Sunday, August 20, 2017

Books of the Week - August 20, 2017 - Reading Expands Your Mind

Featured Books of the Week
August 20, 2017





Murder Is Just the Beginning
by Carol Kravetz

Four murders of staff who work in the same seedy nightclub, a shady nightclub owner and no clues as to who the murderer is. Detective David Andrews and Detective Paul Cameron are thrust together with two recruits from the United Kingdom, Cathy Edwards and Krista Nolan, to solve the murders and bring to justice whoever was responsible for them. Personality clashes and strong physical attractions ensue between the four but they always maintain their strong professionalism. During the investigation, yet another member of staff is found murdered but the evidence is gathering and soon the guilty one is caught. But the case doesn’t end there. By the time the court hearing comes around, the accused has already devised a getaway plan. And the hunt is on….




Sword of Dragonblood
by L.S. Goulet

Why can't things be as they are? For Darrel Sak and his unlikely friend, this question looms above them as they accept a harrowing quest. What will Darrel risk to save his dad in a realm where only his night terrors have visited? Who can Darrel trust and believe, when a web of lies and secrets begin to reveal themselves? How will he navigate through this maze of reality and deception? The ultimate answer may not be what he wants to hear.

When 8th-grader, Darrel Sak, realizes his lifelong nightmares are real, and that nothing is as it seems in the small New England town of Blind Spot, he teams up with Maisy on a quest to save his dad from Proteus Shyfte, who plans to dominate the magical world of Shaemaaie. Unfortunately for Darrel, the key to Proteus's evil plans have been transferred to his very soul. To survive, save his dad, Maisy, and the worlds they live in, Darrel must decide just how much he is willing to give up and trust that he can persevere in the face of adversity. Sword of Dragonblood will have you befriending strange, delightful creatures, and battling grotesque and powerful enemies. Lives are at stake and time is running out in this action-packed fantasy. 




Richer Together: Secrets to Working, Living and Loving Side-by-side
by Rob & Janelle Alex

Are you in a committed relationship? Then in a sense you are in business together - the business of life. Whether you actually work together or not you can learn a lot from the 23 inspiring entrepreneurial couples in this book.

These phenomenal couples share their insight, wisdom, advice and inspiring stories. The secrets to working, living and loving side-by-side are at your fingertips. You can transform your relationship and become Richer Together.

Inside you will discover powerful wisdom like this:

"Hear your partner's idea even when it seems absolutely crazy." - Rhonda and Brian Swan

"You can create your relationship one choice at a time...and you can always make a new choice." - Katie and Gay Hendricks

"Set time each day to be 100% attentive." -Kendall SummerHawk and Richard Shapiro


More great books to check out!

The House on Hayden Pond
by Jessica Monks
When the Bolton family moves into their dream home, disturbing things begin to happen. As the sinister events intensify, the family finds itself caught in a whirlwind of evil. As they struggle to survive, their presence in the house feeds the demons that lay within. Their only hope is to trust in a departed family member who fights to keep them alive.

From author Jessica Monks, The House on Hayden Pond is a nonstop thrill ride that will keep you turning the pages and your heart pounding! Just one piece of advice… Don’t read it when you’re home alone!
Heaven Scent
by Virginia Alison
Blown in on the breeze from the woman who haunts his dreams, the scent of jasmine drives the cowboy to the brink of insanity in first book of a compelling trilogy set in modern day Texas.

When the lovers manage to be in the same place at the same time, their lives are overshadowed by the entrepreneur, Jethro Riles, who has his sights set on buying Creek Ranch along with the entire town for his own gain no matter what the cost.

Encompassing strong family bonds within a powerful, yet light hearted and erotic, romantic saga, from the first lost note and missed telephone call, Evan and Ginny fight against the odds to find their own little piece of heaven.

However, fate conspires against them as they rush headlong towards their destiny, which waits just around the corner, over the hill...


 
The Devil in Black Creek
by D.R. Bartlette
1986 is the year everything blew apart …

Twelve-year-old tomboy Cassie lives a pretty boring life in small-town Black Creek, Arkansas, until her mom and dad divorce, throwing her into poverty and shattering her sheltered life.

Then the rich, elderly Henson sisters take pity on her, taking her under their wings and into the church. Except the handsome, charming new preacher has something strange going on in his shed.

When Cassie starts snooping around his property looking for her lost dog, she discovers something so awful, no one will believe her – and that may put her own life in danger.

Trial by Song
by Alicia Gaile
As the youngest of seven brothers born with magical gifts, Jack's often felt he has something to prove. But revealing their powers makes them targets of the fae, who will stop at nothing to hide their existence from mankind. So when Jack sneaks out on Halloween to compete in a local Battle of the Bands, he breaks his family's cardinal rule to guard their secret at all costs.

But old enemies have returned and new dangers are awake.

When Jack gets dragged through a portal and winds up in Faerie, he stumbles across an ancient relic he simply can't leave behind. And escaping from Faerie is only the beginning as the harp's former owner is determined to see that Jack pays for his crime.

With magic and monsters closing in from all sides, Jack must sever his ties to Faerie before the fae's legendary Wild Huntsman comes for his soul.


 
This is a personal development book written by an author who has used goal setting, the law of attraction, vision boards, meditation,self hypnosis, and mind movies to attract a great life. The author shares what he has learned from the experts in personal development, and offers suggestions of actions people can take to attract a great life. He is not claiming to be a self help expert like Tony Robbins, but rather as a person who has been practicing what the experts recommend for the last thirty years. The author shares stories from his life experiences, and examples of what has worked for him.


 
Blemished
by Juliet Braddock
A tragic accident in the middle of an immobilizing blizzard joins Gavin Fletcher and Chloe Cabot, uniting two tarnished souls on a life-changing journey that defies the odds of their haunting pasts.

Beautiful and imaginative, Chloe struggles to survive the daily grind of life in Chicago. An artist who never dared to explore her dreams, she takes pride in her independence and fends for herself at all costs.

A young advertising executive who’s rising fast within the industry, Gavin has built an ordered and precise life, but he’s much more lonesome than he’ll ever admit.

Both exist in worlds veiled in secrecy.

On the surface, Gavin’s life exudes perfection. He’s building his own thriving business, but beneath that slick exterior, he’s hiding the truth about his enigmatic lifestyle.

Chloe, on the other hand, has been dealt a rough hand in life. As details of her heart-wrenching past emerge, she fears she might lose Gavin for good.

Together, though, they discover solace in each other’s arms. While Chloe blossoms as Gavin’s submissive under his tough but tender tutelage, she wonders if he might just be the one to break the façade of fear that surrounded her heart.

Just as emotion transforms Gavin and Chloe from reluctant strangers into unlikely but enduring lovers, heartbreak strikes their relationship again, forcing an unforeseen reversal of roles.
 
No power is greater than the one you’re willing to sacrifice.

Princess Violetta Flame lives her life according to rule, but those rules require her to pay a heavy price. Haunted by a devastating loss, she longs for freedom. When a handsome ruler takes a special interest in her, she senses greater things lie ahead, but behind the handsome façade lies a dark secret – one that can usurp her efforts and cast her back into the life she detested.

The throne was never promised to Emperor Ryore Frost, but now that he has ultimate power, his world is filled with possibilities. Citizens bow at his feet, but their fleeting adoration is no match for his obsession with the young Flame Princess. As his feelings for the staunchly independent princess grow, a new threat emerges, bent on undermining his efforts and betraying his sensibilities.

When past tragedies, malevolent behaviour, and strong wills collide, which will reign supreme?
 

Butterfly Tears
by Zoe S. Roy
Butterfly Tears is a collection of short fiction that depicts the experiences of Chinese immigrant women facing the challenges of life in a new country. The stories are set in different parts of China, Canada, and the United States and examine Chinese women’s cross-cultural experiences in North America as well as women’s issues and political discrimination in China. The stories, or parts of stories, set in China give the reader interesting glimpses into events such as the Cultural Revolution and Mao’s death. In the title story, an ancient Chinese legend about two lovers and memories of a violinist who commits suicide during the Cultural Revolution haunt a young woman who fears her husband is having an affair. Leaving her abusive husband, a woman and her young son in A Beaten Mandarin Duck move to New Brunswick where they form a new family with a visiting professor from China. Twin Rivers tells the story of a female engineer who ends up in jail as a result of her love affair with a married man. Feminism and changing male/female relationships form another important theme that runs through many of the stories.
 

The American Conquest
by Jenna Brandt
Surrender to destiny: a window to heart opens, when one door closes.

After enduring immense hardships, will Lady Margaret finally be free from her past, allowing her to embrace her soul mate? Extremely tender and magnificently exhilarating, The American Conquest examines the journey between healing a broken heart and making room for rebirth.

The American Conquest (Book 3) Running from a past scandal, Lady Margaret must leave Europe forever and escape across the ocean to America. The plan: to brave the Oregon Trail to reach the Colorado territory where her family’s future awaits. While facing adversities in the new frontier, Margaret must trust God to keep their family safe. Attacked by Indians, the group is saved by Cortland Westcott, a rancher and devoted Christian. Margaret and Cort have an instant connection through their faith, but devastating secrets threaten to cripple the budding relationship. Both Margaret and Cort must confront a past that haunts them to finally be able to make a new life together. Will Margaret finally come to terms with what happened to her, or will she let her past destroy her future?

Window to the Heart Saga: a recountal of the epic journey of Lady Margaret, a young English noblewoman, who through many trials, obstacles, and tragedies, discovers her own inner strength, the sustaining force of faith in God, and the power of family and friends. In this three-part series, experience new places and cultures as the heroine travels from England to France and completes her adventures in America. The series has compelling themes of love, loss, faith and hope with a exceptionally gratifying conclusion.

FYI: though a clean read, there are sensitive topics discussed and events which occur in this book. For details regarding the content, please feel free to contact the author.


 
Cinnamon Lyles's used to looking for love in all the wrong places. As a survivor of an abusive childhood and a strained relationship with a mother who refused to believe her claims, she's endured a lingering struggle with self-esteem. After years in an abusive marriage, she's determined to make a better life. One day, she and her young children, Daniella and Will, flee North Carolina and set out for California where she leaps full-force into the world of investigative reporting. But when her career and her dangerous personal life collide, she faces decisions that threaten both her familiy's well-being and the success she's achieved.

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