30 October 2012

'The Ghost Runner' reminds readers that things are often not as they seem

In The Ghost Runnerthe second book in The Lithia Trilogy, Blair Richmond picks up right where we left off.

Continuing Kat’s journey from orphaned runaway who thinks she may be responsible for a terrible crime, to newly enrolled college student, who is still recovering from the knowledge that there are vampires living amongst the residents of her peaceful town. And her boyfriend just happens to be one of them. Just as Kat is getting used to this idea and beginning to feel safe again, she learns some information about her family. And it seems that no matter how far or how fast she runs, she can’t outrun her past.

Maintaining the fast-paced, mysterious tone of the first book, Richmond has succeeded in developing Kat’s character and that of those closest to her. Never wavering from the unexpectedly blended themes of environmental awareness and the paranormal, the reader is reminded that things are often not as they seem, and that sometimes we have to look back in order to move forward.

And let us not forget the delicately placed Shakespeare component. It is Richmond’s modern take on the ancient language and introspective view of human (and not so human) nature that has the reader believing in all things, both seen and unseen.

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New York Erica is the founder and executive director of the non-profit organization, Karuna For Animals: Compassion In Action, Inc. A long time vegetarian turned passionate vegan, she works tirelessly to educate others on the countless benefits of adopting a vegan diet. She currently holds a BS in Psychology with a concentration in Animal Behavior and an MFA in Creative Writing. Along with her work in animal advocacy, Erica works as an editorial assistant, freelance writer, certified and registered yoga instructor, nutritional counselor and health coach. She lives with her veg husband and their four rescued animal companions.

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