[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
Goodreads


Description

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.


REASON FOR BEING
BANNED OR CHALLENGED

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

INITIAL REACTION

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!

DISCUSS

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’M NOT ENDORSING THESE BOOKS.
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

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


FIND IT FOR FREE HERE:
Google Play
Amazon / Kindle


Description

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

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


FIND IT FOR FREE HERE:
Google Play
Amazon / Kindle


Description

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.


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

by C.M. Sutter

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


FIND IT FOR FREE HERE:
Amazon / Kindle


Description

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

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


FIND IT FOR FREE HERE:
Amazon / Kindle


Description

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

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


FIND IT FOR FREE HERE:
Amazon / Kindle


Description

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.


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[Banned/Challenged Book] I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings (authors) & Shelagh McNicholas (illustrator)

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



i am jazz

Dial Books
Pub Date   September 4th 2014
Genres     Children’s Picture Books, LGBT+/QUILTBAG+, Nonfiction, Biography
Goodreads


Description

The story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for transkids everywhere.

From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl’s brain in a boy’s body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn’t feel like herself in boys’ clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way. Jazz’s story is based on her real-life experience and she tells it in a simple, clear way that will be appreciated by picture book readers, their parents, and teachers.


REASON FOR BEING
BANNED OR CHALLENGED

This autobiographical picture book co-written by the 13-year-old protagonist was challenged because it addresses gender identity.

INITIAL REACTION

Loved that a book like this was made, but had SOO MANY ISSUES WITH THIS ONE… and NONE OF THEM ARE BECAUSE JAZZ IS TRANS.

Main two issues I had was that JAZZ IS NOT WHITE. WHY IS SHE DEPICTED AS WHITE IN THE BOOK?! She’s Jewish, and yes, I know Jewish people come in all skin colors… but Jazz’s skintone is NOT white.

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her skin is clearly bronzed or light brown or tanned or something. THERE IS COLOR TO HER SKIN, OK?! My biggest issue is that this book is supposed to be biographical account of her early life and the cover LITERALLY SHOWS A LITTLE WHITE GIRL with not a hint of bronze or color or anything to her skintone. I mean… what the hell did this book need the whitewashing for? WHY?????

Secondly, I really didn’t like the reinforcing of the gender binary and gender stereotypes throughout the book (things like “girl clothes” and “boy body”). I understand that the book was made for kids to understand, but that’s just the problem. If you continue to teach kids from since young that there was “boy clothes” and “girl clothes”, you continue to enforce the problem, especially for kids who don’t feel like the clothes suit who they are inside. I know I definitely had that problem growing up. It was unbelievably frustrating to be herded towards a section of the store for my assigned sex when I wanted nothing more than to head over to where the “cool clothes” were on the other side of the aisle. (And yes, I did used to think of them as “the cool clothes”, not the “[insert a sex/gender] clothes”.)

DISCUSS

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?

[Banned/Challenged Book] Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg (author) & Fiona Smyth (illustrator)

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



Sex is a Funny Word

Triangle Square
Pub Date  July 28th 2015
Genres     Nonfiction, Parenting, Childrens, Graphic Novels
Goodreads


Description

A comic book for kids that includes children and families of all makeups, orientations, and gender identities, Sex Is a Funny Word is an essential resource about bodies, gender, and sexuality for children ages 8 to 10 as well as their parents and caregivers. Much more than the “facts of life” or “the birds and the bees,” Sex Is a Funny Word opens up conversations between young people and their caregivers in a way that allows adults to convey their values and beliefs while providing information about boundaries, safety, and joy.

The eagerly anticipated follow up to Lambda-nominated What Makes a Baby, from sex educator Cory Silverberg and artist Fiona SmythSex Is a Funny Word reimagines “sex talk” for the twenty-first century.


REASON FOR BEING
BANNED OR CHALLENGED

This 2015 informational children’s book written by a certified sex educator was challenged because it addresses sex education and is believed to lead children to “want to have sex or ask questions about sex.”

INITIAL REACTION

Never read it, but I remember hearing about it. Sorta want to put it on my TBR/WTRO2 list…

DISCUSS

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?

[Banned/Challenged Book] The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

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



The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

 Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pub Date  September 12th 2007
Genres     YA, Fiction, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Humor
Goodreads


Description

Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author’s own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character’s art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.

With a forward by Markus Zusak & interviews with Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney


REASON FOR BEING
BANNED OR CHALLENGED

Consistently challenged since its publication in 2007 for acknowledging issues such as poverty, alcoholism, and sexuality, this National Book Award winner was challenged in school curriculums because of profanity and situations that were deemed sexually explicit.

INITIAL REACTION

Not gonna lie, I don’t really remember much about this book. I remember I didn’t like it all that much (like, it just wasn’t my cup of tea). I didn’t HATE it or anything, I just wasn’t the biggest fan. It was ok for me. Probably a 3 star book or something. I honestly didn’t think it was worth all the fuss (AGAIN) especially since it was bringing to light topics and issues that are IMPORTANT ONES and part of life… part of many children’s lives, regardless of whether adults like it or not.

DISCUSS

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?

[Banned/Challenged Book] Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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



13 reasons why

Razorbill
Pub Date  October 18th 2007
Genres     YA, Contemporary, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
Goodreads


Description

You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.


REASON FOR BEING
BANNED OR CHALLENGED

Originally published in 2007, this New York Times bestseller has resurfaced as a controversial book after Netflix aired a TV series by the same name. This YA novel was challenged and banned in multiple school districts because it discusses suicide.

INITIAL REACTION

I can understand the panic over it, especially with teen suicide rates so high in several countries, but I don’t know if it’s worth all the commotion. Yes, the book deals with teen suicide. It’s literally the premise of the thing. But… I dunno. I think it’s more popular opinion that is of greater concern. The topic of suicide is something that shouldn’t be shied away from and needs to be discussed with teens, but public opinion is what needs to stop either glorifying, demonizing, or simply polarizing the subject in media and television because I think THAT’S what’s really getting the kids (and their parents) so riled up.

DISCUSS

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 6] Free Children’s eBooks

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’M NOT ENDORSING THESE BOOKS.
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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A MONTH OF BEDTIME STORIES: THE FIRST FIVE STORIES (AND OFF YOU WENT TO THE WOODS)

by Neil McFarlane

Goodreads Link-up
Amazon Digital Services LLC
Pub Date  December 9, 2017
Genres     Children’s Stories, Humor, Bedtime, Ages 4-6, Grade K-6


FIND IT FOR FREE HERE:
Amazon / Kindle


Description

The first five stories of the highly praised collection, “A Month of Bedtime Stories”.

Children will love being the main character and hearing about the adventures they had earlier in the day. (“You don’t remember? It must have been that bonk on the head that made you forget!”) Parents too will enjoy the humor and imagination of this book of immersive, read-aloud bedtime tales.


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A DIARY OF A PRIVATE SCHOOL KID (Book 1)

by Penn Brooks

Goodreads Link-up
Amazon Digital Services LLC
Pub Date  October 6, 2016
Genres     Children’s Books, Slice of Life, Bullying, Children’s Chapter Books, Age 8-12, Grade 3-7


FIND IT FOR FREE HERE:
Google Play
Amazon / Kindle


Description

Private school is tough: bullies, peer pressure, uniforms, and social issues. You think it’s bad being a wimpy kid in public school? Try walking in my shoes for one day! I’m Ben Montgomery and these are my unintentionally hilarious stories of misfortune.

A Diary of a Private School Kid is a funny illustrated chapter book that’s entertaining for children, middle school students, and adults.


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FIERCE WINDS AND FIERY DRAGONS (Dusky Hollows Book 1)

by Nan Sweet

Goodreads Link-up
Amazon Digital Services LLC
Pub Date  May 21, 2014
Genres     Children’s Books, Sword & Sorcery, Fantasy, Scary Stories, Folk Tales & Myths, Age 8-14, Grade 3-8


FIND IT FOR FREE HERE:
Amazon / Kindle


Description

LIVE THE MAGIC
LOVE THE ADVENTURE

Ivy and Carrie love their new classroom even if the new teacher is a little strange. When Mrs. Huffity asks for volunteers to care for an egg, Ivy doesn’t budge. She’s had a few scary dreams about that egg and wants nothing to do with it.

But when trouble comes, Ivy defends the egg. In her desire to save the baby that hatches, Ivy is tossed into the middle of an adventure. She discovers more than she ever wanted to know about fierce winds and fiery dragons.

-Over 50 five-star Amazon reviews. Fans of The Chronicles of Narnia will love Nan Sweet.

~In the Dusky Hollows Series~
Book 1: Fierce Winds & Fiery Dragons
Book 2: The Curse of the Invisibles
Book 3: Too Much School
Book 4: Adrift
Book 5: An Unexpected Adventure
Book 6: The Haunted House
Book 7: The Unicorn’s Quest
Book 8: Cry of the Banshee
Book 9: Tara and the Ice Giant
Book 10: Furry Mess


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THE ENCHANTED HAT

by John Ulutunu

Goodreads Link-up
Amazon Digital Services LLC
Pub Date  December 25, 2015
Genres     Children’s Books, Picture Books, Pirate, Time Travel, Action & Adventure, Age 5-18, Grade P-12


FIND IT FOR FREE HERE:
Amazon / Kindle


Description

David is an ordinary boy, with an an EXTRA-ordinary hat! A hat that can take him to places, well beyond his wildest dreams!

Sail on a pirate ship, dance with wild animals, go on adventurous, heart throbbing expeditions… it’s all possible with the magic hat!

Hold on tight, because you are about to go on an EPIC adventure!

Are you ready… let’s begin!


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MY SNOWMAN, PAUL (Snowman Paul Book 1)

by Yossi Lapid (Author), Joanna Pasek (Illustrator)

Goodreads Link-up
Amazon Digital Services LLC
Pub Date  November 1, 2016
Genres     Bedtime story, Children’s Picture Book, preschool, kids, kindergarten, ages 2-5


FIND IT FOR FREE HERE:
Amazon / Kindle


Description

Friendship and Fun in a Winter Wonderland!

My three-year-old’s review, “Buy this book! Cuz. People love to buy a snowman book. It is about snowmen and people and kids and doggies and snowman and house and beds. I have read this book lots of times.” – D. Lieberman (Amazon Customer, five-star review)

* Mom’s choice gold award winner.
* Moonbeam, Best Picture Book Series Award winner.

Paul is a fun-seeking snowman who loves going on adventures with friends. In this book, Snowman Paul meets Dan for the first time, and they become best friends in an adventure-filled winter wonderland. This book teaches your little ones the valuable lessons of true friendship, courage and being comfortable with who you are.

Written in rhyme and stunningly illustrated with full-page watercolors, this is the introductory volume to the multiple award-winning Snowman Paul series. This adorable story will delight children, parents and grandparents alike. It is a perfect bedtime story, and it is ideal for beginner readers. It makes a great Christmas gift, and it will show you how much fun winter can be if you embrace your imagination.

Ready to experience some fantastic fun in a magical winter wonderland? Join Dan and Snowman Paul in this imaginative and whimsical adventure!


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[FRIDAY FREEBIES – NIGHT 5] 13 Free Horror, Spooky Themed books for Our Friday The 13th!

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’M NOT ENDORSING THESE BOOKS.
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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DOLLHOUSE: A SUPERNATURAL HORROR (Dark Carousel Book 1)

by Anya Allyn

Goodreads Link-up
Amazon Digital Services LLC
Pub Date  January 10, 2017
Genres     Supernatural, Horror, YA, Children’s Scary Stories, Occult


FIND IT FOR FREE HERE:
Google Play
Amazon / Kindle


Description

The DARK CAROUSEL series is a heart-stopping saga, a mix of the chill of American Horror Story and the fantastical elements of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

A dark presence is collecting girls, deep in the forest. Two girls have vanished, and now a third. Cassie and her friends desperately search the forest for their friend, who went missing on a hike. When they find vintage dolls hanging from strings on branches, they should have turned back.
But they didn’t.

The dolls lead to a crumbling mansion. Beneath the mansion lies a macabre, life-sized dollhouse that is controlled by a terrifying being. In the dollhouse, you must dance until your feet bleed, sit on the toy shelf if you’re bad, and if you’ve been very bad, you are sent to the toy box – a pitch-dark cavern that contains beings beyond nightmares.
And now there is no escape.
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A Dark, Ghostly Gothic Horror for Ages 14 to Adult.

DOLLHOUSE – Book 1
PAPER DOLLS – Book 2
MARIONETTE – Book 3
MUSIC BOX – Book 4 (Final)

BOX SET 1 – Books 2,3&4 (amazon.com/dp/B079SY4FNF/)
BOX SET 2 – Book 1,2,3&4 (amazon.com/dp/B079SG8KLX/)

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FLOOR FOUR

by A. Lopez Jr.

Goodreads Link-up
Ace-Hil-Ink
Pub Date  January 1, 2014
Genres     Horror, Occult, Fiction


FIND IT FOR FREE HERE:
Google Play
Amazon / Kindle


Description

An old abandoned hospital haunted by the ghost of a serial killer. A group of friends too curious for their own good. An old man hiding a secret.

The old and vacant Saint Vincent Hospital is said to be haunted by the ghost of David Henry Coleman, the notorious serial killer known as The Mangler. Coleman died on the fourth floor after being shot by police. For Brandon and his friends, their curiosity gets the best of them as they explore the dark halls despite ‘Old Man’ Jake’s warnings. No one knows of Jake’s past connection to the serial killer and the hospital.

Now, on the anniversary of The Mangler’s death, a group of high school kids are planning a private party on the haunted fourth floor. Jake must keep everyone out and protect them from the true evil that lurks on Floor Four, while Brandon falls deeper into the Mangler’s supernatural world.

If you like your scares with a twist of the twilight zone, then you’ll love Floor Four’s take on the supernatural.

Grab your free copy and walk the haunted halls today!

‘A loud bang was heard from above, scaring the boys. They shined their lights up the stairwell. The sounds of chains rattling on the floor stirred the dust above. Something or someone was up there. Doug, hiding his fear, took two more steps up. Brandon and Kyle looked at him, their feet locked in place. They had no intention of going any further.’


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MIME: A GRIT & SHADOWS STORY

by J. D. Brink

Goodreads Link-up
Fugitive Fiction
Pub Date  September 4, 2016
Genres     Crime, Horror, Ghost, Noir, VERY Short Story, Thriller


FIND IT FOR FREE HERE:
Amazon / Kindle


Description

Crime-noir meets ghost-horror in this short thriller.

Mobster thugs Pauli and Mouse come across a street clown late at night who seems to know more than he’s telling. Maybe too much.

But you know the best thing about killing a mime? No one hears him scream.

Then again, by the time this story is over, it won’t be him screaming.

For more short horror stories for adults, check out the bewitching collection of dark tales A Long Walk Down a Dark Alley, Book One of the Grit & Shadows Collection. If you dare…

The Grit & Shadows Collection: J. D. Brink’s series of urban fantasy, crime noir, vampire horror, and more. They feature wise guys and private eyes, black magic and bleak futures, your deepest desires and the road to damnation.
A Long Walk Down a Dark Alley – Four tales of temptation and terror.
Kiss of the Maiden – Five stories of gritty heroes and blood resolve.
One-Eyed Jacks – A novel of urban fantasy, crime noir, and Asian myth.


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THE PORTAL IN THE FOREST 

by Matt Dymerski

Goodreads Link-up
Proximate Publishing, LLC
Pub Date  January 8, 2015
Genres     Post Apocalyptic Science Fiction, Horror


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Description

This neighborhood has a secret – while the adults work multiple jobs to make ends meet, the children trade around strange trinkets and famous books with odd misprints. It seems that, without supervision, they’ve gotten into something extremely dangerous: another universe.

One adult is not working. One adult notices. One adult discovers their secret – a portal a few miles deep in Virginia woodlands; a portal that goes to a new universe each day. It’s a fantastic opportunity to explore, certainly, but there are two problems: the destinations are all dead worlds that have suffered unique and terrible apocalypses… and the portal is getting bigger.


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.the glooming

THE GLOOMING (Wrath of the Old Gods Book 1)

by John Triptych

Goodreads Link-up
J Triptych Publishing
Pub Date  December 18, 2015
Genres     Apocalyptic Science Fiction, Fairy Tale Fantasy, Mythology, YA


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Description

BOOK 1 OF AN EPIC POST-APOCALYPTIC SERIES!

MYTHS ARE NO LONGER JUST LEGENDS, THEY ARE REAL.

The end of the world is finally here. And it will be nothing like what you’d expect.

All over the earth, strange and horrific events begin to unfold. A US combat team in Iraq comes under attack from mystical forces, an anthropology professor has an eerie encounter at Stonehenge, a runaway teen finds a very strange pet in Arizona, a young orphan in Siberia meets a terrifying old woman, and a pair of NYPD detectives discovers the ghastly doings of a supernatural cult.

A large and diverse group of characters struggle to survive as civilization begins to collapse all around them. As each one realizes their true potential, every one of them must go through a personal, danger-filled journey in order to turn back the sweeping tide of chaos and destruction that threatens the entire world as we know it. Many will die, others will be corrupted, and the remaining few will be the humanity’s only hope.

For the old gods have returned to cleanse the earth, and their revenge will be swift and merciless.

Wrath of the Old Gods Series:

Book 1 The Glooming
Book 1.5 Pagan Apocalypse (YA series)
Book 2 Canticum Tenebris
Book 2.5 The Fomorians (YA series)
Book 3 A World Darkly
Book 3.5 Eye of Balor (YA series)
… and more to come!


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.deadly beauties

DEADLY BEAUTIES: DARK YA PARANORMAL TALES OF TROUBLED GIRLS

by Cherita Smith

Goodreads Link-up
Amazon Digital Services LLC
Pub Date  August 3, 2016
Genres     Macabre, Dark Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, YA


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Description

A dangerous new power. A carnival of nightmares and dreams. And a creepy tall man who lurks in the shadows, watching and waiting… Five girls must confront the darkness within and around them in this haunting collection of paranormal tales.

LUX AETERNA: Hell has its demons. Lux has Foster Dad George in this coming-of-age superpower origin story — of a darker sort.

MAUDLIN CARNIVAL: A mysterious investigator hunts through the memories of Evelyn Jones in search of the clues he needs to prevent her tragic death. But time is almost out. What will happen to Evelyn if he should fail?

ROZA MIRA: Svetlana, Catalina and Soojin have it all: beauty, youth, successful modeling careers… and a creepy man in black who watches them from afar. They call him El Flaco, Geulimja, a Rasputin in a suit. Who is he and what does he want? The three girls will soon find out — whether they like it or not.

If you love the macabre, dark paranormal & urban fantasy, give Deadly Beauties a try!


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.A Little Girl In My Room & Other Stories

A LITTLE GIRL IN MY ROOM & OTHER STORIES

by Claire Farrell

Goodreads Link-up
Amazon Digital Services LLC
Pub Date  March 4, 2010
Genres     Dark Flash Fiction, Horror, Ghost, Dark Themed, Adult ONLY


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Description

A Little Girl in my Room & Other Stories is a collection of dark flash fiction by Claire Farrell. This book is Rated R: Adults Only. Some may find the themes addressed disturbing. Content includes child abuse, rape, suicide, murder and violence.

This dark fiction collection contains 12 short stories:

Skeleton in the Closet and Childlike Bride – What happens to the vulnerable when they are taken advantage of then abandoned?

A Friend – A lonely ghost bears witness to a Halloween prank that ends in tragedy.

Frozen and Frozen in Reverse – Parallel stories detailing an attack in the words of the victim and then the rapist.

Ready or Not – What’s your idea of hell?

Justice – The lengths the heartbroken will go to for justice . . . or revenge.

Forever Young – Sometimes regrets come too late.

Peace, Deals, A Great Day, A Little Girl in my Room – Four offerings of the supernatural kind.


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.And They Were Never Heard From Again

AND THEY WERE NEVER HEARD FROM AGAIN: A YARNSWORLD TALE

by Benedict Patrick

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Amazon Digital Services LLC
Pub Date  February 21, 2019
Genres     Short Reads, Dark Fantasy, Horror


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Description

The woods are not safe.

Especially at night.

Felton takes his younger brother for a walk through the Magpie King’s forest, hoping to change his life for the better.
Things do not go as planned.

And They Were Never Heard From Again is set in Benedict Patrick’s Yarnsworld, and is the perfect introduction to the world readers are calling a ‘delightfully weird, dark fairytale’.


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.Typhoid Mary

TYPHOID MARY

by Charlie Dalton

Goodreads Link-up
Amazon Digital Services LLC
Pub Date  May 29, 2019
Genres     Children’s Scary Stories, British Short Stories, Contemporary Literature, Horror


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Description

John 5:19
We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.

Recently bereaved detective Nadine Meyers is assigned to investigate a brutal massacre, with eight-year-old Mary the sole survivor.

Nadine suspects the parents were responsible for murdering all six of their adopted children in a single horrendous act. As she befriends Mary, she discovers a secret that takes the case in a whole new direction, one she could never have imagined.


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.Rise of the River-Man

THE RISE OF THE RIVER-MAN: AN EXCITING HORROR ACTION ADVENTURE (Conguise Chronicles, Book 1)

by L. S. O’Dea (Author) & Fiona Jayde (Illustrator)

Goodreads Link-up
Amazon Digital Services LLC
Pub Date  October 30, 2015
Genres     Genetic Engineering, Science Fiction, Horror, Short Stories


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Description

If you like short, disturbing stories similar to the Twilight Zone and Tales from the Crypt, then you’ll love this series.

Welcome to the Conguise’s Laboratory Level Five….

In a world filled with human-animal hybrids, Guards are bred to serve the Almightys until they’re no longer wanted.

Mutter waits for his execution. It’s inevitable. He was a fighter and he lost. No one wants an ex-fighter. He’s too big, mean and ugly. Death will be the only way he gets out of this cell, but then the unthinkable happens. An Almighty visits in the dead of night and offers him a chance to leave. A chance to live.

All he has to do is obey and Guards were bred to obey.

When Mutter is taken to his new home, something isn’t right. There’s food and a bed but there are sounds and smells from the other cages. Things that move like nothing he’s ever encountered.

For the first time in his life, he’s afraid. Afraid of the creatures that lurk nearby. Afraid of the shots his new master is giving him.

He knows he’s supposed to obey, to always follow their rules but if he doesn’t escape, he’ll become food for one of those things in the other cages. Or worse… turn into one of them.

“A fascinating glimpse into the world of the Lake of Sins.” J. Urbanczyk

Interview with the Author

Q. – So, why should someone read the Conguise Chronicles series?

Well, because it’s great (smiles). No, seriously. If you’re looking for your typical horror novel with classic vampires, witches, demons or werewolves then you should look somewhere else. This story turns your standard supernatural thrillers upside down. You’ll root for the monster, not the humans.

The characters in the series are human-animal hybrids. They’ve been captured and are being genetically modified by a genius who hasn’t quite figured out how to control his experiments or his monsters.

Conguise Chronicles takes place in the world of the Lake of Sins—a world which is segregated by class and the descendants of humans rule supreme. Each story in this series explores the life of one genetic mutation who you meet in the Lake of Sins series.

The books are fast paced with adventure, danger and madness around every corner. I guarantee by the end, you’ll be rooting for the monster and you’ll never read another horror story without thinking about things from the creature’s perspective.

All-in-all, it’s a unique and exciting read and you should give it a try. I think you’ll love it.

Q. – Who should read the Conguise Chronicles series?

The audience for this series is broad. I have fans (male and female) aged ten through eighty. Anyone who likes gory thrillers that are dark, a little disturbing and packed with action will enjoy these books. If you like Relic, Frankenstein and The Island of Dr. Moreau, then you’ll enjoy these tales.

However, a word of caution is in order. These books are not for the squeamish. Some scenes are bloody and violent, but the interactions between the characters are funny, poignant and loving. Still, I wouldn’t recommend these books to anyone under thirteen without the parents reading the books first.

If you enjoy this book, you should check out the parent series (Lake of Sins). The first book is free.

The Lake of Sins Series should be read in the following order:
Lake of Sins: Escape (book 1) (free for a limited time)
Lake of Sins: Secrets In Blood (book 2)
Lake of Sins: Hangman’s Army (book 3)
Lake of Sins: Betrayed (book 4)
Lake of Sins: Whispers from the Past

I don’t have the titles for the others in the series yet.


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.Scare Street Horror Short Stories

HORROR STORIES: SCARY GHOSTS, PARANORMAL & SUPERNATURAL HORROR SHORT STORIES ANTHOLOGY (Scare Street Horror Short Stories Book 4)

by Ron Ripley (Author), Eric Whittle (Author), Sara Clancy (Author), David Longhorn (Author), A.I. Nasser (Author), Scare Street (Author), Emma Salam (Editor)

Goodreads Link-up
ScareStreet.com
Pub Date  October 17, 2016
Genres     Horror, Occult, Ghosts, Haunted Houses, Classic Horror Fiction, Anthologies


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Description

A young woman’s night-time escapade goes eerily wrong. A man is forced to relive the horrible accident that tore his family apart over and over again. An underground thrill through ancient catacombs proves disastrously horrific. A young boy is haunted by the scarecrow in the fields behind his home. And a woman is revisited by the ghost of a psychotic killer in the most dreadful of ways.

Scare Street brings you some of the best short horror stories by authors Ron Ripley, David Longhorn, Eric Whittle, Sara Clancy and A. I. Nasser, all in one book. Together, these stories promise more than just a shiver down the spine and a fear of the dark, but the soft caress of terror that comes with the unknown and the unexpected.

Join us through the pages of the best of what Scare Street has to offer, and be sure to bring a night light along with you. You definitely don’t want to be left alone in the dark!


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.Just A Little Terrible

JUST A LITTLE TERRIBLE

by Vincent V. Cava

Goodreads Link-up
Amazon Digital Services LLC
Pub Date  March 27, 2015
Genres     Horror, Short Stories


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Description

Just a little…

Haunting – These tomes of terror will stay with you long after you put your book down and go to bed for the evening. They’ve been known to burrow themselves into a reader’s imagination and are capable of warping dreams into twisted, unspeakable nightmares.

Just a little…

Unique – These aren’t your standard horror stories. Don’t think this collection will include tales of haunted mansions, or blood sucking vampires. Expect one-of-a-kind takes on every gothic ghoul and hideous monster you read about in this book.

Just a little…

Frightening – Prepare yourself for some of the most chilling flash fiction ever penned. The mad genius, Vincent V. Cava, has done it again with the latest entry in his creepy catalogue. Do yourself a favor and leave the lights on when you read it.

Just A Little…Terrible


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.Die, My Love

DIE, MY LOVE: A DARK HORROR ANTHOLOGY

by by Zoe Blake (Author), Addison Cain (Author), Julia Sykes (Author), Celia Aaron (Author), Jane Henry (Author), Ashleigh Giannoccaro (Author), SJ Cole (Author)

Goodreads Link-up
Amazon Digital Services LLC
Pub Date  February 4, 2019
Genres     Dark Romance, Horror, Anthology, Macabre, Noir Crime, Occult, Suspence, Short Stories


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Description

Soon you will learn your only salvation is with me.
I am the only one who will protect and cherish you.
I am the only one who knows everything about you…. every movement, every breath, every thought…I own.

You are mine.

Be careful to obey me, my love.
For my protection will become possession.
My fascination an obsession.
Love will bleed into hate at the slightest hint of betrayal.
You are mine.
You will learn your only salvation is with me…or pay the ultimate price.

Step into our web of lies, betrayal and murder. One tale twists into another in this macabre collection of horror. This is not a love story.
This is what happens when love decays into mania.

CONTENTS:

The Perfect Wife by Zoe Blake
The Connoisseur by Addison Cain
Becoming by Celia Aaron
My Bloody Valentine by SJ Cole
Fool for Love by Julia Sykes
Chilling Seduction by Jane Henry
All Wrapped Up in a Bow by Ashleigh Giannoccaro


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[FRIDAY FREEBIES – NIGHT 4] Free Steamy Romance/Urban Fantasy/Paranormal 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’M NOT ENDORSING THESE BOOKS.
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.


Welcome back to another installment of Friday Freebies! The N.E.W.T.S. are done, so I can get back to my usual blogging schedule again. oTL

Also, be sure to remember…

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Why don’t you pick up a steamy read for your night in~ >3


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.Fighting Destiny

FIGHTING DESTINY (The Fae Chronicles Book 1)

by Amelia Hutchins

Goodreads Link
Amazon Digital Services LLC
Pub Date  June 1, 2013
Genres     ADULT, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Fae/Fairies, Magic


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Description

Have you ever heard of the old Celtic legends of the Fae – beautiful, magical, deadly and a love of messing with humans just for kicks and giggles?

Welcome to my world.

What started out as a strange assignment, leads to one of the most gruesome murder mysteries of our times and my friends and I are set and determined to find out who is killing off Fae and Witches alike.

Couple of problems in the way – I hate the Fae and the Prince of the Dark Fae is bound and determined that I work for him. He’s a rude, overbearing egotistical ass with a compulsive need to possess, dominate and control me. Oh – did I mention that he is absolutely sex-on-a-stick gorgeous and he makes me feel things that I never ever wanted to feel for a Fae…every time he touches me or looks at me with those golden eyes seems to pull me further in under his spell, despite my better judgment.

My friends and I can’t trust anyone and nothing is as it seems on the surface – not even me.

Warning: Mature content and language not intended for anyone under the age of eighteen.

This book is not intended for anyone under the age of 18, or anyone who doesn’t like lip biting, throw your ass on the bed, tear your clothes off and leave you panting dominant alpha male characters. This is a dark, dangerous, intense, gritty and raw read. Scenes are dark, disturbing, and scorching HOT. This book is a soul crushing, tear jerking, and leave you hanging on the edge of your seat fast paced book.

Side Effects may include, but are not limited to: Drooling, lip biting, wet panties, crying, and screaming at the author. If any of these things happen, do not seek medical attention—get the next book in the series and enjoy the ride!

Revised copy February, 23, 2015


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.born to be bound

BORN TO BE BOUND (Alpha’s Claim Book 1)

by Addison Cain

Goodreads Link
Amazon Digital Services LLC
Pub Date  June 30, 2019
Genres     Fantasy, Gothic Romance, Paranormal, Erotica


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Description

Every bit as ruthless as his reputation suggests…

Shepherd ravages both Claire and her conquered city, refusing to let either slip through his fingers.
He steals Claire’s innocence and future by forcing a pair-bond on the rare, unwilling Omega female.

Violent, calculating, and incapable of remorse, he demands his new mate’s adoration. Her attention. Her body.

Publisher’s Note: The first book in Addison Cain’s exciting, raw, and suspense-filled Omegaverse series is a Dark Romance featuring complete power exchange. If such material offends you, please do not purchase.


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.kissed by fire

KISSED BY FIRE (Dragonkeepers Book 1)

by Kimber White

Goodreads Link
Nokay Press LLC
Pub Date  June 7, 2018
Genres     Paranormal, Dragons, Romance


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Description

A dragon shifter on the verge of death. A woman being hunted by wolves. The oath he swears to protect her may be his last.

Xander Brandhart is running out of time. He and his brothers are the only dragon shifters left alive, but if the billionaire Xander doesn’t find a mate soon, his last shift will be permanent. As he looks for a magic stone to prolong his three-hundred-year life, he can feel himself starting to lose control. When he meets a feisty, beautiful redhead, it’s love at first sight, but his heart sinks as he realizes no human has ever survived mating with a dragon…

Shae MacKenna lived alone on the streets of Chicago until the age of 13. It wasn’t until an eccentric old mage took her in that she could trust another living soul. But shortly after her 21st birthday when a pack of feral wolf shifters kills her guardian, she’d almost rather be the next victim than go it alone all over again. Thankfully, an actual living dragon bursts in to save her life. When Xander swears an oath to protect her, she reluctantly joins the billionaire in his penthouse suite.

As the pack of wolf shifters continues to stalk her, Shae feels herself falling for her protector. To fulfill his bond and his growing attraction toward her, Xander may need to sacrifice his life to save the woman he loves.

Kissed By Fire is a captivating standalone paranormal romance novel featuring billionaire dragon shifters. If you like sizzling chemistry, happily ever afters, and twists you won’t see coming, then you’ll love Kimber White’s passionate, action-packed story.


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.sacrificed to the dragon

SACRIFICED TO THE DRAGON (Stonefire British Dragons Book 1)

by Jessie Donovan

Goodreads Link
Mythical Lake Press, LLC
Pub Date   September 22, 2014
Genres     Fantasy, Paranormal, Shifters, Romance


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Description

In exchange for a vial of dragon’s blood to save her brother’s life, Melanie Hall offers herself up as a sacrifice to one of the British dragon-shifter clans. Being a sacrifice means signing a contract to live with the dragon-shifters for six months to try to conceive a child. Her assigned dragonman, however, is anything but easy. He’s tall, broody, and alpha to the core. There’s only one problem—he hates humans.

Due to human dragon hunters killing his mother, Tristan MacLeod despises humans. Unfortunately, his clan is in desperate need of offspring to repopulate their numbers and it’s his turn to service a human female. Despite his plans to sleep with her and walk away, his inner dragon has other ideas. The curvy human female tempts his inner beast like no other.

Full-length story of 65,000 words with a happy ending / A BBW and Dragon-Shifter Paranormal Romance

NOTE: This was previously titled, “Sacrificed to the Dragon: Boxed Set (Parts #1-4).” However, it is exactly the same story.


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.tempted by the jaguar

TEMPTED BY THE JAGUAR (Riverford Shifters Book 1)

by Cristina Rayne

Goodreads Link
Fantastical Press
Pub Date   September 8, 2015
Genres     Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Fantasy


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Description

**Previously published separately as #1 Transformation and #2 Revelation**

Kylie Moore has a secret, one she and her adoptive father have carefully guarded for over a decade since the night her parents disappeared. However, when she is randomly attacked one night in her apartment complex’s parking lot, that one violent act sets in motion events that reveal not only her long-dormant shifter heritage in the worst possible way, but could also railroad her efforts of finding out what really happened to her parents.

Suddenly finding herself the center of attention among Riverford’s shifter clans, Kylie’s only hope of navigating such a dangerous minefield of politics and perpetual battles over territory is Hunter, a too-sexy-for-her-peace-of-mind jaguar shifter that might be her key to gaining insider access to the hidden and secretive shifter society.

Now Kylie must decide whether to integrate more deeply into Hunter’s jaguar clan in order to take advantage of this rare opportunity or to run while her secret still remains uncovered. To stay would mean deliberately putting herself in more danger than Kylie may be prepared to handle, especially when Hunter, the person she must rely on, may be hiding something as well.

This book is part of a continuing story line woven throughout the series and is not meant to be read as a standalone.
It contains strong adult content and language.


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[SIWTGI] Happily Ever Asher Series by Nash Summers

SIWTGI is short for Series I Want To Get Into, a book spotlight feature I host here on Reckless Indulgence, where I showcase a book series that I think might have potential or a single book from that series which has captured my interest recently.

Annnnd, for any single, stand-alone book features, see WTRO2.


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BookFish Books LLC
Pub Date   June 2019 – July 2019
Genres     Romance, Fairy Tale Elements, Contemporary, New Adult, M/M Romance
Amazon (Book 1) | Amazon (Book 2) | Amazon (Book 3)
Book 1 – GoodReads | Book 2 – GoodReads | Book 3 – GoodReads


Description for Book 1: When Red Cried Wolf

Asher Williams is obsessed with love.

It’s probably one of the reasons he makes such a fantastic matchmaker, love guru, and romance expert. And now that he’s in college, it’s finally his turn to shine.

Asher’s relationship advice column in the school newspaper is his strongest matchmaking instrument, especially when it comes to helping hopeless romantics find their soulmates.

But like every heroic quest, there are a few bumps in the road and dragons to slay.

There’s a damsel in distress Asher’s best friend thinks is a psychopath, a handsome prince Asher can’t stop drooling over, and a huge, mysterious roommate Asher can’t help but pester.

It doesn’t matter though. Nothing will stop Asher when it comes to helping people find their true love.

He’s absolutely positive everything will work out in the end.

Because love is always like a fairy tale…right?

* * *

The main romance arc spans across all three novellas. When Red Cried Wolf contains little romance but sets up for the rest of the series.

When Red Cried Wolf is a slow-burn romance with over-the-top characters, fairy tale references, ridiculous texts, and eventually, a happy ever after.

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Description for Book 2:  Golden Boy and the Two Bears

Asher Williams is obsessed with love.

His column is thriving, fellow students trust him with their relationship woes, and he’s on his A-game when it comes to matchmaking. At least, matchmaking other than his own.

After a heartfelt letter written to his column, Asher is set on aiding the two love-struck heroes who desperately need his help.

But like every heroic quest, there are a few bumps in the road and dragons to slay.

Randy and Red can’t stop passing looks whenever Asher voices his plans;, the handsome Christopher might not be quite what Asher expected, and his dark, mysterious roommate, Morgan, might have a surprise or two up his sleeve.

It doesn’t matter though. Nothing will stop Asher when it comes to helping people find their true love.

He’s absolutely positive everything will work out in the end.

Because love is always like a fairy tale…right?

* * *

Golden Boy and the Two Bears is a slow-burn romance with over-the-top characters, fairy tale references, ridiculous texts, and eventually, a happy ever after.

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Description for Book 3: A King in Wonderland

Asher Williams is obsessed with love.

Or at least he was, until it all came crashing down.

He made a mistake. And even Asher himself, arranger of marriages and aider of lovesick hearts, doesn’t know how to fix it.

And like every heroic quest, there are a few bumps in the road and dragons to slay.

His inability to focus on love has turned his column into a disaster, his best friends are acting weirder than usual,  Christopher turns out to be a man of many surprises, and Morgan, well…

Maybe this time it does matter. Because when Asher’s heart finally realizes what he’s been looking for all along, it may be too late.

And too broken.

But there might just be a shred of hope somewhere deep down in his heart. Maybe Asher can fix everything and have his prince charming.

Because love is always like a fairy tale…right?


INITIAL REACTION

I won’t lie… it’s the GORGE covers that initially drew me in. Definitely think whoever designed these KNEW WHAT THEY WERE DOING. Wow, wow, wow! Then I read the descriptions and I’m 100% down for WHATEVER they are doing.

DISCUSS

Anyone read this series yet? Thoughts? Reactions?