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Don’t Lie To Me
Eva Rae Thomas Mystery Book 1
by Willow Rose
Genre: Mystery, Thriller

When twelve-year-old Sophie Williams went on a Girl Scout summer camp, she
never returned home.

Three months later, her body is found inside her sleeping bag in the most
frequented area of Cocoa Beach, and the town is outraged.
The girl isn’t just any child. She’s the town’s most beloved surf idol,
and it was believed that she could be the next Kelly Slater.
As another child, the son of a well-known senator is kidnapped, and the
parents receive a disturbing video, FBI profiler Eva Rae
Thomas
— who has just returned to her hometown, divorced
and out of a job — plunges into the investigation, breaking her
promise to her children not to do police work again.
Local law enforcement, with her old flame Matt Miller in charge, are the
ones who ask for her help in a case so unsettling that only she can
solve it. But the deeper they dig, the deadlier it becomes for Matt
and Eva Rae. Soon, everyone she holds dear is in grave danger as this
case hits a little too close to home.
DON’T LIE TO ME is the first book in the Eva Rae Thomas Mystery
Series and can be read as a standalone.
The Queen of Scream aka Willow Rose is a #1 Amazon Best-selling Author
and an Amazon ALL-star Author of more than 60 novels.
She writes Mystery, Thriller, Paranormal, Romance, Suspense, Horror,
Supernatural thrillers, and Fantasy.
Willow’s books are fast-paced, nail-biting pageturners with twists you won’t
see coming. Several of her books have reached the Kindle top 10 of
ALL books in the US, UK, and Canada. She has sold more than three
million books.
Willow lives on Florida’s Space Coast with her husband and two daughters.
When she is not writing or reading, you will find her surfing and
watch the dolphins play in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
My Review
5 Stars

A young girl goes missing at a summer camp and three months later her body is found. When a senator’s girl goes missing Eva Rae Thomas is asked to look into the disappearance. But Eva has a lot on her plate already. She went through a divorce, has moved her three girls back to her hometown, and is dealing with the girls acting out. Even if she promised not to work again she is asked to and can’t say no to the mother.

This is a great story with a lot happening. Eva is good at her job but broken from the divorce. Besides, how can you tell a grieving mother no when they ask you to find their daughter. Although there is a lot happening in this book it was very easy to keep up with the different events.

I have loved Willow Rose’s books since I started reviewing books many years ago. She is an amazing writer that draws you in with her writing and leaves you wanting more. This is the first in a new series and I can’t wait to read more about Eva Rae Thomas.

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

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Dead State: Fallout
by Derek Shupert
Genre: SciFi, Post-Apocalyptic Thriller
When the dead rise, he’ll either find his family or end up a ravenous corpse…
Fifteen-year-old James would much rather hang with friends than go hunting
with his survivalist dad. But the boring weekend trip turns into a living
horror when they’re attacked by an undead horde. Terrified and
confused, James has no choice but to escape with his trusty dog
through a forest stained with blood…
Teaming up with his best friend, James frantically fights his way back to his
missing family. But on a trail of clues littered with corpses,
reaching his loved ones means venturing deeper into the deadly unknown…
Can James reunite with his family before he’s consumed by a relentless
pack of zombies?
Fallout is the first book in a gritty post-apocalyptic series. If you like
spine-crawling suspense, ruthless zombies, and rugged survival
stories, then you’ll love Derek Shupert’s dark coming-of-age tale.
Buy Fallout to unlock an infectious thriller today!
Derek Shupert is an emerging Science Fiction Author known for his
captivating dystopian storylines and post-apocalyptic-laden plots.
With various books and anthologies underway, he is also the author of
the Afflicted series and Sentry Squad.
Outside of the fantastical world of sci-fi, Derek serves as the Vice
President at Woodforest National Bank. During his free time, he
enjoys reading, exercising, and watching apocalyptic movies and TV
shows like Mad Max and The Walking Dead. Above all, he is a family
man who cherishes nothing more than quality time spent with his loved ones.
My Review
5 Stars

James is out hunting with his father but would rather be out with his friends. His father is trying to teach him about surviving out in the world. But things go south when they are attacked by a horde of zombies. James is not going to have to rely on the survival training his father did with him and his dog Duke to make it home to his family.

I am a sucker for a good zombie story and Dead State Fallout is one of those books. James would rather be anywhere than out hunting with his dad. But after they are attacked he relies on those skills that his father was teaching him to get back home.

There are dangers around every corner and some of his decisions left me scratching my head. But I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the next book in the series. If you like YA zombie stories you need to check out this book.

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The Good Inside Me

The Good Inside Me
by Barbara Russell
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Dragons, short-tempered archdemons, and hysterical damned souls—Shax is used
to dealing with all that. He’s a young fire demon and lives in
Hell, after all. What he’s not used to is being possessed by a
human. A very good human and a pretty girl at that: sixteen-year-old
Tolis. Despite still having control of his body most of the time,
Shax can hear Tolis’s voice inside his head and feels what she
feels constantly.
Shax’s mentor claims that Tolis hides an ancient, powerful grimoire, a book
of spells, and proposes a deal: if Shax finds it, he’ll help Shax
get work as a dragon keeper—Shax’s dream job. Tolis swears she
doesn’t have the grimoire and asks Shax to help her father, whose
soul is turning evil by the minute. Unless Tolis does something, her
dad’s soul will end in Hell. Hoping to convince her to give him the
grimoire, and not because Shax cares about the man’s soul, he
agrees to help.
Goodness is overrated. Since Shax decided to help Tolis, his life has turned
into a hurdle race. Thugs chase him, the scientists in Hell want to
prod and examine the first possessed demon in history, and he can’t
find the darn grimoire.
And the worst part? Due to the unavoidable presence of Tolis, who keeps
intruding into his evil thoughts, Shax discovers an almost decent
side of himself. In no time at all, he catches himself doing actual
good deeds. Is he becoming—yuck—good?
I’m an entomologist and a soil biologist, which is a fancy way to say
that I dig in the dirt, looking for bugs. Nature and books have
always been my passion. I was a kid when I read The Lord Of The Ring
and fell in love with fantasy novels.
When I discovered cozy mystery and crime novels, I fell in love with
Hercules Poirot and Sherlock Holmes. Then I grew up and . . . Nah,
I’m joking. I didn’t grow up. Don’t grow up, folks! It’s a trap.
PS I hate gardening. There, I said it. Sorry fellow Kiwis.
My Review
5 Stars

Shax is a fifth level demon in hell working to get his sixth level where he can get his own grimoire. The last test he has to pass is a possession test. He is to possess sixteen year old Tolis, a girl full of goodness. But things go sideways and he ends up being possessed by Tolis. Shax’s mentor insists that Tolis has a grimoire and the only way to stop the possession is to find it.

Tolis has no idea what he is talking about and convinces Shax to help her father who seems to be going to hell in a hand basket. But one good deed starts leading to another and before he knows it Shax seems to be turning a new leaf for a demon.

I really enjoyed this book. It has a fresh take on the bad guys. I mean Shax is a demon and we know that he is supposed to be doing bad things but you can’t help liking him and hoping that things will work out for the best.

This is a great story and one that I recommend checking out. This is the first book of Barbara Russell’s that I have read but it won’t be my last.

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

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Maiden’s Peak

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Welcome to my stop on the Maiden’s Peak blog tour! If you are looking for a good mystery with a hint of the paranormal, you will want to read on! I have an excerpt for you, and a chance to win a copy of the book!

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Maiden’s Peak

Expected Publication Date: May 7th, 2019

Genre: Murder Mystery/ Paranormal

Publisher: Between the Lines Publishing

Victor Shelton ran from his family’s legacy of prophetic dreams at seventeen but finds at twenty-eight that he is unable to run from the nightmares that plague him. Haunted by images of his own death each night he follows the fleeting memory of the town limit’s sign in his nightmare to a quaint Colorado town.

Beckoned to a forbidding mountain peak with a past riddled by ghost stories and legends, Victor must figure out who is friend or foe. Can he unravel the secrets of the enigmatic citizens of Carver’s Corner and solve his own murder before it happens?

Perhaps the answers are in the siren song of whatever is calling him to the caves under Maiden’s Peak. The song in the darkness urges him on, but whether it is to his death or to his salvation, Victor can’t say. All he knows is that once before he had not heeded the call of his dreams and someone had died. He can’t let that happen again.

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Excerpt

A solitary scrap of paper was swept from the cold pavement by the updraft. The gust of wind lifted my hair and ghosted a frigid breath across my neck, causing the hairs there to stand on end. I’d come to this small town chasing a dream, but not the kind that beckons a person to great things. No, the dream that had brought me here is the kind that leaves you huddled in a corner, quietly sobbing.

Two months had passed since the nightmares began, and I hadn’t had a decent night’s sleep since. Even as I thought about it, flashes of the nightmare came to the front of my mind, and I quickly veered my thoughts away to keep the images at bay.

Somehow, I thought coming here to Carver’s Corner would make it better. This place was featured in the nightly horror show that my dreams had become. Being here didn’t make the dream come into clarity or logically fall into place. I had never been to this town and probably would not have missed its presence in my life if I hadn’t been beckoned here by the insistent dreams.

My grandmother insisted that we had some cunning folk in our family tree. Cunning folk, in case you’ve been blessed with ignorance, is another name for wise men and women who heal and help others through both natural and magical means.

That might not seem so bad, but at seventeen, I rebelled with every fiber of my being. I wanted so much to be like everyone else. I tried so hard to pretend that I wasn’t plagued most nights by dreams that were seemingly not my own.

Sometimes the dreams came true; sometimes they merely taunted me. The embarrassment of misinterpreting a dream was something one truly had to experience before you could appreciate it. The looks on people’s faces when they had deemed you unbalanced was something you never got used to. The straw that finally broke the proverbial camel’s back came at a party in my junior year of high school. For weeks, I had dreamed of a fire at that party. It was the only reason—other than my then-crush, of course—that I had gone. As it turned out, I’d read the signs wrong, and the dream was more my anxiety than anything else. Needless to say, Betsy Stevens didn’t appreciate me ruining her party by screaming about a fire that never came to be.

A couple weeks after the incident, I left and went to live with my dad, who was on the East Coast—far away from talks of cunning folk and prophetic dreams. The move had worked in many ways. My dreams even stopped for a time, but as with all good things, it did not last.

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About the Author

Kristy E Carter

Kristy has been making up her own stories for entertainment for most of her life. Eleven years back she decided that perhaps others would want to walk through the worlds she has created. With over 10+ books in both urban fantasy and cozy mystery, Kristy has allowed readers to venture into realms where magic lives and murder mingles with humor. She currently lives with her family in the Southeastern United States where she helps other authors when she is not writing her own novels as a freelance writer and editor with eleven years of experience. With many projects in the works, there are sure to be more worlds for courageous adventurers to delve into.

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My Review

10 stars

Victor Shelton comes from a family with prophetic dreams but he is not about to fall into that life. He runs from his gift/curse for ten years. But recently he has been seeing his own death and decides to follow the call of his dreams. He finds himself in a Carver’s Corner Colorado and Maiden’s Peak, a mountain full of mystery and superstition from the locals.

Victor has tried to run from his visions, especially when he saw the death of a little girl. But he keeps seeing a sign outside the town of Carver’s Corner and finds himself drawn there. Victor learns of the disappearance of a woman and a local man that are thought to have run off together. He also starts having strange hints about a man called Thorn.

This is a great mystery with a paranormal twist and oh so much more. I liked Victor and felt for him having such a tough gift/curse. Thorn was a great addition to the story. Between the two of them I couldn’t put the book down if I tried.

This is the first book I have read of Kristy Carter but it definitely won’t be my last. This is a great read and one I recommend checking out. This is one that I will be adding to my shelves. I can’t wait to read her other books.

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

Blog Tour Schedule

May 6th

Reads & Reels (Excerpt)

The Magic of Wor(l)ds (Interview)

Gwendalyn’s Books (Excerpt)

Pages and Paw Prints (Excerpt)

Yearwoon La Novela (Excerpt)

May 7th

B is for Book Review (Review)

The Bookworm Drinketh (Review)

I Love Books and Stuff (Excerpt)

May 8th

Dash Fan Book Reviews (Excerpt)

Just 4 My Books (Excerpt)

Reading Nook (Excerpt)

Breakeven Books (Excerpt)

May 9th

The Cozy Pages (Excerpt)

Triquetra Reviews (Excerpt)

Book Addict Rambles (Excerpt)

May 10th

J Bronder Book Reviews (Review)

Banshee Irish Horror Blog (Excerpt)

 

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Let’s Go on Safari by Kate Gilman Williams & Michelle Campbell

What happens when Kate, an 8-year-old girl, meets Michelle, a professional guide, while on safari in South Africa? They turn cross-continental emails into a book, packed with amazing photos and conservation facts, encouraging a young generation to advocate for animals!

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Let’s Go On Safari! chronicles the real-life experience of the two authors, and invites the reader to experience the thrill of a safari. The mission of Let’s Go On Safari!: to turn the natural love that children have for animals into advocacy!

Authors Kate Gilman Williams and Michelle Campbell are donating all royalties to organizations across the globe who work to protect animals, aid in the poaching crisis and promote youth activism, including:

-33% to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

-33% to the Jane Goodall Institute

-33% to Global Wildlife Conservation

*Kate Gilman Williams and her family will match the moneys raised with a personal donation to The Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund.

So when a kid buys a book – they are making a direct contribution to help save endangered animals.

Let’s Go On Safari! proves that advocacy has no age limit, and that kids can save animals on the brink of extinction.

About the Author’s

Kate Gilman Williams wrote this book when she was 8 years old. A trip she took to South Africa – and the friendship that developed with her safari guide, Michelle Campbell – inspired her to write Let’s Go On Safari! Upon learning about the threats facing wildlife, Kate came home determined to do something to help the animals who were being harmed by humans – and she knew her generation could help.

Kate is now 9 years old and in third grade at Trinity Episcopal School in Austin, Texas. Her favorite subjects are writing and art. She also enjoys acting and playing volleyball.

Michelle Campbell was born in South Africa, raised in Asia and schooled in the UK. Working as an economist in the Middle East, it was her love for nature that drew her back home to South Africa, where she worked as a safari guide for 6 years. Driven to make a more meaningful contribution to conservation, she spent a year volunteering for wildlife projects in Southern and Eastern Africa (living in her Land Rover!), documenting and sharing her conservation involvements and adventures on her website, Wild Wonderful World. Today she is working on a project of her own, advocating for wildlife, connecting people to conservation initiatives and encouraging children through education and exposure, to save wildlife.

Q&A with Let’s Go On Safari! author Kate Gilman Williams:

Where did you grow up /live now?

Austin, Texas

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A Broadway actor

What is your education/career background?

I am in third grade at Trinity Episcopal School.

Do you have any pets?

I have three dogs and one bunny.

Where/When do you best like to write?

I like writing on my couch in the evening.

When you are struggling to write/have writer’s block, what are some ways that help you find your creative muse again?

Reading back over my writing.

What do you think makes a good story?

Interesting characters and lots of dialogue.

Is there a message/theme in your book that you want readers to grasp?

That saving African animals and not poaching is important – and I want to tell kids they can make a difference, too.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book? How long it took to find a publisher

What was your greatest challenge in writing this book?

Figuring out how to start it – and how to end it!

On the weekend, what are you most likely to be doing?

At the gym playing volleyball, reading, and having a playdate

Who are some of your favorite authors?

J.K Rowling and Stuart Gibbs

Do you have a bucket list? What are some of the things on it?

Traveling to Paris, and publishing some of the other stories I’ve written

What person(s) has/have helped you the most in your career?

Michelle, who I wrote this book with, and my mom.

What’s the best writing advice you have ever received?

Don’t give up!

What was your favorite book as a child?

The Harry Potter books

What is the one book no writer should be without?

Let’s Go On Safari!

How does your family feel about your writing career?

They are VERY proud of me.

If your book was turned into a movie, who would you like to play you?

Emma Watson – she played Hermione in the Harry Potter movies.

Q&A with Let’s Go On Safari! author Michelle Campbell:

Where did you grow up /live now?

Born in Osuth, Africa, grew up in S.E. Asia & UK. Now live in South Africa.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I ALWAYS wanted to be a safari guide! My first real (memorable) safari was when I was 7 years old. I was sitting on the tracker’s seat, and I told my dad I wanted to be game ranger!

What is your education/career background?

Degree in International Economics, and professional field guide qualifications, including walking & rifle qualifications.

Do you have kids and/or pets?

No human kids, but I raised two genets (a nocturnal, catlike mammal found in Africa, southwestern Europe, and Arabia) that were abandoned by their mother… they literally fell off my roof!. I raised them, taught them to hunt and released them back into the wild – a bittersweet moment.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Or what first inspired you to write? It wasn’t until I started working in the bush that I started writing. I suddenly had so many amazing stories to share, especially when I learned something new about the complexity of nature, which never fails to blow me away.

Where/When do you best like to write?

In the bush! Sitting outside, with the birds chirping and wildlife grazing peacefully – it is a true escape and never fails to inspire.

Do you have any interesting writing habits or superstitions?

Not really, I do like to be alone and preferably be outside though!

When you are struggling to write/have writer’s block, what are some ways that help you find your creative muse again?

Running! It always clears my mind and lets me get lost in thought.

What do you think makes a good story?

One that is well rounded, where you get the full story and the opportunity to form your own opinion as a result. I think stories that touch our emotions often end up being good ones!

What inspired your story?

I wanted to do something to save wildlife. I used to feel helpless – what could I do as one person to fix this gigantum problem of poaching, when even the biggest NGO’s in the world can’t stop it? But then I realized that if EVERYONE did a little something, a lot could be achieved. So our book aims to inspire children to advocate for wildlife and take a stand against poaching.

Is there a message/theme in your book that you want readers to grasp?

Wild animals are in danger – not just from poaching, but human wildlife conflict and loss of habitat. If we don’t do something to stop this downward spiral, we will lose so many of these incredible species to extinction.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book? We asked a panel of kids to read (and help us edit) our book,, and I was surprised to learn how few of them knew about the threats facing wildlife in Africa. That made me feel even more compelled to tell this story and spread the word.

What was your greatest challenge in writing this book?

The time difference! And language – how some phrases and words that we use in South Africa are not used in America. There was some funny confusions between Kate and I – like lavatory and potty!!

On the weekend, what are you most likely to be doing?

I love to be outside – walking, birding or exploring. I also enjoy watching rugby, having a braai (bbq!) with friends and family, and playing sports.

Who are some of your favorite authors?

Wilbur Smith, Tim Butcher, Peter Godwin, Alexander McCall Smith

Do you have a bucket list? What are some of the things on it?

I ticked some huge items off my bucket list during my conservation expedition this year: I got to see see gorillas, chimps and even a shoebill! One day I would love to travel on safari to the Pantanal to see Jaguars, and India to see tigers – the comparison to our African cats would be incredible to experience.

Have you won any awards or honors (not just for writing)?

ACADEMIC DISTINCTIONS

Loughborough University Head of Department Prize (2009) – For academic achievement.

Peter Symonds Economics Department Prize (2006) – Outstanding achievement in Economics.

Robert Branagan Memorial Prize (2004) – For an exceptional career at the Westgate  School.

SPORTING DISTINCTIONS

UAE Rugby 7’s Hurricanes II Captain 2011/12

Loughborough University Sports Colours 2009

Women’s University Rowing captain 2006/6 and 2007/8

Sports Leader Award BST

RFU Tag Rugby Community Coaching

 

What person(s) has/have helped you the most in your career?

My father – his encouragement to follow my dreams and endless enthusiasm for my “bush lifestyle” has been a huge support.

What’s the best writing advice you have ever received?

Write from your heart.

What was your favorite book as a child?

Born Free by Joy Adamson

What is the one book no writer should be without?

A notebook!

If your book was turned into a movie, who would you like to play you?

No idea!!! My co-writer Kate can answer that one for me!!

My Review

5 stars

Kate Gilman had the pleasure of going on safari in Southern Africa when she was 8 years. While on safari she made a new friend, Michelle Campbell the wildlife guide. This experience inspired Kate to write a book with Michelle about the safari and encourage others to protect the wildlife. This book is a wonderful collection of photographs that were taken and is filled with so much information that Kate learned along the way.

I would love to go on safari at some point in my life. The pictures in the book made me feel like I was right there with Kate. I really like how this experience encouraged Kate to write this book. What a great message about saving the animals and a perfect way to introduce other kids to do the same thing.

This is a wonderful book for any age with a wonderful story, amazing pictures, and a great message for everyone to care for animals. This book would be a great addition to any kids bookshelves, schools, daycare, library, and anywhere else you can think of for a book.

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

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Thread of Hope

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Thread of Hope (Choices and Consequences – 2) by Rachel J. Bonner

The enthralling sequel to the compelling Strand of Faith.

What if your secrets are so dangerous they could destroy the one you love?

Is honesty always the best policy?

Leonie may have run away but Prospero will find her. He loves her and he wants a future with her by his side whatever the consequences. Only when he does find her, he ought to tell her who he really is, outside the monastery. That’ll make her run again. Dare he risk it? But if he doesn’t tell her, someone else may…

Marriage to Prospero is what Leonie wants most and the one thing she knows she can’t have. If he found out what she was really like, what she’d been, what she’d done, he’d despise her and she couldn’t bear that. Better to leave now than live a lie – but it’s harder than she expected. If only…

Gabriel is starting to discover the secrets inherent in Leonie, secrets that not even she knows, secrets that will tear the world apart. And the secrets he is keeping are tearing him apart. How can sacrificing those he loves possibly achieve peace when everything he discovers risks the death of millions?

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A girl. A monk. An unthinkable sacrifice.
When the choice is between love and life, how can anyone decide?

In a post-apocalyptic future, a girl and a monk, both with extraordinary mental powers, have compelling reasons not to fall in love. But their choices will have consequences for the rest of the world.

After the troubles of his youth, Brother Prospero has found comfort and fulfilment in the monastery. Then he discovers something that forces him to reconsider his whole vocation. How can it possibly be right to leave a life of worship and service for human desire? And if he does leave, will the pressures from his past destroy him?

Orphaned and mistreated, Leonie has found sanctuary and safety at the Abbey. When she comes into contact with Prospero everything spirals out of her control. Everyone she’s ever loved has died. She can’t do that to him. But how can she walk away from the first place she’s truly belonged?

Abbot Gabriel is faced with an impossible choice. He can do nothing and watch the world descend into war. Or he can manipulate events and ensure peace – at the cost of two lives that he is responsible for. Is he strong enough to sacrifice those he loves?

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About the Author

Rachel J Bonner is the author of the four book Choices and Consequences series, the first of which, Strand of Faith, is due out in November 2018.

Getting a degree in engineering, followed by a career in accountancy is probably not a conventional path to becoming an author, particularly in paranormal romance.  Rachel says that, although accountancy isn’t anything like as boring as everyone thinks, writing is a lot more fun.  When not writing, she can be found walking in the beautiful countryside near where she lives, which has influenced much of the scenery in her books, or shooting things with her local archery club.  Target shooting only, honest.  Nothing to worry about.

She also enjoys swimming, eating chocolate chip cookies and growing aromatic herbs, especially thyme and rosemary.  It’s no coincidence that her heroine likes the same things.

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My Review

5 Stars

As Prospero and Leonie have become closer, Prospero is willing to renounce his vows for her. But both are scared that their past will make the other hate them. But during a training session something happens and leads Leonie to a coma after using her abilities to help people which leads to Prospero being heartbroken that his actions led to her injury.

Gabriel is also torn that he will have to hurt Prospero and Leonie if he is to save the world. But he learns more about Leonie’s past, which was brutal, and how she has abilities that she doesn’t know about that is needed to save everyone.

I loved Strand of Faith and couldn’t wait to hop into this book. We start right where Strand of Faith ended so I recommend reading the books in order. I felt for Prospero and his past but Leonie’s past broke my heart. That poor girl has gone through so much and has so much more to go through. I just want them to find their own place in the world to live but so much more is needed from them.

This is an amazing sequel that ends quite abruptly. Now I have to impatiently wait for the next book. This is a great series and one to check out.

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

 

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The Fire Priest

Fire Priest (Pawn of the Gods, Book 1) by Stephen MurdochFire Priest (Pawn of the Gods, Book 1) by Stephen Murdoch

Publisher: (Dec 12, 2018)
Category: YA Fantasy. Epic Fantasy. Gateway Fantasy. Alternate Reality, Sword & Sorcery
Tour dates: Mar-May, 2019
ISBN: 978-1916488311
Available in Print and ebook, 304 pages

 Fire Priest

Description Fire Priest (Pawn of the Gods, Book 1) by Stephen Murdoch

Seventeen-year-old Jack Kulinski is the best mixed martial arts fighter of his generation. So why does fighting scare him so much? In the ring, the sound of swarming bees mysteriously fills his head, and it takes all of his effort to not flee in panic. But when his best friend disappears, and Jack, alone, discovers that he’s been magicked to a terrible land ruled by a murderous god and his violent people, he needs to learn how to face his fears and to fight better than he ever has before.

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“I found myself really into the book and finished it in two days. I was rooting for Jack and Denny throughout the book, I liked the talking rabbit and I really liked Zolin, the soldier, and his buddies. I hated the Fire Priest and Priestess and found myself reading at the dinner table, hoping Jack would destroy them.
I think the world that Stephen created is complex and interesting; I like the references to Mesoamerican culture, history, and names. At first I felt like there were a lot of characters to keep track of, but part way in realized I had them all set in my head and it was all coming together. I’m interested to see what happens in Book 2 of the series.”-Helen, Goodreads

About Stephen MurdochFire Priest (Pawn of the Gods, Book 1) by Stephen Murdoch

Stephen Murdoch is a writer and investor who lives in England with his wife and three daughters. He is the author of the non-fiction book IQ: A Smart History of a Failed Idea (Wiley, 2007). He has written for various publications, including Newsweek, The Washington Post, and PRI’s Marketplace. The Fire Priest is his first work of fiction. Murdoch is the chairman of two healthcare providers in the UK that provide cutting edge digital and bricks-and-mortar solutions to the mental health sector.

 

 

My Review

5 Stars

Seventeen year old Jack Kulinski is a top MMA fighter but he has a secret, he is afraid to fight. Then one night his friend Denny disappears. Jack was supposed to be responsible for Denny and goes on the hunt for him. This leads him to Tenochtan, a world with a Fire God as a ruler. It seems the god’s priest and priestess have been watching Jack for a while and have plans for him.

I have to say that I was completely immersed in this dark world that Jack and Denny find themselves in. I liked Jack as the hero. He has problems, he is afraid of fighting, and has father issues. But he steps up and does what needs to be done. It doesn’t help that Denny seems to find trouble for both of them at every turn.

This is a fantastic story that sucked me in, had me reading until late, and sad at the end because I had to leave this dark world. I can’t wait to find out what Stephen is going to have planned for Jack in the next book. If you like good fantasy stories you need to check out this book.

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

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