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Book Blitz: A Voice in the Silence by D. L. Finn

A Voice in the Silence

by D.L. Finn

Genre: Paranormal Thriller, Cozy Romance

Drea Burr has experienced more than her share of loss when a stray dog, cat, and rat enter her life. Although the animals start to mend her broken heart, there is something very unusual about them. During a snowstorm, Drea discovers a chilling set of footprints leading to her front window. Both the police and a ghostly messenger warn her about a killer stalking widows. Help comes from her late husband’s best friend, Adam Hale. As the two try to discover answers, more questions arise— about a killer, ghosts, and animals experimented on in a lab.

Can Drea and Adam survive the threats coming from so many directions and save themselves and the animals they’ve grown to love? Or will more tragedy destroy her second chance at happiness? Find out in this thrilling, cozy paranormal adventure.

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A slight breeze wove through the pine trees, making them sway to nature’s song, but Drea and the dog didn’t join in the flowing movement. Instead, they maintained a tense pose, as if studying each other from a safe distance.

Drea made the first slow movement of setting her newspaper down. “Are you lost?”

The beautiful brown eyes pulled her in. It was like they could peer into her soul. There was no threat or fear in those eyes as the fluffy dog sat down. Encouraged, Drea stepped back into the garage and grabbed the pink leash and collar still hanging on the wall. The dog watched her every move with a slow tail wag.

A can of dog food she hadn’t donated to the shelter yet caught her eye. “Hungry?”

It wagged its tail harder.

She opened the can and shook the smelly chunks onto a white paper plate she kept under the cans. Holding the offering, she moved cautiously to the dog. Using a soft tone and a smile, she kept moving forward. “It’s okay. I won’t hurt you.”

The dog blinked and nodded as if it understood her. The sun fully abandoned the sky, leaving behind the encroaching darkness lit by a half moon. But the sadness that had weighed her down seeped out into the night with each step she took toward the pup. She wished she’d brought a flashlight, but the evening offered its remaining luminescence. Soon she was within a foot of the dog. The posture and build indicated a golden retriever mix like her Lady, but this was a male, and he was beautiful.

“I don’t recognize you. I know all the neighbor’s dogs. You have a home?”

The dog blinked and shook his head as her feet crunched through the dry pine needles. The sound reminded her of when Robbie would place bubble wrap on the ground and gleefully jump on it. She would clean them up—tomorrow. As she got closer, the dog’s condition was more apparent. He hadn’t eaten in a while.

“Here, this used to be Lady’s food. I lost her a little while ago.”

He licked his snout as though he understood. Smart dog.

“No collar. Maybe you have a chip.”

She set the food down and backed away. He lunged toward the plate and wiped it clean in seconds, then sat down, licking his chops. She inched her way toward him. Each step toward the mutt brought him closer to her heart, which was beating like she’d run a marathon. She slowly reached out and rubbed his fur. The dog didn’t flinch. In fact, a small sigh escaped him. Drea gently searched for injuries. Other than a small gash on his neck, he appeared healthy and wasn’t afraid.

“You must have someone who loves you. What happened?”

She wished the dog could answer.

D. L. Finn is an independent California local who encourages everyone to embrace their inner child. She was born and raised in the foggy Bay Area, but in 1990 she relocated with her husband, kids, dogs, and cats to Nevada City, in the Sierra foothills. She immersed herself in reading all types of books but especially loved romance, horror, and fantasy. She always treasured creating her own reality on paper. Finally, surrounded by towering pines, oaks, and cedars, her creativity was nurtured until it bloomed. Her creations include adult fiction, poetry, a unique autobiography, and children’s books. She continues on her adventure with an open invitation to all readers to join her.

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Episode 54 Desert Places by Blake Crouch

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Welcome to A Reader’s Book Corner!

In today’s episode I discuss the psychological thriller, Desert Places by Blake Crouch. This story is about siblings, being aware of your surroundings and asking yourself what would you do if placed in danger.


*The dynamics between twins

*Answering the question when placed in danger

*How to survive a dangerous killer

*Cliffhanger ending

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Happy Reading!


Episode 53 Interview with Romance Author Alexandra Warren

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Welcome to A Reader’s Book Corner!

In today’s episode I had the pleasure of speaking with Contemporary Romance author Alexandra Warren. She has written and published over thirty works to date, all of which intentionally center Black love. She is also the co-founder of Girl, Have You Read…, a digital platform dedicated to Black romance written by Black authors. 

When she’s not in front of her computer, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family, watching sports, and clearing her DVR. Alexandra is a proud native of Omaha, Nebraska, but she currently calls Houston, Texas home.


*We talk about her journey into the industry

*We talk about her new sports romance series Houston Skyhawks

*Her experience co-writing a book series and more

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Happy Reading!

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Book Blitz: Innovative Magic by Cristy L. Bowlin

Innovative Magic

The Hybrid Magic Chronicles Book 2

by Cristy L. Bowlin

Genre: YA Fantasy

A broken enchantment. An uncertain alliance. A dangerous journey.

Aaron has made a terrible mistake. He unleashed a powerful mage who will only make him and his friends more of a target for the Defenders who hunt them. When Theo is taken, Elara must use her newfound abilities to track him down, while Aaron vows to fix his mistake before anyone else gets hurt. With assistance from some experienced seers, healers, and combat mages, Aaron and his friends embark on a quest across the Deravine Commonwealth and into a cold northern land. The trip is anything but easy, forcing the hybrid mages to learn how to rely on themselves. As Theo slips further away from them, the Defenders gain more followers. With few people they can trust, the hybrid mages are left wondering—Is any place safe for them now?

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“So, it’s really been almost eleven years?”

“Yes, I turn fifteen next month. I’ve learned how to do a lot more with my abilities.” Aaron pointed to the large double doors at the end of the aisle. “And there are several guards posted on the other side of those doors. There’s nowhere left for you to run.”

Florella grinned. “I’m not worried about a few guards. You may have learned a lot since I last saw you, but don’t forget that I’ve still got quite a few years on you. My father had me start training as soon as I could walk.”

Aaron hadn’t forgotten. He doubted he could stop Florella on his own again, especially if it was just the two of them. The last time they confronted each other in this temple, Aaron was only a small child surrounded by adults who were doing everything they could to protect him, including his mother using her own combat magic to fight Florella. Without her help and the element of surprise, Aaron was at a loss.

Right before Theo had arrived, Florella said, “My offer still stands—I could train you if you’ll join me.”

Now she was making the same offer to Theo. Aaron wondered why it was so important to her. What would she do if both of them said no? Aaron watched Theo across the room, concerned that he hadn’t immediately refused. “Don’t listen to her, Theo!”

Florella cast an angry sidelong glance at Aaron. “All I want to do is help you. Why can’t you see that?” She walked to one of the windows and pressed her hands up to the glass. Moments later tendrils of mist played at the edges of the window. Within a few minutes, the view outside the temple was completely obscured by fog.

“No,” Aaron whispered. Not again. He remembered the fog from last time. It made his friends and family see illusions while Aaron was the only one who knew the city was mired in mist. Florella would be able to walk out the temple doors and go right past the guards without them knowing. She was going to get away.

Aaron’s limbs remained frozen in place, but he used his magic to reach for the stone sphere at his feet. It shook slightly. He concentrated harder until the sphere began to roll toward Florella. It picked up speed and knocked her feet out from under her. She screamed in rage, and her hold on Aaron broke. He could move again.

He sprinted as quickly as he could toward the door that led back into the palace. Theo didn’t turn or even flinch as Aaron ran by. Aaron realized with a pang of guilt that Theo was still immobile. He hated leaving his friend behind, but his only hope was to get help from the guards who were inside where the fog couldn’t reach.

Aaron had just made it to the fountain at the middle of the path when he felt something hit him in the back of the head. Bright spots took over his field of vision as the ground flew up to meet him.

Cristy L. Bowlin is a college English professor and author of The Temple Dancer’s Diary and The Hybrid Magic Chronicles, set in the fantasy realm of the Deravine Commonwealth. She currently lives in Southern California with her husband, daughter, and pet cat. When she isn’t reading or writing, she is most likely tap dancing, hiking, or getting invested in (another) TV series.

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