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Gather the Fortunes (Crescent City – 2) by Bryan Camp

Renaissance Raines has found her place among the psychopomps—the guides who lead the souls of the recently departed through the Seven Gates of the Underworld—and done her best to avoid the notice of gods and mortals alike. But when a young boy named Ramses St. Cyr manages to escape his foretold death, Renai finds herself at the center of a deity-thick plot unfolding in New Orleans. Someone helped Ramses slip free of his destined end — someone willing to risk everything to steal a little slice of power for themselves.

Is it one of the storm gods that’s descended on the city? The death god who’s locked the Gates of the Underworld? Or the manipulative sorcerer who also cheated Death?  When she finds the schemer, there’s gonna be all kinds of hell to pay, because there are scarier things than death in the Crescent City. Renaissance Raines is one of them.

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About the Author

Bryan Camp is a graduate of the Clarion West Writer’s Workshop and the University of New Orleans’ Low-Residency MFA program. He started his first novel, The City of Lost Fortunes, in the backseat of his parents’ car as they evacuated for Hurricane Katrina. He has been, at various points in his life: a security guard at a stockcar race track, a printer in a flag factory, an office worker in an oil refinery, and a high school English teacher. He can be found on twitter @bryancamp and at bryancamp.com. He lives in New Orleans with his wife and their three cats, one of whom is named after a superhero.

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My Review

4 Stars

When Renaissance Raines, Renai died she was chosen to become a psychopomp, a guide that escorts the dead through the seven gates of the Underworld. But when she is giving the task of finding a soul that has missed his death twice things are going to get a lot more interesting. She is going to be acquiring help and hindrance from all kinds of mythological creatures from gods and goddesses, angels and demons, and so much more.

I didn’t realize that this was the second book in a series. I do recommend reading The City of Lost Fortunes. It did take me a little bit to figure out what was going on but once I did get the hang of it things took off. I love all the different kinds of mythology that this book covers all based in New Orleans.

I really like this story and found myself wanting to know more. It’s clear that the author knows New Orleans and all the myths from many corners of the world. I love how there is a little bit of everything that will keep the reader guessing.

I recommend checking out this book. But make sure you read the series in order. I have a feeling that will increase your enjoyment of the 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 Publisher for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale by Lauren Myracle

When fourteen-year-old Selina Kyle, aka the future Catwoman, becomes homeless, she must confront questions of who she is and who she will become.

She rejects human cruelty, but sometimes it seems as though brute force is the only way to “win.” And if Selina is to survive on the streets, she must be tough. Can she find her humanity and reconcile toughness with her desire for community … and love?

From Lauren Myracle, the New York Times best-selling author of books like ttfn and ttyl, comes the story of a teenage Catwoman, as she struggles to find her own identity while living on the streets of Gotham.

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Lauren Myracle

About the Author

Lauren Myracle is the author of numerous young adult novels. She was born in 1969 in North Carolina. Lauren Myracle holds an MA in English from Colorado State University and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. she has written many novels, including the famous IM books, ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r.

Her first novel, Kissing Kate, was selected as one of ALA’s “Best Books for Young Adults” for the year 2004. It was named by Booklist as one of the “Top Ten Youth Romances” of the year, as well as one of the “Top Ten Books by New Writers.” Her middle-grade novel, Eleven, came out 2004, followed by its YA sequels (Twelve, Thirteen, Thirteen Plus One).

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My Review

4 stars

Selina Kyle has had a hard life. Her mother does what she can to keep them going but finds herself scumbags that will hang around for a while. Those scumbags are loud, have some kind of addiction, and like to beat on both Selina and her mother. Then one day she saves a kitten and nurses it back to health. But the current boyfriend doesn’t like it and solves the problem.

Selina takes this as a sign to stop being weak and leave. She realizes that school just doesn’t have the same meaning and even though Bruce Wayne seems to want to help her she is better off on her own. But things are tough until she finds a family. But when she starts to love them something happens again.

I don’t know much about the original comic stories of these characters. But I did like this book. I really felt for Selina and understood her choices. She does find a family but it is almost like she is meant to be alone. I thought it was a great introduction to the character.

This is a great graphic novel. I really liked the story and thought Isaac Goodhart did an amazing job with the illustrations. It’s definitely one to check out.

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Stick Together

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Stick Together (The Awkward Squad – 2) by Sophie Henaff

Officer Anne Capestan and her squad of misfits must turn their attention to a more personal case–the murder of Capestan’s ex-husband’s father, a lifelong member of the Paris police force who had no shortage of enemies.

After their successful solving of three cold cases and exposing corruption at the very highest levels of the Paris police force, Officer Anne Capestan’s team of oddballs and no-hopers should be in a celebratory mood. However, now despised by their colleagues at 36, quai des Orfevres and worried for their future, morale has never been lower among the members of the Awkward Squad.
Capestan is doing her best to motivate the team, but even she cannot maintain a cheerful facade when she has been assigned to investigate the murder of Officer Serge Rufus, the father of her ex-husband. Worse, it soon appears that his murder is linked to two other victims, both of whom were warned by the killer before they struck.
Can Capestan marshal the forces to solve another hopeless mystery, or will her team’s previous success be proven just a fluke?

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About the Author

Sophie Hénaff is a journalist, author and former Lyonnaise bar owner. She began her journalism career as a critic at Lyon Poche, before moving to Paris to write for Cosmopolitan, where she established her own humorous column, “La Cosmolite”. The Awkward Squad was first published as Poulets grillés in 2015, and was her first novel.

My Review

4 Stars

Anne Capestan’s team did an amazing job solving three cold cases and showing the level of corruption in the police department. But that has had the opposite effect with them being even more hated. Things are not going to get better when Anne is asked to look into the murder of her ex-father in law. It seems his case is similar to two others where the victims were warned by the killer before they became the next victim.

This is a great sequel to The Awkward Squad. The team is down and depressed even after their big win. They are not hated more so for their exposure of the corruption. Anne doesn’t know if she can rally her team to look into her ex-father in laws death. But the group comes together with snark and humor to help find the killer.

I really liked the first book and enjoyed Stick Together. It is full of humor and I just love how the rejects are the ones solving the cases. This is a wonderful series and I can’t wait to see what the Awkward Squad gets into next.

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Isle of Savages

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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.

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Fantasy / Paranormal
Date Published: March 11, 2015
Publisher: Chattercreek
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From the Salem Witch trials through the Nineteenth Century and beyond, the devil’s disciple pursues young and innocent Annabel Horton.  During the Incident at Loudun in 1633 Urban Grandier’s soul was taken by the devil in a furious confrontation between good and evil.  The once pious priest becomes the demonic priest. His curse is on Annabel for forsaking him to Lucifer and he pursues her through time as she taunts his beliefs and he reviles hers. As Annabel flees the devil’s fire she must take the bodies of those that the devil favors to protect her family. She must uncover the motive behind the illusive Ursula/Louis Boussidan, the scandalous cross-dresser who is pursuing her beautiful granddaughter, and she must learn, being one of God’s most powerful witches, how to use her power. But will it be enough to save her husband from Urbain’s fiery inferno? Will it be enough to save her children from demons greater than themselves?

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The first novel I ever wrote, Dancing Backward In Paradise, won an Eric Hoffer Award for publishing excellence and an Indie Excellence Award for notable new fiction, 2007. The Story of Sassy Sweetwater and Dancing Backward in Paradise received a 5 Star ForeWord Clarion Review and The Story of Sassy Sweetwater has been named a finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year Awards. I have published in ESL Magazine, Christopher Street Magazine and I have also written early childhood curriculum for Weekly Reader and McGraw Hill.
The pen name for my fantasy and paranormal novels is Olivia Hardy Ray. There are two other books in the Annabel series, Annabel Horton and the Black Witch of Pau and Annabel Horton and the Demon of Loudun. Black Witch is book 2 in the series and should be published this year. Also penned by Olivia is my novel Pharaoh’s Star and my soon to be released, Pindar Corners.
Aside from Southern fiction and fantasy/paranormal fiction I write women’s fiction with two titles to be published in 2019 and my presently published Lies a River Deep.
As for pleasure I love wine, chocolate, dogs, cats and other creatures of the jungle. I also love to travel, read, write, watch films and go to theater. I value friendship, history, my enormously loving family and quiet times under a summer sun.
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My Review
4 Stars

Annabel is a Christian woman that has been blessed with some special abilities. The devil has sent one of this minions, Urban Grandier to force her to use her abilities to keep her family safe throughout time. Annabel does Urban’s bidding while she tries to figure out why her and her family. There has to be a reason and way out of the torment her and her family go through.

This story starts out slow but takes of like a shot. Annabel is determined to keep her family safe throughout time but it’s not always his fault the troubles they find themselves in, they make plenty of errors on their own too. I really like how Annabel travels through time. She may be stealing bodies but there are no time travel paradoxes that she runs into.

This is a really good story and worth checking out. The writing is very detailed and makes you feel the scenes. I will admit that I did get irritated with some of it since it drew out paragraphs without really tell you what was going on. It is definitely a different approach to paranormal stories.

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I Know You

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I Know You by Erik Therme

Sisters Bree and Alissa Walker share a special bond. Neglected by their parents, they have always looked out for one another. But one day, sixteen-year-old Alissa goes missing. When Bree discovers her green backpack with all her belongings, abandoned on the steps of their run-down trailer, she knows that something bad has happened …

Then she receives a chilling text message. Someone has Alissa. But Bree will have to give up something very precious in exchange.

Desperate to save Alissa, Bree looks at everyone close to their family. She’s sure that Alissa’s best friend is keeping something back about her little sister and a boy at school, and why has their estranged uncle, who they’ve not seen in years, been hanging around again?

It soon becomes clear that the person behind the message knows a lot about the dark truths within the Walker family and will go to any lengths to get revenge. And as the search for Alissa continues, Bree discovers something about her brother Tyler that she wishes she hadn’t, a dangerous secret, which is also the key to bringing her little sister back home …

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Erik Therme

About the Author

Erik Therme has thrashed in garage bands, inadvertently harbored runaways, and met Darth Vader. When he’s not at his computer, he can be found cheering on his youngest daughter’s volleyball team, or watching horror movies with his oldest. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa—one of only twenty-eight places in the world that UNESCO has certified as a City of Literature. Join Erik’s mailing list to be notified of new releases and author giveaways here.

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My Review

4 Stars

Bree, Taylor and Alissa grew up without a father and a mother that is working all the time. Bree has essential taken care of her siblings from the very beginning. Bree has returned how to find Alissa’s backpack on the porch and then received a text message confirming that someone has kidnapped Bree. Bree goes on the hunt for both Alissa and Taylor but discovers the kidnapper knows more about her family and is determined to get some revenge.

Bree is making the best of a rough situation when she get a text message that puts her on the race to save her little sister. As we follow along we start learning the bad and horrible about the Walker family. We are also kept on our toes trying to figure out who the kidnapper could be.

This is a great thriller that sucked me in and kept me in its grasp until the mad dash to the end. This is a great thriller and one to check out.

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Karma

Karma (The Fallen Angel – 2) by SC Cunningham

At the age of four, Amy was taken… She survived.

A week later, another little girl was taken…She didn’t.

Angry that a bad man has gotten away with murder, feisty young Amy Fox makes a deal with the heavens.  When she dies, if she’s been a good girl, would they let her sit on a cloud for a while, invisible, and get the bad people who slip through God’s fingers?

Her deal and God long forgotten, career girl Amy mysteriously dies. Her lifeless body is found beneath a London underground commuter train.

She awakens in the afterlife to discover an international network of like-minded souls who’ve all made the same deal. A sophisticated MI5-esque justice machine sits in the skies. The only evidence they leave behind during their earthly visits is a small white feather sashaying to the ground.

Amy hates rules, she may be a new Angel but for how long?  Abusing her powers, lusting after her partner, avenging personal scores, protecting the underdog, dishing out unauthorized karma on terrorists, traffickers, abusers, hunters, bullies, bitches and competing Warlords will have her thrown below ground.

In a chaotic world of vendettas, jealous ex’s on her heels and powerful adversaries trying to close her Unit down, Amy has never worked so hard in her entire earthly life. She has to wonder if making the deal was a mistake.

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THE DEAL

THE FALLEN ANGEL SERIES

by S C Cunningham

Feisty Amy Fox hates rules, she’s a new Angel, but for how long?

Abusing her powers, lusting after her partner, avenging personal scores, protecting the underdog, dishing out unauthorized karma on terrorists, traffickers, abusers, hunters, bullies, bitches and competing Heaven v Hell Warlords… will have her thrown below ground.

Praise for The Deal

“The Deal is blissfully raw and absolutely perfect. 5 for days.”

“Completely different from anything I have ever read; it is an outstanding book.”

“It got me! It’s been a very long time since I have read a book that I, A. Couldn’t put down and B. I didn’t want it to end!”

“Plots intertwine twist and turn, it’s addictive.”

“Hard to put down – a must read that keeps you guessing.”

About the Author

Author of THE FALLEN ANGEL SERIES Cunningham creates adrenaline-charged paranormal crime rom thrillers, with a skilled mix of fuelled tension, dark humour and pulsating sex scenes. Having worked in the industries she writes about, her novels offer a fresh level of sincerity and authority, rare in fiction.

Abducted as a child she survived. Every night for months afterward she prayed to the heavens asking for a deal. This personal journey sparked the fuse behind the intriguing and riveting fictional world she portrays in THE FALLEN ANGEL SERIES.  First in series THE DEAL is free. Standalone Book II, KARMA is her latest release.  She is currently working on Book III, CALLING.

An ex-model, British born of Irish roots, she married a rock musician and has worked in the exciting worlds of music, film, sports, celebrity management and as a Crime Investigator for the British Police (Wanted & Absconder Unit, Major Crime Team, Intelligence Analyst, Investigations Hub).

She supports Veterans, MH and Animal causes, is the proud mother to Contemporary Artist Scarlett Raven, loves coffee, chocolate, Prosecco, shabby chic’ing and beach walks, and is owned by three soul-soothing dogs.

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My Review

4 Stars

Amy Fox is a new angel that is part of a team that takes care of those that have escaped justice in our world. But Amy goes beyond what she is supposed to and is on the verge of being punished for it. She also has a thing for her partner which is another rule that she is breaking. But things start to get tense when rivals want to shut down her Unit, she is having father issues, and so much more.

Amy is still fighting those that deserve karma but she doesn’t like the rules she has to play by and bucks them every chance she gets. I loved learning more about the Unit and those that want to close it down. Of course Amy has father issues she doesn’t tell anyone so that come back to bite her.

Over all this is a very good sequel to The Deal. Amy is a great avenging angel. It’s a good read and I recommend reading the series in order so you get more detail. But you can read this book first without being too lost. I am very curious to see what trouble Amy gets into in the next book.

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