Maid of Ice by Shona Husk – Spotlight

Stalkers and death threats . . .

For Finlay Ryder, danger means playing a racecar driver on a daytime soap. That is, until he’s forced to reckon with his true identity as an Albah, a magical ancient race, by one of his own kind. Someone wants him dead. And worse, an ancient vampire is on the prowl, drawing blood left and right. Now, Finlay has no choice but to hunt enemies with unspeakable powers—or risk being hunted himself . . .

. . . and that’s just the first date

Ice skater Alina Nyx is using her broken wrist as an excuse for a career change. And when she falls for handsome Finlay, Albah drama feels like her new full-time job. Learning about magic and vampires is exciting, until her life is threatened. Now, as she begins to uncover her own mysterious powers, she must combine forces with Finlay to eradicate their foes for good, or all Albah will suffer . . .

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My Soul to Give by Magali A. Fréchette – Spotlight

When Celina Leviet escapes the brutal home invasion that kills her husband, she’s left with a bullet in her gut and vengeance in her heart. An alluring demon, Mekaisto, offers an irresistible deal—in exchange for her soul, he’ll let her live long enough to get her revenge, but she must hunt and kill the murderers herself.

After sealing the contract, Celina digs into her husband’s past for clues about his murder, and what she uncovers makes her question everything she thought she knew about him.

His company never existed.
His family history was a lie.

And he was involved with The Lumen, a shadowy religious order whose members know too much about demons. As the life she thought she knew crumbles around her, Mekaisto’s charms become harder to resist. Forced to face a horrible truth, Celina struggles against her late husband’s betrayal and the dark seduction of the devil she knows.

Enabled by Gustav J Phigeland – Spotlight

Join a community’s rise against their oppressors.

For Caprice, her life was thrown into a downward spiral before it even began when an accident claimed her father’s life and took away her ability to walk.

Now in a school for the disabled, Fairground High, she almost had a chance at a normal life. That was until the day when those walls rose up around her home.

Her mother, her aunt, almost the entire neighbourhood has disappeared. The only ones left are the disabled residents who have gathered at Fairground.

What she finds is that an organisation has taken over the town and they have been given an ultimatum.

“This is my town now. Survive for thirty days. That is your objective. Complete this task and everything will go back to normal.”

Nobody knows who these people are, however Caprice has had enough of life knocking her down and the same goes for everyone at her school.

And so they will stand united against their enemy, finding out who they are and putting a stop to them in this thrilling mystery where a community must overcome their weaknesses to save their families.

The rebellion begins now, though can they maintain their resolve once reality sets in? Or will they remain steadfast against an overwhelming foe?

Andre by Sybil Bartel – Review by Layna

André

The Marines trained me to set my sights and wait for the shot. For eight years, I guarded my brothers and defended my country. Now I protect my clients. My personal security firm is the best in the business because I leave nothing to chance… until a dark-haired, hazel-eyed spitfire crosses my path.

She and her sexy-as-hell striptease were supposed to be a one-night distraction. But too late I noticed the branding on her back and my blood ran cold. This woman wasn’t a distraction—she was a death sentence.

Knowing who she was left me no choice. I took her on as my client. But running from her past wasn’t an option.

The Marines didn’t train me to retreat. They taught me to engage.

One shot. One kill.

South of Main Street by Robert Gately – Spotlight

The mother dies, the dad’s emotionally challenged, and one of the two daughters is suing her father for financial control of the multi-million dollar estate. That’s the setup of South of Main Street, a heartwarming story named for the dividing line that exists between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’ in a fictitious town of Coalsville, Pennsylvania. The book is an uncommon mix of the child-like innocence of Forrest Gump (Henry – the hero of the story), Scrooge (mean-spirited money-grubbing sister), Chronicles of Narnia (state of believing in a secret door one steps thru into a pearly, magic-land) and even a nod to O Henri’s ‘Gift of the Magi’ all rolled into one.

Written in Blood by Layton Green – Spotlight

Detective Joe “Preach” Everson, a prison chaplain turned police officer, is coming home. After a decade tracking down killers in Atlanta, and with a reputation as one of the finest homicide detectives in the city, his career derailed when he suffered a mental breakdown during the investigation of a serial killer who was targeting children.

No sooner does Preach arrive at home in Creekville, North Carolina–a bohemian community near Chapel Hill–than a local bookstore owner is brutally killed, the first murder in a decade. The only officer with homicide experience, Preach is assigned to the case and makes a shocking discovery: the bookstore owner has been murdered in exactly the same manner as the pawnbroker in Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment.

With the help of Ariana Hale, a law student and bibliophile who knew the victim, Preach investigates the local writer’s community. As their questions increase, a second body is found, this time eerily resembling the crime scene in a famous Edgar Allan Poe novella. Preach and Ariana realize that their adversary is an intelligent, literate killer with a mind as devious as it is disturbed–and that one or both of them may be his next target.

All the Tomorrows by Nillu Nasser – Spotlight

Sometimes we can’t escape the webs we are born into. Sometimes we are the architects of our own fall.

Akash Choudry wants a love for all time, not an arranged marriage. Still, under the weight of parental hopes, he agrees to one. He and Jaya marry in a cloud of colour and spice in Bombay. Their marriage has barely begun when Akash embarks on an affair.

Jaya cannot contemplate sharing her husband with another woman, or looking past his indiscretions as her mother suggests. Cornered by sexual politics, she takes her fate into her own hands in the form of a lit match.

Nothing endures fire. As shards of their past threaten their future, will Jaya ever bloom into the woman she can be, and will redemption be within Akash’s reach?

Scions of Azazyel: War in Heaven by RK Wheeler – Spotlight

The oldest of the archangels was Satanel who became Satan after he was cast out of heaven. Satan was followed by his twin brother, Sandalphon who was known among men as Odin. Another set of twins, Raziel who was known as Zeus and Jophiel who was named by mortals Poseidon, followed. Odin, Zeus and Poseidon, came to earth to battle Satan, where they were worshiped as gods of the old world.

Next were born Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and Uriel, “The Faithful.” Finally, Zadkiel, Camael, Sachiel and Azazyel, “The Unvaliant” were born. These last four archangels remained neutral in the War in Heaven. As they refused to take up arms to fight Satan and his followers, they and their legions were later cast out, but not into Hell.

Azazyel was one of two hundred angels sent to watch over the children of Adam and Eve in the years before the flood. They were called “The Watchers.” The Watchers broke God’s laws and sinned by taking mortal wives and for teaching them forbidden secrets. The Watcher’s part-angel children were called the “Nephilim.” Some became giants; others became heroes of myth and men of great renown, such as Hercules, Achilles, Beowulf, and Perseus.

Azazyel (being an archangel) was held to a higher standard, and for his crimes he was buried alive. The mother of Azazyel’s unborn child married Ham (the youngest son of Noah) and was thus saved from the flood upon the ark.

Azazyel’s bloodline periodically manifests remarkable powers and abilities in his descendants. During the Great Flood, the single continent, Pangea, was broken up and the appearance of the lands changed, so that not even the other archangels now know where Azazyel is buried.

Satan seeks for Azazyel to recruit him to his army in his quest to seize the throne of heaven from their father.

The vampires seek Azazyel for his blood. They hope that in his weakened state, he will be an easy target and that his blood will give them the power of flight.

Gabriel and Raphael seek their archangel brothers to try and enlist them into God’s army before the Battle of Armageddon. Only the last Scions of Azazyel have the power to find him. Gabriel and Raphael must find and protect the children of Azazyel or all may be lost.

Like Father Like Daughter by Christina Kaye – Spotlight

Libby Carter is pretty sure she didn’t kill her husband…

When Libby wakes up to find her husband Ryan murdered in bed next to her with no memory of how it happened, she can only assume the worst. Daughter of the infamous I-75 Strangler, Libby is afraid that becoming a serial killer is in her DNA. Is she truly capable of killing the man she loves?

The evidence against her keeps stacking up, and it’s enough for an arrest…

It’s no secret that Libby is the number one suspect, and when she makes bail, she knows she has no choice but to turn to the only man who can help clear her name. Her father. After visiting him in prison, she decides to take the investigation into her own hands. Libby finds an unsettling lead on Ryan’s murderer and learns her husband might not have been as innocent as she thought.

But every clue she uncovers leads to another dead end…

Libby must risk her life to discover the truth about her husband and his murder, but things become even more dangerous when she realizes someone is watching her every move.