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Angel of Ashes and Dust
D.H. Nevins
(The Wormwood Trilogy, #3)
Publication date: October 18th 2022
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, New Adult, Young Adult


The end of her people and the death of a planet are looming over her. Kali Michaels must choose between the illusion of safety and the danger of her own power in this anticipated and heart-stopping finale to The Wormwood Trilogy.

Kali learned the hard way that her abilities cannot be trusted if they can be used against her. In an effort to protect those she cares about, she is determined to let the power of her Shadow lie dormant, despite the dangers rising up around her.

Now, tormented by an unstoppable enemy, she and Tiamat Wormwood must try to lead others while doing the impossible—ensuring the survival of humans and half-angels alike.

But how can she partner with Tiamat, when her proximity could kill him?

And how can the Nephilim, Tiamat, be trusted to save a planet, if he is the one who shattered it in the first place?

Little do they know that sometimes, for new beginnings, that which they love must first be destroyed.


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Author Bio:

D.H. Nevins was born in Toronto and currently lives in a quiet area of Ontario, surrounded by forests and lakes. By day, she is a personable, friendly school teacher. By night, she silently chuckles as she writes about destroying the world. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys world travel, hiking, camping, flying around on her motorcycle or dabbling in live theatre.

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Spark of Madness – Blitz

Spark of Madness
Brynn Ford
(Ember Glen, #1)
Publication date: July 21st 2022
Genres: Adult, Dark Romance, Dystopian


In Ember Glen, men purge under the full moon. It’s the duty of women to serve them. When Mercy refuses to serve, Arlo will force her to find absolution through three brutal trials. But will their forbidden romance destroy their world?

Mercy
Neglecting my duty to serve is a sin, and during the last full moon, I became a sinner.

He saw me run from my duty, chased me, and caught me.
He promised me that I would be punished.

But I never could have imagined the hellish fate that would be chosen for me. More than that, I never could have imagined the maddening lust that would spark between me and the man who caught me.

This passion is forbidden…and it might set us on fire.

Arlo
It’s my role to catch the sinners, and Mercy sinned gravely.

I saw her and I chased her, drawn to her inexplicably.
She sparked something within me, but she had to be brought to judgment.

Her punishment is coming in the form of an archaic ritual we’re bringing back to make an example of her. I’ll be her warden, her keeper, the man to ensure she stays alive between her torturous trials.

Something within her brings out the worst of me…and the worst of me wants to ruin her.

AUTHOR NOTE: This is a dark romance series that involves many triggering elements which may be upsetting for some readers. A complete list of tropes and triggers can be found on the author’s website at brynnford.com/triggers.

SERIES NOTE: Spark of Madness is book 1 of 3 in the Ember Glen series and it ends on a cliffhanger. The author plans to publish all 3 books by the end of 2022. The trilogy follows Mercy and Arlo and must be read in order.

READING ORDER
Book 1: Spark of Madness (July 21, 2022)
Book 2: Blaze of Misery (October 20, 2022)
Book 3: Embers of Mercy (December 29, 2022)


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EXCERPT:

I sinned.

I ran, and I hid.

I rebelled from my soul’s purpose, and I was promised punishment.

He’s come to punish me.

As soon as the realization hits me, I scramble, kicking against the earth to push myself backward and crawl out from beneath him. He ignores me as I awkwardly rush to my feet and back away; instead, he bends to pick up my mother’s journal.

No!

I lunge for it, but he jerks his hand away, holding the journal beside his head.

“Give that back.”

“No,” he says plainly.

He slowly lowers it in front of him, thumbing open the pages.

I lunge again to snatch it, but he only steps back, narrowing his eyes at me with his head tilted toward the pages. “Stop. Your property is my property now.”

“What?”

What is he saying?

I’m entitled to have my own things.

Except, the Control has license to take authority over the personal property of sinners.

And I’m a sinner now.

I feel frozen as I watch him flip through the pages, reading a sentence here and there. A shiver runs up my spine despite the warmth of the sun, and I hug myself, running my hands up and down my arms. Movement in the distance catches my eye; standing at the tree line, at the edge of the meadow, are the other six members of the Control.

Watching.

Waiting.

The notion of my death claws through my mind, scratching away all other thoughts.

Have they come to kill me?

Will I die today?

How will they do it? Burned at the stake like my mother?

“What is this?” Arlo asks, closing the journal and holding it up. “Is this your mother’s?”

I hear him, but I struggle to respond. The very essence of my being is trapped behind a thick wall of ice inside my mind, frozen and paralyzed to thoughts of punishment and death.

“Forget it,” he says with exasperation. “Come with me.”

He holds out his palm, covered with a black leather glove, and I stare at it as if it’s the strangest thing I’ve ever seen, as if it’s the most terrifying thing I’ve ever seen…because it is.

If I take his hand, he’ll lead me away, only I don’t know where to and I don’t know what will happen then. I don’t know if I’ll be hurt or tortured, or if I’ll be killed immediately.

I lift my gaze from his hand to meet his stare. “Are you going to kill me?”

His eyes are blue—bright blue, like the clear sky above. They sparkle as he watches me, waiting for me to take his outstretched hand.

I think it’s the first time I’ve ever really looked at him. I’ve only known him by name and in passing before the other night in the forest. I knew of him; I’d seen him and could identify him easily. But looking at him now, I know I’ve never truly seen him before.

“Not personally, and certainly not today,” he offers. “Come along now. We have things to discuss.”

“What things?”

He takes a step closer, and instinctively, I step back.

“Mercy.”

“What’s going to happen to me? Please. Can’t you just tell me now?”

“I’m not going to ask you again.” His offered palm twitches with threat. “We will drag you away if you insist on resisting.”

Part of me wants to resist. If my fate has already been decided—and I suspect it has—then resistance won’t change the outcome. Resisting might make me feel like I did something, that I at least tried. That part of me makes my knees bend with the urge to run.


Author Bio:

Brynn Ford writes dark romance for daring readers. She is a lover of the dark, twisted, and playful, and strives to bring these elements into her stories.

When she isn’t obsessively writing, you may find her binge-watching favorite shows while eating far too much junk food or fanatically reading, always seeking to lose herself in the emotional roller coaster of a damn good story.

She’s a firm believer that her characters continue to live outside the pages in the minds of her readers. Stories don’t end just because there aren’t any more pages to turn.

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Fearless (Steel Demons MC #3)

I once did everything in my power to save lives.
Now I stand aside and watch men die.

The man I love must kill one of his own. Someone he considered a brother, a fellow Steel Demon, put the entire club in danger. As president, Reaper must crush every last threat to his people, or the Steel Demons MC could cease to exist altogether.

Reaper is ruthless. His justice is punishing. But despite his name, he takes no pleasure in executing someone he once trusted. The task is weighing on him. That’s why he needs me.

But he’s not the only one.

The vice president with the seductive charm needs me. The silent soldier with terrifying nightmares needs me. And the sweet, golden man with the falcon on his shoulder? It scares me how much I need him.

All of these men have killed without hesitation. They all battle demons I can’t begin to fathom. In my journey to combat violence with healing, I found my home with men just as cruel as they are loving.

Can I be fearless enough to love them all?

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Reviews:

Helle Gade
5.0 out of 5 stars I need more of this fabulous series!!!!
Reviewed in the United States on March 6, 2020
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OHMYGODS!!!!! That ending was friggin beautiful. I still get goosebumps when thinking about it! Aw man, this book hangover is going to be BAD!

I love this book so hard!!! Mari is amazing and Reaper and Jandro *sigh* well you learn much more about them. Their relationship is moving forward. The book was volcano hot, like seriously need new panties and chocolate hot! And I have to mention my favourite boy Hades ♡ I love him so much.

The author expertly weaves revelations in that makes you squeal in excitement. I can't wait until the next book comes out. I'm well and truly addicted to this series.

I highly recommend this book and the authors other books. You won't be disappointed.
Rachel
VINE VOICE
5.0 out of 5 stars Rollercoaster Ride
Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2020
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The Steel Demons MC definitely know how to keep you on your toes. This third book of Ms. Ash's in the series is packed with action, steam, feelings, growth, and humor. Yet all of it is balanced and flows just right through the book so that it's never too much.
Mari, Reaper, and Jandro are figuring out how their relationship works and I loved the time spent with each of them individually as well as together. Shadow shined in this book in my opinion. The progress that he's made with Mari and the additional glimpses we get into his past and thought processes continue to make him an intriguing and stronger character. Gunner struggles in this book with what he wants (Mari) but his feelings on the relationship she's building with his best friends. I just wanted to wrap him up tightly and then shake him super hard.
The book doesn't end on a cliffhanger per se, but does end with something important happening that I'm sure we'll see expanded upon in the next book. There's also something that happened regarding their enemies taking a new approach that we'll have to wait and see what it means in book 4. I'm so happy that Ms. Ash wrote this series and shared the Steel Demons with the world, they're something special and I'm hooked on the ride.
Jess McDaniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps getting better and better!! 😍
Reviewed in the United States on November 9, 2021
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This series is taking me for a ride! I didn't know where this one was going to go, but I love that part about it. We don't know too much about the US after the Collapse, but we keep getting more and more snippets as the series moves along.

This book was pretty packed with action and it was also steeeeeeamy! Shew... 🥵🥵🥵 I love Mariposa! She's amazing. She has morals being a healer, but as she settles into the Steel Demons life, she realizes some things just have to happen. She is perfect for Reaper and Jandro, but definitely ready for Gunner to pull his head out of his rear. (🤞🏻 for soon!)

I love that Shadow is coming around to Mari as well. I think that it helps that she understands his PTSD. She always takes in account that when speaking with him and always gives him a choice.

The last bit of the book, I was on edge. I was so heartbroken and hopefully this will be a turning point for someone. I also love Hades and Horus and the connection they have with each other and their counterparts. There is some mystery to them and I hope we find out more about them in the upcoming books.

I cannot wait to see what else this series brings!

Lawless (Steel Demons MC Book 1)

Do you remember the old advertisement for Lay’s potato chips? The tagline was “Nobody can eat just one!” I don’t normally read MC books, but this series combines both the MC with the Dystopian troupe. Once I got started, I had to read them all!

Reluctant Retiree

Book Blurb:

The Collapse changed everything. Good men became killers. Strong women became property. And every day turned into a fight for survival.

I once dreamed of becoming a nurse. That dream went up in flames the same day I graduated nursing school, when women were banned from holding any kind of medical license.

Now as an unlicensed medic, I travel what was once the southwestern United States, trading medical services for food, transportation, and shelter with the hopes of reaching Canada.

Because the United States is no more. And the lawless land that’s replaced it is a deadly place for a woman.

My worst fear comes true when I’m captured by the Steel Demons MC, the most ruthless biker gang in the Southwest. These men thrive on the violence and chaos brought on by the Collapse, and they’re eager to unleash it all on me.

It doesn’t even matter that the President’s dog likes me. I’m as good as dead.

Sons of Anarchy meets The Handmaid’s Tale in this dystopian reverse harem adventure! This wild ride is not for the faint of heart and contains adult themes that may be triggering.

	Michelle P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Post apocalyptic handmaid's tail 💙👌👌
Reviewed in the United States on December 9, 2019
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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~
Plot~ 5/5
Fairly fast paced for a UF+RH

Character depth ~ 5/5 The Readers get POV - which I love!

Pacing ~ 5/5

Hero(es) ~ 5/5
Each man has distinct qualities and personalities. They are good men who sometimes have to do anti-moral things in order to survive.

Heroine~ 4/5
Strong-minded and feisty
However, it is slightly puzzling to me that
3 years after women's rights were taken away, Mariposa still seems quite naive - especially for someone who has been traveling as an unprotected, single woman. No weapons on her?
And her internal thoughts, in the beginning, border on being "high school-ish" when dealing with the men.
But once Mari becomes more acquainted with the men, it's like the author hit her stride and Mari's character becomes the intelligent and strong-willed person she should have been from the beginning.

Emotion felt by reader ~ 5/5

Dark themes (non-con, abuse, torture)
No. The heroes in this book are firmly against non-con. There is a scene where there is miscommunication and misunderstandings, but it's handled really well and it'll make sense how this scene occured. I promise, there's no non-con.

Sensuality, Passionate ~ 5/5
Lots of flirting and sensuality

Se(xxx)y time(s) ~ 4/5
Could have been dirtier...😉

Conclusion ~ 5/5

Cliffhanger ~
More like dunn, dunn, DUNN. Leads into the next book without too much of a cliffy

Book Cover ~ 5/5
STUNNING
Rachel
VINE VOICE
5.0 out of 5 stars This may be my favorite Crystal Ash book yet...
Reviewed in the United States on October 6, 2019
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I started Lawless late at night, thinking that I'd be able to read a few chapters before I fell asleep. Ha! I could not put my Kindle down and at one point my husband woke up enough to ask if I was going to sleep at all to which I responded, "I'm almost done, just a little bit left..." I finished in the early morning hours and I regret nothing because I think this may be my favorite of Ms. Ash's books!
Mariposa is a strong FMC but she's living in a society that no longer values women so she's also vulnerable and cautious. I really liked that her skills lie in a practical area (medical training) and that she follows a moral code even if others don't necessarily.
The guys each stand out and I'm dying to know more about them as the series progresses. This is a multiple POV book and it's always fun to see inside the guys' heads and what's going on. Here, it definitely helps because post-Collapse, it's not realistic that the guys would immediately open up and spill their life stories/feelings.
As usual for Ms. Ash's books - there's a wonderful balance of action, drama, and steam. I'm so excited to dive more into this series and see what happens in the next book!
Maria Arnold
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic start to Steel Demons MC!!!
Reviewed in the United States on October 6, 2019
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I always love Crystal Ash's book. Lawless didn't disappoint me one bit!

Set in a time where the world we know it collapse, no such thing as women's rights and only the strong survives and takes what they want.

Mariposa just graduated from medical school to be a nurse, but with the world the way it is, to be a nurse... there's no such thing. Traveling west Mariposa seeks to find a place where she can be a medic. By a chance meeting, she meets four very hot, sexy and dangerous men. Meet Reaper, Gunner, Jandro and Shadow... the Steel Demons MC. And boy are they hot!

I was taken from the very first chapter. Mariposa is a strong woman, who seeks to find her place in a world that suppresses women. The men of the Steel Demons....they're hot, dangerous and everyone avoids them if they're smart. A definite must read. I love the interaction between them all and dang, I would love to take them all home with me! Even Hades and Horus. I can't wait to read the next book!!

Omniscience – Blitz

Omniscience
by Janine Frances
Publication date: February 13th 2022
Genres: Adult, Dystopian, Thriller

Synopsis:

A family seek refuge in the Australian outback as tyranny takes hold, but who can they trust?

The world is at war and an authoritarian government has taken control in Australia. A terrorist group known as Day One is attempting to destroy civilisation so humanity can start again.

Shareen Miller becomes caught in a bureaucratic nightmare when she’s detained by an Auto-Enforcer for not having the right travel permit on the way to a job interview. Shareen’s detention sets off a chain of events that leads to her five-year-old twins being taken by the government.

With her husband Daniel, grandmother Alma, and sister Layla, Shareen seizes her children and escapes from Sydney. On the road, she reveals a secret about her missing mother Veronica that she’s been hiding from her family for five years.

What follows is an intense journey into the harsh Australian outback where nothing is as it seems, and no one can be trusted.

As they fight for survival, Veronica’s family finally learn the truth about why she left them. The stakes couldn’t be higher as the future of humanity hangs in the balance.

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EXCERPT:

“It’s obviously a mistake,” said Alma in a soothing voice. “We’ll get to the bottom of it now that you’re here. Just keep your wits about you and everything will be fine.”

“Stay here.” Shareen strode straight up to the counter. The man behind it tapped at a keyboard and stared ahead.

“I’m here for my children. There’s been a mistake and I need to get them home.” Her calm voice belied the storm inside. The man was wearing a transparent visor and she could see his eyes moving as he read something on his invisible screen. His hair was closely cropped, and his face was dominated by a large nose. He still didn’t acknowledge her.

“Excuse me,” said Shareen, knocking on the glass partition. “Can you hear me?”

He finally turned towards her with an annoyed look. “If you don’t mind, I’m familiarising myself with your case. I’ll be with you in a minute.” He would have been able to see everything about her as soon as she stepped into the room.

“There is no case to familiarise yourself with,” she said, and then clamped her lips shut. She didn’t want to antagonise him when he might be the only person who could help her. Watching his eyes flash back and forth made her dizzy but she couldn’t look away.

Finally, he glanced at her again. “I’m sorry, Mrs. Miller, but unfortunately, you won’t be able to take your children today.” His tone was perfunctory, as if he was informing her that her favourite brand of toothpaste was out of stock. “Once they’re in the system, they have to be assessed fully. This can take several days or longer based on the complexity of the case. You will be interviewed―”

“Wait a minute,” she said, leaning forward so that her forehead was pressed against the barrier. This couldn’t be happening. “My grandmother was told we don’t have permission to live at her place, but that’s not true. I have it right here on my iD. I can show you.” She lifted her wrist.

“That won’t be necessary. Even if it is a mistake, we need to follow protocol. If you’ll just be patient, you should see them again soon.”

“We don’t need to follow protocol because we’ve done nothing wrong.” She took a deep breath. “I don’t mean to be rude, but I’m not leaving without my children. Either get them now or get a manager out here.”

He sighed dramatically. “I’m afraid I can’t do that. The best thing you can do is go home and wait until we notify you. I’m sorry you were called in unnecessarily. We take child protection very seriously, and there’s no special treatment for anyone, not even you.”

Shareen slammed her palm hard against the protective barrier and the sound echoed like a rifle crack, causing the man to recoil. “Get a manager or my children out here now,” she yelled, “or I will kick in that door and find them myself.” She was so angry, she could easily have followed through on the threat.

Through the fog of her anger, she felt a gentle pressure on her arm and turned to find Alma by her side. “Calm down, darling. This will only make things worse.”

“He just told me to go home without the kids and wait for them to call. Like hell will I be leaving here without them. This is unbelievable.” She raised her hand to her forehead and closed her eyes. She was on the verge of a full-blown panic attack.

“Please, young man, there must be some way you can help us,” said Alma. “We haven’t done anything to deserve this.”

The man glared at her with narrowed eyes, but his expression softened slightly as he took in Alma’s stricken face. He glanced from one to the other. “Look,” he said in a low voice, “I shouldn’t even be telling you this, but an investigation was triggered because you have three strikes against you, Mrs. Miller. There was an incident at a train station last week, and then”—he glanced back at his screen—“a welfare breach for not attending an interview, and―”

“But―” Shareen started. He held up his hand.

“Your children’s school results are also below standard. When the investigators looked further, they found you don’t have the correct authorisation to live at your grandmother’s public housing property. Based on all these factors, the earliest you’ll realistically be able to see your kids is a couple of weeks, but it can take up to twenty-eight days, sometimes longer.”

“I told you, we got permission before we moved in. They even did an inspection while we were there. And how can the kids’ results not be up to standard? They started school less than a week ago,” sputtered Shareen.

“You applied for emergency instead of temporary residence, which is only for six weeks, and you’ve been there longer than the permit allows. Academic results are measured as soon as children start school. Poor results can signify welfare issues. If it wasn’t for the other factors, they wouldn’t have mattered much, but once you have three strikes against you, everything’s taken into consideration. Your social score―”

“No,” she said. “None of this is right. I know for a fact we got permission to live with Nan for six months, and the teacher told me the kids are doing fine. This doesn’t make any sense.”

The man just shrugged. “I’m sorry, but there’s really nothing I can do for you right now. Your only choice is to go home and wait.”

Author Bio:

Janine Frances lives in Australia with her partner David and dog Banjo.

The journey to publishing her novel Omniscience has been a long one. After doing the nine-to-five grind in Sydney for many years, with a couple of stints as a high school teacher and bank teller in the outback, she is currently relishing the freedom that comes with living in a picturesque small town and working from home.

Janine has an MA in Creative Writing. She chose to write a speculative thriller because it’s an exciting genre that asks important questions about the future.

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