That time of the year when many of us will bring their glycemic index through the roof is just around the corner. So, together with those devilish mini candy bars and a list of hotline numbers to the best dentists in the area, I am stuffing my Halloween treat basket with a few book recommendations in a variety of genres...cozy mystery lovers, horror, and young adults, paranormal and shapeshifters fans, these treats are for you.
BROWNIES AND BROOMSTICKS by Bailey Cates
Mass Market Paperback, 323 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Signet
Genre: cozy mystery, fantasy, contemporary romance, paranormal (witches)
Katie Lightfoot's tired of loafing around as the assistant manager of an Ohio bakery. So when her aunt Lucy and uncle Ben open a bakery in Savannah's quaint downtown district and ask Katie to join them, she enthusiastically agrees.While working at the Honeybee Bakery—named after Lucy's cat—Katie notices that her aunt is adding mysterious herbs to her recipes. Turns out these herbal enhancements aren't just tasty—Aunt Lucy is a witch and her recipes are actually spells! When a curmudgeonly customer is murdered outside the Honeybee Bakery, Uncle Ben becomes the prime suspect. With the help of handsome journalist Steve Dawes, charming firefighter Declan McCarthy, and a few spells, Katie and Aunt Lucy stir up some toil and trouble to clear Ben's name and find the real killer...
Hardcover, 376 pagesPublished February 13th 2007 by William Morrow
Genre: horror, fantasy, paranormal novel (ghosts)
Aging, self-absorbed rock star Judas Coyne has a thing for the macabre -- his collection includes sketches from infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy, a trepanned skull from the 16th century, a used hangman's noose, Aleister Crowley's childhood chessboard, etc. -- so when his assistant tells him about a ghost for sale on an online auction site, he immediately puts in a bid and purchases it. The black, heart-shaped box that Coyne receives in the mail not only contains the suit of a dead man but also his vengeance-obsessed spirit. The ghost, it turns out, is the stepfather of a young groupie who committed suicide after the 54-year-old Coyne callously used her up and threw her away. Now, determined to kill Coyne and anyone who aids him, the merciless ghost of Craddock McDermott begins his assault on the rocker's sanity.
DARKNESS DAWNS by Dianne Duvall
Paperback, 345 pagesPublished March 3rd 2011 by Zebra
Genre: paranormal romance novel (vampires)
In this dazzling, sensual novel, Dianne Duvall beckons readers into a world of vampires, immortals, and humans with extraordinary gifts…where passion can last forever, if you’re willing to pay the price…Once, Sarah Bingham’s biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she’s landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control…In his nine centuries of immortal existence, no woman has tempted Roland as much as Sarah. But asking her to love him is impossible—when it means forfeiting the world she’s always known, and the life he would do anything to protect.
HOW TO LOSE A DEMON IN 10 DAYS by Savanna DeWylde
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Kensington Brava
Genre: paranormal romance novel (demons), urban fantasy
Grace does. She's got more demon than she can saddle. In fact, she's got a sinfully sexy Crown Prince of Hell named Caspian. She's also got ten days to get rid of him or Bad Things shall ensue. See, her Russian mobster ex-boyfriend didn't take kindly to her smutty Mephistophelean contract. It's not that she's conspiring with fiends; that was his idea. It's that she's conspiring against him with outrageous devilry that runs the gamut from embarrassing to a dead hooker turned dominatrix demon gunning for his soul. One should never trust demons, let alone shag them. They don't have hearts. Yet Grace is buying hers some slightly tarnished armor and hoping that once he's been shoveled into it, kicking and screaming, he'll find it's just his size. This wicked witch needs a white knight--or at least a Prince of Darkness for a Happily Ever After.
MISS SMITH AND THE HAUNTED LIBRARY by Michael Garland
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 20th 2009 by Dutton Juvenile
Genre: illustrated children's book
When Miss Smith reads from her magical book, the worlds she describes come alive - literally! Today Miss Smith is taking her class on a field trip to a deliciously spooky library. There the class meets librarian Virginia Creeper and settles down to listen to a few scary tales. Before long everyone's favorite creepy characters are stalking the library and a haunted party is in full swing. So . . . who's for taking a ride with the Headless Horseman? This richly illustrated, colorfully designed story captures the thrill of letting imagination run wild.
Spooky, sexy, cozy, funny...different flavors, great Halloween reads!