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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Space Coast Book Lovers 2017

Woohoo! Less than a month away. Mark your calendars for June 1st through 4th and pack up for the beach for 3 days of authors, readers and plenty of  Florida fun.

Space Coast Book Lovers 2017

Buy tickets starting at $0.00

This event is nonstop activities from the Meet & Greet Friday to Gimme S'more time to the book signing. In attendance is a smorgasbord of authors and genres but the excitement doesn't stop there. There'll be industry professionals such as professional bloggers and models.

I'm pumped and excited and counting down the days. I can't wait to see those I know and meet those I don't.

At my table will be copies of all my books, including my new release The Monster Upstairs. Participate in the scavenger hunt and you might get some free goodies from me. See you there!

What's Left of my World by C.A. Rudolf Audiobook

This had a slow start but turned out to be a great novel.

My Review:

The world has changed, electricity is gone. No cell phones, email or social media. There's two types of people left the preppers and takers. The peppers are those who are prepared in some way and have readied themselves for disaster. They know how to survive and are self sufficient. The takers take from others in order to survive. Lauren's family are preppers. They moved from the suburbs to a mountain cabin in a small community of other preppers and they take care of each other.

The story is a very realistic view of what the world could become and a survival guide at the same time. It started out slow but once the action picked up it became exciting and suspenseful. The author thought of everything and kept a nice pace after the first few chapters. My largest complaint listening is wanting more details on how it started.

The narrator was good and had good pacing.

It's a great story for anyone who loves adventure and action.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Naomi by Mya O'Malley Blog Tour


She sensed it before she heard the news. She could feel it deep in her bones. All night
long she had tossed and turned, unable to find sleep.
“No,” Naomi wailed into her pillow, pounding her fists.
No. But, of course, she knew it was true. After all, she had a sixth sense about things
such as this. Damn, Nick. Why? How?
It had been several months since she had taken in his disheveled form, those cowardly
eyes scanning her face, pleading for forgiveness from the other side of the depressing,
stained, plastic divider at the county jail.
Forgiveness that was difficult to give, although she had been working on it. Too late,
Nick. It’s way too late for you now. Part of Naomi’s heart ached for Nick’s troubled soul.
For the troubled child he had once been.
Another part turned cold as she conjured up his face in her mind. As she had woken from
a fitful night’s sleep, the image of Nick crying out, lost in the empty dark place where
challenged souls lacked peace and closure, was too overwhelming to dismiss as a bad
“Bryce.” Naomi spoke his name aloud, even though her fiancĂ© was most likely sound
asleep at his house just up the dirt road.
She needed Bryce.
But Naomi knew Bryce would have to wait. Right after her first cup of coffee, she would
have to call Officer Marty to confirm the facts of what she already knew to be true.
How had it happened? Possibilities swirled through her mind. Endless scenarios came
forth. It could be anything. Nick had been doing time for his part in the cover-up of
Maggie Field’s death. Prisons could be dangerous, particularly for someone like Nick, a
man who struggled to keep his emotions in check and often had difficulty conforming to
the rules.
One with a dark, menacing presence.
One with attitude.
Memories of the not so distant past slammed Naomi. Images of Ryan and Maggie . . .
The ghost that had all but consumed her. Maggie had reached out to Naomi, demanding
Naomi admitted to herself that she had become obsessed at that time in her life.
Preoccupied with putting both Maggie and Ryan to rest. Luckily, Bryce was loyal and
patient to the core during the first hectic months of their new relationship.
What would he say now, knowing that a spirit was back? Knowing that this time it wasn’t
the sweet spirit of a girl named Maggie or a quirky, kindhearted man that needed her
This time it was worse, far worse.
This time the spirit was unsettled, tortured—and to make matters even more daunting ...
He was her ex-boyfriend.
Would Bryce be as understanding about Nick as he had been with Maggie and Ryan?
Hopping up out of her bed to make her cup of coffee, Naomi figured she was about to
find out. ***
Moments after she hung up the phone with her friend, Officer Miriam Marty, Naomi
reached for her coffee mug but then placed it back on the counter with a gentle thud.
Damn, Nick.
Miriam had confirmed Naomi’s worst suspicions and provided the bare facts
surrounding Nick’s death.
He was, indeed, dead. But the strange thing about it was that it appeared to have been
intentional on his part. It was too early to say, but Miriam suspected that traces of drugs
would be found in his system.
An overdose? Could he have intentionally taken his own life? No, that didn’t sound right.
Then again, how well did Naomi even know Nick anymore? For that matter, how well had
she ever known him? Naomi supposed it was easy enough for an inmate to have the
means to obtain drugs. And, let’s face it, prison life could be grueling.
No, no. Something didn’t feel right about this. Nick’s sentence was only to last just a few
more weeks, why would he purposely harm himself? As Naomi tried to make sense of
the news, she paced the floor. Zelda, her loyal feline companion, weaved in and out of her
legs as Naomi stopped and grabbed her coffee mug from the table.
Sharp rapping on the door startled Naomi, causing her to spill her coffee on her blouse.
Voicing her own displeasure at nearly being stepped on, Zelda screeched as she tore into
the living room. Naomi snatched a napkin, wiping at her top as she made her way to the
“Are you ready?” Bryce raised an eyebrow as Naomi stepped to the side to allow him
through the front door. He leaned over and placed a quick kiss on her forehead.
“Ah, yes. Remember? We were going to grab a bite and then head over to the trail for a
Yes. That’s right. She and Bryce had plans this morning. With everything going on, she
had clearly forgotten.
“I . . . I’m so sorry. Give me a minute to change my shirt. Sit, I’ll be right back.” She
scurried up the stairs to her bedroom to change. This could be a good thing, the time
alone with Bryce. His young daughter, Holly, was in school, and she could have Bryce’s
full attention.
Dressed in a clean shirt, Naomi sprinted down the stairs and grabbed her sneakers. She
attempted her best smile as she tied the laces. “Almost ready,” Naomi managed.
“What’s with you? Why are you out of breath?” Bryce cocked his head as he studied
“Just excited to spend the morning with you,” she offered a bit too cheerily, glancing up at
him as she felt nagging guilt rise in her throat. He wouldn’t be happy about the news
regarding Nick, and that was putting it mildly. He simply couldn’t even begin to
understand. He would tell her to leave it alone, not to get caught up in somebody else’s
Naomi swallowed hard and gripped Bryce’s warm hand as they made their way to his
truck. Once inside, Naomi glanced at her fiancé and then gazed down at her lap.
“Bryce?” she whispered.
Concern etched his handsome face. “What is it? What’s wrong?” He reached for her
“We need to talk.”
Streaming sunlight filtered across the room, waking her gently. Incredibly enough, Nick
had not graced Naomi with his presence during the night. Nor had she been plagued by
nightmares. Who cared why she was given a reprieve, she would take it. After the night
she had shared with Bryce, she felt positive about their future. All thoughts of Genna
were long gone. The time alone with Bryce was exactly what they had both needed.
“You know what, Nick?” she called out, feeling refreshed. “I’m not afraid of you. We’ll
deal with this unfortunate situation and then you’ll leave me to get on with my life.”
She was met with silence. Hm. Where was he? And for that matter, where did ghosts
go when they weren’t lurking around?
“Well, fine. I’m pretty sure you can hear me. I have a book to write, and an
appointment to make.” Shaking her head slightly, Naomi chuckled as she considered
what others would think of her walking around talking to herself.
It was too early to call the doctor’s office, but never too early for a cup of coffee.
Coffee first, then she needed to make up for the time she had lost with her writing
Words flowed seamlessly as Naomi made the most of her upbeat mood. After
practically begging for an appointment with Nick’s doctor, which she had no luck
securing on such short notice, she had received a follow-up call stating there was a last
minute cancellation for a late afternoon appointment. She would need to figure out the
best questions to ask. She couldn’t just come right out and ask what he knew about
Nick’s supposed drug problem.
Seconds had slipped to minutes and now Naomi realized she had completely lost
track of time as at least a half hour had passed. Nick had invaded her thoughts and
interrupted her writing once more. Gone was her carefree mood. Nick, tell me what you
need me to do.
It wasn’t that easy and she knew it. Even Maggie’s kind soul had such difficulty
conveying her thoughts to Naomi. Maggie had spoken in riddles and then she had
eventually pieced together the clues and solved the puzzle of her death. Nick was being a
tyrant. He projected his words more forcefully and in a more direct way. Then why the
hell couldn’t he just come out and speak to her, tell her what happened?
A chill prickled Naomi’s scalp as she heard a strange noise. She turned around,
instantly locating her cat across the room. It was coming from upstairs and it sure as hell
wasn’t Zelda making that racket.
With each approaching step Naomi took up the stairs, the sounds grew louder. One
of the voices she detected sounded an awful lot like a woman. No, not just any woman,
but Maggie. Or rather, a distorted version of Maggie.
Afraid of what she would find when she walked into her bedroom, Naomi tried to
steady her thumping heart. She would need to confront Nick and his demons head-on.
He stood holding his head, wailing. She heard Maggie screaming, she heard Ryan,
and yes, Nick. What was she witnessing? The only person in the room other than her was
Nick. But how was he doing this?
He faced her, eyes black and soulless. Sucking in her breath, she walked backward
toward the door.
“Oh no, you don’t,” Nick’s words boomed. “You get to join me in the fun.” His sick eyes
gleamed as his hand reached out for her. Sucked back into the center of the bedroom,
she fell to the ground with the force of Nick’s spirit pushing her. Now it was just her and
Nick, the other voices a play on his thoughts—a trick of the mind.
“No, no . . .” she wailed, crying out for someone to help her.
Beside her, Nick sat on the floor. She could feel him there, but was afraid to look.
Heavy arms pulled her into his dark embrace.
And then she saw what plagued his troubled mind. She saw, from his point of view,
Maggie and Ryan falling to their deaths from that high cliff, his hand reaching out. He was
too late. She felt the depth of his fear, his grief. The images he had shared with Naomi
sucked her down into her own place of bleak despair.
Darkness dissipated and her ragged breathing slowed. He had been gone for
minutes, she knew that, but she wasn’t ready to open her eyes. He wouldn’t make this
easy for her. He would make her suffer, just as he had. Nick would make Naomi feel every
ounce of the pain he had experienced, even more if he could muster it.
He could make it so much easier on both of them. She knew he could.
But he wouldn’t.
It was to be a game of cat and mouse. Just how long would he make her suffer?

Character Interview- POV of Bryce

DDB: It’s wonderful to get a chance to sit down and talk, Bryce. It seems you and Naomi have been at it again, getting wrapped up in the spirit world, that is. Tell me about it.

Bryce: Well, I think Naomi would all the credit there. She’s the one who attracts these lost souls.  It’s as if she’s a magnet for the paranormal. Seems like every time I think things will quiet down, another spirit turns to Naomi, seeking closure.

DDB: Is that a bad thing?

Bryce:  (laughs) Actually, I hate to admit it, but no. I think one of the very things that drew me to Naomi is her gentle, generous soul. I believe that’s why these lost souls gravitate toward her.  And, hey- life never gets boring, that’s for sure.

DDB: I can only imagine. Without giving away any of the story, I will say that you and Naomi have been through a lot in this book. I worry that all of the stress may cause problems with you and Naomi.

Bryce: Oh, Naomi’s had a rough time, but she’s such a strong person. I won’t lie when I say  our love will be tested. I don’t have the connections to ghosts like Naomi does, so I can’t imagine what she goes through while trying to help these souls, but I admire her dedication to these spirits. She certainly has a gift.

DDB: Yes, absolutely.  I do recall her determination, but I also remember the paranormal became all consuming for Naomi in the book, Maggie. That must be difficult to deal with.

Bryce: When Naomi sets her mind on something, she gives it her all. What could be more admirable? Sure, at times, it’s frustrating, but when you take a step back and consider the big picture, it’s all worthwhile. I wouldn’t have her any other way.

DDB: What a wonderful role model Naomi must be for your beautiful little girl, Holly.

Bryce: The best. Naomi selflessly considers the safety of both myself and Holly before worrying about herself.

DDB:  Why do you suppose these ghosts are connected to Naomi, I mean, I know she’s a kind soul herself, but have you ever considered there could be another reason?

Bryce: Every single day lately, but that’s for another time and another story.

DDB: Wait– are you saying there will be a third book in the Maggie series?

Bryce: Yes- it’s in the works now. This will be the last in the Maggie trilogy.  This one had really opened my mind to all of the possibilities of fate, destiny and the paranormal.

DDB: Sounds amazing. I can’t wait to read it.  Thank you, Bryce, it’s been wonderful talking with you.  I can’t wait to see what you and Naomi have in store for us next.  Is there a title to the upcoming book that you can share?

Bryce: Thanks, DDB. It’s been a pleasure talking with you as well. I suppose I could give you the title- the final book in the Maggie trilogy is titled Entangled Souls.

DDB:  Wow- that sound absolutely perfect for the series.

Bryce:  Oh, just wait.

Why don't we start off by telling us about Naomi?
Naomi is the sequel/companion novel to Maggie, my latest paranormal mystery/romance.
In Naomi, I delve deeper into Naomi and Bryce’s relationship as another mysterious death threatens
to tear Naomi and Bryce apart. This time, the soul that’s seeking closure is far from innocent-
it’s Naomi’s dark, manipulative ex-boyfriend.

What's the hardest part about writing a second book in a series?
I loved writing my first sequel. With Maggie, I developed some of my favorite characters. These
characters stayed with me far after I finished writing Maggie, so I decided to continue their story.
That being said, I suppose one of the most challenging aspects of writing a sequel involves trying to
develop a fresh plot while keeping readers engaged with the lives of past characters.

How has Naomi changed from book one to this book?
Naomi will be challenged much more in Naomi- so much so that she begins to question her own
sanity.  The stress and pressures of trying to rid herself of a hostile, dangerous spirit challenges her
relationship with Bryce and his daughter, Holly.
Naomi  has to pull deep in order to find her inner strength, not only to save her relationships, but to
Keep herself alive amidst chaos and horror.

When is comes to writing about ghosts, do you have any tips?
Writing about ghosts can be challenging. I hate to admit it, but I’ve actually had several nightmares
when writing Maggie and Naomi.  Whatever book I happen to be writing sticks with even when
I’m not sitting down to write.  Immersing oneself in the subject matter is one tip I would give. For my
paranormal book, I researched many different aspects of the spirit world and even went to several
mediums to try to gain experience with the paranormal.  

What has been your favorite read so far of 2017?  
I loved reading Liane Moriarty’s Truly Madly Gulity.  There are always so many twists and surprises
with her writing. Big Little Lies was amazing as well, and I’m absolutely loving the HBO series.

Are there more books to this series? If so what are your plans for the series, if not why?

I was just going to mention my upcoming plans for the Maggie series! I have one more book to write
in this series. Right now I’m outlining my ideas for the last in this trilogy, but I can tell you that
Naomi will be visited by another spirit (no surprise) and this time, everything will come together as
Naomi realizes that her destiny is tied to all of these lost souls.

How do you keep a balance of love with mystery?

Friday, April 14, 2017

Reaching for the Light by Marie Krepps and TL Katt

This new release is available for pre-order and all its royalties are being donated to NAMI in support of mental health awareness and mental illness.

 Available at Amazon and other retailers

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Mental Illness affects people in all walks of life, all countries and all nationalities. It does not discriminate. Those affected are friends, family members and you. The proceeds of this book will be donated to NAMI. If you’d like to know more about NAMI please visit their website. Authors Marie Krepps and TL Katt have opened their minds and imaginations to assist in mental health awareness, something they both feel passionately about. Follow their characters as they reach for their light.

High Heels & Ice Cream by Marie Krepps

Brianna suffers from depression and anxiety, but she won’t let it stop her from moving in with the chatty and attractive Carla. When her attraction to her roommate becomes something more, Brianna has to decide if she will let her inner demons win and run away as usual, or face her fears and admit her true feelings.

Bloom by TL Katt

At the hands of Jen’s husband, the man who should love her unconditionally, she suffers one nightmare after another. His bombardment of mental abuse leaves her a shell of a human and her mind unable to let go of the terror, she relives it again and again. Jen’s actions become more impulsive and

Can she reach the light and find solace to begin her coping journey from PTSD?

Burned by J. Nichole Parkins

Wow! Excellent romance with all the elements I love!

My Review:

Absolutely amazing! And there's a book 2!

Kyra is a shifer but not just any shifter, she's an all black panther with the ability to set things on fire. That scares her a little and she has no control over it. Her background is a little shady and filled with terror but she's a strong woman. Kyra works for the FBI and she and partner Spencer are investigating a string of murders that involve some type of preternatural being that destroys the bodies to get to the bones. 

Along with the investigation, she meets Daniel, a human and sparks start to fly. To complicate matters her ex boyfriend Gavin finds her after seven years of searching. This story is so well rounded; relationships, romance, suspense, mystery and an author who has a gift to build a vibrant and complex story that grabbed me immediately. 

As a Floridian I love that it's set in Tampa Bay. I pictured the city and west coast as if I was there, This book is amazing on its own but the narrator is perfect. Great pacing and quality. She gives even more character to the story.


Glitch by Ramona Finn

I was glued from the beginning!

My review:

This book starts with a disoriented young woman. She can't remember anything than she hears someone else and hurries to check out the situation and finds a young lady who appears to be harmed by a thing called s sentinal. She doesn't know what it is yet and instinctively saves the young ladies life. Soon she remembers who she is but doesn't yet know what to think about the strange harsh environment.

The story is fast paced and full of action as the main character Lib takes up with a hroup of rogues after learning she is a glitch. The world building is excellent, including the terminology. I felt like I was in the story. It switches from the Norm, a place where techs are and the AI controls. The glitches come from there after a single mistake. The rogues are humans who live in the harsh world outside the Norm.

This story is a sci-fi, a little dystopian, safe for all aged readers and several hours of enjoyment. 


Monday, April 3, 2017

Ghost House; Soul Mate Book 1 by Richard Crawford

Interesting, fun, unique!

My Review:

In this story Tom is haunted by ghots, more than haunted they go inside him and make him do things, sometimes bad things. They forced actions at varying degrees sometimes Tom still had limited control, other times he had none.

Tormented by ghosts and seemingly homeless he wanders the streets occasionally meeting up with people he knows or know him. In the midst of this he meets Suki and immediately forms a crush on her.

The story is different and at times was difficult for me to follow at the start but after a few chapters it began coming together. It was always exciting and I enjoyed the idea of the ghosts climbing inside him. That set it apart from other haunting books and kept me curious, along with some fairly vivid descriptions.

A fun, fast paced story.


Friday, March 24, 2017

Loves Awakes Boxed Set by J.S. Luxor

I first have to say I've read this entire series and just love it!

My Review:

I've read this series from book 1 when a sexually odd Tristan meets a young vibrant Joanna. I've followed them through their ups and downs and each adventure and problem solved to the day they finally marry.

In this last book I really adored the element their twins brought to the story. It showed a whole new side to each character and a great new element to the story. Parenthood looks a whole lot easier than it is but these two find a way through it much as all parents do.

The characters are so real and their situations. That's what really makes this series. Reading the final book was both sad, funny and happy. There story is over but will remain with me.

Find it at Amazon

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Hopatcong Vision Quest by Steve Lindahl Audiobook Review

Great story, believable characters!

My Review:

In this story two women who live on opposites sides of the same lake are murdered in a similar way. Other than where they live they have little in common. One woman is much older, widowed and has a grown daughter. The other woman is much younger, married and has a 9 year old daughter.

The families of both women over the course of a year grow a close bond as they undergo therapy that takes them into their past lives. Through this process they find they all belong to the same spiritual circle and through sessions undercover the murderer and much more. The last cycle of death was three hundred years ago in a native american village. I love how the author went from the past to the present. Both seemed so real.

This is the second book I've listened to with the author also narrating, overall, he did a very good job, great pacing, even narrator tone and he brought a little more character to the story I think than reading it alone would have.

There's plenty of twists and small details in the story. In order to appreciate them all I will most likely listen to this one again. I absolutely enjoyed it!


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Gabriel: Zero Point, A Gabriel Universe Novella by Steve Umstead

Glad I downloaded this freebie!

My Review:

This is the second sci-fi-ish book I've listened to in a row and both are vastly different. This story was free so was quiet the bonus that it was also really great!

Gabriel doesn't have anything but the Navy - no family, wife or children - just the military and he's good. This makes him a target for a secret military faction and he's recruited in but not without any second thoughts. This involves making him a type of super soldier where there use nano technology to augment him.

There's an even pace to the story, great story telling skills from the author and equally wonderful narrating along with action and suspense. It had everything needed to capture my attention and keep it. 

This is book 0, a prequel to the series which I may well have to check into. Totally enjoyed it!

Amazon/ Audible

The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman by Brady Stefani

This is a really, really good one!

My Review:

Courtney is visited by aliens. It's been happening since she was a child. Her mother doesn't believe her, not only that, her behavior towards Courtney and her alien visits is cruel. Every time Courtney mentions something to her, Courtney ends up a mental hospital. Her mother even tells her that her grandfather tries to drown her when she was a child. Courtney realizes this is lie when she visits her deceased grandfather's cottage. This is where the story really gets good and twists.

I enjoyed this story. The pace is fairly quick and there's mystery and suspense as Courtney delves into the mystery of the aliens and her deceased grandfather learning there's far more to the whole story than she ever imagined. 

Definitely worth listening to. In fact, I'm sure at some point I'll listen again.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Devil's Lake: Bittersweet Hollow Book 1 by Aaron Paul Lazar

Great story, tons of suspense!

My Review:

This is an intense story from the get go. Porsha is on her last leg home after being held captive for two years. She's greeted by her neighbor Boone who is tending the farm in her parents absence. She soon learns her mother has cancer and both her parents are in New York for her treatment. 

Porsha is a complete mess and the descriptions are very strong and moving. As the story progresses her parents come home as her mom's cancer is in remission. As a family they work through Porsha's captivity, giving the gruesome details. 

The book is filled with suspense and the author did a nice job with it. If you have a weak stomach this might not be a story for you. I love gruesome with taste so it was right up my alley. I wished more of the gruesome was mixed into the story more instead large, bold chunks but either was a great listen.

The narrator did an amazing job with everything from pacing to changing up per character.

Find on Amazon/Audible

Jasmine LaPerla and the Bite & Switch: Two Alters, One Love Series

Jasmine LaPerla's debut series is awesome!


My Reviews:

Book 1
Gripping from the start! The kind of book I couldn't put down as terror seized me and curiosity drew me in. College student Serena is shaking in fear as she's hiding within her storage pod during a violent protest on the campus she attends. It brings flashbacks of living in Iraq flying back as she struggles to deal with her PTSD.

While shivering in fear a handsome man, Kyle, enters her pod. She clings to him for safety and security. More blasts outside jar the pod door and they get trapped together, Within that time they get to know each other both the good and the freaky before their rescue. This is the beginning of their chilling relationship as Kyle is a little more than his attractive appearance leads on.

The writing is as intense as the characters relationship and dark secrets are unleashed. I'm wasting no time in getting into book 2!

Book 2
Book 1 captivated me from the start so I had to continue the series. The second book is just as exciting as Serena and Colt explore their relationship and Colt's dark past.

The author has a great writing style, making the series a pleasure to read and adding a touch of suspense to the romance.

Visit Jasmine LaPerla on Amazon

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Revolt: Godsknife, Book 1 by Timothy C. Ward audiobook review

A carefully crafted nightmare!

My Review:

This story centers around three groups. The Order is driven around order. They carry an Ordan worm inside them that bonds with the individual who then begins to think in terms of order and logic. I admire the authors ability to relate to that order and create individuals who think in terms and use order to define their every move. Chaos is as it sounds. Their world is changing, unordered and crazy. Then there's Maker.

The amount of world building the author did to create this story is phenomenal. One minute the characters are living in the US. The next they are taken into the Abyss becoming nightmarish. The next moment they are back in normalcy and can't exactly remember that only moments earlier they were living a nightmare. 

Action scenes followed action scenes without leaving any dull moments and left me curious what horror would befall the characters next and how were they all entangled in the story. 

The narrator Stephanie Neff had great pacing that mimicked the speed of the story. Author and narrator were a perfect combination for me!


Sunday, February 5, 2017

The Monster Upstairs Background

The sequel to The Vampires Next Door is almost here. Release date set for March 7th. This series is home to me. The only series I have currently placed in a setting close to my home -- St. Augustine Florida.

In similar fashion there are places of interest noted in The Monster Upstairs. These places exist. In this book the Slayers find themselves not beneath St. Augustine but Jacksonville, sister city to St. Augustine.

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These underground tunnels really exist and some are open to tours. The transportation tunnels here made for a nasty adventure for Alison and the acquaintance of a new creature -- Alistair the Boghart,

She found the voice. It was attached to an odd looking creature with wild brown hair, a large nose, and round cheeks peering at her with two outstretched hands from a hole in the bricks no more than a foot or so above her head. Another set off blades hit the ground and she jumped, reaching for the creature’s hands. He grasped them and pulled her upward while she planted her feet along the wall and climbed it.
“’Bout time. Follow me,” he said as he crawled through the small space. It was large enough for him to crawl, as he was no larger than a four-year-old child. She felt like a giant and had to wriggle on her belly, her ribs throbbing with each movement, and the dampness soaking through her shirt and jeans. She was glad she wore old clothes and running shoes for her little venture. The gunk coating the crawl space oozed through her fingers as she clutched between the bricks to get to the other side.
What's happening? demanded Rodham.
It was a booby trap. I'm OK.
The creature jumped out of the space and grabbed her hands, pulling her out. She was impressed with his strength as she tumbled out of the tunnel onto her butt and the gunky ground of yet another tunnel. He was no more than half her height and she wasn't exactly tall at five foot three inches.
“Thank you,” she said, lifting her aching body off the ground. She felt like an old woman and desired a long, hot bath filled with bubbles and the scent of strawberry or vanilla, anything but the nasty odor that coated every inch of her body and made her cringe.

“It's not every day I find a young lass traveling these tunnels,” he muttered. “Or anyone...” he finished, his voice trailing off.

But those aren't the only tunnels used in the book. There are also tunnels beneath Jacksonville that contain bank vaults. They're still used today for tours and businesses.
 And in St. Augustine style there is a battle in one of the existing forts. A small fort called Fort Matanzas.
The picture purchased as the fort is closed due to damage from Hurricane Matthew.

 The background on the book cover also contains a draw bridge from one of the forts.