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Marathon

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Marathon (Jonathan Stride – 8) by Brian Freeman

On a rainy June morning, tens of thousands of people crowd into Duluth for the city’s biggest annual event: Grandma’s Marathon. Exhausted runners push to reach the finish line and spectators line the streets to cheer them on. Then, in a terrifying echo of the Boston Marathon bombing, there is an explosion along the race course, leaving many people dead and injured. Within minutes, an urgent manhunt begins for the person who planted the backpack filled with explosives.

Stride, Serena, and Maggie are forced into supporting roles in this investigation as FBI special agents take over the case. Politicians and the media push for answers and rumors fly as people leap to the conclusion that this was radical Islamic terrorism.

One spectator remembers being jostled by a young man with a backpack not far from the bomb site. He spots a young Muslim man in a tourist’s photo of the event, convinced that this man bumped into him in the crowd-but there’s no backpack in the photo. Distrusting that the police will follow up, he tweets the photograph to the public. In seconds, the young man, Mehdi, becomes the most wanted man in the city.

When new photographs surface from the day of the bombing, the spectator realizes he may have made a terrible mistake. Stride, Serena, and Maggie awaken to the possibility that the motive behind this bombing may not have been terrorism at all. But can they find the truth before more innocent people are killed?

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 Brian Freeman

Author’s Bio

Brian Freeman is a #1 Amazon bestselling author of psychological thrillers, including the Jonathan Stride, Frost Easton, and Cab Bolton series. His books have been sold in 46 countries and 20 languages. He is widely acclaimed for his “you are there” settings and his complex, engaging characters and twist-filled plots.

Look for two books from Brian in 2017, including THE NIGHT BIRD (featuring a dramatic San Francisco locale) and the latest in his Jonathan Stride series, MARATHON.

Brian’s seventh novel SPILLED BLOOD won the award for Best Hardcover Novel in the annual Thriller Awards given out by the International Thriller Writers organization, and his fifth novel THE BURYING PLACE was a finalist for the same award. His debut thriller, IMMORAL, won the Macavity Award for Best First Novel and was a nominee for the Edgar, Dagger, Anthony, and Barry Awards. IMMORAL was named an International Book of the Month, a distinction shared with authors such as Harlan Coben and Lisa Unger.

His novels (in order) are: IMMORAL, STRIPPED, STALKED, IN THE DARK (also called THE WATCHER overseas), THE BURYING PLACE, THE BONE HOUSE, the award-winning SPILLED BLOOD, THE COLD NOWHERE, SEASON OF FEAR, and GOODBYE TO THE DEAD.

He also has two Stride e-books, TURN TO STONE and the short story “Spitting Devil.”

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My Review

4 stars

People have gathered in Duluth Minnesota for the city’s biggest event: Grandma’s Marathon. But just as the runners are heading to the finish line a bomb goes off just like at the Boston bombing. Someone was bumped into by a Muslim man with a backpack. His picture is found and posted on Twitter. Within minutes all Middle Eastern men are targeted. Then he is discovered and people jump to the conclusion that he is the cause of the bombing. But then the witness thinks he may have made an error. By then it’s too late the change the rolling force of vengeful people that have no desire to look at the truth especially when more victims are discovered. It’s up to Jonathan and his team to find the truth before an innocent man get blamed.

This is my first Jonathan Stride book and I was pleasantly surprised. This is a story right out of the headlines and written in such a way to make you think twice about events on social media. It’s is written so well that you feel just like you discovered the post on your own Twitter page and want to get justice for those injured or killed. But it also shows how easy it is to get the wrong information and how easy it is to blame the wrong person.

There is a lot of action and suspense that will keep you drawn into this story. You will race through the pages and will love the surprising ending. I loved this book and will definitely be catching up on the other Jonathan Stride books.

I received Marathon from Quercus for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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I am happy to announce that Weston Kincade has re-released the first two books in his A Life of Death Series along with publishing the third book. The books go on sale today for $3.99 on Amazon.

A Life of Death: (A Thrilling Supernatural Detective Series full of Suspense, Book 1) (A Life of Death Trilogy) by [Kincade, Weston]

Ghosts are speaking to Alex, but can he bring them justice?

Alex is a troubled teen with a checkered past, a broken home, and a surprising ability: psychometry. When he touches items murder victims held in their final moments, he relives the events in gruesome detail. But who will believe a troubled teen, especially when murders implicate the town’s founding family?

If you like amazing supernatural stories that are intense, powerful, and fraught with emotion, then you’ll love Weston Kincade’s suspenseful coming-of-age trilogy, A Life of Death. Ghosts are speaking, and they want answers.

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Make sure to check out my review here.

A Life of Death: The Golden Bulls: (A Thrilling Supernatural Detective Series full of Suspense, Book 2) by [Kincade, Weston]

Introduction by Julie Hutchings, author of Running Home

Ritual Sacrifice. Terror. Panic. In a fear-filled town, will ghostly visions be enough to stop a serial killer?

After fifteen years of ritual murder, Homicide Detective Alex Drummond must save this year’s sacrificial lamb. But who is it? The serial killer’s anointed date is only days away. An anonymous tip forces Alex and a high school friend to Washington DC to prove the suspect’s guilt, but nothing is as it seems. Unsolved murders abound like cobwebs under abandoned guest beds. Is Alex in over his head?

Time, beliefs, and supernatural abilities collide in Weston Kincade’s thrilling sequel in the A Life of Death trilogy. In the end, the stakes couldn’t be higher… or more personal. Do your part. Buy The Golden Bulls today.

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A Life of Death: Sacrifices: (A Thrilling Supernatural Detective Series full of Suspense, Book 3) (A Life of Death Trilogy) by [Kincade, Weston]

Introduction by Scott Rhine, author of Jezebel’s Ladder

Alex’s ghostly visions can save lives. But can they stop a drug czar from disrupting the peace and harmony of Tranquil Heights?

For Alex Drummond trouble doesn’t come knocking, it kicks down the door and raids the refrigerator. War is brewing between moonshiners and a murderous drug kingpin. Cremated human remains are appearing everywhere. And now Alex’s family is in the middle of it all. To make matters worse, his son’s powers rival his own… as does his stubborn nature. Choices will be made. Laws will be broken. And morality will be questioned. Will Alex’s family survive the bloodshed?

Psychometric powers combine in this thrilling battle for survival in Weston Kincade’s final book in the A Life of Death trilogy. The future of Alex’s hometown is at stake… but sacrifices must be made. Step up and buy Sacrifices today.

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Author’s Bio

Weston Kincade writes fantasy, paranormal, and horror novels that stretch the boundaries of imagination, and often genres. His current series include the A Life of Death trilogy and the Priors. Weston’s short stories have been published in Alucard Press’ “50 Shades of Slay,” Kevin J. Kennedy’s collected “Christmas Horror” and “Easter Horror,” and other anthologies. He is a member of the Horror Writer’s Association (HWA) and has helped invest in future writers for years while teaching English. In his spare time Weston enjoys spending time with his wife and Maine Coon cat, Hermes, who talks so much he must speak for the Gods.

If you would like to contact Weston regarding stories, publications, to schedule an appearance, or simply to say hello, he can be reached at:

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 I am excited, I will be reviewing Golden Bulls and Sacrifices shortly. I would like to thank Weston Kincade for that. Stick around for the reviews.

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Heritage

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Heritage (Transcend – 1) by Addie Hunter

Arhaus, Nevada is a small town on I-70 that currently has more superheroes than trees. After an accident in the summer of 2012, six teens gain superhuman abilities and quickly decide to put them to good use and become heroes in a world that’s since lost its good opinion of people with abilities. As if that weren’t enough trouble trying to keep their powers hidden from their friends and family, they’re going into their senior year of high school. Strange symbols begin appearing all around town, a new kid moves in, someone threatens to bomb the news building, and Dave still can’t find a date to his senior homecoming. Blaise hopes that they can figure out who keeps setting all these fires, and Kat just wants to graduate in one piece. The first novel in the Transcend series, Heritage sets up a universe full of the supernatural, following the lives of six friends as they begin to find out the world is much bigger than it once seemed.

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 Addie Hunter

Author’s Bio

Addie Hunter has been writing since she was young, always coming up with new characters and stories. A huge fan of anything superhero related, it was only a matter of time before she came up with some superhero characters, and the Transcend series is the culmination of a lifelong fascination with the supernatural and cliche, overused tropes. She has thirteen plants and three jobs and one psycho dog.

She is currently working on the second book in the Transcend series.

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My Review

4 stars

Six teenagers in the small town of Arhaus, NV have gained super powers. The don masks and set about saving the world while trying to get through high school. They all have their little niches but come upon someone that is planning on ending the world. The kids have been working loosely on their own but they are no match for the bad guy, they are going to have to learn to work together as a team to save the world.

This story is about six teenagers, three boys and three girls that acquire super powers. They tend to work loosely together but they all want to be the main hero. This leads to more problems and need to learn to work together. The kids also have to keep their identities secret, which they were extremely horrible about. I do feel their struggle as they try to balance their “normal” day lives. High school and being a teenager is hard enough without super powers and stopping the bad guy.

On the other hand, you can tell that this is a first book for Addie Hunter. It felt rough and could have used more editing. I have to say with six kids and their secret identities I got lost in the book. It was just too much for such a quick book. Also, the fight scenes were rushed and felt awkward. The main portion of this book focused on high school life and drama. It feels like too much attention was focused on this.

Over all I did like this book. It is the start of a series and is rough. I think there is a lot of potential there and I would like to see what happens in the book.

I received Heritage from the author for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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Dark Harvest

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Dark Harvest

By Chris Patchell

Genre: Thriller, Suspense

Becky Kincaid ventures out in the middle of a snowstorm to buy a car seat for her unborn baby and never makes it home. When a second pregnant woman disappears, Marissa Rooney and the team at the Holt Foundation fear a sinister motive lurks behind the crimes.

Lead investigator, Seth Crawford, desperately searches for the thread that binds the two cases together, knowing that if he fails, another woman will soon be gone. While Seth searches for clues, a madman has Marissa in his sights and she carries a secret that could tear her whole world apart.

Can Seth stop the killer before he reaps his… Dark Harvest

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Chris Patchell

About the Author

Chris Patchell is the bestselling author of In the Dark and the Indie Reader Discovery Award winning novel Deadly Lies. Having recently given up her career in tech to pursue her passion for writing full-time, Chris resides in the Pacific Northwest with her family and two neurotic Yorkies. To learn more about Chris and her book, visit her website. Join her on Facebook for book giveaways and more fun murder mysteries at here.

I would like to thank Sage’s Blog Tours to the opportunity to be part of this book blitz.

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Forest of the Fae: The Raven Queen (Book 2) by K. Kibbee

A summer spent untangling a century-old mass disappearance, communing with ghosts, fleeing dark Fae Folk, and enduring her nefarious cousin Lexie would seem like tribulation enough for 13-year-old Anne, and yet her struggles have only just begun.

Though she’s closed Devlin’s Door behind her, it would seem that something sinister has followed Anne from the other side. Her dearest friend Grace is not as she would seem. Something dark has taken hold of the girl . . . something not of this world. Ravens surround her, people mindlessly do her bidding, and wickedness drips from her lips. It’s only a matter of time before Anne uncovers her secret and with it, her vengeance.

Meanwhile, somewhere deep in the Forests of the Fae, the real Grace struggles to retain her humanity and escape the revolting Faerie body that imprisons her. With pet raven Onyx at her side, she is heralded a Queen, and worshiped by the very creatures that she despises. Set atop a throne of thorns, she feels all is lost, until a stranger with human eyes and a sorted past is shackled at her feet.

Though worlds apart, both girls must race against time if they hope to unravel the mysteries of the Fae folk and unmask The Raven Queen.

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Author’s Bio

(Kristine) Kibbee is a Pacific Northwest writer with a fascination for all things literary. Kristine’s passion for creative writing began in her early youth and led her to the doors of Washington State University, where she earned a degree in Humanities, with a focus in Professional Writing. Kristine followed her scholarly pursuit of writing with published works in The Vancougar, The Salal Review Literary Review, Just Frenchies magazine, and S/Tick Literary Review. She is presently a regular columnist for Terrier Group magazine.

Kristine’s novella, “The Mischievous Misadventures of Dewey the Daring,” was her first and only self-published release, and is still currently available on Amazon.com. Her middle-grade fantasy novel, “Whole in the Clouds,” was released in November 2014 and is being re-released by Incorgnito Publishing Press, with additional material, in October of 2016. The first installment in her YA fantasy series, “Forest of the Fae-Devlin’s Door,” was released in early 2016 with Incorgnito.

Kristine anticipates following the release of book two in the “Forests of the Fae” series (“The Raven Queen”) with a third and final installment, which will tentatively come to print in early 2018.

Kristine regularly engages on a variety of social media platforms and can be followed:

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My Review

5 stars

Anne has just gotten home after closing Devon’s Door. But she has a serious problem, although the creature looks like Grace it is really a changeling. This changeling is bound and determined to keep its new place in Anne’s family and will take control of those around them to put Anne away in a mental facility. At the same time the real Grace is still in the Brown Forest in the changeling’s body. She will have to navigate the Fae world to try get to a portal and change back into herself. Thankfully she has Onyx and a journal to keep her humanity.

I really enjoyed Devon’s Door and was very excited to see what was going to happen next. Anne knows instantly that Grace is a changeling but she has to try and hide that knowledge. It doesn’t matter because eventually the changeling finds out and starts to turn everyone against her.  At the same time it is heartbreaking to follow along as Grace is trying to navigate the Fae Forests. She can feel the changeling body corrupting her but it is a continual battle to keep her humanity.

This is a great follow up to Devin’s Door. It’s so easy to slide right back into the story and be on pins and needles following both girls. There will be one more book to end this series and I can’t wait to see how things end. This is a great story that will appeal to all ages.

I received The Forest Fae: The Raven Queen from Sage’s Blog Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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The Quiet Type

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The Quiet Type by Summer Prescott

Tim and Susannah have ordinary lives on the surface, he’s a mortician for whom death is a serious business, and she’s a chef who really knows her way around a knife, and if the neighbors in their small Midwestern town knew of her dark hobby, they’d run for the hills.

Raised by an apathetic mother and a cruel father, Susannah was bullied and pushed to her breaking point long before she met mild-mannered Tim, and learned to channel her murderous impulses into a strange form of art, which keeps her clueless husband safe…for now.

As strange events occur, and Susannah’s eccentric behavior becomes more dynamic, Tim starts to wonder about his wife. Will he be too perceptive for his own good?

This twisted, psychological, serial killer thriller will sear your psyche and rattle your soul. Buckle up, you’re in for a terrifying ride.

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 Summer Prescott

Author’s Bio

Who am I? A wearer of many hats…Mom, dog-Mom, Designer, Author (who sits tap, tap, tapping in her cozy garret until the wee hours of the night), Reviewer, Foodie, etc… but inside, down where it counts, I’m just me, a 40-something, mostly happy divorcee’ who loves life. People fascinate me, and I always seem to find myself in situations that are conducive to others pouring out their hearts and life stories. If you think you recognize yourself in my stories and we’ve ever had drinks together, you just might be right. I am inspired to create tales inspired by the truths, triumphs, terrors and trials of many people blended into rich, complex characters.
I like to think of my blog as a place where we can sit down and chat – the kind of getting-to-know-you chat that inspires novel characters
Please, feel free to comment, I’d love to hear from you!

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My Review

5 stars

Tim and Susanna Eckels seem like the perfect couple. They meet in college as introverts that created a friendship that lead to them marrying, Tim opening his own funeral home, and Susanna becoming an assistant to the top chef in the only fine dining restaurant in their little town. But there is so much more to this story. Susanna has a horrible past that has given her dark cravings. She uses these cravings to accentuate her artistic hobby. With bodies piling up Tim is doing everything to protect his reputation as a mortician. But when he starts questioning Susanna’s hobby he will have to protect himself too. Susanna thinks Tim is starting to get an idea about her hobby and is prepared to do whatever it takes to keep her secret.

This is a dark thriller with insight into the killers mind. Susanna broke a long time ago and relies on her artistic hobby to keep her going. Tim and her seem to have the perfect marriage but when he starts wondering about her he puts his own life on the line.

This is a dark thriller that is going to draw you in and have you up all night just to see what happens next. I love how Tim and Susanna look like the perfect couple yet deep down Susanna is seriously unhinged and willing to do anything to fuel her dark artistic hobby. If you are looking for a great thriller to keep you up all night you need to check out The Quiet Type.

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Storm

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Storm: Phantom Islanders by Ednah Walters

Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas… Sassy heroine, a legend and a people in peril…

Pirates no longer roam the seas.
Phantom Islands don’t exist.

Nanny to a wealthy family, eighteen-year old Alexandria “Lexi” Greendale sends most of what she earns home to support her disabled brother. She is determined to help him get the surgery he needs to walk again. Her dreams come to an abrupt halt when she rescues a man from drowning. How does he repay her? Captain Storm Orath abducts her, claims her as his chosen mate, and takes her to a magical island that is centuries behind times with barbaric customs.

For Lexi to make it home to her family, she must fight the lure of the man and the island he controls or stay trapped forever.

This is Part I of a 3-Part Upper YA and New Adult Serial about a woman and her journey of discovery, adventure, and unforgettable love

Reading Order:
Storm Part I
Storm Revealed Part II coming May 30th
Storm Unleashed Part III coming June 27th

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Author’s Bio

*USA Today Bestselling Author Ednah Walters is a multi-published author of four different series–her Norse-mythology-based bestselling YA Paranormal romance series, RUNES(YA-Paranormal Romance) and Nephilim THE GUARDIAN LEGACY-(YA fantasy romance).

She also writes contemporary romance under E. B. Walters. The Fitzgerald Family series started with SLOW BURN. There are six books in this series. Her new USA Today bestselling series, INFINITUS BILLIONAIRES. Impulse (book 1) was published in January 2015. Indulge (Aug 4th).

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I would like to thank Toni at The Book Nymph PR for the information to share on this book.

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