Spotlight: The Equilibrium of Eternity’s Playground by Andrew Lennard

The transcendental truth had always been hidden from the spiritual being.

Even among the enigma of supernatural existence the celestial contradictions of the consecrated cosmos were concealed from the Archangel and Seraphim.

But the days of a duplicitous divine design were numbered.

Infinity’s lies are about to come to an end.

The mutiny of three malevolent malcontents are ready to destroy the Deity’s deceit as Parrish May and Ecole’s insurrection ignites the flames of divine dissidence in heaven and earth releasing an angelic apocalypse.

But can the three subversive seraphs rebellion alter the numinous nebula of creation with their seditious symmetry?

Or will the inviolable equilibrium of eternity’s playground come to a bitter end?

 

 

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 “Ecole pondered the future events moving towards the renegade spirit, eager to make a mystical mark upon the spiritual universe, just as Lucifer had aeons ago.

But it was going to be different this time; Ecole was going to change the spiritual architect’s self-indulgent spiritual sport forever.

Ecole had become bitter as the angel’s attitude soured performing the sanctimonious duties required of cherubs despite the subversive seraphs celestial cynicism connected to its paranormal position as angelic arbitrator between humans and the numinous nebula.

A clandestine corruption was born concealing the corrupted cherubs spiritually sullied outlook, kept behind the backs of the divine dissident’s angelic contemporaries; and most importantly the Godhead itself.

No spiritual entity could know the anarchic angel’s mystical mind was finally made up to relinquish the revered role as a spiritual guide to humanity and as a member of the sacrosanct Seraphim.

But Ecole no longer had faith in what the spiritual world believed to be true concerning humanity and its mass of problems despite Ecole the seraph always offering solutions for humans to transform the quandaries the collection of atoms found themselves in and the dilemmas mortality washed its hands of but always felt comfortable complaining about.

The celestial contradiction was intolerable.

For Ecole, corporeal civilization was stuck in a rut.

Its day to day mortal existence brought nothing but differences of opinion among humanity’s cynical pundits who only offered dogmatic diatribes to explain the spiritual conundrum they found themselves in.

They were too blind to see that earth was the tutor, they were its pupils, life was an exam and death was the end of the contract for the human condition to pass existences curriculum.”

 

 

“The Equilibrium of Eternity’s Playground” is currently available in paperback from Amazon UK.

This book is also available from Amazon US.

  

 

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 New Generation Publishing

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Spotlight: 13 Fragments by Colin Newcombe

Amazon readers are raving about and recommending 

“13 FRAGMENTS” by Colin Newcombe

 

 Amazon Reviews:

4.0 out of 5 stars  Bikers Heaven

27 November 2017

Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase

My first thought on beginning this book was that the style of writing reminded me of Ian Banks. Written in the first person it is at least partially autobiographical. There are a number of separate episodes giving the impression of being unconnected but a biker theme runs through most of the fragments which brings them together. Racing on The Isle of Man, leisurely rides through parts of England, the affectionate nickname of ‘Greaser’ bestowed by his problem pupils. An interesting idea for a book and mostly well written although some of the passages are a little drawn out and dull, particularly when the bike is left behind for a political venture in North Africa. The wild ex-colonial boys, having exchanged The Tricolour for the Red Flag, more or less go to sleep. An accident which causes the death of our hero’s girlfriend weighs heavily on his conscience until he finally meets God in a bar. She is wearing not the white nighty you would expect but a beautiful set of white leathers. This is an unusual book and well worth a read.

 

5.0 out of 5 stars  A star turn from a newcomer

8 January 2017

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An intriguing narrative which draws you in, then carries you to another point and pushes out in a new direction. The author is by turns narrator, philosopher, interrogator, questioning you, the reader, and disturbing any comfortable, conventional assumptions about life – and death. The fragments are shot through with a laconic humour: a woman with a mouth “like an exit wound”, the dog drinking from a bowl labelled ‘donkey’. There is nothing predictable here, and the contexts of the fragments are grounded in the detail of lived reality. A good read, and one which stays with me.

 

5.0 out of 5 stars  I like a book that plays with ideas and in this …

9 April 2017

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I like a book that plays with ideas and in this one the author does just that big time. One moment it is like a hymn to England and being English, the scenery, the history and regional accents, but a hymn to an England which is inclusive and one where it is possible to be both English and European. Then it switches to finding peace with yourself and, finally, to a woman in white leathers as the God figure which appealed to my feminist streak. I also liked the idea of a classroom where the motto for both teachers and kids is “Do good work and have a good laugh” and the character who struggles with being both a Marxist and a Muslim. It’s not a page turner like a thriller but there’s so much going on that each ‘fragment’ left me wanting to know what happens next.

 

5.0 out of 5 stars  A book written with empathy and sensitivity. Only a …

24 October 2016

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A book written with empathy and sensitivity. Only a person who has ‘lived’ could write such a book. The writing is powerful in its descriptive art. The reader is transported to the place within each fragment to share the experiences of the characters, which are vividly portrayed. The book seduces the thoughtful reader to reflect, not only upon the experiences of the main character, but also upon their own existence and its meaning. Masterful writing.

 

5.0 out of 5 stars  When life flashes before your eyes

1 September 2016

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When you are in a life-threatening situation, they say your life flashes before your mind. This book is like that.

A series of disjointed memories run through the mind of a man who is on the verge of dying from a motorcycle accident.

The fragmented snippets of his life are skilfully woven together in this really interesting book about the human condition and human psyche.

 

4.0 out of 5 stars  A very interesting and enjoyable read. I was impressed …

5 February 2018

Format: Paperback

A very interesting and enjoyable read. I was impressed by the originality of the basic themes that underpin the book and identified with the idea of wondering what other people think about and remember. The random structure of the text works well in portraying the character of our memories, and the narrative explores a wide range of human of human emotions in a very real way. As a former teacher, I was really able to relate to the fragments about the school, and I also found the descriptions of the time before, during, and after the accident, particularly empathetic and moving.

 

4.0 out of 5 stars  Its full of ideas and themes but though I did not grasp all of them (eg – revolutionary politics) there’s still plenty for every

16 September 2016

Format: Paperback

I had this on my Kindle when I went to a reunion over the weekend and just could not stop myself sharing bits as we sat in the pub. Its full of ideas and themes but though I did not grasp all of them (eg – revolutionary politics) there’s still plenty for everyone to grasp like a sense of guilt, growing old and a sense of belonging. In all the situations the characters and dialogue leap off the page and as a teacher I especially identified with the school chapters (or fragments?) and the adolescent banter. I did not find the lack of a narrative structure any obstacle to enjoying the read. It made me think about what was happening rather than just skimming through page after page and try to understand what was going on, just like the injured man would be trying to do. It’s just like the film Memento and if you can cope with that then you’ll have no problem with this. Not everyone will have the patience for this approach though so it could be a sort of marmite book so I gave it 4 stars for this reason even though I personally enjoyed it.

 

 

About the Author:

Colin Newcombe graduated from the London School of Economics and during his student days, he worked in an aircraft factory.  After graduating, he changed direction and becoming a teacher after a brief spell working in a bank. Finally, he worked for the local council (Cheshire) as a driver until his job disappeared in the cuts, whereupon he began writing novels.  As the main character says in the final chapter, “Even if we only have one life, we can still have more than one go at it.”

Colin is currently around half way into his second book, “The Brotherhood of the Bridge”, set in the 1770’s and based on the building of the first Ironbridge in Shropshire.

The third book he plans will involve a reworking of the Arthurian legend, showing a man feeling deserted by the Christian God as the Roman legions leave and being drawn back into the Celtic pantheism by Merlin as part of his struggle to defend his way of life in uncertain times.

 

 

“13 FRAGMENTS” is available in paperback and e-book from Amazon UK. It’s also available from Amazon US.

 

 

Press/Media Contact Details:

 Darin Jewell
Managing Director
The Inspira Group Literary Agency
darin@theinspiragroup.com
tel. 0208 292 5163

 

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Spotlight: Farms and Fortunes by Michael Godwin

The writing of this story began some years ago as a record of my life for my grandchildren to read should they become interested in our family history.

Beginning in 1939 until my seventieth year in 2009; my childhood in the Somerset countryside on a small mixed farm; my failed architectural ambitions, and my successful career as a Wiltshire arable and beef farmer, and a witness to the technical advancement and the galloping mechanisation in agriculture.

The story includes my involvement in several farms and eventually joining Lloyds of London as a “Name”. Inevitably, it includes my interests in world affairs, aircraft and military flying and my opportunities to travel and meet other farmers in their own environments. Michael describes his wife’s tragic mental illness and the usual ups and downs of an interesting and busy life.

His son now owns and manages an arable farm, together with a commercial grain storage enterprise. At completion, he was persuaded that the story was “an interesting and historical document” and should be published as such.

 

 

Reviews on Amazon:

5.0 out of 5 stars  Farms & Fortunes

14 December 2013

A book recommended to me from a friend.  An unexpectedly interesting and absorbing story. Difficult to put down once started.

 

4.0 out of 5 stars  Rural Rags to Riches – and Back Again

20 July 2011

This book is a warmly told tale of mostly rural life and how one man set out, with encouragement and help from his in-laws, to acquire his own farm and use his youthful energy and ambition to make a great deal of money, which he then invested in Lloyds of London. This gave him a few good years until the crash came and he lost everything- but not his sense of humour. Told very much as he speaks it makes easy and interesting reading – except perhaps where he gets carried away describing the mechanics of farm machinery, but then I’m a woman!

 

5.0 out of 5 stars  Farms and Fortunes

28 November 2011

A remarkable account of a remarkable life. On the face of it this wouldn’t be everyone’s first choice of a good read, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Mr. Godwin has obviously kept a detailed diary over the years, and has managed to create a wonderfully entertaining tale full of interesting facts about running a farm, candidly describing the highs and lows of his family life, and the perils of being a Lloyds of London “Name”. It’s one thing to have led an interesting life, but quite another to be able to tell it in such a charming way.

 

4.0 out of 5 stars  A great tale of farm life in past decades and much more.

23 August 2011

I loved this book, I did not think I would find farm life so interesting, but Michael Godwin writes with humour and a light touch, even when describing his unfortunate involvement with the ‘Lloyds debacle’.
It makes a fascinating read, one does not want to put it down until the last page.

“Farms and Fortunes” is available in paperback from Amazon UK and from Amazon US.

 

 

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Spotlight & Giveaway: The Progeny by Tosca Lee

Book Title: The Progeny: A Novel by Tosca Lee
Series: Descendants of the House of Bathory (Book #1)
Category: YA Fiction, 352 pages
Genre: Thriller, (YA-leaning), Slight paranormal
Publisher: Howard Books
Release date: May 2016
Tour dates: March 26 to April 13, 2018
Content Rating: PG

 

Book Description:

From New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee comes a story of love, ancient secrets, and survival. Book 1 in the House of Bathory duology.
When you wake up, you remember nothing. Not your name, or where you were born, or the faces of the people you knew. Just a single warning written to yourself before you forgot it all:

“Emily, it’s me. You.

Don’t ask about the last two years… Don’t try to remember and don’t go digging. Your life depends on it. Other lives depend on it.

By the way, Emily isn’t your real name. You died in an accident. You paid extra for that.”

You start over in a remote place with a new name, a fresh life. Until the day a stranger tells you you’re being hunted for the sins of a royal ancestor who died centuries before you were born.

You don’t believe him, until they come for you. Now you’re on the run.

Every answer you need lies in a past you chose to erase. The only thing you know for sure is that others are about to die and you need those memories back.

But first, you have to stay alive.

 

 

Praise for The Progeny:

“Be warned: once you start this book, it’s impossible to put down!”
– Maria V. Snyder, New York Times bestselling author of Poison Study

“Intriguing and romantic, I literally couldn’t put it down.”
– Jennifer L. Armentrout # 1 New York Times bestselling author

“Irresistible…”
– Publishers Weekly

“[A] complex thriller with various turns and twists…A great choice for readers who enjoy their psychological thrillers with a historical twist.”
– Library Journal

“Exciting…action-packed…intriguing.”
– Romantic Times Book Reviews

“Filled with intrigue, romance, and reversals fans are sure to love.”
– Family Fiction

“The Progeny has risen to the top of my favorites list…I devoured every word of it.”
– Book Reporter

 

 

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EXCERPT:

The Center

No one speaks when you enter the Center for the last time. There’s no need. You’ve gone through the counseling, tests, and a checklist of preparations to get the plastic bracelet you wear the day of treatment. The one that saves a life. They don’t need to know why you’re doing it any more. Or that you lied about it all. Just the scratch of the stylus as you sign your name on the screen one last time.

A nurse takes me into a room and I lie down on the table. I give her the sealed packet—the only thing I brought with me. There’s cash, meds, and an address inside, the one for “after.” It’s a thousand miles away. She’ll pass it to the companion assigned to me. No point meeting her now.

I’m 21 years old and my name doesn’t matter because it’s about to be erased forever. I’m choosing to forget the ones I love, and myself, in the process.

They say your life flashes before your eyes when you die. But they don’t tell you that every detail comes screaming back to life. That you taste each bite of every meal you savored, feel the shower of every rain you walked in… smell the hair against your cheek before that last, parting kiss. That you will fight to hold on to every memory like a drowning person gasping for poisoned air.

Then everything you knew is gone. And you are still alive.

For now.

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Spotlight: To Fight the Black Wind by Jennifer Brozek

TO FIGHT THE BLACK WIND

Her malady—nightmares that left her bloody—seemed, at first, to be a common self-harm complex. Then I looked at the wounds. The mind is powerful, but I have never seen the mind create wounds like these. Little did I know her wounds were just the first of many mysteries I would face while caring for Josephine.
   –Jennifer Brozek, To Fight the Black Wind

Not all patients can be cured—or want to be.

Psychologist Carolyn Fern’s newest patient suffers from nightmares that leave glyph-shaped wounds across her skin. The case is odd, even for an institution like Arkham Sanatorium, where the unusual becomes the everyday. Things become even more complicated after the young woman claims to have met Malachi—Carolyn’s former patient whose treatment was cut short when he was brutally murdered—in her dreams. What is the link between the two, and how can Carolyn help a patient who, it seems, does not wish to be cured?

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce the upcoming release of To Fight the Black Wind, a new novella by Jennifer Brozek set in the Arkham Horror Files universe and containing four exclusive cards for Arkham Horror: The Card Game, available for pre-order at your local retailer or online through our website here!

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Her malady—nightmares that left her bloody—seemed, at first, to be a common self-harm complex. Then I looked at the wounds. The mind is powerful, but I have never seen the mind create wounds like these. Little did I know her wounds were just the first of many mysteries I would face while caring for Josephine.
   –Jennifer Brozek, To Fight the Black Wind

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About the Author

Jennifer Brozek is a multi-talented award-winning author, editor, and tie-in writer. She is the author of the Never Let Me Sleep, and The Last Days of Salton Academy, both of which were finalists for the Bram Stoker Award. Her BattleTech tie-in novel, The Nellus Academy Incident, won a Scribe Award. Her editing work has netted her a Hugo Award nomination as well as an Australian Shadows Award for Grants Pass. Jennifer’s short form work has appeared in Apex Publications, and in anthologies set in the worlds of ValdemarShadowrunV-Wars, and Predator. Jennifer is also the Creative Director of Apocalypse Ink Productions, and was the managing editor of Evil Girlfriend Media and assistant editor for Apex Book Company. 

Jennifer has been a freelance author, editor, tie-in writer for over ten years after leaving her high paying tech job, and she’s never been happier. She keeps a tight schedule on her writing and editing projects and somehow manages to find time to volunteer for several professional writing organizations such as SFWA, HWA, and IAMTW. She shares her husband, Jeff, with several cats and often uses him as a sounding board for her story ideas. Visit Jennifer’s worlds at jenniferbrozek.com.
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Spotlight & Giveaway: The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco

The Heart Forger

By Rin Chupeco

ISBN: 9781492635857

Release Date: March 20, 2018

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

In this dark, engrossing sequel to The Bone Witch, Tea has mastered resurrection—now it’s time for revenge.

 Tea, a bone witch who can resurrect the dead, is done with her self-imposed exile. She now possesses all seven bezoars she needs to revive the powerful daeva. With the help of these terrible monsters, she can finally enact her revenge against the royals who wronged her and took the life of her one true love.

Alliances and allegiances are shifting, and danger lurks in and out of the kingdom. But Tea’s heart is set on vengeance, even if it turns her against her now-estranged brother, who supports her enemies. War is brewing, and when dark magic is at play, no one is safe.

 

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33918881-the-heart-forger?from_search=true

 

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Other Works by Rin Chupeco:

 Book Info:

Title: The Bone Witch

Author: Rin Chupeco

ISBN: 9781492652786

Release Date: March 7, 2017

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Summary:

When Tea accidentally resurrects her dead brother, she learns she is a different from the other witches in her family.  Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in her community.  But she finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training. There Tea learns to wield her magic in the face of dark forces and the deceit of those who would plot against her, including the ruling royals, who are waging their own war for control of the land.

Told from Tea’s perspective while she waits in exile, collecting the strength and force to combat those who killed her one true love, and a visiting Bard’s perspective, this is another magical tale woven by The Girl from the Well author.

Buy Links for The Bone Witch:

Amazon- https://www.amazon.com/Bone-Witch-Rin-Chupeco-ebook/dp/B01HN3X3NM/?tag=sbnews-20

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Book Info:

Title: The Suffering

Author: Rin Chupeco

ISBN:  9781492629849

Release Date: September 8, 2015

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Summary:

 After barely escaping the evil spirit that tried to destroy his soul, Tark vows to spend his life protecting the innocent. So when his mentor goes missing on a ghost-hunting expedition, Tark and Okiku join the search. But the Suicide Forest has seduced thousands of people to their deaths over the centuries and is thick with their sorrows.

With time running out and danger at every turn, Tark will either become a hero—or die trying.

 Buy Links for The Suffering:

Amazon- https://www.amazon.com/Suffering-Rin-Chupeco/dp/1492629847?tag=sbnews-20

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Indiebound- https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781492629849

 

About the Author:

 Despite uncanny resemblances to Japanese revenants, Rin Chupeco has always maintained her sense of humor. Raised in Manila, Philippines, she keeps four pets: a dog, two birds, and a husband. She’s been a technical writer and travel blogger, but now makes things up for a living. Connect with Rin at rinchupeco.com

Social Media Links: 

Website: http://www.rinchupeco.com/

Twitter: @RinChupeco

Instagram: @rinchupeco

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Spotlight: I am a Failure by Akhil Sharma

Publication: Flowers Publications
ISBN: 978-1981810413 (paperback)
Publication date: December 28, 2017
262 pages

Blurb:

Have you experienced failures in your life? Is your startup business facing a downturn? Is your dream partner telling you she hates you? Don’t despair. Failure encages us all.

Akhil, born with a plastic spoon in India, was specially designed for all failures life can bring. Growing up like everyone, the more he tried for success, the more he failed. Not until when he redefined his stupidity and started listening to his heart, his failures brought forth his keys to freedom and made him discover that ‘Failure encourages us all’.

This book is about his transformation from being a failure to the creator of the award-winning technique ‘The Art of Failure’. It talks about his technique, hidden in the form of an entertaining but true autobiographical story. It is helpful for everyone who wants to become a fearless failure warrior rather than being a usual success hunter. 

The narrative is set against the transformation of India – from its analog days to the digital age and bubbling startup economy. One thing which hasn’t changed with time though is the hatred and fear towards failure and how it has been eating up our enormous innovation potential for ages. It is time to accept failure as a part of life – where there is no failure, there is no growth. Learn from your experiences and move on!

Available on Amazon.

 

About the Author

Akhil Sharma aka ‘The Failure Guy’ is a renowned award losing entrepreneur, speaker, inventor and innovator. Specially designed for failure during his decade long career, from mariner to a technologist, he is now known for ‘the art of failure’ workshops through which he has helped individuals to keep up the spirit of trying despite failures and coached them how to listen to their hearts and find their real inspiration.

In 2016, the United Nations and iCongo chose him for the Rex Karmaveer Chakra award and Global fellowship, and he is often called upon to talk about it for free on various platforms in India.

Website: www.akhilsharma.com.

 

 

 

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Spotlight: Vegas Dumb Luck by Sharon Kleve

Blurb:

P.J. Stone has a special knack for matchmaking the most unlikely of souls in the glitzy town of Las Vegas.

Her brother Max isn’t so lucky when it comes to gambling. P.J. has to find Max’s loan shark, a soulmate before vital parts of her brother’s anatomy are removed.

Bruno Swain, P.J.’s sexy-as-hell boyfriend, is a driving instructor at Exotic Race Cars Inc. He loves to drive fast, to eat Pop Tarts in bed with P.J. and wants more than anything for her to be happy and safe.

But keeping her safe isn’t always an easy task.

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Excerpt

Hell. I was in Hell. At least, that was what I imagined Hell would be like, minus all the traffic, horns honking, and buildings. I brushed a flyaway strand of hair out of my eyes and wiped my damp forehead with my wrist. I’d had my fair share of awful jobs in the past, but this one, I truly believed, was the worst.

The beeping and grinding from all the machinery was driving me crazy, the heat from the sun reflecting off the asphalt was causing perspiration to trickle down from under my hard hat into my face. That’s until an early afternoon downpour rolled in and soaked me to the skin. The flimsy, reflective vest I wore was plastered to my T-shirt. Everyone was impatient to get to where they were going, and I was one of the unfortunate people stopping them with my silly sign.

And then there was the guy maneuvering the huge excavator who I imagined to be Satan himself. When the guy drove through the first time, his eyes bugged out of his head when he spotted me, and then he whistled and winked. I guess he thought I would be flattered by his obnoxious behavior. After the twentieth time, I flipped him the bird. The look on his face was priceless, shock, and then he laughed.

He yelled, “I love a gal with spunk.”

 

 

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Spotlight: Pen & Xander by Laekan Zea Kemp

Pen Prado has a passion for cooking. Specifically, cooking her father’s food in her father’s restaurant. It’s the heart of their immigrant neighborhood, a place where everyone belongs, and second chances are always on the menu. Except for Pen. Despite the fact that there’s something almost magic about her food, her father can’t imagine anything worse than her following in his footsteps. And when Pen confesses to keeping a secret from her family, he fires her, ensuring she never will.

Xander Amaro is undocumented but that doesn’t stop Ignacio Prado from offering him a job at his restaurant. For Xander, it’s a chance to make amends and to sever his toxic relationship with the druglord, El Cantil–a man whose been like a father to him since his own disappeared. Soon after, his mother abandoned him too, leaving behind a void that not even his abuelo can fill. Until he meets Pen.

Both seeking a place where they feel like they truly belong, they end up finding each other, and in the face of tremendous fear and self-doubt, they end up finding themselves.

 

Excerpt

The parking lot hasn’t changed; the science building looks the same as that first day of school five months ago. But as I sit in my car, watching girls I met during orientation skip up the steps, hugging their bags, excited to play nurse, I try to convince myself that something inside me has. That today I’ll actually be able to go inside. That today I will stop lying and be the person they want me to be.

Class starts in approximately seven minutes—the class I should have taken and passed last semester, moving me one step closer to a degree in nursing.

Six minutes.

I sit in the parking lot, watching the clock tick down. The car is in park but I can’t bring myself to turn off the engine.

Walk inside.

I turn off the car, reminding myself how much I’ve already wasted on tuition and books.

You can do this. You can.

I reach for my bag.

Get. Out. Of. The. Car. 

And then I can’t breathe.

My mother’s shoes.

All I can think about are my mother’s shoes.

How they’ve sat in the same spot by the door for almost twenty years. Scuffed and cracked, the shadow of her foot pressed to the leather even when the laces are loose. I imagine every hallway they’ve ever walked down, every door they’ve propped open, every mess they’ve ever stepped in, every second they’ve held her up when all she wanted was to collapse. Because one of her patients couldn’t remember her face or their daughter’s name or how to speak.

When she lost one I’d wake to the knock of the rolling pin and the smell of dough warming on the hot plate. Sometimes I’d try to take the pin from her but there was something about the force, about the rhythm that reminded her how to breathe. We’d work in silence and three-dozen tortillas later she’d wrap them in foil and drive them to the family. The family that only visited once a month. That would accept my mother’s food without acknowledging that she was more family to the deceased than they were.

And then the next day she would go back to work.

For almost twenty years. She went back.

And if I step out of this car, if I walk up those steps, if I sit at that desk and pretend…how long will I be sitting there before I realize I’m trapped?

I take a deep breath, the scent of a thousand shifts at the restaurant tucked into the fabric of the front seat. Mango and cilantro and e pazotetomatillos and roasted pepitas and tortillas. I can’t sleep without those smells tangled in my hair, without those flavors still on my tongue.

So I have to decide what’s scarier: living a life that doesn’t belong to me or losing the one I love. If the truth breaks my father’s heart, I know he’ll take it from me. But if it doesn’t, if he understands, if I can makehim understand, I can be free.

I weigh each option, simmering in the anxiety they provoke, in the hope. Because I have to do what scares me. It’s the only way to ward off the helplessness. To stay in control. I always have to be in control.

Which means that today is not the day I go inside.

My stomach drops, my hand reaching to put the car in drive again.

Today is the day I tell them the truth.

 

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Teaser Tuesday: A Whole New Life by Sheri Velarde

Sweet Romance

Date Published: 2/24/2018

 A Whole New Life is a sweet romance combined with the dangers of the underground crime world. Find out what happens when a beautiful mafia princess goes to a small town in Iowa to start over but quickly becomes intrigued with a hunky deputy.

 Can romance ensue when she is always looking over her shoulder and worrying that her past will catch up to her? Check out A Whole New Life to find out if love can really conquer all, or if the past is always doomed to repeat itself.

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As two o’clock approached, the officers started throwing cash on the table and getting ready to leave. Of course, it was Deputy Hotstuff who brought everything up to Jenna at the cash register. “It was nice to meet you, Jenna. Welcome to Pella. I’m sure I’ll be seeing you around. Anna send you up to the Bakker place?”

Jenna made change and nodded, trying not to look at those pretty blue eyes that were clearly checking her out. “Yes, she and Adam have been so welcoming, giving me a job and helping me find a place to stay.” She handed his change back. “Have a great day, Deputy.” She tried to smile professionally, but felt like she was grinning like a schoolgirl with a crush, heat rushing to her cheeks.

“You have a great day as well. And watch out for those ghosts up at the bed-and-breakfast.” He winked at her.

“What ghosts?” she asked, confused.

“Didn’t anyone tell you? The Bakker place is supposed to be haunted. Stories have been circulating about that for over a hundred years.” Henri smiled at her.

“You don’t really believe such things, do you?” Jenna scoffed. She’d lived through real hell; ghost stories weren’t going to scare her.

Deputy Hotty kept smiling and handed her his card. “My cell number is on there. You never know when you might want a deputy to come save you from the big bad ghosts. Of course, you can feel free to call me for anything else you might need as well.”

Oh my God, he really is flirting with me, Jenna thought to herself. Outwardly she tried to remain cool as she took his card. “Thank you, Deputy, but I stopped believing in ghosts a long time ago.”

“Why is that?” he asked.

“The living people around me turned out to be scarier,” Jenna answered before thinking. Damn her too-honest mouth sometimes, it always had gotten her into trouble.

Henri’s eyes seemed to focus a little more after her response. “I’m sorry. Still, keep my card and give me a call sometime. I’m good at all sorts of things, not just protecting people from ghosts.” With one final smile and wink, he walked out to join his fellow officers.

 

 

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