Archive for October, 2015 Description: “When Baylin and Luana find out she is with child, they are certain the worst is behind them. As Luana and Baylin’s relationship grows stronger every day, the entire Kingdom of Grasmere celebrates the prospect of an heir to the throne. However, the arrival of the royal family from Mirstone not only brings the chance of another deadly troll war, but also the prospect of an arranged marriage of the Kingdoms.

In the midst of it all, Baylin is forced to choose between his love for Luana and his fealty to his father and the Kingdom – knowing that his decision could potentially set the Keld Kingdoms against each other during a savage war.

Will Luana and Baylin be able to overcome the demands of the Kingdom and find happiness? Or will they be forced apart by duty, bloodshed and strife.”

About the Author

Author Suzanna Lynn is a full-time mom of three beautiful, energetic children and lives with her husband and children in a small town nestled in the deep rolling hills of Missouri.

Growing up in the Ozarks, as a child Suzanna spent her days wandered the fields and woods surrounding her home. She would imagine them to be filled with fairies, dragons, and all number of creatures.

Having not lost her childhood imagination, Suzanna has written numerous poems, songs and short stories that have won various awards. However, in 2014 she decided to stop wishing she could write a book, and made the dream a reality.

She is the author of ‘The Bed Wife Chronicles’ series. She also has three other books in the works.

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My Review:

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Recommended for Mature Readers 18+ due to sexual content.

The Heir was another great installment in the Bed Wife Chronicles! The action increased and the plot thickened. Two things that are not usually expected in a historical romance novel.

Lynn, however, doesn’t write the atypical romance novel. The Heir read more like a magical fantasy couched in a historical romance story. She added intrigue with new characters–fairies, elves, and a set of questionable royals.

I loved the development of the main characters, Luana and Baylin. We met this young, innocent girl in The Bed Wife. Well, say goodbye to innocence. Luana has always had a backbone, but now she’s brave enough to show all her spunk. She’s even gained a little wisdom to go along with it. Baylin is even more admirable. He’s nothing like his father, the King. He has a heart and a great sense of what is the right thing to do.

Every story needs good villains and you’ll find them in The Heir. Lynn gives nothing away with this bunch. You’ll have to read the next installment to find out their true motivation.

I really enjoyed reading The Heir. Look for my review on her latest novella, The Queen, tomorrow!

Rating: 5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up

(5 Hands=Excellent; 4 Hands=Pretty Good; 3 Hands=Good)

NaNoWriMo 2015

Posted: October 31, 2015 in #IAmWritingNow
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I’m not a cover designer, but NaNoWriMo stats indicate that those who upload a cover have a better shot at finishing a rough draft of their story.

Project: “Demon’s Birthright”

Category: New Adult

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Current Word Count: 24,810

Word Count Goal: 80,000 (NaNoWriMo 55,190)

Story is set in Seattle, WA modern day. The characters will venture between the human world in Seattle and their own kingdom called Chimeria (home of the Light Realm and the Dark Realm).

Short Synopsis: There was once a mighty sorceress who was loved by a dark demon king. She feared his power and ran off with his brother. Their union produced a daughter. When the demon king sought his revenge the sorceress enchanted the baby turning her into a raven. The child escaped to our world with two Protectors of the Realm. The child, known as Raevyn, grew into a great beauty with a price on her head. The demon king, her uncle, wanted her powers and was determined to kill her. Raevyn’s mother hid a magical ring that would protect her daughter and defeat the dark king. With the help of a shapeshifter, Raevyn goes on a quest to find the ring and defeat her uncle before it’s too late for her and the kingdom. Samhain is approaching and her uncle is ready to wage war in their world.

I’m truly stepping out of my comfort zone with this rough draft. I’ve never written a fantasy let alone an urban one. These characters are much more mature than the ones in The Alliance Chronicles.

Why an urban fantasy? Why this tale? I’ve always wanted to put a twist on a fairy tale, but I didn’t want to do the common ones. So, I found a tale by the Brothers Grimm entitled “The Raven” and asked the question ‘What If?’. The story idea grew from there.

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The Bed Wife Review Tour

Posted: October 31, 2015 in Adult Romance, Book Review

Title: The Bed Wife 
Author : Suzanna Lynn 
Genre : fantasy romance


The Bed Wife Chronicles: Love brought them together. Would tradition tear them apart?
Once inseparable childhood friends, Luana and Baylin are now grown and in two separate worlds. Luana, the daughter of the town drunk, overlooks her family’s goat farm to make ends meet. Baylin, Prince and future King of Grasmere, is off combatting the veils that lurk in the Kingdom.
However, fate intercedes with a time-honored tradition that has been custom for the past five hundred years. Luana’s life is now forced into the hands of her long-lost childhood friend. Will resentment, hurt, and duty consume them? Or will Luana and Baylin find love and rekindle their friendship?






I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I loved this adult romance!
The cover was a tad deceptive. I knew it was a romance, but I was thinking more like paranormal. Instead it reads like a wonderful mashup of historical and fantasy romance novels.
I have read my fair share of historical romance novels. My favorites being by Bertrice Small (Skye O’Malley series). I applaud Suzanna Lynn for giving me another romance author to love! Her book contained the perfect book boyfriend–strong, masculine and handsome but loving even in an oppressive situation. And, the heroine is not some shrinking violet who can barely walk with her head up. Bravo!
I loved the characters of Baylin and Luana. Neither of them could help their upbringing nor circumstances, but they cared deeply for each other. Their love wasn’t easy, but it endured.
Lynn crafted great details. I was able to imagine the village and the castle without difficulty. There were minimal graphic details in this story. Lynn included just enough to paint the scene. She easily allowed your imagination to take over.
I can’t wait to read the next novella!

Rating: 5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up

(5 Hands=Excellent; 4 Hands=Pretty Good; 3 Hands=Good)

Author Suzanna Lynn is a full-time mom of three beautiful, energetic children and lives with her husband and children in a small town nestled in the deep rolling hills of Missouri. 
Growing up in the Ozarks, as a child Suzanna spent her days wandered the fields and woods surrounding her home. She would imagine them to be filled with fairies, dragons, and all number of creatures. 

Having not lost her childhood imagination, Suzanna has written numerous poems, songs and short stories that have won various awards. However, in 2014 she decided to stop wishing she could write a book, and made the dream a reality.

 She is the author of ‘The Bed Wife Chronicles’ series. She also has three other books in the works.
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Walking Heartbreak
Sunniva Dee
Publication date: December 17th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense

Don’t judge me.
I am not what you see.
I am the opposite.
—Nadia’s lipstick note on Bo’s mirror.

Indie-rocker Bo Lindgren is worshiped for his looks and musical genius. It’s been lonely at the top since his ex left. Bo will never take a girlfriend again though, because he doesn’t have the chops to love. He knows he’s poison, a heartbreak waiting to happen for anyone he allows too close—like his ex. Bo screws his way through the fangirls until he’s sick of it all. Until the dark gaze of Nadia Vidal appears in the door to his dressing room.

Saved from an arranged marriage by Jude, the love of her life, Nadia eloped and got married at nineteen. But now, two years later, life is wilted, dead, and not what anyone should have to endure.

Nadia, with her secret-keeper eyes and instant understanding of who Bo is, attracts and fascinates him without even trying. The ring gleaming on her finger should keep them apart, but morals can’t always resist destiny.

When brokenhearted meets heartbreaker, whose heart is really at stake?

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Sunniva was born in Norway, the Land of The Midnight Sun, but spent her early twenties making the world her playground. Southern Europe: Spain, Italy, Greece—Argentina: Buenos Aires, in particular. The United States finally kept her interest, and after half a decade in California, she now lounges in the beautiful city of Savannah. Sunniva has a Master’s degree in Spanish, which she taught until she settled in as an adviser at an art college in the South.

Sunniva writes New Adult fiction with soul. Sometimes it’s with a paranormal twist, like in Shattering Halos, Stargazer, and Cat Love. At other times, it’s contemporary, as in Pandora Wild Child, Leon’s Way, Adrenaline Crush, and now Walking Heartbreak.

Sunniva is the happiest when her characters take over, let their emotions run off with them, shaping her stories in ways she never foresaw. She loves bad-boys and good-boys run amok, and like in real life, her goal is to keep you on your toes until the end of each story.

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How was your week? I think mine was productive. Did some much needed writing and a whole lot of reading. I also did a lot of prep work for NaNoWriMo. Lots more to on my writing journey, but before I duck out of here….

Check out the book trailer! Description: “To be normal, sixteen-year-old Julia Parker would shed her empathic gift in a second. Life has been difficult since her mother’s mysterious disappearance ten years earlier – an event she witnessed, but can’t remember. Julia’s situation becomes more complicated after a near death experience from a blood thirsty stalker. As high school students go missing it is clear there is a connection to her own experience–past and present. Someone has to stop the madness and a chance encounter with a creepy psychic foretells that only Julia is the key to stopping the madness, but it may require the life of the one she loves.”

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SuddenHopeFINALCover Description: “Alec is a seventeen-year-old who has endured more in life than anyone should have to. Seeing his neighbor and ex-bestfriend, Skylar, struggle after a tragic loss, Alec makes it his mission to show her that life is worth living. Little does he know that he will learn that same lesson.”

About the Author

Daniele Lanzarotta is the author of YA and NA paranormal/fantasy/contemporary novels, including the Imprinted Souls Series, Academy of the Fallen, and Mermaid’s Curse.

She has a bachelor’s in business and finance and a MBA. With only a few semesters left in school, Daniele started writing as a hobby, but it didn’t take long for her to be consumed by her stories. That is her passion, and she now has several projects under way.

She enjoys reading and writing young adult novels with just about any sort of paranormal or supernatural bent…vampires… ghosts… She also enjoys watching hockey, playing rock band, guitar hero and spending time with the family.

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Twitter: @DaniLanzarotta


My Review

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Sudden Hope hooked me as soon as I picked it up. Ever read a book where you can’t put it down because you’re worried about the main character? Yes? No? Well, if you open this book, I guarantee that will be your response. I read this story in three hours!

This was another successful story about bullying. I applaud Lanzarotta for taking on a worthwhile topic. She wrote well-developed characters and let us have a glimpse inside the world of high schoolers who had been bullied for most of their school years.

Lanzarotta crafted some awesome inspirational quotes in Sudden Hope. Here are just a few of my favorites:

  • (page 18) “Words have power, and sometimes, they stay with you for life. It’s up to you to allow those words to define who you become. Do you allow those words to motivate you or do you let them destroy you?” [Skylar]
  • (page 57) “To some of those girls, school will be the highlight of their lives. People like you…people who are beautiful inside and out…those are the ones who will shine in whatever they decide to do.” [Alec]
  • (page 57)  “‘to the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world’. You’re one of the lucky ones. You’re the world to far more people than you think.” [Alec]

There were also some great tender moment quotes too:

  • (page 216) “Because you make me want to live. You make me want to grow old with you. You give me hope, and that scares me more than anything else.” [Alec]
  • (page 253) “I once heard that if you fall in love with someone because of their eyes, you’ll love them forever, because a person’s eyes are the one thing that will never change.” [Alec]

I loved the characters of Alec, Skylar, and Kyle. I suspected what was going on with Alec when I first started reading Sudden Hope. I felt bad for him since his response to a life-altering situation was to stop enjoying his life. No one should force that upon themselves. Thankfully there was Skylar. She was an amazing girl who had yet to discover her strength. And, thanks to great guys like Alec and Kyle she found that strength and embraced it fully. She gave as much to them as they gave to her. Kyle was the perfect best friend and the perfect potential boyfriend. He cared about his friends and doing the right things in life (even if he needed someone to steer in the right direction).

I felt so bad for the characters of Michael and Kristi. Their stories were tragic since they couldn’t see hope on the horizon. Any life devoid of hope is doomed without someone to help them. Unfortunately, there are kids everyday who live similar lives without anyone intervening on their behalf. Thank you Daniele Lanzarotta for pointing a spotlight on them. Maybe those who read Sudden Hope will be inspired to help another kid in need.

I highly recommend this story to all high school students and even their parents!


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Wonderwall Book Blitz!

Posted: October 29, 2015 in Book Preview, New Adult
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There is something magical when best friends fall in love. Liv and Sebastian used to be inseparable until circumstances beyond their control destroyed their fairy tale romance to dust.

Liv hasn’t seen Sebastian since he walked out of her life five years ago. When she accepted her internship in London, she never dreamed their paths would cross again. Not when Sebastian is a celebrity, a singer in one of the most popular boy bands of all times. Living in the same city, their worlds couldn’t be farther apart. But when two people are destined to be together, they can’t outrun fate.

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M. H. Soars always knew creative arts were her calling but not in a million years did she think she would become an author. With a background in fashion design she thought she would follow that path. But one day, out of the blue, she had an idea for a book. One page turned into ten pages, ten pages turned into a hundred, and before she knew, her first novel, The Prophecy of Arcadia, was born.

 M. H. Soars resides in Florida with her husband and baby daughter. She is currently working on the Arcadian Wars series, and the Love Me, I’m Famous series.

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Book Excerpt:

“What are you staring at?” She drops her gaze.


“Why? Do I have food on my face?”

I put my index finger under her chin and bring her gaze back up again. “I’m staring at you because I like what I see. That’s all.”

She leans forward and stops a breath away from my lips. “I like what I see, too.” She breaches the gap between us and kisses me.

I cup the back of her head, and she lets go of the sheet covering her torso. Her warmth radiates through me and stirs something down below again. My hand skims the underside of her breast as our kiss becomes something more, something vital.

“Bas, my parents are probably home by now. I gotta go,” she says against my lips.

“Humm?” I pretend I didn’t hear her, moving my lips from her mouth to her chin, down her neck. Her breathing becomes shallow, but she pulls away, and her hands rest on my chest, keeping me from following her.

“Bas, I’m serious.”

“Okay, okay.” I rub my face, trying to dispel the lust fog clouding my brain. I shouldn’t even attempt a second round with her now. She says she’s not sore, but I’m pretty sure she will be in a couple of hours. I should let her recover.

Liv gets out of bed and searches for her clothes scattered on the floor. I lean back on my elbows and watch unapologetically.

“Stop staring, Bas.” I see the corners of her lips twitch up.

“I can’t help myself when you’re parading that hot bod of yours in front of me.”

She hits me with her t-shirt before putting it back on.

“So, what do you want for your birthday?” I ask.

“Bas, you don’t need to give me anything.”

I roll my eyes. “You’re going to make it difficult, aren’t you?”

“Of course.” She smirks.

Fully dressed now, she comes to me and places her hands behind my neck. My arms encircle her waist, and I pull her closer.

“Thank you,” I say.

Her eyebrows furrow, marring her lovely face. “For what?”

“For letting me be your first. Your first everything.”

Her face relaxes, and she traces my hairline, all the way down to my jaw. “I wouldn’t have wanted anyone else but you. Thank you for making my first everythings the most treasured experiences of my life.”

“There are more firsts in your future, Liv. And I want to be there for all of them.”


Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”

A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with characters we love and want to call friends.

Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you Rachael Brownell!

 I’m from a small town in Michigan called Parchment. It’s close to Kalamazoo and Portage which is where I live now with my fiance and son. I am your average early thirties (29 is anyone asks) working mom. I use to be a full-time working mom but in the spring of 2015, I quit my 50 hour per week job to focus on writing and family. Now, I spend most of my days either writing or hanging out with my boys.  

You might be able to find me on a local driving range since I have taken up golf.  If you happen to see me you might want to stand back as I am NOT THAT GOOD.  As with everything in life, I will get better over time.  At least I hope I will.

So, how did I get into writing?  Well, when my son started kindergarten I found that I had a ton of time on my hands during the day if I wasn’t at work.  I am easily bored.  I decided that I would try to finish a book that I wrote a long time ago (we’re talking high school) just to pass the time.  Well, that didn’t go as well as I planned.  I was young and inexperienced when I started that book.  It was less than impressive so I started over.

Holding On was the product of me scraping that first book.

Without further ado, here’s Rachael’s interview…

I love reading the bios of authors. Many of them did not start out as writers. Sometimes people stumble upon the craft. Did you always want to be a writer? I think so. I’ve always been drawn to the written word whether it was reading or writing. I started my first manuscript in high school, junked it ten years later, and started over. It turned into Holding On

Why did you choose to write young adult contemporary romance? The first draft of Holding On was very raw because it was written when I was a teenager. As I rewrote it I felt connected to my characters, like I could relate to what they were going through even though I was an adult. I think that’s why I’ve stuck with the YA genre. It makes me feel young again.

What is the strangest subject or topic you’ve ever written? I co-wrote a book called Dark Bishop with Casey L. Bond. It’s very different from anything either of us have written or published before. The male MC is basically a serial killer. Let just say, some of the things that happen scared the crap out of me. It was definitely out of my comfort zone, but I love the way it turned out. [This series is on my TBR!]

What motivated the plot of the novels you’re currently working on? I released the first in a series of standalones, the Kiss series, at the beginning of September. Since then I’ve been working on a number of things. I actually have 7 books on my “to write” list. Some are shorter novellas and some are full-length novels. [Sounds like my project board!] Now to find the time…

What was the hardest story for you to write? I’m still working on one called Saving Bliss. I started it in July 2014. My MC, Bliss, is kind of a pain in the arse. She doesn’t like the direction I keep trying to take her story so rewrites have been in abundance. I feel like I’ve been revamping and modifying the outline I’m trying to work from since I put the first few words on paper. Like I said, she’s a pain.

What process do you use to plan your novels? Planning has not worked out for me in the past. I’m a pantser all the way. [I knew it!] I did recently order some notebooks designed by Cassy Roop of Pink Ink Designs, Co. and I’m keeping all my thoughts together in them. They seem to be helping keep me focused. [I need to look into this!]

Who has been your favorite character to write and why? I think I have two. Jake Bishop (Dark Bishop serial series) was crazy and scary and sexy and intriguing. Casey did a fantastic job of writing his part. My other favorite would have to be Kat (A Secret Life). She’s that perfect California blonde, blue eyed beauty who’s trying to hide who she is behind fake glasses and pink hair. She’s feisty and tells it like it is. I think I created her to be a little bit like I always wanted to be – fierce. 

Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? I think they all do a little. My mom seems to think that Becca (The Holding On series) is me. She was the first character that I created so there’s a little bit more of me in her than any of my other characters.

Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? I have and it was a LONG period of time before I was able to write again. I think I was experiencing some doubt about abilities. Thankfully, I have some of the most supportive friends in the world that are also in the industry so they helped push me through. 🙂

If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? I would love to try my hand at dystopian. I admire the authors that come up with those amazing places and those amazing characters. It would be a challenge I think to be able to create something that isn’t based off of a real place or object. [Yes, it’s a challenge, but it’s so much fun.]

Which authors inspire you? When I first decided to try my hand at publishing my work, I was reading Barely Breathing by Rebecca Donovan. She’s amazing and so is that series if you haven’t read it. I felt connected to her characters. I wanted people to be able to connect with mine as well so I gave it a shot.

What novel would you read multiple times? There are so many that I already have read multiple times. The Breathing series by Rebecca Donovan (see above). Pretty much anything by Jascinda Wilder and Molly McAdams I’ve read multiple times over. Right now, I’m rereading Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire. [Jamie’s book is on my TBR. Looks like I’ve got some new ones to add.]

If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? Marilyn Monroe [Yes! She has always been a favorite of mine.]. I’ve always been fascinated by her. In fact, I named one of my characters after her from Take A Gamble

What is your favorite quote? “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? I feel like if I don’t say unicorns or mermaids that I might be cast out of the secret club. It seems like I see that answer a lot. They are both super cool but I have to admit, I’m partial to dogs. Ours passed away last Thanksgiving, and I’m patiently waiting for the hubby to be ready to let me have another one. 

What is your favorite color? Gray or teal.

You can catch up with Rachael Brownell, a full-time author, online…



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Zoey’s life has taken a dramatic turn. Only a few months ago she was a Collector working for the a secret part of the government called the Department of Molecular Genetics (DMG), tracking and collecting fae. Her life had been changing and improving with a partner she loved and a sister she adored.

Now all that is gone—Daniel murdered by a fae, and Lexi killed when the Seattle area is devastated by a powerful, magical electrical storm. Zoey herself is altered by her association with the Wanderer, Ryker, in life-changing way.

Zoey discovered she was an experiment from the very company she worked for. She could die at any moment of a threatening defect—taking Ryker’s magic with her.

In a race against time, Ryker and Zoey set out to find a way to transfer his powers back before it’s too late. Their journey takes them to the rainforests of South America, dealing with those who are after something Ryker possesses and who will stop at nothing to obtain it for themselves.

What Zoey and Ryker discover can destroy them or tear them a part for good.

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Zoey Daniels has been tossed from foster home to foster home, where she grows up fast and tough. When she is placed in her “last-chance” home, she finds a reason to stay and turn her life around: her foster sister, Lexie, who is paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. Zoey will do anything to keep her safe.

After high school, Zoey is hired by a special government agency, the Department of Molecular Genetics (DMG), where she meets the other reason to remain: Daniel, her co-worker. The man she loves.

But there is something unique about Zoey. She can see fae. Because of this, the DMG hires her to work as a Collector: catching, researching, testing, and using the fae to save human lives. The work never registers on her sympathy radar. She was raised to think of fae as beasts that feed on humans and want to destroy them.

When devastation hits Seattle, Zoey’s whole world is turned upside down. The electric storm connects her to a ruthless fae, a Wanderer named Ryker, whose dealings expose them to even more trouble and danger. They embark on a journey, running and hiding from both the government and fae, both of which threaten their lives and those they love.

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She grew up in Northern California, where she ran around on her family’s farm, raising animals, riding horses, playing flashlight tag, and turning hay bales into cool forts. She volunteers helping animals and is eco-friendly. She feels all animals, people, and environment should be treated kindly.

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BREAKING THROUGH by d. Nichole King
Two years after her brother Nate died during a Navy operation, aquator Nautia Olson’s nightmares began, and her ability to manipulate water became erratic. Anger, fear, joy, desire—they all trigger disaster.
Now, the Navy wants her for a top-secret mission, but Captain Riley Barton has his reservations. He’s read her file. He knows the damage she’s capable of, and yet—
She’s powerful.
If he can harness her ability—break through her walls—
She’ll be unstoppable.




I can’t move. My arms, my legs, they won’t budge. It’s pitch-black, but I think I’m inside of something. Something long and smalla capsule, maybe? Stretched out above my head, my fingers touch cold metal. Whatever I’m inside of is only as long as I am. I wouldn’t have much wiggle room, even if I could move. I don’t know how I got here or how long I’ve been tied up. I do a quick mental scan, searching for any piece of information. Nothing. I can’t even recall my
own name. 
What I do know is I’m running out of oxygen. Each breath comes shorter, faster, and if I can’t control it soon, I’ll pass out before I figure out what’s going on. I close my eyes, suck in one deep breath, and let it out through puckered lips. Calm down. Relax. Slow your heart rate.
What I tell myself comes from memory, though I have no clue where it came from. Whatever it is, though, it works. Somehow, my body is trained to go into hibernation mode on mental command. Now I need to figure out how to get out of here. With my eyes still closed, I concentrate on the smell of my prison. The more I know about this box, the better my chances are of escaping. The tang of what I inhale reminds me of burnt metal and rubber. There’s another scent too, one I can’t place, even though my brain insists I know. I dig deeper, filing through blank spaces that aren’t supposed to be empty. I probably shouldn’t be spending precious energy on it, but something tells me this strange odor is important.
Bright light pours over my face, and my eyelids fly open. Above me, sunlight streams through a circular window. I don’t know how long it will last, so I quickly confirm that I am inside some sort of capsule with silver metal walls. I also confirm that I was right earlier: the tube is small, barely big enough to fit my body. The window sits exactly six
inches from the tip of my nose, though I have no idea how I know that. 
I see nothing above me except blue skies. I don’t hear anything outside either. I tug at the restraints holding me in place, but they don’t give. And then I feel something, something on the outside. The capsule I’m in is moving—upward. Shit.
Calm down. Relax. Slow your heart rate, I repeat to myself. It’s working. My body is responding—
Until I begin to free fall.
I’m not in it for long before the tube hits water. I know it’s water because of the buoyancy of the capsule. But I know because of something else too—I feel it. Surrounding me, the water gives off its own energy, almost as if it’s surrendering to me, willing me to control it. Which makes no sense.
Above me, the sunlight begins to refract as it struggles to break through the water now covering the tiny window. That’s when I realize I’m sinking. Deeper, deeper underwater.
As the light fades, the panic inside me rises. I try the calming mantra again, but nothing happens. Drops of water fall onto my forehead. The seal around my window creaks under the pressure of the water.
I’m going to drown.
I struggle against the restraints. Twisting my body. Pulling at my wrists and ankles. I yank and kick, but it’s in vain. I’m trapped.
“Fuck!” I scream.
Water sprays in from the seal, salty like the ocean, and suddenly I register where I am—in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of South Korea. Except, I still don’t know why I’m here or how I got here.
What I do know is that this is where I’m going to die.

d. Nichole King
Born and raised in Iowa, d. Nichole King writes her stories close to home. There’s nothing like small-town Midwest scenery to create the perfect backdrop for an amazing tale.
She wrote her first book in junior high and loved every second of it. However, she couldn’t bring herself to share her passion with anyone. She packed it away until one day, with the encouragement of her husband, she sat down at the computer and began to type. Now, she can’t stop.
When not writing, d. is usually curled up with a book, scrapbooking, or doing yet another load of laundry.
Along with her incredible husband, she lives in small-town Iowa with her four adorable children and their dog, Peaches.
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My Review:

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Mature readers due to sexual content.

I previously reviewed a short version of this story in the Beneath the Cape anthology. My opinion of D. Nichole King’s interesting novel has not changed. I loved the unique plot and the amazing characters.

The expanded story is simply beautiful! My favorite characters are still my favorites. Nautica, Riley, and Kray have such clearly defined roles along with great strengths. Their weaknesses help them grow as individuals.

I would have never guessed how involved Nautica’s story could be. There’s a bombshell near the end of this story. I actually went back and re-read parts to make sure I actually understood what I read. What a great twist to the story!

King crafted a set of well-developed characters whose talents were tied to their emotions. Without being in control of their anger or even their excitement, their talents became overwhelming. Nautica was crushed by the potential of her abilities. She couldn’t shine until she got out of her own way. And, here lies the message in this story. If you hide your talents or skills behind a wall, you can’t embrace your power. Lovely!

Magical elements and a government conspiracy makes for a great story line. Breaking Through is a wonderful story with a beautiful ending. I highly recommend it to everyone.

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(5 Hands=Excellent; 4 Hands=Pretty Good; 3 Hands=Good)

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