Romance under the Stars: A short, peaceful read with audio by Terry Atkinson

The first time she set her eyes on his rugged, weather-worn face, she knew this man was different to the others. His bluey-green eyes sparkled out of his sun-burned face and when he met her and smiled at her, she felt her knees turn to jelly. No other man had had this effect on her.
For lovers of pure romance. We all dream of that perfect time with the perfect loved one. Perhaps dreams can come true. This short story of love, dreams and romance is inspiring.

Author: Terry Atkinson

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Welcome to the Abyss by Steve Nahaj

Johan Nivens is an aspiring young filmmaker who has fallen deep into the Abyss following a turbulent break-up in Los Angeles. An inner well of despair which he seeks refuge from by moving back east to live with his father, only to find himself caught in a vicious cycle of boozing at the local pub where he ignites a fiery affair with a mysterious woman.

Despite the sparks, Johan is haunted by his abandoned dreams and decides that it’s time to hit the road and seek concrete answers for his turmoil in an ultimate journey of self discovery. From Hollywood to the high peaks of Colorado, across the Atlantic to the City of Light, his adventure is narrated with humorous anecdotes and wholehearted introspection.

Inspired by author Steve Nahaj’s own wanderings, WELCOME TO THE ABYSS is a poetic tale of empowerment amid existential crisis.

Author: Steve Nahaj

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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A Shot at Us by Cameron Lowe

Inspired by It’s a Wonderful Life, A Shot at Us is a contemporary love story for the ages. Spanning a decade and a half, readers will fall for a colorful cast of lovable characters in a fictional city in eastern Montana.All her adult life, Gwen Caplan has been falling – falling out of love with her terrific boyfriend, falling for her future husband Malcolm, falling in health and in wealth, and falling away from her beloved family. Beset over the years by health problems, she feels like she’s become the reason her husband and three children can’t get a foothold in life. When she winds up in the hospital again with a bad case of pneumonia just two days before Christmas, Gwen sees a way out, not for herself, but her family. Venturing out into a freezing Montana night, Gwen is unsure if she’s making the right decision or not by ending things, but she knows she loves her family and would do anything for them. Anything.As she tries to decide her fate that night, Malcolm receives word from the hospital that his wife has gone missing. Slowly he figures out the truth of what she’s doing, but she’s disappeared. As the many years of their life together are examined, Malcolm too ventures out into the cold, hoping he can find the woman he loves most in this world and talk her into staying, because he knows the truth. Her life is precious, no matter the cost of her every breath.A story about pain, light, and love, A Shot at Us takes a long, sometimes hard look at the true cost of a modern life spent scrabbling for every inch, and how the kindness we share along the way can lift us up to something greater.

Author: Cameron Lowe

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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New Beginnings in Eden Falls: Eden Falls Series – Book .5 by Tina Newcomb

Sometimes Life’s Most Heartbreaking Decisions Bring You Back to Where You Began.High School sweethearts, Nate Klein and Jolie Stuart have been an item for ten years. When Nate tells her to expect something special for Christmas, Jolie assumes she’ll find a sparkling engagement ring under the pretty wrapping paper. Instead, the small jewelry box holds a beautiful pair of earrings.Jolie has loved Nate since she was a teenager, but what they have together is no longer enough. She wants a husband, a family, and a stable future. How is she supposed to move past the hurt? She’s never dated anyone but Nate. Taking a crazy leap outside her comfort zone, Jolie joins a dating site and is surprised to see immediate results.Jolie is the love of Nate’s life. So, when he hears she’s at Rowdy’s Bar and Grill with another man, he’s so shocked, he has to go see for himself. Why can’t his dedication to their relationship be enough for Jolie, ring or not? She knows his father abandoned his family of six when Nate was only ten years old. What if he inherited the same flight tendencies? When Jolie refuses to understand, he sees everything he’s ever wanted at risk.Can Nate overcome his fears and commit to the woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with or will he lose her forever?

Author: Tina Newcomb

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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The Chairmen: A Kurtz and Barent Mystery (Kurtz and Barent Mysteries Book 4) by Robert I. Katz

He hoped that his involvement in crime fighting was over.But life seems to have other ideas.Kurtz has settled back into work as a general surgeon, teaching students and residents and planning his wedding to graphic artist Lenore Brinkman, but things are not so placid as they seem in Staunton College of Medicine.>>>A dangerous stalker throws the medical college into a frenzyThe Chairman of Cardiac Surgery is about to retire. The Chairman of Anesthesiology is making himself so obnoxious that his department is in open revolt and the Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology is being stalked by a lunatic.Lew Barent and Harry Moran are murder cops. Petty harassment is not their usual crime, but as petty harassment escalates into vandalism and then assault, the College of Medicine finds itself under siege, and Kurtz, Barent and Moran are once again thrown into the center of the mayhem.>>>You will love this latest medical mystery by award-winning author, Robert I. Katz!Scroll Up and Grab Your Copy Today!

Author: Robert I. Katz

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Rebel Preview (Volume Book 1) by Regan Claire

This book is a compilation of chapters from the authors who make up The Rebel Writers. The excerpts are NOT full-length novels and are only intended to provide samples of multiple stories to expose you to new works. Included are contemporary romance, fantasy, science fiction, dystopian and paranormal stories.

Regan Claire – Gathering Water
Della was handed a slim folder the day she turned eighteen. Inside it was the name of her mother and the identity of a family that never tried to pull her from the foster system she hates. When Della moves across the country to claim the only pieces of her mother that still remain, she finds herself pulled into an unimaginable world —one on the brink of war — and it takes everything Della has not to drown in a destiny she didn’t choose. Can she move past her anger and pain to save the people she’s come to love, or will her enemies strike before Della has the chance to become the only weapon capable of destroying them?

Theresa Kay – Dark Expanse
In a world of military space stations, planetary jumps and alien offensives, nineteen-year-old Eva Braebel’s life has never been easy. She’s small. She’s female. And she earned the ire of a powerful General at a young age. With hard work and the support of her friends, she achieves more than she ever dreamed possible: A position as flight squadron leader and the man who she loves by her side. Eva just got everything she’s ever wanted, but how long can she keep it?

Caylie Marcoe – Choose Us
Riley Logan and Travis Grayson have been best friends for fifteen years. Riley never imagined that working as Travis’s personal assistant would land her the job of undercover spy on a televised dating show meant to find him love. Travis forced her into it and now the last girl she expected is the one she wants him to choose – her.

Stormy Smith – Bound by Duty
Amelia Bradbury is the last living Elder. She has power she can’t control and has been forced to hide, while a prophecy dictates her fate even as she fights for a normal life. She faces a betrothal she can’t stop and, on top of it all, she’s lost her heart to a human. When the whole truth comes to light, will Amelia choose her duty or her heart?

Elizabeth Tuttle – Spark of Light
Nearly a century ago the world was decimated by a magical war. In their defeat, elves were captured by humans, cut off from their magic, and broken down into lifeless, drone-like slaves. Avery is different. Never completely broken, she must pretend in order to survive. But when love sparks the light inside Avery, her magic blooms to full force. It’s only once she is ripped away from this love that Avery finds herself at The Farm, facing truths she never expected and the possibility that she could be the spark her people need to reignite.

Kat Nichols – Family Secrets

Sophia Morganthal is an orphan that not only found herself flung halfway across the country to live with relatives she never knew existed, but that those relatives came from a long line of witches that require her to be initiated into their coven within the year to prevent a battle for leadership. As Sophia learns more about herself, and what being initiated into Blackthorne coven really means, she must answer the ultimate question – would she give up everything for her family?

Author: Regan Claire

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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The Girl in the Purple Room by Mauro Casiraghi

A woman stands silhouetted against a window in a purple room. It’s the only memory Sergio has of the week leading up to the accident that almost killed him when he was scuba diving off the Tuscan coast. He remembers nothing else about that woman, but the love he feels for her drives him to delve into the mystery surrounding those days that are missing from his memory.

Hoping to find out who she is, Sergio gives up the lonely life he has lived ever since his painful divorce. It’s the beginning of an adventure that will take him from the streets of Rome to the Tuscan countryside. Along the way, Sergio explores his relationship with his sixteen-year-old daughter, his ex-wife and his friends, some of whom understand him better than others, but none of whom can truly help him on his quest to find the woman he loves. To do that, he must dive deep into his past, all the way down to the edge where the meaning of his entire life is as precarious as a bubble of air in the bloodstream.

“The Purple Room” is a magnetic and gripping psychological drama, filled with those moments of bittersweet comedy, misunderstanding and heartbreak that all too often punctuate every search for a partner. A journey of self-discovery, in which a deep and uncompromising self-awareness goes hand in hand with the universal desire to find someone to love.

EDITORIAL REVIEWS

“Intense and moving. Delicate like the touch of cotton sheets in the summer. A page-turner, kidnaps the reader with impeccable style and storytelling worth a prize.” – Booksblog

“Casiraghi’s style is smooth, tight and spare.” – Il Corriere della Sera

“A deeply human journey, both painful and magnetic. (…) A bittersweet ending which leaves you with food for thought and a half-smile on your face.” DG MAG

“A craftily-woven plot that sucks the reader in with the pace of a psychological thriller, for such becomes Sergio’s life, filled with questions, traps, revelations, all leading to the final discovery of oneself.” Stilos

“The story unfolds in a gripping and suspended atmosphere, where euphoria, desperation and self-doubt come together in equal measure (…) Casiraghi’s novel is like a mirror where, beyond the twists and turns of the plot, the reader finds another tale to identify with. It is one of those stories in which, even without accidents or memory loss, each one of us can become the main character and, in the end, must come to terms with the past…” Liberazione

“The Purple Room runs on two tracks: on one hand, Sergio’s present life, the aftermath of his failed marriage, the bittersweet conflict with his teenage daughter, the comforting presence of his close friends; on the other, the stubborn search for the image of a woman he cannot forget. These tracks are joined together by a clever alternation of tenses. The present tense gives us what Sergio sees in front of his eyes, like a photograph. The simple past makes us dive into the narrator’s mind, where his memories are kept. At times, the two tenses blend together in the same paragraph, bringing out with great force the dream-like texture of this novel.” Sguardomobile.it

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mauro Casiraghi was born in Milan, Italy. After receiving a degree in English and Creative Writing in Montreal, Canada, and publishing his first short stories in English, he went back to Italy to work as a successful screenwriter for cinema and television. He is the author of three novels, a collection of short stories, and a book of interviews on the art of writing. His first novel, “The Purple Room”, received the Carver Prize and Carlo Cassola Prize for literature.

Author: Mauro Casiraghi

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Beyond the Ebbing Tide by Charles Richard Sterling

A rebellious young woman with strong anti-war views defies her politically influential grandmother when she leaves for Paris in search of her missing husband.

Author: Charles Richard Sterling

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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My Country Tis of Thee: Sergeant Mike’s Miracle Tour Book 1 by Tara Neale

Master Sergeant Michael O’Malley is a man on a mission. After over twenty years in the US Marine Corp and more tours of duty than he wants to remember, his retirement plans are simple: hop on the back of his brand new Harley and tour the country, checking in on the men and women that he served with…and the families of the ones that never made it back.

My Country Tis of Thee is the first novella in the Sergeant Mike series. It is the story of a young Latino, who gave his life for a country that was not even his own. As with all of the stories in this series, it will touch upon the complex issues of how our country treats tens of thousands of soldiers and their families who defend their adopted country so valiantly. It also includes a motely band of Vietnam and Korean veterans, who honor their comrades and country by attending all the military funerals in the area.

Author: Tara Neale

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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