A World Without Color: A True Story Of the Last Three Days With My Cat
Fiction , Reviews / October 12, 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION One story. Two endings. Genuine and fictional. Which ending is yours? What do you say to someone who is dying? And what do you say when that someone can’t understand a word you are saying? How do you comfort each other throughout… and beyond? My love, if you go away in a few days, the world will lose its colors and darken like the land of Mordor. If you go away and leave me to wander aimlessly, alone in this sea become wild, like a ship with a broken rudder and drowned sailors, and if I don’t find comfort in the warmth of your body, clutched in my embrace at the end of the day, I’m afraid I won’t survive. “I don’t regret anything. Marcel was not only my cat, he was my everything. My brother, my friend, my world shrank in a soft gray-striped furry ball.”—Bernard Jan Powerful. Emotional. Honest. A heartfelt and moving novella. Translated into English by Bernard Jan Editing and proofreading by Philip Newey, Thomas Carley Jr. and Kath Middleton Cover design by Mario Kožar MKM Media Cover photo by Zach Singh REVIEW Anyone who has ever lost a pet will be able to…

From Within the Firebird’s Nest (An Evan Davis Tale)

BOOK DESCRIPTION Most people think the Cold War ended when the Soviet Union collapsed. Though the USSR may have been beaten, their war infrastructure and resentment didn’t simply go away. What if there were still secret weapons systems in place and angry old men eager to set them off? In From within the Firebird’s Nest, former KGB official Sergei Kirill Mikhailov revives a secret biological weapon: the Crimson Firebird. His aim is to strike a devastating blow to the United States while pinning the blame on an impressionable young Arab man, thus initiating a global crisis. Meanwhile, one of Sergei’s former colleagues is scrambling to stop the weapon from being deployed and recruits an unlikely team that includes his son (now a banker in Oklahoma), a former Stasi agent, and an American writer named Evan. Together they must shed light on foes hiding in the dark and save the world from unthinkable destruction. Crypto codes, numbers stations, and sleeper agents all factor into this ultra-high-stakes story of international intrigue. The Cold War gets a little warmer with each page, and all the animosity from the past builds and finally bursts in a shocking conclusion. REVIEW A compelling and gripping read…

The Merchant’s Pearl (The Merchant’s Pearl Saga Book 1)
Fiction , Reviews , Romance / October 9, 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION As a missionary’s daughter, Sarai was taught that love and faith conquer all. But when her parents are murdered, she quickly learns that the world doesn’t stop for love. As a teen, Sarai—now called Leila—is enslaved, a palace concubine for the Ottoman Sultan Aziz. Though she does her best to elude him, she’s forced out of her shell when his son, Prince Emre, claims her for his own. Tossed into competition with the other girls in his harem, Leila must face the lavish attention of her young master and the resulting retaliation from his prior favorite, Aster. But it’s an unexpected gift and a glimpse inside his family’s struggles that collide headfirst with Leila’s upbringing. Soon, despite her better judgment, she finds her heart has a mind of its own. Can she subject her faith and independent spirit to such a future—a future in which the best she can hope for is to be his favorite? How will she stand sharing him with the other girls in the harem? As the sultan’s fragile kingdom unravels around them, will it even matter? REVIEW A well crafted historical romance By Piaras on October 2nd, 2017 Whatever flaws we might identify or…

Carolina Spirit
Fiction , Reviews / September 27, 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION The untimely loss of her true love throws a young woman’s mother into a deep depression. Missing her father desperately, and unsettled by the rumors, Gracie sets out to seek the real circumstances in his tragic death. The imbalance awakens a ghostly energy that refuses to let go of Gracie, pushing her to the edge. As this presence grows more insistent, her best friend Gus worries about her state of mind, as the future becomes unclear for them all. Growing up southern on an island off the coast of South Carolina stitches a tapestry of rich characters and endless outdoor adventures. Leading to a surprising conclusion that will leave you shedding a tear or two, laughing out loud and clapping your hands for the brave, unforgettable and resourceful inhabitants of Lady’s island named Gracie, and Gus. A timeless story that anyone with a love of southern culture, ghosts and adventure will enjoy!   REVIEW  A well crafted coming of age story that will haunt and enchant   Whatever flaws we might identify or frustrations we might feel are trivial in comparison to a reader’s pure joy in losing himself/herself in a narrative. When all the elements come together:…

Being Exposed
Coming of age , Fiction / September 23, 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION Garrett tried to hide that he was gay—only his best friends knew—but when his secret comes out, so do his biggest fears and threats. Coming out has made Garrett a target, and when he’s attacked on a weekend trip, he must explore how to deal with his latest fate. His best friends Jackie and Tanya watch as Garrett navigates his new reality, and must decide how they would react if the deep secrets they harbor were revealed. Being Exposed tells the stories of three different friends dealing with the decision to reveal themselves and brave the potential consequences of being bullied or being able to find another way.    REVIEW   An Absorbing, Thought-Provoking and Heart-Wrenching Coming-Of-Age Story Whatever flaws we might identify or frustrations we might feel are trivial in comparison to a reader’s pure joy in losing himself/herself in a narrative. When all the elements come together: an intriguing plot, thoughtful, profound themes, complex, troubling, characters, and language that make us shudder for its honesty, clarity, and confidence; we gratefully set all analysis aside and give ourselves up to the sheer magic of a great book. And for me, Being Exposed, is such a book. Author…

Three Leaves
Biographies & Memoirs , Fiction , Romance / September 21, 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION Three Leaves chronicles Steven LaVey’s struggles as a young man as he comes to terms with his life after fledging home from an overbearing and dominant mother. Split into three parts, each leaf of the book concerns the budding and falling of the author’s tragic romances. Throughout his search for his identity as an adult, he experiences the madness of love and an inability to control his violent emotions. This poignant memoir is the true account of a broken man nearly destroyed by his pent up rage and inability to trust anyone including himself. Three Leaves is the disturbing tale of a fight to the other side of madness and self-destruction. It reveals the man behind the trauma, the pain behind the rage, the heart behind the hatred.   REVIEW Whatever flaws we might identify or frustrations we might feel are trivial in comparison to a reader’s pure joy in losing himself/herself in a narrative. When all the elements come together: an intriguing plot, thoughtful, profound themes, complex, troubling, characters, and language that make us shudder for its honesty, clarity, and confidence; we gratefully set all analysis aside and give ourselves up to the sheer magic of a…

Minor Glitches (Southern Chaotic’s MC Book 1)
Fiction , Reviews , Romance / September 17, 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION We’ve all heard the saying, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade,” but what if the lemonade leaves a sour expression on your face? That’s what Dani wonders until the day she receives two perfect presents. Instead of letting life’s glitches set her back, Dani prevails. Ryker had only one aspiration when he left his hometown eight years ago, to be prosperous, but that blew up in his face when the love of his life left town. He takes his glitches and turns them into meaningless encounters with nameless women to feel adequate. Ryker and Dani bring new meaning to ‘keep your friends close and your enemies closer.’ What happens when Ryker is faced with the reality he left behind? What happens when Dani is faced with her past and the people who turned their backs on her? REVIEW A Well Crafted Contemporary Romance By Piaras on behalf of Emerald Book Reviews September 16, 2017 Whatever flaws we might identify or frustrations we might feel are trivial in comparison to a reader’s pure joy in losing himself/herself in a narrative. When all the elements come together: an intriguing plot, well thought out themes, characters, and language that make…

The Witches of Wildwood: Cape May Horror Stories and Other Scary Tales from the Jersey Shore
Fiction , Horror / September 5, 2017

  BOOK DESCRIPTION Werewolves… vampires… swamp beasts… zombies… even a Jersey Devil… all of these chilling creatures and more await you in this haunting collection of 11 contemporary horror fiction stories by Mark Wesley Curran. Uniquely set ‘down the shore’ in South Jersey’s Cape May County, these scary tales are sure to terrify and entertain both adult readers as well as young adults. The spooky offerings include: – An abrasive radio talk show host is stalked by an angry werewolf in ‘Werewolves of Dennis’ – A Fun Pier boardwalk worker falls under the spell of a strange attic dwelling girl  in ‘The Girl In The Attic’ – An ancient sailing ship filled with bloodthirsty zombies crashes into the Jersey Shore in ‘Night of the Wildwood Dead’ The cornerstone of the collection is ‘The Witches of Wildwood,’ the harrowing and suspenseful tale of a witch-hunting preacher hell-bent on killing four teenage sisters determined to destroy the world from their Wildwood boarding house. This collection contains: The Girl In The Attic – Dante’s Inferno At Castle Dracula – Neptune’s Revenge – Night of the Wildwood Dead – Captain Harvey’s Wildwood Seafood Palace – Showdown In Anglesea – The Fortune Teller Machine  –…

Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Twisted Prophecy
Fiction , Reviews , Science Fiction / August 5, 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION Amid turmoil surrounding devastating attacks across the world, the dragon domain faces the planet’s greatest fear: global terrorism by an unknown force of magic users. Against this backdrop of fear, the friends’ relief at having Richie back from the jaws of death is quickly tempered when they discover the price she has paid and exactly what she will have to forfeit. With Manson’s deadly scheme in full swing, events quickly turn from bad to worse. An army of nagas controlled by the threat to their king, help the evil dragon storm the kingdom, capturing Peter, Tank and Flash in the process. With no help on the horizon and the dragons below ground neutralised, how will the threat be stopped? Will the white dragon turn out to be their saviour, or will a fierce lacrosse match prove to be the turning point for a rescue so unconventional, nobody could ever see it coming? With a hoard of treasure and more magical artefacts than a witch’s kitchen, you’ll have to read on to find out if everything will turn out all white! REVIEW  Makes a great series in print but would make an even better series on the silver screen!, August…

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