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The Knowing Child
by Valarie Savage Kinney

The Knowing Child

Evie O’Connor isn’t a typical three-year-old. She hears the cries of the dead and the dying. Her burgeoning ability brings the scars of a painful past into her parent’s lives.

No matter how hard she tries to forget, the effects of neglect and abuse linger in Keisha O’Connor’s mind. Nightmares, anxiety, and something more sinister have a grip on her she can’t break. When her daughter Evie makes a terrifying announcement, the walls surrounding her perfect life come tumbling down.

At Windy Springs Renaissance Festival, the familiar isn’t what it seems. A bizarre twist of fate puts Evie in danger as the Rennies band together to save the child… and possibly take down one of their own.

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My Review:

Valarie Savage Kinney’s series, Secrets of Windy Springs goes from strength to strength. This, the third instalment, is the best one yet. I gave the first two, five stars, so this should definitely be a six-star book.

The Knowing Child took me on an emotional rollercoaster ride, that I couldn’t get off until I turned that last page.

Keisha, Rogan and all my favourite characters were back, and this time young Evie is at the forefront of the story. Evie tries to deal with hearing the voices of the dead and dying, as best as a three-year-old can, and one voice, in particular, turns Keisha and Rogan’s world upside down.

Each book brings me closer to the quirky cast as I get to know them better and learn more about them and their pasts.

I loved this book, I love this series, and I love feeling that I’m meeting up with old friends each time I open the book. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that there are many more secrets to uncover in Windy Springs.

 

The Author:

Valarie Savage KinneyValarie Kinney is a writer, fiber artist and Renaissance Festival junkie with a wicked caffeine addiction. She resides in Michigan with her husband, four children, and two insane little dogs.

Author of Heckled, Slither, Just Hold On, and the Secrets of Windy Springs series, as well as short stories included in various anthologies.

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The Ancient Tripod of Peace by Kalen Cap

The Ancient Tripod of Peace

 

BookCover_AncientTripodOfPeaceTeens Lexi and Gil face relic-thieving secret societies.

Plagued by loneliness in her Lake Erie Islands community, vegan Lexi hopes to make like-minded friends in high school. But her dad’s job is jeopardized when relics are stolen from his museum, changing her priorities. And she finds her new teachers’ eerie dislike of her troubling.

His dad in jail, cipher enthusiast and bacon-loving Gil hopes freshman year will provide a clean slate. Soon, he discovers secret codes within a Shakespearean play while paired with Lexi, pulling him into an ancient mystery.

With the official museum burglary investigation stalled, the mismatched teen sleuths join forces to try and crack the case. Lexi’s inquiries and Gil’s codes capture their teachers’ attention. But these teachers have the stolen Tripod of Peace, a powerful relic sought by rival secret societies. Caught in these societies’ crossfire as thieves wield an instrument of astounding power, Gil and Lexi are in danger.

The Ancient Tripod of Peace is the first book in novelist Kalen Cap’s Teen Thief-Catchers Series. If you like stories with artifact treasures, fighting secret societies, and spirited protagonists, you’ll enjoy this novel.

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My Review:

An interesting book that joins a trio of teens who are given the task of finding a link between the world of ancient Greece and a Shakespearean play for a group project at school. Between Gil’s computer skills, Trevor’s knowledge of Greek history, and Lexi’s grandparents, the teens find more than they bargained for.

With their lives on the line, as well as those of friends and family, the group race to untangle the mystery behind the secret societies, the codes, and the ancient artefacts.

With the different divisions within the secret society it was sometimes difficult to keep track of who was working with who.

The teens were realistically portrayed, with flaws and quirks, and the other characters involved in the story were, for the most part, fairly well fleshed out.

 
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Author Bio:

Kalen Cap is a writer living in Ohio and regularly commutes back and forth between Columbus and Port Clinton residences. Set among the Lake Erie Islands, “TheAncient Tripod of Peace” is his second novel, first of the Teen Thief-Catcher series. His first novel, “Tangled Ties to a Manatee,” was published in 2012.

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The Streets Of Nottingham

by Auckly Simwinga

 

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Eons ago, a betrayal rocked the heavens. Grief overwhelmed the mother of creation, driving her to madness when the god-king banished Caelemon to the underworld. Leading to the sundering of the world which would come to be known as the Breaking.

Only a tiny village, located at the edge of the world survived the breaking, and for hundreds of years it remained forgotten. The villagers now pray to the mother seeking her mercy and protection, but she’s as cold and merciless as the black stone statue from which she was carved. Her supplicants haven’t realized it yet.

But they are about to, in the worst possible way.

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My Review:

This short story, told in the first person, reads like an ancient myth handed down from person to person over many years. Sometimes confusing, sometimes unclear but always engaging and exciting.

When Adam’s village is attacked by wraiths and the love of his life is killed, he sets off to seek Nottingham, a place where no-one has ever been or is meant to go, to find a healer who, according to the ancient scrolls, knows he is coming but is not waiting for him.

An entertaining debut book from Auckly Simwinga,  an author I’d be interested in seeing more of.

 

The Author:

Auckly SimwingaAuckly Simwinga was born in Kitwe, a small mining town on the Copperbelt province of Zambia. He’s an author and architect who writes and draws stuff. But mostly he draws stuff.

The streets of Nottingham is his first published book, though he has a few others doing time in various rubbish bins across the nation.

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Go To Sleep by Marion Adams

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Tansy the sheep can’t go to sleep. She’s forgotten how to do it! But when she follows the barn owl’s advice and starts counting sheep, she realises that something is wrong…

The award-winning bedtime story with a humorous twist that children will love!

 

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My Review:

A cute bedtime story about a little sheep who couldn’t get to sleep. Counting sheep takes on a new twist in this fun read.

Aimed at children 3 – 7 years old. This is a wonderful story to read to your little ones, and for the older range of the age group to read themselves.

The illustrations by Sarah-Leigh Wills are delightful.

 

Author Bio:

MA author pic 2Marion Adams has been writing for as long as she can remember, usually for fun and sometimes for money as well. She started her career as an in-house copywriter with a publisher and now works as a freelance proofreader and editor. It’s her dream job because she’s paid to read all day (and eat dark chocolate). Over the years, she’s written all kinds of things for both adults and children, some serious and some less so, with published work including magazine stories, articles, poems, plays and non-fiction books.

Marion lives in Devon, UK, and when she’s not reading or writing (or eating dark chocolate), she loves going for walks on the wild moors where her picture book Go To Sleep! is set.

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Late Bite: Vampire On Trial

by John Matsui

 

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Dragul Mangorian is the Vampire for the 21st Century. He’s smart; he’s charming; he’s terrifying. The sole survivor of a race of Vampires, he doesn’t hide in a dark coffin. He has millions of social media followers around the world and is the top-rated host of the hit late night talk show, LATE BITE.

People are dying to be his guests on screen. Off screen, people are just dying.

Lawyer Al Hamblyn spends his time keeping his blood-sucking BFF out of the clutches of the law each time another victim goes down from blood loss.

Millions cheer on the ‘ultimate bad boy’ who many say does great things for humanity. Religious zealots aren’t so sure and want him decapitated.

Villain or hero? Late Bite will keep you on the edge of your seat guessing until the final page.

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My Review:

An enjoyable, well written and unusual book.

Part courtroom drama, part action story, all vampire novel.

With plenty of bite (pun intended) and enough twists to keep you reading.

I’m looking forward to the follow-up books

 

The Author:

John Matsui AuthorJohn Matsui was an award-winning journalist and an innovative public relations consultant. Now he’s focused his inventiveness to create tension and action filled thrillers.

John’s novels – Late Bite, Lycanthrope Rising and Gravity Games are available on Amazon.com and most mainstream international sites.

John and his wife Judy live in Wortley Village, a quaint neighbourhood in London, Ontario — far from vampires, superheroes, and Toronto’s high housing prices.

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Charley’s Baby Surprise: A Macconwood Pack Novella
by C.D. Gorri

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Can Alpha wolf, Rafe Maccon, survive his mate’s pregnancy?

Charley is adapting to married life in her new home with her husband, Alpha Wolf, Rafe Maccon, and the eight Wolf Guards who live with them. Learning the rules to this new supernatural world isn’t always easy, especially when she finds herself pregnant after just a few weeks of marriage.

Rafe Maccon never had anyone of his own before. He is determined to love, cherish, and most of all, protect his bride. His mated Wolf instincts go into overdrive once he discovers Charley is pregnant!

Will Charley cave to Rafe’s demands or will this Alpha learn the meaning of compromise?

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My Review:

An enjoyable, quick and easy read from C.D.Gorri, that catches up with alpha wolf, Rafe and his mate, Charley.

Charley is pregnant and Rafe is overprotective and overbearing, for all the right reasons, but I found myself wanting to give him a swift kick in the rear for not talking to Charley about his fears.

Take an emotional human and a non-communicating wolf; add a rogue wolf to the mix, then stir in a few surprises, and you have a sweet recipe for another adventure for the Macconwood Pack.

 

The Author:

61AB7DqR1wL._UX250_I’m C.D. Gorri, Paranormal Fiction Author and Creator of the Grazi Kelly Universe. I’ve always been an avid reader, and I have a profound love for books and literature. When I’m not writing or taking care of my family I can usually be found with a book or tablet in my hand. I live in my home state of New Jersey with my husband, our children, and our dogs, Dash and Chewie.

I’m a busy mom of three and finding time for leisurely reading was never easy, so I write stories that are fast-paced, yet detailed with satisfying conclusions. If I thought making time to read was difficult, I was in for a huge surprise when I started writing, but now that I started, I can’t picture myself doing anything else! I love writing powerful women and strong heroes who face relatable problems in supernatural settings! I plan on increasing the GK Universe with each and every story I publish. You can follow me on social media to keep up to date on all my new releases and events!

Want to know how it all began? Enter the Grazi Kelly Universe with Wolf Moon: A Grazi Kelly Novel #1 or how about a little PNR with the Macconwood Pack? Pick up Charley’s Christmas Wolf for $0.99 today! I have series for for young adult and young at heart audiences who enjoy paranormal fiction, and I also have paranormal romance books available now! If you like sassy heroines and sexy heroes then you might want to try my PNR books! Thanks for dropping by and happy reading!

del mare alla stella,
C.D. Gorri

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Barnacle Brat by Adrian Baldwin

Barnacle Brat

A Dark Comedy for Grown-Ups

535880_505659702856537_1607688465_nLosing your grip on reality is a real bummer. Just ask Leon Blank. Not that he’d know. Seems those losing their marbles are always the last to find out.

Until recently, Leon would have argued that having a tendency to become easily side-tracked on a regular basis wasn’t that weird.

And what’s so unusual about hearing a voice inside your head? Doesn’t everyone? Isn’t that just thinking? But his recent visions are not so freely dismissed; especially the angry-looking clown who’s started following him around with a baseball bat.

Time to act, Leon decides: perhaps keeping a log would shed light on the mystery. Then again, could ‘seeing-things’ just be sexual frustration? It’s been a while! If only he had a girlfriend to take his mind off stuff . . .

Prepare to enter the normally hidden world of delusions, paranoia, and . . . ahem . . . ‘unusual interests’: Voyeurism; Feederism; Shoes — that kind of thing.

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My Review:

I know I have a weird sense of humour, and this book had me chuckling and laughing (and between you and me, I’ll even admit to a snort or two). There’s more to the story than the humour though, there’s a serious and sometimes quite somber side too. I ran through a whole range of emotions from sad to happy, and from frustrated to optimistic.

We meet Leon Blank at the start of the book, hanging upside down in a crashed car, talking to a dummy (he prefers the word ‘mannequin’).

From there on Leon’s life becomes wilder, weirder and more threatening. Although it’s easy to see that all is not well in Leon’s head, it’s hard to tell where reality stops and delusions start, what actually exists and what’s just a figment of Leon’s mind.

This was an intriguing and captivating, surreal story with plenty of twists and a satisfying ending.

Warning: If you have a fear of clowns, don’t read this book!!

Author Bio:

Adrian BaldwinAdrian Baldwin is a Mancunian now living and working in Wales. Back in the ’90s, he wrote for various TV shows/personalities: Hale & Pace, Clive Anderson, Brian Conley, Paul McKenna, Smith & Jones, Rory Bremner. Wooo, get him!

After that he wrote three screenplays, one of which received generous financial backing from the Film Agency for Wales. Then along came the global recession to firmly kick the UK Film industry in the nuts. What a bummer!

Not to be outdone, he turned to novel writing – which had always been his real dream – and, in particular, a genre he feels is often overlooked; a genre he has always been a fan of: Dark Comedy (Horror’s weird cousin).

As a young lad, Adrian grew up watching Monty Python and reading the novels of Kurt Vonnegut. Little wonder then – perhaps it was inevitable – that all his stories (dark comedies for grown-ups) would turn out to be “weird and disturbing but funny at the same time” – much like the strange and surreal humour he so enjoyed as a boy.

Adrian’s first novel, BARNACLE BRAT won Underground Books Reviews’ INDIE NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2016 (Readers’ Choice)

His second novel, STANLEY McCLOUD MUST DIE! is shortlisted for Underground Books Reviews’ INDIE NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2018

Besides Python and Kurt Vonnegut, Adrian cites his other major influences as Stephen King, Galton & Simpson, David Bowie, Bruce Robinson, Christopher Moore, David Mitchell, Robert Rankin, Colin Bateman, Irvine Welsh, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, to name just a few.