Asylum by Tamera Lawrence

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After reading Asylum, you might very well decide to let bygones be bygones and not revisit your past.

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Instead of improving lives, Rose Hill stole their souls. It was disheartening not to be able to do anything about it, and now it was too late.

Tamera Lawrence. Asylum (Kindle Locations 102-103). Grizli777. Kindle Edition. 

Language: English

Print Length: 232 pages

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Publication Date: 1 May 2019

Categories: Suspense | Thrillers | Suspense Thrillers

Trigger Warnings: Profanity | Violence | Death | Abuse | Bullying

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Award-winning author. Tamera Lawrence is passionate about writing and, her books entertain readers with tense thrillers and mysteries. As a mother of six children, she uses her personal experiences to create interesting characters in complex settings. Tamera enjoys interacting with her fans and writing book reviews. 

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Turtle Crossing by Malve von Hassell

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Turtle Crossing was written to help children with the realities of moving to a new home.

He didn’t want to leave his strawberry patch just when the strawberries were getting ripe. 

Turtle Crossing – Malve von Hassell (pg. 12)
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Malve von Hassell holds a Ph. D in anthropology from the New School for Social Research. She writes, researches, and also works as a translator. She has published several books and journal articles and has edited her grandfather’s memoirs. Ulrich von Hassell wrote it in 1944, while in prison.

Her first children’s book is Letters from the Tooth Fairy, with a new edition published in 2020. She published a historical novel – Falconer’s Apprentice – for young adults in 2015.  

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Turtle Crossing is a picture book for children from three to eight years and was published in April 2021.

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A Time for Violence- An Anthology

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A Time for Violence explores violence in its many forms, as well as what drives people to use it.

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So why violence then? Well,  A Time for Violence was a cool title, which was where it began. But beyond that, it’s a simple theme that inspires edgy, transgressive material. And at the end of the day, that was the real theme  — edginess and transgression.  

Anthology. A Time For Violence 6 x 9 v6.5 Caliber Mobi Creation (Kindle Locations 23-25). Close To The Bone. Kindle Edition.
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Language: English

Print Length: 268 pages

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Publication Date: 1 May 2019

Categories: Fiction Anthologies | Literary Anthologies & Collections | Short Stories Anthologies

Trigger Warnings: Deity Swears | Profanity | Violence | Slavery | Racism |Suicide

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Short story anthologies became popular in the eighties and were sold in supermarkets. It was riding the wave of the paperback horror boom. The starting point for this trend was the increasingly popular books of Stephen King. 

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Bald is Beautiful by Carola Schmidt

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Bald is Beautiful: A letter for a fabulous girl is written to inspire and encourage all girls (and women) who are bald or might go bald for various reasons. 

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Be strong!

Be powerful!

Be what you want to be.

Do whatever you want to do.

Bald is Beautiful: A letter for a fabulous girl – Carola Schmidt (pg. 21)
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Carola Schmidt is a pediatric oncology pharmacist and has written many scientific books about her field. Her books are listed in BookAuthority’s Best Pharmacy Books of All Time, Best New Pharmacy Books and eBooks, and Springer Highlights 2020.

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Besides Bald is Beautiful, the author has also written Cancer Daily Life and

Chubby’s Tale: The true story of a teddy bear who beat cancer.

Book Authority listed Chubby’s Tale as one of the 81 best leukaemia books of all time. Carola also wrote the Babushka Series – the first time that she doesn’t write about cancer.

Dian Ovieta was responsible for the beautiful illustrations in Bald is Beautiful.

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Why Are You Here? by Radhika Iyer

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Why Are You Here? is a collection of short stories featuring women and their ability to survive despite difficult circumstances.

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She could not return home, not like this. Abandoned. Useless. She could envisage the reaction of her family, who would not reject her, although deep in their hearts they would want to. She would be a burden for the rest of her life.

Radhika Iyer. Why are you here? (Kindle Locations 750-751). Castles in the Air Press.

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Language: English

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Publication Date: 1 August 2021

Categories: Women’s Short Stories | Contemporary Women’s Fiction | Contemporary Literature & Fiction

Trigger Warnings: Profanity |Violence | Discrimination | Racism

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Why Are You Here? By Radhika Iyer is the first book published by Castles In The Air Press. 

Radhika was born in Malaysia, a daughter to immigrant parents. They were Indian first and Malaysian second, and this is how they raised her. The Indian community represents only 10% of the total population. Radhika felt like a minority within a minority, being part of a smaller group within the Indian community. It leads to an identity struggle, made worse when she moved to England and later Dubai. 

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The Alchemy Thief by R.A. Denny

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The Alchemy Thief takes us on a journey back to when pirates roamed the seas, and the Puritans preached the gospel to the Wampanoag Indians.

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But if she had gone back in time, could her actions change the future? Would people she knew never be born, or would she cease to exist? Had she just signed her death sentence with her words?

R.A. Denny. The Alchemy Thief ARC (Kindle Locations 1759-1760). UNKNOWN. Kindle Edition. 
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Language: English

Print Length: 474 pages

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Publication Date: 16 July 2021

Categories: History of Morocco | 17th Century World History | Historical African Fiction

Trigger Warnings: Violence | Death | Slavery | Mind Control

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R.A. Denny has graduated with a law degree from Duke University. She loves history and being active with horseback riding, swimming, and kayaking. She has two sons, one grandson, and another grandchild due soon. 

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The Edge of Cascadia by S.A. Sebuci

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The Edge of Cascadia is a futuristic novel about survival after an apocalypse.

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It’s the “what if” questions that get me going.

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Language: English

Print Length: 288 pages

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Publication Date: 3 August  2021

Categories: Dystopian Fiction | Dystopian Science Fiction | Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction

Trigger Warnings: Death | Suicide| Deity Swears

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S.A Sebucchi grew up in Washington and started writing at an early age. She studied at the University of Washington and earned a B.A. in Comparative History of Ideas. The author, her husband and two children live on a five-acre property in the woods. She loves reading, writing, and living in her imagination.

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Lizzie’s Dream Journal by Charlie King

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It wasn’t until she went upstairs to her room that she checked the journal out. The padded leather cover around the book felt nice to touch. “If you can write it, dream it,” read the raised words on the front cover.

CAAB Publishing. Lizzie’s Dream Journal Formatted (Kindle Locations 194-196). Kindle Edition.

Book cover of Lizzie's Dream Journal by Charlie King.

Charlie King lives in London and has started writing at an early age. He considers writing to be a hobby. On his blog, Charlie reviews books, TV shows and films. He also writes satirical articles and his observations of his life as an author. He works as a legal assistant, and when he is not writing, he relaxes by watching TV or playing video games.

Charlie published his first book in 2017. Lizzie’s Dream Journal is his third book, published in December 2020.

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The Algorithm by William Knight

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I’m fascinated by science and tech; its potential, its problems, its misuse and most specifically how it affects people. And for all its enormous impact, we didn’t vote for it. It simply arrived when some giant firm said so. But there has never been a more relevant time to explore our relationship with technological progress and the benefits we have been sold.

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Language: English

Print Length: 193pages

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Publication Date: 30 April 2021

Categories: Technothriller | Psychological Thriller | Conspiracy Thriller

Trigger Warnings: Profanity | Deity Swears | Death | Occult & Superstition

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William Knight has written for publications like the Financial Times, BBC, and others. He has published three novels: The Donated, XYZ, and The Algorithm. His books focus on the impact of technology use on individuals and families, exploring this theme from various human angles. Although we should make the best use of the available technology, we also need to be aware of its impact on our health and sanity.

He loves to hear from his readers, so feel free to contact him on social media through the links provided above. 

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Twisty Tales, Vol 1 by F.J. Beerling and V.A. Bryce

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Outrageously funny, page-turning tales full of delicious deceit and delightful disasters with a twist!

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F.J. Beerling started writing in 2014 and currently has eighteen published titles. She has received recognition for her writing from various sources. The Ministry of Defense, Her Majesty the Queen, and Martin Turnbull (former president of Australia), to name a few.

VA Bryce stayed in touch with his inner child and love to make people laugh. He uses these skills to create entertaining stories for children.

Lucy Gilbert is the digital illustrator of Twisty Tales. She gets inspired by visiting coastal locations in the U.K., where she likes to paint pebbles and enjoying the view.

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