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Lost Souls – Only the Inevitable Book 3 by NE Riggs

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Only the Inevitable Lost Souls Book 3 NE Riggs

David’s life has fallen apart. Bantong conspired against him he had no choice but to fail. He has nothing left, but he will avenge himself against Bantong and the priesthood which turned its back on him.

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Life Across the Cosmos Only the Inevitable Book 2 by N E Riggs

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NE Riggs Life Across the Cosmos

For the first time in his life, David has succeeded at something. He’s stuck serving a religion he doesn’t understand and doesn’t believe, but he can pretend he’s a hero. Life on Bantong contains more dangers than he realized, and he still can’t go home. How long until his life falls apart again? Only the Inevitable: Book 2

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Only the Inevitable: Book 1: Center of the Universe by NE Riggs

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NE Riggs Only the Inevitable Center of the Universe

David dreamed of being a hero. Then his lost his family and his life spun out of control. Nothing goes right for him anymore, and he’s stopped trying. One night, he sees an impossible battle. He is pulled through a gateway to a different planet: Bantong, the center of the universe. It is a mad place where nothing makes sense, but there he can live his dream. He can do whatever he likes, except get home.

On Earth, David messed everything up. With a new life in a new place where

nothing makes sense, can he make enough mistakes to become a hero? Or is he

destined to forever fail?

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Whisper in the Wood – Shadows of an Empire Book 6 by NE Riggs

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Whisper in the Wood Shadows of the Empire book 6 NE Riggs

The south is free from imperial control. Until now, the diemthe have not truly begun to fight. The full force of the rabets shifts into gear, and Illera remains their primary target.

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NE Riggs

I’m a native of Chicago, currently living in the middle of nowhere, Indiana because work. I am a math professor, which means I can do calculus in my sleep but can’t add to save my life. I have a cute beagle who dictates my schedule. I love fantasy and science-fiction, in that order, and my greatest joy is finding new ways to combine them.

Aster by Freya Lecrow

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The human race never thought it could happen. One day, it did. The Earth started to break apart then blew up. What was left of the human race loaded on a ship to find a new home. No one understood what would happen. They finally found a home, but didn’t know at the time that things that lived in stories really went bump in the night. A strange new world welcomes what is left of the humans, but can they live through what is to come? Will they find a home on this planet they call Aster?

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Happy Chrismahanukwanzakah, Y’all!

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As much as I love Christmas, I’ve come to dread the holiday season. Starting with Thanksgiving preparation, I begin to stress over the meal. Afterward, I start planning what to give as Christmas gifts and when I’m going to put a package in the mail for my daughter’s family. Also, her birthday is a week before Christmas, and I have to find a present for her.

Things I used to find absolutely imperative every holiday season: sending cards, writing a newsy letter, decorating the house, preparing holiday treats— They have become a pain in my butt and I simply don’t have the energy for them. I have serious allergies, and almost always have a sinus infection going on. I also have developed asthma over the years, so it’s difficult to go out. Too many scents out there to plague a sensitive nose or a delicate set of lungs. Not to mention, my son has to use our truck for his job—he works 5:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. This makes getting out difficult.

I don’t mean to sound like I’m whining, but dammit, I feel like it! Okay, getting worked up takes too much energy, so I will quietly state that I don’t give a shit about doing it up for Christmas. I like presents, but I hate shopping. I love finding the perfect gift, but I loath trying to decide what that may be. I enjoy the meal, but as I do the bulk of the cooking, it’s a pain in the ass. I like spending time with family and friends, but right now, I’d rather spend my time writing and editing, than actually communicating with anyone.

If you’re like me, and you dread the holiday season (though you really like cookies and other tasty treats) I have a suggestion for you. Go through the list of folks you have to buy gifts for, and buy them books. Yes, I know, not everyone is a reader. But if you can capture the one thing they find appealing, you’ve just given them the perfect gift. Cool thing is, even without a Kindle, they can read an Amazon book on any phone, tablet or computer by downloading the free app.

I realize that not everyone likes the same books, so I encourage you to explore some of my suggestions below. These names are by no means the only books I’m recommending. No one paid me to do this, no one twisted my arm to get me to include them. I’m listing people whose books I have read personally, and enjoyed. They aren’t in any particular order, mostly just train of thought. 

First of all, my books. Dellani Oakes writes historical (retro) romance, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, sci-fi and fantasy. To Buy Dellani’s Books 

Karen Vaughan is one of my favorite authors. She writes light hearted mysteries. To Buy Karen’s books 

Kenneth Weene writes a variety of genres, which will appeal to a lot of readers. To Buy Ken’s Books

Amanda Thrasher writes delightful books about fairies, but she also has a hard hitting anti-bullying book that is not to miss. To Buy Amanda’s Books 

Ruth Hays writes magical, epic fantasy that gets the heart pumping. To Buy Ruth’s Books 

Heather Poinsett Dunbar writes fantasy, that’s a bit on the dark side. To Buy Heather’s Books 

William Beck writes political thrillers that set your pulse racing from beginning to end.To Buy William’s Books

S. A. Bailey writes, what he calls, redneck noir. Think Mickey Spillane with an east Texas spin. To Buy Seth’s Books

Mark David Gerson also writes a wide variety of books. From learning to write, to mystical fantasy, he’s sure to appeal. To Buy Mark David’s Books 

Jo Ramsey writes wonderfully insightful stories for teens who don’t fit into the normal mold. To Buy Jo’s Books

Rowena Cherry writes sci-fi that carries you into space. Swords clang as a royal alien race tries to out maneuver one another. To Buy Rowena’s Books 

Gary D. Henry writes in many genres from retro romance to horror. To Buy Gary’s Books

Suzette Vaughn mostly writes romance, but she has other books as well. Sure to appeal to a wide number of readers. To Buy Suzette’s Books

J. Conrad Guest – sci-fi, romance, biography, memoir…the list goes on and on. To Buy J. Conrad’s Books

Rico Austin from a lighthearted children’s book, to memoirs, with a stop off at Graceland to visit The King, Rico has it. To Buy to Buy Rico’s Books

Stephanie Osborn’s Displaced Detective series brings Sherlock Holmes into the modern age. She also has fantastic sci-fi books that are a must read. To Buy Stephanie’s Books

Rachel Rueben’s book, Hag, is a wonderfully poignant look at teen life and the problems some face. Rachel also has some great How-To books for authors. To Buy Rachel’s Books

Marta Moran Bishop is another versatile author. Her books are mostly for children or young adults, but they are great for adults too. To Buy Marta’s Books

Barbara Ehrentreu The same can be said of Barbara’s books. Though geared toward teens, they are an enjoyable read for adults. To Buy Barbara’s Books

Fran Lewis has books in so many genres, I can’t name them all. Very approachable, they are sure to entertain. To Buy Fran’s Books

J.D. Holiday’s books for children are cleverly written and beautifully illustrated by the author. To Buy J.D.’s Books

Dianna Graveman’s books will appeal to those who like history. She has wonderful books on a variety of subjects. To Buy Dianna’s Books

Whit McClendon’s fantasy novels are cleverly crafted and full of action.To Buy Whit’s Books

Janet Morris has been a favorite author of mine since the Eighties. If you like sci-fi, fantasy or historical fiction, Janet has something for you. To Buy Janet’s Books

 Viv Drewa writes mystical mysteries with a hoot of a hero—an owl! To Buy Viv’s Books

Kemberlee Shortland writes romance with an Irish flavor. To Buy Kemberlee’sBooks 

I will continue to update and add to this list as I think of new people. Share this with your friends! Above all, have a Happy Chrismahanukwanzakah! Dellani

Outpassage Will Knock Your Socks Off!

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outpassageOutpassage – Janet Morris and Chris Morris

Dennis (Det) Cox is a soldier. He believes in his own abilities. To say that he believes in truth, justice and the American way might be pushing it a little. But he’s a man of honor and fights with all he has to protect his own.

Paige Barnett is a corporate of the highest order. Her boss, Raymond Godfrey (God), is the head of IST, the most powerful corporation on Earth & beyond. Paige knows how to play the system, but finds herself in hot water when she raises too many questions about incidents on a distant planet, known only as X-31A.

Paige’s life changes dramatically when she meets Det Cox on a blind date arranged by a dating service. Both are drugged and shanghaied, transported to another distant, mysterious planet, X-66B. There, Paige meets Freedom Ayoub and a wide variety of other people who preach about redemption, resurrection and the holy way. Things go from bad to worse when Det’s soldiers are told to put down a revolution on X-66B, using any means possible.

Outpassage, a new offering by Janet Morris and Chris Morris, takes the reader back to the roots of off-world sci-fi adventure. It’s full of intrigue, action, political power plays, as well as redemption, resurrection and the holy way. A thrill ride from start to finish, this book moves forward with the force of a freight train, leaving the reader begging for more. I hope that the Janet & Chris plan more books, making this into a series. They have laid the groundwork for more amazing books with Det and Paige at the helm.

The dialogue in Outpassage is snappy and keeps the story moving. It is also used as a very effective characterization tool. Each character has his or her own voice. Det Cox is hard bitten, all business and slightly paranoid. His words are peppered with sarcasm and cynicism. He’s a soldier, pure and simple. He takes nothing at face value and believes only what he can definitively prove.

Paige Barnett is a cultured, well educated, rich woman. Her pampered existence comes to an end, but she doesn’t falter or give up in the face of adversity. If anything, it makes her more determined to find her way home and bring justice to the deserving. She can be diplomatic, but she knows when not to be. She might freak out a little when the bullets fly, but she doesn’t let it get her down for long. She always bounces back, more determined than before.

Freedom Ayoub is an enigma. He takes Paige under his wing, helping, guiding and protecting. His gentle determination encompasses the other three main characters. His is a fascinating character study and I hope that he will be explored more in other books.

Allie Frickey, Det Cox’s Corporal, is pure soldier. She’s as good at what she does as Cox is. She does her best to protect him and their charges, Paige & Freedom. She is bold and tenacious, much as Paige is.

I greatly enjoyed Outpassage and highly recommend it to those who like a great sci-fi tale that doesn’t include Vulcans or androids or phasers – oh my!

Five Golden Acorns © Dellani Oakes 2014

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