Sunday, June 20, 2021

Keepers of the Gate by E. Denise Billups - Book Tour & Review

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  • Genre:  Psychic Thriller
  • Print length: 299 pages
  • Age range: 18+
  • Amazon Rating: 5* (two reviews – new publication from Next Chapter)


In 1779 Kanadasaga, Sullivan's Expedition torches a Seneca village and many others, destroying the Iroquois Confederacy. Awakened from sleep, Pilan and Teka flee their blazing longhouse into the woodlands. After a soldier’s bullet thwarts their escape, Pilan vows to meet his beloved Teka again in another life.

Two hundred years later in present-day Geneva, New York, historical relics rise. Twilight Ends, a grand Victorian bed-and-breakfast run by the Newhouse family, sits on the property the Iroquois village used to thrive on.

After Twilight Ends’ long-standing matriarch Tessa Newhouse dies, her daughter and granddaughter, Skylar and Twyla, discover two artifacts under the maple tree in the backyard, and an ancient mystery as old as time begins to unravel.

But will they have the courage to follow the path their ancestors did?

My Review
Keepers of the Gate is a strange story that almost seems a little difficult to pin down in any one specific genre. It's historical. It's supernatural. It's a mystery. It's got some romance. It's kind of a mish-mash of many different things, but one thing it isn't is dull. 
I did struggle a little with the book at first, trying to establish in my head which character was which, what was going on, etc. But, once it got going a bit, things smoothed out and were easier to follow along with. 

The story isn't action-packed or straight-up horror, but there are elements that will elicit goosebumps or a feeling of unease. There are also elements that will bring a smile to your face and feel almost heartwarming in a way. 
This is definitely a unique story that mixes past and present in an intriguing way. And it tackles a historical era a lot of people don't know much about, bringing to light some Native American history.
A fascinating read, although a little slow at times, and occasionally the characters are hard to tell apart (Tessa and Twyla, for me, mainly because of the similarities of their names). 
If you're looking for something a bit different, check out Keepers of the Gate.
3.5 stars.



E. Denise Billups is an author with a rare mixture of Southern and Northern charm. She was born in Monroeville, Alabama, and raised in New York City, where she currently lives, acquired an MBA, and works in finance and as a freelance columnist.

A multi-genre author of fiction, she’s published four novels—Keepers of The Gate: Twilight Ends (Book1), Kalorama Road, Chasing Victoria, and By Chance. She’s also written several supernatural short stories, Off the Grid, Ravine Lereux: Unearthing A Family Curse, The Playground, and Rebound. As an avid reader of mystery, psychological thrillers, historical fiction, and supernatural thrillers, she was greatly influenced by authors of these genres.

Currently, she is writing a paranormal historical fiction novella to be released in late 2021.


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