Austin Cole has it made. Star of the hit television show Spirit Chaser Investigations, he has become the world’s most famous paranormal investigator.
Published: November 13th, 2015
Some places are too evil. Some places should be left alone.
Austin Cole has it made. Star of the hit television show Spirit Chaser Investigations, he has become the world’s most famous paranormal investigator. Although hard work, a talented investigation team, and favorable genetics have something to do with it, it’s his lack of fear and willingness to take risks no one else will that make Spirit Chaser Investigations cable’s number-one show.
When a ghost-hunt-gone-wrong seriously injures his best friend and lead psychic, Austin is forced to find a replacement for a team member he considers irreplaceable.
Casey Lawson can’t catch a break. She’s been on her own since she turned eighteen and is scraping by as a part-time psychic and cashier at a New Age store. When a desperate Austin Cole calls her up and offers her a position on his team, has her fortune finally changed?
He’s a control freak; she’s stubborn and opinionated. It takes time, but when they finally realize they’re working on the same side, everything clicks, both on and off screen.
Just when things are looking up, a new threat emerges. Over the years, Austin has angered plenty of demons, and one of them has set her sights on him. Now he’s the one in danger, and it’s up to the team to rescue him from the riskiest investigation of their lives.
Urban Fantasy—the Best of Both Worlds
Reality-based fiction is great. I love curling up with a good thriller or a steamy romance, but sometimes I want more than the real world has to offer. High Fantasy is fun, but sometimes the alternate world is hard to envision. So what’s a reader to do? Go to Urban Fantasy, of course.
Urban Fantasy offers a perfect balance of real-life relatability, while creating an escape into a fun, supernatural world. Great examples of this genre are too numerous to count, so for the purposes of this post, I will focus on Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniels series. This writing team has taken so many elements we’re all familiar with, such as werewolves, vampires, and magic, but put their own unique spin on it. Mix in a likable, tough-as-nails heroine, and you’ve got a recipe for a great series.
Take the vampires in Kate Daniels. Yes, they shun the sun, they are strong and hard to kill, but they are different than vampires in other stories. They must be navigated by masters of the dead—humans with the ability to control vampires almost like a remote control car. The authors don’t just write about the monsters we usually see. Kate encounters creatures from all over the globe and from all kinds of belief systems. She tackles the Jewish Gollum in one book and an Arabic Ifrit in another.
Of course, Kate can’t just fall for a typical human. Curran, her shape-shifting love interest, epitomizes the positive traits of the Alpha Male. As with many shifter stories, he is the strongest in the Pack and fiercely protective of Kate. However, he doesn’t place her in bubble wrap and put her on a shelf. He is there when she needs him, but backs off when she can handle things on her own. This dynamic creates a strong heroine, who is even stronger fighting alongside a mate who is her equal.
For me, Kate Daniels is as close to perfect as an urban fantasy series can get. This alternate Atlanta is a battleground between tech and magic, creating all kinds of interesting conflicts and characters. The romance is there, but it doesn’t overpower the story. And that’s what I like—a little romance with my fantasy, not the other way around.
About the author:
Kat Mayor is a native Texan, wife, and mom. In addition to The Spirit Chaser, she has written a young adult series, The Circle. She’s a full-time reader, part-time writer, and when she’s not kicking a story around in her head, she loves to read and review books on Goodreads.