Reviews for Rachel Blackstone Paranormal Mystery Series

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Reviews for “Reluctant Medium”

***** by Angela Causey I really enjoyed this book! This book kept me up way too late. I can’t wait for the next one! 

***** by Sheilagh Lee “S.B.Lee” (Canada)

The supernatural has always interested me so I looked forward to reading this book about a reluctant medium. The main character Rachel Blackstone is grieving, her father died mysteriously three months ago about the same time her marriage started to crumble. Rachel has decided to use Hopi techniques she learned to bring back her father to ask him how he died. But something goes wrong and another entity, an evil entity springs forth bent on harming her brother. Rachel is forced to go back to the place where her father died to warn her brother.

The story is rich in details as we see Rachel work at her job as a reporter and read descriptions of Santa Fe and the area. I really liked this character and her friend Chloe. I truly enjoyed the story told by this author G.G. Collins, the rich details of the Hopi traditions and beliefs. I also enjoyed the lead up to the conclusion of this book. I look forward to reading the next book by this author Lemurian Medium.

***** By Simie  Hopefully the beginning of a great series!

Rachel Blackstone has fled from her home in Santa Fe leaving behind her life after being devastated over the death of her father. He died in a mysteriously in a car accident and now, she is looking for answers. Using a ceremony she learned from a Hopi shaman, she tries to raise his spirit to get the answers. Unfortunately, the ceremony does not go that way and instead of raising her dad’s spirit she raises a spirit who is up to no good. And on top of that, this spirit seems to know her family, specifically her brother. Well, at least it asks her how he is doing.

Deciding to go and protect her brother from this spirit, she decides to go back to Santa Fe. There she will face her soon to be ex-husband, her old boss who is still upset that she suddenly left, and has a re-union with her crazy real estate agent friend, Chloe. Along the way, she gets her old job back and finds herself in the middle of writing a story about a new building development that is not what it seems to be.

I really enjoyed reading this book! It was a fast read with great characters and a thrilling storyline. Rachel and Chloe’s relationship are at the heart of this tale as Rachel tries to uncover the truth of what is going on at the development while also trying to protect her brother, and find out what happened to her dad.

And reading this book has made me want to visit Sante Fe! This book is a Must read.

***** By Sandy, Goodreads Member

“Love the characters in this book. Kept my attention throughout the story.  Great read!”

***** By Bette Jacobson, Goodreads Member

“This book makes you feel and taste Santa Fe, a wealth of detail, about a city I have always wanted to visit. The story has everything a good book should have, in my estimation, mystery, believable characters, a little bit of humor (some even laugh out loud), love and best of all idea exploring. This is a book that I will be rereading in the future.”

***** Enticing Paranormal/Supernatural/Native American themed=SW U.S.

By Mallory Anne-Marie Haws. See all Mallory’s reviews at:
I totally enjoyed reading “The Reluctant Medium,” and am thankful to see it is a series, so I can look forward to more. A very fast-paced story, yet there are pauses for the reader to recuperate, while the protagonist enjoys her friendships-long-term as well as new and budding-and takes time out to think through the situation in which she has, completely inadvertently, immersed herself and others.

Rachel Blackstone, a reporter, left Santa Fe when she left her husband, moving to Tulsa and experiencing a depressing reduction in her life style. Then her father died in an inexplicable vehicular accident below the Santa Fe Ski Basin, and Rachel is convinced it was more than an accident. An interview with a wise elderly Hopi shaman inspires her to try to recall her father to life temporarily, but instead, the ritual unleashes a “monster,” an evil spirit determined on returning from the dead to wreak havoc and achieve vengeance. The spirit claims a link to Rachel’s brother Chris, disliked mayor of Santa Fe, so she drives all night back to Santa Fe to help. What she finds is a complex of difficulties, danger, budding romance, and tension, which renders the novel engrossing and thought-provoking.

***** By OregonDreamer:  Metaphysical meets Native American

The blending of Native American Shamanism with investigative reporting and the emotions of family lead the reader down the streets of Santa Fe to try to solve the mystery of her Father’s untimely death. With the help of friends Rachel Blackstone, a Santa Fe reporter, uncovers clues both in the physical and spiritual world. After an evil spirit is released by mistake, Rachel must develop her spiritual strength to defeat and send the spirit back to where he belongs.
The author, G G Collins, seems to have researched the locations, culture and shaministic beliefs well. The story kept my interest and also incorporated the bond between animals and humans, which was a very nice touch.
I can only hope we will be able to share more adventures with Rachel in the future.

***** By 3jaysmom: A Bite for Discerning Tastes

Are you a person like me? Have you ever acted on impulse, and realised it wasn’t such a good idea?
My mom used to tell me to “look before you leap”but over, and over again, I had to learn that lesson the hard way.
Our girl Rachel is doing the same thing, in this first installment of the Reluctant Medium Series.. she’s taking risks, and going places she never imagined to go, and best yet, she’s taking US with her!!!
Thanks to an old friend, and a few new ones: one being a reclusive wolf who howls in warning in the dead of night, but warning of what?
Well, to say the least, I was intrigued.
We’re taken on a tour of the spirit world, in the first few pages of this romp, and on to The City of Santa Fe’ a place i’ve never been, but want to now!
Now, as a reader, I tend to lean towards the shapeshifters and weres of Laurell Hamiltons Anita Blake series, and the werewolves that populate Christine Warrens novels.
Ms. Collins satifies the thirst for the unusual in this book.satisfies the urges with shamans, ceremonies, and howling wolves. Along the way, i learned a little about journalism, real estate, and of course, Santa’ Fe.
What other places will we travel with our girl Rachel?.. looking forward to finding out!!!

On another note, I’ve discovered a blog that leads us through some of the spots in Santa Fe’ that were in the book.. the story continues! Hope you’ll enjoy the book, and join in its’ very own treasure hunt!

**** By Have Book Will Read: Medium Well Done

An old cynicism: Be careful of what you wish for; meets good advice for amateurs: Don’t try this at home. Nevertheless, noted journalist Rachel Blackstone, grieving for her late father and not convinced his death was an accident, tries to communicate with him from beyond. Desperation mixed with uncertainties and a moment of distraction causes the wrong spirit to return to this temporal plane. He is not a happy spirit. His killer, their secret and those involved will soon feel his anger. His wrath makes him strong, his vengeance makes him evil. Rachel, clueless about the unearthly world, and largely unwilling to go there, finds that she must embrace the supernatural, channel her new found mojo and save herself and everyone she cares about.

This is a clever story idea. Collins tells it well with just the right amount of tongue-in-cheek Her descriptions of the desert southwest are vivid, and the dialogue is spot on. It is also a buddy story. Rachel’s relationship with her best friend and very wealthy real estate agent Chloe is rich, amusing and touching. The evil-doers, except the wrong spirit, are somewhat standard issue, but then so are most bad guys. On the whole the lead characters are credible, well-drawn and likeable.

Some horror fans may be disappointed that there is not more tension, dread, or unseemly happenings, but the climax is more than a cheap thrill and the set up for subsequent stories (dare we hope) follows the action sensibly. In all, a good story, well told.

***** By Mojo: Reluctant Medium

What a great way to spend a Saturday! Couldn’t stop reading, had to get to the end. Love the Tulsa and Santa Fe connection. I loved the sense of adventure that came through with Rachel and her courage to finish what she started. It gave me wonderful memories of another trip to Santa Fe. The metaphysical subject was explained well for this beginner. God is in her heaven!

Reviews for “Lemurian Medium”

***** Hang on tight…it’s quite a trip!

By Concordia Belle

The “lost continent” of Lumuria has fascinated me for a long time, almost as much as the American Southwest and the idea of astral travel, so a mystery set in Santa Fe with a trip to Lumuria thrown in had me hooked from the start. I really enjoyed the story, the mystery kept me guessing all the way. The idea of astral travel was well-presented and I’ll be looking for more books by G G Collins.
Rachel Blackstone is a gifted magazine writer and enjoys her work. She is also a paranormal investigator whether she likes it or not. The disappearance of her co-worker and friend at a recent art show has her back on a case to find her friend. Strange occurrences at the Art show causes her friend to vanish. Now Rachel has to find the way to find her missing friend and get her back. She starts first investigating what she knows with her boss and when he gives her the necklace he had given the missing woman one touch tells Rachel she is again dealing with the supernatural. Once she has the necklace at her home and goes to lay it out she begins to see her problem when it turns into an ancient serpent god. Now she has dealt with malevolent spirits before but nothing this big. Her search takes her on journey to ancient Lemuria via Astral Projection. Finding her friend there and getting her back to the real world is going to be a challenge since the huge snake god wants to now destroy her if she can’t stop the volcano from destroying Lemuria. All of this would destroy most people but Rachel Blackstone will worry about that after she solves the mystery. This is full of twists and turns and well I had to read it all the way through as I couldn’t put it down. Grab it now while you visit Lemuria and get ready to hold your breath till the end.
Bella Doerres MaEd
By MoJo
I love serial books and Ms. Collins kept my interest from page one to the end. I especially like watching the friendship between Rachel and Chloe grow deeper as they share their lives, loves, and adventures. The trust they have for one another and Rachel’s desire to risk her life to save a friend, shows Rachel’s humanity, no matter what is going on around her. The transition from ReluctantMediumtoLemurian Medium makes me anticipate the release of their next adventure.I thought the description of Santa Fe at Christmas was wonderful. Makes me want to make another trip to see the lights and enjoy the excitement portrayed in this book. I also actually felt the tension this author created when Rachel was entering the portal and travelling to a place unknown to her to save a friend. Some thingsIam interested in were also mentioned, the Anasazi people, colors of auras, and the use of crystals to assist Rachel in accomplishing her goal. I learned new things, found otherthingsto be thoughtful about.I look forward to reading the next book in this series and the next and the next.
****  Another good paranormal mystery June 4, 2014
By Cheryl
I love the historical insight within the pages of G G Collins paranormal mysteries. The two Rachel Blackstone books I have read have been intriguing and thoughtful. The carefully crafted mystery within a historical accounting of the paranormal keep the reader engaged with guessing what will happen next. The lightheadedness between friends and the family atmosphere between employees makes for a seamless transition between scenes and events. I look forward to reading the next Blackstone adventure and more from G G Collins.
***** A Fun Read 
By Shasta
I enjoyed this story and look foreword to reading books by this author again. The story moved at a good pace and kept you interested in the outcome

Reviews for “Atomic Medium”

I was so pleased to see that GG Collins has released her third book in this series. It did not let me down. I love the continuing adventures of Rachel and Chloe and it seems that perhaps Rachel is ready to accept her “gift” and see it as a way of helping others instead of something that she dreads.. Her calling……maybe? Probably! In this book I found that once again I want to make that trip to Santa Fe and see all the places that Rachel and Chloe visit. I loved that the suspense lasted right up to the last page. The description of the horrors put upon the world by the Germans in WWII were explained in such a way I could actually visualize it happening. This book also provided me with more information regarding the Manhattan Project. It gave me a better picture of my grandfather’s participation in The Manhattan Project while in the Navy in WWII. GG Collins really does her homework. Great read. I will now anxiously await the next in the series, Anasazi Medium.

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