Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Outliers: A Review #Tuesdaybookblog #amreading


What the Publisher Says

There is a story that is usually told about extremely successful people, a story that focuses on intelligence and ambition. Gladwell argues that the true story of success is very different, and that if we want to understand how some people thrive, we should spend more time looking 
around them-at such things as their family, their birthplace, or even their birth date. And in revealing that hidden logic, Gladwell presents a fascinating and provocative blueprint for making the most of human potential.

Kory's Thoughts:

I listened to this on audiobook and was pleasantly surprised how short it was--but even though it was short, it was content dense, giving me a lot to think about. I liked it, overall, and thought the ideas were interesting and thought-provoking--which I always consider to be a mark of good nonfiction.  

However, there were some flaws. First of all, the entire premise of this book is that we misunderstand genius and what it means to be an "outlier"--one of those amazing individuals who lie outside the norm of society and go on to do great things.

I thought he brought up MANY excellent points on the subject of genius and its various factors and I agreed (for the most part, wholeheartedly). Though I still think there was a flaw. In the beginning, Gladwell seems to set out to say that genius is as much about circumstance as it is about innate talent--and he only halfway (in my opinion) succeeds in this argument. He absolutely convinces me that timing and conditions contribute to a person's success, but he didn't completely erase the idea that hard work isn't a key component. Most people currently believe that with enough hard work, you can be successful. And it *seemed* like he was going to counter this, but ends up providing more evidence in its defense, I think. So for that reason, I wasn't entirely sold on what he was saying.

But if you're looking for a smart, thought-provoking read on the subject of what it means to be successful, this would be a good one. I certainly recommend it. And I'm excited to teach it in my classes next semester.

4 out of 5 stars

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Friday, March 24, 2017

5 Free Kindle Books and a #Giveaway #FreebieFriday #Fridayreads

The town of Lainswich is a bizarre place. It’s an insular community and home to a lot of strange happenings. It’s also home to the Greensmith family. Rumor has it that they’re a family of witches. The rumors are right.

Rowen Greensmith moved away to escape her crazy family. She has her own place and a job in tabloid journalism. Things aren’t perfect, but she’s hopeful they’ll improve. When Rowen’s Aunt Lydia calls her with news of a murder, all of that is turned on its head.

During the annual Greensmith family yard sale, Rowen’s Aunt Nadine sold a chest that turned out to have a dead body in it. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the woman she sold it to has now turned up dead! It’s a juicy story, and once Rowen’s boss catches wind of it, Rowen is put on the case.

Now Rowen is thrown back into the life she tried to escape. Everyone in the town of Lainswich remembers her, even the ones she rather wishes didn’t. The only total stranger is a handsome businessman who’s new to town. Unfortunately, he has motives all his own.

If Rowen wants to save her family, she’s going to have to solve not one but two murders. First, though, she’s going to have to deal with the police, suspicious locals, and her crazy family. Knowing Lainswich, there’s a decent chance she’s going to have to deal with quite a bit of the supernatural as well. Rowen is about to be thrown into one of the most hectic weekends of her life. She’ll be lucky if she can make it out in one piece.


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Seventeen-year-old Violet Fairdale has one job: protect humans from dangerous fae...


It's a job she's good at—until the cute guy whose life she just saved follows her back into the dangerous world of magic. Now she's broken Guild law, landing herself in a whole lot of trouble.

The last thing Vi wants to do is spend any more time with the guy who got her into this mess, but the Guild requires that she return Nate to his home and make him forget everything he's discovered of the fae realm. Easy, right? Not when you factor in evil faeries, long-lost family members, and inconvenient feelings of the romantic kind. Vi is about to find herself tangled up in a dangerous plot—and it'll take all her training to get out alive.


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Everything you know is a lie…

Eighteen-year-old Grace is sick of running. For over two thousand years the Angels have hunted the Half-Born, determined to maintain the barrier that conceals the magical world from Human eyes. Grace and her foster family have survived capture by living amongst humans, but the noose is tightening as the spell binding their magic begins to fail. 

When unexpected allies send Grace and her family crashing into the world of The Shadow Children, she finds herself at the epicentre of a battle to save those she loves. 

But who can she trust when everyone has the face of an angel?


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Every town has its history and skeletons, but Silent Bend, Mississippi’s are darker than most. Ruled from the shadows by the House—the immortal Born and their aging, enslaved Bitten—everyone knows not to go out after dark and that the police will never look into crimes involving blood.

Alivia Ryan didn’t know the man who claims to be her father through a will even existed until she inherits the Conrath plantation. Instead of the sleepy house she expects, she finds a mansion and a staff who look at her with fear in their eyes.

Ian Ward tried to kill Alivia the first time they met, and then insisted he train her to defend herself against the House, who he claims will try to manipulate and take her in for their own political reasons. And the growing attraction between them will threaten their lives—Ian is a sworn enemy of the House.

In Silent Bend, people disappear, the threat of a demented King and the legend of his resurrecting Queen hang over everyone’s heads, and proving loyalty means far more than blood. You’d better watch who you trust in this town…


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Bryn Reyes is a real life sleeping beauty. Afflicted with Klein-Levin Syndrome, she suffers episodes of prolonged sleep that steal weeks, and sometimes even months, from her life. But unlike most KLS patients, she doesn’t spend each episode in a catatonic state or wake up with no recollection of the time she’s missed. Instead, Bryn spends half her life in an alternate reality made up of her memories. For Bryn, the past is a place, until one day a boy she’s never met before washes up on the illusory beach of her dreams with no memory of who he is.

But the appearance of this strange boy isn’t the only thing that’s changed. Bryn’s symptoms are worsening, her body weakening as she’s plagued by hallucinations even while awake. Her only hope of finding a cure is to undergo experimental treatment created by a German specialist. But when Dr. Banz reveals that he knows more about her strange symptoms than he originally let on, Bryn learns that the boy in her head might actually be the key to understanding what’s happening to her, and worse, that if she doesn’t find out his identity before it’s too late, they both may not survive.


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Monday, March 20, 2017

7 SFF #books coming out this week #amreading

Scorched by Magic: Jasmine Walt

Home from their travels at last, Sunaya and Iannis are confronted with a threat against which even their strongest magic is largely helpless. The very ground under their city is becoming increasingly unstable, and there are disturbing predictions of an impending quake the likes Solantha hasn't seen in centuries.

While their hands are full preparing for disaster, Iannis's most dangerous rival returns to Solantha, intent on finding anything he can use against Iannis. It isn't long before Fenris too is in his crosshairs, his dangerous secret perilously close to being exposed. Sunaya is fiercely determined to protect both her friend, and the man she loves, but will her efforts be enough? With old and new enemies as well as the might of nature ranged against her, one false step or indiscreet word can spell doom for all three of them... 


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Magic-Born Dragon: K. N. Lee


Magic. Betrayal. Dragons.

New York Times bestselling author K.N. Lee brings you all this and more in the sequel to the runaway success of “Half-Blood Dragon.”

Rowen is on the run. Convicted of a murder she didn’t commit, a last-minute surprise rescue from the gallows by her father, the notorious pirate Elian Westin should have brought her a measure of freedom, if not peace. Instead, Rowen has more enemies than ever…and more questions. 
The royal navy of Withrae is on her heels to bring her to justice, and her erstwhile savior Captain Westin wants her back because he believes she is the key to finding the legendary Red Dragon, a creature so powerful that it can change the course of time.
Hunted by dragon shifters who despise her and feared by humans who don’t understand her, half-blood dragon Rowen must unravel old mysteries in order to outsmart new adversaries. She can only hope that her new, uncontrollable magical abilities don’t get her killed before she can confront the man who set all of this in motion…
…a man who hates her but will do anything to save her life.



Hell to Pay: Lisa Emme

Angharad 'Harry' Russo's life has been turned upside down, but with the Mariposa defeated it looks like Harry is finally getting a break. Things are returning to normal – or at least as normal as they can be for a half-vampire witch with the gift of necromancy. Of course things aren't always what they seem.

There's a new club in town and a mystery man peddling promises too good to be true while normally mild-mannered citizens are turning homicidal. Even the ghosts are bringing portents of doom.

Can Harry put all the pieces together and solve the mystery before it's too late? Or will she be left holding the bill?


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Exiled: Bethany Adams

A willing exile

For a hundred years, Delbin has lived on Earth, voluntarily cut off from his birth land, Moranaia. He’s learned to hide his elven nature and use his mind magic without getting noticed. Until he accidentally wields it on the Moranaian scout sent to check on him.

A hesitant ally

Though Inona has good reason to mistrust exiles, part of her job is to make sure they aren’t causing trouble. She sets out for Earth with one goal—get this annoying mission over with. But from the moment Delbin tries to use his power on her, she can tell he is different. As more of his story unfolds, she learns that some exiles might not be what they seem.

An unexpected enemy

When a rogue Moranaian prince tries to recruit Delbin, Inona’s mission becomes anything but standard. Now Delbin and Inona must work together to hunt down the prince and uncover his latest plot. 

Delbin might not be able to return to Moranaia, but he’ll do anything to save it.

BONUS – Includes the free, stand-alone short story “The Grove Between,” previously published in the Against All Odds anthology.



Devil's Homecoming: Bobby Akart 

Build. Destroy. Rebuild.
The dawn of human existence has proven ...
we are warlike creatures.
Civilizations are built, then they're destroyed.
After destruction, will you have the tenacity to overcome obstacles and rebuild?

Your fellow man may be the biggest hurdle because Hell is empty and the Devils are all here.


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Trigger: Scarlett Dawn

New York Times bestselling author, Scarlett Dawn, has created a fresh and magical new adventure for romance and paranormal lovers alike. Shifters now run the world through corporations after the humans all but destroyed Earth. It's too bad humans are still oblivious. They have no clue terrifying beasts rule their broken world.

And then along came a human. A beautiful and klutzy human.

She's the trigger the shifters have been waiting for...
But beware of the soul-sucking darkness soon to follow.


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The Never Paradox: T. Ellery Hodges

If you lost a piece of your memory...
Would you trust yourself to have made the right choices...
In the moments you can't remember.


The Ferox assault has been escalating, drawing Jonathan into combat more and more frequently. With each passing day, he's grown stronger. He can't be certain, but his attackers seem to be getting... more dangerous?

...and, of course, Heyer is gone, again.

Then came the glitch. Unexpectedly pulled from battle, Jonathan finds he cannot recall the final moments of his last confrontation. Convinced that his memory loss was no accident, he must uncover the truth.

His only leads are a less than helpful artificial alien intelligence, and Rylee, a mysterious and possibly crazy woman, who seems to think they share a history he doesn't remember.

With no means to contact the only being who can give him answers, and knowing he has gaps in his memory, Jonathan must make every move uncertain of the consequences. The blond man better show up soon, because events hidden in Jonathan's lost memories may trigger a war humanity isn't ready to fight.


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Friday, March 17, 2017

HOT reads and 17 prizes up for grabs #FreebieFriday #fridayreads

So my latest Jesse Sullivan novel (Dying Breath, Book 6) is now available through iTunes, Audible and Amazon.

So you know what that means?

AUDIOBOOK GIVEAWAY TIME!


That's right! I'm going to raffle away TEN (10) audible codes so that you can get a free copy of the Jesse Sullivan audiobook of your choice--be it Dying Breath, or another installment.

I made the mistake last time of sending out a newsletter saying that the first people to respond will get the codes. Imagine my surprise when I opened my email 6 hours later to find over 1000 emails. 

Yes, you read that right ONE THOUSAND EMAILS. 

So to prevent another email overload, I've created a rafflecopter for you guys to enter. I know that some of you already follow me on Twitter, Facebook, etc. So if you I've left the entries open so that you don't have to verify you did what I asked you to do--we'll do this on a trust system, you see. But don't lie! If you win, that's when I'll be checking your entries.


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Other Great Reads



The secrets of the heart are hidden when magic sleeps, but miracles happen when magic is awakened. 


Enjoy eleven stunningly romantic supernatural tales in one divine boxed set. Fantastic beasts, shifters, and unearthly creatures face all too human conflicts and heartbreak, but always with a promise of a happily-ever-after ending.
 With mates and magic, each story brings to life a unique world where anything is possible, including finding true and everlasting love, no matter who...or what you are. 




Aaron Tanner is the Alpha werewolf of the Greensborough pack. As with all his kindred, Aaron bears a mark which will match his perfect mate. But he's been searching for nearly twenty years … and failing. The ache of longing in his body and soul grows harsher with each passing day. 


Grayson’s mate Reagan brings hope when he spies a young were with the same mark, but the man disappears in the chaos of the fires that ravage Greensborough. Aaron’s not sure how much longer he can hold on … 


Jordan Macky has grown up believing he will never mate. Even his own mother told him he was unworthy. Having accepted his fate as a cast-off, he's horrified when a mark develops on his chest that matches that of the Alpha’s. 
  
Aaron is a great man, and Jordan admires him from afar, but he could never live up to the standards set by the pack for their Alphas … or can he? Perhaps his old beliefs are just that. But, just as Jordan prepares to stand at his mate's side, the Rogues strike and  
Aaron is badly wounded. 
  
Has Jordan waited too long, or this time, will it be the Gamma who is called to save his Alpha?


Rysa Torres stumbles through life as an overwhelmed young woman fighting against her attention deficit disorder. She can’t get a handle on the world, no matter how hard she tries. After monsters attack and activate a part of her she didn't know she had, Rysa becomes the Fate at the center of an epic battle against a terrifying future — and a world consumed by fire.

Ladon and his companion Dragon survived the Roman Empire. They survived the centuries after, and now they spend their days fighting ghouls in the American West. When they find the newly-activated, terrified Rysa, they see only the potential hell a young Fate might unleash into their quiet, lonely lives. But Ladon quickly realizes Rysa is much more than the daughter of an old enemy — she is his key to forgiveness. 

Enter the explosive, genre-bending Fate – Fire – Shifter – Dragon universe where Urban Fantasy meets Science Fiction: Dragons, immortal warriors, family, love… and science.


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Amara's life changed the moment she was attacked by a group of wolves. She was only 15 at the time, who could blame her for ignoring her grandfather's warnings? She quickly began to believe all those stories he told her about the wolves who protected their town, Strathford. The wolves who could turn into humans. Shifters, as she learned they were called.

Ten years had passed since then, and Nova still couldn't forgive himself for letting the Valley Clan slip into their territory unnoticed. If only he had been there in time. Since that day, he made a vow to himself to protect her, no matter what happens. Though he didn't personally know Amara, he felt a connection to her after watching over her all these years. With his curiosity growing each day, he finally decided to visit her at work. He'd talk to her for an hour, settle his curiosity and then never speak to her again. Or so he thought.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A Court of Mist and Fury: A Review #Tuesdaybookblog #amreading

The # 1 New York Times bestselling sequel to Sarah J. Maas' spellbinding A Court of Thorns and Roses.

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court--but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms--and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future--and the future of a world cleaved in two.


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Kory's Thoughts

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh! Ahhhhhhhhhhh! Ahhhhhhhhhh! Ahhhhhh! AHHHHHHHH! Ah! Ah! A-Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh! AHhhhhhhhh! AhhhhhhhhhHhhhhh! AAAAAAAhhHhahahA! AHHHHH! Ah! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Read this MOTHERF*&#^%KING book!!!!

Read it for the:
    -gender equality
    -for the themes of class/social standing
    -sex positivity
    -powerful female roles
    -super hot feminist guys
    -the world building
    -the Game of Thornes-esque political maneuvering
    -loyalty between friends/comradery
    -Because the last one (A Court of Wings and Ruin) comes
     out May 2 and you want to be ready for that
     awesomeness....

5 out of 5 stars.

Monday, March 13, 2017

8 NEW Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Coming This Week #amreading

The Witcher returns in this action-packed sequel to The Tower of Swallows, in the New York Times bestselling series that inspired The Witcher video games.

After walking through the portal in the Tower of Swallows while narrowly escaping death, Ciri finds herself in a completely different world... an Elven world. She is trapped with no way out. Time does not seem to exist and there are no obvious borders or portals to cross back into her home world.

But this is Ciri, the child of prophecy, and she will not be defeated. She knows she must escape to finally rejoin the Witcher, Geralt, and his companions - and also to try to conquer her worst nightmare. Leo Bonhart, the man who chased, wounded and tortured Ciri, is still on her trail. And the world is still at war.



New York Times bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson returns with a bold and brilliant vision of New York City in the next century.

As the sea levels rose, every street became a canal. Every skyscraper an island. For the residents of one apartment building in Madison Square, however, New York in the year 2140 is far from a drowned city.

There is the market trader, who finds opportunities where others find trouble. There is the detective, whose work will never disappear --- along with the lawyers, of course.
There is the internet star, beloved by millions for her airship adventures, and the building's manager, quietly respected for his attention to detail. Then there are two boys who don't live there, but have no other home-- and who are more important to its future than anyone might imagine.

Lastly there are the coders, temporary residents on the roof, whose disappearance triggers a sequence of events that threatens the existence of all-- and even the long-hidden foundations on which the city rests.


A JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION

Every night, tiny stars appear out of the darkness in little Sandy's bedroom. She catches them and creates wonderful creatures to play with until she falls asleep, and in the morning brings them back to life in the whimsical drawings that cover her room.

One day, Morpie, a mysterious pale girl, appears at school. And she knows all about Sandy's drawings...
Nightlights is a beautiful story about fear, insecurity, and creativity, from the enchanting imagination of Lorena Alvarez.




In March 2017, the producers of Godzilla transport audiences to the birthplace of one of the most powerful monster myths of all in KONG: SKULL ISLAND, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures.  

When a scientific expedition to an uncharted island awakens titanic forces of nature, a mission of discovery becomes an explosive war between monster and man. Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly star in a thrilling and original new adventure that reveals the untold story of how Kong became King.




A whimsical, touching debut about loneliness, friendship and hope...
 Vivian doesn't feel like she fits in - and never has. As a child, she was so whimsical that her parents told her she was "left by fairies." Now, living alone in Dublin, the neighbors treat her like she's crazy, her older sister condescends to her, social workers seem to have registered her as troubled, and she hasn't a friend in the world.

So, she decides it's time to change her life: She begins by advertising for a friend. Not just any friend. She wants one named Penelope.

Meanwhile, she roams the city, mapping out a new neighborhood every day, seeking her escape route to a better world, the other world her parents told her she came from.

And then one day someone named Penelope answers her ad for a friend. And from that moment on, Vivian's life begins to change.

Debut author Caitriona Lally offers readers an exhilaratingly fresh take on the Irish love for lyricism, humor, and inventive wordplay in a book that is, in itself, deeply charming, and deeply moving.



In a forgotten corner of western Kentucky lies a haunted forest referred to locally as "The Deadening," where vampire cults roam wild and time is immaterial. Our protagonist and his accomplice—the one and only, Carver Canute—set out down the Old Spur Line in search of the legendary Kudzu House, where an old couple is purported to have been swallowed whole by a hungry vine. Their quest leads them face to face with albino panthers, Great Dane-riding girls, protective property owners, and just about every American folk-demon ever, while forcing the protagonist to finally take stock of his relationship with his father and the man's mysterious disappearance.

The Vine That Ate the South is a mesmerizing fantasia where Wilkes ambitiously grapples with the contradictions of the contemporary American South while subversively considering how well we know our own family and friends.






Seventeen-year-old Violet Fairdale has one job: protect humans from dangerous fae. It's a job she's good at—until the cute guy whose life she just saved follows her back into the hidden world of magic. Now she's broken Guild law, landing herself in a whole lot of trouble. The last thing she wants to do is spend any more time with the guy who got her into this mess, but the Guild requires that she return Nate to his home and make him forget the magical world he's discovered. Easy, right? Not when you factor in evil faeries, plenty of mystery and intrigue, and inconvenient feelings of the romantic kind. Vi is about to find herself tangled up in a deadly plot that threatens not only her life, but her entire world.



The text said one thing: COME ALONE.

Ayla doesn’t believe in monsters. There are only bad people with bad intentions. But she does believe in helping someone in need. So when a text from a long lost friend flickers across her cell phone, asking to meet at the abandoned Gothic cathedral downtown, she can’t resist answering the call.

Except her friend isn’t there when she arrives. Instead there’s a tattooed psychopath bent on making her his next ritualistically murdered victim. 

That's when Ayla discovers that not only is she surrounded by monsters, but she is actually one of them.

Grim is the first installment of the hot new Reaper’s Redemption series, an urban fantasy collection with supernatural creatures of all kinds and an unexpected love triangle.


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Friday, March 10, 2017

7 FREE #kindle books #Fridayreads #Freebiefriday



Janie Parker is in love with the boy next door, but he's dating Miss Popular. That is, until she wraps her car around a tree and bites the dust. Just when things settle down and Janie thinks that she might have a shot at going to prom with the boy next door, Miss Popular comes back from the grave, and she's one crazy ex-ghoulfriend.

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Nazafareen lives for revenge. A girl of the isolated Four-Legs Clan, all she knows about the King's elite Water Dogs is that they bind wicked creatures called daevas to protect the empire from the Undead. But when scouts arrive to recruit young people with the gift, she leaps at the chance to join their ranks. To hunt the monsters that killed her sister.

Scarred by grief, she's willing to pay any price, even if it requires linking with a daeva named Darius. Human in body, he's possessed of a terrifying power, one that Nazafareen controls. But the golden cuffs that join them have an unwanted side effect. Each experiences the other's emotions, and human and daeva start to grow dangerously close.

As they pursue a deadly foe across the arid waste of the Great Salt Plain to the glittering capital of Persepolae, unearthing the secrets of Darius's past along the way, Nazafareen is forced to question his slavery—and her own loyalty to the empire. But with an ancient evil stirring in the north, and a young conqueror sweeping in from the west, the fate of an entire civilization may be at stake…


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A curmudgeon. An iconoclast. A loner. That's how people describe Garrison Gage, and that's when they're being charitable. 

After his wife's brutal murder in New York, and Gage himself is beaten nearly to death, the crippled private investigator retreats three thousand miles to the quaint coastal town of Barnacle Bluffs, Oregon. He spends the next five years in a convalescent stupor, content to bide his time filling out crossword puzzles and trying to forget that his wife's death is his fault. But all that changes when he discovers the body of a young woman washed up on the beach, and his conscience draws him back into his old occupation - forcing him to confront the demons of his own guilt before he can hope to solve the girl's murder.


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Lei has overcome a scarred past to make a life for herself as a cop in the sleepy Big Island town of Hilo. On a routine patrol she finds two murdered teenagers—one of whom she’d recently busted. With its echoes of her own past, the murdered girl’s harsh life and tragic death affect Lei deeply. She becomes obsessed—even as the killer is drawn to Lei's intensity, feeding off her vulnerabilities and toying with her sanity. Despite her obsession with the case and fear that she's being stalked, Lei finds herself falling in love for the first time.
Steaming volcanoes, black sand beaches and shrouded fern forests are the backdrop to Lei's quest for answers—and the stalker is closer than she can imagine, as threads of the past tangle in her future. 


Lei is determined to find the killer—but he knows where to find her first.


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On the morning before her 67th death, it is business as usual for Jesse Sullivan: meet with the mortician, counsel soon-to-be-dead clients, and have coffee while reading the latest regeneration theory. Jesse dies for a living, literally. As a Necronite, she is one of the population's rare 2% who can serve as a death replacement agent, dying so others don't have to. Although each death is different, the result is the same: a life is saved, and Jesse resurrects days later with sore muscles, new scars, and another hole in her memory. 

But when Jesse is murdered and becomes the sole suspect in a federal investigation, more than her freedom and sanity are at stake. She must catch the killer herself--or die trying.


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Maya’s shocked to discover it’s not the heaven she imagined; in fact, a life of adventure begins the moment you die.

Zachariah, her faithful spirit guide, explains the rules of the dead: in order to regain complete awareness and reunite with loved ones all souls must review their previous lives.


Maya plunges warily into her turbulent pasts as a sociopathic High Priest in ancient Egypt; an independent mother protecting a dangerous secret in glorious Sparta; an Irish boy kidnapped and enslaved by Vikings; and a doctor’s wife forced to make an ethical stand in plague-ridden England.


All the while, Maya yearns to be with those she cares about most and worries that she hasn’t learned all of heaven’s most vital lessons. Will she be forced to leave the tranquility of heaven to survive yet another painful and tumultuous life? Or worse, accept the bitter reality of having to go back alone?


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In a province where magic is forbidden and its possessors are murdered by the cruel Praetor, young Ilan, born with the powerful gift of her ancestors, has only one hope for survival. Concealment. In the shadow of Dimmingwood, she finds temporary protection with a band of forest brigands led by the infamous outlaw Rideon the Red Hand. 

But as Ilan matures, learns the skills of survival, and struggles to master the inherent magic of her dying race, danger is always close behind. When old enemies reappear and new friendships lead to betrayal, will her discovery of an enchanted bow prove to be Ilan’s final salvation or her ultimate downfall? 


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