Tag Archive | Maine

Black Butterfly, by Shirley Reva Vernick (book review) – ghosts, winter, love

book cover of The Black Butterfly by Shirley Reva Vernick published by Cinco Puntos PressChristmas away from Mom,
a place she’s never been,
love and mystery that she never expected!

Ghosts who can’t break free of the inn, strange relationships between inn employees – and what an inn! Super gourmet food, an innkeeper who drinks her dinner (Mom had never even mentioned Bubbles before now), and the innkeeper’s handsome son…

Published simultaneously in paperback and hardback, this 2014 title should be at your local library or independent bookstore. If you can’t find it, ask for it (or you’ll never discover the ghosts’ secrets!).


Book info: The Black Butterfly / Shirley Reva Vernick. Cinco Puntos Press, 2014. [author Facebook page]  [publisher site]  Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher.

My book talk: Mom’s extended ghost-hunting trip out west sends Penny to a Maine island inn for Christmas where she learns about love, cooking, and ghostly etiquette.

Bracing herself for two weeks of boredom with one of Mom’s long-lost friends, the quotation-collecting teen is charmed by inn owner Bubbles, delighted by the inn’s chef and culinary opportunities, astonished to find herself falling in love with Bubbles’ son George – and welcomed by one ghost while being attacked by another!

What unfinished business is keeping Blue and Starla moored to their death site?
Why can Penny see the ghosts when it’s her single mom who tries to film them?
And why hasn’t Mom ever mentioned Bubbles in all the times that she’s left Penny with an acquaintance while she ghost-hunts?

Spend a snow-bound Christmas at The Black Butterfly Inn for mystery, love, revenge, memories, and gourmet hot chocolate. (One of 6,000 books recommended on www.abookandahug.com)

Vengeance, by Megan Miranda (book review) – cursed lake, who dies next?

book cover of Vengeance by Megan Miranda published by BloomsburyA curse?
An evil too big for their small town?
A life for a life…

Ever since she spent 11 minutes under the ice, ever since she was stolen from Falcon Lake’s chill depths, Delaney’s hands shake when she senses death coming for someone.

Why won’t she let her boyfriend see her hands when she’s at his house now?

This gripping sequel to Fracture follows Delaney, Decker, and their friends through a hot summer when no one dares swim in the deep lake which took more lives after it was denied Delaney’s death – the curse or something more evil?

Check out my no-spoilers recommendation of Fracture  here (even read its first chapters free via the publisher here), then find this psychological thriller today at your local library or independent bookstore.

Can curses be real?

Book info: Fracture / Megan Miranda. Walker Children’s Books, 2014. [author site]  [publisher site]  Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher.

My book talk: The curse that followed Delaney out of Falcon Lake must be real – which friend will it touch by death next?

Decker loves Delaney too much to believe in the curse, even if she can sense death coming after escaping the lake’s icy waters. But can he keep loving her when she keeps silent instead of keeping death away?

The new girl Maya has to cope with her ill mother alone, Janna misses her dead twin Carson, and Delaney now must face the superstitious without Decker’s strength beside her.

Water accidents at home and away,
Masquerade mix-ups gone deadly,
Will any of their senior class escape the Falcon Lake curse?

This sequel to Fracture spends a hot, tense summer with Delaney and friends as the cold, deep lake broods over their small Maine town.  (One of 6,000 books recommended on www.abookandahug.com)