jury Prize in Comedy in the 2015 New York Screenwriting Contest!

My Review:

I was so excited to read Pokergeist by Michael Phillip Cash (one of my favorite authors) and my expectations were sky-high. I mean, what could be better than to have poker and the paranormal all in one story? I must admit, I had a hard time getting into the head of Telly and it affected my enjoyment of the story. Honestly, I thought he was a clueless dud and his interactions with Clutch were bordering on the unbelievable halfway through the book.

Clutch, on the other hand, was amusing and I could relate to him. I felt his remorse and his wanting to help Telly was admirable. Boy, does he have patience.

I did enjoy the emotional tension in the story and the author does a brilliant job of portraying the seedier side of both poker and Vegas. The ending, while predictable, had a surprise that I wasn’t expecting.

If you are a fan of poker and are looking for a good ghost story, pick up this book!

Favorite Quote:

“Everybody should get a chance to live his dream, at least once.”

My Rating: 4 stars

Buy it now: http://www.amazon.com/Pokergeist-Michael-Phillip-Cash/dp/1512074969

Michael Phillips Cash

Author Biography:

Michael Phillip Cash is an award-winning screenwriter and novelist. He’s written eleven books including the best-selling Brood X, Stillwell, The Flip, The After House, The Hanging Tree, Witches Protection Program, Pokergeist, Monsterland and Battle for Darracia series.

Michael resides on the North Shore of Long Island. He writes full-time with his screaming kids in the background.

Connect with Michael on:

Facebook: facebook.com/michaelphillipcash

Twitter: twitter.com/michaelpcash

Web: www.michaelphillipcash.com

Email: michaelphillipcash@gmail.com