Review: Nika: A Seychatka Novella by D.H. Gibbs

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Kindle Price: $2.99

Official Rating: 3/5

Goodreads Synopsis

“Taken off the streets Nika is thrown into an unknown world where she’s held captive. As an orphan, she has been on the run and must find her way out before they discover her secret. But these people held the knowledge of her family and who she is. Will she be able to find out before her secret is revealed?

After hundreds of years, Demyan has finally found the rightful ruler of his race. Unfortunately, she doesn’t know who she is and is doing everything in her power to escape him. Time is running out and Demyan has to convince Nika to take her rightful place otherwise the battle will be lost and his race extinguished.”

My Review:

Hm. This book had many things I didn’t like, many things I didn’t mind, and a few things I liked. Will this review follow that order? Eh. Debateable.

I know that this is a novella, but in my opinion it needed more. It felt like Gibbs tried really hard for this novella to end on a cliffhanger, that so much of what I needed to read in order to want to continue was missing. Once I reached the cliffhanger, there was no silent screaming (which I often do when I want more), instead it was: Oh? That’s it? Alright, fine then.

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Darkness Savage by Rachel A. Marks

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Darkness Savage by Rachel A. Marks 
Published by: Skyscape
Publication date: October 11th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Goodreads Synopsis (Darkness Savage):

The fate of humanity hangs in the balance as Aidan faces a crushing choice: give in to the demands of the forces of Darkness in order to save his sister, Ava, or fight on the side of good and risk losing her forever. With so much at stake and so little time, Aidan embarks on a mission to finish assembling a team of “Lights,” other teens whose special abilities are linked to his own. Meanwhile, Rebecca discovers that she’s more than just a normal teen, and that the power awakening inside her may be stronger than she ever could have imagined. As the city plunges into chaos and Aidan doubts his plan of attack, Rebecca’s newfound gift may tip the balance in the wrong direction. In this thrilling final installment of The Dark Cycle trilogy, will Aidan find the help he needs to release the world from Darkness’s grip? Or will he lose everything he’s been desperately trying to save, including his soul?

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Rachel A. Marks is an award-winning author and professional artist, a SoCal girl, cancer survivor, a surfer and dirt-bike rider, chocolate lover and keeper of faerie secrets. She was voted: Most Likely to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse, but hopes she’ll never have to test the theory. Her debut series The Dark Cycle, described as Dickens’ Oliver Twist meets TV’s Supernatural, is now out through Skyscape, beginning with DARKNESS BRUTAL.

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Blog Tour + Giveaway: Nika: A Seychatka Novella by D.H. Gibbs

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Nika: A Seychatka Novella by D.H. Gibbs
Release Date: March 1st 2016
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 96

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Summary from Goodreads:

Taken off the streets Nika is thrown into an unknown world where she’s held captive. As an orphan, she has been on the run and must find her way out before they discover her secret. But these people held the knowledge of her family and who she is. Will she be able to find out before her secret is revealed? After hundreds of years, Demyan has finally found the rightful ruler of his race. Unfortunately, she doesn’t know who she is and is doing everything in her power to escape him. Time is running out and Demyan has to convince Nika to take her rightful place otherwise the battle will be lost and his race extinguished.

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d-h-gibbsWith an active imagination and a love of art D.H. Gibbs has chosen to combine her talents by writing and illustrating books. She writes for both the children and young adult genre, where both of her debut books has been published and is available on amazon. Her new children’s book will be coming out in 2016. D.H. Gibbs hails from the Caribbean where in her free time she reads, paint and travel when she can.

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Spies Like Me by Doug Solter

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Spies Like Me by Doug Solter (The Gems, #1) 
Publication date: October 4th, 2016
Genres: Adventure, Young Adult
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Synopsis:
Can she bring these girls together?

When she discovers her father’s plane crash wasn’t an accident, sixteen year old Emma wants to punish those responsible. Even if it means becoming a spy. The mysterious organization known simply as The Authority wants Emma to join the Gems. This team of all-girl spies knows how to handle themselves on dangerous missions…like stopping an evil plan to incinerate the world’s food supply.

Meet the Gems…

Olivia, code-named Emerald, is seventeen years old. Half English and half Jamaican. Specializes in leadership, marksmanship, and is a rated pilot.

Miyuki, code-named Ruby, is sixteen and from Okinawa, Japan. She specializes in gymnastics and martial arts. Trained in jungle survival and deep sea diving. Once blew up her boyfriend’s motorcycle using a rocket launcher.

Nadia, code-named Sapphire, is sixteen and from Saudi Arabia. She’s a science and computer nerd. Nadia’s zero-gravity school agriculture project created interest from NASA and the European Space Agency.

Emma, code-named Black Opal, specializes in high school theater and shopping.

Each girl comes from a different background. Each girl comes with different skills. Each girl comes with their own drama.

The Authority thinks Emma is the missing link to make this team work.

Emma thinks The Authority is her only chance for revenge.

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Hi, Everyone! My name is Doug and I’m the author of the new young adult spy thriller Spies Like Me, the first book in The Gems series. Today, I’l be interviewing all four main characters from the new book. But first, a little background on The Gems themselves…

Olivia is from the UK and is a rated pilot. Nadia is the computer and science expert of the group. She’s from Saudi Arabia. Miyuki has training in deep-sea diving and gymnastics. She’s from Japan. And Emma…well, you’re the new one to this group. What skill training have you had?

Emma: Just some self-defense stuff. I don’t get my full spy training until…

Olivia: (interrupting) Wait a moment. What clearance do you have, Doug? We can’t do this interview without the proper clearances.

Me: Well, they wouldn’t allow me inside your group’s secret headquarters without having–

Olivia: C’mon, love. Hand it over. (She holds her hand out, expecting me to comply. I give Olivia my guest pass and show her my letter from Mrs. B, their boss.)

Emma: (to Olivia) Do you believe him now?

Olivia: Yes. I was only checking. It’s protocol.

Miyuki: Please continue with your questions, Mr. Solter.

Me: Thank you. What’s it like to be a spy?

Emma: I think it’s fun. I love acting and being a spy is like acting without an audience. It’d such a rush to pretend you’re someone else. Olivia: You’re good at acting fake. No doubts about that.

Emma shoots her a look.

Miyuki: Emma is an excellent actor. Having the ability to fully commit to your cover identity is very important in our job. Her acting skills fit well inside our group.

Me: What about you, Miyuki?

Miyuki: I like taking the bad guys down. They’re so surprised when they realize they’ve been captured by four girls.

Olivia: I enjoy gathering intelligence on subjects. The cloak and dagger moments of our job I really love.

Me: Are you girls licensed to kill?

(The girls all look at each other.)

Emma: We’re taught in training how to immobilize our opponents. Not kill them.

Miyuki: (nodding) We’re not assassins. But if you try to hurt us–

Olivia: (interrupting) We’ll knock your lights out, love.

Me: How do you girls balance school with being a spy?

Emma: I’m new, so I have no idea.

Olivia: When Miyuki, Nadia, and I were based in London, we had tutors supplied by our organization. They were the best in Europe.

Miyuki: Our tutors would instruct us in-between missions. We didn’t go to school with the other kids.

Me: I’ve heard there’s a possibility you girls will soon be attending public school in America. What do you think about that?

Miyuki: (Claps her hands together) I would love that!

(Nadia and Olivia both look concerned.)

Emma: I hope it’s at my school. I don’t have a lot of friends their yet.

Me: Why is that?

Emma: I’ve been in San Francisco for like three months. You see, I’m a New York City girl. The lights. The noise. The attitude. The weather. I had a lot friends back there. And here…let’s just say that the kids here don’t get me.

Miyuki: (Holds Emma’s hand.) We get you! Right, girls?

(Nadia flashes a polite smile. Olivia is quiet.)

Me: What’s the most dangerous thing you’ve ever had to do on a mission?

Olivia: In Canada we had to jump a snowmobile over an ice crevasse with a five-hundred foot drop off.

Miyuki: I remember! That was so fun. Olivia: Fun? I had to change my ski pants after that one.

Nadia: Me too.

Me: Nadia, you’ve been quiet so far. What do you like about being a spy?

Nadia: (Her eyes fall to the ground) I—I don’t know. I enjoy figuring out things and gathering information that we need for our missions. I enjoy solving complex problems and puzzles. Forensic science is something I would like to learn more about. I would also like to take a psychology class if our new school offered something like that.

Me: I heard that you have a waiting college scholarship to MIT. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) That’s very impressive.

Nadia: (she turns red) It’s an honor to be blessed with any college scholarship. My family is very pleased.

Olivia: (to Nadia) You’re too modest, love. Nadia is like this beautiful Arabian Einstein. She’s the smartest girl on the flipping planet.

Nadia: You’re too kind. However, I’m not that smart.

Miyuki: Whatever. You should own that, girl. You are amazing!

Emma: You’re like crazy smart. I don’t see why you should hide it under that headscarf.

Olivia: (to Emma) Oy! What’s that supposed to mean?

Emma: Don’t get hot with me. I’m just saying Nadia should be proud of who she is.

Olivia: Maybe she’s proud to wear a headscarf. Where do you get off telling her she’s not being honest?

Nadia: I’m not offended.

Miyuki: Girls, we shouldn’t be arguing in front of the author like this.

Me: After writing 65,000 words and ten revisions I’m used to it.

Miyuki: Oh, okay. (At this point Olivia and Emma continue to argue. Nadia and Miyuki attempt to calm the two girls down. This finally works, but now Olivia and Emma face their chairs away from each other.)

Me: Final question. This is for each of you. What’s the one thing you want our audience to know about you?

Emma: That sometimes I come off as a little cold when I first meet people. It’s not like I’m judging them. I just like to get to know them first before I warm up to them. Oh, and I love animals.

Olivia: (to Emma) That’s two things, love.

(Emma rolls her eyes.)

Miyuki: That I love the outdoors and I’m always down for an adventure. I also want the boys at my new school to know that I’m single. So don’t be shy. Come talk to me.

(The other three girls flash a surprised look at Miyuki.)

Miyuki: What?

Olivia: I’d like people to know that I feel proud to be in this group. Everyone can talk about doing something good in the world, but if you just sit there on your butt and don’t do a flipping thing, then you’re part of the problem. Everyone should stand up and do what’s right.

(Olivia, Miyuki, and Emma turn towards Nadia who feels their eyes.)

Nadia: Something about me, yes? Well…I am not ashamed of where I come from. I try every day to follow a path in my life that is positive and peaceful. Hurting the innocent violates everything that I believe in. I wouldn’t be here if my family and I didn’t believe in the core ideals of this organization. People need our help when governments fail to protect them.

Me: What else does The Authority do? Can you elaborate on who exactly runs the organization?

(The moment I ask this Mrs. B, who gave me my credentials, enters the room with a tall man trailing her. The man has the chest the size of a semi-truck grill and is armed. They “ask” me to leave the room. A clear signal my interview with the girls is officially over.)

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My Fair Assassin by C.J. Anaya

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Kindle Price: $0.99

Official Rating: 5/5

Goodreads Synopsis:

“It’s not everyday a teenage girl is singled out for assassination.

Crysta has come to accept the fact that she is freakishly different. Her shocking white hair, creepy powers, and weird eating habits have prevented her from fitting in with her various foster families. Now that she is fully emancipated and providing for herself, she hopes that life will settle down and become something halfway normal.

Her hopes are shattered when a dangerous man with lethal intent breaks into her apartment, but this enticing stranger isn’t what he seems. Is he here to kill her or protect her from others who will?

My Fair Assassin is a romantic short story with elements of paranormal and urban fantasy woven in for an entertaining read. It also touches on social issues involving personal self-esteem and acceptance. Adults and teens alike will enjoy getting lost in the pages of Crysta’s story as she finally comes to accept who she is…or rather what she is.”

My Review:

Oh dear. If assassins are anything like the assassins in My Fair Assassin, I would very much like to be singled out for an assassination.

Oh that sounds just horrid doesn’t it?

You don’t understand! Anaya wrote an amazing book.

I love love love Crysta. She is hilarious and she tries so hard to do her best and she is just perfect. She has her flaws and sometimes she tries to ignore what’s right in front of her face, but she’s perfect. I loved her. You need to read this line:

The well muscled warrior standing several feet in front of me had made that abundantly clear [that she wouldn’t live long]. I studied him intently, deciding it would be best to memorize every inch of him in case I managed to escape and succeeded in describing my would be assassin to the local authorities.

Right!

My need to drink in his image had absolutely nothing to do with his six-foot frame, broad shoulders, sharp, chiseled features, and flawless crystal-blue orbs framed by a sturdy brow.

Insert wistful sigh here.

Doesn’t description make you want to just squeal? It made me want to squeal.

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Cover Reveal: Shadows of the Forest by Emma Michael

Shadows of the Forest by Emma Michaels
Publication date:November 5th, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult


Everyone is dying to live in the Shadows of the Forest.
They gave me three rules to follow in exchange for my brother’s life:
1. Do not enter the West Wing;
2. Do not go outside after darkness falls; and
3. There is only one exit; The Gates.

This is what happened when I broke them…

 

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emmaEmma Michaels is the award winning author of the Society of Feathers series with over 15 publications under her belt. With a love for all things story-telling this bibliophile plans to take over the world one cup of coffee at a time.  A rule breaker who isn’t afraid to have uncommon opinions she is an avid lover of mathematics and stand out fiction which transcends both its genre and format whether books, games, movies, or otherwise. A good story is a good story. When she isn’t online she is out dancing in the Washington rain or seeking new adventures.

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Release Day Blitz: The Panther Moon by Beth Trissel

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The Panther Moon by Beth Trissel
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy Romance, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Release Date: September 30th, 2016

The Panther Moon is the third book of the The Secret Warrior series. You can buy the first two books below!

Summary: 

the-panther-moon-coverBeing the seventh Morcant has its perks: Morgan is learning to fly and wield magical blue fire. But the coyote shifters are growing bolder. Mateo and his panthers seem impossible to defeat. And vampires aren’t real – are they? When the elusive and enigmatic Chief Okema disappears and the wards protecting the Wapicoli territory falter, Morgan and Jackson are forced into the role of leaders. Badly outnumbered and outgunned, do they have time to search for the secret of the Divining Tree, and will it help them in the final battle?

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Married to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with my human family and furbabies. An avid gardener, my love of herbs and heirloom plants figures into my work. The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans, and the people who journeyed here from far beyond her borders are at the heart of my inspiration. I’m especially drawn to colonial America and the drama of the American Revolution. In addition to historical romance, I also write time travel, paranormal, YA/NA fantasy romance, and non-fiction.

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The Hunter’s Moon (The Secret Warrior, Book 1)

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the-hunters-moon-coverSeventeen-year- old Morgan Daniel has been in the witness protection program most of her life. But The Panteras have caught up with her and her younger brother. Her car is totaled, she’s hurt, and the street gang is closing in when wolves with glowing eyes appear out of nowhere and chase away the killers.

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Curse of the Moon (The Secret Warrior, Book 2)

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curse-of-the-moon-coverThe bad news? Morgan Daniel’s wolf is out of control. The good news? There’s a treatment. She just has to get a potion from a lizard shifter witch—without looking into the witch’s eyes. Easy, right?

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Book Blitz: The Dark at the End by Susan Adrian

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The Dark at the End (Tunnel Vision #2) by Susan Adrian
Genre: YA Thriller
Release Date: September 27th, 2016

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darkattheendcoverContinuing the critically acclaimed story of TUNNEL VISION:

Jake thinks he has only one more step and he’ll be free: he has to get the serum to stop his ability to tunnel—to find and control people through objects. But Jake’s contact has been killed, and there’s no sign of the serum. Then Jake’s mom and little sister Myka are kidnapped, right under his nose. With the government, his power-mad father, and the terrifying Mr. Smith all after him while he still has his power, he doesn’t have anywhere to turn. What will Jake do to get his mom and little sister back? Anything.

 

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Dedushka stares at the door, frowning. He knocks again. Rachel slips her hand into mine. It’s damp—everything’s damp. I can feel the sweat dripping down my back. But I squeeze.

We wait, listening for the sound of footsteps coming towards us. It suddenly reminds me of Halloween, standing on a porch with Myka holding my hand, both of us in ridiculously complex costumes courtesy of Mom. Waiting for footsteps to bring us candy.

This is a different kind of candy, but I still want it.

I step forward and try the door. Locked. I glance at Dedushka.

“Perhaps he waits for us inside.” He scratches at his beard. “We try the back.”

He strides down the steps, around the carport side. We follow, slower. Looking everywhere.

“Yakob.” Dedushka’s voice is spiked with urgency. When we get to the back, Dedushka stands there holding the door open, looking in. “It is wrong,” he says. “Be careful.” He goes in, stepping lightly. I go up, see what he means, and let go of Rachel’s hand.

It’s trashed. Unless Vladimir is a really messy housekeeper, someone’s been here before us. The door opens into a kitchen, and every surface, almost every inch of the floor, is covered with silverware, shards of glass, scraps of paper. The drawers and cupboards are open. Even the refrigerator is open, pumping cold air uselessly into the room. I close it, then follow Dedushka. Rachel follows me.

They were looking for the serum. They had to be, with everything searched through like this. Jesus, how did they know about the old man and the serum?

Dedushka keeps moving forward, slowly. I move too, even though every cell in my body wants to stop and run away like my legs are on fire. They might still be here. They might take me again, shove me underground again. End everything.

Rachel is silent behind me.
I keep walking. Dedushka looks in a front bedroom, left off a short hall. He moves on, to the last room. I poke my head in the front one too. It’s a trophy room, or it was before it all got turned over. Baseball stuff, bats and balls and gloves and tickets, hundreds of tickets. I can see spaces on the wall where frames must’ve hung, but now they’re on the floor with everything else, shattered.

Dedushka makes a strangled noise from the back bedroom, and I jump for the door. I stop short when I see, Rachel at my shoulder. She screams, small, before she cuts it off.

Vladimir is sprawled on his back across the bed, a gunshot hole in the middle of his forehead.

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Cover Reveal: The Sophisticates Trilogy

The Sophisticates Trilogy (box set) by Christine Manzari
Genre: YA Dystopian
Release Date: October 17th, 2016

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Summary:

After a terrorist attack that caused more than 29 million deaths in the US, the government created the Sophisticates—genetically modified children designed to become the perfect soldiers. The Sophisticates were given abilities that made them faster, smarter, and stronger. The only thing they weren’t given was freedom.

But is anything ever truly perfect?

Seventeen-year- old Cleo has been a Sophisticate her entire life. When she begins to exhibit the ability to cause things to explode with merely a thought, she’s sent to the Academy to develop her deviation. She soon learns that there are other Sophisticates like her, Deviants with lethal skills.

Immersed in a deadly game of supernatural powers and dubious motives, Cleo doesn’t know who to trust. Ozzy, the golden boy of the Sophisticates program, insists that Cleo should abandon training her deviation. His fierce interest in Cleo only makes her more determined to avoid him.

As Cleo is pulled deeper into her role as a human weapon, all she truly wants is to be free, but there’s more danger than she ever realized. There are some things that even the government doesn’t know and when the mistakes of the past are revealed and the Deviants start fighting back, no one is safe.

Fans of X-men and The Darkest Minds will enjoy this dystopian trilogy.

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: The Surrendered by Case Maynard

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The Surrendered by Case Maynard 
Published by: Blaze Publishing
Publication date: September 20th 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult

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After a financial collapse devastates the United States, the new government imposes a tax on the nation’s most valuable resource—the children.

Surrendered at age ten—after her parents could no longer afford her exorbitant fees—Vee Delancourt has spent six hard years at the Mills, alongside her twin, Oliver. With just a year to freedom, they do what they can to stay off the Master’s radar. But when Vee discovers unspeakable things happening to the younger girls in service, she has no choice but to take a stand—a decision that lands her on the run and outside the fence for the first time since the System robbed her of her liberty.

Vee knows the Master will stop at nothing to prove he holds ultimate authority over the Surrendered. But when he makes a threat that goes beyond what even she considers possible, she accepts the aid of an unlikely group of allies. Problem is, with opposing factions gunning for the one thing that might save them all, Vee must find a way to turn oppression and desperation into hope and determination—or risk failing all the children and the brother she left behind.

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A sinking feeling washes over me. “We’re going to Meadowood.”

He responds without opening his eyes, “I want answers.”

I start to argue that this will be a fool’s errand, but in truth, I want the same answers he does. “Do you think the man who rescued Oliver was with the Southies?”

“I don’t know who else it could’ve been.” He sits up and stretches. “It must’ve been them, and I want to know why they changed the plan without informing us. The Master and his Regulators got to the rooftop very quickly after I fired that shot. I have to wonder if someone told them we were there.”

“You think the Southies took Oliver to get the combination and then set the Regulators on us? Why would they do that?”

He rubs his face. “It doesn’t make any sense. But something’s not adding up.”

I ponder this, thinking about my brother’s strange plea. “I know you think I’m insane, but I can’t help but feel like Oliver knew someone was going to take him; I swear it felt like he was speaking to me when he said not to interfere. But that doesn’t make any sense, either. He’s been behind the fence for years.”

Cason yawns and tries to shake off the effects of the Papaver. “I don’t think you’re crazy; his message did seem odd for someone who was about to hang for a crime he didn’t commit. I don’t know, but hopefully he’ll be at Meadowood and you can ask him yourself.”

My mood elevates as I realize I may only be hours away from a reunion with my brother. The pain in my arm forgotten, I try to concentrate only on this knowledge, confident we’ll have our answers soon enough. “I didn’t get a chance to thank you for earlier. You could’ve just turned me over to the Master and walked away, but you didn’t. I’m grateful for that.”

I feel a little embarrassed as soon as the words leave my mouth. Normally I’m not one to share my feelings, but the Papaver Flower makes me breathless and lightheaded and loosens my tongue.

He reaches for me, careful not to jostle my splinted wrist, and pulls my face to his. “I’m probably going to ruin that sentiment by telling you the Master would never have let me go anyway, but know this—” he runs the pad of his thumb along my lower lip and meets my eyes “—if everyone else in the entire world leaves you to fend for yourself, if your father, your mother, your brother disappoint you, if God himself decides you aren’t worthy . . . you’ll still be able to count on me. I’ve got your back, Vera.”

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Case.jpgWith over 20 years’ experience in the legal and medical fields, Case Maynard decided to trade in her briefs and reports to write the stories that have been floating around in her head since childhood. She lives with her two teenagers and husband in South Georgia, while maintaining a long-distance liaison with her oldest daughter and partner in crime in Alaska. When not writing, she enjoys reading as often as possible, binge watching anything good on Netflix, and all things NCAA football (Go Noles!). You can learn more about Case and her stories on her website.

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