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Aftermath (Book 4 in The Vaedra Chronicles) by Ester Lopez

    A controlling Captain has six days to finish training her student pilots before transferring to the Special Missions Team. When an astronaut mysteriously shows up on the flight deck, she is charged with teaching him to fly the same ships, which took six weeks to teach her students, but she must do it in the six days left or lose her chance to transfer. She must also discover his real reason for being on their ship. While her student is a fast learner and an Air Force test pilot, she uncovers some things about him that lead her and the Admiral to believe a sinister plan is under way to take over the Earth. Will she be able to stop this plan before it happens, or will the Earth succumb to an alien invasion?  My review: This is the first book I’ve read by this author, and yes it is indeed the fourth in series. I don’t do this often, but every once in a while I might start a book series from somewhere in the middle of it. In the case of this book, I got a free review copy in return for my review. The story starts off on an alien spaceship Concordance, where several officers are introduced right away in an information overload. It is clear that several of the characters were starring in the previous books as for me it took a while to get acquainted with everyone and remember their names.  They had found a… Read More »Aftermath (Book 4 in The Vaedra Chronicles) by Ester Lopez

    Strands of Existence 1: Island Girl by Aino Lahteva

      As an opportunist, Istrae yearns to get off her home island and visit Kerth, the City of Light and Abundance. Her preferred method of travel, however, didn’t include drowning. And she didn’t expect the city to be so dirty. Her memories are as broken as her body. She begins to piece them together with the help of a spirit bound to a statue and an ambitious army captain called Rime she enjoys teasing. While Rime guides Istrae in her new life, it becomes evident the rigid rules of society and the city’s Temple do not welcome those who seek to shake the established rules, which is something Istrae is incapable of resisting. Island Girl is the first book in a fresh epic fantasy series Strands of Existence with tones of adventure and a splash of romance. A whole new world with it’s own laws, intuitive magic, and religion My review I really enjoyed Island Girl. Aino has created an amazing new world that engulfed me in from the get go. I absolutely loved Istrae and Rime getting to know each other and I missed him greatly the second half of the book, when Istrae’s destiny brought her to the Temple. But in Rime’s absence Istrae went through several character developing moments. The ending!!!! That was just… Plans that got fueled in the duration of this book will most certainly start unraveling in the next book. I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Goodreads Amazon Website

      An Imperfect Death by Liz Graham

        Stolen money. A ruined reputation. A woman scorned… When Diana’s husband disappears – along with everyone’s money – she’s branded the most hated person in town. She knows Mark faked his own death and she’s determined to prove it. With no cash, no credit, and no influence, she’s desperate. But she’s willing to deceive the FBI, a Colombian drug lord, and the only friend she has left to salvage the remnants of her life and uncover the truth. The rumors of his death may be premature, but Diana will make damn sure he’s dead this time. If you love sordid crime, action and revenge mixed with humor, then you’ll love An Imperfect Death! My review: Diana Quenton comes off as spoiled, selfish and privileged right from the first pages of the book. She is all of those things and more – she is not your average heroine that’s for sure – and somehow I still started to like her by the end of the story, however unlikely that might seem. Her personality quirks and the way she reacts to her unfortunate situation is what makes the story so great, after all. This is not your standard mystery book where two experienced investigators are finding out the truth. That perfect, gorgeous, entitled brat of a woman decides that the hot FBI agent assigned to the case of her missing husband is not equipped to handle the situation well enough and wants to drag his sorry butt back home by herself! She… Read More »An Imperfect Death by Liz Graham

        Stormy Weather by Ranaildo H. Timms

          Wow! I can’t believe it’s storming. No worries… That’s just Alabama weather. You never know what you’re going to get. It can be 90 degrees, hot, and humid. Then, out of nowhere, BAM! It’s storming. That’s ok though. Strangely, that’s the furthest thing from my mind as I sit on my front porch starring at the black sky, hearing the roar of the thunder, and witnessing the blind flashes of lightening. The only thing I can do is reminisce and think about you. The feeling I have at this exact moment makes me feel and do something strange. Something I have never done before…write.Forgive me. Let me explain. I am not a writer and never thought I would be; but I was always told – even as a kid – that I could tell a good story. It just so happens that I have a good one to tell. Don’t worry! It’s a good one. It’s filled with highs and lows, love and loss, and the ending—well, if I tell you everything now, what’s the fun in that? You’ll find out how that goes. But out of these things, what makes the story interesting is that it’s mine; and the only way I can tell it is to start from the beginning. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy. My Review: Stormy Weather is a short story about the author joining the United States Marine Corps and the training he went through. It is easy to read and at times it… Read More »Stormy Weather by Ranaildo H. Timms

          Spellbound by Melody Arlene

            Sabrina Hawes of Galen City is a common woman, a renowned sorceress who had a heart for adventure and a celebrated mind of magic. After tragically losing her parents three years ago, she confronted their attacker, a clergyman, but the confrontation accidentally ended with his death by her hand. Sabrina had retreated to the shadows of the city forced into hiding by rumor and suffocating city gossip. Though a position as one of the king’s advisors helped her keep a daily routine, she never fully recaptured the citizens’ good favor. With her days predictable and planned, she spent her leisure time exploring the world away from the eyes of the city where she once flourished. The king’s nephew, affable Baron Maxwell Aldaine, is a Galen City soldier, recently wed to noble darling Hazel Barnaby. He lives the polished, rehearsed, and unhappy life of a young royal with a generous, phony smile to his skeptical citizens. He also had been missing for three months and feared dead, after he and a team of soldiers ventured on a rescue mission to save their missing friend, a Galen City naval captain. The failed operation left the baron alone in a lightless dungeon, waiting for death. Sabrina, while exploring a neighboring island, stumbles upon Galen City’s nephew, Baron Maxwell, and rescues him. Through a case of mistaken identity, she believes he is but a common man. His irritability helps create a contentious journey home and lays the framework for two individuals always at odds.… Read More »Spellbound by Melody Arlene