Archive for October, 2016

Dragon’s Trail


Dragon’s Trail

By Joseph Malik

Genre: Fantasy-Thriller

“I didn’t come here to sell my soul. I came here to buy it back.”

Once dubbed “The Deadliest Man Alive,” Jarrod Torrealday is a former Olympic saber hopeful and medieval weapons expert banned from competition for killing another fencer in a duel. He now scrapes by as a stuntman and technical consultant for low-budget fantasy films.

A young sorcerer from another world offers Jarrod the gig of a lifetime: adviser to the war council of a magical realm teetering on the edge of collapse, with a foreign army massing just beyond its borders.

Swept into a treacherous and deadly world of intrigue and conspiracy, Jarrod soon learns that the enemy mastermind is also from Earth, and has laid the foundations for a new kind of war.

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Author Bio

Joseph Malik writes and lectures on advanced intelligence theory and asymmetric warfare for the Defense Intelligence Agency. He has worked as a stuntman, a high-rise window washer, a freelance writer, a computational linguist, a touring rock musician, and a soldier in the United States Special Operations Command. A veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he lives in the Pacific Northwest along with his wife and their American Bulldog, and currently serves in the Army Reserve.

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My Review

5 stars

 Jarrod Torrealday is a former Olympic saber fencer. He is banned from competition after an accident that killed another fencer. He has been working as a stuntman and consultant. Then a sorcerer gives him an offer that he can’t refuse. He is taken to Gateskeep and works as a knight. But he is supposed to be the key to defeating the other kingdoms sorcerer, one that has spent time on Earth and has similar advantages to Jarrod.

This book has great story development and amazing action scenes. You can tell Joseph Malik has experience with swords because that knowledge rings throughout the story. But that is not the only thing going for this story. It is full of colorful descriptions that make you feel right there next to Jarrod. It was so easy to get into this wonderful story that I didn’t realize I had been up most of the night reading.

If you like fantasy stories with a realistic twist this is the book for you. This is a great story that will leave you wanting more from Joseph Malik.


I received Dragon’s Trail from Sage’s Blog Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.


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Spirit Magnet in Texas: 20 Ghostly Encounters by Ann Bridges

From the clouds with ghostly faces in the Chisos Mountains to the spirits of the Alamo, follow in the footsteps of a “spirit magnet” as she takes a wild Western romp across haunted Texas and beyond. Meet Joshua’s ghost in his creepy room in Mineral Wells and Sara, who is one of the most active spirits at the Menger Hotel in San Antonio. Did phantom soldiers holding swords of fire really save the Alamo from destruction by the Mexicans? Is it really Teddy Roosevelt’s ghost that haunts the bar at the Menger? Be amazed at the phenomenal results from the Spirit Scanner. Find out in this factual and spine-tingling adventure across the Lone Star State.

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My Review

5 stars

Ann Bridges is a self-professed spirit magnet. She tells her story of how it seems spirits have been trying to get her attention for a while. That whenever she is at a site there seems to be more activity from the ghosts. Ann has gathered her experiences with twenty different sites in Texas that she has visited along with the different things she has experienced while on site.

Follow along as Ann explores houses, cabins, stores and haunted houses across Texas. She tells her experiences at each location. I loved the color photos of locations, object and orbs. And at the end of most sections is a note about the visitor information so you can visit these locations.

I love all the stories and different experiences. There is so much history at all of the locations and I absolutely love all the encounters, scary and harmless. If you like the paranormal and ghost hunting this is one book that you need to add to your collection. There are plenty of wonderful places you can haunt on your next trip to Texas.


I received Spirit Magnet in Texas from Schiffer Publishing free of charge. This has not influenced my opinion of this book.

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Fractured Eden

Fractured Eden

By Steven Gossington

Genre: Suspense

 When a doctor loses everything and is forced to start over, he finds himself in a strange town filled with addiction and mental illness. Dr. Aaron Rovsing, Family Practice Physician, is fired from his medical practice in Connecticut because of alleged incompetence. After he flees and starts over in a town in East Texas, he discovers that things are not as they first appear, and soon Aaron must combat the deranged and addicted minds of the townspeople. Events take an even deadlier turn when he finds himself the next chosen victim of a serial killer who plans to add the doctor to his collection of skeletons. In this town of insanity and with a serial killer waiting to strike, how can Aaron manage to stay sane . . . and alive?


About the Author

Steven Gossington is an emergency room physician with over 30 years of patient care experience. Dr. Gossington was an academic professor of emergency medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City for 11 years, and he published 20 book chapters and medical articles of original research.

His enjoyment of mystery and suspense fiction and his love of writing led to the novel “Fractured Eden,” a psychological suspense story in which he draws upon his extensive experience with mentally ill emergency room patients. This novel and his future fiction can be found on his website.

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This Way to the End Times: Classic Tales of the Apocalypse edited by Robert Silverberg

THIS WAY TO THE END TIMES: Classic Tales of the Apocalypse, gathers 21 compelling, gripping stories of the not-too-distant demise of the earth as we know it. And what a collection. From little-known, brilliant tales by sci-fi legends Jules Vernes and Olaf Stapledon, to intense short works by sci-fi masters Ursula K. Le Guin, Connie Willis, Jack Vance, and Brian W. Aldiss, to haunting works by contemporary authors Dale Bailey, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Karen Haber and Megan Arkenberg, THIS WAY TO THE END TIMES paves the road to the fantastical future, alternating humor with grit, and hope with ghastly post apocalyptic visions.

Guest editor Robert Silverberg—winner of numerous Hugo and Nebula awards, Grand Master of Science Fiction Writers of America, and a Science Fiction Hall of Fame inductee—hand-picked each story, and offers an introduction to each, as well as an introduction to the anthology as a whole.

A unique collection for longtime and new fans of speculative fiction, THIS WAY TO THE END TIMES roars into the future wide-eyed and full speed ahead.

Complete list of authors:

Jules Verne, James Elroy Flecker, Frank Lillie Pollock, G. Peyton Wertenbaker, Philip Latham, Jack Vance, Fritz Leiber, Brian W. Aldiss, Ursula K. Le Guin, Robert Silverberg, James Tiptree, Jr., Malcolm Edwards, Connie Willis, Karen Haber, by Dale Bailey, Megan Artenberg, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Olaf Stapledon

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My Review

5 stars

The question many authors have explored is how the world will end. This is a collection of 21 stories from classic science fiction authors and present day authors and how they think the world would end. I loved how each story came up with different endings. You will read about the world ending my ice, fire, flood, aliens and so much more. It was great reading from some of my favorite authors and discovering new ones.

I have to say I loved Robert Silverberg’s introductions to each story. They helped me to figure out when the author wrote the book and who they were so I could find other stories by them. I enjoyed following along as humans try to figure out their history and how one many decides to live forever but fails to grow along with the rest of humankind.

If you like apocalyptic stories this is one book that you need to add to you collection. You can’t go wrong with a collection of so many classic authors.

I received This Way to the End Time from Over the River PR free of charge. This has not influenced my opinion of this book.

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Ohio’s Haunted Crimes: An Exploration of Ten Haunted Crime Scenes by Kat Klockow

Ohio has seen countless true crimes committed, but the cases presented here are uniquely fascinating as they have left ghosts behind in their wake. Join paranormal author and radio host Kat Klockow on an exploration of ten haunted crime scenes across Ohio. With interviews of paranormal investigators and property owners, discover the tumultuous history of the Ohio State Reformatory, where hundreds of men died and have come back so that visitors can have a brush with the paranormal, too! Ghost hunt at the Old Licking County Jail where over twenty people died by suicide, mob killing, or by setting themselves on fire their ghosts now roam the halls at night. Visit Ryan s Tavern where spirits of bootleggers still dart through rum-running tunnels that were closed decades ago. These ghosts and more have survived, living on in Ohio’s ghostly crime tales.”

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My Review

5 stars

Ohio has a lot of history that is both good and bad. But with the bad we will find those that just can’t or don’t want to pass on giving us haunted locations. Kat Klockow, a paranormal investigator and radio host has picked ten locations across Ohio to investigate. Follow along as Kat investigates a bed and breakfast, jails, penitentiaries, and the sites of a couple murders.

I love how Kat has put this book together. You learn of the history of the locations, events, and the sightings. Then there is a conclusion for each location and visitor information for some sites. I love the detail that has gone into the books especially the color photos. There is so much history surrounding each location that it makes sense that there have to be some kind of energy left behind. Along with the history there are numerous sightings and experiences that people have had.

This book is perfect for those that like ghosts and the paranormal that surrounds them. The stories are sure to give you the creeps. If you like ghosts and if you live in or planning on visiting Ohio I would recommend checking out a couple of these places.


I received Ohio’s Haunted Crimes from the Schiffer Publishing free of charge. This has not influenced my opinion of this book.

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Beyond the Ice Limit


Beyond the Ice Limit (Gideon Crew – 4) by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

That thing is growing again. We must destroy it. The time to act is now…

With these words begins Gideon Crew’s latest, most dangerous, most high-stakes assignment yet. Failure will mean nothing short of the end of humankind on earth.

Five years ago, the mysterious and inscrutable head of Effective Engineering Solutions, Eli Glinn, led a mission to recover a gigantic meteorite–the largest ever discovered–from a remote island off the coast of South America. The mission ended in disaster when their ship, the Rolvaag, foundered in a vicious storm in the Antarctic waters and broke apart, sinking-along with its unique cargo-to the ocean floor. One hundred and eight crew members perished, and Eli Glinn was left paralyzed.

But this was not all. The tragedy revealed something truly terrifying: the meteorite they tried to retrieve was not, in fact, simply a rock. Instead, it was a complex organism from the deep reaches of space.

Now, that organism has implanted itself in the sea bed two miles below the surface-and it is growing. If it is not destroyed, the planet will be doomed. There is only one hope: for Glinn and his team to annihilate it, a task which requires Gideon’s expertise with nuclear weapons. But as Gideon and his colleagues soon discover, the “meteorite” has a mind of its own-and it has no intention of going quietly…

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My Review

4 stars

The Gideon Crew has been called in to recover the meteorite that was really an alien lifeform. It seems the meteorite was not a rock but more of a seed and it has been growing in the bottom of the ocean. This thing is a great threat to the plant and needs to be stopped. But it is not going to be an easy fight, some won’t make it, but if the Gideon Crew doesn’t succeed there won’t be much left of our planet.

I have not read the other books in the Gideon Crew series or The Ice Limit. I know, as a fan of Lincoln and Child this is a travesty. But, I had no problem jumping right into this story. Having said that, the beginning was a little slow as everything was getting built. But once you get past that, you are off to the races trying to keep up with the break neck pace.

Beyond the Limit is a great mix of science fiction, fantasy, and thriller. Lincoln and Child keep you on your toes and when you think it might be over, bam, you are off and running again. I really enjoyed Beyond the Limit. I will definitely be reading The Ice Limit and others in the Gideon Crew series.

I received Beyond the Ice Limit from the publisher free of charge. This does not influence my opinion of this book.

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Rarity from the Hollow


Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton

Lacy Dawn’s father relives the Gulf War, her mother’s teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in The Hollow isn’t great. But Lacy has one advantage — she’s been befriended by a semi-organic, semi-robot who works with her to cure her parents. He wants something in exchange, though. It’s up to her to save the Universe.

Will Lacy Dawn’s predisposition, education, and magic be enough for her to save the Universe, Earth, and, most importantly, protect her own family?

Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire. It is a children’s story for adults, not for the prudish, faint of heart, or easily offended.

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My Review

3 stars

Lacy Dawn’s life is full of abuse and death. Her father suffers from PTSD and beats and abuses both Lucy and her mother. Lucy’s best friend is Faith, a girl that was beaten to death by her father, and the trees. Lucy meets DotCom, a robot that offers her a chance to “fix” her parents if she goes shopping at the universes biggest mall. This shopping trip helps prepare her to fight the cockroaches that are taking over.

This book is told in a couple parts. The first part about Lacy and her home life is heartbreaking. I know things like this happen all the time but we seem to have blinders on as we go through our own lives. You can tell that Robert Eggleton has had a lot of personal dealings with this aspect of life. The next part is more of a satirical look at adults while Lucy trains in the universes largest mall. And then end battle with the cockroaches seemed to lose me.

Although the beginning is heartbreaking, I think the second half of the book could have been a story of its own. You do need some background on Lucy but when she heads to the mall the story gets turned on its head. It didn’t really flow well and left me feeling jolted and had a hard time recovering.

I did like the story if it would have been two different stories. But the best part of Rarity from the Hollow is author proceeds are donated to child abuse prevention. I would purchase this book just for that.

I received Rarity from the Hollow from the author in exchange free of charge. This has not influenced my opinion of this book.

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Horror/Fantasy/Fairy Tale Anthology
Date Published: December 15, 2016
The happily ever after is never the end. The curtain doesn’t fall once love is recognized or evil is vanquished.  Credits don’t roll once the giant is slain or the big bad wolf is boiled alive.  Wicked stepsisters, malevolent rulers, and hideous creatures still have lives after their sinister roles play out; heroes, lovers, and dreamers often find their victories lead to more troubles.
Within these pages are more than seventy continuations, retellings, and eldritch stories that explore the dark forests, magical castles, and hideous creatures After the Happily Ever After.
“Sweet Revenge” by Charlotte Bond:
The laughter had died and the rumours had grown when they’d found the third dead dog in two weeks; each one had been torn to pieces, the heart gone and the ribcage showing teeth marks.
Outside the cottage, in the dark night, a dog howled.
“Little Red Hunting Hood” by Mary DeSantis:
I halt halfway to getting my red cape off and hung on a hook by the door.
Budding beanstalks, grandma has a visitor. Grandma never has visitors, except for me, Mom, and that guy she met at the Elder Cottage Living group two months ago.
I strain to hear. Whoever’s back there is quiet, which means it isn’t the Elder Cottages guy, and of course, this is the one time Grandma keeps her voice low.
I hang my cape and go back to the basket.
Two sets of footsteps approach. Grandma enters the kitchen. Her white hair is in its signature bun, and she’s wearing her white dress with the red-check pattern.
“Hello, sweetie.” Her face wrinkles with a smile and stays wrinkled as she directs her a glare over her shoulder. “Oh, for giant’s sake, get in here. She doesn’t bite.”
“A Sleeve of Feathers” by Claudia Quint:
It all came crashing down when he found Geileis in bed, nestled between Dylan and Ailill, Oisin cuddling on the left and Ruari at her feet, with Emmet and Cian resorting to floor space when they ran out of room on the bed. Stephen dragged the brothers out one by one, pushing and pulling so they awoke with starts and cries, until she roused, confused and sleepy, to ask him what in the world he was doing.
            “Like it’s the most normal thing in the world.” Stephen contented himself by folding his hands to stop fiddling with the cuffs. “To sleep with your brothers and shut out your husband.”
“Step-Mother” by Deanna Smith:
My name is Cindy Charming.  I’m not, just so you know.  Husband is, but that’s his gig, and if it makes me squeal and giggle and blush when he’s pouring it on, that ain’t nobody’s business but our own.  I sure as hell didn’t spawn these three hooligans without some learned interjection from him. 
We tied the knot ten years ago.  A fabulous fairy tale wedding, of course.  A little creepy when the in-laws asked how much torture I’d like to lay on my step-mother and step-sisters, but you’ve really got to hand it to them, they went all out to make sure I felt welcome to the fam.
“Raven, Rose, and Apple Pie” by Jaap Boekestein:
The wind pulls at my hair; my braids are all undone. I can see such a distance from the highest tower of the castle: yellow fields and darks woods, silver rivers and hazy gray mountains with white peaks. It is beautiful. Will this be the last thing I see before I throw myself from the window? What will I think during the fall? Will I feel regret, or fear, or freedom? Will it… will it hurt? God in Heaven, forgive me.
   His song saves me. The sound of the lute reaches even the highest tower. His voice…
A minstrel is at the gate, asking to be let in with a demonstration of his skills. He is young; he is handsome, wearing bright colors.
    I step back from the edge.
       I have been saved.
“WITCH v. HANSEL, GRETEL, et. al.” by Daniel M. Kimmel:
So the question before us is one of balancing these two compelling but competing claims: Appellant Witch’s insistence that any attempt to curtail or punish her actions would be an infringement of her religious freedoms under the First Amendment versus the desire of the Respondent class not to be baked and eaten.
While there is no precedent that is precisely on point, there are a number of cases that indicate a clear pattern.  One such case is Goldilocks v. Papa Bear, Mama Bear, et. al. 516 Goose 749 (1852). In this instance, Goldilocks was in the same position as the Respondents in this case, trespassing on private property while asserting a need that, as was so claimed, overrode any competing rights. In her tort action against the Bear family, Goldilocks asserted numerous injuries, such as from eating porridge that was “too hot” or attempting to sleep in a bed that was “too small.” Nonetheless, the court found for the Bears, upholding the ursine precept that “a bear’s home is his castle” and that being a “cute child” did preempt the rights of the Bear family to the quiet enjoyment of their abode. Indeed, the defense raised by Goldilocks against charges of criminal trespass and unauthorized digestion are precisely those that are asserted by the Respondent class in the present action.
Alisha Costanzo is from a Syracuse suburb. She earned her MFA in creative writing from the University of Central Oklahoma, where she currently teaches English. She’s the author of BLOOD PHOENIX: REBIRTH, BLOOD PHOENIX: CLAIMED, and LOVING RED, and is co-editor of DISTORTED and UNDERWATER. IMPRINTED, her new novel, is undergoing serious edits for its 2017 release. In the meantime, she will continue to corrupt young minds, rant about the government, and daydream about her all around nasty creatures.
Having relocated from Northwest Florida’s lonesome roads and haunted swamps, Anthony S. Buoni now prowls the gas lamp lit streets of New Orleans, playing moonlight hide and seek in the Crescent City’s above ground cemeteries. Anthony is the author of Conversation Party, Bad Apple Bolero, as well as the editor to the Between There anthologies.  His stories and articles have been featured in North Florida Noir and Waterfront Living. When not prowling, Anthony keeps it scary, writing dark fiction, editing, and watching horror movies.  In his spare time, he DJs, plays music, and conjures other worldly creatures with tarot cards and dreams.
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Unpublished stories, personalized poems, and Advance-reader Copies from the Contributors and Editors. 
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Soul Keeper Series

Soul Keeper Series – Box Set Sale!


Title: Soul Keeper Series Box Set

Author: L.A. Starkey

Original Price $6.99

On Sale from Oct 17 – 23 for only $0.99

The box set contains all three novels in the Soul Keeper Series (Deceived, Destroyed and Descent) 812 Pages.


Readers had a hard time putting this series down… you will to. Now you don’t have to wait – the full story is yours for a discounted price.

This boxed set includes all three full-length novels from Starkey’s beloved Soul Keeper Series. That’s over 800 pages of intense twists and emotional turns, heart-breaking romance and soul-shattering deception – all in one series.


In a battle of wills,

of the gods of old.

For each his revenge,

will he forfeit his soul.


On the chessboard of blood,

will their narrative play.

Aged, innocent lives,

revenge claims her way.


Out of hate will come love,

and love will come hate.

For immortal and man,

have entwined their damned fate.


The battle between the Titans and the gods of old did not end with them. The demand for revenge has dripped down into the next generation.

Twins, Marcus and Nicolas, heirs to the throne of the gods and sons of the last remaining Titan, learn that the purpose of their existence is to fulfill a prophecy born of hate and despair. They must battle for Pandora’s daughter’s heart, a girl lost to the human world and unaware of her hidden heritage. For four hundred years Marcus and Nicolas have only been allowed to touch the edge of their soul mate’s dreams, but the time of the prophecy has come.

For Samantha, life has been nothing more than a series of misfortunes and heartbreaks. For years, she has kept her heart locked away, but change is rolling in like a tidal wave. She is now forced to discern the thin line between love and lie, myth and reality, and it would seem that time is running out…


“You have to read this book!!! AMAZING!!!!!!!! It’s the best book I have read in a while. I love the characters, ALL of them even Hades.” ~ Amazon Reader

“I was caught up with the story and characters from the beginning. Very action packed. Very descriptive…” ~ Amazon Reader

“I absolutely loved this series. It’s fast paced with characters that you fall in love with.” ~ Amazon Reader

“The first two books end in major emotionally charged cliffhangers so having the full box set is incredibly convenient.” ~ Amazon Reader

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Author Bio:

L.A. Starkey is the author of the Soul Keeper Series, a supernatural young adult series, and The Liarus Detective Series, a supernatural middle grade series.

She is a fulltime writer, and loves spending time with her family and reading a good book. With more ideas than one person should be allowed, she is blessed to have a muse that doesn’t seem to take a vacation and more energy that one might consider healthy.

She writes under the following pen name:
Kate Thomas – NA/Adult Paranormal (Amazon)

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Blood of the Sixth


Blood of the Sixth by K.R. Rowe

Genre: Horror

In the quaint Southern town of Port Bella Rosa, something sinister lurks beneath the cobblestones. When hunger stirs a centuries-old evil, a demon awakens, releasing its hunters in search of prey. Jackals swarm from the mist, seeking out quarry, sating their master with offerings of human flesh.

Allie Kent catches a glimpse of the first victim: a corpse with its organs, muscle and bone all consumed, leaving nothing more than skin behind. While police work to solve the unexplained murder, more bodies are found mutilated. Finally convinced the killer isn’t human, Detective Phillip Chambers is desperate to shield Allie from harm.

But something haunts Allie: shadows spill through her darkened window; nightmares invade her sleep while visions confuse her waking thoughts. With Phillip her only protection, Allie struggles to keep her independence in check while treading a thin line between reality and insanity. But is the evil dwelling beneath the stones her only true threat—or will the demons in Allie’s head have the strength to destroy them both?

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Author Bio

K. R. Rowe is a multi-genred author who spent her childhood in the scenic city of Chattanooga, TN and still resides there today. Her father was born and raised near Tellico Plains, in the heart of Tennessee’s tract of the Appalachian Mountains. With her mother’s South Carolina heritage, her southern roots run deep. From a very young age, her overpowering love of the mountains continues to draw her to them. When not tied to her desk, her free time with her family is often spent enjoying any activity that can take her far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and into the peace of the mountains.

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My Review

5 stars

An ancient demon has awakened and is starting to kill humans. Allie Kent has her own demons to deal with but stumbles upon the first body. Detective Phillip Chambers is investigating the deaths but soon realizes that the killer is not human. Phillip is trying to protect Allie but she is going to have to go to battle herself to stop the demon.

This is a great story filled with lots of action and a great bad guy. Allie is kind of off from most people but that is what makes her special, I could help but cheer her on. I love how Phillip is trying to protect her. It’s such a change from the hard-nosed detective you usually read.

This is a quick read with lots of description. I easy fell into this story and didn’t want it to end. I will be adding K.R. Rowe to my watch list for her other books.


I received Blood of the Sixth from Sage’s Blog Tours free of charge. This does not influence my review in any way.

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