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Over the River

Isles and West – Book 1

October Weeks

AcrosstherivercoverGenre: Dark fantasy, horror, paranormal

Publisher: Musa Publishing

Date of Publication: 10/25/2013

ISBN: 978-1-61937-647-2

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Number of pages: 210

Cover Artist: Kelly Shorten

Amazon   BN   Musa Publishing

Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/aJFm5BMyVQo

Book Description:

Joslyn Faust passed away in 1940, after losing all but one of her children to death. The Weatherby Mills history books paint her as a kind, generous woman, willing to lend a hand to any one of her neighbors. Weatherby Mills lore, however, blames her ghost for the deaths of at least four men.

That’s where Delilah Isles and Milly West come in.

Working for the New England Spirit Society, the women have seen many violent and cruel attacks by human spirits and non-human entities. After all, the most violent and disturbing cases come to them. They know the myths about Joslyn Faust, so when the case comes their way they are both anxious to start investigating and uncertain whether or not it’s a case for N.E.S.S. But the first time they set foot on the Faust property that uncertainty is vanquished, because Joslyn Faust turns out to be a whole lot darker than they anticipated.

Review:

Delilah Isles was certain of two things: pork roast in the slow cooker was the best in cold weather, and the woman in her kitchen was dead.

I was hooked with the opening sentence. How can you not love the contrast in that one line?

“Over The River” continues with the characters Ms. Weeks brought to life in her novel, “Ghoultown” –  quirky paranormal investigating team, Delilah Isles and Milly West. I really enjoyed the camaraderie between Lilah and Milly, and also their husbands. The foursome are well matched and so comfortable, it’s like listening to good friend’s banter about their day. I found myself smiling on more than one occasion.

The story was surprisingly layered. It wrapped around me like a carnivorous vine, dragging me into a shadowy world painstakingly crafted by Ms. Weeks. The fact  so many of the victims were children only compounded the angst felt by Lilah and Milly as they attempt to unravel the mysterious hold Joslyn Faust maintains on the trapped souls.

The fun relationship between the two couples, Delilah and Derek and Milly and Leo, lighten the darkness cast over their lives by Joslyn’s vicious acts. Atrocities this woman committed while alive, and later in spirit form, are horrifying . . . which is one of the things that makes this story so spellbinding. Once I discovered the what and how, I had to keep reading to learn the why. The paranormal investigations are detailed and interesting in the beginning, gaining with intensity until they turn frightening at the end.

I enjoyed “Over The River” immensely. If you like realistic paranormal investigations without the hype, you’ll want to read this book. Even if you’re not into paranormal, this story offers a well written tale suitable for readers of any genre.

Short Excerpt:

Delilah Isles was certain of two things: pork roast in the slow cooker was the best in cold weather, and the woman in her kitchen was dead.

The elderly woman, around seventy-five or eighty with a slim build, lifted the cover of the slow cooker, leaned slightly forward, and inhaled. Her gray hair was in a neat bun and she wore a long lemon-yellow sleeveless nightgown from the nineteen forties. The woman smiled as she inhaled again, closing her eyes.

Delilah hated to interrupt, but it was eleven thirty, and she was tired. She could see, sense, and speak to the dead—amongst other abilities—but she never would have known this ghost was in her house if she had not been awake. The woman was quiet, calm. Benign.

Delilah cleared her throat, hoping not to startle the woman. The gray-haired lady motioned with her free hand but took her time looking back at Delilah, taking a last inhale and putting the cover back on the slow cooker. When their gazes finally met, the lady’s light blue eyes struck Delilah—they were much like her own.

“Hello there, dear,” the lady said. “Did I interrupt your sleep? I hope I haven’t…”

Delilah smiled and walked closer to the woman. “No, I was just getting ready for bed. I’m going somewhere tomorrow.”

“Oh, good! That I didn’t wake you, I mean. I was being very careful to be quiet.” She waved a hand at the slow cooker. “My husband used to cook all the food. He loved to cook, my Nathan.”

Delilah laughed softly. “My name is Delilah Isles.”

About the Author:

I’m a dark fantasy/horror writer and a reader with too many books and not enough shelves!

I live in Vermont. Autumn is my favorite season- October and November are my favorite months.

Loves: reading, writing, movies (horror, sci-fi, and fantasy especially), taking walks, fishing, and family

Obsessions: Lindt dark chocolate, the SyFy Channel (Haven and Warehouse 13!), The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, The Walking Dead!

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About Debra S. Sanders

Debra is an RV nomad, traveling full time with her husband, dog and cat. She writes, hikes, star gazes and explores myth, lore and curiosities from America's back roads. She also indulges in colorful sunsets and good wine.