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The Distant Dead

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The Distant Dead by Heather Young

A young boy finds himself at the center of a murder mystery in this timely and twisty thriller from the author of the acclaimed The Lost Girls—a compelling and indelible story set in small town America that examines the burden of guilt, the bitter price of forgiveness, and the debts we owe our dead, both recent and distant.

A body burns in the high desert hills. A boy walks into a fire station, pale with the shock of a grisly discovery. A middle school teacher worries when her colleague is late for work. By day’s end, when the body is identified as local math teacher Adam Merkel, a small Nevada town will be rocked to its core by a brutal and calculated murder.

Adam Merkel left a university professorship in Reno to teach middle school in Lovelock seven months before he died. A quiet, seemingly unremarkable man, he connected with just one of his students: Sal Prentiss, a lonely sixth grader who lives with his uncles on a desolate ranch in the hills. The two outcasts developed a tender, trusting friendship that brought each of them hope in the wake of tragedy. But it is Sal who finds Adam’s body, charred almost beyond recognition, half a mile from his uncles’ compound.

Nora Wheaton, the middle school’s social studies teacher, dreamed of a life far from Lovelock only to be dragged back on the eve of her college graduation to care for her disabled father, a man she loves but can’t forgive. She sensed in the new math teacher a kindred spirit–another soul bound to Lovelock by guilt and duty. After Adam’s death, she delves into his past for clues to who killed him and finds a dark history she understands all too well. But the truth about his murder may lie closer to home. For Sal Prentiss’s grief seems heavily shaded with fear, and Nora suspects he knows more than he’s telling about how his favorite teacher died. As she tries to earn the wary boy’s trust, she finds he holds not only the key to Adam’s murder, but an unexpected chance at the life she thought she’d lost.

Weaving together the last months of Adam’s life, Nora’s search for answers, and a young boy’s anguished moral reckoning, this unforgettable thriller brings a small American town to vivid life, filled with complex, flawed characters wrestling with the weight of the past, the promise of the future, and the bitter freedom that forgiveness can bring.

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About the Author

Heather Young is the author of the awarding-winning and Edgar nominated novel The Lost Girls and the forthcoming novel The Distant Dead (June 9, 2020). She holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and a Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She lives in Mill Valley, California.

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My Review

4 stars

Sal Prentiss is 11 years old and doesn’t have any friends except his math teacher, Adam Merkel. He lives with his uncles, one that sells prescription pills and is trying to get Sal to deal for him. Sal discovers a burned body and reports it but it is clear that he knows more than he is telling.

Nora Wheaton is a teacher that found a kindred spirit in Adam and is worried when he doesn’t show up for work one day. By the end of the day it is clear that the burned body is Adam. Nora enlists the help of her ex, Mason Green the chief deputy and a volunteer firefighter, Jake Sanchez.

Nora is determined to find out what happened to Adam. But first she needs to gain the trust of Sal to learn what he knows about Adam’s death. What follows is a slow burning mystery story involving a small town in Nevada, a drug epidemic, poverty, guilt, sadness and so much more.

Knowing that I live in Reno I was curious to see what was going on in Lovelock. What I found was people doing the best they could where they were at. Nora had tried to get out of town but finds herself back to take care of her aging father. This is complicated by strong feeling she has against him. She really thought she found someone special with Adam and is rather upset about his death.

But my heart goes out to Sal. He is in a bad situation with nowhere to go. I wanted to scoop him up and protect him from his uncles. I was cheering for him and hoping he would come out of this in the best way possible.

This is a slow rolling story that kept me interested through the whole thing. I admit that when I thought I might know where we were going there was a great twist that changed everything up. If this is something that you like I would recommend checking out The Distant Dead. If you are looking for a more action-packed story you may not enjoy this story as much. But it is still worth 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 Beth at Beth Parker PR for the opportunity to read and share this book.

Children’s Book
Date Published: November 19, 2019
Publisher: Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc.
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When Sophie’s family moves from New York City to West Virginia, she not only has to leave her friends and the city and library she loves so much, but she has to figure out what will happen when she discovers that there is no library in her new town. But when she discovers something called a bookmobile and other new treasures, all is right with the world.

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About the Author
Kathleen M. Jacobs is the author of the critically-acclaimed YA-novel, Honeysuckle Holiday and Betsy Blossom Brown. Her other works include Marble Town, a book for the MG-reader. Her first children’s book, Please Close It! has enjoyed numerous awards, and her chapbooks The Puppeteer of Objects: A Lyrical Poem and Collected Curiosities: Poems, Essays & Opinions offer insights into human behavior and understanding. She is a former teacher of English and Creative Writing, and holds a M. A. in Humanistic Studies. She was the 2017 New River Gorge Writer-in-Residence. You can reach her through her website at www.kathleenmjacobs.com and through Instagram @kathleenm.jacobs.
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4 Stars

Sophie’s parents have decided it is time to move from New York City to Victor, West Virginia. Sophie decides that this will be a great move until her mother tells her that there is no library in Victor. Of course the little book lover is broken hearted and very unsure about this move. But her mother has a surprise that will make everything better.

This was a great, short story for mid grade readers. Sophie is such a strong person for her age and does a fantastic job adjusting to a new world and adventure. Although I think about a nine year old on her own at a Starbucks in New York a bit odd her parents must really trust her and the area.

I do wish there was a little bit more about the bookmobile. We have this big build up but then just a short chapter. I think there could have been a little more information for those that have never been around a bookmobile or how it works.

Over all I really liked the story and I would recommend it for kids and adults alike,

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

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Awake

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Awake by Jennifer Reynolds

After waking in a field, naked, battered, bloody, and with no memory of who she was or what happened to her, Olivia “Liv” Stone, discovers that roughly four years have passed and a plague has swept her world, killing some and turning most into creatures only heard about in horror stories. Worse, she fears that during those missing years, she might have been one of the beings. How that was possible, and how she was human again, Liv doesn’t know but aims to find out. Along the way, she joins a war to eliminate the remaining creatures by waking as many of the undead as possible.

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About the Author

Jennifer Lynn Powell Reynolds is a native of North Alabama.

Jennifer has a Master of Fine Arts degree from National University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Alabama.

Writing has always been a large part of her life. In high school, her local newspaper published a large number of her poems, and she won numerous poetry and short stories awards. Since high school, she has worked on a number of different projects, but her focus was on acquiring her degrees.

She finished the first draft of her first novel, a post-apocalyptic piece titled Alone, around the time she graduated with her B.A. Since then, she has written numerous other novels, short stories, and poems.

Aside from spending her days immersed in the fictional worlds she creates, she works part time at Stained Glass Artistry.

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My Review

5 stars

Liv wakes up naked, battered, and throwing up fingers. Next to her is a dead soldier missing said fingers. This is the first day of her new life as a human that was formerly a zombie. A cure has been created that can turn a small percentage of zombies back into humans. Those that don’t turn are quickly killed by the same cure.

Liv doesn’t know who she is but starts remembering a little about her life prior to being a zombie and while she was a zombie. She wants to make amends and volunteers to help administer the cure. She meets others like her and prejudices from humans that are worried the former zombies will return to their previous life.

I really enjoyed this story, I was hooked from the moment I learned about the soldier with the missing fingers. I really felt for Liv as she tried to put the pieces of her life back together and deal with the things that she did. I loved the twist about bring the zombies back, you don’t see that one when you think zombie story.

This is a great story that I recommend checking out. I am now a huge Jennifer Reynolds fan and can’t wait to get my hands on anything she writes.

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

I would like to thank Jennifer Reynolds for the opportunity to read and share this amazing story.

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Happy release day to author, Elizabeth Price! Check out her latest book, Whispering Lilly, a Haunted Ends novel!

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Genre: Mystery/ Paranormal

Expected Publication Day: May 26th, 2020

Publisher: Between the Lines

The Dead Inns paranormal investigations team is back in action with an all-new television show, Haunted Ends. With the help of their new ghostly member, Sam, the show’s popularity has grown far beyond San Francisco. Rocky, the show’s paranormal psychic, along with Sam, agrees to investigate the murder of a young college girl, Lilly Rosenberg. While doing so, the two are reunited with old friends as well as meeting new interesting ones… bodies optional. Their spooky adventure leads the crew of Haunted Ends into peril, fighting for their lives in the middle of the Mojave desert against the ghost of a long-dead serial killer, Irving Keegan.

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Excerpt

Rocky lifted his eyes from his straining fingers. The sun hovered above the horizon, casting a golden glow over his pale skin. A fat speckled pigeon landed on the weather-worn bricks onto which his cramping fingers desperately held. Inches above him stood an open window, taunting him with a sheer white curtain that blew like a billowing cloud in the cool San Francisco breeze. The curtain reached down and tickled the tips of his spiky bleached-white hair. He knew if he reached out to grab the curtain, the rod would snap under his weight and he would plunge six stories, straight into oncoming traffic, causing quite a red splat on the asphalt below.

He glanced between his dangling legs to the busy street filled with spectators and anxious commuters. His eyes widened to the size of spotlights as all breath left his lungs. His fingers shifted, grasping tighter to the crimson brick wall. Why did he look down? He knew better. Yet, it wasn’t every day a person found themselves dangling vicariously outside a six-story window.

The headlights of passing cars and the flashing red lights of several emergency vehicles below resembled a swarm of fireflies. He hated fireflies. They reminded him of a time when he was eleven and had been forced to go to summer camp. The boys in his tent group held him down and forced him to eat fireflies to see if his stomach would glow. The fireflies didn’t stay with him long enough to find out.

“What the hell, Rocky?” Rose called from the open window.

Rocky jumped, his foot losing his hold for only a moment. He regained his footing, breathing out a gasping sigh. “Geez, Rose!” Rocky turned his attention to the window. “Hey, a little warning next time.”

“There’s going to be a next time? You’re anticipating doing this… whatever this is you’re doing again,” she said as she hung her head out the window.

“Gawd, I hope not,” he grumbled.

Rose crossed her arms over her chest, the sleeves of her gray suit pulling slightly at the elbows. “So, I have to ask, how’s it hangin’?” she asked as she leaned further out the window. Rocky replied with a drop-dead glare. “Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.”

“Just once, I…” Rocky started, realizing only after a few words how hard it was to speak while hanging off a ledge, “…wish you’d learn.”

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About the Author

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Elizabeth grew up in Redlands, California as an only child. The lack of siblings, cousins, or even kids in her neighborhood to play with sparked her imagination to life. She spent most days entertaining herself with elaborate stories, even doing so when her attention should have been elsewhere—like on her schoolwork.

As a teen, Elizabeth dove headfirst into the geeky culture of Star Trek and other science fiction and fantasy novels. She became so consumed that she spent all her free time and allowance on new books—eagerly anticipating their arrival. When she felt hindered by her limited allowance and the inevitable waiting period between new releases, it dawned on Elizabeth to revisit the creation of her own stories. This is where she was truly born as an author, pouring her imagination into multiple genres.

In 2009, Elizabeth graduated from California State University Fullerton with a bachelor’s degree in Communications, emphasizing Entertainment Studies. She has taken numerous writing classes to hone her craft—everything from script writing to copywriting, story writing and more.

Elizabeth has been happily married to her supportive husband since 2001. He greatly encourages her in her writing endeavors and accompanies her on trips to haunted locations—her favorite pastime. She currently lives with her husband in Corona, California.

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Star Trek: Body by Starfleet: A Fitness Guide by Robb Pearlman

A fully illustrated guide that bridges the nexus between stasis and health, Star Trek: Body by Starfleet provides real, practical, and fun exercises for Star Trek fans of all ages and physical abilities so that they may boldly live long and prosper.

Drawing from the most celebrated and iconic elements of over 50 years of Star TrekBody by Starfleet will provide any pop-culture (or junk-food) junkie a fun and healthy way to engage their warp core and get moving. Whether you view the gym as an impenetrable final frontier or regularly bench press boulders like a Gorn, these simple, easy-to-follow instructions — created in consultation with a certified fitness trainer — is for readers of all ages and fitness levels to navigate through a series of enterprising exercises.

Everyone, from an ensign in the Command Training Program to an admiral who’s voyaged through every quadrant, will benefit from the more than 30 exercises featuring Klingon Tribble Twists, Chekov’s Cossack Squats, Jefferies Tube Climbers, and Wesley Crunchers. All of the exercises in Body by Starfleet are designed for standard gravity so they can be performed with little to no equipment everywhere from living rooms to gyms to holodecks. Also included is a section covering nutrition so readers can program their replicators to eat better and cleaner, a workout log for recording activities and progress, and special exercises aimed toward non-humanoid species including Horta and Medusans.

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Robb Pearlman is the author of more than 30 books for adults and children, including his most recent titles Star Trek: Body by Starfleet, Bob Ross and Peapod the Squirrel, and The Rick and Morty Book of Gadgets and Inventions.

He is an associate publisher of pop culture and entertainment books and calendars based on such properties as Stuck on Star Trek, Bob Ross: The Joy of Painting, and Bob’s Burgers.

Robb has been a featured guest on three Star Trek Cruises, and has had successful events and signings at San Diego and New York ComicCons, bookstores and comic book retailers in Los Angeles, New York, and New Jersey. He was featured as an on air commentator in National Geographic Channel’s “Generation X” series, and “Inside Edition,” contributed to HuffingtonPost.com, performed at the Nerdnite Nerdtacular, and has been featured on several pop culture blogs and SiriusXM radio shows. Robb serves on the Advisory Board of the MS in Publishing Program at Pace University and was on the Board of Directors of Teachers & Writers Collaborative.

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5 Stars

This is a great mix of Star Trek fandom mixed with an exercise book. I love the references to everything Trekkie. I admit that I’m not a huge fan but even with my limited knowledge I enjoyed how everything was references.

There are numerous exercises that almost everyone could perform. Although some instructions might be a little complicated the images sum everything up well. Although there is no set schedule for how many to do, what combination, etc., there is a Captain’s Log in the back of the book so you can keep track of all the exercises you perform.

This book would be a great addition to any Trekkie’s collection. It is also a great way to start getting in shape for whatever year or even you expect to happen. It’s a great book and one I recommend checking out.

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

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Killer Deadline

Book Details:Book TitleKiller Deadline (A Nikki Bryant Cozy Mystery) by Lauren Carr
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  232 pages
Genre:  Mystery/Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:   April 23, 2020
Content Rating: G. This is a true cozy mystery. No sex. No on-stage violence. No swearing. Just good clean fun!

Book Description:

Folks in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, claim that where Nikki Bryant goes, trouble is not far behind. Her refusal to back down from a challenge has made Nikki Bryant a top investigative journalist.

When an online friend nudges her to join him in a pact to reconnect with their first loves, Nikki and her boxer dog Elmo leave the bright lights of Las Vegas for the charming town of Pine Grove. There, she must face the biggest challenges in her career and life—the first love she had left behind and her father’s unsolved murder.

But before she has time to unpack her car, Nikki stumbles upon the dead body of local news anchor, Ashleigh Addison, her childhood rival. Could Ashleigh’s death be connected to an explosive news story that she had teased about airing live? Did that explosive story have anything to do with the murder of Nikki’s father?

With the clues in her father’s cold case hot again, Nikki intends to chase down the story of her life until she catches his killer—no matter what it takes.

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Praise for Killer Deadline
“Lauren Carr’s books are never boring, that’s for sure. They entertain, give us a good mystery to dig into, keep the reader guessing, give us a few good laughs and make us eager for the next book. Warning: Lauren Carr’s series are addictive, so be ready to read more than just one book!” – Laura Fabiani, Library of Clean Reads
“Here we go! Carr is a master storyteller who always offers a plot full of twists and turns, a bit of humor to offset the dark, and a unique cast of characters. In Killer Deadline that cast includes – handsome Ryan, her first love (who is now her step-brother); a mysterious social media friend called Nerdy Guy; Elmo, a super smart dog, a boxer, she rescued who has become asocial media star
and has a penchant for cleaning; a TV station full of suspicious employees; and more.”This book is a wonderful read to pick up at the end of a long day. It truly is a “cozy murder mystery.”  I promise, it’ll draw you in right from page one and keep you turning the pages until you reach the very last page. I can’t wait for the second book in this series.” – Marilyn R. Wilson, Olio by Marilyn
Meet the Author:Lauren Carr is the international
best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Chris Matheson
Cold Case, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty-five titles across
three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!
Killer Deadline marks Lauren’s first venture into mystery’s purely cozy sub-genre with a female protagonist.

Book reviewers and readers alike
rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include
mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and
humor.

A popular speaker, Lauren is also
the owner of Acorn Book Service, the umbrella under which falls iRead
Book Tours. She lives with her husband and two spoiled rotten German
Shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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My Review

5 Stars

Nikki Bryant is a killer investigative journalist living in Las Vegas with her rescue dog Elmo. When she learns that her mother is retiring from the television station Nikki decides to return to her small hometown, Pine Grove, Pennsylvania.

When Nikki gets into town she learns that her first love has now become her step brother and her nemesis, Ashleigh Addison is a reporter that teases about a huge scoop she has. Nikki thinks that the story may be related to her father’s cold case. But Ashleigh ends up dead before she can reveal her story.

Nikki is a top notch journalist that is determined to find out who killed Ashleigh and her father. She also has to come to terms with her relationship with Ryan, the whole step brother thing is a bit creepy and all. Then you have NerdyGuy. I had some guesses about him and I was very curious about the reveal of him.

But Nikki is determined to find out who the killers are. She is strong willed and unstoppable, my kind of lady. But I have to say it, Elmo stole the show. Animals and kids will always be the shining star. I wish my cats could take after him and start cleaning up after themselves.

This is a fantastic start to a new mystery series for Lauren Carr. I loved the other books but this is a whole new world and I am excited to see where we will go from here. I strongly recommend any mystery lover check out any of Lauren Carr’s books.

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


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Undead Ultra

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We’re celebrating Zombie Awareness Monthwith a mini tour of Undead Ultra by Camille Picott! Read on for details, an exclusive excerpt, and a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card!

Undead Ultra

Publication Date: April 7, 2016

Genre: Science-Fiction/ Post-Apocalypse/ Zombies

It’s life or death…
…and two hundred miles to run.
Can she survive the zombies and save her son?

When the virus hits, nobody is prepared. Society collapses and Kate’s son doesn’t have a way out of his dorm. She has to go get him, but the roads aren’t safe, and the government has blockades.

Everything is at a standstill.

It will be the race of her life.

Kate loves running. She’s gone from marathons to ultramarathons and knows what it takes to run a hundred miles at a time, but this is different.

This is twice as far as she’s ever run…

…and finding food is a problem.

Is it even possible?

You’ll love this unique take on the apocalypse because the struggle is unlike anything you’ve read before.

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Excerpt

The phone falls numbly from my fingers.

Despite my inner attempt to rally, all hope crumples up inside me. I slump over, wrapping my arms around my stomach.

This shit is real. CDC quarantines and checkpoints. Bio threats. Port closures.

Zombies.

My son is out there, trapped. And I have no way to get to him.

Frederico picks up my phone, silently thumbing through the headlines. He lets me cry, administering more pats to my back. I sense him looking up and down the frontage road.

“This isn’t over, Kate,” he says. “Not by a long shot.”

“What are you talking about?” I raise bitter eyes. “In case you didn’t notice, my car is completely fucked. Even if I did have a car, there’s the CDC quarantine and the fact that zombies swarm cars. Carter is barricaded in his dorm room with no one to help him. We’re stuck here.”

Frederico gives my back a final pat and pulls me upright. Looking me in the eye, he says, “Lace up, Kate. We’re hoofing it.”

I blink stupidly at him. “What?”

“Your car is totaled,” he says. “With all the shit that’s going down, maybe it’s a blessing in disguise. You want to find your son? Then we run.”

“You want to run? All the way to Arcata?”

He shrugs. “We scope out the situation as we go. If the roads look safe, we find a car to rent or buy. Or steal one, whatever. We can ditch it before we hit the CDC quarantine or if there are too many zombies. In the end, we’ll need to be on foot to get into Arcata.”

“But . . .” I work a quick calculation in my head. “That’s at least two hundred miles.”

Frederico takes my phone and pulls up a GPS app. After a moment, he says, “It’s exactly two hundred and one point three miles from this very spot to Humboldt University.”

“Two hundred and one miles?” I say, incredulous. “Neither of us has ever run that far before.”

“How many miles did you log last week?”

“One hundred thirty-six,” I reply instantly. I keep a running log and track my mileage and elevation work.

“I did one hundred and nine.”

I think about this. For the average, non-crazy person, running two hundred or more miles would be impossible. At an ambitious walk, they may cover fifteen miles a day. Maybe twenty, if they’re in great shape. But Frederico and I have both made a hobby of running ultra races. Insane long distances are our specialty.

My eyes dry. Something akin to hope blooms in my chest. If we only stop once or twice for catnaps—ultramarathons are run with little to no sleep—we can make good time. If we can find a car to use for a while, we can make really good time.

“Do you think we can make it in two days?”

Frederico, sensing my budding optimism, considers this. “Maybe, if we can knock out some distance in a car,” he says at last. “If we make the majority of the trip on foot, three days is a safer estimate.”

“But we’ll be on the road,” I say. “Road running is always faster than trail running, and we’ve both done one-hundred-mile trail runs in under twenty-four hours.”

“I haven’t done a sub-twenty-four in over five years, trail or road,” he replies. “The farther we go, the harder it will be to hold a decent pace. There’s no guarantee we’ll even be able to stay on the road. If things get hairy, we may be bushwhacking.”

“Seventy-two hours.” I nod, letting this new reality sink in. I might not be cut out for zombie killing, but I am a long-distance runner. “Okay.”

I pick up the phone and send one last message.

Sit tight, sweetie. Frederico and I are coming to get you. Be there as soon as we can.

Five seconds later, my phone rings. Carter’s smiling face pops up on the screen, an odd juxtaposition to everything that’s going on.

“Put that thing on silent,” Frederico says.

I obey, then hit the speaker button. “I thought you said you couldn’t talk on the phone,” I say anxiously.

“You can’t come here,” Carter hisses. His words are barely above a whisper. “Cars are zombie magnets. I don’t know how far south the outbreak has spread, but I’ve seen at least three cars get swarmed today.”

“No problem,” Frederico replies. “Your mom’s car is totaled, and we’re out in the middle of the vineyards without a taxi in sight. We’re running to you.”

Silence.

“You guys are crazy,” Carter hisses. “You can’t run here!”

“Your mom and I are indeed crazy, and we’re coming to get you, kiddo. Deal with it.” With that, Frederico hangs up.

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About the Author

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Camille Picott has been writing Stories from the End of the World since she figured out how to turn on her family’s Apple IIe computer and wrangle a floppy disk into the drive. She loves nothing more than penning an epic action scene or pushing a character to his limits.

When Camille isn’t writing or spending time with her family, she loves to run absurdly long distances. It’s not unusual to find her hitting the trail in her running shoes long before the sun rises or cranking out miles (and stories!) on her treadmill desk. She considers sleep optional and largely overrated.

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My Review

5 Stars

Kate and Frederico enjoy ultra runs, those that could be 100 miles in a day. One day while out the zombie apocalypse happens. Kate is desperate to get to her son Carter who is at college 200 plus miles away. Frederico is worried about his daughter too. But the roads are full of military blockades and zombies. The quickest way is to run the back trails so off they go.

I love zombie books so I was instantly interested. Of course you never really think about running to get from point A to point B so I was curious about how this was going to work. I really liked the fact that the zombies take a little bit to show up. It’s a nice change from all of a sudden the world being 98 percent dead.

I have to say that I really liked Kate. Suburban mother, likes to long distance run, and is determined to run hundreds of miles to get to her son. She has very realistic flaws with made me like her even more.

I have to be honest; the thought of walking that far horrifies me let alone running. But I loved how this book is covered. I learned a lot about distance running and I still don’t want to have to do any form of running.

This is a great ready that passed quickly. I can’t wait to get into the next book to see where we go next in this world.

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

 

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One Fatal Night by [Hélene Fermont]

One Fatal Night by Helene Fermont

One woman’s quest for revenge unearths a fatal secret from her past.

Astrid Jensen holds one man responsible for her mother’s suicide, and she’ll do whatever’s necessary to get close to Daniel Holst and destroy his life – even if it means sleeping with him to gain his trust. Astrid knows he’s not who he pretends to be. But before she can reveal his dark secret, people from her mother’s past start turning up dead, and it looks like she and Daniel are next. In order to survive, she might have to put her trust in the man she has hated for so long.

Daniel Holst has worked hard to climb into Norway’s most elite and glamorous circles, and he’s not about to let any woman bring him down. But when a psychopathic killer starts murdering people from his shadowy past, he discovers that the only person who might be able to save him is the woman who wants to destroy him.

As Astrid digs deeper into her past, she uncovers secrets long buried and realizes everything she once believed is based on lies. What began as a quest to avenge her mother’s death becomes a desperate struggle for survival and leads to the truth about what happened one fatal night ten years ago—and the surprising mastermind behind the most recent murders.

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Author Bio

Hélene is an Anglo-Swedish fiction author currently residing in her home town of Malmo, Sweden, after relocating back from London after 20 years.

Her thrilling character-driven psychological fiction novels are known for their explosive, pacy narrative and storylines.

Hélene is the proud author of four novels – One Fatal Night, Because of You, We Never Said Goodbye and His Guilty Secret.

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Josie James and the Velvet Knife

Josie James and The Velvet Knife (Book 2) by Lily Mae Walters

“For you to find the Velvet Knife, you must solve the riddles thrice.” A mysterious hooded figure, known only as the Velvet Knife has appeared in the cursed village of Suncroft. No one knows who he is or what he wants but when he starts leaving riddles around the village, it is time for Josie to return to Suncroft for a second time.
With Asher, her faithful husky Protector by her side, Filan, a half elf, and her great grandad, will they be able to solve the clues in time and discover his identity? The Velvet Knife is not the only one causing problems for Josie. Her rival for the position of the ‘Chosen One’ continues to grow stronger, and now he has a Protector of his own.
What does all this mean for Josie? Is she destined to lift the wintery curse of Suncroft or will another take her place as the ‘Chosen One’?

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My Review

5 Stars

Josie James is called back to Suncroft. It seems a mysterious stranger is about. He is giving riddles that need to be answered three times to discovery who Velvet Knife is and figure out why he is in Suncroft. But this is not the only challenge Josie faces. It seems she is not the only one that could be The Chosen. She has some serious competition and challenges as she tries to find The Velvet Knife.

This is a wonderful sequel to Josie James and The Teardrops of Summer. I loved coming back to this world. You have familiar faces with Asher and Filan and we meet so many new faces too. Josie has grown so much. But she has so much more to go to grow into the Chosen One role.

I was on the edge of my seat reading this book. I was cheering for Josie the whole way. This is a great story for all ages. I was sad to come to the end of the book but I’m really excited to get into the next book.

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

 

Josie James and The Teardrops of Summer (Book 1)

Josie James is an ordinary 13 year old until something extraordinary happens during her summer holidays.Whilst staying at her Great Grandmother’s cottage in the country she finds herself swept into the cursed world of Suncroft where it is perpetual winter.Her new friends believe she could be the Chosen One who it is foretold will lift the curse, but there are more pressing matters.The Teardrops of Summer – magical crystals that render the owner immortal – have been stolen. Along with her telepathic husky-dog Protector Asher and her new friends, Josie must race to find the Teardrops and prevent catastrophe for their world.

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Lily Mae Walters chose her pen name in honour of her beloved grandparents who also stare in the Josie James series. She is married with two teenage children, and two huskies that are the inspiration behind Murphy and Asher in the books. Lily Mae lives in Nuneaton, England and finds herself using local  places and even her old school in her stories. Family and friends mean the world to Lily Mae and many will find themselves popping up throughout the series. Lily Mae also writes for adults under the name of Florence Keeling.

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Building a Better World in Your Backyard by Paul Wheaton

Luxuriant Environmentalism

Make a huge, positive, global difference from your own home! Prioritize comfort over sacrifice while saving thousands of dollars. Explore dozens of solutions and their impacts on carbon footprint, petroleum footprint, toxic footprint, and other environmental issues.

If 20% of the population implemented half the solutions in this book, it would solve the biggest global problems. All without writing to politicians, joining protests, signing petitions, or being angry at the people that are causing the problems.

Good solutions are often different from conventional environmental wisdom. The average American adult has a carbon footprint of 30 tons per year. Replacing a petroleum car with an electric car will cut 2 tons. But if you live in a cold climate and you switch from electric heat to a rocket mass heater, you will cut 27 tons!

Join Paul and Shawn on a journey featuring simple alternatives that you may have never heard of — alternatives which are about building a more symbiotic relationship with nature so we can all be even lazier.

Nurture nature and nature nurtures us all.

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Paul Wheaton is the tyrannical dictator of Permies.com, the largest permaculture forum on the web. As a certified master gardener and permaculture designer, he’s built an empire around what he calls, ‘infecting brains with permaculture’. His forums are full of rich information, and there are a number of great free resources, guides, and articles that can be found on his sister site, Richsoil.com as well. Most recently, he has worked with rocket mass heater experts Ernie and Erica in developing a 4 DVD set on all things rocket science, and has built a following around his World Domination Gardening DVDs, which detail how to use hugelkultur, swales, and natural ponds to capture and utilize water without irrigation. His recent work with natural buildings based on Mike Oehler’s designs have resulted in the creation of the Wofati, a semi underground natural home design. Currently, Paul continues to run his internet empire, and is now offering several opportunities for people to learn and experience permaculture at his property in western Montana, where he offers PDCs, workshops, living arrangements, and even resort stays.

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My Review

4 stars

Do you find yourself worrying about our world and the damage that humans are causing? Do you want to cut your own carbon footprint? What about heating your house in the most effective way? If you are looking for ideas to get you started you are in the correct place.

This book is a collection of blog posts and such that give great advice on decreasing your carbon footprint in a smart way. Recycling, reducing, and being smart about your actions can clean up so much of this world. I liked the example that Paul gave of people driving their SUV’s to protest the pipeline. There are plenty of suggestions on how to change the world.

I will be honest and say that I thought this book would have more guides on what exactly to do but that is not how it is outlined. It gives many examples of how little changes can make a big difference. Its not what I expected but still a great guide.

If you are looking for ideas on how to change your carbon footprint you need to check out this book. It has some great idea and many resources for further reference. It’s definitely a book to add to everyone’s shelves.

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

I would like to thank Sherri Rosen Publicity for the opportunity to read and share this book.