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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The Land of Blue by Jill Sylvester

The Land of Blue by Jill Sylvester 

The Land of Blue

Mom's Choice Award Recipient

Twelve-year-old Cassie Connor’s father has mysteriously disappeared and her mother and grandparents won’t tell her where he went, or why. 

Then one hot August afternoon an endearing old lady named Agatha arrives on the dilapidated porch and tells Cassie that her father has gone to the Land of Blue and Cassie is the only one who can save him. It turns out that Agatha is the physical manifestation of the voice in Cassie’s head, the authoritative voice that instructs her to bite her nails and skip the odd-numbered stairs.

Under Agatha’s tutelage, Cassie—accompanied by her best friend Mariana who she brings along for support—Zippers between life at her Irish-Catholic, alcoholic grandparents’ house in Boston, to the foggy, carnival style Land of Blue. Once they arrive, they meet TJ, a boy in search of his missing brother. The three become fast friends, in this place of seemingly never-ending fun, sharing in a similar mission. Yet, Cassie’s plans to find her father and bring him home are consistently and suspiciously thwarted. That is until Cassie falls through the Ripple and discovers an alternate land that illuminates that things are not always what they seem and her father may stay trapped in the Land of Blue forever. 

Will Cassie find her father and bring him home or will she, like so many others she meets along the way, remain in the alluring Land of Blue?

Written by a licensed mental health counselor, The Land of Blue is a coming-of-age fantasy novel that takes readers young and old on a fascinating journey of the power of friendship, the love of family and ultimately, the choice to overcome darkness.

Monday, March 25, 2019

The Voss Coin: A Killer's Currency (Intense Psychological Thriller) by A.B. Alexander

The Voss Coin: A Killer's Currency 
(Intense Psychological Thriller) 
by A.B. Alexander 

The Voss Coin: A Killer's Currency (Intense Psychological Thriller)

A gripping psychological thriller that will make your nail clippers redundant.

The deadly dawn of innovation…

Kevin Voss is a tech code maverick working for Intelias, a Fortune 500 company based in New York. He is sent to Tokyo to contain a security breach in their systems. From the moment he boards the flight, he knows something isn't right. 

Through a string of forced sexual encounters he is blackmailed into creating a new digital currency. Now, not only is his life in danger, but also the entire financial system. If this financial atomic bomb goes off, he'll be regarded as the technological Hitler. A perfect scapegoat for their plans. 

Facing an enemy of the worst kind, he is thrust into a mind-altering journey of sex, greed, power and self-discovery. The chickens weren't coming home to roost, they were roosting everywhere.

Sinfully Good by Laurie Vincent

Sinfully Good by Laurie Vincent

Sinfully Good

When sexy and wise-cracking Vanessa Grimes loses her office job, she is forced to move in with her drama major sister, Deb, and work as a barista at a local coffee shop. 

The constant bickering at home drives her one night to a sports bar, where she hooks up with hot and hunky Frank Baumgarten on the rebound of an ugly divorce. 

Vanessa discovers the fiery passion she never knew possible in being with an older alpha male. While she is willing to accept their sizzling time spent together as a quick fling, Vanessa finds it difficult to forget the man who revived the dormant vixen within her. Although 

Frank is a highly successful consultant with an enviable lifestyle, he appears to be hiding secrets, some alluding to a trigger-temper brought on by his deviously designing ex-wife Barbara. To her delight, he reenters her life and makes it clear he wants to be with her. She enthusiastically jumps into a relationship of wild, uninhibited sex. Frank proves to be the fantasy boyfriend she had always dreamed about, but gradually learns there is another, startling side of him.

Coffee shop owner Josh Richter picks up on Vanessa’s sexy vibes and assumes she is putting the moves on him. Although she desperately needs the extra hours to pay her bills, Josh’s peaked interest in her creates gossip with the other baristas. She has always resisted dating men from work in the past, but her boss is relentless and steps up his game. 

Doing her best to ignore the feelings Josh stirs in her, she become increasingly aware that there is a subconscious attraction. Josh is not without his own mystery. 

A younger woman frequently meets with him in his office, the purpose of her visits leaving all the baristas – including Vanessa – to wonder.

No matter how crazy things get for Vanessa Grimes, life is . . . sinfully good!

Love and Mutiny: Tales from British India by Anne George

Love and Mutiny: Tales from British India 
by Anne George  

Love and Mutiny: Tales from British India

The year is 1857. The British, having colonized India, have ruled her for a hundred years. The East India Company manages the business of governance, but not necessarily with a view to protecting the best interests of the people of India. The British who were born and reared in India see themselves as distinct from the Indian and yet very much a part of the fabric of India, diverse as it was—even then. 

Edwina Hardingham, who has spent her entire existence in India, sees herself very much as a Hindustani (Indian). She bristles at the harsh invective directed against the people of India by some of the members in her circle. She cherishes her friendships with Indian women and, on a visit to one of them, is rescued from brigands by the dashing and entirely dazzling Mr. Grayson. Does love blossom between the two? To her very great surprise, Edwina does find her heart becoming rapidly entangled with the most enigmatic of men… 

In the midst of this idyllic bliss, something unthinkable happens. A mutiny breaks out, led by the sepoys, who rebel against their commanding officers and seize control of government ammunition and property. The Indian masses, exasperated with the callous governance of the East India Company, are beginning to seethe inwardly, and what is initially perceived as an isolated outburst from a few malcontents, soon erupts into a wide-scale rebellion that spreads across almost the entire region of north India. Tales of the slaughter of British women and children spread quickly, leaving panic in their wake. The Hardinghams are now faced with dread about the fate of their family members who may very well be in the path of the carnage, even as news is not forthcoming, as communication lines have been disrupted. 

Does the Hardingham family escape the bloodshed that has swathed the land? Does Edwina’s beloved remain constant? Read this gripping work of historical fiction to discover what happens!

In her maiden novel, Anne George weaves a tale of love and betrayal into the historical events of the Sepoy Mutiny. A cup of tea, some refreshment and a comfortable chair are a must, for the reader will find it hard to put down once it is picked up!

Harvested: A Dystopian Sci-fi Novel by Anthony O'Brien

Harvested: A Dystopian Sci-fi Novel 
by Anthony O'Brien 

Harvested: A Dystopian Sci-fi Novel

The year is 3716. Earth’s resources are depleted. Humanity has been forced into a 21st century computer simulation, controlled by Ikelos, AI at its most terrifying. 

A seedbank lost to time in the frozen wastelands of a Norwegian island is mankind’s last hope for survival.

Jon Stone, a New York physicist, has been extracted out of the simulation by another scientist, Tori. With no memory of Tori or his past life, Jon must trust her as they re-enter the simulation to locate, somewhere in this dangerous, illusionary world, the island’s co-ordinates.

Can they avoid the traps in the matrix, find what they seek, and return to the 38th century in time to save humanity before the final extinction?

Arcana of the Crimson Era: Red Moon by Sein Ares

Arcana of the Crimson Era: Red Moon 
by Sein Ares 

Arcana of the Crimson Era: Red Moon

“Those who sin die by the way they sinned!”

Looking back, I wonder.
The sinister events that forced Elizabeth to follow these words set in stone, would she have done it, had she known, the repercussions of her actions?
Long forgotten was the age of the ancients known as humanity. Upon the rubbles of that old civilization stood the new world forged from suffering and fortitude. However, even in that new realm, traces of the hatred that consumed the light still exist. It lurks within the shadows, waiting, scheming… Coming out every now and again to take back what it lost.
“Red Moon” is the first book in the “Arcana of the Crimson Era” series written by Sein Ares. Set eons after the apocalyptic second Ice Age, it witnesses the epic tales of many great souls, whose deeds would forever place them within the chronicles of time as unforgotten immortals.
In a world filled with infinite magic and endless secrets, their journey will take each of our heroes through unforgivable tribulations. Their sacrifices, hardships and the bonds that are forged ignite the rebellion against the hatred that seeks to destroy all of them. But…
Once again, I wonder, if Elizabeth had known of the unseen that invaded into her life, would history have been different? Would the Crimson Era have even begun?

Along Comes a Wolfe (Shepherd and Wolfe Mysteries Book 1) by Angie Counios and David Gane

Along Comes a Wolfe (Shepherd and Wolfe Mysteries Book 1) by Angie Counios and David Gane  

Along Comes a Wolfe (Shepherd and Wolfe Mysteries Book 1)

Shepherd & Wolfe. They’re not the Hardy Boys. High school student Sheri Beckman has disappeared. 

When a massive search turns up nothing, her boyfriend, Tony Shepherd, joins forces with a wise-ass troublemaker named Charlie Wolfe to find out what happened.

But Charlie’s investigations aren’t always legal, so when another missing girl is found dead, Tony must decide whether doing right might sometimes mean doing wrong. 

Together, Shepherd and Wolfe must find a ruthless killer and stop him before someone else dies.