The Seas of Distant Stars

 

 photo Sea of distant stars cover final_zpsos9mztkc.jpg

Literary Science-Fiction
Date Published:  August 7th, 2018
Publisher: Owl House Books
 
 photo add-to-goodreads-button_zpsc7b3c634.png
Agapanthus was kidnapped when she was only two years old, but she doesn’t remember it. In fact, she doesn’t remember her home planet at all. All she knows is Deeyae, the land of two suns; the land of great, red waters. Her foster-family cares for her, and at first that’s enough. But, as she grows older, Agapanthus is bothered by the differences between them. As an Exchanger, she’s frail and tall, not short and strong. And, even though she was raised Deeyan, she certainly isn’t treated like one. One day, an Exchanger boy completes the Deeyan rite-of-passage, and Agapanthus is inspired to try the same. But, when she teams up with him, her quest to become Deeyan transforms into her quest to find the truth―of who she is, and of which star she belongs to.

Review

This novel is unlike anything I have read. I think that it is a great testament to the imagination of a writer that I can say that. This novel really kept me on my toes as far as expecting the unexpected.
There is a lot going on and a lot to understand since you are diving into a new world. I think that Francesca G. Varela really managed to keep her readers up to speed by giving them just enough along the way without making them feel lost or bogged down with information. It really shined light on to the characters and world in general.
This was a sci-fi novel that really made me think on a deeper level than most Sci-Fi/Fantasy novels.
About the Author

 photo Author Pic_zpssqt6ha40.jpg

Francesca G. Varela was raised in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. In 2015 she graduated from the University of Oregon with degrees in Environmental Studies and Creative Writing, and she then went on to receive her master’s degree in Environmental Humanities from the University of Utah.
Francesca’s dream of becoming an author began in third grade, and her writing career had an early start; she wrote her award-winning first novel, Call of the Sun Child, when she was only 18 years old, and she wrote her second novel, Listen, when she was only 20.
When not writing or reading, Francesca enjoys playing piano, figure skating, hiking, identifying wild birds, plants, and constellations, and travelling to warm, sunny places whenever she can.
Contact Links
Purchase Links

 

Advertisements

Sugar Lane Series Vol 1

 photo SL_Vol1_New_zpsjudfsj2n.jpg

Women’s fiction/Suspense
Date Published: November 19, 2018
Publisher: Harlow Hayes Books
 
 photo add-to-goodreads-button_zpsc7b3c634.png
The night of Christmas Eve changes everything for Rhema Clark, a 36-year-old housewife living on quiet Sugar Lane. One day she is hosting a birthday party for her 9-year-old son, Julian, the next she is watching her neighborhood become the backdrop for the perfect murder.
To gain power, Rhema inserts herself into the lives of the residents of Sugar Lane. She knows they have secrets, but none of them run deeper than her own. On the outside she is a kind and caring neighbor, but on the inside, something sinister lurks beneath. The media storm surrounding this murder could destroy her secret life and expose her for what she is.
But will her lust for power override her desire to keep her secrets?

Review

Drama and Secrets in a Desperate Housewives esc setting, but with mystery and suspense along the way. I liked that this story was darker. It’s the first volume and you aren’t getting the entire story, it’s short, but there is a lot packed in. Over the course of the story, you will learn the backstory and get a solid foundation, by the end, you will be ready for Volume 2!
About the Author

 photo IMG_7234 2 - Copy_zps4czl2wz4.jpg

Harlow Hayes was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana and is the author of fiction and non-fiction books. She has always had a passion for writing and storytelling in its many forms. When she’s not immersed in her writing, she enjoys reading both fiction and non-fiction, watching classic movies, and listening to jazz with her dad. She is the author of 27 Revelations and You Got to Believe: A Guide to Managing Negative Influences and Expectations As You Prepare to Self-publish Your Book.
She currently lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Contact Links
Purchase Link

 

Retrieve

 

 photo Book One_Symbol Romance Internet Use - Copy 2_zpsdsriyagk.jpg

YA action adventure
Date Published: 26 December 2018
Publisher: Double Edged Sword Publishing
 photo add-to-goodreads-button_zpsc7b3c634.png
What if the job you took to stay alive might be what kills you?
Kade knows what it is to suffer. He knows what it’s like to lose everything and everyone around him.
His job in a Stormer Unit guarantees not just his survival in the decimated country of Azetaria, but his sister Meg’s. Even if it means facing the Numachi warriors baying for his blood, he’ll do what it takes to keep her safe.
Hadley is alone and surviving the only way she knows how. By hiding where predators won’t find her and scavenging enough just to keep her alive.
When desperation drives Hadley to search for her missing brother, she mistakenly accepts the offer of recruitment into the Stormer’s camp, only to be partnered with Kade and sent as a scout into Numachi territory.
The intimidating young Stormer may just know where her brother has gone. But can they stay alive long enough to find him?
 
Excerpt
Kade’s footsteps were heavy as he approached and stared down at her. “This isn’t going to work. You need to be wearing something lighter, or we’ll never make it to Lazen.”
Hadley tried for a weak shrug but could barely muster the energy. “What do you suggest?”
Kade raised an eyebrow, and a deep frown appeared on his face as he considered her.  He continued to stare at her as she sat, legs sprawled out on the ground. “The best I can come up with is cutting your clothing.”
His eyes narrowed as he searched the length of her. A bolt of alarm jostled her into thinking. “How much are you cutting off?”
Kade dipped his chin, his voice low as he spoke. “Enough, so you don’t keep fainting, enough, so you still pass for a boy.”
He reached for a knife and wore the slightest of smiles as he unsheathed it. “Let’s hope you have hairy legs then eh?”
Hadley’s lips split into a smile before she remembered she was annoyed with him for being so smug.
About the Author

 photo New profile photo airbrushed_zps4dxl9bcx.jpg

Sarah Addison-Fox is a New Zealand-born misfit who writes action-packed fantasy with a smattering of punch-ups, mega amounts of romance and a dash of family values. She has an astonishing amount of nail polish, has all her creative writing credentials shoved in a drawer somewhere, and has a husband who, after 28 years, can still make her blush. When she’s not working on her multiple YA fantasy romance series’ she can be found binge watching Mission Impossible movies, drinking lager and eating curry.
Contact Links
Pre-Order Link

 

Mr. Pizza

 photo Mr Pizza cover 10-9-18_zpslvuumrse.jpg

Mainstream Fiction
Date Published: August 3, 2018
Publisher: L&A Publications
 
 photo add-to-goodreads-button_zpsc7b3c634.png
Most people make at least one really harebrained decision in their life. Just ask Tony Piza. Deciding he needs a “paid vacation” for a year after college, Tony lands a job teaching at a Catholic elementary school. Talk about the Moby Dick of miscalculations. His pathetic effort is making him look bad, crimping his love life, and leaving him feeling guilty. A new approach, fueled by his irreverent humor, makes him a hit with his students. But it riles the powers that be. A showdown seems inevitable. Whether he can survive it—well, that’s something else.

Review

This novel had powerful main characters and a powerful underlying theme of actions and consequences. It also has humor and wit and lessons about thinking about your life and what you want to do with it vs what you are doing with it.
I liked the way the author set up the novel and that he made sure to give the reader plenty of information so that they came to understand the characters, their pasts, and their problems.  One of my favorite things was the pacing. I felt like everything really flowed smoothly and led to an easy read.
About the Author

 photo Joe author photo - close cropped 8-13-18_zpsscfrcfkf.jpg

J. F. Pandolfi went to Fordham University as an undergrad, then taught at a Catholic elementary school before attending Fordham Law School.
Practicing law certainly had its moments, but to call it “utter euphoria”—well, that was a stretch. Plus, the voices that had taken up residency in his head (rent-free, the deadbeats) kept insisting that he share his writing with the world. An award for his flash fiction piece, “Psychology for Dummies”, convinced him that the voices might be on to something. And so he called upon his fond memories as a teacher, which served as a backdrop to his debut novel, “Mr. Pizza”.
J. F. also briefly believed he had won the New York City Marathon. Alas, it turned out to be a dream, apparently brought on by an acute case of restless leg syndrome.
A staunch supporter of the fight to eradicate adult illiteracy, J. F. was accorded a Special Recognition in Literacy Award for his efforts.
Contact Links
Purchase Link

 

I Dare You

 

Title: I Dare You
Author: Shantel Tessier
Genre: Sports Romance/Suspense

Release Date: April 27, 2018

 

Blurb
What do you do
when the devil has you in his sights?
You show him that you can play his game.

Austin Lowes is new to town. She’s running from a mom who hates her to her dad
who cares nothing about her. Only a few months and she will be free, or at
least, that’s what she hopes … until she meets him.

Cole Reynolds is the devil disguised as a man. He wants her fear, he wants her
blood, and he wants her soul.

Just a little game, he says, I dare you.

Will Austin survive him, or will she lose herself and the game?

Secrets are revealed and justice will be served, but at what cost?

Who survives and who doesn’t?

 

Purchase Links
99c for a limited time!!
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
Free in Kindle Unlimited
Excerpt
PROLOGUE
COLE
Have you
ever been to a funeral where the preacher stands before the friends and loved
ones of the deceased and talks about how shitty the person was? How he fucked
around on his wife? Or spent his family’s life savings to feed his gambling
addiction? How about during his bachelor party when he snorted coke off a
hooker’s ass?
Me neither.
Why is it
that we’re fucking saints the moment we die?
You hear
the preacher say things like, “Oh, John
Smith was a lovely man who loved his wife and kids,”
when he should really
be saying, “John Smith was a worthless
piece of shit who fucked the underage babysitter every chance he fucking got
while his wife was busy working two jobs and raising his ungrateful children.”
And let’s
not forget that the deceased in that casket before you never even went to
church. Let alone knew the preacher who speaks so highly of him. All he knows
are the stories the blinded loved ones wrote down on a little card for him to
share.
He’s a fucking puppet.
I haven’t
read the Bible word for word, but I know the Lord says if we confess our sins
and ask for forgiveness, he will cleanse our souls, and we will be forgiven.
Poof. It’s like magic.
Now that
begs the question–what if you’re not sorry? What if you don’t care to be
forgiven?
No amount
of holy water could cleanse my soul, and I’m okay with that because when I
sinned, I understood that I would one day have to pay. We’re all going to die
eventually. You can be one of those people who bury your head in the sand to
avoid talking about it all you want, but it’s life!
Live or
die.
Heaven or
hell.
Angel or
devil.
It’s black
and white. There are no gray areas.
So tell me
… when you’re lying in that casket in front of your friends and family, what
are they going to think of you? Are they gonna believe that preacher who talks
bullshit, or are they gonna know you didn’t care if you were going to burn for
eternity?
I’m not a
religious person. Obviously. But I do know this. When I am damned to hell,
it’ll be because I fucking earned it.
Author Bio
Shantel is a Texas born girl who now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her high
school sweetheart, who is a wonderful, supportive husband and their two
daughters. She loves to spend time cuddled up on the couch with a good book.



She considers herself extremely lucky to get to be
a stay at home wife and mother. Going to concerts and the movies are just a few
of her favorite things to do. She hates coffee, but loves wine. She and her
husband are both huge football fans, college and NFL. And she has to feed her
high heel addiction by shopping for shoes weekly.

Although she has a passion to write, her family is
most important to her. She loves spending evenings at home with her husband and
daughters, along with their cat and dog.

Make sure to follow her on all social media sites!

 

 

Author Links

 

Lizzy’s Kiss

 

 photo BookdesignBetiBup33_2679_zps9s1zjpft.jpeg

Psychological Romantic Suspense
Date Published: November 21, 2018
 photo add-to-goodreads-button_zpsc7b3c634.png
Lizzy Adams spent the summer pining for Tyson Smith, the sexy security agent whose instruction at a safety seminar saved her life. Now, every man she meets is measured against the absolute awesomeness of the brawny black man with the soulful eyes, the baritone voice that whispers over her like a velvet caress, and a smile that turns her knees to jelly. Now she just had to get him to notice her.
Tyson Smith had a lot of respect for Lizzy Adams, the spunky teacher who freed herself from the clutches of a deranged miscreant who’d wanted to take her hostage. But his concept of her wholesome ‘girl-next-door’ image was challenged the night she showed up at a company barbeque dressed as a flirty cowgirl. Always the gentleman, he managed to keep his eyes off her assets as she strolled around the farm. His mother had raised him better, but there was no denying that she was every man’s ‘American Beauty’ fantasy. But the night he’d shown up at her doorstep to help her out altered their relationship forever. Between the fear in her eyes and the baseball bat perched on her shoulder, his protective side surfaced, and he handed her a piece of his heart.
Their whirlwind romance is threatened when a man from Lizzy’s past attacks her. Sam Clark wants vengeance for his son. He blames the jurors from Jason’s trial for Jason’s death and crafts a hit list. But killing Lizzy, the scrappy survivor, is harder than he thought. After Sam fails at his first attempt on Lizzy’s life, he resolves to kill her before he’s forced into hiding. He just has to get past the big, black man who appointed himself Lizzy’s protector.

Review

I loved how fast this novel was in its pacing, I thought that it kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. I loved how much action there was throughout and how the author didn’t shy away from making sure everything was detailed.
I liked the fact that we got backstory and plenty of descriptions of the world we were in, I could picture it in my head.
This story is well thought out and flows nicely.
About the Author

 photo Photo of Karen_zpseu8348kl.jpg

Karen Tjebben lives in central North Carolina with her wonderful husband, twin daughters, and two hamsters. When her girls left for kindergarten, Karen discovered that she needed to fill her days with something, and that was the beginning of her new career in writing. She loves to create worlds filled with unique characters that she hopes will delight and raise goose bumps on her readers. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband and seeing the world through her daughters’ eyes.
Contact Links
Purchase Link

 

Reaching Refuge

 

 

Title: Reaching Refuge

Series: Shelter Me #2

Author: Annie Anderson
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Cover Design: Tattered Quill Designs

Release Date: January 29, 2019
Blurb

 

A couple in secret. Two warring families. This town
isn’t big enough for the both of them.
Slinging whiskey is all Avery Wells knows how
to do, and soon she won’t even have that. If she can’t change her uncle’s mind,
her dreams of owning the family watering hole will soon go up in smoke.
Being an outcast is nothing new for Graham
Foster, but when it comes to Avery, being on the outs was never apart of the
plan. Despite their past, Graham never lost hope that they could find their way
back to each other. Convincing Avery of that fact might be a harder sell.
But fighting their pull is the least of
Avery’s problems because someone doesn’t want her to win the family bar, and
murder isn’t off the table.
Be
careful where you seek your refuge…

 

Pre-order Links
$2.99 pre-order only price!
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
Also Available
99c for a limited time
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU

 

Author Bio

 

Annie Anderson is a military wife and United States Air
Force veteran. Originally from Dallas, Texas, she is a southern girl at heart,
but has lived all over the US and abroad. As soon as the military stops moving
her family around, she’ll settle on a state, but for now she enjoys being a
nomad with her husband, two daughters, an old man of a dog, and a young pup
that makes life… interesting.
In her past lives, Annie has been a lifeguard, retail
manager, dental lab technician, accountant, and now she writes fast-paced
romantic thrillers with some serious heat.
Author Links