A Woman’s Offering by Sheri Gilmore
Drifting listlessly through life after
the sudden and unexpected death of her young daughter, Anna is
only shocked into awareness when she discovers her husband
with his lover. She flees her house and goes to the one place
that feels like home…the resting place of her baby girl.
There in San Antonio during los dias de los muertos, the days
of the dead festival, Anna meets a compelling young man
claiming to be a god. He offers her the chance to face her
fears and give her what she wants more than anything
else…another child. Is she strong enough to face the
challenge and take what she truly wants?
A Woman’s Offering
is an intriguing tale of Anna’s love for her child, the pain
of her loss and the journey she makes to find life again.
When she meets Tez, a man with strange powers who wants to
help her, she is drawn to him, yet also fearful of the power
that emanates from him. Until now, Anna has lived her life
for others and only with this man’s help does she discover
that there is more to life and love than what she has
experienced. A Woman’s Offering
is complex, confusing and captivating. It draws you in by
describing Anna’s pain and confusion and keeps your attention
with the unusual experiences she has while on her journey of
discovery including her sexual awakening. A Woman’s
Offering is a remarkable story and one you’ll
want to read again and again.
Match Game: Ghost Style by Cynarra
With the death of their friend and
unofficial leader of their “family”, Shari organizes the
annual Dumb Supper on the dia de los muertos. The unusual
beings who are her friends – a witch, vampire, werewolf and a
sidhe in addition to her own psychic abilities – still need a
chance to mourn. When Manny returns as a ghost, only she and
Ben, Manny’s best friend, can see him and hear his request…to
quit fighting the feelings they have for each other.
Although Shari is willing to try for a
different type of relationship, Ben is fearful of losing the
wonderful friendship they already have. Only with Manny’s
ghostly matchmaking will they be able to face their fears and
find true peace.
Match Game: Ghost Style is
a story of acceptance. Both Shari and Ben must learn to
accept the death of their friend as well as the feelings they
have for each other. Luckily, they have Manny’s ghost to help
guide them through the pain of his loss as well as learning to
see what is before them and taking the opportunity that is
before them. Ms. Tregarth uses an unusual setting with very
appropriate names to showcase different characters with such
realistic and human insecurities.
Moon: Vida, Amor y La Luna by Jeigh Lynn
Meeting her cousin’s fiancée and her
family in a cemetery would only be appropriate on the dia de
los muertos. Meeting the two men perfect for her on that day
could only be fate. Although she never imagined that she
could be so strongly attracted to not just one but two men,
Sarah knows as soon as she sees Emilio and Michael that that
is exactly the case. These two are werewolves and in a
strange twist are mates. Yet after a disastrous sexual
experimentation as youngsters, neither will acknowledge their
status. Instead, they joke and act as best friends. As Sarah
gets to know the two werewolves, she soon realizes that she
needs both men to be truly happy.
Somehow things seem to work perfectly for
Sarah and Emilio. Now if they can convince Michael and ignore
the condemnation of Sarah’s family, they might just find a
love that none of them can ignore.
Jeigh Lynn’s Moon: Vida, Amor y La
Luna is a surprising story of two men and the woman
who makes them realize their destiny. As werewolves, they and
all of their family know that they are born to be mates. Yet
the treatment they received as young boys from their fathers
has stunted the expression of their feelings for each other.
Only with Sarah’s generosity and willingness to fight for both
men do they finally discover a way to express their need and
feelings for each other. Moon: Vida, Amor y La Luna
is well written and that the emotions from all three are shown
in a way that is beautiful and natural.
The three stories in Spirited
center around dia de los muertos and how the spirits work in
mysterious ways to give us what we truly want and need.