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Organized Crime Fantasy
Date Published:  June 2017
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Seven organized crime Families, known as the Seven Blessed Families, rule the World of Exodus and its people with the use of their mysterious magical artifacts, called Relics. Relics give powers to the Blessed members of the Families, and they use those powers for corruption and control of everything in Exodus.
Maretto Rose, the patriarch of the Rose Family, celebrates his 50th birthday by attending a performance at the Grand Theater with three of his four sons. The theater is attacked by the heir of the Cicello Family, Zasso Cicello. His mission is to abduct Maretto, but it fails when Maretto’s son, Georgiano, fights Zasso to protect his father and family. Georgiano is ultimately slain and Zasso flees and goes into hiding. Now, the Rose Family must find where Zasso is hiding. They want answers. Who gave him the order for the attack, and what do they want with Maretto Rose? And most of all, they want revenge…But who could it be? A leader of a rival Family? Or someone or something else more powerful than they could imagine?
Meanwhile, Maretto’s youngest son, Ric, must battle his demons and addictions in order to become a Blessed member of the Family and become the man he was destined to be, before he ends up being another dead junky on the street.
So, sit back and enjoy the ride, because in Exodus, gangsters make the world go round.

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Praise for Blood and Roses:
“When I first started reading I thought this was going to be a typical gangster story, and in a lot of ways it was. However, the addition of magical relics, giving the family members magical powers, gives a wonderful twist to the story. The use of modern day technology, including flying cars, adds even more to the unexpected quality of the story. I especially love the scenes where they use magic for a variety of attacks and defences.
 
 
 The plot, which at first, seemed to be very straight forward, was twisted out of shape by the inclusion of not just one, but several different players. This kept me guessing to the very end of the story about what was happening. Even at the end there are questions left unanswered, leading nicely to the next novel in the series, which I’m dying to read.” -Emie Cuevas, OnlineBookClub.com
 Excerpt
          So far, it had been the perfect birthday for Don Maretto Rose.  Well, maybe not perfect.  His youngest son was not present for the celebration, and it hurt the powerful man very much on the inside.  But it was still as close as it was going to get to being perfect.
          But sometimes, when you least expect it, the unexpected happens…And everything goes to hell.
          Outside the Grand Theater, two black extended SUVs came flying from around a nearby skyscraper and hovered towards the ground.  They landed on the street directly in front of the red-carpeted entranceway.  As soon as they were grounded, the doors on each SUV flew open, and gangsters came pouring out like water from a spout.  One of the Rose Family guards and two theater security went into immediate action to stop the unwanted guests from entering the theater.  An array of other guards and security lined the stairs and main entrance.
          Now, a lot of the gangsters spilling out of the cars looked pretty much the same, dressed in regular black suits and fedoras, but there were two in particular that were dressed a little nicer and a little weirder.  They both took their good ole time striding towards the main guard as the other gangsters filed behind them.  The one in front was tall and lanky, wearing a royal blue suit with a matching necktie and white dress shirt.  He bore a blue fedora over his silvery black hair that hung down to his cheeks.  His eyes matched his hair, and his face was thin like his body.  He was draped in gold jewelry around his neck and had gemmed rings on almost every finger.  The pride in his walk signified that he was a man of importance.  And he was.  The man was none other than Zasso Cicello, son of Don Xanose Cicello.
            Walking closely behind, was a shorter man dressed in a shiny silver suit and black dress shirt.  His face was round but came to a point at his chin, and he bore a pair of sunglasses that could be mistaken for a couple of round mirrors.  His long and thin hair was shoulder length and was black with a bluish tint.  He, also, had a certain pride to his walk.  And that’s because he was Zasso’s personal protector and assassin, Razo Malvagio.
            As Zasso and Razo approached the main guard, he put up a hand to signal them to stop and said, “I’m sorry gentlemen, but this is a private viewing and you need to show credentials to enter the theater.”
            In the blink of an eye, Razo came whirling around Zasso, holding a pistol-gripped sawed-off shotgun.  It was pointed directly at the guard, and Razo didn’t hesitate to pull the trigger.  There was a loud burst, and then the guard’s hand exploded clean off his arm, along with half of his face.  His limp body collapsed on the red carpet.  A puddle of blood formed underneath the other half of his face.
            “There are my credentials,” Zasso said to the corpse.
            The two theater security guards reached for their firearms, but Zasso was too quick for them.  Like a gunslinger, he drew a small pistol from his waist and fired multiple shots.  Blood burst out of their chests, and they perished before they even touched their guns.  Zasso and Razo continued on, with their entourage following behind.
            The Rose Family guards and theater security wasted no time opening fire at the oncoming murderers.  They fired numerous times whether it was with a handgun or semiautomatic rifle.  But it was to no success.  Upon the masquerade of bullet-fire, Zasso raised a hand and magically constructed a transparent yellow force field that deflected the bullets.  Then, all hell broke loose.
            Zasso’s gangsters came storming around him and returned fire upon the guards and security.  Zasso and Razo went on the offensive as well with their short-arm weapons.  Blood started spilling, and bodies were falling everywhere.  When Zasso reached the bottom of the stairs, he extended his left hand and bolts of electricity spewed from his fingertips in the direction of his targets.  And at the same time, he kept on firing shots out of his pistol with his right hand.  His targets were electrocuted and blown away by bullets at the same time.  Zasso was Blessedwith magical powers by his Family’s Relic, which made him a very dangerous killer.
            While a few of his men were taken down, Zasso and Razo came away from the chaotic scene unscathed.  The Rose Family guards and theater security were all dead.  It was now time for them to enter the premises of the theater and accomplish what they came here to do.

 About the Author

 
Jordan Petrarca lives in Erie, Pennsylvania with his wife and twin girls. “Blood and Roses” was inspired by his love for fantasy and organized crime stories.
 
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Mortal Outcomes

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Mortal Outcomes (Dan Reno – 3) by Dave Stanton

Bounty hunter Dan Reno never thought he’d be the prey.

When a pair of accused rapists from a New Jersey-based gang surface in South Lake Tahoe, bounty hunter Dan Reno is called in. The first is easy to catch, but the second, a Satanist suspected of a string of murders, is an adversary, unlike any Reno, has faced before. After escaping Reno’s clutches, in the desert outside of Carson City, the target vanishes. That is until he makes it clear he intends to settle the score.

To make matters worse, the criminal takes an interest in a teenage boy and his talented sister, both friends of Reno’s.

Wading through a drug-dealing turf war and a deadly feud between mobsters running a local casino, Reno has to hunt a ghost-like adversary who is calling all the shots.

The more Reno learns more about his target, the more he’s convinced that mayhem is inevitable unless he can capture him quickly. He’d prefer it to be clean, without further bloodshed. But sometimes that isn’t possible, especially when Reno’s partner Cody Gibbons decides it’s time for payback.

Mortal Outcomes is a fast-paced thriller full of action and adventure. The Dan Reno series appeals to fans of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series as well as authors like; Rob Sinclair, David Baldacci, Mark Dawson, Michael Connely and David Archer.

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Author’s Bio

Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1960, Dave Stanton moved to Northern California in 1961. He attended San Jose State University and received a BA in journalism in 1983. Over the years, he worked as a bartender, newspaper advertising salesman, furniture mover, debt collector, and technology salesman. He has two children, Austin and Haley, and lives with his wife, Heidi, in San Jose, California.

Stanton is the author of six novels, all featuring private investigator Dan Reno and his ex-cop buddy, Cody Gibbons.

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My Review

5 stars

Private investigator/bounty hunter Dan Reno is asked to bring in to escape cons from New Jersey. The first one was easy to catch but the second; he is a real work of art. A Satanist that has a list of murder victims that is not about to end any time soon. Dan has his work cut out for him just trying to find him, especially since it seems he is one step ahead of Dan. But then Dan becomes his target and things get dangerous.

But this is not the only thing happening. You have a couple gangs that are giving the locals problems and make the mistake to threaten a couple kids that Dan cares about. Dan, along with help from his cop friend Cody Gibbons are about to jump into the trouble and will have to fight to get out.

I loved this book. Dan Reno is a man’s man. He knows his business and has the guts to stand up and the knowledge on how to put people in their place. You have drugs, gangs, the mob, politics, and a serial killer that is smarter than your average bad guy. This book has a little bit of everything and will appeal to everyone.

It is the third book in the series and although I have not read any other books from Dave Stanton I had no problem following along with this book. If you are looking for a great thriller, look no further.

I received a complimentary copy of the book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Bloodhound Books for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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I Love You My Child, I’m Abandoning You: Holocaust Memoir

By Ariela Palacz

I Love You My Child, I’m Abandoning You is an exciting, human documentary taking place in France during the Holocaust. Ariela’s story plucks at existential strings and focuses a spotlight on our strong needs and basic rights to belong—to a family, to a tradition, and to the nation.

Ariela Palacz (as Paulette Szenker) shares her life story with the reader, weaving the past and the present together in an authentic and moving journey between France during the Holocaust, and Jerusalem of today.

Little Paulette, an excellent pupil surrounded by a loving family, is forced suddenly to confront the cruel reality of the Holocaust of French Jewry, forcibly separating her from her family and causing her to be abandoned by her father.

Despite the difficult and shocking experience that she copes with as a young girl during the Holocaust she remains optimistic and naïve, with a thirst for life even in her darkest hours.
Ariela’s story honors the memory of French Jews who perished in the Holocaust while simultaneously expressing the will to live, the revival, the optimism, and the bravery that characterize those who survived and the future generations of the Jewish people.

[The grandchildren – Roi, Shirly and Gali Edelstein]

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Ariela Palacz

Author’s Bio

Just a child at the outbreak of WWII, Ariella Palacz was born to a Jewish family in France.

In an attempt to save the children, the family was separated. Ariella’s mother was hospitalized, as she was unable to care for them. The children were sent off to a remote village, hidden under false identities and raised as Christians.

When the war was over, their father came to take them back. He was alone. Ariella’s mother had been killed by the Nazis.

In 1970, Ariella immigrated to Israel together with her husband Eitan and children Yoram and Yael. Her third child – Keren – was born in Israel. She lived in Jerusalem and worked in the Yad VaShem Holocaust museum where she told her story to thousands of visitors from all backgrounds. Ariella was a mother, a grandmother, and a great-grandmother.

Ariella passed away in 2017 backgrounds.

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My Review

5 stars

Paulette is eight years old in France when her parents abandon her and her siblings. Her parents are then taken and killed. Paulette has to make some tough decisions to do whatever it takes to keep her siblings and herself alive in a bleak period. She does things that takes her years to work through but she manages to survive the Holocaust.

Whenever I see a true story about the Holocaust I try to read it. I absolutely hate what happened to the Jews, gypsies, gays, and those unknown that the Nazi’s brutalized, tortured, and killed just for being different. But I read these books to remind myself of the horrors of the world. By reading these books we give credit to those that are gone and keep their memories alive. What better way to honor the dead.

This book gets tough to read at times and will break your heart along the way. I commend Ariela for everything she went through. It was equally hard to follow as Ariela worked through the events she lived. But this goes to show how a strong person gets through life.

This is one of those books I think everyone should read. It should be right up there with Anne Frank’s Diary. It’s very moving and one that you will need a box of tissue to get through but you will be happy that you read it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Ari at Candid Book Reviews for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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The Shield

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The Shield (The Finder – 1) by CJ Bentley

People lose their belongings. That is a fact of life. It can happen by accident, but sometimes it can happen when you put them in a very safe place and forget where that safe place is. Not many people are good at finding them again.

A young, gutsy girl with a kind heart, who’s searching for her own identity growing up in the 1960s, just happens to be very good at finding things. Can she be the one to help return whatever is lost – anywhere and at any time – to its original owner?

With the help of a beautiful yet mysterious wise woman and a chivalrous knight she does just that. She finds and returns his shield, lost in battle, which unbeknown to her holds a secret that is important to his King, the safety of the Kingdom and the life of the daughter of his best friend.

The Shield is the first story in The Finder Series, taking our heroine on extraordinary journeys back in time. Her first adventure takes place in Medieval England in 1340 where she meets King Edward III, his wife Philippa and their son, who will later become the Black Prince.

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Author’s Bio

A wife, mother to three wonderful sons and grandmother to two beautiful grand daughters and a fun loving grandson. Having a love of books since my own childhood I have passed that love of reading down to the last two generations.

Whilst living in the Middle East due to my husbands work I have had time to write children’s books from an idea based on my own childhood experience, when, aged ten and fishing in a local stream, I found a shield in the silt. I chose to put it back. My first story grew from what could have happened if I had kept it. From the initial book the second grew and with the third completed the fourth is underway. I have ideas for them fifth and sixth and who knows how many more. It could be quite an exciting ride taking the main characters to places as yet still in my imagination.

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My Review

5 Stars

We start this story somewhere in Durham in 1340 AD. A knight has been attacked and robbed. He is on an important mission with a secret message hidden in his now missing shield. After not being able to find the shield he decides to heal up then return to keep looking.

Then we meet Peggy, at least that is what she wants to go by this week. She is ten years old and playing in the stream with her four friends when they discover a wooden shield. She then sees a knight although the other don’t. Then Peggy, now being called Eleanor by the knight, travels through time to help him complete his mission.

This is a fantastic story for any age but meant for midgrade readers. You have a delightful child that is about to learn how kids had to be more mature in 1340 AD. I love the adventure she goes on the Sir Kay.

This is a great story that quickly sucked me in and left me up late at night. It is well written for all ages and I can’t wait to see what adventure Eleanor/Peggy goes on next.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Authoright for the opportunity to read and share this book. Also for being able to take part in the Clink Street Spring Reading Week 2018.

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The Book of Air

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The Book of Air by Joe Treasure

 Retreating from an airborne virus with a uniquely unsettling symptom, property developer Jason escapes London for his country estate, where he is forced to negotiate a new way of living with an assortment of fellow survivors.

Far in the future, an isolated community of descendants continue to farm this same estate. Among their most treasured possessions are a few books, including a copy of Jane Eyre, from which they have constructed their hierarchies, rituals and beliefs. When 15-year-old Agnes begins to record the events of her life, she has no idea what consequences will follow. Locked away for her transgressions, she escapes to the urban ruins and a kind of freedom, but must decide where her future lies.

These two stories interweave, illuminating each other in unexpected ways and offering long vistas of loss, regeneration and wonder.

The Book of Air is a story of survival, the shaping of memory and the enduring impulse to find meaning in a turbulent world.

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Author’s Bio

Joe Treasure currently lives in South West London with his wife Leni Wildflower. As an English teacher in Wales, he ran an innovative drama programme, before following Leni across the pond to Los Angeles, an experience that inspired his critically acclaimed debut novel The Male Gaze (published by Picador). His second novel Besotted (also published by Picador) also met with rave reviews.

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My Review

4 stars

This story is told by two people. Agnes talks of a time that has moved on from our own. She lives on a country estate with several others that use items left over from the prior owners. No one really knows how some of the stuff works or even how to keep it from breaking down. This world is based on one of four books that they found on the estate, Jane Eyre.

Jason is from our time. He is a survivor from an airborne virus that has killed most of the population. He barely gets out of London with a few other survivors and heads to a country estate. They form a community and try to keep alive in this new world.

This is a story of discovery and survival. I like how you bounce back and forth between Jason and Agnes and how different their worlds are. You do come to learn that Agnes is in a world about one hundred years from Jason’s.

This is not a high action story, more of a telling of how both worlds have changes from ours and what these people have done to survive. It a good read and I find it interesting how Agnes’ community to have been created around Jane Eyre. I’m not one for Bronte but I have read this one. Although I’m not really fond of it, I liked how you could pick up different parts of this story. I enjoyed this book and recommend everyone check it out.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Authoright for the opportunity to read and share this book. Also for being able to take part in the Clink Street Spring Reading Week 2018.

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The Elf King

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The Elf King by Lorraine Hellier

Lorraine Hellier’s children’s book The Elf King follows the story of a family of elves. Bay Leaf is the new Elf King. In this fantasy tale his sister, Sweet Pea, demonstrates her love and devotion for her brother. In the story, the elves go on a perilous journey to the Mountain Shrine where Bay Leaf must take his ‘Oath of Allegiance’ to the ‘Moon Lake Elves’. An enchanted book offers advice and guidance from their ancestors and warns Sweet Pea to take care of her brother several times during the journey. Bay Leaf almost loses his life… Sweet Pea supports Bay Leaf throughout the journey, but will her interference bring resolution to Bay Leaf’s heartache on their return? This traditional tale of love and loyalty will appeal to children aged between 7-9 that enjoy fantasy tales. Lorraine uses The Elf King to raise issues surrounding family loyality and the importance of supporting each other in difficult times.

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Author’s Bio

Lorraine writes from her canal-side home near the cathedral city of Lichfield, Staffordshire. She visits local schools offering Author Visits and Creative Writing Workshops.  She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators supporting and encouraging other members.

Lorraine loves to travel, a visit to New Zealand inspired this novel.

The sequel “The Elf Quest” will be published April 2018.

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My Review

4 stars

Bay Leaf is the new elf king of the Moon Lake Elves even if he is not ready for this responsibility. He needs to travel to the Mountain Shrine and take the Oath of Allegiance to the Moon Lake Elves. But he is not ready to be king and he has others matters on his mind. Thankfully his sister Sweat Pea is there to help encourage him and help him use The History of Moon Lake Elves on his adventure. Together Bay Leaf and Sweat Pea have a huge challenge ahead of them.

This is a wonderful fantasy story for mid-grade readers or anyone that loves fantasies. You have a young king that is not really ready to rule and has a forbidden love. His sister s still trying to get used to him being a king instead of her big brother, but is there to assist and support him on this journey. Of course you have action, adventure, and a great way to build a true leader.

This is a wonderful story and one that I recommend that you check it out. The sequel should be out shortly and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to read and share this book.

A Note from the Author

Thank you for inviting me to visit your blog.

When I began writing Children’s novels I hadn’t anticipated I would be embarking on a series. The reason can only be because I didn’t want to let go of my characters! I get so attached to them they become my friends.

Prior to this book I published a series of five. These were inspired by my time living and working in Guernsey, Channel Islands.

“The Elf King” is the first of a trilogy. The sequel “The Elf Quest,” official publication date is April 2018 but copies are available now. I am presently writing the third book.

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I began “The Elf King” with the characters. I chose to name the female elves after flowers and the males after herbs. The novel is from Sweet Pea’s point of view but it is about her brother, Bay Leaf, the new Elf King, and the perilous journey they take for him to take his Oath of Allegiance. This first book centres round Sweet Pea and Bay Leaf’s family and friends and their love and loyalty.

It is important when writing a series to remember to be consistent. You need to make sure you don’t change a character’s appearance, habits etc. For example Bay Leaf has a habit of tugging his earlobe when he is nervous or anxious.

All writers have different methods of keeping track of characters and settings. For “The Elf King” I used brainstorming for the characters and a roll of paper with relevant information of family tree, the journey from their Moon Lake home to the Mountain Shrine, the generations of Elf Kings and details about the Enchanted Book.

In 2015 I had the opportunity to visit New Zealand. I had just started the first draft of “The Elf King.” The spectacular scenery inspired me to take the elves on a journey. The lakes, mountains, waterfalls and rivers offered me settings for their expedition.

In the sequel Sweet Pea leaves the security of her clan to search for another clan of elves to trade for moonstones.

In the third novel readers meet with the three Elf Clans they are familiar with from book two. Moon Lake Elves, an affluent clan, Wood Elves, an ecological clan and the Wilderness Elves, rough and brutal elves.

I have enjoyed writing this Trilogy. I wonder which of my list of ideas I will use next and if it be a series?

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Survival

YA Speculative Fiction
Date Published: March 2018
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Ignorance is cheap. And then it costs you everything.
Perth author Rachel Watts’ latest release delivers a devastating vision of a post-climate change world in which governments have collapsed and corporations rule with an iron fist. In this world two young women from different backgrounds find themselves unexpectedly aligned in their pursuit for the truth.
The world has suffered economic collapse and multiple environmental crises. In a flooded city, Ava Murasaki is searching for her activist sister Sophia. Meanwhile, Valerie Newlin lives in the secure complex of the Scylla Corporation, the world’s only remaining multinational. There, she finds evidence of something horrifying in the Corporation medical research data. Set in a searingly real near-future, Survival is a story of what people will face for those they love.
Survival is accompanied by four of Watts’ previously published dystopian and post-apocalyptic stories.

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Rachel Watts is an award-winning journalist and a writer of literary and speculative fiction. She holds a Master’s Degree in Media and Communication and teaches creative writing to adults and teenagers. Her short stories and non-fiction have been published by Westerly, Island, Kill Your Darlings, Tincture and more.
Rachel Watts lives in Perth, Western Australia.
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