Dan’s Hauntastic Haunts Investigates: Hawk Lake –
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Blurb from Goodreads
“For Funsies with Alex Silver”
by Alex Silver
When ghosts cry out, Dan and Chad heed their call.
Daniel and Chad are on the road to Hawk Lake, Maine, to investigate rumors of a haunting. With his new role in Daniel’s life, Chad feels like he has something to prove. He is determined to make the Hawk Lake haunting videos the best Hauntastic Haunts has ever aired.
Daniel gets sidetracked when he realizes that he might have gotten in over his head with his long distance apprenticeship to a genuine medium. Old insecurities rear their heads and threaten the budding relationship between Dan and Chad.
Neither member of the Hauntastic Haunts crew is ready for what they uncover when they discover the truth behind the ghost ship haunting Hawk Lake. Secrets and lies that threaten to tear apart a community that is still healing from their grief might be better left buried. Daniel and Chad have to decide which is more important, telling the stories of the living or preserving the memories of a handful of ghosts.
Get ready for a hauntastic adventure with this paranormal trans MM romance.
Title: Dan’s Hauntastic Haunts Investigates: Hawk Lake
Series: Dan’s Hauntastic Haunts Book 2
Author: Alex Silver
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Key Words: Ghost Hunters, Supernatural, Small Town Life, Grief, Social Media Fame, #Vanlife
LGBTQ+ Category: Gay, Trans FTM
Hawk Lake: DHH #2
MMy Thoughts, Confessions, and Review:
Believe it or not, I sat on this story a full week before writing this review. I needed to chew on the story for a little while, but I must confess there may have been a teensy bit of procrastinating going on too. However, the procrastinating and chewing sort of went hand so we’ll just go with “philosophically using our little grey cells,” and move on. *giggles…
In this story our ghost hunting adventurers, Dan and Chad find themselves in a small town, on the Eastern Northcoast. The town has been divided since a tragic boating accident killed a handful of teens several years ago. The leader of the small boating excursion was blamed and by proxy his parents.
So, as the years passed, people in this small town who once called themselves friends became enemies, families have become complacent and just go through the motions of daily life without living it. They too, phantoms, though they are still made of flesh and bone.
It is said Markus, the young man once blamed for the boating tragedy, now works in the afterlife to save strangers from time to time. Some even say he shows up to warn people of storms or pending accidents.
So, Dan and Chad the ghost hunting team have been asked to step in and find some answers for the families. Put to rest any ghosts, and hopefully bring to the surface some answers to the mountain of questions surrounding the deaths of ones so young.
I know I mentioned in book one about how fun, scary, and entertaining in equal measure Alex Silver’s writing style is, and it is quite the same in “Hawk Lake.” As the MC’s work on their professional relationship, they have to also work on their still new personal relationship. I imagine it isn’t easy to work, eat, sleep, breathe the same air, and be around someone 24/7. So, I liked that Silver gave both Dan and Chad layers and that not all those layers were YouTube star-worthy moments.
This was another winner for me, and I am absolutely in love with Karen, the secondary character who gives Dan hell. She’s a gifted psychic who sees Dan as a hack with toys, and while Dan may have extreme latent gifts of his own (because I believe we all have gifts to some degree) he has a heart of gold, and his goal is the same as Karen’s…to help spirits find peace. He just helps out scientifically whereas Karen works strictly by spirit and intuition.
What Dan learns however is not every spirit seeks rest or light, or to move on. This time the cost is something Dan is forced to pay real attention to. I think Karen will have both he and Chad worked into shape before all is said and done. Oh yes, she is definitely my kind of gal, and I have it on very good authority she will be around for a while yet. (thanks, Alex)
Lovin’ the heck outta this series so far!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Queer SciFi/ Queer Romance Ink in exchange for my review. 🌈
Every so often I ask an author to participate in a little Q&A I call, “Just for Funsies.” The questions are random, but allow readers a little glimpse into the silly, mundane, and even quirky lives of our favorite authors.
I absolutely must give credit to author J. Scott Coatsworth and his amazing husband, Mark. Two of the most awesome people I know. (and since they are both very humble, I won’t keep going on and embarrass them) Just wanted to give a shout of thanks, guys! 💙
“Just for Funsies” with Alex Silver
Do you have any strange writing habits or superstitions?
Not so much recently, but I like to write in the park (surrounded by nature) or places with a lot of foot traffic (people watching). I mostly write on my phone with a bluetooth keyboard, so that makes everything quite portable.
If you were stuck on a desert island all alone with only three things, what would they be?
My ereader, a solar charger for it, and I guess some sort of survival multitool thing for not dying.
What fantasy realm would you choose to live in and why?
This one is hard! So many awesome worlds to choose from, I was always partial to worlds with telepathic animal bonds, like the Gayle Greeno’s Sunderlies (ghatti), Anne McCathrey’s Pern (dragons), and Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemear (horses). Or like Daine from Tamora Pierce’s Immortals quartet.
I think the world I would actually want to live in would be Jacqueline Carey’s Terre D’Ange, though. The guiding principle of the country is “Love as thou wilt” so that seems like the sort of world I’d want to live in.
What fictional character would you like to spend an evening with, and why?
Nathaniel Yates from Jordan L Hawk’s Hexworld. I just want to compare notes on what his experiences as a trans guy at the turn of the century and get his thoughts on the magic in his world.
Which of your own characters would you Kill? Fuck? Marry? And why?
Hmm, can I say one of the villains that I’ve already killed for kill? I’ll go with:
Kill: Price because he’s a manipulative jerk.
Fuck: Caleb, because he’s pretty fantastic in bed from what I hear 😉
Marry: Hmm, I’ll say Dan just because he’s so easy-going and accepting of whatever comes his way and he’s a really supportive partner.
Would you visit the future or the past, and why?
The future. It would be like flipping to the end of a stressfull book to find out whether things end on a positive note. I like to know what happens next (and maybe a little to see what gender transition options look like/if acceptance for trans people like me is more widespread).
Star Trek or Star Wars? Why?
Star Trek, I love the ideal of a united humanity where everybody is accepted and there is true equality. And the idea that we would set off into the stars to explore and discover new worlds rather than conquer or colonize has a huge appeal.
What meds are you supposed to be taking?
Who is your favorite author?
Probably Jordan L Hawk, if I have to choose one. His Whybourne and Griffin books are comfort reads for me and among the few books I listen to over and over again.
What’s your drink of choice?
Coffee in the AM, tea in the PM
What’s in your fridge right now?
Better question, what isn’t in my fridge? We just got groceries so it is packed. The thing in it that I am most excited about is my Manischewitz wine (I like my wine as sweet as I am ;)).
What food(s) fuel your writing?
Popcorn is my go-to snack.
Football or Soccer?
Which sport or which do I call soccer? I played both in middle school, but none of my friends were into athletics, so I quit soccer and we didn’t have a high school football team. I prefer to watch hockey.
Christmas or New Year’s?
Christmas, I love how excited my kids get.
Cats or dogs?
Dogs, since I am super allergic to cats.
Purple or Green?
Shakespeare or Dr. Seuss?
Dr. Seuss his books are so easy to read over and over again, which is perfect for children’s book. And the art is charming. I like both though.
**Thanks Alex, for being a good sport. I am very much looking forward to book #3.
Sending you, Phantom Hugs ~👻~**
Some of the places you can find Alex Silver:
Facebook: I don’t have his FB-LANDIA 🆔 🤯 but, sshhh…maybe he won’t notice I just sent him a stealthy friend request.
Facebook Reader Group: I’m in that one! 🤪 https://www.facebook.com/groups/PsionsofSPIREreaders/