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


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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“A blunt look at making it in the music business!” ~ dmmconn, 4 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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“Inspiring…Groat is a master storyteller.” ~ rhenette, 5 stars

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Fantasy for Review: Done with Death by David Babineau

Welcome to Purgatory! Why Purgatory you ask? Well that’s easy; you are here because you did everything right and at the same time–everything wrong. Listen, no one said this was going to be easy but while you are here, you may as well enjoy our ever-grey skies and check out some of our tourist attractions. We really don’t care what you do here in Purgatory because no matter what–you are going to be here for a very long time!

Chuck Robbins never wanted to die. When a death comes knocking to offer him a job, well–he’d be an idiot to pass it up. Living dead in Purgatory was the just the beginning of Chuck’s troubles. Now he must reap the souls of people he’s never met, just to make his quota or face banishment to the worst company every created–Hell; where there are no vacation packages or retirement incentives. Chuck’s only problem–an ancient evil within the universe has taken an interest in him and it wants Chuck to succeed, because when he does; the system will fail and the universe will collapse.

Done With Death contains demons, fallen angels who curse like sailors, Jesus who loves to drink PBR and David Bowie. Who ever said the Afterlife had to suck?

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“The story and the writing style are very interesting and like a breath of fresh air, funny when needed…” ~ milligan1111, 4 stars

“Thrilling!” ~ rhenette, 5 stars

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Answer Week 11 Third Question from KM Daughters and Get a Chance to Win!

Third question in Week 11 of the Weekly Contest:

In The Snows by K.M. Daughters, what is the universal sign?

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Last day to answer: August 26

Romance for Review: Points on a Curve by Nya Rawlyns

Rob van Horn is a hotshot sports journalist with an instinct for a headline.

Taylor O’Brien is a basketball player with a checkered past and regrets.

She’s not his type. He’s her best friend’s younger brother. When they clash over a bloody beef tenderloin, there’s more at stake than splitting the appetizer.

When they go one-on-one on the basketball court Rob makes it clear to everyone that his tastes have changed—at least in women.

There’s one little problem, an ex-husband who’s not what he seems, and a story that turns Rob into a bloodhound, with all clues circling back to Taylor.

The more he digs, the more Rob finds that sometimes fate takes dinner and romance to a whole nother level…

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Praise for Points on a Curve:

“LOL humor, sharp wit and a great underlying message of the devotion of family and friends makes POINTS ON A CURVE a great pick…” ~ Delta

“Witty, irreverent, and a lot of fun!” ~ vyrissi

Western Romance for Review: Unconquerable Callie by DeAnn Smallwood

Sometimes a lie can lead to love.

Callie Collins, a proud woman in the late 1800’s is a liar and a darned good one, a master of the dubious art. She is also a dreamer. Her greatest hope is to reach a new life in South Pass City Wyoming, where she can open a bakery and live an independent life. To be successful, she will need her greatest gifts of deception to date. As a woman alone, she has to prove to Seth McCalister, the wagon master, that she has the wherewithal (a wagon and a set of oxen), the stamina to survive months of drought, dust, hardships and even risk of death, and a mythical fiancé who waits at the end of the line.

McCallister is uneasy, but also mystified by the audacity and determination of the young woman. He allows her to join the train west. What he doesn’t realize is there is no fiancé. To make matters worse, Callie is in love with Seth McCallister, too. For the first time, the lies that have brought her so far in life threaten to keep her from her one, true love. McCallister is a man of strong character and Callie feels certain that once he realizes her deception, he’ll turn away, ashamed of his love and trust in her.

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Praise for Unconquerable Callie:

“Wonderful Western.” ~ birdlady

“Surprisingly good read…will keep you fascinated.” ~ Delta

New Books for Review: General Fiction by Patricia Yager Delagrange and Ann Everett

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Jessee Bradford, a respected young veterinarian in Santa Barbara, California, comes home to find his wife Serena and baby daughter Sofia missing. Jessee fears they have been kidnapped or worse. The FBI investigators believe his wife, the only daughter of a wealthy philanthropist who never approved of their marriage, simply abandoned Jessee and took their child with no intention of returning.

After months of fruitless searching, Jessee relocates to his grandparents’ home in Iowa, where he takes over his grandpa’s veterinary practice. There he finds the family closeness he’s been missing and falls in love with a female equestrian Laura. When Jessee and Laura attend a gallery opening of an artist named She, the paintings remind Jessee of his wife Serena’s art work. Thus begins Jessee’s search to find She while his future with Laura teeters precariously on the edge until the truth about She is discovered.

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All Quinn Dorsey wants is a white picket fence fairy tale. But after another failed relationship, and her biological clock ticking double time, she’s decided happily-ever-after isn’t in the Tarot cards. Forget Cupid, it’s time to take matters into her own hands. A simple seduction should do the trick, but then everything that can go wrong…does!

Dak Savage isn’t interested in commitment. He’s been burned by women before – lied to, used, even shot. Hell, he considers women a curse and has one rule he never breaks – don’t pick up women in bars. But when he agrees to a guys’ night out and meets up with feisty, fast talking Quinn, his rule shatters like a dropped shot glass.

A one night stand turns into a long weekend and as Quinn tries to abandon her ridiculous scheme, she finds herself nose-to-nose and toe-to-toe with the best mistake she’s ever made.

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