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Moonlight Burns

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Moonlight Burns (Daughters of Hectate – 2) by Meredith Medina

My name is Maia Hickson, and fire seems to follow me everywhere I go. It took my parents, it took my foster home (good riddance), and now I was on my own again. No big deal, I like it better that way anyway. Nothing important ever seems to happen to me, but after twenty years on hiatus, my favourite punk band is finally releasing a new album. They’re not touring and I’ve got just enough cash to get me to New York. Seems like fate, right?

With her best friend trying to come to terms with being a newly minted vampire, and her boss pressuring her to take a management position at the coffee shop, not to mention the approach of her boyfriend’s new album release party, Ophelia Turner has enough on her plate right now… and she definitely doesn’t have time to deal with anything else, but she might not have a choice.

Moonlight Burns is a standalone Urban Fantasy novel featuring witchcraft, ancient witches and a healthy dose of attitude. Follow Opheila Turner’s adventures with the Daughters of Hecate.

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 Author’s Bio

Meredith Medina is a new author of Urban Fantasy and Supernatural Thriller novels. She loves writing (and reading!) about badass heroines using mind-bending magic to make the world a better place, or at least one that has more pumpkin spice lattes. She currently lives in New Zealand in a little witchy cottage with her husband and three cats, including a little Suki of her own ❤

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My Review

5 stars

Opheila Turner, Fee is a 330+ year old witch and a daughter of Hectate. She lives with a newly turned vampire, Lacey. We also meet Maia Hickson that has a past of fire and foster care. Her favorite band has not released anything new in twenty years but they are going to be releasing a new album. Maia takes her savings and heads to New York for this release but finds herself crossing paths with Malleus, witch hunters.

Fee has spent most of her years avoiding everything. But now she has her friend that is freshly turned into a vampire and then the addition of a new, headstrong witch. That is enough to keep her busy but then you have to add in the Malleus. Lacey keeps everything light with her snarkiness, I just loved her. Then you have Maia, you can’t help but feel for her being bounced around in foster care. Fee has her hands full but I love how the three women become fast friends. I really liked the background for the Daughters of Hectate.

I have not read other books in this series but I will definitely be catching up. Moonlight Burns is a great story that could be read as a standalone. But I think you would get more out of it if you read the rest of the series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Ari at Candid Book Reviews for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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The Completionist

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The Completionist by Siobhan Adcock

Find her. You need to keep looking, no matter what. I’m afraid of what might’ve happened to her. You be afraid too.

A young Marine, Carter Quinn, comes home from war to his fractured family, in a near-future America in which water is artificially engineered and technology is startlingly embedded in people’s everyday lives. At the same time, a fertility crisis has terrifying implications for women, including Carter’s two beloved sisters, Fred and Gardner. Fred, accomplished but impetuous, the eldest sibling, is naturally pregnant—a rare and miraculous event that puts her independence in jeopardy. And Gardner, the idealistic younger sister who lived for her job as a Nurse Completionist, has mysteriously vanished, after months of disturbing behaviour.

Carter’s efforts to find Gard (and stay on Fred’s good side) keep leading him back home to their father, a veteran of a decades-long war just like Carter himself, who may be concealing a painful truth that could save or condemn them all.

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Siobhan Adcock

Author’s Bio

Siobhan Adcock is the author of the novels The Barter and The Completionist. She lives in Brooklyn.

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My Review

3 stars

Natural disasters have ravaged the country leaving many without water and leaving the coasts inhabitable. Water is a precious commodity and has started to be artificially engineered. The downside is that this ne w water causes infertility. This story takes place in New Chicago. Carter Quinn is a marine that has just returned from the H2.0 war.

Carter’s sister Gardner is a Completionist, one of those that help the few women that become pregnant to carry the baby to full term. Carter’s other sister; Fred has become pregnant and is preparing to get married.

I love dystopian stories and I was excited to start reading this one. It was an interesting story; although there are other ways to get clean water I suspended that idea for now. Most of the population cannot have children, ok good idea. But then those few women that do get pregnant are fined for it? I do understand the strict regiments and basically making them breeding stock.

Over all this is one of those books I think you will either like or hate. It’s not a bad read if you suspend belief in several areas. It is worth a read and I don’t feel like I would have wasted my money. But it’s not one for me that is screaming to be added to my shelves.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

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The Book of Dog

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The Book of Dog by Lark Benobi

It’s the Night of the Yellow Puff-Ball Mushroom Cloud and Mary Mbwembwe is making a cup of chamomile tea. Josefina Guzman is chasing a fox from her yard. Margie Peach is pumping gas into her car. Wanda Lubiejewski is plunging a stopped toilet. Stella is looking for her aunt’s kitchen shears. And Major Eureka Yamanaka is hefting a briefcase into Marine Helicopter Squadron One.

None of these women know it yet, but a mysterious yellow fog is coming their way, sowing chaos in its path. Mexico has declared war on the United States. The President has declared war on Burkina Faso. The White House is under attack by giant bears and the Vice President has turned into a Bichon Frise.

It’s Apocalypse Time, my friends.

Soon the Beast will rise.

And six women will make a perilous journey to the Pit of Nethelem, where they will either stop the Beast from fulfilling his evil purpose, or die trying.

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Author’s Bio

I’m author of The Book of Dog, coming soon from Vegetablian Press. It’s a book of shenanigans in which six unlikely women defeat the Beast of Revelation, also known as “The President.” Ebook, Audio and Trade Paperback coming in September, 2018.

Thanks for being a reader! We’re a vanishing breed.

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My Review

5 stars

This story is a twisted, comedy of errors as he world we know goes to hell. You have five normal women that have been changed into animals yet can retain their human logic. You have a pregnant teenager with the spawn of Satan. Then you have the beast straight from the book of Revelations. Oh, don’t forget that the president has been changed into a Bichon Frise.

This book was laugh out loud funny with its humorous and snarky look at the world. It was the perfect read for me as I needed a laugh. It was a great break from the dreariness of regular life and one that I recommend everyone checking it. If you laugh at least once, this book was worth it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

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The Enigma Dragon

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Book Title: The Enigma Dragon: A CATS Tale (The Enigma Series Book 9)
Authors: Charles V Breakfield and Roxanne E Burkey
Category: Adult Fiction, 360 pages
Genre: Thriller, TechnoThriller
Publisher: ICABOD Press
Release date: Oct 5, 2017
Tour dates: May 28 to June 22, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (There are some descriptive sex scenes but not throughout)

Book Description:

Do the vast amounts of information and technology available hold humans hostage? Does analog communication create a vulnerability?

The political climate in the world is unnerving. North Korea is running missile tests, but where are they getting their deadly supplies? Meanwhile, terrorists are hiding in plain sight, using American technology that is out on display in libraries and museums for the world to see, but are using analog methods to gather and assemble their information. No internet searches equal no red flags which lets the bad guys believe they are operating undetected. But the Cyber Assassin Technology Services (CATS) team is on the job. As Juan and Julie Rodríguez send their operatives out across the globe to track down these foot soldiers also known as Analog Information Mules, they’ll discover the horrible potential treats, and learn about each other along the way.

Mike and Marge control ePETRO, an oil shipping business with offices in London and New York, but they don’t have the same business goals in mind. Marge intends to sell the North Koreans uranium in addition to oil obtained illegally from the government-sanctioned Middle East. But Mike may have other plans, mainly, keeping the profits of these sales for himself. Then there is the mysterious Steven Christopher, who oversees the AIMs, and is working several angles behind the scenes. Steven is the only one trusted by both Marge and Mike, but why?

The CATs team has feet on the ground, with Ernesto and Tyler following two women through Washington, D.C. as they visit the Smithsonian looking for nuclear fusion processes and down the Texas coast where a dangerous package makes its way onto a ship bound for Asia. Jamie, an Irish man with a heartbreaking past, joins the team in Texas and finds not only a new job, but acceptance. George and Summit travel across Asia following the oil and some suspiciously mislabeled furniture. After a rocky start at being paired up, Mercedes and Brayson head to Panama and are watching a previously known Dark Net data center, but Mercedes is soon extracted to help out in D.C. She quickly becomes embroiled in Steven Christopher’s world. Brayson is left behind alone in Panama and, still recovering from a lost love, learns that he can’t truly be a part of the team until he has forgiven himself.

While Juan stays with Quip and his supercomputer ICABOD, tracking his team members and relaying constantly updated information at the team’s nerve center, Julie heads to London. Julie finds herself in the center of all the trouble as she goes undercover in the ePETRO offices. When Julie disappears, Juan drops everything to find her. Quip loops his wife EZ, a Unified Communications expert, to help monitor and control the CATS team movements so that operatives can find the culprits in their different theaters of operation.

Award-winning authors, Breakfield and Burkey, take readers on a new techno-thriller adventure with their 9th book in The Enigma Series. The Enigma Dragon is a chilling journey across four continents, and twelve cities that uncovers terrifying possibilities of what is to become of our world if the CATS team cannot defeat our enemies.

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Charles Breakfield

Charles holds a master’s degree and works for a high-tech manufacturer as a solution architect, functioning in hybrid data/telecom environments. A long-time technology geek, Charles enjoys writing, studying World War II history, travel, and cultural exchanges. He’s also a fan of wine-tastings, riding his Harley, and continues developing his woodworking skills. Now included in people on the move in Dallas Business Journal.

Roxanne Burkey

Roxanne has two passions – working with technology and writing. She enjoys working to drive optimized customer experiences with technology in her role with a high-tech manufacturer. Texas is home for her and her family. When time permits Rox likes gardening, hiking, sewing, refinishing antiques, exploring, wine-tasting, and traveling. She loves to listen to people which often results in odd treasures that come to life in her stories. Now included in people on the move in Dallas Business Journal.

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We know book reviews are important. How do you feel when you receiving book reviews – the good and the bad.

Response: Reviews are kind of like a score card.  It takes time for people to do reviews and we like to acknowledge or show appreciation for their efforts. It takes time to read or listen to our stories and most people stop there.  For those readers we consider to be over-achievers, they will donate a few extra minutes of their valuable time and place a review giving their feedback.  We are most grateful for those snippets of insight whether it is good or poor as long as it is constructive.

Reviews are an author’s calling card.  Great ones are extremely hard to get and bad ones you don’t seem to be able to outlive.  But in all things feedback is valued, if you are going to improve.  Bad reviews are acceptable ways to learn and grow as an author, but if they are vicious or hateful in nature we discount them as folks that have other issues in their life and want to take their anger out on someone they really don’t know and can remain anonymous. We consider these vicious reviews and reviewers just a notch below fake news. These types of reviews bother Burkey a great deal.

We do read our reviews and we try to do send thank you notes for all reviews received. In the case of our audio reviews we often send thank you notes for folks taking the time to listen and review since each audible is weighing in at 10+ hours of listening time. The first four books in the Enigma series are available as audio as well in ebook and trade paper.

Reviews for The Enigma Dragon include the following quotes: “Speaking of characters, Juan and Julie Rodriguez are the very definition of a power couple and its endearing to have such a strong, but mature romance in a techno-thriller like this. We normally deal with strange loners or jaded individuals, but Juan and Julie are both realistic and very in love. It’s a great taste of the real world in the book and for me, this is where Breakfield and Burkey’s strengths come into play.” Alex P

“My favorite member of the CATS team is likely not the choice of most readers. I was completely enthralled with the story line involving Jamie. It is not often I reread chapters during the first read of a book, but I found myself lost in the tale of loss and despair described in Jamie’s chapter.” Thomas Anderson

“…This second CATS-centric installment (after 2016’s The Enigma Gamers) will leave readers yearning for more. Astute prose and an unwavering pace energized by first-rate characters and subplots.” Kirkus

Reviews are the collateral of professional authors.  But they come bearing one of two gifts; 1) Elation of your self-worth and your writing ability or 2) Depression darkness based on the dreaded feeling that a bad review suggests should be shoveling horse manure as your chosen vocation. Honestly, we prefer the ones where the reviewer believes we walk on water and catch bullets with our teeth after we put on our capes. J

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The Scented Bones

The Scented Bones: The Svabodina Case Files (The Svabodina Case Files Book 1)

Genre: Paranormal/ Crime Thriller

Expected Publication Date: September 28, 2018

Publisher: KDP Select

Angel Svabodina is a rookie forensic anthropologist, enjoying the beginning of her new career. That joy comes crashing down when she figures out the skeleton she’s working on is not human and then it vanishes.

She throws herself fully into the case without thinking about the parties involved, a psychopomp associate, and paranormal mafia families made up of vampires and werewolves—or the consequences.

When she sees there’s no avoiding the inevitable, Angel has to suck it up and work with the werewolves to solve the case but can she trust them?

Werewolves and witches are in a centuries-old feud, but that doesn’t stop the shivers running down her spine from one wolf in particular. What’s more, nothing comes for free, including information. To get what she needs from the werewolf don, Angel has to meet with the fae queen. Can she meet her without repercussions and solve the case?

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About the Author

ANGELINA KERNER is a self-published author of paranormal and lighthearted romance. She’s the wife of a photographer/physicist, and the mother of a cute little toddler, but she’s also been a dancer, a psychologist, an anthropologist, a geographer, a dreamer, and an adventurer. She does her best writing while being bothered by her cats, taking care of her son, in dressing rooms while waiting for family to try on clothing, and at home in sunny California. Angelina loves to play goddess-dragon matchmaker, transporting readers to a place where young goddesses have lovable flaws, the Fates plan to dethrone, the universe is endless and untamed, and dragons roam free! She also loves to write carefree romance where one can finish reading with a smile.

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Red Rider

Thriller

Date Published: April 1 2018
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A grieving father – known to the reader only as Teacher – takes on a new identity after the brutal murder of his teenaged son. Masquerading as a substitute teacher, he tracks down the killer – a high school senior – and methodically builds a web to entrap him. Teacher does not desire simple justice or death for the killer; he wants the killer to endure what his son endured. But Teacher’s plan takes a life-shattering turn when he must save his son’s former girlfriend from the clutches of the brutal MS-13 gang.
A taut, suspenseful thriller, Red Rider explores the depths of revenge and the strength of human bonds.

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About the Author
Gerrit Steenhagen grew up in San Diego, California. He wrote, produced, and directed the indie drama If Tomorrow Comes. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
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My Review

4 stars

A father has lost his son in a brutal way then lost his wife in the aftermath. He has discovered the killer is a senior and has taken the role of a substitute teacher to get close to him. But just as he is getting ready to get his revenge, his son’s former girlfriend is having some trouble with a MS-13 gang. Things are going to get tough before he can get his revenge.

This was an interesting story. You have a broken man that has lost everything except the revenge for his son’s life. But he is going to find something to fight for when he discovers Girl and the trouble she is in.

This is a quick read with a lot of emotion, brutality, and a surprise ending. It was a tough twist and I could see where some would find it a trigger. I can understand the desire for revenge and can’t really fault him for it. Definitely not a normal read.

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Trazer

 

Young Adult Sci-fi

Date Published: 10/18/17
Publisher: YorubaBoy Books
It’s the year 93 O.O., and Dara Adeleye is a student with a bright future and her life figured out. That is, until a chance encounter with a mysterious child changes everything.
Dara lives in a world shaped by the Miracle of Elegua, an intervention by the gods in the fate of an Earth on the brink of collapse decades before she was born. Exceptionally gifted as an artist, her day-to-day attentions are on excelling in school in order to rise above her lower-class upbringing and raise her friends and family out of the dreaded red vanes. But Earth is headed towards the brink again and it may just be the gift she doesn’t know she has that can save it . . .
Kristano Arvelo is a trazer–the term used for the graffiti writers of Dara’s time, a once-slang that originated in her home town of Todirb Wall. The aimless leader of a local group of trazers, he may hold a key to unlocking Dara’s hidden gifts. But it will come at the cost of the destiny she believed was hers.
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JOSEPH OLUMIDE ADEGBOYEGA-EDUN was born in Lagos, the then-capital city of Nigeria.  A great-grandson of  the First-Secretary of the Egba United Government, he was brought to the United States at age two when his parents came to study. Increasing corruption in the Nigerian government followed by the return of military rule thwarted their plans to move back and America became home. They set roots in Brooklyn, New York, a vibrant environment colored with graffiti and steeped in elements of hip-hop that left an indelible mark on the future author’s consciousness.

The cultural influences and experiences of his homeland and the city of his early youth have been a strong source of creative inspiration for the author. Trazer: Kids of Stolen Tomorrow is his debut novel, and the first entry in the Trazer Series. When not writing, Joe enjoys working on other projects with his creative partners  LenStorm, 7Woundz and Soundz, and exploring the breathtaking wilderness of the Chesapeake.

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My Review

4 stars

It has been 93 years since the world almost ended yet was saved by the gods. The world is divided into classes with the red vanes being the lower class and the blue and green vanes higher. Dara Adeleye is an artist that is trying to raise her status with her work. But there is a special ability that she doesn’t know about.

Enter Kristano Arvelo, a trazer and leader of a local gang. Trazer is slang for graffiti writers with special abilities. Kristano has the ability to awaken Dara’s gifts. These gifts are important to the continued survival of the human race. It seems we are on the verge of another collapse and Dara may just hold the key to survival.

I liked the story. The world and characters are well written and I was drawn into the story curious at where it was going to go. The yorubua people and mythos was a great addition and something for me to research and learn more about.

The only problem I had was that the story was a little disjointed with having to look up things all the time. But beyond that it was a good read. I am curious to see where it is going to go from here.

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