I'm thrilled to be today's stop on Hunter J. Skye's blog tour. I'm also excited to read more about the characters in the series. So many hot men, so little time! Make sure to enter Hunter's giveaway at the end of the post. Best of luck with the series, Hunter!
A Shiver of Shadows
The Hell Gate Series Book 2
by Hunter J. Skye
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
think stopping Armageddon would buy a girl a bit of R&R with her
freshly resurrected boyfriend. But things go south again when
celebrity soul wrangler, Melisande Blythe, is abducted and dragged to
There's more to the darkness hiding in the reclusive, mountaintop country of Andorra than just garden variety evil. There's something dangerously wrong with her beautiful immortal hosts too.
Gifted with flesh again by the Grace of God, three-hundred-year-old former ghost, Colonel William Grayford, will move heaven and earth to find his beloved. But Europe's most wicked monsters stand in his way. Something more painful than death awaits Mel, if Grayford can't find her in time.
The world's been living on fifteen thousand years of borrowed time and it's just run out.
“We won’t make it in time, so I need you to do exactly as I say,” she clutched me by my arms then shoved me into a small convenience store that blazed white with artificial lighting. She dragged me down a narrow aisle, passed products with unfamiliar labels, towards a dead-faced man in a turban. His mottled eyes followed us as the woman pushed passed his small counter.
“Santuario,” she whispered to the man and he nodded stoically. Then she turned to me.
“Don’t stop. Don’t look around. Just keep moving.”
“What?” I asked as her hand closed over mine once more.
We hurtled down a dark slender hall to an ancient rat chewed wooden door with symbols painted on it in a dark, drooling liquid. Something about that viscous fluid made my skin crawl. The dingy walls pressed close and suddenly the hallway felt as though it was swallowing me whole.
“Wait.” My voice wavered. “Just wait a second.” Something big hovered on the other side of that door. Something I wasn’t ready for. It peeled away my thoughts. It knew I was coming.
“This is a mistake.” Not a bad tattoo kind of mistake. This was the kind of mistake that would burn through my being. It would hollow me out. I’d already rebuilt myself once. I couldn’t go through that kind of stripping again. “Whatever’s in there…it isn’t for me to see.”
“Then close your eyes.” She yanked the door open and pulled me through.
A Glimmer of Ghosts
The Hell Gate Series Book 1
night of filming in the wrong cemetery changes everything for a
celebrity ghost-hunter with a half dead brain. When Melisande Blythe
discovers that a secret society of wraiths wants her killed or worse,
Mel will have to do the one thing she promised she would never do…
trust a ghost.
But does the corporeal spirit of her dreams really want her heart or does he want her newfound ability to enslave souls? With Hell on the horizon, Mel is running out of time. She has to stop the fiery invasion or face the darkness warring in her soul.
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They say write what you know and as a paranormal investigator, I know ghosts. I also know what it’s like to suffer from a massive sleep disorder, so writing about a sexy four-man paranormal investigation team led by a hot mess, narcoleptic, female ghost hunter was easy peasy ectoplasm squeezy. Allow me to introduce the team:
Melisande Blythe – Art gallery co-op manager by day, celebrity Youtube ghost hunter by night. Hates to cook. Loves her wayfaring cat. Is desperately lonely and wants a boyfriend but is convinced she’s too broken to be loved. Has developed a way to hunt ghosts while in the hypnagogic state of stage one sleep. Tries to own her weirdness while hiding the truth she knows in the deepest part of her soul – her power is evil, which means she might be too.
Josh Grimes – The brains behind Ghost Towne Investigations. Cargo-yard worker by day, by night, he keeps the paranormal investigations on track by ensuring that everything is done by the book except for Mel’s contribution. He is almost sure her ability is legitimate, but he secretly worries that she might be crazy. If she is, he doesn’t care because for him it was love at first site. Now, if he could just find the courage to tell her.
Seth Carrigan – tech god and lady magnet. Being slightly height-challenged hasn’t left any blank spaces on his dance card. His natural charisma, high energy, and long strawberry blonde hair keep them coming back…and forward, and up, and down. His adventurous personality and mind for invention sets their team at the forefront of the paranormal investigation world. He’s one step away from catching a full body apparition…and she might just catch him back.
Gabe Montrose – the strong man with bulging muscles and other equally *cough* bulky parts. A quiet, intellectual, Gabe doesn’t boast about his vast knowledge. Most see him as the golden-eyed, mahogany-skinned model ready to walk onto a gladiator-themed photoshoot at any moment. Or a vacant-minded fitness freak with a well-used gym membership. He feels no need to prove himself. He’s been Seth’s best friend since elementary school and follows him anywhere. He’s not so secretly terrified of ghosts, but where Seth goes Gabe follows. Bros before—well—everything.
Matt Grimes – Josh’s older brother by a year and a half and second in command. With the same wavy, dark blond hair and Viking features. They are practically identical in every way. Funny how Matt feels second to Josh most of the time. They live together, work together, and investigate together. There’s never any time for Matt to just be alone and contemplate what he wants out of life. A confrontation is brewing between the brothers and it won’t take much to light that powder keg.
Toss in a handful of demented ghosts, a pinch of frisky fae, a skosh of exhibitionist vampires, a smattering of curse-dripping, mummified thieves, and one super pissed off ghoul and it’s a proper love story. A Shiver of Shadows is the sizzling second book in The Hell Gate Series and semi stand-alone. Don’t miss a minute of Mel’s rocky, but rewarding road to Colonel William Grayford, the three-hundred-year-old corporeal spirit of her dreams in book one, A Glimmer of Ghosts.
Paranormal romance and urban fantasy author, Hunter J. Skye, was born with a rare nightmare disorder, and raised in a haunted Victorian home. Those two factors predestined her to write ghost stories. A Glimmer of Ghosts, the dark and steamy start to The Hell Gate Series won 5 RWA awards. Book 2, A Shiver of Shadows, released in May, 2021. Look for book 3: A Rapture of Wraiths, Spring 2022.
One thing about the story:
Many of the spirits appearing in A Glimmer of Ghosts are based on actual ghost stories from the Olde Towne district of Portsmouth, Virginia. Once a year, these stories are told on the city’s annual Halloween Ghost Walk. These apparitions are well known to the residents of Olde Towne, Portsmouth and the city considers them ambassadors of a sort. One such ghost, Colonel William Crawford, founded the town three hundred years ago and is the inspiration for Grayford- Melisande’s haunting lover.
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