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Only Ever Her

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Only Ever Her by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

It was to be the perfect wedding—until the bride disappeared.

Annie Taft’s wedding is four days away, and it will be one of the grandest anyone can remember in her small South Carolina town. Preparations are in order. Friends and family are gathering in anticipation. Everything is going according to plan. Except that Annie herself has vanished. Did she have second thoughts?

Or has something much worse happened to the bride-to-be?

As the days pass, the list of suspects in her disappearance grows. Could it be the recently released man a young Annie misidentified as her mother’s killer? Could it be someone even closer to her?

While her loved ones frantically try to track her down, they’re forced to grapple with their own secrets—secrets with the power to reframe entire relationships, leaving each to wonder how well they really knew Annie and how well they know themselves.

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Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

About the Author

Marybeth Mayhew Whalen is the author of When We Were Worthy, The Things We Wish Were True and five previous novels. She speaks to women’s groups around the US. She is the co-founder of the popular women’s fiction site, She Reads. Marybeth and her husband Curt have been married for 26 years and are the parents of six children. The family lives in North Carolina. Marybeth spends most of her time in the grocery store but occasionally escapes long enough to scribble some words. She is always at work on her next novel.

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My Review

3 Stars

Annie Taft is the small town celebrity. She is found as a child wandering the town of Ludlow, her mother having been murdered. Because of this everyone in town has helped her grown up to be a beautiful woman. She is about to be married in the wedding of the century when a couple days before she disappears. This coincides with the release of Cordell Lewis, the man sentenced for murdering Annie’s mother. At first Annie’s aunt Faye and cousin Clary think it’s just because of Cordell’s release. But as the days go on they start thinking that something may seriously be wrong.

This story is more about the connections between the characters than the thriller that I thought it was going to be. Although we start the story from Annie’s point of view after she disappears we bounce around several people that had me disoriented. There was almost too much happening that kept me from really getting into the story.

This is not a bad story, just not one that I could really get into. But then again I’m thinking of a thriller not a contemporary story. It’s definitely one to check out. Just because it wasn’t my thing doesn’t mean that someone else won’t just love the story.

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

I would like to thank Little Bird Publicity for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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 photo 51EPxtSgMgL_zps6six1xh7.jpgA Bitter Wind (Time Entanglement – 1) by Anita Merrick

Mystical Fantasy/Sci-fi, Occult, Supernatural
Publisher: FriesenPress
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Can time become stuck at NOW or does it just seem that way?
Can the past be changed without creating a paradox?
Does history repeat or is that something we tell ourselves to cover our poor choices?
When Alexander ‘Ramses’ Smith is assigned to decipher the odd hieroglyphs of the Temple of Khnum—all heka (magic) breaks loose. As a teen, his interest was in metaphysical and sharing psychic experiences with a beloved grandmother.
When she died, things turned dark when an Ouija Board freed a terrifying entity with red eyes. He thought he was free of it when he shut his psychic gifts down and began a study of Egyptology—But Shezmu was waiting for him in Esna. Lex found others trapped by the time loop: afret (djinni), the ghost of a former archeologist, Dr. Broderick S. Gillwood, the Neteru (Egyptian gods/goddesses) all conspiring against his scientific training and logical mind.
Lex soon realizes there is no choice but to obey the voices in his head and the mysterious ones of an outer sort. He must rely on the intuitive gifts he fought so hard to quash. Realizing he can see and sense what others cannot, Lex runs headlong into a past life that puts him dangerously susceptible to the hidden secrets infused in the stone ruins. He must quickly re-define his understanding of the lines between imagination and reality or lose the battle for his mind with the darkness created by blood sorcery and a destiny (shay) he never expected.

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Anita Merrick
About the Author
As a Mystical Author, Anita Merrick is a 3rd generation psychic, retired and living in a wooded area of Erin, NY with her husband, Timothy, and furry children—two West Highland White Terriers and a half-Westie/Cavalier King Charles spaniel. As Crystal Wind (DBA), she is a Psychic Intuitive, Tarot Reader and Medium, an ordained priestess in the Order of Melchizedek. She holds certification as a Tarot Master from the Tarot Certification Board of America. Prior to 1991, she performed as Nehebka, a semi-professional Oriental (belly) dancer; at the same time raised, trained and showed Appaloosa horses. A Bitter Wind, a first novel, comes from a life-long love of Egypt that probably really began in 1988 as a belly dancer and a first trip to Egypt and a performance at the Winter Palace of Luxor. Starting about 1991, her focus went to the paranormal, supernatural and metaphysical, as well as the tarot. That led to the next trip to Egypt (1997) with a group of like-minded friends then a synchronistic connection with Nicky Scully/Shamanic Journeys, Mary K. Greer and Normandi Ellis, Anita returned to deepen an understanding of the mystical. The last trip in 2011 (Shamanic Journeys) most powerfully connected her to the mysteries of Egypt—Like a portal opened into the ancient past, the spirits spoke and their stories became this book.
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Isle of Savages

Isle of Savages by T. BriarIsle of Savages by T. Briar

Publisher:  MuseItUp Publishing (June 15, 2017)
Category: Thriller/Suspense, New Adult, Sub-Human Cannibals
Tour dates: Mar-Apr, 2019
ISBN: 978-1771279277
Available in Print and ebook, 220 pages

Isle of Savages

Description Isle of Savages by T. Briar

Eleven souls are shipwrecked on an island teeming with sub-human cannibals. Who will survive to tell the tale?

On July 20, 20— a charter school’s sponsored sail from San Diego to Hawaii hits a reef during a violent storm. Sixteen souls abandon ship. Nine students, along with the hated captain and first mate, wash up on what they believe is a deserted island.

Separated into three groups by circumstance and mutual distrust, treachery and death lurk for all. Over the course of a single day, one student betrays all the others. Another drowns. Two others get ambushed by a great white shark. And, like falling dominoes, the captain, first mate, and six students fall prey to a tribe of bloodthirsty cannibals.

In the face of almost certain death, who will escape the isle of savages to tell the tale?

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Praise Isle of Savages by T. Briar

“Freaking Amazing! This books was such a wild ride from page one. So many twists and turns that you just can’t figure out what the hell is going to happen next! It was so hard to put down and very, very well written.  I am very picky with the books I read, I know I say that a lot, but it’s true. This book met every single one of my expectations and then some.

With the characters, you either really felt for them, or you held seething hatred for them. It was like the main characters couldn’t seem to catch a break and the villains of the story kept getting a leg up. It was driving me crazy! I was found yelling at my kindle, cursing, clenching my fists, all because this story was so easy to get into! In fact, it was hard NOT to!

This is not a happy story, by any means. There is so much death and destruction and it’s written in great detail. So if you get wigged out easily, this might not be the book for you. Me, I love this kind of stuff. The blood, the gore, the chaos, this book had it all! Definitely 5 out of 5 stars for me!”- Amanda, Rabid Readers Book Blog

About T. Briar

Briar spent his formative years in the treacherous worlds of The Savage Sword of Conan, The Warlord, and Jonah Hex comics. So he’s been fascinated with action adventure stories for most of his life. From there, he eventually discovered Jack London, Louis L’amour and Jack Higgins. These days he’s devouring thriller novels by James Rollins, Clive Cussler and a host of other adventure writers.

This led him to start writing at an early age and he didn’t stop until he saw his name in print. Although, it wasn’t in the thriller genre. Not at first. But it was always a given that he’d eventually write and publish a thriller. It just took him a few extra years to get around to it.

He lives in South Georgia with his wonderful wife of 25 years.

My Review

4 stars

A group of teenagers are on a school sponsored sailing trip from San Diego to Hawaii. What they don’t know is that the captain has plans to sell the kids. But then a storm hits and the ship sinks. Nine of the kids and three adults, including the captain have made it to a deserted island.

Things quickly go wrong when a couple kids find some sharks. The rest break up into a couple groups and have their own turf wars. But then they learn they are not alone on the island. The inhabitants have plans for the survivors.

I was curious about this story since it reminded me of Lord of the Flies. You have the different little parties that have their own method of survival. Of course they don’t like each other and try to eliminate the competition. Add in cannibals and you have a nice YA horror story.

This is a rough story that reminds me of simple horror stories. I didn’t really like any of the characters but I don’t have to when reading a book like this. It was a bloody fun read and if you like stories like that I recommend checking it out. I do have to say that I loved the cover.

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

Giveaway Isle of Savages by T. Briar

This giveaway is for 3 winners choice of one print or ebook copy of the book. Print is open to the U.S. only and ebook is available worldwide.

This giveaway ends May 10, 2019, midnight pacific time. Entries are accepted via Rafflecopter only.

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