It’s called El Toque de la Luna
—The Touch of the Moon. At least that’s how nineteen-year-old Gabby’s older sister, Esperanza, refers to the magical powers she inherited from their Mayan ancestors. Esperanza says women with El Toque weave magic into their knitting, creating tapestries capable of saving—or devastating—the world. Gabby thinks Esperanza is more like touched in the head—until a man dressed like a candy corn arrives at their Seattle home on Halloween. But “Mr. C” is far from sweet…
Soon, Gabby and her almost-more-than-friend, Frank, find themselves spirited away to a demon ball, complete with shape shifters—and on a mission to destroy Esperanza’s tapestries before they cause an apocalyptic disaster…And before it’s too late to confess their true feelings for each other.
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(Tuesday, June 9, 2015)
Reviewer: P. T. Rathbone
The author stitched a very intriguing unusual tale with the premise of knitting evil into a tapestry. One immediately became enthralled with the story because of the antics of Mr. Candy Corn, Flame Boy, Xta, Tory, and Senor Caquix. Hopefully the author is knitting a sequel with the same memorable characters.
Fascinating twist of myth, horror, and romance
(Sunday, May 3, 2015)
Erin Fanning's Blood Stitches brings a unique twist to the well-loved paranormal genre. Elements of Mayan mythology add freshness to the story, and Fanning's writing stands out, crisp and clean.
The book is surprising from the start. Creatures come out on Halloween and disrupt the heroine’s life, starting with a man dressed as a piece of candy corn. College student Gabby is suddenly thrust into a world of deeply hidden family secrets that she must uncover in order to save herself and her sister.
Containing a touch of horror, Blood Stitches is like stepping into a funhouse world where everyone Gabby meets is distorted and strange. Fortunately, she has help in the form of Frank, a combo sidekick/love interest who is with her every step of the way. The romance develops throughout the novel and hopefully will be continued in the next installment, which can't come soon enough.
I recommend this fresh story for fans of new adult paranormal romance, especially those with an interest in mythology.
Blood Stitches is a Must Read
(Monday, February 9, 2015)
Reviewer: Lori Sawicki
Both romance novel and thriller, Blood Stitches is a deliciously scary story—one that takes you on a terrifying thrill ride and leaves you a little breathless. This can’t-put-down book is immediately engaging as Fanning takes you down, deep into an underworld that gives new meaning to the word ‘hell.’ Original and fully conceived by Fanning, this underworld is both suffocating in its darkness and entertaining in its unique setting. The author’s expert touches of humor keep the story fresh and original.
As protagonists Gabby and Frank search for a collection of strange tapestries that have power to destroy the world, they meet a cast of characters that, I promise, are unlike any you’ve ever read. This troupe of shadows, phantoms, and spirits will find their way into your nightmares, as Fanning creates a fantasy world like no other. The Candy Corn Man, Flame-boy, and Señor Caquix will be with you long after you’ve finished reading.
Fanning’s tight, visual writing is a major asset to Blood Stitches, and you’ll be hooked by the first few pages. From there, Fanning is relentless in pushing you further into a nightmare that handcuffs you in horror yet buoys you with comic relief. It is one of Erin Fanning’s best works, and it competes with 'The Curse of Blackhawk Bay,' one of my all-time favorites. Blood Stitches will hold you hostage as you cheer on Gabby and Frank in their efforts to emerge intact from an underground carnival of terror. Highly recommended!