Horizon by Tabitha Lord

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WINNER Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards 2016

FINALIST Next Generation Indie Awards
FINALIST National Indie Excellence Awards

Caeli Crys isn’t living–she’s surviving. On the run after the genocide of her empathic people, she witnesses a spaceship crash near her hidden camp. When she feels the injured pilot suffering from miles away, she can’t help but risk discovery to save his life.

Commander Derek Markham awakens stranded on an uncharted planet. His copilot is dead, his ship is in ruins, and he’s only alive because a beautiful young woman is healing him with her mind.

As Derek recovers, Caeli shares the horror of her past and her fear for the future. When Derek’s command ship, Horizon, sends rescue, Derek convinces Caeli to leave with him. But his world is as treacherous as hers–full of spies, interplanetary terrorist plots, and political intrigue. Soon the Horizon team is racing to defend an outlying planet from a deadly enemy, and Caeli’s unique skills may just give them the edge they need to save it.

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Get ready for the ride of a lifetime. This book was out of this world. Ok, ok I am done with the cliche phrases and I will get to the heart of this matter. Horizon was a book that really touched me in a way that I wasn’t expecting. Now firstly, I met the wondrous Tabitha Lord at my first ever Rhode Island Comic Con. As I was swooning over the sights and sounds I journeyed my ay into authors ally and got to really get a peek into the hearts and minds of some brilliant people.Now at first glimpse, I honestly would never have picked up this book. I am not too keen on world’s that are not my own, or anything that really touches on too much science fiction. (yes I KNOW I was at Comic Con and I am a world class geek….it really makes no sense but I read what I read…hush yourself). As I delved into this book I felt swept up in Caeli’s empathetic nature and the situation she was in. Her resourcefulness and kindness set her apart from any other characters I have read about in a long time. When she met Derek, the connection that bonded them together really made me feel something special. Tabitha’s true to life descriptions and details really tied the story together. Learning about what happened on the planet in the past and what was happening in the present on the other planets was interesting and intriguing. I found myself turning the pages just to get more information. I loved getting to know each of the characters and how they took on their roles not only in the story but in the parts they played in the world around them. There was not a loose end left. I find myself at a standstill, eagerly waiting for the next book to come out. I’m very excited that I won’t have to wait very long!
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Tabitha currently lives in Rhode Island. She is married, has four great kids, two spoiled cats, and lovable lab mix. Her degree is in Classics from College of the Holy Cross and she taught Latin for years at an independent Waldorf school, where she now serves on the Board of Trustees.
Tabitha’s debut novel, Horizon, won the Writer’s Digest Grand Prize for Self-Published Fiction in 2016, and was named finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and National Indie Excellence Awards. Infinity, the second book in the Horizon series, was released in June 2017. Her short story “Homecoming” appears in the anthology Sirens, edited by Rhonda Parrish and published by World Weaver Press, and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is also a senior editor for http://www.BookClubBabble.com.
Visit her blog at http://www.tabithalordauthor.com where she discusses favorite topics including parenting, teaching, and her writing journey. You can also follow her on twitter @tlordauthor, Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/tlordauthor/, and connect on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/tlordauthor.

Relentless Rhythm by Michelle Mankin

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The one she really wants is out of reach.
The one he really needs is already taken.
Dizzy Lowell, rhythm man for the rising rock band Tempest is a wizard on the guitar and a wonder with women. But the hookup specialist hides his emotional scars beneath his suave exterior. He never lets anyone truly touch him.
April Reynolds, the confident bartender of the Diamond Mine, knows her way around a cocktail, but Dizzy has her all mixed up. She knows what’s safe. She’s tired of settling, though. It would be so easy to fall under his spell.
Except for that ring around her finger.
Two searching souls separated by a thin metal band.
Some dreams are dangerous.
Some secrets shouldn’t be shared.
Sometimes what we wish for most can never be

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rock star rating

Michelle Mankin’s 4th installment of the Tempest series left me Dizzy with a severe book hangover. Get it? Dizzy…because the main man’s name is Dizzy….ahem anyway. She once again penned another evocative and heartfelt book guaranteed to hit you right in the soul. ❤

An enchantress with a pen Michelle once again take us on a trip in surround sound with the boys of Tempest. We find ourselves falling in love with the rhythm guitarist as we ache to find a way to save his beautiful bartender. Dizzy Lowell is everything you could want in a leading man, the moves, the words and the rhythm. April has the beauty, the brains and the guts that we all wish we could have in her sitiation. Mixing faerietales and rock and roll Michelle Mankin spins music and words into a tale that revs up our wild side and lifts up our romantic hearts in such a fantastic rhythm that can only leave us wanting for more. In her 4th Tempest novel she surrounds us with a story that hits close to the heart and soul of her readers. Beautiful and fierce she takes us on a ride that could only be told by a man who knows what it’s like to push through a hard past and finally realized that sometimes believing in those things that make you happy can really make your dreams come true. With a little bit of faith a little but if trust and a whole lot if happy thoughts rock and roll can be an eye opening experience. I can’t wait to see what happens next!