Update About Impending Hiatus & Comic Con!

As many of you may know, NYCC (New York Comic Con) is just around the corner, and I’m basically spending this week getting ready to head out on my yearly adventure. 🤩 With that being said, I’m not gonna be able to post much until after NYCC is over (so, I’m looking at maybe next Monday-ish? or unless I actually have a free moment to myself over this exciting weekend),

I also haven’t read anything new recently either, so that’s another reason why this hiatus is forthcoming. /fail oTL There’s also a whole lotta extra chaos around me in the home life too, which has things quite precariously hanging by a thread. (No, I won’t go into that, but just know I’m managing as best I can with everything.)

Honestly I wasn’t sure I’d be able to go this year. Money’s been tight and the home front has been crazy for awhile, but I decided “Fuck it! This is LITERALLY the ONE THING I look forward to each year. I’m going. I’m having fun. I’m enjoying myself and I’m coming back with TONS of material and free stuff to make the post-NYCC blues more bearable and to share with you guys.”

That’s just been the mindset and it’s not going anywhere. It’s just not.

Life might be trying to screw me over left and right, but I’m NOT letting it take away my joy. Fuck that shit in every language. 😤

But anyway, what I think I WILL do because it’s simple and doesn’t take much time is share with you guys my daily music choices, if y’all are interested in that stuff, and maybe who I’m hoping to meet, interview, or come across over my 4-Day extravaganza!

More on that tomorrow, probably… or later tonight. We’ll see.

In the meantime, comment below if anyone else is going to NYCC?! I’m not usually one to have meetups or anything (I like being a ghost 🤣) but I’d actually be pretty curious to meet some of you IRL.

Archive of books I’ve read for #NEWTSREADATHON2019

Click on the covers for more info on each book title I read, including: DATE COMPLETED and the SUBJECT, PASSING GRADE, CAREER, & READING PROMPT each title applied towards.

I also (eventually) plan to add a little review to each title or simply link to any review I’ve already made of the title if it’s a re-read and I’ve already reviewed it here on Reckless Indulgence!

Also check out these posts for more on my N.E.W.T.S. journey:

[Reckless Beat & SOTD] AURORA – Forgotten Love

RECKLESS BEATS is a musical feature where I incorporate a little music into this bookish blog.

Welcome back to another episode of Reckless Beats~



As you can well see from the title, I’m still on an AURORA binge, so here’s some more. Hope you enjoy! XD

Today’s feature song is FORGOTTEN LOVE, both studio and live performance versions. I honestly have to say that BOTH as stunning and I can’t choose which one I enjoy listening to more. The live performance is more subdued than the original studio production, but it still has SUCH musicality and profound depth that I just wail at how GOOD THIS OTHERWORLDLY BEING IS.


Listen and see for yourself…

Forgotten Love (Live Performance)

Forgotten Love (studio version)



Can you tell if I’m cold?
If I’m out of daydreams?
If I lose what is loved
Will a new love awake me?
I am touched by wonder
When I’m blind in the dark

But you drown me in daylight
Don’t swim with me darling
I prefer the sound of you
When you are away

If I am left with a rose in my hand, let it die
It’s the beauty in forgotten love
And I don’t care if you don’t understand why I cry
It’s the beauty in forgotten love

I forget how emotions dance when they aren’t inside of me
I forget how the sun feels when she isn’t around me
And my dreams become sweeter when something is missing
I’m in love with the hunt itself
It makes me feel alive, alive

If I am left with a rose in my hand, let it die
It’s the beauty in forgotten love
And I don’t care if you don’t understand why I cry
It’s the beauty in forgotten love

Reslianna Faresuu
Hongaaah firlessiranna
Faressu hongaaah
Firelessinaniree suranna
Rukireee rukireee
Resilanna faresuu
Firelessina firelessina firelessina

I release my body and there is no ghost of you inside my mind
I am moving on and thank God you let me try
You are the reason I can dance
Within a fire of goodbyes, of goodbyes
I can lie in a dark room without the feeling that I’m lonely
Oh, (it’s the beauty in forgotten love)

If I am left with a rose in my hand, let it die
It’s the beauty in forgotten love
And I don’t care if you don’t understand why I cry
It’s the beauty in forgotten love
Oh, oh, oh, oh, ah (it’s the beauty in forgotten love)
Oh, oh, oh, oh, ah (it’s the beauty in forgotten love)

[Reckless Beat & SOTD] AURORA – Apple Tree & The Seed

RECKLESS BEATS is a musical feature where I incorporate a little music into this bookish blog.

Welcome back to another episode of Reckless Beats~ Been awhile, huh? oTL Sorry ’bout that…

Anyway, I’m featuring the wonderful and eccentric AURORA today! She’s… literally, like if Björk and Luna Lovegood had a child together. xD I’m not kidding. Just watch this interview with NME if you don’t believe me:

The two songs I’ve been ABSOLUTELY IN LOVE WITH since hearing them a few weeks ago is Apple Tree and The Seed, two very different, but deeply connected pieces, artistically woven to tell a story… OUR story… the human story.

I hope as you listen to these songs, they fill you with wonder and maybe cause you to look at the world just a little differently the next time you bother to actually stop, pause, and SEE.

First up is: Apple Tree

Second up: The Seed



All of my life I’ve been hunting
I’ve been a girl, I’ve been a boy
Digging my feet into the ground, like an apple tree
Wanting to live with a purpose
Skin is a word, love is not a sin
People are bad, people are good
Just like the moon is a stone
But it’s a star when it’s dark and now she’s hiding
If you’ve seen where the heart is, you’ve seen it’s color
If I ever knew how we could guide it
I would take care of its children, become their mother
If I ever knew how we could hide it, hide it
(Ah ah)
Let her save the world, she is just a girl
Let him save the world, he is just a boy
Let her save the world, she is just a girl
Let him save the world, he is just a boy
Hunger is quiet if you do it right
Hunter is loud and predictable, scaring away every prey
So they’re gone before the hunter arrives
Would you be kind to put away the sword
You cannot cut away what we’ve got
You cannot kill what we are
We are not here in physical form
You’ve seen where the knife is, its dark location
If I ever knew how we could guide it
I will cut into our anger, make your emotion
If I ever knew how we could hide it, hide it
(Ah ah)
Let her save the world, she is just a girl
Let him save the world, he is just a boy
Let her save the world, she is just a girl
Let him save the world, he is just a boy
Ah, ah
Oh, oh
Ah, ah
Can we carry the weight of mortality? (Oh, oh)
The explosions around you is your symphony
Let her save the world, she is just a girl
(Oh, oh) Let him save the world, he is just a boy
(Ah, ah) Let her save the world, she is just a girl
(Oh, oh) Let him save the world, he is just a boy



Just like the seed
I don’t know where to go
Through dirt and shadow, I grow
I’m reaching light through the struggle
Just like the seed
I’m chasing the wonder
I unravel myself
All in slow motion
You cannot eat money, oh no
You cannot eat money, oh no
When the last tree has fallen
And the rivers are poisoned
You cannot eat money, oh no
You cannot eat money, oh no
You cannot eat money, oh no
When the last tree has fallen
And the rivers are poisoned
You cannot eat money, oh no
Oh no
Suffocate me
So my tears can be rain
I will water the ground where I stand
So the flowers can grow back again
‘Cause just like the seed
Everything wants to live
We are burning our fingers
But we learn and forgive
You cannot eat money, oh no
You cannot eat money, oh no
When the last tree has fallen
And the rivers are poisoned
You cannot eat money, oh no
You cannot eat money, oh no
You cannot eat money, oh no
When the last tree has fallen
And the rivers are poisoned
You cannot eat money, oh no
Oh no
Feed me sunlight, feed me air
In a place where nothing matters
Feed me truth and feed me prayer (dancing around a shooting star)
And every cell remembers
Feed me sunlight, feed me air (that have taken us this far)
I see images of killer whales
Feed me truth and feed me prayers (sleeping in a desert trail)
Dreaming of a parallel world where nothing ever hurts
Dreaming of a parallel world where nothing ever hurts
You cannot eat money, oh no
You cannot eat money, oh no
When the last tree has fallen
And the rivers are poisoned
You cannot eat money, oh no
You cannot eat money, oh no
You cannot eat money, oh no
When the last tree has fallen
And the rivers are poisoned
You cannot eat money, oh no
Oh no

I hate hiatuses… 8D

Hi peeps. How are you doing? Is life treating you well? Do you want to cry? Do you want to laugh? Do you want to scream?

(Honestly, do you. I’m not judging. I’m pretty much at my wits end too, so yeah. I’m HERE WITH YOU IN SPIRIT 🖤 🖤 🖤 )

So, really short and uninspired post, but basically it’s to let you guys know I’m going to try posting SOMETHING today. Maybe in a couple hours.

Since today’s Monday and that means Reckless Beats, you’ll definitely have some new music to jam out to very soon. I promise. xD

Not sure when I’ll get back to posting some book reviews and bookish things, but I’ll at least TRY to keep this blog going until things calm down on my end.

Until then, my lovelies. Stay strong! Keep calm and read on! 💛

Hey Guys! I’m Sorta-ish Back!! (Extended Hiatus + Slightly Personal Post)

Hullo my lovelies~ I am returned!

I’ll get straight to the point though. You probably won’t see any posts from me for a little while because of just SO MUCH going on in my life right now. I was supposed to start HauntoberFest before I went away for NYCC… THAT didn’t happen. I wanted to create my own version of Inktober (but with books instead…) but that… ehhhhhh… will probably be postponed to the middle till the end of the month. Day in day out, I am finding myself not having enough hours in the day to come up with new content for you all, and for that I’m sincerely sorry. 😔 I will try to make a really great Post!NYCC entry for you guys as soon as things settle down on my end and I’m over certain traumas associated with my otherwise wonderful weekend.

What I can say for now, is that NYCC was SUPER fun and amazing this year, while also being SUPER wrought with drama and stupidity and strife that no one really needed nor wanted but still happened regardless. I won’t go into details but it would appear a longtime friend and I may no longer be friends after all this, which quite frankly is annoying as fuck but what can you do about it? I’m not going to apologize or beg or try to justify my actions, nor am I going to put up with their bullshit either just because we’re supposed to be “friends”. That relationship is a two-way street, one that they’ve conveniently chosen to ignore or push aside when I thought I could open up about some of the shit I’m going through right now (and even other times before). And they wonder why I’m so damned secretive and such and barely open up. Maybe it’s because—as they’ve proven—no one would believe me, or even if they did they’d try to downplay my suffering and say it can’t possibly be as bad as I say or that I’m lying.

I honestly don’t need that sort of twisted relationship in my life, so if they want to end it… fine. I don’t really get attached to people anyway, as I’ve seen they just let you down—but when you meet some who are there for you and just “get it” without needing explaining or cajoling… it’s really wonderful.

But anyway! Enough of that! I don’t have the time to be concerned with any of this. The shitfest that is my life right now is certainly not waiting around for me to get over or deal with any of this, so I just gotta keep moving, keep doing what needs to be done!

And I have SOOOOO much to do, it isn’t even funny. 😭😭😭😭😭

With that being said, I think I’ll say adieu for now and hopefully see you all soon!

Wish me luck! 😤 I hope all of you stay well and continue reading~


Today is National Poetry Day!

As children, one of the first poems we learn starts out, “Roses are red/Violets are blue…” Even as children, poetry causes us to pause and bask in the beauty of language. National Poetry Day occurs annually in the U.K. and Ireland on a Thursday in late September or early October. This year’s events are set for October 3 and focus on the theme of change. Admittedly, poetry is different things to different people. It can be whimsical or angry, sensitive or quiet. Most of all, poetry is most effective when read out loud for others to share.

National Poetry Day Activities

  1. Attend a poetry workshop National Poetry Day presents poets in unusual settings. You can attend a “Poetry as Therapy” group or be part of a “Poems in the Kitchen” setting while sipping a cup of tea and munching a scone. Libraries, bookshops, hospitals, and public transit are all preparing events to excite everyone about the fun of poetry.
  2. Take the stage How about belting out a poem during Poetry Karaoke? National Poetry Day has a plethora of activities for those who want to do more than sit quietly on the sidelines. Take a number and spit your poem during a poetry slam. A song is merely a poem set to music so try that too.
  3. Involve the children One of the big goals of the National Poetry Day events is to expose young people to the power of poetry. Both reading and writing poetry are creative ways to involve children early in literature. National Poetry Day makes it cool to hang out in the library for a day of activities centered on the spoken word. Organize or attend the various children’s literary festivals that are in store.

More Activities

  1. Write poetry
  2. Read some famous classic poets.
  3. Read some famous modern poets.
  4. Copy favourite poems and place them in odd places throughout your day: in the lunchroom, on a desk, at the supermarket, at the car wash. Spread a little poetry around for the day. You might brighten or enlighten someone’s day!

[Reckless Beat & SOTD] Coldplay’s The Scientist

RECKLESS BEATS is a musical feature where I incorporate a little music into this bookish blog.

Welcome back to another episode of Reckless Beats!

Today we have a Coldplay song… The Scientist! A song close and dear to me for… so many ridiculous reasons, it’s almost too upsetting to say.



Come up to meet you
Tell you I’m sorry
You don’t know how lovely you are
I had to find you
Tell you I need you
Tell you I set you apart
Tell me your secrets
And ask me your questions
Oh let’s go back to the start
Running in circles, coming up tails
Heads on a science apart
Nobody said it was easy
It’s such a shame for us to part
Nobody said it was easy
No one ever said it would be this hard
Oh take me back to the start
I was just guessing at numbers and figures
Pulling your puzzles apart
Questions of science, science and progress
Do not speak as loud as my heart
Tell me you love me
Come back and haunt me
Oh and I rush to the start
Running in circles, chasing our tails
Coming back as we are
Nobody said it was easy
Oh it’s such a shame for us to part
Nobody said it was easy
No one ever said it would be so hard
I’m going back to the start

meet the blogger : issue #9 (Banned Books)

It’s been a while since I did one of these, but I figured I’d answer some questions regarding Banned Books in lieu of Banned Books Week just ending.

“Rules” are as follows:

MEET THE BLOGGER is a new feature I’m doing here on Reckless Indulgence to allow readers to get to know their bloggers (and, for me, mostly to pass the time). I always do a lot of surveys/meme-quiz things and then never post them anywhere. I figured, it would be fun to have a little section on my blog just for that purpose! Sometimes the questions will be specifically related to the topic of this blog. Other times… not so much.

This is more an exercise for me to try socializing with others than anything else. XD An avenue for discussion, if you will. You can definitely run with this meme on your own blogs. I have no problem whatsoever with that and would enjoy seeing your answers to the questions I post and answer myself! Just tag your post  with the words: MEET THE BLOGGER and then link back to any of my meet the blogger posts so I can see what you wrote!


meet the blogger: banned books

1. Do you or have you knowingly read banned or challenged books, and what are your thoughts on them?

I have knowingly AND unknowingly read banned and challenged books from since I was quite little (often unbeknownst to my parents xD). Naturally, since I read them quite often, I am drawn to the topics and material within them. Often political, controversial, alternative, or “other”… these are the things that speak to me, that I have always been able to identify with and find camaraderie in, particularly in a world so bent on casting aside or breaking the different, unique, strange, or nonconforming. I found solace in characters who were different from the “supposed” norm, who loved differently, acted differently to how society demanded they act, forged their own paths, and made their own decisions even if it left them seemingly alone in the world or on opposite sides to all they’ve ever known.

Books like this are NEEDED because were it not for them, I would honestly believe I was the only one in the world who felt this way, who THOUGHT this way, who WAS BORN this way. Because that’s what society and tradition and most religions wants you to believe. 

I NEEDED these books to keep me from doing something stupid and ending it all, because half the time I couldn’t imagine living in a world so bent on hating anything that didn’t “fit in” or “was like everybody else”. I needed to know that even if I’ve never met these authors or these (fictional) people in these books, that SOMEONE… SOMEWHERE came up with the idea, or felt the way these characters felt, or experienced situations (even if it was just in their heads) like what they depicted in their books. I NEEDED to know that I wasn’t alone. 

Were it not for many of these banned and challenged books, I’d think I really was as alone as everyone tried to make me out to believe. So I am FOREVER grateful and thankful to these books and will always advocate for them and proudly voice my opinion on why such books are NECESSARY and VITAL and LIFE-CHANGING (life SAVING).

2. What is your favourite banned book?

Gods… that’s bloody difficult. I don’t think I have a FAVOURITE, namely because practically all the books I read are or would be banned/challenged/etc. and I love all my books so there. xD

I could list off some that I love, but then this post would get godawful long.

3. Have you ever gotten into an argument regarding a banned or challenged book, and if you did, how did you handle it?

Several times. xD Sometimes I can handle it well, other times I literally want to punch someone in the face. Especially if the words “I’ve never read the book, BUT I’VE HEARD–” comes out of their mouth. I swear TO THE UNIVERSE, if you say you want a book banned and you HAVEN’T EVEN READ THE DAMNED THING— FLJANFLDNLKDNGALDNAKLNGL

4. Are you an advocate for banning books?

Absolutely not. I may not agree with all works published by all people, but I do not advocate for the banning or censoring of books.

5. Have you ever read a banned book that you actually AGREE should be banned or at least hated the content within it?

To be honest, I try not to read books I KNOW ahead of time will be bad or have a negative impact on my mind. “You are what you read, what you see, what you surround yourself with,” after all. On such books, I simply have no opinion on because I haven’t read them. However, I have been surprised by some titles because I didn’t know going into it that it would support topics or political agendas I find unseemly. 

With that in mind, there are a couple books I have read knowingly full-well what they were about or at least what people have said about them, simply out of curiosity or to be better informed. One such book was Mein Kampf, the 1925 autobiographical manifesto by Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler. Though I knew going into it what it was about, there were aspects of it that were truly surprising to me, and — had this been an apocalyptic sci-fi or something — I even found quite interesting at times.

But do I agree with its contents? Do I promote it? ABSOLUTELY NOT.

Do I think it should be banned? Ehhh… that’s a touchy topic.

On the one hand, I absolutely do not think it should be PROMOTED, but I think in a scholarly setting it needs to be studied and dissected. I think human beings as a whole do not learn from their past which is why they are so doomed to repeat it. They would rather bury something unpleasant or unseemly, rather than study it and make the necessary corrections or implementations to ensure it doesn’t happen again. I honestly believe that if Mein Kampf were just to be buried and no one talked about it, no one KNEW about it, someone else in the future will emulate it or re-imagine it again and we could have the same horrific events occur to another group of people, nationality, ethnicity, or social class.

So do I think it should be BANNED… no. I think it needs to exist and not be buried because I think no one would like to see a repeat of past events happen to future generations simply because no one remembers or learned of the atrocities committed against humanity.

6. Have you ever considered writing a book you KNOW would become banned or at least challenged?

I have. In fact, several books sitting on my perpetual WIP would DEFINITELY fit the bill for any number of reasons. I think the only reason the ones I’ve already published HAVEN’T been banned is because they were are geared towards an ADULT audience. If they were YA books (which, I mean, they actually kinda are) I think every parent, judge, and child protection agency would be ALL OVER and banning left and right. So… yeah… >___>;;

7. Do you think censoring should be allowed in books?


This is one I’m QUITE adamant on. 


If you wanna try banning the book… FINE. I don’t agree with you and will fight you over this fact till my last dying breath… BUT FINE. Try to ban the book.


I don’t even care if it’s something horrible and nasty and truly EVIL. 


You wanna know why?

Because if you censor out the “bad parts”, then you turn a “bad book” into a “good or at least decent book” AKA YOU CHANGE THE MEANING OF THE BOOK.

I mean… could you imagine someone censoring Mein Kampf and making it out to seem demure or “not as bad as it really is”?


People — TO THIS DAY — would be going around saying how Hilter DIDN’T want to kill the Jews or he was only trying to make life better for them by putting them “with their own kind” or… oh my freakin‘ god, COULD YOU EVEN IMAGINE?!

THAT’S what happens when you censor.

You change the author’s meaning in order to make it out to be “not so bad” or “not so graphic” or “not so sexual” or “not so vulgar” when in fact, IT IS.

So, censoring?

yeah that's gonna be a no from me dawg

[Banned/Challenged Book] The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

For this week, I’m featuring a banned, challenged, or censored book each day of the week alongside your regularly scheduled line-up!

The Perks of Being A Wallflower

MTV Books
Pub Date  February 1999
Genres     YA, Fiction, Contemporary


Now in a special edition to mark the twentieth anniversary of a beloved cult classic! Read the #1 New York Times bestselling coming-of-age story that takes a sometimes heartbreaking, often hysterical, and always honest look at high school in all its glory. Also a major motion picture starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a funny, touching, and haunting modern classic.

The critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

A #1 New York Times best seller for more than a year, an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults (2000) and Best Book for Reluctant Readers (2000), and with millions of copies in print, this novel for teen readers (or “wallflowers” of more-advanced age) will make you laugh, cry, and perhaps feel nostalgic for those moments when you, too, tiptoed onto the dance floor of life.


Drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “date rape and masturbation”


An absolute favourite of mine!

Although I won’t lie, this book is a hard one to get through sometimes… but for it to be “banned” seems ridiculous to me. Challenged… eh, ok. I’ll give it that. But banned? Yikes!


What do you guys think? Have you read this one? What were your thoughts on it and does the challenges brought upon it stand or are wildly exaggerated?

[FRIDAY FREEBIES – NIGHT 7] Free Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Books

Friday Freebies is a Friday Night feature I host here on Reckless Indulgence, where I showcase anywhere between 5 to 10 FREE E-BOOKS that I’ve recently come across online. I try to group them into categories, genre, or type – but sometimes it’s a mixed bag.

And just to be clear:

I haven’t read them (yet). I don’t know if they’re good or bad.
I’m only providing a reference for any free books I find in genres I like.


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POLAR BEAR DAWN: A DETECTIVE BERNADETTE CALLAHAN MYSTERY (Detective Bernadette Callahan of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Book 1)

by Lyle Nicholson

Red Cuillin Publishing
Pub Date  October 25, 2013
Genres     Mystery, Fiction

Google Play
Amazon / Kindle


Murders happen. But not with employees of the same company in Oil Camps in the high Arctic and Northern Canada. Two detectives, one from Alaska and one from Canada are given the case. They find the murders are connected. Now, they have to work together to find out why the victims were silenced. What secrets did their deaths conceal?

Frank Mueller, the Alaskan Detective is close to retirement. He’s been through three marriages and two stints in rehab. He is on probation with the force. He knows the Anchorage Police department has given him this case because they don’t want it investigated fully and there’s no booze in the Arctic oil camps.

Bernadette Callahan, the Canadian Detective, is in her mid thirties with a lot to prove on the force. She is Cree Indian and Irish, raised on a native reservation in Northern Canada. She’s been ingrained with the ways of the ‘people,’ by her grandmother that have given her instincts.  Her instincts tell her there is something more than four dead people—someone is settling a score. The real crime will happen soon.

The oil companies think the deaths are bad for publicity they want them solved quickly. The detectives are under pressure to come up with a verdict they know is wrong.

Callahan begins to unravel a series of unlikely suspects. A Chemistry Professor with a grudge against big oil, a Mexican low life gangster and Wall Street Executives. How are they connected?

Something is about to happen to oil supplies in the Arctic. The two Detectives can sense it. They know it’s real—can they convince others to act?

This novel is the first in Bernadette Callahan Detective Mystery/Thriller series. A female detective in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, where being a hardheaded woman who uses her instincts is not always welcome.


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ONCE GONE (a Riley Paige Mystery Book 1)

by Blake Pierce

Amazon Digital Services LLC
Pub Date  December 10, 2015
Genres     Mystery, Serial Killers, Murder, Psychological Thrillers

Google Play
Amazon / Kindle


Women are turning up dead in the rural outskirts of Virginia, killed in grotesque ways, and when the FBI is called in, they are stumped. A serial killer is out there, his frequency increasing, and they know there is only one agent good enough to crack this case: Special Agent Riley Paige.

Riley is on paid leave herself, recovering from her encounter with her last serial killer, and, fragile as she is, the FBI is reluctant to tap her brilliant mind. Yet Riley, needing to battle her own demons, comes on board, and her hunt leads her through the disturbing subculture of doll collectors, into the homes of broken families, and into the darkest canals of the killer’s mind. As Riley peels back the layers, she realizes she is up against a killer more twisted than she could have imagined. In a frantic race against time, she finds herself pushed to her limit, her job on the line, her own family in danger, and her fragile psyche collapsing.

Yet once Riley Paige takes on a case, she will not quit. It obsesses her, leading her to the darkest corners of her own mind, blurring the lines between hunter and hunted. After a series of unexpected twists, her instincts lead her to a shocking climax that even Riley could not have imagined.

A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, ONCE GONE marks the debut of a riveting new series—and a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night.



RETRIBUTION: A PARANORMAL THRILLER (Psychic Detective Kate Pierce Crime Thriller Series Book 1)

by C.M. Sutter

Amazon Digital Services LLC
Pub Date  October 25, 2018
Genres     Psychic, Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Mystery, Crime

Amazon / Kindle


The violent drug-related murders of two prominent attorneys have the homicide division of the Chicago Police Department scrambling for answers, but without clues, a motive, or a suspect, not even the FBI can track down the killer.
With the media demanding an arrest and at their wits’ end, the Chicago Police Department makes an urgent call to the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office in hopes of bringing in Kate Pierce, a psychic detective, on the case. A reluctant Kate agrees only when word comes that Jesse McCord, a new friend and top-notch Chicago homicide detective, has gone missing.
Partnered with Detective Henry Johnson of Chicago’s homicide division, Kate goes on the hunt for the killer, armed with clues from her revealing dreams—and her dogged determination. As they inch closer to locating Jesse and learning the identity of the suspect, they realize the killer may be much closer than they think.

* All books are standalone stories but since characters carry over, they are best read in chronological order.

Start at the beginning of the Monroe Sisters’ world with Maniacal. Find all of the books leading up to the Kate Pierce Crime Thriller Series listed in order below.

The Detective Jade Monroe Crime Thriller Series
#1 Maniacal
#2 Captive
#3 Fallacy
#4 Premonition
#5 Exposed

Note: The Jade Monroe FBI Thriller books follow on the heels of the conclusion of Exposed, Book 5, in the Detective Jade Monroe Crime Thriller Series.

The Agent Jade Monroe FBI Thriller Series
#1 Snapped
#2 Justified
#3 Donors
#4 Leverage
#5 Malice

Note: The Amber Monroe Crime Thriller books follow on the heels of the conclusion of Malice, Book 5, in the Agent Jade Monroe FBI Thriller Series.

The Amber Monroe Crime Thriller Series
#1 Greed
#2 Avenged
#3 Vendetta
#4 Atrocity
#5 Travesty

Note: The Psychic Detective Kate Pierce Crime Thriller Series follows on the heels of the conclusion of Travesty, Book 5, in the Amber Monroe Crime Thriller Series.

The Psychic Detective Kate Pierce Crime Thriller Series
#1 Retribution
#2 Imperious
#3 Deranged
#4 Beguiled
#5 Diabolical


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FREE TO KILL (Katie Freeman Mysteries Book 1)

by Julie Mellon

Amazon Digital Services LLC
Pub Date  December 9, 2014
Genres     Serial Killers, Murder, Women Sleuths,

Amazon / Kindle


FBI Agent Katie Freeman’s life has been upended. After being reassigned from Louisiana to middle Tennessee, her new bosses suspect that her reassignment is due to an indiscretion with her previous partner. Now, she and her new partner, Michael Powell, are asked to assist on the bewildering case of a woman who was kidnapped, tortured and left for dead on her own front porch. Before they can make any headway, a second woman disappears. As the number of missing women rises, Katie and Michael must work to figure out how the women are being abducted and where they are being held. Will they be too late to save the latest woman?

Complicating matters even further is a cold case left behind by Michael’s former partner. Who murdered Henry Stephens twenty-six years ago? What happened to Henry’s wife? And why does one of the suspects act like he knows Katie?


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GONE THE NEXT (Roy Ballard Mysteries Book 1)

by Ben Rehder

Amazon Digital Services LLC
Pub Date   September 15, 2012
Genres     Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

Amazon / Kindle


Meet Roy Ballard, freelance videographer with a knack for catching insurance cheats. He’s working a routine case, complete with hours of tedious surveillance, when he sees something that shakes him to the core. There, with the subject, is a little blond girl wearing a pink top and denim shorts—the same outfit worn by Tracy Turner, a six-year-old abducted the day before. When the police are skeptical of Ballard’s report—and with his history, who can blame them?—it’s the beginning of the most important case of his life.