Thursday, June 30, 2022

House of Badawi Cover Reveal

 

I am thrilled to share this gorgeous cover for an upcoming release called House of Badawi by C.J. Khemi! This beauty will be gracing shelves this October!

House of Badawi

Expected Publication Date: October 14, 2022

Genre: NA Fantasy

Publisher: Bowne Street Press

Valxina Kulrani wants nothing more than to join the Keepers, an all women legion that protects the House of Badawi’s spring of immortality. The Keepers prevent rival kingdoms from using the spring to create immortal armies—an undertaking forbidden by the King, for only he and his chosen are allowed to use the spring’s waters. 

When Valxina finally achieves her dreams, she expects safety and protection after a life of poverty. But Valxina soon discovers that her new existence isn’t what she thought. Keepers are vanishing in the dead of night—including Valxina’s superior, Sera. 

Worried that her status won’t keep her safe and that she and the other new Keepers could be the next to disappear, Valxina devises a plan: seduce the Lord of Badawi, Zessfar, into telling her what he knows about the disappearances. As she grows closer to Zessfar and they put together the pieces of Sera’s disappearance, Valxina realizes she might be falling for him. 

But things in the House of Badawi are never as they seem. Whispers spread like wildfire behind the marble walls—about the true cost of the spring’s waters, and the lengths that the House of Badawi is willing to go to keep those secrets quiet. Valxina must learn to separate truth from deception in a court where the truth could get her killed. 

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C.J. Khemi is the debut author of House of Badawi. She’s Indo-Trinidadian-American, a native New Yorker, and is currently living out her cottage-core dreams in a home outside of NYC.

Khemi holds a M.A. in International Affairs and a B.A. in Psychology. She is a content writer by day, covering current affairs and politics in the United States.

When C.J. is not working or writing, she is out walking at her local nature preserve, trying to perfect her mom’s curry chicken recipe (which she has yet to get just right), and binging her latest obsession with her cat, Moon.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Five Belles Too Many Review Spotlight

 


 Five Belles Too Many by Debra H. Goldstein is the fifth book in her Sarah Blair mystery series. Sarah is back in this newest mystery and she’s going to find herself embroiled in yet another murder.

Sarah’s mother, Maybelle, has been picked as one of the contestants to participate in the Southern Belles reality show. To be in compliance of the rules, Sarah is designated to be her mother’s chaperone. Sarah has no clue of the trouble that is brewing, but she’s going to get a front row seat when someone from the crew winds up dead.

Five Belles Too Many is an engaging novel that keeps me guessing as to who the killer is almost to the very end of this story. As this book is the fifth in the series, it does help to have read the previous books to really understand what has been transpiring between the characters throughout the series. As you read, you get the sense that there is something going on with Sarah and one of her friends. Things seem to be a little rocky, but a little conversation and understanding goes a long ways.

While Sarah isn’t too keen on being a chaperone for her mother, I can understand why. While promised that it won’t interfere with her day job, you just never know. When it comes to shooting “reality t.v.” anything can happen or change last minute and the next thing you know, you’re whole day is impacted. I appreciate how the author does such a good job with that particular element of the story. It gives off the element of where you just don’t know what to expect. It really keeps you on your toes concerning this story.

The variety of characters in this book really make it engaging, and gives you plenty to either like or dislike depending on your tastes. While Maybelle may be classified as “high maintenance” I really enjoyed her in this book. She’s engaging and brings a bit of humor as well. I like the backstory that is sprinkled in in the right places for some of the other characters, and the drama that is going on between them. While the drama is subtle, it’s not too hard to spot when you get down to it.

Some of the delicious foods in this book really had me flipping to the back to see if that particular recipe would be featured. You can bet that I was thrilled when Chef Bernardi’s breakfast biscuits are included. The author’s descriptions of the biscuits had me craving some. LOL! I’m always up for something tasty.

The mystery angle of this book is really well done. I did feel that Sarah was a bit absent-minded in a couple places of the story. I pieced together certain things before she did when things begin to go downhill concerning Jane. I expected Sarah to remember things a bit better than she does, but it all plays together in the story to come together in the right moments. In certain scenes of the book she’s more observant than others, but to be honest, it all works. I really like how the murder had me thinking and trying to piece together how it was carried out. I have to say it was a real stroke of genius all the way around. The thought process behind it and how it was executed. The author lays some red herrings to tease you into looking in one direction when the answer is closer than you think.

Of course, there is more going on than meets the eye. You see one thing over here, but there is something else going on that you just don’t expect until the author begins to point it out to you. I have to admit that I found some humor in Sarah’s animals’ interactions with Jane. RahRah especially was amusing since those of us who are owned by cats know just how they can be towards certain people.

I think that if I had to choose a favorite character in this book it would Cliff. He’s a really interesting character, and he sounds like such a good person. Things are complicated right now between him and Sarah, but who knows what the future holds? He really contributes in this book to helping piece together some elements that point in the right direction to catching a murderer.

My least favorite character? Well, you don’t even need to guess on that one. LOL! While she may not be guilty of murder, Jane manages to stand out as the number one least favorite. I really wish I understood her issues a bit better, but I honestly don’t think that even she understands her issues that well.

This book has a bit of a slow-start, but once it gets going it’s a real page-turner. There were moments that I really struggled to put this book down, because I just had to know what was going to happen next. The twists in this cozy mystery kept me guessing and I enjoyed every second of it. I’m really looking forward to what comes next with Sarah.

I’m choosing to rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. My favorite part of this book, besides the tasty foods described, was the mystery. It was so well done, and I enjoy a good surprise. If you enjoy cozy mystery novels, or have been reading this series then I highly encourage you to pick this book up and dive in.  


Monday, June 27, 2022

Her Dark Reflections Review Spotlight

 


Welcome to my stop for this gorgeous dark fairy tale retelling by Hailey Jade called Her Dark Reflection! Read on for more info and a chance to win a great giveaway!


 Her Dark Reflections is the first book in Hailey Jade’s The Dark Reflection series, and if you are a fan of well-done re-tellings then this is the book for you.

Rhiandra has lived her life on the streets, but working as a maisera since coming of age has afforded her some means of supporting herself. She’s popular and favored at the Winking Nymph, but it does little for her when she crosses the wrong person. When she’s attacked and permanently scarred she no longer has a place to call home. A step away from being on the streets she is approached with a deal by the mysterious Draven. He offers her a deal that sounds too good to be true, but it’s coupled with things she never believed she’d be able to attain. Will her desire for more be her downfall or will everything work out the way that she wants?

Her Dark Reflections is the first book in this dark retelling of Snow White and the seven dwarves, and let me just say this – I ate this book up. I’m always up for a good retelling of a fairy tale favorite and this book really hits the spot. Piece by piece the author weaves together this story with a character who has so much to lose.

Rhiandra is a complex character, that much is true. I will be the first to admit that throughout the story I had mixed feelings about her. One minute I was cheering for her to be successful, and then the next I was wishing that she would have some sense. She is definitely an engaging character, that is for sure. I kept wondering what is going to happen next with her. Will she be exposed? Will there be a close call?

The author expertly weaves the dangers of court, and just the simple task of gaining the king’s eye and holding it. I will say that I expected a bit more rivalry from the other women who are selected in this book. There are some characters that create a bit of whiplash for me. I don’t quite get what is going on with them, but it’s all done for a reason. It really keeps you on your toes and page-turning to find out what is going to happen next.

The twists and turns of this book really make this book an engaging novel and I’m absolutely looking forward to what comes next in this series. The characters are engaging, and I must say that Rhiandra is one top-notch manipulator. Now, I will say that it takes a bit to get to the exact re-telling tie in, but it’s worth the wait. The author drops in little teasing items, besides the apple, to tie this re-telling to the original fairytale. So if you are one of those people who’s looking for those immediate tie-ins just be patient. It’ll get there and you’ll absolutely love it.

There is a nice variety of characters throughout this story that really help bring it to life. I just know that Rhiandra is going to have quite a lot to deal with in the coming books, because so much still is shrouded in shadows.

I’m rating this book 5 out of 5 stars. This book is exceptionally well-written and I couldn’t get enough of the characters throughout. If you like dark fantasy novels packed with twists, turns, and so much more then you’re not going to want to miss out on this particular book and series!


Thank you to the author, Hailey Jade, and R&R Tours for the opportunity to read and review this book! I look forward to book two!


Her Dark Reflection (The Dark Reflection #1)

Publication Date: June 15, 2022

Genre: Dark Fantasy/ Dark Romance/ Fairytale Retelling

Midnight Tide Publishing

They called me the Whore Queen. Some even called me the Evil Queen.
But they could call me whatever they wanted. I was still queen.”

Rhiandra Tiercelin hungers for power and her charm has always been her sharpest weapon in hunting it. So when a brutal attack leaves her physically scarred, desperation drives her to make a deal with Draven, a magic-wielding stranger who is inexplicably compelling and definitely dangerous. She knows she can’t trust him, but he when he offers to make her a queen, the temptation is too enticing to resist.

Armed with a glamoured face and an enchanted apple, Rhiandra is determined to scheme her way into a crown, even if it means risking the deadly punishment for unsanctioned magic use. But Draven is playing a bigger game, and she is just one piece on the board.

Can she keep her wits about her long enough to uncover his secrets, or will he lure her down a path she will come to regret?

Her Dark Reflection is the first book in a new dark romantic fantasy series perfect for fans of Raven Kennedy, Jennifer Armentrout and Sarah A. Parker. If you like cunning, ambitious heroines, morally ambiguous men and romance that toes the line between love and hate, then you’ll love Hailey Jade’s dark reimagining of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

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Chapter One

The Winking Nymph was always flooded with patrons after the Burnings.

The atmosphere wasn’t the same as it would be on a busy night at a regular tavern; the dim lighting fed rather than banished the shadows, encouraging them closer, leaving pockets of space where patrons could lurk without being recognized. Men – and the occasional woman – drank, sometimes in groups, but for the most part they didn’t engage themselves with singing bawdy songs or telling dirty jokes. Perhaps the place was debauched enough on its own and so they didn’t feel the need.

Women drifted in and out of the shadows, flirting with the light as it caught on their spangled wrists and ankles and throats, and at the front of the room a beautiful redheaded girl sang with a voice as sweet as sun-warmed strawberries. It was going to be a big tipping night; the city was beginning to bulge with visitors attending the treaty celebrations, and the moon cycle holiday had beckoned them all to the streets, thrilled by the morning’s violence and drunk on bloodlust.

I was eager to get out on the floor, but Madam had saddled me with initiation duties, so I was instead lingering in a corner by the bar, doing breathing exercises with the novice.

Aalin’s perfume was thick, a ghastly confection of jasmine, violets and something sugary that made my head ache. I could pick a new girl a mile away – they wore thick makeup obscuring their faces, chains and sparkles everywhere one could hang a jewel, and gowns in gaudy colors that revealed more than they concealed. They thought they were channeling desirability, but in reality, all the decoration was just a screen to hide their nerves behind.

I was long past those sorts of na├»ve assumptions. I’d worked at the Winking Nymph long enough to know that calculated vulnerability earns more than donning the generic armor of maisera. Aalin wasn’t ready to hear that, though. That night she just needed to feel like she belonged, and all that perfume was a part of the uniform.

They’re just men,’ I soothed as she chewed on her lip and smoothed her dress over and over again. ‘And they’re mostly drunk men. They want to be pleased. And they’ll be excited to see a new girl.’ I tucked a lock of wiry hair back into her updo.

I don’t think I know how to be sexy,’ she admitted in a small voice. ‘I thought I did, but now that I’m standing here…’

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About the Author

Hailey Jade has tried to quit writing, but alas, the characters who live in her head will not stop yammering. She’s hoping that building them ink-and-paper homes will make them pipe down long enough for her to get some sleep. She likes creating fantasy worlds populated by complicated, morally-grey characters who try to resist their attraction to other complicated, morally-grey characters, but who inevitably fall in love, because everyone needs a Happily Ever After.

Hailey has completed a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Teaching at Flinders University, and spends her daylight hours trying to convince reluctant teenagers to love books. She lives in regional South Australia with her partner, bouncy baby boy, and feline overlord.

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Friday, June 24, 2022

Cardinals Sale Blitz


Vampire Fiends!

You can grab yourself a copy of Cardinals by Ian Conner for ONLY $0.99 from now until July 4th! Conner promises "a completely new twist on Stoker’s tale." Available now where e-books are sold!

Cardinals

Publication Date: May 2nd, 2022

Genre: Horror/ Vampires/ Sci-Fi Horror/ Fantasy

Publisher: Black Raptor Books

Nine Hundred years before Christ, God has cast his wife, Asherah, out of heaven and condemned her to roam the earth as the first vampire. Over the centuries, she created other vampires. There are also those that she left for dead but survived her attack without being completely turned into vampires. These survivors are called Cardinals. Scottish Countess Kellena Donnachaidh and Lady Suzette Allard, our protagonists, are among these cardinals. They are searching out Asherah for a final conflict.

Asherah has discovered a way back to heaven so she can exact her vengeance. Using the Amulet of Cassiel she can call the Flaming chariot of Israel to return to heaven and exact her revenge on God.

Now, 3000 years later, the Vatican and other groups are working to destroy Asherah and the vampires., fearing their own destruction if she ascends, simply want to stop Asherah using the Amulet of Cassiel to re-enter heaven. The race and intrigue to recover the Amulet is full of intrigue, betrayal.

A completely new twist on Stoker’s tale.

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Ian Conner is retired and spent most of his adult life as a Marine and Army Infantry Sergeant. Now living near San Diego California with his wife Bonnie, a cellist, and their two dogs, Cookie and Isabella. Conner spends his days fostering kittens, gardening, crafting beautiful stained glass and creating worlds on the page.

Conner has authored several other novels:

Cooper’s Ridge  –  Science Fiction

The Long Game – Political Thriller

The Price of Partisanship – Political Thriller

Solaris  – Political Thriller

Griffins Perch – Epic Fantasy

Ghost Witch  –  Horror

After a lifetime of destruction the thought of creating something tangible and lasting holds great appeal.  He finds writing a cathartic way to redefine himself both in his eyes and the eyes of others.

Conner can be reached at Ian@BlackRaptorBooks.com

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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Flame in the Palace Review Spotlight

 


I'm so pleased to share this stunning EPIC romantic fantasy novel with you today! Read on for my review, more details, an exclusive excerpt to read, and a chance to win a fantastic book box including a signed copy!


 Let me just start this off by saying this – we always say “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but believe me – if this book’s gorgeous cover captures your attention, piques your interest...Grab. This. Book!! By the time you get to the end, you will be begging for book two. I promise you. I honestly nearly pitched a fit when I got to the last page. LOL! Just means that I have something to look forward to when the story continues…

Flame in the Palace by Seluna Drake is an epic fantasy steeped in romance. The blurb quickly piqued my interest, along with the title of this book and I just knew that I had to read this novel. The author weaves such an engaging tale from beginning to end mixing in some mythical creatures that left me begging and hoping for more in the future. This is the first book that I have read by this author, and I look forward to reading more of her works – especially this series as she continues to grow and develop her storyline and characters.

Get ready to meet Myria. She’s just a “simple barmaid” but her life is about to take a wild turn with the sudden and unexpected appearance of her distant cousin, Geffrey. She has no idea that the group he travels with is about to change her life forever – some for the better, and some...for the worse. The trials ahead will test Myria at every level. Her dreams, her goals, her desires. But with her past being shrouded in secrets, she has no idea exactly what is to come. Myria is to join four other young ladies as they aspire to catch the prince’s eye in order to be his bride by the end of the season. Myria has no idea what lies ahead for her, and the path that will be denied her heart.

This book is a page-turner!! I’m not joking. I devoured this book and was left begging for more. The author beautifully details this book, and the characters are so well done that I could almost imagine them stepping off the pages, or better yet...me stepping into the book with them. Watching Myria develop as a character is truly something. She knows nothing about court, but she has some guidance along the way in the form of many helpers here and there. She acts without thought at times, but it all proves to work for her benefit at the end of the day. It proves her worth where others would wish to dismiss her.

True to form, the author wastes no effort in reminding readers that this one thing is true – life at court is fraught with danger. As you read this book, you’ll see just what I mean as Myria becomes the target for one particular individual. The author shrouds the reasons in shadows all the way to the end, but still leaves the answers we’re waiting for in the shadows. I’m hoping that book two will bring some revelations because I am desperate for answers. Of course, this just adds to the twists and mystery buried throughout this book. Myria gains some answers, but only a few concerning her own history but there’s more.

The variety of characters in this book really helps it shine and bring it to life. You have Myria who is the main character, but there are so many others to be dazzled with. Of course, there will be those who will cause you to narrow your eyes at them. I will admit that I raised my eyebrows a few times at Myria’s naivety. Her innocence works in her favor on one hand, but it brands her as easy to manipulate on the other if one should so choose. It does mark her as one who has grown up outside of the courts and their backstabbing ways.

Page by page the author will draw you deeper into this book and Myria’s world. The romance builds and builds, but it ends up disappointing me in a way. LOL! Some will think, that’s typical, but it’s interesting nonetheless. I wonder where this path that Myria will be forced upon will lead her though. She’s told – “make the choice yourself before it is made for you.” Just when you think that things will play out one way, the author will drop a twist that will have your jaw on the floor. Brace yourself as well, there were a couple of moments in this book where the author literally had me in tears. I even had to reread a couple of spots in the story because I was so shocked by what I read.

Let me end with this, some twists – you will begin to piece together the puzzle that the author has in store. Other twists? You won’t see coming a mile away. This book does end on a cliffhanger, and while some people hate them – when they are done right? I absolutely love them. I honestly can’t wait for the next book in Myria’s story. You just know that she is going to be the “Flame in the Palace.” If you enjoy epic fantasy novels then I highly encourage you to grab this book. You will be on a rollercoaster of a ride with these characters and will be left eager for more to come. This author, Seluna Drake, has acquired herself a new fan/follower. I can’t wait to read what comes next. I’m rating this book 5 out of 5 stars. Flame in the Palace shines brightly.


Thank you to the author, Seluna Drake, and R&R Tours for the opportunity to read and review this book.

Flame in the Palace (Lady of Avalion #1)

Publication Date: May 13, 2022

Genre: Fantasy Romance/ Romantasy/ Epic Fantasy

With her heritage shrouded in mystery and a future seemingly destined for obscurity, a young orphan is raised in her grandmother’s roadside inn. And though she loves her work tending tables, Myria yearns for more. She learns any magic she can from traveling mages, though this only serves to kindle her desire to break free from her mundane life.

When a chance visit to the inn provides an opportunity to learn the magic of the noble elite, Myria’s life changes. But to join the nobility and learn their mystical secrets, she must win the prince’s heart by the end of the summer and become the future Queen of Avalion.

Five noble ladies contend for the same prize over a season of ritualized competitions and formal events, and Myria is thrust into a world of glittering ballrooms, excessive wealth, and charming aristocrats.

But as she learns that the gleaming palaces of Avalion conceal nests of vipers, she must decide if joining them is a cost worth paying to unravel the mysteries of their magic. And the more she learns, the more she realizes there is a shadow hanging over the kingdom that cannot be dispelled merely by a Flame in the Palace.

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The minotaur reveals himself at the mouth of the cave. He is taller than any man she has seen, with the chest and arms of a human covered in dense fur. The bull shows in his cloven hooves, horned head, and elongated face. He must not have been asleep yet, as he watches her with alert and wary eyes. He is always careful. And she is careful to finish her music to the end of a major chord—careful to remain still for him.

When the last note fades, Myria lowers her flute and smiles.

Hello there. I’m sorry. I know it is rather late. I hope you forgive me, but I brought some people who are keen to meet you.” She doesn’t know if he understands her, but she always speaks to him as if he can.

The minotaur raises his snout and sniffs the air before creeping to her. Myria remains still and waits for him to finish his inspection. Other humans have probably not been so kind to him as she, so she is patient with his trepidation. When his face is inches from hers, the minotaur stops and gazes at her. The anxious whispers of the men grow louder, distracting the minotaur. He snorts out a powerful breath with an uncertain grunt, blowing the hair out of her face. She senses the minotaur tensing in front of her, and her body coils like a spring.

She slowly reaches into her bag to break the tension and offers a peach. “Here,” she whispers, a slight tremble in her voice. “I know how much you like them.”

It is enough to refocus his attention. He is no longer cautious as he reaches for the fruit and bites into it eagerly. Myria breathes a sigh of relief and strokes his long snout.

I am sorry for my rude friends. Can they come closer? I promise they won’t hurt you.”

The minotaur seems to consider her question for some time, chewing on his peach with his head cocked to the side. Then, amazingly, he nods.

The others draw near with less certainty than Myria. The minotaur’s ears flatten back, but he appears no more imposing than that as he waits for the men to approach.

Myria introduces each man by handing them a peach to give to the minotaur. “This is my cousin Geffrey, and his friends: Aryn, Emiri, and Leor.”

They stand in line, awaiting their turn to give their offering of peach as they gape at the towering minotaur. Myria steps back to provide them with space, crossing her arms and smiling at her handiwork. Emiri steps back with her as Geffrey hands his peach to the minotaur.

Do you do this often?” he asks as he spins the peach in his hands.

Do what?” she asks coyly.

Make friends with dangerous, magical creatures,” he replies with a snort.

No, the minotaur is the only one I know.”

You know it’s crazy, right?” His spinning peach increases in speed. “Geffrey has us hunting a minotaur, and some barmaid takes us right to one, plays music for the beast, and feeds him peaches.”

Myria smirks, remembering his calloused hands. “Some barmaid? Is it as crazy as a commoner dressed up as a noble?”

Emiri chuckles, a husky sound that dissipates as he explains, “You are right; I am not a noble.”

But you ride around with them searching for minotaurs? Do you do that often?” she points out, echoing his initial question.

Looking for minotaurs? No. Ride around with them?” He gestures to the group before them, where Aryn is offering his peach. Emiri hesitates. “Yes, it happens occasionally.”

How did you get so lucky?” Myria sighs.

Emiri tenses beside her. “I’m not sure if I would call it luck. How did you even know I was just a commoner?”

I wouldn’t call you just a commoner, but if you must know, I saw your hands.” Myria reaches for one and holds it between the two of them. She traces the rough edges and lines with two fingers. “You have callouses, which means you’ve had to work hard in your life at some point. I have plenty of my own. Your friends don’t have any.”

Emiri says nothing about the sudden, forward gesture, and merely watches her. She maintains his piercing gaze with a shy smile. It is an expression that earns her many tips with the inn’s patrons, but that is not why she smiles now. The inn and minotaur are far from her mind as she puzzles out Emiri’s role among his noble friends.

You never answered my question,” she points out.

I—” Suddenly, a small gasp from the others cuts him off. Myria drops Emiri’s hand and races back to the minotaur, only to be greeted with a strange sight.

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Seluna Drake (she/her) is a high school English teacher, author, poet, and artist. Most of the time she passes as a chaotic creative who spends way too much time on video games and not enough time talking to her therapist. She also considers herself a witch, INFP, and an advocate for youth and marginalized voices. You can find her primarily on Twitter: @SelunaDrake.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

From the Deep Spotlight

 


 ‘Secrets Lurk Beneath’

Welcome to the tour for From the Deep by Kateri Stanley. Read on for more info and grab a copy today!

From the Deep

Publication Date: May 6, 2022

Genre: Thriller

Publisher: Burton Mayer Books

Julian Finch, widower and fisherman, awakes to learn that the bodies of two colleagues have washed up on the beach of Drake Cove. The close-knit community is under fierce public scrutiny due to a long-standing tradition called “The Culling”, the annual slaughter of pilot whales for consumption. An act which divides the nation.

The suspects are the extreme animal rights group, the Fighters Against Animal Cruelty (FAAC) who go wherever the politics is trending. They’ve been harassing the small fishing town for many years, smashing up their boats and sending vicious hate mail.

Tensions mount after a viral video, uploaded by the FAAC of Julian killing a pregnant whale, causes uproar online and in real life. In the aftermath, Julian becomes the victim of hate crime. In order to avoid further life-threatening attacks, Julian and his daughter take refuge in the home of Frank Blothio: ex-fisherman turned writer and political activist who does not have the best history with the animal rights movement, or Drake Cove as a whole.

As Julian integrates into the Blothio way of life, he discovers heinous secrets and disturbing truths lurking beneath the skin of his hometown that will change his life forever.

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About the Author


Kateri Stanley is a pseudonym for the multi-genre fiction writer. Since being a child, Kateri has been inspired by the wondrous mediums of books, music, TV and film. After working in the healthcare industry for eight years and studying for an Arts and Humanities degree, she made the decision to move cities in the West Midlands and live with her ever-suffering partner and their two cats. Her debut novel Forgive Me was published by indie press house, Darkstroke Books in 2021 and became an Amazon bestseller reaching #1 in the US Horror Fiction charts. She is currently working on her third novel, Bittersweet Injuries and would love to pursue a full-time career in writing.

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