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A Ghost in the Glamour by Elizabeth Hunter : A Linx & Bogie Story

Posted June 24, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | | 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A Ghost in the Glamour by Elizabeth Hunter : A Linx & Bogie StoryA Ghost in the Glamour by Elizabeth Hunter
Published by Self Published on June 21, 2017
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 100
Format: eARC
Source: Author
Goodreads
three-half-stars

Linx Maxwell’s life is on the verge of greatness. She’s finally graduated from street fairs and hopping chain link to making art that pays the bills. Her family life is… not dull. And it looks like her van might just be able to exist on hope and duct tape.

If only she could get rid of the ghost who’s plagued her since the eighth grade.

Frank Bogle is a detective who lost his life in the line of duty. Everyone on the other side knows that the Maxwell women are the best mediums in the business, but did he have to get attached to the one whose hair had been attacked by a weed wacker?

Frank doesn’t like his afterlife any more than Linx does. He just doesn’t know how to leave.

     

 

This is a quick novella by a favorite author, Elizabeth Hunter. It’s a new world with unique characteristics. It gives us vignettes of Linx from the time she was a teenage girl starting high school, living with her mother and grandmother, to later when she is older supporting herself as an artist. The family trait is they see ghosts and can communicate with them, but the skills are all different.

Linx has a ghost “attached” to her, Frank Bogle, a detective from before her time. The story gives both an old mystery with new evidence along with Linx’s growth and development, in her life and association with Frank. Linx is a strong individual with character. Frank is older than Linx plus he comes from a time about sixty years ago, giving his part a crime noir feeling.

I believe in Elizabeth Hunter and her work is always fun to read. This was just such a short bit I’m not sure how it will go. Honestly,  I need more. It could be the start of something good.

 

About Elizabeth Hunter

Elizabeth Hunter is a contemporary fantasy and romance author. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College and a former English teacher.

She currently lives in Central California with her son, two very ineffective canine assistants, and a pitifully empty fish tank.

She is the author of the Elemental Mysteries and Elemental World series, the Irin Chronicles, the Cambio Springs Mysteries, and other works of fiction.

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New series: Vanguard by Jack Campbell

New series: Vanguard by Jack Campbell

Posted May 11, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

          If you have enjoyed Jack Campbell’s other series, Lost Fleet and Beyond the Frontier, and Lost Stars,  Genesis Fleet will feel familiar. The writing style, space opera and military strategy all line up with the others. Vanguard is the beginning of the world, a prequel. The politics swing from democracy to dictator, not unrealistic to life, without finding a happy medium. The good guys and bad guys are clear but people can be redeemed, or change sides. In the developing world, people need to make decisions about who they will be and how they will live. People fight to survive. They also want to build new worlds with their own values and religions. Some are just greedy and controlling. It’s […]


Free Space by Sean Danker

Free Space by Sean Danker

Posted May 4, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments

      I loved The Admiral, the first book in the Evgardian series.  It was a good introduction to the world with four people stranded who didn’t know each other. It was smart. The plot was clear – survival – but very fascinating as the world developed and also learning about the characters. The Admiral, capable and with a subtle humor, was a mystery and fun. For the most part, politics is viewed in the background as they are isolated. Free Space is the same but very different.  We again have four main characters, two of them we know, sort of. I enjoy strong characters who figure things out and try to improve things overall.  And overall doing what is right with compassion is appealing. […]


Blog tour & Giveaway: Stormchaser by Cherry Adair

Blog tour & Giveaway: Stormchaser by Cherry Adair

Posted March 8, 2017 by Anne in Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway | 10 Comments

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Audio:  Born Wild by Julie Ann Walker

Audio: Born Wild by Julie Ann Walker

Posted February 23, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

     I’m enjoying the audios in the Black Knights Inc series.  Abby Craden is an easy listen. I do feel as though the character’s voices are running together but this is because there are certain expressions, slang, the author uses for multiple characters. Now those who are together, the guys, it makes some sense.  But the women don’t all know each other before they “join” the group or even after, so it bugs me when they use it.. Eve is Becky’s best friend and was involved with her brother, Bill, when she was young. She certainly has not had things too easy in an emotional sense, but she is learning and has come into her own. She wants to see if she can start fresh with […]


Audio Review: The Bachelor Auction by Rachel Van Dyken

Audio Review: The Bachelor Auction by Rachel Van Dyken

Posted February 2, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 1 Comment

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Big Vamp on Campus by Molly Harper

Big Vamp on Campus by Molly Harper

Posted January 21, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments

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Thrifty Thursday: Oracle by Kelly Meading

Thrifty Thursday: Oracle by Kelly Meading

Posted January 19, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments

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