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The Dream Chest

E.P. Stein

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

E.P. Stein has a great talent for creating imaginative and meaningful worlds.  This time it’s in the virtual form in The Dream Chest.  After being terribly bullied, Bridgette finds solace in Shard, a virtual world inside The Dream Chest.  This world promises adventure and romance, and caters to Bridgette’s every whim.  But more is going on in Shard and there’s an underlying sinister nature to The Dream Chest.  Like all great young adult novels, The Dream Chest takes us on a great emotional journey with fun characters, a twisting plot, a great moral, and beautiful descriptions by Stein.  This one’s perfect for any lovers of fantasy and YA!


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Witches’ Gambit

Charles Freedom Long

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Charles Freedom Long carefully sets a series of events in motion that lead to the great adventure that Witches’ Gambit is!  Like setting up a house of cards, Long follows a couple different stories that eventually collide.  We see Aidan Ray, a lawyer that can speak to the dead, something that gets her branded a witch.  Then there’s Michael Good, businessman by day, freedom fighter by night.  The two band together with a benevolent alien on a hapless journey to save humanity from annihilation from a hostile alien force.  It’s a lot to take in at first glance but Long’s writing is engaging, his characters fun and meaningful, and the plot has some great twists!  Can’t wait to see where the story goes next!


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Inspirations from Heaven’s Gate

Lisa Miller

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Lisa Miller brings us along a beautiful journey in her poetry collection Inspirations from Heaven’s Gate.  The book presents you with a series of snapshots from Miller’s life, meaningful little vignets done in beautiful prose and interlaced with messages from the Bible.  As the title suggests, this one’s perfect for anyone looking for a little inspiration out there!


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Red Gold

Ian Miller

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Businessman David Gill quickly finds himself in over his head, and on another world no less, in Ian Miller’s Red Gold.  As corporations struggle to control the Red Planet, they forcibly send David to do their dirty work.  But David quickly becomes suspicious of his employers and finds himself an ally in a space pilot.  This is an intriguing corporate espionage story that takes the needed time to set up its intricate plot.  Great for anyone who loves a good spy thriller or classic sci fi!


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The Used

Theresa Jacobs

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Theresa Jacobs spins an intriguing sci fi thriller in The Used.  After disappearing for several months, intelligence operative Jeremy Samuelson returns with no memory of it.  The novel starts more like the Bourne Identity, but as Jeremy’s memories slowly start to return, he discovers he’s part of a plot, one that spans more than this world.  The mystery of The Used is what I loved most and Jeremy was a cool kick butt, believable character.  All around a great sci fi romp for anyone looking for a good pulse-pounder!


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Riftworlds Online

Brian Howard

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Brian Howard’s Riftworlds Online was a really cool actiony romp set in a virtual world.  In the future, Riftworlds Online is the most popular MMO.  It has space, the West, you name it.  But not all people are looking to use this world for good.  It reminded me of a combination of Ready Player One, Westworld, and The Matrix.  Howard brings it all to life beautifully making Riftworlds Online perfect for any video game or sci fi lovers out there!


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Jillian’s Song

Susan Buchanan

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

Susan Buchanan shows that life can bounce back from anything in Jillian’s Song.  Jillian Whalley has lost so much, including her joy or ‘life song.’  These sorrowful scenes with Jillian lead to the satisfying journey of seeing her recover and thrive.  Couple this with a steamy romance and Jillian’s Song is perfect for any lit fic or romance lovers out there!


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Colors in the Dark

Groovy Lee

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

Hailey Campbell is looking for love.  What she finds is so much more than she bargained for.  Groovy Lee sets up a twisting romantic thriller in Colors in the Dark.  I really enjoyed Hailey as a character.  After meeting and falling in love with Manley, she uncovers a secret that leaves her rushing to save a girl’s life.  This is a good pulse-pounder for anyone that loves a little spice to their romance!


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The Four Greatest Chinese Folk Tales

Ray Simmons

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

Ray Simmons retells four Chinese folktales as told to him by his English students in The Four Greatest Chinese Folk Tales.  One of the neatest things about this collection was that it’s a story within a story.  Simmons talks about the students telling the story as much as the story itself really bringing things to life.  A heartfelt and interesting look at another culture perfect for any lovers of folklore or Chinese culture!


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Good Samaritan

Ellen Boyd

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Toby Garrison has a really messy family.  As the teen returns in Ellen Boyd’s Good Samaritan, he’s forced to live with his aunt and uncle while his Uncle Jake takes on a Special Forces mission.  But Toby’s family has secrets, secrets he races to uncover once his uncle is taken captive.  As action packed as the first, filled with the same good twists and humor, Good Samaritan is a great spy thriller and coming of age story all in one!


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Trish Butler

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

What happens when the person who is supposed to search for missing people goes missing?  Trish Butler answers this and more in her steamy relationship-driven mystery Ctrl Alt Deleted.  When Charlotte McBain goes missing, it sets Sean Benson on a search for answers, one laced with danger and discovery.  This is a novel all about character and Butler pulls this off beautifully with her descriptions and realistic portrayal.  All around a good mystery for any inquisitive minds out there!


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The Blotted Line

Mehreen Ahmed

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Mehreen Ahmed’s collection of short stories The Blotted Line is a powerful read.  Filled with striking descriptions of loss and the power of the human spirit to bounce back, this artfully done emotional piece had me riveted to the end!  This one is perfect for anyone looking for a gut-wrenching emotional ride!


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The Steve Regan Undercover Cop Complete Collection

Stephen Bentley

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Stephen Bentley brings to life a kick arse undercover cop in his realistic crime thriller series Steve Regan Undercover Cop.  Bentley brings his real life experience in the field to bear in a way that creates a sense of realism without taking away from each novel’s suspenseful flow.  Each book follows Steve Regan as he infiltrates a criminal organization, but it never gets old with each adding fresh plots and interesting twists as Steve navigates some very dire situations.  This series is perfect for any fans of Jack Reacher or Tom Clancy out there!


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Reminiscences of a Seeker

Kapil Kumar Bhaskar

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

Kapil Kumar Bhaskar tells his personal tale of his struggle with the dark paranormal elements of this world in Reminiscences of a Seeker.  Bhaskar highlights elements of a world interlaced with our own, one of light and dark.  The message is what makes this book.  Even after you’ve pledged yourself to dark things, there’s a way back to the light, a path of hope.  This one’s great for any lovers of the supernatural or the spiritual out there!


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The Green Hour

Bryce Raffle

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Bryce Raffle’s The Green Hour is atmospheric and enthralling.  In the strange world of Dead London, Sir Roderick Steen befriends a possible vampire named Parson Sinews which leads to one wild night.  Though short, Raffle’s writing and incredibly beautiful descriptions make The Green Hour moving and memorable.  This one’s perfect for any lovers of a good steamy romance out there!


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