Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sunday Post #189

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share new about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

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It seems to becoming a habit to post Sunday Post every other week for me. But I have an excuse for missing last week! An adorable one! I adopted a new kitten. Abe (sort for Abraham, I just can't bring myself to say his full name every time I call him). He just wants to be loved! We picked him up on Saturday and spent the weekend getting him acquainted with the house and my two crazy girls. Things are going great! Saturday night was a bit tough, as expected. He did cry most of the night. But Sunday was a dream! He started rubbing against the girls and running past them. So he's off to a great start! Sunday night, he slept with my son ALL NIGHT. LOL! Kiddo was so surprised.

I swear he thinks I'm his personal warm pillow. lol. This picture is on of the better shots as he loves laying on my chest, and it's hard to get a photo there. lol.

I did a photo shoot with friends who had their first baby. Oh my goodness! She's adorable. She was a week old when I took the photos, so it was new born photos. I had so much fun! I sort of got lost in the moment. lol. But I have those photos to touch up and get to them.

I've been working on content editing as well. It's been busy here. But I do need to get time to do a few other things. Like visit blogs and back on the treadmill. I need to focus and get organized with time.

How about you? Have you found you've been busy with all the things?

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The Fit Booker:

Goal:  Workout in any form of exercise (or on Wii Fit) 2x's a week. (to feel better and hope to drop a few pants sizes)

How did I do last week... This has turned into a dream for me. lol.


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What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Winter of Ice and Iron by Rachel Neumeier
Starsigns by A.F. Grappin (on treadmill)


Current Audiobook:
Age of Assassins by R.J. Barker
A Witch's Concern by N.E. Conneely

Current Podcast Book Listen:
Alone by Scott Sigler (You can listen for free too! Go to Scott's website.)


Finished Last Week: 
I'm getting close on Winter of Ice and Iron, so hopefully soon!



Audiobooks from Audible:
Behind Enemy Lines by Terry Mixon
Darkstorm by M.L. Spencer


Finished Podcast Book Listen:
None.


DNFed:
Stonebriar Casefiles: Bad Alchemy by Laura Nicole Spencer (You can listen for free too!) - Author's stopped posting it.
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Last Two Weeks on the Blog:


Cover Reveals: (click titles to go to post & learn more)




Guest Posts:


Posts:

Around the Internet...



Reviews:
Steam by Stacey Rourke
"This book ties all we've learned of Ireland and her Hessian, Ridley and his Poe curse, and a new woman - Peyton and her ability, together. They are histories that are touched by an individual in time. They don't realize it, but they are tied by the same evil just in different ways."


Void Trip #2 by Ryan O'Sullivan & Plaid Klaus
"Just when you think Ana's simply strung out on her Froot, she says something full of meaning and heart. Wow. The big moment for Ana when she tells why she doesn't want to get to Euphoria. That's deep. I think I love her more for the great thought and concern in the answer."

Villain's Pride by M.K. Gibson
"I have fun with Jackson. He's a crafty villain. He knows the rules and plays with and around them. Jackson also has a code of conduct. He's a villain but he's not evil in treatment of people. He openly voices his views on different things that could really fit, yet it's humorous how it's done."

Behind Enemy Lines by Terry Mixon
"As our characters move along to new systems and planets, they learn more and more of the people that came before them. There are so many pieces to the history and Terry guides us through it. When we come to a new planet and problems there, we see what we've started to learn is of importance here. And it grows in detail. I find this manner of writing easy to follow as it gradually guides me through the history, story, and problems we come to."



Podcast Review:




Mama Bitchstress Reviews:



GIVEAWAYS:


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This Week to Come on the Blog:


I have two reviews to finish and schedule for you.



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Received For the Last Month:
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For Review Consideration:




Audio Books Requested for Review:
Blood Codex: A Jake Crowley Adventure by David Wood & Alan Baxter
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Goodreads Synopsis:
An ancient order. 
A deadly conspiracy. 
A race against time. 

When Jake Crowley rescues Rose Black from assailants on the streets of London, the two find themselves embroiled in a mystery that could cost them their lives. People are dying, and all the victims have one thing in common with Rose: a birthmark in the shape of an eagle. 

From beneath the streets of London, to castle dungeons, to the heart of Christendom and beyond, Jake and Rose must race to stay alive as they seek to unlock the secrets of the Blood Codex.





Purchased/Winnings/Gifts:
Book:




Audio:
The Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Finn looks and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task is now to tutor Cat. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Finn is her guardian, her constant companion...and more. But when the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world, and in Cat's heart.





Free Ebooks:
(On my Kindle and Nook App) Links to books under title. They may or may not be free at this time.
Marlene's Revenge by Christopher Coleman
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Terror. Danger. Power. The witch has returned and no one is safe.

Almost a year has passed since Anika and Gretel's horrifying night in an abandoned cannery in the Back Country, and the subsequent beginning of their quest to the Old Country for answers to the mysteries of Orphism. But rumors are reaching the far shore that the evil Witch of the North, presumed dead since that night of terror, is alive and strong. And hunting again. But this time no one is safe. Everyone Gretel loves is in danger, and she must summon a new level of power and conviction to end her family's nightmare forever.






Free Audio Books/Stories:


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Reviews to Come:

Soulless by Skyla Dawn Cameron
The Sentinel by Chris Lester
The Muse by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Making the Cut by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Whispers in the Wood by Chris Lester
Lex Talionis by Starla Huchton
Spark by Starla Huchton
Heir to Kale by K.L. Bone
Tales from the Archives Vol 4 #5 - Old Sinner's Bones
The Death of Dulgath by Michael J. Sullivan
Danger's Halo by Amanda Carlson
Assassin's Mark by A.F. Grappin
Darkstorm by M.L. Spencer

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Audio Book Review: Behind Enemy Lines

Behind Enemy Lines

By:  Terry Mixon

Publish Date:  April 21, 2017, Audiobook Release December 4, 2017

Format:  Audiobook - 10 hrs 59 mins
Narrated By:  Veronica Giguere

Genre:  Science Fiction

Series:  7th in The Empire of Bones series; 1st Book ~ Empire of Bones, 2nd Book ~ Veil of Shadows, 3rd Book ~ Command Decisions, 4th Book ~ Ghosts of Empire, 5th Book ~ Paying the Price6th Book ~ Reconnaissance in Force

Impression:  Space opera to love, characters and storyline.

Synopsis:
Cut off from home, Princess Kelsey Bandar needs a place to hide from the vengeful Rebel Empire.

The secrets she stole give her people a fighting chance in the war that brought down the original Terran Empire. If she gets them home. If her prisoners cooperate.

Should that prove impossible, she must then convince a long-hidden people to help her. After she finds them, of course.

If you love military science fiction and grand adventure on a galaxy-spanning scale, grab “Behind Enemy Lines” and the rest of The Empire of Bones Saga today!

First Sentence:
"Why the hell did you sneak aboard one of our ships?" Kelsey Bandar shouted once she had her mother alone in her office on Persephone.

Purchase At:
Amazon

Audible

My Thoughts and Summary:
*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Oh Veronica. My hats off to you. How do you create and keep all the voices straight in your head? LOL! Such an amazing job with each person. (And there are more than a few.) She's amazing at giving each their own voice and personality to fit their mood and persona. As I've come to expect, it's a huge treat to listen to Veronica narrate a book. It's like listening to a movie.

Seriously? Seventh book? Already?!?! It does NOT feel that way! I've loved every book for different reasons. To me the series is amazing and I think everyone should pick it up! We have a threat through the books but the characters grow and cross new bridges with each event.

Terry starts with Kelsey in a heated moment with her mother. Kelsey is not happy. Her mother doesn't believe things are as bad as Kelsey is saying. And we get a quick rundown of where we are after the last book. Oh yes, I so fondly remember.

Kelsey is born to rule. If you had any question about that before, you'll not doubt her now. Kelsey's come a long way with learning the way of things on a ship. She is great with her people and knows how things are to flow. She takes what her crew has to say to heart and uses it.

Wow. Kelsey has her hands full. They are on the run and where they find themselves is between nothing and war. Kelsey has all the right people in her possession to do what needs to be done, but there's a lot to do. (I'm starting to think no one has time to sleep with all they have on their hands.) They have a whole boat (aka orbital) load full of prisoners that could start problems. They have no place to turn, and research on the weak flip point has to be done along with research on what they took in the orbital. There is a habitable planet, though fridged on most of the surface, with residents here.

All of these people have different stories to share. But I'm curious about the ones on the planet. These people seem a bit different and bring the Ghosts to our attention. There is more to these Ghosts than we know. And I'm curious as to which home these people had called home prior to being put here. Along with the woman and children that are their families, they are somewhere else. We do learn some of these answers, but it's also a turning point to new details we will be learning.

As our characters move along to new systems and planets, they learn more and more of the people that came before them. There are so many pieces to the history and Terry guides us through it. When we come to a new planet and problems there, we see what we've started to learn is of importance here. And it grows in detail. I find this manner of writing easy to follow as it gradually guides me through the history, story, and problems we come to.

We have many more people from the other Fleet Empire that works for the AIs in care of our crews. Of course the new prisoners don't know of the old Empire that our friends are from. When our crew members finally show some of the prisoners who they are and the difference, Terry does a great job of using different ways of showing. Like with Annette, she takes one out in a small craft to show the space they are in and ships.

As I've mentioned in previous reviews, this is like living a space opera. It is NOT over the head science fiction that you have to focus on or phase out while listening. It's full of life and problems the characters live through, and some deadly and lingering problems. Also, there is a large cast of characters, but don't let it deter you! Terry has kept them all itemized in the story for us, also with it being audio, Terry couldn't have picked a better narrator. Veronica keeps each character as their own voice - physically and mentally.

This book has your action, as we see in previous books, but more of it is learning and strategical. There is a lot happening for Kelsey and her limited number of crew and ships to handle. Kelsey does a great job of bring things into order, and still trouble finds her. We also learn a lot of information here. Things are going to get even more dicey in the next book with how things work out here. Can't wait!

At this point, I love Terry's writing style so much, I think I want all books he's ever written!



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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Audio Book Review: Villains Pride

Villains Pride

By:  M.K. Gibson

Publish Date:  November 24, 2017, Audiobook Release November 30, 2017

Format:  Audiobook - 7 hrs 50 mins
Narrated By:  Jeffrey Kafer

Genre:  Fantasy

Series:  2nd in The Shadow Master series; Book 1 ~ Villains Rule

Impression:  A fun romp of a book with a play on Villains and Superheroes.

Synopsis:
The Shadowmaster is back . . . whether you wanted him to be or not!

Jackson Blackwell, The Shadowmaster, is in over his head this time. After his last adventure, where he tore fantasy novels a new one, Jackson has to deal with the repercussions of angry gods, angrier conspirators, and the wrath of his pregnant girlfriend!

(I know . . . actual consequences in a comedy/action series? How avant-garde! --I think. Okay look, I really don’t know what that means. I’ve always just wanted to say it and I’m too lazy to look it up.)

Thanks to a godly decree and a crafty clause, Jackson has been banished from his home. And the only universe kindly enough to take him in is one infested with comic-book-style superheroes and supervillains. A perfect place to cause mayhem, right? Well, it wouldn’t be much of a book if it were.

Comics don’t play by the rules and Jackson has been tasked to do something “unique.” Whatever is a villain to do?

Follow the adventure of Jackson Blackwell as he attempts to manipulate his way back to the top while dealing with all manner of dark detectives, godly aliens, expensive power suits, and the most daunting challenge of all . . . looming parenthood.

First Sentence:
I looked at the simple idiots sitting across from my expensive, glossy black desk.

Purchase At:
AmazonBarnes & NobleBook Depository

Audible


My Thoughts and Summary:
*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Jeffrey Kafer was the narrator for the first book and returns for this one. Hahaha. I love him! I love his voice and can listen to him forever. But he has a great dry humor to his voice that fits The Shadowmaster. How does he get through this book without laughing? I don't know, but I might want to hear a few bloopers from him. lol. I'm sure they would be fun. But, back to Jeffrey... Oh my. When Jeffrey did voices for Dr. Pain and a few other villains, I had to laugh. They fit the characters and were a hoot to hear! This is the Jeffrey I enjoyed listening to, he's really enjoying narrating this. I think the enthusiasm comes through in his performance of emotions and voices. The voice and personality changes are awesome, and fit the story.

Going into this book, I was looking for fun and adventure. And many pop culture references of shows, books, comics, and so much more. And I got it from the first word. Gibson likes to have fun with what he writes, and it shows. Hahaha. The references to the superheroes anatomy...in spandex... Hahaha. Gibson adds in small superhero facts about comics throughout the book.

As I looked through the beginning of the book for the first sentence, I got drawn into reading the Dedication and Forward. All of it is fun. Really. Gibson has written a Dedication from his main characters view, and it's a hoot. Along with the Forward, it's all done in fun.

I have fun with Jackson. He's a crafty villain. He knows the rules and plays with and around them. Jackson also has a code of conduct. He's a villain but he's not evil in treatment of people. He openly voices his views on different things that could really fit, yet it's humorous how it's done. Jeffrey pulls these moments off perfectly. It's a matter of fact tone that isn't nasty, bringing the dry humor into the words. So well done!

Jackson is great at turning peoples thoughts around. Jackson firmly believes in what he's saying, whether he actually does or not is another thing but he believes it in that moment, and uses examples he can sway his direction to turn thoughts around. I love it!

Jackson may seem like he's having fun in King Stanley's realm of superheroes as a supervillain but he still has things nagging at the back of his mind. He's been kicked out of his realm by his pregnant partner. As much as he wants to be home, he has the parenting issue nagging at him. And he doesn't seem to notice it. Jackson's determined he doesn't need to change with having a kid on the way, but he's living that time before his first child where your mind has to adapt and accept things DO change. Throughout the book Jackson has kids or family on his mind.

If you are looking for a fun romp of a book, this is one for you. Nothing in life, seen, or in books, movies, and much more are safe from Jackson's criticism. And it's awesome when he goes on a rampage about it all. I look forward to Jackson growing as a character, and I love the fun we have with him too.

Oh goodness. Gibson had me chuckling throughout the book, but in the end... I had to stop the audio to laugh. Great play with the narrator and book. Really interactive and worked wonderfully. The way Jackson is written really brings this to life.

Seriously, listen to the audio book. It's so much fun and the story really comes alive. You'll love it.



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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Comic Review: Void Trip #2

Void Trip #2

Words By:  Ryan O'Sullivan
Illustrations By:  Plaid Klaus

Format:  PDF

Series:  2nd in Void Trip series; Episode #1

1st Impression:  Something deeper steers them.

Synopsis:
With their ship's AI now activated, our space hobos finally have the roadmap to the promised land of Euphoria. But what use is a roadmap to those who believe the point of a story is the journey, not the destination?

Purchase At:
Amazon  /  Void Trip Site


Thoughts:
*I was given this free review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Ana is having visions. She has a mentor talking to her. She is determined to NOT listen. There is more to Ana than we know. She's hiding something inside as to why she's avoiding the vision of her mentor and why she doesn't want to go directly to Euphoria.

Just when you think Ana's simply strung out on her Froot, she says something full of meaning and heart. Wow. The big moment for Ana when she tells why she doesn't want to get to Euphoria. That's deep. I think I love her more for the great thought and concern in the answer. She's so connected with the way of things. Will her dreams bring Ana to head to Euphoria? 

The assassin (who's on the cover of this issue) is following hot on their trail still. And leaving a bloody mess in his path. We learn a small detail, the humans belong to him. Or so he says. There is a back story here. Can't wait to learn it.

We see the A.I. present on the page now. lol. How easily he switches dress, and what he switches to in situations. Make sure to keep an eye on him in the background. This is the fun in taking in the images drawn in a comic. I do like when characters are drawn with a realistic feel to them, but there's alien beings as well that fit the universe.

As always, Ana and Gabe can't stay out of trouble.

At the end there's a short comic added - The Glimmer Society, by James Potter & Plaid Klaus. They seem like an interesting crew of friends. It's to continue in the next issue as well!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Audio Book Review: Steam

Steam

By:  Stacey Rourke

Publish Date:  September 10, 2015, Audiobook Release April 5, 2017

Format:  Audiobook - 8 hrs 53 mins
Narrated By:  Karen Krause

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Series:  3rd in Legends Saga series; Book 1 ~ Crane, Book 2 ~ Raven

Impression:  The ties come together.

Synopsis:
Time passes, sins forgotten.
The bodies of the victims long since rotten.

Trapped within the essence of the Headless Horseman by the guilt of slaughtering her best friend, Ireland Crane follows the father of science fiction, HG Wells, in search of freedom from the curse that binds her. Instead, she discovers even he has a hidden agenda. A dark, relentless passion to be reunited with the woman he loves has driven him to manipulate time and a murderous Horseman.

Yet heed my warning, as the Raven flies,
The Hessian will come … and you will die.

All that prevents Ireland from abandoning Wells’ twisted pursuit, or introducing him to her sword, are the undead witches haunting her. Begging for freedom from a vile succubus, the ghoulish coven leads Ireland and her crew on a journey through Salem’s sordid past. There, they learn there is more to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s history than a scarlet letter, and the secret they’ve uncovered seeks to destroy them all.

First Sentence:
Watching her mother die was the most beautiful thing Preen had ever witnessed.

Purchase At:
AmazonBarnes & NobleBook Depository

Audible 


My Thoughts and Summary:
*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I had to dive right into this book because I wanted answers. I got some of them. Wells is more involved in their lives than we'd expected. He explains why and how. Also, the supernatural lives of our characters have crossed before, they are all connected in a strange thread.

This story is divided between Ireland and crew in the now and Preen and her coven in Salem during the witch trials. Once again, Preen's life is important to the here and now with Ireland and her growing crew of friends.

I enjoyed Preen's story as she lived and experienced so much. She truly had powers, and used them. It was something to see her evolution, then what she ended up being.

We learn the truth behind what's driving Wells in collecting this group of cursed individuals together. There's a place and time he needs to get to but he can't. This particular group of individuals may be able to do what others before them have not.

This book ties all we've learned of Ireland and her Hessian, Ridley and his Poe curse, and a new woman - Peyton and her ability, together. They are histories that are touched by an individual in time. They don't realize it, but they are tied by the same evil just in different ways.

When we get answers, I had hoped there could have been a bit more of a moment here. It feels to happen so fast as though it's breezed over. The ending... hmmm. I'm not sure what I think. We get an ending but I felt as though it didn't bring the characters to a closure as I was expecting. Will they find each other again?  Between these two moments, I wanted more. I wanted a bigger moment that was clear for me. I felt I didn't get that. Another may love these moments, but for me they felt short.



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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Sunday Post #188

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share new about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

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I'm late getting this post up today, but it's up. I've been keeping my hours full of all sorts of things.

We have finished January. One month into 2018. And what I have done? Well... it feels like not to much. I've been taking free classes on how to use Photoshop. I've learned a great deal and wish I could afford to pay to take the rest of the module. And if I could, I could take their photography classes too. But, as great the price is, I can't justify it in my tight budget. I've been taking more photos, but that's in thanks to a dear friends daughter having her baby. I even got to take some amazing photos of the new born a week old. She's adorable! As for words... Ugh. I've not had a chance to get to those.

The house has been the sick house, so this is slowing me down as well. I had a sinus infection and finally got over it. Husband has been sick about two months now, and it's gotten worse this last week. Kiddo's even got a severe sinus infection now too. I'm ready to move out for a week. Any takers for a guest? LOL! Nah, I'm here helping them get through.

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The Fit Booker:

Goal:  Workout in any form of exercise (or on Wii Fit) 2x's a week. (to feel better and hope to drop a few pants sizes)

How did I do last week... This has turned into a dream for me. lol.


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What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Winter of Ice and Iron by Rachel Neumeier
Starsigns by A.F. Grappin (on treadmill)


Current Audiobook:
Behind Enemy Lines by Terry Mixon

Current Podcast Book Listen:
Alone by Scott Sigler (You can listen for free too! Go to Scott's website.)


Finished Last Week: 
Assassin's Mark by A.F. Grappin
Void Trip #2 by Ryan O'Sullivan & Plaid Klaus


Audiobooks from Audible:
Steam by Stacey Rourke
Villains Pride by M.K. Gibson



Finished Podcast Book Listen:
None.


DNFed:
Stonebriar Casefiles: Bad Alchemy by Laura Nicole Spencer (You can listen for free too!) - Author's stopped posting it.
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Last Two Weeks on the Blog:


Cover Reveals: (click titles to go to post & learn more)




Guest Posts:


Posts:

Around the Internet...



Reviews:
Podcast Review:




Mama Bitchstress Reviews:



GIVEAWAYS:


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This Week to Come on the Blog:


I have two reviews to finish and schedule for you.



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Received For the Last Month:
(Note: Links to Amazon are buy links where I could earn commission, in case you are interested.)


For Review Consideration:
Void Trip #3 by Ryan O'Sullivan & Plaid Klaus
PRE-ORDER AT AMAZON
Amazon Synopsis:
Having now discovered the hippy-paradise super-planet Euphoria, our space hobos finally learn that age-old truth: the worst thing that can happen to a person is having their dreams come true.

Good Samaritan: Unto Dust #1 by Mike Luoma
Synopsis:
Boston, Massachusetts - 1965: Father Bill Sullivan is a Roman Catholic priest with a secret – he wields awesome energies that he believes are given him by God. The "Power of the Holy Spirit" manifests around him as nebulous tentacles of purple and gold energy and smoke. It allows "Good Samaritan" – as he calls himself – to hover, grab criminals and restrain them, subject thugs to the experience of their own crimes in his "Confessional", and occasionally render ultimate judgment by turning perps into dust as he proclaims, "Remember Man that thou art DUST and unto dust thou shall return!"A new menace is tangling with Good Samaritan, a creature preying on children, a molester with delusions of being a vampire. And "normal" life is presenting its own problems, as Ernesto Cabral, the new Cardinal of the Archdiocese, apparently has it in for Father Sullivan! He hassles Sullivan after Father Bill helps a young, unwed mother-to-be. The Cardinal might ruin his career... but the creature could take his life!




Audio Books Requested for Review:
Darkstorm by M.L. Spencer
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Darkstorm is the prequel to the dark epic fantasy series The Rhenwars Saga.

Faced with an imminent cataclysm that will destroy the magical heritage of their people, a secret conspiracy of mages has resorted to harnessing the powers of Hell to save their legacy. The only mages who can oppose them are Braden and Quin Reis: two brothers with a turbulent past and a caustic relationship. But both Braden and Quin are compromised, harboring terrible and tragic secrets.

Will Braden and Quin be able to prevent the unsealing of the Well of Tears? Or will they fall victim to the darkmages’ sinister manipulations and join their conspiracy?

Hush by James Maxey
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Goodreads Synopsis:
THE SECOND BOOK OF THE DRAGON APOCALYPSE

The invulnerable, super-strong warrior Infidel has a secret: she’s lost her magical powers right at the moment when she needs them most. To keep a promise to a fallen friend, she must journey to the frozen wastelands of the north.

Her quest leads her through the abstract realms of the Sea of Wine, where she uncovers a conspiracy that threatens all life. Hush, the primal dragon of cold, has formed an alliance with the ghost of a vengeful witch to murder Glorious, the dragon of the sun, plunging the world into an unending winter night.

Without her magical strength, can Infidel possibly survive her battle with Hush? If she fails to save glorious, will the world see another morning?

Forbidden Island by Jeremy Robinson
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Goodreads Synopsis:
SEEKING TO CONTACT HUMANITY'S LOST TRIBE...

On the precipice of a cliff, contemplating suicide, dishonorably discharged U.S. Army Ranger, Rowan Baer, is invited to provide security to a research team visiting the most dangerous island in the world--North Sentinel Island in the Sea of Bengal. Seeking redemption, he accepts.

Living among Amazon rainforest tribes, eccentric Israeli anthropologist, Talia Mayer, is recruited to study the island's elusive inhabitants--the Sentinelese--who have resided on the tropical island since the dawn of mankind. Seeing the chance of a lifetime, she joins the team.

On the run from his past, Palestinian linguist, Mahdi Barakat, is given little choice: join the expedition and make contact with the Sentinelese, or be left to face the men tracking him down. Afraid for his life, he finds safe harbor halfway around the world.

As part of an expedition funded by the Indian government and supported by a local resort millionaire, the team struggles to make contact with the Sentinelese, a tribal people renowned for their violence, strange behavior, and mysterious ways. But when the expedition's yacht strikes a reef, and sinks, the team finds themselves stranded on an island few people have ever set foot on and survived, an island that they quickly discover is home to far more than primitive tribal people.

...THEY UNCOVER THE VERY SOURCE OF EVIL.



Purchased/Winnings/Gifts:
Book:
Children of Ash by Jaye Wells
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Goodreads Synopsis:
The human rebels are recruited to help save a group of children who were captured by the Troika and sent to a blood camp. Getting inside the prison camp will be easy, but escaping will be hell.



Audio:




Free Ebooks:
(On my Kindle and Nook App) Links to books under title. They may or may not be free at this time.
Miss Frost Solves A Cold Case by Kristen Painter
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year. 

Jayne Frost is a lot of things. Winter elf, Jack Frost’s daughter, Santa Claus’s niece, heir to the Winter Throne and now…private investigator. Sort of.

Needing someone he can trust, her father sends her undercover to Nocturne Falls to find out why employees at the Santa’s Workshop toy store are going missing.

Doing that requires getting to know the town, which leads to interesting encounters with a sexy vampire, an old flame, and an elevator that’s strictly off-limits. The more Jayne finds out, the more questions she has, but the answers lead her deeper into danger.

Will her magic save her? Or will she come up cold?

The Galathea Chronicles: Books 1-3 by J.J. Green
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The first three books of JJ Green’s Shadows of the Void space opera serial, in one discounted bundle. 

Generation (Shadows of the Void 1) 

Humankind entered the age of deep space travel two decades ago, and Earth’s megacorps rushed to exploit the rich resources to be found on unclaimed planets. Prospecting starships roam the galaxy, racing to be the first to lay their hands on the new-found source of wealth. 

But unknown horrors lie at the reaches of the great expanse, ready to be awakened by unsuspecting starship crews. 

Chief Security Officer Jas Harrington’s job is to protect her shipmates from hostile aliens on new worlds. For the efficient if quick-tempered Jas, that hasn’t been too hard up till now. But her captain is drug-addled, and he’s hungry for the bonuses he gets from finding valuable resources. 

When the captain won’t listen to Jas’ fears about a mysterious planet, he is compromised by contact with a strange life form—a life form that threatens to take over the entire ship and return to Earth, where it can spread its deadly infection. 

Now Jas is in a race against time, struggling to quarantine the alien infection and prevent the aliens from achieving their goal: Generation. She doesn't realize it yet, but as she fights to save her crew, the future of all humanity hangs in the balance. 

Stranded (Shadows of the Void 2) 

The starship Galathea has crash-landed on a planet inhabited by deadly aliens, but Polestar, the megacorp that owns the ship, isn’t in a hurry to rescue the crew. Some of the officers were infected by the hostile life forms, and the company may not want to take responsibility or waste money on a lost cause. 

Unknown to Polestar, many of the possessed officers died in the crash. But Jas Harrington isn’t convinced that they were all killed. She thinks that infected personnel remain aboard ship, impossible to detect, and hoping to hitch a ride to a populated planet. 

Now the ship’s life support systems aren’t working, the one remaining engineer doesn’t know how to fix the engines, and the crew is threatening to mutiny. 

Can Jas combat the dangers outside and within the ship? Can she can get the Galathea off the planet? And if she does, how can she be sure she isn’t spreading the deadly aliens to the rest of the galaxy? 

Dawn (Shadows of the Void 3) 

Under orders from Earth’s Global Government, the crew of the Galathea set out for the colony world of Dawn, where the hostile aliens that infested their ship can be rooted out. 

Jas Harrington learns the aliens are called Shadows, and that there has been a conspiracy of silence surrounding the threat they pose to the galaxy. She also finds that there’s more to Dawn than meets the eye. 

On the new world, she discovers the horrible truth of what the Shadows do to victims caught in their traps. 

She discovers what Dawn’s inhabitants are hiding. 

She discovers that the planet’s security has been penetrated. 

As the Shadows draw near, Jas battles desperately to free the people of Dawn from their dark secrets. If she doesn’t succeed, no one can survive.

Lost Lore: A Fantasy Anthology
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With an introduction by Mark Lawrence, author of Prince of Thorns and Red Sister.
Hidden pasts. Secrets untold. Legends half-remembered. Fifteen fantasy writers gather to bring fifteen tales to life, each one a unique glimpse into a wholly original world.
On the Emerald Road, a dead Sage triggers a brutal trial beneath the forest floor. There, a young man must fight--and kill--both friends and enemies to become the next wielder of the fabled Emerald Blade.
In Midgard, a priestess of humble birth forges a strange bond with an ancient being as she searches for justice in a land that often rewards cruelty, betrayal, and bloodshed.
And in the Yarnsworld, the Magpie King teaches two brothers a dangerous lesson about the power of stories. Sticks and stones may indeed break bones...but they cannot hurt the Bramble Man.
In worlds ravaged by flood, fire, and frost, mere mortals strive to make their own legends amidst demons and deities a like. And in lands racked with human strife--where evil endures and no one is ever safe--scarred heroes fight forces even darker than their own personal demons.
Why do they fight?
Some seek to better the world, or themselves. Others are out to right old wrongs. But whatever their goal--reward, redemption, or just respite--the truth will out eventually. For no story is ever truly lost so long as there exists one to tell it.

The Lethal Agent by RS McCoy
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Mable Wilkinson is close to getting everything she ever wanted. She has a home in a facility in New York, a job extracting parasitic insects, and she's even made some friends. If she can keep up this pace for a few years, she’ll earn a lifetime of security for herself—and for Hadley.

But that doesn’t mean her job is easy. Each time she begins to discover something about the bugs, they strike again, wreaking havoc on the world. Researchers are dying with increasing frequency, and Mable is powerless to stop it. 

As the mounting bug attacks threaten to destroy humanity, Mable realizes she’s out of time. Her team has only days to find a solution before the human race loses its homeworld—if the bugs don’t infect them first. 

A new sci-fi romance from RS McCoy, author of The Sparks Saga, The Alder Tales, and The Luminary Chronicles. 

Book Two of The Extraction Files.

Storm Dragon by Frances Pauli
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Karin knows she’s gone completely insane—nuts—absolutely batshit crazy, when she spots an insidious blue dragon twining through the trees at a rest stop in the Cascade Mountains. Despite agreeing to join her roommate at a psychic fair, she’s never believed in anything metaphysical. She’s pretty sure the Reiki treatment she succumbed to has brought on a frighteningly realistic hallucination—until they roll their mini-van in the middle of I-90, and she is rescued from the vehicle by the same monstrous blue figment of her imagination. 

She awakens to find that she’s been delivered to a cabin high in the mountains instead of to a proper hospital. The “doctor” looking out for her is more of a new-ager than a physician, and the people who own the house, including the urban highlander version of Fabio, don’t have any intention of letting her leave.

Faced with the unimaginable, and strapped to an all-too-real dragon, Karin must decide how to tame the beast or risk losing herself to it forever.

Archangel's Kiss by Anna Santos
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Gargoyles, Angels, and Vampires. Deadly enemies. An Angel Prince looking for his fated mate to break his curse. A Vampire King with a heart of stone. 

Aria loses her humanity after being saved by a monster she believed only to exist in horror stories. But everything isn’t what it seems when her savior becomes a handsome angel prince who awakened her ancient and deadly powers. Powers that can destroy the world, or save it. 
Only true love can break the prince’s curse and stop him from turning into stone for all eternity. Despite the overwhelming chemistry between Aria and the prince, they only have thirty days to fall in love before their bond is put to the test. 
Peril strikes in the form of an addictive drug that can kill vampires and angels are to blame. Conflict is blooming and the peace treaty between the Angel Prince and the Vampire King is threatened. 
Aria is caught in a love triangle when the Vampire King discovers that the girl he had refused to take as his is now the prince’s new mate. Tormented by the rash decision that almost killed her, the king now believes that he’s saving Aria from the clutches of the manipulative prince. 
Finding out that supernatural creatures exist becomes less terrifying for Aria than discovering what she’s destined to become if she lets her Archangel’s abilities take over and change her. 
Aria is much more than the average, eighteen-year-old girl who wanted to find the cure for cancer. She’s now a deadly Archangel warrior and the future queen of the angels and gargoyles if only she can manage to break her lover’s curse and keep the Vampire King at bay. 

Z-Burbia by Jake Bible
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Whispering Pines is a classic, quiet, private American subdivision on the edge of Asheville, NC, set in the pristine Blue Ridge Mountains. Which is good since the zombie apocalypse has come to Western North Carolina and really put suburban living to the test! 
Surrounded by a sea of the undead, the residents of Whispering Pines have adapted their bucolic life of block parties to scavenging parties, common area groundskeeping to immediate area warfare, neighborhood beautification to neighborhood fortification. 

But, even in the best of times, suburban living has its ups and downs what with nosy neighbors, a strict Home Owners’ Association, and a property management company that believes the words “strict interpretation” are holy words when applied to the HOA covenants. Now with the zombie apocalypse upon them even those innocuous, daily irritations quickly become dramatic struggles for personal identity, family security, and straight up survival. 

Welcome to normal life in Z-Burbia!

Remembrance by Heather Hildenbrand
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She’s the cure that could save him. If only she could remember how.

Two years ago, 20 year-old Samantha Knight experienced a life-altering trauma. Unfortunately, she can’t remember what it was. Previously outgoing, fun, and carefree—it’s as if someone flipped a switch on Sam’s insides. Now, she’s afraid of everything, socially awkward, and convinced she’s going crazy. As BeyoncĂ© would say, she woke up like this. Sam tries her best to juggle college classes, work, and the nosiest roommate ever, but behind the curtain, Sam’s life is all about keeping a firm grip on her own mind. And life is kicking her ass.

Alex Channing has only one enemy in this world: werewolves. Born and raised to fight in the supernatural military, he has become an expert at hunting and killing rabid werewolves. But when Alex is bitten and infected, he finds himself racing against a ticking clock for his own survival.

Alex’s search for a cure leads him finally to an oracle in a seaside town in California. And she gives him the reading of a lifetime. The key to his cure is a girl who forgets things, cries spontaneously, and might just be insane. And the only way she can save him is to do the one thing Alex knows is impossible: she has to remember.

Frenzied by Blaire Edens
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Swimming in the Deep 

Shark-shifter Tiburon Diaz has gone from predator to savior. After saving Eva Buxton’s life, he’s drowning in her. Eva, a high school biology teacher, finally has the bedroom partner she’s always wanted. But when research scientists threaten their future together, the two of them will have to decide if one scorching hot week together is enough to decide forever.




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Reviews to Come:

Soulless by Skyla Dawn Cameron
The Sentinel by Chris Lester
The Muse by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Making the Cut by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Whispers in the Wood by Chris Lester
Lex Talionis by Starla Huchton
Spark by Starla Huchton
Heir to Kale by K.L. Bone
Tales from the Archives Vol 4 #5 - Old Sinner's Bones
The Death of Dulgath by Michael J. Sullivan
Danger's Halo by Amanda Carlson
Assassin's Mark by A.F. Grappin
Void Trip #2 by Ryan O'Sullivan & Plaid Klaus
Steam by Stacey Rourke
Villains Pride by M.K. Gibson