Rosie’s Book Review Team (RBRT) – Booklist

Burke and the Pimpernel Affair by Tom Williams (216 pages)
 
Burke and the Pimpernel Affair: An thrilling story of danger and intrigue in Napoleon's Paris (James Burke) by [Tom Williams]
 
1809: when a mission running agents into Napoleon’s France goes horribly wrong, it’s up to Burke to save the day. With the French secret police on his trail, can he stay alive long enough to free British spies from imprisonment in the centre of Paris? And how does the Empress Josephine fit into his plans?

Burke’s most daring adventure yet sees him and his loyal companion William Brown using all their cunning and courage to survive as they move from the brilliance of Napoleon’s court and Society parties to the darker Paris of brothels and gambling dens.

A thrilling story set against a convincing historical background.
 
Genre: Historical fiction (part of a series, can be read as a stand alone)
Format: Mobi
 
Sliced Americana by Jim Watkins and Sharon Greene (193 pages)
 
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Jim Watkins, a pioneer of digital free-speech and a veteran of extreme cancel culture, marches on. This, his first of a series of novels, explores the dichotomy of humanity’s unique yet ever-evolving paths. Sliced Americana journeys into the bizarre, metaphysical, political, and inspirational. Several stories intersect on many realms. Ranging from seemingly banal to deeply philosophical, the chronicles are meant to give us a new perspective of mankind, the powers of the universe, and beyond. Prepare for the unconventional, and let yourself take the path unknown.
 
Genre: Short stories
Format: Mobi / epub
 
Me And My Shadow by Deborah Stone (272 pages)
 
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When the line between truth and lies blurs…

 

Imagine being flooded with shame, unworthiness, and paranoia. Each day you wake up to a life that feels just beyond the reach of your control. No matter how many attempts you make to move forward, you are met repeatedly with betrayal and rejection from your family – the very people who are supposed to love you the most. This is the reality for Rachel. Since childhood, all she has ever desired is to be loved, to be seen, to be accepted, yet she faces one disappointment after another.

So, what happens when someone is pushed too far and they begin to lose their grip on reality? How would you cope if you felt that no one loved you? And how far would you go to be happy? Accompany Rachel as she tries to shake off the shadows of her past and attempts to repair decades worth of pain.

 
Genre: Psychological thriller
Format: Mobi
 
The Rose Vol 1 by PD Alleva (316 pages)
 
 
 
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A masterful, dystopian science fiction thriller of, telepathic evil greys, mysterious rebellion, martial arts, and Alien Vampires.

 

Sandy Cox believed WWIII was over. But for those Alien Vampires, War Has Just Begun.

Forty-eight hours after a World War III treaty is signed, Sandy Cox awakens in an underground compound unable to move. Tied to machines she screams for help but no one answers. At least no one human.

And they’ve taken her unborn child.

Phil is a rebel freedom fighter who has had more than his share of Alien Vampires. Armed with THE BLADES, a sacred alien martial art, he enters the compound on a mission to find Sandy. But as he battles through the compound, Phil discovers Sandy has her own agenda. Finding her stolen child is all that matters.

But the vampires have their own plan and Sandy’s baby is at the heart of their diabolical plot. Joined by a crew of rogue soldiers, they must navigate the underground compound, battling genetically mutated humans, aliens and monsters.

When battling Alien Vampires, one thing is certain…Get Ready To Bleed!

 
Genre: Scifi / dystopia
Format: Mobi / epub
FAT: the other “F” word: a novel by Dan Radlauer (336 pages)
 
FAT: the other "F" word: a novel by Dan Radlauer by [Dan Radlauer]

In “FAT: The Other ‘F’ Word,” Quincy Collins lives in two vastly different worlds. One where he’s a very heavy and awkward freshman at Beverly Hills High School, the other where he’s a Hollywood character actor in commercials and Indie films playing the comic relief or the despicable bully. Guess which world he likes better?

At the start of this Y.A. novel, Quincy gets his big break with a major role as “The Fat Brother” in a hot new Network Sitcom, only to find that wanting and having are two very different things.

First, “size discrimination activists” challenge the integrity of the character he’s portraying. Then his health struggles begin to undermine both his character on the show, and his self-assigned brand as “The Fat Kid Actor.” His dream gig becomes a nightmare, and he starts to question the role he’s playing on TV, as well as in real life.

“FAT: The Other ‘F’ Word” shows a unique person in a unique setting. It explores Hollywood, adolescence, and our culture’s attitudes towards different sized people. Quincy narrates the story with discovery, irony, pain and compassion as he learns that he can’t base his identity on the size of his body.

 
Genre: YA
Format: Mobi / epub
 
Lost Coast Literary by Ellie Alexander (274 pages) Due out March 29th
 
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When an editing pen has the power to not only change stories but also to change lives.

 

Book editor Emily Bryant finds herself unexpectedly in the charming town of Cascata on California’s Lost Coast, holding the keys to her grandmother’s rambling Victorian mansion. While sorting through her grandmother’s things, Emily learns that she must edit old manuscripts to inherit the estate. It’s a strange request from a family member who was basically a stranger.

Emily quickly realizes that there’s something different about these manuscripts. Any changes she makes come true. At first, she embraces the gift. She has a chance to help characters find true love or chart a new course for their future. But then things go terribly wrong. Her edits have the opposite effect. The sweet and funky seaside community of Cascata is reeling from the chaos Emily has created. Everything she thought she believed about her family and her past is in jeopardy, and no amount of editing can fix the damage she’s done.

Then she finds one last manuscript. If Emily can get this edit right, maybe she’ll have a chance to create a new narrative for herself and everyone around her.

 
Genre: Women’s fiction / magical realism
Format: Mobi/ epub
 
Surrogate Colony by Boshra Rasti (225 pages) Due out Feb ’22
 
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In MicroScrep, a post-pandemic world, one politician, Arthur Mills, brings all scientists and engineers together to create a vaccine and rebuild a world where harmony ensues.

 

What results is a society where algorithms control who you marry, who your child is, and what position you have.

Adriana Buckowski is not normal. Her eyes are two different colors, making her less susceptible to the system’s propaganda, she has a unique connection with a boy named Zach, and she has questions.

Weird occurrences happen as she gets closer to her Calling Ceremony, where she’ll be given a position.

When she finally starts piecing together the twisted motives at play in MicroScrep, she becomes a cog in the wheel of the state.

Her only option for survival lies with Zach, and the hope that she will be vindicated through a vigilante group off-grid.

 
Genre: Dystopia
Format: Mobi or epub
 
Songwriter Showcase by D G Driver (Sequel to Songwriter Night) 155 pages
 
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Emotions run high and jealousy reigns when the members of songwriter group night enter a talent competition against each other.

 

It’s been a couple months since Trish attended her first songwriter night and started her relationship with Lyle. Things have been going nicely for them but haven’t been quite as smooth for Odetta and Neil. These new relationships are put to the test when all four of them enter a big songwriting competition where the finalists will perform in a showcase in front of a panel of judges. The winner will get an offer of agent representation and a possible recording deal. Now they’re all in competition, trying to figure out how to support each other while still wanting to win.

It doesn’t help that both Lyle and Neil feel slighted because Trish and Odetta are singing songs they’ve written about former relationships. There’s also a striking young woman named Carly who could definitely snag the prize away from any of them.

Oh, and one more problem. Aiden Bronson is one of the judges.

Is the love between Trish and Lyle or Odetta and Neil strong enough to survive this tense night? No matter the outcome?

A charming sequel to the Nashville inspire sweet romantic comedy Songwriter Night.

 
Genre: Romance
Format: Mobi / epub
 
NEANDER: Evolution by Harald Johnson (272 pages) #3 in the series
 
 
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“Can I save my daughter . . . and them?”

 

Time traveler Tom Cook has settled into his prehistoric life among the Neanderthals, but it’s not without its challenges that include a burning desire to see his future-dwelling daughter, Pook, again.

When a growing threat from hostile neighbors turns into an attack, an old contact from another world comes to the rescue and leads both Tom and his Neanderthal wife, Brassy, back to that future through an increasingly unstable time portal.

Now, after traveling to and from two different worlds, Tom must find a way to defeat his enemies in both, reunite his family, and save his adopted band of Neanderthals.

 
Genre: Histfic/ time travel
Format: Mobi / epub
 
Utopia Café by David Hejna (305 pages)
 
Utopia Café by [David Hejna]
 
An amusing young romance intersects with an underground freedom movement in a Soviet-style system that promised egalitarian utopia but became a harsh bureaucratic police state.

 

Isabella, an attractive college senior, belongs to an underground freedom movement organizing against a repressive, yet poorly run, Marxist socialist regime. She is challenged by the idea of recruiting Tom, an unlikely choice as a rising young star in the Party. But Izzy heard Tom may have hidden depths and could get inside information as an underground mole. He’s also nice looking.

Will their amusing and cautious interactions and gradual revelations develop into a deeper relationship of shared beliefs? Will increasing friction between the two marginally competent Party leaders finally provide an opportunity for the underground to take action? Will Tom be reunited with his capitalist parents whom he denounced as a child, and who are in a gulag prison camp?

Appealing characters develop with engaging and humorous dialogues and narratives mixed with political and cultural satire. Then events unfold with surprising twists and thriller scenes.

 
Genre: Political thriller
Format: Mobi/ epub
 
 
Until There Was You (Valley Vale Sweet Small Town Romance) by Alessa Martel (190 pages)
 
Until There Was You (Valley Vale Sweet Small Town Romance) by [Alessa Martel]
 

Opposites definitely attract.

Only a few months ago, Emily was engaged to a sweet, handsome man she planned to spend the rest of her life with. When his ex-girlfriend returned from college and the misunderstandings that led to their breakup came to light, Emily soon found herself single again. 

On her own in the small town in which she spent several happy childhood years, she knows that she’s the subject of gossip and pity, whether she wants to be or not. Settling down into a life with her grandparents, for whom she is a caretaker, she doesn’t expect to find a man who makes her heart race as it never has before.

Jonah has never had a serious girlfriend and doesn’t want one. No woman is worth that kind of trouble, he rationalizes, but when he returns home from a year volunteering in the rural South, he stumbles into Emily, and the sparks begin to fly.

Genre: Clean small town romance

Format: Mobi

Undead by Mark Brendan (350 pages)
 
Undead by [Mark Brendan]
 
A collection of the author’s previously published pulp horror novellas, gathered for the first time in a single volume, Undead features three macabre tales of blood, terror and the living dead. In the first story, Exuma, a convicted seventeenth century heretic is shipwrecked along with his galley slave companions on a mysterious Caribbean island, where worse things than the surviving guards haunt the shadows. The second, The Worm at the Feast, is a darkly comedic, Gothic account of the life and misdeeds of an eighteenth century alchemist, who is also by turns a murderer, grave robber, bandit and necromancer. The final tale of historical horror, Temple of the Hyena, follows the exploits of a crew of deserters from Napoleon Bonaparte’s army in Egypt, lured into the deep desert by an ancient treasure map that promises riches beyond their dreams of avarice.
 
Genre: Horror
Format: Mobi / epub
 
The Flesh Auction by J C Berry (303 pages)
 
 
The Night Stalkers took everything from humankind.

 

The bloodthirsty beings appeared in the night, their attacks calculated and brutal. Cornubia was the first to fall and the surrounding lands soon followed. Now, humans and the alike are hunted and sold as food to the monsters who took their cities.

Delen, Kilian and Quin are among the freshly caught. Their lives have been spent running but they are taken to Fehal, the main city of the Night Stalkers, to be sold and fed upon until their deaths.

No one has ever escaped the city and the friends prepare for their end.

Yet, there is a promise of new life, rumours of change and hope. Delen, Kilian and Quin must fight for their lives and freedom, but what sacrifices are they willing to make for the hope of a new future?

 
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Format: E-pub or gifted e-copy from AmazonUK
Sugar And Snails by Anne Goodwin (330 pages)
 
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At fifteen, she made a life-changing decision. Thirty years on, it’s time to make another.

 

When Diana escaped her misfit childhood, she thought she’d chosen the easier path. But the past lingers on, etched beneath her skin, and life won’t be worth living if her secret gets out.

As an adult, she’s kept other people at a distance… until Simon sweeps in on a cloud of promise and possibility. But his work is taking him to Cairo, the city that transformed her life. She’ll lose Simon if she doesn’t join him. She’ll lose herself if she does.

Sugar and Snails charts Diana’s unusual journey, revealing the scars from her fight to be true to herself. A triumphant mid-life coming-of-age story about bridging the gap between who we are and who we feel we ought to be. 

 
Genre: Literary Fiction
Format: Mobi / epub
 
Gateworlds – Earth – Athanator by Gillbert Troll (335 pages) ARC now for Dec publication)
 
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Earth is in (im)mortal danger. Only one man can help. One man and a chicken.

 

When a smug but mighty talking tree asks him to retrieve one of the rune crystals of the Multiverse Gate Earth, John Zelm “Athanator” decides against his better judgment that he will do as he is told and recover the guard rune to save the planet. As the balance of the multiverse itself might be at risk, he is helped by powerful allies such as a chicken and a platypusbear.

Can John save us, or are we dead already? You must read the book NOW to find out! Otherwise, it might be too late!

 
Genre: Urban fantasy / humour
Format: Mobi / epub
The Brotherhood of Time: Dawn by Cliff W Pettibone (271 pages) ARC now for May 2022 publication
 
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Rorthan’s life had been an unhappy one. The son of a general, when his mother died giving him life his father refused to even name him. A chance meeting with the handsome Prince Tomren leads to adventure, danger, and a love that stretches across milenia.

 

After finding a cave in the woods near the castle Tomren and Rorthan stumble upon a secret that leads to them being hunted across eons by The Brotherhood of Time, a crazed cult of religious devotees that will stop at nothing to protect the secret.

When Tomren is kidnapped by the Brotherhood, Rorthan must risk everything in a time where he doesn’t belong to save the boy he loves.

Can he reach Tomren in time, or will they both be lost forever?

 
Genre: YA LGBT sci-fi 
Format: Mobi / epub
Pasta Mike by Andrew Cotto (134 pages) ARc now for January 20th publication
 
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Mike O’Shea and Andy Cotto knew each other their entire lives. Born days apart on the same block, baptized in the same water, the two friends were inseparable growing up and into adulthood.

After celebrating their 40th birthdays together, Mike falls ill and dies shortly after. The impact on Andy is enormous, and he spirals into a depression that threatens everything he holds dear.

Through memory and support, Andy is able to reconcile his grief and appreciate the power of male friendship and the beauty of life.

Pasta Mike is a testimony to the bonds men share and the vulnerabilities beneath the stoic surface.

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Format: PDF or epub

Unchained Melody by Cynthia Roberts (349 pages)
 
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Pamela Landers had it all, a senior partnership with a top law firm, expensive car, and a luxurious condo. What she desired most was a loving husband, children and a life filled with precious memories that would comfort her through her golden years.

 

Funny how fate has a way of steering you down that path where dreams really can come true. When Pamela encounters Gavin Templeton along her journey, she has some life-altering decisions to make that eventually lead her to the happily ever after she always dreamed of.

 
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Mobi / epub
 
Never the Same Love Twice by Jennifer Beasley (255 pages)
 
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There are all kinds of love in this world, but is it possible to experience that exact same love twice in one lifetime?

 

Dr. Lauren Leonard leads a busy life. She’s the head neonatologist in a small Midwestern town, a mother to a young son, and a wife. When new patient Emma arrives in her NICU, destiny seems determined to force Lauren to revisit her past – and reconnect with an old flame. As baby Emma experiences complications, the only person with the expertise to save Emma’s life is renowned surgeon Dr. Alexander Smithton.

A welcome distraction from Lauren’s crumbling marriage, the beautiful baby in her care reminds her not only of what she and Alexander lost but also what a future together could hold.

When tragedy strikes, Lauren is forced to confront her past and discover the common thread between who she was, who she is, and who she will ultimately become.

Never the Same Love Twice tells the story of a woman who attempts to be all things to all people, representing the continued coming of age of the modern female. This novel will offer hope to readers who are trying to make sense of life experiences and those who choose to turn tragedy into transformation.

 
Genre: Women’s fiction / contemporary fiction
Format: Mobi / epub
 
Prayed Upon: Breaking Free from Therapist Abuse by  Amy Nordhues (282 pages)
 
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Prayed Upon is the story of one woman’s escape from the abuse of a respected, church-going psychiatrist. Amy reaches out to Dr. Dolion for help with depression, but instead of providing healing, he leads her down a path of deception and betrayal. His office, which initially feels like a sanctuary, becomes a psychological prison, one from which Amy will have to fight to free herself.

 

Prayed Upon, a true story depicts Amy’s journey from victim to thriving child of God. Her brutal honesty provides an inside look at the warped beliefs that early abuse instills, beliefs that make adult victims vulnerable to sexual predators. Her story shines a light on the under-reported sexual abuse of adults and ultimately the way victims can gain freedom from the bondage of shame that abuse leaves behind.

 
Genre: True story
Format: Mobi / epub
 
The Wandering King by Matthew Broderick (457 pages)
 
The Wandering King (The Guild of White Wings Book 1) by [Matthew Broderick]
A clean, unique twist on a classic fantasy action/adventure novel, The Wandering King is a story that follows a group of young friends through turbulent times, as war breaks out across their world and forces them to consider paths they had never dreamed of or even thought possible before…

 

Eager to explore the world beyond their little village, young Lev Alaric and his four friends set out as caravan guards for an up and coming merchant. When war suddenly breaks out, the friends are met with hardships they never thought they would face, and they are forced to decide what their roles will be in the dangerous and uncertain world ahead of them. Unbeknownst to the five friends and the rest of the world at large, however, is the fact that, in the background of everything else that is going on, a dangerous, mythical group – known only to those who have delved too deeply into the oldest, most arcane secrets of the world – is on the move, looking for information that very few can give.

What impact will these two seemingly unrelated groups have on the world and its future? Read The Wandering King and begin the grand, epic journey of finding out…

 
Genre: Epic fantasy adventure
Format: Free kindle download from Amazon Nov 25-29th
 
The Female Imperative: Why Women Are the Last Best Hope of Avoiding Perpetual War by Richard and Faith Evans (ARC now for Dec 5th release)
 
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The Female Imperative reveals the genetic and cultural reasons for fundamental differences between men and women in positions of power. The binary context of the scientific investigation is informed by the author’s personal engagement with this stratification from an historically transformative perspective, and the experience of both living through (and participation in) global conflict, beginning with World War II. This framing stands itself as a duality in relation to the book’s primary content of scientific investigation.
 
Genre: Non-fiction
Format: Mobi
 
Change of Heart by James Clifton (266 pages)
 
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To what lengths would you go to ensure that your family can afford a good life? Would you commit a crime? Would you trade your life for their future? These are not academic questions for John Cooper. After losing his business and reaching the brink of bankruptcy, he decides that he’s worth more dead than alive and attempts suicide so that his pregnant wife will have the insurance money.

 

Two thousand miles away, another man contemplates a different question. He’s dying and needs a heart transplant. And he needs it soon. Where can he get the new heart that he so desperately needs?

What connects these two men is an extremely rare blood type, a type that only one-in-a-million share. John Cooper has the heart that Jimmie Regan needs. And, as one of the biggest drug lords in the world, Jimmie Regan has what John Cooper needs—lots of money.

At first, they come to an amicable arrangement, one where both get exactly what they want. But everything changes when John holds his newborn daughter for the first time. Unfortunately for John Cooper, Jimmie Regan is not the kind of man that accepts disappointment. What follows is a desperate chase across southern Mexico, a betrayal of a husband by his greedy wife, and an alliance of unlikely conspirators including Carlos and Lena Ramirez, the son and daughter of the man that Jimmie Regan murdered in order to seize his criminal empire.

Change of Heart is volume one of the Legacy of Loyalty trilogy. Volume two, Penance, is the story of Carlos’s desperate plan to ease his stricken conscience in the aftermath of the death and destruction caused during the struggle with Jimmie Regan. Volume three, Loyalty, is the story of Lena’s battle to secure the long-term safety and the future of her extended family.

 
Genre: Action adventure
Format: Mobi /epub
Shoot The Moon by Bella Cassidy (320 pages)
 
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When the love you miss the most is the one you’ve always had.

Tassie loves many things: her friends, her job, her garden. Even her first boyfriend. But there’s a kind of love she just can’t find.

Until, in losing everything, she sees what she needed most was there all along.

Sometimes it’s not the person you need to forget, but the person you need to forgive.

Shoot the Moon is the sweetest of bittersweet novels, combining two very different love stories. One of which will probably make you cry.

Tassie Morris is everyone’s favourite wedding photographer, famous for her photos of offbeat ceremonies and alternative brides. Yet commitment is proving impossible for Tassie herself, who cannot forget her first love.

When she’s sent to photograph a ceremony on Schiehallion – the Fairy Hill of the Scottish Caledonians – she meets Dan, who might be the one to make her forget her past. That is, until a family crisis begins a chain of events that threaten to destroy not only Tassie’s love life, but her entire career.

Set in a colourful world of extraordinary weddings, Shoot the Moon explores the complexities of different kinds of love: romantic love, mother love, friendship. And, ultimately, the importance of loving yourself.

“If there’s someone in your life whom you’ve never quite got over – perhaps this book could help explain one of the reasons why.”

Genre: Contemporary romance

Format: Mobi

 
Sweet Erin by Sian Turner (364 pages)
 
Sweet Erin by [Sian Turner]
 
Were you ever eleven years old?
It’s supposed to be great: moving up to secondary school, making new friends and being treated less like a little kid. But for Erin Fitzwilliam-Beaumont, it isn’t living up to expectations at all. The school bully is focussed on ruining her life and the only person who’s noticed is Elvis, the head teacher’s son.
Then an extraordinary app enables Erin to begin an impossible friendship with a girl named Carys.
Will Carys help Erin find the fresh start she desperately needs, and can Erin help Carys restore her crumbling relationship with her father? While both girls are struggling to face their own demons, a surprise announcement from Carys brings a remarkable new dimension to the girls’ already unconventional friendship.
 
Genre: Ya Magical Realism
Format: Mobi / epub
Fae or Foe by CA Deegan (359 pages)
 
Book 1: Fae or Foe?: The Cracklock Saga by [C A  Deegan]
 
Nobody would want to kill a Faery, surely?
Jack Crackley wouldn’t; teenagers don’t believe in such things. There are plenty of other things to worry about; his mum, jobs, school, the local bullies, not to mention some weird disease that’s affecting young children the world over.

 

However, things are never as they seem. Little eyes watch out for him whilst bigger ones seek him for their own ends. There’s a hidden world out there, and its inhabitants are in serious danger. Jack is going to have to get to the bottom of it all before it’s too late. And that’s a tall order when you have no idea who you really are…

A fantasy adventure like no other, where worlds collide and the monsters are not only from make believe. Things are going to get complicated. It’s a good job our brownie knows how to throw a punch.

 
Genre: Ya urban fantasy
Format: Mobi
 
Fault Lines by Tsveti Nacheva (ARC now for Dec 1st publication)
 
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When the unthinkable happens…
When Ashley disappears from a party at a haunted house attraction, Laurie Arbo fears the worst. Her best friend would not just up and leave. As days turn into weeks, it becomes clear that Ashley is not coming back. But without a body, proving that a crime has been committed—let alone unmasking the culprit—is a tall order.

 

The truth should come first.
All eyes are on Ashley’s boyfriend, who is being cagey. But Laurie’s own partner, Nate, is not being truthful either. On that fateful night, his clothes were bloodstained. He swears it wasn’t Ashley’s, but Laurie doesn’t know what to believe. Heartbroken, she leaves town, refusing to accept the man she loves might be a murderer.

But what if it’s ugly?
Seven years later, Laurie returns to Solway to work on a TV documentary about a local family drama. She reconnects with Nate, and the pieces start falling together. As Laurie draws close to learning where Ashley is and what happened that night, she realizes the truth might be the one thing she doesn’t want to uncover.

 
Genre: Crime Fiction
Format: Mobi / epub
Lost & Found: Book 1 of The E Apocrypha by Alex Andre (415 pages)
 
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The world is broken. Decades after a catastrophic event wiped out all technology, the survivors live off the scraps of the fallen civilization’s glory.

 

But there has to be more than eking out a miserable existence.

Yun-mi, an ambitious young scavenger from a derelict metropolitan area, is excited when her mentor finally agrees to take her trading. Being sold to slavers was not a part of her plan. A coarse loner, Yun-mi carves a niche for herself with ferocious determination, but might need to form unlikely alliances to survive. Rules of the game? Screw that, she’ll define her own, or die trying!

A mysterious mission to the fabled City leads Buck, a fresh recruit in a religious confederation military, away from his isolated home into the horrible Wilderness. The brutal reality differs greatly from the fairy tales, leaving none of the fundamental ideas he’s been raised on unchallenged. Is he “the good guys”? And why are there broadening cracks in his Faith?

Along with an indentured laborer in a sprawling railroad empire, an intelligence officer of a prominent city-state, and a powerful trade house hierarch, the two become entangled in a web of subtle—and, increasingly, not-so-subtle—strife. If they avoid becoming collateral damage, the decaying world may yet get another chance.

 
Genre: Ya Dystopia
Format: Mobi /epub
 
The Winds Of Morning by Gifford MacShane (94 pages)
 
The Winds of Morning (Donovan Family Saga) by [Gifford MacShane]
 
1848: the third year the potato crop failed in Ireland. The Protestant landlords have absconded back to Britain, leaving the Catholic peasants to fend for themselves, while the English feast on the massive amounts of Irish food they’re importing every day.

 

With two younger brothers to feed, Molly O’Brien takes her father’s place on the road gang, building a road that runs from her tiny village to the river and no farther. Yet fifteen hours of labor a day will not garner enough wages to feed them.

She is beyond despair. Beyond prayer. And so far beyond the tenets of her childhood, she has decided to offer her body to the first man with the price of a loaf of bread. But when a stranger takes her hand, will her sacrifice be worthwhile?

 
Genre: Histfic family saga
Format: Mobi / epub
Jenks by Barney Burrell (486 pages)
 
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In a nutshell.. Ruthless freelance professional assassin Jenks is hired by ultra-top secret government agency – responsible for the dirtiest of work – to kill a rogue CIA analyst and prevent a super Wikileaks-like Russian backed dissemination of catastrophic above Top Secret explosive revelations, capable of overturning the world order.

 

Using the most ingenious of spycraft, the chameleon like Jenks has no option but to let the crime play out until the very end. With the action taking place between Soho, London and Virginia, USA, Jenks hurtles towards the ultimate confrontation and sacrifice – his pedal to the metal race to uncover the truth will leave you gasping.

 
Genre: Spy thriller/ action adventure
Format: Mobi
 
Kill Karma by Kelly L. Marsh (399 pages)
 
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When Pepper turned seventeen, she expected to graduate early, be released from probation, and maybe even have a party. So, trekking through the pits of Hell, joining a squadron of assassins, and fighting demons was never part of the plan. But, we’ve got to play the hand we’re dealt, right?

 

Pepper Li Bell has a high aptitude and talent that, in the past, she used exclusively to get into trouble. Despite the terms of her probation, she decided to use that knowledge and prowess to become an entrepreneur of sorts, beginning a karma-for-hire business. Pepper can’t stand to see karma go unserved, so when oppressors dodge justice, she’s ready to uncover their dirty little secrets—for a fee, of course.

But on her latest job, when she uncovers an insidious plot that’s been brewing for a decade, and now, it’s on the verge of fruition, Pepper is in way over her head. Demons have set up shop in her small Florida town, peddling soul contracts and possessing her neighbors. They await orders set for doomsday—All Hallows’ Eve—when the nefarious Syndicate will be unleashed from Hell, turning the forces of darkness loose and declaring war on Earth. The only thing standing in their way is goddess Karma, who wields the Scales of Justice, ensuring balance throughout the realms, and her assassins.

After unearthing secrets from her past, Pepper realizes she just might hold the key to bringing the demonic regime to its knees and saving everyone she knows and loves. The fate of Karma, every magical being, and all of humanity rest on her young shoulders…but can she rise to the challenge in time?

Armageddon is brewing, and Pepper is in the eye of the storm.

 
Genre: Ya contemporary fantasy
Format: Mobi / epub
 
Rise Of The Sky Pirate by S.W. Raine (ARC now for Jan ’22 publication) 314 pages
 
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Before becoming the infamous sky pirate from The Techno Mage, Benedict Keenan was a disorderly drunkard from London Below—and in this spin-off series, his story is finally being told.

 

Straying from his dream of living like the nobles in the Upper Lands for far too long, Benedict takes on an easy mercenary job with a band of rogues to quickly get back on his feet. But when a surgeon from the Upper Lands—the sole survivor of a sky pirate attack—is found in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Benedict is suddenly thrust into a dangerous high-stakes race against a poisonous alchemical infusion set to be released into the Great Lakes. What’s worse is that a man from Benedict’s past is at the center of it all. Can he foil the sky pirate’s plans and return to living his dream life, or will he find a new ambition?

For fans of Pirates of the Caribbean, Rise of the Sky Pirate is an action-packed steampunk adventure that reaches for the stars while saving the world along the way.

 
Genre: NA steampunk
Format: epub
 
A Final Regret by Jeff Warren (251 pages)
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A Young Mother Missing. Did Someone Want Her Dead? Neighbourhood Sergeant Alys Carey and Detective Inspector Matt Vincent are thrown back together when Matt returns to Pembrokeshire and takes on the case.

 

There’s no shortage of suspects: Rianna’s blackmail victims; the men she beguiled; the women who loved them; the father of little baby Meg.

Can Alys and Matt unravel the complex web of relationships within the local community and ensure that justice prevails, or will Matt’s embittered detective sergeant, Beth Francis, derail the investigation? And what will become of little baby Meg?

A Final Regret is a modern murder mystery set on the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast with romance and humour. With no graphic violence, sex or swearing, it’s a suitable read for the whole family.

 
Genre: Mystery
Format: mobi / epub
Cromby’s Axiom by  Gary J. Kirchner (204 pages)
 
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“Before we were all connected, before we were The Hive, there was individualism, privacy, ‘personal space’ . . . so quaint, so unnecessary . . . so dangerous . . . “
Earth. The near future. Internet technology has evolved to the point where humans are connected without intermediary devices. Communication is instant. Social interaction is incessant. The wealth of human knowledge is accessible with a thought.
Tommy Pierre Antikagamac, the world’s most popular athlete, finds himself suddenly detached from the Hive and captured by a tiny group of free-thinking rebels. The unfamiliar emptiness and silence in his unattached mind is agonizing. As weeks of captivity go on, however, he becomes tantalized by the concepts of privacy, individual thought, and unenhanced mental imagery.
In time, Tommy must make a decision of which life he wants, and when he chooses to join his captors in their struggle, he discovers that the reach of the Hive is considerably more invasive than he could have dreamed.
 
Genre: Dystopian fiction / Science fiction
Format: Mobi / epub
 
The Doll by Laura Daleo (146 pages)
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In the wake of Jenna Hess’ sudden death, Jeremy Dillon is devastated. His only hope of easing the pain lies in alcohol…until he meets The Dollmaker.
Meet CR1XY, the Dollmaker’s Elite doll, created especially for Jeremy. But is she?
 
Genre: Scifi / urban fantasy
Format: e-pub
 
Rebel’s Knot by Cryssa Bazos (ARC now for Nov 8th publication)
 
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Ireland 1652: In the desperate, final days of the English invasion . . .

 

A fey young woman, Áine Callaghan, is the sole survivor of an attack by English marauders. When Irish soldier Niall O’Coneill discovers his own kin slaughtered in the same massacre, he vows to hunt down the men responsible. He takes Áine under his protection and together they reach the safety of an encampment held by the Irish forces in Tipperary.

Hardly a safe haven, the camp is rife with danger and intrigue. Áine is a stranger with the old stories stirring on her tongue and rumours follow her everywhere. The English cut off support to the brigade, and a traitor undermines the Irish cause, turning Niall from hunter to hunted.

When someone from Áine’s past arrives, her secrets boil to the surface—and she must slay her demons once and for all.

As the web of violence and treachery grows, Áine and Niall find solace in each other’s arms—but can their love survive long-buried secrets and the darkness of vengeance?

 
Genre: Romantic historical fiction
Format: Mobi
 
 
Love On Location by Lynne Shelby (304 pages)
 
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When Laurel Martin is hired to rewrite the script for a new timeslip movie, she expects the historical advisor hired by the studio to be an elderly academic who won’t interfere too much with her writing. But when she meets Professor Jason Harding, a young and unexpectedly handsome archaeologist who has some ideas of his own about the script, she realises the job isn’t going to be as simple as she first thought.
As their work takes them from arguing over historical details in a cramped London office to discovering the hidden beauties of a Greek island, Laurel and Jason’s relationship starts to echo the romance of their script.
But with Laurel’s actor ex-boyfriend making trouble at home, and constant issues with the volatile director, will Laurel and Jason ever be able to write the happy ending for their own story?
 
Genre: Romantic comedy
Format: Gifted from AmazonUK or an AmazonUk gift voucher for the purchase price
 
Harvest Nights by Armed Alameen (ARC )
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Harvest Nights is a story told through a young boy named Chua (Snake), who narrates the story of how the days were gone and replaced by nights when a strange shooting star appeared in the sky in 1811 Colonial America (Great Comet of 1811). During those dreadful nights, Chua, and later three other people, will have to survive the other worldly creatures that will stop at nothing to eat. A Lovecraftian horror story featuring famous historical figures and creatures inspired by Native American myths.
 
Genre: Horror
Format: Mobi / epub

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  11. Hi Rosie,
    I have spotted 2 books that I could review within a week, if you want me to join your team. I filled in a form to apply, an hour ago.
    Titles in mobi or pdf I would be interested in.
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