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The Green Scroll by I. V. Phillips

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Genre: Fantasy Fiction
Date Published: 03-18-2017

THE GREEN SCROLL CoverFiery fissures close, and thick descending clouds dissipate, revealing the heavenly skies of Wanderamid, and its neighboring worlds. Nevertheless, evil lurks amid the celebration of sustained existence. A demon known as, Lepper, discerns one whose blood runs through pulsating veins, like his own. It provokes his diabolic interest to heighten, and motivates him to search for this individual. He embarks on his pursuit by going through electrifying portals, no longer accessible to mortals, ever since Wanderamid’s crystal ball was placed back to its rightful place, in palms of stone.
Emera, Wanderamid’s powerful witch, finds out about her son’s imminent transformation. His demonic fate leaves her in grave disbelief. She has no notion where he could be, and unaware that he is the purpose for a demon’s hunt!

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Excerpt:

The peephole’s first vision was that of a man sitting beside an old woman, seemingly ill, and oddly grinning down at her, while she, surprised, looked up at him.

“Why did you come back?” she asked sadly.


“You don’t seem at all happy to see me, Mother. I wanted to make sure you were on your way to the heavens you’ve always dreamed your ‘spirit’ would rise up to.” He smiled with his arms raised high.


“I’m not departing any time soon, my son. It’s only my weakness increasing. I’ve always wished the same for you too, but you chose to accept eternity in the deep depths of ….” She turned her head away, unable to finish.


“You can’t even say it.” He chuckled. “Use ‘eternal flames’, or ‘darkness’, Mother! Can your cracked old lips say those words instead?”


She forced herself to see his red glaring eyes again, and when she did, she reminisced about the day she had given birth to him. If only he had not chosen to welcome his demonic inheritance.


“I tried to save you… both of my sons. I would have given my life.”


“Hmm,” his voice murmured, unimpressed by her boring statement of unconditional love. “Daeg is not as I. He has more of your soul… your ‘pathetic’ soul. Besides, when death finds him, he will be shunned out from any ‘darkness’ and rise up to your precious heavens!” He laughed. “On the other hand, you saved Father! Be glad for that! You turned his soul to be weak as yours with your ‘love’—and now he’s dead!”


Tears escaped her solemn stare.


“I’ve prayed that my boys would find someone to love them as much as I did your father. He loved me the same, yes, but he was not weak. His love was strong. That’s how he became free from the temptations with the dark world.”


“I don’t have any storage for sympathy; Mother,” he replied, “and I don’t have a heart to share with anyone.”


“How can you say such a thing? You have a heart. When you were born… you had a heart. I felt it beating… and nurtured it,” she said, even though he was visibly dispassionate.


“Oh, I will deceive someone, with my fake heart, and she will bear my child. That child will follow me after choosing my ‘gift of eternal darkness,’ and then walk beside me.”


Even to imagine that as her unborn grandchild’s fate sickened her more, as she lay in a fragile spell.


“Please—don’t encourage an innocent child to a life of despair,” she pleaded. “If you can do anything for me, I beg of you, grant me that.”


“I’m your son! You didn’t steer me your way!” He glared at her ferociously.


“Your father and I both gave our sons love. What you boys choose will be your destiny. It’s not up to me, although I tried my best!” she cried.

 

 
The Author:

I.V. Phillips Author PhotoI. V. Phillips has always been fascinated with the paranormal. Her supernatural beliefs inspired A New World Fantasy Novel Trilogy.
Born and raised in New Jersey, she now resides in Florida.

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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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Black Magic Academy by Emily Martha Sorensen

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Title: Black Magic Academy
Author: Emily Martha Sorensen
Genre: YA Fantasy

 

black-magic-academy_1Mildred doesn’t like black magic. But her mother was once valedictorian of Black Magic Academy, so her aunts insist she needs to follow in her footsteps and become one too.

Mildred doesn’t want to be part of the popular crowd. Nor does she care about her “death-enemy.” And she certainly has no interest in murderous spells. But if the teachers catch on that she’s actually a good witch . . . well, they don’t react well to that kind of ignominy.

What’s the only good witch in a school of wicked witches to do?

 
(This book is 36,000 words long, or 150 pages in length.)

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emily-martha-sorensen_2Hi! I’m Emily Martha Sorensen!

I’m a huge fan of science fiction and fantasy, and I write clean books that are intelligent, optimistic, and happy. I write for all age levels. Picture books? Got one. Chapter books? Got a series. Middle grade? Sure thing. Young adult? Most definitely. New adult? Working on a series right now. ALL of them, no matter what the age of the main character, are both intelligent and clean. I believe that children deserve smart books, teenagers deserve fun books, and adults deserve imagination, a sense of wonder, and books aimed at them that are G or PG.

I have two comics: A Magical Roommate, which is complete (it’s actually G-rated new adult, and was always intended to be that way: I started it when I was eighteen and couldn’t find clean stories about people my age), and To Prevent World Peace, which is currently ongoing (think a magical girl series from the point of view of the villains).
I’m a bit of an oddball. I refuse to write what’s popular: I write the stories I believe should exist. If those happen to become popular, I would be delighted. I won’t change what I write just because the crowd’s doing it. I’m pretty flexible about which forms my stories take, though.

My husband is Benjamin A. Sorensen, who writes fantasy. His first book is Prophecy, and it’s pretty awesome. He’s a wordsmith, and he usually writes standalone epic fantasy.

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Books I Read in August

Origins of the Never

by C.J. Rutherford

This short prequel is a great introduction to the Tales of the Neverwar.
There is something special about the story, the characters, and the world(s) that sucked me in and won’t let go.

A prequel to The Tales of the Neverwar series, with dragons, elves and faeries.

Two friends closer than brothers. In a world of immortals, they are destined to become the mightiest among them.

An evil, thought banished forever, seeks to ensnare an unwitting pawn.

A perfect world, destined for destruction faces a desperate choice.

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Souls of the Never

by C.J. Rutherford

Wow! Never a dull moment in this interesting and thrilling blend of fantasy and science fiction.
The storyline is complex and attention grabbing.
All the characters were well-rounded, not just the main ones.
The world building was creative and the author puts his own twist on the idea of alternate/parallel universes. He must have a vivid imagination.
There are dragons, faeries, brownies, a horrifically evil bad guy, plus love, romance, trust, and betrayal all wrapped up in an amazing story.
I’m looking forward to reading Worlds of the Never.

In Belfast, Northern Ireland, 20-year-old Katheryne dreams. Her dreams are killing her. Each night she sleeps, the beast comes closer to taking over and crossing into her world.

On Sanctuary, a world at the heart of the Never, the Liberi warrior, Derren, searches desperately for the face from his dreams. His soul cries out for her. She is the saviour, and only he can find her.

At the edge of the universe a dormant evil awakens. His slumber is over as the Veil that hides his source of power slowly collapses, allowing magic to trickle back into his malevolent grasp.

This is a battle of light against darkness. If darkness wins, we can only hope we die. The alternative is too terrible to imagine.

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…Before You Leap

by Les Lynam

A well-written and humorous read.
The characters were brilliantly described, completely believable and come alive as you read.
I loved Sean’s reaction to the science behind time travel, which was interesting and not overly complicated.
Ther was no great cliffhanger at the end, but it was left open for another book, which I’ll be more than happy to read
This book was so much more than a sci-fi/time-travel novel.

Sean Kelly considered himself an average 16-year-old, living in an average neighborhood in a small University town. Nothing too exciting ever happened in Grover’s Corners, Missouri; some might even label it boring. His ordinary life was disrupted when a distant relative dropped by at the beginning of his Junior year in high-school. A distant relative from the 23rd Century.

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…Saves Nine

by Les Lynam

Wow! Amazing! I loved this book!
If you read and enjoyed …Before You Leap read this! In my opinion, it’s even better.

The plot is fascinating and the writing outstanding.
The characters from book one continue to develop, and the characters new to this book are well fleshed out.
How the author keeps all the toing and froing between different times straight in his mind while writing it so that it’s completely understandable for the reader is beyond me.
I can only hope that Les Lynam can also travel through time so that the next book in the series will be waiting for me when I finish this book yesterday!

Sean Kelly and LX travel back one more generation to the year 1969. The question is: will either teen know how to ‘make the scene’ in the sixties? Can they blend in with the other teens in tiny Mercer, Iowa; including Sean’s dad? When they return to 1995, both of them have regrets about the past.

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Falling Angels

by Jen Winters

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, because I think it’s worth repeating.
Jen Winters has a wonderful imagination!
I love escaping into her world of demons, angels, guardians, werewolves and vampires.
There’s fantastic action, wonderful romance, and plenty of twists that keep you reading and wondering what’s going to happen next.
This is a great addition to the series and I am now patiently (ok impatiently) waiting for the next book.

What’s worse than losing your job? How about losing your life, your home, and everything familiar? I just wanted to work. What did I get in return? A long fucking fall with a sudden stop.
Stranded on earth with little hope for survival and an eternity of banishment ahead of me, I did the only thing I knew—I worked the jobs I could. Until I realized I’d been replaced. Then I got mad.
Eleven thousand years of fighting for my destiny had me broken, bitter, and ready to just give up. And then my best friend blew up Fort Worth and screwed the entire universe in the process. Now I have to save his ass from everyone including the Guardians.
I hate Guardians—those intrusive vixens replaced me, took over my job, and left me utterly useless. But this one, Lavinia, she’s almost as old as I am and she is starting to get under my skin. I can’t concentrate when she’s around—everything about her mystifies me and why the hell do I remember her from before? She shouldn’t even exist! And certainly not in my memory.

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Walking Between Worlds; Book I: Demons & Angels

by J. K. Norry

It’s a hard to put down, page turner. Well written and descriptive, with a thrilling storyline and a unique take on personal demons and angels.
The author brought his characters to life in my mind and I lived alongside them through the turmoil and action.

However, be prepared, the ending is a real cliffhanger! Have the next book ready. If I had, I wouldn’t have spent the past hour, since finishing the book, cussing J.K. Norry.

Meet the unsung heroes of the supernatural, those who walk between worlds to help humans battle their demons. This is the spellbinding tale of a special group of people whose lives were changed forever. Watch the ordinary collide with the extraordinary to test the mettle of their souls and the power of their love.

The first book in an exciting new series, Walking Between Worlds; Book I: Demons & Angels introduces us to a new way of looking at both the natural and the supernatural worlds. Join Paul Stone and Kris Reed as they walk between worlds in search of answers and themselves.

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Riddle

by Elizabeth Horton-Newton

A well-written book, with an intriguing storyline and a great cast of fleshed-out characters.
The book has believable romance and unpredictable mystery.
A true riddle with many twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end.

Seven years ago Kort Eriksen went to prison for killing his girlfriend Desiree. Now he’s back in Riddle and some people think he got off easy. Others, including long time friend Norma, think he was railroaded because he’s the only Native American in town. Grace Donahue is running away from her past. Trapped in Riddle until her car is repaired she develops a friendship with Kort. Suddenly accidents are happening and people are dying. Is Kort adding to his list of victim’s or has someone else taken the reins? As mysteries from the past rise to the surface, more questions will be raised. The suspect file grows as victim’s fall. Is Desiree’s killer back for more or is someone trying to avenge her death? The riddle of Riddle will be solved, but how many bodies will it take to find the answers?

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Blood Rose

by Danielle Rose

The book was interesting and kept my attention.
The storyline is well thought out, well written and cracks along at a good pace.
You get a detailed insight into what it means to be a witch and a vampire.
The characters are well-developed and brought to life. Avah especially is interesting and complex character

I’d like to see what happens next.

When Avah Taylor’s family relocates to the remote mountains of Shasta, California, she thinks she can finally hide the secrets of her family’s ancestry, a history that has marked Avah as an outcast her entire life.

But after only mere months of living in northern California, Avah’s given a death sentence. As one of the only Spirit users in her coven, she has been chosen to yield The Power, the ultimate weapon against the immortal species and an all-too-powerful gift that the shell of a mortal can’t contain for long.

As Avah slowly transitions into a life of blood and war, she realizes the world isn’t what it seems—and that everything she’s been told is a lie.

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Dry Land

by Jennifer Anne Seidler

I got caught up in this fast moving, entertaining, and action-packed novella.
Both the human characters and the hybrid android ones were interesting and I loved the surprise twist.

I enjoyed the short bonus stories at the end of the book.
The first one was interesting and explained the origins of two of the characters from the previous tale.
The second takes place after Dry Land and is a humorous snippet of life for the same two characters.

When mankind toys with nature, nature fights back. Astronaut Ted “Shakespeare” Hardiston is setting off on the adventure of a lifetime — for the rest of his life. He reluctantly leaves behind his wife, an android/human hybrid, to command the first base on the surface of the moon. Ted and the crew of Space Shuttle Liberty complete their mission, gifting the Moon with gravity and an atmosphere. In doing so, they cause mass destruction on the Earth below. By Ted’s side during this ordeal is Codie-5, another hybrid and a genetic duplicate of Ted’s wife. Ted, Codie, and the crew must work fast and make sacrifices to save the world — and for Ted, to return to the love of his life

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Thaddeus Whiskers and the Dragon

by H.L. Burke

A delightful story for youngsters, although I believe we are never to old for a good fairy tale.
It has all the elements of a great fantasy story… a sweet natured princess, an eternally young kitten, a ferocious/friendly dragon, an evil queen, an incompetent wizard and much more.
A wonderful read for the young and the young at heart.

Thaddeus F. Whiskers is a pampered palace pet, a kitten enchanted to never become a cat. Princess Clarice loves him, for in the entire kingdom, there is no other kitten as cute or as clever. He leads a life of cushions and cream until a wizard’s “gift” results in his banishment. Determined to make it back to the princess he loves, he escapes into the wilderness where he discovers the lair of a dragon.

Grandious, the dragon, doesn’t care about anything besides himself. He wants to be left alone with his treasure. However, there is something about Thaddeus that has him entranced. He finds himself opening his home and his heart to the little cat.

Thaddeus is a small creature in a big world. Between him and his beloved Princess stand conniving wizards, would-be-step-mothers, and rampaging rats. However, when danger threatens both Clarice and Grandious, Thaddeus won’t allow his size to get in the way of saving his friends.

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How Maxwell Grover Stole My House

by C.E. Vance

Although aimed at an audience much younger than I am, I enjoyed every minute of this book.
It was well-written, with age-appropriate language and some great gross-out moments.
The children in the story were likeable and acted their age during their adventures. The villain of the piece was disgusting and scary, but not too much for the younger reader.
A fun read that you and your kids will love.

Book 1 in the exciting new kids trilogy!

What if every fear you ever had about your creepy next-door neighbor turned out to be true?

10- year-old Zeke Langley has become the target of his nasty new neighbor, Maxwell Grover. For reasons known only to him, the unsavory stranger seems determined to make Zeke’s life miserable and force his family out of their home.

Inevitably, Zeke and his best friend Winks set out on a journey to discover what Grover is hiding. What they find sends them down a road they never imagined … and on a mission they may never return from.

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Hybrid

by Nick Stead

A great, dark read from beginning to end.
The best way I can describe it is as a book of two halves.
The first half is about a teenagers difficult adjustment to becoming a werewolf, even though he had always wanted to be one.
The second half is more action packed as the body count rises and the undead battle to survive the slayers.
The characters were well written and the story kept me guessing.
I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series.

A full moon rises and blood is about to be spilled. Nick Stead, once a regular teenage boy falls prey to the werewolf curse. He begins to change in ways he cannot understand. The first transformation after receiving the bite is only the beginning. From that moment on, death follows in his wake as he seeks to satisfy the insatiable hunger awoken within. But hunter can easily become the hunted, and whilst battling his own lupine instincts, he must also hide his lycanthropy from those who would seek to wipe out his race. A clandestine faction known as the Demon Slayers are closing in on his trail and mean to wipe out his kind once and for all.

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Infinite Waters

by Nicholas C. Rossis

A collection of nine seemingly unrelated short stories that are connected by another story which slowly unfolds through the book.
Each story is different, from dark to fun and everything in between. They are all well-written and most have a twist or two.

Ten speculative fiction short stories and flash fiction, written by the award-winning author of Pearseus and Runaway Smile.

Although they seem to be concerned with various themes, there are certain passions that run through them. What is the nature of reality; digital and corporeal? Is there more to the world than we can see? How far can we trust our senses? What are the consequences of our actions, and is it possible to change them? And if so, would we simply repeat same mistakes, or make new ones?

The anthology includes the following stories:

“Infinite Waters”: A woman seeks her future at a carnival. She discovers more than she expected.
“The Twist in the Tale”: A confused woman meanders through a sleepy town. But not all is as it seems.
“James’ Life”: A man with nothing to look forward to but oblivion, discovers it’s not that easy to escape his life.
“What’s in a Name?”: A trip to the tropics has an unexpected ending.
“The Lucky Bastard”: How far will the luckiest man alive go to escape his luck?
“Two’s a Crowd”: Blood runs thicker than water. Especially when you spill it.
“Is There a Doctor in the House?”: A high school student just loves to experiment.
“Sex and Dinner”: A timeless combination. Or is it?
“Would You Like Files With That?”: Nothing’s scarier than a supermarket.
“The Hand of God”: Nothing has prepared a grizzly veteran for this meeting *.
(* first published in The Power of Six)

Humorous and poignant, these short stories are exciting, intriguing and imaginative.

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The Branches of Time

by Luca Rossi

The book held my interest from start to finish. The story toggles back and forth with different POVS and flashbacks.
The writing flows easily, the characters are fascinating and so is the plot.

The population of the island of Turios is mercilessly exterminated by the workings of black magic. Only Bashinoir, badly wounded, his wife Lil, and the Priestess Miril have survived. Determined to give their loved ones a worthy burial, the three soon discover that the corpses have disappeared. Their only hope for salvation now lies in the magical protection of the Temple, as sinister threats continue to pursue them. A shadow spreads over their hearts, dividing and destroying them, as their bodies appear to be fading away. Feeling increasingly isolated, Bashinoir watches as the two women grow closer…
In the Kingdom of Isk, wizards and wisemen alike must bow down before the insatiable King Beanor, whose greed for power and war is matched only by his hunger for sex. A young woman he has chosen as his next bride does not, however, wish to surrender her freedom to love and live. Will games and tricks under the sheets turn the tide in a war that has lasted thousands of years?

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Brilliant Disguise

by Mary Anne Edwards

Mystery and romance rolled up into one story.
The characters are well developed and colourful.
The descriptions and detail drew me in.
The book was intriguing, well-written, and kept me guessing until the end.

Detective Charlie McClung no longer finds his job fulfilling and has given up finding that “someone” his granny promised he would find. So he leaves behind the big city and his close-knit family and takes a job in a small town police department in Georgia, resigned to live a quiet life in solitude.

Things change when he meets Marian Selby while investigating the mysterious death of her best friend. But Marian swore never to love again after the death of her husband 11 years ago. What seems to be a suicide turns into a tangled web of deceit, corruption, and complicated shadows.

Can the two of them come to grips with their feelings for each other before the killer closes in on them?

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A Good Girl

by Mary Anne Edwards

The second book in the series picks up soon after the first, with another crime and another mystery.
It introduces us to Charlie’s extended family who were fun and likeable. The introduction of so many new characters was done in such a way as to not overwhelm you.
Each book could be read as a stand-alone mystery because you are not left hanging, but you wouldn’t have the background or see the love developing between Charlie & Marian.
Another well-written mystery, although this time I did have the suspect pegged before the end.

For Charlie McClung, going home to Virginia with Marian was supposed to be a joyous occasion, but upon arrival at his childhood home, he’s met with a note instead of his family. “Don’t worry, Love, we’re all okay. Come to the shop. A dead girl was found in an armoire delivered just now. Huggies, Ma” Charlie is quickly recruited to help solve the murder of a young girl who was on the path to becoming a nun. The suspects begin to mount as Charlie delves deep into the girl’s life revealing a sordid and ugly side of the town’s good girl.
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Vampire Addiction

by Eva Pohler

The author has a unique take on vampires and weaves them seamlessly into Greek Mythology in this story.
She has created an amazing world with characters that are realistic and easy to relate to. Their actions and decisions are typical for their age.
It’s an amazing start to a new series and I’m interested to see where the author is going next with these characters.

Seventeen-year-old Gertrude Morgan, the only child of one of the wealthiest couples in America, is shipped away from her home in New York City to the American school in Athens against her will. Her parents just want to get rid of her, and she knows it. Although she has no friends (her private schoolmates all seem fake), she sees no point in making any new ones on her trip, since she’ll only be visiting for one school year. Despite her efforts to remain aloof and in the world of her books, she falls in love with her boisterous and affectionate host family, as they do her.

But the city of Athens has secrets.

Her host family calls them “tramps.” In Greek, they are called vrykolakas, or “vryks,” which sometimes gets translated to “freaks.” They are the vampires of Athens, created centuries ago by the Maenads. They live in caves beneath the acropolis without economic resources and according to rules imposed on them by the Olympians. First and foremost, they are forbidden from turning humans into vampires. The human will not turn unless all of the blood is drained, so a vampire is allowed to drink up to one pint per month from a willing mortal. Some mortals are willing because a vampire bite will infect the body for six hours, and during that time, the mortal has the powers of the vampire: flight, invisibility, strength, speed, x-ray vision, and mind control. Such great power can become irresistible, though dangerous and addicting to mortals…

As Gertie uncovers the unfathomable secrets of this ancient city, she is drawn to the beauty and deep thoughts of a boy she first met on the bus into Athens–Jeno. Her host family and another boy she later learns is a demigod warn her to stay away from him, but her curiosity gets the best of her and she unwittingly becomes a catalyst in an uprising led by Dionysus, the god of wine and lord of the vampires..

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The Hunter and the Witch

by Rachel Chanticleer

A short read that whets your appetite for what will hopefully continue in future books.
For a short read, the book contains plenty of detail, a good backstory, wonderful characters and an interesting plot.

A Crescent City Arcana short story

A lethal stranger hunted Bethany Hayes down and nearly killed her. But without uttering a single word, he spared her life and vanished, turning her world upside down. Left with newfound abilities and visions of her attacker, Beth tried to make the most of this second chance.

Lucius Sempronius Asper learned to kill in the amphitheaters of ancient Rome. Enslaved and bound by the dark magic of a powerful witch, he spent centuries eradicating innocent witches at her command. Though made immortal by her enchantment, he was as good as dead inside.

All Lucius knew, what he thought he’d become, changed with Bethany. His one impulsive act of salvation linked them in ways they never could have imagined.

Will Beth be strong enough to free him, or will the hunter become the hunted?

This short story chronicles how Beth and Lucius learned of the existence of magic, and of each other.
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The Dune

by Bruce Beckham

The book was enjoyable, well-written, and atmospheric. I could feel the sand between my toes and the sun on my face.
However given the tagline on the book “sun, sand… and sorcery”, I expected more sorcery and fewer birds.
Over half of the book was given over to twitchers, bird sightings, bird habitats and the like. The sorcery didn’t really come into its own until the final 3rd of the book, and then it seemed a bit rushed although the ending was a complete surprise.

A shy, academic teenager, Luke spent the long, hot summer of 1976 working on an isolated bird reserve in Norfolk, England. Like most young men of his age, he found his thoughts preoccupied with the opposite sex and, gradually, peculiar events unfolded around him that seemed designed to take advantage of this Achilles heel.

36 years later, the discovery of human remains at a coastal archaeological site sheds shocking new light upon his experiences of 1976, compelling him to reappraise his memories and, finally, to return to East Anglia in an attempt to unravel the truth of a tale of witchcraft, intrigue, murder and love.

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The Feedback Loop

by Harmon Cooper

An interesting read that kept me entertained to the end.
The characters, even the video games NPCs (non-playable characters), were fleshed out and well written.
The story was intriguing, full of action and had a touch of humour.
Although this is the first book of a series it works well as a stand-alone book.

Stuck in a virtual dreamworld called The Loop, a man named Quantum Hughes struggles to free himself from a glitch that forces him to live the same day on repeat. His life changes when a mysterious letter arrives one morning from a woman named Frances Euphoria, the first human player he has made contact with in a very long time. Once Frances appears, members of a murder guild known as the Reapers begin surfacing in The Loop, hoping to capture Quantum or worse — kill him. To further complicate matters, The Loop itself is doing everything it can to stop Quantum from finding the hidden logout point by turning everything in the virtual dreamworld against him.

With time running out, will Quantum break free from his digital coma before he’s captured or killed by the Reapers? Who is Frances Euphoria, and what does she actually know about how long Quantum has been trapped?

The Feedback Loop Series takes place thirty years before the Life is a Beautiful Thing Series. It shares the same world, but is a standalone series that focus on dream-based virtual reality worlds and the people who are trapped in them. The next book in the series will be called Steampunk is Dead, and will be released in the fall.
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The Lost Mask

by Ashley Capes

I enjoyed the first book of the trilogy City of Masks: and am happy to say that the second book is just as good.
Familiar characters from book one are here as well as some new ones.
This book has less intrigue and more adventure. It’s fast-paced and quickly switches from one setting to another.
You do really need to read City of Masks to get the best from this book, but unlike book one this one ends in a cliffhanger.

Ashley Capes sent me an ecopy in return for an honest review.

The city of Anaskar is facing its most desperate challenge in centuries.

The enormous corpse of the Sea Beast has breached the walls and an invasion from across the sea is threatening. Cut off from the mysterious golden egg and bereft of the hope of ever seeing his family again, Ain remains in prison, at the mercy of the new king who obviously wants something from him.

Meanwhile, Flir and Luik struggle to contain the illness spreading from the Beast, as Notch and Sofia begin their desperate search for her father.

Charged with hunting down Vinezi, Flir and Luik find themselves thwarted at every turn while Notch and Sofia discover twisted magic is at work in the Bloodwood where the strange Sap-Born may prove to be the worst threat they have encountered yet.

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It Lives in The Basement

by Sahara Foley

This quick read is a great monster story with a start that drops you straight in at the deep end.
It’s split into 3 easy to read parts that combine to tell a creepy tale that spans years.

One day your three cats disappear, the next day, your girlfriend. And you think something that’s living in your basement killed them. You’ve seen it before, out of the corner of your eye, but told yourself it was one of the cats. Now, you disappear.

At a gruesome murder scene, Detective Carter and Sergeant Alvarez must uncover the truth of how the victim actually died. What they discover is evidence of an unknown creature. Do they dare go into the basement to confront it? Who will survive?

Books I Read in July

Kissing Demons

by Jen Winters

A fast-paced, page-turning, paranormal romance from Jen Winters.
An enchanting tale written from the POV of the heroine, a smart, tough and tender Guardian.
I love the writing style, the depth and strength of the many characters, the fascinating and unique world, and the hot yet sweet romance.
I am looking forward to reading the next installment.

Guardian Geneva Archer might be more infamous than famous among the supernaturals in Ft. Worth, but when a sexy werewolf enters her territory, she finds herself face to face with her worst fear: save humanity or save her soulmate?

After 800 years of guarding humanity from the things that make your hair stand on end in the dead of night, Geneva Archer is given a two-week vacation to work out her feelings of loneliness and refresh her spirit. With time on her hands, she goes to her favorite club: a place for supernaturals to gather without worrying about human interference. While there, she meets Alex, a compelling werewolf with a demonic side. But instead of blasting him back to hell like her instincts would normally tell her to do, Geneva falls head over heels.

For Alex, Geneva is an answer to prayer. She can free him from the most notorious demon walking the earth—his father. Yuruch isn’t interested in his offspring’s life, just his body—the perfect body for a demon to inhabit. With Alex’s body and powers, Yuruch will become nearly invincible, able to wreak his hellish destruction on humanity from an impenetrable fortress.

In order to get his hands on Alex, Yuruch kidnaps one of Geneva’s sisters, luring both her and Alex into an ambush. After the botched rescue mission, Alex is possessed by Yuruch, leaving Geneva with a dead sister, a destroyed city, and no way to get her soulmate back without giving Yuruch everything he desires.

Can Geneva figure out a way to defeat Yuruch and save Alex without sacrificing the very best of humanity in the process? Does she even want to?

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Kissing the Rain

by Jen Winters

A brief but very entertaining short introduction to The Guardian Novels.
It’s a fast-paced, well written book, with amazing characters and great attention to detail.
Jen Winters has a wonderful imagination and for a short time I was allowed to escape into her world.
I read it in one sitting, it’s impossible to put down.
I enjoyed it immensely and have already started reading the next book in the series, Kissing Demons.
The events in this book run alongside the events at the beginning of Kissing Demons, but from a different point of view.

When Yuruch calls for his children to join him in Ft. Worth, it takes every ounce of willpower Alex has to stay away. He may have to go to Texas, but he would rather die than become his father’s puppet.

This novelette follows Alex in the days leading up to meeting Geneva. If you haven’t already read Kissing Demons, this is your chance to meet the MCs from Alex’s POV.

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Ice

by Jessica Wren

A gripping short story with great characters and a fabulous plot.
Well written with lots of back-story for the characters and each of the five parts told from a different characters perspective.

A fast paced, interesting and enjoyable mystery with a touch of paranormal.

In Minterville, Georgia, the residents live in relative seclusion, partly to keep crime out of their small, tranquil community, and partly to prevent the world from finding out about The Minter, a form of telepathy that interconnects them and gives them a sense of unity.

Then The Minter, which cannot function in the presence of evil, stops working. Mayor Tom Watson suspects that two families who had recently moved to town have ties to Manuela Escribano (known as the Ice Queen), a prolific drug lord who, unbeknownst to the rest of Minterville, has a deadly score to settle with Tom.

No one, including Tom, has any idea how deep the Manuela’s desire for revenge runs, until one Friday morning, twenty women disappear. When Manuela sends in a video detailing her diabolical plot to get revenge against Tom and the community that has harbored him for thirty years, Minterville must come together as one to rescue the women before time runs out. They must act quickly, or innocent people will die and their beloved community (and along with it, The Minter) will be destroyed forever.

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Eternal Service

by Regina Morris

An adult paranormal book that has suspense, action, and romance.

A wonderfully written book, with great character development.
The story flows well and has a unique take on the lives of vampires and their place in the world.
I was captivated by the book and think it’s a great start to the series.

Vampires exist among us. They can be our neighbor, best friend, our child’s teacher …

They alter their aged appearance based upon the amount of blood they consume. They move to a new area, drink a lot of blood, and appear young. Slowly they limit their intake of blood and age, right in front of our unsuspecting eyes. After decades, they fake their death, move and do it over and over again.

Most live quiet lives in an effort to blend in.

Some, however, want power and control.

The Colony is an elite group of vampires sworn to protect the President of the United States from these rogue vampires.

When Raymond Metcalf, vampire coven master of the Colony, teams up with a federal operative of the human female persuasion–who has no idea that vampires even exist–will his mission or his heart be compromised first?

Career military woman, Alex Brennan, is being offered the promotion of a lifetime and with it a romance that she has desperately been seeking. Does she dare accept the position as Director of the Colony, an elite group of deadly creatures of the night and risk a dangerous romance with a man who isn’t even human?

Together, can they save the President?

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Gods of Anthem

by Logan Keys

Until nearly the end of the book, you go back and forth between two stories, told side by side from the point of view of two people, leading totally separate lives. You know they are going to link up, but you don’t know how.
There’s mystery, suspense, action and romance. Real characters with depth and emotions. Some amazing world-building and a unique plot.
There are some ‘slow’ moments, but that just gives you a chance to breath.
All in all it’s a well-paced page turner.
The ending leaves a lot of questions unanswered, which sets you up for the next book.
I can’t wait for the sequel!

Oceans apart, a young musician and a “special” soldier embark on a perilous journey for home fueled by the unyielding pursuit of freedom from the Authority.

Sixteen-year-old prodigy, Liza Randusky, waits imprisoned, blamed for the undead plague that’s slowly destroying the planet. Banished to an island where she’ll never play her beloved piano again, Liza’s steadfast sense of justice and passion for music may have the power to change her destiny. But will it be enough…

To strike back at the new world order, the troubled son of a preacher, Thomas Ripley-Hatter, suffers unspeakable alterations by the Underground to join a secret Army. Tommy knows that all hope lies in human-weapons like himself and that somehow he must cling to his sanity…while letting loose the monster to win.

The battle begins for the last-standing sliver of humanity: Anthem

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Regina: The Monster Inside

by D.M. Singh

Wow, what an amazing world I have been in while reading this book.
Witches, elves, vampires (not the twinkly type) and more, they’re all there, along with an adorable plant, called Gerald… I want a plant that snores, purrs and eats biscuit crumbs!!
D.M. Singh had me hooked from the start, wove a magical tale…..
then slammed a cliff-hanger at me and left me needing book 2 now!!
I hope I don’t have long to wait.

What if what you were could destroy everything and everyone you loved?

Regina thought she was an average teenager. When strange things start to happen, she discovers that not only does she belong to a hidden world of supernatural beings, but that she is the most powerful and dangerous of them all. Her existence is a death sentence to her – her survival could be a death sentence for us all.
Can Regina fight the darkness within her and hold onto her humanity? Will those who fear her destroy her and those she loves? Or will those who seek her power unleash the monster within.
Join the fight for survival!

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The Gatekeeper’s Sons

by Eva Pohler

A great introduction to the Gatekeeper series.
I loved the mix of modern day with the old mythological gods and goddesses. The author tied it all together very well.
She also brings all the characters to life, the main characters and the supporting ones, both humans and gods.
Great storytelling with a terrific pace.I enjoyed it immensely.

Fifteen-year-old Therese watches her parents die. While in a coma, she meets the twin sons of Hades—Hypnos (the god of sleep) and Thanatos (the god of death). She thinks she’s manipulating a dream, not kissing the god of death and totally rocking his world.

Than makes a deal with Hades and goes as a mortal to the Upperworld to try and win Therese’s heart, but not all the gods are happy. Some give her gifts. Others try to kill her.

The deal requires Therese to avenge the death of her parents. With the help of Than’s fierce and exotic sisters, the Furies, she finds herself in an arena face to face with the murderer, and only one will survive.

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The Witches of Merribay

by BJ Smash

Witches, ghosts, fae, mermaids, hellhounds, fairies, elves, and pixies…
this series has them all and more.
It has a well written, fast paced, busy plot, with plenty of action and plot twists
The characters are interesting and the descriptions are creative.

Living in Maine with her grandmother and eccentric aunts is not how sixteen-year-old Ivy Seaforth expected to spend her summer. Working for a peculiar, wealthy man and running errands for a powerful witch who lives in a tree wasn’t in her plans, either. Her sister, Zinnia? Well, something was different. Zinnia was making mysterious visits to the forest, and that was certainly forbidden. Ivy longed for the days when she and her sister were best friends. Those days now seemed so long ago.
Ivy soon discovers that, along with the witch, the forest is inhabited by a wondrous race of otherworldly and stunningly beautiful beings – the Fae, and a young man of an even fairer race. When her father disappears, Ivy, must convince the old witch to break an evil curse that prevents her from finding him. As she discovers her own mysterious past for the first time, she must learn to accept that things are not always as they seem and that magic might just be real.
With this new knowledge and the help of her new friends, will she be able to find her father? Will she be able to save her sister? Or is Zinnia already beyond being saved?

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The Witch and the Hellhound

by BJ Smash

I can only repeat my review from the previous book in the series and add that I will definitely be reading more of this series.

The adventure of a lifetime for a young woman just discovering the mystical and magical elements of the world that surrounds us all. Ivy Seaforth must journey to lands unknown to find and retrieve a certain book of spells stolen by her foolish sister, Zinnia. Encountering setbacks at every turn, Ivy must leave behind her mentor, the powerful Izadora, and delve deep inside herself for the courage to carry on. With her newfound friends, the handsome Lucian, and Pladia—the spitfire pixie— she travels to the mist-shrouded island of Hy Brasil. There she meets a great wizard, Maximus, who may be something just a bit grander than she expects.
In a chaotic quest to save those she loves, Ivy meets the light elves, the Seelie Fae, and must contend with the evil deeds of the Unseelie.
She also learns a dark secret about the McCallister clan that can no longer be hidden. Will she be able to accept and live with this secret?
And what about Aunt Cora? Ivy can’t help but meddle with her fate and now Cora is acting… quite strange. What will become of her? Will Cora continue to search for her true love…or has she already found him?

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In the Beginning

by Elle Klass

A powerful and well written, but brief introductory novel to a series, that has left me wanting more.
The author does a great job of depicting events and settings and bringing her characters to life.
I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

In the Beginning is a short story within a long series. More short stories in this series will follow in the near future.
Follow Cleo on her epic saga which begins when she abandoned by her mom at twelve. She has no other family which she is aware of, and in order to survive she leaves her home and lives on the streets. She meets some interesting characters and gets into some amusing predicaments all in the name of survival, such as jumping trains, being chased through the woods by a crazy man with a loaded shotgun and witnessing an unspeakable crime. After a few months on the streets she runs into another group of kids, Einstein is the oldest and a leader in the group, and they form a family of sorts. For survival and money, they lean towards a life a crime which inevitably breaks up their family and sends Cleo and Einstein spiraling into their own adventure. Eventually, they settle into a “normal” life however their pasts can’t be hushed forever …

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Deceived

by L.A. Starkey

Deceived is the first book In The Soul Keeper series, and I’m pretty certain that it’s going to be fantastic series.
Deceived is a wonderful book that kept me interested until the end and left me wanting more. I will certainly be reading the next book in the series.
The mix of mythology and modern teenage life means there’s a lot going on, but it all flows well.
Wonderful storytelling of an incredible story, with many multi-faceted characters and multiple perspectives.

They say a soul is the immaterial essence, the animating principal, the actuating cause of an individual life.

But what if you had to share yours with the one person you hated the most?

The soul mate principal states that for every one soul there is another that will recognize its match, hence creating the perfect union.

But what if you had two soul mates, which would you choose?

What if your choices had eternal ramification?

Deceived, the debut novel in the Soul Keeper Series, is a modern day love story about the implications of having more than one soul mate, and having to choose between the two of them. The decisions of the gods has left the next generation, their heirs, torn between fate and reality, and the balance of the future hangs in anticipation of what’s to come.

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Blue Moon

by Pat Spence

An entertaining and interesting read. Well written with an original and unique storyline. A great start to the trilogy.
It started off slowly but gained pace soon enough.
It captured my attention with vivid descriptions and awesome characters and kept me on my toes with the mystery and unpredictable twists.
I’m looking forward to reading book two

Forget vampires,” he laughed dismissively.

“Who wants to drink blood for eternity? What we have discovered is far more seductive and a great deal more dangerous…”

When 17-year old Emily Morgan meets beautiful but strange Theo de Lucis, there is an immediate attraction between them. But what is his secret? What ancient link ties him to Emily? And what is the significance of the Blue Moon Ball?

As Emily is drawn irrevocably into the glamorous and mysterious world of the de Lucis family, so she is forced to change every perception she has ever had about life, love, aging, and death. The truth is terrifying and the consequences unthinkable… in this supernatural horror story, based on society’s obsession with aging and the desire for eternal youth…

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The Rise of the Elohim: The Spirit of Iris

by Rocky Rochford

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was well written, very descriptive, and easy to read.
The story pulls you in and doesn’t let go even on the last page.
Rocky Rochford has a great imagination and is a wonderful storyteller.
He has created an entirely new and unique world with its own history and legends.

Set in a world much unlike our own, on a lonesome planet at the end of the universe, an epic battle between good and evil is about to come to pass. Living in a medieval era, the inhabitants of the world find themselves up against the dreaded Shanzi, vile creatures of pure darkness who seek one thing, the annihilation of that which is good. There is only one who can stop them, a young boy by the name of Zach who must Rise up against the forces of darkness and drive them back to the shadow existence from whence they came.

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The Rise of the Elohim: Hour of Darkness

by Rocky Rochford

The Rise of the Elohim: Hour of Darkness gives a brief look at events following The Spirit of Iris but from a different perspective

I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

With the Shanzi King’s return to Mares looming on the horizon, ready to unleash an eternity of chaos, three of his most trusted and dangerous generals take to the World of Oceania to begin preparations for the return of Darkari, the Dark King of Death. Shaymon, bringer of diseases. Stavros, the always hungry wolf. Mongra, the maker of war. Each one desires nothing more than the total eradication of all humanity. But to do that, each must find a place in the world they seek to destroy.

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A Neophyte’s Tale

by C.K. Dawn

A very quick read, and a great taster for the Netherwalker series.
It’s a well-written story that gives a glimpse at the world that the series will take you to.
I’m not sure what’s happening and I have a lot of questions… but I’m hooked.
I’m definitely going to be reading the next book of this series.

Abigail Thorne hears voices. Well, one voice repeating one word over and over again. Soft and sweet with the promise of power, it calls to her. The twelve year old has no idea that the tender little word is a catalyst that serves to reveal a world hidden to most humans. Abbey has yet to discover that following the word’s call to its origin will change the course of her life forever.

Abbey and her mother don’t have much, and depending on the day, sometimes they don’t even have a roof over their heads. She wants more out of life than just wondering where her next meal is. So she shouldn’t be wasting her time daydreaming about going on a selfish quest, should she? Does she have the strength to leave behind what little she has? Will she have the courage to break through the illusions surrounding her and lift the cloak of shadows?

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Once Upon A Western Way

by Markie Madden

A beautifully written fantasy, which flows along at a steady pace.
A wonderful blend of past and futuristic, with likeable characters and a great twist at the end.
If you’re looking for love, romance, passion, and courage… it’s all here.

In a world where computers rule over everyday life, two lonely children find an old diary, an ancient relic left behind in the ruins of a civilization gone by. Together they explore the life and love of a young princess who is destined to leave her mark upon the world. Young Susan finds herself moved far away from her childhood home, and betrothed to the prince of a neighboring kingdom. She vows to hate her new husband, but when a destructive force destroys her home and family, he is the only one she can turn to. Joseph fell madly in love with her the moment their eyes first met. But her prickly attitude told him that he would have to work hard to win her over. And when circumstances threw them together, he would give up his life to protect her.

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Throwing Away the Good 

by Veronica Del Rosa

A short, action packed and somewhat ‘steamy’ book.
Within this story, you get a teasing glimpse of the characters and the world that will, no doubt, be expanded upon in the following books.
A great little introduction to the Enforcers and Coterie series.

I lusted after him the first time I laid eyes on him. He was simply beautiful, more radiant and alive than the Fae holding me captive. And that’s saying a lot, as the Fae are breathtaking to behold.

There was something about him, though, a quiet dignity that shone through his lowly station. I’d heard the rumors of his existence, a sex slave to the master, sometimes sold to the highest bidder for the night. And yet, he walked with his head held high – metaphorically, that is.

He hid his face most of the time, staring at the ground. The reactions he received to his unearthly beauty showed me why. The Fae ogled him with lust, greed and a need to possess him.

Still, he showed kindness to the other slaves, me included. He’d take beatings meant for others, as he knew the master would never do anything to permanently scar him. He’d slip me extra scraps of food and convince the master to let me train in the weapons room. There, I felt in control, powerful, and it helped me realize an important truth.

I am not a slave.

My destiny did not belong to the master. I would hold my head up with dignity and wait for an opportunity to escape. Soon, that day would come. I only hoped I could take him with me.

This is Karl’s story.

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The Fires of Al Yon

by P.A. Williams

An interesting and adventurous journey in an imaginative world, with plenty of action, intrigue, and unique characters.

I have no idea why I started this series with book two, but I need to go back and read book one.

Ten years have passed since the Battle of Southwell, peace flitters across the whole of Neduin. But a new deadlier enemy will rise from the shadows, hungry for blood and hungry for revenge, spreading his fires of terror from Snowspire all the way towards the Kingdom of the High King.

Jonas Yale has to make a decision…a decision that could affect the whole of Neduin. Meanwhile, two thieves start an adventure that will lead them to treasures and terror, resulting in the discovery of an ancient evil from Neduin’s past that could destroy them all.

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Black Halo: the Witch & the Guardian

by A.S. Aramiru

With the Light, came Magic, and the Witch. As mysterious as she was fearsome, and as powerful as she was merciless, the Witch almost succeeded in ending the world until she was vanquished by a hero and his comrades.

This is the legend of the Witch and the Guardian.

Centuries after the nigh calamity, this legend is as much as almost anyone knows of what truly happened back then and as much of an explanation anyone has of what ended an era in human civilization.

Though the people may never learn the whole story, you as the reader will follow the days that led up to how a young girl named Lily became immortalized as the Witch though her name, dream and life became forgotten.

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Nine Lives

by Karin De Havin

A fast read and nicely written.
Quirky characters in a fun and fantasy take on Heaven.
A bit of a roller coaster of a story with a few twists and turns.

Eighteen-year-old Taylor knows two things for sure: ONE: She’s dead. TWO: Heaven looks like a run-down version of the Las Vegas Strip. The more she discovers about a heaven full of teens like her, the more mysterious it becomes—especially when her afterlife coach turns out to be her tyrannical fifth grade teacher.

Plagued by questions her whole life, Taylor finds Heaven prompts even more. Why can’t she remember her death? Why isn’t Heaven the idyllic place she thought it would be? When she dares to ask, her teacher tells Taylor to keep her mouth shut. Everyone knows Heaven is perfect. That’s a lie. What are they trying to hide? Taylor desperately wants to flee this strange place and return to her old life. She’s shocked to find out there’s a possibility her dream can come true. But that chance depends on passing a series of tests in the Afterlife for Idiots Handbook and winning the Cloud Nine Contest. If she fails, will her teacher follow through on her threat and turn Taylor into pond scum?

Taylor tries to solve the mysteries of Heaven as it slowly crumbles around her. While competing in the contest, she learns there are dark forces at work behind the celestial show…and they are after her. This leads to the biggest question of all: Is she the only one who can stop them?

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Arctic Bound

by Tigris Eden

A fast paced and smooth flowing plot, full of excitement and twists and turns.
A descriptive and action packed page turner, with memorable characters.
Not for the under 18’s!!

There are secrets in even the smallest of towns…
Nerina Simpson fled the streets of New York City, hoping to find solace outside the small town of Talkeetna, Alaska. Physically scarred from a fire that claimed both her parents, Nerina keeps to herself while she tries to put the darkness of her life behind her.
When a winter storm forces her into town, she collides with Victor Canidae. An arrogant man who makes it no secret that he and everyone else in the town want her to leave.
Headstrong, and refusing to back down, Nerina finds herself in trouble when her two, four legged companions get lost in a storm, landing her in the path of an angry bear hell bent on taking her life. Until a mysterious white wolf comes to her rescue.
When she wakes up in a warm cave, the last person she expected to see is Victor. Stuck in a cave until the storm passes the two decide there is only one way to pass the time, and quickly when you’re getting physical.

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Don’t Turn Around

by Rocky Rochford

This dark, short story is written in the present tense and first-person POV.
The writing style, with the short sentences, works well to build up the fear factor.

I am Death.

And I am hungry.

And there you are,

Unaware of my arrival.

Don’t turn around.

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Take a Shot

by Paul S. Anderson

I stepped outside my usual reading genres for this book.
Written in the first person, it’s an interesting, thought provoking, emotional roller coaster ride.
An indepth look at life and some of the issues that we all face.
An amazing read!

“We are all misfits in our own unique way; therefore, each person is perfect in their own uniqueness”

Take A Shot the second novel from Paul S. Anderson is a story of self-discovery for an adult. The novel starts off with the narrator, Dave Stevens, in his favorite bar. Dave has been a heavy drinker for many years and has done all that he can to hide from the world. Being a regular he has grown close to two of the female bartenders that work at the bar, Tara and Kristi. He has been enthralled by Tara from the moment he got to meet her and has begun to question his drinking after a kiss they shared one late night. In getting to know Kristi, he wonders why she questions him on his drinking excesses. It is after an argument with Kristi over her concern for his well-being that Dave has his moment of clarity and finally decides that he needs to go back into his personal demons and discover the events that led him to choosing a life that was controlled by alcohol. It is on his journey through his soul that he understands the events of his life are not to blame for his choice and that facing your problems is a better solution than escaping them. It is through his self-discovery that he decides to take a shot at life.

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In Search of Grace

by Kelly Ilebode

An interesting and well told story. The writing and plot flows along at a good pace.
There’s plenty of suspense to keep you interested, as well as some romance, passion, and action. The characters were well developed and writing brought them to life.

Successful author Alexander Davis Alexandra Davis has a deep dark secret from her past that she has hidden from everyone, including those that love her the most. After meeting her new neighbor, she realizes that her secret has been holding her back from living a full life. Would she have the courage to open her heart to him before it is too late?

Seth Walton, a single ex-Navy Seal and now Massachusetts State Trooper knows his new neighbor has a past that she wants to keep buried yet he is bound and determined to help her not only face her demons but confront them head on. Soon, he realizes that he would need more than patience when he suspects that one of her demons from the past just might be the serial killer his department has been searching for. Will he be able to convince her in time to trust him before the killer strikes again or would he lose her forever?

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The Mermaid’s Den

by Ella Malone

A quick read, and a super introduction to an original new series.
The plot was good, moved along quickly, and kept me interested.
It was an enjoyable read, with believable characters in an imaginative setting.

Laura and Tom Flynn married after she fell for him hook, line, and sinker — literally. Finding Laura in his fishing net had been a shock for Tom, but one he came to embrace as they quickly fell in love. For fifteen years, they have lived and worked by the sea, and Laura hasn’t thought once of what she left behind when she chose to marry Tom. She doesn’t regret giving up her mermaid form. It wasn’t a sacrifice. It was a good decision, and one she made to survive.

Now, with Tom missing at sea, Laura faces a decision she swore she’d never consider. In order to search for Tom and his crew, she must become a mermaid again and face the demons of the deep that she eagerly dodged when trading in her tail. Or she can stay on land and continue her life, but without Tom.

Does she enjoy her future alone, without the man she loves, or face her fears and her past in the ocean? Either way, nothing will be the same for her again.

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Anything for Her

by Jack Jordan

A well written unpredictable suspense thriller.
The writing flows, the characters are dimensional and the plot is well thought out.
It kept me gripped from the first page to the last.
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Sometimes the past comes back to haunt you.

Louise Leighton’s life has fallen apart, all because of one fateful night. Her husband is an adulterer, her sister is his mistress, and soon, Louise will lose everything she owns. But she never imagined she would lose her daughter.

Eighteen-year-old Brooke Leighton is missing. It’s up to Louise and the Metropolitan Police to find her. Has Brooke run away? Or has she been taken against her will? And can Louise aid the investigation without mentioning the night where all of her troubles began?

If she mentions that night, she will incriminate her daughter for heinous crimes. But if she doesn’t, she may never find Brooke; and if she has been abducted, the person who took her may come for Louise, too.

Sometimes the past comes back to kill you.

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The Case of the Missing Bubble Gum Card

by R. Weir

A heartwarming short story, and a lovely way to introduce a new detective.
Not a lot of detective work or action in this book, the first of the series. but plenty of personality and character.
I will be reading book 2

Jarvis Mann was a Private Detective, whose business thrived on the mundane, paying the bills following cheating spouses, getting in the middle of messy divorces and working for the Fat Cat Insurance companies running down false insurance claims. But one day on his office steps a young man coaxing with the simple word “Please” convinces him to help on a Winter’s Sunday afternoon to find a missing valuable Ernie Banks Rookie Bubble Gum Card. With a dry sense of humor he drives the Denver streets from door to door, friend to friend, until a clue leads to a surprising discovery, a young man’s personal pain and his friends selfish act, teach Jarvis a life lesson that will shape him with new hope and resolve.

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A Guardian Angel

by Phoenix Williams

I found the style of writing a bit hard to read, it just didn’t flow well.
Having said that, it was an intriguing story, with interesting ideas, and a satisfying ending.

A Guardian Angel is the story of Andy Winter, a hitman who is hired by a seedy corporation to tie up loose ends around the globe. He is haunted by the things he’s had to do in his job and the murder of his childhood friend. The time that Andy lives in is marked by a conflict between the poor masses and the powerful elite. When Andy is recruited to kill journalist Haley Flynn, a noble woman, his moral conflict triggers the foundation of a corporate nation and the beginning of a modern American civil war. The novel is told through four short stories that, together, tell the story of mankind’s downfall.

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Jin In Time

by Karin De Havin

An enjoyable, light-hearted, quick read, with some quirky characters that lead to romance, adventures, and a few chuckles
A lot of books end with cliffhanger now, and I’ve got used to that, but this is one of those that just ends.

Spending senior year with the father who abandoned her is the last thing seventeen-year-old Esme wanted. But when her guardian grandmother dies, she has no choice. The only thing she has left of her once happy life is her grandmother’s antique vase—until she discovers it comes with a bowler-hatted genie. Jin guarantees he’ll do whatever it takes to make her happy again.

Esme soon realizes hiding a genie isn’t easy, so she gives Jin a modern makeover and stashes him in the school library. One tiny hiccup—her dad’s the principal. When word spreads that Esme is spending all her free time with a cute British guy, she’s busted, and her dad uses his all-powerful parental authority to ground her. If that’s not enough, she learns her father plans to marry a woman who could win evil-stepmother-of-the-year, and her daughter is the top mean girl at Esme’s new high school.

Esme hopes to turn her luck around now that she has a genie to help her deal with her problems. But she realizes ten wishes aren’t so awesome after all, when she finds out they are powered by Victorian-era magic. And she thought having a genie would be fun.

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Desert Chimera 

by Leigh Podgorski

A vividly descriptive that mostly moves along at a fast pace, but with a lot of detailed flashbacks, which slows the pace down at times. The writing doesn’t flow, but in a way that adds to the reading experience.
The story is full of tension and suspense, and is an entertaining read.
I received a free copy of the book through Choosy Bookworm in exchange for an honest review

Desert Chimera, the first book in the Metaphysical Suspense/ Mystery Stone Quest Series, introduces the reader to recluse, tracker, and reluctant twenty-eight year old psychic visionary Luke Stone and to his paranormal universe. Since his escape from the black magician Armand Jacobi seven years before, Luke Stone has been sequestered in the serene woods of Northern Michigan under the tutelage of Cherokee guide Shadow Wolf. When the shaman suddenly dies, Luke flees on a desperate cross-country quest. In the heart of Death Valley, Luke is assaulted by terrifying visions of the apocalypse. While praying in agony for release, a shimmering specter arises from the sands to stand beside him, but this is not the one Luke has so desperately sought.

Torrential rains flood; rivers of mud flow. Luke is forsaken. But deep within the cacophony of the storm, Luke hears a voice calling. Following the call, Luke stumbles out of the wilderness and into Eppie Falco’s Desert Inn and Café. Gathered here also seeking shelter from the storm are an array of fellow travelers. However, upon a clap of thunder and a burst of lightning, the café door swings open and Armand Jacobi, the charismatic black magician Luke had seen as the vision in the desert and the man from whom he had run in stark terror now stands before him in the flesh.

Among the travelers whom Armand eventually takes hostage in his struggle for dominion over Luke is Consuelo Arroyo, a woman with whom Luke is falling in love—something Luke never thought possible. As Luke’s battle with Armand heightens, as the lives of his fellow travelers lie more and more in the balance, Luke is confronted with the full horrors of his past. The battle that rages will culminate in either Luke’s final destruction or his ultimate redemption.

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Vampire: Alpha Claim 1

by Tamara Rose Blodgett

A quick and enjoyable fast paced novella, just enough to whet your appetite for the rest of the series.

Narah Adrienne is a bounty enforcer in the near future. She runs the seedy side of her game, capturing criminals too dangerous for the local law enforcement. Using unorthodox methods, she finds herself in the crosshairs of the Magistrate for too many allowable kills for the quarter.

And her head hurts like hell.

Aeslin is part of an elite vampire squad of Turners. A rare sect of vampire scouts who possess the ability to find women with enough undead blood to be turned into full vampire. As the numbers of supernaturals dwindle, it is the hope of the Nobles that extinction can be a thing of the past with female hybrids.

In a race against time and common enemies, can Aeslin find the one female who is meant to be turned and also his parallel soul? Or will the fabled carrot the Nobles dangle turn out to be a lie perpetuated by desperation?

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Nobody’s Home

by Corey Schultz Carter

A very short spooky story that could have been so much more. The first 70% was good, but the ending felt rushed and had a different tone

When a young college student signs up for a weekend of volunteer research in the Smoky Mountain region of North Carolina, she soon discovers that the cabin she has been sent to is uninhabitable. When a stranger shows up, claiming to be a fellow student volunteer, Catherine hesitates to trust him. Could he be the one who lured her miles away from civilization? Together they must decide how to survive one night in the dark confines of the abandoned cabin.

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Enslaved in Shadows

by Tigris Eden

I like paranormal books and paranormal romance, but there wasn’t much romance in this book… however there was a lot of very steamy sex.
I couldn’t get a real feel for the main characters and prefered some of the supporting characters, with their interesting skills and powers.
All in all it was an interesting story that passed a few hours, but it didn’t really grab or keep my attention.

A man’s Past leads to his Future……

Agent Stone of the Shadow Unit’s job is simple, most days. Work in the Shadows, police his own Kind.

When an unwanted assignment turns out to be his darkest fantasy from the past, Draven can’t help but be conflicted by the memories of the past and his responsibilities in the future. But his decision has been made.

The Heart of a woman is Tested……..

Jes can’t let the tall dark agent back into her life.
How can she trust any man after what she’s endured? Years of abuse have broken her down and she doesn’t have room for more. The man she turns to for help hasn’t abused her physically, but he’s tormented her emotionally. A past betrayal left her scarred, but also brought her life.

Can she accept him into her heart and trust him again?

One will survive and adapt, the other will realize hearts can be mended even if it’s a bit too late.

The road to forgiveness sometimes only brings more pain. Unexpected events set their lives on two separate tracks leading to one outcome. Lives will be changed and an emotional battle to save their souls will leave them both trapped and enslaved in their need for one another.

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