Wednesday, 30 October 2013


by Eli Constant

Let me start by saying that Eli Constant is an amazing author. I knew it the moment I started reading her novella DRAG.N, a riveting read. I’ve so been looking forward to reading Mastic even since I found out about its release; there were lots of reasons for it: the title itself made me curious, the covers of Mastic that I saw on facebook (all of them really cool), and the blurb which sounded like I was going to enjoy this book (which I did).

I didn’t expect to be pulled in so strongly into the book from the first pages. I’m just not easy to impress. But the opening scene was really great, and I wanted more.

Eli Constant is great at details that bring her characters to life. Renee, Mark, Kat, Vicky and Sara, they are like real people to me. Their relationships are true-to-life, never contrived or far-fetched. And you get to know these characters so well that you don’t want to stop reading about them.

The paranormal element works really well together with the legend the author used for this book. I enjoyed reading about the supernatural beings I’d never heard of before [no spoilers here, it’s better to read about them in the book than in a review].

Once I started reading Mastic, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Well done to the author! Now I really look forward to reading Dead Trees. 


When the body of supermodel Harmony Phelps turns up in Morgantown, WV, Detective Mark Faulkner and Assistant Medical Examiner Renee Forst are sent on a downward spiral of unreality.

A year before the body’s appearance, Kat Forst sees a vision of her own death. Now, the dream that haunts her with every sleep both frightens and intrigues her. Each night, she enters a bathroom; each night, three men test her resolve; each night, Kat finds herself drawn closer to the man decorated with swirling, glittering patterns of coral stone.

Drugged and abducted by the Mastichoria of Chios, controllers of a mythical spice, Kat will confront the truth of her vision- the reality of her bloody fate. And the coral man within her dreams is real- Mikolas, the seducer. She tries to fight him, but his will is stronger; his desire is stronger. To Kat, the magic within her blood is a curse. To Mikolas, her blood means salvation.

Across the daunting oceans, Mark and Renee pursue Kat. Time and destiny are against them.


Eli Constant lives in Virginia with her husband and two daughters. She is surrounded by battlefield country, farmland and lakes. Currently, she spends her days being a devoted mother and, of course, writing. Eli feels fortunate that her marriage is one of real love and she thinks her children are the coolest people in the world. She also feels so lucky to have an extended family that is ever present with encouragement and kind words.
Eli completed coursework at USC-L, Columbia College, TAMU-CC, and George Mason University. She enjoyed a varied course load, but finally settled on Biology and focused on a career in lab research. She spent time in Texas volunteering at Flour Bluff Shrimp Mariculture Lab [and being paid in Pink Hawaiian Shrimp- which was, in a word, delicious.] and also spent time at NIH participating in an Animal Research Program in the Infectious Disease Dept. It took two years working in Histology/Pathology in Sterling, VA for Eli to realize she wanted to be a writer. She is still very interested in the sciences and hopes to use her background knowledge effectively within her writing.
Her other interests include art with a focus on charcoal medium, walking her American Foxhound Dottie, eating egg-drop, wonton soup from the local delivery place and watching low-budget Sci-Fi movies with her awesome family.

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