Thursday, 5 November 2015

Amidst the Shadows: Tales from Here, After and Beyond (Anthology)

Title: Amidst the Shadows: Tales from Here, After and Beyond
Authors: Dawn White, Jade Harlin, Rachel A Olsen, Paige Matthews, Erin Maxwell, Cara Downey, Christy Cagle, Penelope A Sweet, Laura Greenwood
From: Amazon
Genre: Horror, Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Paranormal, Zombies
Release Date: 27th October 2015
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Because I'm one of the authors of Amidst the Shadows I don't feel I can review this in the traditional way that I would, however I have read it and loved every moment so I do need to say something! 

It would be really difficult to pick a favourite story if I was honest! So many of them left me wanting more from the characters and the stories! I can't wait to find out what the other authors come out with next! 



Blurb (From Amazon):
BETRAYED 
Laura Greenwood 
A retelling of Rumpelstiltskin. 
All Cienna and Henry want is a child and Cienna can only see one way of getting what she wants; a deal with the notorious Xavier. But every deal requires payment and sometimes the cost is too steep. 

THE JOURNALIST 
For years people have been going missing near Ivy Manor and Maria is determined to find out why. 

Anastasia 
Dawn White 
Anastasia was a normal teenager, until one day the shadows crash in on her. After her family is brutally killed she fights against her own rage to just survive. Will Anastasia survive or will she become like the monsters that killed her family? 

I, PONTIANAK 
Rachel A. Olson 
Everyone hates and fears monsters, except for when you’re the monster. I never asked for it, and honestly I can’t say I’ve really enjoyed it. But I am what I am, and I can’t change it. Hell, I can’t even control it. My name used to be Anastasia, and I am a Pontianak. 

FAMILY DINNER 
Rachel A. Olson 
Sometimes it's hard to believe there really are creatures that go bump in the night. Bey had spent his entire life running through the woods and never once saw anything to convince him there were creatures worth fearing. When his littler sister, Chensei, whines about the trip home at night, Bey only mocks her. Until she disappears beyond the treeline. 

Cemetery 
Paige Matthews 

The things we don't understand are the things we fear the most. In a world secretly filled with vampires, witches and other paranormals, Jamie Lockwood finds herself the hunter of the most notorious vampires.

Whispers of the Dead 
It’s a matter of life in death 

Not only did Ayla survive the onset of a zombie apocalypse, but she became a warrior of it. Killing zombies isn’t easy but there’s one all-encompassing rule; don’t get bit. 
So what happens when you get a mouthful of zombie blood? 
As it trickles down Ayla’s throat, and consciousness slips away, she can only assume she’s doomed. 
Waking up in a cage, at the feet of a gorgeous stranger will bring Ayla a twisted kind of hope. 
Dorian is zombie-bitten. Instead of becoming one of the mindless masses, however, he has become something different. Stronger, faster and potentially more dangerous than anything Ayla has ever met. Until he knows if she will also adapt to the change, he will watch, guide and protect her, while she tries to come to terms with her potential death, and the strong feelings she has for her saviour. 
If she doesn’t adapt, he will end her. 

"Hetyl" 
Christy Cagle 
A shape shifting demon is wreaking havoc. Will Gabe and Savana be able to vanquish him before it's too late? 

"Divine Recall" 
What comes next? It's a question we've all asked at some point or other. After we die, do we go to Heaven, Hell or do we just cease to exist. Is it really the end? Or, could it be the beginning of something bigger? 

Halloween Night 
Cara Downey 
Halloween is one of Ebony’s favorite holidays. She loves getting dressed up, decorating her house with all the ghouls and goblins and ensuring she has lots, and lots of candy for the kids. But this Halloween is different as Ebony finds herself thrust into an alternate reality, where an alluring creature has unleashed her wants and desires. Making the decision to allow herself to be submerged in this alternate reality, Ebony wonders if what’s happening to her is real or if it’s a dream. 
*A Girl and her Dog* 
Jessica Humphrey 
It was just a walk in the park. In the dark. 

The Devil and Mr. Raymer 
Penelope A. Sweet 
"3 years, 8 months, 4 weeks and 2 days might seem like a lot in return for an impossible favor but as the clock began ticking down the last ten minutes he had on this earth Bradly soon realized that not all is as it seems when you make a deal with the devil." 

Circus of Murders 
Jade Harlin 
Hallows eve circus opens in a new town. With circus freaks like no other. Who will be the last one standing?