Renew – The Reborn Marks Series: Book 2

Book Cover: Renew – The Reborn Marks Series: Book 2
Part of the The Reborn Marks series:
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ISBN: 978-1645830498
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 266
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ISBN: B08YS1FMX5
Pages: 266
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ISBN: 9781005291570
Pages: 266

Haunted by memories of those left behind, Lexil and Finn are forced to venture back into the Wastelands.

The Unclaimed Cities are not the idyllic setting Lexil, Finn, and Ceera thought it would be. This new land has challenges of its own – which they soon discover. When Lexil and Finn return to the Wastelands, they are accompanied by Kaylen, someone they can’t decide is a friend or foe. As they retrace their path, they meet up with old allies and enemies, and encounter other treachery embedded in the Wastelands. The trio are then forced to face their own assumptions, prejudices, and fears.

And in the end, to change her fate and alter the destiny of all other Reborns, Lexil must decide what she is willing to risk...

Of both herself and others.

The 100 meets The Hunger Games and Divergent in this stunning sequel to Reborn. One-click today find out if being branded a reborn is a myth, a curse...or a destiny.

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“No, I don’t,” she repeated with firmness. “And I don’t understand you. You’re risking your health by listening to all the Wisps at once.”

Adie chuckled.

“Why are you laughing?” Lexil huffed, frustration rising up her throat like a bad meal.

“My health is fine.”

“No, it isn’t. It can’t be. They said those who can’t filter Wisps—”

Can’t.”

Nose twitching, she uttered, “That’s what I just said.”

“I can.”

Unfolding her arms, she flung her hands out. “But you said—”

Adie tapped her nose with a finger. “You mistake willingness and ability. I can filter all the Wisps I would like. Yet, I select a different path. Mine is my own.”

“A different…” She inhaled sharply. “For the—just answer a simple question, Adie!”

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Adie rose and placed a hand on each of Lexil’s shoulders. “A simple statement. Those who wish to tune something out, and cannot manage to, suffer. Those who wish to embrace, and cannot, suffer. Those who want to listen, and can, thrive.”

She mulled this over before saying, “You mean…making the choice makes a difference?”

Adie winked, releasing her grip on Lexil’s shoulders. “True to life.”

As Adie bent to brush her fingers over a patch of grass poking through a flat section of dirt, Lexil spontaneously asked, “How old are you, Adie?”

Adie hopped over her matt and strolled away.

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Reviews:Grady Harp on Amazon wrote:

Canadian author Jenna Greene teaches middle school in Alberta, Canada and so it is rather natural that her books to date are for young adults – especially in the age group that Jenna teaches. She has published six books to date – IMAGINE, HEROINE, REALITY, HERITAGE, REBORN and now RENEW, Book 2 of the Reborn Marks series.

For readers new to both the author and have not enjoyed her Imagine Series it will come as a fine surprise that here is an author who knows how to weave spells the old-fashioned way and yet make her topics both contemporary and fantasy projected. As this is Book 2 of the Reborn Marks series, this reader would recommend reading Book 1, REBORN prior to entering this continuum. But this volume is so well written that it can successfully be a standalone.

The contagious manner in which Jenna relates this strange fantasy is grounded in reality – a factor that makes the ‘other world’ and incredible creatures held in place She summarizes this interesting concept and plot as follows: ‘Haunted by memories of those left behind, Lexil and Finn are forced to venture back into the Wastelands. The Unclaimed Cities are not the idyllic setting Lexil, Finn, and Ceera thought it would be. This new land has challenges of its own – which they soon discover. When Lexil and Finn return to the Wastelands, they are accompanied by Kaylen, someone they can’t decide is a friend or foe. As they retrace their path, they meet up with old allies and enemies, and encounter other treachery embedded in the Wastelands. The trio are forced to face their own assumptions, prejudices, and fears. In the end, to change her fate and alter the destiny of all other Reborns. Lexil must decide what she is willing to risk, of herself and others,’

The writing is solid and definitely directed toward the younger set, but that is yet another reason why the book works well. If authors can conjure books that attract youngsters to read, then we must bow to them in thanks. Reading Jenna Greene results in that old urge to sit on a park bench and just gaze and chat about all the possible variations of ‘world’ there are/can be!

Anthony Avina on Amazon wrote:

A heart-pounding and exhilarating new chapter in a fantastic dystopian YA series. The author does a great job of focusing on themes of freedom and survivor’s guilt early on in the narrative, exploring the new world of the Unclaimed Cities as Lexil, Finn, and Kaylen are caught in the middle of a combative and explosive situation with the Reborn Council of Elders, highlighting the new laws that they must face. The balance of this new world with the world that they escaped, and for which they must now venture back into, makes this novel feel like a natural and exciting sequel to the first novel.

Yet it's the evolution of Lexil as she showcases a well-rounded and thrilling journey of a young woman surviving after escaping enslavement to becoming a leader and heroine who must risk everything she has fought for in order to save others. This novel cements her heroic journey and highlights the shifting landscape of this dystopian world that blends realism with sci-fi and fantasy elements.

An action-packed, shocking, and heart-pounding dystopian YA thriller, author Jenna Greene’s “Renew” is a must-read novel. The perfect beach read for any dystopian or YA fan, the author draws the reader into the protagonist’s struggle and highlights her bond with bot Finn and Kaylen, as well as others, which gives her the strength to endure this hero’s journey. By the book’s end, readers will be on the edge of their seats as the shocking cliffhanger leaves them eager for the next chapter of this narrative. If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab your copy today!


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Jovie Jade and the Monster Under Her Bed

Book Cover: Jovie Jade and the Monster Under Her Bed
Editions:Paperback - First Edition: $ 11.99
ISBN: 978-1645830399
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 76
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ISBN: B08KTW5BNC
Pages: 76
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ISBN: 9781005180065
Pages: 76

Jovie is a very brave girl, she is not afraid of anything! There are a few things that make her uneasy, like math tests and making new friends. As she struggles through life help comes from the most unlikely of places, the monster that lives under her bed!

Excerpt:

Jovie peaked around the corner, but no one else was alone. She saw another group of people she knew but they all talked and laughed together and there just did not seem to be enough room in the conversation for her.

Jovie leaned against the wall again and looked up. Hanging from the rafters was a large, black bat. Jovie flinched as the thing dropped to the ground, flipped in midair, and landed with a gentle thump with a flap of its enormous fleshy wings.

Jovie whipped her head around, looking to see if anyone saw the thing, but the rest of the students were in their own world and didn’t seem to notice.

The bat opened its mouth and breathed heavy. Holding its wings to each side, it sauntered forward, black eyes locked onto Jovie.

“Are you here to help me make friends?” Jovie asked.

The bat froze, looking confused.

“Uh…uh,” it sputtered, then said, “Joan told me you might need a little scaring before we dive into it.”

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Jovie rolled her eyes. “I’ve already made friends with two monsters, so let’s get on with it.”

The bat seemed to consider if she was lying or not, but with a shrug of its hairy, thick shoulders, it extended a claw-like hand. “Preston the Bat, at your service.”

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Reviews:CMecham on Amazon wrote:

I teach grade 6 and while the intended audience is likely a bit younger this is the perfect book to read aloud to children in middle school. The story is engaging and kids of all ages will learn the important messages regarding emotions and anxiety contained in its pages. As a middle school teacher I see kids struggle to understand and deal with their emotions. During the past year my students have a particularly rough time as the adults in their lives might also be struggling. This would be a great classroom book and a wonderful book to read as a family.

Tayler on Amazon wrote:

Not only do I love the cover art, but this story is delightful. I love the way it teaches children about navigating emotions and going through hard things in life. This story is so engaging and fun that children won't even realize that they are covering these tough topics along the way., they will only know they are having fun. Love that there are books like this that teach hard lessons to little hearts in a healthy and positive way. I would recommend this book to all of my mom friends and teachers. BRAVO!

Keen Ellsworth on Amazon wrote:

A great book to help children and adults learn to deal with their feelings. Would highly recommend.


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Under His Guidance

Book Cover: Under His Guidance
Part of the The White Rose Trilogy series:
Editions:Paperback - Second Edition: $ 16.99
ISBN: 978-1645830443
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 285
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ISBN: B08QRM3XZW
Pages: 285
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ISBN: 9781005776336
Pages: 285
Fans of Bridgerton and Outlander will love this richly textured and adventurous Historical Romance by International Bestselling Author Stacy Von Haegert.

 

Edward Kingston, Earl of Wellington, lives by a strict moral code: indulge in pleasure.

Edward lets his family represent the Kingston name with proper responsibility, while he secures the title of "Overall Cad". However, he makes an irreversible mistake by obliging one small favor, a dance lesson.

Morgan Sinclair needs a tolerable husband. Quickly! A season away with London's elite Bon Ton should help. Her aunt, the duchess, will make Morgan the perfect debutante. Many lessons are necessary first, but her future depends on it. Morgan and her charismatic dancing master, the Earl of Wellington, find themselves in a situation neither of them expected. Love.

The notorious Kingston's have a turbulent past of mystery and betrayal, but Morgan Sinclair has her own secrets looming. The couple must learn to navigate unprecedented obstacles...

...if their relationship is to survive.

Excerpt:

By the time the coach pulled up the drive at Governors square, Morgan just wanted to take a nap. It was tiresome work being a grateful pin-cushion. She climbed the stone steps behind the duchess and her mother, ready to take her leave when they got inside. But before her foot had time to land on the last step, a butler stepped forward and handed her a calling card.

Morgan read it, smiled, and went straight to the sitting room where she found Eloise. A slice of lemon cake in both hands.

“I am so jealous!” the small blonde exclaimed once they were alone. “Have you any idea how lucky you are?”

Morgan let out a long-overdue sigh as she plopped down next to her new friend. “Yes, I have been informed. Madam LeMore is the best, and I am akin to a toad in the color yellow.”

“A toad!” Eloise gasped. “Did she really compare you to that?”

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“At least she was being honest. I will take her assessment, gladly.” Morgan grinned. “Especially if she can get me looking half as fashionable as you.”

“You think me fashionable?” Eloise asked, genuinely shocked.

“Oh, Eloise, surely you have been told that petite blondes are the fancy?” She smiled, seeing the blush wash over her friend’s cheeks.

“Well, I have heard, but compared to you, I look mousy and not nearly as…dramatic. Why, your dance card will stay full the entire season,” Eloise said affirmatively.

“Dramatic?” Morgan considered the descriptive. There were certainly less appealing words. She rather liked ‘dramatic’. It made her think of something exotic. Or dangerous.

Eloise nodded. “Yes, dramatic. You do not look like you will blend into the wallpaper. Instead, you look like you could compete with it.”

Morgan considered her new friend for a moment. “That is probably the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me.” She smiled, then tried to look serious. “Now, do not ever call yourself mousy. You are lovely, whereas…”

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Reviews:Crystal Bearnard on Amazon wrote:

It just keeps getting better and better. After the first book I knew I was hooked, but now...omg I have to know what happens next.

Elizabeth Bennet on Amazon wrote:

Whether this is your first in the series or you're reading them in order you will not be disappointed with this one. Edward is the second loose canon of the Kingston family. A year or so prior to this story we met sister, Greyland in Under His Protection (The White Rose Trilogy Book 1) . Where she is rebellious and wild Edward is secretive and hot headed. There is a connection between all of the siblings but I really enjoyed the relationship between Edward and Greyland.

Sandy Spencer on Amazon wrote:

Under His Guidance is the second in the trilogy -- and does as the first delivering romance, passion (some very steamy!) and fast paced action. The reader is given a mere introduction to the characters in the first book, and it is here, in the second, where we are made to fall in love with them, for their spirit, beauty and devotion to each other. The villain is a true baddy -- and you can't help but love to hate him. Set in beautiful England in an exciting Victorian time often complicated by strict social boundaries - the reader will love the story of how a young woman tries to navigate her way out of an almost impossible situation.


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Origin Songs

Book Cover: Origin Songs
Editions:Paperback - First Edition: $ 17.99
ISBN: 978-1645830092
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 391
Kindle - First Edition: $ 4.49
ISBN: B07YNV24FX
Pages: 391
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ISBN: 9780463174449
Pages: 391

The world is ever-changing.

 

Most men change with it, other men refuse to adjust, and a few men move the world with them. Whether in primitive days or the ends of civilization, these poor fools find themselves in the worst straits their lifetime had to offer. A gardener. A political writer. A prisoner. A slave. A detective.

They’ve all made their beds in the world, but some aren’t ready to lie in them just yet. Some will drag the world down with them if they can.

Excerpt:

The rain started as a gentle mist at first, but it grew to a steady thrum against the pavement as the streetlights buzzed and flickered to life. Mark drew his heavy duster closer to shrug off the spatter and the wisps of New England winds that threatened an early winter. Even when he wasn’t running around as Agent Aftershock, Mark enjoyed the security the duster’s built-in armor offered. The glob of hair gel with which he had tamed his short hair threatened abandonment, so he threw his long legs into full drive as he jogged from the bus station towards the address scrawled on the letter he had folded neatly into his hip pocket.

And he marveled at the rain. This Earth was both like and unlike Methaldian Earth. He smiled a little.

Reviews:Luke on Amazon wrote:

Firstly, this is a sequel, which I didn't realize, but aside from the first story they all stand alone quite well. The stories are imaginative and varied, crossing and blending genres, taking place in various alternative world's that can be almost identical to ours or wildly fantastical.


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The Redemption – The John Corbin Series: Book 2

Book Cover: The Redemption - The John Corbin Series: Book 2
Part of the The John Corbin Series series:
  • A Thin Line
  • The Redemption - The John Corbin Series: Book 2
Editions:Paperback - Second Edition: $ 15.99
ISBN: 978-1987666939
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 202
Kindle - Second Edition: $ 2.99
ISBN: 164583042X
Pages: 202
ePub - Second Edition: $ 2.99
ISBN: 9781005116682
Pages: 202

Four years after serial killer Silas Alvah shook the city of Seattle to its core…

Retired Detective, John Corbin has settled into his life of husband, father, and restaurant owner. However, detective work is embedded in his heart and soul. The pull has never left him.

John is drawn out of retirement because of a disturbed killer’s twisted game, using human beings as pawns. He will have to risk everything returning to the horrors of work that left him scared. Someone must at least attempt to save the innocent from evil.

The Redemption is a twisting, turning labyrinth that will take you on a thrill ride unlike anything you have experienced before, as each life is measured by our most unforgiving enemy…time.

If you like the work of James Patterson, you’ll love this book by David Boiani!

Excerpt:

“Her name is Kerry Reid. They found her car abandoned, broken down on Beacon Ave near Jefferson Park,” Captain Johnson said.

“Just like that, her car breaks down and she’s gone forever,” Ricky added.

“Was she married? Any children?” John asked.

“No, she was engaged. The feds talked to her fiancée this morning.” The captain placed two files on the desk. “Here are your reports. I have to brief an officer in another case. Read up, ladies, and we’ll regroup in a bit.”

After a few minutes of scanning the report, John put the file down. “Anything here catch your eye?”

“Nope, nothing looks new. This guy is organized and efficient.”

“He obviously puts his time in. He had to scout these sites beforehand. He knew they would be vacant and undisturbed for a couple of days.”

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“The property the barn is on was owned by the Talbots. The mortgage was foreclosed quite a while ago. The old man passed and the children weren’t keeping up on the maintenance, or the bills. They all live out of state,” Ricky said. “Everything this un-sub does is calculated.”

“We have to dig into this file, figure out his methods, his profile, his next move before he does,” John said.

“When I first hit the field in New York, a partner of mine had a saying: To stay ahead of a psychopath, you have to be willing to burrow into another man’s soul. See what he sees. Feel what he feels. Think what he thinks.”

“Your partner overlooked one small detail,” John said.

“Yeah, what’s that?”

“He assumed the man has a soul.”

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Reviews:Trudie Collins on Amazon wrote:

I loved the first book in this series so I had great expectations for this one. I am glad to say I wasn’t disappointed; this one is just as good. Having read the first one, I was expecting a huge twist and was very pleased with myself when I figured out what was about halfway through. Unfortunately, I was completely wrong. Given how book 1 ended, I didn’t see how the author could write a follow-up and I’m delighted to say that he has done a great job of it. It makes sense and flows well.

kestrel watcher on Amazon wrote:

I picked this up because it was a thriller and the setting was Seattle and Western Washington. It didn’t disappoint. The story is a sequel about a homicide detective. Boiani takes the reader into the dark evil acts of a psychopathic serial killer. It isn’t a comfortable place to be. I had to stop a few times and step back. We all know there are people out there doing unspeakable things to others without any qualm and I imagine policemen see their fair share of that dark underbelly of humanity. The PTSD they have to handle as part of their job has to take a toll.

Maria on Amazon UK wrote:

Like Boiani's first two books I found this read refreshingly different and engaging.
The genre is crime thriller with a sizeable dollop of horror.
The writing style is distinctive. While the author is economical with words he tells an exciting, thought-provoking story.


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Hot Chocolate (Plus Bonus Story from Laura Ranger)

Book Cover: Hot Chocolate (Plus Bonus Story from Laura Ranger)
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ISBN: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1645830438/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=hot+chocolate+by+steve+soderquist&qid=1607721385&sr=8-1
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 55
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ISBN: https://www.amazon.com/Hot-Chocolate-Steve-Soderquist-ebook-dp-B08Q8PP43B/dp/B08Q8PP43B/ref=mt_other?_encoding=UTF8&me=&qid=1607721385
Pages: 55
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ISBN: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1058390
Pages: 55

Do you believe in miracles?

Cara and Lane lost their parents on Christmas Eve five years ago to a boating accident off the Gulf of Mexico. Every year since, they've continued the tradition of buying hot chocolate from Jimmy's Donut Shop and taken them to the pier, their pier, to say a prayer and leave the two cups for their parents to come down from Heaven and collect.

When two strangers showed up and the cups of hot chocolate left on the railing went missing, further investigating led the girls to a discovery they couldn't have imagined in their wildest dreams...

Miracles at Christmas can and do happen.

Bonus Story from Laura Ranger!

How do old people perceive the world around them when they near the end?

Mrs. O’Malley was a miserable old woman. She lived in a nursing home. Although much of her family lived nearby, no one ever visited. With the passing years, she became unbearable. Even the staff only did what was necessary to properly maintain her.

Abbey was an eighteen-year-old girl in mourning. She ended up doing chores in a nursing home away from any interaction with the residents.
After the two worlds collide, what happens will shock the staff and change Abbey’s life forever.

Read this inspirational, feel-good story, “The Crumpled Old Woman” today!

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They strolled down the pier to where it ended about thirty feet over the water. They sidled to the left to give the couple space and saw the two cups they had left earlier in the morning were still there, the lids off and the contents gone. Cara made herself a student of oceanography while Lane quietly fumed beside her.
“Those were not for them,” she seethed.
“Shh,” Cara whispered. “You don’t even know if they drank them.”
“I know,” Lane said, shooting an accusatory look in their direction. Cara inwardly groaned, but luckily the couple seemed intent on each other. They heard the woman laugh lightly at something the man said.
“I’m gonna tell them we left them there for us so when we got back from church, we could drink them. Maybe they’ll give us our money back.”
“You will do no such thing,” Cara said, horrified. She gripped her sister’s coat to keep her from stomping over to them, a very Lane-like possibility.

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Well, it’s not fair.”
“What’s not fair, young lady?”
Both Lane and Cara turned around, and they noticed in their whispering argument they had managed to work themselves almost right next to the couple.

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Fall From Grace: Book Four in the Medici Warrior Series

The Medici Warrior Series

Book Cover: Fall From Grace: Book Four in the Medici Warrior Series
Editions:Paperback - Second Edition: $ 24.99
ISBN: 978-1645830412
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 680
Kindle - Second Edition: $ 4.49
ISBN: B08NL87HBR
Pages: 680
ePub - Second Edition: $ 4.49
ISBN: 9781005547141
Pages: 680

JR Ward and Christine Feehan fans will become enchanted with this deliciously dark and scandalous series by International Bestselling Author Emily Bex. It's everything vampire romances should be made of!

Continue the journey in this dark fantasy with Shade and Kate Medici.

Lorenzo discovers his mother isn’t the only one born with unique powers.

Alec makes his final bid for political power and is prepared to take down anyone who stands in his way.

There is nothing more dangerous than a vampire with nothing more to lose. You won’t believe what happens when he returns to exact his own revenge.

"Scorching", "riveting", and hailed as "the NEXT BIG THING", The Medici Warrior Series follows the exploits of a vampire dynasty that spans four generations in a multi-genre novel with elements of paranormal, smoldering romance, and historical fiction. Get your copy today! Your vampire king is waiting...

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“Talk to me, Shan. I see concern in your eyes.”
She sighed as she lay back against the sofa. “You see everything in my eyes.”
He chuckled. “Well, not everything. If I could see everything, I’d already know what’s troubling you. Talk to me, mia belleza. Whatever it is, we can fix it, yes?”
Shannon stared back into those pale hazel eyes, in sharp contrast to his dark, olive skin. “I talked to Kate today. She told me she’s pregnant again.”
He nodded at her, never breaking eye contact. He knew how much she struggled with Kate’s first pregnancy, and the fact Shade had to come to him for feeding. “Are you not happy for them?”
She closed her eyes tightly. “You know I am. I want only the best for them. Kate is like a sister to me. But Luca…when is it our turn?”
Luca leaned in to her, his lips brushing her cheek, his breath hot against her ear as he whispered, “Tell me what you need, mia belleza.

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If it is mine to give, I will give it.”
Shannon melted under his spell, and swallowed hard as she answered, “You talk about eternity for us, but you never mention turning me. I need to know what you see for us. I need to know where I fit in.”

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Reviews:Evelyn Dotson on Goodreads wrote:

The fourth installment of the Medici brings about new love interests, revenge, karma, and new beginnings. What will be in store for the Medici’s next? And all the other player’s in the game? I do believe many characters that appeared in this book have made plans for the future to infringe upon the Medici Empire, one way or another!

Nicola on Goodreads wrote:

Emily has done it again!
Book four... wow! Ive laughed, cried, got angry, been shock, been excited and now left in suspense for book five.
You have outdone yourself again, a-ma-zing 😊

Isabel Debono on Goodreads wrote:

This series just keeps getting better.
This is the 4th book in the series and I need more.
Loving the world Emily has created for us.
Definite must read... but be sure you start from book 1.


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Upon Your Return

Book Cover: Upon Your Return
Part of the Heiresses in Love series:
  • Upon Your Return
Editions:Paperback - First Edition: $ 16.99
ISBN: 978-1645830368
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 298
Kindle - First Edition: $ 4.49
ISBN: B08GZHFPJP
Pages: 298
ePub - First Edition: $ 4.49
ISBN: 9781005028329
Pages: 298

A French heiress, a ship’s captain, and numerous obstacles to struggle through.

Fara Bellamont has always dreamed of having adventures and discovering love.

She finds herself captivated by Captain Grant Hill who rescues her one fateful night.
Grant’s fascination with Fara must overcome social expectations, war, and lies if they are to stay together. With a long-time yearning neither has managed to achieve, the pair must fight to attain their deepest desire…Happiness.

If you like Christi Caldwell, you’re going to love the works of Marie Lavender and Upon Your Return.

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She looked away. Masculine conceit was not something she wished to indulge. Men, she chided, could be so like children at times.
“Hmm...I see.” She managed a smile and looked up at him again. “I'm very grateful for your concern for my welfare.”
“A lady in distress is worth it. I was, however, worried you might be unconscious for much longer.” He frowned. “What were you doing out so late? You should know it is dangerous by the docks at night.”
“I know. I was to meet someone there.”
“A man?”
She nodded. “Oui.”
“Any man who directs a lady to that side of town at such an hour is either desperate or an idiot.”
She smiled. “Well, desperation comes to mind...”
“Was he a suitor?” he inquired.
Perhaps she had said too much. “Really, Capitaine Hill. I wouldn’t think it would be of interest to you.”
“Call me Grant, Mademoiselle. I merely feel this man was in some way out to do you harm.

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Most civilized men would never lead you there.”
“I fear I am somewhat responsible.”
An eyebrow rose skeptically. “’Twas not your suggestion, surely.”
“No, but I wasn’t well acquainted with this man. He very well could have been crazy.”
“And no doubt conniving.”
“Yes,” she replied softly. “It seems he set me up.”
He frowned. “They were hired?”
She nodded. A long silence stretched between them, but it didn’t bother her. She was content to lie back among the pillows. Her head throbbed, and her jaw ached terribly.
The puzzle of her current situation made it worse. Was it possible Jean had hired those men to ruin her, all so he could avoid an arranged marriage as well? But that was far too much trouble. He could’ve just been honest with her uncle. Surely, he would have understood. She would too. Yet, to stoop to such lows, to be in league with ruffians, told her a lot about the man’s character. In any case, it was better she be rid of him now. Monsieur Le Croíx wouldn’t remain in town if he truly had been involved in such a crime.
“Mademoiselle—”

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Reviews:R.R. Cratty on Amazon wrote:

Marie Lavender's -Upon Your Return, is a beautifully written love story set in the 1800’s. The relationship and trials between Fara Bellamont and Captain Grant Hill are carefully worded to capture hearts and minds.
Upon Your Return portrays the social and political struggles in France within the 1860’s. Particularly, the challenges Fara faces as a woman. The author touches upon the stirrings of feminism, classism, giving the read reality and life behind the romance.
Fara and Grant are strong, brave characters, both who defy the conventions of the time. Overcome obstacles for their love. Both characters are written with such care the reader keeps turning pages just to find out what will happen next.

I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys romance stories and appreciates good writing. It is one of those books you won’t want to put down and in the end the characters will stay with you, much like, Catherine and Heathcliff. Enjoy.

Romance Gal on Amazon wrote:

Marie Lavender's beautifully written love story between heiress Fara Bellamont and Captain Grant Hill captured my heart immediately. Set in 1860's France, the novel portrays the social and political struggles of that era, and the challenges Fara faces as a woman. Although a "man's world," that sphere could prove just as hard for a man not born to a position, such as Captain Hill. Despite their situations, Fara and Grant are bold enough and brave enough to defy the conventions of the time.

In Upon Your Return, the author touches upon the stirrings of feminism and uses period details judiciously, creating a sense of reality without ever boring the reader. Fara and Grant must travel a long, difficult road and overcome a lot of obstacles. We take that journey with them and hope that somehow, in the end, love will prevail.

I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys romance stories and appreciates good writing. It is one of those "rare gems."

Annie Edmonds on Amazon wrote:

One of those great romance books that could make a great movie. The way the author researched France in the 1860's, and then wrote a story around it was just magnificent. I couldn't put the book down. Anyone that loves a good love story with a strong woman as the main character will enjoy this book. If I could give the writer more stars for her style of writing I would..


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President Eisenhower’s Close Encounters

Book Cover: President Eisenhower's Close Encounters
Editions:Paperback - First Edition: $ 16.99
ISBN: 978-1645830382
Size: 5.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 318
Kindle - First Edition: $ 4.49
ISBN: B08KFM46H3
Pages: 318
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ISBN: 9781005317324
Pages: 318

How do past U.S. presidents avoid global panic?

Create a secret agreement with visiting extraterrestrials.

This well-researched, nonfiction book will give you a detailed, logical look at the most exciting presidential saga ever.
Follow along with researcher/author Paul Blake Smith as he pieces together an explosive puzzle which reveals that President Eisenhower met with friendly aliens and that other American presidents likely renewed Ike's secret agreement with the visitors, to remain aloof to this day, to avoid triggering social chaos.

You won't see the UFO/ET topic the same way after this read.

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To get a better grip on the true ulterior reason for President Eisenhower’s suspicious Palm Springs trip and ET adventure, we have to backtrack first by zeroing in on the mid-summer of 1949 - by way of 2017...

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Its authenticity is debated, but in June of 2017, an anonymous source leaked a shocking 47-page briefing document to syndicated radio podcast host Heather Wade. The congenial and candid Miss Wade soon went public with the report and it initially drew a few skeptical detractors, while many researchers feel it was/is authentic, deserving of great, serious scrutiny. It's a detailed January 1989 Defense Intelligence Agency summary of the extraterrestrial situation in America, likely drawn up during the Ronald Reagan administration, likely intended for the incoming new team of President-Elect George H. W. Bush (the Vice President) and his top advisers. {See Appendix.} One date on an early page of the DIA report is January 1, 1989, when President Reagan was vacationing in – of all places – Palm Springs. A second date, listed for an “Operation Majestic-12 preliminary briefing” with the data enclosed, was for Sunday, January 8, when Reagan had just returned from this southern California trip (and recent ring finger surgery). He then received a National Security briefing promptly at 9:30 a.m. in the Oval Office on Monday the 9. Within an hour, Vice President Bush met with the affable chief executive, for an hour’s discussion, digitized records currently reveal. Was it about the shocking, top-secret DIA report?

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Reviews: KatherineP on Amazon wrote:

While the Pentagon is dishing out small bread crumbs of disclosure, author Paul Blake Smith has apparently been very busy researching President Eisenhower's actual involvement with Extraterrestrials. Like a puzzle, the pieces do come together and make for a fascinating read. This is a great book to add to your library, whether you are a history buff, a UFO buff, or both!

Robert Luca on Amazon wrote:

This is a Book you will not be able to put down. Paul has done an amazing amount of research to bring the facts of this story to life. You will be able to visualize exactly what took place as the pages of this book unfold before you. Highly recommend to all but especially to those of you that want to know what went on behind the scenes during the Eisenhower administration regarding our other worldly visitors.

B. Leonhard on Amazon wrote:

[Excerpt] A Page -Turner
Paul Blake Smith’s new book, Eisenhower’s Close Encounters, is a page-turner. Ever since I was a young girl, I have been a fan of alien lore and even recall reading Project Bluebook, which I checked out of the library when I was in grade school. I am familiar with many of Smith’s references but not to the depth he explores the topic of President Eisenhower’s encounters and agreements with friendly aliens observing and visiting our planet. He leaves no stone unturned as he follows a detailed timeline of events along with all the key people who participated in these encounters.


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She Remembers

Book Cover: She Remembers
Editions:Paperback - First Edition: $ 15.99
ISBN: 978-1645830375
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 178
Kindle - First Edition: $ 4.49
ISBN: B08GQGNP5T
Pages: 178
ePub - First Edition: $ 4.49
ISBN: 9781005257897
Pages: 178

Death is no match for love...

Nobody knows what happens after death, except Amber Deliah Matthews.

Just before her seventeenth birthday, Amber loses her battle with cancer and is reborn into a less than perfect life. She remembers everything that led up to this moment and now finds herself left with only an unloving family and Oliver, a friend, and the only person who ever believed her story.

Amber has never wanted anything more than to be whisked back to the life she once loved. So, when Amber and Oliver are given the chance to venture back to Amber's first family, they embark on the journey of a lifetime.

Equal parts moving and achingly poignant, She Remembers is a captivating story about love, loss, and the threads that bind us all together.

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“Amber? Amb?” Oliver says, snapping me out of my daze. I blink as the images scatter away.
“Sorry,” I say softly. “What were you saying?”
Oliver takes on a wistful smile. He knows I was having a flashback; they happen so often.
“No worries. You said you wanted to go home. We have the money. We’re off of school because of this stupid suspension and literally right after our two weeks are up, we have April break. It’s the perfect time. You can go home. What do you say?”
My heart pounds in my chest when he says ‘home’. The reality of the situation dawns on me. We’re going back to Florida. We’re going to see my family. For the first time in fifteen years, I’ll see Mom. I’ll see Dad. I’ll see Micah. I’ll see Riley. Jack. Ellie. My friends. Shawn. I’ll be myself again.
But as much as I want to book a flight this very minute, I can’t. Today doesn’t belong to me, it belongs to Amber.

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It belongs to her memory, it belongs to her legacy.
“Tomorrow. Tomorrow we book a flight.”
“Okay,” he answers.
I stand and flatten my skirt. “Come on, let’s go light her candle.”

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Reviews:STC, teacher/school librarian on Amazon wrote:

She Remembers is a new novel by Ariana Glaser that will appeal to readers of young adult fiction. It is a unique story with an interesting twist-- a girl who dies of cancer at the age of 16 is reincarnated, but remembers every detail of her previous life. Amber’s desire to return to that former life is what drives her to take a bold step with only her best friend Oliver by her side.

With characters that make you think and a creative storyline, She Remembers demonstrates that Glaser is a promising young author. It will be interesting to follow her writing as she develops her craft.

C.O.M. on Amazon wrote:

This amazing young author writes a beautiful story with so many twists and turns (you will want to keep reading to find out what comes next) about life, death, family, friendships, feelings, and reincarnation. Whatever your feelings about reincarnation may be, it makes you contemplate your life here on Earth, your relationships, your friendships, and the importance of family (to name a few). It is a must-read that will touch your soul and help you to see the world in a different way that is uplifting and positive.

Jacqueline Kelly on Amazon wrote:

This novel is wonderful if you're looking for a quick and interesting story! The fourteen-year-old author is wise beyond her years, and she uses the concept of reincarnation to explore death in a way that makes it seem almost beautiful. Taking you through various twists and turns, She Remembers will keep you on the edge of your seat.


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