Touched by Death by T.L. Martin – Review by Layna

What if Death was more tempting than you had ever imagined?

With Grams’s recent passing and a boyfriend who cares more about his next drink than her, Lou Adaire only wants to run. To start over somewhere new — maybe in a town where her family has history.

But when a storm sends Lou’s truck plunging into Tuttle Creek Lake, she discovers exactly what it’s like to fight for your life. To gasp for air only to have your lungs fill with icy water. To die.

What comes next changes everything.

Dark eyes. Consuming presence.

Death. As vague as a dream yet as intense as the lightning flashing above her still heart.
Everything about him calls out to her, tugging at her with the warm vibration of his pull. He’s supposed to take her; they both know it. She wants him to.

When she wakes in the hospital in a new town, she can’t forget what she saw. That impossible sensation of him breathing life back into her, a strong beat playing in her chest and a flutter running down her spine.

Trying to move on with her life in a foreign place is hard enough, but when he comes back for more — his burning touch against her skin, his consuming presence weaving in and out of her life, and his own scars running far deeper than hers — Lou begins to realize there’s more to Death, and to the sleepy Kansas town, than she ever expected to find.

Lou lived. But what if she’s not the only one in need of saving?

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Sparkle by Arin Kambitsis – Spotlight

The magic of J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis and J. K. Rowling meets the heart-pounding frights, and thrills, of Stephen King, Peter Straub, and Clive Barker.

It is real…and it wants in.

Peter and Alyssa Huffy have just moved to the beautiful town of Sparkle, Pennsylvania. But Sparkle is a lot more than it appears. It has a history that few would truly understand, and even fewer would believe.

Soon after moving into their big, new house, the founder of the town, a long-dead British adventurer, starts to visit Peter in his dreams. He soon finds himself being drawn into a bizarre dreamworld that’s too real to be his imagination, and too strange to be real. There is a gate there that leads to somewhere fantastic. Heaven? Hell? The ghost does not know, but he assures him that what lies on the other side of it is as important as life itself. But they are not alone here. There is something dangerous there that lives in both worlds, at once.

Twelve-year-old Derek Windward is a descendant of the founder of the town, and the sole keeper of Sparkle’s greatest secret. He is the only one who has faced the terrifying evil that is hiding in the dark parts of the forest. It is called the Bunyine – a giant, tormented creature born eight-thousand years ago in the Garden of Eden. In some distant corners of the world, the Bunyine is just a story told to scare children. In Sparkle, it is all too real.

Whether in a dreamworld, or in ours, both Peter and Derek have the same deadly problem, one that is waiting for its chance to strike. Though what the Bunyine wants is uncertain, what it would do to get it is unthinkable.

The Amazing Captain Casual by J. Lee Smrz – Spotlight

DASTARDLY DANGER! MALICIOUS ROBOTS! SUPERHEROES THAT TRIP OVER THEIR OWN TWO FEET! This book has it all, and MORE! Join the Amazing Captain Casual and friends on his thrilling first adventure!

IN THIS ISSUE:

Will Archer and Cole Stephenson have two things in common: they attend the same high school, and they both have after school jobs. However, where Cole works in construction, cleaning up messes caused by Supers and trying to raise money for college, Will has been fighting crime under the guise of his alter-ego, the amazing Captain Casual! So when their worlds collide in an explosive fashion, the question becomes: can these two put aside their differences to form a new iconic duo, or is betrayal inevitable? Who knows, perhaps neither will happen and they’ll instead simply part ways, neither friends nor enemies, just awkward acquaintances people sometimes have. This is a superhero novel, though, so probably not. Read on to find the answer in, THE AMAZING CAPTAIN CASUAL!

The Shift of the Tide by Jeffe Kennedy – Review by Layna

A QUICKSILVER HEART

Released from the grip of a tyrant, the Twelve Kingdoms have thrown all that touch them into chaos. As the borders open, new enemies emerge to vie for their hard-won power—and old deceptions crumble under the strain…

The most talented shapeshifter of her generation, Zynda has one love in her life: freedom. The open air above her, the water before her, the sun on her skin or wings or fur—their sensual glories more than make up for her loneliness. She serves the High Queen’s company well, but she can’t trust her allies with her secrets, or the secrets of her people. Best that she should keep her distance, alone.

Except wherever she escapes, Marskal, the Queen’s quiet lieutenant, seems to find her. Solid, stubborn, and disciplined, he’s no more fluid than rock. Yet he knows what she likes, what thrills and unnerves her, when she’s hiding something. His lithe warrior’s body promises pleasure she has gone too long without. But no matter how careful, how tender, how incendiary he is, only Zynda can know the sacrifice she must make for her people’s future—and the time is drawing near…

Darkwater by DW Johnson – Spotlight

War is hovering over Xenkur. A war so large it will engulf the continent. Three factions lust for a never ending struggle for power and land. One small group caught up in the whirlwind that sweeps across the continent has what everyone seeks.

One mage, young and unaware, carries the secret everyone searches for and she has no idea she holds it. The magic of the ancients has power beyond measure. But can just one young mage harness that potential and even more will she wield that power for good or evil?

Shadowzone, Into the Web, Black Dawn by Simon Rose – Spotlight

While watching intense flashes of lightning during a violent storm, Ben experiences mysterious and disturbing visions of another world, one very different from his own. In the chain of events that follow, Ben encounters Charlie, a girl from a dark version of Earth, a planet doomed by the effects of environmental catastrophe, where the leaders will stop at nothing to complete their deadly mission.

You Dear, Sweet Man by Thomas Neviaser – Spotlight

Would you give up your life to enter an unknown world just to eat a hamburger? A fast-food company develops the Ultimate Perfect Ad, a 3D form of motion with a model having a malefic agenda. Her paranormal ability has special powers over men, utilizing a simple phrase, “You dear, sweet man.” Her plan jeopardizes a blue collar worker’s life as he realizes that advertising is not as glamorous as it seems.

Magdalena Gottschalk: The Crooked Trail by M. Gail Grant – Blog Tour

The enchanted secret of Lily Brooke was safe and sound, until Magdalena and her thirteen-year-old friends accidentally unleashed the revengeful demons of the past. How were they supposed to know that a friendly expedition in the woods on a stress-free Saturday morning would lead to the most intense and scary moments of their lives? So many mysterious happenings have occurred ever since they found that crooked trail leading to the sacrificial cave, and hidden monstrosity of a treehouse. With the chanting voices and shrill noises that only Magdalena could hear, the friends decide there is something sinister living amongst them. Time is of the essence to save Lily Brooke and their childhood club, the Mystical Alliance of Lily Brooke, knows it is up to them to capture the demons hiding in their community and set the town free. Witches, wizards, and some black magic may just be what it takes for Magdalena and her best friends to save the day.

Forsaken by Connie Ann Michael – Blog Tour

Eighteen-year-old Oli cannot remember life outside the barrier, a life before the oil spill that poisoned human kind, killing half the population and infecting the other half until they deteriorated from the inside out, forced to walk the earth as Screamers. It’s a dangerous new world in which barely anyone makes it past the age of twenty, and Oli’s time is running out.

Studying the Bible, Oli searches for words to help restore faith in a lost world, and when she receives a message from God telling her to leave the barrier, she knows what she must do. There’s only one problem: Her best friend, Coi, doesn’t believe her, and he’s showing the first signs of infection. But before she can convince him to leave with her, the Governor quarantines Coi and orders his execution.

​Oli risks it all to rescue Coi, and they set out to find sanctuary away from the safety of the compound, not knowing who or what will get to them first: the Governor, the illness, or the Screamers. When they stumble upon a group of uninfected humans hidden among the rubble of an apartment building, they think they’ve found their salvation. But not everything is as it seems, and their enemies are closer than they thought.

Kings of This World by Peter Bailey- Spotlight

Matthew is just trying to hold the wreckage of his life together after his girlfriend left him for another woman. A chance to review a West End play seems like a lucky break, until it turns into an X-rated nightmare. The next day London tears itself apart, people make love in the streets and kill each other over a dirty sandwich. Overnight everything changes, the city is very quiet, people smile and nod, but what they smile and nod at is only visible to them. The only other normal person is Jeremy, sarcastic, intelligent and frequently wrong. Together they form an uneasy alliance that lasts until cone shaped aliens land and begin harvesting people like wheat. The last two survivors in London begin a desperate search for a way to stop the aliens before it’s their turn, unaware that millions of people have already killed themselves to give them the perfect weapon. Will Matthew and Jeremy realize the weapon they have been given before its too late?