Literature & Fiction

April 12, 2019

Shades of Blue

"Shades of Blue: The Journey of Awakening" by Gino Vallejo

Shades of Blue: The Journey of Awakening is a collection of eighty soulful poems by West Coast dreamer Gino Vallejo. Including fresh and former works, the volume bears witness to life’s continua—no emotional hue forgotten. Adding to the experience, long-time collaborator Stephanie LeVasseur provides a dazzling range of illustrations to compliment prominent pieces. Altogether larger-than-life, the tour depicts transcendence. From a celestial introduction, “The Heavenly Gate”, Vallejo’s voyage proceeds through time and space, navigating all manner of subject-matter. Selections such as ‘Purple Rome’ and ‘Cleopatra: The Song of the Nile’ meditate upon history’s cyclical nature, fixing on awesome fact. Others, like “Awaiting Venus”, walk us through mystical annals of lore, while ‘Diamond Star’ and kindred pieces celebrate love’s deliverance. Where ‘The Ecstasy of Gold’ and “Vanity” denounce man’s flaws, “Fruit of My Life” revels in fatherhood. “Searching Far and Wide” speculates on the key to happiness, “End of Days” assesses modern tyranny, “A Warrior’s Legacy” serves to humanize the soldier’s plight, and “Through a Winter’s Cold” emphasizes the need for God in our hearts. Along the way, we study loss, America’s reputation abroad, terrorism, heartbreak, art and what it means to live.

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April 9, 2019

EMP NYC

"EMP NYC: A Big-City Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller" by Cal Wilson

| Website | Facebook | Twitter | An attack on America’s electrical grid. A terrorist onslaught. A city on the brink of collapse. One man will stand his ground. Emergency service worker David Vaughn cares deeply for his neighbors, the people of New York City, so when Iran detonates an electromagnetic pulse and takes out the grid, he feels obligated to stay and help the survivors in the lawless aftermath. But surrounded by chaos and carnage, it’s only a matter of time before his helping hands harden into vengeful fists. As a second wave of destruction looms, David partners with local Mossad agents to destroy the terrorists’ headquarters. But with the window of escape from Manhattan closing and friends dying all around him, he fears his altruism may have only sealed everyone’s fate in blood. Can David serve up justice before his quest for revenge gets him and his friends killed? E.M.P. NYC is the second book in the action-packed All At Once post-apocalyptic adventure series. If you like survivalist adventures, dystopian cityscapes, and gutsy heroes fighting incredible odds, then you’ll love Cal Wilson’s edge-of-your-seat thriller.

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April 5, 2019

Follow Her Heart

"Follow Her Heart: The Heart Series" by M. L. Taylor

| Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | In Jessie Denton’s world, she is battered and nearly molested by her step-brother Martin on a regular basis.  Her internal dialogue starts out the same way every day - “I only need to make it through one more day - just one more day, and I can leave this place.” Her way of life, as she knows it is pathetic and deplorable, hardly being a notch above the street rats that scurry at her heels for food. The bruises on her face will fade...because they always did, and she always managed to get by. UNTIL THE NIGHT SHE MET HIM. It started out the same as any another night-cheating and stealing at cards. But when her hand brushed against his-all hope became lost for her. Sir Lucian Hawthorne would rather have been anywhere else that night.  The Mate’s Table was a dive bar on the Mercy River and he met his friends for an innocent night of playing cards. That is until his eyes held the sapphire ones of the waif sitting on his right. He knew the cocky lad cheated, and it angered him. So he waited for him, concealed in the shadows in a darkened alley. Now everything had changed for him. What he assumed to be a disheveled boy, turned out to be a beautiful young woman. Now she and her blue eyes tormented his dreams nightly, and he struggled to erase her from his mind. Can their chance encounter survive the disparity between two contrasting lives and cause love to grow? Or will betrayal, secrets, and lies tear them apart forever? Book 1 of The Love Triangle Series.

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April 5, 2019

Rescue Her Heart

"Rescue Her Heart: The Heart Series (Triangle of Love Book 2)" by M. L. Taylor 

| Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn | For Aniela Matthews, life has shown her the spectrum of two very different worlds. Elegance and lurid debauchery. After disappearing three years ago, she has finally found a way to return home. She appears thin and disheveled - not anything like the beautiful woman she had once been. Will she ever explained what kept her away from her family for so many years? Or who Lord Gordon Pynnoke is, and why he tortures her every night in her dreams? When she finally reunites with her past love Sir Jaylon Veltre, will her heart be able to open for him once again? Or will both of their crushing secrets forever keep them apart? For Jaylon, secrets or not, the years have done nothing to diminish his love for her, and he will do anything to bring her back into his arms. Will Aniela's physical scars forever leave her damaged and unable to feel love again? Or will Jaylon's timeless devotion heal her wounds and bring her back to a love everlasting? Book II of The Heart Series.

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