Sunday, September 23, 2018

Big Brother

What Did I Learn from Watching Big Brother This Year?

There were two distinct alliances in the Big Brother house this year, polar opposites. There was the Hive; there was Level 6. Let's take a quick look at each.

The Hive: These people seemed confused. Sometimes I wondered if they even knew they were playing Big Brother. They were entertaining though. I'll never forget the shocked looks on their face when the vote was the exact opposite of what they were sure was going to happen. This happened week after week. I couldn't believe it when they didn't seem to get it. Also, they would talk about the other side of the house, the other alliance, but they didn't seem to understand who was in that alliance. Several times I heard them say this one or that one is all alone, calling them floaters, when those were the people on the other team.

The Hive did not work well together. Every time the vote went wonky on them, they started pointing fingers at each other. They were paranoid to the extreme. Funny thing is, they were in control more often than the other side. They would have picked off Level 6. Instead, they lost their own allies (either by targeting them on purpose or losing them to things like the Hacker).

Level 6: These people bonded well. I didn't see any craziness with them or paranoia, at least not till towards the end. They each had a part to play and understood it. They knew who the enemy was and targeted them. I loved watching how well they got along with each other. They made plans and stuck to them. It didn't start falling apart until Brett turned on them a little too early and got evicted (which was the dumbest mistake they made, but we'll get to that later).

I honestly think this was the best season to watch if you are studying the game. Anyone wanting to play Big Brother in the future should watch season 20 and learn from their many, many mistakes.

What did I learn?

1. Keep Your Mouth Shut: There were three special power apps given out this season. Sam (the floater) got one that could save an evicted person; Tyler (Level 6) got one that could keep him safe from nominations once; and Bayleigh (the Hive) got one that would let her take over HOH and nominate her own targets.

These three handled their powers very differently.

Sam saved hers until she was HOH. She didn't want to be looked on as a bad guy or have anybody mad at her. (Does she know she's on Big Brother?) So she told her nominees before eviction that one of them would have a chance to get back into the house.

Bayleigh told someone from the other alliance, someone she had just nominated for eviction about her power. Wow. I'm sorry, but that was not smart... and it got her evicted.

Tyler kept his mouth shut. He didn't even tell his closest alliance members. Now he did eventually tell Sam-- which I thought was dumb-- but she kept her mouth shut. 

Level 6 avoided each other for a while, especially certain members. Maybe that was why the Hive couldn't figure out who they were up against. 

2. Be Loyal (until you don't have to be loyal): The Hive continuously turned on each other, while Level 6 members were pledging their loyalty to the end. I can't state enough how much I loved seeing this group getting along. Some members pretended to be with the others to gather information. I kept expecting other members to get nervous and paranoid. They didn't. So good for them. Trust was a main theme in this group. Loved it.

This is how you make it to the final 4, and they would have if Brett hadn't started targeting two of the members a little early. He made the mistake of telling another member, Tyler, and that was it for Brett.

3. Too Many Final Twos Can Make Life Difficult:  Tyler made WAY too many F2 deals. Problem is, I don't see any other way he could have done it. I was paying close attention to his game, and he was not offering deals. People were coming to him. What was he supposed to say? Sorry, I already have a F2 in place? That's how you get sent home. I think he did the only thing he could do under the circumstances.

4. Don't Ask the Other Side If Your Answer is Right: I think this will go down as one of the biggest mistakes in Big Brother history and will be talked about for years to come. Rockstar saw Tyler's answer while playing OTEV, and she was worried she had it wrong. So she showed him her answer and asked if it was wrong. A little light went off over Tyler's head. He had gotten the wrong answer. Thanks to her, he was able to run down and get the right answer. She still could have won at that point, but she got the wrong answer on the last one. 

Which brings us to my next point...

5. Don't Celebrate Too Early: When Rockstar made it back first, Haleigh and the rest of her team started jumping up and down and screaming. Then they found out she was wrong. Oops. Egg on faces here. Tyler wound up winning that one, and his side kept quiet. They did not jump around, yell, and celebrate when a team member won. This is probably another reason the Hive had no idea who the other alliance actually was. They didn't broadcast it.

Level 6 was not perfect, however. They did get caught celebrating in one of the bedrooms by Haleigh. She then ran to Fess and told him they were in big trouble. She had finally figured out Tyler, Angela, Kaycee, and Brett made up the other alliance. Fess didn't believe her.

6. Do Not Target Your Own Side: One of the floaters, JC, went to Fess when he was the HOH and convinced him to target one of his own guys. This lesson could also fall into the showmance category. They are bad for your game. Anyway, Fess liked Haleigh and so did Scottie (one of their allies). So when Fess got the chance to put Scottie on the block, he did. It also didn't help that Scottie said he loved Haleigh right in front of Fess. Not smart. This would be part of the keep-your-mouth-shut lesson. 

Scottie went home, and Fess got labeled one of the dumbest players in BB history.

7. Do NOT Have a Showmance: Some people might like watching them, but it ruins a players game. Tyler said he knew this when he entered the house. He stated again and again and again that he was not going to have a showmance. So what did he do? He fell for Angela. 

Tyler went from being one of the smartest players there, someone bound for legendary status: then he fell for Angela and lost half his brain cell. Seriously, this proves to me that people who fall in love get dumb. At least for a while. We watched Tyler go from a genius player to someone who made dumb moves like all the others in the house.

8. Play Nice: Another thing I liked about Level 6 members (most of them) is that they understand it's a game. They don't get crazy and go off on people for playing the game. (you know who I'm talking about). It might make for interesting TV, but people are going to remember you for being a psycho. 

9. If You Have to Leave, Leave with Class: We had a lot of sore losers this year. They said nasty things in their final speeches, and Rachel stomped out without saying goodbye to anyone. I remember thinking as I was watching that this is a person who would flip the checker board or Monopoly board or whatever game you're playing if she was losing. The people who say goodbye and hug their former opponents are the ones with class. I appreciate it when they leave with smiles on their faces and even joke about their blunders (Brett, I see you there). That's class.

10. Do NOT Target Your Own Side: I know, I know. I already listed this, but it bears repeating. This time I want to talk about Level 6 backdooring Brett. Sure, he was turning on them too early. Sure, he went to Tyler and told him they should get rid of the girls, but this was JC's influence on Brett. They should have gotten rid of JC and stuck to the plan. If they had, JC wouldn't have been there to win an important HOH and get Angela sent out. Level 6 would have made Final 4 intact. 

It is NEVER a good idea to target your own side... not until the other side is gone. 

I was really looking forward to seeing Tyler, Angela, Kaycee, and Brett turn on each other in Final 4. Now, thanks to their dumb move, I never will see it.

That brings me to who I think will win.

Tyler or Kaycee

Kaycee: In my opinion, she played the best game. She had a great social game. People liked her, and she hardly got any blood on her hands. She coasted for a while, throwing comps so she wouldn't look like a threat. Then she started winning veto after veto after veto and it would have been next to impossible to get rid of her at that point. 

Tyler: On the other hand, Kaycee couldn't have played the game she had without Tyler's help. He won a lot of comps and kept their alliance mostly intact. He made a lot of side deals and got a LOT of blood on his hands. His social game was good... for a while. You can't make that many promises without pissing people off. 

I'm fine with either of them winning.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

SALE!!!


We're one week away from Fall and CTP wants to celebrate with their Bring On Fall Free Book Sale and an Author Sponsored $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway! For one weekend only, they have selected a handful of titles throughout their different imprints that will be listed as free on Amazon from 9/14 to 9/16. This is a limited time promotion as the price will go back up to $4.99 on Monday. Take advantage of this exciting sale this weekend and Fall in love with some new books to cozy up with while you drink your Pumpkin Spice Latte, or tea, or wine, or whatever you love to sip on while reading. Enjoy!

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Big Brother: What's Wrong with These People?

I have watched Big Brother from the first season, and it's changed dramatically. During that first year it was on almost every night, and there were no competitions. It was kind of boring, but I enjoyed watching because they were like my roommates. Some of them got on my nerves... a lot. Back then we got to pick the people we wanted out and vote against them. But thanks to Chicken George's network--his hometown got together to vote again and again against Brittany--that right was taken away from us. 

This year, BB20, has been hilarious. Two alliances formed quickly: Level 6 and the Hive. Level 6 have been good so far at sticking together, making decisions as a group, and not getting paranoid. The Hive constantly turned on each other. They were in power more often than L6, but they sent their own people home. It was so funny to watch their faces (especially Rockstar and Fess) cause they had no clue what was going on. Every week the Hive boasted that they were getting out the person they wanted, and every week they were stunned to find the votes all lining up against them. There are people flipping their votes and lying about it. 

The funniest moment was when Rockstar gave Tyler (from L6) the answer during a Veto competition. He's on the other side!!! She gave him the answer because she saw his answer and thought she was wrong. So she asked. He ran back and got the right answer. So it was her fault he won, and then she expected him to use the Veto to save her. As if. 

Tyler is my favorite player. I like him because he keeps his mouth shut. He won an advantage in the game and kept his mouth shut while the others who won something told people. Of course those people told someone else and they told someone and so on and so on. Then they wondered why the whole house knew about their business. He has Final 2s with several people, so I don't see them voting him out even if someone puts him on the block. Problem is, these people could wake up and start talking to each other. Then he's gone.

Really I don't think they should be mad that he has so many Final 2 deals. He doesn't go around asking people to join him in a deal. They ask him. What is he going to say? "I'm sorry, but I already have an F2 deal with that person." Yeah, right.

I also like Haleigh, but she used flirtation as game play. Then she aligned herself with clueless people. I think she and Tyler would have made a formidable team. She seemed to be the only smart one on that side of the house. After all, she was the first to see Tyler as a threat and put him on the block. Fortunately for him, it didn't work out for her. 

There are some strange characters in the house. Sam had to spend the first part of her game as a computer. That was weird. She walks around mad all the time, snapping at people, and she acts like she has a screw loose. But that could just be how she's playing the game.

JC is another strange character. He flips his vote all the time, tries to make people mad at each other, and he fancies himself a puppet master. He thinks he is controlling Tyler. Can't wait for Level 6 to send him packing. 

Anyway, I prefer the Big Brother now to the one in the beginning. We have HOH competitions, Power of Veto, and the strategy of backdooring a person. I do wonder where BB finds these people. Do they give them a psych test first? Sometimes I worry about some people in the house. This show answers the question: What would you do for half a million dollars?

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Amazon Prime Day Books in KU

AMAZON PRIME DAY IS TOMORROW

Since many of you may be looking into Kindle Unlimited memberships when they go on serious sale tomorrow, we at CTP want to tell you about several of our amazing series and titles that are new to Kindle Unlimited and ready to be read for free by all KU Subscribers. Many of these titles will only be on Kindle Unlimited for a 90-day term, so be sure to take advantage of being able to read these while they're there. Not planning to be a Kindle Unlimited Subscriber? Don't worry, most of our CTP books are still available on all platforms. You can also still read the titles we have exclusively available for the Kindle by grabbing a print copy of each book or by downloading the Kindle Reader App on any phone, tablet, or computer.
Below is a full list of the many amazing CTP books you can read on Kindle Unlimited. 

New Adult and Adult Fiction:
THE DRAGONS OF ETERNITY SERIES by Julie Wetzel (The first four books are available on Kindle Unlimited. The new upcoming release will be available across all platforms.) The Ever Chace Series by Susan Harris (COMPLETE SERIES AVAILABLE) Dreamthief and The Fairy World MD Series by Tamara Grantham (COMPLETE SERIES AVAILABLE) The Rising Series by Holly Kelly (COMPLETE SERIES AVAILABLE) A Shine that Defies the Dark by Jodi Gallegos (STAND ALONE NOVEL) White Lies by Julie Wetzel (STAND ALONE NOVEL) The Fallout Series by Becky Doughty (COMPLETE SERIES AVAILABLE) The Lingering Echoes Series by Erica Kiefer (COMPLETE SERIES AVAILABLE) The Bionics Series by Alicia Michaels (COMPLETE SERIES AVAILABLE) The Dark of Night Series by Sherry Ficklin (COMPLETE SERIES AVAILABLE) The Lucent Series by Lila Felix (COMPLETE SERIES AVAILABLE) The Fallout Series by Becky Doughty (COMPLETE SERIES AVAILABLE) The Lingering Echoes Series by Erica Kiefer (COMPLETE SERIES AVAILABLE) AnguiSH and HeartBREAKER by Lila Felix (COMPLETE SERIES AVAILABLE) The Magic and Machinery Series by Jon Messenger (COMPLETE SERIES AVAILABLE) The Sweet Contradiction Series by Peggy Martinez (COMPLETE SERIES AVAILABLE) The Canary Club Series by Sherry Ficklin (COMPLETE SERIES AVAILABLE) Nectar of the Gods and the Of the Gods Series by Mary Bernsen (COMPLETE SERIES AVAILABLE) The World Aflame Series by Jon Messenger (COMPLETE SERIES AVAILABLE)
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According to Audrey by Happy LaShelle (STAND ALONE NOVEL) The Timely Death Series by Shannon Thompson (COMPLETE SERIES AVAILABLE) The Fading Series by Cindy Cipriano (COMPLETE SERIES AVAILABLE) Unspeakable by Michelle K. Pickett (STAND ALONE NOVEL) The Second Window Series by Erica Kiefer (COMPLETE SERIES AVAILABLE) Shattered Memories by Susan Harris (STAND ALONE NOVEL) The Into Terratir Saga by M.E. Cunningham (COMPLETE SERIES AVAILABLE) The Abandoned Series by C.J. Hart (COMPLETE SERIES AVAILABLE) The Ransomed Souls Series by Melissa J. Cunningham (COMPLETE SERIES AVAILABLE) Lady of Sherwood by Molly Bilinski (STAND ALONE NOVEL) The Lost Imperials Series by Sherry D. Ficklin and Tyler H. Jolley (COMPLETE SERIES AVAILABLE) The Watchers of Men Series by Amanda Strong (COMPLETE SERIES AVAILABLE) The Afterworld Saga by Sandy Goldsworthy (COMPLETE SERIES AVAILABLE) Playing with Fire and the Geek Girl Mysteries Series by Sherry Ficklin (COMPLETE SERIES AVAILABLE) The Night Marchers Series by Rebecca Gober and Courtney Nuckels (COMPLETE SERIES AVAILABLE) The Threads of the Moirae Series by Jennifer Derrick (COMPLETE SERIES AVAILABLE) Blue Tide by Jenna-Lynne Duncan (STAND ALONE NOVEL) The Witch Game Novels by Kasi Blake (COMPLETE SERIES AVAILABLE) The Wicked Luck Series by Shannon Maynard (COMPLETE SERIES AVAILABLE) Losing Logan by Sherry Ficklin (STAND ALONE NOVEL) The Bad Bloods Series by Shannon Thompson (COMPLETE SERIES AVAILABLE) The Milayna Series by Michelle Pickett (COMPLETE SERIES AVAILABLE) The Neverland Wars Series by Audrey Greathouse (COMPLETE SERIES AVAILABLE)
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Monday, June 25, 2018

Celebrate Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom

To celebrate the release of Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom I am making a list of my favorite lines from Jurassic Park (the first movie). I have it on DVD and watch it at least once a year. Here are my favorite lines. See if you agree.


1. Do you think they'll have that on the tour?-- said by Dr. Malcom after being chased by the T Rex while in the back of a jeep.

2. Will there eventually be dinosaurs on your dinosaur tour?--said by Dr. Malcom to the owner of the park after they take a long ride and see nothing.

3. After careful consideration I've decided not to endorse your park.--said by Dr. Alan Grant to the owner who then responds, "So have I."

4. Dr. Grant asks Dr. Malcom if he's married, and Dr. Malcom responds with, "Occasionally." LOL. Then Dr. Malcom says, "I am always on the lookout for a future ex-Mrs. Malcom."

5. If the Pirates of the Caribbean break down, the pirates don't eat the tourists.--said by Dr. Malcom to John, owner of the park.

6. That's an impact tremor. I'm faintly alarmed here.--said by Dr. Malcom when T Rex is headed his way.

7. No wonder your extinct.--said by Dennis, the traitor, to a small dinosaur as he's trying to leave the island with stolen dino embryos.

8. Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth.--said by Ellie to the two men in the jeep.

9. Remind me to thank John for a wonderful weekend.--Dr. Malcom after being terrorized by dinosaurs.

10. We spared no expense.--said by John, the owner of the park, over and over and over throughout the movie.

Well, those are my favorites. Next, I will post my favorite lines from Jurassic Park 2.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

The Mother of all Sales

Hey there!

Sorry for my long absence. I was sick off and on for months. 

To celebrate Mother's Day I have knocked my box set down from 6.99 (which was already lower than buying all four books separately) to 3.99. So you are getting four books for about a dollar each. 

What is the Spirit Realm Series about?

Bay-Lee has spent her entire life on the run, hiding from monsters and living under numerous fake identities. Now things are changing. She has been invited to join her cold and distant father at his school, a training camp for hunters. She wants to make him proud, but first she has to survive. Someone or some 'thing' is killing students on their birthdays. Together with her new friends and a hostile hunter with amazing green eyes, she will have to solve this mystery fast. Her birthday is just around the corner.

Want an excerpt from Bait?


Alec pointed at her. “And what about this one? Are any of you willing to mentor Van Helsing’s daughter?”
Van cast a worried look at the crowd. His expression sent a dark cloud over her heart. Up until now it hadn’t occurred to her that someone might not want the responsibility of mentoring the founder’s sole child. They might be worried he would watch their every move, criticize how they were handling things, or even remove them from the school for poor mentoring.
She scanned the crowd, searching each and every face for a willing person.
Gazes lowered, refusing to meet hers. This was it. If no one stepped forward, she would be sent packing. Fingernails dug into the tender flesh of her palms. Shallow breaths refused to give her much needed oxygen, and she felt slightly dizzy. Passing out would not give them confidence in her ability to finish their training program.
Alec smirked, seemingly satisfied that she was on her way home.
Van opened his mouth, preparing to verbally intervene. Maybe he would offer to mentor her. After all, they had a deal, and she’d kept her end of the bargain. Now it was his turn. No matter what, she was not leaving this school until she could kill a pack of werewolves on her own.
Nick moved forward with a smooth walk bordering on a swagger. “I’ll stand for her.”
Uneasy chatter floated on the night air.
The blood drained from Alec’s face.
Van’s jaw tightened.
Nick Gallos, the dead rock star, the one who was supposed to stay away from her was offering to be her mentor. His mouth twisted as his wary gaze touched upon her face briefly. Palpable anger radiated off him in hot waves. The guy didn’t even like her, so why was he willing to help her?
Alec shook his head and threw down his cane. “You can’t mentor her! Impossible.”
Nick walked past her to stand next to the hunter who shared his last name. “I hold the rank of Warrior and can mentor whoever I want. That’s the rule. Only Van Helsing can remove me from the post and give it to someone else, if there’s someone else willing to do it.”
Alec turned desperate eyes in Van’s direction. In seconds the entire group was staring at the leader of their beloved school. Everyone quietly waited for him to weigh in on the situation. Part of her hoped Van would allow Nick to mentor her. Another part wanted him to put his foot down and mentor her himself.
Van locked gazes with Nick. “Are you certain you want to take the risk-responsibility?”
Nick shrugged. “I don’t have anything better to do these days. It’s been a while since I’ve mentored anyone, but I think I remember how... unless you don’t want me to do it for some reason.”
The last sentence sounded like a challenge.

This sale will end May 15, 2018

Friday, December 1, 2017

Christmas Kindle Promo

Load up your Kindle (new or old) with these AWESOME books and enter for a chance to win an Amazon Gift Card! Details at the bottom of the post.

Some of these books are regular price and some are free at the time of this post. I will mark the free ones. (these are free as I write this and may not be free now, so be sure to check).



Kasi Blake presents... YA books with action, sweet romance, and lots of paranormal fun.

1. Bait (An Order of the Spirit Realm Novel)
After sixteen years on the run, Bay-Lee joins her emotionally distant father at his New Zealand school. On her first night there, he dumps her on the doorstep and walks away. Big surprise. Minutes later, a bag is thrown over her head, and she’s kidnapped for Orientation. The hunter in charge calls her Bait. According to him, that’s all she’s good for, to be used to draw out monsters for experienced hunters to kill.

Before Bay-Lee can move up to the rank of Hunter, she will have to prove herself, battle wraiths, a reaper in disguise, and a stampeding border monster. With the addition of her classes, she’s going to be way too busy for a social life. Falling in love is not on the agenda. 

Then, she meets Nick Gallos. With the intimidating rank of Warrior, Nick is gorgeous, arrogant, and just plain rude to her. It’s obvious from their first meeting that Nick is hiding a dark past overflowing with secrets, and her father is right smack in the middle of it. Nick seems to be using her to get even with her father, and she won’t tolerate that. What a jerk.

So, why can’t she stop thinking about him?

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2. Vampires Rule (the Rule Series)
Humans turn into vampires, but vampires do not turn human... until now.

During his annual trip home to check on his brother, a freak event gives Jack a second chance at a mortal life. It's hard to get used to the loss of fangs--not to mention his powers--but seventeen-year-old Jack isn't in this alone. He has a brand new crush, a teacher who wants to mentor him, and his brother to watch his back. 

But becoming human is the least of his problems. Jack has a destiny no one has told him about, a fate worse than being un-dead forever.
Now that he's mortal again, will he survive long enough to turn eighteen? 


Get it here:  AMAZON  FREE





3. 4-Ever Hunted (spin-off of Vampires Rule)
Born with dark magic in his veins that is slowly killing him... Trick enjoys a reckless lifestyle.

He rides his motorcycle too fast, plays rock music while fighting vampires, and has a talent for making girls mad, especially Dani Foster. The girl-next-door has caught all of his most embarrassing moments. She wants nothing to do with him. So he watches out for her from a distance, protects her from monsters she doesn't know exist.

Two strangers offer a solution to his impending-death problem. He can beat fate by becoming what he hates most: a vampire. Trick is sure he'd rather die. Then Dani begins to look at him in a way that makes his heart race. She brings hope into his life. 

Can he do it? Can he become the thing he fears for the promise of love?

Get it here:  AMAZON





Sabrina A. Fish presents... a hot fantasy romance for adults: redemption, love, & betrayal.

1. Diomere's Exile (Gate Keeper Chronicles)
Five Gates. Five Sisters. Five Very Different Men.

Once there were two worlds connected by five magical gates. Then the Gate Keepers closed the gates and disappeared. The Gate Keepers have returned. Nadia de Quinones was exiled when her nephew, the crown-prince was abducted on her watch. She’ll let nothing stand in the way of her redemption, not even discovering her heartbonded and a connection to an ancient magical gate.

Lord Gregor Cyrene is sworn to protect his country's royal heirs. After the youngest prince’s life is threatened, Gregor sets out to discover who is responsible and suspects the answer lies with Nadia. When fate forces their competing goals to align, neither are prepared for the irresistible attraction between them.

Can they see beyond their pasts and a millennia old hate between their people? Or will they continue to distrust, allowing those plotting against them to win?

Get it here:  AMAZON




Jodi Gallegos presents... NA steamy prohibition-era romance and rum running.

1. A Shine that Defies the Dark
Gripping, romantic, and evocative of its time— A Shine that Defies the Dark is a spellbinding story of one woman who will stop at nothing to survive during a tumultuous time in American history.
After a six-year exile, Ophelia Breaux and her mother are overjoyed to return to the Louisiana bayou. But it seems the ghosts of the epic feud that drove them away still haunt Plaquemines Parish, and with the Great Depression sweeping the nation, the two soon find they can't make ends meet. 
Seeing no other option, Ophelia's mother takes the drastic step of sharing her bed with the town judge in exchange for a reduced rent. The judge has had a life-long obsession with Momma, and Ophelia is desperate to end this arrangement and get her away from him.
When Remy Granger shows up, Ophelia knows it could mean more trouble—and that's the last thing they need. Handsome and dangerous, he's the first boy she ever kissed, and a member of the most notorious family in southern Louisiana—but he's also got an opportunity for fast money in rumrunning. Ophelia goes all in, and it turns out she may have a knack for the business. But she's going to have to run even faster if she wants to save Momma… dodging the cops, rival gangs, and her traitorous heart at every turn.

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Sandy Goldsworthy presents... YA paranormal series about love that transcends more than one lifetime.

1. Aftermath (Afterworld Saga Book 1)
After losing her father, Emma Bennett moves to her aunt’s small town of Westport to finish out her senior year of high school. Emma wants to forget the pain and loss of the past few weeks, finding relief in the company of Ben Parker—a local boy who she has an instant attraction and uncanny connection with. When Ben seems a little too preoccupied with other responsibilities and has no time for her, Emma turns to the town’s hottest flirt—Lucas Crandon—for affection. Unfortunately, she realizes a little too late that, sometimes, bad boys really can be bad for you.

Life as an undercover agent for the Afterworld’s Bureau of Investigation isn’t an easy job. When Ben Parker finds his soul mate, Emma Bennett, in a small town, he finds himself forced to choose between doing his job or rekindling a relationship with the love of his existence. After Ben is notified that a notorious immortal is loose somewhere near Westport, he realizes that his love life will just have to wait. There is a criminal to apprehend before he can have his girl.

When lives are at stake and immortals are on the loose, can two soul mates find their happy ever after?

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Tamara Grantham presents... Fantasy adventure with a dash of romance.

1. Dreamthief (Fairy World MD Book 1)
DREAMTHIEF received the 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award from Foreword Reviews for fantasy and also won a RONE award for Best New Adult Romance.
Visiting Faythander is a nasty business. Forget the fairies and unicorns, most people come back with lost memories and mental problems. Olive Kennedy knows. She's the therapist who treats patients suffering from Faythander's side effects. Despite her empty bank account, she takes pride in her job as Houston's only Fairy World medical doctor. She's never failed to cure a client—until now. 
Traveling back to Faythander wasn't on Olive's to-do list. But she has no choice. The fate of both Earth and Fairy depends on her ability to stop an ancient being called the Dreamthief. To complicate matters, she may be losing her heart to someone who can't love her in return. Saving the world, she can handle. Falling in love—not so much. 
As if battling the forces of evil wasn't difficult enough…
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2. Spellweaver (Fairy World MD Book 2)
Spellweaver won second place in the 2017 Readers' Favorite Book Awards Contest.
Olive's to-do list: Pay the rent, feed the cat, save Faythander. Again.
When the fairy realm faces a new, terrifying threat from a goblin Spellweaver, Olive Kennedy leaves her home in Houston to travel through the most dangerous places in Faythander in order to confront him. While there, she learns that history is a muddled subject, especially when elves are involved. Her only comfort comes from Kull, her Viking warrior sidekick--who somehow negates her bad fortune. Yet how long can their relationship last when his past is brought to light? Olive will be tested beyond anything she has endured so far as the secrets of Faythander's sordid and bloody past are exposed--one that could irrevocably alter the future and destroy the lives of everyone she loves.

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3. Bloothorn (Fairy World MD Book 3)
BLOODTHORN is a finalist in the 2017 RONE Awards.
Olive Kennedy doesn't believe in fairy tales. 

In a desperate attempt to earn income, fairy world therapist Olive Kennedy resorts to finding clients at the Texas Renaissance Festival. When she discovers the corpse of her client's husband discarded in her booth, she realizes that earning her next paycheck is the least of her worries. Even worse, Olive learns the murderer may be a magical monster from the fairy realm. The fae and their escorts arrive from Faythander to aid in the investigation, but they do not travel alone. Olive must confront the one person she never wished to see again. Kull--her ex.
After months with no contact from Faythander, Olive hoped the magical drama was over. Yet it seems she'll never escape the beings who haunt her nightmares, or be free from the man who took away her happily ever after.

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Susan Harris presents... paranormal romance with adult themes.

1. Skin and Bones (Ever Chace Chronicles 1)
RONE award nominee 2017 for best paranormal! 
Get stuck into what readers are calling a paranormal Criminal Minds!

Teens are turning up dead, and it will take a special team to catch a killer. 
Derek Doyle has been a member of the Paranormal Investigations Team since the monsters revealed themselves to the world. Considering that he thinks a monster is needed to catch a monster, he's definitely in the right place. As a lone wolf not used to letting many people in, neither man nor beast was prepared for the effect consultant Dr. Ever Chace has on them.
Growing up human in a world of supernatural creatures, Dr. Ever Chace has always felt a need to be special, to stand out. When asked to consult on a case where teens are being brutalized, she relishes the chance to make a difference and help stop a monster. But working alongside a wolf who she's so drawn to could be the beginning of something Ever might never have envisioned.
Fate and Destiny have a funny way of creeping up on you when you least expect it. With a murderer on the loose, Ever and Derek will have to put their attraction to one another aside while the hunt continues.
Easier said than done... right?

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2. Shattered Memories

A terrible tragedy forced Alana McCarthy to forget a year of her life. Now she is to be executed for a crime she does not remember committing—the murder of her entire family. Lost and alone, Alana is terrified of unlocking secrets buried so deep inside her mind that she's willing to forget the one person who could set her free.
Daniel Costello hasn't forgotten about Alana, and he will do anything and everything to protect the girl he loves. But first, Alana needs to unlock her memories and find out the truth about what happened the night her family was killed.
The day of her execution is set. Together, will Alana and Daniel be able to uncover the truth behind her family's deaths before it's too late?

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Sharonlee Holder presents... steamy NA paranormal romance, action-packed with adult themes.

1. Resurgence (Blood of the Custodians Book 1)
This steamy, fast-paced paranormal romance by Sharonlee Holder is perfect for fans of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward and Sacrificed to the Dragon by Jessie Donovan.

The last thing Antara remembers about yesterday was her piece of crap car breaking down in the middle of the road, and a too-sexy-for-his-own-good stranger offering his assistance. Neither explains why she woke up naked in his bed, nor why she feels sicker than she's ever been in her life.

Caught in the grips of a terrible fever, nothing's making much sense to Antara. There are only two things she's fairly certain about. One—the unearthly hot stranger's name is Eros and he's definitely not a human. And two—she's pretty sure she was drugged and is currently his hostage.

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Erica Kiefer presents...

1. Rumors (Lingering Echoes Prequel)

Seventeen-year-old Allie Collins would rather hide behind rumors than face the truth--her life will never be the same as it was before the accident. As a star athlete grieving in the shadows, she hopes to find normalcy in boys and basketball. When her best friend sets her up with the popular Shane Moretti, Allie drags her feet, reluctant for added complications. Then she decides that dating Shane would be the perfect shield from last summer's tragedy. However, what starts as a mere distraction proves much more complex. As Shane leads Allie into questionable situations, gossip continues to swirl.

Battling for her own identity while barricading painful emotions, Allie won't escape her senior year without new wounds. After all, tragedy is no stranger to her. The events that unfold will draw readers deep into a well of emotion in Rumors, a Lingering Echoes Prequel.

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S. A. Larsen presents...

1. Marked Beauty 
Uncovering hidden secrets can sometimes kill you . . . or worse, steal your soul.

Anastasia Tate has a secret. She can feel the emotions of others through their life energy auras. Not a welcome gift for a teenager. Especially when a sinister presence begins stalking her.

Viktor Castle also has a secret. He's tasked with protecting humanity yet cursed by an ancient evil to destroy it.

After Viktor saves Ana's life, her abilities grow stronger. Drawn together, she senses Viktor has answers to lifelong questions. Only he shuns her at every turn, knowing he has saved her only to put her in more danger.

As Ana struggles with her attraction to Viktor, he tries everything to bury his unexpected feelings for her. But they must find a middle ground. For only together can they combat the dark forces threatening both their lives . . . and their souls.

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2. Motley Education
**Multi Award-Winning Middle Grade Novel!**
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Forget having a lively after school social life, Ebony Charmed is fighting to keep the entire afterlife alive.

Ebony's less-than-average spirit tracking abilities are ruining more than sixth grade at Motley Junior High: School for the Psychically and Celestially Gifted. Her parents argue so much her dad's moved out. And, even though he's scared of his own shadow and insists on bringing his slimy, legless lizard everywhere they go, Ebony wouldn't survive without her best friend, Fleishman.

When Ebony's Deadly Creatures & Relics' project goes missing she learns her missing project is one of the keys to saving the spirit world.

Now Ebony and Fleishman must battle beasts from Norse mythology to retrieve her project before spirits are lost, the Well of Urd dries up, and Ebony loses all hope of reuniting her family. But someone lies in wait, and he has other plans...including creating a new world of spirits without them in it.

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Suzanne van Rooyen presents... upper YA/NA Sci-fi with adult themes.

1. I Heart Robot
Sixteen-year-old Tyri wants to be a musician and wants to be with someone who gets her musical aspirations.

Q-I-99, aka 'Quinn,' lives in a scrap metal sanctuary with other rogue droids. While some use violence to make their voices heard, demanding equal rights for AI enhanced robots, Quinn just wants a moment on stage with his violin to show the humans that androids like him have more to offer than their processing power.

Tyri and Quinn's worlds collide when they're accepted by the Baldur Junior Philharmonic Orchestra. As the rift between robots and humans deepens, Tyri and Quinn's love of music draws them closer together, forcing Tyri to question where her loyalties lie and Quinn to question his place in the world. With the city on the brink of civil war, will Tyri's and Quinn's passion for music be enough to hold them together while everything else crumbles down around them, or will the truth of who they are tear them apart?

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2. Scardust
Sometimes answers fall from the sky...
Dead Rock, Texas, 2037
Raleigh Williams made a promise to his brother before he died, that he'd scatter his ashes on Mars. Desperate to leave a life of bad memories behind and start over in the Martian colony, Raleigh fully intends to keep that promise. But his plans are thwarted when a meteor near-misses him in the desert, and Raleigh finds in its crater not debris or even a spacecraft, but a man covered in swirling scars and with no memory of who he is. At least he looks like a man—a man Raleigh can't seem to keep his eyes off of—but whenever they touch it ignites a memory swap between them.
Raleigh agrees to help Meteor Man piece together his life through their cosmic connection. But the memory share goes both ways, and Raleigh becomes inexplicably entangled with a guy who is everything he needs—everything good that Raleigh is not—but might not even be human. As their minds and worlds collide, reality unravels and Raleigh must face a painful truth, one that could shatter his dreams of finding love, reaching Mars, and fulfilling his brother's last wish.

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3. Obscura Burning
Kyle Wolfe’s world is about to crash and burn. Just weeks before graduation, a fire kills Kyle's two best friends and leaves him permanently scarred. A fire that Kyle accidentally set the night he cheated on his boyfriend Danny with their female friend, Shira. That same day, a strange new planet, Obscura, appears in the sky. And suddenly Kyle’s friends aren’t all that dead anymore. Each time Kyle goes to sleep, he awakens to two different realities. In one, his boyfriend Danny is still alive, but Shira is dead. In the other, it’s Shira who’s alive… and they’re friends with benefits.

Shifting between realities is slowly killing him, and he's not the only one dying. The world is dying with him. He's pretty sure Obscura has something to do with it, but with his parents’ marriage imploding and realities shifting each time he closes his eyes, Kyle has problems enough without being in charge of saving the world.

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