Five Books – Five Genres – One Author
Looking for a new book to read this weekend?
Try one of these books by Valarie Savage Kinney
Title: In the Presence of Knowing
Series: Secrets of Windy Springs, #1
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Keisha is pregnant and on the run from an abusive ex-boyfriend. Hiding out at Windy Springs Renaissance Festival, she discovers a world of magic.
Stepping into new and unfamiliar territory, she finds herself among people different from any she’s met before. Though she feels she’ll never fit in, Keisha finds hope when she meets Rogan, who plays the troll. As friendship blossoms into romance, she soon discovers that Rogan, as well as others at Windy Springs, have abilities beyond the average individual – abilities that the child growing within her shares as well. When danger comes to Windy Springs, she’ll need the combined powers of Rogan and his friends to keep her and the baby safe.
In the Presence of Knowing is the first book in the Secrets of Windy Springs series. Grab your copy today and find out what mysteries await within the magical forest at Windy Springs.
In the Presence of Knowing is an amazing introduction to the Secrets of Windy Springs series.
We meet an amazing cast of fleshed out, unique, and non-conventional characters.
Keisha is strong and yet vulnerable. Rogan is kind and compassionate, and not the typical handsome hero.
Captain Dash is eccentric and is one of my favourite characters.
The setting was beautifully described. I’ve never been to a Renaissance Faire, but it’s now somewhere I’d love to go. I loved the ‘family’ bond and the atmosphere that was depicted in the book.
This is a wonderfully written book, with a mysterious storyline that kept me engaged.
I’m sure there are plenty of ups and downs still to come in this series and, after the sudden cliff-hanger at the end of the book, I am desperate to know more!
Genre: Paranormal, Horror
We’re often told tales of the underworlds to feed the darkest corners of our nightmares. We tuck them away with the sunlight and laugh away the fear our minds created. But the daylight offers no relief for Zari. She’s hidden her waking nightmare as nothing more than a damaged past. The venom of her secrets consumes her, as well as those she cares for most. Emmett, the love of her life and the only one with a past dark enough to respect her space, becomes a pawn in the war against the demonic force which is her bloodright. Can Zari overpower those out to get her to feed on the innocent? Can she save Emmett from the evil of Slither?
Much more than a horror story…
A fascinating story that kept me on the edge of my seat and was impossible to put down.
The well thought out and unique plot twisted it’s way through this well-written book.
The main characters were well-fleshed out, each had their own flaws and abusive pasts to deal with, but worked wonderfully together to help and heal each other.
The villains were dark and menacing characters and easy to hate.
Genre: Thriller, Psychological
Drinking. Drugging. Cutting.
Exxel Jensen has spent his life finding ways to rid himself of the Heckler, and failed miserably.
On the surface, his future is bright: a beautiful wife, a child on the way, and a career he loves as a stand up comedian.
Beneath the surface lurks the darkness: crippling depression, anxiety, and alcoholism.
Helena Jensen has seen her husband spiral downward before and feels helpless to stop it as she watches him falling again.
She would do anything to help him, anything to diminish the pain that plagues him.
Exxel knows she would, and he also knows she can’t.
Because the person fueling his depression and addictions is someone she can’t see.
And how can he explain the Heckler to anyone, when he doesn’t even understand it himself?
The author takes the reader on a dark jouney to the depths of despair in this accurate portrayal of depression.
As someone who has depression I could relate to the feelings of worthlessness that Exxel experiences, and count myself lucky I don’t have a heckler.
Well done, Valarie, for tackling this much misunderstood condition, with care and compassion!!
Genre: Horror, Short Stories
…Consumption is a chilling collection chronicling the stories of six people consuming or being consumed by something unnatural.
The Satisfaction of Mercy
Mercy was left for dead in the toxic sewers of Detroit, and now she is consumed with the need for revenge.
Kelsey has fallen victim to a terrible virus with the power to destroy her life from the inside out.
The Wedding Takeover
Laura is determined to finally have her perfect wedding day, even if she must steal it from someone else.
Eric is broken-hearted when his best online friend disappears, and he’d give anything to have her back… but not like this.
Celeste didn’t notice the first black spots, until they spread and took over every aspect of her life.
Samaria has fought the gnawing hunger in her gut for years, until she’s finally satisfied by eating something she shouldn’t.
A collection of short, superbly creepy stories from Valarie Savage Kinney.
Six quick reads that will make your flesh crawl, send shivers down your spine, or make your hair stand on end…. possibly all three!
My favourites were The Wedding Takeover and Creeping Moss.
Title: Just Hold On
Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction
A Heartbreaking Struggle…
Two strangers are thrown together through insurmountable tragedy.
Since his family disintegrated a decade ago, Jake has kept his heart safely ensconced within the protective walls he’s erected. Determined to live out his life alone and free of the burden of love, Jake’s world is turned upside down when the grief of a woman he hardly knows calls him to step out of his comfort zone. Once Marnie enters the picture, he tries not to notice how broken, how pitiful…and how beautiful she is. Jake is torn between doing the right thing for himself….and doing the right thing.
Devastated by loss after loss, Marnie is left a shell of her former self. After losing her home in a fire and numbed by yet another heartbreaking tragedy, she is unable to communicate or even function on her own. Marnie finds she must place her trust in a quirky stranger and his three-legged dog. Desperate to reach out to the only stability in her life – Jake – but paralyzed by pain, she struggles to pick up the shattered pieces of hope. Marnie wonders if she will ever learn to live – or love – again.
One year. One apartment. Two strangers, each wrapped in their own personal turmoil. Can Jake and Marnie overcome the obstacles before them and find love despite the odds?
I haven’t read Just Hold On… yet.
But as I enjoyed the four books above, it is on my to-read list!