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Five free reads

The following five books are free for a limited time. All prices were checked prior to posting, but please be sure to verify the price before downloading a book.

 

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Echo Saga Books 1 & 2
by Skye Genaro

Echo Across Time

echo-saga-books-1-2Fall in love with the achingly beautiful story of Echo and Connor, supernaturally gifted teens, as they fight to live out their destiny together.

Echo had it all–she lived in a mansion in the wealthiest neighborhood and was a member of the Partychicks, the elite high school clique. But her enviable life was ripped apart when a bullying incident put her in a coma. When Echo wakes up, she’s gained paranormal powers that she can’t control.

Objects magically fly through the air. Lights flicker. Trees snap in half. Echo’s untamed paranormal abilities wreak havoc on her life, and she will do just about anything to get rid of them. Even if it means sharing her secret with Connor, the gorgeous, frightening stranger who appears out of thin air and possesses shocking supernatural abilities. He promises to teach her things beyond her wildest imagination–if Echo has the courage to trust him.

Soon, she is pulled into a world of mystical possibility and starts falling hard for the enigmatic Connor. As Echo uncovers the truth about him, she discovers a dark secret brewing within her city: people with paranormal gifts are being kidnapped and murdered. Escaping with Connor would keep Echo alive, but at a high cost to him and to the future they both believe in. Echo must choose between her love for Connor and her own safety, but she can’t have both.

Echo Into Darkness

The exciting sequel to the award-winning Echo Across Time.

So close to death that he could probably taste it, Connor set his gaze on his hidden audience. At a moment when most prisoners would lash out in panic, he stared down his tormentors. Behind that stormy, warring face was a tenderness that only I knew. A devotion that ran so deep, he had risked everything to search for me beyond the boundaries of time.
Now, his life was in my hands.

As Echo tries to piece her life together after the devastating separation from her soulmate, she finds herself in a cat-and-mouse game with bewitching criminals whose paranormal terrorism threatens to take over her city.

When a frightening turn of events puts Connor’s life at risk, Echo must unveil the depths of her power or lose him forever.

Echo Into Darkness is a story of power, passion and deceit that will keep you turning pages and leave you breathless.

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Wings of Steele – Destination Unknown
by Jeffrey J. Burger

Wings of Steele

 
Life as Jack Steele knows it, is about to irreversibly change, calling into question his very perception of reality. As an ex K9 cop, Steele is no stranger to a judicious application of force to control or resolve an issue. But when events go drastically and violently sideways, in a direction and magnitude that no one could have ever imagined, he quickly learns control is an illusion.

A nearly perfect life as a globetrotting pilot for hire, Steele, accompanied by his German Shepherd, Fritz, experience an abrupt and violent detour, their lives swept into chaos. Every secret intelligence agency on the planet is hunting for them – leaving only one option. Run. But to where?

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No Place to Vanish
by Jaden Skye

No Place to VanishNO PLACE TO VANISH is book #2 in the new romantic suspense series by #1 bestselling author Jaden Skye.

Olivia, back in New York and trying to resume her normal life, receives a shocking phone call: her best friend from college has gone missing. She never returned from her bachelorette party.

Olivia, implored by her friend’s husband to help, flies back down to Miami, determined to find her. She meets the woman’s friends, and finds herself lead deeper and deeper into a maze of lies, strippers, secret lovers, and jilted husbands. As the trail leads her back to Key West, she finds herself working side by side with Wayne again, stirring up old memories. Yet, even so, the trail has seemed to gone cold.

Olivia can’t help but wonder: did her friend run off? Kill herself?

Or was she murdered?

NO PLACE TO VANISH is book #2 in an explosive new romantic suspense series filled with love, tragedy, heartbreak, betrayal and suspense, one that will leave you turning pages late into the night. Book #3 will be released soon.

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The Secret Bunker: Darkness Falls
by Paul Teague

A secret bunker. A sinister darkness. Can Dan Tracy put the pieces together before the whole world is lost?

The Secret BunkerOn a family trip to a disused Cold War bunker, Dan Tracy’s family gets caught up in life­ threatening events which have cast a sudden and terrible darkness over the surface of the planet.

All known life has been put to sleep, causing havoc throughout the world as planes drop from the skies, vehicles career off the road and governments seem powerless to intervene.

24 hours after the darkness descends, the bunker undergoes a massive transformation and it emerges that the dusty old tunnels form a state-­of­-the-­art operations centre which has been hiding in open view for many decades – but its present­day purpose is unclear.

Dan soon realises that he and his family are part of something bigger than they could ever have imagined and the world is in perilous danger from a malevolent organisation based on earth and intent on destroying the planet.

If you like fast-paced apocalyptic action, captivating characters, and stories that keep you reading all night long, then you’ll love Paul Teague’s Secret Bunker Trilogy.

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Protected Mate
by J.H. Croix

A shifter romance with a guaranteed HEA from USA Today Bestselling Author J.H. Croix! If you like smoking hot paranormal romance with a twist of suspense and adventure, you’ll love this series!

Protected MateDane Ashworth, a solitary mountain lion shifter, comes from one of the founding shifter families of Catamount, a town deep in the woods of Maine where mountain lion shifters have existed in secret for centuries. The community is in turmoil after the startling death of a shifter. In the midst of upheaval in Catamount, Dane encounters the unassuming, curvy and delectable Chloe Silver.

Chloe set out to hike the famed Appalachian Trail in the aftermath of heartbreak. She’s lived a well-planned life, only to learn that the best laid plans could blow up in her face. She’s looking for a fresh start, but trust doesn’t come easily for her. The mere idea of shifters has never crossed her mind, but Dane calls to her in a way that no man ever has. She finds herself tossed and turned by the depth of her attraction to him. The mountain lion in Dane knows Chloe is meant for him, but he has to find a way to earn her trust and make her believe in him and in what lies between them. Passion burns like wildfire between them while events in Catamount put them both in danger. In a love story filled with passion, romance, adventure, betrayal and secrets, Chloe will have to decide if she can accept Dane for who he is, and if she’s willing to believe in the power of love.

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Plans for 2020

I don’t make New Year Resolutions, as I nearly always fail. The only resolution I think I’ve ever kept was one I made around 5 years ago, which was to not make New Year Resolutions. lol

Even so, I do have plans for this year, both this blog and for my life.

Starting with Rainne’s Ramblings, I’m not going to be making massive changes, as mostly things seem to be working, although a little more interaction with you, would obviously be nice, so I need to work on that!

 

Teaser TuesdayFive on Fridaysaturday spotlight

I’m keeping Teaser Tuesday, along with Five on Friday, and Saturday Spotlight in the same format.

 

music mondayMonday Makes

Music Monday will hopefully be alternating with Monday Makes.

I say hopefully, as Monday Makes will feature things I’ve created, and part of my plans for myself this year is to get back to making things, as I love being creative. Whether that’s drawing, knitting, baking etc. or something entirely new, remains to be seen. With any luck it will be a good mix of anything and everything!

 

Wordless WednesdayWednesday words

Wordless Wednesday will alternate with Wednesday Words.

Wednesday Words will more than likely evolve as the year goes on. My thinking to start with is to feature some book covers with a particular word in the title, and also unusual, old fashioned, and odd words.

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The posts above will, at times, be replaced with other posts as I still want to remain flexible and be able to feature book releases, cover reveals and such.

Thursdays will continue to be a mix of posts, as will Sundays.

I would also like to get back to doing interviews. To that end, I will be sending out invitations, but would also like to hear from you, via the Contact Me tab at the top of this blog if you are interested.

I have added another tab to the top menu, for a DIY Interview. This page has a number of questions for you to choose from and a comment box for you to send the answers.

So those are my plans for Rainne’s Ramblings, fingers crossed it all works well.

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Whilst doing my Sunday Shelfies series, I realised my book reviews were all over the place and I decided that I want to get them all together and hopefully searchable by title and author, so that’s a project I’d like to have a go at this year.

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I also have plans for my life!

creativityAs I said I want to get back into being more creative, I did some knitting before Christmas and also made quite a few Christmas cards, which kept me busy. I have always enjoyed being creative, even when things don’t work out as expected, and often end up in the bin.

 
This is the year I’m going to take my health seriously.

No SmokingI want to stop smoking – This is something I’ve successfully done before, so I know I can do it. Determination and willpower – determination I have, willpower often lets me down!!

I also need to lose weight – I have lost weight before, unfortunately, I have put it back on. So I am going to be watching what I eat and the amount I eat, (proper meals & less snacking) plus exercising regularly.
My exercise will mostly be walking, which luckily, is something I like doing.
More of that determination and willpower needed here.

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As some of you know I have anxiety and depression. You can read briefly how this affects me in one of my early posts, here!

Since my husband’s death in 2018, followed in 2019 by the loss of my best friend, and then my sister, I have struggled even more with my anxiety and depression.

I have been waiting for some bereavement counselling for a few months, but as of yesterday, I have an appointment, although I’m not sure where it is, and I know I’m going to struggle just getting there, let alone talking to someone. But I know this is something I need to do.

I am still waiting for a decision from the benefits office as to whether they think I am fit to work. This has been playing on my mind since I had my assessment at the end of October last year. I am so scared that they are going to tell me to start looking for work. I’m not work-shy, but what sort of job’s are there where you don’t have to interact with other people?

 

I think that’s all I have to say for now. Maybe I will use my Sunday posts to keep you updated on my life. Not that I expect many people to be interested, but if something I write helps just one other person, then that’s fine by me.

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I would love to hear what plans you have for this year.

 

 

Five on Friday

Five on Friday

Five reads for January.

These five books are on my to-read list this month.
I have three books to read for blog tours coming up on Just Books and I’m adding a couple of books from my bookshelves.

 

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Victory Day (ARC)
by Rachel Churcher

Victory Day

 

Bex Ellman and Ketty Smith meet in London. As the war heats up around them, Bex and Ketty must learn to trust each other. With her friends and family in danger, Bex needs Ketty to help rescue them. For Ketty, working with Bex is a matter of survival. When Victory is declared, both will be held accountable for their decisions.

The Battle Ground series is set in a dystopian near-future UK, after Brexit and Scottish independence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Black Ditch
by Simon J Lancaster

The Black Ditch
LAURIE STERNE feels like he’s been cut adrift in space. His father has been shot dead, caught in the crossfire of a gangland war that has also claimed his boss’s life. Laurie is a refugee who lost his adoptive mum years before and doesn’t know where he was born, let alone who his birth parents were. But he’s not alone in the world: someone is trying to kill him.

This is London, 2050, a dumping ground for climate refugees and dissidents. Gangs rule, murder goes unpunished and the police make sure you can’t escape.
In his struggle to stay alive, he finds an ally: his former boss’s secret daughter.

But with the killer predicting his every move, is the man without a past being betrayed by the woman who seems to offer him a future?

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Hunter’s Blood
by Val Penny

Hunter's Blood

 

DI Hunter Wilson never has just one problem to solve.

Three elderly women he knows have died in mysterious circumstances. Hunter appears to be the only link.

A little girl goes missing on a cold winter’s night. When his team discovers cocaine hidden at the farm where she was living, the search becomes even more urgent.

Why did the women die? And what did the child witness?

Hunter must find the answers to these questions to ensure his family and his city are safe.

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The Case of The Spectral Shot
by T.G. Campbell

The Case of The Spectral ShotThe Bow Street Society is a fictional group of amateur detectives, operating in Victorian London. Each of its civilian members has been enlisted for their unique skill or exceptional knowledge in a particular field derived from their usual occupation. Members are assigned to cases, by the Society’s clerk, Miss Trent, based upon these skills and fields of knowledge. This ensures the Society may work on the behalf of their clients regardless of their client’s social class or wealth; cases that the police either can’t or won’t investigate. From an artist to an illusionist, from a spiritualist to a journalist, the Bow Street Society’s aim is to provide justice by all and for all.

When Miss Trent, is paid a late night visit by a masked stranger, the Bow Street Society is plunged into its most bizarre case to date. New faces join returning members as they encounter unsolved murders, the contentious world of spiritualism, and mounting hostility from the Metropolitan Police. Can the Society exorcise the ghosts of the past to uncover the truth, or will it, too, be lured into an early grave…?

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Carousel
by Chris Turnbull

Carousel

 

Jonathan was supposed to be getting married today, but instead he is in Paris; and what’s worse he is now over 120 years in the past.

Transported back by an old amusement carousel, Jonathan finds his life turned upside down as he finds himself stuck in 1889.

Desperate to return home, he goes in search of the carousel. Although his wish to return is high, he soon learns that his reasons to stay could be just as compelling.

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December Round-up

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Books I Read In December 2019

I didn’t post a Five on Friday for my December to-read list. I did however read and review the three books that were due for blog posts on Just Books.

My Reviews:

Murder In Montague Falls by Russ Colchamiro, Sawney Hatton & Patrick Thomas
After You Fell by J.S. Lark
Fighting Back by Rachel Churcher

 

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Top Ten Reads from 2019

Welcome to 2020!


According to Goodreads, I read 73 books last year (I still have some books still to add). The shortest was When I Grow Up by Jon Hales at 28 pages, while the longest at 924 pages, was actually a five-book box set, Rebekka Franck Series: Vol 1-5, by Willow Rose.

Choosing my top ten from amongst those 73 has been difficult, as always.

I’ve read more than one book from most of the authors below and they were all amazing, but I have added only one book from each author to this list.

 

Paroled From Heaven
(The Paranormal Detectives Series #8)
by Lily Luchesi

Paroled From HeavenDeath is not the end.

The Lieutenant of Hell is dead. The vampiric Empire has fallen, and the Paranormal Investigative Division is barely surviving. With no one controlling the demons and humanity left vulnerable, it’s about to become a literal Hell on Earth.

But Heaven has a plan. Angels can’t step in to fight, and only humans can save humanity. With a little grace, and a lot of power, there’s one way to stop the demonic onslaught and impending rise of Lucifer: a temporary parole from Heaven. Who says death is forever?

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Sophie: Witch-Hunter
by K.S. Marsden

Sophie Witch HunterEveryone will betray you…

Sophie has always had a high opinion of herself. She is smart, beautiful, and meant for something more than a mundane, human life.
From a young age she’s had to weigh duty against selfish desires. Her new friend Izzy starts to break down her carefully-constructed walls, and makes Sophie question everything she thought she knew.

With witch-hunters and witches vying for a place in her future, Sophie has to decide who she can trust.

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A boy from the Streets
by Maria Gibbs

A boy from the StreetsTwo babies abandoned at birth—one grows up in a life of privilege, the other in poverty.

On the 12th of September, 1981, twin boys are born in a Brasilian hospital and left to their fate as orphans. Jose is adopted by a couple who takes him to England, but the other isn’t so lucky. Pedro ends up on the streets of Rio, left to fend for himself in a harsh and unforgiving world.

Love and betrayal.

Twelve years later Jose’s family returns to Brasil, where he learns the truth about his adoption and his twin. Thinking his adoptive parents no longer want him, he runs away to find his brother. What follows will shake Jose to the core and shape the rest of his life—if he can survive.

Murder.

Jose isn’t the only one whose life will change. Pedro is offered an opportunity beyond any of his wildest dreams, but to keep it will mean the betrayal of someone he loves. This proves to be a far greater challenge than he anticipated when the orphan finds himself suddenly surrounded by family who, unfortunately, don’t all have good intentions.

Hopes and dreams.

A Boy from the Streets will tug at your heart-strings and have you rooting for the little guy as you follow the twists and turns this multi-continental tale takes.

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Retriever of Souls
(DI Sterling Book 1)
by Lorraine Mace

Retriever of SoulsThe first title in a dark and gritty crime series.

Brought up believing that sex is the devil’s work, a killer only finds release once he has saved his victim’s souls. Abiding by his vision, he marks them as his. A gift to guide his chosen ones on the rightful path to redemption.

Detective Inspector Paolo Sterling is out to stop him, but Paolo has problems of his own. Hunting down the killer as the death toll rises, the lines soon blur between Paolo’s personal and professional lives.

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Smoke & Mirrors
(Nite Fire #3)
by C.L. Schneider

Smoke & MirrorsSecrets are a dragon’s best friend. Deception is a close second. Both provide a sturdy armor, allowing half-dragon shapeshifter, Dahlia Nite, to live undetected among the humans. Walking in two worlds, belonging in neither, she wraps herself in a shroud of lies to hide in plain sight. But nothing stays hidden forever.

When dismembered bodies of multiple species are dumped on the riverbank, the case falls to Dahlia and Detective Alex Creed. Backed by Sentinel City’s new task force, the pair find themselves urged along by clues that seem too good to be true. Bouncing from one crime scene to the next, they hunt for a clear motive in a murky sea of conflicting evidence. Already on edge from the recent string of unexplained crimes, the city begins to unravel.

Drowning in missing creatures, slaughtered remains, masked men—and the search for her sidekick’s missing sister—Dahlia burns the candle at both ends. Seeking answers, she employs her empathic abilities, and uncovers something deeper and more sinister than a simple serial killer’s web. As the dots connect, and worlds collide, she struggles to shields her friends from the truth. But secrets can be deadly. And Dahlia’s not the only one who keeps them.

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Blinded by the light
by Joe Kipling

Blinded by the lightIn the near future, when the world’s population has been decimated by disease, the fortunate few live inside the Boundary, while the unlucky ones are left to die on the Outside. MaryAnn is one of the privileged. It doesn’t matter that her friends can sometimes be cruel or that the boy she likes just threw up on her shoes, it’s all about being noticed at the right parties. But it takes a single event to rip her life apart.

Struggling with physical and psychological scars, MaryAnn must face up to the truth about the foundations of the Neighbourhood and the legacy of her family. Once she learns the truth she can never go back, but can she really put her faith in the Union?

“Blinded by the Light” is about death and coming to terms with loss, the abuse of power, discrimination and the fear of the unknown. It is the first book in The Union Trilogy.

This dystopian young adult fiction book set in the near future critiques aspects of society such as a preoccupation with celebrity, materialism and privilege. It shows that in real life good and evil are never clear cut and we all have to decide what it means to ‘do the right thing’. Told from the point of view of a girl from a privileged background, it follows the course of MaryAnn’s awakening as she learns the truth about her life and the lies she has been told by her family and by her government, leading her to question everything she believes in. But whilst things may seem black or white to some, MaryAnn learns that there are grey areas too – nothing is as clear cut as it might seem. In real life people are not always good or bad, sometimes they just are.

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D: Whitby’s Darkest Secret
by Chris Turnbull

Whitby's Darkest SecretLESS than 3 years after the release of Bram Stokers novel Dracula, Whitby is tormentedby a diehard fan who sees Dracula as his role model; and it isn’t long before women are being murdered, and the residents of Whitby are scared to leave their homes.

WHEN a young lady from London, who has travelled to Whitby with her new husband, is targeted, it is a race against time to catch this cloaked monster before he kills again.

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The Lost Sentinel
(Silent Sea Chronicles #1)
by Suzanne Rogerson

The Lost SentinelThe magical island of Kalaya is dying, along with its Sentinel.

The Assembly controls Kalaya. Originally set up to govern, they now persecute those with magic and exile them to the Turrak Mountains.

Tei, a tailor’s daughter, has always hidden her magic but when her father’s old friend visits and warns them to flee to the mountains she must leave her old life behind.
On the journey, an attack leaves her father mortally wounded. He entrusts her into the care of the exiles and on his deathbed makes a shocking confession.
Struggling with self doubt, Tei joins the exiles search for the new Sentinel who is the only person capable of restoring the fading magic. But mysterious Masked Riders are hunting the Sentinel too, and time, as well as hope, is running out.

Against mounting odds it will take friendship, heartache and sacrifice for the exiles to succeed in their quest, but is Tei willing to risk everything to save the island magic?

Follow Tei’s journey through the magical land of Kalaya and the Astral Plane in The Lost Sentinel – Book 1 in the Silent Sea Chronicles.

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The Case of The Curious Client
(Bow Street Society #1)
by T.G. Campbell

The Case of the Curious ClientThe Bow Street Society is a fictional group of amateur detectives operating in London in 1896. Each of its civilian members has been enlisted for their unique skill or exceptional knowledge in a particular field. This ensures the Society may work to solve cases on the behalf of their clients regardless of their client’s social class or wealth; cases that the police either can’t or won’t investigate. From an artist to an illusionist, from an architect to a veterinary surgeon, the Bow Street Society is justice by all and for all.

In The Case of The Curious Client, the Bow Street Society are hired by Mr Thaddeus Dorsey to locate a missing friend he knows only as ‘Palmer’ after he fails to keep a late night appointment with him. With their client’s own credibility cast into doubt mere minutes after they meet him though the Society are forced to consider whether they’ve been sent on a wild goose chase. That is, until events take a dark turn and the Society have to race against time not only to solve the case but also save the very life of their client…

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Knowing His Madness
(Secrets of Windy Springs Book 4)
by Valarie Savage Kinney

Knowing His MadnessLife hasn’t gone the way Dashiel Winston once thought it would. His ability has destroyed his marriage, wreaked havoc on his mind, and left him weighted by the burdens of his past decisions. At fifty-seven, he lives alone with little company beyond the voices vying for attention in his head. For too many years, he’s buried himself in the fantasy life he’s created; everyone who knows him sees him as the flamboyant, addled pirate, Captain Dash. He’s loving, he’s jovial… and his heart is about to break from the terrible pain it carries.
When his deepest secrets are forced out in the open and his most treasured relationship threatened, he’s left with a choice: come clean about the decades of lies he’s built his life upon, or risk losing both his family and his sanity.

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Smashwords End of Year Sale

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November Round-up

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Books I Read In November 2019

I read my five books from my  Five on Friday (November 8th), although I read Knowing Rogan by Valarie Savage Kinney early, and included it in October’s Round-up. I’ve also added a few more to my read list, two of which I’ve reviewed!

 

My Reviews:

Honor Among Vampires by Elizabeth Guizzetti
The Moon Hunters by Anya Pavelle
Mortom by Erik Therme
Aki’s Gift by Howard Scarrow

The Sentinel’s Alliance by Suzanne Rogerson
Origin of Shadow by D.M. Cain

Reviews for the following books will be posted soon(ish).

Nite Fire (books 1,2 & 3) by C.L. Schneider
The Maura DeLuca Trilogy (books 1,2 & 3) by Claudette Melanson
Warren Peace by Michael Wombat
The Vintage Coat by Chris Turnbull

 

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