Thank you for helping us to help!

Laura the writerA few years ago a bunch of authors came up with an idea to start an author alliance called Authors For Charity. They all shared a dream…a dream that has come true year after year…to help those in need of help. Today, we at Rogue House, are proud to announce that Authors For Charity has donated all 2015 profits from their books to StElizabeth Hospice, Suffolk, England. Why this particular charity? Because one of the founding members, Laura Warnes, received some respite care there during her fight with the cancer. Sadly Laura lost her battle, but Authors For Charity and Rogue House wanted to thank StElizabeth Hospice for the great, and important, work they are doing, along with honoring the memory of Laura. She was a talented writer and a good friend to all of us.

So, thank you for helping us to help! We could not do this without you!

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2016 has just begun so there’s still plenty of time to help. Remember, every penny from the books by Authors For Charity goes to charity.

You can purchase a copy of Tales of an Old Wizard here, and a copy of Paranormal Love here!

Again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

P.S. If you’d like to donate a dime or two to StElizabeth Hospice, you can do it here.

 

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New Release for Teen Readers!

BlackCoven (Final)BLACK COVEN, the final part of the thrilling McLean Twins series is here!

Part Three of McLean Twins Series.

Every child knows that demons cannot be saved…

… but Shannon and Ian had to try. Failing … well, that wasn’t an option. Facing an enemy worse than they have ever seen, they make alliances with somewhat questionable people, compromising the lives of those most dear to them. Dancing on a very thin tightrope, they try to stay in the light, but the lure of darkness can make even the strongest souls sway, and sidestepping at a time like this … that can be crucial. Besides, such dangerous magic always comes with a price and some prices are too high to pay. Especially when your father’s life is at stake.

Can Shannon and Ian rescue Connor in time or are they doomed from the beginning? Can two children beat the beast from the underworld or does it drag them with it into the depths of hell?

This is a story you don’t want to miss!

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The house was beautiful, and emanated timelessness. It was a masterpiece from another century, a place that should be crawling with life, happiness, and joy, rather than being this quiet grave, a place so similar to a cemetery. No one was to be seen in or outside the house. Nothing moved. Not even the leaves of the ivy covering the gray stone walls. Shannon looked up to the sky. The sun was peeking through the clouds, warming her skin, filling her with false hope and the illusion of being safe. The sun and the beautiful landscape would probably have looked inviting and calm to any mundane traveler, but witches saw the world differently. Shannon could point out at least three possible traps within twenty feet of where they were standing. She knew that the silence was not a sign of peace but of danger, and that the lack of people didn’t mean no one was home. Quite the opposite.

“Nice try,” she cried, laughing out loud. A crow joined her with its raspy voice.

A car door opened close by and a man leaped behind them.

“Simon,” Shannon said without looking at the man. “I was wondering whether you’d show up or let us deal with this mess on our own.”

Simon growled. This was the last place on earth he wanted to be, but there was no way he’d leave those kids without proper back-up. A devilish grin flashed across his face. Yes, they might be witches, but he was a demon. He placed his heavy hands on their shoulders.

Ian stole a quick peek at Simon’s grim features before focusing on the house again. Simon’s black eyes were hollow, the scar across his face unnaturally visible on his pale skin. The demon in him raised its head, making the tattoos entwining his muscled arms squirm as if they were alive. He could sense the evil inside, the devil lurking in the shadows, waiting for the opportunity to strike down Shannon and Ian. His grip on the kids’ shoulders tightened. He knew he shouldn’t go into the house. Not when the darkness was whispering in his veins, urging him to do terrible things. The pull was nearly unbearable and yet he knew there was no power, in or outside this world, which could force him to harm a hair on his protégées’ heads. He would rather die than hurt them.

“Let’s do this,” Shannon said to no one in particular.

Ian nodded. “I’ll go first.”

“No.” Simon stopped him before Ian could move. “I’ll go.”

“Are you sure?” Shannon asked, worried.

“Positive.” Simon pushed them aside and strode to the door. “Ready?” He glanced at them.

They nodded and, without saying a word, grabbed each other’s hand, preparing to cast a protection spell over Simon if needed.

Simon opened the door carefully and stopped to listen. Nothing. He moved to the doorway, ready to fight in a blink, but there was no sound or a person anywhere. He stepped inside slowly, Shannon and Ian right on his heels. The silence was disturbing. Candles were burning on the tables and in the chandeliers. The spotless floor gleamed, so clearly someone had cleaned it recently, and through the open door of the living room at the back of the hall they could see a fire dancing in the fireplace. On her left, Shannon saw a pair of boots and an umbrella leaning against the wall, and on the small table near the umbrella was a leather leash. A dog’s leash, and yet there was no dog nearby. No barking or the sound of an approaching animal could be heard. Not even a sniff. The only sounds were their soft footsteps as they carefully moved deeper inside the house.

“Connor?” Shannon whispered.

Nothing.

“Connor?” she tried again a bit louder.

Deep silence. They could’ve heard a needle drop in the room, as even the air seemed to be still. Weird.

Simon walked to the living room door and pushed it open a bit more with his foot. He gestured to the twins to wait. Shannon nibbled on her bottom lip, her hand tightly in Ian’s. Simon peeked carefully into the room. His back stiffened and he quickly withdrew back into the hall.

“What?” Shannon asked as quietly as she could.

Simon closed his eyes for a brief moment, his mouth tight.

“Simon, talk to us,” Shannon demanded. “What’s in there?”

%22Ian followed, concerned. He hadn’t notice how knackered Sha-2What readers say about Black Coven:

5***** Wow! This gets better and better!

I was looking forward to this release since finishing the second novel and I have to say, wow! Jennifer Loiske outdid herself with the thrilling end to the McLean Twins’ story! The book starts dark, and carries you through the final instalment, making you want to stick to the pages and follow along every discovery with both twins, wanting good to triumph over evil and Shannon and Ian to finally be able to go home and see their father and not the demon he is becoming. It was a fast paced ride, highs and lows, tears and smiles and I loved every page of it! Excellent end, perfectly crafted and one that will keep you reading for days until you find the very end. Perfect and highly recommended!

5*****

Black Coven by Jennifer Loiske, the long awaited final book to the McLean Twins series is a brilliant continuation to something that is a rare treat for all paranormal lovers alike.

This book takes you right back in. Mesmerizing and inventive, this is more than just any witch story. This tale thrills and delights as the scenes come to life off the pages. The twins are back and my anticipation has been quenched as this book satisfied my thirst for more! Shannon’s story is electrifying and certainly is an intoxicating thrill ride of horrors with unique personality.

Black Coven is filled with sarcasm and moments that I couldn’t stop laughing. Razor sharp and quick witted. I was entertained from beginning to end.

Purchase a copy of Black Coven here!

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2016!

Rogue House wishes Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all the bloggers, readers, reviewers, beta readers, alpha readers, proofreaders, editors, cover designers, photographers, and to everyone they have worked with in year 2015. We had a fabulous year, so let’s make the next year at least as good as this one. Thank you!

Merry Christmas

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Black Coven – Cover Reveal!

BlackCoven (Final)We are happy to present you the brand new cover of Black Coven, the final part of McLean Twins series!

Special thank you to the cover designer, Eveliina Tommola, photographer, Iida Loiske and the cover models, Veera Kaasalainen, Alvar Silvennoinen, Sami Oujlouq, Elias Untamala and Filip Slotte. And of course to our writing team that is working 24/7 to get this adventure to you before Christmas!

Here’s something to whet your appetite (not edited):

Shannon stared at the old stone manor with a haunted look in her turquoise blue eyes. Twenty steps to the front door. Twenty. Steps. And she couldn’t make her feet move. Last time she’d been standing on this exact same spot she’d had the creeps. This time, well, she still had the creeps but for completely different reasons. This time she knew what was hidden in that house.

“I can’t go there.” She turned to her twin brother.

Ian put a hand on her shoulder. “I know, but we have to.” Shannon bit her lip, her face twisting awkwardly. She hated the sick feeling inside of her. That small nagging voice that was screaming ‘go, leave while you can, or else you’ll be dead before the day is over!’ and yet there was absolutely nothing she could have done to prevent what was yet to come. Nothing that would justify her turning her back on the black future awaiting inside of that house, and going back living in her relatively safe past with her crazy family.

“Sis, we have to.” Ian’s gaze nailed her on the spot, warning her, he would not give in an inch. Running away was not an option anymore. They’d come too far to back away now.

“I know,” Shannon breathed, turning her eyes back to the manor, and examining the building as if it was a nasty tomb full of deathly snakes, which in some ways, it was. “I know,” she said again, trying to sound more strong and confident than a minute ago. Ian was right, of course, and she knew she should’ve been braver. After all, they had faced so many demons, witnessed horrible things and even committed some serious black magic spells, that she shouldn’t get jumpy in front of their father’s house, but in that moment she would have given anything to go back to London under her weird aunt’s witchy eyes, and to see her silly cousins, Bo and Blossom. As if that would never happen, she thought darkly. They’d tried to blend in, playing happy family with their precipitously found relatives, and still the darkness had found them. They’d screwed up royally, but obviously so had their father, Connor, as the last phone call from his house had ended up by someone screaming for her life, and the house that has once been only creepy old house, now seemed to leak death and poison from its cracks. Shannon huffed couple of times. Deep breath in, long breath out. Yep, every now and then normal would have been nice. Instead she had a demon to beat, and not just any demon, but her father.

The story of McLean Twins starts here. Jump in and enjoy the ride!

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NEW release coming soon for teen readers!

We are happy to announce the good news! The final part of McLean Twins series by Jennifer Loiske will be released in time, so you will all have an opportunity to get it for Halloween! What could be a better way to spend the spooky holiday than a book full of witches and demons! Here’s a little teaser for you…Please, remember, even if it is not yet edited, it is still a copyrighted work.

Black Coven promo pic 2Shannon stared at the old stone manor with a haunted look in her turquoise blue eyes. Twenty steps to the front door. Twenty. Steps. And she couldn’t make her feet move. Last time she’d been standing on this exact same spot she’d had the creeps. This time, well, she still had the creeps but for completely different reasons. This time she knew what was hidden in that house.

“I can’t go there,” She turned to her twin brother.

Ian put a hand on her shoulder. “I know, but we have to.” Shannon bit her lip. “Sis, we have to,” Ian’s gaze nailed her on the spot, warning her, he would not give in an inch.

“I know,” Shannon breathed, turning back to the manor. Ian was right, of course, but in that moment she would have given anything to go back to London under her weird aunt’s witchy eyes, and to see her silly cousins, Bo and Blossom. As if that would never happen. Instead she had a demon to beat, and not just any demon, but her father.

Ian touched her hand gently, his features softening a bit. She grabbed his hand in hers before he had a chance to pull it back. Okay, she thought. I can do this. It’s just a house, no biggie, and whatever was inside of it couldn’t be worse than she’d experienced before. She inhaled deeply and took a step forward, dragging Ian with her. So quiet, she thought, a vein throbbing on her forehead, so peaceful and safe looking. It. Is. Just. A. House. She mentally kicked herself again before looking at Ian. He nodded reassuringly.

“Together?”

“Together,” she nodded firmly and took another step, even when her mind screamed her to run away.

The house was beautiful, and emanated timelessness. It was a masterpiece from another century, a place that should be crawling life, happiness and joy, rather than being this quiet tomb, a place so similar of a graveyard. No one was to be seen in or outside of the house. Nothing moved. Not even the leafs of an ivy which was covering the grey stonewalls. Shannon lifted her face and looked up. The sun was peeking through the clouds, making the place look inviting. She laughed out loud and a crow joined her with its raspy voice.

A car door was opened close and a man leaped behind them.

“Simon,” Shannon said without looking at the man, “I was wondering whether you’d show up or let us deal with this mess alone.”

Simon growled. This was the last place on earth he wanted to be, but there was no way he’d leave those kids without a proper back up. A devilish grin flashed on his face. Yes, they might be witches, but he was a demon. Simon placed his heavy hands on their shoulders. Ian stole a quick peek of Simon’s grim face, before focusing on the house again.

Simon’s black eyes were hollow, the scar across his face being unnaturally visible on his pale skin. The demon in him lifted its head, making the tattoos entwining his muscled arms squirm as if they were alive. He could sense the evil inside, the devil lurking in the shadows, waiting for the opportunity to strike Shannon and Ian down. His grip on the kids’ shoulders tightened. He knew he shouldn’t go into the house. Not when the darkness was whispering in his veins, urging him to do terrible things. The pull was nearly unbearable and yet he knew there was no power, in or outside of this world, which could have forced him to break a hair from his protégées. He would rather die than hurt them.

If you haven’t started to read McLean Twins series yet, you can find the first part of the series here!

Happy reading!

 

 

 

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Red Hunter

Quite rarely an author listens to her/his readers the way Jennifer Loiske did after wrapping up her bestselling Immortal Blood series. Readers wanted more, so she gave them more and some. Not only did she write a follow up but she also created an entirely new series with some of the most liked characters from Immortal Blood series. We are proud to present you RED HUNTER, the first part of Blood Hunters series!

Red Hunter cover; finalRED HUNTER (Book 1 of Blood Hunters series for mature young adult readers)

The hunt is not over!

The story of Samantha Green (the Immortal Blood series) continues in this fast-paced, utterly absorbing new series. Red Hunter, book one of the Blood Hunters series, takes up the story where the Immortal Blood series ended, yet is a complete stand-alone series that does not require prior knowledge of the Immortal Blood series.

For a second, Samantha, ‘Sam’, Green thought she could finally put her past behind her and concentrate on the future. She thought she was being given a second chance and that something exciting was looming ahead. But with a past like hers, she really couldn’t have a future until those wanting to kill her were dead, or even then…

Nothing in Sam’s new life is what it seems. She’s being tossed around with the evil twins Alexander and Benjamin, the drool-worthy fighters assigned to take her vampire instincts to a whole new level. Dane and Sam … their relationship can only be described as complicated. In an epic way. And Kieran, sweet, blue-eyed servant, friend, and something like a little brother to Sam, is drawn into the middle of a game that the lunatic master vampires are steering arbitrarily.

Can Sam survive or is she only a pawn in a delusional game that no one can win? Can she beat her enemies at their own game without losing herself on the way? And what happens when she is introduced to the Hunter society?

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“Alex and Ben are my best fighters.” Meriel touched my arm.

“Then why haven’t I seen them before?” I demanded.

“Because they don’t play games.”

I blushed but lifted my chin higher.

“And neither do I.” Meriel’s tone held a warning. “It’s time for you to continue your training.”

“And become what?” I almost swallowed the words.

She grinned.

Oh no. Cold shivers ran through my body. I knew enough to know where this was all going. Master vampires had needs and to fulfill those needs they required weapons. Weapons who would do anything they commanded. People known as shadows, as they were the ones working behind the scenes and doing all the dirty work. Assassins with no conscience and also – I tried to stay calm – someone who would not be missed.

“No.” I shook my head.

She peered at me, measuring the look on my face.

I knew before she spoke that the next words would be a threat. “There’s nothing you can say to change my mind,” I said hastily, but even as I spoke I knew my words were lies. Actually, there were plenty of things she could do and we both knew it. The question was how far was she willing to go to make me bend? “Look, I’m not the right material for that, and you know it. I’m too reckless.”

She shook her head slowly, clearly amused.

“I am,” I argued. “Ask anyone. I can’t be trusted.”

“So young.” She touched my cheek.

I flinched but held my ground.

“You think you know everything but you don’t.” Meriel sighed and lowered her gaze for a moment. “Anyone can be trusted if there is a death threat hanging over the heads of their loved ones.”

I squeezed my fist closed, hate crawling through my veins. Did she really think she could break me with a threat? How stupid of her!

She stared steadily at me. I stared back, neither of us willing to back down. We both knew she could get my friends killed in a blink, but that would turn both Gabriel and me against her, and if one thing was sure it was that she loved her son and would not jeopardize their relationship just to get rid of me.

She narrowed her eyes, crossing her arms elegantly over her chest. “Fine. I’ll make a deal with you.” She paused, waiting me to object.

I stayed quiet.

“If you can beat the twins, I let you be and there will be no more questioning your skills or motives. But if you don’t you will accept them as your new instructors and let them be your shadows until they say you’re ready.”

“And?” I asked, as I was sure she wasn’t done yet.

“And you will be moved into another mansion.”

I opened my mouth to protest but she silenced me by lifting her finger.

“A mansion just as safe as this and you can take your friends with you.”

“But not Gabriel,” I stated bitterly.

“Not Gabriel,” she confirmed.

I stayed quiet, pondering her offer. It was a fair offer and something I could live with, but losing Gabriel, well, that was not gonna be easy.

“What if he wants to come with me?”

“He won’t. I’ll make sure of it,” Meriel said strongly.

I stepped away from her and eyed the twins. They looked casually relaxed and yet I knew they were ready to fight in a blink. Everything in their lean, trained bodies told me these men did not need a weapon to kill. Their bodies were the weapons. I let my eyes wander slowly over their bodies and faces, realizing gaze by gaze what made them so perfect for Meriel’s use. Any woman, and probably most of the men, too, would have gone to jelly in front of them. They were demons wrapped in an angelic cover. Their heavenly eyes giving all kinds of promises that made me flush from head to toe, their raven black hair craving to be touched, and their perfectly sculpted mouths offering the path to paradise. And yet they were obviously so much more than met the eye. Could I handle them? Probably not. And suddenly I knew I had to see this through. Had to know if Meriel was telling the truth and they really could teach me something new. If they were my ticket to a better life, far from the psychopathic master vampires, how could I say no? The assassin part? Well, I could think about that later. Maybe in time I would find my way to weasel out of following Meriel’s orders blindly. But right now, right there, these two hotties were the most exciting thing that had happened to me in months.

“So, you’re saying that the only way to stay here is to beat these two?” I confirmed.

Meriel nodded.

I sighed heavily. “Fine. Mumbo, Jumbo, follow me.”

They didn’t move and when I looked into their eyes there was a serious warning. Oh, they obviously knew nothing about me.

I smiled at them sweetly and arched my brow. “Boys?”

They moved so fast I didn’t see it coming and all of a sudden they were standing really close to me.

“Miss Green,” one of them whispered.

“Sam.” I flashed a grin.

He grinned back. “Alex.”

“Ben,” the other one breathed.

I felt chills up my spine. Okay, maybe, just maybe, I was in way deeper in trouble than I realized.

“Whatever,” I huffed, but couldn’t ignore the thrill spreading inside me. These men challenged me in a way I hadn’t been challenged in a while. I had fought almost every single vampire in this place and beaten the crap out of them, and yet it should have been the other way around. They were way older, faster, and stronger than me and still in some miraculous way I had managed to win. But these two, they were different. They would not hold back for me. Not once, and most likely I’d end up dead, but at least I would die knowing I had done my best.

120740585_8PN1vl_1422557003What readers say about RED HUNTER:

5***** 

“I just don’t know if we’re too broken to be fixed.”

Red Hunter (Blood Hunters Book 1) by Jennifer Loiske

What I like the most is Jennifer Loiske’s writing is her right to the point delivery. She does not waste words but hand selects them to fit the content ever so perfectly.

I am a great fan of everything and anything that this author has written. That being said, I have come to enjoy the hot vampires with their indescribable good looks and edgy attitudes.

I love the main characters demeanor followed by her fragile exterior. She is many things. Complicated and other worldly. And yet I relate to her so perfectly. She is everything I strive to be an more. Well, leaving out the blood sucking. I would pass on that aspect. Just a personal preference.

There is power in the writing and this book, Red Hunter is no exception. Jennifer Loiske calls it as it is. I love a strong female lead and maybe that is what draws me in. These books have something special and whether you like a blood thirsty demon or not, I highly recommend checking these books out yourself. Can’t imagine a better escape. Not even James Bond can hold a candle to the irresistible Dane.

5***** Dark and Delicious!

Sam is now a new born vampire and has had to deal with a cruel master and maybe losing the love of her life. Now Muriel the elder vampire believes that Sam is trying to get together with Muriel’s son and so sends Sam away from the house and her friends. Sam is to become a hunter. She is to be trained by the gorgeous twins, Alex and Ben. Kieran, Sam’s human ‘slave’ goes with her and at the last moment Dane also decides that he is going with her.

Here at the new place she endures the worst of days and is savagely attacked by Ben, but she pushes through it all by fighting back and earning her place in the brotherhood. She quickly becomes a ferocious and deadly being. She and Dane even rekindle their love but in the end this becomes her downfall and they may not get their ‘happily ever after’. The end was very climatic and I am very much looking forward to reading the next book.

I read Red Hunter by Jennifer Loiske in one sitting. The writing is fast paced and descriptive and had me turning page after page to see what was going to happen next. The characters are great and are easy to like/hate. Sam is such a strong, passionate female character that I was always willing her to do better or to win each fight or test she had to go through.

If you like action packed vampire stories, full of love and fighting, where one moment they are hot, sexy nice vampires and the next they are deadly predators then this is a book for you.

5***** Great follow up series so far!

Ahhhh I love Sam now that she’s badass! I loved the twins…even the more unpleasant scenes with them were done in such a way that it didn’t put me off them, a mark of true talent on the authors part. And Dane….*swoon*. I will say no more. It’s a quick read, and if you enjoyed the Immortal Blood series, you’re gonna enjoy this.

5*****

I absolutely loved the Immortal Blood series and was sad to see it end the way that it did, so when I found out there would be the Red Hunter series with some of the characters I fell in love with in the Immortal Blood series I was beyond excited. Meriel is a master vampire and Sam has to agree to Meriel’s twisted schemes and relocate with Alex and Ben to be trained. In this book we see Sam come into the vampire she was meant to be and learn the skills she needs to survive, but being a new vampire doesn’t prepare you for everything others had years to perfect. Dane is Sam’s creator and lover, Kieran is Sam’s blood servant yet she cares for him as much as she does Dane and I love both of their relationships with her. Alex and Ben have formed a bond with Sam but when Sam becomes the target, the question then becomes who side will they chose; their creator Meriel or Sam? Sam has a target on her back and I enjoyed every moment of watching her being pushed to her limits to become the hunter and killer we know she could be. This book definitely has its moments when you will be yelling at Sam to do something and moments where you will laugh out loud but you will be hooked from beginning to end. You know you’ve read a good book when it’s the book release day and you’re ready for the second book and with this book that’s exactly the way it is. I cannot wait to read the second book. I highly recommend this book to readers who are looking for a good paranormal read that you will absolutely devour from beginning to end.

Purchase a copy of RED HUNTER here!

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Demon’s Touch

Demon_s_Touch.inddDemon’s Touch, part 2 of McLean Twins series (age 12 and up readers)

“Magic is all about words and believing. If you believe then anything is possible.”

Shannon McLean had come a long way since she lost her mother. A while ago she’d thought she was alone in the world, a plain Jane with no place to go. Now she knew better. Suddenly she was surrounded by relatives: a crazy talented twin brother, Ian, who literally held the keys to magic in his hands; a demonic father, Connor, who had paid a high price for a one-way ticket to hell; and a wannabe big brother, Simon, who was not only half demon but also a hit man of some sort; and herself … so not a plain Jane but a witch with ancient spells tingling on her fingertips.

Oh, and if that were not enough of a burden for a thirteen-year-old girl, her father had sent her to London on an impossible quest. Truth be told, she might have volunteered, but only because she naively believed that the world was beneath her feet and she was capable of performing a miracle as long as her brother stood beside her. She’d been so wrong.

No matter what she did, or who tried to help her, she kept failing time and time again, and time was not something she had. If she ever intended to save her father from becoming the next king of hell, she had to act fast. She had to find a way to do the impossible and save a demon. After all, every witch knows the hard truth: demons cannot be saved.

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“Shann, we don’t know the right spell and we don’t have a demon as our guinea pig. We’re simply not ready.”

Simon peeked in. “Someone called me?”

“There,” Shannon said triumphantly and wiped the tears from her face. “I have the spell and I have the demon.”

Ian stared at her. He knew exactly what she was thinking but he couldn’t let her do it.

Shannon detached herself from Ian’s arms and flew into Simon’s. He glanced at Ian in surprise.

“No.” Ian narrowed his eyes.

“What?” Shannon cooed innocently.

“I won’t let you do it,” Ian continued. “It’s way too dangerous.”

“You can’t know that,” Shannon said. “Not for sure.”

“Yes I can. And so can you,” Ian said angrily.

Shannon’s eyes begged him to agree with her, her lips forming a silent plea, but he didn’t yield. He remembered only too well what had happened the last time they’d played with demons and magic. It had nearly destroyed them and without the help of their father the spell would have probably killed them. But Shannon had clearly decided to forget all that. How convenient. Ian turned to leave.

“Fine,” Shannon snapped. “Just walk away. It’s so boyish. I’ll do it by myself then.”

“What?” Ian turned quickly. “You know you can’t. It takes both of us to bind a spell like that and I won’t do it. Not without the proper preparations, if even then.”

“What’s going on?” Simon asked suspiciously. “You’re just doing a minor spell, right?”

Shannon turned her head away, looking uneasy. “Not exactly. But you’ll be perfectly safe,” she blabbered quickly.

Ian snorted loudly.

“Shannon.” Simon backed away from her. “Is it dangerous?”

She shrugged and sat on the bed.

Simon looked baffled.

She made a helpless gesture with her hand and was about to lie, but how could she? Simon had a right to know that she was far from sure about what she was about to do. Yes, she had a vague idea of how the spell worked, but that was not enough. With a spell like that she had to be sure. However, she was too proud to admit that out loud. Because saying the harsh fact aloud would equal confessing that Ian was right, and that was not gonna happen. She turned her back on them, trying to imagine they weren’t there.

Ian laughed dryly. “Still willing to be her guinea pig?”

“Shannon?” Simon was confused.

Shannon battled with her conscience.

“Shannon?” Simon tried again.

“Yes.” Shannon frowned and faced him. “It’s dangerous and I can’t ask you to do it. Not if Ian’s out of the game.”

Ian spread his arms apologetically.

“But it’s doable?” Simon asked, face hard and determination gleaming in his gaze.

“Yes,” Shannon said at the same time as Ian said, “No.”

They stared at each other, the awkward silence enveloping them.

“It’s just…” Shannon broke the moment, drooping her head. “We’ve come all the way here to learn and now we’re back at the beginning. Elowen will never treat us as her equals and we’re running out of time. Connor is changing and he’s changing fast. If we don’t act now, we might lose him.”

“I thought you didn’t care about him,” Ian said quietly.

“So did I,” Shannon said miserably. “I guess he’s gotten under my skin, sort of.”

“And this is really important to you?” Ian asked suspiciously. “I mean, you’re not doing this just to snap Elowen, are you?”

Shannon shook her head, peeking at him from under her long lashes.

Ian closed his eyes. He didn’t want to look into her puppy ones and he didn’t want to look at Simon either. He could sense Simon’s curiosity and the waking demon in him that wanted to see if the spell would work, wanted the danger and the excitement Shannon was offering and, more importantly, his willingness to do anything to please his master, which in this case was their father. And yet neither of them seemed to understand the dangers in doing something so big and the numerous chances that the spell would explode in their faces, destroying their only shot at saving Connor.

Ian glanced at Shannon. Shoot! He hated this. She had driven him into a situation that he couldn’t win. If he walked out the door right now, she would try to do the spell on her own. Most likely she would fail and hurt herself. Even in the middle of her insanity she had to understand that a spell like that would take all of their powers, stripping their souls naked and leaving them vulnerable to anyone who wanted to hurt them.

And Simon … well, he’d unlikely be in any shape to protect them. If by some miraculous means they succeeded in exorcising every demonic part from him, they had no idea what would be left. But somehow he doubted it would be a pretty sight. After that they’d have their hands full, as that was the moment when the hard part would begin. The part where they were supposed to save the man from himself by creating his essence from the start and hope this time he would be wise enough not to bargain with the devil but stay away from him and keep his new, intact soul as far away as possible from anything slightly resembling demon magic. No, better yet, he should stay away from any kind of magic and then maybe, just maybe, he’d have a chance to live as a normal human being one day.

Sure, if he helped Shannon the probability of them succeeding would rise a lot, but the risk was still too big. So what choice did he actually have? None. Shannon was his sister and there was no way he could let her to do it alone. No way was he going to carry the burden of her getting hurt or worse for the rest of his life just because he’d walked out on her.

He let out a deep moan. “Fine.”

“What?” Shannon asked, stunned.

“I said fine,” Ian snapped. “But if it’s not working we’ll stop. We’ll go to school like normal teenagers and we’ll try to convince Elowen about our magical abilities in some other, not so deadly way. Okay?”

“Okay,” Shannon breathed.

“Okay,” Simon agreed. “What do we do next?”

“I have an idea.” Shannon smiled.

“I thought you might say that.” Ian rolled his eyes and slumped onto the bed. “Talk.”

McLean Twins teaser for Twitter 2What readers say about Demon’s Touch:

5***** Finally it’s here!

It has arrived! The long awaited sequel to Black Diamond and finally I got to sit down and read what’s been going on with Shannon, Ian, Simon and the gang. Picking up where it left off, they are off to find a relative who will hopefully help them and be the key to saving their father, and Simon. However, a little over eager and they may end up losing the very things they hold dead. It’s a good one, and we are left hanging over the edge of a scary cliffhanger for the end, and I know I’m not the only one wanting to know when the next book will be out!

Introducing new quirky characters, this book is well written and executed brilliantly. Jennifer Loiske has once again found a way to drag you in from the first page and make it so you don’t want to put the book down until you’re done with it. I read through this in a later night session because I was desperate to know whether the twins would be able to pull off the spell they so desperately wanted, or if they would make things worse for themselves. An excellent YA paranormal with the right amount of teenage angst, drama and a few laughs here and there. I love this series and will continue to read it, but I suggest if you like YA books of this kind, then you’d do well to do the same! Highly recommended!

5***** Awesome read!

I loved the first book and have been waiting for this one to come out. This unique story continued on with the excellence and had me sitting on the edge of my seat.

The twins must learn more about their magic if they are to save their father and so journey to an old aunt, who is a witch and who might be able to help them. I loved the way they interacted with both the magical and non magical people and also the way they were growing, both in magic and in character. What is more, they were acting true to their age in a very realistic way that just added extra dimensions. I loved the magic and how well it was constructed and woven into the story, and also the way it is growing with the twins.

Simon is also fascinating in his own right, as a semi-demon guardian to the twins. I frequently wondered what he would be like if the curse were lifted from him. It is obvious he cares for his charges by his behavior so the reader is rooting for him. The tattoos he wears are a great touch.

Questions answered partly from the first book but intriguing new ones set by the second. I do hope the third book won’t be too long coming as I really want to find out what happens next. Although this is for YA readers primarily, I found it a brilliant read for all ages.

5***** Truly a Magical Read!

I’ve been waiting with some measure of anticipation for this second novel in Ms. Loiske’s McLean Twins’ Series. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. It is a wonderful and enchanting follow-up to the first book, Black Diamond.

I’m going to try not to give much away here about either book since the most fun in reading is about discovery. I will say that this tale picks up where Black Diamond left off with the twins, Shannon and Ian, and their faithful friend, Simon, off on a quest they hope will aid their father who is in deep magical doo-doo! They journey to the home of a woman named Elowen whom they believe is a powerful witch who can teach them the magical spells they need in order to secure their father’s release.

However, the twins, being teenagers, have a somewhat misguided sense of invulnerability and are oft-times impulsive and reckless with their own magical abilities. This can result in some pretty dire consequences for the folks around them, as you will see when you read the book.

Demon’s Touch is a fast-paced read and you will have difficulty putting it down! It is full of wonderfully eccentric characters, spells, magic, and the angst of growing up. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as I did its predecessor, and would encourage you to read both of them. I can’t wait for the next installment in this series!

While the series is targeted at young adults and teens, it, like the Harry Potter books, is fun for all ages and I can recommend it to you most highly.

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