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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: WordsinSync Publishers; 1 edition (16 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957519419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957519411
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,495,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author Shah Wharton hails from the West Midlands area of England and has recently returned home after living in Dubai for the past several years.

Shah's appreciation for literature began at an early age after her father introduced her to the world of poetry. Poe's works kindled a love for the dark and macabre, and today she favours genres with those elements in prominent roles. She has written several horror short stories, assorted poems, and ghostwritten endless erotic romances. Her debut novel, Finding Esta: The Supes Series Book One blends paranormal mystery and urban fantasy, perfectly highlighting her love for the supernatural.

A psychology graduate who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2005, Shah knows the intricacies of mood and human behaviour. She continues to flourish as an author, despite her struggles, and is an advocate for mental health awareness. And while her works are fictional, her characters are written to subtly represent the very real effects of mental illness. These are the kind of people Shah understands and who interest her.

Even though she deals with dark topics, she approaches the subject with positive enthusiasm. She loves learning from other writers and often supports their work online. Her website also offers author services, such as ghostwriting and promotion. Currently, Shah is working on Finding Luna: The Supes Series Book Two, romance shorts for others, and some released under a pseudonym, and several horror shorts.

Shah loves fan mail, live music, great movies and a glass of the red stuff--that's wine, not blood. But everything feels possible while snuggling up to her husband and their mammoth, longhaired German Shepherd, affectionately named after Shah's favourite musician and poet, Bob Dylan.

Please visit www.shahwharton.com to stay in touch or follow Shah @shahw1 on Twitter.

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About the Author

Author Shah Wharton hails from the West Midlands area of England and has recently returned home after living in Dubai for the past several years. Shah's appreciation for literature began at an early age after her father introduced her to the world of poetry. Poe's works kindled a love for the dark and macabre, and today she favours genres with those elements in prominent roles. She has written several horror short stories, assorted poems, and ghostwritten endless erotic romances. Her debut novel, Finding Esta: The Supes Series Book One blends paranormal mystery and urban fantasy, perfectly highlighting her love for the supernatural. A psychology graduate who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2005, Shah knows the intricacies of mood and human behaviour. She continues to flourish as an author, despite her struggles, and is an advocate for mental health awareness. And while her works are fictional, her characters are written to subtly represent the very real effects of mental illness. These are the kind of people Shah understands and who interest her. Even though she deals with dark topics, she approaches the subject with positive enthusiasm. She loves learning from other writers and often supports their work online. Her website also offers author services, such as ghostwriting and promotion. Currently, Shah is working on Finding Luna: The Supes Series Book Two, romance shorts for others, and some released under a pseudonym, and several horror shorts. Shah loves fan mail, live music, great movies and a glass of the red stuff--that's wine, not blood. But everything feels possible while snuggling up to her husband and their mammoth, longhaired German Shepherd, affectionately named after Shah's favourite musician and poet, Bob Dylan. Please visit www.shahwharton.com to stay in touch or follow Shah @shahw1 on Twitter.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Valerie S. Fowler on 12 Feb. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Finding Esta is an urban fantasy tale with a riveting plot that hooked me from the very first page. It is the first installment of Shah Wharton's Supes series and cleverly weaves both mystery novel and supernatural tale together.

Luna is a single, twenty-year-old woman with social inabilities that leave her lonely and awkward. Surviving as a journalist in North Yorkshire, England, Luna is viewed as a perpetual teenager; uncomfortable in her own body and out-of-sync with reality. Her inability to function normally has landed her in and out of psychiatric hospitals enduring shock therapy and a myriad of mind numbing drugs. Referred to as `rat' by her disgustingly abusive parents, Luna's only companions are Flo and Ada... but they're dead.

As a Shadow Host, Luna is a safe haven to the restless Shadows who are otherwise destined to wander for eternity. The burdens of seeing the dead and painful psychic touch is further complicated when a strange, ghostly man begins following her. She quickly realizes that her b-movie life isn't all it has seemed.

The depth and intrigue of this debut novel surprised me. It is not the average, predictable paranormal tale. Wharton's vivid language creates a delicious piece of fiction I could really sink my teeth into. The twists and turns held my attention but I did not find it at all hard to follow as another reviewer remarked.

I also found it easy to connect with Luna as she wrestled with both the desire for change and the fear of walking away from the familiar. Though her new, vampire-like qualities repulsed her she could not deny the urges that surfaced in her dreams and visions.

I appreciate that Shah Wharton is able to tell such an intricate tale without a lot of lofty jargon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By shaz17 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 Mar. 2013
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Luna is a young reporter, with a bit of a sad life. Her parents are literally hellish, the things they subject her too are just awful. But she still hopes deep down they will change towards her. She hates to touch anything or anyone because of her psychic gifts and leads a lonely life but that doesnt stop her being a really kind & sweet person.

Her life changes for the better when she finally comes into her real powers and finds that she is no scared wallflower anymore, her parents will regret what they have done to her with a vengeance. Luna is a unique person with extraordinary gifts and starts to grow into her new skin but manages to stay a good girl, despite what life throws at her.

Dont want to add any spoilers so will end there. I thought it was well written, exciting and a page turner and cant wait for the next instalment, I just hate cliff hangers. Even though it was full of twist & turns and graphic details in the violence of some things, it was easy to read and exciting and not full of meaningless crap like some authors put in to fill out their books.

I received a complimentary copy of this book to read & review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tom Winship on 17 Feb. 2013
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In "Finding Esta," Shah Wharton introduces Luna, a young reporter beset by abusive parents, Shadows, and a seeming slew of physical infirmities ... yet armed with an innate goodness and an inexhaustible well of determination.

Prompted by her hairdresser--of all people! some might say ... but we all know how persuasive people brandishing sharp objects can be--Luna plunges headfirst into a decades-old missing person case. Little does she know that the case will have a far reaching impact on her own life. It's a great tale that's part Nancy Drew, part Harry Dresden, and part Underworld, with a dash of Weapon X thrown in for good measure.

Does Luna gain more than she loses along the way? You be the judge. I couldn't help but laugh as she struggled with questions that have stymied great minds throughout history, like: "Why is it all the good girls love a bad boy?" and "Why can't I just be a journalist and have hot sex with hot guys and get drunk on the weekends?"

I've been asking myself questions just like that for a long time. Sigh. Still, I loved the nod to Mary Poppins and seeing "gutted" used as an adjective instead of a verb. Such a cool word. But my favorite line was, "The ego of a God, the wit of a goldfish," and I loved how Luna resolved her differences with her parents. Call me ... maybe? ... No! Call me cruel, but I found that part particularly satisfying.

Overall, "Finding Esta" is an enjoyable, creative read that manages to satisfy, while tantalizing just enough to leave you wanting more. I recommend it to fans of YA, PNR, and the like.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By marie eager on 3 Dec. 2014
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Loved this book. Both awful in how Luna is treated by those who brought her up and magical to the life she discovers. Totally gripped me and I now await the sequel to find out what happens next
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**I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review (NA book club), Goodreads.com**

This book had a fantastic story however I found parts of it confusing. There was a good mix of paranormal, fantasy and NA, giving us a fantastic and detailed story that would appeal to almost everyone. The characters were well written allowing us to connect with them from page one as well as creating an in depth profile of their lives before the book started.

The main character is Luna, she is a twenty something year old journalist suffering from mental illness and abusive parents. She travels to Cornwall to follow a story she heard about while at the hairdressers and her life begins to spiral out of control. Her life takes a turn with a story full of unexplainable problems and solutions that are actually oddly familiar to the problems that she is forced to face in real life. I liked Luna’s character however the voices in her head and internal dialogue rendered me confused quite a lot of the times, luckily not all parts of this were necessary to understand the storyline or I feel that may have hindered my reading experience.

There were many secondary characters in this book so I have picked the ones that I feel most noteworthy in each aspect of Luna’s life, these include: Jack, Raphael and Abby. Jack is Luna’s father; he partakes in the abuse she has suffered throughout her life however it does not seem as though he enjoys it as much as Luna’s mother Helen. Raphael is Esta’s mother, when Luna’s life spirals out of control Raphael is I feel the one who takes charge, she makes Luna believe that she is Esta and that Esta is her daughter.
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