November Sweet Romance Series Giveaway!

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To show appreciation to their loyal readers, some of your favorite authors from
Sweet Romance Bargains have come together to offer
their series at special prices for a limited time.

Check out the impressive list of authors participating in this giveaway*!

MICHELLE BOLANGER
SEVEN STEPS and AUDREY RICH
GINNY STERLING
CECILY WOLF
LORANA HOOPS
and
STACY JUBA

The first book in each series is FREE or .99, but grab them while you can.
Some of these deals are only for a limited time!

Download one or all. Maybe you’ll find your next favorite author!

BONUS: You can enter to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Entries accepted from 11/12 – 11/16!

Click the image see the books and enter to win the
November Sweet Series Giveaway!

 

*Neither Michelle Bolanger or My Kind Of Romance Books Blog is responsible for this giveaway.

 

SEPTEMBER 2018 New Releases

 

September New Releases
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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.

Anderson, Lacy DROP DEAD SINGLE

DROP DEAD SINGLE, by Lacy Andersen

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Yet another reality dating show – but for the undead.

After reluctantly agreeing to publicize his love life, Prince Viktor Romanov is determined to make it through with his dignity and immortal heart intact. Hard to do with three blood-thirsty vampiresses after you. But when he runs smack dab into the stubborn and beautiful Cate, his resolution falters.

Freshly dumped and slightly tipsy Cate Mahoney arrives in the mysterious country of Monstrana and is mistaken for a contestant on a twisted version of The Bachelor. When she discovers the brooding Prince Viktor is of the undead variety, she must kill her growing feelings for him and keep her humanity a secret, or be forced to become one with the creatures of the night.

They say love is dead. With a little resurrection, it might just become undead.

Drop Dead Single is a paranormal sweet romance with plenty of spice, humor, and undying heart. Get lost in the hidden supernatural kingdom of Monstrana and fall in love with its creatures of the night. 

 

Cwalina, Paul THE WELL OF DEPRAVITY

THE WELL OF DEPRAVITY, by Paul Cwalina

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Evan has a simple desire: to wipe out human suffering. He has a plan to do it, too…one victim at a time.

Emily, too, has a simple desire: Evan. For the entire time they’ve worked together she has made no effort to hide her feelings for him.

As tempting as the thought of being with the beautiful young Emily is, Evan knows that he could never let her or anyone else get too close. There are too many secrets that must remain so.

But a man with a mission is still just a man, and when he discovers in a woman what has been missing his entire life, sticking to the plan becomes increasingly difficult. When the final brick in that wall of resistance falls, the joy can be immeasurable, but so, too, is the risk. Breaking his self-imposed rule for self-preservation comes with consequences.

Love isn’t always the answer.

 

Keels, Nadine EUBETIC DESCENT

EUBELTIC DESCENT, by Nadine C. Keels

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First in the Eubeltic Realm series.

Your soul will remember…

As a woman who wasn’t born to wealth or privilege, Abigaia has mastered the art of thievery. And she’s come to hate it. Not only is she plagued by guilt, but her shadowed upbringing and silent ways cause most of her town to question her sanity.

Yet, Abigaia’s eccentric father always taught her to be proud of her heritage. Her ancestry lies across the sea, in a prominent realm she’s read about but has never seen.

The man who desires Abigaia’s hand in marriage doesn’t share her hope of seeing the Eubeltic Realm. But disaster erupts in their path, and Abigaia’s dream may have a greater purpose—if that famed domain of her ancestors is now in crucial need of her.

This book is inspirational historical fantasy: fictional history that takes place in a completely fictional world. While this novel can stand alone, its background comes further to light in The Movement of Crowns Series, which is great to read before or after this book.

 

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A midwife has a chance to right a seventy-year-old wrong. Tessa delivers babies at night and raises five sons by day. When an angel appears after a birth and asks for help on a quest, her first response is, “Angels don’t even exist,” followed by a swift, “No.”

Even after he proves he exists (and lets her call him Martin) she wants nothing to do with his quest: Martin wants to find a relic stolen at the end of World War II, when the town of Barlassina was torched and its church destroyed. The relic went into the pocket of a long-dead soldier and hasn’t been seen since.

Without the relic, the church won’t be rebuilt; without the church, Barlassina will die. It’s been gone for eight decades, but Martin senses the relic is about to be “birthed back into time.” He wants Tessa there when it happens. There’s only one chance to make it right, and he’s desperate.

Tessa’s family comes from that town, but really? Still no.

When a bill threatens to end midwifery in Massachusetts, Tessa offers Martin a deal: she’ll hunt for the relic if he’ll help kill that legislation. An unlikely team, they start sifting through the past and the present, the lives of soldiers and the deaths of innocents, guilty consciences and a few consciences that aren’t nearly guilty enough.

The further they delve into the mystery, though, the more obvious it becomes that there’s more to Martin’s story. And the key to uncovering the relic may lie in whatever it is he’s trying to keep hidden.

Jane Lebak writes novels about angels, smart women, and smart women dealing with angels. Relic of His Heart has all three in spades, in a rousing triumph of love, persistence, and the many ways the present encounters the past.

Purchase Link: http://books2read.com/RelicOfHisHeart

 

Lima, Annie HIDE IT IN YOUR HEART

HIDE IT IN YOUR HEART, by Annie Douglas Lima

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This 2019 calendar features a Bible verse for each week in creative fonts that can be colored in. A wide variety of holidays are listed, both traditional and unusual. (Do you know when Appreciate a Dragon Day is? How about Lost Sock Memorial Day?) You’ll have plenty of room to record your activities and appointments in the section for each day and week. After every month, you’ll find word puzzles featuring key words from that month’s scriptures and holidays. Prepare for a year full of coloring and fun that will help you hide God’s Word in your heart in 2019 without even trying!

 

Livingston, Bree THE STAR'S FAKE MARRIAGE

THE STAR’S FAKE MARRIAGE, by Bree Livingston

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A reporter desperate to prove herself, a country music singer with a chip on his shoulder, and a second chance at love.

Callie Chapman is tired of hiding behind a pen name and lying to her family. Out of the blue, her editor gives her the ultimate opportunity—marry country superstar Tucker Hawk and get the inside scoop for her magazine.  There’s only one problem. They dated before he made it big, and she’s never gotten over him.

Tucker Hawk’s been America’s favorite country music star until the past year when a nasty breakup sent him spiraling. The CEO of his label has the perfect plan to get him back in the good graces of the public—a fake wife for the self-professed eternal bachelor. When he finds out the woman they’ve chosen is a love that got away, good memories resurface. But he’s been used too many times since then and trust isn’t something he gives away for free anymore.

When fate brings them together again, they wonder if they should take a chance on love or just play their parts.

 

Malone, D E LOVE LIKE WATER

LOVE LIKE WATER, by D. E. Malone

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Two Hearts, One Tour Bus. Is There Room Enough for Love?

After losing her job, Darcy Conti takes a tour guide position at Sturgeon Widows Tours, a quirky family-run business in the small town of Hendricks on the shores of Lake Superior. As she settles into her new role narrating local history excursions, she fights an undeniable attraction to the man she was hired to replace—the owner’s son.

Fresh from a relationship gone sour, Sean Stetman plans to avoid dating for the foreseeable future. Taking a leave of absence from his parents’ tour company, he wants nothing more than time to fish, hike, and work on his cabin. But when the tour driver quits, he is suddenly back on board, reluctantly shuttling Darcy and the tour guests along the North Shore.

Together Darcy and Sean survive unruly tourists, meddling mothers, and even an unscrupulous developer looking to give the Stetmans’ tour company some fierce competition. Can they also survive falling in love?

 

Salisbury, Lauren CONVICTION

Conviction, The Legacy Chronicles Book 2, by Lauren H. Salisbury

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Can two people with opposing principles overcome their differences to be together?

Than has spent his life ostensibly having fun while secretly fighting for his people’s freedom. A member of the underground resistance, he is only ever serious around his comrades and his family. When an injury forces him to step down from active duty and his reluctant nurse sparks his interest, Than finds himself in uncharted territory. The fascinating woman will have nothing to do with him.

Menali’s past has taught her to keep her head down and trust that God has a reason for allowing the human race to suffer on U’du. When Than explodes into her life, he refuses to take no for an answer and challenges all of her preconceptions. He soon has her re-evaluating her priorities and wondering what life with someone like him would be like.

NOTE: This book can be read as a standalone novel, but it contains major spoilers for Courage, book 1 in the series. For maximum enjoyment, The Legacy Chronicles are best read in order.

 

Smith, Morgan THE MOURNING ROSE

THE MOURNING ROSE, by Morgan Smith

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Manners meet magic in this tale, where curses mix with curtseys, and Charm takes on a whole new dimension  Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen fans will love this romantic fantasy, set in a Regency that never was.

Eglantine Mayland is this Season’s Reigning Toast, and seems destined to make a good marriage. When the wealthy Lord Valremer, a confirmed bachelor, begins to court her seriously, Eglantine’s cousin Polyantha senses that not all is well. Too many of his actions seem to be part of a web of evil that twines itself around the Mayland family.

And why is a well-known rogue and smuggler so interested in their plight?

 

Whitaker, Nix MODEL SERENITY

MODEL SERENTIY, by Nix Whittaker

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K-I-S-S-I-N-G First comes baby … wait that isn’t right. But that is how Aaru has planned it, have a baby even if she can’t find the right guy. On a planet where everyone is in a rigid caste system determined by their genetics, Aaru is part of an outcast model of human called Serenities. They had a tendency to go mad so Aaru wants children before that dreaded day appears. She never expected to meet the donor. Unfortunately, her plans change when the Scribe government comes for her and her baby. She would have been taken if the baby daddy hadn’t arrived on her doorstep.

Kaidan is a Warrior and protecting people is part of his DNA. The stakes are just higher because Aaru is carrying his child. But to face the power of the Scribe government means he has to give up everything to follow his heart.

 

Congratulations to the winner of the SWEET SEPTEMBER Giveaway Box:
@annabelsherl!

Cassandra, please contact me within 30 days to claim your prize.

 

Clockwork Prince, by Cassandra Clare

 

Clockwork Prince

Title: Clockwork Prince

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Release Date: December 6, 2011

Genre: Science Fiction/Steampunk

Format: ebook, hardcover, audio

Rating: 5 Lattes

Heat Level: Light Roast

Blurb

True love is shrouded in secrets and lies in the enchanting second book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when it becomes clear that the mysterious Magister will stop at nothing to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, tortured Will and the devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal and fueled by revenge. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa is drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa answers about who she really is? As their search leads to deadly peril, Tessa learns that secrets and lies can corrupt even the purest heart.

First impression.

First of all, the original cover for Clockwork Prince features the character who moves my heart and emotions every time his name is mentioned – James Carstairs aka Jem – so, the cover alone is enough to make me want to read. But, the book opens with Will seeking the help of Old Molly, a long dead woman who haunts an unconsecrated burial yard. He’s just begun his quest to break the curse he believes will kill anyone who is foolish enough to fall in love with him.

It is that journey that drives this book forward, and it is the moments in between that steal your breath.

What kept me reading (or didn’t).

Jem and Tessa have slowly but surely fallen in love while the rest of their world seems to be falling apart. There are too many events and revelations about Mortmain and his motivations to list, and we learn a little more about what Tessa actually is.

But while this series tells a story of a world the appears to be hurtling toward an end to Shadowhunters, and the background of mechanical automatons, demons, and the betrayal of family after family is written with enough detail you can hear the rattle and click of the gears, smell the rotting breath, and taste the bitter air surrounding 1870’s London, the real attraction of these books remains the intricate relationships and fragile emotions that brew between the characters.

Will, Jem, Tessa, Charlotte, Henry, Sophie, Gabriel, and Gideon are all familiar friends by now, and their reactions FEEL real and powerful. When they are joyful, angry, hurting, or broken hearted (The most frequent of emotions.) you are dragged into the moment with them.

Sometimes it’s a struggle for me to remember that these are NOT real people I’m reading about. The fantasy world should make it easier, but the things the characters wrestle with – honor, betrayal, love, hatred – are all very natural, real world reactions to what is happening around them. Reading these books is like reading old letters written by close friends.

After taste.

This book, the second of the series, is extremely bittersweet. Jem and Tessa’s moments of happiness are shattered and tinted with Will’s struggle, and Will’s struggle is made easier knowing his Pārbati is happy.

Overall impression.

I adore this series. There’s not much else I can say about it.

Quotes or Highlights

“Ah,” said a voice from the doorway, “having your annual ‘everyone thinks Will is a lunatic’ meeting, are you?
“It’s biannual,” said Jem. “And no, this is not that meeting.”

_________________

“They’re not hideous,” said Tessa.
Will blinked at her. “What?”
“Gideon and Gabriel,” said Tessa. “They’re really quite good-looking, not hideous at all.”
“I spoke,” said Will, in sepulchral tones, “of the pitch-black inner depths of their souls.”
Tessa snorted. “And what color do you suppose the inner depths of your soul are, Will Herondale?”
“Mauve,” said Will.”

________________

“Demon pox, oh demon pox
Just how is it acquired?
One must go down to the bad part of town
Until one is very tired.
Demon pox, oh demon pox, I had it all along—
Not the pox, you foolish blocks,
I mean this very song—
For I was right, and you were wrong!”
“Will!” Charlotte shouted over the noise, “Have you LOST YOUR MIND? CEASE THAT INFERNAL RACKET! Jem—”
Jem, rising to his feet, clapped his hands over Will’s mouth. “Do you promise to be quiet?” he hissed into his friend’s ear.
Will nodded, blue eyes blazing. Tessa was staring at him in amazement; they all were. She had seen Will many things—amused, bitter, condescending, angry, pitying—but never giddy before.
Jem let him go. “All right, then.”
Will slid to the floor, his back against the armchair, and threw up his arms. “A demon pox on all your houses!” he announced, and yawned.
“Oh, God, weeks of pox jokes,” said Jem. “We’re in for it now.”

About the Author

Clare, Cassandra

Cassandra Clare is the author of the #1 New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestselling Mortal Instruments series and the Infernal Devices trilogy, and coauthor of the Bane Chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson. She also wrote The Shadowhunter’s Codex with her husband, Joshua Lewis. Her books have more than 36 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her at CassandraClare.com. Learn more about the world of the Shadowhunters at Shadowhunters.com.

Purchase links

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Clockwork Angel, by Cassandra Clare

CLARE, CASSANDRA Clockwork Angel

 

Title: Clockwork Angel

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales, Inc

Release Date: August 31, 2010

Genre: YA Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Steampunk

Format: Hardback, ebook, audio

Rating: 5 Lattes

Heat Level: Light Roast

Blurb

Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still. Discover the riveting first book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them….

First impression.

Before I even get into the review – I truly can’t believe I have never written a review of this book EVER. I’ve read it at least 7 times, and each time it is like falling for your first love all over again…

The book opens with Will and Jem out on patrol in the middle of the night in 1878 London. The two boys immediately captured my heart, and they have never left. While I certainly love Tessa, and though the story wouldn’t exist without her, it is always the relationship and bond between the boys that draws me back into the story.

What kept me reading (or didn’t).

Jem’s wisdom and almost shy kindness, and his patient, mostly amused way of dealing with Will. Will’s boldness and icy defection of anyone besides Jem who might dare to get close to him. Tessa’s sweet but courageous personality and fresh innocence as she is introduced to the world of Shadowhunters and Downworlders.

Though I have already admitted I have read this series multiple times, I am always amazed by the way Ms. Clare defines so many complex relationships between the characters. You can truly FEEL how much they care for each other, and when the story breaks their hearts, it will break yours also.

The other character I adore, is Magnus Bane. He is the voice of wisdom and calm throughout the Shadowhunter world. He is flippant, at times irreverent, and often pluckish, but his tender heart and willingness to help a hurting 17 year old boy makes him fun and refreshing as a counterpoint to the tension threading through the rest of the book.

After taste.

I felt everything these characters felt, including the evil ones. That is a testament to great writing, when as a reader, I can identify with – and to a point, sympathize even with the antagonist.

Overall impression.

While the Mortal Instruments Series came first, this series (The Infernal Devices) was my introduction to Shadowhunters, and I couldn’t help but fall in love with the world Ms. Clare has created.

Quotes or Highlights

“Must you go? I was rather hoping you’d stay and be a ministering angel, but if you must go, you must.”
“I’ll stay,” Will said a bit crossly, and threw himself down in the armchair Tessa had just vacated. “I can minister angelically.”
“None too convincingly. And you’re not as pretty to look at as Tessa is,” Jem said, closing his eyes as he leaned back against the pillow.
“How rude. Many who have gazed upon me have compared the experience to gazing at the radiance of the sun.”
Jem still had his eyes closed. “If they mean it gives you a headache, they aren’t wrong.”
*****

“Whatever you are physically…male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy–all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. All those other things, they are the glass that contains the lamp, but you are the light inside.”

*****

“I see you’re determined to miss my point.”
“If you’re point is that there was a pretty girl in the room and it was distracting you, then I think I’ve taken your point handily.”
“You think she’s pretty?” Will was surprised; Jem rarely opinioned this sort of thing.
“Yes, and you do too.”
“I hadn’t noticed, really.”
“Yes, you have, and I’ve noticed you noticing.”

About the Author

Clare, Cassandra

Cassandra Clare is the author of the #1 New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestselling Mortal Instruments series and the Infernal Devices trilogy, and coauthor of the Bane Chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson. She also wrote The Shadowhunter’s Codex with her husband, Joshua Lewis. Her books have more than 36 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her at CassandraClare.com. Learn more about the world of the Shadowhunters at Shadowhunters.com.

Purchase link:

Amazon

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Puck Drop, by Brittney Mulliner

Puck Drop

Title: Puck Drop

Author: Brittney Mulliner

Publisher: Brittney Mulliner

Release Date: July 31, 2018

Genre: Clean and Wholesome Romance

Format: Kindle and Paperback

Rating: 3 Lattes

Heat Level: Light Roast

 

Blurb

She doesn’t date hockey players, and he needs to earn the respect of his new team, but they’re willing to break all the rules for just one kiss. As long as they keep their relationship a secret everyone wins.

Since their parent’s death, Chloe Schultz has put every ounce of her energy into her twin brother, Erik’s, NHL career. She won’t let distractions—like dating—get in the way of keeping the Utah Fury as the championship team. Until she meets Reese.

Reese Murray was shocked when he was traded the week before the season started. He’s bitter, but he won’t let that stop him from proving he’s the best. The Fury welcomes Reese, with one warning, stay away from the marketing manager, Chloe Schultz, if he wants to stay on Erik’s good side. Too bad she’s the first woman that’s caught his eye in years.

Can Chloe and Reese keep their focus while trying to hide their growing attraction, or will their secret come out and tear the team apart?

First impression.

As an avid hockey fan, I was excited to get started on this series. The opening caught my interest, and while both the characters seemed a bit too easy going, I enjoyed Chloe’s interaction with the wives and girlfriends, and Reese’s interaction with his team mates.

What kept me reading (or didn’t).

I especially enjoyed seeing Reese getting to know his team mates and the action on the ice. As an avid hockey fan, I wanted a bit more intensity and roughness, but the scenes were well written and believable.

Both Chloe and Reese gave in and were willing to compromise when necessary, and I appreciated it when Chloe finally stood up to her brother. It was completely believeable that an outsider like Reese would force her to see things from a different perspective.

I will say, I HATED the way they hid their relationship – mostly because neither of them showed any back bone until it was already obvious. I really wanted Reese to fight harder from the beginning since he pointed out how much Chloe bowed to her brother already – and I was especially annoyed after she met his parents and he still agreed to keep it under wraps.

It sounds like I was annoyed more than I wasn’t, but the interaction between the two of them was great, and I enjoyed seeing them get to know each other.

After taste.

If the book was a latte, this one had a bit too much sweetener in it for me, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good book. I’ll probably read the rest of the series because….hockey.

Overall impression.

If you are looking for an easy, clean read with a hockey flavor, this is your book. It is well written with a few minor typos.

About the Author

Brittney has been an avid reader since she can remember. Her parents’ form of punishment for her growing up was taking away her books and making her go outside to play. She was born and raised in Southern California, with a brief hiatus in Arizona. She loves the beach, exercising, sleeping in, and gluten free cookies. She is an obsessive dog lover, although her affection currently has no outlet. Something that she is planning on remedying soon. She and her husband currently reside in the Rocky Mountains exploring and hiking as much as possible.

Find her at http://brittneymulliner.com/

Purchase links

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AUGUST 2018 New Releases

August New Release (1)

**This blog uses affiliate links from which I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you or the author. I use these commissions to fund my monthly giveaways and to promote this site.**

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.

Ashwood, Sarah AERISIAN REFRAIN

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.

SafeCages-ebook

(Obviously, I’ve read this one. =) Full disclosure – I wrote it.)

SAFE CAGES, by Michelle Bolanger

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Best Friends. Dads. Husbands.

Christian.

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.**

Holt, Jessica Marie JOE

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?

Lind, Isaac THE LIBRARY OF ENGRIOLE

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.

Lingerfelt, Mary THE SINS OF JABAL COOPER

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.

Monson, Kameo WHEN LOVE IS LOST

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.

Peltier, Heidi LOVES EMBRACE

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.

Perreault, Anne WHAT IF

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?

Provo, Dana Louise BLEEDING HEARTS

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?

Richey, Sheri WILLOW WOOD

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.

Walker, Sterling R VESTA EXILED

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.

Wiseman, MK THE KITHSEEKER

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.

Whatcha Reading Wednesday

Sowing

I am up to my eyeballs in edits and re-writes for my next book release, and that means the time I have to read an ebook is drastically reduced.

Hopefully, I will have some time this holiday weekend to get a few chapters in.

You can follow my progress through Sowing on Goodreads.

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The Battlemage, by Taran Matharu

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Title: The Battlemage

Author: Taran Matharu

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Release Date: May 2, 2017

Genre: Teen and Young Adult, Science Fiction and Fantasy

Format: ebook, Paperback, Hardback, audio

Rating: 4 Lattes

Heat Level: Light Roast

Blurb

Fletcher and his friends fight for survival in the ether, where they pursue a mortally dangerous quest to rebuild their world and broker peace.

Even as hatred threatens to turn friend into foe in The Battlemage, Fletcher must lead a small army of soldiers into battle to protect his ancestral homeland, and face his biggest challenge yet: his nemesis, the albino orc, Khan, who seeks to destroy everything Fletcher holds dear.

Review:

First impression.

(I LOVE THIS COVER! It is my favorite of the four. I can’t wait to add it to my collection.)

I jumped right into this one when I finished The Inquisition because I couldn’t stand the suspense! I had many questions and I am not sure all of them have been answered.

What kept me reading (or didn’t).

I am not usually a fan of multiple battle scenes and tend to scan them, but the author did a great job maintaining an emotional connection to the characters throughout the action. The first part of the story was both heartwarming and heartbreaking all at once.

The way Fletcher and the people of Pelt worked together with the dwarves to begin rebuilding his family home solidified a lot of the characters and gave them time to unify before the battle. Funny thing though – because I was listening to the book via audio, I thought the old knight’s name was Sicaulda, not Sir Caulder through the entire series.

I was at about 90% when I started to realize there were not enough chapters. The thick of battle was still going on, and I had a feeling things were not going to be wrapped up in a neat bow. I was right. The battle ran all the way to nearly the last page and a brief epilogue left me wanting TONS more answers.

What happened to Ignatius and Athena? What does Fletcher’s mother remember? Why didn’t Fletcher offer to help Sylva? Why didn’t he tell her how he felt about her? What is Burdon going to do? Are they going to make a market for the ebony?

After taste.

I loved the story, and the author created a world I fell in love with, but the end of the series left a lot of open ended story lines, and left me feeling like the story is incomplete. That is why this book got 4 stars instead of 5. I was completely invested in the character lives, and have no idea how they really are at the end. The orcs are defeated, but….I don’t know. Maybe I’m being selfish, but I almost feel cheated. Not a good way to end the series.

Overall impression.

This is an excellent young adult epic fantasy series. I would recommend it to any parent who wants to introduce their kids to a fantasy world.

About the Author

Matharu, Taran

Taran Matharu is a New York Times bestselling author. He was born in London in 1990 and found a passion for reading at a very early age. His love for stories developed into a desire to create his own during early adolescence, beginning his first book at 9 years old.

Straight after graduating with a First Class degree in Business Administration, Taran was keen to explore a new avenue and get inside the publishing world, landing an internship in Digital Sales at Penguin Random House, from June to September 2013.

Thereafter, while taking time off to travel, Taran began to write ‘Summoner’ in November 2013 at the age of 22, taking part in ‘Nanowrimo 2013’.

Thanks to Wattpad.com and updating daily, its popularity dramatically increased, reaching over 3 million reads in less than six months.

After being featured by NBC News, Taran decided to launch his professional writing career and has never looked back.

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Sowing, by Angie Grigaliunas

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I met Angie through a Facebook group about a year ago, and have followed her posts as she has written this series. We recently met at a local Christian writer’s group, and she is as engaging and creative in person as she is online.

I was able to purchase a signed copy of Sowing, but since I don’t actually READ my signed paperbacks (no touchy touchy!), I picked up the Kindle version also. I’ve been looking forward to reading this series.

As always, you can follow my progress on Goodreads!

The Inquisition, By Taran Matharu

 

 

InquisitionTitle: The Inquisition

Author: Taran Matharu

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Release Date: May 10, 2016

Genre: YA, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Epic

Format: Ebook, Audio, Hardcover, Paperback

Rating: 5 Lattes

Heat Level: Light Roast

Blurb:

A year has passed since the Tournament. Fletcher and Ignatius have been locked away in Pelt’s dungeons, but now they must face trial at the hands of the Inquisition, a powerful institution controlled by those who would delight in Fletcher’s downfall.

The trial is haunted by ghosts from the past with shocking revelations about Fletcher’s origins, but he has little time to dwell on them; the graduating students of Vocans are to be sent deep into the orc jungles to complete a dangerous mission for the king and his council. If they fail, the orcish armies will rise to power beyond anything the Empire has ever seen.

With loyal friends Othello and Sylva by his side, Fletcher must battle his way to the heart of Orcdom and save Hominum from destruction . . . or die trying, in this sequel to The Novice by Taran Matharu.

Review:

First impression:

These COVERS! The artwork is amazing, and I can’t wait to add the hardbacks to my collection.

At the end of The Novice, I was eager to find out what happened after Fletcher was captured and jumped into book two right away. I was surprised that a whole year had passed, and when the trial started, I was intrigued by all the revelations about his past and what had happened while he was in prison. While I want very much to believe the young king, I was left wondering what other ways he would use Fletcher and his friends to achieve his own goals.

What kept me reading (or didn’t).

I knew the little blue gremlin would come into play later in the story, but I wasn’t prepared for the turn the orc backstory took with the appearance of Mother. I am interested to see how her revelations play out in the next books.

Fletcher’s growth as a team leader wasn’t as dramatic as I hoped. His character arc has remained fairly constant other than the revelation of who his parents really are. The intrigue around who the saboteur on the mission was kept me guessing, and I did not suspect the culprit until he was revealed. The way Fletcher kept the team moving despite the distrust among them was admirable, but I felt it was more a testament to who the other characters were than his leadership.

What I am finding I truly love about this series is the interaction the characters have with each other, and the world building is absolutely wonderful. I can envision the settings easily, and the personalities of the demons are interesting and unique. As I think about it, they might be my favorite part of the whole series.

I am quite interested to know what is going on between Fletcher and Silva. I ship it! And based on his growth spurt after the swim in the lave and the cover image for book three, I am guessing little Ignatius is about to surprise everyone.

After taste:

I am enjoying the world the author has created and I’m looking forward to finishing the series to find out what happens to our brave Summoners!

This is a fantastic series for younger YA Fantasy readers. Lots of action, a good moral undertone, and great characters.

About the Author

Matharu, Taran

Taran Matharu is a New York Times bestselling author. He was born in London in 1990 and found a passion for reading at a very early age. His love for stories developed into a desire to create his own during early adolescence, beginning his first book at 9 years old.

Straight after graduating with a First Class degree in Business Administration, Taran was keen to explore a new avenue and get inside the publishing world, landing an internship in Digital Sales at Penguin Random House, from June to September 2013.

Thereafter, while taking time off to travel, Taran began to write ‘Summoner’ in November 2013 at the age of 22, taking part in ‘Nanowrimo 2013’.

Thanks to Wattpad.com and updating daily, its popularity dramatically increased, reaching over 3 million reads in less than six months.

After being featured by NBC News, Taran decided to launch his professional writing career and has never looked back.

Purchase links:

Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks