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Your real family (Friday Fictioneers)

PHOTO PROMPT© Roger Bulto

It is the first thing you see. Not your mother’s face, not your doctor. The Device.

You are confronted with The Device everywhere you roll.

You speak to it in gargling breath. You touch it with grasping hands.

You hear sounds from it. Bright moving colors they tell you are your family but you cannot understand. How can you understand. You cannot see lips move. Always hidden are they behind The Device.

As you grow The Device takes pride of place in front of your face.

It is your mother, your guide, peer and judgement. Justice and crime in one.

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Review: Anarchy Road – A Jake Caldwell Thriller by James L. Weaver

About the Book:

WHEN JUSTICE FAILS, SOMEONE HAS TO BALANCE THE SCALES.

When former mob leg-breaker turned PI, Jake Caldwell leaves a rock concert with his daughter, they fall victim to a bombing by a mad man with a depraved vision. Jake quickly discovers they weren’t the first victims and, if he doesn’t do something fast, they won’t be the last.

While his daughter Halle fights for her life, Jake and his best friend Sheriff Bear Parley follow the bloody clues and uncover an evil plot to pit the polarized sides of the nation against each other to shred the fragile remains of the social fabric holding the country together.

If Jake, Bear and their friends with the FBI fail, more people will die, and the country will plummet into chaos and a point of no return.

My Thoughts:

Jake is back! And so is Bear, along with the wide range of ensemble characters both good and bad as is usually found in a Jake Caldwell story – and there is the introduction of some memorable new characters too. James L. Weaver continues Jake’s violent adventures with another fantastic chapter in Anarchy Road.

What is Revenge? What is Vengeance? What is Justice? Anarchy Road explores all of these themes and raises many questions. What is Jake’s motivation, and is it justified? We get into Jake’s head in Anarchy Road in a way as never before as he attempts to explain the hunting of the terrorist behind several bombings (and after almost losing his daughter, Jake’s motivations for the hunt are murky at best – even to himself.)

The bad guys are deeply layered and provide a fascinating read as a foil to Jake’s actions and motivations. A fabulous book full of action, gritty violence and of course, Jake and Bear banter! Honestly who wouldn’t spend a whole book reading of these two in a car! This is book six in the series. If you haven’t read any of them yet, its a great series to invest time in.

Don’t talk about it (Friday Fictioneers)

PHOTO PROMPT© Na’ama Yehuda תודה חברה שלי 

The attack happened at Christmas they say. Well, I don’t know about all that. It was long ago – before I was born. There’s no evidence of the attack. I mean, it’s not like you see damaged buildings or nothing. But people get funny around this time of year. PTSD I reckon. I found a box of baubles and tinsel up in the attic. Ma damn near took my head off. Said you don’t put it up no more. Why not? It’s weird. But now I’ve seen a bauble I realized I’ve seen em before. On the trees. Like warnings. Freaky.

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Road Trip (Friday Fictioneers)

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

Ah, road trip. This planet is one that has not levelled up. Stuck in repeat. Doomed to failure. They cancelled schools for all, only for the rich. Less trained in advanced work and over time, less in ordinary work. Fewer engineers to design parts to keep equipment and transport running. Dystopia or stupidity? Either way, it’s become a great planet to travel. So many of us are here now its surprising the locals haven’t spotted us. Though a tad warm for our tastes, the storms are glorious to watch. Trains are still running. We’re off to explore the city ruins.

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Who do you follow (Friday Fictioneers)

PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

We gathered around the cut stump. I brushed my fingers over the smooth surface. Though violence had brought her down we used her remains as our war room. I stared across at my fellow warriors. Jel, with her green translucent wings, shiny armor and glowing blade held my gaze transfixed. She hovered above us. “Now is when we must fight. We cannot allow them their transgressions. They are unprepared for us. Let us have our vengeance.”

I breathed out a sigh, flared my wings and raised my blade. I would follow her to the end of the Earth.

To vengeance!

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Review: The Boy from the Mish by Gary Lonesborough

About the book:

‘I don’t paint so much anymore,’ I say, looking to my feet.

‘Oh. Well, I got a boy who needs to do some art. You can help him out,’ Aunty Pam says, like I have no say in the matter, like she didn’t hear what I just said about not painting so much anymore. ‘Jackson, this is Tomas. He’s living with me for a little while.’

It’s a hot summer, and life’s going all right for Jackson and his family on the Mish. It’s almost Christmas, school’s out, and he’s hanging with his mates, teasing the visiting tourists, avoiding the racist boys in town. Just like every year, Jackson’s Aunty and annoying little cousins visit from the city – but this time a mysterious boy with a troubled past comes with them… As their friendship evolves, Jackson must confront the changing shapes of his relationships with his friends, family and community. And he must face his darkest secret – a secret he thought he’d locked away for good.

Compelling, honest and beautifully written, The Boy from the Mish is about first love, identity, and the superpower of self-belief.

My thoughts:

I really loved this book.

A First People’s coming of age and search for identity story, a debut written by Gary Lonesborough, is a journey into a culture and a people and a time and a place that is captivating and sweeps you away. I couldn’t put it down. A beautifully written tale of identity, friendship and belonging. A distinctly Australian story of a NSW outback town where the People are just living their lives and experiencing a regular Christmas Summer.

Jackson’s search for love and identity comes upon him almost by accident when he breaks up with his girlfriend and meets Tomas, the boy who is staying with Jackson’s Aunty after getting out of Juvie.

The Australian Summer is almost tangible. I could feel the sticky hot outback country atmosphere painted so descriptively throughout this story. I could hear the noise of the cousins playing in the house, the buzzing of flies and mosquitoes, the scent of alcohol and paint and pencil lead. The underlying real fear caused racist townies, students and police, the constant anger and frustration, the beauty of Country, of community, of first love, touch and taste, the fear of rejection by mates and family when the truth comes out… Every emotion is honest, brutal, real and glorious.

Gary Lonesborough has written a fabulous coming of age tale that is a must read. I can’t wait to read more of Gary Lonesborough’s work.

Review: Etched in the Arrangement by Calla Zae

About the Novella:

Gemma

As a florist, my experience with cheating men makes me see them as rotten plants that can’t be saved; they ruin the beauty of bouquets. I’m careful who I let into my life. Gorgeous things often have unseen thorns, so when an attractive man asks me out, I said no. But I have a problem: I can’t stop thinking about him.

Tyson

I wear confidence and charm like an irresistible six-pack. Women don’t deny me. When Gemma rejects me, I’m gutted… but extremely intrigued. She thinks I’m a man who gives up easily. She has no idea that fate has a unique arrangement for us.

My thoughts:

A new foray for Calla Zae – this time into Contemporary Romance rather than Science Fiction Romance but she still brings it! This was a fun novella that is flirty, sexy and humorous with a touch of danger. This is a great taster for the novels to come in this genre. Gemma is a florist with a fabulous Grandma (who steals the show a bit). Grandma is determined to set Gemma up with the handsome gym owner, Tyson. Sparks fly when they finally go out. But Gemma’s ex is lurking in the shadows. If you love a short read for a commute then this is a great one to get your hands on. (Available for free when signing up to Calla Zae’s newsletter).

Release Day! Anarchy Road by James L. Weaver

WHEN JUSTICE FAILS, SOMEONE HAS TO BALANCE THE SCALES.

When former mob leg-breaker turned PI, Jake Caldwell leaves a rock concert with his daughter, they fall victim to a bombing by a mad man with a depraved vision. Jake quickly discovers they weren’t the first victims and, if he doesn’t do something fast, they won’t be the last.

While his daughter Halle fights for her life, Jake and his best friend Sheriff Bear Parley follow the bloody clues and uncover an evil plot to pit the polarized sides of the nation against each other to shred the fragile remains of the social fabric holding the country together.

If Jake, Bear and their friends with the FBI fail, more people will die, and the country will plummet into chaos and a point of no return.

This sixth installment of the action-packed Jake Caldwell thrillers will have you on the edge of your seat begging you never make the wrong turn onto Anarchy Road.

OUT NOW! – My review will be posted soon.

NFReads interview with Laurie Bell

Hi there, see the below link to check out an interview I did with NFReads.

https://www.nfreads.com/interview-with-author-laurie-bell/

The death of Life – Queen of Nature

PHOTO PROMPT © Russell Gayer

With a flick of her wrist green vines snaked across the pitted and cracked concrete, slamming into the van throwing it into the air. She let out a laugh that pierced the sky, causing the pathetic weak heroes to wince. “You cannot defeat me!” In her mind’s eye she knew they trembled at the truth in her voice. Humans tweaked by science and magic, playing at gods, she – who was born of nature – could not be defeated.

She rose up, her hands blazing with green life. The tip of a wooden spear appeared out of her chest. “No.”

She fell.

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