“The true source of her empathy is mind-blowing.” By Book Reviewer: Wandalyn Thomas
“It’s a great tale that’s part Nancy Drew, part Harry Dresden, and part Underworld, with a dash of Weapon X thrown in for good measure.”
By Author: Tom Winship
“Be ready for things you will not expect.”
By Kathryn Bennett for Readers’ Favorite
“Finding Esta is an urban fantasy tale with a riveting plot that hooked me from the very first page. It is the firs installment of Shah Wharton’s Supes series and cleverly weaves both mystery novel and supernatural tale together.
By Valerie S. Fowler: Book Reviewer
“Can’t wait for the next one. Truly amazing story best book I’ve read in a long time I hope the next one comes soon.”
By Wrainbeau: Book Reviewer
“Shah Wharton does a good job writing a story that also develops the characters in it in vivid detail while allowing the reader to connect with them. Luna is a young woman whom the reader will relate to as she interacts with her Shadows [ …] Her troubles and doubts are ones everyone can and will relate to. As she begins to get to know who she is, getting stronger knowing what she has to do, the reader will cheer for her to succeed and find out more. The story is complicated with lots of twists and turns and the reader will want more of it. “
By Lolita (Bitten By Books)
“Wharton weaves a compelling story that hovers between reality and unreality, repeatedly lulling the reader with a set of assumptions that turn out to be completely false. Parts of Luna’s journey reminded me of ‘Dark Lover,’ the first book in J.R. Ward’s shockingly addictive Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Other parts are vaguely reminiscent of other urban fantasy narratives, yet the whole is refreshingly original. It reads like a really good mystery; we find out what becomes of Esta, but only after an extended and fascinating red herring. Luna Dukes isn’t like any other paranormal heroine I’ve ever read, and there are some really fun tweaks to the usual paranormal mythology. “
By Author Erin ORiordan
A beautiful, well-written tale, Finding Esta is a modern-day Gothic tale of a young woman who’s been victimized her entire life. [..] Author Shah Wharton has such a beautiful way with words that I was disappointed when the story was over. I’m a great fan of the old, horror stories like Dracula, Rebecca, and Wuthering Heights where the young, innocent woman is slowly being driven crazy by those around her. Finding Esta felt very reminiscent of that genre–a wonderfully creepy story perfect for a night snuggled under the blankets. Unlike the older versions, however, this story has many peripheral characters that charm and add dimension to the plot.
The paranormal aspects of this story are realistic and brutal. This isn’t your Cinderella story Sister!! I don’t do spoilers so I can’t really tell anything about the plot but I can say that there are Vampires, Aliens, Werewolves, Ghosts, and other interesting creatures, including super hot guys, roaming the moors. As odd as this seems, it works to create one of the most well-crafted alternate worlds that I’ve read in a long time. Wharton has a head for detail and the brains to bring it all together.
Plus, she writes as if she knows what it’s like to be the outcast, the one who watches everyone else enjoy life. I have to give this five plus stars because I can NOT WAIT to read the next book in this series. I just have to find out what happens with the huge, motorcycle hunk and Esta;)
Finding Esta was made available in two parts, rather than one very long book.
Finding Esta (Part One): Urban Fantasy Paranormal & Mystery (The Supes Series Book 1) eBook: Amazon.co.uk http://iurl.no/2240d Or Amazon.com http://iurl.no/2e3n1
Finding Esta (Part Two): Paranormal Urban Fantasy & Mystery. (The Supes Series Book 1) eBook: Amazon.co.uk: http://iurl.no/3j5d9 Or Amazon.com http://iurl.no/40b53
Or all in one PRINT: Finding Esta: The Supes Series Book One: Amazon.com: Books http://iurl.no/r86cr
PLEASE NOTE: In the interest of fairness to readers, I have removed FE from sale until I can finish the series.
It all began 2009 with a short story I wrote, about a fledgling journalist who investigates the haunting of a large, spooky house, but discovers something quite different to ghosts behind the crumbling walls. I fell in love with the psychic heroine, Luna, and before I knew it, I’d developed a story spanning three books.
I chose to set the action in Cornwall because I’m a quarter Cornish and love St Ives. I had to research a few things, like names of streets, and about the train Luna takes to reach Esta’s house. But the way it looked, the way Cornwall felt, is written from childhood memories.
So what’s it about?
In Finding Esta (#1 The Supes Series), we discover that Luna has not had a great life. She is cursed with psychic touch, sun sensitivity and extreme empathy. All of which exclude her from the world around her. Hosting Shadows within her battered mind can also be trying, although they are the only friends she’s ever had. And her parents are plain cruel. Even at 23 years old, Luna reverts to a child in their presence.
When she’s given a lead about a cold-case in the seaside town of Cornwall, featuring a kidnapped baby (Esta) and her disappearing parent’s, Luna is excited. She sees this as her big chance professionally, and hopes it may even inspire pride in her parents, finally.
But not even Luna–with her intimate knowledge of the Shadow Lands and the hearts and minds of humanity–is prepared for what she discovers… including aliens and supernatural creatures. But Luna finds something much more terrifying in Cornwall: She finds Herself.
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What follows are images found online from the public domain, which closely imitate the characters as I see them in my mind. They’re never going to be right, so these images may change. None of these images belong to me and I do not intend to use them commercially.
Also, although some are actors (perhaps all, not entirely sure), I don’t now all their names. Please do let me know them if you recognise them.
spe·cial : Adjective – Better, greater, or otherwise different from what is usual
I’m not important – I’m not beautiful or especially bright. But I am special. I’m special because I talk to the dead – my mind even offers some of them board and lodgings! How? I’ve no idea. I’m special because my body rejects food, my skin blisters beneath the vile sun, and when touched, it physically recoils at visions and pain. Oh yeah, and your emotions are as easy for me to read as the local rag. Although, hopefully more interesting.
Sadly, the love you make and the world you experience is the closest I’m ever likely to get to either. I don’t like it, but I’ve accepted it.
The worst special thing about me, the one thing I cannot accept, is that my folks hate me. I shouldn’t care so much; I’m not a kid anymore. But it almost consumes me. You must understand that when the story of Esta fell into my lap, I couldn’t say no, however unlikely it was to bear fruit. But that’s why it would make my folks so proud. How could it not? And perhaps their pride will translate to love, and I won’t have to live in fear of their special hospital any more. Perhaps we’ll move one step closer to a normal family.
Even if I’m nothing like normal.
? and ? as Luna’s folks.
The sleazy geneticist, Jack, and his bitter, twisted wife, Helen.
I don’t know who these actors / people are though 🙁
Angela Landsbury as Ada – dear friend to Luna (kick ass Shadow) & one of two Shadow’s Luna hosts
…because she looks just like her.
? as Flo – Shadow and best friend to Luna.
…because she looks just as I imagine, and she’s holding ice-cream (a passion of Flo’s)
If I had to choose an actress, I’d choose Emma Stone for her no nonsense, witty nature, her large green eyes and freckles.
Okay, so I made a huge mistake and it landed me in the Shadow Lands, but I refuse to talk about that, or the dark days there before I found Luna. When I found her, those evil freaks had just zapped her young brain for the first of many times. Course, Ada spent ages sussing me out, at first. Had to trust me to be a good little Shadow before she left me with Luna. But eventually, she decided my presence might make time for her to follow leads, and generally play Shadow superhero while I looked out for Luna.
Me? I’m all about Luna, and ice cream. Most flavours. Oh, and the occasional Merlot. But mostly Luna. I drive her crazy, I know. Some vermin–like her parents–would say ‘crazier,’ but not me. If only I could bring those scumbags over to the dark-side. Then they’d pay for their shit. Big time!
Zooey Deschanel as Raphael – An Alien Vampire from Mimicane
…because she looked exactly as my character did in my imagination.
Ralph Fiennes as Jude – An Alien Vampire from Mimicane
& Husband of Raphael
…because he is a gentleman with a dark side!
Ezra Miller as Prince Abby Whelan – Alien Vampire from Mimicane
…because he is gorgeous, young, cute, cool, but a little intense. Do you trust him?
I’m Able, but call me Abby: Prince of the Mimicane Vampires. I devoted my life to finding my love. They ripped her from our arms before she knew of our love for her, of her destiny. Her family, her people long for her to be found. I need her more than blood itself.
She may be lost, but she lives; her heart beats and mind whispers to me from across the miles. And each year I must tolerate life without her only strengthens my desire for two things: my love and my revenge.
And finally, after twenty years of searching I have to believe that we’ve found her.
Tom Hardy as Drew – Mysterious stranger / HOT vampire
…although, I did struggle to pick from these babies. 🙂
Who I am is unimportant. I’m not interested in making friends and I’m not ashamed of what I eat, or what I am. I served my time, and it was this or absolute death. I’m not ready for that.
Lucy may be our Queen, mother to hundreds of V’s, and born daughter to King Lucifer, but she’s also determined to dominate and subjugate all supernatural beings. As a threat to our very existence, she must be stopped. But no one dares to challenge her ultimate power.
And Uma Thurman as the very Evil Vampire Lucy
…because she oozes beauty, is utterly commanding, but you just know she bites.
…because you’ll have to read to find out!
I have 60 tracks on my playlist in iTunes, but I’ve no idea how to get that list here. Plus who needs to see all 60 tracks?
So, here’s one song each for the three main characters! 🙂
1. Luna’s song….
2. Drew’s Song…
3. Abby’s song… is a little odd, but listen to the lyrics 🙂
Praise to Derek Murphy at Creative IndieCovers who developed my incredible book cover, and to the awesome writing community who continue to astound me with their generosity and talent.