Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Straight Browsing from the Library: A Simple Vow by Charlotte Hubbard


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Housed in a rustic red barn, the Simple Gifts crafts shop celebrates the talents of the Amish of Willow Ridge—and the faith that inspires them. For the acceptance of simplicity opens the path to love.

As far as Edith Riehl is concerned, the baby twins thrust suddenly into her arms are a heaven-sent gift. Unable to conceive, she longs to be a mother with a home of her own. She’s going to abide by her promise to handsome Asa Detweiler to take care of them while he looks for their real father. And even if her domineering dat Cornelius refuses to countenance Asa’s suit, she can only pray the bachelor’s honesty and persistence will uncover the truth—even as he’s kindled an impossible hope for a love of her own…

Asa can’t understand why anyone would think he would be so dishonorable as to father babies and then abandon them. He’s determined to clear his name—but Edith’s caring ways also inspire him to help heal her wounded spirit and earn her trust. In the face of heartbreaking deception, he and Edith must find the strength to understand, forgive…and claim their own hearts’ joy.

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“Wonder who it could be?” Luke asked as he and Andy loped down the highway toward the clinic at the next corner. “Most of the locals are still at the wedding dinner or visiting out back of the restaurant.”

“Naz didn’t seem to know him. Could be an out of town guest—or just somebody passing through on a pretty day,” Andy said. “Denki for coming along, Luke.”

Minutes after they reached the Leitner barn, they were rolling down the gravel road that ran past the Riehl place and the bishop’s pasture, where cud-chewing Holsteins gazed over the fence at them. Luke had always been in awe of Andy’s specialized wagon, which was a small clinic on wheels—allowed by Bishop Tom because it was a horse-drawn vehicle their local nurse could drive to medical emergencies or house calls. His pulse accelerated with the mare’s hoofbeats as he gazed up the road. Aunt Jerusalem’s white kapp caught the sunshine as she waved her arm above her head.

“Wow, that’s an impressive horse,” he murmured. “Percheron by the looks of it—although he seems to have a limp.”

“Might want to have Ben take a look at the horse after we see to its owner,” Andy murmured. “The guy’s sitting up now. Let’s keep him still until I figure out how badly he’s hurt.”

Andy stopped the wagon a couple of yards from where Luke’s Aunt Jerusalem stood, her face etched with concern. “Glad ya got here so quick, Andy,” the middle-aged woman remarked. “Now that he’s sittin’ up, he seems determined to be anywhere but here.”

The man had coal black hair and a grass-stained shirt that stuck out around his suspenders. One side of his face was badly bruised and he had an open wound in his forehead. He appeared dazed as he looked up at them, and he was placing his hands on the ground as though he intended to push himself up. “Where am I?” he asked hoarsely. “I have no idea how I came to be—”

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Many moons ago—like, in 1983 while she was still a school librarian—Charlotte Hubbard sold her first story to True Story. This launched her into writing around seventy of those “true confessions” stories over the years, and she’s been a slave to her overactive imagination ever since. Over the course of her writing career, she has sold nearly 50 books—most recently, Amish romance series she’s written as Charlotte Hubbard or Naomi King.

Charlotte lived in Missouri for most of her life, so her Amish stories are set in imaginary Missouri towns. These days she lives in St. Paul, MN with her husband of 40+ years and their Border collie, Ramona.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Straight Reading from the Library: Rebel Warrior by Regan Walker







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Scotland 1072

The Norman Conqueror robbed Steinar of Talisand of his noble father and his lands, forcing him to flee to Scotland while still recovering from a devastating wound. At the royal court, Steinar becomes scribe to the unlettered King of Scots while secretly regaining his skill with a sword.

The first time Steinar glimpses the flame-haired maiden, Catrìona of the Vale of Leven, he is drawn to her spirited beauty. She does not fit among the ladies who serve the devout queen. Not pious, not obedient and not given to stitchery, the firebrand flies a falcon! Though Catrìona captures Steinar’s attention, he is only a scribe and she is promised to another.

Catrìona has come to Malcolm’s court wounded in spirit from the vicious attack on her home by Northmen who slayed her parents and her people. But that is not all she will suffer. The man she thought to wed will soon betray her.

When all is lost, what hope is there for love? Can a broken heart be mended? Can a damaged soul be healed?

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A few years ago I had the chance to read one of Regan Walker's regency romances and enjoyed it thoroughly! You can read that review here. When I heard she was touring book three of a Scottish medieval series, Rebel Warrior from the Medieval Warriors series, I was excited to get the chance to review it as well!

Even though this was the third book in the series, I had no trouble reading it as each book is standalone-- they may have characters in common (for example, the hero in this book, Steinar, is the brother of the heroine from the first book in the series, The Red Wolf). The books also have other characters in common (I loved Rhodri and the revelation of who he is... I do hope that Ms. Walker has his backstory simmering on her back burner). I'm finishiing book 1 now and will post another review for that and book 2 soon.

Ms. Walker's prose just pulled me into the time period ...and the fact that she supplies more information about the area and the time period is an added bonus. The characters are vibrant and believable, with a well-balanced amount of conflict--not so much between the characters themselves, but on external pressures.

Great job! With this book, Ms. Walker has won a place on my auto-buy list! 5 stars.

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An animal’s low growl brought the forest to a sudden silence. She froze, her heart racing, then slowly raised her head to the source of the sound. Above her, a giant cat, gray with black stripes, bared its teeth and hissed sharply while sinking its claws into the thick branch on which it was perched. Its pale green eyes narrowed on her as it spit furiously, poised as if to attack.

Catrìona screamed and reared back just as the wild cat stamped forward, hissing and spitting. She reached for her knife sheathed at her hip.

Strong arms surrounded her, pulling her away from the cat. “I will protect you, my lady.” Even without turning, she recognized the voice of the king’s captain. Turning her in his arms, he held her to his hard chest. “Do not fear the beast. My sword is yours to command.”

She gazed into his brown eyes, seeing concern. “I am grateful, sir.” Behind her, the huge cat hissed and growled. She pressed closer to the king’s captain. His tunic smelled of an unfamiliar man’s sweat but she was too afraid to care. Never had she seen an enormous feline like this one baring its knife-like teeth and claws in such a menacing manner.

Colbán bent his head to bring his lips down on hers, kissing her most forcefully. Jerking her head back, she protested, “Nay, sir. Do not. I may fear the teeth of the wild animal but you are not without teeth yourself.”

She looked behind her and, seeing the animal had gone, pushed away from the tall captain. In truth, she feared him as much as the beast.

From the woods came a familiar chuckle. “’Twas only a wee cat, more afraid of you than you were of it.”

“Steinar?” Her eyes searched the thick growth of trees for a head of golden hair. She spotted him standing against a tree, his arms crossed over his chest. “’Twas no wee cat!” she insisted. “The beast was wild and fierce. It scared me.”

Steinar left the tree to indolently stroll toward her. A glance at Colbán told her the captain was not pleased.

“Tell her, Colbán,” said Steinar.

“Tell me what?” she asked, her gaze darting from one man to the other.

“Well,” Colbán said, shooting Steinar a harsh glare, “mayhap ’twas not so fierce a beast as you thought, but ’twas still wild.”

“You mean not as fierce as you wanted me to believe?” she said, feeling anger rising within her.

Colbán said nothing, but Steinar laughed. “Anything to steal the lady’s kiss, eh Captain?”

Colbán let out a sigh and bowed. “My pardon, my lady. I was sorely tempted.”

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Regan Walker is an award-winning, bestselling author of Regency, Georgian and Medieval romances. She has five times been featured in USA TODAY's HEA column and four times nominated for the prestigious RONE award (her novel, The Red Wolf's Prize won Best Historical Novel for 2015 in the medieval category).

Regan writes historically authentic novels with real history and real historic figures where her readers can experience history, adventure and love. She lives in San Diego with her Golden Retriever who she says helps her to smell the roses every day.

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“Master storytelling transports you to medieval Scotland!” – Paula Quinn, NY Times Bestselling Author

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“Rebel Warrior is beautifully layered with true historic figures, facts and authentic history of Scotland woven into a creative and intriguing fictional story. A spectacular, riveting adventure … 5 Stars!” –Tartan Book Reviews

“Touching and well written and my favorite by any author. The storytelling and world building are phenomenal and the romance between Steinar and Catrìona will have you cheering as well as shedding a few tears. Very well done!” – The Reading Cafe

“Ms. Walker has written another WOW, Medieval Romance. Fast paced, action packed story of betrayal, passion, destiny, fate, healing, romance and finding peace and a HEA. Walker is a talented storyteller, who pulls readers into the story and holds them transfixed. A page turning Medieval Romance!” – My Book Addiction

“Spellbinding and Expertly Crafted"… “The path to true love is never easy, yet Regan Walker leads the reader to an entertaining, realistic and worthy HEA. Walker’s characters are complex and well-rounded and in her hands real historical figures merge seamlessly with those from her imagination.” – A Reader’s Review

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Straight Browsing from the Library: This Madness of the Heart by Blair Yeatts


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Bad religion can be deadly. So Miranda Lamden, small-town religion professor, discovers in This Madness of the Heart. The dark hollers of Eastern Kentucky offer fertile soil for shady evangelist Jasper Jarboe, new president of Grace and Glory Bible College, as he beguiles the small mining town of Canaan Wells with his snake-oil charm.

When Miranda isn’t teaching at Obadiah Durham College, she’s investigating paranormal phenomena—or enjoying a turbulent romantic relationship with backwoods artist Jack Crispen. JJ’s inquisition-style gospel has alienated her long since, but when he announces his plan to transform her forest home into an evangelical Mecca, complete with neon cross and 40-foot Jesus, Miranda girds her loins for war. But JJ isn’t finished: he goes on to launch an attack on her friend and fellow professor Djinn Baude with an avalanche of vicious rumors. Not only does he accuse Djinn of demonic communion with the old Voudon witch whose curse killed the college’s founding family, but he also smears her with insinuations of lechery and vice.

With JJ’s urging, hate boils over into violence and tragedy, sweeping Miranda up in its flood. One death follows another as a miasma of evil overwhelms the tiny community, and only Miranda can see clearly enough to halt its spread.

This Madness of the Heart is the first in a new series of Gothic mystery-thrillers featuring Professor Miranda Lamden, whose spiritual gifts have drawn her beyond university walls to explore the mysteries of other world beliefs. Her unique vision brings her into repeated confrontations with evil, where too often she finds herself standing alone between oblivious onlookers and impending disaster.

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I had to stop him! Now, before the damage was done!

I never even got to try.

Like a sullen current of arctic air pouring through a cracked door, cold snaked down over us, coiling around my senses, freezing my anger, congealing my blood: an implacable sister to the malevolence in the garden. I ground my teeth to stifle the scream begging to be born. Even so, a small voice spoke from outside my fear, detached and curious.

“This cold is not the same,” the voice observed. “There’s a difference. It’s not threatening so much as warning, ‘Keep off! Stand clear! Don’t interfere!’”

Immobilized by fear, I was incapable of interfering.

At first I thought my teeth were chattering. A split second later I realized the wind had dropped without warning, the riot of sound had ceased, and a clicking sound had filled the darkness. “Tch-tch-tch-tch-tch-tch-tch-tch-tch-tch-tch-tch-tch,” the sound ran on and on—no more than a field of insects, of snakes, singing in the night.

The light from JJ’s lantern brightened, bloomed, and died, shooting soft rainbows into the night. Cold weighed even more cruelly upon my breast, pressing me against the rough wall at my back, blotting all light from my eyes. Then the clicking stopped, and in the utterly empty dark, I heard the sound of stone rasping on stone, of crumbling brickwork tearing loose from rotten mortar, and the hollow thunk of heavy masonry falling ponderously onto yielding clay.

A soft sigh whispered through the grove. Then there was silence.

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Blair Yeatts grew up in the midst of a large, old southern Virginia family, much like the family of her main character. She followed her parents into a career in academia and taught religion at the college level in Kentucky for many years. Her special areas of expertise are psychology and Earth-based religions, in which she has done considerable research.

From childhood, Ms. Yeatts has been a fan of mystery fiction, starting with Nancy Drew and moving through Agatha Christie to twentieth century giants like Dorothy L. Sayers, P.D. James, and Nevada Barr. She is fulfilling a life’s dream in writing her own mysteries.

Ms. Yeatts shares her home with her photographer husband, two cats, and a dog. She has a lifelong love of wild nature, and prefers to set her stories in rural areas, where threads of old spiritual realities still make themselves felt. Her first three books take place in different parts of Kentucky and Tennessee.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Straight Browsing from the Library: Sword of Shadows by Karin Rita Gastreich


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Sisters in magic, Eolyn and Adiana seek to revive a millennial tradition once forbidden to women. When war strikes, their fledgling community of magas is destroyed; its members killed, captured or scattered.

Determined to defend her people, Eolyn seeks to escape the occupied province and deliver to King Akmael a weapon that might secure their victory. Trapped by the invading army, Adiana is taken prisoner and placed at the mercy of the ruthless Prince Mechnes.

Even as their world is torn asunder, Eolyn and Adiana cling to a common dream. Courage and perseverance guide them toward a future where the Daughters of Aithne will flourish in a world set free from the violence of men.

"War propels the story forward, and the characters are at their best when circumstances are at their worst." -Publishers Weekly

This is the second book in THE SILVER WEB trilogy. It can be read as a stand-alone novel, or as the sequel to the first book, EOLYN.

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As Joturi-Nur’s breath slowed, Rishona wrapped her fingers around the jeweled hilt of his broad sword. She adjusted her balance and tilted the blade, trying to see Abartamor’s oversized figure at her back.

When at last the San’iloman laid still, the priest nodded to the princes. Abartamor’s heavy step sounded behind Rishona, along with the slow unsheathing of his sword.

“I, the eldest son of Joturi-Nur, challenge your claim,” he said. “Face me, so that I may send you with my father to the Afterlife.”

Rishona spun, hands wrapped around the hilt of the scimitar, and cut deep into Abartamor’s protruding belly. The prince cried out as metal parted flesh. Blood sprayed across Rishona’s shimmering gown. Abartamor dropped his weapon and staggered backwards, eyes wide and lips quivering in protest.

“What have you done?” he stammered. “My niece? A woman? It’s not possible…not permitted…”

He sat hard on the floor and stared dumbfounded at the entrails spilling from his belly.

Rishona strode forward and drove the scimitar into his thick neck. With a few vicious hacks, she cleaved Abartamor’s head from his torso. Tearing off her veil, she leveled the sword at his brothers and demanded, “Who else would challenge me?”

For several moments there was no sound but the gurgle of Arbartamor’s blood, pooling around Rishona’s satin slippers.

Then Paolus-Nur drew his weapon.

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Karin Rita Gastreich writes stories of ordinary women and the extraordinary paths they choose. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she is part of the biology faculty at Avila University. An ecologist by vocation, Karin has wandered forests and wildlands for over twenty years. Her past times include camping, hiking, music, and flamenco dance. In addition to THE SILVER WEB trilogy, Karin has published short stories in World Jumping, Zahir, Adventures for the Average Woman, and 69 Flavors of Paranoia. She is a recipient of the Spring 2011 Andrews Forest Writer’s Residency.

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Purchase link for SWORD OF SHADOWS, Book Two of THE SILVER WEB: https://www.amazon.com/Sword-Shadows-Silver-Web-Book-ebook/dp/B01G5L1GEG/

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Straight Chatting from the Library: Micah Berrington from BOUND BY OATH AND HONOUR


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I am so happy to be here with Judith today on our final stop for the Bound by Oath and Honour book tour. For the grand finale, I asked Micah Berrington, the hero of our tale, to come along with me and answer a few questions that some of my readers (thank you so much to those who participated) are dying to know!

So, here we go Micah!

A reader wants to know why you were so upset over having to guard a woman.

Micah chuckles. “First of all, you have to understand that during my centuries as a guardian, I had only protected men who stood in the greatest of danger and in the most perilous of times. Some more so than others.

In direct opposition to that, the women I knew during my mortality didn’t involve themselves in anything I would consider even remotely dangerous. They spent their time doing needlework, overseeing the various duties of the home, and fretting over the latest fashions. I just couldn’t understand the need when the Ealdormen assigned me to Tala. However, once I met her, the need became very clear.”

Did her knack for getting herself into trouble help ease your aversion to the situation?

“Well, that and the fact that she’s the most fearless, most maddening, most amazing woman I’ve ever met.”

I think she’ll be happy to hear you say that—well at least the amazing part! Here’s another question for you. Do prefer working with Levi and Nathaniel above the other guardians in the realm of the Bewitan Fierd?

“I think as a team, we work very well together. We’ve reached a point where we anticipate each other’s needs in connection with our assignments and get them done without need for consultation. So, although I enjoy working with all of my colleagues, I suppose if given the choice, I would opt to work with Levi and Nathaniel.”

What went through your head when you suddenly found yourself in the realm of the Bewitan Fierd, when moments earlier you were fiercely fighting for your life and country in Ireland?

“At first I thought I had died. When I found out that wasn’t so, the shock of where I was, and the choice set before me was staggering to say the least. I have no idea how long I spoke with Edward as he answered every question I had. At the same time he assured me that I had not lost my mind, nor did I lie in a battered tent, sick with delirium. Somewhere along the way I finally accepted the fact I was in another realm, and that my life would continue in a most rewarding direction.”

I take it then, you enjoy being a guardian?

“I wouldn’t trade it or the experiences I’ve had for anything in the world.”

One of my male readers wants to know if the rifle you carried in the story is always your weapon of choice.

“For the most part, yes. The weapon has always served me well. Nonetheless, there are situations my knife and some of the more modern weapons of your time are required.”

For your final question, Judith wants to know if you have a favorite book.

“Hmm. As you can imagine, I’ve read countless books over the centuries and have amassed a pretty good library at home. I have many favorites. One that comes immediately to mind is Common Sense, by Thomas Paine. I’ll also own up to the fact that I really enjoy The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas and have read it numerous times.”

Well thank you Micah, for coming along and answering some of our questions. If anyone else out there has a question for Micah, scribble it in the comments below and he’ll be happy to answer!

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Fresh from her photo shoot in Northern England, wildlife photographer Tala Westbrook makes a promised stop at the family manor in Staffordshire, desperately in need of renovation. Though she didn’t plan to stay longer than it took to find a contractor, she is caught up in an ancient paranormal war. Despite the danger all around, she finds herself falling for the handsome, enigmatic man assigned to protect her.

Micah Berrington, elite guardian from the realm of the Bewitan Fierd, is used to protecting men of strength in the greatest of peril, not a female looking for someone to repair her home. Yet the assignment is far more than it seems and so is the beautiful woman destined to capture his heart, regardless of the cost.

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“I’m not leaving until you tell me whatever it is you don’t want me to know.” She set her heels, and placed a hand on her hip.

His anger flared. “Is that right? A little while ago you couldn’t wait to leave this place.”

Tala gave her head a snooty little toss. “A lot has changed since then, wouldn’t you agree?”

He brushed the barb aside. “Then let me get you a pillow and blanket. You can make yourself comfortable on my sofa.”

Indignation filled her lovely eyes. “That’s it? That’s all you’re going to say? Really?”

Micah met her gaze without a flinch. “Really.”

“Whatever.” She gave him a curt nod and stormed toward the door.

He had fallen into the deep, dark abyss of the feminine whatever. Nonetheless, he stepped in front of the entryway blocking her path. “Where are you going, Tala?”

“Back inside the forest, not that it’s any of your business.”

“Why would you do something as foolish as that?”

“To find some answers, since you’re unwilling to share what you know.” She gritted her teeth. “Now, get out of my way.”

He held his ground while disregarding the directive. “Just what do you expect to find out there?”

She shrugged away the question. “I’m not sure. However, I do know those creatures left tracks. I’m quite adept at finding and following them to wherever they might lead. Trust me.”

“Regardless of the danger?”

“I can take care of myself.”

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Debbie is an author of paranormal and fantasy romance because she has a soft spot for fairy tales, the joy of falling in love, making an impossible love possible, and happily ever after endings. She loves animals of every persuasion, music, art, beautiful sunrises, sunsets, the smell of rain, and thunder storms.

When she is not busy conjuring her latest novel, Debbie spends time with the members of her very large family in the lovely, arid deserts of southern Nevada, where some of those spectacular sunsets occur. She also pursues her interests in genealogy—which she also teaches—mythology, and history.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Straight Reading from the Library: Kaavl Conspiracy by Jennette Green


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Framed…

When eighteen-year-old Methusal Maahr is framed for the murder of her oldest friend, she will do anything to expose the true killer and clear her name, including team up with her arch rival in the Kaavl Games, Behran. But all clues point to her guilt…and appear to tie into a conspiracy regarding the new peace talks with their oldest enemies from Dehre.

While peace looms on the horizon, Methusal doesn't trust it. Mentàll Solboshn, Chief of Dehre, is not what he appears to be. Her determination to discover the truth soon pits her against the formidable Chief. Not only is he the best kaavl player in the land, but he is determined that the peace plan will pass. Can Methusal's rare kaavl skills possibly outmatch him, and stop him from succeeding with his devious plans?

Methusal is ready and willing to do anything to protect her community of Rolban--even put her own life on the line to expose and defeat a dangerous political foe. But little does she realize the true danger may lie within her own community…

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I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this first book in Jennette Green's new fantasy series, Kaavl Chronicles, Kaavl Conspiracy, and am looking forward to the next book in the series. I absolutely loved the character of Methusal Maahr-- she's feisty, loyal, and just generally kick-ass! I am looking forward to recommending this book to the teens at The Library. Here is a girl they can get behind--she's not perfect, but she keeps striving for what she feels is best for her community.

The world-building is spot on-- I felt like I had really been there! The action scenes are very well-done and kept me turning the pages until late in the night!

The second book in the series should be out this month and I'm eagerly checking the online bookstore! I'm that ready to find out what happens next in the series. Good job, Ms. Green.

4 stars.

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At the gravesite this morning, Renn’s only living parent, Liem, had stood as still as a stone, his features blank.

Grief still felt like claws shredding Methusal’s soul.

Stop it. Concentrate. He’d want it that way.

Renn had been pragmatic. A careful thinker, with unexpected flashes of wit. They’d been good friends for their entire lives.

She let the hot tears fall. Surely he was in a better place now. He wouldn’t want her to cry over him, either. If he was here, he’d probably say, “Life goes on, Thusa.” Then he’d smile. “Remember that baby whip I hid in your jacket? Almost bit your finger off. Count your blessings I’m gone.”

Methusal swallowed against the ache in her throat. Kaavl. Kaavl would deliver her from the grief. For a while. Maybe running would help, too.

She climbed down the rocky hillside, fiercely trying to concentrate into a kaavl state of mind. Soon she’d be ready for the Kaavl Games, which would take place in a few days.

As she focused, Methusal became kaavl; intensely aware of the late afternoon sun toasting her skin, and the sharp stones biting into her thin, multi-patched moccasins. Tall, thick tagma bushes dotted the plain, networked by thick gnarled roots that rippled across the surface of the flat, dry brown earth. A whisper of movement tickled her ears, and dry leaves rustled.

A whip beast was stalking a round, furry apte. Muted gasping noises interrupted the peaceful quiet.

The sounds of struggle, and of death.

Death. Again, thinking about Renn stole the breath from her lungs.

Concentrate.

An innocent animal fought to live. She could save it.

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I fell in love with writing in the second grade. My first romance novel, The Commander's Desire, was published in 2008, and recently updated in 2013. The book is now available in audio book format through Amazon, Audible and iTunes. The Commander's Desire has been given the accolades of "Top Pick" novel and "Reader's Favorite Hero for 2009." Other books I've written include Her Reluctant Bodyguard, a Christian romantic suspense novel, and Ice Baron, a futuristic/science fiction romance, packed with action and romance. Each has received a number of "Top Pick" reviews, too.

I'm interested in a number of different subjects! As a result, I like to mix things up, and I write in a variety of genres. However, all of my books include an element of romance, because I love romance stories. Kaavl Conspiracy contains light romantic elements, and as the four book series continues, the romantic elements intensify for the main character, and for other characters, as well.

Kaavl Conspiracy is the first in the Kaavl Chronicles Quadrilogy. The next book, Kaavl Quest, will be published in July 2017, Kaavl Calamity will be published in Fall 2016, and the final book, Kaavl Conqueror, will be published in Winter 2017.

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Straight Chatting from the Library: Allen Long


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What is the favorite book you remember as a child?

The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury really knocked me out when I was thirteen—great stories with poetic use of language. I remember reading The Martian Chronicles and The Golden Apples of the Sun by Bradbury soon after that and finding the same alluring combination of good storytelling with skilled use of language. I also really enjoyed reading The Hobbit and the The Lord of the Rings trilogy in high school.

What is your favorite book today?

My favorite recently read book is the novel All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. A book I’ve read and enjoyed several times is One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Tell us about your current book in 10 words.

Man overcomes child abuse and nightmarish marriage, finds true love.

What are you reading right now?

I’m reading the 2015 O. Henry Prize Stories. Other recent books include Fortune Son by John Fogerty, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Shotgun Lovesongs by Nikolas Butler, Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff, and The Goldfinch by Donna Tart.

What books do you have on hold at the library?

Euphoria by Lily King.

Least favorite book you've read this year?

I thought The Goldfinch was going to be one of the best books I’d ever read, but it fell apart at the end, in my opinion.

Favorite book you've read this year?

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Great story with brilliant use of language.

When do you do most of your reading?

Print books on my days off. Audio books while I’m commuting to work.

Favorite genre?

Literary fiction, memoir, and crime fiction.

What would make you not finish a book?

If I lose my trust that I’m in the skilled hands of an author who can deliver on his/her promises.


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In Less than Human, Allen Long tells the story of his often nightmarish childhood in the wealthy suburbs of D.C., the wonders and mysteries of teenage love, his ill-advised journeys into corporate America and a hellish marriage, and ultimate breakdown. And yet, his story is mostly one of triumph. He draws strength from the joys of fatherhood, he finds true love in his second marriage, and through working with psychotherapists and leading a life rich in self-examination, he overcomes both child abuse and the resulting PTSD, finally learning that instead of being less than, he is, indeed, human.

Less than Human follows an unconventional path, arranged as much by theme and association as by chronology. These stories take many forms, from driving narrative to lyrical reverie, at times evoking mythic overtones, and this variety, along with an unflinching confrontation with the conditions and consequences of childhood abuse, create its own form of suspense--in what direction will this book take us next?

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While the zookeeper threw apples into the makeshift pool and coaxed the elephants to swim to retrieve them, he recited a long string of facts. These awe-inspiring creatures have 150,000 muscles in their trunks and they can use this appendage to suck up to 15 quarts of water at a time, which they then squirt into their mouths. Also, he said, elephants can hear with their ears, trunks, and feet. In addition, these captivating mammals are believed to have the same level of intelligence as dolphins and non-human primates and they can feel grief, make music, show compassion and kindness, mother one another’s infants, play, use tools, and recognize themselves in mirrors.

When some of the elephants exited the pool, they used their trunks to throw dirt on their backs.

“Dad, what are they doing?” Ben asked.

“Putting on sunscreen,” I said.

The boys giggled.

The zookeeper continued to lecture, but we tuned him out and focused solely on the elephants as the great gray wrinkly creatures with the small dark eyes and long eyelashes and formidable, floppy ears shaped like the African continent bobbed and swayed in the hot July afternoon. Perhaps the boys’ minds wandered briefly to Babar, one of their favorite books about an anthropomorphized elephant, just as mine may have flashed briefly upon the proverbial elephant in the room at home, but our thoughts quickly returned to the magnificent elephants and our simple but immense male joy.

MEET THE AUTHOR


Allen Long was born in New York City and grew up in Arlington, Virginia. He holds a B.A. in journalism from Virginia Tech, an M.A. in fiction writing from Hollins University, and an M.F.A. in fiction writing from the University of Arizona. He has been an assistant editor at Narrative Magazine since 2007, and his fiction and memoirs have appeared in a wide variety of literary magazines. He lives with his wife near San Francisco.

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