Archive for April, 2016

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Welcome to my Saturday Screams where I share reviews of all things scary.

For today I have three books in the Henry Ian Darling Oddity Missive series to share with you. I really like this series. So fun and so weird. They aren’t really scary or horror, but weird. LOL

And now, without further adieu….

Weird

A Henry Ian Darling Oddity Missive #1

by Julie Elizabeth Powell

eBook – Pages: 32

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My Review

I’m a big fan of short stories and nothing shows off an author’s ability to spin a good yarn more than to thrill me in just a limited amount of words. This author did that very well.

Another thing i want to mention is her ability to write a male character. Sometimes, it doesn’t work that well, but Julia’s character, Henry, came across as all male. He’s quirky, scatter brained, and sweet, and so protective of his wife, Clara. And very patient with Brett, the ghost who followed him back from death.

Yep, Henry died of a heart attack and was revived, bringing back with him a ghost. Neither Henry nor Brett knows how it happened, but they make the best of it, and Clara gets along with Brett quite well.

Clara can see Brett because she is a witch. Not the evil kind. She’s a good one and belongs to coven lead by the kind Ms. Peabody.

Since Henry’s return from death, he collects oddities. Most come with a riddle or mystery to solve. In this case, a book he picked up at a yard sale. A book that can’t be opened. Thus begins the first of many adventures for these three characters.

This short story is told from Henry’s rambling point of view and feels like he’s telling the story directly to you. I found that especially fun.

The character’s give a strong presence, quirks and all, and the plot is unique, you won’t know what to expect.

Had such fun, I opened the next book immediately and continued with this series.

4 Stars

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Synopsis

Henry Ian Darling is a collector of oddities, those that bring him closer to an enigma, one he hopes will be a great thing.

But maybe it isn’t.

AMAZON

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Weird

A Henry Ian Darling Oddity Missive #2

by Julie Elizabeth Powell

eBook – Pages: 58

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My Review

Henry’s tag-long ghost, Brett, isn’t the only thing he brought back from death’s door. He also brought back an otherworldly knack for finding oddities, whether objects or situations, and he continues to discover new things about himself.

A seemingly innocent walk in the fresh fallen snow with his wife Clara, changes when a mysterious white cat appears. It only shows up when there’s snow on the ground, and Henry realizes there’s more to this walk when his wife shows no surprise at the cat’s arrival.

When a car accident happens before their eyes, Clara tells Henry they aren’t there for the occupants in the car. They’re there for what’s in the trunk of the car.

Inside the trunk is a tortured werewolf, trapped in it’s animal from. Henry and Clara, along with Brett and help from Clara’s coven, must face a rogue witch to free the wolf and stop a dangerous adversary bent on ruling the paranormal world.

I’m liking this series more and more. The characters are becoming familiar and I’m getting attached to them. There’s some humor laced in with the action, and the plot is another unique one that you can’t predict. It’s all good and getting better.

4 Stars

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Synopsis

What is the significance of what Henry Ian Darling found in the boot of a car?

And how did his wife know of the event? How could anyone be cruel enough to do such a thing?

Find out where the discovery leads this collector of oddities and what it may mean for Henry’s ultimate quest – finding the enigma, that which will save or destroy all dimensions.

AMAZON

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Weird

A Henry Ian Darling Oddity Missive #3

By Julie Elizabeth Powell

eBook – Pages: 28

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My Review

I was wondering when we’d get to know more about Brett. He’s the ghost that followed Henry back from beyond when he died and was revived after a heart attack. Neither Henry nor Brett, nor Clara know why he came back, and Brett has proven himself to be invaluable over the course of recent events.

Henry’s dream proves prophetic when he’s thrust into the Shadowlands to protect Brett’s soul from a demon. I was hoping to get to know more about Brett and his story is finally revealed.

I like where the author is going with Henry. He’s becoming quite the hero. And I also wonder what big event is coming. Henry keeps mentioning he senses something is coming. I can’t begin to imagine what it will be and sure look forward to finding out.

It’s been fun following these characters and watching them grow and become a better functioning team. I hope for only good things to come for them, but that’s not up to me. The author may have other plans.

4 Stars

Synopsis

A weird dream tips Henry Ian Darling into the Shadowlands.
What has this to do with Brett?
Ms Peabody has a plan, but will Henry survive his quest?

AMAZON

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Welcome to The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice.

 

This is a really fun meme!

The only rules are to grab a book (any book), turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader and find a sentence or a few (no spoilers) that grabs you and post it.

Then go over to Freda’s Voice and leave your link so we can visit your 56!

My 56 for this week is from

Titans

by Victoria Scott

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Genre: YA Fantasy

My 56 from the hard cover.

When the titan realizes it’s free, it raises up on its back legs and hooves the air. I fall back, transfixed by the machine’s size, glimpsing my reflection in the black steel.

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Read on if you want to know more.

Synopsis

Ever since the Titans first appeared in her Detroit neighborhood, Astrid Sullivan’s world has revolved around the mechanical horses. She and her best friend have spent countless hours watching them and their jockeys practice on the track. It’s not just the thrill of the race. It’s the engineering of the horses and the way they’re programmed to seem so lifelike. The Titans are everything that fascinates Astrid, and nothing she’ll ever touch.

She hates them a little, too. Her dad lost everything betting on the Titans. And the races are a reminder of the gap between the rich jockeys who can afford the expensive machines to ride, and the working class friends and neighbors of Astrid’s who wager on them.

But when Astrid’s offered a chance to enter an early model Titan in this year’s derby, well, she decides to risk it all. Because for a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, it’s more than a chance at fame or money. Betting on herself is the only way she can see to hang on to everyone in the world she cares about.

AMAZON

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I pre-ordered this book and couldn’t wait for my hard cover copy. I had to delay starting it as I had a bunch of review books I needed to read first. Just getting started and it’s hooked me but good!

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I have such a wonderful post to share with you today.

Author Jeremy Flagg is here with a fun interview.

I have his science fiction/dystopian book, Nighthawks to show you.

And a thrilling excerpt.

Plus a giveaway. So don’t forget to enter!

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An interview with Jeremy Flagg

Can you describe your dream home?

My dream home would be a cabin in the woods. I grew up in Northern Maine and I have always wanted to go back when I’m ready to retire. I figure I could build a cabin, live a simple life and try very hard to stay off the grid. There’s something romantic about it. I love the idea of seclusion and being able to sit with my thoughts and just pick apart the universe. The only thing I would need is wifi, without that I wouldn’t be able to look up how to plant a garden or watch repeats of House.

If we were to come to your house for a meal, what would you give us to eat?

It would most likely be steak tips on the grill. If I have the time, I love firing it up and marinating some tips for dinner. However, with my writing schedule, I’m noticing more and more often I’ve been eating out again. I need to curb that, I enjoy cooking and it gives me a break from the laptop. It also doesn’t hurt that I look dashing in an apron!

Tell us about the absolute BEST fan letter you have received.

My Suburban Zombie High series is largely inspired by the outlandish students I deal with as a teacher. There are times when I can’t resist talking about with them. Last summer I received a message from one of my students who showed a picture of her reading my book. I was flattered she was reading it and looked forward to what she had to say. She revealed to me she had gotten permission from her English teacher to use it as her optional summer reading. I had to admit I was amused with her exuberance, but I was extremely flattered that she would pick my novel as her optional summer reading. Still to this day, I’m not quite sure how her teacher felt about the whole zombies eating all the teachers in a school. This could be why he avoids me at staff meetings.

If there was a piece of research you could do in person, what would it be?

Part of Children of Nostradamus takes place in a radiation riddled post-apocalyptic Boston. Since I can’t visit that, there are some scenes in the sequel novel I’m working on now that would take me into the abandoned subway tunnels below Boston. Otherwise, the book has parts that happen in a warehouse in New York City and I’d love to see it in person. Right now, I’m making a lot of assumptions based on what I saw on the subway, so it would be awesome to see it up close and let my senses soak it up.

Who designed the book cover for the book you are touring?

This book jacket was designed by the lovely folks over at http://www.derangeddoctordesign.com. I was nervous at first since I work in graphic design and have a fairly high standard of design. Designers are notoriously egotistical, but I was happy to see my fears were quickly set aside. They listened to my notes on the cover from liking grunge, to being inspired by dark horror, and my love of typography. When I saw the preliminary cover I was nervous to give a critique but they were beyond professional. We batted around some ideas and they quickly turned my ideas into a great book cover. I’m very pleased with how they collaborated, definitely somebody I hope to work again with in the future.

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Nighthawks

Children Of Nostradamus #1

by Jeremy Flagg

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Genre: Sci-Fi / Dystopian

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Synopsis

Twenty-six-year-old painter Conthan Cowan takes art to a shocking frontier…

 

His debut exhibit features the transformation of his high school friend, Sarah, as she went from a shy, soft-spoken girl to a Child of Nostradamus—an individual gifted with extraordinary abilities. Living in a society where the Children of Nostradamus are captured by the government, Conthan’s exhibit draws attention from officials and protesters alike.

 

A government psychic may be dead, but that doesn’t stop her from manipulating the future…

 

The deceased White House aide is only remembered for her failed assassination attempt on the president decades before Conthan was born. Foreseeing her own death, she scribed letters to bring together specific Children of Nostradamus on a mission that will change the world.

 

On the night of the gallery exhibition, Conthan receives one of those letters…

 

Whispers from the past direct him to visit Sarah, the subject of his paintings, who like many Children of Nostradamus, is being detained in a government research facility. It’s there he finds himself aligned with a rogue group of Children on a mission to prevent a dark future.

 

As a dark future unfolds, there’s only one hope to stop the destruction of the world…

 

The Children of Nostradamus.

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Excerpt

Conthan Cowan,

As you ponder the situation laid out in front of you, it is clear that things will never be the same. Before you are many decisions, but alas, beyond this point I cannot see nor predict your future.

You are an element that seems to defy the strands of probability. I fear that before you lies a path that will test the fortitude of your soul. I wish I could give you more than a simple direction. I have done everything in my power to see you safe to this point. I wish I could tell you that somewhere on the other side of the darkness will be you, standing triumphant. However, I cannot. For that, I am sorry. What I can do is start you on your hero’s journey.

Go to Sarah.

With Regards,

Eleanor P. Valentine

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Author Jeremy Flagg

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I’m high school graphic design and marketing teacher, at a large suburban high school in Massachusetts. Working as a high school educator and observing the outlandish world of adolescence was the inspiration for my first young adult novel, “Suburban Zombie High.”

My inspiration for writing stems from being a youth who struggled with reading in school. While I found school assigned novels incredibly difficult to digest, I devoured comics and later fantasy novels. Their influences can be seen in the tall tales I spin.

I took the long route to becoming a writer. For a brief time, I majored in Creative Writing but exchanged one passion for another as I switched to  Art and Design. My passion for reading about superheroes, fantastical worlds, and panic-stricken situations would become the foundation of my writing career.

I participated in my first NaNoWriMo in 2006 and continue to write an entire novel every November. Now I am the NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison to the Massachusetts Metrowest Region. I also belong the New England Horror Writer’s Association and to a weekly writing group, the Metrowest Writers.

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Welcome to Wordless Wednesday.

A chance to share your photos and have some fun.

Here is last weeks picture.

You left some fun answers.

What is it?

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It’s a liquor decanter from Avon. I used to collect these. This is the Arc de Triumph and it’s over 40 years old.

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Now for this weeks picture.

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What do you see?

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Title: The Flower Fairy Superhero

Author: Noam and Bryan Atinsky

Release Date: January 24, 2016

Publisher: Amazon Digital

Format: Ebook/Hardcover

Genre: Children’s

A read-along eBook (enhanced with audio), has a powerful message;

it is a heartfelt example of a father honoring the memory of his

daughter. Beautiful and creative Noam wrote this story as play to

perform for her family on her 5th birthday. Her tale of a flower fairy

that possesses very special powers able to help the meanest of

people and change them into good and happy human beings is the

perfect way to illustrate to children the power of a positive attitude.

Written in Noam’s words, it speaks to a young audience and is easy

to understand and relate to the story. The children can follow along

while voice professionals act out the the story with Noam’s words.

Part of the proceeds from the book will go to The Children’s Hospital

of Wisconsin.

Goodreads / Amazon

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Authors Noam and Bryan Atinsky

I am currently owner and Chef at a restaurant in Milwaukee. Before the

death of my family, I was, for many years, a journalist and Executive Editor

at a news organization based in Jerusalem. Being able to do a good

percentage of my work from home, I was able to be an at home father,

facilitating my wife to be able to work full time at a biological science lab.

Because of this, I was deeply involved in bringing up Noam and my son,

Ya’ari, from an early age.

Noam wrote the play, which became the Flower Fairy Superhero book, for

her birthday, only 3 months before she was killed while visiting family and

friends in Israel. Soon after the accident, a Hebrew version of her play was

published in a national newspaper in Israel. This got me thinking that

publishing her play as an illustrated children’s book would be the best way

to honor her memory and creativity as a living memorial. I had thought of

going to Francisco X. Mora, an artist and family friend who knew Noam,

and has illustrated many children’s books over the years. Quite

unexpectedly, he came to me, after reading a copy of Noam’s play, and

requested that he be able to work with me to make Noam’s play into an

illustrated children’s book. I jumped at his offer.

I believe that people live on through the memories of those whose lives

they touch. I saw that publishing Noam’s creative and ethical story could

not only spread her creativity to a much wider group of people, but that the

story itself was life affirming and teaches the very positive lesson that

kindness and caring are some of the most powerful tools we have in this

world. Further, I felt that having a portion of the proceeds of the sale of

Noam’s work go towards helping other children in crisis, would be an

honor to the memory of Noam. I have given the book to many libraries

around the Milwaukee area and donated over 500 copies to community

organizations.

Similarly, my wife Efrat was a Plant Disease Biologist at the University of

Athens, Georgia. After the accident, a memorial garden, highlighting her

love of plants and nature, was established in Athens.

On the terrible day of March 7, 2010, Noam, her mother Efrat, her nine-

month-old brother Ya’ari, and her grandmother Esther Gamliel, were

killed in a car accident in southern Israel. But a few months before

that day, on Noam’s 5th birthday, she wrote a puppet play—a

superhero story!—to perform in front of her family and friends

at her birthday party. She dictated the story to my wife and I, and I

wrote down what she said into our computer. We performed the play

at our home in Athens, Georgia. Noam played the Flower Fairy, my

wife Efrat played the Queen, and I played the Ogre.

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Tour Schedule

Monday, April 18 – Book reviewed at The Children’s and Teens Book Connection

Tuesday, April 19 – Book reviewed at Bound 4 Escape

Wednesday, April 20 – Book reviewed at K&A’s Childrens Book Review

Thursday, April 21 – Guest blogging at Curling Up with a Good Book

Friday, April 22 – Book featured at Harmonious Publicity

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Monday, April 25 – Interviewed at I’m Shelf-ish

Tuesday, April 26 – Book featured at A Title Wave

Wednesday, April 27 – Book featured at FU Only Knew

Thursday, April 28 – Book featured at The Literary Nook

Friday, April 29 – Book featured at The Dark Phantom

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Monday, May 2 – Book reviewed at Book Babble

Tuesday, May 3 – Book reviewed at 100 Pages a Day

Wednesday, May 4 – Book reviewed at The Blended Blog

Thursday, May 5 – Book reviewed at Fascinating Quest

Friday, May 6 – Book reviewed at Room with Books

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Monday, May 9 – Interviewed at Deal Sharing Aunt

Tuesday, May 10 – Book featured at Around the World in Books

Wednesday, May 11 – Guest blogging at The Noise Beneath the Apple

Thursday, May 12 – Book reviewed at Laura’s Interests

Friday, May 13 – Book featured at Voodoo Princess

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A Domestic Suspense To Die For! Well, if that doesn’t grab you, I’m sure the excerpt will.

Come on in and check out Sister Dear by Laura McNeill.

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Title: Sister Dear
Author: Laura McNeill
Publisher: HarperCollins/Thomas Nelson
Pages: 336
Genre: Domestic Suspense

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Synopsis

All Allie Marshall wants is a fresh start. But when dark secrets refuse to stay buried, will her chance at a new life be shattered forever?

Convicted of a crime she didn’t commit, Allie watched a decade of her life vanish. Now, out on parole, Allie is determined to clear her name and reconnect with the daughter she barely knows.

But Allie’s return to Brunswick, Georgia, sends earthquakes through the small, coastal community. Even her daughter Caroline, now a teenager, challenges Allie’s claims of innocence.

Refusing defeat, a stronger, smarter Allie launches a campaign for the truth, digging deep into the past. Her investigation threatens her parole status, her own safety, and the already-fragile bond with her family. What Allie uncovers is far worse than she imagined. Her own sister has been hiding a dark secret—one that holds the key to Allie’s freedom.

For More Information

Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads

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Book Excerpt:

In her final minutes as an inmate at Arrendale State Prison, Allie Marshall’s body pulsed with tension. Eyes averted, managing any movements with robotic precision, she remained on guard.

Only moments to go.

A sliver of time. Not even a quarter hour. An unremarkable measurement, when held up against the billion other moments in any person’s natural life. But after a decade inside, those last twelve minutes seemed the longest span in all of eternity.

To her right, rows of monitors blinked and recorded everything across the sprawling campus in Habersham County. Though the angles differed, the subject never changed: women in identical tan-collared shirts and shapeless pants. Inmates on work detail, in the cafeteria, in dormitories.

A corrections officer sat nearby, her pale-blue eyes scanning the screens. To this worker, to all of them, Allie was GDC ID, followed by ten numbers. Nothing more. Inside the thick metal bars, Allie’s life was suspended, a delicate fossil in amber.

Until now. Ten more minutes.

Her reflection stared back, unblinking, in the shatterproof glass window near the door. Green eyes flecked with gold, dark-blonde hair tucked in a loose ponytail, barely visible brackets at the corners of her lips.

Maybe, Allie thought, she’d forgotten how to smile and laugh. Happiness seemed unreachable, as if the feeling itself existed on the summit of an ice-tipped mountain shrouded by storm clouds. Indeed, the rush of pure, unadulterated joy belonged only to those with freedom. Allie’s memories of it—her daughter’s birth, Caroline’s first smile, first steps—were fleeting and distant.

Instead, the perpetual motion of prison, the waking, sleeping, and sameness, all blended together, like a silent black-and-white movie on a continuous loop.

Until the news of her parole.

At first, the concept of liberty seemed impossible—a hand trying to catch and hold vapor. The judge had sentenced Allie to sixteen years, and she fully anticipated serving each and every one of them. She didn’t believe she’d be granted an early release—she couldn’t—until she stepped beyond the walls and barbed wire and chain-link fence, barriers that kept her from everyone and everything she’d ever loved.

Allie focused on breathing, stretching her lungs, exhaling to slow her pulse. Her own belongings, a decade old, lay nearby. Keys that wouldn’t open doors. A watch with a dead battery. A light khaki jacket with a photo of then five-year-old Caroline tucked in the pocket, one pair of broken-in Levis, and a white cotton shirt. Gingerly, with her fingertips, she reached for the clothing, then gripped the bundle tight to her chest.

A second guard motioned for Allie to change quickly in a holding room. With the door shut, she pulled the shapeless prison garb over her head and picked up the shirt. The material, cool and light, brushed against her skin like gauze. Allie shivered.

For ten years, all she’d known was the rasp of her standard-issue navy jacket, the scrape of her worn white tennis shoes along the sidewalk.

Back in Brunswick, Allie had filled her closet with easy summer shifts and crisp linen pants. Now her body was different too—the soft curves had dissolved, leaving lean muscle behind. The jeans hung loosely around her waist and hips. The top billowed out in waves from her shoulders.

Nothing would fit, she reminded herself. Not much in her past life would.

And that was all right.

When she walked out of Lee Arrendale State Prison, home to thousands of female inmates, Allie didn’t want reminders. No indigo tattoo inked down her back or neck. No numbers or symbols etched into her arms or fingers. The only external validation of time served was a faint scar that traced her eyebrow.

The real proof of her internment lay underneath it all. Below the seashell white of Allie’s skin, hidden in blood, tendons, and muscle, the experience indelibly marked on her soul. An imprint made by incident, mistake, and tragedy.

Evidence, and lack of it.

“I’m innocent,” she’d insisted to everyone who would listen. Her lawyers fought hard, rallied a few times, but in the end, the jury convicted her. Voluntary manslaughter.

A year later, Allie’s appeal failed. Then money ran out. Her father turned his attention back to his veterinary practice after his cardiologist warned the stress of another trial might kill him. Her mother did her best to minimize worry while Emma, her tempestuous and fun-loving sister, assumed the role of doting aunt and guardian to Caroline.

And there was Ben. Sweet, thoughtful Ben. The man who’d wanted to marry her, who said he would love her always. Even after her arrest, he’d promised to wait for her if the worst happened. Allie couldn’t live with herself if he’d sacrificed everything—his rising political career, his reputation, and his life for a decade or more. She’d broken it off, knowing it would wound him terribly. When he’d finally left, when she saw him for the last time, it was as if the very core of her being had been torn away, leaving a vast, gaping emptiness she couldn’t fill, despite how hard she tried. Allie closed her eyes. She’s convinced herself it was the logical thing, what made sense. She had done her best to forget him. It hadn’t worked in the least.

The days and months blurred. Entire seasons dissolved, shapeless and gray, like the ink of fine calligraphy smeared by the rain.

The squawk of the prison intercom barely registered in Allie’s brain. Sharp insults and threats were routine, eruptions of violence expected. Even along the brown scrub grass and wooden benches of the prison yard, there was no escape. Allie always tried to disappear—pressing her body close to the concrete walls, becoming a chameleon against the barren landscape.

The women in Arrendale weren’t afraid of punishment; most had nothing left. Some bonded with other inmates for favors; others paid for protection with cigarettes, food, and stamps. For those prisoners who had lost everything; inmates with little hope of parole, life was almost unthinkable.

Clutching her hands in her lap to keep from shaking, Allie watched as a woman collapsed in the cafeteria, stabbed in the jugular with a plastic fork. The next week, a fellow inmate in her dormitory was choked to death, purple fingerprints visible on the woman’s throat when the guards discovered her body. Allie was haunted with grief for weeks after a young girl, only four years older than Caroline, tried to hang herself with a scrap of fabric.

Despite it all, despite the desperation that seemed to permeate the very air she breathed, Allie had survived.

In another few minutes, her younger sister, Emma, would arrive, as bus service didn’t run from Alto to Brunswick. Tomorrow she’d meet her parole officer at noon. And like every parolee, she would receive a check, courtesy of the Georgia Department of Corrections, enough to buy shampoo, a bar of soap, and a comb for her hair.

Allie blinked up at the clock, almost afraid the time might start going backward. She forced her eyes away, squeezed them shut. If she tried hard enough, her mind formed a picture of her grown daughter’s face. In her daydreams, she’d imagined their reunion a million times, rehearsed every possible scenario. She worried about the right words to say, how to act, and whether it was all right to cry. The enormity of it was impossible to contain, like holding back the ocean with a single fingertip.

All that mattered now was seeing Caroline.

The buzzer sounded long and loud; its vibration shook the floor. The burly guard sighed and lumbered to her boot-clad feet. She stood inches from Allie’s shoulder, her breath hot and rank from a half-eaten roast beef sandwich.

Locks clicked and keys rattled. The barrier, with its heavy bars, groaned under its own weight. An inch at a time, the metal gate heaved open. Soon, there would be nothing but empty space standing between Allie and the rest of the world.

She felt a nudge.

In that moment, Allie heard four words, precious and sweet.

“You’re free to go.”

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Author Laura McNeil

Laura McNeil

Laura McNeil is a writer, mom, travel enthusiast, and coffee drinker. In her former life, she was a television news anchor for CBS News affiliates in New York and Alabama. Laura holds a master’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and is completing a Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership at the University of Alabama. When she’s not writing and doing homework, she enjoys running, yoga, and spending time at the beach. She lives in Northern Alabama with her family.

Her latest book is the domestic suspense, Sister Dear.

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Teaser

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB at Books And A Beat.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page.
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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My Teaser for this week is from

The Dragon Of The Month Club

by Iain Reading

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Genre: YA Fantasy/Adventure

My teaser from page in the paperback.

This is a response to Ayana’s and Tyler’s application:

dear Ayana and Tyler:

congratulations! you are now officially members of the dragon of the month club! membership in this exclusive club has many exciting benefits, including the monthly release of a brand new dragon. check back in this book at twelve o’clock noon on the thirteenth of every month to see each new dragon of the month as it is revealed.

conjure and collect them all! limit of one type of dragon at a time!

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Read on if you want to know more.

Synopsis

The Dragon of the Month Club is a new young adult fantasy adventure novel by Iain Reading.

The Dragon Of The Month Club is the exciting first installment in a new book series that tells the story of Ayana Fall and Tyler Travers, two best friends who stumble across an extraordinarily magical book and soon find themselves enrolled as members of a very special and exclusive club – The Dragon of the Month Club.

On the thirteenth of every month a new dragon conjuring spell is revealed and the two friends attempt to summon the latest Dragon of the Month. The varieties are almost endless: Air Dragons, Paper Dragons, Fog Dragons, Waterfall Dragons, Rock Dragons, Tree Dragons – not to mention special bonus dragons for all the major holidays, including a particularly prickly Holly Dragon for Christmas.

But one day when a conjuring spell somehow goes wrong Ayana and Tyler find themselves unexpectedly drawn into a fantastical world of adventure based on the various books scattered all across Tyler’s messy bedroom. Traveling from one book-inspired world to the next with nothing to rely on but their wits and a cast of strange and exotic dragons at their disposal they must try to somehow find their way home again.

Drawing inspiration from some of literature’s most memorable stories – from 19th century German folktales to the streets of Sherlock Holmes’s London – the adventures of Ayana and Tyler bring these classic stories to life in delightfully strange and unexpected ways. Filled with fascinating detail and non-stop action these books will spark the imaginations of readers of all ages to inspire a life-long love of reading and seeking out books that are just a little bit off the beaten track.

AMAZON

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I won this book in a giveaway. So Lucky!!! Just started it and already smiling:) It’s got some fun instructions on casting spells and an illustrated map. Just a delightful book so far. I’d say it’s for dragon lovers of all ages.

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