Let’s celebrate Easter with some great reads!
Looking for something to read? Check out these novels below! Genres range from Sci-Fi to Historical to Fantasy to Mystery! There’s something for everyone.
Easter is called so after Eastre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess whose symbols are the hare and theegg!
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Forgiven by Geoff Lawson
Richard meets the love of his life and moves to a larger provincial town to pursue her, while she is the daughter of a successful entrepreneur and is used to the better things in life. Rachel is intelligent, cultured and charming, but things are not as well as they seem.
She reaches a low point in her life when she is brought down by rumour and innuendo, but with Richards support all is well until Richard volunteers to fight in South Africa and leaves Rachel under a cloud.
Once in South Africa, Richard is drawn into the murky world of counter espionage and misadventure, where he experiences more excitement than he bargained for and only in the face of imminent death does he realise the true value of what he has left behind.
The Seventh Sentinel by Yolanda Ramos
Moments before the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, the seven Archangels remove powerful, ancient artefacts from the Jewish temple. These are given into the safekeeping of seven men. Throughout the ages, these men and their descendants become known as the Seven Sentinels.
In medieval times, the Seven Sentinels formed various military Orders as a cover for their activities. Today, of the Seven Sentinels, two are dead and two have turned rogue, which means only three remain to carry out their roles.
A war rages between Heaven and Earth. It is up to the newly empowered Seventh Sentinel to stop the rogues and Fallen Ones, from using these artefacts to gain control of the souls of mankind. Can the Seventh Sentinel endure?
Extropia: Mind Game by Robin Bootle
An act of sabotage leaves Edward’s father trapped inside a virtual reality game, Extropia. In a desperate bid to save his father, Edward follows him, entering a world he knows he might never leave. A world full of artificially intelligent beings; beings subjected to a life of misery and fear in the name of human entertainment. Now one of them has found out about the real world and is determined to have his revenge…
The Long Road Home by Carolyn M Bowen
Kate’s life was in turmoil after the death of her parents. She’d always been protected and sheltered by them. Suddenly she finds herself with a conniving fiancé living under her roof, a powerful businessman with terrorist ties from across the ocean trying to kill her and more family secrets than most American politicians. She was also unaware that a half brother she knew nothing of was about to enter her life. Her situation was getting precarious right at the moment she was least able to cope with it.
Lesbian: House of Romance by Olivia Hampshire
Grace and Claudia are lovers and very good business women. They own a beautiful, resort hotel on the beach, 30 miles from Barcelona, Spain. The most beautiful women in the world go their to change their lives and enjoy themselves and others. Very strange things happen in this place. You won´t believe it. You will laugh, you will cry.
Gateway to Forever by Claude Nougat
Climate change scares you? Don’t miss Alice’s escape from a burning world. Born on the wrong side of the tracks, Alice is not among the chosen few who’ll board the escape ship and fly to another, greener planet. But with her beauty and good heart, she draws the attention of a journalist with powerful connections. Can he help her, will she make it?
This story, based on years of research by Hannah Fischer-Lauder, an experienced sociologist, is exceptionally realistic, predicting that the world as we know it will end 200 years from now. It will delight you as a thriller – it’s full of surprising twists and turns – but it will also make you ponder about the future that awaits us.
The Chronocar by Steve Bellinger
Simmie Johnson was born the son of a slave. He was also a genius. After earning a PhD in physics from Tuskegee Institute, he wrote a paper outlining a theory for time travel, including plans for a time machine—called a chronocar—which was published in a scientific journal in the early 1900s . Since the technology required to build the chronocar did not yet exist, the paper and its brilliant writer faded into obscurity.
A century later, a young Illinois Tech student, Tony Carpenter, discovers the journal article and decides to build a chronocar so he can travel back to 1919 to meet the black scientist he hopes to emulate.
Unfortunately, time is not on his side.
Dr. Johnson is living in Chicago’s Black Belt with his beautiful daughter—and Tony arrives just in time for the bloodiest race riot in the city’s history. Can Tony use the chronocar to save his new friends, or will his attempt forever alter the future he hopes to return to?
Milijun by Clayton Graham
It is Australia in 2179.
On a moonlit Nullarbor night, Laura Sinclair and son, Jason, witness aliens descend to Earth. The extraterrestrials endeavour to form a symbiotic relationship with humankind, and Jason is chosen as a genetic link in a bizarre trial involving the impregnation of human females with hybrid embryos and exploration of spiritual compatibility.
Laura crosses swords with Major General Sebastian Ord from the Australian Defence Force, Eucla and Uriel, the enigmatic head of Milijun, a reclusive research facility in the outback. Following a disastrous armed attempt to capture aliens at Cocklebiddy Cave and a fierce confrontation at Eucla, Jason is abducted by an alien swarm.
What follows tests the resolve of Laura to the core. Caught in a relentless web of frightening new technologies and alien mystery, spurred by the undying love of her son, she gains a strength of character she never thought possible.
All she has to do is save herself, Jason and several women and unborn children from the scheming plans of man and alien alike …
Some would call Laura a reluctant heroine, but she is a heroine, nonetheless.
NOMAD ON THE RUN by Georges Benay
Beneath the golden desert and azure seas of Morocco lurks a hidden world of greed, deceit and financial terrorism. But the players are not who you might think.
Lured away from his seemingly idyllic life as a managing director for a major international bank in Toronto, Eric Martin returns to his ancestral roots in Morocco. Tempted by a mysterious offer from a boutique financial firm, Eric soon discovers he has walked into the middle of a whirlwind where everyone has their own secret agenda, and he unwittingly has become the key to unlocking them all. From the broad avenues of Toronto to the mean streets of Casablanca, Eric rushes to discover the truth before time runs out.
But who can he trust? The power and attraction of money is strong. In the midst of a dangerous cast of characters, Jeff Offenbach, bank president, knows more than he lets on. But how much does he know? Is he a key player in a scheme to terrorize the global economy, or is he just trying to save his firm from becoming another victim of the global economic collapse? Valerie is the unknown factor. Is she involved in the partners’ machinations, or is she as guileless as Eric?
Can he trust her?
And more importantly, will he survive long enough to find out?
Raven’s Redemption: A Cybertech Thriller by John D. Trudel
Durham had been a disaster. Everyone on Raven’s team had been seriously wounded, and now Josie, the woman he loves and a major American asset due to her paranormal abilities, is in a drug-induced stupor at a medical facility. Wracked with guilt over his inability to have adequately anticipated and prepared for the danger, Raven is recuperating at the remote private estate in California known by the resident staff as “the Ranch.” However, when his boss, Dr. Goldfarb, wants him to extract Josie quickly and quietly from her hospital, he doesn’t have to be asked twice. Although he doesn’t know it at the time, the mission will be the crucial first step Raven will need to take to redeem himself in his own eyes.
Return of the Fathers by T A Watson
Dandalus is the saviour of earth 57 and the most famous man on the planet. However, when he is abducted aboard a spacecraft he finds that not everyone is as impressed with his achievements as he thought. He stands trial and finds that he must undo all his good work if earth 57 is to survive. Returning to earth 57, he finds he has allies, and there is something else he has to do stop his former friend, now enemy, Wolfrun from succeeding in his attempt to overrun the planet with automatons.
Chosen Child by Linda Huber
Ella longs for a child of her own, but a gruesome find during an adoption process deepens the cracks in her marriage. A family visit starts off a horrifying chain of events, and Ella can only hope she won’t lose the person she loves most of all.
Amanda is expecting her second child when her husband vanishes. She is tortured by thoughts of violence and loss, but nothing prepares her for the shocking conclusion to the police investigation.
And in the middle of it all, a little girl is looking for a home of her own with a ‘forever’ mummy and daddy…
Lalin Bonheur by Margaret O Howard
In 1830, Lalin Bonheur, a young and beautiful free woman of color, not only heals her people with supernatural gifts but shape shifts into a cat to search for New Orleans’ secrets.
At a Quadroon Ball, Lalin meets French aristocrat Etienne Legendre. The two fall in love. However, Etienne must marry another. When his young wife, Minette, dies mysteriously, he is accused of her murder.
To escape prosecution, Lalin and Etienne sail upriver on a steamboat to solve the mystery of Minette’s death and prove Etienne’s innocence. As they strive to survive in new surroundings, they must battle many evils, including loup-garou, the savage wolf men of Louisiana, and a malevolent figure who can shape shift into a giant bird.
What Lalin learns about this winged menace may hold the key to the mystery of her lover’s wife’s murder.
A Bond of Venom and Magic by Karen Tomlinson
A breathtaking fantasy romance, the first in a sensational new series by British author Karen Tomlinson.
Magic awakens. Darkness stirs. The Wraith Lord is hunting.
The war raging in the South seems a remote danger for seventeen-year-old Diamond Gillon until her home is brutally attacked by the Wraith Lord’s monstrous hunters. Catapulted into a terrifying new world where legendary beasts arise, magic is condemned, and half-blood fae like her have no rights, Diamond is inexplicably drawn to her saviour. But Commander Hugo Casimir is a ruthless elite guard owned by a cruel, immortal fae queen who will murder her own people for magic.
As she sinks deeper into Hugo’s world, Diamond’s circumstances become ever more perilous, for the Queen desires her magic and covets the very same prize as the Wraith Lord. To discover who she truly is, Diamond must escape the Queen’s clutches—before her fate, and that of The Eight Kingdoms, is sealed in shadow and chaos.
Will Hugo prove to be her friend, her protector, or an enemy not worthy of her trust?
A Bond of Venom and Magic is an epic fantasy tale, ideal for mature Young Adult readers. Fans of Sarah J Maas and Leigh Bardugo will love to discover this spectacular new world steeped in dragons, monsters, and armoured winged warriors.
Postwar Dinosaur Blues by Darrell Bain
After the Vietnam war, the hard drinking adventurous Williard brothers decide to go hunting for a purported dinosaur living deep in the Congo. Flying a beat up old seaplane, pursued by the Mafia, carrying a half million in drug money they don’t know they have; they are shot at, shot down, almost eaten by the Mokele Mbembe and finally are captured by a tribe of Pygmies.
Dark Clouds by Phil Rowen
Dark Clouds centres on al-Qaeda terrorists who hope to cause nuclear mayhem in London. The main character, Flynn, enjoys a drink and is empathetic with friendly females … but is he really up for tackling dangerous Islamic jihadists – people that see Westerners as misguided infidels who need to experience the purifying wrath of Allah?
The bad guys want to irradiate ‘decadent’ Brits, who are perceived as enemies of Allah. It is scary, but a US/UK Security Service team believe that Rudi Flynn can help them avert disaster. His Muslim American girlfriend, Faria, fell with the North Tower in New York on 9/11 and he is now working as a journalist in London. He is trying to forget what happened in Manhattan on that fateful Tuesday, but he still has some Islamic contacts. One of whom, Rashid, is in the loop with jihadists and wants to cross over.
Flynn is wary about going undercover, but an oil rich Syrian he knows is suspected of funding the bad guys. On the up side, he has just met Ingrid – an artist who invites him to join her on a Greek island where he can write about a fiery Fenian ancestor. This won’t happen, however, unless he delivers for Carla Hirsch: his ice cold and very focused US Homeland Security controller.
RAFFERTY & LLEWELLYN BOXED SET: BOOKS 1 TO 4
DEAD BEFORE MORNING #1
A murder victim with no face. A media calling for answers. And a detective with a family not averse to a little gentle law-bending.
Newly-promoted British Detective Joe Rafferty and his partner, Sergeant Dafyd Llewellyn in a murder mystery involving the killing of a young woman bludgeoned beyond recognition, with no ID and found in a secure place to which she supposedly had no admission. Who is she? How has she gained access? And who was responsible for her murder?
DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN #2
A murder victim with no enemies. A dead patriarch. And a detective who’s struggling.
British Detectives Joe Rafferty and his partner, Dafyd Llewellyn, in their second murder mystery investigation, set out to discover who killed Barbara Longman, a woman with no known enemies. But it soon becomes apparent that the murder has been committed by someone who must have known the victim very well.
DEATH LINE #3
A murdered seer who failed to predict his own future. A partner who refuses to see the murder as an inside job. And a Detective who’s coming up empty.
Third novel in the Rafferty & Llewellyn mystery series, Death Line sees the detective duo trying to solve the murder with his own crystal ball, of the famed ‘seer’, Jasper Moon. Gradually it becomes clear that Jasper Moon was a man of many parts, not all of them appeared very savoury.
THE HANGING TREE #4
A disappearing murder victim no one would miss. A witness destined to haunt him. And a Detective who felt ambivalent about getting a conviction.
The detective pair investigate the murder mystery of the vanishing hanged man. But when the hanged man turns up in Dedman Woods for a second time, the British detectives are able to confirm that he is a man many had reason to hate. Because Maurice Smith, charged years earlier with four child rapes, had escaped on a legal technicality. Was someone acting as the public executioner, dealing out their own form of justice on the legendary Hanging Tree?
Radiant Shadows by Sarah Baethge
Say there is an official organization to control how vampires and humans interact.
What would happen to violators of its ‘laws’?
How would the breaking of its rules be fixed?
What could even be the motivation for members of this alliance?
The Well House by M S Matassa
The dream is back and Ben Carson is terrified. His pregnant wife, Anne, is locked in a coma and Ben is the only person who can save her but he has no idea how to accomplish this. His dreams contain clues but they make no sense. Ben can’t figure what a small white well house and black flying creatures have to do with Anne. Then he meets a mysterious woman named Thelma Grippe. What he learns from Thelma shakes him to the core, but gives him the knowledge to free Anne from the force keeping her in the coma. Once he locates the well house, Ben finds a passage to another dimension, where he searches for Anne. After a long, arduous journey, Ben faces the ultimate evil that holds Anne captive. The Well House is an exciting, unique and thoughtful story of a man’s fight against unbelievable odds to save his wife. Part drama, part fantasy and part parable, The Well House is a multi-layered tale that takes you on an amazing journey, from the mountains above Boulder Colorado to the depths of the dark zone.
Murder Is Collegiate by Diane Weiner
A dead body, stolen jewelry, a barn full of secrets… not the vacation retired teacher Susan Wiles and her husband Mike expected when they decided to visit their old friends Emily and Henry. Are the ominous events related to the true crime book Emily is writing? To the ten year anniversary of the unsolved disappeared of a local college student? Or to a builder’s dream of a local college student? Or to a builder’s dream of creating a community of miniature homes at any cost? In a team effort, Susan, Mike, and their friends band together to restore harmony to the idyllic community of Sugarbury Falls, Vermont.
Where Lemons Bloom by Blair McDowell
When Eve Anderson meets Adamo de Leone on a ship bound for Europe, she has no idea of the dark secret that will endanger both their lives. She accompanies him to his home on Italy’s Amalfi Coast to open an inn left to him by his grandfather. But then she learns he spent five years in prison for a crime he claims he didn’t commit. Could the man she loves be responsible for embezzling eighty million dollars from the investment firm he once owned?
Adamo wants to hold Eve at arm’s length until he can clear his proud family name. But when there is an attempt on his life and Eve is terrorized by a gun-bearing thug, he realizes how much he wants her, and he must accept whatever help he can get to uncover the well-hidden trail of a six-year-old crime.
The Pygmy Dragon by Marc Seccia
Yesterday, a Dragon kidnapped me from my cage in a zoo.
Stolen from her jungle home and sold to a zookeeper, Pip knows only a world behind bars, a world in which a Pygmy warrior and her giant ape friends are a zoo attraction. She dreams of being Human. She dreams of escaping to the world outside her cage.
Then, the Dragon Zardon kidnaps her into a new life. Pip rides Dragonback across the Island-World to her new school – a school inside a volcano. A school where Humans learn to be Dragon Riders. But this is only a foretaste of her magical destiny, for the Dragon Assassins are coming. They have floated an Island across the Rift and their aim is nothing less than the massacre of all Dragons.
Now, the courage of the smallest will be tested to the utmost. For Pip is the Pygmy Dragon, and this is her tale.
Falling Pomegranate Seeds: The Duty of Daughters by Wendy J.Dunn
Book 1 in the Katherine of Aragon Story
Dońa Beatriz Galindo.
Tutor to royalty.
Friend and advisor to Queen Isabel of Castile.
Beatriz is an uneasy witness to the Holy War of Queen Isabel and her husband, Ferdinand, King of Aragon. A Holy War seeing the Moors pushed out of territories ruled by them for centuries.
The road for women is a hard one. Beatriz must tutor the queen’s youngest child, Catalina, and equip her for a very different future life. She must teach her how to survive exile, an existence outside the protection of her mother. She must prepare Catalina to be England’s queen.
A tale of mothers and daughters, power, intrigue, death, love, and redemption. In the end, Falling Pomegranate Seeds sings a song of friendship and life.
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