Monday, December 7, 2015
Libby Bishop's Top Ten Favorite Paranormals- Books and TV Shows
My love of the paranormal stretches back to my early teen years; ghosts, vampires, werewolves, witches… I loved them all, in both books and movies. Since Ghosts of Kingston Cottage is a paranormal romance and mystery, I thought I’d share my favorite—in no particular order—paranormal television shows and books.
TOP TEN PARANORMAL ROMANCE/MYSTERY BOOKS/SHOWS
1.) The Ghost Hunter Mysteries by Victoria Laurie. I absolutely love this series, featuring MJ Holliday. The mystery really pulls you in, and I love the character growth each character has over the series. No one ever moves backwards in that regard. Okay, Gilley may get more hysterical over the course of the series but he’s still rather enjoyable :) The series does get darker after book three, which I quite liked. And there’s just enough romance peppered in that it doesn’t overwhelm the story but is delicious all the same.
2.) The Haunted Vintage series by Rose Pressey. This is a delightful, cozy mystery series with a dash of romance. It features Cookie Chanel, a woman who owns a vintage clothing store and sees ghosts. These are light, quick reads, and the ghosts are a hoot!
3.) The Phantom series by Kelly Moran. This series is paranormal romance. The Phantom crew are a team of ghost hunters. Each book features a different couple. But even though the romance is the focus, the hauntings are an important part of the story and do not let down the reader in terms of being dark and creepy. Book three, Ghost of You, had me holding my breath and tense through a good portion of the story.
4.) Jane True series by Nicole Peeler. I adore this series—selkies, vampires, hounds, magic, lots of steamy and sweet romance. Above all, though, I love the genuine friendships between the main character and her friends. I could relate to Jane in that regard. And the whole series was refreshing in that it dealt with beings that haven’t been overdone in UF/Paranormal Romance.
5.) The Alpha’s Temporary Mate by Victoria Davies. This is part of the Fated Match series, and it’s my absolute favorite. I loved the chemistry between the heroine and hero, and that she was a witch and he a werewolf. Their issues were very real, and I found myself crying a few times. I enjoyed their banter, and the humor was delightful.
6.) The Carpathian series by Christine Feehan. I, admittedly, stopped reading at Dark Possession, but this was the series that got me hooked on paranormal romance.
7.) Ghost Whisperer (television series). Ghosts, romance, and mystery—all my favorite things :) I especially love how Melinda and Jim are already married at the beginning at the show, but the romance is still there. I miss this show terribly, though I do own all the seasons on dvd.
8.) Charmed (television series). I miss this show so much. I loved the sisterly bond, the magic, and the way they wrote both the witch and demon powers, and the mythology. The love storylines for each of the sisters were unique, and it didn’t overwhelm the mystery in each episode.
9.) Haven (tv series). Hands down, favorite show on tv right now, and I’m so sad it’s ending this season. Though, it’s probably on the more supernatural than paranormal side :) But I love the way the characters and story evolved, and how the writers connect the threads of the first two seasons into this last one. I will, however, say that I will be most upset if Duke doesn’t get his happy ending.
10.) The Otherworld series by Yasmine Galenorn. I love that the story centers around three sisters, and that the POV changes with each book so you consistently get a good view of each of their lives. The romance and main mystery smoothly blend. I really like that the series has an end goal, and each book builds towards that.
So, what are your favorite paranormal romance/supernatural books and television series?
Ghosts of Kingston Cottage
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Mystery
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Date of Publication: November 13, 2015
Number of pages: 85
Word Count: 25,335
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer
Medium and paranormal investigator Arabella Pierce is sent with her crew to Kingston Cottage, a haunted Maine seafarer’s cottage on an isolated island. For this investigation, her boss has stuck them with skeptical reporter Lucas Brown. Though he’s hot as they come, Arabella can’t trust a man whose sole job is to discredit her and the work she does. Not after what happened with the last few skeptics…
All Lucas may want is the truth, but that doesn't change her feelings towards him. And when the ghosts appear, she and Lucas must work together—in tight quarters—to convince the resident ghosts to move on before a storm strands the entire crew on the island. Can Arabella put aside her prejudices long enough to see what the ghosts are trying to tell her? And if she does, will she and Lucas have a shot at a lifetime?
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/kqBRTzessns
“And what investigation are we doing? You didn’t say.”
Arabella stared at him, shocked. “Are you serious?”
He nodded. “The owners contacted me last week, and informed me they need to sell the house as soon as possible. They want to put it on the market this month, due to personal reasons. In order to do that, they need to know what’s inside … and how to get rid of it.”
“No one has ever been allowed to investigate it…” she trailed off in awe.
Folger smiled. “Until now.”
She couldn’t help but return his smile. The feeling of a fresh, no-one-else-has-done-it kind of hunt was too much of a thrill to pass up. Historic Kingston Cottage was located on a small island, all by itself, and had been rumored to be haunted since before Arabella was born. She had seen pictures and taken boat rides past the island, but she’d never set foot on the private property.
“When do we have to be at the docks?” she inquired as she stood, grabbing her coat off the back of the chair.
“Seven o’clock tomorrow morning. Don’t be late. Dustin is taking you over. But, Arabella—” She looked at him, knowing that tone. “It’s just going to be you, the reporter, Nick, and Lena. I need the rest of the crew on a different hunt.”
She paused at the door. Nick was one of their tech guys, and Lena was a lead investigator, like Arabella. Five more investigators rounded off the team. But the more she thought about Folger’s decision to use a small crew, the more it made sense, especially within the limited space of the cottage. “Nick and Lena,” she began, “do they know about the … ‘reporter’?”
Folger rolled his eyes, clearly hearing the quotation marks in her tone.
“Yes. I asked them not to speak of it until I talked to you myself. I think that was best, don’t you?”
Arabella chose to ignore the rolling eyes. “And the reporter?”
“He’ll be there at seven sharp as well. His name’s Lucas Brown, and he’s a serious reporter.”
She nodded slowly, not really believing him. “I’ll check in when we get there.”
“Please do, and be sure to pack extra clothes. You know how storms brew up suddenly here. I don’t want you all stranded without necessities. The owners left you some food. Expect to be on the island at least three days, maybe four. Oh, and there’s also a generator in the basement if you lose power.”
“Good to know, and it was nice of them to leave some food.”
“Yes. They’re good people.”
She found it a bit strange that the crew wasn’t going to meet the owners before the investigation, and stranger still that she had never met them. Noble was a small town along the central Maine coast—it was pretty rare not to put a name to a face.
“Oh, and Arabella,” Folger called as she left his office. “Try not to push him into the bay.”
About the Author:
Libby Bishop is a paranormal romance/erotic romance author.
She loves reading, movies, Lindt dark chocolate, autumn, the SyFy Channel (Haven and Bitten!), and spending time with friends and family. She has one fat, fluffy cat who thinks she’s queen of the house…and really, she is.
She also writer dark fantasy/horror under the name October Weeks.