This Too Shall Pass
by Marisa Billions
Cynical and sardonic Eva Brooks ponders what it would take to be satisfied in life.
She fights against familial expectations, societal constraints, and her own desires. Landing herself in an unsatisfying marriage and conventional life, Eva realizes that she is gloomier than ever.
A reunion with Riley, the woman of her dreams, changes her life forever.
A future of happiness hovers on the horizon, beckoning her, calling her forever forwards.
Then reality strikes and it hits hard.
Doug, Eva’s ex-husband, is not going to let Eva walk away easily. Just when Eva thinks she has it all, he puts their son in the care of his new wife, Lucy, a controlling, abusive and ever angry woman.
After trying unsuccessfully to protect her son via orthodox methods, life, and death, take a twist.
A ghostly turn of events has Eva trying to decide to what lengths she will go to protect her child.
Can Eva use her haunting new ability to help her son?
This is a really good book. As a mother it affected me to the point of tears. It had a riveting plot and characters.
Primed for Vengeance
By Gill D Anderson
Butch is a young man who plans to seek revenge towards those responsible for his suffering and he intends to punish them in the worst possible way. Butch harbors intense feelings of anger and self-loathing and blames his upbringing for this. Butch is ready to attack and is primed for vengeance. Will he ever find a way to reconcile his past to make peace with the present?
Sarah is a bright young woman whose sole mission in life is to spread kindness and help others. Sarah puts her heart and soul into her role managing young people living in state care. Her intentions are good, however out of the blue, her life starts to unravel in the most horrific way. Sarah finds herself in the middle of a terrible dilemma whereby the choices she makes have a much bigger impact on those she cares about than she could ever have imagined.
Jock is a youth worker who brings the light into the darkest days of the young people he works with. He is a happy go lucky guy who finds himself in an unexpected precarious position. Jock steps up to tackle the most challenging situation he has ever faced and does not waver. But will he succeed in his attempt to talk a troubled youth out of committing yet another heinous crime?
Detective Dylan Mathews is highly disturbed by the poems being received by a young woman named Kate Jones. As they become increasingly sinister in nature, he, and his teamwork around the clock to catch the writer whom police have nicknamed ‘The Riddler’.
Dylan reports to Senior Sergeant Robert Gardner who is impossible to please. The personality clash between the two men only hinders the progress of the investigation. What is behind Gardner’s hatred of Dylan? Will police be able to catch ‘The Riddler’ before it’s too late?
A real page turner that I could not put down. This book has a bunch of genres that it can fall into but add great to the list.
by Matthew Slater
A drug deal, a betrayal, and a monumentous fall from grace.
In Sovereign City, Bryan Wattson is a big shot. He had it all until his friend and business partner, Tony shoots him and leaves him to take the fall for drug trafficking. He is sentenced to 30 years. After 10 years his buddy, Phil pulls a whopper and breaks him out of prison.
He has only one thing on his mind…revenge.
So he comes up with a plan to get back at his betrayer.
This story was fast paced and full of action. It keeps you turning the pages to see what happens next.
Enter The Black Oak
by Monique Edenwood
**Winner of the 2021 International Book Award in Fiction-Romance**
Is a haunting, scorching love triangle between the heroine, Jessynia, the powerful and devastating Jackson Wilder and Cameron O'Neill, scion of the O'Neill dynasty and sworn enemy of Jack.
Enter The Black Oak features a love triangle between the heroine and two highly dominant and damaged men who are also sworn enemies.
But it’s more than that. There are dangerous secrets kept by the rich and powerful elite of Manhattan's high society.
Enter The Black Oak will take you on a dangerous journey through lust, desire, betrayal, and obsession that will leave you breathless by the end and desperate for more.
Mature Audience. ***EXPLICIT CONTENT INCLUDING SOME DUBIOUS CONSENT, MUST BE 18+ TO READ***
Gates of Eden: Starter Library
by Theophilus MonroeDruid's Dance (The Druid Legacy, Book 1)
When Elijah Wadsworth manifests strange abilities that he neither understands nor can control he discovers that he's at the center of a legend that has been unfolding for centuries.
Wyrmrider Ascending (The Fomorian Wyrmriders, Book 1)
Joni Campbell returned to the merkingdom of her ancestors hoping to find peace. But when the bokors open a portal to the void, and the wyrms break through into the world, she must learn to harness the power of these beasts if she hopes to save her home, and the world, from an even greater threat.
Voodoo Academy (The Voodoo Legacy, Book 1)
Annabelle Mulledy and her soul-bound familiar didn't always get along. But their connection gave her unique abilities. When an insidious Loa discovers her power he seeks to claim her for himself. Her only hope? Join the Voodoo Academy and learn to master her powers. But are the Loa who brought her to the Academy really allies, or are they also trying to use her for their own nefarious purposes?
Bloody Hell (The Legacy of a Vampire Witch, Book 1)
Mercy Brown has avoided the Order of the Morning Dawn for centuries. But the quasi-religious organization, dedicated to the elimination of all vampires and witches, has found her. The only way to defeat them. She'll have to go to "bloody hell."
Scared Shiftless (The Legend of Nyx, Book 1)
After being bitten by a vampire, Nicky--a shapeshifting water elemental--lost her powers. Now, she's stuck in a male body. After hunting vampires for years, she finally has a lead on the one who attacked her. Will she be able to face her nemesis and regain her powers, or will she lose what's left of herself in the process?
Rise of the Morrigan (pre-quel to the Gates of Eden universe)
When the Dagda takes three sisters and combines them into what he thinks will make his ideal wife the Morrigan rises to defy him.
What is the Gates of Eden Universe?
A lot of religions and traditions had some kind of “other” world, a primeval world, unmarred and unstained by human corruption. In the Judeo-Christian tradition it was the Garden of Eden. For the Druids and Celts, it is Annwn. For Louisiana vodouisants it is Guinee.
All the Gates of Eden books are based on a particular mythological or spiritual tradition. While the magical systems are fictional, they are based on rites, lore, and mythologies unique to these traditions. There is a lot of overlap between traditions in these books–what the Druids call one thing, the Voodoo Mambos call something else. In the end, however, we see in these books a magical system that transcends the differences in religion and myth and unifies us all under a common force, a power, something uniquely human but nonetheless absent from our magic-less world. There may be many “Gates,” but ultimately there is one Eden, one Annwn, one Guinee. One humanity.
I couldn’t have explained it better. If you can’t find something in this starter library that you like then I don’t think it can be found. It is such a teaser for all things mythical.
by Sasha S Marshall
(A Zvi Jayden Novel)
A horrible murder by a rogue vampire makes him Black Star’s number one fugitive. Deputy Hendri Connor calls on Zvi Jayden species unknown into the investigation. Her sister Moe who is a peacefully talented witch and Killian Kavanaugh who is centuries old King of the vampires, and a true gentleman are there to help her catch the killer of the horrendous murders before it’s too late.
Add in a “safe” hangout called The Bar, a bunch of varied supernaturals and you got a story so complex and witty that you cannot, and I mean cannot stop reading.
Sigh…as I fan myself. What can I say other than a fun and humorous must read.
by Jacques Von Kat
Twenty-one-year-old, John-Michael is often misunderstood and considered odd or weird.
He feels like he’s missing something in life but he’s not sure what that is. But when he is looking into mirrors he sees everything and more…that most people don’t.
Then one day he sees a strange man in a blue suit that appears in town. A man who doesn’t belong there, and who has a suspicious curiosity for the antique shop where John-Michael works and its owner.
And then his employer is found dead, and he becomes the number one suspect.
John Michael finds himself trying to solve the mystery himself maybe by being overly observant he can find clues others miss. But if he does will anyone really believe him or will the man in the blue suit catch up to him?
I really liked the character John-Michael. He was sweet and entertaining. The plot was good and flowed easily. But the ending was a twist.
Land On Me
by Matthew R. Corr
Grief is just love with nowhere to go.
Landon Griffin is a senior at Madison High in Madison, Texas, or “Mad High” as it’s called. He was the running back and co-captain of the school’s football team. He has had a girlfriend, who he has dated for over a year, and things were looking good for him to get a football scholarship. His dad is the superintendent of the high school and in his first year of campaigning to become Mayor of Madison, which packed on the pressure of being the golden boy.
One day he notices the back of someone in school. He is left wondering what he looks like from the front. And why does he even care? Giving the stranger the codename Mystery Boy, his simple life shatters when feelings spark for a guy he’s never met. Why is fate playing a cat and mouse game with his obsession with Mystery Boy? So, while trying to figure out where all this fits into the spectrum of his sexuality, his worries are compounded by what if people found out, everyone would treat him differently. It could even ruin his dad’s chances of getting the votes he needed for mayor.
It’s a beautiful coming of age story with a little confusion of sexuality mixed in. It’s respectfully and sweetly done. The gay stress the story invoked felt real. It filled me with a sense of dread, outrage, and sadness. The story does have some lighter notes from the 1980’s nostalgia the author throws in.
I didn’t want to stop reading because I didn’t want the book to be over, so I was stuck. I would put the book down knowing it was going to end soon but pick it back up again because I wanted to know how it ended.
The next book will come soon enough, even though I can’t wait.
Coming of Age
It Waits on the Top Floor
by Ben Farthing
The tower appeared overnight, but it wants to keep you forever.
Thursday night, it was a dirt lot. Friday morning, it was a 60-story skyscraper. What the heck!
Chris, is an unemployed architect. His wife Sherri leaves him and their newly adopted son, Eddie.
Eddie, a curious 9-year-old decides there’s treasure inside the out of the blue mysterious skyscraper that appears like magic and goes exploring. His terrified dad chases close behind.
But Chris and Eddie are not the only people curious about the mysterious skyscraper either; others are also feeling called toward the monstrosity intent on solving its mysteries. What they find is beyond terrifying. Like a maze they are being pushed up towards the top floor.
And something is waiting on the top floor.
This was an intriguing idea for a story. It was well thought out and written with twists and turns literally that made it an edge of your seat read. I’m hooked. I have already bought the next book in the series. They Cling to the Hull (Horror Lurks Beneath Book 2)