For Luna, each day is not about living and succeeding, but about survival.
Luna has never been popular, in fact, even her parents loath her. She can hardly blame them; her psychic issues do make her a little odd and her only friends -- Flo and Ada- are Shadows who exist inside her troubled mind. Although the normal world is all she's known, it's a place where she's never belonged, nor been understood. For Luna, each day is not about living and succeeding, but about survival. That is, until her work as a journalist leads her to investigate the disappearance of baby Esta, snatched from her home over twenty years earlier. Soon, our psychic heroine stumbles upon a series of revelations in a clandestine realm of vampires, weres, and magical alien-supernaturals. Revelations that make her oddities appear perfectly banal in comparison, and obliterate every preconceived idea of the normal world.
Her hunger for truth drives her forward. Yet, the constant physical changes, the undefined blood in her veins, the heightened power of psychic gifts she's always hated, and an ache to finally belong somewhere, to someone, all force her to make discoveries about herself she could never have imagined.
"Finding Esta is the tumultuous tale of one extraordinary woman's journey of self-discovery within a supernatural underworld."
- "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." By Tom Winship (Author of Vaempire Trilogy)
- "Finding Esta is a superb tale of one woman struggling to define her identity, while the world she knew crumbles around her. It's thought provoking, heartfelt, and a wonderful debut novel for a talented author." By Julianne Snow (Author/Editor at Days with the Undead)
- "Shah Wharton has created a cast of characters that will draw you in[..]I cannot wait for the next one to come out. If you enjoy a deep adventure with characters who are not perfect, you will enjoy Shah Wharton's 'Finding Esta'. Be ready for things you will not expect." By Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite
- "[...]a story that also develops the characters in it in vivid detail[...]the reader will relate to [Luna] as she interacts with her Shadows[...]the reader will cheer for her to succeed. The story is complicated with lots of twists and turns and the reader will want more of it. By Lolita for Bitten By Books
- "Wharton weaves a compelling story that hovers between reality and unreality, repeatedly lulling the reader with a set of assumptions[..]Parts of Luna's journey reminded me of 'Dark Lover,' the first book in J.R. Ward's [..]Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Other parts are reminiscent of other urban fantasy narratives, yet the whole is refreshingly original. It reads like a really good mystery; we find out what becomes of Esta, but only after an extended and fascinating red herring. Luna Dukes isn't like any other paranormal heroine I've ever read, and there are some really fun tweaks to the usual paranormal mythology. " By Author Erin ORiordan