Forgotten Reflections by Young-Im Lee – Spotlight

What does it mean to dream when everything around you crumbles and you are born into a nation where oppression runs in your blood?

My grandmother Ji-Iseul lived in a quaint rice-farming village in South Korea during the Korean War. She too once had hopes and dreams of what her future might bring. She did not choose war, nor did she choose to fall in love with the enemy—a boy who is allegedly a North Korean communist spy.

In the current international climate where North Korea takes center stage, “Forgotten Reflections” ponders on what the Korean War means to South Korea, spanning three generations. It weaves in and out of Jia’s modern perspective as she unravels her grandmother Iseul’s past to find a mysterious man. It follows two scrawny eighteen-year-old kids on a comic journey of self-discovery across the mountainous peninsula, where the occasional appearances of legendary ghosts and animals come to the aid of Jung-Soo, Iseul and Jia. Music helps them pass the time, as does the radio and the crafty carpentry skills of Iseul who would eventually make history with her handcrafted hanji paper. Unexpected friendships are forged, love burgeons and betrayal taints their elusive dreams.

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The Lot of a Nobody by Dave Johnston – Spotlight

Lot Nobody is average – even his ears – and is so lonely that he’s become invisible. But on his 16th birthday Lot truly starts disappearing – uprooted to a magical island, then sent back fully naked in the most embarrassing of situations.

After befriending Ethan Longbow – a classmate who’s about as street as a satsuma – Lot’s insecurities start to peel away, an angry volcano begins to pulsate, and Lot Nobody goes toe-to-toe with the dastardly megalomaniac Hector Shady.

Lot must now face his anxieties, save his new island friends, and discover why the hell his bum has been so itchy …

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ROAMER by Janine Infante Bosco – Review by Layna

Deuce:

The first moment I stared into Ally’s tortured blue eyes, my subconscious knew I’d never escape her. She called to the darkest part of my soul and made it impossible to ignore the strange pull I felt towards her.

Some things are just meant to be.

As long as we were both breathing, my heart would do time with hers. Like the famous outlaw lovers, Bonnie and Clyde, Ally and I committed the perfect crime. I claimed her heart, and she stole mine.

I only meant to save her.

To heal her.

Now, my past threatens to ruin her.

Wanted dead or alive, I’ve got her by my side and together we’ll ride.

Ally:

I thought the world forgot me.

That I had died at fourteen.

But, I never knew life until I knew him.

Rescued and healed, I found love in the face of an outlaw.

Whether he fails or flies, I’ll ride until I die.

I’m his Bonnie and he’s my Clyde.

A love as strong as ours will never die.

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Cody by Jessie Cooke – Blog Tour 

Cody Miller has just been released from serving 8 years in prison for avenging the death of his brother.

His only family are those at the Southside Skulls Outlaw Biker Club, where the girl he loves lives, but he hasn’t heard from her since his incarceration and no one is telling him what he wants to hear… that she still loves him.

Macy Linden awaits anxiously for Cody’s return, and how he will react when he learns of her life now.

No longer the boy she last saw, Cody is now six foot two and two hundred and thirty pounds of solid muscle, driven by the need to complete some unfinished business.

Macy has something else she has been hiding. A big secret that will threaten to drive them apart.

Can they still find the love they once had after all their secrets are revealed?

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The Snow Globe by Tony Faggioli – Spotlight

In the four years since breaking off her engagement, Maggie Kincaid has fled from city to city, seeking to escape her ex-fiancé Michael’s relentless pursuit. Abandoned by a criminal justice system that cannot seem to protect her despite multiple restraining orders, she is ready to give up. But it isn’t that easy. Maggie’s dead grandmother keeps haunting her dreams, warning her in cryptic phrases of the future. Or is it the past?

Determined to end her ordeal one way or another, Maggie confronts Michael, and he disappears, seeming to have tired of the chase. Instead, the hunter has decided to make himself the hunted, in a way that no one could have imagined. Knowing both the depths of his psychosis, and the repeated failures of law enforcement to help her in the past, Maggie decides she has no choice but to go after him alone.

What follows is a chase across five states that takes Maggie from New York to Washington, D.C., and into the deepest corners of her mind. Maggie Kincaid is about to learn that you can be stalked by things far worse than a love gone bad.

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Disruption by J.B. Jamison – Spotlight

In the midnight darkness north of New Orleans, the towboat’s routine trip up the Mississippi River becomes something far more deadly. Captain Charlie Graff is suddenly thrust into the middle of one of the most twisted domestic terrorist plots ever conceived. He has to use his skill as Captain to protect his crew, his boat, his river, and his country.

On land, already overwhelmed FBI agent Emily Graham finds herself thrust into the role of leading the pursuit of the terrorists. Her journey leads to dead ends and dead witnesses. She discovers her trust in her team-members is wrong, the terrorist are not who they say they are, and that the people who actually initiated the attack don’t even exist.

This tense, fast-paced thriller is a thousand mile journey with more twists and turns than the river that carries it. A story that begins and ends with betrayal. Betrayal that has but one goal: Disruption.

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Blood Flow by David A. Hill Jr. – Review by Layna

Vampire democracy sucks. Literally. When it’s one vamp, one vote, the worst monsters can swing elections by turning random people off the streets into new vampires. Dylan is one of those random people. The power players in the city want his vote, but he just wants to be left the hell alone. Most of all, he wants to stop murdering people. That’s easier than it sounds when some people are seriously asking for it.

Dylan’s life as a vampire is gross, terrifying, disgusting, frustrating, sexy, painful, and that’s all just in the first night out.

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Knight of the Hunted by Elizabeth Dunlap – Review by Layna

400-year-old Lisbeth was born a vampire. She has lived most of her life in the castle of her Order, drinking the blood of her companion to stay healthy and maintaining the rules laid down centuries ago.

But when a Lycan child inadvertently crosses their border one day, instead of killing it Lisbeth sets it free. She is rewarded by the Lycan Alpha, but she has flouted the law which states that all Lycans who cross into Vampire territory should be killed.

When Arthur, a sinister Hunter whose job it is to investigate vampires who have broken the laws, is sent to the castle, Lisbeth is certain that it will be discovered that she had spared the Lycan child. And when her best friend Olivier is recruited by Arthur she has only one option left.

Escaping from the castle, Lisbeth meets and befriends Knight, another Lycan, and travelling with him Lisbeth eventually finds herself in a town filled with co-existing vampires and humans and run by the volatile Born-vampire, James.

As the menacing James begins to exert control over Lisbeth, she realizes that she must escape from him too. But to where? The dangers in the town are bad enough, but with the Hunters still searching for her, it might just be the safest place to be.

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