Holding Out for a Hero

 

Jelvia: Not Human #1

 

Erotic Romance
Date Published: March 2019
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Holding out for a Hero #1 in the Jelvia: Not Human series (please note that this has British English spellings).
Macy Shaw is a celebrity journalist who’s bored with the shallow celebs she has to cover, then one night her best friend is attacked but saved by a Jelvia. Macy sees this as a chance for a good story and to get her off celebrity journalism once and for all.
But once meeting the gallant Jelvia called Narcifer, she realises it has its own set of difficulties: he’s as sexy as sin and she feels an incredible attraction towards them—and she’s sure it’s mutual, but it might be wistful thinking.
And then there’s the ‘Jelvias hate Humans, Humans hate Jelvias’ thing going on. That in itself is problematic especially as Narcifer is following orders from his boss while Macy is following instructions for hers—which aggravates their mistrust of the other.
It doesn’t stop Macy from asking Narcifer for an interview. And it doesn’t stop Narcifer demanding his high price: he’s kinky and he wants Macy over his knee.

Review

What a different story. It’s not your typical Erotica, this has a complete other feel to it as well.
The connection is undeniable, but not too cookie cutter. They have many obstacles to overcome in their connection.
I really liked Macy’s story and how she wanted to be in control, yet ultimately let go of the control with Narcifer. This in no way means that she was weak, quite the contrary. She was a great strong female lead.
Narcifer, wow, he is hot hot hot! That really came through the pages for me.
I liked the way this book was a quick read and really kept me flipping the pages to the very end.
About the Author

Tina Kessler writes steamy romance for the 18+ market (erotica, spanking and BDSM) and is the pen name of Louise Wise.
Louise Wise is a British author from the Midlands in England. Her debut novel is the acclaimed sci-fi romance titled EDEN, which was followed by its sequel HUNTED in 2013.
Forthcoming, JELVIA: NOT HUMAN series is themed on the above Eden and Hunted books.
HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO book 1 is Wise’s latest release from that series. SURVIVING HER DOMINATE book 2 will be ready for publication in 2019, and SPIDER book 3 will be released in 2020 and all of the series will be written under the name of T. E. KESSLER.
Wise took the decision to write under the name of T. E Kessler for her JELVIA: NOT HUMAN series to separate him from her regular novels. These include:
Eden (sci-fi romance) – slight sex references
Hunted (sci-fi romance) slight sex references
A Proper Charlie (romantic comedy)
Oh No, I’ve Fallen in Love! (dark, comedy romance)
Wide Awake Asleep (time travel, romance)
Wise enjoys writing comedy and finds a place for it in ALL her books. She has written numerous short stories for women’s magazines such as Take a Break and Woman’s Own.
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Master Your Moods

 

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Mind/Body
– Health
Date
Published:
January 2019
ARE
YOU READY TO HAVE A HAPPIER BRAIN?
We
know we should exercise regularly, get enough sleep and eat well to increase
our quality of life and performance. So why is it so hard to do?
According
to brain health enthusiast Jacqui Fleury, ND, it’s because we take on too many
big changes all at once and get overwhelmed! Plus, if you are already anxious,
depressed or have a foggy brain, making positive changes can be even more of a
struggle!
Master
Your Moods is a proven, practical, easy-to-read guide that will help you
understand what contributes to a happier brain and show you how to make a few
simple changes that will make a big difference in your moods, your energy and
your outlook on life. You can thrive. This guide will show you how!
Excerpt
What
you eat and how you move your body affects the way your brain works.
Conversely, the thoughts you think can have a dramatic effect on the way you
eat and the foods you choose and, in turn, can affect how (and if!) you move
your body. But knowing this isn’t enough. Many of us know that we need to eat
well, exercise and get adequate rest; yet we struggle most with these three
things. The number one reason diets fail and we stop going to the gym is
because we can’t sustain the regimen. Deciding on a few small changes,
committing to these changes 100% of the time, and staying consistent over a
sustained period of time will ultimately bring you more longterm results than
any fad diet or extreme eating or exercise plan. In this book, I will lead you
through creating a customized 3-step plan that will help you make small changes
toward better health and wellness. The ultimate purpose of this book is to
adopt a few key strategies as part of your routine. These strategies will
simplify your habits around brain health while providing the best outcome for
you, both mentally and physically. I firmly believe in keeping this simple for
you, as I know simplicity is the key to long-term success! I’ve seen this to be
true over and over. As such, this book is meant to be user-friendly. I
intentionally chose the length and size of this book to help you succeed in
reading it front to back quickly and to avoid overwhelming you with too much
information. I will give you just enough information to inform and educate you
on how your mind and body are connected and show you the way to upgrade both
without committing an unnecessary amount of time and resources to the process.
About
the Author
Dr.
Jacqui Fleury, ND, is an entrepreneur, writer, speaker, and naturopathic doctor
with a passion for helping people survive and thrive as top performers. Her
consulting is tailored to guide individuals, teams, small businesses and large
corporations to build emotional and physical resilience with the vision of
fostering higher levels of engagement, creativity, well-being, and performance.
Having been in private practice since 1998, Dr. Fleury has successfully treated
many patients for the acute and chronic effects of stress. Her treatment style
is to provide clients with a framework and customized recommendations on how to
make small, sustainable and highly effective upgrades to their physical and
mental health that results in better sleep, moods, digestion, hormone balance
and overall happier brains.
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The Other Side of Him

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Historical
Fiction, Historical Mystery
Publisher: California Country Press
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A
smart, successful girl finds herself trapped in dangerous relationship with a
stalker.
It’s
the middle of the twentieth century, World War II is finally over, and Claire
Wagner is on the brink of an exciting new life. With a well-deserved
scholarship in hand, and much to her immigrant mother’s dismay, Claire flees
the Chicago tenements for a prestigious graduate school program in California.
At
first Claire keeps her nose tucked firmly into her books, but when her brother
asks for a favor, she reluctantly agrees to a blind date. Greg turns out to be
handsome, successful, and rich—and he’s definitely smitten with Claire. He
introduces her to a sophisticated world she thought only existed in the movies,
and before she knows it she’s trading her bobby socks and German home cooking
for black silk and caviar.
When
Greg starts to show signs that he’s not as perfect as he appeared, Claire’s
friends urge her to overlook his occasional short temper and controlling
behavior. But the warning signs pile up, building to a crisis that will test
even Claire’s power to persevere.
Inspired
by true events and steeped in the details of the 1950s, when vulnerable women
weren’t protected by the law or society, The Other Side of Him is a provocative
look at how darkness can lie under the most polished exteriors.
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the Author

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Alice
Rene wrote her award-winning memoir, Becoming Alice, after a grandson
interviewed her about her early life when Hitler marched into Vienna,
foreshadowing in WWII. She followed this work with a historical fiction/ romantic a thriller inspired by true events, The Other Side of Him. The working title of
her next book at this time is The Lieutenant from Podolia.
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Pretty Reckless

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All Saints High, Book One
New Adult Romance
Date
Published:
April 29, 2019
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We
were supposed to be best friends But turned out to be worst enemies…
Penn
They
say revenge is a dish best served cold.
I’d
had four years to stew on what Daria Followhill did to me, and
now
my heart was completely iced.
I
took her first kiss.
She
took the only thing I loved.
I
was poor.
She
was rich.
The
good thing about circumstances? They can change. Fast.
Now,
I’m her parents’ latest shiny project.
Her
housemate. Her tormentor. The captain of the rival football team she hates so
much.
Yeah,
baby girl, say it—I’m your foster brother.
There’s
a price to pay for ruining the only good thing in my life, and she’s about to
shell out some serious tears.
Daria
Followhill thinks she is THE queen. I’m about to prove to her that she’s
nothing but a spoiled princess.
Daria
Everyone
loves a good old unapologetic punk.
But
being a bitch? Oh, you get slammed for every snarky comment, cynical eye roll,
and foot you put in your adversaries’ way.
The
thing about stiletto heels is that they make a hell of a dent when you walk all
over the people who try to hurt you.
In
Penn Scully’s case, I pierced his heart until he bled out, then left it in a
trash can on a bright summer day.
Four
years ago, he asked me to save all my firsts for him.
Now
he lives across the hall, and I want nothing more than to be his last
everything.
His
parting words when he gave me his heart were that nothing in this world is
free.
Now?
Now he is making me pay.
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the Author

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LJ
Shen is a USA Today and Washington Post bestseller of over a dozen books. Her
books are translated into more than 10 languages.
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Oscar Mojica

 

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Motivational, Inspirational
Publisher: Bayou Publishing
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In
1992, Loreen Sumner was hired as the first English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher
in Duplin County, North Carolina, and, through the years, she has had the
privilege of teaching many students immigrating to this country from diverse
parts of the world. Oscar Mojica, a twelve-year-old from Mexico, was one of her
first ESL students. As a young migrant boy, he had quickly become disillusioned
by his surroundings in America, realizing his expectations of ever reaching
“the American Dream” would require overcoming seemingly insurmountable
obstacles. In 1992, due to the first influx of migrant students to the small,
rural, agricultural community in which he now resided, naturally there was an
adjustment process for all. In actuality, he did not receive a hearty welcome
or “bienvenido” from some of the American folks who had adjustments to make
themselves. He immediately felt a sense of not belonging in America.
Arriving
in America as an immigrant child was a difficult adjustment, and Oscar felt the
hurt in not being welcomed with open arms. Some Americans saw him as an
intruder, and it took him some time to adapt to his new surroundings. Along
with the hurt and sense of feeling like an outsider, he also suffered anguish
from having to leave his homeland and his beloved abuela, his mother’s mother.
He had departed from Mexico only at his mother’s insistence. His beloved mother
desired to alleviate the extreme poverty and harsh trials he and his younger
sister had suffered back in Mexico, so she brought her children to America, in
hopes of a better life.
On
the very first day Oscar walked into his first ESL classroom, his first ESL
teacher was more than intrigued when he stubbornly crossed his little boy arms
and said in a defiant little boy voice, “Le reto que me enseñe ingles!” Yes, he
dared her to teach him English! Immediately, she recognized from the look in
this young boy’s big brown eyes that he was hurting from a sense of rejection
from his new community. He was really informing her to not even try to make him
fit in or assimilate in a community that resented him just for being here, even
though they did not know him as the fine young man he was. 
As
a new teacher who felt she could overcome any obstacle, Ms. Sumner
enthusiastically accepted his challenge. She immediately recognized that his
stubborn, determined personality would be a significant, contributing factor in
helping him overcome the enormous struggles he would encounter. Sensing that
his destiny was divinely ordained, Ms. Sumner was inspired to not only teach
him English but also to help him discover or follow his divine purpose in life.
She was just as stubborn as he was, and he soon would learn that she would
lovingly interfere in every aspect of his life until he reached his goals.
Oscar became not only her student but also her son. She became like a second
mother to him.
Today,
Oscar Mojica is thirty-nine years old, and his story covers an amazing journey
that ultimately has brought him to the fulfillment of a divine purpose for his
life in America. He is living “the American dream” as a Mexican-American, and
he is helping others achieve their dreams as well, in America. Today, with
tender emotion, his first ESL teacher recalls the very first time she met her
beloved student from over twenty-five years ago:
“As
a new teacher, when the twelve-year-old little boy named Oscar Mojica dared me
to teach him English, I eagerly accepted his challenge, and he became my
prodigy. I embraced his Mexican culture and taught him to embrace my American
culture. Today, he is thirty-nine years old, and he is contributing or giving
back to the same small-town community that not only accepted him but also
embraced Oscar Mojica. He became more than just my student. He became my son. I
became like his second mother. Proudly, I can say that he is making America
great again due to his amazing contributions to America. He is a blessing to
those who have had the privilege to get to know him. Oscar Mojica is not only
an amazing person of Mexican heritage, but he is just as American as I
am.”
This
is his incredible story written by his first ESL teacher who accepted his
challenge when, as a twelve-year-old boy, he dared her to teach him English.
          
Excerpt
In
1992, a young Mexican immigrant student arrives to America and quickly becomes
bitterly disappointed because “the American dream” did not seem to
apply to him. His arrival was met with rejection by certain Americans; he felt
like an intruder, an unwelcome outsider. His first English teacher
enthusiastically accepted his challenge when he dared her to teach him English.
Today, Oscar Mojica is living “the American dream” and helping others
achieve their dreams as well, in America.
As
a new ESL teacher, Oscar Mojica was my first student in 1992. Due to the first
influx of Mexican migrant students to our small, rural, agricultural community
in Duplin County, NC, Oscar walked in my room as an 11-year-old migrant boy who
did not receive a hearty welcome or bienvenido from the American folks. He was
introduced to folks who immediately resented him for coming to America. He
dared me to teach him English, but I knew what he was really saying. He dared
me to try to make him fit in or assimilate in a community that resented him and
considered him to be an immigrant intruder. As a new teacher, I accepted his
challenge and he became my prodigy. I embraced his Mexican culture and taught
him to embrace my American culture.
Today, he is 38 years old and he is contributing or giving back to the
community that eventually, not only accepted, but also embraced Oscar Mojica.
He became more than my student. He became like a son to me. I became like his
mother. Today, he is making America great again due to his amazing contributions
to America. He is a blessing to those who have the privilege to get to know
him. Oscar Mojica is not only an amazing person of Mexican heritage, but he is
just as American as I am. 


About
the Author

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Loreen
Sumner is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She
taught high school for over twenty years and then received her ESL certificate
from East Carolina University and currently teaches ESL in North Carolina. She
is a
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A River Between Us

 

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Sweet
Romance, Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction
The
Riverview Series, Book 2
Publisher:
Y&R Publishing/Arrow Book Works
Published:
March 2019
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Holly
freaks out when she and her date show up at the same restaurant as her
husband-even though they’re separated. Unable to hide, Holly reveals the
secrets that sent her running from the love of her life years ago. Divorce
papers or wedding rings? Once Justin finds out why she ran away from Riverview,
he might make that decision for her.
Other
Books in the The Riverview Series:
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Why
The River Runs
The
Riverview Series, Book 1
Publisher:
Y&R Publishing
Some
call this river a taker of souls, a reaper. Sanguine is the Spanish word for
blood and God knows plenty has been spilled in its murky depths. As Tina floats
on her back, she couldn’t help but feel its more of an artery, giving life to
its limbs.
Not
everyone would agree.
Tough
as nails, Tina Foster, doesn’t have time for a relationship. She’s far too busy
running her family construction company. Tina’s take charge attitude may
intimidate some, but to others, she’s a rock, a woman with a plan. Taming a
heart this strong will take a man up for a challenge, and so far, there haven’t
been too many contenders worthy of her time.
Bo
Galloway is returning to Riverview after a rough few years. He’s home to take
care of his grandmother and prays for a chance at redemption and a fresh start.
Untrusting of most women, he doesn’t know what to think of his new boss. He
definitely didn’t expect to admire Tina Foster. Bo’s only shot at getting Tina
to notice him is to be as strong as she is.
Just
like the waters of the Sanguine, Bo and Tina must find their flow. Will the
waters sweep away their only chance at true love, or nourish a relationship as
steady as the river itself?
 
Excerpt
Four
years ago, down by the river.
Holly’s
stomach turned cartwheels as she faced Justin Meyers and held his hands.
The
minister cleared his throat and smiled. “Repeat after me. I, Holly Grace
Combs…”
“I,
Holly Grace Combs…” Thank God he said her name. She might’ve forgotten it, as
nervous as she was.
“Take
you, Justin Alexander Meyers…”
“Take
you, Justin Alexander Meyers…”
“As
my lawfully wedded husband.”
Husband.
Holy hell. Justin would be her husband; to have and to hold until death they
did part. She said the words, meant them with all her heart. Justin had been
the great love of her life since they were kids playing house together. College
had pulled them apart the last couple years, but as he repeated his vows back
to her, she knew this was the right thing to do.
The
Sanguine River flowed behind them as the preacher pronounced them man and wife
and Holly kissed her best friend since childhood in the presence of her brother
and his flavor of the week.
“Now,
y’all don’t get me wrong,” said the preacher with a wide smile that shined as
bright as the moon on the river. “I don’t mind performin’ this ceremony ‘cause
I’ve known it was comin’ since you was both runnin’ ‘round the playground at
church. But y’all might wanna tell your parents b’fore you file the actual paperwork.
I usually don’t do this without the license. But you got your witnesses present
and it’s better than you kids livin’ in sin, I guess. You’re married in God’s
eyes; that’s what counts.” He slapped Justin on the back and left with Hunter
and his girlfriend.
Holly
and Justin stayed hand-in-hand, staring at each other with matching grins, the
water flowing gently behind them. She loved his smile. She loved that special
spark in his eyes when he smiled at her. No one else saw it. Only Holly.
“We’re
married,” he whispered.
“Yeah,
seems that way.” Holly met his dark hazel eyes and bit her bottom lip.
Justin
ran his fingers over her cheek and through her hair. “I love you, Honeycomb.
Always have, always will.”
“I
love you too.” His hand cupped her cheek and she kissed his palm. “Our parents
are going to freak out.”
“I’m
not worried about it.”
She
let out a huff of air. “You never worry about anything.” Which was why she
worried about everything.
They
laughed and kissed until excitement turned into desire. Justin rented a hotel
room down the river and they didn’t come up for air until the next afternoon.
Holly
lay naked in the bed, her legs intertwined with Justin’s. “We have to get back
to reality.”
Justin
propped his head up on his elbow and frowned. “Yeah. We should tell our
parents, and our friends…and you should make sure Lance isn’t going to be an
issue.”
Chills
vanquished all the elation from the last twenty-four hours. It was time to face
her ex-boyfriend once and for all.
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JoAnna
Grace lives in a world of alpha males and strong females where true love
conquers all–at least in her mind!
From
the time she started holding a crayon she began to create magical worlds. Her
first book was a series of pictures about a puppy princess. The story changed
each time she told it, but there was always a happy ending! Her first written
story was about girls who changed into tigers. 
Hmmm…
Guess some concepts stick around even into adulthood. Now those stories have
become a bit more complex!
JoAnna’s
tales are spun at her home in East Texas where she lives with her husband,
three kids, a couple dogs and a few fish. When not hiding behind the computer
screen you can find her camping, boating, and shopping.
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The Frights of Fiji

 

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 Alyssa McCarthy’s Magical Missions, Book 1
Middle-Grade Fantasy
Published: October 2018 Second Edition
Publisher: S.A. Prasad Publishing
 
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A Modern Magical World Awaits…
Life changes for twelve-year-old Alyssa McCarthy when she discovers magic—something nobody has ever believed in. Strange incidents occur, hinting that a sorcerer is out on the loose. That warlock kidnaps Alyssa from her uncle’s home and takes her to an enchanted Fiji Island called Yanowic.
The only way she can overthrow him is to fight perilous creatures as well as track the other wizards using magical technology. But unless she succeeds, Alyssa will remain trapped in the nation.
Originally published in 2013, the book has been updated to its full potential while keeping the same storyline.
Excerpt
Rain banged against the window. Alyssa looked up from washing her lunch dishes and stared at it. At least she could daydream while no one else noticed. After all, how else would she spend life without family fun—or even love? Her uncle enforced strict and unfair rules. Alyssa longed for the kind of life she’d lived before her parents had died in a car crash five years ago. She’d only been seven at that time, and now she couldn’t experience things like many children her age. Unless . . . she could find her godfather’s phone number and secretly call him. She hadn’t talked to him ever since she’d also lost her aunt three years ago. But she recalled his kind attitude. Her parents had even designated him as a legal guardian. But something seemed off with the raindrops. They turned grayish blue and darkened into black, looking as if ink fell from the sky. Alyssa leaned closer, squinting to determine the shapes it formed on the window. The rain formed—letters. No. That couldn’t happen. But a message formed as the rain plopped on other parts of the window. Nature couldn’t change its laws, right? Yet, the message finished putting itself together. Alyssa gasped at what it said.
 Your life will never be the same again, Alyssa McCarthy, as magic will interfere.
 What? Alyssa had never believed in magic. She’d been told at a young age that it hadn’t existed. Everyone on Orion Street was ordinary—at least, Alyssa had thought that ever since she’d moved here, right after her parents’ deaths.   Turning around, she saw her babysitter, Mrs. Hutchinson, examine the kitchen floor. Alyssa’s eleven-year-old cousin, Hailey, watched the progress. Hailey had mopped the floor. Would she earn a break now? Ever since her uncle, Bruce, had hired Mrs. Hutchinson, Mrs. Hutchinson had admired the way Hailey had done her chores more than Alyssa.  “Hailey, you can take a break until your next chore,” said Mrs. Hutchinson. “Alyssa, get back to work. You’ve been staring at the rain for too long.”  “Okay.” Alyssa turned back—only to see the message gone and the rain back to its normal transparency.   “What did I say?” asked Mrs. Hutchinson.  Alyssa sighed. “Fine, I’ll finish washing the dishes.”  She scrubbed her dish and glass with soap under warm running water. Her eyes focused on just those. No way would she want Mrs. Hutchinson to catch her looking out the window again. Mrs. Hutchinson was only in her sixties, but she’d sometimes seem to forget that was 2010 and not 1960 with her guidelines. Yet, it had taken Alyssa a while to realize that she wouldn’t even tolerate the mildest kind of nonsense, such as getting distracted by a windowpane when having to perform chores.  Now that she finished washing her dishes, Alyssa put them to the side and grabbed some paper towels to dry them.  “What do you think you’re doing?” Mrs. Hutchinson asked.  Alyssa stopped. “I’m just—”  “The last few times I was here, you left little bits of food on your dishes.”   “But they were stuck.”
 “Let me inspect them. Also, if something is rubbery, you have to wash it again.”  “Why?”  “Because clean dishes aren’t supposed to be rubbery. And boy, did you do such a sloppy job. Look at that stain on your sweater.”  Alyssa looked down.  “That looks like chocolate.”   Alyssa blushed and arched her eyebrows.  “Hey—it’s just water.” She covered the stain at the bottom of her sweater’s V-neck.  But Mrs. Hutchinson waved her index finger. “Don’t you ‘hey’ me, Alyssa. That’s rude. In my days, kids respected their elders. We never would dare talk to them that way unless we didn’t mind them smacking our bottoms.”  “Things change.”   “Not when I’m here, they don’t. Now let me do my inspection.”  Great—an inspection! How long would Mrs. Hutchinson take? She might spend a couple minutes or maybe twenty. Alyssa crossed her arms and tapped her foot. She wanted her break now. She wished to read, rest, do a small craft, like lanyards—anything but wait for Mrs. Hutchinson to finish her task.  “Mrs. Hutchinson?” Alyssa asked.  “Whatever you need to say, wait till I’m done,” she said.   Alyssa sighed. She continued to watch Mrs. Hutchinson run her finger down the middle of the front of the dish. She then rubbed it back and forth. When she put it down and nodded, Alyssa figured out that the dish had nothing on it.  Mrs. Hutchinson spent a few minutes of running her finger down the glass. She put it down and turned to Alyssa. “You’re good. Now what did you want to tell me?”  “Um . . . if I tell you, can you not give me a hard time?”   “Okay.”  “There was writing on the window.”  Mrs. Hutchinson pursed her lips and tilted her head. “Really?”  “Yeah.”  “Nonsense.”   “No, really, it was there.”   “There was nothing there when I came, and there’s nothing there right now. So don’t tell me stories.”  “But it’s not a story.”  “I don’t want to hear any more. Now it’s time for your next chore.”  “Aw, but I wanted my break.”  “Too bad. You have to go vacuum the living room.”  Alyssa dragged her feet toward the living room and took the vacuum from the corner. She cleaned and thought about that writing as well as how Mrs. Hutchinson wouldn’t believe her. Would a nicer babysitter have believed her? Mrs. Hutchinson had watched her and Hailey for three years, and not once had she smiled or assisted with anything.   After vacuuming the carpet for about five minutes, Alyssa decided that she had tidied the floor enough. So she stopped and put the vacuum away.  “Hailey, you and Alyssa need to go get the mail now!” Mrs. Hutchinson called, facing the staircase.   “Coming!” cried Hailey.
Another rule Uncle Bruce had placed on Alyssa and Hailey was they could only go outside together. He worried about people taking them or something, even though Alyssa would turn thirteen next month. But that rule had been placed because a few months ago, Uncle Bruce had heard about a seventeen-year-old boy who had been shot while skateboarding in his neighborhood. Violence could even happen here in Bursnell, New Jersey.  Hailey and Alyssa headed to the closet and put their raincoats on until Mrs. Hutchinson said, “It stopped raining outside.”  “Already?” asked Alyssa.  “Yes.” Mrs. Hutchinson went to the bathroom.   The girls walked outside toward the mailbox. Alyssa pulled the mail and headed back toward the door. But mud bubbled from the ground near the house. It piled up, looking like horse manure, and grew as more soil emerged. Alyssa dropped her jaw and stared at it.  “Alyssa, what’s going on?” Hailey asked.   “No idea,” said Alyssa.  The dirt stopped piling up, but it continued to bubble, and the effects spread throughout the whole pile. The bubbles stopped popping up and down. Alyssa and Hailey gasped as they expanded. They kept their mouths open as the bubbles merged together, each one attached to another, forming a single bigger shape. Alyssa and Hailey stepped back as the now giant bubble swelled. And it . . . popped! Particles of exploding mud landed on the girls. They shrieked.  The front door opened to reveal a glowering Mrs. Hutchinson. “What the heck have you two been doing?”   “T-the mud . . . it e-exploded,” said Hailey.   “Nonsense!” growled Mrs. Hutchinson. “Get inside!”  The girls returned inside, pulling and wiping the mud out of their hair. Alyssa could spot the mud in her straight pale-blonde tresses, unlike Hailey, who likely needed more patience to search for globs in her elbow-length red locks. But Alyssa’s hair fell a few inches past her hips, so cleaning out the mud would take longer, even with the shorter layers in the front.  “How could dirt explode?” Mrs. Hutchinson stomped.   “I-I think it was magic!” exclaimed Alyssa.  “There’s no such thing as magic!” screamed Mrs. Hutchinson. “Alyssa, you’re twelve years old. You’re too old to say things like that!”  “But nothing else can make mud explode!” Alyssa said.  “Mrs. Hutchinson, we swear it did!” whined Hailey.   “Enough!” snapped Mrs. Hutchinson. “You and Hailey—go upstairs and take showers!”  Alyssa followed Hailey up the stairs and heaved a sigh. How else would the mud have splattered all over them? Mrs. Hutchinson couldn’t have thought they’d play in the mud like small children.  “Alyssa, can I shower first?” asked Hailey.   “Sure,” said Alyssa.  As Hailey strode into the bathroom, Alyssa walked into her room. She scratched more mud off her skinny jeans (the only jeans she’d worn ever since they’d come into style) and the back of her hand. She stood by her bed since she wanted to keep it clean.  She considered the writing on the window and the exploding mud. Someone wanted magic to interfere with her life, but who, and how come?
 Also, why hadn’t she ever seen wizardry before? Why would her parents and others tell her that it hadn’t existed? Did sorcery just start on earth? Had it hidden somewhere? There had to be some reason why no one had ever believed in it.  Alyssa thought about the possibility that maybe magic might only interfere if she stayed here in her uncle’s house. Maybe if her godfather could arrange with his lawyer to let her move in with him, sorcery would hopefully leave her alone. However, unlike science, anything could occur with magic, which meant that it could follow her wherever she went.   The sound produced by the bathroom’s running water ended, which let Alyssa know that Hailey had finished. Now she could have a turn.  After about five minutes showering, Alyssa stepped out and headed back to her room. She put on leggings and a long shirt. But she gasped at something appearing out of nowhere on her bed. Now that had to have come from . . . magic.  Approaching it, she saw that it was a folded piece of paper. She opened it and read it. Hello Alyssa McCarthy, You must be wondering about the writing on your window, the exploding mud, and the note that appeared here. Who was responsible for them? You’ll find out at some point. Anonymous
 Anonymous? How dare someone create incidents and not say his or her name! Alyssa needed to know his or her identity in order to report him or her. She didn’t want strange, magical occurrences to keep happening.  Regardless of that, now she had proof to Mrs. Hutchinson that the writing and exploding mud had occurred. Mrs. Hutchinson had seen her write before, and this looked nothing like hers. She handwrote in a half-print and half-script style. This, however, was pure print. Alyssa jogged down the stairs and carried the note. “Mrs. Hutchinson, I have something to show you.”   “Not right now, Alyssa.” Mrs. Hutchinson left the kitchen. “You and Hailey have to go wash my car.”  “But it’s quick.”  “You can show me after you’re done with my car.” Mrs. Hutchinson turned to Hailey, who emptied the dishwasher and put dishes away. “Are you almost done?”  “I think so,” said Hailey.  “How many dishes do you have left?” asked Mrs. Hutchinson.  “Uh . . .” Hailey looked at the top rack. “Four.”  “Okay, hurry up.” Mrs. Hutchinson turned to Alyssa. “Why don’t you go put that piece of paper away?”  “But this is what I need to show you.”   “Do I have to repeat what I said before?”   “But—”  “Alyssa, do as you’re told.” Mrs. Hutchinson pointed to the staircase.  Alyssa sighed. This note contained so much crucial information. Only that paper itself had evidence to show that those incidents had occurred.
 After putting the note back in her room, Alyssa headed down the stairs and walked with Hailey toward the garage. The two grabbed sponges, buckets, and soap for washing cars. They filled the buckets with water and scrubbed Mrs. Hutchinson’s car.  “I wish we had another babysitter,” muttered Alyssa.   “What was on the piece of paper?” asked Hailey.  Alyssa told her.   “Who wrote it?”  “There was no name on it. Just ‘anonymous.’”  A girl whistling turned Alyssa’s attention away from the car. She leaned her head toward the sidewalk and saw her friend from grade school, Madison Jennings, riding her scooter.  “Hi, Alyssa,” said Madison. The wind blew her long dark-brown waves across her face. She stopped at Alyssa’s driveway, and her hair went limp. Hailey and Alyssa ran up to greet her and ask how she’d been.  “I just moved onto Draco Drive a few days ago,” Madison referred to a road off Orion Street.  “So how do you like the middle school?” asked Alyssa.   “Oh, I go to Catholic school now,” said Madison. “What about you?”  “Hailey and I are homeschooled now,” said Alyssa. “I never got to tell you.”  “That’s okay,” said Madison. “So you guys want to come over to my house on Saturday?”  “What time?” asked Alyssa.  “I’ll ask my mom and let you know,” said Madison. “Okay, bye, guys. Nice seeing you again.” She rode back in the direction she’d come from as Hailey and Alyssa waved goodbye to her.  After washing the car for another ten minutes, Alyssa and Hailey cleaned up and walked back inside. A snore suggested to Alyssa that Mrs. Hutchinson slept. Huh? She never napped while babysitting.  Alyssa strode toward the living room and saw Mrs. Hutchinson asleep on one of the couches. Hailey followed her. “Why is Mrs. Hutchinson sleeping?”   “I don’t know,” said Alyssa.  “Can you show me the note?”  Alyssa nodded and led her up the stairs. She opened her door but gasped at what she saw. The note that she’d left on her bed was gone.  “Where’s the note?” asked Hailey.  “It was right there,” Alyssa pointed to the bed.  But another piece of paper appeared onto the mattress. Alyssa picked it up and read it.
Hello again, Alyssa,
I have put your babysitter to sleep to reveal magic to you. You’ll find out why she is sleeping later. Anonymous
 “Not again,” mumbled Alyssa. “Why won’t they say their name?” She showed the note to Hailey.  “Let’s go call my dad before anything happens,” said Hailey.
 How much worse could this get? Alyssa thought as she follows.
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Sunayna Prasad has published a few books between her late teens and her mid-twenties. She has won a Pacific Book Review Award for her novel, Wizardry Goes Wild, which will return as a new edition, like From Frights to Flaws. Sunayna also has a blog on different creative and entertaining topics, including writing and fiction. It is called “Sunayna Prasad’s Blog”.
Aside from writing, Sunayna also likes to cook, do art, and watch videos online. She has graduated from college in May 2017 and is looking to continue more writing as well as hold a job soon. Sunayna lives on Long Island, NY.
 
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Strong and Courageous

Strong and Courageous (Echoes of War, Book 2)


Military Science Fiction
Date Published: April 4, 2019
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David has won the battle – but the war is far from over.
Colonel David Cohen has one goal: drive out the League of Sol. After a string of successful engagements, the warship Lion of Judah is ordered on a goodwill mission to assist neutral border planets long caught between sides of the galactic conflict.
What David finds on Monrovia sends shockwaves of horror through the Terran Coalition.
Monrovian citizens of all faiths are being rounded up and sent to reeducation camps, while others are being exterminated to cleanse the population as the planet seeks to join the communist League. Mass graves of thousands of exterminated men, women and children dot the landscape.
David vows to use whatever means necessary to stop the holocaust.
To face down the overwhelming brutality of the League, David will need more than the prayers of the faithful.
He’ll need a miracle.

Review

This is a very character driven novel and series in general. I love the fact that Gibbs always gives us both characters to root for and dislike.
My favorite part of this novel was the fact that along the way you don’t know what is going to come next. There were many surprises and the way that the author was able to keep the pacing just right really helps everything flow naturally.
There is a darker element to the novel that I loved. I also really enjoyed the commitment to his world and everything in it with the way he was able to convey the world from his mind in to words so that we could picture it as well.


Previous Book in the Series
Fight The Good Fight (Echoes of War, Book 1)
Military Science Fiction
Date Published: 5-1-2018 (RELAUNCHED March 15th, 2019!)
Corporal David Cohen thought he’d left war behind.
He was wrong.
The Terran Coalition faces repeated and brutal attacks from the repressive League of Sol. To defend his home planet, David trades his dream of becoming a rabbi for a battlefront in the far reaches of space. When particle beams fly, his courage under fire brings quick promotion. But in the lulls between battles when he must confront his soul, David finds a different enemy: the ghosts of those killed under his command.
Yet in war, it’s kill or be killed—and the enemy shows no mercy.
David must square the tenets of his faith against his responsibility to crew and country. If he fails in his command, billions face enslavement by a ruthless regime. Now it’s an all-out fight for the galaxy’s freedom.
Because a man’s greatest foe lies within.
If you love Babylon 5, Safehold, and Destroyermen, you must read Echoes of War, a military sci-fi series that will take you to the heart of duty, sacrifice, and the unseen scars of those who serve.
Coming Soon in the Series
So Fight I (Echoes of War Book 3)
Military Science Fiction
Colonel David Cohen risks everything in an all-or-nothing battle to turn the tide of galactic war.
Coalition intelligence has discovered the League’s center of gravity—a deep space logistics base that supplies the enemy’s entire war effort. The CDF assembles its largest fleet ever for a decisive attack. For the first time since the war began, the Terran Coalition and their Saurian allies have the means to drive the League from their home turf.
Until they dive head first into the League of Sol buzz saw.
The fleet is forced to retreat after a disastrous engagement to assess their wounds and honor the dead. As the names are read and prayers recited, David can no longer avoid the ultimate question in the face of triumphant evil—why?
However, his internal battle must take a backseat to a war that waits for no one. The crew of the warship Lion of Judah develop a risky plan in a last-ditch offensive to take out the League station.
Or die trying.
In the battle between good and evil, is victory at all costs worth the price?
About the Author
Daniel Gibbs is the creator of the Echoes of War universe. An idea that was born nearly twenty years ago, has finally come alive. A former computer engineer, Daniel loves all forms of science-fiction. His first novel was recently released to Amazon, and he is hard at work on the next five novels in the beginning EOW series. With mountains of ideas and notes for additional novels, Daniel will be busy for years to come bringing his universe to life!
With many years of experience supporting the military as an IT engineer, Daniel hopes to bring an authentic lens to military science fiction, especially around the tribulations and trials of those who serve.
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Last
Chance Series, Book One
Erotic
Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published:
April 2019
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The
last memory that Alannah ‘Lanie’ Jackson has of her father is the day he went
away. Hidden away in an attic from the rest of the world, the only thing that
Alannah ‘Lanie’ Jackson can hold on to is the memory of her father and the hope
that one day he will come for her. Every day that passes, the memory of her
childhood disappears and she learns that her only purpose now is to please.
Trained to act a certain way, the day comes when she can finally be free. She
only hopes that the man who purchases her will be kinder than her current
master.
Excerpt
The
wind had been whipping around all morning. If I hadn’t known better, I would
have thought that I was in the Arctic instead of Oregon. There wasn’t very much
that I could see through my small window, but it was big enough to see that the
bare branches of the oak tree that had died long ago were swinging in the wind.
Not many people came to visit the mansion since I began living here fourteen
years ago. But in the last six months no one came to visit at all. At first, I
thought it might have been due to the change in weather, but then Master
Winston said it was because I didn’t live up to their expectations and
therefore, I was of no interest to them. He blamed it on my inability to learn
and lack of obedience.
Moving
away from the window, I ducked my head and wandered over to my small bed, which
was nestled in the corner of the space that was my room. Pulling the covers
over my body, I tried to keep warm. The attic was very poorly insulated and the
exposed beams that held the rafters were proof. Sometimes it had gotten so cold
that I could see my breath. I found the best way to keep warm was to pull the
covers up over my head and trap the warmth of my breath beneath them.  As much as I hated this room, I hated what
waited for me on the other side of the door when Master Winston came to call
even more.
Closing
my eyes, I let my mind wander. As I slowly began to fall asleep, I imagined
myself as the fairytale princess who was locked in the attic by her evil
stepfather, waiting to be rescued by a handsome prince. I knew the chance of
ever being rescued would be slim to none, but just the thought of it actually
happening was something that I would never stop hoping for. I wished that
things could be as they were when I was younger. I would give anything to be
together with my father again. So much time had passed since I’d seen him that
every day that went by, my thoughts of him were dimmer. I feared that soon I
would forget him all together. I wasn’t sure if it he would even be able to
find me. Last Chance, Oregon, was just that, and not many people came here. I
don’t think many people knew about this out-of-the-way town, at least not
anyone who cared.
“Push
me higher, Daddy, I want to go higher and fly like the birds.”
“Lanie,
if I push you any higher you are going to fall.”
“I
won’t, Daddy. I promise to hold on tight.”
The
warm wind felt so good against my skin. I loved my new swing set. It was pink
and purple and had two swings, a slide, and a Roman glider. It was the perfect
gift for my fifth birthday. I knew why my dad had put in so many hours at work.
It was so that he could buy me this swing set. Pumping my legs harder, I could
feel myself going higher and higher. It was as though I could reach the birds
above me.
Letting
go of the chain, I reached out to touch one. It was so close, but not close
enough. I felt myself falling from the swing. Instead of hitting the ground as
I should have, I was sent spiraling into a pit of fire.
 
About
the Author


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Award-winning
Author of the Independent Press Award and NYC Big Book Award. A.L. Long is also
the recipient of the National Indie Excellence Award.
My
love for writing began several years ago after an early retirement from a
demanding job that I loved, but also hated because it consumed so much of my
time. Now, I am able to focus my time on what I love. Writing romance has been
a life long dream and to actually say that I am a published author is beyond
what I would have ever expected.
Even
though some may say I have a little naughtiness in my books, I look at it as an
added bonus for my readers. After all what is a romance book without a little
spice.
When
I am not writing, I enjoy spending time with friends either at home or out on
the town. Mostly, I enjoy a relaxing night at home where I can enjoy a glass of
wine in the company of a good book.
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The Impaler’s Wife

 

Part of a Fearless Women in History series
Historical fiction, Historical Romance, Gothic Romance
Published Date: April 3, 2019
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The year is 1464 and young King Matthias controls Hungary, his family, and the fate of the world’s most notorious political prisoner, Prince Vlad Dracula. 
 Ilona Szilágy, the king’s cousin, is young and ambitious. Dracula is determined to marry into the Hunyadi family. It is love at first sight…but the king has other plans. The Impaler Prince, however, never takes no for an answer.
This begins Ilona’s journey into the treacherous world of court intrigues, family betrayals, and her husband’s dark desires. Eager to become Vlad’s trusted confidant, Ilona soon discovers that marriage to man tortured by his past comes with a price.
Woven throughout is a peek into the life and times of one of the world’s most enigmatic and maligned rulers…the man before the legend.
With Bardot’s decadent period detail and a cast of gritty evocative characters, The Impaler’s Wife offers a fierce yet sensuous glimpse into the violent 15th century.

Review

Autumn Bardot has great attention to detail and makes everything from the setting, to the characters feel very real. It makes for a wonderfully written and very authentic novel.

Bardot manages to take the reader through a barrage of other emotions besides the typical and they will find themselves submerged in the world and feeling every single things that happens to Ilona and Vlad. The characters were charismatic and drew the reader in.

Addictive, sometimes dark, and full of surprises. There wasn’t any time to have my mind wandering. From the get go, there was lots of things happening at once. It was a full ride!

 

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Autumn Bardot writes smart erotica and historical fiction about sassy women, spicy sex, and daring passions!
 Her erotica includes Legends of Lust, ( Cleis Press )and Confessions Of A Sheba Queen ( Cleis Jan 2020).  Autumn has a BA in English literature and a MaEd in curriculum and instruction. She’s been teaching writing and literary analysis for fourteen years. Autumn lives in Southern California with her hubby, rescue pooch, and ever-increasing family.  Her favorite things include salty French fries, coffee, swimming, and a great book.
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