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In Servitude

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In Servitude by Heleen Kist

When Grace’s beloved sister Glory dies in a car crash, her life spirals out of control.

She discovers Glory was indebted to a local crime lord and laundering money through her café. What’s worse, Grace is now forced to take over.

Defying her anxiety, Grace will stop at nothing to save herself and those Glory left behind from the clutches of Glasgow’s underworld. But her plans unravel when more family secrets emerge and Grace is driven to question everything she believed about her sister – even her death.

Could Glory’s accident have been murder?

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Heleen Kist 

About the Author

In my day job as independent strategy consultant, I craft creative and insightful stories of growth and transformation for my clients. So one day, I thought I’d try another kind of fiction.

Born in the Netherlands, I lived in multiple countries as a diplomat-child, during my early career at Procter & Gamble, while studying for my masters at Stanford University, and as a McKinsey consultant. Then I met a Scotsman. And you know what they say about them.

I kept him, and we now live in Glasgow with our two children—who inspired the book’s fight scene.

I speak four and a half languages, but readers will be pleased to know English is now my best.

If you’re interested in understanding how I earn a living, see http://www.skillcast.co.uk. If you want to help me earn a living as an author, follow me on twitter or subscribe to the newsletter.

Thank you.

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My Review

5 Stars

Grace and Glory are sisters. Then Glory is killed in a car accident. Grace decides to reopen her sisters vegan café her sister ran to help support Glory’s husband and children. But then she learns that Glory was into a lot more than she knew. Glory was laundering money and so much more. When Grace decided to reopen the café all of Glory’s past dealings have now fallen into her lap.

Oh my, where to begin. I was not expecting where this book was going to take me from the blurb. On the surface you have two sisters, one with a husband and children and another with a boyfriend. Grace is heartbroken at the death of Gloy and wants to help Glory’s family out. But then all kinds of secrets start coming out of the wood work to show that Grace didn’t know Glory as well as she thought she did.

This is an amazing first book from author Heleen Kist. Completely unexpected yet it drew me in, left me lost and confused, and when I thought I might have an idea of what may be going on I had the rug ripped out below me. This is a wonderful thriller and one I recommend checking out.

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

I would like to thank R&R Book Tours for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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The Ilia Stone

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The Ilia Stone by RJ Loom

Nia Williams could never have imagined the way her ordinary life would be turned upside down after the death of her grandfather. A chance find unwittingly has her discovering the truth of an ancient Greek myth, plunging her into a world where the legends she only read about in her history books become her reality.

Plagued with a strange link to others’ past, she follows the path of an ancient artifact around the world and throughout time as it reveals its story to guide her to contain powers once thought lost to the rise of modern religion.

Two men affected by the artifact vie for her allegiance; Gabriel, a man haunted by his own past, and smooth talking Viktor who wants Nia to embrace a life she never imagined.

A love sacrificed… An impossible decision…

As lines blur between right and wrong, how much will Nia be willing to sacrifice?

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R.J. Loom

About the Author

R.J. Loom was born and raised along the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio, where she still resides with her husband, two teenage children and two spoiled dogs. She loves books, music, travel and anyone with a great sense of humor. When she’s not writing, she can be found with her nose in a book, looking for more books to add to her “to-be-read” pile or spending time with her family.

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My Review

5 Stars

Nia Williams is a normal college student struggling with her studies and her life. But then her grandfather dies and she discovers a strange stone in his attic. But this stone has the power of the Greek Gods in it. Nia learns that the stone has made her immortal and given her powers. Now she has two men, Gabriel and Viktor pursuing her.

Gabriel is trying to bring out her good side and seems to care about her. Yet he is hiding a secret that may hurt Nia more. Viktor is after her darkness and challenges her to embrace the power for bad. You know he is bad but at the same time you can’t figure out why you want to read more about him.

This is a great story with lots of action, power, and betrayal. I felt for Nia, she was just trying to find her place in the world and then discovers she has all these powers. Then there is Gabriel and Viktor. Once again another love triangle but this time I like how it was handled. The temptation of good and evil is so much better than instalove.

If you like paranormal romances I recommend checking this book out. I loved all the mythology twisted up in this story and I hope that there will be more to come.

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

I would like to thank Ink-n-Flow Management Group for the opportunity to read and share this book.

Return Blitz

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Fable Ranger, Book 2
MG Fairy Tale, MG Fantasy
Published: February 2019
Publisher: Dingbat Publishing
 
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Casey is home! But not for long…
Casey’s short-lived return to the real world is followed by a rapid scramble back to Lorealia to tackle Dovetail and more of his mischief. This time, it’s a family affair — not just to save the missing godmothers, but to rescue her sister Leslie as well.
Snow White is now Snow Leslie, trapped in an off-script fairy tale that’s doomed to spiral into a never ever after with the rest of Lorealia if Casey, her father, and Charlie-boy fail their mission to stop a war.
And has the book finally realized it made a mistake in choosing Casey as the Fable Ranger after all? Why is it rejecting her?
Don’t miss this final installment of the exciting Fable Ranger duology.

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Other Books in the Fable Ranger Series:
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Summons
Fable Ranger, Book 1
Publisher: Dingbat Publishing
 
Take care what you wish for. You just might get it.
Twelve-year-old Casey doesn’t think life could get any more unfair. Plans for her special basketball tournament are tossed aside by her sister’s wedding plans. She even has to be a bridesmaid now, with all the lace and silk and—oh, the horror! All she wants is an escape, but she never imagined she’d be swept away to a world of Mother Goose rhymes, fairy tales, stories of Arabian Nights, and oh, by the way, all but one fairy godmother has been kidnapped.
Casey learns she’s been summoned as the Fable Ranger to lead the search and rescue of the missing wish-makers. But she’s not the hero they want. In the world of fairy tales, damsels aren’t meant to swoop in and save the day.
Now all Casey wants is to go home, but the veil between worlds is on lockdown. Taking fate into her own hands, she embarks on an airship flight to find the phoenix tears that can open her way home. Her journey would’ve gone as smooth as the perfect layup if it weren’t for that pesky bounty the evil Dovetail has placed on her head. But if Casey fails, the Arabian Nights will disappear forever—and leave her trapped in a world unraveling one fairy tale at a time.
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Explaining things would be hard, but I had to make them understand. No telling what evil plans Dovetail had brewing — worse yet if he’d already put them into action. I didn’t know why he wanted to bring Lorealia to some spiraling, awful happily never after, but he seemed bent on making it so. Dad and I needed to get back there quick, fast, and in a major hurry to keep it from happening.
Oh, Frankenstein. Please believe me. Here goes. “This is going to sound weird, but I was summoned by mistake, I think. Or maybe not. Still unsure about that part. It has to do with the book of Lorealia.”
“Isn’t that the book you read to us all the time, Dad?” Leslie asked, interrupting me. “The one with the Mother Goose rhymes, fairy tales, all kinds of legends, and everything? That’s just a book.” She waved her hand, dismissing my words.
Dad opened his mouth to speak but clapped his lips shut. From the way his brows stitched together, I could tell he was struggling to find the right words. I understood his pain all too well.
Leslie looked from Dad to me then back to Dad again, giggling nervously. “It is just a book, right?”
About the Author

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Angela Brown is a lover of books – from classics to steampunk and everything in between. She’s published Neverlove and They All Fall Down of the Shadow Jumpers series, Frailties of the Bond and Atone of the NEO Chronicles, and Beacon, a YA urban fantasy dystopian published by Evernight Teen publishing.
As A.L. Brown, she dove into the world of middle-grade storytelling with the release of Fable Ranger Summons via Dingbat Publishing, an MG fairy tale mash-up where it takes more than a wish to keep the legends of Arabian Nights and Sleeping Beauty from spiraling into disastrous never ever afters. This tale concludes with its now available sequel, Fable Ranger Return, where tackling Dovetail’s mischief and saving missing godmothers becomes a family affair.
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Drop Dead Gorgious

Drop Dead Gorgeous
by Donald Allen Kirch
Genre: Horror
1# Wished for High Tech Science Fiction Novel in Japan!
The Sensational #1 All-Star Bestselling Kindle Novel!
“Would you like to hear a story?”
The man couldn’t help himself.
His captor was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. Her
powerful eyes held his attention and made him forget that she had him
confined in a basement; his hands and feet bound with duct tape. His
heart raced as he meekly nodded his head ‘yes’ to the question.
After getting past the terror and discomfort, he
reasoned that there was nothing to worry about. He would be missed.
He had loved ones who would call the police. All he had to do was
wait. Letting this woman tell him a story was as good a stall as any.
The mysterious woman weaved a tale of betrayed love and
unwanted, unnatural experiments placed upon her. Of a loving wife,
working on a top secret government program. Of a husband searching
for love in all the wrong places. The prisoner couldn’t believe what
he was being told. A descent into insanity, fueled by a jealous rage,
ended with using the tools of science for torture and revenge.
With every blink of her lovely eyes, licking of her full lips, and heaving
of her perfect breasts, the captor entertained a story most bizarre.
Of a woman bent on teaching her cheating husband a lesson.
The prisoner wondered….”Am I next?”
DONALD ALLEN KIRCH lives in The United States of America. He is an avid
reader of history, Sherlock Holmes Mysteries, the paranormal, and is
a “hardcore” Doctor Who fan. After spending two weekends in
the famous “Sallie House,” a “haunted house” in
Atchison, Kansas, he is one of the only authors of his craft who can
claim to have been attacked by a ghost!

My Review

5 stars

Ray wakes to find himself duct taped and in a basement. Then the perfect woman comes downstairs. Her name is Eve and she has a story to tell. The story is about Steve. Steve is in satellite dish sales when Annabelle starts coming into the store to keep asking him about satellites when she is really looking for a companion. What follows is a whirl wind romance and a beautiful wedding.

Annabelle is a scientist and has discovered nano tech that can change the body. Everything from healing cancer cells to making plastic surgery a thing of the past. When she finds that Steve has cheated on her she gets her own revenge on both him and the girl he was with. But as Eve tells this story to Ray, he comes to love her and doesn’t really notice the rotting corpses stacked in the basement with them.

This book reminds me of the classic B scifi movies mixed with bad 70’s porn. A loser of a guy meets the quick girl who is super smart and good in bed. He marries her but when she gets wrapped up in her invention he goes looking elsewhere for sex. Of course he is going to get caught but the end results were not what he expected.

I loved the book. It has that classic horror feel to it, a great case of revenge with some insanity mixed in, and lots of sex. I don’t think this is a book for everyone. But if you have one of those senses of humor I think this would be a good read.

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

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Once in a Forest Blitz

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Children’s
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Published:
July 2018
Publisher:
Christian Faith Publishing
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Once
in a Forest is a timeless narrative, both amusing and insightful — a perfect
tool for teaching children the value of friendship and camaraderie in life.
Animals
in the forest are having a hard time accepting each other’s differences. One
day, an unlikely friendship shows the forest that differences are what the
woodland creatures need to bring happiness to all.

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Adriana Pernetz has been a school teacher for 23 years. She taught in Venezuela before moving to Texas in 1997.  She has a degree in Pedagogical Sciences from La Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Venezuela) and a Masters in Bilingual Education from Southern Methodist University (United States).  She presently teaches 2nd-grade dual language in GarlandISD, Texas.
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Hank Quense has a new novel called The King Who Disappeared and it’s due out on April 15.  Before then, he’s giving away 10 copies of the ebook in a random drawing.

The book blurb reads: A long time ago, Bohan was a king.  But that was before the sleep spell.  Now that he’s awake again, it’s time for revenge.

If you like stories filed with heroes, villains and political satire, you’ll like this novel.

The book will be available in ebook and print and will be sold on the usual sites such as Amazon, B&N, Kobo etc.

The King Who Disappeared by Hank Quense

Bohan, a king, is at war with Jerado, an evil wizard who controls four neighboring kingdoms.  Bohan, his wizard, Ansgar, and his guards are trapped in a cave by Jerado who magically seals the cave.  Ansgar casts a sleep spell on all of them. It will last until the cave is unsealed.

More than 200 years later, an earthquake unseals the cave and frees Bohan.  While catching up on history, he learns Jerado is still alive and rules the country as dictator.  Bohan learns this from a sympathetic constable named Leticia.  After talking to Bohan and his guards, she recognizes him from school lessons as the King Who Disappeared. Bohan determines to go to the capital, Dun Hythe, and gain revenge.  Leticia promises to go with him to find out what happened to her father who was arrested and disappeared.

Jerado learns that Bohan is still alive and headed to confront him. He tells Lithgow, his son, and Flavia, his daughter about Bohan.  Lithgow is the War Minister and Flavia the Minister of the Interior. They hate each other and each plans to succeed their father when he retires.

Jerado orders Lithgow to use his soldiers to block and kill Bohan.  Flavia, who also has troops, decides to kill Bohan before Lithgow can.  Bohan and his guards, all heroes, brush past Flavia’s soldiers and route Lithgow’s.  Jerado now orders Lithgow’s troops to seal all the city’s gates and search everyone entering the city.

Meanwhile the citizens in Dun Hythe are suffering from Jerado’s rule and from Flavia’s imposition of lower wages to raise profits for the many businesses she controls.  The wage restrictions impact on the Godmother’s bottom line.  She is the head of a crime family who controls all vice in the city.  She is also the head of the two largest and most powerful labor guilds, the teamsters and the dock workers. With Flavia’s wage restrictions in place the citizenry does have any money to have fun in the Godmother’s saloons or gambling halls.  Also the workers don’t make enough money to feed their families.

Jerado’s Treasurer, Maurice, learns a few of Jerado’s family secrets.  He knows how Flavia embezzles vast amounts of money from the contracts she gives out.  Maurice learns about Bohan and the attempts to kill him. These and a few other secrets ensure his early death if Jerado ever finds out what he knows.  Maurice meets with the Godmother and they agree to help each other for their mutual protection.

Now close to Dun Hythe, Leticia agrees to enter the city and scout it out.  Hopefully she can find a way for Bohan to enter the city.  She also wants to meet with the Godmother because her father was once a high-ranking official in the dock workers guild.  Leticia hopes the Godmother can find out where her father is.

Within the city, rumors swirl about the reappearance of the King Who Disappeared.  The Godmother ignores the rumors and is stunned to learn from Leticia that Bohan is really alive and outside the city.  After a lively discussion, The Godmother agrees to smuggle Bohan into the city in return for a guarantee from Bohan for protection for her business.

Bohan and his mates enter the city by boat in the middle of the night and meet with the Godmother and Maurice who tells Bohan the layout of the palace and how to sneak into it.  To make a distraction, the Godmother will call a city-wide general strike to coincide with Bohan’s attack on Jerado.

Bohan and Ansgar sneak into the palace at night with Maurice in the lead.  Leaving Maurice behind, they advance into the living quarters and confront Jerado.  A confusing battle ensues as the two wizards throw spells at each other.  Using Ansgar’s spell as a distraction, Bohan gets close enough to Jerado to use his sword on the wizard thus gaining revenge.

With Jerado out of the way, Bohan arrests Lithgow and Flavia, proclaims himself king and agrees to work with the Godmother, orders a wage increase for all the workers.

Everyone is happy except Jerado’s children who must perform menial work for the rest of their lives

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Below is a tongue-in-cheek interview with Hank:

This is Marcia Hammerhead.  I’m the cultural reporter for Faux News Network.  I love literary fiction and I love going to symphonies and ballets. My boss knows this, so what does he tell me to do?  Every time Hank Quense, an unknown scribbler of genre fiction, comes out with a new book, I have to interview him, but at least I don’t have to read and review the books.  Let’s get started.

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Marcia Hammerhead: Mr. Quense.  What is your latest atrocity?

Hank Quense: It’s a fantasy novel called The King Who Disappeared.  The main character is a king who spends two hundred years under a sleep spell.  When he awakens, he finds his nemesis is still alive and the king wants revenge. The book has a lot of political satire in it.

MH: It sounds just as dreadful as all your previous books.  I suppose it’s filled with silly fantasy creatures.

HQ: It is.  Besides humans, there are elves dwarfs, half-pints —

MH: Half-pints?  What’s a half-pint?

HQ: They are also called halflings.  Hobbits in other words, but I can’t use the word ‘hobbit’ because Tolkien’s estate trademarked the word.

MH: Why don’t you invent your own creatures instead of stealing other authors’ work?

HQ: I do.  The novel has dwelfs.  They’re half elf and half dwarf.  They tend to have all the bad features of both races and none of the good traits.  The story also has yuks in it.  Yuks are like orcs but aren’t as friendly.

MH: I’m getting a headache just thinking about these matters. How many books have you foisted on the unsuspecting reading public?

HQ: I have 23 books on Amazon right now, both fiction and non-fiction.

MH: Good heavens!  You’re like a plague.  Fortunately, you’re almost completely unknown.  Otherwise civilization would be in a crisis mode from reading all your drivel.  Have you considered retiring from writing to do something useful?  Like delivering newspapers or pumping gas?

HQ: Nope.  I’m almost finished with the first book of a scifi series of three novellas.  I’m also writing a non-fiction book that integrates self-publishing and book marketing into a single project.

MH: I can’t stand the thought of interviewing you several more times. Maybe I should retire. Well, I can’t go on.  That’s it for this interview.

HQ: Thanks for having me on again, Marcia.

M: Why is that whenever I interview you I have an urge to go out and buy a large bottle of wine?

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Eye of the Beholder

‘Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Dungeons & Dragons,’ the definitive documentary chronicling the history, legends, and inspirations behind, and the building of, the realms and characters behind the game, is out May 14th via The Nacelle Company on iTunes, Google, Xbox, Vimeo, Amazon, Vudu, Comcast, Cox, Spectrum, and more.

Read more about the “love-letter to the role-playing game that’s currently enjoying its well-deserved time in the spotlight” at Nerdist.

A deep-dive into the monsters, heroes, and adventures that the game brings to life, the film features more than forty interviews with D&D and fantasy illustration heavyweights including Larry Elmore, Jeff Easly, Clyde Caldwell, Brom, Tony DiTerlizzi, Todd Lockwood, Erol Otus, Margaret Weiss, and many more.

I would like to thank Shore Fire Media for the opportunity to share this documentary.