Ever since she was born, DraDonna has been different. She is an enigma, born with copper-colored hair that set her apart from the rest. While her pareEver since she was born, DraDonna has been different. She is an enigma, born with copper-colored hair that set her apart from the rest. While her parents and the previous Ambassador considered her unique, DraDonna always thought otherwise. Subjected to ridicule while growing up, she was always determined to show everyone that she was just like them. Sadly, people refused to be believe in her completely.
Despite the disappointments of her childhood, she did her best to fit in. A world built on perfection, she's never had to question her existence. The HEART has provided for all her children and DraDonna's loyalty to her beloved God has never wavered. Until now, that is.
A unique discovery catapults her and husband to discover the secrets surrounding their beloved world. While the thought of doing so is frightening, they're determined to get to the bottom of things. To do that, they must open up their minds to the possibilities of there being something else out there aside from their own world. Armed with the resources left to them by the previous Ambassador, the pair's discoveries are unlike anything they've ever known. Someone has been keeping secrets from the entire community, secrets that could prove to be their undoing.
This was a very intriguing read. The book's pace is consistent and hooks the reader in from the moment they start reading. I found it hard to put the book down once I started reading. I did note several instances where the tense of the book wavered between past and present. Not sure if that was intentional, but it did confuse me, at times, with the sudden switches in tenses. Overall, it's a good read....more
For as long as he can remember, Recai Osman has been the keeper of secrets. Secrets that have bogged him down to the point that he's wished for deathFor as long as he can remember, Recai Osman has been the keeper of secrets. Secrets that have bogged him down to the point that he's wished for death in more ways than one. Throughout his entire life, he's lost his loved ones and every remnant of his life. He's clamored many times for release from the earthly realm he lives in, but Allah has other ideas. Recai is meant for many things and Allah's will must be done.
Witnessing atrocities committed against him and his people, Recai has no other course of action but to come to the aid of those who need it. To do that, he'll need to take matters into his own hands and rise from the dead. He's failed to save those to close him in the past and he's not sure if he can live up to the standards Allah has set before him. Yet part of him wonders if he can do just that.
As doubts eat at him from every direction, Recai knows he must shed his insecurities if he's to succeed in setting all wrongs to right. Delving into the secrets of his past, he soon discovers that there's great treachery afoot. The cause of it is unknown, but he's determined to unmask the culprit with every step he takes. That, unfortunately, is easier said than done.
With each discovery he makes, attempts on his life are made. Yet Recai refuses to let them deter him from the path he now walks. He's the SandStorm, the one who will protect those who need a helping hand. Slowly, but surely, he will walk the path Allah has opened up for him. Along the way, his beliefs are sorely tested. Yet there's one thing he knows for sure, he will get to the bottom of things even if it kills him in the process.
This was quite a thought-provoking story. Granted, it's chock full of situations and violence that will keep the reader on the edge with every turn of the page. The religious themes throughout the book make you question the little things, but I think the aspect of it was beautifully integrated into the story and explained along the way. A very intriguing read!...more
For the past sixteen years, Jewel Rose has spent her entire life running. Her parents have convinced her that she's a part of the witness protection pFor the past sixteen years, Jewel Rose has spent her entire life running. Her parents have convinced her that she's a part of the witness protection program and that her safety is of the utmost importance. Yet Jewel can't deny that something about the entire situation feels wrong.
Her parents have droned it into her that she needs to keep the crescent-shaped birthmark she bears hidden. They never answer her questions and most of the time they'll just ignore the situation at hand. Jewel is tired of running. She doesn't understand why it's a necessity and fervently wishes her parents would just lay everything on the table. Deep inside, she just wants them to be honest with her, once and for all.
Arriving at their new location, Jewel promises she'll do as her parents have asked of her. She'll behave, even if the idea of doing so is appalling, at times. When an unexpected boy shows up at school, she begins to question whether she saw him in the first place. She soon knows he's real when he makes his appearance the next day.
Drawn to Roman, Jewel begins to question everything she knows. His sudden appearance has thrown her for a loop and she begins to realize that it's not a coincidence. Roman is there for a reason, one he doesn't seem inclined to share with her, just yet. Despite this fact, everything inside of her clamors for her to trust him, even if he has a tendency to lie, here and there.
Digging into the secrets of her past, Jewel soon uncovers a plot that's been underfoot ever since she was born. She is the supposed Spectral, a witch who will inherit the powers of her own coven and any others she comes across upon her seventeenth birthday. Unfortunately, there are those who wish to prevent that from happening and want to see her dead. Not to mention that there are quite a few covens competing against each other to make her theirs. Nevertheless, she's determined to get to the bottom of things in hopes of making sense of all the secrets that have been kept from her for so long.
With Roman's help, she's able to understand what's driving those who seek to do her harm. When her friend's are inadvertently caught in the crossfire, Jewel has no other option but to protect herself from outside forces. As the battle rages on around her, Jewel knows she must comply and complete her quickening before anyone else is hurt. To do that, she must place her trust into the hands of a family she's never truly known. One who will do anything to protect her, at all costs.
This was such a delightful read. I enjoyed every minute of it. Once you start reading, it's hard to stop. The pacing of the book was fast and very easy to get immersed in. Full of an intriguing cast of characters, it's quite lovely to envision the world Shannon has created. To see things through their eyes. I look forward to reading more of Shannon's work in the future....more
Jameson has been in love with Sarah ever since he can remember. Everything she needs help with, he's always there to lend a hand. While friendship isJameson has been in love with Sarah ever since he can remember. Everything she needs help with, he's always there to lend a hand. While friendship is something they share between, deep inside he's hoped that some day soon he could make her girlfriend. Yet Fate has other ideas. Never once did he expect to lose her to another, most especially Eric.
Despite the disappointment, he's determined to make the most of the situation. While making his way home one night, he meets the gorgeous, and elusive. Sky. She's older, wiser, and she stirs his senses in a way that Sarah never has. Part of him wants to know the secrets she holds inside, to know what makes her who she is. Divulging little tidbits of wisdom every time they meet, Jameson finds himself drawn to Sky with every moment that passes. Everything about her intrigues him.
Caught between his feelings for Sarah and the newly developed ones for Sky, Jameson is unsure on how to proceed with both. He yearns to make Sarah see that he loves her while another part of him wants to keep Sky close by. The problems at home don't help the situation either. His parents are now arguing constantly and he's caught in the middle of it all. With changes occurring all around him, Jameson does his best to keep a level. Yet there's something he can't deny - no matter what happens, nothing will be the same ever again.
This was such an endearing and hearing-warming story. Jolene crafted a world where anyone of any age can relate to what's going on between Jameson, Sarah, and Sky. Love and heartache is something everyone experiences at one point in life and I think she captured each emotion beautifully. I did note some minor punctuation/grammar that needed fixing while reading, but that didn't detract from my enjoying the story. I look forward to reading more of Jolene's work soon....more
Life for Bosley Coughlin has never been easy. He's seen things that no one else has seen and has done things he's not always proud of. Yet there's somLife for Bosley Coughlin has never been easy. He's seen things that no one else has seen and has done things he's not always proud of. Yet there's something about him that sets him apart from everyone else. You see, he can travel through time. He's never sure as to where he'll end up whenever Time comes to claim him, but the things he experiences wherever he goes leave him scarred for life. Most especially since he's repeatedly given glimpses of how the world will end soon enough. Mind you, it's not pretty.
With every trip he takes, he becomes privy to the circumstances that lead to the Earth's demise. Chaos and destruction now reign supreme. Cold, callous beings, shells of those formerly living, now walk the streets, eager to prey on unsuspecting souls. Falling into their hands guarantees a quick, merciless death, a certainty survivors now do their best to avoid.
Bosley knows what caused the apocalypse. He was there from the beginning. Clarice Hudson has been an integral part in contributing to man's downfall, something he did his best to avoid. Beautiful and alluring, he knows she's unaware of the demons that now exist inside her. Everything about her calls out to him, yet that's a luxury he can never give in to.
The girl is tainted and it's up to him to fix the situation before it can get out of hand. It's the only way he can ensure that his beloved Ocean can lead a normal life within the dark and murky world she now lives in. Her very existence depends on him taking matters into his own hands. For her, he will do anything. For her, he will make things right, if only to give her that fighting chance she so very much deserves.
This book hooked me in from the very beginning. William's style of writing is so engrossing that it catches the reader off the bat. I had a hard time putting the book down once I got started. He's painted such vivid picture of a world spiraling into madness. A world where the undead are everywhere and those left remaining must do everything they can to survive. I totally recommend the story - a gripping tale that will leave you wanting to read more!...more
Protected by her Aunt, the only mother she's ever known, Paige Kinnell has always known that she was different. Preferring to live a quiet and cautiouProtected by her Aunt, the only mother she's ever known, Paige Kinnell has always known that she was different. Preferring to live a quiet and cautious life, she's content with how well things are going for her. Her cousin's, unfortunately, have other ideas. They refuse to allow Paige the right to remain within her solitary existence and do everything they can to draw her out of her shell. Much to her chagrin, she finds herself agreeing to just about anything in order to get them off her back.
Walking home one night after one such gathering, she comes across a man who makes her question the very world she lives in. He incites her passion and makes her crave what she's never known. Against her better judgment, she allows herself to succumb to his charms. She awakens to find herself alone, believing that everything she felt the night before was just a dream.
Drawn to the beautiful woman, Cael Maccinnis has a hard time in understanding as to why he's drawn to Paige from the moment he lays eyes on her. The girl is clearly mortal, yet there's an ethereal quality about her that peaks his interest further. Determined to discover the secrets surrounding her true nature, he sets off to find the answers to the very questions he harbors inside.
Never once has he taken into account the consequences of his actions. His only goal is to right all wrongs committed against him and his beloved, but first he must contend with a very irate Council and the mischievous Fates. Only then can he allow himself to hope for a brighter future with Paige standing by his side.
The premise of the story hooks the reader off the bat, although there are way too many character key points in which to keep track of as you read along. Granted, they're all pivotal to the story itself. I do feel that the book has a few minor editing issues that need cleaning up, but other than the story was quite enjoyable....more
After enduring thirty-four years of a passionless marriage, Olivia wants nothing more than to devote the rest of her life to caring for the wildlife rAfter enduring thirty-four years of a passionless marriage, Olivia wants nothing more than to devote the rest of her life to caring for the wildlife refuge she’s been running for years. Her husband’s cheating ways have put her off of men in general and she much prefers the company of her animals. Much to her sisters chagrin, Lacey believes that she needs someone in which to spend the rest of her life with, while Olivia believes her life is fine as it is. Nevertheless, she allows her sister to set her up on a blind date in hopes of getting her off her back, once and for all.
Chance is nothing like what she thought he’d be. He’s beautiful and stirs her senses in ways that no other man ever has. Yet there’s just one tiny problem. He’s been lying to her from the moment she set eyes on him and that is something she will never forgive. Still reeling with the knowledge of her dead husband’s infidelities, she abhors liars. Her new relationship, if you can call it that. with Chance is off to a rocky start and she’s not sure whether she can forgive him for lying to her from the get go.
Detesting the fact that he must keep mum about the secrets he harbors inside, Chance wants nothing more than confide in Olivia about everything that’s going on around them Yet her very safety seals his lips and he can do nothing else but protect her from what’s out there. The only thing he can tell her is that there’s a rogue wolf running rampant upon her property, one he and the organization he works for are intent on capturing. Sadly, that’s easier said than done.
As tensions rise and her sanctuary is threatened further, Olivia can’t understand as to why someone would want to hurt her and her animals. Part of her knows that Chance has something to do with what’s going on, yet she can’t quite put her finger on what that is. Determined to protect everything she loves, she sets out to discover what Chance is keeping from her, but first she must set aside her differences with him if she’s to succeed with her goals.
This was a very intriguing book. While I did like it very much, the ending had a lot of loose ends. I felt that the storyline surrounding Lindsey and Trevor, as well as that of Smoke, were left incomplete and left me with more questions than answers since their situations were left unresolved. I would like to see their story finished to find out what happens next. Overall, it was a great read and look forward to reading more of Kay Dee's stories....more
Allergies are a part of life. Some experience it more so than others. Most often than not, it's the younger generation that feels the weight of what'sAllergies are a part of life. Some experience it more so than others. Most often than not, it's the younger generation that feels the weight of what's it like to live with allergies day in and day out.
Most of us believe that there's no actual way in which to get rid of ails us, but there is. Atul N. Shah has shown us that it's very much possible to live allergy-free. How do we do that? By subjecting ourselves to repeated treatments of the allergy in order to develop an immunity against it. Granted, it takes time to be rid of an allergy, but the thought of not having to live with them every day is appealing and something we all strive to do.
By following simple steps and guidelines, we're able to achieve an allergy-free life. It doesn't matter what kind of allergy you're susceptible to/suffer from, there's a wide variety of treatments available to help you get rid of them. To do that, you just have to recognize the symptoms and seek the proper help for your allergies.
Keep in mind that once you start the treatments, there's no stopping them until your doctor gives you the ok to stop taking them. An allergy-free life is certainly attainable if we put our minds to it. Not having to worry about having to take medications every day just to combat the allergies effects is something we all want to achieve. Help is there. We just have to make the effort to obtain it.
While this is a beautifully illustrated book tailored towards helping children understand what allergies are and what they can to combat their effects, a person of any age can use it to better understand their ailments and how to seek the proper care. I think Atul did a wonderful job in breaking down the subject so that children can easily understand it. The graphics lent the reader an easy understanding of what they can do to live an allergy-free life.
The bonus material included with the book which explains allergies, treatments, and how one can make their living quarters allergy-free was quite informative. It allows the readers to full grasp the concept of how to better oneself in order to lead a stress-free and allergy-free life. I enjoyed the book very much and recommend it for reading....more
When a woman is beaten and left for dead, Holden Whitlow never expected that a cold case he'd work on not too long ago would rise from the ashes. WhilWhen a woman is beaten and left for dead, Holden Whitlow never expected that a cold case he'd work on not too long ago would rise from the ashes. While there are similarities with the current case and the unsolved murders, Holden can't help but wonder if it's the same person who tried to kill his best friend's girlfriend not too long ago. Yet that can't be possible since the culprit supposedly killed himself in order to cover up his crime.
Determined to get to the bottom of things, he comes face to face with the victim in hopes of making sense of what has transpired. Having run from the ghost of a woman who disappeared years ago, Holden is unsure of what to make of the fact that she's now within vicinity and lying in the hospital because of the beating she's received. When Julia's admission that she was there because of him throws him for a loop, he begins to wonder what her ties to the unsolved murders are. The assailant has made it clear that Julia's life is forfeit and Holden knows that the culprit will stop at nothing until he finishes what he started.
Julia can't deny that she still harbors feelings for the man she left behind so long ago. Ever since she lay eyes on him, Holden has been a part of her in more ways than one. She knows he has questions whose answers only she can provide, but she's unsure as to whether she can truly tell him what she needs to know.
Her disappearance ten years ago was unexpected and her survival depended on her keeping mum about the secrets she hides inside. Yet as her love and attraction to Holden grow with each minute that passes, she knows she'll need to come clean and tell him what he needs to know. It's their only chance in overcoming the obstacles that now litter the path between them, but first they'll need to work together in deciphering the small clues the killer has left behind before he ends up taking Julia's life in the process.
This was another great book written by the lovely Sarah Ballance. This story is a continuation of Familiar Light which tells the story of Bridger Jansen and Laney Kent. It's a wonderful series. I truly recommend reading the first book, in addition to this one, in order to glean a little more insight as what's going on. All in all, both stories can also stand alone in reading. I enjoyed the book immensely! ...more