Author: Kristine Cayne, Marianne Stillings, Sherri Shaw, Dawn Kravagna, Shannon O'Brien, KL Mullens
Publisher: Aspendawn Books
From the misty waters of Puget Sound across the wrinkles of time to the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius, mystery and magic intertwine to create haunting tales of everlasting passion. This anthology of six novellas is a collaboration of the Seattle-based Rainy Day Writers group.
Murder at the Mausoleum by Marianne Stillings—Out of work and desperate for a job, Stephanie Gabriel reluctantly accepts a position as Housekeeper/Girl Friday for Dr. John Mercilus at his isolated Northern California mansion. Sure, he’s wealthy, hunky, and single, but the fact he’s a Vampire has Stephanie more than a little worried. Though Mercilus promises she’ll come to no harm, there is nonetheless danger afoot. When a major snowstorm maroons them along with an odd assortment of house guests, it’s more than inconvenient – it’s murder, and the clues all point to Stephanie’s boss as the culprit. Now she has to decide whether to trust the enigmatic "Creature of the Night" she’s falling for, or find a means of escape before she becomes the next victim. (17,000 words)
Spellbound in Seattle by Shannon O’Brien—When Rose McCarty’s boyfriend was killed, she swore off witchcraft and love. But when his tall, dark older brother washes up on her houseboat’s deck three years later—muttering about doppelgangers and incubi—Rose’s lonely, spell-free world comes crashing down. (17,600 words)
Dead Moon by KL Mullens—During a Dead Moon Elspeth Saint has a strange encounter she can’t explain and a door previously closed becomes open; a gift is given; a promise is kept; and Elspeth who has never known what it is to be loved; learns what it is to be cherished. (11,000 words)
Evil Bites by Dawn Kravagna—Kim seeks revenge on the serial killer who viciously attacked and maimed her lovely sister. But she soon discovers that evil can bite back. (16,500 words)
The Eye of Lilith by Sherri Shaw—Marc Blakely has been bewitched by a rare artifact rumored to drive a man insane before compelling him to commit suicide. As a member of the Speaker of the Word coven, Cindi Jones uses her magic to destroy enchanted relics and protect the innocents they infect. Can she save Marc in time, or will he succumb to the Eye of Lilith? (19,400 words)
Origins: The Men of MER by Kristine Cayne—Petty Officer Wyatt Black had no idea what he signed up for by joining the Navy’s experimental MER program. When a domestic terrorist attack almost kills Dr. Claire Montgomery, the woman of Wyatt’s dreams, he is exposed to a lethal illness that poses a horrifying threat to mankind—but only because of what the Navy has done to him. In the midst of saving Claire’s life, Wyatt is forced to face the terrifying truth of what he has become: something not quite human. (28,500 words)
I think everyone knows how it is with anthologies, you wither love them or hate them. I love them. They give me an opportunity to look at authors I haven't read yet and see if I like their writing style and if I want to keep an eye out for more written by them. I absolutely love short stories that end in a cliff hanger because a full length novel will come out of it (there are a couple in here that I really hope is the case).
An intriguing paranormal anthology, Shadows in the Mist is one that has you turning the pages wishing that these weren't novellas but full length novels. Each is fantastic in its own right and when you combine them into one anthology it's amazing!
My hands down favorite would have had to been The Eye of Lilith. I loved the mystery woven into the story by Sherri Shaw. Not that it was easy to chose between the stories to pick a favorite either. All of the stories were great, without a doubt. I will eagerly await to see full length novels from all of the authors featured in this anthology and you should too!