Well Below Heaven

 

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Literary / YA (older teen)
Publisher: Cur Dog Press
Published Date: February 7, 2019
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Seventeen-year-old Kelly is in a spartan boarding school in northern Idaho, sent away for drugs—as planned. Her little brother Sammy is left home in Missouri, getting ready for high school. He is twitchy, quick, writes dark poetry and longs to play football. He’s also got a nose for trouble, and Kelly has left a sordid truckload. Her sadistic ex is involved, so is one twisted teacher, and so is the object of Sammy’s crush. He’s in deep, and Kelly’s warnings fall flat, and the consequences will be dire.
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About the Author

After adolescence survived in the Midwest and a few obligatory years at the university, Idyllwild Eliot embarked on a journey of internal and external exploration. With stints in Houston, Louisiana, and even Thailand, where she studied yoga, Ms. Eliot has become a semi-professional vagabond. Most recently (at the time of publication) she has been experiencing the North American west. If not sipping a cocktail on a deck in the northern Rockies, she might be found bodysurfing in Southern California, watching Bald Eagles in Montana, or in some other picturesque town hiking, meditating, or sitting with her laptop open and, at its side, a stout mug of black coffee. Well Below Heaven is her debut.

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The Blackfish Prophecy

 

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Young Adult / Nature
Date Published: May 31, 2016
Publisher: Fawkes Press
 
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Best friends Terra and Tiluk live alongside the wild orcas of Washington State. On the other side of the continent, Miles wallows in anger and self-pity fueled by his parents’ divorce. In a moment of harrowing fate, their lives converge when Miles witnesses a captive orca brutally kill his trainer at a marine amusement park. When Miles contacts Terra and her family of whale biologists to better understand the “killer” whale, the three teens soon realize they are more linked to each other – and the whales – than they ever imagined. Driven by a primal urge to connect with the highly-evolved consciousness of the orca, the teens take extraordinary risks to challenge big business and renew lost traditions. Their journey is set to restore an ancient mystical bond between humans and whales that ultimately reveals The Blackfish Prophecy…a revelation about Terra – and those like her – that’s about to change everything.
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But this evening Claire was no peacemaker. She’d rung the bell. The bell was only for extreme emergencies. Yet when she’d gotten the call from a colleague in Florida about what had happened at OceanLand this morning, ringing the bell was her first response. With that phone call, all the years of hurt and frustration burst, and something broke inside her. She’d known even as she rang the bell that obviously this wasn’t a true emergency, but a part of her needed the tolling just the same. Something had to change. He’d killed again. Her heart cringed, thinking of him. She wiped her eyes, again.
Claire shivered inside her parka and glanced back at Terra and Tiluk, hand in hand as they descended the long set of stairs behind her and the other adults. She saw that Terra gingerly held the carved and bloodsoaked whale that shed brought home, her fingers bandaged from the cut shed given herself. Claire hadnt been surprised to see Terra’s carving of the new calf. She knew her daughter felt a special kinship with Wendy’s new baby. She took a deep breath of the salted air she loved so much, reminding herself why she and her family were here. But her stomach remained tight with grief and empathy. Now, instead of having the chance to meet the new calf her daughter had dreamt about with a free and easy heart, the news of the killing shadowed everything. And even though she was a scientist, a worldclass researcher of the highest order, Claire had asked Terra to broadcast the Adagio on the twoway. Just this once. With this latest killing, she felt an overwhelming need to ritualize her sorrow with the whales.
She looked at her husband Bill, taking in his saltandpepper windswept tousle of hair and etched face. His grim glance told her he felt as sick with the news and what it meant as she did. Looking back at Joseph and Maggie, she knew they felt it, too. Joseph reached out and clasped her shoulder for a moment, his eyes holding hers.
“Careful Claire,” Maggie said, eyeing the narrow, steep stairway. “Mercy, we don’t need any more injuries today,” she murmured. Claire stopped short, turned all the way around, and leaned into Maggie, hugging her briefly from the stair below.
“I know, honey.” Maggie hugged her hard. “I know.”
Terra met Tiluk’s eyes, puzzled. What is really going on here? The adults said they’d explain about the Shantu news later, at dinner. Why was her mom so upset? Terra didn’t even know how to feel about what they’d told her. She was too dazed. The calf has a brother. The calf has a brother. Her mind, overwhelmed by this news—and the killing—had shut down. The words kept rolling around and around her head: The calf has a brother. But her brother killed a human. Her brother killed someone. It was all she could think of as if the news itself blocked her from considering its implications. Tiluk had grown even more solemn and quiet than usual. Neither Terra nor Tiluk were ready to know more.
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About the Author


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He Made Me Brave

 

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Non-Fiction – Parenting, Christian Living, Inspirational
Date Published: June 14, 2018
Publisher: Lucid Books
 
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This is not a fairy tale–but it does have suspense, humor, a quest, and a happy ending. When Jason and Pam Ogden decided to adopt a baby, they had no idea that their adoption process would stretch over a period of two years, and that their baby would be a toddler by the time they were able to bring him home. Taken straight from Pam’s personal travel journal, He Made Me Brave chronicles the long-awaited emotional trip she and her husband took to South Korea to meet their new son. Through these powerful journal entries, you will:
·         Experience Pam’s fear, grief, anticipation, and joy as you read her private, honest thoughts.
·         Discover the challenges faced by these adoptive parents as they started the bonding process.
·         Be encouraged by God’s sovereignty and power over anxiety.
He Made Me Brave is the touching memoir of a mother defying fear to be united with the little boy she had been dreaming of for two years, and an account of hope fulfilled.

My Thoughts

Extremely emotionally driven with a large emphasis on faith and God. I think that the author does a great job of sharing her own experiences and giving the reader an inside look on dealing with very difficult times in life. Adoption is not an easy process and this does a great job of highlighting that as well as making sure you are looking at the big picture and keeping God first always.
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Homeschool mom and pastor’s wife Pam Ogden had dreamed of being a mom since she was a little girl. She and her husband wanted six children, but their plans were waylaid when high-risk pregnancies and premature births threatened their first four babies. In 2012, they adopted their son, and in 2017, they started the process to adopt one more child. Pam graduated with honors from George Fox University, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Writing and Literature, and a Master’s degree in Counseling. Pam loves her small town life in Sweet Home, Oregon, with her husband, Jason, and their five children, Kelly, Luka, Ivan, Ember, and Hudson. Pam and Jason hope to add one more child soon.
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The Portrait

 

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Historical Fiction, Short Stories
Published: January 2018
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The Portrait is a story about three people from different cultures struggling to live through the social evolution of the 1960s. The lives of a Latino trapeze artiste, a Black man survivor-of-the-streets, and the White daughter of a wealthy Bible publisher, were thrown together during the tumult and the violence of bigotry and racial hatred, during the Civil Rights Era. The challenges in each of their lives are not unlike the soul-searching that each of us faces in our own daily struggle to remain true to ourselves, and maintain a connection to the biblical commandment; “Love your neighbor as yourselves.” A challenge not easily embraced along with the admonition that all men are created equally. This is a story that has echoes and repercussions in our present-day circumstances, as we struggle to bring truth, justice, and peace to our lives. This story is a repeat of the words from George Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
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About the Author

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Whitney J. LeBlanc is a Louisiana native. He has credits as a teacher, set designer, theatre/television director, writer and stained glass designer. He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Iowa. He has spent over half of his fifty-year professional career as a Hollywood director of sitcoms and daytime dramas. LeBlanc lives in the Napa Valley with his Physician wife, where he writes novels and creates stained glass windows.
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The Portrait

 

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Historical Fiction, Short Stories
Published: January 2018
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The Portrait is a story about three people from different cultures struggling to live through the social evolution of the 1960s. The lives of a Latino trapeze artiste, a Black man survivor-of-the-streets, and the White daughter of a wealthy Bible publisher, were thrown together during the tumult and the violence of bigotry and racial hatred, during the Civil Rights Era. The challenges in each of their lives are not unlike the soul-searching that each of us faces in our own daily struggle to remain true to ourselves, and maintain a connection to the biblical commandment; “Love your neighbor as yourselves.” A challenge not easily embraced along with the admonition that all men are created equally. This is a story that has echoes and repercussions in our present-day circumstances, as we struggle to bring truth, justice, and peace to our lives. This story is a repeat of the words from George Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
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About the Author

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Whitney J. LeBlanc is a Louisiana native. He has credits as a teacher, set designer, theatre/television director, writer and stained glass designer. He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Iowa. He has spent over half of his fifty-year professional career as a Hollywood director of sitcoms and daytime dramas. LeBlanc lives in the Napa Valley with his Physician wife, where he writes novels and creates stained glass windows.
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Rijel 12

 

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Science Fiction
Date Published: 11/23/18
Publisher: Chandra Press
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The remote Intergalactic Penal Colony on the planet Rijel 12 is a very profitable enterprise. Its desolate surface is an uninhabitable wasteland relentlessly scorched by its sun, but inside the planet is a vast treasure trove of the most precious resources in the galaxy.
Prisoners sentenced to Rijel 12 know it’s a one-way ticket. It used to be a convict would serve their time and come home. That stopped a while ago. Inmates are forced to work the mines in wretched conditions and the death rate is staggering. Luckily for the warden, new inmates arrive monthly to replenish the labor pool. Business has never been better.
From the darkness of their miserable existence, one prisoner decides to take a stand and begins to organize a resistance. Inmates rally to the cause and prepare for rebellion. Can the rag-tag rebels of ‘New Australia’ succeed in their quest for freedom or will the warden and the overpowering might of the Interplanetary Authority extinguish their only hope?
From new author, King Everett Medlin, comes an action-packed epic of hope, rebellion, and the quest for redemption.
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My Thoughts

I absolutely love this cover. It is beautiful!
This is beyond just a Sci-Fi novel, it had a how did the world begin theme to it.
King Everett Medlin has brought to life very multi-dimensional characters and given them a purpose. The world he has created is so vivid and really helps the reader feel like they are there with the characters.

A strong and fast paced plot will keep you invested the entire way through. This was one of those reads that really made me feel a deeper connection than I was expecting.

The characters, plot, and pacing were all spot on and really helped to elevate the novel. A superb Sci-Fi novel.
About the Author

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King Everett Medlin has been writing since 2013 when he first developed the idea for Rijel 12. It was originally designed to be a SciFi series, with the objective of creating several short installments. Instead, he got a lucky break when Chandra Press from San Diego responded favorably to the original draft, deciding to publish it as a full-length novel. King lives in Denver, Colorado with his lovely wife Caroline and has two grown children. He’s a graduate of the University of Oklahoma where he played college Rugby and remains a diehard Sooners fan to this day. His specialties are Science Fiction and Mystery/Suspense novels, focusing on unusual stories with intriguing plot-lines and amazing characters.
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The Faberge Entanglement

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Romance, Thriller, Suspense, Adventure
Date Published: July 2015
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THE FABERGÉ ENTANGLEMENT
Sabinne ‘Saber’ Darrieux’s father, the billionaire CEO of Frontenac Global Security has been kidnapped. His ransom is not cash in a numbered offshore account, or a briefcase of Bearer Bonds but something utterly unique, incredibly valuable, and until recently, hidden away from the world.
The kidnapper seems to know Saber very well and knows that the next day, through her work as an elite translator she will be in the same location as the Object. She must steal the Object and deliver it to the kidnapper to ransom her father.
Adrian Steele, a British Intelligence agent has just come off of two harrowing missions. Upon returning to London for a well-earned rest, he learns that his friend and a fellow agent have been murdered in Moscow, but not before he made use of a unique Object as a mobile ‘drop site’ for the valuable intelligence he was carrying.
The drop site is traveling from Moscow to England. Steele insists on completing the mission to honor the death of his friend, Gerry Cornell.
At an ultra-chic quasi-diplomatic gathering in a mansion in Windsor, England, Saber and Steele meet and find themselves faced with a powerful, undeniable attraction. But at the moment, this compelling attraction is very inconvenient.
In reality, they are at the mansion to check out the security arrangements — for their own reasons — to steal the Object, a Fabergé egg worth thirty million dollars. But who will get to the egg first?
Fabergé eggs are very famous for their unique surprises. Saber and Steele are about to be very surprised, indeed.
And when Saber clashes with Steele; more than sparks will explode!

My Thoughts

Real and Vivid. I liked the way that Meryn and Brookes wove their tale.

Characterization was huge in this novel. The characters were all very well developed and had their own motivations and faults. It made them seem more real to me as the reader.

I also really liked the flow of this novel and the way the Suspense and Action unfolded. It felt very smooth.

About the Authors
LESLEY MERYN
Enjoyed an exotic, adventure-filled childhood, following her anthropologist father and travel writer mother to the farthest corners of the world. She later took inspiration from her Aunt Sophia Francesca and became the author of romantic adventure novels. She alternates her time between Los Angeles, and a family property located in Yorkshire England.
ELLE BROOKES

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She is the author of the first two books of the Time Frame Series. Loves travel, discovering new foods to try, reading and writing. She currently lives in the central highlands of Costa Rica with her cat Nikola and her hedgehog Quiller.












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