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An Acre of Fools is a fictional novel depicting a father’s struggle to maintain his faith and protect his family from the splintering effects of drug addiction. It is vividly honest to the living nightmare that addictive narcotics creates in the lives of thousands of American families.

The Stewart family finds its heart and soul in a broken-down waterfront home in the Southern lowlands. As they welcome their second daughter, Austin, into the world, they soon begin a battle against the cancer that riddles her little body for more than a decade. Peter’s overprotection initially creates some bitterness in the family, but when Austin turns to drug use, it becomes a blinding force that drives a wedge between him and his family. He wants to see her how God sees her, but she begins to see him as her malleable financier.

The story turns when Peter’s unbending faith and hope are infected by bitterness, and he is forced to choose between the daughter who wallows in a self-inflicted hell, and a family too broken to hope anymore.

Author bio: 

Aden James lives in the Low Country of South Carolina where he enjoys the outdoors with his wife, daughters and grandsons. He serves on the Board of three non-profit organizations and supports several charitable organizations dedicated to serving childhood illness, addiction and human trafficking.

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The Heretic

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The Heretic by Henry Vyner-Brooks

(Excerpt from Goodreads) In 1536 it seems the entire known world is changing–strange new lands are discovered and the Reformation is challenging Rome and its power. In England the king’s declaration of a new church and dissolution of the monasteries overturns the customs and authorities of centuries. In the new world order, spies abound and no one can be trusted.

To Brother Pacificus of the Abbey of St. Benet’s in Norfolk, it looks like his abbey alone will be spared dissolution. But this last Benedictine house is mired in murder and intrigue. Then when Pacificus falls under suspicion, more than his own dark past comes to light, while the body count keeps rising. Pacificus’s fate becomes entwined with that of three local children after their parents are arrested for treason and heresy. Protected only by this errant monk, a mysterious leper, and a Dutch eel-catcher, the children must quickly adjust; seeking their own identity, they soon find that neither parents nor protectors are quite what they seem.

Based on historical events, this post-medieval mystery is laced with romance, fueled by greed, and punctuated with bouts of feasting, smuggling, and jailbreak.

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My Review

4 stars

This story is about a pivotal time. Henry VIII has been declared the head of the church, those that don’t follow the correct religion are tortured and killed. And there are those like Brother Pacificus who has a past and questions his following the “true” church. Brother Pacificus becomes the guardian of three children when their parents are murdered for being heretics. It is up to Pacificus to try and get them to some family that will protect them. But Pacificus is just one part of the story. There are so many characters that face death, life, religion, and what it really means to believe in something.

There is a lot that is happening in this story. The story has many layers that you might not think much of at first, but they over lap and shape this book into much more than a simple story about one monk protecting three kids and questioning his own beliefs. The books becomes many stories interwoven together. The research and historical facts make this book more realistic and make it more than a book you can casually read.

This is a great story and anyone that likes history will love this book. It does take a little bit to get into but once I got into the story I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. Make sure to check out The Heretic.

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I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Breaking Rules

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Breaking Rules by Christopher Reardon

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Salina has a tiny problem with her ego. She does whatever she wants, whenever she feels like it. As long as everything works out for her, there’s no harm done. That’s at least what she thinks until she starts messing up real people.
It was just supposed to be for fun. Everyone would go back to normal. Little does she know, breaking the law has some serious consequences.

Arguing 6th graders Kenny and Trish set Salina off. She’s had it with their attitudes, and believes she should get involved. After all, they need to change. The spoiled brats will get a reality check. Salina always gets what she demands.
Why should this time be any different?

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My Review

4 stars

Salina is a young witch that has an issue with rules, namely that she breaks them all the time. Kenny and Trish and walking home from school and talking about their summer plans. Trish is happy staying in town but Kenny loudly protests how boring it’s going to be. When she spies Kenny and Trish bickering she decides to “help” Kenny’s bad attitude. Salina brings both kids to her realm. She ties up Trish as a reward for Kenny and sends Kenny on a Lift Quest to teach him a lesson. But Salina gets caught and has no remorse until she learns the fate for Kenny and Trish.

This is a short novella and a great story to teach morals. Kenny learns a great lesson about appreciating what is around you. Trisha learns the hard lesson about wishing people would change. But Salina only cares the she learns Kenny and Trish will be punished. I don’t really feel that she got anything from this lesson or the consequences of her actions.

I think this is a good book for kid grade readers. I great learning lesson type story that will appeal to the fantasy lovers.

To purchase Breaking Rules make sure to check out Amazon, Goodreads, and Christopher Reardon’s website.

I received Breaking Rules a long time ago for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Releases on May 10, 2016

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In the 5th book in the SkinWalker series, Panther shifter Kailin Odel is bombarded with problems.

The Great Ash Trees – supernatural guardian trees of the DarkWorld – are dying, and Kai enlists the help of MetalSinger & Fae Queen Tara to find those who threaten the stability of all the realms.

Then, Logan – still in his cryo-induced coma – makes a request of Kai that she cannot refuse. “Save her.” Whether Logan lives or dies, Kai is determined to fulfil her promise to find the girl from Logan’s memories and help him find peace.

What Kai doesn’t expect is to find her in a world on the brink of extinction, a world Kai didn’t even know existed. But there is more at stake than a missing girl. Can she keep her promises or will it be an impossible ask?

Filled with grief, and blossoming passion, redemption, and growing hope, Scorched Fury reveals secrets long buried and brings together a band of friends who are destined to one day save the DarkWorld.

 

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Abandoned by her mother and raised by her aloof Alpha father, panther shifter Kailin Odel has finally found a way to feel like she makes a difference. Discovering her unique power to track Wraith’s, Kailin moonlights as a Hunter – ridding the streets of Chicago of these soul-sucking demons. Her human friends have no idea the supernatural worlds exists alongside theirs. No idea shifter and demons walk in the shadows. And Kai prefers to keep it that way.

Until she discovers the body of a murdered shifter, and is quickly embroiled in a world of supernatural drug-dealing and renegade shifters who leave a trail of blood and mayhem wherever they go.

When Logan Westin, paranormal investigator and super-hot human, begins investigating the murder Kai refuses to allow her feelings to control her. Humans are off-limits, no matter how sizzlingly sexy they are. But can Kai keep him at bay? And does she even want to?

In her quest to find the killer Kai inadvertently puts her friends’ life in danger and brings her to the attention of the sadistic shifter killer. Her comfortable life is gone, her friend murdered, and shifters are disappearing around her. To survive and to save her friends, Kai must allow herself to trust Logan, to give her scarred heart to someone again.

About T.G. Ayer

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I have been a writer since I was old enough to recognize that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse and am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It’s a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each others loves – it works wonderfully…

My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. The other half of me has been transplanted to the island of New Zealand. A land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands – I shall forever remain crosseyed.

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Kathryn Kelly: The Moll Behind “Machine Gun” Kelly by Barbara Casey

Kathryn Kelly: The Moll Behind “Machine Gun” Kelly is a biography of the woman who made a career of crime. With a lust for danger, she masterminded the crimes that took her and her husband, and others who included her own mother and stepfather, on a spree across Minnesota, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Texas. Starting with smaller crimes that included bootlegging, smuggling liquor onto an Oklahoma Indian reservation, and other petty crimes, she encouraged her husband, George Barnes aka George Kelly, toward a life of more serious criminal activity that eventually escalated into bank robberies, kidnapping and extortion.

Many believe that it was Kathryn, after giving him a machine gun, who developed George’s feared persona and the name of Machine Gun Kelly. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was even convinced that the two were somehow connected in the Lindbergh kidnapping. Kathryn and Machine Gun Kelly were eventually captured after kidnapping Charles Urschel, a wealthy Oklahoma City oilman, and collecting a $200,000 ransom the largest ransom ever paid at that time.

Eventually, the two were captured in Memphis, where Kelly had grown up as a boy. During their trial in Oklahoma City, movie cameras were allowed into the courtroom for the first time as curious spectators across the nation watched. Kathryn, while claiming to be an innocent victim in a bad marriage, remained unrepentant, smiling and primping for the cameras, and writing threatening letters to the judge and attorneys assigned to the case as well as her victims.

Convicted in 1933, Kathryn served twenty-five years of her life sentence at FPC Alderson, West Virginia, when in 1958 she was finally released into obscurity. Although much has been written about Machine Gun Kelly, there is very little known about Kathryn.

Through narrative, FBI files, rare quotes from George Kelly’s son and other relatives and associates, extensive research, and several photographs, Kathryn Kelly ¬The Moll behind Machine Gun Kelly is the first book ever written about a woman who chose to follow a life of crime during the Prohibition era.

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Barbara Casey

Barbara Casey is a partner in Strategic Media Books, and president of the Barbara Casey Agency, representing authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. She is also a manuscript consultant and the author of numerous articles, poems, and short stories.

Her award-winning novels have received national recognition, including the Independent Publishers Book Award. Her novel, The House of Kane, was considered for a Pulitzer nomination, and The Gospel According to Prissy, also a contemporary adult novel received several awards including the prestigious IPPY Award for Best Regional Fiction. Her most recent young adult novel, The Cadence of Gypsies, received the Independent Publishers Living Now Award and was reviewed by the Smithsonian for its list of Best Books.

Ms. Casey makes her home on the top of a mountain in northwest Georgia with her husband and three dogs who adopted her: Benton, a hound-mix, Fitz, a miniature dachshund, and Gert, a Jack Russel terrier of sorts.

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KATHRYN KELLY and the Era of Prohobition

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Barbara Casey

It was the era of Prohibition. Formally known as the Volstead Act and called the “greatest social experiment of modern times” by President Calvin Coolidge, it provided for easy profits to be made by the illegal sale of alcoholic beverages (defined as anything more than one-half of one percent alcohol).

It was during this period that the country was just recovering from World War I—the “War to End All Wars”—and there was created the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933 designed to aid farmers in difficult times with federal subsidies and low-interest loans. The Great Depression was devastating the rich and poor alike; and many across the country were waking up to find themselves in the midst of the Dust Bowl. It was a time referred to by historians and journalists as the “Dirty Thirties.”

Images from across the country included long breadlines, make-shift relief camps, protest marches and severe dust storms sweeping over the western plains. This reality, as stark as the images, was only made worse by the stock-market crash in 1929 and the national income fell by almost half. Out of desperation, many turned to activities that were illegal in order to survive. “Public enemies“ such as John Dillinger, the Ma Barker gang, and Bonnie and Clyde, just starting to enter into the consciousness of America, were looked upon more as heroes rather than criminals as they traded gunfire with police and agents from a fledgling Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was in this environment that Kathryn’s mother, Ora, who worked in a grocery store, soon joined her husband in his bootlegging operations in order to make ends meet. For additional income, the couple also rented out rooms to criminals on the run for fifty dollars a night at their ranch near Paradise, Texas.

Wanting to leave the old, weather-beaten farmhouse for a better life, Kathryn left her daughter, Pauline, behind to be taken care of by Ora and Boss along with his five children and, at the age of twenty-nine, married a Texas bootlegger named Charlie Thorne. This was Kathryn’s third marriage, and, like her mother, she soon got involved in the bootleg business, often making the illegal deliveries.

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My Review

4 stars

Kathryn Kelly was a woman that had a rough childhood and started out as a bootlegger. Later, with her husband “Machine Gun” Kelly they progress to bank robbery and kidnapping. They kidnapped oilman Charles Urschel they get away with the $200,000 ransom but later are caught and go to court in 1933. This trial was one that J.Edgar Hoover solved and was allowed to be filmed.

This is a great story that follows along Kathryn Kelly’s life but also the rest of her gang. I liked watching how George and her started out with little crimes and progressed. I really liked how Kathryn seemed to be the one to guide George on but then how she tried to turn it around at the trial, trying to play the poor, sweet girl that was forced into everything because of her husband.

I liked reading about the 20’s and 30’s gangsters, especially the women. This is a great story and I think Barbara Casey did a great job with her research and putting the book together. If you are looking for a story about Kathryn Kelly and her husband “Machine Gun” Kelly I recommend you check this book out.

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