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Audiobook Blog Tour + Review: Corruption by Adam Vine

Author: Adam Vine

Narrator: Kevin Meyer

Series: Corruption Cycle, Book One

Length: 13 hours 57 minutes

Publisher: Lilydog Books

Released: July 18, 2017

Genre: Dark Fantasy

A dishonored swordsman running from his past.

A city shrouded in dark magic.

An antihero born.

Daniel Harper was champion, until a single mistake destroyed his fencing career forever. With nothing left to lose, he flees to Eastern Europe, where he can start over… where he can be someone else.

In the exotic, lantern-lit crevices of a nameless city, Daniel meets two people who open very different kinds of doors than the ones he is searching for: the troubled flower girl Kashka, who holds the key to a nightmarish otherworld; and the enigmatic street magician and self-professed love tourist Ink, who has the power to bend others to his will.

As Daniel plummets into a downward spiral of hedonism and dereliction, he is tormented by macabre visions of a frozen world in endless darkness where an evil tyrant has stolen the sun, where humanity’s remnants fight to scrape out a cruel existence underground, and wandering spirits inhabit the bodies of the recently deceased. Daniel is doomed to return to this Night Country every time he falls into a deep sleep. But the longer he spends there, the more Daniel realizes his curse is anything but an accident….

 

Adam Vine was born in Northern California. By day, he is a game writer and designer. He has lived in four countries and visited thirty. He is the author of two novels and many short stories. When he is not writing, he is traveling, reading something icky, or teaching himself to play his mandolin. He currently lives in Germany.

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Kevin Meyer is a devoted Midwesterner, raised in rural Wisconsin and transplanted to Tulsa, Oklahoma over three decades ago. A career-long voice-over and music radio guy, his iPhone playlist ranges from Alice Cooper and Waylon Jennings to Twenty One Pilots and The Zac Brown Band. Favorite reads are dominated by political biographies (Lincoln, Truman, Kennedy)… and Stephen King.

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Voyciek lowered the torch, then threw it down. He followed it in, landing six feet below on the lid of the slender crystal box lying half-buried at the bottom. No, not a box. A coffin. A grave, Katherine realized. Someone was buried under the altar. The death mask painted on the coffin’s lid in ripples of brilliant, dancing light depicted a man with a long, plain face. There were dreadlocks in his hair and beard, and his robes were simple, but there was a penetrating humility to his face that caught Katherine off guard. The People of the Sun buried their kings and queens in grand crypts full of riches and splendor, and their priests in the walls of their churches. Why would they bury this man somewhere no one could honor him, without so much as a grave marker, or even a name?

Living in a world that you don’t know much about is hard, but going to an alternate world in your dreams where nothing is as it should be, that is even harder. Daniel Harper, from California, has traveled to a place called Country for work. He meets a flower girl, named Kashka, who befriends him. He knew that she would change his life since he hadn’t dated anyone after his ex-girlfriend passed away two years ago, but with the existence of another world at the edge of his dreams? Vine has an interesting, yet very twisted storyline which makes the title of this book quite accurate.

Dan meets a magician named Ink and becomes obsessed with some nonsense that he seems to spew out during a drunken conversation about something called “the blot”. Not being told too much information, Dan comes to the realization that this conversation that he had with that fellow may not have been an idiocrasy after all. After sleeping with Kashka, his dreams become very vivid and he is able to travel to a foreign world called the Night Country where he has to stand with others against the one they call “the Crippled King”. The only thing is that when Dan awakes, he is feverish and becomes sick. Physical exhaustion takes hold of his body and starts to eat away at his mentality. Can Dan figure out why the sudden dreams are invading his sleep and how to stop his descent into madness before something bad happens, like imminent death?

Vine has an interesting and original story with Corruption. The book lacks character development, but other aspects like scenic detail are vivid and highly creative. Throughout the entirety of this audiobook, “he said this” but the character was actually a woman. This could have been common once upon a time, but really confusing in this setup of the story. The pace was absolutely terrific; it was fast-paced but the narrator did not provide that excitement or call to action with this audiobook. He didn’t change his pitch and vocalization very much for the characters which made it a little difficult to distinguish when someone else was speaking in a conversation. Meyer’s representation of each character seemed to be lacking a little bit of muster and his pronunciations did not quite fit either! This review is complimenting the audiobook. If you are a reader of dark fantasy and post-apocalyptic science fiction, you may want to pick this one up. Since this is the first installment in the Corruption Cycle series, the reader can jump right in.

A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a three-star rating for Corruption by Adam Vine, narrated by Kevin Meyer.

 

Q&A with Author Adam Vine
  1. Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    1. No. I’m an independent author, so audiobooks are a “nice to have” rather than something I consciously plan on during the writing process. The audiobook for my first novel, Lurk has been successful – in large part due to the blog tour I did through Audiobookworm! – so doing another one for Corruption seemed reasonable.
  2. How did you select your narrator?
    1. For my first book, I received a bunch of auditions and chose the guy who had the best voice for the job and seemed the most professional to work with. Since I had a great experience with him the first time around, I didn’t hold auditions for my next book. I reached out and asked if he’d be interested in working together again, and he accepted.
  3. How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process?
    1. Quite closely, but I don’t micro-manage. He went through the manuscript and we did a feedback round. Then he recorded the book, and I listened to each completed section and noted a few pickups needed, mostly technical errors, as I want my narrator to have as much creative control as possible over their part of the project.
  4. Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
    1. Not so much the characters, but because Corruption is a fantasy book based in Eastern Europe that draws heavily from Slavic and Northern European mythology, we did agree on a “pronunciation canon” before recording.
  5. Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
    1. Yes. I’ve spent about four years of my life living abroad outside the United States, with three of those years in Eastern Europe. The name of the country Corruption is set in is not given – it is simply referred to as “the Country” – mostly because I wanted the authorial freedom to change things or play around with the setting as needed, but also because I wanted to make it clear this is a fantasy novel – it is not an autobiography. However, certain aspects of the story were inspired by things I experienced during my Eastern European excursions.
  6. If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
    1. I would go back to my childhood and start the disciplines I am pursuing now much earlier.
  7. If this title were being made into a TV series or movie, who would you cast to play the primary roles?
    1. I would want Dan Harper, the protagonist of Corruption to be played by a handsome everyman type of guy – maybe James Franco. For Kashka, I would choose a native Polish or Ukrainian actress, and select for one who could play up the more toxic aspects of her relationship with Dan. For Zaea, I would choose an actress who is both regal and vulnerable. Emilia Clarke would be my first pic. Not sure who could play Ink.
  8. What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
    1. I say they’re not living life. Why read one book when you can read one book and listen another? Double your efficiency, haters.
  9. How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
    1. I went out with my friends for a beer. I currently live in Germany, so we do this even when there isn’t a reason to celebrate.
  10. What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
    1. Write one to two thousand words every day, five days a week, and don’t stop to tinker until you finish the story.

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Adam Vine’s Top 10 Favorite Dark Fantasies

 

  1. The Book of the New Sun – Gene Wolfe
  2. A Song of Ice and Fire – George R.R. Martin
  3. Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov]
  4. The Black Company – Glen Cook

  5. The Inferno – Dante

  6. The Heroes – Joe Abercrombie

  7. The Witcher Saga – Andrzej Sapkowski

  8. Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman

  9. The Vagrant – Peter Newman

  10. Kings of the Wyld – Nicholas Eames

 

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Book Review: Donald Trump Plague Doctor by Caspar Vega

Donald Trump: Plague Doctor by Caspar Vega

Genre: SciFi, Time Travel

Publication Date: February 26, 2017

 

 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

A feverish Rubik’s Cube of pulp goodness that will wake you up from cryogenic sleep, put you into a spaceship, and leave you wondering what year it is.

 

Tremendous.

 

BOOK LINKS:

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REVIEW:

But there had never been a decline in actual people. In raw numbers, there were more of us than there ever had been. Until The Policy was instituted on Earth. The Policy was of course automatically assumed to also be valid on Mars once it was fully colonized. We’re fully on track to become the new Native Americans…” Sarge trails off, sounding stoic and melancholy.

In a world where anything is possible because of science, the mass of things that can be done is astounding and quite frightening. In this short story, Vega brings a bunch of different new and inventive concepts to light about the future in order to change our documented past of the Bubonic Plague.

 

With Donald Trump being the main character in this story, he is such a predominant figure in reality…it makes you question, why did Vega use this particular person to write a story about. So many readers have a very distinct view of who this person represents to them, being the President of the United States, a businessman, and now a Politician. So, now that readers know that this is a work of complete fiction…it is left up to them as to whether this story will resonate significance or not.

 

As an editor and proofreader, there are a vast amount of errors within the dialect and formatting of this story. It is evident that the creativity is there, but the light that Vega sheds on these characters do not make the readers able to relate to them much. In order to have a successful story, the reader must have some semblance of emotional connection to the characters that they are reading about. It is apparent that if the story was longer, the concepts and story-line that Vega introduces would have been explained a bit more, thus allowing readers to establish that connection. Everything seems more or less strewn together which distracts from what Vega’s main focus of writing this story is. If you are a reader of dark fantasy, futuristic science fiction, and time travel, this may be for you.

 

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Audiobook Blog Tour + Review: Aranya by Marc Secchia

Arayna, Shapeshifter Dragons, Book 1

Author: Marc Secchia

Narrator: Shiromi Arserio

Released: April 05, 2015

Genre: Fantasy

 

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Chained to a rock and tossed off a cliff by her boyfriend, Aranya is executed for high treason against the Sylakian Empire. Falling a league into the deadly Cloudlands is not a fate she ever envisaged. But what if she did not die? What if she could spread her wings and fly?

Long ago, Dragons ruled the Island-World above the Cloudlands. But their Human slaves cast off the chains of Dragonish tyranny. Humans spread across the Islands in their flying Dragonships, colonising, building and warring. Now, the all-conquering Sylakians have defeated the last bastion of freedom–the Island-Kingdom of Immadia.

Evil has a new enemy. Aranya, Princess of Immadia. Dragon Shapeshifter.

Marc Secchio

Marc is a South African-born dragon masquerading as an author, who loves writing about dragons and Africa, preferably both at the same time. He lives and works in Ethiopia with his wife and 4 children, 2 dogs and a variable number of marabou storks that roost on the acacia trees out back. On a good night there are also hyenas patrolling the back fence.

He’s the author of 21 fantasy books in 3 languages (2 more languages coming this year – watch this space!), including 8 rip-roaring dragon fantasy bestsellers. Dragonfriend won a Gold Award for Fantasy in the 2016 IPPY Book Awards. Look out for Whisper Alive, his latest release. The 4th tale in the Dragonfriend series, Dragonstar, is coming soon!

When he’s not writing about Africa or dragons Marc can be found travelling to remote locations. He thinks there’s nothing better than standing on a mountaintop wondering what lies over the next horizon.

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Shiromi Arserio

A native of London, England, Shiromi Arserio is a stage actor, voice talent and audiobook narrator. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance.

 

In addition to narrating dozens of audiobooks, her voice can be heard in documentaries, e-learning projects and video games such as Nancy Drew: The Shattered Medallion. Shiromi currently resides in the Seattle area with her husband and her two furbabies.

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The great dirigibles, called Dragonships, shaded the castle with their oblong shadows. One hundred and fifty feet long, the huge, multi-segmented hydrogen sacks, surrounded by netting, supported a pod beneath for cargo or warriors—up to fifty men in ships as large as these. A Hammer per ship—that was the rule. Gantries ran the length of the starboard and port sides of the cabin. The fore and aft gantries usually held one or more war crossbows, huge weapons capable of shooting a six-foot quarrel accurately over distances of two hundred feet and more. The head of a screaming windroc, the symbol of Sylakia, was stitched upon their bulging sides, and adorned the breastplate of every Sylakian warrior. Archers bristled on the gantries overhead. The massive war crossbows were fully drawn, ready to rain burning missiles on the city at the slightest hint of resistance.

Can you imagine having the ability to shape shift into a dragon? Would it hurt? Would you feel powerful or lonely? Embarrassingly enough, what happens to your clothes? In this story, Aranya, the Princess of Immadia has been kidnapped from her father’s castle and stowed away with other princesses from far away lands. She has no idea how to escape and has nothing, but a fire in her heart. Secchia has a riveting and magical adventure that unfolds in your mind. An imaginative tale that will leave readers yearning for more of the world that he has created.

 

At first, Aranya has a rough time at making friends among the other princesses; one princess even challenges her to a duel. Aranya is peculiar and keeps to herself so she is easily picked on and rumors spread about sorcery. One strange feat about Aranya is that she has always had dreams of dragons. A black dragon, to be exact. She becomes feverish after putting all of her strength into healing the same princess who previously ridiculed her. Becoming fast friends, Aranya cannot bare to let her die as another victim to this evil man who keeps them as prisoners. Her fury grows steadily each day until she cannot contain the fire. After being accused of treason against the Sylvakian Empire, the man that she desires most is forced to throw her off of a cliff and into the Cloudlands. Chained so that she cannot break free from her descent, her body goes into shock and she enters her dream world once again. She dreams of flying. She dreams of dragons. Then after the fall…she wakes up, but how is she not dead? The world thinks that she is dead.

 

Secchia has a superb story-line and exceptional character development. All of his characters have such depth that will intrigue the reader and allow them to feel what the author conveys in his characters personalities and demeanor. This review is complimenting the audiobook. The pace was absolutely terrific; it was fast-paced and the narrator was highly entertaining. She changed pitch and vocalization for every character and added sounds for special effect. Arserio’s accent fits the story perfectly! If you are a reader of paranormal and young adult fantasy, you may want to pick this one up. Since this is the first installment in the Shapeshifter Dragons series, the reader can jump right in.

 

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Book Tour + Review: A Killer Retreat by Tracy Weber

A Killer Retreat by Tracy Weber

A Downward Dog Mystery Book 2

Genre: Cozy Mystery, Women’s Fiction

Publication Date: June 7, 2017

 

Yogi Kate must clear her name of murder in this charming yoga mystery

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Yogi Kate must clear her name of murder in this charming yoga mystery.

When Kate Davidson gets an offer to teach yoga classes to wedding guests at the Elysian Springs resort, she jumps at the opportunity, even though it means being forced to endure the wedding ceremony of the center’s two caretakers.

Avoiding the M-word turns out to be the least of Kate’s problems when a wedding guest is found floating face-down in the resort’s hot tub, shortly after a loud, public (and somewhat embarrassing) fight with Kate. The police pick Kate as their number-one suspect, so she’s forced to team up with boyfriend Michael, best friend Rene, and German shepherd sidekick Bella to find the real killer. But they’ll have to solve the murder before the police arrest Kate, or her next gig may last a lifetime-behind bars.

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REVIEW

My heart skipped a beat, and not in the titillating, romantic way Michael’s look might imply. Several yards away, a small, yapping, black and white Jack Russell terrier bounded along the beach—by himself. He was almost completely white, with black ears and a single black spot that covered his right eye. Cute, in an incorrigible pirate sort of way. At least 100 feet behind him walked, or more accurately teetered, a thin, blonde woman wearing spiky red heels, a leopard print miniskirt, and a disgusted frown. She held a cigarette in one hand and a cell phone in the other. I watched her pick her way through the seaweed, rocks, and other beach debris. My first thought was take a look at that woman’s outfit. She’s obviously not from Seattle. My second was and her dog’s about to get slaughtered.

Life throws curveballs when you least expect it to. This motto, if you believe in karma, is gold. When you want something, but become desperate to find it—the worst scenario possible is all too likely. If you are not looking for anything, the best things in life can be life altering and quite beautiful. Weber has an entertaining mystery comedy that will rope readers in and leave them wanting to read more.

What was thought to be a nice vacation and an easy work schedule turns out to be one of the worst decisions that Kate has ever made. Kate and Michael take Bella to a retreat so that Kate can help the bride and groom relax by holding some Yoga classes for the family. Kate typically is an easy going person, but her temper is on edge already. After walking Bella while waiting for the ferry, an obnoxiously well-dressed New-Yorker prances around on her phone, allowing her Jack Russell terrier to dominate the beach without a leash. Kate, knowing that Bella isn’t very friendly with other dogs, immediately tries to get her attention and miserably fails. After a round in the mud and being yanked like a rag-doll, Kate is finally able to get the woman to acknowledge her and get off of her phone. What a disaster! The woman sees no fault in her actions, by letting her dog run free on the beach with several people and animals milling around on leashes. With the hope that she’ll never see this woman again by the looks of her, Michael is able to calm Kate down once they get onto the ferry and headed to their destination. But, as always, Kate knows that nothing can ever go in her favor. Checking into their cabin, she finds the woman is there to attend the wedding and absolutely no one likes her, but she is the bride’s mother-in-law so everyone tries to make due with friendly attempts and staying out of her way…until she winds up dead. And what’s worse…Kate is the first on scene and becomes the prime suspect. 

Weber has a superb story-line and exceptional character development. All of her characters have such depth that will intrigue the reader and allow them to feel emotions like sympathy and determination. This review is complimenting the audiobook. The pace was absolutely terrific; it was fast-paced and the narrator was entertaining. She changed pitch and vocalization for every character and added sounds for special effect. If you are a reader of cozy mysteries and women’s fiction, you may want to pick this one up. Since this is the second installment in the Downward Dog Mystery series, it is advised to read Murder Strikes a Pose as there are some references made back to that installment; however, this can be read as a standalone if desired.

A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Loving the Book, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for A Killer Retreat by Tracy Weber.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tracy Weber is the author of the award-winning Downward Dog Mysteries series featuring yoga teacher Kate Davidson and her feisty German shepherd, Bella. Her first book, Murder Strikes a Pose won the Maxwell Award for Fiction and was 2015 Agatha award nominee for Best First Novel. The third book in her series, Karma’s a Killer, will released January, 2016 by Midnight Ink.

 

Tracy and her husband live in Seattle with their challenging yet amazing German shepherd Tasha. When she’s not writing, Tracy spends her time teaching yoga, walking Tasha, and sipping Blackthorn cider at her favorite ale house. 

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Review: The Binding by E.Z. Rinsky

The Binding by E.Z. Rinsky

A Lamb and Lavagnino Mystery

Genre: Mystery, Private-Investigators, Thriller

Publication Date: July 4, 2017

 

Fans of Marisha Pessl and Christopher Moore will be captivated by the twists and turns of E.Z. Rinsky’s second chilling noir mystery.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

 

 

When a U.S. Senator offers to have private investigator Frank Lamb’s criminal record wiped clean in return for retrieving a set of old books, he jumps at the opportunity. In the five years since his last paying job he’s been an international fugitive, separated from his daughter Sadie. He’s willing to do anything to return to normal life.

But once Frank and his old partner, Courtney Lavagnino, get to work, it becomes clear that the job is far more treacherous than they’d assumed. The books were written in prison by Oliver Vicks, a self-proclaimed prophet with a trail of grisly murders behind him. Frank and Courtney are soon piecing together a horrifying puzzle, devised by a prisoner who seems more god than man. 

In this riveting follow-up to the award-nominated Palindrome, Frank and Courtney find themselves mired in a tangle of desperation, cult-like fervor, and deception that will lead them to uncover an evil of biblical proportions.

 

BOOK LINKS:

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REVIEW:

I actually laugh. “First of all, I’m on the Interpol list. Second, you’re suggesting that we bring the cops to a murder scene and tell them that Oliver Vicks did it. Well, what if they go to the prison, and somehow he’s still there Court? You think about that? Then who’s the prime suspect? Probably the last people who ever spoke to Rico—with hundreds of aquarium goers to testify to that.” The phone starts ringing again. Can almost here the frustration in every desperate vibration.

A serial killer is after you, what do you do? This man is creepy, but yet he has never personally done anything to warrant your suspicions? He is socially awkward and keeps to himself. He has a fascination with his writing tools and doodles pictures in a leather bound book in a café for as long as you’ve been working there…when do the red flags start going off in your head? For Becky, it was once it had been too late. This serial killer, Oliver Vicks, has killed all of her family and has his life all planned out. He tells Becky that she is his queen and that he will be reunited with her after he escapes from prison. What would any sane person make of that comment? How would you ever get the trauma out of your head?

 

Twenty years later, two private investigators are called in to make a huge exchange on behalf of Senator Sampson’s request. Courtney is kind of washed up, doing meaningless jobs, without his partner Frank. Frank is somewhere in Europe, running from Interpol after their last job went south. Once Courtney receives the request, he knows that he can’t do this job by himself even though it seems very easy. There just has to be some kind of catch. After he finds Frank, they fly back to the states, Colorado to be exact, for debriefing before they need to make the exchange. So many things don’t add up about this request; exchanging billions of dollars for twenty-four books? Senator Sampson appears to be brainwashed by a serial killer he met in prison and things just keep getting stranger. Both Courtney and Frank start to wonder if they didn’t just make a big mistake accepting the job. Being on the Senator’s list of screw-ups is bad enough, but now they have to be ever vigilant in watching their backs, because the serial killer that was perceived to be in prison is out running around and killing people to complete his life’s work and they could be next.

 

Rinsky has a superb story-line and complex characters that are mysterious and deranged. The content is truly amazing by the sheer originality and descriptiveness, while the pace is fast and easy to read. The religious aspect, paired up with the mystery makes the story come to life with creativity. This is the second installment within the Lamb and Laviagnino series; however, it can be read as a standalone. It is strongly advised that due to content, it is not recommended for children or teens.

 

A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by Aurora Publicity, but this is no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for The Binding by E.Z. Rinsky.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 

 

E.Z. Rinsky grew up in Colorado. He has worked as a statistics and economics professor, copywriter and–for one misguided year–a street musician. He lives in Tel Aviv.

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Review: Like Father Like Daughter by Christina Morgan

Like Father Like Daughter by Christina Morgan

**Suspense Finalist for the 2017 Indie Excellence Awards**

Publication Date: July 12, 2016

 

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

 

Libby Carter is pretty sure she didn’t kill her husband…

When Libby wakes up to find her husband Ryan murdered in bed next to her with no memory of how it happened, she can only assume the worst. Daughter of the infamous I-75 Strangler, Libby is afraid that becoming a serial killer is in her DNA. Is she truly capable of killing the man she loves?

The evidence against her keeps stacking up, and it’s enough for an arrest…

It’s no secret that Libby is the number one suspect, and when she makes bail, she knows she has no choice but to turn to the only man who can help clear her name. Her father. After visiting him in prison, she decides to take the investigation into her own hands. Libby finds an unsettling lead on Ryan’s murderer and learns her husband might not have been as innocent as she thought.

But every clue she uncovers leads to another dead end…

Libby must risk her life to discover the truth about her husband and his murder, but things become even more dangerous when she realizes someone is watching her every move.

 

BOOK LINKS

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BOOK REVIEW

And with that, my father hung up the phone and my life spun out of control. That was, until I met Ryan about eight years ago. Ryan was the one good thing in my life after everything my father had put me through. He was my rock, my true north, my everything. And he never once judged me for the sins of my father. My thoughts turned from my father to Ryan. I still hadn’t had a chance to fully process the fact that my husband was dead…I had no reason to want my husband dead and there’s no way I could have put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger. So then why was he dead? And why couldn’t I remember anything at all?

How would you feel if your father was a serial killer? What about if you woke up to your spouse who had been brutally murdered? Neither one of these instances are anywhere near pleasant experiences. They are downright horrifying; however, Christina Morgan still writes an interesting, yet terrifying story about them. This mystery will leave readers in awe over the investigation.

 

Libby wakes up and finds that her husband has been killed, his body lying lifeless next to her in their bed. What she can’t seem to understand is how she was able to sleep through a gunshot. After the initial shock, she contacts the police department to report the murder. Apparently, the lead detective does not find the scenario of Libby sleeping through a gunshot to be plausible either. As his lead suspect, the Detective questions Libby, and begins his investigation into the murder. Scared and defenseless, Libby’s mother tells her that she needs to hire an attorney and then go talk to her father in prison. She doesn’t want anything to do with her father, the man who killed several women while still coming home to his family every night. It gets to the point where Libby just doesn’t remember anything from that night, other than having a drink before going to bed. Her belief in herself begins to fail as new theories of her motive keep showing up. As a last ditch effort to prove her innocence, she realizes that she is being followed as she looks for clues into who murdered her husband. Can Libby find out who the real killer is before her trial? Can she live with going to jail for something that she didn’t do? 

 

Morgan has a very powerful and motivating mystery novel with Like Father Like Daughter. This is an entertaining and suspenseful story, one with superb character development and originality. The story flows easily, making it a fast read. The mystery is very predictable, but the story actually has more of an in depth connection regarding the underlying family history. Readers will catch on to who the murderer is before the end of the story, but there is a plot twist that is just as entertaining, which will leave readers wanting to continue into the next book of the series. If you are a reader of mystery and suspense, you may enjoy this read. This is the first installment of the Flesh & Blood Trilogy; therefore, readers can jump right in.

 

A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by the author, but this is no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for Like Father Like Daughter by Christina Morgan.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christina Morgan was raised in suburban Central Kentucky in a family full of right-brainers. With a photographer/artist for a grandfather and an author/illustrator for a mother, she was bound to turn out on the creative side of the spectrum. She honed her writing skills in school, winning awards for her essays and short stories. Christina tried her hand at about every sport imaginable, which only went to prove that her efforts were better spent in other creative outlets such as art, singing, and writing. But it was writing that really stuck with her and she spent the next several years trying her hand at writing fiction novels, just for the fun of it.

She took a break for a while and focused on putting herself through paralegal school while raising two amazing Irish twin girls. She quickly learned that being a certified paralegal was the best career choice she could have made. On top of all of the cool cases she has worked on over the years, she was able to write original legal documents autonomously. When a national magazine for attorneys approached her in 2013 to write a short story for them about the life of a paralegal, she jumped on the chance. When the article was published and garnered her some amazing feedback, she realized how much she missed writing for leisure. She sat down and wrote her very first full-length fiction novel that year and hasn’t stopped writing since.

She loves reading (all genres except sci-fi), folk music, caramel macchiatos, puppies, thunderstorms, antique jewelry, dragonflies, the color purple (not the movie), and enjoys a large sweet tea from McDonald’s every single day.

Christina Morgan lives in Nicholasville, Kentucky with her two teenage daughters.

 

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Review: From Gods by Mary Ting

 

FROM GODS BY MARY TING

***2013 InD’Tale RONE Award Finalist for YA****

Publication Date: October 2, 2013

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

 

Did you just see a flash of lightning across the sky on a clear sunny day?
Don’t blame Mother Nature.

Skylar Rome can’t wait to spend her last summer before college with her cousin, Kayla. Everything changes when they meet the Grand brothers. Skylar is sure she should stay away from Mason Grand, but their attraction is undeniable. Then Skylar’s life erupts into turmoil. She steps into a world where descendants of ancient gods have super powers, evil beings chase her, and questions arise about her own identity. She is running out of time and running for her life, while trying to unravel the mystery of what they want from her.

Forced into a battle set into motion long before she was born, will Skylar find the answers she seeks, or will she die trying?

 

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BOOK REVIEW

Skylar gave a short smile and almost giggled, but stopped when his finger traced the cut on her lower lip. “Remus did this to you, didn’t he?” For a brief moment he closed his eyes and inhaled deeply, as if he was trying to suppress the anger that seemed to have crept up on him. Delicately, he brushed his finger along it again. “I’m sorry.” The small gesture of his touch drove Skylar into a whirlwind of heated emotions. He sat way too close and every time she turned her head to speak, she had nothing but impure thoughts. In order to avoid doing something she might regret, she nodded to answer and pulled back, making mason drop his hand.

Growing up in a world where evil is only human is scary enough…but add paranormal beasts and human-like gods with powers and that is nearly impossible to digest within a lifetime, let alone a couple of months. If you had to put your faith and trust into someone, how would you know who would hold true? With power and everyone having a secret agenda, outside of the human world, what would help you feel safe? Mary Ting has an interesting young adult novel, chalked full of magic and adventure.

 

Skylar is on her way to her cousin’s house for the summer. The weirdness begins when she is pulled over by an attractive police officer. He seems to flirt with her a bit, but then checks the trunk of her car, seemingly looking for something. After he lets her drive off, she heads to her cousin’s house to dish the odd run in. After a good laugh and thinking that she would more than likely never see him again, he walks into her aunt’s diner while they are helping out. With Skyler hiding behind the cash register, her cousin takes his order along with the other men that accompany him. Feeling like her world has just turned upside down, he begins to reject her questions about the reason for pulling her over and his name is different. Having more questions then answers, she doesn’t understand why he mysteriously reverts from being around her, even though his brother and her cousin have started showing an interest in each other. And…that’s not the only thing that sticks out as being odd. Skylar begins to feel like someone is watching her, everywhere she goes…she feels danger is after her.

 

Ting has an entertaining story with great character development and originality. The story is written well and flows easily. Some of the scenes that occur do seem to pass easier than what reality would assume. These scenes lack some key emotions, indicating distance that should not be resolved as quickly as the author appears to allow. This should not deter readers from the book or series; however, the author could have made some scenes a lot more meaningful than a “brushing off the shoulder” feel since this is targeting a young adult audience. If you enjoy reading young adult fiction, paranormal and mythology, or fantasy, you may want to pick this one up. This is the first installment within the Descendant Prophecies; therefore, readers can jump right in.

 

A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by Silver Dagger Scriptorium Tours, but this is no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a four-star rating for From Gods by Mary Ting.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

International Bestselling Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.

 

I started writing Crossroads after my grandmother passed away about 3 years ago. When these characters came to life in my mind, along with the character Gamma, inspired by my grandmother, it was a way for me to heal. I decided to start from a dream I had in high school, chapter one. Chapter two is also based on my dream as well. I didn’t think I would have much to write about, but when I made Claudia to be more like me, it was easy. Her first car, her first job, her first experience at camping and her grandmother having a stroke was all part of me. Too bad Michael wasn’t real…lol!!!

Many people like Davin, which I’m really happy about because his character was inspired by my friend who passed away. He was very likable and was a best friend to all his friends. Patty is my friend from church. She is exactly how I described her, social butterfly who knows everything about her friends and fashion. I named Claudia after a student I once had many years ago. I can still picture her face, just like an angel. When I was much younger, I had a crush on a boy name Michael, but his character is based off my husband, protective, romantic, and silly at times. No… he doesn’t have wings…lol!!!

Though I was busy with work, being a wife, a mother, and PTA president, I would always find time to write, even if that meant typing while I was cooking or brushing my teeth. Crossroads was written for a fast, fun reading with likable characters. Many have emailed me to let me know how Crossroads has helped them escaped from their everyday stress. Also, how they’ve connected to this book because of chapter one, having a loved one passed away. I took on a journey not knowing how rewarding it would be for me. I’ve meet so many wonderful people from all over the world through facebook, goodreads and blog sites. I’ve made everlasting friendship where friendship knows no boundaries. And I have to thank my grandmother who continues to watch over me from Heaven.

 

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Book Tour + Review: The House of Bloodstein (Mentralysis) by Ren Garcia

 THE HOUSE OF BLOODSTEIN: MENTRALYSIS by Ren Garcia

Genre: Space Opera, Dark Fantasy, Science Fiction
Publication Date: May 24, 2017

The House of Bloodstein: Mentralysis, Lite Edition. This version contains no artwork that will be present in the paperback and full ebook offerings so that it may be sold at a reduced price.

 

They thought the episode with their cousin to the east, Lady Bloodstein, was over. They thought it was something to laugh about at the grand table in fond nostalgia.

But they were wrong. They were so wrong.

And Castle Blanchefort has fallen!
Lord Kabyl has lost everything: his wife, his kin, his family fortune, and his home. Castle Blanchefort, once a safe haven, is overrun with enemies seeking his blood.

In what follows, he must join forces with ancient enemies and with people who do not exist. He must treat with sinister, possibly untrustworthy gods and barter away his soul for urgently needed arcane help or face certain death at the hands of forgotten tyrants and their machinations from a bygone age.

And, how can a strange science known as Mentralysis, practiced in secret in the hidden places of the League, hold the key to ultimate victory?

What should have been obvious to Lord Kabyl from the start at last becomes crystal clear: Foolish is he who dares possess the Ultimate Object, for misery shall be his only reward.

 

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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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I’m proud of my home and my family and my commitment to my Countess. I’m proud of my friends and of my kinship to them. I’m nostalgic about the battles I’ve found and the faces of those I’ve killed, and perhaps someday those experiences will help me better prepare my children for the world and what might face them. When I raise my CARG, it is because I have to, not because I wish it.

Sometimes, it is difficult to see good from evil. In Garcia’s previous novel, The House of Bloodstein, Lord Kabyl and his family and friends travel to Lady Chrysania’s house to help her with her Perlamum game. Tasked to find pieces of this game from all across their universe, they genuinely want to help Lady Chrysania. After hearing about her past, they decide that she needs help against the evil that she faces…the evil that has taken her face and body parts and left her with no will to live other than her desire for justice. Garcia’s second installment in this series continues after Kay and everyone arrive back at Castle Blanchefort to find that it is swarming with enemy Hospitalers.

 

Magistrate Kilos, Ne-Countess Sammidoran, and Sarah are taken from their castle by Hoban Hospitalers, protecting them from a much bigger entity who has stolen their body parts. Lord Kabyl is sentenced to death, but a Haitathe warrior by the name of Laika, saves him on behalf of her “mother” Roethalba of George. While Kay is taken to Hoban to catch up on the takeover of Castle Blancheforte, it is here that he meets up with Roethalba of George and discovers a machine called the Mentralysis. The Mentralysis device allows the “sleeping self” to become the dominant personality while the “waking self” sleeps. Confusing at best, Kay doesn’t quite understand what he is being told, but he is tasked with a mission to save his family and friends from death. This entity of Roethalba of George was described as an evil being, someone who was against Lady Chrysania in the previous installment, but now she wants to help him and his family. He learns of a new evil by the name of Queen Ghome and everything that Lord Kabyl and his family and friends have been fighting for has been all for naught. The good that they thought they knew has been flipped upside down and deceit is ever present. How ever will Lord Kabyl fight this goddess-like entity without the help of his Ne-Countess and friends?

 

Garcia has a superb story-line and complex characters that are unbelievably creative and strong. The content is truly amazing by the sheer originality and descriptiveness, while the pace is fast and easy to read. There are a few spelling errors throughout the read. Since this is an advanced reader copy, these may have been cleaned up upon further proofreading, but if not, this should not hinder enjoyment of the novel at all. If you are a reader of fantasy and science fiction, this may be perfect for you. It is strongly advised that since this is classified as dark fantasy, it is not recommended for children or teens due to content.

 

A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by Loving the Book, but this is no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for House of Bloodstein: Mentralysis by Ren Garcia.

 

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Review: The Villainous Viscount or the Curse of the Venn’s by Lucinda Elliot

Title:   The Villainous Viscount or The Curse of the Venn’s

Author:  Lucinda Elliot

Genre:  Dark comedy, Historical Regency Gothic

Publisher:  Freya

Publication Date:  August 2016

 

Blurb:

An appreciative satire of the cliches of classical Gothic.

When Clarissa Greendale inherits the fortune of disreputable uncle she hardly knows, she does not expect to find herself forced into marriage with an aristocratic fortune hunter and wild, brawling, debauched social outcast. Not only that, but her name featured some way down on the list of eligible heiresses he planned to court. Still, Clarinda has always found Harley Venn set off the most unmaidenly tinglings in her; that is one consolation…

Yet neither did Clarinda expect to inherit the legacy of a wrongdoing from half a century before. For the wicked if beguiling Lord Venn seems to have inherited a family curse, which, having dispatched the main perpetrators of the old crime, now moves on to their heirs, who are just as wild a set of rakes as their elders. There are rumours of violent deaths preceded by appearances from an inexorable hooded spectre, of inexplicable strikes of lightning, and of haunted mirrors.

The light-hearted Harley Venn dismisses all these as conjuring tricks. He even hires a drunken charlatan of a professional magician to prove it.

Clarinda is far from sure that there is any rational explanation. Still, it would take more than an enforced marriage to an incorrigible pugilistic libertine or persecution from malevolent spectres to damage her steely nerves and sense of the ridiculous.

This lively dark comedy, set in the author’s native UK of 1821 and written as a good natured satire of the cliches of classical Gothic, gives the reader a warm-hearted and courageous heroine, a rascally but beguiling anti-hero and an authentic historical background to the delightfully over-the-top adventures, a cast of wholly believable characters, an engaging love story and many chills on its way to its tumultuous conclusion.

 

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Review:

I can tell the villain hides something from me. Something happened at what he calls, ‘The Castle of Doom’. I have got to know him that much already. But I must not think of him as ‘the villain’. I must somehow try to love him, without blinding myself to his faults. Otherwise, I must make vows that are a travesty—apart from that foolish ‘obey’ one, that is—and end in detesting him.

What would you do if you found out that your family was cursed? Would you watch your every step in fear of the curse catching up to you? Would you live carelessly, confident that the curse has no bearing on you? This novel has an interesting plot, one with romance, dark satire, and supernatural elements intertwined. The Villainous Viscount or The Curse of the Venns by Lucinda Elliot is humorous, dark, and will entertain readers who enjoy reading this genre.

 

Clarinda Greendale is as innocent as they come, but Harley Venn is a much different story. She finds out that an uncle has left her a fortune, after an untimely fall to his death. That is when she meets the Villainous Viscount in the flesh. Little does she know that her reputation is on the verge of ruining her entire family with the likes of Harley Venn. Clarinda finds Harley to be handsome enough, but knows that he is a social outcast. He is a pariah among the entire town, but Venn made a promise to a fallen comrade that he would turn his life around and find a good girl. After a few attempts at a marriage proposal…and a few declines, Harley must persuade Clarinda that he can reform, especially since he is being followed by a mysterious hooded trickster who seems to be after the Venn family.

 

Elliot has an entertaining story-line; however, there are several grammatical errors. This can be confusing, especially if the reader is not very knowledgeable about the era. The character development is terrific, allowing the reader to come to their own conclusions about each character’s personality. If you are a reader of Gothic romance and dark humor, you may be interested in picking this one up.

 

A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by Book Unleashed, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a four-star rating for The Villainous Viscount or The Curse of the Venns by Lucinda Elliot.

 

Author Bio:

Lucinda Elliot grew up in various parts of the UK in a series of great old houses her parents were renovating before it became fashionable. They would have made fine settings for Gothic stories, and perhaps that is why she writes Gothic. Having lived and worked in London for many years, she now lives in Mid Wales with her family. She likes working out, is a classical novel geek and is addicted to tea. She loves a laugh above anything.

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Book Tour + Review: Updrift by Errin Stevens

What if joining your lover’s world
meant leaving your own?
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UPDRIFT
Errin Stevens
Series: The Mer Chronicles: Book 1
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Publication Date: November 2, 2015
What if joining your lover’s world meant leaving your own?
Kate will have to look hard at her man to determine what is real, what is illusion, and how, if ever, she can get back home.
Ever since her father died, Kate Sweeting’s home life has been in the pits, her well being on life support. Her future looks desolate, too, until she and her mother make another plan: abandon their shriveled existence for more promising prospects on the coast, where Mom can play small-town librarian/bachelorette, and Kate can figure out what’s up with that secretive Blake family from the beach.
Everyone is eerily captivated with Kate and her mother, and Cara is the first to figure out why when the man of her dreams arrives all dripping and devoted and closed-mouthed about what he intends. Kate is willing to go along with their subterfuge for a while, but eventually makes a charge for the water to learn what her mother is hiding. Gabe Blake is there waiting for her… and so is someone considerably less friendly. By the time Kate navigates her way home, everything will have changed for her – what she feels, what she wants, and what she will risk to be with the man she loves.
“Best mermaid book I have EVER read? Updrift by Errin Stevens.”
– Ben Alderson, voted leading vlogger by Teen Vogue and The Guardian

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“Stevens is a treasure to be found in today’s cluttered literary market.”
– Peachy Keen Reviews

Excerpt:

All of the emotions she’d denied feeling the past four years enveloped her now, overwhelming her with their poignancy. She wondered if she should have tried harder to be with Gabe, if she should have fought against the wishes of their parents, acknowledging even as she had these thoughts, she would not have made herself oppose them. But she also realized nothing she’d been working toward would bring her lasting happiness, not recognition at work, not her aunt’s approval, not a portfolio of published articles. She saw with new clarity how the path she was on would not bring her more security or happiness, not to any real extent; how achievement would be no more the holy grail of fulfillment for her than it had been for Dana. As of this moment, the difference between her and her aunt was she knew this.

What she really wanted was to talk with Gabe. She needed to understand their separation through high school and college, to know why they were driven so hard, to look into his eyes and see again what she had first seen when they were seventeen. She felt she would be forever stuck if she could not know these things and know them now.

She stood up then, resolved. With a certainty she hadn’t felt since she was five, she recognized what mattered to her. She felt her own humanity as it had been given to her when she was born, not as a theoretical set of activities she’d developed along the way. She saw her approach to adult life up until now as a contrivance, one taking all her energy to maintain, her boulder to force uphill again and again, her disappointment in her progress predictable and repetitive as the boulder inevitably rolled back down. She was done carrying that boulder.

She stared out at the sea and yelled at the top of her lungs for Gabe. Some part of her knew she should be calling toward the beach but she could not shake her desire to stand where she stood and cry as she did. She saw a splash far out on the inky water, and she stopped shouting.

Review:

Gabe held her hand to his chest, wrapped the fingers of his other hand around her wrist, and then bent to kiss her once more. He stopped when his lips were almost to hers and whispered. I’m checking your pulse. Please don’t ask me to explain. Then he closed the remaining distance between them, and Kate once again forgot their conversation. This is going to sound weird but I’m hoping to put the rest of this conversation off for another two years. Can we do that?

Mermaids and Sirens are so mysteriously entertaining to read about. Authors almost never portray the same characteristics or lifestyles when writing about them, which is another factor to what makes these stories distinctly unique. There are no rights or wrongs to describing life beneath the water and that makes reading about them enjoyable. Stevens has a first installment that is full of surprise, romance, betrayal, and adventure into the unknown.

Kate Sweeting moves to a new town with her mother, Cara, after the death of her father. They are instantly united with a family that lives beside the ocean, who has a son that is Kate’s age. Their first encounter happened while out on a boat, Kate slipping into the water after discovering what appears to be a very memorizing fish. Gabe helps Kate swim back to shore, unaware of her mother’s frantic state at losing her daughter in the water. With no recollection of how they returned to the shore so quickly, Gabe and Kate become fast friends that carry throughout their entire schooling. Once Gabe is transitioned from public school to homeschooling during their high school years, the friendship that Gabe and Kate share does not diminish, but becomes a little distant. Her mother, finding a man named John which happens to be one of Gabe’s cousins, gets married and becomes pregnant while Kate is traveling back and forth to her aunt’s house in another state.

With everything moving so quickly, she becomes very lonely but determined to finish college which both Gabe and Kate’s parents seem to push very diligently for. Kate realizes that Gabe and his relatives are a bit unusual, but never truly notices the distinction until her and a friend crash one of his parent’s male mating parties. When Gabe finds out that she is there, he instantly becomes aware of her presence and tries to force her to leave due to a danger that she is unable to understand. Gabe promises her that he has never felt a strong bond to anyone else except her, but that she would have to wait until they both had their college degrees before pursuing any type of relationship per parental orders. Not understanding any of his inability to provide explanations of his behavior, she agrees to wait.

After two years, she receives the call that will change her life forever. What she did not previously understand is now something that can be explained. Can Gabe and Kate finally be happy and have a true relationship? Or…will her much awaited desires be denied again?

Stevens has an interesting story-line; however, the pace is all over the place. At first, the story begins slow and remains at a slower pace until part three, to where it picks up very quickly. The character development is good, but is still a bit confusing. While most of the material is very creative and well-written, there are some scenes that are not deemed relevant to Gabe and Kate’s story which could have been omitted to cause less confusion. If you are a reader of fantasy and paranormal romanced, you may be interested in picking this one up. Since this is the first installment, the reader can jump right in.

A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by Book Unleashed, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a three-star rating for Updrift by Errin Stevens.

Other Books by the Author

Be sure to also check out Book 2 of The Mer Chronicles.
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BREAKWATER
Series: The Mer Chronicles Book 2
Breakwater continues the story of Updrift focusing on other characters. The narrative follows the lives and loves of a group of sirens in the fictional town of Griffins Bay, North Carolina.
“If you are a fan of Mermaids and Mythical creatures, UPDRIFT and BREAKWATER need to be a must read for you. I promise you will enjoy them, and grow attached to the characters, just like I have.”
– Tracy Thomas, blogger/owner of The Pages In Between

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About Errin Stevens

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Errin Stevens writes paranormal suspense/romance from her home in Minnesota, where she lives with her husband and son. When not wrestling with unruly narrative – or reading everything from mythology to contemporary romance to literary novels – you’ll find her swooning over seed catalogs (winter), or digging in the garden (the other three days of the year). Visit her blog site at http://errinstevens.com for release updates and random essays on writing and mothering.
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