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Scooter Nation

Scooter Nation (Unapologetic Lives Series Book 2) by [Funkhauser, A.B.]

Scooter and Carla have to deal with lots of drama and backstabbing behind the scenes. They face off with Jocasta Binns. On the other hand, there is also a scooter bound gang led by a silver haired goon wreaking havoc on the gardens in the most contemptuous way. The Funeral Service is saddled with tension between the ‘siblings’.

The author has weaved quite the hilarious tale set in a funeral service establishment. The story highlights the inner workings of managing such an establishment which, it turns out, is like any other family business. The story is so vividly narrated that the reader cannot help but join the world.

The plot is well developed and fast paced and the characters are multi-dimensional. This makes it easy for the reader to visualize them and get acquainted. It is particularly interesting how Jocasta is introduced to the reader. She is introduced with her crackling fingers and her scandalous origin. She is not fazed by her old age and remains stoic and a force to be reckoned with. The Jocastrator can withstand anything and anyone. She inspires the kind of admiration that is mixed with fear. Then there is Scooter, who seems very sweet and charming. He is like the sunshine that peeks through the curtains in the morning. Then Charlie, the poor old man who has been turned into a mere informant for the brothers. Every character has a backstory and their uniqueness shines through regardless of their role in the story. This is one of the biggest strengths of this book.

Scooter Nation contains all the elements of a great novel. Thoughts and ideas flow seamlessly while moments of laugh out loud humor keep you engaged in a story that is surprising at every page turn.

This is a book I can see myself reading again because the characters, incontinent though some may be, make you want too keep coming back. It has managed to surpass expectations which were already high from the first installment in the series. A perfect book for a good chuckle.

Pages: 196 | ASIN:  B07RQ92W83

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Underground: Revelations – Trailer

The war the world feared finally came except this was a different kind of war. One fought between the living and the dead. The living lost.

Liam, a former soldier in the war against the dead, had done everything he could to hold back the enemy but in the end he joined the other survivors in the only safe place left— underground.

Now Liam helps keep the last of the living safe in the subway tunnels, scavenging food by day, hiding by night, all the while haunted about how they lost the world above them. He always believed the dead had help but he could never prove it.

He would soon learn he was right all along and that there is no safe place to hide from extinction—underground just might turn out to be everyones tomb after all.

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The Optical Lasso: Beware of Neptune’s Dark Side

The Optical Lasso: Beware of Neptune's Dark Side by [Corwin, Marc]

Commander James Cody disappeared into a wormhole created by his own invention 100 years ago and is currently only a fable. This is all unbeknownst to him. He shares a cell with a creature so perfect she might as well have been conjured up in his head. She is the leader of a fierce group of fighting women. With mutual mistrust between them, can they come together to make it out alive?

The author has woven a delightfully strange and completely engrossing plot that bounces between James past and his present. The story evokes different kinds of emotions at different junctures which leaves the reader feeling bereft when the story comes to an end. The story pulls the reader in and goes on a whirlwind journey through different time periods as well as through Commander Cody’s mind.

The story moves quickly and efficiently. The setting is drawn so realistically, and scientific facts handled so deftly, that it’s hard to tell fact from fiction at times.

The book has a classic plot that is elevated with unrelenting wit and some lighthearted moments. The Optical Lasso is filled with shocking twists and action packed scenes colored with creative genius.

I enjoyed the characters in this book and thought they were all uniquely different yet relatable. Lt Cat is not to be messed with but she still maintains her femininity in a way that makes her character likeable. Commander James is friendly and extraordinary all at the same time. I found him to be a wholesome contradiction. Both characters were unexpected but still captivating and interesting.

This book is suitable for young adults and adults alike. It has characters the YA crowd can admire and be inspired by. They might not completely connect with the interactions but they will for sure love the plot and Marc’s imagination. The adults can relate to the characters and simply enjoy the adult adventure they embark on. You’ll feel like you’re on a first name basis whit the characters by the end of this book.

Pages: 349 | ASIN: B07QFC1WZL

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Knightshade: Perdition Bleeds

King Gravynmere of Vanosia has sent some of his best soldiers to investigate strange stories in the nearby border town of Faxon. The men will soon learn there is more truth than fancy to these stories, for something walks in the fields, something with cloven hooves and fire dripping from its hands.

The king rallies his son, Prince Quinn, his entire army and all of the Kingdom of Vanosia to confront the very forces of darkness in an epic tale of adventure, magic and mystery as the veil between their world and Perdition grows thin.

Join the Prince as he battles for his land, his people and his beloved on a mission that will take him to ends of the world and back, through pain and sacrifice, war and horror as what is below claws its way to above.

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Resurrected Darkly

Resurrected Darkly (The Darkly Series Book 5) by [Smith, Tarrant]

Ena and her father are coping with multiple sudden changes in life as they have known it for centuries. They are giving up Ena’s younger siblings, and they are watching as the age-old practice of the pleasure dens are done away with. Nothing is as it should be in their world. When Ena is approached by Blodeuwedd, the matchmaking goddess, to run what she describes as a simple errand, Ena takes the opportunity. Little does she realize that agreeing to help Blodeuwedd will lead her to some of the most challenging moments of her life while opening her eyes to her true self.

Tarrant Smith jumps right into the action with Resurrected Darkly. From the first pages, the reader is swept into Ena’s world and given a myriad of clues as to her origins. Ena’s willingness to appease the goddess, Blodeuwedd, and venture into a strange castle alone make her an appealing character and one worth calling a favorite. Readers following Smith’s Darkly series will be pleased to see that Ena, in previous books, is the focus of this installment. As intriguing as her character is in the previous books, Ena endears herself to readers with the unique characteristics she possesses as both a dragon and fey.

I was excited to see Crank as the male focus in this book. I tend to gravitate toward secondary characters in novels, and Crank is one who caught my eye in previous books. His gruff demeanor and bluntness add an element of humor to Smith’s books. Crank, however, takes a dark turn in Resurrected Darkly. Readers will hurt for him as he faces a struggle beyond anything he has faced before. The guilt he bears is overwhelming and has grown into a burden that is almost more than he is able to bear.

Smith includes descriptions of “the enchanted” in her work; humans who have been taken into the fey realm to serve the fey. They seem to live simple lives, almost robotic, but their roles are quite complex. Ena, who has more of an affinity for the enchanted than most, shows actual emotion over the enchanted.

I found Resurrected Darkly to be the most engaging of the books in the series. The dynamic between Ena and Crank is simply enchanting. The impact that Ena, a hardened soul herself, has on the tormented Crank is just short of miraculous. I enjoyed watching the growth that took place between the two.

Smith brings together a multitude of characters from the first four books of her Darkly series as she heals one of her most engaging characters from an unspeakable trauma. Readers who enjoyed the first four Darkly books will be more than pleased with Smith’s fifth installment–a fantastic addition to the romantic fantasy series.

Pages:282 | ASIN: B07NMKM7CH

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Surrendered Darkly

Surrendered Darkly (The Darkly Series Book 4) by [Smith, Tarrant]

Cora, not part of the upper crust of society, is considered a low ranking fey. A handmaiden with an iron-clad memory, Cora has not forgotten Neb and the hurt he caused her in the past. Neb is as unseelie as he is unsavory in Cora’s mind, but he has other plans for the two of them–plans over which he has no control. While a romance is the furthest thing from Cora’s mind, she has no way of knowing that Neb will be the one to make plans for so very much more than a fleeting romance. Neb is about to change the course for both their lives no matter what it may take.

Tarrant Smith has added yet another colorful book to her Darkly series. Surrendered Darkly follows Cora and Neb on their journey back to one another and along a tumultuous and unlikely courtship. Cora is a strong-willed fey with a mind of her own, and Neb is determined to figure out why he feels so drawn to Cora, a woman he is convinced he should remember.

Blue, a mother figure to Cora and a goddess in her own right, is a truly interesting character. She has many layers Smith reveals throughout the book. Perhaps Blue’s most striking characteristic is her tendency to mother over Cora. As with all of Smith’s characters, I am always amazed and somewhat taken aback by their appearances in human forms. Sometimes I feel as if I am reading two different books.

Smith shows readers a little more of the reactions given by mortals. When Neb finds himself in town, readers are able to witness along with Neb the reactions of the humans around them when Neb isn’t quite in his full human form. It’s refreshing to see that the mortals around the seelie and unseelie are not totally oblivious to them. I find that adds a nice layer of believability to the fantasy being woven by Smith.

Of the Darkly books, I find this one to be the most steeped in romance though it lacks the frequent love scenes. The basis of this installment is the relationship, or lack thereof, between Neb and Cora. The entire plot centers around deep feelings taking over Neb and how he will deal with them. Cora, on the other hand, has a battle to wage within herself as she faces Neb a second time following her previous heartache. Readers who are fond of deep-seated romances will enjoy this fourth book in the series.

I am always intrigued by Smith’s abilities to write characters who are tied together emotionally and by their abilities.

From the first page, this romantic fantasy engages readers with the lives of colorful characters and explores realms via two headstrong main characters, Neb and Cora. Theirs is a story fans of romance won’t want to miss.

Pages: 266 | ASIN: B005ZWIIWK

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Find Your Where – Trailer

  1. Ask yourself: can you afford to work in the wrong job for the wrong organization?
  2. 86% of employees are looking for a new job
  3. There is a 33% increase of heart attacks on Monday mornings
  4. Poor management in U.S. companies is associated with 120,000 deaths every year!
  5. This book turns the tables by putting you in control—by putting you in a position to assess whether YOU want the job. (You’re not the victim, helpless in job decisions)
  6. Know what you want and need. Be purposeful and intentional with your job search and choices. (Interview the interviewer (the book is full of questions with explanations as to why to ask them and what information it brings you).

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Purpose and Passion

Kim Nugent Author Interview

Kim Nugent Author Interview

Paving Your Path is a guide that high school students and their mentors can use to navigate the difficult transitional moments in life. Why was this an important book for you to write?

Paving Your Path was important for me to write because high school students are under more pressure than ever before and they do not know they can manifest their destiny. They certainly cannot do it by themselves and would benefit for a mentor. In addition, the sooner they discover their purpose and passion, the sooner they can begin on the track. This can save, time, money and frustration.

You share some very good advice in this book that is appropriate for anyone facing major life decisions. What do you hope readers take away from this book?

I want readers to consider taking on a mentoring role to make a real difference in our youth and our future. They will benefit from the relationship more than they give. It is a win-win.

What is a key concept you think is important for handling decision making?

A key concept for decision making is to define the issue, look for solutions, research the options, choose the option that best fits for you, and get into action.

When and where will this book be available?

The book will be available on September 3, 2019, from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Ingram to coincide with the beginning of the new school year.

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“Are you passionate enough for the path you are choosing? Are you personally ready to take that path? How is the mentor-mentee relationship working out? These are important questions that will be answered within the book. Paving your Path should be a staple for graduating high school students.” – Literary Titan

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Family In More Than Just Blood

Nikki Haase Author Interview

Nikki Haase Author Interview

Experiment X: Sacrifice is a genre-crossing novel with elements of a science fiction, fantasy, and action as well. Did you start writing with this in mind, or did this happen organically as you were writing?

The story itself happened organically, but the genre-crossing was planned. I started writing it after reading the Hunger Games and binge-watching Avatar: The Last Airbender, and I had been toying with the idea about a story of super soldiers created in a lab, it just fell into place. I just thought placing people in the ‘real world’ with these elemental powers would be pretty neat.

Karen is an intriguing character that I enjoyed following. What were some driving ideals behind her character development?

I’m glad you liked her character! She was fun to write. I wanted to show people that they can escape abusive situations. I wanted to show people that you can find family in more than just blood. Despite tragedy you can come out on top and that you’re so much stronger than you think.

The powers displayed in the book were fascinating and used in interesting ways. What were some sources of inspiration for the different experiments?

A lot of it came from Avatar: The Last Airbender. Certain elements of them just came from my boyfriend, Mike, and I sitting down and mulling over what they could do. He’s the one that came up with the Air Elements being able to control/conjure lightning!

This is book one in the Experiment X series. What can readers expect in book two of the series?

They expect more of the inner workings of the Lab, new Experiments/new Subjects. Someone who was dead is alive. Shawn discovers a new power. Not everyone is who they seem and the characters must do whatever it takes to survive.

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Experiment X: Sacrifice by [Haase, Nikki]

I lived a normal life until Jack showed up.

He tells me that there’s a government facility that houses an army of super soldiers known as Experiments.

He tells me I’m a key part of it and that they’re after us.

I know he’s dangerous and I know he’s capable of murder, but he’s the only person who can help unlock what’s been hidden inside of me.

Now the only thing that will keep my loved ones safe is to help destroy the very thing that created me.

And even that might not be enough.

A vengeful fire burns deep within in and I must take down the Lab if I want to keep the last remaining strands of my sanity.

I only need to make it out alive.

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In Constant Conflict

Dorian Keys Author Interview

Dorian Keys Author Interview

Imprint Legacy follows detective Miers as he tries to solve a bizarre case while missing a chunk of his memory. What was the inspiration for the setup to this intriguing story?

First I would like to thank Literary Titan for reading and reviewing my novel.

The question I posted myself was how would one react to such an event? I explored some concepts and realities and delved in the realm of science fiction to answer it.

Although I must admit that the premise of this story is not based on a single idea rather a group of ideas and facts, as of the time of this writing anyway.

One of those facts is that the universe is really big and to think that we are the only life form to inhabit it it a little short sighted.

Another fact is that life, at least as it exists on Earth, is very rugged, life seems to always prevail.

Beyond the above mentioned facts, is the reality we live on. Our planet is inhabited by multiple species, each of them are amazing in their own way.

We as humans have taken over our planet and in essence, run it.

It is not far fetched to imagine humans colonise another planet, look at what Space X has in store for us.

Another fact is the reality on the ground, one doesn’t need to go far but turn on the evening news and realise that humans are in constant conflict with one another.

The Caretakers are those geniuses that sometimes get left behind in the shadows, unrecognized. And Earth is full of them.

The Survivors represent the victims in us. Who can blame a victim for behaving the way they do? I certainly can’t.

Robert Miers is an interesting and well developed character. What were some driving ideas behind his creation?

Before I explain about Robert let me say the following.

I love my grandfather, though he has passed away.

A few years ago, my mother sent me one of my wedding pictures taken with my wife. She placed a picture of my grandfather on his wedding day next to it comparing my grandfather and me. The semblance was striking.

Robert is a family man first. A man that is trying his best to do well by them and at the same time do his job.

I hope we’re not giving away spoilers here, but I found the mystery behind this story to be one of the most original I’ve read this year. Was this planned or did it develop organically while writing?

About thirty percent of the mystery behind the story was planned, the rest evolved as the characters interacted with each other.

What is the next book that you are writing and when will it be available?

Many of the beta readers and readers who purchased this novel expressed their desire to know more about this world.

The next novel happens in the same universe and it will address a few questions about how we shape our reality and our future and what could happen if we get distracted.

I am currently writing as much as I can, editing will begin sometimes around summer with a tentative release sometimes at the end if this year.

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Imprint Legacy by [Keys, Dorian]
Detective Robert Miers is in trouble. His partner is missing, he’s suspended from work, and he’s got a gap in his memory that he can’t explain. Uncovering the truth means plunging into a bizarre new reality far beyond his comfort zone, an inescapable reality where memories can transfer from body to body, secret factions fight for control, and human life extends far beyond Earth. Is taking sides worth the risk-to his job, to his family, and to himself?

And does he even get to choose anymore?

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