Fiction for Review: One Chance: The Legend of Valerian’s Garden by Pete Russo

“DON’T LET THEM KNOW YOU’RE SCARED” – VALERIAN’S GARDEN

A year ago, industrial-goth band Valerian’s Garden exploded into the mainstream, seemingly out of nowhere. Their nonstop touring, incendiary live performances, and down – to – earth personalities have turned them into the darlings of the music world; their lead singer, Angel, in particular. For the first time ever, their reclusive, introverted front woman tells the complete story of how the five musicians found each other and set out on their journey. She’ll talk about the friends they’ve made and those they’ve left behind – and will explore, in depth, what the journey has cost.

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Praise for ONE CHANCE: THE LEGEND OF VALERIAN’S GARDEN:

“A blunt look at making it in the music business!” ~ dmmconn, 4 stars

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Mystery and Thriller for Review: Happy Homicides: Thirteen Cozy Holiday Mysteries (Anthology)

A huge collection of heartwarming, brain-puzzling, and character-driven traditional mysteries that’ll keep you entertained for hours. (At 213,000 words, this is 627 pages of reading material!) Plus, you can email to get a FREE Bonus File with recipes and holiday craft ideas. Celebrate the holidays with stories by these thirteen bestselling and award-winning authors: Joanna Campbell Slan, Neil Plakcy, Lois Winston, Annie Adams, Jenna Bennett, Nancy Jill Thames, Sara Rosett, Camille Minichino, Nancy Warren, Linda Gordon Hengerer, Joyce and Jim Lavene, and Teresa Trent.

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Praise for HAPPY HOMICIDES:

“Great escape for readers of any genre.” ~ darielraye, 4 stars

“I really enjoyed this set and can recommend it to others without any difficulty.” ~ SJ Francis, 5 stars

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Mystery/Thriller Romance for Review: Happily Never After by Bess George

After being shot in a brutal attack outside her office, no-nonsense Assistant District Attorney Kelsey Brackston suffers from PTSD, panic attacks that won’t allow her return to work. In need of a fresh start, she heads to California to accept a job from her brother. All seems to be going well until the past comes hunting. Someone wants to kill her—again.

Former SWAT officer Bode Taggert doesn’t want to feel anything for anyone after a split-second decision caused the death of an innocent woman and nearly ruined his life. He’s pulled himself out of the bottle and has one last chance to be a cop again—the only thing he’s ever wanted. When Kelsey asks for his help hunting down a stalker, he resists, knowing the sizzling attraction he feels for her could jeopardize his focus.

Kelsey’s determination to put the past behind her and move on with her life is the one thing that he can’t resist, and despite his intention to remain uninvolved, Bode falls for the sexy lawyer. While he and the police are focused on catching the stalker, however, Kelsey vanishes. With his career—and his heart—on the line, Bode will stop at nothing to find her. But will their newfound faith in each other be enough to save the day? Or will the demons from their pasts destroy them both?

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Praise for HAPPILY NEVER AFTER:

“Whole lot of sparks and intrigue and unexpected surprises…” ~ DivaC, 4 stars

“Crazy intense…I loved it!” ~ mskind81, 5 stars

“Romance with a twist…great romance…” ~ CV36, 4 stars

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Paranormal Romance for Review: Releasing the Demons by L.D. Rose

Blaze Knight has been through hell and back, but the nightmares aren’t over yet.

Five years after Blaze was maimed by Cyrus Chimola, a powerful vampire with a penchant for torture, he’s still trying to pick up the pieces of his shattered life. As a genetically engineered mercenary with the ability to bend fire to his will and to see in infrared, Blaze’s mission is to protect what’s left of humanity. When Chimola and his crew return to the Bronx gunning for Blaze’s blood, Blaze is forced to face the demons of his past. Hell-bent on revenge, he seeks the help of Valerie Medeiros, an NYPD detective who manages to steal his heart and save his life in more ways than one.

Motivated by her sister’s gruesome death, Valerie has made it her life’s goal to bury every vampire in the ground where they belong. When she brings in Blaze Knight for suspected murder, she discovers he’s not only innocent, he isn’t a man at all—he’s a half-vampire hybrid working with a band of brothers for the U.S. military. Valerie has a hard time trusting anything with fangs, yet she quickly falls headlong into Blaze’s life, a life full of darkness and horror she can’t even begin to fathom. The bodies are stacking up, but Valerie can’t seem to let go of this hybrid, a beautiful monster filled with pain, rage, and passion unlike anything she’s ever known.

In a world where the line between good and evil is blurred, Blaze and Valerie will find danger at every turn, risking everything they’ve come to know and love, including one another.
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Praise for RELEASING THE DEMONS:

“Action packed ride that kept you at the edge of your seat…” ~ jodietwhite, 4 stars

“Awesome story…grabs you from the very first paragraph.” ~ karent, 4 stars

“Great start to series!” ~ dmmconn, 4 stars

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Historical Western Romance for Review: A Hard Candy Christmas by Hebby Roman

Abigail Kerr Sanford is a single mother struggling to raise her child. Sheriff Clint Graham is a man scarred by his background and family tragedies. Drawn into a bitter feud between ranchers and railroaders, Abigail and Clint work together to resolve the feud, learning to respect and trust each other. And as their feelings deepen, they recognize their love is the most special Christmas gift of all.

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Praise for A HARD CANDY CHRISTMAS:

“Sweet, lovely little romance.” ~ nightkat, 4 stars

“Lovely gentle read with good characters that are likeable…” ~ Sheereader, 5 stars

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Mystery/Thriller for Review: Monarchs and Mendicants by Dan Groat

In the midst of a war between the rich and the poor, the strong and the weak, the kings and the pawns, one man fights his way from despair to hope.

When a fourth homeless man is murdered by the Hacker, Gifford Ulrich leaves downtown St. Louis carrying his belongings on his back and wanders into the Benoit Neighborhood searching for shelter and safety. He finds abandoned buildings and abandoned people; beggars, drunks, drug addicts, gamblers; the outcasts; the unusual, the unbalanced, and the unlucky. His job cleaning bricks leads him to discover hidden forces at work in Benoit that throw him in the middle of danger and death. To fight his way off the streets, Giff must rely on his military training, his knife, and an anger born of loss. The only way to survive the passage from tragedy to triumph is to kill or be killed.

Book 1 in the Gifford Ulrich Series The Journey Begins:

Gifford Ulrich didn’t know the distance from despair to hope, but he knew hope didn’t sleep in alleys. On this morning his first waking moments were filled with the audible lamenting breath of having survived another winter night on the streets of St. Louis, those onerous recurring sighs that had become his respiration. Endurance was not an uplifting miracle to him, but a depressing fact. Not the surprise, “Hallelujah, I’m alive,” but the admission, “Oh, I’m still here.”

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Praise for MONARCHS AND MENDICANTS:

“Inspiring…Groat is a master storyteller.” ~ rhenette, 5 stars

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New Adult Paranormal for Review: The Human Cure by Tracy Auerbach

Kate Plesser is leading a dead-end life as an office assistant with a penchant for bad relationships. She is lost. When Kate is kidnapped by Hunter, a gorgeous stranger, she assumes he is just some sick psychopath. She never suspects he is actually a vampire, and that she is about to be plunged into a world stranger than her wildest dreams.

In the underground city where Hunter lives, she encounters his otherworldly cousin Chase, who holds the key to her freedom. She is thrust into a village where humans are farmed for feeding and breeding. In this mysterious new world, Kate discovers she is capable of feelings and strength that she never could have imagined.

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Praise for LAYERS:

“I did not want to put the book down!” ~ rhenette, 5 stars

“Thought-provoking, fascinating, intriguing. A must read!” ~ ashia, 5 stars

“Interesting concept.” ~ jreppy, 4 stars

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Mystery/Thriller for Review: Nation of Enemies by H.A. Raynes

A chilling, suspenseful new thriller in the vein of Michael Crichton and James Rollins.

It’s all about the genetics. DNA. Black & white.

A decade ago the U.S. government mandated that all citizens be issued biochips containing all of their medical information and an I.D. number indicating a person’s health. Then they made the information public—the implications of which are wide-spread and devastating.

Now on the eve of the 2032 presidential election, the country is deeply divided and on the brink of civil war. But as the two major political parties face off, innocent Americans are dying at the hands of masked terrorists. When the Liberty Party’s presidential nominee is assassinated in a highly-coordinated, masterful attack, it sets off a chain of events that will change the course of history and leave America’s inalienable rights—life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness—dangling on the precipice of extinction.

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Praise for NATION OF ENEMIES:

“Good character development…well worth the read.” ~ jreppy, 4 star review

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Fantasy for Review: Seven Dreams by Charlotte E. English

Seven mortal Realms I saw and seven keys had I…

Serena Carterett leads a team of masqueraders, shapeshifters and reformed thieves. Their task? To oppose the criminal Yllandu at every turn. It’s a straightforward job — until the Yllandu get their hands on a mysterious stone artefact, and at the behest of a powerful Lokant employer. When a strange riddle appears in the sky, the hunt for the Seven Dreams begins.

Who will find the seven keys, and what do they open? Nobody knows, but Serena is determined to deny the Yllandu the prize. Her team must battle Lokants and sorcerers, scholars and thieves to solve the puzzle first. The hunt will take them all the way across the Seven Realms — and far into the darkness of their own past.

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Praise for SEVEN DREAMS:

“Enjoyable; interesting worlds and characters.” ~ jreppy, 4 stars

“Interesting, well-paced story with the players becoming more complex…” ~ milligan1111, 4 stars

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Fantasy for Review: The Outrider Legion by Christopher Pepper

A combination of watchmen, rangers, and soldiers, the Outrider Legion patrols the roads and dark places within the Dominion, keeping safe its citizens from threats that elude the other Legions.

It falls on a unit of Outriders to undertake a dangerous mission to recover a mysterious artifact, stolen from dark forces. However not all is as it seems, as there are many players in this game, and the Outriders find themselves beset with rivals. As they track down the thieves and their mysterious treasure it becomes apparent that there are other forces involved in the pursuit, forces not above using murder and black magic to get what they want. One of them is the Akvan, a centuries-old sorcerer and the terror of the entire continent. His involvement in the affair is unknown, but his appearance can only indicate some grand, diabolical strategy at work. But there is another shadowy figure in play who may be the prime mover, orchestrating treason within the Legion from afar…

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