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The Devourer by Chris Chelser

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The Devourer is an occult psychological horror novel by Chris Chelser.

 

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Paris, 1858: Mercedes Fabron, pragmatic wife and childless mother, has her hands full running her husband’s fashion shop and navigating social etiquette. All of which would be considerably easier without uninvited ghosts haunting her night and day.

Out in the streets, people are dying of an undetermined cause. The newspapers speak of an unknown disease, the police speak of accidents. But when a dead man is found in her stairwell, Mercedes has every reason to suspect something
much more sinister. Only the ghosts know the truth, but they are too afraid to tell.

As if they are scared to death of what is out there.



Our Review

This novel, The Devourer is a very well written book, it was a pleasure to read such good prose and it shows that the author took her time to do the research needed to recreate Paris of other times and all the rest that that implies but also shows the knowledge of paranormal phenomena, like life after death, soul immortality, the reward of the just and the punishment of the wicked advocated by some schools of thought.

The number of characters is reduced and we don’t get those over complex plots and no ending number of subplots and this could go against the author in the end if the characters were one dimensional but it is not so in this case as the characters – specially the main character is so well rounded that she can absorb almost all of our attention.

It is a masterful psychological horror novel, you get all the paranormal with the reading of cards, runes, astral voyages (out of the body travel), disembodied beings who can be angel like guides or demons but don’t read these as completely good or completely evil entities – they might have a bigger percentage of one of these attributes but then they have varying amounts of the opposite characteristics which make them much more complex and believable.

I really enjoyed knowing more about Paris of times gone by, their life style, their beliefs, the fear of epidemics, etc. The psychological horror parts grabbed me and made me think about several issues, among them: forgiveness, suicide, honor, gilt, love, hate, letting go, self-loathing and self-forgiveness.

Regarding the plot I can’t tell you much as I don’t like to introduce spoilers in my reviews but roughly it is about a married lady – Mercedes Fabron who had lived through some trying family issues and she has a special gift and it is through this gift that she will encounter some entities who will change – for better or for worse her life, the life of the aforementioned entities and that of those around her in the world of the living.

A Word from the Author

Author Chris Chelser pictureThe Devourer began as an excuse to apply my love of ghost stories to the fascinating Paris of Victor Hugo. An innocent enough story, until its characters held up a mirror so dark I could barely stomach the thought of writing another word.

To save her daughter, Mercedes Fabron must first save herself: from society’s unrelenting prejudice, from the silent pain of an old loss, and from the emptiness inside that threatens to consume her. A constant daily struggle in itself, never mind the insatiable hunger of the destructive ghost that has set its sights on her!

Blood is thicker than the water under the bridges of the Seine. Beneath the creepy ghosts and soul-eating demons, The Devourer is ultimately about two people dealing with the scars of loss, depression and suicide – and surviving.

(Chris Chelser, September 2017)

 

 

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Stolen Prophet by Julian M. Coleman

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Stolen Prophet is the first book of the The Prophet’s Mother Fantasy/Horror/Occult series by Julian M. Coleman

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They aren’t quite human.

Evie appears to be a single mother and small businesswoman. But she is much more than she appears. As a young girl, Evie fled a punitive cult when she was expected to take her mother’s life during an elaborate ritual. Without her leadership the cult disbanded.

Eventually, she fell in love and gave birth to Victor. He grows up to become a gifted young boy. His classmates nickname him, Prophet. One afternoon while at school, young Victor is kidnapped.

Evie slips into an unendurable agony. She surrenders to her dark power and unleashes the fury of a wounded demigoddess. She traps the southern city in an icy hell as she creeps into the minds of the inhabitants. Madness and death ensues as she searches for him. She will find Victor. There’s no one to stop her…or is there?




A Word from the Author

author-julian-m-colemanInspiration for Stolen Prophet – The Prophet’s Mother
I was riding the bus home many years ago and saw a huge billboard that sought information about a missing child. My heart broke. We don’t have too many of those types of cases in Richmond, (however, one is definitely too many). After grieving for the child and the parents, I became angry. My what-if became – what if someone took a child and the mother was able to do some major damage (short of death) to the perpetrator…because death would be an easy out. That was the nugget that evolved into the Prophet’s Mother Trilogy.
The child, by the way was found…dead. She’d been a victim of sexual assault and her perpetrator was eventually found by some solid detective work. Her family circumstances weren’t the best so she was also the victim of poor supervision for such a young child. I believe she was around 10 years old – if I remember correctly.
Her death wasn’t a catalyst for me to become a child advocate. My sister was a guardian ad litem in another state. Guardian ad litems are attorneys who represent children in domestic abuse and neglect cases. She used to come home for the holidays and share such horror stories. She was the one who told me how I could volunteer. Let me just say that as a volunteer first you cry…after close to a decade, I rarely cry anymore. I have a job to do and I have to do it very well and completely detached.
I started writing and have published several other books now because my dreams were making me crazy, but my writing was keeping me sane. I’m honored to have won some accolades and really love the reviews that my books are garnering, and do hope my books help to educate as well as entertain.

(Julian M. Coleman, September 2016)

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Piper – Once & Again by Caroline E. Zani

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Piper, Once & Again is a paranormal romance by Caroline E. Zani

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Longing for something just beyond her grasp… A successful equine insurance agent living in 21st century Massachusetts, Piper struggles with relationships, patience, scents, and living in 19th century France. Follow Piper on a journey. . . through time, unconditional love, unbearable loss, unbelievable discovery, and a question of forgiveness, as she instinctively learns to see, smell, and feel the messages all around her. Only through tragedy does she begin to learn the lesson she needs to help her uncover the truth – the reason she is Piper, once and again.

Industry Reviews:
Publishers Weekly: “Compelling.”
Midwest Book Reviews: “Ultimately, it’s nearly impossible to put down.”
Kirkus Reviews: “A haunting tale of two heroines that lingers after the telling.”




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Picture Author Caroline E. ZaniPiper is an equine insurance agent longing for something just beyond her grasp. She struggles with love, relationships, odd scents that brings with them odd bits of memories she dismisses as her imagination. It isn’t until a tragic event that Piper learns that everything she believes is someone else’s desperate lies. After a teary confession from her elderly father Piper begins a journey of self discovery, family secrets, a question of faith and the search for the one man who can help her understand why she must be Piper, once and again.

People often ask how I came to write such a story! Quite honestly a woman I’d never met suggested I was in the process of writing a book. When I told her that I was not, she insisted she saw me writing an important story that others needed and would be helped by. So of course I was intrigued but had no idea what I would write about, though I always loved writing. And really out of curiosity and to prove this stranger wrong, I sat down at my computer. Boom! It was all there. The names, faces, scents, scenery and characters were all so real and so vivid. I honestly fell in love with them and with writing about them. I was asked by my family, “What is happening in your office at night? Who are you talking to? Who’s Philip?!” It really was quite an experience. I sat down each night for 76 consecutive evenings because I wanted to see what happened next. I truly had no idea what was coming or how it would end. I just knew I had to write. Upon completion on that 76th evening, much to my surprise, I cried and cried and sobbed actually. I felt as though I was saying good-bye to family and on many levels I feel that is exactly what happened.
And on July 11, 2016 I invite readers to take the same journey I did alongside Piper and see what all the buzz is about. This book changes people as I’ve been told. And yes, I did contact that woman who told me years ago to sit and write. She is equally excited!

(Caroline E, Zani, June 2016)

 

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