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The Hidden Worlds

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The Hidden Worlds by Sandra Ingerman and Katherine Wood

Were those people in Isaiah’s dream the same people from school? Popular soccer star Magda? George, who he’d never heard speak because he always left classes for special services help? Angry Rose, the Chinese girl who was always in trouble for fighting? And why were there dead birds and fish everywhere? When the four encounter one another the next day by the same pond from the dream, they realize they’ve shared a dream and there really are dead birds and fish covering the ground! This leads to real-life adventures and more dreams as they discover a toxic waste plant disposing of poisons illegally. Not friends in the beginning, romance blossoms as they work together with their Power Animals to close down the plant.

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About the Authors

Sandra Ingerman

Sandra Ingerman

Sandra Ingerman is an internationally renowned teacher on shamanic journeying, healing, and using spiritual methods to reverse environmental pollution. She is the award-winning author of 12 books.

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Katherine Wood

Katherine Wood taught reading and writing to middle and high school students for 31 years. She is a shamanic practitioner and teacher as well as an avid reader, writer and journeyer who loves to travel in both ordinary reality and in the hidden worlds.

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My Review

4 stars

This story is about four 7th graders that don’t fit in, Isaiah, Magda, George, and Rose. They have a shared dream one night and the next day they find themselves around the same pond they dreamed about the night before. They discover the dead birds and fish are also there. This begins their journey into discovering a toxic waste plan disposing of poisons illegally and of shamanism and power animals.

This is a great yet short story about four outcasts that finds themselves together as good friends. They deal with the same things from bullies and not fitting in. They also learn about how they need to protect the environment and the world. And I enjoyed how they also learned about shamanism.

This book has a lot of information in such a small book and not one of my normal reads. But it has a great message and wonderful information for those that are curious about shamanism. Definitely one to check out, you might be surprised.

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

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

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The Vengeful Caller

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The Vengeful Caller (A Palmchat Islands Mystery – 2) by Rachel Woods

During a girls’ night out, a beautiful island girl is stalked by an aggressive pursuer. After escaping the unwanted attention, she takes a nasty fall and ends up in the hospital. But, she doesn’t make it out alive.

The hospital claims it was an accidental morphine overdose. Journalist Vivian Thomas-Bronson thinks it might be cold-blooded murder.

As Vivian and Leo dig deeper, they discover that the island beauty had a shady past. She’d been receiving mysterious threatening phone calls and keeping dangerous secrets.

As Vivian and Leo search for the truth, they come across several suspects. But, Vivian has to be careful. She could be the next victim if she gets in the way of the killer’s vengeance.

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Praise for The Vengeful Caller

“This book is thrilling and sexy all at the same time.” Dale

“The author has crafted a story that twists and turns.” Kai

“This was an engaging page turner I couldn’t put down.” Karen

“Mystery, intrigue, suspense, and romance all in one book.” Teresa

Rachel Woods

About the Author

As a pre-teen, a young Rachel  quickly tired of the Sweet Valley High Series and moved on to work by Sidney Sheldon, Jackie Collins and Dominick Dunne, which was just the spark necessary to fuel her love of writing.

Her first stories were written on a Brother typewriter during long summer days in Texas, where she always had an extra typewriter ribbon and correction tape handy.

Rachel later studied journalism and graduated from the University of Houston where she published articles in the Daily Cougar. She is a freelance writer and blogger with a penchant for melodrama and a frequent traveler to beach locales. Many of her stories take place on the islands, which she has visited around the world.

Rachel writes complex, multicultural stories centered on strong women in jeopardy, fighting for love and their own lives.

When not writing, this read-a-holic can be found listening to audio books, reading the Book of Jeremiah, or scouring soap opera blogs. Rachel resides in Houston with her three sock monkeys.

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My Review

4 stars

Husband and wife investigative journalists Leo and Vivian are back. Leo’s dad wants him to take over the newspaper but Leo has other plans. Vivian goes out on a girls night out which turns badly when one of the girls tries to escape a stalker and has a bad fall that leads bother Phoebe Wall and Vivian in the hospital. But Vivian overhears something that has her worrying about Phoebe. The next day she learns that Phoebe died of an accidental morphine overdoes. But with what she hears Vivian and Leo decide to look into Phoebe. What the couple finds is a shady past, several suspects and lots of guilt around.

I like Vivian and Leo, they work well together but the guilt of secrets didn’t make them as close as they could be. Beyond that, this is a great thriller that had me guessing. Just when I thought I might know the who and why of the killer I was thrown off. I was definitely on my ties with this one.

This is a great sequel to The Prodigal Captive. I quickly got into the story and couldn’t put the book down. It is a quick read that left me satisfied with the mystery yet wanting more of Vivian and Leo. I can’t wait to read more from Rachel Woods.

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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Emily Knight I Am….
Emily Knight Series Book 1
by A. Bello
Genre: YA, MG Fantasy
Emily Knight I AM… is about a thirteen year old warrior named Emily, who
is far from ordinary and she hates it! The daughter of a heroic
warrior and the press favourite problem child. Against her wishes
she is sent to the Osaki Training School to control her powers. She
learns to fly, breathe under water and battle but someone has their
eyes set on Emily and now she has to chose between the two people she loves.
Emily Knight I AM… has elements of grittiness that is more mature than
other fantasy books. As well as being laugh out loud funny, the
characters are real, complicated and relatable. A. Bello pushes the
boundaries by breaking the conventions in this diverse, absorbing novel.
My Review
4 stars

Emily Knight is 13 years old and trying to find her place in the world. Her brother disappeared years ago and her father, a great Warrior, left to find him. Her mother dies of cancer and Emily is left with her godparents. To try and get the attention of her father she starts acting out but this backfires and her godparents decide to send her to Osaki Training School to help her learn to use her abilities. There she meets some friends that become close, deal with bullies, learns about her abilities, and has doubts that her father will be happy with her since he is the best Warrior ever.

This was a cute fantasy read. I felt for Emily, she is right at that age where we start figuring things out about ourselves. I understand why she was getting into trouble but I think being sent to Osaki Training School was the best thing for her. Here she discovers things about herself and how to fit into this world.

I enjoyed this read and think it’s a great start to this series. I am very curious to see what happens in the next book. If you like mid-grade fantasy stories I think you should check this book out.

Emily Knight I Am…Awakened
Emily Knight Series Book 2
Dark times are upon us. Neci is back and she is more dangerous than ever.
The warriors are forced to pick a side and to stand up for what they
believe in. The race is on to find the missing warrior first. It’s
the only way to prevent a war from happening and to stop Neci from
destroying everything. Emily Knight has to get sharper, stronger and
faster because Neci has made her a target and someone is going to
great lengths to hurt her. Can Emily win the race? Or will Neci take
her down once and for all?
**Nominated for the 2019 Carnegie Medal!**
**Finalist for London’s Big Read 2019!**
My Review
5 Stars

Emily Knight is back. She is still at the Osaki Training School and very much a teenager. She is starting to mature and see boys in a different light. There is still the same school issues like friends, bullies, and trying to fit in. But things are getting worse. Neci has declared war on those that don’t follow her decrees, like the microchips. Of course the school is trying to prepare the new warriors yet at the same time hoping Emily’s father will come back and save the day again.

I love how Emily has grown since the last book. Of course now we have more hormones and being boy crazy to add to the mix. But I loved Neci and more of her story. I understand why she would want revenge. But what gets me is how everyone is just expecting Emily’s dad to come back and save the day.

This is a great fantasy story for older mid-grade readers, teens, and anyone else that loves young adult fantasy. I love where this story is progressing and I can’t wait to read the next book. Make sure you check out the Emily Knight series.

I received a complimentary copy of thess books. I voluntarily chose to read and post honest reviews.

A. Bello is a young author from North London and the author of the Emily
Knight series (Emily Knight I am… & Emily Knight I am…Awakened)
She wrote her first novel at aged 8, where she fought monsters and
dragons daily and was first published at aged 12 for a poem she wrote
in school.
A. Bello wrote the first in the Emily Knight saga at aged 12, with the
intention of filling in a gaping hole in children’s fiction for an
inspirational, strong, black female protagonist (who can fight like a man!)
A. Bello has received rave reviews for her debut book as well as success
with her Emily Knight Warriors pop-up book. She is the founder of The
Lil’ Author School and co-founder of The Author School. The Author
School was shortlisted for The Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2016.
A. Bello has appeared in Female First Magazine, The Mirror, BBC1XTRA to name a few.
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Today I have two books from Peter May to share.

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The Man with No Face

There are two men on their way to Brussels from the UK: Neil Bannerman, an iconoclastic journalist on Scotland’s Daily Standard whose irate editor wants him out of the way, and Kale—a professional assassin.

Expecting to find only a difficult, dreary political investigation in Belgium, Bannerman has barely settled in when tragedy strikes. His host, a fellow journalist, along with a British Cabinet Minister, are discovered dead in the Minister’s elegant Brussels townhouse. Apparently they have shot each other. But the dead journalist’s young autistic daughter, Tania, was hidden in a closet during the killings, and when she draws a chilling picture of a third party—a man with no face—Bannerman suddenly finds himself a reluctant participant in a desperate murder investigation.

As the facts slowly begin to emerge under Bannerman’s scrutiny, he comes to suspect that the shootings may have a deep and foul link with the rotten politics that brought him to Brussels in the first place. And as Kale threatens to strike again, Bannerman begins to feel a change within himself. His jaded professionalism is combining with a growing concern for the lonely and frightened Tania, and a strong attraction for a courageous woman called Sally, to draw him out of himself and into the very heart of a profound, cold-blooded, and infinitely dangerous conspiracy.

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My Review

5 Stars

With a new editor at the Scotland’s Daily Standard, Neil Bannerman has been sent off to Brussels to follow the political issues. Neil is staying with a British Cabinet Minister, Tim Slater, and his autistic daughter Tania. Neil spends the night out but returns to find Tim and the minister dead. It looks like they killed themselves until they find Tania hiding and traumatized. But what she draws, a man with no face killing the two men, encourages Neil to go against the police to find this killer. But Neil is soon going to find this involves so much more than the simple murder of two political officials.

This story takes place in the 70’s and I love the actual investigating that we don’t see as much with today’s technology. Neil has a history that has followed him to Brussels but watching him interact with Tania shows that his history is not his true self. I admit that I don’t really know the political history of Europe during this time period but I do see things that are happening today in this story.

I really enjoyed this read, it is a great thriller and one that I recommend checking out. This was a book that Peter May wrote earlier in his career and has revised a couple things. It’s a captivating read and one that I strongly recommend you check out.

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The Killing Room (The China Thrillers – 3)

Peter May’s thrilling new China novel brings together Beijing detective Li Yan and American pathologist Margaret Campbell for the third time.

When the mutilated and dismembered bodies of eighteen women are discovered in a mass grave in Shanghai, Li is sent to establish if the corpses are related to an unsolved murder in Beijing, and he finds the most horrifying catalog of killings ever uncovered in the Middle Kingdom.

Once more, Margaret is unsure of her mercurial relationship with Li, and if it will threaten their professional collaboration. Having just suffered the heartbreak of burying her father, she arrives in Shanghai to find any partnership with Li threatened by another woman named Mei-Ling. Born in the Year of the Tiger, Mei-Ling seems to have her claws firmly fixed in Li. How can Margaret, a mere “foreign devil,” compete with Mei-Ling, the deputy head of Shanghai’s serious crime squad?

Faced with the grisly proposition that the murdered women have been subjected to “live” autopsies, the three soon realize they are tracking a monster of inhuman capacity. The closer they get to this ruthlessly cold-blooded killer, the closer they come to realizing their own personal nightmares.

Peter May combines edge-of-the-seat suspense and a brilliantly evoked picture of modern China to create an unstoppable thriller.

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My Review

4 Stars

A woman’s body has been found and forensics points to her being autopsied while alive. Lin Yan is called in to investigate. Then a mass grave is discovered with the remains of an additional 18 women that seem to have gone through the same treatment. Lin travels to Shanghai to find out if the two cases are related. There he is paired up with the lead detective Mei-Ling. But when Margaret Campbell is flown back to help with the pathology sparks start to fly between her and Mei.

I have mixed feelings about this book. I really enjoyed the mystery. It was gruesome and touches on the Chinese one child policy. I can understand how this would lead women to do what they felt they had to do. I also enjoyed the country and culture although some parts of the political aspect was frustrating with the investigation.

Now on to the relationship issues. I’m sorry to say but his brought the story down. I am not one for love triangles especially ones like this. The drama got to be more of an annoying distraction than anything that would enhance the story. But this is something that I can’t stand so I’m sure I’m just reading too much into it.

Over all this is not a bad story. I loved the setting and the mystery. I will read the next book because I’m curious to see where Peter May is going to take this series next. It’s definitely one worth checking out.

I received a complimentary copy of these books. I voluntarily chose to read and post honest reviews.

Peter May

About the Author

Peter May is the multi award-winning author of:

  • The internationally best-selling Lewis Trilogy set in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland;
  • The China Thrillers, featuring Beijing detective Li Yan and American forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell;
  • The critically-acclaimed Enzo Files, featuring Scottish forensic scientist Enzo MacLeod, which is set in France;
  • And several standalone books, including the multi award-winning Entry Island (January 2014, Quercus UK), Runaway (Quercus 2015) Coffin Road (Quercus 2016) and I’ll Keep You Safe (riverrun 2018).

He has also had a successful career as a television writer, creator, and producer.

One of Scotland’s most prolific television dramatists, he garnered more than 1000 credits in 15 years as scriptwriter and script editor on prime-time British television drama.  He is the creator of three major television drama series and presided over two of the highest-rated serials in his homeland before quitting television to concentrate on his first love, writing novels.

Born and raised in Scotland he lives in France.

After being turned down by all the major UK publishers, the first of the The Lewis Trilogy – The Blackhouse – was published in France as L’Ile des Chasseurs d’Oiseaux where it was hailed as “a masterpiece” by the French national newspaper L’Humanité.  His novels have a large following in France.  The trilogy has won several French literature awards, including one of the world’s largest adjudicated readers awards, the Prix Cezam.

The Blackhouse was published in English by the award-winning Quercus (a relatively young publishing house which did not exist when the book was first presented to British publishers).  It went on to become an international best seller, and was shortlisted for both Barry Award and Macavity Award when it was published in the USA.

The Blackhouse won the US Barry Award for Best Mystery Novel at Bouchercon in Albany NY, in 2013,

Entry Island won the Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2014 and the ITV Specsavers Crime Thriller Club Best Read of the Year 2014.

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Shadows of Atlantis

Shadows of Atlantis: Awakening
by Mara Powers
Genre: Fantasy
“…had me turning the pages obsessively from the very beginning.”
Readers Favorite.
Enter the legacy of the legend…
Brigitte has been chosen to renew the treaty between Atlantis and the ancient
bloodline of Lemuria. As an emissary of nature, her betrothal would
ensure the continued function of the Crystal Grid, the life source of
the ten kingdoms of Atlantis. But as Brigitte prepares to leave from
her home in the magical Dreamvale, her people are attacked by a storm
of shadows. Now she is running for her life.
Upon her arrival in the ruling city of Atlantis, she meets D’Vinid, a
dejected musician who lives the quintessential Atlantean lifestyle of
revelry, escapism and apathy. Under the eclipse of a sacred festival,
they are swept into an attraction they cannot resist. Their union may
protect humanity from its worst enemy – the shadows of Atlantis. But
there is one problem, this man is not her betrothed.
Brigitte soon discovers that the corruption of the Grid could very well be the
Grid itself. Citizens have neglected to attend the rituals required
to charge the crystals with their psychic emanations. Some have
fallen prey to an epidemic called “the madness”, caused by
shadowy parasites that feed off human suffering. But as nature always
strives toward balance, the crystals have activated a genetic upgrade
among the people. The youth have begun to express supernatural
powers. Could it be that D’Vinid and Brigitte are meant to be
leaders among the awakened? And if so, why does it seem impossible
for them to be together?
A mysterious tale of romance, seduction and betrayal that reaches just
enough into the modern mind to ask – will we learn the lessons of
Atlantis?
**Only .99 cents!**
Mara Powers is a rebel of the written word who has tackled the monumental
task of recreating Atlantis. When she was 16 in Fort Collins,
Colorado, she began visiting the library in search of things she
couldn’t learn in school. Her goal was to re-define her religion. She
studied theology voraciously until she discovered the concept of
reincarnation though Hinduism. It was the answer to a lifelong
existential crisis that had plagued her for many sleepless nights.
The study of reincarnation led her to the channel Edgar Cayce. In his
many books, she found his past life readings of lifetimes spent in
Atlantis. This was the beginning of a lifelong quest to unravel the
secrets of this mystery. She has spent upwards of 30 years exploring
the labyrinth of ancient civilizations. Her decision to turn it all
into a high concept, visionary fantasy series stems from her study of
the esoteric depiction of Atlantis. With the other half of her
research rooted in the secular, it was the best way to illustrate
both aspects of this fascinating legend. Her work is the legacy of
the legend.
My Review
4 stars

Atlantis is an amazing world that runs of the power of the Crystal Grid and the psychic power of the people. But the grid is failing. Bridgette is supposed to be the solution to fixing the problem. Brigette is to be married and the unity strengthens the grid. But when she gets to the center of Atlantis she meets D’Vinis, a musician with his own problems.

Brigette starts to fall for D’Vinis but he is not the one that she is supposed to be marrying. But this might just be what Atlantis needs. The grid is the problem and the people not coming to the rituals to renew it are not helping keep it going. But it seems the younger generation has developed some abilities that just might change the way things work.

This was an interesting read. I love the idea of Atlantis so I was jumping at the chance to review this book. I loved this world and how it worked, although it was a bit of a learning curve when I started reading the book. But once I got things figured out it was easy to follow along with the different characters.

This story has so much more than just Brigette and D’Vinis. You have political issues, religious issues, and changes with people and society. It does make you think. I really enjoyed this book and recommend you check it out. It is a great start to a series with lots of possibilities. I can’t wait to see where Mara Powers takes the story from here.

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

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The Haunted

Hargrove House
The Haunted Book 1
by Allie Harrison
Genre: Paranormal Romance
What waits for her in the cellar?
As a child, Torrie Reynolds entered the haunted Hargrove House on a
dare. Terrified by what she’d heard while inside Hargrove House, she
avoided it since.
Now fifteen years later, Will Dalton offers Torrie the job of
refurbishing it, and she has no choice but to take the offer to keep
her business afloat. But there is something about Will Dalton that
Torrie’s heart can’t ignore, something that calls to her in her
dreams, something about him that her soul recognizes.
As the house is restored and rooms come alive with character and color
Torrie brings to them, her fear of the house fades and her attraction
to Will grows stronger. Hargrove House begins to even feel like home
to her. With each finished renovation project, it is harder for
Torrie to leave the house…Or Will.
And although she wants nothing more than a life with Will Dalton within
Hargrove House, she discovers there are things more terrifying than
ghosts when she learns why Will is digging in the dark, frightening cellar…
This is a stand-alone Paranormal Romance with a hot hero and a crafty
heroine that will keep you turning the pages to the very end.
**Only .99 cents!!**
My Review
4 stars

The Hargrove House has always been haunted and when Torrie Reynolds was young she entered the house on a dare. But when she heard it call her name she ran and never went back. Until Will Dalton, the new owner, asks her to renovate the house. But the more Torrie is in the house the more it starts to feel like home. Plus her attraction to Will doesn’t hurt either. But things start taking a strange turn and the past seems to be reaching out to the present.

This is a great read. Torrie is a wonderful character and although she would rather be anywhere but at the Hargrove House, she does need the money. But there is more to this story than a simple haunting. I loved the connection to the past and what happened. But I really enjoyed the sweet romance between Torrie and Will.

I loved the story and the unexpected twists. I admit that I kind of expected the ending but the story needed to wrapped up and this did a great job. Allie Harrison wrote a great story and left me wanting to know what is going to happen in book two.

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

Montgomery Manor
The Haunted Book 2
Welcome to Montgomery Manor, a beautiful Bed & Breakfast complete with
gorgeous guest rooms, a five-star restaurant, and a haunting history
of true love, betrayal, and murder…
When soulmates Quint and Meg Falkner inherit moldering Montgomery Manor,
they are in way over their heads. With a bit of faith and strange
push they cannot ignore, they jump head first into bringing the
large, compelling house back to its original grandeur.
But something is different…something is…wrong. Quint isn’t acting
himself, and Meg keeps seeing visions, images of the past seeping
into her very soul. When Meg becomes the target of a mysterious,
dangerous admirer, her world implodes, leaving her vulnerable to the
otherworldly inhabitants of the house…the very house calling out to
her, its secrets begging to be uncovered.
Endless corridors, echoing darkness, and hidden treasure weave together in
this tale of everlasting love and second chances.
Can Meg and Quint make a new life for themselves in Montgomery Manor, or
will Montgomery Manor’s secrets tear them apart forever?
This is a stand-alone Paranormal Romance with a hot hero and a crafty
heroine that will keep you turning the pages to the very end.

**Only .99 cents!!**
My Review
4 stars

Quint and Meg Falkner have just inherited the Montgomery Manor. It is a rundown Bed and Breakfast with a murder in it’s past. Meg wants to get rid of the manor, she thinks it is too big of a project to restore and wants nothing to do with the house. Then Quint seems to be changing and when she jokes around about being possessed by a ghost he agrees. Meg is also having strange dreams and visions that are making her think she is slowly going insane. But the final straw is when she gets a stalker that can’t wait to see her at the grand opening of Montgomery Manor.

I really enjoyed Hargrove House and couldn’t wait to see what scared Allie Harrison would come up with next. I was not disappointed. Once again we have a haunted house, a haunting, and some serious shady business. I felt for Meg, especially when she started noticing the changes in Quint. But her stalker really got under my skin. That with the original owner, Joshua Montgomery’s hanging really had me hooked.

This is an amazing sequel to Hargrove House could easily be read as a standalone story but I loved how it kept them theme going. And when I learned about Joshua I was hooked and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to see what was going to happen next. This is a great series and I recommend checking it out.

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

Camden Place
The Haunted Book 3
Her past is a mystery. His future is in jeopardy.
From the first moment Clare Newman steps into Camden Place—from the
squeak in the floor and the sweet scent of apple pie to the candles
she lights on the dining room table—it feels like home. It’s a
place she can find refuge from her nightmares. It’s a place where
she can make a fresh start…
Except there’s a misty figure with a knife who disappears into the library.
Except there’s Liam Camden, the man who built Camden Place over a century
and a half before, who doesn’t disappear, who seems to be the only
one who can see and talk to Clare.
But who is the real ghost? Clare, who somehow found the doorway to 1847?
Or Liam, who died mysteriously one hundred and seventy years ago?
When danger creeps closer, will the timeless love they share be enough to
keep them safe?
This is a stand-alone Paranormal Romance with a hot hero and a crafty
heroine that will keep you turning the pages to the very end.

**Only .99 cents!!**
Winsgate Drive
The Haunted Book 4
Was it a dream? Or was it real?
He visited her at midnight in a dream. He was a stranger yet her lover,
whose touch started a fire in her soul. His passion left her yearning
for more even after she awoke.
With the morning light, she discovered him at her door, leaving her to
question just how much of her midnight fantasy had been a dream.
Kate McCoy can’t resist Jake Casperson. Nor can she resist the passion
that flares between them day or night. At the same time, neither of
them can escape the dreams. But the dreams soon become a nightmare
that is overshadowed by something darker…
A murder that happened seventy years ago. Two young lovers who share
Kate and Jake’s names.
Can she believe the dreams? Are they real, shared memories of a love cut
short by murder?
And if they are, will history repeat itself and make Kate the next victim?
This is a stand-alone Paranormal Romance with a hot hero and a crafty
heroine that will keep you turning the pages to the very end.

**Only .99 cents!!**
Allie Harrison also writes as Allie Quinn. She lives with her husband in
Southern Illinois. When she isn’t enjoying fun family time, games
with friends, reading, crafts, music and winemaking, she’s working to
build fictional worlds and unforgettable characters.
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The Prodigal Captive

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The Prodigal Captive (A Palmchat Islands Mystery – 1) by Rachel Woods

A mind-blowing mystery that will have you on the edge of your seat until the shocking ending.

On a gorgeous morning in paradise, tourists find a dead body on the pristine white beach of St. Killian, an island in the Caribbean.

The victim was killed in a ritualistic murder. The dead man was castrated and branded. Burned into his skin is a strange word—“eros.”

Investigative journalist Vivian Thomas-Bronson heads to the scene of the crime. She’s got to cover the story alone. Her husband, Leo Bronson, has to do a mysterious favor for his father.

Leo is less than thrilled when he’s asked to find the missing son of a billionaire. There’s only one clue to go on—something known as “eros.”

Could the missing scion be connected to the dead man on the beach? And what is the mystery behind “eros”?

Their investigation uncovers an ultra-secret cult whose members perform bizarre rituals.

When Leo goes undercover to get more information, he finds himself face to face with a demented killer. Can he escape with the truth? Or, will he fall prey to a psychotic villain who believes that murder is a sacrifice worth making?

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Praise for The Prodigal Captive

“This reader was on the edge of her seat flipping pages as quickly as they were read.” Bobbie

“The storyline is excellent with lots of twists and turns.” LeMiliere

“It is full of suspense and twist and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat.” Heather

“A fast paced action filled story.” Helen

Rachel Woods

About the Author

As a pre-teen, a young Rachel  quickly tired of the Sweet Valley High Series and moved on to work by Sidney Sheldon, Jackie Collins and Dominick Dunne, which was just the spark necessary to fuel her love of writing.

Her first stories were written on a Brother typewriter during long summer days in Texas, where she always had an extra typewriter ribbon and correction tape handy.

Rachel later studied journalism and graduated from the University of Houston where she published articles in the Daily Cougar. She is a freelance writer and blogger with a penchant for melodrama and a frequent traveler to beach locales. Many of her stories take place on the islands, which she has visited around the world.

Rachel writes complex, multicultural stories centered on strong women in jeopardy, fighting for love and their own lives.

When not writing, this read-a-holic can be found listening to audio books, reading the Book of Jeremiah, or scouring soap opera blogs. Rachel resides in Houston with her three sock monkeys.

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My Review

4 stars

A man’s body has floated onto the beach at St. Killian’s Island resort. What’s strange is a brand on his foot “eros” and his penis is missing. Investigative journalist Vivian Thomas-Bronson got in hunt of the killer. But she is alone as her husband Leo is called in by his father to investigate the disappearance of a billionaire’s son later found with the brand “eros” on his foot too. Clearly the cases are linked but Leo is going to find out way more than he expected when he goes undercover.

This book had me hooked from the beginning. Just by this description I can’t be the only one wanting to know why he was killed, the meaning of the brand, and the whole missing penis. What I got was one heck of a thriller as Vivian and Leo discover some seriously messed up people.

This book was well written and drew me in right away. I loved the story and all the twists and turns. For those that love a great thriller/mystery you need to check out this book. I can’t believe that this is my first book from Rachel Woods. I will honestly say that it will NOT be my last.

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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