Tour Stop/Review: Dark Lullaby By Mayra Calvani

Dark Lullaby
By Mayra Calvani

Published September 1st 2007 by Whiskey Creek Press

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥
At a trendy Turkish tavern one Friday night, astrophysicist Gabriel Diaz meets a mysterious young woman. Captivated by her beauty as well as her views on good and evil, he spends the next several days with her. Soon, however, he begins to notice a strangeness in her–her skin’s abnormally high temperature, her obsession with milk products, her child-like and bizarre behavior as she seems to take pleasure in toying with his conscience.

The young woman, Kamilah, invites him to Rize, Turkey, where she claims her family owns a cottage in the woods. In spite of his heavy workload and the disturbing visions and nightmares about his sister’s baby that is due to be born soon, Gabriel agrees to go with her.
But nothing, not even the stunning splendor of the Black Sea, can disguise the horror of her nature. In a place where death dwells and illusion and reality seem as one, Gabriel must now come to terms with his own demons in order to save his sister’s unborn child, and ultimately, his own soul…

*Dream Realm Awards Finalist!

Author bio:

Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications such as The Writer, Writer’s Journal, Multicultural Review, and Bloomsbury Review, among many others. A reviewer for over a decade, she now offers online reviewing workshops. When she’s not writing, reading, editing or reviewing, she enjoys walking her dog, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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I received a free copy of this book on the Bewitching "virtural" book tour for an honest review.  This is one of those creepy undertone stories with no light of hope.  As an optimist, I read this with wide eyes bypassing the dismal and seeking the happy ending that never came.  I got and still have chills from this novel. This reminds me of one of the children fables where there’s always a moral.  From this day forward, I will tell all young men: Never go home with a cute stranger at the bar.  I guess that warning has been told for years; however guys rarely fear women.  Perhaps after reading about Kamilah that forewarning will have merit.  The setting, characters, and plot were all superb and very suiting. The theory of evil per discussed within the story can be argued and debated even outside of the story.  The originality to this paranormal tale was a breath of fresh air.  I look forward to reading more works from this author. I recommend this to adults who enjoy paranormal and horror. 

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  1. Dear Katrina,
    Thank you so much for the promo and for your great review and recommendation. I'm so glad you enjoyed Dark Lullaby!
    Have a wonderful day!
    I'll keep tweeting this throughout May.

  2. Sounds like an intriguing story Mayra, if you like paranormal. Unfortunately as an insomniac I have to be VERY careful what I read as it comes back to haunt me (literally) throughout the night. I wish you all the best with this book.

  3. What an interesting premise, Mayra. The book sounds wonderful. Congratulations on being a Dream Realm Awards Finalist and best wishes for a fantastic tour.

  4. Thank you, Shirley and Magdalena. This isn't the book for you if you have insomnia, that's for sure.It isn't graphic or bloody, but it's bizarre and atmospheric.

    I remember being afraid while writing it! LOL.

  5. Mayra, your book sounds intriguing and scary! And, congratulations on the being a Finalist in the Dream Realm Awards. Have a great tour.

  6. Thanks, Karen! I appreciate it!

  7. Myra, Yikes--Frightening yourself as you write the story, I'll have to read it in the middle of the day. Good luck on your blog tour.


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