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Reading Links…5/1/18

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Reading Links…5/1/18

Traci Kenworth



  1. The wind picked up as the rain moved closer. Scraps of paper and debris swirled in the street. Lennie kept an eye on the buildings to either side. People living in them could dart out into the street for whatever crazy reason.
  2. David dreamed of being a hero. Then his lost his family and his life spun out of control. Nothing goes right for him anymore, and he’s stopped trying. One night, he sees an impossible battle. He is pulled through a gateway to a different planet: Bantong, the center of the universe. It is a mad place where nothing makes sense, but there he can live his dream. He can do whatever he likes, except get home.
  3. Speaking of The Eternals, Hunter Hunted, Book 2 in the series, is being promoted for four days by my publisher. You can snaffle yourself a free Kindle copy from April 24th – April 28th – that’s from today.
  4. I’ve been holding this one back for a while because I wanted to connect it to the character bio on Thursday.  Take a look at the Scrumptious Siren, Chastity Sullivan, and Mab’s slight issue with the lustful businesswoman.  She’s gradually becoming one of my favorite characters to write because she’s unapologetically Id-driven and still the most ‘human’ out of the vampires.  Check out the full scene in War of Nytefall: Loyalty!
  5. Emmett Atwater thought Babel’s game sounded easy. Get points. Get paid. Go home. But it didn’t take long for him to learn that Babel’s competition was full of broken promises, none darker or more damaging than the last one.
  6. A mysterious stranger intervenes to help Landon out of a terrible, possibly life changing situation, but what does he want? Why does he keep showing up? Who is he? Landon’s esteemed professor suddenly seems like a flake. Landon’s briefly idyllic college world seems to be spinning out of control. Landon, in trying to regain his sanity and his grip on reality, discovers that he has talents and allies that he never imagined. But is what they’re telling him the truth?


Romance/Women’s Fiction:

  1. I occasionally read romance novels although I am not their number one fan, but there was something about this book that called my attention from the very beginning. I am always attracted towards stories that are set in special locations (real or imagined) and the description of the island definitely fitted the bill for me. And, in this case, first impressions were right.  I loved the story and the place, and I wish it existed and I could be a part of the community in Little Sister.
  2. I did enjoy That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel, I really did. Whether it was the actual story, the way the narrative flows, the many differing characters, the sense of place that is so evocative throughout by the descriptions… I’m not sure. The reason I’m hesitant to say why I enjoyed this book is that the narrative actually goes into all the characters’ heads; we hear all their points of view, even the minor characters, sometimes only for a sentence or two. It’s odd, this usually irritates me. But the way this story is written it fits somehow.





  1. When I set out to write ISLAND ON FIRE, a novel set during the last days of St. Pierre, Martinique, I knew I had to “get in the trenches.



  1. The Texas Chainsaw MassacrePsychoSilence of the Lambs. These stories all share a common thread of DNA based on real-life events. While they differ somewhat in tone, there are similarities within the subject matter of these books and films. What connects them all is one man: Ed Gein. Think you know about Ed Gein from what’s depicted in these films? Think again, because these stories only hit the tip of the iceberg behind the truth. Deviant: The Shocking True Story of Ed Gein, the Original Psychoby Harold Schechter covers the life of one the most notorious killers in history, and until you’ve read it, you haven’t seen anything yet.
  2. “For the first time, Mike Mignola’s iconic Hellboy comes to life in all new omnibus collections, told in chronological order.” 
  3. “Malan delivers an enthralling story exploring some of the more burning questions of human nature.”
  4. First, a warning to anyone who might consider this book that it involves quite a few “triggers”: women being captured and raped, violence against a dog, domestic violence, and harm toward children.





  1. Joey got separated from her twin brother Jesse when their luxury spacecraft broke apart halfway to Mars. The terrorists are dead, but so are most of the passengers who escaped a dying Earth for a new life on a new planet.
  2. Teen twin brothers Evan and Simon Resnik are fiercely loyal to each other and share an unusual bond—they experience each other’s emotions as their own and can sense where the other is.



  1. When Scotland’s leading virologist goes missing, Mona and Paterson from the Health Enforcement Team are dispatched to London to find him. In a hot and unwelcoming city, Mona has to deal with a boss who isn’t speaking to her, placate the Professor’s over-bearing assistant, and outwit the people who will stop at nothing to make sure the academic stays lost. Meanwhile, back in Edinburgh, Bernard is searching for a missing prostitute, while Maitland is trying to keep the Chair of the Parliamentary Virus Committee from finding out quite how untidy the HET office is.
  2. WW2 Germany. The German war machine has invaded Poland and is advancing west toward France. In Berlin Kurt Muller, an Abwehr signalman, discovers a colleague lying dead at his radio receiver. The criminal police dismiss the death as suicide, but Kurt is not convinced. Kurt follows a trail of mysteries, witnessing several atrocities that expose the Nazi regime for what it truly is. When the trail leads him to the German resistance, he faces the most difficult choices of his life. He must choose between his duty and his conscience, between his country and his family, between love and death.
  3. It has been eighteen months since Danny Felix pulled off the robbery of his life. His plan brought London to a standstill, but at a heavy price.
  4. The bodies of high school and middle school kids are found dead from an overdose of heroin and fentanyl. The drug trade along the I-94 and I-43 corridors and the Milwaukee Metro area is controlled by MS-13, a violent gang originating from El Salvador. Ricardo Fuentes is sent from Chicago to Waukesha to find out who is cutting in on their business, shut it down and teach them a lesson.  But he has an ulterior motive: find and kill a fifteen-year-old boy, George Tokay, who had killed his cousin the previous summer.
  5. My current book, “A Bundle of Colorful Yarns” is a collection of short stories both nonfiction and fictional. Most of the tales can be described as outdoor adventures where the characters are presented with a problem they must solve. I attempt to be as realistic as possible although some are fantasies. In many I put in a twist to keep the reader interested and guessing. The nonfiction ones are experiences from my past that have influenced me in one way or another.
  6. Set in a 5th century post-Roman Britain besieged by invading war bands of Saxons and Franks, Irish and Picts, Giles Kristian’s epic new novel tells – through the warrior’s own words – the story of Lancelot, the most celebrated of all King Arthur’s knights. And it’s a story that’s ready to be re-imagined for our times.
  7. Oh my goodness, how I loved this read. Hiding is a terrific title as there are so many ways in which the different characters are hiding in this story but essentially this is a tale of troubled upbringings, of cold, calculated killers and of murder and vengeance.
  8. Sometimes stakes are too high to gamble. Other times they’re too high not to.


Short Stories/Anthologies/Novella:









  1. The Old Man and the Sea is the story of a lengthily battle between an elderly but experienced Cuban fisherman, Santiago, and a huge marlin that takes his bait. Santiago has been on an unlucky streak with his fishing when he decides to take his skiff into the Gulf Stream. His luck appears to have changed when a massive fish takes his bait but Santiago is not able to land the fish and is pulled out to sea by the marlin. Santiago struggles to hold onto the line and his hands are badly injured in the process. The old man develops an affinity and admiration for the fish due to its tenacity and endurance.




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

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