Thursday, October 25, 2007

Moon Fever - Sizemore, Shayne, Handeland, Pineiro


Moon Fever
Susan Sizemore, Maggie Shayne, Lori Handeland, Caridad Piñeiro
Pocket Books

Paranormal Romance/ Short Fiction

This collection of four novellas by some of today’s best voices in paranormal fiction is perfect for Halloween-time reading. My favorite was Lori Handeland’s “Cobwebs Over The Moon,” that tells the story of Carly Kelly. The eldest daughter of a multi-millionaire, Carly becomes the target of an assassin on the way to a charity function. When her bodyguard shoots the attacker, the attacker bursts into flame. That’s different. Visiting her father in his office, Carly finds his body, along with that of his secretary. They appear to have been mauled by some large animal. With his final breath, Carly’s father tells her that her mother, contrary to what she’s been told all her life, is not dead, but living in Alaska. But her mother is missing, and the attackers have followed Carly. It’s up to Dylan Shepard to help her find her mom, and stay alive long enough to discover the family secrets.

In Susan Sizemore’s “Tempting Fate,” Desiree, descendant of a voodoo priestess, has been having some very physical dreams about her rock idol, Jon Coyote. She thinks they’re only incredibly vivid dreams, until incontrovertible evidence proves otherwise. The question is, just what is John Coyote, and how is he able to invade her dreams? Maggie Shayne’s story, “The Darkness Within” is a great haunted house story combined with a second chance at love. And Caridad Piñeiro’s “Crazy for the Cat” takes readers to South America, where the cats are more exotic that you might think.

Each of the stories is very strong; combined, they make for a great collection. Readers who are new to these authors will get a good indication of what’s in store for them in novels, and longtime fans will get a nice ‘fix’ of their favorites.

Rating: 8
October 2007
ISBN# 978-1-4165-1490-9 (paperback)

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