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One Pedal at a Time

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One Pedal at a Time: A Novice Caregiver and Her Cyclist Husband Face Their New Normal with Courage, Tenacity and Abundant Love by CJ Golden

Watching her husband, Joe, regress from crossing the country on a bike to cheering him on as he navigated his wheelchair around the kitchen, CJ Golden had much to learn about caregiving. And she did – through her characteristic determination, quest for knowledge, boundless love and relentless optimism. Within these pages the reader finds a balanced mix of somber reflections and light moments that highlight a very real passage in the lives of a husband and wife who love each other unequivocally. Golden shares the lessons she learned, the emotional and physical strain upon her heavily burdened shoulders, and the realization that, through it all, their connection and love have grown stronger. Joe’s motto for getting through life’s most trying times has always been, “one pedal at a time” – referring to his days traversing the country, for months at a time on the two wheels of his road bike. Thus, the title of this book and, hopefully, a philosophy that will help carry others through their own caregiving struggles. One Pedal at a Time speaks to caregivers who need a place to turn to for information, inspiration, and hope, and who enjoy a good love story.

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C.J. Golden

Author’s Bio

Author and inspirational speaker, CJ Golden, has a passion for helping others find joy in their life journeys. Her first book, Tao of the Defiant Woman, was born out of a personal need to find her own inner strength. She then brought her Tao and defiant attitude to teen and pre-teen girls through Tao-Girls Rule! Recently she became caregiver to her husband, Joe, after he suffered cancer-related strokes. Blogging about that, the greatest challenge of her life, she turned her work into her newest book: One Pedal at a Time.

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My Review

5 stars

CJ and Joe Golden are the world’s sweetest couple that truly loves each other. Joe was a cross country cyclist until a diagnosis with a rare form of leukemia and had a couple strokes. CJ was thrust into the role of caregiver. CJ has some hard lessons to learn on how to be a caregiver, namely that you have to take time for yourself too.

This is a beautiful story of two people that love each other deeply and how CJ learned to care for both Joe and herself. It’s inspirational and a great story for those that find themselves in the same position. Intermixed in the story is also emails CJ wrote that brings it home how hard caring for another person, especially someone so close to you, can be.

I loved this story. It is beautiful and very inspirational. I love how the story is written like she is talking to a friend. If you are looking for information or just a wonderful story, this is a great book and one to check out.

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

I would like to thank PR by the Book for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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Murder Gone Missing

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Murder Gone Missing (Corrie Locke – 2) by Lida Sideris

Newly minted lawyer Corrie Locke has taken a vow of abstinence. From PI work, that is. Until her best friend Michael finds his bully of a boss stabbed in the back after confronting him earlier that day. Michael panics, accidentally tampering with the crime scene…which could lead the cops to Michael instead of the real culprit. He turns to Corrie to track down the killer. She doesn’t need much coaxing. Her late great PI dad taught her the ropes…and left her his cache of illegal weaponry.

They return to the scene of the crime, but the body’s gone missing. Racing against time, Corrie dredges a prestigious Los Angeles college in pursuit of clues. All she finds are false leads. Armed with attitude and romantic feelings toward Michael, Corrie dives into a school of suspects to find the slippery fugitive. Will she clear Michael’s name before he’s arrested for murder?

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Lida Sideris

Author’s Bio

For decades, Lida believed her birthplace to be North Hollywood, California. She liked that. She really did. North Hollywood hinted of bridled glamour and cocktail dresses without the need for the cocktail; it was a town that rubbed shoulders with Hollywood without being kinky or unrestrained. Then one day, she unexpectedly came across a copy of her birth certificate. She cooed over the tiny footprints that were once her own, until her gaze dropped on the words, “North Glendale Hospital.” Three questions popped into her mind:

  • Was Glendale large enough to be subdivided?
  • Wasn’t the north end called Burbank?
  • What happened to North Hollywood and the cocktail dresses?

Lida called her mother.

“Where was I born again?” she asked.

“A highly recommended, private birthing center – North Hollywood Hospital. Remember?”

She informed her mother that she was misinformed.

“Are you sure? Must have been the meds.”

Ever since that pivotal moment, Lida has been struggling to get in touch with her inner feelings. The sudden shift in birth locale made her question whether she was still the same person.  Who was she really?

Not willing to fork over the dough to see a therapist, Lida took up writing. She wrote about her animals and people, the city she lived in, and various escapades involving the animals, people and city. Then she wrote a few chapters of a historical novel, which won her a scholarship to attend the San Francisco Writers’ Conference. Which led her to harbor the faint, flickering hope that she could complete a mystery novel that could possibly entertain and engage a handful of readers. And she did. She really did. Who knew therapy could be such a blast?

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My Review

4 stars

Corrie Locke has sworn off mysteries and plans to focus on being a lawyer. But when her friends Michael calls her in a panic she can’t help but say yes to his request for help. Michael just learned that he was demoted. He writes a resignation letter and plans on giving it to his boss when he finds his boss stabbed in the back. Michael leaves his note and runs but figures that note will make him look like the killer. He returns with Corrie to find the note and body are gone.

Corrie can’t say no to Michael when he asks her help finding his dead boss’ body and proving that he was not the killer. What ensues is false leads, missing animals, a lot of places to hide a body in a campus, and sarcasm that will keep you entertained.

This was a good mystery and had some romance in it too. Even though it was the second book of the series I had no problem following along without reading the first book. I think this is a good mystery and I would be delighted to see what happened in Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters and the next book in the series.

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.

Screams You Hear

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Screams You Hear

Genre: Horror/ YA

Publication Date: January 8, 2018

Book Blurb:

Murder and madness infect a small town.

For sixteen-year-old Ruthie Stroud, life on tiny Hemlock Island in the Pacific Northwest is an endless sea of boring green, in a place where everybody knows everybody’s business and nothing ever happens. Then her world is ripped apart when her parents divorce and a new man enters her mother’s life. But worse is yet to come.

When she drifts ashore on the mainland, hideously burned, Ruthie has a harrowing tale to tell. It begins with the murder of a family. It ends with her being the sole survivor of a cataclysm that sweeps her little island. As a detective attempts to unravel Ruthie’s story of murder and madness, only one horrifying conclusion can be drawn: whatever was isolated on remote Hemlock Island may now have come to the mainland. Is Ruthie safe? Is anyone?

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Excerpt

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Chapter 1

I wake to pain, pain beyond comprehension, my skin on fire, only to find myself in a hospital bed, my arms bandaged, and wires snaking into machines. The burns are covered in white gauze and every motion, no matter how small, sends my nerves screaming. The air is heavy against my skin. And that smell. I can still smell the bitterness of my singed hair. I feel my head, expecting strands of hair, thick and wavy, but it’s gone. There are only splotches of emptiness, a topography of touch that alarms me. I wonder if it will ever grow back.

Tendrils of anxiety course through me, pulsing steadily. I need to wake up from whatever this is.

In spite of the pain, I caress my face and I have no eyebrows. Only stubble. No matter where I touch, my skin isn’t soft; it’s leather, a mask that rests too tightly against my skull. It’s like my skin is both expanding and contracting, pushing and pulling.

In the cyclone of terror, I remember. I remember everything.

I wish I didn’t. I wish it all away.

Around the room, there are no mirrors, and I know it’s no accident. It’s small comfort. I don’t want to see myself. I may never look in a mirror again. It’s only me and a bed, and colorful murals of elephants and giraffes on the wall, their cartoon smiles mocking me. I must be in the children’s wing, even though I’m sixteen. Next to me, an IV recedes into my vein. To my left is a button. It could be to call for assistance. Or to adjust the bed. But I think it’s something else. I think it’s for pain.

I could press it and disappear into numbness.

I could press it and just drift.

But there is something about pain. It’s the price of being alive.

The button is my litmus test.

I am stronger than my pain. I need to focus on something—anything. I need to distract myself.

I am not my pain.

I am Ruthie Stroud. I live at— wait—not anymore. I have a brother—no, not anymore.

I shut my eyes. I can’t shut them hard enough. Through the darkness, I still see fire. My world engulfed with flickering orange and reds. And the all-encompassing heat, heat beyond boiling, bordering on oblivion. Melting.

My last memory is coming ashore on the mainland, alone and fiercely tired. I didn’t walk, didn’t run. I moved, floating, held aloft by the most invisible of strings, my eyes on the horizon, people on the edges of my vision. Adults. I felt their gaze. The air was cool and moist and my skin so hot. Moving and moving; people staring. I hear them, words like police and 911 and oh my God. They surround me, a horde. They’re feral creatures, circling, their faces distorted. They are coming for me. I have no escape.

I scream and my world goes dark.

“Ruthie?”

I open my eyes. A woman stands in the hospital room doorway. Her skin is the color of teak, her black hair pulled into a tight ponytail, and without a uniform, she’s clearly no nurse. I look down her button-down shirt and a badge is attached to her belt, a gun holstered at her side.

She says, not unkindly, “I’m Detective Perez from the Washington State Police.”

I knew the cops would get involved, even though they’re late. Far too late.

She waits for me to invite her in. “May I?”

I nod and my skin crinkles and cracks. She enters, pulling a chair beside my bed and sits down. Her brown eyes rest on me and then dart away. She can’t bear to look. I must seem a monster. She asks, “How are you feeling?”

I don’t know how to answer that question.

“I’m sorry,” she says.

Down the hall, I hear a child scream. From surgery or fear, I don’t know. I think fight the pain, fight the pain.

She speaks to me in soothing tones. “I need to ask you a few questions. About what happened. Can you talk?”

My mouth is dry, my throat sore, my vocal chords thrashed. I’d forgotten how much I screamed. I feel my skin wrinkle into deep crevices as I move my jaw, and it’s an effort to form words. Even my tongue feels burned; this strange muscle in my mouth. “Is my dad coming?”

“He’s on his way.” We share a bit of silence and I stare at the woman she is, the beautiful woman I will never be, and she says, “I’d like to start at the beginning. And if there’s ever a point where you need to stop, just let me know, okay?”

“There’s just one thing,” and I clear my throat. I force her to find my eyes. To see. To look. To understand.

“What’s that?”

“Don’t judge me,” I tell her. “I did what I had to.”

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About the Author

James Morris

James Morris is a television writer who now works in digital media. He is the author of the young adult thriller What Lies Within, the dystopian love story Melophobia, the young adult suspense Feel Me Fall, and the young adult horror Screams You Hear. When not writing, you can find him scoping out the latest sushi spot, watching ‘House Hunters Renovation’, or trying new recipes in the kitchen. He lives with his wife and dog in Los Angeles. Catch him at jamesmorriswriter.com.

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My Review

5 stars

This story starts out with sixteen year old Ruthie Stroud on the mainland horribly burned. She is taken to hospital and the police are interviewing her to find out what happened. Ruthie is from the little Hemlock Island in the Pacific Northwest. Her life was going well until her parents divorced in which she blamed her mother. Another man enters her mother’s life and Ruthie is not adjusting well. Then something happens on the island and all the adults go insane and start killing off the children. What follows is a back and forth between the present day in the hospital and what Ruthie had gone through in the last couple days.

Oh my goodness, where to start?!? Ruthie is badly burned and has to relive the last couple days from hell. Life is not perfect on Hemlock Island with it being so small that everyone knows your business and there is nothing to do. But then things go sideways as the adults go into rages and start killing the kids. What follows is a narration into insanity as you follow along with the story and try to figure out where this is all going.

This story starts out with a bang and doesn’t let you go. I could turn the pages fast enough to find out what was going to happen next. It is a bloody trip to a completely shocking ending that I didn’t expect. This is a great thriller/horror story that kept me on the edge of my seat. I can’t wait to read more from James Morris.

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Seventeen

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Seventeen by Suzanne Lowe

The world is about to face the deadliest biological weapon ever known.
Lexi is a typical 21st century teenager growing up in Perth, where family barbeques and days at the beach fill her weekends. When a virus unexpectedly spreads to Australia, Lexi’s future is changed forever. She must quickly learn to adapt in this new world, where every day threatens to be her last.
Through trial, triumph and friendship, Lexi must find her inner strength and determination, lead the outback town of Jasper’s Bay and provide a future for herself, her sister, and everyone they hold dear.

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Suzanne  Lowe

Author’s Bio

Suzanne was born in Perth Western Australia and as a young adult, grew up in the small country town of Tom Price, situated in the outback of Western Australia. The summers were often very hot and dusty and she would spend her weekends with her friends, swimming in the cool water of the gorges, trying to escape the heat. As she grew to adulthood she travelled extensively throughout Australia and grew to love the unique and diverse landscapes of the country. Suzanne’s current home, is in Perth with her husband, two teenage daughters and black and white cat Abby.

She has a Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in Sport Science and has worked as a library assistant, personal trainer and barista.

Suzanne’s favourite genres are sci-fi and fantasy and she particularly enjoys watching movies and reading books with dystopian style scenarios. Some of her favourite authors include, John Marsden, Suzanne Collins, Anne Rice, Stephen Donaldson and of course J.K Rowling.

Her novel, Seventeen, came about as she wanted to write a story for young adults, that featured two sisters having to survive in a world, that was suddenly vastly different from one they had grown up in. One without adults or any rules. This was a scenario that her own two teenage daughters would often discuss and theorise about at the dinner table. She wanted to set the story in Australia, somewhere that is quite isolated and a unique setting for most dystopian stories.

Suzanne is currently writing a non-fictional book about travelling, and plans to write a follow up book to Seventeen in the future.

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My Review

5 stars

A jet from Japan crashes and releases the KV17 virus into the world which kills all adults. In Perth Australia we meet sisters Lexi and Hadley. KV17 has killed their parents but they are still living at home until it becomes unsafe. They travel in their neighbor’s car until they find a community of other kids trying to survive. Things go well for a while until a local bully, Broc starts attacking the community. But that is just the start of the troubles. It seems KV17 has mutated and is starting to affect those that are 17. Lexi is starting to get the rashes and Hadley don’t know what she is going to do if she loses her sister.

I love a good dystopian story and what better one than a super virus that kills adults. Teens rejoice, no parental rule. Well that is until you have to start taking care of yourself and trying to survive in this new world. Lexi and Hadley are trying to stay safe at home but when it is robbed they have to venture for better grounds, which in not easy to come by.

Thankfully they find a community that is trying to work together to survive. Of course you have vultures like Broc that want easy gains and the joy of bullying and hurting people. When that seem to be tough enough, then you have the mutated virus that is still killing people.

I loved the bond that Lexi and Hadley have. They clearly are there to look out for each other. It was heart breaking when Lexi and others started getting affected by the mutated virus. They just can’t seem to find a break.

I really enjoyed this story. It’s a great dystopian with a good look at what can happen in a disaster and how working together can help survive it. Even if those we love don’t make it, we still have to keep fighting.

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

I would like to thank Kate Tilton’s Author Services for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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The Blue Unicorn’s Journey to Osm by Sybrina Durant

This YA book is perfect for fans of science fiction/fantasy books like Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey and The Xanth Series by Piers Anthony or illustrated fantasies like Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and The Wizard of Oz series of books by L. Frank Baum. Mix in some Brother’s Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale themes and you’re good to enter this enchanting world of the metal horn unicorn tribe.

Everybody loves unicorns! OK maybe they don’t but for those who do, they will love this story about a little unicorn who was born into a tribe of magical, metal horned unicorns. The little guy has no magic and he has no metal but somehow he must save the tribe from an evil sorcerer. Read this book for teens and older readers to find out if he can do it.

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Praise for The Blue Unicorn’s Journey to Osm

 “Durant’s story is slyly whimsical as she builds up the world of Marbryn, a world where there are many wonders, but also threats to the existence of Blue’s tribe.” – Jack Magnus From Reader’s Favorite.

“The Blue Unicorn…reads like old time fairy tales…where life and death choices are made…” – From Fundinmental As The Eyes See It Blog

“The gentle reminders of the importance of acceptance and maintaining a sense of self worth are artfully woven into this fun adventure tale.” – From The Reading Addict Blog.

 Sybrina Durant

Author’s Bio

Hi:

I am the author of many different types of books. Some are technical and others are fanciful. Illustrated books are my favorite. I believe that you can capture a reader’s attention with a good story but amazing artwork will reel them in and keep them riveted.

My latest effort is “The Blue Unicorn’s Journey To Osm Illustrated Book For Teens and Older Readers”.

It is on this Goodreads Listopia.

A vote from you would be fantastic.

I’ve also written a companion book for little children called “Unicorns From Unimaise – The Magical Metal-Horn Tribe.”

I also believe if you teach a child with a story and pictures, they will remember it forever. With that in mind, I wrote the “Learn To Tie A Tie With The Rabbit and The Fox” series of instructional books for boys and girls.

You can also vote for it on the best book for children to learn how to tie, here.

I am also the publisher of the 4 volume set – Sybrina’s Phrase Thesaurus. Check out all of these books and if you like them, please recommend them to other Good Reads members.

And the Best Writer’s Thesaurus List here.

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My Review

5 stars

In the land of MarBryn, unicorns with metal horns have magical abilities. But they are not safe as an evil wizard wants to take control of all of their horns. A prophecy says that a unicorn will be born that can defeat the evil wizard Magh. That unicorn is Blue, a baby born with a leather horn and no magical abilities. Of course several unicorns are disappointed but when Blue learns of the prophecy he decides to train to save the other unicorns.

Blue has the help of a stag, fairies, and many others to sharpen his skills. He may not have magic but with the help of his friends he has a better advantage. Blue has to go on an adventure to stop Magh. Thankfully his friends are there to help him on the journey and the battle to come.

This is a wonderful story that will appeal to all ages. Blue feels alone except for Ghel and his friends. But he is not going to let being different stop him from fulfilling the prophecy. I love how although he doesn’t have magic he used his head to puzzle through each event. I loved all the morals you learn along with Blue.

This is a creative and involving story. I was transported to this world and had a hard time putting this book down. This is a beautiful story that will appeal to everyone from young to old.

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

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Tarragon Dragon Bane

The Revenants are coming. 

Only recently woken from their centuries’ long slumber, the dragons are unprepared to face them. But when a legend is uncovered, revealing the existence of a lost tribe of mages, hope flickers to life. 

The race is on as Tyler Durand and Anwen Kaida rush to find this missing tribe while the others prepare for their last stand. But time and numbers are against them, and Anwen fears that even if they find the lost mages, it will be too late. 



 

 

 



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My Review

5 stars

The dragons have been awakened but it is going to take time to acclimate to this world. Time they do not have since the Revenants are on the way. But rumor has a lost tribe of mages that might be able to help them. While everyone prepares for the upcoming battle, Anwen and Tyler go on a quest to find the lost mages. It is coming down to the last second to see who is going to win.

I was on pins and needles reading this book. I hoped and prayed that they were going to win but everything was looking like it was not going to happen. You will meet new characters that will add beautifully to this world and give you more to care about while you worry if they will survive the battle.

There was a lot of preparation for the big battle before it actually happened. Of course you have the race against time for Anwen and Tyler to find the lost mages. But the best part was all the questions you have in the last two books will be answered in Dragon’s Bane.

I loved this series and was enthralled through the whole thing. I was so happy that I had all three books that I could binge read at one time. This is a beautiful world and an amazing story. It’s one I think those that like fantasy stories will enjoy.

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

 

Karlie Lucas is a preschool teacher by day and a writer/artist by night.A graduate of Southern Utah University, Karlie received a B.A. in Creative Writing, with a minor in art. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society, as well as ANWA, the American Night Writers Association.

Karlie is interested in all things magical and mysterious, especially elves and dragons. She is an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling.

When not writing, Karlie can often be found drawing, baking, watching her favorite old school shows, or just spending time with her family.

She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband and a cat named Kally

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 Key Keeper (Tarragon – 1)
For hundreds of years, the gates of Tarragon have been sealed from the outside. Prophecy speaks of the day the last Key Keeper will return and wake the dragons from their spell-cast slumber, returning them to their rightful home.

Seeking to fulfill her father’s dying wish, Anwen Porter travels to the Drakonii Mountains where she meets Tyler, a mysterious local with a secret. With his help, she learns more about her clouded past and her own abilities. But when Courtney, a lovesick mage, tries to insert herself into their plans, things begin to go horribly wrong.

With death threatening at every turn, Anwen must learn to rely on her newfound friends to survive. But how can she unravel the mystery of her heritage when everything is trying to kill her?

 

My Review

4 stars

Anwen Porter is on a quest to find her heritage and herself. Her father’s dying wishes were for her to return to the mountains that her family was exiled from many generations ago. When she gets to the Drakonii Mountains, she meets Tyler Durand and learns more about herself and her own abilities, the history of the mountains and her role with the prophecy. But this is not going to be easy with Courtney, a mage that has decided to insert herself into their plans.

This is a great start to a new series. I liked Anwen, she was a great kid, but I also felt sorry for her. Here she has this huge responsibility and her father things just having her go on a journey is going to give her all the information that she is going to need for her role as the Tarragon Key Keeper. Of course you have a jealous girl that just has to put herself in the middle of everything trying to get the attention of her crush and making life more difficult.

I love the story of the dragons. The how and why they were sealed in the mountain was just great. I was on the edge of my seat for Anwen to get to them. But I loved how things progressed and you learned as Anwen did.

I really liked this story. It’s a great start to the series although I have to say I was not impressed by the cliff hanger. I hate having to stop right in the middle of scene like it did. But I will say that it did make me get out the next book to find out what happened next.

This is a great story and one that I would recommend checking out. There is lots of action and a great story that will appeal to all ages.

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

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Dragon Mage (Tarrarong – 2)
After hundreds of years, the gates to Tarragon are open once more, fulfilling age-old prophecy. However, Anwen’s journey is far from over. The dragons still sleep and she has no clue how to wake them. Forced to retreat from the Mountain, she and her newfound friends must devise a new plan to wake the inhabitants of Tarragon. Meanwhile, the Mage Circle, a group of dragon mages with a vendetta, is camped outside the Gates. Calling on allies of their own, they will stop at nothing to gain control of the Dragon City and all who dwell inside. To complicate matters even more, Anwen’s mother has joined the party. But even with the help of all her friends, can Anwen overcome the ordeals set before her or will this spell the end of the dragons and the world as we know it?

My Review

5 stars

Anwen has opened the gates to Tarragon but that is only the first step. Now she needs to learn how to awaken the dragons. Anwen, Tyler, Courtney, and a few others go off to find the keys to waking the dragons. But those that can show them only have legends and stories. But it will be a race against time to awaken the dragons. The Mage Circle has gathered outside the Gates and are trying to get control of the Dragon City to control the dragons themselves.

I love how you jump into the story right where you left off in Key Keeper. Because of this I strongly recommend reading the books in order. As we start on this journey, Anwen’s mother and a couple others have joined this journey. We learn why Anwen was kept in the dark about her heritage and abilities but I think I would still have given her training so she had some preparation.

As the story goes along we learn more about the characters. I have to say that I am warming up to Courtney from the first book and am glad to see a little romance for Anwen with Tyler. But there is no time for doe eyes. Getting the dragons awakened and away from the Mage Circle is more important.

I loved how this book helped progress the story as opposed to usual second books in trilogies. The story is ramping up more and more and it is clearly getting to be a race against time. I can’t wait to read Dragon Bane.

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

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Stench

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Stench by AB Morgan

Rory Norton didn’t always make his living as a motorbike instructor and he went to great lengths to leave his past life behind, to start again.

He thought he had succeeded, until the body of a missing woman is discovered under the floor of his cottage. Only then do the guilt and shame of his wife’s mysterious, untimely death and the accusations about his connection to the missing woman combine to break him.

The question is not how the missing woman died but why, and who is responsible?

Sometimes the truth stinks.

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Author’s Bio

Alison Morgan: former mental health nurse, married to hairy biker, fascinated by words, people, music and loves to make people smile and laugh. She once wrote a play in which none of the actors had a speaking part.

Her crime thrillers have a strong cast of characters helping to define the style and pace of each story inspired by her life and career as a Psychiatric Nurse, and her fascination with the extremes of human behaviour.

Her latest crime thriller Stench is being well received:

“A wonderful refreshing, clever read.” Nicki Murphy – Nicki’s Book Blog

“a thought-provoking novel, that will tap into many emotions” Alexina Golding – Bookstormer

“Impossible to put down!” Brittany Davis – NetGalley Reviewer

AB Morgan is the critically acclaimed author of A Justifiable Madness, The Camera Lies and Divine Poison. Stench is beautifully written mystery thriller which will appeal to fans of authors like Teresa Driscoll, S. E. Lynes and Barbara Copperthwaite.

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My Review

5 stars

We start this story as Rory Norton has been hearing scratching and has a putrid smell coming from the floor. He figured it is his filthy neighbors and their rat problem has moved over to his house. But when the lift the floor boards, the body of his neighbor Ann Chamberlain is discovered. Of course he is immediately suspected of killing her.

Weeks previously we meet Anna Chamberlain. She lost her husband four years prior in Afghanistan. She clearly has issues because she still talks to him. Her behavior causes those around her to give her more grief than help she clearly needs. So Anna decides to learn how to ride a motorcycle. There she meets Rory and what follows is one heck of a ride for both of them.

This story started out with a bang and just kept going. I mean how can you not get dragged in when the first chapter is about a man discovering the body if his horrible neighbor dead under his floor boards? Rory is a decent guy and I felt for him in this story. He does have a past and you are kept on the edge of your seat wondering if he really did kill Anna.

Anna clearly has some issues mentally. I did feel sorry for her with the loss of her husband and how it seems those around her are not really there to help. But at the same time she becomes a crazy stalker and you it becomes hard to sympathize with her.

This is a fantastic psychological thriller that started out with a bang then slowly builds the story until you are wrapped tightly in its embrace. This is the second book I have read from this author. AB Morgan is an incredible author. Her books have a permanent place on my bookshelves.

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

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