Monday, January 24, 2011


K. F. Zuzulo, Lisa Pietsch, and Heather Long
Published January 3, 2011
Sapphire Blue Publishing
Paranormal Romance/Suspense
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Heather Long Website, Lisa Pietsch Website, K. F. Zuzulo Website

Seven Souls A Leaping is an anthology of three interconnected tales of love, danger and a war against evil written by Lisa Pietsch, K.F. Zuzulo and Heather Long.

At the New England New Age (NENA) Investigations, no case is too weird. The paranormal detective agency relies on the familial talents of siblings Duncan and Samantha MacDougal and their cousin Tara Conroy. While Duncan and Samantha tend to the field work, Tara mans the office tapping sources in both the physical and spirit world. Fate takes a hand when a killer named Jeffrey Wiles begins a death-dealing spree that puts the lives and loves of these investigators on the line.

Frozen Hell:
Danyelle Roy is a private investigator feeling the pinch of the economy. When she begs her friend Murphy, a bail bondsman, to give her some work, he does so reluctantly. Jeffrey Wiles isn't the kind of criminal you want to send a cute redhead after. He slaughtered a 13-year-old girl while her parents slept and then used her blood to paint satanic graffiti on the walls. Duncan MacDougal is a specialist in paranormal investigations and he's never seen anything like the satanic spell casting done by Jeffrey Wiles. When Duncan and Dani team up to capture Wiles, the magic is overpowering.

Star Light, Blood Bright
Samantha MacDougal can see auras. Her gift usually helps her pursue rascals and wraiths for her family’s business, New England New Age Investigations. But when she begins to track satanic serial murderer Jeffrey Wiles along icy Boston streets, her own life’s light is in danger of being extinguished. She is alone in her struggle until handsome Boston detective Ike Marshall mysteriously provides a supernatural shield of light that warms her as never before.

13th Night:
Since the day she learned to put her ABCs together, Tara Conroy has been sharing a ghostly correspondence with the spirit world. One spirit, in particular, Darian, has been talking to her since she was twelve years old. His letters take a darker turn as she and her cousins hunt down killer Jeffrey Wiles.

Darian Barnes ran afoul of a witch in 1929 as the stock market crashed. She cursed him, and for nearly a century Darian has existed as a spirit, always seeing, never touching or experiencing, until one day he encountered Tara. For the first time in eighty years, someone could hear him. He watched over her, guiding, protecting and advising—always there when she needed a friend.
Now Darian and Tara must find a way to bring their love into the physical world and destroy Jeffrey Wiles once and for all…

My Ratings


The blurb above does an excellent job of explaining each story without giving away too many juicy spoilers. I’ll just add a few more touches.

First of all, let me say that this type of paranormal is not my forte. I’m not familiar with ghost busting, aura reading, or auto-writing and at times during my reading I was having to re-read passages for clarity and then I still didn’t get it. If this is your cup o’ tea, you’re gonna’ love this one!

FROZEN HELL by Lisa Pietsch
When I started reading this one -- UH OH -- What did I get myself into here? It is very gruesome and I didn’t know if I wanted to continue, but it is central to the storyline and it didn’t last too long. I was glad that I kept reading. I liked Dani’s spunkiness and her refusal to believe that she was in any way “gifted”. Too much time was wasted on Dani’s history, Mom and friend, Maria. I felt that could have been put to better use on Jeffery Wiles and his demon possession. Or the explanation of Enochian script and Moloch, the fallen angel.

Nope, the pure evil in Jeffery Wiles wasn’t extinguished. It has manifested itself and is now able to leap from being to being. And said “being” doesn’t necessarily have to be a human. As Wiles gets closer to Sam as he leaps from body to body, he grows more menacing, stronger. Again, I would have liked to read more of an explanation of why he wanted Sam’s aura. As with the first story, the sex scenes aren’t spectacular or memorable, but they do establish a good foundation between the H/h.

13th NIGHT by Heather Long
This one I understood the least, thought the heroine was a bit batty at times, but I liked the best. It has to be the writer’s voice. Go figure. Tara is an auto-writer: A spirit picks up her hand with pen and starts writing whatever he/she pleases. Fortunately, Darian has been with her for 13 years protecting her from the spirits and only letting them near her when it was necessary. He communicates with Tara constantly and has become her BFF. Enter stage right: Wiles is now a pure evil spirit form and guess who he wants! Tara eventually has to enlist the help of her cousins to put Wiles to rest, but she has to be careful because she could also lose Darian in the process. I had a really, REALLY hard time when Tara thought she would be better off in the spirit world. Also, the ritual that Tara uses to bring the spirits of Darian and Wiles back….mud pies.

As a whole, the anthology meshes. Even though the three stories are written by different authors, they flow together comfortably. The story or characters do not lose momentum and continue to move forward and develop. For the life of me, I never could figure out how the title of the anthology fit the whole, and the title fit each story. Let me know if you do.

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