The Sin of Choice- Part 1: The Confession by Paul Rudiak

I read a lot of fiction and romance books. These books read fast making them easy to finish. So when I come across a book that feels more literary and deeper I have a love/hate relationship with that book. I hate that it slows me down, but I love immersing myself in the words, phrases, and imagery. These books remind me of the power a book can really have. Rudiak’s book is one of those books. His vivid word choices create an in-depth picture of the struggles one family faces as the father dies from cancer. The core of this story centers around a deep secret the father holds and his need to confess his sins before he dies. It is obvious that the author took the time to create a story with substance that feels real. He creates scene after scene with well-rounded settings and action. At first, I didn’t like Peter, the main character because he is nothing like me. Then I liked him and found him more relatable. Then I didn’t like him again. Then I did. (I think you get the idea). I look forward to reading the next part of this story.

 

Peter Thornton is a man in his early fifties with two problems: one professional and the other medical. He is a lawyer, and some of his clients are prominent members of the Manchester underworld. The diagnosis of a brain tumour turns his world upside down and forces him to confront matters from his past that he would rather have kept hidden.
His daughter has never liked what he does for a living, and she has always wanted to find out how much dirt is on his hands. She is surprised to find there is blood in the dirt, and that her father is only half to blame. His confession tempts her to search for the other party involved, which will lead her into the path of people who like to keep their business away from prying eyes.
Peter has kept his professional and private lives separate for over twenty years, but now his daughter’s overconfidence will undo all that effort and force him to face his past, and thus acknowledge what fractured his family while he was too busy to notice.

Meet the Author:

Many years ago I entertained the idea of writing a story about the ethical issues and moral dilemmas of euthanasia (or assisted dying, to use its alternative name). Such a project made no commercial sense, but the idea stayed with me and I wrote it out. The result is a longer story than I ever imagined, which I have published as three books.

The story is a family drama set in and around Manchester. The North-West of England is where I was born and raised, and where I still live.

I have written a blog about the story of my story, along with my opinions on writing and the ethical issues raised in my work. It can be found at paulrudiak.blog and should be read as a narrative from bottom to top.

 

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One New Message by Vivian Ward

 

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Title: One New Message

Author: Vivian Ward

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Release Date: 7/26/17

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Ever wonder what your spouse “really thinks” sexually?

This all started when my wife, Maddy, and I seemed to have drifted apart. I found an online ad written by a guy who promised to help unlock her secrets, but I wasn’t going to trust some creep to talk to my wife so I downloaded a text app.
Her fantasies quickly became my obsession. I wasn’t going to lose her to a stranger who didn’t exist, but the damage was already done long before I ever sent her the first message.
This stranger could give her things that I never thought of, make her feel things that I hadn’t made her feel in years, but this stranger was all me.
Now my wife is in love with two men.
Or maybe one…until she discovers who’s behind the messages.
All of this is going to end badly.

This a complete, standalone dark romance novel that guarantees a happily ever after.

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Vivian Ward was born in Brooklyn, New York but now lives in St. Louis, Missouri. Growing up the daughter of a single mother, her life was a struggle from day to day. When things got hard, she retreated to her room where she would write about fantasy worlds that would take her away from her reality. Even as an adult, her passion for writing never went away and now she hopes to share it with the world.

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Slytherin Book Lady Chills With Us: Night School by CJ Daughtery

Title: Night School
Author: CJ Daugherty
Page count: 454
Genre: YA Fiction, Thriller
Published: January 1, 2012
Publisher: Bookouture
ISBN: 9781907411212
Format: E-book

Summary:

Allie Sheridan’s world is falling apart. Her brother’s run away from home. Her parents ignore her, and she’s just been arrested.
Again.
This time her parents have had enough. They cut her off from her friends and send her away to boarding school, far from her London friends. But at Cimmeria Academy, Allie is soon caught up in the strange activities of a secret group of elite students. When she’s attacked late one night the incident sets off a chain of increasingly violent events. As the school begins to seem like a very dangerous place, she finds out that nothing at Cimmeria is what it seems to be.
And that she is not who she thought she was.

Review:

This series of books along with the six episode web series that go along is possibly one of my favorite series to read. I love any boarding school series and have multiple series like this, but I think this one has to be my favorite. Although this book is about a love triangle and other things I think my favorite couple has to be Allie and Carter. I can almost relate to Allie when she first starts at Cimmeria and has almost none friends. She thinks her parents are unfair and she wonders just what is going on and why those she trusts aren’t telling her everything. This book, when I first read it I didn’t realize that it was a series. After reading it, I wondered why it left the ending open and then I found the next few in ebooks. I had checked the hardback out of my library. I will link the web series below so you guys can check that out as well. CJ Daugherty has become one of my favorite authors to read. The way she writes puts you into the books and makes you either want to scream and yell and throw the book out the window or you get that warm fuzzy feeling that everything is right with the world. Here is a link to all six web episodes of Night school. They kinda go along with the books. https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYQG7VSe67bujG3RA4UgMInhHj_EQInzG

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About the Author:

International bestselling author Christi Daugherty is a former newspaper and crime writer. Her Night School series written as (CJ Daugherty) has been translated into 24 languages, and has been a bestseller in multiple countries.

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My name is Sierra or as some know The Slytherin Book Lady. I just graduated culinary school at the beginning of May and I read almost anything that I can get my hands on. I love animals and I have three dogs and one cat as pets. The cat is my book buddy and he’ll curl up with me no matter what I’m doing.

Secrets of the Slain by Lindsey Goddard

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review, but I liked it so much, I bought a copy too. This post originally appeared on Gothic Moms Reviews

So many things to like about this book, it is hard to know where to begin. The author hooks me in from the introduction. Perhaps it’s because I can relate when she mentions how busy her life is and she has to fit in writing when she can. I love her attitude. She writes short stories and poems because this is easier to feed her muse. Her short stories are strong and vivid, but her poetry is even more so. The emotions she uses to drive her stories are ones all readers can relate to. Two of the stories, “The Running” and “Old Man Stump” appear in this book for the first time anywhere. “The Running” is my favorite of the short stories. It presents a crazy other worldly situation, but the author presents in a great believable way. I felt what her characters felt when I read this story. If I had to pick another story I liked, it would be “Red Mask”. It’s an emotional heart-wrenching story with a dash of freaky sprinkled in for good measure.  I think “Freak” has the makings of a good series. I finished this in a little over an hour not just because it was shorter than most of the books I read, but because I HAD to keep reading to see how all the other stories ended.

 

A collection of poetry and short stories created to tantalize your senses and wreak havoc on your mind, each tale further challenging your perception of what reality is and what it is not. Be prepared to see inside of the soul of Lindsey Goddard and share in her “Secrets of the Slain”

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Lindsey Beth Goddard’s passion for storytelling started at an early age. At fifteen she was published in a small-press magazine, and–ever since–her work has sprinkled the horror genre, although her pen name has changed more than once. She resides in the suburbs of St. Louis, MO with her husband, three children and a daft feline companion.

 

 

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Under the Parisian Sky by Alli Sinclair

 

One of my favorite parts of book blogging is interacting with the authors. I have a small amount of awe for all the authors I’ve reviewed. The ones that have been my favorite are the ones who put a little of themselves into the books they write. I haven’t met Alli, but after reading this book, I feel like I have. As I read this book, it was obvious how much heart and soul went into creating this love story.

The first part that impressed me was the dual pov. Telling one story well is hard, and telling two stories well is almost impossible. Sinclair does a fantastic job telling and connecting both stories. I enjoyed reading about Viktoriya and learning about the history of the time period. Sinclair did a good job showing us what life was like without any major info dumps that sound more like a history class than a novel. I enjoyed the interplay between Lily and Yves. I felt their connection and passion. The storyline about Lily and her sister was very realistic and it wasn’t until almost the reveal moment that I figured out the twist in their story (sorry no spoilers here- read the book to see what I mean).

The plot pushed me forward to the end. This was one of those “just one more chapters” kind of books. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

 

In the City of Light, one dancer must confront her fears about love and loss before she can step into a brighter future . . .
Lily Johannson has returned to Paris, the city that broke her heart and destroyed her ballet career, with two goals in mind: to overcome the grief surrounding her fiancé’s death, and to make amends with her estranged sister, Natalie, also a ballerina. But when Lily meets charming composer Yves Rousseau, he is convinced she has a third mission—as his muse . . .
Struggling to finish a score about an infamous Ballets Russes dancer from 1917, Yves believes Lily is meant to help him. Despite her resistance, she is swept once more into the exhilarating arms of the dance—and into Yves’ passionate embrace. But when her sister is cast as the infamous dancer and begins to imitate her tragic life, she soon goes missing. Now Lily and Yves must set out to find her—and along the way face their own demons, while also discovering that art, like love, should not be abandoned so easily . . .

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Alli Sinclair is a multi award-winning author who spent her early adult years traveling the globe, intent on becoming an Indiana Jones in heels. She scaled mountains in Nepal, Argentina, and Peru, rafted the Ganges, and rode a camel in the Sahara. Argentina and Peru became her home for a few years and when she wasn’t working as a mountain or tour guide, Alli could be found in the dance halls dancing the tango, salsa, merengue, and samba.

All of these adventures made for fun storytelling and this is when she discovered her love of writing. Alli’s stories capture the romance and thrill of exploring new destinations and cultures that also take readers on a journey of discovery.

Alli volunteers as an author role model with Books in Homes, promoting literacy and reading amongst young people.

To find out more about Alli, please visit www.allisinclair.com

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The Island: a MFM Romance by Alyne Hart

Let me preface this review with saying this is the first MFM book, but not the first adult romance, book I’ve read. In order to really see the beauty of this story, it is important to understand the dynamics behind this type of romance.

Amie is looking for an escape as she deals with a rough divorce. She travels to Hawaii to work with chairty building houses. There she meets and falls in love with two best friends, Michael and Gabe.  Unsure how to rectify her feelings for both of them, she learns it’s ok to love two people and the three of them create a situation that works for them.

This was one of those books I HAD to keep reading because I wanted to see what happened next. She drew me in from the beginning.  I liked Amie a lot and I think first person point of view was the perfect way to tell this story. It was easy to feel her emotions throughout this story.  I believe Hart did a good job creating a story that could have been all about the sex. The sex scenes were well-written and enhanced the overall story. The plot dragged a tiny bit in a few spots, though, but not enough that I lost interest.

THREE PEOPLE. ONE RELATIONSHIP.
For 31 year old Amie Graham, life on the island was supposed to be simpler – simpler than the life and problems she left behind. Less complicated and less dramatic than life back home. That was the plan anyway.
But fate, it seems, has a sense of humor and it throws a complication or two right in her path.
Complication one, Michael.
If you could cross a model with a football player, you’d get Michael, at least how Amie sees him. Long dark blonde hair, packed with rounded muscles and well over six feet tall, he’s gorgeous, he’s funny, sweet and vulnerable. He’s her own Greek god among men, and she finds herself falling in love with him.
Complication two, Gabe. 
Gabe is beautiful, serene and intelligent, and Amie finds herself drawn to him. With his curly brown hair, soulful green eyes and olive skin decorated with tattoos and piercings – she finds herself falling in love with him also.
The other problem? They’re best friends – and they’re in love with her too. Can three people really love each other, or is the air of the island just messing with their hearts and minds?
WARNING. This is a MFM romance. While this book focuses heavily on the emotions and relationship(s) there is plenty of steam! If this is your cup of tea, you should know there is no MM action. It’s all about Amie, and her love of these two hot, loveable, sexy men

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Contemporary Romance Author
Cat Collector
Wine LoverI began my story-telling journey first with my dolls, then it progressed to paper. I have a deep love for anything romantic, and I’m a believer that in love anything is possible.
I write (mostly) strong, witty and intelligent women and strong, sexy, intelligent men (and my own little fantasy – they can all cook)
Most of my stories involve people with problems bigger than just trying to find love, making peace with the past and re-kindling old flames. I love small towns, cowboys, rockstars and men in uniform.

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass

A few weeks ago, I asked for book recommendations from one of the Facebook groups I belong follow. I asked for books with assassins. This series was one of the recommendations. I’m glad I picked this one. I read it in one day! It was that good. It was a my-family-can-just-eat-cereal-today-because-I’m-too-busy-reading kind of book. The world building is rock solid and the main character is as strong as I like my women. There was no wimping out for her. However, Mass created Celaena, the main character, as a well-rounded hero with emotions and struggles just like the rest of us. I found the fight scenes to be very descriptive and I even found myself moving a couple of times as I read them. I need to get through my current TBR so I can move on with the rest of this series.

 

 

 

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.
Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

 

 

Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series, as well as A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog.

 

 

 

 

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Nefarious: Volume Two: Honor the Suffering by Lucille Moncrief

Writing historical fiction in any form takes work. Writing historical fiction and incorporating the paranormal is even more work. Lucille Moncrief does a great job with her second volume in this story. Even though this is the second volume in the series, it reads as a stand alone. However, if you would like to read the first volume, you can find it here. The entire Nefarious series explores human empathy and temptation. This volume shares the back story of one of the main characters during the Battle of the Somme during WWI. Talcott Henderson and his companions are stuck in a bunker during the heavy bombing of the battle, but they aren’t the only ones. Moncrief’s stream of conscious writing creates a vivid picture of how horrible war is on the people fighting. I felt like I was in the bunker next to these guys either playing cards with them or just observing as a fly on the wall. She did a good job weaving historical details throughout the story instead of relying on major info dumps. It was worth the read as it is short but packed with a lot of power and insight.

 

Is eternal guilt the price of human empathy?
While the bombs rain overhead, Talcott Henderson and a group of fellow soldiers huddle in the cratered ground beneath the German front lines. Through the never-ending din of enemy fire, the voracious, blood-soaked machine of war haunts Talcott. Memories claw at him; kill or be killed, eat or be eaten. In the bowels of the earth a specter appears, and offers him an eternal life free of guilt.
But what is the cost of an unmarred soul?
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*Cover art by Jessica Dueck

Lucille Moncrief is a horror and historical fiction author. A stodgy old librarian in a past life, she loves poring over history books and binge watching PBS’s “Secrets Of” series.
Her literary inspiration comes from the works of Poe, Lovecraft, Fitzgerald, and her favorite author is Kurt Vonnegut.
When she is not yelling at the kids to get off her lawn, you can find her staring out her window pretending to be pensive.
To contact Lucille and for more information on upcoming and past releases, please visit www.moncriefs.net.

 

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Hidden Coven Series- Book 1 & 2 by Kim McDougall

I enjoyed reading these two books. The author proves she is not intimidated by the shortness of the novella. She does a great job developing her story and creating fully rounded characters. The plot is face-paced and I found myself turning the pages as soon as possible so I could find out what happened next. I look forward to the next book in this series.

 

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Welcome to the Hidden Coven. Tucked away in the rugged hills of Pennsylvania is a unique village; a mix of medieval and modern, dark and light, guided by a mad seer and hidden from the mundane world by dangerous magic. As ley-lines swell, and magic spills back into the world, keeping this coven a secret

becomes a race against dark forces who would take the power of the witches for their own.

Bobbi Cole’s first attempt at spell-casting leaves her paralyzed, and the only the High Priestess of the Hidden Coven can help. Quinn Mason, head of security for the coven, doesn’t want Bobbi around. He doesn’t trust strangers. Not when a demonic force is looking for a way inside the coven’s defenses to steal their most valuable resource: magic. Bobbi will have to battle Quinn’s mistrust and her own insecurities to get a firm grip on her magic, and do it before the witches face their ultimate enemy.

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When Bobbi attracts a new admirer, Quinn breaks all the rules to keep them apart. It’s not that he’s jealous. Okay, he’s burning with jealousy, but William Fain is not what he seems. And with the demon Koro’s agent loose in Ashlet, Quinn isn’t taking any chances with Bobbi’s safety or the fate of the Hidden Coven.

As Bobbi falls under the stranger’s sway, Quinn must convince coven leaders that Fain poses a real threat and not just to Quinn’s love life. Get to know the Hidden Coven family from an all new perspective as four powerful witches and two civilians come together to stop the blood rite that will cost Bobbi her life and unleash a demon on the world.

 

If Kim McDougall could have one magical superpower, it would be to talk to animals. Or maybe to shift into animal form. Definitely, fantastical critters and magic often feature in her stories. So until she can change into a Griffin and fly away, she writes dark paranormal action and romance tales. Kim is also passionate about fiber art, photography, children’s literacy, rescue animals, nature, and genre-bending fiction.

 

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Drakon Book 1: The Sieve by C.A. Caskabel

**I received this book through NetGalley, but I liked it so much I bought it as well**

This book starts out as a story told through a monk in order to record the atrocities of The Sieve, an excruciating and barbaric warrior training for children in this world. So, when I first started I had my doubts just because this is a hard format to make good. I’m glad I continued to reading because I didn’t have to read too many pages before it got really good. The author does an incredible job putting the reader into the lives of these children. I felt their pain and saw the world through their eyes. It is a quick read, but trust me when I say this story will stick with you. The cover alone gives me the creeps. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

 

 

 

“I am here to redeem the lives of my wife and daughter. I’ve brought the offering.”
Thus said Da-Ren, the Devil’s First Blade at the gates of the Castlemonastery; His only offering, a jar of honey.
This is his story, as transcribed by the monk Eusebius, as ordered by the Emperor himself.
Book I chronicles Da-Ren’s early years, growing up in a tribe of archers and pagan witches. He enters the Sieve, the forty-day initiation trial that determines the fate of every boy and girl. Many of his comrades will fall, the strong will join the warriors, an elite few will be marked for leadership.
Da-Ren learns to obey the Truths, to hate all other tribes, and to conquer fear. And yet there is one trial that will bring him to his knees. The Goddess’s favorite daughter. “Brown-haired, brown-eyed. Brown was the first color of the day.”
South of the Blackvein River, a young Sarah survives the horror of the barbaric raids and devotes her life to acquiring knowledge and wisdom. She will talk to the witches, the priests and the rag dolls, she will learn the tales and the songspells, she will give birth and demand death. Revenge is her only mission.
Not even ten thousand warriors will be able to stand against her, when she delivers her vengeance of wine and song.

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C.A. Caskabel started writing Drakon in 2013 and completed the 400,000-word epic fantasy novel in 2016. He split Drakon into four books which he will release within 2017, he promises. After all, he is eager to start working on the next novel. C.A. is also the founder of an indie publisher of picture books and fantasy fiction.
Before 2013, C.A. was a serial technology entrepreneur. He studied at Boston and Brown University. He calls Boston, New York, Providence, San Francisco, London, and Athens (and in general Planet Earth) home.

 

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