Welcome to Friday’s author update and delighted to kick proceedings off with the new release from K.D. Dowdall – The Stone Arch Secret
About the book
Twenty-eight-year-old anthropologist, Lilly Allaire, receives a phone call telling her that Dax is dead. The cause of death is unknown.
At the age of fourteen, best friends, Lilly and Dax, experience a traumatic incident. After the incident, Dax is institutionalized in a psychiatric hospital in a catatonic state. For Dax, his memory loss is a subconscious act of self-preservation, a blocking out of all memories. Lilly still suffers a blocked memory of that day and has frequent nightmares.
After Dax’s funeral, Lilly decides to go back to Salmon Brook, her hometown, to find out the truth about the mysterious incident that destroyed Dax’s life. While searching for clues to the incident, Lilly has a chance meeting with a former high school classmate, Noah Hawthorne.
Noah remembers Lilly as his high school secret crush and offers to help her. Together, they try to unravel the mysterious incident that plagues Lilly’s dreams and turns them into nightmares. They soon realize that their hometown has a deadly secret and both their lives are now in danger. However, Noah has a secret of his own that puts Lilly in harm’s way.
One of the early reviews for the book
R. R.A mystery from the past is explored January 10, 2018
Long ago, when just teenagers, Lilly Allaire and her best friend Dax came upon a stone enclosure and inside that enclosure was a single gravestone and an alter. Lilly and Dax were big dreamers, often making up tales in the forest where they both liked to go. Curiosity was almost like second nature to Lilly and she practically dragged Dax back out to the enclosure a few days later after they found it. Lilly was fascinated and wanted to learn more about the gravestone in the enclosure. Her curiosity led her and Dax straight into a path of no return. Years later, Lilly still has nightmares about that night. She doesn’t remember what happened and Dax was found unable to speak and in an altered state. One which he never recovers from.
Now that Dax is dead, Lilly finally goes back to her hometown of Salmon Brook to confront her past and to try to fit the missing pieces of the puzzle together. She needs to make sense of what happened that night. She already blames herself for what happened to Dax and now it is finally time to unravel the mystery that has haunted her for so many years. Along with Noah Hawthorne, a boy that was once in her high school class and is also hiding secrets of his own, Lilly tries to unravel the the past, but sometimes the past was meant to stay buried.
I really enjoyed the vibe of THE STONE ARCH SECRET. It felt really eerie and had a ghost story type of setting which I actually loved and it really kept me engaged with the story. The mystery aspect really keeps you guessing and there are a few curve balls thrown your way that left me speechless. There is a romance story-line, but it never takes center stage above the mystery. I often times find that when there is a romance in a mystery story, the mystery aspect takes a backseat, but this was not the case here. All in all, I think this is a story that should not be missed.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Stone-Arch-Secret-K-Dowdall-ebook/dp/B077H11HKW
Also by K.D. Dowdall
Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Karen-DeMers-Dowdall/e/B00JO0Q4AM
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Karen-DeMers-Dowdall/e/B00JO0Q4AM
Read more reviews and follow Karen on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7394355.K_D_Dowdall
Connect to K.D. Dowdall via her blog: https://wordpress.com/view/karendowdall.com
Bette A. Stevens created the magical world of Amazing Matilda the Monarch Butterfly and it continues to entrance its young readers.
About Amazing Matilda
Inspire the Kids with an Award-winning (Excellence in Children’s Literature) Monarch Butterfly Tale.
In this age of instant gratification, there’s an award-winning children’s picture book out that teaches kids that patience and hard work really do pay off.
‘AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale’ is a timely tale that follows MATILDA, a tiny monarch caterpillar, from the time she hatches from her egg on a giant milkweed leaf until she realizes her dream to fly. The story provides challenges and adventure at every turn.
Grandparents, parents and teachers will find that AMAZING MATILDA is a book that kids will want to read themselves and hear read to them again and again.
Get your FREE Authorgraph for your digital copy from author/illustrator Bette A. Stevens at http://www.4writersandreaders.com
One of the recent reviews for the book
This is a sweet story about a caterpillar named Matilda and her friends. She immediately wants to fly, but is given the advice to be patient and keep trying– when she can’t. The book is illustrated by the author and that adds another level of depth to the book. The story has a lesson that not only kids can learn from, but also the adults who read the book with them. I can’t wait to give this to my grandchildren and will enjoy our reading time together with this delightful tale!
Also by Bette A. Stevens
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Bette-A.-Stevens/e/B009GOYT1M
And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bette-A.-Stevens/e/B009GOYT1M
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The next author is Molly Stevens whose debut release is a picture book story for those of us of a certain age. Boomer on the Ledge.
Do you believe aging is grim? Something to tolerate while waiting for the reaper? Be prepared to challenge this assumption when you read: Introducing: Boomer on the Ledge.™ Molly Stevens observed her grandsons discovering Christmas magic with an elf who monitored their behavior and reported it to Santa. As invasive as that seemed, she realized no one watches people in her age group unless scanning for signs of dementia. She felt invisible and needed validation. So she created a little doll whose daily surprises reminded her how being a boomer is both harrowing and hilarious. From the mundane to the sublime, let Boomer on the Ledge™ help you transform grim into grins while you explore the antics of an aging boomer.
The most recent review for the book
Kids have Elf on the Shelf, why not give adults a Boomer on the Ledge? This is a very short book (24 pages) with images of an adorable middle-aged doll in a variety of staged positions that poke fun at the trials of aging. Stevens added humorous captions to the images, and some of them are laugh-out-loud funny. A quick and enjoyable read for boomers and anyone dealing with the less enjoyable aspects of aging. We might as well laugh!
Read the reviews and buy the book from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Boomer-Ledge-Molly-Stevens-ebook/dp/B075YBHMZ7
and at Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Boomer-Ledge-Molly-Stevens-ebook/dp/B075YBHMZ7
Connect to Molly Stevens via her website: http://www.shallowreflections.com
Now a new release at the end of December for USA Today Bestselling author Jacquie Biggar with Maggie’s Revenge: Wounded Hearts Book 6.
About the book
DEA Special Agent Maggie Holt is fierce, smart, beautiful– and in over her head.
Maggie has been working undercover 15 months when she is taken by Chinese-Mexican cartel leader, Chenglei. She tries to escape with 8 other women and is captured and brutally punished.
Adam O’Connor is angry and frustrated. It’s his fault his partner, and one-time lover, is missing and no matter how many leads he chases, they don’t bring Maggie home.
An unexpected break in the case sends Adam south to Texas. His old SEAL Team Chief, Frank Stein, offers his home and his help in the search effort.
Will these two strong men find Maggie? And will their decades old friendship be destroyed by their love for the same woman?
Read the exciting continuation of the Wounded Hearts Saga today!
Related subjects include: mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), amateur sleuth books, book club recommendations, police procedural, crime fiction.
One of the early reviews for the book
Magdalena (Maggie) Holt, a DEA Agent undercover in a Cartel who is in danger and a has become a captive, is working very hard to get back home and take down the man who has taken her a prisoner and intends to sell her to the highest bidder. She’s helped some women escape the hell that has become her reality, but will she survive long enough to help the women she is locked away with and herself?
Maggie’s intent on getting home and taking down Chenglei in the process so that she can rid the world of one of the scariest men she has met. She’s locked away in a compound in Mexico and needs to find a way to get home and take Chenglei down in the process. She manages to escape along with 5 other women who were being held with her, they make it out of the compound and hide until help can get there to take them back to the US and home.
Adam O’Connor, Maggie’s partner in the DEA and former lover, is beside himself that Maggie has been gone for so long and that they cannot locate her to bring her home. HIs SAC Amanda Rhinehold wants nothing more than to bring Agent Holt home as well, but she is a woman who is in charge and has to follow protocol to do it. She is trying to get Agent O’Connor off the case because she feels he is too close to it. Adam is sure that once Maggie gets back home they can work things out and get back together, but he’s confused because he’s attracted to his SAC.
This is the 6th book in Jacquie Biggar’s Wounded Hearts Series and is the first one I have read in the series. I wish I had read the stories in order from the first one to this one, but it did not retract from the story as Ms. Biggar gives a lot of back story to understand what is going on. I really enjoyed this story and enjoy reading Ms. Biggar’s books. They are well written and the characters feel like someone you would meet on the streets and like as a person if you talked to them and got to know them.
If you like a strong men and very strong willed women and enjoy a story where the heroine hides her fear when doing her job, but always has to win, then you will love this book. I give this story a 5 star review, and I look forward to going back and reading the other stories in this series.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Maggies-Revenge-Wounded-Hearts-Book-ebook/dp/B075S16F2Y
A selection of of other books by Jacquie Biggar
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Jacquie-Biggar/e/B00MSIJQBG
And at Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jacquie-Biggar/e/B00MSIJQBG/
Read more reviews and follow Jacquie Biggar on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8445812.Jacquie_Biggar
Connect to Jacquie via her website: http://jacqbiggar.com
And to round up today’s update the most recent review for Keepers: The Eden East YA Novels by Sacha de Black
Eden’s life is balanced… …until her soul is bound to her enemy.
When her parents are murdered, the realm of Trutinor is threatened. Then a mysterious human arrives and changes everything.
As Eden’s world spirals out of control, she doesn’t need a charismatic Siren from her past returning to complicate life.
Now, saving Trutinor is the last thing on Eden’s mind.
Three boys. Two murdered parents. One deadly choice.
The most recent review for the book
An unusual fantasy world sharply imagined by a new YA fantasy author, is introduced to us in this energetic and very well-written book. I studied the glossary of terms in the front matter, as I began to get a feel for the cosmology of Trutinor. In the initial stages of the story I spent some time trying to grasp the nature and laws of this world, and to keep track of all the characters. But the author maintained her hold on my interest, as she drew me into the main protagonist’s dilemmas, motivation and emotional dynamics.
The story powers through to some very strong and compelling action scenes with high stakes for the characters we care most about, and finally we are brought to a shocking twist in the finale, making us want to read book 2 in this series.
Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Keepers-Eden-Novels-Sacha-Black/dp/1999722507
Also by Sacha de Black
Buy the books separately or combined: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sacha-Black/e/B072BQ2MP7
and Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Sacha-Black/e/B072BQ2MP7
And find more reviews and follow Sacha on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16173650.Sacha_Black
Connect to Sacha via her website: https://www.sachablack.co.uk/
Thank you for popping in this morning and it would be great if you could share the news from these authors in the bookstore. Thanks Sally.