Believe – The Andersen Saga (The Andersens Book 14) by Jacie Middlemann

Livia Andersen was a woman who held her family together with a quiet smile and an iron will. It’s only been months since her death and the four children she leaves behind continue to grapple with the shifting changes in their lives now that she’s gone especially her youngest daughter, Claire. Claire Andersen Slavik came to her lakeside cabin shortly after her mother’s death. She needed the refuge it offered her at a time when little else did. She’s had several visitors over the last several months including Scott Patterson, a close friend of her brother and the rest of the Andersen family.When Scott arrives for an unexpected visit because of family news he wants Claire to hear from him first she realizes her feelings for him are changing.But even as her feelings for Scott grow, her memories of the man she loved for so many years are never far away. Rick was gone but never from her heart. And she was slowly coming to realize that Rick would have wanted more for her than what she’d allowed for herself.The Andersen Saga is a story of family. It is a story about joy and loss, hope and sorrow, betrayal and regrets, unconditional forgiveness, high expectations, and unwavering loyalty. It reminds that at the heart of who we are is the family we come from, the family who stands behind and beside us and at times against us. And who we become isn’t just a result of those still with us but those too that we’ve lost along the way. It is about the twist and turns every family deals with, the conflicts from within, and the never ending desire for acceptance and respect.Believe is the fourteenth book in the ongoing Andersen Family Saga. Other books in the Andersen Family Saga include Betrayal, Resolute, Broken, Found, Choices, Regrets, Remember, Forgiven, Truths, Always, Expectations, Decisions, and Disillusioned.The Andersen Family Saga is a series of novellas, classified by Amazon as Short Reads. If you love sitting down with a novella style book you will enjoy the Andersen Family Saga series. These books fall between the forty-five minute to two hours reading time category of Amazon “Short Reads.”

Author: Jacie Middlemann

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

Without a Cloud by Jon Picardi

Brian “Ammo” Hessen returns to his hometown for the last summer break before college. He reconnects with his degenerate high school friends and meets a naive girl named Megan on a mission for belonging and self-expression. Their relationship becomes the catalyst for murder and development.For a generation who is told they can be anything, a group of friends find themselves at the other end of nothingness. Dark, comical, and just a bit cynical, Without a Cloud portrays a perspective from youth that have it all too well.

Author: Jon Picardi

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

The LOOK of Amie Martine by Laurie Perez

Flaws, physics, mystics and lots of chilled Reyka converge on an anti-healer’s twisted path of self-discovery. THE LOOK OF AMIE MARTINE is a novel set in Phoenix, L.A., Iceland, 13th century Persia and the fields of Elysium. Thirty-four-year-old Amie (as in the French, mon amie) is a reluctant healer with the ability to trespass and manipulate the fabric of reality.

Seven years ago, she buried her past on a lava field in Iceland and succeeded in never looking back — until now. As past inevitably collides with present, Amie must choose to shatter and open up her quietly exotic life, or burrow deeper into darkness.

Heartbreaking losses and mystic interventions – L.A. producers, Sufi poets, gritty NYC speakeasies – dangerous Dutch lovers, PTSD for actors – a sexy new take on Orpheus and Eurydice served with chasers of very, very, very cold Icelandic vodka… The LOOK has a vast, global scope with an intimacy you will not want to leave.

Author: Laurie Perez

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

American Branded by Ethan Blackhouse

Steven Brand, a young senator from New Jersey, quickly rises to the highest position in American politics, promising vast reforms to his nation as President. He holds true to his vows, but whether that is a good thing or not is debatable.
In this speculative story of a near-future, Canada and Mexico become American properties, thus creating the United Nations of North America. Yet, is President Brand the true-blue hero he seems to be? He grants particular freedoms while eliminating others, and his stance on bioethical behavior leaves many shaking their heads.
What is the cost of progress in this new world?
Is Steven Brand truly a great leader, or is he a lunatic tyrant?
That, my friend, is for you to decide.

Author: Ethan Blackhouse

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

Fallow Park Today by Joseph Glenn

Meredith St. Claire, former star of the television situation comedy Pots of Luck, has come to Fallow Park on its fifteenth anniversary. She and a film crew are preparing a documentary to mark the occasion. As she and the filmmakers interview the staff and residents, we are confronted with how badly the park has deteriorated and how difficult life has become for the last GLBT people in the United States. Unknown to the park officials and her film crew, Meredith has a secret son, now in his forties and living at the park. Her object is to use the documentary as a cover for her plan to help him escape. Her efforts are complicated by the park’s bombastic, self-absorbed director and an undercover vigilante who has his own sense of justice.

Author: Joseph Glenn

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

Found – The Andersen Saga (The Andersens Book 4) by Jacie Middlemann

Claire Andersen Slavik was exactly where she needed to be. The last couple of years had been good ones even if at times filled with difficult moments. She had moved in with her mother when it was obvious she was needed. And never had a single regret for doing so. There had been days filled with joy and others with heartbreak. Now her mother was gone and the world she’d known had once again shifted out of balance. Claire was determined to take this time like a stolen moment to come to grips with the change in her life the loss of her mother had made. It didn’t matter that her kids called almost every day. She understood. But she needed this time away. The quiet and the peace she’d found in this little heaven on earth allowed her…forced her to face this new void in her life honestly. Little did she know her peace and quiet was about to be disrupted. Her solitude on the brink of collapse.Patrick Andersen had a lot to think about as he drove through the mountains of Arkansas. There was even more floating around in his mind that he wanted to say to his sister Claire now that he and his brother knew where she was. But just as important was everything he wanted to find out from her. He believed she had the answers to many if not most of the questions that had surfaced in the weeks since their mother’s death. Not for the first time he wondered grimly if some of those answers was why she’d taken off so suddenly as she had.Will the youngest of Livia Andersen’s grown children find the tranquility she seeks in the mountains of Arkansas? Can she make her brother understand the reasons for the choices she’d made and the secrets she’d kept? Will the place that brought their family so much joy remind them of the strong foundation from where they came…and the possibilities they have only to reach for?The Andersen Saga is a story of family. It is a story about joy and loss, hope and sorrow, betrayal and regrets, unconditional forgiveness, high expectations, and unwavering loyalty. It reminds that at the heart of who we are is the family we come from, the family who stands behind and beside us and at times against us. And who we become isn’t just a result of those still with us but those too that we’ve lost along the way. It is about the twists and turns every family deals with, the conflicts from within, and the never ending desire for acceptance and respect.Found is the fourth book in the ongoing Andersen Family Saga. Other books in the Andersen Family Saga include Betrayal, Resolute, Broken, Choices, and Regrets.The Andersen Family Saga is a series of novellas, classified by Amazon as Short Reads. If you love sitting down with a novella style book you will love the Andersen Family Saga. These books fall between the forty-five minute to two hours reading time category of Amazon “Short Reads.”

Author: Jacie Middlemann

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

Literary e-clectic: The Bargain by Adam J. Williams

The Literary e-clectic is a quarterly magazine that every issue is the same, only different. Each quarter has a different theme that the stories adhere to. This issue’s theme is The Bargain. In Adam J. Williams’ The Treehouse, a twelve year old is missing and his classmate finds himself exploring a treehouse in the woods. Beau Hulgan’s Jack’s Zippo is a story about a man trying to trick the devil in his local pub. Juli Caldwell’ By the Bluff has an FBI profiler waiting for a meeting with a serial killer.Charles Kinney Jr’s Dollar Store Whore is a love letter to a store that will let you buy anything for $1.In Cornelius Fortune’s Through an Opening… a man finds a hole in his girlfriend’s head and didn’t expect what came next.At The Literary e-clectic, we don’t care if the stories are fiction or non-fiction or what type of genre that they may fall into. What we care about is having good stories.

Author: Adam J. Williams

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

The True Story of Happily Ever After by Melodie Starkey

“…and they all lived happily ever after…” We’ve all read that line, sighed and wished it was us. But what is happily ever after? Set in the Bay Area during the Reagan era, The True Story of Happily Ever After chronicles the story of playwright Ari Singer as he moves to the San Francisco area to get a fresh start after a bad breakup with his first serious boyfriend. He never plans to befriend a budding novelist with a load of relationship baggage of her own and an entourage of colorful friends who accept him into their ranks without ado. Follow Ari and Seymour’s journey toward that elusive “happily ever after,” as they walk an unconventional path through non-monogamous relationships, bisexuality, marriage, and parenthood.

Author: Melodie Starkey

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

Forgiven – The Andersen Saga (The Andersens Book 8) by Jacie Middlemann

Livia Andersen was a woman who held her family together with a quiet smile and an iron will. It’s only been a few months since her death and the four children she leaves behind still grapple with the shifting changes in their lives now that she’s gone. But they are not alone in their grief. And secrets she kept carefully guarded for years have been revealed. Noah Andersen is the oldest of Livia Andersen’s children. His mother’s decision to keep her involvement with his first wife a secret for years after their divorce is still something he is trying to come to terms with. Not that she did so but because of her reasons that he is only now finding out about.Now, not even a week after learning why his mother felt compelled to keep such a huge secret from him, Noah is again making the long drive to his sister’s home. Once there, in only be a matter of days he will again come face to face with his first wife, a woman he hasn’t seen in over twenty years. And he wonders after all the numerous mistakes he made that tore them apart if she’ll be willing to give him the chance he doesn’t deserve.The Andersen Saga is a story of family. It is a story about joy and loss, hope and sorrow, betrayal and regrets, unconditional forgiveness, high expectations, and unwavering loyalty. It reminds that at the heart of who we are is the family we come from, the family who stands behind and beside us and at times against us. And who we become isn’t just a result of those still with us but those too that we’ve lost along the way. It is about the twist and turns every family deals with, the conflicts from within, and the never ending desire for acceptance and respect.Forgiven is the eighth book in the ongoing Andersen Family Saga. Other books in the Andersen Family Saga include Betrayal, Resolute, Broken, Found, Choices, Regrets, and Remember.The Andersen Family Saga is a series of novellas, classified by Amazon as Short Reads. If you love sitting down with a novella style book you will enjoy the Andersen Family Saga series. These books fall between the forty-five minute to two hours reading time category of Amazon “Short Reads.”

Author: Jacie Middlemann

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews