Horizon by Tabitha Lord


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.

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!
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


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


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!

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer (Rick Riordan’s Norse Mythology)

Since my kiddos are getting a little bit older, I figure I will occasionally through some of the fun books that we get to read in here for good measure. This is the newest one we have gotten through and the three of us LOVED it!


Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he barely knows—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .


So let’s see…First of all, as I said, I started reading these books because my children are ripe for the age of action and adventure and all the fun things that certain authors bring to the table. Rick Riordan is so fit for all of these things. The charm and wit that he brings to his characters are unlike any author I have found in this category so far. He surrounds his stories with this clever charm and this snarkiness that even my seven years old finds hilarious. Where else can you find someone trying to fend off a fire giant with a make way for the duckling’s sign? But anyway into the book…You have this not so average teenager just trying to live his life on the streets after the passing of his mother when all of a sudden his life is turned upside down and he dies. Yup dies, DEAD as a doornail. And there the book begins. We are taken into the world of Valhalla and this is not your movie type Thor and the Norse Gods story, no it goes much more into the mythology than that. You are actually taught the stories just as Magnus learns of his history and what will come is he does not claim the sword of summer. I can’t really go into detail but it is a book packed full of action, laughs and yes even a few parts that tear at your heart strings. I will admit it, I totally read through the entire book BEFORE I finished it with the kids because I was so anxious to see what happened next. In fact, the next book JUST came out and I CAN”T WAIT to get started on it!

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer (Rick Riordan’s Norse Mythology)


Grey E L James

Now I said I was not going to read it, but I fell victim to curiosity and having read the other three, I decided to give this one a go and was pleasantly surprised


See the world of Fifty Shades of Grey anew through the eyes of Christian Grey.

In Christian’s own words, and through his thoughts, reflections, and dreams, E L James offers a fresh perspective on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the world.

Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty—until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him—past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian’s cold, wounded heart.

Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?

This book is intended for mature audiences.

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So I was really wary of this book, I didn’t think that it was going to be any good. I was worried that E L was just trying to capitalize off of her success and was vehemently against letting that happen. Not that I didn’t like her Fifty series, but just because most books that are rewritten from a different point of view, tend to be tedious and just nonsensical in my mind. But as I mentioned before, curiosity got the better of me and I picked this up off my best friend’s shelf during a lull in our pool time over the summer. As I curled up next to the pool, to get my yearly sunburn, I began to discover I was pleasantly surprised.

I really wanted to tear this book apart, I wanted to talk about how after writing a few books E L still managed to have a fan fiction feel with Grey but she didn’t. I wanted to say there was so much of the first Fifty Shades in this book that it wasn’t worth picking it up but it wasn’t. This book really is like reading a whole new book. There had been so many questions if you read the series, based around just exactly who Christian was and what really happened in his past. The book not only documents what happens between him and Ana but also delves into his past and what made him who he was when we come to meet him. It discusses why exactly he was so preoccupied with dominant behavior and why he was so intensely preoccupied with Ana.

It was honestly quite interesting to see E L’s growth as an author. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself feeling for Christian as a person and as a character. I empathized with his past and wanted him to achieve some sort of self-evolution. I wanted to see him succeed, not in capturing Ana but in getting past his own demons. As for Ana, she was still Ana. I never had any sympathies for that character and seeing it from his point of view, though he is terribly in love with her, it makes her seem like a less sympathetic character.

With all of that in mind, I have to give the book 4 tasty treats, if you have the chance read it, let me know what you think.




Reviewed by Lady H.

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4.5****Fun, Snarky, Hot & Steamy, Entertaining, Hilarious, Sexy, Glamourous, Vajazzled and Big Daddylilious Stars!!!!!!

First and foremost before I proceed with my “vajazzled” review, I want to thank Avery Aster for her compliment on my Goodreads reviews. This is what she wrote:

“Your Goodreads reviews for erotic romance are effin’ fabulous. Have you read me yet? I’d squeal if you did! *David Gandy Smile*”

I was flabbergasted and flattered. Even more honored when she asked if I would read her book if it was offered at no cost to me in exchange for my honest review. She wants me to read and review her book, sniff, sniff. Of course I would!!! An unbiased one at that. Don’t think just because it’s free I would give excellent 5 stars review, it’s all based on how it affects me. I am brutally honest and blunt.

Sad to say, I had not read or even heard of this fabulous author. How could this happen? I honestly don’t know but what I do know is too many awesome authors have popped out of nowhere recently and I really truly can’t keep up. NEED MORE TIME in my day!!! Anyway, enough of all these blah blah blah.

Here you go…

“Manhattanites are noted as jaded bunch. We own designer footwear in excess, overspend on vodka cocktails and work sunup to sundown. By accident love takes a backseat but we always find time for sex.”

Ain’t this true? We always find time for sex or we would be cranky bitches. I have a friend with benefits I call from time to time. How about you all?

When I started reading, I had no flipping idea what I was getting into other than I quote “Think Jackie Collins meet Maya Banks with the cast of Sex & The City.” and “Charge up your vibrator, bust out the champagne (now I know why the bubbly, *smirking*) and get ready to laugh til your clit can’t take it anymore.” from Avery. But guess what, that was enough to get me all riled up and ready for a raunchy read. This book is part of a series called The Manhattanites. This is book two of the series and I was told it can be read as a stand alone since I have yet to read book one. This book’s focus is on Taddy and Warner but have many supporting roles that make this book an amazing read. This book is about finding love, self discovery, forgiveness, friendship and steamy sex.

Here’s the entire cast of characters. I like how Avery lays out all the characters for us so we can better prepare ourselves when their part shows up in the book.

Tabitha “Taddy Brill” Adelaide Brillford: (27) aka “Red”. I love Taddy. I have found another favorite heroine, making 2 total and I have read 104 books. Heroine like her don’t come around that often. I hate those weak, needy and spineless ones.

“It’s not my intention to be a diva. It just happens. I wake up like I’m flippin’ Beyoncé or something.” ~ Taddy Brill, CEO of Brill, Inc.

Taddy is a young, beautiful, smart, snarky, successful, brave, fearless and outrageously sexy natural redhead. Get this, only two percent of people in the world had her natural hair color, making Red all the more special. She’s the owner and CEO of a very successful PR Firm, Brill, Inc. Her multi-million empire was self build from a tender age of eighteen despite being born into a very wealthy, high profile family.

Due to life’s a bitch and life of the rich and famous, Taddy was tossed aside and sent to boarding school at seventh grade due to adults issues and blame it on the child. GROW THE FUCK UP!!!!

“I didn’t do anything wrong…” ~ Taddy (That’s right, she didn’t!!)

Since not once, her parents came to visit and no interactions with them whatsoever throughout the years, what’s the point of having parents, so at the age of sixteen, Taddy filed for emancipation from her parents.

Fortunately for Taddy, she has her best friend Lex since birth that was sent to the same boarding school. During her days at the boarding school, she also became friends with Vive and Blake whom all became her best friends and what she later consider her only family. She’s loyal and tough and would do anything for them.

Besides being all strong, brave, fearless etc. I love how she’s not shy about her sexuality and an obsessive masturbator. I wish I have a sex dungeon too! Taddy has the abilities to visualize anything she sees into a sexual fantasy. She also has a sexual fantasy obsession with a NFL quarterback, Brayden Brooks. She seems to be able to orgasm in wherever place she’s in. Be it in the gym, at Pilates, or having a pedicure.

The pedicure scene is my ultimate favorite. I laughed so hard I had flippin‘ tears!! I wish I could write the whole scene but where would all the fun be which is having to make you go buy the book and read it. Though here’s a little snippet of it to get you enticed.

“You want some Taddy-lic-ious-kitty?” ~ Taddy
“You are freakin’ me out lady. I’m gay–knock it off!” ~ Mr Lee
“…Please do not masturbate while I do your feet. I cannot take another moaning horny white woman this week.” ~ Mr Lee
“Sorry, it’s the spa chair. It gets me hot and bothered.” ~ Taddy

Geez Whiz!! I can’t stop laughing even while trying to type it out!!!

With the shitty cards Taddy was dealt by her parents at childhood, she is closed off. She refuses to get close or bond with anyone other than her three best friends. She distance herself from people. Taddy had learned as a teen if she didn’t want to get hurt, she don’t get attached. She’s afraid to love or to be loved. She’s emotional closed off as well. Can you believe in all her life up til adulthood, no one had ever said “I love you” to her? This is so sad. Taddy is such an amazing woman and because of her parents, she’s so vulnerable.
She so deserved to be loved and cherished by someone who adores her. Well…maybe she will *smirking*…
This is my favorite quote in the book and it’s about Taddy. It made me shed tears for her. I love you, Taddy.

“Your passion for life, the confidence you have within you to move forward and the love you give to others and deserve, but never expect in return.” ~ Kiki

“Please don’t fall in love with me. I screw everything up. I always have. I always will.” ~ Taddy

Warner Truman: (33) aka “Big Daddy”. Oh my lord!! How do all these authors come up with such perfect alpha males, I have no flippin’ idea! Warner could easily make my top 10 book boyfriend with his credentials. He’s sinfully sexy, outrageously handsome, built like a quarterback, fuck-tabu-lous in bed, sweet, honest, polite, upstanding, caring and loving. He’s PERFECT!

“I used to strive to live my life for happiness, not money or status. I don’t know what happened or why I stopped.” ~ Warner Truman, CEO of Truman Enterprises

Warner Truman, CEO of Truman Enterprises. Like Taddy, he’s a self made billionaire building his hotel and resort empire with his two bare hands. At twenty-eight, he’s already a successful hotel mogul, turning millions into billions. At thirty-three, Warner Truman is one of the richest men in the world. Warner wasn’t merely one of the many well-to-do chaps on Wall Street. FUCK NO!!! Next to Carlo Slim Helú and Bill Gates, he was the third richest man on the planet.

Happily married at a young age of eighteen but widowed a decade later losing his beloved wife to bone cancer. The day he laid her to rest, his heart was buried with hers. From then on, he dove into his work guarding his empire like he guards his heart from the gold-digging hanger-on-type women who’s only after his fortunes. He never thought he would love another woman again until he met the brassy, raunchy, sinfully sexy, outrageously beautiful and captivating…Mademoiselle RED.

“If I ever fall for a woman again, she’ll have her own money.” ~ Warner

Alexandra “Lex” Easton: (27) fashion designer to the stars and founder of Easton Essentials. She’s the late rock-n-roll legend Eddie Easton’s daughter. She’s also Taddy’s BFF since childhood.

Blake Morgon III: (27) a gorgeous looking gay (Why are most gorgeous guys gay? *sigh*) who is estranged from his husband. He is also the co-founder, Vice President of Brill, Inc and the brains behind many of Taddy’s account. He’s also one of Taddy’s BFFs

Vivica “Vive” Farnworth: (28) a serious party girl who met Lex, Taddy and Blake in boarding school. Vive is the editor-in-chief of Debauchery Magazine and liquor heiress.

Kelly “Kiki” Ivy Kailyn Izatt: (21) a virgin Mormon assistant to Taddy Brill. She moved to New York from Provo, Utah, with dreams of making it in the big city.

Countess Irma Brillford: (51) Taddy’s estranged mother.

Birdie Easton: (48) Lex’s pill popping addicted mother recovering from sexual compulsive disorder and a former friend to Irma.

Sheldon Truman: (32) Warner’s younger brother. A retired male fashion model.

Aunt Muffie: (age unknown) Countess Irma’s sister who remains the only relatives Taddy keeps in contact with.

In due time and eventually, Taddy and Warner are going to run into each other. Ironically, they both live in New York City but it took them on New Year’s Eve in St Barth’s, French West Indies to finally meet.

We have Brayden Brooks to thank since she has such an obsession with him. Taddy know what she wants and she wants Brayden. After six years and over ninety-eight games, her time was now. When she saw a tall stud standing at least six-foot-five, legs thick like great oak trees, wide broad sculpted shoulders, hands large enough to throw a football one hundred twenty yards, can bench press two hundred twenty-four pounds in twenty four reps and squat five hundred pounds, a total hunkadoris, she had no doubt it’s Brayden Brooks. She approached him with total confidence. Guess what? He wasn’t Brayden. See, from behind, Warner and Brayden could be twins. That’s why we have him to thank, if not, Taddy wouldn’t have approached Warner. Holy Big Daddy, his face was per-fucking-fection according to Taddy.

“Her eyes counted his abs up–two (umm), four (ooh), six (holy shit), eight (he’s mine).” ~ Taddy

Their accidental meeting was hilarious, sexy, hot and steamy. OMG!! The sexual tension between Warner and Taddy were electrifying. Once they sat down, magic started. Both may have just met but were immediately drawn to each other. All this happened over champagne talk. It’s amazing how different types of bubbly can be so arousing and tantalizing. These two alpha male and female knew what they want and are not afraid to show their affections toward each other. The way Warner advances towards Taddy was suave, smooth, bold and yet gentle. He is such a perfect gentleman. With all the sexual tension bottled up in Taddy, the fondling at the table and dirty bubbly talk, guess what happened? Uh-huh! She fucking did!! After Taddy had an insatiable orgasm, they thought it would be best if they continue with their affection somewhere more private, somewhere like Warner’s winter home. Warner’s never met such an incredible and amazing woman since his late wife. He must have her or at least get to know her better. But when they got there, they smack right into Warner’s worst nightmare. What is it, you ask? You think I’ll tell? Guess what? Damn straight I’m not! Go get your own book and find out.

After Taddy walked out of Warner’s life, it took them 5 months before they meet again. 5 FUCKING FRUSTRATING MONTHS!!!!! I ask myself, what the fuck? After some thoughts, I can see how that’s possible. They both being workaholics and not in the same line of business and their empire’s their life, chances of running into each other were pretty slim. Also, with the fact that Warner didn’t know Red’s real identity, there was no way of finding her.

Do you think sparks continue to fly when they meet again? Can Taddy let go of her past and break down her walls to let someone love her and her loving back? There’s so many twist and turns in this book that makes it a really fun read. It made me laugh, cry and horny. There’s not one part of the book I did not enjoy at all. The sex scenes, OMG!! LOVE THEM!! They are fuck-tabu-lous!!!! Sizzling smoking pussy dripping hot, I tell ya!!

“Open,…I want the tip of your tongue to touch my balls when you go down on me.”
“Now look up at me while you suck.”
“…you’re fucking wet.”
“You’re tight.”
“Eat me out first next time.”
“Want me to stop and start over?”
“Get your sweet pussy back on my cock, woman.”
“You wanna come again,…?”
“Throw your cunt back at me, baby. Give it to me…”
“I’m coming. I’m coming,…Baby, you’e making me–”
“Milk it. That’s it. There you go”
“Get your tongue in my slit, suck me dry.”

This book may be categorized under erotica romance, I like the fact that it’s not all about fucking sex, sex, sex. One can only read so much about screwing each other silly. Avery’s style of writing is amazing. I like her spunkiness. I know there are parts in the book that makes you say “Hell! No way that’s possible” or it’s totally outrageous. But that’s the fun of a fiction read. It’s all fantasy. It’s why we pick up a book and read, to escape. The real world has too many sad happenings around us already. For me, I rather read the outrageous and scenes that make me swear or want to wring someone else’s neck. But hey! That’s me! I dearly love the cast introductions. I like how it prepares me. I like to be in the know. Oh! Oh! Oh! One more thing I like a lot about this book is that the country I was born and raised in was mentioned. Can you guess what country? It’s SINGAPORE! This is the second book I’ve come across that mentioned it. It make me grin like a Cheshire Cat. The only reason I didn’t give it a full 5 stars is because I’m a stickler when it comes to errors and there’s quite a few in this book. Overall, I like it very much. I can’t wait for Blake’s and Vive’s story. But, while I wait patiently, I will move on and read book one Undressed.

*Thank you NetGallery & Elloras Cave for providing me with this free copy of excellent read.*

Love and Devotion

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When I first started reading Love and
Devotion I didn’t really know what to expect. I am not a fan of
affairs since I lived through my father’s yet I plowed through
because I had hopes that this book was not going to be about a
broken home. I have to say I was not disappointed. This story is
way more than a scandal between KC and her mother’s best friend
Lonnie. That is just a road block to the true heart of this story
the relationship between KC and Emma. A friendship that so
desperately wants to be more, but is being led by two very hard
headed woman who are afraid of the what if’s. I really enjoyed this
book. I felt not only a connection to KC and Emma, but to KC’s
entire family. Her wonderfully Southern Mama made me smile, her
bossy big sis Kendall made me laugh with her ‘I don’t take no shit
attitude’ and her little sister Trina made me swell with pride when
she finally found her wings. This story has everything from hot
sex, to good ole Southern values. I was thoroughly impressed and
look forward to reading more from Jove Belle

Bonus Scene
Chester Hall swore he stopped breathing completely when his baby
called to say they needed him. He checked his revolver carefully to
make sure it was loaded, then strapped on the holster. He drove far
too fast all the way to KC’s house, his heart pounding the entire
time. Evelyn had wanted to come, but he couldn’t let her. Two of
his girls in danger was too much. He couldn’t add his wife to the
mix. He slid to a stop on the loose gravel of KC’s driveway, and
left his car door hanging open in his haste to get inside. He
didn’t start breathing again until he rounded the corner and found
KC and Jackson seated side by side on the long bench seat lined her
back porch. Trina was nowhere in sight. Jackson sat with his head
in his hands and giant sobs shook his body. KC had one hand on his
back. The other held a shotgun that Chester had never seen before.
He’d bet it came from Emma. That girl was a solid thinker, prepared
for all eventualities. KC drew a deep breath when she saw him. Her
eyes sparkled with tears, but her voice was clear and strong when
she spoke. “Hi, Daddy.” The back door hung open and the window had
been shattered. Broken bits of glass lay on the ground, some on the
porch, but the majority covered the kitchen floor. Chester said a
prayer of thanks for whatever stopped Jackson from entering the
house while filled with rage. He suspected the primary block had
come in the form of KC and the shotgun in her arms. Chester
responded to KC, but he couldn’t hear his own words past the
thunder of blood rushing through him. His girls were safe. That was
all that mattered. KC stood and kissed him on the cheek. Jackson
tried to stand when KC did, but Chester couldn’t abide that. The
man had harmed one of his daughters routinely for God knows how
long, and on this very night he’d attempted to harm her again,
along with her sister. He clamped his hand down on Jackson’s
shoulder. “Sit back down, son.” It took all of Chester’s strength
to remember the lessons he’d tried to teach his own family. God,
Kendall, his oldest daughter, how she liked to fight when she was
younger. That girl was forever coming home with a black eye and a
story of how the other person looked worse. She was usually right.
He’d worked hard back then to teach her that violence was never the
solution. Now, faced with his son-in-law when his emotions were raw
and running high, Chester could not, for the life of him, remember
why that was. Jackson would likely benefit with a good old
fashioned trip to the woodshed. “Sheriff is on his way.” KC moved
toward the door. “I’m going to see to Trina.” Chester nodded and
sat next to Jackson on the bench. He chose the space between
Jackson and the open back door. He’d level that boy before he let
him inside any of their homes again. “This can’t happen again,
son.” Chester said the words carefully. He would protect his
family. Jackson needed to know what he was up against. “Never
again.” Jackson looked him in the eye. “Yes, sir.” The sat in
silence until the sheriff arrived and carted Jackson away in
handcuffs. He’d never, in all his life, felt as useless as he did
that night. He had no idea how they’d reached that point and even
less idea how to fix it all. Evelyn would know what to do. She
always did. He drove home at a much safer pace, thankful to have
the love of a good woman to help him through.

About the Author
Jove Belle was born and raised against a backdrop of orchards and potato fields. The youngest of four children, she was raised in a conservative, Christian home and began asking why at a very young age, much to the consternation of her mother and grandmother. At the customary age of eighteen, she fled southern Idaho in pursuit of broader minds and fewer traffic jams involving the local livestock. The road didn’t end in Portland, Oregon, but there were many confusing freeway interchanges that a girl from the sticks was ill prepared to deal with. As a result, she has lived in the Portland metro area for over fifteen years and still can’t figure out how she manages to spend so much time in traffic when there’s not a stray sheep or cow in sight.
She lives with her partner of thirteen years. Between them, they share three children, two dogs, two cats, two mortgage payments, one sedan, and one requisite dyke pickup truck. One day she hopes to live in a house that doesn’t generate a never-ending honey-do list.