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Paperback: 28 Pages
Publisher: Different Kind of Safari, LLC (August 17, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0989013421
ISBN-13: 978-0989013420

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Rosie and Friends is Helping Children to Understand That Their Uniqueness Is Not a Weakness.

Rosie the Pink Hippo asks readers “What advice would you give your friends who want to feel better about themselves” in this adventure book to help readers see that being different can be positive. Join Rosie the Pink Hippo, Olivia the Ostrich, and many others in this educational and eye-opening 28-page illustrated children’s book, Rosie and Friends Positively Different, a creative and fun teaching tool intended for parents, caregivers, teachers, and children who may have felt at some point in their life that they were different from their peers.

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“PUTTING MY PEN TO PAPER”

By Helen Hipp

I have always found writing difficult and after years of producing numerous college papers, I felt exhausted. It came as a huge surprise that writing would eventually become a cathartic and enjoyable experience for me. I found myself preoccupied with a story that was stuck in my head about my family’s own experience while on safari in Africa. But my thoughts were not the same as sitting down to write, although they were the spark!

Inspired, I decided to share the story with the world by weaving it into a children’s adventure book that celebrates differences – a desire that drove me to create, as I knew that the real-life lessons learned by my son were both significant and relatable to other children with special needs and their parents. Clearly, the motivation behind my writing had clearly shifted. Putting pen to paper no longer feels like work or something I have to trudge through. Instead, it is a passion fueled with purpose.

What made the difference? For me it was, and still is, a meaningful creative process that allows for my enthusiasm, imagination, expression and creativity to unfold in its own time.

What motivates you to pursue your dreams?

What sparks creativity in you?

Are you meant to be a writer?

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Helen Hipp has had her own kind of safari through the land of a large family. She was always exploring new ways to define herself. There are many ways to navigate the waters of life says Helen. “You may ride in a canoe, sailboat, motorboat, or you may find yourself on the back of a pink hippo!”

With a mindset that centered on creating opportunities out of obstacles, Helen explored career opportunities, by connecting her personal experiences (parenting a child with special needs) with her beliefs, professional skills, and aspirations.

Helen received her M.A. in counseling and began her career as a psychotherapist to help people find answers for their life problems. Her work eventually evolved into a coaching practice, WithinU Life Coaching, focusing on individuals with special needs and their families.

Helen has authored articles for Family Works and Washington Family Magazine and written multiple self-help articles published by ezine.com where she is viewed as an expert in her field. She has been a contributor as a special needs consultant to FOX44 News in Burlington, Vermont.

In addition to her work, Helen has written two children’s books creating a very effective way to motivate kids of all ages to meet their challenges with self-acceptance, confidence and understanding.

Her debut children’s book, A Different Kind of Safari, released in 2013 addresses the many questions life asks by offering up lighthearted, ever-changing perspectives that transform personal challenges into opportunities. Once again, the engaging safari family, led by Rosie the Pink Hippo inspires, and help you see your life differently in her new book, Rosie and Friends Positively Different. With a cast characters experiencing real-life issues such as anxiety, fear, physical differences and poor self-esteem, Helen Hipp’s adventure books provide children with the opportunity to identify, understand and feel supported by the characters handling of similar fears, interests, and concerns.

Readers can connect with Helen Hipp on her website and on Twitter.

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My Review

5 stars

Rosie is a special hippo, instead of being grey like the other hippos, Rosie is pink. At first she feels bad and really wants to be like everyone else. But then she realizes that being different makes her special. Rosie wants to celebrate her difference. Other animals around her over hear her talking about celebrating and want to know what she is talking about. Rosie explains how they should embrace being different.

This is a wonderful story for kids with beautiful illustrations. It is the perfect way to teach children that being different makes them special. Although they may want to fit in with everyone else, it is better to embrace yourself and celebrate being you.

This is a wonderful story for kids and adults. This is one that is a must for any child’s library.

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Archangel’s Desire

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On Sale From Nov 26 until Dec 3!!
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“white knuckle read.” “roller coaster thrill ride.”
“action packed” “steamy.” “hot.” “amazing read.”
“Another amazing tale of the life of Angels, demons and hellhounds!”
“Who doesn’t love demons, Sassy badass hellhounds and tall, sexy and brooding archangel’s.”
“This book will have you at the edge of your seat!” …
find out what reviewers are raving about.

Title: Archangel’s Desire – Series: Archangels’ Series # 1 – Author: Karen Swart – Genre: Paranormal Romance – Audience: 18 + – Formats: E-book and Paperback – Publisher: Karen Swart – Cover By: Jasmyn Designs – Editor: Jasmin Petricola (Blue Butterfly Editing) – Published Date: April 30, 2015
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Raven Black is no martyr, but she has a secret she deems worth protecting. Placed into the care of Zadkiel, the Archangel of Mercy, Raven Black tries with all her might and main to hide her deadly secret. It’s difficult to know who to trust or who to confide in, but Raven knows she’s unwilling to be exploited to get the Archangels’ greatest enemy. She seals her lips, refusing to speak and enduring the ensuing torture in silence.
After centuries of nothing but duty, Zadkiel is tormented by the hellhound Raven. The closer he gets to her, the more he discovers about this lethal beauty. With each passing moment an uncontrollable desire is awakened, and with it an ancient evil is provoked.
When he discovers her secret, Zadkiel must choose between all of mankind and the woman he has come to love. Can he save her in time, or will his failure bring forth the end of days?
He would awaken a desire that would burn through hell.
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The door opened and Zadkiel marched into the room. He looked around and found me sitting on a few flour bags where I was trying to remain hidden from the world. I was beyond angry with him. How dare he take my picture! He had no right!
“Raven.” He walked over to me.
“Go to hell, Zadkiel,” I sneered at him.
“Well, actually that is where I am going. But first, I need to make sure that you will be alright while I am gone.” His words had me finally looking at him.
“You are going into hell?” He seemed determined enough.
“Yes, I need to find the other female and try and get more information. Her sister is lost about her research and is unable to make out what we are supposed to know.” He didn’t even flinch when he replied.
So, why did I?
“Are you serious?”
“Yes, we have no choice.” He seemed way too nonchalant for a guy taking a trip down to hell.
I wished I had the courage to tell him I would go with him, but I was scared shitless of the place and what lay within it. “How long will you be gone?” I asked instead.
“I am hoping to find her in a day or two. But I am concerned about you.” He turned his back to me, and I couldn’t see his eyes. A strange combination of sensations took hold of me with his words. First I was delighted, and then I was just plain devastated. How the hell would I be able to stay awake? Shit! I am not going to be able to and then…
“I will be back before each nightfall to help you sleep, of course. Then I will return to the hunt the next morning,” he interjected, as if reading my thoughts. My heart leapt with gratitude. “Would you be able to help the others in the gym while I am searching?” He finally looked at me.
“It’s difficult,” I replied. Kasadya was always bugging me and then the others would soon be here bugging me too.
“Please, for me.” His pleading had my heart jumping.
“Okay, I’ll try, but if they start bugging me, I am out of here.” My eyes roamed over his huge frame, his soft hair begging for my fingers to rub it.
“Fair enough, but please stay here. Try to assist them as much as you can. I don’t know if I will be able to find the other female, and we need your assistance.” He bent down and cupped my face in his hand, his eyes roaming over me.
“Why didn’t you just give the picture to them?” I breathed.
“Some things are personal and don’t need to be shared with everyone. I will not share what I have seen, Raven. I know trust is difficult for you, but I would like nothing more than to earn that trust.” His thumb rubbed over my lower lip, his eyes fixed on the action.
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Karen Swart is the bestselling author of the spellbinding young adult series – The Kasadya Hellhound Series. Her novels have won awards in the Best YA Paranormal and Best YA Fantasy categories of Book Junkies Choice Awards.
Born and raised South African, Karen spends her time with her family and writing her next novel. You can learn more about Karen, her love of books and all her upcoming books at www.authorkarenswart.com or http://facebook.com/authorkarenswart.
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Unexpected: Short Stories from Around the World

by P. F Citizen One

Unexpected: Short Stories from Around the World by P. F Citizen One

Unexpected is a collection of true life short stories inspired by the author’s travels around the world and the people he has met. The book features seven thought-provoking, humorous and engaging stories that end with the most unlikely twist.

In one of the stories, The Wedding Contract, the author tells the story of a man who was forced to sign a pre-nuptial agreement simply because his wife was wealthy and he was considered poor. As time went on, fortunes changed and the man became far wealthier than his wife. His wife and friends dreaded the worst from him because of his new financial position but what he did next was shocking.

Book Details

Genre: Anthology, Short Stories
Published by: BookBaby
Publication Date: October 7th 2016
Number of Pages: 23
ISBN: 1483577856 (ISBN13: 9781483577852)
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Excerpt:

Julie’s parents were concerned. Julie was a single child from a pretty wealthy family with many properties and stores. So, her parents, her family, and her friends convinced her to protect herself by writing a prenup agreement. Should they get divorced, Julie would keep all her family’s belongings. All her entourage pressured her so much that Julie finally arrived at the idea that it was necessary to sign a prenup.

Jean-Pierre didn’t accept it at first, but in the end, he had no choice: Was it worth losing the woman he considered to be his soulmate?

Jean-Pierre and Julie finally got married and had two gorgeous daughters. But Jean-Pierre was still a little bit sad. After all, if they insisted on a contract, it was because her family didn’t completely trust him.

Jean-Pierre had been writing for a few years, and he had written many books. He was also working as a French teacher to get some additional revenue. However, he decided to stop writing to become a full-time teacher and contribute more to the family expenses.

He threw himself into his work as a teacher. One day, as Julie was watching television, she saw that the press was looking for the anonymous author of three books. From their description of the writing, she immediately recognized her husband’s style. After he was identified as the author of these books, he was given royalties for the book sales.

Jean-Pierre soon became very rich and famous, so much so that Julie (and, indeed, the press) was now waiting for the day when Jean-Pierre would cheat on her. She expected that he would eventually divorce her to marry another girl—probably an actress or a model or simply a younger woman. He was now famous and powerful, far richer than his wife and her entire family.

Rumors of cheating grew more and more persistent. The rumors said that Jean-Pierre would ask for a divorce and that he was getting ready for another wedding.

During a press conference, Jean-Pierre was asked about the rumors. He answered that he would act like a man and not hide anything anymore. In front of everyone, he told his wife:

“Honey, since the very first time I met you, I loved you more than I loved any other woman. Then, we got married and had two wonderful girls. I love them so much Over the years, I always thought about…that prenuptial agreement I had to sign because I was poor. Today, I am very rich… I am sorry, honey, but I am announcing…

Author Bio:

P.F Citizen OneP.F. Citizen One is a writer. He works as a petroleum engineer, which requires a lot of traveling to different countries, and he uses the situations and varied people he has come across as an inspiration for his great love of writing. His interest in travel has meant that he has picked up some useful languages along the way, and he is now fluent in English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and German, allowing him to go just about anywhere and still be understood. Most of the time. He lists his great fear as ”being stranded alone on a desert island” and, as a result, he avoids traveling by boat whenever he can.

P.F. Citizen One’s new book, Unexpected, was published on October 7th and is a book of short stories, inspired by his travels throughout the world and the people he has met.

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Big Flies

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Big Flies by Keith Hirshland

Publisher: CreateSpace  (August 9, 2016)
Category: Mystery/Thriller, Hard-Boiled Detective
Tour Dates: October/November, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-5327-1936-3
Available in: Print & ebook,  238 Pages

After Chester Daniel David, highly celebrated travel writer and hospitality critic, dies in an automobile accident, his son, Leland, is the heir to his prosperous estate. Among the late writer’s possessions are stacks of magazines hidden in an attic that suggest that his stories about his world travels were less than authentic.

As Leland grew up, it seemed as if his father was never home. If he wasn’t at the exotic locations depicted in the various publications, then where was he? And what was he doing?

In a witty mystery that simultaneously follows the lives of the father and son, clues that Chester leaves behind point to notorious unsolved crimes committed within a fifteen-year span:

  • The D. B. Cooper plane skyjacking and ransom demand in the Pacific Northwest
  • The theft from a Caribbean museum of a twenty-four-carat-gold cross recovered from a sixteenth-century shipwreck
  • The inexplicable vanishing of $1 million from the Chicago First National Bank
  • The theft of a collection of priceless artifacts from a Mexican anthropological museum

As Leland unlocks the mysteries surrounding his father’s true life, he finds himself with even more unfathomable questions that he never anticipated asking about his family—and himself.

Reminiscent of Michael Connelly, Nelson DeMille, Nick Hornby, and Terry Pratchett.

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Praise for Big Flies by Keith Hirshland

“This is an engaging story well told. The plot hinges on the power of secrets and secrets revealed but Keith fully understands the heart of the story is the unfolding of relationships fulfilled or not. Can we ever really know who we know? While this novel works beautifully as a nostalgic and fun caper tale it’s all wrapped up in fathers and sons, true and lasting friends and of course intriguing women. Keith is aiming high here. Really, really well done.”- David R. Hill, Amazon Reviewer

Praise for Cover Me Boys, Were Going In by Keith Hirshland

“I really wanted to read this book because I have become a real fan of The Golf Channel as well as ESPN. I have also found that biographies can be very interesting, and the broadcasting industry is of special interest.
I was very pleased with my reading of this book. It was everything I hoped it would be. Keith grew up the son of a local TV broadcasting executive, and was steeped in the inner workings of the industry his entire life. This up-bringing permeates every day of his life. I highly recommend this.”-William Smith, Dr. Bill’s Book Bazaar

“Mr. Hirshland does an excellent job grabbing the reader’s attention and not letting go. The writing is crisp and the book flows seamlessly from beginning to end.”- Financially independent wannabe, Amazon Reviewer

“This book is a great read. Quick chapters take you through the author’s life (The good times and bad). Along the way the reader gets an insider’s view of the local and national sports television world. It is a crazy ride through the trials and tribulations of being a part of two networks starting up (ESPN2 and Golf Channel) as well as hanging out with some of the best golfers and television executives in the country. If you are remotely interested in television sports, how local television works or just a golf fan this is the read for you.”- TraceySue, Amazon Reviewer

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Author’s Bio

Keith Hirshland is a sports television producer with more than three decades of experience and an Emmy award under his belt. He produced shows that aired on ESPN and ESPN2. Hirshland later was among the first forty people hired by The Golf Channel in 1994. He was in the middle of the action when it premiered in 1995 and provided his talents for the all golf network for close to two decades.

Big Flies is Hirshland’s second book and first novel. He is the author of Cover Me Boys, I’m Going In (Tales of the Tube from a Broadcast Brat), a memoir about his experiences in the television industry. Hirshland lives in New Jersey with his wife and Bernese Mountain Dog.

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My Review

5 stars

 Leland David is trying to write his first book. Since his father, Chester Daniel David. Chester was a famous travel and food critic. But when Leland finds a stack of magazines in the attic he learns that he father faked the articles. But this opens up more questions, if he father was not out traveling and writing, where was he?

This story bounces back and forth between Leland and Chester’s stories. Each chapter starts with a header so you know whose story you will be reading. I really enjoyed following along with each person as you discovery more about each one along with how four unsolved mysteries may be linked to everything.

I admit that the beginning was a touch slow as you start learning about Chester and Leland, but then the story takes off like a flash. I couldn’t figure out how the robberies fit into the story for the life of me. But everything wraps up well in the end.

This is a great adventure and one that I recommend you check out. You will not be disappointed.

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I received Big Flies from Teddy at Premier Virtual Author Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

Excerpt

 THESE DAYS

Leland stared at the contents inside the open case. He didn’t blink as his eyes went from one item to the next and back again. He couldn’t speak; he could barely breathe. Denny whistled one long, lingering note.

“For fuck’s sake.” Leland had finally found his breath and his voice.

“This is unbelievable!” Denny added, post whistle. Leland hated that particular superlative, felt it was almost always overused, but he found himself agreeing that this was one of those rare times that the five-syllable word was apropos. They were looking at what appeared to be a march through the history of his father’s life, one special piece of memorabilia at a time. The first thing that captured both Leland’s and Denny’s attention was a brightly colored LP jacket, mostly yellow, featuring the four familiar faces of Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow, and, with hatchet in hand, the Tin Man. Above the pigtail-coiffed girl’s head were the words in yellow, blue, green, and red: The Wizard of Oz. Denny reached into the case with her right hand and pulled the keepsake out for a closer look.

“I think it’s an original,” she said, looking up from Frances Gumm, aka Judy Garland’s face, to Leland’s. In the upper right-hand corner, Leland noticed the MGM logo above the words, “Long Playing 33⅓ rpm Recorded.” Denny added, “The actual record is inside.” Her voice bristled with anticipation.

The recording was still in its original packaging, apparently never subject to the prick and sting of a record player’s needle. The song list on the label indicated this particular recording featured a combination of music and dramatic selections from the 1939 motion picture. The year 1956 was stamped on the A-side label.

“Put it back,” Leland said softly. Denny obliged and grabbed a small, browning manila envelope in its stead.

“I wonder what this is?” she asked as she pinched what was inside the envelope with her thumb and forefinger and gently pulled it clear. Leland recognized it immediately and didn’t know whether to laugh or cry, so he did neither. B. D. Beck Elementary School—read the bold, black letters at the top of the thick, once-white and now yellowing transcript. “Grade: 1st. Teacher: Mr. Conley” was also printed above a list of subjects with a letter grade assigned to each. They both noticed a slightly faded handwritten capital A in each box except the two marked Citizenship and Attendance. Each of those earned an S.

“Kudos, genius,” Denny said sarcastically.

“My first straight-A report card,” Leland said, the words with a mix of embarrassment and pride, “and maybe my last,” he added with a smile. “Why would you hang on to that?” he asked his father’s memory, already guessing the answer.

“What else do we have in here?” Denny asked, refusing to engage in Leland’s reverie. What else they had was a two-inch cotton-and-polyester black belt—the kind owned and worn by people who had mastered various martial-arts disciplines, and three, obviously old, certainly original, more than likely very valuable, baseball cards. One was a 1909–1911 Christy Mathewson T206 Piedmont Portrait, another was a Cy Young 1911 D304 General Baking Company Bruners Butter Crust SGC 84 7, and the third was a seemingly brand-new, mint-condition 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle Rookie Card that pictured the New York Yankee great holding a yellow bat and resting it on his right shoulder. His eyes appeared to gaze up and off to the right, perhaps looking at a pretty girl in the stands, or maybe seeing the hall of fame career ahead that would make him one of baseball’s most famous players.

“Those are worth a lot of money.” Denny stated the obvious.

“Six figures as a starting point,” Leland agreed.

“For the Mantle card alone,” Denny added; Leland was well aware the girl knew her stuff.

The last keepsake was the hardest to identify and explain. It was a clean, crisp twenty-dollar bill, serial number C 13871653 A, encased in clear Plexiglas.

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PhDeath: The Puzzler Murders

PhDeath: The Puzzler Murders by James Carse

PhDeath is a fast-paced thriller set in a major university in a major city on a square. The faculty finds itself in deadly intellectual combat with the anonymous Puzzler. Along with teams of US Military Intelligence and the city’s top detective and aided by the Puzzle Master of The New York Times, their collective brains are no match for the Puzzler’s perverse talents. Carse, Emeritus Professor himself at a premier university in a major city on a square shows no mercy in his creation of the seemingly omniscient Puzzler, who through a sequence of atrocities beginning and ending with the academic year, turns up one hidden pocket of immorality after another: flawed research, unabashed venality, ideological rigidity, pornographic obsessions, undue political and corporate influence, subtle schemes of blackmail, the penetration of national and foreign intelligence agencies, brazen violation of copyrights, even the production and sale of addictive drugs.

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Make sure to check out this great story. I would like to thank Rachel at MZPR for the information on this book.

Holy Smoke

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Holy Smoke (Andi Comstock Supernatural Mystery – 1) by Ann Simas

Smoke doesn’t always mean there’s fire…

Andi Comstock loves her new job, but she can’t figure out why she is the only person in the building who smells the smoke. Not only does she smell it, but each time she does, she hears a voice in her head.

One of those voices suggests she talk to Father Riley at St. Gemma’s Church, “a man of God and a believer in the afterlife.” Stunned and hoping she hasn’t lost her mind or developed a brain tumor, Andi makes the leap back to church. Much to her surprise, she gains a cohort in her effort to track down the source of both the smoke and the voices.

Sometimes, it means murder…

Then comes a voice that belongs to someone Andi went to school with and it’s begging for help. When Andi and Father Riley discover they may have stumbled upon a murder, the priest summons homicide detective Jack Harmon for assistance.

Now if Andi can just figure out why the voice keeps telling her, “Look at my teeth.”

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Author’s Bio

Ann Simas lives in Oregon, but she is a Colorado girl at heart, having grown up in the Rocky Mountains. An avid word-lover since childhood, she penned her first fiction “book” in high school. She particularly likes to write a mix of mystery-thriller-suspense with a love story and paranormal/supernatural elements.

An award-winning watercolorist and a budding photographer, Ann also enjoys needlework and gardening in her spare time. She is her family’s “genealogist” and has been blessed with the opportunity to conduct first-hand research in Italy for both her writing and her family tree. The genealogy research from century’s old documents, written in Italian, has been a supreme but gratifying and exciting challenge for her.

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My Review

5 stars

Andi seems to have everything falling into place for her but when she starts smelling smoke that no one else can smell and hearing voices she has to do something before someone thinks she is crazy, including herself. ­­­­But when she recognizes once of the voices as someone she went to school with that died a couple weeks prior, Andi finds Father Riley and tells him what is happening. After a little research they learn that there is a lot more happening in their little town and Father Riley called detective Jack Harmon. Jack doesn’t believe it at first but the more they go the more trouble they find.

Andi is a great character, she is nice and I feel for her. Jack is great, the hardened detective that doesn’t believe Andi’s story. I love the banter between the two of them. There is definitely sparks there. The mystery was well put together and had me guessing until the end.

This is my first book of Ann Simas’ that I have read but it will not be the last. I cannot wait to see what happens to Andi in the next book and to explore others books of Ann’s.

I received Holy Smoke from Candid Book Reviews for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

 

 

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The Legend of the Fallen Kingdom by Mikel Wilson and Sherry Gist

A faithful Knight feels trapped by his duties to his king when his world is turned upside down by the meeting of a strange woman in the woods. This woman turns out to be a vampire who they are swore to kill on site. When she tells him a secret that is unknown even to him. Find out if he is able to protect his king or if the secret he has learned will change the way he feels about his kingdom.

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Mikel Wilson and Sherry Gist

Two people from different backgrounds meet and became instant friends. They realized that they were like minded. Others never understood the mind trappings of these two individuals. One day, playing around, they came up with the Hybrid Clan. Henceforth, a stronger friendship and a new book. Hope you all enjoy this book as much as they enjoyed creating it.

Here’s a funny fact for you reader’s out there, Mikel and Sherry meet about 7 years ago and they have been friends every since. They are both very unique individuals and everyone that meets them can plainly see that they have made a lifelong friendship. Mikel, or Kel as a few people like to call him, is a young man from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He now makes his home in Sweet Water, Alabama.  Sherry is a lady from a small town known as Meeker, Oklahoma. She calls Crossville, Alabama home now. They are both family oriented. They have lots in common and yet they are different. These two will dazzle and boggle the mind. Together they hope to bring your imagination alive in a whole new way.

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My Review

4 stars

Alexander is a knight that feels trapped. He goes for a ride and finds Jacklyn, a vampire. He persuades her to bite him and unbeknownst to him, she creates a vampire werewolf hybrid. Although they enjoy their time together, Alex is a knight and has a duty to his king. He returns to the castle and finds that the king and the other knights have been killed.

Alex wakes and finds Jacklyn and learns he has been gone for eight years. In the meantime an evil sorcerer has taken over the land. Alex starts a quest to change everything but returns when the sorcerer attacks Jacklyn. After losing everything, Alex decides to complete his quest. But he is going to tested for something that he doesn’t feel he is fit for. It’s time to see how far Alex will go for love.

This is a fresh take on paranormal knights and quests. I liked the story and how Alex was willing to fight for those he cared for. Conner is pure evil and I enjoyed how he was not going to be easily killed. This is a really good story and one that I recommend for those that like paranormal twist on knights, kings and quests.

I received The Legend of a Fallen Kingdom from the author for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.