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Little Boy Lost


Little Boy Lost by J.D. Trafford

In a city divided and broken, this revelation will set it on fire…

Attorney Justin Glass’s practice, housed in a shabby office on the north side of Saint Louis, isn’t doing so well that he can afford to work for free. But when eight-year-old Tanisha Walker offers him a jar full of change to find her missing brother, he doesn’t have the heart to turn her away.

Justin had hoped to find the boy alive and well. But all that was found of Devon Walker was his brutally murdered body—and the bodies of twelve other African American teenagers, all discarded like trash in a mass grave. Each had been reported missing. And none had been investigated.

As simmering racial tensions explode into violence, Justin finds himself caught in the tide. And as he gives voice to the discontent plaguing the city’s forgotten and ignored, he vows to search for the killer who preys upon them.

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J.D. Trafford

Author’s Bio

J.D. Trafford is an award-winning author who has been profiled in Mystery Scene Magazine (a “writer of merit”). His debut novel was selected as an IndieReader bestselling pick, and his books have topped Amazon’s bestseller lists, including Amazon’s #1 Legal Thriller.

In addition to graduating with honors from a Top 20 law school, J.D. Trafford has worked as a civil and criminal prosecutor, an associate at a large national law firm, and a non-profit attorney for people who could not afford legal representation.

Prior to law school, J.D. Trafford worked in Washington D.C. and lived in Saint Louis, Missouri. He worked on issues of housing, education, and poverty in communities of color.

He now lives with his wife and children in the Midwest, and bikes whenever possible.


My Review

4 stars

Justin Glass is struggling with the loss of his wife to cancer and depression. He also is running a struggling law practice. Then he is approached by a little girl, Tanisha that offers him her life savings in a jar to find her missing brother, Devon Walker. Justin decides to look into his disappearance and finds him in a pit with several other teenage black boys. Since the boys have some records the police never looked into their disappearances. Now it is clear that a serial killer is targeting them. Will Justin be able to stop them from taking another life?

This story is filled with many things happening at once. Justin comes from a very influential political family that has ties with the Civil Rights movement. Justin has lost his wife to cancer and although he dances with depression he still has a wonderful 11 year old little girl, Sammy that is having trouble at school. He also just hired a paralegal that is going to add a great deal of humor to the law firm along with getting it in shape.

But the real story revolves around discrimination. Although Justin is trying to find the serial killer he is also dancing around the political opinions, police procedures, and those that just get swept under the rug. Although the story is labeled as a thriller as you try to figure out who the killer is, this story is about so much more.

I really enjoyed this book. It has a good mystery but encompasses so much more. This is one that I strongly recommend checking out.

I received Little Boy Lost from Little Bird Publicity for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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Middle Grade / Young Adult
Date Published: 6/2013
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Markus Simmons, a 13-year-old 8th-grader, wants to hang with the cool kids. When his social studies class begins a Holocaust project, some A-listers befriend him to get him to work with them so they can have access to his Oma, who was in Auschwitz, and he discovers that there are Holocaust deniers in the world, one of whom is in his class. Then someone identifies his Oma as having played a criminal role during the Holocaust, and he has to reconcile his love for his grandmother, his desire to work with the cool kids, and his anger at the deniers and the others who attack his grandmother.
About the Author

William McCauley was born and grew up in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC, in a delightful little town called Vienna. His B.A. in German and M.A. in English are from George Mason University, and at the ripe old age of 29, he “ran away from home” to do doctoral work in linguistics at the University of Colorado in Boulder. After two years, his Wanderlust attacked again, and he trekked on down to Miami, FL, where he did more doctoral work at the University of Miami. Then the powers that be at The German School Washington, where he had taught English for six years, tracked him down and asked him to come back. That brought him back to the DC area, where he taught at the German School for another eighteen years. He finished his career in education at the end of school year 14-15, retiring after ten years as a Gifted and Talented Education specialist with Howard County Public Schools in Maryland. Now all he wants to do is write – and read.
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The Faewitch



The Faewitch
By MJ Boshers
Genre: Urban fantasy

A young girl is torn from the mortal world and brought to a land full of magic. While discovering the possibilities of this exciting world, she unlocks a deadly secret. New friends show her the magic she holds within herself and realize their magic is stronger together. They must work in unity to stop an evil from destroying their world. Though they find love and power, they also find murder and betrayal. Can all survive this dangerous task? Will they rise to the challenge of what is set before them or will they fall beneath the ashes of what they are meant to save?

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Author’s Bio

MJ Boshers is an author of fantasy and YA novels. The Faewitch is her first book in a three book series. Also as a songwriter she loves to add music to her novels whenever she can. Being from the South, she likes to add that part of her to her novels, along with the accents. She lives in Alabama with her husband and daughter and believes there is nothing more important than her family. A member of NAPW, she hopes to encourage young women to never give up on their dreams and that women can be powerful. Her studies in Graphic Design and photography help her stay focused on books even when she isn’t reading or writing. Her hobbies include watching anything supernatural on television, hanging out with family and friends, music, and painting.

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My Review

5 stars

Sophie Ann is sixteen and has just spent the day with her friends when her mother ends up driving them off a cliff and into the Faerylands. Sophie just learns that she is half faery and half witch. An abomination and a princess with the possibility to be more powerful than either parts on their own. She is now trying o master her powers while drawing the attention of three brothers and learning to navigate this new world.

This is an amazing debut from author M.J. Boshers. You instantly get sucked into the story as you follow along as Sophie’s mother is driving the minivan and neck breaking speeds around curves and trying to get enough speed to get through the portal. Sophie is a great, independent young lady that is thrown for a loop about her heritage. But she is going to have to learn fast how to use her powers and who to trust and not to trust.

I loved this story. I think it’s a great start to a new young adult fantasy story. I strongly recommend it to anyone that likes a great YA fantasy story.

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Lost Daughters of Atlantis by Allie Burton


Atlantis Riptide (Lost Daughters of Atlantis – 1)

When a girl runs away from the circus…

For all her sixteen years, Pearl Poseidon has been a fish out of water. A freak on display for her adoptive parents’ profit. Running away from her horrible life, she craves one thing—anonymity. But when she saves a small boy from drowning she exposes herself and her mutant abilities to Chase, a budding investigative reporter.

Now, he has questions. And so do the police.

Once Pearl discovers her secret identity, she learns she’s part of a larger war between battling Atlanteans. A battle that will decide who rules the oceans. A battle raging between evil and her true family. Will she find a way to use her powers in time to save a kingdom she never knew existed?

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My Review

4 stars

Pearl is a sixteen year old that is part of a circus along with her adoptive parents. But there is no fun and games. She is abused and forced to show her special abilities when she is in deep water. She can’t take it anymore and runs away to find out more about her real parents. Although wanting to live a life of obscurity, she can’t seem to pass up helping people and animals. When she saves a young boy from drowning, she draws the attention of Chase Thomas.

Chase is eighteen years old and trying to please both his aunt and himself. But when he learns about Pearl, he can’t help but try and figure out what her secret is. The question is if he means to be a friend or sell his soul for a killer story. Meanwhile, there is a war brewing in the Pacific Ocean and Pearl is meant to be part of this war. To what end depends on who gets her first.

I liked this book. It is a new idea of mermaids. Pearl was strong yet wrapped up in self-doubt. There were times that I got irritated with her and how she could be in a pity party for herself, I do think this was a good part of the story. This poor girl has known nothing but abuse, it makes sense. Although it’s hard to see if Chase is going to use Pearls info against her or with her, he was a good co-star.

This is a good beginning to a series. It’s still rough but you have to start somewhere. I will be getting the next books in this series because I want to know how it progresses.


Atlantis Red Tide (Lost Daughters of Atlantis – 2)

When a girl on a quest gets kidnapped…

Princess Coral wants one thing. Actually two. Her lost sisters. Locked in her underwater castle by an evil regent intent on seizing control of her kingdom, Coral is determined to break free and find her siblings. When she tries to escape, she’s seized by her childhood crush, Finn.

This wasn’t the reunion she’d expected. Finn plays a delicate game. A game of loyalty, betrayal, and honor.

Even though Finn is working for the enemy, Coral needs his help to reunite with her sisters and stop an underwater war. She must risk her heart to gain his trust. But what will happen if Finn chooses against her?

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My Review

5 stars

Princess Coral wants to find her missing sisters to prove that she is the princess but she is being kept under lock and key at the castle. She is also being talked down to leading to a lot of doubt in herself. But then she gets kidnapped by an old crush, Finn. Coral is hurt from her past with Finn and wants to trust him but it seems as soon as he starts gaining ground with her trust something happens and he is back to square one. Coral doesn’t know what she feels for Finn but she decides to use him to help her find her sisters.

I love how although Coral has had her head filled with doubts she still steps up to prove she is a princess. It was so great watching her grow into her role. I also liked the interaction with Finn. He has clearly hurt her in the past and she is cautious to get invested in him. But you can tell that they are good for each other. I also loved the progression of the story of Mollusk.

This is a great series and one that I recommend for anyone that likes young adult fantasy stories. I can’t wait to see what happens next in Atlantis Rising Tide.


Atlantis Rising Tide (Lost Daughters of Atlantis – 3)

When a girl goes from lifeguard to princess…

Maris Sanders thinks she’s a normal high school girl. Until she starts developing underwater powers that aren’t normal at all. When a good-looking stranger, with the odd name of Cuda, comes into her life and tells her stories, she discovers a history that stuns her.

A lost princess. A lost kingdom. And two lost sisters she never knew she had.

Not knowing who to believe, Maris is determined to find the truth. About herself, her powers, and her sisters. But a scientist hired by Cuda’s father is determined to use her as a science experiment. Maris must decide whether to risk her life and her present human reality to join a battle under the sea. And if she doesn’t, will she ever find where she truly belongs?

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My Review

5 stars

Maris has a normal teenage life and is terrified of the ocean. But she is surprised to learn that she has some strange abilities in the water, the first one is that she is a super swimmer and gets a job as a life guard. Her boss Cuda thinks that she is one of the missing princesses but before he can confirm this Maris rescues Dirk Devilla. Of course Maris is torn between the two guys. She also learns about her special abilities in the ocean. Can Maris come to terms with her history and reunite with her sisters?

Maris’ parents kept her away from water for years and you can tell that when she learns the truth she is hurt. But they truly loved her and did it for her protection. She does have to make up her mind if she wants to stay with her adoptive parents or fulfill her destiny with her sisters. Plus you have a nice romance with Cuda to add to the story.

This is a great series I cannot wait to get into book four – Atlantis Dark Tides. If you like young adult stories with mermaids look no further.


Atlantis Dark Tides (Lost Daughters of Atlantis – 4)

Nagged by her evil mother, Sky wants one thing above all else. To destroy the society that rejected her and stole her rightful inheritance. Going undercover, she uses a lowly human to draw close to the recently discovered trio of Atlantean princesses. Once she learns what she needs to know about her targets, she will kill them with no remorse.

Except she does something stupid when she saves the human and exposes her special powers.

Now, she’s caught the eye of Prince Reef from the kingdom of Merta. Reef’s a spy too, with a mission to decide which side of the Atlantean war his kingdom will champion. During Reef and Sky’s time together, she learns more about her past, her power, and her princess half-sisters. Sky is forced to rethink her views on everything. But Reef has secrets of his own…

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My Review

5 stars

Sky has been raised by her mother and told all of her life that she is a monster, a sea witch. How normal mermaids are and how they would treat her if they ever saw her. Although she wants to be normal, her mother’s hatred has poisoned her opinion of others. While out on her mother’s bidding, she catches the eye of Prince Reef, who is from another kingdom spying on which side his people will align with in the upcoming war. The more that Sky is away from her mother, the more she starts realizing how everyone really is and her own opinions and plans change.

I can’t help but feel bad for Sky. Her mother has her own secrets to keep and what better way than to ensure Sky doesn’t associate with the Atlantians? But when Sky is on the orders from her mother, she starts to realize that things are not like she has been told.

I really liked Reef. It’s nice to know that there is so much more to this world than what we have been introduced to already. Sky and Reef’s relationship is a balancing act of trust. But I have to say that learning about her relationship to the three princesses made a great addition to this world.

This is an amazing young adult series. I have loved it from book one and can’t wait to get my hands on the next book – Atlantis Glacial Tides.

Allie Burton

Author’s Bio

Allie Burton has always been a reader and writer. She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve when she was stranded at a hospital by a snowstorm. Receiving her first romance from her grandmother, she fell in love with the genre. As an adult, she read young adult books with her own teens and was excited to find something fresh and new. Now, she writes both.

Having so many jobs as a teen and adult became great research material for the stories she writes. She has been everything from a bike police officer to a professional mascot escort to an advertising executive. She has lived on three continents and in four states and has studied art, fashion design, and marine biology.

Allie is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Romance Writers of America. She loves to ski, golf, and run. Currently, she lives in Colorado with her husband and two children.

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Children’s Fantasy
Date Published: July 2017
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Pepper Neely is no stranger to dangerous situations. In The Supernatural Pet Sitter: The Magic Thief, the young gnome defeated an evil witch who was stealing magic from the Familiars that Pepper took care of. She wouldn’t have survived without the intervention of a pack of werewolves, who endured painful, fiery spells to save Pepper’s life.
Now Pepper is determined to repay the werewolves for their sacrifice, no matter what it takes. She decides to break the centuries-old curse that keeps them in wolf form. At first she keeps her plans a secret, but it’s not long before Pepper realizes she will need all the help she can get to end this curse. Magic is everywhere as enemy witches cast dangerous spells to stop Pepper.
Pepper and her family must trust the local witches and work together with them to fend off the deadly spells, find the curse, and break it—before the hostile witches get the best of them.
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Published: March 2017
Every animal can talk to you. You just have to know how to listen.
Pepper Neely is better at this than most, especially because she is in charge of pet sitting all the familiars in her neighborhood. A familiar is a pet magically linked to a witch or warlock. As a gnome, Pepper is no stranger to spells and sorcery. She also knows that, despite their special name, familiars aren’t all that different from regular animals. They get anxious when separated from their people, so Pepper uses her special gnome powers to calm them down. She watches Cranky the high-strung ferret, Frank the laid-back parrot, King Arthur the elderly tortoise, and many others.
Then, something terrible begins happening to the familiars. Someone is stealing their magic! It not only prevents Pepper from communicating with them but breaks their magical connection with their people. When King Arthur’s magic is stolen, his owner’s powers stop working too. Pepper can sense that the tortoise is very scared.
In order to protect the animal’s magic, Pepper decides to track down the culprit. With the help of her best friend, Luna, and her brother, Jax, Pepper fights to protect all of the special pets.
About the Author

Diane is a Tennessee transplant, animal rescuer, and nurse. The Supernatural Pet Sitter is her debut children’s series. Diane is assisted by her many rescue dogs.
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Hanging Tobacco


Hanging Tobacco (Parlor Game Mysteries – 1) by Linda S. Browning

Hanging Tobacco is the first book in the Parlor Game Mystery Series. Olivia Honeycutt solved the cold case murder of Sophie Mathews with the help of Sophie’s Ouija board. Now, Olivia and her Nashville detective boyfriend, Presley, tackle the twenty five year old mystery surrounding the death of Henry Meyer. The old man was found hanging from the neck in the rafters of his tobacco barn in Columbia, Tennessee. Was Henry intent on suicide? Or, was it murder? Uncovering the truth behind Henry’s death proves both challenging and life threatening. Not everyone in Columbia wants to know the truth. Olivia takes the Ouija board on the road.

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 Linda S. Browning

Author’s Bio

Linda Browning’s writing talents took a backseat to salaried jobs for more than 42 years. She knows she has a lot of writing to make up for and the words, sentences, and paragraphs are falling from her head at an alarming pace. She lives with her husband of forty years. They share their Tennessee residence with a 32(+)-year-old amazon parrot and a 20-year-old finch.

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4 stars

Olivia Honeycutt is an investigative journalist that purchased an Ouiji board on a whim. She learns that the prior owner was murdered and her case was never solved. While using the board Olivia connects with the ghost of the victim and proceeds to solve her case and get a little bit of fame.

Now Olivia has been asked to look into the death of Henry Meyer. Henry was found hanging in his tobacco barn but something sounds fishy. So Olivia gets out the Ouiji board and talks with a man at a barn. The more she talks to him the more she thinks he was murdered. But the more she digs the more she learns that someone wants to keep the truth hidden and won’t stop at hurting her to do so.

This is a good paranormal cozy mystery. After solving the first cold case, Olivia is eager to jump into Henry’s case. Of course she is going to have her hands full since the barn was torn down years earlier and conveniently turned into real estate from a developer that was eager to get his hands on it. But Olivia doggedly pursues the truth even when she becomes a target.

Overall this is a good little cozy mystery. It kept me involved and curious to see what was going to happen next. I’m interested in seeing what Linda S. Browning has in store for book two.

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The Use of Fame


The Use of Fame by Cornelia Nixon

Abigail McCormick and Ray Stark are both poets, married nearly twenty-five years in what has always been a passionate relationship despite deep class differences. Ray is the son of West Virginia coal miners and was abused as a child—but now he is a distinguished poet with a part-time position at Brown. Abby grew up in San Francisco’s posh Pacific Heights and, having abandoned poetry, she spends her energy on a new teaching position at UC Berkeley. Abby’s decision to accept the post sets the stage for Ray to stray, especially as he struggles with a heart condition.

He’s tortured by his affair with the graduate student he’s fallen in love with, but is determined to stay married—he fights to get over Tory for years. A despairing Abby finds solace in her return to riding horses and writing poems, but as she suffers privately, she becomes dependent on sleeping pills and alcohol. Ray’s health worsens—proves nearly fatal—and another cross-country move threatens to push them further apart.

Alternating seamlessly between Ray’s and Abby’s perspectives, The Use of Fame is a gripping exploration of how closeness and despair can warp a lover’s perception.

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Cornelia Nixon has written three novels, Jarrettsville, Now You See It and Angels Go Naked, as well as a book of literary criticism. She has published stories in numerous publications, and has won two O. Henry Awards, two Pushcart Prizes, a Nelson Algren Prize, and the Carl Sandburg Award for Fiction. She lives in Berkeley, California.”

My Review

3 stars

Ray is a renowned poet that teaches at Brown in Providence and Abby who teaches at UC Berkley. Their cross country marriage is both comforting and straining. Ray is torn with his affair with a younger student and health condition. Abby looks to her horses, alcohol, and sleeping pills for solace. This is a marriage stretched to its limits and yet one just can’t seem to leave the other.

This is a heartfelt story of two people trying to keep their marriage going when it is clear that things are falling down around their heads. Ray falls for Tori because he feels Abby is neglecting their marriage. Abby learns of Tori and feels that she is too needy and pushed him to another woman. They try to plan moving together to a potential teaching job for Ray in Florida but that falls through too.

I will admit that sometimes I like contemporary romances and figured that I will give this story a shot. I’m sorry to admit that I was about done with both of them. I understand how it’s easy to get wrapped up with yourself when you are not around your significant other like Ray and Abby. But I was just done with the whole thing even if they were too comfortable with the situation to get out.

Over all I think most people will enjoy it so don’t take my whining as something wrong with this book. It was just me.

I received The Use of Fame from Sherri Rosen Publicity for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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by Ellie Douglas
Genre: Horror, Post-Apocalypse
 When Calloway Foster woke up that morning, he never expected it to be a deathblow to life on earth.

Nothing can prepare him for one of the world’s most loved species to turn into the undead. Four-legged zombies now run rampant-hungry and intelligent, they are merciless to those still struggling to survive.

Follow Cal on a turbulent journey filled with horrific loss, new love, and unbelievably terrifying events.

Will he find his twin brother in time? Can he keep his family safe?

A terrifying surprise twist will test the survivors to the brink of humanity’s very existence.

**Previously published as Zombie dogs SB-16**


My Review

5 stars

A virus is starting to go around that is turning dogs into zombies. These dogs have an insatiable taste for human flesh. Then the virus gets transferred to humans and starts putting them into comas. As everything breaks down, we follow several people as they navigate this new world.

This is a horror story at its finest. You don’t normally see zombie creatures so thinking that man’s best friend could turn into a zombie was a great idea. Just the simple thought of when does your dog stop being sick and need to be put down is hard under normal circumstances. But in this case if you don’t put them down you become lunch.

Then the virus gets transferred to humans putting them into comas. Of course everything is going to break down as people panic with the dawning apocalypse. We follow along as people are trying to get to their loved ones but find themselves in danger from dogs and other humans alike.

This is a great horror story. I love how you could follow the progression of the virus which you don’t normally get. I loved the blood and gore, very bloody and very realistic. You will have front row seats to mauling’s and the evil that one person does to another.

This is a great story. If you like zombies this is a fresh take on them and one book that you need to check out. It does end on a cliff hanger so be sure to have the second book handy.

Hounded 2

Bellamy Foster leads his group of survivors on a perilous journey. Not only must he find a sanctuary for them all, but he is also on a quest to find his twin brother, Calloway.

Currently being stalked by raging, hungry, vicious zombie dogs, they become aware of a new, more sinister, threat. The infected SB-16 coma patients are now becoming vile, ravenous, and monstrous human zombies.

Will the survivors find a new sanctuary in time to save themselves and what remains of the shattered world around them?

Hounded 2 is an explicit horror – full of spattered slaughter, love and loss, fast-moving action, and a maze of unexpected destruction, that is sure to keep you turning pages late into the night. In this, her second novel, Ellie Douglas proves there’s plenty of rot to ooze out of the zombie genre.

**Previously published as Zombie dogs SB-16 Book 2**

My Review

5 stars

If it was not bad enough worried about zombie dogs hunting you down and either mauling you or turning you into a coma patient things just got worse. The coma patients have risen as zombies themselves. It’s going to be tough for Bellamy Foster to keep his little group of survivors safe while they try to find a new home and he tries to get back to his brother.

Bellamy is trying to find a safe haven for his little group. But they are kept on the run from the zombie dogs. Then a fresh horror surfaces as the coma patients have now become zombies. It seems that no matter where they go they are being hunted. But then there is Calloway. Bellamy is determined to get to him but at what cost?

I loved Hounded and this is a great sequel. There is a fresh level of horror as human zombies have now risen to the plague the world. I love how Bellamy is determined to find a safe place for his group but it just seems that it will never happen. Of course there is the horror and gore as zombies make snacks of the surviving humans.

If you love zombie I recommend this book, you will love it. Mind you I recommend reading the Hounded before you dig into book 2.

I’m Ellie Douglas, and like you, I love horror, everything about horror, the goriest and most gruesome of horrors is the ultimate. I can’t get enough. So much so that I write horror. That need to be graphic,  and explicit with my horror scenes makes me stand out. I give what I want to read to others, so now they can enjoy a true horror story.

I’m not all about just being graphic, I also build characters that the readers will love and or hate, so they can feel pulled right inside of the story that they are reading. It gives me so much enjoyment when I hear remarks like, ‘You made me want to puke,’ ‘I have nightmares every damned night –thanks,’ and ‘Quentin Tarantino and Steven King made a baby, YOU!’ when I hear comments like that, I know then I’ve succeeded, that also pushes me into writing more and becoming even better.

I’m fun loving, generous and very mysterious. I enjoy spending time with my family, and have four children to keep the horror writing alive. I enjoy helping others and volunteer my services to help Autistic children, I love cosplay and the chance to dress up as a monster, zombie or some other gritty character is fun, oh so much fun.

I love summer, and well…I hate winter. I live in New Zealand and feel often too far away from all the cool stuff going on in the world. I love helping people all the time. I’ve got my hands dipped in a few things, I write books, but I also make professional book covers for other authors, I also create adult coloring books and I have a gambling app that I designed on the apple store 🙂 I’ve always got a project going, be it writing or creating, that is who I am and I love it 🙂

My ultimate aim is to give back, paying it forward, to constantly better myself and give the audience amazing stories. Let me scare you…

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Seven Threads

Book Details:

Book Title: Seven Threads: A Book of Short Stories
Author: Jason Atkinson
Category: Adult Fiction, 151 pages
Genre: Thriller and Suspense
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: July 4 , 2017
Tour dates: July 10 to 28, 2017
Content Rating: PG

Book Description:

In this collection of seven short stories from Jason Atkinson, follow a man accused of murder, a runaway girl on a train, a scientist at the heart of a government conspiracy, and more! Full of twists and turns, Seven Threads offers a selection of fast-paced stories full of heart and excitement.

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Jason Atkinson lives in the Midwest with his wife and son. With a love of writing, this is his 3rd book, but first book in the fiction category. Short stories are easy to digest, and yet, this book still provides all the joys for the long haul reader. Jason write for everyone in mind when creating this piece and hopes you will enjoy it as much as he did when writing it.

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Author: Jason Atkinson

Book: Seven Threads

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It’s true, there millions of books available in today’s market. It just to be that you could only go to a bookstore and find something of your choosing, or maybe the library to find that one book you’ve been waiting to come back. Now? Click here, and the book is immediately yours.

So what makes my book, Seven Threads, so different that you just HAVE to pick it up for yourself? Everything…

That’s a big claim, so allow me to explain.

It does not matter to me if you are a small time reader, or sit and swallow the entire shelf of books in a weekend – reader. This book was written for both. I like short stories because it allows someone to escape for a shorter amount of time, but then you can do it over and over again – 7 times to be exact, in my book of short stories.

Each type of reader can choose 3 to read a little, or a lot. I didn’t write Chapters, I wrote “Parts”. Each part is a bite out of the main story. So if you only have time for a quick read and you just need to see what happens next without having to commit, no problem. Each part is roughly the same length so it’s easy to sink your teeth in, or just nibble away.

And let’s not forget the stories themselves. They are all unique! Not one story is anything like the other. The only thing that you will find that “feels” similar is the fact that I woven in between the pages, a glimmer of hope for humanity. There is way too much negativity in the world and it’s seen more than books are read. So I knew with these stories I had to make them exciting with twists and turns (which they have), but I also needed to make sure that the goodness of humanity can be seen throughout.

This is a reminder to everyone that reads my stories in Seven Threads that people can be good. They can be kind and caring, and you don’t need to wear a red cape to do it

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The Smallest Thing


The Smallest Thing by Lisa Manterfield

The very last thing 17-year-old Emmott Syddall wants is to turn out like her dad. She’s descended from ten generations who never left their dull English village, and there’s no way she’s going to waste a perfectly good life that way. She’s moving to London and she swears she is never coming back.

But when the unexplained deaths of her neighbors force the government to quarantine the village, Em learns what it truly means to be trapped. Now, she must choose. Will she pursue her desire for freedom, at all costs, or do what’s best for the people she loves: her dad, her best friend Deb, and, to her surprise, the mysterious man in the HAZMAT suit?

Inspired by the historical story of the plague village of Eyam, this contemporary tale of friendship, community, and impossible love weaves the horrors of recent news headlines with the intimate details of how it feels to become an adult—and fall in love—in the midst of tragedy.

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 Lisa Manterfield

Author’s Bio

I’m Lisa Manterfield and I love telling stories.

I’m a curious cat and I’m fascinated by human behavior and what makes people tick.

I love fish-out-of-water stories of ordinary people in extraordinary situations, especially if those situations delve into the unexplained.

I love digging up nuggets of history—not the vast sweeping stories of events that changed the world, but the personal stories of people making their way through life while history happened around them.

Like many of my characters, I grew up in the north of England. Although my hometown of Sheffield is a big city, I fell head-over-heels in love with the surrounding countryside and spent most of my early years outdoors.

In school, I became my county’s orienteering champion, which means I was a whizz at navigating with a map and compass, and thrashing my way through mud and brambles.

These days, you’re more likely to find me riding my bike at the beach or running (slowly) the trails near my home in California.

I’ve always loved adventure. My first expedition happened when I was two years old and I escaped through a gap in the fence around my family’s house. Ever since, I’ve loved exploring, whether that means heading into the woods for a hike, traveling to new countries, learning a new skill, or escaping into a great book.

Some of my favorite adventures include hiking the Inca Trail in Peru, climbing a via ferrata in Italy, feeding a rhinoceros at the zoo, seeing elephants in the wild, performing in a play, teaching myself to play the bagpipes, learning to cook Indian food, canoeing down a river, and bicycling around Ireland.

Despite my love of adventure, most days you’ll find me in slippers, writing.

In my house, I am the fixer of all things broken and guardian of the bathtub spiders. I’m lucky enough to share my home with my lovely husband, and Felicity, my seriously over-indulged (and very curious) cat.

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My Review

5 stars

Emmott Syddall is seventeen and stuck in a small fishing village that she hates. All she wants to do is move to London with her boyfriend Ro and his family. She despises the little village and plans in secret how she is going to leave. But just before she can make her break for freedom and virus starts affecting the elderly then the healthy in the village. Em doesn’t see and/or doesn’t care as she sees her neighbors start dying around her. But when the village is placed in quarantined she starts realizing that there is so much more to the people in the village.

Em wants nothing more than to escape. Yes she is selfish and self-centered but she is also seventeen and doesn’t see the big picture. Even when the elderly start dying all she sees is herself. But then she is forced to look around and realizes that things and not how she believed. I loved watching her relationship with her father grown. And although she gets her crush on Aiden I’m glad with how that turned out too.

I can relate to Em. I grew up in a small farming town. I didn’t fit in but I had no place else to go. And although it looked like a great place to grow up with very friendly people, trust me, there was a dark side to the area that has ruined my opinions of small towns.

This is a great story based on the plague of the village of Eyam, which I want to read now. Just knowing that gives this story a new level of creepy. But it’s a great story of love, loss, and realizing that there is so much more to your world than you can see.

I received The Smallest Thing from eBooks for Review for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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