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“The Beast of London (Mina Murray Book 1): A Dracula Retelling” by L.D. Goffigan

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The Beast of London (Mina Murray Book 1): A Dracula Retelling

by L.D. Goffigan

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense/Historical/Horror/Dark Fantasy/Vampires

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In this electrifying retelling of a classic tale, Mina Murray takes center stage, embarking on a dangerous adventure

London, 1890. Mina Murray once lived an adventurous life, but after a tragedy in the forests of Transylvania, she left it all behind. Now she has settled into a quiet routine as a schoolteacher in London, engaged to the respectable solicitor Jonathan Harker, attempting to fit into the stuffy upper-class London society to which he belongs.

But when vampires abduct Jonathan, her dark past comes careening into her present. Determined to rescue him, she teams up with her former paramour Abraham Van Helsing and his colleague, Scotland Yard Inspector John Seward.

As they pursue Jonathan’s abductors from England to the Low Countries and beyond, Mina realizes that Jonathan’s abduction is tied to a larger threat against humanity…
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“Miss Mabel’s School for Girls” by Katie Cross

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Miss Mabel’s School for Girls (The Network Series Book 1)

by Katie Cross

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy/Historical/Coming of Age

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Never underestimate the power of a determined witch.

Letum Wood is a forest of fog and deadfall, home to the quietly famous Miss Mabel’s School for Girls, a place where young witches learn the art of magic.
Sixteen-year-old Bianca Monroe has inherited a deadly curse.

Determined to break free before it kills her, she enrolls in the respected school to confront the cunning witch who cast the curse: Miss Mabel.

Bianca finds herself faced with dark magic she didn’t expect, with lessons more dangerous than she could have ever imagined. Will Bianca have the courage to save herself from the curse, or will Miss Mabel’s sinister plan be too powerful?

Miss Mabel’s School for Girls is the first novel in The Network Series, an exciting new fantasy collection. A gripping tale about the struggle to survive, it will take you to a new place and time, one you’ll never want to leave.

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“Revolution: The Nora White Story (Book 2)” by Yecheilyah Ysrayl

Revolution: The Nora White Story (Book 2)

by Yecheilyah Ysrayl

Genre: Historical/Coming of Age/African-American

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When Nora White is drugged by her friend she is forced to deal with the harsh reality of life in the North. She meets Keisha and the women catch a ride to The Den, a gambling and numbers hole-in-the-wall in Jacobsville New York. Unlike the upper echelon of Harlem, Nora’s new friends are hustlers but down to Earth and feels more like family. They take her to Liberty Hall where she is introduced to Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association (U.N.I.A.).

Meanwhile, Nora has no idea her father has been arrested and back home Molly is hanging on by a thread. When the community discovers the truth of the alleged crime they devise a way to get Gideon out of jail but their actions could mean life or death for everyone involved. Will Nora come to her senses and return home in time to help the family or will her naiveté lead her astray once again?

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“The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd

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The Secret Life of Bees

by Sue Monk Kidd

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Historical/Coming of Age/African-American/Sisters

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The multi-million bestselling novel about a young girl’s journey towards healing and the transforming power of love, from the award-winning author of The Invention of Wings

Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily’s fierce-hearted black “stand-in mother,” Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina–a town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sister, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna. This is a remarkable novel about divine female power, a story that women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.

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“Daughter of Shadow (The Chronicles of Hawthorn Book 7)” by Rue

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Daughter of Shadow (The Chronicles of Hawthorn Book 7)

by Rue

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy/YA/Historical/Self-Esteem

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Conceived in magic. Born into deception. Roselle Katipo is no ordinary child.

The daughter of the Shadow Witch is missing and she has a powerful amulet in her possession. She continues to mature at an unnatural pace, but becomes more animal than human as she hides among the massive Sky Shadows in their mountain roosts.

Several leagues to the north, Flynn Hawthorn fights to restore her reputation and reunite her family. If she hopes for any chance at redemption she must forsake everything beyond the Mist.

Flynn, the child of prophecy, struggles toward the Light and yearns to heal her land.

The Daughter of Shadow, Roselle, surges toward darkness as she obsesses over unlocking the secrets of her own twisted magic.

Will Roselle join her mother in the battle to destroy the Light, or will Flynn have to fight a war on two fronts?

Daughter of Shadow is the seventh book in the best-selling young adult fantasy series The Chronicles of Hawthorn. If you like historical fantasy, magical adventure, deadly enemies, and unbreakable friendships that readers have called, “truly a wonderful read for all ages,” then you’ll love Rue’s spell-casting spectacular.

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“Murder by Misrule” by Anna Castle

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Murder by Misrule (The Francis Bacon Mystery Series Book 1)

by Anna Castle

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense/Historical

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Brilliant Francis Bacon is at a loss — and in danger.

Bacon must put down his books and investigate the murder of a fellow barrister at Gray’s Inn in order to regain the queen’s favor. He recruits his pupil, handsome Thomas Clarady, to do the tiresome legwork. The son of a wealthy privateer, Clarady will do anything to climb the Elizabethan social ladder.

The first clues point to a Catholic conspirator, but other motives for murder quickly emerge. Rival barristers contend for the victim’s legal honors and wealthy clients. Highly-placed courtiers are implicated as the investigation reaches from Whitehall to the London streets.

Bacon does the thinking; Clarady does the fencing. Everyone has something up his pinked and padded sleeve. Even Bacon is at a loss — and in danger — until he sees through the disguises of the season of Misrule.

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#Review “Sacrifice (Sacred Amulet Book 2)” by Kiru Taye

Sacrifice coverTitle: Sacrifice

Series: Sacred Amulet Duet

Author: Kiru Taye

Genre: Paranormal /
Fantasy / Romance

5/5 Stars!

All gods are not benevolent and forgiving and it isn’t wise to anger them.

Upset by Ugo and Ebube’s mating, most of the gods are forgiving, realizing the couple is in love.

All except one god.

Furious she can’t punish Ebube because he’s still guarding the torn realm, Sea Goddess Osimiri wants her pound of flesh and unleashes her fury on humans.

As if Ugo needed any more problems.

With a new confidence, Ugo meets life head-on and is hopeful for Ebube’s return.

She doesn’t have long to enjoy her bliss though before she’s escorted by Abazi warriors back to her village.

Ugo has a sighted dream where she sees Ebube’s betrayal. Angry and disillusioned, Ugo has no time to reflect on her situation. Disaster strikes the village, and she becomes a savior before she finds out why she was summoned. Her powers of healing are in demand and hinder her return to her home. Ugo’s nerves are wearing thin.

She does get home, though, and just in time… Nne has been seriously injured.

But Ugo cannot catch a break!

Inundated with requests for help from those who once shunned her, and her heart broken by the man she loves, Ugo is again summoned into the midst of the village elders and accused and judged.

She reveals her connection to Ebube and is not believed.

Guess who twisted her words and accused her of lying the loudest? Guess!

Odili… and his daddy!

Something bad needs to happen to Odili and I’d like to be the person who does it.

Ugo gets a reprieve for the night and finds Ebube has returned!

She’s #sorrynotsorry though… he’s got some ‘splaining to do!

A great installment that ended too quickly!

Ugo’s always had a quiet confidence about her, but she’s become her own woman and folks are going to have to just deal with it—including Ebube!

But I still don’t know who took the sacred amulet, what’s up with the village elders, are the gods still pissed, and will Ebube (or Achebe) kill Odili? (Hoping for a yes on that last one!) HA!

Sacrifice takes many of the themes in romance… intimidation, domination, jealousy, contempt… and love, and immerses them deep in a plot steeped in ancient folklore and rich in culture. It’s a treasure not to be missed!

Looking forward to part three because I believe it’s about to go down! 1-click this one today and catch up!

Enjoy!

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SACRIFICE (Sacred Amulet, Part 2)
Mating an outcast requires a blood sacrifice.
Ebube has rejoined his warriors on the hunt for the sacred amulet but his heart is left behind with Ugo. He’s focused on completing his task and returning to her quickly.
Ugo has found a new confidence since Ebube’s departure. After saving a child’s
life, she is now in demand for her skills and those who had previously ignored
her now take an interest in her. Her quiet moments are preoccupied by thoughts of Ebube’s return.
But the gods are not so forgiving or forgetful and they will demand a high price for Ebube’s and Ugo’s disobedience.
EXCERPT
Ebube’s favourite dream involved waking with Ugo beside him in his home on the Amauwa
settlement.
There they had a good, simple, and happy life. Peace in the realms and the warriors
at home.
She placed a kiss to his face, the tip of his nose and his closed eyelid before
whispering, “good morning.”
Half befuddled with sleep he reached for her, hand settling on her hip as he
struggled to stay still, needing her in ways that he couldn’t always express.
“The morning is good because you are here,” he replied in a voice still gruff from
the night.
“You are awake,” her voice was filled with amusement.
“I am now.” He cracked his eyes open and filled them with a vision of Ugo dappled
in dawn’s grey light.
A smile played on her lips even as strands of her braided hair brushed over her
shoulders and plump breasts.
He trailed his hand down her smooth back over the curve of her waist to her wide hips
and pliant buttocks swell over long legs that he now pulled down on either side
of his so that she sat astride of him.
In the time that he’d known her, her body had ripened from that of a girl into a
woman.
He had always been a man ready to go to war to protect the realms. Ready to put
himself in danger and journey to whatever lands his missions took him.
Now he wanted to stay close to Ugo. To have her as a constant in his life. He
couldn’t imagine a future without her. A mate to share highs and lows and make
family.
“Now that you’re awake, my warrior, what would you like?” She rolled her bum over
his groin.
His breath hitched as he hardened.
“Precious,” the endearment was hardly more than a groan on his lips.
She had never been this bold before.
He glanced up to find her smirking as she rolled her hips again. “Yes, my warrior.
I have exactly what you want.”
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