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Spotlight Book! “MAJESTY” by Eva Caye

I was hooked after the first book, and my expectations were high when diving into the second book in the To Be Sinclair Series. I was not disappointed! I was jolted into a harsh scene, reminding me of the frailty of life and setting the stage for the major themes in the story.  –  farmerjaneusa

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What if a person developed a science absolutely fundamental to galactic expansion, yet so dangerous she could not possibly release it to the public? Struggling between her Imperial duties and her laboratory research, Empress Felice Sinclair must now prepare to face down public opinion and deal with devious, manipulative dukes and their duchesses. But the trials of holding Imperial authority have just begun, as treasons rock the Empire and her husband Emperor Victor Sinclair needs Felice to oversee investigations in her role as Empress!

When will she be able to pursue her true goal, her phenomenal scientific discovery that could lead to redesigning the substrate of human colonization efforts galaxy-wide? She must do so in complete secrecy, for such a power has its darker side, too. Facing an imminent invasion, Felice has to think fast: how can she covertly deploy the deadliest weapon ever devised? And how does she deal with the emotional reactions and political realities now confronting her due to her stunning new technology? Only Victor can help her now!

This science fiction novel is the second of the seven-part To Be Sinclair series. The saga begins with DIGNITY and its companion volume MAJESTY, which detail the romance and first years of marriage of the Emperor and Empress of the Sinclair Demesnes. A few scenes describe sexually explicit behavior.

This reader loved it!

How does a scientist implement the most important (and dangerous) technological advance in the galaxy? Without getting assassinated? How does one do it as a wife, and a mother? Felice Sinclair manages to develop new traditions as a tool for social advance, as she expands the horizons of civilization with her stelluric technologies, and creates a legacy for her family. This is a well-crafted tale of intrigue and science, in a cohesive culture in a galactic society. I enjoyed this quirky, sexy lady as she navigates all obstacles with quick thinking and solid principles.  –  Janice

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Spotlight Book! “The Cult of Me” by Michael Brookes

This book is so hard to define. It’s a dark, psychological thriller but also philosophical, metaphysical and totally unusual. Michael Brookes has some amazing ideas and I shall follow this series with interest.  –  Ignite

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For too long he dwelt apart, watched those who passed him by.With his unique abilities he entered their minds and inflicted terrible suffering upon them. They didn’t even know who he was. The game has lasted for years, but now the game has become stale. On an impulse he decides to make a final and very public last stand. After surrendering himself to the police he enacts his plan to seize the prison for his final bloody act. There he discovers that he’s not as unique as he once thought.

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Spotlight Book! “Pocketful of Fear” by Joseph Rubas

“ If you crave a bit of paranoia, a healthy dose of creepy, and a splash of horror essence, then A Pocketful of Fear is the book for you! ” –  B.Hastings

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If you crave a little variety in your dark fiction, Pocketful of Fear is for you. In this collection of 41 tales of horror, paranoia, and paranormal, you’ll find zombies shambling across the pages, vampires lurking within, and you will also get to meet some “humans” who, for all practical purposes, are monsters without the benefit of the supernatural.

Not suitable for children. This book contains explicit language and events.

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Spotligt Book! “The Boer Wars” by Andrew Knight

Are you into History? Then look no further than today’s Spotlight Book!

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The Anglo-Boer Wars will introduce you to, one of the Victorian Wars of the British Empire. A bite size comprehensive account of the two Anglo-Boer Wars fought between 1880-1881 and 1899-1902. A fascinating tale of one of the bloodiest and expensive wars for over a century, which pitted the two Boer Republics of South Africa (Orange Free State and The Transvaal) against the might of the British Empire and her dominions. Five hundred thousand British and Commonwealth troops from many countries, against fifty thousand men from the South African states.

This book will discuss the political backdrop to the war, a history of the country and the key figures that shaped the conflict. Names such as Churchill, Kruger, Rhodes and Kitchener (of ‘Your Country Needs you’ fame) all had major influences. Other, familiar characters such as Ghandi, Baden-Powell, Kiplin and Conan Doyle also played parts. Learn what impact these people had, what they said and how the war shaped them.

How the Boer Nation’s guerrilla tactic was perfectly suited to the terrain? How the British tactics, the same for over a century were outdated, antiquated and ineffective. Tactics that are still employed today, such as firing from a concealed position and moving from cover to cover, whilst wearing clothing that blended into the terrain; They were employed brilliantly to devastating effect. Tactics that were not commonly used up until this point. Such crushing defeats that were inflicted on the British Empire from an inferior force, the Boers (Dutch for farmer).

The book will detail what battles were fought during the Anglo-Boer wars, including how the founder of the Boy Scouts commanded the siege of Mafeking and held out for 127 days. What significance the battle of Spion Kop had, fought to relieve the siege of Ladysmith and what Premier League Football Club has a stadium stand named after the battle?

What was the outcome of the conflicts and how did they shape the South African region thereafter? How was the signing of the Treaty of Vereeniging on 31 May 1902, ceased hostilities and led South African on the road to Independence? What was the reaction back in Britain, discussing the political unrest and fallout from the employment of Concentration camps and the scorch earth policy?

This book is a brief history of the wars that is not complicated, will give you a comprehensive understanding of the war and the time. It is perfectly suited to the busy history enthusiast who does not have the time or the inclination to read a 1000 page tome on the wars. Enough facts to keep you entertained without investing considerable time or effort. All you need to know. Enjoy!

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Spotlight Book! “Sowers of God” by Glenn K. Graham

If you like science fiction, and particularly books about travel to the moon, this book is for you. You won’t be disappointed. Jerald Clemens

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The world that Oxy used to live in has exhausted nearly all of its fossil fuels, and fusion reactors supply most of the Earth’s energy.  He struggles to keep the machines running that vaporize Helium-3 from the lunar soil, concentrate it, and send it down to the reactors via a network of lunar transports, a space elevator, and a world-wide, high-speed, evacuated-tube train system.  This all works well enough, except for the techno-savvy Sowers of God cult, whose bizarre theology compels them to use almost any means to stop the lunar mining operation.  General Wyckoff, thwarted at every attempt to end their attacks on the fusion reactors, now has a program underway that he hopes will wipe out the entire group from the inside.

Oxy’s discovery of an unusual phenomenon in another part of the Mare Frigoris coincides with the accelerated final preparations of the Scorpio-1 Mars-bound spacecraft.  Its crew of four astronauts, including the only woman Oxy has ever loved, will investigate the secret discovery, made by robotic rovers, of microbes living deep underground and eerily similar to several species found on Earth.

The two-month investigation by the astronauts reveals the microbes to be a form of bacteria adaptable to Earth-like conditions, but resistant to any known antibiotics.  After a meteorite initiated orbital event and severe depression take the lives of two of the astronauts, the other two manage to leave Mars’ orbit, only to succumb to the bacteria during hibernation.

Wyckoff succeeds in incorporating the Martian bacteria into his secret program, but, before he is able to implement it as planned, catastrophe strikes.  The final conflict between Wyckoff and the Sowers plays out at 30,000 feet above the Amazon River, as an unstoppable plague spreads around the Earth.  And the heart-broken Oxy must find a way to save his lunar co-workers.

What the Martian bacteria, the lunar phenomenon found by Oxy, and two other discoveries on Mars reveal about life on Earth will completely change mankind’s understanding of the universe…if any of mankind survives.

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Spotlight Book! “Night of the Shadows” by S.M. Randle

“Recommends this novel to all horror readers, it is a gripping story from start to end. Night of the Shadows: The Beginning keeps you in suspense.”
– Horror Palace

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Set in the small town of Shelby North Carolina, Night of the Shadows: The Beginning follows the struggles and crimes of a woman serial killer. Mounting suspense and murder around every turn, author S.M. Randle takes readers through the story of a young woman starving for love and affection, who is guided by forces that make her do unspeakable things. Things that she begins to accept, like and enjoy. S. M. Randle s scary, engaging evil story has brought the shivers back to the genre. The explosives demonic forces captive the reader with blood and gore making sleep the farthest thing from your mind.

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Spotlight Book! “Sins of the Father” by Christopher Kellen

“…when I find an interesting, likable story line I hate to see it end.” – User Review

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“Extremely compelling.” User Review

Broken free from an unjust imprisonment after seven years, Trace Atherton emerges into a world on the brink of catastrophe. Her father’s base of power as the iron-fisted First Administrator of the Kildare Syndicate is slipping, and she knows that he’ll do anything to keep that power.

Even if it means sentencing millions of people to death.

With few allies and time running out, Trace rushes to stop the looming disaster before more innocent life is sacrificed atop the pyre of her father’s ambition… but first she’ll have to overcome the mental paralysis brought on by seven years of imprisonment, and reclaim her confidence as a commanding officer.

Based on the acclaimed short story Dutiful Daughter, Sins of the Father is a full-length novel for fans of David Weber, Fred Saberhagen, and David Drake; set in the Syndicate Worlds, where glorified crime bosses struggle amongst themselves for dominance in the far future of the human race.

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Well written story in the Drake, Bujold and other SF masters styles. I see a series coming and would recommend this book. Any critical comments would mostly be minor and not worth a lot of explanations. Just enjoy the story. Would have liked it longer mainly because when I find an interesting, likable story line I hate to see it end.  –  Sears Tanner

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Spotlight Book! “Pond Life” by Sam Kates

When I started reading this I wasn’t sure what to make of it. The stories go from place to place but as I read through I found a common thread of great writing here. Mr Kates tells tales in his own unique way that can make your laugh or scratch your head. An enjoyable read for sure.
–  Lisa Williamson “suteko”

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Short story anthology. Ten stories; mixed genres. How do you react when meeting someone who claims to have caused the end of mankind? Is there a non-violent, non-legalistic method of dealing with anti-social behaviour? Would you follow to a rooftop a girl who has convinced you she can fly? Where do people with obsessions end up? (Better hope it’s not The Obsessives’ Club.) Would you dive into a pond that may alter you fundamentally and irretrievably? There are stories here that present possible answers to these questions. Throw in a ghost story, the tale of a minor incident that may have affected the outcome of World War II, a deadly infatuation, a condemned prisoner who’s convinced that she’s Dorothy Gale, and a daring but brutal escape from a Siberian prison camp, and there should be something here to satisfy most tastes.
Now includes an extract of Sam Kates’s new novel: The Village of Lost Souls. Coming soon for the Kindle.

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Spotlight Book! “Witchlet” by Victoria Zigler

This is a pleasant little introduction to the Magical Chapters Trilogy, well thought out and written in a descriptive, Hans Christian Anderson like, language children will understand and can use to allow their imaginations to take hold.  –  Chris Graham

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In a world where everyone thinks witches are warty old women, a powerful and short tempered 9 year old is trying to find her place in the world, and make amends for something that happened when she was only 3. Her name is Paige, and she can bend the elements to her rather strong will. But can she convince people to accept her for who she is?

This is the first book in the “Magical Chapters” trilogy. The titles in the series are as follows:

1. Witchlet
2. The Pineapple Loving Dragon
3. A Magical Storm

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Spotlight Book! “Phantom Summer” by Amy Sparling

I chose this rating because I couldn’t put the book down. I liked everything about it! Everything about the book with the romance and the ghost hunting was amazing.  – Jeffrey D Blada

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Seventeen-year-old Taylor Gray moves to Sterling Island to get over her dead boyfriend. Mom’s cool with letting her crash on the couch, but Taylor needs to get a job before the lights are cut off again.

When the tall, dark and crazy Raine Tsunami offers her a position at his thriving ghost tour business, she figures it’s an easy way to make some cash. Taylor isn’t afraid of ghosts–that crap is as fake as her mom’s boob job. She loves their adventures on the historic island, especially the secret places he shows her when the crowds go home. So what if all the ghost stories are just legends?

When Taylor comes face to face with a ghost and Raine crosses the line between friend and boyfriend–Taylor’s new life collides with her haunted past. If murdered people end up as ghosts, then that someone she was trying to forget is probably trying to find her.

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