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A short list of newly released, indie published, clean read books.
Unless otherwise noted, I have not read them, and they may or may not be romance.
AERISIAN REFRAIN, by Sarah Ashwood
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Following the prophesied Artan’s victory over the Dark Powers, the land of Aerisia is finally at rest, until ancient beings, long imprisoned, begin to stir…
Eight years after Annie Richards’ stellar voice and musical talents skyrocketed her from rural Oklahoma to international fame, haunting visions have begun threatening her sanity. While she’s returning to her childhood home to convalesce, creatures straight from her nightmares bring down her plane. Annie wakens in a parallel world, Aerisia. Here, she discovers her musical gifts translate into magical powers—the legacy of a banished race who have been invading her dreams.
Mistrusted by Aerisia’s most powerful factions because of her heritage, Annie finds allies are hard to come by. Supporting her are one immortal warrior who refuses to label her as evil, and one woman willing to stand against anything and anyone to help a friend: the Artan herself. Seizing control of her destiny will mean defying both her ancestors and the Aerisian leaders. Mastering her magic may mean making the greatest sacrifice of all…or risk becoming the reason Aerisia itself is torn apart.
(Obviously, I’ve read this one. =) Full disclosure – I wrote it.)
SAFE CAGES, by Michelle Bolanger
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Best Friends. Dads. Husbands.
From the moment they met at the batting cages, Michael Casio and Sam Jones have been best friends.
When his feelings for Sam developed into something that conflicted with his strict Christian upbringing, Michael fled the state hoping the forbidden attraction would go away.
Sam was sure he’d lost his friend for good and did his best to move on. But when Michael came home willing to risk it all, they discovered a love neither of them would have imagined possible.
Their life seems perfect until a series of events leads them to Cornerstone Community Church, where they have an encounter with God and His love changes everything.
**Safe Cages is about two gay men who come to faith in Christ. The story follows their journey to that faith and how their decision ultimately affects them, their relationship, their family, and the church they join.**
JOE- by Jessica Marie Holt
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A poignant story of heartache, friendship, and second chances, this novella brings the Homecoming short story series to its compelling and emotional end.
Outwardly, Joe Piper has a charmed existence. He lives in a small, picturesque coastal town, and spends his days tending his garden, hanging out on his boat, and running his restaurant.
Inwardly, he is falling apart. A long-ago tragedy still casts a shadow over his life, and recent turn of events has brought him from despondency to the brink of despair.
That is, until two wayward strangers show up unexpectedly, bringing chaos, hope, and meaning into his static, lonely existence. Will he finally put the pieces of his life back together? Or will things fall apart on him yet again?
THE LIBRARY OF ENGRIOLE, by Isaac Lind
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General Sarim and his forces has taken control over Engriole. But he needs the Book of Rulers and Queen Amrya to break the old magic that prevents him from taking the throne for himself.
Queen Amrya and Oakentere escaped from prison, and Intilia and Kerim removed the old books from the library. Still, they are caught within the walls of the city. Their only way out is a daring escape that General Sarim will try to stop at any means.
THE SINS OF JABAL COOPER, by Mary Lingerfelt
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This Depression-era story is told through the eyes of Will Henry, an eight-year-old boy living with his sharecropper family in a small town in rural Georgia. Will gets caught committing a petty crime, and his “sentence” is to work off his debt to society at the home of the notorious Judge Jubal Cooper.
Will is wary of the judge, whose dishonesty is the stuff of local legend; and Will soon learns that not only are all the stories true — they don’t begin to do the wily Jubal justice.
Will soon finds himself an unwilling accomplice in the judge’s skulduggery, as well as the target of a vengeful hobo. Will has to walk a tightrope to keep himself in one piece, while also keeping the law, his family, and his conscience happy.
But Will is soon forced to decide which is more important: his own sense of what’s right, or his ever-deepening involvement in Jubal’s crimes.
Join Will as he embarks on a funny, suspenseful, poignant and at times dangerous coming of age adventure in Depression-era Georgia.
NOTE TO PARENTS: The Sins of Jubal Cooper is free of profanity and sexual content, though there are some mild descriptions of violence and occasional mention of mature topics.
WHEN LOVE IS LOST, by Kameo Monson
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Cleaning, cooking, volunteering, attending church . . . Deb lives a monotonous life. Stuck in a loveless marriage, she doesn’t know where to turn or what to do. One day, out of the blue, a mysterious man enters her life, and her once boring existence is born anew. As he fills her heart with love, joy, and hope, she must decide whether her marriage is worth saving.
Betty’s life is nothing but fun, glamour, and shopping, especially where Deb is concerned. But can she continue hiding her torturous past from her best friend? When her past comes back to haunt her, Betty struggles to survive in a world where no-one knows the truth of her reality.
A young, pregnant mother of two, Mariah, makes new friendships with Deb as she continues her blissful journey through motherhood. But while her husband is recovering from an accident, new terrors threaten to destroy the happiness she’s worked so hard to build.
Can all three women come together to fight the battles of life? Find out in WHEN LOVE IS LOST. A novel that shines a new light on love and friendship, and keeps readers yearning for more as they cheer for three incredible women journeying through the ups and downs of life.
A clean read.
This book contains some ‘PG-13’ domestic abuse with other related themes. It has no graphic sex scenes (implied between married couples), nudity, or swearing. Though appropriate for most teenagers, When Love Is Lost has been written with adults in mind.
LOVE’S EMBRACE, by Heidi Peltier
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Trouble comes to Love’s Embrace, Texas in 1883, in the form of barbed wire…and a feisty girl named Hattie.
Hattie Sommerville’s father sent her off to Boston nine years ago to learn how to be a lady. Now, she wants to go back home where she belongs, and maybe, after all this time, her old childhood playmate, Simon, might finally see her as more than a friend. She only hopes nobody discovers the secret that sent her running home.
Simon Caldwell lost both parents at a young age and has poured every ounce of his heart and energy into making his Texas ranch a success. Now, an unexpected nemesis in the shape of barbed wire threatens his home and his livelihood. He can’t afford to be distracted if he wants any hope of hanging on to everything he’s worked so hard for, but his old friend Hattie is back in town, turning his head and addling his mind. If he thinks the barbed wire is bad, he has no idea just how much trouble she brought along with her from Boston.
WHAT IF – by Anne Perreault
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A rash decision. A trip with consequences.
Emily Martins has a comfortable life back in the States. The one thing she doesn’t have is someone to share it with. A trip to help Pakistani orphans seems just what she needs. Thrust into a different world, nothing goes as planned. Emily finds herself surrounded by unusual sights, and people with different customs. She begins to realize that her trip may have been a mistake, when together with her unexpected traveling companion – an American computer engineer – they find themselves in a life and death situation. She must allow herself to trust someone she has only just met, someone who is more than meets the eye.
Will she give up her dreams and embrace God’s plan for her life?
What if… two unlikely companions had their walls broken to bring them together – despite their many differences?
BLEEDING HEARTS, by Dana Louise Provo
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Orphaned at an early age, now twenty-four-year-old Camryn Lucks is ready to commit to find that special someone, and so accepts a date from a charming, gallant, handsome stranger. The last thing she imagines after accepting that first date with Carson would actually be the beginning of her worst nightmare.
Red roses, a reminder of her parents’ killer, soon become an emblem of horror for Cami as one by one, those closest to her fall victim to a serial killer. Cami becomes an obsession for Carson, the man she had finally allowed herself to love. Not only is he vying for her heart, but also her life.
Finding herself in a whirlwind of torments shadowed by the blood-colored bloom, Cami finds solace in Isaac, a neighboring police officer. She’s desperate to escape the haunting memories, but she must revisit them in order to catch her would-be killer. Living life in constant fear has driven Cami to second-guess every choice she makes. Will the police catch the illusive murderer, or will Cami be forced to face him once again?
WILLOW WOOD, by Sheri Richey
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Nolan Ramsey thinks he wants to be alone. He leaves his life in the city, leaves his job as a news reporter, and buys a house in the middle of nowhere. He plans a life of complete isolation with just his dog, Scuba, for company.
Calinda Willow returns home to help her aging father at the end of his life. She copes with the loss by throwing herself into her work, rejects social invitations from her friend, Jackie, and thinks she is content with her solitary life.
They are both wrong.
VESTA EXILED, by Sterling R. Walker
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Sixteen years since the last supply ship.
Fifteen years since the last communication from Earth.
The deadly Plague that condemned Vesta colony to exile claimed the lives of half the adults. It also changed the DNA of the exposed children, gifting each with a unique mental ability called a Talent. Now grown to adulthood, those with Talents are feared by the rest of the colony.
Corban Abrams and his brother Thane are orphans of the Plague, Strays raised by their abusive Uncle Leighton who has risen to power. With the aid of their Talents, the brothers discover Leighton’s cruel plan to take control of the Strays.
When Corban sees a mysterious young woman in one of his premonitions, ready to strike him down with a sword, he is forced to make an impossible decision: find a way to change events to save his own life or join forces with his future killer to save the Strays.
THE KITHSEEKER, by M. K. Wiseman
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France, 1680 A.D.
Liara’s defense of the Wizard Nagarath has rendered Anisthe incantate—bereft of all
magick—but even this has failed to guarantee Liara’s safety. The death of the war mage would seal Liara’s own fate, and so the wizard and his bookminder must keep him in their sites and yet as far away from themselves as possible.
With nothing but a storybook and a hunch, Anisthe has set off on a journey across Europe, aided by his half-fey manservant, in search of a legendary mirror that contains the most powerful magick ever known. Although the stuff of fairytales, the merest possibility of its truth embarks Nagarath and Liara on a race to discover the mirror before it falls into the hands of Nagarath’s lifelong foe. Both know should he lay claim to that power, Liara would be at the mercy of her father-in-magick and his lust for power, and not even Nagarath could save her.
Thus, the pair find themselves at the court of the Sun King, a world hostile to magick users, hopelessly surrounded by agents whose sole purpose is destroy them. Uncertain whom is friend or foe, with Anisthe nipping at their heels, they must unearth the mirror before its evil is released, or worse, lays claim to Liara’s magick as well and brings doom upon them all.