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Broken Mirror by Cody Sisco

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Someone killed Granfa Jefferson. Victor is sure of it. But he’s the only one.

Diagnosed with mirror resonance syndrome and shunned by Semiautonomous California society, Victor suffers from “blank outs,” hallucinations, and vivid nightmares. He violently overreacts to even minor confrontations. Victor’s grandfather devoted his life to researching and curing Broken Mirrors, but now that he’s gone, Victor must walk a narrow path between sanity and reclassification–a fate that all but guarantees he’ll lose his freedom.

Victor is determined to uncover the truth about his grandfather’s death and grows increasingly suspicious of the medicine he must take to help manage his “symptoms.” As he tries to sort his allies from his enemies, a conspiracy with global implications emerges. Can he trust his Aunt Circe, the only person in his family who’s even somewhat sympathetic to his plight? His former classmate-turned-brainhacker Ozie, who wields information as damaging as any weapon and who seems intent on luring Victor away from his home? What about his old friend Elena, who reappears in his life abruptly, claiming to have miraculously overcome a devastating addiction?

With its self-driving cars, global firearms ban, and a cure for cancer, the world of Broken Mirror may sound utopic, but history has taken a few wrong turns. The American Union is a weak and fractious alliance of nations in decline. Europe, a superpower, manipulates its citizens through technology. And Asia is reeling from decades of war. Amid shifting geopolitical sands, Broken Mirrors like Victor find themselves at a crossroads: evolve or go extinct.

Broken Mirror is the first novel in a sci-fi detective saga tailor-made for fans of Isaac Asimov, Haruki Murakami, and Neal Stephenson.

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My Review

5 stars

We begin in an alternate world from our own. The United States no long exists; it is now the American Union. Many things in history have not happened in this world but the basics are technology rules and those that have perception and mood issues are diagnosed with Mirror Resonance Syndrome. Victor is one of these people. His grandfather has been treating these people but has recently died. Now Victor has to figure out who he really is and how he fits into this corrupt world.

This is an amazing thrill ride from the start. The world as we know it is gone and now revolves around technology and political corruption. Victor is a Broken Mirror who doesn’t really seem all that broken when you compare him to everyone else. I couldn’t help feel for him has he tries to figure out who is really helping him and who is intent on hurting him.

I loved the world building. Some things are similar to our world but others are really different. But you learn about this as Victor does. It can be frustrating yet a great way to keep you on the edge of your seat.

This is a great thriller and one that I recommend that you check out. It is the first in a series and I can’t wait to find out what is going to happen next. From June 25 to July 2 you can get Broken Mirror for $.99 on Amazon Kindle.

To purchase Broken Mirror make sure to visit AmazonGoodreads, and Cody Sisco’s website.

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I received Broken Mirror for free from Kory Kelly Consulting in exchange for an honest review.

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The Greatcoats Series

Over the past few years, Sebastian de Castell has created a fantastic swashbuckling adventure series reminiscent of Alexandre Dumas’s The Three Musketeers with a touch of Joe Abercrombie and a dash of Mark Lawrence to darken it up.

Tristia is a nation overcome by intrigue and corruption. The idealistic young King Paelis is dead, beheaded by the Dukes who resented his attempts to reform their country and mitigate their power, and the Greatcoats – legendary travelling magistrates whose swords and cunning brought justice to the Kingdom – are dispersed and branded as traitors. Just before his death, the King swore each of his hundred and forty-four Greatcoats to a different mission, but five years later, most appear to have abandoned their vows; everyone knows those still alive are little more than bands and murderers.

But the truth is both greater and darker: the Greatcoats might have promised their King they would disband and not to seek revenge for the Dukes’ assassination of their sovereign, but that doesn’t mean they can’t seek to uphold their own ideals. The series follows Falcio, First Cantor of the Greatcoats, and his best friends, the swordsman Kest and the archer Brasti, as they struggle to stay true to the ideals of their King and solve his last baffling commands.

And what was Falcio’s mission? To track down the King’s Charoites, and Falcio, Kest, and Brasti have succeeded, or found one, at least, and she was not quite what they expected. Now they must protect the girl from the many who want her dead, and place her on the throne of a lawless kingdom.

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The third installment of the critically acclaimed 

Greatcoats Series

SAINT’S BLOOD

By Sebastien de Castell

June 7, 2016  

Falcio, Kest, and Brasti are about to find out, because someone has figured out a way to do it and they’ve started with a friend.

The Dukes were already looking for ways out of their agreement to put Aline on the throne, but with the Saints turning up dead, rumours are spreading that the Gods themselves oppose her ascension. Now churches are looking to protect themselves by bringing back the military orders of religious soldiers, assassins, and (especially) Inquisitors – a move that could turn the country into a theocracy. The only way Falcio can put a stop to it is by finding the murderer. He has only one clue: a terrifying iron mask which makes the Saints vulnerable by driving them mad. But even if he can find the killer, he’ll still have to face him in battle.

And that may be a duel that no swordsman, no matter how skilled, can hope to win.

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TRAITOR’S BLADE (Greatcoats – 1)

Falcio is the first Cantor of the Greatcoats. Trained in the fighting arts and the laws of Tristia, the Greatcoats are traveling Magisters upholding King’s Law. They are heroes. Or at least they were, until they stood aside while the Dukes took the kingdom, and impaled their King’s head on a spike.

Now Tristia is on the verge of collapse and the barbarians are sniffing at the borders. The Dukes bring chaos to the land, while the Greatcoats are scattered far and wide, reviled as traitors, their legendary coats in tatters.

All they have left are the promises they made to King Paelis, to carry out one final mission. But if they have any hope of fulfilling the King’s dream, the divided Greatcoats must reunite, or they will also have to stand aside as they watch their world burn.

Praise for TRAITOR’S BLADE

“Traitor’s Blade is a swashbuckling romp packed with charisma, camaraderie, quick wit and even quicker swordplay. That said, it’s far from candy-coated – and it packs some serious substance . . . darkness is served up deliciously in Traitor’s Blade – only de Castell uses it as the sauce, not the soup . . . What makes the book truly sing, though, is its rich historical backdrop . . . De Castell’s fight scenes are as sumptuously detailed as the world Falcio inhabits. . . In its own way, Traitor’s Blade is as grim and dark as the edgiest fantasy series on the shelves. It’s also shot through with heroics, hope and a dazzling aptitude for fun.”

—Jason Heller, NPR Books

“Like the sword its disgraced protagonist carries, Traitor’s Blade is short and sharp and smart, and very well wielded, really . . . With a tip of his hat at Alexandre Dumas, Sebastien de Castell make a fine first impression in this entertaining debut.”

—Tor

“This debut is a triumph of character, with every protagonist a fascination, especially Falcio, a tormented and ridiculously honorable man. Humor abounds, mostly in the sparkling dialog among our Three Musketeers–esque band of brothers, in this swashbuckling series launch that shows huge potential.”

Library Journal, Starred Review, and June 2014 Debut of the Month

“Is Traitor’s Blade destined to be a classic? Well, that’s a kind of questions I ask myself about books I can get some distance from. I don’t want any distance from this book. What I want, just as soon as I finish writing this review, is to read Traitor’s Blade again, immediately. And maybe once more right after that.”

—Black Gate

“Traitor’s Blade is the first new fantasy of 2014 that met and even exceeded my expectations.”

—Fantasy Book Critic

“Like a master-crafted rapier, Traitor’s Blade is perfectly balanced, sharp and to the point. Very highly recommended, this is a must read.”

—Civilian Reader

“Some books you can’t put down. This one won’t even let you try; it whirls you along in a wild dance of fights, treachery, and jaw-dropping surprises.”

—Dave Duncan, author of King of Swords

“Sebastian de Castell combines the best of Joe Abercrombie and Alexandre Dumas. He can break your heart and spike your adrenaline with the same sentence. Riveting.”

—Violette Malan, author of Path of the Sun and The Storm Witch

“Traitor’s Blade never falters, with writing as smooth and decisive as a rapier’s swish through the air and a story as passionate as life itself. I can’t wait to read more about these wonderful characters. Highly recommended!

—Julie E. Czerneda, author of A Turn of Light

“If this isn’t your most anticipated debut novel of 2014, then you’re doing it wrong. Traitor’s Blade may well end up going down as one of the strongest first fantasy novels of recent times–it’s an absolute stunner that you can’t afford to miss.”
—Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

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KNIGHT’S SHADOW (Creatcoats – 2)

Following his beloved debut, Traitor’s Blade (a “swashbuckling romp packed with charisma, camaraderie, quick wit and even quicker swordplay”-NPR), Sebastien de Castell returns with volume two of his fast-paced fantasy adventure series, inspired by the swashbuckling action and witty banter of The Three Musketeers. Knight’s Shadow continues the series with a thrilling and dark tale of heroism and betrayal in a country crushed under the weight of its rulers’ corruption.

A few days after the horrifying murder of a duke and his family, Falcio val Mond, swordsman and First Cantor of the Greatcoats, begins a deadly pursuit to capture the killer. But Falcio soon discovers his own life is in mortal danger from a poison administered as a final act of revenge by one of his deadliest enemies. As chaos and civil war begin to overtake the country, Falcio has precious little time left to stop those determined to destroy his homeland.

Praise for KNIGHT’S SHADOW

“I had an amazing time with this book. Greatcoats is now up there on my list of favorite fantasy series.”

—Bibliosanctum

“Knight’s Shadow truly is a must-read book . . . the kind of historical fantasy that makes everything else pale in comparison.”

—Beauty in Ruin

“The fantastic dialogue, the humor, the twists and the exhilarating action all make this a worthy sequel to Traitor’s Blade. It has certainly proven that de Castell is not a one hit wonder.”

—Draumr Kopa Blog

“I loved the story, I loved the style, the book just kept on giving and never lets you down. It’s a perfect fantasy story.”

—Book Geek Says

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I’m so excited. I have the opportunity to review this series. But I want to let everyone know about it before I get the review done. Make sure to check these books out!!!

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A Matter of Time

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A Matter of Time by Michael Bowler

(Excerpt from Goodreads) The world’s greatest evil stalks the world’s greatest ship, and the only one who can stop him hasn’t been born yet.

Jamie Collins is a junior at Santa Clara University in 1986.He has friends, a professor who mentors him, and a promising future as a writer.

Then the dreams begin – nightmarish memories that transport him back to a time and place fifty years before he was born: Titanic’s maiden voyage in 1912.

When Jamie discovers a foreign cell in his blood that links him to the famous vessel, the two timelines begin to overlap and he realizes an unimaginable truth – something supernatural stalks the ill-fated ship, something that will kill him if he can’t stop it first. And the only way to stop it may be to prevent Titanic from sinking.

But even if he can figure out a way to do that, should he? What will be the effect on history if he succeeds? And what about the lady he wasn’t supposed to fall in love with? As her destiny becomes entwined with his, Jamie discovers the value of friendship, the power of love, the impact of evil, and the vagaries of Fate.

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My Review

5 stars

It is 1986 and Jamie is a junior at Santa Clara University. He wakes up from a dream where in it he is attacked. Shortly thereafter he starts being lethargic during the day, the sunlight burns him, and then feels super strong at night. Jamie becomes obsessed with the young man is in the dream and trying to figure out what is happening. At the same time his friend Jay and Maggie visit Jay’s great grandma about a diary she kept her whole life. Maggie is writing a paper on the Titanic and things this can supplement her paper.

Jamie keeps getting sicker and sicker until he realizes that Jack, the man from the dreams is on the Titanic. Jamie decides to go to the coordinates of Titanic to catch a ride. His plan is to stop the attacker but ends up meeting widowed Kate and her 10 year old son David and falling in love with Kate. But it’s clearly not meant to be since the Titanic will be sinking in a couple hours. Jamie is torn between saving the passengers and how this would affect history.

Jamie is a fan of science fiction and horror. So when he starts having the dreams everyone thinks he is just writing a story. But it is clear something is very wrong and then he becomes obsessed with the Titanic. He even manages to make it aboard Titanic.

This is a great story. I admit that at first I had a hard time getting into the story. It seemed to drag but I think that was just me. I loved the paranormal twist and the wrong information that it leaked. It’s hard to go into this without giving it away. Trust me you will like it.

I received A Matter of Time as an audiobook through Audible. Aaron Landon narrates the book and he did a wonderful job. It was easy to listen to the story and understand the different characters.

I especially loved how the story ended. It was a great, warm, fuzzie moment. This is a wonderful story and I recommend that everyone check it out. You will not be disappointed.

To purchase A Matter of Time make sure to visit Amazon, Audible, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Michael Bowler’s website.

 

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Centuries of war with aliens threaten the future of human civilization on earth in this gripping, epic science fiction debut…

We never saw them coming.

Entire cities disappeared in the blink of an eye, leaving nothing but dust and rubble. When an alien race came to make Earth theirs, they brought with them a weapon we had no way to fight, a universe-altering force known as thelemity. It seemed nothing could stop it—until we discovered we could wield the power too.

Five hundred years later, the Earth is locked in a grinding war of attrition. The talented few capable of bending thelemity to their will are trained in elite military academies, destined for the front lines. Those who refused to support the war have been exiled to the wilds of a ruined Earth.

But the enemy’s tactics are changing, and Earth’s defenders are about to discover this centuries-old war has only just begun. As a terrible new onslaught looms, heroes will rise from unlikely quarters, and fight back.

J. Patrick Black

J. Patrick Black has worked as a bartender, a small-town lawyer, a homebuilder, and a costumed theme park character, all while living a secret double life as a fiction writer. While fiction is now his profession, he still finds occasion to ply his other trades as well. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts, where he likes to visit the ocean. NINTH CITY BURNING is his first novel. Find out more about J. Patrick Black online at www.jpatrickblack.com

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The Valentine War, Earth 500 Years Ago

It starts with the world how it used to be, with countries and billions of people living everywhere. Back then there was no such thing as thelemity, and people built houses and machines sort of like they have in settlements today, but all of that changed when the Valentines came.

The reason we call them the Valentines is that the day they first attacked, February 14 on the old Western Calendar, was called “Valentine’s Day”. We still don’t know what the Valentines call themselves, because we’ve never been able to talk to them. We don’t even know what they look like. People had all sorts of different names for them early in the war, but “Valentine” is the one that ended up being the most popular. It used to mean something totally different, but not many people remember that now.

We never saw them coming. All at once cities just started disappearing. A city would be there, everything totally normal, and then it would be gone, nothing but rubble and a cloud of dust. By the time we figured out we were under attack, half the cities in the world had already been destroyed. We tried to fight back, but the Valentines had thelemity, and our strongest weapons were next to useless. They probably would have killed every single person on the planet, except for one thing: It turned out we could use thelemity too.

Ninth City Burning will be out for sale on September 6, 2016.

Make sure to keep your eyes out for it.

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Harvest Moon (A New World – 1) by Tonya Coffey

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Seventeen-year-old Jessa lives in the remote mountains of Kentucky and has always found peace in the forest. Close to her eighteenth birthday, her dad buys her a book and things begin to happen. With her dreams leading her, she uncovers a world within her own with Faeries. They look and act like people she grew up with but she quickly finds she is the one who is different. She is the hidden heir to the throne and the Faeries need her to come home and save them from the Trolls.
If it wasn’t difficult enough for Jessa to move to a different world, she has to marry the man who saved her from the Trolls when all she wants to do is run to his best friend, Micha. With so much to worry about, how can she keep the Faery realm from falling into the hands of the evil Trolls and the Ancients?

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4 stars

Jessa lives with her father where they connect with nature. But she has been plagued with dreams and finds herself meeting a wolf who turns out to be her savior. On Jessa’s eighteenth birthday she learns that she is actually a queen from the Faery realm. From this point forward Jessa is on a break neck pace to learn how to use her power, rule the kingdom, and learn to love her soon to be husband although she finds herself liking his friend too. And if that was not enough then there are the trolls and darkness that are trying to take over. Jessa needs to stop that from happening.

Jessa is a great character. She is not the typical angst filled teen. She has strange dreams that actually lead into a really great ability. Then there is the whole surprise about being queen, here’s your king, and save the kingdom. This happened so fast that I’m impressed that Jessa didn’t freak out sooner for a lot longer.

This is a great story for mid-grade readers and young adults. Although there is romance it is very light and the fighting is pretty mild. It is a wonderful fantasy story and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book Snow Moon.

To purchase Harvest Moon make sure to visit Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

I received Harvest Moon for free from Tonya Coffey in exchange for a honest review.

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Snow Moon (A New World – 2) by Tonya Coffey

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Jessa, the queen of Faeries, finds herself in the midst of disappearances. When she investigates those who have vanished, she discovers a rogue Sylph. He is ridding the realm of the ones he believes are diseased with the help of Trolls.
Together, Micha and Jessa discover their bloodline is more than they thought. They are the descendants of Ancients and Sylphs making them the true Elementals. The very people the Sylph is wanting rid of.

If it wasn’t enough, trying to protect her people, Jessa is forced to let Micha go. She pushes him to go to the Ancients where he will be safe from the Sylph’s wrath.

When Jessa is convicted of meddling in the Sylph’s business, she is sentenced to death. Micha, accepting his new role as the Ancient king, wields their power and frees Jessa from the clutches of the Executioners.
Will Micha and Jessa save the Elementals, and themselves, or will the Sylph take control of the realms?

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My Review

5 stars

Jessa is fitting into her role as Queen of the Faeries. She is even coming around to Micha. It seems that their hidden bloodlines are going to bring change to the kingdom. But when a rouge Sylph joins with a troll and others to keep this from happening, Jessa finds herself in prison being drained of her power and life force. Micha is the only one that can find and save Jessa? Will they be able to join their kingdoms and save everyone?

I really liked how Jessa and Micha are getting along, but clearly not everyone wants this union. Jessa is still stubborn and doing things her way instead of listening to others and finds herself in trouble. But she has a heart of gold and can’t help but do everything she can to save others.

There is lots of action and adventure in this story. There are more prophecies and more happening to the kingdoms than just a union between Jessa and Micha. I love this series and can’t wait for other books from Tonya Coffey.

To purchase Snow Moon make sure to visit Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

I received Snow Moon for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Tonya Coffey

Tonya Coffey

If Tonya isn’t writing or reading, you will find her sitting in front of a canvas painting the landscape around her home. Join Tonya’s mailing list to get exclusive news of the series and new books! Check out her website.

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Synchronicity

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Synchronicity (Scintillate – 3) by Karen Tjebben

(Excerpt from Goodreads) “Hayden is alive.” Those three words hurl Kate and her friends towards a mission unlike any other. While honing Kate’s Asteri powers, Kate and Alex delve deeper into their relationship as they untangle Kate from Sarah’s past. Zoe and Evan are entrusted with the task of destroying a magical ring and finding a cure for a poison that threatens their existence. And Nick is determined to locate and free Hayden from whatever monster imprisons her. Working together, their success will ensure that Hayden will no longer be a ghost sketched on paper, but a woman reborn to thrive in Nick’s arms.

Karen Tjebben

Karen Tjebben lives in central North Carolina with her encouraging and supportive husband, twin daughters, and two hamsters. When her girls left for kindergarten, Karen discovered that she needed to fill her days with something, and that was the beginning of her new career in writing. She loves to create worlds filled with unique creatures that she hopes will delight and raise goose bumps on her readers. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband and seeing the world through her daughters’ eyes.

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5 stars

Things are starting to get worse. After their last fight, Kate and her friends learn that Hayden is still alive and her glow is being kept hidden so Nick and Justin go in search of her. After a demon appears in her house and her father learns about her abilities, Kate and Alex head to the woods to start some serious training. Then it is discovered that the demons are using the fire powder to coat their weapons and there are enough weapons for an army to use. Things are getting tough. Are the friends going to be able to stop the demons?

You would think after the last fight they could catch their breath. But you jump right into the action. Kate is having a hard time adjusting with Sarah’s memories. She also doesn’t know how she feels about Alex although he is happy. I loved watching her get stronger and more confident. Watching Nick go after Hayden gave me the warm fuzzies but discovering all the fire powder weapons and the poor unicorns showed that the upcoming battle was serious.

I love this story. There is lots of action, romance, and beautiful imagery. I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next and yet didn’t want to get to the end of this book. I love this series and can’t wait to read more books from Karen Tjebben.

To purchase Synchronicity make sure to visit Amazon, Goodreads, and Karen Tjebben’s website.

I received Synchronicity for free from Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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In the Mind of Revenge (The Shamed – 1) by Liv Hadden

(Excerpt from Goodreads) In the Mind of Revenge, book one of The Shamed Series, takes a deep look at how monsters are born. Set in a society that glorifies “normal” and demonizes different, this dark tale takes its readers on an emotionally wild ride of vengeance, murder, pain and desperation. Though the reader is warned by its main character, Shame, not to develop an attachment, the first person narrative combined with Shame’s uninhibited vulnerability makes it nearly impossible not to do so. Raw, vivid, honest, fast-paced and beautifully vulgar, In the Mind of Revenge is sure to have you emotionally twisted from beginning to end.

Mine is a tale of pain, hate, lies, murder, injustice, vengeance, and love unreturned. It began much like yours; a hopeful innocent born to a world of endless possibilities. But my journey has rarely been paved with opportunities of light. Confronted by those who sought to eclipse what light I had found, the darkness came for me. Wrapped in its intoxicating embrace, I have risen from the dead to reclaim my dignity and the life that was taken from me. I have begun my journey into the mind of revenge. Revenge for me. Revenge for those like me. Those who are shamed.

This is a story for the shamed, by the shamed. The question is, are you ready for it?

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Author. Creator. Adventurer. Human. In that order.

Debut novelist Liv Hadden has been writing ever since she was a little girl. But, it wasn’t until 5th grade when her teacher said she’d one day write a book that she started taking it seriously.

Her Shamed series began in college, when Hadden employed her writing as an outlet for her feelings during a serious bout of depression. After a brief, yet impactful first night of writing, she dreamt of a shadowy figure, tormented and demonized by their own mind and realized this was the shadow of pain that hurting people everywhere felt.

She woke from her dream feeling more energized that she had in months, picked up her computer and began to write. “I felt if ever there was a story inside me and a character worth taking the leap, it was Shame and this story,” says Hadden. “This one in particular is personal in nature, and perhaps the very reason it’s so close to my heart.”

Hadden has her roots in Burlington, Vermont and has lived in upstate New York and Oklahoma, where she went to college at the University of Oklahoma,, and earned her degree in Environmental Sustainability Planning & Management. She now resides in Austin, TX with her husband and two dogs, Madison and Samuel.

Incredibly inspired by artistic expression, Hadden immerses herself in creative endeavors on a daily basis. She finds great joy in getting lost in writing and seeing others fully express themselves through their greatest artistic passions, like music, body art, dance and photography. “I get chills when I have the great privilege of seeing someone express their authentic selves,” says Hadden. “I believe it gives us a true glimpse into the souls of others.

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To purchase In the Mind of Revenge make sure to visit Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

A thank you goes out to Sami at Roger Charlie for giving me the heads up on this book release.

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