Book Review Love and Happiness

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Author: Ben Burgess Jr.

Genre: African-American romance

Karen has it all: a handsome husband, beautiful twin daughters, a lovely home and a great job. Karen also has a secret; she’s cheating on her husband, with not one man, but two.

On the outside her life seems perfect, but on the inside Karen feels neglected, bored and unappreciated. Yearning for affection and excitement, she falls into the arms of first Raheem and then Tyrell. Out of fear of losing her husband and breaking up her family, Karen ends the affairs but things don’t turn out how she planned. When Karen’s dirty secrets are revealed she must fight to keep her family together.

Chris is doing all he can to hold his marriage together. He loves Karen but she grows more distant every day. When she starts coming home later and later, he suspects she is being unfaithful. When Chris accidentally takes her cell phone what he finds changes their lives forever.

When tragedy strikes, Karen must decide if she should sacrifice her happiness for her husband’s love, and Chris wonders if he should stay with Karen because he still loves her despite her infidelity. But if they do stay together, will they ever find love and happiness again?

Sexy and relatable, insightful and inspiring, Love and Happiness shows us both sides of Chris and Karen’s story, and reminds us that sometimes to have it all, you must first lose it all.

Karen has it all: a handsome husband, beautiful daughters, a great job…but she’s cheating on her husband. She feels neglected and unappreciated, and finds what she misses in the arms of other men. When her secrets are revealed, she must do what she can to keep her family together. Chris wonders if he can forgive his wife’s betrayal and make their family work.

The characters were great, especially Chris and Karen. They’re both well-developed. The secondary characters were interesting too, and I loved seeing how they influenced the story.

Book Excerpt from Cherry Lips

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Her cheeks flushed.  She had embarrassed herself.  Not only had she divulged how poor and hungry she was but she also remembered the hem of her dress had been sitting up at her thighs, no doubt giving him an indecent view of her legs.

Her thoughts were interrupted by a snap followed by furious rustling above her.  Just as her head lifted, she saw the branch of the ash tree break and the well-dressed man thudded onto the grass.  Cerise couldn’t help but cackle.

He stood, rubbing his ribs and wincing.  ‘Well, at least that eased the tension a little.’

‘Not for that poor tree,’ Cerise shook her head.  ‘Don’t you know trees are alive?  Plants are as alive as we are and you’ve just done irreparable damage to that one!’

The man looked over his shoulder at the tree, which was obviously motionless and looked pretty much inanimate to him.

‘I’ll send it a bouquet of roses by way of an apology,’ he shrugged, brushing himself clean.

Cerise’s eyes widened with anger but she held her tongue.

‘So, did you want some of this bread or not?’ he offered, retrieving the loaf from next to the trunk and brushing off a few crumbs of earth.

She wanted to say no but the way she subconsciously smacked her lips and swallowed at the sight of the bread betrayed her.  The crust was crumbling in his hands and she could even smell the enticing yeasty aroma from where she stood.  The man held it out to her but she shook her head.

‘I don’t accept charity, but thank you,’ she said, looking round for the cheese he had mentioned. A chunk of cheese would have been welcomed right now. She’d make an exception on her, “no charity,” rule for cheese.

The man edged closer, taking tiny steps, drawing out the tension.  Her chest rose and fell as her breathing quickened.  Every rational thought in her mind told her to run.  He was not local to the village and could easily be a pervert planning to kidnap her or do something vile and leave her for dead but there was something about him that willed her to stay.

He grabbed her hand, placed the small loaf into her grip and pushed it towards her torso.

‘It’s not charity.  You’re going to earn it,’ he advised.

Cerise was almost scared to look him in the eye.  It wasn’t like her to be so timid but being this close to him made her head spin.  She allowed herself a moment to be timorous before she ground her teeth and lifted her chin.  She almost lost her nerve again when she looked at his twinkling hazel eyes and silly grin.  He was actually amused and if she wasn’t mistaken, his eyes kept darting to her lips.

‘No, sir.  I am grateful for the offer but I will not be providing any services in exchange for food.’

He rolled his eyes.  ‘Oh, pipe down, woman.  All I wanted was a kiss.’

Cerise recoiled, her face flushing, imagining having to kiss his most intimate body parts.

‘Where?’ she gasped.

‘Here, under the tree,’ he nodded, squinting at her in confusion.

‘No, I mean…’ she paused.  ‘Never mind.  I suppose a kiss isn’t too bad an exchange.’

About the Book

Cherry Lips coverTitle: Cherry Lips

Author: Lacey Dearie

Genre: Chicklit/Fairytale

Cerise is not a witch. She’s an apprentice herbalist whose father is a wannabe warlock and fairy godmother is a madame. But Cerise has a closely guarded secret – the cherry lip-stain she manufactures and sells to the richest and most powerful women in the land is a potent aphrodisiac that makes the wearer irresistible. Of course, with such power comes responsibility, something Cerise did not consider while she was testing each batch of the product on the men of her home town.

Soon, word of the magical make-up reaches the childless Queen Merewald, and she becomes determined to uncover the secrets of the lip-stain herself and use them to seduce her ageing, impotent husband, King Palen. Her best chance is to send her feline brother-in-law, Blaxton, to befriend Cerise and spy on her. What the Queen didn’t count on was her nephew falling for Cerise without the use of magic or her niece using their jester as bait to uncover the secrets before she did.

Cherry Lips is a chick-lit fairytale about a medieval amateur cosmetologist, a nymphomaniac witch, a kinky jester, an unconventionally handsome prince, a wizard with magical healing powers, a castle made of sand and crystals, magical lip-stain that makes the wearer irresistible and cats. Lots and lots of cats.

Author Bio

Lacey Dearie is the creator of the best-selling Leger – Cat Sleuth Mysteries Series about a talking Glaswegian cat detective. She loves observing cats and their idiosyncrasies and has a particular fondness for black cats with amber eyes or pretty calicos. She would own a house full of pets if her allergies allowed it.

She is also the author of chick-lit novel and Amazon UK Top 100 best-seller, The Tangled Web (currently available only on Createspace), chick-lit fairytale Cherry Lips, two nonsensical short stories about amorous foods and the soon to be released Candlelight Lane Mysteries which blend culinary cozies and magical realism.

In her spare time she loves to travel and is a regular visitor to Cyprus – a place that has influenced almost every story she writes as much as her home country, Scotland. She has a personal blog dedicated to lingerie and fragrances, studies perfumery and is a tiny bit obsessed with cute stationery and ska.

Lacey loves to hear from her readers and can be contacted on Twitter as @laceydearie (please be aware of adult content) or on her Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/laceydearie (family friendly).

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Amazon US: Amazon US

Amazon UK: Amazon UK

Amazon CA: Amazon CA

Amazon AU: AMAZON AU

Createspace: Createspace

E-Store where you can purchase a signed copy with author swag included in the price: laceydearie.storenvy.com

Author Facebook page: www.facebook.com/laceydearie

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Book Excerpt from Saving Babe Ruth

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Today’s post is an excerpt from literary thriller / sports “Saving Babe Ruth”. Enjoy!

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[David} thought to himself that the community baseball program had been neglected for years, long before he had arrived on the scene. The mess, he thought, was just too large for him or any one man to clean up and, certainly, he had done more than anyone else to fix it. It was beyond repair. It was a total loss. Perhaps, he thought, when the town baseball program was finally gone it might be missed, and people would finally do something about it. If not, then in the eyes of the community, the town baseball league wasn’t worth keeping, and its death sentence—no matter how much David disagreed with it—was its fate. He could not revive it for more than a fleeting moment if the community did not support it. Even if David stayed on the board defending the field, he could not stay forever. Heck, Annie was close to leaving him now and Christy was not going to be playing Babe Ruth baseball forever. People eventually get what they deserve in running a youth sports program, David thought. That was the natural evolution of things. And there was nothing he could do to change it. Without community support, the best he could hope for would be to delay the inevitable. David kept telling himself not to worry about things he couldn’t control, and this surely was one of those occasions. He tried to compose himself and did so for a while. But it didn’t last.

The thought of the program’s inevitable demise gnawed at his core. It did not taste right. Perhaps all his community needed was a little leadership, someone to point them in the right direction, someone to get the ball rolling for the next generation.

The townspeople did not have the inducement to do anything about the situation so long as the program still existed. Their cares were satisfied in that their boys were still playing baseball, at least for now. Like the landfill mound that embraced the baseball field, everything looked fine on the surface to them. And that was all that mattered. There was no immediate need to dwell about what was underneath.

David thought of Annie and the impact his removal would all have on her. He had assumed Annie would stand by his side even though she was growing tired of it all. And then there was Christy. David did not know what was going on at school as a result of his actions. Some days when Christy would come home, he would appear upset. But when questioned by David he would deny it and go and talk to Annie instead. David would hear whispers between the two of them. Annie would later tell David that something had happened at school but that Christy did not want to talk about it with David because he thought his father had enough baseball to worry about without dealing with his school problems.

Christy told Annie that he could handle the kids at school. Christy had grown a thick skin, like Johnny had asked David to do. But was it fair to Christy to have to live with the legacy of a father who is thrown off the baseball board? Surely that is what the Elite kids would say to Christy at school every day until high school graduation.

Then David began to think about his relationship with Christy, his son, going forward. He had seen older youth in the town drift away from their fathers after high school and he did not want this incident to come between him and Christy; he did not want to forever look at his son in his later years, knowing that he had failed; he did not want Christy looking away from him, acknowledging his failure. Let my failure be something else other than baseball, David thought, because baseball had at least been a bridge between the two of them, father and son, where so few opportunities for bonding existed.

He thought about Joan and Johnny and how they had sacrificed so much for the sport. He had made a commitment to Johnny. He would not be able to fulfill that commitment if he was thrown off the board.

The more David thought about the events, the more he realized that he had come too far to let things run their course without a fight. The more he thought about it, the more uneasy he became, until there was no calm to be had as anger pumped through his veins. He realized that he was about to be run out of town—his town—by a bunch of carpetbaggers. There was only one guy on his board, Avery Bransen, who had any roots in Indigo Valley. Neither the athletic director nor any of the school coaches had any roots in Indigo Valley. If David were kicked off, he would be the outsider forever more. It would no longer be his town; it would become their town.

 That was a legacy he did not want to live with. If he was removed, every day he lived in that town would remind him of that failure. And that would be an unbearable existence as he planned to live the rest of his life in Indigo Valley. A shiver ran through him as he turned his attention back to the computer screen and his legal research.

David realized that he had set into motion a chain of events that could not be reversed. He had risked everything by taking a stand and there was no turning back.

About The Book

SavingBabeRuthBookCover423x648Title: Saving Babe Ruth

Author: Tom Swyers

Genre: Literary Fiction / Thriller / Sports

Based on a true story, Saving Babe Ruth is an award-winning novel about a family headed by David Thompson, a burned-out lawyer and Civil War buff. When he learns that the town’s youth baseball league is going to fold, David’s love for the sport and for his son, Christy, inspire him to try to save it for the boys in town. David puts his fading career on hold as he struggles to resurrect this dream while at the same time trying to salvage his marriage to his wife, Annie.

Though Christy and Annie want to see him save the league, David finds himself in way over his head; the more he passionately tries to save it, the more he ends up hurting Christy and Annie. It’s a catch-22 that leaves his family wounded and David lost, wedged between his desire to revive the league so he can live with himself, and the desire to heal his family so they can live with him.

When David starts to keep secrets from Annie to satisfy these desires, he weaves a web of deceit that further fractures the family. At the same time, the town wrestles to keep its own secrets under wraps while it almost bursts with people leading double lives. They want David and the league to fail, and they’ll stop at nothing to get what they want, even if they have to go through Christy and Annie to get it.

With the help of Johnny McFadden–a newfound friend who’s addicted to baseball–David concocts a plan to defend the league and his family. The pair will have to navigate through a maze of backroom politics, corruption, scandal and crime that extends to the professional sports world. David will have to call upon all of his legal and survival skills to try and turn things around.

Saving Babe Ruth is also the inspiring story about a baseball team full of teenage outcasts struggling to believe in themselves. When the time is right, they’ll face the prospect of having to fight crazy with crazy to save baseball for themselves, their town and beyond.

The novel reveals the underbelly of youth sports that’s hurting communities nationwide today, but readers and reviewers say you don’t have to be a fan of baseball or sports to enjoy the story. Its themes, including one of community responsibility, are beginning to resonate. The story is so powerful that one of the nation’s leading professional sports agents has threatened a lawsuit over the book. The novel has even caused one town to come to a standstill to hold an emergency board meeting over it. Watch this trailer video to learn more about how Saving Babe Ruth came to life.

New York Times bestselling author Margot Livesey says Swyers “has created a man for all seasons” in David Thompson and calls Saving Babe Ruth “an absorbing and compulsively readable novel.”

Saving Babe Ruth is the winner of a number of accolades including the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Book Award for “Best First Book: Fiction.”

If you like fast-paced and humor-laced stories, don’t miss this family’s fight to stay together as it confronts a youth sports underworld loaded with captivating characters.

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Author Bio

TomSwyersProfileAward-winning author Tom Swyers first had an audience on the edge of their seat (and the girls giggling) when his play, The Great Train Robbery, made its debut in the seventh grade.

After high school, he worked his way through some of the best colleges in the country. Employed in a variety of jobs ranging from a late-night convenience store clerk to a fine jewelry salesperson, Tom eventually graduated from college and then worked his way through law school in the caverns of Wall Street.

Since then, he’s studied at the New York State Summer Writer’s Institute at Skidmore College. He’s also a member of both the Authors Guild and the Hudson Valley Writers Guild.

Along the way, he married his high school sweetheart and raised a family. With that came baseball, but that’s another story (Saving Babe Ruth). Tom is also an award-winning youth sports advocate.

When he isn’t writing or reading, Tom is usually running (literally) away from trouble on the back roads of Upstate, New York where he lives with his family and two cats (really two dogs working undercover).

Saving Babe Ruth is his first novel and these are some of the awards it has received:

  • Gold Winner, “Best First Book: Fiction,” 2015 Independent Book Publishers Association’s Benjamin Franklin Book Awards.
  • Silver Winner, “Best Popular Fiction,” 2015 Independent Book Publisher Association’s Benjamin Franklin Book Awards.
  • Reader Views, “Best Regional Fiction 2014/2015: Northeast.”
  • Finalist, “Best New Fiction,” 2014 USA Best Book Awards.

Email: SwyersTom@gmail.com

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Cover Reveal Inconceivable

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About the Book

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Title: Inconceivable

Author: Cherrie Mack

Genre: Romance / Fantasy

When Prince Charming comes looking for the woman who stole his heart at a Manhattan shoe store, he instead finds her stepsister, Allie. Allie doesn’t leave the best impression with the handsome Zach Brady, who quickly dismisses her as the maid. But an unusual fairy godmother with bulging biceps, long hair, and a cool demeanor has plans for her. Can Allie keep herself from falling for the wrong man and convince him to help her snag Zach? This duo quickly learns that sometimes if the shoe fits, the pair could be all wrong.

Author Bio

Cherrie Mack is a multi-published romance author who grew up in Flushing Queens NY, the youngest child of six. The city’s diversity gave her a great appreciation for many different cultures and lifestyles. After love finally claimed the girl from the city and dragged her to the suburban madness of Long Island, she settled into a quiet life with her new husband. Two children and one mini-van later, the family found themselves moving towards the sunny skies of Florida where they currently reside.

Cherrie is happiest sitting behind a keyboard doing the one thing she loves most—writing. However, when she isn’t writing, she is struggling to man her website, promote her books, keep up with social media and run a household. She loves to hang out with her 12 and 10 year old kids and spend time with her smart, sexy, fun loving husband. She struggles to master the art of meditation but with so many people living inside her head, demanding a story of their own, the task is daunting. She takes time to relax by playing with her best friends–Bailey and Simba.

Cherrie continues to flourish, writing contemporary erotic romance, romantic comedy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance and her latest venture into sci-fi. Her ability to cross genre’s fuels her imagination and gives her the desire to continue to push her boundaries and branch out as a writer. Although she hasn’t settled into any given sub-genre, she is confident her ability will lead her down the right path.

A member of Romance Writers of America, Cherrie is slowly spreading her wings as a romance author. Look for her books at all digital bookstores such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Bookstrand, ITunes, Nook, Kobo and many more.

Links

Blog: http://cherriemack.wordpress.com

Website: http://www.cherriemack.com

Author facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/CherrieMack

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Google email: mackcherrie@gmail.com

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Book Review To The Promised Land

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Author: Michael Boylan

Genre: Literary Fiction / Mystery

Rating: A

Every student leaving the protected grounds of school wonders: must I now throw away my ideals, or can they guide me through the rough-and-tumble city? The philosopher Socrates’s descent into the bloodsports of business and politics was called “ketabasis.” But for the old college friends Moses and Peter, it is betrayal and murder found in Michael Boylan’s fast-paced and gripping novel, To the Promised Land. Can their friendship, and their morals, survive in the Washington world of corporate crime, backstabbing bosses, floundering do-gooder groups, and a media ravenous for scandal? The old adage, “Do no harm,” is pulverized in Washington’s internecine power-struggles: for nearly every action brings an unexpected harm, and several enemies. Moses leaves the law, seeking atonement for shielding a company that poisoned a town; Peter leaves the small world of the campus, and takes up a controversial campaign to alter affirmative action, seemingly to bring about “the greater good.” Their threads of ethics must do battle against lawyers, private detectives, secretive lobbyists and, looming over all, the charge of first-degree murder. Boylan sets philosophical passions, and an engaged dialogue about forgiveness, inside a film-noir world, where affection, family loyalty, and trust come under threat. Propulsive and witty, To the Promised Land is smart about ideas, and smart about people negotiating justice and power in public life.

—David Gewanter. Professor of English, Georgetown University.

Michael Boylan’s thought-provoking novel, “To the Promised Land,” is a gem. Read it for its suspense-filled, fast-paced action, for the philosophic insights its characters raise as easily as they breathe, or for probing its main mysteries: why did Moses Levi disappear; why did he send his journal to his college roommate; and, more profoundly, how can one heal a guilty conscience or live without harming others?

—Virginia L. Warren, Professor of Philosophy, Chapman University

In this literary thriller focusing on several philosophical issues, Moses and Peter are two old college friends who find their worlds torn apart by murder and betrayal. They must fight lawyers, detectives, and the charge of first-degree murder why ethics are questioned and morality is investigated from several different point of views. An interesting thriller set in a world that reminded me of noir mysteries, with characters both complex and engaging. The book is not afraid to challenge the characters as well as the reader.

Author Interview Nightlife: Night Terrors

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I’m interviewing Matthew Quinn Martin today, author of horror novel “Nightlife: Night Terrors”.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing prose fiction for about eight years. Before that I was a screenwriter. My original screenplay Slingshot was made into a feature film by Bold Films and is distributed by The Weinstein Co. I still do some screenwriting and consulting, but I’ve phased a lot of it out to focus on writing novels.

 

What was the most challenging part about writing Nightlife: Night Terrors?

Nightlife: Night Terrors is a collection that includes my first novel Nightlife as well as the full sequel As The Worm Turns and a related novella, Hazardous Material.

The hardest part about all of it was learning to abandon a lot of my training as a screenwriter. In a screenplay you aren’t allowed to include anything that can’t be captured on camera or audio. That means that everything internal about a character needs to be made external through dialogue or images (or occasionally voice over and/or flashbacks if you are lazy).

With novels, the reader is allowed to get inside the character’s heads…in fact they demand it. That’s what makes the experience of reading a novel so fulfilling. It’s taken a lot of effort for me to learn to allow myself to go there…I’m still not 100%, but I’m getting better.


What is your favorite part of being an author?

I have two favorite parts. When the idea for a project first pops into my head from wherever the souls of stories are engendered…and when I finally get to type “the end.” Everything else is work…hard hard work.

 

Did you know this book would be a series when you started writing?

I’d originally written Nightlife as a screenplay. It would be a very expensive film to do well…and the current market is not all that interested in expensive films that have no “pre-awareness” factor (i.e. book, comic, toy line, etc.). So I decided to rewrite it as a novel. While the book still has a fair amount of “cinematic DNA” in it, I believe that it is a richer and more expansive story in this form.

I ended Nightlife completely enough that it could be a stand-alone, but also hinted that there could be more to the story. I did the same with As The Worm Turns. This is also a trick I learned from screenwriting. Star Wars is a complete film. So is The Matrix. But both left the door open for further chapters (for good or for ill).

 

Do you have any works in progress you’re working on?

My writing partner (Libby Cudmore, whose own stellar debut novel The Big Rewind is due out in February from William Morrow) and I are putting the finishing touches on a Young Adult novel that we hope to bring to market this fall.

Other than that I’ve got a few thing cooking…but I don’t want to lift the lid off the pot just yet.

About the Book

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Author: Matthew Quinn Martin

Genre: Horror

Release Date: July 7, 2015

“Doesn’t get any darker than this; you can actually feel the blood spatter…” –Hugo & Nebula winner James Patrick Kelly

Enter the world of Nightlife, where the streets crawl with unimaginable demons, and a monster can lurk behind every friendly face…

Matthew Quinn Martin first terrified horror fans with Nightlife, the captivating story of two unlikely monster hunters determined to save the city of New Harbor from the Night Angels—bloodthirsty creatures that feed on the forgotten. Jack Jackson and Beth Becker are among the few who can see these creatures for what they really are, but as they hunt the creatures, a mysterious organization known only as The Division is hunting them.

In the novella Hazardous Material, we get a glimpse of The Division’s origins and aims, when a young man stumbles onto a long-abandoned video arcade—which three decades ago was the site of the largest mass shooting in New York history—and unwittingly uncovers a relic of unimaginable power and mind-altering terror.

And in the never-before-released As the Worm Turns, Jack and Beth are back, along with their faithful dog, Blood. For months they’ve been keeping just one step ahead of The Division, whose enigmatic leader has been pursuing them with the single-minded obsession to capture them by any means necessary. But as Jack and Beth continue their quest to rid the world of the creatures once and for all they find themselves facing off against something even more terrifying than the Night Angels––something that could hold the key to humanity’s salvation…or its doom.

Three amazing horror stories in one chilling bundle…the only thing you won’t fear is the price!

Reviews for the first book:

“Thrilling, edgy, and scary as hell, Nightlife is an outstanding debut and one of the most original takes on the vampire novel I’ve ever read.” – Jason Starr, International Bestselling Author of The Pack

“Nightlife completely creeped me out. Martin is a master of suspense. Keep me up all night again soon!” –Nancy Holder, New York Times Bestselling Author, The Wicked Saga

“Doesn’t get any darker than this; you can actually feel the blood spatter. Nightlife is the gutsiest debut I’ve read in a long time.” – James Patrick KellyHugo and Nebula Award winning author of Think Like a Dinosaur.

“An incredibly riveting, edge of your seat plot that was equal parts spooky mystery and gruesomely tragic horror novel.” – All Things Urban Fantasy

“Whoa! This is like the ultimate Vampire book! No fluff here. This is not your modern, sexy, ‘I wanna get laid by a vampire’ book – this was some scary stuff.” – Wall to Wall Books

“I don’t think I’ve actually read anything like it!” – Bibliosanctum

“If you like your fantasy urban and dark, give this book a try. If you want to see vampires restored to a fearsome glory, give this book a try. If you just want a creepy good story for the Halloween month, give this book a try!” – Badass Book Reviews

“Nightlife is the perfect story to read if you like to get a good scare on!” – Jersey Girl Book Reviews

“Have you been wanting vampires that are mean, nasty, eating machines? Tired of the glitter and sparkle and angst? Well, check this book out….a perfect blend of action and pathos that most readers of horror should enjoy.” – Now is Gone

“The vampires Matthew created are nothing like I ever read before. They are scary and creepy!” – Yummy Men and Kick Ass Chicks

 

Author Bio

Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania and raised in New Haven, Connecticut, it wasn’t until Matthew moved to Manhattan that he realized he was a writer. These days, he lives on a small island off the North Atlantic coast of the United States where it gets quiet in the winter…perhaps too quiet. . .

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/matthewqmartin

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Book Review The Last War

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Author: Alex Davis

Genre: Science-Fiction

Born from the genius of the Animex, the aliens of the Noukari seek to gain a foothold on a savage planet. But the greatest danger to their existence lies within them – a powerful gift of telepathy.

As the tension grows between idolatry and admiration of their creators, and the Noukari come to understand the latent powers within their own minds, a species created for peace are about to succumb to brutal violence.
In a galaxy torn by conflict, will the first battle between the Noukari also be their last war?

“The Last War is a remarkable study of reason and faith, morality and practicality, pragmatism and idealism. With sharp, unfussy prose, Alex Davis draws the reader into an endearing nascent civilisation, and then takes it apart before our eyes. Unpredictable, challenging and rewarding.” Gav Thorpe, New York Times Bestselling author of Angels of Darkness Deliverance Lost.

The aliens of Noukari try to survive on a savage planet, growing their communiy and civilisation. Unfortunately the greatest danger to their very existence comes from within themselves. Their survival is threatened when two strains of thoughts clash: those who believe in the divinity in their creators, and those who believe in a more pragmatic morality and existence, a clash between faith and reason.

An intriguing look into the birth of a civilization and the struggles they have to overcome. The characters were remarkable and the writing was solid. The pace takes a little while to pick up, but I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading more books by this author.