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The Chocolatier’s Wife & The Chocolatier’s Ghost

by Cindy Lynn Speer

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Genre: Fantasy Mystery

 

The Chocolatier’s Wife

BookCover_TheChocolatiersWifeROMANCE, MAGIC, MYSTERY…. AND CHOCOLATE

A truly original, spellbinding love story, featuring vivid characters in a highly realistic historical setting.

When Tasmin’s bethrothed, William, is accused of murder, she gathers her wind sprites and rushes to his home town to investigate. She doesn’t have a shred of doubt about his innocence. But as she settles in his chocolate shop, she finds more in store than she bargained for. Facing suspicious townsfolk, gossiping neighbors, and William’s own family, who all resent her kind – the sorcerer folk from the North — she must also learn to tell friend from foe, and fast. For the real killer is still on the loose – and he is intent on ruining William’s family at all cost.

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The Chocolatier’s Ghost

BookCover_TheChocolatiersGhostMarried to her soul mate, the chocolatier William, Tasmin should not have to worry about anything at all. But when her happily ever after is interrupted by the disappearance of the town’s wise woman, she rushes in to investigate. Faced with dangers, dead bodies, and more mysterious disappearances, Tasmin and William must act fast to save their town and themselves – especially when Tasmin starts to be haunted by a most unwelcome ghost from her past…literally.

The Chocolatier’s Ghost is an enchanting sequel to Cindy Lynn Speer’s bestselling romantic mystery, The Chocolatier’s Wife.

 

 

Excerpt:

The Chocolatier’s Ghost


William was not overly worried. This was not the first time they’d had a left-over crate, a quick look at the manifests would find something not checked off. He crossed over to it, looking for a mark on the rough-hewn wood. “Not something well regarded,” he muttered, bending over to inspect the side closer, certain that there must be some mark. Nothing would have entered the warehouse without some sort of marking on it, from a ship, from a merchant, something. The crate was of poor quality. As he leaned close and breathed deeply, he caught, much to his dismay, the undertone of death.


“Oh, dear,” he whispered. “Mr. Boyd, the bar, if you please?” He held out his hand, unable to stop looking at the crate. He grasped the cold metal as it touched his palm and looked for the first nail.


“I have a light, sir,” Boyd said, raising it high as William pried the crate’s lid open. It wasn’t hard, only a hand full of nails, poorly hammered in, secured the lid.


The woman had not been lovely in life, she had been too fretful, too scattered. Tasmin had called her a handful of leaves on the wind, and it had suited the former Wise Woman.


They had been gentle, whomever they were; had laid her on leaves and straw covered by a tattered old blanket, crossed her hands over her chest. Death made Cherise pretty, for her features were smoothed out, quiet. Her hair was neatly braided. He would have rathered the leaves on the wind, the fretful, forgetful absentmindedness of life.

 

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Cindy Lynn Speer:

AuthorPhoto_ChocolatiersCindy Lynn Speer has been writing since she was 13. She has Blue Moon and Unbalanced published by Zumaya. Her other works, including The Chocolatier’s Wife (recently out in an illustrated hardcover to celebrate its 10th anniversary) and the Chocolatier’s Ghost, as well as the short story anthology Wishes and Sorrows. When she is not writing she is either practicing historical swordsmanship, sewing, or pretending she can garden. She also loves road trips and seeing nature. Her secret side hobby is to write really boring bios about herself.

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Books I Read in May ’17

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Playing with Fire

by Clare Meyers & Cris Meyers

51qE0iSS3OL._SY346_An interesting beginning to a new series.

Magic, shapeshifting and crime all blend together to make this enjoyable read by husband and wife team, Cris and Clare Meyers.

Talented thief, Renee and her partner, Stone, join a trio of shapeshifters, Rook, Carlos and Grace, to steal a magical gem, and take revenge against the man who set them up on a previous job.
But in their line of work, nothing is quite what it seems.

Although the book is much more about the planning and the action, I did enjoy getting acquainted with the characters and hope to get to know them better in the next book of the series.

 

Loner Renee Devereaux is a thief with a lot to hide, and trust is a risk she rarely takes. Stone Anders is a mercenary and hitman, but being a hired killer isn’t fitting like it used to. But while they are criminals, they are anything but common. Renee and Stone are Talents, and their supernatural powers give them an edge in a high stakes business where one wrong move could be their last.

It’s always just one job, and everyone scatters—sometimes in less than favorable circumstances. For Renee and Stone, that’s business as usual. But things change.

A chance at revenge draws Renee and Stone into a job they know they shouldn’t take. The job: Steal a dangerous magical artifact before it can be used. Along with the deadline, they’ll have to deal with a loudmouth hacker with problematic connections, a rookie who still believes in ‘right’ and ‘wrong,’ and a professional liar with a cat’s curiosity.

Worse, something just doesn’t feel right.

But this is their job. They have a reputation to maintain, a paycheck to earn, and a score to settle…

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Fly by Night

by Clare Meyers & Cris Meyers

31925656The ‘gang’ from book 1, Playing with Fire, are back. They’ve moved on from the events in Seattle, but they haven’t forgotten, or forgiven.

This, the second book in the series is told from Rooks point of view and is a superb sequel.
Rook never knows when to keep his mouth shut and his thoughts to himself, which makes for some great moments. Half the time I wanted to gag him, the rest of the time I wanted to hug him!

The characters all evolve and grow in their own ways, during the story, and we learn more about them, their past and their relationships.

The plot is well thought out, and this book has more action and suspense than the previous one.

I enjoyed Playing with Fire… I loved Fly by Night!

 

The game has changed.

Rook is a wisecracking hacker, a shapeshifter who prefers the name ‘were-crow,’ and former underling to a Talented crime boss. But as supernatural powers go, he’s no heavy hitter.

After a job blew up in his face, Rook thought the worst thing he’d have to deal with was criminal unemployment. But when he starts losing his mind to mysterious voices, being broke takes a backseat. And once his apartment goes up in smoke, Rook knows he’s in trouble.

Out of his depth and trying to dig his way out of a hole not entirely of his own making, Rook must put his survival—and his sanity—in the hands of people who have their own mysterious reasons for helping him.

With trust in short supply and time ticking down, Rook will need to find a way to make this uneasy alliance work before even more of his life goes up in flames.

Book 2 of the Criminal Elements urban fantasy series

And don’t miss out on Playing with Fire (Book 1)

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Code Wolf

by C.D. Gorri

34747449 I really enjoyed this new book from C.D. Gorri.

As with her previous books, it’s set in ‘Grazi Kelly’s world’. This one, however, is definitely not YA!

I loved learning more about Randall, and his unexpected love interest, Tulla, along with Tulla’s special son, Danny.
The book is well-written, easy to read and hard to put down. The descriptive writing allows you to join the fleshed out characters on their adventures.

 

“He never thought of himself as a family man, but sometimes things changed… ”

Randall Graves spends most of his time writing lines of code in his air-conditioned office at Macconwood Manor. He’d rather be alone than risk involvement of any kind. Everything was going fine, until his Alpha sends him on a forced vacation.

It’s all good with Randall, as long as there’s WIFI at the small, beachfront, bed and breakfast in Bloody Point, South Carolina. He could work and get some sun at the same time, but he wasn’t counting on Tulla Nirvelli. The beautiful single mother owned and operated the small B &B with her seven-year old son.

Charmed by the small island and the young family, Randall finds himself enjoying his time at the Sea Mist Bed & Breakfast. When trouble starts brewing for Tulla and her son, Randall is ready to jump in, but that means revealing his secret. Will she accept the truth about him?

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The Name of Death

by Joshua Robertson

33636392 I enjoyed this short story from Joshua Robertson.

It was a well-written and entertaining read.
The characters were fairly well fleshed out for such a short tale.

A good introduction to the authors writing and to the world in his novels, which I look forward to reading.

 

Drada Koehn is a fearless, formidable fighter ensnared in a presaged war against the northern humans. When the Speaker foretells their victory upon discovery of the name of death, she sets out to unravel the mysterious prophecy. Now, bound by duty and honor, Drada faces untold horrors with her companions, searching for what may never be found. In a story of unexpected twists, she soon finds that her resolve to see the quest done will be the fortune or doom of her people.

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Dark Legends

32721381 I enjoyed quite a few of the books in this set and will be looking to read other books by some of the authors.

If you like stories with Dragons, Ghosts, Mermaids, Shifters, Vampires, Witches… and much more, you’re bound to find a story in here that you enjoy.

Some of the stories worked well as standalone reads, while others were obviously part of a series.

As a bunch of the books were steamy (one or two more steam than story) this is definitely an adult only box set.

All in all, this collection of books was good value and a great way to find ‘new-to-me’ authors.

 

This Collection is packed with more than 20 full-length Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance reads from New York Times, USA Today, and International Bestselling Authors!

Don’t miss this collection of more than twenty unique twists in paranormal romance and urban fantasy, providing over one million words of supernatural suspense that will transport you to new worlds with smoking hot action and heart-throttling adventure!

The DARK LEGENDS boxed set includes: Mermaids, Sirens, Shifters, Vampires, Dragons, Sorcerers, Warriors, Angels, Faeries, Demons, Witches, Psychics, Ghosts, Mythology, Folk Tales, Legends, Dark Magic, Time Travel, and More!

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Gloria and the Unicorn

by Wanda Luthman

34797852 A lovely children’s book with a wonderful message.

The book encourages its readers to be happy and to love themselves.

Gloria looks different from other children, but thanks to Sir Louie, a magical unicorn, she learns to accept that it’s ok to be different.The plot is well thought out, and this book has more action and suspense than the previous one.

 

Adopted by a loving owner of a children’s home, Gloria still has a lot to overcome. She has a droopy cheek on one side of her face. Then, she overhears a terrible secret about her past that she doesn’t want anyone to know. To protect her from bullies, she is kept out of school. But, Gloria wants to learn to read more than anything in the world. She feels she has no one to turn to until a magical unicorn named Sir Louie befriends her. Can he help her learn to love and accept herself? And when Sir Louie suddenly disappears, will Gloria think he has rejected her like everyone else or realize his life is in danger and he may need her help?

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The Complications Of Being Lucy by Gus Kenney

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A Fun For All Ages New Series Of Modern Day Magic & Adventure.

Did you love Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children? How about the stories written by J.K. Rowling & Rick Riordan?
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“This Author Has A Truly Inventive Imagination!”

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The Changeling and the Cupboard

The Complications of Being Lucy Book 1

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Lucy was never afraid of the dark. She never questioned her family. She never thought that the world of logic and science could be a lie. But on her ninth birthday everything changed when a strange boy came into her life from the very lands she was forbidden from ever entering and she finds herself immersed in a conspiracy that was created before she was born. Her reality is shattered by the existence of magic and things of legend. The bonds of family are tested by a lifetime of deception and the truth of who she actually is, becomes the least of Lucy’s torments. For someone has unleashed a nightmare, and Lucy, her family, and her new friends, are soon on the run from a creature that even darkness fears.

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The Changeling and the Borrowed Family

The Complications of Being Lucy Book 2

MyCoverBk2A nightmare is just a dream in the light of day.

Lucy was used to everyone hiding things from her. Now she is the one forced to hide. The Changelings have been discovered and to save herself, Lucy must slip into the life of a creature who shares her nightmares. With her family scattered in search for answers and her only friend powerless to help, all alone Lucy must guard her heart from the world she always longed for and from the people that want her dead. But how can you fight the agony of your dreams and the secrets buried in your own blood.

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The Author:

AuthorGusKenneyGus lives in western New York with his amazing wife and five four legged children. He decided he wanted to be a writer when he realized that he could never be a spy as good as Timothy Dalton’s Bond and that Hired Sword was not part of any growth industry. When he is not semi-busy writing, he spends his time pretending he knows what he is doing at a nine-to-five job and the rest of it complaining that it is taking way too long for them to start showing new episodes of his favorite cartoons. If you’re bored, or just a creeper, you can check out the insanity that doesn’t make it into his books on his social media outlets.

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Q: Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?

A: Honestly, write something else. Anything at all. You can’t get truly blocked unless you stop completely. Sure the story you have been focusing on for months suddenly stalls. No need to fear. Just prime the pump of creativity with some other ideas. Do the paint chip trick (look it up on Pinterest). Look online for story prompts(also Pinterest). Take your characters and put them in strange and unusual scenarios that would never come up in the world you created for them. Write something off the wall like a race of people that aren’t carbon based but cocoa based (I call them Fudgelians). If all else fails do some dishes. That always works for me. Don’t believe me? Come to my house and wash them. You’ll see.

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The Cremelino Prophecy Series by Mike Shelton

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“Forgotten lines of ancient magic and the power of the throne. One will make them both his own if his heart sees the true power. . . ” So begins the ancient Cremelino Prophecy.

 

Book 1

The Path Of Destiny

YA Fantasy

1-the-path-of-destinyIn this new Young Adult/Teen fantasy series, Darius San Williams, son of one of King Edward’s councilors, cares little for his father’s politics and vows to leave the city of Anikari to protect and bring glory to the Realm. But when a new-found and ancient power emerges from within him, he and his friends Christine and Kelln are faced with decisions that could shatter or fulfill the prophecy and the lives of all those they know. Wizards and magic have long been looked down upon in the Realm, but Darius learns that no matter where he goes, prophecy and destiny are waiting to find him.

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Book 2

The Path of Decisions

YA Fantasy

2-the-path-of-decisionsIn the second book of this young adult/teen fantasy series, Darius San Williams, now the first commander of the King’s Elite Army struggles with his emerging and ancient powers. After winning his first battle against external foes, he must decide now to follow the King or to take matters in his own hands. Back in Anikari Christine wrestles with how to confront oppression against her people, while in Belor, Kelln must escape the clutches of an evil wizard and warn Darius. Mezar, the captured Gildanian quietly watches everything closely and harbors a secret of his own. Each of their decisions will determine the fate and destiny of their friendship and their kingdom.

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The Path of Peace

YA Fantasy

3-the-path-of-peaceIn the conclusion of this magical Young Adult/Teen fantasy trilogy Darius DarSan Williams, newly crowned King of the Realm, is being pushed and tested on all sides by others vying for power. His best friend Kelln is in Mar trying to find the escaped Preacher and his daughter, while Mezar discovers a plot in Gildan that could tear the Realm apart, and put Christine in danger. All are being watched over and guided by the mysterious Cremelino horses. They hold one final magical secret that could help Darius save those he loves and find the path of peace.

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mike-sheltonI was born in California and have lived in multiple states from the west coast to the east coast. I really cannot remember a time when I wasn’t reading a book. At school, home, on vacation, at work at lunch time, and yes even a few pages in the car (at times when I just couldn’t put that great book down). Though I have read all sorts of genres I have always been drawn to fantasy. It is my way of escaping to a simpler time filled with magic, wonders and heroics of young men and women.

 
Other than reading, I has always enjoyed the outdoors. From the beaches in Southern California to the warm waters of North Carolina; from the waterfalls in the Northwest to the Rocky Mountains in Utah; I have appreciated the beauty that God provides for us. I also enjoy hiking, discovering nature, playing a little basketball or volleyball, and most recently disc golf. I have a beautiful wife who has always supported me and three beautiful children who have been the center of my life.

 
I began writing stories in elementary school and moved on to larger novels in my early adult years. I have worked in corporate finance most of my career. That, along with spending time with my wonderful family and obligations at church have made it difficult to find the time to truly dedicate to writing. In the last few years as my children have become older I have returned to doing what I truly enjoy – writing!

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Books I Read July – October 2016

Dragon Moon

Julie Nicholls

32501925Another amazing book from Author, Julie Nicholls.

I enjoyed Dragon Moon. It’s beautifully written, easy to read and hard to put down.
Julie has an awesome way of bringing her characters to life and I fell in love with them, both human and dragon, and hope we haven’t heard the last of them.

I’ll admit that, at times, this wonderful adventure made me shed a few tears, but it also made me smile.

This book is a great, clean fantasy which, in my opinion, will appeal to fantasy and dragon lovers from mid-teens and up.

 

Save the dragons, unite the races, no sweat.

I’m nineteen and wish I had a clue about my future. Instead of my own bed, this morning I woke in the strange land of Lur Neval. My name is Scarlett, but the Nevalese call me Dragon Mage. Seems it’s my job to preserve the all-important dragons and oh, while I’m here, bring peace to the warring clans. Piece of cake if I can outwit Madoc, the manipulative, evil seer who wants every dragon destroyed. Whatever it takes, I’m here to fulfill my destiny under the light of the Dragon Moon

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The Wastelanders

Tim Hemlin

22213025Reading A Friend in Need inspired me to read Tim Hemlin’s Wastelanders.
I was fascinated by the brief introduction to the world and its characters and needed to know more.

The story starts with a bang and had me hooked from page one, with it’s unique and strange world filled with interesting and believable characters.
The plot is intelligently thought out and well written, with surprising twists that add to the complexity of the story

Marvellous!

 

America is controlled by a corporate oligarchy known as the Water Cartel and warrior-priest Joey Hawke finds himself trapped between a mysterious geneticist amassing a clone army and a group of political fanatics convinced that a dead president will rise from his tomb to lead them to salvation. Caught outside his spiritual haven when the Cartel moves against the Wastelanders, Joey is aided by Bear, an enigmatic weapons runner, a lovesick Scrapwoman, and Bernie Hawke, his estranged father. But against the Cartel’s military strength, led by the power hungry Rex Fielder, Joey’s only hope may be Si-Ting, a young woman with prescient abilities–a woman who not only holds the key to his heart but also to an American conspiracy to crown its future with the withered laurels of the past.

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The Kota Series: Complete Box Set

Sunshine Somerville

25391754Never a dull moment in this amazing fantasy/ sci-fi series from author Sunshine Somerville.

The descriptive writing brought the various worlds, scenes and situations to life as I joined the four Kota warriors on their journey through space, time and dimensions in order to save humanity from an evil and deadly virus.

The characters are well-fleshed out and completely believable, each with their own flaws and vulnerabilities, and I enjoyed watching them develop as the series progressed.

Each book has a new setting and additional characters, but flawlessly continues on from the previous book in the series.
All four books are filled with danger, excitement and action, plus plenty of twists, turns and intrigue.

This series was a definite page-turner and a good lengthy read that gave me something to get my teeth into!
I enjoyed it immensely and will be looking out for other books by Ms. Somerville.

 

18801788BOOK 1: The Kota
The future is an ugly place, but we are not left without hope…
Earth in Trok’s day is plagued by war and the deadly DRK virus. His brother, Lee Kandoya, joins the Kota people’s movement to fulfill prophecies meant to save Earth, and Trok’s world is turned upside-down as he discovers the truth about his own role as the prophesied Kota Bearer and immortal Interceder.
Five hundred years later, the prophesied Kota Warriors of the Mark Prophecy are at last born. Loree Kandoya is gifted with the mysterious abilities of perfect hand/eye coordination and invisibility. Her brother, Zaak, has mutate-genes that enhance his senses. A girl named Alex turns out to be a telepath. Her brother, Ryu, is blessed with incredible mutate-genes of strength.
However, nothing about these Marked children is what Trok expected, and the world is now in chaos…
Centuries of war have left entire countries in ruin, abandoned, and the global population suffers from poverty, the plague of the DRK, and oppression under a global tyranny known as the Dominion. Soldiers sweep the regions in search of rebels, and hundreds are murdered – or punished with the DRK – as the Dominion rulers hoard their wealth.
Will the Warriors be able to make a difference? Working in the background, Trok knows that if the Warriors are going to bring down the Dominion and stop the DRK virus, it’s going to take a miracle. But how things come together surprises even him.

20570776Book 2: The Ebonite and Her Earthling
For the Kota Warriors, everything has changed. Trok has abandoned them. Cruelthor has disappeared. They’re cut off from Earth, never to return. On their own, what purpose do they serve now?
Ebon is a desolate planet never meant for human life. The Ebonite colonists have long been trying to exterminate the native Kynajabi creatures, and the Warriors soon find themselves entangled in the turmoil of their new world. The Warrior Seer becomes a god-prophet, working to guide the suffering citizens and veterans of the Kynajabi Eradication Effort. The Hunter and the Fighter continue the search for Cruelthor, but soon an unexpected source tells them of a new mission. And the Warrior Leader? Well, it’s up to Cliqani to heal her mysteriously resurrected Earthling patient, who may be able to save the colonists from the native beasts. However, it’s Trok’s Ebonite friend who holds the secret to restoring peace for Ebon and its inhabitants.
Together, the Warriors and their Ebonite hosts must learn to sacrifice for the benefit of others – even others most alien.

22136256BOOK 3: Pharmakon
Phantasya is a world of second chances. It’s also a world fated to test man’s faith. In this supernatural paradise, trials and revelations arise for each Kota Warrior. Rave and Arctos must travel back to Ebon to finish a mission they thought was over. Amu teleports to Rowen and discovered a secret hidden since Earth. Kynacoba and Galcon fight a devilish enemy who could lead the Phantasyans into horrific rebellion against their Guardian.
Meanwhile, the isolation of Trok’s immortality begins to take its toll. Knowing how this future will end, he must do what is right for everyone involved.
But how do you best fight a losing battle? The more the Warriors discover, the trickier their choices become.

23608838Book 4: Zenith Prophecies
The Kota of Zenith have waited centuries for the Warriors. Now, their Empress insists that Rave force their last prophecy into fulfillment, despite what it will mean for Kynacoba.
Shocking them all, Cruelthor is discovered on Zenith with the DRK virus, and it’s then that Amu’s Magi mission becomes clear. But how are the Kota of Zenith not immune?
With the help of Neema and Toel, two Zenoes with secrets of their own, the Warriors must discover what it truly means to be Kota.

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Keeping Magic: The Angela Tanner Files #2

C.D. Gorri

32670475Another fast-paced, well-written, easy to read short story from C.D. Gorri

Continuing Angela Tanner’s exploration of her newly acquired witch powers.
The characters are well written and we get a good sense of Angela’s emotions and experiences.

Having read the first book, Casting Magic, as well as the Grazi Kelly books, I think this is a great addition to the series’.
I’m looking forward to following the lives of both Grazi Kelly and Angela Tanner in future books.

 

Teenage Witch Angela Tanner is learning to control her powers, but it’s not as easy as it looks. Especially when everything points to her being a FireWitch. With the help of her boyfriend and Guardian, Jody Nieves, she sets out on a journey to discover the truth about where her powers come from and who it is that wants them. Can she learn control in time to save herself? Find out in this second installment of the Angela Tanner Files.

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The Man of Cloud 9

Adam Dreece

30286780Set in the near future, in a world of new start-up businesses and ruthless companies, this book is an intimate and up-close look at the life of Niko Rafaelo, a genius innovator of nano-technology.

Niko and the cast of supporting characters are well fleshed out and the relationships between them are well written and believable.

It’s an interesting and imaginative book, that kept me turning the pages.

 

Niko Rafaelo – a brilliant and driven inventor- is determined to flip the late 21st century on its head with a new take on a banned technology, nanobots.

In a world that has been battered and bruised for decades by endless natural disasters, Niko’s ambitions are seen as reckless and wasteful.

Following in the footsteps of his Silicon Valley heroes, Niko’s startup takes the planet by storm. But what happens when the corporate beast and Niko’s conscience conflict? And what is he hiding?

The Man of Cloud 9 is an intimate science fiction tale of high tech and higher stakes. An all new side of the best-selling author, Adam Dreece.

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The Wizard Killer – Season One

Adam Dreece

29838890This book from Adam Dreece is a short but action packed story.
I really enjoyed discovering this confusing world through the eyes and mind of the unnamed main character, who isn’t sure who he is, where he is or why he’s there!

The story clipped along at a good pace and pulled me along with it, but left me with a multitude of questions. I want…no… need to know more about this world and its inhabitants.

 

A world once at the height of magical technology and social order has collapsed. How and why are the least of the wizard killer’s worries.

Leaning my bloody head against the back of the crashed levitating carriage, I flex my cramped fingers. With a renewed grip on the mana-pistol, I steal a quick breath. The others better wake up fast, otherwise we’re all going to burn.

Enjoy all 20 pulse-pounding episodes, and an all new side to best-selling YA author, Adam Dreece.

Recommended for adults, appropriate for most 12+ .

Note: This is written in an episodic, serialized style.

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Hyperearth

Marco Marek

24873691Hyperearth is an imaginative adventure book that moves at a quick pace.

I found this book entertaining as I joined Martina and Mary on their journey through Hyperearth, and was amazed, along with them, at the interesting characters they met and the magical items they found along the way.

A fun and enjoyable read for the young… and young at heart!

 

In the castle of city of Lubena, Mary and Martina found a portal to another dimension called Hyperearth. This will be the beginning of various adventures of this two teenager girls, fighting the evil Sathon but also make new friendship and curious discovers.

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Ghostly Writes Anthology 2016

51mfu0kl4slIf you like ghost stories, you’ll be entertained by this excellent creepy collection of short stories from a wide variety of authors.
Some stories were scarier than others, but they were all well-written and most held my interest.
As is usual with the variety of tales in anthologies, I found some of them more enjoyable than others.
In fairness to all the authors involved, I’m finding it difficult to choose only one or two favourites, although Cabins by JB Taylor, Canvas by Sarah Moiser, Hello Dear by Stewart Bint and Ruby Kisses by Jessica Wren are at the top of my list…
and I would love to read more of Soul Man by Claire Plaisted.

 

Enter the chilling Ghostly Writes Anthology and be prepared to be scared with 27 short stories from around the world.  Creepy houses, murder mysteries, paranormal and much more to haunt and thrill those who dare.

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Knights of Enmity by Sedrie Danielle

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Title: Knights of Enmity
Author: Sedrie Danielle
Genre: Urban Fantasy
knights-of-enmityFall into the magic, action and ever spiraling chaos that is the Knights of Enmity!

Never had there been a time when enmity did not exist between Man and Angels. During the time of the Light Wars, the ancient Order of the Grigori blessed 9 sons of Adam with the power to defeat Gabriel’s hordes. The 9 founded the first of the 33 Orders of Man who swore to protect Earth from the wrath of Heaven.

Rufus Sosius, leads the degenerative Black Knights of the Order of Magia Chaotica; the most powerful of the 33 Orders of Man. While each Knight has taken a vow to maintain the balance of light and darkness in the world while upholding the will of the Council of 9, they find themselves ensnared in the drama of life as a series of bad decisions and fleshly weaknesses creates enmity between the Orders.

Dante the Seer has a vision of the coming war and warns Rufus Sosius of the Prophet’s errored interpretation which lead him to the idea of awakening the sheeple, the common man, to the world of magic. Against the advice of the Council, the Prophet awakens the masses but quickly finds out he was wrong by doing so.

As agitation amongst the Orders rises, Heaven has sounded the horns of the Reckoning as foretold in Revelation. Heaven descends upon the lower realms, it is Lord Samedi and his Barons who meet Heaven’s swords with their own.

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The Author:

sedrieSédrie Danielle is the author of the Knights of Enmity, an urban fantasy series whose characters personifies the idea of diversity. Living in a world where underrepresented voices are often exempt from mainstream fantasy and science fiction books, Sédrie has made it her life’s work to create strong, realistic characters that the LGBTI community and racial miniorties can identify with. After receiving undergraduate degrees in history and anthropology, a series of unfortunate events led her to write books as an expression of repressed ideas and emotions. As an archaeologist, she has excavated at PaleoIndian sites dating as far back as 10,000BCE, a 1940’s lynching site and other time periods inbetween. Books such as The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, The DaVinci Code, and others sparked an interest which took her basic love of history to esoteric studies, occult arts and mythology. Apart from living in Atlanta, Ga with her pet turtles Castor and Pollux, she loves to travel and visit historical. Conversations about anything but politics is a must over a cup of cupcake flavored coffee.

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Books I Read in October

Blood Master: Book 1 of The G.O.D.s Series

by Kirsten Campbell

I loved this book!
The story started slowly setting the scene and filling in some background, but soon shifted up a gear with some great action and a number of surprising twists.
The characters were well-developed and, for the most part, likable.
The romance between Tassta and Griffin was tasteful and didn’t overwhelm the story.
The author has created a fascinating and realistic world of the future, with vivid descriptions of the Brotherhood’s fortress and the Underground.


I can’t wait to see what happens next for Griffin and all.

2052: Two-thirds of the human population have been killed by the Great War, the Clover Virus and the Death Plague. Only one man survived the Death Plague, an albino man named Griffin Storm. He’s the only albino in existence. No one knows what happened to the other albinos, but most believe the rumors that they were eliminated by the Guild Faction’s deadly experiments.
Griffin is hiding out in Underground Atlanta. He has special abilities. He can manipulate crystal and glass. He uses these abilities for good, raiding warehouses and old buildings for food and medical supplies to give to the abandoned children that live in the Underground. During a raid, he meets Tassta Vinetti. She’s a resident of the legendary Brotherhood Fortress. Griffin is taken to the Brotherhood and chaos ensues as Tassta, her twin brother Penn and her Uncle Lerin Sanctobous keep their new visitor and his untold powers secret. They can not disclose that the only albino in existence is now at their fortress or they could all be in great danger.
Fact is, the Guild is hunting Griffin. He is the only survivor of their deadly experiments and his survival will have dynamic consequences. The Guild believes Griffin will transform into a G.O.D., a Genetically-enhanced Omni Dimensional being. If he transforms, he will have inter-dimensional doors within his body, doors that lead to heaven and hell. Griffin will become a Blood Master and he’ll be able to control the demons from the Dimension of Blood.
Will Griffin save the children of the Underground from their tragic life? Will he transform into a G.O.D. and become the Blood Master? Only time will tell…

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The Exiled

by Scott Borgman

Never a dull moment in this book! There’s always something happening.
Once you start reading, it’s virtually impossible to put down.

The book is beautifully written. The storyline, the conflict between good and evil, is well thought out and has a sense of uncertainty and tension.

All the characters, both the good and the evil, are complex and alive. They each have their own individual personality.

An incredible story with a stunning ending. I can’t wait to read book 2.

David’s ordinary life takes a drastic turn when he finds out that he is the key to a struggle that has been going on for ages. Hunted by one side, sworn to be protected by the other, David finds that the fate of humanity itself rests upon him.
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Demon Within

by Julie Nicholls

Julie Nicholls is an awesome story-teller.
Demon Within is a well-written book, that trips along at a good pace.
There were steamy scenes, violent fights, and plenty of surprising twists and turns, to keep me turning the pages.
The characters are strong and well-developed. I feel as though they are old friends, as I’ve lived alongside them through the sadness, joy, betrayal, rage and excitement of the tale.
The world in which they live is easily ‘seen’ thanks to the vivid descriptions throughout the book.

Thank must go to Julie Nicholls, who gifted me an ecopy of the book!

When Angels ruled the heavens and mortals…one dared to risk everything for the love of a human and paid the price of eternal damnation.
Kai, sold into slavery at a young age, fought in the fighting pits of Darkmide, struggles with a violent, uncontrollable force that feeds on his anger. Coerced into an alliance with a King, Kai is offered his daughter Eloise, as a wife. In a twist of fate, she’s the only person able to bring Kai back from the edge when the demon within takes control.
When an act of betrayal causes the alliance to break, he rejects Eloise, bringing forth all his fears of being alone. Stubborn and running away from confrontation, Kai is about to lose the only person who isn’t afraid of him.
A connection between Kai and a fallen angel is discovered, as the angel systematically destroys all towns he’s connected with, bringing the two together in a fight for dominance. Only time would tell who would prevail.

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Angel Within

by Julie Nicholls

The first book, Demon Within, was awesome and was desperate to see what would happen next… I was not disappointed!
All my old friends are back in this sequel and together we fell in love and met new friends, and we fought old and new enemies.
The descriptions are so vivid that you’re drawn into the book. I could say that reading this book was like watching a film inside your head, but for me it’s more like being a character in that film.

The story is full of surprises, intrigue, and adventure, and will keep you involved and turning the pages to the end… and what an ending!
I need to read the next book now.

The books do need to be read in order and are definitely for adults.

Thank you, once again to Julie Nicholls, who gifted me an ecopy of the book!

Jana, a powerful witch, and Tigan, a deceitful mercenary from Sabe and Kiera’s past, join forces to summon Samyaza, one of the most powerful of all fallen angels.
The witch strikes a bargain with the fallen angel to possess Tigan, making him indestructible in battle. In exchange for granting this gift, Samyaza seeks a sacrifice, someone gifted with seraph abilities in order that he can free himself of the bonds that hold him captive in hell.
It’s a race to save the sacrificial offering, and to stop Tigan from becoming possessed. Kai and Sabe join Brightstone and Blackhill’s forces to rid the world of the powerful, evil witch and Tigan. Once again the seraph come to the warriors aid, yet at what cost? The final battle culminates with the transformation of Eloise from a timid queen to a feared warrior, as her husband fights for his life, and freedom from bondage, once more.
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Enchanted

by K.K. Allen

A great introduction to the Summer Solstice Series by K.K. Allen.

I liked Katrina Summer, who, when we first meet her, is a shy and awkward teen. As the story progresses she becomes more confident and courageous.
I enjoyed the way that the connections between the characters developed at a natural pace. The spark of romance between Kat and Alex wasn’t rushed and the strained relationship between Kat and her previously estranged Grandmother evolved gradually through the book.

The story is told from Kat’s POV and ticks along at a steady pace.
It’s a good coming of age story with an original and believable mythological/fantasy backdrop.

The book is, as the title suggests, enchanting. 🙂

After Katrina “Kat” Summer’s mother dies a mysterious and tragic death, Kat is hurtled into life at Apollo Beach. Her estranged and cryptic grandmother Rose fills Kat with legends of her Ancient Greek Ancestors from which the Summer family descends. Kat’s world begins to unravel as secrets from her heritage are exposed – secrets that her mother purposefully concealed.

Leading to her birthday, the day of the Summer Solstice, Kat becomes frightened when enigmatic visions and disturbing dreams haunt her. When her visions become reality, her fear turns to terror as powerful forces threaten the lives of those around her.

Amidst the turmoil, Kat meets Alec Stone, her gorgeous neighbor, who becomes her sole solace in an evocative world of mythological enchantment and evil prophecies that lurk around every corner…

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The Equinox

by K.K. Allen

Book 2 of the Summer Solstice picks up where book 1 left us and is, in my opinion, even better than the first.

The well-developed characters from Enchanted are back and some new ones are introduced. The new characters are as dimensional as the familiar ones.
Kat continues to grow into her powers, as she faces betrayals, new challenges and new friendships.

K.K. Allen has, once again, taken me on a journey to Apollo Beach, and now that I’m home I can’t wait to go back.

Hurry up with book 3, K.K.

Katrina Summer finally comes to terms with her enchanted skin as she is challenged with an evil that threatens the Solstice settlement of Apollo Beach…

At a private gathering on Summer Island Kat meets an entire secret society of Enchanters – and other mythological descendants of a different breed. The gorgeous Valli sisters appear forcing Kat to take a deeper look into her new existence. And when Arabella, the youngest of the sisters, befriends Kat, she learns the most disturbing Summer family secret of all.

To escape the lurking dangers of the Equinox, which brings outrage and heartbreak to the entire town, Kat accepts a job at the Island Grille where more trouble brews as her handsome, yet brooding co-worker, Johnny, makes life even more challenging. Meanwhile, Kat struggles between her lingering and undeniable attraction for Alec, the secrets that she is forced to keep from him, and a betrayal that sends them on separate paths.

Mysterious deaths, signs of pollution rising in the Bay, and discoveries of the Equinox’s motives stir up an entirely new and frightening adventure as Kat finally discovers that being an Enchanter holds a responsibility worth killing for…
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Fang and Claw

by Markie Madden

I loved this book, it grabbed me on the first page and didn’t let go ’til the end.
Set in a future where supernatural beings have been accepted in the human world, a unit of Immortals investigate crimes committed by other Immortal and undead creatures.
The authors portrayal of the world and the law enforcement of the future is well-written, descriptive, and entirely believable.
The characters are complex and dynamic. Lacey and Colton, the two main characters, have a complicated and tense relationship, which adds to their opposing personalities.
The story flows well and throws up a few surprises for the investigating pair, and for the reader.

Lieutenant Lacey Anderson of the Dallas Police Department heads up a elite new squad dedicated to solving crimes involving Immortals like herself. Lacey, a Vampire left for dead when her family was slaughtered by Werewolves, still has nightmares about the attack.

Detective Colton Scarber is her unwilling partner and second-in-command. He’s a Werewolf, a descendant of those who killed Lacey’s coven. She’s unaware of this, but she doesn’t trust him from the start. When the fragile beginning of the team is threatened by the truth, can they learn to trust one another as partners must, or will the Undead Unit be doomed to failure?

A mysterious suspect and strange physical evidence leads them to solve a case spanning decades, and leaves Lacey with no other choice but to rely on her enemy when her very life is at stake!

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The Cat, the Crow, and the Cauldron: A Halloween Anthology

A great collection of 9 spooky stories from some brilliant authors.

As with all anthologies, I enjoyed some of the stories more than others, and some were scarier than others, but they were all well-written and entertaining to read.

My favourites were Joe DeRouen’s Good Fortune, Zeece Lugo’s Five Stories, Leonie Rogers’ Roast Pumpkin, CJ Rutherford’s Treaters and Jalpa Williby’s Beauty and the Beast.

Beauty and the Beast by Jalpa Williby is an imaginative story which drew me in. I loved that it ended well for Kelsey.

CJ Rutherford’s Treaters grabbed me from the start and didn’t let go. It’s a descriptive and chilling tale and the ending made me cry.

The book introduced me to some authors who were previously unknown to me, and I will be looking for some of their full-length books to read.

A strange and wonderful collection of Halloween stories, ranging from paranormal romance to horror.

Joe DeRouen’s Good Fortune teaches us a valuable lesson about why you should be very careful when you hold someone’s fate in your hands. It may come back to haunt you, just as it does for Grimsley Harkness, who dares to wish for more than he deserves.

Celia Kennedy’s Nothing Scares Me takes readers on a test of endurance. Lost in the Florida Everglades, Ardith Deblois, wife, mother and intrepid adventurer, fights for her life. Enveloped within the humid swamplands is a perilous maze full of obstacles and adversaries. Which is the greater impediment, the humans that hunt her or the deadly animals and poisonous plants she hides amongst?
Can she fight through fatigue and dehydration to save herself? Nothing Scares Me. True or not?

Zeece Lugo’s Five Stories Up finds us on October 31st, 1966, and night is falling over the city. Below, the groups of little ghosts and goblins stream in and out of the front stoops and basement bodegas, running, laughing, white blankets flapping in the wind, their candy treasures tightly held in hand. But above, in the dark rooftop of Sonia’s building, something pale and evil watches her, and beckons…

Angie Martin’s “Sold” follows a paranormal team as they investigate the home of a serial killer for their live Halloween night televised show.

In Heather Osborne’s Will You Remember Me? past and present collide when ghosts from witch trials of long ago come to life. It’s up to Sierra to lay things to rest.

In Leonie Rogers’ Roast Pumpkin, Anna discovers that going trick-or-treating in her new home town is more of an out-of-this-world experience than she’d ever imagined.

CJ Rutherford’s ‘Treaters’ tells the story of Jaz. Who would believe the world would end on Halloween night? Can Jaz, a retired U.S. Marine, battle loss, grief, demons, and loneliness, to survive the end of the world?

In Jada Ryker’s Dead Eye, Alex takes Marisa to an unusual Halloween party in an isolated Kentucky community… with a murderer ready with deadly tricks, rather than treats.

In Jalpa Williby’s Beauty and the Beast, Kelsey’s entire family perishes in a fire on a dreadful Halloween night. Overcome by grief and guilt, she decides to end her pain once and for all. Will the mysterious stranger be her savior, or will he ultimately cause her tragic demise?

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Sharpshooter

by Michael J. Elliott

A short but suspenseful horror story.
A great storyline with a lead character who’s easy to hate.
I loved the vivid descriptions that placed me at the heart of the action.

In my opinion, the minor errors that I noticed didn’t distract from this spine-chilling story

When teenager David decided he must own the Sharpshooter game at any price he could not have known that his violent actions would transport him to a nightmarish realm of hell. He doesn’t know that Sharpshooter is far more than just a simple video game and Ukami the pleasant shopkeeper is not quite what he appears to be. Join David as he fights for survival in demonic hell zone where he will come face to face with the victims of his past violent behaviour. Should David lose, it’s game over…forever.

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Casting Magic

by C.D. Gorri
A great introduction to a new (spin-off) series from C.D. Gorri.

It’s an enjoyable, fast-paced and action-packed short story.
The book is well-written, easy to read and hard to put down.

I will certainly be looking for more books in this series, and will be reading the Grazi Kelly Novels

Things in Northern New Jersey just got a little more intense for Angela Tanner. She is a Witch who hasn’t come into her powers yet, but things go full speed ahead when her father is accused of a crime he didn’t commit.

Enter Jody Nieves. The tall, dark, and powerful Guardian is sent to fetch her and observe as she tries to clear her father’s name. He does more than that, he wakes up a part of her she never dreamed existed.

Can she save her father in time, trust that Jody’s attentions are genuine, and discover the truth about her own powers? Find out in this first installment of the Angela Tanner Files.

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Skin

by Dale Mayer

I don’t usually read ‘romance’ books, however, this one was enjoyable, believable and inspirational.
It was an easy read with likable characters, who were true to life through a roller coaster journey of recovery to acceptance.
A beautiful and well-written story.

A journey of exploration…

A journey of healing…

A journey of love…

Two people are forced by circumstances into a therapy class to help them deal with their problems. They are strangers. Forced to be partners. Naturally opposites.
Kane is dealing with anger of betrayal at the deepest level, needing to find his way back to forgiveness. Tania is a previous rape victim hoping to deal with her fear of intimacy so she can have a loving relationship.
Tania’s medium of expression – her camera.
Her subject – the human body – Kane’s physical body.
Looking through the lens of a camera, she learns to find beauty and compassion…and the strength to find wholeness…with him.

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Scars

by Dale Mayer
Another powerful and well-written story from the pen of Dale Mayer.
It is along similar lines as Skin with the emotional journey for the two main characters.
Although this is the second book in the ‘Broken, but…Mending Book’ series it works well as a stand-alone book.

Some scars are visible…

Some scars are hidden…

The worst scars are buried deep inside…

Robin and Sean are existing in their private worlds. Hiding in plain sight, not really living, definitely not thriving. They both need to move forward… if they can.

Yet the price of success is pain as they confront issues that have plagued them for years. They’re so different, with such opposite problems. Yet they complement each other – or at least they will, if they can work through their issues and find each other.

This is a story of pain and sorrow, joy and success… and… love.

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Scales

by Dale Mayer

Another emotional and moving story in the Broken but… Mending series.

The main characters in this story are, as I have come to expect from Dale Mayer, well-written and believable. They are both stronger than they think and both have pasts that they need help to come to terms with.

On a personal level, I found this book harder to read than the previous two.

Although this is the third book in the series, the story works well as a stand-alone book.

She thinks she escaped Justice
He is still waiting for Justice to happen.
She’s afraid her day of reckoning is near.
He’s afraid his day of reckoning will never arrive.
Will love balance the scales of Justice?

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The Life She Didn’t Take

by Marie Krepps
This maybe a short story, but it isn’t short on intrigue or steamy scenes.
A well-written and enjoyable read.

Serahfine has walked these streets time and time again. Endless centuries alone have her longing for death’s release. But on this night when she means to end it all, she meets someone who intrigues her.
Is this a chance encounter or destiny?
Can an ageless vampire truly find happiness with a mere human?

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It’s Like the Full Moon

by Glorie Townson

This love triangle has some great moments of tenderness and affection.

Follow Rebecca, and her friends, as she tries to figure out her love life.

Glorie Townson’s characters are dimensional and have a good mix of vulnerability and backbone, which engaged my interest.
I felt as though I had met some good people, who were all flawed but likable.

I was given an ARC of It’s Like the Full Moon for an honest review.

Releasing February of 2016, this romance ARC needs a cover.
(My choice would be the top right.)

Rebecca has just turned thirty. She’s happy living a perfectly comfortable and predictable life. She’s even ready to marry her long-time boyfriend whenever he finally gets around to asking her. But all that changes when her best friend whisks her away to Italy for a much-needed vacation.

In the midst of site seeing and finally letting loose, Rebecca manages to catch the eye of a young English tourist but doesn’t let it go to her head. By the time she’s back in the States and back in the arms of her long-time beau, Rebecca has already forgotten about Peter, Paten, Paul…whatever his name was, that is until he shows up at her brother’s cabin in the woods.

A life of normalcy, routine, and stability gets turned upside down as Rebecca decides whether or not she’s truly ready to get married. And if so, who is the one she’s really meant to be with?

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The Mine

by John A. Heldt
An enjoyable time-travelling old-fashioned love story, with some humour and history.

The book has a good plot and is well-written.
The story meanders it’s way calmly through the book.
The characters are delightful and dimensional, you get to know what makes them tick! The romance was sweet and innocent, as befitting the times.
The world building and scenes are portrayed brilliantly. I’m presuming the author researched the era pretty well.

And the ending? That was unexpected… and perfect.

In May 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior, days from graduation, enters an abandoned Montana mine, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity.
He emerges in May 1941 with a cell phone he can’t use, money he can’t spend, and little but his wits to guide his way. Stuck in the age of swing dancing and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war. With the help of his 21-year-old trailblazing grandmother and her friends, he finds his place in a world he knew only from movies and books. But when an opportunity comes to return to the present, Joel must decide whether to leave his new love in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever. THE MINE follows a humbled man through a critical time in history as he adjusts to new surroundings and wrestles with the knowledge of things to come.

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Drawing Breath

by Laurie Boris

The book was well written and the plot nicely done although a little slow in places.
The characters were multilayered and the emotions and tension between Caitlin and Daniel were believable.
Caitlin, as a typical teen, swung between being childish and acting like an adult. She was easy to relate to and it was good to see her develop towards the end of the book.
I found Daniel to be a less endearing and somewhat naive in his relationship with Caitlin. Although I liked that he was shown as a person, flawed and imperfect, and not ruled by his disease.

Art teacher Daniel Benedetto has cystic fibrosis. At thirty-four, he’s already outlived his doctor’s “expiration date,” but that doesn’t stop him from giving all he can to his students and his work.
When he takes on Caitlin, his landlady’s daughter, as a private student, the budding teen painter watches in torment as other people, especially women, treat Daniel like a freak because of his condition. To Caitlin, Daniel is not a disease, not someone to pity or take care of but someone to care for, a friend, and her first real crush. Convinced one of those women is about to hurt him, Caitlin makes one very bad decision.

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Roads & Circuses 

by Tom Mazzone

Satire, wit and laugh out loud moments.
Follow the rise and inevitable fall of manipulative Irish politician, Marcus O’Malley.
The political intrigue, laughable situations, and humorous thoughts are well-written.
The characters are memorable though none of them are likeable or have any redeeming qualities.

Even if, like me, you’re not into politics, it is good for laughs.

Some Civil Servants are not so civil.

Marcus O’Malley is the brown-nosing suck-up everyone despised in school. He also happens to be Ireland’s best known barrister who truly has it all: a beautiful runway-model wife, two perfect children, prestige, power and wealth. When he refuses a dangerous villain’s request to defend him of heinous crimes, Marcus is rightly intimidated. A seemingly random opportunity to run for political office pops up and only as means to save him from the threats does he decide to dive in.

With his reputation as a do-gooder, Marcus takes like a duck to water to the local scene and his meteoric rise through the party’s rank begins. But as he sets his sights on becoming Prime Minister, he must cooperate with unsavory colleagues, bide time and determine what’s best for him versus what’s best for the party. Could outside forces bring him down, ruin his career and potentially send him to jail? Can he play the game in the shark-infested waters of Irish politics? Does he want power just for the sake of having power? Is he able to see that the chaos and the mayhem in his life are self-created? Can he continue to fool all of the people all of the time? Including himself?

Roads & Circuses is a thrilling satirical look at the world of politics and the duplicitous mind of a politician. It’s not so much what a politician says or does that should worry you, it’s what they actually THINK! And although set in Ireland, Marcus O’Malley could exist in any country or political party in the world.

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Baad Dog

by Sal Conte

A small cute dog that doesn’t need feeding, doesn’t poop and doesn’t bark, sounds ideal, right?
Not in this case!

Baad dog is a quick and suspenseful read. A bit slow to get going but it builds up the tension and evolves into an eventful story… but not a very scary one!

Since when did man’s best friend become his very own worst nightmare?

Harry wanted a dog.

He’d wanted a dog ever since his mother gave away the cute little mongrel pup he and his brother adopted when they were kids. His mom gave the dog away because Harry and Lenny didn’t take care of her as promised.
Now Harry is a grown man with children of his own. He brings home Queenie, a miracle of modern robotics who looks and acts just like a real dog. Big Mistake.

“One of the beauties of the K9-233 is that they don’t eat or poop.”

Harry’s wife, Pam, feels there’s something off about Queenie right from the beginning. And then strange things begin to happen: Harry’s five-year-old says Queenie talks to him. There’s the near fatal car accident after Harry makes Queenie spend the night in the garage for being naughty. But Harry loves Queenie—maybe a little too much. Will Harry realize there’s a murderous monster living under his roof before his entire family becomes dog food?

Baad Dog is a horror, sic-fi thriller with a twist from the author of 80s pulp horror classics Child’s Play and The Power. Sal Conte has been dubbed “the modern master of the surprise ending,” and this one is full of surprises.

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The Amaranthine

by Murees Dupé

Amaranthine, Vampires, and Werewolves are all included in this pleasant read from Murees Dupé.
There was enough action to keep me interested, but I didn’t feel ‘involved’ in the story.
The lead characters, Claire and Alex, were believable and well suited to each other, neither being good at dealing with, or expressing emotions.
I would have liked to get to know some of the other characters a bit better.
Although this is the first book of a series it doesn’t end in a cliff-hanger.

Claire is sassy, human, and an outcast of society―who only wants to know where she belongs.

Alex is arrogant, selfish, and an immortal warrior―who thinks he’s prepared for everything.

Claire knows the world of immortals is where she belongs. As her guide and guardian, Alex finds it hard to resist Claire’s subtle charm. Can the two overcome their differences and embrace their passion for each other, or will the possibility of true love be lost to both forever?