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Marco’s Seeds

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Marco’s Seeds by Nathan Smith

Marco is a little quirky. He never knew he lived on a spaceship. Or that he had a special mission. But one day, when space debris ripped a hole in his section, he learned.

He and three other children scramble to fix the damage. They had been taught useful repair skills, but all Marco knows about are plants and farming. Not very useful when trying to salvage a broken spaceship.

To the other children, Marco is strange and useless, but soon they will discover that he is critical to the mission’s success.

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Author’s Bio

Writing is an addictive thing, especially when you start young. I started writing when I was sixteen. A friend convinced me to write a zombie survival story. When I wrote a foreword for my unpublishable zombie book, I accidentally wrote the best sentence of my life. “As a scribe sold to my mind as a slave I am free.” This sentence sums up my work and why I write. I hope you enjoy my stories. You can get a hold of me through my DM on Instagram @nathanrsmithwriting or my contact page at nathansmithwriting.com. I’d love to connect and say “hi.”

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My Review

5 stars

All Marco knows is his room, Mom and Dad, and his studies. Mom and Dad are a couple robots, more of a screen on a pole. But they say that he is special and love him. But all of a sudden there are red lights flashing and loud announcements. Marco is completely off balance. He meets a girl called Lenni that seems to think there is something wrong with the spaceship they are wrong. And when they run into Dad and he is malfunctioning it confirms they are in trouble. It will be up to Lenni and Marco to save everyone.

Marco does not seem to understand what is happening around him. You can’t help but feel for the poor kid when he starts out by covering the red beacon with duct tape to make it go away. But when he meet Lenni he is surprised and happy to have a sister. Of course she is frustrated that he seems to be off in his own little world more than being able to help. This gets everyone he runs across irritated with him but he ends up being the most important person on the ship.

I really enjoyed this quick read. It goes to show you that you can’t judge a book by the cover. Also, sometimes it takes a little patience to work with someone that is not like you. I think this is a great story for midgrade readers. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for future stories from Nathan Smith.

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

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Secrets of Southern Girls by Haley Harrigan

In this powerful, affecting debut, a young woman uncovers devastating secrets about the friend she thinks she killed

Ten years ago, Julie Portland accidentally killed her best friend, Reba. What’s worse is she got away with it. Consumed by guilt, she left the small town of Lawrence Mill, Mississippi, and swore nothing would ever drag her back. Now, raising her daughter and struggling to make ends meet in Manhattan, Julie still can’t forget the ghost of a girl with golden hair and a dangerous secret.

When August, Reba’s first love, begs Julie to come home to find the diary that Reba kept all those years ago, Julie’s past comes creeping back to haunt her. That diary could expose the shameful memories Julie has been running from, but it could also unearth the hidden truths that Reba left buried…and reveal that Julie isn’t the only one who feels responsible for Reba’s death.

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Praise for Secrets of Southern Girls

“Harrigan is a great prose stylist who knows how to sustain the tension and tone required of a Southern Gothic novel. Her writing is evocative and atmospheric, whether the action takes place under the bright lights of Manhattan or in Mississippi’s weedy heat.” – ForeWord Reviews

“A twisting, sensuous novel about first love and innocence lost.”-Jenny Milchman, USA Today bestselling author of Cover of Snow, Ruin Falls, and As Night Falls

“Haley Harrigan takes us on a searing emotional journey to a tragic past in sensual and evocative prose.  Holds you to the last word.” —Carol Goodman, author of The Widow’s House

“Heartachingly beautiful, SECRETS OF SOUTHERN GIRLS is a compelling tale about lost love and childhood regrets. This is masterfully written, shifting from past to present as the story unfolds to expose the haunting truth of one girl’s desire to be loved and the dangerous secret she possesses. Harrigan’s debut is a captivating read that won’t let you go until the very last page.” –Kerry Lonsdale, Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author of Everything We Keep and All the Breaking Waves

“Haley Harrigan’s Secrets of Southern Girls is filled with evocative, poetic imagery, relatable characters, and ingenious plot twists that kept me turning pages long into the night! A beautiful, engaging debut by a delightful and talented new author.” –Susan Crawford, author of The Pocket Wife and The Other Widow

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Author’s Bio

Haley Harrigan graduated from the University of Georgia with degrees in creative writing and public relations. She lives in Athens, Georgia, with her husband. Secrets of Southern Girls is her debut.  For more information, visit www.haleyharrigan.com.

I would like to thank Sourcebooks for the Opportunity to share Secrets of Southern Girls.

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The Chocolatier’s Ghost

By Cindy Lynn Speer

Genre: Fantasy/Mystery

Married to her soul mate, the chocolatier William, Tasmin should not have to worry about anything at all. But when her happily ever after is interrupted by the disappearance of the town’s wise woman, she rushes in to investigate. Faced with dangers, dead bodies, and more mysterious disappearances, Tasmin and William must act fast to save their town and themselves – especially when Tasmin starts to be haunted by a most unwelcome ghost from her past…literally.

The Chocolatier’s Ghost is an enchanting sequel to Cindy Lynn Speer’s bestselling romantic mystery, The Chocolatier’s Wife.

About the Author

Cindy Lynn Speer is the author of The Chocolatier’s Wife, recently released in a 10th anniversary illustrated hardcover, and the forthcoming Chocolatier’s Ghost. She is also the author of Blue Moon, Unbalanced and the short story collection Wishes and Sorrows.  When she’s not writing she’s ready, drinking way too much tea, or practicing historical swordsmanship in pretty costume.  Someday she will be a swashbuckling hermit, but until that job comes back into style she’s a secretary who loves to share her stories.  You can find out more about her at www.apenandfire.com

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I would like to thank Sage’s Blog Tours for the opportunity to share about this book.

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