Gran-sdur: The Games – Book 2 of the Pha-yul trilogy

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Gran-sdur, Book 2 of the Pha-yul trilogy! After a sudden lightning storm, Sam, Cassie, Ryan, Maya and Seb find that they’ve acquired strange and amazing powers. Confused and scared, they turn to Mr. Harris, a teacher in their school, who offers to help them control their powers. Can he help them? Will they figure out why they were chosen? Or have they got more than they bargained for? .

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REVIEW: Nowhere But Here

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Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1)

byKatie McGarry

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publisher:Harlequin Teen

Published:May 26th 2015


Nowhere But HereAn unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart, and ending up in a place you never imagined possible.

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighbourhood. Sure, she’s curious about her biological father — the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent — but that doesn’t mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father, and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her…

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Fractured Palace by R.J.Loom – COVER REVEAL

Title: Fractured Palace
Author: R.J. Loom
Genre: New Adult Romance (Stand alone recommended for readers 18+)
Release Date: TBD
Cover Design: Ariel View Graphic Designs
They say home is where the heart is.
Ashton Roberts never understood that saying. Heart couldn’t be found anywhere in the rundown bungalow she grew up in. It also couldn’t be found in the luxury estate she moved into when her mother married her stepfather.
All Ashton wants is to get her degree, meet Mr. Right and find the happy stable life she never had. But when life constantly throws her curve balls, she begins to wonder if it really is just a pipe dream.
Until she runs into her former neighbor, Reed Collins.
As a child, Reed had always been Ashton’s silent protector. As an adult, he is everything she has ever dreamed of in a man. If only he didn’t keep her at arms length. But as things heat up, guards drop and secrets are revealed which toss Ash back into the turmoil surrounding a tragic event from her youth.
Will Ashton let her past fracture the perfect picture of her future? Or will the meaning of loyalty, family and love be redefined?
Author Bio: 
R.J. Loom is a genre-crossing author who writes New Adult, Paranormal and Contemporary Romance, Psychological Thrillers and some Historical Fiction. She was born and raised along the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio, where she still resides with her husband, two teenage children and two spoiled dogs. R.J. loves books, music, traveling and anyone with a great sense of humor. When she’s not writing, she can be found with her nose in a book, looking for more books to add to her TBR pile or spending time with her family. 
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The World’s Wife – Carol Anne Duffy (1999)


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This is the second poetry collection that I have reviewed this year, The World’s Wife was chosen by one of my two book groups as our May book. I already knew that I really liked Carol Ann Duffy’s work, although I hadn’t really read that much before – and never an entire collection in one go. This collection, first published in 1999 was Carol Ann Duffy’s first themed collection. In these wonderful poems Carol Ann Duffy takes traditional stories, tales of historical figures and myths which traditionally focus on a male character or perspective. Turning these stories on their head then, we see them from the perspective of the invisible women behind those men.

“Teach me, he said –
we were lying in bed –
how to care.
I nibbled the purse of his ear.
What do you mean? Tell me more.
He sat up and reached for his beer”

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Favourite Opening Lines #book related #reading

Between the Lines ~ Books’n’Stuff

The selections below are a few of my favourites, which  invited, pulled or hauled me into the story. I’d love to read opening lines that draw you into a book, so please feel free to leave any favourites in the comments.

The best trick I ever pulled off was watching myself die. I did a respectable job of it too – the dying, I mean, not the watching.

 Tricked by Kevin Hearne


She thought of Chaos, and the original confusion, and felt as if she were part of that tumult. Earth and sea and heaven and hell were mixed up, and everything inside her was a whirligig. The Greek chorus was screaming in her head, all of them wanting out.

 Multiple Wounds by Alan Russell


London, 1860. Dream world of pain and pleasure, of fantasy and phantom. It is midnight, a full moon and a cold mist rising…

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Madame Sosostris Explains by Clarissa Simmens

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‘Madame Sosostris Explains’ starts off with some clever and well written Romani influenced poems. Clarissa Simmen’s poems are lyrical and full of mystic. It is obvious that her culture has influenced her poems to a great degree and through her poems you get a peek into the gypsy way. Her later poems are more introspective, more about herself, her family and her life. I’m not an expert on poetry. I like some and others bore me. I enjoyed my evening with ‘Madame Sosostris Explains’. Thanks Clarissa Simmens!

Greywalker by Patrick Heffernan

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Greywalker catches you unawares. I’m not sure what I expected of the book, but it certainly wasn’t the gamut of emotions that surfaced in me. The character was so well written that I felt every emotion he did-happiness, sadness, confusion and anger. I found the concept of the Greywalkers fascinating. Amos’ initiation into the Otherworld and his journey through it is woven so well. Being a Greywalker demands much from a mortal. Amos’ feelings about being thrown into something he hadn’t asked for and didn’t want, and his later realization of his destiny and place in this world is captivating.

One of the best parts of the book for me was the way Patrick Heffernan has explored the relationships in Amos’ life, from his initial confusion and anger at his father, to acceptance and forgiveness, and his own reactions to his son’s gifts. A brilliant piece of work by a fine author! It was a wonderful experience.