Mama Reads: The Ghost and the Grimoire by Laura Hawks #authorsubmission #review #readingrecs

The Ghost and the Grimoire

Kindle Edition, 192 pages
Published July 8th 2015
PNR/Historical Fiction
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Confederate Soldier Elliott Stone made numerous mistakes in his life. When he betrayed his comrades, he was tortured and murdered.

For over a century and a half , his only refuge is the sanctuary of the house built where he took his last breath.
He was content in his solitude…until she came and disrupted his whole world.

Daniella Yankovich inherited the beautiful Colonial Home. It came at a time she needed tranquility and peace from the N.Y. rat race. Little did she know her fortuitous blessing came with a cantankerous spirit.

Now a Civil War of wills in the house has begun. Will the North prevail or will the South rise again?

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Mama’s Thoughts:

I love a good ghost story.  So much so that I secretly read Ichabod Crane’s story and Edgar Allan Poe tales when I was about 9 years old, and even though I had nightmares I kept the secret so I could continue visiting these spooky worlds.  When Laura Hawks contacted me to review her book with a Confederate Soldier’s ghost falling in love with a living woman, I was very intrigued.  I’ve read a couple of ghost story romances and they were not to my taste, they were a bit too….out there, to put it lightly.  However, The Ghost and the Grimoire is a wholly enjoyable take on this genre.  Although there were times where the descriptions were a bit stilted and clinical, I did enjoy having the world brought to life in Hawks’ hands.  The journey that Dani and Eli embark upon was fascinating, and something not typical of this genre, lending it a fresh perspective that made the book much more compelling.  An emotional tale well worth your time, this will suit older readers best, around 17 and older.  I’d absolutely read more, especially if she does something even more supernatural!  4 stars

laurahAbout the Author:

Ms. Hawks  has always been interested in writing in some form or other. A few years back, she was involved with and then ran a Star Trek Interactive Writing Group which was successful for a number of years. Yes, she is a trekker and proud of it.

She has directed tours around the country and continues to do so to pay the bills. Maybe one day, she can travel for fun and let the books she writes pay the bills instead. She can only hope.

A few years back, she received her Master’s Degree in Ancient Civilizations, Native American History and United States History.
It was at this time she got involved in role playing on Facebook, which gave her ample opportunities to grow and hone her writing ability.

Taking the leap forward, she decided to try her hand at writing a novel. That novel is entitled Demon’s Kiss.

Shortly after, she was published as part of an anthology called Fairly Freaky Fairytales. Her contribution is entitled Snow White and the Seven Cannibals.

A sequel to Demon’s Kiss, entitled Demon’s Dream is now on sale. The third and final portion of the Demon Saga will be out in the near future.
She has just published the first book in a new series.. the Series is entitled the Spirit Walkers Saga. The first book in that series is entitled Shifter’s Hope. It is now available.
She has currently published a Confederate Ghost Story and is now working on a couple of other projects for soon to be released novels as well as having submitted  a screenplay for am independent  Horror Movie with hopes they will start filming soon. The Movie will be entitled The Vengeance Tree.
 Ms. Hawks attends several science fiction conventions in the Mid-West and writers/Romance conventions around the country. Check the Calendar for her next appearances. She is available for panels, book signings and appearances.Please keep checking back to see what is going on with her and the books she gets published.
Find her online at laurahawks.webs.com
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