Book Reviews

Cousin Calls

A college student reluctantly attends a family chili cookout that turns into a never ending nightmare. A man desperate for job skills uses a brain implant to help him learn, but it malfunctions and leaves him sexually attracted to shadows. A private investigator is hired to discover who keeps befouling the walls of convenience store bathrooms. Two deer engaged in combat find that they are unable to unlock from one another’s antlers after the fight is over. A single mother spends 2020 battling an evil landlord, a fascist neighbor, national political chaos, and a global pandemic. These are the strange stories told by regulars at the local bar on Christmas Eve, stories which each began with a phone call from someone who announced “you don’t know me, but we’re cousins.”

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A Winter’s Cobalt Kiss: A Vampire Christmas in the World of Stray Witch

“When a kiss is all it takes to keep the world turning…”
♥ As the world bids farewell to a millennium, 200-year old vampire Clarence is entrusted with the mission of preventing the end of the world on New Year’s Eve. The only problem is he can’t take the threat seriously, and even if he could, he needs a witch to succeed.
♥ Young Alba is back to Emberbury for Christmas, and her life is about to change when she meets Mark Andersson, possibly the most popular guy in town. Could he be the one? The women in her family are supposed to have a special gift. Wouldn’t it be nice if she hadn’t been born without it?
Follow Alba and Clarence in this witch and vampire Christmas story, as they find their way in a confusing world where their hearts’ deepest desires could be right in front of them, hidden in plain sight.

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The Kingmaster

THE HERO OF ELLUNON.
Kyen is a swordsman with a heavy name on his shoulders. Shy and destitute, he’s about to lose the only thing he has left—his best friend.
When Finn is attacked and stricken, Kyen pledges his sword to save him. But blades are useless against the Kingmaster, a sinister strategist armed with a dark relic. Kyen must hunt for the last living summoner in Ellunon, the only hope to stop the Kingmaster and heal Finn.
Fending off dragons, wrangling a princess (and her unwanted suitor), and surviving the wilds of Ellunon are the least of Kyen’s problems. Every summoner he finds is lost, dead, or powerless. The Kingmaster’s grip is spreading. Finn’s time is running out. When Kyen suddenly finds himself the center of the Kingmaster’s designs, he realizes too late. The stakes are higher than he ever imagined…

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The Price of Freedom: Lost Souls

In a world torn apart by war, Kenneth J. Sparks and Kayla Sorenson have been carving out a life for themselves at a converted warehouse–in enemy occupied territory–for the past couple of years now.
And while they may have their differences in opinions and viewpoints at times, both freedom fighters rely heavily on each other for support, companionship, and even…love?
This would be a simple affair if only one of them wasn’t quite human: A memory plagued mechanical girl whose links to the universe encompasses the space/time continuum.
And for Kayla Sorenson, nothing is more vexing than having issues remembering the important parts of your life when you want to be seeped in some romance with the man who rescued you from a nightmarish situation only four years earlier.

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The Dance of Dawn & Dusk: Dawn

The once mighty empire of Weiquan lies shattered by years of strife following the Red Rebellion. Now aristocrat and commoner alike struggle to stay alive as they find themselves caught in the machinations of ruling forces striving for supremacy in the great game of power.
Ai, a girl barely old enough to be called a woman, must meet her destiny once a profound truth is revealed to her. Li’qua Zhang, the young prince celebrated as a great warrior, is but a fly in the web of intrigue that is life at court. The deposed dowager empress, Roulan Xu, mourns the loss of her children; now all she has left to live for is vengeance against her captors. The brilliant, bold, and beautiful Bei Bei: Daughter of the Dragon, heir to the kingdom of Leng, has come to work her father’s will upon all who may oppose him. A wandering priest from the backwoods finds the splendorous imperial capitol has become a ruined society fallen to corruption and despair. Tien Chang is a loyal soldier who seeks to prove himself worthy but must also confront the dark truths that lie at the heart of his king’s war.
Tis all petty drama before the stars.
The dance of dawn and dusk is eternal.