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Inhuman Resources

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Inhuman Resources by Pierre Lemaitre

Alain Delambre is a fifty-seven-year-old former HR executive, drained by four years of hopeless unemployment. The only job offers he gets are for low-level, demoralizing positions. He has reached rock bottom and can see no way out.
So when a major company finally invites him in for an interview, Alain is ready to do anything–borrow money, shame his wife and his daughters, and even participate in the ultimate recruitment test: a role-playing game that involves taking hostages.

Alain vows to commit body and soul in this struggle to regain his dignity. But if he had realized that the odds were stacked against him from the beginning, he never would have tried to land the position. Now, his fury is limitless. And what began as a role-playing game could quickly become a bloodbath.

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Praise

When Alain Delambre lost his job four years ago, he lost everything. Now he’s breaking all the rules for one last shot at the life he thinks he deserves.
“a pulsating serio-comic thriller” The Sunday Times

“A really excellent suspense novelist.” Stephen King

Pierre Lemaitre

Author’s Bio

Pierre Lemaitre (born 19 April 1951 in Paris) is a Prix Goncourt-winning French author and a screenwriter, internationally renowned for the crime novels featuring the fictional character Commandant Camille Verhœven.

His first novel to be translated into English, Alex, is a translation of the French book of the same title, it won the CWA International Dagger for best crime novel of 2013.

In November 2013, he was awarded the Prix Goncourt, France’s top literary prize, for Au revoir là-haut, an epic about World War I. The translation of another of his French novels, Camille won the CWA International Dagger in 2015.

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My Review

4 stars

Alain Delambra is 57 years old and was a former HR executive that has lost his job. He has been working odd jobs in the last four years to barely make ends meet. But then he is given the opportunity to work at his idea job and he is willing to do whatever it takes to get this job. Even if this means an odd hostage role-playing game. But things quickly go wrong and Alain is going to do whatever it takes to win.

I couldn’t help but feel bad for Alain, to have this career and then to be fired late in life then not being able to find anything else besides menial jobs. I understood where he can from and his drive to get this job. But things go wrong quickly and Alain just doesn’t seem to see it, he is that focused on getting the job. He neglects his wife, hits his son in law, essential robs his daughter, and so much more.

This is different from the other stories from Pierre Lemaitre. It has lots of surprises as you follow Alain in his crazy fervor for a job. Mind you there are a couple places that the story seems to slow and gets a little unbelievable. But it is still a wild ride as you come crashing to the conclusion. It’s definitely a good read.

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Silverhorn

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Silverhorn by Marri Champie

Touch the crown of horns and know the world.

Willa MacLeod has it all—she’s young, beautiful, and an up-and-coming rock star. But she’s about to risk all that for a legend: Willa is determined to find a way to reach the other side of Silverhorn Canyon and find the source of her mysterious obsession. Still, she can’t help wondering whether her mother did the same before she disappeared into the Silverhorn almost three decades ago…

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Marri Champié

Author’s Bio

Marri Champié has been nominated for the Pushcart for poetry. She has won the Boise State University President’s Writing Award for fiction & poetry & the Oregon State Poetry Award. Champié works as a wildfire support driver, and lives on a small ranch overlooking the Idaho Prairie. However, she was raised in Hollywood and says her childhood was “filled with fantasy and the creation of unreality.”Silverhorn is her debut novel.

Silverhorn explores themes of magic/mysticism, history and Celtic and Native American traditions and heritage, family dynamics, love, friendship and music. It follows Willa – a young, beautiful rising rock n’ roll star who is also a cowgirl whose family ranch is the Silverhorn, a wild area that has long been off-limits to outsiders. Willa becomes obsessed with finding the truth behind a mysterious legend about what is on the other side of Silverhorn Canyon – is it a Native American legend or something far more ancient?  She risks it all to find out. Readers who enjoy cross-genre novels in which science and magic coexist, and those drawn to the Wild West will find it doubly appealing.

Silverhorn weaves myth into truth and truth into myth. For centuries, archeologists contended Mongolians who crossed the land bridge were the first Native Americans. But were they? In 1996 the controversial discovery of nine-thousand-year-old non-mongoloid remains in Kennewick, Washington changed that theory. When the tribes reclaimed the bones and buried the original site of the find, testing of Kennewick man’s identity ended. But the puzzle and speculation over America’s first people continues. Blending Native American myth and Celtic legend, Champié suggests an extraordinary possibility regarding America’s first inhabitants.

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My Review

4 Stars

Willa MacLeod is young and her rock bank is just starting to get famous. But she is also a cowgirl. Her family owns the Silverhorn, a vast wild area that has been closed to outsiders. In the wilds is the Silverhorn Canyon. There is a lot of mystery around this canyon and Willa finds herself drawn to it. But is it because her mother disappeared there many years ago or is something drawing her to the canyon?

Willa has just recently gotten famous from the band and she is still trying to process this. But she finds herself drawn into the legend of Silverhorn Canyon and goes hunting for it every day until she finds it. But what she finds more than she expected.

This story has some history and mythology wrapped up in it. There is discussion of who the first people to come across the land bridge to America were, their heritage. Then you have both Celtic and Native American mythology wrapped up to. Watching Willa discover who she really is in this world was a wonderful trip.

This is a good story, one that had me wondering what was going to happen next and hoping everything worked out for Willa. It’s one you should check out, you might be surprised.

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Lullaby Road

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Book Title: Lullaby Road by James Anderson

Category: Adult Fiction, 305 pages
Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Release date: October 16, 2018
Tour dates: Oct 22 to Nov 2, 2018

Content Rating: PG-13 + M (No explicit sex scenes or bad language)Book Description:

Winter has come to Route 117, a remote road through the high desert of Utah trafficked only by those looking to escape the world and those the world has rejected. Local truck driver Jones, still in mourning over the devastating murder of his lover Claire, is trying to get through another season of his job navigating treacherous roads and sudden snowfall without accident when a mute Hispanic child is placed in Jones’s path at a seedy truck stop along his route bearing a note that simply reads “Please, Ben. Bad trouble. My son. Take him today. His name is Juan. Trust you only. Tell no one. Pedro.” From that moment forward, nothing will ever be the same. Not for Ben. Not for the child. And not for anyone along the seemingly empty stretch of road known as Route 117.

Despite deep misgivings, and without any hint of who the child is or the grave danger he’s facing, Jones takes the child with him and sets out into a landscape that is as dangerous as it is beautiful and silent. With the help of his eccentric neighbors—Phyllis, who turned up one day in her Rolls-Royce with two children in tow and the FBI on her tail; Andy, a Utah State Trooper who is on or off duty depending on if his hat is on or off his head; and Roy, an ex–coal miner who has lived in Rockmuse, off Highway 117, his whole life and survives on odd jobs and the kindness of his neighbors—Jones uncovers buried secrets of the desert that are far more painful than he could have imagined.

In LULLABY ROAD, readers will find themselves enthralled by Anderson’s vivid sense of place and his beautiful and heartbreaking narrative.

Praise for Lullaby Road:

Atmospheric…Arresting desert vistas and distinctive characters leave a lasting impression.”
– Publishers Weekly

Anderson’s lyrical prose brings a forgotten corner of the world to life, and the authentic narrative does the same for Jones. Recommended for fans of William Kent Krueger’s Cork O’Connor and Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire.”
– BookList

…a delicious cast of colorful characters…Lullaby Road is a triumphant mix of landscape, character, wit and sagacity wrapped in a noir thriller.
– Shelf Awareness

The action is nonstop, and the plot twists are heart-pounding. Anderson’s vivid prose gives a sense of vastness that is the desert he so brilliantly describes – it is an amazing use of language to create a mood and feeling…Fans of Anderson’s first installment of this series will devour this book and long for another visit with the residents along Route 117.
– Library Journal Starred Review

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JAMES ANDERSON was born in Seattle, Washington, and grew up in the Pacific Northwest. He is a graduate of Reed College and received his MFA in creative writing from Pine Manor College. His first novel was The Never-Open Desert Diner. His short fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in many magazines, including The Bloomsbury Review, New Letters, Solstice, Northwest Review, Southern Humanities Review, and others. He currently divides his time between Colorado and Oregon.

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My Review

4 Stars

Ben Jones is back and on his normal truck route when he stops for some diesel and is told that there is something left for him. He discovers the truck stops tire man has left his child and a very protective dog for him. It seems something bad is happening to Pedro and he only trusts Ben. There is no time to really think about this so Ben takes them on his route. But there seems to be something off on his route. The people seem different toward him and it seems danger is going to come knocking soon.

Lullaby Road is the sequel to The Never-Open Desert Diner. I do recommend reading that before getting into Lullaby Road, there is a lot referenced that will make more sense if you do. Ben is one of several residents on Highway 117 that have moved to the desert to get away. They all have their perks and quirks but they have made 117 their home.

Ben is thrown off by having Pedro’s daughter. When he gets her he tries to find out more about what is going on but no one will talk to him. Then his 17 year old neighbor dumps her infant on him so she can go to school. Ben being Ben decides to pile everyone in his truck and heads into a snow storm for deliveries. But he is going to quickly find himself in the middle of some serious trouble.

This is a good story and a great sequel to The Never-Open Desert Diner. There is a great, diverse group of characters and a good thriller. I hope that there will be another sequel.

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Earthbound Angel Trilogy by Elizabeth Corrigan

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Oracle of Philadelphia (Book 1)

Carrie works at a diner in South Philadelphia, dispensing advice to humans and angels wise enough to seek her counsel. But there are some problems that even the best advice can’t solve.

Her latest supplicant, Sebastian, is unique among those who have sought her aid. He sold his soul to a demon in exchange for his sister’s life, but his heart remains pure.

Carrie has lived for millennia with the knowledge that her immortality is due to the suffering of others, and she cannot bear to see another good man damned when it is within her power to prevent it.

In order to renegotiate his contract, Carrie must travel into the depths of hell and parley with the demons that control its pathways. As the cost of her journey rises, Carrie must determine how much she is willing to sacrifice to save one good soul.

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My Review

4 stars

Carrie was born with the oracle abilities. The village elders sold her soul to the devil for their own short sighted means which has left her immortal. In the present she helps those that ask her but she covers her abilities by working with a psychic. Then Sebastian walks into the dinner and asks for help to get his soul back. It seems he sold it to save his sister from cancer. Carrie has a soft spot for Sebastian and decides to go to hell and fight for Sebastian’s soul.

Prepare to follow Carrie as she gets ready to deal with angels, demons, and archangels. I love the interaction between Carrie, Gabriel, and Bedlam. While they are on their adventure we also revisit the different people Carrie met throughout the years which just helps to add more flavor to this story.

I really enjoyed this book and loved Carrie. She has gone through so much but she still wants to help a pure soul. I have to say Bedlam is my favorite character and I can’t wait to read more about him. I can’t wait to get into Raising Chaos.

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Raising Chaos (Book 2)

When good fails, chaos rises to the challenge.

The daily life of a chaos demon is delightfully sinful—overindulging in Sri Lankan delicacies, trespassing on private beaches in Hawaii, and getting soused at the best angel bar on the planet. But when Bedlam learns that the archdemon Azrael has escaped from the Abyss in order to wreak vengeance against the person who sent her there—Bedlam’s best friend, Khet—he can’t sit idly by.

Only one relic possesses the power to kill Khet, who suffers immortality at Lucifer’s request: the mythical Spear of Destiny, which pierced Christ’s side at His crucifixion. Neither angel nor demon has seen the Spear in two thousand years, but Azrael claims to know its location. Bedlam has no choice but to interpret woefully outdated clues and race her to its ancient resting place.

His quest is made nearly impossible by the interference of a persnickety archivist, Keziel—his angelic ex—and a dedicated cult intent on keeping the Spear out of the wrong hands. But to Bedlam, “wrong” is just an arbitrary word, and there’s no way he’s letting Khet die without a fight.

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My Review

5 stars

Carrie, or Khet as Bedlam calls her, has moved to a new town and change her name without telling Bedlam any of this information. This is something they have done throughout time so Carrie can get a little alone time. But Bedlam hears that Azrael has escaped the Abyss and has her sights set on Khet. Azrael is pissed at Khet and looking to kill her. But the only thing that will kill the oracle is the Spear of Destiny. Bedlam goes on the hunt through old. Obscure clues to find the Spear of Destiny himself so he won’t lose the only person that loves him.

I loved Bedlam from Oracle of Philadelphia and was so excited to see this book was about Khet and him. I love how scattered he is yet how hard he tries to focus to save Khet. But this story is not just from his side. We follow Khet as she is settling into a new town and life. We also follow Siren’s angelic stories. All three stories do come crashing together for a completely unexpected ending.

I really like this series. You have a great modern day treasure hunt with the end result being the possible death of the Oracle. I was kept engrossed as we followed the three stories as they converge. And the ending completely threw me. I can’t wait to see where this series goes next.

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Archangel Errant (Book 3)

Divine intervention isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Gabriel didn’t expect his return to Heaven to be filled with trumpets and celebration, but he thought he would do more than sit at Michael’s side, listening to endless catalogs of unfulfilled prayers. He’s tried blending into every aspect of Heavenly life, but he can’t help but feel that the constantly praying Faithful and flower-dispensing Handmaidens lack the motivation to do any true good in the world. Some days, he longs for nothing more than to return to Earth and tell his beloved Cassia how he feels about her.

When Heaven is suddenly attacked, all the angels become trapped in their own nightmares. With Michael gone on an angelic mission, Gabriel must rally the remaining seraphim to rouse the sleeping angels and discover who seeks to take the agents of Heaven out of the celestial battle. All fingers point to Bedlam, but Gabriel can’t believe the ex-demon would threaten his salvation so soon after gaining it.

With few people he trusts, Gabriel must rely on all the lessons he learned on Earth to save Heaven, Bedlam, and maybe even himself.

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My Review

5 stars

Gabriel has been called back to heaven and finds that he doesn’t fit in anymore. He has been given the role of listening to endless prayer alongside of Michael. When Michael goes to earth to help Carrie heaven is attacked. Everything looks like it is new angel Bedlam’s fault. Gabriel is in charge of figuring out what is going on, who is responsible, and how to stop this attack. Thankfully Bedlam knows what has happened to the angels and how to stop it. They just need to figure out who is behind the attack and stop it.

This is a great series but one that you need to read in order. There is a lot of information that you will be missing if you don’t. This story is told through three POV: Michal, Gabriel, and Bedlam. Of course Gabriel and Bedlam have their hands full with the attack in heaven. But the book is really about Michael and Carrie.

Michael hates Carrie and has always been a jerk to her. In this book we see that it is because her ability came from Lucifer. As you learn about this you start to warm up to Michael and see that he is not the jerk that he has come across as through the other two books. It is actually funny to see how this big powerful angel is more human than I thought he could be.

This is a great addition to the series and a wonder fresh point of view with Michael. There are a couple things left open which make it possible to have another book in the series. This is definitely a series with checking out.

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Author’s Bio

Elizabeth Corrigan has degrees in English and psychology and has spent several years working as a data analyst in various branches of the healthcare industry. When she’s not hard at work on her next novel, Elizabeth enjoys singing, reading teen vampire novels, and making Sims of her characters.

She drinks more Diet Coke than is probably optimal for the human body and is pathologically afraid of bees. She lives in Maryland with two cats and a purple Smart Car.

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Water to Water

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Water to Water

by Karen A. Wyle

Genre: Science Fiction

Two young Vushla questioned what everyone knew about death. What should they do with the answer?

When the time comes for Vushla to die, they go into the ocean and are dissolved away. Or so Terrill has always believed, and still believes after taking part in his father’s final journey. But when he meets a young Vushlu who lives by the sea, Terrill must confront information that calls this fundamental belief into question. Will the two of them discover the truth? And what should they do with what they find?

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Kititit looked at different Vushla in turn as he told the story about buying a beast from a giant and tricking the fellow into lowering the price. The Vushla’s armor mostly left their faces bare, so you could see them drink the story in, especially the young ones. All right, maybe his mate’s uncle’s cousin wasn’t exactly a giant, but he was big enough that none of his neighbors gave him any backtalk. Kititit had come out of that exchange well enough to enjoy bragging about it, even if he did embellish the details a bit for effect.

It was a fine way to spend an evening. It would have been, even if the breeze hadn’t been a trifle nippy. He’d always liked campfires, but he particularly enjoyed them in villages like this. Vushlu armor wasn’t exactly reflective, but almost, enough to catch the firelight and play with it a bit. And while he always liked the smell of a campfire, it mingled especially nicely with the unique tangy smell of the sea. As for the traces of fish odor, he didn’t mind them. He did wonder, looking around at the Vushla, how much of it all they could smell with those small holes in their faces. His big mesh-covered nostrils had to do a better job, unless they somehow didn’t.

He caught the fisher lad’s eye for just a moment before the lad looked away. A bit shy, that one, but with thirsty ears, always soaking in whatever story Kititit chose to tell. Kititit’s oldest son had been like that, when he was a good bit younger. And when the boy and his sister had come with Kititit on his journeys, there had been plenty of time for telling tales.

Naturally the boy, or rather the proud young father, had started staying home now that he had a mate and little ones. And Kititit’s daughter, once proud to be included, had lately been more like willing. A good-hearted lass, ready to help her father in case he was too old and feeble to handle things alone; but it was time for her to live in the center of her own life, and Kititit to go back to how he used to travel, enjoying his own and the beast’s company.

Still, it was nice to have a youngster or two around the campfire.

 

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Karen A. Wyle was born a Connecticut Yankee, but eventually settled in Bloomington, Indiana, home of Indiana University. She now considers herself a Hoosier. Wyle’s childhood ambition was to be the youngest ever published novelist. While writing her first novel at age 10, she was mortified to learn that some British upstart had beaten her to the goal at age 9.

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Character Interview with Kititit the Weesah Peddler

Q. How did you become a peddler?

A. Well, now. That’s a ways to think back . . . . When I was a young sprout, we had a neighbor who was a peddler, wagon and all. I thought her wagon was about the prettiest thing I’d ever seen, all painted up as it was. And she used to let me help load the goods in the back – leastways, helping is what she called it. Getting in the way is what I’d call it, remembering. And when she’d been away and came home again, she always had stories to tell about the places she’d been. I’d never been anywhere, and I got to hankering after a life like she had.

Q. Your wagon – did it used to be your neighbor’s?

A. Right you are! Though by the time she figured she was ready to stay home and play with her grandchildren and take it easy, the wagon was what you might call used up – the canopy, anyway. My folks gave me a new one, and I picked what to paint on it.

Q. You have a mate and children, I hear. How have you managed to strike a balance between traveling and family life?

A. Well, I don’t have just any mate. I made sure to find a lady as liked to hear stories. I promised to always bring back plenty of stories. And she’s an independent sort – doesn’t need someone at her elbow all the time, telling her how to do things. A mate as hung around every day might get annoying for such as her. So we suit each other. And the longer I’m away, the longer I stay home and do my bit with the young ‘uns and the beasts and the garden and all. And now that some of our young ‘uns are grown, she has plenty of help when she needs it.

Q. You’re acquainted with Terrill and Honnu, I believe. How did that come about?

I’ve known Honnu a good piece of his life, I’d say. I visit a few different fisher villages, and he lives – or lived, I’m not sure which is right just now – in one of ‘em. I was the first Weesah he ever saw, I reckon, and how he would stare! Anyhow, he’s a curious fellow and always likes to hear my traveler’s tales.

Q. That brings up an interesting point. Aren’t you somewhat given to exaggeration in those tales of yours? Should Honnu believe everything you say?

(laughs) No, I can’t say as he should. But I reckon he knows that. Now, I wouldn’t say he knows just what to believe and what not to. But if he ever asked me, serious-like, I’d tell him.

Q. And Terrill? How did you meet him?

That was luck, if luck is something that happens, as to which I’ve no firm opinion. His da took ill, and Terrill was one of the funeral party as took him to the sea. I left Honnu’s village about the time they left to head home again, and we got to talking on the road. A nice young fellow. On the serious side, and tending to worry more than is comfortable for a youngster his age. I did my bit to cheer him up, when I could.

Q. And how did Terrill and Honnu meet each other?

(chuckles) Well, I’ll maybe let you ask one of them about that. I’d best be packing up and heading on, pretty soon. Any last questions? Or might you be wanting something from the wagon before I go? I’ve got some good knives I picked up a few towns back. Or if you’ve little ones at home, I have toys — balls for juggling, and these dolls. See the bits of shell that make up the armor? And of course, I have fish. Always plenty of fish.

 

My Review

4 Stars

This world is made up of two different races, the Vushla and Weesah. The Vushla are centaur like creatures that stay around their homes and don’t really encourage exploration. The Weesah are closer to human like appearance that trade and travel. Terrill is a young Vushlu that has to face the fact that his father is dying. They have a tradition where they travel to the sea and let the body dissolve back to the water. But on the return trip another family member becomes sick and the party turns around for the same purpose. Terrill can’t face this again and decides to leave and explore with a Weesah, Kittiti that he meet on the way to his father’s death.

Kittiti is an older male that has his kids grown and gone and discovers a young Vushlu, Honnu hidden in his cart. He decides to let the kid travel with him to explore the world that they live in. Then he meets up with Terrill and agrees to let him come along too. But as the boys travel and help Kittiti, they start learning things that change their views on their own lives and have to find a way to process this information and decide how to get it back to their own homes.

This is an amazing world and was so easy to get into the story. It’s heartbreaking to watch what Terrill goes through but it is also a fact of life. I don’t blame him for wanting to escape his world, I think we all go through that in our own lives from time to time, and it helps him to realize that there is so much more to this world than what he has grown up with.

Honnu is a great addition with his need to explore. He is a great friend for Terrill as they navigate Kittiti’s world. And Kittiti, I loved him. As a father he can see the kids wanting to grow and learn and I enjoyed how he helped both of them.

This is a great story about family, friends, loss, and finding out place in the world. It makes you think about what you would do if you were in their positions. It’s a great read and has me curious about other books from Karen Wyle.

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Christmas by Accident

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Christmas by Accident by Cameron Wright

Carter is an insurance adjuster whose longing for creative expression spills over sometimes into his accident reports. Abby works for her adoptive father, Uncle Mannie, in the family bookstore, the ReadMore Café. Carter barely tolerates Christmas; Abby loves it. She can’t wait past October to build her favorite display, the annual Christmas book tree stack, which Carter despises.

When an automobile accident throws Carter and Abby together, Uncle Mannie, who is harboring secrets of his own, sees a chance for lasting happiness for his little girl. But there are so many hurdles, and not much time left. Will this Christmas deliver the miracle everyone is hoping for? Where love and Christmas are concerned, there are no accidents.

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Author’s Bio

Camron Wright was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has a master’s degree in Writing and Public Relations from Westminster College.

He has owned several successful retail stores in addition to working with his wife in the fashion industry, designing for the McCall Pattern Company in New York.

Camron began writing to get out of attending MBA school at the time, and it proved the better decision. His first book, Letters for Emily, was a Readers Choice Award winner, as well as a selection of the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild. Letters for Emily has been published in North America, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Korea, the Netherlands, and China.

His next book, The Rent Collector, won Best Novel of the Year from the Whitney Awards and was a nominee for the prestigious International DUBLIN Literary Award. The Orphan Keeper won 2016 Book of the Year, Gold accolades in Multicultural Fiction from Foreword Reviews, and was winner of Best General Fiction from the Whitney Awards. He newest book, The Other Side of the Bridge, will be released in March of 2018.

Camron lives with his wife, Alicyn, just south of Salt Lake City at the base of the Wasatch Mountains. He is the proud father of four children, all girls but three.

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My Review

4 Stars

Abby lost her parents when she was young and her Uncle Mannie has raised her. She helps him run the ReadMore Café for him. Then Mannie becomes sick and is in the hospital. On the way there Abby gets in a car accident and totals her car. She has some troubles with the claim and doesn’t want to worry Mannie about it so she starts to investigate the claims adjuster to ask for help.

Carter is an insurance adjuster that has a bad habit of creatively enhancing the stories on the claims. He does this one too many times and ends up fired. Abby finds him and asks him to look into her closed claim. In return Carter wants her to read his novel in works and give him some pointers.

This leads to a budding romance between Carter and Abby as they discuss the goods and bads of Christmas, help with Mannie’s illness, and start to get closer. This is a cute story about two people coming together. Although it has reference to Christmas is to not one of those cutesy Hallmark movies. Carter hates Christmas but Abby slowly brings him around. Of course Mannie stole the show and breaks your heart at the same time.

If you like Christmasy romances I think you would like this story. It’s not what I was expecting but still a good read.

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The Hero’s Brother

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The Hero’s Brother by M. Scott Anderson

It’s hard enough being barely above average when your brothers include the deadliest swordsman of the realm, a saint, prodigies – and the greatest hero of the Middle Ages. But what if you haven’t seen your queen of love in years and she’s imprisoned by a one-armed religious zealot and lethal librarians? Even worse, your only allies are vicious killers with rather bad manners and outsized appetites who all want to murder your heroic brother.

The result – in a world of pedantic misrule, feckless magic, and courage both dauntless and daunted – is either high adventure or an identity crisis. Or both.

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Author’s Bio

Scott is a 66-year-old software developer, who in olden times spent six years not getting a Ph.D. in medieval literature. Before that, his only discernible accomplishment came when he played on the Reed College baseball team, which was routinely thumped by Bible colleges and small seminaries; M. Scott was twice the winning pitcher for Reed, which made him the only person to win a game over a fourteen-year span. This accomplishment is perhaps tempered by the fact that the Oregon school’s entire fourteen-game schedule had been rained out in at least one year.

He is the father of three game-playing sons, whose remarkable mother died in August 2017.

He lives in Oak Park, Illinois.

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My Review

4 stars

It is the Middle Ages and we are following Frith, the sixth son out of seven kids. All of his brothers succeed in various areas from being heroes, clergymen, magicians, and such. Poor Frith has spent his life in the library around books and is the odd man out in this family. The story starts with his oldest brother Alexander is magically stuck in a cage at the top of a tree. Everyone has been trying to help him and he is stuck there until Frith finds the key which leads to the next adventure.

It seems that there is some issue with who rules the land. Alexander is planning on taking over control and he is going to need Frith to lead an army of his enemies to create a diversion. Frith knows this is not going to go well but Alexander talks him into it. Of course things go wrong from the start and Frith doesn’t know how he is going to get everyone to cooperate long enough to be a help to Alexander.

This was a wonderful world and is very easy to get into this story. I felt for poor Frith, the little nerd of the family with his dashing other brothers. I had to laugh at several of the events he gets himself into and the creative ways to get out of them. I did hope that things would work out for him and that he could be with his Queen.

I have to admit that the pacing of the story was slow for me and there were times that I had to struggle to stay focused. Mark Bramhall was the narrator and he did a wonderful job. But I did enjoy the story and recommend it to anyone that likes stories based in the Middle Ages. (This is an audiobook so I am unsure of the proper spellings of names. Sorry about that.)

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

I would like to thank Michele Cobb at Forte Business Consultants  for the opportunity to listen/read and share this book.

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