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Spotlight Book! “A Purse to Die For” by Melodie Campbell & Cynthia St-Pierre

I read this in one session. The words seemed to leap off the page. A fun read with a kick-ass original ending. I didn’t see it coming. Blew my guess of whodunit out of the water. If you read for plot, this is a great book.   –  Mark Alldis

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What’s more treacherous than navigating a pack of society matrons at a designer sale?

Stalking a killer…

When fashionista and television celeb Gina Monroe goes home to attend the funeral of her late grandmother, the last thing she expects to encounter is murder. And the reading of the will is anything but fashionable as unanswered questions arise. Who is the dead woman in the woods behind the family house? And why is she dressed in Milano designer clothes?

With help from her cousin Tony and Detective Rob Dumont, Gina investigates the not-so-model citizens around her. When another murder occurs, a pattern slowly emerges and Gina wonders if her grandmother’s death wasn’t so natural after all.

Editorial Reviews:

“Page-turning pace, fascinating characters, sly wit, and a plot that will keep you guessing.” —Janet Bolin, Agatha-nominated author of Dire Threads

“Fast-paced suspense, charismatic characters, and dialogue to die for. Brisk plotting with a deadly twist at the end.” —Lou Allin, author of She Felt No Pain

“Campbell and St-Pierre have style in the way they present, develop and portray their characters. This novel grabs hold of you from the get go with its cast of wacky and malicious relations. A delightful novel with complex relationships and a series of shocking secrets. The authors have a knack for wonderful turns of phrase, which are one reason why this novel is a delight to read. Then there is one mystery after another and suspense building to an unforgettable conclusion. Campbell and St-Pierre create a delectable concoction of savoury and unsavoury characters, sex, delicious humour and suspense. This winning combination can’t help but delight readers.” —Garry Ryan, Lambda-nominated author of Malabarista

“An old fashioned murder with modern sensibility; stylish characterization, and delicious plot; artistically woven.” —Rebekkah Adams, author of Front Porch Mannequins

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Spotlight Book! “In a Milk and Honeyed Land” by Richard Abbott

“In A Milk And Honeyed Land” by Richard Abbott is not a book you want to start while sitting at the doctor’s office. This novel is both intellectually and spiritually challenging which makes its’ four hundred plus pages not an fast read, though a good one. Marsha Randolph

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“The Background
In a Milk and Honeyed Land is a novel about everyday life about 3,000 years ago in the hill country of Canaan – now called Israel and Palestine – close to the end of the time of Egyptian rule of that province. It explores how the vast changes in lifestyle, politics, religion and music that occurred in that area between what archaeologists call the Bronze Age and Iron Age might have been mirrored by individual people’s words and actions. The large-scale actions and military campaigns of the Egyptian pharaoh and other great kings are nowhere in sight; this is a story of the resources and people available within four small allied communities.

It is set close to the end of a long period of comparative stability in the hill country of Canaan. The Egyptians – the Mitsriy of the story – have governed the region with a fairly light hand, on the whole. Population has declined, and towns and villages have dwindled in size as the occupants have moved out into the more prosperous lowlands. Within a hundred years or so, the political landscape will be quite different again, with the Mitsriy gone and small kingdoms arising to compete over the territory. For the time being, communities continue in their traditional ways, with local priests and chieftains chosen from among the people by merit rather than dynastic ambition. The book follows the life of a village priest in one of the towns as he struggles with timeless issues of life and love, loyalty and betrayal, greed and generous giving.

The First Part of the Story
Damariel is apprenticed as a young man by the village priest, whose reckless actions lead to his disgrace. Damariel manages to avoid becoming implicated in the matter and carries on his training, marrying his childhood friend Qetirah shortly before they begin their shared ministry in the town. Feeling ashamed of their continuing inability to have children, Qetirah becomes pregnant by the chief of the four towns, but the pregnancy is difficult. Damariel’s anger and outrage spills over into the marriage. He holds the chief responsible for the situation but cannot see how to get either justice or revenge…”

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Spotlight Book! “Time Shift The Paradigm” by Robbie Thomas

Everyone needs to read this book. it makes you look at the world differently, in a good way. Enjoyed every muchPamJ

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The student body has descended upon the quiet little town of Trinity Massachusetts, to attend the prestigious University of Winston. The town comes alive as the area residence openly welcome back those who are about to attend the historical University. Classes resume as usual, however, the class of ancient history being taught by Professor David Gates, will soon be interrupted by events that unfold in an unexpected way.

The calamity of horrific happenings begin to swallow nations leaving the world helpless in its wake. A very unlikely duo are teamed up to assist another colleague of theirs, Professor Elizabeth Ross, an Archaeologist who is in Peru. They discover that the mysterious phenomena which has engulfed the world has a hidden agenda that predates the existence of mankind.

Time is of the essence as the door of a parallel world is opening merging with ours, creating a paradigm no man or woman has ever thought could happen, yet it’s consuming all!

When life as we know it suddenly changes, Time Shift-The Paradigm becomes your future!

This reader gave it five glowing stars!

Time Shift the Paradigm was an awesome book from beginning to end. I didn’t want it to end!! Robbie Thomas is a fantastic writer. He knows how to make the story come alive and make the reader feel if tho he/she was in the story. Could this be a vision of what is to come? Or the vivid imagination of a brilliant writer. Buy the book for yourself and see!! P. Gay

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Spotlight Book! “Trinity” by Clare Davidson

“ In concept, and in what development occurred, these are great, complex, strong characters. ”    – Brian Rush

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Kiana longs to walk through a forest and feel grass between her toes. But she is the living embodiment of a goddess and has enemies who wish to murder her. Her death will curse the whole of Gettryne. Locked away for protection, she dreams of freedom.Her wish comes true in the worst possible way, when her home and defenders are destroyed.

Along with an inexperienced guard and a hunted outcast, Kiana flees the ravages of battle to search for a solution to the madness that has gripped Gettryne for a thousand years. Pursued by the vicious and unrelenting Wolves, their journey will take them far beyond their limits, to a secret that will shake the world. 

Trinity is a tense and emotional epic fantasy novel for young adults.

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Spotlight Book! “Crimson & Cream” by C.M. Skiera

I loved this well written fantasy book and hope the next two in the trilogy come out soon. The descriptive writing captivated me and as each chapter came to a close, I found myself wrapped up in the story and not wanting to put it down.
AMC

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Hounded by watchmen, trolls, goblins, and a relentless bounty hunter, 13-year-old Jetsam dreams of the day he’ll no longer have to run for his life.In the mountain city of Dwim-Halloe, Eadriel and Elvar were born twins to teachers at the city’s revered School of Magic.  When the new king outlawed magic, the boys’ parents were murdered. Their deaths forfeited the twins’ magical birthright and made them homeless fugitives.

Rescued by an orphan gang, the fleeing twins were nicknamed Flotsam and Jetsam. To survive as outcasts, the orphans scavenge and pilfer nightly.  Their last risky foray sent them fleeing into an unfamiliar cavern. Now the boys are lost deep underground where they encounter a strange beast that will change their lives forever and begin a harrowing journey for their ultimate survival.

Crimson & Cream recounts Jetsam’s adventurous tale of flight and discovery as the fugitive orphan unravels his tortured past while securing his tenuous future. 

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Spotlight Book! “Parasylum” by Robbie Thomas

This is a must read, well written. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat as well as looking over your shoulder. As a paranormal investigator myself, as was said by others, if I had to investigate this place, I think I would run and run fast.   –  Debra Shigetomi

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Thankfully we have never investigated a place as haunted as Parasylum! I think if we ever did, I would run. Run as far away as I possibly could and never look back over my shoulder.”-Michael Lamport, Award Winning Film Producer, Lamport & Sheppard Entertainment

A team of inexperienced paranormal investigators find themselves involved in the deepest darkest recesses of the unknown when they enter into Grandview’s Asylum. The souls of yesteryear seek revenge on whomever enter into the abyss of no return. The horrors are plenty with many twists and turns and an ending that will keep you shaking your head. Enter into the mindscape where a dream turns into a nightmare and the nightmare is your reality.

The mind is a complex yet simple frame to be in. We travel many different corridors to understanding, which at some point we become enlightened to what it is that plagues us. Enter the mindscape that transforms dreams into nightmares and nightmares into reality. The way we perceive life is only a perception with some, who share in the illusion of disillusionment. We create the path in which we walk, yet the trail upon which one steps could very well be a story that is never ending. Welcome to Parasylum, where what may seem impossible is possible and what might seem sinister is just plain evil!

Anchored in the subjective mindset, he relinquishes his will to the inevitable. Everything seems to be of a set memory, glimpses from the past, forged into the now, leaving only the permeated sense of nothingness. Hung like a ragdoll in abject misery, the echoes of many shake the very foundation upon which the hallowed grounds cry. He closes his eyes, only to recount once more, everything over, and over again. There’s no escaping this torture from within, welcome to your Nightmare!

“Parasylum cements Thomas as ‘THE’ author in horror to keep your eye on!”-Horror Fix Magazine

“One of the best Horror/Thriller rides ever!”-Mike Kalinowski, Schiffer Publishing Book Review Critic

“Parasylum, a terrifying read that will leave you jumping at bumps in the night!”-Chapters And Chats/Suspense Magazine

“A horrific dream turned into nightmare reality, which is only the beginning of this walk in terror. Frightening beyond imagination when the tormented souls of the Parasylum scream in your mind! They want to share the dark with you! Keep the lights on!”-Rocky Karlage, Award Winning Film Producer Producer & Screenwriter

From the Author
Parasylum originated from a montage of Paranormal Encounters over the many years I have researched deeply into the field of work. Working with integral individuals from scientists to investigators, it lends that factor of credence to the work itself within the book. What I have done is take the factual based element, twisted it with as much Horror/Thriller intent as I could give, which actually wouldn’t be exaggerating what truly took place at some of the asylums I have investigated. The many experiments government agencies conducted on society during the early years of shock treatment, Thorazine drugging’s and more are only a small portion of what cruelty did take place. You’re going to find yourself involved deeply within the pages, becoming part of the investigative team that encounters a night of terror that will warp your mind beyond belief.

From the Back Cover
The mind is a complex, but simple frame to be in. We travel many different corridors to understanding, which at some point we become enlightened to what it is that plagues us. Enter the mindscape that transforms dreams into nightmares and nightmares into reality. The way we perceive life is only a perception with some, who share in the illusion of disillusionment. We create the path in which we walk, yet the trail upon which one steps could very well be a story that is never ending. Welcome to Parasylum, where what may seem impossible, is possible and what might be sinister, is just plain evil.

This reader gave it five stars!

Parasylum is Book One in a new trilogy by Thomas. It will scare your pants off and leave you frantically waiting for Book Two. Try not to have nightmares once you’ve started reading the book. Make sure you think twice before going into one of the many haunted asylums for your own paranormal investigation. Also keep in the back of your mind that it may not let you go when it’s time to leave.Thomas’ story, Parasylum, takes place at Grandview Asylum. Walking through the halls you can hear the screams of tortured patients. Orderlies have their way with as many patients as they want. If you chose to visit you may feel like someone is after you in the worst way. Abuse reigns at Grandview. You might want to check with your doctor before starting this trilogy……Parasylum  – Martha Decker of East Texas Paranormal

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Spotlight Book! “Shawn Buckner’s Outdoor Adventure” by Cory Pedersen

Coming from a hunting family, my 9 year old cant wait to be able to hunt himself, so this grabbed his attention immediately. He is not a lover of reading but just could not put this book down! He loved it and cant wait for more and neither can we!
Highly recommend!  – Diego

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Come along as 14-year-old Shawn Buckner embarks on a quest for his first wild turkey with a bow. From chance, up-close encounters with coyotes, rattlesnakes and plenty of wild turkeys, Shawn Buckner’s Outdoor Adventures: Spring Turkey Chronicles, Volume One, is jam-packed with fast-moving hunting action and subtle undertones of responsible and ethical hunting morals and behavior for readers of all ages.

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Spotlight Book! “In Your Dreams” by Amy Martin

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Although I am older than the intended audience, the story brought me back to my teenage years. I found it a fast read and it held my interest. I look forward to reading more books from this author. In another year or so, I believe my daughter will be old enough to read and enjoy this book.   – Stacey L. Mcnamara

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Sixteen-year-old Zara “Zip” McKee lives for three things: basketball, books, and bailing out of tiny Titusville, Illinois, where the junior high and high school are in the same building and everyone’s known everyone else since birth. But when Kieran Lanier moves to town and passes out on her desk on his first day at school, Zip’s life gets complicated in a way she never dreamed.

Kieran has narcolepsy, and although he sometimes struggles to stay awake, he has no trouble capturing Zip’s heart and trusting her with his most guarded secret–he sees bits and pieces of the future in his dreams. 

But just when Zip thinks that maybe she can handle having a boyfriend who sees things before they happen, her budding relationship with Kieran gets a jolt when Kieran’s parents reveal that his sleeping disorder is not what it seems and may be putting them in harm’s way. And when Zip begins to have unsettling dreams, she must decide if she can live with knowing the future in advance when she’s afraid of what might happen.

*Recommended for Young Adult readers 13 and up (mild cursing, some adult situations)

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Spotlight Book! “Choices” by Carole Mckee

I read this book three times and each time I couldn’t put it down. Lindy tugged at my heart from beginning to the end, and Ricky made my heart swell with the way he showed his love for Lindy. It warmed my heart the way this modern day Romeo and Juliet constantly showed their love for each other.  –  kdk

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Lindy and Ricky are young and in love. Lindy is pretty, blond and petite, and is still grieving over the loss of her mother and sad because her father ignores her. Ricky, tall, dark, and extremely handsome, still misses his father who died suddenly from a heart attack when Ricky was thirteen. Since he just can’t get along with his nagging mother, she sends him away from Chicago to live with his uncle in Pittsburgh. On his second day in a new school, he meets Lindy, and from the moment they meet they are dazzled by the strong electricity between them. By the end of the day a strong bond has already begun to form between them. Their relationship is challenged by many adversities, but through it all, the bond only becomes stronger and makes them even more determined to be together. Ricky’s Uncle Nick Loves both Lindy and Ricky and recognizes that their love for each other is very real. He becomes a strong ally in their corner as they challenge the rest of the world defending their love and the right to be together forever. This is the first book of the trilogy, followed by “The Bushes are Red” and then “The Full Nelson.”

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Spotlight Book! “Price of Justice” by Alan Brenham

Price of Justice grabs you from the opening pages and tells a riveting story about Detective Jason Scarsdale, who is embroiled in trying to uncover a serial killer while struggling with being a widower and fighting for custody of his young daughter. Surprises and twists build tension as Scarsdale begins honing in on the killer–but he does not want to believe what the evidence is revealing. If you like a great legal suspense thriller, don’t miss this book!   – Susanne Lakin

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When straight-arrow detective Jason Scarsdale unwittingly befriends a woman secretly bent on murderous revenge, he’s drawn into a web of malice that teaches him the value of breaking the rules.
Scarsdale, a recent widower, struggles to put his life back together while raising a young daughter. Assigned to investigate two sex-related murders, he teams up with Dani Mueller, a police crime analyst with some deadly secrets of her own.
After navigating his way around the cross-hairs of two crooked police managers, he closes in on the killer. Just when Scarsdale thought things couldn’t get any worse, the killer abducts his daughter and the analyst is kidnapped by a man from her past.

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