A Thousand Rooms by Helen Jones

A Thousand Rooms

Title: A Thousand Rooms

Author: Helen Jones

Publisher: Self Published

Date of publication: October 20th, 2016

Genre: General Fiction, Women’s Fiction

Number of pages: 270

POV: 1st person

Where you can find A Thousand Rooms: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

You don’t wake up expecting to die… 

Katie is thirty-two, single, and used to work in advertising. She’s also dead. A lost soul hitching rides with the dying, trying to find her way to… wherever she’s supposed to be. 

And whoever she’s supposed to be with. 

Heaven, it seems, has a thousand rooms. What will it take to find hers?

Trigger Warning: None

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To Save His Child (Into the Storm: Book 1) by Margaret Watson

To Save His Child (Into the Storm, #1)

Title: To Save His Child

Author: Margaret Watson

Publisher: Dragonfly Press

Date of publication: June 2nd, 2017 (originally published in 1996)

Genre: Romance

POV: 3rd person

Series: Into The Storm

To Save His Child – Book 1

An Innocent Man – Book 2

An Honorable Man – Book 3

The Dark Side of the Moon – Book 4

Family on the RunBook 5

Where you can find To Save His Child: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Caine O’Roarke regretted vanishing into thin air and leaving Lexie Hollister asleep in his bed – but he had no choice. The mercenary had been called in for an urgent mission in the middle of the night. He’d miss Lexie, but the former Seal told himself that he and Lexie would both get over it. They’d been completely wrong for each other – in all but one way. 

Eleven months later, when Lexie’s father asks Caine to rescue his daughter from the civil war in San Rafael, he barely recognizes Lexie. The former party girl has grown up, and she’s the only nurse in a small village. And she has a child. His child. 

Will Caine be able to save the woman he hasn’t been able to forget? Will Lexie be able to forgive him for disappearing? And will they be able to survive the jungle and figure out how to create a family?

Trigger Warning: None

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Double the College Experience by Sara Raynott

Double the College Experience

Title: Double The College Experience

Author: Sara Raynott

Publisher: Unknown

Date of publication: June 3rd, 2017

Genre: Erotica

Number of pages: 20

POV: 1st person

Where you can find Double the College Experience: Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

When Sean, my high school sweetheart, breaks up with me, I have no idea why. He claims to want the full college experience. 

When I meet Brad, he is more than happy to show me what that means. But, he has a bigger surprise in store for me when he introduces me to his roommate, Nick.

Trigger Warning: None

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Everything We Keep (Everything We Keep: Book 1) by Kerry Lonsdale

Everything We Keep (Everything We Keep #1)

Title: Everything We Keep

Author: Kerry Lonsdale

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Date of publication: August 1st, 2016

Genre: General Fiction, Women’s Fiction

Number of pages: 306

POV: 1st person

Series: Everything We Keep

Everything We Keep – Book 1

Everything We Left Behind – Book 2

Where you can find Everything We Keep: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

A luminous début with unexpected twists, Everything We Keep explores the devastation of loss, the euphoria of finding love again, and the pulse-racing repercussions of discovering the truth about the ones we hold dear and the lengths they will go to protect us.

Sous chef Aimee Tierney has the perfect recipe for the perfect life: marry her childhood sweetheart, raise a family, and buy out her parents’ restaurant. But when her fiancé, James Donato, vanishes in a boating accident, her well-baked future is swept out to sea. Instead of walking down the aisle on their wedding day, Aimee is at James’s funeral—a funeral that leaves her more unsettled than at peace.

As Aimee struggles to reconstruct her life, she delves deeper into James’s disappearance. What she uncovers is an ocean of secrets that make her question everything about the life they built together. And just below the surface is a truth that may set Aimee free…or shatter her forever.

Trigger Warning: Death

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Once A Hero: Diaries of a Space Marine by Watson Davis

Once A Hero: Diaries of a Space Marine by [Davis, Watson]

Title: Once A Hero

Author: Watson Davis

Publisher: Unknown

Date of publication: January 10th 2015

Genre: Science Fiction

Number of pages: 56

POV: 3rd person

Where you can find Once A Hero: Amazon

Book Synopsis (from Amazon):

Paroled from military prison, Dorothea wants to kick back and become a regular citizen with a regular job but the wrong people remember who she is, what she’s done, and who she’s killed.

Those people want her dead, and they’re willing to pay.

Welcome to the first novella in the Diaries of a Space Marine military science fiction series, a rousing tale of a warrior who’s trying to fit in.

Buy this book and start the adventure.

My review:

I really enjoyed reading Once A Hero. While short, it was full of action and science fiction (hello, on a different plant) with a main character that I didn’t know if I wanted to feel bad for, strangle her or a combination of both.

Not a lot of background is given about Dorothea, just that she was in jail for war crimes and that she was hated by the population. So when she was paroled, I knew that trouble was going to follow her and oh boy did it.

I really can’t go into the book except that it does get interesting when she is released. People are out to get her and she literally cannot go anywhere without someone attacking her. Which explains why she did what she did later in the book. Heck, I would have done the same thing.

For it being a short story, I felt that the author did do a great job with letting me get to know Dorothea. I also liked that he set up for the other book. How he did that, I really can’t say (will be giving away a major reveal in the plot).

I am very interested in seeing how the other book pans out. Because of Dorothea’s choices.

This would be a perfect book for the beach, pool or sitting out back with your kids during summer vacation (guess where I read Once A Hero….lol).

How many stars will I give Once A Hero: 4

Why: Short but good. Makes you need to read the next book.

Will I reread: Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes

Age range: Adult

Why: Violence and language

**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**

A Guy, a Girl and a Voodoo Monkey Hand by D.I. Jolly

A Guy, a Girl and a Voodoo Monkey Hand

Title: A Guy, a Girl and a Voodoo Monkey Hand

Author: D.I. Jolly

Publisher: Raider Publishing International

Date of publication: August 20th, 2010

Genre: Mystery, Humor

Number of pages: 260

POV: 1st person

Where you can find A Guy, a Girl and a Voodoo Monkey Hand: Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

A quirky tongue-and-cheek story about a detective with a difference, and it’s not his caffeine addiction or his strange collection of friends. Through the course of three cases, Jones P.I. starts to discover that maybe he doesn’t know everything about life, love, and everything. Syn Island a man-made island created as a maximum security prison when left for a few generations becomes one of the world’s strongest economies, exporting brain power and work ethic. Now, it’s a city like any other filled with jazz, crime mobsters, and dark alleyways, and it lends itself to a few night-time adventures. Like all good detective stories, this one starts with a woman in a red dress, and as we follow our hero through a strange maze of misunderstandings, mistresses, and bars we start to learn that a little bit of crazy is what will keep you sane on the streets of Syn Island. And then, of course, there’s Jeff…

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Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith by Shaun Hume

Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith

Title: Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith

Author: Shaun Hume

Publisher: Popcorn & Rice Publishing

Date of publication: July 31st, 2013 (Original publication date: October  31st, 2012)

Genre: Fantasy

POV: 3rd person

Where you can find Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith: Barnes and Nobles | Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Ewan Pendle was weird. Really weird. At least, that’s what everyone told him. Then again, being able to see monsters that no one else could wasn’t exactly normal …

Thinking he has been moved off to live with his eleventh foster family, Ewan is instead told he is a Lenitnes, one of an ancient race of peoples who can alone see the real ‘Creatures’ which inhabit the earth. He is taken in by Enola, the mysterious sword carrying Grand Master of Firedrake Lyceum, a labyrinth of halls and rooms in the middle of London where other children, just like Ewan, go to learn the ways of the Creatures.

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