Thursday, December 22, 2016

Review: Giovanni Goes To Med School (The Med School Series 1) by Kathy Bryson

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29604865Title: Giovanni Goes To Med School
Published:  March 23, 2016
Format: eBook
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Everyone knows zombies aren’t real, no matter how fun. You don’t have to be a med student to know the dead do not get up and walk around in real life. Anyone who’s buried a pet in the backyard knows the dead don’t walk. They don’t even lurch.
So Giovanni is stunned when his patient sits up in the morgue and starts scolding. The night-shift was supposed be a relief, a chance to study in quiet and off-set ridiculous student loans. Babysitting a huge dog and a dead voodoo mambo were not part of the plan. Now he’s got to convince an unbelieving medical community to take action, so he can get back to learning about the dead – not the undead!

Friday, December 9, 2016

FREE Crochet Pattern: Ponytail Hat




I'm sure you guys have seen the ponytail beanie making its rounds on Facebook. It looks like a simple DC beanie with a HDC brim. These are almost always worked from the brim up (to date I have only seen this done a different way but it seem more of a hassle than anything)

I am NOT a pattern writer. I usually fudge it until it comes out how I want it. A friend wanted this beanie so instead of paying for a pattern I thought I would wing it and share my results and pattern with you!

Trial and error LOL I edited this as I went along so this could change. I'll also be adding pictures for you. I only have a few right now but I'll add more as I go along.

Materials
Size 7 Hook (If you don't have that, go with an H)
1 skein of Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable
(or any worsted weight but this may change the size of the hat. In which case, go down a hook size)
Needle for weaving in ends

For the brim:

Chain 12
Row 1: HDC in the second chain from the hook and in each across. I like to put the stitches in the back hump of the chains. When you turn it over this is what you'll see. This makes it easier to stitch your brim together at the end.You'll see in the second image that there are "braids" on both the top and bottom of the stitches. You can do foundation crochet too but I don't like it. (Just a preference)

Row 2-56: Chain 2, turn, HDC through both loops (the red arrows) on ONLY the first and last stitch of each row. All the other stitches in between will be back loop only (the blue arrow). Repeat row 2 until you get 56 rows.
 This is what two rows of HDC should look like.

Your brim should measure about 16 1/2 inches long. If it's too long/short, you can adjust the hook size or add/subtract rows. I suggest the hook size so your math wont be messed up.



Stitch both ends together with slip stitches across. You'll insert your hook through all four loops, yarn over and pull through all 5 loops.
  Flip the brim so the stitching is on the inside of the hat.


For the hat, you'll be working in the top of each row of the brim.
Hat:
Row 1: Chain 1 and SC in the next stitch. Crochet 70 SC evenly across brim. I like to crochet 1 in the top of each row and add a SC increase every 4th stitch (two SC into the same stitch). Slip stitch into the first SC of the round. 


Row 2-8: CH 2, DC in the same stitch and in every stitch around. (70 DC) and SL ST into the top of the 1st DC. DO NOT TURN! This is worked like you would in the round but without the ugly seam. Repeat DC row to desired height (I made mine 8 rows high) 

Row 9: CH 2, DC in the same stitch and in the next 7 stitches. DC2tog over the 9th and 10th stitches. Repeat this around. You should have 63 DC for this row.

Row 10: CH 2, DC in the same stitch and in every stitch around. (63 DC) and SL ST into the top of the 1st DC. (You can repeat this row if you want it a bit higher)

Row 11: CH 1, SC in the same stitch and in every stitch around. (63 SC) SL ST into the top of the 1stSC.

Fasten off and weave in ends 

Please let me know if you have any questions. I'm more than happy to walk you through it! 

Leave a comment below and let me know how you did on your hat!






Thursday, December 1, 2016

Review: Heart on the Devil’s Sleeve (Miki Radicci Book 7/Tenebrous Chronicles) by: M.E. Purfield

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

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Title: Heart on the Devil’s Sleeve (Miki Radicci Book 7/Tenebrous Chronicles)
Pages: 142
Published: May 28, 2015
Format: ebook





In the seventh book of M.E. Purfield’s urban noir series, Miki Radicci tries to make sense of a string of murders while wading through the lies and myths of her crime-ridden family.
Just as teen psychic and art protégé Miki Radicci is able to get back to work on her art, Federal Marshals knock on her door. No, they are not there for her but for her uncle Tony who recently escaped from prison. Having no idea what is going on, she tries to contact her grandfather who’s been out of town helping a sick friend. But he’s not there. He was never there.

Miki does a little digging in her grandfather’s life and all she can find is a list of doctors deep in psychic research and half of which have been brutally murdered.

With help of her best friends Gray and Miranda, Miki tracks down her family and discovers that they are not what they seem and all the assumptions of her past are wrong.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Review: A Girl Close to Death (Miki Radicci Book 6/Tenebrous Chronicles) by M.E. Purfield

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.


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Title: A Girl Close to Death 
Published:  Feb. 7, 2015
Pages: 127
Format: eBook
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While searching for a homeless girl, teen psychic Miki Radicci discovers a plan to rid the world of evil being executed by an old enemy thought to be long gone.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Review: Onyx Webb: Book Six: Episodes 16, 17 & 18 by: Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz

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Title: Onyx Webb: Book Six
Published: July 20, 2016
Pages: 236
Format: Paperback
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Haven't Gotten Entangled Yet? Please Start with Book One.
More questions get answered in Book Six and NEW characters are introduced, several others return.
Onyx Webb is a complex multi-genre mash-up that combines elements of supernatural suspense, crime, horror, romance, and more. The Onyx Webb series follows the unusual life of Onyx Webb along with a central group of characters in various locations and times.
The billionaire Mulvaney family, piano prodigy Juniper Cole and her brother Quinn, paranormal show hosts Cryer and Fudge, and a few others make up the core of the series. Written like a book version of your favorite tv series (think: supernatural soap opera like American Horror Story) each character’s story moves forward with most every episode. It may appear that the characters are entirely unrelated and yet episode by episode, the connections will become clearer. Like being an inch away from a spider web, with each book, the web will move further and further away revealing the full story of every character and most importantly, the stunning conclusion for Onyx Webb herself.
In Book Six:
The serial killer has taken his ultimate prize.
In 2010, Koda attempts to find the girl in the mirror by crossing over to the other side.
Onyx Webb finally has a new person in her life but like most things, it does not last. 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Review: Onyx Webb: Book Five (Onyx Webb #5) by Richard Fenton, Andrea Waltz

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30058589Title: Onyx Webb: Book Five: Episodes 13, 14 & 15 (Onyx Webb #5)
Published:  April 26, 2016
Pages: 234
Format: Paperback
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Welcome Back to the World of Onyx Webb! This is Book Five. (Episodes 13, 14 & 15) Haven't Gotten Entangled Yet? Please Start with Book One.
Readers of the series will see the web tighten in this book, the past and present are slowly starting to catch up to each other and shocking connections continue to be made.

Onyx Webb is a complex multi-genre mash-up that combines elements of supernatural suspense, crime, horror, romance, and more. The Onyx Webb series follows the unusual life of Onyx Webb along with a central group of characters in various locations and times.
The billionaire Mulvaney family, piano prodigy Juniper Cole and her brother Quinn, paranormal show hosts Cryer and Fudge, and a few others make up the core of the series. Written like a book version of your favorite tv series (think: supernatural soap opera like American Horror Story) each character’s story moves forward with most every episode. It may appear that the characters are entirely unrelated and yet episode by episode, the connections will become clearer. Like being an inch away from a spider web, with each book, the web will move further and further away revealing the full story of every character and most importantly, the stunning conclusion for Onyx Webb herself.
In Book Five: It's the 1980's and Bruce Mulvaney starts his own family while a killer watches from afar. It’s 2010, and the Mulvaney's are dealing with Koda's accident. Onyx Webb fights to keep her way of life. 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Re-Release: Tempestuous by Nicole Austin

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Once a woman’s deepest, darkest desires have been exposed—whetting her appetite for taboo pleasures of the flesh—her unquenchable hungers will not be denied.
Floggers and whips
Chains and leather restraints
Erotic rewards and punishments…oh my!
Seduced by stories and the forbidden lure of Dominance and submission, Evie Sloan longs to explore the scintillating delights firsthand. While some fantasies are better left to the imagination, for the chance to visit a real club, she’s willing to take a risk.
Been there, done that, seen it all—or so jaded Dominant Niko Kovalenko thought. Evie’s arrival on the scene reawakens long dormant passions and ramps them up to a whole new level. She’s an exciting challenge—a dangerous temptation—igniting the compulsion to possess. To collar.
Evie is no man’s submissive pet. Niko stripped her bare, shed light on all her secret desires and weaknesses, but it’s still not enough for him. To win her man she’ll have to confront her fears and find a way to bridge the distance between them.
This previously published title has been revised and re-edited.

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“The sizzle between Niko and Evie jumps off the pages! And, Niko takes sexy to a whole new level. The ceremonies toward the end made me wish I was standing in Evie’s shoes… this book is HOT! Highly recommended and will be a definite re-read for me!” ~ 5 Stars ~ Barbara

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Nicole Austin lives on the sheltered Gulf Coast of Florida, where inspiration can be found sitting under a big shade umbrella on the beach, sipping cold margaritas. A voracious reader, she never goes anywhere without a book, but started looking for something more. Something hotter.
A passion for erotic romance led to Nicole’s creation of sizzling characters and boundary pushing stories. Now she lives in an incredible world where fantasy comes to life in bold, vivid detail. Well, until real life intrudes and she has to share the computer with the rest of the family.
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Review: Reaperlands: Los Muertos Trail: Reaperlands Part Two by Roy Burdine

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31837958Title: Reaperlands: Los Muertos Trail: Reaperlands Part Two
Published:  Aug. 31, 2016
Format: eBook
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A Post-Apocalyptic Western
In the years following the zombie viral outbreak, those who risked their lives to seek out treasure among the wastelands became known as the REAPERS.
Gus and Oscar are back! After a successful Reaping run to the Los Angeles ruins, they set out to bring their scavenger spoils to market, a journey that takes them across the desert plains of the post zombie apocalypse future, and pits them against the mutant hordes of the animal kingdom, and the worst of their own kind, those who would prey on the survivors of a world gone to hell.
For Gus, this mission has a special purpose beyond just the monetary riches of his trade – To deliver a cargo of classic books to the library he is building in the fort city of Los Muertos in an effort to preserve the culture of a civilization that once was.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Review: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover (SPOILERS)

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Title: It Ends With Us
 by Colleen Hoover
 Published by Atria Books on August 2, 2016
 Genres: contemporary, new adult, romance
Pages: 384
Format: eBook
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SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST
Lily hasn't always had it easy, but that's never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She's come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up - she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily's life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.
Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He's also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle's complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.
As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan - her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.
With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.


This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Review: Onyx Webb: Book Four (Onyx Webb #4) by Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz

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Title: Onyx Webb: Book Four
Published: Jan. 25, 2016
Pages: 226
Format: Paperback
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A multi-genre mash-up that combines elements of supernatural suspense, crime, horror, romance, and more.
The Onyx Webb series follows the unusual life of Onyx Webb along with a central group of characters in various locations and times. The billionaire Mulvaney family, piano prodigy Juniper Cole and her brother Quinn, paranormal show hosts Cryer and Fudge, and a few others make up the core of the series. Written like a book version of a supernatural soap opera, each character’s story moves forward with most every episode. It may appear that the characters are entirely unrelated and yet episode by episode, the connections will become clearer. Like being an inch away from a spider web, with each book, the web will move further and further away revealing the full story of every character and most importantly, the stunning conclusion for Onyx Webb herself.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Release Blitz: Winning It All by Victoria Denault







Hometown Players #4
Release Date: September 6th, 2016
Publisher: Forever Yours
Genre: Contemporary Romance


Synopsis:
All’s fair in love and hockey. . .
As his team’s enforcer on the ice, Sebastian Deveau is America’s favorite fighting Frenchman. But he’s just as likely to get into trouble off the ice–especially when it comes to women.
Shayne Beckford is so over hockey. It ruined her parents’ marriage. It spoiled her brother’s dreams. And let’s not even talk about her college boyfriend . . . So when Sebastian Deveau walks into her brother’s gym, she has no idea who he is. All she knows is that he’s one gorgeous man with the sexiest accent she’s ever heard. And since she never has to see him again, she lets him give her the best orgasm of her life right on top of the gym’s dryer.
But Sebastian isn’t going to let this one-night stand get away so easily. He fights for what he wants, even if it takes fighting a little dirty . . .
More in the Hometown Players series:
One More Shot
Making a Play
The Final Move
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Victoria Denault loves long walks on the beach, cinnamon dolce lattes and writing angst-filled romance. Before focusing on writing novels, Victoria was a journalist and a stand-up comic. She’s also an avid hockey fan who cheers more than one team and has a thing for play-off beards. Victoria grew up in Montreal, Canada but has lived in many major cities across North America. She spent her childhood summers in Maine and adult summers in Spain. She’s now happily settled in Los Angeles with her husband and their two chubby Chihuahuas.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Review: Kharma’s Abrasive Contusions by M.E. Purfield

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This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

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Title: Kharma's Abrasive Contusions: a sci-fi noir
Published: May 16, 2016
Pages: 282
Format: eBook
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Kharma’s Abrasive Contusions is a sci-fi noir that introduce a private detective running from a dark past on a road towards redemption and forgiveness.
In the future, on a planet twenty percent populated and still growing, in a city where the citizens who can afford the law enforcement benefit from justice, Kelly Kharma runs her private investigation and security business out of her downtown office.
Using her former training and experiences, Kharma helps find missing children lost in the black market, an accused rapist’s innocence in the corporate world, and an illegal little boy’s path to freedom.
But there is one victim she may not be able to help when the prison releases violent sexual predator Horacio Grape. After one of her clients ends up dead, Kharma believes Grape may be out to seek revenge against the one woman who sent him there: Kelly Kharma.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Review: Onyx Webb: Book Three (Onyx Webb #3) by Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz

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Title: Onyx Webb: Book Three 
Published: Oct. 27, 2015
Pages: 235
Format: Paperback
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Welcome Back to the World of Onyx Webb. This is Book Three. (Episodes 7, 8, and 9) One reviewer describes it as: "A suspenseful ghost story with a light touch of horror, a heavy dose of gruesome, and a cast of characters where some, but not all, are exceptionally creepy."
The Onyx Webb series follows the unusual life of Onyx Webb along with a central group of characters in various locations and times. The billionaire Mulvaney family, piano prodigy Juniper Cole and her brother Quinn, paranormal show hosts Cryer and Fudge, and a few others make up the core of the series. Written like a book version of a supernatural soap opera, each character’s story moves forward with most every episode. It may appear that the characters are entirely unrelated and yet episode by episode, the connections will become clearer. Like being an inch away from a spider web, with each book, the web will move further and further away revealing the full story of every character and most importantly, the stunning conclusion for Onyx Webb herself.
In Book Three... It’s in the late 30's and Onyx and Ulrich have started a new life in Crimson Cove, Oregon. It’s 2010, and Koda Mulvaney is picking up the pieces of the latest tragedy and still looking for the girl in the mirror. Paranormal show hosts Cryer and Fudge have a run in with a ghost at the Open Arms. It’s the 60's and Declan Mulvaney is building the family fortune - a good intent with horrible consequences.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Review: Reckless Magic by Rachel Higginson



Title: Reckless Magic
Series: Star-Crossed #1
Published by Rachel Higginson on March 13, 2011
Genres: fantasy, paranormal, romance, young adult
Pages: 348
Format: eBook
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16 year old Eden Matthews has been in and out of private schools for the last two years. Kingsley is her last chance to finish high school and she is determined to simply do that. But when she meets Kiran Kendrick and her world opens to something she thought only existed in fairy tales, she's unsure what her future will hold. Suddenly she is captivated by a boy who seems to be the source of all of her problems and struggling to rescue her best friend from a foreign prison. When attempts are made on Kiran's life, Eden alone must save him. Thrust into a world that is more make-believe than reality, Eden has to find her own destiny without losing those she loves most. Reckless is an intricate story of mystery, adventure, magic and love. Eden Matthews is an unlikely heroine set on a path to save the world and her loved ones before its too late.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Review: Party Girl Crashes the Rapture (Tenebrous Chronicles) by M.E. Purfield

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

13447216Title: Party Girl Crashes the Rapture (Tenebrous Chronicles)
Published: November 21, 2013
Pages: 250
Format: eBook
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It’s Lorelei’s last year of school and she has no plans for the future. Well, she does plan to drink, smoke weed, bang boys, and get as far away from her abusive mother as possible. What else is there to do in a small New Jersey town?
But when the seizures start, Lorelei enters a Technicolor dream world where she meets a pink-eyed little girl named Darby. She has something important to tell Lorelei. Something about a murder.
Lorelei doesn’t want to deal with Darby and does all she can to forget about her. She even goes as far as finding love and a possible future. But Darby is persistent, so persistent that she starts breaking into Lorelei’s reality.
Now she must solve a murder and face a dark secret in her past that could reveal a truth so horrifying that death could be the only way to forget it.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Review: Onyx Webb: Book Two (Onyx Webb #2) by Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz

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Title: Onyx Webb: Book Two (Onyx Webb #2)
Published:  July 14, 2015
Pages: 228
Format: Paperback
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The Onyx Webb series follows the unusual life of Onyx Webb along with a central group of characters in various locations and times. Written like a book version of a supernatural soap opera, each character’s story moves forward with most every episode. It may appear that the characters are entirely unrelated and yet episode by episode, the connections will become clearer And this is especially true in Book Two. Like being an inch away from a spider web, with each book, the web will move further and further away revealing the full story of every character and most importantly, the stunning conclusion for Onyx Webb herself.
In Book Two... It's the 30's and Declan Mulvaney and best friend Tommy Bilazzo learrn to survive at the Open Arms Orphange despite the adults who run the place. It’s 2010, and Koda Mulvaney is insane trying to see the girl in the mirror again. Onyx Webb is finds herself living all over the country married to the crazy German, Ulrich, with no way out.
Special Note: All the pictures and graphical memes can be found in our Onyx Webb Series pinterest catalog.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Review: Onyx Webb: Book One (Onyx Webb #1) by Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz

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28487279Title: Onyx Webb: Book One: Episodes 1, 2, & 3
Published: March 31, 2015
Pages: 218
Format: Paperback
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Delectably Creepy. Gripping. Fascinating.
Onyx Webb is a multi-genre mash-up that combines supernatural suspense, crime, horror, romance, and more. So the story... Onyx Webb is a ghost. Billionaire playboy Koda Mulvaney becomes obsessed with a girl he sees inside a mirror. Juniper Cole is on her way to the prom and... well, we don't want to spoil anything - we've probably told you too much already. How all these events are related is part of the mystery that is, Onyx Webb.
The Onyx Webb series follows the unusual life of Onyx Webb along with a central group of characters in various locations and times. The billionaire Mulvaney family, piano prodigy Juniper Cole and her brother Quinn, paranormal show hosts Cryer and Fudge, and a few others make up the core of the series. Written like a book version of a supernatural soap opera (think: American Horror Story) each character’s story moves forward with most every episode.
It may appear that the characters are entirely unrelated and yet episode by episode, the connections will become clearer. Like being an inch away from a spider web, with each book, the web will move further and further away revealing the full story of every character and most importantly, the stunning conclusion for Onyx Webb herself.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Chapter 6 reveal: Lie To Me by Gracen Miller

Coming March 24, 2016



Genre: New Adult Dystopian Romance
Cover Artist: Brannon Jones @ B-Dirty Graphics

In the 23rd century, war has ravaged the planet.
A biological weapon has decimated the population, and those who remain have been driven to desperate measures to survive. Over the course of a century, evolution delivers an answer — the Xeno gene, which provides its bearers with immunity to disease. All adolescent girls are tested for the X-gene, and carriers are obligated to bear children for the good of the human race.
The promise of salvation comes at a terrible price.
Stone Emmerson, heir to a position of supreme power, is surprised to learn his best friend Kella is an X-gene carrier. He’s quick to claim her as his own, but as a mere servant, Kella can’t help but doubt his motives. Before he can offer the protection of his name, she escapes his household. Mourning her loss, Stone becomes the black sheep among his peers by focusing on the welfare of his people.
While survival and freedom hang in the balance…
Starting over under an assumed name, Kella is a founding member of the X-Diplomats, a radical group dedicated to stopping enforced X-gene testing and promoting equal rights for commoners. Years pass before she crosses paths with Stone again. As the web of deceit that has come between them unravels, their love begins to grow. But can Stone turn a blind eye to Kella’s violent revolution and see the justice of her cause? Or will their differences prove too great to overcome?

What price would you pay to break the chains of oppression?



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PROLOGUE
TskTsk What to Read

CHAPTER 1
Author N Kuhn

CHAPTER 2
Author Madison Sevier

CHAPTER 3
Starry Night Book Reviews

CHAPTER 4
Bookloversdream
CHAPTER 5
Fallen Over Book Reviews

SIX

Mack acted as if she hadn’t heard him or she chose to ignore his comment.
Watching her interact with the kids had been eye opening. They obviously loved her. And the
one kid, Rog, had wanted to protect her. Adorable. The kid hadn’t stood a
chance, but the boy’s aggression demonstrated the depth of his affection for
Mack.
Commotion in the streets drew his attention. People dispersed, allowing for two guards
chasing a civilian through the throng of citizens in the busy thoroughfare. The
runner tripped, skidding forward from the momentum of his fall. Stone cringed
at the scrapes the guy would receive.
The runner pushed up—and then was down again as the guards caught up and wailed on
him. Kicking, punching, and whacking him with clubs, which resulted in the
escapee curling into a ball, protecting himself as he screamed for a ceasefire.
The guards just kept pummeling.
Next thing Stone knew, Mack stepped off the sidewalk and put herself in the middle
of the fray. Great. She was a do-gooder.
“Stop!”
she screamed, shoving one of the Regent’s men aside. The crowd hushed, and
sudden alarm punched the mob. “You’ve got him, you asshole, he’s bleeding everywhere.”
Stone agreed with that assessment. The beating was excessive.
The man she’d attacked kicked the runner in the gut. “You’re under arrest, Mack, for
violating Regent business.”
Mack blanched at that threat, but she pushed on. “You’re going to kill him.”
From the corner of his eye, Stone spied one of the girls from earlier take off. This
wouldn’t end well if the altercation terrified her enough to run away.
Stone stepped off the curb to diffuse the situation, but before he could reach them, Mack
pulled on the soldier’s arm to stop him from abusing the guy further, and he
backhanded her. The crowd shrieked. Mack managed to deflect his next blows, ramming
her knee into his crotch. With a wail, he went down, the crowd cheering. But
the other asshole guard was on her then, curling his hand in her hair and yanking her back. Mack fell on her ass, swiped her leg out, and took the Regent’s man with her.
Before she could get her footing, the asshole straddled her, smacked her once, and had
balled up his fist to strike her when Stone stepped up and pressed the barrel of his gun to the guard’s forehead. Seeing him smack Mack had flooded him with rage. Fury struck so hard, it was a wonder his hands weren’t shaking.
I would react the same if he hit any woman.
Wouldn’t he? Stone wasn’t so sure. There was something unidentifiable that attracted him
to Mack.
The man went still, lifting his hands in the universal sign of surrender. “Regent Jones
will see you dead for violating weapon’s law.”
“Stupid fucker. You threaten me while I hold a gun to your head?” James weaved into the
crowd, maintaining the neutralization of the other guard as Stone spoke. “I
could off you right now, and not a goddamn thing would be done about it.”
“You have a high opinion of yourself, dreg.”
Stone couldn’t understand why the idiot mistook him for a civilian, a low-class one
at that by his slur. His shirt alone cost more than the stupid fuck’s entire yearly
salary. “Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Regent Stone Emmerson, and I’m well
within my legal right to weaponize myself and to put a bullet in your head.
Start talking, and I demand—”
“Stone,”
James warned. “You’ve crossed the line.”
“—a good fucking reason for your abuse of a defenseless woman. Shut up, James.” Now was
not the time to scold him. The asshole had hit Mack, and he wanted reparations
for the assault, didn’t matter that she wasn’t his citizen and he didn’t hold
any rights toward her. Somewhere along the way, his brain had claimed her. Yeah,
he’d fucked up big time.
“She started it!” the guy with the relocated balls choked out.
The one straddling Mack maintained his calm. “It’s Regent business. He’s a thief. She
interfered. You understand protocol and that I must now bring them both in.”
Stone nodded, and lowered his weapon. “Let’s all of us have a chat with your Regent.”
James cursed, but jerked Blueballs to his feet. “You’re a goddamn fool.”
No shit.
He’d ousted himself for a woman he had no business protecting, much less desiring.
“You’re an idiot,” Mack said, the ungrateful chit. “You should’ve stayed out of it.”
Seriously?
He’d expected a little more gratitude. “He’d have beaten the fuck out of you
too. You’re welcome.”
“Looked like she was holding her own pretty good to me.” James stepped up beside him as
the guards secured the guy with a set of electric cuffs.
“Thanks, Satan.”
Pain radiated along Stone’s neck when he jerked his attention to her. No one had
ever called James Satan except Kella.
She glared at Stone and said, “I’d say sorry for blowing your cover, but I didn’t
ask for your help.”
Still reeling from her nickname for James, Stone found himself strangely speechless.
He looked at his buddy, but James ogled her, frown lines scoring his forehead.
“Is that necessary?” Stone demanded when Stupid Fuck spun Mack around and cuffed her
with zip-ties. Tight enough she winced as they indented her skin.
“She committed a felony attacking government representatives on official business.”
“Is that how you’re going to spin it?” James gave Stone his ‘I can’t believe this
bullshit’ glower. “From what I could see, you two attacked her first, and she
defended herself.”
“That’s exactly what I’m telling Regent Jones.” Stone didn’t bother commanding the jerk
to loosen her restraints. Instead he lifted his foot, slid his blade out of his
ankle strap, and slit through the plastic ties.
“She interfered with our commands.” Stupid Fuck’s face mottled when Stone released
her.
“That’s different from attacking you.” Stone rubbed her wrists, and his cock took
interest thanks to the soft texture of her skin. If Mack Ellason interested
him, Missy wasn’t doing her job, and he needed to get laid again. Mack was no
beauty, cute, yes, but all his women were refined or whores. He didn’t peg her
as a whore, but she was far from refined.
“You have no jurisdiction here,” Blueballs squeaked out.
Stone released his grip on Mack’s wrists. He curled his fingers in Blueball’s shirt
and yanked him closer. “Come again?”
“You’re scaring the piss out of the guy.” James gestured low.
Stone shoved Blueballs away. “You lead, we’ll follow.” He motioned to Stupid Fuck,
who showed his displeasure by grinding his teeth hard enough his pinched lips
turned white.
As they walked the streets, a crowd trailing them, Mack strode between him and James.
“What do you know about Mackella Starke Emmerson?” James asked out of the blue. By all outward
appearances he seemed calm, but Stone detected the tension straining in his
neck.
“Who?” Mack stared straight ahead.
“My wife.” Stone rested his hand on her lower back, and she tensed beneath his
touch. “She’s the only person who ever called James Satan.”
“I like the way she thinks.” Mack’s face screwed up, and she tilted her head to look up
at him. “I didn’t think you were married?”
“Not any longer.” She’s dead. At least he’d
once believed that.
That shut her up. Either Mack was telling the truth about not knowing Kella, or she
was the best actress ever.

They entered Regent Jones’s domain. He’d had the displeasure of meeting the man
three times since Stone’s inauguration, each time at the annual Regent
assembly. He wasn’t impressed with Jones. Stone found him to be pompous and
self-absorbed, like most Regents. Mid- to late-forties, he kept himself in good
shape, and ran his Quadrant like a dictator. Again like most Regents.
Jones took one look at Mack and asked, “What’ve you done now, Mack?”
A troublemaker like Kella. James noted the similarities too and elevated his
eyebrows when he caught Stone’s glance.
Stone found it concerning, as well as fucking erotic as hell, that Mack glared at
Jones, even when she should be cowering and begging for mercy. “Why do you
automatically assume she’s guilty?”
“She’s always stirring up trouble. Thinks she’s better than most dregs.” Jones stepped
forward and held his hand out. “Good to see you again, Regent.”
Lies.
They shared no love of one another. Jones disapproved of Stone’s leadership and
had made no bones about it. Stone knew how to play nice, though, so he shook the
other man’s hand. “Likewise.”
“Glad you caught our thief—”
“We both know he’s not a thief.” As if Mack’s voice wasn’t defiant enough, she notched
her chin and gave Jones a rebellious glare. “You’ve been skimming his profits
and his goods, like you do everyone.”
Jesus, she was ballsy. There wasn’t much Stone could do to aid her in the presence of
her Regent. Jones
slapped her. A hard, whip-crack smack that happened so fast, Stone didn’t have
time to stop her from reeling and collapsing to the floor. A cruel twist contorted
Jones’s lips as he wound his fingers in her hair and jerked her upward to her
knees. “You forget how much I’ve helped you, little girl.”
“I can do without your style of help.”
While holding her hair, Jones smacked her again. Hard. She lurched to the side, but
came up sharp in the Regent’s grasp. A hiss of pain escaped her lips, but that
was the only discomfort she displayed. If anything her glare grew more
rebellious.
The only thing that halted Stone from interfering was James placing his hand on Stone’s shoulder.
His buddy shook his head. Yeah, this wasn’t his place, not his domain, and all
Regents ran their Quads differently. No rule said he had to agree with the way
other Regents governed.
Stone swiped his fingers through his hair, but the action bombed at relieving his anger.
All women should be respected. Everyone deserved that. But he’d been taught to
coddle, love, and protect, not manhandle women in particular.
His agitation intensified when Jones wound her hair around his arm. Mack gasped and
threw her arms up, and back to clutch at the dictator’s arm when he craned her
head back at a sharp slant. Tears shimmered in her eyes and if looks could’ve
killed, Jones would be a smoldering corpse.
Stone focused on the Regent because watching her resulted in fury sweeping through
him. Killing Jones would be satisfying. It’d be easy to snap the bully’s neck.
Jones’s death would protect her. How many others
would his death protect?
“I should send you to the brothel.” At Jones’s declaration, Stone jerked his attention
to her. “I bet forcing you to suck my cock would make you more obedient.”
Mack winced, but kept her gaze direct and mutinous. “I’d bite your dick off.”
Her courage in the face of a tyrant resulted in a grin tugging at Stone’s mouth.
Beside him, Stone caught James’s uneasy glance in his direction. Neither would
allow a woman to be pimped out, regardless of jurisdiction.
“Thanks for the heads up, bitch. I’ll know to open-mouth gag you. You’ll look lovely
gagging on my cock as I ram it down your throat.”
She blanched. “I’ll kill you or myself before I become any man’s whore.”
Stone believed her, but the tremble in her voice echoed her flailing confidence.
“I’m tempted to call your bluff to see how far you’ll go.” Jones smirked and ran his
fingertips along her jaw. Mack recoiled and attempted to turn her head aside,
but couldn’t with the way he clenched her hair. The slight trembling of her
bottom lip had Stone seeing red. It was the first time he’d witnessed a crack
in her courage. Jones pinched her bottom lip between his finger and thumb. “I bet
you’d cry prettily for me when I’m inside you.”
Had Stone wanted to snap the man’s neck before? Now, he wanted to commit slow and
cruel homicide, peeling one ounce of flesh from Jones’s hide at a time to
lengthen the man’s agony.
“That’s enough.” Stone stepped forward. “Release her.”
Jones maintained his hold on Mack, only his attention shifting to Stone. “You’re an
uptight prick, eh? Surprising, considering your father loved to bang chicks
with me. The harder they cried, the better.”
Of course, Stone didn’t believe him. Even so, the thought of his dad being an
asshole like Jones made him sick to his stomach. “My father taught me to respect women, not abuse them or exploit them.”
“Keep believing your father was a saint.” Jones smirked as if he knew a secret Stone
wasn’t privy to. “You make me too much money crawling through the dirt, Mack, but
never forget I control your future. That I own
you. And if you give me even a single ounce of trouble again, I won’t hesitate
to have you sucking cocks or taking dicks up your tight ass.” Jones released
her abruptly, which was a fine move because Stone was one step away from becoming
violent. “Someone give me an update so I can dish out punishment?”
Not trusting Jones’s men to feed him the truth, Stone detailed what’d transpired.
Jones
lit a cigar, not bothering to offer Stone or James one. Probably best because
Stone would prefer burning the fucker with the tip than smoking it.
“Goddamn it, Mack.” Jones pointed the cigar in her direction. “Stay out of my business
next time.”
“He was coughing up blood. If she hadn’t intervened, he’d be dead thanks to your
overzealous guards.” Stone toyed with the idea that he hated Quad2’s Regent.
Mack met Stone’s eyes for a moment. He took the minute connection as her way of saying
thanks for assisting her cause. But he could be wrong.
“He has a family, Regent Jones. They’re starving because of you.” Surely she didn’t
think appealing to Jones’s humanitarian side would work. Stone had witnessed no
evidence of compassion in the other man.
She went to rise, but Jones halted her by pressing his hand on top of her head. “Remain
on your knees. It’s where you belong, pet.”
The condescending motherfucker! Stone shot a look at James, who shook his head, but
he could tell by the hard stare, his buddy disliked Jones as much as Stone did.
Fire erupted in her eyes, and her shoulders went rigid. For a moment Stone feared
she’d rebel against her leader’s command, but after a tense moment she crumpled
to the floor.
The other Regent smiled and continued as if he wasn’t forcing a woman to subjugate
herself before him. “He’s a thief, Mack. You know my rules. I do not suffer
thieves. And his family isn’t my concern. He should’ve thought of them before
he wronged me.”
“Actually, they are your concern since they’re your people.” In Stone’s opinion, it
sounded like Jones required a lesson is leadership.
“Kindly mind your own goddamn business, Regent Emmerson.” Jones scowled, puffing on his
cigar while fingering Mack’s dark-blonde hair. The aggression in the man’s
stance indicated he’d do whatever necessary to make Stone back off.
Throwing fists would help eliminate some of the testosterone burning through Stone, but
he stood down for now. He inclined his head and scrutinized Jones a moment
before reverting his concentration on Mack. He understood Jones’s fascination with
her. Hell, he was fascinated with her
too. She was nothing like the women he brought to his bed. Nothing like Missy
who had graced his mattress the past couple of nights. It was strange really, to
find himself attracted to Mack, but he could easily picture her naked, legs parted
wide, waiting for his penetration. Each woman he pleasured fascinated him. They
all found their gratification differently, and sounded different too. James had
taught him to refocus his obsession from Kella to getting women off. But with
Mack it was different. Fucking her and leaving her wasn’t what was on his mind.
Oh, no, he very much feared one time with her wouldn’t be enough. He’d want to
bury himself inside her over and over again, getting sloshed off her cries of
pleasure.
“The punishment for thievery is execution, Regent Emmerson.” His name on the other man’s lips
startled him out of his inappropriate fantasies. “All Mack gained the thief was
a slow death on the rack in front of his peers.” Jones shrugged, puffing on his
tobacco and creating a cloud of smoke. “Serves my purpose well. So long as the
dregs fear me, I don’t suffer an uprising.”
And he called Stone a prick? The punishment did not fit the crime, especially when he
threatened to force a woman to work in a whorehouse, which would in effect
result in an endless cycle of rape. Oh, yeah, Regent Jones was a douchebag
tyrant.
“Mack says he’s not a thief. Who made the claim against him?” He was overstepping his
boundaries, but couldn’t seem to make himself back down. A man’s life was at
stake.
“I make the claim. He’s guilty. He dies.” Jones yanked on Mack’s hair, eliciting a
sharp hiss from her. “My dear troublemaker, you’re too popular among the dregs
to ignore your unruliness. Twenty electrical lashes should set a good example among
your class, don’t you think?”
“Fuck.” Stone ran his fingers through his hair. “That many blows to a man would result
in permanent nerve damage. She’ll never survive it.”
Jones sighed as if weary of Stone’s contrariness. “She’s one of my favorites, my
moneymaker—”
“If I’m favored, I’d hate to see how you treat those you dislike.”
Stone agreed with her.
Jones backhanded her, sending Mack sprawling on the floor with a shrill cry. “I own
you and all you do. I could take all your profits, but I’m generous and allow
you part of it. Show some gratitude for my generosity.”
From where Stone was standing, Jones didn’t know the meaning of ‘generosity’. And if
the archeological site fell outside the city gates, anything in the badlands
was outside the jurisdiction of the Regent. That meant Jones abused his powers,
and that was something he could take to the Board of Regents. He wasn’t part of
the good old boys, so he bet anything like that would result in Stone receiving
the coldshoulder and wouldn’t win him any friends. Not that he wanted or needed
bastards like Jones as friends. And he sure as hell could bet Jones wouldn’t
suffer even a set down by the board.
“Because she’s my favorite, the twenty lashes is
a light punishment. Had anyone else intervened the way she did, they would’ve
received the same fate as the thief. See? I can be lenient when warranted.” His
grin didn’t reach his eyes, and Stone suspected he’d enjoy her agony. Probably a sadist who gets off on another’s
pain. In the end, he needed Mack whole to question her about Kella. Struggling to think of a
reason to dissuade Jones from reprimanding her, he ran through a variety of
scenarios, but came up empty-handed. His gaze fell on Mack. She rubbed her
cheek as Jones instructed his guards to get to the punishment immediately.
After publicly executing the thief, they were ordered to string Mack up right
afterward and have the punisher apply the lashes.
“Why are you in my Quad?” Jones crushed his cigar into an ashtray on his desk.
This was his lead in to pause Mack’s penalty. “I’m following a lead on my wife.” Her
gaze struck him, and a hint of fear entered her eyes. The severe punishment of
electrical lashes hadn’t dented her bravado. What about the mention of his wife
frightened her?
Jones shrugged aside Stone’s adventure. “Good luck with your find. Please let me know
if I can be of assistance.”
“Delay Mack’s punishment.”
“Anything but that.” Several seconds elapsed as they stared at one another, before Jones
shifted his gaze to Mack. “What do you know about his wife, Mack?”
“No-nothing.”
She knew something. Of that Stone was suddenly very sure. “I’ll buy her from you.”
James flinched and cut a hard glance in his direction, evidently surprised by his
appeal. Even though his intentions were honorable, and meant to protect her,
his guilt triggered his inability to look at Mack and gauge her reaction.
Stone sensed Jones’s bemusement over his outrageous request. “Interesting proposition
since you no longer offer the sale of even Xenos.”
Shutting down his X-gene clinic had caused uproar among Regents. Jones had been one of
the most vocal of the lot, and even Stone’s dad, Peter, had balked at the
decision. Going against advice, he’d honored his wife with the closure. He’d
coolly reminded the other Regents his Quad, his rules. That had gone over as
well as an active whore preaching morals from the pulpit. They’d ganged up on
him to oust him from power, teleporting into his Quadrant with a thousand-man-strong
army. It was good other Regents dismissed Stone’s effectiveness as a leader
because he’d neutralized the offense with a drone strike. Before breakfast their
offensive had been negated. In the beginning of his tenure he’d become the
asshole dictator who threatened other Regents’ way of life. Stone’s
aggressiveness to protect his position, and their necessity for the perishables
he grew in his territory, or their need to utilize his teleportation services, had
resulted in the other Regents slowly giving up their beef and inviting him back
into the fold. It was a tenuous alliance at best.
Stone didn’t trust a damn one of them. His memory was long and unforgiving. And three
years wasn’t nearly enough time for them to forget the ease with which he’d defeated
them. He was always on the defensive, waiting for another surprise attack, and
it was why he maintained high security at all times. At any given moment, an
assassination attempt could be made on his life.
“What do you think, Mack?” Jones’s question snatched Stone out of his thoughts. Jones rubbed
her head like he would a dog, and she leaned way from him. That earned her a
yank on her hair, and Jones forced her to lean against his thigh. “Answer me.
Should I sell you to Regent Emmerson?”
“I think you’re going to do what you want regardless what I say.”
A smack to her cheek for her saucy reply. The move pissed Stone off more. “Name your
price, Jones.”
Murder spewed from her gaze, and her jaw locked, obviously gritting her teeth.
“I decline your offer. I like Mack too much.
Guards, take her to the square for punishment.”








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