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Unleash

Urban Fantasy
Date Published:  May 5, 2017
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Craving a gritty, kickass heroine? If you like guns, magic, & heartbreaking drama, you NEED this book!
Orphaned. Hunted. Pissed as hell.
Helena Martin doesn’t know who she hates more, the sorcerers who fired the magic-laced bullet or the gang-lord master who used her mother as a shield. It’s not the price she expected for escaping magical slavery, nor is the unstable power now pulsing in her veins.
Caught between her former master’s hunters and the Guild Sorcerers determined to kill them, she finds a safe haven at a dog rescue willing to take in a different kind of stray. But Helena’s newly-unleashed power is a beacon for her enemies. And they’re threatening the first place she’s ever thought of as home.
Praise for Unleash
 
“A visceral, heart-pounding ride of a book that will keep you guessing until the final bloody breath.” – Award-winning fantasy author Pip Ballantine (The Books of the Order, The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences)
About the Author

Lauren Harris was raised by an impulsive furniture mover and an itinerant TV News professional in a string of homes up and down the East Coast of the United States. Eventually settling (sort of) in Raleigh, NC, Lauren befriended a band of whimsical nerds who found themselves de-facto beta readers for her scribblings.
After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she studied English and Classics, Lauren moved to Tokyo, Japan for three years. While there, she studied Japanese, taught English, and fell in love with the hot drink section in the vending machines.
Now, Lauren balances a day-job of Cardiac Ultrasound with her passion for writing and other creative persuits. She is the author of The Millroad Academy Exorcists novella series and an Assistant Editor at Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show. Her narration and voice acting can be heard on Audible.com, EscapePod, and various short fiction podcasts.
Keep up with Lauren on her podcast, Words of a Feather, or her website, http://www.laurenbharris.com.
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Gavin

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Gavin (Gavin Nolan Biography – 1) by Russell

The Chicago summer is heating up…

In a luxurious hotel off Michigan Avenue, Detective Gavin Nolan arrives on a grisly scene. Two men have been brutally murdered, and one of the victims has a familiar face. The twisted display is like nothing Gavin has ever seen, but it’s the message scrawled in blood on the bathroom mirror that leaves him reeling: Gavin, you could have saved me.

Other men have been viciously slain as well over the last few weeks. As he dives further into the victims’ lives, Gavin and his partner, Derrick, discover that each of the men have a common thread—one that Gavin shares. It’s a reality he has suppressed for years.

On top of Gavin’s personal chaos, the killer is displaying the bodies in a series of specific designs to depict a long ago memory. Recognizing the pattern, Gavin soon is forced to recall the dark event. In order to catch the killer, Gavin must reconcile his past.

Before he becomes the final victim himself.
GAVIN is a sexual thriller that will leave you breathless…

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Author’s Bio

For nearly two decades, Russell was an Executive Chef in the Restaurant Industry, in which he created succulent entrees and managed various types of kitchen operations. In the last seven years, he began to teach future culinarians achieve their professional goals in hands-on classroom and lecture settings. With his recent graduate work in the field of Sociology, his interests centered on organizational behaviorism, social theory and food insecurity. Russell has been writing for the majority of his life. Last year, he published a Second Edition on his freshman novel, The Tale of Old Man Fischer. Slipping into alternative universes allows Russell to enjoy the process of creativity from the novel’s conception to its final draft. Most importantly, inspiration is a continuous piece of his work and results from the world around him. Currently, he lives in Up State New York with his wife, two children and several cats.

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My Review

5 stars

Gavin Nolan is working a serial murder case with his partner Derrick Williamson. Someone has killed three older men then posed them with a message. The story starts with the fourth killing. Although it could be a hate crime it doesn’t fit the other three profiles. Then there is the message with Gavin’s name. Somehow Gavin is linked with this killer but to find that link Gavin is going to have to back. He does not have a happy past and the last thing he wants to do is start remembering but this is going to be the only way to stop the serial killer.

This is a dark and descriptive story and filled with some things that can bother readers. Be warned.

Having said that, this is a great mystery. Gavin is a great detective although you could tell that his commitment to hunting down the bad guy has almost ruined his personal life. But the thing that got me was how these different people share the same secret as Gavin. You will bounce between present day and Gavin’s past which is painful to relive both for Gavin and as a reader.

The killer was brutal and I did not expect the ending. There is a cliff-hanger but as good as this story was I will be happy to read that one too. If you like dark thrillers this is one story that you need to check out.

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

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