Thursday, July 31, 2014

Cover Reveal - SASQUATCH by Andrea Schicke Hirsch

SASQUATCH by Andrea Schicke Hirsch

Book Blurb:
Following his parents' ugly divorce, Jake Oliver chooses to move with his father to a remote corner of Connecticut. Bad enough their new home turns out to be a fenced-in dump in the middle of nowhere, but it seems that the previous owner, his dad’s late Uncle Horace, had been the local crackpot ridiculed by the community for his belief that a Bigfoot roamed the vast woodland preserve that lay beyond the property. Not everything about Jake’s new life is bad, though. His job at the local market is okay, and it doesn’t hurt that his coworker is pretty Nell Davis. But when odd things start to happen, like weird calls in the dead of night, stones thrown by an unseen assailant, and lingering foul odors wafting on the breeze, Jake starts to believe that maybe old Horace wasn’t so crazy after all. With Nell’s help, Jake is determined to make a name for himself by proving to the world that the mythical Sasquatch is alive and well and living in the woods just on the other side of that fence.

Author Bio:
Andrea Schicke Hirsch has been a bookseller, editor and copywriter, teacher and paralegal.  She studied theatre and English at Fordham University and has a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Bridgeport. A Connecticut native, she lives in Wilton with her family. This is her first YA novel.

Title: Sasquatch
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press (
Print ISBN: 978-1-939392-47-3
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-939392-54-1
Release Date: March 2015
Formats: Paper, e-book

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Thursday, July 17, 2014


Today, we're going to switch gears a bit as I present my review of ALL THE SHADOWS OF THE RAINBOW by Inana Arthen. Let's start by having a look at the cover. I just love it, don't you?

Disclaimer: this title was offered to me for free in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way altered my opinion.

This was a completely new (to me, at least) take on vampires. Too often of late vampires are relegated as little more than props in the latest paranormal wave, but AtSotR has none of that. It’s more of a character-driven plot set against mid-twentieth century America that a treatise on blood lust, and quite refreshing at that.

The main character, Diana Chilton, once a powerful witch is now a vampire. (For details on that, see books 1 and 2 in the series.) Diana is still trying to recover from a working that didn't turn out as planned, so she returns to her old stomping grounds, Boston. She tries to reconnect with her old friends, but they sense that she's different, and she is.

One of those old friends, Jack, has an agenda of his own. He starts off altruistically enough, and he and Diana work toward helping others, but it soon becomes evident that he wants to control, not help, the world. Diana eventually strikes out on her own, and seeks others of her kind. She finds them, but her happiness is short lived as she is compelled to hunt down and stop Jack, even if it destroys her in the process.

One of the things I liked best about AtSofR was how vampiric Diana was, and not just in the bloodsucking sense. She was practical and sensible, almost cool, no matter what befell her. It's how I imagine a vampire would react; involved in world events, but detached from the associated human emotions. After all, how much can you really empathize with your food?

If you like strong world building, character driven plots, and a unique take on the supernatural, this series is for you.