“Loving Gio (Love Notes Book 1)” by L.S. Bergman

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Loving Gio (Love Notes Book 1)

by L.S. Bergman

Genre: Genre Fiction/Urban/Erotica

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“Courageous” and “resilient”. Two words that aptly sum up the gifted and beautiful Giovanna Walker.

Two more.

“Quirky” and “wilful” … especially when it comes to relationships. In matters of the heart, Gio has never been particularly impressed. She’s not sure she even believes in love. She sure hasn’t expressed a great interest in finding it. Up until now, hook-ups are more Gio’s scene, satisfying needs and keeping it on the fly. Casual parlance and fleeting encounters.

Blessed with a unique talent, Gio’s primary commitment remains her art. Most days, the sufferance and desire of self-expression alone feels like commitment enough, and, given her struggles of late, certainly all she can handle. Present circumstances aside, it would take an exceptional kind of man to even connect let alone sway Gio’s soul.

Justin Redman is one such man.

“Loving Gio” is the first book in the Love Notes Series. The beginning of a love story for talented artist, Giovanna Walker, a troubled soul, an outsider, with circumstances not entirely under her control. Gio has desires and intentions a-plenty, loving on the mind … like all the time … if only life would just settle-down, behave, and darn well cooperate.

“Loving Gio” is a short story, an intense slice of time, journeying one woman’s struggle for the freedom she desires, to live on her terms, to express herself unequivocally, pursue love wholeheartedly … “no matter what”.

** Dear Reader, please be warned. This is an adult love story with erotic leanings, utilizing at times graphic language with adult sexual content and themes. It is written for an +18 adult audience only.**

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“Revenge” by J. Brinkley

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Revenge

by J. Brinkley

Genre: African-American/Romance/Urban

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Baltimore college student, Brooklyn Taylor finds herself falling in love with a student who loves the streets more than anything else. Brooklyn begs Tyrell to change his lifestyle, but the more she pleads, the more distant he becomes. When Brooklyn discovers she is pregnant she is elated, but it quickly turns to devastation when she finds out her child’s father is on his way to prison. Brooklyn begins to question her love for Tyrell and her future with him. When she makes the decision to stand by him no matter what her friends and family think of him, she prays endlessly to God that he will change his ways. Brooklyn gives birth to their daughter and takes on another job to earn extra money while Tyrell is serving time. He learns about her new job and becomes insecure and abusive upon his release from prison. The last physical altercation they have lands Brooklyn in the hospital where her internalized pain turns into deep-seated resentment towards Tyrell. As she lies in the hospital bed letting her physical wounds heal, her deep emotional scars remain. All she can think of is sweet revenge.

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“Death of a Boy” by Aja LaGrand Blount

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Death of a Boy

Aja LaGrand Blount

Genre: Genre Fiction/African-American/Urban

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Life is hard for David Thrine. While some exaggerate their conditions, his life is a true testament of living a hard knock life.

At the age of thirteen, the only thing he can be grateful for is the roof over his head. But that’s all he has. There’s no food in the refrigerator. Every morning he awakes to the same grumbling he laid upon the night before. He has no clean clothes and no means to wash them. His mother doesn’t want him, and she makes sure he knows that on a regular basis. His biological father resides directly across the street with his mother’s ex-best friend. He also doesn’t want anything to do with him. Living under these conditions leaves David in a precarious situation.

Left to fend for himself, his chances of survival are slim unless he takes matters into his own hands. Set on overcoming these obstacles, he turns to the streets. What else does society expect from a teenager when his stomach touches his back, his mother sells the food stamps for cocaine, and he doesn’t know when his next meal will come?

At this point, what society expects means nothing. That’s until he meets a man who takes a genuine interest in his well-being. This man, knowing David’s background, takes him under his wing to show him a different life. David, falling into the crease of the man’s fold, soaks up every ounce of energy oozing from the man, while preparing for the future. Except, the Universe had other plans.

When the one person who could change his life is snatched away, David has to pick up that old shovel he sought to abandon and return to the streets to dig his own grave. He realized that his preparation for a different life has been an illusion. When headed back to reality, the grief associated with dancing with the Devil is heartbreaking. He’d been running the streets for far too long to know that the streets had no love for a young soul. The streets ultimately loved everyone who played in them accordingly. Aware of that, he anticipated having to sign over his adolescent rights to those very streets if he intended to make it another year. And in the end, it will be that signature that lays the foundation for his future.

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“Three Bloody Pieces: a novel of witchcraft and magic (Caitlyn Book 1)” by Elizabeth Davies

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Three Bloody Pieces: a novel of witchcraft and magic (Caitlyn Book 1)

by Elizabeth Davies

Genre: Paranormal & Urban/Fantasy/Magical Realism

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Queen, beggar... cat? Caitlyn is all three.
Lured from her homeland by black magic and dark enchantment, Caitlyn falls into the clutches of a powerful sorceress, a witch who changes her life forever.
Only death can free her. The question is, whose?

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#Excerpt3 “Curse of the Sea: Book One of The Admiralty Archives” by Joni Parker

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Author: Joni Parker

Genre: Urban Fantasy

A NATO training exercise goes terribly wrong when five warships from different countries are mysteriously transported to Eledon, the Realm of the Elves. The warrior, Lady Alexin, is charged to escort the troops back home to London in the year 2031 with the aid of the Wizard Ecstasy and a magic shrinking potion. Yet, when the authorities question her story, Alex is detained and imprisoned under suspicion of terrorism. Caught in a web of politics, betrayal and bungling bureaucracy, the confusing world of the future will push her magical gifts to their limit, and her own future will hang in the balance, caught between “justice” and the place she calls home.

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Chapter 6:

The next morning, the sailors stood in ranks on the dock near the little red ship. They wore the uniforms of their home countries—the United States, Great Britain, France, Canada, and Italy. Alex came up from behind with the Commandant, Lord Odin, Colonel Jeffrey, Prince Darin, and the Elf healer, Canfis. She wore her brown uniform as she would have worn if she were reporting to her foster father, Colonel Penser. This was official business. Her brown cloak fluttered in the breeze as the group converged at the ship. Ecstasy stepped out on deck.

Captain Jonas stepped forward. “Ecstasy, we’re ready to begin. Are you?”

“Yes, sir!” He saluted and stomped his foot. “How do you want to do this?”

Lord Odin went up to him. “We’ll bring ten people on board at a time and administer the potion. Once that group is finished, the next ten will board. Alex, pay attention. You’ll have to do this on the other end.”

“Yes, Grandfather.”

The first ten people filed onto the ship with Lord Odin, Alex, and Canfis. They gave each person a cup of water with the shrinking potion. Once they shrank in size, Alex and Canfis placed them in a bin. The next group came in and the same procedure was followed until the final group. One last cup of water remained and Captain Jonas stood beside it.

“I want to monitor the situation, so I’d like to remain as I am. I’d be more than happy to administer the counter-potion.”

“Alex will do it, Captain. There’s no need to worry,” Lord Odin said.

“May I ask, why send your granddaughter?”

“As I told you before, Alex has experience doing this. Well, if you wish to remain as you are, I believe the ship can handle the extra weight.” Lord Odin turned to Alex and held her in his arms. “Have a safe trip and come back right away. You have several more trips to make.” He released her and stepped back. “Oh, give me your weapons, Alex. You’d better not take them.”

Alex took off her sword belt and wrapped it around her sword. Then she undid the buckles that held her Elfin Blade in place on her right thigh, removed a knife blade from each boot, and gave him the cuffs around her wrists that held her assassin’s blades in place. “I’ll probably need my eating knife.” She patted the knife on her belt. “I think that’s all. What about the keys?”

“I’ll hold them until you get back. Canfis, give me a hand with this.” Lord Odin handed him some of her weapons and took the leather pouch with the keys.

Captain Jonas bit his lip as he watched her remove her weapons. She’d been armed all this time with several hidden weapons. What else could she be carrying that no one could see? What about that blue light?

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Joni ParkerAuthor Bio

Fantasy novels are Joni Parker’s writing passion. Thus far, she’s written two series—“The Seaward Isle Saga,” a trilogy, and “The Chronicles of Eledon,” the award-winning four-book series. Her latest project, “Curse of the Sea” is her eighth book and begins a new trilogy. Her work extends beyond novels into short stories with two appearing in an anthology, “Tucson and Beyond” by the Tucson Science Fiction Fantasy writers’ group. Joni’s retired from military and federal government service and devotes her time to writing. She currently resides in Tucson, Arizona.

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“Brand New Friend” by Kate Vane

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Brand New Friend

by Kate Vane

Genre: Thriller & Suspense/Contemporary/Crime Fiction/Urban/British

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What if the friendship that made you was based on a lie?

Wherever he went, Claire had got there first. Parties, protests, benefit gigs. He would never have joined the group if it hadn’t been for Claire. And if he hadn’t joined the group, maybe no one would have died.

Journalist Paolo Bennett gets a call from Mark, a friend and activist from his student days in the 80s. Mark has been exposed as a former undercover cop. And his police handler is lying dead in his garden.

Paolo isn’t sure if Mark’s a suspect or the intended victim. He walked away from the police to live among the people he once spied on. Who doesn’t want him dead?

Mark asks for his help but he isn’t making it easy, disappearing just as everyone wants answers. As Paolo investigates his own past, he has to ask himself some tough questions.

Why does he want to believe Mark, despite all his lies? Was their group linked to an unexplained death on campus?

And why does Paolo suspect, even now, that Claire knows more than he does?

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#Excerpt2 “Curse of the Sea: Book One of The Admiralty Archives” by Joni Parker

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Curse of the Sea 3DTitle: Curse of the Sea

Author: Joni Parker

Genre: Urban Fantasy

A NATO training exercise goes terribly wrong when five warships from different countries are mysteriously transported to Eledon, the Realm of the Elves. The warrior, Lady Alexin, is charged to escort the troops back home to London in the year 2031 with the aid of the Wizard Ecstasy and a magic shrinking potion. Yet, when the authorities question her story, Alex is detained and imprisoned under suspicion of terrorism. Caught in a web of politics, betrayal and bungling bureaucracy, the confusing world of the future will push her magical gifts to their limit, and her own future will hang in the balance, caught between “justice” and the place she calls home.

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Chapter 4:

Alex continued with the introductions. “This is Captain Jonas. He’s the captain of one of those gray ships, the HMS Camelot. This is Ecstasy. He’s the wizard who came from the mortal world in this ship.”

Captain Jonas stared at him suspiciously. “How is that possible? How did you come here on this ship? It’s made of wood.”

“Yes, she’s my pride and joy—isn’t she lovely?” Ecstasy clutched his hands together. “If I’m not mistaken, you’re wearing the uniform of the British Royal Navy, am I correct, Captain, sir?” He snapped to attention and saluted like a Brit.

“Yes, do I detect a London accent?” The Captain returned his salute.

“Yes, Captain, sir, I’ve lived in London for many years. I still have a flat in Piccadilly.”

“How did you get here? What route did you take?”

“I flew up to the moon and took a left. There’s this round thingie in the sky and my ship flew through it.” Ecstasy made a circle with his hands.

“Thingie?”

“It’s like a ring of white light.”

“A portal?”

“Yes, that’s it.”

“How many passengers can you take?”

“Ten. More than that, she doesn’t fly right. I once had a party with fifteen–”

“We have over seven hundred. It’ll take forever, but it’s a start. You can take us back to London. How long does it take?”

“About twenty-four hours. But I haven’t said I’d do it.”

“You will do it by order of His Majesty’s Royal Navy, Wizard or I’ll cut you down myself!” Captain Jonas glared at him. “Do I make myself perfectly clear?”

“Aye, aye, sir!” Ecstasy saluted again and stomped his right foot.

Captain Jonas nodded. “Very well. That settles that.” The Captain turned to Lord Odin. “Once our men have been returned, Ecstasy can continue to shuttle others back to Earth.”

“May I recommend the use of a shrinking potion so more people can be taken on each trip?” Lord Odin raised his eyebrows.

“How many people can we get on this ship if we used this shrinking potion?”

Lord Odin pursed his lips. “I’d estimate a hundred passengers could safely travel in that manner. I can send Alex to administer the counter-potion. It’s very safe, but we don’t have any here. I can have some delivered in a few days.”

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After more greetings and introductions, Lord Odin took a white ceramic bottle from Canfis. “Ladies and gentlemen, this is the shrinking potion. I’ll administer it to Colonel Jeffrey so you can see it’s completely safe.” He took a glass tube from Canfis. “All you need is one drop in a glass of water. This phase will take about five minutes. Colonel Jeffrey?”

Jeffrey stepped forward and drank the water. Then he lay down on the floor on a blanket. Within seconds, his eyes were closed and he was sleeping soundly.

One of the sailors stretched out a tape measure. “He’s six-foot-two. That’s one hundred and eighty-eight centimeters for our metric friends.” Then he gasped as Jeffrey’s body shrank and checked the tape measure again. “Twelve inches? No shit! Thirty point five centimeters, folks.” He picked up the little body. “He’s light, around ten pounds, maybe five kilos.”

Captain Jonas knelt next to Jeffrey and put his head down close to his face. He touched his neck lightly. “He’s breathing and has a heartbeat.”

The crowd fell silent for a few moments before a nervous buzz arose.

After thirty minutes, Lord Odin stepped forward. “Alex, it’s time to give the counter-potion.”

Alex took the blue bottle and a glass tube from Canfis. Kneeling next to Jeffrey, she removed the stopper and slid the glass tube inside. She covered the end with her finger and carefully opened his mouth to place a drop on his teeth. She backed away, waiting and watching, as Colonel Jeffrey returned to full size.

The crowd gasped and covered their mouths.

The sailor measured him again. “Six-foot-two, back to normal.” He pushed a button on the case, retracting the metal tape with a snap.

Captain Jonas came over and extended his hand to Colonel Jeffrey, helping him up. “How do you feel, Colonel?”

“Fine, like I took a nap. Did I really shrink down?”

“Yes, you were about a foot long. We measured you.” He held his hands a foot apart to show him. “Do you feel dizzy or nauseated?”

“No, I’m fine.” Jeffrey shrugged. “It really does work.”

“Walk around.”

Jeffrey took a short stroll around the room.

Lord Odin rose from his chair. “As you can see, there are no ill effects from this potion; you’ll be completely safe. It’s the best and fastest way to get you home.”

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Joni ParkerAuthor Bio

Fantasy novels are Joni Parker’s writing passion. Thus far, she’s written two series—“The Seaward Isle Saga,” a trilogy, and “The Chronicles of Eledon,” the award-winning four-book series. Her latest project, “Curse of the Sea” is her eighth book and begins a new trilogy. Her work extends beyond novels into short stories with two appearing in an anthology, “Tucson and Beyond” by the Tucson Science Fiction Fantasy writers’ group. Joni’s retired from military and federal government service and devotes her time to writing. She currently resides in Tucson, Arizona.

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