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Eternity’s Echoes

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Eternity’s Echoes (Shade Master – 1) by Evan Hirson

Aaron was a promising software designer with an upcoming company. He shared a quaint house on the outskirts of town with his best friends; another young man and two girls.
They’d known each other since school, and lived together peacefully for years with few problems.
Travis the newcomer however had a dark way about him, and all of Aaron’s attempts to get along with him had failed.
But just as the household began to settle down again, a strange device with a peculiar attitude entered their lives.
Would it fulfill all of their dreams, or instead become a curse?

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My Review

3 Stars

Aaron, Jay, Kim, and Mara have been friends for a long time and are roommates. Of course each has their own perks and quirks but they all get along. But then there is Travis, he is Jay’s friend and has out lived his welcome and causes lots of drama. When things calm down they decide to explore the backyard with a metal detector and discover a strange time traveling device run by the AI Pris. After they find the Shade, then the book picks up speed as we learn about time travel, paradoxes, what can and cannot be done, and the consequences of their actions.

This is an interesting story but it has a few flaws that take away from it. I enjoyed the simple explanation of time travel but things seem to have gone sideways at a point. We also have five people that seem to have a wide variety of characteristics if they would have been developed.

Please don’t think that I’m bashing this book. It’s a quick read and has a quite basic story. It’s a rough start to a series abut I am curious enough to want to see what happens in the next book.

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

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

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Everkin
The Kindred Book .5
by Donna Grant
Genre: Paranormal Romance
To live in the light, they hunt in the dark…
When natural-born witch Edra is approached by others who share her gifts,
she jumps at the chance to join a Coven. Until she discovers that
they’re not what they seem. They’re hell-bent on destruction, and
in order to save herself and those she loves, Edra must leave her
home, and the only man she’s ever loved.
Squire-turned-knight
Radnar has never been the same since the love of his life disappeared
in the middle of the night seven years ago. Despite his broken heart,
he doesn’t give up hope of finding her again. Only when he does, he
gets more than he bargained for, and his world is turned upside down.
Being brought back together in the midst of magic and danger, Radnar
and Edra rekindle their once in a lifetime love and set about making
the world a safer place. But can they do it alone, or will it require
a much grander plan?
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The Kindred Book 1
New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant “skillfully melds history
and legend” (RT Book Reviews) in a brand new series – The Kindred.
To live in the light, they hunt in the dark…
Unparalleled in beauty and daring, Leoma has been raised with a
single-minded focus—to wipe out corrupt witches. But when her new target
leads her to a discovery that unveils a graver plan from the Coven, she
doesn’t hesitate to follow. Yet, she’s not the only one on the
hunt. And the sexy, infuriating man who crosses her path could prove
to be a distraction—something she’s never encountered before.
Honor and family mean everything to Braith. When his life is turned upside
down by the murder of his ward and heir without cause or reason, he
has no choice but to turn to vengeance. Until a stunning, dangerous
woman continues to thwart his efforts at every turn. Now, he must
battle not only his need for revenge but his desire for the female,
as well.
Everwylde
The Kindred Book 2
Re-enter the world of New York Times bestselling author Donna
Grant’s spellbinding Kindred series.
To live in the light, they hunt in the dark…
Strong-willed and cunning, Ravyn was taken in as a child by witch Hunters
and raised her to be the best of the best. When she receives word that
the witch who murdered her family and ripped apart her world is
nearby, Ravyn begins her hunt. In her quest to locate the witch, she
finds her pursuit impeded again and again by a gorgeous and powerful
man. But she won’t be denied and intends to do whatever is
necessary to complete her mission. But the Coven is more dangerous
than ever, and Ravyn may not be enough to thwart their latest
endeavor.
Carac has spent years building his army and winning wars to become known as
one of the greatest knights of his time. But he holds a big secret.
Everything he’s worked for comes into question when he’s faced with
a threat he hadn’t known existed. He suddenly finds his mission
changed after he’s approached by the most spirited and beautiful
woman he’s ever seen. It’s soon apparent that priceless
antiquities are only the beginning of what they’re fighting for—and
what they stand to lose.
Everbound
The Kindred Book 3
To live in the light, they hunt in the dark…
The power of Helena’s magic has made her a target for the Coven. She
wanted no part in the war of the witches, but it’s out of her hands
now. She has to make a stand – and she does that by helping the
Hunters and their allies against their common enemy. And now, the
witch who ripped Helena’s future apart is coming. Sybbyl’s
vengeance is swift and terrible, pitting the two against each other.
But Helena doesn’t have to fight the Coven alone. A seductive
warlock offers his aid. Helena is hesitant to give her trust to him –
because it’s more than her life on the line. It’s her heart as well.
As the most feared and respected warrior of the Varroki, Jarin is used
to being on his own. But with the Coven’s quest to locate the bones
of the First Witch escalating, he finds it increasingly difficult to
retain his solitary existence. When Jarin encounters Helena, he is
helpless to resist her. She’s everything he didn’t know he
wanted, and with her help, he’s convinced that maybe his people can
finally defeat their foe. But there’s so much more at play than
they know―ties in blood and sacrifice―and the loss that’s sure
to follow may be greater than any of them can bear.
New York Times and USA
Today bestselling author Donna Grant has been praised for her
“totally addictive” and “unique and sensual”
stories. Her latest acclaimed series, Dark Kings, features a
thrilling combination of dragons, Fae, and immortal Highlanders who
are dark, dangerous, and irresistible. She lives with her two
children and an assortment of animals in Texas.
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Metal Mouth

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YA Magical Realism
Date Published: 12/1/2018
Publisher: JME Books
 
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Mahlorie hates her braces. And who cares what she looks like anyway? Her parents sure do. Dad, a traveling magician, and Mom, a famous erotica author, constantly harp on the importance of appearance. Her best friend Shai is the epitome of pop-culture, crushing on every boy with a cute smile. But when Mal has a near-death experience and can suddenly hear a boy’s voice in her head, life takes a turn for the weird. He can hear her too. How did her braces become transmitters? And who is this boy she just might be falling in love with? For fans of “The Fault in Our Stars” and “Everything, Everything.”
This magical coming-of-age tale of mystery and self-discovery, and love and friendship makes the impossible become all too real…
 

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JAIMIE ENGLE is the author of dark thrillers for teens where magic turns ordinary into extraordinary. She weaves history, magic, and lore into her books, which take readers on wondrous adventures, though her passion is talking to kids about writing and social issues because words have power. She loves coffee, cosplay, and making Wick Books® candles inspired by scents from her novels and for other indie authors so readers can Experience the Story! She lives in Florida with her awesome husband, hilarious children, and the world’s best dog. Learn more at thewriteengle.com, where Jaimie is always working on her next book.
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My Review
5 Stars

Mahlorie is fifteen years old and in braces. If that wasn’t hard enough to deal with she also feels second place to her famous parents. Her mother is an author and her father a magician. They are often off on their performances so Mal has gotten good at disappearing. Although she has Shea as a friend at school, she finds herself off by herself more often than not. Then she is struck by lightning and can hear a boy and he can hear her back.

What follows is a coming of age story with a great lead character that finds her place in the world. I love how Mal is pretty self centered and frustrated in the beginning yet we see her grown into the great character that she is. Trust me, the beginning of the story does get to be a bit annoying but keep reading, you will love the story.

This is a great story for any age. It really shows kids how things might be tough but things could get worse or better. I really enjoyed this story and will keep my eyes open for other books from Jaimie Engel. Plus I have to say that Joshua Menendez does an amazing job with the illustrations.

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

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Unimaginable Kindness

Title: Unimaginable Kindness
Author: Samatha Harris
Release Date: 12/11/2018
Genre: YA, Romance
Waking up was never part of the plan. Turns out, I am as much a failure in death as I am at life. Now I’m trapped in a hell of my own making, being haunted by some jerk who thinks he can save me with some kind of emotional bucket list. 
 
Make a friend
Make someone’s day
Laugh until you can’t breathe
Do something unexpected
Change your mind
Find forgiveness
Do the hard thing
 
My name is Elena Carter, and I have three days. Just three days to decide if I am worth saving, to decide if one act of unimaginable kindness is enough to change someone’s life.
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Samatha “Sam” Harris lives near Baltimore, Maryland with her husband David and daughter Ava. Born in Florida, she migrated north which most people agree was a little backwards. She has been an artist all of her life, a Tattoo Artist for more than ten years, and a storyteller since she was a kid.

Sam has a slightly unhealthy love for Frank Sinatra, classic movies, and Jazz and Blues music, but her first love will always be reading. From Romance, to Thrillers, to Historical Fiction and everything in between, she loves to become a part of the story. As a writer she tells the stories that she would want toread.

 

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My Review

5 stars

Elena Carter wakes up in the hospital. Next to her is a young man that has written a bucket list for her. But she is filled with so much pain that she has a hard time accepting what he says. Elena has a tough home life and has determined that she doesn’t belong in this world. But she is stuck in the hospital for three days as they evaluate her.

Elena hates everything since she has been through it all before. But Noah just keeps breaking through her walls. But we learn that Noah has cancer and has decided to spend his last days in the hospital. Elena starts to realize that he means a lot to her but she is afraid to deal with the feelings that he has awakened in her.

This is a short yet touching story. Elena has decided that life is not worth living yet Noah is trying to get her to see that there is so much going for her. But Noah keeps trying to show her how special she really is. When I learned of their connection it almost broke my heart. Here was this tough, hardened girl that was reaching out to help someone else.

Of course the ending is brutal and expected, I had to set the book down a couple times because I was crying. This story is short but has a powerful message.

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

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Retrieve

 

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Date Published: 26 December 2018
Publisher: Double Edged Sword Publishing
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What if the job you took to stay alive might be what kills you?
Kade knows what it is to suffer. He knows what it’s like to lose everything and everyone around him.
His job in a Stormer Unit guarantees not just his survival in the decimated country of Azetaria, but his sister Meg’s. Even if it means facing the Numachi warriors baying for his blood, he’ll do what it takes to keep her safe.
Hadley is alone and surviving the only way she knows how. By hiding where predators won’t find her and scavenging enough just to keep her alive.
When desperation drives Hadley to search for her missing brother, she mistakenly accepts the offer of recruitment into the Stormer’s camp, only to be partnered with Kade and sent as a scout into Numachi territory.
The intimidating young Stormer may just know where her brother has gone. But can they stay alive long enough to find him?

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Excerpt
Kade’s footsteps were heavy as he approached and stared down at her. “This isn’t going to work. You need to be wearing something lighter, or we’ll never make it to Lazen.”
Hadley tried for a weak shrug but could barely muster the energy. “What do you suggest?”
Kade raised an eyebrow, and a deep frown appeared on his face as he considered her.  He continued to stare at her as she sat, legs sprawled out on the ground. “The best I can come up with is cutting your clothing.”
His eyes narrowed as he searched the length of her. A bolt of alarm jostled her into thinking. “How much are you cutting off?”
Kade dipped his chin, his voice low as he spoke. “Enough, so you don’t keep fainting, enough, so you still pass for a boy.”
He reached for a knife and wore the slightest of smiles as he unsheathed it. “Let’s hope you have hairy legs then eh?”
Hadley’s lips split into a smile before she remembered she was annoyed with him for being so smug.
About the Author

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Blood Moon Fever

Blood Moon Fever

By Connal Bain

Genre: Horror, thriller, crime

Crime … Corruption … Werewolves. Just another day in LA.

David Goodwin isn’t having a good month. Sent on a manhunt after escaped felon ‘Hard Time Jake’ Griffon, he finds he has bitten off more than he can chew as he moves from the wooded Northern California wilderness to the mean streets of LA in pursuit of a man who has become something beyond human.

During Griffon’s bloody prison break, something happened in the woods of the Modoc Forest. Something inhuman. Something evil. Something terrifying.

Now, as the full moon prepares to rise over the City of Angels, Goodwin must piece together elements of a puzzle involving a fugitive on the run, a crooked lawyer, a violent drug cartel, and a string of bloody corpses left in the wake of an ancient terror now awake and hungry for fresh carnage.

Combining the hard-boiled realism of Jim Thompson with the gritty horror of Jack Ketchum and Clive Barker, Bain introduces a new brand of horror noir.

Savagely dark and wildly inventive, Blood Moon Fever introduces a powerful new voice to horror and crime fiction.

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Connal Bain is a freelance writer and novelist living a peripatetic life in the Western United States. He has worked as a journalist, long-haul truck driver, short-order cook, labor organizer, and bookstore clerk, among other odds and ends.  Traveling from job to job around the great American West has provided him the opportunity to spend much of his free time writing, often gathering story and character ideas from his experiences on the road.

An avid reader from an early age, he became a horror and mystery enthusiast upon discovering a treasure trove of paperback originals in his parents’ basement in junior high school, beginning with John D. MacDonald and Manley Wade Wellman and working up through King, Herbert, and the late great Jim Thompson.

His fascination with all things dark and creepy grew as he expanded his tastes to the classics and the pulps, always finding pleasure in the genre at hand.  This brought him a great respect for the printed word, regardless of the merits of canonical “literary” value.  Always in search of a tale well-told, he began writing his own detective and supernatural horror stories in high school, and has been writing ever since.

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My Review

4 Stars

Jake Griffon is an inmate at the Redwood State Penitentiary in Northern California. One day he is visited by Rachel Lewis, an attorney that says she can help him. But he quickly learns that she is going to help him escape. But once outside he decides to do his own thing and things quickly go south, especially when he meets a stranger in the forest. But when he gets to LA things go from bad to worse when a lot of people are not going to just let him get away.

David Goodwin is sent to catch Jake. But this is not just a simple jail break with drug dealers and the cartels. This also involves the world of werewolves and the like. It’s going to be up to David to figure out what is going on and try to catch or stop Jake before he causes lots of problem in LA.

This is a great story. It starts out like a normal thriller. Bad guy is helped to get out of prison as long as he agrees to do the bidding of even bigger bad guys. Then turns against them and all hell breaks loose. But then it takes a supernatural twist that just amps up the action until you are rushing to get to the end of the book to see how the story ends.

This is great read, one to definitely check out. It’s the first book I have read from Connal Bain but it won’t be my last.

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

Excerpt

Water ran down the bathroom sink drain, stained red and then pink before finally running clear. Griffon splashed water on his face, clearing away spots of blood and bits of flesh and hair. He ran handfuls of water over his hair, slicking it back with his fingers before looking into the mirror over the sink. He turned his head from left to right, mesmerized by the return of normalcy to his features, then wiped the sink clean with his hands before turning off the water.

He grabbed a towel off the bar mounted to the wall and glanced at the slip of paper resting on the toilet tank. A Home Depot invoice with a photocopy of a returned check attached. He studied the name and address on the check copy while he dried his hands.

“Well, pleased to meet you, Mr. Hollister,” he chuckled, crumpling the papers and burying them beneath a pile of used tissues in the trash next to the toilet.

He froze, listening intently. Moving silently out of the bathroom, he slunk to the living room and stood still, listening. A light breeze blew in through the open windows, stirring the mesh curtains.  He turned to the front door and dropped into a crouch.  For a moment, the only sound came from the radio in the kitchen. Suddenly, the door crashed open, swinging from broken hinges. Tear gas canisters crashed through the window screens, filling the room with a haze of chemical smoke. Black-clad SWAT team members burst through the door frame in respirators and full body armor.  Beams of light crisscrossed the room from flashlights clipped under the barrels of their assault rifles.

Griffon whirled as the back door shattered and more SWAT officers swarmed in. Smoke rapidly filled the room.

“On the ground! On the ground now! Hands behind your head. Do it now!”

Griffin let his face go slack and complied.  One officer stood over him, the barrel of his M4 aimed at his head while another landed with one knee on his back and cuffed his wrists behind his back.

“We clear?” said the man aiming at Griffon.

“We’re clear,” said a voice from the kitchen. “Sir, you’d better come back here.”

The team leader stepped away from Griffon’s prone form, another officer immediately stepping into his place. He crossed to the kitchen where a group of officers were huddled, staring at something partially hidden by the door.

The walls and counters were bathed in streaks of blood and gore, running in the crazy patterns of a psychotic abstract painter.  Behind the island counter, a pair of nylon-clad legs protruded, ending in bloody knobs where they had been torn off at the knees. White bone and cartilage glistened under the florescent lights.

To call the room an abattoir would be an insult to abattoirs. Bits of flesh and muscle lay scattered across the floor and a slimy blood trail led around the corner to the side.

“Where’s the rest of her?”

“Something over here,” said another officer in a shaky voice, pointing at the sink.

The team leader walked to the sink, sidestepping the pools of blood on the floor.  He peered inside, ignoring the gagging sounds from the other men in the room. In the sink lay an eyeball, a gangly network of nerves still attached. The blue iris stared back at him, the whites shot through with a spiderwebbing of thin red lines.

“What the fuck did he do to her? Check the knives, power tools. Everything. Anything. There’s still a lot of body missing.”

“Sir,” said an officer standing at the edge of the blood trail at the opposite end of the kitchen. He vomited into an empty evidence bag and stepped back. The team leader edged the crime scene and peered around the corner.

“Aw, Jesus…”

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In Servitude

Inservitude

I’m thrilled to share this gorgeous book today! In Servitude by Heleen Kist, has been blowing readers away in Europe since it’s release and now is taking North America by storm!

Today I will be sharing an exclusive excerpt, and inviting you to enter an international giveaway for a chance to win a paperback copy of this exciting thriller!

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Publication Date: August 23, 2018

Genre: Thriller/ Suspense/ Mystery

Do you owe your family your life?

Grace thought her sister led a charmed existence.

She was wrong.

Now she has to pay the price.

When Grace’s beloved sister Glory dies in a car crash, her carefully planned life spirals out of control. She discovers Glory had been manipulated into illegal activities at her trendy vegan café. What’s worse, Grace finds herself an unwitting accomplice now forced to take over her sister’s shady dealings.

Determined to keep her fingers clean and protect those Glory left behind, Grace plots to escape the clutches of Glasgow’s criminal underworld. But her moral certainty is challenged when more family secrets emerge and her sister’s past intentions remain unclear.

Grace grows convinced Glory was murdered. Why won’t anyone listen?

Seeking justice, she finds betrayal…

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Excerpt

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Blue pulled at the lead. I let him off once I’d scanned the area and noted no loose dogs. Only a lone figure loitering. His eye line crossed mine as he also examined the park, and paused on me long enough to raise a creepy sensation.

I moved to a bench by the play park and pretended to tie my laces. When I straightened up, the man was striding straight towards me. I searched for Blue, hoping for a semblance of protection, but he was nowhere to be seen. Nor was anyone else.

Before I could stop him, the man sat down next to me. He whistled and shouted, ‘Here boy!’ then faced me with a disturbing grin. As if he knew the dog wouldn’t come. I jumped to my feet and looked around. What had he done?

On the second blow of silent air through my dry mouth, Blue appeared from behind a tree thirty yard away. Safe. He showed no interest in me or the man, instead sniffing out the ground’s many treasures.

I turned back to the intruder. Standing over him gave me an edge—at least I thought it did—and I raised my chin and my voice when I asked, ‘Do I know you?’

He chuckled. ‘Nah, hen. I’m only the messenger.’

‘What?’

His smile faded. ‘We’re not very happy about you closing the café for so long. You need to open up again. There’s a delivery coming on Thursday.’

‘What do you mean? How do you—’

His eyes turned to ice as he grabbed my wrist in a flash. ‘We’ll be very disappointed if you’re not there to receive the goods. Ken what I’m saying?’

He rushed off, his dark coat billowing behind him like a cape, almost engulfing Blue who circled his legs, tail wagging, until he turned towards the road.

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About the Author

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Heleen Kist is a Dutch businesswoman who lived all over the world while growing up and for her career. Then she fell in love with a Scotsman and his country, and now writes about its (sometimes scary) people from her garden office in Glasgow.

She was selected as an ‘up and coming new writer’ and awarded a Spotlight at Bloody Scotland 2018, the International crime writing festival.

Her debut psychological suspense novel ‘In Servitude’ was inspired by Heleen’s expertise in small business finance mixed with her friend’s courageous idea to open a vegan cafe in a city renowned for its dubious diet. She is currently working on her next book, which will be dark women’s fiction.

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