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Reading Links 3/6/18

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Reading Links…3/6/18

Traci Kenworth



  1. So, I have a bit of an announcement that I’ve had to keep quiet about for several months. A Glimmer of Hope, the first book in the Avalon Chronicles, is on Kindle First/First Reads book in the UK, USA, and Australia for the month of March.
  2. 5 winners
  3. In her childhood, Rose Franklin accidentally discovered a giant metal hand buried beneath the ground outside Deadwood, South Dakota. As an adult, Dr. Rose Franklin led the team that uncovered the rest of the body parts which together form Themis: a powerful robot of mysterious alien origin. She, along with linguist Vincent, pilot Kara, and the unnamed Interviewer, protected the Earth from geopolitical conflict and alien invasion alike. Now, after nearly ten years on another world, Rose returns to find her old alliances forfeit and the planet in shambles. And she must pick up the pieces of the Earth Defense Corps as her own friends turn against each other.
  4. The Queen of May is set in the same world as the entire Bones of the Earth Series. Just a whole lot earlier in time. Faerie Unraveled is the first book in the series. Followed by Faerie Contact, Faerie Descent and Faerie Flight. The final book in the series comes out this April—Faerie Confluence.
  5. The Lost Plotis the fourth book in Genevieve Cogman’s delightful Invisible Library series, which follows the adventures of Librarian Irene Winters whose job involves traveling to various alternate worlds collecting books for an organization existing outside of time and space—and often requires plenty of deception and quick thinking on her part. Fortunately, Irene is competent and sharp-witted enough to consistently rise to the occasion even in the most ludicrous situations, and her practical-yet-amusing observations of the world and these frequent absurd predicaments is part of what makes these novels so much fun. The Lost Plot is every bit as entertaining as I’ve come to expect from this series, and I especially enjoyed its focus on the difficulty of impartiality—and on dragons!
  6. Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.
  7. I was going to do an excerpt, but got this over the weekend.  Thought it best to share.  Enjoy:
  8. Dennis Meredith is a solid writer who has turned his talent to near-future, on-Earth science fiction instead of reaching for the stars as so many writers do. I have previously read his book Wormholesand thoroughly enjoyed it, so I was quite happy to pick up The Happy Chip.


Romance/Women’s Fiction:

  1. TJ Daniel’s is the hero and one of three brothers who live on the ranch. It used to belong to their grandfather before he died. TJ has a thing for Norse Mythology and Marvel comics…hence the names of his pets and his horse.



  1. Here’s a little bit about her newest novel The Sea Before Us: As D-day approaches, American naval officer Lt. Wyatt Paxton is teamed up with Dorothy Fairfax, a British officer. Once they piece together family and reconnaissance photos to map Normandy, will Wyatt’s bombardment plans destroy what Dorothy loves most?



  1. For several years, Tony has focused his writing on the Tudors, not Henry VIII but those who found the dynasty that changed British history. He began with Owen Tudor, grandfather to Henry VII, who was protector to Queen Catherine of Valois, widow of Henry V. After Owen Tudor, Tony tackled Jasper Tudorand then Henry Tudor who defeated Richard III and became Henry VII.
  2. Recently, however, when researching Illinois history sites, I stumbled across a story of women whose health was damaged while they worked diligently to earn a living for their families in the 1920s.
  3. Welcome to the series where I share my thoughts on the books that I read. Not as many as I would like, but I am currently on target to read a book a week. I have already enjoyed three books written by Tony Richesand this book is no exception. Published on February 1st, Mary: Tudor Princess is the story of the daughter of Henry VII and sister to the newly crowned King Henry VIII.





  1. Critics and readers are raving about RETURN TO THE LOST LEVEL, which is on sale now in Paperback– Kindle– Nook – Kobo

If you’re not convinced, Apex Magazine has the first chapter available for free.

  1. Frozen Shadows and other Chilling Storiesis a fantastic collection of stories. The book opens with the novella, Frozen Shadows and then follows with 8 short stories ending with another novella, At The Lazy K all of which does as the title implies… chills you!



  1. Seventeen-year-old Annabeth prefers the fantasy of her books and paintings to reality—because in reality, her mom is dead, and it was all her fault. When she accompanies her father to the funeral of some family friends who drowned, she’s surprised to find her grief reflected in the face of Griffin Bradford, the son of the couple who died. Griffin is nothing like the carefree boy she once knew. Now he’s irritable, removed, and he’s under police investigation for his parents’ deaths.
  2. It’s only a matter of time before he gets what he’s come for.
  3. The Tides Between is a young adult historical fiction novel. Set in 1841 it is about Bridie and her family who are emigrating to Australia from London. The story takes place on The Lady Sophia, a ship bound for Port Phillip near Melbourne. Fifteen year old Bridie, her pregnant mother and her step-father travel in steerage (low cost travel for the poor), where they meet others looking forward to a new life down under.
  4. The fourth book in the fantasy Ascension series that NYT bestselling author Susan Dennard called “perfect for fans of Sarah J Maas.” War is on the horizon. All while a new power grows strong, threatening the very balance of good and evil. Desperate to save her homeland, Cyrene goes in search of the dragons that may be the key to ending this battle—and heal her dying friend. Can Cyrene master her magic to save the world? ADD TO GOODREADS
  5. It’s March. The wind is whipping and clouds and sun are fighting for ownership of the sky – which means spring is on its way. And so are a bunch of new middle grade releases. Check out the great books coming out in March.
  6. I hope you find a book you like for yourself, a family member, or a friend in the choices offered. Don’t see a book you like? You can win a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card instead. I hope you’ll all enter to win a book or gift card for yourself or as a gift for someone.
  7. Who among us couldn’t use some inspirational and motivational quotes to start off the day?  Help us deal with stress or soothe the soul?  Mary Elizabeth Jackson shares with us a book that does all that and more for her.  Welcome, Mary Elizabeth!
  8. Set against a future of marauding space scavengers and deadly aliens who kill with sound, here is a frightening, fast-paced YA adventure from the author of the acclaimed horror novel, Shutter.
  9. The Book Machine recently featured a post by Ken Jones, explaining his inspired use of e-book technology to create an animated, interactive children’s storybook. Ken, who’s also running the Understanding eBooks eventin London on April 25, worked with UK design and animation studio Tapocketa to develop their magnificent hand-crafted eBook, Galdo’s Gift.
  10. Gravity generators and college classes make living on the moon boring. All eighteen-year-old Madi wants is to finish her training so she can become a shuttle pilot and explore the solar system. But when her parents disappear and the government refuses to help, she’s forced to take matters in her own hands. Her search leads her to Earth, long-abandoned after an apocalypse. Instead of a barren wasteland, Madi finds a garden paradise and a war that will change everything.
  11. This book is a lovely adventure with an amazing heroine. Matica is a strong, brave girl, who battles with her handicap and how others view her. But this isn’t a story only about her gaining acceptance or over coming her challenges. Rather, it’s a tale packed full of exciting moments and tons of emotions. Matica comes across naturally as does the village and world around her. It’s beautifully set and an easy landscape to dive into.



  1. Rose was lit by the sun, her beautiful face giving nothing away. Even back then, she was a mystery that I wanted to solve.
  2. Recently settled in Hode’s Hill, Pennsylvania, Maya Sinclair is enthralled by the town’s folklore, especially the legend about a centuries-old monster. A devil-like creature with uncanny abilities responsible for several horrific murders, the Fiend has evolved into the stuff of urban myth. But the past lives again when Maya witnesses an assault during the annual “Fiend Fest.” The victim is developer Leland Hode, patriarch of the town’s most powerful family, and he was attacked by someone dressed like the Fiend.
  3. Baker’s Dozen is a romantic suspense novel, set mainly in St Louis. Andy Miller is an investigative journalist, unearthing criminals and exposing them in the media.
  4. Juliette loves Nate.
    She will follow him anywhere. She’s even become a flight attendant for his airline, so she can keep a closer eye on him.
  5. After convicting a superior for corruption and shooting off a gangster’s crown jewels, the career of Hamburg’s most hard-bitten state prosecutor, Chastity Riley, has taken a nose dive: she has been transferred to the tedium of witness protection to prevent her making any more trouble. However, when she is assigned to the case of an anonymous man lying under police guard in hospital – almost every bone in his body broken, a finger cut off, and refusing to speak in anything other than riddles – Chastity’s instinct for the big, exciting case kicks in.
  6. James Cudney of This is my truth now blog is hosting an Agatha Christie Readathon. You can find out all about this here:
  7. Kind of like my new series — the Nightforce Security series. These stories are a little racy but a lot action-packed. If ex-military alpha males appeal to you, you might want to check this line out.
  8. Ellery Hathaway knows a thing or two about serial killers, but not through her police training. She’s an officer in sleepy Woodbury, MA, where a bicycle theft still makes the newspapers. No one there knows she was once victim number seventeen in the grisly story of serial killer Francis Michael Coben. The only victim who lived.
  9. Carl Rackman is rapidly becoming one of my favourite authors. His debut novel Irex, was published in 2016, closely followed by Voyager, and now we have Jonah, a suspenseful and compelling thriller.
  10. Journalist Rebekah Roberts works at New York City’s sleaziest tabloid, but dreams of bigger things. When she receives a letter from a convicted murderer claiming his innocence, she sees both a story she can’t ignore and, possibly, a chance.
  11. In a city dissolving into an infected sprawl of ideas, where words come to life and reality is contaminated by stories, John Nyquist wakes up in a room with a dead body… The dead man’s impossible whispers plunge him into a murder investigation like no other. Clues point him deeper into an unfolding story infesting its participants as reality blurs between place and genre.


Short Stories/Anthologies/Novella:

  1. A collection of frights, from the psychological to the monstrous. These tales are a reminder of how much we have to fear: a creature lurking in the blue, sludgy depths of a rest area toilet; a friendly neighbor with a dark secret hidden in his basement; a woman with nothing more to lose hellbent on vengeance; a hike gone terribly wrong for three friends; a man cursed to clean up the bodies left behind by an inhuman force. These and other stories prowl the pages of this short story collection.
  2. I was asked to write a piece for Longshot Island’s online and print magazine.
  3. This month, we examine Theseus and the Minotaur, Homer’s Iliadand its sequel, the Odyssey, the OresteiaBeowulf, Dante Alighieri’s Inferno, and Lucian of Samosata’s second century AD True Stories.





  1. When a former pro football star and broadcaster, now a Wall Street maven is accused of insider trading, will he be able to prove his innocence and expose those who are guilty?



  1. Writer or editor, if you’re looking for a comprehensive reference book on fiction, The Magic of Fictionis for you. Whether you’re just starting your first manuscript or you’re ready to rewrite and edit, this book has what you need to put a piece of long fiction together and refine it.



  1. But, me being me, I managed to squeeze in some non-work reading. And that’s been enjoyable. It’s nice to have some things to recommend this month, things I can tell you about in real time. A romance, essays, and Ursula Le Guin.
  2. The book starts with a terrific prologue about a girl incarcerated in what I assumed to be an African jail. On to Chapter One, where, back in England, we meet Amie, a rather twee young woman whose husband is offered a job in the fictional country of Togodo.  Amie is concerned that this will interfere with her life-plan, which is, basically, to live as her parents.  Once in Togodo, she expresses much surprise that everything isn’t just like it is back home, but new friends and fellow ex-pats are there to show her and Jonathon the ropes.




I write YA as Traci Kenworth. I also write romance as Loleta Abi.

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