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Review of Shadows in the Water by Kory Shrum

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Genre: Fantasy Crime Thriller

*I received an advanced copy for review; however, I also purchased the book (and I have no regrets!).

Louie Thorne was not granted an easy life. From childhood, Lou has had a special ability that has made being normal a difficult task since she must be alert in water and darkness. When her parents are brutally murdered, Lou learns to master her powers to destroy the crime family that killed her family. While the darkness now makes Lou feel safe, it has also taken away any hope of living a normal life. So Lou’s aunt convinces Lou to help a retired DEA agent on a missing person’s case. Her aunt hopes to reign in Lou’s darkness, but it may just be that Lou’s darkness is the only thing that can bring the truth of her parents’ murderer to light.

 

 

Shadows in the Water sucked me in even faster than Shrum’s Jessie Sullivan novels—and I’m a big fan of the Jessie novels. Shadows in the Water is a completely different kind of story from the Jessie Sullivan novels, and I have to say, I think Shrum has found her niche in thrillers. I loved how there were several points of view, and I was impressed at how well they all came together in the end. Lou was an intriguing character with her special abilities and her cold demeanor. I thought her lack of emotions was well written and made her an interesting character, but it made her difficult for me to connect with. However, I enjoyed Lou and my lack of connection to her, while noticeable, did not affect my enjoyment of the book. On the other hand, I fell in love with King, Mel, and Konstantine. King and Konstantine were full of emotional depth, and Mel’s sassy attitude made me instantly like her. Shadows in the Water was hard to put down; I really wanted to read it all in one sitting. I was glad to see this was the start to a new series because I hated to see this book end! This is a must-read novel, and I highly recommend it.

 

You can purchase Shadows in the Water from Amazon.

 

If you haven’t read the Jessie Sullivan novels, take a look around Kory Shrum’s website and check out her books. Dying for a Living is free on Amazon.

Release Day Blitz: Bullies Like Me by Lindy Zart

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Title: Bullies like Me

Genre: YA

Author: Lindy Zart

Universal Buy Link: books2read.com/bullieslikeme

Stop by www.facebook.com/lindyzart and check out the ongoing giveaways to win a signed paperback or an eBook of Bullies like Me

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Blurb:

If you can make it out of Enid High School alive, you can make it through anything.

Alexis is the new girl at school, and she’s ruthlessly bullied. Hopeless, and drowning in her present reality, she takes pills—lots of pills. She’s sent to a mental health facility, where she meets a boy. Only the boy can’t save her, and no one can save her from herself.

Nick has secrets. He wants to open up to Alexis, but there’s the dead boy who haunts him. In his dreams. While he’s awake. He wants to be brave, but he can’t tell her about his past, and he can’t leave the facility.

Melanie rules over the school, until a nobody named Lexie tries to disrupt her reign. She won’t allow that. She also can’t stop it. She plummets into notoriety, but she’s determined to take them all with her. The girl, the boy, and their secrets.

 

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Excerpt:

Nick’s arm brushes against mine as we cross the street, and he flinches.

I grit my teeth, holding in my irritation until we reach the beginning of the path. Then I slam my hands on my hips and glare at him. “Okay, what is your deal? If you really didn’t want to be with me today, why didn’t you just say it?”

He opens his mouth.

My glower deepens.

“I don’t like being out in public. I don’t…like being around people,” he says after a pause. “I like to be alone.”

I throw my arms up in frustration. “Then why did you agree to this?”

Nick steps closer. “But I like to be with you more than I like to be alone, and even though I don’t like to be around people, I like to be around you—probably more than I should. How could I say no to being with you, even if it’s in a setting I despise?”

“That’s messed up,” I say, shaking my head, even as a warm glow fills my insides.

“I’m messed up.”

“You’re not, not really.”

He lowers his head, taking my hands in his. Examining them. It feels like fire and ice when we touch. Sparks and frost. “You have no idea, Alexis.” Nick threads our fingers together, lifting our hands between us, and looks at me.

“Tell me,” I whisper, feeling like I can’t breathe. My air is caught somewhere within the magnetic pull of blue-green seas. Who needs to breathe anyway?

“Someday,” he promises, and then, with our hands still entwined, he leans forward and kisses me.

His lips are soft, firm. Magic. Tasting of dreams and hope. And grief too. I’m kissing not only Nick, but his soul as well. I feel his heartbeat with my lips. I taste the feelings he has for me, and they are overwhelming. Catastrophically beautiful. The kiss lasts long enough to rearrange everything inside me, to steal my breath, to give it back. To let me know Nick has the power to ruin me. To let me know I’d probably let him.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Author Info:

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Author Bio:

USA Today bestselling author Lindy Zart writes in a multitude of fictional genres because, well, her brain requires it so she stays somewhat sane. She has been writing since she was a child, but luckily for readers, her writing has improved since then.

She lives in Wisconsin with her family. Lindy loves hearing from people who enjoy her work. She also has a completely healthy obsession with the following: coffee, wine, pizza, peanut butter, and bloody marys.

Put some Wolff in your stocking!

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Mike Wolff is an author that I admire because he has a very delicate touch, as opposed to my own rather ham-fisted style. I reviewed Guiding Council Of Myths And Urban Legends and while I haven’t gotten around to reviewing his other works, his style is consistently enjoyable.  Droll, that’s the word I’m looking for.  The dude is droll.

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And for Christmas, he’s FREE.

Mike Wolff is offering his entire catalog for free, as his Christmas gift to you and me and anybody else who likes quirky fantasy fiction. So check it out–what have you got to lose?

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Cover Reveal for Bullies Like Me by Lindy Zart

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***COVER REVEAL***

Title:BULLIES LIKE ME

Author: Lindy Zart (www.lindyzart.com)
Cover Artist: Sprinkles On Top Studios
Genre: YA
Release date: January 5th, 2017

Pre-order the eBook through Lindy at a discounted price: https://goo.gl/forms/QdQ7vg6g3xyPA4My2

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Blurb:

If you can make it out of Enid High School alive, you can make it through anything.

Alexis is the new girl at school, and she’s ruthlessly bullied. Hopeless, and drowning in her present reality, she takes pills—lots of pills. She’s sent to a mental health facility, where she meets a boy. Only the boy can’t save her, and no one can save her from herself.

Nick has secrets. He wants to open up to Alexis, but there’s the dead boy who haunts him. In his dreams. While he’s awake. He wants to be brave, but he can’t tell her about his past, and he can’t leave the facility.

Melanie rules over the school, until a nobody named Lexie tries to disrupt her reign. She won’t allow that. She also can’t stop it. She plummets into notoriety, but she’s determined to take them all with her. The girl, the boy, and their secrets.

 

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The Charmed Life of Taryn by Lindy Zart

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***NEW
RELEASE
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Title:
The Charmed Life of Taryn
Author:
Lindy Zart
Genre:
YA Fantasy/Paranormal
 Synopsis:
On
the day Taryn Smith turns eighteen, her life changes—and not just
because she can now legally vote. A black-eyed man with a chilly aura
accosts her, and a stilted breath later, she’s abducted by a man who
claims he’s a Manang; a half-man, half-angel being who lives in a
world called Urian. Side note: he may or may not be insane.

Sent
to a mansion in the middle of a grassy field surrounded by forest,
and partnered with a black-haired, blue-eyed man with a surly nature
who makes her heart spin, Taryn trains. For what, she doesn’t know.
She’s told she’s someone special; a Charmed, and the key to winning
in a battle of worlds about to collide. Only problem is, she can be a
weapon of good, or a weapon of bad.

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Excerpt:
Taryn.
Get up.”
I looked in the
direction of the door. “Go away.”
The door swung
open, and Luke marched for the bed. Even in the gray cast morning I
could see his lips pressed together, and that his eyes were promising
all kinds of retribution. It was a small consolation that he smelled
sweet, with a dash of bitter. From what I’d encountered so far,
that basically summed up Luke. Or maybe it was bitter, with a dash of
sweet.
I flipped thick
hair off my face and glared back. “What do you want?”
What did I
tell you yesterday?”
I don’t
know and I don’t care.” It was too early for this. “I’m going
back to bed. Leave.”
I flopped to my
side and pulled the thick blanket up to my chin, closing my eyes with
a contented smile on my lips. The blanket was immediately torn from
me, along with all the warmth it provided. “Hey!”
Training for
you starts now.”
It’s in
the middle of the night,” I cried, grabbing for the blanket.
Luke kept it
out of my reach by putting a hand to my forehead. “It’s six in
the morning. It’s time to get up. I’ll be back in five minutes.
If you’re not ready and—” He leaned forward until our faces
were inches apart. “—positively cheerful, you won’t like what I
do next.”
Oh, yeah?”
I taunted as he strode from the room. “We’ll see about that, you
equally cheerful person!”
Luke
backtracked and I scrambled from the bed, suddenly awake and ready
for some training. I even gave him a smart salute. I caught his smirk
before he disappeared.
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Author
Bio
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Lindy Zart is the USA Today bestselling author of Roomies. She has
been writing since she was a child. Luckily for readers, her writing
has improved since then. She lives in Wisconsin with her family.
Lindy loves hearing from people who enjoy her work. She also has a
completely healthy obsession with the following: coffee, wine, bloody
marys, peanut butter, and pizza.

 


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