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WHAT IF YOUR WHOLE LIFE WAS A LIE?
One Planet.
Two Worlds.
Population: Human … 7 billion.    Others … unknown.

When 14-year-old Char­lie Blake wakes up sweat­ing and gasp­ing for air in the mid­dle of the night, he knows it is hap­pen­ing again. This time he wit­nesses a bru­tal mur­der. He’s afraid to tell any­one. No one would believe him … because it was a dream. Just like the one he had four years ago – the day before his dad died.

Char­lie doesn’t know why this is hap­pen­ing. He would give any­thing to have an ordi­nary life. The prob­lem: he doesn’t belong in the world he knows as home.

He belongs with the others.

I found Talisman of El, by Alecia Stone, on NetGalley. Unfortunately I was skeptical because lately I have come across more than one young adult novel that just didn’t cut it. No I am not a young adult but I am young at heart so quite often I enjoy books in this genre. This book, thankfully, has put a major dent in my recent skepticism of new/unknown authors.

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Meet Vivian. She’s a 580-year-old vampire who exudes sex, has a talent for drama, and is passionate about two things: her human husband, Rafe, and their resort for the undead. Her ability to project physical illusions has created the perfect vacation spot a dark, isolated Alaskan hideaway where visitors can have their wildest fantasies come true. 

Vivian knows the best performance requires perfect timing, but the powerful vamp is put to the test when she discovers a corpse in a locked guestroom minutes before the next arrivals. Always cool-headed, Rafe hides the body, convinced he and Vivian can find the culprit without disturbing their guests.

Juggling the increasingly outrageous demands of their customers while tracking a killer isn’t easy. Will their poking and prodding give them the answers they need, or will it uncover secrets Vivian would kill to protect?

I have to admit I didn’t have a lot of confidence in this book. The vampire genre has been over done of late, and I find myself getting tired of reading book after book about typical blood thirsty vampires. Then I started to read, and to my delight this is not your typical vampire story.

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When a new boy moves to town, Sashe realizes how suddenly her life is about to change. Though non-magic themselves, she and her sister have grown up with shape changers, and now a deadly foe is out to banish the shape changing magic from the country. The Protectors have the ear of the king and they’ve cast a curse on the shape changers designed to slowly kill them off.

Sashe is forced to consider her survival when a friend of hers is killed because her father refused to help the Protectors. She’s slowly falling for the new boy, but she must choose whether she and her sister can stay with the shape changers with their dangerous future. Should they decide to stay, how will they protect themselves against such powerful enemies?

First novella in the Protectors prequels. Set ten years before Promising Light and two years before Fire and Light.

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Five years earlier, Alessandra DeCosta a shy and sensible sixteen year old received a prediction that set in motion events that changed her life forever …

Alessandra, now a private investigator was on stakeout. The sense of danger was swirling all around her as she watched in horror at the scene unfolding before her unbelieving eyes. The imposing, handsome figure appeared to be biting her neck! Was that blood she saw coming from the woman’s lifeless body?

What would unfold in the coming weeks would alter Ally’s life forever. Does she possess the courage to pursue her destiny and give her heart to the one man she is destined to love for all eternity?

Samantha Adams, author of Immortal Prophecy (the first book in a saga), has penned a very engaging and colourful story.

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DENVER, COLORADO Mark Sanborn is 7 years old when the death of his big brother is surrounded by mysterious circumstances. Following this childhood tragedy, a strange phobia manifests itself, and over the years, begins to consume him. 

At age 25, Mark finds himself alone after the death of his parents, so he loses himself in his work as a forensic pathologist, leaving no time for friends or a social life of any kind. His life dramatically changes the day he meets Iris Blue, an attractive waitress and nursing student. After a whirlwind romance, he’s certain that he has found his soulmate, the woman of his dreams.

A discovery in a faraway desert requires investigation and expertise of forensic scientists and medical personnel from around the world. Mark hesitates, but then decides to embark on this bizarre expedition. The scientists are in a state of shock when evidence points to the existence of an alien species. 

No one is prepared for what secrets are buried with the souls of the desert. 

 

Souls of the Desert is Robert Roberts second novel and it does not disappoint. Have you ever wondered if we are visited by beings from another world? Do you ever wonder what they might look like, or why they would be here? Roberts has given that ‘alien question’ a new twist.

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Milkshakes and Gamma Rays is a humorous tale centered around a dramatic week in the lives of Brie Gable and her spirited new friend Naomi “Star Flower” Minami. They are intelligent, opinionated high school juniors who divide their free time between chilling out, flirting with trouble, and philosophizing about the issues of the day. Each is a new transfer student to St. Margaret’s, a private school in California. They are living in present day America, but in a divergent timeline, where public education has been eliminated, there’s a civil war in Nevada, privacy is on the decline, peculiar brands of moralism are taking hold, and things are getting a little crazy all around.

Scott Zimmerman, author of Milkshakes and Gamma Rays, has woven a humourous and interesting tale that gives you the inside look at the thoughts and antics of a group of spirited high school students. If you know (or have) any witty, opinionated teens you’ll love this book and so will they.

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I haven’t had much time online the last week because hubby has been on holidays, and that means taking time to spend with family. We’ve put quite a few miles on our sleds this week enjoying our new snow and the beautiful weather. We also had to make a trip out to camp to bring in more fire wood, managed to get the tractor stuck in the process though.

This is a map of the trip we took on Wednesday this week:

This route was from our place to the kid’s place. From there down the power line to Red Deer Lake Road. Red Deer Lake road to a trail in to Nepewassi Lake. Down Nepewassi Lake to the power line to Elbow Lake. Up Elbow Lake to the power line to Red Deer Lake Road, back to the kid’s place. Then home for dinner. About 60 miles round trip.

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