New Release ⤞ Framed – A Black Swann Investigation by Wayne Kerr


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Title:
Framed – A Black Swann Investigation
Author: Wayne Kerr
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Toronto’s newest homicide detective, Reggie Swann, seemed to have it all: great career, handsome husband and plans to start a family, until she was framed for murder…
A cop has very few friends in prison. After surviving ten brutal years behind bars, Reggie’s conviction is finally overturned thanks to her tenacious mother, a new forensic test and a very clever lawyer. She quickly discovers that getting her old life back won’t be as easy as she hoped. To many, she was still as the media had dubbed her: ‘Black Swann – murderer and cop-gone-bad’. The Toronto Police Department still considers her to be a suspect, Reggie’s husband has remarried and the real killer is still on the loose.
Before Reggie can return to Toronto and solve the crime that ruined her life, she reluctantly agrees to investigate a murder in her home town of Penticton, only to discover the two cases which are separated by ten years and five provinces might somehow be connected. Will anyone believe the wild theories of the disgraced detective?
The real murderer does. He framed her once, this time Reggie Swann must die!

Author Bio

Canadian author, Wayne Kerr, was born and raised in the small town of Biggar, Saskatchewan (New York is big, but this is Biggar). He married his high school sweetheart, Marlene, thirty-nine years ago and has lived happily ever since. They resided in the United States for the past twenty years, but recently returned to Canada and now call the beautiful Okanagan region of British Columbia home. The writer honed his story-telling skills while keeping his five younger siblings and later his daughter entertained during long cold winters. When not reading or writing thrillers, Wayne is probably hiking, biking or playing tennis.
For more information on the author and his books please visit: waynekerrnovels.com or follow him on twitter: @waynekerrnovels

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Review ⤞ What Does Consent Really Mean? by Pete Wallis, Joseph Wilkins, Thalia Wallis

What Does Consent Really Mean?
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"Consent is not the absence of 'NO', it is an enthusiastic YES!!"


While seemingly straightforward, Tia and Bryony hadn't considered this subject too seriously until it comes up in conversation with their friends and they realise just how important it is.


Following the sexual assault of a classmate, a group of teenage girls find themselves discussing the term consent, what it actually means for them in their current relationships, and how they act and make decisions with peer influence. Joined by their male friends who offer another perspective, this rich graphic novel uncovers the need for more informed conversations with young people around consent and healthy relationships. Accompanying the graphics are sexual health resources for students and teachers, which make this a perfect tool for broaching the subject with teens.



⤞ MY REVIEW ⤝


This is one of the best graphic novels I've read!
Not only is it well written and nicely illustrated, but it also tackles a very important issue, that has been broadly discussed lately, but I am not confident enough that its importance has been emphasized to the younger populations.

And, this novel could serve exactly that purpose!

Just like the creators highlight, consent is not just the absence of "No", but an enthusiastic and explicitly communicated "YES".

This message is conveyed through the graphic novel, when a group of female friends start discussing about one of their new classmates who is rumored to have been raped.

I like the fact that the girls at first seem to never having thought of the issue of consent in much detail before, something that I am fairly sure is the case among the majority adolescents. But, gradually and through their conversation, they start realizing that they do not have any need or obligation to consent to anything they are not 100% sure they want.

And, then, their male friends approach them and are let into the conversation, which only serves to make it even more realistic and important, as it is highlighted that they do not purposefully make their girlfriends do stuff the latter might not have done otherwise, but they really have no clue as to how to properly ask for their consent and not just assume that they do.

I can't stress enough how important it is for today's adolescents to have access to this particular graphic novel, and especially to familiarize with the concept of consent.


All in all, 5 stars for an important graphic novel, 
which succeeds in conveying a powerful message.

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Review ⤞ The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari

The Best Kind of Magic

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Amber Sand is not a witch. The Sand family Wicca gene somehow leapfrogged over her. But she did get one highly specific magical talent: she can see true love. As a matchmaker, Amber's pretty far down the sorcery food chain (even birthday party magicians rank higher), but after five seconds of eye contact, she can envision anyone's soul mate.

Amber works at her mother's magic shop--Windy City Magic--in downtown Chicago, and she's confident she's seen every kind of happy ending there is: except for one--her own. (The Fates are tricky jerks that way.) So when Charlie Blitzman, the mayor's son and most-desired boy in school, comes to her for help finding his father's missing girlfriend, she's distressed to find herself falling for him. Because while she can't see her own match, she can see his--and it's not Amber. How can she, an honest peddler of true love, pursue a boy she knows full well isn't her match?

The Best Kind of Magic is set in urban Chicago and will appeal to readers who long for magic in the real world. With a sharp-witted and sassy heroine, a quirky cast of mystical beings, and a heady dose of adventure, this novel will have you laughing out loud and questioning your belief in happy endings.



⤞ MY REVIEW ⤝


The first novel of Windy City Magic was a fantastic start to a bran new series, one I had not anticipated to like so much and one I absolutely loved.
From the easy to read writing and the brilliant heroine, all the way to the powerful message it emphasizes, which can be applied in so many different and deeper levels.

But, first things first...
Amber Sand is the descendant of a long ancestry of witches. But, she isn't one herself.
However, she does have a unique magical gift. She is a matchmaker. She has learnt to believe that everything is set to stone and once a love match has been declared, it is the only and absolute truth.

And, that book was all about slowly witnessing her realization that things aren't always so solid and concrete. In fact, her gift will even prove to wrongfully match two people right in front of her eyes. And, what about the matter of the heart? Sometimes, this is the organ that makes all the decisions, and doesn't really rely on the Fates.

Amber herself, is a strong character, one I grew to completely like, and one I trusted even if I suspected that some of her choices wouldn't turn out in the best possible ways. I loved her relationship with her best friend, Amani, who is in fact another supernatural, as she can 'see' the future, and a person that has been constantly mysterious about Amber's future. Which only served to exhilarate me even more, trying to catch the smallest of hints throughout the book.

The plot was very interesting, and I loved the fact that all the magic was taking place in Chicago, amidst all the standard and 'normal' craziness of the city. Amber's classmates were your typical non-supernatural beings, calling our heroine a freak and not believing in magic, unless it suited their purposes to ask her to confirm a match, and unless there was a confirmation of their current boyfriend being the one.

I will definitely be keeping an eye out for the second book of the series, because I can already tell just how much I will miss Amber and her crazily amazing life.


All in all, 5 stars for a book that deeply mesmerized me and 
made me devour it, unable to leave it down for more than five minutes.

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New Release ⤞ The Unexpected Santa by Dahlia Donovan


Author: Dahlia Donovan
Title: The Unexpected Santa
Series: The Sin Bin, Book 5
Genre: Gay Romance
Release Date: November 11, 2017
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Cover Designer:Claire Smith
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When a rugby bad boy butts heads with a retired Marine, which alpha male becomes top dog?

Scottie Monk came out of the womb angry at the world. He's selfish and bitter. "Bah humbug!" rolls off his tongue far easier than "Happy Christmas."

Gray Baird has dedicated his life to public service as a Marine Corps officer and later as a police chief. The decorated hero finds it impossible to ignore autistic twins in desperate need of holiday spirit. He'll be the grumpiest Santa in the world if it puts a smile their faces. And he'll drag a reluctant Scottie along for the ride.

This December, Gray and Scottie collide while unexpectedly playing Santa.

The short story The Unexpected Santa is book five in Dahlia Donovan's international bestselling gay romance series, The Sin Bin. Each one features hot rugby players and the men who steal their hearts.


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Review ⤞ Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

Mask of  Shadows
(Mask of Shadows #1)
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I Needed to Win.
They Needed to Die.


Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class—and the nobles who destroyed their home. 

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand—the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears—Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge. 

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.


⤞ MY REVIEW ⤝

Admittedly, this is one of those stories that I started and wasn't really sure I would like.
Because it is a controversial book. And, unfortunately, I am not used to reading that many novels who share this trait. But, that would never really stop me from reading a book, unless the storytelling or the way the book was written was painful to me.
Fortunately, this book had neither characteristic.

In fact, I so enjoyed this story, that I found myself more and more immersed into it, despite my initial hesitation. The plot had everything, from honor to vengeance, from (sometimes a little raw) violence to heartwarming romance, all the way to an agonizing cliffhanger.

Sal, our protagonist, was brilliant, honest and even kind in an honorable way.
His/her/their quest for avenging the death of all Nacean people through various ways, was the focus of the book. And, I found myself empathizing with this goal. For Nacea had been the victim of vicious shadows and the even more vicious warlocks who had created them.

It was such an easy read, and I am anxious to find out more about what happens next to Sal and to a particular other person I grew to love through the protagonist's eyes. Although, I have to admit, there are plenty more characters that grew fond in my heart through the struggles and pains they endured during this book.

My overall advice to everyone thinking about picking up this book is this:

Do not be put off reading the controversial blurb. This is the second book I've read this year that deals with controversy around gender identity and both of them haven't failed to amaze me with their awesome plot and unique qualities.
If you like the rest of the plot and you only hesitate because of that, please don't. You really won't regret picking this book up.



All in all, 3,5 stars for a book that was controversial and I loved every part of it, 
even if it had a little bit more violence and fighting than I would have liked otherwise.

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