Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Top Ten Favorite Paranormal Series by Ally Shields, Author of The Guardian Witch Series + Giveaway

Welcome to Ally Shields, author of the Guardian Witch series! Today she's sharing her top 10 favorite paranormal series. Be sure to jot these down and add them & the Guardian Witch series to your TBR list!

Top Ten Favorite Paranormal Series

 Yes, I've ranked them from ten down to one—because I was supposed to—but on any given day the order could be jumbled a dozen different ways. They all have awesome main characters and intriguing plots. The links are to Goodreads.

#10  The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne. Start with Hounded. If you like your paranormal with a dose of humor, don't miss this one.
#9  Greywalker series by Kat Richardson. Book #1, Greywalker, is not the best of her books but the series grows, and you'll want the background.

#8  Dante Valentine series by Lilith Saintcrow. Working for the Devil might be a bit predictable but a definite thumbs up for me.

#7  Southern Vampires series (Sookie Stackhouse) by Charlaine Harris. Who doesn't like this series that became a major hit on HBO as True Blood? Immerse yourself, beginning with Dead Until Dark.

#6  Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. Magic Bites introduce a fantastic world and a feisty heroine.

#5  Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton. While some of the later books wind down some very strange paths, the first book, Guilty Pleasures, is my all-time favorite paranormal read.

#4  Night Huntress by Jeaniene Frost. No list would be complete without Cat and Bones. Meet them in Halfway to the Grave.

#3  Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. Storm Front is the first, but his charming wizard sleuth only gets better.

#2  Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. Her shapeshifting mechanic made her debut  in Moon Called.

And my very first choice…

#1 The Hollows series by Kim Harrison. This fantastic and well sustained series featuring Rachel Morgan has certainly earned its first place position. Begin with Dead Witch Walking.

If you haven't read all of these wonderful books, I envy you. You have many wonderful hours of reading ahead! Tell me, have I missed any of your favorites?

Some of my favorite series are on this list. But I'm also excited because I have several new authors to try :)

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A hidden evil stalks the city…

Ari Calin refuses to believe her human friend Eddie murdered a vampire—in spite of his confession. Her human partner Ryan thinks the case is a slam dunk, even though there’s no weapon and no witnesses, but Ari’s not about to let her friend take the rap without finding out more.

 When Ari attends a charity event on the arm of a handsome werewolf, she finds someone she never expected to see again—Andreas De Luca, the charismatic vampire she used to date. When their eyes meet across the room, memories come rushing back. His kiss, his touch, a savage death…and a terrifying magical bond. A reconnection is the last thing she wants. Only by staying away and forgetting Andreas can she hope to avoid the Legend of Ramora.

 But when vampires keep dying, one thing becomes clear: Riverdale has a serial killer on its hands, and Andreas could be next. Ari begins to fear there’s more to it, though. Something truly evil is stalking the city, waiting to take control…


The auditorium of the Arts Center was packed. The annual Charity Auction always drew a large crowd, not only of bidders but those who came to see and be seen. It was one of the biggest community events of the year. For an exorbitant entrance price, each person earned the right to free appetizers and wine and the opportunity to bid on a lot of things he didn’t need. Ari ran a cynical eye over the merchandise. And, in her case, many items she couldn’t afford. Like the perfectly ordinary-looking granny vase with a starting bid of $3,000. Of course, she could just ogle at all the rich and famous of Riverdale. It was expected. Looking around at the crowd, Ari estimated there were more oglers than bidders, but the auction always met its goal.

The two couples dutifully filed past the tables and viewed the choices in the silent auction. Brando kept up a running commentary on the city officials and wealthy patrons he recognized. Steffan placed a bid on a case of wine but was immediately out-bid by the couple behind them in line. He grinned at Ari, shrugged, and they moved on.

Ari paused when she spied a champagne dinner for two from Club Dintero. She wouldn’t be bidding on that. Claris’s attempt to hurry them past, to skip that particular auction item, brought a frown to Ari’s face. Like she wouldn’t notice. Apparently, Claris wasn’t convinced the past was in the past.

Ari’s frown deepened. She knew she had been a little touchy on the subject of Andreas and his club. Unbidden, a series of scenes flashed through her head: strong arms holding a grief-stricken young witch; a dark figure singing on stage, the crowd captivated; the same sexy figure sipping Chianti; a forbidden kiss. Ari determinedly brushed aside such highly selective memories. Those were only the good things—and there were some not so good. She flashed a reassuring smile at Claris and turned her attention to the next item, a spa package.

As if Ari’s traitorous thoughts had conjured it, a surge of Otherworld power touched her. Vampire. And not just any vampire. Sensation raced across her skin, her witch magic singing in recognition as the air shimmered with his dark, slightly wicked energy. She whipped her head around, focused on the front entry, and there he was.

Andreas’s dark eyes captured hers from across the room. Her breath caught, and like always, that compelling swirl of power wrapped itself around her, beguiling, irresistible. She barely registered the presence of the other vampires with him. Seconds, perhaps hours or years, passed with her caught in his gaze. As suddenly as it came, the magic withdrew, leaving a void. Andreas turned away and said something to the woman at his side. His companion laid a possessive hand on his arm.

Shaken, Ari took a shallow breath. After eight months she’d thought her reaction to him would be diminished. She’d be the last one to deny Andreas De Luca was heartbreakingly attractive, despite being one of the undead. That still didn’t explain his almost paralyzing effect on her.


Ally Shields was born and raised in the Midwest, along the Mississippi River, the setting for the Guardian Witch urban fantasy series. After  earlier careers as a teacher, lawyer and Juvenile Court Officer, she turned to full-time writing in 2009. She still lives near Des Moines with her Miniature Pinscher, Ranger. When not writing or reading, she loves traveling in the US and abroad. Way too often she can be found on Twitter.

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  1. Thx for hosting me! I loved doing this list and sharing my favorites.

    1. My pleasure! I love urban fantasy/paranormal!!


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