"Elvis Themed Anthology, Stories by Four Wonderful Paranormal Authors"
You don't need to be an Elvis fan to enjoy this book.
"Jesse's Girl" by Madeline Baker, features Elvis in
the role of the hero. He is currently a vampire and
performs as an Elvis impersonator at a casino in Vegas. (No
doubt this explains all the sightings *g* He's sacrificed
all his ties to friends and family to be eternally thin and
young. Now he's met a woman he can't live with or
without. She is sunshine and light must live in eternal
darkness. Will he erase his memory from her mind after
a night of passion, or will he find a way to grow old with
her? An old witch knows of a solution, but attempting it
could cause instant death.
Nina Bangs' story "Hunka" is about an amusement park
out the dreams of the childhood he'd been denied. The
heroine is a business woman sent by her spendthrift
daughter to cut his spending thereby putting the kibosh on
his dream. She's determined to make him see reason, but
instead he reminds her of her own deprived childhood.
There are others who would see his business fail as well.
When the heroine ceases to be cooperative, she becomes
endangered. Can an inanimate Elvis figure save the day?
Ann Lawrence's tale is great. "Heaven Sent" is about
a former Boston pitcher who owes Heaven a debt, due to a
rash promise he once made - if only he could win an
His nickname had been "Wild Man" due to his tendency to
throw wild pitches under pressure. Heaven came through for
him then, and now his job is return escapees back to heaven
where they belong.
She's a former Philadelphia stockbroker who's moved back
home to Paradise, PA (I love that), a sleepy Amish
community were Elvis has been sighted by none other than
her own mother. Elvis spends his time fixing lanes in the
family bowling alley. His reason for hanging around is to
make sure his greatest fan's (Mom's) life gets resolved in
a way that will make her happy. The hero ultimately has to
reveal his mission, to the heroine as heaven has given him
a deadline for "The Kings" return. Will she think he's
nuts, or is she nuts about him? Great story, complex enough
to make you forget it's a novella.
Kathleen Nance's story "Best-Laid Plans" is about a
diving instructor who'd gotten burnt during a private
instruction session. Distracted by one diver, he'd missed
the danger signals that had indicated a serious condition
in another. Now he doubts his judgment.
Thanks to the spirit of Elvis and a ditsy twin sister, the
heroine, who is a doctor, who's is afraid of water, is
talked into taking lessons from said instructor, Ric. Ric
has no choice but to take the job for the income to keep
his dream business afloat. But as he begins to develope
feelings for her, he is afraid that she'll be come a
distraction that will impair his judgement once again. Will
history repeat itself? This one was wonderful too.
Great summer reading, lot's of fun.
Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted April 15, 2002