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Daisies and Devotion (Mayfield Family – 2) by Josi Kilpack

Timothy Mayfield is ready to marry for love, but, since his personal finances are thinner than he’d like, he knows he’ll also need to find a wife with wealth. After receiving an unexpected inheritance, Timothy’s circumstances change, and he is free to pursue his “perfect woman”—one with blonde hair, blue eyes, a light laugh, arched eyebrows, elegant fingers, and a dazzling smile, among nearly twenty other characteristics.

Maryann Morrington doesn’t match anything on Timothy’s list—except for wealth. An heiress in her own right, she is tired of men pursuing her only for her money. But at nearly twenty-two years old, and not a particularly stunning beauty, she can’t be as picky as her friend Timothy is.

The two friends end up playing matchmaker for each other. Timothy will find a decent gentleman for Maryann, and Maryann will prove to Timothy that his “perfect woman” doesn’t exist.

Until Miss Shaw comes to London.

Now, with Timothy’s heart captivated by the blonde, blue-eyed beauty, Maryann must decide if she should risk her heart and reveal her true feelings for her friend, or if she should settle for someone else. It’s an up-and-down game of “he loves me, he loves me not” with both hearts and friendship on the line.

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About the Author

I wrote my first book while on bed rest with my third child in 1998 and haven’t stopped. My most recent books have been Historical Romance through the Proper Romance line with Shadow Mountain Publishing.

I currently live in Willard, Utah with my husband, and children.

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My Review

4 Stars

Maryann Morrington is an heiress and tired of men chasing her for her money. But because she is twenty two her options are getting limited. She finds herself in London and being introduced to Timothy Mayfield. Timothy has limited funds so he is going to have to settle for a rich wife. But an unexpected inheritance gives him money and the option to find the perfect wife.

Maryann and Timothy become friends as they hunt for suitable mates. But then Miss Shaw comes into the picture and Timothy thinks that she is the perfect wife. Maryann then realizes that she truly likes Timothy and is torn about confessing her true feelings and letting him marry his ideal wife.

This is a great story of two unexpected people looking for husband and wife and not realizing what they have in each other. I have to say that I wasn’t impressed with both Maryann and Timothy when I first met them. They felt like the typical characters from a historical romance until they started to “help” each other on their quest. Then I really started caring for them and wished that they would really look at what they have.

This is a great story with a lot of back and forth between should I tell him I love him, oh I can’t I’m not the wife he is looking for, but I love him. This is nothing I really enjoy in a story but I kept with it, I wanted to see if they would eventually wake up to the truth. If you like historical romances I think you should check this one out. It is a great series that anyone will like.

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

I would like to thank Shadow Mountain Publishing for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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The Lynmouth Stories by LV Hay

Beautiful places hide dark secrets … 

Devon’s very own crime writer L.V Hay (The Other Twin, Do No Harm) brings forth three new short stories from her dark mind and poison pen:

– For kidnapped Meg and her young son Danny, In Plain Sight, the remote headland above Lynmouth is not a haven, but hell.

– A summer of fun for Catherine in Killing Me Softly becomes a winter of discontent … and death.

– In Hell And High Water, a last minute holiday for Naomi and baby Tommy  becomes a survival situation … But that’s before the village floods.

All taking place out of season when the majority of tourists have gone home, L.V Hay uses her local knowledge to bring forth dark and claustrophic noir she has come to be known for.

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Did You Know …?

Known as England’s ‘Little Switzerland’, the Devon village of Lynmouth is famous for its Victorian cliff railway, fish n’ chips and of course, RD Blackmore’s Lorna Doone.

Located on the doorstep of the dramatic Valley of The Rocks and the South West Cliff Path, the twin villages of Lynton and Lynmouth have inspired many writers, including 19th Century romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, who honeymooned there in 1812.

About the Author

Lucy V Hay is a script editor for film and an author of fiction and non-fiction. Publishing as LV Hay, Lucy’s debut crime novel, The Other Twin, is out now and has been featured in The Sun and Sunday Express Newspaper, plus Heatworld and Closer Magazine. Her second crime novel, Do No Harm, is an ebook bestseller. Her next title is Never Have I Ever for Hodder Books.

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PRAISE FOR LV HAY

‘Well-written, engrossing & brilliantly unique’– Heat World

‘Prepare to be surprised by this psychological mystery’– Closer

‘Sharp, confident writing, as dark and twisty as the Brighton Lanes’– Peter James

‘Prepare to be seriously disturbed’ – Paul Finch

‘Crackles with tension’ – Karen Dionne

‘An original, fresh new voice in crime fiction’  – Cal Moriarty

‘The writing shines from every page of this twisted tale’– Ruth Dugdall

‘I couldn’t put it down’ –  Paula Daly

‘An unsettling whirlwind of a novel with a startlingly dark core’ – The Sun

‘An author with a fresh, intriguing voice and a rare mastery of the art of storytelling’ – Joel Hames

My Review

5 Stars

This is a collection of three short stories that take place in Lynmouth, Devon. All three happen in the tourist off season with just adds to the hopeless feel of the victims. In Plain Sight is the story of Meg and her son Danny that have been kidnapped. It’s what we don’t know about this that makes this story do scary.

In Killing Me Softly we meet Catherine and her own troubles that haunt her. The question is what is real and if Catherine can same herself from her situation. And finally in Hell And High Water we meet Naomi and Tommy. They are in a bad situation and might not make it out alive.

I am hesitant when it comes to reading collections of stories. I don’t always like the stories and really had wasting time reading stories that I don’t like. Have no fear, The Lynmouth Stories are some that I absolutely loved. They are dark and twisted and I loved all three.

The three stories in this book are a wonderful introduction to LV Hay and her writing style. I have to say that I loved this book and can’t wait to read more from LV Hays. This is one thriller that you need to read!!

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.

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Crowns and Cabals

 

Christian Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Sci-Fi Religious
Date Published:  March 30, 2019
Publisher: Conspiracy Ltd.
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Vigilantes stumble upon a cabal of world power.
Journalist Raphael King knows three things about New World Order. First, control the media. Check. Second, erase the world’s borders. Check. Third, provoke a nuclear war. Check. Is it checkmate for the ultimate inner circle?
In 2043 Raphael loses it all. He and sister-in-law Jaxie Nottingham refuse to sit back and watch the new world government unfold. They set up vigilante cells with the goal of disrupting anyone who benefits after the war. One of their targets leads them to a secret society created since the dawn of civilization.

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About the Author

 

Dina Rae lives with her husband, two daughters, and three dogs outside of Dallas. She is a Christian, avid tennis player, movie buff, teacher, and self-proclaimed expert on several conspiracy theories. She has been interviewed numerous times on blogs, newspapers, and syndicated radio programs. She enjoys reading about religion, UFOs, New World Order, government conspiracies, political intrigue, and other cultures. Crowns and Cabals is her eighth novel.
 
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My Review
5 Stars

World War III came and a lot of major cities were nuked. Civilization has lost a lot but there is one group that is trying to put the pieces back together, the New World Order. But the question is if they really have man’s best interest in mind or if they are just a new power hungry group willing to kill off the masses to keep their new found power.

Raphael King was a journalist but lost everything when the bombs were dropped. He has been drinking his life away since but finds his way to his sister in law, Jaxie. He slowly comes around from his drunken state to see that the New World Order is not the savior that they are claiming to be. Raphael and Jaxie start a resistance group and plan to stop the New World Order.

We all know what kind of a sucker I am for a good dystopian/apocalyptic story. Add in some realistic conspiracy stories and you have me over the moon. I quickly got into this story and couldn’t put the book down. There are a lot of things that make you think about the world today and what could happen.

Raphael lost everything so I understand him falling into the bottle. But I was over joyed when he teams up with Jaxie to start fighting the New World Order. This book has some good twists and turns that kept me guessing and ended in such a way that it could be part of a series. This is a great story and one that I recommend checking out. I really do hope this will become a series. I would love to read more about Raphael and Jaxie.

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

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Spellbound

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Spellbound (Tales of Naimonet – 1) by Thalia Blake

Naimonet: Eleven islands far to the southeast. Eleven Kingdoms filled with magic, romance, and adventure!

Two princesses in search of a future of their own choosing.
A vision of a sapphire crown with waves crashing against dark rocky cliffs has brought Merione and her sister Ezabelle to the faraway island of Mulrane in search of a destiny that is worth living.

Destiny comes at a price.
When Ezabelle becomes Queen of Mulrane, can Merione rely on the bond of sisterhood to save her from uncertainty, and her sister’s wrath? Cursed by the disgraced mage of Mulrane, Merione must choose between her sister and a prophecy that will put a new king on the throne.

From the sunny shores of Rayterre to the bitter snows of Rosfaill, Naimonet is waiting for you…

Enter the world of Naimonet where fantasy, loyalty, desperation, and prophecy will sweep you away. Begin your adventure with Spellbound: Book 1 of the Tales of Naimonet.

This 74,000 word young adult novel is suitable for all ages. It can be read as a standalone and contains no cliffhanger and a Happily Ever After that you won’t see coming.

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Thalia Blake

About the Author

A Canadian living in the fantasy land of New Zealand, Thalia Blake is a lover of history, fantasy, and cheese. She can’t get enough of books that are packed with adventure, magic, and feisty heroines who aren’t afraid to take control of their own destiny.

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My Review

4 Stars

Ezabelle and Merione are two sisters on a quest for a new home. They find it on the island of Mulrane. There Ezabelle becomes the Queen and Merione tries to help her sister with her visions. But things don’t go as planned as Ezabella is a horrible Queen and Merione becomes cursed by the disgraced mage.

This was a captivating story. I was instantly draw into the sisters plans to find a new home. We gets hints of what is to come with Merione’s visions and she can see the blood that is going to be spilled with Ezabelle’s rule. I loved Merione with her visions and magic. I felt for her as she wanted to be loyal to her sister but she has her own issues to work with.

This is a wonderful story that had me hooked from the first page. I hoped things would work out for the sisters but just knew that is not going to happen. I quickly devoured this book and can’t wait to get my hands on the next book, A Captive Heart 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 Ari at Candid Book Reviews for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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Reentry

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Reentry (Mars Endeavour – 2) by Peter Cawdron

After almost dying on Mars, astronaut Liz Anderson returns to Earth, but not to a hero’s welcome. America is in turmoil. The war is over, but the insurgency has just begun. So while life on Mars may have been deadly, at least up there she knew who the enemy was. Along with her, Liz has brought the remnants of the artificial intelligence that waged war on two planets. Buried somewhere deep within the cold electronic circuits lies the last vestiges of her dead partner Jianyu. Liz is torn, unsure whether he’s somehow still alive in electronic form or just a ploy by an adversary that will go to any length to win. Heartbroken and treated with suspicion, she finds herself caught up in the guerrilla war being waged on Earth, wondering if the AI threat is truly gone, or if it has only just begun.

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Peter Cawdron

About the Author

Peter is an Australian science fiction writer, specializing in hard science fiction.

Hard science fiction is a misnomer as far as categories of literature go, as it sounds harsh and difficult to understand, but that is far from reality. Hard science fiction is simply plausible science fiction, fiction that is written in such a way as it conforms to the known laws of science, and that makes it more interesting, as there’s no magic wand the protagonist can wave to get out of trouble. Peter’s forays into hard science fiction could best be described as informative science fiction or enjoyable science fiction.

Peter is a fan of such classic science fiction writers as Philip K. Dick, Arthur C. Clarke and Michael Crichton and their influence on his style and story lines is readily apparent. You can follow Peter on Facebook or Twitter or find him posting some interesting tibit on his blog

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My Review

4 Stars

After the fight on Mars Liz Anderson and two other astronauts have been called back to Earth after to discuss the AI war. Liz is bringing back the hard drives that contain the information on the AI but also contain he deceased lover, Jianyu’s brain. Liz explains and argues about what happens to the American government she also wonders if Jianyu is still alive or if it is just a plan for another attack. At the same time we see Lucifer and Nyx, they survived the war and Lucifer has plans for Liz.

When I saw this was the sequel to Retrograde I was excited to read Reentry. Reentry picks up right where Retrograde finished and doesn’t spend much time revisiting the first book so I recommend reading them in order or you will be lost.

I think this is a great continuation of the story. Now Liz has to come back to Earth and share what happened on Mars. While on Earth she has some strange events happen that make her not trust anyone and crank up the tension of the story. Are we really safe from the AI or are they going to come back and finish their job?

I think this was a great read. The science was sound and showed that Cawdron really did his research. It also makes you think twice about how helpful AI could be.

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

I would like to thank Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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The Jumble Sale

The Jumble Sale (Adventures of the Misfit Monsters – 1) by Lily Rose

Zadi is part zombie, part fairy with a little bit of robot, which makes her a misfit monster. She lives with other misfit monsters, with their quirky parts in their makeshift town. They survive by hunting at the nearby hunting grounds taking items discarded by humans and making them into something useful. Hunting is risky because they could be captured by humans. Zadi is an excellent hunter and maker, but now she’s finding it difficult.

Something unusual has happened. There have been no new deliveries to the hunting grounds. This means there are no new items which can be used to recycle into something useful, and they are beginning to worry and fight with each other.

Can Zadi come up with a plan which will help the misfit monsters and bring them together as a community?

Enter the world of the misfit monsters, their quirky lives, and be part of their fun and adventures.

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About the Author

Lily Rose enjoys world building and creating characters for these unusual worlds. She enjoyed creating the misfit monsters world, and is looking forward to writing more of their adventures.

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My Review

5 Stars

Zadi is a combination of zombie, fairy, and robot which makes her a misfit monster. Zadi and other misfit monsters live in a little town near the hunting ground, where humans dump their stuff. Usually the monsters survive by gathering things and make various goodies. But there have been no deliveries to the hunting ground lately and the monsters are getting worried and fighting with each other. Zadi comes up with a plan to have a community Jumble Sale. But monsters are not really social and don’t like to part with their treasures.

This is a wonderful mid-grad story that will appeal to most children. It has a strong female character that encourages the other monsters to work together and share, something that she herself has to work on. I really enjoy the message about reusing, recycling, and reducing waste.

This is a great story for any kid or adult alike. It is the first in a series and I am very excited to see what happens with the Misfit Monsters 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.

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They don’t make plus size spacesuits

By Ali Thompson

Genre: Sci-fi short stories

“They don’t make plus size spacesuits” is a sci-fi short story collection, featuring an introductory essay. It is written by long-time fat activist, Ali Thompson of Ok2BeFat.

This book is a incandescent cry from the heart, a radical turn away from utopian daydreaming of future body perfection to center a fat perspective instead.

Ali invites people to experience a fictional version of a few of the many ways that fatphobia can manifest in a life. The ways that the people closest to fat people can subject them to tiny betrayals on a near constant basis. The disdain that piles up over the years, until it all becomes too large to bear.

And while some of the fatphobic tech in these stories may seem outrageous and downright unbelievable, it is all based on extrapolations of so-called “advances” by the diet industry, as they search for ever more efficient ways to starve people.

The modern day worship of Health promises a future peopled only by the thin, a world where the War on Fatness is won and only visually acceptable bodies remain.

What will that future mean for the fat people who will inevitably still continue to exist?

Nothing good.

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Ali Thompson

About the Author

Ali Thompson is the Bill Nye of fat girls.

She is the creator of Ok2BeFat, which by an amazing coincidence, is the name of her YouTube channel.

She’s a fat activist, writer, YouTuber, and collage artist. She is a bisexual queer who lives in Philadelphia with her husband Josh and their many cats.

You can find her on Twitter at @Artists_Ali, where she probably just said something weird.
Find out more here.

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My Review

5 Stars

This is a collection of four stories that revolve around being fat, obese, and unwanted. The basic idea is in the future fat has been punished and is trying to be destroyed. The narrator talks about being fat and the different “helpful” ways that have been created to help encourage these people to lose weight and fit into the perfectly thin society.

This is a touching and heartfelt expression of someone that has been deemed fat and them trying to follow the rules and please those that are trying to help them. But no matter what is done they are not losing weight and will never be accepted. This reminds me of real life today and how everyone looks down on the overweight.

It’s hard not to read this collection of four short stories and not feel sad. I can relate because I myself an overweight and feel just like the author. How we are judged by our appearance and looked down on because no matter what we do it seems we will never fit into the surroundings.

I really liked this small collection and think most people could relate to the stories not so much just because they focus on weight but because this applies to everyone that doesn’t fit into that perfect utopia.

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

I would like to thank Sage Adderley-Knox for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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