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REVIEW: THE HANGING TREE by Michael Phillip Cash





Genre: Horror/Suspense/Thriller/Ghost/Paranormal

*A Novella*

Source: Received for an honest review from the author.


  • Paperback: 90 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492274518
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492274513


*From the author’s website*

Seventeen year old Arielle is at a crossroads in her life. Disenchanted with her father, she is testing the boundaries of his trust by dating someone he does not approve. Under the moonlit sky in Long Island, Arielle and her boyfriend meet beneath the infamous hanging tree. The couple’s destiny is rooted to the five spirits in the tree whose lives and deaths are determined by an ancient curse. Will her future be determined by the past or will Arielle’s choices alter the course of her life?


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THE HANGING TREE by Michael Phillip Cash is an intriguing Horror/Suspense/Thriller/Ghost/Paranormal set in 2013 and 1649 in Oyster Bay, Long Island.

“Loosely based on a tree with a haunted past on the North Shore of Long Island”.

Follow Arielle, and her boyfriend,Chad and five spirits whose lives and deaths are determined by an ancient curse. All of this happens beneath the famous “hanging tree”.  Destiny,choices, ghosts, and ancient curses.

Many twists and turns will bring to you the brink of mystery and suspense and back again, as you hold your breath to see what happens next. A dark thriller, that is not too dark, but a very interesting tale of ghosts, destiny and curses. Can Chad and Arielle, break the curse or will they follow the ancient curse to another tragedy. A quick read, that is filled with mystery, and suspense, the legend of the “hanging tree” is intriguing. The Characters are engaging,enduring and believable. The storyline is unique and well told. Once again, Mr. Cash as written a tale that is intriguing as well as entertaining. A fast paced thriller with many twists and turns. If you enjoy ghost stories and thrillers, you will enjoy “The Hanging Tree”. Our choices makes us who and what we are in our lives.

Received for an honest review from the author.

Rating: 4

Heat rating: Mild

Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More


Review~ Bitter Spirits by Jenn Bennett

Title: Bitter Spirits

Series: Roaring Twenties #1

Author: Jenn Bennett


Publisher: Berkley

Publication Date: January 7, 2014

ISBN-10: 0425269574

ISBN-13: 978-0425269572

Genre: Paranormal

Source: Received for an honest review.

Book Description Courtesy of Amazon:

It’s the roaring twenties, and San Francisco is a hotbed of illegal boozing, raw lust, and black magic. The fog-covered Bay Area can be an intoxicating scene, particularly when you specialize in spirits…

Aida Palmer performs a spirit medium show onstage at Chinatown’s illustrious Gris-Gris speakeasy. However, her ability to summon (and expel) the dead is more than just an act.

Winter Magnusson is a notorious bootlegger who’s more comfortable with guns than ghosts—unfortunately for him, he’s the recent target of a malevolent hex that renders him a magnet for hauntings. After Aida’s supernatural assistance is enlisted to banish the ghosts, her spirit-chilled aura heats up as the charming bootlegger casts a different sort of spell on her…

On the hunt for the curseworker responsible for the hex, Aida and Winter become drunk on passion. And the closer they become, the more they realize they have ghosts of their own to exorcise…

My Thoughts:

Although, I really like paranormal books, I tend to lean towards the vampires and werewolves. I haven’t read lot of the ghosts/mediums/necromancer type books, because its’ hard for me to picture a ghost or someone trying to communicate with a ghost and find it believable. Yes, I am aware that nothing paranormal is real, but its easier to conjure vampires and werewolves who are portrayed as living characters, than it is for me to picture a corporeal form of a ghost.  Considering this, I was pleasantly surprised by Bennett’s characters and “non-characters”-I guess you’d call them?  She did such an excellent job rendering the environment and feelings one might feel in the ghostly situations, that not being able to accept the ghost itself, didn’t matter.

Coincidentally, it didn’t matter anyway, the romantic element more than made up for it in this storyline. Aida Palmer is the petite, sultry spirit medium, who has managed to overcome a difficult past and has been able to survive and flourish in a time period where successful single ladies are not the norm. Winter Magnussun is a powerful bootlegger, who is quite a bit more than meets the eye. His initial description of both is physical characteristics and his social power (along with some later, more erotic depictions) immediately connects the persona to the name “Magnussun”.  So much so, that every time I read his name, there is one, specific, very elaborate descriptive picture that is seared into my brain. When you get to it, I imagine you will agree, and you will most likely enjoy all it entails. Their chemistry is phenomenal, and does not leave much to be desired. Happy reading!

Rating: 4

HEAT Rating: Steamy/Sizzling

Reviewed By: Daysie W.

Review Courtesy of: My Book Addictions and More

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