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Down in the Belly of the Whale by Kelley Kay Bowles

A contemporary story about family and friendship for fans of Eleanor Porter and L.M. Montgomery.

Harper Southwood is a teenage girl who can sense when people will get sick—but so what? She can’t predict her best friend’s depression or her mother’s impending health crisis. Being helpful is all Harper ever wanted, but she feels helpless in the face of real adversity. Now, she’s got a chance to summon her courage and use her wits to fight for justice. Laugh and cry along with this irrepressible, high-spirited teen in her journey of self-discovery, as she learns that compassion and internal strength are her real gifts, her true superpower.

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Kelley Kay Bowles

About the Author

Kelley Bowles Gusich writes young adult novels under the pen name Kelley Kay Bowles and cozy mysteries under Kelley Kaye. Her debut novel, cozy mystery Death by Diploma, was released by Red Adept Publishing on February 2016, went #1 on Amazon for cozy mysteries in August that same year, and is first in her Chalkboard Outlines® series. Book # 2, Poison by Punctuation, was released April 2018.

Kelley’s new young adult novel, Down in the Belly of the Whale, was released May 5th, 2018, by Aionios Books, and won their title ‘Victor Indie Book of the Year’. Look for it in Kindle, paperback, and audio book (narrated by Kelley!).

Kelley taught high school English and drama for twenty years in Colorado and California, but a 1994 diagnosis of multiple sclerosis has (circuitously and finally) brought her to the life of writer and mother, both occupations she adores and dreamed about way back when she was making up stories revolving around her Barbie and Ken dolls.

Kelley has two wonderful and funny sons and an amazing husband who cooks for her. She lives in Southern California.

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My Review

4 Stars

Harper Southwood is a typical teenager that feels like the odd man out from her family, has school issues, and a crush on her lab partner. But where she is not normal is her ability to sense when people are ill. We start the story as she is meeting up with her best friend Cora who has been acting strange and making Harper’s knees itch. Cora tries to play everything off until Harper notices cuts on her legs and learns about Cora’s abuse. As Harper navigates this new world she also learns that her mother is ill also.

This is a deep story. Harper is a wonderful teenager that can annoy you but make you care about her at the same time. She is trying to find her place in the world while feeling like an outsider. My heart breaks for Cora and everything she goes through. I also felt for Harper as we see what her mother is going through too.

This is an amazing story that touches on several hard topics. It tries to balance the darkness with humor which is how I live my life so I could easily see how this was used. Although this story is more of a coming of age story I really would have liked to see Harper’s ability been used more, it was a big draw to me when I decided to read the book.

Overall I recommend checking out this book. It’s a great read on some tough topics that could trigger some people. I love how she tackled these topics. This is the first book of Kelley Bowles that I have read but it won’t be my last.

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Kingdom of Ash and Soot

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Publication Date: July 3rd, 2018

Genre: YA/ Historical Fiction/ Adventure

“I want to be free.” The words came rushing out of me before I could think through their implications and consequences.

“There are two things you need to know about yourself if you want to be free—what you stand for, and what you stand against.” Lady Penelope held up her hands, brandishing a pair of daggers that had been hidden in her skirts. “This world lives enslaved to its destruction, and so long as you are living, as long as you are fighting, you will be free.”

I gazed at the daggers, transfixed. Each blade was clothed in a leather scabbard, but the silver and obsidian of the daggers’ hilts winked at me, as though it was calling for me.

PRAGUE, 1870.

For the last ten years, nineteen-year-old Eleanora Svobodová has worked as a servant in her stepmother’s household. Along with her older brother, she dreams of the day they will be free to live life on their own terms.

But everything changes when their estranged grandmother comes to Prague on behalf of Queen Victoria. Throughout Bohemia, a string of murders and secret whispers hint at a larger coup. As the leader of the Order of the Crystal Daggers, an ancient order of spies and soldiers that protect kingdoms and their rulers, Lady Penelope is determined to mete out the perpetrators. Now, Eleanora must make the choice between a life of intrigue and saving the lives of others.

Can Eleanora find a way do the right thing and still find freedom?

With a fun blend of historical fiction, true love, castle intrigue, and family dysfunction, The Order of the Crystal Daggers is the latest adventure series from C. S. Johnson.

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“What is it?” I asked him, noticing that he was staring back at me. “It seems you have remembered your dancing quite well,” he said, and I shook my head at once, keeping my forced smile steady as we passed by Lady POW.

“The practice helps,” I replied neutrally. “And it did help that Karl was a good dancer last night. Some of the others I danced with were not as good, but fortunately they blamed it on their own poor performance.”

“They were likely distracted by your beauty.”

“You don’t have to talk to me like that.” I rolled my eyes. “Be- sides, you might distract me now with your false flattery.”

“Flattery is always false, mademoiselle. I was speaking truth.”

Amir smiled. “You may have that problem in the future, when other men are dancing with you.”

“I can learn to handle it later, then.”

“You can also learn it now. There is nothing efficient about wasting time, after all.”

“I’d rather not, thank you very much. There is no need for you to continue talking to me.” My tone was frosty and bitter, every part a perfect complement to the kindness in his eyes. “Unless, of course, you’d like to tell me why you stole my father’s book from me when we unfortunately met?”

“I would not say it was unfortunate.” “What would you say it was, then?”

Amir’s mustache curled around the corners of his mouth. “God’s humor at work.”

“What’s that supposed to mean?” I asked, frustrated and infuriated. “Are you insulting me?”

“Never, mademoiselle.”

Before I could accuse him of lying in addition to insulting me, or before I could “accidentally” begin stepping on his toes, Lady POW began calling out instructions, making me feel even more insulted and infuriated—and even worse, isolated, and unable to do anything to escape.

“Hands up, Eleanora,” she called. “Yes, take a step closer. Now, remember to smile. Watch your timing; men are supposed to lead. And show your interest. Pretend you are dancing with a prince!”

Between Amir’s dancing and Lady Penelope’s snappy judgements, I felt trapped in a world of soft tyranny. It was a world where the truth was too impolite to be spoken, and even if it had to be, it had to be dressed up in clothes as strange and as ornate as the ones I was wearing, and it was likely as unrecognizable as I was in the end.

I certainly felt nothing like my usual self.

The others did not seem to believe it was me, either.

Amir held me at a polite distance as we danced, but I was still close enough I could see the pained delight in his eyes as he watched me, and recalling Lady POW’s earlier mistake of calling me by my mother’s name, I suddenly wondered if he was thinking of her, too.

The last note of the waltz rang out, and we finally slowed to a stop.

“Why did you take my father’s book?” This time, my question

was quiet but harsh against the growing silence. Amir seemed surprised, but he did not refrain from responding.

“It was not your father’s book, mademoiselle.”

I slowly dropped my hands from his. Already, I knew what he was going to say.

“When I saw you, it was like falling into a portal to the past, twenty-six years ago. I saw the book, and I knew it could only belong to my Naděžda.”

“You knew my mother.” The words were chunky and foreign to me as they came out of my mouth. I knew I had no reason to accuse him of something I already knew to be true.

“Yes. She was my dearest friend for many years before … ” Amir said quietly. I saw his gaze lower to the scar on his right hand. “And when she … left … I was angry.”

It plagued me, knowing that Lady POW was not the only one who seemed to prefer my mother to me.

“When she left the Order, you mean?”

“She did not leave the Order,” Amir whispered. “She left me.”

It took me a long moment to process everything. Amir and I were still standing in the middle of the room. Somewhere, a thousand moments and a million miles away, Lady POW clapped and praised us, telling us I was already much better at the waltz than before. She was calling for another song, but I barely heard any of it, as I watched while Amir’s eyes swam over with memories and emotion.

There was suddenly no denying the full truth of the matter. Amir had been in love with my mother.

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C. S. Johnson is the award-winning, genre-hopping author of several novels, including young adult sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles series, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family. Find out more at http://www.csjohnson.me.

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My Review

4 Stars

Eleonora, Nora and Ben have worked as servants in their own home after their father died ten years earlier. Their stepmother Cecilia treats them like staff while the both of them dream of a time on their own. This all changed when their grandmother, Lady Penelope comes home and sets the house on end.

Nora is given the opportunity to join the Order of the Crystal Daggers, a secret order that protect kingdoms and their rulers. Nora is tossed into becoming a young lady fit for society and trained as the spy her mother was.

Nora quickly gets swept up into this new life and although she is introduced into society she still remembers a chance encounter with a sweet young man. But there is little time for these thoughts as she is needed for the Order.

I loved the whole Cinderella, rags to riches portion of the story. It is perfect for all those people that want a happy ending. But then the spying and intrigue started and at times I was confused at what the Order was really trying to accomplish in Prague.

I think this is a great start to the series that will leave you wanting more with the cliff hanger ending. The world is richly painted and quickly draws you in. I enjoyed reading this book and can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.

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

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Glasgow Kiss

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How Far Would You Go To Catch A Serial Killer?

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Genre: Thriller/ Serial Killer

Author: C.S. Duffy

Haunted by the fact that he never got the chance to tell best friend Lorna that he loved her before she was murdered, Ruari sets out to track down the man he saw her with the night before she was murdered – the man police are certain was her killer.

Forensic psychologist Amy Kerr has been watching prominent Glasgow lawyer Alec McAvoy for months, certain that he is the so-called Dancing Girls Killer who evaded capture in London five years previously.

Now Ruari and Amy are closing in on the same man – but every step they take draws them deeper into the killer’s web.

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“…full of the Glasgow banter and humour laced with a good old-fashioned murder mystery. Lots of twists and turns and little pools of red herrings kept me engrossed all the way through.” – Sharon Bairden, Chapterinmylife Blog

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None of this is happening, Ruari thought furiously.

His now don’t laugh but… speech was still rattling around his head.

Any minute now Lorna would come barreling up, laugh her head off and call him a fanny for sitting there with an ice pack on his head and blood dripping over his face. Everything would start to make sense again.

A torrent of pins and needles roared through him and for a horrible moment he thought he would make a liar of himself and puke after all. The paramedic rubbed his back and Kevin pressed a paper cup of strong tea into his hands.

‘Has she been formally identified?’ Ruari croaked, the delusional note of hope sounding pathetic in his own ears. ‘Lorna.’

He had to keep saying her name. If he kept saying her name, then she wasn’t gone.

Kevin nodded, catching Boyle’s eye with a brief nod Ruari only just caught out of the corner of his eye. He was on the other side of it now. How to Treat Recently Bereaved Witnesses. He was struck by the absurd notion that if he hadn’t been sacked then somehow he would be standing where Kevin was now, and it would be somebody else’s best friend’s flat being ransacked for evidence. He shuddered, an abyss of horror lapping at his toes.

‘Her parents are there now. Sister’s on her way up fae London.’

‘Greer,’ muttered Ruari pointlessly.

‘When was the last time you saw Lorna, Ruari?’ asked Cara gently and Ruari blinked at her. He hadn’t noticed her approaching.

‘Monday,’ he said, his voice sounding thin and faraway in his own ears. ‘Our Crossfit —’

No.

That wasn’t the last time he saw her.

The memory struck him like kick in the ribs and he folded over, gasping for breath as though he’d been physically winded.

Tuesday night.

Last night.

She’d come in to the restaurant where he worked in Finnieston, all cosy with some slimy chancer. Ruari had been seething. He snapped that he was busy when she came up to the bar to talk to him, cutting off any potential requests to evaluate the new man. He’d wondered what she was playing at, flaunting it in front of him like that. At his work, for goodness sake, where she knew fine he couldn’t escape.

Then on the way home he remembered that she wasn’t flaunting it. She had no idea how he felt about her. Because he’d never told her.

‘Can you remember anything about the man she was with?’ Cara asked, and Ruari shook his head. He was some slick bastard, that’s all he knew. He hadn’t been looking at the guy, after all. He’d just been staring at Lorna. Feeling like hell because she looked happy.

That was when he burst into tears.

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C.S. Duffy writes crime thrillers with a healthy dose of black humour. Her background is in film and TV. She has several projects in development in Sweden and the UK and her other writing has appeared in Elle Canada and The Guardian. She is the author of Life is Swede, a thriller that was originally written as a blog – leading several readers to contact Swedish news agencies asking them why they hadn’t reported the murder that features in the blog. She was selected as a Spotlight author at Bloody Scotland in 2018.

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My Review

4 Stars

Ruari is in love with Lorna but the last time he saw her was the night before when she brought a new guy into his work. He realizes that Lorna had no idea how she feels since he has never told her. But when he goes to tell her, he learns that she has been murdered and he is now a suspect.

At the same time forensic pathologies Amy Kerr thinks she has found the Dancing Girls Killer that escape capture in London five years ago. Ruari is a former officer and not going to sit by the side and let the police conduct their investigation. Both Ruari and Amy decided to catch the killer.

This is a really good mystery that had me guessing through the whole book. I love how the view point is from a couple of different people that are not the police. It gives the mystery a fresh look from the regular police procedure yet still fast paced. And I have to say the ending is a huge cliffhanger. Now I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

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wtf* is wrong with our health? *what the food: A Rebel Physician's Manifesto for Reversing Disease and Increasing Smiles

WTF* is Wrong with Our Health? By Roberto Tostado

Stop f’ing around with your health… …and take control of your life! Sick of being overweight, diabetic, or achy and low energy? Tired of being fatigued or depressed? Sick and tired of taking multiple prescription drugs with no end in sight? There is another way to live—not just to feel a little better or take fewer drugs, but to strut through life feeling your best. Is there a catch? You bet! You’ll have to take a radical look at what you eat, get rid of the junk and replace it with fresh whole foods… but it all starts in your head. Along the way you’ll learn to detoxify your attitude too. You gotta really want to be healthy! Rebel physician Roberto Tostado envisions a new direction in medicine, integrating whole-foods nutrition, thinking less toxic thoughts, and releasing ourselves from grudges and self-loathing. This is the new direction that he truly believes will help prevent most chronic diseases while smiling all the way.

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Dr. Roberto Tostado has been practicing medicine for over 26 years and is Board-Certified in Regenerative and Anti-aging Medicine. He is a fellow of Nutritional and Digestive Medicine from the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, dedicating his practice exclusively to preventive and regenerative medicine. He is one of a new breed of doctors pioneering an integrative approach to wellness. Dr. Tostado inspires his patients with the simple, powerful idea that good food is medicine. He enables his patients to experience newfound vitality at any age. He received his degrees from Columbia University, The University of Michigan Medical School, and a USC Medical Residency at the California Medical Center in Los Angeles. He founded the IBody Wellness Center in San Marino, California.

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4 stars

Most people have horrible health today. Almost everyone is taking one prescription or another usually to treat these health conditions. But then they have side effects and have to go on another pill for these and still not have the first problem cured. Roberto Tostado, MD talks about how the pharmaceutical representatives would buy him dinners and such to get him to prescribe their pills. He also talks about how modern medicine focuses on curing an ailment but not the whole body.

He goes on to discuss how treating the symptom is not going to heal the person, they need to figure out what the real problem is, diet. We eat a ton of fast food and over processed packaged food that is not healthy for us. I admit that I’m one of those people. It’s easy to grab a frozen dinner or burger for lunch than it is to plan out and meal prep for a week. But all that we are doing is putting crap into our bodies. Do you wonder why were are in the shape we are in?

But it’s not just that. Our mind controls our bodies. What emotional baggage are we carrying around that is also adding to the inches on our waist? You’ve hear of comfort eating? Here is a great example. So until we can start working on these issues also we will still have a one ton weight around our necks dragging us down.

This is a great book and straight to the point when it says “Stop F**king Around.” It’s hard but to the point. You can’t improve until you get serious about your health. There is a lot of information about how we are sabotaging ourselves and keeping in the same rut. If you are serious about getting healthy this book is a great start. I just was expecting to have a little more about how we can improve our health instead of what is wrong with it. But I will be looking for more information to improve my own health.

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The Post

The Post
by Kevin A. Munoz
Genre: Dystopian Thriller
Ten years after the world’s oil went sour and a pandemic killed most of
the population, Sam Edison is the chief of police of The Little Five,
a walled-in community near Atlanta, Georgia. Those who survived share
the world with what are known as hollow-heads: creatures who are no
longer fully human.
A man and a pregnant teenager arrive at the gate and are welcomed into
the town. They begin to settle in when suddenly both are murdered by
an unknown assailant. In the course of investigation, Chief Edison
discovers that the girl was fleeing a life of sexual slavery, and
that some members of the Atlanta community were complicit in the
human trafficking network that had ensnared her.
In retaliation for Edison’s discoveries, agents of the network abduct
the stepdaughter of the town’s mayor. Chief Edison and three
companions track the kidnappers to Athens, Georgia, where they
discover that the entire city is engaged in human trafficking. By the
time Edison has recovered the kidnapped girl, the other three
rescuers have been killed, leaving Edison alone to bring the mayor’s
stepdaughter home while evading both human and non-human monsters.
Against such great odds, will Sam ever make it to Little Five alive?
Kevin Muñoz grew up just outside of Philadelphia. After wandering across
the country for a few years, he received a PhD from Emory University
in 2008. A little later, he decided to leave the academic life behind
to pursue his first passion: writing. He has lived in seven U.S.
states over the years, observing and adopting each new place as
settings and inspiration for his fiction. He spent fifteen years in
Georgia, where the seeds of THE POST were planted. He now lives near
Seattle with his two beagle traveling companions.
My Review
4 Stars

Ten years earlier something happened to the world’s oil supply and things started going bad. On top of that a virus was released that turned ninety percent of the world’s population into mindless cannibalistic humans, kind of similar to zombies that are called Hollow Heads. The story starts in a little community called Little Five. Sam Edison is the local police chief that keeps things running but is constantly plagued by the loss of her wife and daughter.

One day a man shows up with a pregnant teenager. He is just planning on leaving the girl when both end up killed. To cover it up, a local community gets taken over by the hollow heads. This becomes the distraction needed to kidnap the step daughter of the mayor of Little Five. Sam is upset about the whole mess and agrees to go find the missing girl.

Sam is a former Coast Guard captain and has become the police chief of Little Five. Although I understand her wanting to maintain the peace it does get a little annoying that she is still living with these outdated morals in the new world. Although some of her behavior just irritated me anyway.

Sam is quick to learn that the horrible behaviors of pre dystopian society are still running strong in this new world. The teenager was a sex slave and there is a whole market for the trafficking of girls. Sam is going to have her hands full if she manages to get the girl and it will be worse to get her home.

This is a very good dystopian/zombie story. It’s been ten years so everyone is doing what they can to survive and you have an area that has a couple communities of survivors. There is a fresh take on zombies which I really liked. If you like zombie stories I think you should check this book out.

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Potion Masters by Frank Cole

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The Eternity Elixir (Book 1)

 Twelve-year-old Gordy Stitser is one of the few people who knows the truth about the secret society of potion masters, because not only is Gordy’s mom on the Board of Ruling Elixirists Worldwide (B.R.E.W.), but she has also been training Gordy in the art of potion-making.

Gordy is a natural, and every day he sneaks down to the basement lab to invent new potions using exotic ingredients like fire ant eggs, porcupine quills, and Bosnian tickling juice.

One afternoon, Gordy receives a mysterious package containing an extremely rare potion known as “The Eternity Elixir.” In the right hands, the Elixir continues to protect society. But in the wrong hands, it could destroy the world as we know it.

Now, sinister potion masters are on the hunt to steal the Eternity Elixir. It’s up to Gordy, his parents, and his best friends, Max and Adeline, to prevent an all-out potion war.

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4 Stars

Gordy Stitser is a twelve year old with a secret. His mother is on the Board of Ruling Elixirists Worldwide (B.R.E.W.) and she has been training Gordy in the art of potion-making. Gordy is very smart and is known to make up new potions, some that turn out horribly. One day he receives a very rare potion, The Eternity Elixir. If used for good it can protect the world, in the wrong hands it can end everything. It’s up to Gordy, his two best friends, and his family to keep the potion safe. There is evil lurking that will do anything to get the potion for themselves.

This is a wonderful world that you will find yourself quickly draw into. Gordy is a great kid with an awesome family. Everyone has their own perks and quirks but that is what makes them even more special. Of course Max and Adeline are there to back him up while they are on one heck of an adventure.

This book is written for mid grade readers but will easily appeal to any age. This is a beautifully created story that you will find yourself immersed in and not wanting to leave. There are a couple things that are left open and left me rushing to start the next book. Make sure to get yourself a copy of The Eternity Elixir.

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The Transparency Tonic (Book 2)

It has been nine months since Gordy and his friends, Max and Adilene, Saved B.R.E.W. (the Board of Ruling Elixirists Worldwide) and the Vessel—the power source for the secret society of potion masters. Now, Gordy is starting the eighth grade, and has been trying new potion brewing techniques, but when he starts zoning out during practice, he knows something is wrong.

Gordy and his friends continue to work on their potions, but when Gordy chooses Max as his lab partner, Adilene starts to wonder if she still has a place with her old friends. She turns to a new friend, Cadence, who might know a way to help Adilene become a potion master on her own.

And in Greenland, Mezzarix has a chance to escape his Forbidden Zone—as long as he agrees to work with the mysterious Ms. Bimini and replicate an unusual solution known as “Silt.” It could be just the weapon Mezzarix needs to destroy B.R.E.W. forever.

With both B.R.E.W. and the Vessel in danger, and with the potion world in chaos, it’s up to Gordy, Max, and Adilene to rally the remaining Potion Masters before it’s too late.

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5 Stars

It has been almost a year since Gordy and his friends helped save B.R.E.W. and the vessel. Gordy, Max, and Adilene are now in 8th grade. Things are going well until Gordy and Max are paired up for school and Adilene feels left out Until she finds someone that says they can help her become a potion master on her own.

Gordy is trying to push his ability and starts zoning out and Blind Batching. But this practice is frowned on and Gordy’s mother gets into trouble. Things don’t go well for Gordy either.

Mezzarix has found a way to escape the Forbidden Zone. There is a weapon that Mezzarix could use to stop B.R.E.W. once and for all. There are also some new faces that give Gordy and his friend a bad vibe. They don’t know who to really trust anymore.

I love The Transparency Tonic even more that The Eternity Elixir. There is so much going on, new faces that we don’t know if we can trust or not and Gordy trying to advance his abilities yet finding himself in trouble.

These stories are so easy to get into, they will have you flipping pages like crazy to see what happens next, and will leave you wanting the next book. I liked how Gordy was trying to push himself to be the best but then he has to accept the consequences of his actions. They don’t just affect him but those that are close to him too.

I recommend reading the series in order otherwise you will be a little lost. But this is a great series and one that would be a wonderful addition to anyone’s shelves.

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Frank L. Cole has lived in such exotic places as the Philippines and Kentucky, and currently lives with his wife and three children out west. While he strived for years to earn his publishing credits, Frank considers sharing his message of “Exercising Your Imagination” to over 45,000 kids across the country as his greatest accomplishment. The Guardians of the Finisher’s Fury is Frank’s 7th published book and will release this November, 2013.

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Alien Blood

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Alien Blood by Stan Schatt

Alien Blood is a roller coaster of an adventure that looks behind today’s headlines to discover the truth behind several so-called conspiracy theories. America’s secret pact with the Grays and the Draconians to permit human abductions in return for technology is in danger now that both alien races fear the return of a far more ancient race.

Ann Swift suffered from frequent alien abductions before killing herself, and now her daughter astrobiologist Heather Swift is in great danger because her DNA and special talents might provide clues about the returning race. Did those aliens bio-engineer hybrid humans and leave clues as to their own abilities? When government agents kidnap her, it is up to her brother and ex-SEAL Ben Swift to rescue her and learn the secrets hidden in their DNA. Along the way he discovers the dark secrets hidden in Area 51 and Dulce as well as a secret base on Mars. Along the way he learns that aliens from several worlds already reside on Earth and that those closest to you might actually not be human.

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Stan Schatt

About the Author

Stan Schatt has written forty books on a wide variety of topics including science fiction, mysteries, a chapter book for children, a YA novel, biographies of Michael Connelly and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., and books on technology and career changing. His love for teaching is reflected in outstanding teaching awards he received from the University of Southern California and DeVry Institute of Technology.

Rather than having one career, Schatt has had several. He has worked as an autopsy assistant, an English professor, a software trainer, a law enforcement administrator, a market research executive, and a sales manager. He spent the last two decades as a technology analyst or ‘futurist” trying to figure out what future technologies will be successful.

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My Review

4 Stars

There are many different alien species and some aliens have an agreement with the US government to exchange technology, which has advanced our world, with the chance to experiment on some humans. But now there is an older and more feared race of aliens about to invade Earth that the Grays and Draconians fear.

Heather Swift is an astrobiologist with some special DNA. She is called in to help with the coming alien invasion. She has a bad feeling about the whole think and tells her brother, Ben Swift. Then she disappears. Ben wants to find out what is happening so he rounds up his SEAL buddies and they go on the hunt for Heather and the truth.

This is an action packed story as Ben goes on the hunt for Heather and explores the alien rumors of places like Area 51, a secret base on Mars, and so much more. I loved all the action and fighting, the scenes were well written. But I also liked the parts about the aliens. We have so many stories of aliens that I loved how they came together.

This is a good story and I enjoyed reading it. I liked the twists and turns, they kept me guessing about the direction of the story. If you like scifi and aliens I recommend checking it out.

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

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

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