Saturday, June 14, 2014

Short Story Review: Shadows In The Darkness - Samhain (A Celtic Tapestry Collection, Book 5) by Miranda Story

 The wheel of the year turns, bringing the joy of spring, the warmth of summer, the richness of autumn, and the merriment of winter. But eight Celtic festivals link these seasons together, bringing with them romance, lust, danger, and even magic. From a city under threat from night-time creatures at Ostara, to a selkie caught by the light of the Lughnasadh moon, to a writer caught in the flames of a fiery goddess at Imbolc.

Eight authors have come together to give their own twist on these festivals, weaving each story with a blend of myth, magic, and contemporary telling…to create A Celtic Tapestry.

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About the Author

I'm Miranda Stork, and I'm addicted. Addicted to writing and reading books, anyway. And chocolate, but that's another issue - no interventions, please.

I live in the middle of a forest in North Yorkshire, spending my spare time as the wild woman of the woods, scaring small children and upsetting the sheep. On the days that I feel like being civilized, or I haven't got any unicorns to ride, I sit down and pour the tumbling thoughts in my head out onto digital paper. Mainly the thoughts and characters come out in paranormal form, with a good smattering of romance, because everyone likes a good cuddle. But you can also find strong elements of thrillers, myths, and even dystopia amongst the pages of all my novels. I've wanted to write books ever since I first realised that fairytales were not the newspapers of the fairy kingdom, but the imaginings of actual people who wanted to tell fancy made-up stories to other people. From that moment, I was hooked.

Why do I write? Good question. It might be easier to just keep the stories in my head, or even just to write them for myself. But I want to share them. There is no greater delight for a writer than when a reader devours your book, and declares, "Something in that novel resonated with me. And I want MORE." So grab your lucky clover and a baseball bat (there's some nasty paranormal creatures where we're going), eat the cookie with 'eat me' tagged on it, and enter through the tiny door into the world of Miranda Stork.

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My Thoughts

Rebecca doesn't really believe in past lives, but she agrees to let her Wiccan friend do a regression on her anyway. She never expected it to work, but she suddenly finds herself in a Viking village, witnessing a traumatic event she's sure can't be anything more than her overactive writer's imagination. But long after she comes out of the mediation, she's still seeing one of the men from her regression, as well as a shadowy figure she's certain means her harm. She can't blame it on her imagination when the electric goes haywire and she finds herself in very real danger.  Somehow, Rebecca must delve back into her past in order to save her future.

Shadows in the Darkness was an amazing read. I loved everything about it, from the brilliant detail of the guided mediation in the first chapter to the surprising ending.  This paranormal romance has some steamy scenes, but it also delves into the pagan traditions surrounding Samhain, the time when the veil between worlds in thinnest. I enjoyed all the many layers of this story and look forward to reading more works from this author. I already have a few more loaded onto the kindle!


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