Excerpt: Hell Hath No Fury by Tamela Miles

In celebration of Women’s Horror Month, please welcome my special guest Tamela Miles, author of the Hell On Heels series. Today, she’s sharing her excerpt from Hell Hath No Fury, book 3 of the series, and sharing her thoughts of how femme fatales make horror awesome. Please enjoy.

Horror and Femme Fatale

by Tamela Miles

What is a good horror story without a femme fatale? It makes for dry writing for me if I don’t have a murderous villain with evil in her heart, wearing a pair of 5 inch heels. Cascadia, one of my darker villains, is just a baddie to the core and I had a blast creating her scenes as she torments my beloved Elle, the good hearted but tough demon hunter from my Hell On Heels series. Anyone expecting Cascadia to change her wicked ways is in for major disappointment. She’s bad to the bone, as are classic femme fatales, and that’s what makes her so much fun. Enjoy the read!

Excerpt from “Hell Hath No Fury” (#3 in the Hell On Heels series) :

~Dusk had come to Los Angeles, and Cascadia groaned in agitation, her overwhelming need to feed keeping her from fully concentrating on anything else. She was holed up in one of Pyro’s larger homes, high
above Sunset Boulevard in the Hollywood Hills. No one but he and the human evening nanny he had hired knew she was there, guarding the hunter’s child. She considered draining the nanny once she arrived and
leaving the body floating in the massive pool just outside the patio door to show Pyro that she had her limits.

She glanced dispassionately at the baby, sleeping in the carrier on the plush sofa next to her. She noted the child was still breathing before returning her attention to her cell phone. A dead baby would spoil Pyro’s plan, and she solely would be on the receiving end of his wrath. She tapped the screen, relieved that the call didn’t go to voicemail. He answered immediately. She put a touch of venom in her tone. “I’m hungry and tired of babysitting duty. It cried for an hour straight, and I was tempted to suck the life out of it. Where’s the night nanny?”

“That would be a costly mistake, my sweet. I need the child alive for my plan to fall into place. Once the nanny arrives, you’re free to satiate your hunger. Not a moment before.” He ended the call abruptly, and she
fought the raging urge to break of one his priceless art pieces. She would quietly bide her time in a subservient position, waiting for Pyro to make a mistake.~

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Buy Links:

Hell Hath No Fury (Hell on Heels Series)

Heart of a Hunter (Hell on Heels Series)

Dark Deliverance

Author Bio:

Tamela Miles is a California State University San Bernardino graduate student with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and a former flight attendant. She grew up in Altadena, California in that tumultuous time known as the 1980s. She now resides with her family in the Inland Empire, CA. She’s a horror/paranormal romance writer mainly because it feels so good having her characters do bad things and, later, pondering what makes them so bad and why they can never seem to change their wicked ways.

She enjoys emails from people who like her work. In fact, she loves emails. She can be contacted at tamelamiles@yahoo.com or her Facebook page, Tamela Miles Books. She also welcomes reader reviews and enjoys the feedback from people who love to read as much as she does.

 

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Book Review: The Devil’s Third By Rebekkah Ford

***I received a free copy in exchange for a book review***

The Exciting Continuation Of The Beyond the Eyes Trilogy.

If you could have the power to control evil, would you want it?

In a rainy, misty town filled with moss-covered trees and dwarfed by wooded mountains, Astoria, Oregon, holds many secrets and eighteen-year-old Paige Reed is one of them. She’s immortal, has magical abilities she’s discovering, and harbors King Solomon’s power inside her. With his incantations, she can control the dark spirits who lurk among societies in soulless humans.

But her problems are mounting.

Her best friend slips into a coma, and Paige must tap into her newfound powers—powers she’s unsure of—to save her.

Through this ordeal, Bael who once commanded a legion of black souls, forces Paige to make a pact with him, causing her to abandon the ones she loves. When she finds out where Solomon’s spells are and tells Bael, she begins to have second thoughts about her agreement with him.

Will she risk everything to claim the spells that hold the power to control the dark spirits so she can enslave him? Or will her one true love find her before she makes a horrible mistake that could damage her for life?

And most importantly, what does the Devil’s third mean and what is Bael really up to?

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I loved this book. It followed Carrie, Nathan, Tree, Paige, and Brayden’s adventure in keeping Paige safe. A secret discovered–she was a skeleton key. The villains wanted to kidnap her for their own agenda, making their way to Africa inside the cavern where the incantations were. The story was written through Paige and Nathan’s first person point-of-view accounts. My favorite style to read.

My favorite lines: 1) “And when I wasn’t watching her…I thought about her. Feeling like a roguish, filthy stalker, I began questioning my sanity.” 2) Carrie rolled her eyes. “You’re such a dork.” 3) “Why me? I don’t want this.” 4) “Of course you don’t know, but you know what? Brayden does.”

Besides action, this book also had drama and romance. I liked Anwar, so I was sad with his ending. I wished him and Nathan could have buried the hatchet. Plus, seeing what Paige’s family went through was also a tear jerker. I’m always a fan of the underdog in a love triangle. Since the first book, I’ve been rooting for Paige and Brayden. I guess he’s just one of those characters that can’t do anything wrong in my book. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Nathan too. He’s the mature one of the group. In this book, I liked that Nathan was less controlling and possessive of Paige. He trusted her judgment more.

The story really picked up when Carrie was in a car accident. She was in a coma. I really felt for Tree and Paige; they were so worried for her. Paige did a spell to enter Carrie’s dreams. Inside her dreams were my favorite scenes. I liked the darkness surrounding the clue that Paige received.

I loved the cliffhanger–how The Devil’s Third tied into Carrie, Paige, and Tree’s friendship.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

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Yawatta Hosby

 

 

Book Review: Rakashasa: Shadowfall By Alica Knight

***I received a free copy in exchange for a book review***

To face the rising sun is to have shadows fall behind you. The sun is bright, and my shadow is long.

Katelyn won’t wake up.

Summer has passed and it is winter now in my dreams. Our shared place, our heart, is covered in a thick layer of ice, a barrier the heat of our love cannot warm.

Hope exists in the form of an immortal prophet, but leaving my home has risks, too.

Prophecy and visions, the living and the dead, the sun and the moon. Now I know of the end, and what it will cost me to save us all.

Part IV of the Rakshasa serial.

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 “Rakshasa” is a Paranormal Romance serial with a hint of spice! Each episode is approximately 10,000 words. The episode schedule is as follows:

 Book One

Rakshasa – 31st of October, 2012 (Now available!)
Rakshasa: Aurora – 7th of November, 2012 (Now available!)
Rakshasa: Tigerheart – 21st of November, 2012 (Now available!)
Rakshasa: Shadowfall – 28th of December, 2012 (Now available!)
Rakshasa: Eternity – 20th of January, 2013 (Now available!)

Book Two

Rakshasa: Moonlight – 20th of February, 2013 (Now available!)

Rakshasa: Conflagration – 10th of April, 2013 (Coming soon!)

17379634I enjoyed this 5 chapter book. Since the dream world was empty and cold, there were no steamy moments between Aurora and Ishan. In fact, this story was full of drama. Katelyn has been in a two month coma, which if she woke up, who knows what the tribe would have done to her because she knew too much.

New characters were introduced. Sergeant Thomas had interviewed people when he thought Aurora was kidnapped. He was back in the picture because Jacquis was missing. Plus, Cinder may be able to help with the dilemma approaching.

As a reader, I appreciated the set-up to the dilemma. It sounds like it’ll affect everyone, and it could be fatal. It made me anxious for what’s next to come, especially for Ishan.

My favorite lines: 1) No matter what happened, we couldn’t let her free. 2) “It’s possible that…it’s because when the moon covers the sun, I’m going to die.”

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

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Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Book Review: Dark Spirits By Rebekkah Ford

***I received a free copy in exchange for a book review***

Now immortal, Paige is emotionally and physically stronger than ever. She must find the location of the ancient incantations to prevent mass genocide. But the war against good and evil is spawning another war–a battle between the dark spirits themselves. Paige is saddled in the center of both growing revolutions and is ready to take on the dark forces. But Nathan’s overprotectiveness prevents her from taking action, and he’s hiding things.

Paige’s personal life gets more complicated when Brayden arrives back in town and offers the equal partnership she desperately craves from Nathan. Then there’s Carrie and Tree, her two best friends and only family she has left. Unfortunate circumstances thrust them into Paige’s dark world, giving her no choice but to allow Nathan to arm them with combat techniques in hope they’ll be able to protect themselves.

Meanwhile, Paige is having visions and discovering abilities she was unaware of. When Anwar comes to visit, his weird behavior alarms her. Could he be turning to the dark side?

Time is running out. Paige not only needs to find the incantations but also to untangle the bands around her heart and make a decision that could leave her with a life worse than death–a life of betrayal from the ones she trusted most.

17359526I loved this 30 chapter book. It was told through Paige’s first person point-of-view as well as Nathan’s first person point-of-view. They rotated chapters. I liked that the same characters from the first novel in the series were included in this one too. The author had a brilliant talent with characterization. Everyone, including the supporting characters, had an important role in the novel, and they weren’t one dimensional. The villains had some positive, interesting qualities while some of the heroes had some don’t-mess-with-me-or-you’ll-wish-you-were-dead qualities. It was very cool that even though Brayden, Nathan, Carrie, and Tree were on the same page of keeping Paige safe, they butted heads because of the conflicting reasons. Even the villains (especially Aosoth) wanted the same goal, but couldn’t work together.

I like Paige and Nathan together, but there’s something about Brayden (her ex) that I can’t help keep rooting for. Maybe it’s because in love triangles, I always pick the underdog to win. My favorite scenes included Nathan and Brayden’s fights and arguments. I love tension and drama.

My favorite lines: 1) I didn’t spend my whole summer training with Anwar and him on a deserted island in the Baltic Sea to stand here and do nothing. 2) I hated all this: the mystery of myself. 3) “You know what scares me?” Nathan asked, breaking the brief silence. I looked up to a sad smile on his face. “You think I’m a monster.” 4) What in the hell did he mean by that? My mind searched for an answer to that question, and when two correlating things popped into my head (the Ouija board she played with when she was dating Matt who was really the “old one” and the salt in front of the door), I gasped.

Some questions raised in the first book was answered in Dark Spirits. I liked knowing who was responsible for killing Paige’s family, the side effects for a dark spirit possessing Carrie’s body for a little while, and Anwar’s motives. There were many twists and turns throughout the story that kept it interesting, a page-turner for me. It seemed like everyone, except Carrie and Tree, were being manipulative and calculating to end Paige and Nathan’s relationship. Can they make it? You’ll have to read to find out.

Rebekkah Ford was also great with setting. She described things in a way that I could see, hear, smell, and touch everything in the novel, especially when she mentioned the outdoors. Her imagery was beautiful without being purple prose.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

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Yawatta Hosby

Book Review: Rakshasa: Tigerheart by Alica Knight

He took Katelyn.

My best friend is missing, taken from me, her life in the hands of a killer. The Rakshasa are strong. We’re confident. We’re powerful. But the Champawat Tiger has found a weakness, a crack in the armour of our kind; our attachment to humans, to those  we care about.

Our friends.

The killer casts a wide net and I fear for Katelyn’s safety, but there are worse things coming for Ishan and I, things that pain me more than words can say.

The shadow is coming. With it, the end of everything I know.

51r+XBhH5bL._AA160_I enjoyed this 6 chapter book. It was told through Aurora’s first person point-of-view. My favorite line: “That’s the thing isn’t it,” said Vriko, an eager grin forming over his face, “see we know it’s a trap, and Eclipse knows that we know it’s a trap, but what Eclipse doesn’t know is that we know that he knows it’s a trap, but we’re going to spring our own trap on him.”

I liked the mention of old characters and some events that happened in the earlier books to tie everything together. In the last book, Hailstone threatened Aurora to stay away from Ishan. It was nice to get a name with a face. And the guy who helped out in Book 1 was named Vriko.

The two tribes are still enemies but decide to work together to save Katelyn from the Champawat Tiger. In this book, he was also referred to as Eclipse, which is a clue. At the end of every dream, Aurora always witnesses an eclipse. I loved the reveal of the human form the Champawat Tiger took over. I wasn’t expecting that.

Not only was the villain ruthless, but he’s also patient and intelligent. His scheme focused on the bigger picture–he wants all of his kind dead so he can steal their powers. But were they smarter than him? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

The cliffhanger was interesting; it motivated me to read the last book in the series. And I think her first dream may tie into it. Before the dream was steamy, everything felt wrong. It was dark, cold with snow fall. In the past, it has always been sunny.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

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Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Book Review: Rakshasa: Aurora By Alica Knight

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He found me.

I don’t know how he found me but he did. The Champawat Tiger…a hunter, a killer. A Rakshasa like me, but not like me.

The story continues and I continue to grow, to discover who I truly am. To learn more about the man I love. I am an Altaican, he a Rewa. This divide conspires to keep us apart. That pain is worse than any wound.

The dark shadow spreads over me and spills out, tainting everything I love. And the killer, stalking me always, continues his hunt.

This is Part II of the Rakshasa serial.

“Rakshasa” is a Paranormal Romance serial with a hint of spice! Each episode is approximately 10,000 words. The episode schedule is as follows:

Rakshasa–31st of October

Rakshasa: Aurora–7th of November

Rakshasa: Tigerheart–21st of November

Rakshasa: Shadowfall–12th of December

I loved this 5 chapter book. It opened with Aurora (previously known as Libby the Loser) in danger and ended the same way. The cliffhanger motivates me to read the next book. The scenes were filled with suspense and action, especially when a member of Ishan Kari’s clan visits Aurora’s home to threaten her to leave Ishan Kari alone.

I liked the mention that it could be a problem because she’s from the Altaica clan, and he’s from the Rewa clan. They are competitive rivals. I also enjoyed meeting new characters–Asena seemed like she could be a new ally. She helped Aurora reciprocate after she got attacked by the Champawat Tiger. I feared for her safety since she’s the main character and still managed to get hurt.

Some of the mystery involving Aurora’s first hunt (mentioned in the first book) was cool when it was solved. Her first hunt was a kangaroo. I also liked the shout-out to some of the characters in the first book and what had happened between them. Katelyn (Aurora’s best friend, who’s human) plays a big part in the cliffhanger.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

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Yawatta Hosby

Book Review: Rakshasa By Alica Knight

Libby the Loser. That’s what everyone used to call me behind my back. I wasn’t popular, I wasn’t strong, I wasn’t brave.

All that changed after a chance encounter in a Canberra nightclub. Afterward, I began to dream; dream I was something else. A powerful creature of muscles and claws, something powerful and confident and everything I wasn’t.

I dreamed I was in love with a man I’d barely met.

The dream world is beautiful, wondrous place, but there’s a shadow in my dreams. An eclipse, broken with a gunshot. Then I wake up.

Now my dreams are coming true. My body is changing for real. I’m shedding Libby the Loser like an old skin. I’m growing into something else.

I enjoyed this 5 chapter book. It was told through Libby’s first person point-of-view. The back and forth between Libby and Katelyn, her best friend, was funny. Katelyn kept getting on her case about not being able to pick up men. When Libby finally snags someone, her best friend mistakes him for a stalker.

The main character reminded me of myself in a lot of ways: wore glasses, relunctant to go out to bars and clubs, has memorable dreams, friends make fun that she’s single.

Ishan is the guy from the bar (and her dreams). Let me tell ya, Libby’s dreams were steamy! This story is a part of a series and how they interacted with one another motivates me to read the rest of the series to see how everything turns out. The cliffhanger was cool too.

  • He introduces Libby to the Rakshasa world. I like that we, as readers, learn about the Rakshasa the same time as the main character like we’re all taking a course together or something. I like how future conflict was set up (which will probably be expanded on in later books).

My favorite lines: 1) Nineteen is an odd age to die. You’re over eighteen so you’re legally an adult, but really, you’re still just a kid. 2) I had barely said two words to this man. Further, I realised in a sudden spike of panic that he was now outside my door.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

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Yawatta Hosby