The House on Seventh Street by Karen Vorbeck Williams

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About the Book

Winna returns to her Colorado hometown to settle her father’s estate and sell his last residence, the grand Edwardian house built by her grandfather. She shares childhood memories with her married daughter as they clean and sort through both trash and treasure. Winna hopes to reconcile with her disinherited sister Chloe, and resumes relationships with her best friend and her high school boyfriend.

As the house gives up its secrets—a handwritten will, old love letters, an unfinished story in a notebook, and a diamond ring hidden among her childhood marbles—Winna calls into question everything she ever knew about her beloved grandmother. Then in the dark of night come footsteps on the stairs and numerous break-ins. Valuable art and jewelry go missing, her car’s brakes fail on a mountain road. Winna has an 80-year-old mystery to solve and needs to stay alive long enough to do it.

The House on Seventh Street was inspired by the Nancy Drew Mysteries the author read as a girl. Readers of both literary and women’s fiction and old fashioned mysteries will enjoy this book.

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My Enemy's Tears

My Enemy’s Tears

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Actually, I didn’t think about it like that until later. I was a romantic teenager with stars in my eyes—you know. Gramma said she packed her bags. She went to the train station to meet him, but at the last minute she couldn’t get on the train. When it came down to the moment, she realized that she couldn’t leave her baby son. She said she kissed her lover goodbye and watched the train pull out of the station. Later, she learned that he had died on that trip.

Mystery of one’s past is memorizing, tantalizing and sometimes, downright catastrophic. There are both pros and cons to discovering or dredging up secrets from the past, but it is with a strong heart and will that makes a person decide to travel down that path in the first place. Williams captivates her readers with the assembly of a secretive past, incorporating a cozy mystery into the depths of her findings. The characters that this author has created have vast depth to their personalities, making this story fascinating. The House on Seventh Street is thought-provoking and mysterious.

Winna, returning home to settle her father’s estate, has one thing in mind. She wants to get everything taken care of and return back to her home—away from Grand Junction. With her daughter assisting her in the cleanup, Winna discovers a lot of things from her family’s past. Most importantly, someone wants Winna out of the way and makes that very clear when several incidents occur…made to look like accidents. With a break-in and the breaks on her tire being tampered with, Winna feels like she has a mystery on her hands. Why would looking into her past cause such paranoia and fear in the hearts of anyone else? Her relationship with her sister, Chloe, is a bit outdated, but can Winna’s personality and her strength bring her family all back together again…maybe even rekindle the relationship of a former lover?

Karen Vorbeck Williams has a stunning novel that is well-written, compelling and creative. The author does a superb job with character development and back-history. The pace is very fluid, but a tad slower than normal—largely due to the retelling of Winna’s grandparents and parents’ history that is discovered upon diving into the house’s hidden artifacts. The narration is professional and organized. If you are a reader of literary or women’s fiction, this may be your cup of tea.

About the Author


Author PhotoKAREN VORBECK WILLIAMS began writing as a girl–short stories, poems, and little essays on her beliefs.

In the 70s, when her family moved to seven acres of land in Southeastern Massachusetts, into a farmhouse built in 1710, she wanted to learn more about how the people who first settled the land actually lived. As her family restored the old rooms and removed the paint from the wide pine board floors, Karen realized that her house had been built before her 11th great grandmother Mary Bliss Parsons (1625?-1712) had died. She had lived in Northampton, MA, probably in a house quite similar to Karen and her family. It was there that she was accused of witchcraft. Northampton was about a two-hour drive from Karen’s house. Gradually she began to research her life and found an amazing story. The result was the historical novel “My Enemy’s Tears: The Witch of Northampton.”

 

Karen’s second book “The House on Seventh Street” was inspired by the Nancy Drew Mysteries that she loved as a girl. The book is set in the town where she was born and is based on a number of memories from her youth as well as family stories and myths. She was writing fiction which gave her the liberty to exaggerate these stories and tell whopping lies if that would improve the plot or deepen the characters’ motivations.

On the personal side, Karen is a widow and grandmother, an avid amateur photographer, and master gardener. At the moment, she is working on her third novel–again historical fiction set in 17th century New England–and a book of short stories.

 

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Release Launch + Review: Violca’s Vow by Leilani Love

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Since discovering she was a witch, Violca’s world has been turned upside down and inside out. Chase has opened her eyes to a world she never knew existed. Unfortunately, this world is also full of danger.

A demon who wanted her for himself.

A Vampire King who attempted to kidnap her mate as leverage to force her into breaking a curse laid onto his people.

A group of humans who call themselves Orion Hunters, leading the attacks on their supernatural communities.

The dragons are doing their best to keep her and her sisters safe, but Violca wants answers. While planning her wedding to Chase, Violca hatches a plan that she hopes will tilt the odds in their favor.

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The King’s Fire
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Review

Shaking his head, he closed the door before going down the hall. A light coming from the open door led him to Lazzaro, who was sitting at a desk reading an old scroll. “Please, Lazarro, don’t concern yourself by standing up,” Chase said, taking one of the seats opposite him. “I didn’t realize you were a woman and needed me to rise when you walked into a room, Dragon.” Lazzaro replied calmly, his head slowly rising so that his icy blue eyes met his.

Violca’s Vow by Leilani Love is a short story revolving around the wedding planning for Chase and Violca. In previous installments within The Dragon Ruby Series, Chase and Violca have already mated in every way that counts, but this tradition sense of marriage is something that they feel is needed to make everything really “official”. With all of the planning that needs to be figured out before the big day, Violca believes that there is something else that she can do to her family and soon-to-be-husband’s race of Dragons. Without Chase’s approval, her main concern is to get to Lazzaro and make a truce between both supernatural communities. Knowing that having the vampires as allies, Aithne is all too willing to help Violca with her mission; but, when Viktor and Chase find out about the plan…will they be willing to go along for the ride or try to stop them from making a terrible mistake?

Love has a wonderful short story that is fast-paced and well written. Her character development is superb and the plot is consistent with the previous installments. The book is particularly very short, easy to read and entertaining. If you are a fan of Paranormal Romance and/or Fantasy, you may want to pick up this series. It can be read as a standalone, but it is preferred to be read in order beginning with the first installment in The Dragon Ruby Series called Violca’s Dragon.

A free copy was exchanged for an honest review of this fictional piece.

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VIOLCA HAD FALLEN back to sleep after their morning together. Chase kissed her gently before getting up and carefully tucking her in. He knew he was still smiling as he walked downstairs to check on the girls. Not hearing the girls upstairs, he headed downstairs to see what they had gotten into.

A high-pitched squeal followed by the sound of little footsteps had him walking toward the other side of the house, toward Viktor’s wing. Stopping in his tracks, he laughed when he saw Aithne holding a wooden sword and fending off Sari and Angyalka as they attacked her with their own swords. Chase had always thought it was interesting that Violca dark hair and violet eyes resembled their mother, Angyalka whose hair was so blonde it was practically white and blue eyes resembled her father. The middle three, Eva, Kati, and Sari with black hair and blue eyes was the perfect pairing of the two.

          Angyalka charged at her and Aithne quickly blocked her with a      gentle tap on her side, showing her where she had left herself open. He saw Kati sitting on the top of the stairs, so he went up to join her. Kati smiled at him when he sat next to her. Since taking her out of her previous school and moving to Colorado, Kati had started to gain her self-confidence.

          “Those two really seem to enjoy their fencing lessons,” Chase said, smiling as he watched Sari start to attack Aithne.

Kati watched her sister, nodding. “Angel gets a little impatient at times, but she really wants to be as good as Sari.”

Chase chuckled thinking about it. Aithne had suggested teaching the girls fencing. The goal was to teach them how to think, to be defensive and light on their feet. Aithne turned out to be a great teacher and the girls loved it.

About the Author

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Leilani Love is a proud mother of two very active boys. She loves traveling to new places and meeting new people wherever she goes. Thus far, Leilani has visited Paris, DenBosch and Amsterdam and hopes to one day return. On her next trip she hopes to be able to make stops in Scotland and Italy. Currently residing in California, she has also lived in Hawaii, Florida, Alaska, Virginia, Texas, Washington and Oregon. She loves to read books and has a passion for various genres. Her love affair with dragons began when she was young and she still dreams of having her own dragon and Black Panther. For now, she is content to write about them in her books. You can follow her on her Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/missleilanilove.

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Just A Kiss by Kate Kisset

“He didn’t feel like a stranger anymore. He felt, smelled and tasted exactly like her Jaime should and she relaxed. The ruckus of the set disappeared. He kissed her again slowly, and no one else existed. Take that Nikki Lean. Draping an arm over her shoulders, he led the way to his RV. Jamie opened the door and the cold air from inside the trailer blew over her. “Is that you darling, are we ready? Is it time? Sarah recognized the voice deep within the trailer instantly. The sultry sound of Nikki punctured her like a sharp nail.

Kate Kisset Just a KissLove is never easy, but trusting someone with yourself is even harder! Kisset creates a romantic atmosphere in this story that is absolutely entertaining.

Sarah finds herself in Sonoma after a horrible and tragic breakup, after finding her fiancé knocking boots with another woman. As if that wasn’t enough, the company that she worked so hard to build from the ground up was penniless; he and his female partner embezzled from the company. After the move, she starts again. Sarah is a baker, a damn good one at that. She is the best—or at least that is what her friends insist upon. So, when famous movie star Jaime Santino comes into town for a movie…Sarah finds out that her friend has loaned her out to him as a baking INTERN of sorts. That sounds a little funny, but in order for Jaime to succeed with his role on the set, he must learn the ins and outs of the baking business. Sarah is absolutely flabbergasted and shocked that her friend would go through hoops, only to tell her the day before Jaime’s start date. When Sarah lays eyes on Jaime at the counter, their worlds are changed permanently. Jaime knows instantly that it is love at first sight, but Sarah has her doubts. He is an actor, for crying out loud! What if he is pulling lies straight from his rear end? With that panty-wetting smile, he can lure any woman into believing what he says is the truth, but can he woo the only one that really matters to him?

Kisset does a superb job with character development; however, the editing in this book is a little off key. This is a very sweet romance with steam and desire, leaving readers wanting more. Just a Kiss is very fast paced, easy to read and since this is the first installment, it leaves much room for continuation. If you are a reader of adult fiction and romance, you may enjoy this story.

A free copy was exchanged for an honest review of this fictional piece.

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Stilettos & Scoundrels by Laina Turner

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Presley tells her boss what he can do with her job in HR and embarks on a new career as a freelance journalist. What seems like a simple interview with a Senator turns to murder when the day after her interview the Senator turns up dead. Does the fact that Presley was one of the last people to see him alive make her a suspect? Her ex-boyfriend Cooper, who was in charge of the Senators security, might think so. Presley is determined to clear her name but can she do it and resist Cooper’s charms?

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Author Bio

Author PhotoAs a child Laina thought she would either be a truck driver (thanks to Jerry Reed in Smokey and the Bandit) or work at Taco Bell (her favorite restaurant as a child).

As she grew older she realized her talents lay in academics and business and for the last several years has been a business consultant and college professor where she uses the analytical side of her brain and not the side that makes up stories.

Through all her career choices she has continued to have a passion for writing. This stemmed from childhood whereas an only child she developed a vivid imagination spending most of her time making things up and thinking the Incredible Hulk lived in her closet.

Proud of her vast experiences in life from barrel racing to being on the dance team for a semi pro basketball team to being a mom of 2 amazing kids, she tells her family and friends that no one is safe from their escapades slipping in to her books.

Taking the plunge to write books (cozy mysteries and chick lit) that she actually let people read in 2010, she has worked her way up to being a real author, having 5 fans (maybe 6 now). Her blog, Writing is a Lifestyle, was launched to share the daily fun in the life of a Real Housewife of the Midwest along with the musing of other fabulous ladies.

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Excerpt

“I heard Helen was having an affair,” I blurted out.

“What?” Ruth exclaimed. Her eyes narrowed, and crossing her arms in front of her chest, she gave me a dirty look. “What right do you think you have, asking these questions?”

“Well, if she were that would be a motive for someone to kill Tom, wouldn’t it?” I continued. Ruth was clearly unhappy to hear me talking about this, so I added quickly, “Not that anyone would blame Helen or anything—”

Ruth interrupted. “First of all,” she said coldly, “Helen is not having an affair, and if she were, that’s not anyone’s business but hers. And they’re not having money problems. Or any other problems for that matter.”

“Ruth, I’m just saying…”

“Second, you should be ashamed of yourself, spreading these kinds of lies about Helen and Tom.” She continued with her rant. “Have you no shame? Helen just lost her husband, and you are accusing her of cheating. And murder.”

“Ruth, I’m not accusing Helen of anything,” I said, hands on hips, trying to act indignant, which wasn’t that difficult as Ruth was making me feel defensive. I wasn’t trying to say anything bad about Helen. Each to his own and all that. “From all I’ve heard, she was entitled to have an affair with the way Tom acted.”

Ruth walked out from behind the counter and pointed to the door. “I think you should leave, Presley. I will not continue to listen to you slander poor Helen. She’s been through enough.”

I started walking toward the door when I turned back to Ruth and said, “I am not trying to start rumors about Helen. I just want to find the truth. It’s going to come out eventually. If something is going on, the cops will find out.”

“Presley, this is none of your concern.” As the door started to shut behind me, I heard Ruth call out, “Don’t think I won’t be telling your mother about this!”

I cringed at the thought, but I got the sense Ruth might be hiding something. Not that I expected her to spill all the beans, but what Ruth didn’t say, and the way she looked when I mentioned Helen having an affair, were the real clues. I hadn’t realized my HR skills would come in so handy. When interviewing job applicants, body language and what they didn’t say, usually, spoke volumes.

I tapped my fingers on the steering wheel to help me think, trying to decide my next course of action.

I decided my next stop would be Betty’s Baked Goods. Not only did Betty have the best peach cream cheese muffins in the world (I had eaten enough to know over the years and always made my parents bring me some when they came to visit), but Betty also knew everything that went on in Alkon. If there were something going on inside or outside of Helen Daniels’s marriage, Betty would know it, and Betty was not shy about spreading gossip. She always said, if you didn’t want someone to talk about it you shouldn’t be doing it. I agreed with that motto, at least when it was about other people. There were some things I would much prefer no one ever found out about—like the time I had too many cosmos and danced on the table at Muldoon’s in a skirt. Though in my defense Jared dared me, and I couldn’t turn down a dare.

I smelled the sweet treats as I walked up to the building, and deeply inhaled the heady aroma of cinnamon buns and freshly made donuts. Yum. My senses drank in the flavor. It was enough to make one drool, and I quickly swiped my chin to make sure I hadn’t.

Deep into the daydream of fresh, hot muffins, I ran into something hard. “Excuse me,” I said, looking up and finding myself face–to–face with that obnoxious security guy named Simon, who worked for Cooper. He had a coffee in one hand and a bakery bag in the other. He obviously had the same mid–afternoon snack idea I had.

“Watch where you’re going, lady.” Simon looked me up and down.

“Maybe you should watch where you’re going,” I retorted as he just stared at me.

Taste buds in overdrive, I put all thoughts of Simon out of my head. Time for a snack. Betty’s was slow at this time of day. The only people in the bakery were a couple of old farmers talking over late morning coffee, the cook in back, and of course, Betty. I never knew of a time when Betty wasn’t there overseeing the place, making sure everyone was enjoying their food and giving them a hard time. That kind of special attention was one of the nicer things about a small-town. Back in Chicago, people barely looked you in the eye while you were eating, much less cared if you enjoyed yourself, or engaged you freely in conversation.

Betty’s back was to me when I walked in, so I snuck up behind her and said, “Any fresh peach cream cheese muffins today?”

Betty turned around, startled, and then smiled when she saw it was me. She looked pretty much the same, as if time had stood still for her. Her silver hair was pulled back in a tight bun, wisps going in many directions, and she wore her uniform of blue jeans and T–shirt with a flour–dusted apron tied around her waist. However, unlike most women her age, which was somewhere north of sixty, her blue jeans were fashionable, distressed–looking wide–legs. And she had a sassy T–shirt saying I’m too good for you on it.

“Why, it’s Presley Thurman,” she said, reaching across the counter to hug me. “Of course, sweetheart, I always have fresh muffins.”


Author Interview

Characters often find themselves in situations they aren’t sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?

My daughter, who is 10, is the most amazing creature on earth. But it takes so much energy to keep up with her sometimes that I need to be creative. The other day she wanted me to go fro a run with her and normally I would but I was dragging that day so I told her my foot hurt. She busted me later on it though and said next time I could tell the truth and she wouldn’t be mad. Yeah, I know I didn’t set a good example there.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

I would fly. The scenery I would be able to take in would be incredible, I wouldn’t have to deal with traffic, and surely flying would burn a ton of calories.

If you were an animal in a zoo, what would you be?

I would be a seahorse. Not only are they beautiful but every time I se them they float so effortlessly through the water. To me it looks like the ultimate in relaxation.

Do you dream? Do you have any recurring dreams/nightmares?

It’s not often I dream but when I do it’s usually some twisted version of a TV show I recently watched or a book I recently read. I’ve always thought that my subconscious must have really liked the story to continue it in my brain.

Do you have any scars? What are they from?

I have several scars (I was a very accident prone child) but the most interesting story is the one I got when I was about ten or eleven. I used to barrel race horses when I was young and I got too close to a metal barrel one day and the sharp, rusty edge gave me a deep cut which I subsequently hid from my parents. It causes a wide 1 inch scar that could have been prevented with stiches but hey….then I wouldn’t have a story.

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?

I am an only child so reading was one of my favorite pastimes as a child. I’ve wanted to be a writer since the age of 7 and back then I was inspired by Walter Farley – The Black Stallion series, Kathryn Kenny – The Trixie Belden series. As a pre-teen I quickly latched on to things my parents read (and they didn’t always know it) by Janet Daily, Danielle Steele, Tom Clancy and Stephen King. I so loved getting lost in these fantastic stories I just knew I had to write.

How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?

The main characters have names with significance. For example Presley Thurman comes from my mother’s love of Elvis Presley and Thurman was her maiden name. To me, it makes this character very special. I carry on that trend in many books.

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?

My children. In many ways, it’s hard for me to write that. I grew up not wanting children and my husband and I got pregnant in a week moment (mine not his) and even then I swore I’d never be one of those moms whose entire life was her kids. My kids are not my entire life, and I raise them to be very independent, but I look at them (now 14 and 10) and think how in the heck did I do this. They are truly amazing.

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

I do read my reviews and of course the bad ones hurt. At the beginning of my career, I wasn’t nearly the writer I am now. My first books in the Presley series aren’t nearly as good as the last ones. Early in my career bad reviews would devastate me and I’d spend weeks thinking I should quit. Then I had another author give me a great piece of advice. She said go look at the “famous” authors on Amazon. You’ll see that they also have bad reviews. You can’t please everyone. And she was right. I don’t obsess over my reviews but I do look at them a few times a year. I look for constructive feedback that will help me be a better writer. I care that those people took the time to give honest feedback and I want to always be improving. For the bad review trolls…not worth my time to cry over.

What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?

You CAN do it. Don’t let anyone, or yourself, talks you out of making it as a writer if that’s what you truly want to do. It’s hard work but very rewarding.


Review

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‘Why are you here?’ I snapped, on the defensive without quite knowing why. Just the look on his face took away any good mood I had at seeing him. Ignoring my tone, Cooper said calmly, ‘Senator Daniels was found dead this morning. You were the last person he met with yesterday, so I need to ask you a few questions.’ ‘Oh my God!’ My hand flew up to my mouth, my heart racing. I didn’t know what I expected him to say, but that sure wasn’t it.

Who would ever think of using a stiletto as a murder weapon? A very creative and furious woman—that is who! Or…at least that is what a reader might think, so the case should be easy to solve right? Turner provides a captivating story based around a murder in a small town that hasn’t had upscale crime in forever. When Presley returns to her parent’s house in her hometown, she has a choice to make. She can either grovel and beg for her job back in the city, under a bastard of a boss who makes unwanted sexual advances toward her—or she can totally re-evaluate her life and find something different, maybe a passion long since squashed down by reality. After discovering that the Senator is in town and in a hotel, rather than staying with his wife at her house, she is immediately suspicious and starts snooping away. Then out of the blue, he is found dead and there are plenty of suspects to go around. Just who killed Senator Daniels and why does Presley feel the need to investigate?

Turner does a good job with character development, but her characters do lack a bit of back-history. Some of her characters appear for no apparent reason, other than to provide a filler for the story. Stilettos & Scoundrels does need a bit more editing because there are definite struggles throughout the read, but by no means is it uninteresting or lacking in creativity. This book does switch from different characters rapidly and without warning; therefore, be prepared and stay focused. It is a fast paced novel and an entertaining mystery, so if you a reader of mystery with a bit of romance, this may interest you.

A free copy was exchanged for an honest review of this fictional piece.


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Scattering Stars by Wendy C Jorgensen

 

Wendy C. Jorgensen grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and
began writing in second grade, furiously recording her hopes and dreams in a
denim-covered diary. Besides hanging out at the library, she loved soaking up
the rays—while reading a book, of course. During her sophomore year of high
school, Wendy’s family moved to Carson City, Nevada, and she thought her life
had ended. The desert, sagebrush, and cowboys were a far cry from the ocean,
palm trees, and surfers of Florida. Fortunately within six months, the family
relocated to Lake Tahoe, and her outlook improved dramatically.
Wendy started college at the University of Colorado in
Boulder, followed by a year at the University of Nevada in Reno and two years
at Brigham Young University, where she worked as a reporter and copy editor for
The Daily Universe. A decision to take a short break from school turned into a
twelve-year hiatus in Lake Tahoe. After a two-year stint in the civil
engineering program at California State University in Sacramento, Wendy
returned to Colorado and graduated from CU with a degree in English Writing. It
was a long, but valuable, educational journey.

 

After twenty years in Colorado, Wendy recently moved back to
Northern Nevada, close enough to Lake Tahoe to enjoy the beautiful scenery but
far enough away to escape the heavy winters. She lives with a wonderful husband
who’s a financial guru–thank goodness–and a golden retriever who’s often
mistaken for a sloth. Her two brainy and creative sons challenge her intellect
and make her want to be smarter. Wendy hopes someday to journey to the stars.

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Deep in the Colorado Mountains lie many secrets. One of them could change the world.

When sixteen-year-old Eve Hunter returns to her childhood home of Ridgway, Colorado, she discovers a tight-knit colony of scientists and their families led by her grandfather, Jarak. Ten years earlier, her mother drowned suspiciously in a nearby canyon, and Eve becomes convinced the townspeople are hiding something. By lineage, Eve belongs to the colony and despite her reservations, she feels drawn to the colonists—particularly one of them: Daniel Winter, an eerily familiar, intense boy whose determination to monitor her and all the colonists is more than a little disturbing.

After Jarak reveals her true heritage, Eve learns her return to Ridgway is not a coincidence. She’s a key piece in Jarak’s plan. As secrets are revealed, Eve becomes entangled in a deadly game—and time’s running out to master the rules. One wrong move could jeopardize the future of the planet. “

 

 

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had the strange sensation of playacting on a movie set—perhaps one of the cast
members standing next to Richard Dreyfuss in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. I half-expected the movie’s musical
score with its haunting tones and beeps to begin playing in the background. But
this was no movie. The aliens were here, and I, Eve Hunter, welcomed them.
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The League of Elder: Sygillis of Metatron by Ren Garcia

 

For ages League mothers have told their children terrifying stories about the Black Hats: a sect of murderous women eager to slay anyone who falls into their grasp, always searching for their next victim.

Only Sisterhood of Light have been able to counter their evil. When a Black Hat is taken prisoner aboard Captain Davage’s ship, the Sisters have every intention of executing her, but they are astounded when the captain refuses to allow it.

Captain Davage has gotten a glimpse of the Black Hat’s face, and is shocked. Though no one but a Sister would ever willingly face a Black Hat, he enters her cell.

The woman sitting there bears an exact resemblance to a beloved friend of the Captain’s-a friend who is dead. Immediately, the Black Hat known as Sygillis of Metatron plots Captain Davage’s murder and, though the Sisters are near, none can protect him from her fury

Is it possible that two sworn enemies may fall in love? Can remorseless evil be redeemed in the end? Good and evil, love and hate, only one side can triumph in The League of Elder: Sygillis of Metatron, a galactic journey full of romance, suspense, and the unexpected.

 

 

 

Ren Garcia is a Science Fiction/Fantasy author and Texas native who grew up in western Ohio. He has been writing since before he could write, often scribbling alien lingo on any available wall or floor with assorted crayons. He attended The Ohio State University and majored in English Literature. Ren has been an avid lover of anything surreal since childhood, he also has a passion for caving, urban archeology and architecture. His highly imaginative “League of Elder” book series is published by Loconeal Publishing

 

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The Author has had artwork commissioned so you can get a look of exactly what he feels the characters look like!

Captain Davage and Sygillis of Metatron

Captain Davage and Sygillis of Metatron

Captain Davage – Celebrated Pilot and a Lord of the League

Captain Davage

Sygillis of Metatron – A Feared Black Hat (a sect of murderous women eager to slay anyone who falls into their grasp, always searching for their next victim.)

Sygillis of Metatron (A Feared Black Ha)

Kilos – Captian Davage’s first Mate

Kilos

Princess Marilith -Captain Davage’s ex-fiancé, mortal enemy and near constant antagonist.

Princess Marilith

The Seeker

The Seeker

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Love’s Riff by Jenny Siegel

 

Title:   Love’s Riff (Rebellious Youth Book #1)
 
Author:   Jenny Siegel
 
Genre:   Contemporary Romance
 
Release Date:   April 19, 2016




 

 
~ Synopsis ~
Most girls deal with a bad break-up with a pamper session and a shopping trip. Not nineteen-year old Taylor Devlin. With her confidence at an all time low, she immerses herself in music. It isn’t just something she’s good at, it’s in her blood. 


So when her best friend convinces her to audition for an up and coming band, Rebellious Youth, she figures she has nothing left to lose. Only she didn’t plan on catching the eye of sexy-as-sin lead guitarist Cal Jensen. Taylor knows all about bad boy rockers and has absolutely no intention of going there, again. Even if Cal Does make her feel alive, in the same way getting lost in a riff does. But it’s hard to move past her own insecurities, and Taylor isn’t sure if she’s ready to let Cal prove that not all rockers are heartbreakers. 


She knows music can heal her heart, but what if only Cal can make her whole?

 

 

 

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Tarragon Key Keeper by Karlie Lucas

 

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?

 

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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Tyler finished repacking his backpack and straightened to stand. ‘A keeper is someone who keeps or guards something,’ he answered carefully. ‘As far as these mountains, and the legend of the dragons goes, a Keeper is also known as a Key Keeper. He, or she, is one who has been entrusted with a Key to Taragon. They were also the mortal guardians of the Dragon Realm.’ Anwen swallowed. ‘Oh.’ She brushed of the few crumbs on her clothes and took up her carryall. ‘I guess we’d better get going then.’

Tarragon Key Keeper by Karlie Lucas is an adventure filled with fantastical monsters and magic. Lucas creates a new world, one where seventeen-year-old Anwen must find her way back to her roots. Upon her father’s request, she was to return to find out more about her past. When she arrives alone on a bus, she strikes up conversation with Tyler. Her mother’s warning, a constant reminder in her head, that she must not tell anyone who she really is—but, she lets it slip with the boy who seems to be just traveling through. Shortly after finding out that Tyler is actually a resident of the mountain city, she must figure out if she can trust him with her secrets. She doesn’t know much and he may actually know more than he originally lets her know, but all good things come to those who wait. With her arrival into the sleepy dragon town, she discovers that her family line, once exiled from the mountains, must play an important role for the future of the creatures of legend—dragons. In order to prepare herself for what is to come…can she trust the right people in the short amount of time that she has left?

 

Lucas does a good job with character development and originality. The story offers a terrific adventure in a land of imagination where dragons slumber. The author allows her readers to delve into this world, filled with not only adventure, but there are also elements of suspense. The backstory is thought provoking and captivating. Tarragon Key Keeper is a fast paced novel and easy to read and entertaining. If you are a reader of young adult or coming of age and science fiction or fantasy, this may be the right book for you.

 

An advanced copy was exchanged for an honest review of this fictional piece.

 

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The Closing by Jenny Hudson

 
 A story about dying with dignity, friendship and love

 

Two friends run a real estate business where they sell the homes of elderly, terminally ill people, and help them “close.” Anne, a frustrated artist, is conflicted and breaks away to take some of her clients on a cruise meant to be their last hurrah, only to find some romantic complications. In this novel about dying with dignity, friendship, and love, Anne struggles in her journey to be true to herself.

 

Jenny Hudson, a designer and writer, creates novels, stories, poetry and artwork about contemporary
life. She has completed five novels and has written columns for several Boston area papers. She owns Merrimack Media and hosts and produces The Author Connection, an interview show for both readers and writers.

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“Tonight is a celebration of a lot of things.” She didn’t know how, and didn’t form them consciously, but the words tumbled out. “We all have our problems and difficulties, but life can be a celebration. We can get so consumed by our troubles. But what if we can make a choice?

What if we decide to spend our days as a celebration of life?”

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Love After Marriage by Mia Kayla

 

 
Title: Love After Marriage
 
Author: Mia Kayla
 
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 
Release Date: Tuesday May 10, 2016
 
 



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Synopsis: 
 
Bethany Casse Plack has everything she has ever dreamed of — a prestigious career, an inherited fortune, and a doting hot husband who treats her like a queen. 
 
But not all things can be bought, especially not the one thing she wants most in the world.
 
Kent Plack dropped his bachelor-for-life status when a certain green-eyed beauty captured his heart. He made vows to make her the happiest wife, and he’s determined to give her the world. But when an unexpected turn of events flips him from his axis, the one thing that Bethany wants from him is the only thing Kent is unsure he can give her.
 
Insecurities, the past, and their different views on their future will test their marriage. Love bears and endures all things, but when their worlds are turned upside down, will their marriage survive, especially considering it was originally based on convenience?

 

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