3 Stars for Isle of Illusions by A.L. Wilson – @Author_ALWilson #M/M

Isle of Illusions

Title: Isle of Illusions (Haunted Case Files 1)
Author Name: A.L. Wilson
Publication Date & Length: August 24, 2014 –


The year is 1954 and this marks 10 rocky years that Cyrus has spent with his human companion, Dr. Lorenz Meissner. The two unlikely lovers, after some heated debate, decide to cross the Mediterranean and go on holiday in Italy.

At first it seems like a dream vacation for the paranormal investigators, but the tide turns as rumors of ghoulishly twisted animals washing ashore reaches Lorenz’s ears. Cyrus is quick to dismiss the hearsay. However, something about the description of an animal with two heads has the doctor shaken.

Just when the two think they might get back to enjoying sandy beaches and quiet walks, something far more substantial than whispers of grotesque animals is swept in by the sea. The body of a human being washes ashore in a state that definitely suggests paranormal foul play.

Not only is the lovers’ vacation cut short, they are thrust into a ghostly case involving a sinister plot on an island cut off from civilization, which happens to sport a terrifying asylum.

Can our heroes escape the madness surrounding them or will they be trapped forever on the Isle of Illusions?

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This anachronistic but earnest tale charmed me despite itself. The sex is excellent, plentiful, and smoldering. The action is adventurey. The vampiric and other powers are believable. There’s some violence, some gore, and lots of creepy.
Cyrus the ancient, dark-skinned vampire has been in love Lorenz the German doctor for ten years. That’s the set-up. They make out. There is peril. There is setting and atmosphere.
It’s apparently 1954? Suspending disbelief, however, is hobbled by the unnecessary dialect Lorenz uses. Every “ju” instead of “you” grates and takes me out of the story. Other poor dialogue choices, like Cyrus’s use of “Baby” to refer to Lorenz (what is he, James Bond?) permeate. Technology sways from Victorian to way too modern.
Past all that is a story worth reading. Isles of Illusions is a nice afternoon jaunt through a haunted world.


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As a young child A. L. held three aspirations which she vocally proclaimed to anyone that listened. She was either going to be an author, an actress or a psychologist.
It was only after her brother was diagnosed with Autism and Pervasive Development Disorder that her aspirations shifted from theater and prose to exclusively studying psychology.

However, she never truly left her flare for the dramatic behind. At the tender age of eight she was taking a starring role in Tom Sawyer; the following year it was Alice in Wonder Land. Then eventually her Senior year of High School she wrote and starred in the school’s Senior play.

The Case of the Murder that Wasn’t, had her bouncing around stage as a savvy detective with a bumbling side-kick, attempting to solve the murder of a rich aristocrat. The off-color humor had audiences in stitches for three days and nights- to the delight of her and her family. However, despite the success of her writing and acting, the young A. L. graduated High School with honors and then immediately went on to start college in search of her (three) subsequent degrees in Psychology.

It wasn’t until years later that things would come full-circle as Indie Publishing has become more and more popular and the itch to write more overwhelming. Momentarily hanging up her hat as a Child and Family Counselor, A. L. has once again plunged her hands back into writing; spinning wild tales for her own enjoyment and hopefully the enjoyment of her audiences.


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Author’s Website: http://www.authoralwilson.com/

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