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September 26, 2017

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YOU GOT THIS!
A Motivational Guide for Achieving Your Goals
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Title: YOU GOT THIS! A MOTIVATIONAL GUIDE FOR ACHIEVING YOUR GOALS
Author: James Kademan
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 256
Genre: Self-help / Motivational
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You Got This! A motivational guide for achieving your goals. Written by renowned business coach James Kademan of Draw In Customers Business Coaching. This is a quick read that will drive you to achieve what you have been working on. Sometimes you just need a kick in the rear to get you moving, this is that kick.
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James Kademan
James Kademan hails from a distinct past that includes a number of experiences that brought him to the point of feeling it was necessary to write a few things down. Like most writers he started with chunks of paper that were strewn all over his desk, house, garage and under more than a few car seats.
After realizing a bit of organization was needed he resolved to grab those notes, combine them, type them, edit them, polish them and ask the world for some honest feedback. That led to a couple books being written. James’ first real book, You Got This! A motivational guide for achieving your goals was a small slap in the face of typical motivational books. Not through intention, just in its simplistic content.
James Kademan’s upcoming soon-to-be bestseller, The BOLD Business Book will hit the shelves in couple short months.

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MY THOUGHTS
 We all have goals that we want to achieve but sometimes they just never get done.   Sometimes we just don't have the motivation or the UMPH! to follow through.   We need a little push, no, a shove or better yet as the book says, a kick in the rear to get us going.  I'm not usually much on self help or motivational books.  But I decided I would try this one.   This isn't a long drawn out book .  It's one page the same as the next and the next and so on.  I get the point of it, that if you set your mind to something you got it.  You can achieve your goal.   A lot of motivational books are so long, I just lose interest before I'm a few pages in.   This book is 256 pages and it doesn't take long to read it.About 1 minute actually.   A lot of times it  seems that achieving what you want to is impossible but it IS POSSIBLE! It depends on more than just setting your mind to it.  A lot more. This applies to business as well as personal goals.   Sometimes we expect too much too soon and we need to be patient and move forward at a steady pace that is comfortable.  When we expect too much too soon we get discouraged because it doesn't happen quick enough. To be quite honest, I felt this was a waste of paper, a waste of money.  It has a good idea which we all should try but REALLY?   Page after page of three words?  There's more to striving to achieve your goals then YOU GOT THIS!  Even when you set your mind to things, often they don't turn out as you would have liked.   Sometimes, you DON'T have it!   Sometimes things just aren't meant to be.  I believe the author had a great idea, but there, to me, is more to it than telling yourself over and over - YOU GOT THIS!

I received a copy of this book from the author and PUYB and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 2 STARS. 

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September 24, 2017

LIAR'S WINTER by Cindy K. Sproles







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LIAR'S WINTER
An Appalachian Novel
by
Cindy K. Sproles


ABOUT THE BOOK
Lochiel Ogle was born with a red-wine birthmark-and it put her life in jeopardy from the moment she entered the world. Mountain folks called it "the mark of the devil," and for all the evil that has plagued her nineteen year existence, Lochiel is ready to believe that is true. And the evil surely took control of the mind of the boy who stole her as an infant, bringing her home for his mother to raise.

Abused and abandoned by the only people she knows as family, Lochiel is rescued by a peddler and given the first glimpse of love she has ever known. The truth of her past is gradually revealed as is the fact that she is still hunted by a brother driven to see her dead. Unsure if there's anyone she can truly trust, Lochiel is faced with a series of choices: Will she continue to run for escape or will she face her past and accept the heartbreaking secrets it reveals will truly free her?

Set in the wild and beautiful Appalachian Mountains of nineteenth-century East Tennessee, Liar's Winter is an unflinching yet inspirational exploration of prejudice and
choice.

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THE AUTHOR
 Cindy K. Sproles is the author of devotions published in newspapers across the country and a teacher at Christian writers conferences. She spent her formative years showing off her beloved Appalachian Mountains to others, and she and her family still live in the mountains of East Tennessee.

 
MY THOUGHTS
What would an innocent child, a baby do, when born with a birthmark that changes her life forever?   Born in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee, Lochiel is considered evil, all because of the birthmark.  The mountain people called it "the mark of the devil."  But superstitions were very often believed and still are.  Now being nineteen years old and having lived those nineteen years being constantly in battle with the evil believed has been bestowed upon her by her people, she is beginning to believe it.   She wasn't raised by family, which only added to the problem.  She had been taken w hen an infant and raised by another.  Then being abandoned by what she believes is her family, a poor peddler saves her and she now believes she is loved.  But she knows she still is being haunted by a brother who wants her dead because of the so called evil she carries.

 The author gives the reader a heart breaking story of a baby raised to believe she is nothing but evil, pure evil, because of a birth mark. Nothing she did, but what she was born with.   The setting in a way, counter acts the heart break since it is so breath taking and yet wild.  The people of these mountains were extremely prejudice in their thinking. Not only that, but they were willing to kill to get rid of this superstitious belief that this child was evil.  But what is really behind this prejudice, this so called belief of being born filled with evil?  Will Lochiel be able to bring out her strength to face her past, to face the hidden secrets that could possibly free her?  Or will she continue to run away thinking everyone is right. She is evil?   The writer of this book did a wonderful job of writing of what happened back in the deep mountains of Tennessee.  The back hills were and are still, filled with these superstitions.  People were and still are prejudiced about certain things and probably always will be.  But will Lochiel  bring all of her nineteen years plus out in the open, even if, it may mean, facing things she didn't know and may not want to know?  The author gives inspiration to those who have been and are plagued by similar situations.  Don't kid yourself.  IT happens, even in today's society.  True this is fiction but sometimes fiction is just a fine line before you enter reality and the author puts this forth magnificently.  You won't have a chance to pause because you must turn the pages to follow Lochiel and what is happening to her.   This all started because of being born, being born with a birthmark, considered a "mark of the devil."  We all have choices, it's what we do with those choices that matters.


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I would give this book 5 STARS. 

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September 23, 2017

Ta'Mara Hanscom's 'The Pretender' Giveaway

The Pretender: A Blackguard in Disguise (Caselli Family Series Book 1) by [Hanscom, Ta`Mara]
The Pretender: A Blackguard in Disguise

The Caselli Family-Book One 

by

Ta'Mara Hanscom

Despite just meeting each other, Tillie and Noah's lives have been mysteriously intertwined for many years in Ta'Mara Hanscom's The Pretender. From the moment they met, Tillie and Noah wanted to spend the rest of their lives together, but a deliberate omission will keep them apart-and that same omission will be responsible for the escape of a murderer, and a bride's deception.

My Jean-Marc's uncle was married to an English woman, and she told us once, a very long time ago, that in this world there are men of two kinds. The one, the knight, is the man possessing only strength and quality of moral character. He will never ask a lady to compromise her honor for less than a vow, and never, will he consider another once he has captured her heart. A knight keeps his vow, even when it hurts, and the honor of a knight is a thing a country is built upon. A knight comes along only seldom these days.

Now a blackguard is a man who can be found quite easily, for it is an easy thing to be a blackguard. He attempts to trick the young ladies into taking him home and caring for him, making them believe their honor can be given away as a mere trifle, offering no vow, and making only human demands. The blackguard is to be avoided at all costs. For to settle for someone like him is to settle for something like him is to settle for something less than ideal.

In the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, Tillie Caselli promises to marry Noah Hansen. Theirs' was a love intended to last, and their promises were never to be broken. But when there's an illusion of unfaithfulness, the result is an error in judgment--an error that changes the course of their lives.

Epic romance, global adventure, ethnic passion, and Christian values inspire this new series.

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Ta'Mara Hanscom TA'MARA HANSCAM:    I was born and raised in South Dakota, and I love her people and rich history. For many years I’ve also had a deep love for Italy and her colorful chronology. I was fortunate enough to visit Italy on my 25th wedding anniversary, and I added some of the details of my travels to my fictional series The Caselli Family Series.

My favorite sport is baseball – Detroit Tigers – and I can’t wait until the next time I get to see them play in Comerica Park. I live for the next family barbeque. My husband and I own a national pizza franchise in Iowa, where we currently reside. We have three grown children and one grandson. We’ve rescued two cats and one Pomeranian. I teach AWANA Cubbies and speak at women’s events.

To learn more about The Caselli Family Series, please visit us on the web at:
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MY THOUGHTS: Setting: South Dakota 1975

 To begin with, I would suggest some tissues.  Your emotions may get the best of you at times.  From the moment you open the book and begin reading, you are hooked.  You won't want to let go until you've read the very last word.  At first, I wasn't sure I wanted to read this book.  It just didn't strike me as something I normally like reading.  But as I began to read, I got invested in the characters, let's say some of them.  There were over 20 characters throughout the book.  Way too many to keep track of.  I found it extremely hard to keep track of what was happening and what character I really wanted to root for.  As the story goes on, there are so many details about the different characters and their lives. I got to the point I didn't know who I liked and who I disliked. So I went with Tillie and Noah. I found myself going back and re-reading the pages trying to keep things straight.    If you're one of those who imagine two people falling in love and living that fairy tale of happily ever after, than read on.  You get the idea that this is easily figured out.  The fairy tale of a couple coming from different backgrounds, life stepping in and then, as we all would like, having that fairy tale ending.  Unrealistic, right?   Well, all is not as it seems and what you think is going to happen, may not.  All in all, if you let some of the details go, the basic story is good.  I would have preferred to have had a lot less characters and a lot less detail.   Entirely too much going on at one time, too many details and that made the story way too confusing. Looking to read book two and see if things improve. 

I received a copy of this book from Litfuse Group and the author and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book   4 STARS. 

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JERSEY DINER
Say You're Only For Me
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Lisa Diane Kastner
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In 1985, twenty year old Lauren has a dead end job as a waitress at the Oaklyn Diner. Alone and with no direction, Lauren becomes ecstatic when the diner is chosen to be the focal point of an upcoming movie, *Jersey Diner*, starring Jonathan Pearce. Scouted to be a part of the local crew, Lauren builds a relationship with Jonathan Pearce. When filming ends she moves to California to start a new life with Jonathan. In need of cash, she joins her friend Lena Harlow to run Lena's food truck and catering business when Lauren discovers that all that she thought was real and true are in question.  AMAZON BUY LINK

  • File Size: 745 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Running Wild Press; 1 edition (April 15, 2017)
  • Publication Date: April 29, 2017
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06WV96YQM

MY THOUGHTS
This is one of the books that you expect one thing and you are caught off guard because it wasn't what you expected. I thought from the title that it was about a diner in Jersey but I wasn't quite right. It's a fast read so if you're looking for a book that isn't going to take a lot of your time, try it.  Your emotions will will go in all different directions. A waitress, working at a job going no where perks up when the Oaklyn Diner is chosen for the site of a movie, called the Jersey Diner.  When the waitress, 20 year old Lauren does work on the crew, she meets the star of the film, Jonathan Pearce  She follows Jonathan to California when the filming is finished hoping to start a life with Jonathan.  But, there's always that but!   Does the fairy tale with Jonathan come true?  If so, why does Lauren start working on a fast food truck to make that needed money to live.?

I felt this was a young woman on the road to nowhere.  She saw a new and exciting life with a film star.   She left what she knew, followed him to California.  What she hoped and felt would happen didn't pan out as she thought.  A case of not really knowing somebody before you leap into a relationship?  A case of what was really a childish crush but thinking it is going to be love?  Will Lauren and Jonathan find a romance?   Or will Lauren be in a different place but still at a dead end?

I would recommend this book if you're looking for a quick read.  In one way Lauren is immature and yet, aren't we all at times?  Especially if we are down on our luck and thinking the grass is greener elsewhere.  One good thing about her going to California was, she was alone, had no ties. Everyone would like a fresh start but sometimes what we dream it will be, isn't always the case.

I received a copy of this book and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 4 STARS. 

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September 20, 2017

Book Campaign: THE BELLRINGER

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THE BELLRINGER
The Year of the Red Door
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"Whosoever discovers the Name of the King,
so shall he become King."   -from book

 For centuries, the Great Bell was silent...
IT remained undisturbed, nearly forgotten by history, hidden away in the ruins of an abandoned fortress. The enchantments within its iron slumbered, its secrets protected by silence. Until someone discovered how to ring the Great Bell, other secrets would also be safe.

One day, while running an errand, a  young store clerk took a wrong turn, then another, until he found himself deep within the old fortress where the Great Bell waited. It was waiting for him. And when the hapless clerk rang the Great Bell, his troubles began.

He had become the Bellringer.

He claimed  it was all an accident, that he did not mean to ring the Bell. Fate, it seemed, thought otherwise, and proof of the Bellringer's destiny began to emerge just as the world spiraled into war. Revolt and treachery worked to break apart the Seven Realms. Armies were on the march. The faraway King, obsessed with his own power, seemed unwilling or unable to prevent the looming catastrophe.

Perhaps a new King was needed...if only someone could penetrate the secret of the King's power and take the throne before it was too late. It was foretold that the person who discovered the True Name of the King would become the next King. But who was capable of such a thing?

The Bellringer.

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About The Year of the Red Door:

244 Days Remain.
That is all.

Uncanny things are taking place in the world, mysterious powers are stirring, and there are signs of coming change. Like pieces on a game board, ancient forces are moving into position, gathering strength. Many sense the portents and see the signs, but few know their meaning. Fewer still understand what must be done. But who is there to do it?

In only 244 days, six intrepid travelers must cross thousands of miles, to the far edge of the world, to find a place that may not even exist. A legendary place called Griferis where a new king may be prepared, trained, and judged for worthiness. It is their bid to find that place, to discover the secret Name of the King, and to make one of their companions the new King. But hope is thin, and time runs out. Can the Name be found? Can the Usurper use it to take the throne? And will it make any difference? It already seems too late.

In the spirit of J.R.R. Tolkien and Charles Dickens comes a new heroic tale, a story of ageless love and brave determination, of tragic loss and the hope of redemption. During this quest, mythic powers arise from the ancient past, fate collides with destiny, and the world edges swiftly to its final destruction or to its ultimate fulfillment. Only the Bellringer can tip the balance of fate, but the world is almost out of time...

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WILLIAM TIMOTHY MURRAY was born and raised in a small town of the Deep South and now lives in the Appalachian foothills of northeast Georgia.

He enjoys stargazing, tinkering with an old sailboat, and music (right now, he is really into Revien and Ludovico Einaudi).

He is not sure whether his favorite author is Charles Dickens or Patrick O'Brian. His favorite wise character from a classic novel is Faria. His favorite not-so-wise character from a classic novel is Barnaby Rudge.

If he had to fight a duel and could choose the weapons, it would be trebuchets at three hundred yards.

His favorite place is sitting before a crackling fireplace with a bowl of popcorn, a glass of sweet iced tea, and a good book.

He keeps a small writing desk in an old barn. There, amid a clutter of maps, drawings, and books, his memories and experiences join with all the tales he has read to inform and disturb his pen.


MY THOUGHTS
First off, I found the maps that were in the book very interesting as they gave you a real feel as to where the place in the book were actually located.  Great addition.This book is the first in a series of five books.   When I finished I decided I will definitely read the other books.   I found this book one that I actually took reading it nice and easy. I didn't rush just to get it read as some books.  I actually savored every page. The author gives you so much.  You get the suspenseful and tense moments of danger.  You get the utmost important two things of love and hope. Then we have mortals, semi-mortals.  Then we get the wonderful world of magic.  We all need and want those things so it just added to the drawing in the book created.   This is a fantasy book, but the way it is written, you wish that you could escape into this other world.  The book is quite long, over 400 pages, but I found it held my attention and it was easy to read.  But isn't a fight between good and evil worth it?

As Robby Ribbon goes about his delivery in the rural area, he finds himself lost after a storm swept through.  He found the Bell, the one that wasn't supposed to be able to be rung, but he did.  Did ringing that bell have anything to do with what happened  next?  Was the invasion started because of the bell?  This isn't your normal fantasy story.  It is so different.  Sometimes I feel when you read one fantasy book, you're reading pretty much the same thing over and over.  But with this book, you find the some of the characters have become friends and you are drawn into that, wanting to stand beside them and be one of their friends.  One of the important things, I feel, that the author did was to not put women in the background with the typical stereotyping. They didn't walk behind the man. They walked along side the men. They found strength in each other.  This world you enter when you open the book, isn't an easy world.But with it being so well written and with so many good qualities about it, READ!  It is complex, the characters have much depth but with taking it slow, you will find yourself wanting to be in their world.  So, if you love fantasy with depth, enter the world and find out what exactly The Bellringer is all about.

I received a copy of this book and voluntarily decided to review it. 

I would give this book 5 STARS. 

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September 19, 2017

MANY SPARROWS




MANY SPARROWS
by
Lori Benton

Travel back in time to the Ohio-Kentucky frontier in 1774 as it pulses with rising tension and brutal conflicts and meet Clare, who is determined to emerge from the wilderness with her children, in Lori Benton’s new book, Many Sparrows. Clare will face the greatest fight of her life, as she struggles to reclaim her son from the Shawnee Indians now holding him captive. But with the battle lines sharply drawn, her son’s life might not be the only one at stake. Can a stranger convince Clare that recovering her son will require the very thing her anguished heart is unwilling to do—be still, wait and let God fight this battle for them?

Either she and her children would emerge from that wilderness together,
or none of them would........ 

“Don't go judging the Almighty by (our) own understanding. We're rarely given eyes to see the whole of what He's doing in our lives . . . . . That's why we are called to walk by faith, not by sight".”  
 (from Many Sparrows)

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ABOUT THE BOOK
Many Sparrows (WaterBrook, August 2017)

In 1774, the Ohio-Kentucky frontier pulses with rising tension and brutal conflicts as colonists push westward and encroach upon Native American territories. The young Inglesby family is making the perilous journey west when an accident sends Philip back to Redstone Fort for help, forcing him to leave his pregnant wife, Clare, and their four year old son, Jacob on a remote mountain trail.
When Philip does not return and Jacob disappears from the wagon under the cover of darkness, Clare finds herself utterly alone, in labor, and wondering how she can recover her son... especially when her second child is moments away from being born.
Clare will face the greatest fight of her life as she struggles to reclaim her son from the Shawnee Indians now holding him captive. But with the battle lines sharply drawn, Jacob's life might not be the only one at stake.  When frontiersman Jeremiah Ring comes to her aid, can the stranger convince Clare that recovering her son will require the very thing her anguished heart is unwilling to do--be still, wait, and let Good fight this battle for them? 

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THE AUTHOR
Lori BentonLori Benton was born and raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American and family history going back to the 1600s. Her novels transport readers to the 18th century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history, creating a melting pot of characters drawn from both sides of a turbulent and shifting frontier, brought together in the bonds of God's transforming grace.
When she isn’t writing, reading, or researching 18th century history, Lori enjoys exploring the mountains with her husband.

Burning Sky, Lori's debut novel, was a finalist for the ECPA 2014 Christian Book Award, and winner of the 2014 Christy Award for First Novel, Historical, and Book of the Year.
  

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MY VIEW
In 1774 as the pioneers decide to go West in search of a better life, they have many struggles, decisions and hardships to face.   Everyday survival as they cross Indian territories, is far from easy. Oftentimes, all they had was each other and their faith in God. As the young Inglesby family, Philip, Clare and their young four year old son, Jacob go on this dangerous journey, an accident happens.  This forces Philip to go back to Fort Redstone.  Clare is about to give birth to their second child but Philip can't take them with him.  Time is important, so Clare, waiting for her child to be born and Jacob are left on the mountain until Philip returns.   But during the night, Jacob disappears, taken by the Shawnee Indians.  With everything happening, Clare goes into labor, fighting to bring her unborn child into life.  All the while she is thinking how she will get her son back from the Indians.  She knows that Philip is not returning. She must rely on her faith in God and let God lead her.  Clare has to hold on to her faith, her hope and not give in to her fears.

As she is deep in Shawnee country, Jeremiah Ring, an adopted Shawnee, comes into her life and promises to help her get Jacob back. He helps deliver her child.  Now it's time to search for Jacob and hope he is still alive.  During their search, they discover Jeremiah's sister and she has Jacob.  He is now known as Many Sparrows.  But will Jeremiah be able to help Clare now that his sister is in the picture?  Jacob now belongs to two women.  Who will Jeremiah side with?

As you read, you wonder how people back then survived. They faced such struggles, fear, devastation and so much unknown. The author gives us a woman who is strong to the core. Sure she has fears, fear of being alone, getting her son back, but she also has her faith in God.   Your heart is torn.  You feel so strongly for Clare.  Her husband now gone, her son taken captive, a new baby being born in the wilderness being delivered by a stranger.  A stranger who has been adopted by the Shawnee.  The author gives us a historical read that not only tears at your heart but warms your heart also.   Written with such feeling and leaves you wanting more.  It will inspire you. It will bring tears.  It will make you feel like you are on that wilderness mountain top, alone, facing the unknown.

I received a copy of this book from the author and Litfuse Group and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 5  STARS. 
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September 17, 2017

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DEAD SCARED:
Book One of the Mortsafeman Trilogy 
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Ivan Blake


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Title: DEAD SCARED
Author: Ivan Blake
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Pages: 327
Genre: Dark Fiction Horror

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Who knew the dead have more to fear from the living than the living have to fear from the dead? Certainly not seventeen-year-old Chris Chandler, not before his family moved to Bemishstock, Maine in the autumn of 1985.
His father’s job is to close plants for Allied Paper Products of Wisconsin. Bemishstock is his fourth crumbling town in six years, and each one has resented and harassed the Chandlers more hatefully than the previous. Even Chris will admit that his family’s odyssey across America has turned him into a lonely, brooding nutcase, and he has only survived the soul-sucking experience by remaining virtually invisible. Then suddenly one day, after a couple of totally stupid mistakes, Chris finds himself trapped between two nightmarish forces—a grave robber and a vengeful demon—and like the cemetery guardians of old, he must defeat both or end up a corpse himself and cursed for all eternity.  AMAZON BUY LINK


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MY THOUGHTS:
WHO WOULD THINK THE DEAD ARE MORE FEARFUL OF THE LIVING
THAN THE LIVING ARE OF THE DEAD?

What do the living have to fear from the dead? What do the dead have to fear from the living?

It was a beautiful autumn day in 1985 when teenager Chris Chandler was fighting a demon, but his demon was different. The beauty of that autumn day would change. His demon never failed but to show blood. Towns were falling, plants closing up, things were hard, but Chris' father's job was to close those failing plants, specifically the plants operated by Allied Paper Products of Wisconsin. Townspeople were angry. Their livelihood was being taken away. They hated the Chandlers and took it out on them. Time and time again, with each plant that closed, the Chandlers were forced to move. The family moved to Bemishstock, Maine. Chris had become a loner, on the edge and struggles to just survive. He has deep problems and on the other side a very sensitive person. Chris finds himself fighting for the dead, becoming in a way one of the Mortsafemen (those who protect the graves). What will Chris do when he's in the middle of a grave robber and a demon? But he has no choice, either end them both or die. What would you do? Would you go face to face or would you run and hide? The author wrote an exciting and suspenseful book of demon horror. Not your usual demons but those who want to hurt the dead. Sure he still had the demons inside but he comes to grips with not only facing those demons but the demons on the outside as well.

When I first thought about the book, I thought this was going to be one of those Zombie books. Far from it. Not protecting the walking dead but those in the graves dead. Such a different plot. Wonderful and not boring at all. IT will place you on the edge thinking what would you do.? Would you become one of the Mortsafemen? or would you let the living hurt the dead? Anyone would enjoy this book from YA to adults. Face your demons along with Chris, but do you really have what it takes to do so?

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I would give this book  5 STARS. 

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Title: WICKEDLY EVER AFTER: HALLOWEEN HIJINKS

Author: Lotta Smith

Publisher: Independent

Pages: 213

Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery
As the new Mrs.Rowling, life is supposed to be easy for former FBI Special Assistant Amanda Meyer. Marriage to her drop dead gorgeous boss Rick is everything she dreamed of, unfortunately she can’t sleep, and she can’t even blame the ghost of his late stepmom Clara for popping up in the middle of the night with a tricky request.

Someone staged mechanic Fynn’s death to look like a suicide, and now his unhappy ghost is keeping Clara and her dead friends awake all night. Proving he was murdered will keep the newlyweds hopping, and
the real trick will be staying alive in this hilariously wicked book in the Manhattan Mystery Series. 

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At exactly three o’clock in the morning, I was in bed, turning over for the umpteenth time. For some
unknown reason, I couldn’t fall asleep. In fact, I didn’t have even a blink of sleep.

Okay, so I was pretending not to know the reason for my difficulty, but I could come up with possible reasons. For starters, I had a little too much espresso cake after dinner and a few more cups of strong green
tea than the recommended amount at lunch. Also, in the past few hours alone, I had at least thirteen people visit me, asking about the whereabouts of their personal belongings and if I thought their spouses were cheating on them. All of them happened to be former residents of this upscale condo on Fifth
Avenue in Manhattan, where I called home. The last straw was Mrs. Williams, who kept demanding I
return her hearing aid. I kept telling her that I wasn’t the evil woman who hid her belongings, and I shared my hunch that her family might have forgotten to put her hearing device with her; however, she didn’t seem to fathom what I was trying to say—perhaps because she didn’t have her hearing aid.

By the way, did I mention that all those people who visited me during these ungodly hours had been dead for years?

My name is Amanda Rowling, née Meyer, a part-time secretary for my husband and mostly a stay-at-home
housewife,
and people, including but not limited to my husband Rick, usually call me Mandy.

Anyway, I was trying my best to grab some sleep before dawn, not that I had to get up early and go to work in the morning, but Rick had been busy since joining USCAB—United States Cover All Bases, a security-based conglomerate owned and run by his dad—and I wanted to do my best to be his super-supportive partner. Cooking power breakfasts for him and myself had become my ritual since I moved
in with him at this condo over a year ago, and I was determined to continue this ritual. Anyway, using knives and a hot oven in a sleep-deprived status wasn’t high on my to-do list. I tended to commit faux-pas in the kitchen, like scorching eggs and bacon to a crisp, whenever I was short of sleep.

Before marrying him, I used to work for the FBI’s New York City headquarters as a special assistant. At first, I was just an assistant with a mission to keep my then-boss Rick Rowling, the sexy, arrogant loose cannon who loved nothing more than trouble, from wreaking havoc and destroying NYC. However, a little after starting my FBI career, I developed a special skill of seeing dead people and communicating with them, and my tasks expanded to interviewing murder victims and dead witnesses.

When Rick, who was the head of Paranormal Cases Division and the only colleague I had, left the feds to join his family business, I followed his suit and resigned from the feds.

Even though Sheldon Hernandez, the head of the FBI’s New York City headquarters, offered me a lucrative consulting contract, I declined. At that time, leaving my life with the FBI, communicating with dead people and dodging frequent temper tantrums thrown at me by the deceased, and concentrating on being Mrs. Rowling seemed like a fabulous idea. But after the wedding and returning from our honeymoon, I wasn’t sure if I made the right decision. At that time, I presumed I’d stop encountering the spirits of dead; however, things didn’t go as I’d hoped. I was still having as many ghostly visitors as before.

And, recalling my past life as an FBI assistant, I was horrified to found myself sort of missing my days dealing with the murderers, crooks, and dead people. Okay, so having nothing to do with criminals should be the norm for most people, and when I left the feds, I couldn’t wait to spend my days without worrying about being assaulted by evil ghosts and bad humans, but…

Lotta Smith is the author of Paranormal in Manhattan Mystery series. She fell in love with mystery the moment she developed consciousness.  She is especially fond of lighthearted murder mystery stories with a little sprinkle of romance.


She went to medical school hoping to see real corpses and sexy professors. Back then, she was into this kind of mystery series about a smokin' hot forensic medicine professor and a quirky female student going a-sleuthing, cracking unsolvable cases. Lotta truly, madly wanted to team up with a superhot professor and crack a difficult murder or two. (Note; she got to see the corpses, but sexy professors were nonexistent.)


Lotta loves to hear from her readers. Feel free to drop her a line at lottasmith_author@yahoo.com.

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