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In The Image Of Man

If you like outside the box fiction with a spiritual twist, then you might enjoy In The Image Of Man. This book follows the journey of a little invisible god named Bob who starts out as a little spark until an old vendor repair man named Ray calls out, “Bob’s your uncle,” when he survives a car accident. Thus how the little god got the name Bob. This is Bob’s journey on how he learns to be a god and what it means for a god to have faith in those who believe in him.

Bob watches over his first believer Ray until he discovers a new believer by the name of Mary. She’s been going through a lot with her job and boyfriend. One day when Mary is upset, Bob spells out some words using her tears for her to be able to see that he exists. She is shocked and not quite sure what to make of it, but when interesting things start happening in her life thanks to Bob, she starts to believe in him.

I received my complimentary digital copy of In The Image Of Man by Mark Long via Booktasters care of the author. The views are my own and of my own will. This book explores the concept of belief and how believing in something helped both Ray, Mary and others. I think it was fascinating hearing the story from the viewpoint of Bob. It was interesting how Bob interacts with those who were raised on Western Christianity vs an Eastern faith. It’s also, interesting how Bob learns about humans and our society throughout the story.

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The Stone Rainbow

Jack recently came out to his mom and is slowly befriending Cody, whose teaching him how to swim. He hangs out with his friend Ryan and likes to get advice from Ryan’s girlfriend Clare. Life is improving from the previous year when things felt hopeless.

When cute new kid Benjamin starts talking to Jack in art class, Jack is surprised since Benjamin is the school VP’s son. Jack can’t tell if Benjamin is just being polite, or actually likes Jack. He doesn’t know of any other gay kids in their town.

When Benjamin and Jack have to make an art project for class, Jack is surprised how out Benjamin is. He makes a rainbow out of stones he colors and then writes the meaning behind the different colors. Jack is concerned for his safety once everyone in town knows Benjamin is gay. Benjamin on the other hand is out and not shy about being obvious.

Benjamin starts talking about how their small town should have a Pride parade, but Jack knows with how conservative their town is there’s no way they’d get it approved. When there’s an incident Jack has to decide if hiding who he is, is worth it.

I received my complimentary digital copy of The Stone Rainbow by Liane Shaw from NetGalley. The views are mine and of my own will. If you haven’t read Caterpillars Can’t Swim you can still read The Stone Rainbow without being lost as to what happened in the first book. A lot of times sequels don’t live up to the first book. This one surpassed it. This book is a powerful story of friendship, family, community and being true to who you are no matter what others think, or do.

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Just One Bite

Timothy Blake is helping out wanted criminal Charlie Warner. She’s a badass blonde that doesn’t take crap from anyone. Charlie is giving Timothy a great deal. He helps dispose the bodies she’s had killed. The only challenge is Timothy has been asked to help out the FBI on a case. Agent Reese is back in his life and the chemistry flairs up again. Can he handle the attraction he has for her? Will Reese figure out Timothy’s secret? Will Charlie find out who he’s helping out on the side? Can Scary Timmy curb his craving?

I received my complimentary digital copy of Just One Bite by Jack Heath from Harlequin Trade Publishing, care of NetGalley. The views expressed are my own and of my own will. It’s rare to get a sequel where you don’t necessarily have to read the first book. This is one is just that kind. This novel is fast paced, funny, gruesome and thought provoking. If you are a fan of Dexter you’ll want to keep up with what happens to Timothy Blake. If you want to read the first book look for a copy of Hangman.

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The Grace Year

Some books leave you breathless, in shock as though you’ve survived a war. The Grace Year, is such a novel. This book sucks you in from the first sentence and still holds on after the last one is read.

Tierney is about to go serve her grace year with other ladies of her county. Some have been chosen to be brides when they return and others have not. Tierney didn’t expect to get a veil, but she got one from the last man she expected. They’ve heard rumors of what the grace year is like, away from the county, for them to rid themselves of their womanly magic. When they arrive at their encampment they are shocked to discover there’s more to it than they thought.

Kirsten is the pretty one of the group, who leads with an iron first. She is angry because she thought she would getting married to the man who chose Tierney. She doesn’t realize Tierney is just as shocked as Kirsten. Tierney tries to ignore her, but when Kirsten gangs up against her with the other girls, Tierney is banished from the group. The challenge with this isn’t just not having access to the supplies they were given for the year, but out in the forest there are poachers. These men hunt the grace year girls. Can Tierney survive outside the encampment? What has made the other girls turn on her? Why do the poachers kill the grace year girls?

This novel discusses what superstition can do to a community. It’s fascinating to me how the view of women after their period has started has changed through out history. Not only that, but the view of the Eve of the Bible as being evil and that just being a woman means you are marked as being a temptress, that women are meant to be reined in by men and for a woman to stand up for herself is a huge sin. This book explores what the stance of women being the weaker sex does physically and psychologically to a woman and how it affects the community.

I received a complimentary digital copy of The Grace Year by Kim Liggett from NetGalley. The views are mine and of my own accord. I haven’t ever read Lord Of The Flies, The Hunger Games, or The Handmaiden’s Tale, but if you loved these books then you’ll want to grab a copy of this new book this fall. If you’ve also, read an early copy of this engrossing read please message me. I want to chat about this book!

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Deep Water Blues

Bobby Little lives on Rum Cay hosting big dinners at his restaurant for the wealthy boaters that come into dock to have a good time. Everything is going smooth until the night naked Haitians show up asking for help. Bobby feels awful after the attempt to rescue the other Haitians who were fleeing didn’t pan out. This event sours tourists from wanting to come back after that awful bloody night.

One of Bobby’s friend Dennis gets a high idea to open a bar and while Bobby is out of town Dennis goes hog wild building his fancy restaurant and housing for his workers who are helping build his dream. When Bobby returns he realizes Dennis is in it to win and snag all the wealthy tourists from Bobby’s own restaurant. A battle of the restaurant ensues.

When things turn personal and Bobby has had it with Dennis trying to take over the island with his over priced bar, things turn ugly. Who will win? Bobby or Dennis?

I received my complimentary copy of Deep Water Blues by Fred Waitzkin from FSB Associates. The views expressed are my own and of my own will. This novel is inspired by real events. I’d never heard of Rum Cay until I read this book. I’ve never been to the Bahamas, but after Googling the island no wonder rich tourists flocked there. This book starts off a tad slow, but once it picks up speed you’ll want to find out what happens.

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A Torch In His Heart

Do you crave romance? Does a love story across time sound inviting? Have you wondered about reincarnation? If so, then look no further with, A Torch In His Heart. This novel is the journey of Helle and Jason who met as children back in ancient times. Helle was royal, but Jason was of the clan of healers. Their status in life was meant to keep them apart, but they were determined to stay together. When Helle is married off to an evil royal man she is gutted. Jason is crushed.

Fast forward a number of life times. Helle is now a smart, gorgeous woman who keeps having strange dreams, or what feel like flashbacks. One day at her new job she notices a man come into the office to meet with her boss. All of a sudden she has a flashback of this particular man and recalls what his name is. He seems so familiar to her, but how is that possible if she’s never met him before? Helle feels there is some kind of connection. Her boss is furious this man has come to see him. What kind of threat does this man, Jason, possess?

Eventually Helle and Jason get to talk. Helle can’t fathom what Jason is telling her. Could her dreams be actual memories from her past life with Jason? Could this explain why her boss seems so angry toward Jason? Is her boss the man she was forced to wed so long ago?

Follow Helle and Jason as they figure out how to stay together when their past keeps haunting them in the present. Her past husband won’t be ignored and he will do anything to get her to stay with him.

I received a complimentary copy of A Torch In His Heart by Anna Belfrage from TLC Book Tours, care of the author. The views expressed are mine and of my own accord. This novel is long, but beautifully written. If you love steamy romance then this novel delivers very nicely. I don’t exactly believe in reincarnation, but this story is fascinating. To think that two lovers can search for each other lifetime to lifetime is intriguing and sweet. The power of love through the ages.

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Hangman

Do you like mysteries that keep you turning page after page? Hangman is a short, fast paced, engrossing read. If you are a fan of Dexter then you’ll want to add this novel to your TBR.

Timothy Blake is a man whose had the life from Hell. He grew up in the foster care system after his parents died tragically and lived on the streets after he aged out of the system. He managed to survive long enough to snag a special job assignment with the FBI. In exchange he’s got his own special prize for helping solve cases.

When he’s asked to solve a missing teen case he’s assigned to Agent Reese. She’s attractive and seems to get along with him, but Timothy always keeps others at arms length. When they start to get talking about life they both realize their pasts are connected. When she uses an old nickname for him “Scary Timmy,” he wonders if Agent Reese will figure out his secret?

While researching the case Timothy keeps getting stuck in the wrong place at the wrong time. He just wants to solve it so he can get his reward. Will Timothy solve the case in time, or will his secret be his undoing?

I received a complimentary copy of Hangman by Jack Heath from Harlequin Trade Publishing as a courtesy before I dive into the upcoming sequel. The views are mine and of my own will.