The Order Of The Four Sons – Book 1 (The Order of the Four Sons #1) by Coyote Kishpaugh, Lauren Scharhag

ENTER THE WORLD OF THE ORDER.

For centuries, two ancient, magical sects, the Order of the Four Sons of Horus and Starry Wisdom, have battled for possession of the sacred, powerful Staff of Solomon. Whoever possesses the staff can open doors to other dimensions—or rip open the very fabric of existence.

The staff was broken into pieces and scattered across the cosmos.

Now, a member of the Order, Fernando Rios, has disappeared in a small Missouri town.

When a team is sent to investigate, they discover that Rios was close to finding one of the lost segments.

The problem is, he wasn’t the only one.

The Order of the Four Sons by Coyote Kishpaugh and Lauren Scharhag is a classic tale of good versus evil. An epic, magical journey of fantasy and adventure.

Join members of the team, Colonel JD Garnett, novice mage Kate West, Detective Ryan Murphy, scholar Doug Grigori, and field techs Bill Welsh and Cecil Morgan, as they race to stop evil from destroying not just Earth, but a myriad of worlds.

And life as we know it.

 

I don’t really trust books written by more than one author (who REALLY did the work on this?) but OK.

 

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TBR: And We All Fall by Michael Patrick Mahoney Jr.

United States Marine, Jackson Mills, home for a week on furlough, sets out on a road trip with his teenage son. Simultaneously, world leaders rush to manage an unknown virus that is rapidly becoming a global threat to humanity. As the father and son have an action-packed heart-wrenching journey up the East coast, will their destinies be changed when they encounter the apocalyptic illness? What – and who – will government powers sacrifice in order to save civilization?

This cover is scary af.

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TBR: Strawberries by Casey Bartsch

Strawberries is the name he has been given.

When they let him out, they had no way of knowing what he was. A psychopath. A killer. The body count is at twenty already, and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. Agent Harry Bland can’t see one anyway. He doesn’t have a single clue to go on. It doesn’t help that his mind won’t focus. His heart just isn’t in it anymore. Half way across the country, Sylvia is in a different state of mind. When she isn’t selling sex to the rich, she is doing her best to disappear. She lives a life of assumed names, one night stands, and a constant stream of narcotics. Sylvia has heard of Strawberries. Of course she has. So has everyone who has turned on the television or surfed the net. Yet, she has no way of knowing just how much his life will affect hers.

Seedy hotels, cross country truckers looking for the meaning of life, homemade pie, a reporter with her own secret agenda, obscenely expensive champagne, and plenty of spilled blood await our cast. But make sure to read fast…..Strawberries has killed number 21.

I, too, have heard of strawberries. They have a lot of pesticides, I hear. Super deadly.

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TBR: The Deceived by E.C. Fisher

What if the Bible was a con devised by none other than Lucifer himself? What if The Rapture came, and it was a trick? In E.C. Fisher’s biblical thriller The Deceived, it is the devil who is behind religion, and everyone from Adam and Eve on up are in the thrall of his lies. But as the End of Days plays out on Earth—a ploy designed by Lucifer to give the world to his followers—the archangel Michael is sent down to earth from heaven, where he must battle the devil to save God’s children—not to mention the planet. As God lays dying in heaven, and Lucifer kidnaps Michael’s soulmate, Ari-el—Michael must face not only the potential of demons overtaking earth, but the loss of both his Father and his one true love. Armed with the Sword of the Spirit, forged from God’s own powerful wings, Michael sets out to destroy the Antichrist, and thereby bring an end to the deadly masquerade that is Lucifer’s religion.

Written with the verve of a contemporary adventure fantasy, and the deep, complex knowledge of a religious thriller, The Deceived is a harrowing tale that reflects the rifts and tensions of our modern political moment. This is the story of Revelations that you do not know, but one that you will not be able to put down.

I’m pagan-leaning and often find myself believing that the “if/then” of why monotheism exists is because one god either wanted to fuck with all the others or just make things less confusing.

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TBR: Afterdeath by Benoit Chartier

Death is a country we see through the tiny keyhole of an immovable door.
Raised by their grandmother after their parents’ death, Chloe and Olivia Borders are now in mourning for Rose. The Alzheimer’s that forced them to be split into separate foster homes has taken their last living family member. As a way to rekindle their friendship, the twins commit to a road trip— which spells their demise. Now the question is: What comes after, and how will they get back to life?

Sounds depressing AF.

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TBR: The Ruby-Eyed Child (The Seventh Order Book 1) by J. Walter Brockmann

Leaf Bottlestopper is a perfectly ordinary half-elf. Until, that is, his foster mother is killed and his infant foster sister, a ruby-eyed girl named Sage, is kidnapped. Leaf is thrown into a brewing conflict—decades in the making—that’s now about to erupt. With help, he learns the deep secrets of the Six Orders of magic—secrets that the enemy’s leader has worked hard to suppress. As the time to save his sister dwindles, the question becomes: Is the enemy truly after Sage… or Leaf himself?

I like how this seems to use fantasy to explain modern family dynamics.

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TBR: Evergreen Avenue: 1970s by Amelia Keldan

For 1970s housewife Penny McVee, the decision to move back up to the lush and idyllic

Adelaide Hills was a tough one to make. With her devoted husband Russell and three beautiful kids by her side, she feels ready to embrace the hometown she had left behind so long ago. The long and lazy Summer stretches out before them, promising endless days filled with pool parties, friendship and chocolate fondue. Secrets however, have a way of revealing themselves. Way down deep beneath the murky depths of her subconscious, Penny hide

s a memory she’d rather forget. Determined to keep it together and mindful of the shaky ground she now finds herself standing on, Penny ignores the little voice telling her to tread carefully. Will those around her be content to ignore any past indiscretions or is Penny about to lose it all?

My guess is she’s about to lose it all.

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TBR: Ride the Star Wind: Cthulhu, Space Opera, and the Cosmic Weird

Space madness! Fly away with us to the deeps of space for action and adventure, alien intrigue and bloody surprises. Join us out here where all things alien and weird flow freely. Dive headlong into spaceships and monsters, tentacles and insanity, determined struggle and starborne terror. Whether sprawling across civilizations or tightly focused and personal, these tales paint a psychedelic vision of strange proportions and wondrous possibility. 

Where space opera meets the weird. An anthology of 29 illustrated short stories that blend the weird cosmic horror of the Cthulhu Mythos with the star-spanning vistas of space opera by a diverse array of all-star authors…

Remy Nakamura • Lucy A. Snyder • J.E. Bates • Gord Sellar • Brian Evenson • Heather Hatch • Desirina Boskovich • DaVaun Sanders • D.W. Baldwin • J. Edward Tremlett • D.A. Xiaolin Spires • Tom Dullemond • Premee Mohamed • Wendy N. Wagner • Kara Dennison • Brandon O’Brien • Heather Terry • Wendy Nikel • Robert White • Ingrid Garcia • Richard Lee Byers • Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. • Tim Curran • Angus McIntyre • Ada Hoffmann • Bogi Takács • Wendi Dunlap • Cody Goodfellow • Nadia Bulkin

You’ll meet soldiers and scientists, starship captains and intrepid explorers, each with secrets to hide and a story to tell. And then there’s the aliens. So many aliens. Some friendly, some monstrous, but all of them exciting.

Engines full. Course set. We’re going in.

“Cosmic Weird.” The cosmos is weird by default, no?

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TBR: Jane of Manchester by J.G. Dow

“A cross between Coronation Street and Bridget Jones…many laugh out loud moments.” Top 500 Amazon UK Reviewer

“An impressively fine first novel.” Top 100 Amazon US Hall of Fame Reviewer

Jane’s life on the face of it isn’t really too bad…she has great friends like party girl Natasha who’s always up for a laugh and her close pal Polly, always there for her and of course her loving parents, but things could still be better…

Most people she knows are either married or have kids and she has been single a while now and wonders if a good man is ever to be encountered again. The single life is far from a quiet one for Jane however, as she is constantly getting dragged to night clubs and bars by Natasha and the crew as well as enduring a particularly boozy weekend away at the seaside!

Jane loves a lot about her life, disregarding rude plumbers in her flat and dealing with annoying superiors and a smug sister, but as a certain someone takes her eye, is everything about to change and get a whole lot more serious or is the single life determined to keep her captive a while longer yet…

Most people I know are married or have kids, too.

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TBR: How to be Happy Alone: A single’s guide to a satisfying life by Katharine Coggeshall

Welcome to single town, a place of opportunity, renewed energy, and plenty of good company! This is the ultimate guide to a satisfying life as a single. Learn how to be happy alone through pages filled with beautiful images and helpful advice on exploring you, healthy mind and body, cures for loneliness, and much more. “How to be Happy Alone” is the first in Coggeshall’s self help series. The second installment is due late 2017

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At only 64 pages long, I can be alone again all the sooner.

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